Media Watch – August 17

By on 17/08/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Youth footy hero to return MBE in disgust (Sunday Mercury) Leroy Richards, who runs youth football teams in Birmingham, says he is handing back his MBE over Birmingham City Council pitch hire charges. Quotes council spokesperson pointing out that Mr Richards is using pitches without having booked them first.

Chippie fined for hygiene breaches (Birmingham Mail, Monday) The owners of the Quick Fry chip shop, in Small Heath, have been fined more than £4,500 after flouting a string of health and safety rules – despite being asked to improve nine times. Quotes Cllr Barbara Dring.

Sun comes out for a Mela to remember (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Report and pictures from Big John’s Birmingham Mela event in Cannon Hill Park.

Library books pause (widespread national coverage) Ongoing coverage in national media of last week’s story about a pause on the book fund for libraries in Birmingham.

VJ Day 70th anniversary marked in Birmingham (BBC News online and ITV Central) Coverage of Birmingham’s VJ Day commemorations at the Hall of Memory on Saturday.

Regional Headlines:

Nine people were arrested during an English Defence League protest in Walsall town centre on Saturday, although the event passed off without serious disorder.

The general manager of a Birmingham hotel has been jailed for three years and four months after stealing £311,000 by exploiting a flaw in its accounting system. Hayley Barry worked at the Ramada hotel in The Mailbox, where her scam was exposed by a whistleblower.

National Headlines:

The number of people living with diabetes has soared by nearly 60 per cent in the past decade, Diabetes UK warns. The charity said more than 3.3 million people have some form of the condition, up from 2.1 million in 2005.

The first votes in Labour’s leadership contest are due to be cast, with ballot papers expected to arrive by post this morning. Jeremy Corbyn is still regarded as a clear favourite, by his opponents and by bookmakers.


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