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Masked robber steals cash box from security guard outside Tesco Express in Humberstone Lane

A robber snatched a cash box from a security guard delivering money to a Tesco Express store in the city this morning. The robbery took place at the Humberstone Lane store at around 8.15am as the Loomis van arrived with cash which, it s understood, was to top up the store s cash machine. The robber, who was wearing a mask, ran off into a nearby industrial estate, according to a witness.

The guard was unhurt during the incident.

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Follow the latest updates from the scene below.

The Tesco Express store in Humberstone Lane where the robbery took place

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Christians worldwide prepare for holidays with an eye on security

QUETTA, Pakistan/JAKARTA (Reuters) – Christmas church services and other celebrations are being held this weekend under the gaze of armed guards and security cameras in many countries after Islamic State gunmen attacked a Methodist church in Pakistan as a Sunday service began.

An armoured vehicle of the Hungarian counter-terrorism unit TEK is seen at the entrance of the Christmas market in Budapest, Hungary, December 22, 2017 . REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Majority-Muslim countries in Asia and the Middle East were particularly nervous after U.S . President Donald Trump s recent announcement he intends to relocate the U.S . embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that has outraged many Muslims. In Indonesia, the world s biggest Muslim-majority country, police said they had stepped up security around churches and tourist sites, mindful of near-simultaneous attacks on churches there at Christmas in 2000 that killed about 20 people. Muslim volunteers in Indonesia are also on standby to provide additional security if requested.

If our brother and sisters who celebrate Christmas need .. . to maintain their security to worship, we will help, said Yaqut Chiolil Qoumas, chairman of the youth wing of the Nahdlatul Ulema, one of the country s biggest Muslim organisations. In Cairo, where a bombing at the Egyptian capital s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people last December, the interior ministry said police would conduct regular searches of streets around churches ahead of the Coptic celebration of Christmas on Jan .

7. Egypt s Christian minority has been targeted in several attacks in recent years, including the bombing of two churches in the north of the country on Palm Sunday in April. At the Heliopolis Basilica, a Catholic cathedral in northeastern Cairo, security forces had set up metal detectors at the main doors and police vehicles were stationed outside ahead of masses on Dec .

25, which marks Christmas Day for Catholic and Protestant Christians.

BOMBED-OUT CHURCH

In the Pakistani city of Quetta, members of a Bethel Memorial Methodist Church were repairing the damage done by a pair of suicide bombers who attacked during a service last Sunday, killing 10 people and wounding more than 50. Broken pews and damaged musical instruments were still strewn around church grounds on Thursday, with about a dozen police standing guard. We re making efforts to complete repairs and renovation before Christmas, but it seems difficult in view of the lot of damage, said Pastor Simon Bashir, who was leading the service when the attackers struck . He was not hurt. The government of Baluchistan province, of which Quetta is capital, plans to deploy 3,000 security personnel in and around 39 Christian churches this Sunday and Monday.

A police officer stands guard on the rooftop of Bethel Memorial Methodist Church which was attacked last week by gunmen in Quetta, Pakistan December 22, 2017 . REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Provincial police chief Moazzam Jah Ansari told Reuters volunteers from churches were also being trained to conduct body searches and identify worshippers entering churches. Pakistan s Christian minority, which makes up about 1 percent of the population of 208 million, has been a frequent target, along with Shi ite and Sufi Muslims, of Sunni Muslim militants. In the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, where an Easter Day bombing in a park last year killed more than 70 people, police Detective Inspector General Haider Ashraf said every church would be monitored with CCTV cameras as part of security measures. Christian Kaleem Masih lost his aunt in the Easter attack, which was claimed by Islamic State, and his wife was wounded, but he said they would be attending Christmas services.

Christmas is our holy day, Kaleem said . We will fulfil our religious duty by celebrating it with smiles on our faces.

JERUSALEM ISSUE

In Malaysia, a police official said Trump s decision on Jerusalem increased worry about attacks. We are concerned not only with safety at churches and places of worship but also any threats by Islamic State or any other security threat following the Jerusalem issue, said Malaysia s Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun. Jerusalem, revered by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, is home to Islam s third holiest site and has been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for decades . Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed it in an action not recognised internationally. Protests across the Muslim world in Asia and the Middle East have largely been peaceful.

In Jerusalem itself, an Israeli police spokesman said there were no new security measures but police would deploy forces as usual around Christian holy sites including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and also secure convoys of worshippers from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, traditionally known as the birthplace of Jesus Christ and run by the Palestinian Authority. Many Palestinian Christians oppose Trump s announcement and say they have no fear of attacks. Trump s decision offended all Palestinians, be they Christians or Muslims .

Why would we feel threatened by Muslims ? said George Antone, a Catholic who lives in Gaza, which is run by the Palestinian Hamas group. (The story is refiled to amend spelling in paragraph five.)

Additional reporting by Mostafa Salem, John Davison and Nadine Awadalla in CAIRO; Nidal al-Mughrabi and Miriam Berger in JERUSALEM, Rozanna Latiff in KUALA LUMPUR and Mubasher Bukhari in LAHORE; Writing by Kay Johnson; Editing by Robert Birsel

New security measures set up for outdoor Kings Heath Dining Club

Extra security has been introduced to Kings Heath Dining Club this weekend. The monthly event, which takes place in York Road, will also charge customers an entrance fee for the first time.

The event requires the closure of York Road where it meets Kings Heath1 High Street next to the Hare & Hounds pub which organises the day. The pub s website says: There will be a slight change in the layout of the event.

Despite our best efforts to avoid this, recent consultations with local businesses and residents raised a number of concerns including people drinking outside the footprint of the event and making certain businesses feel uncomfortable about the potential for antisocial behaviour.

Street food on York Road in Kings Heath

This has resulted in the decision to reduce the size of the closure with the new layout going no further than the Relax & Comfort furniture shop, fully fenced all the way around with stewards/security at each end.

This combined with the recent increase in street closure costs passed on by Birmingham City Council will result in a small entry fee of 1.50 for adults (kids still free) with 50p from each payment going to a local Kings Heath charity.

Taking place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, July 16, with resident DJs adding to the atmosphere, traders being advertised include Handmade Pizza Co, Platinum Pancakes, Homeboys, Bare Bones Churro, English Indian, Low n Slow2 , Baked in Brick3 , Fancy Fries, Canoodle, Habanero, Bee-Fest Italian and Smoqued.

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A Waffle van on York Road

Because new rules are set to apply to public events from August 1, it has not yet been decided whether the next Kings Heath Dining Club will go ahead in August.

The next event after that would be the much larger fourth Kings Heath Street Festival4 planned for September 10.

Earlier this week it seemed as if the now annual event would be moving from York Road to the Parade car park off the High Street due to public security and fire safety concerns.

View from upstairs at the Hare & Hounds during the 2015 Kings Heath Street Festival

Following comments from business owners and residents, the Kings Heath BID is currently reconsidering all options with the safety changes from August 1 also in mind.

Town centre manager Martin Mullaney5 issued a statement on July 13 saying: The BID directors have decided to have a seven-day period of grace to readdress the possibility of a festival on York Road.

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PC Andy Collis (0094) with Caydon Madden (five, left) and brother Charlie Madden (four) on York Road in 2015

Even if the September Street Festival stays on York Road, we are still keen to have similar events in other parts of Kings Heath, such as The Parade, the Village Square and even using our two schools Bishop Challoner Secondary School6 and Kings Heath Primary.

References

  1. ^ Kings Heath (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Low n Slow (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Baked in Brick (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  4. ^ Kings Heath Street Festival (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  5. ^ Martin Mullaney (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  6. ^ Bishop Challoner Secondary School (www.birminghammail.co.uk)