Jail for shoplifter who stole while on suspended prison sentence

A shoplifter with an appalling record of crime has been sent to prison after he stole five bottles of perfume from House of Fraser in Sutton Coldfield.
Darren Wesley Jones, aged 29, of Boldmere Lake Road in Erdington, was already under the terms of a suspended prison sentence for shoplifting, including the theft of perfume worth £85 from TK Maxx in Castle Vale last October.
Birmingham magistrates told him that custody was the only appropriate sentence because of his appalling record and his failure to comply with court orders.
He was sentenced to a total of 10 weeks in prison.

Transfer to secondary school: deadline looms

(click on image to enlarge) List and map of Birmingham secondary schools

(click on image to enlarge)
List and map of Birmingham secondary schools

Tomorrow (31st October) is the final date for choosing a secondary school online for Year 6 children.

Most parents will have completed the application process earlier this month after attending open days at local schools during September.

Parents of current Year 6 pupils who have not received an acknowledgement of their application before this date,  should contact the Children’s Information and Advice Service.

Parents will be informed which secondary school their child has been allocated to by email on 2nd March, or by post on 3rd March 2015.

People Like Us: television like that; programme makers like them

Sadé, classy enough to keep her knickers on... at least for the first date.

Sadé, classy enough to keep her knickers on… at least for the first date.

BBC Three showed a one-hour documentary on Chelmsley Wood tonight (29.10.14).

It was the first episode of the second series of a programme called ‘People Like Us’.

Chelmsley Wood housing estate is similar in size (12,000 people) but several years behind Castle Vale in its regeneration process.

The programme highlighted the multi-million pound regeneration of the estate and its housing, the high crime levels and poor school exam results.

Sadly for Chelmsley Wood’s reputation, the programme makers chose to focus on a series of characters who were either tragically self-deluded, paranoid, obese, vain, or obsessed by their criminal past… and present.

Top marks for self-delusion would have gone to Sadé, a young unmarried mother with more eyelashes than intellect.

As she prepared for a date, she told the camera: “I’m just classy. You don’t drop your knickers on your first date. No, no. That’s just not classy.”

Her ‘date’ was due to meet her at a bowling alley, but for undisclosed reasons, he did not turn up.

A couple of the residents came out with some dignity and integrity, but on the whole, the programme demonstrated the danger of allowing ruthless television producers to tell your story.

Police release CCTV footage of horror accident: no insurance, no licence, no permission, drunk driver jailed

A drunk driver who ploughed his Mercedes van into a police van has been jailed for two years and four months.

Click here to see video footage of the accident.

The police van after it had been smashed into by the Mercedes van

The police van after it had been smashed into by the Mercedes van

Steven King, aged 28, of Fallindale Road in Sheldon, was more than twice over the legal alcohol limit when he was driving at speed just before midnight without headlights  on the A34 near the Six Ways Island in Aston on 26th April.

He was uninsured, had no licence, and had taken the vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Steven King: jailed for  two years and four months

Steven King: jailed for two years and four months

He pleaded guilty to  causing serious injury by dangerous driving, drink driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and aggravated vehicle taking.

The police officer suffered a serious leg injury.

King also suffered serious injury in the accident.

November means new era for Castle Vale Library

Castle Vale Library will be run by the Castle Vale Tenants and Residents Alliance (CVTRA) from Saturday 1st November.

It will be run by one paid member of staff and a team of volunteers.

CVTRA will shortly be looking for around 15 volunteers to help run the library.

Anyone interested should call Margaret Dunsford on 0121 747 5932 for more details.

Birmingham Council is handing over responsibility for the running of the library as it tries to make savings in the face of budget cuts across all services.

The three Council librarians currently based at Spitfire House will continue to work at the library for the first month of the takeover, mainly to train the new community librarian who has been appointed by the TRA.

Once the transfer is complete, the library will be known as the Tyburn Community Library and Learning Centre.

As part of the transfer deal, the new community library will continue to use Birmingham’s library management system and a book-sharing scheme with other libraries across the city.

CVTRA boss Ray Goodwin said that it will be business as usual for the library opening hours, though in the future he would like to see the library open seven days a week.

Firefighter’s four-day Hallowe’en strike – it’s the Government’s fault, says Labour Chair of West Mids Fire Authority

Sandwell Labour Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, blames Government for four-day firefighters strike

Sandwell Labour Councillor John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, blames Government for four-day firefighters strike

Labour Councillor John Edwards, the Chair of the West Midlands Fire Authority, has blamed the government for the four-day stike by firefighters set to start on Hallowe’en.

The strike will be held during one of the busiest firefighters’ periods of the year, with the start of dark nights, Diwali and a bonfire weekend.

Councillor Edwards has released an official statement condemning the government for their failure to settle the year-long pay dispute with members of the Fire Brigades Union.

“The government must carry out their responsibilities to keep citizens safe,said Councillor Edwards.

“Their reckless behaviour throughout this dispute has provoked the expected response.”

Eurosport television 142-break for Mitchell in Asian pro-snooker: Castle Vale star climbs world rankings

Mitchell Mann, with the European Championship trophy earlier this year. This week, Mitchell scored a 142 break - the highest break of the Asian PTC, on Eurosport television

Mitchell Mann, with the European Championship trophy earlier this year. This week, Mitchell scored a 142 break – the highest break of the Asian PTC, on Eurosport television

Castle Vale professional snooker star Mitchell Mann scored a massive 142 break in a match shown on Eurosport television last night.

Mitchell won through to the final 32 of one of the biggest professional snooker competitions in the world, the Asian Players’ Tour Championship.

He was eventually beaten by Michael White, one of the world’s top 25 players.

Mitchell’s performance has seen him shoot into the top 100 world rankings just months after turning professional.

The Castle Vale-based star took the giant step of joining the professional circuit  in June this year after winning the European Championship in Bulgaria.

Jet-setting Mitchell will now fly to Germany to play against Steven Maguire in a tournament, before flying back to England  for the UK Championships at the Barbican in York at the end of November.