West Midlands

British Woman, ‘Enthusiastic’ Suicide Advocate, Allegedly Lured 7 Men Into Self-Killing Pacts

A British woman has been accused of luring a postman into a mutual suicide pact after she met him online and then leaving him alone to die.<p>British …

World News

Fifty new jobs to be created at builders' merchant

Builders' merchant Selco is set to bring 50 jobs to Solihull as it strengthens its West Midlands base by opening a new branch.<p>The new Selco Builders …

Birmingham, UK

The Budget Showed This Government Is Serious About Tackling Homelessness

Getting the most vulnerable in society back on track takes more than words<p>Christopher Furlong via Getty Images<p>“In a civilized society, it is …

Housing

Changes to Universal Credit are welcome but they don't go far enough

<b>By Imogen Groome</b><p>After all the rumours and speculation, Phillip Hammond's budget actually delivered a surprising amount of innovation around Universal …

Universal Credit

What the Budget could mean for Merseyside's homeless

Liverpool could get millions of pounds to help homeless people into homes in a move that has been welcomed by campaigners.<p>In his Budget yesterday, …

Housing

CCTV footage shows brazen thieves smashing through gates to steal 30ft caravan in Flintshire

A family has been left devastated after their new 30ft caravan, which was their “pride and joy,” was stolen from a lock-up.<p>Parents Ben Tate and Amy …

News (Wales)

Sextortion crimes are soaring across Birmingham - how to protect yourself

Police in the West Midlands have seen a big increase in sextortion crimes over the past five years.<p>In 2016/17, the force recorded nine sextortion …

Crime

Man and woman arrested after death of toddler

Police say 21-month-old girl died in Birmingham children’s hospital after being found with serious injuries at a house in Northfield district<p>A toddler has died in hospital after being found with serious injuries at a house in Birmingham.<p>The 21-month-old girl was discovered at a house in the …

Crime

Alan Pardew Reportedly Keen on West Brom Job as Baggies Set to Miss Out on Sam Allardyce

Alan Pardew is reportedly 'very keen' on the vacant position as West Bromwich Albion manager, with the Baggies set to miss out on Sam Allardyce for …

Soccer

The Chancellor's land grab could make huge impact on housing crisis

For much of the last decade we have heard a succession of government ministers moaning about how red tape and the bureaucracy of the planning system …

Housing

Excess winter deaths in the West Midlands have soared

Excess winter deaths in the West Midlands have soared by more two-fifths in a year.<p>Between December 2016 and March 2017, there were an estimated …

Birmingham, UK

Starbucks is opening a new drive-thru in West Bromwich

A new Starbucks drive-thru is coming to the Midlands.<p>The store will open to customers for the first time on Thursday, November 23.<p>The new coffee shop …

Birmingham, UK

Here's what the Budget means for the UK property market

There's good news for first-time buyers.<p><b>Philip Hammond has delivered the autumn Budget and as expected, housing was at the centre of his speech.</b><p>From …

Real Estate

B&M slammed by mum for breaking 'unwritten Santa Code'

A furious mum has hit out at a bargain retailer in the run-up to Christmas.<p>B&M operates multiple stores across the UK.<p>Among these are stores in …

Birmingham, UK

Kate Middleton and Prince William Step Out Together During Birmingham Visit

A royal trip! Pregnant <b>Duchess Kate</b> stepped out with husband <b>Prince William</b> for a visit to the city of Birmingham, England, on Wednesday, November 22. …

Royal Family

'Forget stamp duty, we need a pay rise' – people respond to the budget

How did Philip Hammond’s budget affect you? The Guardian talks to families, workers and businesses across Britain<p>With a newborn baby and a 14-month-old son to support on an annual income of less than £20,000, police community support officer Laurence Ridge, 21, was hoping for better news in the …

Money

Autumn Budget 2017: Where first-time buyers will find the biggest stamp duty savings after it's scrapped on property under £300,000

First-time buyers are being treated by the chancellor to a helping hand (albeit small) when it comes getting on the property ladder.<p>Philip Hammond …

Real Estate

London sees business creation plummet as devalued pound hits importers

London has fallen into fourth place for business creation in the UK, its worst performance since the Office for National Statistics began compiling the annual survey.<p>There were a record 102,140 business 'births' in the capital in 2016 – up from 100,920 the previous year – while 82,075 companies …

Economy

'Like a Man City home game' Aston Villa fans rate the Villa Park atmosphere - and the Sunderland supporters

Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 1.<p>Villa got the job done to edge up to fourth in the Championship table and to keep their promotion push rolling.<p>Albert …

English Premier League

Buying your first house? What Budget 2017 means for you

STAMP duty is to be abolished for first-time buyers on properties up to £300,000, as Chancellor Philip Hammond put measures to tackle the housing …

Manchester

UK to seek to cut plastic waste through tax system, charges: Hammond

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will look into ways to reduce plastic waste through the tax system and charges on single-use plastic items, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Wednesday during his budget speech to parliament.<p>"With ... the Environment Secretary I will investigate how …

Environment

Fans out in force

<b>England’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina has sold out.</b><p>The Lionesses will play Bosnia at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium …

FIFA

This is why your Talktalk Youview box hasn't been recording

Talktalk customers across the West Midlands have been hit with a problem nmeaning their Youview boxes are failing to record.<p>Hundreds of people have …

Midlands

This is where Kate and Prince William will be in the West Midlands TODAY

If there's one thing we enjoy, it's a Royal visit.<p>And today West Midlanders are in for a right treat, with the arrival of Kate Middleton, the Duchess …

Royal Family

Birmingham Live: Breaking news, travel and weather across the Midlands and the M6 on November 22

07:21KEY EVENT<p>Royal visit<p>It’s Royal visit day!<p>Wills and Kate and bump have a packed day of engagements and the itinerary includes Villa Park.<p>The Duke …

Birmingham, UK

The top items that people REGRET buying on Black Friay revealed

Nearly one in four people feel under pressure to spend money on Black Friday , research suggests.<p>Some 23% of shoppers said they feel under pressure …

Shopping

How (and why) one Windows Mixed Reality hater became a believer

I was wrong about Windows Mixed Reality, and I apologize.<p>For the people who follow my work and my social media posts, you might know me as someone …

Augmented Reality

The 'masculine mystique' – why men can't ditch the baggage of being a bloke

Far from embracing the school run, most men are still trapped by rigid cultural notions of being strong, dominant and successful. Is it leading to an epidemic of unhappiness similar to the one felt by Betty Friedan’s 50s housewives?<p>Back in the 90s, it was all going to be so different. Not for our …

UK News

Black Friday 2017: Bargain hunters are buying for themselves

“‘Twas a month before Christmas and all through the house, loads of presents but none for the spouse.”<p><b>Black Friday</b> is almost here! People across the …

Shopping

May says believes Northern Irish accord possible

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she wanted to see more talks next week between Northern Ireland’s main parties, adding she believed an agreement to restore the devolved power-sharing government in the province could be reached.<p>Britain's Prime Minister Theresa …

Theresa May