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Birmingham prisoner quizzed over unsolved murder, linked to organised crime gangs 

21 Sep

Dad-of-two Marvin Couson died from injuries caused after being shot in chest outside London bar...


E-cigarettes ‘less harmful than smoking tobacco’ – health experts 

21 Sep

They said that smokers switching to e-cigarettes will take in far fewer cancer-causing chemicals...


Noel Edmonds reveals in heartbreaking interview how he recorded goodbye messages for children before suicide attempt 

21 Sep

The presenter, famous for Deal Or No Deal, felt so down after the collapse of his business in 2005 that he attempted to take his own life...


Schoolboy genius joins Mensa 

21 Sep

Ten year old Toby Liu from Walsall has become a member of the high IQ society Mensa after scoring an impressive 160, ranking him in the top one per cent of the population...


Memorial unveiled to school governor 

21 Sep

Blue Coat Junior School in Walsall has unveiled an outdoor table tennis table in memory of Margaret Tonks, chair of governors at the school, who suddenly and unexpectedly died last year...


Bride-to-be dies in her sleep weeks before wedding – of heart condition she didn’t know she had 

21 Sep

Mum Faye Standley was due to marry her 'soulmate...


Police appeal after PREGNANT woman has bag snatched 

21 Sep

The terrifying incident happened in Lysways Street, Walsall, just after 5pm on Sunday September 10...


Armed police swooped on Birmingham street after ‘gunshots heard’ 

21 Sep

A car was discovered ridden with gunshot damage and has now been removed from the scene for forensic examination, police confirmed...


Pile of mess fly-tipped OUTSIDE Walsall school’s gates 

21 Sep

Huge pile dumped near St Michael's Church of England Primary School in Pelsall...


Mum’s terror at being carjacked by balaclava thugs who were ‘gone in 60 seconds’ 

21 Sep

Nicola Lathey, 41, was waiting for a friend who was in the post office in St Martins Street in Edgbaston...


The shocking number of GPs deemed unsafe – despite being told to improve 

21 Sep

On first inspection, 27% of GP practices in England were rated as requires improvement and 6% were rated as inadequate for safety...


Crime-hit Birmingham voted most UNSAFE city outside of London 

20 Sep

In July, West Midlands police figures revealed that knife crime in Birmingham was at a 14-year high...


Knife-wielding robbers hunted after teen threatened with knife 

20 Sep

The masked raiders left the victim extremely shaken after the terrifying robbery...


Sympathy for knifeman who held up post office after using loan shark to buy kids’ Christmas presents 

20 Sep

Dad-of-five Gary Seal saw debt double from 300 to 600...


Driver left schoolgirl with ‘catastrophic injuries’ after running red light 

20 Sep

Gemma Coates, 15, has been left wheelchair-bound and unable to walk, talk or feed herself...


Returning ISIS fighters should be charged with genocide, demands Birmingham MP 

20 Sep

Liam Byrne represents the Hodge Hill constituency - an area dubbed an extremist hotspot...


Watch: BMX rider dodges leisure centre staff to CYCLE off diving board 

20 Sep

Ryan Taylor's actions were branded 'foolhardy and selfish...


Woman cut free after minibus and car crash in Walsall 

20 Sep

Patient taken to hospital after collision at junction of Proffitt Street and Marlow Street...


Man facing Dubai jail for flicking V signs in traffic on holiday 

20 Sep

The 23 year old was in traffic when another driver dangerously cut him off...


Ivanka Trump vows to join Theresa May in modern slavery fight 

20 Sep

Mrs May announced that the UK would host an international summit of chief prosecutors in the spring of 2018 to discuss a co-ordinated response...


Things you only know if you live in Walsall 

20 Sep

There is a lot more to Walsall than you may think...


Rohingya Muslims struggle with monsoon raids and extortion gangs in camps 

20 Sep

Several Rohingya camps in the coastal city of Cox's Bazar are flooded from three days of unrelenting rains...


WHO calls antiobotics resistance ‘a global emergency’ 

19 Sep

Growing resistance to drugs that fight infections could seriously jeopardise progress made in modern medicine, the head of WHO said...


WHO issue antibiotics warning – everything you need to know 

19 Sep

It said that antimicrobial resistance is a global health emergency...


Re-filling your water bottle and other shortcuts that make you ill 

19 Sep

There are plenty of things you could be doing day in, day out which could harm you...


You should stop eating meat and eat INSECTS – according to science 

19 Sep

Using insects as ingredients in pre-packaged food could help overcome the yuk factor that might put off consumers, said the researchers...


‘Very little change’ in NHS serious negligence cases in 25 years 

19 Sep

NHS compensation claims review found that the most serious examples of medical negligence - including failure to monitor heart rates properly - have barely changed...


The report which shows how too little is being done to prevent child domestic abuse 

19 Sep

The joint study is by Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), HMI Constabulary and Fire Rescue Services (HMICFRS) and HMI Probation (HMIP...


​Eviction notice served on Barr Beacon travellers 

19 Sep

Travellers have been asked to leave the beauty spot that they set up on last weekend.


Web perv who posed as Justin Bieber lookalike won’t be deported for up to 15 YEARS 

19 Sep

Taxpayers must foot bill to keep Yohann Ramchelawon caged until he's served sentence...


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News features »

Slug population explosion: How to deal with garden pest 

11 Jul

Wet summer weather has boosted slug populations even further, Hannah Stephenson discovers.


Housing market remains ‘fundamentally strong’ despite EU vote 

11 Jul

FIGURES from the nation's top housebuilder and the country's leading property website have revealed the underlying strength of the housing market, despite the gloomy predictions of some following the Brexit vote last month.


PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: Modern three-bed detached in Tamworth… 

11 Jul

THERE'S an opportunity to acquire a recently-built detached house which is ideal for commuters, with great access to the M42 and A5.


OVERSEAS PROPERTY: What is the Costa Brexit for Brits? 

11 Jul

HOW will the UK's decision to leave the European Union affect the prospects of those looking to buy a property in countries like Spain? The head of Spain's leading property website believes there will be little change.


Fine selection of new Walmley homes now on the market 

11 Jul

THERE'S a fine selection of homes now on sale at Walmley Croft, Taylor Wimpey's new development in Walmley.


INTERIORS: Consider all options before buying tiling 

11 Jul

With so many different tiles on the market it's easy to find a look you can like and can afford - but make sure you consider all the options before you buy.


IN THE GARDEN: How to share your garden with your dog 

27 Jun

THE award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes has three dogs two Spaniels, Honey and Arthur and a Japanese Chin called Nina none of whom have yet trashed his beautiful garden in the Cotswolds.


INTERIORS: Summer’s the time to choose colours that pack a punch 

27 Jun

EVEN if you usually favour neutrals, it's hard to resist the lure of summer's jovial brights.


Sharp fall in buy-to-let lending across UK 

27 Jun

BUY-TO-LET lending for house purchase plunged by 85 per cent month-on-month in April as a stamp duty hike took effect, banks and building societies have reported.


Property of the Week: Cul-de-sac plot for modern Mile Oak… 

27 Jun

THIS modern, detached house offering great potential to be extended, subject to permissions, is for sale with no onward chain through agents Hunters.


PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: A detached in Dordon that’s simply stunning 

20 Jun

THIS stunning, modern detached home on a private gated development is for sale with Taylor Cole Estate Agents.


NEW HOMES: Show homes open to view at new Tamworth development 

20 Jun

Potential purchasers can now enjoy a close look at two stunning new show homes in Tamworth.


Exclusive properties on the way near Lichfield 

20 Jun

A COLLECTION of six, four-bedroom detached homes with an exclusive secure gated approach is being built in Alrewas.


Number of affordable homes in Cannock Chase being increased, says… 

20 Jun

Cannock Chase Council has been working closely with house builders and housing providers to increase the affordable housing supply across the district.


INTERIORS: Men muscle in to create impressive temples of style 

20 Jun

MOVE over decor divas men are muscling in on interiors and creating impressive temples of style.


ENERGY WATCH: Coal bows to solar power 

20 Jun

SOLAR power provided more electricity than coal last month the first time it has passed the milestone.


Minister claims a Brexit fall in house prices would ‘not help… 

14 Jun

ANY FALL in house prices after a Brexit would not help those struggling to get on to the property ladder, the housing minister has cautioned.


Mortages soar with Help to Buy scheme 

14 Jun

THE number of mortgages available to people with just a five per cent deposit has soared FIVE-FOLD since the Help to Buy scheme was introduced.


PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: Impressive, four-bedroom detached in Wood… 

14 Jun

AN IMPRESSIVE and exceptionally spacious detached home in a village setting is for sale with agents Mark Evans Co.


Dine outside in style this summer 

14 Jun

IT'S the time of year when we Brits prepare to demonstrate our bravery, as we brace ourselves no matter what the weather throws at us to dine all fresco.


Voting to leave EU could lead to house price fall 

8 Jun

A VOTE to leave the EU could trigger a five per cent to 10 per cent fall in house sales, a report suggests.


Mortgage approvals fell to lowest level after stamp duty hike 

8 Jun

THE number of mortgage approvals made to home buyers plunged to its lowest levels in more than a year in April as a stamp duty hike took hold, the British Bankers' Association (BBA) has reported.


PROPERTY OF THE WEEK: Price reduction for detached Tamworth home 

8 Jun

THIS unique and spacious five/six bedroom detached home is for sale at a reduced price with agents Green Co.


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