Media Watch – April 24

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Love is in the bear (Birmingham Mail, BBC, Independent) Keepers at Birmingham Nature Centre are hoping for some animal magic from a pair of endangered red pandas.

Despair and joy in bid for school places (Birmingham Mail) There were tears of joy and despair today as thousands of parents found out whether their children had won places at their first choice primary school.

Revealed: City’s most dangerous roads for cyclists (Birmingham Mail) A busy section of road in an upmarket area of Birmingham (Harborne) has been named as the city’s worst spot for accidents involving cyclists.

Rival store projects set for green light (Birmingham Mail) Superstore rivals Asda and Morrisons are going head to head in a bid to win planning permission for new shops in a city suburb.

Plans to build another 24 ‘homes for heroes’ (Birmingham Mail) Plans have been unveiled to build 24 more ‘homes for heroes’ in Birmingham.

Mouse droppings found in sweet shop of horrors (Birmingham Mail) the owner of a Birmingham shop selling Indian sweets and pakora has been fined hundreds of pounds after mouse droppings were found littered throughout the store.

Charity fights loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) A charity has joined forces with consumer watchdogs in Birmingham in a bid to stop homeless people from becoming the victims of loan sharks.

How a social enterprise giant could save thousands for the public sector (Guardian) The company that Birmingham helped found (Buy For Good) will bring savings through bulk buying for the city council and others.

Regional Headlines

First prisoners at private jail
A new 1,600 capacity private jail in Wolverhampton receives its first prisoners.

Airport illuminates Olympic rings
Birmingham Airport installs illuminated Olympic rings on its air traffic control tower to celebrate the London 2012 Games.

National Headlines

Council accused of social cleansing
Newham Council is accused of beginning the “social cleansing” of London by asking a Stoke-on-Trent housing association to take on up to 500 families on housing benefit.

Animal cruelty convictions rise
The number of people convicted of animal cruelty and neglect rose by nearly a quarter in England and Wales last year, the RSPCA says.

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