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A man who robbed a woman and attacked her pregnant daughter in Walsall has been sentenced to more than four years in prison.
Luke Ireland was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court after admitting the robbery.
The mother was walking along Church Road on 29 March when Ireland grabbed her hair, pressed a pistol into the back of her head and demanded her bag.
He then threatened her daughter but on seeing she was pregnant, changed his mind and ran off.
He was eventually arrested by police after jumping into a canal near Limehurst Road to evade capture.
He was later charged with robbery and a separate count of trying to rob the woman’s daughter. Ireland was also charged with possessing an imitation firearm after the replica handgun used in the robbery was found during a search at a property in Willenhall.
He is a dangerous individual whose criminal actions were fuelled by addiction to illegal substances.
The offence had a significant impact on the victims who have been left extremely fragile by this traumatic experience.
A fly-tipper who dumped a bath, tiles and other bits of household waste by the side of a road in Walsall has been ordered to pay almost £1,500 by magistrates.
Adrian-ion Nenciu, 26, from Handsworth in Birmingham admitted to fly-tipping in Skip Lane in October last year.
The court heard he was seen in the act by an off-duty police sergeant, who asked Nenciu what he was doing before he phoned police. He also took pictures of the waste, which the court heard was the equivalent of a flat bed truck load.
The waste included a bath, tiles, wood, black bags, plastic and building waste. Nenciu was fined £650 and ordered to pay court costs of £806.10.
Council bosses have highlighted this case as a clear warning that people who leave waste at the side of the road face hefty fines in court.
Council bosses have said there has been disruption to its services today because of strike action.
Frontline services have been running as normal although rubbish collections in the borough have been affected.
Walsall Gala Baths closed at 3pm.
Domestic household waste collections have been disrupted in Fishley/Little Bloxwich, Goscote, Bloxwich North, Harden(part), Sandbank area, Leamore(part), Short Heath and Coppice Farm.
A number of schools are closed, garden waste collections have been suspended and Walsall Leather Museum has been shut all day.
"I would like to apologise to those residents who have been inconvenienced today as a result of the industrial action."Where there has been an impact, such as rubbish collections, we have put plans in place to ensure that the disruption is kept to a minimum and I would like to thank residents for their patience and understanding."
Response officers from Walsall Police have been praised for their bravery after saving the lives of four people caught in a flat fire overnight.
Ch Insp Jack Hadley from West Midlands Police, Tweeted his congratulations to the officers on their actions.
@Walsallpolice response officers have tonight rescued four people from a burning house, without their bravery and professionalism the occupants would not have survived.
A brilliant incident which demonstrates the outstanding bravery of our staff - well done!!
Four people were rescued by police officers after a severe blaze took hold at their Walsall flat in the early hours of this morning.
Two men and two woman, all in their mid-30s, were at the flat in Rowley Street, in the Chuckery area, when the fire broke out in the kitchen.
Two fire crews from Walsall and one from Bloxwich were called to the scene by the officers, who managed to get all four people out of the burning building before they arrived.
Crews used one hose reel and six sets of breathing apparatus to tackle the blaze, which left the flat badly smoke damaged.
The four people were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.
CCTV has been released of a man they want to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted on a bus.
She was attacked on the number 51 last month as it pulled into Walsall Town centre bus station.
A 17-year old girl was sat on the top deck, when she was approached by a man who put his arm around her and sexually assaulted her.
DC Lisa Gilbert from Walsall Public Protection Unit said:
'The suspect had got on the bus about 6pm eating a bag of chips and later approached 17-year-old girl as she sat upstairs. The girl assaulted is quite distinctive as she has pink hair and I need to hear from anyone who saw the incident."
Walsall has bestowed its highest honour on one of its most famous sons. Noddy Holder, the former frontman of 70s glam-rock band 'Slade' was born in the town's Caldmore area. He has received the Freedom of the Borough in a ceremony watched by hundreds family, friends, and of course fans.
Slade frontman Noddy Holder has been awarded the Freedom of Walsall this evening.
It is an honour presented to people who have made a special contribution to their local area.
Many fans were watching the ceremony on a big screen put up in the town hall.
Enjoy some Christmas cheer....half way through the year thanks to West Midlands band Slade. Frontman Noddy Holder will be honoured today.Read the full story ›