Media Watch – July 17 (am)

By on 17/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Police arrest “rogue” clampers (Birmingham Post, July 17, page 15) Further coverage of the arrest yesterday of four people believed to be the bosses of a Birmingham car clamping company. Chris Neville, Birmingham City Council's head of trading standards extensively quoted.

How not to run scrutiny (Birmingham Post, July 17, page 19) Iron Angle weekly political sketch column, covering the cancellation of an Adults and Communities scrutiny meeting after just three of 11 members turned up, comments made about young homeless people by Cllr Keith Barton and the recent e-mails to staff concerning Change Agents.

Birmingham gets £17million survival package (Insider Weekly, July 16, page 2) Coverage of the report set to go to Cabinet next week to seek approval for a Working Neighbourhood Fund package designed to combat the effects of the recession upon businesses locally.

Regional Headlines

It has been confirmed that a second person, whose details have not been released, has died in the West Midlands as a result of swine flu (BBC Radio WM).

A water feature in Walsall has not been operational for four years as a result of vandalism which means that the public would be a risk of contracting Legionnaires' Disease if it was switched on (BBC Radio WM).

National Headlines

The head of the UK Army has said better equipment is needed to protect troops from roadside bombs in Afghanistan.

At least nine people, including some foreigners, have been killed in two bomb blasts at luxury hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say.

Unannounced checks on children’s services introduced after the Baby P case should be halted because they are unfair, senior officials have said.


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