Media Watch – Sept 5

By on 05/09/2014 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Anti-terror funding cut by 70 per cent (Birmingham Mail) Vital funding to prevent more Birmingham-born Jihadists emerging has been slashed by almost 70 per cent - despite a confidential police report revealing a 'diversifying' terrorist threat in the city. Quotes Birmingham City Council spokeswoman explaining that the decrease in Prevent funding follows a review by central government.

Cops get power to see council CCTV instantly (Birmingham Mail) West Midlands Police are to be given direct access to 220 CCTV cameras owned and operated by Birmingham City Council in a bid to cut red tape.  Quotes Cllr James McKay.

Whitehall inquiry into why Brum is 'flatlining' (Birmingham Mail, BBCWM) One of Britain's most senior civil servants warned that Birmingham is 'flatlining' as he launched a review into why the city is failing to reach its full potential. 

Health advice for Hajj pilgrims (Unity FM) Birmingham Muslims planning to travel to Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj pilgrimage have been urged to check the latest health advice before making the journey. Birmingham Public Health’s Nasreen Akhtar interviewed.

Announcement of new scheme to support children of prisoners (Free Radio) Coverage of Birmingham Educational Psychology Service's Children of Prisoners Champion launch which provides training for teachers.  Interview with Cllr Brigid Jones.

Regional Headlines

Care worker attempted murder charge – A care worker is charged with attempted murder after staff and residents at a sheltered housing complex were taken ill, police say.

Boy, 14, held over woman’s murder – A teenage boy is arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body is found on a road in the West Midlands.

Muslim cemeteries in Catherine-de-Barnes plans submitted – Plans for two Muslim cemeteries on greenbelt land near Solihull have been submitted.

National Headlines

Ukraine rivals set for truce talks – Ukraine’s president raises hopes of a ceasefire deal to end fighting in the east of his country, as the EU and US prepare new sanctions.

One in 10 girls sexually abused – UN – About 120 million girls around the world – more than one in 10 – have been raped or sexually assaulted by the age of 20, a UN report says.

Police to quiz ‘beheading’ suspect – A man held in connection with a suspected beheading of an 82-year-old woman in north London remains under police guard in hospital.

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