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Multi-agency training exercise to take place in the city centre. 

24 Aug

Emergency services and partner organisations, led by West Midlands Fire Service, will be taking part in a multi-agency training exercise in the city centre tonight (24/08).


Body of a man found at an address in Handsworth. 

24 Aug

Police were called to an address on Wellington Road, at around 7:30AM on Tuesday morning (23/08), to reports of a man, aged 34, had been found collapsed.


Bury sign Vaughan after Blues exit 

24 Aug

League One side Bury sign striker James Vaughan on a free transfer after he was released by Birmingham City.


West Midlands Combined Authority receives over £36M to invest in the region’s future. 

24 Aug

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced the transfer of £36.5million directly to the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) through the region’s ground-breaking devolution deal – the first of payments totalling £1.1 billion over the next...


St Etienne sign Newcastle’s Saivet and Villa’s Veretout on a season’s loan 

24 Aug

French side St Etienne sign Newcastle's Henri Saivet and fellow midfielder Jordan Veretout from Aston Villa on loan.


Canal and River Trust prepare for one of their biggest jobs of the summer. 

24 Aug

Birmingham alone has more waterways than Venice – combine that with the canals through the Black Country, more than a hundred miles of them, and you have a fascinating and extensive network that costs a lot of time, effort and money to maintain.


Investigation underway after a man found with life-threatening injuries in the city centre. 

24 Aug

Detective Sergeant Adam Hicklin, from West Midlands Police (WMP) CID is appealing for witnesses after a man was found with life-threatening injuries in the city centre on Tuesday night (23/08).


Birmingham mosque murder victim’s family ‘racially abused’ 

24 Aug

Relatives of a Muslim man murdered by a racist say they have been recent victims of race hate abuse.


Man’s body found in Handsworth ‘unexplained’ death 

23 Aug

The body of a 34-year-old man is found at an address in Birmingham.


Sweden grenade attack: Birmingham boy killed in front of mother 

23 Aug

The father of an eight-year-old boy killed by a grenade while on holiday in Sweden has spoken of his wife's grief.


Holloway Circus Utility Works – Motorists advised to follow diversion signs and to allow more time for their journey. 

23 Aug

Since April 2015, Birmingham City Council, Amey and utility companies have been progressing the advanced utility works on the Cleveland Tower side of Holloway Circus.


Grenade attack Birmingham boy Yuusuf Warsame ‘died cradled in mother’s arms’ 

23 Aug

An eight-year-old boy killed by a grenade while on holiday in Sweden was cradled in his mother's arms as he died, his father says.


Man who died following a collision on the M6 has been named. 

23 Aug

A man, who died following a collision on the M6 on Sunday (21/08), has been named as Anthony Marston.


Ritchie De Laet: Aston Villa sign Leicester City defender on three-year contract 

23 Aug

Aston Villa sign Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.


Sparkhill boy dies following a grenade attack in Sweden 

23 Aug

Yuusuf Warsame, aged 8, from Sparkhill, has sadly died following a grenade attack in Sweden in the early hours of Monday morning (22/08).


Birmingham City Council to create Young Active Travel trust 

23 Aug

Proposals to create a new charitable trust designed to support improvements to the ways in which children travel in the city are set to be formally approved in September.


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Comment »

Birmingham’s conservation areas only work if residents are on side 

25 Aug

Architect Joe Holyoak assess if and how the city's historic conservation areas can be protected and preserved for future generations...


Can health-threatening air pollution in London and Birmingham be reduced? 

24 Aug

In July last year, The FT brought news of 9,400 premature London deaths in 2010 due to air pollution, according to a  study by King’s College London  academics.


Summer Special: Challenges continue at Council House 

23 Aug

In the second of our special summer reports, the Chamberlain Files team examine a turbulent 12 months for Birmingham city council.


Medalling with worlds 

23 Aug

For a global sporting event to be considered successful, it must be preceded by dire predictions of unfinished facilities, dangerous infrastructure, drug scandals, blatant corruption and civil unrest...


Transport for the West Midlands? 

22 Aug

What will the Combined Authority mean for transport? What things do we want to see from the Metro Mayor? How might you like to get involved in shaping this agenda? An opportunity to find out about the new transport powers and budgets held by the West...


Harry: is the common good or vested interest paramount in the minds of Corbyn’s opponents? 

22 Aug

Birmingham University’s newspaper, Redbrick, reaches a wider audience, courtesy of the Brummie aggregator, which gives busy people a rapid overview of city news and opinion with the option of following up articles in depth by using the links.


Summer Special: The birth and teething pains of WMCA 

22 Aug

In the latest of our special summer reports on the Greater Birmingham political scene, the Chamberlain Files team examine the rise of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).


National conference on Combined Authorities called by Greater Manchester TUCs on 24 September 

22 Aug

Devolution: a grassroots assessment and response – towards a  People’s Plan? Contributions from trades union activists, community campaigners, academics and politicians on economic strategy, housing, transport, environment, NHS, democracy etc.


Visit the BMI on Heritage Open Days and during Birmingham Heritage Week 

21 Aug

Saturday 10 September 10am – 4pm FREE ENTRY As part of Heritage Open Days and Birmingham Heritage Week the Institute will open its doors to the general public for FREE tours, talks and workshops in its Grade II* listed building.


TV news ‘misreported’ the Labour leadership hustings in Birmingham 

21 Aug

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Does Owen Smith have a chance as the next Labour Leader? 

21 Aug

With Labour in the midst of its leadership challenge, Harry Tennison weighs in on Owen Smith's chances of success.


National Libraries Museums & Galleries Demonstration, Saturday 5th November 

21 Aug

Assemble outside the British Library in London at 12 noon for a march to Westminster.


Trade unions and the WMCA – now take the seats allocated , and demand parity with employers at the top tables 

20 Aug

Trade Unions have been allocated seats on 8 lower-level committees alongside employers’ representatives.


WMCA welcomes Prime Minister’s praise for West Midlands 

19 Aug

Potential of Midlands Engine backed by PM.


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City-centre news »

Back to School Shopping: The Secrets to Success 

24 Aug

Your kids are heading back to school.


Statement from Archbishop Bernard Longley on the earthquake in Italy 

24 Aug

“I am greatly saddened to hear of the loss of so many lives and the injuries that people have suffered in the earthquake near Norcia in Italy.


The Old Crown turns 648! 

22 Aug

When: Friday 26 August, 18:00–late Where: The Old Crown, 188 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD The Old Crown is getting pretty old and to celebrate they’re holding a 648th birthday party! Everyone is invited to the oldest birthday party that … ...


Live Music Round Up 

21 Aug

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


The Death of Ireland’s Last High King 

20 Aug

When: Wednesday 7 September, 19:00 Where: Birmingham Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LN The Birmingham Irish Heritage Group convenes at the Irish Centre on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm until about 9pm.


Newman Exhibition – A Saint for the Midlands 

19 Aug

Each venue will be opening their doors for a limited period of time inviting you to visit the insightful 22-panel exhibition.


Open Events 

19 Aug

Matthew Boulton Sutton Coldfield Stourbridge College James Watt Erdington Skills Centre Kidderminster Academy Art and Design Centre Botanical Gardens --> #BMetOpen Come along to one of our open events in October, November and December.


Real Ale in a Real Heritage Pub 

19 Aug

When: Wednesday 31 August, 13:00 Where: The Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) are launching the new edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs at The Woodman later this month.


G-Star Raw Refresh 

19 Aug

G-Star Raw has a whole new look this season but not just for fashion...


Open Air Mass at Aston Hall, 21 August, Year of Mercy prayer for the canonisation of Bl Dominic Barberi 

18 Aug

Preparations are underway at Aston Hall in Staffordshire for an open air Mass this Sunday, August 21st as part of the Year of Mercy devotion to prayer for the canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi who lived at that location for seven years.


Unwrapping ‘The Gift’ 

18 Aug

Having independently all decided to attend a pilot course at St Mary’s College, Oscott, which took place over two Saturdays in  May, five parishioners from Our Lady and the Apostles at Shipston on Stour and Brailes have been inspired to run ‘The...


The Bullring Guide to Last Minute Holidays 

17 Aug

Craving a last minute getaway? Bullring has got your essential guide to planning a stylish last minute holiday.


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Aston Villa »

Chester Gets Wales Call 

24 Aug

Chester Gets Wales Call Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 14:40:00 James Chester has been called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the coming international break.


The Vital Villa Man Of The Match – Derby County Away 

24 Aug

The Vital Villa Man Of The Match - Derby County Away Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 14:31:00 Man of the match for our away game v Derby County...


Aston Villa Offer – Kids For £1 For 3 Fixtures 

24 Aug

Aston Villa Offer - Kids For pound;1 For 3 Fixtures Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 14:11:00 Worth spreading this I think, a great offer to get the youngsters down to Villa Park...


The Aston Villa Exodus Continues? (Now Official) 

24 Aug

The Aston Villa Exodus Continues? (Now Official) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 13:55:00 Looks like the exodus is continuing with Veretout the next out of the door and Micah Richards also being linked with a move away from Villa Park...


Ritchie De Laet joins Aston Villa on three-year deal 

23 Aug

Aston Villa have signed defender Ritchie De Laet from Leicester on a three-year deal, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.


Better De Laet Than Never For Aston Villa?! 

23 Aug

Better De Laet Than Never For Aston Villa?! Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/08/2016 12:27:00 It's official, Aston Villa have a new right back.


Hutton Gets Scotland Call 

22 Aug

Hutton Gets Scotland Call Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/08/2016 14:46:00 Aston Villa's Alan Hutton has been called up by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for the coming international break.


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Birmingham City FC »

Opinion: We Need Two Upfront 

24 Aug

Opinion: We Need Two Upfront Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 21:11:00 Sasks opinion about the striker situation at Birmingham City.


Do Blues lack team spirit? 

24 Aug

Do Blues lack team spirit? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 19:59:00 Richard Sneekes' claims Blues lack togetherness...


Vaughan exits Blues 

24 Aug

Vaughan exits Blues Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 16:25:00 James Vaughan has joined Bury on a permanant deal...


Bury sign Vaughan after Blues exit 

24 Aug

League One side Bury sign striker James Vaughan on a free transfer after he was released by Birmingham City.


Blues fans no longer have the hots for Cotts 

24 Aug

Blues fans no longer have the hots for Cotts Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 14:28:00 David Cotterill has under performed so far this season...


Rowett keen on Charlton defender 

24 Aug

Rowett keen on Charlton defender Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 11:10:00 Gary Rowett is keen on Charlton Athletic defender Morgan Fox...


Vaughan set to become a Brewer 

24 Aug

Vaughan set to become a Brewer Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 10:51:00 James Vaughan is on the verge of a move to Burton Albion...


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Sport »

Limited places left for Royals Academy 

25 Aug

Final few places up for grabs on our successful Education and Football Academy.


County Championship: Ian Westwood’s century puts Warwickshire in box seat 

24 Aug

Ian Westwood makes his first century in 16 months to steer Warwickshire into a winning position against Durham.


Romulus FC Academy Limited spaces stills up for grabs 

24 Aug

With GCSE day upon us, tomorrow (Thursday), lots of aspiring young talented footballers will be wanting to build on their exam success..


Massive turnaround for the 2nds 

24 Aug

2nd XI Birmingham League Division Two (South) Handsworth 316-5 (45) Aston Manor 267-3 (37 ) ASTON MANOR WON BY 7 WICKETS (D/L method) Despite the extremely difficult conditions Manor’s bowling and fielding performance was nevertheless...


Disappointing result against Handsworth 

24 Aug

1st XI Birmingham League Division Three Handsworth 289-6 Aston Manor 201 all out HANDSWORTH WON BY 88 RUNS Aston Manor’s recent run of improved results came to an abrupt end with an abject display at Church Road.


SUTTON FEEL THE COLD WIND OF THE NORTH EAST 

24 Aug

Sutton made the long trip north to County Durham...


UoB’s Golden Girl – Lily Owsley 

24 Aug

Current University of Birmingham student Lily Owsley wins Olympic gold as the GB women’s hockey team make history in Rio.


County Championship: Warwickshire’s Jeetan Patel helps to bowl out Durham 

23 Aug

Jeetan Patel takes another five-wicket haul as Warwickshire bowl out Durham for 207 at Chester-le-Street.


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