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Schoolboys arrested after youngsters held up at gunpoint

Armed officers and dog handlers were among those scrambled to Tipton, and locked down the area while the hunt continued.

The spree began at around 8.30pm yesterday, when a girl, 14, was forced into handing over cash on Webb Road when she was threatened with what was believed to be a handgun.

Twenty minutes later, a boy of 16 was assaulted on Bourne Road, and then minutes later two teenagers had their phones stolen after being threatened on Powis Avenue.

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Also some flooding on the Black Country route.

One lane being blocked on the Black Country route.

Assombalonga was far too pricey for Wolves

Wolves Head coach Kenny Jackett said: "He’s done well already and he’s got the power for this league and his goalscoring record has continued. He’s done very well because he’s transferred that goalscoring record from League Two to League One and now the Championship - which just shows he’s been consistent."

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Hostage victim schoolgirl who stole Simon Cowell's heart to treat coach who helped her to X Factor show

Ten-year-old Renee-Mai Bolter stole judge Simon Cowell’s heart when he presented her with a bravery award last month at the televised Pride of Britain ceremony.

The youngster was presented with the award for her actions when she was subjected to a terrifying hostage ordeal at her family home, in Delves, Walsall, when she was just aged seven.

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Six weeks of M6 closures as bridge repairs begin

Work to replace the joints at Bescot Viaduct that carries the motorway over the River Tame will start on Monday.

The southbound carriageway will be closed between junction 10 at Walsall and junction eight at the M5 link each night from 10pm to 6am.

The entry slip roads at junctions 10 and 9 at Wednesbury will also be closed to traffic.

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Four compete for Tory nomination in key Dudley seat

The four finalists being put to the vote are mother of two Sibby Buckle, a community pharmacist, Helen Harrison, a business woman who runs her own medical practice, Greg Smith, the son of a former chief inspector of police and grandson of a sheet metal worker from Netherton, who runs a marketing business, and Mike Wood, a councillor in Dudley who works for current Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP James Morris.

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Cannock Chase Council to share buildings and services in bid to save half a million pounds

Retaining more business rates is another idea.

Council chiefs said they are looking at ways to make savings now, rather than axe services and jobs in the future.

The authority has a forecast deficit of £578,000 in 2017/18, according to a report to the decision-making cabinet.

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Wolverhampton's New Cross Hospital fined more than £200k for failings

Staff failed to see enough A&E patients within four hours of their arrival during the month and too many patients did not receive specialist treatment within 18 weeks.

It saw just 91 per cent of A&E patients within four hours, with the national standard being 95 per cent.

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