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Tennis charity launches more sites 

20 Jul 18

Tennis For Free, which already has sites in Hednesford, Lichfield and Sandwell, is launching at four sites in Walsall and one in Great Barr…


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Self-service libraries plan backed 

19 Jul 18

The changes, which come after months of public consultation, will allow community groups to manage four Staffordshire libraries, as well as putting Cheslyn Hay Library at risk of closure, in an effort to save £1…


Sport
Rock chases Open spot 

13 Jul 18

Rock, from Armitage near Rugeley, carded six birdies in a bogey-free round to finish with a six under par 64…


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Controversial plans set for green light 

13 Jul 18

Developer Bloor Homes unveiled its proposal for a housing estate just north of the centre of Penkridge last year…


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Fan is butt of pals’ jokes 

11 Jul 18

Daring Alex Allan Smith, 18, from Lichfield in Staffordshire got the unusual inking while on holiday in Magaluf, Spain, on Friday night…


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Rock one off lead in Ireland 

6 Jul 18

The 41-year-old, from Armitage, near Rugeley, carded a four-under-par 68 at Ballyliffin to sit just one shot off the lead, held by New Zealand’s Ryan Fox…


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VIDEO: Carl Ikeme opens cancer unit 

3 Jul 18

The 32-year-old was looking fit and healthy as he helped open a new chemotherapy unit at Solihull Hospital…


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Deal put PP on course for £40m 

3 Jul 18

PP Control Automation, which employs over 230 people at its world class facility at Cheslyn Hay, has received significant investment from Ardenton Capital Corporation, who now own a majority stake in the organisation…


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Shop staff confront armed raiders 

1 Jul 18

Two men wearing balaclavas targeted Budgens, in Pendeford Mill Lane, Bilbrook, wielding hammers and demanding cash…


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Large grass fire at Kinver Edge 

28 Jun 18

The National Trust site warned visitors against barbecues, campfires and discarding cigarettes in light of the blaze…


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Walsall are put through pre-season paces 

28 Jun 18

The Saddlers squad returned to their Essington base yesterday with Keates putting his players through a series of fitness drills…


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Firefighters tackle blaze at factory 

27 Jun 18

The blaze took place at the premises in Littleton Drive in Huntington…


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MP’s owl sanctuary plea 

24 Jun 18

The Cabinet minister and South Staffordshire MP says it is ‘a tragedy’ that the World Owl Trust (WOT) has abandoned plans to set up its new home in Himley Park, Dudley…


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Owl sanctuary plans scrapped 

20 Jun 18

The World Owl Trust (WOT) started work on the scheme at Himley Park in Dudley in 2016, with a team of volunteers embarking on a clear up of the famous old walled garden area…


Sport
Locals relish World Cup atmosphere 

19 Jun 18

So much so, fans have been captured on video relishing the atmosphere of the tournament in Cannock, at Bar Sport…


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Veterans reunite at airfield 

19 Jun 18

Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport, in Bobbington, South Staffordshire, saw reunions of those who served as air crew for the RAF during the Second World War – with some travelling from as far as Dundee…


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Flooding forces centre closure 

18 Jun 18

Great Wyrley Community Centre will be shut down for eight to 10 weeks for repairs after it was deemed too dangerous to be used by the many groups who call it home…


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Walsall tower set to become new homes 

14 Jun 18

Nottingham-based Tameway (Midlands) is planning to convert Tameway Tower, on Bridge Street, Walsall into 143 flats…


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Patshull Estate sale talks 

13 Jun 18

The centuries old estate – which is owned by The Crown Estate – is made up of around 3,600 acres of agricultural land and property in Patshull, near Pattingham…


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Eleven years for ‘appalling’ assault 

12 Jun 18

David Felton, aged 65, of Edge View Walk, Kinver, was jailed at Stafford Crown Court…


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Man hit by train 

12 Jun 18

Trains were halted between Wolverhampton and Stafford after the incident at Penkridge Railway Station…


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Appeal after car crash 

11 Jun 18

Police are appeal to find the driver who left the scene of the two-car collision in south Staffordshire…


Sport
Players will return soon 

8 Jun 18

All members of the Saddlers squad will head to their Essington base on June 27 as Keates looks to ramp up his preparations for the new campaign…


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Lorry trapped under bridge 

7 Jun 18

Annette Denson was driving home to Codsall with husband Graham after visiting their son in Finchfield when they came across the obstacle at about 12…


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Cannock college campus to be reopened 

6 Jun 18

The town’s South Staffordshire College campus, which was up for sale, has now been taken off the market and the centre will open in September after a £6…


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Plans for 163-home estate in Bilbrook 

6 Jun 18

Developer Bloor Homes has put forward the proposal to put up 163 properties in Bilbrook, near Wolverhampton…


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Test-drive car thief strikes seven times 

5 Jun 18

Vehicles have been stolen in Cannock, South Staffordshire and Lichfield by the crook pretending to be interested in buying them…


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Monument, yes. Plan, no. 

5 Jun 18

Design plans for the long-awaited miners’ monument in Essington, near Wolverhampton, have been lost, the council has revealed…


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Freak injury puts star in hospital 

5 Jun 18

The £12m Premier League defender, who was born in Wolverhampton and started his career at Hednesford Town, was taken to hospital after being hurt while on international duty with Wales in America…


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Pensioner taken to hospital 

4 Jun 18

Firefighters rushed to the scene in Penkridge after reports of the fire in Orchard Crescent just after 5…


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Rock slips away 

4 Jun 18

Rock, from Armitage near Lichfield, was joint-leader after a blistering 63 in the first round, but scores of 70, 69, and 73 ensured he eventually ended up outside the top 40…


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Rock on a roll 

1 Jun 18

Rock, from Armitage near Lichfield, topped the leaderboard alongside Laurie Canter and South Africa’s Richard Sterne following an opening 63…


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Rock falls short 

28 May 18

Rock, who hails from Armitage near Rugeley, was firmly in the hunt for a top 10 place with five holes of his final round remaining…


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Rock in touch with leaders 

25 May 18

The Armitage 41-year-old ended the first day on three under par in joint 14th place, four shots behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard, of Denmark…


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Nicholas in form 

25 May 18

The professional, from Beau Desert Golf Club in Cannock, is heading to the States this summer for that competition and to defend her WPGA Professional Championship title…


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Man in hospital after crash 

24 May 18

The crash happened on the A449 Wolverhampton Road outside The Dudley Arms pub, in Himley, at around 9pm last night…


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Blaze ripped through home 

24 May 18

The shell of the home and fire-wrecked BMW and van were left after the fierce fire in Kinver, near Stourbridge…


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Midlands pub group bought 

24 May 18

The Solihull-based business, which was founded in 2014 and has 298 high quality community pubs, has been acquired from an affiliate of Avenue Capital Group…


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Driver ‘lucky’ to be alive after crash 

22 May 18

Fire crews, an air ambulance along with police from Kinver and Wombourne attended the incident which involved one red car in Bridgnorth Road, Trescott…


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Swansea want Potter 

22 May 18

The 42-year-old from Solihull is currently managing Swedish side Ostersunds, who gave Arsenal a scare in the Europa League this season…


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Jones Jnr a knockout with fans 

22 May 18

The six-time world champion across four weight divisions delved into tales from his career, which spanned almost three decades, at Bar Sport in Cannock…


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Pub takes action after dog bite 

22 May 18

A drinker at the Boat Inn in Penkridge was bitten on the leg as he attempted to come to the aid of his pet as it fought with a second dog…


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Wolves release 13 players 

20 May 18

Under-23s goalkeeper Jon Flatt heads the list of 13 out-of-contract players who will not be offered new terms, while the club have also released five from their scholarship programme…


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Elderly man in hospital following crash 

18 May 18

The incident happened on The Parkway, Perton at around 2pm today…


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Special measures for Dudley care home 

17 May 18

Edgeview Nursing Home in Kinver has been ranked as ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC…


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Labour set to remain in power in Walsall 

15 May 18

The party has four less seats than the Tories after this month’s local elections, but is set to remain in power after Labour group leader Sean Coughlan secured the support of two independent councillors and two Lib Dem councillors…


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Cat freed from tiny cavity 

15 May 18

The West Midlands Fire Service crews were called to assist RSPCA officers in Mill Lane, Willenhall, at around 4…


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Gazza talks school days 

12 May 18

That was the welcome England legend Gazza got as he walked on stage at The Premier Suite at Bar Sport in Cannock…


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Call for action on accident blackspot 

9 May 18

A concerned safety campaigner has proposed a two stage plan for the junction of Gospel End Street and Vicar Street in Sedgley, after witnessing the aftermath of ‘nasty collisions…


Sport
Non-League Weekly 

3 May 18

This week, the pair discuss a managerial change at Stafford Rangers, Wolves Sporting’s success and play-off disappointment for Chasetown and Kidderminster…