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Rape victim’s courage praised after attacker Andrew Brueton jailed for 15 years 

22 Jan 18

The woman courageously came forward to report Andrew Brueton who raped and assaulted her…


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Stolen Mercedes PLOUGHS into parked cars as burglars flee 

22 Jan 18

The dramatic smash happened in the early hours of Saturday morning on Southgate Road, Great Barr…


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This is how porn laws in the UK are set to change from April 

22 Jan 18

Digital minister Matt Hancock has now signed the order to launch the Digital Economy Act…


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Two Sutton Coldfield schools closed due to ‘boiler issues’ 

22 Jan 18

Boldmere Junior and Infant and Nursery schools have closed due to a lack of heating…


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Harrowing moment man, 19, thrown across street by speeding car in shock hit-and-run 

22 Jan 18

He was sent flying into the air and landed metres away on the pavement in shocking footage…


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Daughter of Digbeth murder victim welcomes arrest of suspect Tahir Zarif in Pakistan 

22 Jan 18

Akhtar Javeed was killed as he bravely tried to protect his employees during a failed armed robbery…


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Last photo of Mylee Billingham, posted online one hour before she was stabbed to death 

22 Jan 18

Man, 54, arrested over death of schoolgirl who was stabbed at property in Valley View, Brownhills…


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The NHS’s simple tricks to cut the calories from your favourite takeaway 

21 Jan 18

Sadly, our favourite meals – be it Chinese, India, Italian or good old fashioned British – can pile on the weight…


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Police hunt violent burglary gang using BLEACH on hands of victims to avoid DNA 

20 Jan 18

Rush robberies have taken place in Chapel Ash, Bescot, Pleck, West Bromwich, Wednesbury and Wolverhampton…


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Gas leak sparks ‘all day disruption’ in Sutton Coldfield – what we know so far 

19 Jan 18

Walmley Road is currently shut in both directions in Sutton Coldfield…


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This is what you need to do if you smell a gas leak 

19 Jan 18

Walmley Road is currently shut in both directions…


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Hacker Alex Bessell who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

19 Jan 18

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own ‘Deep Web…


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HIV positive man ‘elated’ at chance to become commercial pilot 

18 Jan 18

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he was elated at the change, which will let him pursue his dream…


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Hacker who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

18 Jan 18

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own ‘Deep Web…


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Petrified man holds off masked gang with bats in botched Great Barr home raid 

18 Jan 18

Wearing gloves and dark clothing, the gang demanded to be let into a house in Stanford Avenue…


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Woman DRAGGED from car in robbery 

18 Jan 18

Officers used police dogs to try and track down the offender…


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31 amazing Birmingham concerts for 2018 – how to get tickets 

18 Jan 18

Some of the greatest artists in the world are coming to Birmingham in 2018, see when and where you can see them…


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Warning over scam offering ‘free’ Sainsbury’s voucher giveaway 

17 Jan 18

But the retailer has confirmed that no such offer exists…


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The latest WhatsApp scam which is promising vouchers for Waitrose 

17 Jan 18

After fraudsters sent false links to Sainsbury’s and Asda the latest is promising a free gift card for Waitrose…


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Dying model James Brindley told girlfriend ‘I’ve just been stabbed’, murder trial told 

17 Jan 18

James Brindley was walking home from a night out with friends in Aldridge when he was allegedly stabbed…


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Has Demi Rose Mawby had plastic surgery? This is what she says 

16 Jan 18

She condemns claims as ‘boring s**t…


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Has Demi Rose Mawby had plastic surgery? This is what she says 

16 Jan 18

She condemns claims as ‘boring s**t…


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Missing owl hunt as one swoops on Sutton Coldfield school 

16 Jan 18

Two owls have gone missing from Ash End Farm in Middleton while a THIRD was found at The Arthur Terry School in Sutton Coldfield…


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‘TRAPPED’ residents plea for help to get out of Sutton Coldfield road 

16 Jan 18

Residents living in Plants Close in New Oscott are appealing for new road markings to help them to get in and out of their road…


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James Brindley murder: Teenager and 21-year-old man to stand trial 

16 Jan 18

Aaron Kahrod and a 17-year-old were arrested on July 12 and charged with murder two days later…


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RIP Lofty: Sutton Coldfield crash victim named as Kingstanding man Daniel Lough 

15 Jan 18

Biker, 21, died in crash near Sutton Park…


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Hundreds attend Light Up A Life service at Lichfield Cathedral 

15 Jan 18

Loved-ones remembered at St Giles service in cathedral…


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Life for teenage killer Damilola Johnson who stabbed ‘trusting’ dad in drugs burglary 

12 Jan 18

Victim Simon Johnson was left to die on his own landing…


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Lorry-load of vans JAMS under Lichfield rail bridge 

11 Jan 18

Upper St John Street structure is notorious for bridge strikes and has been hit 90 times since 2009…


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Date to decide Anvil pub fate after brawl sparked by missing round of drinks 

11 Jan 18

The Anvil, based on Reddicap Heath Road, is currently closed after its license was suspended by councillors…


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How safe are destinations you can fly to from Birmingham Airport? 

8 Jan 18

Despite wanting to escape anywhere remotely warm, it is important nowadays to know where is actually safe to travel…


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Deadly French flu could hit UK as NHS issue health warning 

8 Jan 18

The NHS has issued a health warning to its workers over having flu jabs…


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Man arrested for drink driving after car lands on ROOF in Dudley 

7 Jan 18

Emergency services were called to the scene, shortly before midnight on Saturday…


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Children’s nursery plans in Sutton Coldfield rejected over road safety fears 

5 Jan 18

The proposed Little Ripley Day Nursery at the former Norman Laud day care centre off Birmingham Road was thrown out by planning chiefs…


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Last chance to have say on changes at notorious Sutton Coldfield accident blackspot 

5 Jan 18

A consultation is taking place on proposed traffic calming measures at the Wylde Green Road East View Road junction…


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This is how much we spend in January on gyms, fitness, diets and dating sites 

4 Jan 18

New Year, new you? January sees a big surge in spending as we try to get our lives back on track…


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The Gym opens in former Hyde After Dark nightclub in Sutton Coldfield 

2 Jan 18

The 24-hour gym is opening beneath the former BHS store in the town centre…


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These are officially the best and worst diets for 2018 

2 Jan 18

From Atkins to Slimming World and Weightwatchers – here’s how they all compare…


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The image of horrific injury to officer police want YOU to see 

31 Dec 17

WARNING: Graphic image of hero police officer’s injury shows bravery, force says…


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Hero police officer impaled on metal spike during chase in Sutton Coldfield 

30 Dec 17

PC Dan Thomas collapsed and was taken to Good Hope Hospital…


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Festive motorbike thieves foiled by police dogs 

30 Dec 17

Brave police dog handler catches thief AFTER impaling himself on a fence…


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The transplant surgeon who saved MP’s life and other unsung Brummie heroes get New Year’s Honours 

29 Dec 17

Queen honours the ordinary people who made a real difference in 2017…


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Watch: Car OVERTURNS in Sutton Coldfield car park 

29 Dec 17

Dramatic scene greeted shoppers heading out for the sales…


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Revealed: The top eleven celebrity spots in Birmingham in 2017 

29 Dec 17

A Hollywood legend and a megastar rapper are just some of the celebs spotted in Brum…


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Three things you must do before booking a GP appointment 

29 Dec 17

The call comes as GP leaders said there are not enough family doctors working in England and that practices are closing at an alarming rate…


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Rail passengers to be hit with BIGGEST fare hike in five years NEXT WEEK 

28 Dec 17

Average ticket prices across Britain will go up by 3.4…


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NHS put ‘tax on sickness’ by raking in £174million in car park charges this year 

28 Dec 17

Hospitals across England took 174,526,970 in parking charges in 2016/17…


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Hospital Trust rakes in almost £5 MILLION from car parking fees 

28 Dec 17

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust tops 100-strong list for car parking charges…


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Jailed gunman stars in rap video and poses for photos from inside his CELL 

28 Dec 17

Tyann McCooty was also shown smiling and flexing his muscles in pictures taken in prison…


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Main road through Sutton Coldfield closed due to a ‘suspicious package’ 

27 Dec 17

Lichfield Road at the junction of Tamworth Road was cordoned off…


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Father-to-be stabbed in Sutton Coldfield on Christmas night out 

27 Dec 17

The 23-year-old was out with friends in Lower Parade when he was knifed in his head and chest…


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Police probe illegal Boxing Day hunt claims across England and Wales 

27 Dec 17

North Wales Police were called to reports of six hunting dogs running loose…


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Shamed carer snorts drugs near severely disabled man after deliberately reducing his medicine dose 

27 Dec 17

CCTV footage shows Thomas Harris checking nobody is looking before ingesting the drugs…


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Masked raider hunted after threatening staff with HAMMER in Walsall 

27 Dec 17

The terrifying smash-and-grab took place at a post office in Birchills…


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Britain’s Got Talent star Rosie O’Sullivan reveals AMAZING transformation after losing 17 STONE 

27 Dec 17

She used to weigh nearly 30 stone…


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Danielle Lloyd lends support to autistic schoolgirl given ‘I hate you’ Christmas card 

27 Dec 17

Ella’s story has gone viral on Facebook…


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Eagle-eyed viewer ‘saved’ Piers Morgan’s life by spotting telltale potential cancer sign 

27 Dec 17

Piers, who presents Good Morning Britain, was contacted by skin cancer expert Gillian Nuttall…


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Rogue surgeon Ian Paterson: ‘Many more’ patients yet to come forward 

26 Dec 17

Disgraced medic, 59, was jailed for 20 years for mutilating men and women in needless operations to boost his earnings…


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Rolfe Street railway station in Smethwick closed after trail of BLOOD discovered 

23 Dec 17

Police alerted and scene of crime investigations take place…


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Burglars break in to home of sleeping Sutton Coldfield family and steal driving instructor’s car 

22 Dec 17

Thieves broke in to the home in Blackberry Lane, Four Oaks and stole a dual-control Audi A1…