Author: Charlie Laughton-Peake

Cotteridge residents are pushing for a protection order from the council to prevent ‘Pro-Life’ supporters protesting outside Birmingham’s abortion clinic. There have been 43 clinics targeted by ‘Pro-Life’ protestors throughout the UK. On average, one in three women will have an abortion. In 2020, there were 210,860 in England and Wales, the highest since records began, and is highest within 21 year olds. Birmingham’s British Pregnancy Advisory Services’ (BPAS), as well as residents, are pushing for other constituents to have their voices heard in an open consultation on the implementation of a “safe buffer-zone”. There are currently four buffer zones…

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Aston Villa will continue to supply reusable cups to fans after a successful was pilot introduced during their recent match against Leeds United. Ron Lach – Pexels As a part of Aston Villa’s ‘Claret, Blue and Green’ environmental sustainability commitment, the club aims to remove over 300,000 plastic single use cups from Villa Park by the end of the season, and 1.3 million by the end of 2024. The scheme enables fans to either redeem the 10p deposit placed on the cups, donate it to the club’s charity, The Villa Foundation, or keep it at the end of the game.…

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Wilko have told customers “not to worry” as empty shelves plague their West Midlands stores – a result of a new system being introduced to one of their distribution centres. One of the biggest UK family-ran businesses has seen a mass shortage in stock since Christmas, most noticeably in Birmingham stores Selly Oak, Kings Heath, and Northfield. In 2021, they recorded a 10.5% decrease in annual revenue from the previous year, and a further recent loss. The high street retailer recently announced it was closing some of its branches. Of the 15 affected stores, three are located in the West…

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