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Sparkhill man arrested in Spanish terrorism investigation 

28 Jun

West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit detectives have executed a European Arrest Warrant in Birmingham this morning ((26/06).


Birmingham terrorism arrest: Man held in Spanish inquiry 

28 Jun

The arrest was on behalf of Spanish police investigating so-called Islamic State, West Midlands Police said.


HMP Birmingham: Violence on rise, say inspectors 

28 Jun

The stability of HMP Birmingham is under threat because of rising illegal drug use, inspectors say.


Warwickshire v Lancashire: Andrew Umeed century offers Bears hope at Egbaston 

27 Jun

Warwickshire's Andrew Umeed bats all day (and night) against Lancashire to offer hope of a first-innings lead.


Deborah Cadman OBE named as Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). 

27 Jun

Deborah will play a key role in turning the region’s devolution deal with central government into reality, including working with Andy Street who was elected as the first West Midlands Mayor in May this year.


Four indoor arenas in Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid 

27 Jun

Weightlifting, gymnastics and judo all earmarked for the arenas if Birmingham's bid is successful.


Passenger punched in what is thought to be a racially motivated assault on a train 

27 Jun

PC Piotr Gass, from British Transport Police (BTP), has released CCTV image of man he’d like to speak to after a passenger was punched in what is thought to be a racially motivated assault on a train.


Kings Norton pupils enjoy a school trip with a difference after praising West Midlands Police. 

27 Jun

Year 3 pupils from Kings Norton Primary enjoyed a school trip with a difference last week as they took aim (with toy guns!) on targets at the West Midlands Police Operations Centre in Aston.


Birmingham school trip to firing range criticised 

27 Jun

Pupils are pictured aiming at targets with toy guns during the trip hosted by West Midlands Police.


Warwickshire v Lancashire: Shivnarine Chanderpaul scores century at Edgbaston 

26 Jun

Shivnarine Chanderpaul makes a century to help Lancashire defy Warwickshire on day one of the day-night Championship match.


Blues’ Stewart close to Aberdeen loan 

26 Jun

Aberdeen are close to concluding the signing of Birmingham City striker Greg Stewart on a season-long loan deal.


Birmingham City Council is proposing to make Dog Control Orders under Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act. 

26 Jun

Residents, in particular dog owners, are being invited to have their say on proposals to introduce Public Space Protection Orders to tackle dog control issues from today (26/06).


Birmingham dad Mohammed Endris denies murdering his children 

26 Jun

Mohammed Endris also denies the attempted murder of his two children's mother.


Birmingham reveals world-class indoor arenas for its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid. 

26 Jun

Birmingham has today (26/06) reveals four indoor arenas in the Birmingham and Solihull area that will play a pivotal role in delivering its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid.


Aegon Classic: Petra Kvitova wins first title since stabbing by beating Ashleigh Barty 

25 Jun

Petra Kvitova caps her remarkable comeback from a career-threatening hand injury by winning the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.


Extra security for ‘Europe’s largest Eid party’ in Birmingham 

25 Jun

Up to 100,000 people are expected in Birmingham on Sunday to mark the end of Ramadan.


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Comment »

Plan to help better manage money 

28 Jun

Cllr Tristan Chatfield, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality at Birmingham City Council, writes on the upcoming launch of the Birmingham Financial Inclusion Partnership’s new strategy document (on June 28) and how it is being...


Clad 

28 Jun

Following detailed analysis by a number of globally prominent experts, there is growing concern for the safety of a vulnerable Westminster resident who is refusing to evacuate a space that is in real and imminent danger of complete collapse...


Deborah Cadman appointed WMCA chief executive 

28 Jun

New arrival will head West Midlands government body.


Of naval gazing and quiet valleys and fatal floors 

26 Jun

RICHARD LUTZ  survives another week in Chaosville, UK Hold on, I have to sneeze.


EDL seen off in London by anti fascists, but no room for complacency 

24 Jun

A small and pathetic group of fascists, the English Defence League, were barely able to mobilise in central London, today.


Birmingham unites against fascist Britain First 

24 Jun

 Unite Against Fascism and other anti-fascists halted fascist Britain First’s attempt to march, unhindered, through  Birmingham to spread their Islamophobia today.


WMNEG, 29th June: project based at Uplands Leisure Gardens, Handsworth Wood 

23 Jun

  Open meeting   West Midlands New Economics Group FOE Warehouse, 54 Allison St, B5 5 TH ‘MISSION POSSIBLE’ Thursday 29 June, 5-7 pm   29 June  – The ‘Mission Possible’ project based at the Uplands Leisure Gardens in Handsworth Wood...


Birmingham City Council to fit sprinklers in tower blocks 

22 Jun

Work is “a matter of urgency” – council leader.


The Council plans to close 26 Birmingham children’s centres 

22 Jun

Almost half of the city’s Children’s Centres are threatened with closure to cut costs, according to the Birmingham Post.


Queen`s speech – second draft 

22 Jun

From: Cabinet Office and Prime Minister`s Office, 10 Downing Street Part of: Government transparency and accountability Content: Queen`s Speech 2017 first draft for Her Majesty`s input From: Buckingham Palace Content: Queen`s Speech 2017 second draft...


Why Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games 2022 bid is better than Liverpool’s 

21 Jun

Birmingham's bid is superior and will be delivered on time and on budget...


Theresa May’s empty Queen’s Speech shows she is too weak to govern 

21 Jun

The Prime Minister was forced to dump policies she believed in just two weeks ago - and has no answer to the public demand for an end to austerity...


Housing 26: Labour champions Brummie Bonds, first proposed in 2004 

19 Jun

Proposals for Brummie Bonds were first put forward by former Greenpeace economist Colin Hines at the end of 2004 ( Birmingham Post – Comment: 5.2.04 ), at the end of 2004 by then Conservative council leader Mike Whitby mentioned here , advocated in ...


Exhibition: local canal views, BMI Margaret Street 

19 Jun

MARGARET FAIRHEAD RBSA: Exhibition in Reception Foyer Canal views – Farmer’s Bridge Flight, Birmingham Fazeley Canal Until Friday 7 July Margaret’s remarkable exhibition of works featuring manipulated machine stitching incorporating a variety ...


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City-centre news »

The Saturday Social at Urban Village 

28 Jun

When: Saturday 22nd July, 10:00-17:00 Where: 10 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RT Urban Village is on the move again! Their shop in Bowyer Street closed last week, but the team are staying in Digbeth and moving to … Continue ...


Fight Club: PRO – “Stranger than Fixxion”: Reaction, review, and results 

27 Jun

Wolverhampton based professional wrestling promotion Fight Club: PRO returned home on Friday, June 23rd for their “Stranger than Fixxion” special.


Pat Molloy Summer School 2017 

27 Jun

When: Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017 Where: South & City College, Digbeth, B5 5SU Tickets: £15 (available online here The Pat Molloy Summer School returns to Digbeth on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July 2017.


VIDEO: The Midlands’ own Tyler Bate talks NXT: TakeOver Chicago, his dream WrestleMania opponent, and his love for wrestling in front of a hometown crowd 

26 Jun

Birmingham Eastside Sports Editor Dominic Sweeney spoke to inaugural WWE United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate at Fight Club: PRO, “Stranger than Fixxion” this past Friday.


Your fake tanning commandments 

26 Jun

How to cheat the perfect tan.


The Dig Brew Co 

26 Jun

Where: 43 River Street, Digbeth, B5 5SA The Dig Brew Co is expected to launch in August 2017, converting 43 River Street into a brewery/bar and indoor street food venue.


WATCH: Antifascists and Britain First dispute the streets of Birmingham 

26 Jun

On Saturday afternoon, June 24,  antifascist protesters  opposed  Britain First  supporters rallying in the city centre.


Live Music Round Up 

25 Jun

See more live music at the Live Brum website.


Custard Factory: under new ownership 

25 Jun

Lucan Gray has sold his share of the Custard Factory to Oval Real Estate, a privately owned investment and asset management company in London, in a deal including nearby Fazeley Studios and warehouses in Heath Mill Lane.


The Tony Iommi Scholarship at BIMM Birmingham 

24 Jun

Tony Iommi is no stranger to Digbeth – his custom guitars are made right here by Jay Dee – but last month he made a very special visit to announce details of the BIMM Birmingham Scholarship which will bear his … Continue reading...


Live: Birmingham Comic Art Show 

24 Jun

The Birmingham Comic Art festival is in its second year and is taking place at Birmingham City University’s Parkside Building.


Win a Vivienne Westwood Clutch 

23 Jun

Enter our competition for a chance to win a Vivienne Westwood Clutch bag.


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Aston Villa »

Terry To Pick Aston Villa This Weekend? 

28 Jun

Terry To Pick Aston Villa This Weekend? Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:28/06/2017 09:43:00 It's being reported that John Terry will announce Aston Villa as his pick for the future this coming weekend.


Four Villa Games Get Changed 

27 Jun

Four Villa Games Get Changed Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/06/2017 20:14:00 Aston Villa's games against Birmingham City, Brentford and Hull City have all suffered changes.


Taylor Trophy Now At Villa Park 

27 Jun

Taylor Trophy Now At Villa Park Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/06/2017 20:05:00 The pre season between Watford and Aston Villa in memory of Graham Taylor has been switched to Villa Park.


Suliman Gets England Euro Call 

27 Jun

Suliman Gets England Euro Call Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/06/2017 20:01:00 Aston Villa youngster Easah Suliman has booked his place in the final 18 man squad for England's Under 19 European Championship finals next month.


Kodjia’s Importance To Villa 

27 Jun

Kodjia's Importance To Villa Vitalfootball:Aston Villa:27/06/2017 18:26:00 Aston Villa`s dependence on Kodjia`s goals a real concern for Steve Bruce to address.


Terry’s all gold? 

25 Jun

Villa are reportedly in the hunt to sign John Terry.


McGregor’s Tales Of Villa On Tour In Scotland 

24 Jun

This week’s article is of lighter vein! The following is another article written in 1902 by William McGregor, in which he tells various tales of his times on tour with the Villa in Scotland during the 1880s.


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Birmingham City FC »

Opinion: We Need A Striker 

28 Jun

Opinion: We Need A Striker Vitalfootball:Birmingham:28/06/2017 10:31:00 Sask's opinion on the striker situation at Birmingham City.


Rivals offer Terry one-year deal 

28 Jun

Rivals Aston Villa and Birmingham have both offered John Terry a one-year contract, Sky sources understand.


Blues should launch ambitious bid for Everton striker 

28 Jun

Blues should launch ambitious bid for Everton striker Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/06/2017 23:06:00 Tom Heslop takes a look at an ambitious target that he thinks Birmingham City could look to following recent transfer disappointment...


Stewart completes loan move to Aberdeen 

27 Jun

Stewart completes loan move to Aberdeen Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/06/2017 13:08:00 The Blues winger will spend the 2017/18 season out on loan...


Everton win the race for Onyekuru 

27 Jun

Everton win the race for Onyekuru Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/06/2017 12:51:00 Blues have missed out on the Nigerian attacker...


Stewart joins Aberdeen on loan 

27 Jun

Birmingham City midfielder Greg Stewart has returned to Scottish football with Aberdeen on a season-long loan.


Jon Toral signing would further unite Redknapp with fans 

27 Jun

Jon Toral signing would further unite Redknapp with fans Vitalfootball:Birmingham:27/06/2017 00:09:00 Tom Heslop discusses the possibility of Birmingham City bringing Jon Toral back to the club...


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Sport »

Almost 400 Brummies are STILL watching television on black and white set 

28 Jun

More than 8,000 households are still tuning in without colour across the UK - with 377 in Birmingham...


‘Little Girl Blue’ mum: I want to finish my life, knowing justice has been done 

28 Jun

Helen Bailey was murdered in 1975 in woods near to the M6 in Perry Barr.


John Terry to Aston Villa odds: Here’s what the bookies think 

28 Jun

The former Chelsea skipper is a wanted man in the West Midlands and also has an offer from Birmingham City...


Free nursery places for 1,500 needy children to be CUT by Birmingham City Council 

28 Jun

Decision will affect some of the poorest and those 'who are safer in their nursery than at home...


Birmingham City Council to launch energy company to take on ‘failed market’ 

28 Jun

Market has failed to deliver low prices and clean energy, so we will do it says council boss...


Shamed FIFA boss’ ‘adopted son’ handed job at Aston Villa during England World Cup bid 

28 Jun

Michael Garcia's report into England's 2018 World Cup bid has revealed how former FIFA vice president Jack Warner used his relationship with England's bid team to arrange work for Richard Sebro...


Birmingham City nostalgia: Was this the best ever Blues team? 

28 Jun

Freddie Goodwin's BCFC squad stands above every other...


NHS sends mental health patients more than 100 miles away for treatment 

28 Jun

Birmingham patients sent to Teesside and Devon for treatment but doctors warn the practice is bad for their health and must end...


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