Media Watch – June 7

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

BBC Radio WM report on the Birmingham Contract

£120m campus back on track (Birmingham Mail, Property Week) Birmingham City University’s £120 million campus in Digbeth is back on track – after it looked like it had reached the end of the line to make way for high-speed rail.

Man sold fake DVDs for drugs (Birmingham Mail) A former Birmingham drug addict has been ordered to do community service after admitting selling fake DVDs and porn movies in a bid to fund his cannabis habit. The case was brought by Birmingham Trading Standards.

Big rise in calls for help (Inside Housing) Some of England’s largest councils (including Birmingham City Council)have seen huge jumps in the numbers of homeless people asking them to help.

£13.5m Sparkhill pool scheme moves forward (Leisure Opportunities) Birmingham City Council’s cabinet has agreed to move forward with proposals for a new £13.5m swimming pool and leisure centre in the Sparkhill area.

Chelsea in full bloom (DIY Week) Look at displays from the Chelsea Flower Show features Birmingham City’s Council’s award winning display.

Regional Headlines

PE teacher ‘attacked two girls at party’ (Birmingham Mail)
The head of PE at a Birmingham Catholic school allegedly attacked two girls while on a night out in Birmingham city centre.

Appeal over West Bromwich death crash accident
Police have renewed appeals for witnesses to a crash in West Bromwich in which four people died.

Woman, 37, died ‘after bus fall’
A woman died after being paralysed when she fell as a bus braked sharply to avoid a car in Birmingham, an inquest hears.

National Headlines

UK marines on Yemen exit standby
Eighty Royal Marines are on standby off the coast of Yemen to assist with the possible evacuation of British civilians, the BBC has learned.

Warning on university funding gap
An MPs’ report warns of a potentially large funding gap for universities and highlights a range of new financial risks.

IVF ‘postcode lottery’ condemned
Over 70% of NHS trusts and care providers are failing to offer infertile couples three chances at IVF, a report finds.

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