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Dog rescued from window ledge by Walsall firefighters 

29 Apr

FIREFIGHTERS from Walsall were called to deal with a rather different incident to their everyday tasks after a dog was spotted stuck on a window ledge in the borough.


Man in ‘critical condition’ after Streetly accident in Thornhill… 

29 Apr

A WITNESS appeal has been launched after a man was left in a critical condition with 'multiple serious injuries' following an accident in Sutton Coldfield.


Arson suspected as firefighters tackle Walsall car blaze 

29 Apr

WEST Midlands Police were called to assist firefighters from Walsall after a suspected arson attack left a car completely gutted by fire.


Severe delays after M5 smash 

29 Apr

A crash on the M5 is blocking two lanes and causing delays of around half an hour.


Man seriously injured in accident in Streetly 

29 Apr

A MAN has been taken to hospital following a serious crash in Streetly this morning.


Man seriously injured in accident in Streetly 

29 Apr

A MAN has been taken to hospital following a serious crash in Streetly.


PICTURED: Firefighters battle Walsall car blaze 

29 Apr

This was the scene in Walsall last night as firefighters battled a blazing car.


Weekend weather and Met Office forecast for next week 

29 Apr

Here is the latest forecast for the next five days from the Met Office along with the long-range outlook for the UK.


West Midlands Police chief: M6 Toll decision must be ours not London’s 

29 Apr

West Midlands PCC David Jamieson has called for decisions about the M6 toll to be made in the region, not in London.


JAILED for 18 years: Walsall sex attacker 

28 Apr

A registered sex offender has been jailed for 18 years after admitting further historic sex offences.


Prolific Walsall sex offender jailed following police investigati… 

28 Apr

A REGISTERED sex offender from Walsall has been jailed for 18 years after admitting further historic sex offences.


Illegal tobacco sniffed out and seized from Walsall shops 

28 Apr

ILLEGAL tobacco with a street value of around 227,000 has been found by trading standards during a Black Country wide raid on shops including some stores in Walsall.


Missing Liverpool teenager may be in Walsall – police issue… 

28 Apr

POLICE officers in Liverpool are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of Donna Marie Sheridan, who may be in Walsall.


Drunk Walsall taxi passenger jailed for attacking cabbie and… 

28 Apr

A DRUNKEN taxi passenger from Walsall who assaulted a cabbie and smashed up his car with a hammer after being asked to clean up his own vomit has been locked up for more than two years.


Missing Liverpool teenager may be in Walsall 

28 Apr

Concern is growing for a missing Liverpool teenager who may be in Walsall.


Susan Whiting murder: Mother breaks down in tears as jury told of the last time she saw her daughter 

28 Apr

A Walsall  mother broke down in tears as she told a murder jury of the last time she had seen her daughter alive.


Broken manhole covers cause M6 lane closure between J9 and J10 

28 Apr

MOTORWAY users on the M6 in the West Midlands are being advised of likely delays this morning (Thursday).


Concern growing for Walsall woman missing for two weeks 

28 Apr

Concern is growing for the welfare of a missing Walsall woman who has not been seen for nearly two weeks.


Susan Whiting murder: Accused ‘changed story about seeing victim before death’ 

28 Apr

A man accused of raping and murdering a 20-year-old Walsall student lied to police about seeing her the day before she was found dead, a court heard.


Missing Walsall woman – police search continues 

27 Apr

WE really need to find her.


Walsall trio jailed after dead sheep found in vehicle 

27 Apr

THREE people from Walsall along with two others have been jailed for causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal, theft and criminal damage after six dead sheep were found in a vehicle they were travelling in.


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Aldridge Manor Youth Club restarts in a new home this coming Tuesday! 

29 Apr

Following the sad closure of Aldridge Manor Youth Club, local activist Paul Sharpe has been beavering away to try and continue the club in some form in a new venue - I posted his appeal for help here a couple of months ago.


Chasewater Spring Fair this Saturday! 

29 Apr

Just a quick heads up that this Saturday (rather than the usual Sunday...


Walsall Wood draw in Stourport Swifts stalemate 

29 Apr

Back last Monday evening(25th April 2016), Walsall Wood played the latest of their recent marathon match run, when they visited Stourport Swifts at Walshes Meadow, and came home with a respectable draw.


Can you help record the history of Harpers Buses? 

28 Apr

We've talked about Harpers busses here on the blog a lot over the years - many of us have fond memories of catching these distinctive green double deckers and coaches to popular local destinations, like Birmingham, Lichfield and Cannock.


Talks continue over controversial NXWM revised service proposals 

28 Apr

Bus users are patiently awaiting the outcome of ongoing talks with National Express West Midlands (NXWN) about their controversial proposals for revised bus services across Willenhall.


Police appeal: please help find Ruth Anne Smith 

27 Apr

This is a very important appeal from West Midlands Police in Walsall, who are currently very concerned for the welfare of Aldridge resident Ruth Anne Smith, who has been missing since Friday, 15th April 2016.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – April 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

27 Apr

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (28th April 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Why people should vote for the Liberal Democrats at the Local Elections on May 5th 

27 Apr

I was asked the other day Why should people vote for the Lib Dems at the Local Elections on 5th May?  A thought provoking question.


“Intriguing” 2 Bedroom Terraced House, Windsor Street, Walsall, WS1. With Yields Of 7.12%. 

27 Apr

  A traditional two bedroom terraced house in the centre of Caldmore, a popular area of Walsall.


Anthony ‘Tony’ Hackett – funeral details available 

27 Apr

A short while ago it was my sad duty to report the passing of Mr.


Justice Questions 

26 Apr

At Justice questions on Tuesday 26 April, I was called to ask the Minister a question.


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    Northywood Bridge, (also known and Homer’s Bridge), on the Daw End Branch, an extension of the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands.

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Today and the weekend’s weather 

29 Apr

It is with some bright sunshine that we start the day and brighter spells will be a frequent visitor throughout the day.


Cold overnight 

28 Apr

It was cold earlier this morning with the thermometer reaching a low of -0.1c at 04:20 hours.


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Features »

Walsall player ex Salford Lad. 

29 Apr

While researching today, I came across this obituary (in THE MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS) to one of our greatest Saddlers, which may interest followers of the Saddlers I do hope so.


The Strawbs @ The Robin 2, Bilston 

29 Apr

Major Orton and me went to this on Wednesday night – a cancelled gig from last year as Dave Cousins was ill or had an accident.


Pootlers April Card Swap 

29 Apr

This is my card for this month's swap in our Pootlers Team.


Scott & Bailey, making plans and new clothes #LittleLoves 

29 Apr

Another week has come and gone, we’re nearly into May already! How fast is this year flying by? I remember when I was younger, my Mom would always say that time goes too quick and I didn’t really understand what she meant but as a Mummy myself ...


Springtime Miscellany by Willenhall Singers 

29 Apr

A SPRINGTIME Miscellany by Willenhall Singers (formerly Willenhall Musical Society) will he held at Portobello Methodist Church, Willenhall, on Saturday (April 30) at 7.30pm.


Darlaston actors wowed the audience in first production 

29 Apr

THESE photographs are from the collection of Black Country amateur theatre memorabilia, kindly loaned to us by Eric Page of Wallbrook, Coseley.


Walsall player 36. Henry Beck 

28 Apr

Henry Alfred Beck Date of birth 21 February 1901 Place of birth Walsall Wood, England Date of death 1979 Playing position Centre half, Right half, Left half Senior career Years                      Team...


Walsall player 35. Tom Bayley 

28 Apr

Date of birth August 1868 Place of birth Walsall, England Date of death Deceased Playing position Right back Senior career Years Team Apps (Gls) 1887–1889 Walsall Swifts 1889–1890 Walsall Town Swifts 1890–1893 Small Heath 60 (0) 1893–1895 ...


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Whitney – “We’ve Got to Keep Pushing On” 

29 Apr

Walsall's Interim Head Coach Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists ahead of Monday afternoon's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Fleetwood Town, and has called upon his side to treat the game like a cup Semi-Final, insisting; "It’s about building...


Joe Masi’s 60-second Walsall update – April 29 

29 Apr

Joe Masi gives his latest Walsall update...


IN BRIEF | End of Season Awards – Tickets Sell Out 

29 Apr

Walsall Football Club have today confirmed that tickets for the 2015/16 End of Season Awards, which will take place at Banks's Stadium just hours after the final game of the season which is away to Port Vale, have now SOLD OUT.


VIDEO | PLAYMAKER | Marc Czuczman 

29 Apr

In the latest of the Saddlers' behind the scenes videos, Walsall's First-Team Physio Marc Czuczman becomes the latest Saddler to sit down with Multimedia Officer Dale Moon and share his top five tracks of all time.


Anthony Forde hails Jon Whitney’s positive impact at Walsall 

29 Apr

Winger Anthony Forde has praised the role boss Jon Whitney has played in Walsall’s push for automatic promotion.


Walsall’s Jon Whitney’s keeping a close eye on Burton Albion and Gillingham clash 

29 Apr

Boss Jon Whitney admits he will be keeping a close eye when promotion rivals Burton and Gillingham clash tomorrow.


Sports Desk Live – April 29 

29 Apr

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


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ARE YOU A GOLDLINER WINNER? 

29 Apr

CHECK OUT THE LATEST GODLINE RESULTS...


More from Girls Football Week 

29 Apr

As part of The FA Girls’ Football Week, the Club arranged free after school coaching to 12 girls at Coppice High School on Wednesday of this week.


FA Girls’ Football Week continues… 

29 Apr

The Club organised a Y3/Y4 Schools tournament yesterday, with 5 teams from Tameside, St Peter’s, St John’s and Moat Hall taking part.


Boys Development Centre back on 3G astro 

29 Apr

The Boys Development Centre – sponsored by FCL Global Limited – is back on the 3G at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre every Saturday morning 10:30 to 12:00 with effect from tomorrow.


Bank Holiday Training 

29 Apr

Classes are running as normal this bank holiday weekend.


Kidsgrove Athletic – 1 v 4 – Rushall Olympic 

29 Apr

Wednesday 27th April 2016 saw the 124th Senior Challenge Cup Final take place when Rushall Olympic claimed their second title in three years as they saw off Kidsgrove Athletic in a 4 v 1 victory at Port Vale.


Statement: Walsall Senior Cup Final 

29 Apr

The Staffordshire FA can confirm that the Walsall Senior Cup Final between Lichfield City and Rushall Olympic will now take place at Chasetown FC on Monday 9th May 2016.


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Business »

Travel Alert: Rail users warned of Bank Holiday disruption 

29 Apr

RAIL passengers planning to travel over the Bank Holiday have been warned of potential delays in the West Midlands due to engineering work.


Competition investigation seeks pharmacy store sales before merger 

29 Apr

LLOYDS Pharmacy owner Celesio may have to sell some stores in 13 areas including Sutton Coldfield in order to complete its purchase of 277 Sainsbury\'s pharmacy stores.


Autins sets up fifth site for new manufacturing venture 

27 Apr

The Autins Group is setting up its fifth site in Europe as part of a venture to bring a new high performance insulation material to market.


First glimpse of new Walsall regeneration scheme 

27 Apr

DEVELOPERS have released a first glimpse of how the major facelift to a Black Country shopping precinct will look.


Business leaders welcome consent for JLR’s latest expansion 

27 Apr

BUSINESS leaders have welcomed approval of new plans for a massive expansion of Jaguar Land Rovers operations in Coventry.


MAN marks 10th birthday with £5m sales drive 

26 Apr

One of the world’s first ever manufacturing collectives is celebrating ten years in business and is immediately setting its sights on delivering £5m of new sales by the end of 2016.


Zinc and Aluminium Die-castings? 

26 Apr

Rical Group has a long and successful history when it comes to identifying and acquiring new business from new industries and sectors, the Groups Die-Casting division Avon PDC is a perfect example of how to best transfer existing or historical...


New Street Station to get new public art 

26 Apr

NETWORK Rail is to brighten up the entrance to Birminghams new-look New Street Station with the installation of a new piece of public artwork.


Birmingham Airport welcomes another new carrier 

26 Apr

Czech Airlines now offering flights between city and Prague five times a week...


Fury in Selly Park as developer expands controversial student apartment scheme 

26 Apr

Five extra studio apartments wanted in development of historic Beechenhurst house...


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Outdoors »

Friday 29th April 2016 

29 Apr

Early morning, sunny, cold NW : Common Sandpiper 6, Wheatear, Lesser Whitethroat, Gadwall m.


Thursday 28th April 2016 

28 Apr

1500 - 1530 showers, 7c : Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail 5, Willow Warbler, Swallow 50+, Sand Martin 40+, House Martin 6, Common Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull 54, Herring Gull 9, Heron, GC Grebe 4, Mute Swan pair, Mallard with 5 ducklings, Buzzard.


Not a lot of change so far. 

28 Apr

A mid-morning visit on a day which I thought could produce an early Swift.


Wednesday 27th April 2016 

27 Apr

1130, sunny but only 4c : little of interest, Com Sand, Lapwing 2, Oystercatcher, Heron, GC Grebe 4, Swallows & Sand Martins 10, House Martin 2, Willow Warbler, House Sparrow! Also a Small Tortoiseshell braving the chill.


April 27th – When I left home just after dawn there was a heavy… 

27 Apr

April 27th - When I left home just after dawn there was a heavy frost; I left Darlaston later in the morning for Telford in bright sunshine, which really highlighted the blossom on roadside trees.


First Cuckoo 

27 Apr

Found by Ray Fellows this afternoon (Phone the Times!) - so start keeping your ears open! - C...


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The Dark Room – Comedian John Robertson’s awesome show 

29 Apr

IF you've had the pleasure of watching The Dark Room live or online, you'll probably still be reciting 'Darren, you awake to find yourself in a Dark Room!' in your head like most of us.


Gears of War 4 beta REVIEW 

28 Apr

GEARS of War has returned, sort of, as gamers currently indulge in the beta for the fifth title in the franchise.


Guide to Lichfield Mysteries 2016 on May Day bank holiday weekend 

28 Apr

EVERYTHING is set for a spectacular weekend of free entertainment in Lichfield city centre over the May Day bank holiday weekend.


Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End already in gamers’ hands 

27 Apr

GAMERS eagerly awaiting the arrival of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End have been surprised to see copies available to buy online - two weeks before it's expected release date.


Let It Be brings Beatle music to Birmingham Hippodrome – video… 

27 Apr

HALF a century and more just melted away at Birmingham's Hippodrome with a re-creation of the heady, magical days of Beatlemania.


TV presenter to star in Lichfield pantomime Sleeping Beauty 

27 Apr

A TELEVISION star is set to appear in this year's pantomime in Lichfield.


Born Again Beatles in performance at Lichfield Guildhall 

27 Apr

LICHFIELD Arts closes its spring concert season at Lichfield Guildhall in May with three events.


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Driver injured in early morning collision 

29 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorist was seriously injured during a collision in Streetly this morning (Friday 29 April).


Drunk taxi passenger jailed for attacking cabbie and kicking police dog 

28 Apr

A drunken taxi passenger who assaulted a cabbie and smashed up his car with a hammer after being asked to clean up his own vomit has been locked up for more than two years.


Historic sex offender jailed  

28 Apr

A registered sex offender has been jailed for 18 years after admitting further historic sex offences.


Drugs ring crushed by West Midlands Police – members jailed for 30-plus years 

28 Apr

Members of a Coventry drugs ring have been jailed for more than 30 years - after their illegal empire was crushed by West Midlands Police.


Police search continues for missing Walsall woman. 

27 Apr

Police are urging anyone who has seen or has information about missing Ruth Anne Smith to get in touch.


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LocalGov »

Road surface breaking up, 28th April 

28 Apr

The road surface is breaking up and potholes are forming on the slip road down to the main road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Ramp, Willenhall Report on FixMyStreet...


Consultation on future of Walsall ends Tues 3 May 

27 Apr

Don’t miss out on the last chance to have your say on the Local Plans for Walsall in the Site Allocation Document.


Walsall Libraries celebrate Adult Learning 

27 Apr

As part of the national celebration of lifelong learning Walsall Libraries are holding a series of free events throughout the borough offering opportunities to learn skills.


Social Services Staffing 

27 Apr

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mark Griffiths on 27 April 2016 .


Transitions from Statements to EHCPs 

27 Apr

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Ken Upton on 27 April 2016 .


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