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Dance teacher from Tamworth sentenced for sexual abuse of pupils 

19 Jan 18

A FORMER Birmingham dance teacher has today (Friday 19 January) been sentenced to five years in prison for sexually abusing some of his pupils.


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Dance teacher Neil Harris, 72, jailed for sexually abusing pupils 

19 Jan 18

He was locked up for five years and put on the sex offenders register for life…


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Masked gang follow young woman home in Tamworth 

19 Jan 18

Woman ‘scared’ and ‘upset’ after gang follow her in Stonydelph…


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Save the dates as popular outdoor events return for 2018 

19 Jan 18

DRAGONS, jousting, cinema under the stars, family fun, live music and fireworks are all back as part of Tamworth Borough Council’s 2018 programme of outdoor events.


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‘Shake-away’ those winter blues with live shows bursting into town 

19 Jan 18

THEATRE is continuing on tour in Tamworth this February, with the rip-roaring alt-folk band Noble Jacks and the high-spirited, gypsy style jazz music of Tantz.


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Cabinet agrees new funding formula for schools 

19 Jan 18

SCHOOLS in Staffordshire will be moving to the Government’s new National Funding Formula, after measures were agreed by the county council’s Cabinet.


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Shocking figures reveal TWELVE car break-ins in SIX DAYS in Great Barr 

19 Jan 18

Car thefts are on the rise in Pheasey Park Farm, Great Barr…


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Memorial page created in honour of Tamworth drowning victim 

19 Jan 18

Liam Fairbrother, 20, died doing what he loved: fishing…


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Six to face trial in Birmingham over National Action membership 

19 Jan 18

All six were charged after an inquiry involving the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit…


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The best outdoor events in Tamworth for 2018 

19 Jan 18

Visitor numbers to Tamworth’s outdoor events tipped to reach 60,000 mark in 2018…


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Government won’t seek review of John Worboys release 

19 Jan 18

Victims of Worboys had prepared a legal challenge over the decision to order his release from prison…


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Hacker Alex Bessell who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

19 Jan 18

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own ‘Deep Web…


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Staffordshire day celebrations extended for 2018 

18 Jan 18

THIS year’s Staffordshire Day extravaganza is set to take place over a week to give as many people as possible the chance to get involved.


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Flu death roll rises to 120 this winter as Aussie, French and Japanese flu hit UK 

18 Jan 18

Public Health England (PHE) also said there was an 11% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate…


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Hacker who attacked Google, Pokemon and Skype with online ‘zombie’ army is jailed 

18 Jan 18

He made the equivalent of more than 500K after creating his own ‘Deep Web…


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These are the five celebrity diets you MUST avoid in 2018 – according to experts 

18 Jan 18

Over recent years we have been excited to see peoples interest in food, health, fitness and wellness increasw…


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Ex-mayor thanks medics at Tamworth hospital after he was left gasping for air for more than FOUR HOURS 

18 Jan 18

John Garner has called for the MIU to re-open overnight following the incident…


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‘Suspicious incident’ of man taking pictures in Tamworth 

18 Jan 18

The incident is believed to have taken place on Tuesday, January 16…


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Midlands’ best-kept fighting secret to take part in Black Country Boxing’s “super series” 

18 Jan 18

The Midlands best-kept fighting secret takes the first steps towards what he believes is his own destiny.


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Petrified man holds off masked gang with bats in botched Great Barr home raid 

18 Jan 18

Wearing gloves and dark clothing, the gang demanded to be let into a house in Stanford Avenue…


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Murder suspect Tahir Zarif arrested in Pakistan prison two years after Digbeth businessman shot dead 

18 Jan 18

Akhtar Javeed was shot dead as he bravely tried to protect his employees during a failed armed robbery…


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Pervert Paul Cotton, 45, branded danger to girls after sex with underage teen in Travelodge hotel room 

18 Jan 18

He blindfolded 15-year-old and recorded her without her knowledge…


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How new head is bringing Walsall school out of special measures 

18 Jan 18

Trisha Bunn has helped create a positive climate around Edgar Stammers Primary Academy…


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Gran who was told she was too fat for surgery loses more than eight stone 

18 Jan 18

Patricia McKenna, from Kings Heath, has a new lease of life after losing eight and a half stone…


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Armed robbers storm Co-op store in terrifying raid for VODKA and cash 

18 Jan 18

Masked crooks with knives demanded cash from the till, stole bottles of alcohol and escaped…