Media Watch – August 26

By on 26/08/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Vandals in £50,000 attack on monument (Daily Telegraph) Teenage boys have destroyed a Victorian monument in a park, encouraged by several men. Cllr Martin Mullaney said the attack in Highbury Park caused £50,000 worth of damage.

Special bond pilot schemes to run in 2012 (Independent, Sky News, BBC WM) Birmingham one of the pilot areas for a Government scheme where private investors will fund intensive programmes for troubled families.

Ongoing coverage of the Birmingham Wholesale Markets story. (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Wholesale markets - myth busting

Students A* for effort (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) Birmingham school pupils have proved they are a class act after yet another record breaking year of GCSE results.

Tree design stumps city planners (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) A giant copper tree will be put up in the Bullring despite city heritage advisors calling for a root and branch review of the artwork.

Child safety fears fail to stop nursery move (Birmingham Mail) Councillors have claimed that children’s welfare has come second to planning regulations after plans to turn a small shop into a day nursery were approved.

City facing new care probe (Birmingham Mail) Government experts are planning an unannounced inspection of Birmingham City Council’s children’s social services unit.

Top level review of library contract (Birmingham Mail) A high level review has begun into the way a city council contract to install fibre optic cable in Birmingham’s new civic library was awarded to Capita.

Cyclists: New roads are not bike-friendly (Birmingham Mail) Cyclists and pedestrians using a new road in Birmingham face a few teething troubles after its newest section was opened.

Get behind the scenes of show (Birmingham Mail) Visitors can get a behind the scenes tour of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Home of Metal exhibition next month.

Regional Headlines

CCTV of looters in Armani store
Police release footage of looters inside a designer store in Birmingham during the recent disorder.

Arden Vale Castlebeck care home patients removed
Patients at a care home run by a company at the centre of allegations of abuse have been re-homed.

National Headlines

‘Tough action’ needed on obesity
Tougher action is needed by governments across the world if the obesity crisis is going to be tackled, experts say.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg defends UK human rights laws
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended the UK’s human rights laws, saying they have done much to protect the vulnerable and the powerless.

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