A NEW editor has taken the helm at the Halesowen and Dudley News. 

Alicia Kelly has taken responsibility for the paper, along with its sister titles Bromsgrove Advertiser, Redditch Advertiser, Stourbridge News and the Halesowen and Dudley News. 

Alicia is also deputy regional group editor for Newsquest's Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Stourbridge titles. 

Stephanie Preece remains as regional group editor for the same papers. 

Alicia said: "It is a real privilege to be appointed editor for a long-standing newspaper like the Halesowen and Dudley News which has been at the centre of its community for many years. 

"I am looking forward to maintaining its reputation for reporting the latest news from the Black Country and championing causes close to the heart of the people living here - both online and in print.

"I'd love to hear from our readers to find out what is important to them and how they feel we can best support them.

"You can email me at alicia.kelly@newsquest.co.uk."