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Man dies after crashing with police car

A man has died in a crash with a police car in Dudley.

The accident happened at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley, at around 11am yesterday.

The man, believed to be a van driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police said the officer had been driving a marked car and had been carrying out routine enquiries. He was not responding to an emergency at the time.

Central Drive was closed between Eachus Road and Sangwin Road for around five hours while emergency services attended the scene.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.


Pat McFadden becomes Shadow Minister for Europe

Pat McFadden, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East, is joining Labour’s Foreign Affairs team as Shadow Minister for Europe, Labour Leader Ed Miliband announced today.

Pat McFadden MP Credit: PA

He takes over from Gareth Thomas who moves within the Foreign Affairs team to become Shadow Minister covering the Middle East and North Africa.

Ian Lucas goes from the Foreign Affairs team to Defence covering international security strategy.

Yvonne Fovargue moves from Defence to Education replacing Rushanara Ali as Shadow Minister for Young People.

I’m delighted to be joining the front bench at this crucial time.

I want to make the hard-headed, patriotic case for both Britain in Europe and for change in Europe so that it works for working people.

Labour believes that Europe can and must be made to work better for Britain but we understand that the right road for Britain is change in Europe, not exit from Europe.

– Pat McFadden MP

Crackdown on 'illegal and dangerous' car cruising

Council leaders in the Black Country say 'car cruising' has been a "bone of contention" for people and businesses in the area for several years.

It comes as bosses team up with police in a groundbreaking bid to ban boy racers from the region's roads.

Bosses say car cruising is 'illegal and dangerous' Credit: West Midlands Police

Wolverhampton City Council's leisure chief Councillor Elias Mattu said they were "determined" to put a stop to the problem.

The activities are not only wholly anti-social, but also illegal and dangerous, putting the safety of participants and spectators at risk - indeed, it's only a matter of time until more people are seriously injured or even killed.

Black Country councils and the police have received numerous complaints about car cruising - from dangerous driving to noise, verbal abuse and intimidation, and we are determined to do all we can to put a stop to this menace.

Our application doesn't just seek to prevent acts of dangerous driving, it also looks to tackle some of the wider problems caused by car cruising, from criminal behaviour such as drug taking and littering and the burden on police resources and the emergency services in the event of accidents, to personal costs to residents and businesses like sleep deprivation, obstruction, fear, harassment and intimidation.

– Councillor Elias Mattu, Wolverhampton City Council

Boy racers could face prison if injunction approved

Boy racers could face up to two years in prison if a legal injunction to ban car cruising events is approved, police have warned.

So-called car cruising events have sparked dozens of complaints from businesses and residents, with dangerous driving and excessive noise from revving engines or stereos top of the list.

The Birmingham New Road between Wolverhampton and Dudley is a well-known car cruising hotspot Credit: Google Maps

Other reports revolve around littering, verbal abuse, swearing and intimidation as hundreds of people flock to watch illegal road races and compare cars.

Councils in the Black Country have now teamed up with West Midlands Police and hope to secure an injunction against "persons unknown" at the High Court in Birmingham, to stop car cruising from taking place.

Anyone suspected of breaching the injunction would be considered to be in contempt of court, which carries a potential prison sentence.


Top tips: How to make the biggest energy savings

Turn off to save money Credit: PA Pictures

According to the Energy Saving Trust here in the Midlands we could make big savings on our energy bills. Here's their tips on how

Standby Savers - There here are a number of products available to help cut down your standby electricity consumption, such as standby savers that allow you to easily turn all of your appliances off from standby without having to reach for the plug.

Televisions and games consoles are now among the primary sources of our everyday entertainment, yet when left on permanent standby they are costing us £45-80 a year. Check your appliances regularly and switch your supplier to take control of your bills.

Cold appliances - Is your fridge-freezer 15 years or older? If it is, then the chances are that it could be using more electricity than required. As fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it could be worth finding models that are more energy efficient and will save you money on electricity bills. Tenants can ask their landlord to buy a newer model if the current one is faulty or not performing efficiently. If it's not possible to replace the model, then the following tips and advice can help save money on refrigeration:

o Make sure the back of your fridge-freezer is ventilated and dust free - dusting should be done at least once a year to keep it running efficiently;

o Make sure the fridge-freezer is out of direct sunlight from outside or other sources of heat from inside the home, such as your oven or boiler;

o Make sure the door seal is not damaged

o Check that it is cycling on and off as it should - ideally you should only be able to hear your fridge or freezer running 30-40% of the time; and

o Don't keep the fridge-freezer doors open longer than necessary.

Lighting - Lighting is a vital aspect of any home, especially during the darker winter evenings. Lighting makes up 16 per cent of household electricity consumption. By turning off the lights when they're not needed you could save around £7 a year. If households want to go further, replacing all the remaining old-fashioned bulbs with CFLs and all the halogens with LEDs could typically save around £45 a year.

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