Media Watch – April 7

By on 07/04/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Teacher’s £110k for breaking up brawl (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham teacher won a £110,000 payout after being injured breaking up a playground fight.

Councillors demand briefing into Trojan Horse allegations (Birmingham Mail) Backbench councillors have demanded a full briefing over allegations religious extremists are plotting to take over Birmingham schools.

Motorist slams council in bus lane refund row (Birmingham Mail) A motorist fined three times in a controversial bus lane has slammed council bosses amid fears he may be refunded for only one offence.

Academies review call as probe into ‘schools takeover’ continues (Birmingham Mail) Unions have demanded a full review of the Government’s academies programme as Birmingham City Council continues to investigate an alleged Islamic takeover plot at city schools.

Fees warning as bailiffs take £5m in tax arrears (Birmingham Mail) Bailiffs collected a massive £5 million last year in council tax arrears in Birmingham – almost half the amount owed by non-paying households.

Planners’ betting shop dilemma (Birmingham Mail) City planners have been told they are powerless to stop the huge increase in betting shops or ‘mini casinos’ on Birmingham’s shopping parades without government legislation.

Birmingham plans to tackle fast food shops in battle against obesity (Voice of Russia, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham now has one fast food outlet for every 1,000 people. And with 64 percent of the population classed as obese, the council is trying to crack down on the city’s fast food fetish. VoR’s Brendan Cole spoke to Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for health and well-being, Councillor Steve Bedser.

Collective energy schemes (BBC R4 You and Yours) Cllr James McKay interviewed as part of a feature looking at schemes across the country.

Revealed: The 40 year hunt for Birmingham’s lost £100,000 diamond (widespread coverage) Birmingham City Council is to renew its efforts to hunt for a precious rare diamond that fell from the chain of their Lord Mayor as he attended an event 40 years ago.

Regional Headlines

Road closed after ‘grenade’ found
Bomb disposal experts from West Midlands Police are called after a suspected grenade is found in a brook in Stourbridge.

West Midlands grows ‘more local’
People in the West Midlands feel a growing connection with others in their neighbourhood, according to a survey for the BBC.

National Headlines

Shrien Dewani murder extradition due
Shrien Dewani, the man accused of arranging his wife’s killing on their honeymoon, is expected to be extradited to South Africa later.

‘Radical’ court changes considered
Radical changes to the way vulnerable witnesses are treated in court are being considered by the Labour Party as part of a proposed victims’ law.

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