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Man arrested after three members of the same family are found stabbed in Stourbridge. 

30 Mar

A man has been arrested after three members of the same family were stabbed at their Dudley home this morning (30/03).


Paul Weller set to play Birmingham 

30 Mar

Modfather Paul Weller has announced that he is set to play Birmingham's Genting Arena on March 2, 2018.


Two arrested in Birmingham anti-terror operation 

29 Mar

Two people were arrested in Birmingham today on suspicion of terrorism offences.


Man and woman held in Birmingham by counter-terrorism police 

29 Mar

Counter-terrorism police are searching several properties in Birmingham.


Engineering firm CH2M pulls out of HS2 railway line deal 

29 Mar

CH2M's £170m contract was to develop Phase 2b from Crewe to Manchester and Birmingham to Leeds.


Family pay tribute to man killed in collision on Belgrave Middleway. 

29 Mar

The family of a man who was killed in a city centre collision on Sunday (26 March) have paid tribute to their “well respected son, husband, father and work colleague”.


Tom Green to perform in Birmingham 

29 Mar

Canadian comic and actor Tom Green will perform for fans in Birmingham this summer, it has been announced.


Blossoms’ Tom Ogden speaks ahead of Birmingham gig 

29 Mar

The past twelve months have been a whirlwind for Stockport boys Blossoms.


Armed police dispatched to Northfield Shopping Centre following reports of a man carrying an axe. 

29 Mar

Police, including armed officers, were dispatched to Grovenor Shopping Centre on Bristol Road in Northfield this morning (29/03), following reports of a man carrying an axe.


Qatari investors eye the West Midlands 

29 Mar

Birmingham, the Black Country and the wider West Midlands are poised to win a chunk of the £5 billion of investment set to come from Qatar in the next three years, the Secretary of State for International Trade Dr Liam Fox says.


Twenty two people wanted in connection with a disorder at a Wolves Wanderers vs BCFC football match 

29 Mar

Chief Inspector Nicolas Rowe, head of the West Midlands Police Football Unit, is appealing for information following a disturbance that took place during and after February’s football match between, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City FC.


Why Birmingham is the obvious location, location, location for Channel 4’s new home 

29 Mar

Birmingham is the obvious location for Channel 4’s new home outside of London, Birmingham City Council leader John Clancy said today (29/03).


Woman threatened with knife in Moseley car-jacking 

29 Mar

The men tried to drag her out of the car before brandishing the weapon at her throat.


Murder arrest after stabbing at house in Perry Barr 

29 Mar

A man being treated by ambulance crews for serious injuries died at the scene.


Spectacular images released of Birmingham’s changing skyline 

28 Mar

A range of spectacular images have been released today (28/03) of Birmingham’s changing skyline, taken at sunrise from the roof of the city’s tallest office building, the Grade II listed Alpha Birmingham.


Stewart Lee, Birmingham Symphony Hall – review 

28 Mar

The stronger his faux contempt for his audience grows, the funnier Stewart Lee becomes.


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Comment »

Free at last 

30 Mar

Historians will undoubtedly look back and describe these exciting times that we are privileged to be living through as a glorious English Spring bringing about a bright political, economic and social future.


Mayoral mail lost in post? 

29 Mar

Please, please, Mr.


Metro Mayoral debate on transport: ‘Keep the West Midlands Moving’ 

29 Mar

RailFuture West Midlands , assisted by Birmingham Friends of the Earth are holding a Metro Mayor forum event at the Council House.


Metro Mayor: Your stage awaits…. 

29 Mar

One of the criticisms of the campaign to be the first elected Mayor of the West Midlands is that there is little to choose between the five main candidates and...


IN THE NEWS: Westminster Attacks – International Coverage 

28 Mar

Following on from last week’s attacks in Westminster, just thought that I would share some links to the international coverage my research and/or thoughts attracted in the aftermath: France 2 Terrorisme : quelles sont les mesures prises par les ...


Metro Mayor: Getting Down to Business 

28 Mar

You may (or may not) have noticed: we’re going to be electing a West Midlands Mayor on the 4th May, writes Henrietta Brealey.


Roll Over Chuck Berry 

28 Mar

One of the great advantages of growing older is that behaviour that was once considered reckless is now casually dismissed as being merely eccentric...


In the city this evening: local, national and international perspectives on the agenda 

27 Mar

Invitation to an open meeting on March 27 th 5.30pm in Colmore Row: Birmingham Pound – the way forward! (see information about the Attwood award here.


Housing 24: a brownfield register for Birmingham? 

27 Mar

The Planner reported last year that 73 Councils in England are now piloting the new brownfield registers in an attempt to bring forward derelict and underused land for new homes.


THINK-PIECE: Shared Values for Birmingham – Social Inclusion Summit, July 2012 

27 Mar

Given the events of the past week and the less than positive spotlight that has been thrown on Birmingham, it has made me re-think and re-visit some of the things that I and colleagues have been writing about the city over the past few years (hence ...


Comment: Being United Is The Best Defence Against All Who Seek to Divide Us – Huffington Post 

26 Mar

Following on from the tragic events in Westminster on Wednesday, I pulled together some of my thoughts for a blog article in the Huffington Post.


RESEARCH: We Live Together & Can Stay Together – 2011 Report 

26 Mar

Following on from recent events and the scrutiny placed on Birmingham and its Muslim communities, I thought it might be worthwhile re-sharing the findings from some research I undertook in the city in the aftermath of the riots in 2011.


Conservative Spring Forum 2017 

25 Mar

Rob Semple OBE, Parveen Hassan, Andrew Sharpe On 18th March 2017, I attended the Conservative Spring Forum.


Andy Street Super Action Day – Solihull 

25 Mar

I was delighted to rally troops today in support of Conservative Mayoral Candidate, Andy Street in Solihull alongside Conservative Way Forward volunteers, and local councillors.


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City-centre news »

Meet a Missionary 

29 Mar

Would you like to meet a Missionary? Talking to a Missionary whilst they are out working in their specific area could help you and help the Missionary.


RSPCA figures reveal more than 6,800 cases of animal cruelty in the West Midlands during 2016 

29 Mar

The West Midlands saw more than 6,800 cases of animal cruelty during 2016, new RSPCA figures have revealed.


Chocolate trends you’ll love 

28 Mar

We've come a long way from a bar of fruit and nut...


Lutheran-Catholic Commemoration of the Reformation in 1517 

27 Mar

St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Southwark , Sunday 26 March 2017 A joint commemoration of the 500 th Anniversary of the Reformation was held at St George’s Roman Catholic Cathedral Southwark, hosted by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most ...


5 classic items every man should own 

27 Mar

Your ultimate wardrobe essentials...


Live Music Round Up 

26 Mar

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Your 5 Spring Beauty Trends 

23 Mar

The makeup looks to try for SS17...


Your 5 Spring Fashion Trends 

23 Mar

The fashion looks to try for SS17...


VIDEO: Midlands journalists launch campaign against “Espionage Act” 

23 Mar

A community of journalists in Birmingham has launched a campaign responding to new proposals that would see journalists and whistleblowers criminalised for handling leaks.


Police Statement re Recent London Incidents 

23 Mar

WM Police have issued the following formal statement in connection with the incidents in Westminster on Wednesday 22 March 2017.


Breaking: Birmingham MP’s respond to ‘terrorist incident’ at parliament 

22 Mar

A police officer and two others have died, whilst 20 others have been injured after an attacker, who has been shot dead by armed police, drove a car on Westminster into members of the public and later attacked the police officer at the houses of ...


Green Party’s mayoral candidate urges young people across Birmingham to make sure they vote 

22 Mar

Young people in Birmingham have been urged to make sure they get out and vote in the West Midlands Mayor election.


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Aston Villa »

Bacuna To Serve A Suspension This Week – 30/3/17 

29 Mar

Bacuna To Serve A Suspension This Week - 30/3/17 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/03/2017 21:48:00 Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna will be out of action this week as he serves an automatic suspension.


Officials – Aston Villa v Norwich (1/4/17) 

29 Mar

Officials - Aston Villa v Norwich (1/4/17) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/03/2017 19:39:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Aston Villa and Norwich City this Saturday.


A Special Day In Thanks To Ken McNaught 

29 Mar

A Special Day In Thanks To Ken McNaught Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:29/03/2017 12:08:00 A message from the Aston Villa Lions Legends...


Management And Coaching At Aston Villa. Part Four: Since Ellis’s Return. 

28 Mar

Ellis’s return to the Villa board, and as chairman, was perhaps fortuitous, yet his old sense of opportunism had been at work to make the timely move.


Trinity Upper Open For Business 

28 Mar

Trinity Upper Open For Business Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/03/2017 15:51:00 Aston Villa have this afternoon confirmed that the Trinity Road Upper stand will be open for the hosting of Birmingham City.


What Came First Lee Hendrie. The Chicken Or The Egg? 

28 Mar

What Came First Lee Hendrie.


Bruce – January Cost Us 

28 Mar

Bruce - January Cost Us Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/03/2017 10:28:00 Manager Steve Bruce's early week interviews with the media are filtering through properly now and whilst he hasn't closed the door on Play Off promotion...


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Birmingham City FC »

Officials – Ipswich v Birmingham (1/4/17) 

29 Mar

Officials - Ipswich v Birmingham (1/4/17) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:29/03/2017 19:53:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between Ipswich Town and Birmingham City this Saturday...


Sky Bet donate shirts to deaf side 

29 Mar

EFL Sponsor Sky Bet have donated 72 signed shirts, one for each EFL club, to the Team GB Deaf football team to help raise the funding they need to get to the Deaflympics in Turkey in July.


Wolves v Blues: 25 suspected troublemakers wanted by police over derby disorder 

28 Mar

These 25 men are wanted by police after trouble broke out at the Wolves v Blues derby match in February.


Bluescast with Ellie Brazil 

28 Mar

The Bluescast is a brand new podcast from the creative ‘geniuses’ behind Brum Radio’s flagship sports music show the Forward ...


BCLFC-Tilton Talk  

28 Mar

BCLFC Tilton Talk Special  A wonderful insight in to the ladies game and in particular the BCLFC game was how ...


Blues and Zola ready for the run-in 

28 Mar

Blues and Zola ready for the run-in Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/03/2017 07:17:00 Rob Wildey looks ahead to this weekend's trip to Ipswich...


It’s now or never for Blues in these final eight games 

28 Mar

It's now or never for Blues in these final eight games Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/03/2017 01:01:00 Luke Turner discusses the final part of the season for Blues...


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Sport »

Diego Fabbrini: How is the Birmingham City midfielder getting on on loan and what does the future hold? 

30 Mar

26-year-old Italian joined Spezia Calcio on January - here's an update on his progress...


Aston Villa have handed a contract to this talented young hopeful 

30 Mar

This U18s starlet could have a bright future at Villa Park...


Birmingham playing fields saved from the axe 

30 Mar

Residents petition and campaign praised for part in stopping housing development on Kingstanding playing fields...


Meet Birmingham City’s latest ‘celebrity’ fan – and he doesn’t like Aston Villa! 

30 Mar

The Wealdstone Raider's take on BCFC and their rivals...


From crocked hopeful to Aston Villa’s football guru – the Steve Round story 

30 Mar

What shaped the career of Villa's director of football...


The Battle For Premier League Survival 

30 Mar

As the Premier League season reaches its climax, Sport Writer Leanne Prescott discusses the main contenders for relegation from the top flight of English football The post The Battle For Premier League Survival appeared first on Redbrick ...


Former Aston Villa target is primed for a promotion push 

30 Mar

Jordan Rhodes is ready to fire the Owls into the Premier League...


Aston Villa tried to sign THESE strikers before they landed Savo Milosevic and Stan Collymore 

30 Mar

The ones that got away...


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    Business »

    Peaky Blinders founder: This is why Channel 4 should come to Birmingham 

    30 Mar

    The Hollywood director, who is set to open a major film studio in the city, said he was happy to spell out to the publicly-funded broadcaster why it should join him here...


    US finance giant invests £42m in Birmingham company 

    30 Mar

    118 Group secures major backing to support growth of its business data services...


    BBC Three starts recruiting in Birmingham ahead of move 

    30 Mar

    Corporation launches training and apprenticeship initiative in the city as part of move by online-only channel...


    New jobs in Birmingham at software firm 

    30 Mar

    Edge Testing Solutions plans to add a further 60 staff to its team in Broad Street...


    How much is St Andrew’s worth? This is what Birmingham International Holdings report says 

    29 Mar

    Interim report presented to Hong Kong Stock Exchange - the key points...


    Calls for Channel 4 to move to Birmingham with relocation on the cards 

    28 Mar

    Culture Secretary Karen Bradley has announced she will look into moving the broadcaster out of London...


    Qatari investors to explore Birmingham opportunities 

    28 Mar

    Middle East business delegation join Prime Minister in the city to learn about new development and investment projects...


    See inside Sutton Coldfield’s chic new restaurant Bistrot Pierre 

    28 Mar

    Bistrot Pierre has opened in Mulberry Walk, Mere Green...


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    Business columns »

    West Midlands apprentices quiz MPs on skills support 

    30 Mar

    Westminster visit provides opportunity to show value of training.


    Birmingham start-up announces collaboration with property club 

    30 Mar

    Oportunity for landlords to manage properties interactively.


    Why Channel 4 should move to Birmingham – council leader 

    29 Mar

    “The type of place where audiences live.


    Midlands at heart of Britain’s offer to Qatar 

    29 Mar

    Qatar commits to investing £5 billion in the UK over the next three to five years.


    Aldermore employees choose charity for 2017 

    28 Mar

    Child death charity to benefit from fundraising.


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    Events »

    Bakers Housewarming Event 

    29 Mar

    You’re invited: The Bakers’ Housewarming Party...


    Paulos Circus, 30 Mar 2017 – 6 Apr 2017 

    29 Mar

    30 Mar 2017 - 6 Apr 2017 - Theatre at Melbicks Garden Centre (suitable for under 18s) Extended stay untilt the 9th of April ! Melbicks Garden Centre, Chester Road, Coleshill B46 3HX Thursday the 16th of March until Sunday the 9th of April Show Times ...


    Messy Crafts, 29 Mar 2017 

    28 Mar

    29 Mar 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub (suitable for under 18s) A fun filled hour of Messy Crafts, every Wednesday 09.30-10.30 at the Creative Coffee Hub, 17a Raddlebarn Rd, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6HJ.


    RELIABLE CASE Review Producing Assistance For College Students 

    28 Mar

    RELIABLE CASE Review Producing Assistance For College Students Situation studies might be of numerous types.


    Simmerdown Loung This Friday with Earl Sixteen & Anthony Johnson 

    27 Mar

    Simmerdown Lounge brings another great line-up of roots reggae artists to the HH this Friday 31st March.


    Screengrab: A gamine English star, a prickly Scot and Skelton Knaggs 

    26 Mar

    Baz as Sherlock Richard Lutz points the finger at a quartet of movies that will fill your crystal screen this week Hey, we got a double dose of movies this week on the box.


    Geography Dissertation Outline – Dissertation Without Self-Discipline Versatile Scheduling Try With Buyadissertation Service 

    26 Mar

    Practice tends to make the guy perfect.


    Jazzie B (Soul II Soul – DJ Set) Tonight at the H&H 

    24 Mar

    MHVH Love The Life team up to bring Soul II Soul legend Jazzie B to the HH tonight! Trevor Beresford Romeo OBE, known as Jazzie B, is a DJ and music producer.


    Open Mic: Free ‘n Easy, 28 Mar 2017 – 31 Mar 2017 

    23 Mar

    28 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017 - Club at Sheldon Heath Social Club Open Mic / Free n Easy with resident Band Back To The Future including an Half hour invitation showcase spot for possible club Booking.


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    Music blogs »

    Single Review: Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4 

    30 Mar

    Tom Glover reviews a fiery return on a new single from Kendrick Lamar The post Single Review: Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Part 4 appeared first on Redbrick .


    Redbrick’s Festival Guide 2017 

    29 Mar

    Redbrick Music present a bumper selection of festivals to see you through the summer The post Redbrick’s Festival Guide 2017 appeared first on Redbrick .


    News: Historic South Birmingham pub to relaunch as live music venue 

    28 Mar

    An historic South Birmingham pub is to relaunch as a live music venue and late night bar this weekend.


    Sparks – Hippopotamus 

    28 Mar

    One of my absolute favourite bands of all time, Sparks , have just unveiled a brand new single and, despite being a mere 46 years into their career it's right up there with their deranged genius best.


    The Future of Birmingham Metal 

    27 Mar

    Black Sabbath may have called it a day, but their enduring legacy and Birmingham’s status as the Home of Metal aren’t going anywhere.


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    999 »

    Man in court charged with father’s murder 

    30 Mar

    A man has been charged with the murder of his father after officers were called to an address in Wenslydale Road on Tuesday (28 March) by paramedics, who were treating a man for serious injuries.


    Teen trio charged over robbery series 

    29 Mar

    Three teenagers have been charged over a series of robberies in Northfield this month.


    Family pay tribute to man killed in city centre collision 

    29 Mar

    The family of a man who was killed in a city centre collision on Sunday (26 March) have paid tribute to their “well respected son, husband, father and work colleague”.


    Arrests made by Counter Terrorism officers 

    29 Mar

    Two people have been arrested by West Midlands Counter Terrorism detectives this afternoon (Wednesday 29 March) on suspicion of terrorism offences.


    CCTV image appeal over Second City Suite shooting 

    28 Mar

    Police investigating a shooting at Second City Suite in Birmingham on 4 February have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.


    Police link Birmingham distraction burglaries 

    28 Mar

    Officers are linking two distraction burglaries which took place at shops in the east of the city and have released CCTV images and footage of men and women they want to trace.


    WMP secures court orders against slave labour suspects 

    28 Mar

    West Midlands Police has secured court orders against two men suspected of using slave labour at recycling plants in the Black Country.


    Coventry man jailed for manslaughter 

    28 Mar

    A Coventry man has been jailed for five years after admitting killing his cousin in a drunken rage in September last year.


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    LocalGov »

    Vehicle registration:EN06 UUX abandoned for over 6 months, 30th March 

    30 Mar

    Abandoned for over 6 months Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 43 Wycome Road, Hall Green Report on FixMyStreet...


    Broken tree branch hanging down across the road, 30th March 

    30 Mar

    Broken tree branch hanging down across the road.


    Complete Non-Residential / Business Property Rates Data (Section 31) 

    30 Mar

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Gavin Chait on 30 March 2017 .


    No rubbish collection todat, 29th March 

    29 Mar

    There was no normal waste collection today.


    Cars repeatedly blocking dropped kerb for bus stop, 29th March 

    29 Mar

    Car repeatedly blocks the dropped kerb between the second kerb around grass verges put in for disabled and pushchair access to the bus stop outside 197 Kingsbury Road, Erdington.


    Dumped black bags and rubbish, 29th March 

    29 Mar

    Once again dumped approximately 10 black bags full of waste and other debris Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Avenue Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


    Health and Social Care 

    29 Mar

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Jemma Jones on 29 March 2017 .


    Hole on road, needs refilling, 29th March 

    29 Mar

    If you have the budget then it would be appreciated if this can be fixed.


    Garden waste, 29th March 

    29 Mar

    I saw number 6 dump all of her garden waste here Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 1 Willoughby Grove, Selly Oak Report on FixMyStreet...


    Interim Corporate Director, Children and Young People appointed 

    29 Mar

    Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy announces appointment of Interim Corporate Director, Children and Young People.


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    Social media »

    your training budget disappeared – top tips to make sure it isn’t a barrier to your career development 

    29 Mar

    Remember training budgets? by Darren Caveney If you don't they worked like this...


    making meetings better 

    28 Mar

    Before I begin this blog post… by Alan Ferguson Last Tuesday, we were lucky to be on the 17th floor of Westminster Council’s building looking out over London on a bright sunny day.


    nebraksa. and how it reminds us of the importance of comms and pr blogs 

    27 Mar

    Hello again, it’s your man in the North.


    don’t come here for a job 

    26 Mar

    Telling people not to come for a job at your organisation might not seem like the smartest move for a recruitment campaign.


    LONDON ATTACK: six tweets that show how the public sector comms stepped-up 

    23 Mar

    When a terror attack struck London the people who ran towards it were members of the public sector.


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