Media Watch – March 6

By on 06/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories:

Serious case review launched into toddler’s death (widespread local and national coverage) A drug addict who killed her 23-month-old son by feeding him methadone to make him sleep has been jailed for six years after being convicted of his manslaughter. The multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has launched a serious case review into the death of Fenton Hogan at the hands of his mother, Kelly Emery.

Kids get creative in booze sales battle (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council is supporting the Trading Standards Institute’s Create a Campaign competition, encouraging school children in the city to get creative and come up with a campaign to combat illegal underage alcohol and tobacco sales. Quotes Cllr Barbara Dring.

Boozer breathalyser scheme wins praise (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham pubs and clubs have praised a new police and city council-backed scheme where customers are breathalysed before being allowed entry into premises.

Skyscraper plan is toppled for a smaller scheme (Birmingham Mail) Plans for a 50-storey skyscraper which would have been Birmingham’s tallest building have officially bitten the dust in favour of a smaller pair of towers at the Arena Central site in Suffolk Street Queensway. Quotes planning committee members Councillors Barry Henley and Keith Linnecor.

Lord Mayor kicks off Commonwealth Day (Birmingham Mail) The Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be starting this year’s Commonwealth Day events in the city next week.

Regional Headlines:

Families of the victims of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, in which 21 people were killed and 182 injured, have met the home secretary to call for an inquest into the deaths.

Travellers using Birmingham Airport are paying the 11th highest parking fees in the world, new figures have revealed.

National Headlines:

The population of England has risen by 565,000 since 2011 because of immigration, a major analysis by the University of Oxford estimates.

Drivers will get 10 minutes’ grace before being fined if they stay too long in council-owned car parks in England, the Government has announced

Proposals to give more rights to people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions are to be unveiled by Care Minister Norman. The changes would put people in charge of their care, and promote community support as an alternative to hospital.

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