Media Watch – June 14

By on 14/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Olympians launch city half marathon (Birmingham Mail) British sporting legends Roger Black and Sharron Davies will be putting their best foot forward to launch the EDF Birmingham Half Marathon.

£10m council wage savings (Birmingham Mail) Not replacing staff who leave and getting rid of agency workers has cut Birmingham City Council’s annual wage bill by £10 million, it has been revealed.

Birmingham International Food Fair 2010 (BBC) A mouth-watering array of cuisine will be on offer from a wide range of countries in Birmingham city centre this month.
Householder warned over extension (Birmingham Mail) A householder has been slammed by city planning chiefs for carrying on building work on an extension even though he did not have planning permission.

Gardeners dig in to 80 new plots (Birmingham Mail) Green-fingered inner city folk can now enjoy the good life as Birmingham opens its first new allotment site in 30 years.

Neighbour from hell evicted (Birmingham Mail) A pensioner who led a one-man reign of terror against his neighbours has been kicked out of his council house and handed a suspended prison sentence.

Legal fight over spy cameras in Muslim suburbs (Guardian) A counter-terrorism surveillance project targeted at two Muslim neighbourhoods in Birmingham could be halted after human rights lawyers pledged to seek a judicial review.

School gates demo to block Kings Heath expansion (AboutMyArea) Parents opposed to the expansion of a Kings Heath school are to stage a protest demonstration at the school gates.

Regional Headlines

Four injured in Custard Factory shooting in Birmingham
Four people have been injured in a shooting at a nightclub in Birmingham city centre.

Police plan could be a ‘disaster’ 
A former chief constable says plans for directly elected police commissioners could be a “disaster.” Lord Dear, who as Geoffrey Dear led West Midlands Police from 1985-90, said there could be pitfalls in the new government’s plans.

Man charged with stabbing woman in Walsall
A man has been charged in connection with the stabbing of a woman in Walsall.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage ahead of the World Cup.

Fiscal watchdog set to downgrade UK growth forecast
The new estimates will form the basis for George Osborne’s first Budget The new UK fiscal watchdog is expected to downgrade the previous Labour government’s growth estimates later.

Ministers to get Bloody Sunday report on Monday
Lord Saville’s report will be published shortly The Saville Report into the events of Bloody Sunday is to be given to the UK government on Monday.

Windscreen water infection risk
Windscreen wiper water may be the cause of 20% of cases of Legionnaires’ Disease in England and Wales, the Health Protection Agency says.

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