Midlands

Gypsies and Travellers in UK face housing crisis, charities warn

Shortage of authorised sites leads to reported rise in unofficial encampments<p>The UK is in the midst of a “housing crisis” among its nomadic communities, charities have warned, due to a shortage of authorised sites for Gypsies and Travellers to set up on.<p>The crisis has led to a reported rise in …

Housing

Midlands GP jailed 12 years for sex attacks on four female patients

Jaswant Rathore, 60, found to have used needless massage treatment to fulfil his desires<p>An “arrogant” GP who used his standing in the community as a cover to carry out sexual assaults on patients has been handed a 12-year jail sentence.<p>Jaswant Rathore was convicted following a seven-week trial …

Crime

The number of people buried in Bristol who could not afford a funeral

More than £200,000 of Bristol council money was spent on burying people who could not afford to pay for a funeral, new data reveals.<p>Bristol was the …

West Midlands

Ibiza drug dealer jailed after smuggling 67,000 ecstasy tablets on south west ferry - Cornwall Live

A drug dealer has been jailed after attempting to smuggle 67,000 ecstasy tablets into the South West.<p>University graduate Jools Riding, 22, was caught …

West Midlands

Manchester City told they can sign Arsenal target and West Brom defender Jonny Evans for £23.5m

Evans has less than 18 months left on his contract at West Bromwich Albion.<p>Manchester City have been reportedly informed they can sign West Bromwich …

English Premier League

Birmingham hit by MORE measles cases as outbreak continues

There have been 14 new cases of measles reported in the last two weeks in the West Midlands, as health officials confirm a continuing outbreak in the …

Public Health

Killer who strangled teenager and stored body in wardrobe wrapped in clingfilm jailed

A killer who strangled a 17-year-old girl during a violent sexual attack and stored her body in a clingfilm-wrapped wardrobe has been jailed for at …

Crime

Met Office issues NEW weather warning for West Midlands this Friday

The Met Office has issued another weather warning for the region.<p>The agency is now warning locals to exercise caution on Friday, amid treacherous …

Weather

Best and worst care home providers revealed by Which?

<b>Overall, more than 77,000 beds for older people in England are in sub-standard homes, Which? research has discovered. These are homes rated by the</b> …

Health Care

Software 'no more accurate than untrained humans' at judging reoffending risk

Program used to assess more than a million US defendants may not be accurate enough for potentially life-changing decisions, say experts<p>The credibility of a computer program used for bail and sentencing decisions has been called into question after it was found to be no more accurate at predicting …

Law (UK)

Meghan Markle is taking this UK citizenship test - could you pass it?

It's the test which everyone who wants to become a British citizen - and now Prince Harry's bride-to-be Meghan Markle will have to as well.<p>American …

Meghan Markle

These creative leaders say Birmingham is the place for Channel 4

Leading creatives from across the West Midlands have given their backing to the #WMGeneration push to get Channel 4 to move to Birmingham.<p>First it …

Birmingham, UK

These 17 MPs are all calling for Channel 4 to move to the West Midlands

Moving Channel 4 to the West Midlands would bring enormous benefits to the city - and also to the broadcaster and its viewers.<p>That’s the verdict of …

West Midlands

These are the most popular illegal drugs in the West Midlands

The latest figures from the Home Office have revealed that a total of 2 kg of cocaine was seized by police in the region in 2016-17.<p>That’s enough for …

West Midlands

Carillion‘s collapse shows why governments should try downsizing their contractors

The wide-ranging impact of losing a big provider underscores the advantages of giving smaller businesses a chance.<p>Do you ever pause somewhere in the …

West Midlands

Moment police faced teenage GUNMAN on Stourbridge High Street

This is the moment a police officer with a taser confronts a teenage gunman - in a street packed with revellers.<p>Bodycam footage which can be seen …

Policing

Housing your money: Buy-to-let landlords should look beyond the obvious for opportunities

Landlords were hit by changes left, right, and centre in 2017, with new legislation affecting almost every corner of the market.<p>Some of the changes …

Property (UK)

U.K. House Prices Eke Out Gains

U.K. house prices are edging higher, but the market remains subdued.<p>A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors showed a national gauge …

Real Estate

Wednesday briefing: Britain could import meat with banned additives in US trade deal

Your WIRED daily briefing. Today, the Soil Association has warned that a US trade deal could see food with dangerous additives sold in the UK, …

Charlie Brooker

SPAR agree three-year sponsorship deal with British Athletics

Featured<p>by Euan Crumley<p>Convenience store group to provide backing until the end of 2020<p>British Athletics have announced a three-year sponsorship deal …

Athletics

What is thundersnow? The rare phenomenon set to hit Britain

Blizzards will spark "thundersnow" across the UK this week, forecasters have warned.<p>A downturn in weather will blight parts of Britain as an arctic …

Weather

Britons urged to help tackle modern slavery by reporting concerns

Local authorities ask public to watch for signs of exploitation as research suggests gaps in reporting across some areas<p>Local authorities are calling on members of the public to be alert to signs of modern-day slavery, as research suggests worrying gaps in reporting across Leicestershire, …

Slavery

Dragons bid to sign new Wales wing sensation Josh Adams

The Dragons are pulling out all the stops to sign Wales’ Aviva Premiership try-scoring sensation Josh Adams.<p>The uncapped winger’s nine touchdowns for …

Rugby Union

Natural gas has role in UK energy mix

40% of UK primary energy was derived from natural gas in 2016, a 50% increase from 1990, writes Ken Cronin<p>Your editorial (Fracking’s day may have passed, 10 January) was keen to downplay the role of onshore gas in the UK’s future energy mix, and was deeply concerning. Natural gas has a role to play …

Environment

This is why families are being urged to TIE DOWN their trampolines

People living next to the railway are being urged to secure their outdoor belongings as strong winds are forecast across the West Midlands.<p>Network …

Birmingham, UK

Report: Real Madrid willing to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave

It appears that Real Madrid are finally willing to let Cristiano Ronaldo leave the Santiago Bernabeu.<p>A report from Sky Sports’ Guillem Balague says …

Soccer

Ed Doolan dead aged 76: Legendary BBC radio journalist dies after battling vascular dementia

Legendary BBC radio presenter Ed Doolan has died at the age of 76.<p>He had previously been diagnosed with vascular dementia.<p>The sad news was broken by …

West Midlands

Kate Middleton Reworks a Bright Pink Coat from Her Pregnancy with Princess Charlotte

Kate Middleton may have access to a closet fit for a queen, but that doesn't mean she won't wear something more than once. The royal stepped out …

Royal Family

The four contracts that finished Carillion

The construction giant’s collapse is a disaster not just for employees and taxpayers, but for public-private partnership policy<p>It was trusted to build some of the country’s most important infrastructure – from NHS hospitals to much-needed new road projects – yet the foundations of construction …

Business

FS eyes opportunities at home and abroad

Renato Mazzoncini, chief executive officer of Italian State Railways (FS), talks to David Briginshaw.

South-east Asia