Media Watch – July 20

By on 20/07/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Brum’s children still in danger (Birmingham Mail) Children at the highest risk of sexual and physical abuse continue to be let down by Birmingham City Council’s failing social services, a highly critical government report has concluded. Cllr Len Clark quoted.

Hoping to see the light on solar ban (Birmingham Mail) Pressure is mounting to overturn a ban on controversial solar panels on a historic Birmingham church rooftop. Birmingham City Council turned down an energy-saving initiative at St Mary’s Church in Moseley.

Window on a hidden world (TES) Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Steve McCurry Retrospective given 9/10. Very positive review. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11310

Noisy neighbour fined more than £1,000 (PA Newswire and various regional publications) A Birmingham woman who tormented her neighbours by playing music at full volume until the early hours of the morning has been fined. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11505

Birmingham business ‘on the button’ to secure loan funding (midlandsbusinessnews.co.uk) A Birmingham digital media company which specialises in the production of videos and animation for corporate clients has received £200,000 from the Birmingham City Council Loan Fund.

Nesting falcons delay tower block demolition (Various regional publications) Work to demolish a tower block in Birmingham has been delayed after a pair or peregrine falcons set up home on the building’s roof. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11585

Regional Headlines

Body found in burnt-out buildings in Birmingham
A body has been found at the scene of a fire at two boarded-up buildings in Birmingham.

Boy in court over fatal stabbing in Erdington 
A teenager has appeared in court accused of the murder of a 21-year-old man in Birmingham.

Sandwell pupils at schools buildings rally
Pupils and teachers from schools in Sandwell have joined a meeting in Westminster, London, over cuts to the school rebuilding programme.

National Headlines

Police spending cuts ‘could hamper fight against crime’
Cuts of more than 12% to police budgets could harm the ability of forces in England and Wales to combat crime, the Chief Inspector of Constabulary says.

Ryanair profits fall after ash cloud cancellations
Ryanair’s first-quarter net profits have fallen by 24% to 93.7m euros ($122m, £80m) because of the volcanic ash disruption earlier this year.

David Cameron agrees to meet senators about Lockerbie
UK Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed to meet four US senators to discuss allegations that BP lobbied for the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

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