Media Watch – March 3

By on 03/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Courtney, 11, denied place at all her top choice schools (Birmingham Mail) Story about a schoolgirl who did not get any of her six preferences. Peter Hay quoted from standard letter sent to parents.

Nearly one in three missing out on first choice secondary school (Birmingham Mail) Article on figures released on secondary school offer day. Full details of the secondary offer day can be found here (93.4% were offered one of their preferred schools): http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2015/03/seconday-school-intake-offers-at-2-march-2015/

Clegg unveils a £30m city cycling boost (Birmingham Mail) The city council has been awarded a £22.1m Department for Transport grant which will see the Birmingham Cycle Revolution extend to outer city suburbs. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted

Poundland mice took food off sale (BBC online) A mice infestation was the reason food was removed from the shelves of a branch of Poundland in Birmingham city centre, the council reveals. The store originally said it was connected to road works

Recruitment starts for 1,000 Grand Central jobs (Halesowen Chronicle) Recruitment has started for more than 1,000 jobs at the new Grand Central development. Shilpi Akbar, assistant director for employment at Birmingham City Council, quoted

Regional Headlines:

Chinese wooed by Shakespeare airport – Charter flights are to be introduced between Beijing and Birmingham over the summer, with a push to brand the destination as “Shakespeare’s airport”

Mum will not testify over death of son – A mum charged with the manslaughter of her toddler (Fenton Hogan) has refused to give evidence about her son came to die from methadone poisoning

Four hurt in petrol station fire – Four people are taken to hospital after suffering burns during a fire at a petrol station in Birmingham

National Headlines:

Jail threat for sex abuse ‘neglect’ – Teachers, councillors and social workers in England and Wales who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation could face up to five years in jail under proposals being unveiled by the PM

Russia restricts Nemtsov mourners – Several EU politicians and Russia’s opposition leader are barred from attending the funeral of murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov

Emwazi tape: I’m no extremist – A recording emerges in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John”, denied being an extremist and said MI5 threatened him

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