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Birmingham given bottom 10 ranking for food hygiene

Birmingham was ranked in the bottom 10 of councils for food hygiene enforcement. Credit: PA Wire

Birmingham has been ranked in the bottom 10 local authorities in the UK for food hygiene enforcement.

The ranking was compiled by consumer group Which? using data submitted to the Food Standards Agency.

Meanwhile, Newark and Sherwood was the most improved local authority for food hygiene.

A survey also found 96% of people think it's important that local authorities ensure compliance with food hygiene rules.

Consumers expect local authorities to check that food businesses in their area comply with hygiene standards and rigorously enforce the rules.

Local authorities should do more to make the best use of limited resources, respond effectively to risks across the food supply chain and ensure consumers are adequately protected wherever they live.

– Richard Lloyd, Which? executive director

East Coast line privatisation could be delayed over competition fears

Plans to privatise the East Coast line may be delayed over fears of a lack of competition between train operators.

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Inter City Railways Ltd, owned by Stagecoach and Virgin, is due to take over the franchise on March 1.

But sections of the route between Peterborough, Grantham and Lincoln overlap with East Midlands trains - already operated by Stagecoach.

The Competition and Markets Authority says this could lead to a reduced quality service and higher fares for passengers.

Stagecoach says they're working to address the issues raised and intends to run services from the beginning of March as planned.

Tesco to close five stores in the Midlands

Tesco is closing another 43 UK stores Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Five Tesco branches in the Midlands are set to close after the supermarket giant announced they were shutting another 43 stores nationwide.

Around 2,000 employees are at risk of losing their jobs as a result of the closures across the UK.

The Tesco express stores in Bearwood and Northfield in Birmingham and Walsall Wood, as well as the Tesco Metro in Smethwick are all earmarked to shut.

The Tesco express on Raymouth Lane in Worksop was also on the list of planned closures.


Drinking alcohol banned in Boston town centre

Drinking alcohol in the street in Boston town centre will be illegal from today, after public consultation revealed "overwhelming support" for the introduction of the ban.

On Monday night Boston Borough Council agreed to be among the first in the country to introduce new legislation declaring the town centre a drink-free area.

Anyone found drinking alcohol in the designated area will be subject to arrest if, when requested by a police officer, they do not stop drinking or surrender the drink.

Under the new rules any person failing to stop drinking when requested will be committing an offence and can be arrested and fined - £100 for a first offence and up to £500 for a second offence committed within six months of the first.

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