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Man left seriously injured after being shot in the head in Wolverhampton. 

21 Jul

A man has been left seriously injured after being shot in the head in Wolverhampton on Friday night (20/07).


A brand for the West Midlands – Transport for West Midlands reveals a new public transport identity 

20 Jul

Public transport in the West Midlands is to get a brand new look in what is a UK first.


Aston Villa: ‘Significant investment’ deal with Nassef Sawiris & Wes Edens announced 

20 Jul

Aston Villa agree a deal with businessmen Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens that will see "significant investment" into the club.


Dr Tony Xia and Aston Villa Football Club announce deal with Middle East businessmen. 

20 Jul

Dr Tony Xia and Aston Villa Football Club have this afternoon (20/07) announced a deal with Middle East businessmen.


Cadbury to launch Dairy Milk bar with 30% less sugar 

20 Jul

Everyone loves chocolate.


Baby in Birmingham car-jacking ordeal reunited with mum 

20 Jul

Four-week-old Eliza O'Neill was in the back seat of a car taken by thieves in Birmingham.


Mother and baby daughter involved in terrifying car-jacking incident in Acocks Green 

20 Jul

West Midlands Police has released a photo of Claire O’Neill and her four week old baby Eliza who were involved in terrifying car-jacking incident in Acocks Green on Thursday afternoon (19/07).


An increase in recorded murders and manslaughters in Birmingham over the last year 

20 Jul

There has been an increase in recorded murders and manslaughters in Birmingham over the last year, reflecting the national rise in killings.


Dead bodies exhibition: Doctors call for coroner inquest 

19 Jul

The organiser of the Birmingham display of more than 20 dead Chinese men calls concerns "fake news".


Car stolen with baby in the back 

19 Jul

An Audi with a four-week-old baby girl in the back is car-jacked in Birmingham, say police.


NHS 111 sending increasing number of callers to A&E, latest figures released by NHS England show. 

19 Jul

The NHS 111 helpline in West Midlands is referring an increasing number of people to emergency services or calling an ambulance, prompting concerns about extra strain on AE departments.


Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise. 

19 Jul

On Saturdays from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM all Morrisons UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down.


Creator of first Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust to be given top university honour 

19 Jul

The woman who created the first Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust of its kind, is to be given a top university honour this month in recognition of her contribution to healthcare.


Continue a sporty summer with the ultimate after-work wind-down as Birmingham Bears take on the Northamptonshire Steelbacks. 

18 Jul

Feeling a little lost now the World Cup is over? Never fear, Edgbaston Stadium’s theatre of fun continues to serve a colossal dose of summer sports action , courtesy of the Birmingham Bears, who take on the Northamptonshire Steelbacks this Friday (...


Nearly a quarter of pupils lose free school eligibility in Birmingham 

18 Jul

Nearly a quarter of the pupils in Birmingham who could claim free school meals five years ago are no longer eligible for them.


Follow the Yellow Brick Road all the way to The REP this season for an unmissable line-up 

18 Jul

Theatre fans across the city are in for a treat this year, with a fabulous line-up courtesy of The REP.


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Comment »

Irish stew…and a bit of Trump too 

20 Jul

Open Irish border Richard Lutz sums up another whacko week Let’s begin with Theresa May’s visit today (Friday) to Northern Ireland.


WMNEG: revisiting draft manifesto 2000 

18 Jul

WEST MIDLANDS NEW ECONOMICS GROUP The next meeting, on Thursday 26th July, will be held at the John Lewis Community Hub, from 5 to 7pm.


Brexit: time for business 

18 Jul

Brexit: have so many words ever been written about one political issue? Probably not.


Street meets Khan in transport summit 

18 Jul

Mayors welcome deal for knowledge sharing between West Midlands and London.


Tudor Grange House conversion 

16 Jul

Tudor Grange House, described in The Victorian as ‘a significant Jacobean style house’, was built in 1887 for Alfred Lovekin, a Birmingham silversmith (background here ).


The West Midlands is full of diversity but its leadership bodies, public and private, are dominated by white men. What should be done? 

16 Jul

Last year the West Midlands Combined Authority set up a Leadership Commission to address the under-representation of people of all backgrounds in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.


Housing 33: a tale of two cities 

14 Jul

The Times reports that housing developments in Birmingham have benefited from billions of pounds of new investment attracted by the prospect of HS2, the high-speed rail line that is planned to connect London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds...


Birmingham MPs back Red Cross at parliamentary reception 

13 Jul

Call for more public support after record year for emergency organisation.


Public meeting – West Virginia teachers’ strike and Springfield primary school strike, Monday 16 July 7.30 Council House 

12 Jul

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Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city 

12 Jul

Well, last week certainly had its excitements, didn’t it?  First, that penalty shoot-out business.


Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty 

12 Jul

Comment Editor Amelia Hiller discusses Alfie Deyes' mistake and the responsibility YouTubers have to educate their fanbases The post Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty appeared first on Redbrick .


The Council must stop the forced academisation of Springfield primary school 

11 Jul

 A new angle on Springfield Primary has opened up.


Alan Clawley – a life well-lived: his less well-known contributions 

10 Jul

Alan was trained as an architect and lived in Birmingham for several decades, providing technical support to a wide variety of community projects.


This is the week that is: chapter 46 

10 Jul

Trump Boris Richard Lutz steels himself for the week ahead.


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City-centre news »

Next Drop-in Session Tuesday 21 July 

20 Jul

On Tuesday 21 July members of the Committee of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum (CCNF) will be holding a Drop-in session in Café Nero in Brindleyplace from 6pm onwards.


Pizza Hut EPICS 

20 Jul

Pizza Hut Restaurants have taken four of your all-time favourites and shaken things up.


Avoidable mortality 32% higher in the West Midlands most deprived cities 

19 Jul

Josh A.


Fake tan countdown 

18 Jul

Best self tanners at Bullring & Grand Central...


Find your perfect summer dress 

18 Jul

The must-have Zara dress you need to buy right now...


Say a Little, Mean a Lot 

17 Jul

Links of London are delighted to launch ‘Say a Little, Mean a Lot...


New Kids Menu 

17 Jul

Keep your little and big kids happy this summer at Café Rouge...


Paradise Circus To Close from 3 September to Summer 2019 

16 Jul

A Statement by Midland Metro Alliance, constructors of the Metro Tram extensions, is given below in offset blue type.


Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 007 

16 Jul

Below is the latest Westside Weekly newsletter released by the Midland Metro Alliance which is the developer of the Metro Tram Extension to the west side of Birmingham from the centre.


Step into Selfridges 

16 Jul

There's lots going on at Selfridges right now with new brands in store and more coming in 2018.


WATCH: Birmingham’s French community celebrate World Cup win 

16 Jul

The French community in Birmingham gathered at The Distillery on World Cup final day to watch France’s football team attempt to win the trophy for the first time outside of France.


Bare Minerals New Arrival 

12 Jul

COMPLEXION RESCUE DEFENCE launches 12th July...


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Aston Villa »

Let’s Hope For Brains at VP – As Well As Some Cash! 

20 Jul

News that Dr.


Money Worries Put Aside At Walsall 

18 Jul

Amidst the financial chaos at Villa Park football is still being played.


One moment in time 

17 Jul

Dave Woodhall on Villa and the World Cup.


Takeovers and FFP…Could There Be a Villa Miracle? 

17 Jul

Villa took to the pitches again over the weekend in a couple of friendlies starring a number of players who undoubtedly will not be featuring in the season opener.


Maybe There Is A Future? 

11 Jul

Well, having regained a little composure after the trauma of recent weeks, a little cogitation causes me to be calmer.


Come up and see me 

10 Jul

Cockney rebel Steve Harley talks to Dave Woodhall.


Stormclouds on the horizon 

8 Jul

Life at Villa Park rumbles on, with Dave Woodhall wondering what events might bring, and when.


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Birmingham City FC »

Transfer Talk: Alisson to hand Klopp PL? 

20 Jul

The latest episode from the second series of our Transfer Talk podcast is here...


Panic in the streets of Birmingham 

20 Jul

In little over a fortnight, Birmingham City entertain Norwich City in the curtain raiser for the new season.


Birmingham want to sign Bialkowski 

12 Jul

Birmingham City, currently under a transfer embargo, want to sign Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, according to Sky sources.


Birmingham hopeful on transfer embargo 

11 Jul

Birmingham are hopeful they can resolve their Financial Fair Play obligations and overturn a temporary transfer embargo imposed by the EFL, according to Sky sources.


Birmingham hopeful on transfer embargo 

11 Jul

Birmingham are hopeful they can resolve their Financial Fair Play obligations and overturn a temporary transfer embargo imposed by the EFL, according to Sky sources.


Just another boring pre season day, right? Wrong! 

9 Jul

You may or may not have seen an article doing the rounds on Social media that Blues are been placed ...


The Semi Finals – England Successfully Achieve Them 

9 Jul

I have just returned home to Devon.


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Sport »

Birmingham City player ratings as Che Adams downs Doncaster Rovers 

20 Jul

Brian Dick hands out the BCFC marks as Blues beat Doncaster Rovers...


This is what Aston Villa’s takeover means for Jack Grealish, FFP and transfers 

20 Jul

Mat Kendrick attempts to answer those big questions following the arrivals of Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens...


Tony Xia speaks for the first time since Aston Villa takeover 

20 Jul

Tony Xia has tweeted for the first time since Aston Villa's takeover...


Has Garry Monk picked his first team for Birmingham City’s friendly with Doncaster Rovers? 

20 Jul

BCFC manager names strong side for warm-up match...


Crisis warning after £21m budget overspend at Birmingham City Council 

20 Jul

Fears that council could go into special measures...


Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival launches 

20 Jul

It's not just jazz - you'll also find photography, poetry, barbershop choirs and jitterbug and ukulele lessons...


Cocaine smuggling Birmingham barber and gang jailed for 37 years 

20 Jul

Barber Nigel Roberts and gang jailed for smuggling 1 million of cocaine into UK from Jamaica...


Subway is bringing this giant inflatable obstacle course and 5k fun run to Cannon Hill Park 

20 Jul

Birmingham Subway Helping Hearts Family 5K fun run will also include a Family Village full of activities...


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    Business »

    Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

    17 Jul

    Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.


    Law staff to scale new heights with children’s hospital challenges 

    28 Jun

    STAFF from a Midlands law firm will be swapping their day roles for hiking boots and aerodynamic lycra to raise more than £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


    Aston’s JS Wright sets up prefabrication unit 

    14 Jun

    As construction workers from EU countries leave following the Brexit vote and the skilled British workforce is ageing, Britain is once more turning to prefabrication.


    The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

    13 May

    o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.


    Kind Stourbridge lawyers launch fundraising initiative for Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

    20 Apr

    STAFF from a Stourbridge-based law firm have pledged their support to help Birmingham Children’s Hospital carry out its life-saving care.


    More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

    30 Mar

    o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.


    Bromsgrove firm acquires video production company 

    28 Mar

    IT'S lights, camera, action at Bromsgrove firm Superdream, following the purchase of Birmingham-based film production company HIPSTER.


    Former rugby pro to open new café in Birmingham 

    19 Feb

    Venue in Bull Street will be Sam Smith's second caf after launching his new venture in Worcester in 2016...


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    Business columns »

    Digital engagement campaign as part of Channel 4 Bid 

    20 Jul

    New way to share online views on the West Midlands’ Channel 4 HQ bid.


    Charity boost to homeless fight 

    17 Jul

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car donates £6,000 to West Midlands Homelessness Task Force.


    Warning about building site danger ahead of school holidays 

    16 Jul

    Students learn site safety after visit from St.


    Local success story for Birmingham mum 

    15 Jul

    New beauty product to help tackle exhaustion wins national award.


    Birmingham MPs back Red Cross at parliamentary reception 

    13 Jul

    Call for more public support after record year for emergency organisation.


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    Events »

    New Show: She Makes War 

    20 Jul

    We’re delighted to announce that Bristol based multi-instrumentalist producer and visual artist She Makes War  will be performing live on Wednesday 31st October as part of her ‘Brace For Impact’ Tour.


    Darts Knockout , 22 Jul 2018 

    19 Jul

    22 Jul 2018 - Community at Rileys (suitable for under 18s) Rileys Solihull Darts Knockout.


    Asian Youth Culture Double Bill, 22 Jul 2018 

    17 Jul

    22 Jul 2018 - Film at The Electric Cinema...


    Yellow Submarine, 19 Jul 2018 

    17 Jul

    19 Jul 2018 - Film at The Electric Cinema (suitable for under 18s) The visionary feature film designed by the great art director Heinz Edelmann can now be experienced in glorious surround sound with the ground-breaking animation stunningly restored.


    New Show: The Goon Sax 

    17 Jul

    We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw will be welcoming Australian indie pop trio The Goon Sax this September! The Goon Sax are James Harrison, Louis Forster and Riley Jones from Brisbane, Australia.


    O’Neill’s Sound of Summer Competition Regional Finals, 19 Jul 2018 

    17 Jul

    19 Jul 2018 - Community at O'Neill's, Broad Street FREE Three up and coming bands with undiscovered talent have beaten off stiff competition throughout the area and made it through to the regional finals at O’Neill’s Birmingham as part of the ...


    New Show: The Parrots 

    17 Jul

    We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw Killer Wave will be welcoming the rock ‘n’ roll trio hailing from Madrid, The Parrots , this October! The band have recently released their new track, Girl, on Heavenly Recordings.


    Digbeth Arts Market, 21 Jul 2018 

    16 Jul

    21 Jul 2018 - Community at Symphony Hall FREE (suitable for under 18s) Making their Inside Out debut, five talented local artists (That Bloke Wilson, Roots0121, Joshua Whitehead, Caitlin McGovern and Chunxx Illustrations) from Digbeth Arts Market ...


    Kustomised Kicks, 21 Jul 2018 

    16 Jul

    21 Jul 2018 - Workshop at Bull Ring FREE (suitable for under 18s) CALLING ALL SNEAKERHEADS! Bullring Grand Central commissions Birmingham artist for exclusive sneaker customisation service Enjoy the very best pick of the kicks this July, as Bullring...


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    Music blogs »

    MOVIE ROUND-UP:This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jul 20-Thu Jul 26 

    20 Jul

    NEW RELEASES Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (U) The first film a screen adaptation of the stage musical… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP:This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Jul 20-Thu Jul 26 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    Now That’s What I Call Historical 

    20 Jul

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1983 when the original Now That's What Call Music came out I was just 13.


    The English Football Team Have Rediscovered Their Power, And I Have Rediscovered The Power of Atomic Kitten 

    20 Jul

    In the midst of World Cup madness one noughties girl group has worked its way back into our hearts, Ben Johns writes The post The English Football Team Have Rediscovered Their Power, And I Have Rediscovered The Power of Atomic Kitten appeared first ...


    Album Review: Years & Years- Palo Santo 

    19 Jul

    Kat Smith discusses why Palo Santo, the long-awaited sophomore album from Years & Years, deserves five stars The post Album Review: Years & Years- Palo Santo appeared first on Redbrick .


    Festival Review: Community 

    18 Jul

    Social Sec Sorcha Harnett reviews the second outing of Finsbury Park's own celebration of indie rock's finest, Community Festival The post Festival Review: Community appeared first on Redbrick .


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    999 »

    Acute Intoxication is a Mental Disorder 

    6 Jul

    The longer I work on policing and mental health, the less frequently I experience certain things which used to hit me square in the face every time I went near the topic as a PC: a new piece of knowledge that leaves you entirely confused and...


    Accountable to the Law, not the NHS 

    5 Jul

    On 12th November 2013, I wrote a blog entitled ‘Here We Go Again‘, following the death of a vulnerable man in Bedfordshire who we now know was called Leon Briggs.


    Conversations, reviews and operational issues 

    2 Jul

    Since I leased out the blog to the rest of the team in May there is a fair bit to cover.


    Exacerbating Tensions 

    30 Jun

    I’ve had to ask myself recently whether I’m guilty of potentially exacerbating tensions or conflict between the police and mental health services, after a number of suggestions on social media and elsewhere that this is the effect...


    CarePlan: Call the Police! 

    28 Jun

    We are hearing stories on social media at the moment, of patients who claim they were told to ‘call the police’ when they have contacted their community or crisis team for support as they recognise they are becoming unwell or at...


    Twenty Four Hours in Police Custody 

    26 Jun

    Last night’s episode was a belter wasn’t it? … see Channel 4 ‘catch up’ on the internet, if you missed it: 10pm on 25th June.


    Let’s Do The Maths 

    17 Jun

    Look back to when I joined the police are you’ll see that crime levels, measured either by police recorded crime or by the British Crime Survey, were much higher – but if you look at statistics on use of s136 of the Mental Health...


    Capacity for What?! 

    13 Jun

    It’s rearing its head again: whether or not somebody has the ‘capacity’ to be a victim or ‘capacity’ to be a suspect.


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    LocalGov »

    Kingdom Services Group “Whistle Blower” 

    20 Jul

    Response by Birmingham City Council to P Rourke on 20 July 2018 .


    Mounting the pavement using the dropped kerb, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    It is strange that Mighty drivers who work indirectly for the Council take it upon themselves to be vouched for by their client Council tenant who encourages all and sundry to park on the pavement.


    Foster care allowances 

    20 Jul

    Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Robert Cann on 20 July 2018 .


    Gutted blocked by tarmac ramp outside no. 80, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    Owner has created tarmac ramp over gutter instead of getting pavement crossing.


    Horrendous pot holes all along road despite recent repairs, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    This road is covered with pot holes and patched tarmac.


    Bin overflowing, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    Bin overflowing and needs emptying Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 248 Lodge Road, Hockley Report on FixMyStreet...


    SEND and ASC transport spend 

    20 Jul

    Response by Birmingham City Council to HCT Group on 20 July 2018 .


    Fridge Freezer dumped, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    To the right of Number 16 New Handsworth Rd there is fridge freezer dumped reported before.


    Sofa flytipped, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    Outside Number 7, new handsworth Rd Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2a Foundry Road, Winson Green Report on FixMyStreet...


    Should be a one way rd, 20th July 

    20 Jul

    Not enough space for a 2 way rd with vans and some drivers in bham not following highway code or common sense and pushing forward when theres no space then using horn incessantly.


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    Social media »

    we’re nothing without you… thank you from an outsider to comms people 

    20 Jul

    One man who works in insight and who has left the public sector looks back and says 'thank you' to comms people he worked with.


    what the amazing NHS at 70 campaign achieved 

    20 Jul

    It has been a big year for the NHS.


    Meet the man who fought a dozen FOI battles to prove that data doesn’t cause crime 

    19 Jul

    Empty Shops image by Dan Thompson For the last three years Gavin Chait has been fighting — and winning — multiple Freedom of Information cases to unlock data on vacant properties.


    PUNK ATTITUDE: Today’s comms person needs to learn three chords and form a band over and over to still have a job in 20 years time 

    17 Jul

    It’s funny how two things collide and you start thinking about things in new ways.


    what I have learned from croatia 

    13 Jul

    sports and communications have many parallels not least around the benefits of effective team work and leadership by Amanda Nash There are many things I’ve been blamed for in my life, but England losing to Croatia in the semi-finals was probably ...


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