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VIDEO: New Birmingham TV station starts 

28 Feb

Birmingham's new local TV channel launches later from studios in Walsall.


Birmingham local TV channel launches 

28 Feb

Birmingham's new local TV channel launches later, three months after it was awarded the licence.


Roadworks force food off shelves 

27 Feb

A store in Birmingham city centre says it has been forced to remove all food from display because of pollution from nearby roadworks.


Revealed: The 85 zero-rated for hygiene Birmingham restaurants 

27 Feb

Interactive map shows city food outlets given lowest grade by council and Food Standards Agency in last 12 months...


Birmingham sex pest banned from bus route after assaulting passenger 

27 Feb

Ashiq Hussain, from Saltley, barred from travelling on X51 or sitting next to lone woman on any public transport for 18 months...


Birmingham sex pest banned from bus route after assaulting passenger 

27 Feb

Ashiq Hussain, from Saltley, barred from travelling on X51 or sitting next to lone woman on any public transport for 18 months...


This Labour MP was disowned for attacking immigration – now he’s furious at party colleagues jumping on the bandwagon 

27 Feb

Birmingham Labour MP Roger Godsiff sent an angry email attacking a fellow Labour MP in the city for apparently changing his stance on immigration...


Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by – February 27 

27 Feb

Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos: Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.


Breaking: Police siege in Newtown sees roads shut down after officers faced by ‘substantial threats’ 

27 Feb

Emergency services called after large flood at tower block...


Terms and conditions: ‘Inspiring Images of Social Care’ photography competition 

27 Feb

Competition Terms and Conditions: 1.


Record visitors spend £400m at Birmingham Christmas Markets 

27 Feb

More than five million people spent nearly £400 million at Birmingham's Christmas Markets, record figures for the hugely popular festive attraction.


IN PICTURES: Transformed Birmingham New Street Station unveiled 

27 Feb

Natural light has flooded the giant atrium at Birmingham New Street for the first time as demolition work comes to an end.


Abortion law on sex selection splits Midland MPs 

27 Feb

Proposed laws making it clear that it is illegal to have an abortion because of the sex of the potential child were backed by a number of MPs...


Rough sleepers, syringes and rubbish on city towpath – all snapped on one short walk 

26 Feb

Canal network blighted by rubbish as Birmingham tries to turn them into haven for cyclists...


Hajj pilgrims put up in hotel which was ‘like a building site’ 

26 Feb

Company based in Edgbaston hit in pocket to tune of £40,000 for misleading customers...


Terms and conditions: ‘Inspiring Images of Social Care’ photography competition 

26 Feb

Competition Terms and Conditions: 1.


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Comment »

Straw poll 

28 Feb

To suggest that Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkin are anything other than fine upstanding, honest and highly respected parliamentarians is merely cheap political opportunism in the middle of a toxic and seemingly endless election campaign...


Preston: building a new local economics 

27 Feb

New Start magazine , which champions urban regeneration that is inclusive, sustainable and socially just, has reported on the work of CLES (Centre for Local Economic Strategies) with Preston City Council.


A process applied by public figures and mainstream media to the Muslim community 

27 Feb

Site statistics show that many are concerned about the current wave of Islamophobia sweeping the country; we note that the week’s top post on this site (with readers from 13 foreign countries) is A message from a Muslim student in Azerbaijan .


Animal protection group welcomes support from local MP 

27 Feb

Praise for John Hemming’s stance on animal experiments.


Plugging the gap – draining Birmingham canal 

26 Feb

For those used to the calm canal waters between Brindleyplace and the Mailbox, a stretch of the Worcester and Birmingham canal which meets the Birmingham Canal Main Line at Gas Street Basin, a gap without water has appeared.


– Make Birmingham a Living Wage City. 

26 Feb

Make Birmingham a Living Wage City.


Future Governance for the West Midlands – a workshop: 24th March 2015 

26 Feb

At the UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM Please email to book a place .


Birmingham Needs a Comprehensive and Efficient Library Service! 

26 Feb

The LoB rally on February 7th The Institute of Directors is moving into the Library of Birmingham on a permanent basis, and this symbolises the direction of the city regarding public services; huge cuts and a pro-business agenda.


Record number of job seekers on training courses. 

26 Feb

Work experience and training opportunities snapped up across the West Midlands.


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City-centre news »

Birmingham sex pest banned from bus route after assaulting passenger 

27 Feb

Ashiq Hussain, from Saltley, barred from travelling on X51 or sitting next to lone woman on any public transport for 18 months...


Birmingham sex pest banned from bus route after assaulting passenger 

27 Feb

Ashiq Hussain, from Saltley, barred from travelling on X51 or sitting next to lone woman on any public transport for 18 months...


Students and debts: The struggle to survive 

27 Feb

The number of students seeking help for depression has more than doubled in the past five years at some of the country’s top institutions, at a time when the government are drastically cutting back on student services funds.


Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by – February 27 

27 Feb

Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos: Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.


Bostin’ Birmingham pictures captured by city photographer Jim Panda -including this stunning cityscape 

26 Feb

Click through the gallery and tell us if you rate cameraman's vivid pictures of Brum...


Bostin’ Birmingham pictures -including this stunning cityscape- captured by city photographer Jim Panda 

26 Feb

Click through the gallery and tell us if you rate cameraman's vivid pictures of Brum...


New Birmingham city centre roadworks set to start 

26 Feb

Bordesley Circus, Haden Circus and Curzon Circle to be upgraded in £14 million repair package...


New Birmingham city centre roadworks set to start 

26 Feb

Bordesley Circus, Haden Circus and Curzon Circle to be upgraded in £14 million repair package...


See the first pictures from Nosh and Quaff 

26 Feb

These designs of Colmore Row's new restaurant and bar reveal how the finished venue will look...


Man falls to his death from Birmingham city centre car park 

26 Feb

Tragedy happened in Station Street after two-hour stand-off with police...


Police seek this good Samaritan who helped sex assault victim 

25 Feb

Man stepped in to help after woman was sexually assaulted...


Fears that missing teenager girl could be in danger of abuse 

25 Feb

Police desperate to find Bonnie Rose Clarke who disappeared in Birmingham...


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Aston Villa »

Newcastle V Villa; My optimism has gone again. 

28 Feb

Last week, I was fully confident that we had enough about us to beat a Stoke team that had been in poor form and had a decent amount of injuries.


Your starting place is not a Given, Brad 

28 Feb

Following his one hundredth consecutive Premier League start, I feel it is time for Brad Guzan to step aside and allow Shay Given to return to the first team.


Time To Take Over The Toon? 

28 Feb

Newcastle welcome Aston Villa to St.


Something For The Weekend (484) 

27 Feb

Something For The Weekend (484) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/02/2015 18:36:00 There definitely needs to be some signs of progress and very soon.


Newcastle United v Aston Villa – the preview 

27 Feb

Much has changed for both sides since they last met, and played out a goalless draw, in August.


Competition – Are You Titan Bet’s Ultimate Football Fan? 

27 Feb

Think you are the ultimate Aston Villa fan? Then listen up because Titan Bet has a great offer for you.


Mystic Mug v Lawro – Newcastle Utd v Aston Villa 

27 Feb

Mystic Mug v Lawro - Newcastle Utd v Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/02/2015 12:22:00 Prediction time again folks, Aston Villa away to Newcastle United..


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Birmingham City FC »

Preview: Birmingham City v Brentford 

28 Feb

Preview: Birmingham City v Brentford Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/02/2015 12:04:00 All you need to know about today's game...


Birmingham City v Brentford: Live coverage from St Andrew’s 

28 Feb

Join Brian Dick in the press box at St Andrew's for all the action as it happens...


Brentford Preview in Association with EZE Group 

28 Feb

Gary Rowett's Birmingham City meet Mark Warburton's Brentford hoping to end their recent winless streak at St Andrews.


Referee Report in Association with EZE Group – Darren Bond 

28 Feb

Barring any late changes, Darren Bond from Lancashire will be in the middle for Blues’ Championship game against Brentford today.


Clayton Donaldson: Birmingham City move was the right decision 

28 Feb

Birmingham City top scorer and former Bee Donaldson also talks about the managerial situation at Brentford...


Birmingham City: Gary Rowett could return to previous formation 

27 Feb

Birmingham City boss Rowett has indicated he may perform a tactical reversal as Blues welcome Brentford to St.


Blues have funds to complete season 

27 Feb

Birmingham City have funds to finish the season and should not be deducted points, say their parent company's receivers.


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Sport »

Under 15s – Home advantage wins the day 

27 Feb

Ilkeston took full advantage of being at home to go through...


Under 15s – Tough test passed 

27 Feb

Kidderminsters experience in this league showed and Sutton had to pull work their socks off to get the win.


De Villiers Gets Quickest 150 In ODI Cricket 

27 Feb

It was the fastest ever 150 in ODIs, coming from 64 balls, brought up with 30 runs in the final over at the SCG in Sydney.


Player News 

27 Feb

Danny Edwards returns for run in.


Next Up: RAINWORTH MW FC 

27 Feb

Royals on the road again.


Ashe Morgan breaks BUCS record at the BUCS Indoor Archery Championships 

25 Feb

UoB Archery Press Officer Bryony Peters reviews record-breaker Ashe Morgan's performance at the BUCS indoor archery championships...


Tividale 4 Romulus 1 

25 Feb

Roms beaten at Tividale...


University of Birmingham celebrates twenty years of local BUTTS league 

25 Feb

UoB Archery Press Officer Bryony Peters previews the BUTTS league ahead of the tournament's 20th anniversary...


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Business »

East of Birmingham growth and jobs drive is launched 

28 Feb

Birmingham City Council reveals vision to create 9,000 jobs in deprived half of city as HS2 relents over land dispute...


Monty Don guest at Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ inaugural Trustees’ Ball 

28 Feb

Monty Don joined Trustees and 350 of their guests to raise a staggering £18,000 at Birmingham Botanical Gardens' inaugural Trustees' Ball.


New art era for PR company begins with account successes 

27 Feb

A NEW era has begun for Birmingham-based PR, design and digital agency Barques as it celebrates the launch of a new division with three account wins.


200 Cadbury jobs axed in Ireland by Mondelez International 

27 Feb

Cadbury's US owners cull jobs just weeks after announcing a £75 million production investment in Birmingham...


Fiddle & Bone in Birmingham makes long-awaited return 

27 Feb

One of the most popular bars for live music fans opens again this weekend after a 10-year wait...


Currency volatility impacts full year performance for IMI 

27 Feb

BIRMINGHAM-based engineering giant IMI has seen full year revenue dip 3% and pre-tax profits fall 7%, according to its latest set of full year results.


Blues Saga: Blues board rally against Yeung’s bid to oust directors 

27 Feb

THE parent company of Birmingham City FC has distanced itself from attempts by Carson Yeung to prevent the sale of the club.


Family law organisation Resolution calls for changes to divorce and separation laws 

27 Feb

Katherine Kennedy, an associate at the Birmingham office of law firm Mills Reeve, said: “Divorce can be one of the most traumatic life events a family can go through, and we all have a responsibility to ensure it’s dealt with in a way that...


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Business columns »

HAPPY DAYS FOR ANCIENT PR LUVVIES 

28 Feb

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27 Feb

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Coventry Gateway decision may see jobs lost to other regions 

27 Feb

The Communities and local Government Secretary Eric Pickles recently turned down the proposed 'Coventry Gateway' scheme.


Top marks for trainers 

27 Feb

Birmingham training firm gets glowing Ofsted report.


“Make Birmingham a Living Wage city” – call 

26 Feb

Citizens UK Birmingham and Midlands TUC to visit Birmingham Living Wage employers.


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Events »

Stallholders at the next market (3rd March) 

28 Feb

Not long till we are back in action! Here’s a list of stallholders at the March market: Cuffufle Chutney, Pip’s Hot Sauce, Kneals Chocolate, Sweet Heart Designs, Vegetropolis, Loaf, Curds and Whey, Pie Creator, Hibiscus Grove, Happy Hut ...


Moon King – Secret Life 

27 Feb

Back in January we covered Alvvays at the Hare and Hounds.


Nigel Kennedy to perform The Hendrix Project for “Human Aid” Charity at The Assembly, Leamington Spa 

27 Feb

The Assembly in Leamington Spa have announced that they will host a very special charity concert by legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy on Monday 9th March.


Fearless Vampire Killers 

27 Feb

Fearless Vampire Killers - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 10, May 15...


Jungle Cakes ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Party Next Friday at the H&H 

27 Feb

Mighty Lions Ed Solo Deekline bring their firing Jungle Cakes brand to the Hare Hounds and Birmingham for the first time ever this March following the huge success of the ‘Welcome to the Jungle 2’ album.


Review: The King’s Speech 

27 Feb

Richard Lutz listens in to the staging of an Oscar-winning film now playing at the Birmingham Rep The main question about the production of The King’s Speech has to be: once you have seen the Colin Firth film about George VI and his speech ...


Bostin’ Birmingham pictures -including this stunning cityscape- captured by city photographer Jim Panda 

26 Feb

Click through the gallery and tell us if you rate cameraman's vivid pictures of Brum...


See the first pictures from Nosh and Quaff 

26 Feb

These designs of Colmore Row's new restaurant and bar reveal how the finished venue will look...


Amy Childs visits The Mailbox on skin tightening and fat removal training trip 

26 Feb

Former TOWIE star turned salon owner, designer visits swanky city shopping centre on trip to learn about new beauty treatment...


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Music blogs »

Redbrick Meets… Ólafur Arnalds 

28 Feb

Dean Eastmond chats with the talented composer...


Live Review: Ólafur Arnalds 

28 Feb

Dean Eastmond delves into some classical music...


Moon King – Secret Life 

27 Feb

Back in January we covered Alvvays at the Hare and Hounds.


Nigel Kennedy to perform The Hendrix Project for “Human Aid” Charity at The Assembly, Leamington Spa 

27 Feb

The Assembly in Leamington Spa have announced that they will host a very special charity concert by legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy on Monday 9th March.


Nigel Kennedy charity event launched 

27 Feb

Violinist to perform The Hendrix Project for Human Aid charity.


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999 »

Sectioned 

28 Feb

This is one of those posts I’ve done before but I’m now writing again in a different way because it just keeps on happening.


CCTV: Petrol thieves sought as police probe £30k fuel scam 

27 Feb

CCTV: Petrol thieves sought as police probe 30k fuel scam Detectives investigating a fuel card cloning scam have released images of two men they believe may have filled up with 30000 of stolen petrol and diesel from forecourts across Birmingham...


CCTV: Kings Norton corner shop robbery 

26 Feb

CCTV: Kings Norton corner shop robbery We're appealing for help to identify two men who held-up a corner shop.


Police appeal after man is pushed to floor in unprovoked attack at Bournville station 

25 Feb

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses after a man in his sixties was pushed to the floor in an unprovoked attack at Bournville station.


Police appeal after man is pushed to floor in unprovoked attack at Bournville station 

25 Feb

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for witnesses after a man in his sixties was pushed to the floor in an unprovoked attack at Bournville station.


Criminal Sentencing under Part III 

22 Feb

It’s a couple of years since I first wrote an explanatory post about what some people call ‘hybrid orders’ under s45A of the Mental Health Act.


Five Hundred Blogs 

21 Feb

To the Tune of 500 Miles by the Proclaimers — “I would write 500 blogs And I might write 500 more Just to be the man who’d wrote a thousand blogs.


Just Imagine … 

20 Feb

Just imagine if you confidently knew your powers of entry when asked to locate and return a patient who is AWOL under the Mental Health Act 1983?  Imagine you knew that the Act contained no power of entry, you would know that after knocking...


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LocalGov »

Fly tipped pile of rubbish, 28th February 

28 Feb

Noted today.


Graffiti on fence, 28th February 

28 Feb

Large graffiti on fence panels along public footpath, been there few wks , eye sore to residents ! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Outmore Road, Kitts Green Report on FixMyStreet...


Rubbish from two premises in Stamford Road B20 3PJ, 28th February 

28 Feb

Handsworth Helping Hands volunteers have recently worked with BCC to do a extra street clean-up in Stamford Road, Handsworth.


Rubbish on frontage spilling into street, 28th February 

28 Feb

There is an accumulation of household waste piled up on the frontage of 42 Haughton Road, B20 3LD, which is spilling onto the pavement in front of the house.


Fly-tipping in Wilton Road, Handsworth, 28th February 

28 Feb

Waste has been fly-tipped in front of a steel gate on the other side of the road to the United Reform Church, 13 Wilton Road, Handsworth B20 3RX Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 28 Wilton Road...


Dumping on Church Avenue, 28th February 

28 Feb

Church Avenue is next to 136 Church Hill Road, Handsworth B20 3PE.


Dog fouling on pavement, 28th February 

28 Feb

For the last 4 weeks a male approximately 5ft 8 with a black/dark brown Labrador has been allowing his dog to foul in the middle of the pavement.


Grafitti, 27th February 

27 Feb

Several episodes of grafitti visible within public walkway between lower white rd and worlds end lane.


Broken pavement slams outside school entrance, 27th February 

27 Feb

Directly outside school entrance there are two significant areas of broken amd damaged paving slabs that are causing stagnant water and mud to accumulate with an uneven walking surface making it very unsafe for all pedestrians including young...


Pothole, 27th February 

27 Feb

Significant pothole in road on worlds end lane near to roundabout on ridgeacre road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 89 Worlds End Lane, Quinton Report on FixMyStreet...


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Social media »

A challenge to the idea of economies of scale in public services… 

28 Feb

Locality has published some research which counters the argument that large organisations will deliver public services the most efficiently and cost effectively.


HTC One M10 HD – A Desirable Phone 

28 Feb

HTC incorporates notoriety for being the most inventive and ground breaking phone producers available.


7 COSHH Pointers For Cleaners 

27 Feb

Understanding industry-led legislation and guidelines is what sets the professionals aside from the amateurs and this is especially true of the cleaning profession which must do their utmost to maintain a high standard of health and safety for both ...


The Comedy Club Northampton 

27 Feb

The Comedy Club Northampton at Northampton Saints RFC on Thursday 30th April.


The newfound power of the social media editor 

26 Feb

Mark Zuckerberg is the editor controlling most people’s front page.


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