Media Watch – 2 December

By on 02/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Investigation into claims Al Hijrah School sent £1m public funds to build new ‘sister’ school in Pakistan (national coverage): Report that the council is investigating claims the trust which run the school sent public funds to build a boys-only school in Pakistan.

Inspectors ‘failing to spot signs of extremism’ at private Muslim schools (The Telegraph): Ofsted say the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, set up to monitor private Muslim schools, is relying “too heavily†on head teachers’ assurances. Refers to Trojan Horse affair.

Academy chain to take over Trojan Horse quiz school (Birmingham Mail): Oldknow Academy in Small Heath, one of the five schools investigated in light of the Trojan Horse allegations, has been taken over and will be run by the ARK network from September 2015.  Cllr Barry Henley quoted.

Brave Jocelyn vows to be at funeral of her tragic twins (Birmingham Mail): Jocelyn Bennett who was left in a coma after paramedics struggled to get into her flat at Pleck House, Druids Heath, will attend her twin daughters’ funeral this week.

Knife brawl bar bound by 26 conditions (Birmingham Mail): Bar Risa has had 26 strict conditions added to its licence by the city’s Licensing Sub-Committee after man was stabbed at the Broad Street bar last month.

Regional headlines

A judge at Birmingham High Court has banned ‘car cruising’ events across the Black Country. People taking part, organising or promoting such events will now be arrested under a three-year injunction.

An ex-nurse who stabbed her 71-year-old boyfriend 11 times has been jailed for life for his murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

National headlines

More than 1,400 flood defence projects are to receive  funding to protect 300,000 homes, the Treasury has said, with major projects including the Thames Estuary (£196m) and the Humber Estuary (£80m).

A major study by scientists at the University of Oxford have found HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious, as the virus is being “watered down†as it adapts to our immune systems.

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