News bulletin: Businesses lose trade in train strikes & other updates

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Birmingham businesses losing trade in the train strike

Independent businesses have expressed their frustration over the impact of RMT industrial action. A senior worker at Grand Central Kitchen told BirminghamWorld that the cafe is trading at around a quarter of what they usually would. The strikes are the largest in a generation.

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RMT picket line at New Street Station in Birmingham as rail strikes take place

West Midlands sees biggest rise in racial and religiously aggravated offences in England and Wales

Figures show there has been a 57% increase in racially and religiously aggravated offences in the West Midlands - higher than anywhere else in England and Wales. 8,010 hate crimes were recorded in 2021, compared to 5,117 in 2020.

King Kong returns to Birmingham

King Kong is returning to Birmingham this summer to celebrate the city hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The pop-up park will be set up at Great Hampton Row. The Festival-style part will bring together the local community and visitors, hosting live music, sport events, street food and drink suppliers in the run up to and during the games.

King Kong in Mazoni Gardens at the Bull Ring in Birmingham in 1972

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