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Drug dealer text his girlfriend ‘I’ve got 10 kilo on board. I’m being safe’ moments before he was pulled over by police 

2 Oct

David Partington has been jailed after he was pulled over on the M6 near Walsall in May with 10kg of heroin...

Lucky escape for female driver after her car crashes into house… 

2 Oct

A female had a miraculous escape in Sutton Coldfield last night when her car left the road and crashed into a house.

Illegal immigrants arrested on M6 walking on southbound carriageway 

2 Oct

The trio were collared at Junction 11 Hilton Services, near Cannock, after being seen heading south...

Sutton Coldfield house left demolished after car somersaults off road 

2 Oct

Property in Thorn Hill Road wrecked as car flips over and smashes into its porch...

Prince’s visit marks new chapter for arts centre 

2 Oct

It is the £72 million 'pink elephant', a building that has been mired in controversy since the day it was first mooted.

Walsall Manor Hospital bosses apologise over teething problems 

2 Oct

Hospital bosses are battling to solve problems with a new computer system months after it was brought in - and admit it is actually slowing staff down.

UKIP leader on Dudley Council quits party 

2 Oct

The leader of the UKIP group on Dudley Council has quit the party in a row over campaign funding.

Three suspected illegal immigrants found walking on M6 

2 Oct

Three suspected illegal immigrants were arrested after being found walking along the M6 in Staffordshire - while another two were detained off the M5.

Courageous Walsall caretaker who made citizens arrest on prison… 

2 Oct

Courageous caretaker from Walsall who tackled a prison escapee and held him down until police arrived has been honoured.

Illegal immigrants arrested on M6 near Cannock 

2 Oct

Three people arrested by police on M6...

Elderly residents at Walsall care home having to settle elsewhere… 

1 Oct

Elderly residents at a care home in Walsall are having to settle elsewhere following serious concerns around the financial viability of the business.

Finalists announced for Social Worker of the Year Awards 2014 

1 Oct

The shortlist of finalists has been announced for the 2014 Social Worker of the Year Awards , celebrating the achievements of social workers working in children’s and adults services.

Mother of Aldridge teenager Rosie Ross, who was fatally stabbed,… 

1 Oct

Themother of a teenager who was fatally stabbed has been honoured by police for her tireless charity work in Walsall.

Smoking costs Midlands £1.3bn – and leads to one million sick days 

1 Oct

Smoking costs the West Midlands economy £1.3 billion a year and leads to over one million sick days, new figures show.

Four-year-old girl who suffered brain damage when born to receive NHS payout 

1 Oct

A four-year-old girl from Aldridge who suffered brain damage when she was born, is set for a compensation package from the NHS after hospital chiefs admitted making mistakes when she was delivered.

£1.2m revamp of Walsall nightclub to create 40 jobs 

1 Oct

Around £1.2 million is being ploughed into the transformation of a nightclub which will see it host Las Vegas-style shows and have one of the biggest roof terraces in the UK, bosses have revealed.

Work on £54m refurbishments to Walsall Arcade set to start… 

1 Oct

Work on refurbishments to Walsall Arcade costing over 50m is all set to start later this month.

Former Premier League footballer backs Walsall charity in it’s… 

30 Sep

A local mental health charity has received the backing of a former Premier League footballer as it launches a silent auction to raise much needed funds.

Road surfaces will be re-used to save cash 

30 Sep

The Tarmac dug up when potholes are repaired is being recycled in an attempt to save Dudley Council cash.

Hundreds of dumped fridges and freezers in Walsall streets and… 

30 Sep

RESIDENTS are being reminded to dispose of their old appliances in a responsible manner after hundreds of fridges and freezers have been dumped in Walsall's countryside and streets over the past two years.

Father and son jailed for ‘vicious’ assault at Walsall pub which… 

29 Sep

A father and son have been jailed for a 'vicious and sustained' assault which left a defenceless Darlaston man fighting for his life outside a Walsall pub.

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Crawling under the hedge 

2 Oct

Oh my goodness - yet another wonderful image has been sent in to the blog by John and Paul Anslow, whose previous contributions to our record of local history have created so much interest and debate here on the blog.

Anybody lost a pair of Labradors? 

2 Oct

A quick shout out for some found hounds in Brownhills: the following post is currently circulating (2nd October 2014) on Facebook in local circles: Continue reading →...

Taking Tiger Mountain 

2 Oct

According to the BBC, if you speak your mind in Hong Kong you are a pro-democracy supporter demanding freedom but, according to the Home Secretary, if you speak your mind in the United Kingdom then you are a murderous terrorist who must be silenced...

New Photo’s of Great Barr Hall 

1 Oct

Paul Edwards has posted these photo’s on the following FB pages about Maggies He has given me permission to repost them here, thanks Paul.

Consultation on proposal by Council and Sustrans at Fordbrook Bridge, Pelsall 

1 Oct

Councillors, the Council, Sustrans and others have received regular complaints about individuals throwing stones/objects from the bridge onto passing cars.


1 Oct

On Lindon Road, just in the no man's land between Brownhills and Walsall Wood, there's a close of newbuild housing between Catshill canal junction and the road, called Chandlers Keep - I believe this to have been built around 1990-1992.

NI Health Centre – Recent action by Lib Dems begins to get results 

1 Oct

Recent meetings between Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires and New Invention Health Centre’s lead GP are beginning to show results.

Your invitation to… An Evening with Gordon Banks QBE 

1 Oct

Here's a great one for all those folks who are into football - I know there are a good few of you who read the blog - there's a great night organised next Wednesday evening (6th October 2014) by 'The Trust' - more properly known as the Walsall ...

Oy’ll save ya, bab… 

30 Sep

Been a bit busy for the last couple of days, but for those who haven't seen my post on Facebook, I'll just leave this here for now...

Walsall Labour change of heart? or just two faced? 

30 Sep

You wouldn’t credit it would you? whilst in opposition the Labour Group on Walsall Council was highly critical of a number of initiatives instigated by the Lib Dem/Tory Coalition administration.

Lib Dems call for urgent action to curb resurgence of ASB 

29 Sep

The Square New Invention Liberal Democrats in New Invention and Short Heath have called on Walsall Council and the Police to take urgent action to tackle a resurgence of anti social behaviour and shop lifting at The Square, Lichfield Rd.

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    The Daw End Branch of the Wyrley and Essington Canal in Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands. The extension was created after an act received Royal Assent in 1774 to extend the canal to the Hay Head Limeworks

Yourweather Walsall

Wellies on Saturday? 

2 Oct

Yesterday saw some rain fall in most of our area but today looks if it will remain generally dry.

Only 24% of the normal rainfall in September. 

1 Oct

A new month starts but our general weather pattern remains as a high pressure system continues to sit above the UK.

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Features »

We Are Family – In Memory of Grandma 

2 Oct

Spot the difference! Same doorway, we're both displaying a love for cats, chunky bangles and wild prints.

Hello to our choir members from Spain! 

2 Oct

Just a quick message from your choir vocal coach from Spain – I’m currently sat in the blazing sun by the pool (sorry to rub it in lol) and listening to some of our recordings so far and I’m so impressed with your progress we’...

Walsall Born Walsall Player 13 Wayne Clarke 

1 Oct

Wayne Clarke Personal information Date of birth 28 February 1961 (age 53) Place of birth Wolverhampton, England Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Playing position Striker Youth career 1976–1978 Wolverhampton Wanderers Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls...

Walsall Born Walsall Player 12 Ron Crutchley 

1 Oct

Personal information Full name Ronald Crutchley Date of birth 20 June 1922 Place of birth Walsall, England Date of death 1987 Playing position Wing half Senior career* Years Team Apps† (Gls) 1945–50 Walsall  62 (4) 1950–54 Shrewsbury Town 146...

Walsall Born Walsall Player 11 Bill Evans 

30 Sep

Bill Evans Born Cannock Staffs 1914 Died ? Walsall 1934-1939 Games played 115 goals scored 54 Tranmere Rovers Bill was spotted playing for Cannock Chase Colliery, as centre forward in 1934, he was obviously an amateur.

Walsall Born Walsall Player 10 Trevor Foster. 

30 Sep

Trevor Foster Born Walsall 11th January 1941 Games played 63 Goals 12 Trevor was spotted playing football in Pleck Park, the scout said that he was knocking goals in for fun.

Ex Walsall Player: Report from The Birmingham Mail 

30 Sep

Former professional footballer died alone in his Black Country home Dec 18, 2012 14:33 By Steve Bradley 0 Comments Chris Thompson, who played for Blackburn, Bolton, Wigan and Walsall, found dead in Tipton.

A curry night out with the lads 

30 Sep

  Junior Cockwomble and Audie Not really had time to write on here for a week or so.

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Sports Desk Live – Oct 2 

2 Oct

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

Walsall players in line for international action 

2 Oct

Romaine Sawyers has been called up again by St Kitts and Nevis while Walsall team-mates Tom Bradshaw and Liam Kinsella have also received international recognition.


2 Oct

This weekend, Walsall Football Club play host to table-topping big-spenders Bristol City, in the latest round of 2014/15 Sky Bet League One fixtures.


2 Oct

Walsall manager Dean Smith has spoken to the press ahead of this weekend's Sky Bet League One clash with Bristol City, and has shared the latest news on injured midfielder Sam Mantom, who is yet to make an appearance this season.

Bradshaw On Wales Standby 

1 Oct

Bradshaw On Wales Standby Vitalfootball:Walsall:01/10/2014 19:00:00 Leading scorer drafted into Welsh standby list.


1 Oct

Walsall Football Club striker Tom Bradshaw has been added to Wales manager Chris Coleman's 'standby' list for next week’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers, where the Dragons will take on Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.


1 Oct

Earlier this afternoon Walsall Football Club's Reserve side played host to Stoke City's Reserves in the opening group game of this season's 'Final Third Development League Cup'.

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Girls Only Football Opportunities with Stoke Community Trust 

2 Oct

Stoke Community Trust will be running three-day Girls Football Development Schools during the October half-term holiday as well as two Girls Advanced Training Centres.

Warley & Distric tSunday League 

2 Oct

PremierLamp Albion 3--0 FC SaddlersApple Tree 3--2 BNJS Mann CoGoldmine 4--0 SoomaOJM 4--0 Hargate ArmsPremier 1Sporting Palfrey Utd 0--8 Bustlehome Red LionSnooks 1--4 Rowley GolfFox Tavern 2--4 AFC CambridgeOakham Utd 6--3 New Inn TownBush...

4-10-14 Continental Star vs Willenhall Town – FA Vase ko 3pm 

1 Oct

The Lockmen take on Continental Star in the Second Round Qualifying round of the FA Vase, with £800 prize money on offer to the winners.

01/10/14 Smethwick Rangers 1 – 5 Willenhall Town 

1 Oct

The Lockmen put in a 5 star performance and were rewarded with all three points.

October 2014 Newsletter 

1 Oct

October 2014 Newsletter...

3rd XV – Match cancelled 

1 Oct

Burntwood unable to fulfil fixture...

3rd XV – Home loss to Spartans 2s 

1 Oct

Rearranged fixture...

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Business »

Jon Griffin: Jaguar Land Rover success story masks a nation of pay freeze strugglers 

2 Oct

Unite union representatives sat down with Jaguar Land Rover management to discuss wage rises for around 23,000 workers.

Jaguar XE goes on display in Paris in critical day for JLR 

2 Oct

JAGUAR gives its full European debut to the new mid-size XE today in what is expected to be a momentous day for the company.

Carillion on course as it pursues support service contracts 

2 Oct

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and service sector giant Carillion says it is trading in line with expectations.

Capita paid £23m dividend from taxpayer-funded Service Birmingham contract 

2 Oct

A total of £23 million was paid to the private firm last year from the controversial deal with Birmingham City Council, up from £8 million last year...

Die-Casting? Fast tool and production transfer. 

1 Oct

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...

Growing your Business in Walsall – Featuring Guest Speaker Ruth Badger 

1 Oct

Respected and experienced SME Business Expert, Ruth Badger from The Apprentice 2006 will be the keynote speaker at an exciting event for Walsall companies.

Laing O’Rourke backs ‘Meet the hospital bidders’ 

1 Oct

West Midlands businesses can network with some of UK’s biggest construction companies – including Laing O’Rourke – at an event called ‘Meet the hospital bidders’ on Thursday 9 October.

National Express secures Bahrain contract worth £170m 

1 Oct

BIRMINGHAM-based transport group, National Express, has strengthened its presence in the Middle Eastern market with a new contract win in Bahrain worth £170m over the next decade.

Enterprise Inns concludes new refinancing deal 

1 Oct

SOLIHULL pubco, Enterprise Inns, has agreed the terms of a partial refinancing of its 2018 bonds and concluded a new £138m revolving credit facility.

St Modwen raises expectations as property market pick-up gathers momentum 

1 Oct

DEVELOPER St Modwen says its business is benefitting from a pick-up in the commercial and residential property sectors.

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Outdoors »

September 30th – These guys crease me up. Often on my way home,… 

2 Oct

September 30th - These guys crease me up.

Bird Ringing Demonstration 

1 Oct

We have decide on a few dates for future Bird ringing demonstrations conducted by Brewood Ringers who have been brilliant through 2013/14.

What have we been up to? 

1 Oct

Although it has been a while since we have posted we have been extremely busy We are clearing some of the areas for our expected winter visitors such as Redpoll, Siskin, Redwing, Fieldfare and you never know a Waxwing.

Some More Serious Stuff 

1 Oct

Firstly thank several of you for the cryptic insults, I actually am pushing thirty, I just didn't specify from which direction! - Now that my contract is coming to an endI would like to take the opportunity to introducethose of you with an interest ...

Turner’s wood , Pelsall Volunteer Day 

1 Oct

Date / Time Start date: Sat, 08/11/2014 - 10:30am - 3:30pm Time details: Meet at 10:30 at the entrance on Commonside, Pelsall Summary: Come and help clear bramble to help encourage a wonderful show of bluebells in the spring.

September 29th – I’d nipped into Birmingham on what seemed… 

1 Oct

September 29th - I’d nipped into Birmingham on what seemed like a reasonable afternoon, then got the train back to Walsall.

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Selfridges Birmingham- New Menswear Launch 

2 Oct

We just can’t get enough of Selfridges here at WardrobeMag.

Wardrobe Wishlist: Everything from Missguided 

1 Oct

Yep, literally everything.

#AFF: Bullring Autumn Fashion Fix 

30 Sep

Forget Spring/Summer, it’s all about Autumn/Winter.

The Debenhams Beauty Gala 

30 Sep

Last week, I went along to Debenhams in the Bullring for their Beauty Gala event.

Bliss Yoga & Pilates Pops Up in Sutton Coldfield 

30 Sep

It’s been amazing to open up in a lovely light studio space right in the heart of Sutton Coldfield.

Autumn/winter season 2014 at Birmingham Hippodrome 

25 Sep

BIRMINGHAM Hippodrome has announced its new autumn-winter programme.

Chance to follow The Script as UK dates on sale 

25 Sep

IRISH pop superstars announced dates for their UK arena tour this week.

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David Jamieson makes his acceptance speech 

17 Sep

David Jamieson makes his acceptance speech West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson speaks after the result of the election is announced on 22 August 2014.

David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office 

17 Sep

David Jamieson takes the Police and Crime Commissioner oath of office Before they can take office, all Police and Crime Commissioners must take an oath of office that is set out in law.

Walsall drug raids in Pleck 

10 Sep

Walsall drug raids in Pleck Police swooped on two addresses in the Pleck area of Walsall on 9 September in a clampdown on drug dealing and prostitution.

I won’t share you… 

2 Sep

Want to avoid compromising photos of yourself popping up on the interweb? Tips below! There are lots of things that us normal people don’t have in common with Hollywood celebrities.

Election day… 

22 Aug

Welcome to David Jamieson, our new Police and Crime Commissioner.

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LocalGov »

Play your part in halting Winter vomiting bug 

2 Oct

Walsall residents of all ages are being urged to play their part in stopping the spread of a Winter vomiting bug in the borough.

Walsall MBC's Education IT System 

1 Oct

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Victor Wagner on 1 October 2014 .

Upgrade of Council Payment Systems 

1 Oct

The council payment systems are being upgraded on Monday 6 October 2014.

Jog programme helps people get exercising 

1 Oct

Walsall residents looking to improve their fitness levels are being encouraged to take up jogging.

Walsall MBC's Education IT System 

30 Sep

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Victor Wagner on 30 September 2014 .

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