Media Watch – Oct 26

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Controversial ‘spy cams’ to be removed – police (Birmingham Mail) Controversial ‘spy cameras’ put up in largely Muslim areas of Birmingham should be removed, the chief constable of West Midlands Police said. A Birmingham City Council scrutiny report into Project Champion has been published. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13573

Cash plea to oil rich Arabs (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A ground breaking deal between Birmingham and an oil rich Arab government could see millions of pounds of investment flooding into the city.

No care action plan (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) Social care chiefs in Birmingham are yet to agree an improvement plan almost five months after safeguarding services for children at risk of physical and sexual abuse were slammed as inadequate.

Just get it right – city race runners (Birmingham Mail) Some runners have called on the organisers of this year’s Birmingham Half Marathon to ‘get it right’ following anger at delays at the start and finish line. Article also includes positive comments from Birmingham Children’s Hospital who hope to raise an estimated £100,000 from the event.

Housing will ‘kill village’ (Birmingham Mail) A major housing development which villagers claim will ‘kill our community’ has been put on hold by city planners.

Regional Headlines

Arts budget cuts in West Midlands to be revealed
Three leading arts companies in the West Midlands will find out how much of their budgets will be cut later. The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Birmingham Royal Ballet and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), are amongst the main Arts Council beneficiaries.

Police chief wants Birmingham ‘spy’ cameras removed
All surveillance cameras put up in largely Muslim areas of Birmingham should be removed, the chief constable of West Midlands Police has said. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=13573

Wolverhampton homes flooded by burst water main
Twelve homes have been flooded and thousands of properties left without running water as a result of a burst water main.

National Headlines

Police in training for ‘Mumbai-style’ gun attack in UK
UK security chiefs have ordered an acceleration in police training to prepare for any future “Mumbai-style” gun attack in a public place.

Rebecca Aylward murder police continue to question boys
Police are continuing to question two 15-year-old boys over the murder of a girl whose body was found in woodland.

UK economic recovery ‘to show sharp slowdown’
The economic recovery in Britain is expected to show a sharp slowdown when figures are released later on Tuesday.

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