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Three men sentenced to up to 18 months imprisonment over fire safety breaches at a shisha lounge in Digbeth 

13 Aug 18

Three men have been sentenced to up 18 months imprisonment over fire safety breaches at a shisha lounge in Digbeth on Christmas day in 2013.


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Former drug addict who was one of the most prolific shoplifters in the West Midlands thanks police for help turning her life around. 

13 Aug 18

A former drug addict who was one of the most prolific shoplifters in the West Midlands has thanked the police offender manager who’s helped turn her back on a life of crime.


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Freddo’s favourite things to do at Cadbury World 

10 Aug 18

Freddo is a legend in the chocolate world.


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Ryanair on biggest strike in airline’s 34-year history with around 400 cancelled flights 

10 Aug 18

Over 70,000 passengers have been affected by the Ryanair strike today.


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Fans will be able to watch sold-out shows at arenas in Birmingham thanks virtual reality partnership. 

10 Aug 18

NEC Group venues are entering the world of virtual reality (VR) which will allow fans in to watch sold-out shows.


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More battery-powered trams on the way 

9 Aug 18

The UK’s first battery-powered tram was launched in the West Midlands in April – now Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) is looking to add up to 50 more to the expanding network.


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Pimp your prosecco with a little Unicorn Shimmer, perfection for summer events. 

9 Aug 18

Unicorn Shimmer can be bought online and comes in all sorts of flavours.


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Visa restrictions can lead to increase in illegal migration, finds new research carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham. 

9 Aug 18

While Government-imposed restrictions on immigration can reduce overall migration, they can also be ineffective or even counterproductive, pushing more would-be migrants into unauthorised channels, finds new research carried out in collaboration with…


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Follow the yellow brick road as the iconic Wizard of Oz takes to stage at The REP. 

8 Aug 18

Follow the yellow brick road this winter, as the iconic Wizard of Oz takes to stage at The REP.


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The eagerly-anticipated restaurant, Holy Moly Macaroni, is now open in Grand Central 

8 Aug 18

The eagerly-anticipated restaurant, Holy Moly Macaroni, is now open in Birmingham’s Grand Central to bring back proper mac to the masses following its recent appearance on the popular Channel 4 programme, Sunday Brunch.


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Police officers in West Midlands faced nearly 1,000 assaults last year, new figures show. 

8 Aug 18

The Police Federation has hailed the introduction of a new law which will allow tougher sentences for offenders, saying that officers should not have to consider assault “just part of the job”.


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Hubba Bubba flavoured gin exists and it will take you back to your childhood! 

7 Aug 18

Bubba Hubba bubblegum gin exists thanks to Sweet Little Liqueurs company and it can be ordered online! Although you’ll have to wait until its back in stock, as it is proving rather popular.


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Spot of tea this Summer? Head to The Malmaison for some deliciously quirky treats at their Afternoon Tea.  

7 Aug 18

Popular hotel Malmaison, based inside the Mailbox is certainly the place to be for an Afternoon Tea to remember.


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West Midlands Police launched campaign to ease pressure on “precious” 999 service 

7 Aug 18

West Midlands Police has launched a campaign urging people to preserve the 999 line for real emergencies as the force continues to battle against record high call numbers.


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Drug-related deaths rise in Birmingham over last three years 

7 Aug 18

Drug-related deaths have risen in Birmingham over the last three years, reflecting a national rise in fatalities over the period.


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It’s OKAY not to be OKAY! 

6 Aug 18

Thousands of people have taken to Facebook and Twitter for the #ITSOKAYTOTALK  selfie campaign.


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Detectives launch appeal after a man was found unconscious with serious head injuries in Erdington 

6 Aug 18

Detectives have issued a description of a man they are looking for, after a man was found unconscious with serious head injuries on Gravelly Hill in Erdington at around 2.50AM on Monday morning (06/08).


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All aboard with National Express West Midlands who are offering fabulous deals across summer for families eager to explore the region. 

6 Aug 18

The sun has shined brightly and is forecast to do so, well into the month of August.


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Giant green sea turtle Gulliver travels hundreds of miles to his new home in Birmingham 

6 Aug 18

One of the biggest and oldest giant green sea turtles in Britain has travelled hundreds of miles to move into his new home in Birmingham.


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Bring on the beach at Costa Del Solihull in Touchwood 

3 Aug 18

Summer is here which only means one thing, everyone wants to head to the beach.


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West Midlands project to teach connected cars the rules of the road 

3 Aug 18

The West Midlands is one of just seven regions worldwide taking part in a new pilot scheme to teach self-driving cars the rules of the road.


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More than 35% of of juvenile offenders in Birmingham reoffend within a year, figures show 

3 Aug 18

More than 35% of youth offenders in Birmingham reoffend within a year, according to a Ministry of Justice report .


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Body image and identity explored in new exhibition at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 

2 Aug 18

Works from artists including Donald Rodney, Gillian Wearing, Helen Chadwick, Francis Bacon and Barbara Walker form part of a new experimental exhibition at Birmingham Museum Art Gallery which explores underrepresented stories of body image and …


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Water supply interruptions expected during water pipe repairs in Erdington. 

2 Aug 18

Crew from Severn Trent Water are repairing a water pipe in Erdington today (02/08), which may be causing water supplies to be off or at low pressure for some of customers.


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Comedian and national treasure Sir Lenny Henry CBE visits Birmingham Children’s Hospital 

1 Aug 18

Comedian and national treasure Sir Lenny Henry CBE paid a visit to Birmingham Children’s Hospital last week (Friday 27 July) to lift spirits among the children, young people and families.


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Make the most of your downtime by enjoying these 12 spectacular events happening across the region in August. 

1 Aug 18

There’s nothing like looking forward to an exciting event which you’ve booked in advance and the feeling is made even better when the day finally arrives and you’re seeing something seriously awesome.


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Birmingham housing benefit applicants are waiting more than three weeks for claims to be completed 

1 Aug 18

New housing benefit applicants in Birmingham are having to wait more than three weeks for their claims to be processed, new figures have revealed .


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Ru Paul’s Drag Race Stars are coming to Birmingham 

31 Jul 18

Category is… extreme excitement because Ru Paul’s Drag Race stars are coming to Birmingham! Ru Paul’s Drag Race is a show which has revolutionised the drag industry, as well as opening up drag, making it more accessible for the general public …


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Aldi’s new gin range is gin-credible and they can be delivered to your door. 

31 Jul 18

What could possibly be better than a delicious and ice-cold gin and tonic during the summer time? Well, let me tell you- a delicious and ice-cold gin and tonic brought straight to your door, of course.


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Birmingham and Solihull doctors sign off tens of thousands of sick notes in a year. 

31 Jul 18

Doctors from Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group signed 338 fit notes, on average, every day in the last financial year, according to NHS figures.


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Doctors urged to offer more gardening courses and fewer pills following ‘mass prescribing’ of antidepressants 

30 Jul 18

Soon some patients diagnosed with depression will be sent to gardening and arts clubs rather than automatically being prescribed with pills, the new health secretary has promised.


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Birmingham celebrates four years to go until the 2022 Commonwealth Games 

27 Jul 18

Today (27/07) marks four years to go until the start of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.


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Birmingham burning more than two-thirds of the rubbish collected 

26 Jul 18

More than two-thirds of the rubbish produced in Birmingham are burnt, one of the highest rates of incineration in England.


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Birmingham has lost 60 of its pubs since 2010, according to official figures. 

26 Jul 18

Birmingham has lost 60 of its pubs since 2010, according to official figures.


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New Alexandra Theatre to undergo £650K revamp and revert to original name 

25 Jul 18

The New Alexandra Theatre will revert to its original name as it undergoes a £650K revamp and full corporate rebrand.


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Highways England encourages motorists to check their vehicles before they travel over the summer.  

25 Jul 18

Highways England is encouraging motorists preparing to hit the road for the holidays to check their vehicles before they travel.


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Investigation underway after a corrosive substance was thrown at a man on Stratford Road 

25 Jul 18

Police are investigating an incident in which a corrosive substance was thrown at a man on the Stratford Road on Tuesday afternoon (24/07).


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Don’t miss this Friday’s blood moon – The longest blood moon of this century. 

24 Jul 18

Make sure you take a moment this Friday, July 27th to look up at the sky toward the longest lunar eclipse of this century.


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Wolverhampton shooting victim named as murder investigation continues. 

24 Jul 18

A man shot dead in Wolverhampton on Friday (20/07) has been named as 24-year-old Dwaine Haughton.


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Free childcare scheme proves popular but parents may be ‘picking up the tab’ 

24 Jul 18

As the school term ends, figures from the Department of Education show that thousands of parents in Birmingham have used the Government-funded 30 hours a week of free childcare during its first year.


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The city’s internationally renowned Frankfurt Christmas Market returns on 15th November 2018. 

24 Jul 18

Birmingham’s popular Frankfurt Christmas Market returns in November to get the city in a festive mood in the run up to Christmas, with a tempting selection of food and drink, alongside stalls selling traditional toys, ornaments and gifts.


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Channel 4 confirms Birmingham is on the final shortlist to be the broadcaster’s new national HQ. 

23 Jul 18

Channel 4 has this afternoon (23/07) confirmed Birmingham is on the final shortlist to be the broadcaster’s new national HQ.


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Karaoke Box reveals Birmingham’s most popular karaoke songs. 

23 Jul 18

Karaoke, a word filled with so much fun, so much promise and so much… embarrassment.


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Pets in hospital scheme launches at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

23 Jul 18

A brand new service is being offered to patients at University Hospitals Birmingham, which is being supported by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.


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Birmingham City Council celebrates the completion of the 3,000th home built through its award-winning house-building programme. 

23 Jul 18

Birmingham City Council is celebrating the completion of the 3,000th home built through its award-winning house-building programme, Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).


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Parents warned to check vaccinations after outbreaks of measles in Europe. 

23 Jul 18

As schools break up for the holidays, parents in Birmingham have been warned to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up to date following outbreaks of measles in Europe.


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Man left seriously injured after being shot in the head in Wolverhampton. 

21 Jul 18

A man has been left seriously injured after being shot in the head in Wolverhampton on Friday night (20/07).


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A brand for the West Midlands – Transport for West Midlands reveals a new public transport identity 

20 Jul 18

Public transport in the West Midlands is to get a brand new look in what is a UK first.


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Dr Tony Xia and Aston Villa Football Club announce deal with Middle East businessmen. 

20 Jul 18

Dr Tony Xia and Aston Villa Football Club have this afternoon (20/07) announced a deal with Middle East businessmen.


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Cadbury to launch Dairy Milk bar with 30% less sugar 

20 Jul 18

Everyone loves chocolate.


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Mother and baby daughter involved in terrifying car-jacking incident in Acocks Green 

20 Jul 18

West Midlands Police has released a photo of Claire O’Neill and her four week old baby Eliza who were involved in terrifying car-jacking incident in Acocks Green on Thursday afternoon (19/07).


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An increase in recorded murders and manslaughters in Birmingham over the last year 

20 Jul 18

There has been an increase in recorded murders and manslaughters in Birmingham over the last year, reflecting the national rise in killings.


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NHS 111 sending increasing number of callers to A&E, latest figures released by NHS England show. 

19 Jul 18

The NHS 111 helpline in West Midlands is referring an increasing number of people to emergency services or calling an ambulance, prompting concerns about extra strain on AE departments.


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Morrisons has introduced a weekly “quieter hour” for autistic shoppers who struggle with music and noise. 

19 Jul 18

On Saturdays from 09:00 AM to 10:00 AM all Morrisons UK stores will dim lights, turn music off, avoid using the tannoy and turn check-out beeps down.


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Creator of first Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust to be given top university honour 

19 Jul 18

The woman who created the first Women’s and Children’s NHS Trust of its kind, is to be given a top university honour this month in recognition of her contribution to healthcare.


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Continue a sporty summer with the ultimate after-work wind-down as Birmingham Bears take on the Northamptonshire Steelbacks. 

18 Jul 18

Feeling a little lost now the World Cup is over? Never fear, Edgbaston Stadium’s theatre of fun continues to serve a colossal dose of summer sports action , courtesy of the Birmingham Bears, who take on the Northamptonshire Steelbacks this Friday (…


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Nearly a quarter of pupils lose free school eligibility in Birmingham 

18 Jul 18

Nearly a quarter of the pupils in Birmingham who could claim free school meals five years ago are no longer eligible for them.


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Follow the Yellow Brick Road all the way to The REP this season for an unmissable line-up 

18 Jul 18

Theatre fans across the city are in for a treat this year, with a fabulous line-up courtesy of The REP.


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Government funding for West Midlands Police has dropped in recent years, leaving local taxpayers to pick up the bill. 

18 Jul 18

Figures from the Home Office show that West Midlands Police’s government funding dropped by 2% between their budgets for the 2015-16 and 2018-19 financial years.


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Masterchef finialist takes over Harvey Nichols for one night only 

18 Jul 18

Harvey Nichols Birmingham is teaming up with much-lauded chef Louisa Ellis for a one night only restaurant takeover.