Media Watch – April 13

By on 13/04/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued extensive coverage of the local election campaign.

80 free fitness activities every week in Birmingham this spring (Birmingham Mail) Whether it’s squeezing a Tai Chi session into your lunch hour in Ladywood or going from couch to 5K at West Heath Park, there’s chance to everyone to try something new for free as part of ParkLives Birmingham.

Birmingham primary schools will run out of reception class places by 2017, bombshell report claims (Birmingham Mail) A baby boom has left primary schools facing a capacity crisis in the West Midlands – with not enough places for pupils due to start reception in 2017. The Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed council-run schools in Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, and Wolverhampton will be full to overflowing in two years’ time.

Child sexual exploitation: New “dark and disturbing” film to be shown in Birmingham schools (Birmingham Mail) It is a film that is dark and disturbing. A young girl skips school and is lured into a world of drugs and sex by an older man. Daniela Varley, a visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University, produced the 40-minute film after being commissioned by Birmingham City Council, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust, and Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.

Health warning over Sahara smog enveloping Birmingham (Birmingham Mail, Express and Star, PA News) One of Birmingham’s top medical experts has warned that the Sahara smog set to envelop the West Midlands could threaten the health of those with chest and heart problems. Director of public health for Birmingham, Dr Adrian Phillips, said people with underlying lung conditions, such as asthma, or heart problems should be especially mindful of today’s fine, dry conditions.

Umrah & Hajj Specialist travel company ordered to pay £70K for mis-selling pilgrimages (Birmingham Mail) A travel company (Umrah & Hajj Specialist Ltd, based on Coventry Road, Small Heath) has been ordered to pay more than £70,000 after organising a series of sham tours for devout Muslims.

‘Easier access’ changes for Sutton’s recycling centre (Sutton Observer) Birmingham City council will be introducing changes to the household recycling centre in Sutton Coldfield to allow easier access to the site. During April and May Birmingham City Council will be increasing areas for garden waste recycling and introducing the ability to ‘view the queue’ online.

Regional Headlines

Birmingham City and Wolves football clash fans released on bail
Three men arrested in connection with disorder following Saturday’s derby match between Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers have been released on bail, police said.

‘Blind Dave’ Heeley completes Marathon des Sables challenge
A blind marathon runner has completed his latest challenge by finishing the “world’s toughest race” across the Sahara Desert.

National Headlines

Continued extensive coverage of the General Election campaign

Carwyn Scott-Howell: Family’s tribute to ski death boy
The family of a seven-year-old boy who fell to his death on a skiing holiday in the French Alps on Friday have described him as a “daring, outgoing, determined little boy”.

Plane spotters: UAE-detained Britons face wait for court hearing
A court hearing for British plane spotters held over allegations of suspicious behaviour in the United Arab Emirates has been postponed for a week.


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