Media Watch – April 22

By on 22/04/2014 in Media Watch

Trojan Horse latest (extensive local and national coverage): Over the weekend there were a number of Trojan Horse stories. The main points were: Reports that Ofsted has put five Birmingham schools into special measures following snap inspections; claims from Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood that the three investigations into alleged plot will increase confusion and lead to more delays; and governors at Adderley Park School claimed attempts were made to destabilise the school.

Tipping Point (Birmingham Mail): It has been reported that bin men have been pulled from their rounds to man privately-run Birmingham tips - stretched to breaking point by householders dumping their garden waste. Cllr Jon Hunt and Cllr James McKay quoted.

Empty houses will be seized to ease deficit (Birmingham Mail): The owners of dozens of empty houses in Birmingham will be threatened with compulsory purchase orders to bring them back into use to help ease the city's housing shortage.

Age Concern to take over council community centre (Birmingham Mail): Age Concern is set to be handed Hawkesley Community Centre, which the city council can no longer afford to run. Cllr Ward quoted.

Coroner calls for action on accident black spot street (Birmingham Mail, BBC Radio WM): Birmingham coroner Louise Hunt has written to the city council calling for action at Sparkbrook's Kyotts Lake Road, where two people have been killed in crashes within 18 months.

A knight to remember! (Birmingham Mail): It was a case of paint your dragons as hundreds of holidaymakers were left slayed by Birmingham's St George's spectacular in Chamberlain Square.

Regional Headlines

Blackmail gang put gun to head of Rolls tycoon: A young Birmingham businessman has told how an armed gang demanded £1 million from his family after holding him at gunpoint in his own Rolls Royce.

Paradise Circus 'will help Birmingham play catch up with Manchester': The Paradise Circus development could underpin the city's ascendancy as a regional business destination outside London, according to Richard Kauntze, chief executive of the British Council for Offices.

Wolverhampton: Boy, 15, arrested with knife wounds: An investigation has begun into a city centre disturbance in Wolverhampton in which a 15-year-old boy sustained knife wounds and a young woman was hurt.

National Headlines

New combined Family Courts has come into being in England and Wales as part of family justice systems reforms.

The National Union of Teachers' conference has voted for a strike that could close schools in England and Wales in the week beginning 23 June, as part of a long-running campaign over teachers' pay and workload.

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