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Former soldier admits possession of explosives and ammunition

A former soldier from Walsall has today pleaded guilty to possessing explosives and ammunition after what police are calling the largest recovery of its kind in ten years.

Joanne Morris, a former nurse from Ivy Cottage in Bloxwich, was arrested at her home on 14 November last year.

A number of homes and parts of Bloxwich Police Station were evacuated after a large amount of military style ammunition and explosives were found.

A cordon remained around the 48 year-old's home for three days while a controlled explosion took place.

Morris pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawfully possessing ammunition and one count of possessing a shotgun. She also admitted four counts of unlawful possession of an explosive substance and one count of making an explosive substance.

She was remanded into custody and will be sentenced in July.

Young mother hunted over theft of pension money

A young mother is being hunted by police after CCTV appeared to catch her stealing an 84-year-old woman's pension money from a post office counter in Walsall.

The pensioner visited Beechdale Post Office in Stephenson Square to take out the money, but accidentally left her wallet on the counter.

She returned shortly afterwards when she realised her error - but it had been taken by a woman, who had a child in tow, and was caught on CCTV.

Police are hunting this woman in connection with the theft of pension money
Police are hunting this woman in connection with the theft of pension money Credit: West Midlands Police

The woman was white, in her late 20s, with brown hair pulled back into a pony tail, while the child was wearing a red top or jacket.

PC John Giles appealed for the woman to come forward, or for anyone who knows who she might be to tell police.

The victim in this case is elderly and clearly vulnerable, she obviously relies on her pension money.

The suspect, who had with her a young child, gave no thought whatsoever as to who the money might belong to and what impact the theft may have had on the rightful owner.

I would appeal for this woman to do the right thing and call me or one of the team. If anyone recognises the woman then please get in touch.

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Police tweet details of ambulance vehicle crash

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WALSALL: Three people have been injured following a collision involving an ambulance service response vehicle and a BMW car.

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It happened at 9:26am. A paramedic and the driver and passenger from the BMW are in hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

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Broadway North is currently closed between Princes Avenue and Walhouse Road while officers investigate.

Three hurt after crash involving ambulance vehicle

File photo: An ambulance response vehicle Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three people have been injured after a crash between an ambulance response vehicle and a BMW in Walsall.

The collision happened shortly before 9.30am on Broadway North. A paramedic and passenger in the BMW are in hospital with what police say are 'non life-threatening' injuries.

Broadway North is currently closed between Princes Avenue and Walhouse Road while officers investigate.

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Body found in search for man feared drowned in Walsall

A body has been found by police searching for a man feared to have drowned in a lake at Walsall Arboretum.

The lake at Walsall Arboretum
The lake at Walsall Arboretum Credit: ITV News Central

Officers were called to the lake yesterday to reports of a man in difficulty in the water and have been searching the area ever since.

They recovered the body of a man from the lake this afternoon. His death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police appeal as search continues for man in Walsall lake

Police have appealed for information as they continue to search for a man who is feared to have drowned in the lake at Walsall Arboretum.

We have been making enquiries in the local area overnight in an attempt to identify the man seen in difficulty and to determine how he came to be in the water.

We continue to appeal for information from people who may have been in the Arboretum or in the local area at around 7.30pm and may have seen something that can assist the police investigation.

– Inspector Colin Mattinson, Walsall Police

Police search for man feared drowned in Walsall lake

Officers were called to Walsall Arboretum at 7.30pm last night Credit: ITV News Central

Searches are continuing in the lake at Walsall Arboretum after reports that a man was in difficulty in the water.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.30 last night, after a member of the public reported seeing someone in the water.

The police helicopter has been used in the search, but specialist teams from West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police were unable to find the man.

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