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Biggest ever parade of Ferrari sports cars to go on display in the city centre. 

26 Jul 17

Classic car enthusiasts will be excited to see Birmingham’s largest ever parade of Ferraris as 70 of the iconic vehicles drive through the city centre on Friday 28th July.


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Four teenagers arrested in in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings. 

26 Jul 17

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings.


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Oblivion ride stuck 180 feet in the air at Alton Towers Theme Park.  

25 Jul 17

Passengers were escorted off the Oblivion ride at Alton Towers Theme Park this afternoon (25/07) after it came to a halt 180 feet in the air.


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Police continue to crack down on those that choose to use or carry guns. 

25 Jul 17

Police are continuing in their efforts to make the streets of the West Midlands safer by cracking down on those that choose to use or carry guns A number of arrests have been made over the last few days in connection with firearm use and police are …


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National Express West Midlands slashes bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff. 

25 Jul 17

National Express West Midlands is slashing bus fares for Birmingham students and NHS staff.


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Malala visits University of Birmingham to spread message of ‘education for all’. 

25 Jul 17

Malala Yousafzai visited the University of Birmingham and appealed to women physicists from around the globe to spread the message of ‘education for all’.


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Man arrested following a liquid attack outside a Dickens Heath pub. 

21 Jul 17

Police have arrested a man in connection with liquid attack outside a Dickens Heath pub.


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Six people injured after the ceiling collapsed during a school prom at Al-Miraj Banqueting Suite. 

21 Jul 17

Six people received treatment, from West Midlands Ambulance Service on Thursday (20/07), after the ceiling of a banqueting venue collapsed during a school prom in Birmingham.


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Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, explains why change is needed to our refuse collection services. 

21 Jul 17

Jacqui Kennedy, Corporate Director for Place, explains why change is needed to Birmingham’s refuse collection services: Jacqui Kennedy – Corporate Director for Place “I understand why the industrial action over the future of waste collection …


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Man shouts “I’ve got acid” before squirting cleaning fluid at a drinker outside a Dickens Heath pub. 

20 Jul 17

Detectives have today (20/07) released clear CCTV images of a man who shouted “I’ve got acid” before squirting what’s thought to be cleaning fluid in the face of a drinker outside a pub in Dickens Heath.


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Detectives appeal for witnesses following a serious collision in Northfield. 

20 Jul 17

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the regional Collision Investigation Unit, is appealing for witnesses to come forward following a collision in Northfield on Wednesday morning (19/07).


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CCTV released in bid to trace Moor Street stabbing suspect with “Mickey Mouse style hair” 

18 Jul 17

Detective Inspector Tom Hadley has today (18/07) released a CCTV image of a man he would like to speak to in connection with a stabbing on Moor Street Queensway on Monday (17/07).


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Library of Birmingham to setup partnership with Birmingham Repertory Theatre 

18 Jul 17

A report outlining plans for the Library of Birmingham and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The REP) to develop a commercial partnership is set to be approved by Birmingham City Council on Tuesday 25th July.


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Investigation underway after a man was stabbed near Moor Street Station. 

17 Jul 17

Police have launched an investigation after a man suffered a serious stab wound on James Watts Queensway, near Moor Street Station, this afternoon (17/07).


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Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights) could be visible across the UK tonight. 

17 Jul 17

A strong geomagnetic storm is expected to hit tonight (17/07), meaning that those who are able to find clear and dark skies are in with a chance of witnessing a magical light show – The light show happens when charged particles collide with our …


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Three teenagers sentenced after stabbing a boy in row over a girl. 

17 Jul 17

Three teenagers have been sentenced to more than 17 years imprisonment after stabbing a boy, aged 17, in Walmley, in June last year during an on-going dispute over a girl.


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Jamaican Track and Field Team return to the University of Birmingham 

17 Jul 17

The Jamaican Track and Field Team will return to the University of Birmingham this month for their World Championship final preparation camp.


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Game of Thrones marathrone on the enormous 5M screen at Shooters on Broad Street 

15 Jul 17

With Game of Thrones kicking off season 7 on HBO in the U.


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Detectives are appealing for information after a burglary in Sutton Coldfield. 

14 Jul 17

Detective Constable Dave Wylam is appealing for information after a property on Birmingham Road in Wylde Green was broken into last month.


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Vital roadworks continue on the M6 J6/A38(M) Spaghetti/Gravelly Hill Interchange 

13 Jul 17

Highways England are continuing a concrete repair and resurfacing scheme at Spaghetti Junction during summer 2017 Traffic management will be in place during the works, including seven full weekend closures of junction 6 of the M6, entry and exit …


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Solar Polar Bear has disappeared from Victoria Square but don’t worry.  

13 Jul 17

Solar Polar Bear, which is one of the 237 Bears in the Big Sleuth , that resides in Victoria Square has disappeared overnight.


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Rough Sleepers Task Force launched to address city centre rough sleeping. 

13 Jul 17

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have launched a Rough Sleepers Task Force to bring key organisations together to address city centre rough sleeping.


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Legendary undersea adventurers The Octonauts return to the National Sea Life Centre. 

12 Jul 17

Legendary undersea adventurers The Octonauts will be returning to the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace on Saturday 15th July.


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Woman suffers life-threatening injuries after being struck by a motorcycle in Sutton Coldfield. 

12 Jul 17

A woman has been taken to hospital after being stuck by a motorcycle on Birmingham Road, near Brewhouse Kitchen, at around 11:50AM this morning (12/07).


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Investigation is underway after a gunshot was fired at a nightclub on Broad Street.  

12 Jul 17

Police were dispatched to Cyclone Club on Broad Street, at around 11:30PM on Tuesday night (11/07), following reports of a shot being fired at the club.


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Three sisters racially abused and threated by man with dog on a train. 

12 Jul 17

PC Piotr Gass, from British Transport Police, is appealing for information after three sisters were racially abused and then threatened by a man and his dog.


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Police and Crime Commissioner issues statement following recent fatal violent incidents.  

11 Jul 17

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has issued a statement following recent fatal violent incidents: Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of a man in Kingstanding have charged a 15-year-old boy with murder.


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Birmingham trucker handed a hefty fine after committing a dangerous overtake on a cyclist 

10 Jul 17

A truck driver has been handed a hefty fine after being found guilty of a dangerous overtake on a cyclist – the first court conviction in West Midlands Police’s operation to protect riders from “close-pass” motorists.


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Grab lunch at your favourite restaurant without waiting in line with Swoope. 

10 Jul 17

Currently taking Birmingham by storm, Swoope is an app that offers the ability to preorder your food and drink, pay for it, and collect it when it is ready.


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Almost six years on and Birmingham Updates is now the most engaged news source in the region.  

10 Jul 17

As you may know, I (Luke Addis) started Birmingham Updates (BU) on 8th August 2011 with the main aim of dispelling rumours during the disorder and riots in our amazing city.


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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a machete attack in Wednesbury.  

10 Jul 17

An investigation has been launched and a man has been arrested following an assault in Friar Park in Wednesbury on Sunday (09/07).


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Travel the United Kingdom being a Wig Apprentice with Birmingham Royal Ballet. 

10 Jul 17

Creative Alliance, specialist training provider for creative, digital and marketing apprenticeships, has a unique opportunity.


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Murder investigation underway after two men were stabbed in Digbeth. 

8 Jul 17

Detectives from the West Midlands Police homicide team have launched an investigation after two men were stabbed, one of them fatally, in Digbeth.


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Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale closed following a serious collision. 

7 Jul 17

Emergency services were dispatched to Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, at around 9AM this morning (07/07), to reports of a collision.


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Delicious restaurant meals delivered to parks and public spaces across the city and beyond. 

6 Jul 17

There’s nothing more glorious in the summer than eating al-fresco when the sun comes out, and Deliveroo today (06/07) announced the good news that its riders will deliver delicious restaurant meals to public space and parks across the city and …


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West Midlands Combined Authority gets £5.84m to help keep traffic moving. 

6 Jul 17

Improved roads, reduced congestion and better journey times are the target in a £5.84m programme of improvements underway across the West Midlands.


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Gravelly Lane cordoned off last night after gunshots were fired at a parked car.  

6 Jul 17

Police, including armed officers, were dispatched to Gravelly Lane in Erdington, at around 8:40PM on Wednesday night (06/07), after a member of the public reporting what they believed was the sound of gunshots.


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Campaign urges people not to feed pigeons in West Bromwich 

5 Jul 17

New signs have gone up in West Bromwich town centre urging people not to feed pigeons.


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Unrivalled ‘Peddimore, Birmingham’ development to create 10,000 jobs 

5 Jul 17

Birmingham City Council has today launched one of the UK’s prime industrial development opportunities to potential developers and investors, leading the way for the creation of up to 10,000 jobs set to contribute £350 million to the local economy.


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Three men escape with minor injuries following a serious collision in Yardley. 

5 Jul 17

Three men have escaped with what appear to be remarkably minor injuries despite a serious collision that left three vehicles with massive damage.


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New images of rejuvenated Alexander Stadium for Commonwealth Games 2022 bid. 

5 Jul 17

Sitting at the heart of the UK, and standing for the diversity of the Commonwealth, Birmingham is well positioned to attract people to the 2022 Commonwealth Games and to ensure that the benefits of hosting extend from the city and region, to the UK …


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Peaky Blinders bear to watch over The Big Sleuth sculpture trail this summer. 

4 Jul 17

By order of the Peaky Blinders… families taking part in the hotly-anticipated The Big Sleuth trail will come under the watchful eye of the Shelby family if they visit the Mailbox this summer.


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Man dies after being stabbed in Bartley Green. 

4 Jul 17

A murder investigation is underway after a man, aged 22, was stabbed to death in Bartley Green Tuesday night (03/07).


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Former Chelsea captain John Terry has signed a one-year deal with Aston Villa Football Club. 

3 Jul 17

Aston Villa Club has released the following statement: The former England captain arrives at Villa Park having helped Chelsea secure the Premier League title in 2016/17 and left Stamford Bridge at the expiration of his contract.


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Substantial fire in Cleveland Tower on Holloway Head being treated as arson. 

1 Jul 17

Emergency services were dispatched to the 32-storey tower block this morning (01/07), to reports of a fire on the 22nd floor.


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National Sea Life Centre celebrates the arrival of first penguin chick 

30 Jun 17

Conservationists at the National Sea Life Centre in Brindleyplace are celebrating the arrival of a rare Gentoo penguin chick whose parents crossed continents to conceive.


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The New Alexandra Theatre is one of Birmingham’s most loved venues. 

29 Jun 17

Affectionately known as “The Alex”, the New Alexandra Theatre on Station Street first opened its doors back in 1901 and has been delighting audiences across the city and beyond ever since.


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Barclays Bank in Sparkbrook cordoned off after being raided by masked men.  

29 Jun 17

Police have launched an investigation after a vehicle smashed into Barclays Bank and a number of masked men ran from the car into the bank this morning (29/06).


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Fire safety measures taking place at four Sandwell Council tower blocks. 

28 Jun 17

Sandwell Council has started removing panels from balconies and some windows at four blocks of flats as part of a series of safety measures.


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Tattoo festival with a twist to make its’ mark on the Midlands this weekend. 

28 Jun 17

Some of the finest tattoo artists in the UK will converge on Walsall FC’s Bescot Stadium on Saturday (01/07) for a two day celebration of their art.


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Sparkhill man arrested in Spanish terrorism investigation 

28 Jun 17

West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit detectives have executed a European Arrest Warrant in Birmingham this morning ((26/06).


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Deborah Cadman OBE named as Chief Executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). 

27 Jun 17

Deborah will play a key role in turning the region’s devolution deal with central government into reality, including working with Andy Street who was elected as the first West Midlands Mayor in May this year.


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Passenger punched in what is thought to be a racially motivated assault on a train 

27 Jun 17

PC Piotr Gass, from British Transport Police (BTP), has released CCTV image of man he’d like to speak to after a passenger was punched in what is thought to be a racially motivated assault on a train.


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Kings Norton pupils enjoy a school trip with a difference after praising West Midlands Police. 

27 Jun 17

Year 3 pupils from Kings Norton Primary enjoyed a school trip with a difference last week as they took aim (with toy guns!) on targets at the West Midlands Police Operations Centre in Aston.


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Birmingham City Council is proposing to make Dog Control Orders under Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act. 

26 Jun 17

Residents, in particular dog owners, are being invited to have their say on proposals to introduce Public Space Protection Orders to tackle dog control issues from today (26/06).


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Birmingham reveals world-class indoor arenas for its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid. 

26 Jun 17

Birmingham has today (26/06) reveals four indoor arenas in the Birmingham and Solihull area that will play a pivotal role in delivering its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid.


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Fifa 17 Tournament at Shooters sports bar on Broad Street this weekend. 

23 Jun 17

Bring your friends to Shooters sports and shorts bar on Broad Street for the Fifa tournament on Sunday (25/06) in Collaboration with GAME and Carling.


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30,000 illegal cigarettes seized during six raids across the city. 

23 Jun 17

Trading Standards officers seized 30,000 illegal cigarettes worth £7,500 in a series of planned raids on six shops in Birmingham on Wednesday (21/06).


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Birmingham City Council to fit sprinklers in tower blocks 

22 Jun 17

Birmingham City Council’s residential tower blocks are to be fitted with sprinkler systems and other fire suppression measures following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, where 79 people are known to have died.


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Birmingham City Council refuse collectors set to stage a series of strikes. 

22 Jun 17

Birmingham City Council refuse workers, who are members of Unite, are set to stage a series of strikes as part of a dispute over jobs.