LIFE-saving bleed kits are being rolled out to town centres and colleges across the borough in a bid to save lives in an emergency.

A kit is now ready for use in Dudley town centre and Brierley Hill, while Dudley College, Halesowen College and King Edward VI College have also snapped up the gear.

The kit will be used to control bleeding and seal any wounds while the patient is waiting for medical assistance, saving precious time before the patient gets to hospital.

The campaign for publicly accessible kits around the borough has been led by Upper Gornal councillor Keiran Casey, who has been working closely with the Daniel Baird Foundation.

The Foundation was launched by Birmingham mum Lynne Baird whose son Daniel was stabbed to death after a night out in the city, aged 26.

Councillor Kieran Casey explained: "When I read about the work Lynne and the Foundation were doing, I wanted to make sure that I supported her campaign and looked at what could be done to get these kits in to as many organisations right across Dudley."

A kit is now in place at the Gather cafe in the Churchill Precinct to be used in the event of an incident in Dudley town centre, and will soon also be installed in Brierley Hill town centre.

Staff at Dudley College have been trained to use the equipment and they have been distributed to other campuses including Waterfront CAT Centre and ADC Brierley Hill.

King Edward VI College in Stourbridge and Halesowen College have also bought the kits.

Dudley is now the second borough in the West Midlands to introduce the kits in public places.