Media Watch – July 23

By on 23/07/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Lampposts targeted by metal thieves (Birmingham Mail) Metal thieves posing as genuine workers are trying to steal Birmingham’s lampposts.

City in alcohol crisis (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury) Alcohol abuse is costing Birmingham’s economy a staggering £200 million a year with boozed up patients crippling hospital services and hungover staff pulling sickies leaving firms paying the price, shocking figures have revealed. Health chiefs and council bosses have launched a new alcohol strategy.

Social Inclusion Process findings revealed (BBC WM) Cllr John Cotton interviewed after the initial findings of an inquiry into social exclusion in the city and how to close inequality gaps for people in Birmingham were revealed.

Eyes peeled for Olympic fakers Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Trading Standards team has been busy targeting ticket touts and counterfeit sellers in the city, already seizing Olympic-themed fakes from cigarette lighters to sunglasses.

Backing black’s no gamble (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy warns Brummies about the pitfalls of getting a private cab without pre-booking.

Office block to become free school (Birmingham Mail) Council-planners have given the go-ahead to convert a disused four-storey office block into a free school, despite misgivings over an inadequate play area and its city centre location.

London 2012: US and Jamaican athletes at Birmingham service (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Athletes from the US and Jamaican Olympic teams have attended a cathedral service to welcome them to Birmingham. After the service, Birmingham City Council Leader Sir Albert Bore presented USA Track and Field with a framed photograph of the 1908 USA Olympic team, taken by former Birmingham MP and industrialist Sir Benjamin Stone.

Danny DeVito at UK premiere of The Lorax in Birmingham (BBC, Birmingham Mail) Hollywood star Danny DeVito has been in Birmingham for the UK premiere of animation film The Lorax. The premiere was brought to Birmingham thanks to the City Council’s Film Birmingham unit.

Staffordshire Hoard among top treasures (Sunday Express) The Staffordshire Hoard has been named the third most important historical find ever discovered by the British public.

Councils’ nice earner (Sunday Mercury) Midland councils are raking in millions from parking fines, the RAC Foundation has revealed.

X in the city… (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham buskers are having to battle through X Factor style auditions for the opportunity to entertain on the city’s busiest streets.

Taxi drivers turn streets into toilet (Sunday Mercury) Council bosses are investigating claims that taxi drivers are using a street in one of Birmingham’s poshest areas (Harborne) as a toilet.

Protest parents ‘won’t go quietly’ (Birmingham Mail) Parents ended the educational year with a bang – by protesting over proposals to turn a Birmingham school (West Heath Primary) into an academy.

City’s 4,000 ‘troubled families’ (Birmingham Mail) More troubled families live in Birmingham than any other area of the country according to a new hard-hitting report.

Birmingham City Council unveils plans for women’s enterprise hubs (Local Government Executive) Birmingham will establish ‘enterprise hubs’ that brings together all the support services women entrepreneurs need to succeed, city council leader Sir Albert Bore has announced.

Let’s get together (Local Government Executive) Accord and Birmingham City Council have joined forces with Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and the Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs (ISE) to set up community interest company Buy For Good.

Regional Headlines

Firefighters tackle factory blaze
About 40 firefighters tackle a blaze at a disused factory in Birmingham.

Murder probe over gym owner death
A Birmingham gym owner dies 12 days after being found with injuries below a walkway leading to his gym, prompting a murder probe.

National Headlines

Migrants in UK ‘Bermuda Triangle’
The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of more than 275,000 failed migrants who need to be removed from Britain, the home affairs committee says.

Tax avoiders ‘named and shamed’
The government could force finance companies to hand over the details of wealthy individuals taking advantage of aggressive tax avoidance schemes.

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