News bulletin: 3 face jail for shooting and paralysing boy and other updates

Here are Thursday’s news headlines (4 August)

Three face jail over shooting

Three gang members who tried to kill a boy aged just 13 by shooting him with a homemade gun are facing jail after being convicted of attempted murder.

Zidann Edwards and Diago Anderson, both 20, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named, left the schoolboy paralysed as a result of the shooting.

Monkeypox cases still rising

Cases of monkeypox have risen rapidly across the UK since mid-May with the most recent figures showing more than 23,000 cases have been recorded in almost 90 countries.

The figures also show that cases of monkeypox are still rising across the West Midlands. Cases of the disease increased by more than 30% in the West Midlands at the end of July, which higher than anywhere else in England.

But the latest data (1 August) from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) shows that there have been 7 new cases recorded in the region. This means cases increased by 10.1% in four days. This was the sixth highest increase out of the regions across the country.

Jamaica Day

Jamaica’s 60th Independence Day will be celebrated on August 6th at Victoria Square during the Commonwealth Games 2022.

The organisers are working with the Association of Jamaican Nationals to mark a day of celebration alongside a civic ceremonial moment to commemorate the Jamaican Independence Day.

They are planning a very special day at Victoria Square to celebrate Jamaican culture and heritage. It’s also carnival time at the Bullring and Grand Central. Thousands of Jamaicans live in Birmingham and across the West Midlands with many descending from the Windrush Generation who arrived in the city in the 1960s.

Read more about it, here.

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