Media Watch – 15 April 2015

By on 15/04/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Lawyers alert on school places appeals (Birmingham Mail): Birmingham law firm Match says it is taking on extra staff to cope with extra demand after a high number of calls from parents preparing for disappointment, and looking to appeal, when reception and primary school place offers are announced tomorrow.  Story refers to advice to parents given on Birmingham City Council website

Birmingham-based adult social work TV series nominated for a BAFTA (Community Care): Alan Lotinga, Birmingham council’s director of health and wellbeing, quoted in article about highly acclaimed documentary series Protecting Our Parents being nominated for a BAFTA. Alan blogs about the Birmingham-based series here:

Vaisakhi 2015: When and where are the celebrations in Birmingham (Birmingham Mail website):  Round up of events taking place mentions Vaisakhi on the Square, taking place in Victoria Square on 18 April, organised by the city council and Midland Langar Seva Society.

Hay fever: How to reduce your symptoms (Birmingham Mail): Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted in article looking at how to cope with high pollen and air pollution.

Regional headlines

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 13-year-old boy was held up at gunpoint by three masked men during an armed raid on Aldi supermarket in Kingstanding on Monday night.

A 25-year-old man was arrested by officers from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit at an address in Billesley, Birmingham, at 7am this morning.

National headlines

The European Union is due to set out the action it will take against Google over alleged anti-competitive behaviour, following a five-year investigation into the search engine firm.

UK Oil and Gas Investments, which reported a discovery of up to 100 billion barrels near Gatwick Airport, has conceded it was not in a position to properly size it up.

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