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Thug rider terrorised dog walkers, sprayed with mud and laughed at them 

20 Nov 17

Alex Day has been handed a jail sentence for his rampage…


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Rock concert pickpocket spree: More than 50 phones snatched from fans 

19 Nov 17

Detectives say Royal Blood fans were targeted by thieves during previous concerts…


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Most Wanted for murder, GBH: Can you help police find these people? 

19 Nov 17

A man wanted in connection with a killing has been at large for over a year…


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‘Shame the low life scum’: Watch Police car smashed with hammer 

18 Nov 17

Shocking footage of a laughing masked vandal hammering a West Midlands Police has sparked outrage…


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Hunt to find raiders targeting Audi cars at Sutton Coldfield railway stations 

17 Nov 17

Two suspects on a motorbike smashed into an Audi S3 at Chester Road station…


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Killer dad Endris Mohammed horrifically burned after murdering his children 

17 Nov 17

He was found severely injured after torching his house…


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Rapper Lil Peep found dead of suspected drug overdose on tour bus aged 21 

17 Nov 17

The musician, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, was found dead on his tour bus ahead of a concert in Tucson, Arizona, on Wednesday night…


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Fugitive conwoman Leah Farley accused of identity fraud by Birmingham mum 

16 Nov 17

Ikram Saeed claimed the wanted fraudster posed as his wife to run up debts with BT…


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Glamorous conwoman who led lavish lifestyle goes on the run after release on bail 

16 Nov 17

Police fear Leah Farley who lashed the cash on nights out, clothes and holidays has left the country…


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Grandparents ‘may pose cancer threat to children’ 

14 Nov 17

The extraordinary claims are based on a review of research into the influence grandparents have on lifestyle factors…


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Pensioner GUILTY of selling guns and bullets linked to two Birmingham murders 

14 Nov 17

Ammunition made by Paul Edmunds was recovered by detectives from 100 crime scenes across the country…


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Man JAILED for sickening headbutt attack that left paramedic unconscious 

14 Nov 17

David Neil, 33, attacked the West Midlands Ambulance worker during the early hours of Sunday, November 12…


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Man jailed after carrying out thieving spree across Tamworth 

14 Nov 17

He pleaded guilty to six charges of theft from shops in Tamworth…


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The laws you need to know if you are going to Dubai 

14 Nov 17

After reports of a woman being arrested for sex outside marriage, the things that are illegal in Dubai…


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Over-50s ‘likelier to struggle in search for work if they quit or are laid off’ 

14 Nov 17

Almost a third of people aged 50 to 64 are not in work…


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Charity calls for more psychological support for people with diabetes 

14 Nov 17

The Diabetes UK study found 64% of those questioned said they often or sometimes feel down because of their diabetes…


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You should stop eating so fast – and this is the scary reason why 

13 Nov 17

New evidence from a study of eating habits lends support to the old advice to chew thoroughly before swallowing…


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Dramatic video shows TOWIE star Ferne McCann’s ex Arthur Collins spraying acid inside packed nightclub 

13 Nov 17

Victims told police they saw steam rise above them as 22 people burned in attack…


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‘It’s time to stand together’ pub bomb families tell city MPs 

13 Nov 17

They invite all ten city MPs to memorial service…


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Gordon Brown demands Universal Credit pause as he condemns ‘horrific’ child poverty in the West Midlands 

13 Nov 17

Half a million West Midlands children will be in poverty, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown warns…


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Brit facing death sentence in Egyptian prison for ‘smuggling painkillers’ dealt devastating blow in court hearing 

12 Nov 17

Plummer faces a lengthy prison sentence if convicted…


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Consultant at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital charged with three sex assaults 

11 Nov 17

Vibhore Gupta, a consultant in emergency medicine, will appear before Birmingham magistrates on November 21…


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Waiting six months for non-urgent surgery ‘could become the norm’ 

10 Nov 17

More than 150,000 NHS patients in England had been waiting more than six months…


Local news
The laws and customs you need to know if you are going to Dubai 

8 Nov 17

After reports of a woman being arrested for sex outside marriage, the things that are illegal in Dubai…


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Father denies murdering his two children but admits responsibility for their deaths in Hamsead house fire 

8 Nov 17

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were told Endris Mohammed has denied their murder…


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Jealous husband bludgeoned wife to death with axe before driving body to Lidl car park, jury told 

8 Nov 17

The body of Nyasha Kahari was found in a Nissan car still strapped in by seat belt – Norbert Chikerema denies murder…


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Attempted murder inquiry launched after VW Golf driven at POLICE OFFICER 

8 Nov 17

Silver Volkswagen Golf collided with the Warwickshire Police officer…


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Police officer charged with rape of 13-year-old girl 

8 Nov 17

Naude, of Market Drayton, Shropshire, was suspended following an alleged incident reported to officers in Crewe…


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Drivers targeted by ‘organised crime gangs’ in carjacking epidemic, top cop warns 

7 Nov 17

Chief constable admits motorists face ‘a lot of threat and risk…


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Tributes paid to dad Tony Nicholls killed in firework attack 

7 Nov 17

Police have launched a murder inquiry following his death…


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Disgraced ex-congressman Anthony Weiner begins jail term after web contact with girl aged 15 

6 Nov 17

The facility is in Ayer, about 40 miles west of Boston…


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New justice centre to launch in Birmingham 

6 Nov 17

Hundreds of court service staff will be based in centre as part of 1bn modernisation of justice system processes…


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Identify breast cancer risk relatives with more gene testing – experts 

6 Nov 17

Doctors currently ask women about their family history…


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Police deal with shocking 17 sexting cases involving kids PER DAY 

6 Nov 17

Forces in England and Wales registered 6,238 sexting offences in 2016/17 – a rate of 17 every day…


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On-the-run paedophile arrested – and will be sent to prison 

6 Nov 17

Michael Pinder failed to turn up at court after being allowed out on bail by Magistrates…


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How to find out if you’re living on the same street as a paedophile 

6 Nov 17

Across the UK, paedophiles are required to sign the Sex Offenders Register…


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Ovarian cancer treatment could be used to tackle brain tumours 

6 Nov 17

The research suggests the cancer drug olaparib could be an effective treatment for a common type of brain tumour known as glioblastoma…


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Trouble at children’s care home in Sutton Coldfield leads to MP questioning ‘wisdom’ of its location 

3 Nov 17

Andrew Mitchell MP has questioned the location of the Meadows Care Limited care home in Maney Hill Road, although noting a decrease in anti-social behaviour…


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Consumers urged to remain ‘vigilant’ as criminals exploit technology 

3 Nov 17

National Trading Standards (NTS) has urged consumers to remain vigilant…


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Teen threatened to ‘blow knee caps off’ homeowner as he waved shot gun in terrifying attempted robbery 

26 Oct 17

Brandon Hayden threatend to blow knee caps off…


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Taxi driver sexually assaulted passenger after picking her up from Broad Street 

26 Oct 17

Victim had been enjoying night out in Broad Street…


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Masked man robs pensioner’s BMW in Sutton Coldfield car park attack 

26 Oct 17

An Asian man wearing a full head balaclava approached the woman from behind in the Harvester car park on Boldmere Road…


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Government to launch crackdown on antique weapons trade after Burger Bar Boys gun gang jailed 

26 Oct 17

Plans to toughen up gun laws to tackle crime involving antique weapons…


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Victims of hate crime at work are being urged to come forward 

26 Oct 17

City councillor and campaign group launch survey to measure the extent of hate fuelled abuse and threats…


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What you can do to protect your home from burglars this winter 

25 Oct 17

The Metropolitan Police force has issued a three-step guide to homeowners about how to keep their properties safe…


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This is what happens if you keep dialing 999 for no reason 

25 Oct 17

Repeat offender sentenced for wasting police time after making 360 silent 999 calls…


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Bare-knuckle boxer left girlfriend like this – and now she is warning others 

25 Oct 17

She was beaten up while her kids slept in the next room…


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Four men arrested on suspicion of murder after Mekel Sterling killed in shooting 

25 Oct 17

Mekel Sterling died after a drive-by shooting outside shops in Hockleys Great Hampton Row, on September 13, just after 9.30pm…


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Cocaine factory found after boy calls police about dad’s strange behaviour 

25 Oct 17

Barry Dermot’s had allowed his home to be used as a drug factory and a place to store a gun…


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Lawyer who played for England faces jail after conning victims into paying for fake Justin Bieber tickets 

25 Oct 17

Zainab Pervaiz appeared at Birmingham Crown Court for sentence but the case was adjourned after her barrister asked for a pre-sentence report…


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Jailed: Faces of the young killers who lured man to threesome before stabbing him through heart 

25 Oct 17

The murderers are aged just 21 and 18 years old…


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Mum of murdered Isaiah Young-Sam makes heartbreaking appeal for help to catch his killers 

24 Oct 17

Isaiah Young-Sam was just 23 when he died from a single stab wound to the chest in 2005…


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Depression cases see massive RISE after clocks go back – and this is why 

24 Oct 17

The changing of the clocks is linked to a big spike in people suffering from depression according to study…


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Windscreen washing beggars nuisance back at major junction 

23 Oct 17

Motorists urged to stop giving over money amid calls for a police crackdown…


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Homeowner STABBED in terrifying Stirchley carjacking 

23 Oct 17

The victim was stabbed with a knife and forced to hand over the keys to his Audi A4 before the attackers fled in the car…


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Two arrested in Liverpool as clubber Sam Cook is stabbed to death celebrating 21st birthday 

23 Oct 17

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a clubber was stabbed to death as he celebrated his 21st birthday.


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Why ref who was knocked unconscious in sickening Sunday soccer attack says he may quit football 

23 Oct 17

Victim Craig Ward is now considering hanging up his whistle for good following the savagery…


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Four sentenced over £700,000 Severn Trent Water property fraud 

21 Oct 17

The racket involved houses across the West Midlands…


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Police shut down squalid Dudley property owned by ‘millionaire rogue landlord’ 

20 Oct 17

Run-down property in Wolverhampton Street was owned by crooked landlord Latif Rehman…


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Uncle of Burger Bar Boys gang member intimidated juror outside court 

20 Oct 17

Taxi driver Abdul Ghafar approached the jury member outside Birmingham Crown Court…