Media Watch – Nov 18

By on 18/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Council seeks to protect vulnerable children with `novel’ legal action (Guardian, Times, Telegraph, BBC, Daily Mail) Social services bosses in Birmingham say they are taking innovative legal action in an effort to protect vulnerable children who may be victims of sexual exploitation. Birmingham city council says it has launched civil court proceedings against a number of men with the aim of protecting youngsters who may not understand what is happening to them.

Ofsted chief: Trojan Horse scandal not over (The Daily Telegraph, BBC, Daily Mail) The Trojan Horse scandal is not finished, the head of Ofsted has warned, as he called for “greater urgency” to deal with the issues raised in Birmingham.

Wheelie bins in £20m demand (Birmingham Mail) The West Midlands manufacturing sector is in line for a near £20 million boost – thanks to Birmingham City Council’s waste collection.

Closure threat for Town Hall over £1.4m bill (Birmingham Mail) Sutton Coldfield’s historic Town Hall faces closure or being sold off to developers unless a £1.4 million repair bill can be met

Residents debate on-street parking (Birmingham Mail) On-street parking in one of Birmingham’s leafiest suburbs (Harborne) will be discussed at a meeting.

Ikea kitchens help sell insulation to Dutch – and UK could be next (Guardian) More than 100,000 homes across the UK could be given a carbon-neutral retrofit by 2020 if the EU approves funding for a ground-breaking green social housing project this month. The first pilot projects are due to start within a year on council estates and housing association properties in London, Birmingham and southern England and are set to save 1,950GWh of energy.

Regional Headlines

Man found dead on Icknield Street, Birmingham
A man has been found dead on a road in Birmingham. Police were called to Icknield Street in Hockley just after 04:00 BST (Monday) and declared the man, in his 40s, dead at the scene.

‘Plebgate’ libel case: Police accused of ‘web of lies’
Police spun a “web of lies” that led to a “vitriolic” campaign against ex-chief whip, Sutton Coldfield MP, Andrew Mitchell and his family, the High Court has heard.

National Headlines

Quarter of sex offences go unrecorded
More than a quarter of sexual offences, and almost one in five of all reported crimes, are not being recorded by police in England and Wales because of “indefensible” failings, a report says.

Culling to begin at bird flu farm
A cull of 6,000 ducks is due to start following a confirmed case of bird flu at a breeding farm in East Yorkshire.

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