Media Watch – March 10

By on 10/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Council makes public Promise (Birmingham Mail) City councillors are to make a series of cast iron pledges to residents to guarantee levels of service on refuse collection, housing, road repairs and parks, in a new Birmingham Promise document set to be adopted by cabinet next week. Quotes Cllr Ian Ward.

Free school place axed for 100 pupils after cash blow (Birmingham Mail) One hundred pupils due to start at the new Perry Beeches V free school in Birmingham in September have been told to look elsewhere for a place after what has been described as a government funding blow. Quotes Cllr Brigid Jones questioning the plans.

£200m game changer for Brum (Birmingham Mail) Double-page feature on the Resorts World casino and leisure development which is set to launch at the NEC in July. References fact Neil Rami of Marketing Birmingham will be at MIPIM in Cannes this week in a bid to attract foreign investment into Birmingham.

Regional Headlines:

West Midlands Police raised safety concerns about the late kick-off time ahead of the FA Cup clash between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, which was marred by violence.

The co-owner of a prize-winning dog which died after allegedly being poisoned at Crufts has said she believes it was the victim of a random attack. Irish setter Jagger collapsed and died after returning to Belgium from the show at Birmingham’s NEC. Organisers have said sabotage will not be tolerated amid unsubstantiated claims that other dogs were poisoned at the event.

National Headlines:

‘Apologists’ for those who commit acts of terrorism are partly responsible for the violence, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will say later today in a speech at the Royal United Services Institute in London.

Hundreds of convicted sex offenders have gone missing from across the UK, according to police records. Figures released by 39 forces under the Freedom of Information Act show 394 sex offenders are currently wanted because their whereabouts are unknown.

Vulnerable children in England and Wales are being locked in police cells as a substitute for social and health care, a report has said. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said units were often full of children and vulnerable adults, rather than people accused of crimes.

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