Media Watch – Nov 19

By on 19/11/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Scandal of the city’s runaway children (Birmingham Mail) Children went missing from state-run and private care homes in Birmingham almost 6,000 times in four years.

Thousands turn out for Diwali event (Birmingham Mail) Around 10,000 people took part in Birmingham’s largest Diwali festival in Hockley yesterday. Organised by the Hindu Council of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, the day long celebration included music, food, dancing and fireworks.

Driver picks up 55 tickets in one year (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham driver has picked up a staggering 55 parking tickets in Birmingham over the last year.

Shop riddled with droppings (Birmingham Mail) Council officials have won a court order to temporarily shut down a Birmingham food store (Spiceland Frozen Foods, Aston) after horrified environmental health officers found it riddled with mice.

Complaint? We’ve got a new app for that (Birmingham Mail) Neighbourhood problems such as fly-tipping or graffiti could soon be reported at the push of a button. Birmingham City Council has started work on a series of apps for smartphones and tablets to allow taxpayers to report nuisances as they are on the go.

Home from home for the Germans (Birmingham Mail) Feature looking at the Frankfurt Christmas Market.

Turning up the heat on the illegal use of sunbeds (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Councils Jacqui Kennedy urges volunteers to join consumer watchdogs’ fight against the illegal use of sunbeds.

Widespread coverage of the PCC election results.

Year-long wait to get rid of city chuggers (Birmingham Mail) It could take 12 months for a bylaw banning ‘chuggers’ from the streets of Birmingham to be adopted, it has been revealed.

Arsenic pills sold to pregnant women (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham company director sold potentially deadly tablets to pregnant women – which contained arsenic and lead.

Regional Headlines

Metal theft rises on motorways
Almost 150 metal theft incidents happened on motorways in the West Midlands region over a year, the Highways Agency says.

Man killed in hit-and-run crash
A man is killed in a hit-and-run crash near a pub in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

PM targets ‘time-wasting’ appeals
Ministers will crack down on “time-wasting” in the “massive growth industry” of legally challenging government policy, the PM David Cameron will say later.

Income tax powers for Wales by 2020
The Welsh government should have the power to vary income tax by 2020, an influential report on the future of devolution says.

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