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Here’s how you can pay your respects to West Brom legend Cyrille Regis at the Hawthorns 

22 Jan 18

The former Albion, Coventry City, Aston Villa and Wolves star died of a suspected heart attack on January 14…


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Who is Hugo Rodallega? What you need to know about rumoured Birmingham City target 

22 Jan 18

Birmingham City transfer news includes an in-depth look at ex Wigan and Fulham frontman…


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Cashpoint user fights off ’20-stone’ knifepoint robber in Sutton Coldfield 

22 Jan 18

The incident occurred outside the Sainsburys store in Boldmere Road on Sunday night…


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EVERY player linked with a transfer to Birmingham City this January 

22 Jan 18

Birmingham City transfer news includes all the names who could be on BCFC radar…


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Plan for free school meals to all city primary pupils secretly SCRAPPED by council 

22 Jan 18

Birmingham City Council says it remains an ambition but cannot afford it without Government funding…


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How brazen burglars had ‘cheek’ to prey on disabled couple in Kingstanding 

22 Jan 18

Would-be burglars tried to break into a home in Chingford Road…


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Fire shuts Sutton Coldfield recycling centre 

22 Jan 18

The blaze took hold in a refuse container at the Norris Way site…


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Thug shoves Tesco Express staff in Water Orton then robs store 

22 Jan 18

Police hunt man who targeted Birmingham Road store…


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Drug addict stole laptops containing vital cancer research from Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

22 Jan 18

Mark Roberts went on spree to of burglaries to feed his drug addiction…


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Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid accused of breaking promise to help councils make tower blocks safe after Grenfell 

22 Jan 18

Birmingham City Council asked for 31 million to fit fire safety sprinklers in 213 tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire…


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BBC Asian Network Live 2018 is coming to Birmingham – this is how to get tickets 

22 Jan 18

This is who is playing at BBC Asian Network Live when it comes to Birmingham for the first time…


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Police appeal after sickening Christmas Day assault at Birmingham’s Arcadian Centre 

22 Jan 18

The 24-year-old victim was set upon and repeatedly punched in the face…


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Lady Gaga at Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham – dates, tickets, setlist, times and more 

22 Jan 18

Where to park and more as singer comes to city for rescheduled concert dates…


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Toys ‘R’ Us in Birmingham launch massive closing down sale 

22 Jan 18

The Small Heath store was identified for closure leaving Birmingham with surrounding stores in Oldbury and Merry Hill…


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Birmingham foster carer called disabled child ‘it’ 

22 Jan 18

Shocking evidence given to tribunal after council investigation…


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See the BMI Priory Hospital’s new Cancer Centre 

22 Jan 18

Up to 2,000 patients expected to be treated at the new facility in Edgbaston – part of a 4m investment…


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Lenny Kravitz is coming to Birmingham and this is how you can get tickets 

22 Jan 18

The American rock legend is coming to Arena Birmingham in June.


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Gemma Atkinson replies to Strictly romance rumours 

22 Jan 18

Stars have been enjoying life in Birmingham for Arena tour…


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This isn’t a coincidence and more Birmingham City topics after Preston draw 

22 Jan 18

The latest Birmingham City news and views from the Birmingham Mail…


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Aston Villa news and transfers: Latest on Leonardo Ulloa as Manchester United stopper targeted 

22 Jan 18

Latest Aston Villa transfer news includes January transfer window update…


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West Brom news and transfers: Troy Deeney latest; angry Manchester United reaction; Everton praise for Salomon Rondon 

22 Jan 18

Latest West Brom news and views from the Birmingham Mail…


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Wolves news and transfers: Derby County striker Chris Martin latest; cheeky Nottingham Forest reaction; Nuno transcript 

22 Jan 18

The latest WWFC news and views from the Birmingham Mail…


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‘He can drive us on to the Premier League’ Aston Villa fans dare to dream after Barnsley win 

21 Jan 18

AVFC supporters were impressed with their side after beating Barnsley…


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Watch: Road rage Honda Civic jams on brakes in middle of junction 

21 Jan 18

Footage from Small Heath reveals the terrifying moment a serious collision was nearly caused…


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Is this Birmingham’s WORST street? Family say they’re trapped 

21 Jan 18

Family reveal what daily life is like on what could be the city’s most lawless street…


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Aston Villa considering move for Sam Johnstone’s Manchester United teammate – reports 

21 Jan 18

Aston Villa’s long-term goalkeeping department is still an area that needs resolving…


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‘Jacques Maghoma or Kylian Mbappe?’ Birmingham City fans are all saying the same thing after Preston draw 

21 Jan 18

BCFC supporters were impressed by Maghoma’s performance at Deepdale in particular…


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Classic wine bar Flints is coming back to Mere Green this spring 

21 Jan 18

Well-loved bar returns to north Sutton Coldfield site…


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Classic wine bar Flints is coming back to Mere Green this spring 

21 Jan 18

Well-loved bar returns to north Sutton Coldfield site…


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Aston Villa set to be beaten to striker by Crystal Palace – reports 

21 Jan 18

The claret and blues are hoping to add one or two extra bodies as they push for promotion…


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Aldi reveals how it decides its Special Buys items – using this formula 

21 Jan 18

Aldi opened its first UK store some 26 years ago – right here in Birmingham…


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Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath nails the secret to Scott Hogan’s scoring streak 

21 Jan 18

The Villa striker seems to be finally firing – he’s got four in three for the claret and blues now…


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The particularly pleasing aspect of Birmingham City’s draw at Preston 

21 Jan 18

BCFC battled back from a goal down to earn a point at Deepdale…


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Grealish is tip-toeing his way through Aston Villa’s Championship challengers – and other talking points 

21 Jan 18

Alex Dicken lists his findings after AVFC beat Barnsley to make it four wins on the spin…


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Snow weather warning issued for West Midlands by Met Office 

21 Jan 18

Met Office also issues snow and ice warning for Birmingham…


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Birmingham grandmother set to make boxing debut – at age of 63 

21 Jan 18

Maggie Clarke is set to make her fight debut at Womens Boxing Club in Highgate…


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‘That’s the poorest we’ve been’ All the reaction after Preston 1 Birmingham City 1 

21 Jan 18

Sam Gallagher clinched a point for BCFC with an equaliser after Ben Davies put PNEFC in front…


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‘I doff my cap and stand corrected’ How Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is winning over the doubters 

21 Jan 18

AVFC are fourth in the Championship table after beating Barnsley at Villa Park…


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Meet Cadbury descendant planning to open chocolate factory in Birmingham 

21 Jan 18

James Cadbury hopes to carry on the legacy of his ancestors by moving his high-end chocolate company out of London to his home city…


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Cheikh Ndoye’s performance and Craig Gardner’s injury: Here’s what Steve Cotterill has to say 

20 Jan 18

The Birmingham City boss was speaking after BCFC drew 1-1 with Preston North End at Deepdale…


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The things that disappointed Steve Cotterill most about Birmingham City’s ‘superb’ draw at Preston 

20 Jan 18

Cotterill was talking after Sam Gallagher’s equaliser clinched a point at Deepdale…


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A fascinating insight into what’s got Scott Hogan firing and the Aston Villa striker’s mindset 

20 Jan 18

Hogan has now scored four times in his last three matches for AVFC…


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The number of high-growth businesses in Birmingham is soaring 

20 Jan 18

New figures from the ONS have revealed there were 430 such high-growth businesses in the West Midlands in 2016…


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Adomah’s unusual mascot, handbags and a slip up – moments you missed from Aston Villa 3-1 Barnsley 

20 Jan 18

Villa beat Barnsley at Villa Park today courtesy of goals from Scott Hogan (2) and Conor Hourihane…


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Watch: Thug wrecks police car with bricks – then jumps up and down on it 

20 Jan 18

Vandals post video believed to have been taken in Birmingham on social media…


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Police issue CCTV images after violence at Birmingham City v Aston Villa derby match 

20 Jan 18

Detectives say more than 70 people involved in trouble at the match at St Andrews…


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Preston vs Birmingham City team news: One change for Blues 

20 Jan 18

Brian Dick reports from Deepdale as PNEFC take on BCFC…


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Team news: Aston Villa starting XI to face Barnsley revealed 

20 Jan 18

This is the AVFC team Steve Bruce has named to face Barnsley in the Championship today…


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Birmingham office worker discovers deadly wandering spider from Brazil in his Asda bananas! 

20 Jan 18

Neil Langley bought the fruit from Asda and discovered deadly Brazilian wandering spider – which can kill…


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The prank that Birmingham City fans will love – and Aston Villa fans won’t! 

20 Jan 18

Barnsley supporters have made their pal wear a particular item of clothing as he celebrates his birthday at Villa Park…


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Met Office issues yellow warning for SNOW and ice in Birmingham as first flurries hit city 

20 Jan 18

The freezing and wintry conditions are expected to last until at least early evening on Sunday…


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Daredevil Doberman takes 100 MILE train journey from Huddersfield to Birmingham New Street 

20 Jan 18

An appeal has been launched to find the owner of the dog who is now being cared for at Midland kennels…


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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho provides an update on Sam Johnstone’s Aston Villa future 

20 Jan 18

The stopper has a recall option in the season-long loan deal he agreed at the start of the campaign…


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The heartwarming reason why Aston Villa players will be taking home less cash this month 

20 Jan 18

And it was all inspired by Gabby Agbonlahor…


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Burglars steal £100k of Asian gold in seven raids in Acocks Green in THREE WEEKS 

20 Jan 18

Homes inPool Farm Road, Fox Hollies Road, Circular Road, Shirley Road and Oakhurst Road have been targeted…


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Demolition of 20-storey Birmingham tower block under way 

20 Jan 18

The long awaited clearance of towers on the Bromford Estate will pave the way for new homes.


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Birmingham’s Green Lane Mosque has helped set up this orphanage for Syrian children 

20 Jan 18

Congregation in Small Heath raised more than 800,000 to fund the home for 240 children in Turkey…


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Universal Credit: Four people reveal their experiences as it’s rolled out across Birmingham 

20 Jan 18

Universal Credit is being rolled out across Birmingham…


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Strictly Come Dancing Live brings ballroom glitz to Arena Birmingham 

20 Jan 18

The glittering dance extravaganza was back for its 11th tour and Dame Darcey Bussell joined Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli for the first time on the road.


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Steve Bruce interview: Aston Villa boss talks transfers, Financial Fair Play and promotion 

19 Jan 18

Gregg Evans caught up with the Villa boss ahead of the Championship clash with Barnsley…