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Report: Hundreds sign petition over Darlaston crossing

More than four hundred people have signed a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing in Darlaston to be made safer.

It comes after a baby girl was injured when a car hit her pushchair nearby. Local residents say the crossing is dangerous. Melissa Wright reports.=

Plea to find family of deceased man from Darlaston

People are being asked to help with the search for relatives of a man who recently passed away.

Michael Syrett, of 154 Walsall Road in Darlaston, died at his home on Saturday 9 August. He was thought to be 76-years-old when he passed away and was born on 27 June, although his full date of birth is unknown.

Mr Syrett was never married. Both of his parents died in the 1990s and he had no siblings.

He was born in Wales and moved to Darlaston to train as a teacher. He taught at Darlaston Comprehensive School and was retired at the time of his death.

We would like to pass on our condolences to Mr Syrett's family and friends.

We would be grateful to hear from any relatives of Mr Syrett or anyone who might have helpful information about his family so that they can make proper arrangements for his funeral.

We appreciate this may be difficult as his parents have passed away and he had no siblings, but we encourage anyone with information they think may be useful to get in touch.

– Neil Harris, principal environmental health officer

If anyone has any information about Mr Syrett's family they are asked to contact Julie Faulkner in environmental health on 01922 653018.

Concerns grow for missing woman from Darlaston

Amanda Hawkins has been missing since Friday Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a Darlaston woman, missing since last Friday.

Amanda Hawkins was last seen at around 9am at the supported accommodation where she lives in Sutton Road, Moxley.

Police are asking anyone who has seen the 44-year-old to come forward.

She is described as white, 5ft 2ins tall, large build, with shoulder length straight auburn hair, blue eyes and a local accent. She is believed to be wearing a green coloured jacket.

PC Baljeet Samra said:

She takes medication for an on-going medical condition but we don’t believe she has any with her. This may lead her to become disorientated and confused so we want to track her down as soon as we can.


Two arrested over Walsall pub attack

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was attacked in a pub in Walsall over the weekend.

Police were called to Staffordshire Knot pub on Pinfold Street in Darlaston early on Sunday morning.

A 45-year-old who is believed to have been punched and kicked in the head several times, was taken to hospital and is in a critical condition.

Two men aged 25 and 50 were arrested and remain in custody.

Darlaston fire: one person treated by ambulance service

One person has been treated by ambulance services at the scene of the fire in Darlaston Credit: ITV News Central

One person has been treated by ambulance services at the scene of a fire at a recycling plant in Darlaston, Walsall.

West Ambulance Service has yet to release details of the person's condition.

Loud explosions could be heard from the fire at G&P Batteries on Willenhall Road this afternoon.

50 firefighters are currently tackling the blaze which broke out earlier this afternoon (4 February).

West Midlands Fire Service says lithium batteries are involved in the blaze and firefighters are attempting to protect nearby buildings.

Darlaston fire being tackled by 50 firefighters - video

50 firefighters are tackling a blaze at G&P Batteries on Willenhall Road, Walsall.

ITV News Central has been told by eyewitnesses that a number of loud explosions could be heard at the plant.

It is the second time this year a fire has broken out at the factory - the previous one on 14 January saw 60 firefighters in attendance.

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