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Behind the curtain with the best shows at Birmingham Hippodrome this year 

22 Jan 18

It’s always great to have an event to look forward to, especially when it’s a trip to the theatre.


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150,000 households in Birmingham may have missed out on more than £1,500 by not switching energy supplier 

22 Jan 18

Big Energy Saving Week has revealed today (22/01) that failing to switch energy supplier may have cost 150,000 of households in Birmingham more than £1,500 each over the past six years – the equivalent of more than half a year of the UK’s …


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Guru Randhawa, Jasmine Sandlas and Lotto Boyzz performing at BBC Asian Network Live in Birmingham 

22 Jan 18

BBC Radio Asian Network has today (22/01) announced the line-up for Asian Network Live in Birmingham – the station’s flagship event – which is set to take place on Saturday 10 March at Arena Birmingham.


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Eight-year-old girl who died after being found with stab wounds in Brownhills has been named by police. 

21 Jan 18

Police have named a girl who died after being found with knife wounds at a house in Brownhills on Saturday (20/01) Eight-year-old Mylee Billingham was taken to hospital with stab injuries but unfortunately nothing could be done to save her life, and …


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A Vegan Street Food Festival is coming to Birmingham 

21 Jan 18

This is no drill people! Hawker Yard reveals Birmingham’s first ever monthly all-vegan street food festival.


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Birmingham and Solihull residents raise £49,000 for St Mary’s Hospice with Christmas tree recycling scheme 

19 Jan 18

Residents rose to the challenge of recycling a record number of Christmas trees to raise £49,000 for local charity, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice.


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Ross Kemp follows police to a serious incident in the Jewellery Quarter. 

19 Jan 18

Actor and Documentary maker Ross Kemp, who is currently filming a documentary about violent crime in the UK, was seen with officers from West Midlands Police in the Jewellery Quarter this afternoon (19/01).


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Buses in the West Midlands have more CCTV cameras than any other mode of transport. 

19 Jan 18

A senior West Midlands Police officer says he is “staggered” that anyone does anything wrong on a bus – because CCTV pictures are so clear nowadays.


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Public invited to have their say on future of West Midlands Fire Service 

18 Jan 18

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is seeking views on the future running of the region’s fire service.


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Black Country Living Museum’s Peaky Blinders Nights are back for 2018 and better than ever! 

17 Jan 18

Step inside the murky underworld of the Peaky Binders and discover their dark history at this unique event.


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Police officer faced with gunman following reports a burglary in Stourbridge 

17 Jan 18

This is the moment a West Midlands police officer on a routine call to a burglary was confronted by a gunman in a hallway.


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Dirty Martini, the specialist cocktail bar, is coming to Birmingham. 

17 Jan 18

Dirty Martini will replace the Viva Brazil restaurant on the corner of Waterloo Street and Bennetts Hill at 7 Bennetts Hill, which was once a banking hall.


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Man taken to hospital with stab wounds following an incident in Small Heath. 

16 Jan 18

Emergency services were dispatched to the junction of Cattell Road and Coventry Road earlier this afternoon (16/01), to reports of a man being stabbed.


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Street race suspects arrested as police promises no let up on road menaces 

16 Jan 18

“Motorists prepared to put people’s lives at risk by racing on our roads need to accept they may well end up in jail.


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Lane restriction at Five Ways Underpass for Metro extension works.  

16 Jan 18

Infrastructure works are progressing to extend the tram from New Street Station up to Five Ways.


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Former Michelin starred restaurant Turners in Harborne to close with immediate effect. 

15 Jan 18

Head Chef and owner of Turners at 69 on Harborne High Street has announced today (15/01) that the restaurant, which held a Michelin star between 2009 and 2017, will close with immediate effect.


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New awards introduced at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce annual dinner 

12 Jan 18

Three new categories are set to be introduced at the 2018 Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce annual awards and dinner.


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11 deals to defeat dry Jan 

11 Jan 18

Did you eat too much over Christmas? Have you spent way too much money? Are you trying to do dry January? Did you just answer yes to all of these? Yep.


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Officers launch appeal following a serious hit and run in Kings Norton 

11 Jan 18

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police, has launched an appeal for information after a hit-and-run collision in Kings Norton which left a motorcyclist seriously injured.


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The Patty Master unveils the top burgers in Birmingham.  

11 Jan 18

I’m a Birmingham-based foodie on the quest for the perfect burger.


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Have YOUR say on proposals to improve M42 Junction 6, near the NEC & Birmingham Airport.   

11 Jan 18

Highways England has launched its statutory public consultation to gather views on the design of a new £282m junction on the M42 near Birmingham.


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Mayor turns up the heat in bid to lure Channel 4 to the West Midlands 

10 Jan 18

The race to attract Channel 4 to the West Midlands has stepped up a gear with Andy Street throwing down the gauntlet to the region’s creative community to send a message to bosses at the station.


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Network Rail to permanently close Bloxwich level crossing. 

8 Jan 18

Bloxwich level crossing is to permanently close as Network Rail continues to upgrade the railway between Walsall and Rugeley Trent Valley.


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Make a splash at Stechford’s brand new £9M Leisure Centre. 

8 Jan 18

If you live in east Birmingham there’s a great incentive on your doorstep to get fit and healthy this year with the opening of the brand new Stechford Leisure Centre on Station Road.


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Cyclist left seriously injured following a hit and run in Yardley Wood. 

8 Jan 18

A cyclist has been left seriously injured in hospital after being hit by a car in Yardley Wood on Sunday (07/01).


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Two women sadly die following a collision on M42 near Curdworth. 

5 Jan 18

Emergency services were called to the M42 Motorway between junctions 9 and 10 northbound near Curdworth in Sutton Coldfield, at around 3.20AM this morning (05/01), to reports of a collision involving a car and a van.


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Councillor responsible for Clean Streets and Environment apologises for missed refuse collections across the city. 

5 Jan 18

Cllr Lisa Trickett, who is the Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment has apologised today (05/01) for missed refuse collections.


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Acocks Green restaurant fined £50,000 for using wooden boards to serve food. 

5 Jan 18

Ibrahim’s Grill and Steak House Ltd has been finded £50,000 by Birmingham Magistrates Court after a case was brought by Birmingham City Council for using wooden plates to serve food.


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Dippy the Diplodocus is coming to town in May 

4 Jan 18

Never before on public display outside of London, Dippy will travel the length and breadth of the country from early 2018 to late 2020, stopping at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery for four months as part of the tour.


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Four people taken to hospital after their car hit a building in Cotteridge during a police pursuit. 

4 Jan 18

Four people were taken to hospital in the early hours of this morning (04/01), after the car they were travelling in hit a building on the Pershore Road in Cotteridge.


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London’s iconic restaurant The Ivy is coming to Birmingham 

3 Jan 18

The Ivy, which has famously had a firm fixture on London’s dining and social scene for over 100 years, is coming to Birmingham.


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Birmingham City Council issues updated statement on recent missed refuse collections.  

3 Jan 18

Birmingham City Council has today (03/01) released an updated statement on recent missed refuse collections in parts of Birmingham in recent weeks: “We are aware of ongoing issues with missed waste and recycling collections in parts of the city.


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West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit arrest six people on suspicion of terrorism offences.  

3 Jan 18

Five men and a woman have been arrested today (Wednesday 3 January) on suspicion of terrorism offences.


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Cadbury set to release 371 white creme eggs into the wild. 

3 Jan 18

Forget dreaming about getting one of the golden eggs ,  from the now legendary Charlie and the Chocolate Factory film, because something more enticing is about to hit the shops.


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New Year, New You – Make some resolutions to improve your health. 

3 Jan 18

If your new year resolution is to improve your health, then why not look after your liver in 2018! The Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting the national Love Your Liver month and also encouraging people to take …


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Update from the Editor In Chief of Birmingham Updates: Thankful for 2017 and wishing you all a wonderful 2018.  

31 Dec 17

As you may or may not be aware Birmingham Updates (BU) started during the riots of 2011 and I ( Luke Addis ) co-founded Updates Media (UM) in 2015.


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Police officer gets impaled on metal spike in police chase – but still catches suspect. 

30 Dec 17

A West Midlands Police officer was seriously hurt when his arm was impaled on a metal fence while pursuing a reported bike thief – but the “hero” cop still managed to arrest the suspect after pulling himself off the spike and chasing him down! …


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Two men arrested and shotgun recovered after an incident in Northfield. 

30 Dec 17

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a sawn-off shotgun after a car window was shot through in Northfield.


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Birmingham City Council issues an apology following missed refuse collections.  

29 Dec 17

Birmingham City City Council says ‘challenging circumstances’ since adverse weather in early December are having an impact on refuse collections across the city.


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Christmas tree recycling scheme in aid of St Mary’s Hospice. 

29 Dec 17

On Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January, Volunteers from St Mary’s Hospice will be out and about collecting Christmas trees for recycling.


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The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust made over £4.8M from parking charges in the last year.  

28 Dec 17

NHS hospitals made a record £174 million in the last year, up 6% on the year before, from charging patients, visitors and staff for car parking, according to an investigation by the Press Association.


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Delays of up to 40 minutes and cancellations through New Street Station. 

28 Dec 17

An object caught on the overhead electric wires and an earlier signalling problem near New Street Station are causing disruption to services through the station.


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Man’s body discovered at Longbridge Social Club 

28 Dec 17

Police have cordoned off Longbridge Social Club on Bristol Road after a body of a man was discovered at the facility.


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Elderly man injured following a collision in Kings Heath on Boxing Day. 

27 Dec 17

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were dispatched to Vicarage Road, at around 1:30PM on Boxing Day, to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a car near Abbots Road.


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Birmingham City Council – Christmas refuse collections 

22 Dec 17

Residents in Birmingham are being reminded of this year’s Christmas waste collection arrangements: There will be no collections of refuse or recycling on Christmas Day (Monday 25 December) and Boxing Day (Tuesday 26 December).


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The blue UK passport will return after we leave the European Union 

22 Dec 17

The Home Office has announced today (22/12) that the blue UK passport will return after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in 2019.


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First images of reimagined Cornwall Street in Birmingham’s Business District 

22 Dec 17

These digital images show how Cornwall Street in the heart of Birmingham’s Business District could look after Colmore BID’s plans to revitalise the street took a step forward.


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Commonwealth Games Federation selects Birmingham to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games 

21 Dec 17

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today announced that it has selected our city as the host city partner of the XXII Commonwealth Games in 2022.


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Call NHS 111 to get the right care this winter 

21 Dec 17

People in Birmingham and Solihull who need urgent but not emergency care this winter are being urged by Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to call NHS 111.


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Ground-breaking Coming Out exhibition opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 

20 Dec 17

A major new exhibition at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery showcases over 80 modern and contemporary artworks by internationally renowned artists, who explore themes of sexuality, gender and identity in art.


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Jewellery Quarter car-jackers sentenced to more than 14 years imprisonment. 

20 Dec 17

West Midlands Police has reiterated its crime prevention messaging to lock out carjackers after a man was jailed for 10 years for putting two women through terrifying robberies in the Jewellery Quarter.


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Students from Calthorpe Academy in Highgate help the homeless this Christmas. 

20 Dec 17

Students from Calthorpe Academy, which is a special Educational Needs (SEN) school in Highgate, got to play Santa today (20/12), delivering donations to young people at local supported accommodation facility, Conybere Gardens, after receiving a …


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Festive cocktails overlooking the city at Marco Pierre White’s  

19 Dec 17

Located up at the top of the Cube, Marco’s is the perfect spot to enjoy a festive cocktail overlooking the city this December.


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West Midlands Police confirms the identity of six people who died following a devastating collision. 

19 Dec 17

West Midlands Police has confirmed the identity of six people who died following the devastating collision in the early hours of Sunday morning (17/12).


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Man jailed after being found with stolen mobile phones inside his swimsuit following a gig at Arena Birmingham 

19 Dec 17

A man who pickpocketed more than 50 phones during a Royal Blood gig at Arena Birmingham has been jailed after West Midlands Police found he concealed them inside a full-length swimsuit.


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Homeless man has sadly died in the city centre.  

18 Dec 17

A man, aged 38, who had reportedly been homeless for sometime, has sadly died after being discovered on Edgbaston Street, near the Bullring Markets, on Sunday morning (17/12).


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Witnesses urged to come forward following the devastating collision which left six people dead.  

18 Dec 17

Sergeant Alan Hands, from the West Midlands Police Collision Investigation Unit, is urging witnesses to come forward following the devastating collision which left six people dead on Sunday (17/12).


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Former police officer hopes to help save a child’s life this Christmas. 

18 Dec 17

A recently retired West Midlands Police officer is aiming to give the perfect present this Christmas by helping to save a child’s life.


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A night at the Museum surrounded by history and fine wine 

18 Dec 17

On Friday 24th November, Birmingham’s fine wine supplier, Loki hosted a wine tasting event at the Birmingham Museum with over 300 people in attendance.


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Birmingham City Council launch public consultation into its 2018/19 budget proposals. 

18 Dec 17

The council has already saved more than £642 million since 2010 but now needs to find further savings of £54 million for 2018/19.