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Hundreds protest over possible cuts to social care services

Hundreds of disabled, elderly and vulnerable residents have protested on the steps of Birmingham City Council to oppose a possible cut in social care services. The council needs to save around £20 million from its adult care budget, which it says is part of cuts across all areas.

But charities like MIND and Midland Mencap, who organised today's demonstration, say thousands of people who currently live independently with their help, could lose their homes.

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Third inmate charged with prison mutiny after Birmingham jail riot

Third inmate charged with prison mutiny after Birmingham jail riot Credit: PA

A third prison inmate has been charged in connection with last month's major outbreak of disorder at Birmingham's Winson Green jail.

Carl Brookes, 32, will appear before magistrates in the city on Tuesday accused of two offences of prison mutiny and a charge of taking a photograph inside HMP Birmingham.

All three offences are alleged to have been committed on December 16, when the privately-run jail was hit by disturbances which led to the transfer of hundreds of inmates to other prisons.

The mutiny charges against Brookes, who is now being held at HMP Hewell in Worcestershire, allege that he engaged in conduct "intended to further a common purpose of overthrowing lawful authority" at Winson Green.

Two other men charged with prison mutiny were remanded in custody by magistrates earlier this month and are due to appear at Birmingham Crown Court on February 3.

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ROADS: M6 - SOUTHBOUND - WEST MIDLANDS

One lane is closed due to a crash between a car and a lorry on the M6 Southbound between J7 (Great Barr) and J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway in Birmingham.

There is congestion back to Junction 10a.

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