Thousands of leaflets offering tips about keeping homes and cars secure have remained in storage in a Birmingham crime hot-spot for over a year after city councillors failed to deliver them.
An investigation is under way to find out why 10,000 advice packs - worth at least #20,000 - were dumped in a workshop off the Witton Road and are now lying in a yard.
A council spokeswoman confirmed that the packs, part of the local authority's You Are Your City - Clean And Safe initiative, were ordered by former Aston Labour councillor Tony Kennedy at the beginning of 2004.
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Birmingham is in negotiations with London Mayor Ken Livingstone to ensure the city plays a major role in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Up to six competing teams could be housed in the city after Mike Whitby, leader of the city council, met Mr Livingstone to discuss Birmingham's contribution.
Coun Whitby said Birmingham could play a major part as a "significant British city" which had an excellent track record in hosting international events.
He also used the meeting, in Mr Livingstone's offices, to express Birmingham's sorrow and solidarity with the people of London following the terrorist attacks on the nation's capital.
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The sound of church bells chimed in protest at Aston Villa's home fixtures may soon be heard again as a local vicar fears that crowds of football fans could ruin his Easter programme.
Rev Andy Jolley, from Aston Parish Church, is calling on local police officers and television officials to ensure that two of the most well-attended games of the season are not arranged for religious days.
Flamboyant Labour city councillor Mike Olley is set to become the #50,000-a-year manager of Birmingham's Broad Street Business Improvement District.
Olley was offered the job on the condition that he resigns immediately from the city council.
He beat off two other contenders on a short list to run the BID, which will see businesses contribute #1.7 million over the next five years to deliver a brighter, cleaner and safer environment in the Broad Street area.
See Thursday's Birmingham Post for more on these stories