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News
Hednesford Hills fire: Crews battle woodland blaze 

22 Jul 18

Crews using specialist equipment were brought in to help.


News
LETTERS: Your discussion from around the borough in this week’s Observer 

22 Jul 18

Letters from this week’s Observer regarding a fire warning and Jaguar Land Rover.


News
Shocking Ofsted into Walsall school describes how pupils tried to smash though locked doors and set off fire alarms 

22 Jul 18

During the two-day visit in April, inspectors ruled that New Leaf Centre in Rushall is dirty and badly maintained…


Rugby
Homes evacuated after city grass fires 

20 Jul 18

Dry conditions helped grass fire spread in Bordesley Green…


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Police trawl CCTV to trace gunmen who opened fire on Mercedes at Hunters Moon pub 

19 Jul 18

The gunmen struck at the Hodge Hill pub on Friday night…


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Government should pay for fitting fire safety sprinklers to council tower blocks 

19 Jul 18

Birmingham City Council wants 31 million for safety upgrades after Grenfell tragedy…


Blog politics
TROUBLE SHOOTING AT THE QUESLETT NATURE RESERVE 

18 Jul 18

I was pleased to meet up with some of the Local Parks Management Team on the Queslett Nature Reserve.


Rugby
Train catches fire travelling from Birmingham New Street – passengers evacuated 

18 Jul 18

The train had just left Derby station when an alarm started going off at about 1.11pm, according to reports…


News
Time capsule buried to commemorate opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station 

18 Jul 18

A time capsule has been buried to commemorate the opening of Lichfield Community Fire Station.


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Cyclist struck by car on A38 Bristol Road South in Northfield 

17 Jul 18

The incident happened outside Northfield Fire Station, on the junction of South Road…


Local news
It’s not just mums that go to Iceland! – Supermarket gives discount for Emergency Services 

17 Jul 18

The British supermarket chain are saying a big ‘thank you’ to employees of the Police, Fire Service, NHS, Ambulance Service, HM Coastguard and RNLI for everything that they do.


News
Lichfield and Burntwood MP urged to resign by Lib Dem councillor after “vile” social media post 

17 Jul 18

The MP for Lichfield and Burntwood should step down and let “a decent person” replace him, according to a Liberal Democrat councillor.


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Police in hunt for gunmen after shots are fired at Mercedes in pub car park 

16 Jul 18

A gang opened fire at the Hunters Moon pub in Coleshill Road, Hodge Hill…


News
Lichfield and Burntwood MP blasts “Twitter trolls” after criticism of social media posts 

16 Jul 18

Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP has hit out at “Twitter trolls” after criticism of him in the wake of an offensive post featuring Sadiq Khan.


Local news
In Pictures: New drone images show extent of fire damage on former Rubery quarry 

14 Jul 18

BEFORE: 3D image satellite image of Rubery Cock Hill Quarry before this summer’s fires | © Google Maps Photographs taken from a drone show the extent of damage done to vegetation on a green space in Rubery – and how close to homes fires have …


Local news
Man injured in Northfield collision 

14 Jul 18

A man was injured after an accident in Northfield in the early hours of this morning.


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Blaze engulfs two houses in Handsworth: All we know so far 

14 Jul 18

New information emerges on fire which saw plumes of smoke billowing from a row of terraces…


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Watch: Firefighters tackle blaze at two houses after garden fire spreads 

13 Jul 18

Footage from the scene after garden fire spreads to two homes on Churchill Road, Handsworth…


News
Community Safety Partnership launches fun activities thanks to Space funding  

13 Jul 18

TAMWORTH Community Safety Partnership has unveiled a host of FREE activities for young people to promote safety and crime prevention over the summer months, after it secured £15,000 funding from the Staffordshire Police Crime Commissioner’s Space…


FixMyStreet
Flytipping at the back of business premises, 13th July 

13 Jul 18

A large amount of rubbish has been left in the last 3 – 4 weeks at the back of our business premises.


News
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant “genuinely sorry” after posting offensive tweet 

13 Jul 18

Lichfield’s MP says he is “genuinely sorry” after coming under fire for posting an offensive tweet .


News
Lichfield MP criticised over “abhorrent” tweet featuring London Mayor Sadiq Khan 

12 Jul 18

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has come under fire after posting an offensive tweet about London Mayor Sadiq Khan.


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Watch: Masked knifeman swings blade outside Harborne jewellers JJ Rudell in ram-raid 

12 Jul 18

Police and fire crews at the scene…


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Car repair workshop in Darlaston destroyed in fire 

12 Jul 18

Vehicles which were inside the unit were destroyed by fire – arson is suspected…


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Smoke billows from Birmingham high-rise flats during huge fire drill 

11 Jul 18

It comes in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy which killed 72 people last year…