Bogus asylum charity bosses jailed for trafficking racket

Bogus asylum charity bosses jailed for trafficking racket

A woman who set up a charity purporting to help asylum seekers was secretly smuggling illegal immigrants into the UK – and turning a blind eye as they worked in cannabis farms to pay for her ‘charitable’ services. Pranvera Smith established Freedom to Stay in 2014 and ran the Birmingham-based group with her partner Flamur…

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Man charged following disorder outside Oldbury pub

Man charged following disorder outside Oldbury pub

Police have charged a man after another man was left with serious head injuries following disorder outside an Oldbury pub. Thomas Matthews was yesterday (October 28) arrested in connection with an altercation near the Phoenix pub, Martley Road, last Saturday. The 28-year-old, of Bredon Court, Halesowen, has since been charged with inflicting grevious bodily harm…

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Local COVID alert level update: areas moving to ‘high’

Local COVID alert level update: areas moving to ‘high’

More areas will move from local COVID alert level ‘medium’ to local COVID alert level ‘high’ from 00.01 Saturday 31 October. After close discussions with local leaders, the following areas will move from local COVID alert level ‘medium’ to local COVID alert level ‘high’ from 00.01 on Saturday 31 October. Yorkshire and the Humber: East…

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‘Everyone’s got bills to pay’: facing up to end of furlough scheme

‘Everyone’s got bills to pay’: facing up to end of furlough scheme

Workforces in Birmingham and Hounslow have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. We find out how they are coping

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UK police used more force in lockdown despite lower crime rates

UK police used more force in lockdown despite lower crime rates

Exclusive: Figures from 32 forces show 15% fall in crime and 12.5% increase in use of force from April to June

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UK’s Labour suspends former leader Jeremy Corbyn after anti-Semitism report

UK’s Labour suspends former leader Jeremy Corbyn after anti-Semitism report

The British Labour Party suspended its former leader Jeremy Corbyn on Thursday after he refused to accept all findings in a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on anti-Semitism within the party. Corbyn vowed to contest “the political intervention” against him. “In light of his comments made today and his failure to…

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Morrisons To Donate 15,000 Lunchboxes Daily To Help School Children In Need

Morrisons To Donate 15,000 Lunchboxes Daily To Help School Children In Need

The move aims to help fight holiday hunger this half-term and customers can also purchase pre-packed bags of groceries to feed young people. Morrisons stores will join the national effort to ensure no school child in need goes without an adequate meal this half term. Morrisons colleagues in 498 stores will prepare 30 lunch boxes…

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NHS COVID-19 app updates across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app updates across England and Wales

NHS COVID-19 app users will benefit from updates to the app that make it more accurate and user-friendly from today, 29 October. This is the latest in a series of updates since national launch, designed to improve the efficacy and usability of the app. The app, which has now been downloaded 19 million times by…

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Super fine issued following house party

Super fine issued following house party

Police have issued a £10,000 fine after a christening with up to 50 guests was held at a home in Wolverhampton – in a blatant breach of Covid-19 rules. Guests had travelled from as far afield as London for the pre-planned party which included hired marquees, DJ decks and live musicians. The flagrant flouting of…

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