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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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Harmful levels of ‘boron’ found in popular children’s slime toys 

17 Jul 18

Parents are being warned to approach the popular children’s product slime with caution after a study by consumer watchdogs found some contain higher levels of boron than is permitted by EU standards.


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Northfield Beach is back – view the full schedule! 

17 Jul 18

The popular Northfield Beach event is back and this year it kicks off the summer break with a roar! Pet baby dinosaurs any Jurassic Beach | Click to enlarge Organised by Northfield Community Partnership , the free event runs from Wednesday 25th to …


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It’s not just mums that go to Iceland! – Supermarket gives discount for Emergency Services 

17 Jul 18

The British supermarket chain are saying a big ‘thank you’ to employees of the Police, Fire Service, NHS, Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and RNLI for everything that they do.


Local news
From Your Councillor: Cllr Olly Armstrong – Northfield – July 2018 

16 Jul 18

We will be offering all Councillors across South West Birmingham the opportunity to write a blog on B31 Voices, up to once a month.


Local news
#PositiveSWBrum – Who is the Postman behind the mask raising all the loot?! 

15 Jul 18

A local ‘Postie’ – who once a year dons a fancy dress costume to deliver his mail on his Spiceland Road estate round in Northfield – has raised more than £6000 over the last ten years.


Local news
In pictures: Sunday strollers tackle Waseleys wildfire 

15 Jul 18

Visitors to the Waseley Hills Country Park in Rubery got more than they bargained for on their Sunday stroll this afternoon (Sunday 15th July).


Local news
Man convicted of historical abuse after more than 40 years 

15 Jul 18

A man has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years after being found guilty of historic sexual abuse of under age victims up to 40 years ago.


Local news
Missing (Family Appeal): Colleen Burke 22 – Bromford – Kings Norton 

15 Jul 18

The family and friends of Colleen Burke, 22, are appealing for anyone who has seen her to get in touch.


Local news
In Pictures: New drone images show extent of fire damage on former Rubery quarry 

14 Jul 18

BEFORE: 3D image satellite image of Rubery Cock Hill Quarry before this summer’s fires | © Google Maps Photographs taken from a drone show the extent of damage done to vegetation on a green space in Rubery – and how close to homes fires have …


Local news
Man injured in Northfield collision 

14 Jul 18

A man was injured after an accident in Northfield in the early hours of this morning.


Local news
Suspected distraction fraud see’s 80-year-old lose over £1000 

12 Jul 18

West Midlands Police are investigating after an elderly gentleman appears to have been the victim of ‘distraction theft’.


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[VIDEO] Armed raid on Harborne High Street in broad daylight 

12 Jul 18

Shoppers on Harborne High Street were shocked this morning as armed thieves staged a raid on a jeweller’s shop in broad daylight (Thursday 12th July).


Local news
Police investigate suspected arson at Frankley home 

11 Jul 18

West Midlands Police are investigating a suspected arson attack on a Frankley home.


Local news
[VIDEO] Local man banned from keeping animals for life after cruel Facebook videos 

11 Jul 18

A local man has been banned from keeping animals for life after posting videos on social media of himself laughing as he cruelly threw cats.


Local news
Amended masterplan for 800 homes on Northfield golf club site now available online 

11 Jul 18

An amended masterplan for a housing development on the site of a former golf course in Northfield is now available to view online , with a final chance to put your views to developers.


Local news
Weoley Castle schoolchildren raise thousands for charity with 5km walk in searing heat 

10 Jul 18

Children and staff at a Weoley Castle primary school have once again raised thousands of pounds for their chosen charity, this time completing a 5km walk during a heatwave!  On Friday (6th July), Our Lady and St Rose of Lima Primary School in …


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[VIDEO] Dry vegetation ignites after dumped sofa set on fire in Weoley green space 

10 Jul 18

Firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service Northfield station dealt with a fire on “The Green Hill” between Jervoise Road and Alwold Road, Weoley Castle this afternoon (Tuesday 10th July).


Local news
Shortlists announced for Rubery International Book Award 

9 Jul 18

The 2018 judges: Paul McDonald, Claire Morrall, Pauline Morgan The Rubery International Book Award judges have deliberated over all this year’s entries from 29 different countries and are another step closer to selecting their winners.


Local news
Princess Anne opens Sense’s pioneering multi-purpose community centre in Selly Oak 

9 Jul 18

A pioneering new multi-purpose centre – which brings community and disability services together in one building – was today opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (Monday 9th July).


Local news
[Video] Arrests made as armed police swoop on Long Nuke Road 

9 Jul 18

We are aware of police activity in Long Nuke Road, Northfield / Bartley Green this afternoon (Monday 9th July).


Local news
CASBA introduces new support group for carers 

9 Jul 18

Local charity CASBA are delighted to announce that they will be holding their first ever carers support group on 24th July 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Northfield Fire Station.


Local news
School issues stranger danger reminder after pupil approached 

9 Jul 18

The headteacher of a Rednal secondary school has issued a ‘stranger danger’ reminder to parents and carers following an incident involving a pupil this morning.


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[VIDEO] Firefighters attend fire in Lickey woods as heatwave shows no sign of breaking 

8 Jul 18

As the hot and dry weather continues, firefighters were called to a fire in woodland in the Lickey Hills Country Park yesterday evening (Saturday 7th July).


Local news
Another weekend of sizzling summer events – with added football! 

6 Jul 18

There’s more fun in the sun in and around south west Brum this weekend, with three carnivals and festivals to choose from! There’s music, entertainment, arts, crafts, stalls, dog show, opera, circus, inflatables, fabulous food and drink – and …


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Trust secures injunction in bid to resolve illegal encampments 

6 Jul 18

An historic Trust has secured a special injunction to tackle illegal encampments and associated anti-social behaviour at two parks in Bournville following a spate of incidents.


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Plea from firefighters after two more fires at Rubery quarry – one almost reaching homes 

5 Jul 18

Local firefighters have appealed to members of the public to report those responsible after battling two more fires on a disused quarry in Rubery yesterday (Wednesday 4th July) – one almost reaching nearby homes.


Local news
Council endorse developer’s revised masterplan for Northfield golf course housing – but still opposes development 

5 Jul 18

Council planners have today endorsed revisions to a developer’s masterplan for a housing development on a Northfield golf club site (Thursday 5th July).


Local news
Cyclist seriously injured in West Heath collision 

3 Jul 18

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in West Heath this morning.


Local news
Police investigate armed robbery at Alvechurch store 

3 Jul 18

From West Mercia Police: West Mercia Police is appealing for information following an armed robbery in a supermarket on The Square, Alvechurch on Sunday (1 July).


Local news
Man threatened with knife as motorbike stolen in Kings Norton 

3 Jul 18

West Midlands Police are investigating after a man had his motorbike stolen at knifepoint in Kings Norton yesterday (Monday 2nd July).


Local news
Acorns flagship charity shop in Cotteridge closes for makeover   

2 Jul 18

The very first charity shop opened to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice over 30 years ago is closing for an exciting makeover.


Local news
Man arrested on suspicion of assault after stand off on Weoley Castle roof 

2 Jul 18

Emergency services flooded a Weoley Castle street after a man – wanted in relation to an earlier call – was found on the roof of a house late last night (Sunday 1st July).


Local news
Brum hospice celebrates ‘shining stars’ for National Volunteers Week  

1 Jul 18

Birmingham St Mary’s championed the dedication of its volunteers this National Volunteers Week (June), with a Hollywood-themed party.


Local news
Police investigate after bone spotted in Kings Norton canal 

1 Jul 18

Several readers have enquired about a police presence by the canal in Kings Norton yesterday afternoon (Saturday 30th June).


Local news
[In Pictures] A busy day for local firefighters: Rubery quarry, tower block, major recycling plant 

30 Jun 18

After a hot and sunny week, local firefighters had a busy day yesterday as temperatures topped over 26ºC (Friday 29th June).


Local news
Let the fun in the sun commence as the South Brum summer festival season kicks off 

30 Jun 18

The summer festival season kicks off across south west Birmingham this weekend with three amazing community family events on offer – and its going to be a scorcher with the hot, sunny weather set to continue! Frankley Carnival 2018: 11.30am – 5pm …


Local news
Cyclist suffers head injury in Quinton hit-and-run collision 

29 Jun 18

Images © snappersk West Midlands Police are investigating after a cyclist was injured serious hit-and-run collision in Quinton yesterday evening (Thursday 28th June).


Local news
MISSING – Clint Rogers – 37 – Selly Oak 

28 Jun 18

From West Midlands Police:  Have you seen 37-year-old Clint Rogers from Selly Oak anywhere? We are concerned for his welfare after he disappeared this morning (Thursday 28 June) from his home in Birmingham .


Local news
Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision close to QE Hospital 

27 Jun 18

A motorcyclist was injured when he was involved in a collision with a car in Harborne this morning (Wednesday 27th June).


Local news
[VIDEO] Fire crews tackle huge fire at Rubery quarry 

27 Jun 18

Firefighters tackled a huge fire on public land at the former Rubery Quarry site in Rubery this afternoon (Tuesday 26th June).


Local news
Speculation ends as changes to south Birmingham bus services announced 

26 Jun 18

Following an extensive consultation, National Express West Midlands have today announced changes to bus routes in and around South and South West Birmingham.


Local news
Northfield Beach is back – and it’s a BEAST of an event! 

26 Jun 18

The popular Northfield Beach event is back and this year it kicks off the summer break with a roar! Pet baby dinosaurs any Jurassic Beach | Click to enlarge Organised by Northfield Community Partnership , the free event runs from Wednesday 25th to …


Local news
Police seek man to ‘help the investigation‘ of Rubery burglary 

24 Jun 18

WEST MERCIA Police Officers have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to following a burglary in Rubery last month.


Local news
The great Birmingham Council House dress code debate 

22 Jun 18

The newly elected Northfield Councillor has cause quite a stir by attending a full Birmingham City Council meeting without a shirt and tie.


Local news
Plans to rebuild a Frankley junior school APPROVED 

21 Jun 18

Birmingham City Council’s Planning Committee has today (Thursday 21st June) approved and application from the Department for Education’s Education and Skills Funding Authority (ESFA) to rebuild a Frankley junior school to Birmingham City Council…


Local news
Plethora of arts events in Rubery, Rednal & Longbridge this Saturday! 

20 Jun 18

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the variety of arts based events on offer across the south west corner of Birmingham this weekend! Bromsgrove Festival: #EnjoyRubery As part of Bromsgrove Festival 2018, venues around Rubery are hosting arts events …


Local news
How to get a day of FREE bus travel on NXWM for Clean Air Day 2018 

20 Jun 18

This Thursday (21st June) is Clean Air Day 2018.


Local news
Appeal for community to join in weapons sweep in public spaces 

19 Jun 18

PCSO McGovern at Senneleys Park | Photo Bartley Green police Bartley Green and Quinton neighbourhood police teams are appealing for members of the public to unite with them to tackle knife crime – by joining  a community weapons sweep tomorrow (…


Local news
Quinton couple watch World Cup game in their living room with surprise celebrity guests 

19 Jun 18

Thanks to McDonald’s UK, a Quinton superfan and his partner had surprise visitors around to watch a FIFA World Cup   2018 match in their living room on Friday (15th June).


Local news
Date for planned permanent closure of Tessall Lane by Longbridge station confirmed 

18 Jun 18

The date for the closure of Tessall Lane near Longbridge station has been confirmed.


Local news
Home-schooled students invited to Longbridge college information evening 

18 Jun 18

Longbridge based Bournville College is inviting home educated students and their parents to an information evening tomorrow (Tuesday 19th June).


Local news
CASBA needs 2 minutes of your time for a survey about Monyhull Hospital 

18 Jun 18

Local charity CASBA has been working on a Heritage Lottery funded project about the closure of Monyhull Hospital since September last year.


Local news
‘Oh, what a night!’ – Four late night arrests as police response officers, helicopter & dogs team up 

18 Jun 18

Leading with the tweet:  “In the words of the Four Seasons, “Oh what a night!”,  West Midlands Police response officers proudly announced on Twitter this morning that they had made 4 arrests following 3 different pursuits in South West …


Local news
Police seek injured man after stolen car smashes into metal fence in Rednal street 

16 Jun 18

Police are seeking a man who was injured when the stolen car he was driving smashed into a lamppost and a metal fence in a Rednal street this afternoon (Saturday 16th June).


Local news
Giant inflatable obstacle course returns to Cofton Park this weekend 

15 Jun 18

A giant inflatable obstacle course is set to return to Cofton Park this weekend!  The Gung-Ho! obstacle course provides a unique 5K fun run or fun walk experience for participants of all ages and abilities.


Local news
Temporary telecoms mast erected on former golf course as government mull over developers’ appeal 

14 Jun 18

Residents who live close to a former golf course in Northfield contacted B31 Voices last week when they were concerned to see a 20ft tall metal telecoms mast being put up on the site (Thursday 7th June).


Local news
Police seek man in relation to burglary 

14 Jun 18

West Midlands Police have released an image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a burglary in Birmingham last month.


Local news
Staff members ‘kicked and punched’ by knife-wielding robbers in Turves Green store 

14 Jun 18

Two staff members were assaulted when knife-wielding robbers struck at a Northfield convenience store late yesterday evening (Wednesday 13th June).


Local news
Pair of ‘prolific’ local burglars arrested after Northfield break-ins 

13 Jun 18

After burglaries at a house and a pub in Northfield, two ‘prolific’ local burglars found themselves in handcuffs on Monday afternoon (11th June) – despite their best efforts to fight off arresting officers.