News bulletin: Transport secretary hits out at RMT strikes and other updates

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Here are Friday’s news headlines

Rail strikes set to affect Commonwealth Games

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said plans for a new rail strike at the end of the month have been ‘cynically timed’ to affect the start of the Commonwealth Games. Members of RMT will walk out for 24 hours on July 27 - one day before Birmingham 2022 gets underway.

RMT picket line at New Street Station in Birmingham as rail strikes take placeRMT picket line at New Street Station in Birmingham as rail strikes take place
RMT picket line at New Street Station in Birmingham as rail strikes take place | Local TV

Alum Rock man jailed for child sex offences

A Birmingham man has been jailed for 28 years after being found guilty of a catalogue of child sexual abuse offences against four young boys. Fazal Sidiqkhil from Alum Rock was charged with 31 offences. His trial lasted five weeks and the jury found him unanimously guilty earlier this year.

Fazal Sidiqkhil has been jailed for 28 yearsFazal Sidiqkhil has been jailed for 28 years
Fazal Sidiqkhil has been jailed for 28 years | West Midlands Police

Teenager charged following shooting

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A teenager has been charged following a shooting in Clissold Street on Thursday 7th July. The 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons has been charged with section 18 wounding and a firearms offence. He was remanded to appear at Walsall Magistrates Court today.A message from the editor:

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