Media Watch – March 13

By on 13/03/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Wholesale markets to relocate (Birmingham Mail, BBC Midlands Today, Central News, BBC WM and other local media) The city council has announced that the Wholesale Markets will need to relocate to a site in Witton or Washwood Heath as remaining in the city centre is no longer affordable. Cllrs Bore and Ward quoted across the various items and articles.

U-turn over Edgbaston's name change (Birmingham Mail) The council's leadership has been accused of “incompetence” by political rivals after a statement from the council said general support from the local authority was being considered for Warwickshire County Cricket Club - rather than sponsorship including a naming rights deal, a day after it emerged the latter was set to be discussed by a council scrutiny committee.

£700k grant lifts hope of Hoard home (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM) The Staffordshire Hoard is a step closer to a permanent home in Birmingham after a Lottery grant was awarded for a Hoard gallery at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Off licence in booze ban after probe (Birmingham Mail) A shop in Perry Barr (Drinkspot in Wellington Road) has become the first in Birmingham to be banned from selling alcohol as a result of selling such drinks to underage children. The business sold alcohol to a volunteer 14-year-old as part of a joint police and council investigation.

Regional Headlines

Victims of the conflict in Syria are helped to walk again by a Dudley surgeon using artificial limbs made from drainpipes.

The parents of Christina Edkins, who was stabbed to death in Birmingham last week, have paid tribute to their daughter, who they said was a “beautiful princess”.

National Headlines

Labour has accused the government of “weak leadership” after it emerged plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in England and Wales may be dropped.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are visiting a refugee camp in Jordan which is home to people fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Syria.

Cardinals begin their second day of deliberations over who should be the new Pope, after the first round of voting proved inconclusive.

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