It was a typical Saturday afternoon in a town centre full of families on their weekly shopping trips. But within minutes, Walsall resembled a warzone, with chairs being hurled at police, flags being burned and punches thrown by gangs of thugs.
Cash-strapped police forces will be even worse off than they feared after Government cuts, the West Midlands commissioner has said.
The death of little Daniel Jones from a heroin overdose may have been avoidable if agencies involved with his family had fully acknowledged the risks he faced, it emerged today.
Colourful, courageous, charming, creative and charismatic – all words used to describe Christina Edkins at a poignant ceremony to unveil a memorial stone at her former school.