Media Watch – Nov 29

By on 29/11/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

It’s Brrrum! (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has warned of the dangers of attempting to walk or skate on any ice-covered park lakes and ponds during the freeze.

New look to sport field unveiled (Birmingham Mail) Swedish inspired plans to revitalise a playing field next to a city tip are being unveiled by city chiefs today.

Asbo unit facing the axe (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour unit is facing the axe – prompting fears that the city will be plagued by gun gangs, boy racers, beggars and prostitutes.

New green oasis to earn £80m for city (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s first new civic park for more than 125 years will encourage more families to move into the city centre, it has been claimed.

Lord Mayor backs Midland soldiers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s Lord Mayor has made a special visit to Germany to give support to young Midlands soldiers as they prepare to travel to Afghanistan.

Festivities at Soho House (Birmingham Mail) Visitors to  a city museum can step back 200 years this Christmas. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14248

Campaign aims to save the home of a political dynasty (Times) A campaign has been launched to secure the future of Highbury Hall.

Wheel clamper who extorted £500k from motorists jailed (Sun, Birmingham Mail, Daily Telegraph, BBC) Report into the news that three of the operators behind a notorious Birmingham clamping operation have been sent to prison. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14279

Thousands ‘to lose jobs’ (Birmingham Mail) The city council will this week confirm the biggest spending cuts for decades with an admission that thousands of local authority jobs will disappear over the next four years. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14263

Binmen vote on strike (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s binmen have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action this winter, according to early indications.

Cold shelter open early in city centre (Birmingham Mail) A cold weather shelter for rough sleepers in Birmingham has opened its doors early this year in response to the cold spell. http://birminghamnewsroom.com/?p=14284

Saddled up for fun (Birmingham Mail, Daily Star) Birmingham’s wackiest Christmas event, the annual Thomas Vale Pantomime Horse Grand National, took place in fine style yesterday.

Santa fears the wurst (sic) over market (Birmingham Mail) As festive trips to visit Santa in Lapland fall in popularity, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is more popular than ever.

The gold standard (Beautiful Britain) Feature on the Staffordshire Hoard.

Regional Headlines

Man, 48, fatally stabbed in Kingstanding store
A 48-year-old man has been found dead after a suspected attempted robbery at a store in north Birmingham.

Baby dies in hospital after Smethwick crash
A two-month-old baby has died after a car crash in the West Midlands. The baby boy was taken to hospital after the collision between two cars in Grove Lane, Smethwick, shortly after 1810 GMT on Saturday but later died.

Birmingham Airport’s old Maglev carriage sold on eBay
A carriage from a magnetic shuttle used to transport airport passengers to a nearby railway station has been auctioned off for charity.

National Headlines

Fresh Wikileaks claims ‘include criticism of UK’
Criticisms of British actions are included in a fresh leak of US State Department files, the Guardian claims.

Freezing weather shows no sign of letting up
The freezing weather shows no sign of letting up with more snow forecast for the rest of the week.

Lib Dem activists target Nick Clegg over tuition fees
More than 100 Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidates have called on leader Nick Clegg to oppose government plans to raise tuition fees in England.

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