Help us win historic EU vote
Chris Kelly, Member of Parliament for Dudley South, is urging people in Dudley and the Black Country to help the Conservatives in their bid to secure the first EU referendum in 40 years.
This follows news that the Prime Minister has launched a new campaign website, www.LetBritainDecide.com, which makes it simple for people to join the campaign to back the Bill about to go through Parliament, which will pave the way for a vote in 2017, after a full renegotiation. www.LetBritainDecide.com aims to “build public pressure, to give people a voice, and to urge MPs from other parties to listen to their constituents.”
Eleven charged following hydroponic shop raids
ELEVEN people have been charged with drugs offences and knowingly supplying equipment to cannabis growers after police raided a number of hydroponic sellers earlier this year.
Eight shops were raided across Birmingham and the Black Country over two days in February.
Two arrested after man dies in Dudley dispute
TWO men are in police custody after a man died during a fight at a house in Halesowen last night.
Police were called to the house, on Graham Road, at around 9pm on Sunday 3 February to a report of a disturbance at the property.
Officers arrived to find the door had been forced open and a man collapsed inside the premises, having suffered a stab wound.
Ambulance staff attended the scene, however the man could not be saved and he died as a result of his injuries. His family have been informed.
Left alone to die by who? The little girl found dead in a wet cot
An underweight little girl died after being left alone in a wet cot by a window for more than four hours – following months of ‘wrangling’ by two social service teams about who should look after her.
Sixty recommendations have now been drawn up by Sandwell and Dudley councils after the case of tragic 18-month-old Keidey-Ellese Earp was not picked up in time by the authorities after her family moved house.
An inquest heard that court care proceedings by social workers, who had been monitoring her case for seven months over concerns that she was underweight and failing to thrive, was launched just two days before her death.
An expert hired to investigate the case said court action should have been taken ‘considerably’ earlier.
The cause of the girl’s death may never be known after a coroner recorded an open verdict, but said it was probably due to the cold conditions she was left to lie in.
Commissioner announces proposed policing budget for 2013-14
Proposed 3% rise allows 100 Officers to transfer to frontline operational duties
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones is asking householders for just a few pence a week more for policing in next year's council tax bills, in order to put the Force on a more sustainable financial footing given unfair government cuts, pay for investment in new technologies and return more officers to the frontline.
In his report to the Police and Crime Panel, the Commissioner has said that he will seek to increase the policing element of Council Tax bills from £99.45 to £102.43 a year for a Band D property, equivalent to just over 5p a week more. Despite this proposed increase, the local charge for policing in the West Midlands will remain the second lowest in the country.