Media Watch – Sept 17

By on 17/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

E.coli scare at Sutton Park (Birmingham Mail, BBC WM, BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central, Sunday Mercury, various local blogs) Coverage of an E.coli outbreak at Sutton Park. The council and the Health Protection Agency have joined forces to reinforce safety messages available on site - which include washing your hands before eating after you visit the park. The council and HPA are reviewing the situation on a daily basis.

We live in hope for safer roads (Birmingham Mail) Hundreds of people joined a weekend procession in memory of tragic teenager Hope Fennell, the Birmingham schoolgirl who was killed after being hit by a lorry.

New lockable drains to foil metal thieves (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham has become the first council in Britain to introduce lockable drain covers to combat metal thieves.

MP: Uni move is blow for trade (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) The decision to allow Birmingham City University to move is bad for the city and taxpayers, an MP (Khalid Mahmood) has claimed.

Families angered by threat of £400 fines for term-time holidays (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham City Council has defended letters sent to the parents of school pupils warning of possible fines if they took holidays in term-time.

The fraudsters given millions in asylum seekers housing scandal (Birmingham Mail) Six men have been jailed for a total of 17 years for their involvement in a fraud relating to Astonbrook Housing Association, which saw £1.8m of public funds obtained by those on trial.

Civic reception for London 2012 stars (Birmingham Mail) The council has confirmed that preparations are being made for a civic reception to honour the city's Olympians. The event is set to take place next month.

Chinn: break down city class barriers (Birmingham Mail) City historian Carl Chinn is set to go before the council's “What makes us Brummies” scrutiny inquiry later this week.

New home for Brum’s big screen (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s big screen is likely to be found a new home following the end of the Olympic summer.

Regional Headlines

Fire control centre rented out
A £9.7m Wolverhampton fire control centre which has never been used goes on the market.

Memorial marks police specials
A commemorative stone is unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum to mark the work of West Midlands special constables.

National Headlines

Clegg hails plans for new exams
Changes to the exam system in England will “give parents confidence” in the value of qualifications, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says.

G20 PC faces disciplinary hearing
A police officer cleared of killing Ian Tomlinson at London’s G20 protests three years ago is due to face a public police disciplinary hearing Empress State Building in west London.

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