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Campaign to keep bus travel free for the over-sixties

Campaigners from Walsall will deliver a petition to Downing Street today calling for the over-sixties to continue to be allowed free bus travel.

There has been pressure from within the coalition to scrap free bus passes Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There has been pressure from within the coalition to scrap free bus passes, which is thought to cost a billion pounds a year.

Man in his 80s thrown from car and trapped against kerb

A man was trapped under the wheels of his car for almost an hour after being thrown from the vehicle this afternoon.

Paramedics found the driver, believed to be in his 80s, stuck between the car’s front wheel and the kerb.

The crash happened at Barr Beacon car park near Walsall Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

The crash happened at Barr Beacon car park near Walsall, shortly before 3pm.

The man suffered serious head, arm and back injuries and was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.


Missing woman's body found in Burntwood

Amanda Hawkins Credit: West Midlands Police

A body found in a field in Burntwood is that of a missing woman.

Amanda Hawkins was discovered on farmland off Meerash Lane last month.

The 44-year-old from Walsall went missing in May and a search was launched to find her.

The coroner said her death is not being treated as suspicious.

Man charged with stealing ambulance in Walsall

A man has been charged with stealing an ambulance in Walsall. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A man has been charged with stealing an ambulance in Walsall.

Simon Lewis, who is unemployed, was arrested after reports that he had attacked two paramedics who had been called out to a flat in Bloxwich High Street in May.

He is alleged to have driven off in the ambulance before being stopped by a rapid response police car outside Green Lane Baptist Church.

The 37-year-old has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, common assault, assault by beating and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

He is due before Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court next month.


Two family-sized homes to be built in one day in UK first

The style of houses that will be built in Beechdale Credit: The Accord Group

Two family-sized homes are to be built in a single day in Beechdale, near Walsall, which is a first for UK construction.

Housing association, the Accord Group, are using modern building methods to erect the houses at a new £5million development in the town, which will eventually included 40 houses.

The newly appointed Minister of State of Planning and Housing, Brandon Lewis MP, will be at the former Beechdale Primary School site to see the houses being put up, and take a tour of the factory where they are manufactured.

The new method involves making complete wall panels for a house, including insulation, external cladding and fitted with windows and doors.

By the end of the day today, the houses will be completely water tight.

The demand for housing across the country remains high, but we are confident that offsite manufacturing offers the solution to increase the building more homes, efficiently and to a high-quality with less waste. We're delighted to demonstrate that two family homes can be built in a day using this technique and that a site that has stood derelict for seven years can be regenerated for the benefit of local people. Once complete, residents will be supported to manage the development themselves, demonstrating the important role that housing associations also play not just in creating sustainable communities but also in enabling them to thrive.

– Alan Yates, Accord Group

Concerns grow for missing teenager from Walsall

Kurt Woolley was last seen more than a week ago Credit: West Midlands Police

Concerns are growing for a teenager missing from his home in Walsall for more than a week.

19-year-old Kurt Woolley left his home in Chuckery on 30 July, and has not been seen since.

He had told his family that he was moving south west to start a new job. Police enquiries suggest he had not actually secured employment.

He is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build, with dark brown hair, a beard and a local West Midlands accent.

He wears an earring and a silver band on his wrist. He was last seen wearing blue skinny jeans, brown boots, and red and blue checked shirt, and carrying a brown and green backpack.

Kurt had recently been on holiday to Somerset and told his family he’d managed to get a job while he was down there but it seems that may not be the case after all and now they don’t know where he is.

Kurt’s family are very concerned for his welfare. They just want to know he is safe. There is nothing to say whether he did actually travel to the south west, as suggested, or whether this was fabrication and he is still in the local area.

– PC Gareth Bushell, Walsall Police

Walsall FC complete the signing of Billy Clifford

Billy Clifford is the newest signing for Walsall FC Credit: Walsall FC

Walsall FC have completed the signing of former Chelsea midfielder, Billy Clifford until January 2015.

The 21 year-old is a product of the Stamford Bridge youth ranks, having been associated with the Premier League since the age of eight.

He left Stamford earlier this month and has joined The Saddlers following two pre-season friendlies.

I’ve been impressed by his attitude and his willingness to learn. He has fitted in well and I am delighted to add him to our squad.

There are elements of his game that require work, but he is aware of that and is prepared to come here on a short-term deal and work hard in a bid to earn himself a longer-term contract at the club.

– Dean Smith, Walsall FC boss

Scene of severe fire that left 63-year-old man dead

The fire ripped through the inside of his bungalow in Walsall. Credit: ITV News Central

This is the scene of a devastating fire which has left a 63-year-old man dead after it ripped through the inside of his bungalow in Walsall.

Firefighters had to break into the home in Brackendale Drive on the Yew Tree Estate shortly after 6.30pm yesterday, where they found the man inside having suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

Investigators believe the cause of the fire was accidental.

Firefighters had to break into the home in Brackendale Drive Credit: ITV News Central
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