Media Watch – April 13

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£54bn hole in town hall pension schemes means ‘ticking timebomb for taxpayers’ (The Times, Independent, Sun, Daily Mail, Birmingham Mail, Daily Star) Local councils across the UK had a pension shortfall totalling £54 billion last year, according to annual accounts published today.

Staffordshire Hoard talks (Birmingham Mail) A series of talks on the Staffordshire Hoard will take place at the Waterhall in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Cabbies course drives success (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham college has been praised for a course which boosts Brummie cab drivers’ numeracy and customer service skills.

Rally for mayor hopefuls (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Yes to an elected mayor campaign hosts a major rally to drum up support at the historic Town Hall this Sunday afternoon.

Bhangra singer Malkit to grace Walk of Stars (Birmingham Mail) Bhangra singer Malkit Singh is to become the first Asian awarded a place on Birmingham’s Walk of Stars it has been confirmed.

London 2012: Jamaican netballers visit Birmingham ahead of Olympics (Midlands Today) Top young Jamaican netball players are in Birmingham ahead of the country’s track and field athletics team training in the city before the Olympic Games.

Regional Headlines

Two arrests over terror line hack
Two teenagers are arrested in connection with an investigation into reports that hackers accessed Scotland Yard’s anti-terror hotline. The Metropolitan Police said officers arrested the 16 and 17 year olds in the West Midlands.

Man in court over student’s death
A 27-year-old man appears in court accused of murdering a female student whose body was discovered in a West Midlands flat.

National Headlines

PM makes historic visit to Burma
David Cameron becomes the first British Prime Minister in more than 60 years to visit Burma as he arrives in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Blunkett criticises PCSO proposal
Former Home Secretary David Blunkett criticises a plan to replace traditional beat bobbies with police community support officers (PCSOs).

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