Media Watch – December 13

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Plan for £20million revamp of the National Indoor Arena to be unveiled later today.

‘Illegal’ landlord may be forced to repay rents (West Midlands Housing News) A landlord who illegally let rooms in his lodgings house could be forced to repay rent taken from his tenants. Cllr John Lines quoted.

Call centre chaos sparks bins mix-up (Birmingham Mail) Bin crews are being sent on pointless missions around Birmingham instead of collecting discarded refuse sacks because council call centre staff are ‘pressing the wrong buttons’.

Schools get multi-million pound boost (Birmingham Mail) Schools in Birmingham have received a £44 million windfall from the government to help children from less wealthy families succeed in the classroom.

Parking fees anger nurses (Birmingham Mail) Nurses at a Birmingham city centre hospital have accused council officials of cashing in on a parking shake-up by not putting up enough signs telling drivers of the change.

Birmingham Hajj travel agent jailed over ‘slum’ trip (BBC) A West Midlands travel agent who sold a family a £10,000 trip to Mecca but left them sleeping in “slum” conditions has been jailed for 15 months.

Pelican wins £42m contract for Birmingham (FSM) Pelican Building Company, the procurement and supply chain management specialist, has announced that it has won a three-year £42m contract to manage the supply of food and food related products across Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Man quizzed over two bomb threats
A 20-year-old man from the West Midlands is arrested in connection with two online bomb threats to a temple and a second unspecified target, after a separate bomb threat to Birmingham Central Mosque.

Brothers jailed for shop murder
Two pairs of brothers are jailed for the murder of a Birmingham shopkeeper who was killed during a robbery at his store.

Bookseller guilty of terror crime
A bookseller from Birmingham is convicted of possessing and distributing material that prosecutors say “primed people for terrorism”.

National Headlines

Ambulances ‘facing delays at A&E’
Ambulances in England are facing major delays dropping off emergency patients at hospital, the BBC has learnt.

Coalition aims to soothe EU row
Senior Conservatives and Lib Dems have sought to soothe coalition tensions over Europe after Nick Clegg chose to miss a Commons statement by David Cameron.

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