Media Watch – Nov 26

By on 26/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Mum takes aim at antics of the Golden Cowboy (Birmingham Mail) A grandmother has demanded a mime artist who performs in the city centre has his toy gun confiscated after her grandson was pictured with the “Golden Cowboyâ€, handcuffed with the imitation gun pressed against his temple. Article wrongly states he is a “German Market†attraction. The performer is seen in the city at various points in the year. Council spokesperson quoted as saying local authority staff will speak to the performer about his alleged conduct.

£123m blow for at-risk children (Birmingham Mail) Cabinet Member Cllr Brigid Jones has warned the council is unlikely to secure the £123million of extra funding the local authority believes it needs from central government to properly protect vulnerable children in the city.

Sniffer dogs find stash of 27,000 illegal cigarettes (Birmingham Mail) Specialist sniffer dogs have been used as part of a council-led raid. Cllr Barbara Dring quoted about the haul – which had a street value of £11,800.

Canal is drained to create city centre green corridor (Birmingham Mail) A stretch of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal is being drained as part of a £250,000 improvement project. During the work, being done as part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution scheme, the towpath will be widened and new steps installed at Islington Row canal bridge. The canal and towpath will be closed until December 19. Cllr Lisa Trickett quoted in support of the scheme.

Call for probe into land sale deal (Birmingham Mail) The council planning department has been called on to investigate a land development deal amid claims the planning committee was given misleading information over a housing development. The claims have been made by Cllr John Lines in relation to a former allotments site off Kyles Way in Bartley Green. The city council denies the claim and says there has been no official request for an investigation.

Traders’ fury after bin bags left for 5 weeks (Birmingham Mail) Senator hair salon on the Birchfield Road in Perry Barr claims to have not had waste collected for five weeks despite having a contract with the city council. A spokesperson for the council explains there have been access issues and the issue is being dealt with – with enforcement action being considered against anyone else that has added fly tipped waste to the rubbish not collected as part of the contract.

Regional Headlines

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed a tour of the Jewellery Quarter yesterday.

A pre-inquest hearing into the death of Kingsley Burrell has been staged. The Hockley resident died four days after being detained in 2011.

Magical Journey, a Christmas attraction based at the Belfry which closed after initially opening at the weekend, is due to re-open today after improvement works.

National Headlines

Protesters turn out across the US over the decision not to charge a white policeman who shot a black teenager in Missouri, with rioting in California.

The government is failing those with learning disabilities by keeping them in hospitals far from home for too long, a report commissioned by NHS England says.

New measures to tackle terrorism are to be published by the home secretary, days after she said the UK faces a “greater” terror threat than ever before.

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