Media Watch – March 25

By on 25/03/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Museums to charge (Birmingham Mail) Five Birmingham attractions are to begin charging visitors for the first time in more than a decade due to public spending cuts. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2011/03/community-museum-charges/

Pothole cash for city roads (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s £1.7 million potholes windfall will help speed the fight against crumbling roads, council chiefs have vowed.

Close-up of Staffordshire Hoard goes online (BBC) Star items from the UK’s largest find of Anglo-Saxon treasure are being shown in “breathtaking” close-up detail on a revamped website.

Star’s gift to art gallery (Birmingham Mail) the legendary designer of some of rocks most iconic album artwork has donated his collection of metal music memorabilia to an exhibition to be held at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Funding boost for Aston Science Park (Construction News) Up to 10 developers are in talks over the funding of a £35 million digital plaza in Birmingham. The project to extend Birmingham Science Park was launched by site owners Birmingham City Council at the Mipim property conference.

Counterfeit clothes boss to repay a record £5.5m (Birmingham Mail) 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.

Whitby in line for joint role (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council leader Mike Whitby could be on course to take over as the authority’s chief executive.

Regional Headlines

Mohammed Arshad murder suspect ‘wrote about guilt’
Notes written by a man accused of murdering a taxi driver described how much trouble he felt he was in and that he deserved to be caught, a court has been told.

Aston University plans maximum £9,000 fee rise
Aston University has announced plans to increase its annual tuition fees up to the maximum level of £9,000 per year.

Fatal Wolverhampton shooting was ‘possibly accidental’
Officers investigating the death of a boy from Wolverhampton said the shot that killed him may have been fired by accident.

National Headlines

Sian O’Callaghan murder police search for second body
Police are searching for a second body after arresting a man in Wiltshire on suspicion of kidnap and two murders.

Night Stalker rapist Delroy Grant to be sentenced
Night Stalker rapist Delroy Grant is to be sentenced later after being found guilty of a string of sex assaults.

Libya: UK jets bomb vehicles ‘threatening civilians’
British jets launched missiles at Libyan armoured vehicles as coalition raids continued for a sixth night, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

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