Media Watch – Sept 21

By on 21/09/2012 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Need to recruit more foster carers in Birmingham (Midlands Today, BBC WM) BCC’s Vivien meadows interviewed about the need to recruit more foster carers.

Advice to parents on E. coli O157 at Sutton Park (BBC WM) The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is advising parents that to reduce the risk of serious infection from E.coli O157, children aged 10 years and younger should not visit Sutton Park until further notice.

Tough rules at troubled school (Birmingham Mail) A controversial Birmingham school (Castle Vale Performing Arts College) has unveiled yet more tough new rules to improve pupil behaviour.

Sutton Coldfield Register Office, formerly the Royal Hotel, put up for sale (Birmingham Post) An historic Sutton Coldfield building has been put up for sale which could see it revived as a hotel after spending years as a council register office.

‘Bullet beater’ scheme shut down (Birmingham Mail) A sophisticated ‘bullet beater’ that was introduced to crackdown on inner city gun gangs has been ditched by cops after it failed to pick up four confirmed shootings in the last 12 months.

Primary in special measures (Birmingham Mail) A failing Birmingham primary school (Woodhouse Primary in Quinton) has been put into special measures after a damning Ofsted report.

Work starts on library refurbishment (Birmingham Mail) Work has now started to get the asbestos riddled Sutton Coldfield Library made safe and refurbished.

Make exhibition of yourself at gallery (Birmingham Mail) Wanted: A group of Brummies to make an exhibition of themselves on a podium in the name of culture.

School chiefs are stripped of key power (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s education authority has been stripped of key powers amid claims it had not been tough enough on underperforming schools.

Brum gets £10m for broadband (Birmingham Mail, BBC) Birmingham has been given the green light to become a ‘super connected city’ – thanks to a £10 million broadband boost.

Regional Headlines

Chief whip apologises to police
Andrew Mitchell, government chief whip and MP for Sutton Coldfield, admits he “did not treat the police with respect” when told to get off his bicycle in Downing Street.

Arrests after police CCTV appeal
Two men are arrested after handing themselves in following a police appeal after a man was hit by a glass in a pub.

National Headlines

Treasury blamed over care funding
The Treasury is to blame for a failure to reform care funding in England, according to Lib Dem former care services minister Paul Burstow.

PC murder accused due in court
Dale Cregan, 29, is charged with the murder of police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes and the murder of father and son, David and Mark Short, in Greater Manchester.

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