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Police thank public as girl found wandering in city street identified 

20 Feb 18

From West Midlands Police: ”#GOODNEWS – Last night we appealed to help identify a young girl, she had been found in a distressed state in New Street Station on Wednesday evening (14 February) and was unable to communicate.


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Appeal to identify young girl found in a distressed state in city centre 

19 Feb 18

West Midlands Police have launched an appeal to help identify a young girl who was taken to hospital after being found wandering alone in Birmingham City Centre last week.


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#B31JustRead: This Day: 1974. The launch of BRMB in Birmingham 

19 Feb 18

We just read This Day: 1974.


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Lord Forsyth presents £17k cheque to help deliver crucial care 

19 Feb 18

Chairman of Secure Trust Bank, Lord Forsyth, presented the whopping £17,600 cheque t o Birmingham St Mary’s on  Wednesday 14 February.


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Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder from Edgbaston jailed for 32 years 

19 Feb 18

A former geophysicist researcher at the University of Birmingham has today been jailed for 32 years after admitting 137 ‘hurt core’ related charges at Birmingham Crown Court.


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Support Steps for Steps fundraiser for Rednal twins 

19 Feb 18

Alex Dylan Family and friends of 7 year old Rednal twins have been running, jogging, walking and generally attempting to put one foot in front of the other for 1000 miles to raise funds for the boys.


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Northfield mum shares open letter to her daughter’s bullies 

18 Feb 18

A Northfield mum has written a poignant open letter to her daughter’s bullies, in the hope that it will help others who need support and make those hurting others step back and rethink.


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Cofton Park to host local charity’s eggcellent Easter Fun Run! 

17 Feb 18

From Headway Birmingham Solihull: Local brain injury charity Headway Birmingham Solihull is urging people to sign up early for its annual Easter Fun Run, as places are strictly limited.


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#PositiveSWBrum Rubery teen raises funds and awareness for young carers 

17 Feb 18

A Rubery teen who helps to care for her parents organised a fund and awareness raising event at her school.


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Planning application submitted for former Longbridge Police Station 

17 Feb 18

For those curious about plans for the former Longbridge Police Station, wonder no more.


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Five jailed for firearms offences as police clamp down on South Birmingham gangs 

16 Feb 18

West Midlands Police have made more significant progress against South Birmingham gangs, with four people linked with South West Birmingham gangs – along with another man from Handsworth – having been handed jail sentences of over 40 years …


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Driver resuscitated after suffering ‘medical episode’ before Barnes Hill collision 

16 Feb 18

The driver of a car which collided with a tree in Weoley Castle this morning is believed to have suffered a ‘medical episode’ shortly before the crash.


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[Petition] Campaign for improved road safety on narrow street at the medieval heart of Northfield 

16 Feb 18

Residents are seeking improved road safety on a narrow street in the medieval heart of Northfield.


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Police appeal after calf and sheep ‘brutally slaughtered’ in Rubery burglary 

13 Feb 18

Officers from West Mercia Police are seeking information following a burglary at a home close to Waseley Hills Country Park, which saw a calf and sheep “brutally slaughtered”.


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Bin men praised as Frankley man has sentence increased for violent attack on elderly man 

10 Feb 18

A Frankley man who launched a violent, unprovoked attack on an elderly man in a West Heath street – stealing just a torch – has had his sentence increased by the court of appeal in London.


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Fourth man arrested in connection with shots fired in quiet Rubery cul-de-sac 

7 Feb 18

A fourth man has been arrested in connection shots fired at a home in a quiet Rubery cul-de-sac in December.


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City council celebrates 100 years of votes for women 

6 Feb 18

From Birmingham City Council newsroom: A century on from the first women being given the vote, Birmingham City Council today revealed its plans for a series of events and projects to mark this important anniversary.


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Digbeth Dining Club set to cook up a storm in Longbridge 

6 Feb 18

From Longbridge Life: Longbridge residents and visitors are in for a mouth-watering treat, with the return of award-winning Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) to Longbridge in 2018.


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Trains disrupted after person sadly struck by train at Selly Oak Station 

6 Feb 18

Trains on the Cross City South line were cancelled for a time this afternoon, while emergency services dealt with an incident at Selly Oak Station.


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Appeal lodged to government planners to overturn golf course redevelopment decision 

5 Feb 18

Developers hoping to build 950 homes on the site of a former Northfield golf course have lodged an appeal with the government, in an attempt to have Birmingham City Council’s decision to reject their plans overturned.


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Man suffers serious leg injury after being reportedly struck by train at Kings Norton station 

5 Feb 18

A man suffered a serious leg injury late on Saturday night after reportedly being struck by a train at Kings Norton station.


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Pair flee as car collides into Rednal garden wall 

5 Feb 18

West Midlands Police are seeking two men who fled from the scene after the car they were travelling in smashed into a garden wall in Rednal in the early hours of this morning (Monday 5th February).


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Police urge ’be cautious, but not alarmed’ as school reports after-school incident 

5 Feb 18

Police have said local families should “be cautious, but not alarmed”, after local schools issued a warning following an incident in Rednal, opposite McDonalds, last week.


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University of Birmingham to open four-star hotel and conference centre 

5 Feb 18

A new four-star hotel and conference centre is set to open Autumn 2018 on The University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus.


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[VIDEO] #PositiveSWBrum Lost Longbridge dog REUNITED after almost FIVE years! 

5 Feb 18

WATCH the moment a Longbridge dog, missing since 2013, is reunited with his owner after almost five years! Charlie was originally posted as missing in May 2013 on K9 Search UK’s lost dogs page on Facebook.


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Malachy, 4, helps raise awareness for young wearers of hearing headbands 

5 Feb 18

A young boy and his mum are trying to raise awareness of hearing aid devices worn on the head by young children.


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Rugby Ramble returns for England Vs Wales  

4 Feb 18

Loved the opening weekend of the Rugby Six Nations? (Probably not if you’re Scottish, French or Italian!) sorry! Long way to go yet! – Fancy a challenge which will end the day as a win regardless of results on the pitch? The wonderful Birmingham…


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Bus stops outside Northfield Shopping Centre reinstated after objections to suspension raised 

2 Feb 18

Bus stops outside Northfield Shopping Centre, which were controversially suspended in October as part of a trial of ways to speed up bus routes, are to be reinstated after complaints from service users and local businesses.


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Membership prices announced for NEW Northfield Leisure Centre 

1 Feb 18

The new Northfield Leisure Centre is set to open in April – and from today you can sign up for a membership plan at a discounted rate.


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Bournville BookFest celebrates children’s stories for the fifth year 

1 Feb 18

A South Birmingham book festival is set to return for a fifth year, with a series of events celebrating children’s books and reading.


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Vélo Birmingham to return Spring 2019 

1 Feb 18

Despite its popularity in 2017, to the disappointment of many cyclists, there will be no Vélo Birmingham 2018.


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Network Rail vows to “make good” Longbridge park land damaged during works 

31 Jan 18

Network Rail have vowed to make good damage to a popular stretch of park land in Longbridge, once works they are carrying out close to the station have been completed.


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#B31JustRead: Cotteridge Wines voted ‘best bottle shop in England’ for fifth year running | Counteract 

29 Jan 18

We Just Read….


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Man charged in relation to tragic West Heath flat explosion 

28 Jan 18

A man has been before Birmingham magistrates facing charges relating to an explosion in a West Heath maisonette over 3 years ago.


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#B31JustRead: Government to back clampdown on ‘dodgy’ parking operators 

28 Jan 18

We Just Read….


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Future uncertain as historic Kings Norton pub SOLD 

26 Jan 18

The future of an historic Kings Norton pub has once again been plunged into uncertainty as the current owner confirms that the sale of the 19th century building has been agreed.


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Generations work together to improve road safety near a Frankley school 

26 Jan 18

Local residents from across the generations are working together to improve road safety close to a Frankley school.


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Product Recall: Wilko Euro To UK 2 Pin Converter 

24 Jan 18

The national retailer Wilko issued a recall of the product once it became aware of a potential issue.


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Crucial care brought closer to more communities by Birmingham hospice 

23 Jan 18

The launching of two new Satellite Clinics by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice will ensure more people living across Birmingham and Sandwell will have access to crucial hospice care.


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Teenager jailed for life for Bartley Green murder 

23 Jan 18

A 17 year old boy has been jailed for life for murder after a 22 year old man was stabbed following a minor disagreement in a Bartley Green street.


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Van driver in serious condition after vehicle crashes into Halesowen home 

22 Jan 18

A van driver was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after his vehicle crashed into a Halesowen home this morning (Monday 22nd January).


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Northfield man jailed for 15 years on rape and sexual assault charges 

22 Jan 18

A 38 year old man from Northfield has been jailed for 15 years after he repeatedly raped and sexually assaulted a woman over a 2 and a half year period.


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#B31JustRead: Shocked office worker finds ‘deadly Brazilian wandering spider in his Asda bananas’ 

20 Jan 18

We Just Read….


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Lucky escape for driver after car overturns in Barnes Hill collision 

19 Jan 18

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


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Teenagers attempt to steal mobile phone from 11 year old boy 

19 Jan 18

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.


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Demolition of arson damaged former golf clubhouse APPROVED 

18 Jan 18

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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Local school host Christmas dinner for elderly and homeless 

17 Jan 18

On the 3rd January, Bellfield Junior School opened its doors to some of the communities elderly and homeless for a festive treat.


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[Watch] Firefighters tackle blaze as car set alight in Northfield park 

17 Jan 18

Firefighters from Northfield fire station quickly extinguished a car fire – believed to be a Nissan Micra – after it was set alight in a park in Northfield this evening (Wednesday 17th January).


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Local brain injury charity seeks Bags of Help to improve Rubery rehab centre garden 

13 Jan 18

Headway’s courtyard garden in need of some raised planters, compost and flowers.


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Police investigate early morning muggings in Frankley 

12 Jan 18

West Midlands Police are investigating after two people – a woman and a 13 year old girl – were mugged for cash and personal belongings in Frankley early this morning (Friday 12th January).


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Foodbank asks local businesses for support as demand rises 

11 Jan 18

Organisers at a local foodbank are asking small businesses across South West Birmingham to show their support as part of a new “Ton Up for B30 Foodbank” campaign to prepare for a predicted increase in demand.


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Armed police respond to sighting of wanted man in Frankley 

11 Jan 18

A number of Frankley residents contacted us yesterday (Wednesday 10th January) after witnessing a police presence – including armed response officers – in Fisher Close in Frankley.


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Police release CCTV of BMW after motorcyclist seriously injured in hit and run 

10 Jan 18

West Midlands Police are appealing for information after a motorcyclist suffered life threatening injuries in a hit and run collision involving a car in Kings Norton yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 9th January).


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Police investigate armed robberies at two Frankley stores 

10 Jan 18

West Midlands Police are investigating after two shops in Frankley were subject to early morning armed robberies this week.


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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Kings Norton collision 

9 Jan 18

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a collision involving a car in Kings Norton this afternoon (Tuesday 9th January).


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Rubery Post Office remains closed due to ‘technical issues’ 

9 Jan 18

Rubery Post Office remains closed today due to ongoing ‘technical issues’ which remain unresolved.


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Have Your Say: Developers submit THIRD application for Waseley Hills Crematorium 

8 Jan 18

Developers of the planned Waseley Hills Cemetery have submitted plans to Bromsgrove District Council in a third attempt to get permission for a crematorium at the Rubery green belt site – despite having had a previous appeal quashed by the …


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Behind the Gates of Monyhull Hospital 

8 Jan 18

For 90 years, Monyhull in Kings Norton was an asylum for people with what nowadays is called a learning disability.


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Alabama Foot Rot: Advice for dog owners 

5 Jan 18

There have been several posts on social media warning of a potential outbreak of ‘Alabama Foot Rot’ – a disease which can be difficult to identify and treat.


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Man assaulted in West Heath car-jacking 

5 Jan 18

A man in his 60s was assaulted when another man stole his car in West Heath this lunchtime (Friday 5th January).