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Man jailed for ‘one punch’ killing in Great Barr 

23 May

The victim "never regained consciousness" and died nearly three years after the attack, police said.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion 

19 May

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.

Craig Gardner: Birmingham sign West Brom midfielder for undisclosed fee 

11 May

Midfielder Craig Gardner signs a three-year deal at Birmingham City following a loan spell from West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea 

11 May

Preview followed by live coverage of Friday's Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea.

Good form will attract players – Pulis 

5 Dec

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis hopes their early-season form can help him attract new players in January.

Great Barr School shut by gas leak 

5 Dec

Great Barr school was shut today after a gas leak over the weekend left some classrooms without heating.

‘No plans’ for free M6 Toll road, says government 

4 Dec

The government says it has 'no plans' to spend about £1bn on buying the M6 Toll road in order to make it free for users.

West Bromwich Albion v Watford 

2 Dec

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Watford.

Man jailed for West Bromwich car crash that killed 12-year-old Amar Atwal 

2 Dec

A man who killed a 12-year-old boy after he crashed into the side of a car at a junction is jailed for six years.

DfE orders review of children’s services at ‘inadequate’ council 

30 Nov

The government has ordered a review to determine whether Kirklees council should be stripped of its responsibility for services following a highly-critical inspection report.

Great Barr based Perry Beeches Academy slips to inadequate Ofsted rating 

28 Nov

Poor leadership, a dysfunctional governing body, pupils vulnerable to online radicalisation, serious financial failings and haphazard identification of students with special needs.

Man Charged Over Kidnap and Death of Birmingham Teen 

12 Nov

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

Drug dealers jailed for throwing heroin from car in M6 police chase 

11 Nov

Two drug dealers who flung heroin out of their car on to a motorway as they fled from police are jailed.

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West Bromwich Albion »

WBA-MAD 2016-2017 End of Season Report – The Forwards 

26 May

We take a look at Albion's misfiring forwards last season .

Pulis Relishing Asia Trophy Opportunity 

25 May

Pulis Relishing Asia Trophy Opportunity Vitalfootball:WBA:25/05/2017 21:22:00 West Bromwich Albion yesterday confirmed that they would be competing in the Premier League Asia Trophy this pre season.

Robson-Kanu Gets Wales Call (26/5/17) 

25 May

Robson-Kanu Gets Wales Call (26/5/17) Vitalfootball:WBA:25/05/2017 21:20:00 West Bromwich Albion's Hal Robson-Kanu has been called up by Wales manager Chris Coleman for the coming international games.

Livermore Gets England Call (26/5/17) 

25 May

Livermore Gets England Call (26/5/17) Vitalfootball:WBA:25/05/2017 21:04:00 West Bromwich Albion's Jake Livermore has been called up by England manager Gareth Southgate for the coming international games.

Premier League Asia Trophy Invite For 2017/18 

25 May

Premier League Asia Trophy Invite For 2017/18 Vitalfootball:WBA:25/05/2017 20:53:00 Crystal Palace, Leicester City, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion have been invited to compete in this summer's Premier League Asia Trophy tournament...

Womens and Girls Football Awards 

25 May

Here is our gallery from the Women’s and Girls Football Awards night,  to view the photos please click on them to enlarge...

Hawthorns Halt 

25 May

Terry Wills talks about Albion and the end of a season.

McManaman Offered To Sheffield Wednesday? 

24 May

McManaman Offered To Sheffield Wednesday? Vitalfootball:WBA:24/05/2017 21:17:00 Head coach Tony Pulis is looking to offload winger Callum McManaman this summer and Sheffield Wednesday have first refusal it seems.

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Sport »

Dave King strengthens backroom team at Tividale 

26 May

TIVIDALE boss Dave King has strengthened his backroom team with three new coaches.

Wednesbury 3-3 Streetly 

25 May

Summer League update...

Books, Baggies, and Pelé – Tony looks back over four… 

24 May

TONY MATTHEWS, our resident football expert and long-time compiler of our weekly A-Z of West Midlands Football column, was no slouch himself when it came to football, and he signed for the Albion as a striker, on the same day as Tony Brown...

I signed for the Albion on the same day as Bomber Brown 

24 May

THE BUGLE'S Tony Matthews, author of our weekly A-Z of West Midlands Football column, is almost certainly the most prolific author on the Beautiful Game.

From his local team to West Bromwich Albion 

24 May

A FOOTBALLER'S place of birth has very little bearing on where he plays in this day and age, but the further back in time you go, the more local lads a team would feature.

Remembering the days my son captained Bully at Bustleholme 

24 May

IN 2015 we marked the fiftieth birthday of Wolves and England legend Steve Bull, and recalled his England debut in a memorable game against Scotland.

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24 May

THE Black Country has a long and proud tradition when it comes to athletics, with cross country running, ironically given our urban status, being something we've been particularly noted for down the decades.

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Comment »

Sandwell MP’s say “Peace Off Jeremy”! 

26 May

The dreary bore and long-standing friend of terrorists "Jeremy" Corbyn is doing his "man of peace" shtick today.

Au Revoir Big Dog…. 

24 May

A belated - and I hope temporary - farewell to local newshound Adam Smith - formerly of The Halesowen News.

Manchester attack was “beyond words” 

24 May

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray responds to last night’s attack: We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

Don’t F*ck With Helen Williams! 

23 May

This is Part One of an extraordinary tale.

Bearwood Burning 

18 May

After a dreadful day of rain, Simon Lea took this stunning picture of the spectacular sunset over Warley Woods.

Car thief jailed 

17 May

West Midlands police have issued this statement about the jailing of a car thief which contains a warning for anyone considering selling a vehicle from their home: Nine years jail for test drive car robber A man who posed as a prospective car buyer ...

Help Please – Urdu Translation Required! 

16 May

It is a whole year since I publicly demonstrated outside Sandwell Council House demanding an enquiry into the cheap deal whereby Cllr Mohammad Rouf and his family secured the building plot on Florence Road at Cape Hill and built their seven-bedroom ...

Opening of the John Hoyland Wing at Anchovy Primary School, St James 

15 May

Beverley Heath-Hoyland with some of the children in the new music room of the John Hoyland Wing at Anchovy School.

Vintage in the Park 

15 May

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park...

Plants in the Shakespeare Garden 

13 May

Leigh Pipkin on the Bearwood Facebook page helpfully suggested using a google search to find details of the plants in the Shakespeare Garden in Lightwoods Park….

The Shakespeare Garden 

13 May

With the work coming to an end inside Lightwoods House, attention is moving to the restoration of the Shakespeare Garden….

The circus is back in town… 

9 May

The circus has returned to Lightwoods Park, and will be there through to Sunday night.

Comrades At War – Now The MP’s Join In! 

9 May

Whilst Corbyn destroys the Labour Party nationally, the comrades are still having a good go and bringing the local "group" into yet further disrepute - although it seems the rebel army is shrinking and making a last stand around the flag of useless ...

Lightwoods House Tour 

8 May

Monday, May 15th 2pm Post restoration tour of Lightwoods House This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes on a post restoration tour of Lightwoods House before the commercial spaces are occupied.

Come to the Refu-Tea Party! 

4 May

The Bearwood Action for Refugees RefuTea Party fundraiser in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network, is taking place at Thimblemill Library on Sunday (7th May) between 12-3pm.

Top award for Lightwoods House 

4 May

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.

There will be kazoos… 

4 May

Two great acts this Saturday at Thimblemill Library.

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Features »

My immediate response to the Manchester terrorist attack. 

24 May

I am writing on the morning after the bomb in Manchester which killed 22 people, injured another 59 and we are waiting for news of those who are still missing, including an eight year old girl.

Vigil for Manchester in Oldbury Civic Square – Thursday Evening, 25 May at 7 pm 

24 May

Communities in Sandwell are joining together for a vigil in memory of the victims of Monday’s Manchester concert attack.

Music video was filmed in Blackheath 

24 May

Regarding Bugle 1288, May 3rd, 2017, on page 13 you have two photos of the ongoing demolition of Terrace Street in Blackheath.

Sketches discovered of lost Tipton grand houses 

24 May

AMONG the landmark buildings that have become lost to the Black Country are many of the grand houses that wealthy industrialists of old had built for themselves.


23 May

Reward yourself.

Creative Black Country Desi Pub Crawl: Sunday 28th May 2017 

23 May

Hop onto the Creative Black Country’s Desi Pub bus for a tour around the Black Country’s best kept secret; its Indian pubs.

Photography Exhibition at Brasshouse 

22 May

As part of National Volunteers Week, that runs from 1 – 7 June, North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers, by organising a photography exhibition.

How To Protect Your Charity IT Systems 

22 May

Cyber-attacks have been ‘big news’ in the last few weeks, most notably the WannaCry Ransomware that caused much disruption across the NHS .

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants 

22 May

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness.

Co-operative Pitches Competion 

22 May

The Co-op invites existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative to put forward their ideas or innovative solutions in a bid to win a cash prize of up to £2,000.

Seventies scenes at Dudley’s British Federal 

20 May

BRITISH FEDERAL was once a big employer of Dudley and Tipton folk.

Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations 

16 May

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition , from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.

PRS Foundation – Writer Producer Fund 

16 May

The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.

Bumping into bantamweight brings back memories of boxing in the… 

16 May

THE Black Country has produced many fine boxers over the years and a recent chance encounter with a former bantamweight brought back memories of a bout from 30 years ago.

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Business »

Halfords hit by weak pound as profit dips 

25 May

Retailer sees overall revenue rise but timing of Easter and 2016 Brexit vote damages pre-tax profit...

Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Seven top companies reveal why they are sponsoring our awards 

24 May

HSBC, Birmingham Airport and Browne Jacobson are among this year's BPBA sponsors...

Jaguar Land Rover posts huge profit rise and record sales 

23 May

Luxury car manufacturer sees sales in China rise by a third as profit stays above the 1.6bn mark...

German readers head the stats list: Aquapak Polymers top post 

22 May

Twice as many German readers visited the site last week compared with UK visitors – why? Most read news: a March entry, Aquapak Polymers, a sustainable plastics manufacturer, is relocating from Kings Norton to new 50,000 sq ft production...

Birmingham Airport considering terminal building for new HS2 station 

22 May

Airport is proposing to build a new terminal at the Birmingham Interchange station to improve passenger experience...

Cadbury wins latest trademark battle with Nestlé 

17 May

Swiss group has tried to protect the distinctive shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar but fails in the Court of Appeal...

Council IT supplier Service Birmingham to be wound up to save taxpayers’ money 

17 May

Controversial joint-venture company dissolved by 2018 and 200 staff moved back to the city council...

Victory for Birmingham colleges as Government performs u-turn over apprenticeship funding 

17 May

City politicians and colleges win their battle to get funding for Birmingham colleges to provide apprenticeships...

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999 »

Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015 Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

Poland here we come! 

7 Jul

Members of Wednesbury Young Firefighters Association are set to head off to Poland to represent the UK in the 2015 CTIF (International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire) competition.

A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.

Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.

Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr

At 1.17pm today (Wed 29 April) we received a 999 call reporting a large fire at a plastics factory on Tat Bank Road in the Langley area of Oldbury.

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LocalGov »

Cashless Parking Statistics 

26 May

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Krishna Bholah on 26 May 2017 .

Housing Benefit – Minimum Earnings Threshold 

26 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Ranjit Bains on 26 May 2017 .

Pyjama party at Rowley Regis pre-school nursery 

26 May

Sandwell libraries teamed up with Cornerstone Nursery in Rowley Regis to organise a pyjama party for parents and pre-school age children.

People urged to volunteer at libraries 

26 May

Sandwell people are being urged to get involved in the work at local libraries as part of National Volunteers’ Week effort to get more people interested in volunteering in their communities.

Have fun at half-term 

26 May

It’s going to be all about  fun at half term in Sandwell as youngsters get the chance to get a taste of magic shows, messy craft sessions and film clubs.

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26 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Helen Whitfield on 26 May 2017 .

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