Media Watch – August 18

By on 18/08/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Traders outrage at market closure (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, Express and Star) Angry traders in Birmingham today accused the city council of failing to tackle a vermin infestation which has forced the Bull Ring Indoor Market to close for three days.  http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=12234

Early intervention schemes create ‘dramatic results’ (BBC Online) It is hoped a government review of early intervention schemes, which it says help children to “break the cycles of underachievement”, could see the project expand and save the state money in the future. Cheryl Hopkins, director of strategy and commissioning at Birmingham City Council said it hoped the scheme would have long-term benefits.

City anti-car clamp boss’s joy over ban (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) The Birmingham Council boss responsible for trying to drive cowboy clampers out of the city today welcomed a new government ban as ‘long overdue’.

Family fun at Soho House (Birmingham Mail) A Healthy Histories community day will be held at Soho House in Handsworth.

Tolkien nephew is Lord of the Park (Birmingham Mail) The great nephew of legendary Birmingham author JRR Tolkien is sculpting a statue of Cardinal Newman which will be specially placed in Cofton Park for the Papal visit.

Thousands flock to view items from Hoard (Shropshire Star) Never before seen relics from the Staffordshire Hoard have gone on public display in Birmingham. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11834

Regional Headlines

Biker dies in Birmingham factory yard after crash
A motorcyclist has died after his bike left the road and he ended up in a factory yard.

High-speed rail link compensation fund of £50m set up
A £50m compensation fund has been set up by the government for homeowners and firms affected by the planned London to Birmingham high-speed rail link.

Wedding business Confetti in administration
Wedding supplies business Confetti has gone into administration with the loss of 94 jobs.

National Headlines

Simon Hughes calls for Lib Dem coalition veto
Liberal Democrat MPs should have a veto on policies put forward by the coalition government, the party’s deputy leader Simon Hughes has said.

Train passenger ‘critical’ after Suffolk crossing crash
A passenger is in a critical but stable condition in hospital after a train collided with a sewage lorry on a level crossing in Suffolk on Tuesday evening.

Under-18 ban ‘cut teenage smoking rates’
Teenage smoking rates in England have dropped since the legal age for buying cigarettes rose from 16 to 18, research by University College London suggests.

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