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[COMPETITION] WIN £50 Voucher to spend at Smyths Toys 

26 May 17

This Saturday, Smyths Toys are hosting a party in-store that will be bigger and better than ever – and B31 Voices readers have an extra chance to win! We have teamed up with Smyths Toy Superstore in Longbridge to offer you the chance to win a £…


Local news
QE Hospital reopens after police incident 

25 May 17

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston was reportedly on lock down this evening after a police incident.


Local news
GE2017 | 500 Words: Spoz Esposito – Green Party – Bromsgrove 

25 May 17

As part of our 2017 General Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in Northfield, Bromsgrove, Edgbaston and Selly Oak constituencies asking them to contribute to this election’s  ’500 Words’ series.


FixMyStreet
More bag, 25th May 

25 May 17

There are more bags dumped, as there is every week Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 455 Tessall Lane, Northfield Report on FixMyStreet…


Local news
Four arrested & vehicles seized as police clamp down on gangs in South West Birmingham 

25 May 17

West Midlands Police have arrested four people during an intensive 9 hour policing operation in South West Birmingham yesterday (Wednesday 24th May).


Local news
Police appeal for info on anti-social motorbike riders 

24 May 17

Northfield’s neighbourhood police team have appealed for road users and residents to come forward with information to help them deal with the issue off anti-social motorbike riding in the area.


Local news
Attractions team up to offer a true taste of chocolate box village 

23 May 17

Cadbury World and Selly Manor Museum have come together to offer a new joint ticket, giving visitors the chance to fully immerse themselves in Bournville’s unique heritage.


Local news
Register NOW to be Sainsbury’s Northfield Local Charity of the Year, Nominations close 28th May 

23 May 17

Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year scheme is back and the Northfield store is looking for a new charity to support from the Northfield area.


Local news
Are you ready for Birmingham’s The Big Sleuth? 

23 May 17

After months of hi-bear-nation, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are pleased to announce Birmingham’s The Big Sleuth will launch on Monday 10 July.


Local news
Police response to Manchester attack as vigil planned in Birmingham 

23 May 17

West Midlands Police have issued a response to a terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester last night (22nd May) which saw 22 people lose their lives and a further 59 injured.


Local news
Organisation sought to take over Oddingley Hall 

23 May 17

An organisation is being sought to take over the running of Oddingley Hall in Kings Norton / West Heath in a Community Asset Transfer from Birmingham City Council.


Local news
Bournville School pupils raise record amount through Big Sleuth project 

22 May 17

Pupils at Bournville School raised a ‘bear-rilliant’ amount of money for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital through The Big Sleuth project.


Local news
Students get top marks in charity Business Enterprise Challenge 2017 

22 May 17

Young entrepreneurs from three Sixth Forms across Birmingham have raised over £3,000 for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice in a Dragon’s Den style initiative.


Local news
Police confirm woman was stabbed during Wast Hills attempted robbery 

22 May 17

West Mercia Police have today confirmed that a woman – who was the victim of an attempted robbery in the Wast Hills  area last week when she stopped to help a man lying in the road – sustained stab injuries during the incident.


Business
German readers head the stats list: Aquapak Polymers top post 

22 May 17

Twice as many German readers visited the site last week compared with UK visitors – why? Most read news: a March entry, Aquapak Polymers, a sustainable plastics manufacturer, is relocating from Kings Norton to new 50,000 sq ft production…


Local news
Arrest after robberies at West Heath convenience stores 

22 May 17

A 27 year old man remains in police custody today on suspicion of two robberies at convenience stores in West Heath yesterday lunchtime (Sunday 21st May).


Local news
GE2017 LAST CHANCE to register: YOUR vote counts! 

22 May 17

To vote in the June General Election 2017 voters must be registered before midnight tonight (Monday 22nd May 2017)! One vote CAN make a difference so BE that difference – USE YOUR VOTE! To register, visit www.


FixMyStreet
Deep pothole, 21st May 

21 May 17

I was turning right at the island on my motorcycle.


FixMyStreet
Wheelie bin left on side of road week after week, 21st May 

21 May 17

Wheelie bin with broken wheels left on side of road week after week.


Local news
GE2017 | 500 Words: Dick Rodgers – Common Good Party / Europe Needs Us – Edgbaston 

20 May 17

As part of our 2017 General Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in Northfield, Bromsgrove, Edgbaston and Selly Oak constituencies asking them to contribute to this election’s  ’500 Words’ series.


Local news
Fundraising ‘Selfie Scavenger Hunt’ & Community Fun Day for Selly Oak 

20 May 17

Neighbourhood officers from the Selly Oak police team are asking people to take join in their ‘Selfie Scavenger Hunt’ and Community Fun Day to help raise funds to improve community safety in the ward.


Local news
GE2017 | 500 Words: Preet Gill – Labour – Edgbaston 

20 May 17

As part of our 2017 General Election coverage, we have contacted each candidate standing in Northfield, Bromsgrove, Edgbaston and Selly Oak constituencies asking them to contribute to this election’s  ’500 Words’ series.


Local news
Baby product company to reassess packaging after Quinton cat injured 

19 May 17

A leading manufacturer of baby feeding products is to reassess its packaging thanks to the Quinton B32 News Facebook page and The Animal House Rescue .


Blog politics
Justine Greening In Birmingham 

19 May 17

Fantastic campaigning from Justine Greening in Birmingham today – campaigning in Northfield, Selly Oak, Edgbaston and finishing with a door knocking session in Erdington.


Rugby
Shoppers fury as travellers descend on Asda car park in Weoley Castle 

19 May 17

The convoy descended on the overflow car park at the Barnes Hill supermarket
on Thursday night…


FixMyStreet
Bristol Road South – White Graffiti., 19th May 

19 May 17

On Bristol Road South heading towards Rubery, just before Ryde Park Road and outside Longbridge Methodist Church, there is white graffiti on the green generator box, the photo shows the actual box and where it is just not the graffiti, there…


Rugby
Brummie actress Felicity Jones ‘engaged’ to boyfriend Charles Guard 

19 May 17

The 33-year-old who attended Kings Norton Girls School is reportedly tying the knot…


Rugby
Family flee as Kings Norton home gutted by fire 

18 May 17

Thirteen firefighters battle blaze at property in Tarrington Covert…


Rugby
General election 2017: Who’s standing in Northfield? 

18 May 17

What can we expect in Birmingham Northfield in the general election…


Local news
Woman injured in Wast Hills robbery attempt 

18 May 17

Police are investigating after a woman was injured yesterday (Wednesday 17th May) during an attempted robbery close to the Birmingham City FC training ground in Wast Hills, close to West Heath.


Local news
Fire hits Rubery’s Father’s Barn market 

18 May 17

A fire has devastated a mobile repair shop at a Rubery market – months after an electrical fire devastated the building.


Local news
GE2017: How to vote & registration deadlines 

17 May 17

In preparation for the General Election 2017, here’s some information on how to vote.


FixMyStreet
Sewerage, 16th May 

16 May 17

Sewerage running down the Fordrough from square man hole cover in the road, the smell is terrible.


Local news
Northfield’s charity Knit and Natter becomes regular meeting point for avid crafters 

15 May 17

Northfield’s Knit and Natter mornings are proving a huge success with local crafters, after a number of shoppers turned up in their droves to socialise and knit for Birmingham’s premature baby charity.


FixMyStreet
Litter dumped. See photo, 14th May 

14 May 17

This litter has just been dumped Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 508 Shannon Road, Kings Norton Report on FixMyStreet…


Local news
GE2017: B31 Voices General Election coverage begins as candidates announced 

13 May 17

Political campaigners are having a much busier month than they may have anticipated at the start of the year, after Theresa May announced that she was calling a snap General Election last month.


Local news
Health and well-being event at the heart of Longbridge 

12 May 17

Hearts will be racing in Longbridge town centre on Saturday 20 th  May, when visitors can take part in a free health and well-being event.


Local news
Local singer celebrates with TV star at Autism’s got Talent 2017 

12 May 17

On Saturday evening (6th May), founder of the UK Charity AnnaKennedyonline , declared celebrity Kacey Ainsworth as it’s new Autism Ambassador.


Local news
Pedestrian injured in Kings Norton collision 

12 May 17

A woman in her 30s was taken to hospital this afternoon after she was involved in a collision with a car in Kings Norton.


Local news
Harborne-based restaurant raises £6,000 for military patients at Fisher House 

11 May 17

Harborne-based Cantonese restaurant, Henry Wong welcomed over 80 guests recently for an evening of wine and cocktail tasting in support of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity’s Fisher House.


Local news
Forget Me Not appeal leaves a lasting impression for Brummies 

11 May 17

As the field of forget- me- not flowers in Brindleyplace was carefully gathered up by a team of volunteers, the charity art installation celebrated the lives of ourloved ones who will never be forgotten.


FixMyStreet
Loud music. Cars driving on grasses area. Constant noise from motorbikes, racing cars., 11th May 

11 May 17

Loud music.


Local news
Stirchley teen charged after police car theft 

11 May 17

A 19 year-old man is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court today in connection with the theft of a National Crime Agency vehicle The unmarked BMW which is fitted with sirens and blue lights was stolen from outside an address in Shirley …


Local news
Community Volunteering and Jobs Fair for South West Birmingham 

11 May 17

Please note: this event is for Northfield Constituency groups, businesses and residents i.


FixMyStreet
Longbridge Lane – Black Graffiti On Walls., 11th May 

11 May 17

On Longbridge Lane just after the train station and just before the left hand turn into Central Avenue, there is black graffiti on the grey wall, it says ‘AFS’ in large bubble letters, looks unsightly, the photo shows exactly where it is just…


Local news
Appeal after teenage girls assaulted on train 

10 May 17

British Transport Police (BTP) are investigating an assault which took place on a train from Longbridge to Northfield at just after 3pm on 24th April.


Local news
Teens charged with Bartley knifepoint robbery as police tackle local gangs 

10 May 17

Three teenagers were last night charged in relation to a knifepoint robbery in Bartley Green yesterday morning.


Local news
Teacher and teens checked over after ‘small chemical incident’ at Quinton school 

10 May 17

A teacher and six pupils from Quinton’s Four Dwellings School are being checked over in hospital as a precaution after a ‘small chemical incident’ in a classroom this morning.


Local news
Introducing our newest volunteer… 

9 May 17

We are excited to introduce… Herbert the Bull (yes, he’s a bull! Honest!) Herbert has recently joined the B31 Voices team.


Local news
Bartley Green shooting: second arrest as police close in on South Birmingham gangs 

9 May 17

West Midlands Police have today made a second arrest in relation to a shooting in Bartley Green on Sunday 30th April  as they close in on suspected gang members across South West Birmingham.


Local news
Beavis & Butthead: the quest to reunite two brothers goes on 

7 May 17

One of a pair of feline brothers – who went missing at different times over the last 10 months – has been reunited with his owners thanks to a vigilant B31 Voices reader and cat rescuer.


FixMyStreet
Redditch Road – Metal Guard Rails Damaged., 7th May 

7 May 17

On Redditch Road heading towards Longbridge / Wast Hills, there is damaged metal guard rails opposite to Grange Hill Road, photo shows the location not the damage.


Local news
Car stolen from woman as she parks outside Selly Oak home 

7 May 17

Car thieves targeted a woman as she parked up outside her Selly Oak home on Friday afternoon (5th May), making off with her keys and car.


Rugby
A mobile toilet block has appeared in this Northfield street – and no one seems to know why 

6 May 17

It is not known why the toilets, which are in excellent condition, were left on the narrow residential St Denis Road…


Local news
Family Fun Day to kick-start Brain Injury Week 2017 

5 May 17

Headway Birmingham Solihull is holding a Family Fun Day to mark the start of this year’s national Brain Injury Week ( 7 – 14 May, 2017 ).


Local news
Abracadabra! Magical event back at Museum by popular demand 

5 May 17

Magic will be in the air at a Selly Manor Museum when it’s transformed into live scenes from classic stories and children’s fairy tales.


Local news
Bartley Green teens arrested after Halesowen machete attack 

5 May 17

West Midlands Police have arrested two teenagers following a machete attack at a Halesowen pub in March.


Local news
West Mercia Police seek information after assault 

4 May 17

A man was left needing medical treatment after an incident in Rubery Rednal.


Local news
#PositiveSWBrum Day: Let’s ‘Shout About the Good Stuff’! 

4 May 17

The headlines may be grim lately but things aren’t all bad… We’re electing our first West Midlands mayor today (Yay! *cough*) AND the sun is shining on our beloved corner of Birmingham! (Keep your close! ) So we’re hoping for a quiet day (…


Local news
Man charged with string of burglaries as police continue investigations into Woodgate shooting 

4 May 17

A man arrested yesterday as part of a West Midlands Police investigation into a shooting in Bartley Green at the weekend is to appear before Birmingham magistrates today on burglary charges.