Capital Reports: Birmingham

26 October 2016, 15:13


The latest news stories happening right across Birmingham and the Black Country updated throughout the day - listen on FM, online, on your mobile and on digital.

Birmingham Pub Bombings Families To Have Case For Legal Aid Raised In Parliament

Campaigners preparing for new inquests into the deaths of 21 people killed in the Birmingham Pub bombings will have their case for legal aid heard in parliament later

The first hearing is just 4 weeks away but the independent body in charge of the funds still hasn't made a decision.

The families of those who died had a request for help refused by the government.

Jess Philips MP for Birmingham Yardley, is going to raise a debate in the Commons. 

It is hoped it will sway the government to change their mind and grant them funding.

Meanwhile, the Justice 4 The 21 campaign group will be handed a human rights award later for their work on keeping the pressure on bringing fresh inquests. 

Charity Liberty will present the group with the 'long walk' award. 

Great Barr Drug Dealer Jailed After 10 Years On The Run

A Great Barr drug dealer who went on the run for almost a decade's been jailed for more than 4 and a half years after being traced to a beach resort in Bulgaria.

70 year old Michael Hogan was part of a gang of four who were supplying cannabis thought to be worth around 400-thousand pounds.

It was found in a flat in Acocks Green in 2007.

Equalities and Human Rights Commission Strike Suspended

Equalities and human rights commission workers in Birmingham have suspended a strike over plans to close an office here.

A union says progress has been made with employers over concerns that people will be left with no where to turn if they're discriminated against.

They say they'll plan further action if no more progress is made.

Consultation on Wolverhampton Budget Cuts 

Plans to cut £13.5 million from council services from Wolverhampton have been outlined.

They include changing non-recyclable waste collections to every two weeks - and raising council tax by 3.99%.

A public consultation's on in the city for people to have their say on the plans. 

Vodafone Handed Multi-Million Pound Fine

Vodafone has been hit with a £4.6million fine for a series of customer failings in its UK business.

It follows two 18-month investigations by the communications watchdog, Ofcom.

'Tell Us About Anything Suspicious', Say Police After Drive By Shooting Conviction

West Midlands Police say they won't tolerate guns on the streets after a man was convicted of murdering Kenichi Philips in a drive-by shooting in Ladywood.

18 year old Disharn Downie from Bartley Green was found guilty yesterday.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro is hoping the teenager gets a long sentence following the murder: 

Electric Shock Traps Found At Cannabis Factory

Powerful electric shock traps have been found by a police raid on a cannabis factory in Solihull.

The snares at the old warehouse in Stratford Road in Shirley included a front door cage wired up to a 240 volt supply - which would shock anyone that was uninvited.

Officers got through a wall instead.

Brother And Sister Killed In Dreamworld Accident

It's emerged a brother and sister were among four people who died when a ride went wrong at Australian theme park Dreamworld.

Kate Goodchild and Luke Dorsett were both in their thirties.

JT Won't Face Action Over Voting Selfie

Authorities in the U.S. say they are not investigating Justin Timberlake for posting a picture of himself voting in the presidential election on social media.

The law in the state of Tennessee forbids people from recording or taking photographs in a polling station.

Adele Wades In To Us Election Debate

Adele's urging fans in the U.S. not to vote for Donald Trump in the Presidential election.

She told an audience at a gig in Miami, attended by Hillary Clinton, she is unable to vote - but doesnt want him to win.

Adele's previously banned the Republican candidate from using her music at his public appearances.

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