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Cash crunch looms without ATM funding deal – industry report 

27 Jan 17

The claim was made by the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) as members of the Link network – including major banks – squabble over the future funding for its 70,000-strong cash points.

Coventry Police Launch Virtual Reality Headsets. 

23 Jan 17

The headsets are part of the road casualty initiative.

Primary School Pupils In Coventry Front New Anti-Smoking Campaign 

30 Dec 16

Pro-smoking campaigners are criticising Public Health England for using primary school kids from Coventry in a new anti-smoking video.

Graduates invited to become prison officers 

21 Dec 16

Those that take part will earn a salary and undertake a masters degree programme while working alongside jail staff.

Christmas of discontent looms amid strikes threat 

17 Dec 16

More than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at 18 airports who are employed by Swissport and members of the Unite union will strike first, for 48 hours from 23 December.

Call to fight obesity with standard portions of fish and chips 

4 Dec 16

Such a move would also help boost profits, Seafish has said in its annual report.

Jaguar Land Rover admits hard Brexit could threaten its UK future 

17 Nov 16

Ralf Speth, chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover, told Sky News that it would have to “see the facts” before deciding whether to continue manufacturing in the UK.

Eight locations chosen for Dippy the dinosaur’s nationwide tour 

15 Nov 16

It is going to take more than a year for conservators to prepare the reconstructed dinosaur for his journey to eight carefully selected venues nationwide.

Man Charged Over Kidnap and Death of Birmingham Teen 

12 Nov 16

A Birmingham man has been charged with the kidnap and manslaughter of Tipton teen Kaydel Williams.

Brother and Sister Killed in Birmingham Fire Named 

30 Oct 16

Police have today named a brother and sister who died after being found unwell at their home on Holland Road, Hamstead yesterday (28 October).

Take That Announce UK Tour 

23 Oct 16

Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald will play at nine venues across the UK.

Mind-controlled robotic arm allows paralysed man to feel again 

14 Oct 16

Tiny chips implanted in Nathan Copeland’s brain bypassed his damaged spinal cord, relaying electrical signals governing movement and sensation to and from the arm.

Girls as young as seven feel judged on their appearance 

4 Oct 16

Girlguiding research suggests 38% of girls in this age group feel they are not pretty enough, while 15% are embarrassed or ashamed of how they look.

Philip Hammond spells out plans to tackle Brexit ‘turbulence’ 

3 Oct 16

Speaking at the Tory party conference in Birmingham, the Cabinet Minister restated the Government’s “no ifs, no buts” position that the UK would break from Brussels following the referendum vote.

Hammond to break with Osborne by ‘resetting’ fiscal policies 

3 Oct 16

In his first Tory conference speech as Chancellor, Mr Hammond will say Mr Osborne’s policies were right “at that time”, but when times change so must the policies.

World Wide Web Celebrates 25th Anniversary 

6 Aug 16

It’s an easily accessible repository of mankind’s knowledge.

Five Dead In Industrial Accident in Birmingham 

7 Jul 16

Emergency services were called to Hawkeswood Metal in Aston Church Road at 8.45am to reports that a wall had collapsed.

Police Investigate ‘Mass Brawl’ in Coventry 

30 May 16

It happened outside So Club Room in Hertford Place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

New Cigarette Packaging Rules Come Into Force 

20 May 16

It comes after the world’s four largest tobacco firms lost a legal challenge against the Government’s new plain packaging rules at the High Court on Thursday.

Ethnic Minorities Losing Out In Jobs Market 

28 Dec 15

The study by the Resolution Foundation found that the employment gap between the best and worst performing regions of the UK was 11% – but for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people the figure is 26%.

Man Critical After Birmingham Fight 

1 Dec 15

The fight began in McDonald’s in Dale End, Birmingham just before midday and then spilled out onto Bull Street where he was attacked again.

Spending Review 2015: The Key Points 

25 Nov 15

ECONOMY :: Debt over coming years expected to be lower than forecast in July.

Ex-City Link Directors Cleared Over Collapse 

13 Nov 15

The case, brought by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), alleged that David Smith, Robert Peto and Thomas Wright failed to notify the Secretary of State of more than 2,356 redundancies ahead of the firm’s demise on Christmas …

Steel Crisis: 452 Caparo Staff Lose Jobs 

30 Oct 15

The bulk of the cuts were made in the West Midlands, PwC said, adding that the affected staff would be paid until close of business on Friday.

Nuclear Deal Part Of £30bn China Trade Plan 

21 Oct 15

An announcement is expected on China’s contribution to a new nuclear power plant which could open at Hinkley Point in Somerset by 2025.

VW Manipulated Tests In Europe, Says Germany 

24 Sep 15

Alexander Dobrindt said: “We have been informed that also in Europe, vehicles with 1.6 and 2.0 litre diesel engines are affected by the manipulations that are being talked about.

Tunisia Shooting Widow Speaks Of Ordeal 

3 Sep 15

Allison Heathcote, from Felixstowe, Suffolk, was celebrating her 30th anniversary with husband Philip in the popular tourist resort of Sousse when they were caught up in the shooting.

Legal Highs Crackdown: Dealers Face Prison 

29 May 15

The Psychoactive Substances Bill proposes a blanket ban for all New Psychoactive Substances (NPS or “legal highs”), but substances such as alcohol, tobacco and caffeine would be excluded from the ban.

Afzal Amin: Patriotic Tory’s Humble Beginnings 

22 Mar 15

His rise within the party belies the fact he left school with few qualifications.

Major Investigation Into Football Disorder 

20 Mar 15

A dedicated team of police officers, which is going through hundreds of hours of footage, has released CCTV images of eleven men following trouble at the game between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at the start of March.

I wash my hands of Blues’ soap opera 

19 Mar 15

It now transpires that Carson Yeung has served the receivers, Ernst & Young, with a summons to have them removed.

Care Worker Admits Trying To Murder Colleagues 

20 Feb 15

Melissa Swift, 23, who had also worked as a special constable with West Midlands Police, laced drinks that everyone at the care unit had access to with bleach.

Blues beating Middlesbrough is of no interest to Carson Yeung or Victor Ma 

18 Feb 15

That normally happens when creditors are pushing for money that you don’t have and you need financial help to sort out the situation.

Miliband Pledges Tax Avoidance Investigation 

15 Feb 15

The party leader argued people not paying their fair share had left “a £34bn hole in the nation’s finances” and threatened “the fabric of society”.

Police Reveal Footage Of Ram Raid On Coventry Jewellers 

12 Feb 15

The men, carrying axes, used a stolen Mercedes to ram raid Gem Jewellers on Station Street East in Foleshill last month.

Minister Woos Investors For City Renewal Push 

27 Jan 15

Sky News has learnt that Greg Clark, the Universities, Science and Cities Minister, will host a meeting at 10 Downing Street with dozens of prospective investors in ‘shovel-ready’ urban regeneration projects.

Sir Jack Hayward’s Funeral Announced 

20 Jan 15

The service will be held on Tuesday 3rd February at St Peter’s Collegiate Church at 2pm.

Woman Threatened in Aston Shopping Centre 

20 Jan 15

The 62 year old was attacked while in Newtown Shopping Centre at 12:30pm on January 3, 2015.

Solihull Man Sent To Secure Hospital 

19 Jan 15

A Solihull man has been sent to a psychiatric hospital indefinitely for killing his parents.

Two Jailed After Birmingham Attack 

15 Jan 15

Two men have been jailed after a man was blinded in an alcohol fuelled attack in Birmingham city centre.

Villa are in real danger of relegation 

14 Jan 15

They are just three points above the trapdoor so the threat of the drop is clear for all to see and that includes those in control at the club.

Jack Hayward 1923 – 2015 

13 Jan 15

Sir Jack, who was 91 years of age, had been ill for several months and passed away in Fort Lauderdale on 13th January, 2015.

CCTV Released Over Dudley Robbery 

7 Jan 15

They walked into the Wordsley branch of Sainsburys Local at around 10.45pm on Sunday 7 December, with their faces covered, and grabbed a male member of staff.

Coventry Shop Worker Racially Abused 

24 Dec 14

West Midlands Police say they were called after a disagreement over a refund at New Look in the Lower Precint shopping centre on 29th November.

Woman Jailed For Life For Murdering Her Partner 

1 Dec 14

A Birmingham woman, who stabbed her elderly partner to death with a kitchen knife, has been jailed for life.

Sex Assault On Bus 

20 Nov 14

Police in Birmingham are looking for a man who sexually assaulted a woman on the number 16 bus.

Police Investigate After Attempted Abduction 

19 Nov 14

Police are looking for a man who tried to abduct a schoolgirl in Solihull.

Clear CCTV Image Released In Handsworth Sexual Assault Reappeal 

16 Nov 14

The 28-year-old woman was attacked as she walked home along Soho Road in Handsworth around 12.20am on Friday 19 September As she walked into Alfred Road, a man came up to her and sexually assaulted her, after which the woman managed to escape and run …

Petrol Price Guarantees Demanded By Treasury 

6 Nov 14

Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander is to demand guarantees from fuel companies and distributors that they are doing all they can to pass on the price cuts to hard-pressed motorists.

Popular Teaching Methods May Harm Education 

31 Oct 14

It claims teaching in same-ability groups, lavishing children with praise and letting them learn in the way they want to can do more harm than good.

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