Media Watch – August 28

By on 28/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councillors' tax disgrace (Birmingham Mail) Council leader Sir Albert Bore has pledged to launch an investigation after it emerged that 16 councillors had failed to pay their Council Tax on time over the last two years.

Foul play suspected in halal meat probe (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of chickens have been seized by the council's trading standards team during a probe over firms selling meat labelled as halal produce to Muslims when it may not be.

Coroner call for OAP care firm inquiry (Birmingham Mail) City coroner Aidan Cotter has said he will write to the council to invite the local authority to consider if care Care 4 U is an appropriate provider of care services following the death of 87-year-old service user Dorothy Taylor.

A golden Mo-ment for Brum (Extensive coverage across all local and national media) Olympic double gold medal winner Mo Farah wins on his return to action at the city's Alexander Stadium.

All the fun of the fest/Party in the park as fast period ends (Birmingham Mail) Preview pieces for this year's artsfest, set to be staged in the city from September 7 to 9, and Eid Mela, being held on September 2.

Plea to end school construction hell (Birmingham Mail, The Sun) A widow whose home is adjacent to the expanded Waverley School has called on the council to buy her home because it has been blighted by the new development.

Go nuts for Bolt's Birmingham (Daily Mirror) Travel feature on Birmingham as a destination for a leisure break.

Regional Headlines

A new survey from the Campaign for Better Transport suggests it is easier to travel by foot or bike in London than it is in cities such as Birmingham. Overall, the city ranked 15th out of 26 for attitudes and facilities but did score highly for its local transport and development plan.

Eighty percent of cars stolen in the West Midlands are never recovered according to research produced by an insurance firm.

The BNP has suggested that it may field a candidate in the contest to elect the West Midlands' first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner.

National Headlines

Security firm G4S says its contract to provide security for the London 2012 Olympic Games has cost it £50m.

Conservative MP Tim Yeo has urged Prime Minister David Cameron to decide whether he is a “man or a mouse” over the issue of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant and irreversible reduction in their IQ, research suggests.

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