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A fitting tribute to Walsall born Victoria Cross recipient, John Henry Carless VC, was unveiled this week by the Mayor, Councillor Pete Smith, at St Mary’s The Mount RC Primary School.

The family of John Carless VC organised a commemorative service with the school on 11 November 2014 to mark the centenary of the First World War with the paving stone donated by the Department for Communities and Local Government.  Also in attendance were Walsall Council members and officers including the Leader, Councillor Sean Coughlan, and fellow alumni of St Mary’s The Mount, Councillor Marco Longhi.

The Mayor addressed the school assembly and said, “We are all here today to remember a very special man.”

Visitors will be able to see Walsall's premier park in a new light next year when its key features and main routes are illuminated as the finishing touch to its multi-million pound restoration.

Contractors Willmott Dixon Ltd are currently hard at work on Walsall Arboretum's new visitor centre, housed on the site of existing park buildings at the Centre Green.

It will feature a cafeteria, classroom, changing rooms, new toilet and baby changing facilities and a meeting room and offices with a completion date set for early 2015.

Walsall Council has allocated £270,000 in its Mainstream Capital Programme to focus on the illuminated park aspect of the restoration.

Alcohol-related crimes have been falling in Walsall over the last five years – with the number of under 18s being admitted to hospital as a result of drink reaching their lowest levels since 2004.

The encouraging statistics from Public Health Walsall follow recent figures from Alcohol Concern  that showed more than 370,000 people across the Black Country and Staffordshire ended up in hospital or needing NHS care because of drinking.

Walsall has an estimated 34,058 hazardous drinkers and 10,772 who are alcohol dependent, although the prevalence rates are rising slower than both regional and national rates.

Thieves have stolen hundreds of pounds of photography and gardening equipment used by adults with disabilities after smashing their way into Goscote Greenacres.

They forced padlocks on a shed at the site in Goscote Lane and forced their way into the community cabin there some time overnight on Saturday 18 October 2014.

Paul Mason, Goscote Greenacres community development officer, said: "It's a real blow to everyone who uses the site as well as all those who've been involved in making it such a great community asset.

Walsall communities suffering anti-social behaviour will benefit from new powers which came into force on Monday to help police and partners tackle this high profile issue.

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014, the government has reduced the number of powers to deal with anti-social behaviour from 19 to 6 simpler and more flexible powers.

These new powers are Civil Injunctions, Criminal Behaviour Orders, Community Protection Notices, Public Space Protection Orders, Closure and Dispersal Powers.  Civil Injunctions will replace the current Anti-Social Behaviour Orders however this aspect of the bill has been delayed nationally until next year.