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Premiership final: Exeter Chiefs to edge out Wasps, says Jeremy Guscott 

26 May 17

BBC Sport columnist Jeremy Guscott expects Exeter to edge a tight, but high-scoring Premiership final against Wasps.


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Man raped woman after her 21st birthday celebrations in Birmingham 

26 May 17

Florian Lupu ‘steered’ the woman, on her way home, away from her friends and raped her in a doorway.


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Birmingham Pride: Increased security measures in place 

26 May 17

Extra security measures in place following Manchester bomb attack.


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Bury bring in ex-Cov midfielder Reilly 

26 May 17

League One side Bury sign Burton Albion midfielder Callum Reilly on a two-year deal.


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Wasps v Exeter: ‘Don’t leave Twickenham early’, warns scrum-half Joe Simpson 

26 May 17

Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson expects a classic contest with Exeter as the Premiership’s two most attacking teams meet in the final.


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Murdered Daniel Kirkwood’s family call for nightclub to be knocked down 

26 May 17

Daniel Kirkwood’s family calls for the former Society nightclub, on Tower Street, to be demolished.


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Premiership final: Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 

26 May 17

Kurtley Beale is ruled out of Saturday’s Premiership final between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at Twickenham (14:30 BST).


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Plane toilet arsonist on Sharm el-Sheikh flight has sentence doubled 

25 May 17

The Monarch Airbus plane going from Birmingham to Sharm el-Sheikh was carrying over 200 people.


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Dion Kelly-Evans: Coventry City full-back signs new contract with Sky Blues 

25 May 17

Coventry City full-back Dion Kelly-Evans signs new one-year contract with the relegated Sky Blues.


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Chelmsley Wood sisters get £300k after lottery card ripped 

25 May 17

Sisters are paid their winnings despite ripping the winning ticket in half while celebrating.


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Manchester attack: Nuneaton house searched by anti-terror police 

25 May 17

Officers are questioning a man from the Warwickshire town in connection with the Manchester attack.


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Birmingham City: Paul Robinson offered new player-coach contract 

25 May 17

Birmingham City offer club captain Paul Robinson another new one-year player-coach contract.


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HMS Coventry sinking anniversary: ‘War we weren’t prepared for’ 

25 May 17

Chris Howe was serving on HMS Coventry when it was sunk during the Falklands War.


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Zahid Hussain guilty of fairy lights bomb plot 

25 May 17

Zahid Hussain had been considering attacking the main Birmingham to London railway line.


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Bin-bag dog put down after being dumped ‘like rubbish’ 

25 May 17

The RSPCA is investigating the “sickening” case in Birmingham.


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Eight arrested in Manchester terror raids 

25 May 17

Theresa May is to raise UK concerns with Donald Trump over latest intelligence leaks to the US media.


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Birmingham Cathedral shuts amid critical terror threat 

24 May 17

Services are held outdoors while security arrangements are reviewed.


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Wadsworths’ trial: Boy ‘heard abusers on BBC radio show’ 

24 May 17

A man, now in his 30s, says he had sex with Julie Wadsworth up to 15 times as a teenager.


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Adam Legzdins: Birmingham City take up one-year extension on keeper’s contract 

24 May 17

Birmingham City trigger a one-year contract extension to keep goalkeeper Adam Legzdins at the Championship club.


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Birmingham vigil held to remember Manchester attack victims 

24 May 17

It was later disturbed when a man was arrested but before that candles were lit and speeches heard.


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Liam O’Brien: Portsmouth goalkeeper to join Coventry City on two-year deal 

24 May 17

Coventry City agree to sign goalkeeper Liam O’Brien on a two-year deal when his contract expires at Portsmouth.


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Birmingham University to open campus in the Gulf 

24 May 17

There are now more than 240 international campuses as universities take their brands to a global market.


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General election 2017: Sweet shop in Warwick predicts results 

24 May 17

Its owner claims his customers helped him correctly call Brexit and the 2015 election result.


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Manchester attack: Man with axe held at Birmingham vigil 

23 May 17

A man was seen carrying an axe and a bat at a vigil in Birmingham for the Manchester terror victims.


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Man jailed for ‘one punch’ killing in Great Barr 

23 May 17

The victim “never regained consciousness” and died nearly three years after the attack, police said.


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Coventry City owners Sisu asked to name price after third offer rebuffed 

23 May 17

A member of the consortium hoping to buy Coventry City urges owners Sisu to name their price, after a third offer is rejected.


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The millionaire Coventry City fan backing buyout bid 

23 May 17

Richard Overton says he wants to “get us away” from Coventry City’s current owner.


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Lorry driver dies and two injured in M40 crash 

23 May 17

The motorway remains closed following accident near the Oxfordshire and Warwickshire border…


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British and Irish Lions: James Haskell says excitement on hold until after Premiership final 

22 May 17

Wasps flanker James Haskell is wary of being too excited by his Lions call-up as he has to focus on Saturday’s Premiership final first.


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Somerset v Warwickshire: Marcus Trescothick breaks county record to help earn draw 

22 May 17

Marcus Trescothick breaks Somerset’s record for the most first-class centuries to help his side avoid defeat by Warwickshire.


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Liam Kelly: Coventry City to sign Leyton Orient captain on two-year deal 

22 May 17

Relegated League One side Coventry City agree to sign Leyton Orient captain Liam Kelly on a two-year contract.


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BBC presenter Julie Wadsworth ‘performed sex act on boy’, court hears 

22 May 17

Julie Wadsworth invited boys to follow them into the trees “one at a time”, a court hears.


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Badly parked cars fined in police blitz in Bordesley Green 

22 May 17

Officers issue more than 30 tickets in just over an hour in an area of Birmingham.


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Tonnes of waste dumped off country lane near Birmingham 

22 May 17

A photographer spotted the 15ft-high rubbish mound while taking pictures of a sunset.


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Thief takes disabled children’s laptops in Wolverhampton 

22 May 17

The laptops, built so the two children can communicate, are taken from Wolverhampton rail station.


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Premiership rugby: RPA ‘unanimously reject’ longer 10-month season 

22 May 17

The Rugby Players’ Association “unanimously rejects” proposals of an extended 10-month Premiership season.


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Kurtley Beale: Wasps hope Australia star will be fit for Premiership final swansong 

22 May 17

Wasps are hoping Kurtley Beale will be fit for the Premiership final, in what would be his last game for the club.


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Somerset v Warwickshire: Jonathan Trott ton gives Bears a chance at Taunton 

21 May 17

Jonathan Trott hits 175 as Warwickshire total 413 at Taunton before taking four Somerset wickets.


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Birmingham marks 70 years of Polish community life 

21 May 17

Birmingham has been home to large numbers of Polish immigrants since resettlement in 1947.


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Somerset v Warwickshire: Jonathan Trott reaches 50 on badly truncated day at Taunton 

20 May 17

Jonathan Trott reaches 50 on a badly rain-affected day between Somerset and Warwickshire at Taunton.


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Amy Livesey wins bronze at Ekaterinburg Grand Slam in Russia 

20 May 17

Amy Livesey wins Great Britain’s first medal at the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam in Russia, beating Daria Davydova in the -63kg category.


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WSL 1 Spring Series: Arsenal Ladies beat Birmingham City Ladies to go second 

20 May 17

Louise Quinn scores twice as Arsenal beat Birmingham City 4-2 to move up to second in the WSL 1 Spring Series table.


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Prehistoric henge discovered in Newbold-on-Stour 

20 May 17

The henge could have been placed at the site to match a cosmological event, experts say.


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Birmingham-born triplets celebrate 80th birthday 

20 May 17

Sisters Mary, Margaret and Georgina are 80 today.


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#GetsMyVote: Birmingham diners on what MPs should serve up 

20 May 17

We asked people at a restaurant in Birmingham what #GetsMyVote ahead of the election.


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Wolves: Jack Price & George Saville staying, Mike Williamson released 

19 May 17

Wolves take up one-year options on the deals of Jack Price and George Saville, while Mike Williamson is released.


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Coventry gang rape: Men jailed after luring victim into car 

19 May 17

Calin Lacatus, Timotei Baran and Constantin Vila attacked the victim after promising her a lift home.


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Somerset v Warwickshire: Jamie Overton strikes twice for hosts on rain-ruined day 

19 May 17

Somerset paceman Jamie Overton removes both Warwickshire openers before rain ruins the first day at Taunton.


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Grrr: Watch out for the dinosaurs roaming Birmingham 

19 May 17

Thirty life-sized dinosaurs roam Birmingham for a fortnight before going elsewhere.


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Rod McDonald: Coventry City sign Northampton Town defender 

19 May 17

Coventry City sign centre-back Rod McDonald from Northampton for an undisclosed fee, on a two-year deal.


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Tony Wadsworth and Julie Wadsworth ‘had sex in parkland’ 

19 May 17

Tony Wadsworth and Julie Wadsworth are accused of sex offences against boys.


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Birmingham-born triplets celebrate 80th birthday 

19 May 17

Mary, Margaret and Georgina are thought to be the UK’s oldest surviving identical triplets.


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Premiership: Wasps v Leicester Tigers 

19 May 17

Team news as Wasps host Leicester Tigers in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final fixture at the Ricoh Arena (17:15 BST).


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Three held after man shot in Sparkbrook 

19 May 17

A busy route into Birmingham is closed while investigations take place.


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Marc McNulty: Coventry City to sign Sheffield United striker on two-year deal 

18 May 17

Coventry City will sign striker Marc McNulty when his contract with Sheffield United expires this summer.


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Bogus workmen in Wolverhampton steal digger in daylight 

18 May 17

Thieves making off with the £25,000 machine are caught on CCTV.


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West Midlands Police considers using spit hoods 

18 May 17

The mesh fabric covers stop those arrested from spitting or biting officers.


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Aston Villa: CEO Keith Wyness insists club can sign ‘three or four’ transfer targets 

18 May 17

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness is confident of signing the club’s transfer targets within next season’s budget.


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Birmingham owls were a smash hoot but bears are bigger 

17 May 17

More than 200 bear statues are to form a tourist trail around the city in the summer for charity.


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Drayton Manor death: Evha Jannath suffered fatal chest injuries 

17 May 17

Evha Jannath was killed after falling from a water ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park.