Media Watch – Oct 22 (am)

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham wins training contracts with US and Jamaican track teams (The Times)
The US track and field team is to sign a contract today for a pre-Games training camp that Birmingham officials have claimed will deliver a return of £9 million and put the city at the centre of the excitement in the month before the opening ceremony in London. Leader of the Council Mike Whitby extensively quoted.

Birmingham to sign Olympic deal (Daily Express)
BIRMINGHAM will today sign the deal for the USA athletics team to base themselves in the city for the London 2012 Olympics. City council leader Mike Whitby said: “Attracting such a high-profile team is a massive coup.”

The battle to save Moor Pool Avenue (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has failed to protect one of its most historic suburbs from a controversial housing development by ignoring laws passed nearly 20 years ago, it was claimed last night.

Muslim spy claim is denied (Birmingham Post) Claims that a £2.4million government programme to stop Birmingham Muslims from being lured into terrorism is really a spying mission by the security services have been strongly denied by West Midlands Police and the city council.

Simon: Birmingham is leading the digital age (Birmingham Post) Creative industries minister Sion Simon yesterday likened the innovative ability and talent of Birmingham’s digital sector to that of he region’s home-grown heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. Deputy Leader Paul Tilsley quoted.

Hundreds of new council homes planned (Birmingham Post) An extra 300 new council homes could be built in Birmingham within two years, if funding for a second phase of ambitious development gets approved by the Government.

Council to charge for repeats of bulky item removal (Birmingham Post) Residents using Birmingham City Council’s free bulky waste collection service to dispose of old sofas and fridges will soon have to pay if they want to get rid of too many large items. Birmingham remains the only West Midlands local authority to offer a free bulky waste collection service.

New website boost for recruitment in schools (Birmingham Post) Schools across Birmingham and the West Midlands could benefit from a surprise cash boost following the launch of a new online staff recruitment website.

Regional Headlines

Man dies and three hurt in crash 
One man was killed and three other people were injured in a crash on a country road in the West Midlands. Emergency services were called to Gospel Ash Road, Bobbington, near Bobbington Airfield, on Wednesday afternoon.

Cable thieves cause rail delays 
Virgin, London Midlands and CrossCountry trains are delayed by up to 40 minutes between Birmingham and Coventry due to signalling problems.

Protest over taxi increase plan 
Taxi drivers in Wolverhampton are protesting outside the civic centre about plans to increase the number of Hackney Carriage drivers in the city.

Bogus Pc sought after car stolen 
A man posing as a police officer stole a Mercedes car after tricking his way into a Dudley man’s flat.

Warning after fireworks stolen 
Police are warning shopkeepers in Staffordshire and the West Midlands to be on the lookout for stolen fireworks.

National Headlines

Post staff begin national strike 
The first nationwide postal strike in two years has begun after talks between Royal Mail and the Communication Workers Union (CWU) broke down.

Anti-BNP groups to protest at BBC 
Protesters are expected to picket BBC Television Centre in London later ahead of the appearance of BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time.

Call to end middle class benefits 
Benefits for the middle classes should be taken away to avoid higher taxes, a centre-right think tank has suggested.

Womb transplants ‘a step closer’ 
The first successful human womb transplant could take place within two years, British scientists have said.

Pub sector given all-clear by OFT 
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) says it has found no evidence that ties between pub companies and landlords are harming competition in the pub sector.

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