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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