Media Watch – August 11

By on 11/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£2.51m of benefits recovered (Birmingham Mail) Overpaid benefits totalling £2.51 million were unearthed last year by a fraud team at Birmingham City Council. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12075

MP: Police should boot out gypsies (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham MP has accused police of failing residents by not using tough powers available to them to shift a group of travellers from Old Yardley Park. Birmingham City Council has issued the travellers with a notice that means they must leave by Friday or face court action.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery using a state-of-the-art laser gun to clean a bust of Cardinal Newman as part of an exhibition celebrating the beatification of the Cardinal. Curator Brendan Flynn interviewed by BBC WM. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12071

On your marks for the big run (Birmingham Mail) Double page spread on the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon.

Visitors flock to see Hoard (Birmingham Press) A new exhibition of the Anglo Saxon Staffordshire Hoard has opened in Birmingham, featuring 20 new artefacts and attracting 1,000 visitors a day. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11834

Rare communion silver bought for Birmingham (artfund.org) A rare collection of communion silver – with some pieces dating back over 500 years – has just been bought for Birmingham with the help of a £27,000 grant from us. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12063

Regional Headlines

Continuing widespread coverage of Martin O’Neill’s departure from Aston Villa.

Extra tickets released for Papal mass in Cofton Park
A further 5,000 tickets have been made available for those wanting to attend the Papal mass in Birmingham next month.

Dudley ‘to ban’ future EDL rallies
Civic leaders in Dudley are lobbying the government to ban any future English Defence League (EDL) protests.

Halesowen funeral of Marine killed in blast
Hundreds of mourners have attended the funeral of a Royal Marine killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

National Headlines

New ‘superbug’ found in UK hospitals
A new superbug that is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics has entered UK hospitals, experts warn.

Bank of England expected to revise growth forecast
The Bank of England is expected to lower its economic growth forecast for the UK but raise its expectations for inflation next year, when it publishes its quarterly inflation report later.

Hundreds of playground schemes mothballed
Hundreds of community playground schemes in England are being axed or scaled back because of government cuts.

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