Torn fingernail tops the list of reasons NOT to go to hospital A&E

Medics across the West Midlands have compiled their top twelve list of bad reasons for visiting hospital accident and emergency departments.

The list is based on real incidents:

  • ·         Torn fingernail
  • ·         Sore throat the patient had woken up with
  • ·         Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • ·         Four-month verruca
  • ·         False nails needed removing
  • ·         Ear ache
  • ·         Ran out of asthma inhaler and needed a replacement
  • ·         Wart on a finger
  • ·         Hangover after a night out
  • ·         Cold and sneezing
  • ·         Pain in the toe (left A&E 15 minutes later to visit on-site bakery)
  • ·         Hair extensions needed removing

Medics from hospitals across Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country, Herefordshire and Staffordshire put together the list in an effort  to  reduce the number of people who attend A&E when they don’t need to, particularly over the busy Christmas period.

Santa on the Vale

Santa will be touring Castle Vale this afternoon from around 4pm (Wednesday 17th) and will settle at  his Greenwood Grotto at from 5pm till 7.30pm.

The gates at the Greenwood Grotto in Farnborough Road open at 4.30pm this afternoon.

Tyburn Mail: December edition out now and online here

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December’s edition of Tyburn Mail is out today.

All 24 pages are available online here

Tyburn Mail will be delivered to all homes in Pype Hayes, Castle Vale, Erdington Hall and Birches Green between 17th-21st december.

The newspaper contains a four-page wraparound feature from Greenwood Academy in Castle Vale.

Admits stealing fuel, dangerous driving and taking car unlawfully

A driver from Alum Rock has admitted stealing fuel in Castle Vale.

Azam Akbar, aged 36, from Reginald Road, pleaded guilty to stealing over 84 litres of diesel fuel worth £109.35 on 1st September.

On the same day, he stole fuel worth £100 from Solihull.

He also admitted unlawfully taking a Toyota Yaris and, before it was recovered, the vehicle was driven dangerously on various roads in the Alum Rock area.

Akbar, who has used several other names including Mohammed Riaz and Khan Azan Omar,   will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court next month.

Unlimited lorry deliveries day and night, and weekends too: Castle Vale Betterware warehouse owners ask Council for open-all-hours permission


The owners of the Betterware warehouse on Park Lane in Castle Vale want lorries and vans to be allowed to deliver goods to their site at any time during the day or night, including weekends.

Deliveries to Stanley House had been banned between 8pm and 6.30am, until last March, when the Council allowed 24-hour delivery for a trial period of one year. The temporary permission was subject to the number of complaints from residents in nearby homes.

The owners of the premises are claiming that there has been no disruption to local residents, and are asking the Council’s Planning Committee to make the 24/7 delivery permanent from March 2015.

They say that it unlimited delivery times will reduce traffic congestion at peak times, and will make the site more attractive to future buyers.

André Rieu LG Arena concert postponed for six days

André Rieu has postponed his concert scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday 17th) at the LG Arena.

He has severe bronchitis.

The concert, featuring André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra, has been rescheduled at the LG Arena in Birmingham  six days later on 23rd  December 2014 at 20.00.

All tickets remain valid for the new date. Audience members who wish to return their tickets will be refunded and should return them where they were bought.

All other remaining concerts in London, Manchester and Glasgow will go on as scheduled.

Petrol theft still a problem at Sainsburys

Theft of petrol from Sainsbury’s forecourt was the most common crime in Castle Vale last month.
There were 51 crimes committed in Castle Vale in November, police reported this afternoon to the local community Tasking Group at the CVCHA offices.
The figure has fallen slightly compared with the previous month, but is almost twice as high as the statistic for the same month in 2013, when 27 crimes were committed.
Seven of the offences last month were assault, and eight were thefts from local shops.