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Under-threat St George's Day event in Sandwell is saved

A proud celebration for people in the Black country can go ahead after Sandwell Council stepped into save the borough's annual St George’s Day event.

The local authority has announced it will ensure the West Bromwich jamboree to mark the patron saint of England will happen this ...

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Identities of all nine people who died in Kobe Bryant helicopter tragedy

The city of Los Angeles has paid tribute to basketball star Kobe Bryant with vigils and tributes after his shock death in a helicopter crash.

The 41-year-old died alongside his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven other people in the accident in Southern California on Sunday ...

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Aston Villa striker target 'offered' Chelsea transfer - reports

Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign in-demand AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek, according to reports.

Piatek is expected to leave the San Siro before next week’s transfer deadline and Aston Villa have been heavily linked with bringing him to England.

Villa remain keen to ...

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Dog goes viral after getting head stuck in basket - having knocked plant from pot in process

An adorable dog went viral after getting his head stuck in a basket - having knocked out a plant from its pot in the process.

The Golden Doodle, named Berkeley, was caught red handed (or red-pawed) with the basket around his neck.

Berkeley was filmed laying down on a cushion next to ...

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Police officer dies in M6 car crash 'after veering into ditch'

A police officer has tragically died in a crash on the M6.

The cop sadly passed away near Carlisle after the horrific collision, Cumbria Constabulary says.

The 47-year-old police officer was the only person in the car at the time, according to Mirror Online, our sister title. ...

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Man seriously injured in two car crash on Duncan Edwards Way in Dudley

Four people have been injured in a two-car crash in Dudley.

Three ambulances and two paramedic officers were called to the scene on Duncan Edwards Way at 1.45pm on Sunday.

A man was treated for potentially serious injuries and two boys and a woman were treated for injuries not ...

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Foreign Office issues Brits with urgent advice over travelling to China amid Wuhan coronavirus crisis

The Foreign Office has confirmed it is working on making an "option available" for British nationals to leave Wuhan in the Hubei province in China.

British citizens in the region have been told to call the FCO on +86 (0) 10 8529 6600 or (+44) (0)207 008 1500 should they need ...

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UK’s wonkiest cottage near Birmingham up for sale for just £100,000

Britain’s wonkiest cottage which sits at a frightening angle due to frequent landslides is on the market for £100,000.

Lloyds Cottage is surrounded by rolling Shropshire countryside and boasts stunning views of Ironbridge Gorge.

But after years of landslides, the rear of the ...

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David Schwimmer issues huge update over Friends reunion - and it's heartbreaking

Friends star David Schwimmer has dismissed rumours of a revival of the famous sitcom.

There were hopes that the hit show could return after the cast - Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and Schwimmer - reunited following its 25th ...

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Vegan chocolate urgently recalled by Iceland with shoppers offered full refunds

Iceland is recalling NO MOO Chocolate Puddings because they may contain milk which is not mentioned on the label.

This means the product is a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to milk or milk constituents.

Iceland is recalling the above product from ...

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‘Belly or a ball?’ - Jack Grealish cheekily trolls his old Aston Villa mate

It's clear that Jack Grealish is enjoying a stress-free weekend away from football - but the same can't be said for his old teammate and Aston Villa youth graduate Lewis Kinsella.

Poor Kinsella took to his Twitter feed to discuss how football makes him feel.

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Hunt for groper after Tipton sex attack

An investigation is under way after a woman was sexually assaulted in broad daylight in Tipton.

It happened in Brierley Lane, at around 2.30pm on Thursday, January 23.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: "Police are investigating a sexual assault after a woman was ...

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Aston Villa promotion hero finds new club after 'amateurish' release

Fleetwood Town have today announced the signing of a former Aston Villa player.

Following the 'amateurish' termination of his contract at Hearts earlier this month, Glenn Whelan has been unveiled as the latest member of the 'Trawlermen' and will join until the end of ...

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West Ham 0-1 West Brom reaction: Bilic and Moyes react as ten man Albion progress

A ferocious Conor Townsend strike was the only goal as West Brom beat West Ham 1-0 at the London Stadium to move into the 5th round of the FA Cup.

Townsend fired the Baggies into the lead in the 9th minute and despite going down to ten men when Semi Ajayi was sent off, they held off their ...

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Here's how Birmingham City fans welcomed Aston Villa loan star Callum O'Hare

We always knew Aston Villa man Callum O'Hare was going to get a rough welcome today from Birmingham City fans today.

The gifted Villa youngster, currently on loan at Coventry City, came on for the Sky Blues in the 68th minute of today's FA Cup fourth round tie against ...

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Police hunt two men after knifepoint robbery in West Bromwich

Police are hunting to find two men who may have information about a knifepoint robbery in West Bromwich.

British Transport Police released CCTV images following the incident, which happened between West Bromwich and Lodge Road tram stops at 1.30 to 2pm on Monday, November 25 last ...

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Drug-dealing cyclist caught with heroin on Sainsbury's car park

A drug-dealing cyclist has been jailed after a police bust on a Sainsbury's car park.

Dean Holland, of Glover Street, Stafford, was jailed for three years and nine months at Stafford Crown Court on Wednesday, January 22, after admitting possession with intent to supply ...

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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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