Media Watch – Feb 4

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Library’s video is a glimpse of future (Birmingham Mail) Bookworms will be able to look into the future with a virtual walkthrough of Birmingham’s new £188 million library complex.

Queen Victoria is back to her best (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s famous statue of Queen Victoria will be returned to its former glory today when her missing sceptre is returned.

Birmingham City Council wins praise for cutting carbon emissions (Birmingham Post.net) A scheme to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions by modernising Birmingham City Council offices has won praise from the Government and a sustainability think tank.

I overpaid my tax by £1…and the city council threatened me with court (Birmingham Mail) A doctor was issued with a court summons – after he overpaid his council tax by £1.

Snow freezes up £12m pool plan (Birmingham Mail) Last year’s heavy snowfall could mean Birmingham’s new £12 million swimming pool (Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre) will not open on time.

Lord Adonis: ‘Failing’ city needs mayor (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham desperately needs a directly-elected mayor to sort out chronic unemployment and transport problems, a government expert has claimed.

Birmingham: The UK’s Extra Care capital (24Housing) Article looking at Birmingham City Council’s £200 million programme to build five Extra Care villages.

Muslim councillors refuse to honour George Cross hero (Daily Star, Daily Express, Daily Mail, BBC WM, Daily Telegraph, Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Sport) Two Birmingham councillors sparked a storm of protest – after refusing to take part in a standing ovation for a Midland George Cross hero.

Regional Headline

Elderly woman died after neglect at Good Hope Hospital
Neglect led to patients’ deaths Neglect contributed to the death of a diabetic patient at Good Hope Hospital, in Birmingham, a coroner has ruled.

Bilston’s new police station is set to be opened later
A new police station will be officially unveiled later on Friday. Bilston Police Station, on Railway Street, will be opened by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police Chris Sims.

Men jailed for £7.4m-worth of cannabis production
Three men have been jailed for conspiring to grow £7.4m-worth of cannabis in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Egypt protests: Returning Britons tell of terror
British nationals fleeing the political turmoil in Egypt have described scenes of terror on the streets of Cairo.

One in eight women will get breast cancer, charity says
A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer has risen to one in eight from one in nine, according to Cancer Research UK.

Father’s plea to ‘crossbow cannibal’ Stephen Griffiths
The father of Shelley Armitage, who was murdered by “crossbow cannibal” Stephen Griffiths, has pleaded with him to reveal what he has done with her body.

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