Media Watch – Dec 21 (PM)

By on 21/12/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Merry Christmas… you're nicked! (Birmingham Mail, Pages 1-2) City council licensing officers, trading standards watchdogs, pub landlords and Customs & Excise officers have met with police as part of a co-ordinated swoop on the homes of burglars over Christmas.

Brum set for frosty weather (Birmingham Mail, Page 3) Road gritters have been out in force overnight in Birmingham as the cold snap continues.

Firms pitch for golf deal (Birmingham Mail, Page 6) 65 organisations, including hotel, pub and leisure companies, have registered official interest in running Birmingham's cash-strapped municipal golf courses.  Cllrs Martin Mullaney and John Alden quoted.

Regional Headlines:

Detectives are investigating a wave of bank raids where criminals tunnelled through walls to steal large amounts of cash, targeting five banks across the West Midlands in just one month.

A “shop a yob” campaign resulted in a huge reduction in anti-social behaviour on West Midlands buses last year.

Hall Green MP Steve McCabe has described the potential takeover of Cadbury by Kraft as like “having a Premiership football club and letting Arthur Daley take control.”

It is estimated that more than 200,000 shoppers passed through the Bullring on Saturday, with sales up by 4% on December last year.

Despite people tightening their purse strings over Christmas, research has revealed that Birmingham tops a poll as the UK party capital.  More than 70% of city residents plan to hold parties at home.

National Headlines:

The Christmas getaway nightmare continued today as Eurostar passenger trains were suspended for a third day, while the shuttle car service was closed to new arrivals.

The CBI has said that growth in the UK economy next year is set to pick up gradually but that the economic recovery will be “fragile.”

PM Gordon Brown is to record a podcast, accusing a small number of countries of having held the Copenhagen climate summit talks to ransom.

BAA has won its appeal against an order to sell three of the seven airports it runs, on the grounds that the ruling panel was affected by “apparent bias.”

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