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Today 30.06.2015


Catholic Church 'tipped off' over child abuse priest

Clare Lissaman
BBC News Online

A paedophile priest fled the country after a police officer tipped off the Catholic Church in Birmingham, a sex abuse victim has claimed .

The man said the officer passed on documents about 30 years ago which led to James Robinson being "spirited away" overseas. The priest was later jailed.

The Archdiocese of Birmingham has always denied knowingly covering up the activities of paedophile priests, while West Midlands Police says it's looking into claims about the officer.


Tesco reveals store closure

Tesco is to close its store at Five Ways in Birmingham in August, putting all of its 225 members of staff's jobs at risk.

The supermarket giant says it's decided not to renew the lease, which it has held for 38 years.

"Our priority is to do everything we can to find alternative roles within Tesco for as many affected colleagues as possible," a spokesman said.


Are you ready for a heatwave?

People are being warned to stay out of ponds, lakes and canals across Birmingham as strong sunshine bakes the city.

The city council warned residents after the Met Office issued its own heatwave warning for the West Midlands. 

People are also being urged to keep an eye on elderly relatives and neighbours.


'Exploited' girl gives birth

Caroline Gall
BBC News Online

A 17-year-old girl who said she became pregnant by a man from a group found to have sexually exploited her has given birth , a High Court judge has said.

Last year, Mr Justice Keehan said he was satisfied 10 men from Birmingham had sexually exploited the girl.  


Bill's has eye on Bullring for first Birmingham restaurant

Birmingham Post

A national restaurant chain with more than 60 outlets is eyeing its first base in Birmingham.

Bill's is set to open a 5,425 sq ft venue in the Bullring next to Selfridges  in the unit currently occupied by Mango.


Latest headlines

Alex Homer
BBC Local Live

Here are some of the top stories in the newsroom this morning:

  • A paedophile priest fled the country after a police officer tipped off the Catholic Church in Birmingham, a sex abuse victim has claimed
  • Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant is warning Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service's proposal to cut back on equipment and personnel is "irresponsible and reckless" 
  • Councillors in Dudley have approved plans to knock down the locally listed King Arthur pub and replace it with an Aldi supermarket

Tunisia beach attack: Ex-Birmingham City player and wife killed

A former Birmingham City footballer and his wife were among those killed in the Tunisian beach attack .

It's understood Denis Thwaites and his partner Elaine, aged 70 and 69, from Lancashire, were staying at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba in Sousse when the attack took place.

The shooting on Friday  killed 38 people , most of whom were British.


M5 delays: Latest


@CMPG - we will be opening the motorway in approx 10 mins. Please avoid the area if at all possible. Long delays already.

6:58 AM – 30 Jun 15

Crash closes M5

BBC Travel

The M5 is closed northbound with stationary traffic and long delays between J2 for Oldbury and J1 for West Bromwich because of a crash.

More details on the  BBC Travel page .


Weather: Strong sun

BBC Weather

Any early cloud will soon lift through the morning to leave a fine day with near unbroken sunshine for most areas

  Strong sun with highs of 27C (81F).   

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