Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
Year on from the scandal, Oldknow claws its way back (Birmingham Mail) Article on Oldknow Academy and headteacher Bhupinder Kondal – part of series of features on Trojan Horse schools.
Empty homes under hammer (Birmingham Mail, Sutton Coldfield Observer, B14News, B14KingsHeath.net and other websites) Two houses which were left to rot by owners have been seized and will be put up for sale by the council’s Empty Properties Team next week. Principal Enforcement Officer Matthew Smith quoted in some of the articles.
City Tesco store operating without planning approval (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City council is investigating how a Tesco Extra store in Yardley failed to put in a new application to continue opening for 24 hours after their previous application expired on May 1 2014. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokesperson.
Mela attenders urged to take ‘MOT’ (Birmingham Press) Visitors to one of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations will be offered a potentially life-saving health ‘MOT’ this weekend.
Murder rate falls in West Midlands – The murder rate has fallen in the last year, the police force says.
Drugs seized from hundreds of pupils – Hundreds of school children in the West Midlands, among them a pupil aged eight, have had drugs seized from them on school premises.
Events mark WWI Gallipoli Centenary – World leaders gather to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, one of the bloodiest World War One, in which 141,000 soldiers died.
Indonesia executions: Foreign envoys summoned to prison – Indonesia has summoned foreign embassy officials to the prisons where nine convicted foreign drug smugglers and one Indonesian drug smuggler are due to be executed.