Media Watch – September 12

By on 12/09/2011 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Artsfest coverage (Guardian, The Sun, Independent, Birmingham Mail, BBC, ITV Central, BBC WM) More than 200,000 people enjoyed everything from clog tapping to break dancing in Birmingham’s artsfest.

40 per cent of taxis fail spot checks (Birmingham Mail) A clampdown on taxis in Birmingham saw 89 vehicles pulled over and subjected to a spot check – with more than 40 per cent facing prosecution. (Correction – the actual figure was 20 per cent)

Transport museum fighters call on Prince Charles (Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post) Protesters are calling for some right royal support to keep Aston Manor Transport Museum at its current site.

Flower power (Birmingham Mail) Green-fingered visitors to Birmingham’s new-look Gardeners’ Weekend show – Flowerfest – had mixed feelings about its new venue.

Criminal records (Birmingham Mail) Bootleg copies of rare vinyl records worth more than £40,000 have been seized from a Birmingham warehouse.

Cycle roue plans show (Birmingham Mail) Plans to extend a cycle route in Birmingham were discussed at the start of a public consultation this weekend.

USA hols for benefits cheat (Birmingham Mail) A Birmingham mother of four who falsely claimed more than £77,000 in benefits, lavishing cash on holidays to exotic locations including Florida, has avoided being jailed.

New laws increase expense of stadium (Birmingham Mail) The cost of expanding Birmingham’s flagship athletics stadium has increased by £400,000 to pay for a new security control room and CCTV network.

Plan to move Birmingham Dental Hospital to old Pebble Mill site submitted (Birmingham Mail)
A formal planning application for the relocation of the Birmingham Dental Hospital to the former BBC studios site at Pebble Mill has been submitted to the city council.

Regional Headlines

Man found dead after house blaze
Detectives investigating the death of an elderly man in a house fire in Wolverhampton say they are keeping an “open mind” about the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

Woman is rescued after ‘TV fire’
An elderly woman is rescued from her home after her TV apparently caught fire.

National Headlines

Banks face major reorganisation
UK banks should ring fence their retail banking divisions to protect them from riskier investment banking arms, a government-backed commission says.

UK budgets ‘face 10-year squeeze’
Household budgets could be squeezed for the next 10 years as the impact of tax rises and cuts is felt, the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns.

Hunt in Kenya for kidnapped widow
Police in Kenya launch a hunt for armed “bandits” who killed a British man and kidnapped his wife in an attack at a luxury resort village.

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