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Special service held to celebrate Walsall's very own Florence Nightingale

The service will be held at St Paul's Church, Walsall. Credit: Google Images.

Nursing heroine Sister Dora from Walsall in the West Midlands will be remembered at a special service in the town today.

The Service of Thanksgiving is held for the much-loved nurse every year on the Sunday closest to her birthday, to commemorate her life and work.

In 1875, the industrial town was hit by smallpox and Sister Dora worked tirelessly for six months, risking her own life for the people of Walsall.

This year, the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall and Councillor Pete Smith will attend the service at St Paul's Church at 11am this morning.

After the service, the Mayoress will lead members of congregation to the statue of Sister Dora to law floral tributes.

Sister Dora was adored and respected by the people of Walsall. The whole town mourned her death and they erected a statue in her honour - the UK's first public statue of a woman not of royal blood.

– Mayor of Walsall

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One lane is blocked due to a broken down vehicle on the M6 Northbound between Junction 10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall) and Junction 10A M54.

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Police searching for missing 14-year-old boy

Police are appealing for help in the search for a 14-year-old boy from Walsall who has been missing since New Year's Eve.

Callum Waite Credit: West Midlands Police

Callum Waite left his home to visit a friend but has not returned since.

He was spotted near Birmingham city centre last Sunday by a family member.

Police want to know where he is staying.

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Woman found dead on site of primary school identified

The body of a woman found on the site of a primary school in Shrewsbury has been formally identified.

23-year-old Charlotte Christodoulou from Walsall was found at Harlescott Junior School shortly before midnight on Sunday.

Two men and a woman who were originally arrested on suspicion of murder have instead been rearrested on suspicion of obstructing the coroner.

All three have been released on bail pending further police inquiries.

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