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‘Trojan Horse': Council plans changes to rules on school governors (BBC) New rules on the appointment of some school governors in Birmingham are being proposed by the council in the wake of the “Trojan Horse” inquiries. No local authority-appointed governor will be able to serve on more than two governing bodies or serve at the same school for more than eight years. Cllr Brigid Jones quoted
CCTV Captures Minion Balloon’s Museum Tour (Mirror, Free Radio, Sky) CCTV has captured a helium-filled Minion balloon’s ghostly tour of a museum and art gallery, in footage that is fast becoming an internet sensation. The inflatable Despicable Me character – thought to be either Dave or Bob, but probably Dave – got stuck to the ceiling of the Birmingham attraction some weeks ago.
Shortlisted five become one as Birmingham’s Centenary Square redesign winners to be revealed (ITV) The winner of a competition to re-design Centenary Square in Birmingham will be announced later today.
Paradise Circus plans submitted (Property Week) The first three detailed planning applications for Birmingham’s Paradise Circus development have been submitted to Birmingham City Council by development manager Argent, working with Hermes Investment Management.
Big Birmingham Bikes (BBC WM) Interview with city council representative about the free bike giveaway and cycling event on Victoria Square today
Food hygiene interview (BBC WM) Nick Lowe, food operations manager at the city council, talking about food hygiene ratings
Big Scoop (BBC WM and Big Centre TV) Dog wardens interviewed about Keep Britain Tidy and Dogs’ Trust campaign to encourage dog owners to pick up their dogs’ mess
Pub loses licence after drinker’s death (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The Gunmakers’ Arms pub has its licence revoked by BCC’s licensing committee, after a drunken man was left alone to die at the premises
Hospitals urge Muslims to donate organs – Hospitals in the West Midlands are urging Muslims to consider donating their organs for patients waiting for transplants
Five appear in court on Syria-related terror charges – Two men and three women accused of Syria-related terror offences have appeared in court
Carlisle cemetery murder boy Jordan Watson ‘savagely attacked’ – A 14-year-old boy found dead in a cemetery was the victim of a “savage and brutal attack”, police have said
Reports of child abuse rising sharply, NSPCC says – The number of recorded sexual offences against children in England and Wales has risen by a third, the NSPCC says