Media Watch – August 7

By on 07/08/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Fire breaks out at Birmingham’s Wholesale Market (BBC, Birmingham Mail, Guardian, Independent) A fire that sent plumes of smoke into the sky that could be seen across the city centre has badly damaged Birmingham Wholesale Market.

Birmingham’s schools could run out of places by 2018, Department of Education figures reveal (Birmingham Mail) New figures have revealed Birmingham’s rapidly growing population could lead to a shortfall of thousands of school places.

Free pop-up park events all over Birmingham in the school holidays (Birmingham Mail) Keep holiday boredom at bay this summer with series of special pop-up park events being hosted across Birmingham. Cabinet member for Health and Social Care, Cllr Paulette Hamilton, quoted.

Green light for NatWest Tower demolition (Birmingham Mail) A £60 million 26-storey office block will be built in Birmingham city centre by summer 2018 after getting the green light from council planners.

Britain in Bloom judges coming to Birmingham (Birmingham Mail) The fuchsia looks bright for Birmingham as judges from the hotly contested Britain in Bloom competition come to the city on Friday.

Canalside Cafe: Pub used out date food and wasn’t clean (Birmingham Mail) A popular pub at the heart of Birmingham’s canal network has been hit with a fine for selling out of date food and being dirty. Cllr Barbara Dring, chair of the city council’s Licensing and Public Protection Committee, quoted.

Controversial Al Hijrah school should be bulldozed: Education chief (Birmingham Mail) A debt-riddled and dilapidating Birmingham school should be bulldozed and replaced with a new building, the city’s education commissioner has said.

Best and worst local areas for teenage smokers revealed by new data (Nursing Times) Birmingham has low rates of smoking among 15-year-olds according to new official data.

New home for stray dog Patch (BBC WM, Big Centre TV) A puppy rescued by Birmingham City Council dog wardens last week has new owners following a media appeal.

Regional Headlines

John Fletcher fatal stabbing: Police and support agencies criticised
Police and “weary” support agencies have been criticised after a woman killed her boyfriend after an alcohol-fuelled, mutually-violent relationship.

West Midlands Police sent to Ibiza and Magaluf
British police are to be sent to party destinations Ibiza and Magaluf to help Spanish police deal with victims and offenders from the UK.

National Headlines

Kids Company accused of mishandling sexual assault allegations
The Kids Company charity failed in its handling of allegations of serious incidents, including sexual assaults, former staff have said.

Pension scams becoming investment scams, says Citizens Advice
Fraudsters trying to steal money from people’s pension funds are increasingly offering to invest the cash into other scams, says Citizens Advice.


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