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Imam loses court human rights case 

24 Nov

A man from Birmingham, suspected of fundraising for Islamist militant group Al-Shabab, loses his challenge to a terrorism prevention order.


Men arrested after explosion destroys council flat 

24 Nov

Two men have been arrested in connection with an explosion that destroyed a Birmingham council flat yesterday evening.


Men injured in flat blast arrested 

24 Nov

Two men who were seriously burned in a blast at a flat in south Birmingham are arrested on suspicion of causing an explosion likely to endanger life, police say.


Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says Blues fear no-one after win extends their unbeaten run 

24 Nov

Victory at Rotherham sees Blues collect eight points from four games and move out of the bottom three with Stuart Pearce's Nottingham Forest next up at St Andrew's...


Police appeal to dwarf ‘Kevin’ for information over Broad Street sex assault 

24 Nov

Officers believe witness may be able to help them track down man who attacked woman after she left Walkabout bar...


Jaguar Land Rover’s classic collection goes on show at Heritage Motor Centre 

24 Nov

Warwickshire venue will plays host to 16 cars bought as part of £100m collection in the summer from Dr James Hull...


West Midlands ‘needs Transport for London’ style regulator 

24 Nov

City council watchdog brands Birmingham's public transport a "shambles" as recently unveiled 20-year vision comes under microscope...


PwC claim honours in National Apprenticeship Awards 

24 Nov

Now in their 11th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers...


Black Country chamber names Voestalpine Metsec business of the year 

24 Nov

Oldbury manufacturer was one of seven winners at the annual awards which recognised customer service and international trade among other categories...


Black Country chamber names Voestalpine Metsec business of the year 

24 Nov

Oldbury manufacturer was one of seven winners at the annual awards which recognised customer service and international trade among other categories...


Canal & River Trust plans £20m canalside Wharfdale Park 

24 Nov

Industrial estate along Grand Union Canal will feature warehouses of up to 150,000 sq ft on site in Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District...


Two men burned in blast at flat 

24 Nov

Two men are seriously burned in an explosion at a flat in south Birmingham while rescue dogs search the remains of the property.


‘Un-magical’ Christmas land closes 

23 Nov

A Christmas attraction at the Belfry near Sutton Coldfield, designed by TV star Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen temporarily closes after customers brand it a "rip-off".


Rotherham 0 Birmingham City 1: Rate the players 

23 Nov

Tell us how the Birmingham City players performed against Rotherham...


PICTURES: Birmingham City fans at Rotherham’s New York Stadium – faces in the crowd 

22 Nov

Can you see yourself at Rotherham's New York Stadium...


133 mobile phones have been smuggled into Birmingham prison in the last year 

22 Nov

The government released the figures for all prisons including Birmingham, which has been operated by G4S since 2011...


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Women play in Parliament – Parliament Week 2014 

23 Nov

Parliament Week organised the following event as part of Parliament week 2014.


Lest We forget – Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red 

23 Nov

No words can describe the visual image of the installation.


War Widows to Receive Pensions for Life – Claire Perry MP explains to constituents 

23 Nov

Widows, widowers and surviving civil partners of all members of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme will now retain their pensions for life, fulfilling the Government’s ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.


MP Priti Patel- the upbeat news on the narrowing of the gender gap 

23 Nov

Much words of hope from MP Priti Patel, she recently shared some good news, the gender gap is narrowing thanks to hardworking women in their 20s and 30s.


Localise Birmingham? A lead from India 

23 Nov

The sheer size of the city was brought home to the writer who accidentally travelled the 49’s circuitous bus route which crossed many city wards.


See Emily Play 

23 Nov

If the excitable and somewhat tarnished British media is to be believed, Emily Thornberry has posted the most disgusting, offensive, vile, inhumane and satanic tweet in the short but colourful history of social media...


Outsourcing: “the most important public policy issue of our time” 

22 Nov

Last week, the Financial Times noted that British outsourcing companies have ‘strengthened their grip on public sector contracts’ over the past decade, and that -according to the National Audit Office – Capita is one of the UK’s biggest ...


What lessons can we learn from the Birmingham pub bombings? 

21 Nov

40 years on from the Birmingham pub bombings, Andy Richards looks at the lessons we can take from our city's darkest day.


A call to stop further privatisation of children’s services 

21 Nov

By Jolyon Jones A packed public meeting of social workers and trade unionists launched the ‘Birmingham declaration against privatisation of Children’s social care’ last month.


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Yard Talk – Christmas 

24 Nov

When: Saturday 13th December 2014, 14:00-16:00 Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH Theme: Christmas Yard Talk started as part of Friction Arts’ heritage project Echoes, as a way to learn more about the recent history of ...


Police appeal to dwarf ‘Kevin’ for information over Broad Street sex assault 

24 Nov

Officers believe witness may be able to help them track down man who attacked woman after she left Walkabout bar...


Live Music Round Up 

23 Nov

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Deacon Pat Linthwaite RIP 

23 Nov

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Pat Linthwaite (Our Lady’s Parish, Rednal, Birminghan) who died yesterday morning in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.


Welcome to the Peaky Blinders pub in Birmingham, where staff and punters dress like the gang 

22 Nov

A new pub in Birmingham offers real Peaky Blinders flavour...


Tesla Motors come to Digbeth 

22 Nov

The electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has opened its first dealership outside the South East right here in Digbeth.


Birmingham pub bombings: See The Freedom of Information requests sent to police over lost evidence 

21 Nov

West Midlands Police admitted in April that it had LOST 35 items of evidence...


Birmingham pub bombings: What are they hiding behind the 75-year banning order? 

21 Nov

Explore what could have happened in the police, Government and security services before and after the attacks...


West Midlands Police Release PickPocket Videos 

21 Nov

Learn how to spot the signs of pickpocketing...


Birmingham pub memories: Where were you on the night that changed the city forever? 

21 Nov

During our coverage of the bombings, many of you have been getting in touch to tell us where you were on November 21,1974...


Your City Your Say: How will budget cuts affect you 

21 Nov

With budget cuts set to change the way many Birmingham Council services are delivered, we take a look at how city households like yours could be affected.


Birmingham Trad Fest – Video 

21 Nov

When: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November Where: Venues across Digbeth and Birmingham It’s not long now until Trad Fest, the UK’s newest traditional Irish music festival, descends on Digbeth.


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Aston Villa »

Villa Aren’t Carrying The Can For Vlaar Contract 

23 Nov

Villa Aren't Carrying The Can For Vlaar Contract Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/11/2014 19:23:00 With Ron Vlaar's agent, Arnold Oosterveer, saying recently that the club have not requested talks over a new contract, manager Paul Lambert...


Lambert Wants More Progress Against Southampton 

23 Nov

Lambert Wants More Progress Against Southampton Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/11/2014 19:15:00 Manager Paul Lambert has called on the team to play in the manner we did against Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham in order to get a positive result...


Tadic Was Our Failed January Buy 

23 Nov

Tadic Was Our Failed January Buy Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/11/2014 19:06:00 Many may remember the rumours of a big money signing last January, that couldn't be got over the line, and manager Paul Lambert has indicated that was...


Aston Villa v Southampton – the preview 

23 Nov

The form book would suggest that the installation of the founding lamp won’t do much to brighten up the Villans’ season tomorrow night as they host the Saints, unless it comes complete with a genie… The Saints have won eleven of their last...


Aston Villa – a 140-year-old roller-coaster 

23 Nov

I am sure that most of those reading will have seen the video that the club released this week to commemorate our one hundred and fortieth anniversary but it’s certainly worth a look if you haven’t.


Praying To Avoid A Beating From The Saints? 

23 Nov

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140 Years of Aston Villa 

22 Nov

The legend suggests that yesterday was the 140th anniversary of Aston Villa Football Club.


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Birmingham City FC »

Back in the Saddle 

24 Nov

Four games, eight points won, one goal conceded.


Rowett’s View: Rotherham (a) 

24 Nov

Gary Rowett described Blues' performance against Rotherham as the best since he took over as manager.


Sports Desk Live – November 24 

24 Nov

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett says Blues fear no-one after win extends their unbeaten run 

24 Nov

Victory at Rotherham sees Blues collect eight points from four games and move out of the bottom three with Stuart Pearce's Nottingham Forest next up at St Andrew's...


The re-emergence of Andy Shinnie 

24 Nov

By Luke Turner   Yesterday’s win away at Rotherham saw another bright display from the rejuvenated Andy Shinnie.


Blues FOUR-midable under Rowett 

24 Nov

Rotherham United 0-1 Birmingham City By Oliver Osborn Birmingham City stretched their unbeaten run to four game under new boss ...


Highlights: Rotherham 0-1 Birmingham 

23 Nov

Highlights: Rotherham 0-1 Birmingham Vitalfootball:Birmingham:23/11/2014 22:08:00...


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Sport »

3 points from a tough game 

24 Nov

looking at the table i dont think anyone expected Cov City Yellow to be such a tough test, we didnt play very well in the first half but the pressure was eased by a bit of good work from Neve to put a goal on a plate for Charlotte.


U21s Race Night success 

24 Nov

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25 goals in 5 league games 

24 Nov

U21s average 5 a game in the league.


14 goals in 9 outings 

24 Nov

U21s Boothe bags season 2nd hat-trick...


Under 21s – 7 Up again for U21s 

24 Nov

SCTFC U21s 7 AFC Lichfield 1...


Sixth straight lose for Brum as Edinburgh add to misery 

24 Nov

Sam Harrison watched on at Bournbrook as the UoB Womens Rubgy 1sts took on Edinburgh, in an attempt to try and spark some life into a season to forget thus far...


Action Shots From Saturdays game 

24 Nov

Courtesy of Sports Action Media...


First Team – Mickleover Sports 1 – 0 ROYALS 

24 Nov

Royals beaten in Derbyshire...


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Birmingham Big Art project’s £2m public artwork to be located next to Eastside City Park 

24 Nov

New piece of public art which is expected to cost around £2m is aimed at putting Birmingham on the international map...


Power Capacitors of Tyseley at Westminster 

24 Nov

Power Capacitors Limited has been a leading specialist in Power Factor Correction and associated equipment based in Birmingham since 1973.


New associate director at Lambert Smith Hampton 

24 Nov

Matthew Tilt joins Birmingham from Bulleys as it waves goodbye to Alex Carr who is setting up a new team in London...


West Midlands ‘needs Transport for London’ style regulator 

24 Nov

City council watchdog brands Birmingham's public transport a "shambles" as recently unveiled 20-year vision comes under microscope...


Jaguar Land Rover’s classic collection goes on show at Heritage Motor Centre 

24 Nov

Warwickshire venue will plays host to 16 cars bought as part of £100m collection in the summer from Dr James Hull...


PwC claim honours in National Apprenticeship Awards 

24 Nov

Now in their 11th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of the country’s most outstanding apprentices and apprenticeship employers...


Canal & River Trust plans £20m canalside Wharfdale Park 

24 Nov

Industrial estate along Grand Union Canal will feature warehouses of up to 150,000 sq ft on site in Tyseley Environmental Enterprise District...


£4.5m car auction proves classic stuff 

23 Nov

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show saw 65,000 car-lovers head to Birmingham's NEC in an event hailed by organisers as "the best ever".


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Business columns »

Birmingham company lands £3 million-plus capital project work 

24 Nov

City firm to be part of major social housing renovation.


LOOKING FORWARDS TO CHELTENHAM 

23 Nov

On the gallops with AP McCoy Duckersanddiving is riding with legendary jump jockey AP McCoy this season as he prepares for the Cheltenham Festival in March.


FOREVER FLOWING BUBBLES 

22 Nov

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City’s top professional awards celebrate 15th year 

21 Nov

Launch of prestigious challenge to city’s young businesspeople.


HOLD THE FRONT PAGE 

21 Nov

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Events »

Screengrab: Speeding Bullitt 

22 Nov

RICHARD LUTZ POSES THE BIG QUESTION AS HE DELVES INTO THE WEEKLY TV LISTINGS FOR THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK OK, I’ll get to the point.


Welcome to the Peaky Blinders pub in Birmingham, where staff and punters dress like the gang 

22 Nov

A new pub in Birmingham offers real Peaky Blinders flavour...


Behind The Curtain: The Children From The Hotel America, 25 Nov 2014 

21 Nov

25 Nov 2014 - Film at mac The film revolves around the lives of teenagers in Soviet Lithuania.


Interview – Protafield 

21 Nov

Jayce Lewis released his debut album  ‘Nemesis” under his pseudonym  Protafield   in June this year.


Win a VIP night out to see superstar Michael Bublé officially launch the Barclaycard Arena 

21 Nov

Plus a night at a fabulous 4* hotel in Birmingham City Centre...


The Coronas 

21 Nov

The Coronas - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 25, Mar 15...


mac’s Christmas co production of Thumbelina – an action packed adventure 

21 Nov

A quality production co-produced with award-winning theatre company Dancing Brick.


LOOK: Inside Concorde House apartments in Birmingham and how you can recreate the stylish look in your own home 

21 Nov

Birmingham’s latest swish apartments at Concorde House have been given a designer touch.


Colmore Business District’s Christmas events calendar unveiled 

20 Nov

Film at Birmingham Cathedral, roller-skating puddings, choir performances and Christmas market on programme of festive activities...


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Music blogs »

Single Review: CHVRCHES – Get Away 

24 Nov

Alex Ekong reviews Chvrches' Drive soundtrack single...


FACTORY FLOOR 

24 Nov

Factory Floor are a band that have been busily gaining accolades from industry and fans alike with their live performances and brain-washingly alluring eclectic sound.


Brum Beat veteran in fundraiser 

24 Nov

King’s Heath Walk of Fame latest.


Live Review: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker 

24 Nov

Anya Hancock enjoys an evening of heartfelt folk at the Kitchen Garden Caf...


Live Review: Marika Hackman @ The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham – 13/11/2014 

23 Nov

Known for her dark slant on indie folk, Marika Hackman lulls you into a false sense of security.


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999 »

Do you know this man? Appeal for information after theft – Birmingham New Street 

24 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of goods from a shop on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station.


#CrisisTeamFail 

21 Nov

I noticed a hashtag on Twitter last night that made me feel quite anxious but also intrigued me – #CrisisTeamFail.


Appeal for information after member of rail staff subjected to abuse – Northfield 

21 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place at Northfield railway station in Birmingham.


Appeal for information after member of rail staff subjected to abuse – Northfield 

21 Nov

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place at Northfield railway station in Birmingham.


Witness Warnings 

20 Nov

The Crisis Care Concordat is ensuring that a lot of discussions occur about the interface between the police and our mental health system, amongst other things.


Concordat Colours 

19 Nov

The Crisis Care Concordat has it’s National Summit in London next week – a gathering of all the signatory agencies in order to mark progress ahead of the first big deadline.


CCTV appeal: Help identify man after petrol station attack 

19 Nov

CCTV appeal: Help identify man after petrol station attack Police have released shocking video footage of a man being assaulted at a Birmingham garage after he refused to give someone a lift.


CCTV appeal: Peaky Blinder sought in Birmingham attack 

18 Nov

CCTV appeal: Peaky Blinder sought in Birmingham attack Do you recognise this Peaky Blinders wannabe? He is suspected of assaulting a man in Birmingham recently.


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LocalGov »

Large Pot Hole, 24th November 

24 Nov

There is a very deep pot hole in the road just after the junction.


School Nurse Laraine Says Let’s Fight Flu Together 

24 Nov

Pupils in Walsall are being offered the flu vaccine to help fight the spread of the illness in schools.


Council Spend on Office Space and Internet 

24 Nov

Response by Birmingham City Council to Kat Kynes on 24 November 2014 .


Information relating to closure of Summer HIll substance misuse residential re-hab 

24 Nov

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Annemarie Ward on 24 November 2014 .


Outside 151 birchfield road, 24th November 

24 Nov

There is about 40-50 black bin bags been there now 4 weeks ripped open and rats running round Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 353 Birchfield Road, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


This week’s council meetings: Nov 24-28 

24 Nov

Click on the link below for details of this week’s Birmingham City Council meetings.


Media Watch – Nov 24 

24 Nov

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Dangerous low staff levels in Birmingham’s children’s services revealed (Birmingham Mail) Staffing levels at Birmingham City Council’s beleaguered children’s services have reached crisis point...


Council Spend on Office Space and Internet 

24 Nov

Clarification sent to Birmingham City Council by Kat Kynes on 24 November 2014 .


Street Lamp not working, 23rd November 

23 Nov

Bulb needs replacing in street lamp Report on FixMyStreet...


Gritting Alert – 23 November 

23 Nov

The Birmingham gritters are on duty tonight and will treat the roads from 7pm.


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Social media »

Hyperlocal Voices Revisited: Tim Dickens, Brixton Blog and Brixton Bugle 

24 Nov

In our Hyperlocal Voices series we speak to hyperlocal publishers about their journey as they seek to build a successful hyperlocal offer.


the comms2point0 unawards: the story so far 

22 Nov

The inaugural comms2point0 UnAwards take place in December in Birmingham.


Is This The Beginning Of The End For The UK Headline? 

21 Nov

Until recently a journalism trainer in the UK could safely berate a trainee for Writing Headlines Where Every Word Began With A Capital.


Why I have a problem with Google’s crowdfunding tool Contributor – a tweet story 

21 Nov

I have 2 problems with Google's crowdfunding tool Contributor: 1) it allows Google to collect data on what we read https://t.


CAMPAIGN JUSTICE: What Journalism 2.0 Looks Like and What You Can Learn 

21 Nov

It was around 2010 and as depressing conversations with a reporter go this one took quite some beating.


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