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100 jobs face axe with Midland factory closure 

2 Aug

The decline in the global nuclear industry has been blamed for the decision to close a specialist factory in Birmingham with the loss of more than 100 jobs.


Most successful Business Challenge yet for 2014 Bupa Great Birmingham Run 

2 Aug

Eleven weeks before event and more companies have signed up than ever before to city's half-marathon...


Swan survives being shot NINE times on Birmingham canal 

2 Aug

Airgun pellets lodged in bird's neck, head and eye - and cygnet is found dead nearby...


Luxury cars stolen from airport parking company – and victims told they are not insured 

2 Aug

Holidaymakers arriving back in Birmingham find their cars missing from 'secure' valet parking service...


Kabaddi World Cup coming to Birmingham 

1 Aug

Hopes of lifting the trophy - and £350,000 prize - rests with the Second City’s own United Singhs, who boast16 of the world’s best players.


WANTED: Police hunt man over sex assaults against women 

1 Aug

Marcin Wawrety of Spooner Croft, is wanted in connection with sexual assaults in Birmingham and Walsall...


Replay: Birmingham and West Midlands news, sport, weather and traffic 

1 Aug

News, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happened...


First World Centenary Services 

1 Aug

Saturday August 2 : Birmingham:  5,000 ice sculptures are going to be put on the steps of Chamberlain Square from 1pm.


Watch: Devastation of Northfield Manor House blaze revealed in amazing aerial footage 

1 Aug

West Midlands Fire Service’s new eye-in-the-sky camera used to survey damage to historic building on its first mission...


King Edward’s pair secure top grades in International Baccalaureate 

1 Aug

Tom Claughton and Saajan Jemahl, students at King Edward’s School in Edgbaston, achieved the maximum 45 points, a feat achieved by only 146 students worldwide...


Knifeman and honeytrap girlfriend jailed for violent Handsworth attacks 

1 Aug

Afahan Hussain's girlfriend tempted victim from London with flirtatious Facebook messages...


VIDEO: Man in 45 marathons in 45 days bid 

1 Aug

A physiotherapist is planning to run a marathon every day for 45 days to raise money for two Birmingham hospitals.


Look: 30 nostalgic images take you back down the corridors of Birmingham’s old hospitals 

1 Aug

We take a look into our archives at the city's medical institutions of previous decades - and the history of healthcare in our city...


Former Olympic coach who sexually abused teenage girl avoids jail because he has cancer 

1 Aug

Darrell Bunn, who taught PE at a Birmingham school and worked at Birchfield Harriers, indecently assaulted a vulnerable girl in the 1980s.


The private thoughts of a teenage girl as war erupts 

1 Aug

Dorothy Annie Curzon Priest was a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls from 1910-1914.


Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by 

1 Aug

Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.


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Comment »

Stephen Roberts’ enquiry about one of Birmingham’s most famous political sons 

1 Aug

In 2008 the Mail reported a promise by council officers: ‘the council will restore (the Grade II listed statue of Thomas Attwood) to its former glory before deciding where in the city it can be re-sited’.


Laws unto themselves 

1 Aug

It is irrelevant to ask who Nicky Morgan is because the correct and only answer is that she is not Michael Gove...


Northfield Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre 

31 Jul

 In early 2012, there were rumours about the possible privatisation of the Northfield Leisure centre.


Big bad bookies and Premier League prove easy targets for vote-chasers 

31 Jul

Election fever turns grassroot sport funding into a political football.


Time for city to bite the bullet and save millions on its Capita contract 

31 Jul

Barcelona paid Liverpool's early termination fee for Suarez - should the council do the same for Capita...


Terry Grimley: It’s long overdue – but does it go far enough? 

31 Jul

After years of delays and frustration the Midland Metro is enjoying a growth spurt.


Other countries do without governors – so why can’t we? 

31 Jul

Lots of other countries manage without governors.


On yer bike! And take your lycra with you 

31 Jul

The Tour De France is down there at the foot of my list of sporting highlights, to sit alongside the Boat Race, the London Marathon, and anything involving a horse.


A new chance to create a modern garden suburb 

31 Jul

Birmingham is getting bigger because it is a successful and popular city where people want to live...


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City-centre news »

Birmingham Cycle Revolution – Progress and Consultation 

1 Aug

The Birmingham Cycle Revolution is an initiative by Birmingham City Council (BCC).


Look: 30 nostalgic images take you back down the corridors of Birmingham’s old hospitals 

1 Aug

We take a look into our archives at the city's medical institutions of previous decades - and the history of healthcare in our city...


Punks Alive – Rebellion 

1 Aug

When: Friday 1 August, 18:00 onwards Where: The Adam Eve, 201 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B12 0JD Tickets: £5 on the door Tonight, Punks Alive are warming up for Rebellion Festival by hosting a gig at the Adam .


Parched Ground 

31 Jul

Opening: Friday 1 August, 19:00 onwards Exhibition continues: Saturday 2 – Saturday 16 August, 10:00-18:00 daily Where: Friction Arts, The Edge, 79‐81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 0QH Fine art student Ben Nichol will be opening his first solo ...


Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital commit to ‘superhospital’ merger 

31 Jul

Huge Edgbaston site for women and children set to open in eight years...


Requiem Mass in Birmingham to Commemorate Centenary of First World War 

31 Jul

Sunday 3 August 2014 Archbishop Bernard Longley will celebrate a Requiem Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham at 11am on Sunday 3rd August to commemorate the centenary of entry of the British Empire to the War.


Fr Euan Henderson RIP, Funeral Arrangements 

31 Jul

Funeral Arrangements Thursday 7 th August 2014 Private Reception:   Chapel of the Blessed Trinity, Stonor House, Stonor Park, Henley on Thames RG9 6HF Friday 8 th August 2014 at 2 p.


Deacon Ernie Titchmarsh RIP 

31 Jul

Deacon Ernie Titchmarsh, a retired deacon of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, based at St Augustine’s parish, Solihull, died peacefully at home last Sunday, 27 July 2014.


Former Blues star charged with assaulting two women 

31 Jul

Police called to home of 21-year-old midfielder...


Summer Market at the Bond 

30 Jul

When: Saturday 2 August, 12:00-19:00 Where: The Bond Co, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE Tickets: £1.50 entry (kids go free) The brains behind the last seasonal market at the Bond return with their summer offering this Saturday.


WATCH: Time-lapse video of Birmingham New Street station redevelopment 

30 Jul

Video condenses more than a year and a half of construction work into speedy 60 second recording.


Archbishop of Birmingham calls for carers to receive more recognition 

29 Jul

Speaking at a Charity Leaders’ Network lunch (ACEVO) in Birmingham last week, the Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley said that the “tough commissioning regime” for national and local government service ...


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Aston Villa »

Villa Into Baath 

2 Aug

Reports circulating on the internet that we are about to make a move for Wolves Centre Half Danny Baath for £5m.


Olof Mellberg; The Viking retires 

1 Aug

Well, I quite simply couldn’t let this one pass without a comment.


Steer Loaned To Doncaster 

1 Aug

Steer Loaned To Doncaster Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/08/2014 16:09:00 Goalkeeper Jed Steer has headed to the Keepmoat Stadium for the next three months.


Rushall 2-7 Villa U21s 

1 Aug

Rushall 2-7 Villa U21s Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:01/08/2014 16:05:00 Villa's youngsters continued their pre season preparations in glorious style, hitting seven past our most recent opponents.


All 20 Premier League teams reviewed and ranked – By Jonathan Liew 

1 Aug

In pics: Jonathan Liew offers his non-scientific verdict on all 20 teams before the new season kicks off...


U21s Face Rushall Olympic Tonight + Fixtures 

31 Jul

U21s Face Rushall Olympic Tonight + Fixtures Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:31/07/2014 16:55:00 Gordon Cowans U21 side head to Northern Premier Division side Rushall Olympic tonight as they continue their own pre season preparations.


Positives For Lambert Despite Defeat 

31 Jul

Positives For Lambert Despite Defeat Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:31/07/2014 16:44:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said he can take many positives from our three one defeat to Chesterfield last night.


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Birmingham City FC »

Blues scholars get a taste of Army life as part of pre-season preparations 

2 Aug

Blues Academy players taken out of their comfort zone at boot camp...


Lee Clark: The real business is yet to come 

1 Aug

Blues boss delighted with pre-season preparations but insists the real business begins with Championship opener at Middlesbrough...


Blues owners plan to raise £9.2m 

1 Aug

Birmingham City owners BIHL announce conversion bond plan to raise £9.2m...


Settled Blues squad buoys Watson 

1 Aug

Birmingham coach Steve Watson believes his side will benefit from settling much of their squad early in the summer.


Andrew Shinnie keen to be more than just handy Andy for Blues 

1 Aug

Versatile Blues forward happy to play where he is needed but hopes to get more game time in his preferred position ahead of midfield...


Supporter’s Summit 2014 – Reports 

1 Aug

  The annual 2014 Supporter’s Summit at Wembley, j […] The post Supporter’s Summit 2014 – Reports appeared first on Blues Trust - Putting The Fans First .


Andrew Shinnie on the ‘embarrassment’ caused by Blues boss Lee Clark 

1 Aug

Blues forward reflects on the club’s Great Escape and Lee Clark’s reaction...


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Sport »

Seniority is the winner 

1 Aug

30 July, Friendly, Home, Aston Manor 4th The season’s final game in the Church Road sunshine saw the Over 40s take on an Aston Manor 4th team including junior players having since progressed to 3rd and 2nd teams.


Gavin ready for European glory 

31 Jul

Gavin, 28, is Britain’s only ever world amateur champion and has amassed a 19-0 record since turning pro in 2009.


Live – Durham v Warwickshire 

31 Jul

Live commentary and scorecard from the One-Day Cup group game at Gosforth (10:30 BST).


ROYALS SIGN 4 

30 Jul

Tooth delighted with latest additions.


Poysden hopes for Warwickshire deal 

29 Jul

Leg-spinner Josh Poysden says winning a professional contract with Warwickshire would fulfil a "childhood dream".


Live – Warwickshire v Sussex 

29 Jul

Live commentary and scorecard from the One-Day Cup group game at Edgbaston (14:00 BST).


Trott making good progress – Brown 

28 Jul

Warwickshire's Dougie Brown says a return to England duty for batsman Jonathan Trott is not an immediate priority.


Under 21s – Winnin Beginin! 

28 Jul

U21s win first fixture...


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Business »

100 jobs face axe with Midland factory closure 

2 Aug

The decline in the global nuclear industry has been blamed for the decision to close a specialist factory in Birmingham with the loss of more than 100 jobs.


Most successful Business Challenge yet for 2014 Bupa Great Birmingham Run 

2 Aug

Eleven weeks before event and more companies have signed up than ever before to city's half-marathon...


Return of MG sports car makes most-wanted list 

2 Aug

Magazine names legendary MGB on countdown of vehicles readers would most desire...


PwC holds style networking event 

2 Aug

PwC Midlands recently hosted a style networking event at the Spa Lounge in Birmingham's Hotel Indigo.


IMI plans Birmingham factory closure 

1 Aug

Engineering group says a fall in nuclear orders has led to plan to shut Witton base of IMI Components...


Birmingham business founder shortlisted in national awards 

1 Aug

FOUNDER of Birmingham-based business, Sign Solutions, Sean Nicholson, has beaten hundreds of small businesses to be shortlisted in the national Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2014.


Carillion hits back as merger deal collapses 

1 Aug

WOLVERHAMPTON-based construction and support services group Carillion has hit back against Balfour Beatty following its decision to pull out of a proposed £3bn merger deal.


IMI to close city factory after fall in orders 

1 Aug

BIRMINGHAM-based engineering group IMI is to close one of its factories in the city after a fall in orders.


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Business columns »

TAYLOR TURNS INTO ACTION HERO 

2 Aug

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NEWBON STEALS THE SHOW 

1 Aug

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Discrimination criteria could be widened 

31 Jul

Individuals who are morbidly obese could soon have the same discrimination rights in the workplace as employees who are gay or disabled.


Why it pays to keep our costs down 

31 Jul

Setting aside the pros and cons, one indisputable fact is that more people are in employment than ever before.


Viva Vauxhall! (and a Vauxhall Viva to come as well…) 

29 Jul

Vauxhall’s UK quality and work practices now compare with anywhere in Europe, and the adaptability and skill level of Vauxhall’s UK workforce is a major asset for the firm...


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Events »

The ice army cometh to Birmingham 

1 Aug

Art to melt the heart is on display tomorrow in Birmingham.


BICYCLE BASKET BAZAAR, 9.8.14 Southside, Birmingham 

1 Aug

Next week (Saturday 9th August)  Eye Candy  joins up with  POD Projects  to present the fabulous Bicycle Basket Bazaar  at  Summer in Southside.


Voices of War and Peace, 3 Aug 2014 

1 Aug

3 Aug 2014 - Community at Victoria Square FREE (suitable for under 18s) Music, Poetry and Remembrance Commemorating the First World War.


Our top 5 sandwich shops in the city 

1 Aug

We bring you our top five shops in Birmingham to pick up a sandwich.


Outdoor screenings offer fun-filled cinematic experiences at mac this summer 

1 Aug

Film themed events, menus and music to enhance audience enjoyment...


Oui Love present Andrea Balency & NLF3 

1 Aug

Oui Love is about exciting French artists touring the UK with support from bureauexport (the French music export office) the Institut Français.


Sound Bites: Music news with Alan Poole 

1 Aug

Alan Poole delves into the world of music this week to bring you the latest gossip.


Texan Annie Clark aka St Vincent heads to Birmingham 

1 Aug

A naked encounter with a rattlesnake is just one of the things that inspired Annie Clark's fourth album.


Manifest Live ft. Lipzkin 

31 Jul

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Music blogs »

Miss Halliwell hit the road…not literally…that would be weird… 

1 Aug

I'm delighted to report that Miss Halliwell are out and about and playing 4 live dates in August.


August issue of Brum Notes out now 

31 Jul

Things are hotting up in Birmingham and the latest edition of Brum Notes Magazine is here to guide you through the best of what August has to offer.


Redbrick Meets…Shy Nature 

31 Jul

Blaise Radley chats to Shy Nature and recounts an interesting night at the Hare & Hounds...


Album Review: Nick Mulvey – First Mind 

30 Jul

Ellie Cooper's thoughts on the singer-songwriter's first record...


Milk Teeth + Garden @ TALK, Birmingham – 19/07/2014 

30 Jul

In the hot and sweaty basement of TALK, one of Birmingham’s most exciting new bands Garden (formed from a selection of talent of Birmingham bands; Wide Eyed’s Aaron Singh, Bad Moon’s Jordan Crawford and Heavy Waves’ Luke Morgan), ...


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999 »

College of Policing 

1 Aug

A few months ago, I was asked if I would write a short piece for the College of Policing newsletter to coincide with Mental Health Awareness week.


Northfield Manor fire 

31 Jul

Please click here to read our 'Storify' article about last night's (30 July 2014) devastating fire at Northfield Manor House in Birmingham.


Walk2Wales 

30 Jul

A West Midlands Fire Service employee has successfully completed a tough walking challenge - in spite of his fundraising buddy being taken ill.


Dramatic footage of police officer flung from getaway van 

28 Jul

Dramatic footage of police officer flung from getaway van Dramatic footage of the moment a Birmingham police officer was flung to the ground as he tried to stop a getaway van has been released today as detectives appeal for help to solve the...


A Little Knowledge Is Dangerous 

28 Jul

Mental health has been creeping up the agenda in policing for some while now.


Parity Of Esteem 

26 Jul

I want to highlight a case that has been covered in the media this month which shows exactly why we need to be careful about the false dichotomy of mind-body dualism and why we need to be really careful about the ridiculous things we hear some...


Robbery on Lionel Street, Birmingham 

25 Jul

Robbery on Lionel Street, Birmingham CCTV showing two robbery suspects after a teen was attacked in Lionel Street, Birmingham city centre on 18 June.


Do you know this man and woman? BTP investigating theft from station concourse shop – Birmingham New Street 

25 Jul

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 the Boots store on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station.


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LocalGov »

Twisted Traffic Light, 2nd August 

2 Aug

The pedestrian aspect near the end of College Walk is twisted around so it points down the road towards Bristol instead of towards pedestrians waiting on the central reservation.


Dead Streetlamp, 2nd August 

2 Aug

This is at the Sellywood Road end of the path that runs between College Walk and Sellywood Road.


Dead Streetlamp, 2nd August 

2 Aug

This is at the College Walk end of the path that runs between College Walk and Sellywood Road Report on FixMyStreet...


Inconsiderate Parking, 1st August 

1 Aug

If you've got a small driveway and two cars, it's probably best not to buy a really long car...


Appropriate adult provision 

1 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to Charles Bell on 1 August 2014 .


Media Watch – August 1 

1 Aug

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Labour councils fly flag for Palestinians (The Times) Article about local authorities across Britain choosing to fly the Palestinian flag, with specific reference to Birmingham City Council not doing so due...


Cable man hole cover, 1st August 

1 Aug

Cable TV manhole cover been left open.


Green bag’s, 1st August 

1 Aug

More green bag's they may be the wrong colour bag's but it's only green recycling.


Uncollected branches, 31st July 

31 Jul

Branches are left in the car park uncollected for over three weeks Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Stokesay Grove, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet...


Green & black bag’s, 31st July 

31 Jul

Black green rubbish bag's not collected .


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Social media »

news gathering in the digital age from a journalist’s perspective 

1 Aug

We know the media landscape is changing.


AUTHENTIC: How to do frontline social media: Morgan Bowers (a podcast, a video and a blog) 

30 Jul

With social media dedicated frontline people can brilliantly provide a human face to champion the work an organisation is doing.


podcast, blog & video: how to do frontline social media: Morgan Bowers 

29 Jul

Often we'll go out from comms2point0 and we'll train people.


Payments from local councils to local press 

29 Jul

At the recent Revival of Local Journalism conference the Chief Executive of Liverpool City Council, Ged Fitzgerald,  reminded the audience of local journalists  that he’s obliged to use local newspapers to publish statutory notices for ...


5 challenges for students’ union comms 

28 Jul

Were you a student? You may remember a blizzard of flyers and posters from ther Students' Union.


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