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HMP Birmingham prison rioters will 'face the full force of the law,' Justice Secretary Liz Truss has said.

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Dalian Atkinson

Two police officers are under criminal investigation after the death of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson who died after he was shot with a Taser.

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Dalian Atkinson

Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police at his father's house.

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Nechells

Two bodies have been removed from a recycling site in Birmingham where a retaining wall holding scrap metal collapsed, killing a total of five men.

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Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer

Two BBC Radio presenters have been charged with sex offences against four children in the 1990s.

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The Drum

The Drum arts centre in Aston is likely to close its doors after 22 years.

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Darren Cooper

The leader of Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper, has died suddenly.

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The Drum

D-DAY is beckoning for The Drum, which has been the UK’s premier black-led arts centre for more than two decades, as trustees meet to consider its future.

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Simmer Down Festival

There will be no Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park this summer.

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Riot officers regain control of HMP Birmingham prison

HMP Birmingham prison rioters will 'face the full force of the law,' Justice Secretary Liz Truss has said.

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Dalian Atkinson: Police officers probed over footballer death

Two police officers are under criminal investigation after the death of former Aston Villa star Dalian Atkinson who died after he was shot with a Taser.

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Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered in Telford by police

Former Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson has died after being shot with a Taser by police at his father's house.

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Birmingham wall collapse deaths: Two bodies removed from site

Two bodies have been removed from a recycling site in Birmingham where a retaining wall holding scrap metal collapsed, killing a total of five men.

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Radio couple Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer face child sex charges

Two BBC Radio presenters have been charged with sex offences against four children in the 1990s.

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The Drum arts centre in Aston set to close down after funding crisis

The Drum arts centre in Aston is likely to close its doors after 22 years.

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Sandwell Council leader Darren Cooper dies

The leader of Sandwell Council, Darren Cooper, has died suddenly.

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D-Day looms for The Drum Arts Centre

D-DAY is beckoning for The Drum, which has been the UK’s premier black-led arts centre for more than two decades, as trustees meet to consider its future.

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Simmer Down Festival takes a year off - but will be back in 2017

There will be no Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park this summer.

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Yvonne Mosquito: West Midlands Deputy PCC suspended in misconduct probe

West Midlands Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Yvonne Mosquito has been suspended amid allegations she visited the family of a murder victim.

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Man arrested after pregnant woman stabbed in Sutton Coldfield

A pregnant woman is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in a town centre.

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Tower Ballroom loses licence after noise and parking complaints

Birmingham's iconic Tower Ballroom has lost its licence after complaints from locals about noise and parking.

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Child rapist flees abroad after being freed to go to Birmingham funeral

A child rapist fled the UK when he was given a day off from his trial to attend a family funeral in Birmingham.

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Gang turf war behind 20 Birmingham shootings, police chief reveals

Report to Crime Board also says spiralling gun incidents linked to just two gangs

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Tareena Shakil jailed for six years for joining IS

A mother who took her toddler son to Syria has been jailed for six years for joining the so-called Islamic State.

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Tesco to end 24-hour opening at string of stores

Tesco is to end 24-hour opening at more than 70 stores.

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British woman Tareena Shakil guilty of joining IS

A British mother who took her toddler son to Syria, has been found guilty of membership of so-called Islamic State.

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Mum who took son to join Islamic State wanted to live under Sharia law

A mother accused of taking her child to Syria to join a feared terror group has told a court how she quit England to live under the rule of sharia law in the Islamic State.

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Midlands weather: Minus six forecast for Tuesday night

Brrrr! Temperatures are set to plunge to an Arctic MINUS SIX on Tuesday night - before warmer weather returns to Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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Shabana Mahmood attacks David Cameron's 'Muslim women learn English' plan

David Cameron has come under fire from a Birmingham MP for claiming that failing to learn English could make people 'more susceptible' to supporting terrorism.

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Benefits Street star Black Dee jailed for seven years

A star of Birmingham-based reality show Benefits Street has been jailed for seven years for possessing live ammunition and her part in running an 'open all hours' drug-dealing operation.

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Man fights for life after double shooting in Handsworth street

Two men were shot - leaving one fighting for his life - in a Birmingham street on Sunday afternoon.

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Calls for Oliver Letwin to quit over Handsworth riots race row

Tory grandee Oliver Letwin is facing demands to step down over 'racist' remarks he made in the wake of the 1985 Handsworth riots.

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Prison video rappers get nine-month jail sentences

A judge has handed nine-month jail sentences to two prisoners at HMP Birmingham who starred in a three-minute rap video recorded behind bars on an illegally-held mobile phone.

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Shoppers warned not to fall for fake Aldi discount voucher con

A 40 per cent off Aldi voucher circulating on Facebook has been branded a hoax by the German supermarket.

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Residents in shock after 15-year-old Jamar Walker stabbed to death

Residents have spoken of their shock after a teenage boy who was stabbed to death in Smethwick was named as Jamar Walker.

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Woman shot in leg in Birmingham city centre

A woman has been shot in the leg in an incident in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of the morning.

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Teenager stabbed to death in Smethwick

Police have launched a murder investigation after a teenage boy was found with stab wounds in Smethwick.

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Moseley Village 'not in Moseley' under proposed boundary changes

World famous Moseley Village will be booted out of Moseley under plans drawn to redraw the political map of Birmingham.

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Lozells: Dozens of residents march to demand action on gun crime

A Birmingham MP joined dozens of anti-gun campaigners who marched for peace yards from the spot where a teenager was shot.

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Boy of 13 shot in Nechells street

A boy of 13 suffered facial wounds in a shooting on a Birmingham street.

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Sex fiend who attacked girl of six jailed

A ‘despicable’ paedophile who sexually assaulted a girl of six after overpowering her at a party was caught in the act by the child’s horrified mother.

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'Walk for Peace' planned for Handsworth after spate of gun crime

The people of Handsworth were yesterday urged to unite in a peace march against gun crime.

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Man attacked after being given lift back from night out

An 18-year-old man was the victim of a serious sex assault when he was given a lift home from a night out in Wolverhampton.

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Bus fares are going up in the West Midlands

Most bus fares are going up by another 10p on standard tickets and monthly travelcards in the West Midlands are set to rise by an extra £2.

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1,200 jobs axed as Birmingham City Council unveils yet more cuts

Birmingham City Council has announced a £90 million cuts package leading to 1,200 job losses next year.

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11-year-old schoolgirl single-handedly delivers mum's baby

An 11-year-old girl from Tamworth single-handedly delivered a baby - then calmly went to school for the day.

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Jailed: Burger Bar Boys 'Godfather' who sold deadly guns

The ‘Godfather’ of Birmingham’s feared Burger Bar Boys has been jailed for more than 16 years after selling deadly weapons to other criminals – including a sub-machine gun.

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Broad Street's Gatecrasher nightclub shut down over late-night violence

Birmingham’s Gatecrasher club has had its licence revoked after a string of violent incidents.

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Birmingham Mail readers want armed police in wake of Paris attacks

Two thirds of Birmingham Mail readers believe police should be routinely armed on the streets, according to our online poll.

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15-yr-old boy in critical condition after being stabbed on bus

A teenager is fighting for his life after being stabbed in the body and arm during an assault on the top deck of a bus in Birmingham.

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Snow set to hit the Midlands as winter sweeps in

Sleet and snow showers are set to sweep across the West Midlands this weekend as an Arctic blast hits the region.

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Police to pay damages to dad tasered four times by officers

West Midlands Police has agreed to pay 'substantial' undisclosed damages to a dad who was Tasered four times by officers outside his home - including in his back.

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A quarter of West Midlands restaurants warned over dodgy hygiene

Almost a quarter of restaurants and food businesses in the West Midlands have been warned about dodgy hygiene in the past year.

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Sheriff Mbye: Three jailed for life over murdered teenager

Three young men have been jailed for life after a teenager was fatally stabbed in a row over a mobile phone.

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'Faith healing' parents whose daughter died jailed

The parents of a gravely ill baby have been jailed after failing to seek out medical care for her - opting instead to believe in the power of prayer and 'supernatural healing powers'.

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Man brutally punched in face in unprovoked attack in betting shop

A man is brutally punched in the face in a bookies in this shocking footage released by police.

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Sheriff Mbye: Montell Stephens convicted of murder

A teenager has been convicted of murder after he knifed a man in a street fight which could have been over an iPhone.

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Soho Hill shooting: Derek Junior Myers named as victim

Police have named a murder victim gunned down in Hockley as Birmingham man Derek Junior Myers.

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Gatecrasher closed for second time after man stabbed in leg

Birmingham’s biggest nightclub Gatecrasher has been closed again after a stabbing inside the premises and an alleged violent brawl involving security staff.

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Inventor creates cardboard beds for Birmingham's homeless

A project to create cardboard beds for the homeless has won the first of a regular competition to help communities across Birmingham.

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West Midlands patients could face 30-mile trip for cancer treatment

Cancer patients at City and Sandwell hospitals fear they could be asked to travel thirty miles to Coventry under potential changes to chemotherapy and radiotherapy services.

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Reformed 'One-Eyed Baz' to star in new film

Barrington Patterson - the feared former king of Birmingham’s bruising band of soccer thugs – is taking his brand of street violence to the silver screen.

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Soho Hill murder: Police to step up weekend patrols

Police are stepping up street patrols this weekend as a murder investigation continued into a double shooting in Hockley, which left one man dead and another fighting for life.

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Wolverhampton named 'least prosperous' area in UK

Wolverhampton is the least prosperous area in the UK, according to findings from an international think-tank.

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Brave mum dies just days after being diagnosed with cancer

A loving mum-of-two has died just days after being diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.

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Free half term events for kids in Birmingham

Half term can be an expensive time, especially this year when children want to go to Halloween parties, spooky trails and pricey craft workshops to make everything from gruesome beasts to pumpkin flotillas.

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Birmingham named City of the Year in property awards

Birmingham has been named City of the Year in a prestigious property awards ceremony.

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New hate crime app launches in Birmingham

A new app aimed at helping people to report hate crime has been launched and has received the support of cabbies in Birmingham.

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Memorial for Sikh soldiers set to be unveiled in Staffordshire

The UK’s first national Sikh memorial in honour of those who fought during the First World War will be unveiled in Staffordshire next month.

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Sir Albert Bore: I am standing down for the good of Birmingham

Departing Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore said he was stepping down to offer stability amid mounting pressure on his position.

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Police reveal Kings Norton teenager Connor Smith died from gunshot to the stomach

Officers investigating the death of Birmingham teenager Connor Smith have revealed he died as a result of a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

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Four men injured in Hockley shooting

Police are appealing for witnesses after four men were shot in an incident in Birmingham.

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Harborne councillor quits cabinet amid criticism of BCC leader

A senior Labour council cabinet member has quit amid criticism that leader Sir Albert Bore has ’shut himself away’ and lacks ‘political vision’ to take the city forward.

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Birmingham facing high winds as Hurricane Joaquin hits the UK

Birmingham and the Black Country is braced for damaging high winds and torrential spells of rain as the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin batter the region.

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Coventry bus crash: Two dead after double-decker hits supermarket

An eight-year-old boy and a woman thought to be in her 70s have died after a double-decker bus crashed into a supermarket in Coventry city centre, West Midlands Police have said.

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Birmingham's new-look New Street station welcomed by passengers

The new-look Birmingham New Street station was praised by many of the thousands of rail passengers passing through during its first rush hour.

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Gina Johnson - killer driver claimed his Mercedes had been stolen in sick bid to evade justice

Police have issued the first picture of the killer driver who left his victim dead in her car before it exploded.

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Call for action as West Midlands named UK's zero hours capital

The West Midlands is the zero hours capital of the UK according to new data revealing 79,000 people in the region have the controversial contracts.

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Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood gives reason for resigning the Shadow Cabinet

Labour’s former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury has revealed she resigned from the Shadow Cabinet because she opposes Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policies.

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Gatecrasher nightclub could be closed if there is any more violence

Birmingham’s biggest nightclub has been warned it is in the 'last chance saloon' after a customer was attacked by a bouncer.

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Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood resigns Shadow Cabinet

Shabana Mahmood, MP for Birmingham Ladywood, has resigned as Shadow Chief Secretary after the election of Jeremy Corbyn to leader of a now disunited Labour Party.

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Rainbow nightclub keeps its licence after promise

Birmingham’s Rainbow nightclub has managed to hold on to its licence - after pledging to search its own security staff for weapons.

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Bambu club apologises for telling black jobhunter: 'We need less Afro Caribbean staff'

A Birmingham nightclub has apologised to a black jobhunter who was told the venue needed 'less Afro Caribbean staff'.

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Council boss: We will offer safe and welcoming haven to refugees

Birmingham will offer a safe and welcoming haven to refugees fleeing war in Syria and will work with Government and aid agencies to support them, a council chief has promised.

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Digbeth dance studio trashed in vandal attack

Police are investigating after a Digbeth dance studio was vandalised - leaving hundreds of groups without a training venue.

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Dog dies after being thrown from Druids Heath tower block window

A man is being questioned by police after a dog was thrown to its death from a Druids Heath tower block.

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Woman shot in Highgate in late-night attack

A woman was shot in a late-night attack in Highgate.

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Child killed in Aston crash tragedy was boy aged two

The child killed in a tragic collision in Aston was a two year-old boy, Muhhamad Zakariyya, police have revealed.

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Birmingham's Gatecrasher, Rainbow and Electric nightclubs all CLOSED

Birmingham's biggest nightclubs are currently CLOSED after police ordered three expedited licence reviews following serious violence at venues in Digbeth, Broad Street and Hurst Street.

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Electric nightclub shut down after double shooting on dance floor

A city centre nightclub has been closed down permanently after two men were shot in the legs and a third was stabbed during disorder on the dance floor.

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Car-jackers flee in terror after targeting the wrong person to mess with

A community leader and karate black belt known as ‘Mr Handsworth’ has told how he fought off two robbers who attempted to steal his car.

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Malala Yousafzai gets TEN A* and A GCSE grades

She’s already won the Nobel Peace Prize - but hero education campaigner Malala Yousafzai has clearly not been neglecting her schoolwork.

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Armed police in Digbeth hostage alert

Armed police are at a suspected hostage situation in Digbeth tonight after reports a man had locked himself and two members of staff inside a charity building.

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Electric nightclub has licence suspended after violence

A city centre nightclub has had its licence suspended after two men were shot in the legs and a third was stabbed during disorder on the dance floor.

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Quinton chip shop owner stabbing: Leon McTaggart jailed

A man who repeatedly stabbed a takeaway owner for forgetting his regular chips order has been jailed for 14 years.

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Mum and boyfriend jailed for toddler Khaleel Hussain's death

A man who murdered his girlfriend’s toddler son by violently shaking him in ‘a sudden fit of rage’ has been jailed for life.

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Alum Rock hit-and-run grandma named by police

Police have named a grandma who was knocked down and killed in a hit-and-run collision in Birmingham.

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Northfield Facebook attack teen 'has house vandalised'

A teenager who attacked two schoolgirls in Northfield has reportedly had her house vandalised.

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16-year-old girl arrested in Northfield 'bully' video probe

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of robbery in connection with an attack on two schoolgirls which was viewed six million times on Facebook.

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Mum-of-three kept heroin and crack cocaine in a Kinder Surprise Egg

A mum-of-three has avoided jail after police raided her home and found a Kinder Surprise egg full of crack cocaine and heroin.

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Perry Beeches III plunged into special measures by Ofsted

A Birmingham free school opened by the Prime Minister and hailed as the future of British education has been plunged into special measures after a damning Ofsted report.

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Dad's joy as body of daughter finally flies back to UK after Jamaica crash

An emotional father has spoken of the moment the body of his daughter returned home - two months after her death in a horror holiday crash in Jamaica.

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Mum-of-eight Marie Buchan fears being made homeless by benefits cap

Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan - who rakes in £26,000-a-year in benefits - fears she will lose her home under the £20,000 welfare cap revealed in the Budget.

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Man jailed after pit bull savaged schoolboy on bus

A 13-year-old schoolboy was savaged by a pit bull on a Birmingham bus after its owner ordered the animal to 'get him'.

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Man stabbed in Bordesley Green in motiveless attack in broad daylight

An innocent 63 year-old man was stabbed as he walked past a bus stop in an apparently motiveless attack in broad daylight.

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Woman accused of infecting three men with HIV appears in court

A woman has been accused of GBH for allegedly infecting three men with HIV.

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225 jobs at risk as Tesco announces closure of Edgbaston store

Birmingham was dealt another severe jobs blow after debt-ridden retailer Tesco announced the closure of its flagship Edgbaston store with the potential loss of 225 jobs.

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Midlands families devastated by Tunisian massacre

The devastated sons of a Midland couple killed in the Tunisian gun massacre announced their deaths on Twitter last night.

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Big turnout as DJ Earl 'Dingy' Dingwall is laid to rest

Thousands attended the colourful funeral of a much-loved Birmingham grandad and DJ who worked with a string of reggae artists.

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Lily and Shelley Wu's school to provide 'lasting tribute'

The school where tragic sisters Lily and Shelley Wu were pupils has thanked mourners for their best wishes.

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Two girls die after Handsworth Grove Lane collision tragedy

Two girls who were hit by a car in a Handsworth horror crash yesterday afternoon have tragically died.

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Mass murderer found living in Birmingham

A mass murderer found living on UK benefits in Birmingham is now wanted by war crimes investigators.

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Armed police seize huge haul of weapons in West Bromwich

Armed police responding to reports that a gun had been discharged during a fight in West Bromwich seized a huge haul of firearms.

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Washwood Heath troublemaker locked up for brandishing shears

A troublemaker banned from a neighbourhood he terrorised through his drunken and anti social behaviour has been jailed for brandishing shears outside a pub.

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Shock as West Midlands Police record four child sex crimes a day

West Midlands Police are recording almost four child sex crimes a day after a dramatic spike in reports of abuse across the country, new figures reveal today (June 17).

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Knifeman stabbed Quinton chip shop boss for forgetting his order

A knifeman who repeatedly stabbed a Birmingham take-away owner for forgetting his regular chips order has been convicted of grievous bodily harm.

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March against cuts at £189m Library of Birmingham

Dozens of people gathered in Birmingham in protest against cuts at the city's new £189m library.

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Stourbridge brother and sister launch horrific attack on commuter

A drunken woman - described as behaving like a raging bull - and her brother viciously beat-up a commuter waiting for his lift home during a 45-minute rampage at Dudley bus station.

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Man charged with murder of Marston Green retired teacher Anne Dunkley

A 24-year-old man will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of a popular retired schoolteacher.

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Vulnerable Perry Barr pensioner mugged by schoolboy in subway

A frail Birmingham pensioner needed 20 stitches to a head wound suffered in a brutal subway attack by a 20-year-old man and his schoolboy accomplice who were lying in wait for him.

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Killer spider alert in Midlands: the panic is over!

Spider eggs discovered in a bunch of bananas by a Midland family have been found to belong to a harmless species.

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Dead lizard found in can of tomatoes in Alum Rock

A couple making lunch were shocked to find an unwanted addition inside a can of tomatoes - a dead lizard.

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Two arrested over Handsworth murder of Lukasz Furmanek

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal stabbing of a Birmingham man.

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Dad's emotional thanks for helping bring daughter's body home

The devastated father of a girl killed in a horror crash in Jamaica today told Mail says: 'Thank you for helping bring my beautiful Fiona home.'

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Husband fell to his death from Birmingham car park after argument

A husband who plunged to his death from a Birmingham city centre car park had earlier been arrested after an argument at his home, an inquest heard.

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Walsall Council back under Conservative control

The Conservatives have been voted back into control of Walsall Council.

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Heartlands Hospital: Salmonella outbreak lead to death

A report has found a salmonella outbreak at a Birmingham hospital directly caused the death of a patient.

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Birmingham children's care team 'not fit for purpose'

A heavily-criticised council does not expect its children's social care team to be fit for purpose until April 2017.

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Picture of Handsworth murder victim released by police

This is the Handsworth murder victim who was found stabbed to death in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Fiona Reid's family raise money to bring Jamaica crash victim back

The family of a woman who died on holiday in Jamaica have raised £17,500 to bring back her body to the UK.

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Body of missing businessman Ranjit Power found in India

A body has been found in the search for a British businessman thought to have been murdered in India.

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Man pleads guilty to manslaughter over body in burning Audi

A boyfriend has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his student girlfriend, whose body was found in a burning pink Audi in Birmingham.

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Small Heath woman jailed after making 'loud sex noises'

A woman who breached a court order that barred her from making 'loud sex noises' has been jailed.

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'Special measures' Handsworth school celebrates as it turns itself around

A former failing school in Birmingham is celebrating after pulling itself out of special measures, in just two years.

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West Midlands braced for 'hottest June in British history'

Bookies have slashed the odds on Britain enjoying the hottest June on record as forecasters say a heatwave will send temperatures soaring.

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Birmingham's Bar Risa has licence suspended after new brawl

One of Birmingham’s biggest and most popular nightclubs has had its licence suspended after violence erupted between revellers.

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Murder investigation after Handsworth double stabbing

One man has been killed and another seriously injured in a double stabbing in Birmingham.

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Man's arm nearly severed in Quinton attack

A man nearly had his arm severed when he was attacked with a machete.

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Man charged with murder of man found in shed

A man has been charged with the murder of a man found stabbed to death in a shed in Bordesley Green.

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Dudley car seller tied up and kidnapped at knifepoint

A man has been kidnapped at knifepoint by two men claiming to be interested in buying his car.

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Police investigate historical Cannock Chase child abuse gang

Police have launched a major investigation into claims a high-powered paedophile ring systematically abused children on Cannock Chase in the 1980s and 90s.

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Man in critical condition after stabbing in Highfield Road, Saltley

West Midlands Police are investigating a stabbing in Highfield Road, Saltley.

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Perry Barr station subway attack sees man's hand hacked with machete

Police are hunting a machete thug who hacked at a man’s hand in a brutal subway attack.

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Radio WM presenter's fury at expensive train ticket

A BBC radio star has tweeted his fury at paying £144 for a train ticket - and finding himself 'trapped' by the toilet with more than 20 fellow passengers.

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Bordesley Green residents tell of shock at murder investigation

Detectives are continuing a murder investigation after a man's body was found in shed in Bordesley Green.

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Greater Birmingham plans hit resistance in Coventry

Plans to create a Greater Birmingham are being met with resistance in Coventry where more than 2,000 have signed a petition calling for a referendum.

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UK's second city should be Manchester, public say

Manchester should be the second capital of the UK, according to a survey of the public.

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Bournville College teacher suffers two strokes after lip piercing

A teacher has told how she suffered two strokes after having her lip pierced.

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Thug kicked Birmingham Magistrates Court officer in the groin

A violent thug kicked a custody officer in the groin in the cells of Birmingham Magistrates Court as he prepared to appear on a burglary charge.

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Birmingham's 'axeman' strikes again as more trees are given the chop

Birmingham’s ‘axeman’ has struck again, causing a trail of destruction by mindlessly chopping down trees.

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Hunt for Weoley Castle bus stop sex attacker

A pervert pounced on a woman waiting at a Birmingham bus stop and sexually assaulted her before fleeing on a 29A bus.

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Police find 1 million worth of cannabis in Sandwell warehouse

Cannabis plants with an estimated street value of about £1 million have been found at a Black Country warehouse.

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Birmingham student's eye was eaten by a bug

A Birmingham student almost went blind after a bug started eating her eye.

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Heartbroken dad's tribute to 16-yr-old daughter who died in her sleep

A devastated dad has spoken for the first time about the tragic death of his 16-year-old Birmingham daughter, who died in her sleep from heart failure.

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Concern growing for heavily pregnant missing Wolverhampton woman

Elesha McIntosh has not been seen since leaving Russells Hall Hospital with another woman on Sunday.

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Cleaner took revenge on colleague by poisoning his food after row

A cleaner who believed she had been disrespected by a worker at a call centre when he entered a kitchen she was working in took revenge - by poisoning his food.

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Life sentence for evil killer who battered vice girl Lidia Pascale

A 'savage' call girl killer who battered his victim to death and dumped her body in a wheelie bin has been jailed for life.

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West Bromwich Albion fan dies in front of his twin as they play football

A football-crazy West Bromwich Albion fan collapsed and died aged just 21 during a soccer training session with his twin brother.

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Great Barr twins offered places at two different primary schools

A mum has told how her family were left devastated when her four year-old twin boys were offered places at DIFFERENT schools.

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White Dee's tribute to 'amazing' friend Fiona Reid

Benefits Street star Deirdre ‘White Dee’ Kelly has paid tribute to her tragic friend Fiona Reid, whose died in a horror car smash in Jamaica.

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Marco Pierre White's restaurant given a zero food hygiene rating

Marco Pierre White's flagship restaurant in Birmingham has been given a zero food hygiene rating from environmental health officers.

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'Subsidy' to Broad Street business group challenged by council watchdog

The wife of Birmingham City Council Labour leader Sir Albert Bore has challenged his Cabinet’s decision to give £155,000 funding to a Broad Street a business group.

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Harry Kirkham fund set up to help pay £8,000 funeral costs

The family of schoolboy Harry Kirkham - who died after being knocked down by a police car - have revealed they have had to resort to fund-raising to pay for his funeral.

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Benefits Street drug trial: Jury discharged and new court date set

The jury in the Benefits Street drug trial was discharged and a re-trial set for later this year in a dramatic morning at Birmingham Crown Court.

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Man charged after vicious car-jacking of pensioner Reginald Stocking

Detectives investigating the brutal car-jacking of a West Bromwich pensioner on his driveway have charged a man with wounding and robbery.

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Caribbean restaurant in Aston shut down by police

A Caribbean restaurant has been shut down following reports of illegal parties, trouble involving weapons and underage girls on the premises.

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Distraught family need to raise money to repatriate daughter's body

Dad needs to find staggering sum to bring body of mum-of-two home because she had no holiday insurance

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Midlands councils use spy laws to snoop on residents 400 times

Surveillance powers have been used 388 times, including to catch fly-tippers, graffiti vandals, noisy neighbours, and even dog foulers since 2010.

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Police called as Library of Birmingham protesters stage sit in

Police were called to the Library of Birmingham as 30 students staged a sit-in protest over cuts to opening hours.

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Man tells of 'love' for driver who killed his brother in car crash

The family of a man killed by his best friend in a 100mph M6 crash have told of their “love” for the driver.

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New Perry Beeches Academy 'a threat to other schools in Small Heath'

Teachers at a crisis-hit Birmingham school fear its future could be in jeopardy when a rival opens its doors nearby - potentially draining it of its pupils.

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Kingsley Burrell death in custody was neglect, rules inquest

A four-year battle for justice ended in victory as an inquest jury found neglect contributed to the death of Kingsley Burrell.

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Observers raise concerns about election in Ladywood

An international team of observers monitoring the election in Birmingham Ladywood say they were concerned about 'the presence of active party supporters

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SATs exams: 10-year-olds turning to cigarettes to cope with stress

A headteacher has warned that Birmingham children should not be 'mollycoddled' - despite a shocking poll revealing pupils as young as ten are smoking in a bid to alleviate exam stress.

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Half of West Midlands knife crime unsolved

More than half of all knife crime recorded in the West Midlands over the last four years remains unsolved.

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Man charged with Hall Green baby assault

A Birmingham man will appear in court this morning to hear allegations he assaulted a four-week-old boy in the city.

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Heartlands Hospital patient's cockroach horror

A surgical ward at Heartlands Hospital has been deep-cleaned after a visitor claimed she spotted a 'horror film-sized' cockroach.

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Birmingham's first Chinese councillor wins seat for Conservatives

Birmingham's first Chinese councillor will take his seat in the council chamber after winning for the Conservatives.

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Nine men and one boy charged with child sex offences

Nine men and a youth suspected of carrying out sex offences against children have been charged by police after a swoop on addresses in Wolverhampton and Staffordshire.

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Labour retains iron grip on Birmingham in local elections

TRIUMPHANT city council leader Sir Albert Bore says he will wait with interest to see who Prime Minister David Cameron appoints as Local Government Secretary to see if he can get a fairer funding deal for Birmingham.

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Snooker club used as drug dealing den is shut down

A Birmingham snooker club has been forced to close its doors after police discovered rooms were being hired out by men to have sex with underage girls.

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Loner who downloaded child pornography jailed

A 'loner who downloaded a massive catalogue of vile child porn featuring babies as young as two months old has been jailed.

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Axe vandal chops down trees in late-night wrecking spree

Police are hunting an axe-wielding vandal who went on an overnight tree-wrecking spree in one of Birmingham’s most popular parks.

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'Boys should be allowed to wear skirts to school'

Boys should be permitted to wear skirts to school if they want to, a Birmingham City Council education adviser has told boarding schools.

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Benefits Street star 'sold drugs' as part of conspiracy court is told

Four Benefits Street residents were involved in a conspiracy to sell large quantities of heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis, a jury was told.

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Texas shooting: Link to computer hacker from Birmingham investigated

American officials are to investigate links between the two Texas gunmen shot dead at an event featuring cartoons of the Prophet Mumhammad and a Birmingham jihadist fighting with Islamic State.

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Facebook ordeal as yob publishes picture of nurse performing sex act

A yob who filmed a cat being thrown from a tower block put a photo of a nurse performing a sex act on Facebook - and threatened to send it to her parents.

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Thug jailed over brutal attack on mum in front of her infant son

A Solihull mum has revealed the sickening injuries inflicted by a crazed thug who beat her black and blue in front of her infant son.

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Man jailed after filmed trying to meet 13 year-old girl for sex

A man who drove off with paedophile vigilante Stinson Hunter clinging to the windscreen of his car after he had turned up hoping to meet an under-age girl has been jailed.

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Nursery worker who tried to adopt child exposed as internet paedophile

A nursery worker was exposed as an internet paedophile and also came close to adopting a four-year-old boy, a court heard.

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Family has SEVENTH set of twins

It was joy mixed with sadness for a Birmingham family which welcomed their SEVENTH set of twins

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Trojan Horse: Sparkhill head 'received death threat over gay teaching'

The head of a Birmingham school inspected as part of the Trojan Horse scandal received a death threat from a parent.

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Birmingham City Council failed child sexual exploitation victims

Birmingham City Council has been failing sexual exploitation victims by not properly recording and investigating missing children cases for six years.

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Man wanted after woman with learning difficulties sexually assaulted

This man is wanted by police after a young woman with learning difficulties was sexually assaulted in West Bromwich town centre.

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Weather: Sunshine and showers for bank holiday weekend

As we head into the bank holiday weekend, today's weather is going to be that spring favourite - a mixture of sunshine and showers.

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Woman pelted with eggs at Sutton Coldfield bus stop

An Asian teenager was pelted with eggs and subjected to a barrage of insults at a Birmingham bus stop.

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Ed Miliband: Labour will axe the bedroom tax on day one in power

A Labour government will start abolishing the bedroom tax on its very first day, Ed Miliband has said.

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Shooting at Northfield memorial to Sheriff Mbye leaves man in hospital

A man has been injured after shots were fired in an outbreak of violence in Northfield.

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Teenager Bradley Parkes 'driven to attempt suicide by bullies'

A teenager was fighting for his life in a Birmingham hospital today after his mother said months of bullying drove him to try to kill himself.

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Birmingham schoolgirl Malala 'one of world's most influential women'

Malala Yousafzai has been named as one of the world’s most influential women over the past year.

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Kingsley Burrell handcuffed on floor for more than an hour

A handcuffed Kingsley Burrell was restrained for at least an hour on the floor of a Birmingham mental health unit by four police officers who also used leg restraints, an inquest heard.

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Teenage rapist jailed for life after horrific attack on women in Handsworth

Husein Ali-Osman, 19, was convicted of raping victim in 'prolonged and dangerous' attack - and trial was told of identical attack a year before

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Sheriff Mbye death: Two men charged with murder of Birmingham teen

Two men have been charged with murdering Birmingham teenager Sheriff Mbye.

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'Despicable' thief stole from epileptic woman suffering seizure

Police are hunting a 'truly despicable' thief who stole money from a woman while she was in the grip of an epileptic seizure.

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Club Paradise loses licence after shooting

A club has lost its licence after its bosses claimed they were unaware a shooting had taken place because they were playing dominoes.

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Murder investigation after 18-year-old stabbed to death

A murder investigation has begun after an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death in the Northfield area of Birmingham.

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Birmingham prisoner Adnan Rafiq predicted own murder

A Birmingham prisoner predicted his own murder in a letter sent to jail bosses that was not opened until after the fatal attack.

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Birmingham canal murder: Man guilty of body-in-suitcase killing

A killer who dismembered his tenant's body before stuffing it into a suitcase which he dumped into a canal has been found guilty of murder.

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Body found in canal confirmed to be missing 84-year-old Sidney Edlin

A member of the public found a body floating in a Black Country canal - which police have confirmed is missing Walsall pensioner Sidney Edlin.

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Eliza Simpson: Body of pensioner, 80, found at Handsworth allotment

Police have issued a statement saying the body of missing dementia sufferer Eliza Simpson has been found in an allotment in Handsworth.

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Kingsley Burrell: Police 'injected man's head' claim, inquest jury hears

A man detained under the Mental Health Act was allegedly beaten, left handcuffed on the floor of a Birmingham hospital ward and injected in the head by an officer just days before he died, an inquest heard.

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Mosque collapse closes roads in Birmingham

A mosque has collapsed in Birmingham, leaving roads closed and emergency services working to make the area safe.

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Kingsley Burrell inquest: Family's request for bigger venue ignored

The family of Kingsley Burrell, who died in police custody, fear they will be unable to attend his inquest tomorrow (April 7) – because the venue is too small.

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Birmingham revenge porn mum: I wanted to kill myself

It was the moment her teenage daughter received a sordid sex photo that Birmingham mum Sue hit rock bottom.

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Perry Barr baby death: Man appears in court accused of murder

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a five-month-old baby girl in Perry Barr.

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Perry Barr baby death: Man charged with murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a five-month-old girl who died after suffering a number of injuries.

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UB40 make brave Nicola Moore's dying wish come true

A brave mum had her dying wish come true after her favourite band UB40 paid a surprise visit to her hospice bedside after a worldwide social media campaign.

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Bearwood girl attack: Man charged with kidnap

A man has appeared in court charged with kidnapping a nine-year-old girl in the West Midlands.

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Drink and drug driver jailed for car crash death

A drink and drug driver who callously tried to blame his girlfriend, who he was cheating on, for the crash in which she was killed when he ploughed into a road sign at high speed has been jailed.

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Library of Birmingham new opening times: Just SIX hours at weekends

THE Library of Birmingham will open for just SIX hours every weekend after the upshot of savage cuts was revealed.

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Benefits Street mum who wants to become UK's next top model

She's the Benefits Street resident who wants to become Britain’s next top supermodel - but has now found herself HOMELESS.

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Couple pretended to be landlord and tenant to swindle benefits

A crooked couple have escaped a jail sentence despite swindling £66,000 in benefits by pretending to be a landlord and tenant during an eight-year con.

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104 jobs go as Firkins bakery in the West Midlands closes

A bakery with a chain of 22 shops in the West Midlands has closed with the loss of more than 100 jobs.

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Birmingham children 'still not safe'

More work is needed to protect children in Birmingham, according to the commissioner appointed to oversee the children's services department.

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Brutal attack on Sikh man in Broad Street as crowd looks on

Police have launched an investigation after sickening images of a man being beaten up in the heart of Birmingham emerged on the net.

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Jeremy Clarkson offered motoring job by Birmingham's Big Centre TV

It's not Top Gear - career-wise, but there’s a job waiting for sacked presenter Jeremy Clarkson... on Birmingham’s Big Centre TV.

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Baby Harli Reid's death 'not preventable'

The death of a 10-week old girl who was killed by her father could not 'have been predicted nor prevented', a serious case review has found.

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Trojan Horse: Oldknow Academy head Bhupinder Kondal quits

The head of a Birmingham school placed in special measures by Ofsted as a result of the so-called 'Trojan Horse' affair is to leave for a second time.

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Birmingham City Council housing officer jailed after raping single mum

A city council housing officer who raped a 'vulnerable' single mother fearful of losing her home while her child slept next to her has been jailed for five years.

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Mother who killed son with methadone jailed

A mother who killed her son by feeding him methadone to make him sleep has been jailed for six years.

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Labour Birmingham council passes 105 million cuts package

Rowdy protesters stopped Birmingham City Council's annual budget meeting three times as councillors clashed over £105 million cuts to services including the Library of Birmingham.

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Conman jailed over 370k escort and adult chatline fraud

A jobless lothario who posed as the kingpin of escort and adult chatline firms to con more than 370,000 from unsuspecting victims has been jailed.

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Manhunt for tattooed suspected 'Handsworth' rapist

Police have released an image of a suspected rapist from Birmingham who is due to appear on Crimewatch.

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WM Police admit black people are more likely to be tasered

Black people are more likely to be targeted by taser cops in the West Midlands than White or Asians according to new figures.

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The Dress: Firm reveals it's black and blue NOT white and gold

Does this dress look white and gold or black and blue? Well the question has been answered by the Birmingham-based firm which sells it.

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Newtown tower block siege: Residents woken by noises

Families tell of alarm after man held police at bay for six hours after smashing up his flat in early hours

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New Birmingham city centre roadworks set to start

Motorists face yet more congestion when 14 million of works on the heavily-congested Birmingham city centre ring road begins.

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Gunmen jailed for plotting drive-by shooting in Ladywood street

Three men have been jailed for more than 40 years after gunmen were caught red-handed by armed police in a residential Birmingham street - as they prepared for a possible drive-by gang shooting.

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UK charity boss jailed for Kenya child sex abuse

A British charity boss who abused Kenyan street children after luring them to his home has been jailed for more than 17 years.

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Man stabbed in the head in Kates Hill, Dudley

A man is in a 'serious condition' in hospital after being stabbed in the head on his doorstep in Dudley.

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Fenton Hogan death: Mum 'fed' her toddler methadone

A Birmingham toddler died after being given methadone by his mother so she could smoke drugs, a court has heard.

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Cheryl Kerr: Concerns grow for missing Handsworth woman

Police are appealing for help to find a missing woman from Handsworth.

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Meet the Ukippers: Beverley Knight hits back at racist posts

Soul singer Beverley Knight has hit back at racial abuse she received on Twitter after she made online comments about a disgraced former UKIP councillor featured in a BBC documentary.

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Single mum of eight Marie Buchan admits to lapdancing past

A single mum of eight who caused a storm after claiming she was being forced to find her first job following Government benefits cuts has confessed: 'I used to be a lap dancer.'

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Shocking racist campaign to force white mum out of home

A mother has been become the victim of a racist campaign after her front door was covered with faeces and a letter posted through saying her home was 'for black sisters and brothers'.

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Manhunt after attempted abduction of 15-year-old girl

Police in Redditch are hunting a man in connection with a suspected attempted abduction of a teenage girl.

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Jealous stalker set up camp in ex-girlfriend's back garden

A jealous stalker camped out in his ex-girlfriend's back garden so he could spy on her in a terrifying harassment campaign.

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Handsworth shooting: Man jailed for 30 years

A criminal has been jailed for 30 years after a dad-of-three was shot in the back and left paralysed over a 'trivial' row in a fast food restaurant.

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Teenager alters racist graffiti to spread message of peace

A Birmingham teenager took on racists who scrawled Islamophobic graffiti across a bus stop by giving them a lesson in spreading peace.

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Cashpoint thieves using new tactic to steal from customers

Police investigating more than 20 distraction thefts across the West Midlands are alerting people to a new tactic used by thieves in order to steal money from people at cashpoints.

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Care worker admits attempted murder in West Bromwich

A former care worker has admitted attempting to murder three colleagues at a West Midlands care home.

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Terror arrest: Birmingham mother with baby held at Heathrow

A woman travelling with her one-year-old son has been arrested at Heathrow Airport on suspicion of terrorism offences.

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Top female lawyer bringing justice to the West Midlands

It was the day an eight-year-old Grace Ononiwu first said she wanted to be a lawyer - to defend her dad in court.

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Suspects wanted over Aston Villa railway attack

Police are hunting two suspects wanted in connection with a brutal street attack after an Aston Villa home game.

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Kate Middleton in Smethwick: Toddler gives her high five

Toddler shares high five with Kate Middleton on visit to Action For Children in Smethwick

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Victory for all victims in the West Midlands

The West Midlands is leading the way in a pioneering move to make sure that victims of crime have the best possible support - thanks to the UK's first Victim's Commission.

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Violence-hit Mono Bar set to reopen as restaurant

A trouble-hit Birmingham nightclub that became a 'war zone' after a mass brawl between rival gangs has applied to become solely a restaurant - with the backing of police.

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Concerns over sex education for pupils as young as four

A teaching union in Birmingham has raised questions about government plans to force all primary and secondary schools to provide sex education.

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Where are the ten worst places for food hygiene in the UK?

Birmingham has been named the eighth worst area for local authority food hygiene enforcement by Which? Consumer Insight.

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Violent Ladywood thug who battered girlfriend loses appeal

A violent thug who battered his girlfriend unconscious and then attacked a police officer trying to arrest him has had an appeal against his conviction thrown out by Appeal Court judges.

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West Midlands overtakes London as nation's gun crime capital

The West Midlands has overtaken London as the gun crime capital of England and Wales according to new crime figures released by government.

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Wolverhampton IVF clinic St Jude's faces further criticism

A second woman has claimed her eggs were extracted without her informed consent at a fertility clinic that has since had been refused a licence.

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E2L speakers outperforming native English speakers

New education figures reveal exam success of pupils across Midlands who have English as an additional language

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200% increase in parents arrested for leaving babies home alone

Sixty-four mums and dads have been arrested across the West Midlands for leaving their babies and young children home alone.

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Birmingham pub licence is suspended after serious assault

A Birmingham pub has had its alcohol licence suspended after a man was attacked outside by two men with a baseball bat.

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Benefits Street up for industry award

Channel 4 documentary series Benefits Street has been shortlisted for an award by the Broadcasting Press Guild.

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Birmingham PE teacher Marcus Marcussen jailed for sexual abuse

A retired PE teacher has been jailed for nine years for sexually abusing schoolboys nearly 60 years ago.

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Birmingham phone theft victim receives pictures and messages

Police have released images of three men they would like to speak to following a robbery in Birmingham.

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Paramedic sentenced over Walsall Manor Hospital death

A paramedic has been sentenced for failing in his duty after the death of a man who collapsed outside a hospital.

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Arrests as suspected brothel in Birmingham raided

Seven people have been arrested after a raid on a suspected brothel which police believe could be a front for a 13m money laundering enterprise.

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Birmingham Library opening hours nearly halved

The opening hours at Birmingham's new 189m library are to be cut by nearly half to save money, the city council has confirmed.

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Ex-Birmingham PE teacher guilty of sexually abusing boys

A 91-year-old former Birmingham PE teacher has been convicted of sexually abusing 13 boys over three decades.

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'Bedroom tax' rebates for 3,000 households in West Midlands

At least 3,000 tenants in the West Midlands are set to be eligible for rebates after having benefits wrongly cut because they have extra bedrooms.

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Birmingham teenager abducted two baby boys

A teenage girl has admitted abducting a baby boy and convicted of abducting another.

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WM Police chief rejects call to arm officers with Tasers

The region's top cop is opposed to handing out tasers to every single frontline officer in the wake of the growing threat of a terrorist attack against staff.

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Library of Birmingham cuts 'a tragedy'

The former city council leader who drove the development of the Library of Birmingham has said he is 'saddened' at threatened cuts to the iconic facility.

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Troubled Al Hijrah School is 3 million in debt

A troubled Birmingham faith school is almost 3 million in the red - with the taxpayer saddled with its liabilities, council bosses have revealed.

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Keith Murrain murder: Police urged to investigate UK link

Police have been asked to investigate possible UK links to the savage assassination of a Birmingham businessman in Jamaica.

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Bullring Burger King closed after mouse infestation

The Burger King restaurant in Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre was shut down by environmental health officers this week following a mouse infestation.

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'Gun' brandished in Birmingham road rage clash

Two men were arrested in Birmingham after bystanders reported seeing a gun pulled during an argument between motorists in the city centre.

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Complaints against West Midlands Police rise

Complaints against West Midlands Police rose by ten per cent last year according to new figures from the police watchdog.

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Church leader and deacon husband in bitter legal war

A church pastor has emerged victorious from an unholy legal row with her deacon husband after their marriage made in heaven came to a bitter end.

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West Midlands Police officers sexually exploited underage girls

Three West Midlands Police officers abused their position of authority by sexually exploiting underage children in the last two years.

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Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan struggling to get job

Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan opened her heart to millions of TV viewers on This Morning today and said: 'I am struggling to get a job because of my fame.'

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Birmingham school put in special measures by Ofsted

Another Birmingham school has been placed in special measures by Ofsted - with its head and governors likely to be removed - as fears grow of a resurgence of the 'Trojan Horse' plot.

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Robbers who rubbed chilli powder into victims' eyes jailed

Brothers targeted lone women in Birmingham, temporarily blinding them while they snatched their mobile phones.

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Carjackers stab screaming mother in front of her young son

A mother was stabbed in the stomach in front of her terrified young son by masked attackers as they stole her car from the driveway of her Birmingham home.

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Conman who netted £100,000 in scam ordered to repay just £1

A smiling conman who netted over 100,000 from a holiday scam has been ordered to repay just one pound by the courts after it was found he has no assets.

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Birmingham faces week of snow and ice as weather turns colder

A shivering Birmingham and the Black Country is set to be gripped by more than a week of widespread frosts and threats of substantial snowfall.

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Birmingham baby flat deaths: Council 'not at fault'

An inquiry into the death of two baby girls after paramedics struggled to gain access to a block of flats has found Birmingham City Council was not at fault.

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White Dee: I am swaying towards voting Labour

Benefits Street's White Dee has said she is 'swaying towards' voting Labour in the general election after calling her local councillor 'absolutely amazing'.

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East Midlands tremor recorded at 3.8 in magnitude

An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 has been recorded in the East Midlands, the US Geological Survey has reported.

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Mum-of-eight Marie Buchan attacks new benefits cap

Single mum-of-eight Marie Buchan told how she is looking for her first ever job following proposed new Government benefit cuts and said: 'I'm being forced into work'.

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Smirking sex pest convicted of bus assault

A man who groped a woman on a bus in Erdington has been convicted of sexual assault - the latest success in a police and public transport initiative designed to protect passengers from sexual harassment.

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Nicola Payne 1991 murder and abduction suspects charged

Two men have been charged with abducting and murdering 18-year-old Nicola Payne who went missing 23 years ago, police said.

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Birmingham pizza parlour's cockroach infestation

A pizza parlour in Birmingham was forced to temporarily close after health inspectors discovered it was infested with cockroaches.

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'Some five-year-olds think domestic violence is normal'

A primary school head teacher says that some children as young as five in her school see domestic violence as normal.

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Murder accused Leo Barnes found dead in prison cell

A man who was on trial for the murder of two pensioners has been found dead in his prison cell.

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Birmingham radio legend Ed Doolan battling dementia

BBC WM radio legend Ed Doolan has today revealed he has been battling dementia for two years.

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Fox News 'Muslim Birmingham' claim prompts faith rally

A multi-faith rally partly prompted by a US TV pundit who claimed Birmingham was a 'no-go zone' for non-Muslims has been held in the city.

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'Under-age' girls fled Birmingham hotel before police swoop

Three suspected under-age girls fled a city hotel in their underwear shortly before police swooped in response to a child sex tip-off, the Sunday Mercury can reveal.

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Manhole explosion: Mother describes 'miracle' escape

The mother of a two-year-old girl said it is 'a miracle' she escaped injury when a manhole on a Birmingham street exploded.

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Violent rampage at Mono Bar worst police have seen

Gangs slashed each other with glass bottles, threatened ambulance paramedics and turned a hospital into a war zone in a mass brawl which broke out in a city bar.

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Manhole cover explodes narrowly missing chil

A child narrowly escaped serious injury when a manhole cover exploded out of the ground in Birmingham.

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Armed police in dramatic Bordesley Green arrest

This is the dramatic moment armed police arrested a man in Bordesley Green on Wednesday afternoon in front of astonished onlookers.

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It's a sNOw show: Birmingham forecast completely wrong

Many of us were hoping for snow...we were told we would get six inches. Some parts of Birmingham barely got a snow flake.

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Midlands set for up to six inches of snow tonight

Almost six inches of snow could fall on high ground in the West Midlands tonight, the Met Office has warned.

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Man dies after Birmingham car park fall

While officers desperately tried to reassure the man, they were abused by angry drivers who were unable to return to their cars

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Birmingham EDL rioters jailed for more than 75 years

English Defence League supporters who brought terror to the streets of Birmingham have been jailed for more than 75 years after violence flared at a protest.

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Brothel-running Birmingham PC admits more crimes

A former police officer jailed for running a brothel and laundering money has admitted three further offences.

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Man died in 'extreme' violent clash in Sparkbrook

A man died during an outbreak of 'extreme, planned violence' between two groups of men in Birmingham, the city's crown court has heard.

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Missing Birmingham teenager Sharntay Dixon is found

A Birmingham teenager who went missing on New Year's Eve has been found safe and well.

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Driver held after police officers injured in Tipton

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving after two police officers were hit by a car and seriously injured in the West Midlands.

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14-yr-old teenager arrested over Dudley bus stabbing

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed on a bus, police said.

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Concerns grow for missing 13-year-old Sharntay Dixon

Police are appealing for help to find 13-year-old Sharntay Dixon (pictured) who's been missing since 2pm on New Year's Eve.

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Six stabbed at The Belfry New Year's party

Six people were stabbed when a New Year's Eve party at the Belfry nightspot in Sutton Coldfield descended into bloody violence, leaving one man in a critical condition.

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Riya Dandekar loses her cancer battle aged just 21

Brave cancer patient Ulrika Dandekar, who spent her last days campaigning for stem cell donors, died early today aged just 21.

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People banned from Library of Birmingham for being smelly

Three people have been barred from browsing the bookshelves in the 189 million pound landmark for having 'personal hygiene issues'.

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Cancer victim Ulrika Dandekar makes new donor plea

A brave cancer victim with only days left to live last night renewed calls for people to donate life-saving stem cells in a selfless bid to save others.

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No more snow but temperatures set to plunge to -8C

Birmingham's white Christmas is over with no more snow predicted this year - but temperatures are set to nosedive to a chilly -8C.

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Sex attacker loses appeal against severe sentence

A sick Solihull sex attacker who celebrated his birthday by raping a mother in front of her baby has had his severe sentence upheld.

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Teenager gives 400 pound Christmas present to homeless man

He's the Youtube sensation who makes around 40K-a-year helping thousands improve their video game skills.

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Tipton man shot in 'terrifying ordeal'

A man has been shot by masked raiders at his home in the West Midlands.

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Smethwick OAP jailed after acid attack on teenage lover

An 80-year-old Smethwick pensioner has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for launching a 'horrifying' acid attack on his teenage girlfriend in a revenge attack after she jilted him.

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Levi Blu: Parents cleared of murder and manslaughter

The parents of Levi-Blu Cassin have been cleared of murdering their toddler son.

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Football fan who ripped up Koran banned for 3 years

A football fan who tore up a copy of the Koran during a match at St Andrew's is the first woman to be banned from every ground in the country.

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Birmingham named among Top 10 cities in the world

Birmingham is only UK city to get into Rough Guides' worldwide ranking of best places to visit as it is praised for 'creative hotspots' amid urban sprawl.

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Natasha Trevis: The missed chances to save tragic mum

How police and social workers failed to spot danger signs before Junior Saleem Oakes turned to murder.

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80-yr-old guilty of acid revenge attack on teenage ex

An 80-year-old man has been convicted of masterminding an acid revenge attack on his teenage ex-lover.

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Levi-Blu Cassin murder trial: 'Father punched other son'

A man accused of murdering his 22-month-old son in Birmingham had previously punched his other son in the stomach, a court heard.

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Man who stabbed pub bouncer jailed for 14 years

A pubgoer who stabbed a doorman who refused to let him in while carrying a drink has been jailed for 14 years.

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Arrest over threats to kill West Midlands police officer

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with threats to kidnap and kill a serving police officer.

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Trojan Horse: 'Panel to oversee Birmingham council'

An independent panel should be set up to oversee improvements at Birmingham City Council, a review has found.

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West Midlands Police warned over threat to kill officer

A threat to kidnap and murder a serving West Midlands police officer led to a security alert being issued to staff, the BBC understands.

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Kidnappers left clubber fighting for life

Four thugs who were involved in the kidnapping of a Midland man who had his finger cut off as part of a 60,000 ransom demand...

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'Right to rent' checks start in West Midlands

Landlords in the West Midlands who fail to check whether prospective tenants are in the country legally will face a fine.

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Bar Risa's Broad Street booze licence under review

Police have ordered an urgent licence review of a controversial Birmingham bar after a man had his throat cut.

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Birmingham mother left children home alone to fly to Australia

A mother-of-six who flew to Australia for six weeks after telling her son she was going to the supermarket has been given a suspended jail sentence.

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Birmingham chip shop stabbing: Reward offered

A reward is being offered for information about a man following the attempted murder of a Birmingham chip shop manager.

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Levi-Blu Cassin murder: Toddler's injuries 'like top-floor fall'

A 22-month-old boy's fatal injuries were like those caused by 'a fall from the top floor of a house', an expert has told his parents' murder trial.

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Big freeze on way for Birmingham as temperatures plunge

Temperatures are set to plummet to as low as -3C tonight as the big freeze arrives in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.

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Birmingham City Council report finds abuse risk for 132 children

A report has found at least 132 children in Birmingham are suffering or are vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

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Knife wielding Sutton Coldfield doctor tasered by police

An NHS doctor was Tasered and arrested after allegedly going on the rampage on a suburban estate, threatening neighbours with a knife and hurling stones at luxury cars.

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Bus crashes into three cars in Sparkhill

A busy Birmingham road was closed after a bus crashed into three cars before careering onto the pavement.

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Footage from hacked Birmingham webcams posted online

These chilling pictures show how seven Birmingham webcams have been hijacked and broadcast online.

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Failed 'City Tv' licence re-awarded to Kaleidoscope group

The licence for local TV in Birmingham has been given to another group after City TV went into administration without broadcasting any programmes.

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Men in Birmingham 'exploitation' order named

Two men ordered to keep away from young girls after a council became the first to use civil injunctions to block child sexual exploitation can be named, a High Court judge has said.

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Handsworth father stabbed to death by mentally-ill neighbour

A 'quiet and peaceful' father-of-four was stabbed to death by his mentally-ill neighbour in a 'ferocious' street attack.

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Birmingham neurosurgeon jailed for patient sex attacks

A neurosurgeon has been jailed for 16 years after being found guilty of nine indecent assaults against patients at two Birmingham hospitals.

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Druids Heath mum Jocelyn Bennett awakes from coma

A young mum who lost her baby twins after ambulance staff were unable to access her locked Birmingham tower block has awoken from a coma after 19 days.

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Xtra Factor guitarist escapes jail after admitting benefit fraud

A star Black Country guitarist due to tour with Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has been exposed as benefits cheat after performing on the Xtra Factor.

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Man wanted over sex attack in Handsworth

Police have released this 'crystal clear' CCTV image of a man they want to question about a sex attack on a woman in Birmingham.

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Aston University student's porn advert shock

A university student was left furious after discovering that her Facebook photos had been stolen and used to advertise a 'no-strings attached' casual sex website.

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Obesity chief calls for withdrawal of 2,000 calorie burger

An obesity chief has called for a pub chain to scrap a 2,000-calorie double donut burger from its menu.

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Broad Street racist attack leaves taxi driver with broken jaw

Police have released CCTV images of three men wanted over a racist attack on a Birmingham taxi driver.

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Birmingham's council tax hardship fund is not being spent

Cash to help those hit by benefit cuts not being spent - and councillors blame poor publicity for scheme

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Bullying Birmingham drug dealer jailed for nine years

A violent Birmingham drug dealer forced a 'vulnerable' man into selling heroin and crack cocaine for him - and then tried to blackmail his family into paying for his release.

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West Midlands braced for heavy rain

Forecasters say up to an inch of rain will hit Birmingham on Thursday as autumn moves in with a vengeance

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Sharon Thompson: Rough sleeper to city councillor

Nineteen years ago she found herself homeless, but inspirational Sharon Thompson has had a remarkable journey.

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Brum's tallest buildings compared to the rest of the world

They may tower over our streets - but compared to the colossal constructions around the world the tallest buildings in Brum are simply tiny.

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Birmingham's 'sky needles' switched on

Three steel structures on Birmingham's National Indoor Arena (NIA) have been lit up to mark the venue's reopening.

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Birmingham City Council's leader has 'exaggerated' cuts

Birmingham City Council's leader has been accused of 'exaggerating cuts to blame ministers for 6,000 job losses'.

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'Super council' plan for West Midlands

A combined West Midlands 'super council' could be formed by five local authorities in the region.

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Newborn twins die after Druids Heath tower block tragedy

The devastated family of Jocelyn Bennett today switched off her twin girls' life support machines in a poignant farewell - as nursery rhymes played in the background.

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'Stressed' father who shook son appallingly hard jailed

A 'stressed' father shook his three-month-old son so hard he broke his legs and caused him permanent brain damage.

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Birmingham Ebola-party club apologises for theme night

A Birmingham nightclub has apologised for 'a huge error of judgement' in holding an Ebola-themed party.

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Malala Yousafzai donates 'Peace Prize' money to Gaza

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education campaigner shot by the Taliban, has donated her $50,000 Nobel Peace Prize money towards the reconstruction of schools in Gaza.

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Premises that have failed food hygiene inspections

A total of 147 restaurants, pubs and other premises preparing food in Birmingham and Walsall have failed to meet minimum food hygiene standards in 2014 so far.

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Ill mum's brothers refused UK entry to be donors

A Solihull-based mum fighting leukaemia has been that told her brothers- her last chance of a bone marrow transplant - have been refused entry to Britain for a second time.

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Care home resident is attacked with walking stick

These are the shocking injuries sustained by a frail 92-year-old, battered with a walking stick during harrowing violence at her care home.

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Postman stashed mail in his house for three years

A postman who stashed birthday cards, theatre tickets and hospital appointments behind his sofa is facing jail after being convicted of delaying mail deliveries by up to three years.

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Grooming: Judge bans men from approaching teenage girls

A High Court judge has banned five men from approaching girls in public places after concerns were raised about the welfare of a vulnerable teenager who is in local authority care.

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Katie Hopkins takes fresh swipe at Birmingham

Big-mouthed Katie Hopkins has taken another pot shot at Birmingham by asking why homegrown terrorists would want to return to the city in search of 'paradise'.

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Police search for girl who lost mum in Birmingham city centre

Police are continuing to search for a little girl who is thought to have become separated from her mum in Birmingham city centre.

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Great Birmingham Run attracts thousands of runners

Thousands of people have been taking part in the Great Birmingham Run - the most popular half marathon in the Midlands.

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Police hunt man after alleged sex attack on Birmingham bus

Police are hunting a 'smartly dressed' man after a 23-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and punched on a Birmingham bus.

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West Midlands Police fire more Tasers than other forces

Tasers were fired by West Midlands Police more than any other force in England and Wales, statistics show.

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Great Birmingham Run: Asian women overcome barriers

A group of women are out to smash the myths and stereotypes surrounding their cultures and religions when they take part in the Bupa Great Birmingham Run on Sunday.

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Smethwick Cash Converters customer smashes up 50-inch TV

This is the moment that an angry Cash Converters customer smashed a 50-inch television because the boss refused to buy her old DVD player.

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Trojan Horse schools 'not improved', Ofsted warns

There are still significant problems at the five Birmingham schools placed into special measures following concerns about a hard-line Islamist takeover.

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Birmingham wannabe model and actor jailed for dealing cocaine

A wannabe model and actor who dealt cocaine from a flat in a leafy Birmingham suburb has been jailed for three years.

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Concern for missing dog walker Stephanie Smith

Family and friends are urgently appealing for the public's help in tracing a woman who has been missing for five days.

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Solihull man charged with murdering parents

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering his parents.

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Children still unsafe in Birmingham, damning new report reveals

A catalogue of child protection failures left Birmingham youngsters at risk, a damning report has concluded.

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Police hunt party gatecrasher who stabbed victim eight times

A party-goer was stabbed eight times by a gatecrasher in a row outside a Nechells tower block during a Bank Holiday weekend.

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Husband who slashed pregnant wife jailed for five years

A husband who slashed his pregnant wife with a Stanley knife because she hid his drugs stash has been jailed for five years.

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I want to find out the truth about how my son died

The mother of a 28-year-old found hanged in his prison cell has pledged to fight to find out the truth after an inquest returned an open verdict.

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Tipton council worker blamed for toddler window fall

A one-year-old girl fell from a first-floor window left open by a council worker, her parents have claimed.

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Man dies after falling from Library of Birmingham

Pedestrians watched in horror on Wednesday as a man fell to his death from the Library of Birmingham.

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FORTY children aged under 10 branded rapists by WMP

Children as young as four and five are being recorded as rapists by West Midlands Police the Birmingham Mail can reveal.

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Birmingham maths teacher on trial for improper conduct

A Birmingham maths teacher has gone on trial accused of making sexually inappropriate comments to a "vulnerable" pupil.

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Birmingham's Bar Risa forced to host EDL for second year

A Birmingham bar has been forced by police to house EDL members before a city centre rally this weekend for the second time in two years.

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Spree killer Harry Street detained over bomb and weapons

A killer who shot five people dead in 1978 has been told he might never be released from a secure hospital after "an arsenal" of weapons was found at his home last year.

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73-yr-old man dies in suspected road rage clash in Northfield

A 73-year-old man has died after a suspected road rage incident in Birmingham.

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'stranger danger' message issued after girl approached

West Midlands Police is urging parents to reiterate 'stranger danger' messages after a school girl was approached by a motorist on Coventry Road. 

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Activist Moazzam Begg set to sue Government

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Moazzam Begg is set to sue the Government for more than £100,000 after the collapse of a £1.25 million terror case against him.

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Police hunt after man beaten with metal bar on Broad Street.

Police have released CCTV images of two suspected attackers after a man was assaulted in Birmingham city centre leaving him with head injuries.

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Parents confront head at Birmingham Trojan Horse school

The head at one of the schools in Birmingham at the centre of the "Trojan Horse" controversy has been confronted by a group of parents.

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Birmingham rapist who filmed unconscious victim jailed

A man who raped a teenager and filmed her while she was unconscious in a Norwich hotel room, has been jailed.

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Moazzam Begg released after terror charges dropped

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has walked free from Belmarsh prison after seven terrorism-related charges against him were dropped.

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Sparkhill flat death: Two arrested on suspicion of murder

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found dead at a Birmingham flat.

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Schoolboy died after blood transfusion delays at hospital

A schoolboy died after staff at a Birmingham hospital "missed opportunities" to save his life, a coroner has ruled in a damning inquest.

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Sparkbrook driver survives being blasted in face in drive-by

A driver had a miraculous escape last night after he was shot in the face in a drive-by shooting in Sparkbrook.

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Wolverhampton stab victim named as Joshua Price

A man found stabbed to death in a Wolverhampton street has been named by police.

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White Dee backs Tory 'Benefit Cards' proposal

The star of Channel 4's Benefits Street has said pre-paid cards to prevent claimants spending their money on 'fags and booze" are "not a bad idea'.

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Man blasts passers-by who took photos of stricken attack victim

A hero shop worker has told how sick passers-by took pictures of a woman left lying in a pool of blood following a vicious hammer attack by an obsessed Poundland colleague.

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Wolverhampton needle jab pupil to get behaviour plan

A pupil who jabbed about 20 classmates with a diabetic pen has been made subject to a year-long behaviour plan.

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Birmingham underage pregnancy figures shock

Eight girls aged just 13 had babies in the West Midlands in the last five years - leading to claims youngsters are being "let down" over sex education.

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Care workers in court over nursing home death

Two care workers have appeared in court accused of wilfully neglecting an 85-year-old nursing home resident.

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Poundland worker attacked mum who spurned him

An "obsessed" Poundland worker has been jailed for a horrific hammer attack on a colleague who rejected his advances.

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Gatecrasher riot: Brothers 'behaved like pack of dogs'

Two brothers involved in a riot which forced the closure of Broad Street acted like a "pack of dogs", a judge said.

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Fears for missing Birmingham teenager Mahsa Khazaei

Fears are growing for a Birmingham teenager who has been missing from her Aston home for more than a week.

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Birmingham to enjoy late summer sunshine

Temperatures are Birmingham are set to rival Mediterranean hotspots this week as the mercury climbs above 21C (70F).

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Gurminder Singh guilty of Wolverhampton hotel murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering a woman in a Wolverhampton hotel room.

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Tributes to Smethwick crash victim Richie Nelson

The victim of a Midland car crash was a young dad who worked as a prison officer.

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Takeaway driver lured to death was unlawfully killed

A takeaway driver was killed with an axe or meat cleaver after being deliberately lured to his death in the Black Country, police have said.

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Pizza shop boss preferred money over child's safety

A pizza shop boss pleaded with fire crews NOT to cut a five-year-old boy from a dough rolling machine - because it would cost him money, a court heard.

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Joshua Ribera's mum 'overwhelmed' by peace day backing

The mother of tragic Birmingham teenager Joshua Ribera was left "overwhelmed" by a peace day held in his memory.

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Broad Street concert to honour rap artist Depzman

Joshua Ribera was stabbed on September 21 last year outside TC’s nightclub in Selly Oak, where a memorial was taking place for Kyle Sheehan

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CCTV captures woman's vicious road rage attack on driver

A woman was viciously attacked by another woman after she had been asked to move the car she was in because it was blocking a busy Birmingham road.

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Birmingham girl's spider bite venom horror

A Birmingham mum has issued a warning to parents after her daughter's body turned bright crimson after she was bitten by a SPIDER.

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Man who helped in cousin's honour killing loses appeal bid

A man who helped dispose of his cousin's body in Birmingham after she was murdered by relatives in an 'honour killing' has lost an appeal.

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Woman died hours after seeing stalker ex-boyfriend

A woman died after falling from a motorway bridge just hours after being 'terrified' when she saw her stalker ex-boyfriend on a night out, an inquest heard.

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BCC investigates after one chicken nugget for lunch concern

An investigation has been launched after claims reception children in Birmingham were served just one chicken nugget during a school lunch.

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West Midlands on heavy rain and storm alert

A weather alert for a deluge of heavy rain has been issued for the West Midlands.

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Fifth man charged with murder after Sparkbrook violence

A fifth man has been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed in the neck during an outbreak of violence in Birmingham in July.

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Birmingham City Council confirms 6,000 jobs to go

A further 6,000 jobs will be cut at Birmingham City Council in the next four years, the authority's leader has said, making the workforce about a third of the size it was in 2010.

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Christina Edkins killing was 'preventable', report says

The death of a 16-year-old girl who was stabbed on her way to school could have been prevented if her killer had received mental health treatment, a report has found.

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Shocking brawl breaks out on Birmingham bus

Travel bosses are investigating a shocking brawl which erupted on the top deck of a busy bus.

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Terrified woman assaulted during stroll in Birmingham park

A 'very frightened' woman was thrown to the ground and assaulted during a stroll through a Birmingham park.

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Warm weather heading back - temperatures set to hit 77F

The warm weather is on its way back to the West Midlands - with forecasters predicting a sunny start to September.

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Former paedophile music teacher has prison sentence slashed

A former music teacher who filmed himself sexually assaulting boys and who amassed 350,000 indecent images of children has had his sentence slashed.

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Swearing 3-yr-old ice bucket challenge toddler apologizes

This is the Midland youngster who became an internet sensation by letting rip with the F-word after taking the ice bucket challenge.

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Walsall girl passes maths A-Level at the of age of ten

She's the little genius who has scored top-of-the-class grades in both Maths GCSE and A-Level - at the age of just TEN.

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Policeman attacked with sledgehammer during botched raid

A police officer was battered with a sledgehammer during a botched raid on a cash machine in the Black Country.

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Man jailed for filming Fast And Furious in cinema

A man has been jailed for 33 months after recording Fast And Furious 6 from the back of a cinema in Walsall.

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West Midlands PCC election won by Labour's David Jamieson

Labour's David Jamieson has been elected as the new West Midlands police and crime commissioner (PCC), as it emerged the turnout was just 10.4%.

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Knife bin launched in Perry Barr, Birmingham

A campaign urging people to hand in knives has been launched in Birmingham.

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Revealed: The worst drivers in Britain are from Smethwick

The towns with the most banned drivers in Britain have today been revealed - and top of the list is Smethwick in the West Midlands - which now has the unenviable title of being home to the worst motorists in the country.

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Market traders buy new iPad for disabled woman

Market traders in Birmingham raised money to buy a new iPad after a disabled customer had her tablet snatched by a thief.

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Mum-of-eight says she wants two more kids to get bigger house

A single mother-of-eight from Birmingham has told how she is planning to have more children - so she can claim more benefits and get a bigger council house.

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Baby died after mum sent home from Hospital by midwives

A baby died of massive brain damage after midwives advised his mum to stay home despite falling desperately ill during labour, an inquest heard.

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Police appeal after 12-yr-old Balsall Heath girl goes missing

Police are searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing from her West Midlands home for more than a day.

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Benefits Street's Black Dee blasts White Dee

Benefits Street's Black Dee has accused White Dee of "selling out" after she walked into the Celebrity Big Brother house and pocketed an estimated £100,000.

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Mum faces court threat over cancer girl school absence

The mother of a seven-year-old girl who battled cancer is facing prosecution for not sending her to school.

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Three infected with salmonella die at Heartlands Hospital

Three people who caught salmonella died after an outbreak at a Birmingham hospital two months ago.

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Iconic Birmingham record shop closing for good

It is the historic record collection which is going for a song. Because the owner of Birmingham's Reddington's Rare Records is selling off his entire stock of 75,000 albums and singles - for just £1 a pop.

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Yardley shooting: Man injured after shooting on Stoney Lane

An investigation has been launched after a man was injured in a Yardley shooting.

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'Bedroom tax' lorry death was suicide, coroner rules

A woman who walked in front of a lorry on a motorway after leaving a note blaming government benefit changes took her own life, a coroner has ruled.

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Birmingham local TV firm City TV in administration

Birmingham's City TV has gone into administration, without having broadcast any programmes.

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Missing Washwood Heath children found on city bus

Despair quickly turned to joy for a Birmingham couple when their two children were found late on Wednesday night after a frantic city-wide search.

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Urgent appeal to find missing children in Washwood Heath

An urgent appeal has been issued to find two children who have gone missing in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham.

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Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg denies terrorism

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg has pleaded not guilty to seven terrorism charges.

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One dead, two injured in Birmingham knife and gun disorder

A man has been shot dead during disorder in Birmingham, police have said.

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Birmingham dad kidnapped and executed in Jamaica

A Birmingham dad was found dead in Jamaica after he was snatched from a car at gunpoint.

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Birmingham man charged with murdering wife

A man has been charged with murdering his ex-wife and attempting to murder their two children.

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Woman gives birth outside Birmingham Primark

A woman has given birth to a girl in the street outside the Primark clothes shop in Birmingham city centre.

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Kingsley Burrell death: 'insufficient evidence' to prosecute

Prosecutors say there is 'insufficient evidence' to charge anyone after the death of a man detained under the Mental Health Act.

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Birmingham man arrested over fatal attack on ex-partner

A 42-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of killing his ex-partner and trying to kill their two children

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Birmingham Kajans school to close after its first year

A £2.5m school in Birmingham is to close just 12 months after it opened, because of a lack of students.

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Police cleared over Druids Heath tower block death plunge

A police watchdog has cleared officers of any blame after a man died when he fell from the 11th floor of a Birmingham tower block in a bid to escape arrest.

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Elections 2014: Labour holds Birmingham and Sandwell councils

Labour has kept hold of three of its councils in the West Midlands.

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Learner driver arrested for car-jacking driving instructor

A learner driver has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and assault after his instructor was car-jacked in the middle of a lesson.

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Pastor faces prison for sex assaults on underage girl

Father-of-two Mark Pearce made advances towards the girl, who was 14 or 15 at the time, when they were alone at the MPM Studio in Walsall and in his car.

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Birmingham doctor's female mutilation hearing opens

A hearing has opened in the case of a doctor who allegedly offered to arrange female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Walsall stabbings: Dead pair 'were husband and wife'

A man and woman found dead at a house in Walsall where three children were sleeping were husband and wife, police have said.

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Man and woman found 'stabbed to death' at Walsall house

A man and a woman believed to be former partners have been found dead with stab wounds in a house in the West Midlands.

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Boys 'poured bleach into teacher's coffee at primary school'

Police were called to a school after it was reported two boys had poured a "bleach-like substance" into their teacher's coffee.

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11-yr-old boy sexually assaulted in Birmingham

An 11-year-old boy was left "traumatised" by a sexual assault in a busy residential street, police said.

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Birmingham stalker jailed after ex girlfriend's suicide

A woman jumped to her death from a motorway bridge after living in "fear and torment" of her ex-boyfriend who was stalking her, a court heard.

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Man critical following Erdington stabbing

A 24-year-old man is critically ill in hospital after being stabbed in Birmingham.

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Ex Met chief to oversee Islamic 'trojan horse' schools probe

The former national head of counter terrorism is to oversee an inquiry into 25 Birmingham schools over allegations of a hard-line Islamist takeover plot.

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Man murdered wife to hide homosexuality

A bank worker has been jailed for life for murdering his wife in a bid to stop her revealing his homosexuality.

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Sheffield Marathon cancelled due to lack of water for runners

Sheffield's Half Marathon has been cancelled due to a lack of water for runners, organisers have said.

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Oldbury's Jodie Stimpson wins opening World Triathlon Series

Great Britain's Jodie Stimpson was an impressive winner in the opening round of the ITU Triathlon World Series in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Man jailed for killing Birmingham toddler after 'fit of temper'

A man who inflicted "catastrophic" brain injuries on his partner's 22-month-old boy in a fit of temper has been jailed for eight years.

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Man charged with stabbing estranged wife to death

A man charged with stabbing his estranged wife to death at her Wolverhampton home has appeared in court.

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Rats the size of cats spotted in Birmingham

Birmingham is battling a growing problem which saw more than 5,100 rat alerts recorded in the past year.

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Wolverhampton stabbing leaves woman seriously injured

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing at a house in Wolverhampton which left a woman seriously injured, police said.

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Three arrested after West Bromwich town centre fight

Two men and a teenager have been arrested after a fight broke out in West Bromwich town centre, police said.

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Rapper Joshua Ribera's killer Armani Mitchell jailed

A teenager who murdered a Birmingham rapper in a street stabbing has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years.

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Men stabbed an robbed in Wolverhampton park

Two men were stabbed in a Wolverhampton park after confronting robbers.

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Woman with epilepsy 'robbed' during seizure in Birmingham

A woman with epilepsy had her purse stolen by a bogus Good Samaritan while she lay unconscious in a city centre street, West Midlands Police has said.

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Missing nine-week-old baby found safe in Walsall

A nine-week-old girl, allegedly taken from her home in the West Midlands, has been found "safe and well".

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Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans charged with assault

Olympic boxing silver medallist Fred Evans has been arrested and charged with two counts of assault in Birmingham, police have confirmed.

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Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung jailed for six years

Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung has been jailed for six years by a Hong Kong court for money laundering.

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Birmingham widow wins 'frozen sperm' legal fight

A woman has won a legal battle to stop her dead husband's frozen sperm being destroyed.

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Prison officer Julie Turton jailed over sex and drugs

A prison officer who had sex with an inmate and supplied drugs to prisoners at HMP Birmingham has been jailed.

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Birmingham City Football Club owner Carson Yeung guilty

Birmingham City Football Club owner Carson Yeung has been found guilty of five counts of money laundering by a court in Hong Kong.

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Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg faces terror charge

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg and a 44-year-old woman have been charged with terror offences related to Syria, West Midlands Police have said.

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Tribunal agrees Birmingham bus lane signs 'confusing'

Drivers caught on camera driving in bus lanes in Birmingham were unfairly fined, a tribunal has ruled.

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Ex-Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg arrested

Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg is among four people who have been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, police have said.

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Girl dies in school coach and car crash

A teenage girl was killed and two people suffered life-threatening injuries when a school coach and a car collided in the West Midlands.

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Council plans street lights switch off 'to save' money

Street lights are to be switched off to save money under plans being considered by a West Midlands local authority.

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'Bedroom tax' rebates for 3,000 in West Midlands

At least 3,000 tenants in the West Midlands are set to be eligible for rebates after having benefits wrongly cut because they have extra bedrooms.

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Lucky escape for tree fall driver in Birmingham

A driver had a lucky escape when a tree fell on his car - suffering just minor injuries.

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Ballet dancers with no age limit

Ballet is usually the preserve of fit, young dancers with athletic frames but a West Midlands based dance company is helping an older generation to find their dancing feet.

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Benefits Street: James Turner Street sign stolen

Thieves have pinched the James Turner Street sign from the road where the infamous Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street was set.

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Benefits Street star 'White Dee' to stand as MP

Benefits Street star White Dee has announced she is to stand for Parliament.

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'Benefits Street' residents in court on drugs charges

Four residents of the road featured in the Benefits Street TV series have appeared in court accused of drug offences.

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Knife surrender starts in Birmingham

People carrying knives are being encouraged to surrender their weapons during a community initiative to tackle knife crime in Birmingham.

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Birmingham City Council confirms 1,000 jobs to go

A further 1,000 jobs will go next year at Birmingham City Council, the authority has confirmed.

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Man charged after Qur'an ripped up at football match'

A man has been charged after pages were allegedly torn from the Koran and thrown during a football match.

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Women injured as tree hits car in Birmingham

Two women have been taken to hospital after a tree fell on to a car during strong winds in Birmingham.

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Appeal after pig's head placed on police vehicle

Officers have launched an investigation after a pigs head was placed on a police vehicle in the City Centre.

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Appeal to find couple who attacked a bus passenger

Footage has been released of a "barbaric" seven-minute attack on a bus passenger in Birmingham.

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Doctor pleads guilty to secretly filming up girls' skirts

A doctor has been given a community order for using a camera in a key fob to film up the skirts of young girls.

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West Midlands England's second fattest region

Copeland in West Cumbria is the fattest local authority area in England, according to new government figures.

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Fooball BCFC - Carson Yeung resigns as chairman of BIHL

Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung has stepped down as chairman and executive director of the club's holding company, Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL).

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Three men jailed for disabled man's murder

Three people have been jailed for life for the murder of a disabled man.

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Birmingham tunnels to be closed again

Two tunnels on the A38 in central Birmingham will close for a second summer, the city council has said.

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Wolverhampton pupils back sacked 'pellet gun' teacher

A campaign to reinstate a teacher, who was sacked after he accidentally shot a pupil with a pellet gun during a science lesson, has been launched.

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Anelka gesture comic Dieudonne banned from UK

The French comedian at the centre of the Nicolas Anelka racism row has been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office has said.

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Knife surrender confirmed for Birmingham

Police have confirmed a knife surrender planned for Birmingham will start later this month.

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Handsworth flatmate stabbing suspect detained

A man suspected of stabbing his flatmate to death has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

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14-yr-old charged with attempted murder after stabbing

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing in Handsworth Wood, police have said.

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Murder inquiry after man stabbed to death in Handsworth

Detectives have launched a murder inquiry after a man was fatally stabbed in Handsworth this morning.

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Ex police officer, Sugra Hanif guilty of data theft

A former Thames Valley Police officer and her lover have been found guilty of stealing thousands of accident victims' details from her force computer.

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Hassan Mahmood stabbing - Teenager guilty of murder

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a 15-year-old in a park in Birmingham.

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Thirteen arrested at University of Birmingham protest

Thirteen people have been arrested after violence erupted at a student demonstration, the University of Birmingham said.

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Malala Yousafzai to receive Anne Frank courage award

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai is to receive an award for moral courage, it has been announced.

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Three men jailed for supermarket robberies

Three men from Birmingham have been jailed after robbing 15 supermarkets across England over 10 months.

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Man found with serious injuries on road in Birmingham

A man has been discovered with serious injuries on the street in a Birmingham suburb.

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Six teenagers charged with racially-aggravated assault

Six teenagers have been charged with abusing members of the Asian community as they made their way to and from mosque prayers.

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Hunt for woman after man loses eye

Police are looking for a woman after an attack in Birmingham in which a man lost an eye.

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New Street station worst for 'overall satisfaction'

Birmingham New Street has been named as the worst railway station for "overall satisfaction" in a rail watchdog study.

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Alum Rock man murdered wife in land dispute

A man has been found guilty of murdering his wife in a dispute about land in their native Bangladesh.

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Fundraising for houses hit by lightning

Neighbours have been trying to raise money to help people whose homes were damaged by a lightning strike.

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Joshua Ribera - Rapper murder accused denies charge

An 18-year-old has denied murdering a Birmingham rapper in a street stabbing.

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Millionaire Tory owns houses on Benefits Street

A Tory millionaire is pocketing taxpayers' money from breadline families in TV's Benefits Street.

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Police appeal for missing 15-yr-old

Police in Solihull are appealing for help in tracing a 15-year-old girl who has been missing for four days.

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West Midlands hit by freak heavy storm

A heavy storm has battered the Midlands region, with at least three houses and a church struck by lightning and trees uprooted.

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Benefits Street - Seven charged with drug offences

Seven people have been charged with drug dealing offences after raids on James Turner Street in Birmingham.

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Judicial review sought over council's 'unfair' housing policy

A Black Country council is facing a judicial review over its handling of a housing benefits claim.

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Elderly pedestrian hit by car in Walsall dies

An elderly pedestrian who was hit by a car in Walsall has died.

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Winson Green staff offered bonuses to go to HMP Oakwood

Staff at Winson Green prison in Birmingham are being offered £500 bonuses plus expenses to work at HMP Oakwood for a month, a union has said.

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Concerns grow over missing 14-yr-old girl from Dudley

Police are searching for a teenage girl from Brierley Hill, Dudley, who has been missing for four days.

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'White Dee' invites Nick Clegg to TV's Benefits Street

Nick Clegg has been invited to Benefits Street by one of the stars of the controversial Channel 4 reality show.

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Man jailed for knife and bat attack

A man who attacked two "innocent bystanders" in a Birmingham pub has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

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Police chief - community vigilante claim 'has no evidence'

Claims by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor that certain communities take justice into their own hands have been denied by West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.

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Driver suspended after 'special needs' child left on bus

A driver has been suspended after a 10-year-old with special needs was left on a school bus at a Wolverhampton City Council depot.

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Handsworth men charged with Syria terrorism

Two men have been charged on suspicion of travelling to Syria for terrorism, West Midlands Police have said.

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Murder charge over body at Century Tower flat in Birmingham

A man has been charged with murdering a woman who was found dead at a flat in a tower block in Birmingham.

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Parents held over death of baby

The parents of a nine-month-old girl have been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

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Sandwell youth football coach jailed for child sex offences

Kevin Eaton has been jailed after pretending to be a 14-year-old schoolgirl in order to strike up online conversations with children before goading them into performing sexual acts

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Police appeal for mugger who dragged pensioner of bus

Coventry police are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner was pulled off a bus by a man trying to steal her bag.

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Birmingham underwear blackmail rapist jailed

A man who raped and blackmailed a woman by threatening to share photos of her in her underwear has been jailed for 17 years, police said.

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Birmingham slavery arrests - Two men held

Two men have been arrested over slavery offences after four men were found in squalid conditions in Birmingham.

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Benefits Street proves Government is right to cut welfare

Controversial documentary Benefits Street proves the Government is right to cut benefits, according to the Cabinet Minister responsible.

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Woman's body found in Edgbaston tower block

The body of a woman has been found in a Birmingham tower block.

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Birmingham wholesale markets to move from City Centre

Birmingham's Wholesale Markets are to move to a new purpose-built facility outside the centre, the city council has said.

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Woman charged with slavery offences against four men

A woman has been charged with slavery offences after four men were found in squalid conditions in Birmingham.

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Handsworth postal worker jailed for stealing chequebooks

A postal worker has been jailed for seven years for stealing hundreds of chequebooks from the sorting office where he worked in a £1.2m fraud.

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Benefits Street - Petition calls for programme to be axed

More than 5,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Channel 4 to drop its TV show Benefits Street.

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Benefits Street star 'Smoggy' wins daughter's respect

Benefits Street star 'Smoggy' has been offered three jobs after impressing bosses with his TV turn as the 50p man.

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'Ku Klux Klan golliwog hanging' man jailed

A man who posted online videos of himself dressed in a Ku Klux Klan costume while hanging a life-sized golliwog doll, has been jailed.

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PC 'stole and sold' personal details from database

A police officer stole thousands of accident victims' details from her force computer and sold them with her lover and his wife, a court has heard

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Benefits Street - Warm-hearted star 50p man 'offered a job'

Mystery Benefits Street star the 50p man has reportedly been offered a job as a reward for the kindness he displayed on the show.

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'Benefits Street' star in drugs arrest

A star of the controversial Birmingham-based TV show 'Benefits Street' is on police bail following a drugs bust at her home.

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Oakwood Prison had seen recent disorder

Details have emerged of further violent incidents at a privately-run prison where a serious disturbance took place on Sunday.

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Benefits Street TV show lied say Birmingham residents

It's the talked-about TV show that portrays residents of a Birmingham street as Britain's worst state spongers.

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G4S tackles 'ongoing incident' at HMP Oakwood

Private security firm G4S says it is tackling an "ongoing incident" at Oakwood Prison, near Wolverhampton.

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Police appeal for missing Walsall teenager

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a missing teenager from Walsall.

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Aston University scientists invent new rat trap

Scientists at a Birmingham university have come up with a new way of controlling rats to prevent the spread of poison-resistant animals.

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Two held over road rage attack in Wolverhampton

Two people have been arrested after a man was bundled into a car and attacked in a suspected road rage attack.

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Woman charged with murder of man killed in house fire

A woman has been charged with murder after a man died in a house fire on Christmas Day.

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Digbeth Christmas day shisha lounge blaze 'was arson'

Two people were hurt leaping from a first floor window when a fire ripped through flats and businesses in Birmingham on Christmas Day.

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QE Hospital surgeon suspended over 'branding' claim

A doctor has been suspended over allegations he "branded" his initials on to a patient's liver.

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Teenager sexually assaulted in Birmingham city centre

A woman has been seriously sexually assaulted in Birmingham city centre, police have said.

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Birmingham teacher Phillip Evans jailed for sex offences

A teacher who secretly recorded himself sexually assaulting boys at the public school where he taught has been jailed.

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Wolverhampton toddler's heroin death was 'avoidable'

The death of a toddler from a heroin overdose may have been avoided if agencies involved with the family had recognised the risks, says a report.

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Traffic warden attacked with hammer over ticket

A traffic warden has been attacked with a hammer in a row over a parking ticket, police have said.

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Christina Edkins Memorial service for stabbing victim

A service has been held in memory of a teenage girl who was stabbed to death on a bus in March.

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Pedestrian struck by car in Smethwick dies

A pedestrian died when he was hit by a car in the West Midlands.

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Madeleine McCann costume sparks complaints to nightclub

A nightclub has removed a "distasteful" photograph from its websites following complaints it showed a man in a costume depicting missing child Madeleine McCann.

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Library of Birmingham lit up in Aston Villa colours

Birmingham's new library has been lit up in claret and blue for Christmas.

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Birmingham man blinded in restaurant attack

A 25-year-old man has lost the sight in one eye after being stabbed by a man begging for money in a restaurant.

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Handsworth leisure centre renamed after Nelson Mandela

Handsworth leisure centre is to be renamed Nelson Mandela Health and Wellbeing Centre, officials said.

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Joshua Ribera death: Knife 'surrender' in rapper's memory

A planned "knife surrender" by West Midlands police is to be dedicated to the memory of a teenage rapper who was killed in September.

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Student speaks of Birmingham taxi sexual assault

A woman has spoken of how her life has changed after being attacked by a bogus taxi driver in Birmingham.

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Proceeds of crime given to West Midlands boxing clubs

Fifteen community schemes, including three boxing clubs, are to be given £91,000 in profits seized from criminals in the West Midlands.

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Man jailed for murdering ex-partner and baby

A man who murdered a former partner and her baby son has been jailed for life.

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Birmingham nurse 'did not know where the appendix is'

A nurse who did not know where in the human body the appendix is has been suspended from the medical register.

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Man jailed for 'toddlers' carjacking

A man who dragged a mother out of her car and drove off with her two children still inside the vehicle, has been jailed for five years.

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Julian Webster family to challenge case in High Court

Relatives of a man who died after being restrained by door staff outside a bar have won the right to launch a legal challenge.

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Birmingham kickboxer jailed for US marine murder

A kickboxer from Birmingham has been jailed for 25 years for the murder of a former US Marine in Thailand.

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12million pound EuroMillions prize unclaimed

A lottery ticket holder who won £12m has failed to come forward to collect their prize, meaning the money will now go to 'good causes'.

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Music teacher Phillip Evans admits child sex offences

A teacher who used hidden cameras in a changing room at a Birmingham school has pleaded guilty to sexual offences against children.

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Mum who hammered baby bump forced to leave home

A heavily pregnant woman who was filmed hitting her baby bump with a claw hammer is set to flee her Birmingham home because of the backlash, sources claim.

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Gatecrasher licence in doubt after rise in crime

Birmingham's biggest nightclub could have its licence suspended after police complained about stabbings, cannabis smoking and serious violence on Broad Street.

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Police probe over Broad Street 'baton attack' footage

An investigation is underway after a clubber claimed he was attacked by baton-wielding cops called to a Broad Street brawl – with the incident captured on camera.

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Abandoned baby: Police consider 'mother' tip-offs

Police investigating the discovery of a baby girl abandoned in a Birmingham park are working through a list of more than 100 women they have been told could be the mother.

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Hope for 2-yr-old boy after donor match

A two-year-old boy whose parents have appealed for more people from the Asian community to register as bone marrow donors is to be given a transplant.

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Brothers jailed for thefts of Poppy Day Appeal tins

Two brothers have each been jailed for a year after stealing Poppy Day Appeal tins from hotels in the west Midlands.

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Care home fined after woman froze to death

A West Midlands care home has been fined £133,000 after mistakes led to a 91-year-old woman with dementia freezing to death in its grounds.

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Birmingham park baby: Appeal to trace mother

Police are making a fresh appeal to trace the mother of a baby girl, a week after she was abandoned in a Birmingham park.

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Former Birmingham teacher jailed for indecent assaults

A former Birmingham teacher has been jailed after admitting indecently assaulting two pupils during after-school homework sessions.

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Man jailed for killing crying baby daughter

A man has been jailed for shaking his 10 week-old daughter to death because she would not stop crying.

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Baby abandoned in Birmingham named Jade after dog

A newborn baby girl found abandoned in a park has been named after the dog whose walker found her.

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'Ku Klux Klan mock golliwog hanging' man pleads guilty

A man who carried out a mock hanging of a man-sized golliwog doll while wearing a Ku Klux Klan costume has pleaded guilty to a charge of stirring up racial hatred.

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Newborn baby found abandoned in Birmingham park

A newborn baby has been found abandoned in a park in Birmingham.

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Woman arrested after man stabbed to death at flat

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was found with fatal stab injuries at a flat in Wolverhampton.

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Thousands in Birmingham without water after 'major burst'

Thousands of homes were left without water in Birmingham after a "major mains burst".

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Three arrested after Handsworth street shooting

Three men have been arrested after a man was shot, leaving him in a life-threatening condition in hospital.

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Mosque bomber Pavlo Lapshyn given life for murder

A Ukrainian student has been jailed for at least 40 years for murdering an 82-year-old man and plotting explosions near mosques in racist attacks.

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M6 closed after woman dies in fall from bridge

The M6 in Birmingham has been closed after a woman died on the motorway in the early hours.

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Man admits murder and mosque blasts

A Ukrainian student has admitted murdering an 82-year-old man who was walking home from a Birmingham mosque.

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Jailed dentist Joyce Trail struck off after fraud

A jailed dentist who defrauded the NHS out of £1.4m has been struck off by the General Dental Council (GDC).

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Gun and bomb accused due in court

A Birmingham man accused of firearms and explosive offences, is due in court Friday.

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Man admits driving without licence for 40 years

A man stopped by motorway police told them he has been driving without a licence for the past 40 years.

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Wolverhampton City Council planning more cuts

Plans to cut £64m from its budget have been announced by Wolverhampton City Council.

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Four people charged with running Birmingham brothel

A man and three women have been charged after a series of police raids on suspected brothels in Birmingham.

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Sir Michael Wilshaw: 'Birmingham is a national disgrace'

Birmingham has been branded a 'national disgrace' by Ofsted's chief inspector, who said the city is one of the worst places to grow up in the developed world.

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Rapper Joshua Ribera: Funeral at Bullring church

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of a rapper who was stabbed to death after attending a tribute night for another stab victim.

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Big Issue stabbings: Homeless man detained for life

A homeless man who admitted killing two Big Issue sellers in a knife attack in Birmingham has been detained for life.

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Armed police descend on Bullring in Birmingham

Armed police have been sent to the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham

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Christina Edkins stabbing: Man admits killing schoolgirl

Phillip Simelane, the man accused of stabbing Birmingham schoolgirl Christina Edkins to death on a bus, has pleaded guilty to her manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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Council sorry for 'distressing' girl

A council has apologised for causing "serious distress" to a "vulnerable" 13-year-old girl by trying to force her to move schools.

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Industrial action at Birmingham School over unruly pupil

Teachers in Birmingham are to begin industrial action on Friday after governors overturned a decision to expel a boy who allegedly threatened other children with a knife.

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Nursery machete heroine, qualifies as nurse

A woman who risked her life shielding youngsters from a machete-wielding attacker has graduated as a nurse.

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Joshua Ribera: Man charged over rapper stab death

An 18-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a rapper who was stabbed to death in Birmingham.

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Saltley School knife pupil boycott vote by teachers

Staff have voted to refuse to teach a pupil who has been allowed to return to a Birmingham school after threatening other children with a knife.

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Joshua Ribera: Second arrest in murder investigation

A second man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering an 18-year-old rapper who was stabbed to death after a tribute event for a knife murder victim.

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Birmingham tower block evacuated after fire

About 80 people were evacuated from a block of flats in Birmingham after a fire broke out in the early hours.

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Man arrested after Birmingham grime artist killed

A teenager was stabbed to death last night while attending a fundraising event for a 16-year-old friend who was killed in a knife attack exactly one year ago.

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Ben Morutare death: Man jailed for manslaughter

A Birmingham man has been jailed for stabbing to death a 16 year-old boy outside a party in the West Midlands.

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Kevin Nunes murder case: Possible police charges

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is to consider charging 14 serving and former police officers, including two current chief constables, over their roles in a murder investigation.

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Teenager charged with murder of Azim Azam

A teenager has been charged with the murder of a college student who was stabbed in Birmingham.

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Care worker jailed for stealing pensioner's life savings

A care worker and her boyfriend have been jailed for stealing an elderly man's bank card and spending nearly all of his £3,000 life savings.

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Arrest after two young men stabbed in Digbeth

A man has been arrested after two men, believed to be in their 20s, suffered stab wounds.

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Man held over teenager bus stabbing in Moseley

A teenager has been arrested over the fatal stabbing of a college student in Birmingham.

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Christina Edkins: Memorial garden for bus stab victim

A garden in memory of a teenage girl who was stabbed to death on a bus is to be officially opened in October.

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Boy dies after being found stabbed at Moseley bus stop

A 16-year-old boy has died after being found stabbed shortly after getting off a bus in Birmingham.

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West Midlands Police report drop in street gangs

The number of gangs in the West Midlands has more than halved in two years, according to police.

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11-yr-old boy goes missing from Dudley home

An 11-year-old Coseley High School pupil has gone missing - sparking an appeal from police.

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Hedgehog 'deliberately' stabbed with stake dies

A hedgehog was stabbed with a stake in Wolverhampton.

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Birmingham Metropolitan College drops Muslim veil ban

A city college was forced to drop its controversial ban on Muslim face veils - less than 24 hours before a mass demonstration by hundreds of students.

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City Council plans 1,000 job cuts

One thousand council jobs could be cut by 2015, Wolverhampton City Council has announced.

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Footprints in snow led to armed robber's hiding place

A violent thief who pistol-whipped a man as he locked up his Birmingham off-licence has been jailed for 10 years after he was convicted of three robberies.

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Niqab banned at Birmingham Metropolitan College

Angry Muslim students have hit out at college chiefs after being banned from wearing religious veils for "security" reasons.

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University Of Birmingham in world's top 100

Birmingham and Warwick have been named among the world's top 100 universities in a new international table.

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Malala portrait to go on display

A portrait of education campaigner Malala Yousafzai by Jonathan Yeo is to go on display for the first time at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Mikey Powell: Police apologise for family's 'suffering'

Police have said sorry to the family of a man who died in their custody on the 10th anniversary of his death.

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Six trapped in glass lift at new Library of Birmingham

Thousands of people have flocked to the new Library of Birmingham since it opened on Tuesday - but not all have had a smooth ride.

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Prime Minister clashes with council leader over budget cuts

The Prime Minister has hit back at Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore over claims grant cuts could cripple the authority.

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Underground explosion in Birmingham closes road

A road in Birmingham city centre was closed after flames and smoke were seen coming from the ground.

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Man jailed for 19 years for setting ex-girlfriend on fire

A man who doused his former-girlfriend in petrol and set her alight in front of a child has been jailed for 19 years.

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Wolverhampton rubbish chute mother can be freed

A mother who threw her newborn daughter down a rubbish chute when she had severe post-natal depression can be released from jail, judges have ruled.

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Malala Yousafzai opens the new Library of Birmingham

The £189m Library of Birmingham, which houses a collection of one million books, has opened.

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Historic baths 'could close in 18 months'

A historic swimming baths in Birmingham could close in 18 months unless the community can fund it.

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US Open 2013: Britain's Dan Evans though to third round  

British number three Dan Evans extended his superb run at the US Open with a four-set victory over Australia's Bernard Tomic in the second round.

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Face of Birmingham: Jones family chosen for statue

Two sisters and their sons have been chosen to be "The Face of Birmingham" for a new piece of public art.

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Malala Yousafzai to receive children's peace prize

A teenage activist shot in the head by the Taliban is to receive the International Children's Peace Prize.

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Birmingham nursery rapist's 'relationship known about'

A nursery worker who raped a toddler had a "special relationship" with her that Ofsted and a council were aware of but failed to stop, a review has found.

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Birmingham music teacher charged with child sex offences

A music teacher from Birmingham has appeared in court charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy and other offences against children.

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Free wi-fi to launch in Birmingham from September

Free wi-fi is to be introduced across Birmingham city centre from next month.

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Man stabbed in Wolverhampton's Parkfield Road

A man has been stabbed in Wolverhampton.

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Man shot outside Birmingham Rainbow nightclub dies

Detectives have launched a murder inquiry following the death of a dad shot outside a Birmingham nightclub.

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Sikh TV channel fined by Ofcom for inciting violence

A Sikh TV channel has been fined £30,000 over a debate in which guests supported an assassination attempt on a former Indian Army General.

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Birmingham nudist hotel granted bar licence

A nudist hotel will be allowed to serve its customers alcohol despite fears that it would lead to "a rise in inappropriate behaviour".

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Two men die in West Bromwich car crash

Two men died when a car crashed into roadside railings and rolled over in West Bromwich.

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Birmingham ICC stages simulated terror attack exercise

A simulated terrorist attack has been staged in Birmingham to test the reactions of the emergency services and the army.

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Council pledges The Public has 'long-term future'

An arts centre that opened two years behind schedule and millions of pounds over budget does have "a long-term future", Sandwell Council said.

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Man charged with mosque police knife attack

A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a police officer in a knife attack at a mosque.

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West Midlands has two cities in Britain's ugliest towns top 10

Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire has been voted the "ugliest" town in Britain.

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Mohammed is top West Midlands boy's name

Mohammed is the most popular boys name in the region, according to new government statistics.

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Hussain charity gives homeless end of Ramadan dinner

Homeless people in Birmingham are being given a gala dinner organised by a local Muslim charity.

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Walsall Council needs to cut 'extra £20m'

Council leaders in Walsall warn extra services could be cut and more jobs lost as they have to cut another £20m over the next five years.

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Two held over shooting outside Birmingham nightclub

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with a shooting outside a nightclub.

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Man's buttock impaled on metal fence in Stourbridge

A man impaled his buttock on a fence during a night out, an ambulance service said.

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Man shot outside Rainbow Warehouse nightclub

A man has suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting outside a Birmingham nightclub.

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Ben Morutare: Three men convicted of violent disorder

A group of men have been convicted of crimes they committed on a night that ended in the death of a teenager.

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The Public arts centre in West Bromwich to close

The £72m Public arts centre in West Bromwich is to close.

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'Lady flasher' targets children in Smethwick

Photographs have been released of a woman thought to have exposed herself to a car full of children in a West Midlands supermarket car park.

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Walsall man charged over bus sex attacks

A man has been charged with a series of sexual assaults on women travelling on buses across the Black Country.

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Birmingham streets closed to let children play

Three roads were closed in King's Heath, Birmingham, so children could experience playing on the streets like their parents used to.

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Man jailed for stamping on 4-yr-old boy's head

A computer engineer from Birmingham has been jailed for nine years for an attack in which he stamped on the head of his partner's four-year-old son.

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Two women guilty of Birmingham manslaughter and arson

Two women have been convicted of manslaughter and reckless arson after a fatal house fire in Birmingham.

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Crews tackle large fire at Premier Waste in Perry Barr

Firefighters have been tackling a "large fire" at a recycling plant in Birmingham.

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Daniel Pelka murder: Mother and partner given life

The mother of Daniel Pelka and her partner have both been jailed for life.

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Man in court over mock golliwog hanging

A man accused of carrying out a mock hanging of a life-sized golliwog doll while wearing a Klu Klux Klan costume has appeared in court.

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Two arrested after police cars rammed in Birmingham

Two men suspected of robbing a security van in Preston have been arrested after two police cars were rammed in Birmingham.

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Birmingham armed police fire shots to stop car

Armed police have fired "specialist low impact rounds" to stop a car in Birmingham.

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Daniel Pelka murder: Mother and partner found guilty

A mother and her partner have been found guilty of murdering her four-year-old son, Daniel Pelka who had been beaten and starved.

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Man dies after Tyseley Community Centre car park row

<>A motorist believed to be in his 70s has died after an argument in a Birmingham car park.

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Hassan Mahmood stabbing: Teenager remanded in custody

A teenager has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 15-year-old in a park in Birmingham.

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David Harewood gets his Broad Street Walk of Fame star

One of the stars of the TV series Homeland has been presented with his own star on the Birmingham Broad Street Walk of Fame.

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Massive sink hole closes Birmingham street

A road has been closed after part of it collapsed leaving a large hole

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Bus stab victim Christina Edkins honoured in sport award

Children are fundraising to create a memorial award in honour of a 16-year-old who was fatally stabbed on a bus.

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Mohammed Saleem death: Man charged with 'terror' murder

A 25-year-old Ukrainian man has been charged with the "terrorist-related" murder of Birmingham grandfather Mohammed Saleem, police say.

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Missing 12-yr-old Shania Bailey found safe and well

A pre-teen girl who had been missing in Birmingham has been found safe and well.

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Pupil hasn't missed a day off school in 12 years

He's the pupil known as Mr 100 per cent - because he hasn't missed a day of lessons since nursery.

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Bar Risa calls for charities to apply for EDL profits

The Broad Street bar which was asked by police to host the English Defence League protesters ahead of the demonstration in Birmingham on Saturday...

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Suspect held over Mohammed Saleem murder

One of two Ukrainian men being held over bomb attacks near three mosques has been further arrested on suspicion of murdering a 75-year-old man.

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Missing: 12-yr-old Shania Bailey from Birmingham

A 12-year-old girl has gone missing in Birmingham.

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Smethwick murder: Woman and two men charged

Three people have been charged with murdering a man who was found collapsed in a West Midlands street.

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EDL Birmingham protest: Bottles thrown at police

Four people have been arrested after bottles were thrown at police during an English Defence League (EDL) protest in Birmingham city centre.

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Hassan Mahmood stabbing: Teenagers appear in court

A 17-year-old boy has appeared in court charged with the murder of a teenager who was fatally stabbed in Birmingham.

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Wolverhampton Mosque: Explosion debris found at site

Counter terrorism police searching Wolverhampton Central Mosque have found traces of an explosion and debris.

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'Chaos' predicted as Birmingham's A38 tunnels close

Birmingham's main city centre tunnels will close later for six weeks to allow the first major work in their 40-year history to be carried out.

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Hassan Mahmood stabbing: Teenager charged with murder

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a teenager was fatally stabbed in a Birmingham park.

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David Harewood to receive 'star' on Broad Street

David Harewood MBE is set to be the next celebrity to receive his own star on the Broad Street Walk of Stars.

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Walsall mosque bomb: Two men arrested

Two men have been arrested in connection with an explosion near a mosque in Walsall last month.

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15-yr-old boy stabbed to death in Birmingham park

A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death in a fight between two groups of young people in a park in Birmingham, police said.

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Starved boy: Mother goes on trial

A mother accused of starving and murdering her son has told a court he died after being beaten about the head by her partner.

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Two people rescued after Birmingham shop blaze

Two people have been rescued after a fire at a shop in Birmingham.

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Tipton mosque blast: 'Device' found in garden

A controlled explosion has been carried out on what police said was part of a device that exploded outside a mosque.

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'Explosion' reported near mosque in Tipton

Part of a town has been sealed off by police after reports of "a loud bang" near a mosque in the West Midlands.

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Murdered delivery driver 'lured to Walsall address'

A murdered delivery driver was lured to an address with a bogus takeaway order and then attacked, police said.

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Library of Birmingham: Falcon protects library terraces

Birds of prey are the latest contractors to work on Birmingham's new library in Centenary Square.

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Social worker jailed for sexual abuse of boy

A former head of social services has been jailed for nine years for historic sex offences against a boy.

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Baby born in broken down lift

A baby has been named after the paramedic who delivered her in a broken-down lift.

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Head stamp death: Dominic Fraser guilty of murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering another man by stamping on his head at a pub in the Black Country.

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UB40 stars join tribute act for gig in pub

Members of the multi-million record selling band UB40 have made a guest appearance with a tribute act at a pub in Suffolk.

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Handsworth crash: Woman dies and three injured

An elderly woman has died and three other people have been injured as two cars collided in Birmingham.

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Free wi-fi planned for Birmingham city centre

Free wi-fi could be offered in parts of Birmingham city centre under plans to improve mobile broadband coverage.

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Man hurt in Birmingham city centre knife fight

A man suffered neck wounds in an attack with a knife in Birmingham city centre.

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Birmingham robber writes apology letter to victims

A robber has written a letter to his victims to apologise and explain he was at a "low point" in his life when he committed his crimes.

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Man fighting for life after Birmingham car park fall

A man is fighting for life after falling from the upper-floor of a multi-storey car park in Birmingham today (July 4).

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Pregnant woman stabbing suspect Leon Harrison held

A man suspected of stabbing a pregnant woman in a Birmingham car park has been arrested.

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Wolverhampton heroin death toddler's parents jailed

The parents of a toddler who died from a heroin overdose have been jailed.

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Man named as Stirchley pregnant woman stabbing suspect

A man suspected of stabbing a pregnant woman in a Birmingham car park has been named by police.

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Woman fighting for life after knife attack in Birmingham

Police are hunting a man suspected of stabbing a woman close to a gym in Stirchley.

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Huge fire engulfs Smethwick recycling factory

A fire involving 50,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material and a factory unit in the West Midlands has been declared "a major incident".

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Birmingham school teacher charged with abusing boys

A 27-year-old primary school teacher has been charged with 12 sex offences involving young boys.

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Jail term for Broad Street head stamp attacker

A man has been jailed for more than seven years after admitting stamping 10 times on a teenager's head in Birmingham city centre.

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10-yr-old boy bitten by West Midlands Police dog

A 10-year-old boy was injured when he was bitten by a police dog in his grandmother's back garden.

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Two men stabbed outside Birmingham college

Two men have been stabbed and another has been injured outside a college in Birmingham.

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Man, 75, arrested over Walsall mosque bomb

A 75-year-old man has been arrested after a home-made bomb was left near a mosque in Walsall.

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Swastikas sprayed on Redditch Central Mosque walls

A mosque being built in Worcestershire has been broken into and graffiti including swastikas sprayed on to the walls and windows.

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Gravelly Hill crash: Woman dies and three more injured

A woman has died after the car she was in collided with a van in Birmingham.

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Keanu Williams toddler murder: Mother jailed for life

A mother described by police as a "monster" has been jailed for life for murdering her two-year-old son.

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Hockley shooting and stabbing: Two men seriously injured

Two men have been seriously injured in a shooting and stabbing in Birmingham.

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Monster mother guilty of murdering toddler

A mother described by police as a "monster" has been found guilty of murdering her two-year-old son.

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Bomb experts called out to Walsall mosque

Bomb disposal experts have been called to a mosque where a "suspicious item" was found in the grounds.

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Birmingham nightclub stabbing leaves three injured

Three people have been stabbed at a Birmingham nightclub, with one left critically injured.

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West Brom man given life sentence for strangling partner

A man who strangled his partner has been sentenced to life for her murder.

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Shots fired at 'targeted' car in Alum Rock attack

Shots were fired at a car in Birmingham before four people were assaulted in what is believed to be a "targeted attack".

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Mother jailed for throwing baby down rubbish chute

A mother has been jailed for two and a half years for throwing her newborn daughter down a rubbish chute.

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Shock after woman plunges to her death from car park roof

An eyewitness has spoken of the moment a woman plunged to her death from the fifth floor of a city centre car park.

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Ex-teacher jailed for Birmingham teenager sex assault

Two men, including a former school teacher, and a woman have been jailed over the sexual assault of a Birmingham teenager.

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Malala Yousafzai calls for education to be top priority

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban is to lead calls for education to become a top priority in failing states around the world.

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Man held as four stabbed at Mosque in Birmingham

Police have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after three men and a police officer were stabbed at a mosque in Birmingham.

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Baby down rubbish chute mum 'lost control

A mother has told a court she "lost control" of her thoughts before throwing her six-day-old baby girl down a tower-block rubbish chute.

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English Defence League rally bomb plotters jailed

Six men from the West Midlands have been jailed for up to 19-and-a-half years each for planning to bomb an English Defence League rally.

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Heroin death toddler's parents plead guilty

The parents of a toddler who died from a heroin overdose have admitted causing his death.

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Salma Yaqoob threat allegations lead to arrest

A man has been arrested after death threats were allegedly made on Facebook following a TV appearance by a former Birmingham City Councillor.

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Man held after officer hit by car in Birmingham

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit by a car in Birmingham.

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New nightclub in Birmingham for big ladies

A new nightclub for larger ladies and the men who appreciate their ample curves is coming to Birmingham.

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Man arrested over Birmingham mother and baby murders

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother and her baby son in Birmingham.

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Christina Edkins: Phillip Simelane deemed unfit to plead

A man accused of stabbing a schoolgirl to death on a bus has been deemed unfit to plead until later this year.

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Money laundering gang jailed for 47 years

They are the criminals behind a £19 million money laundering scam so brazen that one even sported an 'ARO6ANT' number plate.

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Church of Scientology HQ plan for Birmingham approved

Plans to convert a mansion house in Birmingham into a £6m headquarters for the Church of Scientology have been recommended for approval.

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Birmingham pub shooting: 'Mistaken identity' say police

A father shot dead in a Birmingham pub was a victim of mistaken identity, police have confirmed.

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Woman's suicide blamed on bedroom tax

A woman who killed herself left a note blaming the government.

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Man killed in shooting at Dove Cote pub in Birmingham

A man has been shot dead at a pub in Birmingham.

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Amarjit Singh Rai murder: Birmingham man charged

A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a man in a street in Birmingham.

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Man dies in Nechells tower block blaze

A man has died in a tower block fire in Birmingham.

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Husband murdered wife after divorce request

A husband has admitted murdering his estranged wife by cutting her throat after she asked for a divorce.

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Handsworth road crash leaves toddler dead

A three-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car in Birmingham.

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Small Heath mosque death 'premeditated'

The daughter of a 75-year-old man who was stabbed to death on his way home from evening prayers said she believed it was a "premeditated attack".

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Shop arson attack shuts Harborne High Street

About 70 firefighters were called to tackle a suspected arson attack at a shoe shop on a Birmingham high street.

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Ladywood shooting: Woman injured in Birmingham

A woman has been treated in hospital after shots were fired in Birmingham.

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75-yr-old grandfather killed after leaving evening prayers

A grandfather of 22 has been stabbed to death while on his way home from evening prayers in Birmingham.

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Friend killed in row-settling fight

A man has been found guilty of killing a friend in a fight organised to settle an argument between them.

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Terror plot: Jail terms for Birmingham bomb plotters

Three members of a Birmingham terror cell have been jailed for planning an attack to rival the 7 July and 9/11 atrocities.

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Man arrested over Tyseley fatal house fire

A man has been arrested in connection with a house fire in which a woman died and her daughter was badly burnt.

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Woman dies and five injured in Birmingham house fire

A woman has died and five other people have been injured in a large house fire in Birmingham.

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Two men seriously injured in Walsall Town attack

A man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after being attacked in the West Midlands.

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Two Birmingham men guilty of terror charges

Two men from Birmingham have pleaded guilty to being part of a terrorist cell whose leaders were planning a suicide bomb attack in the UK.

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Birmingham Mailbox bar stabbing: Fifth man arrested

A fifth man has been arrested after a double stabbing in Birmingham.

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Two men found with gunshot and stab wounds in subway

Police are investigating after two men were found with gunshot and knife wounds in a Birmingham city centre subway.

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Missing 12-year-old Suada Gashi found after four days

A 12-year-old girl who had been missing for four days has been found safe and well, police have said.

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Birmingham city centre bar stabbing leaves two injured

Two men have been critically injured in a stabbing in a bar in Birmingham city centre.

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Brum named one of the 'least happiest' places in Britain

A survey from property website Rightmove has put Birmingham among the least happiest places in the United Kingdom, in 86th place out of 110.

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Bristol Road double stabbing: 18-year-old charged

An 18-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder and wounding after a double stabbing at a Birmingham convenience store.

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Appeal over missing 12-year-old Suada Gashi

Police have released a CCTV image of a 12-year-old girl who has not been seen since Tuesday.

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Ali Jawaid: Three guilty of mobile phone death

Two men have been found guilty of manslaughter after a mobile phone businessman was attacked in Coventry.

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Body in the lake: Arrest over Jasbir Singh Bains' death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a body was found floating in a lake in the West Midlands.

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Angelina Jolie lends her star power to Malala Yousafzai

Angelina Jolie paid glowing tribute on Thursday to the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban for advocating for girls' education.

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Man critically ill after convenience store stabbing

Two men have been stabbed in a Birmingham convenience store, leaving one in a critical condition.

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Birmingham homelessness and childhood obesity priorities

Tackling homelessness and childhood obesity are priorities for Birmingham, according to the new director of public health for the city.

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5-yr-old boy struck by car in Birmingham dies

A five-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car in Birmingham.

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Birmingham house fire: Woman in her fifties dies

A woman in her fifties has died in a fire at a house in Birmingham.

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All West Midlands fixed speed cameras switched off

There are no fixed speed cameras working in the West Midlands from Monday, pending a decision on whether to upgrade to digital technology.

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Dragon's Den star reopens Birmingham Jessops branches

Camera chain Jessops has re-opened two of its stores just a couple of months after going into administration in January with the closure of 187 branches.

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Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai to publish a book

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban in October, has signed a book deal worth about $3m (£2m).

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Thomas Kirwan: Fresh appeal in Wolverhampton stabbing

Police have released several photos of people they think could help in the hunt for a Wolverhampton man's killer.

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Halal meat in Birmingham found to contain pork

Pork extracts have been found in a halal meat product during tests carried out by Birmingham City Council.

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Ex-Beatles gig venue destroyed in Kings Heath fire

A building which hosted British music legends such as The Beatles and The Who in their 1960s heyday has partially collapsed after a fire.

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Car thief drags man down road

A man was dragged along a road for several hundred metres as he tried to stop a thief taking his car in Dudley.

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Man jailed for 20 years for series of sex crimes

A man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting and raping eight people including a 13-year-old boy.

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School closures in Birmingham and Black Country

Here are links to information on schools in Birmingham and Black Country where you can learn if they are currently being affected by extreme weather.

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Kingsley Burrell death: Four police officers arrested

Four West Midlands police constables have been arrested following the death of a man who was detained by the force.

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Christina Edkins' cathedral funeral held

Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a teenager who died after being stabbed on a bus in Birmingham.

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Christina Edkins funeral arrangements announced

Funeral arrangements for a teenager stabbed on a bus in Birmingham have been announced.

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Canal plunge girl named by police

A six-year-old girl who died after falling into a canal with two other children has been named by police.

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Yardley hit-and-run: Man jailed over woman's death

A man has been jailed for 40 months for causing the death of a Birmingham woman in a hit-and-run crash.

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Malala Yousafzai attends first day at school in Birmingham

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban after campaigning for girls' rights to education, has attended her first day at school in the UK.

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Memorial for Christina Edkins cancelled after death threats

Organisers of a tribute to murdered Birmingham schoolgirl Christina Edkins cancelled the event on Saturday after they claimed two of her friends had received internet death threats.

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'My boyfriend beat my little son to death in front of me'

Dylan Crean was brutally murdered by a man the tot trusted and loved - as his desperate mother battled in vain to save his life.

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Birmingham's 'first new park for a century' opens

The first new park in Birmingham for 130 years has been opened.

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Couple found dead by daughter died of drug overdose

A couple found dead in a Frankley maisonette by their young daughter died of an accidental overdose of a Class A drug.

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Christina Edkins: Man charged with bus stabbing murder

A man has been charged with murdering a 16-year-old girl on a rush-hour bus in Birmingham.

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Drug users flock to dealer's car like excited children'

West Midlands Police have released CCTV footage showing drug users flocking after a dealer's car in scenes described as being like "excited children pouncing on an ice-cream van".

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Inquest opens into Christina Edkins death

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of a 16 year-old girl who was stabbed on a bus in Birmingham while on her way to school.

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Burglars raid Solihull home while family grieves at funeral

Sick burglars stole a car, cash and jewellery from a house in Soilhull - while devastated family members attended the funeral of the homeowner.

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Innocent black shopper wrestled into headlock by police

This is the shocking moment an innocent shopper buying a Valentine's Day present for his girlfriend was wrestled into a headlock by a policeman.

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Christina Edkins stabbing: CPS authorise murder charge

A man arrested over the fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old girl on a bus is to be charged with murder, police have said.

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Woman 19, sexually assaulted on West Bromwich bus

A 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a teenager on a bus in the West Midlands, it has emerged.

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Man jailed for riots shooting attack in appeal campaign

A man jailed for 18 years for being part of a gang which shot at the police during riots in Birmingham is appealing against his conviction and sentence.

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Former Wolves player found hanged

A Midland footballer once on the books with Wolves has killed himself after developing an online gambling habit.

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Neo-Nazis protest outside Birmingham primary school

A Neo-Nazi protest outside a Birmingham school has been condemned by an MP.

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Five robbed at gunpoint on city centre towpath

Five people have been robbed at gunpoint on a Birmingham city centre canal towpath.

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Did Christina Edkins' killer ride buses after attack?

Detectives investigating the murder of a city schoolgirl have told how her killer silently stabbed her once in the chest - before casually stepping off the Number 9 bus.

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'Most wanted' criminal Cedric Brown facing long jail term

One of Britain's 'most wanted' criminals, who sparked a huge manhunt after stealing a car with two little children inside, is facing a lengthy jail sentence.

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Casino killer who knifed gambler to death jailed

A killer who stabbed a gambler to death with a foot-long kitchen knife to steal his casino winnings has been jailed for a minimum of 30 years.

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Man charged after the death of PC

A man has been charged with manslaughter after an off-duty police officer died following a "scuffle" outside a Wolverhampton nightclub.

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Christina Edkins bus stabbing: Arrested man sectioned

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of fatally stabbing schoolgirl Christina Edkins on a bus in Birmingham has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

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Christina Edkins: Bus passengers 'heard screaming'

Passengers on the lower deck of a bus where a girl was stabbed to death heard screaming but thought it was teenagers messing about, police have said.

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Man arrested over fatal car crash

A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following a crash in December.

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Christina Edkins: Single stab wound killed teenager

A 16-year-old girl who was attacked on rush-hour bus in Birmingham died from a single stab wound to the chest, post-mortem tests have revealed.

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Hester Mottershead death: Men charged over burglary

Four men have been charged in connection with a distraction burglary, following which a former Wolverhampton headmistress collapsed and died.

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Man held over Christina Edkins attack

A man has been arrested after a 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death on a rush-hour bus on one of Birmingham's busiest roads.

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22-yr-old man arrested in Christina Edkins stabbing

A man has been arrested after a 16-year-old girl was stabbed to death on a rush-hour bus on one of Birmingham's busiest roads.

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Birmingham stabbing: Girl killed on Hagley Road bus

A teenage girl has been stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham city centre.

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Missing student Zoya Anwar found in Birmingham

Missing schoolgirl Zoya Anwar has been found in Birmingham city centre, police have said.

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Five arrested as fears grow for missing Walsall student

Five arrested as fears grow for a missing Walsall teenager who has disappeared without trace.

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Breast milk delivery launched by Midland blood bikes

A charity motorbike breast milk delivery service has been launched to help premature babies.

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Sick Birmingham duo raped and abused 14-yr-old girl

Two men from Birmingham who plied a 14-year-old girl with drink and drugs in exchange for sex have been jailed for a total of 15 years.

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CCTV image shows knife attack on Bournville student

This is the moment a knife-wielding thug stabbed a student outside a south Birmingham college.

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Police probe into violent road rage attack

Police have launched a probe after its officers issued a caution to a biker who viciously assaulted a fellow motorist leaving him with a broken nose.

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Aston flat death: Man arrested on suspicion of murder

A 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a man in a flat in Birmingham, police have said.

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Youtube bosses quizzed as hate-preaching videos published

MP'S have lashed out at YouTube bosses after it emerged the hate-filled teachings of a preacher who inspired three Birmingham men convicted of planning a major terror attack are still available online.

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Sandwell Council takes beef off schools menu

Beef has been removed from school menus and meals-on-wheels dishes in Sandwell after a supplier said products could include traces of horsemeat.

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Woman followed and sexually assaulted in city centre

A young woman was stalked through Birmingham city centre before being sexually assaulted in what she described as like 'something from a horror movie'.

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Birmingham's Rococo bar used DJ as scapegoat for brawl

A DJ has accused nightclub bosses of using him as a scapegoat after a birthday bash turned into a street brawl in Birmingham.

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Missing Laura Clarke found safe and well

Missing teenager Laura Clarke has been found safe and well.

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One Mile Away: Quest for peace among Birmingham's gangs

It's the documentary that shines a light on the murky world of two notorious Birmingham gangs - and which helped promote an uneasy truce.

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9-yr-old found hanged had been threatened

The heartbroken parents of a nine-year-old Birmingham schoolboy who is believed to have hanged himself claimed he had been threatened with a plastic knife by school bullies.

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Pair arrested over Castle Bromwich toddler murder

A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 18-month-old boy in Birmingham, it has emerged.

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Wig-wearing pawnbroker robbers hunted

Three robbers wearing long, black, curly wigs stole cash and thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from a West Midlands pawnbrokers.

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Birmingham terrorism threat 'remains high', police say

There is a "high" threat of terrorists working in Birmingham, a senior police officer in the city has said.

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Woman who sexually abused vulnerable man loses appeal

A Birmingham woman who lured a vulnerable 22-year-old man to her flat, plied him with drink and sexually abused him at gunpoint has lost an appeal against her jail sentence.

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Birmingham men guilty of mass bomb plot

Three men who hoped to become suicide bombers and launch a massive campaign of violence across the UK have been found guilty of terrorism charges.

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Gangland murderer loses appeal to cut jail sentence

A man who was involved in a Birmingham gangland murder that sparked the Aston New Year shootings has been told he must serve out his life sentence.

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Birmingham school served non-Halal meat to Muslim pupils

A head teacher has apologised to parents after admitting his Birmingham school served non-Halal food to Muslim pupils.

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Hanged Birmingham man 'failed' by mental health trust

A Birmingham father of two who took his own life was failed by a mental health trust, a coroner has found.

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Campaign reveals 'wide disparity' in UK child poverty

Almost half of children in one parliamentary constituency live in poverty, according to a study comparing wealth levels across the UK.

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Man guilty of killing sister-in-law

A man has been found guilty of killing his sister-in-law who died after an argument at his West Midlands home.

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Yardley hit and run: Man admits causing pensioner death

A man has admitted causing the death of a Birmingham pensioner in a hit and run.

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Man dies in hospital after being hit by van in Harborne

A 24-year-old man died in hospital after suffering head and leg injuries when he was hit by a car in Birmingham.

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Clegg extends city deal to 20 more English zones

Twenty more areas of England are to be given greater independence from Whitehall under the "city deal" scheme, deputy PM Nick Clegg has announced.

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Man dies playing football in Erdington

A man has died after collapsing whilst playing football in Birmingham.

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Midlands town named as the fattest in Britain

Tamworth in Staffordshire, a pleasant former market town 14 miles from Birmingham...

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Nine-year-old boy hangs himself after alleged bullying

A nine-year-old boy who died a day after being found hanging in his Birmingham home was being bullied at school, a family friend has claimed.

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Birmingham 'youth oriented' online TV channel launched

An online TV channel run by young people will be launched in Birmingham later.

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Man jailed for killing ex-girlfriend

A man has been jailed for 10 years for strangling his ex-girlfriend in his West Midlands flat.

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Arrest in pirate radio station raid

A man has been arrested in a raid on a pirate radio station in Wolverhampton.

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Man arrested following shooting

A Birmingham man is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg outside his home in Bordesley Green last night (13 February).

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Handsworth armed robbers flee with orange juice

Two robbers with a firearm fled from a shop in Birmingham on Monday after snatching a carrier bag containing orange juice and a pack of cigarettes.

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Ellie Simmonds's gold postbox put under night spotlight

A postbox painted gold in honour of Paralympian Ellie Simmonds has been put under a spotlight so it can be lit up throughout the night.

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Birmingham riots charge 18 months on

A 20-year-old man from Birmingham has been charged by police investigating riots in the city in August 2011.

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95-yr-old Mother and 64-yr-old daughter found dead

A 64-year-old woman and her 95-year-old mother have been found dead at a house in Birmingham.

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Man beaten to death in prison had just 11 days to serve

A Birmingham man beaten to death in prison had only eleven days to go before he was to be released, his devastated family have revealed.

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Brum festival Artsfest is axed in bid to save cash

Birmingham city council has announced plans to scrap the annual free arts festival and replace it with a cheaper event.

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Daughter, 9, finds bodies in Birmingham house

A nine-year-old girl found her mother and her partner dead in separate rooms of their Birmingham home, police said.

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Sandwell-based PC dies after street attack

A 33-year-old police constable has died after being punched during a fight outside a Wolverhampton nightclub.

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Shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai leaves hospital

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban is leaving hospital after making a good recovery following surgery.

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Birmingham City footballer robbed of £30,000 watch

A Championship footballer has been robbed of a diamond-encrusted watch outside his home.

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Newman University College: Birmingham's fifth university

Birmingham now has five universities in the city after the government approved full status for Newman University College.

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Mouse droppings found at city restaurant

The owner of a Birmingham cafe and takeaway has been ordered to pay over £2,850 after mouse droppings were found in food and on kitchen worktops.

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Save Birmingham protesters occupy Council House

Birmingham's Council House was this afternoon taken over by a group of Save Birmingham protesters campaigning against the planned budget cuts and redundancies by the local authority.

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Man appears in court charged with murder of Erdington man

A man is due to appear before Birmingham crown court tomorrow (Tuesday) charged with the murder of a man in the city last year.

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Man stabbed in brawl outside Rococo nightspot

A club-goer was stabbed and police Tasers were used four times during a violent brawl outside a Broad Street nightclub.

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Boy cuts off his finger in Birmingham school playground

A ten-year-old boy was rushed to hospital where he endured five hours of surgery after he lost his finger in a school playground in his lunch break - while he was supposed to be supervised.

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Birmingham City Council accused of racism over job losses

Birmingham City Council has been accused of racism after five white managers kept their posts following a review - while six ethnic minority colleagues were made redundant.

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Malala Yousafzai recovering after operations

A Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in the head by the Taliban has undergone surgery in Birmingham.

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Birmingham protest over youth services cuts

More than 100 people have gathered in Birmingham to protest against plans to cut youth services in the city.

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Birmingham women's campaign targets lads' mags

A Birmingham women's group has launched a campaign to stop children being exposed to so-called "lads' mags" in the city.

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Two children dumped by carjackers

Two children were left on a street in Birmingham by carjackers who pulled their 23-year-old mother from her vehicle and drove off.

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Man 'critical' and two held after Bordesley Green hit and run

A man and a woman have been arrested in Birmingham after a hit and run in which a man was severely injured.

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Woman dies after plunge from Birmingham car park

A woman has died after falling from a Birmingham city centre car park.

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Doctors to repair Malala Yousafzai's skull

Doctors have revealed how they are going to repair a missing area of the skull of Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai.

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Compensation for mother left paralysed by hospital error

A mother of two has been given a multimillion-pound payout by a Birmingham hospital, after mistakes during an operation left her paralysed.

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Man guilty of Danny McCalla shooting in Bilston club

A man has been found guilty of the murder of a father of three in a nightclub in Wolverhampton.

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Woman dies after doorstep robbery

A woman has died in hospital two weeks after being robbed on her doorstep.

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Student dies after Five Ways Island crash

A student has died after being knocked down by a car in Birmingham.

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IPCC probe after woman killed in city centre crash

A man has been arrested after a city centre crash which left two people seriously injured and one woman dead.

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Man falls from Bullring balcony in Birmingham

A man has fallen from a second floor balcony in the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, police say.

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13-yr-old girl stabbed with file at Birmingham school

A teenage girl was in hospital today after allegedly being stabbed in the arm during a lesson at a Birmingham school.

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West Midlands Police officer charged with four rapes

A West Midlands Police officer has been charged with four counts of rape and two of assault.

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Shot Derrick Vassell's ex-partner Clare Sly killed herself

A woman killed herself shortly after her violent ex-partner was shot dead, an inquest has heard.

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Joy as Sandwell schools show another big improvement

Sandwell pupils are continuing their rise in the Government's education league tables after the latest figures show they have achieved the borough's best ever results.

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EuroMillions £1m lottery jackpot win goes unclaimed

A lottery winner from Birmingham has lost out on a £1m jackpot after missing the deadline to claim the prize.

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Birmingham among councils that fail new spot checks

Eight councils in England have failed new spot checks on child protection in the past six months.

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Stabbed Big Issue sellers: Birmingham memorial service

A memorial service has been held at a church in Birmingham for two Big Issue sellers who were stabbed to death in the city.

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Missing Darlaston children found 'safe and well'

Two children who went missing from their home have been found safe and well, police have said.

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Fan suffers cardiac arrest at Villa v Bradford match

An Aston Villa fan who suffered a cardiac arrest shortly after his team's first goal in their Capital One Cup match against Bradford City is said to be doing well in hospital.

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Birmingham EuroMillions £1m winner has two days to claim prize

A EuroMillions player in Birmingham has won £1m but has yet to claim the prize, the National Lottery has said.

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Construction digger rammed into police car in Birmingham

A police car has been rammed by thieves driving a mechanical digger stolen from a college in Birmingham.

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Birmingham school closures: Monday January 21 2013

Birmingham City Council has released a list of Birmingham schools closed on Monday January 21 2013 due to bad weather. Updated at 8pm.

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Prison inmates in violent protest because of snow

As temperatures plunged across the West Midlands inmates at Birmingham Prison reached boiling point when they were told snow meant they could not exercise outdoors.

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Severe weather in Birmingham and Black Country

People should only travel if essential and take extra care on roads and pavements as icy conditions continue, the ambulance service said.

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Earthquake near Loughborough shakes East Midlands

An earthquake has been felt by people in several parts of the East Midlands.

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Conman fleeced 92 and 87-yr-old women out of £260,000

A crooked estate agent left two pensioners "destitute" after fleecing them out of £260,000 to prop up his failing business.

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Mother and partner beat her son to death

A two-year-old boy was "beaten to death" by his mother and her boyfriend in Birmingham, a jury has been told.

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Mosque attack: Boy, 16, sentenced to four years

A boy has been detained for four years after attacking a man with a baseball bat outside a Birmingham mosque.

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Murder charges over Big Issue men

A 23-year-old man has been charged with the murders of two Big Issue sellers stabbed to death during rush hour in the centre of Birmingham.

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Jaguar Land Rover 'to create 800 new jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover is on the verge of announcing the creation of 800 production jobs at its plant in Solihull, it is understood.

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West Midlands on snow alert for the weekend

Birmingham and the Black Country are on severe weather alert after forecasters predicted an Arctic blast would hit the region bringing up to four inches of snow.

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Social services probe after Birmingham taxi murder

An investigation has been launched into the brutal murder of a mum of three by her boyfriend after a social worker "let slip" she had secretly aborted his unborn child.

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Birmingham stabbings: 'Big Issue man' stabbed to death

One of two men stabbed to death in Birmingham city centre may have been a Big Issue seller, police have said.

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Man stabbed in face during Jewellery Quarter brawl

A reveller's face was gashed during a mass brawl which broke out in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter at 4.30am this morning (Saturday 12).

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Birmingham city centre stabbing leaves two men dead

Two men have been stabbed to death in Birmingham city centre.

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Witch doctor ordered to conjure up £28.5k

A self-proclaimed witch doctor, who was stopped by police carrying £10,000 in cash, told officers the money was to be used for human sacrifice in Africa.

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Birmingham trust aims to discover new musical instruments

A Birmingham father has said it was his daughter's frustrations at being unable to perform music that prompted the search for an orchestral instrument that can be played with one hand.

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Birmingham prison: 'More sex offender space needed'

The justice minister has been urged to provide extra space at HMP Birmingham to cope with the rising number of sex offenders being sent there.

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M6 closed in the West Midlands after lorry fire

Part of the M6 motorway in the West Midlands has been closed northbound after a lorry caught fire.

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Unemployed people in Birmingham to pay council tax

Some unemployed people in Birmingham will have to pay council tax for the first time because of government cuts, the city council has said.

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CCTV appeal over attack at Selly Oak takeaway

CCTV pictures have been released of a man wanted for a serious assault outside a takeaway in Birmingham, which left a man with a broken jaw.

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African Village nightspot told to employ bouncers after attack

A Birmingham nightspot has been ordered to increase security after two women were glassed in an early-morning attack on the dancefloor.

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Family of Khyra Ishaq to sue Birmingham City Council

The brothers and sisters of tragic Khyra Ishaq are suing Birmingham City Council for failing to prevent the horrific abuse and neglect they suffered at the hands of her killers.

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Birmingham taxi stabbing: Man admits murdering partner

A man has admitted murdering his partner who was stabbed to death in a taxi in Birmingham.

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Man dies at Wolverhampton cardboard factory

A man has died at a Wolverhampton cardboard factory in a suspected industrial accident, police have said.

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Husband sees wife's Bullring death plunge on CCTV

The tearful husband of a woman who plunged 100ft to her death at the Bullring was shown CCTV footage of her fall as a coroner ruled she killed herself.

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Caught on Camera: Men attack teenager on bus

Police have released a CCTV image of a group of men who assaulted and robbed a teenager as he sat on a bus travelling from Birmingham City Centre to Solihull.

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Malala Yousafzai leaves Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot in the head by the Taliban has been discharged from a Birmingham hospital as an inpatient.

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CCTV released following Willenhall dog canal death

CCTV footage has been released of a man police want to talk to after a pet dog was taken and found dead in a canal.

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Rubbish chute baby: Woman denies attempted murder

A 24-year-old woman has denied attempting to murder a baby discovered by police at the bottom of a rubbish chute in Wolverhampton.

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Malala Yousafzai to have cranial surgery in Birmingham

A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban will undergo reconstructive surgery in the next month.

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Police negotiators talk man down from Birmingham ledge

Several roads have reopened in Birmingham after a man at the top of a multi-storey car park was safely talked down.

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Malala Yousafzai's father given job in Birmingham

The father of a Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by a Taliban gunman has been given a job in Birmingham.

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Rubbish bags 'pile up' on Birmingham streets

People in parts of Birmingham have said rubbish has been piling up on the streets due to Christmas waste collection arrangements.

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Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis: 10 years on

The mothers of two girls killed in shootings 10 years ago have called on young people to think carefully about the choices they make and the impact gangs can have on communities.

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Female police officers injured in 999 patrol car crash

Two police officers were taken to hospital after their car overturned following a crash in Wolverhampton.

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Birmingham's Adrian Lester's OBE dedicated to family

Birmingham-born actor Adrian Lester has said he accepted his OBE for services to drama to generations of his family.

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Murder hunt after body found in Birmingham alleyway

A man's body has been found in an alleyway in Birmingham.

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CCTV issued in search for Wolverhampton attacker

Police have released new CCTV footage in a bid to trace the attacker who left a man with life-changing injuries.

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Kickboxer Lee Aldhouse charged with US marine murder

A kickboxer from Birmingham has been charged with the murder of a former US Marine by a court in Thailand.

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Balsall Heath collision leaves pedestrian seriously injured

A pedestrian is being treated for serious injuries at a major trauma unit after being found lying in the road in Birmingham.

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'Multiple deaths' in M6 motorway crash

A number of people have died in a crash on the M6, Staffordshire Police say.

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Man rescued after manhole fall in West Bromwich

A man has been taken to hospital after falling down a manhole.

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Woman terrorised by gang in her own home

A raider who brought terror to a Birmingham woman when he and two accomplices forced their way into her home and attacked her has been jailed.

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Hunt for cheese thief who punched shop worker in the face

Police are hunting a determined dairy thief  after he assaulted a shop assistant during a raid on a Wolverhampton supermarket's cheese counter.

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Council spends £233,000 a month on taxis for children

Dudley Council is holding a consultation with its residents on a range of Council Tax increases.

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West Midlands Police in 24-hour Twitter scheme

Police officers in the West Midlands have been using social media to give an "insight" into patrolling its streets.

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Birmingham Central Library demolition given all clear

The demolition of Birmingham's Central Library has been given the go-ahead as plans to redevelop a city centre site have been unanimously approved.

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Woman sexually assaulted in city centre pub

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to after a woman was sexually assaulted in a Birmingham pub.

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Pedestrian killed in city centre crash

A man has died after he was struck by a car in Wolverhampton city centre.

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Rustie Lee pays tribute to 'earthly angel' mum

The elderly mum of TV star Rustie Lee has died almost two months after doctors at a Birmingham hospital said she had hours to live and advised she should be put on a controversial 'pathway' plan for end-of-life patients.

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Domestic abuse plea on West Midlands bus tickets

More than 4.5 million bus tickets will be printed over the next few weeks in the West Midlands to encourage domestic abuse victims to report attackers.

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Norovirus schools close early for deep clean

Two primary schools in the Black Country have been closed after outbreaks of the winter vomiting bug.

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Anthony Brown Erdington murder suspect in court

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a man at a house in the West Midlands.

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Hammer attacker jailed for murder

A man has been jailed after killing his friend and attacking his friend's mother as she tried to protect her son.

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Bug leads to wards visiting ban at Sandwell Hospital

A West Midlands hospital has closed all wards to visitors as a precaution because of the winter vomiting bug.

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Body find at Erdington house prompts murder inquiry

A man's body has been found in Birmingham, prompting a murder inquiry.

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Balbir Singh death: Three jailed over Tividale killing

Three men have been jailed for the manslaughter of a 54-year-old man who was beaten over several days.

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77-yr-old woman shot in head in Hospital 'random' attack

Two 13-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of shooting a pensioner in the head at a hospital.

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Hockley man charged with Broad Street head stamp attack

A 22-year-old Hockley man will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow (Friday 14 December) charged with two counts of assault.

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Clash roadie was racially abused by police, judges rule

The appeal court has upheld a decision that a Birmingham man was racially abused and assaulted as he was arrested by West Midlands Police officers.

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Arrests after toddler dies from heroin overdose

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a toddler who died from a heroin overdose at a house in the West Midlands.

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Smethwick jeweller hit with sledgehammer

A jeweller was hit across the head with a sledgehammer by thieves who broke into his shop in the West Midlands.

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Children beaten with metal bar in 'brutal' attack

Two West Midlands schoolchildren have been beaten by a man with a metal bar in a "random and brutal attack", police said.

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Birmingham prepares for freezing fog and -5C

The West Midlands is bracing itself for some icy nights as the region is set for its coldest temperatures of the year.

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Pioneering surgery repairs girl's spine with leg bone

A five-year old girl has had pioneering surgery to repair a large gap in her spine using bone taken from her legs.

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Coroner: 'No clinical failures in swine flu death'

There were no clinical failures in the death of a young woman who died from swine flu complications despite being seen by three paramedic crews, a coroner has ruled.

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Ellie Simmonds honoured with place on Walk of Stars

Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Ellie Simmonds has been honoured with a place on Birmingham's Broad Street Walk of Stars.

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Family of Birmingham Sikh soldier in turban row

The family of a Birmingham soldier at the centre of a row over his turban have hit back - pointing to the 80,000 Sikhs who died for Britain in the two World Wars.

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Woman punched in Birmingham bar: Men sought

Police have released a picture of two men they want to speak to after a woman was attacked in a city centre bar.

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Birmingham cable car scheme being considered

Birmingham could get a cable car system under proposals being considered by city transport bosses.

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Paramedics' hospital refusal leads to women's death

A swine flu victim died from complications after paramedics refused to take her to hospital three times in one night, an inquest heard.

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Sandwell lake death: Jasbir Singh Bains had throat cut

A man whose body was discovered in a lake in the Black Country had had his throat cut, police said.

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Free childcare while young parents study

Connexions Sandwell is holding an Information Advice and Guidance event to help and support 16-18 year old Sandwell young parents and expectant parents.

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Telford men jailed for Ismaaeel Rehman killing

Two men have been jailed for killing a man who died 18 months after being beaten with a baseball bat covered in spikes in Shropshire.

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Birmingham City Council contractor told to save £20m

Birmingham City Council has told its largest contractor to cut its spending by a third.

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Man arrested over Rowley Regis attack and house fire

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was attacked and two children were rescued from a Black Country house fire.

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Car theft leads police to cannabis haul in Tipton

Police accidentally uncovered a haul of cannabis plants worth £120,000 growing in a Tipton house while they were investigating a car theft.

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Small Heath mosque attack: Boy, 16, guilty of killing

A boy has admitted manslaughter after attacking a man with a baseball bat outside a Birmingham mosque.

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William Davis murder: Charlotte Frazier-Doody guilty

A drug addict has been jailed for life for bludgeoning a 92-year-old war veteran to death at his home.

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Murder inquiry over body in Dartmouth Park lake

Police are treating the death of a man whose body was found in a West Midlands lake as murder.

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Dudley Council may hold council tax rise referendum

Dudley Council has said it may hold a referendum to ask residents if they are prepared to pay higher council tax.

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Double celebration for Walsall Paralympian, Ellie Simmonds

Golden girl Ellie Simmonds is set for a double celebration after being handed a place on Birmingham's Broad Street Walk of Stars and listed as one of the nominations for the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

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Residents flee big distillery blaze in the Black Country

Homes have been evacuated as more than 100 firefighters tackle a large fire at a distillery in the Black Country.

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Local councils spend £6m on consultancy fees

Cash-strapped councils across the region have spent more than £6 million on asking for advice from consultancy firms during the past year, new figures show.

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West Midlands flooding: Warnings issued

Several flood warnings have been issued for parts of the West Midlands, while heavy rain has led to rail services being disrupted.

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Birmingham City Football Club 'advanced' takeover talks

The company which owns Birmingham City Football Club has confirmed advanced talks are taking place with a group in Hong Kong over a possible takeover.

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Malala Yousafzai's father to work in Birmingham

The father of injured Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai is to work in Birmingham while his daughter receives treatment in the city.

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Roofs blown off amid strong winds in Birmingham

The roofs of a mosque and a house have been blown off in Birmingham during strong winds.

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Birmingham pub bombings: Candlelit vigil held

A candlelit vigil for 21 people who died in the Birmingham pub has been held at Birmingham Cathedral.

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Sandwell has three of the country's top 10 open spaces

Sandwell council bosses are celebrating after three of the borough's green spaces have been listed in a nationwide 'people's choice' of their top 10 open spaces.

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Premier Foods to cut 900 jobs in bread division

Premier Foods, the maker of Hovis, is cutting 900 jobs at its bread division and is closing two bakeries.

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Wolverhampton murder victim is named by police

Detectives investigating the death of a Wolverhampton man have named the victim as Swaran Singh.

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Man, 37, arrested over Alum Rock stab death

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with knife wounds in the West Midlands.

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Elderly man's jaw fractured in 'vicious' attack

An elderly man suffered a "vicious attack" in which his jaw was fractured by a thief who stole £40 in Birmingham.

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Woman charged with murder after Birmingham house fire

A 38-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with murder and attempted murder after a fatal house fire.

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Man killed in West Midlands hit-and-run crash

A man has been killed in a hit-and-run crash near a pub in the West Midlands.

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Jaguar Land Rover: China approves joint venture

Jaguar Land Rover is to make vehicles in China for the first time after Beijing approved a £1bn joint venture.

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Taxi driver badly hurt in Northfield fight

A man has been arrested after a taxi driver was left critically ill after being in a fight in Birmingham.

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Labour's Bob Jones wins West Midlands' PCC election

Labour's Bob Jones has won the election for the West Midlands' first police and crime commissioner (PCC).

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Three men beat 'former friend' to death in Tividale

Three men have been found guilty of manslaughter over the death of a man who was beaten over several days.

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West Midlands police and crime commissioner candidates

Elections will be held today, November 15, to choose police and crime commissioners who will replace police authorities currently in charge of 41 forces in England and Wales.

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Bullring shopping centre: Woman dies after third floor fall

A woman has died after falling from a third-floor balcony inside Birmingham's Bullring shopping centre, police have said.

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Birmingham City Council liable for £757m equal pay claims

Birmingham City Council has revealed it will have to pay at least £757m to settle equal pay claims brought by mainly women who missed out on bonuses.

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Man fatally stabbed at Chelmsley Wood shopping precinct

A 25-year-old man has died after being found stabbed in a shopping precinct in the West Midlands.

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Ofcom awards Birmingham TV licence to City TV

City TV Broadcasting beats high-profile candidates to broadcast in UK's second biggest city.

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Smethwick teenage sex assault suspect e-fit released

An e-fit has been released of a man or boy police want to speak to about the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in the West Midlands.

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Winson Green Prison: Four officers 'glassed' by inmate

Four officers at Birmingham Prison have been injured by an inmate thought to have been armed with glass from a broken TV set.

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Edgbaston house fire: Murder police arrest second woman

A second woman has been arrested by police investigating the death of a woman in a house fire in Birmingham.

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Alum Rock man charged with terrorism offences

A Birmingham man has been charged with terrorism offences after officers spent months analysing electronic files.

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Badly burned body found in Birmingham alleyway

A badly burned body has been found in an alleyway in Birmingham.

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Popular Brummie curry house infested with cockroaches

AN AWARD-WINNING curry house popular with stars like Take That and Cliff Richard was closed down after health inspectors discovered it was crawling with cockroaches.

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Oldbury man Michael Jackson jailed for child kidnaps

A West Midlands man has been jailed indefinitely for public protection after admitting kidnapping a boy and a girl, aged 10 and 11.

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Edgbaston house fire leaves one dead and three hurt

A woman has died and three people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Birmingham.

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Khadija Shah case: Concerns for baby in Pakistan jail

A Birmingham woman arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of trying to smuggle heroin has appeared in court holding her baby, who is also in jail with her.

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Ben Morutare death: Teenager charged over murder

A teenager has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Ben Morutare in Smethwick.

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Kay Alexander retires from BBC Midlands Today

Kay Alexander has retired from the BBC after a career with the corporation lasting almost 40 years.

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Rusty Lee accuses doctors of expediting Mum's demise

TV star Rustie Lee has accused a Birmingham hospital of trying to put her mum on a Liverpool Care Pathway-style plan - after wrongly warning her family she was dying.

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Cystic fibrosis sufferer wins her cause for miracle drug

A Cystic Fibrosis sufferer is celebrating after winning a year-long fight with a hospital to have access to a wonder-drug that could save her life.

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PCSOs Khalid Akhtar and Joy Shoker 'sacked for bullying'

Two police community support officers accused of bullying a colleague say they unfairly lost their jobs.

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Anger at NHS for denying dying woman miracle drug

A young cystic fibrosis sufferer is dying slowly in hospital after NHS chiefs refused to give her a new wonder drug - despite manufacturers offering to give it to hospitals for free.

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Fuzzbox guitarist Jo Dunne, 43, dies after cancer battle

Tributes have been paid to musician Jo Dunne of Fuzzbox who has died aged 43.

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Malala Yusafzai: Father upbeat about future

The father of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl activist shot by the Taliban, has said his daughter is recovering well in the UK.

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Six hurt when refuse lorry overturns in Aston

Six occupants of a refuse lorry were injured when it overturned near Birmingham city centre.

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Man charged over head stamping attack

A 21-year-old man has been charged with assault after a teenager was punched unconscious and had his head stamped on repeatedly, police have said.

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Kingstanding hit-and-run girl, 5, badly hurt

A five-year-old girl has been left critically ill after being hit by a car which failed to stop in Birmingham.

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Birmingham City Council announces £600m of cuts

Bosses at Birmingham City Council say £600m of savings must be made by 2017, with £120m in the next financial year.

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Deceased Birmingham marathon runner named

A runner who collapsed and died during a half marathon in Birmingham has been named by the event's organisers.

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Birmingham City Council child protection 'inadequate'

The effectiveness of Birmingham City Council's arrangements for protecting children has been judged "inadequate".

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Youths in court over stab death

Two teenagers have appeared in court charged with violent disorder after a 16-year-old boy was fatally stabbed.

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Bournville College stabbing accused appears in court

A man charged over the stabbing of a teenager outside a college in Birmingham has appeared in court.

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Birmingham acid douse death 'preventable'

A serious case review into the death of a girl, who was stabbed by her mother and then doused in acid, has found her death could have been prevented.

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Riots quartet jailed for 78 years

Two men have been jailed after police came under fire during riots in Birmingham in August 2011.

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Walsall deaths: Police given more time to question suspect

Police have been given more time to question a man arrested on suspicion of murder after two bodies were found at a block of flats in Walsall.

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Birmingham dentist jailed for £1.4m fraud

A Birmingham dentist who defrauded the NHS out of £1.4m has been jailed for seven years.

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Gun discovered after Birmingham markets fight

A gun has been found after a fight in a busy city centre market area.

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Two arrested in Birmingham under Terrorism Act

A brother and sister from Birmingham have been arrested under the Terrorism Act, West Midlands Police have said.

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Man charged over 2002 gun attack in Alum Rock

A man has been charged with attempted murder after another man was shot and stabbed in Birmingham 10 years ago.

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Birmingham nursery worker assaulted toddlers

A woman has been given a 12-month community order for assaulting toddlers in her care at a Birmingham nursery.

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Birmingham attack victim stamped on 'up to 10 times'

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Oldbury man Michael Jackson admits child sexual assault

A 50-year-old man has been warned he faces an indefinite jail sentence for kidnapping a boy and girl, both aged 10, in separate attacks.

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Kyle Sheehan death in Birmingham: Family appeal

A 16-year-old boy who was stabbed in Birmingham has died, prompting a murder investigation.

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Two stabbed in Birmingham bus stop attack

A man has been arrested after two people were stabbed at a Birmingham bus stop in what police said was an unprovoked attack.

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Man seriously hurt in Birmingham hate crime attack

A man was seriously injured when he was stabbed with a screwdriver in an attack being treated as a hate crime.

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Arrests after Wolverhampton canal attacks

Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of assault after a series of attacks on canal towpaths in Wolverhampton.

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Singer Jaki Graham to receive Birmingham Broad Street star

Soul singer Jaki Graham is to be honoured with a place on Birmingham's Broad Street Walk of Stars.

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Funeral for Kingsley Burrell after Birmingham detention death

The funeral of a man who died after being detained by West Midlands Police has taken place in Birmingham.

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