Media Watch – March 24

By on 24/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Counterfeit clothes boss to repay a record £5.5m (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council has secured its biggest ever Proceeds of Crime Act award after a crooked company boss, who was convicted of selling counterfeit clothing on an industrial scale, was ordered to repay almost £5.5 million.

Eastside the early favourite in race for enterprise zone status (Birmingham Post) The site of a major new railway station in Birmingham City Centre is favourite to become Birmingham’s first ‘enterprise zone’.

All powerful Whitby could opt for role of city chief executive (Birmingham Post) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby could be on course to take over as the authority’s chief executive – ousting Stephen Hughes from his £204,000-a-year job.

Regeneration project proves ‘best in country’ (Birmingham Post) Aston Pride, the £54 million Birmingham regeneration project that was almost closed down by the Government for failing to hit performance targets, has confounded its critics by being declared the best inner city improvement scheme in the country.

‘Big Society could give middle aged purpose’ (Birmingham Post) Voluntary service, which is at the heart of the Government’s Big Society initiative, could give thousands of unemployed middle aged people a new purpose in life, the deputy leader of Birmingham City Council has suggested.

£2.5m package to continue Birmingham gym scheme (Leisure Opportunities) Birmingham’s Be Active gym scheme will be continued into 2011/12 after a £2.5 million funding package was secured by the NHS and Birmingham City Council.

Councillors to keep their hot meals (Birmingham Mail) Cost cutting city councillors will continue to tuck into hot meals at full council meetings, while school kitchen staff may lose their free daily lunches.

Gun club can open with new manager (Birmingham Mail) A nightclub where police found a gun, knives and drugs will only be allowed to reopen under new management, city licensing chiefs have ruled.

Close up view of the Hoard (Birmingham Mail) Key items from the world famous Staffordshire Hoard can now be seen close up on a new website dedicated to the Anglo Saxon gold.

New home for Bard’s library (BBC, Birmingham Mail) The magnificent Victorian room built especially to house Birmingham’s historic collection of Shakespeare books  and prints is to be moved shelf by shelf to the city’s new library.

Regional Headlines

Bodies thought to be father and son found in Brownhills
The bodies of two men, believed to be father and son, have been found at a house in the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton cannabis mayor released after arrest
The mayor of Wolverhampton has been released without charge after being arrested following the discovery of cannabis plants.

Two held after boy’s death in Wolverhampton released
Two people arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally shot have been released without charge.

National Headlines

Budget 2011: Oil industry tax ‘will not hit motorists’
The windfall tax on oil companies announced in the Budget will not be passed on to motorists in higher fuel prices, a Treasury minister has said.

Libya action: More UK missiles target defences
UK forces have launched further missiles at Libyan air defences during a fifth night of coalition action to enforce the UN resolution on Libya.

Jerusalem bus stop bomb victim was British
A woman who was killed when a bomb exploded at a crowded bus stop in Jerusalem on Wednesday was British.

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