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News
Heroic shopkeeper describes “terrifying” moment he bravely tackles gunman 

19 Jan 18

The CCTV footage was captured after a masked gunman walked into Save n Spend, in Pleck Road, Walsall…


Local news
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…


News
Dance teacher Neil Harris, 72, jailed for sexually abusing pupils 

19 Jan 18

He was locked up for five years and put on the sex offenders register for life…


Rugby
Binmen warned to park lorries legally in Sutton Coldfield or face action 

19 Jan 18

Refuse lorries have been spotted blocking pavements in Mere Green Road and Lichfield Road and obstructing bays in Sainsbury’s…


News
Shocking figures reveal TWELVE car break-ins in SIX DAYS in Great Barr 

19 Jan 18

Car thefts are on the rise in Pheasey Park Farm, Great Barr…


Rugby
Neil Tooth is ready for Sutton Coldfield Town return 

19 Jan 18

Tooth has replaced former West Brom star Richard Sneekes at Coles Lane…


Blog politics
Falcon Lodge creates vision of future 

19 Jan 18

The community in Falcon Lodge came together for an afternoon of discussion about the future of the estate on Friday 12 January.


Blog politics
Andrew Mitchell MP thanks Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust for the nearly £1million donated for good causes last year 

19 Jan 18

Andrew Mitchell has thanked the Trustees of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust on behalf of the Royal Town for all the hard work that the Trust does throughout the year.


Rugby
Six to face trial in Birmingham over National Action membership 

19 Jan 18

All six were charged after an inquiry involving the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit…


Blog politics
Andrew Mitchell vows to uphold the lessons from the Srebrenica Genocide 

19 Jan 18

Andrew Mitchell MP returned this week from a sobering three-day visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina to mark the genocide in Srebrenica, the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.


Rugby
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…


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

19 Jan 18

Walmley Road is currently shut in both directions…


Local news
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…


News
Flu death roll rises to 120 this winter as Aussie, French and Japanese flu hit UK 

18 Jan 18

Public Health England (PHE) also said there was an 11% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate…


Local news
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…


Blog
The Body Shop to close its Sutton Coldfield store 

18 Jan 18

The beauty and cosmetics retailer is closing its outlet in the Gracechurch Centre…


Local news
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…


News
These are the five celebrity diets you MUST avoid in 2018 – according to experts 

18 Jan 18

Over recent years we have been excited to see peoples interest in food, health, fitness and wellness increasw…


Local news
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…


Rugby
Sutton Coldfield schoolboy arrested heading for Syria admits terror charge 

18 Jan 18

He was just 15 when he was detained at Birmingham Airport…


News
Murder suspect Tahir Zarif arrested in Pakistan prison two years after Digbeth businessman shot dead 

18 Jan 18

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


News
Pervert Paul Cotton, 45, branded danger to girls after sex with underage teen in Travelodge hotel room 

18 Jan 18

He blindfolded 15-year-old and recorded her without her knowledge…


News
Armed robbers storm Co-op store in terrifying raid for VODKA and cash 

18 Jan 18

Masked crooks with knives demanded cash from the till, stole bottles of alcohol and escaped…


News
Doctor who sexually abused four women patients jailed for 12 years 

18 Jan 18

Jaswant Rathore was convicted of ten offences at Wolverhampton Crown Court after a seven-week trial…


FixMyStreet
Pot holes to avoid in narrow street, 18th January 

18 Jan 18

Six new potholes and road surface breaking up Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 2 Park Drive, Sutton Coldfield Report on FixMyStreet…


News
Crunch pub bombings legal fight decision to be revealed 

18 Jan 18

Ruling expected over whether issue of bombers should be considered…


News
Cold weather likely to put emergency services under further strain 

18 Jan 18

Its weekly figures on winter pressures show there were 12,600 ambulance delays of more than 30 minutes this week…


News
Suspected drugs house uncovered after ‘day of action’ by police 

18 Jan 18

Officers have praised the public for their part in passing on information to them…


Rugby
How friends are rallying to give Sutton Coldfield crash victim ‘the best send-off’ 

18 Jan 18

Daniel Lough, known as Lofty, died after a collision in Darnick Road last week (January 12…


News
Shoplifter BIT cops after she was spotted stealing in Boots 

18 Jan 18

Michelle Smith also attacked a security guard…


Local news
Woman DRAGGED from car in robbery 

18 Jan 18

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


News
Kevin Spacey investigated by Scotland Yard over third sexual assault complaint 

18 Jan 18

The force did not directly link Spacey to the fresh allegation…


News
BBC presenter Emily Maitlis speaks out over chilling 27-year stalker hell 

18 Jan 18

Obsessive Edward Vines, 47, has stalked the BBC journalist since they were both students at Cambridge University in the mid-1990s…


Local news
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…


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

17 Jan 18

But the retailer has confirmed that no such offer exists…


Local news
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…


Local news
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…


Rugby
Latest opening times at Birmingham tips and recycling centres 

17 Jan 18

Find out the Birmingham tip opening times near where you are…


News
Teenager robbed at knifepoint in Tamworth 

17 Jan 18

Dramatic police chase followed as suspects rode off on the stolen bike…


News
Killer Ashley Foster jailed for life for murdering Megan Bills and hiding her body in a wardrobe 

17 Jan 18

Foster will spend at least 26 years in prison for the violent sex attack…


News
Gary Speed ‘one of four men coached by Barry Bennell who took their own lives’ 

17 Jan 18

Liverpool Crown Court heard evidence from a victim…


News
Doctor who ‘massaged’ women patients to satisfy his desires GUILTY of ten sex offences 

17 Jan 18

Jaswant Rathore was convicted at Wolverhampton Crown Court…


News
Liverpool blasts Jon Flanagan in statement condemning assault on girlfriend 

17 Jan 18

The club said he would now face internal disciplinary action…


News
Ashley Foster found guilty of murdering Megan Bills and hiding her body in clingfilm-wrapped wardrobe 

17 Jan 18

Ashley Foster used a shirt as a ligature to kill Megan Bills within hours of meeting her…


Rugby
Sutton Coldfield Ladies incredible season just goes on and on 

17 Jan 18

On a bitterly cold afternoon in Perry Common they somehow managed to dig out an epic 7-3 victory over local rivals Aston Old Edwardians Ladies and in doing so achieved a remarkable victory treble against their spirited opponents having won …


News
Moment police faced teenage GUNMAN on Stourbridge High Street 

17 Jan 18

A routine 999 burglary call led to an arrest as revellers enjoyed a night out nearby…


News
Acid attacker Arthur Collins gets new jail term for using phone in prison 

17 Jan 18

Collins, 25, is serving a 20-year sentence for hurling the corrosive liquid across a crowded dancefloor…


Rugby
Solihull measles outbreak sparks calls for vaccinations 

17 Jan 18

The cases are linked to 32 other cases in Birmingham…


News
Police warn THIS vehicle is being targeted by keyless car criminals 

17 Jan 18

West Midlands Police have advised car owners how to protect against thefts…


News
Lichfield ‘Treecycle’ raises thousands for St Giles Hospice 

17 Jan 18

A Christmas ‘treecycle’ has raised more than 11,000 to support the work of St Giles Hospice…


News
Family of mum killed by mentally ill son receive apology from health trust five years after death 

17 Jan 18

NHS boss apologises for distress caused to Janice Smithen’s family after tragedy…


Football
Sutton Coldfield Town Royals 10-0 Rugby Town 

16 Jan 18

Royals romp home with big win…


Football
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 Sutton Coldfield Town Ladies 

16 Jan 18

Ladies bow out with heads held high…


News
How to QUIT smoking in 2018 – and what happens to your body when you do 

16 Jan 18

Without question, giving up smoking is the best thing any smoker can do for their health…


News
What happened to Rhys Jones killer Sean Mercer and his Croxteth Crew? 

16 Jan 18

Viewers were left sobbing and heartbroken after watching a TV dramatisation of the murder of schoolboy Rhys Jones…


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

16 Jan 18

She condemns claims as ‘boring s**t…


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

16 Jan 18

She condemns claims as ‘boring s**t…


Rugby
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…


Local news
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…


Rugby
‘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…