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56 min ago | Portsmouth Today

Wiggle confirms it will leave Portsmouth for the midlands

Members of staff working in Wiggle's distribution centre in North Harbour have been informed of the move to Bilston in Wolverhampton, the company has confirmed. Its new centre is 323,000sq ft - more than three times the size of the company's current warehouse spaces.

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5 hrs ago | Mirror.co.uk

Driver of A 100,000 supercar jailed after killing woman and seriously ...

Saqib Hussain was speeding when he crashed into a Ford Fiesta, carrying Noreen Ryan and her sister Mary, who were returning from a family birthday party The driver of a 100,000 supercar has been jailed for six years after killing a woman and seriously injuring her sister in a horror crash. Horrific CCTV images showed the moment Saqib Hussain crashed a hired Audi R8 Spyder into a Ford Fiesta at more than two-and-half times the speed limit.

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Mon Sep 15, 2014

BBC News

Teenager stab killing 'preventable'

The death of a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed on her way to school could have been prevented if her killer had received mental health treatment, a report has found. An investigation found that medical staff, police and the prison service missed opportunities over 14 months to get Simelane the treatment he needed.

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IcNetwork

SAS training soldiers' Brecon Beacons deaths: inquest delayed until June 2015

The hearing investigating the deaths of Army reservists Edward Maher, Craig Roberts and James Dunsby had been due to start next month in Solihull, West Midlands. But the inquest, expected to last for up to three weeks, has now been rescheduled to begin on June 1, 2015.

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Hindustan Times

Sikhs open free school in Britain

After facing disappointment in Britain's Coventry schools, members of the Indian-origin Sikh community have set up their own school for their new generation. Opened in Coventry, a city and metropolitan borough in the county of West Midlands, the newly opened Seva School presently offers education to 130 pupils for free, the Coventry Telegraph reported Monday.

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Stourbridgenews.co.uk

Supervision order for plumber who punched young man in the face outside a Stourbridge bar

A 20-YEAR-OLD plumber who punched a young man in the face outside a Stourbridge nightspot fracturing his jaw and eye socket has avoided jail. John Evans from Rowley Regis lashed out with a single blow after being involved in a dispute with Martin Roberts and his brother Anthony in Lloyds Bar - Paul Spratt, prosecuting, told Wolverhampton Crown Court.

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Stourbridgenews.co.uk

Up to 49 jobs at risk at Phones 4u stores across the borough

THE jobs of up to 49 members of staff at Phones 4u outlets across the borough are at risk after administrators were called in to the stricken mobile phone retailer today . Robert Jonathan Hunt, Ian David Green and Robert John Moran of PwC have been appointed as administrators to the leading independent phone retailer, which has stores in Dudley, Halesowen, Stourbridge and the Merry Hill shopping centre and which has been hit hard by EE's decision not to renew its contract.

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Kidderminster Shuttle

Professional robber' caged after armed raids

A Bewdley man described as a "professional robber" has been locked up for 16 years for taking part in two terrifying armed raids on building societies in Halesowen and Bearwood. Stephen Loftus was on the run at the time from police after failing to comply with the requirements of his licence following his release from a seven year jail term for conspiracy to rob a cash-in-transit van.

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Ivan Martin from Birmingham who was mistaken for his son and shot with a Taser by police

West Midlands Police has been ordered to pay A 26,500 compensation to a former security guard from Birmingham who was Tasered and wrongly arrested by officers. But Ivan Martin, 54, of Bromford Bridge, says he remains angry that no-one has been disciplined over the terrifying incident.

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Halesowennews.co.uk

Arson attack spells sad end for abandoned Halesowen school

AN ARSON attack at the derelict Holt Farm Primary School, which has been a magnet for anti-social behaviour, has destroyed most of the building. A West Midlands Fire Service said: "We received a 999 call at 4.07pm on Saturday afternoon, eight fire engines attended the scene.

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Cotswold Journal

Toby flies the surveying nest

Halls, which is moving its Worcester offices from Foregate Street to King's Court near Worcestershire Royal Hospital, has recruited commercial surveyor Toby Fellows, who has previously worked at GJS Dillon and JWL Fellows Chartered Surveyors. Halls itself was the result of a merger earlier this year between Halls of Worcester and Jarvie Bedhall in Halesowen and commercial agency lead Duncan Bedhall has since been made managing partner of the merged entity.

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Halesowennews.co.uk

The following appeared at Dudley Magistrates Court between September 8 and 11:

Liam Michael John Griffiths, aged 22, of Milton Street, Pensnett, was given a three month community order for entering a building in Brierley Hill as a trespasser and stealing tools, a drink can and factory components, on August 10. He was given a three month curfew and for the duration must remain at his home address between 7pm and 6am. He must pay compensation of A 200, a victim surcharge of A 60 and A 85 court costs.

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Birmingham - Right to Buy' fraudster who falsely claimed 46,600 discount on home avoids jail

A woman who claimed a whopping 70 per cent discount to buy her council house - whilst living in a second home that she owned - has escaped jail after admitting fraud. Sonia Hunter became the first person in the Midlands to be convicted of a 'Right to Buy' scam after claiming a massive A 46,600 discount on a home that she had no right to buy.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014

Black Country Bugle

Tividale FC's memorial to the town's fallen in the Great War

A COUPLE of months ago members of Tividale Football Club decided to come up with a way of marking the one hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, and have just unveiled their tribute to the fallen of a century ago. Club members Ken Criddle and Clive Billingham came up with the idea of a plaque, displayed permanently at the club, which would be dedicated to the men of Tividale who died during that conflict.

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Black Country Bugle

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An advert for wrought iron tubes that was published in 1884 on behalf of H P Skidmore at the Atlas Tube Works in Netherton THE Black Country was built on hard graft and plenty of self-sacrifice, especially for those who found themselves on the bottom rung of the job ladder, where for the majority, survival depended on luck more than anything else. But once a job was secured and a regular income maintained, a good relationship between the boss and the worker was essential.

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The best of times at The Bell in Hollies Street

We've seen over recent weeks how Lily Price, who grew up in the early part of the twentieth century at Fens Pool Cottage in the rural part of Pensnett, worked at Stourbridge Glazed Brick in Dudley and there met her husband Arthur Hickling, a steam wagon driver for the firm. Lily's daughter Mrs Joan Lowe, of Pensnett's Commonside, told us how her father Arthur died tragically young, in his thirties, after being taken ill while on a long-distance drive.

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Black Country Bugle

Old country pub's link with Wolverhampton cycle and car...

FOLLOWING our appeal in the August 28 edition, several readers identified the pub in this old photograph as the Summer House near Albrighton. The Edwardian picture had been supplied to us by Raymond Franks of Stourport and those readers did well to place it as it has changed beyond all recognition since, having been completely rebuilt.

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Blaze at derelict Halesowen school tackled by 40 firefighters

Councillor Hilary Bills said it was a sad end for the building which had been derelict since 2006. She said the school had been on the market since December but progress had been slowed because of the market and an issue over the use of the former school's playing fields.

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Sat Sep 13, 2014

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The Ahmed family from Smethwick who suffered an arson attack at their ...

The Ahmed family from Smethwick who suffered an arson attack at their front door. L-R Zaker Ahmed, 13, dad Abdul Hannan, Tasnim Akthar 9, Taher Ahmed 15, mum Marzana Choudhury A family have told how they are living in fear after a man set their home ablaze with petrol he poured through their letter box.

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CBB star White Dee had emotional reunion with elderly dad after live final

The Benefits Street star had to wait until 2am before she was reunited with her father Danny and 16-year-old daughter Caitlin following her 5th place finish in the hit Channel 5 show Celebrity Big Brother star White Dee had an emotional reunion with her father and daughter after exiting the live final before exclaiming "give me a brew made with some Severn Trent Water". The Benefits Street star had to wait until 2am before she was reunited with her father Danny and 16-year-old daughter Caitlin following her 5th place finish in the hit Channel 5 show.

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