Top Birmingham City Council Stories:
Up to 500 children ‘at abuse risk’ (BBC online, BBC WM, BBC Five Live, Birmingham Mail, Radio Four) Almost 500 children across the West Midlands were victims of or vulnerable to sexual exploitation in the first half of last year, figures have revealed. Stephen Rimmer, regional leader for preventing violence against vulnerable people, interviewed
2015 Birmingham Pride festival to go ahead despite devastating city council funding funds (Zone) Birmingham Pride organisers have given the West Midlands’ gay community a massive new year boost by confirming the 2015 festival will go ahead
Gran told: white lines…don’t do it (Metro, Telegraph, Mail online, ITV) Further coverage of Northfield woman who painted no parking signs on the road outside her house to stop school-run parents blocking her driveway
Contractor sues city council over state of roads (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s road contractor (Amey) is suing the city council over the standard of the road network it signed up to maintain. Councillor Stewart Stacey said the council has a difference of opinion over the level of service delivery which must be challenged
Actress’s pledge to tackle child sexual exploitation (Birmingham Mail) An Edgbaston actress joined teenagers from across the region to host workshops as part of a child sexual exploitation conference at the Lighthouse youth centre in the city. Councillor Brigid Jones quoted.
Fog and over-running road works cause chaos for Birmingham commuters – A combination of heavy fog and over-running road works sparked a nightmare commute for rush hour drivers this morning.
An 18-year-old Birmingham man arrested on suspicion of preparing to travel to Syria to join Islamic State terrorists has been bailed.
Osborne to unveil pre-election Budget – George Osborne will set out his tax and spending plans later, in his last Budget before May’s general election.
Netanyahu in surprise election win – Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party wins a surprise victory in Israel’s election, putting him on course for a fourth term in office.
Syria claims downing of US drone – The Syrian military says it has shot down a US drone near the city of Latakia, a northern stronghold of President Bashar al-Assad.