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Police appeal after Wolves derby day disorder 

29 Mar

Police are appealing for information following a disturbance that took place during and after February’s football match between, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Birmingham City FC.

Wolves sign teenagers Goodliffe & Harris 

22 Mar

Wolves sign Ben Goodliffe from Boreham Wood, and fellow teenager Andrew Harris, for their Under-23 squad.

‘Medical episode’ before Wolverhampton fatal stabbing 

21 Mar

Melvin James had been hospitalise before returning home, an inquest hears.

Family pay tribute to Storm Doris victim Tahnie 

21 Mar

The family of a woman killed in Wolverhampton during Storm Doris have paid tribute to her.

Wolverhampton Resident Week 2017 

21 Mar

Wolverhampton Resident’s Week takes place from 1st – 7th April and there are tons of activities on offer! These include activities focused on supporting you into work, helping you to decide on a career, take a step into the world of volunteering ...

Fulham v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

17 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Fulham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Plans for £12m Wolverhampton building revealed 

15 Mar

The council says it is hoped it will be a national or regional headquarters for a major business.

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers 

13 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between Brentford and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolverhampton knife attack: Man and woman named 

10 Mar

Police have today named a man and woman who died following a knife attack at a flat in Merry Hill, in Wolverhampton on March 8th.

Wolves v Rotherham United 

10 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Wolves and Rotherham United.

Siblings named in fatal Wolverhampton stabbing 

9 Mar

Ann-Marie James was stabbed in the chest by her brother Melvin, police say.

Wolves must keep believing – Marshall 

9 Mar

Wolves winger Ben Marshall says the Championship strugglers will get out of trouble if they keep believing.

Wolverhampton stab victims were related 

8 Mar

A man killed his sister and critically injured his mother in a knife attack at a Wolverhampton flat before turning the knife on himself, West Midlands Police can confirm.

Man attacked two women before stabbing himself in Wolverhampton 

8 Mar

Two confirmed dead at the scene as stun grenades used to storm the block of flats.

Wolverhampton stabbing leaves two people dead 

8 Mar

A man is believed to have attacked two women before inflicting stab injuries on himself.

Two dead after Wolverhampton stabbing 

8 Mar

Two people have died and two others have been injured after an incident in Wolverhampton.

The future of social work education in universities is under threat 

7 Mar

by June Thoburn, Brid Featherstone and Kate Morris Much attention has been paid to the climbdowns the government was forced into on key clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill last week, with critics labelling the handling of the bill a shambles.

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Emma has written an article for the New Statesman about Article 50 and how Labour must champion progressive free trade deals 

29 Mar

I have written an article today for the New Statesman about Article 50 and how Labour must champion progressive free trade deals, now that negotiations with the EU have commenced.

Emma welcomes start of formal Brexit negotiations, but warns against leaving the EU without a deal 

29 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed the start of formal negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union but she has also warned about the dangers of leaving the EU without a deal in place.

Lonliness – some help 

23 Mar

Over 70% of older people are lonely according to research published by the over 50s site gransnet .

Emma offers her condolences to all those affected by the terrible events in Westminster 

23 Mar

Yesterday we witnessed a terrible event in Westminster, one that must have been extremely distressing to those in the immediate area.

Emma appears on the BBC’s Inside Out Programme about homelessness and its effect on children 

22 Mar

On 20 March, Emma appeared on the BBC’s Inside Out programme to talk about the impact of homelessness on children and how it is impacting on children.

Stand Up to Racism demo 

16 Mar

National March against Racism this Saturday, March 18th , in London supported by TUC, Unison, Unite, PCS, NUT, CWU still some coach seats from Wolverhampton...

Emma calls on government to scrap unfair new funding formula for schools 

16 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to scrap its new funding formula which would cut funding to many primary and secondary schools in Wolverhampton.

Emma calls on government to act over rising unemployment in Wolverhampton North East 

15 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has responded to the latest unemployment figures for Wolverhampton and the UK, published today.

ESA Changes 

13 Mar

People in the work related activity group of Employment Support Allowance get a work related activity component of up to £29.05 a week.

Child Tax Credit – new rules 

13 Mar

From 6th April the family element of child tax credit is scrapped.

Housing Benefit for under 35s 

13 Mar

If you are single, under 35 and rent from a private landlord,  your housing benefit will be capped at £65 per week.

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The Most Boring Film Ever Made? 

30 Mar

Nigel hasn’t been very impressed by the film that has been showing at The Regal over the past few weeks, even if it is an Oscar winner …….


29 Mar

Coming Your Way Husband and wife team Kathryn Roberts Sean Lakeman have a full touring schedule this month beginning on April 7 at The Beehive Folk Club , 16 Union Street, Harthill, Sheffield S26 7YH.

Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands – April 2017 

28 Mar

The lesser-spotted LOTTSADITWM post returns.

A Post Especially For Dianne, Our Wonderful Friend In Orange Abundant and VERY Hot Florida 

28 Mar

We know our friend Dianne loves everything British …… …… so Nigel decided to give her a little treat today by showing her his favourite row of houses in Evesham.

Crunchy Cheese? 

28 Mar

I am always on the look out for something a bit different to tickle our taste buds at The Towers to broaden our comestible horizons, so when I saw “Crunchy Cheese” on the supermarket shelves, it would have been rude not to purchase a pack for our...

2014-2017: The Road To China… 

27 Mar

After graduating with honours I was not prepared for the journey ahead of me, taking a road less travelled before wasn't easy but what really is in this life? In honour of this 300th blog post that marks six years of blogging, I want to see how life ...

Both my parents worked through the war at Thompsons Bros 

27 Mar

RECENT articles by Gavin Jones about Thompson Brothers (Bilston) brought back my early life so clearly.

Much Excitement–The Caravaners Are A Coming ….. 

27 Mar

Nigel came home from his afternoon meander in a very excited state yesterday, there were a few caravans and camper vans pitched up on field of the camp site across the river, “The open season for camping and caravanning must be here ” he mused...

Grocer great uncle was Wolverhampton mayor 

26 Mar

IN BUGLE 1280 we asked readers if anyone in their family had served as a mayor or councillor of a Black Country borough.

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Wolves »

Filling In Some Gaps On Giant Keeper 

29 Mar

Tall And Promising – But No Way Through For ‘No Chance’! Bob Knight, celebrated during his non-League career.

Matt Maher’s Wolves update – March 29th 

29 Mar

Matt Maher offers up all the latest Wolves news in his video update.

Bloggers Ball 2017 

29 Mar

It is nearly that time again.

Ben Goodliffe determined to grasp his Wolves chance 

29 Mar

Teenage defender Ben Goodliffe has vowed to make the most of his big chance after being handed a route into the professional game at Wolves.

Managing director Laurie Dalrymple: Wolves ‘need to make a profit on players’ 

29 Mar

Managing director Laurie Dalrymple admits making a profit on player sales will be key to any future success at Wolves as he predicted an ‘extremely challenging’ future for Championship clubs.

Wolves sweat on fitness of Carl Ikeme 

29 Mar

Carl Ikeme is a doubt for Saturday’s game with Cardiff as the Wolves goalkeeper continues to be monitored for a hamstring injury.

Wolves v Blues: 25 suspected troublemakers wanted by police over derby disorder 

28 Mar

These 25 men are wanted by police after trouble broke out at the Wolves v Blues derby match in February.

Matt Maher’s Wolves update – March 28th 

28 Mar

Matt Maher offers all the latest Wolves news in his video update.

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Peter Adams out for Wolves to scupper the Pirates 

29 Mar

Peter Adams insists Wolverhampton are going to Poole to win tonight – not just on aggregate.

Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

29 Mar

SEASON 1958-59 continuedOVER at The Hawthorns, Ronnie Allen's late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in the final game of the season, sent the Birmingham club into Division Two.

AFCW U13s 1 Solihull U13s 1 

28 Mar

Starting Lineup: 1 Lewis Fellows, 2 Will Haden, 4 Lawson Taylor, 5 Matt Kilkenny, 6 Jacob Harper, 9 Daniel Lowe, 10 Josh Cooke, 11 Jay Sutherland, 12 Dougie McClelleand, 14 Connor Parker, 15 Lewis Hughes Subs: 3 Eashan Brackenbridge, 7 Ben...

AFCW U13s 1 Solihull Moors One 4 

28 Mar

Starting Lineup: 1 Lewis Fellows, 2 Will Haden, 4 Lawson Taylor, 5 Matt Kilkenny, 6 Jacob Harper, 9 Daniel Lowe, 10 Josh Cooke, 12 Dougie McClelleand, 14 Connor Parker, 15 Lewis Hughes, 17 Kaviel Noel Subs: 3 Eashan Brackenbridge, 7 Ben Moore...

Wolves speedway finish with a flourish on opening night 

28 Mar

Wolves saved their best until last to notch a handy lead in their Elite Shield first leg clash at Monmore.

Freddie Lindgren wants to fine tune Wolverhampton Wolves 

27 Mar

Captain Freddie Lindgren wants Wolverhampton Wolves to kick-start their season in tonight’s meeting at home to Poole – but says losing the Elite Shield wouldn’t be the end of the world.

Wolverhampton to begin season with Elite Shield clash 

27 Mar

Wolverhampton begin their new season at Monmore Green with a crunch clash against Poole in the Elite Shield.

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99p Stores placed into administration 

28 Mar

Discount retailer's parent company Poundland has closed around 60 shops after having trouble 'digesting' 2015 acquistion...

We need inquiry into council’s Lidl plan mistake says MP 

22 Mar

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants inquiry to prevent repeat of error in which wrong advice was given to planning committee leading to permission being granted for controversial Lidl store...

Birmingham colleges snubbed in new apprenticeship push 

20 Mar

Trio of colleges fail to make new key government register which will connect employers with training providers running schemes for apprentices...

£1bn Black Country manufacturing strategy looks to lure investors 

17 Mar

Investment opportunities in a ground breaking High Value Manufacturing City development have been highlighted by the Black Country LEP at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

600-homes plan for Wolverhampton’s Canalside 

17 Mar

The canalside regeneration of Wolverhampton has been laid out to potential investors at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.

Birmingham Airport underlines its importance to region’s transport infrastructure 

16 Mar

Birmingham Airport has underlined its importance to the region and its transport infrastructure by announcing two years of continuous record monthly passenger growth.

LEGO artist brings Brick Wonders to Wolverhampton 

16 Mar

LEGO lovers of all ages are in for a treat this spring as artist, Warren Elsmore\'s major exhibition is coming to Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Jaguar unleashes new EV onto the roads of the UK 

16 Mar

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle the Jaguar I-Pace onto the streets of the UK for the first time.

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Where Are The Stick People? 

29 Jul

It’s been quite a few months since I last published a blog post and I’m often asked what’s happened to Stick Child and his friends.

The Professionals 

22 Nov

Imagine a police force that handed out firearms to its officers without training them.

Chain Reaction 

14 Oct

No, nothing to do with an old Diana Ross track, but the title of a presentation I gave at the UK’s first ever TEDx policing event in Leeds yesterday – #OldBillRebuilt, ably organised by Gareth Stubbs.

Freeze Frame 

11 Sep

Watching the TV programme ‘The Force’ last night (which follows the work of officers from Greater Manchester Police), I thought of yet another analogy to help explain why binary comparisons are rubbish.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

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Double mattress dumped on the pavement of Newbridge Street near the Newhampton Pub, 29th March 

29 Mar

Fly tipping occurred between 11.00am and 13.30 on 29 March.

Building regulations enforcement S36 notices issued. 

29 Mar

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Adam A on 29 March 2017 .

Statistics related to public bins – Wolverhampton 

29 Mar

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Darnell Stewart Blakesley on 29 March 2017 .

2015/16 Pension Fund Investment Data as MS Excel File 

27 Mar

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Joel M Benjamin on 27 March 2017 .

Climate risk in pension fund Investment Strategy Statements 

27 Mar

Response by Wolverhampton City Council to Simon Bullock on 27 March 2017 .

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24 Feb

Winner of 2 Golden Globes, Oscar nominated and one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year so far.

Trespass Against Us 

24 Feb

Three generations of the notorious Cutler family live in the Gloucestershire countryisde, spending their time hunting, thieving & tormenting the police in the heart of Britain’s richest neighbourhood.

Join our creative hub. 

24 Feb

  Looking for studio, office, training spaces? NAC has some resident spaces coming up.


24 Feb

The story of Richard & Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their marriage in Virginia led a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme court.

Wolverhampton Beer & cider festival 2017 

22 Feb

The CAMRA Wolverhampton Beer & Cider Festival returns to the Newhampton Arts Centre starting Thursday 8th and ending Saturday 10th June.

Vin Garbett 

22 Feb

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Live Act” Award 2001   Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk.

Ewan Mclennan 

22 Feb

Ewan McLennan has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a ...

Half Term: Paint the Town 

22 Feb

Get inspired for Paint the Day on 24th June.

Alchemy Festival: Daughters of the Curry Revolution 

22 Feb

12:00pm / 2:00pm / 7:00pm (Audience is limited to 10 people per show) “When I was little, I used to hang out at my dad’s restaurant every weekend, back when they used to stay open until 5am.

Alchemy Festival: Rajasthan Heritage Band 

22 Feb

A spectacular celebration of Rajasthan’s vibrant and colourful lifestyle, music and dance in a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of this enchanting region.

Amy – A Tribute 

22 Feb

Marking the 10th Anniversary of  Back to Black An 8 piece tribute act with full brass section, that celebrates the songs of Amy Winehouse and the songs that inspired her.

Half Term: Spring Suprises Workshop 

22 Feb

Creative workshop with a spring theme.

Wool-ves Yarnival 

22 Feb

Fancy spinning a yarn, dropping a spindle, knitting a map? Drawing on local skills, try out a range of traditional craft activities in our unique yarn, fleece, thread and fibre focused event: spinning, using wheels and drop spindles, weaving on a ...

Out Of Time.. Mod night 

22 Feb

Out of Time is back with plenty more hip shakin’ than before.

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