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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 »

West Brom Duo Get Scotland Call (23/5/17) 

22 May

West Brom Duo Get Scotland Call (23/5/17) Vitalfootball:WBA:22/05/2017 21:46:00 West Bromwich Albion duo Darren Fletcher and James Morrison have been called up by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan for the coming international break.

Pulis – Disappointment But Improvements 

22 May

Pulis - Disappointment But Improvements Vitalfootball:WBA:22/05/2017 21:29:00 Head coach Tony Pulis has bemoaned West Bromwich Albion's end of season form as we closed out the campaign with another loss to Swansea City.

Vital View – Premier League, 21st May 2017 

22 May

Vital View - Premier League, 21st May 2017 Vitalfootball:WBA:22/05/2017 08:45:00 Liverpool and Man City secured Champions League spots ahead of Arsenal.

WBA-MAD End of Season Report – The Defence 

22 May

We rate all of Albion's players after the end of the 2016/2017.

WBA-MAD 2016/17 End of Season Report – The Defence 

22 May

We rate all of Albion's players after the end of the 2016/2017.

Premier League 2016/17 Assist Kings (22/5/17) 

21 May

Premier League 2016/17 Assist Kings (22/5/17) Vitalfootball:WBA:21/05/2017 20:38:00 With Sunday being the final day of the Premier League season of 2016/17, the Assist King Winner is now known.

2016/17 Second Best Goal Return Ever 

21 May

2016/17 Second Best Goal Return Ever Vitalfootball:WBA:21/05/2017 18:46:00 The Premier League season of 2016/17 didn't see a new goal record set in the top flight of football on Sunday, however the final day got extremely close.

Stats: Swansea City v West Brom 

21 May

Stats: Swansea City v West Brom Vitalfootball:WBA:21/05/2017 17:55:00 All the stats from Swansea City (2) vs (1) West Brom, Liberty Stadium, 21/05/17 Att: 20,889...

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Sport »

Lawlor on form as Heathens beat Buxton 

22 May

JOE Lawlor revealed how some fatherly advice had helped to inspire his first career paid maximum as Cradley overwhelmed under-strength Buxton 62-27.

Stimpson hit by stress fracture injury 

19 May

OLDBURY'S Jodie Stimpson has suffered an injury set-back that will keep her out of the World Triathlon Series in Leeds.

Aldridge & Walsall 1-3 Wednesbury. 

18 May

Summer league hockey result.

Wright wants to build momentum after Old Hill secure first league win 

17 May

OLD Hill skipper Jonathan Wright is keen for his side to build on their first league win of the season.

Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

17 May

SEASON 1963-64 ContinuedJUST under 20,000 spectators saw the return clash between Albion-Wolves at The Hawthorns and it was the Baggies who came out on top, winning 3-1 in what was described in some newspapers, as a 'good old-fashioned local...

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

17 May

Thursday May 11Division 4Crosswells FC 1--2 Langley GoldDivision 5Albion Tividale 4--3 Sandwell SuperstarsShere Punjab Handsworth 0--7 AFC CambridgeSunday May 14Division 3Tipton Rangers 1--0 LapalDivision 4Langley Gold 5--2 Three D FCDivision...

Danny Ayres hungry for more Heathens success 

15 May

CRADLEY hero Danny Ayres wants the sweet taste of success more than ever.

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Comment »

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.

Two prosecuted for aggressive begging in Bearwood 

3 May

West Midlands police report that Christopher Stewart aged 46 and Stephen Philips aged 39 appeared before Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court on 05/04/2017 for the offences of begging under the Vagrant Act 1824 and breach of Community Protection ...

Sion Simon Expenses Scandal! 

3 May

If you are considering voting for Tom Watson's puppet, Sion Simon, tomorrow (for the mayor we voted to say we didn't want) then may I just remind you of the incident when he got caught out over-claiming expenses and was forced to pay a substantial ...

Tom Watson Scores Again! 

28 Apr

I hope the title of this post hasn't excited you to believe that I am about to report that Lazy Tom is shagging again after the demise of his relationship with the fragrant Ms Peacock.

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Features »

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.

New Plan for GM2LF Big Local 

15 May

The GM2LF (Grace Mary to Lion Farm) Big Local Partnership is excited to announce that its new ‘Big Local Plan’ has been endorsed and the funding for the next 3 years has been approved by the funder, Local Trust .

Comic Relief Community Cash deadline extended. 

15 May

The dead line for Heart of England’s ‘Comic Relief Community Cash’ programme has been  EXTENDED to 12 noon on Monday, 22nd May 2017.

Vintage in the Park 

15 May

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park...

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Business »

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...

Jewellery Quarter creative space and JLR factory win RIBA Awards 

16 May

Annual ceremony which recognises exceptional architecture unveils the top projects in the West Midlands...

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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 »

Sandwell Arts Cafe showcases local artistic talent 

23 May

A summer season of art is set to go on show at Sandwell Arts Café showcasing local creative talent.

New antenatal classes for Sandwell 

23 May

Special free antenatal course for parents-to-be in the borough are being offered by Sandwell Public Health.

Housing Benefit (Reconsideration & Appeals) 

22 May

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Ranjit Bains on 22 May 2017 .

Advice provided by legal assistants to committees 

22 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to J M Sumner on 22 May 2017 .

Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010 

21 May

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Doug Paulley on 21 May 2017 .

Questions asked by your selves to Uber regarding their application for an Operators License 

19 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Lee Ward on 19 May 2017 .

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