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MP: Watson must return money 

3 Mar

David Winnick, who served as MP for Walsall North for 38 years until last year's General Election, said Labour should have no association with Mosley's money...

Two cannabis factories discovered 

2 Mar

West Midlands Police recovered a sack of cannabis after a routine stop check on a van in Kirkstall Crescent, Bloxwich...

Anne James death: Murder arrest over Walsall attack 

2 Mar

A neighbour found 74-year-old Anne James collapsed at her home with suspected knife injuries.

Elderly woman found dead at Walsall home 

1 Mar

A murder investigation has been launched after a great-grandmother was found dead at her home in Walsall...

Walsall murder probe as woman, 74, dies from knife injuries 

1 Mar

Anne James, described by her family as "amazing", died in "a shocking, violent attack".

Walsall man jailed for sending ‘Islamic State’ video link 

1 Mar

Christopher Soares sent a link to a 29-minute Islamic State group instructional video.

Joe Edwards: Walsall midfielder ruled out for the season 

28 Feb

Walsall midfielder Joe Edwards will miss at least the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments.

Peterborough United 2-1 Walsall 

27 Feb

Peterborough win for the first time in eight games as they defeat Walsall in wintry conditions at the ABAX Stadium.

Police bust cannabis farm in leafy Handsworth Wood 

22 Feb

Around 100 plants were found in a property in Cornwall Road...

Grieving dad failed by mental health trust sent text saying: ‘I’m sorry, I love you all’ before killing himself 

22 Feb

Brandon McDonalds body was discovered in a woodland last September...

Serial sex beast living on ‘Millionaire’s Row’ jailed for 18 months for attacks on women 

22 Feb

Benjamin Clarke, 42, of Walsall Road, Little Aston, was also placed on the sex offenders register for ten years.

Sex attacker from Sutton Coldfield jailed for assaulting five women 

22 Feb

Benjamin Clarke from Walsall Road in Little Aston assaulted the women over a two-year-period...

Chilling moment ‘weird guy’ tried to break into young woman’s car 

22 Feb

Demi Hatfield, 23, was stationary on Wednesbury Road, Walsall...

Newcastle United and England ace Kieron Dyer praised after revealing this harrowing story 

22 Feb

The winger has recently released a new book which contains this story...

Birmingham City digest: Stockdale remorse, unhappy homecoming, Cotterill’s thoughts, Lakin’s deal 

22 Feb

All the news and views from BCFC...

Ex-Newcastle United and England ace Kieron Dyer praised for revealing this harrowing story 

21 Feb

The winger has recently released a new book which contains this story...

Top 5 things to do in Birmingham this weekend including X Factor Live 2018 

21 Feb

Not far away in Solihull and Walsall, there are also special family friendly activities going on this weekend...

Massive cannabis factory found in Kitts Green Road 

21 Feb

Police say; 'Wow, what a result...

Councillor on patrol: “We want Handsworth Wood to be a no-go area for criminals” 

21 Feb

Cllr Narinder Kooner wants to make her Ward a 'no-go' area for criminals with more visible patrols...

The TRUTH behind Peaky Blinders: They didn’t have razor blades in their caps – but Birmingham’s real gangsters were just as brutal 

20 Feb

Birmingham historian Carl Chinn says the city's gangs of the 1920s and the real Billy Kimber were stylish, cunning and ruthless...

First image of Darren Hammond who lived inside house for weeks after concealing his mum’s dead body 

20 Feb

The 41-year-old has been jailed for 12 years for manslaughter of Beryl Hammond...

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Severn Trent head off into the sunset leaving behind a trail of frustration 

23 Mar

Severn Trent are making no friends out there by the way they have gone about fixing the water leak in Coppice Farm Way.

Play in the car park and behave yourselves! 

23 Mar

I asked last weekend if anyone knew anything, or had any pictures of Doody's (sometimes known as the Castle Club) up near Howdles Lane in Brownhills.

What’s on in your community 

23 Mar

Have just received the following information from the West Locality which covers Darlaston as well as Willenall.

Meet your local coppers today in Brownhills, Pelsall and Rushall 

23 Mar

Well, what do you know - just as I published the advert for the police pop-up event taking place at Tesco today (Friday 23rd March 2018), another email dropped into my inbox from the excellent WMNow service pointing out there there are actually four...

POST HASTE: Facebook will only fall when someone gets better than them at sharing cat videos 

22 Mar

There’s been a lot written about how the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica crisis.

It’s a diesel takeover – this weekend! 

22 Mar

Chasewater Railway - the little gem of a preserved industrial railway right on our doorstep is holding it's annual Diesel Gala this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 24-25th March 2018.

Models at the museum 2018 – a great event happening this Sunday 

21 Mar

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a 'Models at the Museum' event this Sunday, 26th March 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for modellers, transport enthusiasts, petrol heads and ...

Meet your local coppers this Friday afternoon in Brownhills 

21 Mar

I received notice of this great event from Brownhills Policing Team via the excellent WMNow service a yesterday, advertising a pop-up meet the police event this coming Friday afternoon, 23rd March 2018 at Tesco, Brownhills from 3pm until 5pm where ...

Valerie signs letter to Home Secretary in support of Alfie Dingley 

20 Mar

I met Alfie Dingley’s father Drew Dingley in Parliament on 20 March 2018 which was organised by Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP.

Pause for thought on Selective Licensing scheme for Landlords 

20 Mar

Walsall Council’s ruling Coalition responded earlier this year to concerns about the conditions of some of the private rented properties in and around our town centre.

Blooming marvellous 

20 Mar

Just a quick note here that I would like to express my huge admiration and appreciation to his lady, whose name is Yoke Van Der Meer - this wonderful woman leads the Gardening Club at the Community Centre in Brownhills and is responsible, with club ...

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    Visiting Class 50 No. 50015 ‘Valiant’ enters Arley station with the northbound 12.59 departure from Kidderminster, calling at all stations to Bridgnorth. A crew member is leaning out of the cab door

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Will it rain? (WS7 weather report 23-3-2018) 

23 Mar

The surface air pressure at the time of my observations (approximately 06:30 hours) was reducing slowly and this downward trend suggests the risk of some rain and a steady breeze.

Warmest for a while (WS7 weather report 22-3-2018) 

22 Mar

As the sun rose this morning the air temperature was at the highest level we have seen since the 16th of the month.

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From Bed Covers & Babouches to Bollywood & Books – This Week’s Charity Shop Finds 

23 Mar

I'm probably the only person in the world to create an outfit entirely around a bag but just look at that handsome Indian prince astride his horse.

Julius Caesar 

23 Mar

A “Cousin’s Night out” degenerated from the usual drinking match to watching this production beamed from the National Theatre in London to the Lighthouse in Wolverhampton and a real tour de force it is too but better if you can get there and...

Playing the gallery game 

22 Mar

Last night, Wednesday the 21st March 2018, I went to a talk by Gallerist Mary Elliot from Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock.

My Redbubble shop 

22 Mar

As an artist Redbubble is a great place to see your artworks transformed in to products, I particularly like the clothing.

What’s Cooking? My Mini Kitchen Makeover 

21 Mar

Wanna to see my kitchen? This is my latest mini make, like my real one HERE , its furnished entirely from inherited bits and pieces, other people's junk, hand-made stuff and lucky eBay finds.

Currebt Squad 16 Justin Shaibu 

21 Mar

Justin Kwabena Shaibu  (born 28 October 1997) is a Danish professional footballer  who plays for Walsall on Loan from Brentford.

RBSA Prize Exhibition 2018 

21 Mar

Siri Sophia The deadline for the RBSA Prize Exhibition is next Wednesday the 28th March and I have decided to enter these 2 large figurative pieces.

It’s Time For A Few New Articles… 

21 Mar


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Krystian Bielik: On-Loan Arsenal Defender Finally Training With the Walsall Squad 

23 Mar

Walsall FC have confirmed that on-loan Arsenal defender Krystian Bielik, who is yet to make a first-team appearance despite joining the club on Transfer Deadline Day, has been training with the rest of the Saddlers squad over the last week ...

Adam Chambers: League One Survival is Our Only Focus 

23 Mar

Walsall Captain Adam Chambers has spoken to the local press following his side's midweek defeat to promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic, and admitted that the Saddlers are in a fight for League One survival, but have to remain calm if they are ...

International Duty: Ngoy Scores as the Red Devils Ease to Victory 

23 Mar

Walsall's on-loan Stoke City striker Julien Ngoy was named in the Belgium Under-21s starting eleven as they took on Holland Under-21s on Thursday evening.

International Duty: Kinsella Plays as Iceland Are Defeated 

23 Mar

Walsall defender Liam Kinsella was named in the Republic of Ireland Under-21s starting eleven as they faced Iceland Under-21s on Thursday evening.

Jordon Sangha Loaned to Leamington 

22 Mar

Walsall FC have confirmed that midfielder Jordon Sangha, who was recalled from his loan spell with local Northern Premier League side Rushall Olympic earlier today, has now joined Leamington for the remainder of the 2017/18 campaign.

Jordon Sangha: Midfielder Recalled From Rushall Olympic Loan Spell 

22 Mar

Walsall have recalled midfielder Jordon Sangha from his loan spell with local Northern Premier League side Rushall Olympic.

AUDIO: Ian Sharps – League One Survival is Walsall’s Only Priority 

22 Mar

Walsall First-Team coach Ian Sharps has spoken to BBC WM Sport following Wednesday evening's defeat to promotion-chasing Wigan Athletic, and has admitted to being disappointed as the Latics eased to victory, scoring three goals in fifteen minutes...

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Race Night 14th April 

23 Mar

The Club’s Annual Racenight is on Saturday 14th April at the clubhouse.

Ladies Cougars Veterans team support World Down Syndrome Day. 

23 Mar

A great result from our Ladies Veterans Cougars team last night – a.

Unwanted clean clothes, bags, shoes, boots wanted please. 

21 Mar

Your help please, please, please.

Old spectacles wanted! 

20 Mar

The Club collects no longer used spectacles that it hands on to Kelchers Optometrists in Great Wyrley.

Club signs up to Amazon fundraising 

20 Mar

The Club has signed up to Smile Amazon – an online shopping means of raising funds for the club without spending an extra.


19 Mar

Wyrley Meerkats U15s – Champions of  Staffs Girls Ladies League 2017/18 – PILE ON...

Walsall Fail to Hang on in the Snow 

18 Mar

Walsall 9 Spartans 13...

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£3m Technical Academy opens to future-proof West Midlands manufacturing 

23 Mar

The West Midlands has received a major productivity boost today, with the launch of a new£3m Technical Academy that will help bridge the skills gap and get the region ready for thenext industrial revolution.

FARO TracerM Laser Projector simplifies and optimises production and assembly processes 

23 Mar

Rugby, March 23rd, 2018- FARO® (NASDAQ: FARO),- The positioning, alignment, assembly and welding of parts and components are indispensable but often problematic tasks in multiple sectors.

How can MyWorkwear help you? 

22 Mar

If you haven't heard about MyWorkwear before and wondering how we fit with Made in the Midlands.

adi Group Set To Attend National Apprenticeship Conference 

20 Mar

Birmingham headquartered engineering solutions provider, adi Group, is gearing up to attend the annual National Apprenticeship Event and Conference.

Amtico celebrates grand opening of new building in Coventry 

20 Mar

Flooring firm Amtico has celebrated the grand opening of its new, showpiece building at Pilot Business Park.

New Science Centre up for regional building award 

20 Mar

The University of Wolverhampton’s new Science Centre has been nominated in two categories in the region’s premier property and construction awards.

EDM Technologies at In-Comm Training Academy Grand Opening 

19 Mar

World Class Training Academy Grand OpeningFriday 23rd March 201810am - 12.30 GMTIn-Comm Training, Aldridge, Vigo Place, Aldridge, WS9We'd like to invite you to the Grand Opening Event of the In-Comm Technical Academy, West Midlands.

Donation boosts project to create outdoor gym facility for children with disabilities 

16 Mar

A project to provide a special gym adapted for children with disabilities in Lichfield has received a boost from a Burntwood building firm.

adi Group Doubles Annual Apprentice Intake & Smashes Their 5% Club Target 

14 Mar

Leading multi-disciplinary Midlands engineering firm, adi Group, shifted up a gear during National Apprenticeship Week 2018 (NAW2018), announcing they are doubling their apprentice intake from 7 places in 2017 to 14 places this year.


14 Mar

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Wednesday 21st March 2018 

21 Mar

1100 - 1230 becoming cloudy, 7c : Little Egret, Teal 6, Wigeon 10, GC Grebe, Oystercatcher 2, Lapwing 11, Common Gull 5, Kestrel, Green Woodpecker, Redwing, Song Thrush 2.

March 21st – Leaving my camera at home made a bad day for photos… 

21 Mar

March 21st - Leaving my camera at home made a bad day for photos - but the day was dull anyway, so at least not much was lost.

March 17th – Coming back to Brownhills down The Parade, the snow… 

20 Mar

March 17th - Coming back to Brownhills down The Parade, the snow started.

Welcome to… The Vernal Equinox 

19 Mar

Well I'm just over an hour ahead of things as its still technically Monday night but in about an hour and a bit, it will be the 20th of March and the official Vernal Equinox 2018.

Bird of the Year (So Far)! 

19 Mar

Photo Copyright RSPB Well done Ray Fellows who visited in abysmal conditions today and was rewarded with views of a site rarity, a male Common Scoter , only the second ever site record.

Monday 19th March 2018 

19 Mar

Pictured - a superb complete albino Blackbird at Rushall this morning.

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New Forums are Live 

17 Mar

I finally did it.

Playtest Recording 

23 Feb

Every Friday we try to get something ready to test out.

‘Big changes’ ahead as Plough and Harrow pub in Sutton Coldfield closes for 28 days 

22 Feb

The Plough and Harrow, on Slade Road, will close on Sunday...

Birmingham chef moves to world renowned restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham 

22 Feb

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis has left The Wilderness...

Did you know these Birmingham chain restaurants are halal? 

22 Feb

The branches of Nando's, KFC, Pizza Express and more which serve halal in the city...

An IMAX Film Fest is coming to Birmingham – these are the films you can see and where 

22 Feb

Cineworld in Broad Street and at Resorts World showing five top films as part of celebration of big-screen format...

Mum shares worrying Creme Egg picture as warning to other parents about what’s inside 

22 Feb

Get ready for the upcoming sugar-fest that can come in the Easter holidays...

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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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No Yellow zig-zag lines outside Lindens Primary School, 23rd March 

23 Mar

Since work was done to Hundred Acre Road at the entrance to Lindens Primary School, the yellow zig-zag lines on the road have not been repainted.

Road needs attention, 22nd March 

22 Mar

The road needs potholes sorting in various places of road mostly down by the fairlawns Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 153 Little Aston Road, Walsall Report on FixMyStreet...

Information on care leavers semi supported accommodation 

22 Mar

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Mckenzie on 22 March 2018 .

Wood and pallets tipped, 22nd March 

22 Mar

A huge amount of pallets and wood tipped in the gate way of treatment works been here nearly 2 weeks Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 23 Green Lane, Walsall Wood Report on FixMyStreet...

Around 10 lamposts not working, 22nd March 

22 Mar

From the junction of engine lane to half way down coppice side no street lights are working Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Coppice Side Industrial Estate Coppice Side, Walsall Report on FixMyStreet...

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