Media Watch – Sept 25

By on 25/09/2013 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Stabbings spark knife crime talks (Birmingham Mail) The council's Social Cohesion and Community Safety Committee is set to discuss the recent knife-related deaths in the city.

Daisy, 100, to open up new bridge (Birmingham Mail) Local resident Daisy Glen, aged 100, will officially open the new Dogpool Lane bridge in Selly Oak today. Cllr Tahir Ali quoted as saying the bridge will reduce the risk of flooding in the area.

Allotment rent hike 'is driving gardeners out' (Birmingham Mail) Birmingham District Allotment Council claims plotholders will quit when rents are increased by the city council as part of the response to central government funding cuts. Cllr James McKay quoted as saying the current 37 per cent service subsidy was not sustainable - adding that plots would still represent good value for money after the rent increases.

Consumer phone-in (BBC WM) Hannah Davies of Birmingham Trading Standards fielding calls from the public during a piece on the Adrian Goldberg Show.

Top 100 most influential left-wingers (Telegraph website) Council Leader Sir Albert Bore is placed 61st in a chart drawn up by a panel of political experts.

Teachers back industrial action against alleged knife-wielding pupil (Guardian and Independent) Further coverage of the NASUWT ballot at Saltley School, which followed a governing body decision to re-admit a pupil initially excluded by the headteacher after an alleged incident involving a knife.

Regional Headlines

A West Midlands Fire Service station commander is suing bosses for race discrimination after claiming colleagues called him “Frank” after former boxing world champion Frank Bruno.

Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie has been signed up by South & City College to act as a mentor to youngsters playing for the regions professional clubs, who attend courses at the institution.

Firefighters are set to strike later today, but bosses are stressing it will be “business as usual” for the public.

National Headlines

Ed Miliband is facing a backlash from energy firms after saying they would not be able to raise prices for the first 20 months of a Labour government, during his conference speech yesterday.

Kenya has begun three days of national mourning following the end of the four-day siege by Islamist militants on Nairobi’s Westgate shopping centre.

Two women from the UK have pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle 11kg (24lb) of cocaine out of Peru. Michaella McCollum, of Dungannon, County Tyrone, and Melissa Reid, of Lenzie, near Glasgow, appeared before a judge at a closed hearing in Lima.



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