Call for tough vandal sentences; A round-up of the most popular stories from the past week at birminghampost.net.
A drive to tackle vandalism on Birmingham’s buses has seen all
ten city MPs write to magistrates demanding tougher sentences. The
campaign by National Express West Midlands comes after revelations the
firm shells out over PS1 million a year to pay for damage caused by
vandals on the region’s bus network.
With some fines handed out by magistrates not even covering the
damage, the firm has vowed to pursue tougher sentences, including prison
terms, for repeat offenders – a handful of whom are thought to cause the
Now city MPs have penned a letter to Birmingham magistrates calling
for the toughest possible sentences to be handed out.
Erdington) said: “Our message is simple, vandalising buses and bus
stops is wrong and people who carry out this pointless act should face
Their actions have a negative impact on Birmingham’s image and
the vast majority of people are sick of them.”
250 jobs axed after Drive Assist collapses More than 250 people
have been made redundant with immediate affect after a Midland accident
management firm collapsed. The jobs have been lost across the UK after
Tamworth-based Drive Assist went into administration.
Administrator Zolfo Cooper was appointed at the firm, as well as at
Millennium Motor Group and Sol Car Rentals. The three companies employ
about 640 staff in total.
Alastair Beveridge, partner at Zolfo Cooper and joint
administrator, said: “Unfortunately, in recent months the companies
have experienced the loss of a major customer which has resulted in
increasing cash flow pressures and administration was the only option
available. Regrettably, 259 employees have been made redundant with
Colliery split into two Daw Mill Colliery owners UK Coal has split
in two – throwing a ‘last chance’ lifeline to the West
Midlands’ only surviving deep mine.
UK Coal, which has been renamed Coalfield Resources, has divided
its operations into two businesses – a mining arm called Mine Holdings
and a property division called Harworth Estates.
The company said the move marked a ‘final chance’ for the
mining business – but warned that Daw Mill was still facing closure by
said: “If we had not restructured,
we would have breached our banking covenants this week – we would have
been bust. We have staved off closure for the time being – there is a
huge amount of work to do but this has given us a chance of survival. We
are still very much monitoring Daw Mill day by day as we go forward. It
is still very much in the spotlight for closure by 2014 or earlier. We
need a good performance on costs and safe production – it still needs to
Mother-of-two killed in crash A woman killed in a car crash in
Worcestershire was a mother to two young boys, police have said.
Samantha Jennings, 26, was the front seat passenger in a Vauxhall
Corsa which hit a tree in the early hours of Saturday near
She was pronounced dead at the scene after suffering multiple
Ms Jennings, of Kingswinford, West Midlands, was a care assistant
who looked after adults with disabilities.
In a statement, her family paid tribute to their “angel”,
saying she “lived life to the full”.
New Tesco threatens bowls club An indoor bowls club in Birmingham
could be forced to close after 65 years to make way for a new Tesco
Members of the City of Birmingham Bowls Club said it may fold
unless a new home was found before March, when its current base in
Pershore Road, Stirchley, is due to be bulldozed.
They claimed landowner Birmingham City Council had failed to find
the outfit an alternative location after selling the site to the
supermarket giant for PS5.5 million.
said Tesco had been due to fund a
replacement centre nearby, only for the plans to be foiled by an EU
ruling which held the council responsible for supplying a new venue.
“Come March we will be told to go and our members will have
nowhere to practice,” he said. “If we don’t get a new
base by next September at the very latest, the club will be
Workers’ co-operative plan to save jobs A John Lewis-style
workers’ co-operative is being planned for Birmingham’s
Remploy factory – giving new hope to dozens of disabled staff.
Proposals to form a worker-run factory at Garretts Green are being
drawn up amid a national furore over the
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closure of more than
50 Remploy factories throughout the UK.
Just three factories – at Garretts Green, Coventry and Derby – have
been granted a reprieve from the axe, with 875 workers, including 682
disabled staff, facing redundancy nationwide.
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is now leading a
campaign to try to safeguard the long-term future of the Garretts Green
site with a workers’ co-operative – saving around 90 jobs in the
The plan is being backed by the Government, with Minister for the
hailing the Birmingham plant as a “viable
business with a strong customer base”
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PKF Park Falls, Wisconsin
merger deal Two major accountancy firms with operations in Birmingham
have agreed a merger deal. BDO and PKF have agreed a deal will complete
by spring 2013.
The firm, under the BDO brand, will be a leading accountancy and
business advisory firm, with some 3,500 people in the UK generating
revenues approaching PS400 million.
The merger creates a financially strong business with significant
sector and geographical coverage across the UK. It will be a member of
, the largest global accountancy organisation aimed at
the mid-market, with revenues of over PS3.7 billion operating in 138
Simon Michaels, managing partner of BDO, said: “This is
transformational, for our two firms but also the broader market.
We’re delighted that two firms with similar cultures and a
focus on client service will combine to create an even stronger entity
next year. The merged business will have firm financial foundations and
an ambition to grow. Both firms employ many talented people capable of
delivering quality work to a range of clients, across audit, tax and
Bluebell Allotments in
have been targeted ten times
by arsonists in the last few months destroying sheds and equipment