Media Watch – November 4

By on 04/11/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Mum and babies fight for life after 999 lockout (Birmingham Mail): A mum has been left in a coma and her newborn twin girls on life support machines after ambulance crews spent half an hour trying to get into her locked tower block after she dialled 999. The council have said they are investigating this incident.

Pub has its hours cut after triple stabbing (Birmingham Mail): A Birmingham pub (The Adam and Eve, Digbeth) has had its hours cut after licensing chiefs heard an official may have been drunk when three people were stabbed outside.

Wake-up call for Brum as Manchester seizes power (Birmingham Mail): The deal to create a new Boris Johnson-style elected mayor for Greater Manchester with wide ranging powers should offer encouragement for Birmingham and the Black Country to ‘get its own act together’ says council Leader, Sir Albert Bore.

School reopens after warehouse arson (BBC News & BBC WM): Report on the reopening of Yardleys School, in Tyseley, which was closed for five weeks following a fire at a neighbouring warehouse.

Is Gillian Wearing’s family sculpture offensive to fathers? (Daily Telegraph): A sculpture depicting a ‘real Birmingham family’ has caused controversy due to its absence of men. Why are fathers increasingly marginalised in mainstream culture, asks Neil Lyndon.

Christmas is coming as German Market returns (Brum Notes): Story on the return of the Frankfurt German Market to Birmingham on 13 November.

New RIBA design competition (Building Engineer): Short article on the competition to find ideas for the redesign of Centenary Square.

Birmingham has it all (Coach Tours UK): Feature on Birmingham’s attractions for tourists – references shopping, Library of Birmingham, the Frankfurt German Market and the redevelopment of Grand Central Birmingham.

The Best of Brum (Flight Time – Flybe magazine): Feature on Birmingham’s attractions for tourists – references Symphony Hall, Library of Birmingham, and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Memorable night at relaunch of Old Rep (Birmingham Living): Report on the relaunch of Birmingham Ormiston Academy at the Old Rep Theatre, which the city council is sub-letting to the academy. 

Regional headlines

Two World War One artillery shells have been found during a garage clearance at house in Tessall Lane, Northfield.

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder over the death of a 21-year-old man found stabbed in Bilston, Wolverhampton on 27 September.

National headlines

Lib Dem Minister Norman Baker resigns and claims his Home Office experience was like “walking through mud” as he was thwarted by Theresa May and her advisers.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal is due to rule on the Bear Scotland vs Fulton case, which could determine whether workers are entitled to claim for overtime to be included in holiday pay.

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