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M42 fire drama as van bursts into flames 

23 May

Callers alert emergency services after spotting the scene as they pass by...


‘Disbelief’ as county says no to replacing school lollipop lady 

23 May

A TAMWORTH parent has branded Staffordshire County Council's plans to not replace a soon-to-retire lollipop lady as 'negligent'.


Affordable healthy cooking explained on new courses 

23 May

TAMWORTH residents are set to benefit from another free healthy cooking event taking place in the town.


A5 entry slip to be closed until end of July 

23 May

DRIVERS wanting to get on to the A5 at Wilnecote are to face weeks of changes to their route due to roadworks.


New Chief Constable for Staffordshire Police 

23 May

STAFFORDSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis has announced Jane Sawyers as his preferred candidate for Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police.


Phone fools the target of traffic police operation 

22 May

TRAFFIC cops will be out in force across the region next week as part of a national clampdown on drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.


Happy 100th birthday to Tamworth organist Ethel Foules 

22 May

AN Edingale woman will celebrate her 100th birthday this weekend.


PlayStation 4 incentive for youngsters to visit website 

22 May

Tamworth youngsters will be in with the chance of scooping a PlayStation 4 if they visit a hard-hitting 'microsite'.


New Funeral Service to hold open day 

22 May

A brand new company for Tamworth, Glascote District Funeral Service proudly opened it’s doors this just a couple of weeks ago.


CCTV released after armed robbery in Coleshill 

22 May

POLICE investigating an armed robbery at a Coleshill store have released CCTV images in a bid to identify the offenders.


Murder, mayhem and laughs on the menu at Assembly Rooms 

22 May

BLOOD-CURDLING intrigue, sleuthing and shocks galore are all on the menu at a dinner party like no other taking place at Tamworth Assembly Rooms next month.


Memorial service to be held for Tamworth teacher and historian… 

22 May

A memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of Tamworth teacher and historian Peter Edden next month.


Tamworth market divides opinion as calls made for new venue 

22 May

TAMWORTH market is celebrating its 455th anniversary this year, but a former resident who once stated it was 'nothing short of a disgrace' says more needs to be done to ensure it survives the years to come, the Herald's Sam Jones reportsGraham Sault...


CCTV of machete armed robbery in Coleshill released by police 

22 May

SHOCKING CCTV images of an armed robbery at a Coleshill store - showing one offender wielding a machete - have been released by police.


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Bolehall Swifts star striker Yonwin quits for Highgate 

23 May

Bolehall Swifts have been rocked by a second setback in a week after the departure of striker Dave Yonwin.


Tamworth FC boss Andy has been ‘a breath of fresh air’ -… 

23 May

LAMBS chairman Bob Andrews this week hailed the work done by manager Andy Morrell since taking over at the club, admitting: He's been a breath of fresh air.


Taylor commits future to Tamworth FC 

22 May

Connor Taylor has committed his future to Tamworth for the 2015-16 campaign.


Tamworth CC skipper takes the positives from defeat 

22 May

TAMWORTH CC First XI skipper Ben Maddox was left feeling pleased with what he witnessed from his team despite them slipping to a first defeat of the season on Saturday against Penkridge.


Tamworth AC stars turn on style to claim Banbury win 

21 May

TAMWORTH AC's under-17s and under-20s athletes finished top of the table in their second match in the YDL League at Banbury on Saturday.


Departing Lambs ace Vidal reflects on Wrexham AFC move 

21 May

Javan Vidal says he sought the advice of Lambs boss Andy Morrell before joining Wrexham.


Lambs keen on move for Elliott Durrell? 

21 May

Lambs news: Tamworth boss Andy Morrell has admitted he is interested in signing striker Elliott Durrell.


Cowley’s praise for Bolehall Swifts as he looks to a Scholars… 

21 May

Departing Bolehall Swifts ace Chris Cowley has thanked Dave Haywood for giving him the chance to further his football career with Chasetown, writes Scott Smith.


Get involved with the Cerebral Palsy Football Championships at St George’s Park 

21 May

The Football Association has been successful in its bid for the 2015 Cerebral World Championships which will be running from the 16th-28th June at St George’s Park, the home of English Football.


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New App Launches Making Council Services Available on the Move 

20 May

People looking to access council services whilst on the move can now do so on a brand new App.


Tamworth Police Appeal – Distraction Burglaries 

19 May

Through intelligence, it is predicted that in June 2015 there will be an increase in Distraction and Bogus Official Burglaries across Tamworth.


David Cameron Hits Out at 10% Pay Rise for MPs 

14 May

David Cameron has said he wants the body that sets MP’s pay to reconsider proposals for a more-than 10% pay rise later this year.


UK Unemployment Falls to Seven-Year Low 

13 May

Unemployment in the UK has continued to fall and the number of people in work has continued to rise, according to the latest official figures.


Candidate admits Lib Dems must rebuild in Lichfield and Burntwood 

11 May

The Liberal Democrats must rebuild themselves across Lichfield and Burntwood admits defeated parliamentary candidate Paul Ray.


Christopher Pincher Re-elected as Tamworth MP with Increased Majority 

9 May

Christopher Pincher speaking after the General Election result in Tamworth was declared Christopher Pincher has been re-elected as the Conservative member of Parliament for Tamworth  for with an increased majority of 11,302.


Vote Conservative in Tamworth 

4 May

Local Conservatives have three main priorities for Tamworth, economic growth, protecting our heritage and protecting the vulnerable residents of our borough and we will ensure the council’s finances are used to meet these priorities.


Public Health Meeting Discusses Sir Robert Peel Hospital 

1 May

Sir Robert Peel Hospital I attended Staffordshire County Council’s latest public health scrutiny meeting with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust earlier this week ( Monday 27th April ) and yet again heard a different story on Sir Robert Peel ...


Tourism continues to booms in Staffordshire 

30 Apr

This month we also had the 10th annual Destination Staffordshire Tourism Conference with more than 100 businesses from across the county getting together at Uttoxeter Racecourse.


Investment Fraud Alert – National Savings and Investments Clone 

24 Apr

Fraudsters have set up a bogus website claiming to be the official site of National Savings Investments and are contacting members of the public, cold calling them and offering them the chance to invest in 65+ Bonds (also known as Pensioner Bonds).


Parcel Delivery Scam – Blind Lady from Tamworth Conned 

20 Apr

Tamworth’s Neighbourhood Watch has issued the following alert after a blind lady was conned.


James Anderson Breaks Sir Ian Botham’s England Wicket Record 

17 Apr

James Anderson surpassed Sir Ian Botham as England’s highest Test wicket-taker in history with his 384th dismissal in his 100th match.


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Features »

Night Prayer (Compline) on the eve of Pentecost 

24 May

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end.


Called? Back from Conference (and it’s not ‘Yes’) 

23 May

One of the most consistent things to come out of my conversations regarding those who have been to a selection conference is: 'Please don't just ignore us!' I have encountered a few (well eight to be exact) people who felt that the message, 'Go away ...


Honey Street. 

23 May

The Heron was watching for fish and kept taking off to move along right in front of Oakfield enabling me to get these lovely action shots.


Morning Prayer – 23 May 15 

23 May

Psalm 42 As the deer longs for the water brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.


Cyprus – 2015 

22 May

6th -20th May 2015 Report on birds encountered on holiday on Cyprus.


Church Growth: A growing area? 

22 May

One of the (many) challenges I have before me is to befound in the area of churchgrowth.


Morning Prayer – 22 May 15 

22 May

Psalm 28 To you I call, O Lord my rock; be not deaf to my cry, lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the Pit.


Just a perfick day. 

22 May

This was one of my favourite cottage views with that lovely ancient tree standing in the field.


Presentation – Introduction to Social Media Marketing 

21 May

We did a talk to WiRE Lichfield a few months ago, on an introduction to Social Media Marketing.


Leaving Crofton. 

21 May

This hired wide beam saw us coming and hastily pulled out in front of us, we had met them the day before and they were not very communicative! Anyway we caught them up when they were in the 502 yards long Bruce Tunnel.


Morning Prayer – 21 May 15 

21 May

Helena, Protector of the Holy Places, 330 AD Psalm 24 The earth is the Lord’s and all that fills it, the compass of the world and all who dwell therein.


Found on Society6 – May 2015 Edition 

20 May

Winter Twilight by Judith Clay The Snail’s Daydream by Eric Fan The Black Deer by Ruben Ireland The Tandem Trio by Bri Buckley...


Made me Laugh: Hello Butts! 

20 May

This envelope arrived in the post this morning: Turns out that one of out children wanted a new sim card and a new name...


So what’s it like being a Vicar? (Third Service: Evensong) 

20 May

So it's Sunday and it's 6.00pm and it's time for another service toentrain the troops and keep the clergy from becoming bored.


Called? Wrong result and responses! 

20 May

So, continuing with the story of the lovely lady who wasn't so lovely because of her experiences relating to having offered herself for ordination and havingexplained where she was, let us continue...


Blog Post: Wildlife highlights from the past 2 weeks 

20 May

We are still steady away with the comings and goings of migrants to Middleton.


Crofton Beam Engine. 

20 May

What a fabulous tranquil spot this was right between the old pumping engine and Wilton Water.


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Business news »

Profits up 18% for nightclub operator Luminar 

19 May

THE UKs largest nightclub operator, The Luminar Group, which has clubs across the West Midlands, has seen an 18% increase in full year profits.


Drayton Manor recruits Rees Bradley Hepburn for summer campaign 

19 May

Agency will lead creative campaigns for radio, TV and video on demand to target summer, Halloween and Christmas holiday periods...


M6 Toll donation boosts Lichfield school’s autism resources 

22 Apr

Work to help students with autism at a Lichfield school has been aided by a £500 donation.


Positive first post-IPO results for Epwin Group 

16 Apr

WINDOWS manufacturer Epwin Group has posted a positive set of annual results - its first since floating on AIM last year.


Peer to peer lender surpasses £100m in loans 

30 Mar

TAMWORTH-based peer to peer lender ThinCats has reported that it has broken the £100m lending barrier.


Equipment fire firm opens national distribution centre in Staffs 

9 Mar

SPEEDY, the tools, equipment and plant hire services company, has opened a national distribution centre (NDC) in Tamworth which is says will revolutionise the way it operates.


St Modwen puts in for planning to extend business park 

24 Feb

BIRMINGHAM developer St Modwen has submitted a detailed planning application to extend Centurion Park in Tamworth.


Top visitor attraction at Drayton Manor set for major expansion 

18 Feb

DRAYTON Manor Theme Park is set to expand one of its most popular visitor attractions as part of a £2.5m investment.


Peer to peer lender celebrates injection of investment cash 

13 Feb

TAMWORTH-based peer to peer lender ThinCats has announced an underwriting deal with ESO Capital Group.


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LocalGov »

Bin has not been emptied in days, 23rd May 

23 May

Bin near children's play area near reservoirs not been emptied recently.


Bin not been emptied in days., 23rd May 

23 May

The bin on the lamppost has not been emptied in days.


Red chair dumped in hedge, 23rd May 

23 May

A large chair has been dumped in the hedgerow alongside the footpath which is at the back of Clematis.


Large bales of padding or similar in black plastic bags, 23rd May 

23 May

There are some very large black bags containing what looks like padding or similar.


Wind damaged tree branch, 23rd May 

23 May

A branch of a tree has split from the main trunk , could be dangerous to small children if it falls.


Fly tipping, 23rd May 

23 May

An old carpet dumped at side of footpath at the back of Clematis Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Clematis, Amington Report on FixMyStreet...


Car with no tax (checked on Gov.uk) parked on Belgrave Road, 21st May 

21 May

A blue Vauxhall Vectra, reg number DN04 SSJ parks on Belgrave Road (near garages at rear of 31-35).


List of Licensed HMO's 

21 May

Response by Tamworth Borough Council to Dean Starr on 21 May 2015 .


List of Licensed HMO's 

20 May

Request sent to Tamworth Borough Council by Dean Starr on 20 May 2015 .


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Staffordshire Police Open Day – Sunday 28 June 

15 May

Due to the unprecedented success of last year’s event, Staffordshire Police are once again hosting an Open Day to give local people the chance to take a look behind the scenes at Police Headquarters.


Did you see Jason or this car? 

8 May

We’re appealing for anyone who saw a blue Skoda Fabia, registration FE57RUA, in the Amington area of Tamworth from 11am on Saturday 2 May.


Have you seen teenager missing from Tamworth? 

7 May

Staffordshire Police is appealing for the public to report any sightings of a missing teenager.


Can you help us find these suspected fraudsters? 

7 May

We’ve issued this CCTV image as part of an investigation into a parcel delivery type scam in the Burton area.


Fatal collision in Tamworth 

5 May

Collision investigators are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision which occurred at around 4:40 pm on Tuesday 5 May.


Man found in road with life threatening head injuries 

2 May

Just before 11.52am today (Saturday 2 May), a man was found lying in the road with life threatening head injuries outside The Yews Farm, Haunton, nr Tamworth.


Did you witness RTC on A38 at Fradley? 

27 Apr

Police are appealing for witnesses to a road traffic collision on the A38 at Fradley this morning.


SCAM ALERT: Residents are urged to be on guard against parcel delivery scam 

24 Apr

We’re issuing a warning to residents after several incidents in the past month where a man posing as a parcel delivery driver has tricked residents into giving their card details.


Woman pulled to safety from canal 

22 Apr

Officers from Tamworth were called on to rescue a woman from the canal in Tamworth yesterday (Tuesday).


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