Media Watch – August 17

By on 17/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Mice shut market at Bull Ring (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham’s Bull Ring indoor market is shut today over fears there is a vermin infestation at the building.

Pool users are back in the swim (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Swimmers are celebrating as Newtown Baths officially re-opened after being closed for more than a year.

Chris Neville from Birmingham City Council Trading Standards interviewed by Sky News over plans to ban wheel clampers from private land in England and Wales.

Free first aid for future life-savers (Birmingham Mail) People in Birmingham are urged to help save lives by signing up for a free first aid course next month. St John Ambulance have joined forces with Birmingham City Council and others.

Confusion over referendums on new mayors (Financial Times) The Tories are planning to introduce 12 mayors for Britain’s biggest cities by 2012 – but confusion remains as to whether there will be referendums before or after they are picked.

Kings Heath traders told to remove A-boards from pavements (BBC WM) Cllr Martin Mullaney explaining  the decision has been taken in consultation with traders.

Regional Headlines

Firm with Middle East bases advised on Birmingham’s Project Champion cameras (Birmingham West Midlands Police hired an international security firm with experience in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait to help set up surveillance cameras in Birmingham neighbourhoods with large Muslim populations, it has emerged.

Four hurt in six vehicle M6 crash near Wolverhampton
Four people have been taken to hospital after a car became wedged beneath a van in a six-vehicle collision on the M6.

National Headlines

Wheel clampers face private land ban
Wheel clampers are to be banned from operating on private land in England and Wales, the government is expected to confirm later.

Airports strike threat lifted after new pay offer
The threat of a strike by staff at six UK airports this month has been lifted after a new pay offer was tabled.

Drugs law review backed by former RCP president
Decriminalising drug use could drastically reduce crime and improve health, the outgoing president of the Royal College of Physicians has said.

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