Media Watch – February 13

By on 13/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Free places in big Brum run available (Birmingham Mail) This year’s Bupa Great Birmingham Run will be launched tomorrow – with free places on offer for ten lucky entrants.

Garden show goes back to its roots (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Gardeners’ Weekend show is going back to its roots – with a return to the park where it was staged for almost 30 years.

Birmingham City Council spends more than £1.3m on barristers (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council spent more than £1.3 million on hiring barristers in a year.

Doing the dance of life (Birmingham Mail) Pirouettes may be few and far between – but Birmingham pensioners are pulling on their dancing shoes thanks to the city’s Royal Ballet company. The Celebrate Project is part of Birmingham City Council’s Arts Champions scheme.

Housing plan could see US forces sorting office in Sutton Coldfield demolished (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post)
Planners are to visit a Sutton Coldfield Second World War mail delivery office before deciding whether it should be demolished to make way for new housing.

Don’t be a fool for love (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council’s director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy reveals how to avoid being ripped off when last-minute Valentine’s gifts.

Bagging a discount in recycling scheme (Birmingham Mail) More than 1,000 households have signed up to Birmingham’s innovative recycling scheme which offers discounts in high street shops in return for going green.

Mercy dash dad’s anger at £35 fine (Birmingham Mail)
The dad of a teenage cancer patient was slapped with a £35 parking fine after rushing her to hospital – because he had parked on a snow covered motorbike bay. A Birmingham City Council spokesman said: “Mr Bishop has contacted us indicating this was an emergency and we will investigate this, including possibly speaking to people at the hospital.”

Business with Cannes do attitude (Birmingham Mail) Some of Birmingham’s premier industrialists, council officials and business leaders will be promoting the city at the world’s top real estate conference.

Memorial rifle is rediscovered (Birmingham Mail) A long lost bronze rifle which used to belong to a Birmingham memorial has turned up after it went missing decades ago. The replica weapon formed part of the South African war memorial in Cannon Hill Park.

City mayor vote in May (Birmingham Mail) The battle to decide whether Birmingham gets a directly elected mayor is officially on – after Ministers signed the order telling the city to hold a referendum on May 3.

Bailiffs threatened to take car over £23 bill (Sunday Mercury) A mum of four who owed just £23 council tax has told how bailiffs threatened to take her boyfriend’s car and increased her debt tenfold.

Regional Headlines

Prisoner fled in garish clothes
An escaped murder suspect from Tipton was wearing brightly coloured prison clothing when he fled on the way to court, police reveal.

Man dies after house fire in city

A man dies following a fire at a house in Wolverhampton.

National Headlines

Bonuses in public sector reviewed
Public sector bonuses are to face new restrictions amid anger over pay levels at taxpayer-subsidised organisations such as Royal Bank of Scotland.

Sun reporters ‘treated like gang’

Police raids which led to the arrest of five Sun journalists are fiercely attacked by the paper’s associate editor Trevor Kavanagh.

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