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West Midlands (county): County of England
The West Midlands is a metropolitan county and combined authority area in western-central England with a 2018 estimated population of 2,916,458, making it the second most populous county in England after Greater London. It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire. The county itself is a NUTS 2 region within the wider NUTS 1 region of the same name. The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as the boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull and Walsall.


Home Secretary mulls decision on Birmingham pub bombings inquiry [Video]

Home Secretary mulls decision on Birmingham pub bombings inquiry

The Home Secretary has agreed to look into calls for a public inquiry into the1974 Birmingham pub bombings, after a meeting with West Midlands Mayor AndyStreet. In a move welcomed by campaigners who..

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96-year-old Tipton Twins take a ride in helicopter [Video]

96-year-old Tipton Twins take a ride in helicopter

The saucy 96-year-old identical twins who famously told Good Morning Britainhost Piers Morgan their longevity was down to “plenty of sex and no Guinness”have hit even dizzier heights by flying in a..

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Boris Johnson backs ‘incredible’ HS2 project [Video]

Boris Johnson backs ‘incredible’ HS2 project

On a visit to Solihull in the West Midlands to mark the formal start of construction on HS2, the prime minister backed the rail project and insisted that “mass transit transport infrastructure is..

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People are urged to avoid the area as firefighters tackle the blaze in Walsall, West Midlands.
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Coronavirus: New restrictions in force for parts of West Midlands

People in some areas are banned from meeting others who are not part of their household.
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Anmol Chana is convicted of an "horrendous attack" at his mother's home in Oldbury, West Midlands.
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Young gay black people from the West Midlands share their experience of racism on dating apps.
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Midlands streets flooded and trains delayed as floods hit

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms is in place across the West Midlands.
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Black Lives Matter: West Midlands protests 'passionate but peaceful'

Demos and counter-protests are held at Worcester Racecourse and other West Midlands locations.
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West Midlands road crash figures high despite lockdown

One driver was caught by police driving at 142mph on the M6 Toll near Birmingham.
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Forest of Dean: Murder arrests after 'human remains' found

A man and a woman from the West Midlands are held after the discovery in the Forest of Dean.
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Coronavirus: West Midlands firefighters moving bodies

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) described the move as a "harrowing aspect of the crisis".
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Coronavirus: West Midlands hospitals 'ready' as deaths increase

The West Midlands region is "clearly the next through the curves after London", says its mayor.
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Coronavirus: Birmingham Airport being turned into giant mortuary

Site in West Midlands hotspot could expand to take up to 12,000 bodies
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Coronavirus: Price-hike pharmacy offers Calpol for £19.99

West Midlands chain Jhoots blames a communications error and promises to refund customers.
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Gang jailed for string of West Midlands car-jackings

A pregnant woman and man visiting a grave were among the victims targeted during the attacks.
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Storm Jorge: New floods 'won't be as extreme'

More floods are expected in parts of the West Midlands but peak river levels will be lower.
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West Midlands floods: 'Ten days of difficult conditions' to come

Residents in two flooded towns are evacuated as more rain threatens to swell the River Severn.
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Oldbury murder: Man arrested after bodies of woman and man found dead at West Midlands home

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Oldbury murder probe: Man arrested as two found dead in house

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More than 2,000 lollipop men and women lost because of 'brutal Tory austerity', says union

West Midlands and north west of England see the biggest drop
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West Midlands smear test results delayed by 10 weeks

Thousands of women are thought to have been affected by the backlog in the West Midlands.
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Pair arrested at Dover over 'Syria-related' terror offences

The man and woman were arrested in Dover by detectives from West Midlands counter terrorism unit.
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Wednesbury crash: Two killed after cars collide in West Midlands

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CCTV shows West Midlands gang stealing cash machines

Men have been jailed over the thefts from premises including hospitals and railway stations.
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Labour mayoral hopeful accused of homophobia, escalating bitter row over selection

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Spike in West Midlands call-outs to save hedgehogs

The warm weather is believed responsible for a rise in numbers and rescue centres say they are full.
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This drone footage shows how the Holiday Inn in Walsall, West Midlands, was ravaged by fire
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Birmingham LGBT row: 'Homophobic protests must stop'

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