Media Watch – Sept 11

By on 11/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Police call for Handsworth pub to be closed following drugs bust (Birmingham Mail) Police want a Birmingham pub closed down after officers claimed it was used as a base for drug dealing. Officers claim that during a raid on The Barrel pub in Soho Road they not only found and arrested customers on suspicion of drug dealing but later found, on CCTV footage, someone hiding cannabis and a knife behind the bar to avoid the search. Birmingham City Council's licensing committee, which meets this week, has been asked by police to revoke The Barrel's license.

£16m engineering academy opens at Aston University (Eureka) The Aston University Engineering Academy officially welcomed its first students last week, with its aim to develop a creative and innovative workforce for the future. Based at Birmingham Science Park, Aston and developed in partnership with Birmingham City Council, the teaching facility will accommodate 600 students.

Birmingham Artsfest hailed as best yet as sun shines all weekend (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of acts took to the stage during Artsfest in Birmingham this weekend. Thousands of people attended events or performances in the city for the biggest free festival in the country.

Time to challenge the religious slaughter of animals (National Secular Society) Last week, the Birmingham Mail reported that Birmingham City Council’s trading standards department had seized hundreds of chickens as part of an investigation into selling of meat wrongly labelled as Halal to Muslims.

Regional Headlines

Baby found under rubbish chute
A woman is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a baby girl is found badly injured at the bottom of a rubbish chute in Wolverhampton.

Hate crimes often go ‘unreported’
Disability hate crimes go “unreported” in the West Midlands, according to a Birmingham disability centre.

National Headlines

Three killed as coach hits tree
Three people die and a number of others are seriously injured as a coach crashes into a tree near the Hindhead Tunnel in Surrey.

Murray wins historic first major
Andy Murray ends Britain’s 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam singles champion with victory over Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.

Ofqual ‘ordered late GCSE change’
Leaked letters reveal Ofqual ordered an exam board to change English GCSE grade boundaries against its will two weeks before the results were published.

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