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Police arrest 54 people as they recover heroin, cocaine and cash in ‘cuckooing’ raids 

19 Oct

Officers from five forces were involved in the crackdown on so called cuckooing...


The Entertainer is opening in Walsall – just in time for Christmas! 

19 Oct

The opening of the Walsall store will create nine new jobs for the town...


These are the ten best schools for GCSEs in the West Midlands 

19 Oct

Overall, 99% of pupils passed the English Baccalaureate including strong passes...


Man accused of infecting lovers with HIV ‘deliberately injured one during sex’ 

19 Oct

Daryll Rowe, 26, is accused of forcing the young complainant into rough sex...


Birmingham cabbie and baggage handlers plotted to smuggle cocaine through airport 

19 Oct

Gang now facing jail after being caught in plot to drive Class A drugs from Heathrow to Birmingham...


Bank customers ‘at risk’ from authorised payments scams 

19 Oct

They are sometimes duped despite being warned by their bank that it may be a scam...


Thug punched 90-year-old man to the floor in brutal Moseley carjacking 

19 Oct

Mohammed Subhan was one of three people who attacked the victim, punching him to the floor and leaving him with a bruise to his left eye and a cut to his finger...


Residents unhappy as 70 ‘historical trees’ to make way for new housing in Walsall 

19 Oct

Four large homes are set to be built on Erdington Road in Aldridge...


Watch: Robbers beat COFFEE SHOP staff with hammers and baseball bats 

19 Oct

The terrifying attack took place at Coffee Kup in the city centre...


Jail for violent sex offender as woman is grabbed by neck on train 

19 Oct

Mark Anthony Williams was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment after the harrowing attack on October 5...


Teenager in coma two months after brutal street attack in Aston 

19 Oct

Police release new images as sister of victim makes desperate plea for help...


Schoolboy arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at Tamworth industrial estate 

19 Oct

Three Tamworth teens have also both arrested on suspicion of assault in the incident near McDonald's...


Reagan Asbury: Blame society, not the sport, for this terrible tragedy 

19 Oct

I am still struggling to understand how a teenage fan can attend an evening of boxing and not return to his loved ones.


Why norovirus sufferers MUST avoid preparing food for TWO days 

19 Oct

Pubic Health England (PHE) issued new advice on the highly contagious bug, which tends to peak in the winter months...


‘Cheapest’ flat in Birmingham sells – for more than DOUBLE asking price 

19 Oct

The studio flat with 15,000 guide price was snapped up at a Villa Park auction...


‘Career criminal’ pensioner who helped distribute MILLIONS of cocaine and heroin jailed 

19 Oct

Forensic analysis of drugs found in a car associated with Guy Paget revealed it was 20 half kilo blocks of heroin and 10 kilo blocks of cocaine, with a combined estimated street value of 2.2 million...


Barr Beacon to become no-go zone as travellers could face JAIL 

19 Oct

Barr Beacon local nature reserve and Doe Bank Park could have injunctions placed on them to deter travellers...


Watch: Near-miss on motorway as road rage revenge driver slams on brakes at 70mph 

19 Oct

The reckless driver who put 'lives in danger' has now been banned from driving...


The ten most common illnesses this winter – and how to avoid them 

19 Oct

Here's how to deal with cold weather ailments - according to the NHS...


Fundraising event to be held in memory of Reagan Asbury 

19 Oct

A post mortem examination carried out on Monday confirmed Reagan died from a wound to his neck, police said...


Van driver hailed as a hero after bus crash drama 

19 Oct

He prevented more casualties after driver taken ill at the wheel...


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The Entertainer is opening in Walsall – just in time for Christmas! 

19 Oct

The opening of the Walsall store will create nine new jobs for the town...


These are the ten best schools for GCSEs in the West Midlands 

19 Oct

Overall, 99% of pupils passed the English Baccalaureate including strong passes...


Yet more atrocious parking at Beacon and boundary rant ! 

19 Oct

For a couple of weeks I have not seen any issue at the school and then today ? Well a bit of rain and all of a sudden as bad as ever.


Residents unhappy as 70 ‘historical trees’ to make way for new housing in Walsall 

19 Oct

Four large homes are set to be built on Erdington Road in Aldridge...


Reagan Asbury: Blame society, not the sport, for this terrible tragedy 

19 Oct

I am still struggling to understand how a teenage fan can attend an evening of boxing and not return to his loved ones.


‘Cheapest’ flat in Birmingham sells – for more than DOUBLE asking price 

19 Oct

The studio flat with 15,000 guide price was snapped up at a Villa Park auction...


Business Questions 19 October 2017 

19 Oct

At Business Questions I raised the following questions with the Leader of the House: I thank the Leader of the House for the forthcoming business—again, it is just for one week, not two—and also join her in wishing everybody peace and prosperity...


Barr Beacon to become no-go zone as travellers could face JAIL 

19 Oct

Barr Beacon local nature reserve and Doe Bank Park could have injunctions placed on them to deter travellers...


Concerned about local crime issues? Meeting this Monday in Brownhills 

18 Oct

There's a very interesting meeting taking place at 7pm Monday, 23rd October 2017 - that of Brownhills Neighbourhood Watch (but is open to anyone interested in local crime issues).


Royal snub for Sutton Coldfield as Perry Barr joins Erdington – boundary changes explained 

18 Oct

Sutton Coldfield will not be given the Royal prefix as the Boundary Commission for England rewrites the electoral map ahead of the next General Election...


Bloxwich part of Great Barr? New boundary plans explained 

18 Oct

Under new boundary proposals Walsall will join Great Barr in a new constituency called Walsall and Oscott, which will be served by one MP...


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Some heavy rain possible? (WS7 weather report 19-10-2017) 

19 Oct

As I write this blog the surface air pressure is steadily reducing and it will eventually settle around the 998mb mark later today.


Feeling cooler today (WS7 weather report 18-10-2017) 

18 Oct

After some early / overnight rain (approximately 0.4mm fell in the Hammerwich area) today is going to be a little cooler than more recent days.


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Features »

The Southeast Texas Bigfoot Gig… 

19 Oct

A while away yet, but make a note if you want to come along...


Hanging Out and Bigfoot… 

19 Oct

Hanging out a couple of days ago with good friend and Bigfoot-seeker, Shelly Covington-Montana...


Roswell: Do We Know More Than The Government? 

19 Oct

That's the title of a new article from me, which starts as follows ( and which you can find here ): That may sound like a strange – even bizarre – question to ask.


The Couch And Zombies… 

19 Oct

Late last night, stretched out on the couch and watching one of my all-time favorite movies...


I will put inside my magic Indian box… 

19 Oct

Here are today’s performances of some of the children’s own magic box poem.


Pearls for Tears. 

18 Oct

Princess Margaret in 1951.


Sleep like a baby with Silentnight Safe Nights and win! 

18 Oct

When it comes to having a new baby, there’s not many essentials you really need; some warm clothes, somewhere safe...


I Left My Lederhosen In Wetherspoons 

17 Oct

Yesterday was one of those days when we popped to the pub to meet a friend for lunch a couple of drinks, only to stagger out eight hours later singing Smiths songs, arm in arm with a total stranger.


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Walsall FC »

AUDIO | Whitney – “I’m Confident I Can Take This Club Forward” 

19 Oct

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to BBC WM 95.6 ahead of this weekend's League One clash with Doncaster Rovers, and discussed a variety of subjects including; his pride at the position he is in, his desire to help the club reach the next...


Cuvelier Won’t Let Injuries Get Him Down 

19 Oct

Walsall midfielder Florent Cuvelier, who recently recovered from a hamstring injury to start against Milton Keynes Dons, has spoken to the local press and admitted he was delighted to get back to football after missing the past five weeks of...


Whitney Asks Fans To Stop Booing His Players 

19 Oct

Whitney Asks Fans To Stop Booing His Players Vitalfootball:Walsall:19/10/2017 11:52:00 Whitney calls on fans to stop booing his players and asks to leave personal criticism until full time against Doncaster.


Whitney Calls For Positivity Ahead of Doncaster Rovers Clash 

19 Oct

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press ahead of Saturday's League One clash with Doncaster Rovers and reiterated his desire for supporters to aim their abuse at him, rather than the players as the team continues to struggle...


Walsall Fan Cam No 2 v MK Dons 

18 Oct

Walsall Fan Cam No 2 v MK Dons Vitalfootball:Walsall:18/10/2017 19:32:00 Wednesbury Road host Dylan steps from behind the mic to give his thoughts on last nights draw with MK Dons...


Walsall Fan Cam v MK Dons 

18 Oct

Walsall Fan Cam v MK Dons Vitalfootball:Walsall:18/10/2017 18:13:00 The board needs to act now - strong words on the fan cam this week following last nights draw with MK Dons.


Stats: MK Dons v Walsall 

18 Oct

Stats: MK Dons v Walsall Vitalfootball:Walsall:18/10/2017 09:38:00 All the stats from MK Dons (1) vs (1) Walsall, Stadium:MK, 17.10.17 Att: 7,258...


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Sport »

WOLVES LEGEND STEVE BULL MBE UNVEILS BRAND NEW CHANGING PAVILION FOR BILBROOK JFC 

19 Oct

Steve Bull MBE, former England and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC striker, officially opened a brand new changing pavilion for Bilbrook JFC recently (Saturday 14 October).


Tamworth FC’s scholars go in search of FA Youth Cup glory 

19 Oct

Young Lambs are a step away from joining Football League clubs in draw...


Disability Football. 

19 Oct

The Club is in talks with Staffordshire FA and we are hopeful of becoming the Disability Football hub for South Staffordshire.


Impressive win in Cup 

17 Oct

Walsall 47 Veseyans 3...


Problems for Walsall in League Opener 

17 Oct

Crewe & Nantwich 39 - Walsall 22...


Walsall win first Home Game of Season 

17 Oct

Walsall 32 - Kidderminster 24...


Weakened Walsall Salvage a Losing Bonus Point 

17 Oct

Leek 10 - Walsall 5...


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Business »

NVQ Diplomas for Arlington Automotive staff 

19 Oct

Congratulations to Steve Dale, Steve Devlin and Chris Teasdale who each qualified from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) with NVQ Diploma's in Management Leadership.


ART Celebrates 20 Years of Funding Small Businesses 

16 Oct

ART Business Loans (ART), one of the UK’s first Community Development Finance Institutions, set up to lend to businesses unable to access finance from the banks, is celebrating its 20th birthday this June.


Hyfore launches new apprenticeship packs for the engineers of the future 

16 Oct

The next generation of engineers have been given a major boost this month thanks to the launch of a new product by one of the UK’s leading workholding specialists.


Manufacturing Focus Campaign Launch 

16 Oct

As members of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, FBC Manby Bowdler will be part of the Manufacturing Focus Campaign Launch, hosted by the BCCC.


Former Sainsbury’s Bank chief takes over LEP 

13 Oct

Tim Pile succeeds Steve Hollis as chairman of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership...


Jaguar man gives speech at law firm’s get-together 

13 Oct

More than 80 professionals from the West Midlands business community attended Talbots Not So Breakfast Club last week...


If The (Horse) Shoe Fits… 

12 Oct

If the (horse) shoe fits… delivering technical innovation to one of the oldest industries in the worldHeather Palfrey, Commercial Director, Bromford Iron SteelFew industries have such an immediate association with tradition than that of horseshoe...


Bromford Annual Golf Day 

12 Oct

Guests enjoyed a great day’s golf and putting at Bromford’s 52ndGolf Day held at Walsall Golf Club last week.


Bromford Iron & Steel Takes on Apprentices 

12 Oct

Bromford Iron Steel, a West Bromwich producer of hot rolled flats, sections and custom profiles, has taken on two, new full-time apprentices as technicians within the maintenance team.


Black Country Steel Firm Invests in 10-Year Transformation Programme 

12 Oct

A Black Country steel processing firm has made a six-figure investment into its production operation as part of the first phase of a 10-year transformation.


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Outdoors »

October 18th – A week or so, I posted a video ‘Welcome to the… 

19 Oct

October 18th - A week or so, I posted a video ‘Welcome to the suck’ pointing out the dark winter commutes were upon us, and every year I note that when the dark nights come, the traffic behaves oddly until around Christmas, when drivers finally ...


Wednesday 18th October 2017 

18 Oct

1100 - 1215 overcast, 11c : Common Gull, GBb Gull 2, Herring / LBb Gull 70+, Little Egret, Cormorant 16, Mute Swan 9 (4 adults), Heron 3, GC Grebe 4, Coot 17, Moorhen 13, Teal 16, Tufted 28, Lapwing 80+, Pied Wagtail 2, Meadow Pipit, Collared Dove, ...


Wildlife Roadshow! 

18 Oct

Date / Time Start date: Fri, 27/10/2017 - 11:00am - 3:00pm Summary: Meet our expert team, minibeast hunts, learn to identify local wildlife, make a meadow, crafts, wild challenges and lots more! Main image: Booking details Booking required?: No ...


October 17th – Well, if the day before had gone unexpectedly… 

18 Oct

October 17th - Well, if the day before had gone unexpectedly pink, the sunset when a gorgeous purple over Brownhills.


October 16th – With the sun more or less returned to normal and… 

18 Oct

October 16th - With the sun more or less returned to normal and a ferocious tailwind, I hammered back to Brownhills late afternoon for an appointment.


Monday 16th October 2017 

16 Oct

1015 - 1115 overcast but mild, SE wind, 17c : Skylark to S.


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Germans park giant beer tanker just yards outside historic city pub 

19 Oct

Oktoberfest beer tanker is so big it has blocked out The Woodman pub...


This is what you need to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled in half term holiday chaos 

19 Oct

Going away for October half term? These are the things you need to know to avoid a holiday headache...


Famous magician Dynamo is coming to Birmingham and this is how you can meet him 

19 Oct

The illusionist will be giving away some of the secrets behind his most well-known tricks in new book...


Oktoberfest opens in new city centre location – here’s what to expect 

19 Oct

What you get for your money at Oktoberfest's new city centre location...


Christmas Ice Rink and Big Wheel saved – and these are the dates! 

19 Oct

Last-minute deal means Christmas has not been cancelled in Birmingham after all...


This is what you need to do if your flight is delayed or cancelled in half-term holiday chaos 

19 Oct

Going away for half-term? These are the things you need to know to avoid a holiday headache...


Birmingham chocolate festival is back this weekend and these are the delicious treats you can get 

19 Oct

And at Chocival you can even gunge your boss or family with chocolate...


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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 »

GRZ 8307 registration white transit, 19th October 

19 Oct

Travellers fly tipping Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 7 Northcote Street, Birchills Report on FixMyStreet...


Blocker drains, 17th October 

17 Oct

The drains need clearing before winter, lots of leaves and debris Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 8 Norton Road, Pelsall Report on FixMyStreet...


Home in Multiple Occupation up to July 2016 

16 Oct

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Barry Sanderson on 16 October 2017 .


Cars constantly park in the garages, 16th October 

16 Oct

Cars constantly park in the garage even though it is private land whilst picking children up from a local school.


Adult Social Care in Walsall 

16 Oct

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Jamie Wake on 16 October 2017 .


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