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Trains cancelled by line fault 

4 Jul

Rail services between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield are cancelled until at least 13:30 BST because of a fault with an overhead power line.


Region’s MPs keep it in the family as claims revealed 

4 Jul

Commons publishes allowances and interests...


Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips, Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor and triathlete Jodie Stimpson first celebs announced for Pride of Birmingham 2015 

3 Jul

Nomination postboxes open at 16 Natwest branches across trhe city...


Drug dealers who continued selling heroin even after police raid are jailed 

3 Jul

Boyfriend and girlfriend both jailed for 'large scale' operation...


Airport’s first China flights start 

3 Jul

Charter flights begin between Beijing and Birmingham Airport in a move bosses say will boost the West Midlands' economy.


Birmingham reveller glassed and punched in Jam House attack 

3 Jul

Police hunt two suspects after man is injured in vicious unprovoked attack at St Paul's Square venue...


More plans for Birmingham student accommodation 

3 Jul

Two new developments have landed with the city council to build on a car park and redevelop a vacant commercial block...


Goldfinger crime scene ‘challenging’ 

2 Jul

A week-long delay in realising a notorious criminal from Birmingham had been murdered has left police with a "challenging" crime scene, a senior detective says.


Opinion: Why Birmingham City Council must reach out to housing associations 

2 Jul

By John Cotton, Birmingham City Councils cabinet member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes Ive had the privilege of sitting in the councils cabinet for the last three years wearing a number of different hats and Ive taken a close interest in ...


Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival has been a blast for 31 years 

2 Jul

The Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival, which grew out of a desire to "raise the flag for jazz" back in the 1980s, is now a highlight of the city’s annual music calendar.


‘Trojan Horse’ school staff on strike 

2 Jul

Staff at a Birmingham school investigated over the Trojan Horse allegations, hold a second one-day strike over fears it will become an academy.


City stabbing suspects arrested 

2 Jul

Two men are arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing in Birmingham.


Lille’s Idrissa Gueye flies in for Villa talks 

2 Jul

Lille midfielder Idrissa Gueye flew into Birmingham on Thursday morning with a view to tying up a £9million switch to Aston Villa.


Off yer bike: West Midlands among lowest numbers of UK cyclists, with Birmingham in decline 

2 Jul

City council argues Birmingham Cycle Revolution, which is seeing £60 million invested in ‘bike-friendly’ initiatives over six years to 2018, will see decline reversed...


Special planning policy to tackle crowded Birmingham suburb gets council approval 

2 Jul

Residents and businesses demanded action to stop the spread of student houses and traffic and parking chaos...


CircleHealth’s private hospital plan for Pebble Mill site 

2 Jul

Healthcare company eyes 'plot 5' of former BBC site which is set to become hub of medical and life sciences in the city...


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Comment »

It`s in the post 

5 Jul

There comes a time when you realise that a bad debt is never going to be paid and the only options available are to either litigate or forget about it...


Support for the city’s former Greek student and concern expressed by a Greek resident 

4 Jul

Alex Andreou  confirms what a young Greek resident said yesterday, in Kings Heath.


Local MP joins food bank collection drive 

3 Jul

Appeal for contributions during peak demand season.


Public services in Birmingham are in decline, but is improvement on the way? 

2 Jul

The city council's annual performance report threw up the sad fact that 62 per cent of key targets were missed in 2014/15 - Neil Elkes looks at the issues...


Housing isn’t just about bricks and mortar 

2 Jul

Cllr John Cotton Birmingham City Council’s new Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Management and Homes, Cllr John Cotton, looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Will alternatives emerge from the Greek crisis? 

2 Jul

Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation thinks so, commenting: “W hile disaster reveals a society’s economic and social weaknesses, it also reveals where true resilience and real value can be found – in the ability of people to ...


Game: If a 120-member council is too big, the reasoning had better be good 

2 Jul

This is basically a critique based on a guess, says Chris Game as the Local Government Boundary Commission for England is expected to announce its view on the recommended size of...


Don’t cut tax credits, says Birmingham MP 

2 Jul

Birmingham MP Roger Godsiff has condemned the government’s expected plans to slash tax credits in the Budget next week.


David Cameron believes British Muslims have an extremism problem 

1 Jul

David Cameron believes ideas which can encourage violence - such as opposition to democracy - are sometimes tolerated in British Muslim communities...


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City-centre news »

Face Off: Summer Beauty Tips 

5 Jul

The BROWSE edit of the best beauty looks, from the catwalk to your counter-top...


Spring Shades: Weekend Wonders 

4 Jul

Find out how to nail one of this season's biggest trends in our new series on spring pastels...


Spring Shades: Work the Look 

4 Jul

Find out how to nail one of this season's biggest trends in our new series on spring pastels...


Hollyoaks star Abi Phillips, Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor and triathlete Jodie Stimpson first celebs announced for Pride of Birmingham 2015 

3 Jul

Nomination postboxes open at 16 Natwest branches across trhe city...


Drug dealers who continued selling heroin even after police raid are jailed 

3 Jul

Boyfriend and girlfriend both jailed for 'large scale' operation...


As it happened: #labourhustings in Birmingham 

3 Jul

[ View the story “Labour Hustings in Birmingham” on Storify...


Black Professionals Birmingham: meetup opportunities for the Black community 

3 Jul

Black Professionals Birmingham  is a group launched on the social platform meetup.


Labour’s candidates on culture and creative industries in Birmingham 

3 Jul

After their participation in the Labour hustings in last Saturday, candidates Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper had a say on what is happening with creative industries and culture in the  Midlands .


The FLOSS UK bar camp is coming to Birmingham in July 

3 Jul

FLOSS UK , an organisation ‘for people who care about open IT standards’ and that is set on promoting education and understanding through their newsletters, briefings and conferences, is bringing a bar camp style conference to Birmingham...


Redditch based SVP group awarded five thousand dollars by American global communications company 

3 Jul

A branch of the poverty charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), has secured its second large chunk of funding within the space of a month, to assist in its work in a Birmingham soup kitchen.


Birmingham reveller glassed and punched in Jam House attack 

3 Jul

Police hunt two suspects after man is injured in vicious unprovoked attack at St Paul's Square venue...


Timothy Menezes Visits Bishop Milner Catholic College 

2 Jul

The Vicar General for the Archdiocese,  Monsignor  Timothy Menezes, visited Bishop Milner Catholic College in Dudley  to celebrate Mass in honour of Saint Peter with pupils, staff and the school chaplain, Father Martin Pratt.


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Aston Villa »

Transfer window thoughts; encouraging. 

4 Jul

I’m bored.


Mini Transfer Round Up 4/7/15 

4 Jul

Mini Transfer Round Up 4/7/15 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:04/07/2015 13:26:00 A quiet day again if you're after any real news, but there's some snippets you might want to file in Bin 13.


Richards Looking For A Good 2015-16 

4 Jul

Richards Looking For A Good 2015-16 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:04/07/2015 13:07:00 New signing and former England and Manchester City defender Micah Richards has said that linking up with Aston Villa is a 'special feeling' for him but...


It’s easy to get it right 

3 Jul

Short term success can breed long term prosperity in football.


Scout Report: Idrissa Gueye 

3 Jul

The twenty-five-year-old commands a large transfer fee from Lille at £9 million and it is one that would make him Aston Villa’s most expensive signing since the acquisition of Darren Bent in 2011.


Two Villa Games Moved 

3 Jul

Two Villa Games Moved Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:03/07/2015 13:17:00 Two of our fixtures in August and September have now been moved following the round of Sky Sports television picks.


Man Utd forced to play on Friday night due to EDL march 

3 Jul

Planned protest march by far-right group means United's clash with Aston Villa has been brought forward 24 hours...


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Birmingham City FC »

QUIZ: Birmingham City on tour: How many of these faces can you recognise from past pre seasons? 

4 Jul

10 questions for you to answer...


Flashback: Birmingham City’s pre-season tour of Ireland – bikes, guns and black pudding 

4 Jul

We take a look back in pictures at last season's summer tour of Ireland...


Cardiff Target Blues Winger 

4 Jul

Cardiff Target Blues Winger Vitalfootball:Birmingham:04/07/2015 11:33:00 Cardiff City are lining-up a move for Blues' Welsh international David Cotterill, according to walesonline.


Birmingham Not Hunting a Defender 

4 Jul

Birmingham Not Hunting a Defender Vitalfootball:Birmingham:04/07/2015 10:28:00 Gary Rowett has revealed Blues are 'well stocked' in that area...


The Supporters Summit – Birmingham 

3 Jul

The Supporters Summit - Birmingham Vitalfootball:Birmingham:03/07/2015 18:49:00 The Supporters Summit takes place in Manchester on Saturday 18th July 2015, organised by the Football Supporters' Federation and Supporters Direct.


Birmingham City – pick your dream team over the last 10 years 

3 Jul

Everyone's got their favourite Birmingham City dream team - now tell us yours and share it with your friends...


Mark Duffy joins Burton Albion 

3 Jul

Mark Duffy joins Burton Albion Vitalfootball:Birmingham:03/07/2015 15:57:00 The 29 year old winger has made the move to the Brewers on a six month loan deal with no recall option...


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Sport »

No kidding – Roms give Harriers a tough work out 

4 Jul

First pre-season friendly match report...


Two home ties out of three for the Roms 

4 Jul

The FA Cup road to Wembley is underway...


Bears open up four-point gap at top 

4 Jul

Birmingham Bears win for the second time in 24 hours to open up a four-point lead at the top of T20 Blast North Group.


Bears edge out Foxes in T20 

4 Jul

Brendon McCullum was unable to replicate his Friday fireworks but Birmingham still managed to defeat Leicestershire by eight runs in the T20 Blast and extend their lead in the North Group.


McCullum smashes T20 record 

3 Jul

Brendon McCullum smashed a record-breaking 158 not out off just 64 deliveries to help Birmingham Bears reach 242-2 on their way to a 60-run Natwest Blast T20 victory over Derbyshire at Edgbaston.


McCullum smashes T20 record 

3 Jul

Brendon McCullum smashed a record-breaking 158 not out off just 64 deliveries to help Birmingham Bears reach 242-2 on their way to a 60-run Natwest T20 Blast victory over Derbyshire at Edgbaston.


McCullum’s 158 sets T20 Blast record 

3 Jul

Warwickshire's Brendon McCullum hits an unbeaten 158 off 64 balls against Derbyshire, the highest ever score in the T20 Blast.


Follow Friday’s T20 Blast action 

3 Jul

Follow live text and local BBC radio commentary of Friday's T20 Blast action.


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Major investment for Birmingham Prototypes 

3 Jul

Sheet metal company ploughs £1.2m into factory expansion and new laser machine to add £2m in sales...


MHA Bloomer Heaven merges with UK Top 20 accountancy firm 

3 Jul

BIRMINGHAM-based accountancy firm MHA Bloomer Heaven has merged with UK top 20 accountancy firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson.


More plans for Birmingham student accommodation 

3 Jul

Two new developments have landed with the city council to build on a car park and redevelop a vacant commercial block...


Pilkington staff strike over pay dispute 

3 Jul

Workers at Kings Norton factory claim they are being paid £3,000 a year less than colleagues in Redditch doing the same job...


Jaguar gives best glimpse yet of F-Pace crossover 

3 Jul

A prototype version of it will be supporting Team Sky at the Tour de France Grand Depart in Utrecht this Saturday...


Profits up at restaurant group San Carlo 

3 Jul

Italian chain which was born in Birmingham continues expansion plan with new sites in Turkey and China...


Profits up at restaurant group San Carlo 

3 Jul

Italian chain which was born in Birmingham continues expansion plan with new sites in Turkey and China...


Pilkington staff strike over pay dispute 

3 Jul

Workers at Kings Norton factory claim they are being paid £3,000 a year less than colleagues in Redditch doing the same job...


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Business columns »

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4 Jul

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Birmingham welcomes first Beijing passengers 

3 Jul

Extended series of Chinese flights into city airport.


New pension scheme to be launched 

3 Jul

More people in the West Midlands to be automatically enrolled into a workplace pension.


Local MP joins food bank collection drive 

3 Jul

Appeal for contributions during peak demand season.


Birmingham’s booming events offer showcased at international trade show 

2 Jul

City’s growing accommodation sector to welcome nine new establishments totalling 1,700 rooms by 2017.


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Events »

Vicky Elise, 5 Jul 2015 

4 Jul

5 Jul 2015 - Rock Pop at Yardley Wood Social Club...


Performances during Moseley Festival Street Fair 

3 Jul

Moseley Festival has a long and proud history.


The Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Antiques & Collectors Fair, 5 Jul 2015 

3 Jul

5 Jul 2015 - Community at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall (suitable for under 18s) The Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Antiques Collectors Fair Upper Clifton Road, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AB Shepherd Williams are very proud to present the Sutton Coldfield Town...


Events at the Birmingham Buddhist Centre 

3 Jul

The Birmingham Buddhist Centre in Park Road, Moseley, is always a popular venue for a range of events during Festival week.


Events at The Patrick Kavanagh 

3 Jul

Upstairs at The Patrick Kavanagh is going to be a venue for much high-quality live music during Moseley Festival 2015.


Events in Moseley Park 

3 Jul

Moseley Park and Pool is, quite rightly, providing the backdrop  – or sometimes the focus  – for events taking place during Moseley Festival.


Robert Davies: Of Time and the Railway at mac 

3 Jul

Robert Davies Of Time and the Railway Saturday 4 July – Sunday 20 September 2015 Arena Gallery Open daily, 11am – 6pm* | Free admission This is a film about the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth.


Birmingham pub crawl map inspired by London Underground 

3 Jul

New 'tube map' links up 300 city pubs...


Scroobis Pip’s Club Night ‘We Are lizards’ Returns to the H&H 

3 Jul

Scroobius Pip  returns to the HH with his iconic club night, WE ARE LIZARDS, on Friday 17th July.


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Music blogs »

Music, music everywhere… 

3 Jul

On top of basking in some of the most un-British weather we've seen for a decade or so there's a positive cornucopia of FREE music this weekend in and around Brum.


Brum Notes 

3 Jul

Many thanks to Guy Hirst for featuring my new single in Brum Notes Fresh Talent Playlist.


Essential Albums: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here 

2 Jul

Matt McCrory on why Pink Floyd are a truly seminal band The post Essential Albums: Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here appeared first on Redbrick .


Fresh Talent Playlist, July 2015 

2 Jul

Friendly Fire Band (Feat.


Single Review: Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money 

2 Jul

Hannah Coles takes on Rihanna's ultra-violent comeback.


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999 »

Learning to adapt and respond 

3 Jul

National Issues There has been a little gap since the last blog.


The President’s Medal 

30 Jun

I’m going to take myself to the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, later today – the Royal College of Psychiatrists is holding its 2015 International Congress in my adopted city, the place where I started my policing...


One Million Hits 

26 Jun

The BLOG tripped quietly over the one million hits mark earlier today —  I have been laughing and smiling all morning: the idea of a BLOG written by a policeman moaning about mental health and capacity law as well as health guidelines...


HMIC 

25 Jun

Remember when you were at school at your handed in your maths homework, they would check your answers and your methods?  Having been asked to do 11×44, you wrote ‘484’ (probably because you did it with a calculator...


Deadly risk 

25 Jun

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is calling on smokers to wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking.


Nicholas SALVADOR 

23 Jun

There was a particularly interesting and unusual trial in London which finished today, into a very disturbing and tragic incident for all of those involved.


A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.


Reforming the Narrative 

20 Jun

Yesterday, the Reform think tank published a (very modestly titled) report on policing “How To Run A Country: Crime and Policing”.


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LocalGov »

Noise from trading estate, 4th July 

4 Jul

Recently a new company has moved into the trading estate at end hazelwell road in stirchley, there is noise of lorries and banging, it sometimes goes on all night, just wondered if there is a rule for noise levels in residential areas.


Park land by hunts road , stirchley , Birmingham, 4th July 

4 Jul

Travelers was recently on the park land just if hunts road in stirchley, and they just left sat 4th July, just wondered if there is anything that could be done to stop this from happening again as the experience while they was there was horrible...


Obstruction., 4th July 

4 Jul

Tyburn Road,B 24 0TJ.


Missed rubbish collection, 4th July 

4 Jul

Missed rubbish collection For Lansdowne Road, Handsworth Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 79 Lansdowne Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...


Litter, 4th July 

4 Jul

Street clean needed along Tyburn Road,B24 0TJ.


Traffic Light Fault, 3rd July 

3 Jul

On Ridgacre Road, by Edenhall Road, there is a red light not working on the traffic light in the lane for turning right into Tesco.


Potholes, 3rd July 

3 Jul

On Ridgacre Road, at Ridgacre Lane, there is a large pothole(s) in the right hand lane (towards Court Oak Road).


Pavement access restricted, 3rd July 

3 Jul

The hedge of along the outside of the museum has not been cut this year and is forcing people to walk into or near the road.


BISF Housing stock, decent homes standard and external painting program. 

3 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Teresa Buck on 3 July 2015 .


Vacant Properties 

3 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Steve Hermon on 3 July 2015 .


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Social media »

“Support tickets” in production classrooms 

3 Jul

I’m just doing my annual module review forms for 2014-15 and so I’m being asked, by the form, to note any examples of “good practice” in the way I’m delivering the material.


Helping David Owen find the data he needs to make unattached playing fields in Birmingham more useful and more used.l 

2 Jul

Earlier today Steph Clarke and I had a chat with David Owen of Friends of Spring Lane in Birmingham.


Dashboards and journalism: why we need to do better 

1 Jul

Confused? Knobs and dials image by anataman Last month I watched the founder of OpenOil , Johnny West , talk via video link about a dashboard he had designed to help people more effectively report on government announcements related to Chad’s ...


The Pursuit of Happyness, and helping yourself 

30 Jun

This has nothing to do with the film , I just thought it was an appropriate title (although, it is one of my favourite films, mostly for this genuinely inspiring bit ).


HLF licensing requirement considered harmful 

30 Jun

0000-0001-5882-6823 This morning I attended a very interesting presentation on the availability, in the United Kingdom, of grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for digital heritage projects.


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