Media Watch – Sept 17

By on 17/09/2010 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Continued widespread coverage of the Papal visit.

Teen ASBO for bum flashing (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham yob has been ordered to turn the other cheek – and banned from exposing his backside.

Licence block on black cabs (Birmingham Mail) No new black cabs will be licensed to operate in Birmingham for three years following a report which found there were more than enough to meet customer demand.

Cost of FoI requests rises to £34m (Local Government Chronicle) As budgets are squeezed, Birmingham City Council has to spend £800,000 dealing with Freedom of Information queries.

Pub’s noise threat after charity gig (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post.net) A Birmingham pub has been warned over its noise levels – after hosting a two-man band at a fundraiser for soldiers in Afghanistan.

Council has tax review (Birmingham Mail) Council taxpayers are being urged to check their details are up to date to ensure that all allowances and discounts are going to the right households.

Friends honour ‘tireless activist’ (Birmingham Mail) Tributes to former councillor Steve Kirkham has dies at the age of 55.

Moseley pub campaigning to stop new apartments being built next door (Birmingham Mail) A Moseley pub has launched a campaign to stop developers building a block of flats on its doorstep amid fears of complaints from future residents over noise.

Birmingham councillors demand more powers to shut problem pubs and off licences (Birmingham Mail) Council chiefs want more powers to stop shops selling cut-price booze in a bid to control binge drinking.

Regional Headlines

‘Miracle cure’ deacon set for Pope visit to Birmingham
The deacon whose recovery from a spinal disorder paved the way for Cardinal John Henry Newman’s beatification is to fly to Britain for the Pope’s visit.

Children’s entertainer accused of sex offences
A children’s entertainer has been charged with a number of sexual offences against boys. Jason William Gaunt, 22, from Walsall, West Midlands, is accused of 29 offences involving five boys between August 2008 and February 2010.

E-fit released after sex attacks in Birmingham
Police investigating two indecent assaults in part of Birmingham have released an e-fit of the attacker.

National Headlines

Papal visit: Pope Benedict in London
Catholic education, relations with the Church of England and the role of faith in the UK are set to be major themes of the second day of the Pope’s UK visit. He flew into London for the next leg of his state visit late on Thursday.

Prescott to launch legal challenge to phone hack probe
Former deputy PM Lord Prescott is to ask for a judicial review of the police investigation into phone hacking claims involving the News of the World.

MI5 head warns of serious risk of UK terrorist attack
The UK faces a continuing serious risk of a lethal terrorist attack taking place, the head of MI5 has warned.

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