Media Watch – Sep 16

By on 16/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Sweets at supermarket tills are 'fuelling obesity crisis' (Independent) Public Health Birmingham’s Linda Hindle leading the fight to ban unhealthy food from supermarket checkouts.

Council set to join calls for sky lantern ban after huge fire (Birmingham Mail) Councillors are demanding a ban on Chinese lanterns after a stray one sparked the West Midlands’ largest ever blaze.

Big switch off as giant screen is dismantled (Birmingham Mail) Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward hits out at Tory-Lib Dem predecessors for leaving him with ‘expensive mess’ to clear up as Victoria Square screen is dismantled.

City has been ‘damaged’ by Muslim veil rumpus (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s reputation has been ‘damaged’ by a Muslim veil ban controversy at a city college, Cllr Waseem Zaffer has claimed.

Wheelie bin poll is branded ‘Soviet-style’ spin by Tories (Birmingham Mail) A council survey which claimed more than nine out of ten Birmingham residents backed the introduction of wheelie bins has been slammed as ‘shameless spin’. Join us for a wheelie bib webchat this evening: http://birminghamnewsroom.com/2013/09/wheelie-bin-webchat-with-cllr-mckay/

Gardeners to dig deep after allotment fee rise (Birmingham Mail) It’s crunch time for Birmingham’s small army of fruit and veg growers – who face allotment rent rises of 20 per cent over three years.

Net is closing on the anti-social fly-tippers (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council’s Jacqui Kennedy looks at the efforts to target fly-tippers in Birmingham.

Regional Headlines

Brierley Hill illegal waste ‘will take months to clear’
An illegal tip in the West Midlands will take months to clear, the Environment Agency has said.

Man charged after body discovery in Walsall
A man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a woman’s body at a house in the West Midlands.

National Headlines

Benefit cheats face 10-year terms
Those who commit benefit fraud will face increased prison sentences of up to 10 years, under new guidelines issued by the director of public prosecutions.

Police ‘sorry’ over Jefferies arrest
Christopher Jefferies, former landlord of murder victim Jo Yeates, receives a letter from police apologising for the “hurt” he suffered after his arrest.

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