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Plans for a controversial new mosque in Dudley have moved a step closer after worshippers offered council bosses £325,000 to end a legal dispute over the site earmarked for the development.

Labour-run Dudley Council said it was considering the Dudley Muslim Association's offer, which would hand the group ownership of the Hall Street site it hopes to build on.

But the revelation sparked fury among opposition councillors, with Ukip group leader Coun Paul Brothwood branding it a "stitch-up" which could be decided by cabinet members only instead of all elected representatives.


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