Media Watch – July 8

By on 08/07/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Firms Bid For Birmingham NEC Amid Cash Crisis (Sky News) A pack of private equity firms and pension funds are assembling bids for Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre (NEC) as the city’s council seeks funds to meet a £1.1bn pay bill.

Birmingham and Black Country jobs funding (BBC) Almost £500m of government funding has been awarded to improve transport and create jobs in Birmingham and the Black Country over the next three years.

Petition over new mosque traffic fears (Birmingham Mail) Residents have raised a 500-strong petition amid fears a new mosque is planned in the neighbourhood (Hall Green), creating traffic snarl-ups.

Thousands sign online petition to save Mutley (Birmingham Mail) Thousands of people from all over the world have signed an online petition to save a pitbull type fighting dog found tied to railings in Birmingham with horrific wounds.

Owner banned and fined after dog neglected (Express and Star) A man has been banned from keeping or owning animals for 10 years after pleading guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to a dog. Barry Curtis was also sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision and ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work. Birmingham City Council brought the case after receiving a complaint that a dog spotted in the back garden of a property on Fernbank Road in Alum Rock, was severely emaciated, with its ribs, hips and spine clearly visible.

It’s not a dead giveaway: Last Sutton Coldfield burial plot for sale (Birmingham Mail) The last burial plot at a city cemetery is coming up for auction - allowing the buyer to Rest in Peace - for the right price.

Government rejects Birmingham council’s ‘chugging byelaw’ (Fundraising) Local government minister Brandon Lewis has turned down a request from Birmingham City Council to impose a byelaw giving it power to restrict face-to-face street fundraising.

Regional Headlines

Murder probe after two found dead
A murder inquiry begins after a man and a woman are found dead in the West Midlands, police say.

Stab victims’ mothers support ‘knife angel’ bid
The mothers of three men who were fatally stabbed have backed an anti-knife campaign.

National Headlines

Claim ’20 top figures were abusers’
There is evidence at least 20 prominent figures – including ex-MPs and ministers – abused children for “decades”, a former child protection manager claims.

‘Major step’ towards Alzheimer’s test
British scientists have made a “major step forwards” in developing a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease.

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