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25th January 2018

New choir for Bartley Green

It was what everyone needed – something to brighten up a dull day and Got 2 Sing, the new contemporary choir which opened in Bartley Green, certainly didn’t let anyone down!

Some 60 people turned up for the opening night at Hillcrest School last Tuesday 23rd January – they weren’t going to let the dank weather dampen their spirits!

Got 2 Sing is a contemporary community-based group of choirs, spanning the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire – with 11 choirs in total. They sing uplifting songs, from pop to classics and musical theatre, in at least three-part harmony.

Choir Leader, Charlotte Crowe commented: “We had a fantastic night! And by the end of the evening, after just one and half hours of tuition, everyone was sounding pretty amazing and singing in 3-part harmony!”

Bartley Green Choir
Choir Leader Charlotte Crowe, front, second left with Got 2 Sing Choir Members
at Hillcrest School Bartley Green, Jan 23rd.

TV Programmes have re-ignited the nation's interest in singing in recent years and it has helped a new generation of singers realise the benefits of singing. Now Got 2 Sing is helping the people south of Birmingham to discover how singing can endow life with an added zest.

The new South Birmingham choir meets every Tuesday at Hillcrest School, Stonehouse Lane, Bartley Green, B32 3AE, 7.15pm for 7.30 pm – 9.00pm. Anyone can turn up for a free taster – no experience or ability required!


If you are interested or just for further information, contact: -
Tel: 03330 146 164


24th January 2018

Youth Jailed for Knife Murder

16-year-old Cameron Martin-Leon has been jailed for the knife killing of Alex Leonard in Bartley Green earlier this year.

A minor disagreement escalated into violence and resulted in the death of Alex Leonard, West Midlands Police said:
Mr Leonard had confronted 16-year-old Cameron Martin-Leon, who was behaving aggressively, in Woodgate Gardens on the evening of 3 July. According to witnesses the teen had bragged about carrying a knife for protection earlier that day, and when Mr Leonard challenged him, cutting his hand, the boy stabbed him in the chest. Paramedics were unable to save 22-year-old Alex and he died in hospital.

Yesterday (Tuesday 23 January), the judge at Birmingham Crown Court lifted reporting restrictions and allowed Cameron Martin-Leon from Allwood Gardens, Bartley Green, to be named.

Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, from the force’s Homicide Unit, said: "This case has been a tragic reminder of the dangers of anyone carrying a knife.
"This was a dreadful escalation of events which led to one young man losing his life while another faces a life sentence. Our thoughts are with their families who’s lives are also devastated by these tragic events."

The family of Alexander Leonard made the following statement on behalf of themselves and his friends:
"Lives have been destroyed and families traumatised. Life as we knew it ceased to be on 3 July 2017. Two mothers have had their dreams and aspirations for their sons shattered and broken as are our hearts and the hearts of everyone who knew Alex. There currently seems to be an epidemic of knife crime sweeping through our communities, we are living within a culture of fear. Children are carrying knives through fear of what might happen or what has happened to them or a member of their families. Whatever the reason behind this epidemic, be it social, economic, ADHD, fear or pressure, it is clear that not enough is being done about it on a local level or a national level. Where is the government’s support for our police forces to support communities and those who try to make a better world?"

DI Corfield added: “We are working tirelessly to understand the reasons why young people carry knives. We work closely with schools and parents to educate, as we continue to bring offenders to justice. Anyone found in possession of a knife faces the real possibility of ending up behind bars. We understand people’s concerns around violent crime and the effect it can have on communities. While it makes up a very small proportion of overall crime, we appreciate the disproportionate impact it has on people’s quality of life and feelings of safety. If people do suspect someone is carrying a knife in public, or have any concerns relating to knife crime in their community, then we want to hear from them - they can call us on 101 or contact their local neighbourhood police team via our website."









29th November 2017

Major changes proposed to bus routes

Local bus operator National Express West Midlands is proposing major changes to the local bus networks and is consulting on the changes.

The proposals would see the end of the formally popular X64 service in favour of re-routed 22 and 48 services the latter ceased to serve Bartley Green after earlier route changes.

The full proposals can be seen on the NXWM Consultation Site

Sadly the full proposals cannot be viewed unless you undertake the survey itself and then the survey is fairly inaccessible due to the inability to zoom in on the small maps detailing the new routes.

Essentially the 22 will cease to server Harborne but instead travel down Quinton Rd (current route of the 29) and then through the QE and the University onto the City.

Although the survey opened on the 27th of November I can find no indication of when it will close.

26th November 2017

4 Rescued from Severe Flat Fire

A woman and 3 children were rescued by fire services from a severe flat fire in Curdale Road Bartley Green early on Sunday Morning.

The Fire in a flat above shops on Curdale Road has caused severe damage to the property

Image © SnapperSK on Twitter

Fire crews put ladders up to the flat above a shop in Bartley Green and bring the terrified casualties to safety.

West Midlands Fire Service were called to the two-storey flat just before 1.20am and arrived within four minutes.

Station Commander Andy Rainey said: “There was a woman and three children who were at the windows screaming for help,”

Image © SnapperSK on Twitter

The casualties rescued have bee named locally as 2 year old Mason Rowe, who is reported as in an induced coma, while two brothers - 15-year-old Tyler and eight-year-old Dexter and mother, Sophie, are also in hospital






26th July 2017

Woman guilty of helping an offender

A Bartley Green woman who helped two men convicted for murdering Birmingham teen Kenichi Phillips to evade justice has been jailed for three years.

Selina Simms is the mother of Disharn Downie, 19, and partner of Isaiah Wright-Young, 37, who are both serving life sentences for shooting Kenichi as he sat in a car in St Marks Crescent, Ladywood in March 2016.

Simms, aged 42 from Gravel Bank, Bartley Green, stood trial at Birmingham Crown Court where she was found guilty of two counts of assisting an offender.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro, from the force’s homicide unit, said:

  • "This is another victory in the hunt to bring all those connected to the death of Kenichi Phillips to justice.

  • "Kenichi was just 18-years-old with his whole life before him when he died. His family have been through two trials to see his murderers brought to justice.

  • "Guns have no place on our streets and we will continue to prosecute those who are involved in bringing the utmost devastation and misery to the families of victims."

    WMP Media Release


    07th July 2017

    Youth Charged with Murder

    Police have charged a youth with the murder of Alexander Phillip Leonard, 22. The victim died of a single stab wound in the attack on Monday evening in Bartley Green.

    2 other people arrested in connection with the murder have been released without charge.

    The youth who cannot be named due to his age will appear in court on Saturday charged with the murder.

    Police do not believe this to be gang related like other recent serious crimes in the same small area of Bartley Green.


    WMP Media Release




    05th July 2017

    Police Seek Witnesses

    Police have launched an appeal for witnesses to an armed robbery in the Kitwell area of Bartley Green.

    The robber struck at the "Simply Local" store but the shop owner fought back using a spanner and managed to hit the robber on the face and hand. Police believe the effects of this would show possibly in swelling of the injured area.

    Police are keen to speak to any witnesses and are also hoping someone can name the masked man.

    Anyone with information can email DC Stuart Parker at stuart.parker@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111




    04th July 2017

    Another Murder

    Police have launched a murder enquiry after a 22 year old man died from stab wounds, The victim, named as Alex Leonard, from the Frankley area of the city, was knifed in Woodgate Gardens, Bartley Green, at around 10.40pm on Monday.

    Police have arrested 2 people, a 16 year old youth and a 21 year old man on suspicion of murder and they continue to be held in custody.

    Police do not believe this to be gang related like other recent serious crimes in the same small area of Bartley Green.





    06th June 2017

    Bartley Green RTC

    There was a Road Traffic Collision on the junction of Field Lane and Genners Lane close to the junction with Jiggins Lane where a young woaman was killed in an another RTC last year.

    On this occasion no one was seriously hurt but one male had to be removed from his vehicle with the assistance of the fire brigade.

    IMAGES © SnapperSK

    10th May 2017

    Youths Charged with Robbery

    Three teenagers including a 14-year-old schoolboy have been charged over a knifepoint robbery on a cyclist in Bartley Green.

    Kyran Williams, 18, Jordain Masidi, 19, and the 14-year-old - who cannot be named for legal reasons - are accused of threatening a 21-year-old man with a knife in Balmoral Road on May 9 and making off with his bike.

    The two Youths have been remanded in custody whilst Masidi was relased on bail and must wear a tag.

    Williams was also arrested on suspicion of involvement in an April 30 shooting in Bartley Green, in which a man suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. He was bailed on that matter while police enquiries continue.

    The arrests come as West Midlands Police moves to tackle a spate of incidents in the south of the city – and Chief Inspector Nick Dale, from the force’s Organised Crime & Gangs Unit, said
    "those responsible can expect a knock at the door from his officers.
    He added: “There has been a series of high-profile incidents in the area and members of the community are telling us they’re worried. It is unacceptable that people are being made to feel fearful in their communities…we understand those concerns and have taken action. “We’ve increased our police patrols to offer visual reassurance and enquiries are underway to identify the people linked to these gangs".

    “Anyone aligning themselves with these groups needs to understand they risk being arrested, put before the courts and potentially jailed. They may think it’s fun to appear masked up in a YouTube video – but the stark reality will hit them when they’re locked in a prison cell.

    “The public are our eyes and ears on the ground; if you suspect anyone is involved in gang related crime or anti-social behaviour then please contact us in confidence so we can take action.”



    04th May 2017

    Shop loses its alcohol licence after raid

    Police applied to have the Safe and Save store's licence revoked after a raid discovered drugs under the till.

    The raid on Aptil 04 2017 was launched after information was received that the shop was selling illegal items and of underaged sales of alcohol.

    Officers searched the Barnes Hill mini supermarket, which trades as best-one, and found a biscuit tin with 20 bags containing herbal cannabis along with 3,600 empty bags. They also discovered illicit cigarettes, two knives and the nunchuks, a martial arts weapon.

    An expedited review hearing was held on April 6 and the shop's licence was suspended pending the full hearing, which was heard This morning.

    In revoking the licence, held by Kuldip Singh, the chairman of Birmingham City Council's sub committee A, Coun Barbara Dring, said the presence of drugs and weapons on any licensed premises for any reason was “totally unacceptable”.



    30th April 2017

    Shooting in Bartley Green

    Police responded to reports of a shooting in the Parkside area of Bartley Green today.

    A police statement said..

    "We’re investigating a shooting in Bartley Green this afternoon that’s left a man in hospital with a gun-shot wound to his arm. We received a 999 call at 4.15pm from a member of the public reporting what they believed was the sound of a gunshot in Parkside near the junction with Clapgate Lane.

    Armed officers responded minutes later and found two vehicles abandoned; a VW Golf and Corsa have been recovered for forensic examination. The scene has been cordoned off for a fingertip search of the area.

    It’s understood three offenders fled the scene on foot and efforts are ongoing to trace them.

    A 29-year-old man later presented himself to hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm - his injury is not life threatening. It’s understood the man was walking in Parkside at the time of the incident and that he was deliberately targeted.

    Anyone with information or witnesses are urged to call West Midlands Police Force CID at Bournville Lane police station on the 101 number."

    Picture ©SnapperSK
    Picture ©SnapperSK



    03rd April 2017

    Man impaled on fence

    A man became impaled on railings at a local supermarket on Saturday morning.

    It is not clear how the man became stuck on the railings at the Asda supermarket on Barnes Hill, Bartley Green, which are above a 10ft high Gabion wall, but he was freed by emergency services who were called to the scene at 07:15.

    After being freed the man was taken for further medical treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Birmingham Hospital



    12th February 2017

    Update on Newman Development

    Morgan Sindall and Newman University have released an update newsletter on the ongoing development work on the campus.


    Newman Newsletter pdf scan

    28th December 2016

    Youth hurt in RTC

    A teenage boy has ended up in hospital this afternoon after a road traffic collision in Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green, at around 2.30pm (Wednesday).

    The boy was teated by several highly trained emrgency response professionals at the scene and was later transferred by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment

    A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The 15-year-old boy was lying in the road upon our arrival. He had sustained a head injury in the collision.”


    WMAS Media Release

    23 December 2016

    Killer Drunk Driver Jailed

    A man who killed a back seat passenger when he crashed the car he was driving while trying to escape from pursuing police officers has been jailed for six years 8 months.

    Liam Ellis, 22, of Wisley Way, Quinton, who had previously admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and while over the alcohol limit, was also banned from the roads for five years.

    The RTC happened in the early hours of Saturday November 26th shortly after the car driven by Ellis failed to stop for police officers, reaching speeds upt to 84 MPH, he failed to negotiate a right hand bend, lost control, mounted a grass verge on his off side and collided with a parked van.

    Sophie Case, a 20-year-old mother of three, including two of Ellis’ own children, who was in the rear of the vehicle died shortly after he ploughed into a van.

    A fter sentencing The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it was investigating the actions of police officers prior to the fatal crash.

    Shortly before the collision an unmarked West Midlands Police car had begun to pursue the vehicle.

    The IPCC said its investigators had been to the scene of the crash and had obtained in-car footage from the scene as part of its independent investigation.

    IPCC Commissioner Derrick Campbell said: “I send my thoughts and condolences to Sophie’s family and friends at this sad time for them, and all those affected by her tragic death. Our investigation will examine police actions prior to the collision to determine whether appropriate policies and procedures were followed.



    28 November 2016

    Woman Killed in Crash Named Man Charged

    The young woman who was killed in an early morning crash on Adams Hill Bartley Green has been named locally as Sophie Case a 20 year old mother.

    A man has been charged with several serious driving offences in relation to the incident, Liam Ellis, 22, of Wiseley Way, Quinton, was remanded in custody when he appeared before Birmingham magistrates on Monday.

    The RTC happened in the early hours of Saturday morning shortly after the car driven by Ellis failed to stop for police officers, it hit parked vehicles and bollards.

    A fundraising campaign was launched online on Sunday with the aim of raising £2,500 to pay for her funeral. Donations can be made at gofundme.com




    28 November 2016

    Bartley Green Gang Thug Jailed for Life

    Disharn Downie, 18, of Gravel Bank, Woodgate Valley, Bartley Green was today sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years before he can be considered for parole.

    Downie shot and killed Kenichi Phillips in a Birmingham drugs war and was found guilty at his trial last month.




    26 November 2016

    Police Appeal for Witnesses After Fatal Crash

    A young woman has died in an early morning road traffic collision in Adams Hill Bartley Green

    The car which had failed to stop for police collided with a parked van and street furniture at the junction of Genners Lane, Jiggins Lane and Adams Hill then came to a stop in Adams Hill.

    The young woman in her early 20's was a backseat passenger in the car and died at the scene despite the efforts of the emergency services.

    Two men who were also in the car suffered minor injuries and the 21 year old driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.




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    25 October 2016

    Bartley Green man to serve minimum of 21 years for Cape Hill murder

    Douane Brown, 39, of Bickington Road, Bartley Green , had denied murder but was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

    There had been bad blood between the victim and the accused in the past and the attack was revenge for previous events between the two.

    Brown plunged a knife into the neck of his victim the knife entered his neck from the front and caused a nine centimetre deep wound. It severed his carotid artery and jugular vein and caused massive blood loss and death.

    Paul Lewis QC, defending, said: “There was one single blow, all be it to the neck, but no attempt there after to follow up that attack by any further blows.

    “There was no significant degree of planning. The two men were staring at each other for a significant time before violence erupted.”

    Judge Mark Wall QC ordered the killer to serve a minimum of 21 years in prison before he could be considered for parole.



    25 October 2016

    Bartley Green Teenager Faces Life for Murder

    Disharn Downie, 18, of Gravel Bank, Woodgate Valley, Bartley Green is facing life in jail after murder of Kenichi Phillips in a Birmingham drugs war the victim gunned down as he sat in car in Ladywood.

    Downie, was found guilty of murder, attempted murder, two charges of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and robbery. He was acquitted of possessing a knife.

    The court heard Mr Phillips had been a passenger in a Seat Ibiza driven by his brother which had parked in St Mark’s Crescent, Ladywood , on March 17 this year.

    There were a group of people nearby and two came over and ‘words were exchanged’ before Mr Phillips wound his window up.

    A shot was then blasted through the window, hitting him in the jaw and neck, while another shot was fired at a back seat passenger, which missed and ricocheted around inside.

    Judge Patrick Thomas QC adjourned sentence until November 28 and remanded Downie in custody.



    20 September 2016

    Budget Murders Jailed for Life

    A murderous couple who obtained the murder tools from a Poundland store have been jailed for life

    Jilted lover Zatoon Bibi and her former husband Gul Nawaz plotted the murder of Tanveer Iqbal after he called off his relationship with Bibi. The couple also enlisted their then 15 year old son, Kashim Nawaz, into the murderous plot.

    Bibi enticed Tanveer Iqbal to her property in Bridgeburn Road Bartley Green on the 31st of January this year on the pretence of celebrating his birthday and there he was beaten and strangled to death by the trio.

    The relationship between Bibi, Iqbal and Nawaz was a complicated one with Iqbal's wife being fully aware of the mistress and even being friendly with each other.

    After murdering Iqbal his body was sealed in a cardboard box loaded into the boot of his car and the car was dumped by the roadside in Portland Road Edgbaston where it was found the next day by police.

    The trio were convicted after a 6 week trial at Birmingham Crown Court and each received a life sentence, Bibi was told she would need to serve a minimum of 27 years before she could be considered for release, Gul Nawaz 25 years and the now 16 year old Kashim Nawaz 6 years.

    Tanveer Iqbal
    The Victim Tanveer Iqbal

    Bridgeburn Road Bartley Green

    Zatoon Bibi/Gul Nawaz
    Zatoon Bibi/Gul Nawaz
    Kashim Nawaz
    Kashim Nawaz




    13 September 2016

    Proposed parliamentary boundary changes

    If proposed changes to the parliamentary boundaries are implemented it will mean a move for Bartley Green from the current Edgbaston constituency into a new one entitled Selly Oak and Halesowen

    The proposed new constituency will mean that residents from outside the City of Birmingham will have an MP largely elected from City residents.

    The proposed changes have been brought about by a plan to reduce the number of MP's to 600 from 650 and only 2 of Birmingham's current 10 constituencies will remain unchanged in an effort to make the constituencies roughly the same in voter population.

    Public Hearings

    During the consultation the Commission we will be visiting the West Midlands and holding four public hearings the ones for Birmingham are the 3rd and 4th of November


    Boundary Commission Site


    31 August 2016

    Police Appeal for Information on Bike Menaces

    Police are appealing for information on men seen riding motorcycles anti-socially in Bartley Green

    The men have been seen riding the bikes in the Senneleys Park area of Bartley Green causing a nuisance and potentially putting the safety of children in danger.

    PC Heidi Kennedy, said: “Worried members of the public have provided the images – and I’m asking if anyone recognises the men or the distinctive orange bike, or has information that could help us, to get in touch so we can take action.

    “It is totally unacceptable for people to use local parks for off-road biking: it’s dangerous and a real noise nuisance. The parks should be relaxing, safe areas for people to spend time – they are not race tracks and people’s enjoyment of the parks is being ruined.”

    It’s illegal to ride bikes in a manner that might cause alarm or distress to a member of the public, while bikers using public parkland are also committing motoring offences.

    PC Kennedy added: “We will look to issue warning notices to offenders – anyone ignoring the warning faces having their bike seized and crushed and a date in court.”

    bike menaces

    Anyone with information about the bikers is urged to call the Edgbaston Neighbourhood Police Team on the 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

    "We would urge anyone with information to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”




    31 July 2016

    Police Appeal for Information

    Police are appealing for information after reports of gun shots in Bartley Green

    Police were called to the junction of Field Lane and Scotland Lane Bartley Green at around 17:30 Saturday 30th June 2016

    Gun shots are reported to have been fired and a white Vauxhall Corsa was seen leaving the scene. No-one is known to have been injured.

    Two men aged 23 and 22 have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and are currently in police custody.

    Detective Inspector Shaun Egan, from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: "There were a large number of people in the area at the time who could have valuable information to assist this investigation.

    "We would urge anyone with information to call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

    30 June 2016

    "Cowardly" Handbag Thief Jailed

    A serial handbag robber who targeted lone women in Birmingham has been jailed.

    James Franklin,38, of Bartley Drive, Bartley Green, targeted women in three robberies in Weoley Castle and Bartley Green in May this year.

    In one robbery he snatched a handbag from an 80-year-old woman as she walked along Culford Drive, Bartley Green. He then followed her home and got into her house and stole cash.

    On another two occasions on Longfield Road and Woodcock Lane he grabbed women from behind and then stole their handbags.

    Franklin who was arreseted in Castle Square after being spotted by a police officer who had viewed CCTV of the offender appeared in court on 27th June and was sentenced to a total of six years in jail.

    DC Philip Hinton, from Birmingham's Acquisitive Crime Team, said: "Franklin was a coward who targeted vulnerable women leaving them shocked and distressed and we hope that the sentencing will offer some comfort to them.

    "It was a day after the Culford Drive Robbery and I had just watched some CCTV footage that had been recorded from a nearby shop. I was on my way back to the station when I spotted a man walking along Weoley Castle square that matched the offender’s description.

    One Stop CCTV of Franklin

    "He was immediately arrested and taken into custody, I am convinced that if he had not been arrested he would have carried on committing robberies and his sentencing means that another criminal is off our streets for a long time."

    Franklin received four years for the Culford Drive robbery, two years for the Longfield Road robbery and eight months (to run concurrently) for the Woodcock Lane offence totalling in a six year sentence.




    25 June 2016

    New Budgens store opens

    At 9am this morning the new BUDGENS STORE opened in Weoley Castle on the site of the old Coop.

    New Budgens shop front

    After a very quick remodeling on the inside and new signage on the outer the new store opened on time and welcomed their first customers.

    First customers enter new Budgens store

    BUDGENS is a chain which does not have many stores in the area and if you search their site the nearest until now was given as Broadway, in the Cotswolds.

    We wish the people taking on the BUDGENS franchise in this store all the best with their endeavours.

    New Budgens store on Weoley Castle Square open for business

    20 May 2016

    Man Jailed for Life for Bartley Green Murder

    A Jealous boyfriend bludgeoned his ex-partner before drowning her in the bath after she said she had found a new love on holiday in Turkey.

    Desmond Thomas, 51, carried out the vicious attack while their young son was outside the bathroom door calling for his mother.

    Laura Holden, 35, was killed at her home in Monmouth Road in August last year, by her ‘on/off’ partner of 19 years, Desmond Thomas, 52, from Newtown. She was found drowned in the bath by her sister and 17 year old daughter after an argument with Thomas.

    Thomas was found by police a short time later, having attempted to take his own life. Following hospital treatment, he was arrested.

    The carer, of Hospital Street, Newtown, has now been jailed for life after previously admitting murder. He will have to serve a minimum of 15 years before he is eligible for parole

    In a statement, Laura’s family said:

    “We take some comfort in the sentence passed today although it will be nothing like the life sentence we now have to live with. Our beautiful daughter, mother, sister, auntie, cousin and friend can only live in our memories now. There are no words to describe the horror we have had to go through over the past months and I hope none of you ever have to experience it.

    “We will go on with our lives because we have to but there will forever be that void where Laura should be. We would like to thank the police, our homicide case worker and our barrister Mr Price for their hard work and support throughout this ordeal. We thank the press for respecting our privacy and politely ask they continue to do so, so we can start to rebuild our broken lives.”

    West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Warren Hines said: “This has been a truly horrific time for Laura’s family who are struggling to come to terms with what has happened to them and I cannot imagine the sense of loss they feel. I hope the sentence will be of some comfort to them and help them rebuild their lives.”



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    10 May 2016

    PSPO for Bartley Green Open Spaces

    Areas of open space in Bartley Green are now protected under a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

    The order which covers areas like Sennleys Park and Woodgate Valley Country park make it an offence to engage in 2 specific acts which are likely to cause a public nuisance.

    The prohibition include using a mechanically propelled vehicle in an illegal and/or anti-social manner.

    The order, which came into force on the 3rd of February 2016 runs for one year but can be extended if desired.

    The council and police have produced a leaflet a copy of which is available in pdf format below.



    05 May 2016


    After the retirement of Viviene Barton on health grounds Bartley Green has a new Tory Councillor Des Flood..

    1. Des Flood (CON) - 2080
    2. Saddak Miah (LAB) - 1270
    3. Tony Hayes (UKIP) - 827
    4. Peter Thorneycroft (GREEN) - 216
    5. Julia Garrett (LIB DEM) - 165
    6. Moira O'Driscoll (TUSC) - 62

    03 April 2016

    Probe launched into Bartley Green Schools exclusion record

    A probe has been launched into the exclusion record of a Bartley Green Primary School according to a report in the Sunday Mercury newspaper

    Nonsuch Primary School on the Woodgate Valley estate has according to the report excluded 30 pupils with disabilities some under 5 years of age. The school which is on Wood Leasow in Woodgate Valley is run by an Academy the head teacher is on sick leave and the chair of governors has resigned over the way the school is run.

    Local councillor John Lines has gone further. At a full council meeting, he demanded action over “appalling reports of discrimination of our very young, vulnerable citizens, some of whom are still without formal schooling”. VHe told the meeting he had the names and address of 30 excluded pupils.

    He has written to the Department of Education over the growing controversy.



    03 March 2016

    Bartley Green Man sentenced for gun crime

    John Kingscott of Ambleside, Bartley Green has been sent to prison for 16 years after shooting a man near his home with one of his collection of illegal firearms.

    Kingscott (62) had become enraged during an argument gone to his home fetched a Smith and Wesson pistol and fired two shots at Ben Milligan the first missing his victim the other hitting him in the shoulder.

    In passing sentence Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “For over 40 years your primary interest in life has been firearms. “On the night we are concerned with you went out for a social evening and you had more to drink than was safe. You got yourself involved in an unpleasant incident with a young man who you were a few minutes later to shoot. “I am perfectly prepared to accept you were the wronged party in that but it is what happened afterwards that matters."

    “Clearly you have a fascination for firearms and your utterly irresponsible approach to them leads me to the conclusion that, in the context of firearms, you are a dangerous man.” He said the effects on Mr Milligan had been “very serious indeed.”

    Kingscott had previously admitted causing the victim grievous bodily harm and seven charges of possessing firearms without a certificate. He had been acquitted of attempted murder following a trial.



    20 January 2016

    Newman University Plans MAJOR Rebuild

    Newman University have lodged plans for a major rebuild on their site including new student accommodation, demolition of College Close and more car parking spaces.

    Whilst the addition of more on-site parking may be welcome if it decreases the level of inconsiderate parking currently in the area by Newman students the size of the development may be a worry local residents

    The University is holding an open day so local residents may come and see the proposals there will also be an opportunity to discuss the plans over tea and cake in the atrium on the 21st January 2016

    For more details please see the Newman University page .

    Or the EVENTS page.

    We did ask Newman University for input to this article but yet again the department responsible for media relations could not be bothered to contact us.

    11 January 2016

    Bartley Green Leisure Centre Closure Threat

    Bartley Green Community Leisure centre is one of 9 leisure centres threatened with closure under council budget cuts.

    The facility which is based at Bartley Green school has for years suffered from underfunding and when last visited it was in a very dilapidated state so the proposal to close it is no surprise.

    The proposed closure, following on from the loss of Shenley Leisure centre and pool 3 years ago, will leave the area with no council run leisure facilities with residents facing a 2 mile journey to either Northfield or Harborne.

    Residents wanting gym facilities can use the Newman University.

    09 December 2015

    Woman hurt in bus incident youth hands himself in to police.

    A woman was hurt when a brick was thrown through the window of a number 18 bus on Monday evening.

    Jo Brandon was left covered in blood and spent seven hours in hospital following the rush-hour attack.

    It happened on the National Express West Midlands No.18 Bartley Green to Yardley Wood. The bus was on Holloway when the incident happened close to the junction of Ley Hill Farm Road, Northfield , as the victim was heading home.

    Ms Brandon, a university counsellor from Cotteridge, said the experience was the worst of her life.

    She said: “It was awful.
    It was like an explosion in my head.
    I heard screaming and realised it was coming from me.
    I can’t describe the pain.”

    A teenager has since come forward to police following the incident.

    The 14-year-old boy went to a police station with his mother on Tuesday and will be formally interviewed by officers in due course.



    09 December 2015

    Gun Obsessed Bartley Green Man in Court

    An obsessive gun collector tried to kill a man by shooting him with a revolver near his Birmingham home after a minor argument over noise, a court was told.

    John Kingscott, aged 62, of Ambleside, Bartley Green, who was found to have a “terrifying arsenal” of weapons, fired twice at Ben Milligan, from close range, the second shot lodging in his shoulder, the city’s Crown Court heard.

    The trial is proceeding



    10 November 2015

    Bartley Green MP supporting Birmingham Community

    Birmingham Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart attended the launch of the Birmingham Opera Crowdfunding initiative yesterday in the River room in the House of Lords last night (09/11/15).

    Birmingham Opera has a shortfall on funding this year and crowdfunding is one of the new initiatives they are following to move away from statutory funding.

    Bartley Green is a part of the Edgbaston constituency and Gisela Stuart MP is our representative in Parliament. It is pleasing to see our local MP being involved in such an important wider Birmingham organisation as Birmingham Opera.

    The event, held in the River Room at the House of Lords, was attended by many parliamentarians and members of the House of Lords and was hosted by Baroness Thornton.

    In the picture Gisela Stuart can be seen enjoying the singing of Keel Watson one of the Birmingham Opera performers here he was doing an impromptu rendition of "I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' from George Gershwin's folk-opera "Porgy and Bess" (1934)

    02 October 2015


    West Midlands Police has identified potential capital and annual running cost savings of £8.5 million from its estate portfolio – a significant step towards the savings it needs to make over the next five years.

    Included in this proposal is the police base in Bartley Green the full list can be seen HERE.

    The report states that "The buildings earmarked for closure are either storage facilities or used as administrative bases by police officers. Teams based at these locations will move to other police buildings within the local policing area".

    The force will present the proposals to the Police and Crime Commissioner at his Strategic Police and Crime board on Tuesday 6 October. If the proposals are given approval, a range of engagement activity will take place to ensure we share the proposals with key groups in our communities before a decision is made.

    “If the proposals are given approval, a range of engagement activity will take place over the coming months to ensure we share the proposals with our local communities.” Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “As the cuts continue to bite we are faced with some really tough decisions. The Government has consistently continued to disproportionately cut funding in the West Midlands and the challenge is how we maintain the service that the public comes into contact with."

    "The force is committed that any change in the use of estate does not adversely impact on service delivery."

    Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has called for a review of the government’s funding formula, which he says means West Midlands Police is hit harder by the cuts.

    He also added: “In the past five years, we have been hit hard by the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing budgets.
    We have seen our numbers reduced by 1,500 and front-line policing has been hit. We are also expecting further cuts when the Chancellor announces details of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review in November.
    What everyone needs to realise is that cuts have consequences – for the police service, for local policing, for police officers and for members of the public.
    I would urge anyone concerned about the policing cuts to contact their local councillors and MPs.”

    Gisela Stuart Website




    Birmingham Mail


    12 September 2015

    Teacher cheated SAT's

    Woodgate Primary School teacher Beverley Reynolds and her Headteacher husband Robin being found guilty of professional misconduct and bringing the teaching profession into disrepute and may now face a lengthy ban from the classroom.

    The hearing also heard that the pair then tried to cover up the scandal by intimidating whistleblowers – who were dubbed "the three witches".

    The panel will now make a recommendation to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan whether the pair should be banned from teaching - and they could suggest a any length even up to a lifetime ban.

    More on this story

    Birmingham Mail

    Birmingham Mail OPINION

    28 August 2015

    Police Appeal

    Police who are are still hunting a violent thug who ran over a mum and dragged her under the wheels of her own car for more than 30ft in a terrifying carjacking incident have appealed for the public's help.

    CCTV footage showed Nikki Law-Priddey desperately battling to keep her white Mini after it was taken from her Kitwell Road driveway on January 29 2015. The 30-year-old is shown grappling with the man but after being dragged for more than 30ft was left lying in the middle of the Bartley Green road in the path of oncoming traffic.

    West Midlands Police confirmed this week that nobody has been charged in connection with the attack and the force is still asking for people with information to come forward. A spokeswoman for the force added that a 25-year-old man who was arrested yesterday on suspicion of robbery remains on police bail. She added: “No further arrests have been made at this stage and detectives continue to urge anyone with information about the person responsible to contact them on 101.”

    More on this story

    Birmingham Mail

    25 August 2015

    Men arrested after chase

    Five men have been arrested and a firearm seized after officers chased down suspected Northfield burglars.

    A group of men from an MG Rover were spotted acting suspiciously around a Ford Mondeo at around 3pm last Friday (22 August) on Bartley Drive and when approached by officers ran away.

    They were chased through gardens and streets before being stopped by police on Cromwell Lane and checks on the Mondeo revealed that it had been stolen from a burglary on Maas Road some six days earlier, on 16 August.

    Two men, aged 27 and 21, and two teenagers, aged 18 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

    A 24-year-old man was arrested from the MG Rover on suspicion of burglary and following a search of the vehicle a handgun and ammunition were found.

    All five have been bailed pending further enquiries.

    Superintendent Paul Minor, the local policing manager for Birmingham South, said: "We take gun crime very seriously and the seizure of a handgun means one more gun is off the streets of Birmingham. The car has been seized and will now be forensically examined by specialist officers. Our investigations now continue and we would like to reassure the local community that our fight against serious crime continues."

    Anyone who wishes to report any suspicious activity in their area can do so by calling West Midlands Police on 101. Alternatively people can leave information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers the independent charity on 0800 555 111.

    22 August 2015

    Man Shot in Bridgburn Rd

    Police are hunting two men over a late afternoon shooting in a Bridgeburn Rd.

    Detectives said the 21-year-old victim was lucky to be alive after he was blasted in the arm at 4.15pm on Friday.

    The two wanted men were thought to have fled the scene in a blue car.

    A West Midlands Police spokesman said: “This was a really nasty attack and the man was lucky not to suffer more serious injuries. This is a fast-moving investigation and our information so far suggests two men ran from the scene. The pair are said to have run down the road and then drove off in a blue hatchback. We would ask anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed what happened or saw anything suspicious to contact us as soon as possible.”

    The victim, whose car was found to have a smashed window, was in a stable condition in hospital on Saturday.

    Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.

    More on this story

    Birmingham Mail


    07 August 2015

    Rapist Jailed!

    A man who held a gun to the head of a teenager before raping her in a Birmingham grave yard has been jailed.

    Michael Ware, 23, of Shenley Fields Drive in Northfield was today (7 August) sentenced to 15 years at Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to the assault.

    Ware had followed the 19-year-old from Kings Norton railway station on the evening of Saturday 6 December 2014.

    He threatened her with the imitation firearm on Back Road, Kings Norton and forced her into church grounds nearby. During the attack, the brave woman managed to grab the gun from Ware and used this as her chance to escape his clutches.

    More on this story

    Birmingham Mail

    06 August 2015

    Man Charged with murder!.

    A man will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday 6 August) charged with murdering a woman at her home in Bartley Green.

    Unemployed Desmond Thomas, aged 51, from Hospital Street, Newtown, is charged with killing Laura Holden, aged 36 at an address in Monmouth Road on Monday 3 August.

    Officers went to the address just after 7am following a call from ambulance and found the body of Laura.

    A post mortem has confirmed she suffered head injuries, but died as a result of drowning.

    Detective Inspector Warren Hines from Force CID, said: “Enquiries into the death are ongoing, however it is believed the deceased and the man arrested were known to each other. Specialist liaison officers are supporting Laura’s family.”

    03 August 2015

    Man arrested on suspiscion of Murder.

    A 51 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery of a womans body at an address in Monmouth Road Bartley Green today.

    The deceased, a 36 year old female, and the suspect are believed to be known to each other but no names have currently been released.

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