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Classic motor car firm teaches students 

15 Mar 16

Veteran car firm Morgan will help students learn about motor racing cars and other vehicles after partnering with Wolverhampton University.


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VIDEO: Krays Birmingham turf war inspires film 

15 Mar 16

The life stories of a notorious family, the Fewtrells, who once ran more than 20 nightclubs in Birmingham, could be made into a film.


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VIDEO: Mother’s plea for routine Men B jabs 

15 Mar 16

Parents, including a couple from Walsall, will tell MPs why they think the Meningitis B vaccine should be given to all UK children up to age 11.


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VIDEO: ‘Germanwings can’t happen again’ 

14 Mar 16

The wife of a Wolverhampton man killed in the Germanwings plane crash is calling on the Government to prevent similar tragedies.


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Town names misspelt on new police van 

14 Mar 16

Police tweet photographs of its new van – with spelling mistakes emblazoned on the side.


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Drivers fined for filming M40 crash 

14 Mar 16

More than 80 drivers face prosecution for slowing down to film a crash on the M40 on their mobile phones.


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‘Corner shop’ tweet councillor cleared 

14 Mar 16

A councillor who sent a tweet comparing a London mayoral candidate’s office to a corner shop has been cleared of sending an offensive message.


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West Highland Terrier wins Crufts 

13 Mar 16

A West Highland Terrier wins Best In Show at Crufts at Birmingham’s NEC for the first time in 26 years…


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Huge turnout at St Patrick’s Day parade 

13 Mar 16

St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Birmingham have gone ahead with flying colours despite no funding from the council.


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Man charged after petrol station attack 

13 Mar 16

A man is charged with grievous bodily harm following an attack at a petrol station in Coventry.


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Arrest after petrol station assault 

12 Mar 16

A 41-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an assault at a petrol station forecourt.


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School chief bans use of ‘Trojan Horse’ 

12 Mar 16

Birmingham’s education commissioner says he has banned the use of the term “Trojan horse” to describe the allegations of attempts to take over schools in the city.


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Old hand grenade found in skip 

12 Mar 16

The army’s bomb disposal unit has been called to a street in Birmingham where an old hand grenade was found.


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Is Coventry about to have a moment of glory? 

12 Mar 16

Coventry has a reputation for car manufacturing rather than concerts.


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Lorry crashes through M40 barriers 

11 Mar 16

A lorry crashes through the barriers of the M40 in Warwickshire, leaving one person injured…


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Sacked man’s pub rampage caught on CCTV 

11 Mar 16

A sacked bus driver wrecked a pub by throwing chairs, tables and bottles in an angry rage after losing his job, a court hears.


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The towns battling teen pregnancies 

11 Mar 16

Five areas in the West Midlands are among the highest in the UK for teenage pregnancy – and health chiefs are trying to work out why.


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Abuse victims ‘still being let down’ 

11 Mar 16

For every eight child sexual exploitation complaints, West Midlands Police has charged one person, the BBC discovers.


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Flood warnings remain as rivers rise 

10 Mar 16

Flooding risk remains in Warwickshire after a day of torrential rain closed schools and roads.


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Conman ‘shot dead in professional hit’ 

10 Mar 16

The shooting of a notorious Birmingham-born criminal “bears all the hallmarks of a professional hit”, police say.


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Gun gang jail sentences increased 

10 Mar 16

Sixteen members of a Birmingham gun gang have their jail sentences increased at the Court of Appeal.


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VIDEO: Man uses ladder to reach van in floods 

9 Mar 16

A man has been filmed using a ladder to reach a van which was stranded in flood water in Birmingham.


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VIDEO: The wall that’s become a public loo 

9 Mar 16

People urinating against a wall in Walsall have been caught on CCTV and shamed on social media.


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Two bodies discovered inside car 

9 Mar 16

Two bodies are discovered inside a car in Wolverhampton.


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Teen pregnancy rate ‘continues to fall’ 

9 Mar 16

Stoke-on-Trent and Tamworth have the second and third highest rates of teen pregnancy in England and Wales, figures show.


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Flooding causes 14 schools to close 

9 Mar 16

Severe flooding on village roads forces 14 schools to close in Warwickshire, with drivers also rescued from cars.


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Endangered bonobo ape born in UK 

9 Mar 16

A UK zoo announces the birth of an endangered bonobo ape, one of only 11 around the world in the last year.


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M6 clean-up ‘delayed after fatal crash’ 

8 Mar 16

Repair lorries stuck in traffic and poor decision-making led to delays in dealing with a fatal accident on the M6, a leaked debrief says.


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VIDEO: Failings found over M6 crash chaos 

8 Mar 16

Poor decision-making by officials is blamed in a leaked report into the chaos that followed a fatal crash on the M6 last month.


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‘Most wanted’ could be in Netherlands 

8 Mar 16

An alleged drug dealer from Birmingham is among nine “most wanted” suspects believed to have fled to the Netherlands.


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Stem cell ‘link’ to repeat miscarriages 

8 Mar 16

A lack of stem cells in the womb lining is causing thousands of women to suffer repeat miscarriages, say researchers in Warwick.


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Woman hit by police car seriously hurt 

7 Mar 16

A woman suffers serious head injuries when she is hit by a police car in Rugby.


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Leicester City fan cashes out £72k bet 

7 Mar 16

A Leicester City fan, who stood to win £250,000 from a £50 bet on his team winning the Premier League, cashes out for £72,000.


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Body cameras for hospital staff 

7 Mar 16

Security staff at hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire are given body-worn CCTV cameras to record incidents.


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VIDEO: I’m no hero: Boy who helped stab victim 

7 Mar 16

A 17-year old boy who went to help a pregnant woman as she was stabbed in Birmingham has said it was “the right thing to do”.


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British Museum tops UK attraction list 

7 Mar 16

The Library of Birmingham is Britain’s most popular free visitor attraction outside of London.


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Kidnap charges following incident 

6 Mar 16

Four West Bromwich men are charged with kidnap following an incident.


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Charges after pregnant woman stabbed 

6 Mar 16

A man is charged after a pregnant woman is stabbed in a street in Sutton Coldfield…


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Woman killed in city house blaze 

5 Mar 16

A woman dies in a house fire in Wolverhampton.


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VIDEO: Face reconstruction: “transformed my life” 

4 Mar 16

A cancer patient says surgeons at the facial reconstruction unit, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, have transformed her life.


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Athlete backs protest over school plans 

3 Mar 16

Former Commonwealth champion David Moorcroft backs a protest by pupils against plans to close down their school merge it with another.


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Pair who rammed police car jailed 

3 Mar 16

Two “dangerous” men from Birmingham who rammed into a police car are jailed.


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VIDEO: Clean for the Queen: Coventry eyesore targeted 

3 Mar 16

A Coventry eyesore has been targeted as part of the Clean for the Queen campaign.


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Hospital death rates reviewed weekly 

3 Mar 16

A hospital in Birmingham is told to report weekly to the health watchdog amid concerns of high death rates during or following heart operations.


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Hundreds of hidden city photos found 

2 Mar 16

Hundreds of pictures discovered in a cupboard which show Birmingham in the 1950s and 1960s are on a display.


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Weight loss surgery ‘highest in NE’ 

2 Mar 16

The West Midlands is one of three English regions to have recorded an increase in weight loss surgery operations between 2013 and 2015.


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Sheep carcass fly-tippers jailed 

1 Mar 16

Two men who dumped sheep carcasses, mattresses and other rubbish on waste ground in Birmingham are jailed.


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Man stabbed in legs by attackers 

1 Mar 16

Police are trying to identify a man left critically ill in hospital after he was stabbed multiple times in the legs in Birmingham.


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Why equal votes are an unequal struggle 

1 Mar 16

Midlands boundary review faces unequal struggle for equal votes…


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City academy out of special measures 

1 Mar 16

Coventry’s first academy school is taken out of special measures by Ofsted inspectors.


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VIDEO: Shakespeare ‘body double’ artwork ready 

1 Mar 16

A new portrait of William Shakespeare, completed after the artist’s friend stood in as a body double, is to go on show to the public.


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No mail after ‘dogs threaten postmen’ 

29 Feb 16

Mail deliveries to some Birmingham addresses are suspended after postmen were threatened by dogs off the lead, Royal Mail says.


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Shakespeare’s grave scanned inside 

29 Feb 16

A radar survey into the grave and an excavation of the playwright’s house are among research projects marking the 400th anniversary of his death.


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Protection order set for Coventry park 

29 Feb 16

A park in Coventry is to be covered by a special protection order in a bid to stop anti-social behaviour.


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VIDEO: Marathon man in world record challenge 

29 Feb 16

An ex-soldier from Birmingham is planning to take on the world’s most gruelling endurance race across the Sahara desert, not once but twice.


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Fusion Festival moves to Liverpool 

29 Feb 16

A music festival that attracts more than 50,000 fans is to move to Liverpool from Birmingham, it is announced.


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Fifth of nursing jobs vacant at hospital 

29 Feb 16

Nearly a fifth of the nursing workforce at a Coventry health trust, the highest number of vacancies in the West Midlands, remains unfilled, it is revealed.


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VIDEO: How chocolate saved Birmingham landmark 

29 Feb 16

One of the oldest buildings in Birmingham is celebrating 100 years since it was saved from demolition thanks to the intervention of a chocolate magnate.


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Taxi drivers charged in child sex case 

29 Feb 16

Three taxi drivers from Walsall are charged with child sex offences involving a teenage girl, West Midlands Police say.


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Internet shopping ‘fuels gun smuggling’ 

29 Feb 16

The “boom” in internet shopping is helping criminals to smuggle guns into Britain and contributed to a surge in the number of guns in the country, a police chief warns.