Around 70 memorials at a Sandwell cemetery have been wrecked with many having their precious contents strewn over the ground in a vile vandal attack.

Sandwell Council staff at Rowley Regis Cemetery and Crematorium made the grim discovery today (Monday 13 October).

Around 70 memorials in the Garden of Remembrance have had their fascias ripped off and in many cases the contents scattered all over the ground.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Austin slammed the Government for failing to meet its immigration target and cutting the number of people turned away at the border.


Years 7 and 8 school children across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country are being offered a free nasal spray vaccine to protect them from flu. This immunisation is part of an NHS England and Public Health England pilot scheme in partnership with NHS trusts and local schools.

In preparation for the winter months ahead, the free nasal spray is being offered in schools this term.

Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are carrying the virus. Immunising all school children in years 7 and 8 should help stop the spread of the virus through the school, and to friends and family members who may be more vulnerable to its effects.

NHSDudley MP Ian Austin has warned that local hospitals could face huge bills when the Government cuts central contracts for IT.

Following the current Government’s decision to scrap a central contract with Microsoft in 2010, individual NHS trusts will soon have to purchase and document software purchases themselves.

Industry experts have warned that NHS trusts are “in Microsoft’s sights” and could face hefty fees if found to be using software they have not paid for.

A song celebrating the pride of the Black Country has been declared as the area’s official anthem as the 100 day countdown to the national day in the region’s honour begins.

With national Black Country Day coming up on July 14, community groups and individuals are continuing to work with Dudley Council, to ensure it is marked with a festival of activities.

And now with 100 days to go before the big day, Black Country band, The Empty Can, are looking to break into the charts with their charity song ‘I Vow to Thee Black Country’.

The song, a Black Country version of the patriotic classic, I Vow to Thee My Country, goes on pre-order sale during May ahead of a May 27 release date, after being acclaimed as the Black Country anthem by locals on popular Facebook page The only way is Dudley.