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Birmingham City: Connal Trueman and Dan Cleary join Solihull Moors on loan 

26 Jul

Solihull Moors sign goalkeeper Connal Trueman and defender Dan Cleary on loan from Birmingham City until January 2018.


Blackpool sign Birmingham winger Solomon-Otabor on loan 

26 Jul

Blackpool sign winger Viv Solomon-Otabor on loan from Championship side Birmingham City until January 2018.


Adam Hose: Warwickshire sign batsman from Somerset 

26 Jul

Warwickshire sign batsman Adam Hose on a three-year deal from Somerset as part of the "rebuilding process" at Edgbaston.


Biggest ever parade of Ferrari sports cars to go on display in the city centre. 

26 Jul

Classic car enthusiasts will be excited to see Birmingham’s largest ever parade of Ferraris as 70 of the iconic vehicles drive through the city centre on Friday 28th July.


Driver attacked by gang who stole car in Birmingham 

26 Jul

Police say the man is in hospital with head injuries after the attack in Aston.


Four teenagers arrested in in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings. 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings.


Leicestershire beaten by Birmingham Bears 

25 Jul

Derbyshire's Luis Reece hits 97 off 55 balls to help beat former side Lancashire, while Durham suffer a fifth straight defeat.


Oblivion ride stuck 180 feet in the air at Alton Towers Theme Park.  

25 Jul

Passengers were escorted off the Oblivion ride at Alton Towers Theme Park this afternoon (25/07) after it came to a halt 180 feet in the air.


Police continue to crack down on those that choose to use or carry guns. 

25 Jul

Police are continuing in their efforts to make the streets of the West Midlands safer by cracking down on those that choose to use or carry guns A number of arrests have been made over the last few days in connection with firearm use and police are ...


National Express West Midlands slashes bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff. 

25 Jul

National Express West Midlands is slashing bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff.


Apprenticeships will not ‘dumb down’ social work, say backers 

25 Jul

The planned introduction of social worker apprenticeships next year won’t “dumb down” or “dilute” the standards underpinning the profession, according to the team behind the scheme.


Malala visits University of Birmingham to spread message of ‘education for all’. 

25 Jul

Malala Yousafzai visited the University of Birmingham and appealed to women physicists from around the globe to spread the message of ‘education for all’.


‘Traumatised’ autistic man restrained for 11 hours 

25 Jul

Adam Nasralla was restrained by as many as nine members of staff at a private hospital in Birmingham...


Birmingham carer sprayed aerosol in dementia patient’s face 

24 Jul

Susan Draper is sentenced to four weeks' jail, but is out on bail after lodging an appeal...


Men filmed racing at 134mph near Birmingham spared jail 

24 Jul

Footage played to a court shows them driving through roadworks at up to 100mph (160kmph).


Uncollected rubbish in Birmingham ‘attracting rats’ 

24 Jul

One resident says her rubbish was not collected for two weeks before a strike even began.


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Comment »

‘Self-build’ housing for the city 

26 Jul

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved a proposal to enable the development of new homes for self and custom build in the City; read more here.


North Korea is Going Nuclear. It’s Time to Fight Back. 

26 Jul

Comment Writer Colum Hawken argues that the world can no longer rely on the US to defend it from North Korea The post North Korea is Going Nuclear.


Ms May’s government does not discriminate: in good or bad health, all on low incomes lose 

25 Jul

In January, Aditya Chakrabortty pointed out that though statistically the UK is enjoying a recovery, in reality: “this has been a recovery for owner-occupiers in London and the south-east.


Political Free elections in Bangladesh and the role of Bangladeshi women in public life 

24 Jul

Parveen Hassan Dr Dipu Moni It was a pleasure to meet Dr.


WM New Economics Group meeting 27th July 

24 Jul

WMNEG meeting: Thursday 27 July, 5-7 pm A discussion on a book by Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato; Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice introduced by Robert Kornreich, Kings Heath   Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 ...


The Birmingham Bin workers battle against wage cuts and redundancies 

24 Jul

The latest failure by Birmingham City Council to defend jobs and services against the swingeing cuts of this Tory government is leading to rubbish mounting up in the streets and around the base of tower blocks, causing a fire and … Continue reading...


Localising new-build housing 

23 Jul

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the...


Deprivation, job losses, depression and suicides follow cruel ‘welfare’ legislation 

21 Jul

Cuts protest during the last Prime Minister’s Questions session before parliamentary recess.


Jacqui Smith has been elected to chair Birmingham’s Lunar Society 

21 Jul

Political Concern has recorded many instances of rewards for ethical commercial or financial failures.


Save the 26 Children’s Centres – the campaign spreads 

21 Jul

Parents, staff, GMB and local politicians lobby the government.


Surely the bins dispute can’t get any more nasty 

20 Jul

After angry exchanges between unions and council bosses can they now get round the table and sort it out...


Combined Authority decides not to rename 

18 Jul

A controversial proposal to change the title of the combined authority and adopt the name of its biggest city along with the term ‘city region’ has been dropped, writes Kevin Johnson.


Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy? 

17 Jul

Join LWM’s board We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people.


Public sector worker wages down thousands in 2017, finds TUC 

17 Jul

Public sector workers’ real wages in 2017 are down thousands of pounds a year compared to 2010, the TUC has found.


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City-centre news »

Four teenagers arrested over series of carjackings in Birmingham 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of carjackings in Birmingham.


Russell & Bromley Opening 

26 Jul

Russell & Bromley are delighted to announce the opening of the latest store in the Bullring Birmingham...


New Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable to visit Centre for Brexit Studies in Birmingham 

26 Jul

The new leader of the Liberal Democrats will speak about the impact of Brexit as he visits Birmingham for one of his first public engagements in the role.


Back to School 

26 Jul

Whether you’re a super organised or last minute shopper, back to school shopping is top on most families to-do lists during the summer holidays.


Fundraisers taking on Big Sleuth challenge in a bid to track down as many bears in 12 hours as they can across Birmingham 

26 Jul

A team of fundraisers are hoping to spot as many of The Big Sleuth bears as possible in 12 hours.


Hunt for fraudster who conned Edgbaston family by threatening them with deportation 

26 Jul

A conman has tricked a family in Edgbaston into handing over money by pretending to be from Birmingham City Council.


Aston Villa sell midfielder Jordan Veretout to Italian side Fiorentina 

26 Jul

Jordan Veretout.


Early bird deadline extended as Birmingham City reveals increase in season ticket sales 

26 Jul

Birmingham City have extended the early bird season ticket deadline for supporters.


Visitors will soon have the chance to raise a glass to new £57million Birmingham Conservatoire facility 

26 Jul

Visitors to Birmingham Conservatoire’s new £57million home will soon be able to raise a glass of a specially brewed ale.


Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen confirms his retirement from professional football 

25 Jul

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has announced his retirement.


Burglar who targeted Solihull homes sent to young offenders institute after being tracked down to seaside campsite 

25 Jul

A burglar who targeted homes in Solihull has been sent to a young offenders institute after police tracked him down at a seaside campsite hiding place.


Watch: Illegal street racers caught doing more than 130mph on Birmingham dual carriageway 

25 Jul

Video showing illegal street racers speeding along a Birmingham dual carriageway at more than 130mph has been released by police.


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Aston Villa »

The Only Way Now Is Up. Isn’t It? 

26 Jul

Well, is this the season when we will see the Villa Pheonix rise out of what were truly ashes? Will this be the end of nearly 20 years of developing misery for Villa supporters, punctuated only by the false dawn and excitement with the appearance...


Veretout Completes Fiorentina Move 

25 Jul

Veretout Completes Fiorentina Move Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/07/2017 21:18:00 Jordan Veretout yesterday completed his move to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina bringing an end to speculation about his future.


Tamworth To Feature A Stronger Squad? 

25 Jul

Tamworth To Feature A Stronger Squad? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/07/2017 21:12:00 With the cancellation of Tuesday evening's friendly against Arminia Bielefeld owing to adverse weather, Steve Bruce may now send a few seniors to Friday...


AVFC Away Consultation Group Update 

25 Jul

AVFC Away Consultation Group Update Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/07/2017 12:32:00 Update on the away consultation meeting.


Clearout Time At Aston Villa. McCormack Edges Towards Exit? 

25 Jul

Clearout Time At Aston Villa.


The Villa Times – 24/07/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up) 

24 Jul

The Villa Times - 24/07/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/07/2017 12:18:00 The latest news and views on Aston Villa via the uno fish ial one...


Terry Could Have Stayed At Chelsea But Chose To Play 

24 Jul

Terry Could Have Stayed At Chelsea But Chose To Play Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/07/2017 11:40:00 John Terry could have stayed at Chelsea for another season but chose to play regularly instead.


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Birmingham City FC »

Friendlies: Murphy double for Toon 

26 Jul

Jacob Murphy scored twice for Newcastle as Rafa Benitez's side recorded a thumping 4-0 win at Bradford City in their latest pre-season friendly at Valley Parade.


Blues winger joins League One club on loan 

26 Jul

Blues winger joins League One club on loan Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/07/2017 16:14:00 Viv Solomon-Otabor has joined Blackpool...


Redknapp interested in Bristol City defender 

26 Jul

Redknapp interested in Bristol City defender Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/07/2017 16:05:00 Aden Flint is the latest name to be linked with Birmingham City...


Former England winger edges closer to Blues move  

26 Jul

Harry Redknapp is close to signing Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough.


Loan move for Solomon-Otabor 

26 Jul

Blackpool have signed winger Viv Solomon-Otabor from Birmingham on loan.


Downing update: Move close according to reports 

26 Jul

Downing update: Move close according to reports Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/07/2017 15:24:00 Birmingham City are closing in on the signing of Stewart Downing...


Blues one of two clubs eyeing Serie A midfielder 

25 Jul

Blues one of two clubs eyeing Serie A midfielder Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/07/2017 20:38:00 Birmingham City are said to be interested in Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu...


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Sport »

Bond reflects on Birmingham City’s draw at Kidderminster and the transfer work ahead 

26 Jul

Joe Chapman was speaking with the BCFC assistant boss at Aggborough this evening...


Kidderminster 1 Birmingham City 1: Full-time report with pictures as Donaldson goal ensures pre-season friendly draw 

26 Jul

BCFC had to settle for a draw against non-league Harriers...


First look at Claudia Jessie in new hospital sitcom Porters 

26 Jul

The Birmingham actress moves from the police to nursing...


Birmingham City transfer news: Why Harry Redknapp isn’t at Kidderminster tonight 

26 Jul

The BCFC boss is elsewhere - but it's in the club's long-term interests...


Northfield Beach has opened in Birmingham and kids are loving it despite the miserable weather 

26 Jul

It was a case of umbrellas and anoraks rather than beachwear as man-made beach was unveiled...


Exclusive: Aston Villa’s new French ‘match killer’ is ‘incomparable to another player’ 

26 Jul

Aston Villa's talent spotters have been working tirelessly to attract new talent from across Europe to Villa Park...


Last few places left as Pre Season is about to begin for the successful Romulus FC Academy. 

26 Jul

Romulus FC Academy are about to start their brand new campaign after huge success last season and there are still a limited number of places available...


New African themed restaurant will serve springbok steak and crocodile burgers 

26 Jul

Nakira Bar and Grill is opening soon in Birmingham city centre...


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    New Birmingham Airport service fails to take off 

    25 Jul

    Irish airline falls foul of authorities after it did not secure a licence to operate routes between Birmingham and Republic of Ireland...


    Famous Birmingham bar is the latest city centre venue to close 

    25 Jul

    The bar will reopen later this year as The Texan Sports Cafe Bar...


    Another Birmingham city centre bank branch closes 

    25 Jul

    Lloyds shuts its outlet in Colmore Row as customers continue to shun face-to-face banking in favour of digital alternatives...


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    25 Jul

    Nominations deadline for BPBA 2017 extended to Friday July 28...


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    25 Jul

    Budget group returns with another application to redevelop site 11 years after it first bought it...


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    25 Jul

    Richard Norgrove takes over the reins from Grand Central chief Jonathan Cheetham...


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    24 Jul

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    24 Jul

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    21 Jul

    Technical certificate aims to help fill vacancy gap.


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    20 Jul

    Convictions follow investigation into pilgrimage fraud.


    Aston company gain heat network consultant status 

    20 Jul

    JS Wright engineers receive sustainable energy accreditation.


    Protecting data leads to order boom for Black Country firm 

    20 Jul

    Investment support provides expansion into new markets.


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    19 Jul

    Professor David Bailey on the boom in electric vehicles...


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    Events »

    Blue Notes Jam Night, 27 Jul 2017 

    26 Jul

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    Do it Together: Science Bus, 28 Jul 2017 – 30 Jul 2017 

    25 Jul

    28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Edgbaston Community Centre FREE (suitable for under 18s) Please bring a jam jar.


    Kitchen Table Talks, 28 Jul 2017 

    24 Jul

    28 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub FREE (suitable for under 18s) In order to dispel some of the myths about growing up in Birmingham, to inspire and encourage young girls to be all they are supposed to be without judgement or feeling ...


    Decopatch Craft Workshop, 27 Jul 2017 

    24 Jul

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    Charlotte Berg This Wednesday at the H&H 

    24 Jul

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    Be the Seaside-beside the Sea: Children’s Craft Activity, 26 Jul 2017 

    23 Jul

    26 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Lordswood Girls' School (suitable for under 18s) Design and make seaside inspired shapes using fabric and fabric paint.


    Swing Train Birmingham, 24 Jul 2017 

    22 Jul

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    22 Jul

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    Silver Threads , 22 Jul 2017 

    22 Jul

    22 Jul 2017 - Rock Pop at Clearys...


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    26 Jul

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    26 Jul

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    26 Jul

    Alexis Adelaja daydreams about a completely flawless festival experience that would cater for everyone The post What Would the Perfect Festival Look Like? appeared first on Redbrick .


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    26 Jul

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    26 Jul

    Birmingham Conservatoire Principal visits Wye Valley Brewery.


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    999 »

    Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

    26 Jul

    Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.


    Woman jailed for assisting Kenichi Phillips’ murderers 

    26 Jul

    A woman who helped two men convicted for murdering Birmingham teen Kenichi Phillips to evade justice has been jailed for three years.


    Burglar traced to seaside camping hideout 

    25 Jul

    A prolific thief has been sent to a youth offenders institute for a series of burglaries in Solihull – after West Midlands Police traced him to his seaside campsite hiding place.


    Three handed life prison terms for drive-by killing of Black Country dad 

    25 Jul

    Three men have been jailed for life having been convicted of the fatal drive-by shooting of a Black Country dad.


    Police appeal to trace suspected fraudster 

    25 Jul

    Police are appealing for information after a family were defrauded by a man claiming to work for Birmingham City Council.


    Police arrest four in Birmingham as part of crackdown on firearms and violent crime 

    24 Jul

    Police in Birmingham have arrested four men over the weekend as part of their on-going crackdown on firearms and violent crime in the city.


    Officers appeal for help to find missing Birmingham man 

    24 Jul

    Police are urgently appealing for information to find missing man John Dyke who has not been seen since Friday (21 July).


    Street racers narrowly avoid jail – latest road menaces snared in Operation Hercules 

    24 Jul

    Three road menaces who tore along a Birmingham dual carriageway at speeds of more than 130mph have narrowly avoided being jailed for street racing.


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    LocalGov »

    Refuse not collected, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Recycling and Refuse not collected Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 17 Serpentine Road, Bournbrook Report on FixMyStreet...


    No rubbish or recycling collection due to strikes., 26th July 

    26 Jul

    3 recycling collections have been missed and 2 rubbish collections also.


    No big news collection, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    No bin collection on street again.


    Trip hazard, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Outside the figure of eight pub on broad street there is a raised paving.


    Accumulating dumped black bags around tree blocking access, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Accumulating dumped black bags around tree blocking access Around pavement Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 343 Rookery Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    White vans and cars parked fully or partially on pavement blocking access, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    White vans and cars parked fully or partially on pavement blocking access For pedestrians..


    Accumulating black bags, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Accumulating black bags along length of pavement beteeen rookery Rd and avenue Rd Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 109 Oxhill Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    Accumulating black bags round tree, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Accumulating black bags round tree Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 161 Farnham Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    Dumped fridge freezer, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Dumped fridge freezer Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 127 Oxhill Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    Payment from developers for not building quota of Social Housing on development 

    26 Jul

    Clarification sent to Birmingham City Council by syd vaughan on 26 July 2017 .


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    25 Jul

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