Media Watch – July 16

By on 16/07/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Widespread coverage of planned weekend EDL protest (Birmingham Mail, Midlands Today, Radio WM, Central) Cllr John Cotton interviewed, following issue of statement on behalf of city council and faith groups, stressing city's opposition to extremism and intolerance.

Just 19 say 'no' to new wheelie bins (Birmingham Mail) Only 19 households out of more than 16,000 given wheelie bins so far under the council's transformation of waste collection in the city have refused to accept them.

Brum may sell NEC to fund its equal pay bill (Birmingham Mail) Claim that the NEC could be put on the market to raise cash , following a private report to yesterday's Cabinet setting out future options for the NEC Group. Cllrs Robert Alden, Tilsley, Stacey and the Leader quoted.

Council in call for part-ban on 'fire' lanterns (Birmingham Mail) Chinese lanterns could be banned from council-owned sites after one sparked a huge fire at a Smethwick recycling plant.

Delay in cigarette law 'will put lives at risk' (Birmingham Mail) Health chiefs in Birmingham claim a failure to force tobacco firms to sell cigarettes in plain packets would put lives at risk. Cllr Bedser, also chair of Birmingham's Tobacco Control Alliance, branded delays in introducing unbranded packets a 'public health disaster'.

Awards seek city's most creative waste watchers (Birmingham Mail) Creative entries are being sought for Birmingham's second Annual Recycling Awards.

Regional Headlines

Standards of care at 14 hospital trusts with the worst death rates in England, including one in Dudley, are to be laid bare in an official report later.

A Tipton mosque near the site of an explosion police have called “an act of terrorism” has reopened.

National Headlines

Eleven men, who were thought to be victims of human trafficking, have been rescued, Derbyshire Police say.

Two hectares of undergrowth is destroyed after a grass fire at a nature reserve in Surrey.

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