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West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City 

17 Sep

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City.

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.

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West Bromwich Albion »

Moore relived at Blues point 

15 Sep

Boss admits Albion were under par.

Albion sign veteran Hoolahan 

15 Sep

36-year-old signs short term deal .

WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Blues 1 Albion 1 

15 Sep

See who caught the eye during Albion's 1-1 draw.

Boss pleased with eye-catching Albion 

1 Sep

Moore goes home happy after 2-1 Stoke victory .

Gayle shines as Albion smash Potters 

1 Sep

Striker scores two stunners as Albion beat Stoke .

WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Albion 2 Stoke 1 

1 Sep

Gayle catches the eye as Albion brush aside Stoke.

Pulis gets revenge on Albion 

25 Aug

Baggies fall to last minute winner against former boss.

WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Boro 1 Albion 0 

25 Aug

We take a look to see who caught the eye during Albion's defeat .

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Sport »

Davies ready to bounce back from first defeat 

20 Sep

TIVIDALE'S Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies will begin the rebuilding job towards another title title this Saturday.

Hotshots start title defence with opening day victory 

18 Sep

BIDDING to retain the Premier Division championship won with the final frame of last season, Hotshots SC had a good start with a 4-1 win at home to Brandhall Labour.

King takes the blame for Tividale’s FA Vase exit 

17 Sep

TIVIDALE boss Dave King took the blame for his side's FA Vase exit.

Heathens suffer defeat National Trophy final 

17 Sep

CRADLEY team boss Will Pottinger admitted he was “extremely proud” of his side as they went down with a fight in the National Trophy final.

Cradley’s National Trophy Final hopes all but over after 1st leg defeat 

12 Sep

CRADLEY boss Will Pottinger says too much went against his side as they suffered a crushing defeat in the first leg of the National Trophy Final.

Piggot becomes Cradley Town’s youngest permanent signing in eight years 

11 Sep

CRADLEY Town have announced the permanent signing of talented forward Ryan Piggott.

Stars of past back Heathens in tonight’s National Trophy Final 1st leg 

11 Sep

CRADLEY will have the support of great names from the past when they host Mildenhall in tonight’s National Trophy Final 1st Leg at Wolverhampton.

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Comment »

Jan Britton Follows Troll 

20 Sep

Jan Britton, who purports to be the "Chief Executive" of bent Sandwell Council, is trying to criminalise me for the alleged single use of a swear word.

Skidder Twitter Account Hacked! 

18 Sep

Regular readers will know that the late Leader [sic] of Sandwell Council joined forces with Mr Andrew Hipkiss and others to troll me (and my wife) and get my Twitter accounts closed down.

The GMB Union – A Short “Apology”…. 

17 Sep

Hitherto this blog has suggested that the GMB Union, in their dealings with Sandwell Council, have been less than enthusiastic about fighting the management [sic] of the bent Borough.

C*cksuckers Put Boot In! 

12 Sep

I am naturally rather circumspect in the current climate of using my usual nomenclature for The Express and Star "newspaper" but hey ho...


12 Sep

The Skidder is to stand trial on the afternoon of 23rd October, 2018 at Dudley Magistrates Court.

Sandwell Staff Costs – Highest in West Mids! 

8 Sep

This blog has repeatedly shown that Jan Britton's bent paid service in the Labour Dictatorship of Sandwell is a byword for fraud, corruption, cronyism and incompetence but according to figures sent to me anonymously this morning it is also the most ...

Jez Hall Dismissal – Everything Was Fair! 

7 Sep

On 4th August, 2018 I wrote about the dismissal of the unfortunate Mr Jez Hall.

Don’t lose your vote! 

2 Sep

You must return your details Sandwell residents are being reminded not to lose their right to vote – by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to the council.

This will be rocking…. 

1 Sep

Thimblemill Library, tonight, (1st Sept) 7.30.

September e-Bulletin 

30 Aug

The September edition of the Bearwood eBulletin is now available for download here If you want to receive your copy directly to your e-mail every month, just complete the subscription form here...

Wednesbury Xmas Lights – Another Crock of Sh*t! 

28 Aug

This blog exposed the Wednesbury Celebrates (WC) scandal which was duly covered up by West Midlands Police (WMP).

Wednesbury Bid Scandal – Maynard Speaks! 

25 Aug

Before I start some breaking news - I have been charged with an alleged criminal offence ie that I called the Chief Executive of bent Sandwell Council a "c*cksucker".

Watson Donor Up For “Honour” 

23 Aug

Tom Watson has his team of greasers on Sandwell Labour Council.

Wednesbury’s Second Chance to F*ck Itself! 

23 Aug

There is something deeply depressing about the pathetic way corrupt Labour Sandwell Council collectively tries to jump on passing bandwagons and the way Party greasers clutch at any opportunity to grab cash for their own self-aggrandisement.

Who is dealing with this criminality? 

20 Aug

Over the last few weeks, on this page and in my mailbox, there have been loads of complaints about late night/early hours disturbances.

Vote for Boris 

19 Aug

The latest Polls today state more people than ever want to leave the EU, interestingly 48 % of the people polled now considering our political classes are wilfully attempting to damage our Brexit to satisfy their own political remain agenda.

Tom Watson MP & the Bookies. 

15 Aug

Local readers will appreciate what a nasty piece of work Tom Watson is.

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Features »

Blog Post: Of Hives and Hornets 

21 Sep

Over the last six weeks our volunteers have been eagerly watching a hornet's nest down on the path that leads from the Hide to the Tame River.

Charity Trustees: Seven top tips for a well-functioning board 

20 Sep

Tesse Akpeski, DSC Associate Trainer offer tops tips for a well functioning Board.

New Project to Help Tackle Litter 

20 Sep

A new community volunteer project has been launched to help tackle litter in Sandwell.

Vacancies at Legacy West Midlands 

19 Sep

Legacy WM, a registered charity, celebrates the heritage of post war migrant communities in the West Midlands.

At last! 

19 Sep

At last after being without my camera then my 500mm lens for nearly four months in total! Both in for repair, one after the other, my lens finally came home today.

Senior Advice and Outreach Worker for Brushstrokes 

17 Sep

Brushstrokes is an award winning project in partnership with Father Hudson’s Care, The Infant Jesus Sisters and the parish of St Philip Neri, Smethwick.

Fundraising Regulator issues email scam warning 

17 Sep

Online scammers are sending fake invoices to charities, claiming to be from the Fundraising Regulator to cover Fundraising Preference Service costs.

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board Conference 

17 Sep

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board will be hosting their annual Celebration of Prevention Work and Services Conference on Tuesday, 9th October 2018 – 10.30 am till 2.30 pm.

Institute of Mathematics Education Grant Scheme 

17 Sep

The Institute of Mathematics has announced that individuals working in Schools, Colleges of Further Education (FE) and Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) can apply for funding of up to £600 to run or attend an educational activity relating to ...

UK – German Schools Flexible Funding Scheme 

17 Sep

Schools and Youth groups in the UK and Germany can now apply for funding of between £500 and £5,000 from the UK German Connection Flexible Funding Scheme.

Funding for Projects that Use the Arts and Media to Address the Concerns of Children 

17 Sep

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that work with children and young people using the arts and creative media, can apply for grants of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.

Blog Post: Reflections on a Theme 

13 Sep

Since last September the hardworking volunteers at RSPB Sandwell Valley have been working on a small patch of land tucked away between Storytelling Corner and one of our Pond Dipping ponds.

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2018 

13 Sep

World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018 focused on young people and mental health in a changing world and as part of that focus the organisation Mental Health First Aid has provided a range of free resources to use with young people.

Citizens Advice Sandwell Volunteer Recruitment Event 

12 Sep

Every year we help thousands of local people to face their issues and provide free information, advice and support.

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Business »

Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

New supermarket to bring 30 jobs to Oldbury 

26 Jul

A NEW food store is set to bring up to 30 new jobs to Oldbury when it opens later this year.

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

Sandwell Business Ambassadors give backing to borough awards 

11 Jul

SANDWELL Business Ambassadors has announced its sponsorship of one of the categories at this week’s Sandwell Business Awards.

A Perry staff to take on Snowdon charity climb 

7 Jun

CHARITABLE staff at a Cradley Heath manufacturing firm are lacing up their walking boots as they attempt a climb up Snowdon this weekend.

Midlands first for Towcraft with industry accreditation 

25 May

A BLACKHEATH firm have become the first company in the Midlands – and only the third in the country – to receive accreditation as a Witter/Westfalia Approved Service Centre.

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.

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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 »

CCTV Request Darmouth Street – Saturday 22/09/2018 between 1345 – 1410 

23 Sep

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Hansa Patel on 23 September 2018 .

Business Manager – Voids maintenance & Building supplies Job description 

21 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Dave Walwyn on 21 September 2018 .

Job Evaluation – Re-evaluation 

21 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Dave Walwyn on 21 September 2018 .

Safer 6 campaign is back – with fire station fun day launch 

21 Sep

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – promoting safety, crime prevention and healthy living across the six towns.

Exciting stage for Smethwick’s Lions of the Great War statue 

20 Sep

The sculpting of a statue of a First World War Sikh soldier has entered an exciting stage, as work begins to cast the landmark monument in bronze.

Healthy eating award for Oldbury workers’ canteen 

20 Sep

A canteen used by workers repairing the M5 viaduct has clinched a gold award for serving healthy choices.

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