Media Watch – August 5 (pm)

By on 05/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

5000 kids thrown out for attacks (Birmingham Mail) Repeat of morning's Post story.

Basid is king of the balti (Birmingham Mail) Repeat of morning's Post story.

Tributes to city councillor (Birmingham Mail) Repeat of morning's Post story.

TV drama filmed on Brum's streets (Birmingham Mail) Feature on location shoot for BBC drama 'Hustle' in Victoria Square. Cllr Mike Whitby quoted.

Leisure bid moves closer to reality (Birmingham Mail) Artist's impression of new £2m Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre, the first leisure centre built from scratch in 20 years.

Too late to save old gun factory (Birmingham Mail) Conservationists discuss demolition of Westley Richards Gun Factory in Selly Oak.

Letters (Birmingham Mail) Topics include; Moorpool Estate, parking tickets, Frankley rail link, and photographs of residents at Chamberlain House Day Centre.

Khan inquiry “lacks credibility” (The Stirrer) “Labour councillor Mohammed Afzal claims an enquiry into an alleged smear campaign by his Liberal Democrat rival Ayoub Khan “lacks credibility” - and he's demanding the right to give evidence to it.”

Court threat over “white and jewish” claim (The Stirrer) “Disgruntled Labour party activist Elaina Cohen has vowed to go to court after failing to persuade both the Labour Party and Birmingham City Council that she was the victim of racism at the hands of a former Lord Mayor.”

Regional Headlines

Bulldog bash organisers accuse police of being heavy handed in their attempts to get event closed down following murder of biker Gerry Toibin.

Family of teenager shot in neck in Ladywood a year ago appeal to killer to come forward.

Birmingham University research shows that money spent by each of the city's PCTs to prevent infant mortality has had no effect.

Today is National Play Day. Research shows that children who play well are happier and better behaved.

National Headlines

48 hour strike to go ahead at midnight for National Express East Anglia staff after talks with unions broke down.

Two Provisional IRA suspects who shot their way out of Brixton Prison in a dramatic escape while awaiting trial are no longer being sought for prosecution.

Metropolitan Police commander Ali Dizaei has appeared in court to deny corruption charges linked to a scuffle in a restaurant in west London.

Dyfed-Powys Police today hope to begin questioning a man believed to be the father of a teenage girl found stabbed to death in a car.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show a big fall in civil partnerships and a sharp increase in same-sex dissolutions.

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