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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight, two
teenagers die in a canal in what is called -- thought to be a tragic
accident. Friends and relatives pay their tributes and remember.
They were the last moments of his life.
First the riots, now a bill of �5 million that the police say is
unfair. In my view, I think these are costs
that should be borne by insurance companies and taken that way.
I am inside and experiments to make something happen much more easily.
And we need to the Wildlife photographer who was ahead of his
time, filming birds of prey in Good evening. A welcome to Midlands
Today from the BBC. Tonight, tragedy has two teenagers die in a
Black Country canal. Fyaz Uddin, who was 18, and Sara
Rylance was 17. They were pulled unconscious from the water by fire
crews and pronounced dead shortly afterwards.
If tonight, it was said that the tragedy at Smethwick Locks was an
accident. But investigation has been launched into how the pair
came to fall into the canal. Fyaz Uddin and Sara Rylance, or
friends who died together in the most terrible circumstances. Both
were caught -- Butler pulled that off Smethwick Locks. Friends and
their family have been visiting the scene all day.
He was a nice young man. If he just wanted to go out for five minutes,
and I was around. The five minutes was the last of his life. It is a
sad, sad loss. The for our family and first and foremost, his parents.
A the locks are used by teenagers at a meeting place. It is
understood a friend of the pair raised the alarm. Fire crews were
on the scene in six minutes. 4th we came in with a flotation
device, or manage to travel -- carry the female a long, and one of
us went into the water and rescues the second person. Our thoughts are
with the families at the moment, it is a very tragic accident that has
happened here. The police are still investigating
what happened, but on not treating the deaths as suspicious. Nearby
residents say they neighbourhood had been celebrating Diwali with
fireworks until news spread of the tragedy.
The officers were still trying to resuscitate them, the paramedics
were try to resuscitate them. And then what seems like about 10
minutes later, I cannot tell you exactly the Times, and then they
were working on the other person involved. They were resuscitating
as they were going. Canals are commonplace in the West
Midlands, but following this tragedy, the emergency services are
warning that they can be deceptive be dangerous. Besides are protected,
had particularly at this time of year, the water can be extremely
cold. The results of post-mortem
examinations on Fyaz and Sara are yet to be released. An inquest is
expected to open in the next few days.
And West Midlands police are urging any witnesses to the incident last
night to come forward. Still ahead on tonight's programme,
the youngsters spreading an anti- gang message on the streets of
Birmingham. Now, West Midlands Police Authority
is calling for a change in the law as it faces claims of more than �5
million after the August riots. Under the Riot Damages Act of 1886,
the police are liable to pay compensation after a riot to anyone
Originally, the Home Office said it would take care of riot related
claims, but it has since backtracked, and the West Midlands
Police Authority is now dealing with more than 300 applications for
compensation. It has been a tough 18 months for
Kuldip and Iqbal Chana. He was attacked and stabbed four times in
his shop last year, then in August they were victims of the Birmingham
riot. CCTV footage shows a mob of looters forcing the shutters from
the front of the shop, and then smashing their way inside. They
caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, as well as dealing more
than �5,000 in cash. But the couple's insurance has a 500 pound
cap on cash, so would not pay out. And this means the Chanas have
struggled to keep their shops -- shelves full.
I am about 40% down, if not more. It is not here for the customers to
buy, and sometimes I have not got it. But I am losing the customers,
they will go somewhere else. The riot has caused problems for
many. Now, as permitted by the Riot Damages Act, more than 300 people
have filed claims with the police. A total of �5.1 million, which
traders say is badly needed. -- �5.4 million.
It can only be a positive. At its meeting today, the police
authority had a grant from the Home Office would help pay. If not, it
will have to pack --, told police reserves and could have knock-on
effects. Both they are calling for the 1886 Riot Damages Act to be
consigned to the history books. In my view I think these are costs
that should be borne by insurance companies and taken that way. The
Act needs to be repealed, and we will be working with our MPs within
a locality to try and see if we can address this situation.
So a lot of money being paid out in compensation, but West Midlands
police have also spent between �10 million and �12 million policing
the riot. So far, there have been six and and 44 arrests and had and
68 people have been charged. Both and in a further 250 cases, charges
are about to be brought. A more than 80 staff are still
working full-time on the investigation, and others on these
compensation claims. We are joined now by Conservative
MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris. Cannot be right that
the West Midlands police are facing a bill for �5 million because of an
act that date back to 1886? I have got some sympathy from the
police authority, at that is because it does -- the act goes
back to 1886. Many people would recognise that the insurance market
has moved on. We have got an issue where the police authority does the
to make a special grant application to the Home Office, which I know
that they are making, and we need to know that they make that grant
application, and we keep pressure on the Home Office, because I think
I agree that we do not want to be in a position where it can be
avoided, the authority has to tap into reserves in order to
compensate these businesses. The Home Office are visually said
it would pick up the tab, and now it has backed down.
We have to draw a distinction between insured and uninsured
claims. Both for insured claims, this does at -- it does go back to
this archaic piece of legislation, which the Africa which is being
looked into. I think we have to make a distinction between the two,
but the police authority has to go through the process of making his
application, and given the scale of the issue which has been identified,
as a local member of parliament representing an area of the West
Midlands, I will be helping to put pressure on the Home Office. The
this sounds great time consuming. We heard from West -- from one
business owner that their insurers had not paid up the full amount.
They are really struggling to run their businesses.
It is also true that in response to the riots, the government put into
place a government -- the government put into place a series
of measures to help people get through difficulties that came out
of the riots in terms of business interruption, so it is not just
focusing on insurance claims. They rather funds around in order for
them to get through these difficulties.
Thank you. Bosses at the Warwickshire Hospital
have set up an external review into its own mortality rate after a
report today showed that they had the highest rating in England.
The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton recorded 1024 deaths in
the year ending March 2011. Only 143 had been expected. We are live
now to our reporter Joan Cummins, has this report just come out of
the blue, or has it been linked in any way be the concern of death
rates at a our hospitals? Thi this is a direct result as to
the appalling events that happened at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital. The
big government said they wanted to ensure that those mistakes never
happened again. Interestingly, under this data, Mid-Staffordshire
came out quite well, almost 2% under the expected mortality rate.
But one Department of Health spokesman said to me that you
should not judge a hospital just on one set of results, they say it is
like buying a car. You would not just buy it on fuel consumption.
So the hospital is excepting the findings?
Earlier today I spent to the medical director at as the George
Eliot Hospital, and he was very quick to say that he wanted to be
as transparent as possible, and he did not feel that there was
anything wrong with the care in Nuneaton.
I think the quality of care is good, and I think the safety of patients
is good. It is paramount at -- to the decisions we make. We ensure
that quality and safety is at the centre of everything we provide.
Something is going wrong. Something is going wrong, and what
our external review will determine his by their it is initial quality,
which I do not think it is, whether it is an issue of recording, an
issue of external factors. Interestingly, the Department of
Health say that this data does not come with any sanctions. Nobody has
been named and shamed. The Department of Health said it was
like a smoke alarm, it prompted further investigation. But one that
Inspector... One watchdog for the hospital said to me it was all very
well, but surely if your toaster is burning up that is simply
difference to your house being on fire. These results will be coming
out every quarter, and all the hospitals will be looking at them
with great care. Two other news, and unions
representing bin men in Birmingham have voted in favour of strike
action for the second time this year. These were the scenes in the
city during the last walk out, today the GMB said its members plan
to strike again over changes to their contracts. They claim that
some staff could lose �4,000 a year. A strike date has not been set.
Amazon has become the gritting 1500 temporary staff to work at his new
depot in * Staffordshire. They opened a 7000 square foot warehouse
in Rugeley last month. They are now Could eating more slowly make use
Laura? It is a theory that scientists in Coventry are trying
to prove and a hi-tech unit nicknamed the Flab Lab.
They it has been set up to get at - - an idea of what is causing the
world's obesity problems. This is no ordinary day for this
woman. She is being sealed in a chamber and closely monitored for
eight hours. There will be exact measurement of how much energy C
Burns. It is part of an experiment to test whether eating faster make
should put on weight. -- how much energy she Bunce.
Weight is due to how many calories you taking and expend. If you find
that meal duration can affect those parameters it is important for
public health. She has had nothing to read today
and it is exactly mid-day. She has lunch passed -- passed into are, a
sand which and yoghurt. She must eat the portions slowly, one every
five minutes, and her appetite is assessed throughout the afternoon.
It is all happening in Coventry hospital and Warwick University's
Flab Lab. The most advanced of its kind in Europe. Before our
experiment gets under way, patients are tested in this extraordinary
looking instrument that measures how much the way, their body volume
at how much fat they have. Scientists will test the
relationship between weight and things like sleep levels, exercise
and dogs. For conditions like infectious
diseases and cancer, we are beginning to make process. However,
it is frustrating that a condition like obesity, which is very common,
we still have not manage -- managed to get a treatment. That is what
we're hoping to do. After eight hours, she is allowed
out. Fresh air!
What did she think? You never think about how you eat,
it is something you do. When you have good time you saw for pace
yourself, I think it affects the way you take your food. -- when you
have good time yourself. Finally, she assesses her hunger by
eating what she likes from us that -- selection of food. The results
will take time, but they're hoping to find some answers about the
obesity and it -- obesity epidemic. Watching that makes you hungry,
that is the problem. You can find out more about that
obesity report on the Midlands Today Facebook page.
Still to come tonight... Are the little owl part of a big
archive - I Shropshire baronet gives us a bird's-eye view.
And rain at last. It has not been the wettest October so far, but it
Three of the Black Country's best- known tourist attractions today
received a �4.5 million boost which is hoped will double visitor
numbers. Dudley Zoo, the Black Country
Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust hold the investment will draw
more than one million tourists to the town that each year. Our
correspondent is high above the town at Dudley Castle. Great news.
It is, today it has not been perfect weather for tourism, but
you can see the castle, 1,000 years old, standing behind me imposingly.
That is one of the attractions that brings visitors to the town, but
now it is hoped this investment from Europe will be able to build a
big new centre, which will give people access to all three of the
town's biggest tourist attractions. Let's speak to the chief executive
of Dudley Zoo, one of those attractions. You fought long and
hard for this money, you must be delighted, what will it do?
It is fantastic news. We have been trying to get investment for ten
years. �4.5 million will provide infrastructure to -- for access to
the museum in a different way. We will have a new car parks so that
people can transfers between the three attractions. -- transfer
between. They will also be a new attraction within the castle so
that conservation and education work associate with the zoo can
take place. I have been to three of the major
attractions today. Can it actually work that you have one centre for
three very different attractions? Yes, we think it can. We're
different attractions, and you can come for a weekend to the Black
Country Museum and the Canal Trust, whereas previously they were seen
as quite separate entities. The views taken by the local
authorities are that this is the way to develop the tourism centre.
Currently, 600,000 people visit these three attractions. The hope
is when the work is finished in about five years' time they can
increase that number to one million people. There has increased numbers
are also point to help boost the town, as well.
Hopefully we should see people coming into Dudley very soon.
Especially when it is not raining. Thank you very much.
Premier League footballers are backing a new video which carriages
young people to adopt a zero- tolerance to going for -- to gang
warfare. The film also has the support of chart-topping music acts.
Today they were in Birmingham to showcase their creative talents in
an attempt to put across a positive image of young people, as a our
arch reporter reports. -- as a Mac Arts reporter reports.
No Postcodes - No Gangs, a clear message from those affected by gang
culture. I am not educated, not from a very
wealthy family, I am from the bottom of the chain. It is easy for
people to close the door on me. The gangs gave me a way out, they gave
me money, they gave me life. Headed a you get out?
My brother motivated me. My brother said to me, I am saving money for
your funeral. That scared me. The campaign is the brainchild of
young people from Bromford Support. The idea is to urge other people to
be citizens of Birmingham and not be did -- not be defined by their
postcode, something gangs have been defined by in their past.
The many have had first-hand dealings with gangs.
I just said I was not going to get over my stuff and they stabbed me
with a screwdriver. I had someone to see me with a knife. I was on a
bike and as I was pedalling away the scratch my back, it was an open
wind. The No Postcodes - No Gangs video
is now online for anyone to view. It is a sign that there is an
alternative to gangs for young people.
We know there were some local footballers involved in that from
the Premier League. Talking of which, Wolves were applauded off
last eight, despite losing five had -- 5-22 Manchester City in the
Carling Cup. Mick McCarthy had called some
supporters mindless idiots after he was jeered during their previous
game. Only 12,000 fans were at Molineux,
but left the manager in no doubt whose side they were on. The
whose side they were on. The players responded, too, and took
the lead through Nenad Milijas. Mick McCarthy's reaction Das
understated delight. In five restless first half minutes the
visitors rammed their superiority home. Astonishingly, a 1-0 lead
became a 3-1 deficit in the blink of an eye. Two further goals at the
start of the second half threatened a demoralising wrote, but once more
Wall's revealed their backbone and Wall's revealed their backbone and
Jamie O'Hara scored the only other goal the game.
We were still chasing them, still creating chances. The desire to
play is just quality. Stoke City are also out, but they
Stoke City are also out, but they went down fighting, too. They had
already had a goal disallowed for obstructing the goalkeeper Glenn
Jon Walters power and pace set up the opera for Kenwyne Jones. But
Liverpool have a player with magic in his boots - Luis Suarez pit in a
delightful equaliser early in the second half. His second was more
prosaic but was enough to win the prosaic but was enough to win the
game. It has to be even Stevens. We
played tonight and we do not think it was even Stevens, in respect of
some of the decisions. When you look at it, you will have to ask
him why, we do not know why. So after two consecutive years with a
Midlands Today and the final, they will be no repeat at Wembley this
time. Better news for Birmingham City, at the Blues made it six wins
out of six after beating Leeds 1-0 in the champion jump. Nikola Zigic
scored the game's only goal. It was his first goal since February. It
left them to aid than the table, just one -- just one point outside
the play-offs. You only have until Sunday to
nominate your BBC Sports Midlands unsung hero.
Further details, call to our I am wondering if we will pop one
in the post of the closing date is Sunday and today is Thursday.
The weather is threatening outside, but our Autumnwatch series should
have died in things up. Sir Michael Leighton is a cameraman
who has dedicated much of his time filming a unique record of wildlife
in the Midlands. This estate is one of the jewels of
Shropshire. It is also an important wildlife record, because for more
than 30 years the man in charge has been filming pretty much anything
that moves. Leighton Parker has been the seat of the Leightons
since 1931. Few Giddings have stayed here, but some visitors have
been less regal, and Sir Michael Leighton got many on camera.
These are young buzzards. They are a bit naive.
It is so easy to forget in these days of high-definition cameras how
unusual Sir Michael's passion was, but he was years ahead of its time.
He used the latest technology to film the wildlife on the estate.
So you call this area little owl Avenue, why is that?
Yes, because a lot of the sites were here. They picked between 1974
and 1982. -- they peaked between. In 1985 or 1986 they were down to
about three pairs. Now I don't think there is a sight in the park.
The little owls may have gone, but we have the pictures and films,
some taken using early motion detector technology.
The animals would go on heat and added capture them when they went
to feed their young ones. I had some exciting stuff.
What were you doing when the little filming was going on? -- when the
little owl filming. Playing cricket!
Given the extraordinary amount of the cage, literally give you a
taste of it, but what is his favourite moment?
There was a sparrowhawk on a branch. What was special about that?
It was very rare. Sir Michael has recorded almost
every British bird on the estate over the years and has captured
many on film, creating a vital record of Shropshire Wildlife.
Fabulous footage, and more from David tomorrow, looking at
hedgehogs. Sunshine over there and rain over
Yes, but the rain has been much needed. The Met Office have
released provisional figures for October showing the Midlands has
had only just have its usual rainfall. Even though it has been
raining for pretty much the whole day, amounts have been fairly
unimpressive. Hereford was the wettest with 7 mm. This should
silence people grumbling about the cold, because October has been one
of the warmest on record. These figures include the entire country,
so temperatures have reached a maximum of 29.9 Celsius at the
beginning of the mud, averaging out at 12.2 Celsius. That will only be
supported by the next few days. -- the beginning of the month. And if
you are was the whole region should be much more dry, and some clear
spells developing overnight. Some dent fog patches and places.
Temperatures overnight dropping to a minimum of four Celsius, possibly
three in rural spots. At chilly start tomorrow, but we have some
sunshine once the fog lifts. A complete transformation,
temperatures up to around 12-14 Celsius. It will be milder than
today with hardly any breeze at all. The weekend is looking largely dry
The weekend is looking largely dry and mild.
Finally, a look at tonight's main headlines. European leaders stuck -
- strike a last-minute deal, the rescue fund will be doubled at half
of grease's debt will be written off.