A man who car-jacked a young mother and sped off with her toddlers still strapped in the back, has been jailed for 10 years.
With Birmingham the fastest growing visitor destination according to one travel agent, we look at what might be drawing people to the city.
As the deadline looms for the Birmingham-based winners of £12million to claim their Lottery prize, we ask what can you buy with that money?
Potential new recruits for the Royal Naval Reserves have attended an event today in Birmingham, and told ITV News that they enjoyed the day, and hoped to join in the future.
Attendees at the HMS Forward recruitment drive said they learned a lot from the day.
The Royal Naval Reserves have held a recruitment event at HMS Forward in Birmingham.
They are trying to recruit nearly 220 new people in the West Midlands over the next three years, but only 15 people attended today's event.
However, most of those who did attend were excited to be there, and hoped to join up, to combine working in the Navy with their day jobs.
A 65-year-old man has died following a collision in Sutton Coldfield, on Thursday 31 October.
A BMW hit Robert Baker as he crossed Boldmere Road at the junction of Jockey Road, at around 7.30pm that evening.
The man, from Kingstanding, was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the collision, where he remained for more than two weeks before he died from his injuries.
The driver of the BMW was stopped at the scene and was interviewed by officers, and police are now asking anyone who witnessed what happened to come forward.
Nobody has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Sergeant Neil Higgins said: “We have already spoken to two witnesses who saw what happened, however we know the area was busy at the time and there may have been other people around who we have not yet spoken to."
“This happened during the evening of Halloween and I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information that could help our enquiry to come forward and call us."
The Royal Naval Reserves are trying to recruit nearly 220 new recruits in the West Midlands over the next three years.
They are holding an open day today at HMS Forward in Birmingham. Those serving in the Royal Naval Reserves combine their work with the Navy with their day job.
Lt Robert Mackie has been a reserve for 21 years and has also spent 5 years in India in his civilian job with Jaguar Land Rover. During his time with the navy he says he has travelled the world from helping to hand over Hong Kong to the Chinese to watching a test match in the West Indies.
Upper Dean Street in Birmingham City Centre is now open following an earlier fire at an apartment block
A fire has broken out at an apartment block in Birmingham city centre.
West Midlands Fire Service was called to Premier Apartments on Upper Dean Street at 6.35pm.
A spokeswoman said they had been called to reports of a fire but had no further details as of yet.
Detectives who tracked down a rapist 14 years after he attacked a woman in her home are appealing for further victims to come forward.
Neville Williams, of Tamar Drive in the Smith's Wood area of Solihull, had 'celebrated' his birthday by raping a woman in front of her eight-month-old child in 1999.
Following a police investigation, he was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court almost 14 years to the day since he forced his way into the property the victim lived in.
A man involved in the 'honour' killing of a young Iraqi woman is the seventh person to receive a jail sentence in connection with her murder.
Banaz Mahmod, 20, was strangled in January 2006 and her body stored in a suitcase before being driven out of London towards Birmingham.
Dana Amin, 33, of Armfield Crescent, Mitcham, south London, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court yesterday of perverting the course of justice and preventing the victim's lawful and decent burial, and was sentenced today to eight years in prison.
Her killers, Mahmod Babakir Mahmod, 58, and Ari Mahmod, 57, who were her father and uncle, were jailed for life in July 2007.
– Steve Lewis, Network Rail station manager
We would urge passengers to allow extra time to catch their train from New Street over the next few weekends while we manage the huge increase in passengers using the station.
The safety of passengers is our priority and last Friday we saw nearly 200,000 passengers use the station, a 75,000 increase on a typical day. We would appreciate their patience while we implement these crowd control measures which are there for the safety of all passengers using the station.
Passengers travelling from Birmingham New Street station on Friday nights and weekends are being asked to allow extra time for their journeys owing to the huge increase in passengers over the Christmas period.
From today (Friday December 6) Network Rail will be implementing crowd control measures at the station over weekends to prevent overcrowding on the platforms. At busy times, passengers may be asked to wait a short while on the station concourse to allow platforms to clear.
Over the next three Friday nights and weekends until Christmas, crowd control measures will be in place at New Street station at the following times:
- Friday 1500-2300
- Saturday 0900-2300
- Sunday 1100-2300