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Birmingham architect named ‘rising star’ 

20 Nov 17

Steve Townsend impressed judges with his work on Hidden Spaces and city centre refurbishment project…


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Kremlin agents ‘targeted Birmingham with pro-Brexit tweets’ 

20 Nov 17

Claims region cited in scaremongering posts shared or originated by accounts ‘linked to Russian troll factories…


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How Manchester United plan to ensure they don’t lose Aston Villa loanee Sam Johnstone for free 

20 Nov 17

The keeper is on loan at Villa Park this season…


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Burglary suspects arrested MINUTES after Sutton Coldfield break-in 

20 Nov 17

The men are suspected of attempting to break in to a house and were stopped by police…


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Air ambulance deployed as underage motorcyclist comes off bike in Perry Barr 

20 Nov 17

Emergency services were called to the College Road-Kingstanding Road junction opposite Halfords…


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Traffic chaos as roadworks spark long delays in Erdington 

20 Nov 17

Three-way traffic lights have been installed at the junction of Witton Lodge Road and Sheddington Road…


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‘Is David Beckham p****d?’ Aston Villa fans react as Steve Bruce is linked with MLS job 

20 Nov 17

AVFC boss is reportedly being lined up to manage a new Miami-based franchise in the MLS…


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Organisers announce 100 free tickets for school children to mark 100 days until the IAAF World Indoor Championships 

20 Nov 17

Today marks 100 days to go until the IAAF World Indoor Championships Birmingham 2018.


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Birmingham City’s Harlee Dean: ‘It was a pleasure to play – we were more together’ 

20 Nov 17

BCFC defender insists he can feel fortunes turning…


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Teenager stabbed in Birmingham city centre on one of busiest shopping days of the year 

20 Nov 17

Armed officers were at the scene…


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The Human League announce UK tour – here’s how to get tickets 

20 Nov 17

The 1980s band will play Arena Birmingham on Saturday, December 1.


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Fans rated, what Nottingham Forest made of Birmingham City, players hailed – St Andrew’s latest 

20 Nov 17

The latest BCFC news and views from the Birmingham Mail…


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What QPR made of Aston Villa, Adomah’s revelation, Bruce’s gamble – the latest from Villa Park 

20 Nov 17

The latest AVFC news and views from the Birmingham Mail…


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What Chelsea made of West Brom, Conte on Pulis, pundit’s words – the latest from The Hawthorns 

20 Nov 17

The latest WBA news and views from the Birmingham Mail…


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Aston Villa’s Albert Adomah reveals exactly why he didn’t celebrate his goals at QPR 

19 Nov 17

AVFC man scored twice to see off his boyhood side at Loftus Road…


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Council owned energy company will be an expensive failure say Tories 

19 Nov 17

Birmingham City Council looking to sell gas and electricity to citizens…


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‘Aston Villa proved their promotion credentials’ – How Loftus Road win was reported by QPR 

19 Nov 17

We look at how the opposition saw Villa’s 2-1 victory…


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A glaring miss, a bad break, a timely switch and other big Championship talking points 

19 Nov 17

Leeds United, Wolves, Derby County, Aston Villa and Birmingham City are among the teams in our weekend round up…


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The moment that proved Aston Villa’s Robert Snodgrass is a lovely bloke 

19 Nov 17

The winger helped Villa to a 2-1 win at QPR on Saturday…


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ANOTHER car smashes through bollards – residents plead for hi-vis 

19 Nov 17

Motorists keep missing the row of posts blocking Speedwell Road in Edgbaston…


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Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has unfinished business – and he shouldn’t be considering a Miami move yet 

19 Nov 17

The Aston Villa boss has been linked with a move to the MLS today…


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The shrewd decision that proved Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is still learning 

19 Nov 17

Villa boss Bruce took a gamble at Loftus Road – put it paid off…


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Royal Blood excel at Arena Birmingham – review, setlist and more 

19 Nov 17

Our reviewer saw Royal Blood shine at Arena Birmingham, but notes they mustn’t rely too much on their formula…


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Peter Kay tour 2018 – TWO extra Birmingham dates announced 

19 Nov 17

The funnyman sent the internet into meltdown when he announced a new tour – his first in eight years…


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‘You are going to lose people along the way’ The full Birmingham City press conference transcript 

19 Nov 17

BCFC edged past Nottingham Forest thanks to Che Adams’ strike…


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‘Thankfully I got it right’ Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce – The full transcript 

19 Nov 17

Every word from the Villa boss after the win over QPR…


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WATCH sensational goal from a former Birmingham City man hardly renowned for scoring 

18 Nov 17

Olly Lee produced this simply sublime long range finish for seven-goal Luton…


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What Tony Xia will have learned, a telling stat and other Aston Villa highlights at QPR 

18 Nov 17

Gregg Evans outlines his finding after Loftus Road success…


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‘Immense’ The word Steve Bruce used to describe Aston Villa star after win at QPR 

18 Nov 17

Bruce was speaking after AVFC secured a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road…


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Cotterill, Adams, Kieftenbeld and more – The big Birmingham City talking points from Nottingham Forest win 

18 Nov 17

Birmingham City beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 – here’s what stood out…


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‘Unity from the first minute to the last’ Birmingham City fans react to Nottingham Forest win 

18 Nov 17

This is what BCFC supporters had to say on social media after the 1-0 victory at St Andrew’s…


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Birmingham City player ratings: Kieftenbeld takes command as Blues beat Nottingham Forest 

18 Nov 17

BCFC beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 at St Andrew’s…


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These are the 14 Birmingham city council nurseries under threat of closure 

18 Nov 17

GMB has revealed which council nurseries in Birmingham could be shut down…


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Plans submitted for 105 space car park at Moseley Hall Hospital 

18 Nov 17

The Grade II listed Moseley Hall facility offers specialist stroke and brain injury rehabilitation services for outpatients and inpatients…


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Shisha lounges ‘high risk’: Why city bosses have launched crackdown 

18 Nov 17

City public protection chiefs want more powers to shut down Birmingham’s shisha bars…


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‘Gone in 60 Seconds’: Most shocking car jackings in Birmingham caught on camera 

18 Nov 17

Police warn motorists over a serious organised crime problem…


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Mental health patient slept in a CHAIR for a week while waiting for a bed 

18 Nov 17

The patient was referred to the Psychiatric Decision Unit at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust in November 2016…


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Care leavers are among the most vulnerable in society – how you can help give them a Christmas to remember 

18 Nov 17

Appeal launched to support a Christmas dinner for Birmingham’s care leavers…


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Queens Park Rangers v Aston Villa team news: This is the team Steve Bruce has picked 

18 Nov 17

Villa have made three changes for the game at Loftus Road…


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Birmingham City team news: This is the Blues team selected to face Nottingham Forest 

18 Nov 17

Midfielder returns for BCFC to play for the first time under Steve Cotterill…


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ISIS hacker sealed own death sentence after he got sloppy 

18 Nov 17

Brum terrorists online messages allowed US to target deadly drone strike…


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Is this the man to solve Aston Villa’s striker crisis? 

18 Nov 17

AVFC and WWFC are being linked with Czech Republic star…


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This could be the consequence for Steve Cotterill and Birmingham City with defeat today 

18 Nov 17

BCFC take on Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s this afternoon…


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Tony Pulis answers calls for his head; West Brom’s Nacer Chadli anger 

18 Nov 17

All of the latest WBA news from the Birmingham Mail…


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Aston Villa transfer news and rumours: Winger and striker linked; Bruce offers insight into January plans 

18 Nov 17

Aston Villa transfer news and other bits and bobs from the Birmingham Mail…


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Morrison’s fears, Diamond Davis and Nottingham Forest’s inside track on Birmingham City stars 

18 Nov 17

All of the latest Birmingham City news from the Birmingham Mail…


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Revealed: How much has Birmingham’s summer bin strike cost 

18 Nov 17

Three months of industrial action, emergency cover, legal fees and lost income from recycling add up…


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Driver climbs through McDonald’s drive-thru window to SMASH till before CRASHING car and closing city tunnel 

17 Nov 17

Astonishing four-hour drama included man being spotted standing on the wrong side of the railings on Lee Bank Middleway…


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Tony Xia’s assistant, snoods and other things we spotted from Aston Villa training 

17 Nov 17

Here’s what happened at Villa’s final training session ahead of QPR…


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Food and drink price guide for Birmingham’s Christmas Ice Rink and Big Wheel 2017 

17 Nov 17

How much is food and drink at the big wheel and ice rink and how does it compare to the German Market? We went to find out…


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Mystery as man discovered with ‘number of injuries’ in Birmingham street 

17 Nov 17

Victoria Road has remained closed off all day while investigations continue…


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Multi-million pound YMCA community centre plans in Sutton Coldfield blocked as planning chiefs make U-turn 

17 Nov 17

The seven-year on-off saga for the planned YMCA community centre in Walmley has ended with the charity fuming at the ‘shocking turnaround…


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Angry Sutton Coldfield residents oppose Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School’s floodlit pitch plans 

17 Nov 17

The school has applied to extend the hours of use of its floodlit pitch but Boswell Road residents say this will lead to traffic and light problems…


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Kate and Wills – and the baby bump – are heading to Brum! 

17 Nov 17

The Royal couple have a packed schedule of events in the Birmingham – including Villa Park, JLR and even a whistle factory.


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Ian Holloway makes another Aston Villa prediction and sets his QPR players a challenge 

17 Nov 17

Holloway outraged Villa supporters last season by predicting they would finish 16th in the Championship…


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Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill on what David Davis is really like 

17 Nov 17

BCFC midfielder captained the side at Barnsley…


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Five goal-getters Aston Villa could sign to cure their striker crisis 

17 Nov 17

Aston Villa transfer news includes an in-depth look at who Steve Bruce could sign to replace his crocked front-line…


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QPR vs Aston Villa: Sky Sports pundit predicts this will happen again to Steve Bruce’s side 

17 Nov 17

AVFC head to Loftus Road on Saturday…


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QPR vs Aston Villa: This is our strongest claret and blue starting XI 

17 Nov 17

Villa travel to Loftus Road tomorrow in the Championship…


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New fashion store launching at Bullring 

17 Nov 17

Stephen Arthur is a Birmingham designer…