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The Apprentice - the best lines and insults from episode three

In this week’s task on BBC1’s The Apprentice, the team have to brand and sell seriously cute robots. Gemma Atkinson-lookalike Jade takes control of the girls, who target children. With the boys’ team down after losing twice, Lord Sugar moves Michaela...

Birmingham Mail, today, 00:28

Amazon and eBay 'profiting from fraud by sellers who dodge VAT'

Online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay are profiting from fraud by sellers who dodge the VAT they should charge on sales in the UK, a parliamentary report has said. The "unfair and illegal" practice allows sellers based outside the EU to...

Birmingham Mail, today, 00:15

Tougher penalties backed for those who break driving laws, survey shows

Four out of five people would back tougher penalties for all road users, including cyclists, who break the rules of the road, a new study shows. A survey of more than 2,000 adults by Halfords also found that a similar number would like to see tougher...

Birmingham Mail, today, 00:15

Swadlincote children have their playground back after coal mine from the past led to hole which got bigger

Over 200 youngsters at a Swadlincote school have their playground back - five months after a sudden hole in the tarmac sparked safety fears. A small dip in the surface turned into a sizeable hole within days back in May, leaving 217 children at...

Burton Mail, yesterday, 23:06

This promising academy graduate has become Aston Villa's Inbetweener

Jordan Lyden finds himself in an unfortunate position. The midfielder has excelled for the U23s, scoring five goals in seven games during an impressive run. But with so many seniors ahead of him in the pecking order, breaking into the first-team is...

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 23:02

Nacer Chadli on the wonder injection that's revived his West Brom career

West Bromwich Albion have an inventive German doctor to thank for reviving Nacer Chadli - but the cure can’t be found in calf’s blood! Chadli marked his first Premier League appearance of the campaign with a fabulous free-kick that earned a point at...

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 23:02

The issues Alex McLeish faced at Aston Villa - Shay Given has his say

All this week we will be serialising Shay: Any Given Saturday, the autobiography of former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given. Today, Given talks about the hostility Alex McLeish had to contend with following his controversial switch from Birmingham...

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 23:02
Lollipop lady continuing to work outside closed Burton school because she is still needed at popular crossing spot

Lollipop lady continuing to work outside closed Burton school because she is still needed at popular...

A lollipop lady working outside a disused school in Burton is still needed despite the school closing down eight years ago, according to Staffordshire County Council. Short Street Infants School in Stapenhill closed in 2009, with the building left...

Burton Mail, yesterday, 22:01

This is what the nation would have made of Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion and...

West Midlands football was thrust into the spotlight this weekend as our top four teams were screened live on TV. So what would the nation have made of them? I watched all three games live starting with Birmingham City’s win against Cardiff on Friday...

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 21:49

Police launch murder enquiry after JLR worker dies

Police have launched a murder enquiry following the death of a Jaguar Land Rover worker. Garry Twist, who worked at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull , died after suffering serious injuries at the end of last month. The 54-year-old was found...

Coventry Telegraph, yesterday, 20:48

Aston Villa linked with surprise swoop for goalkeeper

Aston Villa have been linked with a surprise swoop for Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis. Reports in Scotland suggest Villa's chief scout Tony Coton was at Easter Road to watch Lewis keep a third successive clean sheet as Aberdeen defeated Hibernian 1-0....

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 19:41

From Tony Xia to Trevor Hemmings: A guide to every Championship club owner

The Championship might not be the cash cow of the Premier League when it comes to the financial figures involved. But there is still plenty of money swirling round English football's second tier. With that in mind we've taken a look at who owns each...

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 19:21
Burton man is awarded MBE at Buckingham Palace for 29 years of voluntary service with Staffordshire Police

Burton man is awarded MBE at Buckingham Palace for 29 years of voluntary service with Staffordshire Police

A stalwart volunteer who has worked alongside police for a marathon 29 years received an MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Gerald Peck, who is one of Staffordshire Police's longest-serving civilian volunteers, was given the honour for services...

Burton Mail, yesterday, 19:12

You won't be able to buy these snacks in NHS hospitals much longer

Super-sized chocolate bars will be banned in hospital shops and canteens as part of the latest drive against obesity, the head of NHS England has announced. Simon Stevens said there was a need to fight the "super-size snack culture" as he...

Coventry Telegraph, yesterday, 19:09

Reagan Asbury: Second man arrested in probe over death of Walsall teenager

Police have arrested a second man in connection with the death of a teenager who was stabbed in the neck after a boxing event . Reagan Asbury was attacked during a mass brawl outside Walsall Town Hall as trouble flared following a boxing match on...

Birmingham Mail, yesterday, 19:03

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