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Brothers in arms: Siblings who sold guns to criminals jailed

Two brothers who sold guns to a fellow criminals have been locked up for a total of 24 years.

Guzzy Lee and Kevin Lee admitted they'd worked together to supply the deadly weapons - and on one occasion the siblings converted a signal pistol into a handgun.

In December 2018, the ...

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Man in his 60s conned out of £900 by bogus copper claiming they were fake notes

A man in his 60s was tricked into handing over £900 to a bogus policeman who claimed they were fake notes in Baxterley yesterday.

The man was approached in the street at around 6pm yesterday, January 22, by a male claiming to be a police officer.

The offender, who claimed to be ...

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How Louie Barry is already impressing Aston Villa and Dean Smith

Aston Villa's latest signing has gotten off to the best possible start to life at the club.

Louie Barry, who has joined from Barcelona for around £1 million in initial fees, has already made an impression on Aston Villa's coaching staff while he waits for his move to become ...

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Serving soldier in famous Queen's regiment convicted over string of armed store robberies

A soldier serving in the Queen's ceremonial regiment famed for guarding Buckingham Palace has been found guilty of carrying out a string of armed robberies.

Grenadier Guard Kristopher James-Merrill, 20, helped fellow guardsman Dillon Sharpe, 23, raid seven convenience stores across ...

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The Streets, Stefflon Don and Shy FX to headline MADE Festival 2020 at Sandwell Valley Country Park

The Streets have been announced as the headline act for a huge festival coming to the Black Country this summer.

Earlier this week it was revealed the chart-topping Brummies were gearing up for their 'biggest ever hometown show'- and fans of Mike Skinner and co will be delighted ...

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Rotherham Titans 22 Birmingham Moseley 20: We paid the penalty for poor scrum

Any hopes of consecutive victories were short lived as Moseley suffered a heartbreaking defeat to relegation rivals Rotherham.

In a game where the lead jumped relentlessly from side to side, the hosts were victorious, thanks to a penalty three minutes from time.

While Mose may feel ...

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'Could sign worse' - Aston Villa fans deliver transfer verdict after £10m update

Crystal Palace will let Christian Benteke leave the club this month - but they want him gone on a permanent deal.

According to reports, Roy Hodgson wants Benteke gone but not on loan with a £10 million price tag slapped on his head.

Aston Villa have been linked with a Villa Park ...

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Woman who lost two siblings and dad launches GoFundMe for own funeral after being told she'll die from same disease

A 34-year-old woman who lost two siblings and her dad to diabetes is fundraising to pay for her own funeral - after being told she too will die from the same disease.

Tragic Suzanne Shipley was still mourning the recent loss of her sister Claire in October when she was given the ...

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Celebrities who are leading the way on climate change

Celebrities are incredibly influential members of our society. 

It could only take a few words from our celebrity idols to spark a movement and encourage people to change their ways.

Here are five celebrities who are passionate about climate change, bringing attention and awareness ...

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Celebrities who are leading the way on climate change

Celebrities are incredibly influential members of our society. 

It could only take a few words from our celebrity idols to spark a movement and encourage people to change their ways.

Here are five celebrities who are passionate about climate change, bringing attention and awareness ...

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Birmingham council hopes to press ahead with a 'hotel tax' to help fund Commonwealth Games

Birmingham City Council is to continue with attempts to convince the Government to let it impose a ‘hotel tax’, to help pay for the Commonwealth Games.

But it may struggle, because the Government already expressed doubts about the idea.

If the council isn’t allowed to introduce ...

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Lord Tony Hall quits as BBC Director General

Lord Tony Hall is stepping down as the Director-General of the BBC, it has been announced.

The former Royal Opera House chief executive was appointed eight years ago.

Lord Tony Hall was given the job just a week-and-a-half after George Entwistle resigned.

Hall took up his post ...

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Woman's brain tumour the size of tennis ball misdiagnosed as mental illness

A woman was misdiagnosed as having mental illness - which turned out to be a brain TUMOUR the size of a tennis ball.

Laura Skerritt, 22, began suffering migraines, sickness and psychosis and was told her symptoms were caused by anxiety, depression - and even bi-polar disorder.

She ...

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Wolves have made this transfer decision on Birmingham City starlet - report

Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly dropped out of the race to sign Birmingham City youngster Jude Bellingham.

According to The Sun , Nuno Espirito Santo's side are no longer interested in the 16-year-old.

He was linked with a switch to Molineux last week, with Manchester ...

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18 words from the dictionary which have a different meaning in Birmingham and the Black Country

People from Birmingham and the Black Country talk different to everyone else.

Things we say are often words which you can find in the dictionary - but the definition here is somewhat different.

And of course there are words which have never appeared in any dictionary, ever.

It ...

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Newcastle United to launch bid for Aston Villa and Leeds United transfer target - reports

Newcastle United are the latest club reportedly preparing a bid for in-demand Hull City wide-man Jarrod Bowen.

The 23-year-old is one of the most highly sought after players outside of the Premier League, with a whole host of clubs linked with a move.

Aston Villa are believed to be ...

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Man Utd 'make substantial offer' for Birmingham City star

Manchester United have reportedly made an offer worth £25m to bring Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham to Old Trafford.

According to the Daily Record, the Premier League giants are looking to broaden Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s midfield options in the January window – and have ...

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Free prescriptions on Universal Credit - these are the rules to avoid charges and fines

Prescription charges can soon mount up if you have to pay for your medication.

At present, the cost is £9 per item, unless you are eligible for free prescriptions.

The NHS says you are entitled to free NHS prescriptions if you are under 16; aged 16-18 and in full time education; or ...

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Leeds United prepare £18m offer for West Brom transfer target - with a twist

Leeds United are preparing a move for Hull City attacker and West Brom transfer target Jarrod Bowen.

The Whites, who have kept pace with Albion at the top of the Championship table, are looking to strengthen their squad this month after losing loanees Eddie Nketiah and Jack ...

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes Aston Villa transfer demand to Manchester United board - report

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has put a strict timeframe on a potential Manchester United move for Jack Grealish, according to reports.

Grealish is enjoying a brilliant campaign despite Villa’s struggles in the Premier League having played a key role in their return to the top-flight last season. ...

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This is FA’s stance on remarkable Coventry City v Birmingham City FA Cup possibility

The Football Association have confirmed that Birmingham City will be the AWAY team if they play Coventry City at St Andrew’s later this month.

It would prompt the remarkable situation of Blues being the designated visiting side at their own stadium.

The two clubs could meet at St ...

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