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Michael van Gerwen: Dutchman retains Grand Slam of Darts title 

20 Nov 17

Michael van Gerwen wins his third-straight Grand Slam of Darts title with a 16-12 win over Peter Wright in Wolverhampton.


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Royal Blood gig in Birmingham: Police find 53 stolen phones 

19 Nov 17

Police are tracing the owners of all the phones after finding them on a 22-year-old man.


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Budget 2017: Green light for driverless car testing 

19 Nov 17

The chancellor says investment will “prepare the ground” for the cars to be on UK roads by 2021.


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Funeral for Coventry man in police death probe 

18 Nov 17

Darren Cumberbatch became ill after being arrested by police in Nuneaton and later died.


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Maidstone United v Solihull Moors 

18 Nov 17

Live coverage of Saturday’s National League game between Maidstone United and Solihull Moors.


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Lincoln City v Coventry City 

18 Nov 17

Live coverage of Saturday’s League Two game between Lincoln City and Coventry City.


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Liam Gallagher guitar stolen from blind woman in Birmingham 

18 Nov 17

Thieves broke into the 71-year-old’s home and stole the signed instrument she won a competition.


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Cannock disability benefits cheat filmed fitting tyres 

17 Nov 17

Michael Tindall, who falsely claimed over £53,000 over seven years, was given a suspended sentence.


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Murder charge after woman’s body found in Warwickshire 

17 Nov 17

Andrew Thomas McIntosh, 54, has also been charged with drink-driving.


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Hidden Stratford-upon-Avon painting to be uncovered 

17 Nov 17

The murals, which are believed to have been protected by Shakespeare’s father, are to be displayed.


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Kwame Thomas: Coventry City loan striker to National League neighbours Solihull Moors 

17 Nov 17

Coventry City loan striker Kwame Thomas to National League neighbours Solihull Moors until 6 January.


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Premiership: Wasps v Newcastle 

17 Nov 17

Team news as Wasps host Newcastle in Saturday’s Premiership fixture at the Ricoh Arena (17:15 GMT).


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Reading v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

17 Nov 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday’s Championship game between Reading and Wolves.


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Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa 

17 Nov 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday’s Championship game between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa.


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Aston Villa: Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan sidelined following international duty 

17 Nov 17

Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia aggravates an ankle injury, and Scott Hogan is sidelined after a stomach operation.


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Birmingham child murders: Dad guilty of killing son and daughter 

17 Nov 17

Endris Mohammed killed his son and daughter by smothering them with a petrol-soaked rag.


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Children in Need: ‘I’m there for mum’s bad days’ 

17 Nov 17

Lilly, whose mum has fibromyalgia, helps with jobs around the house as well as caring for her parent.


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Man jailed for headbutting Coventry paramedic 

17 Nov 17

Neil Vann welcomed a six-month jail term given to the man who assaulted him.


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Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman abused on Facebook 

17 Nov 17

Naomi Coleman, deported from Sri Lanka for having the tattoo on her arm, was told to “burn in hell”.


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Birmingham City v Nottingham Forest 

17 Nov 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday’s Championship game between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.


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Bobbington light aircraft crash men ‘remarkably unscathed’ 

16 Nov 17

The ambulance service said both men were “incredibly lucky” to escape without more serious injuries.


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Birmingham firework death: Arrest on suspicion of murder 

16 Nov 17

The 22-year-old man is held on suspicion of murdering Tony Nicholls who died after a blaze at his home.


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Birmingham’s Frankfurt German Market returns for its 18th year 

16 Nov 17

Taste of Germany returns as 93 stalls open for business.


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Armed patrols as Birmingham Christmas market opens 

16 Nov 17

A heightened security presence is in place at this year’s attraction in Birmingham.


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Children in Need: Hospice runs children’s bereavement service 

16 Nov 17

Tracey Shread’s motto is to “wake up every day and smile for my children”.


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Coventry men forced girl, 14 into prostitution 

16 Nov 17

The teenager was found dressed in her underwear trying to escape from a first floor window.


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Alex Rieder: Wasps back row signs new contract with Premiership club 

16 Nov 17

Back row Alex Rieder signs a new undisclosed-length contract with Premiership side Wasps.


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Gypsy and traveller site numbers ‘not being met’ 

16 Nov 17

Authorities are “not living up to legal or moral obligations”, according to traveller groups.


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Price of Football 2017: League Two ticket prices rise 

15 Nov 17

The cost of watching football in League Two rises more than in any other English league for the 2017-18 season, the Price of Football 2017 study finds.


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Road closures and delays after report of body on M42 

15 Nov 17

Drivers are asked to avoid junctions 10-9 on the M42 after reports of a body in the road.


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Peaky Blinders history part of police museum plan 

15 Nov 17

The infamous Birmingham gang’s story would form part of a planned new police museum.


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Coventry City: Rugby club dismiss Sky Blues’ planned move to Butts Park Arena 

15 Nov 17

Coventry City’s proposed move across the city from the Ricoh Arena to the Butts Park Arena is dismissed by Coventry RFC.


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Birmingham fatal firework attack: Man arrested 

15 Nov 17

A 29-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder over the death of Tony Nicholls.


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Keinan Davis: Aston Villa’s teenage striker signs new contract until 2020 

15 Nov 17

Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis signs a new contract with the Championship club until 2020.


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Solihull Moors appoint Mark Yates and Tim Flowers as joint managers 

15 Nov 17

National League bottom club Solihull Moors appoint Mark Yates and Tim Flowers as joint managers.


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Plans submitted for Olympic-sized pool in Coventry 

15 Nov 17

Plans are submitted for the site where Wasps Rugby Club had hoped to build a training ground.


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Alex Thomson: Warwickshire sign Staffordshire all-rounder on one-year contract 

15 Nov 17

Warwickshire sign Staffordshire all-rounder Alex Thomson on a one-year deal following a trial period.


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Buddha tattoo woman Naomi Coleman wins compensation 

15 Nov 17

A woman deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of the Buddha is compensated for her treatment.


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Ashes 2017-18: Chris Woakes takes six wickets as England endure day in field 

15 Nov 17

Chris Woakes takes 6-54 as England are made to field all day by a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville.


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#BlueLightHappy: Public thanks for paramedics 

14 Nov 17

A tale of abuse against ambulance workers prompts tales of gratitude and “heart-warming” encounters.


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Handsworth man charged over fatal hit-and-run crash 

14 Nov 17

The man is charged with perverting the course of justice after the death of Krishna Devi Droch, 62.


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Birmingham pub bombings: Families ‘refused legal aid’ 

14 Nov 17

They are challenging a ruling that IRA suspects in the 1974 case will not be named at new inquests.


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Barnet appoint ex-Wolves manager McGhee 

13 Nov 17

Barnet appoint Mark McGhee as their new manager, with the Scot replacing Rossi Eames at the League Two club.


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A sum of £10,000 offered over Birmingham firework murder 

13 Nov 17

Anthony Nicholls died after a large commercial firework started a fire at his home.


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Wasps: Ashley Johnson signs contract extension with Coventry club 

13 Nov 17

Wasps utility forward Ashley Johnson signs an undisclosed-length deal with the Coventry-based Premiership club.


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Suitcase of gems stolen from train at Euston station 

13 Nov 17

The jewellery dealer’s bag contained more than 40 gems including rubies, emeralds and sapphires.


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Coventry Asda supermarket armed robbery ‘brazen bid’ 

12 Nov 17

Officers said they were still searching for two white men who were dressed in dark clothing.


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Reclaiming Remembrance: ‘I thought it was a white event’ 

12 Nov 17

Remembrance serves to honour those who gave their lives for Britain – but do all those who fought get the recognition they deserve…


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Why Coventry’s new homes will be built outside the city 

12 Nov 17

How Coventry is looking outside its borders to meet the “significant” demand for new homes.


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Who were the real Peaky Blinders? 

12 Nov 17

As the new series begins on BBC Two, a historian looks at the real-life members of the Birmingham gang.


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Handsworth death crash victim ‘foundation of our family’ 

11 Nov 17

Krishna Devi Droch, 62, was killed in a hit-and-run in Birmingham on Thursday.


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Solihull Moors v Sutton United 

11 Nov 17

Live coverage of Saturday’s National League game between Solihull Moors and Sutton United.


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Coventry City v Mansfield Town 

11 Nov 17

Live coverage of Saturday’s League Two game between Coventry City and Mansfield Town.


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Man and boys released over fatal Birmingham hit-and-run 

11 Nov 17

Police believe three cars were involved in the hit-and-run which left a 62-year-old woman dead.


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Liverpool Ladies v Birmingham City Ladies 

11 Nov 17

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday’s Women’s Super League 1 game between Liverpool Ladies and Birmingham City Ladies.


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Cash machine bulldozed in Coventry raid 

11 Nov 17

A group of raiders used the bulldozer to remove the cash machine before using a getaway vehicle.


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Police hurt in hit-and-run: Wolverhampton man charged 

11 Nov 17

A disqualified and uninsured driver is alleged to have mown down and injured two police officers.


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Passenger dies after car crashes in Nuneaton 

10 Nov 17

Police say a man died after a Nissan X vehicle left the road and came to a stop in a field.


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Man and two boys held over fatal Birmingham hit-and-run 

10 Nov 17

Police believe three cars were involved in the hit-and-run which left a 62-year-old woman dead.


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Four arrested in historic Rugby abuse and kidnap case 

10 Nov 17

The teenagers are alleged to have been kidnapped, raped, and sexually assaulted in Rugby in 1998.