Media Watch – Jan 30

By on 30/01/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Ministers ignored “Trojan Horse” school concerns for years, Labour claims (Birmingham Mail) Labour has accused the Government of failing to protect Birmingham children after it emerged Ministers heard warnings about extremism in schools.

‘Counter-extremism’ boost in schools (BBC) Tackling the threat of extremism in England’s schools is to be made a higher priority, says Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. In a statement on the Trojan Horse scandal in Birmingham, Mrs Morgan said her department would expand the role of “counter-extremism” in schools. Cllr Brigid Jones also quoted and also interviewed on BBC WM

This Birmingham Girl Can (BBC WM) Birmingham City Council’s Karen Creavin interviewed about funding opportunities for community groups as part of the Sport England project This Girl Can.

City schools make top ten in UK for best exam results (Birmingham Mail) Five prestigious schools in Birmingham have been ranked among the best in the country in the latest GCSE and A Level league tables.

Council cleared of twins death blame (BBC) An inquiry into the death of two baby girls after paramedics struggled to gain access to a block of flats has found Birmingham City Council was not at fault.

Under threat pool is saved (Birmingham Mail) A swimming pool in Sutton Coldfield (Castle Pool) has been saved.

Transport boss rapped by commuters (Birmingham Mail) Frustrated commuters have demanded action not words from transport chiefs to end Birmingham’s roadworks misery.

Blue badge fraud on the rise (Birmingham Mail) The theft of disabled blue badges has soared by 166 per cent across the West Midlands according to new figures from the Department for Transport. And Birmingham City Council, which prosecutes people for fraudulently using the passes, said 12 people have been caught in the last year.

Lollipop axe fear sparks road protest (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham lollipop men and women could gave the axe because of the city’s financial crisis.

Shop worker loses his hand in a defective meatslicer (Asian Trader) A shop worker’s hand had to be amputated after it became trapped in a defective meat slicer, a court has heard. After washing the machine with Fairy Liquid and hot water, staff at Ash Food Fair in Birmingham began using it just an hour after it sliced off Nasa Iqbal’s fingers and mangled his hand.

Regional Headlines

Police officer numbers slashed by 300 in the West Midlands in just one year
Another 300 police officers disappeared from the streets of the West Midlands last year, according to new Home Office figures.

Care home teen death was preventable
The death of a Wolverhampton 17-year-old girl in a fire at a Shropshire children’s home could have been prevented, according to a serious case review.

National Headlines

Child obesity rates ‘levelling off’
The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

Churchill’s funeral anniversary marked
A series of events in London is set to mark the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill.

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