Media Watch – February 27

By on 27/02/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Now lawyers go touting for divorce (Birmingham Mail) A firm of no-win-no-fee solicitors has been accused of encouraging people to divorce after touting for those ‘unhappy with their partners’ in Birmingham city centre. Cllr Peter Douglas Osborn critical of Lawyers2you.

Trees cut in bid to curb park sex (Birmingham Mail) Trees and bushes in a Birmingham Park (Highbury Park) are to be cut back as part of moves to stop people having undercover illicit encounters.

Phone mast plan is thrown out (Birmingham Mail)
A planning application for a mobile phone mast outside the Punchbowl pub in Quinton has been refused by planners at Birmingham City Council.

Working lives: finding the X Factor in local government (Guardian)
Birmingham council’s press office has changed the way it communicates with residents and journalists.

When all is not as it seems (Birmingham Mail)
Birmingham City Council's director of regulatory service Jacqui Kennedy reveals tips to avoid buying fake goods.

It’s game over for Olympics fakes firm (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury)
Fake Olympic sunglasses have been seized from a Birmingham wholesaler in a crackdown on counterfeits by Birmingham City Council consumer watchdogs.

Highway robbery (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury)
CCTV footage showing thieves, posing as workmen, stealing metal drain covers has been passed onto Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Funding won to improve habitats
Wildlife habitats in the West Midlands will be protected and restored due to a £650,000 government grant.

Listeria detected in Spar chicken

Supermarket chain Spar recalls a chicken product sold in stores in the Midlands and Wales after testing found low levels of bacteria in the food.

National Headlines

‘Rewrite NHS bill’ – Lib Dem peers
Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords launch a new attempt to rewrite the government’s controversial plans for the NHS in England.

Ofsted tightens adoption targets
Local authorities will only get an outstanding rating for adoption if they place children within 12 months, Ofsted says.

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