Media Watch – Nov 17

By on 17/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

First 20 is Plenty pilot set for approval (BBC WM) Detailed proposals for the first area to pilot widespread 20mph speed limits in Birmingham are due before the city council’s Cabinet.

£45,000 benefit claim student sent to prison (Birmingham Mail) A University student has been jailed for six months for dishonestly claiming more than £45,000 in housing benefits. Shabana Kauser failed to tell Birmingham City Council that the house she was living in was owned by her brother.

Warning for lazy landlords (Birmingham Mail) Lazy Brum landlords are being ordered to clean up their act to combat poor living conditions for tenants. The city council is warning landlords of the punishment they face if they fail to carry out essential repairs: Fines or compulsory purchase orders will be imposed.

Warning over ketamine use (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham substance misuse expert (Birmingham Public Health’s Ricky Bhandal) has warned of the dangers of ketamine after shocking new figures revealed a huge spike in its use.

Abandoned Mercedes racks up £14,235 in car parking fees (Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Mirror, Mail, Express) A Mercedes has remained gathering dust in the bowels of a multi-storey car park for THREE YEARS. That’s a staggering £14,235 in parking fees. But the crock in the bay – cordoned off by a safety barrier – may soon be moved from Broadway Plaza, off Five Ways, Birmingham. It is claimed that the local authority has been asked to remove it after attempts to track down the owner drew a blank. However the reporter was unable to confirm this or who the car park company claim to have spoken to. He was still researching his story and never asked for a BCC comment.

Council to buy new digital speed cameras (Great Barr Observer) Plans are in place for Birmingham City Council to invest in new digital speed cameras to replace old ‘wet film’ safety cameras.

Fury at council’s paint patch over racist graffiti (Sunday Mercury) A mum has slated council handymen for simply painting a black square over vile racist graffiti scrawled on her flat door. But a spokesman for the city council stressed the paint job was a temporary measure and full repair work will be carried out shortly. Workers had acted as soon as they were made aware of the incident.

How German are Christmas markets? (BBC) Feature looking at the Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Regional Headlines

Temple procession for Sikh guru
Thousands of Sikhs take part in a march to five West Midlands temples to honour the birth of the founder of their religion.

Road deaths remembered at arboretum
A cycle ride to the National Memorial Arboretum marks the memory of a West Midlands teenager killed in a bus accident.

National Headlines

Warning lights for global economy
Prime Minister David Cameron warns of a “dangerous backdrop of instability and uncertainty” in the global economy, which could risk the UK’s recovery.

Bird flu case at Yorkshire duck farm
Officials confirm a case of bird flu at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire, but say the risk to public health is very low.

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