Media Watch – September 9

By on 09/09/2014 in Media Watch, News

Top Birmingham City Council stories

12 dogs tasered as police face rise in attacks (Birmingham Mail): Report on West Midlands Police use of tasers on dangerous dogs. Last month the city council's Licensing Committee heard that around 200 banned dogs are seized every year in the West Midlands.

Speeding tickets halved after cameras switched off (Birmingham Mail / BBC Online): Report on fall of speeding fines issued after fixed speed cameras were switched off in the West Midlands in March 2013. It references the West Midlands Road Safety Partnership.

Seven children a day swallow liquid nicotine from e-cigarette refills (Daily Mail): Around seven children a day accidentally swallow liquid nicotine from e-cigarette refills, a new study has found. Birmingham Director of Public Health, Dr Adrian Phillips, quoted.

Iconic JFK mural is vandalised by yobs (Birmingham Mail): Report that the JFK mural in Digbeth has been vandalised.

Meat company fined for bogus Halal labels (Birmingham Mail): Report on Zaman Brothers Wholesale court case, where the firm was fined £7,500 for using fake Halal labels on meat sold by the firm based in Saltley.

Racist thug is handed a second ban (Birmingham Mail / Daily Mirror): Courts hand Lee Curtis a second anti-social behaviour injunction after tormenting neighbours in Druids Heath with loud music.  Cllr James McKay quoted.

Fat-bust plan rolled out to more schools (Birmingham Mail): Story on the Startwell initiative which aims to tackle childhood obesity is to be rolled out to more schools. Dr Andrew Coward, chairman of the Childhood Obesity Steering Group, quoted.

Playing fields to be restored (Birmingham Mail): Short report on a disused playing field in Cregoe Street, Acocks Green, is to be restored for use by pupils at Perry Beeches III.

New gallery dedicated to Staffordshire Hoard (What's On Live): Report on new space to be dedicated to the Staffordshire Hoard at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from October.

Regional headlines

Doctors in Birmingham warn parents to keep e-cigarettes out of children's reach - and treated in the same way as other dangers household chemicals like bleach and white spirit.

Police have named a suspected murder victim, whose body was found in Cheshire Street, Smethwick on 3 September as 48-year-old Glynis Bensley.

National headlines

A research agency which has conducted the latest poll on the Scottish referendum say it is “too close to call”. Both the Yes and No campaigns polled 41% each, with 18% still undecided.

The number of women convicted for drink driving has almost doubled between 1998 and 2012 from 9% to 17%, according to a new survey.

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