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Storms cause flash flooding across Birmingham 

27 May

Homes have been flooded and cars were left under water in parts of the city after heavy rain.


Boy, 17, held over man’s murder in Sutton Coldfield 

26 May

Arthur "Bob" Gumbley died in hospital after being badly beaten during a violent burglary.


Birmingham Pride: Tens of thousands march in street celebration 

26 May

The two-day celebration brings huge crowds to the streets of the city centre.


One week until the award-winning Birmingham International Dance Festival returns. 

26 May

There is just one week to go until Birmingham International Dance Festival , produced by Birmingham-based DanceXchange, sets the city dancing from Victoria Square to venues such as the Birmingham Hippodrome and the Midlands Arts Centre – expect ...


Birmingham Pride: My parents don’t know I’m drag artist 

26 May

James Bartholomew reveals the difficulties he's faced as a black man in the drag industry.


May National Express West Midlands tempt you in taking a half-term trip with them to one of these top children’s events? 

25 May

May half-term is upon us! And believe it or not, this is the last break before the big six weeks! No doubt, the kids will be getting excited for school (very nearly) being out for summer, so we suggest you take this opportunity to treat them to a ...


Birmingham youngsters met Dippy at museum 

25 May

Birmingham youngsters were blown away by their audience with a special dinosaur.


Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final 2018 

25 May

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Fulham.


Mekel Sterling: Four jailed over drive-by shooting murder 

25 May

Mekel Sterling was gunned down outside shops in Hockley, Birmingham, last September.


Dippy the diplodocus rebuilt in Birmingham 

25 May

More than 90,000 people have already bought tickets to see Dippy at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.


Man in court over Kingstanding van driver crash death 

25 May

Andre Thomas has appeared before magistrates accused of the murder of Daniel Blount.


Taimoor Zaheer Handsworth murder case: Man charged 

25 May

Taimoor Zaheer, 22, was found dead with gunshot wounds in Handsworth, Birmingham, on Tuesday.


Kick-off with a luxury breakfast this weekend before you cheer on the Villa boys in the Championship Play-off Finals. 

25 May

Aston Villa and Fulham will be playing against each other in the hopes of gaining a spot in next season’s Premier League.


Aston Villa v Fulham: Championship play-off final ‘worth £160m’ to winners 

24 May

Aston Villa or Fulham, who meet in the Championship play-off final, will receive at least £160m in revenue after promotion.


Daniel Blount crash death: Man charged with murder 

24 May

Andre Thomas, 25, is accused of killing 31-year-old Daniel Blount in a fatal crash in Birmingham.


Malibu are releasing a new Mango flavoured spirit and we have the perfect recipe for amazing boozy ice lollies using this fruity tipple. 

24 May

Everyone’s favourite tropical drink, just got even more exotic.


Birmingham councillors back £31m tower block sprinkler plan 

24 May

They will now be fitted in 213 blocks in Birmingham after initial plans stalled.


Birmingham’s hotbed of tech talent could be key to success says leading innovation director 

24 May

Greater Birmingham and the West Midlands has a unique opportunity to embrace the latest PropTech trend says a leading innovation director from property experts JLL, with the largest tech digital sector outside London.


Mekel Sterling: Two guilty of drive-by shooting murder 

24 May

Mekel Sterling, 36, was shot dead outside shops in Hockley in Birmingham.


Birmingham Botanical Gardens is offering free entry to anyone who joins The Big Walk, celebrating community spirit. 

24 May

The event, on Saturday 26 May, is organised by The Big Walk.


Aston Villa fan, 9, wins prize to be Wembley mascot 

24 May

Hayden, nine, will be Aston Villa's mascot for their Championship play-off final game on Saturday.


Birmingham man fails to overturn gang injunction 

23 May

Appeal court judges make their ruling as a Birmingham man challenges his injunction order.


Get ready for some Fowl Play as chicken specialists Rebel Chicken launch their clucking exciting new venture in the Jewellery Quarter. 

23 May

Rebel Chicken is a buzzing new chicken restaurant set to open early next month (01/06).


The wait is almost over for beer lovers as Head of Steam announce their launch date. 

23 May

We are a city of beer lovers, there’s no denying that! Craft breweries and bars are popping up all across Birmingham serving up expertise in every sip.


Woman wanted in connection with an unprovoked assault at New Street Station 

23 May

Officers, from British Transport Police, have released an image of a woman they would like to speak to following an unprovoked assault at New Street Station.


Jailbird a New York style Seafood & Steak House is coming to Birmingham with a menu to die for. 

23 May

As one door shuts, another opens and that is the case here, as Birmingham waves goodbye to Nosh Quaff and introduces Jailbird – a New York Seafood and Steak set-up.


You are not alone. Chances are 5 of these 20 people will be suffering from a mental health issue. We talk to Virgin Care Private about mental health and how they can help. 

23 May

Mental health problems affect more than 1 in 4 people and left unchecked, minor problems can become more serious and more difficult to treat as time goes by.


Man trying to board ferry arrested on suspicion of murder after Handsworth shooting 

23 May

A man,  aged 23,  has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal shooting in Handsworth on Tuesday (22/05).


Man trying to board ferry arrested on suspicion of murder after Handsworth shooting 

23 May

A man,  aged 23,  has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal shooting in Handsworth on Tuesday (22/05).


Murder arrest after fatal Handsworth shooting of man 

23 May

A 22-year-old man was found with gunshot wounds in a car in Handsworth, Birmingham.


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10 things people with mental illness want you to know 

28 May

Birmingham Eastside spoke to three people with mental illness — here’s what they wish others knew.


Birmingham Pride Parade 2018 Photos 

27 May

This is now surely the most joyous of festivals to hit the Birmingham folk during the year.


This man was riding his bike next to a canal when he saw a sheep drowning. Then he jumped in… 

25 May

Kane O’Connor was on a bike ride with friends when he noticed a sheep in the water struggling to stay afloat.


Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga: from carer to UK pun champion 

25 May

In a special immersive feature Mathilda Warder spoke to Birmingham comedian Lovdev Barpaga about his journey from carer to stand-up comedian, what is needed in Birmingham’s growing comedy scene — and meeting his wife in a Pizza Hut.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS 

24 May

New EU GDPR* privacy laws come into force this Friday 25 May which mean we will have to remove your personal details from our database.


Travel Information: PRIDE 

23 May

We would like to advise customers of some road closures taking place over the PRIDE weekend...


Project Ocean Selfridges 2018 

21 May

The world’s first edible water ‘bottle’ comes to Selfridges Birmingham...


Local candle business Hamptons Candles featured in the Royal Wedding Collection 

21 May

Candle-making company Hampton Candles are being featured in the Royal Wedding collection in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this Saturday.


World Cup Flavours 

15 May

Whether you’re a footie fan or more of a foodie fan, we’ve got another reason to embrace the season, with food from many of the competing countries.


#SunAwarenessWeek: 7 ways to protect yourself in the sun 

14 May

Today marks the start of #SunAwarenessWeek and as the UK enjoys another heatwave, we asked Public Health England for their top tips on how to stay safe in the sun.


In their shoes: ME Awareness Week highlights seriousness of the condition 

14 May

Local charities and support groups congregated as part of the #MillionsMissing movement for ME Awareness.


#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek infographic: Suicide in Birmingham – what you need to know 

14 May

Today marks the start of #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek across the UK.


Gun surrender launched in West Midlands Police bid to combat violent crime 

14 May

A fortnight-long firearm surrender was launched today by West Midlands Police as part of their efforts to tackle violent crime.


Brain cancer research funding doubled in tribute to Tessa Jowell 

14 May

PM Theresa May met Baroness Jowell last February / Source: Number 10 (Creative Commons) Research funding to tackle brain cancer will be increased to £40 million by the Government, Theresa May and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced on the ...


Ramadan: How to keep healthy whilst fasting 

14 May

Flickr/raasiel Muslims in the UK are expected to fast for around 18 hours this Ramadan, with the Suhoor – pre-dawn meal – time ending before 3 AM at the end of Ramadan.


Birmingham housing crisis strands families miles away from home 

14 May

No shortage of building sites, but not enough homes (photo by Elliott Brown ) Birmingham’s exploding housing crisis is forcing the Council to house some families more than a hundred miles from the city, according to new figures revealed today.


Eat the rainbow 

14 May

The best veggie dishes to try at Bullring & Grand Central...


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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.


Aldi REJECTED 

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.


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Magical Midsummer walk to raise vital funds for local hospice  

26 May

The event which sold out last year, with over 400 walkers raising a whopping £32,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s, is back.


[Watch] Kings Norton schoolgirl reaches Britain’s Got Talent finals with acrobatic dance troupe 

26 May

A Kings Norton schoolgirl has tonight won through to the live finals of the 2018 Britain’s Got Talent show as part of a magical acrobatic dance troupe (Saturday 26th May).


School advises caution and offers reassurance following reported incident by pupil 

26 May

Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School in Bournville, yesterday (25th May) released a statement on their school website of caution and reassurance following a reported incident involving one of their pupils whilst walking home from school.


Weoley Castle to host Armed Forces Day parade 

26 May

The community of Weoley Castle is rallying together to host an Armed Forces Parade next month after Birmingham City Council and the military decided not to have one in the city centre this year.


Plastic Free festivities 

24 May

It is the month of Ramadan when Moslems generally fast during the hours of daylight and then meet to share food when the sun goes down Iftar.


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