Smethwick food company closes voluntarily following COVID-19 outbreak

Smethwick food company closes voluntarily following COVID-19 outbreak

Scheff Foods Ltd in Smethwick has closed voluntarily for 14 days after 16 workers tested positive for COVID-19. The company, located at Halfords Park, off Halfords Lane, is working closely with Sandwell Council, Public Health England (PHE) Midlands and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to manage the outbreak and prevent further spread of the…

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Grenfell Tower contractor tells inquiry into deadly blaze that firm decided it ‘didn’t need fire consultant’

Grenfell Tower contractor tells inquiry into deadly blaze that firm decided it ‘didn’t need fire consultant’

An inquiry into London’s Grenfell Tower blaze, which killed 72 people, has learned the main building contractor “came to the conclusion” that there was “no need” to hire a fire consultant, despite repeatedly saying that it would. The devastating fire tore through the tower block in North Kensington on June 14, 2017, after igniting from…

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UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson sets new target of 200,000 tests a day during first PMQs with  Keir Starmer

UK coronavirus live: Boris Johnson sets new target of 200,000 tests a day during first PMQs with Keir Starmer

Labour leader challenges PM over extent of UK death toll; Matt Hancock ‘speechless’ at Neil Ferguson breaking lockdown rules he advocated; Rory Stewart ends London mayoral campaign

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No idea when coronavirus-positive Boris Johnson will come out of isolation, UK health minister says

No idea when coronavirus-positive Boris Johnson will come out of isolation, UK health minister says

It is unclear whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson will emerge from self-isolation today, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has said. The British leader was due to end his quarantine on April 3, but he is still showing symptoms. “I don’t know about his own personal medical condition. What I do know is I’ve been working…

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Siblings jailed for street stabbing – knifeman found hiding in wardrobe

Siblings jailed for street stabbing – knifeman found hiding in wardrobe

A brother and sister have been jailed for their part in a Birmingham stabbing after our officers found the knifeman hiding in his sister’s wardrobe. Lorenzo Foley lashed out at a man in Balsall Heath on 21 November last year with a knuckleduster knife in an attempted robbery as he demanded his phone and cash.…

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Plea from Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader following sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

Plea from Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader following sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

Councillor Maria Crompton’s plea follows reports of 146 new cases in Sandwell – the highest overnight total to date – up from a previous highest figure of 83. Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader has today (Thursday 15 Oct) urged residents to stick to safety guidelines in the wake of the borough’s highest ever overnight figure for…

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She’s electric – National Express launches zero-emission future

She’s electric – National Express launches zero-emission future

National Express West Midlands is making good on its promise never to buy another diesel bus. At 0637 on Sunday 5 July 2020, the company’s first fully electric double decker left Yardley Wood garage to carry passengers on the 6 route to Solihull, via Hall Green and Shirley. Bus number E008 “Laura” was soon followed…

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More equal than others: Outrage as UK parliament bars exempt from 10pm curfew rules

More equal than others: Outrage as UK parliament bars exempt from 10pm curfew rules

UK citizens are rolling their eyes at their government once again after it emerged that bars in the country’s parliament do not have to abide by the 10pm coronavirus curfew that’s in place across Britain. The Times reported on Monday that facilities serving alcohol in the Palace of Westminster are exempt from the freshly imposed…

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City leaders aim to shape green recovery from coronavirus crisis

Mayors coordinating efforts to support a low-carbon, sustainable path out of lockdowns Cities around the world are already planning for life after Covid-19, with a series of environmental initiatives being rolled out from Bogotá to Barcelona to ensure public safety and bolster the fight against climate breakdown. Mayors from cities in Europe, the US and…

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Almost 18,000 cancer patients could die in England within year while nation focuses on treating Covid-19 – study

Almost 18,000 cancer patients could die in England within year while nation focuses on treating Covid-19 – study

While the UK has put all efforts into battling the epidemic of the novel coronavirus, cancer could claim up to 18,000 lives in England due to lack of diagnostics and treatment, a new study warns. Delays in diagnosing and treating cancer could hurt the survival chances of thousands of people across England, joint research by…

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