Media Watch – June 11

By on 11/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Councils hit by £20m of cuts (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s young and unemployed are to bear the brunt of a £20 million package of cuts set to hit Midland councils.

Birmingham City Council wage bill cut by £10m (Birmingham Post.net) A policy of not replacing staff who leave and getting rid of expensive agency workers has cut Birmingham City Council’s annual wage bill by £10 million, it has been revealed.

Metro extension goes off tracks (Birmingham Mail) The long awaited extension of the Midland Metro through Birmingham city centre has been officially put on ice.

New church plans ‘genius’ (Birmingham Mail) Designs for the restoration and modernisation of a historic church following a devastating fire have been praised as ‘genius’ by city planners.

Call to ditch spy cameras (Birmingham Mail) Outraged Birmingham residents want covert cameras they believe are used to spy on Muslims removed. Cllr Tanveer Choudhry said: “We were lied to by the police, we never thought that these were counter-terrorism cameras.”

Library closure sparks protest (Birmingham Mail) Cash-strapped council bosses have come under fire over plans to close a community library and sell off the Georgian mansion (Hawthorn House) in which it is based.

Mayor enjoys a taste of Jamaica at festival (Birmingham Mail) Dishes from 16 countries were on the menu as the Lord Mayor officially opened Birmingham’s International Food Fair.

Regional Headlines

West Midlands Police arrest five fans for breaching ban
Police are questioning five men Five men suspected of flouting football banning orders have been arrested as part of a World Cup crackdown.

Sailor rescued after SOS text to father in Halesowen
A trainee sailor whose yacht ran into difficulties in the Caribbean has been rescued after texting his father in Halesowen, West Midlands.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage ahead of the World Cup kick-off.

Public should ‘revere’ troops, David Cameron says
The prime minister has told troops in Afghanistan he wants the British public to “revere and support” them for the “incredible work” they do.

Police ‘pay Kingsnorth climate protesters compensation’
Police searched people entering the camp site near the power station Kent Police are to pay compensation to three people who were unlawfully searched during a demonstration at a power station, lawyers have said.
 
Three Britons killed in road crash in South Africa
Three British students have died following a road crash in South Africa.

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