Media Watch – April 14

By on 14/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham Council Stories

15 schools under investigation in Trojan Horse plot (Birmingham Mail) : Inspectors have now been sent to 15 schools as part of an investigation into an alleged plot by hardline Muslims to force out uncooperative headteachers and governors. Also widespread national coverage including BBC News , The Sunday Times, The Times, i paper, and Daily Mail.

School shut down as 22 kids moved (Birmingham Mail):  Twenty-two children have been moved from St Paul's Community Trust school in Balsall Heath because of out-of-control pupils. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted.

Birmingham binmen hit out as overtime is scrapped (Birmingham Post online): Hundreds of binmen across the city will be up to £600 per month worse off as they have been limited to working four-day weeks, after overtime was scrapped as part of council cuts. Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

You can save a fortune shopping at a city market (Birmingham Mail): As families across Birmingham prepare to celebrate Easter, market traders at the Bull Ring market say they can save them 'a fortune'.

Regional Headlines

Widow: Glass attack ruined my life (Birmingham Mail): A woman who lost an eye in a brutal attack after asking a neighbour to turn down loud music says her life has been ruined.

Birmingham household income rose £1,500 over recession, research claims (Birmingham Post online): The average gross disposable income in Birmingham has risen by 14.4 per cent over the past five years from £10,987 to £12,566 according to research by Birmingham accountancy firm UHY.

National Headlines

UK drug company Glaxo 'paid bribes to Polish doctors' (BBC News online): UK drug company GlaxoSmithKline is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors, BBC Panorama has discovered.

Plague of giant rats in Britain: (Daily Mirror): Controllers want stronger poisons to kill off monsters growing to size of small cats (References Birmingham statistics and quotes Colin Watts).

London Marathon 2014: Man dies in hospital after collapse (BBC News online): A 42-year-old man who collapsed at the finish line of the London Marathon has died, organisers say.

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