Media Watch – Jan 20

By on 20/01/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council employee 'detained women against their will' (Birmingham Mail) A city council worker was sacked for gross misconduct after being accused of keeping two women in a homeless centre against their will, an employment tribunal has heard. A decision on a claim of unfair dismissal is due to be made at a later date.

Paedophile hunter sent to Midlands (Birmingham Mail) Coverage of Stephen Rimmer's appointment to a new role which will see him working on child protection issues with Birmingham City Council and the region's six other local authorities.

MP in talks on health centres (Birmingham Mail) City MP Liam Byrne held talks with health bosses last week to discuss work done at health centres on the Firs and Bromford estates. The summit was convened by council Cabinet member Cllr Steve Bedser.

Hackers hijack next city chief's Twitter account (Sunday Mercury) The city council's incoming Chief Executive Mark Rogers has warned people about the risks associated with the internet after his Twitter account was hacked recently.

400 police officers fined after going in bus lanes (Birmingham Mail) New figures show that 300 officers will have to pay fines out of their own pockets after being caught by the council's bus lane enforcement cameras. The remainder were responding to emergencies and have had their fines written off.

Police chief who owns a house on Benefits Street (Daily Mail and Daily Star) Further coverage of the news that Cllr Yvonne Mosquito owns a property on James Turner Street – the road featured on Channel 4’s Benefits Street series.

Asset sales (Property Week and Estates Gazette) Articles based on recent story about the council reportedly considering the sale of assets to help meet its equal pay liabilities.

Bear-faced cheek (The Cricketer) A look at the recent announcement that Warwickshire County Cricket Club will play as the Birmingham Bears in the t20 format of the game this season. Council referred to by column as the club’s “major creditor” when explaining why the decision had been taken to rebrand the side.

Regional Headlines

Police are still searching for 100 demonstrators involved in clashes at an EDL rally in Birmingham last year.

Claims by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary Tom Winsor that certain communities take justice into their own hands have been denied by West Midlands Police Chief Constable Chris Sims.

National Headlines

Far-reaching changes should be made to the operation, governance and funding of the Police Federation of England and Wales, an independent review has found.

Jobless migrants from within the European Union will be denied access to housing benefit from April this year, senior government ministers have said.

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has agreed to negotiate with pro-EU protesters and opposition leaders after violent clashes in the capital Kiev.

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