Media Watch – August 29

By on 29/08/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Arsonists torch OAPs' home as they sleep (Birmingham Mail) A Sheldon couple in their 80s had to flee from their home in the middle of the night after a fire. Reference made to the council's repairs to the damaged property, which are being held up as the made-to-measure windows are on order from suppliers.

English GCSE results row sparks protest (BBC WM, ITV Central News, Birmingham Mail) Parents and pupils from Golden Hillock School staged a protest outside the school yesterday after receiving English grades that were lower than they had hoped for. A school spokesman is quoted as saying that it was also concerned at the results, that the school had made significant process in recent years and that the issue was being investigated.

Protest squat in empty home (Birmingham Mail) Homeless campaigners are squatting in a property at Highgate Park, saying more should be done to bring empty properties back into use as housing. A council spokesperson is quoted as saying more was being done to tackle homelessness and that all legal options were being considered to re-take possession of the building.

Boss is handed £8,000 bill over filthy takeaway (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of a court case in which Birmingham City Council prosecuted the owner Handsworth-based kebab and curry shop Mirchi after it was found to have mouse droppings.

Regional Headlines

Bosses at Birmingham Airport are backing MPs who say limited capacity at Heathrow Airport is affecting the UKs economic potential.

Travellers camped on a green belt site in Solihull that have been at the centre of a row over planning permission have submitted an application to develop land adjacent to the site.

National Headlines

Deputy PM Nick Clegg has suggested the UK’s wealthiest people could be asked to pay more tax for a limited period.

Thousands of people have fled New Orleans as the city prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Isaac.

Mitt Romney has been officially selected as the Republican presidential nominee at the party’s national convention in Tampa, Florida.



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