Crackdown on uninsured drivers across West Midlands

Crackdown on uninsured drivers across West Midlands

Police have seized more than 140 vehicles during an operation to crackdown on uninsured drivers across the region this week. WMP joined forces with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) for the nationwide #OpDriveInsured campaign to stop law-breakers. The MIB estimates around 26,000 people a year are left injured by an uninsured or untraced driver. Such…

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ONS finds 2m people still on furlough days before scheme ends

ONS finds 2m people still on furlough days before scheme ends

Findings come as chancellor is told new support measures not enough to protect jobs or firms

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Two British women subjected to Qatar strip-search ordeal, UK confirms

Two British women subjected to Qatar strip-search ordeal, UK confirms

Doha incident has become major scandal in Australia with 13 of its citizens affected

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UK flu vaccination supply protected with new restrictions on exports

UK flu vaccination supply protected with new restrictions on exports

The government has today announced restrictions on the export of supplies of flu vaccines to protect supplies for UK patients, following a global spike in demand. The restrictions, which will apply to the flu vaccines being used in the UK this winter, will stop the exporting of medicines placed on the market to be used…

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Enforcement action on Smethwick banqueting suite by council and police under coronavirus regulations

Enforcement action on Smethwick banqueting suite by council and police under coronavirus regulations

A Smethwick venue caught repeatedly flouting COVID-19 laws by hosting large events could face an unlimited fine if it ignores a health protection Direction served by Sandwell Council. Council enforcement officers served the Direction on a banqueting suite based at NSA House, Cornwall Road, Smethwick. It bans the company from holding any more events at…

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Latest data shows COVID-19 surge in West Bromwich

Latest data shows COVID-19 surge in West Bromwich

Sandwell Council is warning people in West Bromwich to be especially careful as data revealed a large surge in COVID-19 cases in the area. The infection rate in central West Bromwich is 483 per 100,000 population – higher than that in Manchester. Infection rates are also very high in the areas surrounding West Bromwich town, including…

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Police shut down shisha lounge after SECOND major covid breach in weeks

Police shut down shisha lounge after SECOND major covid breach in weeks

Police have forced a shisha lounge to close down after officers caught it breaching covid rules – just days after being hit with a £10,000 fine for an earlier breach. A closure order has been issued to Kasablanca in Highgate, after Police forced our way in to the venue at 1am on 24 October to…

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Investigation launched into house fire in Erdington

Investigation launched into house fire in Erdington

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder while a 29-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect. Police have launched an investigation after four children were rescued from a house fire in Birmingham this morning (30 October). Officers were called to Round Road in Erdington at around 2.30am following…

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UK’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme sparked spike in Covid-19 cases, study finds

UK’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme sparked spike in Covid-19 cases, study finds

British Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme was behind a spike in Covid-19 cases in the UK that contributed to the second wave of the virus, according to a new study by the University of Warwick. In an attempt to boost the UK economy after the country’s first national lockdown, the British…

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90% of UK Covid cases came from Spanish strain, study shows

90% of UK Covid cases came from Spanish strain, study shows

Holidaymakers were key in spreading a variant of coronavirus across Europe that is behind 90 percent of cases in the UK, after a super-spreader event among Spanish farmers sparked a countrywide infection. Research showed that the Spanish strain accounted for 90 percent of sequences from the UK, 60 percent from Ireland, 40 percent from the…

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