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Guilty plea over body at West Bromwich police station 

23 Apr

A man admits killing Harish Kumar whose body was found in a BMW outside West Bromwich police station=.


Driver caught speeding on M6 the day his ban was lifted 

22 Apr

The Central Motorway Police Group recorded over 270 driving-related offences in a week-long "blitz".


West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool 

21 Apr

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says West Brom produced a "useless comeback" by scoring late earn a point at the Hawthorns.


Safe standing: West Bromwich Albion have proposal rejected by government 

9 Apr

West Brom have a proposal to introduce safe standing at The Hawthorns rejected by the government.


Watford v West Bromwich Albion 

2 Mar

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


West Bromwich shopkeeper takes on clown mask knifeman 

1 Mar

CCTV footage shows a tussle in which the store's wares are sent flying.


Alan Pardew: West Bromwich Albion will stick with manager for trip to Watford 

25 Feb

West Brom will stick with boss Alan Pardew for Saturday's trip to Watford, but there is serious concern about their position.


Killer lorry driver Felix Gillon was watching porn 

14 Dec

Felix Gillon is jailed for causing the death of another driver while watching porn on the M69.


Alan Pardew: Liverpool draw ‘like gold dust’ for West Bromwich Albion, says boss 

14 Dec

West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew admits he was not too ambitious with his tactics in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.


Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 

13 Dec

Liverpool fail to unpick West Brom's defence during a frustrating stalemate at Anfield that leaves the Reds outside the top four.


Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

9 Dec

Wilfried Bony fires a late winner as Swansea end their winless run with a hard-fought victory over West Brom at Liberty Stadium.


M54 remains: Murder arrests over Surjit Takhar death 

5 Dec

Surjit Takhar had been missing for seven years when his remains were found.


West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace 

2 Dec

Alan Pardew's first game as West Brom boss ends in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.


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West Bromwich Albion »

Ex-Albion star rides again 

19 May

Brendon Batson leads 400 cyclists to raise funds for hospice.


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Darren Moore 

17 May

WBA-MAD takes a closer look at Albion's new manager .


Albion appoint Moore 

17 May

'Big Dave' given permanent role .


Baggies finish bottom after Palace defeat 

12 May

But Moore happy to restore some pride .


Down the Social: Palace Away 

12 May

How Albion fans reacted the Palace defeat .


Hard work pays off for Morro 

5 May

Caretaker gains another eye-catching win to add to impressive start .


Down the Social: Spurs Home 

5 May

Read how Albion fans reacted online after the Spurs win .


Livermore: It’s been a team effort 

5 May

Midfielder thanks staff after end-of-season rally .


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Sport »

Join us for a taste of Walking Rugby. 

23 May

Every Wednesday 7.00 – 8.00 pm.


Stourbridge in confident mood after fine start to season 

23 May

JOSH Banks says confidence is high at Stourbridge ahead of their clash at Old Hill this Saturday.


Heathens’ trophy hopes hit by Coventry defeat 

22 May

CRADLEY’S National Trophy hopes are hanging in the balance after their first defeat of the season.


Zahid Kafiat stars as Old Hill go second 

15 May

OLD Hill continued their good start to the season with a commanding victory at Newport last Saturday.


Bowtell keen to get going for Heathens 

14 May

ALFIE Bowtell can’t wait for his Cradley debut at Wolverampton on Monday.


The future is bright for talented Tividale, says manager Dave King 

14 May

TIVIDALE boss Dave King insists his side can continue to go from strength-to-strength next season.


King praises his players after Tivi secure second place finish 

8 May

DAVE King was full of praise for his Tividale players after they secured a second place finish in the West Midlands Premier League.


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Comment »

Hackett’s Amy Gets The Shaft! 

23 May

Let me take you back to January.


Lion Farm Fields – ASDA Money???? 

21 May

In the social club at Lion Farm Fields the bent Labour Council put up a sign (pictured) boasting how they had given the fields to the people of Sandwell "forever".


Dave Thompson’s Blues Interfere in Democratic Process 

17 May

We have seen time and time again in this blog the very unhealthy "partnership" between West Midlands Police (WMP) and bent Sandwell Labour Council.


Lion Farm – More Secrecy! 

13 May

At the bottom of this post is the so-called "report" to bent Sandwell Council's Labour "Cabinet" prepared by new director Dr Alison Knight.


Abbey Ward Election Result 

4 May

Abbey Ward Result: Mike Allen, Green Party 391 Bob Piper, Labour Party 2223 Richard Kemp, Conservative 411 Labour Majority 1,812.


Mohammad Rouf Speaks! 

1 May

I was picking by way through the canine excrement-smeared streets of Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") yesterday distributing the leaflet set-out below and talking to folk about the 43 years of failure during the Labour dictatorship.


Another Simon Lea stunner 

30 Apr

This is just beautiful… Worlds End…..


We Present – The Incredible Disappearing Elings!!! 

25 Apr

Roll up, roll up folks for the latest magic from the "Leader" "lol" of bent Sandwell Council, Steve "The Milkman" Eling - a disappearing act of the first order! The Milkman may be able to p*ss down the legs of the BBC and West Midlands Police but The...


Lion Farm – Gavan Breaks Ranks (+ Farewell Dicky!) 

21 Apr

Cllr Bill Gavan is up for election in May.


It’s Official – Labour Sandwell is Sh*te! 

18 Apr

Yesterday the Birmingham Mail published the results of a survey showing Sandwell as the 18th worst place to live in the whole country - this after 43 years of Labour dictatorship.


More B*llocks From Bob Piper! 

11 Apr

It is that time of year again when the moronic prats who live in Abbey Ward elect a Labour Councillor again.


For lovers of World Music… 

10 Apr

This promises to be a treat! Afro-roots duo from Sierra Leone/UK, formed out of the ashes of World/dance act Le Cod Afrique in 2004.


Lion Farm – Public Meeting 

10 Apr

A public meeting into Sandwell Labour's bent deal to build on the Lion Farm Playing Fields (c urrently held in trust for the people of Sandwell ) will be held a week on Sunday at the local St James's Church.


Peter Farrow and Me…. 

27 Mar

I received an insulting and patronising email today from one Peter Farrow who styles himself as the "Audit Services and Risk Management Manager" "lol" of corrupt Labour Sandwell (aka "Sadwell Council").


West Midlands Police + My Phone 

26 Mar

Sorry to bang on about corrupt West Midlands Police (WMP) but it is very serious that they are deliberately ignoring fraud within Labour basket-case Sandwell Council and now trying to shut down this blog on behalf of their friends.


Costigan (Plus More…) 

22 Mar

If it wasn't so serious for me, it would be amusing that the "Complex Crime Unit" of bent West Midlands Police (WMP) should be relying on a statement from Wednesbury Police's de facto "Gold Commander", Cllr Elaine Costigan.


A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton 

19 Mar

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.


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Features »

Romania with Naturetrek – Part 3, The Danube Delta 

22 May

An early start saw us leave Zarnesti, heading for Tulcea a port on the Danube, where our House Boat for four nights and the gateway into the Delta awaited.


Free Short Course – Introduction to Bid-writing 

21 May

With over a decade’s experience of providing grant fundraising for organisations such as sports clubs, charities, community groups, schools and churches, as well as grant giving services and application assessments, GetGrants holds a wealth of ...


Dan Maskell Tennis Trust 

21 May

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations etc.


Woodward Charitable Trust 

21 May

The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects, usually via UK charities.


Giving World Online – Vital resources available free of charge 

21 May

The charity, Giving World Online, provides the opportunity for those in struggling circumstances to access goods donated by businesses and public sector organisations free of charge.


Government Announces New Tech Fund to Support Disabled People and Their Employers 

21 May

Access to work is a government initiative that provides financial support to ensure that someone’s disability or health condition does not hold them back at work.


Rowing Foundation Grants Programme 

21 May

The Rowing Foundation has re-opened its grants programme.


Romania with Naturetrek – Part 2 

20 May

So Day 3 too us to the Piatra Craiului National Park, we started with a drive up a gorge, finally stopping and walking the rest of the way, this was a gentle climb up, where we saw many Grey Wagtail, our first ever Wood Warbler, that proved to ...


Romania with Naturetrek – Part 1 

18 May

We have just returned from a 10 day trip with Naturetrek to Romania.


Promoting Sandwell Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Event 

18 May

Supporting our young people to manage the ups and downs of life and grow into happy, healthy and resilient individuals is important to us all.


Blog Post: Smelly Sandwell Valley by Sue Fox 

17 May

After a few weeks volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley, usually on a Tuesday, I found that this was the day when, once every few weeks, the tanker comes to collect the waste from the septic tank! That got me thinking, what does all the wildlife make ...


Open Day 

16 May

Edited with BlogPad Pro...


Blog Post: My first month as a Learning Assistant Intern by Christina Nijar 

14 May

It’s been about a month since I joined the RSPB Sandwell Valley team and it'a been bit of a whirlwind so far.


Meet Frances Craven Newly Appointed Chief Executive Sandwell Children’s Trust 

14 May

SCVO are inviting voluntary and community sector organisations to attend a lunch and networking session which is being held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 from 1.00pm – 2.00pm at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE If ...


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Business »

The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.


More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.


Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.


GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...


KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.


BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...


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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 »

New mayoral team for Sandwell 

23 May

Sandwell's new mayoral team will be raising money for two local health causes over the coming year.


Shakespeare in Sandwell – A Winter’s Tale for Bank Holiday Monday 

22 May

The Festival Players roll into town once again on Bank Holiday Monday (28 May) to bring live theatre to the grounds of the beautiful Manor House Museum.


Forest school officially opened in Oldbury school 

21 May

Two lucky pupils and their families are on their way to RAF Cosford Air Show after winning an art competition organised by Network Rail.


Plan to free up dormant trust funds approved 

21 May

Sandwell Council's cabinet has approved a plan to release over £250,000, held in more than 20 dormant trust funds, to support projects giving children and young people the best possible start in life.


Council homes plan for Smethwick backed by cabinet 

21 May

Sandwell Council's cabinet has backed plans for 26 new council homes to be built on disused land in Smethwick.


Travel back in time with our half-term activities at Sandwell museums 

21 May

There are a wide variety of affordable activities lined up at Sandwell's museums for the half-term holidays – including a trip to the seaside, dinosaur fun, movies, puzzles, trails and crafts.


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    Taken at Sandwell Valley Park in the Farm area.



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