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The leader of Dudley Council Pete Lowe has ramped up pressure on UKIP councillors amid crunch talks to decide who runs the town.
The controlling Labour group could face a battle to remain in power after UKIP said it was unlikely to support them this week.
Labour does not have a majority in Dudley, leaving the possibility of a deal between Conservatives and UKIP to change the leadership.

But Labour’s Pete Lowe, who is facing the prospect of losing his position of leader of the council, said for that to happen UKIP would have to put aside its claim of being an independent party.

Six men from the Black Country have been charged by police after a spate of armed shop robberies in Dudley and Sandwell.
Four of the men were arrested by armed police in Dudley on Friday, while two other suspects were charged after a separate investigation.

Kyle Dingley, Lee Pritchard, Aiden Jenkins and Brad Arnold - all from the Dudley borough - were detained by armed officers in Wellington Road at around 5.30pm on Friday, shortly after an off-licence in nearby Priory Road was robbed.


Following a three month consultation with service users, new opening times at Dudley libraries and the archives centre will be introduced in August.

Reduced opening times are being introduced as part of agreed cost savings across the council to meet the demands of budget cuts from central government.

All libraries will still be open at least six days a week and two of the borough’s main libraries will be open 7 days a week. Evening opening times will continue where there is public demand.

Dudley Council Landfill and Himley Road.

Who is responsible?

A journey taken by hundreds if not thousands of motorists each day through Dudley is being made arduous, hazardous and dirty due to the lack of responsibility by Dudley Council to use their duty of care and responsibility to ensure residents, road users and member of the public are safeguarded against hazardous and dangerous waste and lorries transporting their loads on the Himley Road.

A Coseley school which has suffered falling pupil numbers and exam results will close as education bosses vow to put the needs of pupils first.


The Coseley School will undergo a phased closure over the next 12 months after cabinet agreed to close the school tonight (Thursday) in the interests of pupils.

In September 2016 the school had just over 520 pupils - half of its 975 capacity, and last year’s GCSE results placed it bottom of all borough secondary schools for five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths.