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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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Walsall – No burial fees for under 16s 

17 Mar

Good cooperation for our progressive coalition, good outcome.

30 days of human comms: day #43 a Down’s Syndrome campaign video 

17 Mar

Often when I’m co-delivering video training I’ll tell a story about one of the first lessons I learned as a journalist.

Bill Shaw: A personal memorial, by David Evans 

17 Mar

Everyone involved with the blog has been saddened and dismayed by the loss of Bill Shaw, Clayhanger lad, champion of local football, commentator and all round decent bloke - and I'm proud and honoured to feature here an obituary for Bill from his ...

Out and about with the Focus Team in Willenhall North 

17 Mar

One of the Focus delivery teams supporting our action day in Willenhall North on a bitterly cold Saturday morning...

Walsall Wood FC at home to Nuneaton Griff this afternoon 

17 Mar

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood FC at home to Nuneaton Griff this afternoon - can they maintain their position at the top? Continue reading...

Buy To Let Deal Of The Day, 2 Bed Terraced House, Yorkshire Grove, Walsall, WS2. Yields 5.31% 

16 Mar

A two bedroom terraced house on a popular newbuild estate approx 1 mile from Walsall town centre, WS2.

NEW TACK: We’re polite and human as hell, and we’re not going to take it any more… a new approach to online snark 

16 Mar

There’s a change in the air with how the public sector is using social media.

30 days of human comms: day #42: Birmingham New Street station 

16 Mar

Train stations are emotional places.

Valerie attends launch of Kew Gardens Science Collections Strategy 

15 Mar

I attended the launch of Kew Gardens Science Collections Strategy in Parliament on Thursday 15 March.

Business Questions 15 March 2018 

15 Mar

I raised at Business Questions the Government’s Green Paper on the integration strategy in which Walsall was mentioned.

Car crashes into former shop on Lindon Road, Brownhills 

15 Mar

There was a very nasty car accident on the Walsall Wood/Brownhills border last night (Wednesday 14th March 2018) when a car crashed into the former butcher's shop on the corner of Pauls Coppice and Lindon Road, just opposite the derelict Wheel Inn ...

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Snow on St Patrick’s Day? (WS7 weather report 17-3-2018) 

17 Mar

It is a very cool start to St Patrick’s day as a chilled ENE wind is blowing across the UK.

Early rain today but will it snow tomorrow?(WS7 weather report 16-3-2018) 

16 Mar

As I write this blog, at approximately 06:30 hours, steady rain is falling in our area.

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First Timers and Record Breakers – 17 March 2018 

17 Mar

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Dot FELLOWS 24:27 Kerry STANLEY 37:11 Thomas DUNK 26:00 Christopher SAUNDERS 37:28 Callie HARRIS 30:40 Lesley SHERLOCK 37:36 Michelle DANIELS 31:26 Ashley PROBERT 37:38 Emma ...

Formula 1 Competition launched for 2018 Copy 

17 Mar

After taking a break for 2017 our Annual Formula 1 competition has been relaunched with a new format for 2018.

Saturday April 28, 2018: Burntwood’s President’s Evening 

17 Mar

Burntwood Rotary are holding their President’s Evening on April 28, with a promise of ‘ No speeches.

Friday April 27, 2018: Telford’s Journey Through the Decades 

17 Mar

The Rotary Club of Telford Centre have a Through The Decades Evening on Friday 27 April.

Stepping out in style with the Diono Quantum Classic // review 

16 Mar

When I found out I was pregnant with Freddie, aside from the huge shock and excitement that we were going...

Charity Shopping & Mini Makes 

16 Mar

Look! I'm finally out of the doll's house and back to full-size.

Happy 6th Birthday – Event 314 – 10 March 2018 

15 Mar

  The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.

Our Shilton Boys // March 2018 

15 Mar

It’s the middle of March and our Shilton boys have been getting to know one another for just over nine...

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Youth Alliance: Walsall 2 Accrington Stanley 0 

17 Mar

Graham Biggs's Walsall Under-18s were back in action this morning as they played host to Aggrington Stanley Under-18s in their latest EFL Youth Alliance (North West) fixture of the season.

George Meek 

17 Mar

We are saddened to learn of the passing of former Hamilton Academical, Leeds United, Leicester City and Walsall winger George Meek, who has died at the age of 84.

Youth Alliance: Walsall Play Host to Accrington Stanley Later This Morning 

17 Mar

Walsall Under-18s are back in action this morning as they take on Accrington Stanley in their latest EFL Youth Alliance (North West) fixture of the season.

Dean Keates: “I Couldn’t Pass up this Opportunity to Manage my Hometown Club” 

16 Mar

Newly appointed Walsall manager Dean Keates has taken to Twitter to thank Wrexham's fans, players and backroom staff for their support over the last fifteen months, before wishing them well for the future.

Wrexham Issue Statement As Dean Keates Joins Walsall 

16 Mar

Following the news that Walsall had appointed former Saddlers midfielder Dean Keates as the club's new manager on a three-and-a-half-year deal, Dean's now former club Wrexham have issued a statement explaining the reasons behind his departure...

Stefan Gamble: “Dean Was Our Number One Target” 

16 Mar

Following the news that former Saddlers midfielder Dean Keates had returned to manage the club on a three-and-a-half year deal, Walsall chief-executive Stefan Gamble has spoken to club journalists and insisted that Dean was the club's number...

Dean Keates: “I’m Delighted to Come Back” 

16 Mar

Following the news that he'd returned to the club on a three-and-a-half year deal, newly appointed Walsall manager Dean Keates has spoken to club journalists and welcomed the opportunity to re-join his hometown club.

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17 Mar

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


17 Mar

Wyrley Meerkats U15 Girls – Champions of Staffs Girls Ladies League 2017/18 – PILE ON...

Thank You!! 18,000 followers! 

13 Mar

The club is delighted that is now has over 18,000 followers across website 11950 members Twitter 1910 followers Facebook 4160 likes Thanks you for your magnificent support.

U11s Lionesses after players 

13 Mar

Our U11s Lionesses Girls are looking for 3 girls, including a goal keeper, to join their squad ready for going to 9 aside next season.

Late Score Secures Win for Walsall 

11 Mar

Tamworth 28 Walsall 29...

Club keeper on FA poster 

11 Mar

Some more great recognition for the club and one of our players.

Team Showcase 29 – U11s Pumas Girls 

11 Mar

We are looking to showcase every team over the next weeks – please send in by message photos and some brief notes and we will publish.

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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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Case Study – End of Line Testing of an Automotive Rear Armrest 

14 Mar

Bespoke, line integrated end of line test system for an automotive rear armrestTHE CUSTOMERJifeng Automotive Interioris a supplier of premium quality headrests and central armrests to automotive manufacturers around the worldAutomotive rear...

New machine helps RSD press forward with £750k contract haul 

13 Mar

Investment in a new state-of-the-art machine from Worcester Presses is helping a Cannock automotive supplier win more than £750,000 of new contracts.

Spotlight on Talent: Harry Weston 

12 Mar

"We know Harry will be a great asset to us and look forward to helping him fulfil his undoubted potential.

Walsall College uses plant pots to remind businesses to use their Levy Pot 

12 Mar

Walsall College’s sales team delivered plant pots to businesses across Walsall, as part of a campaign to raise awareness of how their Apprenticeship ‘Levy Pot’ can help nurture new and existing talent.

College wins regional ‘Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’ award 

12 Mar

Walsall College was announced the winner of the regional ‘Apprenticeship Provider of the Year’ award for the FE Week Annual Apprenticeship Conference (AAC) Awards.

Sentinel is pleased to announce the arrival today of our fourth DMG MORI NHX 5000 Horizontal Machining Centre! 

12 Mar

In addition to the investment of 5 new CNC Machines last year, Sentinel is pleased to announce the arrival today of our fourth DMG MORI NHX 5000 Horizontal Machining Centre!http://www.

Apprentice Case Study: Adam Boraston Shares His Apprenticeship Journey 

9 Mar

Adam Boraston, 23 from Coventry, is in the final year of an electrical engineering apprenticeship with Birmingham headquartered multi-disciplinary engineering firm, adi Group.

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Outdoors »

March 16th – There may be a return to winter forecast for the… 

17 Mar

March 16th - There may be a return to winter forecast for the weekend, with impending snow and freezing temperatures, but on the canalside near the Watermead Estate in Brownhills, it’s spring and therefore reconstruction time again.

Saturday 17th March 2018 

17 Mar

0930 - 1100 sleety showers, bitter nor-easterlies, 0c : Chiffchaff, Redwing 20, Kestrel 2, Bh Gull 150, Oystercatcher 2, GC Grebe 2, Pochard 5, Wigeon 8, Goosander 3, Teal 24 at floods, Cormorant 7, M.

‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ 

17 Mar

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Only Wendy Hanby ( with very hard working wellies ) has been in touch to commiserate with me about the awful Tui Add but someone called Stephen ( sorry Stephen, don't know which of the Stephens you are ) suggested I look at a sight about awful ...

Where is the competition ? 

16 Mar

Ray Fellows does it again, our first Summer Migrant was found by the top man yesterday, unsurprisingly a singing Chiffchaff .

Friday 16th March 2018 

16 Mar

0830 - 1030 cloud clearing, 7c : Oystercatcher mating pair, LR Plover, Gadwall drake, Pochard 10, Wigeon 6, Teal 12, Goosander 5, GC Grebe 4, Little Egret, Pied Wagtail, Buzzard, Collared Dove 2, Stock Dove 2, Redwing 22, Greenfinch pair, Chaffinch 3...

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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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Cars being parked blocking my driveway making it extremely difficult/ impossible to get off my drive., 17th March 

17 Mar

Neighbours continually blocking my drive every day and being unable to gain access to my drive - issues have been ongoing for approx 6 months Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 56 Hillside, Brownhills...

Central reservation light missing. Completey distroyed my wheel as I didn’t see the small reservation due to the beacon being missing, 17th March 

17 Mar

It's been down for quite some time and it's extremely dangerous without the beacon on it Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 87 Noose Lane, Willenhall Report on FixMyStreet...

Multiple potholes, 17th March 

17 Mar

Multiple potholes Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 36 Brookland Road, Walsall Wood Report on FixMyStreet...

Speeding vehicles, 17th March 

17 Mar

Speeding vehicles Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 46 Vigo Road, Walsall Wood Report on FixMyStreet...

Speeding vehicles, 17th March 

17 Mar

Speeding vehicle's Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 7 Coronation Road, Walsall Wood Report on FixMyStreet...

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