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‘Nothing new’ as West Midlands Police given six weeks to reform child protection programmes

An independent report yesterday accused the West Midlands Police (WMP) of having a ‘general lack of understanding’ when solving difficult cases involving child sexual exploitation. The report, commissioned by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), claimed that staff were committed and highly motivated but lacked expertise and effectiveness in more complex investigations. The news comes …Read More

Album Reviews | Music

Bear’s Den – Islands

[7/10] My first exposure to Bear’s Den was a moving, intimate church performance a few years ago, before the release of their debut EP. The bearded trio played ‘Mother’ – a powerful song telling the tale of a son standing silently as his father beat his mother – immediately followed by the affecting ‘Pompeii’ which …Read More


UOB Netball W1 V’s Nottingham Trent 29/10/14 Match Report

The Birmingham Ladies went in to the match high on confidence having won their first 2 games of the season, putting them joint top of the league with Loughborough, trailing only on goal difference.  But Trent weren’t an opposition to be underestimated as they sat just below Birmingham at 3rd in the table. Birmingham had …Read More

Arts & Culture

Review: The Great Gatsby

When many people visualise The Great Gatsby they’re often swooning over the faces of Leonardo DiCaprio or Carey Mulligan from Luhrmann’s recent adaptation. However, many fail to offer the well-deserved literary praise to Fitzgerald himself for one of the most celebrated documents of the jazz age. Fitzgerald took his wife Zelda’s love of the roaring …Read More