Media Watch – March 11

By on 11/03/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Further coverage of the alleged ‘Trojan Horse’ plot (Times, Daily Mail, BBC, Birmingham Mail)

Birdman faces £5,000 fine for feeding pigeons (Birmingham Mail) A man faces court action for feeding pigeons, despite complaints from residents about his actions. A council spokesperson said he had been warned several times and fined previously

Shock as car ploughs into primary school (Birmingham Mail, BBC, Express) Springfield primary school was closed yesterday after a car smashed into one of its walls.

£3m potential upgrade for homelessness centres (BBC, Inside Housing, 24Dash, Free Radio) Three homelessness centres in Birmingham could be set for £3 million of refurbishment and upgrade work, if a report to the council's cabinet is approved.

MP: Child poverty costing Birmingham £1bn a year (Birmingham Mail) Extra services for children growing up in poverty are costing £1bn, Liam Byrne has warned. Cllr John Cotton said the city council is working hard to pick up the pieces by supporting families

Brum draws a veil over web wedding error (Birmingham Mail) Couples hoping to pop along to a bridal fair in Birmingham were in for a bit of a trip when finding out the event posted on the council’s website was actually in Alabama. A council spokesperson said the events website is clearly so successful that organisers from over 4,000 miles away want to use it, adding that it slipped through the net and was removed as soon as the error was discovered

Gale force wind tunnel concerns for new tower (Birmingham Mail) Cllr Barry Henley has warned that a city centre tower block (the proposed Lumina office block) could create a gale force wind tunnel. The council’s planning committee has approved the plans

We’re flying the flag for Commonwealth Games (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Lord Mayor ran the Commonwealth flag up the pole at the Council House to mark the upcoming Commonwealth Games

No waiting as scheme is on track, say chiefs (Halesowen News) Further coverage of plans for the new Curzon Street HS2 station. Sir Albert Bore quoted

Regional stories

Campaigners meet police chief in quest for answers – The families of the Birmingham pub bombings victims are to meet the chief constable of West Midlands Police following fears the suspects may have immunity letters

Fire at recycling plant ‘suspicious’ – A “significant” fire at a wood recycling plant and scrapyard in Tipton is being treated as suspicious, the fire service says

National stories

Stolen jet passport ‘no terror link’ – One of the holders of a stolen passport on the missing Malaysian airliner was a young Iranian, not believed to have terrorist links, Malaysian officials say

Kerry rejects Putin Ukraine meeting – A meeting with Vladimir Putin over Ukraine will not happen until Moscow engages with US proposals on the crisis, the US secretary of state says

Co-op boss offers his resignation – Co-op Group chief executive Euan Sutherland has written a resignation letter, the BBC’s Robert Peston learns

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