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Woman dies in crash with minibus this afternoon

A woman has died in a car accident Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A woman has died after the car she was in crashed into a minibus in the Black Country.

Paramedics were called to Park Lane in West Bromwich shortly before 4.35pm today.

“The woman was a passenger in the car. She had serious injuries and all attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. Sadly she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man who was the car’s driver, was a ‘walking wounded’ casualty who was taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“There were no injuries to anyone in the minibus.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman


78-year-old seriously injured after being hit by his own car

Detectives are searching for a man who left a 78-year-old with serious head injuries after stealing his car from a West Bromwich car park last night.

The man was left seriously injured in Chapel Street after being hit by his own car by the thief trying to steal it. Credit: Google Street View

The pensioner was moving his car into the gated drive, on Chapel Street, at around 9.20pm on Sunday when a man, who is believed to have been lying in wait, jumped into the car as the victim opened a gate, and drove off.

The elderly victim tried to stop the thief but was knocked backwards as the car hit him and was left injured on the floor after being thrown against a wall by the force of the collision.

The thief drove off in the man’s light blue Peugeot 207, which bears the registration BK60LXN.

The offender is believed to be a man who is over 6ft tall and of stocky build, who was seen lurking around the area near the junction of Chapel Street and Old Meeting Street at around 9pm.

“The elderly victim was rushed to hospital where he is being treated for serious head injuries.

We are yet to trace the stolen Peugeot and urge people to keep an eye out for it in the local area.

We believe it will have some damage to the front and rear end as it collided with the victim and a wall before driving off.”

– DC James Ashcroft, Sandwell Police investigation team

CCTV released after West Brom sexual assault

Police in West Bromwich have issued a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after a sexual assault on a young woman with learning difficulties.

Police would like to speak to this man after a sexual assault in West Brom Credit: West Midlands Police

The 19-year-old was approached in the town centre by a man who convinced her to walk to the multi-storey car park off Queens Square with him.

West Midlands Police said the man took her to the fifth level where he began to hug and kiss her against her wishes.

The man is described by police as an Asian man in his late teens, of a slim build with a beard and a moustache. He was wearing a long, dark, grey coat when the assault took place on 2 March at around 3.45pm.

From CCTV inquiries in the area, we’ve identified a man we’d like to talk to about what happened, which is being treated as a sexual assault.

Whoever carried out this assault targeted a vulnerable young woman, who was left very scared by what happened.

I would urge anyone who knows the man’s identity to call us on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Detective Constable Tom Keady, West Midlands Police


Heavy traffic on M5 after earlier accident

Queueing traffic due to earlier accident, car and a lorry involved on M5 Northbound at J1 A41 / A4252 / Birmingham Road (West Bromwich / Birmingham), congestion on M5 to J3 A456 (Halesowen / Birmingham). All lanes have been re-opened

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