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Social reformer Sir Rowland Hill, who was born in Kidderminster

The Birmingham murder most foul that left its stamp on history

The Midland-born Victorian social reformer Sir Rowland Hill - inventor of the penny postage stamp - played a little known part in a macabre episode in Birmingham's history, writes keen historian Peter Douglas Osborn

Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

Labour to scrap police and crime commissioners, party conference hears

The move was announced after West Midlands Labour candidate David Jamieson was elected on a turnout of just 10.38% in a by-election

Paediatric haematologist Dr Myles Bradbury

Birmingham Children's Hospital launches helpline after doctor abused boys

Myles Bradbury is facing jail after admitting molesting cancer patients, some as young as eight, at a hospital in Cambridge

West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims

Jihadi threat will not go away, West Midlands Police chief warns

An estimated 500 Britons have travelled to fight, some of whom are from the West Midlands

Solicitor Kamran Malik who has been struck off by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Birmingham solicitor struck off for mortgage fraud

Kamran Malik was jailed in February for property fraud offences and has now been barred from practicing by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls

New police commissioner 'has no mandate' says Ed Balls

Low turnout would have added to scepticism surround West Midlands police chief's role, according to shadow chancellor

A speed camera

I'll switch Birmingham's speed cameras back on, new police boss pledges

New police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said he would be looking at the speed camera issue as a priority

David Jamieson with supporters

New PCC David Jamieson wants to turn speed cameras back on

West Midlands police and crime commissioner makes first pledge after dismal electoral turn-out

David Jamieson with supporters

Labour's David Jamieson elected West Midlands police and crime commissioner

Turnout for the election was 10.32 per cent of the eligible electorate which is just under two million

Organised Crime Minister Karen Bradley

New police unit to hunt down cyber crime gangs

Minister vows to take the fight to criminals through a new regional organised crime unit in the Midlands

Organised Crime Minister Karen Bradley

Minister warns of modern-day slavery in Birmingham

Karen Bradley, the Home Office minister for modern slavery and organised crime, has called for people in the city to be on guard about slavery

West Midlands farmers see rural crime soar by 10pc says NFU Mutual

Research suggest tractors are being smuggled out of the country to Eastern Europe

Gary Marsh, Solid State

Solid State finalises £34m Ministry of Justice tagging contract

Worcestershire manufacturing group seals three-year deal to supply hardware to government

Arthur Lowe as Captain George Mainwaring.

Capt Mainwaring - and a vanished world of principle

The latest scandal to engulf the UK banking industry emerged in the shape of the £218 million fine dished out to Lloyds over the rate-rigging scandal.

Coun David Jamieson

'No privatisation' pledge from police and crime commissioner candidate

Ex-MP David Jamieson launched his bid for the post, vacated by the death of the party’s Bob Jones, alongside shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper in Erdington yesterday

West Midlands Police

West Midlands police forces praised for cutting jobs to save millions

The four police forces in the region have faced funding cuts of £300 million between them

Nikki Sinclaire updated

Ex-MEP Nikki Sinclaire charged with money laundering

Ms Sinclaire faces allegations that she made false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses

Coun David Jamieson

Surprise hat in ring for elected police boss

Former transport minister David Jamieson is aiming to succeed the late Mr Jones who died suddenly this month.

David Jamieson

Ex-MP David Jamieson secures Labour nomination for police commissioner post

Jamieson put forward to become the new regional police chief following the death of Bob Jones earlier this month

Alex Song of Cameroon is sent off after a red card by referee Pedro Proenca during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group A match between Cameroon and Croatia.

No quick fix in global bid to beat the game's cheats

Match-fixing usually manifests itself in instances where sportsmen are 'underpaid', or their level of remuneration is considered 'unjust'.

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