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Protests over plans to close post offices within Co-ops

There's anger over plans for more Post Office closures in the West Midlands. Three post office branches which operate inside Co-ops are to cease trading next Thursday.

There have been protests over the closures from villagers, but the Co-op says it's because recent changes have made the post office side of the business unviable. Post Office Ltd says it's making record investments and improving thousands of branches.

Keith Wilkinson reports.

Trio in court over Birmingham post office robbery

Three people are due to appear in court after a failed robbery attempt at a Birmingham post office yesterday.

The robbery happened at a post office in Moseley yesterday Credit: PA

The trio - 18-year-old Ilyas Khan from Kingswood Road, 20-year-old Tayyab Ayaz from Brighton Road and a 17-year-old boy from the Moseley area - have been charged in connection with the investigation.

All three have been remanded in custody to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning.

They are charged with robbery, threatening someone with a bladed article and theft of a motor vehicle.

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Post Office issue statement on today's strikes

In response to today's strikes at more than 300 crown Post Offices nationwide, the Post Office issued the following statement:

"Crown branches are currently losing £40 million per year and this is being subsidised by public money.

This cannot continue. We are committed to the Post Office remaining a key part of UK high streets and our plans ensure this will happen."

As well as opposing branch closures, the CWU are also demanding an end to pay-freezes for its members.

And stress that unless an offer is forthcoming, more industrial action could be on the cards."

– Post Office spokesperson

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Post Office say 97% of branches unaffected by strikes

Kings Heath Post Office workers protest over proposed franchise

Post Office want to close or franchise the store in Kings Heath Credit: PA

Staff at a Post Office in Kings Heath will walk out in protest over jobs, pay and closures today.

Commercial Workers Union members will be protesting outside the branch as it is one of 70 that could be closed or turned into a franchise.

300 Crown Post Office staff members, from across the UK, are expected to walk out in support of the protest.

The Post Office say that nearly 12,000 branches are unaffected.

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