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CCTV released in bid to find Birmingham firework killer 

14 Dec

Police want to speak to three woman who may have "vital information" about Anthony Nicholls' death.


Historic Moseley Road Baths SAVED after generous donations from Brummies 

13 Dec

Hundreds donate online to keep the Grade II* listed pool going next year...


Couple jailed for plotting Birmingham terror attack 

13 Dec

Ummarayiat Mirza and his wife Madihah Taheer were sentenced to 16 years and 10 years respectively.


What Birmingham City Council does to keep city footpaths clear during adverse weather. 

13 Dec

Eddie Fellows, Highways Network Director for Amey’s Birmingham operation, explains what Birmingham City Council does to keep the city’s footpaths clear during snow fall: “There has been a lot of interest and comment in what we’ve done to keep...


Surgeon admits marking his initials on patients’ livers 

13 Dec

Former Queen Elizabeth Hospital surgeon Simon Bramhall will be sentenced in January...


Take control of your future by exploring the diverse range of courses on offer at Aston University. 

13 Dec

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston University in the heart of the city is a long established research-led University known for its world-class teaching quality and strong links to industry, government and commerce.


Former Birmingham PC admits child abuse image charges 

13 Dec

Former West Midlands officer James Duffield had about 100 indecent images of children.


Man arrested for attempted murder of a West Midlands Police constable in Erdington 

13 Dec

A West Midlands Police constable was stabbed after been deployed along with his team to an address on Wood End Road in Erdington on Tuesday afternoon (12/12) as part of a pre-planned arrest attempt.


Police officer recovering from knife wounds 

13 Dec

The 26-year-old officer was attacked during an attempt to arrest a suspect in Birmingham.


The snow hasn’t affected the construction of the colossal Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC 

13 Dec

Construction has started on The Bear Grylls Adventure, a one of its kind attraction where thrill-seekers can experience physical and mental challenges inspired by explorer, Bear Grylls.


Birmingham International Station takes next step towards major transformation. 

13 Dec

Plans to turn Birmingham International Station into a major transport hub have taken a significant step forward after Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council’s cabinet agreed to submit a business case worth £286m to government.


Five jailed for £250k Birmingham jewellery raid 

13 Dec

A worker at the jewellery store in Birmingham was attacked with a hammer during the robbery.


Moeen Ali reflects on his Birmingham upbringing 

13 Dec

England all-rounder Moeen Ali visits his hometown in Sparkhill, Birmingham to reflect on his younger days and how street cricket helped him tackle his confidence.


Why Birmingham would like cricket to be in 2022 Commonwealth Games 

13 Dec

Despite its popularity among Commonwealth nations it has so far not been possible to put cricket in a Birmingham bid...


These budget cuts are result of Labour council’s “financial failures” 

13 Dec

Council could be growing its budget if it had met savings targets for last two years say Conservatives...


West Midlands policeman stabbed during arrest attempt 

12 Dec

The 26-year-old officer was attacked during an attempt to arrest a suspect in Birmingham.


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Comment »

Housing 28: will city MPs vote for stable rentals – or retaliatory evictions? 

14 Dec

“100 tenants a day lose homes as rising rents and benefit freeze hit” – The Observer July 2017.


Tourist charge shouldn’t depend on the Games 

13 Dec

Did you notice the wording of the Birmingham Post’s front-page Commonwealth Games story last week – about how the Government might be “willing to give the green light to a...


Snow-ful Birmingham 

13 Dec

It seems like years since we've have the beauty of snow blanketing Birmingham but the recent snow of Sunday 10th December brought a festive charm, albeit with some travel disruption, to Birmingham and the West Midlands.


It’s a crime to waste so much food when people are hungry 

12 Dec

A supermarket chain has announced it will give away unsold food this Christmas...


It’s a crime to waste so much food when people are hungry 

12 Dec

A supermarket chain has announced it will give away unsold food this Christmas...


The rights and wrongs of Mr Will Mapplebeck 

11 Dec

May: wrong Columnist  Will  Mapplebeck is bang on for some of his 2017 predictions a year ago.


Is going to university a waste of money? 

9 Dec

The average student leaves university with debts of 50,000 and people are asking whether it's really worth the money...


Is going to university a waste of money? 

9 Dec

The average student leaves university with debts of 50,000 and people are asking whether it's really worth the money...


Birmingham Grand Central platforms: dingy polluted subterranean canyons 

9 Dec

Reading Christian Wolmar’s article: ‘Rail’s dirty secret’ , recalled last year’s  question on this site : ‘How many lungs and hearts will be damaged by air pollution before action is taken?’ There is concern about the levels of diesel-...


Black Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas 

9 Dec

Comment Writer Amelia Hiller analyses Black Friday and explores its implications on modern-day consumerism The post Black Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas appeared first on Redbrick .


Why Labour’s candidate selection secrecy is undermining our local democracy 

8 Dec

Rumours and conspiracy theories abound as Labour selects 101 candidates for the 2018 city council election...


Why Labour’s candidate selection secrecy is undermining our local democracy 

8 Dec

Rumours and conspiracy theories abound as Labour selects 101 candidates for the 2018 city council election...


Support the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurseries from closure 

7 Dec

The Council is planning to close all 14 of its Day Nurseries.


Chancellor Philip Hammond also claimed the Government had studied impact of Brexit on sectors of the economy 

7 Dec

Brexit Secretary David Davis now says there are no 'impact assessments' showing what Brexit could do to the economy.


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City-centre news »

Archbishop visits Parish and Blesses Diamond Anniversary Couple 

13 Dec

Top image: Brian and Bridgette Hallam who have celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary this year Archbishop Bernard made his first visit to St Christopher’s Church, Tutbury, on Sunday December 3rd and celebrated the 9 am Mass together with ...


Promoting the Causes 

13 Dec

Father Benedict Lodge CP Working on the Causes of Blessed Dominic Barberi and Father Ignatius Spencer Father Ben Lodge is a Passionist priest currently living in St Joseph’s Retreat in Highgate, North London.


Operation Christmas Child 

13 Dec

Children, parents, staff and Governors at Our Lady and St Kenelm in Halesowen get on board with Operation Christmas Child.


Anti-Bullying and Good Samaritan Week 

13 Dec

This week staff and students marked both Anti – Bullying and Good Samaritan Week in school.


The ultimate watches wishlist 

12 Dec

Gift guide: the best watches of 2017...


The Andrew Robinson Christmas Redidential 

12 Dec

‘God, by calling you, has joined you to his Son’ The first weekend in December is a humbling experience when working with Andy’s Trust.


The Coventry Christmas Crib 

11 Dec

The Coventry Christmas Crib was blessed on the first Sunday of Advent, 3 December at 4.00pm.


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and Installation of Canons at St Chad’s Cathedral 

8 Dec

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception took place at St Chad’s Cathedral today with around 300 people having braved a very crisp winter’s day.


New Tech arrives at Selfridges 

8 Dec

Soda brings its refreshing brand of tech to Selfridges Birmingham...


Want to Win £500 at Topshop / Topman? 

7 Dec

Here's how...


Coming Out exhibition to open in Birmingham 

7 Dec

Over 80 modern and contemporary art work on sexuality, gender and identity is to be displayed Birmingham Museum in December.


Horrific video released of lorry driver ploughing into two cars 

7 Dec

Police release horrific video of a lorry driver who accelerated into stationary traffic on the M6 after apparently falling asleep at the wheel.


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Aston Villa »

Officials – Derby v Aston Villa (16/12/17) 

13 Dec

Officials - Derby v Aston Villa (16/12/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:13/12/2017 23:26:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Derby County and Aston Villa this Saturday.


The Return Of Some Villa Optimism? 

13 Dec

The Return Of Some Villa Optimism? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:13/12/2017 19:37:00 Aston Villa CEO Keith Wyness confirmed yesterday that half season ticket sales were soaring, with our biggest take up for the last five seasons.


Peterborough Confirmed In The FA Cup 

13 Dec

Peterborough Confirmed In The FA Cup Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:13/12/2017 19:29:00 Following Tuesday night's FA Cup second round replays, Aston Villa now know we will face Peterborough United in the third round of the competition.


FA Youth Cup – Villa v Coventry 

13 Dec

FA Youth Cup - Villa v Coventry Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:13/12/2017 18:41:00 The third round of the FA Youth Cup kicks off tonight with Aston Villa hosting Coventry City and the game should be screened live on youtube.


Adomah & Taylor Post Millwall 

12 Dec

Adomah Taylor Post Millwall Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:12/12/2017 20:00:00 Couple of post Millwall interviews from Aston Villa duo Albert Adomah and Neil Taylor.


Johnstone In Team Of The Week (12/12/17) 

11 Dec

Johnstone In Team Of The Week (12/12/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:11/12/2017 18:34:00 Aston Villa are represented in the latest Football League team of the week that has been selected after this week's action.


Spurs To Re-call Josh Onomah In January? 

11 Dec

Spurs To Re-call Josh Onomah In January? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:11/12/2017 18:11:00 Surely not? I can't see he's ready for the top half of the Premiership, can you...


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Birmingham City FC »

Bristol City chase Blues loanee 

14 Dec

Bristol City chase Blues loanee Vitalfootball:Birmingham:14/12/2017 09:23:00 Bristol City are launching a bid for Liam Walsh...


The gamble that didn’t pay off 

14 Dec

It has been a year since Birmingham City announced that Gary Rowett had parted company with the club.


Birmingham City – A year since THAT sacking 

14 Dec

Birmingham City - A year since THAT sacking Vitalfootball:Birmingham:14/12/2017 00:52:00 Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop takes at look at some key stats that highlight the downfall of Blues since the sacking of Gary Rowett...


Officials – Birmingham v QPR (16/12/17) 

13 Dec

Officials - Birmingham v QPR (16/12/17) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:13/12/2017 23:19:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Birmingham City and Queens Park Rangers this Saturday...


Three surprise departures we could see in January 

13 Dec

Three surprise departures we could see in January Vitalfootball:Birmingham:13/12/2017 14:22:00 Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop discusses the three players he thinks could leave St.


On EFL Matters… 

13 Dec

David Prutton will be joined by AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley and Keith Andrews on EFL Matters on Sky Sports Football at 7pm on Thursday.


QPR – The make or break game for Steve Cotterill 

12 Dec

QPR - The make or break game for Steve Cotterill Vitalfootball:Birmingham:12/12/2017 22:54:00 Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop discusses this weekend's fixture against Queens Park Rangers...


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Sport »

How Birmingham went crazy for Star Wars in 1978 

14 Dec

Mark Hamill who played Luke Skywalker was among the stars who came to Birmingham as the city went Star Wars crazy in 1978.


Inquest opens into death of schoolboy who died in freezing temperatures 

14 Dec

Hakeem Hussain died from cardiac arrest after suffering suspected hypothermia in Cook Street, Nechells...


Transfers: Ex-Birmingham City loanee lined up by Championship rivals – reports 

14 Dec

A move to BCFC in the summer didn't work out for Liam Walsh...


Gary Rowett: I was doing things the right way at Birmingham City 

14 Dec

It was exactly a year ago since BCFC and Rowett parted company...


Former Birmingham City player broke man’s jaw after being racially abused 

14 Dec

Emmanuel Atugo, 21, punched man in nightclub toilet after 'verbal altercation...


“I’m really excited” – Former Aston Villa man looking forward to date with claret and blues 

14 Dec

There's likely to be a reunion at Pride Park this weekend...


Welcome back Krychowiak, no shortage of confidence and a bright future: The findings as West Brom draw at Liverpool 

14 Dec

Gregg Evans was at Anfield for the Birmingham Mail on Wednesday - here are the talking points...


Scouting report: We take a close look at Aston Villa’s next generation of stars 

14 Dec

Andy Turner casts an eye over the Aston Villa Under 18s side as they beat Coventry City in the FA Youth Cup...


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    New mission to target Commonwealth countries 

    12 Dec

    Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce launches plan to help members find new business partners in Commonwealth countries...


    BYPY committee unveiled for 2018 awards 

    12 Dec

    New faces join the committee to organise the 18th annual running of awards for young professionals in Birmingham...


    Fast-growing Pertemps is just the job for workforce solutions 

    11 Dec

    Recruitment agency supports Birmingham Post Power 250 supplement...


    Labour considers moving Bank of England to Birmingham and turning city into UK’s economic policy ‘hub’ 

    11 Dec

    The historic move would ensure the needs of the regions are considered when important economic decisions are made, says Labour...


    Big Sleuth auction a roaring success 

    11 Dec

    91 bear sculptures raised 257,300 for Birmingham Childrens Hospital Charity at The Big Sleuth Auction...


    Search for new housing association boss 

    10 Dec

    Birmingham social landlord Midlands Heart rents thousands of properties...


    How many jobs will Commonwealth Games 2022 bring to Birmingham 

    9 Dec

    Latest hurdle to becoming host city jumped as councillors agree final bid...


    Halesowen DIY supplier to lift trade-only restrictions for charity 

    8 Dec

    CONSTRUCTION materials distributor Blackheath Products is aiming to boost the coffers at Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a festive fundraising day at its Halesowen HQ.


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    Business columns »

    Public service, or private enterprise? 

    13 Dec

    Should private companies be undertaking police work? Dave Woodhall argues not.


    Railway investment means holiday timetable changes 

    13 Dec

    Passengers advised to plan ahead while track upgraded.


    New regional train company plans for expansion. 

    12 Dec

    West Midlands Trains starts £1 billion investment into the UK rail network.


    EU takes oversight to avoid another ‘dieselgate’ scandal 

    11 Dec

    Professor David Bailey examines the future for diesel cars and how another PR disaster like that which befell VW can be avoided...


    Shropshire architect partnership continues to grow 

    6 Dec

    £6 million healthcare projects completed.


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    Events »

    New Show: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) 

    13 Dec

    We’re thrilled to announce that This Is Tmrw  will be welcoming !!! (Chk Chk Chk)  to the Hare Hounds on Wednesday 9th May 2018.


    New Show: Lucy Dacus 

    13 Dec

    We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw will be welcoming American indie-rock performer Lucy Dacus to the Hare Hounds on Sunday 22nd April 2018! Lucy Dacus is a singer and songwriter who emerged from the thriving indie rock scene of ...


    Notebenders, 15 Dec 2017 

    12 Dec

    15 Dec 2017 - Jazz at Symphony Hall FREE Jazzlines Free Gigs are designed to help you get that Friday feeling.


    The Father Teds, 15 Dec 2017 

    11 Dec

    15 Dec 2017 - Rock Pop at Irish Centre Birmingham...


    New Show: Krywald & Farrer 

    11 Dec

    We’re delighted to announce that MoodFix will be welcoming edit kings Krywald Farrer to the Hare Hounds on the 10th February 2018! Residents of Percolate and Gottwood regulars, these boys are known for being extremely talented selectors who play ...


    New Show: Goat Girl 

    11 Dec

    We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw will be welcoming Goat Girl back to the Hare Hounds on Monday 16th April 2018! Goat Girl head up an emerging set of groups from South London who have been inspired by the burgeoning local scene there.


    New Show: The Orielles 

    11 Dec

    We’re delighted to announce that This Is Tmrw will be welcoming  The Orielles  to the Hare Hounds on Sunday 18th February 2018! Hailing from Halifax, The Orielles are sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford and their best friend Henry ...


    Sangha Night, 14 Dec 2017 

    10 Dec

    14 Dec 2017 - Community at Birmingham Buddhist Centre At the heart of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre is a community of people that are exploring and practising Buddhism – this is the Sangha.


    Christmas Tours, 13 Dec 2017 – 14 Dec 2017 

    10 Dec

    13 Dec 2017 - 14 Dec 2017 - Community at Aston Hall Join us for a guided tour during this festive season.


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    Music blogs »

    BIMM Birmingham hosts Firestone’s Battle of the Bands 2017 

    14 Dec

    Three finalists bid to become Britain’s champion unsigned band.


    Stephen Knowles – The Prolific Fan 

    13 Dec

    Enter Stephen Knowles.


    Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile – Continental Breakfast 

    13 Dec

    The more I hear this track the more I love it and watching the delightfully intimate video for the first time today has well and truly cemented things.


    Live Review: Pumarosa 

    13 Dec

    Pumarosa bring their unique, atmospheric brand of post-punk to the Hare and Hounds with explosive results, Jonah Corran reviews The post Live Review: Pumarosa appeared first on Redbrick .


    Live Review: Marsicans 

    13 Dec

    Josh Parker catches Marsicans' support slot for Jaws at the Institute, finding their short set to be reason to believe the hype The post Live Review: Marsicans appeared first on Redbrick .


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    999 »

    PaCA – The Integrity Test 

    5 Dec

    It’s getting really close now, isn’t it?! – just six days until the amendments to the Mental Health Act kick in and my phone is ringing red-hot with questions and queries about various scenarios that are occurring to people...


    PaCA – Brace For Impact 

    2 Dec

    This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


    Fine work across the force 

    1 Dec

    There has been some fantastic news in the last few weeks I wanted to flag up.


    PaCA – Summary Videos 

    1 Dec

    This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


    PaCA – What is a Place of Safety? 

    25 Nov

    This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


    Seni’s Law 

    16 Nov

    Earlier this month, Steve Reed MP, introduced a private member’s bill to the House of Commons which is being informally referred to as Seni’s Law – the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017.


    PaCA – The ‘What If’ Questions 

    13 Nov

    This blog is part of the series which will cover, in detail, the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983 within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.


    Making the right decisions, however tough 

    9 Nov

    It’s been a busy few weeks since I updated you and a lot has gone on.


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    LocalGov »

    Play Your Care Right in Birmingham and Solihull 

    14 Dec

    The local NHS in Birmingham and Solihull is helping local people to get the right care at the right time this Winter by launching an innovative and fun new game show animation called ‘Play Your Care Right’.


    Procurement for the PFI highways contract 

    14 Dec

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Richard Davis on 14 December 2017 .


    Missing refuse collection, 14th December 

    14 Dec

    Bins havnt been collected when they normally collect them between 6-7am, bit of snow on the floor and you can’t bothered? Disabled children live on this road and bins are a must! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated...


    Call for MMR check for a measles-free Christmas in the West Midlands 

    14 Dec

    Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands is renewing the call for people to check they are up-to-date with two doses of MMR vaccine.


    Procurement for the PFI highways contract 

    14 Dec

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Richard Davis on 14 December 2017 .


    Dumped rubbish, 14th December 

    14 Dec

    Dumped rubbish black bag.


    Dumped rubbish, 14th December 

    14 Dec

    Dumped mattresses on the footpath and in the park.


    Insurance Premiums 

    14 Dec

    Response by Birmingham City Council to M Seaton on 14 December 2017 .


    Fixed penalty notices for parking infringements in Birmingham 

    14 Dec

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Jason Davies on 14 December 2017 .


    Abandoned bin, 13th December 

    13 Dec

    Broad street city centre outside big bites take away,thus bin is still here after first being reported at the start of November,its now full of rubbish and stinks,ut has been promised to be removed twice and its reported daily yet it us still...


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    the fabulous ‘talking comms podcast’ episode 2 is here 

    13 Dec

    It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and do the same thing over, and over, and over again in our careers.


    Local journalism is getting more data-driven — and other thoughts on Data Journalism UK 2017 

    13 Dec

    Megan Lucero of the Bureau Local – photo: Jonny Jacobsen Last week I hosted the second annual Data Journalism UK conference — a convenient excuse to bring together speakers from the news media, industry experts, charities and startups working in ...


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    12 Dec

    Health people can have a sense of humour too.


    30 days of human comms: #30 London Midland signs off 

    11 Dec

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