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Thieves strike FOURTEEN times in same Sutton Coldfield neighbourhood 

15 Dec

A number of burglaries, car thefts and car break-ins were reported in the Four Oaks area in November...


Watch: Masked robbers target Erdington Halifax in dramatic ram-raid 

15 Dec

A resident captured the robbery on camera through her window this morning...


Wanted: Police issue photos of rush robbery suspects after victims attacked in own homes 

15 Dec

Travellers Jimmy Connors and Tom Ward suspected of being involved in house raids where jewellery stolen...


These National Express bus services are STILL being diverted due to ice 

15 Dec

As rush hour approaches, several buses are still being diverted...


Paedophile sent naked pictures to ‘schoolgirl’ – who was actually an undercover COP 

15 Dec

He wanted to meet teen for sex and bondage while her mum was out...


Parents fuming at state of icy pavements outside primary schools in Walsall 

15 Dec

Councillor Doug James received more than 65 complaints from parents at the state of walkways outside schools in Walsall...


‘Relay’ gadgets used to steal cars in SECONDS seized for first time after dramatic police chase 

15 Dec

West Midlands Police have recovered what is believed to be the first car crime equipment in the country...


Chloe Ayling ‘kidnap’: Man accused goes on trial in Italy 

15 Dec

Lukasz Pawel Herba is charged over the July kidnapping of Chloe Ayling...


Police RAID homes of Alum Rock and Bordesley Green dealers in HUGE drugs crackdown 

15 Dec

Tens of thousands of pounds worth of cash, mobile phones and drugs have been seized from the neighbourhood...


This is why Birmingham’s roads were NOT gritted overnight 

15 Dec

Drivers fume amid claims main routes like 'ice rinks...


Full list of National Express bus service diversions due to icy roads 

15 Dec

Services are still being diverted as a result of the weather...


Dying OAP writes to the Queen – and gets reply two days after she passed away 

15 Dec

Norma Broadhurst was even nicknamed Queenie...


Trucker jailed for killing man as he watched PORN at the wheel 

15 Dec

Felix Gillon threw away phone to dispose of evidence...


New lease of life for leisure centre? 

15 Dec

Willenhall Leisure Centre was closed amid a raft of council cuts seven years ago, with bosses at the time saying that statistically, the Bath Street site had been the worst performing in the Walsall borough in terms of visitors numbers...


Teenager Damilola Johnson GUILTY of murdering ‘trusting’ stab victim during bungled break-in 

14 Dec

Simon Johnson was left to die on his landing...


Killer lorry driver Felix Gillon was watching porn 

14 Dec

Felix Gillon is jailed for causing the death of another driver while watching porn on the M69.


Drone-smuggling prison gang member blows a KISS as she’s jailed 

14 Dec

Yvonne Hay laughs at the law as she begins sentence...


Is your child’s school missing reading, writing and maths standards? Here’s the list 

14 Dec

More than 70 across West Midlands miss minimum standards...


£10k reward after tragic great-grandad dies following brutal robbery 

14 Dec

Widower died in hospital following house raid...


Patient ‘felt violated’ after surgeon branded his initials on her liver 

14 Dec

Simon Bramhall admitted two counts of assault by beating at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday...


You only have two weeks to get this big saving on your NX West Midlands bus pass for 2018 

14 Dec

National Express West Midlands are offering a saving on bus passes this month ahead of 2018...


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Urgent: Please look out for OAP missing from Little Bloxwich 

15 Dec

Walsall police have issued the following urgent appeal this evening (Friday 15th December 2017): We urgently need the public’s help in tracing a 79-year-old woman who has gone missing from home.


Valerie visits Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact Team 

15 Dec

In Walsall today I visited Walsall Council’s Black Country Impact Team.


Valerie supports Postal Workers 

15 Dec

I celebrated National Postal Workers Day and support Labour’s to renationalise the Royal Mail and end cuts to the Post Office network.


These National Express bus services are STILL being diverted due to ice 

15 Dec

As rush hour approaches, several buses are still being diverted...


Parents fuming at state of icy pavements outside primary schools in Walsall 

15 Dec

Councillor Doug James received more than 65 complaints from parents at the state of walkways outside schools in Walsall...


This is why Birmingham’s roads were NOT gritted overnight 

15 Dec

Drivers fume amid claims main routes like 'ice rinks...


ICE !! 

15 Dec

Some really tricky conditions about this morning so whether driving or walking give yourself extra time and go carefully.


Full list of National Express bus service diversions due to icy roads 

15 Dec

Services are still being diverted as a result of the weather...


Dying OAP writes to the Queen – and gets reply two days after she passed away 

15 Dec

Norma Broadhurst was even nicknamed Queenie...


New local history book ‘Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part Two)’ now available! 

15 Dec

I had an email from local historian and author Clive Roberts yesterday, pointing out that his latest book 'Old Public Houses of Brownhills (Part Two)' is now available, but will sell out fast - so be quick if you want a copy for a present or just a ...


Drone-smuggling prison gang member blows a KISS as she’s jailed 

14 Dec

Yvonne Hay laughs at the law as she begins sentence...


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    A public footpath on the former South Staffordshire Railway Line that once connected Lichfield with Dudley. However, it joined the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton Railway’s line just north of Dudley


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Brrr, that feels chilly. (WS7 weather report 15-12-2017) 

15 Dec

It is a cold start to the day with a steady NW breeze adding further wind chill to the equation.


Last of the snow in this spell? (WS7 weather report 14-12-2017) 

14 Dec

After the beginning of the thaw and last night’s sleet and snow shower, the paths and possibly some side roads have been left a little wet and possibly icy.


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Features »

Mothman: Evil Incarnate – Reviewed 

15 Dec

Mothman: Evil Incarnate is the new book from Loren Coleman, which I have just reviewed over at Mysterious Universe .


Dressed To Impress (Yourself) 

15 Dec

Catching up with my blog reading after an afternoon spent in the pub, I was blown away by a post Hollie published yesterday which mentioned several of my favourite bloggers / ex-bloggers - as well as me! Aging is what you make it.


The Shadow Man – A Movie Reviewed 

14 Dec

Over at Mysterious Universe I review a 2017 movie, The Shadow Man , which is pretty good.


Loving Christmas and all its festivities // The Christmas Tag 

14 Dec

It’s got to be one of my most favourite times of the year, I bloomin’ love Christmas.


Win £250 this Christmas with icount’s Christmas competition 

14 Dec

*This is a sponsored post  With mountains of food and drink to buy, not to mention purchasing gifts and Christmas...


Sicily Exchange 2017 

13 Dec

The first part of this year’s Sicily Exchange showed yet again how wonderful Barr Beacon pupils are.


Benjamina’s Gingerbread Christmas Cake // a recipe 

13 Dec

* Post in association with Bacofoil  If you fancy baking up something a little bit different for Christmas this year,...


Festive Gifts for the Whole Family to Enjoy 

13 Dec

*This is a sponsored post  It’s always difficult to decide on the perfect gift for family and friends.


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Walsall FC »

Peterborough United (A) | Match Postponed 

15 Dec

Walsall FC have confirmed that the Saddlers' League One match clash with Peterborough United, which was scheduled to take place at London Road on Saturday, 6th January 2018, has been postponed due to Posh’s Emirates FA Cup commitments.


Youth Alliance Cup | Mansfield Town 3 Walsall 0 

15 Dec

Walsall's Under-18s were back in Youth Alliance Cup action on Friday afternoon as they travelled to Clipstone FC's Worksop Van Hire Stadium to take on Mansfield Town's Under-18s.


Sheffield United Defender Open to Permanent Saddlers Switch 

15 Dec

Walsall's on-loan Sheffield United defender James Wilson has spoken to the press ahead of Saturday's League One clash with Northampton Town and expressed his desire to remain at the Banks's after his Blades contract expires in the summer.


Northampton v Walsall – PREVIEW 

15 Dec

Northampton v Walsall - PREVIEW Vitalfootball:Walsall:15/12/2017 11:09:00 Our penultimate match before the Christmas period sees us travel a fairly short distance to Northampton as we face a struggling Cobblers side hoping to make it four ...


Match Officials v Northampton 

15 Dec

Match Officials v Northampton Vitalfootball:Walsall:15/12/2017 10:58:00 Match officials have been announced for tomorrows trip to Northampton...


AUDIO | Jon Whitney Looks Ahead Saturday’s Clash With Northampton Town 

14 Dec

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to BBC WM ahead of Saturday's League One clash with Northampton Town, and has praised Cobblers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and insisted that the steadily improving Saddlers will need to be at their best...


Oztumer Keen to Remain Among the Goals 

14 Dec

Walsall attacker Erhun Oztumer, who has bagged ten goals in twenty-five appearances so far this season, has spoken to the press and insisted that there is plenty more to come as he looks to add to his current tally with an increase on last ...


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Sport »

Lilywhites and Latics back appeal 

15 Dec

EVO-STIK League Mossley have teamed up with the Oldham Athletic Community Trust to back their local foodbank's Christmas appeal.


Thanks Lee Arnold & SM Roofing 

13 Dec

Big thanks to Lee Arnold and SM Roofing for their help in repairing the roof the the club garage at Long Lane today.


Goalkeeping Centre postponed. 

13 Dec

Due to snow on the astro turf at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre, tonight’s Goalkeeping Centre has been cancelled.


Walsall 1 Scunthorpe United 0 – why Saddlers love to go with the Flo 

10 Dec

Belgian midfielder Flo Cuvelier returns from injury - and inspires Walsall to a third straight league victory.


Club passes FA Healthcheck 

10 Dec

The FA has given the Club a clean Healthcheck for another season.


Snow grateful despite the result! 

9 Dec

Chasetown couldn't reward their fans with a win for ensuring their EVO-STIK League clash with Stamford on Saturday went ahead but proud officials have sent the club's grateful thanks to the army of volunteers who answered an SOS call to clear...


Tamworth FC defender extends Rushall Olympic loan 

6 Dec

Louis Ezewele started his career at Bristol Rovers...


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Business »

Virgin Trains staff to strike TOMORROW – what it means for you 

14 Dec

Virgin said it will run the majority of its services during the strikes...


Revealed: ALL 260 high street brands named and shamed for failing to pay minimum wage 

8 Dec

Primark, Sports Direct and recruitment firm among culprits...


It’s all about employers now: the Governments new Careers Strategy 

7 Dec

This Monday saw the release of the long awaited Government Careers Strategy.


Burntwood building firm hoping £230,000 section 106 payment will boost local communities 

6 Dec

A Burntwood building firm says it hopes a £230,000 payment will support community initiatives.


Kilby Packaging joins Made in the Midlands industry network 

5 Dec

Kilby Packaging are delighted to announce that we have joined the leading Midlands’ manufacturing and engineering membership group, Made in the Midlands.


Ryanair ‘targets’ Birmingham air passengers for high in flight sales 

4 Dec

Fresh details have emerged of how Ryanair cabin crew are allegedly put under pressure to get passengers to spend big during journeys...


Status celebrate 20 years tie-in with Hexagon MI 

1 Dec

Independent measurement solutions provider Status Metrology and original equipment manufacturer Hexagon are celebrating a 'unique' 20-year partnership, which helped pave the way for a second user machine market in the UK.


SERTEC INVESTS IN NEW £500,000 ROBOT WELDING CELL 

28 Nov

Tier One automotive supplier Sertec has invested in a new £500,000 robot welding cell to manufacture parts for the new Toyota Auris.


adi Group Receives Runner-Up Award At Midlands EEF Future Manufacturing Awards 

27 Nov

Birmingham based engineering solutions firm, adi Group, received recognition at the Midlands Regional EEF Future Manufacturing Awards.


Primera Air to launch daily flights to Spain from Birmingham Airport and this is when 

23 Nov

The flights will be operated daily from May 2018...


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Outdoors »

For some, a Glimpse of Summer 

14 Dec

Had a text from Kim and Trevor who live in the village this morning to say that their garden is being favoured by a Blackcap that has almost stripped their Sambucus nigra tree of berries ( that's Common Elder for plebs like me ).


December 11th – I’d run around in the morning sorting displaced… 

14 Dec

December 11th - I’d run around in the morning sorting displaced family members out and getting them back where they needed to be in the chaos of a snow-hit morning rush hour, so spent the day working from home.


Wednesday 13th December 2017 

13 Dec

1200 - 1230 overcast damp, snow receding, 4c : of waterfowl only Canada Geese 2, Mallard 4, Mute Swan 5 and a few coots moorhens present, Heron, Lapwing 50+, GBb Gull 29, Herring LBb Gull 150, Bh Gull 200+, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard.


Missed! A bird I need for my Chasewater List 

13 Dec

Some information has been relayed to me via Mike Pittaway to say that A low flying Red Kite was seen at Chasewater yesterday! That's something long overdue for my site list so if it sets up a pattern, I might have to trudge up through the snow anyway...


December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and… 

13 Dec

December 10th - They say things come to those who wait, and overnight between Saturday and Sunday someone turned on the celestial snow machine.


A Redpoll remains! 

12 Dec

Quick message from Ray Fellows tonight, he decided to brave the conditions and visit the sites and was rewarded with views of at least one Mealy Redpoll , today keeping company with the Goldfinch flock.


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THREE world championships and 7 other reasons Birmingham is BIG on sport in 2018 

15 Dec

Birmingham is hosting a wealth of international and national sports contests in 2018 -see the highlights here...


Got questions about family life? Ask Brummie Mummies and we’ll get you the answers 

15 Dec

Ask us, vote for your favourite questions and we'll let you know what we find out...


When to see mesmerising Lichfield Cathedral Christmas light and sound show 

15 Dec

Star of Wonder, Star of Light will wow crowds in The Close - and there's a stunning display inside the cathedral, too...


Strictly Come Dancing – where and when you can see the stars in Birmingham 

15 Dec

The celebs and dancers are appearing at Symphony Hall, Birmingham Hippodrome, the New Alexandra and the Crescent over Christmas and into the new year...


Cosy new cafes to try near the Birmingham German Christmas Market 

15 Dec

There are some new places near New Street where you can take shelter from the German Market and enjoy delicious food and drink...


The League of Gentlemen announce 2018 UK Tour – this is how to get tickets 

15 Dec

BAFTA winning comedy legends bring fictional village of Royston Vasey to Birmingham...


The best restaurants in Birmingham according to Harden’s Guide 2018 

15 Dec

Michelin restaurants such as Adams, Purnell's and Carters of Moseley are included alongside Lasan and Original Patty Men...


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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 »

Grit bin needs re-filling, 14th December 

14 Dec

Please refill Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 8 Wyrley Close, Brownhills Report on FixMyStreet...


S167 List of Accessible Taxis: update after 6 months – B previous date set 

13 Dec

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Doug Paulley on 13 December 2017 .


Maintenance on bushes on Birch Lane, Walsall 

12 Dec

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Scott Brotherton on 12 December 2017 .


Supporting People Funding 

12 Dec

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Olivia Taylor on 12 December 2017 .


Maintenance on bushes on Birch Lane, Walsall 

12 Dec

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Scott Brotherton on 12 December 2017 .


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