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Surgeon who signed livers is punished but managers let off
John Carlisle compares Simon Bramhall’s act to a footballer taking off his shirt after scoring a goal, and Dr RC Horton says an individual surgeon has been punished whereas an institution would have got off scot-free ...
2018-01-14 20:20 open_in_new
Surgeon who burned initials into livers of two patients fined £10,000

A surgeon who burned his initials on to the livers of two patients during transplant surgery has been given a 12-month community order and fined £10,000.

Simon Bramhall, 53, used an argon beam – used to stop livers bleeding during operations and to highlight an area to be worked on – ...

2018-01-12 16:29 open_in_new
Tribute acts bid to become Europe’s best Elvis

There’s a guy backstage who swears he isn’t Elvis. He looks an awful lot like Elvis, though, and he’s not the only one.

Welcome to the 2018 European Elvis Championships, the three-day sequin-studded event in which more than 80 contestants are vying to become “the King” of the ...

2018-01-07 02:27 open_in_new
Man arrested after fatal stabbing at betting shop in Birmingham

A man has been arrested after a fatal stabbing at a betting shop in Birmingham.

West Midlands police said the victim was pronounced dead after officers were called to a branch of Paddy Power in Handsworth at 12.45pm on Thursday.

The force said in a statement: “On arrival at the ...

2018-01-04 17:22 open_in_new
UK metro mayors still don't have the financial muscle they need

A mid all the political upheavals following the EU referendum, you could be forgiven for having overlooked one of the most significant developments in UK politics in recent decades: the introduction of metro mayors in six of England’s biggest city regions in May.

As Tony Travers, ...

2017-12-27 11:45 open_in_new
This man died sleeping on Birmingham streets. What happened to his life?

T wo days after his son’s death, Bob Williams made his way to a semi-industrialised street in central Birmingham to start an emotional journey to discover his missing years.

“This is as close as I can get to where he was,” said the 65-year-old retired telecoms engineer, surveying ...

2017-12-22 16:59 open_in_new
Birmingham named as 2022 Commonwealth Games host city

Birmingham has been confirmed as the host city of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, bringing the multi-sport event to England for the first time since Manchester hosted the 2002 Games.

Birmingham’s bid had initially been deemed “non-compliant” by the Commonwealth Games Federation in ...

2017-12-21 11:37 open_in_new
Charlie Dunn's stepfather jailed after water park death

The stepfather of a small child who drowned at a water park has been jailed for more than seven years for offences including manslaughter by gross negligence and threatening to bomb the home of a witness.

Paul Smith, 36, was sentenced on Wednesday, having changed his plea on the former ...

2017-12-20 18:51 open_in_new
Birmingham to be confirmed as host for 2022 Commonwealth Games

Birmingham is set to be confirmed as the host for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. They were originally awarded to Durban in 2015 but the South African city was stripped of the Games earlier this year in March after running into financial difficulties.

That prompted an abridged bidding contest ...

2017-12-20 12:39 open_in_new
Parts of UK that voted Brexit are most exposed to its effects, report says

The UK regions that voted to leave the EU are more economically exposed to the effects of Brexit than anywhere else in Europe, research suggests.

A University of Birmingham study examined the degree to which EU regions were exposed to the possible negative trade-related consequences of ...

2017-12-20 09:33 open_in_new
Tributes paid to couple killed in Birmingham tunnel crash

A loving couple killed in a multi-car crash were “great together” and looking forward to their future, relatives have said.

Lucy Davis, 43, a mother of two, and her 42-year-old partner, Lee Jenkins, were passengers in a taxi caught up in a deadly crash in Birmingham in the early hours ...

2017-12-20 09:33 open_in_new