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Refuse collections resume across the city despite snow and ice 

12 Dec 17

Birmingham City Council says it will only be able to offer a restricted service in Sutton Coldfield, Erdington and Great Barr due to the snow and ice…


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Doctor claims man flu really does exist 

12 Dec 17

Article from BMJ says man flu could be real and looks at possible explanations…


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This is what you can expect from new train franchise 

11 Dec 17

Passengers should expect decent service and complain if service is not up to scratch says Japanese investor…


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New weather warning for snow-hit Birmingham as temperatures plunge to -9C 

11 Dec 17

The city suffered a total WHITEOUT on Sunday after huge snowfalls sparked transport chaos across the region…


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Burglars threaten to harm NEWBORN BABY in terrifying Balsall Heath house raid 

10 Dec 17

Police are appealing for help to trace thieves behind almost 30 raids on homes across Birmingham…


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Best places to go sledging near Birmingham 

10 Dec 17

Where to go tobogganing in the the West Midlands…


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Midlands Metro £10 penalty fares are set to rise – here’s by how much 

8 Dec 17

You only have to get away with fare dodging three times to make it pay says transport chief…


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Norovirus: How to avoid the dreaded winter sickness bug and how to beat it 

8 Dec 17

With warnings that another strain is set to spread through schools and workplaces this winter, here is everything you need to know about the virus…


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Anorexic student Averil Hart, 19, ‘let down by every single NHS organisation’ 

8 Dec 17

She died after a series of failures that involved every NHS organisation that cared for her…


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Why Labour’s candidate selection secrecy is undermining our local democracy 

8 Dec 17

Rumours and conspiracy theories abound as Labour selects 101 candidates for the 2018 city council election…


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Whisky, wine and mountain bike stolen during burglary in Wilnecote 

8 Dec 17

The incident is believed to have taken place between Thursday, December 7 and Friday…


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JK Rowling DEFENDS Johnny Depp casting in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 

8 Dec 17

A number of fans had expressed their disappointment…


Local news
Is it legal to throw snowballs? This is the law – and why you could be risking a criminal record 

8 Dec 17

Temperatures will plummet to freezing levels today…


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Thug Mohammed Raza left victim in coma after using BMW ‘as a weapon’ in massive street fight 

8 Dec 17

Victim was left with catastrophic brain injury…


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The worrying number of elite footballers who have exercise-induced asthma 

8 Dec 17

Researchers presenting at the British Thoracic Society’s Winter Meeting in London will call for all top clubs to implement a lung health screening programme…


Local news
Spotting slavery – council issue checklist of warning signs 

7 Dec 17

Sandwell Council have approved an anti-slavery policy…


Local news
How many episodes are there in Peaky Blinders series four? 

6 Dec 17

The period crime drama has thrilled millions since it debuted back in 2013…


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Why you should NEVER trust messages from THIS mobile phone number 

6 Dec 17

Fraudsters are firing off distressed-sounding messages to strangers…


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Hepatitis A outbreak shuts school – the symptoms to look out for and how to avoid it 

6 Dec 17

Hepatitis A is a liver infection caused by a virus that’s spread in the poo of an infected person…


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THIS is how many people in the West Midlands have depression 

6 Dec 17

The West Midlands still has the same prevalence of depression as the rest of the country as a whole…


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Labour forces government to climb down on Universal Credit reports 

5 Dec 17

Ministers agree to hand over reports about the impact of Universal Credit after Labour tables Commons motion…


Local news
Rail passengers to be hit with BIGGEST fare hike in five years NEXT month 

5 Dec 17

Average ticket prices across Britain will go up by 3.4…


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Two defrosting cars stolen from Sutton Coldfield driveways 

4 Dec 17

The cars were stolen on consecutive days from Bridle Lane and then Sunnybank Close in Streetly…


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Taxi pollution crisis ‘could leave just 70 cabs on city streets’ 

4 Dec 17

More than 1,000 drivers could be forced off roads by cost of buying new wheels…


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Locked up in November: The criminals jailed in the Midlands last month 

3 Dec 17

Our list names and shames people locked up by the courts in November…