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Tributes flood in for ‘amazing’ Birmingham dad-of-two killed in M1 crash 

18 Jan 18

His body is due to be repatriated back to his parents, who live in the Islamgarh area of Pakistan, today…


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Thousands of Instagram users are falling for THIS ASOS shopping scam 

18 Jan 18

The clothing website is a go-to for many Brummie shoppers hoping to pick up the latest fashion pieces…


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Fresh warnings about vice-chancellor pay 

18 Jan 18

New financial accounts for Aston University show hefty payments in final year which prompts warning University and College Union…


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Met Office issues NEW weather warning for West Midlands this Friday 

18 Jan 18

Thankfully for Brummies, the alert is only in place for northern parts of the region…


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This is what Scott Hogan thinks of Aston Villa’s January striker search 

18 Jan 18

Aston Villa transfer news includes Scott Hogan’s take on attempts to sign a new frontman…


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An expert’s view on young forward linked to Aston Villa and Chelsea 

18 Jan 18

Aston Villa transfer news sees the club linked to a highly-rated Irish forward – here’s a lowdown from Ireland…


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Brummies spending more on travel than anything else – including food and rent 

18 Jan 18

ONS has discovered the average UK resident has suffered a highly significant rise in travel costs…


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Aston Villa leave Wolves, Leeds United and Derby County in their wake in this Championship table 

18 Jan 18

Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough also feature…


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Che Adams, Jason Lowe, Jacques Maghoma: How long Birmingham City players have left on their contracts 

18 Jan 18

We take a closer look at the contract situations of the BCFC squad…


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Tree blown down near school due to high winds in Birmingham 

18 Jan 18

Storm brings damage and travel chaos to city…


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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…


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Amir Khan’s wife Faryal Makhdoom on what really caused the Anthony Joshua row 

18 Jan 18

The shocking social media meltdown sparked accusations from Bolton boxer Khan – who has family ties to Birmingham – that Faryal was cheating with Anthony Joshua…


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Birmingham dad-of-two Wasim Zayn, 31, dies following horror M1 crash 

18 Jan 18

Wasim Zayn, 31, died almost three weeks after being involved in a crash on the motorway…


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The quirky way former Aston Villa striker Marlon Harewood earns his money now 

18 Jan 18

Harewood also enjoyed spells at Nottingham Forest, West Ham United and Newcastle United during a 20-year playing career…


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Homeless man kicked out of Birmingham home launches GoFundMe to raise accommodation funds 

18 Jan 18

Paul Spencer has been homeless ever since the breakdown of his marriage around a year ago…


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Fundraising page launched for disgraced surgeon who marked patients’ livers with his initials 

18 Jan 18

Simon Bramhall admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday…


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Hour by hour weather forecast for Birmingham today after Met Office ‘danger to life’ warning 

18 Jan 18

Drivers have been warned to only travel if necessary…


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Birmingham hit by MORE measles cases as outbreak continues 

18 Jan 18

As of January 9, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed 16 cases of measles in the area since the end of November…


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This is how much Birmingham City Council raked in from parking fines in just ONE year 

18 Jan 18

Drivers can be issued with a ticket for parking on double yellow lines, stopping on a red route or parking without payment or a permit…


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Ranjit Boparan sells Goodfella’s and San Marco pizza for £200m 

18 Jan 18

Birmingham entrepreneur offloads frozen pizza arm of Green Isle Foods to owner of Birds Eye…


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New plans to restore historic former Kings Heath cinema 

18 Jan 18

Development team is starting consultation on what local community would like to see go into The Kingsway building…


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Workers at Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games 2022 will be paid real living wage of more than £10 an hour 

17 Jan 18

Birmingham 2022 is the first Living Wage Commonwealth Games where workers could get paid more than 10 an hour…


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Birmingham City transfer comment: Why Blues should ask Gary Rowett for a favour 

17 Jan 18

Alex Dicken explains why BCFC could do worse than ask Derby County for a helping hand this month…


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Man in court accused of murdering father of four at tram stop in Winson Green 

17 Jan 18

Alaeldien Ahmed accused of murder at Soho Benson Road Metro stop in Winson Green…


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How our writers predicted the Championship season in August – including Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Wolves’ final positions 

17 Jan 18

The Birmingham Mail football desk predicted the Championship in August – here’s what we thought of Wolves, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Leeds United and co back then…


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School holiday dates in Birmingham, Dudley, Wolverhampton and more for 2018 and 2019 

17 Jan 18

Half term and school holiday dates for Birmingham, Staffordshire, Walsall, Dudley, Redditch and Warwickshire for up to the next two years.


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Emirates has announced these New Year flight deals from Birmingham Airport 

17 Jan 18

Airline’s sale slashes prices to destinations including Dubai, Thailand, Australia and South Africa…


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Latest opening times at Birmingham tips and recycling centres 

17 Jan 18

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


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Best travel deals from Birmingham including Jet2, Thomas Cook, Flybe, Ryanair, TUI and more 

17 Jan 18

A round-up of the latest offers on cheap flights and bargain breaks including Groupon discounts on getaways…


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Chinese New Year 2018 in Birmingham – when are the celebrations, what’s on and where 

17 Jan 18

Chinese New Year 2018 is the year of the dog – here’s how Birmingham will be celebrating…


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What to do with your Christmas tree – how to get it recycled for FREE 

17 Jan 18

There are recycling schemes in Birmingham – including a charity scheme that will collect it from your house for free…


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Where to find the best Kids Go Free holiday deals for 2018 

17 Jan 18

Great offers to Spain, Lanzarote, Croatia and Greece from Birmingham Airport…


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Cheapest flights from Birmingham Airport on Skyscanner 

17 Jan 18

Best deals on winter sun breaks…


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12 tips you need to know if you’re flying from Birmingham Airport 

17 Jan 18

Follow these handy hacks to ensure your getaway goes as smoothly as possible…


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Former Birmingham City winger David Cotterill has an interesting new club 

17 Jan 18

The former BCFC man has agreed to join a new club after his contract at St Andrew’s was terminated…


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How your child can run at Birmingham’s Commonwealth Games 2022 stadium 

17 Jan 18

Entries are open for the city’s popular Simplyhealth Junior Mini Run – see how to enter here…


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Reviewed: The Sound of Music at New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 

17 Jan 18

The Sound of Music hit all the right notes and then some…


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How this Tamworth postman has become an internet sensation 

17 Jan 18

Former Aston Villa employee Mark Brooks has already had more than 60 million views…


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Birmingham City striker on verge of leaving St Andrew’s 

17 Jan 18

Birmingham City transfer news includes the latest on outgoings at St Andrew’s…


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These creative leaders say Birmingham is the place for Channel 4 

17 Jan 18

The Government says it wants the broadcaster to move out of the capital…


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Here’s what Kate Middleton said about the Royal children’s Aston Villa allegiances 

17 Jan 18

Prince William is a famous AVFC supporter – but what about Prince George and Princess Charlotte…


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Promotion expert issues this message to his Aston Villa team-mates 

17 Jan 18

This is the key to promotion, according to Ahmed Elmohamady…


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Aston Villa transfers: What happens next for Steve Bruce’s fringe players 

17 Jan 18

A number of players are expected to leave Villa this month…


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Terrified kids watch as MACHETE-WIELDING robbers threaten shopkeeper and escape with cash in daytime raid 

17 Jan 18

Children were inside Dales News and Booze in Kingstanding as raid happened…


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Car smashes head-on into road sign in late-night collision 

17 Jan 18

Roundabout sign at Nechells destroyed in smash-up with car…


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The weather forecast for every day this week in Birmingham after Met Office ‘danger to life’ warning 

17 Jan 18

The agency is telling locals to prepare as Birmingham and the West Midlands is issued with a yellow weather warning…


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Met Office issues ‘danger to life’ weather warning for Birmingham 

17 Jan 18

The city has been issued with a yellow weather warning for wind from 00.05am to 9am.


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Birmingham woman on Jeremy Kyle has new fiancé who looks exactly like her ex – and viewers found it hilarious 

17 Jan 18

TV host Jeremy was left shocked…


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Solihull measles outbreak sparks calls for vaccinations 

17 Jan 18

The cases are linked to 32 other cases in Birmingham…


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New timelapse video shows the amazing transformation of Paradise in Birmingham 

17 Jan 18

See how Paradise has been transformed at the heart of Birmingham…





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