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Live: News for Birmingham and West Midlands on October 24th 

24 Oct

Bringing you Friday's live news, sport, traffic and weather from around Birmingham and the West Midlands as it happens.


Birmingham hospital patients waiting more than FOUR hours at A&E 

24 Oct

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust slammed by health watchdog over 'clear failures in leadership' leading to longer waiting times and concern over mortality figures...


Bungling robber hurled brick at bookmakers’ security screen – but it bounced off 

23 Oct

Stuart Delaney jailed over Stechford Ladbrokes raid where he also tried to snatch charity box from counter, but it was too big and got stuck...


Prego in Moseley: Review 

23 Oct

A meal at Prego soon after its opening – too early, I think, fairly to have reviewed the place – left me deeply disappointed at food that seemed to lack any oomph and service that verged on poor.


Birmingham sex assault case neurosurgeon: Health trust and police ‘over-reacted’ 

23 Oct

Nafees Hamid said he was charged before police fully investigated claims against him because authorities were afraid they had another 'Harold Shipman-sized' scandal...


Birmingham City University clock-making degree believed to be only one in world 

23 Oct

Horology degree teaches the art and science of time measurement as the Birmingham School of Jewellery...


Acocks Green: 25 amazing archive images of Birmingham suburb 

23 Oct

You may be surprised to discover the centre of Acocks Green isn't where the original village was located and nor is its green the original green...


Shark transported to Birmingham in articulated lorry to meet Birmingham mate 

23 Oct

Albi the nurse shark travels 125 miles down M6 for special date...


Thief nicked for stealing number plates from unmarked West Midlands police van 

23 Oct

Blundering criminal, 50, bailed after arrest by Birmingham officers...


Sutton Coldfield councillor quits charity in green belt row 

23 Oct

Rob Pocock objects to Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust's support for development near Four Oaks...


Anger over ‘temporary’ expert brought in to improve Birmingham’s children’s services 

23 Oct

Councillors question four-month temporary fix after Bernadette McNally quits post - before she even officially starts...


Sutton Coldfield councillor quits charity in green belt row 

23 Oct

Rob Pocock objects to Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust's support for development near Four Oaks...


95 ex-MG Rover workers set to share £8m payout 

23 Oct

Former Longbridge employees in line for cash bonuses after decade long pensions wrangle is resolved...


95 ex-MG Rover workers set to share £8m payout 

23 Oct

Former Longbridge employees in line for cash bonuses after decade long pensions wrangle is resolved...


Birmingham MP John Hemming earns almost £200,000 – on top of £67,000 House of Commons salary 

23 Oct

MP insists he spends 60 hours a week battling for constituents as well as running his own businesses...


Nearly 1,000 West Midlands Police officers have second income 

23 Oct

New report details amount of staff with additional wage streams from sources including reflexology, cleaning and HGV driving...


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Comment »

Renee Zellweger: Did she? Didn’t she? Who cares? 

23 Oct

It’s time we stop focusing on whether or not Renee Zellweger had plastic surgery, and instead appreciate her outstanding acting skills.


Peter Sharkey: Bid to give football fans a greater say in how clubs are run 

23 Oct

Politicians want supporters involved in ownership and decision-making...


Joe Holyoak: Ordinary architecture can be out of the ordinary 

23 Oct

Big, expensive architecture was in the news as the Library of Birmingham lost out in the Stirling Prize.


Jonathan Walker: Time to think the unthinkable on councillors’ pay 

23 Oct

Holding down a job and being a councillor leaves precious little time for the other important things in life.


Confidence growing for a Combined Authority for Christmas 

23 Oct

We had a great Think Birmingham event on Monday night in the City’s Council House with a very august panel drawn from the upper echelons of the West Midlands’ political and business...


BrumBudget15: Shaping the future together 

23 Oct

Good morning colleagues.


“It’s good that Cadburys did not link their housing to employment . . .” 

23 Oct

These were the words of a reader on hearing the news that Mondelez International – ‘delicious world’ – have announced job losses (est.


In sickness and in health 

23 Oct

After a period of quiet introspection, I have come to the conclusion that I have been completely wrong in suggesting that Tory ideology is destroying the very fabric of society...


Worcestershire’s devolution debate 

22 Oct

What about us? A chorus of 'me toos' echoed across the land when David Cameron declared, in the wake of the Scottish Referendum result, that we must re-empower our great cities.


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City-centre news »

Digbeth Community Garden Meeting‏ 

23 Oct

When: Saturday 25th October, 10:00-12:00 Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage (or inside Birmingham Friends of the Earth depending on the weather) The newly formed Digbeth Community Garden is having a meeting this Saturday; please ...


The Big Hoot: Birmingham to be invaded by 100 giant owls for art event 

22 Oct

Owl statues each standing five-and-a-half feet tall will flock to city for public art event next summer in support of Birmingham Children's Hospital...


Birmingham District Energy Scheme 

22 Oct

Trenches in the City Centre explained...


The Digbeth Kid comes home! 

22 Oct

When: Thursday 23 October, 21:00 onwards Where: The Spotted Dog, 104 Warwick Street, Digbeth, B12 0NH By now, I’m sure all our readers are fully aware of our community screenings of Peaky Blinders at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth.


Skippers Fish Bar attack leaves peacemaker scarred for life 

22 Oct

West Midlands Police issued CCTV footage of a suspect believed to have lashed out with a bottle at takeaway in Holloway Circus...


Retired Greek teacher awarded British Empire Medal after six decades of dedication in Birmingham 

21 Oct

Christoforos Cartoudis in the Queen's Honours List for his services to education...


Archbishop of Birmingham visits the Golden Temple, Amritsar 

21 Oct

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley is visiting Amritsar this week (21 -28 October) at the invitation of Bhai Sahib Dr Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia – the spiritual leader of one of the largest Sikh communities in ...


Metro Consultation for Digbeth 

21 Oct

Centro is planning an extension to the Metro network, to link the HS2 terminus at New Canal Street with a proposed new multi-storey car park at Adderley Street.


2014 AGM 11th November St Anne’s Presbytery 7.30 pm 

21 Oct

Community report on The St Patrick's Festival and Parade 2014.


The Urban Village Vintage Fair 

20 Oct

When: Saturday 25 October, 11:00–16:00 Where: Market Hall, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA Tickets: £1 entry fee Urban Village couldn’t stay away from Digbeth forever! This weekend sees the return of the brand to the Custard ...


Police search for girl who lost mum in Birmingham city centre 

20 Oct

Officers issue CCTV image as concerns grow...


Live Music Round Up 

19 Oct

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


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Aston Villa »

Lambert – Time To Change Our Focus 

23 Oct

Lambert - Time To Change Our Focus Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/10/2014 16:22:00 Quite a few people might be happy with manager Paul Lambert's latest words - but only if we see them in action on the pitch.


Vlaar Wants A Return To Winning Ways 

23 Oct

Vlaar Wants A Return To Winning Ways Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:23/10/2014 15:48:00 Centre half Ron Vlaar has talked about his frustration at being out injured for the last few weeks and his obvious delight at coming through the Everton...


Roy Keane on Manchester United, Alf-Inge Haaland, Robbie Savage and claims he was disruptive 

22 Oct

Jim White catches up with Roy Keane, on his promotional tour with writer Roddy Doyle, and talks all things Manchester United, Alf-Inge Haaland, Robbie Savage and his fearsome public image...


Drennan Returns – So Time For A Round Up 

22 Oct

Drennan Returns - So Time For A Round Up Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:22/10/2014 12:15:00 Striker Michael Drennan is set to return to Villa tomorrow following a disappointing recent loan spell at Portsmouth.


Sometimes It’s Hard To Be A Villan 

22 Oct

I should start off by apologising for my absence.


Cole To Fill Hole? 

22 Oct

Paul Lambert is apparently ready to “throw in” Carlos Sanchez against QPR on Monday night.


Grealish Not Going On Loan 

22 Oct

Jack Grealish, who recently signed a 4-year deal with the club is very much under Paul Lambert’s plans this season as Villa are set to reject a loan bid from Nottingham Forest.


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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham City managerial hunt: Gary Rowett and Mike Phelan entering a two horse race 

24 Oct

Owen Coyle seems to have fallen by the wayside...


Government and experts group to forge stronger links between supporters and professional football clubs 

23 Oct

Supporters Direct, Government and football authorities […] The post Government and experts group to forge stronger links between supporters and professional football clubs appeared first on Blues Trust - Putting The Fans First .


Stats: When do managers get the sack? 

23 Oct

Christmas isn't a time of cheer if you are a manager...


Birmingham City’s next manager: Bryan Hughes backs Gary Rowett as the ideal man for the job 

23 Oct

Former fans' favourite says it's important next boss is 'passionate about the club...


Birmingham City: Alan Thompson leaves Blues 

23 Oct

Coach follows Lee Clark out of the club...


Rudderless Blues need some proper guidance, and quickly 

23 Oct

By Nat Peters Despite Lee Clark going the day before, Tuesday night’s match at Ewood Park had a lot of ...


PICTURES: 39 reasons why the Premier League needs cheerleaders 

23 Oct

The glitz and glamour of the NFL is very much need in England - here's why...


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Sport »

Everton Remain Top After Lille Draw 

24 Oct

The home side went closest to finding a goal in the first half when Idrissa Gueye struck wide.


Flintoff To Play For Brisbane In Big Bash League 

23 Oct

The 36-year-old came out of retirement to make a return to action this summer with a handful of appearances in the shortest format for Lancashire, coming close to helping them snatch victory over Birmingham Bears in the T20 finals.


Trott signs new Warwickshire deal 

23 Oct

Warwickshire's England batsman Jonathan Trott signs a new three-year contract with the Bears.


Frankie Gavin won’t dwell on his Civic return 

23 Oct

Birmingham’s Frankie Gavin insists he won’t let the memory of his first defeat in nine years blight his return to Wolverhampton Civic Hall tomorrow night.


Dream England debut for Benjamin Whittaker 

23 Oct

Darlaston’s Benjamin Whittaker will see “a dream come true” when he travels to Denmark to make his debut for Team England this weekend.


The Academy raring to go!! ! 

22 Oct

The new Romulus Academy team looks ready to take on the challenge after a promising start.


1st XV – Uttoxeter 3 – 53 Handsworth 

22 Oct

Skipper's Spartan-esque Team Talk Prompts Players to Unleash the Fury on Uttoxeter...


LIVE: Women’s Hockey – Birmingham 1sts vs Loughborough 1sts 

22 Oct

Online Sport Editor, Tom Dodd, provides live coverage of today's hockey match...


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Business »

£8m MG Rover pension settlement reached ten years after firm collapsed 

24 Oct

SOME 95 former MG Rover workers are to be given a pensions boost after an £8m settlement was reached.


Lloyds Bank hosts property team event in Birmingham 

24 Oct

Lloyds Bank hosts property team event at Primitivo Bar on Barwick Street, Birmingham.


Ten-year MG Rover pension delay finally resolved with £8m payout 

24 Oct

Saga branded an 'impenetrable mess' by MP will see 95 former Longbridge staff receive additional money following 2005 collapse...


Selly Oak student block poised for go ahead 

24 Oct

City planning chiefs recommended to back scheme  to build 100 bedrooms in place of derelict buildings in Bristol Road...


Construction litigation partner relocates to Trowers & Hamlins’ Birmingham office 

24 Oct

Mr Bange will be leading the firm’s regional construction litigation practice from its Birmingham base...


Islamic Bank of Britain to rebrand as it focuses on growth 

23 Oct

THE Birmingham-based Islamic Bank of Britain, the UKs only wholly Sharia compliant retail bank, has announced it is to change its name.


University of Birmingham to share in £150m clinical research funding 

23 Oct

THE University of Birmingham is to share in a £150m investment into the UKs clinical research infrastructure.


To Coyne A Phrase 

23 Oct

The story of the BluesLEE Clarks dismissal as manager of Birmingham City was welcomed by most Blues fans.


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Business columns »

West Midlands investment co-operation on display 

23 Oct

Regional partners join forces to showcase engineering expertise at major exhibition.


Supermarket giants have only themselves to blame for decline 

23 Oct

Retail giants Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda have forgotten what made them successful in the first place, and are ignoring the needs of the customer.


Birmingham bids to shed ‘Cloak of Invisibility’ in moves to Combined Authority 

23 Oct

Solihull, apparently due to its difference in political colour, is more reluctant to throw its lot in with the Labour-run metropolitans.


Further investment boost from city fund 

23 Oct

Green Room has designs on growth.


Bournville school means business 

22 Oct

Link up with local employer.


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Events »

Halloween Hackathon, 25 Oct 2014 

23 Oct

25 Oct 2014 - Workshop at Birmingham Science Park Aston FREE (suitable for under 18s) Ever wondered how quickly a video game can be made? Well WewanaPlay is going to show you by challenging coders to make a game in just 30 hours with their Halloween ...


World Unlimited Bring Tarras Minor to the H&H 

23 Oct

Normally a six-piece band with drums- the group have launched an all-venue friendly Acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group- singer/songwriters Ben Murray , Rory Connor and Michael Woodward Piano.


Album Review – The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave 

22 Oct

Similar, but definitely not the same.


New Show Announcement: The Blockheads 

22 Oct

We’re delighted to announce that Blues Club will be bringing The Blockheads to the HH for a very intimate show on Saturday 6th December.


The Last Carnival 

22 Oct

The Last Carnival - O2 Academy 3 Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 10, Dec 14...


Interview – Elephant Stone 

21 Oct

Not content with reviewing the live band, and then the latest album The Three Poisons, Katie Grimason has completed the whole set and gone for a quick QA session with Elephant Stone front man Rishi Dhir.


Soul Food Project at AYL Festival 

21 Oct

This Friday 24th Saturday 25th October sees All Years Leaving Festival return to the HH for  it’s second year, bringing with it an eclectic two day line up comprising of the very best new bands from across the country.


Dropkick Murphys – Celtic Punk Invasion Tour 

21 Oct

Dropkick Murphys - Celtic Punk Invasion Tour - O2 Academy Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom - 22, Mar 15...


Competition: WIN tickets to see Horrible Christmas at the Old Rep Theatre 

21 Oct

Birmingham Mail Chipper Club is giving you and your family the chance to win tickets to see new show, Horrible Christmas, at the Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham City Centre.


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Music blogs »

The Future Is Here: Bandcamp Steve Lawson Subscription Launched! 

23 Oct

This is some SERIOUSLY exciting news.


Glamming it up 

23 Oct

You can tell Christmas is coming… Three legends of the glam rock seventies are appearing soon at Bilston’s Robin.


Album Review – The Twilight Sad – Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave 

22 Oct

Similar, but definitely not the same.


Live Review & Photo Gallery: Holly Johnson @ The Institute – 19/10/2014 

22 Oct

‘Cum’ again? Yes, Holly Johnson ’s back, 30 years after corrupting the nation’s youth with Relax as part of subversive chart toppers Frankie Goes To Hollywood.


Live Review & Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr + Childhood @ Civic Hall, Wolverhampton – 17/10/2014 

22 Oct

There’s always a danger, one feels, when dealing with former members of bands with that hallowed status, ‘legendary’.


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999 »

Alcohol awareness animation produced by University of Birmingham 

23 Oct

Alcohol awareness animation produced by University of Birmingham University of Birmingham short film aimed at helping students stay safe.


Mum urges pals of shooting victim to help police murder inv 

23 Oct

Mum urges pals of shooting victim to help police murder inv The mother of a Leicester man shot dead at a Birmingham music event has urged friends with him on the night to help detectives bring his killer to justice.


CCTV images released after member of rail staff assaulted – Birmingham New Street 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place on platform 5A at Birmingham New Street railway station.


CCTV images released after member of rail staff assaulted – Birmingham New Street 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) is appealing for information following an incident which took place on platform 5A at Birmingham New Street railway station.


Police release CCTV still after attempted smart phone snatch – Small Heath 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after a man attempted to steal a mobile phone from a woman at Small Heath railway station in Birmingham.


Police release CCTV still after attempted smart phone snatch – Small Heath 

22 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help after a man attempted to steal a mobile phone from a woman at Small Heath railway station in Birmingham.


Evidence Based Policing 

21 Oct

The creation of a professional college for policing – part of the professionalisation agenda – is an opportunity to work towards becoming evidence based.


Do you know this woman? Appeal for information after theft – Birmingham New Street 

20 Oct

British Transport Police (BTP) officers are appealing for the public’s help to identify a man and a woman they would like to speak to in connection with the theft of goods from a shop on the concourse at Birmingham New Street railway station...


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LocalGov »

Sizeable pothole, 24th October 

24 Oct

There is a pothole forming (probably 12 in diameter, several inches deep) on Kingsbury Road, Birmingham-bound lane, opposite the turning into Newchurch Gardens.


Hole, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Hole in road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 35 Thornbridge Avenue, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...


Big Hole in road, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Big hole causing houses to shake everyone a bus or hgv goes over it ..


Don’t lose your chance to vote at the General Election 

23 Oct

Birmingham residents are being urged to ensure they are on the electoral register  – or risk losing their chance to vote in next year’s General Election.


Miss aligned traffic signal, 23rd October 

23 Oct

Traffic signal at the cross road on Parkway to Morrisons and the Medical Center has AGAIN been turned and not facing traffic flow also no green light on it Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Birmingham...


Looked after children sufficiency duty 

23 Oct

Response by Birmingham City Council to Jolyon Jones on 23 October 2014 .


Repeal of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 | Backbench Business | Commons debates 

23 Oct

I thank the hon.


NHS chief urges hospital staff to join gyms in anti-obesity fight 

23 Oct

Source: The Guardian The National Health Service is to put its own 1.35 million staff at the head of a new fight against obesity by encouraging them to join weight-watching groups and take out gym memberships, its new head will announce this...


Road Congestion | Oral Answers to Questions – Transport | Commons debates 

23 Oct

I welcome the Minister to his role.


Media Watch – Oct 23 

23 Oct

Top Birmingham City Council Stories: Arts are ‘still a priority’ for cash-strapped city council (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail and BBC WM) Support for culture, museums and the arts will remain a priority for Birmingham City Council despite...


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Social media »

Join Reputed Andy1st Driving School For Top-Class Training 

23 Oct

Learning to drive is a tough skill to develop as it needs a lot of confidence.


How to keep your website ahead of the curve 

22 Oct

With every passing year, the stakes are getting greater for website owners.


why 300 seconds is a really good thing 

20 Oct

300 seconds emerged from a realisation that women were not speaking at tech conferences.


are you getting the social balance right? 

20 Oct

Plan and research, by all means.


SOCIAL CONTENT: Are You Getting the Balance Right? 

20 Oct

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for comms planning and having a purpose.


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