Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
Combining forces – so what does it all mean? (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) General Q&A-type piece on plans for a combined West Midlands authority looking at what it would mean for the region.
Birmingham revels in its towering ambition (The Times, Monday) Birmingham plans to build more than a million square feet of office space in the city as an undersupply in London forces rents in the capital to sky high levels. Quotes Sir Albert Bore.
Club licence suspended after violence erupts (Sunday Mercury) Birmingham nightspot Bar Risa, in Broad Street, has had its licence suspended after violence erupted in the early hours of Friday morning. Birmingham City Council suspended the licence after an emergency meeting on Friday, after West Midlands Police ordered an expedited review.
Vandals target cars while owners visit crematorium (Sutton Observer) Security has been stepped up at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium after thieves stole handbags from mourners’ cars as they visited loved ones’ graves in two separate incidents. Quotes council spokesperson pointing out that there are signs reminding visitors not to leave valuables on display in their vehicles.
Fly-tipped waste on resident’s doorstep is a growing concern (Sutton Observer) An Erdington resident has called for action after piles of rubbish and litter were left dumped on a front pathway for months. Quotes council spokesperson saying the waste would be removed by the end of the month (May) or the landlord would face legal action.
A criminologist from Birmingham City University has called on young Muslim “thrill seekers” to ignore the lure of jihad as offered by the so-called Islamic State. Imran Awan warned there is no paradise waiting in Iraq and Syria.
Widespread coverage of the FA Cup final between Aston Villa and Arsenal, both before and after the game.
Trials of a scheme to double the 570 hours of free childcare a year that three and four-year-olds get in England are to be brought forward a year to 2016. Working parents in some areas will be entitled to the extra care when pilots are rolled out from September 2016.
A pair of cancer drugs can shrink tumours in nearly 60 per cent of people with advanced melanoma, a new trial has suggested. An international trial on 945 patients found treatment with ipilimumab and nivolumab stopped the cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58 per cent of cases. UK doctors presented the data at the American Society of Clinical Oncology.