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Officers commended for bravery in daring fire rescue

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 rescued from blaze by police officers

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.

The fire happened in Rowley Street, Chuckery, in the early hours of this morning Credit: ITV News Central

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.

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CCTV following sex attack on teenager on a bus

Police are hunting this man after teenager is sexually assaulted on bus Credit: West Midlands Police

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."

Police have released CCTV of this man they want to speak to Credit: West Midlands Police

Congratulations Noddy Holder!

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.

Noddy Holder received the Freedom of Walsall Credit: ITV News Central/Pat Fenelon

Many fans were watching the ceremony on a big screen put up in the town hall.

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Noddy Holder to be awarded the Freedom of Walsall

The band in 1975 Credit: PA

Slade Frontman Noddy (Neville) Holder will be awarded the Freedom of Walsall today.

It's an honour presented to people who have made a special contribution to their local area.

A big screen's being put up in the town hall so people can watch the ceremony.

221 year old saddle making business goes under

221 year old Walsall business goes under Credit: ITV News Central

A 221 year old horse saddle making business based in Walsall has gone into administration. Jabez Cliff Limited was known for its Barnsby brand.

The company held a Royal Warrant and made saddles for The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry.

The company's 26 staff have been made redundant and the business has closed. The administrators say they hope the Barnsby brand name can be sold and will be carried on.

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