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Wolverhampton hospital hit by winter virus outbreak

A ward at a Wolverhampton hospital has been closed following the outbreak of the contagious winter 'norovirus' bug.

A ward at a Wolverhampton hospital has been closed following a 'norovirus' outbreak. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Many bays at the Wolverhampton’s New Cross Hospital have also been closed after several patients complained of getting the virus which causes vomiting and diahorrea.

Visiting restrictions to the affected have also been put in place until patients have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours.

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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

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.

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