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​Man suffers burns in recycling plant fire in Willenhall Road,… 

23 May

A MAN has suffered burns as well as multiple cuts, bruises and wounds after a number of lithium batteries exploded at a recycling plant in Walsall earlier today.


Huge fire closes Willenhall Road in Darlaston, Walsall 

23 May

A HUGE fire has closed a road in Walsall.


McDonalds and Travelodge part of multi-million pound plans for… 

23 May

PLANS for a huge multi-million pound development aiming to transform Walsall town centre have been revealed to the Advertiser.


Teens arrested on suspicion of car theft in Hardwick Road and… 

22 May

THREE teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of car theft after the police helicopter was called to help local them.


Teens arrested on suspicion of car theft in Hardwick Road and… 

22 May

THREE teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of car theft after the police helicopter was called to help local them.


Tributes to Nicholas Mowl who died in crash near M6 junction 8 in… 

22 May

EMOTIONAL tributes have been paid to a 'wonderful' son and uncle who died in a crash near Great Barr and Walsall.


Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton… 

22 May

HER Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a personal message thanking a Walsall hospice for everything that it does.


​Walsall man Steven Porton jailed for dangerous driving after… 

19 May

A MAN from Walsall has been jailed for dangerous driving after a crash which killed another man.


Travellers at Holland Park in Brownhills, Walsall 

19 May

TRAVELLERS have turned up at a beauty spot in Walsall, it has emerged.


​Tragic Walsall teen Adam Jones’ death: Driver Tyrone Sadler… 

19 May

THE driver who was cleared of causing the death of a Walsall teenager has refused to answer any questions at an inquest.


‘Ambitious’ Grace Academy Darlaston in Walsall is making… 

19 May

IMPROVEMENTS have been acknowledged at an 'ambitious' Walsall school which is now aiming to be top of the class.


Speeding driver Stephan Russell banned for causing crash which… 

18 May

A SPEEDING driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel after causing a crash which resulted in the tragic death of a much-loved teenage cyclist.


Speeding driver Stephan Russell banned for causing crash which… 

18 May

A SPEEDING driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel after causing a crash which resulted in the tragic death of a much-loved teenage cyclist.


Traffic chaos after M6 accident pile-up – four lorries and a car 

18 May

THERE were miles of tail-backs on the M6 and heavy traffic near Sutton Coldfield, Walsall and Great Barr and surrounding roads after a multiple vehicle accident on the M6.


Hunt to find Frankburn Road, Streetly house burglar 

18 May

A BURGLARY has taken place at a Sutton Coldfield house with police appealing for witnesses.


Hunt to find Frankburn Road, Streetly house burglar 

18 May

A BURGLARY has taken place at a house in Sutton Coldfield with police appealing for witnesses.


Heartless minibus theft leaves stricken young Walsall family… 

17 May

A FAMILY in Walsall have been left devastated after their minibus was stolen off their driveway.


Man ‘shooting pigeons’ reason behind armed police presence… 

17 May

OFFICERS have revealed the reason behind heavy police presence in Pheasey this week.


​Handbag theft suspect arrested in Walsall 

17 May

A SUSPECT has been arrested in connection with a spate of handbag thefts in Walsall however police have released her without charge.


Pedestrian ‘critical’ after being hit by a lorry in Little Aston… 

17 May

A PEDESTRIAN is described as 'critical' after a crash in Walsall early this morning (May 17).


Car sought over ‘dangerous driving’ in Broadway West, Walsall 

16 May

POLICE are asking for the public's help in tracing a car after an incident of dangerous driving in Walsall.


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Great dog show event this Bank Holiday Monday at Walsall Arboretum 

24 May

Facebook pal of the blog Mark Poole has asked me to shout out to readers that he's staging an event in Walsall Arboretum this coming May Bank Holiday (29th May 2017) in aid of the Laradorsinneed.


The 2017 General Election and the Walsall Property Market. 

23 May

The past does not equal the future however, it’s as good a barometer as any when it comes to making  attempts to predict it.


New Hall Mill open day this Bank Holiday Monday – could you be a Friend of the Mill? 

23 May

Theres a lovely thing to visit locally this Bank Holiday Monday (29th May 2017), that's close by, free and absolutely fascinating...


Urgent – Millie the dog stolen from Brownhills West – can you help? 

22 May

I note from local social media that a pug cross dog, Millie was stolen this evening, Monday 22nd May 2017 from Hednesford Road, Brownhills - I would ask that anyone seeing the dog, or who knows who may have her, contact the local police, K9 Search or...


Consideration being given to creating the longest Local Nature Reserve in the West Midlands 

22 May

Walsall Council’s Labour/Liberal Democrat Cabinet will be considering a report in July on work which has been progressing between Walsall MBC and the City of Wolverhampton Council, Canal and River Trust and Natural England to designate a new Local...


Walsall Council prepares to swear in new Mayor 

22 May

As the current Mayor of Walsall Cllr Kath Phillips prepares to bow out at the end of her year office a new incumbent, Cllr Marco Longhi, is preparing to be sworn in at the Annual Meeting this evening.


If you didn’t know it, you can meet a Poet at Brownhills Library this Wednesday! 

22 May

This Wednesday, 24th May 2017 it'll be a rather special day at Brownhills Library in the Parkview Centre as Brownhills adopts its own poet for a day! Continue reading...


The Portman Collection – part ten: The appliance of science 

21 May

In the tenth and sadly penultimate serialised article of what will turn out to be a series of eleven, here's the next batch of photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s as introduced in this blog post here - sadly, these images don't ...


The Metz office? 

21 May

An intriguing enquiry reaches me from local historian and blog dynamo the young David Evans, who's after a rather specific bit of history relating to a lost courtyard of dwellings in Brownhills High Street Called 'The Metz'.


Claridges – a great local company, but do you remember Percy? 

21 May

I've had a couple of appeals reach me in the last couple of days, one from Pat at Clartidges, and one from Emma Kempson from Pioneer Magazines in Aldridge who are writing an article celebrating 60 years of the local electrical retailer's trading.


Travellers encamp at Holland Park 

21 May

I’ve received a few emails, tweets and Facebook posts pointing out that travellers encamped at Holland Park, Brownhills last Friday, 19th May 2017.


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Looking fine (WS7 weather report 24-5-2017) 

24 May

Today we will spend the day in the centre of a high air pressure system.


Air pressure on the up (WS7 weather report 23-5-2017) 

23 May

The air pressure will continue to rise for much of the day from the early morning reading of 1018mb to around 1024mb.


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Features »

FrightFind & Roswell 

23 May

FrightFind.


Beware of the Grinning Man 

23 May

That's the topic of my latest Mysterious Universe article - one of the stranger, supernatural entities that is "out there.


Year 3’s Fun at Kingsbury Waterpark! 

22 May

During their trip, the children used and extended their knowledge of the ‘Water Water’ topic through activities such as pond dipping and a river study.


Planning our French getaway 

22 May

In just under 3 weeks we’ll be flying off to France to enjoy a week in the sunshine (hopefully!) We’ll be staying with Canvas Holidays who have invited us to spend the week at their luxury campsite in Berny-Rivière which is in the north-west of ...


When Roswell Believers Attack Roswell Believers… 

22 May

That's the subject of a new article from me at Mysterious Universe - on the strange event which happened in Lincoln County, New Mexico in July 1947...


CCF Interviews 

22 May

The interview process for Barr Beacon School’s first ever Cadet Force is in full swing with possible recruits taking part in an interview and team building task before being selected to attend the trial period starting after the May half term.


Sudocrem wants you to Go Play More 

22 May

*A collaborative post  On my journey throughout motherhood, Sudocrem has been a pretty reliable companion over the last four years.


Only In Your Underwear 

22 May

Yay! The joys of being self-employed.


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Walsall FC »

Whitney Satisfied With Recent Training Session 

23 May

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and discussed last week's training session, which saw several members of the Saddlers' Under-23 and youth squads visit the club's Essington Training Ground to give the manager and his...


Lincoln City added to pre-season 

22 May

Lincoln City added to pre-season Vitalfootball:Walsall:22/05/2017 18:11:00 Walsall will face Lincoln City in preparation for 2017/18.


Walsall to Take on Lincoln City Ahead of 2017/18 Campaign 

22 May

Walsall FC have confirmed that they will take on Vanarama National League Champions Lincoln City ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.


Trialist Invited to Join Walsall’s Pre-Season Training Sessions 

22 May

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that one of the three as yet unnamed trialists that he recently invited to training has been asked to join the club's pre-season sessions with a view to earning a contract...


New signing on the horizon 

21 May

New signing on the horizon Vitalfootball:Walsall:20/05/2017 23:40:00 Whitney hopeful of new additions soon.


Walsall Set to Make First Signing of the Summer as Whitney Urges Patience 

20 May

As the Saddlers squad continue to enjoy their end of season break, manager Jon Whitney has spoken to the local press and revealed that he hopes to make his first signing of the summer during the next week.


Whitney – Mark Bradley Will ‘Lead by Example’ 

19 May

Walsall manager Jon Whitney has spoken to club journalists and backed new Strength and Conditioning coach Mark Bradley, who recently returned to the club following the premature end to his playing career, insisting the former Welsh international...


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Sport »

Dundas returns as new manager 

23 May

Former Alsager Town, Norton United, Witton Albion and Newcastle Town boss Scott Dundas is the new manager of EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Chasetown.


OFFICE CLOSURE – TUESDAY 23RD MAY 2017 

23 May

The Staffordshire FA Offices will be closed from 10:00 - 16:00 on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 due to staff training.


Allen steps aside for star defender 

22 May

Former Stoke City, Burnley and Southampton defender Wayne Thomas is the new manager of EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Rushall Olympic.


COACHING PHILOSOPHY IN PRACTICE WITH SFA AND WOLVES 

22 May

Staffordshire FA are joining forces with Wolves in order to provide coaches with the opportunity to attend a Coaching Philosophy in Practice Workshop.


FOOTBALL: Former Stoke City FC and Burnley FC £1m man takes… 

22 May

Ex-Stoke City, Burnley and Southampton defender Wayne Thomas has taken over from John Allen as manager of Rushall Olympic.


Bowls cup was founded by record-breaking swimmer 

21 May

BLOXWICH Probus Bowling Club was formed in 1976, the year of perpetual sunshine.


Fans expecting early appointment 

18 May

EVO-STIK Northern Premier League Chasetown are looking to make a swift appointment after officially launching the hunt for a successor to Dave Stringer as manager.


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Business »

Birmingham Post Business Awards 2017: Seven top companies reveal why they are sponsoring our awards 

24 May

HSBC, Birmingham Airport and Browne Jacobson are among this year's BPBA sponsors...


Jaguar Land Rover posts huge profit rise and record sales 

23 May

Luxury car manufacturer sees sales in China rise by a third as profit stays above the 1.6bn mark...


Vocational learning in the spotlight as the West Midlands best apprentices revealed 

23 May

The future stars of engineering, manufacturing and professional services were recognised last week at the annual In-Comm Training Awards.


Birmingham Airport considering terminal building for new HS2 station 

22 May

Airport is proposing to build a new terminal at the Birmingham Interchange station to improve passenger experience...


Out & About in Europe with the CMF 

19 May

Out about in Europe with the CMF The CMF chair and chief executive met with senior representatives from foundries, the supply industry and international associations at the International Foundry Forum in Dresden, Germany in September.


PP offer ‘smart’ insight into the factories of the future 

18 May

More than 20 machine builders and manufacturers were given an insight into how modern manufacturing could look as part of the latest interactive workshop by PP Control Automation.


Cadbury wins latest trademark battle with Nestlé 

17 May

Swiss group has tried to protect the distinctive shape of its famous four-fingered KitKat bar but fails in the Court of Appeal...


Council IT supplier Service Birmingham to be wound up to save taxpayers’ money 

17 May

Controversial joint-venture company dissolved by 2018 and 200 staff moved back to the city council...


Victory for Birmingham colleges as Government performs u-turn over apprenticeship funding 

17 May

City politicians and colleges win their battle to get funding for Birmingham colleges to provide apprenticeships...


Full exhibitor list for the Made in the Midlands exhibition 

17 May

On Thursday 25th May, Made in the Midlands are set to host the biggest regional manufacturing exhibition in the country at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry from 9:00am-16:00pm.


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Outdoors »

May 23rd – With warmer weather, during the warm hours, the urban… 

24 May

May 23rd - With warmer weather, during the warm hours, the urban cat population revert ro their languid, lazy norms, finding shady, peaceful spots to doze and watch the world go by - at least until it’s cooler, when they tend to be more active.


May 22nd – A long time since I featured Jockey Meadows here -… 

23 May

May 22nd - A long time since I featured Jockey Meadows here - the Site of Special Scientific Interest lying on wetland between Walsall Wood and Shelfield.


May 23rd – Spotted in Walsall late this afternoon, parked up… 

23 May

May 23rd - Spotted in Walsall late this afternoon, parked up outside the Saddlers Health Centre - this Dutch box bike, clearly used for transporting a child.


A Breeding First for the Marsh and Mere 

22 May

The happy Mom (or more likely Dad) - Photo Courtesy of Sindy Weals Thanks to Anita Scott and Ray Fellows for confirming that the two Greylag Geese that have been spending so much time on the Mere have had a secret agenda! The result is the sites ...


Monday 22nd May 2017 

22 May

1000 - 1130 usual hazy sun, 15c : Oystercatcher, Lapwing, LR Plover, Common Tern, Swift 6, Swallow 7, GC Grebe 2, Heron, Mute Swan pair + 5 cygnets, Tufted Duck 4, LBb Gull 25, Herring Gull 2, Pied Wagtail 2, Blackcap 2, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, ...


A disapointing trip to Chasewater 

21 May

A nice day for a visit to the Pool but with an agenda.


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The curse of Early Access 

22 May

We know the positives of Early Access.


Opera Boys to bring ‘powerhouse of vocal harmony’ to Lichfield… 

17 May

CLASSICAL Crossover vocal harmony group The Opera Boys are coming to the Lichfield Garrick on May 20.


Jenkins Library 

14 May

Jesus fuck I hope this is the last Jenkins blog I do.


Comedy society celebrates 50 years 

8 May

ALDRIDGE Musical Comedy Society (AMCS) is making a welcome return to the Prince of Wales Theatre in Cannock for a magnificent celebration of 50 years as a society.


Jenkinsfile 

6 May

I wanted to explain how to write Jenkinsfiles in my last post but I blurted on too much.


Bananarama announce Birmingham date as part of one-off tour 

4 May

The girl group that defined the 80s are back to their original line-up for a ONE-OFF tour, it has been announced.


Smash hit Funny Girl is on its way to Birmingham Hippodrome 

2 May

SHERIDAN Smith is coming to Birmingham as part of smash hit musical Funny Girl.


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999 »

Walsall one punch killer jailed 

22 May

A man has been jailed for five years today, after a man he punched during a disagreement in 2013 died as a result of his devastating injuries.


Roads ban for speeding driver involved in fatal crash 

18 May

A speeding motorist has been banned from driving following a crash in Birmingham last year that resulted in the death of a teenager.


Man jailed for stealing cars while posing as prospective buyer 

13 May

A man who posed as a prospective car buyer to steal vehicles during test drives − leaving some owners injured in the road after they clung desperately to the car − has been jailed for nine years following a West Midlands Police investigation...


Aston Expressway CLOSED for the morning 

10 May

The Aston Expressway into and out of the city and the M6, junction 6 are currently closed this morning as police respond to a woman on a bridge.


Aston Expressway re-opens 

10 May

The Aston Expressway both ways and the M6 junctions 5 and 6 are due to reopen after being closed for most of the morning.


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LocalGov »

PFI PPP Safety Audit 

22 May

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Megan Ingles on 22 May 2017 .


Lists of Accessible Taxis under S167 Equality Act 2010 

21 May

Follow up sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Doug Paulley on 21 May 2017 .


PFI PPP Safety Audit 

19 May

Request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Megan Ingles on 19 May 2017 .


Make sure you know how to have your say on 8 June 

18 May

Voters are being reminded to make sure they are ready to take part in the General Election on Thursday 8 June...


Essential ICT maintenance 

18 May

Due to essential security maintenance access to Walsall.


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