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As the weather gets colder, Dudley borough residents are being warned to be cautious when defrosting cars.

Dudley’s community safety partnership, safe & sound, is urging people not to leave keys in the ignition of an unattended vehicle.

Every winter cars are stolen from driveways and the kerbside when unsuspecting owners leave cars unattended while warming up and defrosting windscreens.

To avoid becoming a victim to opportunist thieves, the advice is to clear windscreens with de-icer and a scraper and sit in your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen.


Dudley residents have just three weeks to register for an energy auction that could save them hundreds of pounds on their bills.

More than 5,000 people have registered with the Big Switch campaign since it began and been given the chance to cut around £300 off their fuel bills.

The more people who register for the auction, the better the deal offered by energy companies. The last auction, which closed in October, attracted nearly 800 people and 98 percent were able to make significant savings.

Dudley MP Ian Austin has joined a new Parliamentary group on sight loss to promote the work of the Beacon Centre for the Blind.

The Eye Health and Visual Impairment All-Party Parliamentary Group works to inform MPs about treatment and support for people suffering from sight loss and blindness.

Austin has joined the group to help promote the Beacon Centre for the Blind in Sedgley that provides specialist services and support for people with visual impairment.

A fly-tipper landed a £430 court bill after being caught red handed on CCTV dumping rubbish in Halesowen.

James Kirkwood was spotted on CCTV dumping the rubbish on land off Beecher Road East.

CCTV footage showed the 51-year-old leaving black bags and household waste in March this year. The rubbish was also traced back to his address.