West Midland Metro services could be suspended until 2022 and other news updates

Here’s your 60 second news update for Wednesday (November 17)

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West Midlands Metro

All West Midlands Metro services may remain suspended until the new year. The cancellation of trams was announced after cracks were discovered on the trams. Metro chiefs have stated that the repairs will be carried out as quickly as possible.

Covid rates fall

Covid rates continue to fall in Birmingham, with cases now standing at 250 per 100,000 people as of this week. This follows a trend within the West Midlands, with Coventry, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton all witnessing falling rates.

Guilty charity boss keeps his job

A charity boss who pleaded guilty to paying for sex with a child has been allowed to continue his public role. Ken Lowry, director of the CERT UK charity, who also runs Homeless Birmingham, placed an advert on Craigslist for sexual services, and claims to have not known the girl was only 16 at the time. He was sentenced to a two-year community order and 40 days rehabilitation.

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