Media Watch – Jan 11

By on 11/01/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Social services investigation after murder (Birmingham Mail) An investigation has been launched into the brutal murder of a mum of three by her boyfriend after a social worker ‘let slip’ she had secretly aborted his unborn child.

Billboard sparks safety fears (Birmingham Mail) Safety fears have been raised over plans to put an illuminated billboard over the entrance to a busy tunnel in Birmingham City Centre.

‘Bookie belt’ is blighting city streets (Birmingham Mail) Rows of bookmakers and betting offices are damaging Birmingham’s small shopping parades and blighting communities, it has been claimed. Cllr Phil Davis has called for a new planning policy to be drawn up and Cabinet Member John Cotton has agreed to look into the issue.

Row goes on over addition to JFK mural (Birmingham Mail) The city council has been accused of riding roughshod over the wishes of the Irish community as workmen completed adding the face of a former Birmingham mayor (Mike Nangle) to the John F Kennedy mural.

City centre hotel plan gets go ahead (Birmingham Mail) A major hotel chain has been given the go-ahead to develop the site of Birmingham’s former Museum of Science and Industry.

New mental health unit (Birmingham Mail) A secure mental health facility has been given the go-ahead to create a new unit for vulnerable women and children.

Merger of West Midlands cash pot wins backing (Municipal Journal) Lord Heseltine, the Government’s growth advisor, has backed a West Midlands based pilot which could help merge £49bn of Whitehall funding into a single contestable cash pot. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

Dental hospital on old BBC site gets go-ahead (Construction News) Planning permission has been granted by Birmingham City Council for a new £30m dental hospital and school of dentistry for the University of Birmingham on the former BBC Pebble Mill site.

Young lags swap prison for paint (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Youth Offending Service has helped six prisoners curate an art exhibition at BMAG.

Regional Headlines

Runaway paedophile gets 16 years
A fugitive paedophile brought back from the US more than 20 years after committing crimes in Devon and the West Midlands is jailed for 16 years.

Npower to close IT call centre
Energy company Npower is closing an IT call centre in the West Midlands which employs 284 people.

National Headlines

Police to publish Savile report
The scale of sexual offending carried out by Jimmy Savile will be set out later in a joint report by the Metropolitan Police and the NSPCC.

Honda to cut 800 jobs in Swindon
Honda is planning to cut 800 of the 3,500 jobs at its plant in Swindon, blaming weak demand across Europe.

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