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Street preacher convicted of a racially-aggravated public order offence. 

28 Sep

A street preacher who hurled abuse at a woman in the city centre, swearing at her for “wearing tight jeans”, has been convicted of a racially-aggravated public order offence.


Motorcyclist sadly dies following a collision at the Jaguar Land Rover factory plant in Solihull 

28 Sep

Sergeant Alan Wood, from the West Midlands Police collision investigation unit, is appealing for witnesses following a fatal traffic collision in Solihull on Monday (26/09).


Retired double decker bus being used as a library at Gilbertstone Primary School in Yardley. 

28 Sep

Gilbertstone Primary School in Yardley now has its very own big red bus, thanks to dozens of enthusiastic volunteers at National Express West Midllands.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital feels pressure of Worcestershire downgrade 

28 Sep

A Birmingham hospital is under "significant" pressure due to downgraded health services in Worcestershire, a trust boss says.


Illegal highs wiped from over 30 ‘Head Shops’ in the West Midlands. 

28 Sep

Police have found no trace of illegal psychoactive substances for sale in former ‘Head Shops’ across the West Midlands.


Birmingham Airport reveals plan for £100m investment 

28 Sep

Birmingham Airport bosses announce they are to spend £100m on new baggage handling systems and car parks.


Why Birmingham’s water comes from Wales 

28 Sep

Every day 320 million litres of water travels 73 miles from Wales to Birmingham to fill kettles, baths and boilers.


Three people arrested during modern day slavery operation in Sandwell. 

27 Sep

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of working a group of Polish nationals like slaves and paying them just £1 an hour at recycling plants in Sandwell.


Three jailed in connection with Birmingham businessman’s death 

27 Sep

Three men have been jailed for almost 40 years for their involvement in an armed robbery that led to the death of a Birmingham businessman at his factory in Digbeth earlier this year.


‘Burn in hell’ tight jeans Muslim street preacher guilty 

27 Sep

A Birmingham street preacher who told a Muslim woman she would "burn in hell" for wearing "tight" jeans is ordered to attend an anger management course.


A new £7.5M Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre set to open next summer. 

27 Sep

A new £7.5million Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre, due to open in summer 2017, has reached another milestone with the Topping Out ceremony.


Birmingham Airport to spend £100m on improvements 

27 Sep

Birmingham Airport has said it will spend £100 million on improvements to its facilities, including its baggage processing.


Stiliyan Petrov: Former Aston Villa player offered coaching role with Nuneaton Town 

27 Sep

Former Aston Villa player Stiliyan Petrov is offered a coaching role with National League North side Nuneaton Town.


Mrs Brown’s Boys scam warning at Birmingham theatre 

27 Sep

Theatre-goers are conned by a fraudster selling tickets for a show purporting to star the characters from the BBC One sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys.


Man who repeatedly raped a woman has been sentenced following a man hunt. 

27 Sep

Rashid Abdilah Jama, aged 39, who attacked and repeatedly raped a woman, has been sentenced to 13 and a half years following a ten year man hunt by detectives.


Barnsley v Aston Villa 

26 Sep

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Barnsley and Aston Villa.


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Birmingham Council House event: a People’s Plan for the WMCA 

29 Sep

  The West Midlands Combined Authority: what it is and what it should be   A People’s Plan for the WMCA: 4th October 7pm, Birmingham Council House     The West Midlands Combined Authority means: An economic agenda driven by private profit not ...


Bringing community wealth to Birmingham 

28 Sep

We’re really pleased to report that Birmingham City Council will be working with the excellent Centre for Local Economic Strategies , with funding from Barrow Cadbury Trust and support from us at Localise West Midlands, to look at how ‘anchor...


Millions of pounds ‘leaking out’ of the city every year – can this be stopped? 

28 Sep

The Clancy administration is to be congratulated on its decision to join forces with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Barrow Cadbury Trust to look at how ‘anchor’ institutions can use their spending power to increase economic ...


Twilight`s last gleaming 

28 Sep

Way back in 1992, the ubiquity of email was far from established and many employers regarded the internet as the work of the devil that had no place in a productive workplace...


Digbeth discussion: the latest political developments 

28 Sep

  Tomorrow: Thursday 29 th September.


Health campaigners slam NHS plan secrecy 

27 Sep

(taken from the Slide presentation to the Scrutiny Committee) Health campaigners have criticised the decision to withhold the Sustainability and Transformation plan on the future of the local NHS from the Health, Wellbeing and the Environment ...


Trump Flames Out in Prez Debate 

27 Sep

Ms Clinton talking to someone with white hair RICHARD LUTZ somehow stayed awake in the wee hours in England for the Trump/Clinton bunfight It really is weird that though you are asleep at 1.45 AM..


How many lungs and hearts in the city will be damaged by air pollution before action is taken? 

27 Sep

Professor Thorne’s colleague monitoring air pollutants at Grand Central As reported earlier this year a WHO study of air pollution was undertaken by an international team of scientists.


BATC Public meeting: The West Midlands Combined Authority – what it is and what it should be for? 

26 Sep

The West Midlands Combined Authority – what it is and what it should be.


All Lives Matter – One Step Away from Racism 

26 Sep

Joe Goodsall reacts against those who object to the Black Lives Matter movement.


Theresa May, Call a General Election! 

26 Sep

Comment Editor, Joe Goodsall explains why Theresa May is making a mistake by not calling a General Election.


Corbyn focusses on decentralisation: localising energy and transport 

26 Sep

Jeremy Corbyn has launched an  environmental manifesto  that outlines plans for the UK to achieve 65% of energy from renewable sources by 2030 – without fracking.


Is Birmingham helping Britain to ‘shuffle on its Zimmer’ towards hegemony? 

26 Sep

One-party rule for the foreseeable future? On Sunday evening two of our readers were considering the future and seeing no possibility of anything other than an elective dictatorship, after boundary changes expected to boost the Conservatives by 20 ...


The Birmingham Cookbook: celebrating the region’s vibrant food and drink scene 

25 Sep

  The Birmingham Cookbook was launched a t Stirchley Baths earlier this month   In his foreword, Birmingham born and bred chef, Glynn Purnell , explains that this book highlights our regional food, from the provenance of ingredients from farms on ...


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City-centre news »

Sisters of Mercy celebrate 175th Anniversary 

28 Sep

Sisters of Mercy from across England, Scotland and Wales gathered at St.


Conservative Party Conference Traffic Restrictions 

28 Sep

The Conservative Party Conference will again be held in the ICC/Symphony Hall/ complex  in Broad Street and Centenary Square from  Sunday 2 October to Wednesday 5 October.


New owners at The Anchor Inn 

28 Sep

You may recall that a few months ago we wrote about The Anchor looking for a new owner, well, Julian Rose-Gibbs is he! [Pictured right] Julian recently purchased the lease for The Anchor from legendary Digbeth landlord Gerry Keane, and … Continue ...


Don’t miss: An evening for Catholics involved in Hospital Chaplaincy and Healthcare 

27 Sep

On Sunday October 16th There will be an evening for Catholics involved in Hospital Chaplaincy and Healthcare.


Canon Peter Reilly RIP 

27 Sep

Canon Peter Reilly, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Birmingham, died yesterday morning on 26 September at St.


Ladies Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop 

27 Sep

Thursday 17th November 2016 Doors 7pm, show starts 7.30pm Tickets: 8 includes a buffet, hot drinks, a complimentary glass of bucks fizzand automatic raffle entry Art Design Centre Stourbridge College, Venture Way, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 ...


Jenny Packham at Goldsmiths 

27 Sep

Goldsmiths are proud to launch their new exclusive and exquisite Jenny Packham fine jewellery range which is available now at the Bullring store.


Birmingham Cathedral Tuesday Talk: who needs a sermon? 

26 Sep

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26 Sep

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#SpielbergInBrum 

26 Sep

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last couple of months, you will know by now that the great Steven Spielberg has been filming in Digbeth.


Live Music Round Up 

25 Sep

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Natural Healthy Food’s Sample Sunday 

24 Sep

When: Sunday 2 October, 11:00–17:00 Where: Natural Healthy Food, 54-57 Allison Street, Digbeth, B5 5ST On 2 October, Natural Healthy Food are holding a Sample Sunday for you to try loads of vegan products before committing to buying them.


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Aston Villa »

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? 

29 Sep

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/09/2016 23:09:00 The modern game tells us that the club who spends the most money wins.


Match Day Officials v Preston (1/10/16) 

28 Sep

Match Day Officials v Preston (1/10/16) Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/09/2016 22:51:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Preston North End this Saturday.


Barnsley Frustration For RDM 

28 Sep

Barnsley Frustration For RDM Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/09/2016 15:58:00 Roberto Di Matteo was again left ruing a late conceded goal in our trip to Oakwell and Barnsley last night.


A Fan Convinced RDM Cannot Arrest This Form 

28 Sep

A Fan Convinced RDM Cannot Arrest This Form Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/09/2016 12:47:00 A worrying post from hightrinity on Roberto Di Matteo and his inabilities at all the manager jobs he's had.


Villa Fan Says The Problems Are Not Mental For Players 

28 Sep

Villa Fan Says The Problems Are Not Mental For Players Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/09/2016 12:24:00 Glensider says the talk of our problems being a mental issue with the players is hogwash...


Video Highlights & Fans Reactions To Barnsley Draw 

28 Sep

Video Highlights Fans Reactions To Barnsley Draw Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/09/2016 12:18:00 Video of the Barnsley draw and Aston Villa fans reactions.


Stats: Barnsley v Aston Villa 

27 Sep

Stats: Barnsley v Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/09/2016 21:40:00 All the stats from Barnsley (1) vs (1) Aston Villa, Oakwell, 27/9/16 Att: 15,830...


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Birmingham City FC »

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? 

29 Sep

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/09/2016 23:08:00 The modern game tells us that the club who spends the most money wins.


Match Day Officials v Blackburn (1/10/16) 

28 Sep

Match Day Officials v Blackburn (1/10/16) Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/09/2016 22:26:00 The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Blackburn Rovers this Saturday.


10 game mark – BCFC analysis 

28 Sep

10 game mark - BCFC analysis Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/09/2016 21:47:00 Vital Birmingham editor Tom Heslop discusses the positives that Blues fans should be taking from the first 10 games of the season...


Blues 2-2 Preston: changing the game 

28 Sep

Last season, we had many home games in which we went a goal behind to the division’s lesser sides and had no means of changing things around.


Blues winning the mental game 

28 Sep

Blues winning the mental game Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/09/2016 09:35:00 Rob Wildey praises Blues' mental strength after coming from behind twice to earn a draw with Preston...


VOTE: Champ Player of the Month 

28 Sep

Vote now for your Championship PFA Fans' Player of the Month for August and September.


Preston Reflections – Continuing Revolution 

28 Sep

Birmingham City twice equalised in a barnstorming game that finished in a 2-2 draw with Preston at St Andrew's.


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Sport »

Aviva Premiership Round-Up: Week 4 

28 Sep

There was a surprise in rugby union's Aviva Premiership this week, Sam Harrison looks at the changes in the table The post Aviva Premiership Round-Up: Week 4 appeared first on Redbrick .


Redbrick Sport does Fantasy Football – Week 6 

28 Sep

A new arrival in the Redbrick Sport fantasy league has shaken things up, Dan Steeden examines what happened this week The post Redbrick Sport does Fantasy Football – Week 6 appeared first on Redbrick .


NFL: Week 3 Round-Up 

28 Sep

American football writer, Sam Harrison, looks at how the NFL is shaping up after the fixtures in week three The post NFL: Week 3 Round-Up appeared first on Redbrick .


Win for 14 man Sutton 

27 Sep

Home team pull out the stops to record first win of the season.


Preview: Aussie Rules vs. Gaelic Football 

27 Sep

The first big sporting event on campus takes place between Aussie Rules and Gaelic Football, find out more about the clubs here The post Preview: Aussie Rules vs.


At the ninth time of asking…….. 

26 Sep

The Royals secured their first league win of the season on Saturday, reports Jamie Brannon.


The Royal Sunday Lunch 

26 Sep

Come and join us for a Royal Roast Dinner...


Club Shop is open for business 

26 Sep

Commercial Manager Tony Ridge says come and have a look...


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    Arriva to pay £163m premium for Cross Country franchise 

    29 Sep

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    29 Sep

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    Midland company receives national award for charity fundraising 

    28 Sep

    Praise for Stafforshire company’s commitment.


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    27 Sep

    Region’s business leaders highlight plans for strengthening Greater Birmingham‘s global standing.


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    24 Sep

    Cube hosts new corporate entertainment venue.


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    23 Sep

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    23 Sep

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    28 Sep

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    Swing Dance Classes, 28 Sep 2016 

    27 Sep

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    25 Sep

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    29 Sep

      Ryan Murphy sounds nervous, yet hopeful.


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    28 Sep

    The Tubes, the San Francisco-based art rock band, whose eponymous 1975 debut album included the rock anthem "White Punks on Dope,” celebrates their triumphant return to the UK with their 'Mondo Pulp' tour this October.


    Yello, is it me you’re looking for 

    28 Sep

    Chuffed to hear new stuff from Yello , grandfathers of quirky electronic dance pop and quite possibly the oddest pairing in musical history.


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    Prolific Coventry crook jailed – linked to break-ins from blood on broken glass 

    29 Sep

    A prolific Coventry crook has been jailed for more than five years after police linked him to house and van break-ins through blood found on broken glass.


    Family appeal for missing Birmingham man to come home   

    28 Sep

    The family of a missing 40-year-old man from Birmingham have issued an emotional plea for him to return home.


    Family appeal for missing Birmingham man to come home 

    28 Sep

    The family of a missing 40-year-old man from Birmingham have issued an emotional plea for him to return home.


    CCTV appeal after thousands stolen from pensioner 

    28 Sep

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    Three arrested in police slavery operation at scrap yards 

    27 Sep

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of working a group of Polish nationals like slaves and paying them just £1 an hour at recycling plants in Sandwell.


    Street preacher convicted of abusing passer-by 

    27 Sep

    A street preacher who hurled abuse at a woman in Birmingham city centre - swearing at her for “wearing tight jeans" - has been convicted of a racially-aggravated public order offence.


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    LocalGov »

    Abandoned car with punctured tyre on single yellow line, 29th September 

    29 Sep

    Black Renault Megane left with flat tyre on single yellow line has been left there for the last 10 days, parked 20 metres away from school gates.


    The whole rd is a problem, also continues onto Hurst wood rd, 29th September 

    29 Sep

    The whole rd including hurstwood rd has potholes from start to finish over the length of just over half a mile Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Maxted Road, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


    Asbestos in Birmingham schools 

    29 Sep

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Lucie Stephens on 29 September 2016 .


    Amber traffic light not working, 28th September 

    28 Sep

    Amber traffic light at pedestrian crossing for cars heading towards Stratford Road not working Report on FixMyStreet...


    School Spend 

    28 Sep

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Francesca Sandiford on 28 September 2016 .


    Reported rubbish left outside by 141 nearmoor road blocking half of pavement sharp pieces of wood sticking out been there for a month reported to council 6 days ago accident waiting to happen, 28th September 

    28 Sep

    This problem has been there for a month informed council 6 days ago this rubbish is dangerous anyone trying to get past could fall over the sharp wood Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 182 Nearmoor...


    Cars parked causing problem, 28th September 

    28 Sep

    Cars parked on grass and near corner of Aldridge Rd Maybank Place make it difficult to see oncoming traffic when attempting to emerge from Maybank Place onto Aldridge Road.


    Bringing community wealth to Birmingham 

    28 Sep

    A ground-breaking Birmingham project aims to stop millions of pounds ‘leaking out’ of the city economy every year.


    School Spend 

    28 Sep

    Request sent to Birmingham City Council by Francesca Sandiford on 28 September 2016 .


    Garden recycle and dumped rubbish outside 112 st Margaret’s avenue, 28th September 

    28 Sep

    The residents of 112 st Margaret's continually dump rubbish on kerbside Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 79 St Margarets Avenue, Ward End Report on FixMyStreet...


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    Day 5: Edward Snowden and crab racing 

    28 Sep

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    Day 4: Aberdovey 

    27 Sep

    Out of office: Have gone to Wales to read books and salute sunsets.


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