Media Watch – Sept 12

By on 12/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Couple’s detached £250,000 home turned into a SEMI after neighbour builds enormous extension (Mirror, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, Daily Express, Star, Metro) A furious Birmingham couple have seen thousands wiped from the value of their home after a neighbour's giant extension turned their detached house into a semi.

Bikes are discriminatory, says councillor (i, Independent) A Birmingham councillor (Cllr Deirdre Alden) has objected to £23m being spent on a new cycling scheme, claiming that bicycles are “discriminatory” form of transport because they cannot be used by many sections of society.

Birmingham butcher to pay £62,000 for false halal sale (BBC, Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham meat wholesaler has been ordered to pay £62,000 for falsely claiming meat to be halal. Cllr Barbara Dring, who chairs the city council’s licensing and public protection committee, said: “Food fraud is a major concern [especially for people who follow strict dietary guidelines in line with their religious beliefs.”

Ring road roadworks set to be given the nod (Birmingham Mail) Roadworks designed to remove bottlenecks and ease congestion on the Birmingham city centre ring road are set to be approved by councillors on Monday.

Land earmarked for industry jobs is used for homes (Birmingham Mail) City planners have demanded a review of the Longbridge action plan after seeing more job creating industrial land at the former Rover site lost.

Policy to limit student homes (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham councillors will adopt more powers to control the spread of houses of multiple occupation in several parts of the city.

Toddler who swallowed e-cigarette refill ‘could have died’ according to doctors (Irish Mirror) A toddler has cheated death after swallowing nicotine contained in an e-cigarette refill. Birmingham Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted.

Regional Headlines

Surgeon’s exams had ‘sexual purpose’
A neurosurgeon accused of sexually assaulting 10 female patients carried out intimate examinations for “sexual purposes”, a court hears.

Boy, 13, charged with woman’s murder
A 13-year-old boy appears in court charged with the murder of a woman who was found dead in a street in Smethwick.

National Headlines

Civil service rejects Salmond claims
The head of the civil service rejects Alex Salmond’s claims that the Treasury leaked sensitive data to damage the Scottish independence campaign.

Top GCSE grade to be given to just 3%
Ofqual says just 3% of GCSE entries in English and maths will be awarded the highest grade under the new system of marking pupils from grades 9-1 instead of A*-G.

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