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Five Dead In Industrial Accident in Birmingham 

7 Jul

Emergency services were called to Hawkeswood Metal in Aston Church Road at 8.45am to reports that a wall had collapsed.

Guns Village School: Parents upset at proposed name change 

29 Jun

Guns Village School wants to change its name over link to weapons - but some parents say the title is historic.

Guns Village Primary name change row: Petition launched by parents 

28 Jun

A petition has been launched by parents to stop Guns Village Primary School in West Bromwich changing its name.

Should pupils be allowed to go on holiday in term? Sandwell Council considers rule change 

27 Jun

Council bosses will open talks with schools across Sandwell to debate children going on holiday during term time.

‘Endlessly kind’ student dies in crash 

5 Jun

A 19-year-old student dies after being hit by a car in Sandwell, as another man is arrested on suspicion of driving while on drugs.

Campaign to save Bearwood’s Coffee Junction 

1 Jun

A community cafe in Smethwick that helps youngsters with learning disabilities get into work could close in July, it has been claimed.

Probe into councillor’s ‘house buy’ plan 

25 May

An investigation is launched into an allegation a senior Sandwell councillor urged his authority to buy back his mother's previously council-owned home.

Commissioner appointed in children’s services to improve ‘ineffective’ leadership 

13 May

Torbay council’s ‘inadequate’-rated children’s services department has had a commissioner and expert advisers appointed by the Department for Education (DfE).

George Salter Academy put in special measures as staff ‘unaware’ of how to protect pupils from extremism 

10 May

A West Bromwich school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted - with staff labelled as being 'unaware' of safeguarding pupils from 'extremism or radicalisation'.

Traffic monitoring for Sandwell school after parents’ petition 

30 Apr

Speeding traffic outside a Wednesbury school is being monitored after a petition signed by 200 parents and staff was handed in to the council.

Primary school pupils denied play due to ‘unacceptable’ haircuts 

27 Apr

A school in Tipton has warned parents their children will not be allowed out during break time if they continue to attend with ‘unacceptable’ hairstyles.

M-way closed after car flips over 

23 Apr

The M5 motorway closes for an air ambulance to land and treat a man who was freed from his overturned car.

British Gas to axe 680 jobs at site 

20 Apr

British Gas announces plans to close an office in Oldbury with the loss of more than 680 jobs.

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West Bromwich Albion »

Plymouth 0 West Brom 0 – Report and pictures 

30 Jul

West Brom were held to a turgid goalless draw by League Two Plymouth Argyle today in an uneventful game at Home Park.

Plymouth Argyle v West Brom – LIVE 

30 Jul


Mansfield sign defender Howkins on loan 

30 Jul

League Two side Mansfield Town sign West Bromwich Albion defender Kyle Howkins on a six-month loan deal.

‘We’ve other targets’: Stoke warn West Brom as Saido Berahino saga continues 

30 Jul

Albion's coaching staff have ‘no idea’ if Saido Berahino is leaving the club, as Stoke warned the Baggies they have other irons in the fire.

Roberto Di Matteo confident Aston Villa will keep Ciaran Clark 

30 Jul

Boss Roberto Di Matteo is confident Albion-target Ciaran Clark will stay with Villa.

Tony Pulis plans to field strong West Brom side against Plymouth Argyle 

29 Jul

Albion boss Tony Pulis plans to start a strong side against former club Plymouth Argyle in tomorrow’s pre-season friendly.

QUIZ: Test your West Brom knowledge – July 29 

29 Jul

Friday means quiz day, so we've put together ten tough teasers to test just how well you know the Baggies.

Youngsters depart on loan 

29 Jul

Roberts and Ross exit to gain experience...

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Sport »

New season opener – Saturday 3rd September 2016. 

28 Jul

Details of the day.

Summer League Result 

28 Jul

Streetly 6 - 0 Wednesbury...

Summer League Catch up…! 

28 Jul

Result - Wednesury 3-3 Old Hales...

Summer League Catch up…! 

28 Jul

Result - Wednesbury 3-0 Wolverhampton...

Summer League Catch Up..! 

28 Jul

Result - Wolverhampton Kalsa 2-4 Wolverhampton...

Cox claims Old Hill can avoid the drop 

27 Jul

DETERMINED Danny Cox still believes his Old Hill players can keep clear of relegation this season.

Cradley Town set to be major league force with arrival of Andy Wyton 

27 Jul

CRADLEY Town could prove one of the major players in this season's West Midlands League campaign following the arrival of Andy Wyton who becomes joint manager with existing boss Mark Jones.

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Comment »

LOOK at Labour’s Money-Wasting Mayoral W*nkers 

29 Jul

I have commented before on allegedly cash-strapped Sandwell Labour Council running two chauffeur-driven limos - mostly about the egomaniacal former "leader's" use of them.

Melanie Dudley’s Bonanza via Late Stiff! 

29 Jul

If you think things cannot become anymore bizarre in Jan Britton's Sandwell Circus prepare yourself to be amazed...

OMG! Beautiful 

21 Jul

Another Simon Lea stunner...

Major roadworks due at Bear junction 

20 Jul

Major improvements are coming to a busy junction in Bearwood as part of a £700,000 scheme.

Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.

Bopping at the ‘mill 

18 Jul


Britton F*cks-up Again! Parks Latest! 

17 Jul

A curious bout of trade union-advised "sickness" has broken out in the Parks Department of Jan Britton's dismal "Sadwell" Council as yet another scandal breaks under his alleged "leadership".


16 Jul

Another absolute stunner from Simon Lea: “Between the shadows! With the sun popping out between clouds it led to patchy areas of sunlight in the woods.

Meet the Bearwood Players 

14 Jul

…and try out the splendid Windsor too...

Road closure planned 

12 Jul

Via Sandwell Highways...

Charity Boot Camp 

8 Jul

It won't be as big as last week's picnic, but on Sunday, from 12.30pm There's a charity boot camp in Warley Woods! We're told they have had some fab donations for raffle prizes from local businesses.

Fun in the sun 

4 Jul

The Warley Woods Picnic in the Park gets better every year, and yesterday thousands have a great day in the sun.

Setting up and ready to go… 

3 Jul

All that is needed…is you! It's looking good...

A Vote for May will Destroy the Party 

3 Jul

What a disgraceful CON, in a last ditch attempt to deceive the party members and con people of this country, we hear there are calls for the leadership to be halted and Teresa May appointed as leader.

WMCA – The White Man’s Burden! 

1 Jul

The local spin doctors and bullsh*tters are always banging on about what a great multi-cultural, young and vibrant city Birmingham is and it seems to me to that the great ethnic diversity and youth of the wider city region (Greater Birmingham or what...

If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your ...

Toe tapping and finger picking good! 

1 Jul

Saturday night at the 'Mill you can get in the mood for the picnic with the fabulous Dynamix and Ukelele Union...

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Features »

Charlecote Park Again! 

29 Jul

We went with our good friends Tim Wendy to Charlecote Park yesterday, mainly for a catch up and walk, but of course even at this time of year there are birds about, in fact much better than our last visit a couple of weeks ago.

Sabbatical Day 39: Sydney and the Blue Mountains 

28 Jul

We are half way through nine days in Sydney and it has exceeded most of our high expectations.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Nominations Sought 

28 Jul

This prestigious UK National Honour has an equivalent status to the MBE and recognises the exceptional contributions made to local communities by groups voluntarily devoting their time for the benefit of others.

Spotlight on Cares Sandwell 

28 Jul

Tell us what you do CARES offers information, advice, help and support to unpaid family carers and the people they look after within the borough of Sandwell.

Summer Holidays in Sandwell Libraries 

28 Jul

From magic shows and mask making to mini-beasts and Roald Dahl-inspired activities, Sandwell’s libraries will be full of fun for children over the summer holidays.

Giant Bees Create A Buzz Around Sandwell 

28 Jul

Sandwell Arts Festival is set to become a hive of activity during the 13   14 August, as a swarm of Bees fly in to the Arts Cafe at Sandwell Central Sixth to buzz out an unusual symphony in ‘Bee’ minor across West Bromwich.

Community Midwifery Review Listening Exercise 

27 Jul

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG are carrying out a review with mothers and families to improve the community midwifery care in your local area.

Digital Amnesia: How Your Tablet Is Damaging Your Memory 

27 Jul

Almost half of business people admit to missing out on valuable information when attempting to record notes on a digital advice, according to a study by Kaspersky Lab Have you ever written a letter and conversed with a colleague at the same time? Or ...

Big Lottery Fund Awards Down By More than £400m, Accounts Show 

27 Jul

The Big Lottery Fund awarded more than £400m less to social projects in 2015/16 than in the previous year, its annual report and accounts show .

Cyber Crime – No Longer Just the Teenage Hacker Working From Their Bedroom 

27 Jul

I’m sure if you hear the phrase ‘Cyber Crime’ it immediately conjures up an image of a lonely adolescent in their bedroom, glued to a computer screen and trying to break into the USA’s defence systems (does anyone remember the 1983 movie ‘...


26 Jul

OSCAR Sandwell Centre Manager attended the 2016 Sickle Cell Society (SCS) AGM and Patient/Carer Educational Seminar on Saturday 23rd July held in London.

Life Chances Fund 

26 Jul

The Cabinet Office has launched an £80 million ‘Life Chances Fund’ to support Social Impact Bonds (SIB) to help transform people’s lives.

Gosling Foundation 

26 Jul

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for charitable organisations carrying out projects related to social welfare, especially those involving children and young adults.

Screwfix Foundation 

26 Jul

The Screwfix Foundation is a registered charity set up in 2013.

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Business »

£125m deal cleared by competition authorities 

29 Jul

COMPETITION authorities have ruled LloydsPharmacy must dispose of stores in 12 areas around the country to be able to complete its takeover of Sainsbury\'s pharmacies.

American successes sees National Express eye more international deals 

28 Jul

NATIONAL EXPRESS is to continue to seek out international opportunities after being "particularly pleased" with the performance of its North American acquisitions.

Glass half-full part two: M&B highlights good progress 

27 Jul

PUB company Mitchells & Butler has taken a glass half-full approach to tough conditions, pointing to the "good progress" it has made in key areas.

Birmingham’s largest carrier faces turbulence 

27 Jul

BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT\'S largest carrier Flybe has increased its top line performance on the back of more routes, but the tough market conditions are having an impact on other key figures.

2 Sisters workers stage protest outside West Bromwich factory 

26 Jul

Staff hold banners aloft calling for respect for their rights as trade union prepares to meet management...

Green light for transformation of former DEFRA site 

26 Jul

A DEVELOPMENT on a former Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) site which will include 150,000 sq ft of office space has been given the go-ahead.

Industrial group to make £30m cuts to ‘increase momentum’ 

26 Jul

GKN is planning to reduce its fixed costs by £30m in order to "increase momentum going into 2017".

40 firefighters tackled furniture factory fire 

26 Jul

40 firefighters were called to tackle a "severe factory fire" in Tividale yesterday.7 fire engines and a hydraulic platform were required to tackle the blaze at the industrial estate.

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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 »

Cloud Strategy 

29 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to N'chicka Khyne-Sam on 29 July 2016 .

Agency Spend for schools 2015-2016 

29 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Hughes on 29 July 2016 .

Planned cuts to train services under fire 

29 Jul

Sandwell's regeneration boss has hit out at plans to reduce the number of London-bound trains stopping at Sandwell and Dudley station under a new franchise.

Tenants warm to double-glazing scheme 

29 Jul

A successful double-glazing window programme which has seen thousands of council tenants benefit from warmer homes has been extended by Sandwell Council.

Make your money stretch further 

29 Jul

If you’re looking for advice on how to cope with the rising costs of everyday living, Sandwell Council has launched a webpage with top tips to help make your money stretch further.

Home schooling figures 

29 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Connie Burbidge on 29 July 2016 .

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