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Six suspected illegal immigrants arrested in Walsall

West Midlands police made the arrests today in Walsall Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Six people thought to be illegal immigrants have been arrested in Walsall by West Midlands Police.

A lorry driver was also detained on suspicion of smuggling them into the country in a refrigerated lorry.

West Midlands Police were alerted at around 3.15pm by an emergency call from a member of the public reporting people jumping from the back of a truck in Brockhurst Crescent near the M6 at junction 8.

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group arrested three people, believed to be Vietnamese, at the scene along with the driver.

The search that followed revealed another three people, believed to be Iranian nationals, hiding nearby.

The six have been arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally while the driver will be questioned on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK.


Missing toddler Alfie Rogers found safe and well

Alfie Rogers has been found Credit: West Midlands Police

A toddler from Walsall who went missing with his mother has been returned home safe and well following a police appeal.

West Midlands Police made a direct appeal to the mother of Alfie Rogers, Jessica Simpson, to make contact after the pair went missing on Friday afternoon.

Police appealed to Jessica Simpson directly Credit: West Midlands Police

The 30-year-old had taken the youngster from his grandmother's house in Bloxwich where he usually lives. The pair then failed to return and were reported missing.

Alfie was dropped off at a relative's address at around 4pm today.


Walsall Primark opens its doors to first shoppers

A shopper makes the most of Primark. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images

The High street fashion chain, Primark, opens its new store in Walsall today.

The Council has invested £7 million pounds into the development as part of plans to transform the Old Square Shopping Centre.

This is the retailer's 169th store in the UK and 289th store in total.

I'm delighted that we have finally completed this exciting project.

"It's a massive boost for the town. You can feel the anticipation and excitement building as we count down the days and hours before the store opens.

"Just take a look around at what's happening in Walsall. There's some amazing regeneration work taking place in the town, delivering almost £40m of investment and approximately 700 new jobs.

"The new cinema scheme at Walsall Waterfront is progressing well and is expected to be open early next year.

– Councillor Adrian Andrew, deputy leader for Walsall Council

Doors will open to customers from 10am today.

Pedestrian air lifted from Walsall car collision

The incident occurred on A461 Lichfield Road. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A pedestrian has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Walsall this afternoon.

The incident occurred on A461 Lichfield Road, Shelfield, Walsall at just before 12.30pm.

Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car on the Lichfield Road.

“A woman in her seventies was found to be unconscious and she was treated for serious head and multiple limb injuries at the scene.

“The patient was anesthetised by an air ambulance doctor before being immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board.

“She was conveyed by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.

“The driver of the car was uninjured.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Fire in wall of railway sleeper in Walsall last night

The scene on Bridgeman Street, Walsall, last night Credit: Twitter/WayneLittleWMFS

Firefighters dealt with a fire in the wall of a railway sleeper in Walsall last night.

Five fire engines were called out to Bridgeman Street at 1:20am, where they battle the blaze for three hours.

The fire is now out.

The scene on Bridgeman Street, Walsall, last night Credit: Twitter/WayneLittleWMFS
Inside the railway sleeper Credit: Twitter/WayneLittleWMFS
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