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Lawyer Mark Hodge jailed for raping teenager in Birmingham home 

30 Jun

Shamed high-flier Mark Hodge sent to prison for 11 years for five offences...


Birmingham teaching unions slam tougher exam plans 

30 Jun

Government's mission to introduce pupil performance targets and more stringent testing branded 'turbulence for schools...


VIDEO: Tunisia victim flown back to UK 

30 Jun

A victim of the attack in Tunisia, has been flown to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital for specialist treatment, a leading doctor explains.


Man admits concrete slab attack 

30 Jun

A man admits trying to murder another man by hitting him over the head with a concrete slab in Birmingham.


Injured Tunisia Britons flown home 

30 Jun

Four British tourists seriously injured in the Tunisian beach attack are flown back to the UK by the RAF, with at least one being treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


Bill’s restaurant could be latest eatery to open in Bullring 

30 Jun

The chain has expressed an interest in the unit used by Mango near Bullring's Spiceal Street...


‘Child protection must not be used for dealing with the symptoms of increased poverty’ 

30 Jun

by Brigid Featherstone (The Open University), Anna Gupta (Royal Hollway, University of London), Kate Morris (The University of Nottingham), Jo Warner (University of Kent), Sue White (University of Birmingham)     According to a recent report ...


COMMENT: Should the Black Country combine forces with Birmingham? 

30 Jun

The Black Country is being offered more powers over funding, skills and transport in a major programme of devolution.


BBC chief Peter Salmon outlines expansion plans – for the North 

30 Jun

Vision portrayed by head of BBC England contrasts sharply with his thoughts on the West Midlands made a few weeks ago in the Post...


Voting begins for new Birmingham BID 

30 Jun

Companies in Bournville, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Stirchley will decide over next month whether to form the Lifford BID...


Right to Buy sales drop in the West Midlands 

30 Jun

New research says just under 1,200 social homes were sold in the 2014/15 fiscal year which was a decrease of over seven per cent...


Sex case officer ‘tipped off Church’ 

30 Jun

A paedophile priest was able to flee the country after a police officer tipped off the Catholic Church in Birmingham about an inquiry, a sex abuse victim claims.


Ex-footballer killed in Tunisia 

29 Jun

A former Birmingham City footballer and his wife are among those killed in the Tunisian beach attack, the BBC understands.


Former Birmingham City player Denis Thwaites and wife among Tunisia dead 

29 Jun

A former Birmingham City player and his wife have been confirmed as among the victims of the Tunisia terror attack.


Sir Albert Bore keen to build on China links 

29 Jun

City council leader addressed EU President Jean-Claude Juncker and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during speech at conference in Brussels...


Birmingham motorists urged to prepare for hay fever surge 

29 Jun

Drivers urged to avoid dangerous sneezing fits by getting new air filter as city braces itself for heatwave and high pollen counts...


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Comment »

Dale’s Diary: ‘Baron Whitby gets a transfer, and Jerry bows out’ 

30 Jun

It’s all gone a bit quiet for Mike Whitby since the former Tory leader of Birmingham city council decamped to the red leather benches of the House of Lords to...


Council leader woos Chinese in Brussels, leaving deputy to face grim social services news 

30 Jun

Sir Albert Bore sent his apologies to yesterday’s Birmingham council cabinet meeting because he had to be in Brussels to deliver a speech to an audience which included EU President...


Come on Birmingham: Let’s get physical 

30 Jun

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton makes the case for Brummies to be more physically active.


Paradise Regained and Paradise Lost? 

30 Jun

The transfer in 2013 of significant public health responsibilities and funding for the over fives was, rightly, heralded as one of the best local government-related decisions of the last Parliament (although, to be honest, there weren’t that ...


Article: APPG Universities, A Comment – College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham 

30 Jun

To read the original piece, click here: APPG Universities: a comment I was invited to the House of Lords to talk to the All Party Parliamentary University Group (APPUG) on Tuesday 23 June about the impact of counter-terror policies on the experience ...


West Midlands action – part of the growing international support for Palestinians 

30 Jun

On Mon 6th July, the space around an Israeli Arms factory in Shenstone will be transformed – converted from a site of destruction into a creative and child-friendly environment.


New Street Station improvements: benches on every platform? 

29 Jun

Edwin Heathcote, the FT’s architecture critic, describes public benches as the seat of civilisation.


The Midlands is still fighting for a fair deal from Government as cash pours in to London 

29 Jun

The announcement that rail improvements in the Midlands and North have been "paused" shows that regions outside London still need to fight for funding to grow their economies and create jobs...


How the new English Baccalaureate will give every child a fair chance of a job or university place 

29 Jun

MP Margot James says the introduction of the English Baccalaureate will help ensure every GCSE student takes the subjects they need to have a chance of a good job or university place...


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City-centre news »

Birmingham rapper added to Reading/Leeds lineup 

30 Jun

Seven more names have been added to Reading and Leeds festival’s lineup, including Birmingham based rapper Lady Leshurr.


Lawyer Mark Hodge jailed for raping teenager in Birmingham home 

30 Jun

Shamed high-flier Mark Hodge sent to prison for 11 years for five offences...


The world prefers Manchester to Birmingham – at least when it comes to tourism 

30 Jun

Click here to see our full infographic on Birmingham and Manchester tourism Birmingham may be England’s Second City, but it lags behind Manchester when it comes to international visitors, according to data obtained from the Office of National...


Midland Metro News June 2015 

29 Jun

June bulletin released...


Mens’ hockey team and table tennis gold medallist receive highest honours at BMet Sports Awards 

29 Jun

Birmingham Metropolitan College’s (BMet) Men’s Hockey team topped off their successful year in sport by being crowned Team of the Year at the college’s sports awards.


Students’ show garden border achieves silver medal status 

29 Jun

Birmingham Metropolitan College students were awarded a silver medal at BBC Gardeners’ World Live.


Replay: Zombie movie She Who Brings Gifts continues filming in Birmingham 

29 Jun

Our coverage from Colmore Row as futuristic blockbuster resumes filming in the city centre...


Summer Market 2015 

29 Jun

When: Saturday 11th July, 12:00–18:00 Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE Entry: £1.50 (kids go free) The perennially popular Seasonal Markets returns to The Bond in Digbeth on 11th July for their summer outing, but ...


Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn wants to get rid of tuition fees 

29 Jun

During the Labour hustings  held on Saturday at the New Bingley Hall ,  Birmingham , the Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn told   Birmingham Eastside that he wants to “get rid of tuition fees”: “I want to bring back ...


Live: Zombie movie She Who Brings Gifts continues filming in Birmingham 

29 Jun

Updates from Colmore Row as futuristic blockbuster resumes filming in the city centre...


See Waterloo Street being transformed for filming of She Who Brings Gifts 

28 Jun

Waterloo Street and part of Colmore Row to be closed on Monday for filming of zombie movie - but will stars be in attendance...


Pit bull owner jailed after dog savaged 13-year-old schoolboy on Birmingham bus 

28 Jun

Leon Morris, 38, sent to prison for 20 months after 'using animal as a weapon' by saying  'get him...


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Aston Villa »

£1.3 Million Bid For Nicolai Boilesen Rejected 

30 Jun

Upon rumours that Aston Villa were interested in signing Ajax left-back Nicolai Boilesen, Ajax have reportedly turned down a £1.3 million offer for Boilesen ultimately confirming Aston Villa’s interest.


Why replacing Guzan shouldn’t be a priority 

30 Jun

Isn’t it funny how opinions can vary sometimes? Last week there were whispers that Tim Sherwood was considering bidding for Stoke City’s Asmir Begović.


What Does The Wilkins Appointment Imply? 

30 Jun

What Does The Wilkins Appointment Imply? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:30/06/2015 12:18:00 Looking at appointment of Ray Wilkins and what it implies for Aston Villa...


Villa Transfer News Including Spurs Swap Shop 

30 Jun

Villa Transfer News Including Spurs Swap Shop Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:30/06/2015 08:39:00 Transfer talk for Aston Villa on 30/06/2015...


Aston Hotspur 

30 Jun

If media outlets were to be believed, the ‘new look’ Aston Villa team would be made up of current and former Tottenham Hotspur players.


Wilkins Confirmed As Assistant Manager 

29 Jun

Wilkins Confirmed As Assistant Manager Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/06/2015 16:01:00 Aston Villa have today confirmed the arrival of Ray Wilkins in the position of assistant manager.


The curse of the supporters’ award! 

29 Jun

The last player I imagined discussing leaving B6 this summer was Fabian Delph.


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Birmingham City FC »

BIH: Loan and Interim Report 

30 Jun

Birmingham International Holdings have made two announcements to the stock exchange today which have varying degrees of ramification on BCFC.


Denis Thwaites: Birmingham City legend pays tribute to former Blues hero after Tunisia tragedy 

30 Jun

Joe Gallagher remembers ‘the most skilful player I ever saw...


Ian Bennett Joins Nottingham Forest 

30 Jun

Ian Bennett Joins Nottingham Forest Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/06/2015 16:43:00 Former Blues keeper has moved from Huddersfield to Forest...


Birmingham Home Game Moved 

30 Jun

Birmingham Home Game Moved Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/06/2015 16:30:00 St Andrews fixture vs Derby County will be on TV...


Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett has his say on Clayton Donaldson’s future 

30 Jun

Rowett sees Donaldson as a player he would like to build his side around...


Reading should pay through the nose if Clayton goes 

30 Jun

Reading should pay through the nose if Clayton goes Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/06/2015 11:30:00 Clayton Donaldson has been the subject of two offers from Reading.


All aboard Gary Rowett’s promotion disco bus 

30 Jun

All aboard Gary Rowett's promotion disco bus Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/06/2015 11:28:00 Rob Wildey looks ahead to the new season.


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Sport »

Evans hits ton as Bears bat all day 

30 Jun

Warwickshire's Laurie Evans hits his first Championship century in two years as only two wickets fall in the day at Edgbaston.


Four Sussex players score centuries 

29 Jun

Luke Wright, Ben Brown and Ashar Zaidi join Chris Nash in scoring centuries as Sussex dominate against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.


Football Club membership 

29 Jun

Please be advised that the renewal of Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club membership is due on 1st June.


Manor lose against Smethwick 

29 Jun

2nd XI Birmingham League Division Two North Aston Manor 253-8 Smethwick 254-4 SMETHWICK WON BY 6 WICKETS On a perfect batting surface at Church Road, Manor batted with good consistency but only youngster Waqas Younis (75) was able to go on...


Weakened Manor outplay Worcester 

29 Jun

1st XI Birmingham League Division Three Aston Manor 216 all out Worcester 103 all out ASTON MANOR WON BY 113 RUNS Despite the absence of several 1st XI regulars Manor produced arguably their best performance of the season to comprehensively...


Exciting Alliance for Academy Roms 

28 Jun

Latest news coming out of Lindridge Road...


Sussex seize control at Edgbaston 

28 Jun

Chris Nash hits an unbeaten century as Sussex reach 280-3 on day one of their Division One match against Warwickshire.


It’s countdown to kick-off! 

27 Jun

The Roms are back in training...


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Business »

Birmingham Wholesale Markets vision a step nearer 

30 Jun

New plans lodged for huge out-of-town site in the north of the city to replace markets site near Bullring which is set to become leisure and residential development...


Record-breaking results for St Modwen 

30 Jun

Property and regeneration group enjoys major increase in profit and revenue as it continues to believe in the regional marketplace...


St Modwen sees massive surge in profit 

30 Jun

BIRMINGHAM-based developer St Modwen has seen its profits leap by 306% on a year on year basis.


More retail woes as Tesco announces closure of Birmingham store 

30 Jun

SUPERMARKET chain Tesco has announced it is to close its store at Five Ways in Birmingham.


Voting begins for new Birmingham BID 

30 Jun

Companies in Bournville, Cotteridge, Kings Norton and Stirchley will decide over next month whether to form the Lifford BID...


Grant Thornton appoints new practice leader in Birmingham 

30 Jun

David Hillan picks up the reins from Dave Munton who is taking on regional row covering Birmingham and cities in the North...


Bill’s has eye on Bullring for first Birmingham restaurant 

29 Jun

National restaurant chain looks to grow Midlands presence with fifth outlet in the region and first in the city...


National Express confirms German contract wins 

29 Jun

BIRMINGHAM-based public transport group, National Express has contracts to operate two rail services in Germany.


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Business columns »

Keep in the Loop 

30 Jun

News of a new initiative from Table Tennis England.


GETTING WASTED 

30 Jun

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Further enrolment at Innovation Birmingham 

29 Jun

Six new tech start-ups join entrepreneur programme.


GROWING BABE 

29 Jun

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Heritage Weekend coming up at Cadbury World 

29 Jun

Learn about the history of one of Birmingham’s most famous names.


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Events »

-Kosoti- 

30 Jun

-Kosoti- - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 22, Sep 15...


Fierce Festival 2015 

30 Jun

Fierce returns to Birmingham from 7-11 October 2015 with a mix of live art, music, dance, installation and the infamous Fierce parties alongside eight UK premieres.


Aston University Awards Ceremony 

30 Jun

TH SH wheelchair spaces available Ticket Information: Ticket Prices: £10.00 plus transaction fee* , ,Students will need to give their student number in order to book pOn sale information:/p pMonday 20th July at 2:30pm – On Sale on Monday 29th June ...


2000 Trees Festival 

30 Jun

In the midst of the post-Glastonbury ennui and discussions about how bad Kanye really was, we are more than glad to say it’s time for the award-winning 2000 Trees to celebrate its ninth year at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham, featuring the very best ...


Smart Casual 

30 Jun

Smart Casual - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 22, Aug 15...


Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ o2 Academy, 29th June 2015 

29 Jun

First, a warning.


The Wailers – Performing the album “Legend” in its entirety 

29 Jun

The Wailers - Performing the album "Legend" in its entirety - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 20, Nov 15...


New Show: David Rodigan 

29 Jun

We’re delighted to announce that Leftfoot will be bringing the legendary David Rodigan to the HH on Saturday 25th July as part of the Leftfoot fifteen series.


Replay: Zombie movie She Who Brings Gifts continues filming in Birmingham 

29 Jun

Our coverage from Colmore Row as futuristic blockbuster resumes filming in the city centre...


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Music blogs »

Festival Review: Valefest 

30 Jun

Critic Amar Desai gives his take on a slice of the action at this year's Valefest The post Festival Review: Valefest appeared first on Redbrick .


Sunday Xpress featuring Nightingales / The Courtesy Group / The Nature Centre and many, many more @ The Edge, Sunday 28th June 2015 

30 Jun

Whilst a not insignificant proportion of the British public is gently festering in a field in Somerset watching a speck in the distance and wondering who the hell it is (ignore me, I’m only jealous) I’m in Digbeth...


2000 Trees Festival 

30 Jun

In the midst of the post-Glastonbury ennui and discussions about how bad Kanye really was, we are more than glad to say it’s time for the award-winning 2000 Trees to celebrate its ninth year at Upcote Farm near Cheltenham, featuring the very best ...


Interview: Tom Walker 

30 Jun

Bluesman, axeman, Birmingham native and all round nice dude Tom Walker of Tom Walker Trio talks with Guy Hirst about his new EP, the band’s monthly residency at The Roadhouse and Tom’s long love affair with the blues.


Tony Visconti and Woody Woodmansey @ o2 Academy, 29th June 2015 

29 Jun

First, a warning.


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999 »

One Million Hits 

26 Jun

The BLOG tripped quietly over the one million hits mark earlier today —  I have been laughing and smiling all morning: the idea of a BLOG written by a policeman moaning about mental health and capacity law as well as health guidelines...


HMIC 

25 Jun

Remember when you were at school at your handed in your maths homework, they would check your answers and your methods?  Having been asked to do 11×44, you wrote ‘484’ (probably because you did it with a calculator...


Deadly risk 

25 Jun

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is calling on smokers to wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking.


Nicholas SALVADOR 

23 Jun

There was a particularly interesting and unusual trial in London which finished today, into a very disturbing and tragic incident for all of those involved.


A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.


Reforming the Narrative 

20 Jun

Yesterday, the Reform think tank published a (very modestly titled) report on policing “How To Run A Country: Crime and Policing”.


Inherent Contradiction 

16 Jun

A Coroner’s Inquest in London ruled earlier this week that Darren NEVILLE died from the effects of prolonged restraint after an ‘acute behavioural disturbance’.


Right Here, Right Now 

12 Jun

The CQC have given a name to the review of crisis care that has been pending for a few weeks now.


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LocalGov »

Rubbish on pavement, 30th June 

30 Jun

More household rubbish left outside 112 St Margaret's avenue Report on FixMyStreet...


Car parked on pavement, 30th June 

30 Jun

Repeatedly cars parked on pavement in this location blocking the path forcing people to walk around Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 48 Church Road, Aston Report on FixMyStreet...


Steps down to Easy Row subway from Broad Street, 30th June 

30 Jun

Broken glass all over steps.


New housing development handed over to tenants 

30 Jun

A housing development built through the city council’s housing-building arm has been handed over to tenants.


The traffic lights are very slow to react, 30th June 

30 Jun

The pedestrian lights in Gravelly Hill, near the junction with Kingsbury Road, are very slow to react after a pedestrian presses the button.


Request for contact details 

30 Jun

Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Les Trumpeter on 30 June 2015 .


Dehydration and sunburn the big dangers as temperatures forecast to top 30 degrees 

30 Jun

People are being urged to look after each other in the hot weather, with temperatures forecast to possibly exceeding 30 degrees centigrade this week.


Hot weather advice for all patients 

30 Jun

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks.


Come on Birmingham: Let’s get physical 

30 Jun

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton makes the case for Brummies to be more physically active.


Information about children without primary school places 

30 Jun

Response by Birmingham City Council to Barbara Nobbs on 30 June 2015 .


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Social media »

The Pursuit of Happyness, and helping yourself 

30 Jun

This has nothing to do with the film , I just thought it was an appropriate title (although, it is one of my favourite films, mostly for this genuinely inspiring bit ).


HLF licensing requirement considered harmful 

30 Jun

0000-0001-5882-6823 This morning I attended a very interesting presentation on the availability, in the United Kingdom, of grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for digital heritage projects.


branding: a simple truth 

30 Jun

There are professional lessons all around us, literally on tap every day if you look hard enough - even on a trip to the seaside.


video tells the story of drama at sea 

29 Jun

Video footage of good work far out at sea is helping to te ll the story of the RNLI .


A Refreshing Walk Out For The Pet That Keeps It Energetic And Healthy 

26 Jun

A healthy walk The animals also need to be fresh and energetic and for this they should be indulged in playing around and walk.


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