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Woman admits leaving scene of collision that killed Brownhills… 

18 Sep

A MOTORIST who failed to stop at the scene of a collision that killeda Brownhills man told police she had hit a deer, a court heard.

Police stations and bases to close 

18 Sep

Three police stations and six bases in Walsall are to close to save money, West Midlands Police announce.

Teenage shooting suspect to face Walsall court on wounding and fake firearms charges 

18 Sep

Youth is accused of shooting driver in face with pellet gun at junction of Milton Street and Bescot Street...

Ice bucket challenge – which made a star of Walsall youngster – raises almost £7 million for charity 

18 Sep

Scarlett Rose-Davis shot to fame when she was recorded swearing after being drenched in her grandparents’ garden last month...

Nine Police Stations to Close Across Walsall 

18 Sep

It was discussed at last week’s meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner’s Strategic Policing and Crime Board.

Teenager to appear in court after man shot in face in Walsall 

18 Sep

A teenager is set to appear in court accused of shooting a man in the face with an air pistol - as police continue to appeal for witnesses.

West Midlands’ MPs cost taxpayers £2.9m in a year 

18 Sep

MPs' expenses and office costs came to more than £2.9 million in a year for 19 of them in the West Midlands, official figures have shown.

Council tax support for thousands of families could be cut due to funding shortfall 

18 Sep

The level of council tax support for thousands of families in Walsall could be cut due to an impending £7.7 million funding shortfall.

Work under way at Cannock Hospital to cater for increased numbers 

18 Sep

Work has begun on transforming part of a district hospital in readiness for its relaunch as a centre for non-emergency surgery.

Teenager charged after man shot in head in Walsall 

18 Sep

A teenager has been charged by police after a man was shot in the head with an air weapon in Walsall.

Road closures set for Tory party conference 

18 Sep

Access to city centre roads will be restricted and a huge security operation will be in place as the Conservative party conference comes to Birmingham next weekend.

Parking tickets on the decline in Walsall 

18 Sep

The number of parking tickets issued in Walsall has dropped as money raked in slumped by more than £150,000 over the last two years.

Council bosses will work ‘non-stop’ to combat Wolverhampton’s unemployment problem 

18 Sep

Council chiefs have vowed to work 'non-stop' to get more people in Wolverhampton into work after the city fell to the bottom of the UK's jobless league.

Family of Walsall killer call for tougher measures 

18 Sep

THE family of a paranoid schizophrenic from Walsall who stabbed a teenager to death are calling on the Government to take tougher measures after a damning report revealed that opportunities to help him were missed.

Man hurt in air weapon assault 

17 Sep

A man in his 30s is injured with an air weapon outside a house in Walsall.

M6 arrests after three men found walking along motorway 

17 Sep

Three people were picked up by West Midlands Police officers after apparently falling from underneath a lorry and walking along the hard shoulder near to Junction 8...

BREAKING: Police close off Walsall street following suspected… 

17 Sep

POLICE have closed off a road in Palfrey following a suspected shooting.

Three men “risked their lives” walking on the M6 near… 

17 Sep

Three men are being dealt with by the UK Boarder Force after being found walking along the busy M6.

Young Wilenhall cancer survivor urges runners to back Teenage… 

17 Sep

AN inspirational teenage cancer survivor from Willenhall is urging generous runners to get behind a charity that has helped him.

Katie Price and Kieran Hayler name their daughter Bunny 

17 Sep

Celebrities often choose unusual names for their children and Katie Price is no different.

M54 closed near M6 link in Black Country after 4×4 and trailer overturns 

17 Sep

Traffic stretches back to M6 near Walsall while vehicles are recovered from westbound carriageway of M54...

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This is the day 

18 Sep

The polling places have closed, the ballots have been cast and the votes are being counted...

Ending Zero Hours Improves Care. 

18 Sep

Diane Coughlan: Cabinet member for Social Care A radical plan to improve care for the elderly and disabled by phasing out zero hour contracts is being considered by Walsall Council’s Labour cabinet.

Rare black swan seen at Chasewater 

18 Sep

Thanks to the wonderful Swan Lady, I can let readers know that yesterday, at around 11am, a rare black swan was photographed at Chasewater, just by the play fort on the south shore.

Walsall Wood let it Lye 

18 Sep

Last Tuesday evening (16th September 2014), Walsall Wood FC entertained Lye Town at home - Sadly, the Woodmen lost.

New Invention Health Centre – Lib Dem pressure begins to get results 

18 Sep

Recent meetings between Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires and New Invention Health Centre’s lead GP are beginning to show results.

Urgent – Have you lost a Rottweiler dog on the Hussey Estate? 

18 Sep

Hi folks - an urgent one just come in here - Becci Saich messaged me this evening (Wednesday 17th September 2014) asking if anyone has lost a Rottweiler dog on or around the Hussey estate in Brownhills? Continue reading →...

Deep in the heart of Texas 

17 Sep

Every few years the Lone Star State of Texas huffs and puffs and threatens to leave the United States of America...

Brownhills police station set to close 

17 Sep

I see from a report in the generally on-the-ball Walsall Advertiser that Brownhills Police Station - virtually mothballed already - looks set to close and be sold off, along with the main Walsall headquarters in Walsall at Green Lane and other local ...

Lib Dems only group on Walsall Council in favour of flying the Saltire 

17 Sep

Walsall Council seems to be one of the few councils in the West Midlands who have not flown the Scottish Saltire alongside the Union Flag outside its Council House in a bid to show our Scottish friends that we do not want them to leave the Union .

Lib Dems resume fight to get GP surgery back in Short Heath…. 

17 Sep

Liberal Democrats on Walsall Council have resumed their fight to get a doctors surgery in Short Heath.

Social Reach 

17 Sep

I noticed a few weeks ago I was approaching 300 followers on Twitter.

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Warmest day? 

18 Sep

Another cloudy and humid start to the day begins our day today.

Nearly twice as warm 

17 Sep

It is a very mild start to the day although there will be some dew on the grass and cars this morning as the relative humidity is high.

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Duple- Dennis 

18 Sep

Originally known as Dennis Brothers Ltd, the company was founded in 1895 by John (1871–1939) and Raymond (1878–1939) Dennis who made Speed King bicycles which they sold from their shop, the Universal Athletic Stores, in Guildford.

About Those Roswell Slides… 

18 Sep

Here's the latest, from Rich Reynolds, at The UFO Iconoclast(s...

The Creature Outside My Window 

18 Sep

That's the title of my new Mysterious Universe article , which focuses on what you see above...

The Zombie Book: A New Q&A 

18 Sep

Over at The Examiner , Jeffery Pritchett interviews me about my recently published book, The Zombie Book (co-written with Brad Steiger).

A Mystery Animal in the Neighborhood 

18 Sep


Iceland Trip – Activities Week 

18 Sep

As part of Activities Week 2015, Barr Beacon School is delighted to offer a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to visit one of the most breath-taking countries in the world – ICELAND.

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18 Sep

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Better together! 

18 Sep

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18 Sep

This coming Saturday, Walsall Football Club travel to Kent to take on Gillingham in the latest round of Sky Bet League One campaign.


18 Sep

In the latest of his regular pre-match ' Team Talk ' articles, Walsall manager Dean Smith has insisted that Tuesday evening's result, and more importantly the performance, will not be repeated.

The Guest Blog – Season 2, Episode 8 

18 Sep

The Guest Blog - Season 2, Episode 8 Vitalfootball:Walsall:18/09/2014 10:09:00 Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, explains his annoyance at 'Smith In' supporters starting 'Smith Out' debates, and makes a bold prediction...

Sports Desk Live – September 18 

18 Sep

Follow all the latest breaking news today from our sports reporters and our clubs.

Dean Smith: ‘Massive test’ now for Walsall 

18 Sep

Dean Smith: 'Massive test' now for Walsall...

Win at Gillingham would be a big ask so the draw looks best bet… 

18 Sep

WALSALL finally looked to have turned a corner at the weekend, overcoming Preston 3-1 to clinch their first win of the season.


17 Sep

The Football Association has today sent out its first draft of proposals which seek to reduce the number of non-EU players within English football, by up to 50%.

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O’Connor to mentor academy stars 

18 Sep


FA Level 2 taking place in October half-term 

18 Sep

Staffordshire FA have a Level 2 taking place in October half-term.


18 Sep

The Club has renamed the Boys’ Academy sponsored by FCL Global to ‘BOYS’ DEVELOPMENT CENTRE sponsored by FCL GLOBAL’.


18 Sep


England vs Germany at Wembley Stadium 

18 Sep

England Women will take to the pitch at the new Wembley Stadium for the first time in November.

Under 11′s – Dates Update 

18 Sep

First 21 Day Request Submitted...

In-form Lichfield City FC facing tough trip to Highgate United 

18 Sep

Lichfield City FC face one of their fellow front-runners as they look to make it three league wins on the bounce.

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AES continue to grow with exports into emerging markets 

18 Sep

Stratford-upon-Avon based Assembled Electronic Solutions is proud to announce a 31% growth in total revenue over the last 12 months after expanding it’s design team.

Three Places Left on WMG’s new SME Leadership Programme 

18 Sep

Back in July, WMG launched a new Innovation Business Leadership Programme, sponsored by Santander specifically for 20 leaders and senior managers in fast growing and innovative SME organisations.17 senior managers are now signed up to the programme...

Trascend closes the door on Walsall acquisition deal 

17 Sep

BIRMINGHAM-based corporate finance firm Transcend has advised Allegion on the sale of its UK doors businesses to an affiliate of Alcyon Financial, a financial investment firm.

Walsall ‘buzzing’ as complex takes shape 

17 Sep

'Vibrant, buzzing and exciting' is how Walsall's regeneration chief has described the town and borough, following the announcement of another big name to sign up to the area.

Further lettings secured at Gateway Retail Park 

17 Sep

TREBOR Developments and Hortons Estate have secured TK Maxx and Burger King as tenants for their Gateway Retail Park joint venture in Cannock.

Toye SPV secures almost 92% of shares in latest delisting phase 

17 Sep

TOYE & Co, Birminghams oldest manufacturer, has moved a step nearer its delisting from the Alternative Investment Market with a share buy back by chairman Brian Toye gathering almost 92% of the...

Birmingham firm GB Training secures £1.4m apprenticeships deal 

17 Sep

GB Training says the one-year contract with the Skills Funding Agency is one of the largest single contracts it has secured in recent years...

St Modwen gets nod on Notts residential scheme 

16 Sep

DEVELOPER St Modwen has revealed that Gedling Borough Council has resolved to grant planning permission for a residential development on a former British Coal site in Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire...

Jaguar Land Rover vows to create lasting legacy from Invictus Games 

15 Sep

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has paid tribute to the 413 servicemen and women who have captivated the nation during the past few days at the inaugural Invictus Games.

Persimmon secures planning permission for £13m Coventry development 

15 Sep

REGIONAL housebuilder Persimmon Homes South Midlands has secured planning permission for a new £13m residential development in Coventry.

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Park Hall Conservation Volunteer Day 

18 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Wed, 08/10/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Wed, 15/10/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Wed, 22/10/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Wed, 29/10/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Wed, 05/11/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Wed, 12/11/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm Wed, 19/11/2014...

Autumn Wildlife at Moorcroft Wood 

18 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 04/10/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Summary: Join the Friends of Moorcroft Wood and the Wildlife Trust on a walk looking at the changes that Autumn brings to the reserve and searching for the Fungus species that appear at this ...

Moorcroft Wood Community Clear up 

18 Sep

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 04/10/2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm Summary: The Friends of Moorcroft Wood and the Wildlife Trust ask for your help in clearing up this fantastic hidden gem of a reserve.

September 16th – There’s a shop opened up in the former… 

17 Sep

September 16th - There’s a shop opened up in the former bank in Darlaston, just on the Walsall Road at the lights.

Total silence, apart from the birdsong. This isn’t a bad… 

16 Sep

Total silence, apart from the birdsong.

September 13th – I whizzed up to Walsall Wood in the morning on… 

13 Sep

September 13th - I whizzed up to Walsall Wood in the morning on an errand.

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Shop the AW14 Collection for Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

18 Sep

Next month will be Breast Cancer Awareness Month and once again you can help raise funds for charity by simply popping to the shops and spending some hard-earned cash! Breakthrough Breast Cancer have unveiled their AW14 collection for Breast Cancer ...

Imaam Vacancy 

17 Sep

Religious Worker Aisha mosque and Islamic Centre – UK Islamic Mission • Salary based on experience • Location Walsall, West Midlands • Job Type Contract • Category Advice, Information, Teaching • Sectors : Faith-based • Job Reference ...

Minecraft-maker Mojang bought by Microsoft for $2.5bn 

16 Sep

Microsoft has announced that they will buy Minecraft creator Mojang for a purchase a price of $2.5 billion (1.5).

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1 official trailer 

16 Sep

With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part 1set to hit cinema screens just months away, take a look at the official UK trailer for thethirdinstalment that has just beenreleased.

Selling Out 

15 Sep

The whole Minecraft being bought by Microsoft thing is stirring up a lot of anger and stupidity towards pretty much everyone involved.

One Year On 

14 Sep

A year tomorrow Alex was born.

George Clooney will appear in Downton Abbey 

11 Sep

Yes, you heard that right, George Clooney will star in Downton Abbey.

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David Jamieson makes his acceptance speech 

17 Sep

David Jamieson makes his acceptance speech West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson speaks after the result of the election is announced on 22 August 2014.

David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office 

17 Sep

David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office Before they can take office, all Police and Crime Commissioners must take an oath of office that is set out in law.

Walsall drug raids in Pleck 

10 Sep

Walsall drug raids in Pleck Police swooped on two addresses in the Pleck area of Walsall on 9 September in a clampdown on drug dealing and prostitution.

I won’t share you… 

2 Sep

Want to avoid compromising photos of yourself popping up on the interweb? Tips below! There are lots of things that us normal people don’t have in common with Hollywood celebrities.

Election day… 

22 Aug

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Cans and bottles on field, 17th September 

17 Sep

There is a public football pitch at Coppice Farm recreational fields, over the past few months teenagers have been playing football and using the area to meet etc.

Spending on different Public Health concerns 

17 Sep

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Jack Stanson on 17 September 2014 .

Gallery Garden a hive of activity for youngsters 

17 Sep

Young visitors to Walsall's Gallery Garden will find plenty to do on a September Sunday thanks to a Children's Art Activity Afternoon.

Commitment to reduce zero hour care contracts 

17 Sep

Home care agencies will be supported to move away from zero hour contracts as Walsall Council works to further improve services for residents and create greater job security for staff.

Council tax reduction scheme consultation 

17 Sep

Walsall Council is to review its council tax reduction scheme for working age low income households with four options drawn up for consultation.

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