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Hello, are welcome to Midlands Today.
A new route is proposed for the controversial aged it -- HS2 rail
line. We thought it was more a less
planned and in place. It clear we are concerned it is coming nearer
to us. No fresh water for months, the
villagers having to rely on standpipes.
You take it for granted that you turn the tap on and there is water
there. But not be a to have a shower, not being able to wash
clothes. Police act on new information into
corruption at a council. And this Hallowe'en, we meet the
Americans get actor who is over here. Why? To frighten a silly!
You see people freaking out, you Greeting, welcome to Monday's
Midlands Today. Tonight, spreading the plight of further. That is the
reaction from some at anti- H has to proposals - hundred campaigners
to proposals for alternative route. Labour are proposing a road that
follows the child -- Chilton line and would bypass look Leamington
Spa and Warwick. They say it would save hundreds of acres of land. But
it would also mean trains running much closer to villages previously
unaffected. Our transport correspondent has been looking at
today's proposals. After months of consultation, those
against HS2, like this man, were once again poring over maps in an
effort to work out just where the latest proposals could take the
controversial line. Although for him, moving the line would be good
news, he is still concerned. It is still fairly open. The bridge
is not decided. The result at the moment is that Warwickshire is
blighted, rather than just the preferred route.
It was the Labour Party that proposed the current route, and was
to the government is behind the concept, they now that you grow
Labour now want the route to be moved. They wanted to follow
existing transport corridors like the M40 and the Chiltern Line.
This is what it could lot -- this is what it could look like. It
could run to Heathrow at - opera Heathrow Airport, as they could
take one of several options. So why has Labour done a U-turn?
We think it is not sensible to avoid going by your main airport,
and so we have suggested that it would be a better idea to do
another route. Any change in the alignment could
mean misery and bright in places currently unaffected by HS2, like
this village near Warwick. Here, up residents are worried.
Know. It will ruin a beautiful part of Warwickshire.
To bring it so close to a penny populated area, it is very
concerning. But so too is Labour's decision to
announce his alternative proposals after a major consultation,
according to the government. To put forward this route after the
consultation, I think it looks suspiciously opportunistic, and it
is woefully lacking in detail. Campaigners opposed to be rude say
that there will be no business case for us wherever it goes, and they
say it still leads to a huge white elephant.
This seems to have come out of the blue?
It certainly has. I did get quite a lot of annoyance on the path of the
government that Labour had chosen to publish this ridge now. They say
it is unfair to the 50,000 people who responded to the consultation,
as they say it is a big mistake for Labour to leave it so late.
So what difference would actually make?
Them or be more uncertainty as a direct result of this. The route
has already been looked at and dismissed, hence the reason they
publish the other route. Labour had already said that to this proposal
does not get the backing of the government, then they will still
effectively back the existing proposals, so we could be back to
square one within weeks. What will happen next? What about
the result of the consultation? The consultation took place earlier
in the year. Date -- it is unlikely there will be any further delay in
the consultation. The government seems likely to give HS2 the go-
ahead, and on the existing route that we have been talking about for
many months. It seems that even with these new proposals, it is
unlikely we will see that much of a delay or that much of a change with
the decision to go ahead with it. Later in tonight's programme,
reunited at last, the cat at the heart of the MP love triangle court
case is found safe and well. But first, families living in a
rural part of South Shropshire are suffering drought as their wells
and boreholes run dry. Thousands of homes are not connected to the
mains water supply, and rely on nature to provide them with water.
But with the country experiencing a very dry year, many are being
forced to rely on family and friends for water.
David and Coraine Oakley have come a mile and a half to get water. The
well that supplies their home near Clunton it dried out 12 months ago
-- 12 weeks ago. We have been fetching water from
our wonderful friends all over the place. We've been as far as
Birmingham. All the way to Birmingham.
They are filling up at a tank donated by Severn Trent, which is
stationed at a nearby farm which has also run dry. The water supply
from his farm normally comes from a spring in those hills. But it is
running dry, as they have been out of water here for two weeks.
The dry ground beans Falmer Jonathan Griffiths is having to
feed his sheep with a winter food. -- the dry ground means.
It has never happened, had I have been here all my life. It is a
whole new experience. Others are warning this localised
to drought could jeopardise next year's harvest.
At this time, it should be green it now, and you should be able to see
rows of seats coming up. The 10,000 people in Shropshire rely on wells
and springs for their water. Legally, it is their responsibility,
but talks are under way. This area is under stress for water
supply, so as part of the planning and development we are trying to
restrict development to areas where there are enough water, and then to
work with people to try and recycle things like either winter reservoir
as all things like rainwater harvesting to make things like
washing and washing-machines work. Meanwhile, everyday life is
revolving around water. The you take it for granted that you turn
the tap on and water is there, but does not appear to have a shower,
not being added to wash cloud that proper wash clothes.
Many here are praying for rain. Thousands of jobs in the region
will be either created or protected by the government's Regional Growth
Fund, according to ministers who have been setting out the plans.
The grants totalling 100 billion to pounds have been awarded to 22
successful bids. -- �100 million. One of the most important benefit
is looking at the automotive sector, as looking where industries want to
come back to the West Midlands. We see with Elonex, they wish to bring
back some of their development and production back to the West
Midlands from China. The a public meeting is being held for those
affected by the August riots. The Riots, Communities and Victims
Panel it is in Birmingham to find out why the disturbances happened.
It is also hoping to find out how to stop them happening again. They
want people to share their experiences of the disturbances.
Staffordshire Police say they have received new information about
alleged corruption in Stoke-on- Trent and are making fresh
inquiries. The it follows an investigation three years ago.
Detectives say they are reviewing information passed to them in the
last few days. This was an inquiry which saw three
of Stoke-on-Trent's most prominent public figures arrested. Councillor
Roger Ibbs, the city's elected mayor Mark Meredith, and
businessman Mo Chaudry were all questions. All denied any
wrongdoing, and all were released without charge. Investigations
surrounded the proposed closure of this council-run swimming pool. It
didn't shut, but there have been renewed questions after the city
council issued an apology over the matter to Mr Chowdhury. It has now
been revealed that settlement cost taxpayers �44,000 in legal costs.
Also, Staffordshire Police said it had received a complaint and are
reviewing this information. Of the inquiries have been welcomed by
independent councillors. I am pleased that the police are
going to do further inquiries into this matter, because it needs to be
done. It is the talk of the Potteries.
For his part, Mo Chaudry, who owns what a world, says the matter is
done and dusted. He says he is happy to reveal all details of his
agreement with the council. Liz joins us now from our studio.
What has reaction been to from the council?
When I spoke to members after them, their reaction was swift and short.
They said they had nothing further to add. There has been an attempt
to debate this issue, at that happened at the full council
meeting earlier this month. A group of opposition councillors got
together and put forward a motion because they said they wanted the
big players to be made there public. However, that motion was defeated
after 31 of Labour's 34 councillors voted against it. Separately, a
number of individuals have also organised -- a number of
individuals and other organisations have attempted to use the Freedom
of Information Act to get information. We have asked for
details of meetings, for correspondence and e-mails, in the
last few days, the council has refused our request alongside those
of other people. In our case, the council gave his legal reason by
saying it would be too disruptive to release that information, and it
could not be in the public interest. The council said it signed a
confidentially --, the entry -- confidentiality clause, and cannot
reveal any more. The tell us more about Mo Chaudry's reaction.
He has a rather different view. He said he had no objection at all to
all the information being revealed. He said he would be happy for the
council to reveal everything, and he felt he had been treated badly,
he said he felt aggrieved and let down by what had happened and he
said that throughout his position has remained unchanged.
Thank you very much. A cat belonging to the mistress of
the Liberal-Democrat MP John Hemming has turned up, safe and
well, more than a year after he was stolen -- she was stolen by his
wife. The Christine Hemming was given a suspended jail sentence for
stealing Beauty. Beauty is back, much to the delight
of Emily Cox, a long-term lover of MP John Hemming. The cat belongs to
her six-year-old daughter, and she is really delighted.
She just smiled and looked so happy, it was the most amazing thing to
see her. She knew she had her cat back.
And what a journey she has been on. Starting out in the arms of
Christine Hemming, wife of John, as she burgled Miss Cox's house in
Birmingham -- house in Moseley. Until last week she was missing,
feared probably dead. But after Mrs Hemming appeared in court, Miss Cox
appeared on Midlands Today. I think it has been worse for my
daughter. That has -- she has lost her cat.
That reached the ears of a cat lover.
My friend said that this cat has not been seen since November, at
that rang a bell. That was when she appeared. I thought I should follow
this up. A phone call to the Liberal
Democrat support Mr Hemming to her doorstep. It is thought Beauty has
had a litter of kittens, but they have yet to be located. The saga of
the MP, the cat, the wife and the Still to come: brewing up a storm
in League Two. We meet the hat- trick hero.
And find out why it's scaring yourself silly makes people in the
That was a bit scary! Every year, 2000 people receive free care from
hospices in rugby, Coventry and Warwick. But they rely on donations
and the cost for just one nurses �30,000 a year.
Today, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire launched an appeal to
help raise money to pay for more We have joined forces to launch the
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Nurse Appeal. 2000 people every year of
cared-for by this Hospice, among from Joyce, who died last year.
Suddenly, there was help and it is invaluable help. It is stuff that
you don't even think about. When somebody is a very her ill, you
need help. �30,000 will fund a hospice nurse who in turn can help
43 patients this appeal by BBC Coventry and warwickshire aims to
increase the number of nurses working at the three centres so
that there is no risk of terminally ill patients being turned away.
is a great place for end of life care and we are set up with doctors
and nurses to what experienced. To turn someone down the field as
devastating because we do not know what alternatives are going on out
there. Donations of �7 million a year keep Myton hospice running but
it also helps famalies such as Meg who was just ten when her dad died
two years ago. Myton has helped her come to terms with his death.
makes us all feel better to know that we are there for them. Buying
items helps to fund this hospice but with more than 600,000 people
in their catchment area, if every single one of those people donated
just �1, they say they would be able to help you and Yours, at a
time when you need it most. Such a worthwhile cause. And you
can find more about the Myton Nurse campaign on BBC Coventry &
Warwickshire's website. Dan's here with the sport, and not
good news tonight for Birmingham City fans.
No but exactly how bad remains unclear. A statement has been
released to the Hong Kong Stock exchange today by the club's parent
company Birmingham International Holdings. It warns that they expect
to record a substantial loss for the year ending June the 30th, due
mainly to relegation. They also warn investors to exercise caution
when dealing in shares in the company. We also learned today that
those end of year figures won't now be published until the end of
January. What about the fans? How will it
affect them? Of course the big fear for fans is that more players will
be sold in January harming what so far has been a promising season.
They have done very well in the circumstances but they could lose
further players. They must be pretty nervous, the
players? Some of them are on Premier League
wages so it is not so much the money, but if they can get those
players of the wage bill, it would help.
That is not going to be easy. They didn't win this weekend. In
fact matters on the pitch and we didn't have a single winner above
League Two this weekend. That could change tonight though as Stoke City
host Newcastle United in the Premier League. Newcastle are
unbeaten in all 12 league games this season. But Stoke beat them 4-
0 when they last met. And there's full match commentary from the
Britannia Stadium on BBC Radio Stoke tonight. Coverage starts at
seven. Kick-off is at eight. Billy Kee will celebrate his 21st
birthday next month. But he's already got the perfect present.
Because Billy went home with the matchball on Saturday night, after
scoring his first-ever hatrick for Burton Albion. Ian Winter has been
to meet him. It's lasagne for lunch. And the
Burton Albion lads are always starving after training. Hungry for
carbohydrates and even more hungry to build on their excellent start
to the season. Not least, their talented young striker Billy Kee.
Outside, Paul Peschisolido believes he's snapped up a bargain. In his
heyday, Pesch loved popping in the goals for Birmingham, Stoke and
West Bromwich Albion, to name just three of his former clubs. So the
Burton Albion boss knows a natural goalscorer when he sees one.
Someone like Billy, who scored against Burton for Torquay back in
April. That goal convinced him that Billy would be perfect for Burton
and four months later, he signed him for the princely sum of �20,000.
Is that the best �20,000 you've ever spent? Absolutely. I don't
want to get too carried away because he is still young but he
has all the qualities of being a good player. Billy jumped at the
chance to join Burton, just 30 miles away from his mum's home
cooking. Normally, his proud parents go to every game. But they
missed his match-winning performance at Barnet on Saturday,
so this was their Billy at his very best. Goal number one came after
just seven minutes. And Burton were off to a flying start. Goal number
two was the best of the bunch and doubled Burton's lead after half an
hour. And then goal number three completed Billy's hat-trick in the
second half to put Burton back in front at 3-2. And they went onto
win 6-3. No wonder all the lads signed the matchball which now
lives in Billy's bedroom. It was one of those days, everything I hit
went in. Lately, my long-range play has not been the best but on
Saturday, everything I hit went in. Best hat-trick I've ever seen.
want to play at the highest level I can. Hopefully here, and believing
in myself more and a compass on. Now, Pesch is hoping Billy's boots
hit the target again at Aldershot tomorrow night. Lifting Burton up
to fifth in League Two. Two of our Elite League speedway
teams are under new ownership. The Coventry Bees have been taken over
by businessman Mick Horton who used to run a team in Peterborough. And
the Birmingham Brummies are now owned by the Black Country Training
Group. The Brummies have just finished their first season in the
top flight since returning to the sport in 2007.
And the deadline's passed to enter the BBC Midlands Sport unsung hero.
Many thanks for all your entries. Judging will take place this week.
The winner will be announced in early December.
I saw a great pile of them today, fantastic! Thank you.
If you're a mum or dad or grandparent getting the children
ready to go trick and treating, here's a spooky fact for you.
Halloween is the biggest money spinner for shops with only
Christmas and Easter beating it. 31st October has always been big in
America where they spend three times as much on Halloween. Now of
course, it's really catching on over here too.
Our reporter Ben Sidwell has gone to meet one American who's helping
up the scare factor here. Ben, who he is then?
Halloween, a time for ghosts and ghouls. He can make quite a lot of
money if you are a business. If it is bigger here, it is massive and
America at the moment. I'm in Burton-upon-Trent and the reason
this is happening is because of one scare expert from America, her why
have been spending the day with. I must warn you there are Strode
images in this report. How Wayne, a day for trickle Creek
is -- a trick or treaters, and for scaring yourself is -- silly. It is
also big business. Here, they portend a man with plenty of scary
experience to create their following attraction. Jared hails
from the home of the Hallowe'en celebration, the USA. You see a
group of adults coming through, they are cowering and freaking out.
You want to scare them as much as possible, that is the whole point.
To those of a more delicate nature, there is always a pumpkin to Carter.
Of course, it all costs money. As Hallowe'en become too commercial?
We have to dig into our pockets for another reason but I think it is
nice to have some fun and let your hair down and have a reason to have
a laugh and joke about things. children enjoy it so I don't see
why we shouldn't continue to commercialise it in a way that it
is at the moment. Jared will not be in Britain tonight, he will be at
home with his wife. Have been such a big hello Wheen Farm, their house
is hard to miss. -- Halloween. We put a lot of effort into decorating.
The we like to put a little something for the neighbourhood
kids to come to and everybody knows this. -- knows us. Back in Burton,
there are plenty of volunteers looking for a frightened of the
growth of hollow ring continues, you can't expect to see plenty more
attractions like this popping up in the Midlands over the next few
years. Jarrett has appeared in many of the
biggest scare attractions in America so he knows what he is
doing. One of the men that hired him is the eco owner of this
adventure park, that is Ivor Robinson. Hallowe'en for you guys,
you've invested a lot of money. That must mean it is big business.
Yes, sure. Hallowe'en is a number - - one of a number of seasonal
events. We had a successful time with it last year so we thought we
would build on it this year. We've made the attraction bigger and
better. It provides a good qualities get traction in the
Midlands. Why bring Jared in? He is the next bid for America but it is
a big thing to do for a place like this. He has the acting techniques
that we require and he has passed that on to the actors who can see
around me. It really is more than just people jumping out and
shouting. We have created towards 30 difference it theatrical scenes
that the actors work through during the night. Is this sort of thing...
I expecting hundreds tonight? have seen it working in other parts
of the country and it is successful. It doesn't seem to be so big in
Midlands yet but that is what we are going for. We've had hundreds
of people already. We are expecting more tonight. We will build on this
success in future years. They are here and 11 o'clock tonight. To be
perfectly honest, I have planned so -- spend plenty of time here and
I'm going to leave as quickly as The weather is a lot scarier.
Nothing as scary as the freak snowstorms in the States but having
said that, the same area of low pressure will affect us this week.
It is crossing the Atlantic and reaching our shores. As it does so,
it retains a lot of that intensity. Because we introduce a milder air
stream, the effects will be different. We will get wet and
windy weather but no star. We have a flavour of that coming along
tonight. I would get out on the streets sooner rather than later
tonight. For the next couple of hours, we will see this band of
rain heading our way. It is heavy rain, we are expecting between 10
to 12 mm. It is moving quickly so by the end of the night, it should
have cleared western areas but where we retain the the cloud and
rain, we will see mild temperatures. Values of 10 or 11 Celsius. It will
be gusty as the rain band moves through. By the time you wake up
tomorrow morning, the skies should have clear. We are looking up quite
a bit of sunshine. Copious amounts of it. That will not lift the
temperatures higher than two days temperatures. Eyes of 14 Celsius
but academic Ready because in the sunshine it should feel as warm. --
eyes. Through tomorrow night, which is dry and quite clear initially,
we will see evidence of the next band of rain coming through as the
cloud thickens up from the West. A look at tonight's main headlines.
After days of protests, another high profile resignation at St
Paul's Cathedral. And a new route's proposed for the
controversial HS2 rail line, affecting a whole new set of
residents. Inside Out is on in just over half
an hour here on BBC One and this week they meet Coventry's Adrian
Mason. He's spent more than 15 years in
prison for a catalogue of crimes ranging from theft, to driving
offences, and in the worst case, armed robbery. But whilst in jail,