Media watch – Aug 12

By on 12/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Further coverage of the after-math of the disorder, including:

Looters suffer speedy justice (Birmingham Mail) Rioters who shamed Birmingham are facing jail after appearing before a late-night hearing

Tariq, the dad who stopped the riots (Birmingham Mail) and Murder families to call for calm (BBC online) Interviews with Tariq Jahan, father of Haroon Jahan, and a cousin of brothers Shahzad Ali and Abdul Musavir, about how their families are coping, and their continued call for peace

United front – now it’s back to business (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham city centre is getting  back to normality despite boarded-up shop fronts

Birmingham riots: Cricket fans told to forget riots and head to the city centre (Birmingham Mail online) City council bosses issued a plea after cricket fans headed for Moseley after the first day’s play. Leader Mike Whitby repeated his message that Birmingham is open for business

Councillors called back from break (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s politicians have been called back from their summer break for an emergency meeting to discuss the disorder

Tory chief – I will evict these scum (Birmingham Mail) Council house tenants convicted of looting or violent disorder face eviction, Councillor John Lines has warned

Councillor Carl Rice says more police are needed on the streets (BBC WM)

In other news:

Millions lost on council’s assets (Birmingham Mail) The council has paid nearly £4 million in empty rates ancd council tax since 2009 on vacant buildings. A BCC spokesperson said the property portfolio generates more than £25 million

City launches probe into ‘breach’ of supply rules (Municipal Journal) Stephen Hughes has ordered an investigation into a breach of procurement rules after officials failed to put out to tender a £250,000 contract with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

Store wars over New Street plans (Birmingham Post online) House of Fraser objects to John Lewis plans claiming it breaches the council’s planning policy, claiming the core strategy states that future major retail development should be confined to the Bull Ring and Martineau Galleries areas

Regional Headlines:

Last-minute rush for city uni places (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City University is bracing itself for a record-breaking number of calls in a last-minute scramble for university places

£70m cost of NHS hospital payouts (Birmingham Mail) £70m cash has been siphoned off to pay for negligence claims against Midland hospitals

Liver plane crashed in thick fog (BBC online) A plane carrying a donor liver flew into an antenna as it came into land in thick fog, the Air Accident Investigation Branch said

National Headlines:

Man attacked in Ealing riot dies
US urges further Syria sanctions
Four EU nations ban short-selling

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