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 (Image: Graham Young)
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.
A Waffle van on York Road (Image: Graham Young)
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.
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 (Image: Graham Young)
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.
PC Andy Collis (0094) with Caydon Madden (five, left) and brother Charlie Madden (four) on York Road in 2015 (Image: Graham Young)
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.
Burton college to offer a cyber security course for future tech gurus after students ace competition
Young internet boffins from Burton College have won a major competition which tests website security. The students, who are all taking IT courses at the Burton and South Derbyshire College, had to show off their skills by ‘hacking’ into a fake website to show up potential security issues. During the contest, held at Staffordshire University, 20 teams from schools and colleges in the areas were tasked with solving a wide range of challenges set by the National Cyber Security Centre and Cyber Security Challenge UK. Activities on the day included legal hacking into a specially designed website to test account security, finding a security breach on a network and locating buried data . Two teams of IT networking and cyber security students from the Lichfield Street college used skills acquired on their course and were named joint winners of the competition. The college will be one of the first across the country to address the lack of skills nationally in dealing with hackers by introducing a cyber security course this year . Starting in September, the Level 3 Cyber Security course will include network management and digital forensics .
It will give students an insight into the industry to allow them to specialise in this field, said a college spokesman. More: Students celebrate success at annual awards2 He said the new course would allow students to gain the skills they need to understand and react to security threats on information systems, in an increasingly digital world. Jeremy Green, course leader of cyber security at the college said: “Cyber Security is in the news with the recent NHS exploit and exponential growth in employment opportunities, with over a million jobs globally going unfilled due to a skills shortage. “It was great to see college cyber security students make good use of the practical and theoretical skills they have learnt to undertake real world challenges . Nothing is more rewarding as a teacher than seeing students not only making good use of the skills they have learnt, but using those skills to gain competition success.”
How to stay safe online
Police have issued their own tips on how to stay safe online:
- Having virus protection is essential, ensure that it is kept up-to-date.
- Don’t click on links or open any attachments you receive in unsolicited emails or SMS messages . Remember that fraudsters can “spoof” an email address to make it look like one used by someone you trust . If you are unsure, check the email header to identify the true source of communication.
- Always install software updates as soon as they become available . Whether you are updating the operating system or an application, the update will often include fixes for critical security vulnerabilities.
- Create regular backups of your important files to an external hard drive, memory stick or online storage provider .
It’s important that the devices you back up to aren’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
The spokesman said: “If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.”
Security guards tackled and held on to a suspected bank robber in the city centre1 this afternoon. Crowds gathered to watch the drama at the Cooperative Bank in Parker Street shortly before 5pm. The ECHO was told a man ran into the bank, jumped on the counter and demanded cash from the staff.
But security guards from nearby shops saw what was happened and raced to help. Peter Moorhouse, a security guard at Footlocker described how he saw the man run in to the bank from Church Street. He told ECHO: I radioed through to a colleague and we ran into the bank .
He jumped down off the counter and that s when we tackled him and pinned him down.
We radioed through for assistance and another two colleagues came to help us . We just held him there until police arrived.
Tape at the entrance of the Cooperative Bank
Mr Moorhouse added that they didn t know whether the man was armed – but that a large rock fell out of his hand when he was on the floor. A witness outside the bank, who did not want to be named, said that community police officers arrived at the scene while he was being kept inside.
He added: When I got here there was a massive crowd outside and the security guards had him on the floor.
The bank staff had shut the doors but people were standing about watching.
When the police arrived they walked him up to the top of the road, I don t know how he thought he was getting away with that one.
He didn t have his face covered or anything and there was about 60 people standing outside so he would have been seen.
Police have arrested a man after an attempted robbery at the Co-operative bank on Parker Street in the city centre
A spokesperson for Merseyside Police2 said: Merseyside Police can confirm that, at 4:40 this evening, 11 July, officers were called to an attempted armed robbery at the Co-op bank on Parker Street in Liverpool City Centre.
A man has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Police enquiries are continuing and images from CCTV will be examined.
Anyone who has any information on this can either phone the police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously and free, 0800 555 111.