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Councillor Ian Cooper, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Leasowes High school in Halesowen was evacuated this morning after receiving a call which turned out to be a bomb hoax.

“We are working with West Midlands Police on this incident but there is no suggestion of any other threat to other schools in Dudley borough.

“We can reassure parents that the situation was dealt with quickly and safely.”

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce held their first Your Future Careers Fairs which was a great success with 27 stands on show to the young people at Q3 Academy. We invited young people aged 14-24 to attend our Your Future Careers Fair on Thursday 3rd December in the evening. This event was free to attend and gave young people a chance to meet a variety of further education providers, training providers, apprenticeship supporters and local businesses offering advice and guidance. 

Your Future Careers Fairs is a government funded national project to deliver 250 events through Chambers of Commerce, attracting over 70,000 young people across England.


Dudley MP Ian Austin has added his name to a Bill that seeks to bring in tougher penalties for those who drive dangerously and risk lives of innocent road users and pedestrians.

Austin is backing the Criminal Driving (Justice for Victims) Bill together with 30 MPs from all parties.

The Bill has calls for longer sentences, the redefinition of criminal driving, tighter bail conditions, and higher standards for police investigations.  The Bill also sets out proposals to improve the treatment of victims and their families.

Ian Austin is asking his constituents to tell him what they think about the government’s plans to carry out air strikes in Syria.

The Dudley North has sent a detailed email with background material on the government’s plans and an in-depth survey to 5,000 people in his constituency – everyone for whom he has an email address. He has already received hundreds of responses, but is now asking other residents to get in touch with their views.

He’ll send his survey immediately to anyone who email's him at austini [AT] parliament [DOT] ukor who contacts his office on 01384 342503/4.