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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.

Sandwell councillor Richard Marshall quits cabinet role 

6 Nov

Labour's Richard Marshall allegedly made sexually offensive comments about colleagues in a Whatsapp chat.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

4 Nov

David Wagner says his reign as Huddersfield manager has been "something unbelievable" after seeing his 10 men beat West Brom.

Ambulance in crash outside Sandwell hospital 

14 Sep

An ambulance en route to a 999 call has been involved in a collision with a car outside Sandwell hospital.

West Bromwich ‘fire risk’ flats leaseholders in court 

17 Aug

Up to 80 residents were moved from Metro Court after Sandwell Council issued a closure notice.

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.

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West Bromwich Albion »

West Brom Fans Not Left Green With Envy 

20 Feb

West Brom Fans Not Left Green With Envy Vitalfootball:WBA:20/02/2018 11:14:00 After the last week in particular, West Bromwich Albion fans haven't reacted too kindly to an announcement from the club today.

Pardew Thanks Fans For Support During Difficult Period 

19 Feb

Pardew Thanks Fans For Support During Difficult Period Vitalfootball:WBA:19/02/2018 13:37:00 Head coach Alan Pardew has heaped praise on the fans for their support during yet another difficult period this season.

Down the Social: Saints Home (FA Cup) 

18 Feb

How Albion fans reacted online to Albion's cup exit.

Boss disappointed for fans after Cup exit 

18 Feb

Pardew focuses on league survival after Saints defeat .

Instant Reactions – West Brom v Southampton (17/2/18) 

17 Feb

Instant Reactions - West Brom v Southampton (17/2/18) Vitalfootball:WBA:17/02/2018 18:14:00 Following today's clash between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Stats: WBA v Southampton 

17 Feb

Stats: WBA v Southampton Vitalfootball:WBA:17/02/2018 16:54:00 All the stats from WBA (1) vs (2) Southampton, The Hawthorns, 17/2/18 Att: 17,600...

West Brom v Southampton – Team Sheets (17/2/18) 

17 Feb

West Brom v Southampton - Team Sheets (17/2/18) Vitalfootball:WBA:17/02/2018 14:23:00 West Bromwich Albion are at The Hawthorns with Southampton the visitors today in the FA Cup, this is a 3pm kick-off - the line-ups have been confirmed.

Follow WBA v Southampton Live On Twitter – 17/2/18 

16 Feb

Follow WBA v Southampton Live On Twitter - 17/2/18 Vitalfootball:WBA:16/02/2018 23:08:00 West Bromwich Albion are at The Hawthorns with Southampton the visitors today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

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Sport »

Demetri Brown strikes late as Tividale share the spoils with title rivals 

19 Feb

DEMETRI Brown fired home a last-gasp equaliser as Tividale drew with promotion rivals Wolverhampton Sporting.

Why Arsenal ‘gave up’ trying to sign West Brom defender Jonny Evans in January – reports 

19 Feb

The Baggies defender stayed put in January, despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester City...

Alan Pardew latest as surprise name linked with West Brom managerial post 

19 Feb

The latest West Brom news and views from the Birmingham Mail...

This story of scandalous contempt has left West Brom and their manager on dodgy ground 

18 Feb

Paul Suart gives his take on a turbulent week on and off the pitch for West Brom...

This is what former West Brom striker Rob Hulse is doing for a living now 

18 Feb

Former WBA forward, now 38, also played for Leeds United and Derby County among others...

West Brom next manager odds: Shock favourite emerges in betting to replace Alan Pardew 

18 Feb

Former Birmingham City manager has emerged as the favourite in betting to become next West Brom boss...

“Ridiculously stupid” West Brom legend slams Albion’s infamous ‘Cab Four’ 

18 Feb

The four players are currently co-operating with the club as they conduct their investigation...

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Comment »

Cashing In On Big Cyrille’s Death! 

21 Feb

There have, unsurprisingly, been tremendous outpourings of grief following the death of the great Cyrille Regis.

Lion Farm – Eling & Britton Take The P*ss! 

19 Feb

Steve "The Milkman" Eling - who somehow "missed" all the fraud going on at Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council whilst maintaining a tight grip on the purse strings "lol" - claimed he was going to overhaul the Freedom of Information "system" which has ...

Tricky Dicky Dumped! 

19 Feb

One Sp*nk Brother down! Bankrupt Councillor and keen amateur swordsman Richard Marshall was due to stand for election again in May but at the recent Labour Campaign Forum meeting in Sandwell he was given the bum's rush by the comrades! His fall from ...

Building Relationships 

11 Feb

Building Relationships by Susie Pottinger.

What Does Jim Brennan Know? 

9 Feb

The new highly-controversial Monitoring Officer (at Director-level) Surjit Tour is playing silly buggers with me - refusing to even acknowledge correspondence let alone reply to it (a matter shortly to be referred to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Caroline on the telly…. 

7 Feb

Bearwoods own Caroline Jariwala will be featured on Midlands Today at 6.30pm on Thursday evening celebrating the fantastic success of her 100 Masters video which has now had over 3.7 million views.

Will Self Meets The C*ck-Suckers! 

2 Feb

It's the weekend and as those of us who retain some hair prepare to let it down we could all do with a good laugh.

Corbyn’s Evil Wench – Sarah James 

1 Feb

Sarah James claims to be against bullying - at least if women are the victims.

Labour Rebellion Against Tyrannical Eling! 

31 Jan

It looks like the worms are beginning to turn.

P*sspoor BBC Thrash Eling With Wet Lettuce Leaf! 

29 Jan

Time and time again we have seen the BBC fail to cover the corruption, cronyism, incompetence and bullying within their friends at Labour Sandwell Council and to show clear partiality when they do get their act together.

A belated “Happy New Year” message… 

28 Jan

The team at We Are Bearwood have been working behind the scenes on a few things – including planning for Bearwood Street Festival 2019.

Lion Farm Fields – A Major Fraud? 

28 Jan

The current Leader of Labour Sandwell Council, Steve Eling, has been on the Council since 1986.

An Exchange of Correspondence with Surjit Tour! 

25 Jan

At PRECISELY the same time that Sandwell Council was being hammered in the House of Commons I received this letter from the controversial new Monitoring Officer (see my blog earlier today as to how his secret and highly-irregular "briefing" meeting ...

Stop Press – Eling Attacks Staff! 

25 Jan

I have been writing recently about the increasingly paranoid Labour Leader [sic] of bent Sandwell Council, Steve "The Milkman" Eling.

The Statement Sandwell Don’t Want You To See! 

25 Jan

I was asked by Cllr Ian Jones to provide a statement for his Stalinist Show Trial yesterday (such is the truth of the one-party state in Sadders that, at one point, Cllr Steve "Luvvie" Trow forgot it was supposed to be a Standards Hearing and started...

The Skidder’s Witness Statement in Jones Case 

24 Jan

I was supposed to be giving evidence at Cllr Jones's Standards Hearing today and supplied a detailed statement to SMBC.

Shock News – Steve Eling Tells the Truth! 

24 Jan

Remember this terrible photo? It caused great concern to one of the Sandwell Sp*nk Brothers, Steve "The Milkman" Eling, currently the "leader" of the bent Council.

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Features »


21 Feb

After a week on the west coast of Scotland, we had a brilliant weekend in Edinburgh with our daughter, before travelling north and stopping in Tomintoul for 5 nights.

Pine Marten Video 

21 Feb

As an after thought here's a bit of video...

Scotland West Coast, Lochaber Area and Pine Martens! 

21 Feb

We decided to explore somewhere new in Scotland this winter and stay on the coast, west of Fort William at Glenuig.

Project Aspie – ‘Alphabet 12’ Conference 

21 Feb

Project Aspie – Special ‘Alphabet 12’ Conference Event will be taking place March 7th 2018.

People’s Postcode Trusts – Reminder 

21 Feb

People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust are now  open for applications until the 28th February! • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of...

Your town, your future…be part of Vision 2030 

20 Feb

Get involved in Town Events to share your ideas and comments about towns plans and how they are developed.

Masterclass: Speaking with IMPACT! 

20 Feb

The Nishkam Centre is an aspiring leading community anchor organisation to all communities, working for the wellbeing of everyone.

Sandwell Big Spring Clean campaign 

19 Feb

Over the past 12 years over 20,000 people have supported and helped to make Sandwell a cleaner and safer place to live by taking part in the boroughs multi award winning Big Spring Clean campaign.

National Careers and Apprenticeship Week: 5 – 9 March 

19 Feb

Connexions Sandwell will be hosting a National Careers and Apprenticeship Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th March 2018, (excluding Wednesday), at Oldbury Council House, One Stop Shop, Freeth Street, B69 3DE.

New Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Consultation 

19 Feb

Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is developing a new Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

Norfolk Parts 2 & 3! 

18 Feb

I never got around to continuing with Norfolk, as we scooted off up to Scotland for a couple of weeks, so I will condense parts two and three into one, so that I can get on with the Scottish stuff.

File: Snipe 

14 Feb

Common Snipe from the Lakeside hide.

Comment on tuneful Sandwell Valley 

12 Feb

what tune can you play...

Mosque Open Day at YCA Cultural Centre 

12 Feb

As part of the nationwide initiative, YCA Sandwell would like to welcome neighbours, friends and colleagues to a Mosque Open Day at the Cultural Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ, on Sunday 18 February 2018, 2 – 6 pm.

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Business »

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...

Debenhams to slash 320 store manager roles in cost-cutting drive 

8 Feb

The retailer said efforts to drive down the complexity of management positions...

Comment: Councillors are right on GKN and Street’s silence isn’t good enough 

7 Feb

Councillors Ward and O'Reilly and local MPs are right in stressing the strategic importance of GKN, says Professor David Bailey...

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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 »


21 Feb

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Gavin Hay on 21 February 2018 .

Lion Farm Playing Fields 

21 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 21 February 2018 .

Review praises Sandwell Council’s budget and vision 

21 Feb

An independent review of Sandwell Council has praised the authority for protecting frontline services through its budget planning and having a strong vision for the future of the borough.

Plans for assured landlords scheme 

21 Feb

Private landlords in Sandwell are set to have their properties rated on a scale of zero - five stars, under plans by housing bosses to introduce an Assured Landlords Scheme.

Elective Home Education team and numbers of children known and deregistered 

21 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to KNorman on 21 February 2018 .

Attendance & Prosecution Service guidelines issued to primary school in sandwell 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Gavin Hay on 20 February 2018 .

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    Taken at Sandwell Valley Park in the Farm area.

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