Media Watch – Jan 4 (am)

By on 04/01/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Chief blames stress as social workers take 25 sick days a year (Guardian) Unions and council managers have warned of an epidemic of stress among social workers after the head of one of the country’s biggest social work departments said his staff currently take an average of five weeks off sick each year. BCC’s Head of Children’s Social Care Colin Tucker quoted. Colin’s latest blog – http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=5438

Selly Oak New Road petition (BBC Radio WM) Coverage of 5,000 signature petition to make the road a dual carriageway.

Council’s bash for Polish single mums (Sunday Mercury, Jan 3) A cash-strapped Midland council used taxpayer money to pay for a Christmas party for 200 Polish single mums. Birmingham City Council hosted the festive bash as part of its £2.2million BEST programme. Cllr Alan Rudge quoted.

Streets of fear (Sunday Mercury, Jan 3) A knife maniac terrorising a Midland community may kill before he is caught, a councillor has claimed. Cllr Mahmood Hussain quoted.

Regional Headlines

Virgin Trains ticket office staff begin 24-hour strike 
Virgin Trains ticket office staff working on one of the UK’s busiest rail lines have gone on strike.

Mosque ‘seeking help after fire’ 
A West Midlands mosque which was damaged by fire is looking for help from a council, a spokesman said. The mosque in Plant Street, Cradley Heath, has “completely collapsed” as a result of the fire on 26 December, committee member Ajaz Ahmad said.

Plea to stay away from city’s A&E 
People with minor ailments are being urged to stay away from accident and emergency departments. University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust said there had been a rise in patients over the last few days which had put the service under pressure.

War memorial brass plates stolen 
Brass plates featuring names of serving soldiers who lost their lives in World War II have been taken from a war memorial in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

British soldier killed in Helmand explosion 
A British soldier has been killed in an explosion while on foot patrol in Helmand province in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Chinook crash ‘may have been caused by software faults’ 
New evidence has emerged that computer software faults may have caused the 1994 Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre, the BBC has learned.

Man charged with murder of daughter found dead in jail 
A man who was due to go on trial charged with the murder of his daughter has died in prison. Tony Couchman, 47, of St Leonards, East Sussex, was accused of murdering Victoria Couchman, 19, between 15 May and 18 May 2008.

Man, 18, injured in fall from Padstow hotel balcony 
A teenager is in hospital in Cornwall with serious head injuries after apparently falling from a hotel balcony in the early hours.

Islamic group defends planned Wootton Bassett parade 
The leader of an Islamic group, said to have extremist links, has written to families of fallen soldiers about its plans to march through Wootton Bassett.

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