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Good evening and welcome to Thursday's Midlands Today from the
BBC. Tonight: thousands pay their respects to three men describe
today as martyrs. People should learn a lesson. Keep it peaceful
and calm. What now after A-levels? The highs
and lows. And what now with Harry Potter
having cast his final spell? It has Hailed as martyrs for protecting
their community. That's how three young men killed during last week's
riots were remembered at their funerals today. The funerals were
held at a park close to where Haroon Jahan and brothers Shahzad
Ali and Abdul Musavir, were mown down in a hit and run last
Wednesday. Around 20,000 mourners gathered to hear prayers and
tributes to the men with people from all religions joining the
Muslim ceremony. Our reporter was that the service. Incredible scenes.
It was pretty amazing. People kept coming over the course of about two
hours. They were predominantly Muslim, but there were many people
here from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. They had all
come to offer their condolences. The coffins of Haroon Jahan, and
the two brothers slowly made their way into our Summerfield Park.
Thousands of mourners came to pay their respects. I think it is
amazing. Not just in Birmingham but across the country, it shows the
feeling that people have for the family's and what they have been
through. I came just for the funeral. Why did you come? I wanted
to pay my respects. The father of Haroon has been widely praised for
his appeals for calm. He welcomed the mourners as it began in the
park where they played as children. We are still very much in shock.
Part of a says that we would not -- we would not wish anyone else to be
killed. Haroon to hard and the two brothers died as they stop looters
last week. All three were killed by a car. Police were here in numbers
but remained in obtrusive. These have been among the saddest and
most difficult of times bought these communities, but they have
been praised for rallying together as one. We have always come
together as a community and moved forward. Many here took comfort
from the huge share of support, an estimated 20,000 people. I never
expected this many people. It is such a sad day. I'm very proud of
the ceremony that has taken place today. Both as someone who lives in
Birmingham and as a Muslim, in terms of the dignified response but
everyone, not just Muslims, but the vast majority of people have shown.
As the prayers ended, the coffins were taken away for private family
burial. With me now is a local youth worker. 20,000 people here
today. Did you expect to see anything like this? I'm not shocked.
I'm proud of our city and the good people of Birmingham that came out
today. I didn't expect the numbers to be as huge as they were. I think
Birmingham has responded to this tragic and cowardly act with such
dignity and strength in terms of its numbers that we should all be
proud as the nation. We have said already that too weak to harm has
been praised by his words to stay calm -- the father of one of the
brothers. We came here today, we have bought young people who wanted
to be her and be part of this day - - be here. They all attended, one
even faster today, he was not even a Muslim, to show that solidarity.
That gives me hope in our generation, how they respond to
those words. Hopefully, the future will be brighter as well. You can
see behind me their dismantling the state here and getting the pop back
to normal. Many people will be hoping that Birmingham will also
return to normality. But it wasn't just in Summerfield
Park that the community came together to remember the three men.
Shops closed along Dudley Road in Winson Green, as people took time
to pay their respects. Our correspondent spent the day there.
Birmingham City Council has set up an online book of remembrance where
you can log in and make your own comments. The see of bouquets he
has been added to. People are standing quietly again, showing
their sign of respect to their three dead men. At this shrine
seems to be of significance, not just to Birmingham but the whole
country, perhaps the whole world. A sign that peace and goodwill can
prevail over greed and violence. All sections of the community, all
religions. People came here to cent -- to pay their respects. To lay
flowers, to pause and to spend a moment in contemplation. It is a
loss that to accept but she never get over -- you never get over.
whole of the UK is grieving for this. Eight days ago, three young
men lost their lives here. As the riots raged, they were defending
their community and local businesses. One man knew all three,
and every day he has sat and tended the mounting tributes outside
petrol station, unwilling to leave the place where his friends died.
The were really good people. All these people around, trying to look
after this area. Businesses were already share -- shutting up shop
hours before the funeral. A local community centre brought down its
shutters as people hurried away to pay their respects. It is a good
thing we are closing as a mark of respect to the three men who died.
It is supporting what is going on in the community at the moment. It
is not a race related thing, it goes back to more deep-rooted
problems. It is good that all the committees have come together.
result of their deaths, wise heads prevailed over hot heads, and the
flames of the riots died down in Birmingham. As with the murders of
the two teenage girls are shootings in to set -- 2003, the killing of
these three young men seems to have been a significant moment when
Birmingham held its breath and stepped back from the brink. This
nine-year-old boy it is Haroon's cousin. He said this was a sad but
also a proud day for his family. As people hurried off to the ceremony
at the park, one friend of the dead man spoke to me. I'm comforting
them, helping them to get through a difficult time. We want to thank
everybody for their support. Tonight, as a quarter urged drove
past the makeshift skies -- shrine, the family stop to pay their
respects. As the months and years go on, do you think these men will
be remembered by the local community or will many -- memories
fade? These young men here are trying to keep these flowers alive
with water. Of course, the flowers were Welt, but extraordinary scenes
here will reverberate around the country. People will be taking
notice of what has happened here today. The death of the three men
was always going to have a big impact, why do you think it was so
significant? I think it was because of the words of Haroon Jahan's
father. I think we often underestimate the power of speech.
When that man said, I have lost my son but I don't want any more
violence, I want the by its to stop, people listened. -- I want the
right to stop. The quiet dignity of that father has been appreciated
not just in this country but in the whole world. The impact of that man
has really been priceless. He has maintained the peace in the City of
Birmingham. Ian Beckford is the 4th man to be
charged with murder. Tomorrow morning, a two-minute silence will
be held as a mark of respect and the men.
100 jobs are being created as part of a multi-million-pound investment
at a factory in Stafford that makes engines. It comes just weeks after
a reported 1000 new jobs were being created at a distribution warehouse
Amazon. Yesterday, Stoke-on-Trent lost out to have an enterprise zone,
but today, the news for Staffordshire was better. This is
the new production line which has secured the future of a company
which employs 800 people in Stafford. The recession affected
everybody. We have a global market place and we did see a downturn in
our order book. We had to take appropriate action so we had to
lose some people. However, we have seen a recovery in the market and
we see a strong future for our products. Perkins makes diesel and
gas engines for electrical power. Several temporary staff were laid
off by the positions have been re created as part every �10 million
investment. It is brilliant news everybody and the community. It had
a bit of a knock back, but it is the same way of the work, whichever
industry. It has picked itself up. It is good news for the company.
The factory in Stafford is expanding at a time when Stoke-on-
Trent lost out on a bid to have an enterprise zone. The government
defended the decision by saying the area would benefit from a
neighbouring sown in the Black Country. I'm talking about the good
news here. We have got a chance to be in their. All the local MPs are
pushing for it. Also had good news that in suffix -- South
Staffordshire, it includes the I 54. 90 % of what is made here is
exported. The new investment is a welcome boost for workers to make
22,000 engines per year. A 44-year- old man from Staffordshire has been
arrested in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation.
He has been bailed pending further inquiries into alleged tendering
practices. Two other men already arrested remain on police bail.
TJ Hughes is shutting another three stores with the loss of 130 jobs.
Shops in Coventry, Redditch and Hanley will close later this month.
It follows the demise of five other TJ Hughes stores last week like
The Government's promising a new generation of local television
stations across the Midlands. Ten locations have been identified as
suitable and shortlisted for the new services. Culture Minister
Jeremy Hunt was in Birmingham encouraging people and
organisations to come forward and say why their town or city deserves
one of the new local TV stations. Clear going to issue 20 licences
next year, and out of 65 possible candidates, we are encouraging
people to write in to say why they would like their town or city to
beyond that initial list of 20. Then we will issue the other
licences shortly after that. We will have 20 pioneered licences
that Ofcom will issue next year. shall have to apply to want! Thank
you for joining us. Still to come: Find out how Harry Potter worked
his magic on these actors. First, though, if you got your A
level results this morning, I do hope you got what you wanted - it's
always a nerve wracking time. Overall, it's been another
successful year, with pass rates rising once again. But there won't
be many as successful as Ellie Davidson from Harborne in
Birmingham. She's sealed her place at Oxford University to study maths
with a stunning achievement... Wait for it... She got eight A* grades,
and even taught herself some of the modules at home.
I really don't know what to say. I cannot believe it. I worked hard
and I thought I would do OK but I never expected to do this well. It
has surpassed all expectations. looks a bit pleased!
Congratulations to her. Ellie has already got her uni place sorted,
but this year there's extra pressure for university places, as
students try to get on a course before tuition fees rise to up to
�9,000 next year. But for many students, university is no longer
the only option. Sarah Falkland was with students at the Q3 academy in
Great Barr in Birmingham as they opened their results.
A picture for the press - but university is out of reach for half
this group. Luke got A, D, B. He's going to take up an in house
apprenticeship at the academy with the aim of being a PE teacher.
thought about university, but obviously with the costs, and the
fact I play for at all, it just was unsuitable. Debbie did well, with
an A star and two As. I'm just excited I have got my results and I
can focus on going to university now. Jonathan got two Bs, but is
going to take advantage of the academy's Inqbate scheme which will
mean he can set himself up in business as a photographer. I will
get premises where I can set up a studio for myself. I get �500
start-up costs, I get a mentor. with 3 As and a C, Aimee is going
to take a year out before applying to drama school - but fees will
then be at a record high. I am hoping maybe they might be reduced
by the time I actually get there. The academy's had an above average
A level pass rate. It only opened 18 months ago - it is pretty swish.
It has raised aspirations and made them believe they really can
achieve. And of course it is not just a building that leads to
success. It is what goes in the building. Such a definitive day.
What they get inside this envelope can decide the rest of their lives.
I'm trying to find out if I have got a place. And inevitably, some
are disappointed. Ben has just heard that Nottingham won't take
him with slightly lesser grades. For him and others, results day
means shattered dreams. Joining us now is Kathryn Jones
from Birmingham City University. This means a very busy day for
clearing. At one point, 400 calls a second. How has it been for you?
Frantic. We have had 3,500 calls and we are open until 8pm tonight.
People are really upset when they don't have their grades. This is a
pivotal part of their educational life, going on to choose probably
their future career. It is. We are dealing with very anxious,
distressed people. There is lots of coverage about the reduction in
places. The message we're trying to get across is to stay calm, speak
to the universities because they may still accepted, although as we
know the pressure is rising and places are limited. But also
consider other options - you can still take a gap year, you could
consider a another subject for another level. Or perhaps part-time
study. You said you were busy, had you still got places at Birmingham
City University? We started out with between 203 hundred places.
The last count we at less than 100. We have some left on law and
specialist areas of Nursing like learning disabilities. Engineering,
technology and planning are also difficult to recruit for but there
is a store -- a shortage of those skills, so do think about what you
want to study. A scary time, but there are still some places out
there. Let us talk about some real success.
So, the England cricket team have successfully established themselves
- officially - as the best test side in the world. And we're proud
to say they got there thanks to two of Warwickshire's stars. But Ian
Bell and Jonathan Trott's successes with England leave the Bears
pushing hard to win the County Championship without them, as Nick
Clitheroe reports. As he proudly leads out his team,
Jim Troughton knows Warwickshire have a real chance of winning their
first County Championship title for seven years. The Bears have been
through a lean spell in recent seasons that even included
relegation, but this year they seem to have got it just right.
Generally, the 16 games over a season of cricket to terms --
determines who is the best side in the country. So it is important ask
what is going on at the club. Conditions have been quite tough.
Where in a position now where we can challenge and it is important
we played good cricket from here on in. Warwickshire a fourth but just
17 points behind their leader, Durham. It didn't go too well at
first as Hampshire got off to a flying start under grey skies. But
soon the visitors found themselves feeling the force of Warwickshire's
determination to lift the county title again. Champions in a great
new stadium. Brilliant. We're just worried a rather weather. That is
the worst thing. On top of his new pavilion, winning it would be the
icing on the cake. The cups are all right, but the championship is the
main one, definitely. Wickets fell regularly, to the delight of a
crowd which wasn't big but was certainly enthusiastic. And
Warwickshire took control of the match, with Hampshire all out for
just 141. Onto football and Stoke City have
already kicked off in their Europa League play-off in Switzerland this
evening. The score there is currently FC Thun 0, Stoke - 1.
Birmingham City kick off in about an hour against the Portuguese side
Nacional. It's their first game in a major European competition for 50
years. We have to make sure we are still in the Thai come next
Thursday. If we had a choice, we would have done it this way, away
from home first. Taking it back to son Andrew's next week, that is
what we've got. It is up to was. And if you want to follow
Birmingham City or Stoke City in the Europa League, you can hear
full commentary on BBC WM and BBC Radio Stoke.
Harry Potter is the most successful film franchise of all time, turning
a whole load of unknown teenage actors into worldwide stars. Among
them, our very own Oliver and James Phelps from Sutton Coldfield, who
were cast in the roles of the Weasley Twins. Now, after eight
movies it's all come to an end. Ben Sidwell's been to meet the brothers
and find out what the last 11 years of their lives have been like and
We told all our closest friends we were going to be in Harry Potter
and they did not believe us. We any told a few people, and they did not
believe us. Then a week later we turned up with ginger hair, and
then they said, OK, maybe you are. At school we were just going into
year 10. We picked our GCSEs, and neither of us picked drama. It was
not on our radar at the time. 14, Oliver and James Phelps, from
Sutton Coldfield, began filming the first Harry Potter movie. Back then,
no one had any idea just how big it would all become. We knew they
would make two, and there were whispers of three or four. But to
do eight... And the premiere for the last one last month, to bring
the whole of London to a standstill, because they reckon in and around
Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square, they reckon there were
20,000 people. The twins have received a similar reception around
the world and get plenty of fan mail. Some more unusual than others.
The weirdest one was recently. James got a massive box. A huge
package. I thought, this should be good. I opened it up and there was
a water melon in sight, which said, please sign and send back. Despite
the fame and adulation and money they have received, both James and
Oliver still live in the Midlands and have no intention of leaving.
Earlier in the year we were in the States the two months. Although it
was really nice weather and quite miserable over here, when we came
home, we said, I'm glad to be home. We still go down to Birmingham and
we both go down to Gloucester to watch the rugby. The Midlands is
our home. Both Oliver and James continue to make movies. But
whatever the future brings, they have some fantastic stories to tell
their children in the future. never kept a scrapbook, but no
friends and family who have kept scrapbooks. We saw a couple of
weeks ago, things we forgot even happened. As you say, it will be
great to show kids and Gran kids. We're very lucky.
Now, a look at the weather. Can you do any magic on that? I am afraid
not! We have had many changes since the start of the week, so the
weekend is unsettled but still warm. Temperatures in the low twenties.
That is thanks to this area of low pressure. It will produce a narrow
but fairly intense band of rain tomorrow night and into Saturday
morning. The best day in terms of dry weather and sunshine will be
tomorrow. In the interim period, we are looking at today's main
clearing to the north-east. Under clear skies, temperatures will dip
to lows of around seven Celsius, so in other chilly night ahead. It
does mean that tomorrow morning we start off with a good deal of
sunshine right across the board. It stays dry today even though we get
an increasing cloud. Temperatures rising to 20 Celsius, so it will be
warmer than today and it turns even warmer during the weekend. Tomorrow
night we get the cloud increasing and rain moving in. Even then those
temperatures already left, with loads of about 13 or 14 Celsius.
Fairly wet on Saturday, some heavy showers on Sunday but highs of 23
A look at tonight's main headlines: The frantic scramble for a
university place - tens of thousands are expected to miss out
after another record A level year. And around 20,000 people turned out
in Birmingham at the open air funerals of three men killed during
last week's riots. That's all from us this evening,