Media Watch – Dec 11

By on 11/12/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Violent crime soars 13% (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of crime figures prepared for Birmingham Community Safety Partnership. Article claims Aston, Ladywood, Nechells and Soho are crime “ghettos” responsible for a quarter of all offences in the city. Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Sharon Rowe quoted on behalf of West Midlands Police, saying slight rises in some types of crime need to be set in the context of reductions in the past decade.

Budget consultation (BBC WM) More coverage of the council's recently launched budget white paper. The issue of street light dimming explored, with the Pete Morgan at Breakfast Show looking at how the idea had worked elsewhere.

1,000 sign petition to cut speed at blackspot (Birmingham Mail) Residents calling for safety measures at Kyotts Lake Road in Sparkbrook have submitted a petition to the council. Campaigners say they support the idea of the council's 20 is Plenty project - but enforcement would be key to its success.

City given global investment gong (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has won the FDI Destination of the Future award on the back of the amount of investment in city businesses. Council Leader Sir Albert Bore quoted as saying Birmingham is open for business.

Regional Headlines

New research suggests Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, the Midland writers of Christmas song Merry Christmas Everybody have earned £500,000 in royalties so far in 2013, a figure expected to rise to £800,000 by the year's end.

National Headlines

The UK will aim to double its annual funding for dementia research to £132m by 2025, up from the 2015 target of £66m, David Cameron has said.

The body of Nelson Mandela has arrived at the main government building in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, where it will lie in state for three days.

Uruguay has become the first country in the world to make it legal to grow, sell and consume marijuana. After nearly 12 hours of debate, senators gave the government-sponsored bill their historic final approval.

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