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Police make three arrests in raids against suspected drug dealers 

20 Aug

Officers searched houses and businesses including a petrol station and car dealership in Rowley Regis, Bordesley Green and Kitts Green...


Replay: Wednesday’s breaking news, weather, sport and traffic for Birmingham and the West Midlands 

20 Aug

Bringing you live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens on August 20.


Two Towers Brewery backing Pride of Birmingham with new exclusive bitter 

20 Aug

Two Towers Brewery has started work on a bottled bitter bearing the Pride of Birmingham name...


Birmingham EDL protest: Six more men appear in court over violence 

20 Aug

The group were charged last month following disorder at an EDL staged demonstration in Centenary Square...


Erdington Man Jailed For Having Disguised Stun Gun 

20 Aug

Police found the illegal firearm in the foot well of Marvin Forbes’ VW Golf when they stopped him on Queens Road, Aston in March.


Just what are they doing down in those closed city centre tunnels? Find out in our video 

20 Aug

The work is on schedule according to contractor Amey...


Optima Housing scheme remembers Pearl 

20 Aug

Residents and staff have not forgotten a much loved former colleague at a sheltered housing scheme in Birmingham.


Armed police called to Billesley house after reports shot fired through window 

20 Aug

Cops were called to the property on Coldbath Road just before 5pm, after a window pane shattered...


Birmingham designer Chris Shellis unveils House of Borgezie lounge furniture for Dubai’s Burj Khalifa 

20 Aug

Jewellery Quarter fashion king to have his tables and chairs installed in a restaurant in the world's tallest building...


Aston Tavern owners want new-look pub to be Michelin-star quality 

20 Aug

Punters will get a look at the Aston Hall Road pub when it opens for business on Saturday to coincide with Aston Villa's first home match of the football season...


Watch: Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood hauled in by Labour bosses after this video of Sainsbury’s Gaza protest 

20 Aug

Shabana Mahmood was part of a protest in support of the people of Gaza on August 2 which forced a Sainsbury's store to close temporarily...


Heartbroken Erdington family pays special tribute to Dudley Zoo’s gentle giant Orry 

20 Aug

Jenny Grindrod and daughters saddened by death of heavyweight sea lion...


Missing girl aged 12 found safe 

20 Aug

A 12-year-old girl is found safe after going missing from her Birmingham home on Monday.


FINED: Hotel boss drunkenly crawled through Birmingham Airport baggage carousel and boarded plane 

20 Aug

Lee Jezard was fined by magistrates for entering a restricted zone and boarding the Lufthansa plane in the early hours of July 17...


FINED: Ex hotel boss drunkenly crawled through Birmingham Airport baggage carousel and boarded plane 

20 Aug

Lee Jezard was fined by magistrates for entering a restricted zone and boarding the Lufthansa plane in the early hours of July 17...


Seven families settle into Stanley Grove 

20 Aug

New tenants, guests and staff from Friendship Care and Housing gathered yesterday (Monday 18th August) to celebrate the opening of seven newly refurbished homes on Stanley Grove, Sparkbrook.


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Comment »

The election in which Joe Chamberlain came 13th 

20 Aug

I know – after July’s hyped commemoration of his death, you could probably do with a Joe-free month or so.


Devolution, delegation or more scrupulous selection? 

20 Aug

Birmingham’s chief executive Mark Rogers asks : “Can we stop asking Westminster for a devolved settlement and start asking for a delegated one?” He continues: “Much as I love City/Growth Deals, Better Care Funds and all the other bastard ...


Summer Report: Mark Rogers 

20 Aug

Our end of term report reaches the person charged with running the Council and turning politician’s words into actions.


#hellomanagementploy: Marketisation at UoB and beyond 

19 Aug

A Level students receiving their results this year had a very different experience to what students before the increase in fees experienced.


Article: “Controversy, Islam and politics: an exploration of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ affair through the eyes of British Muslim elites” in Ethnic & Racial Studies 

19 Aug

Back at the end of 2012, along with my colleague and long-term collaborator Arshad Isakjee, we did some research around the impact of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film that sparked protests around the world.


Rail fares rise shows public ownership is the only option for rail 

19 Aug

Rail fares are due to rise again in January 2015, with the rate to be announced on 19 August 2014 - that's today! From Touchstone and Action for Rail : Rail fares are due to rise again in January 2015, with the rate to be announced on 19 August 2014...


Devolution or delegation? 

19 Aug

More and more colleagues and institutions, it seems, are getting involved in initiatives to assemble compelling propositions to put to the main political parties in an attempt to shape the local government-related policies they will pursue following ...


Summer Report: Deputy Leader Ward 

19 Aug

The latest in our special series taking stock of Birmingham City Council, blogger-in-chief Paul Dale turns his attention to the biggest Ward in the Council, Bore’s quiet but effective deputy.


Chamberlain Hall construction August 2014 update 

19 Aug

It's been pouring concrete literally at the Chamberlain Hall construction site since my last update of July, http://birminghamcentral.


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City-centre news »

Just what are they doing down in those closed city centre tunnels? Find out in our video 

20 Aug

The work is on schedule according to contractor Amey...


Watch: Birmingham MP Shabana Mahmood hauled in by Labour bosses after this video of Sainsbury’s Gaza protest 

20 Aug

Shabana Mahmood was part of a protest in support of the people of Gaza on August 2 which forced a Sainsbury's store to close temporarily...


Beach Party in Digbeth 

20 Aug

When: Sunday 24th August, 15:00-18:00 Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage (close to The Warehouse), Digbeth, B5 5JG Tickets: Free entry (suggested donation of £2) This Sunday, Birmingham Friends of the Earth are hosting a beach ...


Digbeth Dining Club is two! 

19 Aug

When: Friday 22nd August, 17:30 onwards Where: Spot*light, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG Tickets: £1 entry fee With numerous accolades and a British Street Food Award under its belt, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Digbeth Dining ...


Birmingham market traders buy new iPad for disabled woman who had tablet snatched by thief 

19 Aug

Stallholders at the Bull Ring and St Martin's markets pitch in to replace stolen iPad...


Next Drop-in Session 

18 Aug

About the next Drop-in session...


Can anyone stop Hillary in 2016? 

18 Aug

Are America’s First Couple on their way back to the White House? The year was 2007, it was the middle of US primary season, and Hillary Clinton seemed a shoo-in to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for the following … Continue ...


Second man found injured on tracks at Birmingham New Street dies 

18 Aug

The 30-year-old man, from Handsworth, died on August 14 after being discharged from hospital...


New £8 million bridge for city highway will take 18 months 

18 Aug

Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre and Jaguar Land Rover will all benefit from the new A45 South Bridge in Solihull...


PCC Elections 2014 

18 Aug

When: Thursday 21st August This is a reminder that the elections for the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner will take place this Thursday 21st August.


Live Music Round Up 

17 Aug

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Social Enterprise Quarter Walking Tour 

17 Aug

When: Wednesday 27th August, 09:30-13:00 Where: iSE, Avoca Court, 23 Moseley Road, Digbeth, B12 0HJ Tickets: £10 + VAT Following the launch of the Digbeth Social Enterprise Quarter, iSE have devised a walk to showcase the talents and opportunities ...


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Aston Villa »

Bennett Makes Loan Move 

20 Aug

Bennett Makes Loan Move Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/08/2014 20:44:00 There was speculation earlier today that left back Joe Bennett was set for a medical and loan spell at Championship side Brighton and Hove Albion and that...


The Vital Villa Man Of The Match v Stoke (away) 

20 Aug

The Vital Villa Man Of The Match v Stoke (away) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/08/2014 16:46:00 And the results are in...


Former Villa CEO Linked To Forest 

20 Aug

Former Villa CEO Linked To Forest Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/08/2014 16:31:00 I can't see the wood for the trees with all these changes! Yup, former CEO Paul Faulkner is now being linked to Forest.


Arsenal Man Linked As Villa’s New CEO 

20 Aug

Arsenal Man Linked As Villa's New CEO Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/08/2014 11:56:00 A link to Arsenal man for Villa's vacant CEO position.


17th Minute Applause For Two Toon Fans 

20 Aug

17th Minute Applause For Two Toon Fans Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:20/08/2014 10:39:00 The football family extends far wider than our own teams, be nice to join in on the 17th minute with the Newcastle fans to show our respects...


The Renaissance Of Paul Lambert & Aston Villa? 

20 Aug

In recent days, particularly after the signing of Carlos Sanchez, but potentially fused with the success of the win against Stoke City, I’ve heard any increasing number of fans ask themselves – and each other – whether things...


Now Let’s Build On Our Success Against Stoke 

20 Aug

What a fantastic start to the season! Not many pundits (or fans) gave us much hope of getting any points at the Britannia on Saturday but the Villa team put in a pretty solid away day performance and took home all three points.


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Birmingham City FC »

Lee Clark: Birmingham City are no longer an easy touch 

20 Aug

Boss pleased with hardworking squad and believes Championship rivals will discover Blues are a better team this season...


Transfer deadline day: What can Birmingham City fans expect? 

20 Aug

We take a look at how transfer deadline day will look for Birmingham City fans...


View from the, er, North. (or, Lotte learns the hard way) Birmingham v Ipswich 

20 Aug

With Baz unable to attend last night, we needed a sub.


Man of the Match: David Edgar 

20 Aug

Man of the Match: David Edgar Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/08/2014 11:40:00 The result of our Vital Poll...


Cotterill: It Was A Silly Foul 

20 Aug

Cotterill: It Was A Silly Foul Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/08/2014 11:30:00 Blues winger has been giving an honest assessment of his performance...


Clark: Same Again Saturday 

20 Aug

Clark: Same Again Saturday Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/08/2014 11:21:00 Blues drew 2-2 with Ipswich; Clark was mostly happy with the way his team played...


McLeish Set For Return 

20 Aug

McLeish Set For Return Vitalfootball:Birmingham:20/08/2014 11:02:00 Former Blues boss may have found another job...


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Sport »

Live – Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire 

20 Aug

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


Gresley Fc 0-0 ROYALS 

20 Aug

Royals held...


First Team – Gresley 0-0 ROYALS 

20 Aug

Stalemate at the Moat...


Murray Seeded Eighth For US Open 

20 Aug

Murray, 27, who underwent back surgery last September, has been in inconsistent form this season with his results reflected in his drop down the rankings to ninth.


Romulus 1 Chasetown 0 

19 Aug

Late winner gives Roms the 3 points.


SU START OFF PRE-SEASON WITH A BANG 

19 Aug

Sparkhill United started off pre-season with a convincing 4-0 victory over AFA side Amanah FC.


KEEP IN TOUCH WITH SU 

19 Aug

For all the latest news, fixtures, results etc, please visit Sparkhill's social media pages: Facebook: Sparkhill United FC Twitter: @SparkhillUnited Instagram: @SparkhillUnited...


Bears skipper Troughton retires 

19 Aug

Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton announces his immediate retirement because of a persistent back problem.


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Business »

BREAKING NEWS: Carillion calls off Balfour Beatty merger 

20 Aug

WOLVERHAMPTON-based construction group Carillion has called off its merger with rival Balfour Beatty after the latter rejected a revised offer.


Aston Tavern owners want new-look pub to be Michelin-star quality 

20 Aug

Punters will get a look at the Aston Hall Road pub when it opens for business on Saturday to coincide with Aston Villa's first home match of the football season...


Bank split over interest rate rise 

20 Aug

TWO members of the Bank of England's monetary policy committee (MPC) have voted for a 0.25% hike in interest rates in the first split vote on rates since July 2011, it was disclosed today.


Employment agencies find new position at 21 Bennetts Hill 

20 Aug

PRIME Time Recruitment and Sugarman Group have taken 3,800 sq ft of space at Hortons\' 21 Bennetts Hill building in central Birmingham.


Balfour rejects latest merger bid by Carillion 

20 Aug

Support services group dealt latest, and possibly, final blow in its bid to secure a deal to create construction giant...


Balfour Beatty rejects revised merger offer from Carillion 

20 Aug

UK construction firm Balfour Beatty has rejected a revised merger offer from Wolverhamptons Carillion claiming the deal poses a risk to the business and fails to accept compromise over the sale...


University of Birmingham launches next phase of £300m regeneration 

20 Aug

Hunt is on for contractor to build new student halls and sports complex next to Grange Road Gate...


Lifestyle: Motoring – Jaguar XE; Lexus RC F; Audi A7 

19 Aug

JAGUAR Land Rover is keeping full details of its most important car for decades under wraps until its official launch next month.


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Business columns »

Mike Loftus: Do the numbers add up for either Beijing or the Bank of England? 

19 Aug

Maybe you are one of those people who is more than a bit suspicious about some of those stunning economic numbers that emerge from China.


Grant funding made on Innovation Birmingham’s accelerator programme 

19 Aug

£100,000 to be shared across 9 low carbon start-ups.


Air Ambulance’s Corporate Networking Event 

18 Aug

Help save lives and make contacts.


RUGBY’S SHAME 

16 Aug

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BOWL A BEAMER AT A BANKER 

15 Aug

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Events »

The Crimson Star @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham – 20th August 2014 

21 Aug

Birmingham has been getting plenty of attention from certain areas of the music press recently.


Tiki Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 

20 Aug

21 Aug 2014 - Club at Island Bar...


Any Butler DJ Set – Cancelled 

20 Aug

Sadly due to unforeseen circumstances this bank holiday Sunday’s Andy Butler performance is cancelled.


Minted @ Mechu, 21 Aug 2014 

19 Aug

21 Aug 2014 - Club at Mechu...


Ringo Deathstarr to play Hare & Hounds 

19 Aug

Ringo Deathstarr are making no hesitations when it comes to checking things off their 2014 To Do List.


Bigger Than Barry & Love The Life Bring Wookie to the H&H this Friday 

18 Aug

This Friday Bigger Than Barry and Love The Life bring one of the pioneers of UK bass music, Wookie, to the Hare Hounds Heavily influenced by his reggae producer father, Jason Chue began his career as a producer with reggae star Wayne Marshall but ...


A look back at Digbeth Dining Club’s success in sparking Birmingham’s love affair with street food 

18 Aug

The launch of Digbeth Dining Club saw a new food movement flood the streets of Birmingham.


Eating Out: The Church Inn and Pasta Di Piazza in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter 

17 Aug

After being denied the Creole cookin' of The Church Inn Fionnuala Bourke found solace in the arms of Pasta Di Piazza just around the corner.


Walk In The Park: St Vincent Street in Ladywood 

16 Aug

Longstanding residents here must be amazed how Brindleyplace and Sherborne Wharf areas have transformed this side of the city.


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Music blogs »

The Crimson Star @ The Roadhouse, Birmingham – 20th August 2014 

21 Aug

Birmingham has been getting plenty of attention from certain areas of the music press recently.


Pop star on menu for restaurant charity weekend 

20 Aug

Free meals and competition in children’s charity link-up.


Fine Young Cannibal Roland Gift – Live + Back to His Roots 

19 Aug

Acclaimed soul-pop singer and actor Roland Gift has announced a handful of small  dates across the UK -leading off in the city where he was born - playing at The Hare & Hounds in Birmingham.


In the name of live…Tom Bailey’s (Thompson Twins) back after 27 years 

19 Aug

I'm pretty sure there have been longer gaps between gigs (and I'm pretty sure Mr Bailey has played live in some form or other in the intervening three decades) but last week Thompson Twins' lead singer Tom Bailey played the hits for the first time ...


September at Artrix 

19 Aug

Music, comedy and theatre are upcoming.


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999 »

Family pays tribute to loving son who died following incident near Birmingham New Street rail station 

19 Aug

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in hospital almost a week after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street rail station on the morning of Thursday, 7 August, has today paid tribute to him.


Family pays tribute to loving son who died following incident near Birmingham New Street rail station 

19 Aug

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in hospital almost a week after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street rail station on the morning of Thursday, 7 August, has today paid tribute to him.


Personal Responsibility 

19 Aug

I’m going to have to be careful about the tone of this one: it just mind end up sounding a bit like a lecture or a telling-off!  And I should be clear that this post is not just aimed at professionals in policing – what I am about...


Second man involved in incident at Birmingham New Street has died 

18 Aug

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said...


Second man involved in incident at Birmingham New Street has died 

18 Aug

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokesman said...


Voluntary Attendance 

12 Aug

This post is about trying to ensure a non-prescriptive framework for how police officers should consider whether or not to detain someone under the Mental Health Act when it is legally possible to do so, as opposed to helping people accessing...


Media appeal cancelled – Stechford 

12 Aug

British Transport Police (BTP) has today (Tuesday, 12 August) cancelled an appeal for information following an incident at Stechford rail station.


Media appeal cancelled – Stechford 

12 Aug

British Transport Police (BTP) has today (Tuesday, 12 August) cancelled an appeal for information following an incident at Stechford rail station.


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LocalGov »

Fly tipping mattress and settee, 20th August 

20 Aug

A settee has been dumped on the corner of Malmesbury road/Waverley road junction.


Small Heath Park, 20th August 

20 Aug

Small Heath Park is not being maintained.


Litter, 20th August 

20 Aug

Litter spread over pavement after bin collections Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 66 Douglas Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


Car fully parked across pedestrian pavement, 20th August 

20 Aug

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Birmingham Energy Savers Carillion Partnership 

20 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to Marc Buck on 20 August 2014 .


Commercial Property Birmingham 

20 Aug

Response by Birmingham City Council to iain baillie on 20 August 2014 .


Commercial Property Birmingham 

20 Aug

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by iain baillie on 20 August 2014 .


Dr Diane Reeves appears on BBC Radio WM 

20 Aug

Listen to Chief Accountable Officer, Dr Diane Reeves' recent appearance on BBC Radio WM talking about the procurement of a new under 25s mental Healthcare service for Birmingham.


Mystery Tour Summer Programme starts next week 

20 Aug

ViaRuth Richardson -Director, Work in Progress UK The exciting Mystery Tour Summer Programme begins next week! Please can you circulate and spread the word to young people and your networks! Here's the link to the page about the website: http...


Media Watch – Aug 20 

20 Aug

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Trojan Horse: Head back in her job after Trojan saga (The Times, Midlands Today, Birmingham Mail) A head teacher who was forced out of a school at the centre of the ‘Trojan horse’ saga has won her job back...


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Social media »

THE HORROR: The Four Stages of Comms Facepalm 

19 Aug

We’ve all been there working in comms, marketing, web and PR… the ridiculous request that gets made of you that is dafter than a box of frogs.


four stages of comms facepalm… 

19 Aug

The Urban Dictionary describes 'facepalm' as the correct response of putting your palm to your head in response to a particularly stupid question or comment...


get by with a little help from your friends 

18 Aug

Are you getting the most from networking? No, then read on...


final tickets for intranet now 

18 Aug

In London in September there's a grasroots event for people who think trhat intranets are a key part of the comms landscape.


FAQ: Do you need new ethics for computational journalism? 

16 Aug

This latest post in the FAQ series answers questions posed by a student in Belgium regarding ethics and data journalism .


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