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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.


Anger over nine hour days for Great Barr school pupils 

19 Apr

An academy in the Black Country has been accused of working pupils too hard with some doing nine-hour days, which one parent says has led to her child breaking down in tears.


Man killed in internet cafe stabbing 

17 Apr

A man dies after being stabbed in an internet cafe in Birmingham the middle of the day.


VIDEO: West Brom to coach at schools in India 

15 Apr

West Bromwich Albion players are to coach football to children at more than 1,000 schools in India.


‘250 more’ footballers with brain disease 

12 Apr

The family of former West Bromwich footballer Jeff Astle say they know of 250 more players with the brain disease he died from after heading footballs.


Three arrested in house murder probe 

6 Apr

Two men and a woman are arrested on suspicion of murder after a stabbing in West Bromwich.


DfE troubleshooter to assess whether to outsource Dudley children’s services 

5 Apr

The Department for Education has sent a troubleshooter into Dudley council to decide whether to strip it of control of children’s social care.


No charges over Chris Brunt coin throw 

1 Apr

A teenager arrested on suspicion of throwing a coin at West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt will face no further action.


Failing Tipton academy ‘now improving’ 

1 Apr

A failing academy in Tipton is beginning to show signs of improvement, according to the education watchdog, raising hopes that it could be on the way towards leaving special measures.


Eleven people hurt in M6 pile-up 

31 Mar

Eleven people are hurt when a lorry and several cars collide on the M6 in Birmingham.


Sandwell school staff attacked by pupils 296 times 

31 Mar

Teachers and staff in Sandwell have been attacked by pupils almost 300 times during the past two years, according to new figures.


Leader of council dies suddenly 

27 Mar

The leader of Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper, dies suddenly aged 52.


Footballer appeals over fatal hit-and-run 

26 Mar

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster appeals for help to find the killer of a 15-year-old fan one year on from the hit-and-run crash.


PCC meets minister over M6 crash delays 

22 Mar

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner meets a transport minister to discuss handling of a crash that closed part of the M6 for nearly 24 hours.


Smashed windows, graffiti, and lead stolen from roofs: £130k bill for vandalism in Sandwell schools 

19 Mar

Windows smashed, graffiti daubed on walls and lead stolen from roofs - just some of the mindless vandalism at Sandwell's schools which has cost tens of thousands of pounds to fix.


‘Most deprived’ towns and cities named 

18 Mar

West Bromwich is one of the most deprived towns in England, an official study into housing and poverty has found.


Vandals and thieves leave £133,000 trail of destruction at Sandwell schools 

18 Mar

Windows smashed, graffiti daubed on walls and lead stolen from roofs - just some of the mindless vandalism at Sandwell's schools which has cost tens of thousands of pounds to fix.


Man on CCTV sought in murder probe 

17 Mar

Police release CCTV of a man they hope holds vital clues in the murder of Indiga Daniel Wallace in Tipton.


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