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Henry Cowans: Aston Villa midfielder joins Stevenage Borough on loan 

25 Aug

League Two club Stevenage sign Aston Villa midfielder Henry Cowans on loan until January.


Man dies two days after Newtown stabbing attack 

25 Aug

A man dies two days after being stabbed in the street in Birmingham.


Murder investigation launched after a man was stabbed in the city centre. 

25 Aug

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a stabbing in the city centre on Tuesday (23/08).


Football fan banned after a pre-match fight on a train in Birmingham. 

25 Aug

Murrey Holmes, aged 24, from Southampton, has been banned from attending football games for three years after admitting being involved in a pre-match fight on a train in Birmingham.


Warning over Council Tax refund scam 

25 Aug

Chris Gibbs, Service Director for Customer Services at Birmingham City Council, said: “We are aware of a scam currently targeting Birmingham residents, where the caller tells them they have paid too much Council Tax and then offers to get this ...


Firefighters tackle severe blaze at Hickory’s Smokehouse. 

25 Aug

Firefighters from across the region were called to Hickory’s Smokehouse on Kidderminster Road in Wall Heath, at around 3AM this morning (25/08), following multiple 999 calls.


Multi-agency training exercise to take place in the city centre. 

24 Aug

Emergency services and partner organisations, led by West Midlands Fire Service, will be taking part in a multi-agency training exercise in the city centre tonight (24/08).


Body of a man found at an address in Handsworth. 

24 Aug

Police were called to an address on Wellington Road, at around 7:30AM on Tuesday morning (23/08), to reports of a man, aged 34, had been found collapsed.


Bury sign Vaughan after Blues exit 

24 Aug

League One side Bury sign striker James Vaughan on a free transfer after he was released by Birmingham City.


West Midlands Combined Authority receives over £36M to invest in the region’s future. 

24 Aug

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced the transfer of £36.5million directly to the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) through the region’s ground-breaking devolution deal – the first of payments totalling £1.1 billion over the next...


St Etienne sign Newcastle’s Saivet and Villa’s Veretout on a season’s loan 

24 Aug

French side St Etienne sign Newcastle's Henri Saivet and fellow midfielder Jordan Veretout from Aston Villa on loan.


Canal and River Trust prepare for one of their biggest jobs of the summer. 

24 Aug

Birmingham alone has more waterways than Venice – combine that with the canals through the Black Country, more than a hundred miles of them, and you have a fascinating and extensive network that costs a lot of time, effort and money to maintain.


Investigation underway after a man found with life-threatening injuries in the city centre. 

24 Aug

Detective Sergeant Adam Hicklin, from West Midlands Police (WMP) CID is appealing for witnesses after a man was found with life-threatening injuries in the city centre on Tuesday night (23/08).


Birmingham mosque murder victim’s family ‘racially abused’ 

24 Aug

Relatives of a Muslim man murdered by a racist say they have been recent victims of race hate abuse.


Man’s body found in Handsworth ‘unexplained’ death 

23 Aug

The body of a 34-year-old man is found at an address in Birmingham.


Sweden grenade attack: Birmingham boy killed in front of mother 

23 Aug

The father of an eight-year-old boy killed by a grenade while on holiday in Sweden has spoken of his wife's grief.


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Comment »

Street showing the way ahead for metro mayor 

25 Aug

The likely arrival of John Lewis boss Andy Street as Tory metro mayor candidate is a good sign...


Comment: Street showing the way ahead for metro mayor 

25 Aug

The likely arrival of John Lewis boss Andy Street as Tory metro mayor candidate is a good sign...


Comment: Street showing the way ahead for metro mayor 

25 Aug

The likely arrival of John Lewis boss Andy Street as Tory metro mayor candidate is a good sign...


Summer Special: HS2 keeps on the rails 

25 Aug

Our final special summer report from the Chamberlain Files team looks at the planned HS2 high speed railway from London to Birmingham.


Park Central – constructing an end: August update 

25 Aug

It's been over a month since I last reported on construction progress on the Glenn Howells housing at Park Central, http://birminghamcentral.


Birmingham’s conservation areas only work if residents are on side 

25 Aug

Architect Joe Holyoak assess if and how the city's historic conservation areas can be protected and preserved for future generations...


Can health-threatening air pollution in London and Birmingham be reduced? 

24 Aug

In July last year, The FT brought news of 9,400 premature London deaths in 2010 due to air pollution, according to a  study by King’s College London  academics.


Summer Special: Challenges continue at Council House 

23 Aug

In the second of our special summer reports, the Chamberlain Files team examine a turbulent 12 months for Birmingham city council.


Medalling with worlds 

23 Aug

For a global sporting event to be considered successful, it must be preceded by dire predictions of unfinished facilities, dangerous infrastructure, drug scandals, blatant corruption and civil unrest...


Transport for the West Midlands? 

22 Aug

What will the Combined Authority mean for transport? What things do we want to see from the Metro Mayor? How might you like to get involved in shaping this agenda? An opportunity to find out about the new transport powers and budgets held by the West...


Harry: is the common good or vested interest paramount in the minds of Corbyn’s opponents? 

22 Aug

Birmingham University’s newspaper, Redbrick, reaches a wider audience, courtesy of the Brummie aggregator, which gives busy people a rapid overview of city news and opinion with the option of following up articles in depth by using the links.


Summer Special: The birth and teething pains of WMCA 

22 Aug

In the latest of our special summer reports on the Greater Birmingham political scene, the Chamberlain Files team examine the rise of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).


National conference on Combined Authorities called by Greater Manchester TUCs on 24 September 

22 Aug

Devolution: a grassroots assessment and response – towards a  People’s Plan? Contributions from trades union activists, community campaigners, academics and politicians on economic strategy, housing, transport, environment, NHS, democracy etc.


Visit the BMI on Heritage Open Days and during Birmingham Heritage Week 

21 Aug

Saturday 10 September 10am – 4pm FREE ENTRY As part of Heritage Open Days and Birmingham Heritage Week the Institute will open its doors to the general public for FREE tours, talks and workshops in its Grade II* listed building.


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City-centre news »

Back to School Shopping: The Secrets to Success 

24 Aug

Your kids are heading back to school.


Statement from Archbishop Bernard Longley on the earthquake in Italy 

24 Aug

“I am greatly saddened to hear of the loss of so many lives and the injuries that people have suffered in the earthquake near Norcia in Italy.


The Old Crown turns 648! 

22 Aug

When: Friday 26 August, 18:00–late Where: The Old Crown, 188 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD The Old Crown is getting pretty old and to celebrate they’re holding a 648th birthday party! Everyone is invited to the oldest birthday party that … ...


Live Music Round Up 

21 Aug

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


The Death of Ireland’s Last High King 

20 Aug

When: Wednesday 7 September, 19:00 Where: Birmingham Irish Centre, 14-20 High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LN The Birmingham Irish Heritage Group convenes at the Irish Centre on the first Wednesday of every month, from 7pm until about 9pm.


Newman Exhibition – A Saint for the Midlands 

19 Aug

Each venue will be opening their doors for a limited period of time inviting you to visit the insightful 22-panel exhibition.


Open Events 

19 Aug

Matthew Boulton Sutton Coldfield Stourbridge College James Watt Erdington Skills Centre Kidderminster Academy Art and Design Centre Botanical Gardens --> #BMetOpen Come along to one of our open events in October, November and December.


Real Ale in a Real Heritage Pub 

19 Aug

When: Wednesday 31 August, 13:00 Where: The Woodman, New Canal Street, Digbeth, B5 5LG CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) are launching the new edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs at The Woodman later this month.


G-Star Raw Refresh 

19 Aug

G-Star Raw has a whole new look this season but not just for fashion...


Open Air Mass at Aston Hall, 21 August, Year of Mercy prayer for the canonisation of Bl Dominic Barberi 

18 Aug

Preparations are underway at Aston Hall in Staffordshire for an open air Mass this Sunday, August 21st as part of the Year of Mercy devotion to prayer for the canonisation of Blessed Dominic Barberi who lived at that location for seven years.


Unwrapping ‘The Gift’ 

18 Aug

Having independently all decided to attend a pilot course at St Mary’s College, Oscott, which took place over two Saturdays in  May, five parishioners from Our Lady and the Apostles at Shipston on Stour and Brailes have been inspired to run ‘The...


The Bullring Guide to Last Minute Holidays 

17 Aug

Craving a last minute getaway? Bullring has got your essential guide to planning a stylish last minute holiday.


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Aston Villa »

Jedinak & De Laet Get Shirty 

25 Aug

Jedinak De Laet Get Shirty Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/08/2016 14:30:00 New signings Mile Jedinak and Ritchie De Laet have today confirmed their shirt numbers for the 2016/17 campaign.


Cowans Heads To Stevenage 

25 Aug

Cowans Heads To Stevenage Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/08/2016 14:13:00 Aston Villa have today confirmed that youngster Henry Cowans has headed to Stevenage on a loan spell.


Villa Owner Explains Why He Wouldn’t Let Joe Bennett Leave 

25 Aug

Villa Owner Explains Why He Wouldn't Let Joe Bennett Leave Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/08/2016 10:17:00 Tony Xia on why he wouldn't let Joe Bennett move to Sheffield Wednesday.


An Outsiders View On Promotion Hopes For Aston Villa 

25 Aug

An Outsiders View On Promotion Hopes For Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/08/2016 10:03:00 Aston Villa`s expansive plan for a Premier League return and an owner with a vision...


De Laet Relishing Villa Test 

24 Aug

De Laet Relishing Villa Test Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 22:06:00 New signing Ritchie De Laet has said he's relishing the chance of being a big character in the dressing room as Aston Villa look to bounce back to the Premier League...


U23s – Brighton 1 Aston Villa 1 

24 Aug

U23s - Brighton 1 Aston Villa 1 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 22:05:00 Aston Villa's Under 23 Premier League 2 season continued on Monday evening, and our trip to Crawley Town's Broadfield Stadium saw the return of a point from...


Green Talks Life At Villa 

24 Aug

Green Talks Life At Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:24/08/2016 22:05:00 Having penned a new deal earlier this month keeping Andre Green with us for the next three years, the young winger has been chatting about his new deal, gaining a first...


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Birmingham City FC »

The Donaldson Debate 

25 Aug

The Donaldson Debate Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/08/2016 14:56:00 Clayton Donaldson splits opinion among fans.


Fan View: Norwich City 

25 Aug

Fan View: Norwich City Vitalfootball:Birmingham:25/08/2016 13:18:00 Rob Wildey catches up with a Norwich City fan...


Vaughan Moves On 

25 Aug

Little over a month after officially signing on a Bosman free transfer, James Vaughan has left Birmingham City by mutual consent to join League One side Bury.


Opinion: Predicted line up Vs. Norwich City 

25 Aug

Opinion: Predicted line up Vs.


Premiership Freebies In 12 Months? 

24 Aug

Premiership Freebies In 12 Months? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 22:04:00 With a week to go in the 2016/17 summer transfer window, Premier League clubs have players now in their final 12 months on contracts...


Opinion: We Need Two Upfront 

24 Aug

Opinion: We Need Two Upfront Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 21:11:00 Sasks opinion about the striker situation at Birmingham City.


Do Blues lack team spirit? 

24 Aug

Do Blues lack team spirit? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:24/08/2016 19:59:00 Richard Sneekes' claims Blues lack togetherness...


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Sport »

Durham-Bears badly curtailed by weather 

25 Aug

Only eight overs are possible on day three of Durham's County Championship home game against Warwickshire.


Warwickshire v Lancashire: Bears plan to stage day/night Championship match 

25 Aug

Warwickshire hope to make this season's final County Championship home fixture against Lancashire a day/night match.


New Coaches for a new season 

25 Aug

New season 1st Team coaches.


Message from 1st team Manager 

25 Aug

Message from 1st team Manager, David Daniels, including match reports from two the pre-season friendlies.


Limited places left for Royals Academy 

25 Aug

Final few places up for grabs on our successful Education and Football Academy.


County Championship: Ian Westwood’s century puts Warwickshire in box seat 

24 Aug

Ian Westwood makes his first century in 16 months to steer Warwickshire into a winning position against Durham.


Romulus FC Academy Limited spaces stills up for grabs 

24 Aug

With GCSE day upon us, tomorrow (Thursday), lots of aspiring young talented footballers will be wanting to build on their exam success..


Massive turnaround for the 2nds 

24 Aug

2nd XI Birmingham League Division Two (South) Handsworth 316-5 (45) Aston Manor 267-3 (37 ) ASTON MANOR WON BY 7 WICKETS (D/L method) Despite the extremely difficult conditions Manor’s bowling and fielding performance was nevertheless...


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    Business »

    Council issues warning on new phone scam 

    25 Aug

    BIRMINGHAM City Council has warned people to be wary of a new phone scam claiming to offer refunds on over-paid council tax.


    Traffic Alert: Motorway users warned of long delays following accident 

    25 Aug

    DRIVERS have been warned of long delays on the M6 around Birmingham following an accident between a car and a van.


    Birmingham Michelin starred chef reveals plans to open second restaurant in city 

    25 Aug

    Harborne's Richard Turner has re-styled his restaurant and is now planning to open more...


    Major deal creates £250m manufacturing group 

    25 Aug

    LEADING automotive supplier Sertec has concluded a major acquisition taking over Birmingham-based WILD Group in a deal that creates a £250m turnover business with 10 manufacturing plants across the UK...


    New entry for region in Good Food Guide top 50 

    25 Aug

    THERE is a new entry from the West Midlands in the Good Food Guide\'s top 50, which has been announced today.


    Birmingham city centre artwork undergoes revamp 

    25 Aug

    Work in John Bright Street is part of project to spruce up area which has welcomed several new bars and restaurants in recent years...


    Brand agency championing Birmingham Post Business Awards 

    25 Aug

    Champions (UK) plc joins roster of sponsors at annual business awards...


    Sky’s the limit as Birmingham prepares for new high-rise hotel 

    24 Aug

    PLANS for a new high-rise hotel in Birmingham city centre are set for the go-ahead from planners despite the height of the building.


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    Business columns »

    Local artists commissioned to mark Millennium Point anniversary 

    23 Aug

    Start-ups will create sculpture for 15th birthday.


    Gujarat delegation visits Birmingham to promote Indian investment opportunities 

    16 Aug

    Indian business leaders aim to build relationships ahead of biannual international investment summit.


    July passenger figures up again at Birmingham Airport 

    12 Aug

    Airport on course for another record year.


    Marvel Superheroes take over the high street 

    12 Aug

    Leading UK art publisher Washington Green Fine Art releases new Marvel artwork.


    West Midlands attractions enjoy largest UK visitor growth in 2015 

    11 Aug

    Footfall at region’s attractions goes up by 6%, according to new VisitEngland report.


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    Events »

    New Show: The Songbook Collective 

    25 Aug

    We’re delighted to announce that The Songbook Collective featuring members of the Paul Weller Band will be playing the HH on Sunday 9th October.


    Blues Club, 27 Aug 2016 

    24 Aug

    27 Aug 2016 - Jazz at Hare Hounds FREE Weekly live sessions from Birmingham's foremost Jazz Blues musicians with DJ's Dylan Gibbons Dave Le Moderne playing an eclectic mix of Reggae, Soul and Rhythm Blues in between.


    New Show: Methyl Ethel 

    24 Aug

    We’re pleased to announce that This Is Tmrw will be bringing Methyl Ethel to the HH on Tuesday 13th September.


    New Show: John J Presley 

    23 Aug

    We’re pleased to announce that John J Presley will return to the HH on Wednesday 14th September.


    Bingo Rave, 27 Aug 2016 

    23 Aug

    27 Aug 2016 - Club at Lab 11 There's a brand new version of the game called Bingo Rave and it's heading to Birmingham.


    New Show: Dig Deeper Launch Party with The Nextmen 

    22 Aug

    We’re delighted to announce that Dig Deeper will be hosting their launch party featuring The Nextmen at the HH on Friday 7th October.


    Giraffes are Great!, 22 Aug 2016 – 25 Aug 2016 

    20 Aug

    22 Aug 2016 - 25 Aug 2016 - Spoken Word at The Core Theatre FREE (suitable for under 18s) To celebrate The Big Friendly Read Summer Reading Challenge, The Core Library are hosting a number of free drop-in activities for children inspired by the books...


    Summer Dance Workshop, 22 Aug 2016 

    20 Aug

    22 Aug 2016 - Workshop at The Core Theatre (suitable for under 18s) The Core Theatre's Dance Artist Faye O'Connor is running three dance workshops over the summer holidays this August.


    This Brum Girl Can Bollywood Fitness!, 23 Aug 2016 – 24 Aug 2016 

    19 Aug

    23 Aug 2016 - 24 Aug 2016 - Dance at Hobmoor Community Centre FREE (suitable for under 18s) Women girls only fitness sessions inspired by Bollywood bhangra, led by a female teacher in South Yardley...


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    Music blogs »

    Songs We Love: INHEAVEN, ‘All There Is’ 

    25 Aug

    There’s a familiar sense of pleasure and disappointment when we find someone from our past … Read more The post Songs We Love: INHEAVEN, ‘All There Is’ appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    JULIAN MARLEY UK TOUR 2016 

    25 Aug

    Jamaican reggae star Julian “Ju Ju” Marley toured six cities for his first ever UK tour with full live band.


    Buzz Bin: Byron Hare, ‘Twisted Sister’ 

    25 Aug

    Byron Hare have already lived something of a rock & roll life, and that’s without even … Read more The post Buzz Bin: Byron Hare, ‘Twisted Sister’ appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


    Songs We Love: Teenage Fanclub, ‘Thin Air’ 

    24 Aug

    The bittersweet sigh that greets a summer’s end.


    News: Youth Man headline Jack Daniels’ 150th birthday gig 

    24 Aug

    Noise-punk merchants Youth Man will take to the stage at Birmingham’s Victoria on Friday … Read more The post News: Youth Man headline Jack Daniels’ 150th birthday gig appeared first on Brum Notes Magazine .


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    999 »

    Police appeal to find missing Great Barr man 

    25 Aug

    Police in Birmingham are searching for a vulnerable man who went missing from his home in Great Barr on Tuesday (23 August).


    Drug dealer arrested on family day out  

    25 Aug

    A drug dealer who carried a brick of cocaine in a carrier bag on a day out with his young daughter in Birmingham has been jailed for more than eight years.


    Murder investigation launched following Summer Lane stabbing 

    25 Aug

    Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a stabbing in Birmingham earlier this week.


    Tasers on Psychiatric Wards 

    24 Aug

    If you have been following the progress of the Policing and Crime Bill 2015, you will have seen it has recently started its journey through the House of Lords.


    Appeal for witnesses following a stabbing in Birmingham 

    24 Aug

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was stabbed in Birmingham last night (23 August).


    Appeal for Audi driver to come forward after woman dies in crash 

    24 Aug

    Officers are re-appealing for information after a woman died in an Erdington crash earlier this year.


    Guest blog by ACC Carl Foulkes: “Leaving you with a heavy heart…” 

    23 Aug

    I thought I would take this opportunity to stage a quick takeover and write what will be my last blog in West Midlands before I leave for Merseyside Police.


    Investigation launched after body found in Handsworth 

    23 Aug

    An area of Wellington Road, Handsworth has been cordoned off after the body of a man was found earlier today (23 August).


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    LocalGov »

    Large ammount of rubbish by side of shop and victor tower, 25th August 

    25 Aug

    Large amount of rubbish next to shop and victor tower been like it for 13 weeks Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Bloomsbury Street & Fowler Street, Nechells Report on FixMyStreet...


    Large, 25th August 

    25 Aug

    Large long pot hole top road surface missing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 57 The Green, Kings Norton Report on FixMyStreet...


    Street Light not working, 25th August 

    25 Aug

    Street light not working.


    More rubble dumping, 25th August 

    25 Aug

    2 -3 bags of rubble and earth waste dumped on pedestrian pathway should be collected at same time as two builder bags on corner Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Kings Heath Report on FixMyStreet...


    Two enormous rubble bags causing eyesore, 25th August 

    25 Aug

    Two builders sacks full of earth / rubble left by residents on corner who landscaped their drive..


    Look out for electoral register letters and emails 

    25 Aug

    Birmingham residents are urged to be on the lookout for emails and letters from the council’s elections office over the next few weeks.


    Funding for a new service 

    25 Aug

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Tony Cardin on 25 August 2016 .


    Business Rates 

    25 Aug

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Gareth Elton on 25 August 2016 .


    Pot hole in road, 25th August 

    25 Aug

    Large pot hole near middle of road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Morville Street, Ladywood Report on FixMyStreet...


    Large pothole, 24th August 

    24 Aug

    Large pothole in the outside lane as you approach Robin Hood Island towards Shirley, with the Robin Hood pub on your left.


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    Social media »

    trust – time to change the record? 

    25 Aug

    There's been a big emphasis in local government communications about trust.


    dreams do come true: I worked on the media operation for team GB at the olympics 

    25 Aug

    It was one of the most successful sporting events Great Britain has ever seen.


    shiny and new doesn’t mean better if what you’ve got is gets results 

    23 Aug

    The debate about Facebook for Work has begun.


    ideas for using audio better 

    22 Aug

    A recent post arguing that radio is overlooked by comms people caught the imagination.


    9 comms lessons from brexit 

    22 Aug

    The EU Referendum: Has it really only been two months? As a communications case study it's a classic of its kind.


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