Media Watch – Dec 11 (am)

By on 11/12/2009 in News

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Birmingham may delay General Election vote counting (Birmingham Post Online)
Add a commentRecommend Birmingham could break with tradition by counting next year's General Election results on the Friday morning, the day after votes are cast. City council chief executive Stephen Hughes fears the volume of work for staff running the count will be too great if, as expected, the government goes to the country on May 6, the same day as the local council elections.

Regional Headlines

Watchdog to probe woman’s death 
The police watchdog has been called in to investigate the contact officers had with a woman leading up to her death. Yasmin Askhtar, 24, was found dead at her home in Netherton, Dudley, in the early hours of 30 November.

Man arrested after cyclist dies 
A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after a cyclist died. John Ariss, 63, a Royal Mail employee, was cycling home from work when he collided with a bus at James Watt Queensway, Birmingham, police said.
Swine-flu related death in region 
Another person with swine flu has died in the West Midlands, health chiefs confirmed. It means the total number of deaths where there has been a positive test of swine flu in the region has reached 33. 

National Headlines

Chancellor ‘wanted tougher debt action’ 
The Treasury wanted tougher action in the pre-Budget report to tackle the UK deficit but was persuaded otherwise by Gordon Brown, the BBC has learned.

More drivers using mobile phones since penalty change 
More drivers are using hand-held mobile phones than before tougher penalties were introduced two years ago, the Transport Research Laboratory has said.

On-the-run killer found dead in the Gambia 
A convicted murderer who was on the run from a Scottish open prison has been found dead in a West African holiday resort, the Foreign Office have said. John Brown, convicted of murder in 1976, absconded from Castle Huntly prison, near Dundee, after he was let out on home leave in May.
Murder probe into radio presenter’s death 
Detectives are investigating the “brutal” murder of a radio presenter at her home in Glasgow. Nasim Jamil, 54, was discovered by family members at her flat in Byres Road on Wednesday night. Mrs Jamil worked on Asian radio station Awaz FM.
20mph speed zones cut road injuries by 40%, study says 
UK cities should have more 20mph speed zones, as they have cut road injuries by over 40% in London, a study claims.

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