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St Edmund Campion School in Erdington will have two celebrity judges for its talent competition in April.
Television star and comedienne Jo Enright will be joined by X Factor finalist James Michael on the judges’ panel.
Jo, a former pupil at the school, starred in Phoenix Nights with Peter Kay, and in The Job Lot, and Lab Rats.
James, from Liverpool, starred as one of Gary Barlow’s team in the 2011 television talent show. Since his X Factor performance, James has done some work modelling high-street fashion.
Tickets for The Campion Factor go on sale this Monday.
Campion Factor will start at 7pm on 10th April at St Edmund Campion School in Erdington.
Around 120 trees will be cut down on the A452 Chester Road between The Bagot Arms and Spitfire Island in a major development of the A452 dual carriageway.
The work on the trees will begin before the end of March.
The trees that line the kerbsides and central reservation will eventually be replaced by 240 new trees once the roadworks have been finished, in 12 months’ time.
The road will be widened and become a three-laned carriageway. Pedestrian crossings will be replaced, and traffic lights will be installed at Spitfire Island.
The work is being funded by money from Central Governments’s Department for Transport, and by Centro.
Councillor Lynda Clinton said: “When it has all been finished, the road and the environment will be much more attractive, and safer than it is at the moment.”
Two middle-aged bikers have been prosecuted for travelling at speeds up to 140mph on the Fort Parkway near Spitfire Island.
Anwar Hussain, aged 46, from Kenelm Road, Small Heath, has been ordered to pay £647 in fines and costs, and has been given six penalty points on his driving licence.
Police recorded him racing along the dual carriageway at 138mph alongside Amjad Hussain, from Lyttleton Road in Stechford on Sunday 18th August last year.
Amjad Hussain, also aged 46, also admitted speeding, was given six points, and told to pay £325 in fines and costs at a court hearing earlier this year.
Anwar Hussain pleaded guilty to the offences in court this week. Initially he had denied the charges, but changed his plea. Amjad Hussain pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Audi driver Jonathan Phillips, aged 29 from Beechcroft Park Road in Claverdon, and BMW driver Mohammed Nazeer, aged 30 from Rea Street in Digbeth, were both caught driving in excess of 120mph during the August 18 initiative.
Phillips admitted speeding, was banned from driving for 56 days and told to pay £465 in fines and costs, whilst Nazeer was hit with a £315 demand and had his licence endorsed with six points after being found guilty.
North Birmingham Police Constable Mark Romney led the operation. He said: “Driving at these kinds of speeds is totally unacceptable; it’s dangerous and illegal. They pose a real danger to the public and given the speeds they reach any slight misjudgement can result in a fatal collision.
“Many anti-social drivers have been handed Section 59 notices − legislation designed to tackle driving that causes “alarm, distress or annoyance” − during weekend police blitzes over the last few months.
“The notices see motorists details added to police systems and, should they be caught driving irresponsibly again, they run the risk of having their vehicle seized.”
Around 250 street racers are currently banned from the roads following a major West Midlands Police offensive against dangerous driving on the A47 near Star City.
The operation − in 2012 − saw covert road-side cameras capture footage of motorists racing along the dual carriageway at speeds in excess of 100mph. Last year they were hauled before court and received drive bans of up to two years and fines reaching £2,000.
PC Romney, added: “There are a range of powers at our disposal to combat street racers, including injunctions, traffic calming and Section 59 which is a powerful piece of legislation. It applies not just to speeders but any motorist who drives anti-socially, in convoys, blocking carriageways, slaloming through traffic or unnecessarily sounding horns.
Anyone who witnesses street racing in their neighbourhood is urged to note down the registration number of offenders and report the matter to West Midlands Police on the 101 number.
Five men from Castle Vale have today been sentenced to a total of 19 years in prison following a vicious and prolonged knife-fight and brawl at a popular Birmingham night spot.
The fight took place at the Bar Room Bar in the Mailbox last April.
At around 8.30pm on 6th April 2013, two brothers, Robert and Thomas Cadby, went into a bar and smashed cocktail glasses over the head of Russell Broughton, a man with whom they had a long-standing feud over debt.
Broughton retaliated and slashed Robert Cadby (50) with a stanley knife, giving him a wound running from his ear across his throat. Thomas Cadby (51) suffered cuts to his face and chest.
George Cadby − Robert’s 21-year-old son − and friend Ashley Smyth (19) chased Broughton out of the bar. They caught up with him in Holliday Road, beat him up and left him with serious injuries.
Russell Broughton, from Locking Croft, Castle Vale, was today sentenced to four years imprisonment. He pleaded guilty to wounding and possessing a knife in public. The judge took into account Broughton had not started the fight.
George Cadby, from Cadbury Drive, and Ashley Smyth from Blenheim Way in Castle Vale, admitted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Both men were sentenced to six years in prison.
Robert Cadby, from Cadbury Drive, and Thomas Cadby from Hawker Drive both admitted assault and were given 15-month sentences.
West Midlands Police Sergeant Harjit Ubhi, said: “These men clearly thought they were above the law…that they could commit offences and get away with it. But that confidence, that smugness has been shattered because we’ve brought them to justice and got some violent men locked up for a considerable period of time.”
A train fare that should have cost £7.40 has ended up costing the teenage passenger £572.40 because he was caught trying to travel on a Cross Country train without a valid ticket.
Dean Fish, aged 18, of Springthorpe Crescent in Erdington was this week fined £400 for the offence, which occurred in October. He was also ordered to pay £165 in costs, and £7.40 in compensation.
A man who stole clothing from TK Maxx in Castle Vale has been sent to prison for ten weeks because of his record of shoplifting.
Robert Sikoya, aged 21, of no fixed address, stole clothing worth £53.98 from the Castle Vale store on Monday, earlier this week. He pleaded guilty to the offence at Magistrates Court the following day.
Birmingham magistrates gave him a 4-week sentence for the offence, and three separate 2-week sentences for other shoplifting offences, all to run consecutively.
A Castle Vale woman has been fined £600 for failing to give information about the identity of a driver who allegedly committed an offence.
Birmingham magistrates heard that Razia Ali, aged 46, of Dyce Close, was asked by the police to identify the driver of a Honda Accord vehicle, but failed to do so between October and November last year.
In addition to the fine, Birmingham magistrates ordered her to pay £140 costs and victim surcharge.
A student who trained at the Castle Vale Campus and was nominated for two awards has now been given a job as a full-time carer at Boldmere Court Care Home.
Victoria Williamson, aged 20, from Sutton Coldfield, completed her training and qualifications through Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Castle Vale Campus and was a finalist in the dementia category of the British Care Awards, and in the Great British Carer Awards.
Victoria started her course having worked as an apprentice with Embec Care agency in Four Oaks.
An Erdington man who stole 49 Kinder Surprise chocolates worth almost £90 from LIDL on Saturday has been sent to prison.
Steven Patrick Boylan aged 29, of Frances Road, had numerous convictions for theft and was already under the terms of a suspended sentence.
In February he had stolen meat and cider worth over £100 from Waitrose. Two weeks previously he had stolen meat worth £46 from Aldi. He had also stolen over £360 worth of electrical beauty products from Boots.
Magistrates sentenced him to 10 weeks in prison.
The NEC is to be put up for sale, along with The International Convention Centre, the LG Arena and the National Indoor Arena.
The cash-strapped Birmingham City Council, which owns the NEC group, says it needs the money because of cuts in its income from Central Government. A lack of money and investment is preventing the venues from reaching their potential, according to Council Leader Sir Albert Bore.
The Council intends that any buyer continues to use the facilities for live events.
“Private ownership will enable the NEC Group to grow further and faster,” says Sir Albert, the day after Councillors approved his budget promising further cuts and job losses.
The National Exhibition Centre opened in 1976, the NEC Arena opened in 1980, and the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena both opened in 1991.