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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today, with Nick Owen and Suzanne


Virdee. The headlines tonight: The NHS pays out �900,000


compensation to the little boy who had his leg amputated. It was a


hell of a relief to know that his future's going to be cared for.


300 jobs under threat as DHL announces it's closing a depot in


Worcestershire. Getting worse and worse, the


shocking truth about the level of animal cruelty in the West Midlands.


The demand on our service is so great but we really struggle to


cope with that demand. MUSIC: "Ivory Madonna" by UB40.


And honouring the pub that helped launch an emerging band to


Good evening, welcome to Tuesday's Midlands Today from the BBC.


Tonight, a nearly �1 million NHS payout for a little boy who lost


his leg. Leo Ison was just three weeks-old when he suffered a blood


clot which saw him have his leg amputated. His parents claimed it


was because doctors failed to spot the clot quickly enough. The


hospital has refused to admit liability and instead settled out


of court. As our health correspondent, Michele Paduano,


reports, the family say they'll use the money to pay for the many


operations Leo will need as he grows up.


Leo Ison wants to jump and climb like his brother Zak, But the six-


year-old from Bedworth can't wear his artificial leg at the moment.


The bone still in his leg is growing, and it hurts. Leo has


received �900,000 compensation for the leg that was amputated when he


was just three weeks-old. Up until now, we have been ordinary folks


struggling to get by and to give away some the best life he possibly


can have. Even so, I would give it up if I could have his leg up. --


leg bat. At three days-old, he was taken to Glenfield Hospital in


Leicester, where a consultant saw his leg and sent him home. His


mother was still worried. She contacted a junior doctor and was


told to bring in Leo. When she brought him in, the specialist


appeared shocked. They started the relevant dehydrating and he got


straight on to the telephone and we could hear him shouting at them!


Leo had a blood clot. The delays in treatment cost him his leg, when he


might have lost just his toes. examination on the 1st July should


have picked up the problems with his leg. If they had been picked up


men, Leo would have been admitted a day earlier. In a statement,


University Hospitals Leicester said: We are pleased the court has


approved the terms agreed with Leo's family to bring this claim to


a close. We wish Leo and his family all the best for the future. And


that future is brighter. The family is looking for a bungalow and want


him to have the experiences they could neve afford. We are not that


well-off at the moment but we do give the kids whatever toys we can


get them. Having a substantial amount to help Leo get better means


his Christmas, we are hoping to take him to have Ms a Christmas. It


is going to make his day. Leo wants a specially adapted leg for


swimming. Swimming! What do you like about it? It is good!


Good to have you with us this evening. Later in the programme,


why they're looking for 300 volunteers to put their best


forward for Coventry next year. More than 300 workers at a


distribution centre will lose their jobs or have to move to Somerset


after it was announced the site will close. The logistics firm DHL


will shut the branch in Droitwich, in Worcestershire, in January next


year. Our reporter Giles Latcham is there now. Has this come out of the


blue, Giles? There have been rumblings but it is still a bolt


from the book, quite frankly. One of their biggest customers is


Morrisons. They are building a new distribution centre down in


Somerset and as a result, this place will close by January. If you


want a job, you have got to move to Somerset. A bad day for Droitwich.


It is a small town and I have been in the centre speaking to locals.


It is terrible. People are struggling as it is around here.


Not good news. Hopefully, they will be able to find new work for people


but it is very worrying. I am joined by Peter Pinfield, the


councillor for this area. We knew there was some reorganisation going


on, but to lose 300 jobs, we cannot afford to do that. How well-


equipped is this town to roll with this punch? There are jobs being


lost and we have got cutbacks in the local authority is. This does


not bode well for Christmas for many families. I guess it is up to


you and your colleagues in the County Council to get out and sell


Droitwich. Great road links with the A five just over there? You yes,


I would encourage anybody who wants to Rio -- relocate to come now.


Thank you for joining us. DHL, quite unusually, have offered to


retrain people who lose their jobs at nearby Dudley College. Many


families face a difficult run-up to Christmas now, deciding whether to


upgrade and moved to the West Country.


And there'll be more reaction to the job losses at DHL in Droitwich,


and the impact it'll have on the town, on Howard and Toni's


Breakfast Show on BBC Hereford and Worcester tomorrow morning.


Education, education, education. That was the focus of the


Conservative Party Conference this afternoon. But as the Education


Secretary, Michael Gove, took to the stage in Manchester, at one


school in Sandwell, they were hoping he might be able to provide


money to replace the Building Schools for the Future project,


after they lost out on �18.5 million, as Andy Newman reports.


He's let them down once. What would he say today? Pupils at Perryfields


High School, in Oldbury, watched Michael Gove's speech to the Tory


Conference with more than passing interest. Perryfields was one of


nine schools in Sandwell which lost millions of pounds in investment


when Mr Gove axed the Building Schools for the Future programme


last year. A court told him to consult again, but today, no


rethink, no new money. In fact, no mention. I am a bit gutted that he


did not give us any information on what could happen with the


programme. Kind of annoyed that he did not mention it at all, but as


one of them said earlier, it is not all around the building, it is


about the teaching. But the building certainly helps. I am


gutted that he is not mentioning the Building Schools for the Future


Programme at all. As Sandwell's highest performing school,


Perryfields is oversubscribed and needs new buildings to expand.


Instead, they're having to make do. The school has no fewer than 16


mobile classrooms. It had hoped to replace them with new teaching


blocks but instead, it has had to spend �50,000 bringing these up to


a proper standard, making the best of a bad job.


The big theme today was academies. Could that be an answer for


Perryfields High School? I think each need to make its own decisions


in their own context. They need to look at how well they have their


local authority and what position sues them best. It is not a


possibility we are looking up at this moment in time. Perryfields


may now consider taking out a loan to fund its own building programme,


since the chances of getting the cash from the Government appear to


have all but vanished. So, not as much applause for


Michael Gove in Sandwell as there was in the conference hall, where


he regaled his party with the progress of his Academies Programme.


And our political editor, Patrick Burns, is there for us now. Patrick,


what did the party faithful make of it? Michael Gove always gets some


of the biggest ovations during Tory party conferences because they see


him as someone who gets things done, in this case, celebrating the


1,000th of those new style academies. But, of course, no


mention of those schools like Perryfields High School. I am now


joined by Karen Bradley, the local MP. You can understand they feel


left out in the cold? I can understand that they need new but -


- need new buildings and their help, but the Building Schools for the


Future Programme was an incredibly inefficient way and expensive way


of procuring new school buildings. The Government is very keen to get


new funding to schools that need it. What can they do to reassure those


schools like Perryfields High School? When I learned what was


going on, I went and spoke to a member of Michael Gove's team, and


Michael is now aware of the situation. He knew what was going


on previously but now he knows exactly what is happening and he is


going to set up an urgent meeting to make sure pupils do get the


buildings they need. Really? Well, let's not to raise false hopes.


They were dashed before. This is very much breaking news. I just had


a full call to say he is going to set up a meeting, and let's take it


from there. Well, thank you very much indeed. Let's had everybody


takes note and that we have progress here. -- let's hope.


And you can read more about the Conservative Conference on our


political editor's blog, at the address below.


A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being stabbed in


the neck. It happened yesterday at a newsagent's in the Earsldon area


of Coventry. Police are appealing for witnesses. A 32-year-old man's


being questioned by detectives. A further 14 people have been


arrested in connection with the summer riots. They include two men


suspected of stealing from a Hi-Fi and TV store in Birmingham, and two


14-year-old boys, one of whom was detained at school in Wolverhampton.


18 homes were raided. It brings the total number of people arrested


over the riots to 671. A planning inspector's held an


inquiry into plans to force the sale of a house standing in the way


of development at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. The Secretary


of State is expected to rule on whether Birmingham City Council


should be granted a Compulsory Purchase Order for a home belonging


to a young family. They don't want to move but the cricket club wants


to build hotels, bars and flats on the land.


More than 100 artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard are being


prepared for a trip to the United States. They'll go on show in


Washington DC. More than 40,000 people visited the hoard when it


went on a UK tour this summer, and it's expected to get an equally


warm reception from American enthusiasts. It is definitely


beneficial to the region. It will be fantastic for Stoke-on-Trent,


and Birmingham, but for Stoke-on- Trent, it puts us on the map. The


museum is visited at least once a term by a President and it would be


so exciting if Barack Obama were to visit.


It's a rather grim reflection on the West Midlands, but it's the


only region in the country where cases of animal cruelty are on the


increase. That's according to the RSPCA, which says last year more


than 6,000 animals were rescued. The charity has told the BBC that


many cases involve dog-fighting and a trend for "dog-rolling", where


owners train their pets for battle. You may find some of the images in


Ben Godfrey's report distressing. This undercover footage shows the


practice of dog-rolling. These men, two of whom have recently been


jailed, are preparing their dogs for fighting. Typically, they're


forced to sparr in children's playing fields. Cases like this are


increasing. Certainly, the West Midlands stands head and shoulders


above the rest of the country for incidents of cruelty against dogs,


particularly dog fighting. We are processing information that comes


in from the public and other sources all the time. Unlike every


other region in England, the West Midlands is seeing a rise in animal


cruelty cases, up 14%. The RSPCA's hospital at Barnes Hill in


Birmingham is inundated, but the centre's almost 50 years-old and no


longer fit for purpose. This is the only RSPCA facility in the country


requiring 24 hours security, where members of staff are out every


morning looking for discarded drugs and even syringes. You can see they


have a major problem. Cat kennels are full and the waiting room is


always busy. The waiting time is not good. You always have to wait a


long time. But they look after your animals. But four miles away in


Frankley, this will be the RSPCA's new flagship animal hospital.


Newbrook Farm will cost the charity �10 million. But will the public


put their hands in their pockets? Adam Rickitt, a former Coronation


Street actor, is heading an appeal to raise a third of the cost


through donations. People are having to tighten their purse


strings and we completely understand that. We are not asking


for miracles. But if somebody gives a pound, that is a miracle in


itself. The RSPCA says it's rescuing animals at a rate of one


every four minutes. Many are the victims of vicious dog fights, many


which are still going unreported. Still to come this evening, the


weather and how the hot spell will soon be a distant memory. Yes,


we're certainly getting colder. As autumn tightens its grip, how far


If you missed out on Olympic tickets, there's still a chance to


be part of 2012, and you don't have to go too far. Coventry is looking


for 300 Olympic Ambassadors to represent the city and help the


thousands of visitors expected to flood the area. Here's our Coventry


and Warwickshire reporter, Joan Cummins.


An unusual recruitment hotspot for the Olympics, but this taster keep-


fit class for the over '50s in Coventry city centre is just one of


the areas being trawled for ambitious Olympic Ambassadors.


After the events have gone and the Olympics is gone, and part of that


legacy is that people will be able to tell their grandchildren and


families that they were involved in the Olympic Games and making the


Games happen in Coventry. people are needed to help fans of


Olympic football when they flood into the city, not only with


directions, but to offer advice on enjoying the city at its best. But


why should people give up their spare time to help strangers?


of that legacy is to lift the morale of people. At the moment, it


is quite depressing. You know, economically, job wise. If we can


raise morale, the people of Coventry are capable of achieving


anything. It would seem that the idea of showing the world that


they're proud of their city has already captured some people's


imaginations. I am very proud of Coventry. I have lived he all my


life. I am a little bit shy! People always say, you know, returned to


Coventry! Sent to Coventry. But it is a nice place. Simon Fairbanks is


one of those crossing his fingers that he'll be choosen. We don't


have tickets and we are not athletes, so to be there,


collecting tickets and meeting people at the train station, I


think it will be a wonderful experience. So, the Olympics really


is coming to Coventry next year and we can be part of it. But being a


one of the 300 and limpet ambassadors requires one


qualification - to be over 18. -- Olympic ambassadors.


Now here's Dan, with the sport. While our football clubs may have


to rethink their business plans, the region's Club -- pubs are


delighted after another ruling on a broadcasting football.


It might look like just another day behind the bar. But this was a day


which could change Michael White's Wolverhampton pub forever. Today,


he learned that he can show football using an overseas


broadcaster, saving him thousands of pounds a year. Fantastic. It


opens at the door now. For those who have got a satellite system at


the moment and are showing the games, congratulations to them.


Let's hope we can show them now so that all the pubs and clubs can be


on A-level playing field. It's all because of this woman, Portsmouth


landlady Karren Murphy. She was fined for using a Greek company to


show football. But she took her case to the European Court of


Justice, and won. It could be good news for pubs across our region.


have seen a horrendous increase in the Sky subscription price. Pubs


are struggling to survive, as you said earlier, so hopefully it is


good news for the future. But if pubs are showing every game live,


where does that leave our clubs? Wolves are in the middle of


building a new stand. Now they have a new challenge. They need to get


people out of the pubs and into the ground. The charge of the ground is


far too much. It gives people a different option. It will be the


decline of their business but they are the big dogs. It is a good idea,


to get more people in and stop them closing. And if the flow of TV


money dries up, that could have a huge impact on our clubs. But will


it close the gap between rich and poor? They will still be powerful


because they still have heavy commercial revenue. And they will


make money in other ways that will allow them to spend that money


within de rules. Sky are consulting their lawyers before commenting.


But this could prove to be a landmark day for Midlands pubs and


football clubs. It certainly sounds like it. Is


this legally-binding? Not at the moment. It has to be ratified by


our own court, but it is highly unusual for our courts to go


against the European High Court. What about households and families?


Are that could be a situation where we could go abroad and go to get


satellite broadcasters. The pubs might have problem with copyright


but watching at home, people could watch it over the internet. It


could change the world a lot. There is a lobby, for example, for


relaxing the laws with inside football grounds. So will play as'


wages plummet? There are so many different aspects. We will have to


wait and see people stop yes, a fascinating day, though.


Hereford United have appointed the former Shrewsbury Town manager Gary


Peters as their Director of Football. He guided them to a lead


in 2007. They have won just one of their first 11 league games this


season, however. A Black Country millionaire who


paid �36,000 for a Lonsdale belt belonging to Birmingham boxing


legend Gentleman Jack Hood says he couldn't let it leave the country.


Tony Whittaker feared American collectors would snap up the belt.


Sarah Falkland reports. He's never been in the ring himself,


but Black Country businessman Tony Whittaker is a life-long fan of


boxing. When he was a little boy, Jack Hood, the British welterweight


champion of the '20s and '30s, came into his father's pub... I have to


say, my recollection of Jack is very vague because I cannot him


will remember what you look like! And yet he's just paid a small


fortune his Lonsdale belt. started at �14,000 and then it had


gone up to 36 in no time. To stop it going out of the country was the


main thing. When everything is up for sale, it seems to go over to


the States. Only around 20 belts like this were ever made,


commissioned by explorer and bon viveur, the first Earl of Lonsdale.


It used to hang over the bar at this pub in Tanworth, in Arden,


where Jack was landlord after his retirement. It's here that his


daughters, who put it up for sale, have come to meet Tony. It was so


lovely when it went where it went. It was a lovely surprise and we


were so happy about it. Our father would have been thrilled about it.


If you look at Jack's record, it probably overtakes the Cassius Clay


fights. Jack was landlord here 30 years and he even had a win


upstairs to train aspiring boxers. He may have left in 1972, but he


has not been forgotten. There isn't a week goes by that somebody


doesn't come in and ask about Jack and think about what they produce


to look like and where the Lonsdale Belt was. Jack Hood lies peacefully


a few hundred yards from his old pub, in a modest grave that gives


no clue to his sporting heroism. Well, if the staff at John Ward is


staying here, it is good news that Jack's belt is staying as well. --


the Staffordshire halt. Yet another honour today for those


worldwide bestsellers UB40. The pub where they played their first gig


has become a music heritage site. The Birmingham boys watched a


plaque being unveiled, ahead of playing to their loyal fans. Our


arts reporter, Satnam Rana, went along to soak up the excitement.


Back to their performace birthplace. The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath


Birmingham, where UB40 performed their debut gig on 9th February


1979. We are just so very proud to come from around here, and music is


a culture and is so strong. We also very lucky to have this on our


doorstep. What does it mean to you see in the pack up there? It is


great! They should have predict a bit higher rap because by that time


the sun goes down, it will be on eBay! -- a bit higher up. UB40 have


joined the likes of Dire Straits and Blur in receving this music


heritage accolade. I think it is good for our pop rock and roll


culture but young people recognise the length of the career, the


difficulty with which it is to actually make it as a band, and to


recognise where they started. had come from far and wide. I have


come from Wales to see them and every gig is like a first. It is


absolutely amazing. I have come all the way from Wolverhampton and I


have been queuing since 5:45am! Me and my friends have been here since


then. And some had been to the first gig 32 years ago. I got


dragged along with a mate from school. I did not particularly want


to go but it ended up being a brilliant night. Then a special


treat for 80 loyal fans, who got to see an acoustic gig. With more than


70 million records to their name, UB40 are the biggest selling Reggae


band wordlwide. The last few years haven't been easy for the band,


with the acromonious departure of lead singer Ali Cambell. Five


remaining orginal members then faced bankruptcy proceedings. But


today was all about celebrations. It has been a special day for the


band, who have returned back to their roots here. And a special day


for the fans, who have got up close and pretty intimate with their


reggae heroes. They have got such a distinctive


sound. I have seen them live but have also been lucky enough to see


them in rehearsal and it just goes through you! And coming all the way


from Wolverhampton! Quite a journey, that!


And you can log onto our Facebook page to see more interviews from


It is time for the weather. We are going through a transitional period


at the moment. But I will say that on Thursday, you were going to have


to reach for that winter wardrobe. The wind will be punctuated the


cold. If you look at the isobars, they are all over the shop.


Hopefully, by Friday, we will get a ridge of high pressure from the


West, so things could be a bit, and drier. Back to tonight, all day we


have seen a finger of cloud Begin in from the North which has become


a major distraction and his right over us. More of a nuisance factor,


because it is not heavy enough to do anything. So largely dry tonight,


but the main feature is the temperature. We have lows of around


15 to 16 degrees and it is because of the south-westerly wind. We will


see some mist patch is developing and those will lift quite quickly


through the morning tomorrow because of the breeze. Quite a


gusty day, with gusts of around 40 mph. A bit of sunshine here and


there, with the rain starting to move further south. Temperatures of


only 18, 19 degrees, but it is the wind that will make it feel cooler.


The rain spreads tomorrow night and it should produce a showers by


Thursday. Thank you. Let's take a look at the


main headlines - on her way back home, Amanda knocks freed on appeal


for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy. She


flies back to the US. And nearly �1 million compensation


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