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Hero of 2011 riots defends Birmingham in wake of Westminster attack

After enduring the full glare of the national spotlight six years ago, during the summer riots of 2011, the residents of the Birmingham inner-city suburb of Winson Green had happily returned to blissful anonymity – until last week.

Khalid Masood lived here for several months with his ...

2017-03-26 01:11 open_in_new
Muslims at mosques linked to Khalid Masood fear anti-Islam backlash

Inside al-Tawhid mosque in Leyton, east London, the atmosphere was nervous as volunteers unlocked doors ahead of Friday prayers.

Amid reports that Khalid Masood had worshipped at the mosque in recent years, a member of its management, who declined to give his name, said: “We don’t know ...

2017-03-24 20:33 open_in_new
Birmingham neighbour: Khalid Masood seemed calm and reserved
Winson Green resident says man named by police as terrorist attacker had ‘nice family’ and used to be seen working on his garden Follow the latest developments live London attack: what we know so far ...
2017-03-23 20:19 open_in_new
I'm no extremist, says school governor banned in Trojan horse row

A former chairman of governors at a state secondary school embroiled in the alleged Trojan horse controversy has told a tribunal that he would not describe himself as extremist or radical.

Tahir Alam told a care standards tribunal that he was a Muslim who believed in democratic values and ...

2017-03-23 19:13 open_in_new
Westminster attack: police arrest seven people in raids at six addresses

Armed police have arrested seven people during late-night raids at six addresses across the country, including in Birmingham and London, as they investigate the terrorist rampage at the gates of the Houses of Parliament that left four people dead, including the attacker and a police ...

2017-03-23 11:31 open_in_new
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My mother Diana Wallace, who has died aged 92, was a social worker dedicated to her chosen field in both a professional and voluntary capacity throughout her life.

She was born in Exeter, Devon, to John Sidey, an architect, and his wife, Florence (nee Brinsmead). The youngest of six, she ...

2017-03-22 21:09 open_in_new
Man and two teenagers arrested on suspicion of child abduction in Birmingham

A man and two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after two 13-year-old girls went missing.

West Midlands police said officers had found the two girls at an address in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday, after they were last seen on ...

2017-03-19 18:11 open_in_new
Extremely British Muslims review – ‘The only extreme thing round here is the size of the rats’
In the final episode of the series, we are confronted with lots of rules, starting with how to enter a toilet. But this was an intimate look at life as a Muslim that will have resonated with all families ...
2017-03-17 10:01 open_in_new
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John Forgeham, who has died aged 75, was a hard-living actor who brought some of his off-screen qualities to his best known television roles, which were often unsympathetic. As the loud-mouthed car mechanic Jim Baines in Crossroads, he was in the long-running soap at the height of its ...

2017-03-13 16:47 open_in_new
Birmingham set to become the capital of ‘people’s classical music ’ says Julian Lloyd Webber

When the doors of the Birmingham Conservatoire open this summer, and music students walk into their new home, a key jigsaw piece in a fresh cultural quarter for the city will slot into place. But the arrival of this £57m building will mean more than just a substantial investment in the artistic ...

2017-03-05 02:51 open_in_new
Investigation launched after schoolboy dies of suspected allergic reaction

An investigation has been launched into the death of a nine-year-old boy who collapsed at school. Emergency services were called to Al-Hijrah school in Bordesley Green, Birmingham, at 2.20pm on Friday after the pupil collapsed.

He was taken to Heartlands hospital, where he later died. ...

2017-03-04 21:21 open_in_new
Peter Lewis obituary

Our father, Peter Lewis, who has died aged 87, was a mathematician who helped to optimise gas production and storage so that tariffs could be made cheaper and more sustainable, benefiting both the gas industry and consumers.

He was born in Mumbles, near Swansea, south Wales, to Olwen ...

2017-02-26 19:45 open_in_new
Andy Street: 'John Lewis is successful partly because of its model'

Andy Street quit as the boss of John Lewis last year to try to become the mayor of the West Midlands. If elected in May, he plans to turn back to his former employer in an attempt to revolutionise public services. Street is looking to bring the company’s employee-owned partnership model into ...

2017-02-23 08:59 open_in_new
A clearer picture of the Green party surge in Solihull

Lynsey Hanley (Labour’s heartlands aren’t racist. They need listening to, 17 February) says the BNP councillor for Chelmsley Wood was not replaced in 2010 by a Labour councillor. In fact he was – I was that Labour councillor! The Greens only started fighting elections seriously in ...

2017-02-22 21:57 open_in_new
The Guardian

I n their youth, brothers Shaun and Lee did what they describe as the usual things: “getting wrecked” – drink, drugs, clubbing, gambling. “The party was always at our house, put it that way. And I was the host,” said Shaun.

But Shaun has since become Abdul, a convert to Islam ...

2017-02-19 02:19 open_in_new
Move over, Manchester – Midlands motor Birmingham is setting the pace

M ove over, Manchester. Never mind the northern powerhouse. Birmingham is Britain’s business hotspot, according to the estate agent Knight Frank.

The UK’s second city, with a population of more than a million, has cast off its image of motorways, industrial decline and urban unrest to ...

2017-02-11 05:23 open_in_new
Brum rush: Birmingham becomes tourist hotspot

It has been written off in the past as London’s ugly sister, but hotels in Birmingham are reporting record bookings thanks to the city’s A-list shopping scene, Michelin-starred restaurants and eclectic social calendar.

Twenty years ago people might have listed the reasons not to go to ...

2017-02-01 09:33 open_in_new
Man arrested over Birmingham bus stabbing

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing on a bus.

Leon Barrett-Hazle, 36, was travelling on the top deck of a bus in Birmingham on Monday night when he was attacked.

The arrested man surrendered to police on Wednesday afternoon and was due ...

2017-01-25 18:35 open_in_new
Man stabbed to death on bus in Birmingham

West Midlands police have launched a murder investigation after a man was stabbed to death on a double-decker bus in Handsworth, Birmingham.

A man in his 30s was found with stab wounds on the top deck of the 11A bus, after a passenger reported an attack at 10.43pm as the bus headed towards ...

2017-01-24 11:43 open_in_new
Jaguar Land Rover fined £900,000 after worker lost leg in accident

Jaguar Land Rover has been fined £900,000 after a worker lost his leg in an accident at one of its factories.

A trial at Birmingham crown court heard that the employee was crushed between two vehicles at JLR’s Lode Lane plant in Solihull, West Midlands, in February 2015. His right leg ...

2017-01-19 20:51 open_in_new
Bournville again: can a new Birmingham hospital recreate the Cadbury effect?
A few miles from Bournville, the world’s first planned community, the new Midland Met hospital aims to regenerate one of England’s most deprived areas with ideas derived from that 19th-century ‘benevolent model’ ...
2017-01-11 09:35 open_in_new