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​Cop who accused Walsall businessman of police officer kidnap… 

29 Sep

A POLICE officer who sparked a major terror alert by falsely claiming a Walsall businessman was involved in a plot to kidnap a cop has had his unduly lenient jail sentence increased.

​Child grooming arrest in Walsall as part of investigation into… 

29 Sep

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of grooming, police have confirmed.

Young boy involved as car smashes into tree after leaving… 

29 Sep

A CAR driver was cut free after his vehicle left the motorway and hit a tree following a collision with a lorry this morning (September 29).

​Man in cardiac arrest pulled from Walsall Canal 

29 Sep

A MAN was pulled from Walsall Canal yesterday (September 29) in cardiac arrest.

Car and TV stolen from house in Manor Road near Walsall Manor… 

28 Sep

POLICE are appealing for information after a house in Walsall was targeted by burglars last month.

​Drunk thug jailed for role in Walsall brawl near Club X and… 

28 Sep

A DRUNK thug jailed for his part in a terrifying brawl after a row outside a Walsall nightclub has had his sentence reduced by senior judges.

Popular North Walsall Primary Academy director Lorraine Johnston… 

28 Sep

A popular departing member of school staff will be deeply missed but remembered with "great fondness.

​Walsall youngster with rare disorder set for dream holiday 

28 Sep

LITTLE Bowie Rix has Bohring-opitz syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has left him unable to walk or communicate.

​400 new homes, skate park and play areas to be built in Goscote… 

27 Sep

PLAY areas, a skate park, a football pitch, paths and towpaths are just some of the facilities scheduled for a 1 million project at the heart of a new 400 home development where people can be proud to live, work and play.

​Laundry left on cooker causes fire in Walsall in Slacky Lane,… 

27 Sep

LAUNDRY left on a cooker at a home in Walsall caused a blaze and ten firefighters to be called to the scene.

Headless cat found in Walsall garden in Old Town Lane, Pelsall 

27 Sep

THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a young cat's headless body was found in a Walsall garden.

​When are Walsall’s firework displays? 

27 Sep

REMEMBER remember the 5th November as Walsall's town centre fireworks displays are set to go off with a bang.

​TV catches fire in in Wolverhampton Road, Bloxwich, Walsall as… 

26 Sep

A TEA light caused a TV to set on fire in a Walsall home while the owner slept last weekend.

‘Severe’ blaze damages Little Aston mansion in Sutton Coldfield’s… 

26 Sep

A 'SEVERE' fire at a property in Sutton Coldfield's 'millionaires' row' saw more than 40 firefighters attend the incident.

​Sexual discrimination and unfair dismissal claim made against… 

26 Sep

A BULGARIAN mother-of-two has made legal claims for sex discrimination and unfairdismissal against a Walsall firm after complaining she was forgotten during a takeover whilst on maternity leave.

Young man suffers serious injuries in crash where A454 Willenhall… 

26 Sep

A YOUNG man was cut free from a car and rushed to hospital after suffering serious injuries in a crash near Walsall last weekend.

Walsall is the ‘worst’ place to eat in the region 

26 Sep

WALSALL has been voted the WORST place in the region to eat by environmental health consultants.

Foundation calling for football funding created in memory of… 

24 Sep

A FOUNDATION raising money to fund defibrillators and provide CPR training and screening to non-league footballers has been set up in memory of a former Walsall footballer who died after collapsing on the pitch.

Olympic medal winner and Rio 2016 gymnast captain Kristian Thomas… 

24 Sep

UNIVERSITY students in Walsall are set to rub shoulders with an Olympic medal-winning star after he enrolled on a Degree course.

Great Barr man jailed after shotgun is seized in car park deal 

24 Sep

A MAN from Great Barr has been jailed for six years after a shotgun was seized during an ongoing crackdown on illegal weapons by police.

Walsall CCG cuts leave MP demanding debate on NHS funding 

24 Sep

A WALSALL MP has called for a debate to take place on NHS funding after raising concerns about her local Clinical Commissioning Group having to make more than 20 million worth of savings.

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30 Sep

There was a time when hard work, integrity, honesty, diligence and morality were considered as rewards in themselves for any duty, task or employment but in an age when hypocrisy and negligence are essential requirements on the job description for ...

Have a brew for Macmillan today and tomorrow! 

30 Sep

I notice there are two Macmillan coffee events taking place in Brownhills and Clayhnager over the next couple of days - all day today (Friday, 30th September 2016) at Chasewater Railway Cafe at Brownhills West Station, and tomorrow afternoon at ...

*UPDATE* 2 Bed Semi, Hydes Road, West Bromwich, B71. Now With Yields Of 5.12%. 

29 Sep

I originally posted this one on 22/04/2016 and even though it has only reduced by £1000 since then, it’s worth mentioning because of it’s top-notch spec.

Acoustic Night at The Chase Inn tonight! 

29 Sep

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength - there's not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music too - and tonight, Thursday 29th September 2016, the pub has it's first Acoustic Night.

Shire Oak Quarry expansion consultation event – this Friday 

29 Sep

You may recall a couple of years ago that the operator of the former Shire Oak Quarry site, JPE, was mooting the proposal to extend the site they're currently landfilling at Shire Oak, to extract virgin material pusihing back restoration of the site ...

Deer water chase at Chasewater… 

28 Sep

You'll remember a few days ago I cautioned local folk - especially dog walkers - to beware of the deer at the moment as the rut was getting underway, and they'd be a whole lot less tolerant as the hormones did their thing - well, I wasn't wrong - as ...

Twilight`s last gleaming 

28 Sep

Way back in 1992, the ubiquity of email was far from established and many employers regarded the internet as the work of the devil that had no place in a productive workplace...

Lichfield Waterworks Trust – September 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

28 Sep

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (29th September 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...

The Walsall Bedroom Problem….Opportunity or Hindrance? 

27 Sep

When my research showed me this statistic, the first question that popped into my mind was; “Is this a problem or an opportunity?” The orthodox way of classifying property in the UK is to look at the number of bedrooms rather than its size in ...

Your chance to catch a local legend – this Wednesday afternoon! 

27 Sep

Just a quick headsup to those interested in Walsall Wood history and who are free this Wednesday afternoon (28th September 2016) - there's a talk featuring the Brownhills Blog's favourite Wood Mon™ and top contributor, the young David Evans.

You can help shape the future of community facilities in Clayhanger – tonight! 

27 Sep

You'll all know that this blog is all about community and the things that bring us all together - be it a bit of current affairs, history, discussion or appeals for help: well, Clayhanger Community Centre provides an excellent service to the ...

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Last day of September 2016 weather 

30 Sep

It was just under 10c (9.3c) as I made my observations on this last morning of September 2016 morning (at 06:20 hours).

A wet start to Thursday morning 

29 Sep

As we briefly discussed in yesterday’s post 2.4 millimeters of rain has fallen in our area during the early hours of today.

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Features »

The Me and Mine Project | September 2016 

30 Sep

September has been a month full of change for us all.

Being an Egg donor | Zoe’s Story Part One 

29 Sep

Infertility, the inability to conceive a child naturally.

Walsall Arboretum parkrun, Event number 238 – 24th September 2016 

29 Sep

This week there were 349 runners, of whom 42 were running their first parkrun and 13 were first time tourists.

Physics in Motion 

29 Sep

Last Sunday I had the immense privilege of seeing the restored Flying Scotsman at the Pacific Power event at the Severn Valley Railway with Major Orton.

Once Upon a Time (The Panto) – Coming to Great Wyrley High School Theatre – 10 to 12 November 2016 

29 Sep

Have you ever wondered what would happen if happy endings were reversed and heroes suffered while the wicked reigned supreme? Well, Aldridge Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) have the answer with a hilarious return to the world of panto in Once Upon a ...

Sharing precious times with Grandparents 

29 Sep

*This is a collaborative post Throughout my childhood, spending time with my grandparents was really important.

A Monster Mimic… 

28 Sep

A strange snake that could imitate the crows of a chicken? No, it's not April Fools' Day! But you could be forgiven for thinking it is! Here's the weird story, as told by me at Mysterious Universe...

Sharing holiday memories with a ‘My Picture’ canvas 

28 Sep

Our Summer holidays seem like such a distant memory now but I am so pleased with myself that I took plenty of photographs to capture the blue skies, the sunshine, the smiles and all the fun with the family.

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Walsall FC »

EFL – The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16) 

30 Sep

EFL - The Stats Ten Games In (30/9/16) Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/09/2016 23:15:00 The Football League, or as it wants to be known now, the EFL, have compiled the statistics with the vast majority of clubs now ten games into the new 2016/17 ...

Joe Masi’s 60-second Walsall update – September 29 

29 Sep

Joe Masi gives his latest Walsall update.

Walsall’s Maz Kouhyar delight over international call-up 

29 Sep

He’s enjoyed a whirlwind few months that have seen him make his full Walsall debut and score his first professional goal.

Sheffield United (a) Postponed Due To International Call Ups 

29 Sep

Sheffield United (a) Postponed Due To International Call Ups Vitalfootball:Walsall:29/09/2016 09:14:00 Makris, Kouhyar and Kinsella given international recognition therefore Sheffield United (a) has been postponed.

Walsall’s clash with Sheffield United postponed 

29 Sep

Walsall’s game at Sheffield United next month has been postponed due to international call-ups.

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? 

29 Sep

Which Manager Has Spent The Most? Vitalfootball:Walsall:28/09/2016 23:08:00 The modern game tells us that the club who spends the most money wins.

Joe Masi’s 60-second Walsall update – Sept 28 

28 Sep

Joe Masi gives his latest Walsall update...

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Office Closure – Staff Training 

29 Sep

During the hours of 14.00 - 16.30 on Thursday 29th October, and 10.30 - 14.00 on Friday 30th October, the Staffordshire FA Offices will be closed for staff training.

Restart a Heart 

29 Sep

The Club is taking part in the national Restart a Heart Campaign on October 18th at the clubhouse.

Taekwondo starlet Charlie Collyer celebrates more medal joy 

29 Sep

Read the full story here http://www.

5th 100 Club member 

28 Sep

We are pleased to announce the fifth member of our 100 club – a group of businesses and individuals who, for £100, will have their business or personal details pinned to this page and on our website for 4 days.

New 7 a Side Football League at Staffordshire University 

28 Sep

Tuesday 4th October will see the introduction of a NEW 7 a-side League at Staffordshire University.

Players wanted for new U10s Boys team 

27 Sep

The Club is delighted to announce a new U10s Boys team.

Watch England Under-21s at Walsall for just £1 a ticket 

27 Sep

Fans wanting to cheer on England’s Under-21s against Bosnia & Herzegovina next month can now do so for just £1.

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Bear Grylls abseils onto ‘Tower Bridge’ to celebrate new Discovery 

29 Sep

Star-studded event at Packington Hall saw record-breaking Lego bridge used to show off new Land Rover Discovery model...

Nearly 200 jobs in doubt as Sainsbury’s announces closure of prominent West Midlands store 

29 Sep

SAINSBURYS has announced it is to close its supermarket at the Merry Hill Centre, placing almost 200 jobs at risk.

Subcon Laser nominated for “Excellence in Science & Technology” award 

29 Sep

Subcon Laser Cutting Ltd have been selected as one of the three companies to be nominated as finalists in the Coventry Warwickshire business awards “Excellence in Science and Technology” category.

Arriva to pay £163m premium for Cross Country franchise 

29 Sep

RAIL passengers will benefit from improvements on the Cross Country network, rail minister Paul Maynard has said, after announcing a new contract for Arriva Cross Country.

Land Rover unveils all-new Discovery 

29 Sep

LAND ROVER has unveiled its latest Discovery SUV in a major publicity stunt on the eve of the Paris Motor Show.

Land Rover takes wraps off new Discovery 

28 Sep

Luxury car maker has packed new model with latest technology and aims to offer a lighter and greener car...

AHT invest over £500,000 into new oven and software 

28 Sep

The UK’s first and only specialist in the heat treatment of aluminium alloys, Dudley-based Alloy Heat Treatment (AHT) have recently invested £500,000 into manufacturing aerospace Oven 30.

Expanding Birmingham Airport will be Labour mayor candidate Sion Simon’s priority 

28 Sep

Labour mayor candidate Sion Simon sets out his vision for Birmingham and the West Midlands...

Birmingham Airport invests £100m in long-term growth plan 

27 Sep

BIRMINGHAM Airport is to invest £100m on improvements to its facilities and infrastructure as it looks to keep pace with increasing passenger volumes.

Birmingham Airport plans £100m overhaul 

27 Sep

Transport hub vows to improve parking, speed up baggage handling and add extra capacity for check in...

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Thursday 29th September 2016 

29 Sep

1115 - 1200, blustery, 14c : fairly quiet, only House Martin 2, Swallow, Chiffchaff in song, Cormorant 9, Teal 2 & Sparrowhawk of note.

The rarity that wasn’t – epilogue 

29 Sep

Chiloe Wigeon - One of the regulars had not seen this South American Species so here it is Well, I have not had my eye on the ball with regard to the putative American Wigeon at Stubbers Green.

Wednesday 28th September 2016 

28 Sep

Brickworks field early morning, sunny : Wigeon 6, Teal 107, Shoveler 12, Snipe 10+, Kingfisher, Common Sandpiper on Swag, (KMC)...

September 27th – It was clear when I left work that there was… 

28 Sep

September 27th - It was clear when I left work that there was going to be a good sunset, and it reached it’s peak just as I hit Brownhills.

Possible Rarity Alert 

27 Sep

I have had a report that a probable female American wigeon was present at Stubbers green this morning ( seen by Kev Clements ).

Tuesday 27th September 2016 

27 Sep

Field nr Ibstock brickworks 0800 : American Wigeon still present with other Wigeons on floods (KMC).

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Two Tails Games on why EGX helped make The Mannequin possible 

29 Sep

IN an industry where millions are being spent on creating video games of blockbuster movie quality, it's a rat race for indie developers to rise above the rest and get their product noticed.

Try Dragon Quest Builders ahead of official launch date 

29 Sep

A DEMO version of Dragon Quest Builders is now available for players to try ahead of the game's launch next month.

Review of The Little Shop of Horrors at Birmingham Alexandra… 

28 Sep

IT WAS fun, it was loud and it was colourful.

Masquerade! Drop-In 

27 Sep

Halloween mask-making with Ruth Turnbull...

Monster Workshop with Deborette Clarke 

27 Sep

Fun textile workshop for children.

How the love for 90s platform games created Mekazoo 

27 Sep

BEING a 90s child, I have fond memories of days well spent at my grandparents on the Sega Mega Drive playing all kinds of platform genre games well, days well spent in my eyes anyway.

Over The Moon Games give the lowdown on The Fall Part 2: Unbound 

26 Sep

PROGRESSING from one successful indie game project to another is tough in this day and age, but one developer seems to have had no problem in doing so.

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Prolific Coventry crook jailed – linked to break-ins from blood on broken glass 

29 Sep

A prolific Coventry crook has been jailed for more than five years after police linked him to house and van break-ins through blood found on broken glass.

Two jailed as police continue offensive against illegal weapons  

24 Sep

Two people have been jailed for more than eight years after a shotgun was seized by West Midlands Police during an on-going crackdown on illegal weapons.

Athlete admits attempted murder at Alexander Stadium  

22 Sep

An athlete has admitted attempted murder and assault after an unprovoked attack on staff at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham earlier this year.

Streetly crash victim named 

20 Sep

A teenage cyclist who died in a collision in Streetly on Friday (16 September) has been named as Daniel Horton.

Police appeal following fatal collision in Pelsall 

18 Sep

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision involving a motorcyclist in Pelsall last night.

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Statistics on Free Bus Pass given to Pupils from WS4 1 and WS4 2 PostCode Area attending St.Francis of Assissi Technology College 

29 Sep

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to B Mathew on 29 September 2016 .

Council injunction to combat antisocial travellers 

29 Sep

Walsall Council applied for and obtained an injunction from the County Court on Friday 23 September that restrains anyone from engaging in anti-social behaviour anywhere in the borough.

Congestion Caused by speedbumps, 29th September 

29 Sep

This morning traffic was once again crawling along this road at a walking pace.

Bath in hedge, 28th September 

28 Sep

An old bath has been dumped Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 324 Skip Lane, Walsall Report on FixMyStreet...

School Spend 

28 Sep

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Francesca Sandiford on 28 September 2016 .

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