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It is with great sadness that we have to report that Mark Blackstock, the founder and editor of this family of sites, died of a heart attack on Thursday, 3rd August. He was 55.

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Birmingham News »

Birmingham Airport luggage delays unacceptable, says family 

16 Aug

More baggage handlers are being trained at Birmingham Airport after complaints about delays over the summer.


The long-running Birmingham bin strike has been suspended. 

16 Aug

The Birmingham bin strike which has resulted in a back log of uncollected refuse since June has been suspended.


Blues delay Shotton’s Boro move after injuries 

16 Aug

Birmingham City boss Harry Redknapp says Middlesbrough's bid to sign Ryan Shotton must wait until cover has been added.


Birmingham bin strike called off 

16 Aug

Acas said it had been agreed certain posts would be kept and bin collections could now resume.


England v West Indies: Edgbaston set for UK’s first day-night Test 

16 Aug

As England prepare to play their first day-night Test against West Indies, BBC Sport looks at whether this is the future of the five-day format.


Steve Bruce: Aston Villa boss says he is ‘right man’ to turn club’s poor form around 

15 Aug

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says he is the "right man" to turn around their "awful" start to the Championship season.


Birmingham bin strike: ‘Positive talks’ chaired by Acas 

15 Aug

Birmingham City Council estimates the strike over restructuring plans is costing it £40,000 per day.


Two of Birmingham’s most iconic statues – Boulton, Watt and Murdoch and Iron: Man – are on the move. 

15 Aug

Two of Birmingham’s most iconic statues – Boulton, Watt and Murdoch and Iron: Man – will be temporarily removed from their familiar sites, to allow ongoing transformation of the city centre to progress, in the coming weeks.


Three people charged with conspiring to steal more than £50,000 from ticket machines.  

15 Aug

Cornel Naida, aged 32, Alin Grijincu, aged 31, and Ancuta Grijincu, aged 25, from Tyseley, have appeared in court charged with conspiring to steal more than £50,000 from tram and railway station ticket machines.


England cricketers prepare for historical day-night Test 

15 Aug

The West Indies visit Edgbaston for the first day-night Test match to be played in England.


Make a change today and start the search for your dream job with Woodrow Mercer  

15 Aug

Woodrow Mercer, based on Newhall Street in the City Centre, are a group of friendly and experienced recruiters who are committed to matching their candidates with the best jobs in the market.


Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games would bring Urban Street Festival and Basketball to Victoria Square 

15 Aug

Birmingham’s Victoria Square would transform into a sporting and cultural landmark for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, as the bid team unveils the city centre location as the venue for 3×3 Basketball and 3×3 Wheelchair Basketball.


Birmingham gang smuggled people in car boots 

14 Aug

A child was among Albanian nationals found in a car boot by border officials, a court hears.


Maikel Kieftenbeld: Birmingham City win appeal against midfielder’s sending off 

14 Aug

Birmingham City win their appeal against Maikel Kieftenbeld's red card in Saturday's win over Bristol City.


Birmingham bin strike costing city ‘£40,000 a day’ 

14 Aug

Birmingham City Council is using agency staff and contractors to help clear the backlog.


You spoke, we listened – Birmingham Updates is launching an email newsletter.  

14 Aug

We’ve decided to launch an email newsletter after hundreds of you mentioned it in our audience survey.


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Comment »

After Charlottesville, let’s drive back the Nazi menace 

15 Aug

Unite Against Fascism (UAF) continue to hold a number of vigils/protests in solidarity with U S anti fascists,against the shocking scenes of Nazis marching in Charlottesville on Saturday, which saw anti fascist, Heather Heyer killed and many injured ...


Here’s one reason there won’t be a new ‘centre’ political party 

14 Aug

There are calls for a new 'centrist' political party but it's unlikely to happen...


Combined Authority logos – do they do it for you? 

14 Aug

With branding of the West Midlands, as ever, under discussion and the Midlands Engine currently looking to develop a campaign brand, Chris Game wonders if anyone recognises any of the...


Charlottesville – a terrible warning – UAF statement 

13 Aug

Antifascists  will send solidarity to Charlottesville tomorrow night at the U S Embassy The death of Heather Heyer and the assault on anti fascists in Charlottesville at the hands of James Fields is the shocking result of Donald Trumps America.


Industrial action: councillor’s message to Birmingham citizens 

12 Aug

Councillor Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, sent a message to Birmingham citizens to say that the pattern of industrial action changed on August 11.


Refuse collections – An open letter to citizens 

11 Aug

Dear citizen of Birmingham, First and foremost we want to apologise for the continued disruption to city residents as a result of the ongoing industrial action by Unite the union in relation to refuse collection services in the city.


Simon: Street has failed and made no difference 

11 Aug

Andy Street won the mayoral election by under 4,000 more votes than main rival Siôn Simon.


Mark Blackstock – a tribute 

11 Aug

Time-pressed residents of Birmingham, Solihull, Cannock, Dudley, Coventry, Lichfield, Sandwell, South Staffs, Tamworth, Walsall and Wolverhampton who regularly scan their section of the Brummie site, appreciate the free service it gives, whatever ...


What should the Mayor do on skills & housing? 

10 Aug

Andy Street says that negotiations have started over Devolution Deal II and that skills and housing will be the main strands when announced in the Chancellor’s Budget.


Some weird and wonderful ways the mayor can solve our problems 

10 Aug

Some inspiration for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, plus more on bins and a councillor's goal scoring comeback...


A new 70% state-owned West Midlands rail franchise 

10 Aug

Will passengers continue to face the removal of seats – and toilets – to enable more to stand sardine-fashion in West Midlands trains? Abellio promises standing room for 50,000 extra people on shorter rail journeys.


Is mayor Andy Street letting down the West Midlands? 

10 Aug

Labour MP Ian Austin asks what new West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has achieved in his first 100 days in office...


Demolition starts green heart beating 

10 Aug

Three years ago I wrote about the University of Birmingham's ambitions for a new green heart at the centre of its Edgbaston campus.


The Happiness Building 

7 Aug

Steve Beauchampé recalls the Cadbury Barn, a little known but once much-loved Birmingham building destroyed by fire last week.


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City-centre news »

#AcademiesInBrum: Exploring the world of academies in 2017 Britain 

16 Aug

As part of our series into #AcadamiesInBrum, we’re looking at the real story behind academies.


Birmingham Connected UpdateExtra dated 14 August 

15 Aug

This is the latest update containing transport news and important information for the city.


Birmingham MP Liam Byrne hoping to learn more about impact of low income on Hodge Hill residents 

15 Aug

A Birmingham MP is trying to find out how poverty and low income impacts on people in his constituency.


Mapped: #AcademiesInBrum – Find out how your local academy performs 

15 Aug

As we continue our look into #AcademiesInBrum in Birmingham, today we’ve mapped every single academy currently active in Birmingham.


10 important facts about #AcademiesInBrum that you need to know about 

14 Aug

As part of our series into #AcadamiesInBrum, we’re looking at the facts and figures surrounding this controversial schooling method.


The student gadget survival kit 

14 Aug

Essential tech every university fresher needs...


Novelists to discuss new book at Waterstones event in Birmingham 

14 Aug

Novelists Duncan Crowe and James Peak are visiting Birmingham to discuss their book.


Union to use International Youth Day to highlight issue of low pay for young workers in Birmingham 

12 Aug

A union has called for a better deal for younger workers in Birmingham.


Match preview: Birmingham City v Bristol City 

12 Aug

Birmingham City are likely to be without Lukas Jutkiewicz once more as they face Bristol City.


Match preview: Cardiff City v Aston Villa 

12 Aug

Aston Villa will be looking to kickstart their Championship season as they travel to Cardiff City.


Motorcyclist and passenger taken to hospital after crash in Sheldon 

11 Aug

A motorcyclist and his passenger have been taken to hospital after a crash with a car in Sheldon.


Where to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week 

11 Aug

Looking for somewhere to have Afternoon Tea at Bullring? Look no further...


More City-centre news


Aston Villa »

Stan Collymore Rips Into Aston Villa Shambles 

16 Aug

Stan Collymore Rips Into Aston Villa Shambles Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:16/08/2017 08:34:00 Stan Collymore has his say and he doesn't hold back on Aston Villa.


Aston Villa: The Missing X Factor 

16 Aug

Aston Villa: The Missing X Factor Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:16/08/2017 08:20:00 gmvillans says: Leadership has many forms: vocal, physical, by example.


Reading Run Circles Round Villa: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 

16 Aug

You watched it one way or another.


There must be a positive somewhere 

15 Aug

Dave Woodhall is a witness to Villa’s defeat at Reading.


Stats: Reading v Aston Villa 

15 Aug

Stats: Reading v Aston Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:15/08/2017 21:56:00 All the stats from Reading (2) vs (1) Aston Villa, Madejski Stadium, 15/8/17 Att: 20,144...


Reading v Aston Villa – Team Sheets – 15-8-17 

15 Aug

Reading v Aston Villa - Team Sheets - 15-8-17 Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:15/08/2017 19:11:00 Aston Villa go to the Madejski Stadium as the visitors to Reading for the latest Championship game.


Jedinak Named In Australia Squad 

15 Aug

Jedinak Named In Australia Squad Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:15/08/2017 18:28:00 Ange Postecoglou has named Mile Jedinak in his provisional 30 man squad for two matches next month that will decide their World Cup fate.


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Birmingham City FC »

Tilton Talk Podcast BCFC radio 

16 Aug

Tilton Talk Show This weeks Tilton Talk Show reflects on the game against Bristol City and our predictions for the ...


Redknapp: Shotton move on hold 

15 Aug

Harry Redknapp says Ryan Shotton will not be joining Middlesbrough until injury-hit Birmingham sign replacements.


Birmingham held by Bolton 

15 Aug

Injury-hit Birmingham were held to a goalless draw by Bolton in the Sky Bet Championship clash at St Andrew's.


Transfer Windows To End Early? 

15 Aug

Transfer Windows To End Early? Vitalfootball:Birmingham:15/08/2017 17:58:00 The Premier League and the EFL will both be seeking thoughts from member clubs on whether or not to close the summer transfer window before the season kicks off in...


On EFL Matters… 

15 Aug

Sky Sports Football presents brand new weekly show EFL Matters, discussing all the latest talking points in the Championship, League One and League Two.


The EFL will hold talks with clubs next month over closing the summer transfer window before the start of the season. 

15 Aug

The EFL will hold talks with clubs next month over closing the summer transfer window before the start of the season.


Blues keen on Portugal’s Euro 2016 hero 

15 Aug

Blues keen on Portugal's Euro 2016 hero Vitalfootball:Birmingham:15/08/2017 09:09:00 Birmingham City are said to be showing an interest in Eder...


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Sport »

Birmingham City opposition watch: The lowdown on Burton Albion 

16 Aug

Here we take a close look at Burton Albion before the next game for Birmingham City...


Birmingham City transfers: Harry Redknapp has his say on Eder rumour 

16 Aug

French media reported Redknapp as holding an interest in the Euro 2016 winner...


Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has issued this message to his misfiring attackers 

16 Aug

Villa have made life too easy for Reading, Cardiff and Hull...


This is the deal which ended Birmingham’s crippling bins strike 

16 Aug

Council rejects claim it 'caved-in' to union demands...


This is how many Birmingham prison officers have left their jobs since 2010 

16 Aug

Across prisons in England and Wales, there were 4,036 leavers in the last year.


Snobs nightclub plans to open until 6am and introduce extra club night 

16 Aug

Legendary Birmingham nightclub looks to extend opening hours to offer even more nights out...


Five things learned from Birmingham City’s draw with Bolton Wanderers 

16 Aug

Blues had to settle for a point from a game low on drive and drama...


Steve Bruce on Aston Villa’s failure to live up to the John Terry euphoria 

16 Aug

Bruce was speaking after AVFC's defeat at Reading meant just one point from a possible nine...


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    Business »

    Snobs nightclub plans to open until 6am and introduce extra club night 

    16 Aug

    Legendary Birmingham nightclub looks to extend opening hours to offer even more nights out...


    Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Morgan Reach sponsors New Business of the Year 

    15 Aug

    Certified accountants firm has just launched a new app and has high hopes for Birmingham business in coming years...


    Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham to change its name from next month 

    14 Aug

    The multi-purpose indoor venue will become Arena Birmingham from September...


    Birmingham Post Business Award sponsors gather for business breakfast 

    14 Aug

    Sponsors of this years Birmingham Post Business Awards gathered for a networking breakfast.


    Former boss of shoe brand Cloggs launches new venture 

    14 Aug

    Chris Thomas has started a digital agency based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter...


    When will we see £1 billion improvement in Birmingham’s train services 

    11 Aug

    Boss of new West Midlands Trains Ltd franchise outlines timescales for new trains, passenger information and...


    Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Sponsors attend networking breakfast at The Belfry 

    10 Aug

    Sponsors gather ahead of juding 13 categories for BPBA 2017...


    Kier buys into Birmingham with £35m office deal 

    10 Aug

    Property group makes largest purchase of 2017 by acquiring home of PwC and Pinsent Masons...


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    Business columns »

    Finding it in Birmingham 

    15 Aug

    Opportunity for property developers to work with council.


    Comment: Rail investment great news for West Midlands 

    10 Aug

    Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling says 1 billion investment is needed as demand on rail network has quadrupled...


    Bankers in charity cycle ride 

    5 Aug

    Lloyds staff to raise funds for mental health support.


    Comment: Old designs with a place in the modern world 

    4 Aug

    Mary Keating, from campaign group Brutiful Birmingham, fights the corner for three buildings all in the same city centre street...


    Search for Birmingham Smithfield developer begins 

    4 Aug

    City council looks to transform former markets site.


    More Business columns


    Events »

    New Show: Soeur 

    16 Aug

    We’re delighted to announce that Bristol based Soeur  will be playing the Hare Hounds on Monday 18th September! Breaking hard-rock down to its simplest, most fundamental form, Sœur are a brutal, soulful assault on the senses.


    All Years Leaving 2017 Line Up Announced 

    14 Aug

    Now in its jubilant fifth year, All Years Leaving Festival returns this Autumn with its most eclectic line up yet which should establish it as one of the most ambitious new music festivals on the indoor circuit.


    New Show: Freak & King Nun at the H&H 

    14 Aug

    We’re thrilled to announce that Sonic Gun Concerts will be bringing Freak King Nun to the HH on Thursday 28th September.


    Jazz Geometries, 17 Aug 2017 

    14 Aug

    17 Aug 2017 - Jazz at Cogs Bar FREE All welcome to this one-day, pop-up Art Exhibition and Event from 12 noon til late, with exhibition of drawings and paintings of jazz musicans and dancers (showing in Second floor Club Room).


    Brazilian Forró Dance Classes, 15 Aug 2017 

    13 Aug

    15 Aug 2017 - Dance at The Cuban Embassy Come and learn to dance forró - the fun and addictive partner dance from the North East of Brazil! It doesn't matter if you've never danced before or you're a Latin dance aficionado - everyone's welcome here...


    Rory Indiana, Veridian, Orchards, 17 Aug 2017 

    13 Aug

    17 Aug 2017 - Rock Pop at Subside Bar...


    Muskets, 15 Aug 2017 

    13 Aug

    15 Aug 2017 - Rock Pop at Subside Bar...


    Summer Party, 12 Aug 2017 

    11 Aug

    12 Aug 2017 - Club at Red Lion (Hockley...


    Lidl Football Zone, 12 Aug 2017 

    11 Aug

    12 Aug 2017 - Community at Victoria Square FREE (suitable for under 18s) The FA and Lidl are on the look out for young footballers from Birmingham when they bring their Lidl Football Zone to Victoria Square this weekend.


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    Music blogs »

    Labi Siffre – It Must Be Love 

    16 Aug

    I don't often post any personal stuff on here, who the hell wants to know about some 47 year old with a dodgy 'tache and penchant for scrumpy.


    The CPM Connection…live…OCTOBER 15th! 

    16 Aug

    Inspirational really doesn't do this lot justice...


    Great Lost Bands of the Noughties # 6 – Tilly and the Wall 

    14 Aug

    It must be a nightmare being a drummer.


    A West Midlands YouTube chart – August 2017 

    13 Aug

    New players? Yup.


    Inner City Live: The Flaming Lips + Public Service Broadcasting @ Birmingham o2 Academy – 12 August 2017 

    12 Aug

    INNERCITY LIVE BIRMINGHAM comes to Birmingham, putting the senses into overload with a night of exceptional live music and extraordinary visuals with The Flaming Lips, plus special guests Public Service Broadcasting, Amber Run and Hoopla Blue.


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    999 »

    Mental Health Expert 

    15 Aug

    Today, I was invited to do something because I’ve been identified as “an expert in emergency mental health care.


    The Coroner’s Courtroom 

    11 Aug

    For the first time in my career, I gave so-called expert evidence to a Coroners Court around a mental health incident.


    We need parents and the public to help us beat guns and knives 

    9 Aug

    Over the last few weeks a number of violent incidents and unusual events have taken place within the force area.


    Endemic Abuse 

    7 Aug

    This morning’s headline in The Times is a complete stunner – NHS abuse of mental patients ‘endemic’ (£).


    Re X (a child) No 3 (2017) 

    3 Aug

    Today, the head of the Family Division has handed down a judgment containing some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever known a senior judge to use, questioning whether the issues before him mean we can lay claim to being a civilised...


    Body Worn Video and Mental Health 

    29 Jul

    The police have been rolling out body worn video (BWV) for many years now.


    We are all talking about demand 

    28 Jul

    From time to time one of you says: “Do Force Executive know about this?” We make a conscious effort not to live in the ‘ivory tower’ and get out and talk to you.


    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.


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    West Midlands Police - wanted


    LocalGov »

    Bins still not collected (7wks), 16th August 

    16 Aug

    Bins still not collected after reporting missed collections each week.


    Blocked drain, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    Drain is blocked.


    Care and/or Support Plans 

    16 Aug

    Response by Birmingham City Council to A on 16 August 2017 .


    Education information 

    16 Aug

    Response by Birmingham City Council to Lily Kerrigan on 16 August 2017 .


    Large number of drug users leaving baggage on street, 16th August 

    16 Aug

    There is an increase in the number of vagabonds leaving bedding, baggage in doorways opposite the exit from New Street station This is an environmental and security issue.


    Care and/or Support Plans 

    16 Aug

    Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by A on 16 August 2017 .


    Approved Mental Health Professionals – Current Numbers and Locations 

    16 Aug

    Request to Birmingham City Council by A .


    Uncollected household rubbish, 15th August 

    15 Aug

    Please collect our over flowing refuse ! The bin cupboard is full and there is No where to put anymore! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): South Grove, Birmingham Report on FixMyStreet...


    Social Care Case Management System 

    15 Aug

    Follow up sent to Birmingham City Council by Steve Hall on 15 August 2017 .


    Green light not working, 15th August 

    15 Aug

    Green light at pedestrian crossing not working Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Stoney Lane, Yardley Report on FixMyStreet...


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    Social media »

    what have babies and employee engagement got in common? 

    15 Aug

    So what have babies and employee engagement got in common? One comms manager claims to have no idea, but she’s going to find out… by Natalie Corney In a short while, I’ll be taking a temporary break from my career as my husband and I get ready ...


    your essential new comms planning guide – free to download 

    14 Aug

    Comms planning.


    5 simple ways to get more from linkedin 

    13 Aug

    Do you remember when LinkedIn was that dry, dusty platform you only went to when you needed to update your digital CV ahead of applying for a new job? Well the platform has evolved and matured over the past year or so and 23 million* UK users are now...


    why are universities in the news so much? 

    11 Aug

      To be involved in comms in Higher Education now demands being under the political spotlight.


    what’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever been asked? 

    11 Aug

      If there is one golden thread that runs through a comms job it is the ability to deal with stupid requests.


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