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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 ...

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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
The Brexit resistance: ‘It’s getting bigger all the time’

“I ’m still hoping. I can’t really believe it’s going to happen, but in the back of my mind it’s always there. I love this country; I want to live here. I always dreamed of coming, because it was such an open-minded, lovely place where foreigners were greeted. I think ...

2017-01-10 18:05 open_in_new
More than 2.3m families living in fuel poverty in England

More than 2.3 million families are living in fuel poverty in England – the equivalent of 10% of households, according to government statistics.

Almost 60,000 households in Birmingham alone cannot afford to heat their homes. The figures from the Department for Business, Energy and ...

2016-12-31 00:05 open_in_new
The Guardian

Ten years ago I studied for a masters in peace and development in Leeds. I used to rejoice as I walked through the municipal gardens near my home as we learned about the need for “capacity building” in the developing world. How grateful I was for all the local municipal ...

2016-12-22 21:01 open_in_new
G4S must pay for cost of Birmingham prison riot, says Liz Truss

The private security company G4S will have to foot the bill for the public sector Tornado special squads sent in to end the 12-hour riot at its Birmingham prison, the justice secretary has said.

An inquiry has been launched into one of the worst prison disturbances since the 1990 riots ...

2016-12-19 22:31 open_in_new
HMP Birmingham riot shows both public and private jails are in crisis

It is no surprise that the prison authorities are closely monitoring every jail in England and Wales for signs of potential unrest after the riot at HMP Birmingham on Friday.

For the fact is, the G4S-run Birmingham prison, formerly known as Winson Green, is not among the worst jails in the ...

2016-12-19 15:45 open_in_new
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T he riot in Birmingham prison last Friday, which at its height involved more than a third of the prison’s 1,450 inmates, was the worst since the Strangeways riot in Manchester 26 years ago. Moving the perpetrators out of Birmingham so that repairs can begin has put the stability of other ...

2016-12-18 22:41 open_in_new
Birmingham prison riot: government was warned two months earlier

The government was warned two months before a riot at HMP Birmingham involving hundreds of prisoners that the prevalence of psychoactive drugs meant urgent action was needed to prevent attacks on vulnerable prison officers.

A report by the independent monitoring board found that prison ...

2016-12-18 20:27 open_in_new
Birmingham prison riot: 240 inmates to be moved out of jail

About 240 inmates involved in a 12-hour riot at one of Britain’s biggest prisons are being moved out of the jail, the Ministry of Justice has said.

The disorder involved as many as 600 of the 1,450 inmates and spread across all four wings of the privately operated HMP Birmingham, ...

2016-12-17 15:03 open_in_new
101-year-old British man found guilty of child sexual abuse

A 101-year-old British man was on Friday facing jail after he was convicted of a string of historical sex offences against children.

Former lorry driver Ralph Clarke showed no emotion as he was found guilty of 21 sexual offences related to the abuse of two girls and one boy between 1974 ...

2016-12-17 07:09 open_in_new
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Riot officers and ambulance crews have been called to an ongoing disturbance at a privately run jail in Birmingham.

Security firm G4S, which controls HMP Birmingham, also known as Winson Green, said the incident began just after 9am and involves two wings of the prison, holding up to 250 ...

2016-12-16 16:27 open_in_new
Man, 101 convicted of historical child sexual offences

A 101-year-old man is facing a possible jail sentence after being convicted of 21 historical child sexual offences.

Ralph Clarke, thought to be the oldest defendant to stand trial in a British court, admitted nine charges relating a young boy partway through his trial at Birmingham crown ...

2016-12-16 15:19 open_in_new
Birmingham arts organisations hit by council spending cuts

Arts organisations in Birmingham have been hit with further council spending cuts that mean the city’s theatre and orchestra will get less local authority funding than any of their regional equivalents.

On Thursday, Birmingham Rep, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), ...

2016-12-15 21:07 open_in_new
The Guardian view on school funding: reforms could reveal the value of money

I f it were easy to design a national funding formula for schools, it would have been done years ago. Now the education secretary, Justine Greening, has set out a plan in which she bravely tries to strike the right balance between fairness and simplicity. She might have had a better chance of ...

2016-12-14 22:21 open_in_new
Birmingham council chief: years of cuts could have catastrophic consequences

Birmingham city council’s chief executive has said there could be “catastrophic consequences” for some people in the city because years of cuts have forced it to slash funding for key services for vulnerable people.

Mark Rogers, who runs the biggest council in England, said the ...

2016-12-12 21:35 open_in_new