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Truancy patrol vehicle to tour Walsall under new police and… 

3 Mar

CHILDREN who are caught skipping school will be stopped by a patrol vehicle and asked to return under new plans to cut truancy in Walsall.

Walsall Manor Hospital fined £850k over A&E waiting times 

3 Mar

Walsall Manor Hospital has been fined more than £850,000 in under a year for the delays patients faced waiting in AE and with arriving ambulance crews, latest figures have revealed.

Car found on fire in Walsall field after suspected arson attack 

3 Mar

Firefighters were called to a car which burst into flames in a field in a suspected arson.

Former Walsall FC manager Dave Mackay dies aged 80 

3 Mar

Tributes have been paid to former Walsall FC manager, Dave Mackay, who has passed away at the age of 80.

Severe M6 delays after 800 litre fuel spillages 

3 Mar

There are severe delays on the M6 southbound this morning after two fuel spillages resulted in the carriageway being closed.

Five-day weather forecast: What’s it going to be like where you… 

3 Mar

Cold, with frost and wintry in places, but what's the weather going to be like where you live or work over the next five days? Click the map above to find out.

PC used ‘excessive force’ during pub violence – court hears 

3 Mar

Constable David Mitchison shoved man so hard he cracked his head on pavement and needed hospital treatment, court told...

Council budget day: Bins and libraries are what matters most to the voters 

2 Mar

As Birmingham councillors hold their annual budget meeting it appears that the lessons of the past are being learned elsewhere...

Police search for Leeds attacker after Walsall man arrested 

2 Mar

POLICE investigating a serious assault in Leeds city centre that left a man in a serious but stable condition in hospitalhave arrested a man from Walsall.

Walsall teen told victims they could meet One Direction if they… 

2 Mar

A TEENAGER from Walsall who tricked young girls into posing naked over the internet with the promise of modelling contracts has been warned he is facing time behind bars.

Man in court after girlfriend seriously injured in ‘fall’ from Walsall flat block 

2 Mar

A man charged with attempted murder after his girlfriend fell from the balcony of a tower block in Walsall appeared in court today.

Walsall bakery re-opens after mouse droppings found in food… 

2 Mar

MOUSE droppings were discovered in food storage areas of a bakery in Walsall, forcing its temporary closure.

Man charged with attempted murder after Walsall balcony fall 

2 Mar

Detectives investigating how a woman fell from the balcony of a tower block in Walsall on Friday (February 27) have charged a man.

Cash injection saves vital service that offers support to elderly… 

1 Mar

A HUGELY successful project that offers support to elderly residents across Walsall will continue after more than 300,000 funding was secured.

Young candidates ‘battle it out’ to gain one of four elected… 

1 Mar

YOUNG Walsall candidates are 'campaigning it out' throughout the borough to gain one of four elected seats and the chance to represent Walsall on both a local and a national level.

Walsall tower block fall: Man charged with attempted murder of woman 

1 Mar

Michael Riggon, 52, to appear at court after woman, 28, suffered serious injuries in Caldmore incident...

Swedish students taste life in Walsall as part of work experience… 

1 Mar

SWEDISH students swapped Scandinavia for the Black Country as they took part in a work experience scheme in Walsall.

Music event in Sutton Coldfield raises thousands for youth… 

1 Mar

A LIVE music event featuring local bands has raised over 2,000 for a Sutton Coldfield charity.

Music event in Sutton Coldfield raises thousands for youth… 

1 Mar

A LIVE music event featuring local bands has raised over 2,000 for a Sutton Coldfield charity.

Attempted murder charge after woman falls from Walsall flats 

1 Mar

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman fell from the balcony of a tower block in Walsall.

Walsall residents urged to sign up for Great Midlands Fun Run now… 

1 Mar

FOUR thousand spaces have gone already for the popular Advertiser-backed Great Midlands Fun Run.

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More on Roads – working together, making our area better….. 

3 Mar

Still on Roads, Lib Dem Campaigner Carol Fletcher has reported in the deep potholes in Jones Road either side of its junction with Heath Road on the Beacon Estate.

Act now on winter ravaged roads or pay the price say Lib Dems 

3 Mar

Roads across New Invention and Short Heath are beginning to show the ravages of winter and Walsall Council needs to act now or pay the price “Cannock Road on the approach to the “Amery” island is a point in case” said ...

BOOK REVIEW & EVENT: Trust Me PR is Dead by Robert Phillips 

2 Mar

If PR sat down and gave some PR advice to PR it would be that the term ‘PR’ was broken.

Matters arising… 

2 Mar

I often get lots of short questions or observations that aren't, despite my best efforts, big enough to make one post out of; so here are a selection of recent ones which aren't connected to each other, but I'm thinking readers may be able to help ...

#Я Борис Немцов 

2 Mar

The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag...

A message from Andy Penn… 

1 Mar

Last week, I posted a promotional ad for local lad Andy Penn's fundraiser, which took place last Friday at the Shoulder of Mutton to raise funds to support his skydive for Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Pier Review 

1 Mar

We continued our pier-bothering this weekend: another short break saw us down the M40, M25, A23 and A27 to Worthing .

The estate we’re in 

1 Mar

I had an interesting email from reader and top local history technician Andy Dennis a couple of weeks ago that expands on a recent topic beautifully: that of William Roberts and his empire.

Not only customers, but friends 

1 Mar

A lovely bit of ephemera relating to Deakins' Central Stores and Jonah Deakin has been sent in by the wonderfully generous Gillian Gaiser, who donated her wonderful writing about the Deakin family to the blog, published last weekend.

Lab/Con deal is all smoke and mirrors – Don’t be fooled into thinking Libraries are safe 

1 Mar

What was cobbled up between Labour and Tories at Thursday’s Council Budget meeting only secures Libraries till the May elections.

Lib Dems question Labour’s commitment to local communities 

1 Mar

Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires and local activist Carol Fletcher have continued to question Labour’s commitment to local communities following the recent budget cuts to the service cobbled together in an unholy alliance between Labour and the...

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Jet stream dictates the play 

3 Mar

The jet stream continues to oscillate from north to south across the UK and this will bring us some variable weather across the week.

Sleet to start the day 

2 Mar

As I write this bulletin at 06:28 hours sleet is falling in the Hammerwich area.

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Features »

Charting changes at Willenhall lock works 

3 Mar

OUR thanks go to the Willenhall History Society for supplying these photographs which show changes to one of the town's best known landmarks, the Yale Works in Wood Street.

Flying Saucers & the 3 Men 

3 Mar

For those who may be interested, Albert Bender's Men in Black-themed book, Flying Saucers and the Three Men , is now available in an audio edition .5-hours-plus...

Walsall player 274, Paul John Devlin 

2 Mar

Paul John Devlin (born 14 April 1972 in Birmingham) is a Scotland international professional footballer who plays for Northern Premier League Division One South side Romulus, where he plays as a midfielder.

Walsall player 273. William ‘Will’ Devey 

2 Mar

William ‘Will’ Devey (12 April 1865 in Perry Barr, Birmingham – 10 June 1935 in Birmingham) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre-forward for Small Heath (renamed from Small Heath Aliiance in 1888) in the ...

Roswell – Moving On To Something Else 

2 Mar

My new Mysterious Universe article focuses on why it might be better to let Roswell rest as the enigma it surely always will be, and focus on some other, equally intriguing, cases, such as the Kecksburg, PA case of 1965 - which celebrates its 50th ...

World Book Day – Spanish 

2 Mar

“To celebrate World Book Day the Spanish department will be doing a special “Media Club” session on Tuesday lunchtime this week.

Fat, devious little piglet ! 

2 Mar

Who am I talking about ? Wally the Welder.

CA Activities : International Women’s Day Event 

2 Mar

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Walsall FC »


3 Mar

Walsall Football Club's first-choice goalkeeper Richard O'Donnell has spoken to the press ahead of Tuesday evening's Sky Bet League 1 clash with Yeovil Town, and has insisted that the Saddlers' progression to the Johnstone...


3 Mar

Walsall Football Club midfielder Sam Mantom , who has missed out on the vast majority of this season's action with a knee injury, has now returned to training after many months of treatment.

Former Walsall Boss Dave Mackay Passes Away 

3 Mar

Former Walsall Boss Dave Mackay Passes Away Vitalfootball:Walsall:03/03/2015 07:09:00 Footballing legend passes away aged 80.


3 Mar

Former Walsall Football Club manager David 'Dave' Mackay has passed away at the age of 80.


2 Mar

On Saturday morning Walsall Football Club's Under 18s side played host to Morecambe Under 18s in the latest Football League Youth Alliance (North West) fixture of the season.


2 Mar

The  Walsall Football Supporters' Trust's special beer, which will be produced to commemorate the Saddlers' progression to the final of this season's Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final, is available for pre-order, with 170 bottles...

Over 60,000 Tickets Sold So Far For JPT Final 

2 Mar

Over 60,000 Tickets Sold So Far For JPT Final Vitalfootball:Walsall:02/03/2015 15:38:00 Final between Walsall and Bristol City will be largest JPT final for five years...

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Sport »

Chasetown FC hit Stocksbridge Park Steels for four 

3 Mar

Nicky Turton breaks the deadlock for Chasetown.

Dramatic finish sees Lichfield City FC claim crucial three points 

3 Mar

Lichfield City FC ended the run of poor form with a dramatic 1-0 win over Bolehall Swifts.

Burntwood RUFC end Edwardians jinx 

3 Mar

Burntwood RUFC finally got the better of Edwardians for the first time in six attempts over the last three seasons.

Warburton Expected To Be Fit For Six Nations 

3 Mar

Warburton suffered a knee injury in the 20-13 victory over France in Paris on Saturday, and it had been feared that he would miss the game at the Millennium Stadium on 14 March.

Revenge for Rushall as they crush Kings Lynn 

2 Mar

KINGS LYNN TOWN 0RUSHALL OLYMPIC 4Evo-Stik Northern LeaguePremier DivisionRUSHALL avenged last season's 6-0 loss at The Walks Stadium with a superb 4-0 win this time around as captain Gavin Caines and top scorer Aaron Williams both grabbed...

Weekend Grading Resuts 

2 Mar

Its grading results week.

England v China Tickets Now Available 

2 Mar

England Women will face China in April in their last home match before this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Punch lands a blow on opposition with new CEO 

3 Mar

STAFFORDSHIRE-based pubco Punch Taverns has announced the appointment of new a new Chief Executive Officer.

Flights from China to Birmingham across the summer announced 

3 Mar

Flights from Beijing will bring thousands of Chinese tourists to the region, as Birmingham Airport uses Shakespeare to promote itself in the Far East...

Range Rover Evoque Convertible to go into production 

2 Mar

Land Rover first showed a convertible concept at the 2012 Geneva motor show and speculation has been mounting in recent months that it was set to go into production...

City Link workers’ compensation case heading to a tribunal 

2 Mar

A LAW firm representing more than 200 former staff of the collapsed parcel carrier City Link is taking their case for compensation to an employment tribunal.

Chinese carrier heads to ‘Shakespeare’s airport’ 

2 Mar

BIRMINGHAM Airports goal of attracting a carrier to operate scheduled flights between the city and China appears to have moved a step closer.

BREAKING NEWS: Jaguar Land Rover confirms new model 

2 Mar

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed it is to put into full production a convertible version of its best-selling Range Rover Evoque.

City Briefs: Andrews Sykes; Carillion; HomeServe 

2 Mar

New CFO for Andrews SykesWOLVERHAMPTON-based air conditioning group, Andrews Sykes, has announced the appointment of Andrew Phillips as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Live Budget Event 2015 

2 Mar

Chancellor George Osborne will deliver his last Budget of the Parliament on 18 March, less than two months before the date of the general election.

Mixed bag of results for Trinity Mirror 

2 Mar

NEWSPAPER publisher Trinity Mirror - owner of the Birmingham Post & Mail and the Coventry Telegraph - has reported a fall in revenue but a slight increase in profit.

200 Cadbury jobs axed in Ireland by Mondelez International 

27 Feb

Cadbury's US owners cull jobs just weeks after announcing a £75 million production investment in Birmingham...

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Outdoors »

March 1st – I noted with some curiosity that earlier that day,… 

2 Mar

March 1st - I noted with some curiosity that earlier that day, the worst potholes and uneven patches in Brownhills High Street had been fixed by the council.

March 1st – On a distinctly un-springlike day, I headed into… 

2 Mar

March 1st - On a distinctly un-springlike day, I headed into Pelsall in the morning, and came back along the canal via Nest Common.

Foraging Special: Gorse Flower Salt Scrub 

1 Mar

In my eternal quest to Detox my life (you’ve seen me ditch my shower curtain  and hack my air fresheners ), I’ve discovered the really enjoyable art of making body scrubs from coconut oil, and of course I’ve found a way to ...

First day of Spring? I wish someone would tell the birds 

1 Mar

Happy St Davids Day to any of you Gallic-wotsits with Welsh heritage, have a Leek if you need one ( and we all need a Leek occasionally eh )? I went over today expecting to see the sky full of Swallows, two Ring Ouzel chasing Wheatears across the ...

February 28th – Meanwhile, back in Brownhills, Silver Court… 

1 Mar

February 28th - Meanwhile, back in Brownhills, Silver Court Gardens, the site of the tenement estate that was razed to the ground a decade ago is seeing the start of operations to construct new housing.

February 28th – Another grey, dull day, with a worsening wind. I… 

1 Mar

February 28th - Another grey, dull day, with a worsening wind.

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Fundraising Mum To Take To The Floor In New Charity Event 

26 Feb

A Rowley Regis mum hopes to be dancing for joy when she takes part in an event to raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Mum’s Fundraising Fashion Show In Memory Of Daughter 

24 Feb

A local mum is marking what would have been her daughter’s 4th birthday by hosting a fundraising event for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Sixways Hosts the Perfect Match for Acorns 

24 Feb

A children’s charity is celebrating after joining forces with Worcester Warriors to raise over £7,000.

Review: Ocean Colour Scene, Symphony Hall 

22 Feb

Ocean Colour Scene, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, February 21st, 2015, reviewed by Scott CampbellOcean Colour Scene celebrated their 25th Anniversary in true Britpop style, as they played a special homecoming gig at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

CAKE (15): Starring Jennifer Aniston – movie review and… 

21 Feb

LIFE is pain cocooned within extended periods of contentment and the mundane.

Surprise Golden Invitation from AVFC at Acorns 

20 Feb

A nine year old boy received a surprise visit from a pair of Aston Villa FC players during a recent stay at Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Ocean Colour Scene mark 25th anniversary with Birmingham dates 

19 Feb

SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM SATURDAY,FEBRUARY 21 TUESDAY,FEBRUARY 24Ocean Colour Scene have reached their landmark 25thanniversary, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, local lads Steve Cradock, Simon Fowler and Oscar Harrison will play two very ...

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Beryl’s lovin’ it! 

9 Feb

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer - and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall! Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about...

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover 

6 Jan

CCTV shows Walsall man setting blaze in attempt to kill ex-lover A spurned lover is facing 16 years behind bars after setting light to his ex-partner's Walsall home.

Don’t stop… 

4 Jan

The NYPD have recently undertaken a form of industrial action – is this ever something that’s acceptable for police officers to do? (Image from NYPD Drills) There are lots and lots of things that us police can do.

Seasonal safety 

5 Dec

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.

Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a woman’s purse in Walsall 

4 Dec

Appeal after CCTV captures two thieves stealing a womans purse in Walsall Moving footage of two thieves who steal a woman's purse from a Walsall store in the West Midlands has been released.

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LocalGov »

Telephone lines down, 3rd March 

3 Mar

For the last 6 days our telephone lines have been down.

Canyon in road, 3rd March 

3 Mar

Huge hole in the road! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 185 Great Bridge Road, Bilston Report on FixMyStreet...

Pot holes (Broadstone Avenue), 2nd March 

2 Mar

There are several pot holes all along Broadstone Avenue, which are getting bigger by the day! Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 44 Broadstone Avenue, Walsall Report on FixMyStreet...

Bad pot holes, 2nd March 

2 Mar

There are some bad pot holes here, been there a few weeks now and are getting bigger.

Walsall: Leonard Cheshire, the Living Wage and fees for residential care for younger adults 

2 Mar

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Doug Paulley on 2 March 2015 .

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