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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.


Woman seriously injured in collision outside the Hawthorns

A pedestrian has been seriously injured following a collision with a car outside West Bromwich Albion Football Club this morning.

Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Halfords Lane in West Bromwich just after 7.25am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

The Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance also attended, landing in the car park of the East Stand car park.

Crews arrived to find a woman lying in the road and a car that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

The woman, who is believed to be in her 30s, remained conscious throughout but was treated for fractures to both legs, a pelvic injury and a minor head injury.

Once crews had stabilised her condition she was immobilised and given pain relief at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

The driver of the car, a woman, was not injured in the collision.

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Teen who scared off burglar wins PCC award

A 15-year-old who scared a burglar from her home has won the Outstanding Young Citizen Award.

Millie Dee from West Bromwich came face-to-face with a crook armed with a bag of tools on the stairs of her home.

She scared him off after screaming 'Get out of my house!' at the top of her voice when she saw him coming up the stairs.

Brave teen:'You don't think... you just know your priorities'

A brave teen who ran an armed burglar out of home has described the moment she came face-to-face with the crook.

Millie Dee from West Bromwich's quick thinking has been recognised by the police, who have nominated her for the Police and Crime Commissioner's Outstanding Young Citizen award.


Mother and her two children missing from West Bromwich

Jane Callaghan Credit: West Midlands Police

A mother and her two children have gone missing from West Bromwich.

Jane Callaghan is described as white, 34-years-old, around 5ft 2ins tall and of slim build. She has blonde shoulder length hair which she wears in a ponytail. Police are unsure exactly what clothes she was wearing.

Her two children, Cameron Callaghan, aged 13 and Rajan Kumar, aged 12 have not been to school since Tuesday 14 June.

Jane and the boys were last seen on Wednesday 16 June at a church on Burlington Road, West Bromwich. Police believe that they may be staying in the Smethwick area.

Body found in search for missing Martin Cadman

Police have called off a search for engineer Martin Cadman after a man’s body was discovered in a wooded area of West Bromwich on Saturday afternoon.

Martin Cadman. Credit: West Midlands Police

Officers were called to the patch of land in the Carters Green area at around 2.20pm.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and although the body is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of the missing 33-year-old.

Mr Cadman’s family have been informed and are being supported. They have asked for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time.

A file is now being prepared for the coroner.

West Midlands Police’s Professional Standards Department has referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) as a matter of course in these circumstances.

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