HERE'S your evening news round-up for the Black Country and north Worcestershire.

A FORMER Dudley headteacher who took advantage of a colleague's poor eyesight to give himself a 21 per cent pay rise has been banned from teaching.

David Bishop-Rowe led The Sutton School and Specialist College in Scotts Green Close from 2002 until 2014, when he resigned after a whistleblower triggered an investigation into his conduct.

A report issued by the Teacher Misconduct Panel for the National College for Teaching and Leadership said that the 61-year-old claimed the pay rise, which took him from £91,612.00 to £110,850.52 - was due to his "additional responsibilities" and he tricked a colleague with poor eyesight into signing it off.

The worker said she "didn't know what she was signing" and confirmed that it had not gone before the personnel committee.

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THE trust that runs Kidderminster Hospital raked in more than £2.5 million in car parking fees in the last year.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust collected £2,551,096 in 2016/17, down slightly by 0.2 per cent on the previous year, from fees paid to use its three hospitals.

Staff at the trust's hospitals also coughed up £646,981 in the same period with patients and visitors paying £1,904,114.

The figures, which go back to 2013/14, reveal that the trust regularly collects more than £2 million a year from car parking fees.

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ICY roads caused a car to crash into the side of a house in Hollywood this morning (Friday).

Firefighters from Droitwich, Redditch and West Midlands Fire Service were called to the scene at the junction of Alcester Road and New Road at 7.48am.

The car is believed to have skidded on the slippery road surface and crashed into the outside wall of the house, causing substantial structural damage.

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THANKS to your generous donations, The Big Push has smashed the £20,000 mark.

Since we launched the campaign in July, the cash has been rolling in and our total currently stands at £20,964.

With the kind donations, Russells Hall Hospital has been able to buy 34 new wheelchairs, which cost £600 each.

Karen Phillips, fundraising manager for the Dudley Group NHS Charity, said: “We have just topped the £20,000 mark, which we are really pleased about and we have a further £4,000 in pledges from ongoing fundraising."

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POLICE are still searching for a man, with links to Redditch, who is wanted under a European arrest warrant.

The warrant for Karol Michalski’s arrest was issued by Westminster Magistrates' Court in connection to drugs and theft offences in Poland.

Police are carrying out enquiries to locate the 27-year-old, who is thought to be in the Redditch or Evesham area, and as part of this, are asking the public to report any sightings of him.

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PLANS to install a new artillery shell as pride of place in Halesowen’s Shell Cornerhave moved a step closer after Dudley Council backed the idea.

An unexploded First World War German artillery shell was situated on Long Lane after the First World War, before disappearing in the 1970s.

However, Halesowen North councillor Stuart Henley has organised a replacement to be installed in the area, with plans now being agreed to by the authority’s planning committee.

Cllr Henley said: “The shell is a return of the area’s history and will also be a commemoration piece for all to remember those who have fought and fallen."

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