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Man killed by hit-and-run van driver in Birmingham 

10 Dec

A man dies on one of Birmingham's main arterial roads when he is hit by a van which failed to stop.


Four men collapse at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market after taking drug 

10 Dec

Four men collapsed at Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market after taking the former legal high 'Black Mamba'.


Man arrested after boy ‘locked in van and sexually assaulted’ in Birmingham 

10 Dec

Police investigating a sexual assault on a 16-year-old schoolboy by a van driver arrest a 55-year-old man.


Driver runs off after pedestrian killed by van in Birmingham 

10 Dec

A pedestrian was killed today when he was hit by a van outside the Perry Barr Greyhound Racing Stadium in Birmingham.


Chicago coming to Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre 

10 Dec

'Murder, greed, corruption, exploitation, adultery and treachery…all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts'…so begins the international award winning Broadway and West End musical, Chicago.


Review: Reeves & Mortimer, Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham 

10 Dec

It may be 20 years since they last toured but Reeves and Mortimer have clearly lost none of their talent for entertaining a live audience.


Schoolboy sexually assaulted in van in Birmingham city centre 

10 Dec

A schoolboy was sexually assaulted after being lured into a van in Birmingham city centre.


Boy in Birmingham ‘locked in van and sexually assaulted’ 

9 Dec

Police release CCTV images of a van suspected to be the vehicle in which a teenage boy was locked and sexually assaulted.


Forest Green add Birmingham’s Cooper 

9 Dec

Birmingham City midfielder Charlie Cooper joins Forest Green Rovers - managed by his father Mark - on a month-long loan.


Secondhand designer handbags that can fetch thousands 

9 Dec

A Birmingham auction house hosts sales of used handbags that can fetch thousands of pounds.


Birmingham couple buys house for asylum seekers 

9 Dec

A couple saving for their own home have bought a house for asylum seekers instead.


Kitten dies after Birmingham man stubs out cannabis joint in its face 

9 Dec

A kitten died after a man stubbed a cannabis joint out in its face, a court hears.


New penguins arrive at Birmingham’s Sea Life Centre – with video 

9 Dec

New arrivals at a sea life centre are enjoying the cold weather as they get used to their home.


Attempted bank robbery caught on camera in Aldridge. 

9 Dec

Officers have launched an investigation after Barclays Bank on Aldridge High Street was raided by three men at around 9:30AM this morning (09/12).


Pixies, Birmingham O2 Academy – review 

9 Dec

The harsh grunge-psychedelic tones of the Pixies are one of the most recognizable sounds of the late eighties and the early nineties – it is one that has inspired legions of acts such as Nirvana, Radiohead, The Strokes, Blur and Weezer.


Sarah Middleton talks ahead of Treasure Island appearance in Birmingham 

9 Dec

It’s hard to get away from panto once theatres reach December.


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Comment »

West Midlands CWO join Street Life with Andy Street – West Midlands Prospective Mayor 

10 Dec

Parveen with Andy Street I was delighted to support Andy Street Mayoral Campaign in the West Midlands on behalf of the West Midlands Conservative Women’s Organisation.


Birmingham air pollution: mitigation or abolition? 

9 Dec

  West Midlands is in breach of legal air pollution limits causing over 1000 deaths each year.


WM industrial, academic and political action on air pollution 

9 Dec

The Midlands Energy Consortium includes such members as the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, University of Nottingham, the University of Warwick and the British Geological Survey.


Your chance to challenge Council budget cuts 

9 Dec

The council is running public consultation sessions on its budget plans for 2017 onwards.


Investment in rail and metro, not the M6 Toll, will make the real difference 

9 Dec

Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street pledges to make opening the Black Country Metro extension and Camp Hill rail line a priority for his first term...


Investment in rail and metro, not the M6 Toll, will make the real difference 

9 Dec

Conservative candidate for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street pledges to make opening the Black Country Metro extension and Camp Hill rail line a priority for his first term...


Order order: the mayoral power play 

9 Dec

If you were in any doubt about the level of excitement and anticipation felt towards the prospect of a Metro Mayor joining council leaders around the West Midlands Combined Authority...


HSBC Birmingham HQ construction December update 

9 Dec

It's been almost two months since my last update on the construction of the HSBC UK headquarters at the Arena Central site in Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.


SUTTON COLDFIELD LIBRARY RALLY & MEETING Saturday 10 December from 11 a.m. 

8 Dec

  The Library Lobby, which is leading the campaign against the closure of the town’s library, is holding a march and meeting on Saturday.


Why homelessness threatens to split Birmingham’s Labour group 

8 Dec

There was a Labour group rebellion over a proposed 10 million cut to the supporting people fund...


Why homelessness threatens to split Birmingham’s Labour group 

8 Dec

There was a Labour group rebellion over a proposed 10 million cut to the supporting people fund...


Paradise rising 

8 Dec

It's been over a month since my last update on the Paradise redevelopment and demolition of the former Birmingham Central Library, http://birminghamcentral.


Localisation/swadeshi: a programme for long-term survival 

8 Dec

Swadeshi has been described by Satish Kumar, founder and Director of  Schumacher College   in Devon as a programme for long term survival.


Splat the rat 

8 Dec

It is with considerable joy and with a palpable sense of relief that the timely demise of Nigel the Rat can be announced to an indifferent public...


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City-centre news »

Digbeth: Home of Metal 

10 Dec

Birmingham and the Black Country are responsible for Heavy Metal, a genre of music loved the world over, but nothing really marks one of our region’s most prolific cultural exports.


Happy Birthday Cereal Killer Cafe 

9 Dec

It's Cereal Killer Cafe's 2nd birthday.


Whisky Birmingham 

9 Dec

When: Saturday 4th March 2017, 12:00-17:00 Where: The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE Tickets: £75 VIP, £35 standard entry (available online here) Whisky Birmingham – the city’s flagship whisky festival from The ...


Diocesan Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception at St Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham 

8 Dec

‘Today’s feast of the Immaculate Conception marks the moment when God’s loving-mercy broke into the world in a new way, becoming a reality in the human nature of the eternal Son of God, born of the immaculate Virgin Mary’, said His Grace, ...


Birmingham Bach Choir 

8 Dec

When: Sunday 18th December, from 15:30 Where: St Alban the Martyr Church, Conybere Street, Highgate, B12 0YH Free (optional collection for the church roof restoration fund) As Christmas draws ever closer, the Birmingham Bach Choir are readying for ...


Just what is going on at University Locks? 

7 Dec

In September 2016, Birmingham City University partnered with University Locks, a brand new student accommodation building located in the heart of the city centre campus.


Olivia Burton Jewellery Debut 

7 Dec

Olivia Burton jewellery collection has arrived to Bullring...


Bene Culture vs Dollar Dim Sum Club 

7 Dec

When: Saturday 10 December, 19:00–23:00Where: Bene Culture, The Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: from £12 (£9.50 for IB Card holders) – available online here Bene Culture has taken over a unit in The Custard Factory, and ...


Birmingham Connected Update 

6 Dec

This is the latest update containing transport news and information for the city.


Bee9 Urban Honey 

6 Dec

@CustardBees Thanks for making my pudding, bees.


Boardroom to Bar: Christmas Party Edition 

6 Dec

Men's and women's outfits that transition perfectly from desk to dancefloor...


75% of crimes around Halesowen schools are not resolved 

6 Dec

There were 89 street crimes recorded between January 2016 and August 2016 in Halesowen’s school areas and 75% had remained unresolved.


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Aston Villa »

Audio – Bruce Demands Better 

10 Dec

Audio - Bruce Demands Better Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:10/12/2016 17:44:00 Manager Steve Bruce has given his immediate reaction to Aston Villa's victory over Wigan Athletic earlier today and he wants far more than he saw.


Stats: Villa v Wigan Athletic 

10 Dec

Stats: Villa v Wigan Athletic Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:10/12/2016 17:04:00 All the stats from Villa (1) vs (0) Wigan Athletic, Villa Park, 10/12/16 Att: 29392...


Aston Villa v Wigan – Team Sheets 

10 Dec

Aston Villa v Wigan - Team Sheets Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:10/12/2016 14:28:00 Aston Villa are at Villa Park with Wigan the visitors for the latest Championship game.


Aston Villa v Wigan – Follow Live On Twitter 

10 Dec

Aston Villa v Wigan - Follow Live On Twitter Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:10/12/2016 09:24:00 Aston Villa are at Villa Park with Wigan the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.


Bruce Previews Wigan Clash 

9 Dec

Bruce Previews Wigan Clash Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:09/12/2016 19:06:00 Manager Steve Bruce has now held his pre Wigan Athletic press conference with the media and here's what he had to say.


Something For The Weekend (555) 

9 Dec

Something For The Weekend (555) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:09/12/2016 16:34:00 It was destined to be a week haunted by old doubts after Bruce's Villa relinquished their invincibility tag, as they lost to Leeds United.


From Hate To Love! 5 Teams Villa Fan Does Like (Opinion) 

9 Dec

From Hate To Love! 5 Teams Villa Fan Does Like (Opinion) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:09/12/2016 14:45:00 JuanPabloAngel yesterday told us which opposition teams he hated.


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Birmingham City FC »

Gayle treble sends Newcastle top 

10 Dec

Dwight Gayle netted a hat-trick as Newcastle moved back to the top of the Sky Bet Championship in style by brushing aside play-off hopefuls Birmingham 4-0 at St James' Park.


Forest Green add Birmingham’s Cooper 

9 Dec

Birmingham City midfielder Charlie Cooper joins Forest Green Rovers - managed by his father Mark - on a month-long loan.


One To Watch: Dwight Gayle 

9 Dec

One To Watch: Dwight Gayle Vitalfootball:Birmingham:09/12/2016 14:42:00 Sask's opinion about the oppositions best player.


Newcastle United v Birmingham City 

9 Dec

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Newcastle United and Birmingham City.


Newcastle v Birmingham preview 

9 Dec

Newcastle have Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett available to face Birmingham after they had suspensions rescinded on appeal.


10 in 10: Prutton’s EFL predictions 

8 Dec

As Sky Sports' EFL 10 in 10 kicks off, David Prutton is back with his latest set of predictions.


LISTEN: EFL Weekly Podcast 

8 Dec

Listen to the latest edition of the EFL Weekly Podcast which features interviews with Brighton's Anthony Knockaert, Newcastle's Dwight Gayle and Nottingham Forest's Ben Osborn.


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Sport »

U16’s 

10 Dec

Kiddy edge entertaining friendly...


Aviva Premiership Round-Up: Week 10 

10 Dec

Rugby correspondent, Sam Harrison, rounds up an interesting week in the Aviva Premiership as league leaders Saracens lost their second game of the season The post Aviva Premiership Round-Up: Week 10 appeared first on Redbrick .


Lions Lose Out to Lucky Lightning 

10 Dec

After an unlucky night for Birmingham Lions in the National Badminton League, online editor Nancy Frostick rounds up the action The post Lions Lose Out to Lucky Lightning appeared first on Redbrick .


England Rugby: Review of 2016 

10 Dec

Rugby correspondent Sam Harrison reviews England's form in 2016, and discusses where they need to strengthen to challenge New Zealand The post England Rugby: Review of 2016 appeared first on Redbrick .


Brannon’s Blog 

9 Dec

In a first round League Cup tie, the Royals and Stourbridge played out a six-goal thriller, before the visitors progressed 4-2 on penalties.


NFL: Week 13 Round-Up 

9 Dec

American football writer Sam Harrison examines how the results from week 13 have affected the standings in the NFL The post NFL: Week 13 Round-Up appeared first on Redbrick .


Royal Race Night 

8 Dec

Come and enjoy a racing night with the Royals.


Top 10 Sporting Events of 2016 

8 Dec

Following a year full of sporting highlights, online editor Nancy Frostick picks her top ten for 2016 The post Top 10 Sporting Events of 2016 appeared first on Redbrick .


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    Business »

    Motoring: Land Rover’s Christmas Cabin; Audi A3 celebration; Aston Martin Lagonda 

    9 Dec

    LAND Rover has banished stories of declining sales to embrace the Christmas spirit in a new video promoting its Discovery Sport.


    New Edgbaston pub just what the doctor ordered 

    9 Dec

    A TRADITIONAL pub restaurant has injected life back into a historical building on the Calthorpe Estate in Edgbaston.


    Lawyer who brought war crimes claims against British troops faces being struck off 

    9 Dec

    Birmingham human rights lawyer has been told apologise to the Iraq War veterans...


    Judging panel announced for 2017 BYPY 

    9 Dec

    BPS Birmingham Future has unveiled the committee which will decide the winners of the 2017 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year one of the most eagerly contested titles in the city.


    China sales bolster Jaguar Land Rover but company sees global declines 

    9 Dec

    A FALL in UK sales for Land Rover has been repeated in the latest set of global sales figures released by parent company Jaguar Land Rover.


    Life in Birmingham’s tallest apartment block could be unbearable it is claimed 

    9 Dec

    There are concerns that, as the proposed 31-storey tower at the Left Bank project fronts onto Broad Street, the noise from traffic, rowdy behaviour and even brawls will prove too much for residents...


    More delays hit University of Birmingham’s £55m sports centre opening 

    9 Dec

    Edgbaston institute forced to announce yet another set back to the launch of its new show-piece swimming pool and sports centre...


    St. Modwen secures new retailers for Longbridge town centre 

    8 Dec

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    Business columns »

    Development of Walsall business sites announced. 

    9 Dec

    Regeneration will create 2,000 jobs in major scheme.


    Training boost for Shropshire 

    9 Dec

    £3 million Bridgnorth manufacturing training centre launched.


    In an age of political pygmies- globalisation is the easy scapegoat 

    2 Dec

    Will Mapplebeck takes a close look at  how too many of our leaders  react mindlessly to the worldwide finance crises that lurk on the political landscape Globalisation has been receiving an old-fashioned kicking from both sides of the political ...


    Kings Heath – home of the indies 

    2 Dec

    String of new businesses open in city suburb.


    Milestone for back to work initiative 

    2 Dec

    150 Coventry and Warwickshire people sign up to Accelerate their way into work.


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    Events »

    For-wards Christmas Party Fundraiser 

    9 Dec

    for-Wards have had a fantastic start to their two-year project working with some amazing composers, communities, partners and more.


    Topshop Personalised 

    9 Dec

    Topshop invite you to get personal with your shopping this December...


    Personalisation at Topman 

    9 Dec

    Get the ultimate personalisation treat at Topman this December...


    Bembom Brazilian Pop-Up, 11 Dec 2016 

    8 Dec

    11 Dec 2016 - Community at Ort Cafe Pop up Brazilian home cooking inspired by the wonderful dishes of the Matheus family, Bahia.


    New Show: PWR BTTM 

    8 Dec

    We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing queer punk band PWR BTTM to the HH on Thursday 13th April.


    Positive West Midlands, 9 Dec 2016 

    7 Dec

    9 Dec 2016 - Community at Missing FREE Positive West Midlands is a new support group for people living with HIV, supporters and volunteers, which provides social support and signposting to other agencies.


    Vans Christmas Party 

    7 Dec

    Head to Vans and join their Christmas party...


    New Show: Wild Nothing 

    7 Dec

    We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be brining Captured Track ‘s Wild Nothing to the HH on Wednesday 22nd February.


    New Show: Natty 

    6 Dec

    We’re pleased to announce that Natty will be playing the HH on Thursday 9th February as part of our 10th anniversary series.


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    Music blogs »

    MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Dec 9-Thu Dec 15 

    9 Dec

      NEW RELEASE Snowden  (15) On Jun 5, 2013, in an article written by reporters Glenn Greenwald… Read more The post MOVIE ROUND-UP: This Week’s New Film Releases, Fri Dec 9-Thu Dec 15 appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    Celebrate Christmas with Birmingham Bach Choir 

    9 Dec

    Traditional favourites to be performed in listed surroundings.


    Live Review: Jimmy Eat World 

    8 Dec

    Andrew Price reviews a nostalgic set from Jimmy Eat World The post Live Review: Jimmy Eat World appeared first on Redbrick .


    A cosy night out 

    8 Dec

    Simon Hale enjoys the all-enveloping warmness of Katie Melua at Symphony Hall.


    It’s Carnival time 

    8 Dec

    Dave Woodhall talks to folk legend Maddy Prior.


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    999 »

    Police arrest man in connection with sex assault on teenage boy 

    10 Dec

    Police investigating a serious sexual assault on a 16-year-old schoolboy Birmingham city centre, after he was offered a lift in a van, have this morning arrested a man in connection with the assault.


    Police appeal to trace missing man 

    10 Dec

    Police are urgently trying to trace a man who is missing from a healthcare centre in Birmingham.


    Appeal for driver to come forward following fatal non-stop collision 

    10 Dec

    Police are appealing for the driver of a white transit van to come forward following a non-stop fatal collision in Perry Barr this morning.


    Police appeal after man injured in disorder outside Birmingham pub 

    10 Dec

    Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious head injury following a disorder outside a Birmingham pub in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 10 December).


    Sex attacker lured boy into van – do you recognise offender’s vehicle? 

    9 Dec

    A schoolboy was subjected to a serious sexual assault after being lured into a van in Birmingham city centre.


    10 years jail for taxi driver who raped passenger 

    9 Dec

    A Birmingham taxi-driver who raped a teenager after picking her up from a night out in Birmingham city centre has been jailed for 10 years.


    Appeal after three injured in Smethwick and Washwood Heath machete attack 

    8 Dec

    Detectives investigating a machete attack on three people including a toddler at separate addresses in Smethwick and Washwood Heath believe that the public hold the key to identifying those responsible.


    Police charge man in connection with Selly Oak shooting 

    7 Dec

    Police investigating a shooting in Selly Oak, Birmingham in July, in which a man was injured, have charged a man with attempted murder in connection with the incident.


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    LocalGov »

    Rubbish dumped on imperial road, 10th December 

    10 Dec

    Quite a large amount of rubbish dumped here Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 22 Imperial Road, Bordesley Green Report on FixMyStreet...


    Lack of adequate lighting, around the entrance area of Park Hill,, 10th December 

    10 Dec

    The whole entrance area of Park Hill - from Alcester Lane (Near to the garage etc) is lacking adequate lighting..


    Broken fencing along canal towpath, 9th December 

    9 Dec

    Fencing broken, unsightly and leaning onto canal towpath.


    Next phase of Birmingham Cycle Revolution set for green light 

    9 Dec

    Artist’s impression showing the proposed segregated cycle route on the A38 Cabinet is being asked to set the wheels in motion for the next phase of Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR).


    Council Tax Liability Orders (prescribed forms omitted since 2003) 

    9 Dec

    Response by Birmingham City Council to mary glister on 9 December 2016 .


    Complete list of all Birmingham Schools using Big Community Ltd 

    9 Dec

    Response by Birmingham City Council to M Stevens on 9 December 2016 .


    Birmingham Cycle Revolution – facts and figures 

    9 Dec

    What evidence do you have to support the need to focus on developing fully segregated cycle routes? The early phases of Birmingham Cycle Revolution (BCR) have involved detailed engagement with a wide range of people and organisations including...


    Parking Enforcement in Small Heath, Birmingham 

    9 Dec

    Clarification sent to Birmingham City Council by Mr P Flatley on 9 December 2016 .


    Disabled ramp blocked AGAIN, 9th December 

    9 Dec

    Silver/sports/car/parked/oer/ramp/for/two/days/not/been/moved On/the/ramp/on/bowlas/avenue/opposite/woodfield/close Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 6 Bowlas Avenue, Sutton Coldfield Report on...


    Expenditure on stationery supplies for schools 

    9 Dec

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Michael Stones on 9 December 2016 .


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    Social media »

    Snapchat para periodistas: una guía pensada para la redacción 

    9 Dec

    ¿Cómo producir contenido noticioso para Snapchat? ¿Es posible calcular estadísticas de audiencia? ¿Qué sentido tiene invertir recursos y tiempo en producir contenido que va a desaparecer en 24 horas? Estas y otras preguntas aparecen respondidas...


    EMOTION CONNECTS: The Polish Christmas TV ad… not a dry eye 

    9 Dec

    Look, I’m slow to this, alright? But remember that stuff we were talking about on head v heart? All that gubbins about head v heart and the Christmas TV ads use emotion to connect with people? Have you seen the Polish Christmas TV ad? It’s the ...


    LIKE: Five types of social media policy… and a sixth 

    7 Dec

    I like this lots.


    who do you trust? 

    7 Dec

    Trust.


    SOCIAL CUP: How to do social customer services… a lesson from Yorkshire 

    6 Dec

    Look, this is lovely.


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