Media Watch – Dec 2 (am)

By on 02/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Govt gives £24m to help Birmingham schools ride recession (Birmingham Post Online) Schools in Birmingham are struggling to cope with an increase in the number of pupils caused partly by the recession, according to Children’s Secretary Ed Balls.

Birmingham Lays Out Ambitious Sustainability Agenda Through Its Declaration On Climate Change (eGov monitor) Birmingham City Council has thrown down the gauntlet to local authorities across the UK by announcing its intention to publish the Birmingham Declaration on climate change.

Frankfurt Christmas Market feature on BBC Radio WM.

Regional Headlines

Court to decide over burial error 
A church court is to decide whether to exhume a man’s body after he was buried in a plot reserved for a widow of another man. Daniel Hastelow, 26, was buried in the Walsall Wood churchyard in November.

Dead man had ‘colossal injuries’ 
A care worker found dead in a West Midlands churchyard was attacked with a metal object by a man “in a calculated and brutal fashion”, a court heard. Paul Hadley, 40, of Halesowen, was killed by a friend, Stuart Alsop, 41, in the grounds of the town’s St John the Baptist Church, it is alleged.

Two arrested after city stabbing 
Two men have been questioned after two men were stabbed near a Birmingham city nightclub. The men, aged 24 and 30, were stabbed near the Que Club in Corporation Street on Saturday. Their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

National Headlines

British yachtsmen held for a week freed by Iran 
Five British yachtsmen held by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard for a week have been freed, the UK Foreign Office has confirmed.

Gordon Brown backs Obama’s Afghanistan troop surge 
The prime minister has welcomed US President Obama’s announcement of a major troop surge in Afghanistan.

Police spending in England and Wales ‘to fall by £500m’ 
Police forces in England and Wales are to be told to make annual savings of around £500m in the next five years.

Scientist in climate change data row steps down 
The research director at the centre of a row over climate change data said he would stand down from the post while there is an independent review.

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