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.
Three people are due to appear in court after a failed robbery attempt at a Birmingham post office yesterday.
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.
Postal workers across the Midlands have gone on strike today in a row over jobs, pay and closures.
The Post Office says it is looking to shut or franchise out around 70 crown branches as part of a plan to save money. But postal unions say the proposals are putting jobs at risk.
In response to today's strikes at more than 300 crown Post Offices nationwide, the Post Office issued the following statement:
ITV News Central spoke to people in Kings Heath in Birmingham about the prospect of their local Post Office branch closing or becoming a franchise.
Those asked don't understand why the Post Office needs to make the changes to the retail side of the business.
Jim Reeves, from the Communication Workers' Union, says the argument to close 70 Crown Post Offices is flawed because the business is profitable.
He spoke to ITV News Central outside the Kings Heath branch in Birmingham as staff went of strike this morning.
Out of the 70 Crown Post Offices which could be closed or being offered up for franchise, 11 are in the Central region. The branches are:
- Acocks Green in Birmingham
- Boston in Lincolnshire
- Chelmsley Wood in Birmingham
- Kings Heath
- Sutton Coldfield
- Telford Central
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.