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When is Celebrity Masterchef 2017 and who is taking part?

Comedian Vic Reeves, Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington and Debbie McGee, the widow of Paul Daniels, are among the stars lined-up to compete in this year's Celebrity MasterChef.

BBC commissioning editor Carla-Maria Lawson said: "Celebrity MasterChef is an astonishing test of ...

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Transfer rumour: West Brom and Hull 'have Egypt international watched'

Ahmed Hegazy is the subject of interest from West Brom and Hull City, reports in Africa claim.

The centre-back plays for Al Ahly in his native Egypt, and KingFut say that Albion and the Tigers, now back in the Championship, sent scouts to watch him a fortnight ago - and were suitably ...

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Transfer news: West Brom target subject of offer from Premier League rivals

West Bromwich Albion target Ben Gibson is the subject of a reported bid from Stoke City.

The Middlesbrough centre-back has been linked with a return to the Premier League after Boro suffered relegation back to the Championship at the end of last season.

Despite the drop to the second ...

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Man 'arrested in his pants' during Harborne police alert

Police arrested a suspect in his PANTS after an officer was attacked, shocked witnesses said.

A 26-year-old man was detained on suspicion of assaulting a police officer following an incident in Fellows Road, Harborne , on Thursday afternoon.

A man was Tasered during the operation, ...

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On-the-run prisoner Bilal Bashir stole £155k Ferrari in terrifying crime rampage

A prisoner on the run stole a £155,000 Ferrari in a terrifying carjacking during a two-week crime rampage .

Bilal Bashir posed with a bottle of vodka and a fistful of banknotes within hours of breaking out of HMP Hewell .

The Alum Rock criminal, 27, then stole an Audi A5 ...

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Aston Villa and England under-21 star Jack Grealish is motivated by the death of his baby brother

Every ball Jack Grealish kicks in his career with Aston Villa and England, he is motivated by a family tragedy.

Grealish is inspired by the memory of his baby brother Keelan Daniel Grealish who died when the football star was just four years old.

Keelan tragically fell victim to cot ...

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Revealed: Former Aston Villa boss John Gregory's biggest Stan Collymore regret

Nineteen years ago, John Gregory became Aston Villa manager.

Gregory contacted the Birmingham Mail to share this powerful memoir he has written recalling his pride at getting the job, the rousing reception he received at Villa Park, THAT glorious victory over Liverpool and his excitement ...

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Boxing: Clash with Manny Pacquiao no longer a pipe dream for Sam Eggington

The sweet smell of a mega-bucks superfight now envelopes newly-crowned European welterweight king Sam Eggington – and a clash with Filipino pound-for-pound great Manny Pacquiao is no longer a pipe dream.

In fact, it makes perfect sense. And it would be a fitting reward for Smethwick’s ...

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Harry Styles' grief as stepdad Robin Twist dies aged 57

Midland chart star Harry Styles was grieving last night after the death of his stepfather.

Harry Twist died this week after a brave battle against cancer, the Redditch-born singer’s management said.

One Direction bandmate Liam Payne sent his condolences with a special ...

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Sprinklers to be fitted in EVERY city council high-rise block after Grenfell Tower disaster

Sprinkler systems are to be fitted in all 213 of Birmingham City Council's tower blocks - at a cost of £31 million - following the Grenfell Tower tragedy .

The authority said it made the move in a bid to ensure there would be no tower block blaze of the scale seen in ...

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Stewart Downing and Middlesbrough: How the land lies with the former Aston Villa winger and target

Former Aston Villa winger Stewart Downing could be on the look out for a new club after being told he can leave Middlesbrough.

Villa made an unsuccessful enquiry to take the experienced wideman on loan in January.

Downing has been told by new Boro boss Garry Monk that he is surplus ...

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Celebrity Big Brother 2017 - lineup, when it's on TV and all the latest rumours

Celebrity Big Brother is coming back to our TV screens for its second series of 2017.

The next series, rumoured to be called Summer Of Legends, could see Channel 5 bosses bringing back even more previous housemates to mark the 20th series of the reality show.

It could mean such ...

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Tesco shopper fined for driving in bus lane - but there's no other way to get into supermarket

An angry driver has been fined for crossing into a bus lane.

The motorist has contested the penalty, which he received while turning into a Tesco Express car park in Hull.

The driver lost the appeal, and has since filed a complaint with the Traffic Penalty Tribunal as he says he had ...

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Monarch flights to Valencia, Split, Naples and Rhodes launch

Monarch is celebrating the launch of four new routes from Birmingham Airport – to Valencia in Spain, Split in Croatia, Naples in Italy and Rhodes in Greece.

The low cost airline and holiday company is the only carrier to take passengers from Birmingham to Valencia and ...

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Curry house Shabab which starred in TV's Hairy Bikers fined over filthy kitchen

These images show the filthy conditions inside a popular “Balti Triangle” restaurant in Birmingham.

The former owner of Shabab in Ladypool Road has now been fined £8,640 after health officers found it in a disgusting state in 2016 - including a mouldy chopping board.


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Sandwell and Birmingham Mela 2017 - when is it and what's the lineup?

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected at this year's Sandwell and Birmingham Mela.

It's described as the UK's biggest Asian festival - and organisers have promised this year will have the biggest-ever lineup.

Mela is an Asian word for a fair, festival or other public event ...

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Transfer rumour: The latest with West Brom transfer target Charlie Taylor, Leeds United and Burnley

West Bromwich Albion target Charlie Taylor is not expected back at Leeds tomorrow as talks over his Bosman move away from Leeds United continue.

Taylor, whose Elland Road contract ends a week on Friday, has been wanted by Tony Pulis for some time but it appears Premier League rivals ...

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Is this Thomas the Tank Engine driver job the best job in the world?

A high five, a smile and a laugh a minute – these are just a few of the things that make driving Thomas the Tank Engine the ‘best job in the world’.

That’s according to Michael Middleton anyway – the lucky chap that gets to drive the little blue engine every day!

Over the ...

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Armed police to patrol massive Eid celebrations amid terror fears

Armed police will patrol Eid celebrations marking the end of Ramadan across the West Midlands.

Security has been stepped up after four terror attacks in the UK in just three months.

Grandfather Makram Ali , 51, was killed in the latest incident, when a van driver ploughed into ...

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Identity of Banksy revealed as Robert Del Naja from Massive Attack by Goldie

The identity of one of the world's greatest artists - Banksy - may have finally been revealed.

The anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director has made headlines across the world for his iconic and often controversial pieces for over a decade.

And ...

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Boy aged five injured as Kitts Green house hit by gunfire

A boy aged five was rushed to hospital after shots were fired at a Birmingham home in a terrifying attack.

The youngster was hurt along with a relative, aged 53, when the front window of a property in Scholars Gate, Kitts Green, was blasted.

The man, who was also taken to hospital, ...

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