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Man shot dead in car in Handsworth street – murder hunt underway 

22 May 18

The man, aged in his 20s, was found in Maxwell Avenue just before 5pm on Tuesday…


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Revealed: The referee for Aston Villa’s Championship play-off final against Fulham 

22 May 18

The man in the middle for the Championship play-off final has been confirmed…


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This is how many people air pollution could have been killing in Birmingham 

22 May 18

Proposals include allowing councils to crack down on dirty fuels – including some wetter types of wood – and enforce no burn days…


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Aston Villa ‘face Leeds United and Rangers rivalry’ for Liverpool man this summer 

22 May 18

The latest AVFC transfer news involves links with a Reds man tipped for the top…


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‘Incredible really isn’t it?’ Our verdict on the Aston Villa vs Fulham ticket mismatch 

22 May 18

Gregg Evans has his say on how the finalists have allocated their tickets…


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The story of how John Carew and Prince William became Aston Villa buddies 

22 May 18

How claret and blue royalty got together…


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This Aston Villa fan is ditching family holiday to fly 3,000 miles to make Wembley play-off final 

22 May 18

Scott Campbell, from Great Barr, will pay around 500 to fly home from Paphos, Cyprus…


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Police arrest 13-year-old on suspicion of murder of Ozell Pemberton 

22 May 18

Ozell, 16, died from a stab wound to the chest near McDonald’s in Lower Parade, Sutton Coldfield, last Thursday.


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Leeds United set for summer swoop on Birmingham City – reports 

22 May 18

Birmingham City transfer news sees Championship club register interest in BCFC man…


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Aston Villa set to sign highly-rated Championship youngster in free transfer swoop – reports 

22 May 18

AVFC are reportedly closing in on the free signing of this young Owls…


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Birmingham City secure three hopefuls on extended deals 

22 May 18

BCFC trio continue path towards first-team football…


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Cyclists warned over ‘bandit country’ canal tow path after masked gang terror 

22 May 18

‘Is there not one part of Birmingham that’s safe any more’: Comments after shocking footage from biker’s GoPro emerged…


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The train travel update Aston Villa fans need to know for Wembley play-off final 

22 May 18

An updated travel guide for Aston Villa fans heading to Wembley for the Championship play-off final…


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Birmingham children are still being held in custody despite warnings 

22 May 18

Police Commissioner calls on councils to provide more accommodation for vulnerable children…


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Birmingham mum found guilty of tricking 17-year-old daughter into forced marriage 

22 May 18

It is the only second time anyone has been convicted in court of a forced marriage in the UK…


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This Birmingham train service has been named and shamed one of most delayed in UK 

22 May 18

Midlands passengers have just as much right to complain…


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Top building society closes flagship Birmingham branch for months – and here’s why 

22 May 18

Nationwide Building Society has closed its site next to the Bullring until September…


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Who is Aleksandar Mitrovic? The ‘killer up front’ ready to unsettle Aston Villa at Wembley 

22 May 18

Mitrovic will lead the line for Fulham in the play-off final at Wembley…


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M42 lanes closed near Birmingham Airport after lorry breaks down 

22 May 18

The truck has broken down northbound between Junction 6 and 7…


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Police smash huge £740k cannabis farm in Sutton Coldfield home 

22 May 18

The drugs discovery was made at house in Calder Drive, Walmley, on Monday…


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Aston Villa abroad: we want to hear from the claret and blue family worldwide ahead of Wembley play-off final 

22 May 18

We want to hear from Aston Villa fans all over the world…


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The reason Pierluigi Gollini had to get away from Aston Villa – and what’s next for him? 

22 May 18

Joshua Slack from Get Italian Football News checks on the progress – or lack of it – of the 23-year-old goalkeeper…


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Bristol City striker banned for spitting at Birmingham City ace 

22 May 18

The Bristol City striker will be suspended fir six games after this incident…


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Championship play-off final odds: How the bookies rate Aston Villa and Fulham’s chances 

22 May 18

AVFC came through against Middlesbrough, Fulham eliminated Derby…


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Aston Villa vs Fulham Championship play-off final: TV details, tickets, team news, odds, live stream 

22 May 18

All you need to know ahead of the Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Fulham…


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‘I am glad we are playing Aston Villa’ – what the Fulham fans are saying ahead of the Championship play-off final 

22 May 18

This is what the Fulham faithful have been saying ahead of the game…


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Birmingham guest are selling their Royal Wedding gift bags on eBay for a small fortune 

22 May 18

Here’s what you get for your money…


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Aston Villa Wembley pub guide: Here’s where you can drink before the play-off final 

22 May 18

The pubs may refuse entry to the wrong fans…


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Aston Villa vs Fulham: Our writers predict the outcome of the Championship play-off final 

22 May 18

BirminghamLive’s football desk tackle a range of questions ahead of the promotion showpiece at Wembley…


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Ex-Aston Villa striker has a new career – as a wrestler 

22 May 18

Find out why this Villa old boy is swapping the football pitch for the ring…


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‘Now is their time’ The inside track on Aston Villa’s play-off opponents Fulham 

22 May 18

Football editor Mat Kendrick spoke to a FFC expert to get the lowdown…


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Gay pride flag – what does the rainbow flag mean and where to get yours for Birmingham Pride 

22 May 18

Are you dressing up for the gay pride parade in Birmingham?Here’s some colouful options…


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Former Aston Villa board member lands high-profile recruitment role 

22 May 18

This man helped oversee the under-performing departments at Villa Park in 2016…


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John Terry’s Aston Villa future: Here’s what we know so far 

22 May 18

The former Chelsea captain faces a big decision this summer…


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Planes at Birmingham Airport targeted in spate of ‘extremely dangerous’ laser attacks 

22 May 18

Police in urgent hunt for offenders who could cause pilots to lose control…


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‘We have got to do it’ – Wembley motivation in the words of Aston Villa’s players 

22 May 18

AVFC take on Fulham on Saturday for a place in the Premier League…


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Aston Villa invite royal supporter Prince William to Wembley for play-off showdown 

22 May 18

The claret and blues are hoping for a little royal luck at Wembley next Saturday…


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Who is Aston Villa’s owner? The lowdown on Dr Tony Xia and his Recon business 

22 May 18

The information on AVFC owner Dr Tony Xia…


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This is the reason why HRH Prince William supports Aston Villa 

22 May 18

The Duke of Cambridge is an AVFC fan…


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ALL GONE! Aston Villa sell their Wembley ticket allocation 

22 May 18

There are no tickets left for Saturday’s play-off final…


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The extortionate amount that Aston Villa fans are being charged for Wembley tickets 

22 May 18

Ticket touts are cashing in on supporters’ desperation to watch AVFC vs Fulham at Wembley…


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The Birmingham City fans are all saying the same thing about Gary Rowett 

22 May 18

The Derby County manager wants to take over the vacant managerial post at Stoke City…


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Peaky Blinders writer reveals the Birmingham City star he’d most like to cast 

22 May 18

Blues-mad Steven Knight was previously linked with finding a role for then boss Gary Rowett…


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Aston Villa are linked with four as summer transfer plans begin to take shape 

22 May 18

The latest Aston Villa news and views from BirminghamLive…


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Watch: Cyclist confronted by masked gang brandishing weapons in daylight terror 

22 May 18

Father-of-one issues warning to Tyseley residents after canal tow path incident…


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Stan Collymore: The Premier League needs Aston Villa 

22 May 18

Former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore believes the Premier League would benefit from a Villa return…


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Aston Villa play-off final tickets: The last few Wembley tickets set to sell-out 

22 May 18

It’s heading for a claret and blue sell-out…


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The number of Birmingham takeaways is soaring – as obesity continues to put people in hospital 

22 May 18

The increase comes with the West Midlands facing an obesity crisis…


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Knife checks carried out at Erdington and Sutton Coldfield schools 

22 May 18

St Edmund Campion and Plantsbrook School, had knife arch checks carried out…


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New study into cycling across the West Midlands 

22 May 18

Charity Sustrans has secured new funding to widen its research into attitudes towards cycling across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands…







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