Media Watch – Dec 9

By on 09/12/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Kerslake report (BBC News online, BBC WM, Birmingham Post, Chamberlain Files): Reports on the findings of Bob Kerslake’s report into the governance and organisational capabilities of the city council.

2,000 new homes to be built in Birmingham (Midlands Today, Central News and Midlands Business Insider): Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust’s plans to build 2,000 new homes approved by Cabinet yesterday (8 Dec). Cllr Tahir Ali interviewed.

Disabled grandma left to crawl to flat after lift breaks (Midlands Today, BBC WM, Central News and ITV.com): Reports on 99-year-old Mary Goble who said she had to crawl up stairs to her second floor flat in a council block in Bartley Green after the lift broke down.  Cllr John Lines interviewed.

Headteacher at ‘Trojan horse plot school’ claims he was pushed out by Muslim governors for giving children British values (Daily Mail online): Interview with Balwant Bains, who says he had to leave Saltley School after a campaign of ‘emotional harrassment’ ‘by governors.

Busker ban over shopper safety fears (BBC News online):  Report that street entertainers were issued with leaflets banning them from High Street, New Street and four city squares on Saturday (6 December) due to high number of shoppers.

Plan for lap dancing club blocked after opposition from the BLIND (Daily Mirror website): Report that city licensing officials refused application by Lace Gentlemen’s Club to open a lap dancing club in John Bright Street. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Digbeth’s Gibb Street Warehouse temporarily closed after loaded gun found inside (Birmingham Mail): Report on city licensing officials have suspended the club’s licence, pending a full review after Christmas, after police investigating a stabbing found a gun.

Regional headlines

The IRA was responsible for the Birmingham pub bombings, according Keiron Conway who was head of its intelligence gathering department in 1974.

West Midlands Police has put its officers and staff on alert after receiving an anonymous warning over their safety.

National headlines

British businessman Shrien Dewani prepares to return to the UK after a judge in South Africa cleared him of murdering his wife on their honeymoon.

British police arrive in Portugal to observe interviews with 11 people as part of their inquiries into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann from a hotel in Praia du Luz in May 2007.

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