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Watch: Robbers beat COFFEE SHOP staff with hammers and baseball bats 

19 Oct 17

The terrifying attack took place at Coffee Kup in the city centre…


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Jail for violent sex offender as woman is grabbed by neck on train 

19 Oct 17

Mark Anthony Williams was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment after the harrowing attack on October 5…


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Murderer who killed boyfriend posted Facebook tribute to him in bid to cover up crime 

19 Oct 17

Unknown to friends, she and her pal Keiran Adey had brutally murdered Mark Shaw…


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Winson Green couple in court charged with slavery offences 

18 Oct 17

Tadeusz Ondycz and Marta Dombrowska accused of luring friend to UK before making him work for a pittance…


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New form of super-strength cannabis hitting UK sparks legalisation calls 

18 Oct 17

It could spread across the country, it is feared…


Local news
Fewer hate crime prosecutions despite rise in reported incidents after Brexit vote 

18 Oct 17

In 2016-17 a total of 14,480 hate crime prosecutions were completed across England and Wales…


Local news
Urgent public meeting to discuss spike in gun and knife crime around Midlands 

18 Oct 17

Community activist says stabbings and shootings have left residents living in fear…


Local news
Tributes pour in for teen Reagan Asbury tragically killed after Walsall boxing event 

17 Oct 17

The 19-year-old died in hospital on Sunday…


Local news
Schizophrenic who stabbed refugee and cut off his penis found guilty 

17 Oct 17

Jeffrey Barry, 56, attacked his neighbour Kamil Ahmad, 49…


Local news
BBC to shelve Crimewatch after 33 years 

17 Oct 17

Daytime spin-off Crimewatch Roadshow will continue to be shown, the broadcaster said…


Local news
Boxer trapped in Walsall Town Hall crowd riots says: ‘It was like a horror movie’ 

15 Oct 17

Andrew DAnimal Robinson dubbed thugs who left one teenager fighting for his life ‘cowards…


Local news
Heartbroken family of murder victim Callum Lees call for tougher knife crime sentences 

15 Oct 17

The much-loved 20-year-old was stabbed in the neck in Hopwas Grove, Kingshurst, in August…


Local news
Much-loved Jaguar Land Rover worker left fighting for life after ‘street bottle attack’ 

14 Oct 17

Garry Twist, 54, suffered what police called life-threatening injuries in Shaftmoor Lane, Hall Green…


Local news
Date set for Boldmere Christmas lights switch-on 

13 Oct 17

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the Boldmere Christmas Celebration in Sutton Coldfield next month…


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New Accessorize store to open at Sutton Coldfield’s Gracechurch Centre 

13 Oct 17

The nationwide accessories retailer returns in the former Jones The Bootmaker store next to Marks and Spencers…


Local news
Uber set to begin appeal against London licence rejection 

13 Oct 17

Uber was required to begin its appeal by Friday or it would not be allowed to continue operating in London…


Local news
Harvey Weinstein: UK and US police launch investigations 

13 Oct 17

The movie mogul is facing a litany of accusations of sexual harassment and assault…


Local news
Waiting time for NHS treatment rising massively, figures show 

12 Oct 17

New data from NHS England reveals that waiting times for treatment are going up…


Local news
These travellers set up camp on a football pitch – and mowed the grass 

12 Oct 17

Politicians were criticising Travellers when one MP told a very different story about people who tidied up after themselves and even got out their lawnmower…


Local news
Man who watched girl, 4, being abused on live-stream jailed 

12 Oct 17

Matthew Abbott, 34, of Coombe Dale, Bristol, logged into a chatroom dedicated to sharing images of child abuse…


Local news
New Balance terminates contract with England cricketer Ben Stokes 

12 Oct 17

Stokes earlier on Wednesday apologised to Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey…


Local news
The average Brummie will swear THIS amount of times per hour 

11 Oct 17

That’s one swear word a minute LESS than the national average…


Local news
Labour MPs urge Theresa May to strip Harvey Weinstein of CBE 

11 Oct 17

May has already expressed concern…


Local news
Filmmaker says he felt ‘raped by this horrible woman’ after vile sex attack 

11 Oct 17

More than two years on, he is still haunted by what happened…


Local news
Lotto winners terrorised in bed by armed raiders – days after revealing windfall 

11 Oct 17

Masked criminals demanded: ‘Where’s the gold…


Local news
Thug Max Kelly convicted of ‘acid’ attack outside The Chalice pub in Dickens Heath 

10 Oct 17

He sprayed the substance at two men after shouting: ‘I’ve got acid…


Local news
Schoolboy stole Audis and Mercedes in £360k one-man crimewave 

10 Oct 17

He struck at night and left victims terrified he would return…


Local news
MP condemns ‘nonsensical’ travellers debate 

10 Oct 17

Laura Pidcock said the tone of the debate would have come across as nonsensical if MPs were debating black people and local communities…


Local news
Obesity rates among children ‘up 10-fold in 40 years’ 

10 Oct 17

Between 1975 and 2016 the estimated number of obese boys in the world increased from six million to 74 million…


Local news
Charles Bronson to wed fiancée – but only if he obeys strict rules 

9 Oct 17

64-year-old Charles has spent most of the last 43 years in jail…


Local news
Police appeal after VW Golf stolen in Tamworth 

9 Oct 17

The thief broke into a house in Wilnecote before taking the car keys and then the car…


Local news
The shocking number of firms falling victim to cyber attacks 

9 Oct 17

A study of 205 companies also found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place…


Local news
Gunman fires at busy chippy on Saturday night as heroic worker tells how he protected terrified customers 

8 Oct 17

The worker told how he heroically helped people escape as the gunman shot directly at the Classic Fish Bar in St Margarets Avenue, Ward End…


Local news
Evil Aaron Barley who murdered mum & son described ‘himself as the DEVIL’ 

7 Oct 17

Aaron Barley was jailed for life this week for stabbing Tracey Wilkinson and teenager Pierce to death at their Stourbridge home…


Local news
Watch: Driver RAMS stolen BMW into police car after M6 chase – before attempting to flee on foot 

7 Oct 17

Drew McWilliam was later jailed for three years for dangerous driving and handling stolen goods…


Local news
Five theories on why Stephen Paddock committed Las Vegas shooting 

5 Oct 17

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo is absolutely confident authorities will find out what set off Paddock…


Local news
Killer strangled mum of his new-born child then sent ‘intimate texts’ to Birmingham woman 

5 Oct 17

Mark Mahoney, 31, murdered care assistant Vikki Hull, 29, before fleeing the scene of the crime…


Local news
Baby fighting for life after drinking this common household product 

5 Oct 17

The tot consumed camphor oil – used in many chest rubs…


Local news
Gambling addict offered to help victim before STEALING his casino winnings in brutal robbery 

5 Oct 17

Victim unwisely revealed the cash he had won while buying a cigarette…


Local news
Coronation Street: Justice for Bethany Platt as Nathan found GUILTY 

5 Oct 17

This year’s major storyline saw him groom a number of girls, including Bethany…


Local news
Armed police swoop on Earlswood Common after fisherman ‘threatened in terrifying knifepoint robbery’ at lake 

5 Oct 17

Warwickshire Police said the man made off with ‘a small amount of money’ before heading in the direction of Wood Lane…


Local news
Stourbridge stabbings: Aaron Barley sentenced to LIFE in jail for killing mum and son in knife rampage 

4 Oct 17

Evil monster, 24, was told he would serve a minimum of 30 years for the murders…


Local news
Unmarried men are ‘a problem’ for society, says Iain Duncan Smith 

4 Oct 17

Senior Tory MP Iain Duncan Smith claimed men who fail to tie the knot grow into ‘dysfunctional’ human beings…


Local news
Watch: Double killer’s madcap bid to escape police in stolen Land Rover 

4 Oct 17

Chilling footage reveals the moment Aaron Barley made off with family car after a brutal stabbing frenzy at their home…


Local news
Homeless man who killed Stourbridge mum and son told policewoman: “I chopped them up” 

4 Oct 17

Court heard Aaron Barley laughed about the murders of Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson hours after his arrest…


Local news
Making A Murderer’s Steven Avery denied new trial 

4 Oct 17

Avery’s attorney said she planned to present new evidence to the court to try and revive his request…


Local news
Police arrest teenager after schoolboy stabbed in stomach in alleyway 

4 Oct 17

Alleged disturbance took place in an alleyway off Thorne Crescent in Rowley Regis…


Local news
Police probe claims Solihull councillor shared ‘anti-Muslim’ Twitter rants 

3 Oct 17

West Midlands Police investigating alleged retweets by suspended councillor Jeff Potts…


Local news
Woman stole baby photos from Instagram in bid to scam online donors 

3 Oct 17

Kati Ringer claimed stolen pictures were her sick or dead children in bid to get money…


Local news
Jamie O’Hara speaks out after Danielle Lloyd revealed fears six-year-old son has Asperger’s 

3 Oct 17

The mum-of-four told ITV This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that she often felt judged for her son’s behaviour…







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