Media Watch – June 18

By on 18/06/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

CCTV scheme halted (Guardian, Independent, Daily Express, Times, BBC, Birmingham Mail) A project to place two Muslim areas in Birmingham under surveillance has been dramatically halted after an investigation by the Guardian revealed it was a counter-terrorism initiative.

Birmingham launch awareness campaign about abuse (ITV Central, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is starting a campaign to raise awareness about the abuse of older adults. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=11022

Finalists bid for UK City of Culture crown (Liverpool Echo, BBC Radio Merseyside)

Learn how to cash in on Olympics (Birmingham Mail) Small businesses in Birmingham can get free advice on how to cash in on the London Olympic Games at a breakfast event. City Council business advisors will be on hand.

Energy efficient retrofitting taking place in Birmingham (Energy Saving Trust) Energy efficient improvements are to be fitted in up to 40 council properties in the Birmingham area. The city council announced the move as part of the Green New Deal pilot scheme.

Outcry over school sun cream ban (Birmingham Mail) Children at a Birmingham primary school have been banned from taking sun cream into lessons to comply with health and safety.

Regional Headlines

Teenager charged with Mitcham marine stabbing
The victim was a Royal Marine A 17-year-old has been charged after a Royal Marine and his father were stabbed in south London.

Builder from Birmingham jailed over house fraud
A builder has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after swindling a man out of nearly £170,000 for unnecessary work to his house.

Appeal over Kingstanding mobility scooter hit-and-run
An 83-year-old woman from Birmingham was badly hurt when she was run over by a mobility scooter and dragged along a road behind it.

National Headlines

Widespread coverage ahead of the World Cup.

Network Rail boss Iain Coucher to step down
The chief executive of Network Rail, Iain Coucher, is to resign after eight years with the firm.

Baby shaking childminder loses manslaughter appeal
A Buckinghamshire childminder has lost her appeal against conviction for killing a baby in her care.

David Cameron strikes ‘positive’ note at EU summit
David Cameron has vowed to work “positively” with the EU but to protect UK sovereignty, after a breakfast meeting with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

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