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Sex offences by children under TEN soar 

13 Dec

The number of recorded offences in the region has risen from 140 between 2012 and 2013 to 217 in the last financial year...


Peaky Blinders-style Tommy gun and AK47 part of HUGE firearms haul handed in to police 

13 Dec

Ammunition, silencers and air weapons were also given in to police in two-week long amnesty...


Four arrested for murder of 87-year-old Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbley 

13 Dec

FOUR people from Birmingham have been arrested for murder after an elderly man who was viciously beaten and robbed in his own home sadly passed away in hospital.


Brave mixed martial arts fighter helped police officer restrain ‘dangerous criminal’ 

13 Dec

Abu Khauteeb rushed in to assist an officer who had tried to single-handedly arrest a wanted man he had spotted in the street...


Tamworth pub ‘snubs’ filmmakers making movie on theft of European Cup 

13 Dec

The press office of the pub has stated they have a no-filming policy, but will be investigating the situation...


Police hunt armed robber after raid at Poundland store in Great Barr 

13 Dec

A man armed with a knife stole cash from a Poundland store in Walsall Road...


Murder arrests made after Sutton Coldfield pensioner beaten up in home dies 

13 Dec

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbley died in hospital weeks after an attack at his home in Endwood Drive...


Gang who used drones to smuggle £370k worth of drugs into prisons JAILED 

13 Dec

Remote-controlled drones, equipped with a fishing line and hooks, were flown to cell windows where inmates used tools such as an extendable broom handle to retrieve smuggled items...


Disadvantaged pupils ‘shouldn’t be used as excuse for under-achieving schools’ 

13 Dec

Amanda Spielman, the education watchdog's chief inspector, hit out at a culture of disadvantage one-upmanship as she unveiled her first annual report...


Staffordshire Police rated ‘good’ for legitimacy and leadership 

13 Dec

THE efforts of Staffordshire Police to keep the people of Staffordshire safe and to reduce crime have been praised by inspectors once again.


Keep a clear head near the rail network 

13 Dec

Revellers are being warned to “keep a clear head” around the rail network over the festive season.


Update after police officer stabbed in Birmingham 

13 Dec

A NEIGHBOURHOOD police officer who was stabbed in the line of duty in Erdington yesterday (Tuesday 12 December) is making good progress in hospital.


Peter Kay cancels Birmingham shows and entire tour 

13 Dec

COMEDIAN Peter Kay has cancelled his first live tour in eight years over ‘unforeseen family circumstances’.


Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Trust calls on photographers to help create new calendar 

13 Dec

Photographers are being invited to help create a new calendar for the Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust.


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This is what pleased Alan Pardew the most about West Brom’s draw against Liverpool 

13 Dec

Alan Pardew is a happy man after watching West Brom draw to Liverpool...


“That feels like a win!” – West Brom fans jubilant after draw at Liverpool 

13 Dec

This is what the West Brom faithful had to say after the draw against Liverpool...


West Brom player ratings: Ahmed Hegazi leads the way, here’s how everyone else did against Liverpool 

13 Dec

How Gregg Evans rated the West Brom players in the match against Liverpool...


Aston Villa Under-18s 2  Coventry City Under-18s 1 (FA Youth Cup third round) 

13 Dec

Here's how Aston Villa's youngsters got on...


The lowdown on 17-year-old West Brom youngster Nathan Ferguson 

13 Dec

Nathan Ferguson makes the bench against Liverpool, but who is the West Brom youngster...


Danny Ings and 8 more players YOU think West Brom should sign in the January transfer window 

13 Dec

These are the players that you want West Brom to sign in January...


Liverpool vs West Brom: Grzegorz Krychowiak and James McClean are included by Alan Pardew 

13 Dec

This is how West Brom will line-up against Liverpool at Anfield...


Watch Aston Villa vs Coventry City FA Youth Cup live stream 

13 Dec

AVFC U18s take on their CCFC counterparts at Villa Park...


Troy Deeney and 22 more realistic players you want to see Birmingham City sign 

13 Dec

These are the players that you would like to see Birmingham City snap up...


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Comment »

Walking Football for the Over 50’s Coming to Tamworth 

12 Dec

A new initiative to help people aged 50 and over stay active and enjoy a kick-about is shooting into Tamworth in the New Year.


Lichfield MP in the stocks after sparking war of words with neighbouring Tamworth 

4 Dec

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been put in the stocks as punishment for sparking a war of words with Tamworth.


New THINK! Road Safety Campaign Launched to Help Cut Child Deaths 

24 Nov

Road Safety Minister Jesse Norman has launched a new road safety campaign aimed at teachers and schools to help cut child fatalities.


Men and Women Asked Not to Miss Out on Bowel Screening 

24 Nov

PHE is calling on all men and women, aged over 60, to get screened for bowel cancer after the latest figures show over 40% are not getting tested – with embarrassment over providing a stool sample one of the reasons, among men in particular, that ...


For the Fallen 

12 Nov

Solemn the drums thrill: Death August and Royal Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.


Fake Remembrance Merchandise Seized by Border Force 

12 Nov

Border Force officers have seized fake poppy branded jewellery, key rings and scarves estimated to be worth approximately £150,000.


Call for Women to Get Life-Saving Smear Test 

7 Nov

Public Health England (PHE) has issued a fresh appeal to young women to take up the invitation of a cervical cancer test as new figures published today show a fall in the number of 25 to 29-year-old women being tested.


Conservative MP refers himself to police after newspaper’s allegations 

6 Nov

A Conservative MP has referred himself to the police after allegations were made against him.


Burton’s best, say media awards judges 

4 Nov

Recognition for region’s top media stars.


Views Sought on Reward and Return Schemes for Drinks Containers 

27 Oct

The Government today  invited views  on how reward and return schemes for drinks containers could work in England by issuing a call for evidence.


Tyre Safety Blitz to Drive down Road Incidents 

27 Oct

Highways England is marking the end of Tyre Safety Month by revealing a series of initiatives it is developing or already delivering to help drive down the number of people killed and injured on the country’s motorways and major A roads.


Enterprise Partnership aims to boost local innovation 

26 Oct

Organisations encouraged to apply for more than £6 million of funding.


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Features »

Morning Prayer – Wednesday 13 December 2017 

13 Dec

Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Samuel Johnson, Moralist, 1784 Ember Day Psalm 62 On God alone my soul in stillness waits; from him comes my salvation.


Can’t make it to church – Sunday 10 December 2017 

12 Dec

Today, being the second Sunday of Advent, we look to the Prophets* to give us a feel for things and the three readings come together give us a bit of a tough picture and some comfort too.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 12 December 2017 

12 Dec

Psalm 56 Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; all day long they assault and oppress me.


Morning Prayer – Monday 11 December 2017 

11 Dec

Psalm 44 We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us, all that you did in their days, in time of old; How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in, and broke the power of peoples and set us free.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 9 December 2017 

9 Dec

Psalm 9 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all your marvellous works.


Morning Prayer – Friday 8 December 2017 

8 Dec

The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Psalm 25 To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies triumph over me.


Hawfinches mainly 

7 Dec

Thursday 7th December 2017 The main focus of the past 2 weeks has been the continuing search for local Hawfinches with mixed success.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 7 December 2017 

7 Dec

Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397 Psalm 42 As the deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 6 December 2017 

6 Dec

Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326 Psalm 5 Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my lamentation.


Morning Prayer – Saturday 2 December 2017 

2 Dec

Psalm 145 I will exalt you, O God my King, and bless your name for ever and ever.


Morning Prayer – Friday 1 December 2017 

1 Dec

Charles de Foucauld, Hermit in the Sahara, 1916 Psalm 139 O Lord, you have searched me out and known me; you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.


Morning Prayer – Thursday 30 November 2017 

30 Nov

Andrew the Apostle Psalm 47 Clap your hands together, all you peoples; O sing to God with shouts of joy.


An early wake up call 

29 Nov

I'm sure many of us have moments when we are woken up by a burning issue.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 29 November 2017 

29 Nov

Day of Intercession and Thanksgiving for the Missionary Work of the Church Psalm 110 The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.


Morning Prayer – Tuesday 28 November 2017 

28 Nov

Psalm 97 The Lord is king: let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of the isles be glad.


Morning Prayer – Monday 27 November 2917 

27 Nov

Psalm 92 It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to your name, O Most High; To tell of your love early in the morning and of your faithfulness in the night-time, Upon the ten-stringed instrument, upon the harp, and to the ...


The Church of England – the Estate we’re not in! 

26 Nov

Today I was so very blessed by a service in a gem of an estate church in Hartlepool.


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Business news »

Show offers Lichfield and Burntwood firms the chance to grow their businesses 

7 Nov

Businesses across Lichfield and Burntwood are being invited to a networking show at Drayton Manor Park.


Major cyber crime event is coming to Staffordshire 

30 Oct

Representatives from the business sector, law enforcement and local authorities are gearing up for a big event of the year, an Online Fraud Conference to tackle cyber crime.


Owner of new funeral home keen to find out more about history of Lichfield city centre building 

28 Sep

The owner of a Lichfield business is keen to find out more about the history of her company’s new home.


Plans drawn up to build extension to Lichfield city centre pub 

21 Jul

Plans have been drawn up to extend a Lichfield city centre pub.


M6 Toll launches campaign to urge females to become a HGV driver 

20 Jun

Government statistics also show that by 2022, the HGV industry needs to recruit 1.2 million more people...


M6 Toll sold to Australian investors 

15 Jun

IFM which co-owns Manchester Airport and Anglian Water is behind the deal to keep the toll motorway in private hands...


Long-serving employee bids farewell after half-a-century working at Drayton Manor Park 

8 May

An employee with more than 50 years of service has bid a fond farewell to Drayton Manor Park.


Warwickshire CCC extends Drayton Manor deal 

7 Apr

Staffordshire theme park will continue its support of the family stand at Edgbaston stadium...


New care company agrees deal to provide care at Lichfield retirement complex 

4 Apr

A new care company will provide round the clock care for residents at a Lichfield retirement complex.


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LocalGov »

Supporting People Funding 

12 Dec

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to Olivia Taylor on 12 December 2017 .


Supporting People Funding 

12 Dec

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to Olivia Taylor on 12 December 2017 .


Supporting People Funding 

11 Dec

Request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by Olivia Taylor on 11 December 2017 .


S167 List of Accessible Taxis: update after 6 months – E previous no intent 

7 Dec

Internal review request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by Doug Paulley on 7 December 2017 .


S167 List of Accessible Taxis: update after 6 months – E previous no intent 

28 Nov

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to Doug Paulley on 28 November 2017 .


Helium canister dumped, 8th November 

8 Nov

This canister has been dumped behind a tree opposite on Fossdale Road the entrance to Haltonlea.


Mattress floating in the lake, 8th November 

8 Nov

Somebody has disposed of a bed mattress here.


S167 List of Accessible Taxis: update after 6 months – E previous no intent 

6 Nov

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to Doug Paulley on 6 November 2017 .


S167 List of Accessible Taxis: update after 6 months – E previous no intent 

4 Nov

Request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by Doug Paulley on 4 November 2017 .


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Tamworth firefighters commended for bravery 

25 Oct

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have recognised eight Tamworth firefighters for their bravery at a serious incident.


Children assessed for smoke inhalation after Tamworth flat fire 

22 Sep

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents to check they have working smoke alarms after a fire in a Tamworth home.


Incident at Drayton Manor 

9 May

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have attended an incident at Drayton Manor.


Large Fire at Tamworth Business 

4 May

Crews from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and neighbouring fire services are dealing with a large fire at an Tame Valley Industrial Estate in Tamworth.


Tamworth School Children Invited to Interactive Safety Event 

4 May

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are set to host a number of multi-agency events for school children.


Tamworth care home fire caused by discarded cigarette 

18 Apr

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a reminder to take care when disposing of smoking materials.


Tamworth house fire sparks warning over smoking 

31 Mar

Firefighters have issued a safety warning in the wake of a house fire in Tamworth which was caused by discarded smoking materials.


Could you be a retained firefighter in Tamworth? 

16 Feb

The Service is holding recruitment days at Tamworth Fire Station, on Lichfield Street, on Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm and Saturday, February 25 at 10am.


Sprinkler system installed at fire-damaged accommodation 

2 Nov

A sheltered housing scheme in Tamworth which was severely damaged by a blaze has now been renovated and fitted with a potentially life-saving sprinkler system.


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    The colours along the Coventry Canal (Tamworth) in the late Autumn sun.


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