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Police officer who smoked cannabis whilst searching for a… 

30 Jul

Police officer who smoked cannabis whilst searching for a missing person has been dismissed.


Man “left for dead” in Perry Bar after being stabbed… 

30 Jul

Man “left for dead” in Perry Bar after being stabbed multiple times.


Hunt on to fill five top Birmingham City Council roles 

30 Jul

Jobs whose salaries range from 78,000 to 153,000 are now being advertised following stinging criticism over a lack of action by the authority ...


Firefighters from Highgate Fire Station to the rescue at WMFS… 

30 Jul

Firefighters from Highgate Fire Station to the rescue at WMFS Control Centre.


Woman arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of… 

30 Jul

Woman arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences has been bailed.


Communities ‘want CCTV return’ 

30 Jul

Members of the Muslim community in Birmingham want anti-terrorism CCTV cameras put up in their areas, police say.


Stab victim saved by passers by 

30 Jul

Passers by in Perry Barr, Birmingham, saved the life of a man who had been stabbed, police say.


Manufacturer to open £12m base 

30 Jul

A German-owned manufacturer will open a new £12m base in Birmingham.


Plans to build 50,000 new homes for Londoners ‘too little, too late’ 

30 Jul

The Mayor of London has reached a target of 50,000 new homes for Londoners in his Housing Zone scheme, with three further zones announced that will bring much needed development in the boroughs of Brent, Westminster and Sutton.


Private companies receiving a growing share of DfE funding for children’s social care 

30 Jul

Private firms are receiving an average of almost £3m a month from the Department for Education to deliver children’s services reforms, more than double last year’s figure, Community Care research has found.


Detective praises ‘heroes’ who helped treat stab victim in Birmingham 

30 Jul

A senior detective has labelled as "heroes" first aiders who tended to a man "left for dead" in a Perry Bar stabbing last night.


Woman arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of Syria travel bailed 

30 Jul

A woman arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria has been released on conditional bail while an investigation continues.


Finally! Scaffolding to come off Grand Hotel after 12 years 

30 Jul

Landmark Colmore Row building has been hit by seemingly endless work...


Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision 

30 Jul

Panther Securities submits another plan to redevelop run-down site in Birmingham city centre after casino and hotel project never came to fruition four years ago ...


Reluctant West Midlands councils edge towards metro mayor 

30 Jul

Hint that authority leaders may accept super-mayor in return for devolved powers from Chancellor George Osborne ...


West Midlands Police could lose another £20m in funds 

30 Jul

Analysis by PwC suggests a new system could see funding for the force drop by another 20m ...


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Birmingham: heading for the stars, whilst trapped in a bunker 

30 Jul

As the summer holidays relegate politics to an after thought, Chamberlain Files editor Kevin Johnson reflects on the issues that will make September not just super but very serious indeed for...


A leaping Lord 

30 Jul

The most shocking aspect of the allegedly outrageous behaviour of my noble Lord Sewel is that some people are actually shocked that a peer of the realm could conduct himself in such a shocking fashion...


Corbyn’s appeal to young and old Labour ‘will push him past the winning post’ 

29 Jul

Jeremy Corbyn is going to be the new Labour leader because he represents something that is strikingly different in a politically superficial age, even though victory will condemn his party to many...


Chamberlain Hall construction update July 2015 

29 Jul

It has been three months since my last update on the redevelopment of Chamberlain Hall and all work is now moving towards the student residence's Autumn opening.


Shirley Library was moved into the ailing Parkgate project, Brasshouse comes to the rescue in Birmingham 

28 Jul

Both events occurred when Mark Rogers (now Birmingham’s Chief Executive and Director of Economy) was at the helm.


Be wise owls and start walking Birmingham 

28 Jul

Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, hopes Birmingham’s owl invasion can encourage more people to put their best foot forward on the road to a healthier lifestyle.


Lack-of-Support-Management 

28 Jul

Here is an open letter from a city sheltered housing tenant to a council support manager about the unbearable effect of budget cuts (or,  from a ‘stakeholder’ to a support manager about the regrettable but necessary effect of ‘...


Forget Manchester, why can’t Birmingham have a city region like Leeds? 

27 Jul

“Cornwall leapfrogs West Midlands in devolution race” was the headline over Paul Dale’s recent report on the Government’s devolution deal with Cornwall Council.


A 2007 vision for library finally starting to take shape 

27 Jul

Local government correspondent Neil Elkes remembers a vision for the new library from eight years ago which is only now starting to bear fruit ...


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City-centre news »

Finally! Scaffolding to come off Grand Hotel after 12 years 

30 Jul

Landmark Colmore Row building has been hit by seemingly endless work...


Birmingham cabs in ‘go slow’ protest over bus lane cameras 

29 Jul

Minicab drivers warn of fare increases for passengers if they are not allowed in the Broad Street bus lane...


Sponsored Cycle Ride for St Mary’s Hospice 

29 Jul

This Summer Fr Roger Peck, a Priest of the Diocese, is cycling from Santander, Spain, to St Malo on the north coast of Brittany to raise funds for St Mary’s Hospice, Birmingham.


Interactive Map: CCTV in Birmingham 

29 Jul

Birmingham City Council has revealed that there are 342 CCTV cameras in operation around Birmingham.


Look: Audi ends up perched on railings after Newtown crash 

29 Jul

Driver walks away uninjured after shunt on High Street...


Stranger accidentally picked up Birmingham man’s wallet and tracked him down 

29 Jul

Radio presenter stunned when package arrived in post with everything including cash still in it...


Kendall out of leadership race, betting odds suggest 

29 Jul

Data from the OddsChecker  suggests that Liz Kendall has a 2.44%   chance of winning the Labour leadership contest , placing her in fourth place in the race, according to Bet365.


Paradise Birmingham: When will the roadworks and disruption come to an end? 

28 Jul

How many more months of gridlock will drivers face in Birmingham city centre? We take a look at when the roads are expected to return to normal...


Heated exchanges at PSCO meeting with West Midlands Police Chief Constable as cuts announced 

28 Jul

Tensions run high as PSCOs told of plans to "significantly reduce" their numbers by 2020 at higher rate than regular officers...


Heated exchanges at PCSO meeting with West Midlands Police Chief Constable as cuts announced 

28 Jul

Tensions run high as PCSOs told of plans to "significantly reduce" their numbers by 2020 at higher rate than regular officers...


Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid ‘will be exploring government funding opportunity to help victims of domestic violence’ 

27 Jul

After a £3.2 million budget investment to help victims of domestic violence and abuse was announced ,  Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA) confirmed that it will put forward a proposal for the funds.


Centenarian Vera Longcroft has 100 party guests 

27 Jul

Popular pensioner Vera Longcroft has reached 100 and celebrated her milestone birthday appropriately - with more than 100 members of her family and friends.


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Aston Villa »

Blackburn Striker Set For Medical? 

30 Jul

Blackburn Striker Set For Medical? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:30/07/2015 12:12:00 It's being reported that Aston Villa remain in talks with Blackburn Rovers' striker Rudy Gestede.


U21s – Tamworth 3-0 Villa 

30 Jul

U21s - Tamworth 3-0 Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:30/07/2015 12:05:00 Jack Grealish made his first appearance of pre season last night having suffered a problematic hamstring injury on our return to training but it wasn't...


Gestede could be Villa-bound 

30 Jul

Aston Villla are in talks with Blackburn over the sale of striker Rudy Gestede.


Rudy Gestede, Berbatov and Adebayor all ‘In Talks’ With Villa 

30 Jul

The latest striker to be linked with a move is Blackburn’s Rudy Gestede.


Nathan Baker Allowed to Leave 

30 Jul

It appears as though Nathan Baker might be the latest player that could head through the exit door as the Birmingham Mail reports that Tim Sherwood will allow Nathan Baker to leave the club if Villa receive a bid of around £2 million for the...


Pro Ade 

30 Jul

In a summer of tedious links to every Tottenham Hotspur and former Tottenham Hotspur player Tim Sherwood laid eyes on during his time at White Hart Lane, it does appear that one link that has been ongoing all summer is coming to fruition.


The new-look Aston Villa 

29 Jul

With the signing of José Ángel Crespo and the seemingly imminent arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor, Aston Villa Football Club will be fielding a completely different team to the one we saw at the end of last season.


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City announce Shinnie deal 

30 Jul

Birmingham City announce Shinnie deal Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/07/2015 17:39:00 Birmingham City have confirmed that attacking midfielder Andy Shinnie has signed a new deal with the club...


Shinnie signs new Birmingham deal 

30 Jul

Birmingham City midfielder Andrew Shinnie signs a new two-year contract at the Championship club.


Trevor Francis urges Birmingham City fans to be realistic 

30 Jul

Blues legend believes Gary Rowett could feel the weight of expectation this campaign after success of first season in charge...


Birmingham City fans: Get your diaries out – here’s how the live TV games will affect you 

30 Jul

Blues v Wolves will kick off early for live television coverage on Sky Sports...


Blues Had to Wait on Kieftenbeld Fee 

30 Jul

Blues Had to Wait on Kieftenbeld Fee Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/07/2015 09:19:00 Rowett has revealed Blues did not know what the amount of his release clause was...


Demarai Gray Named in Emerging XI 

30 Jul

Demarai Gray Named in Emerging XI Vitalfootball:Birmingham:30/07/2015 09:01:00 Blues winger has been selected by Football League fans in their emerging talent team...


More Football League on Sky 

30 Jul

Sky Sports has announced an additional batch of live Football League fixtures, with several mouth-watering derbies to look forward to in October and November, including Blackburn v Burnley, Birmingham v Wolves and Nottingham Forest v Derby...


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Sport »

Warwickshire abject in loss – Brown 

30 Jul

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown calls their performance in the heavy One-Day Cup defeat by Essex "abject".


100 Club 

30 Jul

Support your football club and give yourself a chance of a nice bonus by joining the Royal's 100 Club.


100 Club – July draw 

30 Jul

The monthly draw in the 100 Club has been made this morning.


England rebound defies logic – Agnew 

29 Jul

England's "brave call" to bring Steven Finn back into the side at Edgbaston paid off handsomely, says Jonathan Agnew.


Essex openers hit tons in big win 

29 Jul

Essex openers Mark Pettini and Tom Westley hit centuries as their side thump Warwickshire by 152 runs at Chelmsford.


England on top after Anderson burst 

29 Jul

England close day one of the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston on 133-3 after Australia are bowled out for 136.


Offer from Wasps – Singha 7s 

29 Jul

Buy One Get One Free...


Latest on Wasps COACHCLASS 

29 Jul

Update on information...


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Business »

Calls to base new BBC production hub in Birmingham 

30 Jul

Corporation's 'studios' division will make programmers for other broadcasters ...


Birmingham Harvey Nichols opening boosts city retail scene 

30 Jul

The store opens to the public on Friday, July 31, and the Post's photographers have been in to capture it ...


Scaffolding to come down at Grand Hotel 

30 Jul

THE scaffolding is finally to come down at the Grand Hotel in central Birmingham as owner and developer Hortons Estate completes the first phase of restoration works.


Developer brings back Holloway Head regeneration vision 

30 Jul

Panther Securities submits another plan to redevelop run-down site in Birmingham city centre after casino and hotel project never came to fruition four years ago ...


Grand Central Birmingham appoints new marketing manager 

30 Jul

City's newest shopping centre recruits retail specialist to lead the marketing of the complex which will open in September ...


Grand Hotel unveiling coming soon 

30 Jul

Wraps to come off famous Birmingham hotel in Colmore Row as work on faade finishes within weeks ...


Entrepreneurial Spark start-ups rewarded 

30 Jul

The gongs are organised by the business Hatchery, Entrepreneurial Spark, powered by NatWest, and partner KPMG ...


Innovative product creates sales and jobs for Birmingham component firm 

29 Jul

A BIRMINGHAM automotive component supplier has seen an increase in turnover and workforce following the success of its innovative cooling systems.


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Business columns »

German firm plans move to Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub 

30 Jul

Move will create 50 new skilled and entry-level engineering jobs over five years.


Science jobs fair for Birmingham 

30 Jul

Institute to host first student Biomedical Science Careers Expo at ICC.


On your marks for run challenge 

30 Jul

Get filming ahead of Morrisons Great Birmingham Run Business Challenge.


PERFORMANCE REVIEWS STINK 

28 Jul

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This energy policy is on a new course sunshine 

28 Jul

In a politically hot and highly regulated sector such as energy, market certainty is what investors value more than anything else.


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Events »

Call for Submissions: Black History Month 2015 Birmingham Brochure 

30 Jul

Black History Month was first celebrated in the United Kingdom in 1987.


New Show: The Blackbyrds & Tom Browne 

30 Jul

We’re pleased to announce that AGMP will be bringing The Blackbyrds to the HH on Sunday 29th November.


The Destroyers to play the H&H Next Saturday 

29 Jul

After selling out The Hare and Hounds last year we’re over the moon to welcome back The Destroyers  next Saturday 8th August for what is always THE party of the year.


Pink Floyd Experience, 30 Jul 2015 

29 Jul

30 Jul 2015 - Rock Pop at The Fort FREE Come along to Linn Lounge presents Pink Floyd and hear one of the world’s most infamous rock bands played in the highest quality available.


Jazzlines Free Gigs: The Bryan Corbett Quartet 

29 Jul

Renowned Birmingham based trumpet and flugelhorn player Bryan Corbett returns to the Jamhouse with his quartet featuring leading members of Birmingham’s jazz scene.


Birmingham Urban Sketchers at SCM! 

28 Jul

Birmingham Urban Sketchers are holding a mini-sketchcrawl in Stirchley (Stirchley Sketchcrawl #3) and have a stall at the market: —–...


New Show: LA Priest 

28 Jul

This Is Tmrw ‘s busy Autumn schedule continues with new another superb booking when they bring LA PRIEST  to the HH on Wednesday 11th November.


Chad Valley 

28 Jul

Chad Valley - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 27, Nov 15...


Saxophonist to the stars Dax On Sax to play Fumo Birmingham this Saturday 

28 Jul

Hed Kandi resident comes to San Carlo-run Italian restaurant and cocktail bar this Saturday...


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Music blogs »

Album Review: Albert Hammond Jr.- Momentary Masters 

30 Jul

Albert Hammond Jr.


Album Review: The Maccabees – Marks To Prove It 

30 Jul

After three long years, The Maccabees are back with their fourth album Marks To Prove It.


Weekly arts roundup, July 30-August 5 

30 Jul

PICK OF THE WEEK Hiroshige’s Japan: The Fifty-Three Stations Of The Tōkaidō Wolverhampton Art Gallery, from Saturday August 1 Utagawa Hiroshige’s fabled set of 19 th -century ukiyo-e woodblock prints depicting the journey to Kyoto from what is ...


Album Review: Years & Years – Communion 

29 Jul

If you’re looking for a softly written, safe piece of Polydor sludge with lyrics stolen from a 14 year old girl’s poetry book, then this could be the perfect album for you.


Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents 

29 Jul

After two mammoth albums, has Kevin Parker delivered a third? The post Album Review: Tame Impala – Currents appeared first on Redbrick .


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999 »

Police praise heroes who saved stab victim’s life 

30 Jul

A senior detective has labelled as "heroes" first aiders who tended to a man "left for dead" in a Perry Bar stabbing last night (Wednesday 29 July).


Woman bailed over Syria-related terror offences 

30 Jul

A woman arrested yesterday (29 July) on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria has been released on conditional bail while an investigation continues.


What Does ‘Sectioned’ Mean? 

29 Jul

This post is mainly aimed at police officers and is intended to ram home what the term ‘sectioned’ means – every police officer in England and Wales needs to understand it, so they can adjust themselves accordingly if necessary...


Woman arrested at Birmingham Airport on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria 

29 Jul

A 30-year-old woman from Leicester has been arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to engage in terrorist acts.


Police search for man wanted for failing to appear at court 

28 Jul

Police have released an image of a man they want to trace in connection with a string of offences committed last year.


Man charged over Erdington child abductions 

27 Jul

A man will appear in court this afternoon charged with trying to abduct two children in Erdington.


Double time for Black Country drug trafficker 

27 Jul

A Walsall man has received prison sentences totalling 17 years following two separate investigations into drug and money laundering offences.


Breach of the Peace 

26 Jul

It was in the Justice of the Peace Act 1361 that the foundations were laid for the common law complaint of a Breach of the Peace.


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LocalGov »

Information about children without primary school places 

30 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Barbara Nobbs on 30 July 2015 .


Recruitment starts for senior council roles 

30 Jul

The first phase of recruiting to a number of senior roles at Birmingham City Council starts today (July 30).


Media Watch – July 30 

30 Jul

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Minicab drivers’ go-slow protest in bus lane row (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBCWM) Minicab drivers are to hold a ‘go-slow’ around Birmingham city centre today in protest over plans to ban them from...


Rubbish everywhere, 29th July 

29 Jul

Loads of rubbish on roads and pavements.


Data Protection of Elective Home Education records 

29 Jul

Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Peter Williams on 29 July 2015 .


Red light failed- eastbound, Bordesley Green East, 29th July 

29 Jul

Noticed this morning 10:30, where Richmond Rd crosses Bordesley Green East.


Creative skills lead to award for Birmingham children in care 

29 Jul

Ten young people who helped design and create Birmingham City Council’s owl for the city’s Big Hoot event have received an award from the High Sheriff for their efforts.


Talbot Way. Yes again and again, 29th July 

29 Jul

The whole of Talbot Way is an utter mess again, there's a new school and important businesses on this street and the council should take serious action.


Potential traffic delays due to ‘go slow’ demo 

29 Jul

We have been informed that a ‘go slow’ demonstration planned by some private hire drivers could cause some disruption around the city centre tomorrow (Thursday, 30 July 2015).


Data Protection of Elective Home Education records 

29 Jul

Response by Birmingham City Council to Peter Williams on 29 July 2015 .


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Social media »

The hidden dangers of ethnic minority data in big surveys 

28 Jul

Just because a sample is big, doesn’t mean it’s representative of the people you’re looking for.


the hidden secret to digital transformation 

27 Jul

Every organisation is looking to transform what they are doing.


being the clip art and comic sans police. and why it matters. 

25 Jul

Brand identity is hugely important and many comms folk will relate to this post on the subject.


A open data surgery in Trafford 

24 Jul

Last week the fab Jamie Whyte ran an open data surgery in Trafford… These are the people he helped and how… “ Trafford Centre for Independent Living (CIL) Trafford CIL provide a support service to the 4,500 or so carers in Trafford.


video for comms is now way beyond youtube 

24 Jul

More than 70 per cent of the internet is predicted to be video by 2017.


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