Media Watch – January 24

By on 24/01/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

USA Track and Field Chairman in Birmingham visit (BBC WM) Birmingham City Council Leader Mike Whitby will today play host to chairman of USA Track and Field John Chaplin – updating the American on preparations for this summer’s pre-Olympic training camp.

Brum’s star of silver screen (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham is carving a niche for itself as an option for film and TV crews – thanks to the city council’s Film Birmingham unit – with shoots bringing in almost £10 million in the last six months.

City gets £65k museums boost (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has been handed a £65,000 government grant to help refurbish the Soho House visitor centre.

Council bosses probe ‘bully’ bailiffs claim (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham council bosses have launched a probe into bailiffs who have been branded ‘bullies’.

New boss appointed to under-fire service (Birmingham Mail)
A new boss has been appointed to continue the turnaround of Birmingham’s children’s social care department and run the city’s schools.

Shisha pipe warning to mums-to-be (Birmingham Mail) A new crackdown against Birmingham’s shisha bars is underway – with smokers unwittingly inhaling the equivalent of 100 cigarettes an hour.

£6,000 fine ‘should serve as a warning’ (Birmingham Mail)
A homeowner who over-extended his terraced property and refused to tear it down must pay £6,000 after being found in breach of planning regulations.

Net closing on rip-off web traders (Birmingham Mail) A probe by Birmingham City Council’s consumer watchdogs has discovered dozens of Birmingham-based online shops have been breaking the law and ripping off customers.

MPs show interest in Birmingham’s innovative house building scheme (Government Business) MPs from the Communities and Local Government Select Committee have met with Birmingham housing chief John Lines to look at the city council’s innovative house building model.

Regional Headlines

Man held after prison van ambush
A man is arrested in connection with a “well-orchestrated armed ambush” that led to a prisoner escaping from a van in Worcestershire.

Man in court over couple’s murder
A 37-year-old man, accused of murdering a couple at their Birmingham home, appears at the city’s Crown Court.

Man sentenced for abusing girls
A 59-year-old Birmingham man is sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing young girls.

National Headlines

NHS shake-up a distraction – MPs
The overhaul of the NHS in England is hindering its ability to make the savings it needs to safeguard its future, MPs say.

Drugs mule sentences to be cut
Drug mules face more lenient sentences if they have been victims of exploitation, under new sentencing guidelines.

Warning over back-to-work scheme
The government has overestimated the number of people who will be helped back into employment by its work programme, the National Audit Office says.

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