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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:


Shocking claims of physical abuse at a hospital for people with


learning disabilities. We need is see in Inspectorate so that this


does not happen The district where anti-social


behaviour fell by a third after a pilot scheme that could be copied


around the world. Has the service addressed your problem?


Behind the scenes at Britain's busiest military air base as it is


praised for training pilots for Afghanistan.


Hundreds turn out to pay tribute to a living legend of Coventry City


Football Club. Good evening and welcome to


Midlands Today. Tonight, shocking cases of physical abuse are


revealed at a residential hospital dedicated to caring for people with


learning difficulties. The father of one patient told how his grown


up son was dragged across a carpet causing burns to his back. The


health regulator also announced serious concerns about Arden Vale


near Solihull. It is run by Castlebeck, the firm at the centre


of an abuse scandal in Bristol revealed by an undercover team from


the BBC Panorama programme. More from our health correspondent.


Arden Vale Hospital in Meriden looks after adults with challenging


behaviour but places are -- faces a police investigation. We know that


eight members of staff and were suspended. This father's had a son


there. I knew something was wrong with him. Bass said -- he said,


they keep dragging me around the run up, Dad. I had never seen


anything like it. It was these so it -- scenes in another home in


Bristol that caused outrage after a BBC Panorama programme. While the


failings at Arden Vale Hospital are not a serious, the company could be


punished. We are taking enforcement actions. We cannot go into that for


legal reasons. We are taking the findings seriously. The Quality


Care Commission found that people were not protected from physical or


emotional harm and that the management of medicine's was unsafe.


It is a question of what sort of society we want to see. The care of


the vulnerable, there is nothing more important. We must funded


properly and give the training and insure inspections take place.


Before the programme was broadcast, a whistle blow at Arden Vale


Hospital told the police of serious abuse. We would hope the police


would let us know about these things. We hope to strengthen our


relationship so that in the future they would share them. Did they?


Not on this occasion. Castlebeck says it will bring in a new


whistle-blowing policy and promises a root-and-branch review of


services. You have spoken to a number of


staff who have worked at the hospital. Some appalling cases of


abuse came to light. A I have to stress they are


accusations made to the police. Things like patience being rugby-


tackled, and one person had his fingers and pulled back to drag him


into the centre of the room and people being appalled by their hair.


And problems with the staff going absent at night or going to sleep


on the job. How could it go on for so long? I understand that there


were a group of people who could get away with things that the rest


of the staff could not. The issue was that when they complained about


those individuals, those things seem to come back on those who made


the complaints. We are talking about a climate of fear, do you


think? Absolutely. In many cases these people needed their jobs.


They just got on with it. But, people did make complaints.


Unfortunately, the complaint was not shared in the wider community.


Later, an historic night in the Potteries.


I am at Britannia Stadium where big crowd is expected for the first


time Stoke City plays European football in over 30 years.


Anti-social behaviour in part of Birmingham has fallen by one-third.


It came about after the introduction of a scheme involving


dedicating police teams called ASB Patrols. The experiment is being


monitored by Cambridge University and could be copied by forces


around the world. A group of 12-year olds to 16 year


olds in Billesley South Birmingham. They like to see themselves as a


gang. They are drunk. No doubt they would frighten some people. They


spell out there going to name in beer bottles. Issues like this are


being tackled by the ASB Patrols. Because you have been drinking we


will take your details. They covered the South Birmingham area.


The map shows the red anti-social behaviour hot spot areas. The


circles denote where police officers are. If the team needs to


see a real time view of what is going on, there are CCTV pictures.


The teams go out in three cars, responding to calls about anti-


social behaviour. It has been judged a success. Incidents are


down by 30%. You have not been in trouble? The idea is to act quickly.


Alcohol fuels much of the problems they are responding to. Youth's and


alcohol, it is a mixture of danger and trouble for communities. It is


something we need to address. get a call from Amanda who is


distressed. The police have been here many times. She has a long-


running dispute with her neighbour. Today, she is packing up and moving


home. Her family are leaving Birmingham. This is packing I


should not have to be doing, and I would not, it is something we have


to do, the quality of life. neighbour did not want to go on


camera. She said she was looking forward to her new life without her


neighbours. She said she was very happy with West Midlands Police.


There is often no quick fix to anti-social behaviour.


We are joined by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police.


It seems that the ease teams are working. Why are they not in all


areas? I am proud of what they are doing. It is work that is being


rolled out across the West Midlands. It has shown its worth in terms of


reducing anti-social behaviour. They are part of a bigger set of


changes we are making. It will be happening very soon. Earlier in the


week, we saw police officers being taken out of secondary schools.


Everybody thought that was a detrimental thing. Why are you


doing that? I want to talk about cuts. There is a sense of


frustration with my colleagues and I suspect every public servant in


the West Midlands that every single story about policing is being seen


it through the lens of the cuts. We have got to lose 2500 staff. It is


a lot of people. Half of them have already gone. You are seeing the


initiative you featured in South Birmingham. You are seeing crime


falling sharply. How long can it go on for? The cuts are not complete.


We have a lot of work to do. We have to make a lot of changes to


accommodate the cuts. We are open for business. We are doing the


quality work you have seen. We will continue to cope with cuts. We have


seen that, granted. We are hearing about senior officers, very


experienced officers, being forced to retire. That is part of our need


to reduce the number of people in West Midlands Police. At the same


time, we are transforming the organisation and introducing new


technology and new approaches. We are able to continue to improve the


service. This is not a field day for criminals. Crime is falling and


service is improving, despite the cuts.


Have you been affected by anti- social behaviour? If so, we would


One of the most bizarre cases to come before a British judge was


thrown out of court today. It involved the body of a teenager, a


mother's last wishes and a Polish Catholic priest. The boy had been


treated by some almost as a saint after his death in the Second World


War. A priest was accused of illegally exhuming his body.


Father Wojciech Jasinski walks free. The case against him dropped. His


response was succinct. I feel relieved. Witold Orlowski is the


14-year-old whose net -- remains he was accused of removing at St


Raphael's Convent in Bullingham, Herefordshire. He said -- it was


said he took them to be with his mother. Hemmed in by Nazis and


Soviets in Poland, the boy and mother fled. The mother did not


know when they would see each other again but they got safely to Mexico.


The boy prayed for his life to be taken rather than a sick priest


called Jozef Jarzebowski. The boy died and was hailed a hero. The


priest moved to Herefordshire. The mother came here to work after the


war. She brought the remains with her. Years later she moved to


Henley on Thames. Father Wojciech Jasinski said he was asked by


another priest are to remove the remains. It was to fulfil the


wishes of the mother. Do you think you did the right thing? Morally,


in my heart, yes. It was one of the most unusual cases to come before


the courts. There was legal argument about whether it was in


the public interest to prosecute the father. In the end, they


decided there was insufficient evidence to convict him. He left


the court freed to return to Rome, Five people have been found guilty


of murdering a woman whose body was found on a disused railway a year


ago. Gemma Hayter was found last August. This CCTV footage shows her


in the town centre with the people who killed her. The three men and


two women will be sentenced at a later date.


The sight of Birmingham's enterprise zone has been unveiled


by George Osborne. He was in the City today to look at the plans for


the zone which is hoped will create 4000 jobs by 2015 and many more


over the next few decades. It will benefit from relaxed planning laws


and lower taxes. Other cities including Stoke-on-Trent and


Coventry are waiting to hear if they will get one. The Enterprise


Zone will be based in the city centre. It is going to allow the


local council to attract businesses where central government money and


that is going to mean that the jobs here in the centre of Birmingham


and jobs for people who live across Birmingham who come to the centre


to work. The Hay-on-Wye literary festival


pulls in a record number of visitors this year. 225,000 people


went to more than 700 events at the Festival on the Hereford to-Wales


border. Next year will be the 25th anniversary.


Still to come, goodbye to the old soldier who made his Tam planus for


his Armistice Day parades. And it has been another find it day


but tonight brings a few splashes of rain. What does that mean for


the weekend? I will be a with the Their commander of British


helicopter forces in Britain -- in Afghanistan has paid tribute to the


base in Shropshire where all military helicopter pilots are


trained. It comes as a senior officer from the base heads to


Afghanistan to oversee helicopter operations there. We have been


behind-the-scenes at RAF Shawbury. At the controls of a flight


simulator at RAF Shawbury. The viewers over the skies of


Shropshire but Group Captain Jock Brown will soon be taking control


of flights in Afghanistan. He will be heading here to Helmand province,


where he will oversee or helicopter flights at in and out of military


bases. It is a large air base that is there. We are there to support


the ground element and everything we do is in support of the ground


forces. Our effort and and a hold reason for being in the helicopters


is to insure that the ground movement can move forward.


Just returned from Afghanistan is Captain Paul Shawcross. He will be


taking charge at Shawbury. Conditions here are different from


Afghanistan. The challenge in Afghanistan is perhaps peculiar to


Afghanistan and that is the dust and the temperature and the


altitude, they are demanding from man and machine. Shawbury is the


base where pilots from all three forces are trained to deal with


those challenges. This is Britain's busy as military airfield. It is


the only one that -- the any busier for UK forces is Camp Bastion.


Flying out from Shawbury is the commander, accompanied by the Air


Vice-Marshal responsible for helicopter flights. The


contribution of pilots trained here is seen as vital for the success of


operations against the Taliban. This is the lifeblood. RAF Shawbury


has always been the focus for helicopter training for defence.


Every soldier who is working in Afghanistan is intimately


associated with the helicopter operation. They all speak highly of


helicopter contributions. It is a very important thing to fly


accurately around that the theatre and the soldiers could not do what


they do without us. It will be six months before Group Captain Jock


Brown returns to the UK. In that time, he will have been responsible


for air space that is just as busy A proud day for everyone at RAF


Shawbury. Jimmy Hill, the Coventry City


legend has been back to the city to unveil a statue of himself. Fans


raised �100,000 for the tribute to one of the club's greatest servants.


We went along to have a look and find out what that the living


legend made of it. They turned out in their hundreds


to pay tribute to one of their heroes. The summit was their first


innings but for others it was a rare chance to say thank you for


transforming the Sky Blues 50 years ago.


Before we came along, no one knew us. When he arrived, everybody knew


us. Beneath the large sheet, you could almost imagine his bronze was


bursting to get free. This is one of 21 white doves that will bring


good luck to Coventry City and the new statue of Jimmy Hill. Britain's


today viewers -- Midlands Today's viewers are already had a good idea


of what to expect when we met the Applause macro. APPLAUSE. I have


not had many of those done! To have a statue is one of those things


that is out of this world. A thing it is his proudest moment and Mein


too. I am very proud of the man and honoured to be here today. I think


it is a great honour and a deserved one. For me, you was the man that


made this club. A wonderful day, Coventry City is much more


important than Jimmy Hill, much more important. But you are the man


who made the club what it is today? I did my very best to help. One


onto of the things that I did, I have just realised, they are OK!


What an emotional day. Very emotional. The great thing was that


when we came out together, the sun started to shine. That epitomised


everything for me, what Jimmy Hill did father's football club.


years young and still in fine voice. Jimmy Hill came home today, for


ever among friends at Coventry City. These memories will stay with


everyone. I hope so, it has been What a moving occasion. Very humble,


wasn't he? He was such an innovator. A brilliant day for lots of people.


On the pitch, there is a big night of football as Stoke City play


their first European match in almost 40 years.


They entertain the Croatian side Hajduk Split in the first of two


legs. They will play the return game on the Adriatic coastline in


seven days' time. We've -- our reporter is at the stadium now.


They must be very excited? Absolutely, this is only the third


qualifier of the Europa League but there are plenty of fans turning up


to seek the Croatian opponents. I thought... The pronunciation is


pretty much how they say hello in these parts. Hajduk Split! We are


friendly people in the north. However you say their name, they


are here and can -- and keen to continue their traditions. They


have had a taste of what cities like in the Britannia Stadium but


on match days it is very different. They have done their homework on


Stoke City's style of play. We have watched DVDs that we are were given.


We are familiar with the team. We know it is a very aggressive team


and we are aware that it will be hard tonight. Stoke City is


certainly an imposing sight, you may say perfect for the rigours of


the English Premier League but not so suited to the more technical


games of the Europa League. But that approach is simple, they want


a success. You want to win the game. It is early for us. We have other


objectives and everything else but we want to win the Games. Desperate


to win the game. A big crowd his except -- expected and the fans are


excited about the club's first European adventures of 37 years.


Brilliant. I never thought this could happen to the club. It is


fantastic what has happened over the last pre-season is. European


stock or is something to be savoured, just like the local


delicacy oatcakes. The manager has a famous -- favourite filling.


Stoke City fans will hope he has not given any more gifts on the


pitch. Let us get the Croatian view on tonight's game. Here is a


reporter who follows Hajduk Split readily ifs. How are they going to


get on? As we say in Croatia, and so many people think that the match


will be very tough, very tight. But I will tell you one secret. I spoke


at one hour before the match to the president of Hajduk Split anti


Tommy that he predicted the result would be zero to Hajduk Split is.


Gull would go to one of their players. How important is beat


League Two Hajduk Split? It is very important because it is a big


traditions. Hajduk Split has a big ambition every year in Europe.


Stoke City are newcomers to the scene but they are playing a team


with the big pedigree and they are after the glory.


Good luck to the team tonight. I hope that prediction is wrong.


For decades, Bedworth was the any town in the country to have its


Remembrance Day on Armistice Day and it was all down to the efforts


of one man. Today it the town said farewell to be war hero who died


last week. Our reporter was that the funeral today of a Frank


Parsons. For decades, he made sure that this


was a town that never forgot. Today, they were all remembering him.


Today, Bedworth salutes Frank Parsons. We say thank you to a man


who has done much to make this town proud. Since the 1960s, Frank


Parsons had run Bedworth's Armistice Day parade, the only UK


town to hold it on the 11th day of the 11th month. It is a great


honour. Supported by the people of the town and the people of the


country as well. An ex-Royal Marine, he took part in landings in ban and


Malaya and was captured by the Japanese in 1943. After a difficult


recovery, he devoted his life to remembering the fallen. It did not


matter where he went, people saluted him, they donated to them.


He was wonderful. What he did in the name of remembrance for this


town is absolutely phenomenal. Among his ideas for parade day was


a poppy drops from a second world war aircraft. Today, hundreds lined


the same streets but to say goodbye. Their brilliant man who looked


after Bedworth. He was very much respected. He was. Frank Parsons


fought for his country and for the people of his town so that they


would ever forget those who had died. He has now thought his final


battle and these people will never forget Thames. -- fought his final


battle. A fitting tribute. Very emotional.


I hope the younger generation remember what he has done. Who is


going to carry the mantle? Indeed. It is not a bad evening. Parts of


Warwickshire got up to 25 degrees to date. Tonight, a bit of a change.


We will see a little bit of rain. It is going to feel quite mild. The


reason is a very weak weather front pushing its way in from the West.


There is only a little bit of rain with this. We have started to see


some rain in Shropshire. They will spread across other parts of the


region through this evening. Very light, drizzly. Many of us will


actually stay dry. A bit of mist in places. A very mild night. Tamara,


we start quite cloudy and damp as well. -- tomorrow. As we go through


the day, the rain will be confined to the far south of the regions.


The rest of us will see some sunny spells with temperatures up to 22


degrees. Pleasant but not as warm as today. Tomorrow evening will be


fine and dry. We will see a lot of Meriden overnight but some clear


spells. It may be quite a grey start to Saturday but we will again


see some sunshine coming through. Temperatures of 22 degrees. It will


not feel too bad at all. Sunday, things state similar but we may see


a bit of extra cloud. Overall, there will be a fair amount of


cloud with temperatures in the mid- twenties. Even the start of next


week looks fairly settled. A few splashes of rain tonight but that


is a temporary diversion and we go back to some after that.


Summer has arrived. It does come in the trunks. It is looking did at


the moment. Let us look again at tonight's main


headlines. Sara Payne whose daughter was murdered 11 years ago


has been told that she may have had her mobile phone hatch by a private


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