Media Watch – March 30

By on 30/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Libraries may be saved in rescue plan (Birmingham Mail, Monday) A rescue deal which will save all of Birmingham’s 39 community libraries from closure is close to being agreed. Deputy Leader quoted.

Brum pledges to take another 50 Syrian refugees (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Birmingham is set to take in an extra 50 refugees from war-torn Syria. Leader quoted.

Officer found ‘disgusting’ conditions at city food firm (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Food firm Mushtaqs, of Stratford Road, Sparkhill, has been fined almost £25,000 at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court after environmental health officers from Birmingham City Council found that products were being prepared in ‘disgusting and filthy’ conditions.

Teacher had indecent images of children (Birmingham Mail, Monday) Oliver Downes, a teacher at local authority-run Bishop Vesey School in Sutton Coldfield, has received a two-year suspended jail sentence for possessing and making indecent images of children, as well as a drug offence. Quotes school spokesperson saying that the teacher resigned in July last year.

Partnership offers reassurance calls to elderly (Birmingham Mail, Monday) The Birmingham Telecare Service is working with charity the Silver Line to offer a ‘reassurance calls service’ to older people who may feel lonely, isolated or vulnerable. Quotes Jon Tomlinson, joint director of commissioning at Birmingham City Council.

Anger as troubled homeless hostel gets the green light (Birmingham Mail, Saturday) A Birmingham councillor has criticised a decision to give the go-ahead to a homeless hostel in Church Road, Yardley. Quotes Cllr Neil Eustace, plus council spokesperson clarifying that objections were received and taken into consideration, but the application complied with the council’s planning policy so was approved.

Regional Headlines:

Armed police swooped on the Travelodge, in Newhall Street, Birmingham, after reports of gunmen with hostages – only to discover they were actors performing in a religious production.

Birmingham Cathedral has been given £500,000 from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund for vital repair work. The 300-year-old building is one of 30 English cathedrals to receive funding through the scheme.

National Headlines:

An investigation has been launched into claims the details of millions of people’s pensions are being sold to fraudsters and cold-calling firms. Companies are selling information about people’s salaries, investment values and pension size for as little as 5p without consent, it is claimed.

Parents hardly ever spot obesity in their children, resulting in damaging consequences for health, doctors warn. In a study of 2,976 families in the UK, only four parents thought their child was very overweight. Medical assessments put the figure at 369. The researchers, writing in the British Journal of General Practice, said obesity had become the new normal in society.

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