Media Watch – August 5

By on 05/08/2015 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council stories 

More abuse victims join legal action (BBC News online): A former pupil of Ilmington Road Comprehensive School speaks out about how he was abused by former teacher Marcus Marcussen, 91, who was jailed in February for nine years for abusing boys at the school in Weoley Castle between 1957 and 1978.

Library of Birmingham tourist office is closed down by the council (Birmingham Mail – web):  Article focuses on the closure as the latest effect of the cuts on the Library of Birmingham.  Quote from council spokesperson highlights that visitors are increasingly turning to the internet and social media to find out information, and that tourist information is available from many of the city’s popular attractions, such as Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Closure for club that failed to call cops on night two were shot (Birmingham Mail):  Report on expedited review of The Electric nightclub, in Hurst St, where two men were shot and a third stabbed at the venue on July 25.  Licensing Sub-committee has suspended the venue’s licence pending a full review later this month.

Three new deals offer library bright future (Birmingham Mail): Story focusing on Library of Birmingham’s three partnership agreements with the Brasshouse Language Centre, the British Library and Google.  Cllr Penny Holbrook quoted.

Your chance to be a ‘face of the city’ (Birmingham Mail):  Volunteers are being urged to become Birmingham Ambassadors for a string of major events taking place across the city in September. Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward quoted.

Students work to overcome barriers:  Lord Mayor Cllr Raymond Hassall presented 80 students aged 16 to 18 who had overcome personal barriers to education with certificates of achievement at the Council House

Travellers in Birmingham (widespread local coverage):  Discussions around the latest movements of traveller encampments across the city.

Anti-social behaviour at Woodgate Valley Country Park (BBC Midlands Today): Piece on the Public Space Protection Order which the police are introducing in Woodgate Valley Country Park and the surrounding area in response to the nuisance quad bikes and mini-motos.  Interviews with Cllr Bruce Lines and Robin Bryan from Parks, as well as West Midlands Police.

Regional headlines

The future of the planned HS2 high speed train line between Birmingham, London and the North of England could be threatened if Labour wins the next election, after three Labour leadership candidates expressed doubts about the scheme.

An Oldbury man who was victim of a suspected hit-and-run accident near the Whiteheath Tavern, on Birchfield Lane, Oldbury on July 30, has died. Police are urging the driver and any witnesses to come forward.

National headlines

Lord Coe describes recent allegations of widespread doping in athletics as ‘a declaration of war’ and that it is time to ‘come out fighting’ to protect the sports’ reputation.

Charity Kids Company has issued a warning it will close its services today, less than a week after it received £3m grant from central Government


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