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Anti-obesity funding plunges 92% as Birmingham City Council cuts bite 

8 Feb 18

Spending by Birmingham City Council on countering obesity has plummeted in the last 12 months, according to data collected by The Bureau Local and shared with Birmingham Eastside.


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VIDEO: “The more diverse your team, the better the product you’re going to produce” – School of Code Bootcamp graduates showcase their work 

1 Feb 18

The School of Code programme has already inspired  The  Sunday Times  to write about the “start-up revolution” in Birmingham , and this month the first Bootcamp recruits of the programme made an appearance at a  Demo Day to show off their …


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Birmingham band headlining anti-racism concert 

26 Jan 18

Birmingham band Kioko  are the headline act of tonight’s ‘ Love Music Hate Racism ‘ (LMHR) concert tonight.


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Families await key ruling on Birmingham pub bombings inquest 

26 Jan 18

Evening Mail front page in the wake of the bombings A judge will decide today whether to expand the terms of the 1974 pub bombings inquest into the victims’ deaths.


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Air India’s direct flights to Amritsar start next month 

25 Jan 18

Steven Byles / Under Wikimedia Commons Air India has confirmed that new flight operations from Birmingham to Amritsar will begin from 20 February this year .


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Theft and robbery on the rise in Central Birmingham 

25 Jan 18

Crimes involving stealing such as thefts of all kind, robberies, burglaries and shopliftings in Birmingham city centre rose more than the total crimes in the same area.


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New Water scheme to cut plastic waste 

25 Jan 18

Water UK la unched the New National Drinking Water Scheme today.


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No suspect identified: how majority of the knife crime cases in Birmingham end 

25 Jan 18

The number of knife crimes in Birmingham has almost doubled since 2014.


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AC Grayling tells Birmingham City University that Remain is like Space Invaders 

25 Jan 18

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Rough sleeper numbers in the West Midlands are on the rise, studies say 

25 Jan 18

The latest figures for rough sleepers across West Midlands and England as a whole, are up again.


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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s folk ensemble takes over New Street Station 

25 Jan 18

If you have travel plans from or to Birmingham New Street Station today, you’re likely catch a group of musicians enthralling crowds all day at the main departure station.


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Woman found dead in Netherton home 

25 Jan 18

A woman has been found dead in her home in Netherton.


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Remembering Winston Churchill: celebrating the five best on-screen portrayals of all time 

24 Jan 18

Arrogant, reluctant to relinquish power, gifted orator – these are some of the many phrases used to quantify the phenomenon that was Winston Churchill, who died 53 years ago this week.


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Birmingham Wetherspoon’s supplier investigated by food safety inspectors 

24 Jan 18

A recall of steak products from the Wetherspoon’ s menu has led to an investigation of their supplier over non-compliance of hygiene regulations.


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Council discusses electric vehicle charging points across the city 

24 Jan 18

Photo by Albert Bridge/Geograph.


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Man jailed for fatal hit and run 

24 Jan 18

A man has been jailed for 7 and a half years after killing a cyclist in Darlaston in 2017 .


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Two-thirds of Birmingham City Council Education targets not met 

24 Jan 18

A report released by Birmingham City Council has revealed that 6 of the 9 performance indicators set by the council were not met over the last academic year.


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Symphony Orchestra will be held as the renamed event of the Royal Birmingham Conservatory of Music. 

24 Jan 18

Officially renamed the Birmingham Conservatory as the Royal Birmingham Conservatory of Music.


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Top writers pay tribute to Earthsea creator Le Guin, dead at 88 

24 Jan 18

Writer Ursula Le Guin, who has died at the age of 88.


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Aston Villa Ladies to move back to Boldmere 

24 Jan 18

Aston Villa Ladies have announced that they will be playing their home games in Boldmere from next season.


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Murder arrest in Mylee Billingham case 

24 Jan 18

A 54 year old has now been arrested on suspicion of murdering 8 year old Mylee Billingham .


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Birmingham ranks 4th highest for child poverty in the UK 

24 Jan 18

Birmingham ranks 4th in the UK for having the highest level of child poverty according to new data published by the End Child Poverty campaign The newly released figures provide a break down of how many children are in poverty before and after …


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Cyrille Regis’ memorial service details announced 

24 Jan 18

West Bromwich Albion confirmed the details of the memorial service celebrating the life of Cyrille Regis .


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Bordesly Green child sex predator jailed for 19 years 

24 Jan 18

A Birmingham man who committed a string of sexual offences involving young girls has been jailed for 19 years .


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BBC 3 series staged at Birmingham Conservatoire comes to a melodic close 

23 Jan 18

The last in a series of concerts at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 ‘s New Generation Artists programme took place today.


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Only one Birmingham-based organisation present at the World Economic Forum 

23 Jan 18

The world’s top leaders, business executives, politicians, charities and NGOs are gathering this week in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum 2018 (WEF) .


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Listen: #HS2 project manager speaks at Exhibition Bus on Curzon Street 

23 Jan 18

The # HS2 team has come up with a @networkWM exhibition bus today at the new #Birmingham Curzon Street Station to talk about the station’s future.


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Listen: Developer talks about the new skyscraper project in Digbeth 

23 Jan 18

GlobalChina Capital (PGC) has been successful in gaining approval for its application for planning permission for its second site in Birmingham .


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TrustBarometer reveals polarisation of trust 

23 Jan 18

Edelman, a public relations and marketing consultancy firm, launched a report about a year of fake news and polarisation.


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Fresh appeal for witnesses after man charged in Boldmere knife attack 

23 Jan 18

Boldmere road, via Google Street View A man has been charged with attempted robbery after allegedly threatening a man with a knife in Sutton Coldfield on Sunday.


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NHS spending: savings can be made on branded drugs 

23 Jan 18

Photo by Petr Kratochvil / Filed under CC0 Public Domain Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Birmingham are  spendin g a lot more on branded drugs where they could possibly prescribe cheaper alternatives.


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Neil Diamond diagnosed with Parkinson’s, retires from touring 

23 Jan 18

Just a day shy of his 77th birthday, Neil Diamond has announced his retirement from touring.


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Campaign launched to save short breaks service for disabled under-5s in Sutton Coldfield amid fear of closure 

23 Jan 18

The parents of disabled children are fighting Birmingham council cuts that could mean the closure of a vital respite care service.


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PICTORIAL: Wolves recharging batteries in sunny Spain 

23 Jan 18

Championship leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers F.


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A 93 year old women died after being hit by a bus in Birmingham 

23 Jan 18

A 93 year old woman hit by a bus at the Poplar Road junction – just off the High Street.


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Birmingham City councillors public meeting for adult and social care health 

23 Jan 18

Birmingham City councillors will hold a public meeting today, about the 2018/19 budget for adult and social care health .


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WATER RESOURCES OF BIRMINGHAM-A GOOD PROSPECT IS IN THE FUTURE 

22 Jan 18

According to the Centre for Ecology Hydrology , affected by the mixed weather in December last year, the volume of water storage in most parts of the UK increased in varying degrees.


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Cornwall Street redevelopment revealed 

22 Jan 18

The Cornwell Street redevelopment for Birmingham has been revealed in new digital images released today.


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Ten tips to get through the Smear Test 

22 Jan 18

Photo: Wikimedia Commons Today marks the start of Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.


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Jimmy Armfield, former Blackpool and England player has died 

22 Jan 18

Jimmy Armfield has sadly passed away at the age of 82.


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Northfield rapist jailed for 15 years 

22 Jan 18

A man accused of raping and assaulting a woman has been jailed for 15 years .


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Oxfam calls for action on poverty gap during World Economic Forum 

22 Jan 18

A new report by the charity Oxfam shows that 42 people own as much wealth as poorer half of the world.


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Blue badge access to be extended to people with hidden disabilities 

22 Jan 18

New plans from  Transport Minister Jesse Norman suggest people with hidden disabilities could now get greater access to blue badge criteria.


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Intrepid Army Ice Maidens complete first all-female crossing of Antarctica 

22 Jan 18

An intrepid group of soldiers are today being hailed for their exceptional prowess and determination after becoming the first all-female team to cross Antarctica using muscle power alone.


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One in three women are embarrassed to take smear test 

22 Jan 18

A survey by the charity,   Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust found that one in three young women in the UK  are embarrassed to take a pap smear test .


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Women’s March 2018: Time’s Up and #MeToo movements get massive support 

22 Jan 18

The weather was no deterrent for thousands of women to gather outside Parliament in London on Sunday as they called for ‘ Time’s Up ‘ on harassment, racism, homophobia and inequality.


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Premier League matches pay tribute to Three Degrees footballer, Cyrille Regis 

22 Jan 18

This weekend’s Premier League matches saw a minute of applause and black armbands worn by players in memory of the Three Degrees footballer, Cyrille Regis.


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8 year old Brownhills stabbing victim named 

22 Jan 18

Mylee Billingham was named by West Midlands Police on Sunday after she was stabbed to death on Saturday night in Brownhills, Walsall.


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Kardashian-West baby: We have a name, ladies and gents! 

19 Jan 18

Stop whatever you’re doing right now.


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An exhibition is going on in the Parkside building in Birmingham City University 

19 Jan 18

Parkside building is hosting a new exhibition about class discrepancies, social injustice, workers’ rights, political struggles and racial tensions.


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Airbnb: rental growth in Birmingham is the highest 

19 Jan 18

Airbnb is booming in Birmingham.


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Brexit: ‘Significant’ difference in viewpoint between UK and France 

19 Jan 18

French President Emmanuel Macron ‘s statement on the UK’s Brexit stance shows a ‘significant’ difference in viewpoint between the two countries.


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Iain Mackay calls it a day after 20-year-long ballet career 

19 Jan 18

Birmingham Royal Ballet ‘s principal dancer, Iain Mackay will perform for the last time this evening at Symphony Hall.


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A new study finds you might still be a teenager 

19 Jan 18

According to a new study , published in the Lancet Child Adolescent Health , adolescence now lasts until 24 years old, or should be considered so.


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Birmingham’s Millennium Point shortlisted for Tim Peake Spacecraft venue 

19 Jan 18

Millenium Point’s Thinktank Science museum has been shortlisted as one of the potential venues to host Astronaut Tim Peake’s spacecraft.


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British Museum “Living with gods” exhibition visits Birmingham 

19 Jan 18

“Living with gods” curator Jill Cook reveals what makes the British Museum exhibition unique.


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Nintendo announce new cardboard DIY toys 

19 Jan 18

Many large retailers such as McDonalds and Iceland have been looking at new ways to reduce the amount of plastic they use across their business.


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Preview: Bees hope to extend lead against Doncaster Phoenix 

19 Jan 18

Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club seek to extend their unbeaten record when they take on  Doncaster Phoenix in a Midlands Premier League match at Damson Park this Saturday.


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The Rainbow Venues: Club fights back against closure with new campaign and festival 

19 Jan 18

The Rainbow Venues via Google Street View A Birmingham nightclub is fighting back against the City Council’s decision to shut them down in November.


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Top 5 movies to see in Brum for #NationalPopcornDay 

19 Jan 18

Today is the 5th annual #NationalPopcornDay which celebrates all things related to the tasty treat.