Media Watch – August 20 (pm)

By on 20/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Bin-lid buskers 'from hell' get Moseley ban (Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail & Radio WM) A “busking duo from hell” who turned Moseley into anything but an oasis with their renditions of just two songs have been turfed out of the area. District judge Qureshi handed them two-year Anti Social Behaviour Orders and warned them they faced jail if they breached the terms of the orders. Birmingham Anti-Social Behaviour Unit (BASBU) and police stepped in after complaints from members of the public. Coun Ayoub Khan is quoted.

Leaving cabinet 'the best thing' (Birmingham Post ) Sacked leisure chief Coun Ray Hassall said losing his position on the Birmingham City Council cabinet was one of the best things that ever happened to him. The Perry Barr councillor has had a “long holiday” since he was replaced as cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture by Coun Martin Mullaney. Coun Hassall has said “since leaving the role I am the least stressed out man in Birmingham” and called the role a “poisoned chalice”.

Bogus carer who locked up patient sent to jail (Birmingham Mail) A carer who lied to obtain the job then who left a mentally ill man locked in a house in West Heath has been jailed for four months. BCC are helping police with their enquiries.

Go-head for 'lounge bar' (Birmingham Mail) Licensing committee have granted licence to 'Michelin star bar' Nouveau, planned for ground floor of £20m new 12 storey office block at 12 Brindleyplace, despite objections from police who claim that the area is at saturation point.

Fury over fly tip nightmare (Birmingham Mail) A Kings Norton couple who reported trash dumped at the end of their garden 35 times to Birmingham City Council have finally had it removed.

Beach takes on Spanish style (Birmingham Mail) Monarch beach has a Spanish theme this weekend. Cllr Mullaney quoted.

Boulton's life celebrated (Birmingham Mail) 200th anniversary of Matthew Boulton's death was marked with a wreath laying ceremony at his statue on Broad Street. Cllr Rashid pictured.

New friends for Sparkhill Pool (The Stirrer) A public meeting on Tuesday heard about the structural problems which led to the closure of Sparkhill Pool and Fitness Centre and agreed to form a Friends group to help get it rebuilt.

Regional Headlines:

The owner of Cuddles massage parlour in Hagley Road, where 19 foreign women were found during a police raid in 2005, has been ordered to pay back £2m under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Which? Report suggests that hidden extra charges mean that airline passengers are being ripped off.

Walsall council hire JCB to deal with 15 ton menace of fly tipping.

National Headlines:

Lockerbie bomber released on compassionate grounds.

Evening Standard competitor free sheet thelondonpaper is to close.

'A' Level pass rate increases for 27th year, as concerns about competition for University places grows.

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