Author: Gladys Page

In three years more than nine in every ten nightclub and pub sexual assault cases were closed without anyone being charged, according to data obtained by Birmingham Eastside. The data, provided in response to a Freedom of Information request to West Midlands Police, showed that only 8% of cases resulted in a charge or summons, while further action was not possible in 85% of cases despite a suspect being identified, because of “evidential difficulties”. Yvonne Langham, Head of ISVA Services at the Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP), said: “It can come down to just the victim’s word against the…

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New figures released by Birmingham Council show the city has the highest youth unemployment in the whole of the UK. The unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds currently stands at 12.4% which compares to 7.3% for the rest of the UK. Manchester’s youth unemployment is 8.7% and Bristol is 4.8% whereas London rate stands at 6.5%. The statistics from March this year showed that youth unemployment has been on the rise since last year in Birmingham. Despite the Mayors’ offer of new job opportunities. https://twitter.com/andy4wm/status/1521418144044175366?s=21&t=B5kwISPdNosmle84ZT4ojw Latest job opportunity tweet by Andy Street, Birmingham Mayor Barrie Hodge, Head of Fundraising and…

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The grandchildren of a Birmingham paramedic injured following a patient attack have pleaded for kindness.  Deborah Darley, 57, a West Midlands paramedic for almost 19 years, was assaulted by a patient leaving her with a cast on her arm for more than six weeks in 2016.  More than a third of doctors have faced abuse from patients, according to a survey from the British Medical Association.  One in five GPs reported being threatened and two-thirds said they experienced more violence in the last year.    Picture of Deborah Darley by West Midlands Ambulance service.   The paramedic said: “I have been subject…

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