Double trouble after CCTV clues to Stourbridge handbag thefts

STOURBRIDGE police have today released CCTV images of two suspected thieves as officers urge shoppers to be extra vigilant and keep their handbags secure.

The appeal comes after a series of handbag thefts in the town centre over the last two weeks. Two snatches have taken place at Waitrose in the Ryemarket and one in the PDSA charity shop.

The two in Waitrose happened at approximately 11:20am on Tuesday 18 September and on Wednesday 26 September at just after 11am.

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Stourbridge scrap metal operation hailed a success

STOURBRIDGE Next Steps team and officers from the Quarry Bank and Dudley Wood neighbourhood team have conducted a four day scrap metal operation across Stourbridge and Quarry Bank to tackle offenders operating across the area.

76 vehicles were stopped by officers during the four day operation which started on 10 July and ran until 20 July 2012.

Operation Kryptonite is a long standing operation which supports officers who are tackling the rise in scrap metal crime. Dudley borough is particularly affected by this type of theft due to the large amount of scrap metal companies in the area. 

St George’s Day success Stourbridge

Hundreds of people turned out for the St George’s Day celebrations in Stourbridge on Saturday (April 21).

The Dudley Council organised event was fun-packed with hundreds of people enjoying the activities in the sunshine. The civic parade started proceedings at 10.30am, from Coventry Street, up the High Street to the Ryemarket outdoor square where the day was officially opened by the Mayor of Dudley.

On the main stage local favourite Maggie O’Hara led the crowds with patriotic songs in a sing-along and later was the host at a free tea dance at the town hall.

Other performers included Halesowen and Rubery Scouts Brass Band, Sedgley Morris Men, Bridgnorth Strummers ukulele band, Castle Clog dance group, Pedmore Panthers cheerleading group, Stourbridge Stagecoach performing arts group and Wordsley School Bands. All day roving entertainment included stilt-walking knights, a town crier, as well as balloon modellers and face painters.

Speaker of The House of Commons to deliver Frank Foley Lecture

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow MP will visit Stourbridge next Friday to deliver the Frank Foley lecture.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has organised the event to remember the man described as the ‘British Schindler’.

Frank Foley was an MI6 agent during WWII who used his position as a passport control officer to help hundreds of Jews escape Nazi Germany. He provided papers to allow them to escape, forged passports, sheltered people in his own home and even visited concentration camps to free inmates himself.

Pedestrian access to library and town hall - Stourbridge

Visitors to Stourbridge Library and Town Hall are advised that pedestrian access to both venues will only be available via Crown Square from this Sunday.

As part of preparatory works for the multi-million redevelopment of the Crown Centre, the pedestrian access to the Crown Centre from New Street will permanently close this Sunday March 18.

This means that visitors to the library and town hall will now access both buildings via the alternative entrance off Crown Square.

A new entrance to the library and town hall will soon open along Smithfields, off Market Street.

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