Media Watch – August 5 (am)

By on 05/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Birmingham City Council to hand over management of roads to Amey  (Birmingham Post) Eight years after the idea was first proposed, Birmingham City Council is ready to hand over the task of improving and managing 1,500 miles of roads and pavements to the private sector. This story is also covered by the FT, Independent, Times and BBC.

Residents fear hostel will devalue Digbeth (Birmingham Post) Business leaders and residents in Digbeth are fighting against plans for a travellers’ hostel for fear it could be turned into a drop-in shelter should the scheme prove a commercial flop.

Birmingham’s best balti is revealed  (Birmingham Post) Birmingham Post reporter and curry connoisseur Ed Chadwick joined the judging panel to find Birmingham's first “official” balti.

Boy’s tragic death could have been prevented (Birmingham Post) A mother who killed her six-year-old son had a history of violence and mental illness that was not picked up by police, council or health bodies, an inquiry has concluded.

School chiefs criticised over exclusion figures (Birmingham Post) Birmingham education chiefs have been accused of “failing to present the full picture” after figures revealed a huge increase in the number of pupils suspended from city schools.

Tributes to city councillor (Birmingham Post) Tributes have been paid to a popular Sutton Coldfield shopkeeper and city councillor who died of a heart attack.

Regional Headlines

Man dies and two injured in crash 
A man has died in a multiple-vehicle crash near to the border of the West Midlands and Warwickshire.Two cars and a lorry were among the vehicles involved in the collision on the A446 London Road near to Holly Lane in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield.

Two men arrested over sex attacks 
Two men have been arrested in connection with a sex assault on two women in Birmingham. The women, aged 32 and 22, met with three men in The Crown in High Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, on Thursday and later left with them, police said.

Ashley Blake: I’ve lost everything – I’m ruined   (Birmingham Post) Shamed BBC newsreader Ashley Blake said he faces financial ruin after being found guilty of hitting a teenager with a wooden pole and lying to police to protect himself.

National Headlines

Lloyds blames HBOS for £4bn loss

House prices rising, says Halifax

Freed US reporters leave N Korea

Top firms’ pension funds plummet

Defiant Iran president takes oath

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