Media Watch – April 30

By on 30/04/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham prepares to open new library (Guardian, Birmingham Mail) On time and slightly under budget, the builders who have been working in Birmingham on the biggest cultural project in Britain, costing £188.8m, packed up and cleared out yesterday in preparation for the librarians to move in.

Wheelie bin roadshows (Birmingham Mail) Residents in Birmingham who are due to take delivery of the city’s first wheelie bins are invited to find out more at a series of roadshows across the city.

Cabbie hangs up keys after 50 years behind the wheel (Birmingham Mail) Council honours long-serving taxi driver with special achievement award.

Birmingham man admits illegal money lending, money laundering and blackmail (West Midlands Housing News) A 57-year-old has pleaded guilty to illegal money lending just before he was due to stand trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Council tenant evicted from Birmingham house over drug growing kit (West Midlands Housing News) A Birmingham council tenant has been evicted after cops found potential ‘cannabis growing equipment’ during a raid.

Birmingham heading for accommodation crisis as house building rate fails (West Midlands Housing News) Plunging levels of housebuilding in Birmingham mean the city is heading for a housing crisis, with demand outstripping supply, the City Council deputy leader has warned.

Regional Headlines

Man stabbed to death near school
A 75-year-old man is stabbed to death near a primary school in Birmingham.

Guillotine lock restoration complete
A Grade II-listed canal lock gate in Birmingham is unveiled after a £200,000 restoration.

National Headlines

Prisoners ‘must work harder’ for TVs
Male prisoners in England and Wales will have to work harder from November to “actively earn privileges” such as TVs in cells, the Ministry of Justice says.

No charges for 10,000 violent crimes
More than 10,000 serious violent crimes in England and Wales were dealt with informally last year, despite ACPO guidelines to the contrary.

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