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Birmingham MP blames government for council job cuts

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has reacted to the news of the jobs cuts at Birmingham City Council by blaming the Government for "destroying the city."

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It was announced yesterday that the council were facing a difficult financial situation.

This government is trying to destroy our City, the safety of our parents’ social care and the strength of our children’s’ services. While leafy Surrey gets more help, we get smashed. We will never forget or forgive the Tories and their Lib Dem friends for what they’ve done to us, our city and our families.”

– Liam Byrne MP

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Football fan in court after walking onto pitch in local derby

A man will appear in court later this month after walking onto the pitch during the local derby between Nottingham Forest and Derby County.

Nottingham Forest scoring in the reverse fixture last season Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

20-year-old Joshua Brough, from Heanor, was one of seven fans arrested in the 1-1 draw on Sunday at the City Ground.

Two other men, aged 43 and 24, have been bailed pending further enquiries.

'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.

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