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'Death not suspicious' after body found in playground

A murder inquiry won't be launched into the death of a man in Birmingham.

The body was discovered at Gilbertstone Recreation Ground in Yardley this morning. Credit: BPM Media

His body was discovered at Gilbertstone Recreation Ground in Yardley this morning.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and has been referred to the coroner.

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Eight-year-old excluded over pupil 'knife threat' at school

An eight-year-old pupil has been excluded from a Birmingham primary school after allegedly threatening another classmate with a knife in the toilets.

Parents have criticised the school for not alerting police to the alleged incident at Wheelers Lane Primary School Credit: BPM Media

It's reported to have taken place at Wheelers Lane Primary School in Kings Heath on the last day of term.

Parents have criticised the school for not contacting the police on the day of the incident and some had threatened to withdraw their children after the pupil returned last week.

Since then the child has been temporarily excluded.

The school has met with the parent and advised that there will be a fixed term exclusion and the school reserves the right to make it permanent.’’

– Birmingham City Council spokesman

West Midlands has largest annual unemployment fall in UK

The West Midlands has had the largest annual fall in unemployment in the UK.

Employment has risen in the West Midlands by 57,000 Credit: PA

That's according to the latest unemployment figures which show that employment has risen by 57,000.

Nationally the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has now dropped below 1 million and unemployment has seen the largest annual fall in a quarter of a century.

Man's body found in children's playground in Birmingham

The body of a man has been found in a children's playground in Yardley, Birmingham.

The body of a man has been found in a children's playground in Birmingham Credit: BPM Media

Detectives are at the scene at Gilbertstone Recreation Ground in Moat Lane.

A forensic tent has been erected in the play area while investigations are carried out.

There is reportedly 10 police officers and forensics at the scene, with the tent set-up on the play equipment.

West Midlands Police say the death is currently unexplained.

The body was discovered at around 7am in Yardley Credit: BPM Media
Forensic officers are at the scene of the children's playground Credit: BPM Media

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Council support for Phones4U workers as firm goes under

Staffordshire County council has promised to provide support for Phones4U workers after the company went into administration earlier this week.

Staffordshire County council has promised to provide support for Phones4U workers Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

It comes as the number of people claiming job seeker's allowance in the county fell to its lowest level for seven years.

Council leaders say they want to work with local businesses to help them grow.

Sir Alex Ferguson grabs lunch in Derbyshire pub

Sir Alex Ferguson has been spotted grabbing some lunch in Derbyshire.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been spotted grabbing some lunch in Derbyshire. Credit: Facebook

Staff at The Wheel Inn posted a picture on Facebook of them posing with the former Manchester United manager on Sunday afternoon.

They later used the social media site to thank him for coming and revealed he ordered a 10oz gammon, homemade chips and peas.

VIDEO: Thief caught walking out of museum with stolen art

CCTV has been released of the moment a man appears to be caught red-handed attempting to steal art from a gallery in Birmingham.

The man in the footage is seen trying to hide the frame in his clothing but the artwork was too large and staff spotted him.

He then handed it back and walked off.

The artwork commemorating World War I was taken on Sunday 17th August from Castle Fine Art Gallery on Broad Street.

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