Birmingham news and blogs Tuesday 17 July 2018
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Investigation underway following a fatal hit and run in Olton.  

17 Jul

Warwick Road between Old Warwick Road and Richmond Road remains closed this morning (17/07) as officers investigate a rush hour death.

Murder charge over Small Heath stab death 

16 Jul

Madni Ahmed, 20, is also charged with the attempted murder of an 18-year-old.

Anger over ‘abhorrent’ smell from Birmingham abattoir 

16 Jul

More complaints are made about an abattoir that was shut down in 2015.

Family stuck in hotel weeks after house flooded 

16 Jul

Barry Frogatt, from Birmingham, says living in a hotel is "tearing" the family apart.

Nearly 40% of parents in Birmingham fail to pay child maintenance under government scheme 

16 Jul

Nearly 40% of the parents who have their child maintenance payments controlled by the government in Birmingham failed to pay in the first three months of 2018.

Birmingham blogger fat-shamed by Instagram troll 

16 Jul

Emma Conway's image of her in a swimming costume was photoshopped by a stranger online.

Yardley Wood stab victim named as Reece Hipwood 

16 Jul

Reece Hipwood was found stabbed at an address in Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday.

Police seized more than £8 million of drugs, stolen and fake goods on the motorways in a year.  

16 Jul

Police, including officers from Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), seized than £8 million of drugs, stolen and fake goods on the West Midlands motorways in a year as police crackdown on criminals trying to use them as escape routes for their ...

Eviction ‘paused’ after toddler death in Sarehole Mill 

16 Jul

A 19-month-old boy died in hospital after being hit by a van in Billesley on Friday.

Man dies and another injured in Yardley Wood stabbing 

15 Jul

Police said the men know each other, and they are not looking for anyone else after the incident.

WASPI women rally in Birmingham for pension rights 

14 Jul

Members of Women Against State Pension Inequality say some members will each lose thousands of pounds.

James Chester: Aston Villa reject £5m Stoke City offer for Wales international defender 

14 Jul

Aston Villa have rejected a £5m bid for defender James Chester from Championship rivals Stoke City.

‘Running man’ sought after Small Heath murder 

14 Jul

He was seen fleeing the road where Riasat Bi, 86, was found stabbed to death in her home.

Sophie Baggaley: Bristol City Women bring in goalkeeper, as six sign new deals 

14 Jul

Bristol City Women sign Birmingham City Women goalkeeper Sophie Baggaley on a permanent deal.

Toddler dies after van crash on parkland in Birmingham 

14 Jul

The 19-month-old boy died in hospital after being hit by the van before midday on Friday in Billesley.

Toddler critical after van crash on parkland in Birmingham 

13 Jul

Two people are arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury through dangerous driving.

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Tudor Grange House conversion 

16 Jul

Tudor Grange House, described in The Victorian as ‘a significant Jacobean style house’, was built in 1887 for Alfred Lovekin, a Birmingham silversmith (background here ).

The West Midlands is full of diversity but its leadership bodies, public and private, are dominated by white men. What should be done? 

16 Jul

Last year the West Midlands Combined Authority set up a Leadership Commission to address the under-representation of people of all backgrounds in leadership roles in both the public and private sectors.

Housing 33: a tale of two cities 

14 Jul

The Times reports that housing developments in Birmingham have benefited from billions of pounds of new investment attracted by the prospect of HS2, the high-speed rail line that is planned to connect London Euston to Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds...

Birmingham MPs back Red Cross at parliamentary reception 

13 Jul

Call for more public support after record year for emergency organisation.

Public meeting – West Virginia teachers’ strike and Springfield primary school strike, Monday 16 July 7.30 Council House 

12 Jul


Game: I don’t live in a 90% (or 100%) Labour city 

12 Jul

Well, last week certainly had its excitements, didn’t it?  First, that penalty shoot-out business.

Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty 

12 Jul

Comment Editor Amelia Hiller discusses Alfie Deyes' mistake and the responsibility YouTubers have to educate their fanbases The post Alfie Deyes and the Issue of Poverty appeared first on Redbrick .

The Council must stop the forced academisation of Springfield primary school 

11 Jul

 A new angle on Springfield Primary has opened up.

Alan Clawley – a life well-lived: his less well-known contributions 

10 Jul

Alan was trained as an architect and lived in Birmingham for several decades, providing technical support to a wide variety of community projects.

This is the week that is: chapter 46 

10 Jul

Trump Boris Richard Lutz steels himself for the week ahead.

The Upskirting Bill – Why Have We Had To Wait So Long? 

10 Jul

Deputy Editor Kat Smith asks why it has taken so long for upskirting to be criminalised, and explains why it is unlikely to be a perfect solution The post The Upskirting Bill – Why Have We Had To Wait So Long? appeared first on Redbrick .

Award for the planting of urban orchards, nut groves and forest gardens in Stirchley 

6 Jul

The Heritage Lottery Fund Schedule of Decisions has recorded a grant given to a two year project which will work with local communities to establish heritage fruit and nut tree sites in Stirchley, Birmingham.

Carillion’s collapse leaves a rotting carcass of Midland Metropolitan Hospital 

6 Jul

The Keep NHS Public protest at the MMH hospital on the 5th July was a major success with 100-120 people from diverse communities when the organisers had only expected 30-40 in attendance.

Online course in Selly Oak: Islam and the Environment 

5 Jul

Woodbrooke Islam, like other Faiths, calls for stewardship of the Earth.

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Paradise Circus To Close from 3 September to Summer 2019 

16 Jul

A Statement by Midland Metro Alliance, constructors of the Metro Tram extensions, is given below in offset blue type.

Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 007 

16 Jul

Below is the latest Westside Weekly newsletter released by the Midland Metro Alliance which is the developer of the Metro Tram Extension to the west side of Birmingham from the centre.

Step into Selfridges 

16 Jul

There's lots going on at Selfridges right now with new brands in store and more coming in 2018.

Bare Minerals New Arrival 

12 Jul


Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 006 

9 Jul

Below is the Westside Weekly newsletter Issue 006 released by the Midland Metro Alliance which is the developer of the Metro Tram Extension to the west side of Birmingham from the centre.

Early Bird Parking 

9 Jul

Catch your space at Bullring centre car park.

Easy outdoor space updates 

9 Jul

Here's how to turn your outdoor space into a stylish oasis...

Rituals – Slow Down Summer 

7 Jul

New season, new rituals.

60’s Music Icons Photography Exhibition and Clips 

5 Jul

Big Bear Records Founder, Jim Simpson, knew many of the big music artists of the past and took many photos of them in the 60’s.

Sheepcote Street & Bath Row/George Road Traffic Regulations Consultations 

5 Jul

Very important changes in Sheepcote Street and Bath Row/George Road are up for consultation through the City Council’s Be Heard database.

Roundhouse Events – Canoe and Coffin Works Visits 

5 Jul

“Paddle and a Pint” events  and “Roundhouse and Coffin Works” tours organised through the Roundhouse, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham…   To find out more Click here.

Did someone say takeout? 

3 Jul

Sometimes after a long day at work nothing seems better than your favourite takeaway.

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Maybe There Is A Future? 

11 Jul

Well, having regained a little composure after the trauma of recent weeks, a little cogitation causes me to be calmer.

Come up and see me 

10 Jul

Cockney rebel Steve Harley talks to Dave Woodhall.

Stormclouds on the horizon 

8 Jul

Life at Villa Park rumbles on, with Dave Woodhall wondering what events might bring, and when.

Rebuked and Rudderless: Sell Up, Tony. 

4 Jul

I’ve started I don’t know how many posts over the past couple of weeks, only to spike them as ‘events’, such as they are, continue to ‘unfold’, as it were.

Hasn’t Villa Been Just A Business Pawn To Its Overseas Owners? 

27 Jun

We’ve got away from the main topic.

Get Yourself Sorted, Tony 

12 Jun

As the epically catastrophic playoff final slowly recedes in the review mirror, the consequences of that result are growing larger every day.

Established 1874 

10 Jun

Dave Woodhall reflects on an eventful week at Villa Park.

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Birmingham City FC »

Birmingham want to sign Bialkowski 

12 Jul

Birmingham City, currently under a transfer embargo, want to sign Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, according to Sky sources.

Birmingham hopeful on transfer embargo 

11 Jul

Birmingham are hopeful they can resolve their Financial Fair Play obligations and overturn a temporary transfer embargo imposed by the EFL, according to Sky sources.

Birmingham hopeful on transfer embargo 

11 Jul

Birmingham are hopeful they can resolve their Financial Fair Play obligations and overturn a temporary transfer embargo imposed by the EFL, according to Sky sources.

Just another boring pre season day, right? Wrong! 

9 Jul

You may or may not have seen an article doing the rounds on Social media that Blues are been placed ...

The Semi Finals – England Successfully Achieve Them 

9 Jul

I have just returned home to Devon.

Transfer Talk: Why’s Ronaldo wanting out? 

6 Jul

The latest episode form the second series of our Transfer Talk podcast is here...

Seeing Is Believing! 

4 Jul

Who thought that last night we would win inside 90 minutes? Yep me too – and in truth, we should have done.

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Sport »

MADE Festival to provide drug testing in attempt to prevent deaths in Perry Barr 

17 Jul

More than 10,000 people will attend MADE Festival this weekend...

Latest Aston Villa ticket update for pre-season friendly at Walsall 

17 Jul

AVFC face Walsall at the Banks's Stadium this evening and here's how to be there.

Will there be a ‘hosepipe ban’ in Birmingham? Here’s what Severn Trent Water has said 

17 Jul

The water company isn't looking at a hosepipe ban as Birmingham is set for another week of dry weather...

Have a game of Pool in The Royal’s Bar! 

17 Jul

The pool table continues to be a hugely popular past time in the club...

The attraction near Birmingham where you can walk through a forest FULL of monkeys 

17 Jul

Have you tried the Monkey Forest at Trentham yet...

The 10 best caravan sites within an hour’s drive of Birmingham 

17 Jul

These are the Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club's top choices...

Six PureGyms in Birmingham offering free gym access for one day only 

17 Jul

The offer takes place at six PureGym branches in Birmingham on Monday 23 July...

Middlesbrough emerge as shock contenders to land Aston Villa ace 

17 Jul

This AVFC man is in hot demand this summer...

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