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Police appealing for help after fatal crash in Wednesbury

Police are appealing for help after a man died in a car crash in Wednesbury.

The 25 year-old driver's car collided with a tree on Old Park Road at 6.20pm on Saturday 15 March.

We would like to urge anyone who was in the vicinity at the time of the incident to call us as soon as possible.

It happened on a busy Saturday night and we need people to come forward that haven’t already done so, so we can piece together what happened.

Specialised officers are supporting the man’s family at this very sad time.

– PC Chris Ridge, from the Collision Investigation Unit

Wednesbury firm fined £150k after worker crushed to death

Ronald Meese Credit: The Cabinet Office

A Wednesbury-based manufacturer has been fined £150,000 by the Health and Safety Executive after a 58-year-old worker from Bilston was crushed to death while working in one of its warehouses.

Ronald Meese, a production supervisor for Roberts-Gordon Europe Ltd, had been stacking metal tubes at a warehouse in Darlaston Road when one of the stacks he had made fell onto him.

The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning company was prosecuted for safety failings at Wolverhampton Crown Court today.

The HSE investigation found that there were no restraints or racking to support the stacks, and Mr Meese was not specifically trained on stacking the tubes. There was also no risk assessment completed.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.


Elderly woman seriously injured in three-car smash

A woman in her 90s was seriously injured in a three-car smash in Sandwell this morning.

The woman was a passenger in a red Honda, which was travelling along Holden Road in Wednesbury when it hit a stationary car.

The force pushed the other car into a third vehicle.

The pensioner was taken to hospital along with two other people from the same car, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened shortly before 11.10am.

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call police on 101.

Hunt for taxi attack culprit who left toddler bleeding

Detectives are trawling through CCTV footage to try to identify who hurled a brick through a taxi window, leaving a toddler with serious head injuries.

The two-year-old girl was left with a deep wound to the back of her head which was bleeding heavily after the house brick smashed through the rear window of the cab.

She was travelling with her mother along Dudley Road in the Wednesbury area of Sandwell when the brick was thrown.

Det Cons Debbie Hickinbottom said the child's 26-year-old mother has been left "deeply shaken" by the attack.

Fortunately the child was not permanently harmed and she has made a speedy recovery.

However the incident has left her mother deeply shaken.

We are checking local buildings for CCTV, but meanwhile we are hoping that a member of the public may have witnessed something which will lead us to the culprit.

– DC Debbie Hickinbottom, West Midlands Police


Toddler badly injured in brick attack on taxi

A toddler was left injured and bleeding heavily after yobs hurled a house brick through the window of a taxi she was travelling in.

The two-year-old girl was with her mother in the cab as they travelled home along Dudley Street in Wednesbury, near the junction with Potters Lane.

Police have launched an investigation after a brick was thrown through the window of a taxi
Police have launched an investigation after a brick was thrown through the window of a taxi Credit: West Midlands Police

The 26-year-old mother heard a loud smash and felt something hit her head, while the youngster began to cry.

When checked, the child had a deep gash on the back of her head, which was bleeding heavily.

She was taken to hospital and needed stitches for the injury.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened at around 9.30pm on October 8.

£26million academy building opens in Wednesbury

A new Academy building has been opened Credit: ITV News Central

A £26million Academy building has been formally opened today in Wednesbury.

The development at Grace Academy Darlaston has a range of new facilities including music and recording studios, drama studios, sports hall and complete wi-fi coverage.

Part of the new building at the academy Credit: ITV News Central

Two children airlifted to hospital following crash in Wednesbury

Two children have been airlifted to hospital, one in a critical condition, after they were in collision with a van in the Black Country.

The crash happened on High Bullen, Wednesbury, at around 5:15pm.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.

When crews arrived they found two boys approximately 10 years old who had been in collision with a van.

One had suffered a severe head injury. He was anaesthetised at the scene by the trauma doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

The second child had suffered multiple abrasions and the driver of the van was uninjured.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman
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