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Welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight. The ten-year-old


who started back at school as a girl, after finishing the summer


term as a boy. This is a child, and you live with it, and you accept


your child. No matter what. Shining new cars of the future. Jaguar Land


Rover storm the Frankfurt Motor Show. This will attract new younger


buyers, this is making Jaguar desirable again. Jail for causing


untold grief to bereaved families by posting sickening abuse on the


internet about dead teenagers. And hailing a hero. Mark Cavendish


pulls in the crowds and the Tour of Good evening. Welcome to Midlands


Today from the BBC. Tonight, a ten- year-old child who was born a boy


has started the new school term as a girl. The child whose identity be


have agree frodtect has gender dysphoria, where a person feels


trapped within the body of the wrong sex. Her mother says becoming


a girl is not a phase or a choice but who her daughter really is.


More now from our reporter. would always choose the stereo


typical girls toys. So if you put a truck in front of her, she wouldn't


want to play with that. She would want to play with the Bar by.


Saffron, not her real name describes how from two-and-a-half


her child acted like a girl. Throughout the interview she


referred to ten-year-old Libby, not her real name, as her daughter


which is how the family have regarded her for years. It was Nat.


She grew up, through the years, and just we just new knew that this was


the way she was. Mum was buying my boys clothes, so, but whenever I


wept over my friends' house I used to dress up in her clothes and get


her make up on and stuff. It was, it was nice. Libby has gender


dysphoria. Physically she is a boy, but in every other way feels female.


Now she is batting with what the family call a media circus. After


news leaked she returned to school at the start of term, dressed for


the first time as a girl. I was scared what was going to happen,


but I was really excited. For me going back as me. Is it too young


to have made this decision? No. has been our daughter from age two-


and-a-half, really. Saffron says staff and other parns have been


supportive but a minority aren't. She was being called a freak long


before she went back to school as a girl. They will never understand, I


don't expect them to. I don't want them do I don't want them calling


her a freak. The family hope this will help others. This is is a


child and you live with it and you accept your child. No matter what.


Libby will take hormone blockers when she is 12. Beyond that the


family is take one day at a time. Jaguar Land Rover has been the


undisputed star of this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, unveiling not


one but three new concept cars, all designed here in the Midlands.


Yesterday, it was a modern version of the classic E-type Jag. Today


the DC 100 car, successor to the Land Rover Defender, the favourite


of farmers the world over. Our correspondent has been in Frankfurt


and sent this report. The undoubted star of this year's show, the CX16,


two seater forts car, described as the successor to the E-type. It is


the car many Jaguar fans have been waiting for. The E-type is such an


iconic car. To reproduce that could be a mistake. It has worked well


for brands like mini. But I think the pressure is on Jaguar to


reinvent itself and to be more modern. But Land Rover was doing


its best to steal the show with another iconic model. This time the


DC 100 concept. The defender has a successful 63 year ris -- history.


It is the model that gave Land Rover its name. Jaguar Land Rover


has announced that production of the Defender at its factory will


end in 2015, this DC 100 or something similar to this will


replace it. For the company's design director refreshing the


Defender hasn't been easy. It is about recognising that heritage,


the uniqueness of that vehicle, but it needs to be looking forward.


There are things that we couldn't do today, that were done back then,


particularly in terms of legislation. Although it was well


received it is clear ha the DC 100 and its sportier sister unveiled


today, are taking Land Rover in a new direction. There is a lot of


new Land Rover owners, and if you remember the press conference they


were talking about staggering Newmarket, they are looking at


China, rush, South America. The market is moving on. We are not


just talking about Warwickshire farmers here. For the Indian owners


Tata it was a big day and the chairman on hand to witness the


unveiling's talked to Midlands Today. It is a lot of promise. A


lot of excitement in what we have in new products. Coming from the


company. I think this is just a teaser, if I might say so. Having


survived one of the toughest recessions in their collective


history, Jaguar and Land Rover are powering ahead. Today's unveiling


showed how quickly that is happening. Exciting day there. We


hope to be talking to Peter live in Frankfurt in a few moments from now.


Well, still to come tonight. Changing the boundaries. While the


West Midlands could lose five MPs under changes to constituencies.


You have caused untold grief and suffering to already grieving


families. The words of a magistrate passing sentence on a man who


created abusive internet material about dead girls. Sean Duffy was


convicted of what is known as traling. Writing offensive message,


taking over a dead person's cyber identity, and posting macabre


videos. Three families have this region who have lost teenage girls


were among Duffy's victims. Lauren Drew was just 14 when she died from


a suspected epileptic fit at home in Gloucester. Her parents' brief


was made worse by what appeared on her Facebook tribute page. There


was a video made, horrific, horror music and open graves, and bodies


with maggots, saying this is what I look like now. It was the work of


Sean Duffy, from Reading. The unemployed 25-year-old Asperger


Syndrome sufferer was described as loner, and a victim of bullying. He


was sentenced today to 18 weeks in jail and banned from social


networking sites for five years. Duffy posted offensive material


about Staffordshire schoolgirl Hayley baits who died in a car


crash in autumn of last year. And 15-year-old Natasha McBryde, who


threw herself in front of a train in Bromsgrove. Natasha's father


said it made him feel physically sick. My feelings towards him, is


one of anger, really. Initially. That he and other people in society


have to, or are able to or feel they need to stoop to such depths.


There are website communities dedicated to creating taunting


images and videos. The content is typically racist, and sexually


explicit and some so call trolls admit to thriving on other people's


pain. You can't imagine anyone's motivation for doing something to a


child who has just died. But it was frustrating because we didn't know


who did it, and we thought is it someone we know, and I am glad it


isn't. This is the UK's first trolling conviction. Union members


have voted in favour of strike action at Shropshire council. It is


over plans to cut their pay by 5%. As well as changes to their


conditions. The council insists pay cuts are necessary to avoid making


up to 500 redundancies. It is urging Unison to continue


negotiations. A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of


causing death by dangerous driving in Wolverhampton, after a stolen


motorbike crashed, killing another teenager. He died tat scene in Penn


Fields. Police say the motorbike was ridden with a pill I don't know


passenger when it left the road. At the age of 91, Teresa Jones hoped


to live out her days in the dimension -- diMensa centre. Her


needs have been reassessed an her family have been told she can't


stay there any longer. Her family have accused the NHS of putting


cost before care. It wasn't possible to visit Teresa Jones. The


care home didn't think it was in her best interest. She has dementia.


She sometimes recognises us but reare not sure she d does.


Sometimes we go and we get nothing at all. Three years ago her family


who live in Shropshire says they were made to put her into a


specialist care home. Now, she is being reassessed. She is not really


asked for much from from the country, and it just seems to me


that it is wrong to, to turn round at what is approaching the end of


her life, and say "We can move you like a, like a piece of furniture,


to somewhere that is cheaper." I hope they will say it is not to do


with funding, but it is. They are doing it because they want to save


money. At this care home the family say that Teresa gets constant


supervision. They say the NHS is passing responsibility for her care


to Social Services. This year NHS Telford is spending �2.75 million


less on continuing care. Nobody was available for interview so they


couldn't comment on individual cases. All decisions are based on


assessment, and cost isn't taken into consideration. Decisions are


taken in partnership where the Local Authority, and the family.


Three years down the line the dementia has got worse. They said


she can go into a residential unit which is unbelievable. Just don't


understand it at all. Tina Dene says they are appealing. It is


giving her sleepless nights but he will do all she can. Her mother is


still her mother after all. Much more ahead in the programme.


Including the priceless collection of Wedgwood from the Potteries and


why it could be lost forever. Could the gales return or is that it for


this week? All the details coming A computer trader, fears this, his


could be the first business to fail because of last month's riots. Sham


Sharma lost �50,000 of stock and wants to put up security shutters


as protect snun the future. But he needs to wait for planning


permission. The delay could prove fate toll the business. Like bees


round a honey pot A YouTube video captures the moment looters move in


on this computer shop in Broad Street. Inside the owner was held


by the neck, as round �50,000 worth of stock was stolen. Today the shop


is closed and stand empty. The proprietor says he is afraid to


restock until he can make his premises secure with metal


shuttering. But for that he needs planning permission, by the time he


gets it he fears it could be too late. The result of me not being


able to open the business again, it is put a pressure on the three jobs.


So, if I carry on much longer, like this. I might not be able to open


again. Other shops in Wolverhampton and many more across the rest of


the was wids were damaged by the rioters, if their insurance doesn't


provide enough cover they can apply for compensation from the police an


is there is a separate pot of Government money specifically set


aside to help businesses get back on their feet. None of that would


appear to help Sham Sharma and his planning problem. The City Council


suggested he goes for internal shuttering which could be fitted


immediately but they say for what he wants there are rules. It is


clear while the riots may be fading in many people's memories for


businesses like this the impact is still very real and still very


damaging. A Wolverhampton council told us that financial help with


business rates and to improve security would be available to Sham


Sharma. The riots of last month brought into focus the relationship


between police and young people. Police see improving relations as


one o their top priorities. Let us go live to Joan Cummings. There is


lots of smiles here tonight. This is the young celebration, which is


basically a consultation process, with West Midlands authority. There


has been cheers here-with the young people celebrating themselves and


why not? But of course last month we did see some very distressing


scenes out on the streets, and tonight the youngsters themselves


are going to be asked what did they think caused it. Tom, what is your


answer? What do you think caused the riots? I believe it was a


minority of people who wanted an excuse to rebel, and they kind of


did that, in a way that was violent and not very nice. It is a minority


of people. It doesn't display young people portraying them how we


should be. Kirby, you involved with getting a space for people in


Coventry. Why bother? Does it work. I think it does. If young people


start working with the police and like the council at a younger age,


it gives a longer time to work together and make things bet for


people who are here and just better opportunities for everyone all


round, and a better understanding of each other. This isn't really


working, these are the good kids what about the rest? One has to


accept that in any community there are those children who are greatly


challenged, but we still cannot afford give up on those children,


they are human being, they have a life. As a community and society,


we have got to find a way of working to enhance all our


communities to be good citizens of the West Midlands. I have to say we


have already heard tonight, that the views of the youngsters here


tonight, will be taken into account, we have the Chief Constable coming


later, we have the chairman of the police authority, they going to


listen and they say they will make a difference. Now back to you in


the studio. West Midlands will lose five MPs as part of a plan to cut


the cost of Parliament by reducing the number of Parliamentary seats


by 50. At the moment, the West Midlands has 63 MEPs of Parliament.


That could down to 58 in any election after 2013. Big city


losers could include Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent. Loud low and


Leominster which return two MPs could merge, leave Philip Dunn and


Bill Wiggin to fight it out for a single seat. Why is this happening?


Is it about saving money? That is part of it. The other big point ant


this, is that at the moment, some constituencies have as few as


55,000 voters, others have as many as t 0 thousand so the big idea is


to standardise them round about 76,000. Some MP also lose their


seats. They won't be thrilled about that. There are predictions of


internal warfare. A challenge nor the whips. Imagine the potential


fall out between three Black Country civet MP, mar Joe James,


James Morris and Chris Kelly who could find themselves competing for


two seats. A similar situation in grum. The other way round for two


Labour shadow minister, who may find their constituencies merge


into one. Then you have this extraordinary situation with two


Conservative MPs on collision courses, if their constituencies


are merged into one seat, would you believe it straddling the


Shropshire Herefordshire border. will be helpful for each party to


work out selection rules so it is clear the basis on which colleagues


can stand for their existing seats or neighbours seats. It is


difficult and when you lose your constituents which some people will


have, that is a painful process, because these are people you work


for, you become deeply found of, proud of. I love my constituency


and I don't want to lose any of it. There will be winners and loser, so


which parties will win and which will lose out? Well funny thing it


seems the boundary reviews are to the advantage of whoever is in


Government at the time. In this case in our region Labour might


expect to lose the most seat, the Conservatives the fewest, which


would improve the Tories's position against the others by two or three


seats. Thank you P The Wedgwood museum has been recognised by the


run yun has been of international significance. Yet the future of


what is arguably the finest vam Micks collection in the world hangs


in the balance. It hangs on the result of a high court case. This


museum is dedicated to the people who have made objects of great


beauty from the soils of Staffordshire: But this world


renowned collection could be put up for sale. To the dismay of the


Wedgwood family. People come from all over the world, from America,


and all over Europe, and Japan, they dom Stoke-on-Trent and they


look at this collection and they say, wow, this is amazing. So, it


would be absolutely ridiculous for this to be scattered across the


globe. This is our history. This case reinvolves round pensions.


There was a pot paid into my members of the company pension


scheme. A separate pot was established for the museum, into


which significant donations were made. The problem came, when the


company collapsed into administration, with debts. Five


workers who I had into this scheme worked for the museum. The question


is, whether money from this pot can be used to pay the pension funds


deficit. If a Jung decides the answer is yes, the museum's


treasure s could go under the hammer. Stoke-on-Trent is the


Potteries. Testify founded on the ceramics industry. We are proud of


that connection and that connection to Wedgwood, so to have this


collection ripped away from us on an obscure legal technicality would


be a cultural crime. The future of this collection is expected to be


decided by the end of the year. The master potter yosh ya Wedgwood's


legacy lies in the hands of a high court judge. Staying in the


Potteries, stage three of the tour o Britain has taken place in and


round Stoke-on-Trent. It is the fourth time the event has gone to


the Potteries. It covered 87 miles. Riders wound their way to Uttoxeter


and the Staffordshire moorlands before finishing in the city


centre: It hasn't seen the like. It is popular but today's crowd was


different. They were here to see a true global superstar. Cyclist Mark


Cavendish, winner of the green Jersey at the Tour de France. They


waited for 45 minutes for him to emerge from his team bus, etch


Cavendish's bike was worth a photo. There will be more support here,


more general British support here than there is in the tour detrans.


Everyone here is British. They will be cheering on the Brits so that is


nice. Love Cavendish. I like watching him in the Tour de France.


This was no one man race. Geraint Thomas was among the field, along


with the current World Champion. It has at thracted a host of world


class stars but which one will win? Today's 87 mile stage was hilly and


windswept. There was an early break away of three riders but they were


caught after gun hill. It all came down to a dramatic bunch finish.


is looking like... The Dutchman spoiled the British party. Thomas


was third. Cavendish fifth. Boom took the leader's gold Jersey


of people, a lot of people come out to cheer us, and that, that is


really nice of course. They are cheering you even you were beaten.


Yes they do. Stoke's reputation as a cycling city continues to grow


and today the likes of Mark Cavendish gave the city that extra


What a great atmosphere. Quick word about cricket. The County


Championships coming to the boil. Two days to go. Warwickshire have a


first innings lead against Hampshire who will resume on 57


without loss but wust sire are almost safe from relegation despite


losing Fife wickets for five runs against Durham. To a long running


mystery that has been solved in the Cotswold. It involves a writing


desk, a telegram from Noel Coward and Agatha Christie's knickers.


This bureau had lain in a store room for five years. His client


bought it from one of Agatha Christie's former homes. Clive took


it apart and something fell out when he was working on it. This is


what he found. A folded piece of paper. When he opened it he


couldn't believe what he was reading. It was a telegram sent in


1957 from Noel coward. Dear Agatha Christie I must congratulate you on


the Mousetrap breaking the long run record. All my good wishes Noel


Coward. So this is an amazing piece of history. The Mousetrap opened in


1952 and clocked up nearly 2,000 performance, Noel Coward would have


felt pain because the play had taken the record from his play


Blyth Spirit You think a. If I have found anything of this ilk again, I


should be very lucky. Seen here at the 21st an versery of the


Mousetrap Agatha Christie never made any money from her play. She


signed the rights over to her grandson before it opened. She was


an mieder -- admirer of Noel Coward's, to have an


acknowledgement of, you know, her - - achievement would have pleased


her very much. It wasn't though just the telegram that Clive found.


Crammed into the inside of the bureau was a receipt from a


lingerie and night wear company for �24 in the name of ago that city's


married name. It is the telegram that stand out. Written with an


honesty that people who knew Noel Coward would have come to expect. I


don't claim to be an expect, that was a lot of money. �24. Should


have gone Marx and Spencers or anywhere es of that ilk. There are


anywhere es of that ilk. There are many stores like that. We will get


into trouble. Well, the wind were tamer today but you can breathe a


sigh of relief because I think it will stay that way for the rest of


the week. Just a few slight variations however. But, we can


take a look at the isobars at the moment. We are on in the back end


of the vicious isobars from yesterday, but our attention turns


to that front that moves down the the north and the high pressure


that sweeps in from the south-west. As it pulls away, that opens the


door to a couple of more fronts, so, let us take a look at tonight, and


we can see that there is a bit of cloud round the region, but it is


clearer towards the south and because of that temperatures


tonight will drop a bit lower, to about 10C. Elsewhere lows round 11


or 12. Row can see the effects of that front that is heading down


from the north later on. Silt a decaying feature so it will only


produce a fou showers for that part of the region and there is more


cloud as wellment so for tomorrow it is a fairly pleasant day, I


think for the start of the north of the region, I think it could be


cloudier there, with some dribs and drabs of rain. That dies away and


we start to see the sunshine breaking through during the


afternoon. So that will take the temperatures up to 17 or 18


tomorrow. Slightly warmer than today, and more so because the


winds will be lighter than that westerly direction, just a brisk


breeze of round 10-13mph. For Thursday, has the high pressure


positions itself over us, the winds are slack, so it is much calmer day,


temperatures may be a little lower at 17C, that is because we have a


at 17C, that is because we have a lot of cloud that may produce rain.


Let us look at the main headlines. The cost of living rises again as


inflation gets close to a three year high. And here, a mother tells


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