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Birmingham pub bombings: Families to boycott inquests 

27 Jul

Plans to hold the fresh inquests in September have also been delayed until at least December.

Birmingham’s Legs 11 club ‘drugged’ and ‘defrauded’ customers 

27 Jul

A lap dancing club's licence is suspended after claims of fraud and links to organised crime are made.

Police shoot man in Birmingham street during gun arrest 

27 Jul

The injured man has been taken to hospital while another was arrested over "firearms offences".

Balsall Heath man charged with making malicious and racially aggravated 999 calls. 

27 Jul

Shika Khimji, aged 46, from Balsall Heath, has been charged with making malicious and racially aggravated calls following a number of calls made to the police 999 system.

New measures approved to address the housing shortage across our city. 

27 Jul

Birmingham City Council cabinet has approved a raft of measures to address the housing shortage in Birmingham with three specialist housing reports.

Man taken to hospital following an incident involving armed police in Frankley. 

27 Jul

Police have cordoned off an area on Hereford Close in Frankley following an incident involving armed police last night (26/07).

Birmingham City: Connal Trueman and Dan Cleary join Solihull Moors on loan 

26 Jul

Solihull Moors sign goalkeeper Connal Trueman and defender Dan Cleary on loan from Birmingham City until January 2018.

Blackpool sign Birmingham winger Solomon-Otabor on loan 

26 Jul

Blackpool sign winger Viv Solomon-Otabor on loan from Championship side Birmingham City until January 2018.

Adam Hose: Warwickshire sign batsman from Somerset 

26 Jul

Warwickshire sign batsman Adam Hose on a three-year deal from Somerset as part of the "rebuilding process" at Edgbaston.

Biggest ever parade of Ferrari sports cars to go on display in the city centre. 

26 Jul

Classic car enthusiasts will be excited to see Birmingham’s largest ever parade of Ferraris as 70 of the iconic vehicles drive through the city centre on Friday 28th July.

Driver attacked by gang who stole car in Birmingham 

26 Jul

Police say the man is in hospital with head injuries after the attack in Aston.

Four teenagers arrested in in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings. 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings.

Leicestershire beaten by Birmingham Bears 

25 Jul

Derbyshire's Luis Reece hits 97 off 55 balls to help beat former side Lancashire, while Durham suffer a fifth straight defeat.

Oblivion ride stuck 180 feet in the air at Alton Towers Theme Park.  

25 Jul

Passengers were escorted off the Oblivion ride at Alton Towers Theme Park this afternoon (25/07) after it came to a halt 180 feet in the air.

Police continue to crack down on those that choose to use or carry guns. 

25 Jul

Police are continuing in their efforts to make the streets of the West Midlands safer by cracking down on those that choose to use or carry guns A number of arrests have been made over the last few days in connection with firearm use and police are ...

National Express West Midlands slashes bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff. 

25 Jul

National Express West Midlands is slashing bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff.

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Comment »

Paradise Rising – Update III 

27 Jul

It's been seven months since my last update on the Paradise development, Paradise Rising - Update II , and the new office block for PwC, One Chamberlain Square, is steadily rising while works around the site to prepare for Two Chamberlain Square.

‘Self-build’ housing for the city 

26 Jul

Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has approved a proposal to enable the development of new homes for self and custom build in the City; read more here.

North Korea is Going Nuclear. It’s Time to Fight Back. 

26 Jul

Comment Writer Colum Hawken argues that the world can no longer rely on the US to defend it from North Korea The post North Korea is Going Nuclear.

Ms May’s government does not discriminate: in good or bad health, all on low incomes lose 

25 Jul

In January, Aditya Chakrabortty pointed out that though statistically the UK is enjoying a recovery, in reality: “this has been a recovery for owner-occupiers in London and the south-east.

Political Free elections in Bangladesh and the role of Bangladeshi women in public life 

24 Jul

Parveen Hassan Dr Dipu Moni It was a pleasure to meet Dr.

WM New Economics Group meeting 27th July 

24 Jul

WMNEG meeting: Thursday 27 July, 5-7 pm A discussion on a book by Green Party MEP, Molly Scott Cato; Green Economics: An Introduction to Theory, Policy and Practice introduced by Robert Kornreich, Kings Heath   Open meeting: FOE Warehouse, 54 ...

The Birmingham Bin workers battle against wage cuts and redundancies 

24 Jul

The latest failure by Birmingham City Council to defend jobs and services against the swingeing cuts of this Tory government is leading to rubbish mounting up in the streets and around the base of tower blocks, causing a fire and … Continue reading...

Localising new-build housing 

23 Jul

Architect and writer Clive Aslet (left) writes about a development of 4,000 houses on 500 acres – houses, small apartment blocks, schools, surgeries, mixed income housing, shops, business premises and leisure facilities and green spaces – on the...

Deprivation, job losses, depression and suicides follow cruel ‘welfare’ legislation 

21 Jul

Cuts protest during the last Prime Minister’s Questions session before parliamentary recess.

Jacqui Smith has been elected to chair Birmingham’s Lunar Society 

21 Jul

Political Concern has recorded many instances of rewards for ethical commercial or financial failures.

Save the 26 Children’s Centres – the campaign spreads 

21 Jul

Parents, staff, GMB and local politicians lobby the government.

Surely the bins dispute can’t get any more nasty 

20 Jul

After angry exchanges between unions and council bosses can they now get round the table and sort it out...

Combined Authority decides not to rename 

18 Jul

A controversial proposal to change the title of the combined authority and adopt the name of its biggest city along with the term ‘city region’ has been dropped, writes Kevin Johnson.

Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy? 

17 Jul

Join LWM’s board We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people.

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City-centre news »

Redditch company announces plan to create 200 new jobs 

27 Jul

A Redditch-based company is to create 200 new jobs in the coming months.

Man taken to hospital after being shot by armed police in Frankley 

27 Jul

A man has been taken to hospital after being shot by armed police in Birmingham.

The Mockingbird in Birmingham to host Phoenix Nights appreciation event 

27 Jul

Phoenix Nights Classic comedy Phoenix Nights will take centre stage at a night in Birmingham dedicated to Peter Kay’s hit series.

Birmingham expert warns childhood could become a casualty of digital platforms 

27 Jul

A Birmingham expert has warned digital connectivity may come at the cost of a traditional childhood after the results of a new survey were revealed.

Four teenagers arrested over series of carjackings in Birmingham 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of carjackings in Birmingham.

Russell & Bromley Opening 

26 Jul

Russell & Bromley are delighted to announce the opening of the latest store in the Bullring Birmingham...

New Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable to visit Centre for Brexit Studies in Birmingham 

26 Jul

The new leader of the Liberal Democrats will speak about the impact of Brexit as he visits Birmingham for one of his first public engagements in the role.

Back to School 

26 Jul

Whether you’re a super organised or last minute shopper, back to school shopping is top on most families to-do lists during the summer holidays.

Fundraisers taking on Big Sleuth challenge in a bid to track down as many bears in 12 hours as they can across Birmingham 

26 Jul

A team of fundraisers are hoping to spot as many of The Big Sleuth bears as possible in 12 hours.

Hunt for fraudster who conned Edgbaston family by threatening them with deportation 

26 Jul

A conman has tricked a family in Edgbaston into handing over money by pretending to be from Birmingham City Council.

Aston Villa sell midfielder Jordan Veretout to Italian side Fiorentina 

26 Jul

Jordan Veretout.

Early bird deadline extended as Birmingham City reveals increase in season ticket sales 

26 Jul

Birmingham City have extended the early bird season ticket deadline for supporters.

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Aston Villa »

Cissokho Exit Almost Confirmed 

26 Jul

Cissokho Exit Almost Confirmed Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/07/2017 20:15:00 Yeni Malatayaspor's sporting director Ali Ravci has confirmed that Aly Cissokho is now extremely close to exiting Aston Villa and arriving at the Turkish club...

Watford Boost Following Germany Disappointment 

26 Jul

Watford Boost Following Germany Disappointment Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:26/07/2017 20:07:00 Aston Villa are offering fans who travelled to Germany for the game with Arminia Bielefeld a free ticket for this weekend's tie against Watford...

The Only Way Now Is Up. Isn’t It? 

26 Jul

Well, is this the season when we will see the Villa Pheonix rise out of what were truly ashes? Will this be the end of nearly 20 years of developing misery for Villa supporters, punctuated only by the false dawn and excitement with the appearance...

Veretout Completes Fiorentina Move 

25 Jul

Veretout Completes Fiorentina Move Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/07/2017 21:18:00 Jordan Veretout yesterday completed his move to Italian Serie A side Fiorentina bringing an end to speculation about his future.

Tamworth To Feature A Stronger Squad? 

25 Jul

Tamworth To Feature A Stronger Squad? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/07/2017 21:12:00 With the cancellation of Tuesday evening's friendly against Arminia Bielefeld owing to adverse weather, Steve Bruce may now send a few seniors to Friday...

AVFC Away Consultation Group Update 

25 Jul

AVFC Away Consultation Group Update Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:25/07/2017 12:32:00 Update on the away consultation meeting.

Clearout Time At Aston Villa. McCormack Edges Towards Exit? 

25 Jul

Clearout Time At Aston Villa.

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Birmingham City FC »

Reports: Fabbrini edges closer to Blues exit 

27 Jul

Reports: Fabbrini edges closer to Blues exit Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/07/2017 10:32:00 Diego Fabbrini is reportedly set to join Real Oviedo...

‘Villa more likely than Blues’ 

27 Jul

Aston Villa have a better chance of earning promotion than Birmingham City, says the clubs' former manager Alex McLeish.

Friendlies: Murphy double for Toon 

26 Jul

Jacob Murphy scored twice for Newcastle as Rafa Benitez's side recorded a thumping 4-0 win at Bradford City in their latest pre-season friendly at Valley Parade.

Blues winger joins League One club on loan 

26 Jul

Blues winger joins League One club on loan Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/07/2017 16:14:00 Viv Solomon-Otabor has joined Blackpool...

Redknapp interested in Bristol City defender 

26 Jul

Redknapp interested in Bristol City defender Vitalfootball:Birmingham:26/07/2017 16:05:00 Aden Flint is the latest name to be linked with Birmingham City...

Former England winger edges closer to Blues move  

26 Jul

Harry Redknapp is close to signing Stewart Downing from Middlesbrough.

Loan move for Solomon-Otabor 

26 Jul

Blackpool have signed winger Viv Solomon-Otabor from Birmingham on loan.

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Sport »

Thousands of Brummie commuters are being forced to stand on overcrowded trains 

27 Jul

More than 4,000 passengers a day were left standing on trains arriving into Birmingham during morning rush hour...

Birmingham Sports Awards 2017: Without volunteers, most sport events would never take place 

27 Jul

Championing individuals who devote their free time to supporting a multitude of sporting disciplines is the Volunteer Of The Year Award.

Birmingham Sports Awards 2017: Unsung heroes who give up their time for others 

27 Jul

Last year's Volunteer Of The Year winner was Graham Scutt...

Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Birmingham City: Fans have their say 

27 Jul

Redknapp was spotted chatting to the Udinese midfielder at Huddersfield...

Birmingham City: Kevin Bond talks trialists and future transfers 

27 Jul

This is what Kevin Bond had to say about the performance against Kidderminster Harriers...

Sixteen new bars and restaurants coming to Birmingham 

27 Jul

Feast your eyes on all the amazing places that will be opening in the city soon...

How to buy the men’s jeans seen on ITV’s Love Island 

27 Jul

Skinny jeans seen on Love Island are made here in Birmingham by company headed by a 22-year-old from Cheltenham...

West Brom to open Premier League 2 campaign against local rivals Aston Villa 

27 Jul

The Baggies take on Villa and then Wolves in their first two away matches...

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    Business »

    New Birmingham Airport service fails to take off 

    25 Jul

    Irish airline falls foul of authorities after it did not secure a licence to operate routes between Birmingham and Republic of Ireland...

    Famous Birmingham bar is the latest city centre venue to close 

    25 Jul

    The bar will reopen later this year as The Texan Sports Cafe Bar...

    Another Birmingham city centre bank branch closes 

    25 Jul

    Lloyds shuts its outlet in Colmore Row as customers continue to shun face-to-face banking in favour of digital alternatives...

    Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Nominations deadline extended as Inspirational Magzine reveals sponsorship 

    25 Jul

    Nominations deadline for BPBA 2017 extended to Friday July 28...

    Aldi plans new Birmingham store within a mile of Sainsbury’s and Morrisons 

    25 Jul

    Budget group returns with another application to redevelop site 11 years after it first bought it...

    New chairman for Birmingham business improvement district 

    25 Jul

    Richard Norgrove takes over the reins from Grand Central chief Jonathan Cheetham...

    O2 renews naming rights deal with Birmingham venues 

    24 Jul

    Academy and Institute will retain O2 branding for another decade after 70m deal with telecommunications firm...

    Irish group swoops for Birmingham hotel in £31m deal 

    24 Jul

    City centre hotel will undergo a rebrand by the end of 2017...

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    Business columns »

    HS2 College launches high speed rail qualification 

    21 Jul

    Technical certificate aims to help fill vacancy gap.

    Hajj travel firm and director ordered to pay £71,417 

    20 Jul

    Convictions follow investigation into pilgrimage fraud.

    Aston company gain heat network consultant status 

    20 Jul

    JS Wright engineers receive sustainable energy accreditation.

    Protecting data leads to order boom for Black Country firm 

    20 Jul

    Investment support provides expansion into new markets.

    Electric Vehicle Market sparks into life as ICE age comes to end? 

    19 Jul

    Professor David Bailey on the boom in electric vehicles...

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    Events »

    Kikagaku Moyo & Earthling Society This August at the H&H 

    27 Jul

    Kushikatsu Records Jesus Juice will be joining forces to bring Kikagaku Moyo Earthling Society to the HH on Thursday 17th August.

    Blue Notes Jam Night, 27 Jul 2017 

    26 Jul

    27 Jul 2017 - Jazz at Silvershine Jazz Club...

    Do it Together: Science Bus, 28 Jul 2017 – 30 Jul 2017 

    25 Jul

    28 Jul 2017 - 30 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Edgbaston Community Centre FREE (suitable for under 18s) Please bring a jam jar.

    Kitchen Table Talks, 28 Jul 2017 

    24 Jul

    28 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub FREE (suitable for under 18s) In order to dispel some of the myths about growing up in Birmingham, to inspire and encourage young girls to be all they are supposed to be without judgement or feeling ...

    Decopatch Craft Workshop, 27 Jul 2017 

    24 Jul

    27 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Creative Coffee Hub (suitable for under 18s) Come and join us for a morning of decopatching fun! We will have a range of animals to choose from to decorate with special decorative paper.

    Charlotte Berg This Wednesday at the H&H 

    24 Jul

    After touring in the U.

    Be the Seaside-beside the Sea: Children’s Craft Activity, 26 Jul 2017 

    23 Jul

    26 Jul 2017 - Workshop at Lordswood Girls' School (suitable for under 18s) Design and make seaside inspired shapes using fabric and fabric paint.

    Swing Train Birmingham, 24 Jul 2017 

    22 Jul

    24 Jul 2017 - Dance at Stirchley Baths SwingTrain is a high-intensity dance cardio workout inspired by the joyful, energetic sounds of Charleston, Swing, Gospel, Rhythm Blues, Electro Swing, and Hot Jazz.

    What Lies Beneath, 26 Jul 2017 

    22 Jul

    26 Jul 2017 - Theatre at Crescent Theatre A man finds himself alone in the mountains.

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    Music blogs »

    Wake of the Dawn – The Gravity Drive 

    26 Jul

    Cop of load of this cinematically epic new track from Dorset based band The Gravity Drive .

    Preview: Elrow Town London 

    26 Jul

    Music editor, Issy Campbell previews the last and biggest Elrow event of 2017 coming to London this August The post Preview: Elrow Town London appeared first on Redbrick .

    What Would the Perfect Festival Look Like? 

    26 Jul

    Alexis Adelaja daydreams about a completely flawless festival experience that would cater for everyone The post What Would the Perfect Festival Look Like? appeared first on Redbrick .

    Rare Ronnie Wood exhibition to open at Birmingham gallery 

    26 Jul

    Rolling Stone paintings on show during August.

    Ale-legro for Lloyd Webber 

    26 Jul

    Birmingham Conservatoire Principal visits Wye Valley Brewery.

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    999 »

    Man charged with making malicious communications to 999 

    27 Jul

    Officers have charged a Birmingham man with making malicious and racially aggravated calls following a number of calls made to the police 999 system.

    Statement following firearm discharge in Frankley last night 

    27 Jul

    Police have cordoned off an area in Hereford Close in Frankley, Birmingham following a firearm discharge last night (Wednesday 27 July).

    Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

    26 Jul

    Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.

    Woman jailed for assisting Kenichi Phillips’ murderers 

    26 Jul

    A woman who helped two men convicted for murdering Birmingham teen Kenichi Phillips to evade justice has been jailed for three years.

    Burglar traced to seaside camping hideout 

    25 Jul

    A prolific thief has been sent to a youth offenders institute for a series of burglaries in Solihull – after West Midlands Police traced him to his seaside campsite hiding place.

    Three handed life prison terms for drive-by killing of Black Country dad 

    25 Jul

    Three men have been jailed for life having been convicted of the fatal drive-by shooting of a Black Country dad.

    Police appeal to trace suspected fraudster 

    25 Jul

    Police are appealing for information after a family were defrauded by a man claiming to work for Birmingham City Council.

    Police arrest four in Birmingham as part of crackdown on firearms and violent crime 

    24 Jul

    Police in Birmingham have arrested four men over the weekend as part of their on-going crackdown on firearms and violent crime in the city.

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    LocalGov »

    Abandoned Vehicle, 27th July 

    27 Jul

    Vehicle abandoned at location for several days.

    Fence, 27th July 

    27 Jul

    Fence needs mending to prevent ASB Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Old Farm Grove, Yardley Wood Report on FixMyStreet...

    Rubbish collections missed, 27th July 

    27 Jul

    Bins have not been collected since last week Report on FixMyStreet...

    Interim Chief Executive appointed for NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs 

    27 Jul

    Work has been ongoing to appoint an interim Chief Executive for NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

    Dumped black bags and 2 sofas, 27th July 

    27 Jul

    Dumped black bags accumulating an 2 sofas obstructing access to post box Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 14 Farnham Road, Handsworth Report on FixMyStreet...

    Refuse not collected, 27th July 

    27 Jul

    Recycling and Refuse not collected Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 30 Bournbrook Road, Bournbrook Report on FixMyStreet...

    Refuse not collected, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Recycling and Refuse not collected Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 17 Serpentine Road, Bournbrook Report on FixMyStreet...

    No rubbish or recycling collection due to strikes., 26th July 

    26 Jul

    3 recycling collections have been missed and 2 rubbish collections also.

    No big news collection, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    No bin collection on street again.

    Trip hazard, 26th July 

    26 Jul

    Outside the figure of eight pub on broad street there is a raised paving.

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    25 Jul

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    25 Jul

    Hopefully the General Data Protection Regulation is already on your radar, but if this is the first you’ve heard of it keep on reading...

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