Media Watch – Oct 3

By on 03/10/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Portrait of top doc saved for city (Birmingham Mail) A portrait of one of Birmingham’s leading 18th century doctors, worth £875,000 has been saved by the city thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund donation.

Two schools in exam cheat investigation (Birmingham Mail) Two Birmingham primary schools are under investigation by education chiefs following ‘cheating’ allegations over SATs exam results. The city council, which is carrying out the probe on behalf of the Department for Education, is refusing to confirm the names of the schools involved.

'Good Life' school scoops top award for recycling (BBC Midlands Today) A primary school in Shard End (Timberley Primary School) which teaches its children the 'Good Life' scooped the top award at Birmingham's first Recycling Awards on Friday 28 September in the Council House Banqueting Suite.

Tributes paid to a model daughter (Birmingham Mail) The devastated parents of a Birmingham social worker who dies after falling seriously ill at the wheel of her car have paid an emotional tribute to their ‘model’ daughter.

I’ve banned kids from playing on front lawn – it’s too dangerous (Birmingham Mail) A mum has banned her children from playing in their front garden because their road (Longbridge Lane, West Heath) is such an accident blackspot. Laura Harris has organised a 100-name petition to be handed to Birmingham City Council demanding safety improvements.

Motorists warned after clampdown (Birmingham Mail) Drivers have been urged to be vigilant after clamping on private land was outlawed. Birmingham City Council trading standards chiefs have welcomed the change in the law but warned motorists still faced a threat from firms turning to lucrative parking ticket operations instead.

Love and Death Victorian paintings from Tate (Independent) Review of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s Pre-Raphaelite exhibition.

Regional Headlines

Flaws scupper rail franchise deal
The bidding process to operate the West Coast mainline, which runs through the West Midlands, is to be rerun.

Birmingham nursery worker assaulted toddlers
A woman has been given a 12-month community order for assaulting toddlers in her care at a Birmingham nursery.

National Headlines

Search for missing girl continues
Police stand down volunteers as specialist teams continue a “methodical” search in mid Wales for missing five-year-old April Jones.

Labour in NHS privatisation vow
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham will vow to reverse the “rapid” privatisation of NHS hospitals in England in his keynote conference speech.

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