Media watch – Aug 16

By on 16/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Brum riot gang’s threat to kill grandad (Birmingham Mail) Masked raiders threatened to kill a man when they burst into his home on the second night of the disorder

Reaction from council meeting on disorder (WM) Councillor Carl Rice  said there should be no knee-jerk reactions, citing the dangerous dogs act as an example of ‘knee-jerk’ legislation. Cllrs Ian Ward and Alan Rudge appeared later, Cllr Ward saying ‘we need an inquiry to understand the reasons’, citing poor unemployment and academic achievement as possible reasons. Cllr Rudge said he was not keen on this as we have a scrutiny system in place already.

Travellers at Cofton park (WM) Richard Burden MP has called for more travellers’ sites to be provided following the appearance of a group in Cofton park. Residents, including former councillor Keith Barton, interviewed expressing their concerns at the damage to the park

‘Show rioters compassion’ (Birmingham Mail) Chief constable Chris Sims, speaking at the special council meeting yesterday, said some of the young people had led difficult lives and we need to be pragmatic about how we deal with them

Birmingham riot victims to give statements (BBC online) People affected by the disorder are being asked to write impact statements to be used by the courts at sentencing

Communities unite to call for peace in Brum (Birmingham Mail) The Birmingham Networks and Faith Round Table has urged all communities to bring peace back to the city. Cllr Rudge quoted

Regional Headlines:

We’re ready for battle (Birmingham Mail) Two West Midlands soldiers interviewed prior to deployment to Helmand

Factory fire leads to evacuation (BBC online) People are evacuated as emergency services tackle a fire at a derelict factory in Walsall

National Headlines:

Riots prompt new policing advice
Rail ticket rise of 8% expected
Sharp slowdown in German growth

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