Media Watch – October 31

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fostering fear over new training plans (Birmingham Mail) Experienced Birmingham foster parents are quitting because they can’t face completing a government-imposed exam, it has been revealed. City council social care officials are concerned at the number of carers giving up after many years of service rather than follow a training regime laid down by a quango.

Disaster drill on the streets (Birmingham Mail) Members of the police, fire, council and other emergency services took part in a major exercise to assess how  the city could cope in a disaster.

Museum to display HP sign (Radio WM) The famous HP sign will be one of the focal points of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s ‘A City in the Making’ exhibition to open next year.

Diwali festival lights up city (Birmingham Mail) Thousands helped to celebrate one of the most important festivals in the Indian calendar as a huge Diwali  party took over The New Bingley Hall in Hockley.

Police back Jesus Army drop-in plan (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Plans by the Jesus Army to open a drop-in centre for drug addicts, prostitutes and asylum seekers in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter are likely to be approved after police chiefs raised no objections.

Safety first on Bonfire Night (Birmingham Mail) Head of Regulatory Services Jacqui Kennedy’s top tips to stay safe on Bonfire Night.

EDL ousts poppy appeal launch (Birmingham Mail) The launch of Birmingham’s poppy appeal had to be brought forward at the last minute over fears it could clash with an EDL march.

Binmen back action in vote (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, BBC) Bin bags could be piling up on city streets after refuse workers voted to take industrial action over new pay and conditions.

Regional Headlines

Riot cops keep peace at rival Brum demos (Birmingham Mail)
A ring of steel thrown around Birmingham city centre prevented violence and trouble at rival protests by the English Defence League and Unite Against Fascism supporters.

Churchyard sex attack on teenager
A 16-year-old girl is sexually assaulted in a Willenhall churchyard.

National Headlines:

‘Disturbing’ cyber attacks on UK
The UK has been subject to a “disturbing” number of cyber attacks, the director of communications intelligence agency GCHQ has said.

Councils warned on slow adoptions
David Cameron is expected to promise tough action against English councils that fail to place children with adoptive parents within 12 months.

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