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Woman suffers serious facial injuries after Raddlebarn Road attack 

11 Aug 18

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


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Volunteers needed as hospice expands vital ‘Support at Home’ service 

17 Jul 18

Birmingham St Mary’s is encouraging sensitive and caring individuals to sign up as ‘Support at Home’ volunteers – and offer a listening ear to local people living with life-limiting illness.


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Toddler dies after being hit by a van on local parkland 

14 Jul 18

A toddler who was critically injured yesterday following a collision involving a van on parkland has sadly died.


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Plea for witnesses after fatal collision in Bournville 

30 Jun 18

Witnesses are being urged to come forward after a man died when his car hit a tree in Bournville this morning (Saturday 30 June).


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Severn Trent asks customers to use water carefully to avoid low pressures as demand for water is significantly up 

27 Jun 18

With the region basking in the hottest June for 40 years, Severn Trent has confirmed that, while it always expects to see an increase in demand for water, usage has been significantly more than normal.


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HMRC issues warning over tax refund scams 

10 Jun 18

Fraudsters are sending scam emails and SMS-messages that promise tax rebates to trick people into disclosing their account and personal details.


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Threat to school nurse jobs could hit vulnerable children, warns union 

6 Jun 18

A significant number of school nurse jobs could be axed by the Birmingham School Health Advisory Service in the latest string of budget cuts from Birmingham City Council.


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School forced to close after extensive flood damage 

1 Jun 18

Woodthorpe Junior and Infants school in Kings Heath will remain closed after the half term break after extensive damage to the school caused by flooding, headteacher Linda McGrath announced.


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Can I have a garden bonfire? 

19 May 18

In short: It’s not illegal to have a garden bonfire but there are laws for the nuisance they can cause.


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Police appeal for information after a man was shot at in a pub car park 

8 May 18

West Midlands Police are appealing for information after a firearm was discharged in the Billesley Hungry Horse pub car park on Brook Lane just before 10 pm on Friday 4 May.


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Three hurt after rollover RTC in Kings Norton 

2 May 18

Three young men have been hurt, two potentially seriously after a single vehicle rollover RTC.


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Teens behind bars following series of violent car-jackings 

30 Apr 18

Two teenagers who were behind a series of violent car-jackings across Birmingham have been locked up after West Midlands Police officers tracked them down and thwarted further attacks.


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Burst water main leaves hundreds without water 

27 Apr 18

Water supplies to parts of Moseley, Kings Heath and Stirchley have been restored after a water main burst at the junction of Dads Lane and Shutlock lane overnight.


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Government announces £70m to transform Alexander Stadium 

15 Apr 18

The West Midlands Combined Authority has  welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of £70m to transform Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


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Driver carjacked and attacked with machete on Broad Lane 

13 Apr 18

Police have launched an investigation after a man was assaulted with a machete on Broad Lane in Kings Heath and his car was stolen.


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Police appeal after Vicarage Road knife disorder 

12 Apr 18

Police are trying to identify him after a disorder on Vicarage Road, Kings Heath.


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Kings Heath: Two arrested after suspected gas explosion 

1 Apr 18

Two men have been arrested in connection with a suspected gas explosion at Dixy Chicken on Alcester Road South, Kings Heath last night.


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Kings Heath: Two arrested after suspected gas explosion 

1 Apr 18

Two men have been arrested in connection with a suspected gas explosion at Dixy Chicken on Alcester Road South, Kings Heath last night.


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VLM Airlines flights take off from Birmingham to Antwerp 

31 Mar 18

VLM Airlines has commenced flights from Birmingham to Antwerp on their Fokker 50.


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VLM Airlines flights take off from Birmingham to Antwerp 

31 Mar 18

VLM Airlines has commenced flights from Birmingham to Antwerp on their Fokker 50.


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New £30m government initiative to reduce rough sleeping 

30 Mar 18

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid today set out a bold cross-government plan of action to significantly reduce the number of people sleeping rough as the Homelessness Reduction Act comes into force next week.


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Government announces deposit return scheme for single use drinks containers 

28 Mar 18

The government has announced plans for a deposit return scheme to crack down on plastic pollution.


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Police issue statement following hoax bomb threats 

28 Mar 18

Police have launched an investigation after bomb threats were sent to a number of schools in Birmingham this morning.


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Council gives away 2,000 Big Birmingham Bikes 

26 Mar 18

2,000 bright orange bikes have been given away as part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution Last week saw the latest tranche of free bikes being handed out in the Big Birmingham Bikes giveaway.


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Win £1,000 and support a local charity with the ‘Spring Raffle’ 

26 Mar 18

Birmingham St Mary’s ‘Spring Raffle’ is back and this year, players can win up to £1,000 whilst showing their support for their local hospice.


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£50,000 of National Lottery funding to celebrate West Midlands community spirit 

24 Mar 18

Communities across the West Midlands have the opportunity to host celebrations funded by the National Lottery, thanks to a new partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority and the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity…


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Pedestrian injured after collision with car in Stirchley 

22 Mar 18

A pedestrian has been taken on blue lights by ambulance to a major trauma centre after he was involved in a collision with a car.


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Sighting of missing 12-year-old Shane Pinder as searches continue 

18 Mar 18

Searches are continuing today for missing 12-year-old Shane Pinder, who has been missing since Friday (16 March).


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Burst water pipe causes hundreds to be left without water 

3 Mar 18

Severn Trent Water has apologised to local residents this evening after a burst water pipe has left hundreds without water and thousands with disruption.


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Police foil Balsall Heath cash machine ram raid 

2 Mar 18

Police foiled ram raiders who dragged a cash point from a shop last night (1st March) in Balsall Heath.


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£7 Million Air Ambulance flies into the Midlands 

1 Mar 18

A brand new and upgraded air ambulance helicopter has entered Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s fleet.


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Severn Trent activates two new local water supplies 

28 Feb 18

Severn Trent Water has completed a project to make use of two new groundwater supplies in Moseley Billesley.


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Have YOUR say on the future of West Midlands Fire Service 

27 Feb 18

Members of the public have just a few days left to give their views on the future of West Midlands Fire Service.


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Yellow & Amber warnings for snowfall 

25 Feb 18

PHE has issued fresh winter health warnings after the MetOffice issued both yellow and amber weather warnings for snow and ice in the West Midlands.


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CCTV to finally become mandatory in all slaughterhouses in England from May 2018 

25 Feb 18

Legislation to make CCTV cameras mandatory in slaughterhouses in England to safeguard animal welfare has been laid by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.


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Family appeal for information after Kings Norton hit and run collision 

8 Feb 18

The family of a motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a hit and run collision in Kings Norton are appealing for information.


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Police discover 50 cannabis plants in Kings Heath after reports of a gun shot 

7 Feb 18

Police were called to reports of a gunshot being fired and people entering a property in Silver Street, Kings Heath, at just after 9 pm last night.


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Images: Police appeal following armed robbery last year 

4 Feb 18

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at the Co-op in Yardley Wood in December last year.


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Handgun and sword seized as armed police swoop on Druids Heath flat 

30 Jan 18

A handgun has been recovered from a flat after armed West Midlands Police officers were called to reports of a man brandishing a firearm.


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Charity donates specialist assistive technology to local children’s hospice 

16 Jan 18

Children and young people at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak have been donated a package of specialist assistive technology worth thousands of pounds by national children’s charity Lifelites.


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Police release image of man they want to trace who may have been a victim of crime 

14 Jan 18

Detectives have released an image of a man they want to trace, who they believe was the victim of a serious offence.


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Local hospice brings crucial care closer to South Birmingham community 

11 Jan 18

St Mary’s Hospice has launched a new Satellite Clinic in Druids Heath to ensure more people living across Birmingham have access to crucial hospice care.


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CCTV: Appeal after serious hit-and-run collision in Kings Norton 

10 Jan 18

Police are appealing for information after a hit-and-run collision in Kings Norton which left a motorcyclist seriously injured.


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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Redditch Road RTC 

9 Jan 18

A man has been given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision.


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Hit and run leaves cyclist seriously injured 

8 Jan 18

A cyclist is seriously ill in hospital after being hit by a car.


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Severn Trent asks customers to stay alert for bogus callers 

7 Jan 18

Severn Trent is warning its customers to be extra vigilant after receiving reports that callers are trying to gain entry to homes by claiming to be from the water company.


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West Midlands Combined Authority unveils proposed budget and Mayoral precept for 2018/19 

7 Jan 18

West Midlands Combined Authority has unveiled its draft budget for 2018/19.


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Fighting For Air: BBC Documentary filmed in Kings Heath airs this Jan 

7 Jan 18

Imagine if you could change the quality of the air we breathe… in just one day.


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Police appeal after masked men attempt to break into a house 

21 Dec 17

Police are appealing for information and witnesses after up to five masked men attempted to break into a house in Kings Heath.


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Thieves go on luxury shopping spree after stealing elderly women’s bank card 

21 Dec 17

Police want to trace these men after a 97-year-old woman had her card stolen last month.


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Festive partygoers: Be safe, book your taxi home 

20 Dec 17

With the festive party season now in full swing, Birmingham City Council is encouraging Christmas revellers to stay safe and pre-book their taxis.


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HMRC issues Christmas warning about gift card phone scam 

20 Dec 17

HM Revenue and Customs is urging people to stay safe during the festive period against a scam that is conning elderly and vulnerable people.


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Burglary suspects arrested within minutes of 999 call 

19 Dec 17

Two suspected burglars were arrested within minutes of a 999 call today as West Midlands Police carried out a night of action targeting thieves.


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#BrumBudget18: Have your say! 

18 Dec 17

Birmingham City Council is has launched a public consultation on its 2018/19 budget proposals.


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Community centre celebrates funding boost 

18 Dec 17

A charity that provides back-to-work training and other workshops for local people has launched a new ‘Managing Your Money’ programme after securing a £9,000 grant.


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Police appeal for information after a newborn baby was threatened by a gang of burglars 

10 Dec 17

A newborn baby was threatened by a gang of burglars, police revealed today, as officers appealed for the public’s help catching thieves behind a series of raids where victims have been attacked in their own homes.


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All council run schools closed Monday 11th December 

10 Dec 17

As a result of the current snow and freezing weather, all city council-run schools and related transport services will not operate on Monday 11 December.


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National News: 245 children safeguarded and 192 arrests for child sex abuse offences 

8 Dec 17

The use of live streaming platforms by online sex offenders is increasing and there is an urgent need to educate children about the risks associated with this new threat, warn child protection experts.


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Primary school’s harvest tradition helps local hospice 

8 Dec 17

Kind-hearted pupils from a Yardley Wood primary school have donated their harvest festival goods to a local hospice.


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Hundreds of santas dash through Cannon Hill Park for children’s charity 

4 Dec 17

More than 500 Santas descended on Cannon Hill Park on Saturday to raise vital funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.