Media Watch – Feb 16

By on 16/02/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

£11k Handsworth fake cigarette stash uncovered in hidden compartment in shop roof (Birmingham Mail) Criminals with a fake fag empire set up a James Bond-style hidden compartment in their shop behind a false roof – which was lowered via a hidden switch. Trading standards officers uncovered Birmingham’s second biggest retail haul of illicit fags at the Supersam Mini Market in Handsworth on November 24.

New plans to knock down listed fire station in Brum (Birmingham Mail) Controversial plans to demolish a historic Birmingham fire station are being considered.

Matrix system explained (5 Live investigates, BBC WM) Birmingham City Council’s Jules Gregory explains the system used to identify and award care packages in Birmingham.

Birmingham health expert’s delight at ban on smoking in cars carrying children (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The ban on smoking in cars carrying children has been hailed as a victory for young people’s health by a senior Birmingham councillor (Cllr John Cotton).

Roadshows will lift the lid on future with wheelie bins (Great Barr Observer) Residents across Great Barr, Perry Barr and Kingstanding are being urged to roll up for a wheelie bin road show, where they can learn more about upcoming changes to refuse collection in their neighbourhood.

Traders are jailed for £1.5m of fake designer clothes (Birmingham Mail) Three Birmingham men have been jailed for nearly four years after they were caught with fake designer clothes worth £1.5 million. Trading Standards officers from the city council prosecuted the trio.

Sir Albert guest at lunch with patrons (ChamberLink) Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham City Council, was the guest speaker at a Birmingham Chamber patrons5 lunch hosted by PwC at its Cornwall Court offices.

Council with formal proposals imminent (Sutton Coldfield Observer) With an announcement on town council proposals for Sutton Coldfield expected next week, a new survey has revealed residents are prepared to pay for power.

Regional headlines

‘£10,000 in fines’ Mercedes removed
An unlocked Mercedes that accumulated more than £10,000 in parking tickets after it was abandoned in Birmingham is removed.

Man dies in house fire in Oakdale Road, Oldbury
A man has died in a house fire in Oldbury. West Midlands Ambulance Service attended the home in Oakdale Road on Sunday morning.

National headlines

CBI upgrades UK growth forecast
The Confederation of British Industries (CBI) business lobby group has upgraded its forecast for the UK’s economic growth this year.

Psychosis ‘link’ to potent cannabis
Using potent forms of cannabis is a factor in 24% of new psychosis cases analysed by King’s College London researchers.

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