Media Watch – April 19

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Clampdown on city’s fake gold traders (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) A seminar is set to be held in Birmingham in a bid to stop rogue traders from targeting Asian customers.

Number of features looking at the elected mayor debate (Birmingham Post)

Labour snubs hopeful in race for top police job (Birmingham Post) Broad Street manager Mike Olley has vowed to appeal against a decision to snub his bid to become the region’s first elected police commissioner.

Listed Victorian baths reopen (Birmingham Post) Media WatA 105-year-old Birmingham pool (Moseley Road Baths) Public campaign reopened after closing almost 16 months ago for repairs.

Public complaints could see ‘chuggers’ banned (Birmingham Post) Charity fundraisers who accost members of the public could be outlawed in Birmingham after the city council launched a consultation to discover what the general public think of them.

Alexander Stadium gets ready for USA Track and Field (BBC WM) Stadium technical manager Matt Brown interviewed about the preparations.

Jobs plan launched by Labour (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Labour leaders launched a major initiative to cut unemployment in thew city – from a derelict industrial site which could see 6,500 jobs rise from the ashes.

Birmingham’s covenant launch sees first veterans’ homebuy scheme (Pathfinder International) At an official declaration to launch Birmingham City Council’s Armed Forces Community Covenant, the local authority announced the country’s first scheme to help ex-service personnel gain a foot on the property ladder.

Regional Headlines

‘Rogues gallery’ for smart phones
Barcodes on mobile billboards give access to a gallery of people wanted for questioning by West Midlands Police.

Dead body pulled from city canal
The body of a man thought to be in his 30s is found in a canal in Birmingham city centre.

Car smashes into hospital’s shop
A car crashes into the front of a WH Smith kiosk at a Birmingham hospital, leaving a woman with critical injuries.

National Headlines

Abu Qatada appeal too late, UK insists
The government writes to the European Court of Human Rights to insist it should not hear radical cleric Abu Qatada’s appeal against deportation.

Three arrests in payments probe
Police arrest three people in connection with an investigation into illegal payments to police and public officials by journalists.

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