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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

'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.


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

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


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.

Talks between council and union over 6,000 job cuts

Talks between council bosses in Birmingham and union leaders will be held today to discuss plans to axe another 6,000 jobs over the next four years.

Birmingham City Council House Credit: Phil Addis/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The cuts are on top of the 7,000 jobs which have already been lost since 2010.

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