Media Watch – Dec 18

By on 18/12/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Teacher sent home for waving a knife in class (Birmingham Mail) A teacher was ordered out of St Edmund Campion School in Erdington after it was reported they brandished a knife during a lesson.

Mayoral knees-up costs Brum £27k (Birmingham Mail) It has emerged that this year's annual Mayor-making ceremony cost the taxpayer £27,000. A review into how the costs can be reduced in future years has begun.

Cash boost for old swim pool project (Birmingham Mail) The council has cleared the first hurdle in a bid for lottery cash to convert the former Stirchley Baths into an urban village hall.

Schools near takeaways (Daily Telegraph, Daily Star) Continued coverage of a “fat map” which shows that some schools in Birmingham have as many as 19 takeaways within a 400m radius of their sites.

Regional Headlines

A crackdown on shoplifting has been launched across the West Midlands by police and businesses.

Solihull businessman Gianni Paladini has denied reports that he has had formal talks over the purchase of Birmingham City FC.

National Headlines

US President Barack Obama has met senior officials to discuss how to respond to Friday’s school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults died.

Children in care in England and Wales who have been in trouble with the law are being failed by youth offending teams, says an inspection report.

The police watchdog says it is to investigate whether an officer did witness a row in which he claimed Sutton Coldfield MP and ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell called officers ‘plebs’.

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