Media Watch – July 15

By on 15/07/2015 in News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Pupils vanishing from classrooms are at risk from radicalisation (widespread national and local coverage):  Sir Michael Wilshaw, head of Ofsted, warns that ‘potentially high number of pupils’  disappearing from school registers represents a serious safeguarding issue.  Ofsted found 357 pupils had left seven schools in Birmingham and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets between September 2013 and June 2015.

Ramadan fasting for people with eating disorders (Big Centre TV): Consultant dietician Eleanor McGee interviewed about the difficulties of fasting for Muslims with eating disorders and the help on offer.

Raids seize 11,000 fake cigarettes across city (Halesowen Chronicle): Coverage of Trading Standards raids across Birmingham earlier this month, which resulted in illicit cigarettes worth nearly £3,000 being seized from six premises.  Cllr Barbara Dring quoted.

Festival supports cycling revolution (Birmingham Mail): Coverage of the launch of BikeFest, which will be the first Birmingham Cycling Revolution event that be held in the city in September.  Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted.

Praise for the Floozie’s floral makeover (BBC WM – Adrian Goldberg):  Callers say they like the transformation of the Victoria Square fountain, which is now a floral display.

Regional headlines

A 16-year-old girl has been charged with robbery and assault, after a video showing two young girls being bullied in Northfield was shared on social media six million times.

Teachers at Perry Beeches The Academy, in Great Barr, are among the highest paid in the country – with an average salary of £55,000 – according to new Department for Education figures.

The funeral ex-Birmingham City footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine, who were killed in last month’s attack on tourists at a Tunisian beach, takes place today.

National headlines

The Trades Union Bill, which proposes minimum turnouts in strike ballots, time limits on mandates for industrial action and changes to political levies, will be unveiled by the government later today. Unions say this will make legal strikes almost impossible.

The Coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, Louise Hunt, has ruled that neglect played a part in the death of three Army reservists who died while training on the Brecon Beacons on 13 July 2013.

A former SS officer, Oskar Groening – known as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’ – has been found guilty of the murder of 300,000 people and jailed for four years, following a trial in Germany.

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