Media Watch – October 14

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Hoard heads across Atlantic (Birmingham Mail, BRMB, Birmingham Post.net) Britain’s most famous treasure haul, the Staffordshire Hoard, is leaving its Birmingham home for a four-month exhibition in America.

Expert help for social workers (The Guardian Municipal Journal, Social Care Network) Birmingham City Council has launched a pioneering academy for newly qualified and experience social workers as well as students hoping to join the profession.

Suicide fears over new council cuts (Birmingham Mail) Suicide rates across Birmingham could soar due to further council cutbacks, a leading union has warned.

NIA in £20m revamp plan (Birmingham Mail) A major makeover has been promised for Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena. City council leader Mike Whitby said the investment would deliver a significant boost.

Dodgy telly repair duo keep it in the family (Birmingham Mail) The brother and nephew of Birmingham’s most notorious television repair conman have been caught out ripping off customers through their own business. The prosecution of Gurdit and Gurlakhdave Singh was brought by Birmingham trading standards.

Flying flag for our links with Nelson (Birmingham Mail) Landlocked Birmingham will celebrate its links with one of Britain’s most famous seamen this weekend.

Ban for a ‘family from hell’ (Birmingham Mail) Four members of the same family have been slapped with banning orders as part of a crackdown on yobs trading on fear and intimidation to rule over a community.

Bore: I’ll be brutal to central library (Birmingham Mail) Labour has dashed hopes it would save Birmingham Central Library if the party gains power next May.

Poet laureate spreads word (Birmingham Mail) Poets could soon be performing works on the streets in Birmingham if the city’s new Poet Laureate gets her way.

Card campaign hopes to heal Birmingham (Convenience Store) Retailers in Birmingham are being urged to back a major new council initiative to draw trade back into the city centre and restore confidence in its high streets after the recent riots.

Here’s the twist (Construction Manager) The huge concrete structure that forms Birmingham’s new library, with its spectacular internal atrium, challenged the very rules governing frame design.

Regional Headlines

MPs debate high-speed rail link
MPs are to debate plans for a high speed rail link between Birmingham and London which would cut the journey time to 49 minutes.

Bookshop owner on terror charges
Ahmed Faraz, a Birmingham bookshop owner, goes on trial accused of “priming” Muslims for terrorism by distributing extremist books and videos.

National Headlines

Energy firms’ profit margins soar
The energy regulator announces plans to increase competition in the market after finding a big increase in profitability for energy companies.

Minister dumps documents in park
Cabinet office minister Oliver Letwin acknowledges he dumped government documents in park bins near Downing Street.

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