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Wanted: Police issue photos of rush robbery suspects after victims attacked in own homes 

15 Dec 17

Travellers Jimmy Connors and Tom Ward suspected of being involved in house raids where jewellery stolen…


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Paedophile sent naked pictures to ‘schoolgirl’ – who was actually an undercover COP 

15 Dec 17

He wanted to meet teen for sex and bondage while her mum was out…


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Teenager Damilola Johnson GUILTY of murdering ‘trusting’ stab victim during bungled break-in 

14 Dec 17

Simon Johnson was left to die on his landing…


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Meet Louisa Ellis – the only woman finalist in MasterChef: The Professionals 

14 Dec 17

The Wilderness restaurant chef Louisa Ellis MasterChef: The Professionals…


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£10k reward after tragic great-grandad dies following brutal robbery 

14 Dec 17

Widower died in hospital following house raid…


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Harrowing video of dirt bike ploughing into girl that her family wants you to see 

14 Dec 17

Jessica Chisnall was 15 when she was hit by an off-road bike which mounted the pavement…


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Refuse collections resume across the city despite snow and ice 

12 Dec 17

Birmingham City Council says it will only be able to offer a restricted service in Sutton Coldfield, Erdington and Great Barr due to the snow and ice…


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Doctor claims man flu really does exist 

12 Dec 17

Article from BMJ says man flu could be real and looks at possible explanations…


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This is what you can expect from new train franchise 

11 Dec 17

Passengers should expect decent service and complain if service is not up to scratch says Japanese investor…


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New weather warning for snow-hit Birmingham as temperatures plunge to -9C 

11 Dec 17

The city suffered a total WHITEOUT on Sunday after huge snowfalls sparked transport chaos across the region…


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Burglars threaten to harm NEWBORN BABY in terrifying Balsall Heath house raid 

10 Dec 17

Police are appealing for help to trace thieves behind almost 30 raids on homes across Birmingham…


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Best places to go sledging near Birmingham 

10 Dec 17

Where to go tobogganing in the the West Midlands…


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Midlands Metro £10 penalty fares are set to rise – here’s by how much 

8 Dec 17

You only have to get away with fare dodging three times to make it pay says transport chief…


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Norovirus: How to avoid the dreaded winter sickness bug and how to beat it 

8 Dec 17

With warnings that another strain is set to spread through schools and workplaces this winter, here is everything you need to know about the virus…


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Anorexic student Averil Hart, 19, ‘let down by every single NHS organisation’ 

8 Dec 17

She died after a series of failures that involved every NHS organisation that cared for her…


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Why Labour’s candidate selection secrecy is undermining our local democracy 

8 Dec 17

Rumours and conspiracy theories abound as Labour selects 101 candidates for the 2018 city council election…


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Whisky, wine and mountain bike stolen during burglary in Wilnecote 

8 Dec 17

The incident is believed to have taken place between Thursday, December 7 and Friday…


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JK Rowling DEFENDS Johnny Depp casting in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 

8 Dec 17

A number of fans had expressed their disappointment…


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Is it legal to throw snowballs? This is the law – and why you could be risking a criminal record 

8 Dec 17

Temperatures will plummet to freezing levels today…


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Thug Mohammed Raza left victim in coma after using BMW ‘as a weapon’ in massive street fight 

8 Dec 17

Victim was left with catastrophic brain injury…


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The worrying number of elite footballers who have exercise-induced asthma 

8 Dec 17

Researchers presenting at the British Thoracic Society’s Winter Meeting in London will call for all top clubs to implement a lung health screening programme…


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Spotting slavery – council issue checklist of warning signs 

7 Dec 17

Sandwell Council have approved an anti-slavery policy…


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How many episodes are there in Peaky Blinders series four? 

6 Dec 17

The period crime drama has thrilled millions since it debuted back in 2013…


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Why you should NEVER trust messages from THIS mobile phone number 

6 Dec 17

Fraudsters are firing off distressed-sounding messages to strangers…


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Hepatitis A outbreak shuts school – the symptoms to look out for and how to avoid it 

6 Dec 17

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus that’s spread in the poo of an infected person…


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THIS is how many people in the West Midlands have depression 

6 Dec 17

The West Midlands still has the same prevalence of depression as the rest of the country as a whole…


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Labour forces government to climb down on Universal Credit reports 

5 Dec 17

Ministers agree to hand over reports about the impact of Universal Credit after Labour tables Commons motion…


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Rail passengers to be hit with BIGGEST fare hike in five years NEXT month 

5 Dec 17

Average ticket prices across Britain will go up by 3.4…


Local news
Two defrosting cars stolen from Sutton Coldfield driveways 

4 Dec 17

The cars were stolen on consecutive days from Bridle Lane and then Sunnybank Close in Streetly…


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Taxi pollution crisis ‘could leave just 70 cabs on city streets’ 

4 Dec 17

More than 1,000 drivers could be forced off roads by cost of buying new wheels…


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Locked up in November: The criminals jailed in the Midlands last month 

3 Dec 17

Our list names and shames people locked up by the courts in November…


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Trucker jailed over massive M6 crash which left victim paralysed 

3 Dec 17

Lorry ploughed into car at 49mph, causing huge pile-up…


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British expat ‘faces jail’ after witnessing fight in Dubai hotel lobby 

2 Dec 17

Police were called and the 21-year-old was charged with assault and theft, despite playing no active role in the incident in 2016, the group said…


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Little Dessert Shop to open in Sutton Coldfield 

1 Dec 17

The shop will offer more than 1,000 dessert combinations at its Mulberry Walk store in Mere Green…


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Jewellery photos released after OAP, 87, savagely beaten in his Sutton Coldfield home 

1 Dec 17

Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbley has been taken to Good Hope Hospital after being robbed and attacked in his Sutton Coldfield home on November 21…


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HIV breakthrough as this drug could hold secret to CURING virus 

1 Dec 17

Doctors made the discovery while using the immunotherapy drug nivolumab to treat a lung cancer patient with the Aids virus…


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This is when parents should keep kids off school – and when they shouldn’t 

1 Dec 17

Does your child need to go to the doctor? Do they need some form of medication…


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Kellogg’s is SCRAPPING one of its best-loved cereals – and shoppers are livid 

30 Nov 17

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and, if time is tight, a bowl of cereal is the go-to for many.


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City’s heritage areas have been neglected let’s not abandon them altogether 

30 Nov 17

Birmingham Civic Society issues plea in defence of city’s threatened conservation areas in Northfield and Bordesley Green…


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Why Birmingham leader cannot rule out congestion charge to tackle lethal pollution 

30 Nov 17

Council leader Ian Ward says he will support whatever it takes to clean up the city’s air quality and stop 900 premature deaths a year.


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War criminal Slobodan Praljak dies after drinking poison in UN court seconds after losing his appeal 

29 Nov 17

Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic said at a press conference that we have all unfortunately witnessed his act by which he took his own life…


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There has been progress in the Ben Stokes brawl investigation 

29 Nov 17

Stokes was originally picked in England’s Ashes squad but then left at home…


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Former Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening, 96, fit enough to serve prison sentence, court rules 

29 Nov 17

The Celle state court ruled on Wednesday that Oskar Groening was in good enough health to serve his four years in prison…


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Gunman hunted after cats from SAME Erdington home shot in face a year apart 

29 Nov 17

The owner says he is now on red alert whenever he opens his door…


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Rapist who preyed on prostitutes denied freedom – and ‘could be a psychopath’ 

29 Nov 17

Ashley Wright branded too dangerous for release…


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Robbers ripped necklaces from women SIX times in a day 

28 Nov 17

Joshua Bluck and Cameron Ball remanded in custody after being found guilty of street robberies…


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Police seal off Crabtree Road in Hockley after daytime drive-by shooting 

28 Nov 17

Officers were called to Crabtree Road, Hockley, following reports of gunfire…


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Victim punched in face and robbed outside city centre McDonald’s 

28 Nov 17

Police issue picture of man they want to trace after incident…


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Junior doctors ‘regularly sleep deprived’, research suggests 

27 Nov 17

Research by the General Medical Council (GMC) found that 21% of junior doctors in Scotland were affected in this way by their working hours…


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The things you should never do before going to bed 

26 Nov 17

Sleep experts have their say on the best way to prepare for bed, if we plan to nod off at 11pm…







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