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Teen arrested after 'killer clown' assault

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A 13 year-old boy is on police bail after being arrested in relation to the horrifying killer clown craze.

Police arrested the schoolboy after he allegedly grabbed a 14-year-old on New Swan Lane in West Bromwich wearing a clown mask.

The teenager was arrested and later bailed.



M5 blocked and long delays after multi-vehicle accident

The M5 northbound carriageway is blocked after a car spun into the central barrier in the West Midlands, causing a multi-car pile-up.

Credit: Highways England

The smash happened on Sunday evening between J2 A4123 (Oldbury / Birmingham) and J1 A41 / A4252 / Birmingham Road (West Bromwich / Birmingham).

One lane has also been closed on the southbound carriageway due to debris on the road, with police warning of delays as people "slow down to look at the accident".

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Weekend Picks: Arts Festival

Sandwell Arts Festival: Sat 13th - Sun 14th Aug (Various locations, Sandwell & West Bromwich)

1,000 ceramic flowers will be on display Credit: Creative Black Country

West Bromwich town centre will come alive this weekend with performances, cinema, photography and giant Bumble bees.

Creative Black Country, in partnership with Sandwell Council and West Bromwich BID, have put together a programme of events for the Sandwell Arts Festival to transform the town.

As part of the project, more than 500 people from community groups across the region have helped the artistic team to make a stunning ceramic garden of over 1,000 flowers.

Birmingham’s Flatpack heads to the Black Country with a day of films at the Odeon and Town Hall.

Sandwell Arts Festival is the perfect opportunity to present the amazing work of our partners across the Black Country.

From the giant bees that buzz with our friends from Fab Lab; to storytelling and performance with Black Country Touring; film screenings with Flatpack; and photography with Multistory we’re bringing an international wealth of talent to West Bromwich.”

– Creative Black Country Artistic Director Parminder Dosanjh

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West Brom move for striker Sakho called off

Diafra Sakho is staying put. Credit: PA

West Brom's club record move for West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has fallen through.

The 26-year-old had been expected to complete a switch to The Hawthorns on Thursday but the transfer has collapsed as he will not be fit for the start of the season.

Albion were prepared to pay around £15million for Sakho but, while he has not failed a medical, the Baggies were reluctant to spend the significant sum without any guarantees he would be ready when they needed him.

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