Media Watch – May 6

By on 06/05/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Trojan Horse latest (widespread regional and national coverage):

  • Ofsted announced it is has inspected three more schools in Birmingham, as part of the Trojan Horse probe, taking the total to 21
  • David Cameron backed the three ongoing investigations (BCC, Ofsted and Peter Clarke's reviews) while visiting Birmingham on Friday
  • Department for Education issues appeal for people to come forward with information for their investigation.
  • Kamal Hanif, head teacher at Waverley School, has been appointed to the city council's review body looking into the Trojan Horse allegations.

Anger over 'garden tax' as tip queues keep growing (Birmingham Mail): Drivers have branded Birmingham's 'garden tax' a joke as they waited up to 45 minutes to dump their green waste at Tyseley tip.

Jailed couple faked documents to help illegal immigrants (Birmingham Mail): A husband and wife team who supplied illegal immigrants with fake documents to help them stay in the UK have been ordered to pay nearly £400,000, following an investigation by Birmingham City Council.

Apprenticeships soar with thousands of jobs created (Birmingham Mail): A campaign to tackle youth unemployment launched in April 2013 has been hailed as a major success after it created 1,500 jobs in 100 days. Sir Albert Bore quoted.

‘Wet boulevard’ suggested for city (BBC Online): A 'wet boulevard' - a pedestrian zone following the River Rea between Bullring and Eastside, is being proposed for Birmingham.

Chelsea show brings out the best in horti-sculpture (The Times): A preview of the Chelsea Flower Show which refers to Birmingham City Council's entry which will commemorate the First World War.

Regional Headlines

A Birmingham dental nurse who walked free after being accused of poisoning her boss has said her life has been ruined.

Dozens of businesses - including Chiltern Railways and Carillion - are leading the bid to bring the HS2 College to Birmingham.

Birmingham City beat relegation with last gasp goal in 94th minute in their match against Bolton.

National Headlines

People with asthma are dying unnecessarily because of complacency among medical staff and patients, according to a new national study.

A lack of mental health beds in England to seek treatment in other NHS facilities up to hundreds of miles away, according to BBC research.

‘Scull Cracker' armed robber, Michael Wheatley, who absconded from an open prison in Kent, has been spotted in London according to police.

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