Birmingham news and blogs Friday 17 August 2018
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City police officer admits possession of indecent images of children 

16 Aug

Inspector Lee Bartram, who is based in Birmingham city centre, was arrested from his home address on Monday (13th August) and was charged last night (15th Aug) .

My Guides for Birmingham 

16 Aug

Eleanor Stephens from the Guide Dogs charity has been in touch with us.

Any Brummie cat lovers fancy a dream job in the sun? 

16 Aug

If you love cats, little Greek islands and Abba (the latter not important), then a charity’s live in job offer on a little island called Syros, could be perfect for you.

German for 6-12 yr olds 

15 Aug

Time for German – “Zeit für Deutsch” Starting 8th October 2018 Mondays 4:15pm to 5:15pm German classes for 6 to 12 yr olds will be held once a week on Mondays starting 8th October.

Cross City south train services suspended due to unstable embankment after two trees fall 

15 Aug

All West Midlands Railway Cross City south train services have been suspended until further notice while an unsafe embankment is secured.

Plans submitted to turn historic Northfield pub into KFC drive thru 

14 Aug

A fast food restaurant owner has submitted a planning application to turn an historic Northfield pub into a drive thru KFC restaurant, after years of doubt about the future of the listed building.

#PositiveSWBrum Redditch couple replace disabled boy’s spa within hours of theft 

12 Aug

The mother of a disabled boy from Northfield said the family are “still in shock” after a charity run by a Redditch couple replaced his stolen spa, less than 24 hours after reading about the theft on B31 Voices.

Bournville artist hosts Lego® holiday club! 

11 Aug

A Bournville based artist is hosting a holiday club with a difference, inviting youngsters to join him on a 5 day creative Lego® course! You could say that Milan Topalovic , an Artist Tutor at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) at Cannon Hill Park, is a...

Woman suffers serious facial injuries after Raddlebarn Road attack 

11 Aug

Did you see an assault on Raddlebarn Road, Selly Oak on Wednesday 1 August? If so, police need to hear from you.

[VIDEO] Puppies dumped at motorway service station ‘lucky to be alive’ 

10 Aug

The RSPCA are appealing for information after two puppies were ‘lucky to be alive’ after being dumped at a motorway service station last week.

Disabled boy’s ‘therapy’ spa stolen from Northfield garden 

10 Aug

A 17-year-old – who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Crohn’s Disease – has been left heartbroken after the thieves stole the garden spa he uses to ease his pains.

Staff left shaken following armed robbery at local Greggs 

9 Aug

West Midlands police are investigating following an armed robbery at the Greggs shop, Arden Road, Frankley.

Owners devastated after cat ‘mauled’ by dog in Weoley Castle street 

9 Aug

The devastated owners of a cat which was killed after being attacked by a dog in a Weoley Castle street are hoping someone will identify the dog and owner to the RSPCA.

Engineering returns to Longbridge with new education centre 

9 Aug

Traditional engineering is set to return to Longbridge later this month, when Bournville College launches a brand new Engineering Centre.

Appeal for witnesses to Selly Oak assault 

9 Aug

West Midlands Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to an incident where a woman was assaulted in a Selly Oak street earlier this month.

Three injured in Quinton collision 

7 Aug

Three people have been injured in a collision in Quinton this afternoon (Tuesday 7th August).

Watering Duties 

5 Aug

Village in Bloom Team have been working hard to keep planters alive around the village in this exceptionally hot and dry weather.

Embarrassing Tat? E4’s Tattoo Fixers could sort that: Apply NOW! 

3 Aug

The popularity of having a tattoo has grown considerably over resent years, with a host of celebrities happy to flaunt their new anybody art, having yourself inked is fashionably acceptable.

MISSING – Danielle Caddick – 16 – Northfield 

2 Aug

The family of 16 year old Danielle Caddick from Northfield are appealing for anyone who has seen her to contact West Midlands Police.

Police issue home safety advice after burglary at Northfield home of elderly couple 

2 Aug

West Midlands Police have issued home safety advice after an elderly couple were burgled while they were in bed.

Planners REFUSE Aldi application for Bristol Road South, Longbridge 

2 Aug

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee have today REFUSED permission for Aldi to build a new discount supermarket on Bristol Road South in Longbridge (Thursday 2nd August).

Hawkesley road closed overnight due to police incident 

2 Aug

A Kings Norton road was closed overnight while expert police negotiators assisted a vulnerable man in crisis.

Collision blocks busy Selly Oak route 

31 Jul

A collision, involving three vehicles including a double decker bus, blocked a busy Selly Oak route this afternoon (Tuesday 31st July).

Alternative Voices presents: Blank Canvas 

31 Jul

Alternative Voices is a Theatre company which provides an accessible space for young people and minority groups to perform and have their voices heard! The theatre company, who were awarded arts council funding, embarked on a challenge to create a ...

[VIDEO] Rider runs off after motorbike smashes into parked cars in Frankley 

31 Jul

A motorcyclist managed to run from the scene after his bike smashed into parked cars in Frankley last night (Monday 30th July).

Alfresco performance of Sense and Sensibility is coming to Birmingham 

30 Jul

Jane Austen’s lively tale of love and heartbreak will be brought to life in the great outdoors this September – in a bid to raise vital funds for a Birmingham hospice.

Stolen car recovered after police pursuit through south west Birmingham 

29 Jul

A stolen car was recovered after a lengthy pursuit around south west Birmingham this afternoon (Sunday 29th July).

Bromsgrove gets new Cross City rail link to South Birmingham and beyond 

29 Jul

Cover image: the first scheduled Cross City electric train arriving at Bromsgrove station this morning | Photo by @appsj3 With electrification work complete, the new West Midlands Railway Cross City connection to Bromsgrove has launched today (...

Baby rescued from car in supermarket car park on hottest day of the summer 

28 Jul

Shoppers and staff were forced to act when a baby was left in a hot car in a supermarket car park on Thursday (26th July) – the hottest day of the year, with highs of up to 32ºC in Birmingham.

Police release image of 15 year old boy wanted for numerous offences 

28 Jul

West Midlands Police have taken the unusual step of releasing an image and appeal to determine the whereabouts of a 15 year old offender.

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Life’s a Beach…. 

10 Aug

This promises to be something special… Two caravans each one a specially created performance space, each one a different part of an experience shared across cultures the British seaside.

Bearwood Road bedsits refused 

9 Aug

Plans by a developer to convert the rooms above the shops on Bearwood Road into nearly 50 bedsits have been rejected by Sandwell Councils Planning Committee.

August e-Bulletin 

30 Jul

The August edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out todayand can be downloaded here .

Lightwoods House Open Day 

12 Jul

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours andaccess to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am3pm.

July e-Bulletin 

28 Jun

The July edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out today…and can be downloaded here .

Bearwood Action for Refugees 

13 Jun

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week and we are celebrating at our very own Library of Sanctuary with Stories and Celebration.

Crash on Collingwood Drive 

12 Jun

Thanks to Ashley Preece of Birmingham Live for allowing me to use this picture.

Ways with words…. 

12 Jun

This promises to be a really great evening…and its open mic so if youve got something to say...

West Midlands Travel Survey 

6 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority are carrying out a survey of travel patterns across the region.

Spate of car key Burglaries 

30 May

I have just received notification of these from the excellent WMNOW alert system – HERE  These alerts come from he police and it would astounding if these were not linked in someway and on demand for Audi’s ? Take the police advice and secure ...

Bearwood e-Bulletin 

29 May

The June edition of our monthly e -Bulletin containing news and info about whats happening in the area is out now.

Chris Bowden at The Silvershine 

27 May

Next Thursday, (31st May) one of the best saxaphonists around will be appearing at the Silvershine Jazz Club, accompanied by international pianist, Edgar Marcais from Venezuela.


23 May

Great news that Aldi has been rejected planning permission for their plans at the Old Horns.

Police Helicopter in Pheasey 

7 May

For the last 30 mins we have all heard a helicopter over Pheasey and I went out to look and saw this.

Local Election results 

4 May

So the voting is over and the count complete and earlier this morning Pheasey was declared as follows So a tory hold.

Abbey Ward Election Result 

4 May

Abbey Ward Result: Mike Allen, Green Party 391 Bob Piper, Labour Party 2223 Richard Kemp, Conservative 411 Labour Majority 1,812.

Another Simon Lea stunner 

30 Apr

This is just beautiful… Worlds End…..

Community Centre delivering political leaflets using vulnerable people 

29 Apr

I have been very quiet on here and for that I can only apologise.

For lovers of World Music… 

10 Apr

This promises to be a treat! Afro-roots duo from Sierra Leone/UK, formed out of the ashes of World/dance act Le Cod Afrique in 2004.

A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton 

19 Mar

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Water Aid 

17 Mar

Thanks to John Stokes for this….

Thinking of starting your own business? 

11 Mar

This could be for you...

English for Speakers of Other Languages 

5 Mar

Anyone interested in attending these courses starting after Easter should register their interest at Thimblemill Library...

Police charge victims of car crime hundreds of pounds to give back their stolen vehicle 

21 Feb

Prime Minister Theresa May to investigate after Birmingham MP condemns 'outrageous' charges...

Drug dealer handed £150k damages over Kevin Nunes murder probe has £35k seized by police 

21 Feb

Antonio Christie previously repaid just 1 of drugs money...

MP attacked and robbed by six muggers as he returns home from Parliament 

21 Feb

Black Country MP Adrian Bailey suffered bumps and bruises in robbery, and says it shows the need for more police on the streets...

Councillor on patrol: “We want Handsworth Wood to be a no-go area for criminals” 

21 Feb

Cllr Narinder Kooner wants to make her Ward a 'no-go' area for criminals with more visible patrols...

The TRUTH behind Peaky Blinders: They didn’t have razor blades in their caps – but Birmingham’s real gangsters were just as brutal 

20 Feb

Birmingham historian Carl Chinn says the city's gangs of the 1920s and the real Billy Kimber were stylish, cunning and ruthless...

First image of Darren Hammond who lived inside house for weeks after concealing his mum’s dead body 

20 Feb

The 41-year-old has been jailed for 12 years for manslaughter of Beryl Hammond...

Crime-hit Sutton Coldfield residents demand changes to ‘ludicrous’ way they’re policed 

20 Feb

Streetly sits across different policing areas, which residents say has led to an increased rate of burglaries and car crimes...

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Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 011 

14 Aug

Below is issue 11 of  Westside Weekly newsletter released by the Midland Metro Alliance.

World Photography Day 

13 Aug

It's nearly World Photography Day! Click to see our top camera picks from John Lewis in Grand Central.

The Ritual of Holi 

13 Aug

Life is meant to be fun, not serious.

Scam Alert – Fake British Gas Emails 

10 Aug

Watch Out For These Fake British Gas Emails.

If the Shirt Fits 

9 Aug

Call it history re-invented; the Ben Sherman Archive Shirt collection is back.

Paradise Circus Closure Communication 

8 Aug

Further details about the closure of Paradise Circus between 3 September and Summer 2019 have been issued by Midland Metro Alliance.

Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issue 010 plus Historical Artefacts Discovered 

8 Aug

Below is information on the  recently-unearthed historical items found during the Metro extension works in Victoria Square and where to view them.

Birmingham Connected Update – 2 August 2018 

8 Aug

Welcome to the latest Birmingham Connected update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful.

Grants awarded in the West Midlands at its lowest level since 2010 

8 Aug

Funding awarded to West Midlands’ institutions in 2017 reached its lowest point since 2010 , an analysis by Birmingham Eastside shows.

The best non-alcoholic cocktails in Birmingham 

6 Aug

Visit us and try these delicious mocktails at Bullring & Grand Central...

“HS2 in Birmingham” News Update 23 July 2018 

4 Aug

Works around Birmingham City Centre.

“HS2 in Birmingham” News Update 27 July 2018 

4 Aug

Appointment of the new HS2 Construction Commissioner and details about safety and security support vehicles starting in your area.

Birmingham Connected Update – 26 July 2018 

4 Aug

Welcome to the Birmingham Connected 19 July 2018 update containing transport news and information which we hope you will find useful.

Metro Alliance – Westside Weekly Issues 008 and 009 

3 Aug

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

Vehicle crimes continuing to rise in the West Midlands 

1 Aug

West Midlands Police figures have revealed that vehicle crimes the total number of vehicle crimes has risen by 64% over the last 5 years , and they’re continuing to rise.

Ring leaders of West Midlands drug and gun network jailed 

31 Jul

Two men who ran a drug and gun supply network across the West Midlands have been jailed for almost 30 years.

Women’s refuge cuts: Birmingham Eastside journalist to appear in theatre Q&A 

23 Jul

Birmingham Eastside’s Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra will be part of a discussion panel at a unique theatre performance this week, as a national show about women’s refuge cuts comes to Birmingham.

What to wear to a festival 

23 Jul

Grown-up festival fashion at Bullring & Grand Central...

Next Drop-in Session Tuesday 21 July 

20 Jul

On Tuesday 21 July members of the Committee of the City Centre Neighbourhood Forum (CCNF) will be holding a Drop-in session in Café Nero in Brindleyplace from 6pm onwards.

Pizza Hut EPICS 

20 Jul

Pizza Hut Restaurants have taken four of your all-time favourites and shaken things up.

Avoidable mortality 32% higher in the West Midlands most deprived cities 

19 Jul

Josh A.

Fake tan countdown 

18 Jul

Best self tanners at Bullring & Grand Central...

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