Media watch July 3 (pm)

By on 03/07/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Watchdog u-turn over development (Birmingham Mail, page 8)
English Heritage backs campaigners fighting to stop planning permission being granted for 16 homes on the Moor Pool Estate in Harborne. Residents fear if permission is granted it will open the door for bigger projects on the estate. Cllr Deirdre Alden quoted supporting the campaign. Article says the council is recommending approval. Planning officer quoted claiming proposals pay respect to local character.

Regional Headlines:

Shoppers fainting in heatwave (Birmingham Mail, page 1)
Story on impact of yesterday’s hot weather claims shoppers and staff in Debenhams in the Bullring have been fainting. Debenhams spokeswoman quoted saying the store’s cooling system was struggling to cope. West Midlands Ambulance also reveal they struggled to cope with number of heat-related calls as temperature neared 30 degrees.

Kids ‘unaware they were filmed naked’ (Birmingham Mail, page 5)
Continuing coverage of prosecution Wolverhampton teaching assistant alleged to have taken indecent photographs and videos of children

Pupils taken away (Birmingham Mail, page 19) Teachers urged to be on the look-out for tell-tale signs that pupils may become victims of forced marriages.

Midlands Today/ITV Central/ITV and BBC national: Criticism of Staffordshire Hospital by committee of MPs in wake of up to 1,200 patient deaths that could have been avoided. MPs highlight focus on targets instead of patients and say not enough has been done to improve while pressure group calls for a public inquiry.

Midlands Today: School criticised for offering day trip to Alton Towers to 100 per cent attendance pupils. As a result, teenager hit broken leg so could go on trip.

National Headlines:

First swine flu death in London

Baby P council ‘limited progress’

‘Iran trial’ for UK embassy staff

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