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Man ‘faces prosecution’ after eight children found crammed into… 

24 Jul

EIGHT children were found crammed into a Ford Mondeo in Walsall - with three found in the boot.

Stunned traffic cops discover three children in car boot after stopping motorist 

24 Jul

Traffic cops halted the Ford Mondeo this afternoon and found eight passengers crammed inside, including three squashed into the oven-like cramped luggage space...

Police receive eight reports of paranormal activity in Walsall 

24 Jul

MULTIPLE reports of ghost, werewolf, witch and zombie sightings have been reported to police in Walsall over the last three years.

Car parts giant Unipart Automotive crashes with 1,200 job losses 

24 Jul

Administrators unable to sell entire Solihull-based company, although some branches sold to Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance...

Brave Pelsall mum skydives for Help Amber Walk appeal 

24 Jul

A BRAVE Pelsall mum took to the skies as part of a fund-raising appeal which will help her daughter walk unaided.

​A Levels 2014: University Clearing 

24 Jul

It's a stressful time of year for many students who have left college and now are waiting to know their A-level results.

Driver banned after reversing more than a mile up M6 Toll 

24 Jul

A drink-driver who reversed along the M6 Toll for more than a mile after getting lost and ‘panicking’ because he had little cash has been handed a community order and banned from driving for 21 months.

Wolverhampton traffic cameras set for green light as part of £176k scheme 

24 Jul

Traffic message boards and almost 30 cameras will be installed across Wolverhampton in a bid to reduce traffic.

A Levels: Frequently asked questions 

24 Jul

Now the big day has come and you've finally got those all-important results you may be left with more questions that a lifetime's worth of exam papers put together.

Essington crematorium plans lead to concerns from Bloxwich… 

24 Jul

PLANS for a crematorium near Bloxwich which is predicted to carry out 750 funerals a year have been met with strong objections from local leaders.

Tony Iommi wants YOU to vote for the Home Of Metal in the Lottery Heritage awards 

23 Jul

Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday night for the Birmingham heavy metal exhibition to be named the nation's favourite Lottery-funded project...

Police believe body found in Burntwood field is missing woman 

23 Jul

Police say they believe a body found in a Burntwood field is that of a missing woman.

£5 million apartments complex in Walsall town centre given… 

23 Jul

WORK on a multi-million pound apartments complex for older people in Walsall town centre could start within months after planners gave it the green light this week.

Body found on Burntwood farmland believed to be missing Walsall woman Amanda Hawkins 

23 Jul

Family have been notified of chilling discovery in field near Meerash Lane...

Body found in Burntwood field believed to be missing Walsall… 

23 Jul

POLICE believe that a body found in a field in Burntwood is that of missingWalsall woman Amanda Hawkins.

Body Found In Search For Walsall Woman 

23 Jul

Officers looking for Walsall woman Amanda Hawkins have been notified by Staffordshire Police of the discovery of a body in a field in Burntwood.

Man, 60, taken to hospital after motorcycle crash in Walsall 

23 Jul

A SIXTY-year-old man was taken to hospital with suspected spinal injuries yesterday after a road traffic collision between a car and a motorcycle.

Driver convicted over death crash is jailed for flouting roads ban 

23 Jul

A man who twice flouted a driving ban imposed following a crash which killed a workmate has been jailed for 12 months.

Drink driver reversed up M6 Toll after panicking over fee 

23 Jul

A drink driver reversed along the M6 Toll for more than a mile after getting lost and 'panicking' because he had little cash and didn't know how much it would cost, a court heard.

Postie Nathan hopes single will be first class 

23 Jul

A singing postman who landed a deal with a record company has released his second single.

Sharmilla Ullah death: Police station CCTV to be probed 

23 Jul

CCTV footage from a police station is being studied by independent investigators after a mother-of-four died shortly after being arrested.

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Valerie raises flawed council consultations and health issues in Parliament 

24 Jul

On Tuesday 22 July 2014, Valerie raised flawed council consultations and health issues in Parliament during the Pre-Recess Adjournment Debate.

Individual registration now introduced. 

24 Jul

Valerie is encouraging everyone to register to vote following the implementation of Individual Electoral Registration.

Concerns Raised at Walsall’s Health Profile 

24 Jul

Concerns Raised at Walsall's Health Profile Walsall CCG is reviewing Walsall’s urgent and emergency care services.

Time is Running Out to Have YOUR Say 

24 Jul

Time is Running Out to Have YOUR Say Walsall CCG is reviewing Walsall’s urgent and emergency care services.

Cut Off Date for project funding bids in the voluntary sector in the Willenhall area 

24 Jul

Important information for Voluntary Organisations in Willenhall The cut off date for applications for funding bids need to be received as detailed below is tomorrow Friday 25 th  July, any applications that are not received by 4pm tomorrow cannot ...

Funeral arrangements for Gareth Perrins-Seedhouse 

24 Jul

Following my post a few days ago where I shared the awful news that Gareth Perrins-Seedhouse had passed away, I received a lovely and very kind email from Mick Roseblade, a close friend of the family, who's also asked me to publicise the arrangements...

Tividale outshine Walsall Wood 

24 Jul

Walsall Wood FC fought bravely on Tuesday night, but just couldn't get the better of visitors Tividale FC in a match where Tividale outshone The Woodmen.

In the Ghetto 

23 Jul

On a bright and sunny Walsall morning another little shady deal is born in the ghetto...

Body found in search for missing lady Amanda Hawkins 

23 Jul

It is with great sadness that I share this press release from West Midlands Police, who report that a body has been found following the prolonged search for missing Moxley lady Amanda Hawkins, who was last seen in Brownhills Continue reading →...

Valerie raises Burma at Foreign Office questions 

23 Jul

On Tuesday 22 July 2014, Valerie asked the Minister of State for the Foreign Office, Rt.

It may be the holiday season but the work of your Lib Dem Teams continues 

23 Jul

It may well be the start of the holiday season for many but for your Liberal Democrat Focus Teams across New Invention and Short Heath the work goes on.

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    The Anglesey Branch Canal as it crosses Middleton Railway Aqueduct which carries the canal over the now disused Lichfield – Walsall railway line In Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands.

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Hot in the office? 

24 Jul

If you found yesterday weather a bit too warm to work comfortably in then I feel that you will find today’s heat equally difficult.

Early cloud soon starts to break to leave a sunny hot day, 26 c. 

24 Jul

Good morning this is the weather forecast for the Cannock Chase and surrounding area for Thursday 24th July.

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Features »

TRIAL HISTORY of the Amistad Case 

24 Jul

TRIAL HISTORY of the Amistad Case NOTE: There were two Amistad trials, one criminal and one civil.

The Great British Summer 

24 Jul

What is happening with our weather? I cannot remember the last time we had such a prolonged, sustained spell of hot, dry and sunny weather in the UK, especially up here in the North West.

Telling the Time – Watches For Kids 

24 Jul

We are at the stage where Petit Boy is asking about the time.

Aliens or Monsters 

24 Jul

On 30th July you can make your own alien or monster mask to scare your friends or brighten up your bedroom.

UFOs & Bigfoot: This Weekend 

24 Jul

This just in from Stan Gordon , author of the excellent book, Silent Invasion (which, if you don't already have it, you really should!): UFO and Bigfoot Conference at This Weekend’s Kecksburg , PA UFO Festival The 9 th annual Kecksburg Old Fashion...

Bloomer Girls from Boston Beaten by Bushnell’s Boys (1901) 

23 Jul

Bloomer Girls from Boston Beaten by Bushnell’s Boys (1901) baseball, bloomer girls, women Leave a comment (From the San Francisco Call – July 15, 1901) They Are Not so Young As They Have Been, and, Although They Are Treated with Distinguished ...

Tickets now on sale – Christmas Charity Concert 

23 Jul

Our choirs first annual charity Christmas concert will be on Thursday 11th December 2014 at Streetly Community Centre – doors open 8pm.

Just An Ordinary Day 

23 Jul

I got a sweet email from Anthony this weekend, a Brit living in China.

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Walsall FC »

Milan Lalkovic came close to a Walsall return 

24 Jul

Walsall manager Dean Smith today played down any fears over fire-power as it emerged the club almost re-signed Milan Lalkovic.

Friendly fire perhaps but blanks still a worry for Saddlers 

24 Jul

TO STEAL shamelessly from cult movie Fight Club, the first rule of pre-season results is: don't talk about pre-season results.


23 Jul

Walsall Football Club will have to wait to find out the full extent of striker Jordan Cook's injury as the new-recruits ankle is still too swollen to undergo a scan.


23 Jul

Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has today spoken about his attempt to bring former Saddlers' striker Will Grigg back to the club, just a year after he joined Brentford for a, tribunal awarded, £325,000.

Chelsea man chooses Czech aces over Walsall 

23 Jul

WALSALL'S forward line could have had a familiar look to it next season but moves to re-sign both Will Grigg and Milan Lalkovic both fell through.

Sunderland starlet could miss start of season for new club… 

23 Jul

WALSALL are sweating on the results of a scan on new signing Jordan Cook's injured ankle, with boss Dean Smith bracing himself for the worst.


23 Jul

Walsall Football Club manager Dean Smith has spoken about his decision to release Spanish trialist Javier Lopez Iglesias, who it is reported, flew back to Spain yesterday afternoon.

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Chasetown FC set to renew FA Cup rivalries in pre-season 

24 Jul

Chasetown FC will renew the first of their FA Cup rivalries as they entertain Port Vale in a pre-season friendly.

Keep up to date with the Tour de France 

24 Jul

The Tour de France, the world’s premier cycling race, started in Yorkshire, England, and ends in Paris three weeks later.

Academy coach wanted. 

24 Jul

The Club is looking for a committed coach for our Boys’ Academy that meets Saturday mornings.

Walsall wonders are big winners in Wales 

24 Jul

WALSALL Elite Martial Arts students and instructors enjoyed success at the Welsh TaeKwonDo Championships in Cardiff.

Gethin vows to get stuck in as he seeks title redemption 

24 Jul

MARTIN Gethin has vowed to learn from his mistakes and not let his bout with Terry Flanagan go to the judges as he bids to make the most of an immediate chance to regain his British title.

28/7/14 Sutton Coldfield Town Youth vs Willenhall Town – Coles Lane KO 7.30 

23 Jul

The Lockmen visit Coles Lane to take on the SCT Youth team.

West Midlands Tae Kwon Do – Weekly News 23rd July 2014 

23 Jul

All Students please be aware of the below.

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Intern opportunity for MA Engineering Business Mgt student 

24 Jul

We have a guy who is available for an unpaid internship between now and 30/9/14.

More than 1,200 staff made redundant as Unipart Automotive enters administration 

24 Jul

ADMINISTRATORS from KPMG have sold part of the Unipart Automotive business to Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance saving 361 jobs - but 1,244 members of staff have been made redundant.

‘Wake-up call’ over interest rates 

24 Jul

WAKE-up calls must be urgently sounded to help people plan how to cope with increased borrowing costs amid the prospect of the end of rock-bottom interest rates, a think-tank has argued.

Carillion wins defence contracts worth £2.8bn 

24 Jul

WOLVERHAMPTON construction and support services giant Carillion has signed contracts worth up to £2.8bn with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

Wage growth signal over rate rise 

23 Jul

BANK of England governor Mark Carney has signalled that Britain's faltering wage growth is to have an increasingly important bearing on when interest rates will rise.

Flybe adds Berlin Tegel to its list of routes from Birmingham 

23 Jul

AIRLINE Flybe has announced it will be flying to Berlin Tegel from Birmingham Airport as part of its 2014-2015 Winter schedule.

St. Modwen to lead Longbridge tour 

23 Jul

BPS Birmingham Future event will update how regeneration of south Birmingham town is progressing...

Tributes paid after long-serving doctor Peter Pollitt passes away 

23 Jul

Peter Pollitt ran his own surgery on Broadway which had approximately 3,500 patients as well as working in casualty at the old Walsall General Hospital.

Mail shares dive on parcels warning 

22 Jul

ROYAL Mail shares have fallen to their lowest level since their controversial privatisation last autumn after the group warned that aggressive competition meant parcels revenue for the full year would be lower than expected.

New era for Birmingham Airport as first China flight lands 

22 Jul

THE first flight from China to Birmingham touched down this morning.

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Outdoors »

July 23rd – Riding back home this evening, something shiny in… 

24 Jul

July 23rd - Riding back home this evening, something shiny in the road caught my eye - lying on the edge of Green Lane in Shelfield, the debris from something that really shouldn’t happen.

July 23rd – in the Goscote Valley on my way to work, as the day… 

23 Jul

July 23rd - in the Goscote Valley on my way to work, as the day started to warm up, I was drawn to a continual crackling sound.

21st July – It’s been a lovely day, but the ride home was… 

22 Jul

21st July - It’s been a lovely day, but the ride home was hard.

July 20th – A day coloured mainly by the sad news of the loss of… 

21 Jul

July 20th - A day coloured mainly by the  sad news of the loss of a good man , but as I rode the canal mid-afternoon, taking it gentle, I reflected on life.

July 20th – Last week, I noted a quantity of sectional piling… 

21 Jul

July 20th - Last week, I noted a quantity of sectional piling had been delivered to Ogley Junction maintenance yard ready for a job locally.

July 19th – I was still suffering with my left foot, so rest was… 

20 Jul

July 19th - I was still suffering with my left foot, so rest was in order and I didn’t do anything except cruise out for a bit of fresh air and some shopping.

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​Fifty Shades of Grey full official trailer 

24 Jul

The full Fifty Shades of Grey trailer has just been released which is likely to whet the appetite of millions of fans.

Brum businessman gets on his bike for Acorns 

24 Jul

A Birmingham businessman has been told by his staff to get on his bike – but it’s all in aid of charity.

Running Gear: Bright and Blue 

24 Jul

Having looked at my favourite running colours, I decided to put together an outfit with a few other things I’ve seen recently- lovely bright blue also looks great in this sunshine, combined with green to really make you feel summery! Down with...

Fifth year in the saddle for Steve 

22 Jul

For the fifth year running a Worcestershire man is getting in the saddle for charity.

Win tickets to Guardians of the Galaxy premiere 

21 Jul

WE ARE giving away two pairs of tickets to the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie premiere - being shown in Birmingham on Thursday, July 24.

Running in Summer- My Favourite Colours 

21 Jul

Having recently bought a few more pieces for my summer running wardrobe and a brand new pair of trainers, I’ve been looking at the pieces I like to wear and realised that I have somehow subconsciously picked things within a certain colour ...

Sweaty Betty Sale Haul 

19 Jul

Have you been enjoying the summer sales? Though I’ve visited a few high street stores, the one sale that always interests me is the Sweaty Betty one! I picked up my galaxy run capris in the sales, and this time I decided to pick up some yoga/...

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There goes my gun… 

18 Jul

We’re holding a firearms amnesty between July 19th and August 2nd 2014 during which people can turn over weapons without fear of being prosecuted for gun possession.

News Update 11 July 

11 Jul

I made the mistake of having a few days off and came back to a mountain of work so my Facebook posts have been a little thin this week!  Here is a selection of what I have been able to upload.

Firefighters’ strikes 

11 Jul

Update issued at 8.05am Monday 14 July: During this morning's two-hour strike by firefighters, which ended at 8am, we had 13 fire engines and one Brigade Response Vehicle available to deploy.

News Update 27 June 

27 Jun

It’s been another busy and varied week, with posts ranging from a West Midlands Police survey that may affect the future of front offices to a new Crimestoppers campaign and the visit of a supersonic car to Walsall.

News Update 13 June. 

13 Jun

It’s Friday the 13th but fingers crossed, knock on wood I’m OK so far!  No update last week as I ran out of time so loads to fit in this week! Posted Friday 13 June.

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LocalGov »

Cost of Road and Pavement Sweepers 

24 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Guy O'Brien on 24 July 2014 .

Noddy Holder Freedom of Town, cost and benefits 

24 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Harry Methley on 24 July 2014 .

Noddy Holder Freedom of Town, cost and benefits 

24 Jul

Internal review request sent to Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council by Harry Methley on 24 July 2014 .

Data Protection Act Breach's 

24 Jul

Response by Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr k Hopkins on 24 July 2014 .

Make a music date for Pelsall 

24 Jul

Pelsall will be alive with summer sounds and fundraising pounds this weekend thanks to a live music charity event.

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