Media Watch – April 16

By on 16/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Terror chief to lead Trojan Horse probe (Birmingham Mail): A war of words has broken out after West Midlands Police condemned a Government decision to appoint Peter Clarke, a former counter terrorism boss to investigate the Trojan Horse allegations. Also widespread national and international coverage.

500 violence and sex crimes near to lap dancing clubs (Birmingham Mail): More than 500 violent offences and sexual crimes, including rape and robbery, have taken place within close proximity to lap dancing clubs in the past year, according to West Midlands Police. The story references a report going to Licensing and Public Protection Committee today.

School Offers Day (Radio WM): Interview with a parent in Boldmere who was waiting to hear if their child had got a place at their first preference school.

Asbestos in public buildings (Radio WM): Referred to council figures provided in an FOI response and had an expert on asbestos in the studio.

Regional Headlines

Search for man seen struggling at Walsall Arboretum lake (BBC News online): Emergency services continue their search for a man who was seen getting into difficulty in a lake at Walsall Arboretum on Tuesday evening.

Premier League football player defrauded by life coach (BBC News online): Claire Duke, a lifestyle coach who defrauded West Bromwich Albion player Peter Odemwingie and six other clients out of more than £80,000, has pledged to pay them back.

National Headlines

Food banks see 'shocking' rise in number of users (BBC News online): A food bank charity, the Trussell Trust, says it has handed out 913,000 food parcels in the last year, up from 347,000 the year before.

Primary school places allocated as pupil numbers rise (BBC News online): Parents will find out if they have got their preferred primary school place, as for the first time a National Offer Day allocates places across England on the same day.

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