Sutton Coldfield

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  1. Thieves take defibrillators from outside churches

    Two defibrillators have been taken from outside two Wolverhampton churches.

    The potentially lifesaving kits, which can give a patient's heart an electric shock when it has stopped beating, were taken from cabinets placed at St Columba United Reform Church last Monday and Springdale Methodist on Friday.

    West Midlands Police said it is unclear if the thefts are connected and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

  2. Volunteers patrol park amid rape investigation

    Volunteers have been carrying out patrols on parkland as police continue to investigate a rape.

    Volunteers patrolling park

    A woman was attacked on the land near Princess Alice retail park in Sutton Coldfield on 3 October.

    Officers are still working to find the attacker and have reviewed 792 hours of CCTV footage, said West Midlands Police.

    The force has previously said it's believed the culprit was seen in the area days and possibly weeks before the victim's ordeal.

    Park staff have also been tidying and cutting back overgrowth in the area to help park users feel safer.

    The force thanked Banners Gate Rovers Street Watch volunteers who have been carrying out their patrols there.

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  4. Weather warning ahead of thunderstorms

    A yellow weather warning has been put in place ahead of heavy rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday.

    The thunderstorms, which will cover the West Midlands, are expected to last from 04:00 to 12:00 BST.

    The Met Office said there is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds

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  5. Video: Your 50-second weather forecast

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    Today, any showers will end early as things turn drier with a few sunny spells likely. It's mild for the time of year - but windy. Highs of 14C (63F).

    Tonight will become cloudy with rain developing from the southwest.

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    Video caption: Latest weather for the West Midlands
  6. Bar and pub staff taught to treat stab victims

    Police officers in Dudley have taught more than 50 bar and club staff how to use specialist bleed control kits to treat stabbing victims.

    The kits were developed for venues by the Daniel Baird Foundation, which was set up in the name of a 26-year-old who was fatally stabbed in 2017.

    Paul and Marie from the Brierley Hop House (right) practised how to use tourniquets.

    Sgt Daniel Fox, of Dudley Partnerships Team, said: “There’s been a real positive community spirit throughout training.

    “It’s so important these kits are used correctly, and local business owners and managers have been fantastic in getting involved and understanding the need to be trained."

    He says the kits, which include tourniquets and trauma dressings, can "add vital minutes to someone's life" while waiting for emergency services.

  7. Khan looks to 'great opportunity' at Saddlers

    Walsall Football Club have signed Otis Khan on a short-term deal.

    The 26-year-old midfielder spent last season at Tranmere Rovers where he helped them reach the play-offs.

    Otis Khan

    “I am really happy to be here,” Khan told the club.

    “Walsall is a massive club and this is a great opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get going," he said.

  8. Pair sought over Wolverhampton burglary

    Police have released CCTV images of two people they want to trace in connection with a burglary in Wolverhampton.

    It happened on Stafford Road between 00:30 and 05:00 BST on 8 July.

    Offenders climbed through a window and stole bank cards and the keys to a Ford Fiesta before leaving in the vehicle, West Midlands Police said.

    The footage comes from a petrol station where the stolen bank cards were used.

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  9. Covid cases rising in young people in Dudley

    Covid cases are continuing to rise in Dudley borough, with the largest number of cases being seen in children and young people, the local authority says.

    There has been a large number of outbreaks in educational settings, it says, with a rate of 530.7 cases per 100,000 10-to-19-year-olds recorded last week.

    Borough-wide there was a total of 1,422 cases in the week from 5 October to 11 October.

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    Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: "Much like many areas of the country, we are seeing an increased number of Covid cases in our children and young people and some of our educational settings are experiencing outbreaks.

    "Public health is working with schools to look at possible ways to reduce transmission and keep everyone safe. Today we have written to parents and carers to explain how they can support their child’s school if measures are temporarily reintroduced.

    "I would remind everyone in the community that they can also play their part by regularly taking Lateral Flow Tests."

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  11. Councils spend millions on housing support

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    Councils in the Black Country are spending more to help people on benefits with their housing costs amid a "perfect storm" of needs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions have revealed that local authorities in the area handed out a combined £4.7m in discretionary housing payments in 2020/21.

    The payments are top-ups given out by councils with the aim of preventing homelessness.

    The amount awarded has increased from £4.4m in 2019/20, although most of the pot comes from central government.

    Houses on the Yew Tree estate, Great Barr, Sandwell.

    Every council is allocated an amount towards the payments, but in many cases, local authorities are required to swell the sum using their own funds.

    Councils in the Black Country were allocated £4.5m between them, meaning they had to shell out a net total of more than £100k of their own money. Dudley, Sandwell, and Walsall councils all had to add to their government contribution, while Wolverhampton spent less than the allocated amount.

    Thomas Cave, from anti-poverty charity Turn2us, said: “Too many people have to top up their rent after they have received the housing element of their benefits.

    “Covid support schemes – including furlough, the Covid Local Grants Scheme, the £20 increase to Universal Credit and the eviction ban – have now ended.

    "Paired with rising living costs and the energy crisis, this has created a perfect storm of financial crisis."

  12. Thousands on bike-parking waiting lists

    Tens of thousands of city dwellers are on waiting lists for a safe place to park their bikes, figures have revealed.

    Campaigners are calling for more funding for councils to provide safe parking on residential streets to help boost the uptake of clean transport.

    Figures obtained by the Press Association revealed that demand for on-street bike hangars far outstrips supply, with just 20,000 spaces and more than 51,000 people on waiting lists.

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    Among the cities which said they had no hangars were Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.

    David Renard, transport spokesman for the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, says long-term funding is required to "better cater to cyclists".