Media Watch – August 13

By on 13/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Mo Farah: Double gold medallist is looking forward to Birmingham visit (Birmingham Mail) Mo Farah said after winning his second Olympic gold at the London 2012 tonight that he is looking forward to racing in Birmingham next. And the council's deputy leader, Ian Ward, urged Birmingham residents to make the most of the opportunity of seeing Farah and potentially other superstars in action at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix on Sunday, August 26.

New crossing open in Callum’s memory (Birmingham Mail) A pedestrian crossing has been opened in Castle Vale at the spot where a promising young footballer was killed by a speeding driver.

‘Big Brother’ blast for leader over meetings (Birmingham Mail) Council leader Sir Albert Bore has been accused of behaving like ‘Big Brother’ by forcing district committees to hold their meetings around the corner from his office.

Digging deep to help (Birmingham Mail) IT specialists from Service Birmingham swapped computers for spades and forks to do up gardens at a sheltered housing scheme.

Taking on the loan sharks (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy reveals the work being done to stop loan sharks blighting the lives of vulnerable cash-strapped Brummies.

‘Scum stole from my son’s grave’ (Birmingham Mail) A heartbroken mum has branded thieves who stole ornaments and personal messages from her son’s grave as ‘scum’. Debbie Harthill has called upon Birmingham City Council to step up security at Witton Cemetery.

Triads in karaoke bar attack (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham karaoke bar has been closed down after police revealed a customer suffered a horrific beating at the hands of Chinese Triads.

Brum quids in with £15m Games boost (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham businesses have struck gold during the Olympics after netting around £100,000 each because of the Games with the city as a whole benefitting by £15 million.

Sprint star’s praise strikes gold for city (Birmingham Mail) Tourism chiefs in Birmingham are confident they will be quick out of the blocks to capitalise on praise heaped upon the city by Jamaican sprint stars.

Baby killer known as a risk to children (Daily Telegraph) Social services were aware that a man who killed his baby niece was a risk to children but failed to take steps that could have saved her life, a report has found.

Birmingham City Council asks Acevo to advise on youth unemployment (Third Sector, BBC) Birmingham City Council has commissioned Acevo, the national body for charity chief executives, to assess what steps charities in the city could take to tackle youth unemployment.

Regional Headlines

City flats evacuated after fire
A block of flats in Wolverhampton is evacuated after a fire leaves the building structurally unsafe.

Appeal after girl, 11, hit by car
An 11-year-old girl is seriously injured when she is hit by a car as she walks down a street in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines

Spectacular close to London Games
The curtain closes on the London Olympics with a spectacular musical ceremony and the official handover to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro.

‘Make or break’ for UK employers
Employers are facing a “make-or-break moment” as many will have to make job cuts if the economy does not pick up, according to a report.

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