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Police abuse power under Mental Health Act, inspector claims

Officers are also forced to take people with mental health issues into custody – because the NHS refuses to take responsibility for them, a House of Commons inquiry was told

Chairman of the Black Country LEP Stewart Towe (right) and Jatinder Sharma, Walsall College principal and chief executive, officially open its new £300,000 Engineering and Manufacturing Workshop

Walsall College opens new £300,000 engineering workshop

Institute is hoping to address a shortage of key skills in the region in manufacturing and engineering

New trainees at law firm Higgs & Sons (from left) Sarah Bryan, Patrick O'Connor, Iyanu Onalaja, Joanna Parker (HR director), Helena Flavell (HR manager), Hannah Bollard, Mike Wong and Natalie Marsden

Higgs & Sons boosts payroll with trainee hires

Six new faces join Black Country law firm which boasts half of its current partners from its in-house training scheme

Business deal

Network Packaging acquired by Macfarlane Group in £7.5m deal

Black Country distributor joins Scottish rival to boost Macfarlane's presence in the Midlands

General business

West and East Midlands need to link up to take on the north and Scotland

Scottish devolution and major projects like the Northern Hub are transforming the issue of city regions, and a new focus is required here.

Compton Hall

Textile designer William Morris named wallpaper after Wolverhampton brewer's home

A Wolverhampton brewer once filled his great home with treasure from far and wide... and then lost it all. Chris Upton reports

Rupert Mucklow

Spike in property values pushes up profit at A&J Mucklow Group

Black Country investment group enjoys improving economic conditions and a resurgence in confidence and activity from occupiers and investors

City Archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder who is retiring.

Birmingham's official archaeologist Dr Mike Hodder rewrote the city's history

As Birmingham's official archaeologist, Dr Mike Hodder made significant discoveries about the city's Stone Age and Roman past. Neil Elkes spoke to him as he left the council after 20 years in his post.

Managing director Robert Smith (left) and technical director Paul Bailey, of Complex Cold Forming, which has secured a £1.2m funding deal with HSBC

Complex Cold Forming secures new funding deal with HSBC

Black Country manufacturing group set to create 15 new jobs on the back of contract wins with firms such as Ford

The new Library of Birmingham was developed by Carillion which has seen its latest merger bid rejected by Balfour Beatty updated

Balfour Beatty rejects latest merger bid by Carillion

Support services group dealt latest, and possibly, final blow in its bid to secure a deal to create construction giant

Balfour Beatty, which is leading the Midland Metro tram extension in Birmingham city centre, has been handed a revised merger deal from rival Carillion

Carillion ups ante with improved offer for Balfour Beatty

Black Country support services makes latest bid to tempt rival into merger deal with 36 per cent premium on previous valuation

Housing market

Mike Best: Birmingham will need friendly neighbours if we are to meet our housing needs

The Local Enterprise Partnership is creating a plan for growth, but neighbouring towns will have to be involved.

Trees lining Millward Street in Small Heath.

Peter Shirley looks into urban trees in Birmingham and the Black Country

Birmingham and the Black Country are famous for their street trees.

Impacta expands Black Country base

HSBC backs manufacturing group to enlarge manufacturing hub in Bilston

Jatinder Sharma, principal and chief executive of Walsall College

Walsall College offers degree courses for first time

Black Country institute teams up with Birmingham City University to launch trio of courses with more to follow

From left: Finance director Anne Ferguson, commercial director Kieran Ferguson and chairman Barry Pincott, of Warren Board Sales, with Barclays relationship director Dave Morgan

Warren Board Sales expands in Black Country

Packaging firm takes new space in West Bromwich while Sport Birmingham finds new home

Sir Albert Bore

Sir Albert Bore hails rebirth of Birmingham over 30 years but says more is to come

Sir Albert Bore says Birmingham can look forward to more years of growth

A voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station

Holidays could scupper Labour bid for power over Walsall Borough Council

The Labour group are trying for a second time this year to take power in the Black Country authority after winning a by-election last month giving them 30 seats out of 60.

Stand-up comedian James Cook holding a Buckaroo game for his new show about board games, Always Be Rolling

The world of stand-up is a funny old game

Edinburgh Fringe Festival is up and running with more than 3,000 shows in 250 venues. Roz Laws rounds up the Midland artists taking part and talks to a playful comedian

The Bond in Digbeth

Quick Bites: Birmingham gin festival adds new date

Organisers of Birmingham's first gin festival add another date after tickets sell out.

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