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Brumwrap: M6 delays; a huge fire; surgeries delayed after theft

Here are the latest news headlines from BirminghamLive on Monday, September 13, 2021.

M6 shut in both directions for ‘police incident’

Traffic delays on the M6

The M6 has been closed in both directions through Birmingham tonight.

The north and southbound carriageways were closed at around 7pm for what was described as a “police incident”.

The closure was between junctions four and five and the M42 slip road.

It was not known how long the closure would be in place for but the incident was expected to cause major delays.

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Major disruption on Coventry Road as firefighters deal shop blaze

Firefighters at the scene of a fire in a sweet shop
Firefighters at the scene of a fire in a sweet shop

A major city route will remain closed for ‘some time’ with drivers warned of disruption after a severe fire inside a shop.

Firefighters were continuing to deal with the aftermath of the blaze at Mushtaq’s Sweet Centre in Small Heath into Monday evening – several hours after the fire erupted.

Motorists were urged to use alternative routes as the Coventry Road closure, from Muntz Street to Charles Road, remained in place for the rush hour.

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Heart surgeon forced to delay life-saving operations after his glasses were stolen

A Birmingham heart surgeon will not be able to carry out life-saving operations after thieves snatched his specialist glasses.

Stephen Rooney’s ‘loupes’ – which are needed to perform painstaking and intricate surgery – were snatched from his car outside the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday, September 11.

The loupes were said to be ‘absolutely essential’ in order for Mr Rooney, a consultant cardiac surgeon, to perform heart procedures at the Selly Oak hospital.

You can read the whole story here.

Dating app Grindr slammed as a ‘meat market’ where ‘opening gambit’ is to send a picture of a penis

Hussein Abukar
Hussein Abukar

A defence barrister made the forthright comments about the LGBTQ+ platform while mitigating for Hussein Abukar, from Small Heath , who tried to contact what he thought was a 15-year-old boy on the app for sex.

In reality the 26-year-old was communicating with an undercover police officer with a fake profile. He was arrested just a few hours later.

Abukar, of Wyndcliff Road, was jailed for 30 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday, September 9 after admitting arranging the commission of a child sex offence.

You can read the whole story here.

GKN Birmingham workers announce all-out strike in bid to save 500 jobs

Workers outside GKN in Erdington.
Workers outside GKN in Erdington.

Factory workers are planning an all-out strike in a bid to save their plant – and more than 500 jobs .

Members of the Unite union at GKN Drivelines factory in Erdington , will begin a continuous strike later this month.

Staff want to keep the factory open and prevent the work from moving overseas.

The strike, which will start on Monday, September 27, will have a huge impact on car manufacturers including Jaguar Land Rover , Nissan and Toyota.

You can read the whole story here.

Travellers at Birmingham industrial park may not be moved on ‘due to Covid’

A group of travellers who have set up an unauthorised encampment at an industrial park in Birmingham may not be able to be evicted as they may have Covid in their group.

The travellers are believed to have moved on to a premises at Minworth Industrial Park in Forge Lane, Sutton Coldfield on Saturday.

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