Media Watch – Feb 21

By on 21/02/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

White boys still falling behind in classroom (B'ham Mail) A report into exam results revealed white working class boys are still under-performing at schools compared to children of other ethnic backgrounds in Birmingham.  Cabinet member for Children and Family Services, Cllr Brigid Jones, quoted.

Brum proves top destination for investors (B'ham Mail) Birmingham has been recognised as a leading Europeoan destination for foreign investors by influential industry guide - fDi Magazine. The city was highest ranked of all core cities. Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, quoted.

Extension to YMCA housing approved (B'ham Mail) Living space for four more young people will be created at Birmingham's YMCA base in Sutton Coldfield. Accommodation at George Williams House was approved by Birmingham City Council's planning committee.

Troubled house becomes add-on to special school (B'ham Mail) A property that spawned complaints over late-night parties will be transformed info a special school. The three storey building in Moseley was given permission for the change of use by Birmingham City Council.

Regional headlines

Victim charities demand inquiry over police message claims
Charities have demanded a public inquiry following claims police officers left an abusive voicemail message on the phone of a woman who had made an assault allegation.

Police dogs ‘attack 150 innocent people’ in UK
At least 150 police dog attacks on innocent people have been reported in the past three years, a BBC investigation has revealed.

National headlines

UK floods: Damage ‘could have been prevented’
Some of the damage caused by the recent floods could have been prevented if the correct water management techniques had been used, says a group of leading environmental and planning experts.

Magistrates should sit in police stations, report says
The government should allow magistrates to dispense on-the-spot justice inside police stations at peak times, a report by a right-leaning think tank has said.

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