News headlines: man jailed for double stabbing and other updates

Here are Friday’s news headlines (5 August)

GBCC calls for fiscal support to Birmingham businesses

The government must act decisively to offer fiscal support to Birmingham businesses following the announcement by the Bank of England that interest rates are to rise, the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has urged.

The Bank announced an interest rate rise to 1.75 per cent - their highest level for a quarter of a century - yesterday (Thursday, August 5). Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC) said city businesses were already struggling to hire and grapple with soaring energy prices and huge cost pressures.

The plea comes weeks after West Midlands Combined Authority revealed the region’s economy had shrunk by 11% following the pandemic - blamed, in part, on the region’s large automotive sector and high number of exporting companies.

Man jailed for double stabbing

A man has been jailed for his involvement in a double stabbing at a night club in Birmingham in 2019. Cory Dixon, aged 33 and of Hayley Green Road in Bartley Green, was sentenced to 12 years after two men were stabbed and a third received a serious head injury.

CCTV footage from the venue showed Dixon holding a knife before one of his victims fell to the floor and the second was stabbed during the melee.

Digbeth bar dedicated to Aunt Polly

Commonwealth Games spectators can get a taste of Birmingham’s world famous Peaky Blinders at a cocktail bar and art market in Digbeth.

The venue, at the Engine Room on Floodgate Street, is called Polly’s - in memory of Helen McCrory who played Aunt Polly in the BBC drama. The bar was previously opened at the Peaky Blinders Festival which was held in Digbeth, with creator Steven Knight in 2019.

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