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St John's United Reformed Church in Stourbridge has gone on the market after it closed following its final service in January.

A bid is now being launched to try and form an action group who can raise the funds to buy the building and prevent it from being taken over by developers.

The campaign is being spearheaded by Wordsley musician Chris Passey, who his part of community arts group Gig Caritas, which was based at the church until it closed - and has already been backed by Dudley Council leader and Stourbridge councillor Pete Lowe.

POLICE are investigating the cause of a serious crash in Stourbridge this morning (Saturday 1 December).

Emergency services were alerted the two car collision just after 2am by a member of the public who dialled 999.   Police were immediately dispatched to the scene.    

Wordsley High Street was closed for seven hours while crash investigators examined the scene for clues.           

A man, believed to be in his 20s, was trapped inside a blue Ford KA which, after hitting a stationary car, struck a bus stop.  When freed, the man was taken to hospital with multiple serious injuries where he remains in a critical condition.

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. 

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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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.