Birmingham news and blogs Saturday 20 January 2018
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Birmingham and Solihull residents raise £49,000 for St Mary’s Hospice with Christmas tree recycling scheme 

19 Jan

Residents rose to the challenge of recycling a record number of Christmas trees to raise £49,000 for local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.


Ross Kemp follows police to a serious incident in the Jewellery Quarter. 

19 Jan

Actor and Documentary maker Ross Kemp, who is currently filming a documentary about violent crime in the UK, was seen with officers from West Midlands Police in the Jewellery Quarter this afternoon (19/01).


Birmingham 2022: Shooting dropped from Commonwealth Games 

19 Jan

Commonwealth Games Federation boss David Grevemberg backs Birmingham's decision to drop shooting from the 2022 Games.


Erdington dance teacher Neil Harris jailed for sex abuse 

19 Jan

Neil Harris was investigated after a victim searched Google and found he was still teaching.


Strictly Tour begins in Birmingham 

19 Jan

Last year's winner Joe McFadden will once again partner with Katya Jones and compete against fellow celebrities.


Buses in the West Midlands have more CCTV cameras than any other mode of transport. 

19 Jan

A senior West Midlands Police officer says he is “staggered” that anyone does anything wrong on a bus – because CCTV pictures are so clear nowadays.


Preston North End v Birmingham City 

19 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Preston North End and Birmingham City.


Crewe sign Newcastle’s Dan Barlaser and Aston Villa’s Harry McKirdy on loan 

19 Jan

Crewe Alexandra sign Newcastle United midfielder Dan Barlaser and Aston Villa forward Harry McKirdy on loan.


Ipswich sign Tottenham’s Cameron Carter-Vickers & Birmingham’s Stephen Gleeson 

19 Jan

Ipswich sign Tottenham defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and Birmingham midfielder Stephen Gleeson until the end of the season.


Aston Villa v Barnsley 

19 Jan

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Aston Villa and Barnsley.


Police-chase van smashes into Birmingham home 

19 Jan

The resident of the house in Erdington had left the room seconds before the crash.


£10m funding deal for healthcare company 

19 Jan

Sutton Coldfield-based CHS Healthcare is working with BGF on the next stage of its growth following equity deal...


Nicolai Brock-Madsen: Birmingham striker joins KS Cracovia on loan 

18 Jan

Birmingham striker Nicolai Brock-Madsen joins Polish side KS Cracovia on loan with a view to a permanent move in the summer.


Birmingham teen used parents’ credit card for Turkey terror trip 

18 Jan

The boy, 16, admits buying a ticket to Turkey and is believed to have planned to go to Syria.


Birmingham taxi driver loses licence after guide dog refusal 

18 Jan

Abdul Khalik did not pick up a blind passenger because of he was "allergic" to his assistance dog.


Public invited to have their say on future of West Midlands Fire Service 

18 Jan

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking views on the future running of the region’s fire service.


Queen Elizabeth Hospital doctor told to leave UK next week even though 30,000 petitioners want him to stay 

18 Jan

Lawyers acting for Dr Syed Kazmi , who has been backed by doctors and patients, are making final attempts to stop his deportation...


Jonathan Grounds: Birmingham City defender signs new deal with Championship club 

17 Jan

Birmingham City left-back Jonathan Grounds signs a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the struggling Championship club.


Black Country Living Museum’s Peaky Blinders Nights are back for 2018 and better than ever! 

17 Jan

Step inside the murky underworld of the Peaky Binders and discover their dark history at this unique event.


Construction of Midland Metropolitan Hospital ‘will go ahead’ despite collapse of Carillion 

17 Jan

Ministers say they want the construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital to go ahead 'without material disruption...


Police officer faced with gunman following reports a burglary in Stourbridge 

17 Jan

This is the moment a West Midlands police officer on a routine call to a burglary was confronted by a gunman in a hallway.


Dirty Martini, the specialist cocktail bar, is coming to Birmingham. 

17 Jan

Dirty Martini will replace the Viva Brazil restaurant on the corner of Waterloo Street and Bennetts Hill at 7 Bennetts Hill, which was once a banking hall.


Man taken to hospital with stab wounds following an incident in Small Heath. 

16 Jan

Emergency services were dispatched to the junction of Cattell Road and Coventry Road earlier this afternoon (16/01), to reports of a man being stabbed.


Maikel Kieftenbeld: Birmingham City midfielder signs new two-year deal 

16 Jan

Birmingham City midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld signs a new two-year deal with the relegation-threatened Championship club.


Street race suspects arrested as police promises no let up on road menaces 

16 Jan

“Motorists prepared to put people’s lives at risk by racing on our roads need to accept they may well end up in jail.


Eight charged over Birmingham shisha stabbing clash 

16 Jan

Ibrahim Ismail was found stabbed outside a shisha lounge in Birmingham a year ago.


Ann-Katrin Berger: Birmingham City Ladies keeper’s progress ‘massive boost’ 

16 Jan

Birmingham City boss Marc Skinner speaks of the lift that Ann-Katrin Berger's return to training has given his side.


Lane restriction at Five Ways Underpass for Metro extension works.  

16 Jan

Infrastructure works are progressing to extend the tram from New Street Station up to Five Ways.


Birmingham’s Turners at 69 restaurant closes 

15 Jan

The owner of Birmingham's Turners at 69 apologised to anyone disappointed by the closure.


Former Michelin starred restaurant Turners in Harborne to close with immediate effect. 

15 Jan

Head Chef and owner of Turners at 69 on Harborne High Street has announced today (15/01) that the restaurant, which held a Michelin star between 2009 and 2017, will close with immediate effect.


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Kardashian-West baby: We have a name, ladies and gents! 

19 Jan

Stop whatever you’re doing right now.


An exhibition is going on in the Parkside building in Birmingham City University 

19 Jan

Parkside building is hosting a new exhibition about class discrepancies, social injustice, workers’ rights, political struggles and racial tensions.


Airbnb: rental growth in Birmingham is the highest 

19 Jan

Airbnb is booming in Birmingham.


Brexit: ‘Significant’ difference in viewpoint between UK and France 

19 Jan

French President Emmanuel Macron ‘s statement on the UK’s Brexit stance shows a ‘significant’ difference in viewpoint between the two countries.


Iain Mackay calls it a day after 20-year-long ballet career 

19 Jan

Birmingham Royal Ballet ‘s principal dancer, Iain Mackay will perform for the last time this evening at Symphony Hall.


Sunday Roasts at Jamies 

19 Jan

Jamie has given the classic British roast an Italian makeover and the result is off-the-scale delicious.


A new study finds you might still be a teenager 

19 Jan

According to a new study , published in the Lancet Child Adolescent Health , adolescence now lasts until 24 years old, or should be considered so.


Council Supports Homeless Rooms Birmingham 

19 Jan

Council supports website helping homeless people make the right move.


Birmingham’s Millennium Point shortlisted for Tim Peake Spacecraft venue 

19 Jan

Millenium Point’s Thinktank Science museum has been shortlisted as one of the potential venues to host Astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.


British Museum “Living with gods” exhibition visits Birmingham 

19 Jan

“Living with gods” curator Jill Cook reveals what makes the British Museum exhibition unique.


Nintendo announce new cardboard DIY toys 

19 Jan

Many large retailers such as McDonalds and Iceland have been looking at new ways to reduce the amount of plastic they use across their business.


Preview: Bees hope to extend lead against Doncaster Phoenix 

19 Jan

Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club seek to extend their unbeaten record when they take on  Doncaster Phoenix in a Midlands Premier League match at Damson Park this Saturday.


The Rainbow Venues: Club fights back against closure with new campaign and festival 

19 Jan

The Rainbow Venues via Google Street View A Birmingham nightclub is fighting back against the City Council’s decision to shut them down in November.


Top 5 movies to see in Brum for #NationalPopcornDay 

19 Jan

Today is the 5th annual #NationalPopcornDay which celebrates all things related to the tasty treat.


Waste in Birmingham: new opportunities for reducing and recycling 

19 Jan

Charlotte Watkivs shopping at the Bullring outdoor market – CC Victòria Oliveres “Let’s try a whole year zero waste”.


Good Mood Food! 

19 Jan

Good Mood Food from Pizza Express...


They told you so: 2 experts who warned us about PFIs 

18 Jan

For some observers, the National Audit Office’s gloomy report showing the true cost of Private Finance Initiatives  comes as no surprise.


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Heroic shopkeeper describes “terrifying” moment he bravely tackles gunman 

19 Jan

The CCTV footage was captured after a masked gunman walked into Save n Spend, in Pleck Road, Walsall...


Gas leak sparks ‘all day disruption’ in Sutton Coldfield – what we know so far 

19 Jan

Walmley Road is currently shut in both directions in Sutton Coldfield...


Dance teacher Neil Harris, 72, jailed for sexually abusing pupils 

19 Jan

He was locked up for five years and put on the sex offenders register for life...


Binmen warned to park lorries legally in Sutton Coldfield or face action 

19 Jan

Refuse lorries have been spotted blocking pavements in Mere Green Road and Lichfield Road and obstructing bays in Sainsbury's...


Shocking figures reveal TWELVE car break-ins in SIX DAYS in Great Barr 

19 Jan

Car thefts are on the rise in Pheasey Park Farm, Great Barr...


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Lucky escape for driver after car overturns in Barnes Hill collision 

19 Jan

A driver suffered relatively minor injuries after their car collided with a lamppost and overturned in Barnes Hill this afternoon (Friday 19th January).


Teenagers attempt to steal mobile phone from 11 year old boy 

19 Jan

West Midlands Police are investigating a report of an attempted robbery in Northfield on Wednesday 17th January, when two teenagers tried to steal a mobile phone from an 11 year old boy.


Saving energy, water & hard-earned cash at MRB 

19 Jan

A guest blog by Phil Beardmore Moseley Road Baths is a beautiful treasure of a building.


Open session at Zero Carbon House 

18 Jan

It was the most energy efficient house in the country when it was built, right here in Balsall Heath.


Demolition of arson damaged former golf clubhouse APPROVED 

18 Jan

Birmingham City Council’s planning committee has today (Thursday 18th January) approved an application from developers for permission to demolish the clubhouse building on the site of a former Northfield golf club.


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