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Burden backs calls on FA to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schools 

19 Oct 17

Richard Burden, MP for Birmingham Northfield, has signed a letter calling on the Football Association to fill empty seats at England matches with free tickets for schoolchildren.


Local news
Local school achieves best Ofsted rating in 17 years 

19 Oct 17

King’s Norton Boys’ School, which was founded more than 100 years ago is celebrating its best Ofsted rating in 17 years after achieving a ‘Good’ in a recent inspection.


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Ford Focus thieves sought after stealing keys at knifepoint in owners home 

19 Oct 17

A trio of thieves are being sought after stealing a distinctive car when they took the owner’s keys at knifepoint inside his Northfield home on Tuesday night (17th October).


Local news
Cook along LIVE as Northfield school livestream popular cookery masterclass session 

19 Oct 17

A school in the centre of Northfield is set to livestream their latest cookery masterclass tonight (Thursday 19th October) after limited places were quickly snapped up by eager food lovers.


Local news
[Petition] Bus users & businesses unhappy about suspension of Northfield bus stops 

18 Oct 17

Bus users and local business have raised objection to the unexpected suspension of bus stops outside Northfield Shopping Centre.


Local news
Thank YOU for £5 million lottery bonus says local charities 

18 Oct 17

Three wonderful Birmingham based charities say a massive thank you to local people for helping raise £5 million in vital funds over 20 years.


Local news
Northfield pet store to stay as majority of Just for Pets stores saved by sale 

17 Oct 17

Last month, we heard the news that the Just for Pets chain of stores was to go in to administration – threatening jobs at 25 stores across England, including in Northfield.


Local news
Saharan dust brings a warm desert glow to South Birmingham 

16 Oct 17

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Babyloss Awareness Week: A B31 Voices reader tells her story 

15 Oct 17

Babyloss Awareness Week is held annually from 9th to 15th October.


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Locals flock to aid of rampaging ram! 

14 Oct 17

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Halloween & bonfire events in South West Birmingham 2017 

13 Oct 17

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Man jailed after 60,000 indecent images of children & evidence of child abuse found in Kings Norton apartment 

13 Oct 17

A man has been jailed for 5 years after a West Midlands Police investigation revealed that he had abused a young girl and amassed a catalogue of up to 60,000 indecent child images.


Local news
College to showcase musical talent at Longbridge ‘MusiColl’ event 

13 Oct 17

From Longbridge Life: Students from across Birmingham will be showcasing their musical talents this Saturday (14 October) for the first ‘MusiColl’ event in Longbridge.


Local news
Headteacher reassures parents after school gate incident 

13 Oct 17

The headteacher of Shenley Academy has issued a letter of reassurance to parents following an incident outside the school gates after school yesterday (Thursday 12th October).


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Lorry overturns after collision with bus in Longbridge Lane 

11 Oct 17

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Fire at 200 year old Rubery pub confirmed as arson 

11 Oct 17

West Midlands Fire Service have this morning confirmed that a fire which destroyed the roof of The Cock Inn yesterday (Tuesday 10th October) was arson.


Local news
[WATCH] Fire at Rubery’s oldest pub – derelict Cock Inn 

10 Oct 17

West Midlands Fire Service have this evening (Tuesday 10th October) been dealing with a fire in a derelict Rubery pub which has stood in Rubery Lane for over 200 years.


Local news
Female cyclist sadly killed in Edgbaston collision 

10 Oct 17

West Midlands Police are today appealing for information after a female cyclist was killed when she was involved in a collision with a lorry yesterday in Edgbaston (Monday 9th October).


Local news
West Midlands Fire Service launch a new LGBT+ support network 

9 Oct 17

FireOUT is the LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) support network will provide information and support for employees, family, friends and the community.


Local news
The Bears Give Their Final Bear Hugs At Their Farewell Weekend 

9 Oct 17

Millennium Point’s Eastside City Park was the host for The Big Sleuth’s final public farewell to the bear-utifully inventive Big Sleuth bears, before they go to auction on Thursday 12 October.


Local news
Death of former Longbridge Councillor announced 

9 Oct 17

A former Longbridge Councillor has died after a long battle with cancer, it has been announced by the charity organisation which she worked for.


Local news
Books: Biography describes childhood in Northfield in the 50s and 60s 

7 Oct 17

Peter Graves has led a full life.


Local news
[Petition] Campaign underway as Kings Norton Day Centre threatened with closure 

6 Oct 17

Service users and their relatives have launched a campaign to save a much loved Kings Norton Day Centre from closure.


Local news
Three hospitalised after collision between car and bus 

5 Oct 17

The collision happened this afternoon (Thursday 5 th October) just before 1pm on the Alcester Road South in Kings.


Local news
#BrumBins Weekly bin collections set to return 

4 Oct 17

As refuse collectors continue to work to catch up with a backlog of waste caused by industrial action, Birmingham City Council have announced that weekly refuse collections – and fortnightly recycling collections – will recommence from next …


Local news
Alternative marathon launched by local charity 

2 Oct 17

Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice has created a new and innovative marathon initiative everyone can get involved in – regardless of ability or time constraints.


Local news
Police seek man in connection with gunpoint robbery at West Heath store 

2 Oct 17

West Midlands Police are investigating after an armed robbery at a West Heath supermarket late last night (Sunday 1st October).


Local news
Lady attacked by dog whilst walking [Contains Graphic Image] 

30 Sep 17

Police were alerted on the evening of Sunday 17th September to a dog attack on a woman in Willetts Road, in the Turves Green area of Northfield.


Local news
Appeal after elderly pedestrian injured in West Heath hit and run 

29 Sep 17

West Midlands Police are appealing for information after an elderly man was injured in a hit and run accident in West Heath yesterday evening (Thursday 28th September).


Local news
Information appeal after teen injured in ‘deliberate’ hit and run in Northfield 

29 Sep 17

West Midlands Police are investigating after a teenager was injured after being deliberately run over by a car in Northfield in the early hours of Saturday morning (23rd September).


Local news
Match Report: West Heath Hayes FC v Henley Forest Reserves Saturday 23rd September 

29 Sep 17

After three weeks of no competitive football West Heath Hayes returned to action against Henley Forest Reserves in our first away game of the season.


Local news
Birmingham chosen as UK bid to host Commonwealth Games 2020 

29 Sep 17

The Government has gave it’s full backing for Birmingham to be the UK’s official candidate city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


Local news
[WATCH] Fire at former golf club in Northfield 

28 Sep 17

Photo © @Lee_BakerFRS | WMFS A fire has broken out in the clubhouse of the former North Worcestershire Golf Club this afternoon (Thursday 28th September).


Local news
Popular South Birmingham music venue to remain closed – but hopes to return! 

28 Sep 17

A popular music venue in South West Birmingham have today announced that they are to remain closed for around 6 months – but management are adamant that they will be back! Popular local band Skabucks playing at The Roadhouse | © The Roadhouse …


Local news
Tributes paid to Amy Barnes – “a beautiful human being – inside and out” 

28 Sep 17

The mother of Amy Barnes (nee Shimmell) – who was found dead at her Rednal home on Tuesday as a result of a suspected murder-suicide – has paid tribute to her “precious gift”.


Local news
Investigation as bodies of husband and wife found in Rednal and Streetly 

26 Sep 17

West Midlands Police are investigating what is believed to be a murder-suicide after the bodies of a husband and wife – both believed to be in their 30s – were found in two separate locations in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday 26th …


Local news
When will your #BrumBins be emptied? 

25 Sep 17

With a pause in industrial action pending a High Court trial later this year, Birmingham City Council are attempting to catch up with refuse collections.


Local news
Charity gets sporty 

23 Sep 17

Clients of Headway Birmingham and Solihull, based in Rednal, recently enjoyed their first triathlon and received medals for their efforts.


Local news
Body sadly found in search for missing Walkers Heath man 

21 Sep 17

West Midlands Police have confirmed that a body was found yesterday (Wednesday 20th September) in Kings Norton in the search for 24 year old Ashley Hall from Walkers Heath, who had been missing since Tuesday.


Local news
Police appeal after reports of gun shots fired in Kings Norton street 

21 Sep 17

West Midlands Police are reporting after reports that shots were fired in a Kings Norton street early yesterday evening (Wednesday 20th September).


Local news
Family fun for all as Longbridge hosts first harvest festival 

20 Sep 17

From Longbridge Life: Longbridge will host its inaugural Harvest Festival, on Saturday 23 rd September, thanks to support from St.


Local news
#B31JustRead: Duo from Northfield and Frankley amongst gang jailed for people smuggling 

19 Sep 17

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Local news
[VIDEO] Showing of horror film IT paused at Rubery cinema – as room fills with the stench of fear! 

18 Sep 17

A showing of a new horror film was paused at Empire Cinema Great Park over the weekend as the theatre was filled with a pungent smell! Filmgoers watching Stephen King’s IT had an expected – and in some cases very welcome – loo break as staff …


Local news
#B31JustRead: Paddy Power offers 66/1 on Ugo Ehiogu replacing Redknapp 

18 Sep 17

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Local news
[VIDEO] Fire crews rescue and revive puppy after Druids Heath flat fire 

18 Sep 17

Firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service have used brand new animal oxygen therapy equipment to revive a puppy rescued from a flat fire in Druids Heath this morning.


Local news
Local history: Project to record heritage of Monyhull Hospital – can you help? 

16 Sep 17

Local charity CASBA are seeking people with experiences of living or working in or near Monyhull Hospital for an exciting project to record the changes brought about by its closure in the late 1990s.


Local news
Weoley man to CRAWL up Mount Snowdon to support South Brum hospice 

16 Sep 17

A Weoley Castle man is set to crawl up Mount Snowdon to raise funds to support a local hospice – and this isn’t the first time! Mick (right) and his brother Adam Father of three Michael Carruthers, 41, first scaled the 1085 metre (3560 feet) high…


Local news
Child in Year 6? List of Secondary School Open Events in South West Birmingham 

15 Sep 17

If you have a child currently in Year 6, you need to be looking at secondary schools for September 2018.


Local news
Three teens charged with Tessall Lane stabbing 

15 Sep 17

West Midlands Police have confirmed that three teenagers have been charged in relation to the stabbing of another teen in Longbridge on Wednesday (13th September).


Local news
Over 200 professionals race to end youth homelessness at first ever LandAid Midlands 10K 

14 Sep 17

Article from Longbridge Life – St Modwen Thursday 14 September 2017 – Over 200 professionals from across the property and construction sectors raced to end youth homelessness at yesterday’s inaugural LandAid Midlands 10K sponsored by St.


Local news
Lottery players help local charity 

13 Sep 17

A local brain injury charity is able to provide more for its clients thanks to the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.


Local news
Four teens arrested after man stabbed in Tessall Lane, Longbridge 

13 Sep 17

Four teenagers have been arrested in Longbridge town centre this afternoon (Wednesday 13th September) after a teenager suffered stab injuries during an incident in Tessall Lane behind Longbridge Station.


Local news
Golf club responds to Traveller trespass accusations 

12 Sep 17

North Worcestershire Golf Club Statement in its entirety The North Worcestershire Golf Club Ltd Frankley Beeches Road Northfield, A short history of the Golf Club – Some facts To clear up some of the incorrect statements being made on social media.


Local news
Man arrested after pellet gun fired in Trescott Road disorder 

12 Sep 17

A man was arrested after a disorder closed off a Northfield street on Sunday evening (10th September).


Local news
Council leader resigns – John Clancy under pressure over #BrumBins 

11 Sep 17

The Leader of Birmingham City Council John Clancy has today resigned, with immediate effect, under growing pressure regarding his handling of the refuse workers’ strike.


Local news
Frankley Street Champions star on BBC show 

11 Sep 17

Dom Littlewood A group of dedicated volunteers who work hard keeping the streets and public spaces of Frankley clean have featured on a BBC One show this morning (Monday 11th September).


Local news
Girl approached by men on way home from school 

11 Sep 17

West Midlands Police were alerted after a school girl was approached by two white men in a small blue car with tinted windows just after 3.30pm on Friday 8th September on Holly Hill Road in Frankley.


Local news
Doors opened to new homes in Longbridge 

10 Sep 17

From St Modwen Homes: Award-winning housebuilder, St.


Local news
Active Citizens invited to World Café events: help improve YOUR community 

9 Sep 17

West Midlands Police are inviting individuals and community groups to special local events to help improve communities across South West Birmingham.


Local news
Frankley Carnival 2017 is here! 

8 Sep 17

This Saturday (9th September) sees the return of Frankley Carnival with fun, games, entertainment and more for all ages.