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Waitress denies murdering Toby Carvery chef Philip Rolph who she stabbed in the heart 

19 Feb

Georgina Henshaw has admitted stabbing 65-year-old Philip Rolph but denies his murder, a jury has been told...


Disgraced paedophile Matthew Falder could be stripped of his qualifications by University of Cambridge 

19 Feb

Judge Philip Parker QC called him warped and sadistic for preying on 46 victims, male and female, including teenagers...


Police name woman who died after being “attacked inside her own home” in Wolverhampton 

19 Feb

Sarbjit Kaur, aged 38, was discovered unconscious by family members in her house in Rookery Lane at 4pm last Friday, February 16...


Brave victim of Matthew Falder reveals torment: ‘It was messages every day, it felt like forever” 

19 Feb

Young woman was blackmailed into eating dog food and other depraved acts...


Moment evil dark web paedophile Matthew Falder is arrested and says: ‘What am I supposed to have done?’ 

19 Feb

Former Birmingham University graduate called himself evilmind and 666devil during years of horrific online offending...


“Sadistic” dark web paedophile Matthew Falder jailed for 32 years 

19 Feb

Former Birmingham University researcher Matthew Falder was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court today after blackmailing victims into carrying out depraved sexual and physical acts...


Elderly victim turns crimefighter to catch fraudsters in police sting 

19 Feb

The 92-year-old was was conned out of 60,000 by Zohaib Khalid and Mohammed Irfan Butt...


Dark web paedophile Matthew Falder due to be sentenced for sickening online abuse 

19 Feb

Former Birmingham University researcher used online blackmail to target a string of vulnerable victims...


Wolverhampton murder: ‘Home was searched and items were taken,’ detectives reveal 

18 Feb

Woman, 38, had been attacked before she was found dead...


Residents hunting burglars on Handsworth Wood’s streets at night after police cuts 

18 Feb

Crimefighters band together following spate of burglaries...


What it’s like living with Rett Syndrome – by the mum of a little girl who became locked in her own body 

18 Feb

Livvy Meredith, from Walsall, suffered from the rare condition that affects just one in 12,000 girls...


Teen stable after Walsall stabbing 

18 Feb

He was knifed in horror attack on Saturday morning...


Billesley nursery worker shamed into losing 63lb by her niece 

18 Feb

The 36-year-old has lost 63lb in weight by ditching the takeaways and joining a running club.


Man rescued after plunging into freezing Birmingham city centre canal 

18 Feb

The man had been in the water for 'at least 15 minutes' before emergency services arrived at the scene...


Police find Birmingham shops willing to sell blades – including hacksaw – to children 

18 Feb

The undercover operation was carried out as part of Operation Sceptre...


Teen street racer hit 70mph in 30mph zone in car-crusing hotspot 

17 Feb

Daejon Nanton, 18, was caught in police crackdown in inner-city Birmingham...


Hunt for knife attacker after teen brutally stabbed in Walsall 

17 Feb

Emergency services were called to Lichfield Road at 10am today...


Knifeman who launched frenzied attack on brothers found hiding out in Birmingham 

17 Feb

Tyler Uter has been jailed for 13 years following the violence on July 8, last year...


£11 million funding boost for clinical trials cancer unit in Birmingham 

17 Feb

Ten-year-old Isabella Lyttle, from Walsall, is set to embark on her ninth clinical trial since being diagnosed with rare neuroblastoma cancer in 2010...


Interview with a Birmingham drug dealer: Student reveals all about his life of crime 

17 Feb

IT student is a freelance trapper - the name for frontline street level drug dealers...


Sutton Coldfield’s ‘A-Team’ cops up for top policing award after burglary and stop and search success 

16 Feb

The A-Unit Response Team is up for the Team of the Year at the West Midlands Police's Diamond Awards...


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Walsall’s Cabinet face tough challenges 

19 Feb

Further reductions in cash from Theresa May’s Tory Government! Increasing demand for services! High demand for Adult Social Care and Children’s Services! This was the backdrop for week’s meeting of the Labour/Liberal Democrat Cabinet in Walsall...


A bricked-up time capsule… 

18 Feb

Last week here on the blog I had an absolutely terrific response to the photo supplied by Ian Broad of 1982 Shire Oak School leavers outside the Royal Oak pub in Shire Oak - well, spurred on by that, Ian has sent in another wonderful picture of the ...


What it’s like living with Rett Syndrome – by the mum of a little girl who became locked in her own body 

18 Feb

Livvy Meredith, from Walsall, suffered from the rare condition that affects just one in 12,000 girls...


Teen stable after Walsall stabbing 

18 Feb

He was knifed in horror attack on Saturday morning...


Man rescued after plunging into freezing Birmingham city centre canal 

18 Feb

The man had been in the water for 'at least 15 minutes' before emergency services arrived at the scene...


Police find Birmingham shops willing to sell blades – including hacksaw – to children 

18 Feb

The undercover operation was carried out as part of Operation Sceptre...


A very special Day for Mylee – today! 

18 Feb

There's a wonderful event today, Sunday 18th February 2018 from 1pm until 5pm at St.


Ahead of the curve 

17 Feb

I've been sent in a lovely gallery of local drone photographs by keen drone pilot Lee Bashford who's been trying his machine at various spots around Chasewater and Brownhills.


A Saint Jimmy riddle… 

17 Feb

Had a good one in from old friend of the blog Bruce Littley a week or so and it's a very good question: Bruce has found a set of buildings on the Hednesford/Brownhills Road between Brownhills West and Norton Canes called St James Buildings, that ...


Teen street racer hit 70mph in 30mph zone in car-crusing hotspot 

17 Feb

Daejon Nanton, 18, was caught in police crackdown in inner-city Birmingham...


Hunt for knife attacker after teen brutally stabbed in Walsall 

17 Feb

Emergency services were called to Lichfield Road at 10am today...


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Early rain? (WS7 weather report 19-2-2018) 

19 Feb

Overnight we have already seen some rain fall in our area and the rain radar images suggest that there is a high risk (80%) of further precipitation in our area up until around 09:45 hours.


A walk in the park (WS7 weather report 18-2-2018) 

18 Feb

Today, just like the corresponding day last year, is going to be mild with some intermittent bright spells.


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Features »

A Capital Offence: Wrestling with Nomenclature 

19 Feb

One of the many things I do in my so-called ‘spare time’ is proof-reading for friends that are students.


Giving Mums a helping hand with Bambalino Wrap // Review and giveaway 

19 Feb

Life with a newborn baby is wonderful but exhausting.


The Slenderman Mysteries – Publication Date Today 

19 Feb

Today is the release day for my new book, The Slenderman Mysteries: An Internet Urban Legend Comes To Life .


Wood 

19 Feb

Back to work today and a bit knackered as I’ve spent the weekend mostly shifting wood around which involved sorting the shed out.


KFC Deja vu? 

19 Feb

Apparently 100s of UK KFC stores are closed today due to a lack of chicken.


Current Squad G Dobson 

19 Feb

George David Dobson  (born 15 November 1997) is an English  footballer who plays in Midfield for Walsall.


Trail Camera Review: Cuddeback E3 (Part 1) 

18 Feb

Those of you who are regular readers will know that I recently had two of my Bushnell trail cameras stolen.


Indian Epic – Travels in Kutch, Gujarat – Around Mandvi 

18 Feb

Wednesday was spent with fellow Devpur house guests Carey Gary, exploring the area around the coastal town of Mandvi.


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Walsall FC »

Saddlers Memories: Walsall Fans Asked to Share Their Stories 

19 Feb

Lifelong Walsall supporter Jess Goldby, who is in her final year of study at Liverpool John Moores University, is looking for Saddlers fans to share their memories and anecdotes of the club they love.


VIDEO: Inside Walsall – v Oxford United (H) 

18 Feb

In the latest of Walsall FC's 'Behind the Scenes' videos the club's media team take us inside the dressing room as the Saddlers prepared for their League One clash with Oxford United.


Match Report – Gillingham 0-0 Walsall 

18 Feb

Match Report - Gillingham 0-0 Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:18/02/2018 11:05:00 A bore draw continues the Saddlers unbeaten run but despite being happy with a draw many fans weren't happy with the performance.


AUDIO: Whitney Happy to Secure an Awayday Point 

17 Feb

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to BBC WM Sportfollowing Saturday afternoon's goalless draw with Gillingham, and admitted that he is happy to have secured an awayday point on what was a difficult playing surface.


MATCH REPORT: Gillingham 0 Walsall 0 

17 Feb

Walsall were back in action on Saturday afternoon as they travelled to Priestfield Stadium where they took on Gillingham in their latest League One fixture of the season.


Nicky Devlin: Defender Keen to Retain Starting Role 

16 Feb

Saddlers right-back Nicky Devlin has spoken ahead of Saturday's League One clash with Gillingham and discussed his recent spell on the sidelines, admitting that he is pushing to retain his first-team place for the remainder of the season.


Match Preview – Gillingham v Walsall 

16 Feb

Match Preview - Gillingham v Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:16/02/2018 11:21:00 We make the long trip down to Kent this weekend as we face a resurgent Gillingham side since the arrival of Steve Lovell.


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Sport »

Team Showcase 27 – U11s Panthers Girls 

19 Feb

We are looking to showcase every team over the next weeks – please send in by message photos and some brief notes and we will publish.


Nico shines for Walsall 

18 Feb

Saltleians 5 Walsall 24...


Team Showcase 26 – U9s Sabrecats – Cup Winners!! 

17 Feb

We are looking to showcase every team over the next weeks – please send in by message photos and some brief notes and we will publish.


Exclusive: Matty Fryatt on goals, glory, Walsall, Merson and the injury that wrecked his career 

16 Feb

After announcing his retirement last week, former Walsall star Matty Fryatt spoke exclusively to Saddlers reporter Michael Beardmore.


Team Showcase 25 – U18s Girls 

16 Feb

We are looking to showcase every team over the next weeks – please send in by message photos and some brief notes and we will publish.


Meerkats meet ‘Mini Messi!’ 

15 Feb

Our U15s Meerkats girls met the ‘Mini Messi’, Fran Kirby after Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Birmingham Ladies last Saturday.


Team Showcase 24 – U11s Jaguars 

15 Feb

We are looking to showcase every team over the next weeks – please send in by message photos and some brief notes and we will publish.


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Business »

New FARO® Design ScanArm® 2.0 Improves Product Design Workflow 

19 Feb

Upgraded Functionality Enables Better Efficiency Across Entire Design Process Rugby, February 6th, 2018- FARO® (NASDAQ:FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement and imaging solutions for factory metrology, product design, ...


Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.


GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...


Installation 

14 Feb

Two nice 65 combi mini chucks on a DMG CTX beta 500.


Breaking Ground on our New Offices & Vision2025 

13 Feb

To get where we want to go as a company, we engaged all staff, imagined what could be, dreamed a little and then set our Vision2025 in place.


Business Must Protect Employee Data Under New Rules 

12 Feb

A landmark High Court case has highlighted the need for employers to be ready to comply with new data protection laws due to come into force in May.


KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.


BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...


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Outdoors »

A Capital Offence: Wrestling with Nomenclature 

19 Feb

One of the many things I do in my so-called ‘spare time’ is proof-reading for friends that are students.


Monday 19th February 2018 

19 Feb

1200 - 1300 drizzle, 8c : Goosander 9, Wigeon 8, Teal 6, Cormorant 5, Common Gull 2, Bh Gull 200+, Lapwing 150, Kingfisher.


Trail Camera Review: Cuddeback E3 (Part 1) 

18 Feb

Those of you who are regular readers will know that I recently had two of my Bushnell trail cameras stolen.


Sunday 18th February 2018 

18 Feb

0830 - 1115 generally overcast 4 - 7c : Mute Swan pair, Little Egret, Cormorant 8, Heron, Canada Geese 30, Goosander 2, Teal 8, Pochard 19, Tufted 40, Mallard 60+, Coot 39, Moorhen 10, Lapwing 100+, probable Snipe 3 dropped in but lost to view, ...


Saturday 17th February 2018 

17 Feb

0900 - 0945 rainy, 5c : Greylag Goose, Goosander 2m, Pochard 4, Wigeon 4, Little Egret, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 50+, Common Gull 2, Song Thrush in song.


Friday 16th February 2018 

16 Feb

1130 - 1200 hazy sun, 6c : Wigeon 8, Pochard 9, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 120, Little Egret, Cormorant 5, Buzzard.


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Indian Brewery to open second restaurant in Solihull 

19 Feb

The new restaurant opens in August...


It’s push and love at the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K for this couple – here’s why 

19 Feb

Donna and Daniel's five children are supporting them every step of the way in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham 10K...


Asda launches hot cross buns in Belgian chocolate, fudge and berry flavours – plus one for vegans 

19 Feb

Easter buns unveiled in new range of flavours along with a Free From version that's suitable for vegans...


Birmingham Pride 2018 – dates, tickets, line-up, parade details and more 

19 Feb

When is Birmingham's gay pride festival in 2018? Here's all you need to know...


We tried to do a weekly shop at B&M and here’s how it went 

19 Feb

When I compared my bill to a major supermarket, there was a big difference...


Celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo to open new restaurant in Birmingham 

19 Feb

The restaurant and prosecco bar will also include a bowling alley...


A Wine Weekend is coming to Birmingham in which people potter around town trying wine 

19 Feb

Here are all the venues taking part in Birmingham Wine Weekend 2018...


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999 »

Teens arrested over car-jack series – as others charged with car thefts 

26 Jul

Four teenagers have been arrested in connection with a series of high-value car-jackings in Birmingham.


Betrayed husband is convicted of wife’s murder in Willenhall  

26 Jul

A jilted husband who stabbed his wife to death after finding her lover at their family home has today (Wednesday) been jailed for life after being convicted of her murder.


Appeal to help find missing Walsall teenager 

22 Jul

Police are urgently appealing to help find Aaron Taylor who went missing from his home in Hilton Road, New Invention, Willenhall yesterday (21 July) at around 5pm.


Two charged with murder of James Brindley 

14 Jul

A man and a teenager have been charged with the murder of James Brindley.


All out day sees UK’s most wanted brought in 

14 Jul

One hundred wanted people were rounded up in just nine hours in the latest blitz on criminals from West Midlands Police.


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LocalGov »

Abandoned van, 19th February 

19 Feb

This van was abandoned Saturday.


Walsall Council Housing Policy 

19 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Peace on 19 February 2018 .


Walsall Council Housing Policy 

19 Feb

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Peace on 19 February 2018 .


LED Lights 

19 Feb

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Tom Armstrong on 19 February 2018 .


Damage to Grass Verge, 19th February 

19 Feb

Initial damage was caused by a build up of leaves.


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