Author: Mashal Shakeel

Teenage victims of cyberbullying are more than twice as likely to commit suicide, according to a new study. The research found that only 35% of UK students have never been a target of online harassment. Statistics over the last five years found the situation in UK schools has worsened. Zainab Ali, a 17-year-old girl from Birmingham, said: “I was called racial slurs and people made fun of my weight on Instagram. “I don’t want to block them because it will get worse at school. “I haven’t told my teachers because I am scared, I will be judged more. “It is…

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Four out of every five drivers claim to have been victims of road rage, according to a recently-published study. Learner cars are often covered with ‘L’ plate or instructor information. Credit: BSM The research conducted by Co-op Insurance, over a 16 month period up to July 2021, found 80% of young motorists experienced another vehicle driving too close to them. Young drivers complained they had frequently faced disrespectful gestures and swearing on the road. Isabella Grace, 19-years-old, from Digbeth said: “I have faced tailgating and people honking at me to drive faster. “It has made me feel very anxious and…

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Two of Sandwell’s busiest foodbanks – Smethwick Foodbank and Salma Food Bank on Crystal Drive – have reported a desparate shortage of donations as winter approaches. The rising food and fuel prices have caused supply issues. Foodbanks have had to ration their products. Janine Bowers-Wild, manager of the church-based Smethwick FoodBank, said: “It’s a really hard and difficult time. “We are handing out over 200 packages a day and are running short of supplies. Volunteers at Smethwick Food Bank “We are seeing more elderly people and single mums coming through. “They are all struggling to manage their energy and gas…

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The Birmingham community will be able to gather to mark Remembrance Sunday after Covid saw events cancelled or held online last year. The city will hold its annual service in the city centre opposite St Philip’s Cathedral. Tim Sunter, chairman of Brierley Hill Community Forum, said: “The community will be coming together on Sunday, November 14 to commemorate the fallen. https://twitter.com/RAF_Cosford/status/1455586698310692875 “For those who wish to parade, they should assemble at 10.10am in Bell Street South ready to move to the memorial at 10.45am.” In a touching tribute to fallen heroes, over 200 poppies were laid across Brierley Hill on…

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West Midlands Police have warned of a rise in forced marriages and honour-based abuse after Covid-restrictions on travel were lifted. In response to this warning West Midlands Police launched a campaign this month to raise awareness about forced marriages. The campaign emphasises that an illegal forced marriage is where one or both people getting married do not truly consent. https://twitter.com/wmpolice/status/1451209657603788805 Since October 11, the red list has been reduced to seven countries. India, Pakistan, South Africa, and Turkey were among those removed from the red list, sparking fears of a rise in forced marriages. Shaila Pervez is a manager at…

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