Media Watch – Dec 16

By on 16/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Murdered mum-of-three’s cries for help were ignored (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today, Free Radio, Heart, Central, Coverage of domestic homicide review into death of Natasha Trevis which found that her death at the hands of violent partner Junior Saleem Oakes could have been prevented had the relevant authorities fully shared information after she reported her concerns. Quotes Birmingham City Council’s strategic director for social services, Peter Hay, extending his sympathies to Natasha’s family and acknowledging that social workers needed to look at the family as a whole, particularly where domestic violence may be a factor.

Teenager exploited by gang is pregnant (, Mail Online, BBC WM) A teenage girl sexually exploited by a gang of 10 men in Birmingham is pregnant by one of them, a judge has revealed in his written ruling of a decision to issue the men with injunctions banning them from contacting the girl and from approaching girls they do not know. The judge also praises the groundbreaking legal ban, sought by Birmingham City Council, as a “bold and novel†move.

New name for £500m Paradise Circus project as start date confirmed (Birmingham Post) The planned £500 million Paradise Circus development in Birmingham city centre has been rebranded to simply ‘Paradise’ as developers confirm that work will start on January 5.

Public health experts: ‘Do not take legal highs at Christmas’ (ITV, Sutton Coldfield Observer) Partygoers in Birmingham are being warned not to take legal highs during their Christmas celebrations. Ricky Bhandal of Birmingham Public Health quoted.

Massive market brings fun to Brum (Evening Standard) Article looking at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Birmingham named in world’s top 10 cities (Birmingham Mail, ITV News) Birmingham is the only UK to make Rough Guides’ worldwide top 10 ranking of the best cities to visit.

Regional Headlines:

Families have been left fuming after troubled Christmas attraction The Magical Journey, which operated from The Belfry, was shut down a week early due to financial difficulties.

Six out of the seven major West Midlands hospital trusts are failing to hit the Government’s four-hour waiting target, according to new figures, with Birmingham Children’s Hospital the worst performer with just 81 per cent of patients being seen within the time limit during the week ending December 12.

Chinese lanterns have been banned from land and buildings owned by Warwickshire County Council. The decision followed a motion by Warwickshire Fire and Rescue.

National Headlines:

The Co-operative Bank has failed a “stress test” by the Bank of England that assessed major UK lenders’ ability to withstand another financial crisis, while a further two banks – Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland – were found to be at risk in the event of a severe economic downturn.

The government is expected to set out proposals for introducing “English votes for English laws” later today, following increased calls for English MPs to have greater power over matters that apply only in England.

Four men jailed over a failed plot to bomb the London transport network on 21 July 2005 have lost an appeal against their convictions at the European Court of Human Rights.

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