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Bus lane camera nets £1m in six months for Sandwell Council 

13 Jul

The camera in West Bromwich is already among England's most lucrative.


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.


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West Bromwich Albion »

AFCON Boost For League Sides From 2019 

24 Jul

AFCON Boost For League Sides From 2019 Vitalfootball:WBA:23/07/2017 23:10:00 Changes to the African Cup of Nations have provided Premier League teams with a boost from the season of 2018/19.


Smalling Bid – Sissoko Interest? 

23 Jul

Smalling Bid - Sissoko Interest? Vitalfootball:WBA:23/07/2017 22:38:00 It was being reported over the weekend that head coach Tony Pulis was now ready to make an offer for Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and that Tottenham's...


Which Club Favoured Homegrown Players – 2016/17 

22 Jul

Which Club Favoured Homegrown Players - 2016/17 Vitalfootball:WBA:22/07/2017 20:06:00 Whilst Manchester United used more homegrown category players in the 2016/17 Premier League than any other team, Arsenal topped...


Pulis On Arsenal Defender & Two Deals Close? 

22 Jul

Pulis On Arsenal Defender Two Deals Close? Vitalfootball:WBA:22/07/2017 19:10:00 Head coach Tony Pulis has given an update on West Bromwich Albion's transfer progress this weekend.


Evans Update After Crystal Palace Loss 

22 Jul

Evans Update After Crystal Palace Loss Vitalfootball:WBA:22/07/2017 18:56:00 Head coach Tony Pulis has given an update on skipper Jonny Evans following the injury he picked up against Crystal Palace yesterday.


Pulis Still Keen To Improve West Brom 

21 Jul

Pulis Still Keen To Improve West Brom Vitalfootball:WBA:21/07/2017 17:17:00 Speaking ahead of today's kick off against Crystal Palace in the third/fourth play off for the Premier League Asia Trophy, head coach Tony Pulis has said he'...


Rodriguez Pleased With West Brom Start 

21 Jul

Rodriguez Pleased With West Brom Start Vitalfootball:WBA:21/07/2017 16:58:00 Having come in from Southampton the other week, striker Jay Rodriguez has been speaking about his delight at opening his West Bromwich Albion account against Leicester...


39th Game Abroad Not Yet On The Agenda 

20 Jul

39th Game Abroad Not Yet On The Agenda Vitalfootball:WBA:20/07/2017 18:53:00 Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore has said that whilst he believes a 39th Premier League fixture list is still an option, it's not on the agenda just ...


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Sport »

King keen to bring in a new goalkeeper at Tividale 

24 Jul

TIVIDALE boss Dave King is on the hunt for a new goalkeeper after Luke Kriskinans left the club.


Rowley Regis boxer to put unbeaten record on the line at Dudley fight night 

21 Jul

ROWLEY Regis’ Tyler Denny will take on the unbeaten Matthew Wigglesworth in six-round action at the Venue in Dudley next month.


Heathens suffer heavy defeat at high-flying Belle Vue 

20 Jul

CRADLEY suffered a 56-34 defeat against high-flying Belle Vue at the National Speedway Stadium last night.


Junior Training dates. 

19 Jul

Confirmed training dates for Wednesbury juniors.


Tividale trialists urged to impress boss 

19 Jul

MANAGER Dave King challenged Tividale's trialling hopefuls to cement a place in his plans ahead of tougher warm-up matches on the horizon.


Heathens boss expecting toughest match of the season 

19 Jul

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger is anticipating one of their toughest meetings of the season as they head to Belle Vue this evening (7.30pm).


“Perfect” performance helps Old Hill to third win in a row 

18 Jul

CONFIDENCE is high in the Old Hill squad after the side picked up their third win on the bounce at home to Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.


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Comment »

Another Simon Lea stunner 

19 Jul

Simon Lea captured this beauty in Warley Woods.


The Great Bearwood Bake-off returns for a 4th year in a row 

19 Jul

This independent community event returns to Bearwood and is hosted again by Thimblemill Library on Sunday 27th August 12 – 3pm.


Cllrs Costigan & Hughes Slam The Hobbit! 

18 Jul

There is nothing the greasers who constitute the Labour councillors in the socialist sh*thole that is Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") like more than left-wing posturing.


Warley Woods gets Green Flag Award for 9th year! 

18 Jul

Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust, is among a record-breaking number (1,797) of parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green FlagAward.


Wednesbury BID 

17 Jul

Nothing is apolitical in the Socialist Soviet of Sandwell.


Can you help us to inspire and catalyse a better economy? 

17 Jul

Join LWM’s board We know our work towards localising and redistributing prosperity resonates with a lot of people.


Elaine Costigan – The Rozzers’ Friend 

16 Jul

The local "Cowards in Blue" in Wednesbury presumably do not need senior officers to direct their doings since, if their Twitter account is anything to go by, they defer to Labour Councillor (though ex-Tory) Elaine Costigan for operational decisions.


Life’s a beach… 

16 Jul

Still a few tickets left for 6pm...


Cllr Marshall’s Debt Mountain! 

12 Jul

How many times have we seen the Wolverhampton c*ck-suckers (aka The Express and Star) spin stories on behalf of Labour Sandwell Council? They regularly act as an adjunct to the useless half a million pound a year "press office" at the Oldbury Kremlin...


The Vicious Bullying of Mr Lee Garmston 

12 Jul

This blog has repeatedly highlighted the shocking bullying of the Darren Cooper / Jan Britton regime at Labour Sandwell Council but this story is eye-watering even by the gutter-level standards of "The Comrades".


The Bearwood Bears are in town… 

10 Jul

The Bearwood Bears, part of the Big Slueth Trail, are now in place at the bus station, Lightwoods House, and in Warley Woods.


Eling – The Cover-Up Kid! 

3 Jul

When our friend, the quondam Derbyshire resident and Rotherham Council "political officer", Steve Eling became the new "Leader" of disastrous Labour Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council he made great pronouncements about how he was going to "drain the ...


French Film Club 

19 Jun

Tonight at Thimblemill 7.30pm Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is an aimless child at an austere boarding school in France.


The great get together in Lightwoods Park 

17 Jun

If you are local to Bearwood, why not take a stroll down to Lightwoods Park on Sunday, if you're not already planning a meal out to treat Dad?! Bring your family, something to sit on, and a picnic, and if you can spare it, maybe bring along a dish ...


All the way from Nashville Tennessee…. 

15 Jun

Please note the change of door time...


Thimblemill baths closing for essential repairs 

14 Jun

Pools at Smethwick Swimming Centre will close next month to allow essential maintenance work to take place.


In Bearwood tomorrow… 

10 Jun

…the fabulous Digbeth Dining Club! Street food, music, stalls, and so much more at the Bearwood Street Festival...


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Features »

Kegunaan Setelah Punya NPWP 

25 Jul

Tujuan membuat Nomor Pokok Wajib Pajak (NPWP) sebagian besar adalah untuk: Kredit Bank, Izin Usaha, dan Melamar Pekerjaan.


Jasa Tenaga Kerja sebagai Jasa Tertentu Yang Tidak Dikenai PPN 

25 Jul

Peraturan Menteri Keuangan Nomor : 83/PMK.03/2012 tentang kriteria atau rincian jasa tenaga kerja yang tidak dikenai Pajak Pertambahan Nilai (PPN).


Summer brings wild new colour to Sandwell spaces 

25 Jul

WILD flowers in a glorious array of colours have begun to spring up at open spaces and grass verges across the borough of Sandwell.


RSPB Nagshead 

24 Jul

At the end of our wonderful trip to Somerset and as we had to be out of our digs by 10am, we took the opportunity for a detour, crossed the Severn (paying an extortionate £6.70 for the privilege) and ended up at RSPB Nagshead in Gloucestershire (just...


Kenali 4 Jenis Pajak Langsung di Indonesia 

24 Jul

Jika melihat dari sistem pemungutannya, pajak terbagi menjadi dua jenis yaitu pajak langsung dan tidak langsung.


An unexpected trip to Somerset 

24 Jul

Following a tough week earlier in the month, my brilliant wife surprised me by booking us a couple of nights down in Somerset not far from RSPB Ham Wall.


Join NSDT’s 25th Birthday Celebrations! 

24 Jul

North Smethwick Development Trust celebrates their 25th Birthday this year.


PAPYRUS seeks a Community Suicide Prevention Worker (West Midlands) 

24 Jul

PAPYRUS is a national charity dedicated to prevent young suicide, which is the biggest killer of young people under 35 in the UK.


ScottishPower Foundation 

24 Jul

The Scottish Power Foundation is now accepting applications from Registered Charities and not-for-profit organisations for grants of £25,000 up to £250,000.


Blacktoft Sands 

23 Jul

On the way back from Northumberland we made a detour to RSPB Blacktoft Sands, it was a scorcher of a day, so I suppose predictably the reserve was pretty quiet from a birding viewpoint and as it was really only a lunch stop, we concentrated on the ...


A much belated Northumberland Part 4 

22 Jul

After a difficult few weeks I have finally got around to getting up to date with the blog.


Cara Hitung PMK 39/2016, Pajak Baru Untuk Pemilik Kartu Kredit 

21 Jul

Menghitung secara detil pajak yang harus dibayarkan oleh pemilik kartu kredit bukan hal yang sederhana.


Do you remember this old pub? 

21 Jul

THERE is something of a mystery about this sketch of an old pub and we hope readers may be able to solve it.


Menelusur Pajak Atas Transaksi e-Commerce 

20 Jul

Indonesia adalah salah satu negara dengan pertumbuhan ekonomi tertinggi di dunia dengan pertumbuhan kelas menengah terbesar di Asia Tenggara.


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Business »

Aldi plans new Birmingham store within a mile of Sainsbury’s and Morrisons 

25 Jul

Budget group returns with another application to redevelop site 11 years after it first bought it...


Truckman teams up with Dudley College for new specialist apprenticeship 

24 Jul

TRUCKMAN'S investment in the next generation of composite laminators is being supported by a new partnership with Dudley College.


New flights from Birmingham to New York AND Boston revealed 

20 Jul

After Birmingham Airport suffered a blow when United Airlines pulled out, transatlantic flights are back...


14 UK employers on the future of the workplace, apprenticeships and skills 

19 Jul

Companies including Applied Automation, Triton Showers, Boots and Hargreaves Lansdown give their opinions on how the business world will look in 2050...


A Perry & Co: new staff and new premises 

18 Jul

Good news has been received about yet another family-owned firm.


Balfour Beatty and Carillion scoop £4bn HS2 contracts 

17 Jul

Companies behind troubled Midland Metro extension and Library of Birmingham development land major projects on high-speed line...


London Midland wins franchise extension on key Birmingham route 

17 Jul

Rail operator will continue running busy commuter service across the city after government misses deadline to award new franchise...


Apprenticeships vs higher education – which is the best option for you? 

17 Jul

It is becoming an increasingly complex world for graduates to navigate every summer when they embark on their careers...


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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 »

Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival 

24 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jones on 24 July 2017 .


M.A.S.H. – Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub Partners and Ways of Sharing Information 

24 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to AdrianPaulBryanVince on 24 July 2017 .


Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival 

21 Jul

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Jones on 21 July 2017 .


Wednesbury Flower Show trophy comes home 

21 Jul

A silver trophy presented to lady winners in the Wednesbury Horticultural Society flower shows has come home.


Warnings for the ‘careless’ generation 

21 Jul

Trading standards officers are warning young people - especially those aged 18-25 years - to be on their guard against falling victim to fraud.


Residents moved from privately-owned West Bromwich apartments 

21 Jul

Residents have been moved from West Bromwich apartments declared a potential fire hazard – thanks to a joint operation between Sandwell Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police.


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