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Carjacker jailed after man, 90, targeted in Birmingham 

19 Oct

The elderly man was returning to his car in a park and was punched to the floor.

Vending machine set on fire in an arson attack at University Station  

19 Oct

Officers from British Transport Police and firefighters were dispatched to University Station, near University of Birmingham, at around 1:10AM this morning (19/10), to reports of a fire on platform two.

Christmas in Birmingham: The Frankfurt Christmas Market, big wheel and ice rink return to the city next month. 

19 Oct

The city’s internationally renowned Frankfurt Christmas Market will open on 16th November, with the festive aroma of hot gluhwein, schnitzel and spicy sausage filling New Street and Victoria Square for nearly six weeks, until Christmas Eve.

National Express West Midlands engineers have been doing pioneering work to clean up the region’s air. 

19 Oct

The bus company has fitted new green technology into hundreds of its older buses to catch harmful particulates and NOx gases.

Winson Green couple charged with slavery offences following WMP investigation. 

18 Oct

West Midlands Police has charged a couple with slavery offences amid claims they lured a childhood friend to the UK from Poland and made him work for a pittance.

Fishmonger fined over £13K after employee falls out of a delivery hatch 

18 Oct

A fishmongers has been ordered to pay £13,255 after an employee fell 2.5m (8.2ft) out of a delivery hatch in June 2016, at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Monday (16/10).

Job figures signal a ‘growing economy’, says CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. 

18 Oct

Unemployment is continuing to fall in the West Midlands, according to new statistics published today (18/10).

Dozens of vehicles seized during last weeks european-wide operation targeting foreign criminals. 

18 Oct

A driver caught doing 95mph in wet conditions on the M6 while three times the drink-drive limit was just one of those arrested in a police blitz on foreign criminals using the region’s roads.

Almost 8,000 families have ‘disappeared’ from Birmingham’s council house waiting list 

18 Oct

Revamp of waiting list in spring has seen thousands of households fail to reapply and officials don't know why...

New future for hotel building where Mahatma Gandhi ate 

18 Oct

Hunt has started to find a developer to regenerate Victorian complex once home to a vegetarian hotel and restaurant...

Murder inquiry under way as man attacked in Birmingham dies 

17 Oct

Gary Twist, 54, has died in hospital, West Midlands Police says.

Murder investigation launched following Hall Green attack 

17 Oct

A murder investigation has been launched after a man has died from suffering serious injuries following an attack at the end of last month.

Birmingham Updates launches content partnership with iconic department store John Lewis. 

17 Oct

Birmingham Updates, the regions most engaged news source , has today (17/10) announced a content partnership with iconic department store John Lewis in Grand Central.

Are you an unsigned West Midlands based artist? Upload your tracks to BBC Introducing today. 

17 Oct

If you’re in a band, a solo artist or a bedroom producer and you want to get the music played on BBC radio, upload your tracks to BBC Introducing today.

Resorts World is a destination like no other with fantastic dining, shopping and a world class casino. 

17 Oct

Resorts World is a destination like no other.

Are degree apprenticeships the best kept secret of this current generation? 

17 Oct

Aston University were the first university to run degree apprenticeships in 2015...

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Two Mirror images of Birmingham’s housing 

19 Oct

It was Aristotle who supposedly reckoned that one swallow doesn’t make a summer, or even a fine day, writes Chris Game as he takes a look in the Mirror.

Our Ethical Obligation to Keep the Bomb 

19 Oct

Comment Writer Zak Barlow argues the UK needs to maintain its nuclear capabilities The post Our Ethical Obligation to Keep the Bomb appeared first on Redbrick .

The Struggles of a Journalist in a Social Networking World 

19 Oct

Comment Editor Alex Goodwin discusses the negative effects of social media on journalism.

Yemen: the UK’s Most Masochistic Foreign Adventure Yet? 

18 Oct

Comment Writer Harpreet Pannu deconstructs the UK's actions in Yemen The post Yemen: the UK’s Most Masochistic Foreign Adventure Yet? appeared first on Redbrick .

An Independent Kurdistan is Coming 

18 Oct

The Kurdish will soon have an independent state with help from the West, argues Comment Writer Tom Moran The post An Independent Kurdistan is Coming appeared first on Redbrick .

Briefing: Manifestations of Intolerance Against Muslims: Public Spaces, Political Narratives & Media in the UK – 10th Anniversary of OSCE’s Cordoba Conference & Declaration, Vienna Austria 

17 Oct

In preparation for my presentation for tomorrow’s conference in Vienna, Austria marking the  10th Anniversary of the OSCE’s Cordoba Conference and Declaration, I drew together a short briefing paper which expands on the main themes and ideas ...

Dove Advert Branded Racist Sparks Public Outrage 

17 Oct

Comment Writer Elin Kaemmer-Bailey argues we need to stop glorifying brands that celebrate diversity as if it were not the norm The post Dove Advert Branded Racist Sparks Public Outrage appeared first on Redbrick .

University League Tables: Yay or Nay? 

17 Oct

Comment Writers Emily Chapman and Lily Haugh debate the pros and cons of University League Tables The post University League Tables: Yay or Nay? appeared first on Redbrick .

Support the Refuse Workers – a resolution for LP meetings 

16 Oct

A resolution for all constituency Labour Party meetings and a letter from Unite to all Birmingham Labour Councillors and Labour MPs.

WMNEG event: issue, political and economic power 

15 Oct

West Midlands New Economics Group meeting: Andrew Lydon will open a discussion on the issue of political and economic power.

Should the Government give every single one of us free phones and bus passes? 

14 Oct

Politicians are taking a serious look at proposals for the Government to provide free food, housing, transport and even a phone...

Here’s why a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would be a total disaster for the West Midlands economy, employers and people 

14 Oct

Theresa May says the Government is preparing for the possibility of quitting the EU without a replacement deal, but this would cause enormous damage to the West Midlands...

Consensus: Cadbury’s future assured 

14 Oct

People passing the illuminated Bournville factory buildings late at night will have noted its 24-hour operation – evidence of a thriving enterprise.

Andy Street’s next step: Birmingham needs at least three Emmaus centres 

14 Oct

Emmaus has the answer to rehabilitation, offering both accommodation and work of a socially useful nature.

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Kids Eat Free this October 

19 Oct

Heading to Bullring this October half term? Here's where to go when dining with the kids.

Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass 

19 Oct

This year marked the fourth annual Chaplaincy Commissioning Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral and this year was the biggest yet! Each September, at the start of the academic year, all those involved in Chaplaincy in our Secondary Schools come together to...

Broad Street Road Closure Now 

19 Oct

Birmingham Connected has just issued the following news on road closures in Broad Street.

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18 Oct

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Coventry’s Church’s Life Saver 

18 Oct

A life-saving heart-start machine has been purchased in a joint initiative by Our Lady of the Assumption Church and its adjoining Primary School in Tile Hill, Coventry – and has been fitted on the church site in such a position that it can also be ...

Arts Week 

18 Oct

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Evesham have been celebrating ‘The Arts’ in a special themed week for the start of the new school Year.

What to wear on Bonfire Night 

17 Oct

Essential items for watching the fireworks in style...

Our Space: St John Fisher Volunteering 

17 Oct

Over the 6 weeks holidays a few members of our Sixth Form volunteered to help out at ‘Our Space,’ an adventure playground and respite care centre for children with special needs and learning difficulties.

Multi-Cultural Evening 

17 Oct

On Saturday, 23 September, St Ambrose’s Parish, Kidderminster, hosted an evening of celebration of their multi-cultural community.

EU workers in the NHS: Birmingham hospitals leavers are on the rise 

17 Oct

The proportion of EU workers leaving Birmingham NHS trusts has increased in 5 out of 6 hospitals in the last year.

Birmingham writer challenges herself to write 100,000 words in a month 

16 Oct

An Erdington accounts assistant is up to write 100,000 words in one month during an international writing challenge covering six continents.

Police chief visits South & City College 

16 Oct

David Jamieson (WMPCC) addressing students at South City College The West Midlands Police Crime Commissioner visited South City College in Birmingham today (Monday October 16 2017).

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Aston Villa »

The Vital Villa Man Of The Match – Wolves Away 

19 Oct

The Vital Villa Man Of The Match - Wolves Away Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/10/2017 08:38:00 The (late) man of the match winner v Wolves.

Taylor To Serve A Suspension This Week – 19/10/17 

18 Oct

Taylor To Serve A Suspension This Week - 19/10/17 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:18/10/2017 19:27:00 Aston Villa's Neil Taylor will be out of action this week as he serves an automatic suspension.

Officials – Aston Villa v Fulham (21/10/17) 

18 Oct

Officials - Aston Villa v Fulham (21/10/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:18/10/2017 19:05:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Aston Villa and Fulham this Saturday.

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (18/10/17) 

18 Oct

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (18/10/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:17/10/2017 23:52:00 Time for the special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for the season of 2017/18.

Safe Standing Gets A Step Closer To The Championship 

17 Oct

Safe Standing Gets A Step Closer To The Championship Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:17/10/2017 20:44:00 Shrewsbury Town have now confirmed that they have reached their crowd funding target of pound;65,000 to create a safe standing section at New...

U23s – Wolves 0 Aston Villa 2 

17 Oct

U23s - Wolves 0 Aston Villa 2 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:17/10/2017 18:14:00 First half goals from Harry McKirdy and Jordan Lyden took Aston Villa to victory in last night's derby with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Villa Times – 17/10/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up) 

17 Oct

The Villa Times - 17/10/2017 (Aston Villa News Round-up) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:17/10/2017 09:00:00 The latest uno fish ial news and views on Aston Villa...

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Birmingham City FC »

Prutton’s EFL predictions 

19 Oct

David Prutton returns with his predictions ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet EFL matches...

Player Focus: Chieck Ndoye 

19 Oct

Player Focus: Chieck Ndoye Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/10/2017 08:46:00 Rob Wildey shines the spotlight on Chieck Ndoye...

Officials – Millwall v Birmingham (21/10/17) 

18 Oct

Officials - Millwall v Birmingham (21/10/17) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:18/10/2017 19:16:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Millwall and Birmingham City this Saturday.

Birmingham City must kill Jekyll and Hyde tendencies 

18 Oct

Birmingham City must kill Jekyll and Hyde tendencies Vitalfootball:Birmingham:18/10/2017 16:13:00 Rob Wildey says Blues mustn't get carried away after a last week's impressive win...

Tilton Talk BCFC Podcast 

18 Oct

Birmingham City Podcast from Tilton Talk This weeks podcast touches on just about everything possible to do with Birmingham City ...

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (18/10/17) 

18 Oct

More Reliable Than A Championship Octopus? (18/10/17) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:17/10/2017 23:53:00 Time for the special computer that crunches the numbers to determine the final Championship positions for the season of 2017/18.

Safe Standing Gets A Step Closer To The Championship 

17 Oct

Safe Standing Gets A Step Closer To The Championship Vitalfootball:Birmingham:17/10/2017 20:45:00 Shrewsbury Town have now confirmed that they have reached their crowd funding target of pound;65,000 to create a safe standing section at New...

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Sport »

Why a new study will look into the Brummie dialect 

20 Oct

University of Leeds project will help people discover their linguistic heritage...

Forty firefighters battling huge factory blaze in Erdington 

19 Oct

West Midlands Fire Service received string of calls after fire broke out on Edgemond Avenue...

The Aston Villa story of Fabian Delph, a trout and a new Ranger Rover 

19 Oct

As far as practical jokes go, this was a decent one...

Millwall vs Birmingham City live stream and TV details: What time is kick-off? What is the team news? Who is the referee? 

19 Oct

All you need to know ahead of the televised Championship fixture...

Aston Villa vs Fulham TV details: What time is kick-off? What is the team news? Who is the referee? 

19 Oct

Everything you need to know ahead of the home game against Fulham...

How Sutton Coldfield and Erdington schools fared in 2017 performance tables 

19 Oct

The majority of Sutton Coldfield schools were 'above average' for GCSE results...

Millwall vs Birmingham City prediction: Pundit predicts the outcome of Steve Cotterill’s first away match 

19 Oct

BCFC head to South London on Saturday night...

Aston Villa vs Fulham prediction: This is how pundit sees Villa Park clash going 

19 Oct

The Sky Sports pundit has given his opinion ahead of the game...

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    Congestion ‘costing city more than £1m a day’ 

    18 Oct

    New report by chamber of commerce says members are struggling with punctuality and reduced productivity due to log jams on Greater Birmingham's roads...

    Over 100 new West Midlands trains – with wi fi and speeds up to 110mph 

    17 Oct

    New franchise operator announces which firms will build 107 new trains to be used across Birmingham and the West Midlands...

    Hotel Chocolat to open café and store in Birmingham 

    17 Oct

    Chocolatier to launch its third venue in city centre but this time it comes with a caf as well...

    Historic US engineering firm opens first UK base in Birmingham 

    17 Oct

    Consultancy Burns McDonnell was founded in 1898 by Standford University graduates...

    New plans for 15-storey student development backed by Chinese investors 

    16 Oct

    Latest project from Court Collaboration has again draw on Asian investors to support regeneration in Birmingham...

    Tony Iommi launches new £4 million Digbeth music school 

    16 Oct

    Black Sabbath guitarist opens new music school BIMM Birmingham...

    Former Sainsbury’s Bank chief takes over LEP 

    13 Oct

    Tim Pile succeeds Steve Hollis as chairman of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership...

    Shortlist revealed for Birmingham’s premier industrial development site 

    13 Oct

    Four industrial and logistics companies in running to take on the Peddimore site...

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    Sustainable energy company starts right 

    20 Oct

    Clean technology start-up crowned Birmingham’s New Business of the Year.

    All aboard for public transport testing 

    18 Oct

    Call for volunteers as Whim app begins UK trials.

    New Chair for Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership announced 

    13 Oct

    Management structure changes at regional business organisation.

    The $12 trillion dollar question 

    11 Oct

    Event to outline why West Midlands businesses should embrace Sustainable Development Goals.

    Birmingham tech firm to upscale and create more jobs 

    11 Oct

    Investment sought to boost Synapse business.

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    Events »

    This Feeling, The Cosmics, As Mamas, Quinn, 20 Oct 2017 

    19 Oct

    20 Oct 2017 - Rock Pop at Sunflower Lounge...

    Centrala Storytelling Cafe, 20 Oct 2017 

    19 Oct

    20 Oct 2017 - Spoken Word at Centrala (suitable for under 18s) THE BEAR'S SON: Tales of Hidden Bulgaria For our second Storytelling Cafe at the brilliant hidden gem that is Centrala we are thrilled to bits to present this wonderful, evocative and ...

    The Royal Blasphemy, 19 Oct 2017 

    18 Oct

    19 Oct 2017 - Rock Pop at Suki 10c...

    Steve Marks and Kellie, 21 Oct 2017 

    18 Oct

    21 Oct 2017 - Rock Pop at Old Oscott Working Mens Club...

    John Holt Tribute Band, 20 Oct 2017 

    18 Oct

    20 Oct 2017 - Rock Pop at Old Oscott Working Mens Club...

    New Show: Gengahr 

    18 Oct

    We’re delighted to announce that the North London indie four piece Gengahr , are set to perform at the Hare Hounds on Thursday 26th April 2018.

    New Show: Boat To Row 

    17 Oct

    We’re pleased to announce that Boat To Row will be performing at the Hare Hounds on Sunday 17th December for a Christmas Special show! Boat To Row are known for delivering an intricate set woven with strings and vocal harmonies, layered with an ...

    The Acid Experiment 2nd Birthday, 21 Oct 2017 

    15 Oct

    21 Oct 2017 - Club at Lab 11 Its time for another birthday party this time we are taking it back to where we began with an intimate show alongside some of the biggest names to ever grace the decks! We go all out in LAB11s yard for a limited capacity...

    Photos from October 2017 Market 

    13 Oct

    Here’s a selection of photos of our October market from  Phil Banting .

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    Kenickie – Punka 

    19 Oct

    Mention of Kenickie on Lauren Laverne's 6Music show this morning sent me scurrying off to You Tube for a little Punka.

    Redbrick Meets: The Horrors 

    19 Oct

    Redbrick's Charlotte Russell asks The Horrors bassist, Rhys Webb, about musical influences, inspirations, and the upcoming tour The post Redbrick Meets: The Horrors appeared first on Redbrick .

    Live Review: Papa Roach 

    19 Oct

    Andrew Pollard decides to check out whether his adolescent vice, Papa Roach, still live up to the hype seven years on The post Live Review: Papa Roach appeared first on Redbrick .

    Starsailor + Alex Francis + Paves at The Leadmill, Sheffield, UK – 18th October 2017 

    18 Oct

    Some time ago I saw four quiet, nervous lads support The Beautiful South at Sheffield Arena.

    Live Review: Barns Courtney at Dingwall’s, Camden Market 

    18 Oct

    Sierra Malia checks out an intimate, yet energetic performance by Barns Courtney at his album release show The post Live Review: Barns Courtney at Dingwall’s, Camden Market appeared first on Redbrick .

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    Still Too Many Questions 

    12 Oct

    I wrote last week about three separate process which had concluded after adverse events involving the police and their response to mental health calls.

    PaCA – Place of Safety Options 

    9 Oct

    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.

    A Difficult and Complex Week 

    8 Oct

    There will be a number of families and a number of police officers across the UK who have had a very difficult weekend of reflection – this has been a complicated and busy week in policing and mental health.

    Mental Health Act Review 

    7 Oct

    We learned this week of Professor Sir Simon Wessely’s appointment by the Prime Minister to review the Mental Health Act 1983 and since then, he has spoken to my boss, Chief Constable Mark Collins, to ensure the police contribute to the debate...

    The Wessely Review 

    5 Oct

    Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she has asked Professor Sir Simon Wessely to lead a review of the Mental Health Act 1983 and to report back by Autumn 2018 on what a new Mental Health Act may look like.

    Tenants and Lodgers 

    1 Oct

    A man lives in his brothers home as a lodger, paying rent.

    Back to business and our mission to prevent crime and protect people 

    29 Sep

    I hope everyone managed a break over the summer.

    OK, Let’s Try This Again! … 

    25 Sep

    Around nine months ago I started writing a series of BLOG posts, in the three-month build up to the introduction of the amendments to the Mental Health Act 1983, contained within the Policing and Crime Act 2017.

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    Dumped black bags, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Tennant street off Granville street off broad street,over nearly two weeks ago this dumped rubbish was reported to n council,a ref number was given and was told in 2to 3 days it would be cleared,guess what?its still there and more bags have...

    Sandwell council wheely bin filled with concrete & other builders rubble, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    This bin has been there for approx.

    Unused road cone, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Broad street city centre outside Hampton Hilton hotel entrance is a unused cone and has been there some time,needs removing please Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 204 Broad Street, Edgbaston...

    Utility surround, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Broad street city centre outside pure gym,in front of tge long row of windows and near to there fire exit tge utility surround has parts missing and is a serious trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated...

    Footpath trip Hazzard, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Broad street city centre outside tge tgwu building a slab has sunk creating a trip hazzard Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 90 Broad Street, Edgbaston Report on FixMyStreet...

    Abandoned rubbish bin, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Broad street city centre outside the now closed fir good pit stop takeaway they have dumped there bin outside it has been reported many times nd is still there and is creating many health hazzards Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (...

    Attacks on wildlife and environment, by dumping of dangerous chemicals., 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Desecration of Kingfisher project at fordrough bridge.

    Abandoned vehicle in alley way, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Blue Daewoo, vrm CF04 DUJ.

    Inconsiderate parking at school drop off and collection times, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    I regularly find my drive inaccessible between 08:30 -09:15 and 14:45-15:30.

    Broad Street/Sheepcote Street, traffic lights out, 19th October 

    19 Oct

    Traffic signals at Broad Street/Sheepcote Street are out completely.

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    Wanted: MA Data Journalism applicants to partner with The Telegraph 

    19 Oct

    The Telegraph was behind one of the biggest data journalism stories of the last decade As part of the new MA in Data Journalism we have partnered with a number of organisations who are keen to bring data journalism expertise into their newsroom.

    scratching that creative itch once again – say hello to a new comms podcast 

    16 Oct

    In 2012, after ten years in radio, this producer and journalist defected to public sector comms… but is now about to fire up his reel-to-reel recorder one more time to launch an all-new comms and pr podcast.

    tackling the tough stuff – a workshop to help you 

    12 Oct

    Does this sound like your usual day? Challenges coming thick and fast.

    telling your story – developing a corporate narrative 

    12 Oct

    Why is a corporate narrative important? The best organisations have a strong, authentic and compelling story to tell.

    two events to help your comms pack a stronger punch 

    10 Oct

    ‘More for less’ - it brings a shudder to many a spine.

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