Media Watch – Aug 18

By on 18/08/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Benefits cheat given 34 years to return nearly £20k - at just £10 per week (Sunday Mirror and Birmingham Mail) A mum who fraudulently claimed nearly £20,000 in benefits has been ordered to pay it back - at just £10 per week. References joint investigation between Birmingham City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

£5m to ease city road bottleneck (Birmingham Mail) A Government grant will see £5m put aside to remove traffic problems at Iron Lane, in Stechford. Quotes Cllr Neil Eustace.

Pub littered with mouse droppings in food ban (Birmingham Mail) The Gateway to India in Soho Road, Handsworth, has been banned from serving food after Birmingham City Council environmental health officers found its kitchen littered with mouse droppings.

Who would steal toys from my son's grave? (Birmingham Mail) A devastated mum has branded thieves who stole from her son's grave and vandalised it as 'sick'. Relates to Witton Cemetery and quotes council spokesperson.

Mohammed is top Brum boy's name (Birmingham Mail) Mohammed is the most popular boy's name in Birmingham for a second year running, according to new statistics. Quotes Cllr Mariam Khan.

Thousands due at Eid celebration (BBC News online) Preview of Eid Mela in Cannon Hill Park. Quotes Cllr Zafar Iqbal.

Care home axe 'may leave OAP homeless' (Sunday Mercury) Article about fears that a care home in Redditch Road, Kings Norton, is under threat. Home is run by Bournville Village Trust but places are commissioned by Birmingham City Council. Quotes council spokesperson, clarifying that talks are ongoing to assess value for money offered by service but emphasising council's commitment to ensuring that individuals continue to be supported.

Regional Headlines:

Gaza protesters in store rampage

A man was arrested when police and Free Gaza protesters clashed during a protest at a busy Tesco store in Hodge Hill, Birmingham, on Saturday afternoon.

£600k paid to cops injured on duty

West Midlands Police has paid out almost £600,000 to police officers hurt in a series of 'bizarre' accidents in just 12 months.

National Headlines:

No UK boots on the ground in Iraq, says PM

Prime Minister David Cameron insists the Government’s position on Iraq is “clear” and says the UK will not deploy “boots on the ground”.

England win Women's Rugby World Cup

England have beaten Canada 21-9 in Paris to win the Women's Rugby World Cup for the first time in 20 years.

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