Media Watch – May 1

By on 01/05/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the local election campaign.

CSE: Organised crime gangs forcing vulnerable victims into prostitution in Birmingham and West Midlands (Birmingham Mail) Organised crime gangs have been officially linked to child sexual exploitation in a bombshell problem profile – and are forcing some young victims into prostitution.

Little miracles (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park has welcomed the patter of tiny animal feet with eight births in the last couple of months.

Bowing out but not forgotten (Birmingham Mail) Half a dozen Birmingham councillors with 86 years between them are retiring this week.

Birmingham’s boom is spreading good cheer (Property Week) Devolution and HS2 are attracting new business to the West Midlands and giving confidence to the residential market.

Funding for Birmingham recovery short of estimate (Children and Young People Now) Birmingham City Council will spend just two-thirds of the extra £140m in funding that was originally estimated would be needed to turn around its troubled children’s services.

Library of Birmingham protestors interviewed (BBC WM) Interview with people who protested as they were asked to leave the Library of Birmingham at closing time last Friday. the protest was about reduced opening hours.

Birmingham firm invests in tech with European finding (Insider Media) A Birmingham supplier of electrical testing products has won European funding to support an investment into 3D printing. Sorion Electronics secured cash from the European Regional Development Fund’s (ERDF) Business Innovation Programme, which is managed by Birmingham City Council.

Regional Headlines

Sheriff Mbye stabbing: Third man charged with murder
A third man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who was stabbed during a fight in Birmingham.

Carcraft closure: 500 jobs to go at second-hand car dealer
The second-hand car company Carcraft is to close, with the loss of about 500 jobs.

National Headlines

Continued widespread coverage of the General Election campaign.

Church of England to sell fossil fuel investments
The Church of England is adopting a new climate change policy and will cut its investments in fossil fuel companies.


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.