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Thug who threw fridge on top of sex worker in ‘truly horrific attack’ in Birmingham car park jailed 

26 May 17

Edward Wolstenholme repeatedly kicked, stamped and jumped on her head in a secluded car park in Ladywood…


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Things you can’t bring to Birmingham Pride 2017 

26 May 17

The items which you should not bring to this year’s festival…


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Aston Villa target Grant Hanley: Newcastle United expert gives his verdict 

26 May 17

Chris Waugh of The Chronicle explained what qualities Hanley would bring to AVFC if Bruce firmed up his interest…


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Birmingham City tour: What you need to know about Stegersbach 

26 May 17

BCFC are heading back to Austria this summer to a town that markets itself as ‘relaxing…


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Who is Newcastle United’s Grant Hanley and why would Aston Villa want him? 

26 May 17

AVFC have been linked with the NUFC man today – but what would he bring to Villa Park…


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Birmingham City poll results: This is how you voted on the futures of the loan players 

26 May 17

We asked the BCFC fans of their opinion – this was their response…


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Birmingham Airport’s premium drop off facility is now open 

26 May 17

The cost here is currently 1 for ten minutes…


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A see-through hospital and three other things we learned from Birmingham’s planning committee this week 

26 May 17

Glass blocks and hundreds of new flats were all looked at by the city council’s planning committee…


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Aston Villa transfers: Steve Bruce interested in Newcastle United man 

26 May 17

The AVFC boss is keen to sign four players to aid next season’s promotion push…


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Aston Villa’s European Cup team of 1982: Where are they now? 

26 May 17

This is what happened to the Aston Villa heroes…


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Ex-Birmingham City boss signs former Blues player 

26 May 17

Midfielder teams up with the man who gave him more than 60 BCFC appearances…


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Unite snaps up Selly Oak flats 

26 May 17

Student accommodation group expands its footprint in Birmingham with buyout of halls of residence on Battery Park site…


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The Big Family Festival is back with Peppa, Moomin and Gruffalo treats 

26 May 17

This will be the second year for the Sutton Coldfield event…


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Who is Benoit Assou-Ekotto? Lowdown on Birmingham City transfer target 

26 May 17

The former Tottenham Hotspur defender has been offered to Harry Redknapp…


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Four arrested during police crackdown on gangs in south Birmingham 

26 May 17

Several vehicles also seized during nine hour operation targeting people with suspected gang links…


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Transfers: The Premier League free agents Aston Villa could sign this summer 

26 May 17

Will Steve Bruce move for any of these free agents…


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Transfers: The out of contract Premier League players Birmingham City could sign this summer 

26 May 17

Will Harry Redknapp move for any of these free agents…


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Birmingham City player ratings: Who did YOU rate the highest all season? 

26 May 17

Your BCFC player marks out of ten have revealed a surprising winner…


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Birmingham City announce pre-season tour plans 

26 May 17

Harry Redknapp’s men set for two friendlies and will be based in ‘spa town…


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Former Aston Villa striker who scored on Premier League debut steps up coaching career 

26 May 17

He has taken up a non-league coaching role…


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Comment: Why Aston Villa are expecting to emulate Newcastle and Brighton 

26 May 17

Villa will have no excuses if their mission fails next season…


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Ex-Birmingham City defender becomes assistant manager at Enfield Town 

26 May 17

Former BCFC centre half joins level seven outfit…


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Birmingham to get its first coffee festival 

26 May 17

The Custard Factory event celebrates independent coffee houses in the city and will include LOADS of coffee, cake and busking style performances…


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Aston Villa in 1982: A special visual look back at a monumental day 

26 May 17

We have lovingly created a trip back in time for Aston Villa fans…


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What is Alliv Notsa? All is revealed about our new Aston Villa podcast 

26 May 17

Everything you need to know about the new AVFC podcast from the Birmingham Mail…


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Aston Villa 1982: Rotterdam memories and Villa Park pride – Peter Withe’s thoughts on THAT goal and everything since 

26 May 17

Peter Withe will forever be remembered as a claret and blue legend, here’s how feels about Aston Villa’s finest hour…


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Boy behind Manchester vigil asks ‘what will children do in heaven without mummies and daddies?’ 

26 May 17

Entire community welcome at Shard End Park at 4pm on Friday…


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Birmingham City transfers: Harry Redknapp’s Spurs favourites that could arrive at Blues 

26 May 17

The Blues boss is known to be keen to sign a few of his old boys – but which of them should he opt for…


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Keepie Uppie Challenge: Help the Birmingham Mail raise money for Prostate Cancer UK 

26 May 17

We want you to take on our Keepie Uppie Challenge throughout Friday afternoon and over the weekend…


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Birmingham City comment: How many players do Blues need this summer? 

26 May 17

Evolution not revolution is the way forward for BCFC…


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Reviewed: The new Kings Heath chip shop where you can sit inside 

26 May 17

Charlie’s Chippy has opened in Kings Heath with benched seating and quirky artwork…


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Neighbour suffers heart attack during mass street brawl watched by 100 people 

26 May 17

Around nine police cars and two ambulances were called to reports of a large fight in Alexander Road, Acocks Green…


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Aston Villa fans to benefit from season-ticket price reductions at Villa Park 

26 May 17

Villa have made a significant change for over-65s sitting in premium areas of the ground…


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This is Aston Villa teenager Andre Green’s biggest fan 

26 May 17

The 19-year-old wideman reflects on a season of promise…


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Watch: Toyota Supra engulfed in flames in Stechford after suspected arson attack 

26 May 17

Witness reveals windows EXPLODED due to intensity of flames…


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How the Birmingham gender pay gap is among worst in the UK 

26 May 17

Furthermore, the median pay for female workers has even decreased compared to 2015, when they earned a median annual wage of 15,751…


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Aldi is now selling BBQ products – here’s what you can get 

26 May 17

With Birmingham baking in a heatwave, you may well be tempted to eat alfresco this evening…


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Aston Villa will have competition from TWELVE promotion-hunting teams next season, says midfield ace 

26 May 17

Mile Jedinak reckons half of the league will be fighting for promotion in 2017/18…


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Aston Villa: Memories of 1982 – your European Cup memories, 35 years on 

26 May 17

This is how the Aston Villa fans remember May 26th, 1982…


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Explained: How Aston Villa’s transfer plans are starting to taking shape 

26 May 17

Villa are expected to have a busy summer…


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Aston Villa hero Stiliyan Petrov reveals his next move 

26 May 17

The Villa favourite will always hold a place in the heart of every claret and blue supporter…


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West Brom news digest: Troy Deeney latest; Newcastle United rivalry; kit launch 

26 May 17

All of the latest WBA stories from the Birmingham Mail – enjoy…


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Aston Villa news digest: Derby County rivalry; Sylla’s route back; Tammy Abraham out of reach 

26 May 17

All of the latest AVFC news from the Birmingham Mail – enjoy…


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Birmingham City news digest: Gianfranco Zola in the hunt; free agents; season ticket update 

26 May 17

All of the latest BCFC stories from the Birmingham Mail – enjoy…


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National planning consultancy opens in Birmingham 

26 May 17

Indigo adds a fifth office to its stable with new base in Colmore Row…


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Swoopos secures new funding for national launch 

26 May 17

Birmingham-based mobile payment app will use newly secured capital to support rollout of technology to clients nationally…


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Calls for clampdown on basement extensions 

26 May 17

Councillors find they are powerless to stop Moseley basement extension complete with swimming pool despite complaints from neighbours…


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When are Birmingham council tips and recycling centres open on May Bank Holiday? 

25 May 17

Here’s all the opening hours of the council tips and recycling centres for this bank holiday Monday, May 29.


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When are Birmingham council tips and recycling centres open on May Bank Holiday? 

25 May 17

Here’s all the opening hours of the council tips and recycling centres for this bank holiday Monday, May 29.


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Aston Villa transfers: Steve Bruce faces competition to land Burnley star 

25 May 17

Villa are currently searching for four players and are thought to be keen on the Burnley man…


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Aston Villa flop Yacouba Sylla could soon be back in the Premier League 

25 May 17

The midfielder left Villa Park three years ago but could soon be back on these shores…


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Man who caused terror at 30,000 ft has sentence DOUBLED 

25 May 17

John Cox insisted on smoking on flight from Birmingham – and started fire with discarded butt…


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Modest hero tells how he held little Saffie in his arms after running to help Manchester victims 

25 May 17

Forklift driver Paul Reid, 43, from Darlaston, also helped several other victims after Manchester Arena attack…


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Listen: Man calls 999 because Debenhams won’t give him refund 

25 May 17

Astonishing timewasting 999 calls made during heightened security – police warn people to be more sensible…


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Transfer rumour: This is how much Watford want for West Brom target Troy Deeney 

25 May 17

Albion are keen on the Brummie-born attacker…


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Liverpool and Leeds United stars among defenders Aston Villa could target this summer 

25 May 17

Villa have already been linked with plenty of defenders.


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Another way Aston Villa fans can follow the club’s matches live next season 

25 May 17

This is another option for AVFC supporters…


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Another way Birmingham City fans can follow Blues matches live next season 

25 May 17

This is another option for BCFC supporters…


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How Birmingham City are pitching to emulate Europe’s elite 

25 May 17

BCFC set to follow in footsteps of Barca and Chelsea…


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Birmingham police saluted by public with acts of kindness and messages of support after Manchester 

25 May 17

Businesses and individuals are serving up free water, tea and coffee to dedicated officers working in the sweltering heat…