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Family in Walsall ‘devastated’ after cats poisoned in Shelfield… 

27 Jul

A PET-LOVING family in Walsall have been left devastated after their two cats have been poisoned and had to be put down just weeks apart.


Lorry collides with pedestrian on M6 near Bescot – man… 

27 Jul

IT WAS a day to forget for motorists on the M6 yesterday as the motorway was closed for a second time last night (July 26) following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian.


M6 lorry fire in Great Barr: Junction 7 northbound closed… 

26 Jul

FOLLOWING this morning's dramatic blaze on the M6 at Junction 7, the northbound will be closed from 9pm until 6am for full resurfacing works.


Lorry fire on M6 in Great Barr: Junction 7 closed for resurfacing… 

26 Jul

ROAD users in the West Midlands are advised that the M6 northbound at Junction 7 will be closed this afternoon for resurfacing following this morning's lorry fire, but will reopen in time for today's evening peak.


‘He just wants to be normal’ – Walsall boy with cerebral… 

26 Jul

THERE can't be too many smiles in Walsall as big as this young boy's because this seven-year-old is now whizzing around on his specially-made bike with his friends.


Two arrested following disorder in Walsall – baseball bat… 

25 Jul

POLICE have launched an investigation following a disorder in Walsall.


Family ‘increasingly concerned’ for whereabouts of Colin Hodosi… 

25 Jul

AN appeal to find a man who has gone missing from a Walsall hospital has been launched by police.


Walsall youngster Amber Porterfield with dream of walking unaided… 

23 Jul

TWELVE months on from her life-changing operation the difference is clear for all to see.


Doctor who died after Bridle Lane crash in Streetly suffered… 

23 Jul

A YOUNG motorist died when his car crashed into a lamppost in Streetly after suffering a suspected heart attack behind the wheel.


​Step back in time as Walsall Central Library celebrates special… 

23 Jul

Staff at Walsall Central Library will be turning back time as they hold a special birthday celebration next week.


Streetly couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary in style 

23 Jul

A LOVED-UP Streetly couple have waltzed their way to marriage bliss after hitting a magical marriage milestone last week (July 14).


​Walsall teenage fraudster Azeem Mahmood Hussain has jail… 

22 Jul

A WALSALL schoolboy who was jailed for a remarkably sophisticated fake insurance fraud has had his sentence reduced by appeal judges.


​Day of celebration planned for Joel Richards, Walsall FC fan… 

22 Jul

A DAY of celebration and reflection will take place in memory of a Walsall FC fan killed in the Tunisia terror attack as a legacy fund is launched in his name.


​Inspirational story of Walsall woman Claire Peters’s cancer… 

22 Jul

In a two-year battle with cancer inspirational Claire Peters courageously documented her story with online videos.


Rail services between Birmingham, Lichfield and Walsall disrupted… 

22 Jul

RAIL services to and from Birmingham from Lichfield and Walsall are affected this morning due to signalling problems between Aston and New Street station.


Streetly taxi firm praised for coming to rescue of injured… 

22 Jul

A STREETLY-based taxi company has been praised for saving the life of a hedgehog after it was brutally attacked by a dog in Erdington.


Walsall beauty spots Willenhall Memorial Park, Palfrey Park and… 

22 Jul

THREE beauty spots in Walsall have been recognised as some of the very best in the UK after receiving prestigious Green Flag Awards.


​’Urgent’ re-appeal for missing Walsall man Nicholas Stewart… 

21 Jul

POLICE 'urgently need to trace' a Walsall man who has now been missing for well over two weeks.


​Drug-drive suspect from Walsall arrested at M6 Stafford motorway… 

21 Jul

A DRUG drive suspect from Walsall has been arrested on suspicion of a number of drugs and weapons offences.


​Smoke bomb let off on train after Walsall v Birmingham City… 

21 Jul

TRANSPORT police are appealing for information after a smoke bomb was let off following a Walsall football match this week.


£200,000 summer makeover planned for Hydesville Tower… 

21 Jul

'MUCH needed' improvements will be made to a Walsall school in a six-figure summer makeover over the coming months.


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Reports bogus Dyson engineer scam operating locally again 

27 Jul

I'm running this post again as a notable hoover enthusiast and blog contributor the young David Evans has been called by the fake Dyson engineers, and he's just one of several who've reported calls in our area lately.


OLYMPIC LEGACY: Twitter wasn’t sure about #london2012… but it is now 

27 Jul

How do we look back at London 2012? If Twitter is anything to go by with fondness and nostalgia.


Walsall Property Blog is Taking a Well Earned Rest!! 

27 Jul

  Keeping a blog updated daily with loads of fresh content is a full on job so we’re taking a well earned break.


Good luck to the Brownhills in Bloom team! 

27 Jul

I'd like to wish all the very best of luck to the hard working volunteers and community minded folk who've worked with Brownhills Town Centre Partnership on this year's Brownhills in Bloom bird, which is judged this afternoon (Wednesday, 27th July ...


Walsall Property Numbers Tell Us a Different Story!! 

26 Jul

New Prime Minister, Theresa May, has taken no time at all to comment on housing in the UK.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

26 Jul

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


Many happy returns, Mr. Oakley… 

26 Jul

I hear that a certain elder statesman of the blog commentariat has chalked up his 85th birthday! Continue reading...


3 Bed Terraced House, Butts Road, Walsall, WS4. With Yields Of 6.30%. 

25 Jul

A 3 bedroom terraced house on Butts Road, Walsall, WS4.


Corbyn – Anarchists missing the point 

25 Jul

There’s been widespread criticism from anarchists if not of Corbyn directly then of the wisdom of those that are joining the Labour party to support him and his project.


Beware: blue-green algae found at Chasewater 

25 Jul

It's important that I make readers aware of recent concerns about blue-green algae at Chasewater - over the weekend, the park management appear to have been hard at work printing, laminating and sticking up signs warning against swimming in the lake...


Valerie visited Kashmir Meat & Poultry in Pleck 

24 Jul

On Saturday 16 July I met with Jamal Hussain the owner of Kashmir Meat & Poultry to offer my support.


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Early morning rain on the 27 July 2016 

27 Jul

Some light rain greeted me at the time of observation with around 0.8mm already depositing itself in the Hammerwich area during the early hours.


UV risk lower today. 

26 Jul

The surface air pressure starts off fairly stable at around 1020mb this morning, however, the synoptic charts are showing that a low pressure front will be reaching our area by the early hours of tomorrow.


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Features »

First Timers and Record Breakers – 23 July 2016 

27 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Sam BRENTNALL 22:38 Nathaniel COPELAND 28:11 Joseph WILKINSON 23:56 Peter HUMPAGE 29:07 Joseph SCHWENK 25:17 Sue JONES 30:23 Paul MANYONGA 25:17 Ruth SILVESTER 33:29 Josh WARD 25...


Flying Monsters of Africa 

27 Jul

At Mysterious Universe I take a look at some of the very weird flying creatures of Africa.


Your baby’s first 1000 days 

27 Jul

*This is a sponsored post As parents we want to make sure we do our very best for our children.


Walsall player 160 John Keister 

26 Jul

John Keister (born Manchester, played for Sierra Leone.


Walsall player 159.José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior 

26 Jul

José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior, or simply Júnior, (born June 15, 1976 in Fortaleza) is a Brazilian footballstriker playing for ABC of the Brazilian Série B.


Time-Travel and Time-Travelers 

26 Jul

A cool new article from Brent Swancer on time-travel, and allegedly real time-travelers.


Last week of term! 

26 Jul

Well can you believe it’s our last week of this term! And what a term it has been – we’ve performed at The Symphony Hall, sung live on BBC WM and recorded our very own original song!! Hope to see lots of our members this week and looking ...


CA Community: Revival Solstice 2016 Gaming event 

26 Jul

*** REVIVAL RETURNS FOR THE SUMMER! *** The best dedicated retro gaming event returns, with ‘REVIVAL Solstice 2016’ on the weekend of 30-31 July at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall! After the successful comeback event ‘Winter Warmer 2015’, REVIVAL ...


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Walsall FC »

Burnley Ace To Join On Loan? 

27 Jul

Burnley Ace To Join On Loan? Vitalfootball:Walsall:27/07/2016 19:07:00 Walsall set to sign Burnley winger Josh Ginnelly according to HITC Sport...


EFL Trophy Fixtures Announced 

27 Jul

EFL Trophy Fixtures Announced Vitalfootball:Walsall:27/07/2016 12:44:00 Walsall will travel to Sheffield United and Leicester B during group stages.


EFL TROPHY | Northern Group H Schedule Confirmed 

27 Jul

Following Wednesday morning's draw for the Group Stage of the 2016/17 EFL Trophy, which saw Walsall joined in Northern Group H by Leicester City, Sheffield United and Grimsby Town, the English Football League have now confirmed the provisional...


Date Change – Fans Focus Meeting 

27 Jul

Date Change - Fans Focus Meeting Vitalfootball:Walsall:27/07/2016 11:10:00 Fans focus meeting will now take place 24 hours earlier.


FA Cup Fourth Sub Allowed – QF Onwards 

27 Jul

FA Cup Fourth Sub Allowed - QF Onwards Vitalfootball:Walsall:27/07/2016 11:03:00 FA introduce the fourth sub rule for QF onwards in the Emirates FA Cup.


EFL Trophy Draw – Details (Well Lack Of Them) 

27 Jul

EFL Trophy Draw - Details (Well Lack Of Them) Vitalfootball:Walsall:27/07/2016 10:56:00 Saddlers drawn to face Leicester B, Sheffield United and Grimsby Town - oh the joys.


EFL Trophy Groups Confirmed 

27 Jul

EFL Trophy Groups Confirmed Vitalfootball:Walsall:27/07/2016 10:23:00 A short time ago, the full draw for the Group Stage round of this season's EFL Trophy was made.


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FA Respect & Behaviour punishments for teams & clubs. 

27 Jul

Please note the following new punishments that take effect from this season: – http://www.


Donations to Foodbanks made. 

27 Jul

Many thanks to club members who donated food items over the last couple of weeks.


Rushall’s first friendly on the road 

26 Jul

Pics make the short hop to Heath Hayes for their first away pre-season match...


Respect Sanctions and Disciplinary action on Clubs 

26 Jul

We would like to make Clubs and Teams aware of the RESPECT Sanctions and Disciplinary Action on clubs for Misconduct by their players which will continue throughout the 2016/17 season.


Referee Development Evening 

26 Jul

Monday 22nd August will see us host a Referee Development Evening at Brocton FC for any Staffordshire FA Registered Referee.


When Darlaston Motor Wheel boys thrashed Metal Equipment 

26 Jul

IF BRITAIN were to have an Industrial Hall of Fame, some of its biggest names would be Black Country firms.


Affiliation Numbers 2016/17 

25 Jul

We have so far received the following Affiliation Numbers: – Girls S-STA0786 Adult Men S-STA0787...


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Business »

Glass half-full part two: M&B highlights good progress 

27 Jul

PUB company Mitchells & Butler has taken a glass half-full approach to tough conditions, pointing to the "good progress" it has made in key areas.


Birmingham’s largest carrier faces turbulence 

27 Jul

BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT\'S largest carrier Flybe has increased its top line performance on the back of more routes, but the tough market conditions are having an impact on other key figures.


Green light for transformation of former DEFRA site 

26 Jul

A DEVELOPMENT on a former Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) site which will include 150,000 sq ft of office space has been given the go-ahead.


Industrial group to make £30m cuts to ‘increase momentum’ 

26 Jul

GKN is planning to reduce its fixed costs by £30m in order to "increase momentum going into 2017".


Severn Trent Water fined more than £400,000 for sewage leaks 

25 Jul

WATER company Severn Trent Water Limited has been fined £426,000 after pollution incidents occurred on three occasions.


Region’s first IPO since Brexit unveiled 

25 Jul

THE first West Midlands IPO since the EU referendum has been launched, ahead of a scheduled flotatation in early August.


adi Group Scores A Goal For Heart Research UK 

22 Jul

Engineering services company, adi Group, has raised over £3,000 to help hearts in the Midlands.


Threeway welcome over 100 manufacturers to their premises 

21 Jul

The latest Made in the Midlands breakfast networking event hosted by Threeway Pressings, Tipton saw 100 representatives of the Midlands manufacturing sector visit their premises.


4 tips for business leaders post Brexit vote – Chairman’s blog 

21 Jul

On Friday 24th June 2016, the UK electorate cast its vote to leave the EU.


Community spirit in Birmingham is good for business – says Jaguar Land Rover chief 

21 Jul

JLR Head of Community Relations Les Ratcliffe speaks out as firm sponsores Company of the Year category at BPBA 2016...


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Outdoors »

July 25th – In Rushall, a couple of apple trees have fruit… 

27 Jul

July 25th - In Rushall, a couple of apple trees have fruit growing well on the boughs right now.


A brief summer evenings expedition 

26 Jul

One of our occasional visits from my old mate Dave Glover tonight and with a lack of any excitement on the birding front we decided to head out to Gailey for a couple of local scarcities.


Monday 25th July 2016 

25 Jul

1000 - 1100 sunny breaks, breezy, 18c : Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swift, SWallow 3, House Martin, Sand Martin 12, Collared Dove 3, Linnet pair, Jackdaw 5, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail 3, Lapwing 19, Heron 2, Cormorant, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Moorhen...


Perplexed of Clayhanger 

24 Jul

Happy Sunday! Been there, done that, brought the Tee-Shirt! All I had for my efforts were a Swallow ( my first locally since June 16th ) three Reed Warbler and an overflying Cormorant.


July 21st – It’s been a great week of commuting so far. Sunny… 

22 Jul

July 21st - It’s been a great week of commuting so far.


The Damning Evidence (Of a Bee nuisance)! 

21 Jul

NO - its not evidence of my new salad diet! Well done to Mrs Chaz who succeeded where I failed, by finding the evidence of our Leaf Cutter Bee's activity.


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Wednesday Club 

27 Jul

Weekly sessions for children inspired by our summer exhibition 'The Hodson Shop'.


Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock at Wolverhampton Grand 

26 Jul

AN hilarious comedy show is set to get the audiences rocking and laughing out loud as it returns Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre.


Mobius Final Fantasy heading to iOS and Android this August 

25 Jul

A NEW console-quality Final Fantasy game is set to launch on mobile devices next month.


Billy Connolly – The High Horse Tour 2016 

25 Jul

TICKETS are now on sale to see an award-winning comic, presenter, actor and musician take to the stage.


‘Feel good’ Soul Legends at Belgrade Theatre 

25 Jul

BILLED as 'the feel good show of the year', brand-new smash-hit, Stateside spectacular Soul Legends is coming to the Belgrade Theatre.


Ghostbusters (12A) – film review and trailer 

23 Jul

IF there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Filmmaker Paul Feig.


Canwell Show 2016: Details announced for event next month 

23 Jul

HORSES, show jumping and a full day of fun are just some of the highlights expected at this year's Canwell Show.


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Police appeal after 14-year-old mugged in Castle Vale 

21 Jul

Police have launched an investigation after a teenager was dragged into wasteland and mugged in Castle Vale.


New image released in fresh appeal over Walsall arson attack 

15 Jul

Officers have released a new image of a man they want to trace following a petrol bomb attack on a Walsall butchers shop on 27 June – Do you recognise him? Detectives investigating the attack previously released CCTV footage of a man igniting...


Trial begins for Walsall group facing terrorism charges 

13 Jul

The trial has begun at the Old Bailey in London of four men from Walsall accused of Syria-related terrorism charges.


West Midlands Police moves during innovative Walsall partnership  

8 Jul

West Midlands Police officers have completed a move into Walsall Civic Centre as part of an innovative partnership approach.


Ten men sentenced for sexual offences against young men 

6 Jul

Ten men have been sentenced today (Wednesday 6 July) for committing historical sexual offences against two young men who were both sexually exploited in their teens.


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LocalGov »

ERP System 

27 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Zain on 27 July 2016 .


Use of independent solicitors in SEN appeals against Walsall Council 

27 Jul

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Ken Upton on 27 July 2016 .


Use of independent solicitors in SEN appeals against Walsall Council 

27 Jul

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


Receipt Issue Policy 

27 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Chris Smith on 27 July 2016 .


Asbestos Pre-fab Building, 26th July 

26 Jul

Dismantled ASBESTOS pre-fab building debris dumped @ garages / path / road grassland @ 11am 26 July opposite Abu Bakr School ...


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