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Small Heath man quizzed over attempted theft from Broad Street gallery 

19 Sep

Suspect stopped at Castle Fine Art Gallery as he tried to leave with valuable artwork under clothing...


Suspected art gallery thief arrested 

19 Sep

A man is arrested on suspicion of trying to steal art from a Birmingham gallery.


Which flag of Birmingham got your vote? 

19 Sep

Results of the readers' poll on suggestions for a flag for a hypothetical Republic of Birmingham.


Roy Wood: Why I’m backing Pride of Birmingham Awards 2014 

19 Sep

Roy Wood Rock Roll Band, Wizzard, ELO, The Move legend tells Paul Cole why he couldn’t miss city supershow...


Ruby Turner: Why I’m backing Pride of Birmingham Awards 2014 

19 Sep

Solo soul legend, Jools Holland Rhythm Blues Orchestra star tells Paul Cole why she couldn’t miss city supershow...


Birmingham Mail Nostalgia Photos – our look back at this week in years gone by – September 19 

19 Sep

Our selection of the best nostalgic pictures of the week.


Friday Feud: The NHF conference and the housing crisis 

19 Sep

24housing reporter Max Salsbury, (barely) (a)live from the National Housing Conference in Birmingham, gives us his latest Friday Feud with apologies to Jools Holland: Yesterday it was revealed that #nhf14 was the fifth most popular trending thing on ...


Deirdre Alden: I stand by ‘young white men’ cycling views 

19 Sep

Edgbaston Tory Coun Deirdre Alden sparked a storm when she said plans to create a “Cycle City” were discriminatory...


Emma Reynolds: Death of ‘cruel and iniquitous’ bedroom tax is guaranteed under Labour 

19 Sep

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds has given her "categorical assurance" that the controversial bedroom tax will be "scrapped in its entirety" under a future Labour government,24housing's Max Salsbury writes.


Tony Iommi: Why I’m backing Pride of Birmingham Awards 2014 

19 Sep

Black Sabbath legend tells Paul Cole why he couldn’t miss city supershow...


Laura Mvula: Why I’m backing Pride of Birmingham Awards 2014 

19 Sep

Acclaimed BRIT-nominated singer tells Paul Cole why she couldn’t miss city supershow...


The little things that make a big difference 

19 Sep

One of the Big Issue vendors I chat to is 'Smudge' who sells near to New Street Station in Birmingham.


Handsworth shopper shaken when man snatches gold chain in busy street 

19 Sep

Valuable jewellery grabbed from woman's neck by thief as she walked along Soho Road...


Great Birmingham Run 2014: Where is the half marathon? 

19 Sep

We take a look at the course for the BUPA Great Birmingham Run...


Could Scottish vote change England? 

19 Sep

Scots have voted to remain part of the UK but could their decision create calls for a regional parliament in Birmingham...


Live: Birmingham and West Midlands breaking news, weather, traffic and sport on September 19 

19 Sep

Bringing you all the latest live breaking news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens...


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Comment »

Scots answers and English questions 

19 Sep

There are more questions than answers.


This is the day 

18 Sep

The polling places have closed, the ballots have been cast and the votes are being counted...


What Now Scotland? What Now the UK? My Take on the Future 

18 Sep

As I write this the polls in Scotland have just closed and the result has yet to be declared.


Update on the financial challenge 

18 Sep

Email sent to all staff Colleagues, I imagine you will have now read, or read about, the Leader’s statement to Full Council on Tuesday (16 September).


Peter Sharkey: Scottish sport could face funding challenge in longer term 

18 Sep

South of the border, Englishmen are torn by the apparent desire of large numbers of Scots to break away and go it alone.


Jonathan Walker: Midlands devolution fever could end in tiers 

18 Sep

In the wake of the Scottish referendum there are calls to change the way England is governed.


Neil Elkes: Birmingham puts party rivalry aside as it tries to fight back over wounding cuts 

18 Sep

Birmingham Leader Sir Albert Bore told us that the total job losses at the council throughout the period of austerity would be equal to twice those lost during the 2005 Longbridge Rover collapse.


Russell Luckock: Teenagers can learn lot from young voters of Scotland 

18 Sep

Electioneering got off to a slow start in Scotland but then, in the last month, politicians and the voters suddenly realised the seriousness of what was before them.


Some Thoughts on Referendum Day. 

18 Sep

By Ben Pustaa The Scottish independence referendum is today, and since polls have indicated that there is now a chance that the Pro Independence Yes vote has a chance of winning, the political establishment has brought its weight to bear.


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City-centre news »

Goose droppings cleaner – is this Birmingham’s fowlest job? 

19 Sep

Clearing bird poo from the canal towpaths is a job Sean Wright says he is proud to do for the city.


Football-sized tumour discovered in Birmingham mum after she was in car crash 

19 Sep

Anna Masterson suffered stomach pains after the minor accident and thought she might be pregnant.


Fierce Festival 2014 

18 Sep

When: 1-12 October 2014 Where: Various locations Tickets available online Next month Fierce Festival returns for 2014, and is even bigger and better than before.


Boxxed Fresh 

17 Sep

When: Saturday 27th September, 19:00 onwards Where: Boxxed Warehouse, 104-105 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, B5 5SR Tickets: £10 (available online here) If after City of Colours you’re missing the thrill of live graffiti, then you don’t have...


People of Scotland: Say ‘No’ to Salmond and his false promises 

16 Sep

He can talk the talk, but Alex Salmond has no real plan for Scotland’s future This Thursday will see the biggest vote in modern British history, one which could trigger the break-up of our nation if the people of Scotland … Continue ...


MacMillan Coffee Morning at The Anchor 

16 Sep

When: Wednesday 24th September, 12:00 onwards Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET Next week The Anchor will be participating in the world’s biggest coffee morning in the name of raising money for people living with cancer.


Next Drop-in Session Wednesday 17 September 

16 Sep

News of Next Drop-in Session...


Phones 4u founder John Caudwell: I’m sickened company has gone into administration 

15 Sep

Entrepreneur who sold the business for £1.5bn blames "short-term" strategy for firm entering administration...


Our Lady’s Primary School at St Chad’s Flower Festival 

15 Sep

For the first time, Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School Tile Cross, entered this year’s Annual Flower Festival at St Chad’s Cathedral, in June, and was overjoyed to be awarded with becoming one of the runners-up in the primary schools category.


Honouring the Sacrifices of WW1 100th Anniversary 

15 Sep

At St Thomas More Catholic Primary School in Sheldon, it was felt that it was extremely important for our young children to learn and understand the sacrifice of all the brave soldiers who died in WW1.


Hednesford Pilgrimage 

15 Sep

Over 900 pilgrims made their way to Hednesford (Staffordshire) for the annual gathering on the first Sunday of July.


His Holiness, Pope Francis has appointed Mgr Marcus Stock, priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, as the 10th Bishop of Leeds. 

15 Sep

In a message to the clergy of the diocese, Archbishop Bernard wrote: ‘I know that you will join me today in offering our heartfelt congratulations to Mgr Marcus Stock as the news of his nomination by the Holy Father as the Bishop of Leeds is ...


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Aston Villa »

Lambert – We Have To Build On This 

19 Sep

Lambert - We Have To Build On This Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/09/2014 15:57:00 Manager Paul Lambert has previews the game against Arsenal this weekend and insisted that the task ahead of Villa is simply to continue to build on the...


Loan Spell Will Do Robinson Good 

19 Sep

Loan Spell Will Do Robinson Good Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/09/2014 15:41:00 Manager Paul Lambert has said that allowing Callum Robinson out on loan to League One will do the youngster the world of good as he continues his own development...


Lawro Tips Arsenal For Victory 

19 Sep

Lawro Tips Arsenal For Victory Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:19/09/2014 15:26:00 Mark Lawrenson has built on his mistaken prediction against Liverpool and tipped Arsenal for a two one victory at Villa Park this season.


Villa defender praises Keane 

19 Sep

Defender Alan Hutton believes Roy Keane's personality has been key to Aston Villa's impressive start to the Barclays Premier League season...


Aston Villa v Arsenal: team news and match preview 

19 Sep

Match preview and team news of the Premier League game between Aston Villa and Arsenal on Saturday September 20, 2014, kick-off 15.00 (BST...


Hutton praises Keane impact 

19 Sep

Defender Alan Hutton believes Roy Keane's personality has been key to Aston Villa's impressive start to the Barclays Premier League season...


Premier League: 10 questions ahead of the weekend’s action, in pictures 

19 Sep

Should Ozil play through the middle, will Pardew be sacked, is it too early to have a title decider? Oliver Pickup previews the weekend...


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Birmingham City FC »

REVEALED: Birmingham City’s famous supporters 

19 Sep

These are the well-known faces who have a soft spot for all things Birmingham City...


Norwich v Birmingham preview 

19 Sep

Norwich captain Russell Martin hopes to return for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Birmingham at Carrow Road.


Aston Villa: Jack Grealish scoops professional young sportsman of the year award 

19 Sep

Gong celebrates teenage winger's rise to prominence...


Norwich City v Birmingham City 

19 Sep

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


Norwich City v Birmingham City – complete head-to-head statistics 

19 Sep

Norwich City take on Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon in the Skybet Championship.


Sports Desk Live – September 19 

19 Sep

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.


Man of the Match: David Edgar 

19 Sep

Man of the Match: David Edgar Vitalfootball:Birmingham:19/09/2014 08:27:00 Polling result for Blues 0-2 Sheffield Wednesday...


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Sport »

Bears hoping for more fun at Lord’s 

19 Sep

Confident Warwickshire head for Lord's looking to recapture the rapture of the Bears' success in the T20 Blast.


Romulus Academy News. 

18 Sep

Romulus Academy have a few spaces left on offer.


Bears to make late decision on Bell 

18 Sep

Warwickshire will make a late decision on the fitness of England batsman Ian Bell for Saturday's One-Day Cup Final against Durham.


Next Up: Lincoln Utd Fc 

18 Sep

Royals look to bounce back from cup exit.


SPARKHILL END PRE-SEASON WITH A WIN 

18 Sep

Sparkhill won their final pre-season game after a tough encounter against Amanah FC.


Polish power awaiting Dudley’s Ryan Aston 

18 Sep

Dudley's Ryan Aston will face a Polish veteran with 20 wins on his pro record after his opponent was switched this week.


Durham Man Rushworth Claims 15 Wickets 

18 Sep

Seamer Rushworth picked up 9-52 in 12 overs at Chester-le-Street as Northants, already certain to be relegated from Division One at the end of the domestic season, were dismissed for 83 in reply to Durham’s first-innings total of...


Free family fun day 21st September 

17 Sep

Come and watch Villa ladies at Coles Lane on Sunday afternoon.


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Business »

MG’s newest designer showcases talents at London Design Week 

19 Sep

An MG3 concept display car, featuring a trio of new graphics created by designer Louise Thorburn, was on show at Superbrands...


Make your money work harder 

19 Sep

This month, our personal finance columnist, Mitch Hopkinson, looks at ways in which people can make their money work harder for them, at a time when record low interest rates mean keeping large deposits of cash is no longer a viable option...


Pedal power propels Tandem Group back into the black 

19 Sep

BICYCLE and leisure goods group, Tandem, has returned to profit after strong half year trading across both its main divisions.


Investment director will head YFM Equity Partners’ new Birmingham office 

19 Sep

Charlie Robinson’s appointment comes at a buoyant time for YFM Equity Partners and follows the recruitment of former 3i portfolio director Eamon Nolan...


Giant consultation on future of Birmingham retail strategy begins 

19 Sep

A six-week consultation has been launched over a new retail strategy to cope with massive change.


Birmingham Post Business Awards 2014: Firms urged to apply as deadline looms 

19 Sep

The deadline for entries to the region’s premier celebration of business is September 26 – so time is running out...


Mixed month for manufacturing as concerns grow over export order levels 

18 Sep

UK manufacturing had a mixed month in September, with production continuing to rise steadily but order books deteriorating, a new study has found.


Massive security operation mounted ahead of Conservative Party Conference 

18 Sep

A MASSIVE security operation is being mounted in Birmingham city centre ahead of the Conservative Party Conference.


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Business columns »

David Bailey: Europe’s car market continues to edge upwards as Eurozone stagnates 

19 Sep

Europe's auto industry has been badly damaged by the ongoing fallout from the global financial crisis and credit crunch.


Manufacturing hub plan – views sought 

19 Sep

City council seeking opinion on redevelopment.


Trevor Law: Invest without emotion for cold, hard cash 

18 Sep

For many years academics studying stock markets have been trying to persuade investors that markets are efficient.


Steven McCabe: Scottish referendum’s profound implications for the British economy 

18 Sep

The issues uppermost in the mind of Prime Minister David Cameron are the consequences of the possibility of a yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum and how to react to the truly shocking events in Iraq.


Lord Bhattacharyya: England needs to regain spirit of enterprise 

18 Sep

The outcome of the Scottish referendum will have an effect on industrial policy as it will many other aspects of our national life.


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Events »

Jungle Brothers Promo Mix by Sam Redmore 

19 Sep

After a summer hiatus, Freestyle returns this October to the Hare Hounds to host a very special show featuring the legendary Jungle Brothers.


Catapult Club feat. The Rubikons 

18 Sep

Catapult Club feat.


Holiday – A Drive Special & Film Screening 

18 Sep

Holiday returns to the Hare Hounds on Saturday 11th October with a night celebrating the neo-noir arthouse crime thriller ‘Drive’.


Jazzlines – Mike Williams – SAMA 

18 Sep

Enter a contemplative realm as Mike Wiliams draws upon influences from the 'Elders' of the Musical and 'Sufi' lineages.


Snobs closing night: Say goodbye with these atmospheric shots 

17 Sep

Snobs closing night takes place this Sunday.


Catapult Club feat. This Memory 

17 Sep

Catapult Club feat.


Win a VIP Pride of Birmingham Experience 

17 Sep

WIN an exclusive VIP night out for two at the prestigious Pride of Birmingham Awards, rub shoulders with the celebs – and stay the night at a hotel...


DJ Yoda – Q&A 

17 Sep

Jam Hott bring the mighty DJ Yoda back to the Hare Hounds on 26th September.


Stirchley Community Market’s new home at PSL Bowling 

17 Sep

We’re over the moon to be able to announce that we have found a new home for the Stirchley Community Market, at PSL Bowling.


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Music blogs »

‘Jazz’ it happened… 

19 Sep

Here's a lovely selection of pics from this year's Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival .


Unity in the UK 

19 Sep

Oh dear Alex, that didn't go how you expected it to did it? Never mind chins up eh? Here's a few tunes for you...


Interview: Famy 

18 Sep

After recording it back in the summer of 2012, the debut album by Famy finally sees the light of day this month.


Sunday lunch gluttony 

18 Sep

Martin Longley discovered Moseley’s hidden Sunday lunchtime jazz treat.


Beartooth + Dead Harts + Climates @ Birmingham Academy 3 – 17th September 2014 

18 Sep

Last time that Beartooth visited Birmingham (and the first time they visited the UK) was as the opening band for Of Mice Men, back in April.


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999 »

CCTV image released as BTP appeals for information about theft from train: Milton Keynes-Birmingham 

17 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after the theft of cash from a train as it travelled between Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street.


CCTV image released as BTP appeals for information about theft from train: Milton Keynes-Birmingham 

17 Sep

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for information after the theft of cash from a train as it travelled between Milton Keynes and Birmingham New Street.


Fatal collision on Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green 

16 Sep

Fatal collision on Shaftmoor Lane, Acocks Green Dramatic CCTV footage of a high speed crash, in which a woman lost her life, showing the dangers of speeding.


Designing Training 

13 Sep

So here’s a knotty one – on the subject of police training.


BTP appeal ahead of Birmingham City v Leeds United fixture this weekend. Do you know this man? 

12 Sep

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection an incident that took place on board a train following the match between the two clubs earlier this year.


BTP appeal ahead of Birmingham City v Leeds United fixture this weekend. Do you know this man? 

12 Sep

Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) are appealing for help to identify a man they would like to speak to in connection an incident that took place on board a train following the match between the two clubs earlier this year.


Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 

12 Sep

I once gave a talk at a conference where another speaker was talking in a general, but somewhat excited tone about the Mental Capacity Act 2005 – he said it was “the worst example of legislative drafting in over 30 years...


Social Media In Law Enforcement 

11 Sep

It was revealed yesterday that I have been awarded the 2014 ConnectedCOPS Top Cop award at the Social Media In Law Enforcement Conference, or #SMILEcon as it’s tagged.


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LocalGov »

Spending on different Public Health concerns 

19 Sep

Response by Birmingham City Council to Jack Stanson on 19 September 2014 .


Council bin bags left by bins., 19th September 

19 Sep

When the council emptied the bins on the part of James Brindley Walk opposite Richard Lighton House they left the bin bags by the bins.


Appalling state of pavement, 19th September 

19 Sep

The pavement opposite the row of shops here looks like it has never been cleaned.


Organisations rewarded for cycling and walking efforts 

19 Sep

Businesses, schools and colleges across the West Midlands have been formally recognised as being among the region’s most bicycle and walking friendly locations.


Licences revoked as ‘unsafe’ fake vodka is seized 

19 Sep

Two Birmingham shops found to be selling potentially harmful fake vodka had their licences to sell alcohol on their premises revoked by the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Sub-Committee earlier this week (15 September).


Views sought on manufacturing hub development plan 

19 Sep

Public consultation is to be carried out on a blueprint setting out how a key area of Birmingham will be redeveloped into an Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMH) which would create job opportunities for city residents, attract greater investment and ...


Traffic lights sequence., 19th September 

19 Sep

This problem occured in the past.


Leader’s statement on Scottish referendum result 

19 Sep

Cllr Sir Albert Bore Response from Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, to the result of the Scottish referendum, that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom.


Media Watch – Sept 19 

19 Sep

Top Birmingham City Council Stories Schoolkids’ 1 chicken nugget for dinner (Birmingham Mail) Reception pupils in some Birmingham schools are being given just ONE chicken nugget for their lunch, angry councillors have revealed.


Abusive/Religiouis hatred Grafitti, 19th September 

19 Sep

Please could you look into this regular problem.


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Social media »

social media and new year local government predictions 

19 Sep

Here's a thing.


There was a WEDDING! 

16 Sep

There was a proposal , there was a  website and, on 12 July, there was a wedding.


12 pearls of wisdom from the north east pr q and a’s 

15 Sep

We love the QA format.


intranets work now but what of the future? 

15 Sep

For many comms people, the intranet is an overlooked and unloved corner of the landscape.


DIGITAL CLASH: Comms and Social: Have we won the War? 

15 Sep

A few things have crossed my timeline of late that reminds me that comms and social for all their outward signs are struggling to fit.


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