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Burglar jailed after caught on motion sensor camera

A burglar has been caught on camera snooping round a living room and rummaging through kitchen cupboards after breaking into a house.

Andres Balog forced his way into the house in Park Village in Wolverhampton in January.

It had been fitted with motion sensor cameras by police which filmed his moves. Detectives had set them up to try and catch thieves.

The 26-year-old has been sentenced to 18 weeks in prison.

Woman seriously hurt in crash in Wolverhampton

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TRAFFIC: Heavy congestion near the ring road in Wolverhampton tonight. Waterloo Road and Stafford Road to Stafford Street currently closed.

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This is for the air ambulance to land to help a woman who's been seriously hurt in a collision in the area. More details when we get them.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE: More now on #Wolverhampton collision. Ringroad St Andrews is closed anti-clockwise between Waterloo Rd and Darlington St.

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Ring road likely to be closed for the next few hours while officers investigate, pls avoid the area if at all possible. Traffic is very bad.

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We're in attendance at RTC involving car & pedestrian in Waterloo Rd, W'ton. Several ambulance vehicles, including @maahmed03 on scene.

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Passport workers strike over ongoing backlog crisis

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.
Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Thousands of passport workers are striking today as the Summer holidays get underway.

They have taken the action in a bid to end staffing shortages which have caused an ongoing backlog crisis, with holiday-goers left waiting for their renewed passports.

It could affect holiday plans for families across the Midlands.

A new recruitment drive is underway but many of the posts being advertised are not permanent jobs and are only likely to replace 8% of staff needed. The Passport Office has cut hundreds of staff since 2010 but the agency only agreed to meet the union to seriously discuss jobs after recent media and political scrutiny.

– Public and Commercial Services union

Two arrested after knife-point robbery at petrol station

Armed robbers stormed a Black Country petrol station and forced staff to hand over cash and cigarettes at knife-point in a terrifying raid in the early hours of this morning.

A member of staff at the Esso in Wolverhampton Road in Willenhall, Walsall, managed to dial 999 to report the robbery shortly before 4.30am.

The Esso in Wolverhampton Road, Willenhall
The Esso in Wolverhampton Road, Willenhall Credit: Google Maps

Officers were on the scene within minutes and arrested two men, aged 26 and 34, nearby in Clarkes Road.

They recovered cigarettes and a quantity of cash. Police are now trawling CCTV for evidence.

Witnesses or anyone with information is urged to call officers in 101.

Delays warning as big summer getaway begins

Drivers are being warned of a busy time on the roads as the summer getaway begins.

Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway
Heavy traffic is expected as thousands hit the roads for the summer getaway Credit: PA

The roads are expected to be up to 25 per cent busier than normal on Saturdays throughout the summer, with the M6 between Coventry and Wolverhampton, the M1 through Leicestershire and the A52 through Derbyshire expected to be particularly congested.

Drivers are urged to leave early to allow for delays.

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Memorial service for late PCC Bob Jones

A memorial service in honour of the late West Midlands police and crime commissioner Bob Jones will be held today.

The memorial service will be held at the Civic Hall
The memorial service will be held at the Civic Hall Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Jones, who also served as a Wolverhampton councillor for more than 30 years, died suddenly in his sleep on July 1.

The service will be held at the Civic Hall in North Street, Wolverhampton city centre. A cortege will arrive at the centre at 12.50pm.

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