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Summit to tackle Wolverhampton's obesity problem

Wolverhampton City Council is holding an unprecedented summit to try to tackle the problem of obesity in the city. More than two thirds are either obese or overweight.

More than two thirds are either obese or overweight in Wolverhampton Credit: PA

Nearly 300 representatives from local businesses, public and private sector organisations, health and social care, voluntary and community organisations and faith groups will take part in the forum, where expert speakers will analyse and discuss solutions to the problem.

As well as having a very high proportion of overweight adults in the city, it's particularly worrying that so many of our young people are now becoming obese - meaning they are putting their health and wellbeing at risk at a very young age.

We are determined to do all we can to reduce the problem here in Wolverhampton, and Monday's Obesity Summit is a hugely important - and unprecedented - first step in our efforts.

– Councillor Sandra Samuels, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

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Museum raids: Two Wolverhampton men charged

Thirteen men, including two from Wolverhampton, have been charged with stealing valuable artefacts from museums in a string of raids.

The group are accused of conspiracy to steal in connection with crimes in which museums and auction houses across England were targeted over a four-month period in 2012.

Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn were targeted in the incidents - two thefts and an attempted theft from Durham University Oriental Museum and further incidents at Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex, Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk, the Powell-Cotton Museum in Kent and the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire Police said.

One man from Cambridgeshire was arrested this week.

The other 12 are currently on bail, to appear at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on November 25. They include Ashley Dad, 34, and John O'Brien, 67, who are both from Wolverhampton.

Pensioner dies after being hit by van in Wolverhampton

A 72-year-old man has died after being hit by a van in Wolverhampton.

Emergency services were called out to the junction of Myatt Avenue and Parkfield Road Credit: West Midlands Police

Emergency services were called out to the junction of Myatt Avenue and Parkfield Road on Tuesday evening.

It is believed that the pensioner may have been crossing the road when he was in collision with the white sprinter van and was was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

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Man jailed after 'terrifying robbery' of two pensioners

A Birmingham man has been jailed for more than ten years after subjecting two Wolverhampton pensioners to a terrifying robbery at their home.

Scientist Smile has been jailed for 10 and a half years Credit: West Midlands Police

Police were called to the house, on Trysull Road, Merry Hill, in the early hours of 6 July after three men broke in through a bathroom window.

The robbers were disturbed when the 60-year-old homeowner got up at around just after midnight to visit the bathroom, when she discovered there were intruders in her home.

During her ordeal the woman was dragged around her house, as the intruders demanded gold and the location of a safe.

The woman’s 68-year-old husband, who had been asleep in bed, was then woken by a man punching him in the face.

The couple were threatened with a machete before eventually fleeing with just £100, bank cards and a mobile phone.

Scientist Smile, from Handsworth, was later arrested and charged in connection with the robbery. He later entered a guilty plea during an appearance at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Smile was sentenced to 10 and a half years.

This was a violent and terrifying attack on a couple in their own home.

Both the occupants of the house were assaulted as their attackers clearly believed there were items of significant value inside the house but ultimately fled with very little.

This is a significant sentence for a man who showed no mercy in his determination to get what he wanted.

Hopefully the sentence offers some comfort to his victims whilst sending a message that this kind of crime will not be tolerated, and comes with lengthy sentences.

– DC Nick Taylor, Wolverhampton CID

Pedestrian dies in crash with van in Wolverhampton

A pedestrian has died following a crash with a van in Wolverhampton last night.

The pedestrian was in cardiac arrest and died at the scene Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Emergency services were called out to the junction of Myatt Avenue and Parkfield Road, in Ettinghsall, shortly before 7pm.

Paramedics tried to save the man but he died at the scene.

The man was in cardiac arrest and unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medics, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene. The driver of the van was checked over by crews but had not suffered any injuries in the incident.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Two arrested over murder of Wolverhampton father

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a father from Wolverhampton.

A 19-year-old and a 25-year-old are currently in custody helping detectives with their enquiries.

Joshua Price, who was 21, was found lying on the ground in Treynham Close, Stowlawn, on the evening of Saturday 27 September. He was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered a stab wound to the chest.

The father of a two-year-old boy is thought to have been walking in or near Treynham Close when he was attacked.

My team has trawled hours of CCTV footage and spoken to potential witnesses and as a result we have made two arrests. We still need to speak to anyone who was in the Treynham Close area of Stowlawn on that Saturday night and may have witnessed the attack or saw anything that could help the enquiry. Any snippet of information could be vital so please contact us. This is a terribly tragic incident in which a young local father has lost his life and we are determined to find the person responsible for his death and get justice for his loved ones.

– Detective Inspector Warren Hines, West Midlands Police

Firefighters walk out amid countdown to Bonfire Night

Firefighters across the region will today begin their longest strike yet - as many people gear up for bonfire and fireworks parties.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will not work for four days because of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

Today's strike is the latest industrial action as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions Credit: PA

Fire services say they will still be providing emergency cover, but warn response times may be slower and calls from automatic fire alarms will not be answered.

Anyone planning to host or attend and event in the countdown to Bonfire Night is urged to take extra precautions.

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