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Police close club in ‘tough action’ against gun crime as they step up patrols 

27 May

Senior officers have signed a closure order for the Arabian Nites shisha lounge on Bissell Street in Highgate...


Violence is becoming an “epidemic across the city” – Birmingham community activist 

27 May

Calls for urgent action following a weekend of violence with shootings in Digbeth and Bordesley Green and a stabbing in Highgate...


Weekend of violence in Birmingham: 2 shootings and a stabbing within 24 hours 

27 May

Incidents at the Kerryman in Digbeth, Arabian Nites in Highgate and on Imperial Road in Bordesley Green...


Deadly guns – including sawn-off shotgun – discovered hidden in city centre underground car park near Broad Street 

27 May

And these pictures capture the chilling moment the cache of arms and ammo were found in the bowels of a building off Birminghams busy Broad Street...


“This has to stop”: Police rush to shooting on Imperial Road, Bordesley Green – and find no sign of victim 

27 May

Gunshots were reportedly fired into a car...


Red robes handed over to new Mayor of Tamworth for 2018 

27 May

THE mantle, or red robe, of the Mayor of Tamworth has been passed to Councillor Peter Thurgood, who was unanimously voted to the role by his fellow councillors this week.


Familiar Tamworth faces to be removed for annual spruce up 

27 May

SOME familiar faces around Tamworth will disappear in June, but they’ll soon be back pride of place after their annual spruce-up.


Street sport free activities returns for spring half-term 

27 May

FREE sporting activities for young people are returning to Tamworth parks this half-term as a result of a successful programme of sporting events called ‘Street Sport’ .


Staff at Tamworth company donate £700 to local hospice 

27 May

STAFF at Stormking Plastics in Amington have donated £700 to St Giles Hospice.


County Council say they are planning for success across Staffordshire 

27 May

COUNTYWIDE plans to boost residents’ access to good jobs, healthy living and promote strong communities living are to come under the microscope.


Custody visitors receive long service awards. 

27 May

EIGHT Independent Custody Visitor volunteers from across Staffordshire have been honoured by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner for their long service to the scheme.


What are T Levels? 

27 May

Here's what we now about the new technical qualification that will provide an alternative to A Levels...


Here’s where you can study for the new T Level in Birmingham and the West Midlands 

27 May

The T Level is a long-awaited alternative to A Levels teaching the technical skills employers need...


Judge’s damning words to killers after Mekel Sterling shot dead in Johnson Crew v Burger Bar Boys revenge attack 

26 May

Birmingham Crown Court heard it was a revenge killing...


Birmingham school forced into lockdown after ‘fight’ involving gun outside 

26 May

The incident happened outside Lea Forest Primary Academy in Kitts Green...


Highgate shooting: Man injured at Arabian Nights shisha lounge in Birmingham 

26 May

Police appeal after man injured at Arabian Nights in Highgate...


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Blogs

Walking to Work Could Cut Risk of Dying from Heart Disease 

26 May

Leaving the car at home and walking to work could cut the risk of dying from heart disease and stroke by almost a third, according to new research from Cambridge University.


Tesco Fined £1.6m After Pedestrian Crushed Against Loading Bay 

26 May

Supermarket chain Tesco has been fined £1.6m following a prosecution brought by Ealing Council.


Chasewater Railway Made in Staffordshire Gala this weekend! 

26 May

Sorry again for the late notice but I note Chasewater Railway have their Made in Staffordshire 50th Anniversary Gala this spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th May 2018), with loads of steam and diesel heritage traction ...


Got time to foster? 

24 May

This month we’re celebrating Foster Care Fortnight,  which is the annual celebration of the amazing difference that foster families make to children’s lives every day.


Huge welcome to England squad as they arrive in Staffordshire 

22 May

With just less than a month to go until the start of the World Cup in Russia, it was great to be able to welcome the England squad to St George’s Park were they kick off their training.


The relationship between the private and public sectors 

21 May

I was invited to speak this week at a dinner of the New Local Government Network, one of the leading think tanks in our sector.


Break Through for FOBTs 

21 May

Problem gambling can devastate individuals' lives, families and communities, so I welcome the decisive action being taken to ensure a responsible gambling industry protects players appropriately.


Shed some light? 

20 May

I have a huge backlog of things to write about including the dead (an old burial road) and circuses (the greatest show-woman) because when I’m looking for one thing, I inevitably seem to find another.


Urgent! Please look out for these stolen motorbikes 

20 May

Images posted on Facebook by Stacey Woodfull Hey folks – please be on the lookout for these stolen motorbikes/quads, taken last night Saturday 19th/Sunday 20th May 2018 from Brownhills West and a separate incident in Norton East Road, Norton Canes...


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Blogs

Morning Prayer – Saturday, 26 May 2018 

26 May

Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605 John Calvin, Reformer, 1564 Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595 Psalm 147 Alleluia.


Morning Prayer – Friday, 25 May 2018 

25 May

The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735 Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, 709 Psalm 142 I cry aloud to the Lord; to the Lord I make my supplication.


Longlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ short story prize 2018 

24 May

Longlisted Not the best week really, but a brighter spot today with a longlisting in the Commonwealth Writers’ (CW) short story prize.


Morning Prayer – Thursday, 24 May 2018 

24 May

John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788 Psalm 146 Alleluia.


New episodes of Lichfield theatrical sitcom Dr Johnson’s WikiWords to be staged at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum 

23 May

Two new episodes of Lichfield’s home-grown dramatic sitcom Dr Johnson’s WikiWords are to be staged next month.


Review: Remi Harris at the George Hotel in Lichfield 

23 May

A stage filled with guitars and a room full of people meant that jazz musician Remi Harris’s gig at Lichfield’s George Hotel was a very special evening for music fans.


Sci-fi version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest coming to the Lichfield Garrick 

23 May

Shakespeare will get the sci-fi treatment at the Lichfield Garrick next month.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday, 23 May 2018 

23 May

Psalm 119.153-end O consider my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.


How To Enjoy Your Summer On A Budget 

22 May

You can still enjoy your summer despite being on a budget, it just means you’ll have to get creative here and there.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday, 22 May 2018 

22 May

Psalm 132 Lord, remember for David all the hardships he endured; How he swore an oath to the Lord and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: ‘I will not come within the shelter of my house, nor climb up into my bed; ‘I will not allow my eyes to ...


Organisers of 2018 Fuse Festival in Lichfield launch crowdfunding appeal to ensure event can go ahead as planned 

21 May

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to ensure a Lichfield music event can go ahead as planned.


Morning Prayer – Monday, 21st May 2018 

21 May

Helena, Protector of the Holy Places, 330 Psalm 123 To you I lift up my eyes, to you that are enthroned in the heavens.


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Sport

Lichfield City Urban & Parks Orienteering 

26 May

Orienteering on Lichfield (Parking at Beacon Park, Signposted from the A51 Western Bypass, heading northwest from the city centre.


Results – Youth Races May 26 

26 May

Thank you to all riders that came and rode.


Pitmen swoop to bring in midfielder 

25 May

Hednesford Town manager Rob Smith has today been able to add his seventh player to his squad following the signing of midfielder Jermain Hollis from Coalville Town.


Rock in touch with leaders 

25 May

The Armitage 41-year-old ended the first day on three under par in joint 14th place, four shots behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard, of Denmark...


Nicholas in form 

25 May

The professional, from Beau Desert Golf Club in Cannock, is heading to the States this summer for that competition and to defend her WPGA Professional Championship title...


Lichfield driver Adam Christodoulou celebrates second place finish at Silverstone 

25 May

Lichfield driver Adam Christodoulou enjoyed a second place finish on his debut race with his Mercedes AMG Team Akka-ASP.


Curley Signs New Deal – Two New Faces Arrive 

23 May

Hednesford Town Football Club can confirm that defender Matt Curley has agreed a new deal for the 2018/19 campaign – with manager Rob Smith also bolstering his squad with the signing of Sam Griffiths and Josh Craddock from Stafford Rangers...


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Business

Council accused of double standards over plan to foot the bill for Friarsgate development in Lichfield 

25 May

A plan for Lichfield District Council to foot the bill for Friarsgate is a case of double standards, the leader of the Labour opposition group has claimed.


Leader reveals Lichfield District Council could provide funding to ensure Friarsgate redevelopment goes ahead 

24 May

Lichfield District Council could step in to provide the funding to allow the Friarsgate scheme to go ahead, LichfieldLive can reveal.


Paving company is blooming again at the 2018 RHS Chelsea Flower Show 

23 May

A Lichfield company is blooming at the 2018 Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.


Burntwood business to expand after winning £30,000 grant 

21 May

A Burntwood business is expanding after receiving a £30,000 grant.


Council plans to introduce fee for street traders at festivals and special events in Lichfield 

19 May

A new fee could be introduced for street traders attending special events if plans proposed by Lichfield District Council get the go-ahead.


In pictures: Aston Villa footballer Robert Snodgrass cuts the ribbon on new Lichfield gym 

18 May

Aston Villa footballer Robert Snodgrass has helped launch a new Lichfield gym.


Housebuilding firm agrees sponsorship of Lichfield Rugby Club’s scoreboard 

15 May

Lichfield Rugby Club has been given a boost after a housebuilding company agreed to sponsor the club’s scoreboard.


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Staffordshire at Westminster »

Enterprise Zones | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

21 Jul

My right hon.


Compulsory Purchase: Capital Gains Tax | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reform of capital gains tax in relation to compulsory purchase.


NHS Reform | Business of the House | Commons debates 

16 Jul

We in Staffordshire know better than most what the denial machine that the Secretary of State referred to meant to local people, so I congratulate him on his commitment to transparency and consistency.


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Bill Presented – National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The hon.


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Bill Presented – National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The hon.


Petition – Closure of Fire Stations in South Staffordshire | Commons debates 

8 Jul

I rise to present a petition signed by 2,824 of my constituents who are backing my campaign to keep open the fire stations in Kinver, Brewood, Codsall and Bilbrook.


Engagements | Oral Answers to Questions – International Development | Commons debates 

8 Jul

May I associate myself with the Prime Minister’s remarks about the families of the victims of Tunisia, particularly the family of my constituent, Sue Davey? In the past three years, unemployment in Tamworth has fallen faster than anywhere...


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