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Fans give clear verdict on what Aston Villa should do with Ross McCormack 

18 Jun 18

We asked Aston Villa fans to vote in our McCormack poll – and these are the results…


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Two injured during brawl in pub car park in Sutton Coldfield after family festival 

18 Jun 18

Two men suffered injuries during a fight in the car park of the Harvester pub in Boldmere…


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How Aston Villa’s decimated starting XI could look next season 

18 Jun 18

AVFC are set to lose key players this summer…


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Birmingham air pollution: ‘This is a public health emergency’ 

18 Jun 18

Kings Heath asthma sufferer Peter Edwards worries about the affect of pollution on his daughter…


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Teenage driver ploughs into house in devastating Erdington junction smash 

18 Jun 18

Two ambulances, firefighters and police were called to the Streetly Road-Marlow Road junction…


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This is why your train was packed during Monday morning’s rush hour 

18 Jun 18

Two lines into Birmingham New Street were affected by signalling issues and broken-down trains – leading to frustration for commuters…


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Fears growing for missing teenager Ruby Hudson – who is thought to be in Birmingham 

18 Jun 18

The 16-year-old…


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Fixtures day, tour and sponsors confirmed, kit reveal – Birmingham City’s key dates 

18 Jun 18

BCFC’s pre-season is starting to take shape…


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Birmingham City’s Championship rivals considering ex-loan striker 

18 Jun 18

Youngster managed seven goals in a rollercoaster BCFC campaign…


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‘Long-term solution’ – Aston Villa fans cast their verdicts on latest centre-back link 

18 Jun 18

AVFC transfer news sees supporters have their say on link with Wigan Athletic defender Dan Burn…


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Aston Villa tipped to fend off rivals for free agent centre-back 

18 Jun 18

Aston Villa transfer news sees released Paris FC defender Samuel Yohou linked with Midlands switch…


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Who is Dan Burn? The lowdown on the Aston Villa transfer target 

18 Jun 18

Aston Villa transfer news includes the lowdown on Wigan Athletic and former Birmingham City defender Burn…


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Birmingham is getting a congestion charge – and everybody’s furious 

18 Jun 18

Initially the plan was to charge just commercial vehicles, such as lorries, vans and buses to travel within the city centre…


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Britain braced for hottest day of the year with temperatures hitting 30C – but how hot will Birmingham be? 

18 Jun 18

The mini-heatwave means June is likely to be Britain’s hottest on record for 42 years…


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Electric taxi maker targeting Birmingham drivers ahead of pollution crack down 

18 Jun 18

Polluting cabs set to be refused Birmingham licenses from 2020…


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Birmingham’s silent killer – 900 a year die but nobody talks about it 

18 Jun 18

After years of court cases and deliberation city authorities are finally preparing to act…


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Birmingham dad left paralysed ‘minutes after being discharged’ from Queen Elizabeth hospital 

18 Jun 18

Chris Benton was discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham but then collapsed and hit his head…


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The Birmingham children spending half a year living in B&Bs 

18 Jun 18

It is unlawful for local authorities to house homeless families with children or someone who is pregnant in BB accommodation for more than six weeks…


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Seventy years of toil, music and triumph over adversity. Why BirminghamLive is supporting Windrush Week 

18 Jun 18

The spirit of the Windrush Generation rebuilt and enriched our city…


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How a house in Handsworth became a community hub 

18 Jun 18

No 68 Leonard Road is a shrine to the Pinkney family who helped to shape Handsworth for black people…


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Future Faces Awards unveils 2018 shortlist 

18 Jun 18

Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual awards will celebrate the rising stars of Greater Birmingham’s business community…


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Aston Villa set for defensive reshuffle in transfer window as Jack Grealish transfer fee backed 

18 Jun 18

Al the of the latest Aston Villa transfer news and views from BirminghamLive…


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Birmingham City fans catch out Aston Villa star as former Blues boss eyes new job 

18 Jun 18

The latest Birmingham City news and views from BirminghamLive…


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The bizarre Micah Richards message prompted by Birmingham City pranksters 

17 Jun 18

The Aston Villa defender says he was pranked into doing a hand gesture associated with Birmingham City’s Zulus hooligan firm…


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How much does Micah Richards earn at Aston Villa? Wages, woes and what next for forgotten man 

17 Jun 18

Alex Dicken looks at the Micah Richards situation at AVFC…


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Aston Villa fans have a theory about what James Maddison transfer fee means for Jack Grealish value 

17 Jun 18

Leicester City and Southampton have had bids accepted for the Norwich City attacker…


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Birmingham City man’s future revealed as promotion chances discussed 

17 Jun 18

The latest Birmingham City news and views from BirminghamLive…


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Wolves handed boost in Arsenal midfielder chase as Jorge Mendes latest revealed 

17 Jun 18

Wolves news and views from BirminghamLive including Arsenal’s Wilshere latest…


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Aston Villa ‘lead Championship chase’ for free agent centre-back 

17 Jun 18

Aston Villa transfer news sees released Paris FC defender Samuel Yohou linked with Midlands switch…


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Stranded TUI customers forced to sleep on Birmingham Airport floor amid flights ‘crisis’ 

17 Jun 18

Customers furious after flights axed – with claims of ‘no word’ from travel operator…


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Who is Dan Burn? Assessing the Aston Villa transfer target and what he could offer 

17 Jun 18

Aston Villa transfer news includes the lowdown on Wigan Athletic and former Birmingham City defender Burn…


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What Birmingham City fans really think about the stadium name change 

17 Jun 18

The vote results are in after BirminghamLive asked BCFC supporters for their thoughts…


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How much James Chester is worth as Aston Villa transfer speculation swirls 

17 Jun 18

Your chance to value Chezzie, who is a wanted man this summer…


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Birmingham to celebrate Windrush anniversary with week-long festival 

17 Jun 18

And there are calls for an annual Windrush Day to be celebrated in the city…


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This is the latest hilarious Harry Redknapp impersonation with a World Cup twist 

17 Jun 18

The former Birmingham City manager has been given the Spain job in this spoof…


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Birmingham’s week-long Windrush festival: Full programme of events 

17 Jun 18

The HMT Empire Windrush docked at the Port of Tilbury, near London, on June 21, 1948…


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Harry and Meghan ‘pick their dream home’ – an hour away from Birmingham 

17 Jun 18

The royal couple could feasibly pop out for a bit of shopping at Bullring…


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What are Birmingham City’s Championship promotion odds? The bookies rate their prospects 

17 Jun 18

The latest Birmingham City betting odds includes what the bookies think about Championship promotion and relegation…


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England boss Gareth Southgate: Aston Villa, Pizza Hut, The Beak and Russia 2018 

17 Jun 18

To Russia with love – how the ex-AVFC skipper ascended English football…


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What happened to Ron Vlaar? The Aston Villa man who starred at the last World Cup 

17 Jun 18

Football editor Mat Kendrick tracks Ron Vlaar’s career since Brazil 2014…


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The bus lane camera that catches the most drivers in Birmingham 

17 Jun 18

New camera near to major hospital has gone straight to the top of Birmingham’s bus lane league table of fines…


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Aston Villa season ticket sales for 2018/19 are a credit to the Villa Park faithful 

17 Jun 18

The AVFC faithful continue to show their support in big numbers despite the club’s troubles…


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‘I loved it then’ Former Birmingham City man recalls the happiest time of his career 

17 Jun 18

Free agent David Cotterill really enjoyed playing for BCFC…


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Revealed: Striker set for surprise return to Birmingham City 

17 Jun 18

Birmingham City transfer news includes the latest on forward…


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What are Aston Villa’s Championship promotion odds? The bookies rate their prospects 

17 Jun 18

The latest Aston Villa betting odds includes what the bookies think about Championship promotion and relegation…


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‘Paddy the park keeper’ uncovers eight-inch knife concealed near Erdington playground 

17 Jun 18

The grim discovery was made on Saturday morning…


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Birmingham’s first plastic free supermarket has opened – here’s what we found inside 

17 Jun 18

The Clean Kilo in Digbeth is the city’s first zero waste supermarket and when we got there people were queuing…


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This is how much money Aston Villa owe in transfer fees to other football clubs 

17 Jun 18

Figures have revealed what AVFC owe in outstanding transfer fees…


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Aston Villa’s Ross McCormack dilemma as sidelined striker remains in limbo 

17 Jun 18

Should AVFC bring him back into the fold or keep him away from the squad…


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Birmingham Airport chaos as hundreds of furious passengers stranded overnight after runway shut down 

17 Jun 18

The runway was closed after an unscheduled Norwegian flight was forced to make an emergency landing…


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Birmingham City managerial flop Gianfranco Zola is being lined up for a new job 

17 Jun 18

He could be a part of the the backroom staff…


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Former Aston Villa man finds out he’s been sacked – on Twitter! 

17 Jun 18

He learned of his fate when his replacement was announced on social media…


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Should Aston Villa rename Villa Park? You’ve had your say 

17 Jun 18

This is what Aston Villa fans have had to say about the potential of Aston Villa renaming Villa Park…


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Hollywood Vampires at Genting Arena – Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry rocked – review and set list 

17 Jun 18

Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry were electric on stage in Birmingham…


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Aston Villa fans are saying the same thing about Birkir Bjarnason and Lionel Messi 

17 Jun 18

Villa fans were particularly interested in the battle between the two players during Iceland’s draw against Argentina…


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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wants former Birmingham City loanee – reports 

17 Jun 18

All the latest AVFC transfer news and rumours…


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The streets in Birmingham where police catch most cars speeding 

17 Jun 18

The minimum penalty for speeding is a 100 fine…


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Millionaire YouTuber Lord Aleem on his family’s amazing rags-to-riches rise, those Top Gear rumours and why his dad drives a 2004 Skoda 

17 Jun 18

Popular vlogger talks about his love of Brum – and quashes those Top Gear rumours…


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The ‘outstanding’ Birmingham schools not inspected by Ofsted for years 

17 Jun 18

In 2012 a new law came in that meant outstanding schools were exempt from regular full inspections from Ofsted, the school regulator…


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Internet giant Google backs down and finally gives Sutton Coldfield ‘Royal Town’ status 

17 Jun 18

MP Andrew Mitchell said the Royal Town name is ‘cherished and well-used…