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Welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines: 100 days after the riots,


anger over funding cuts to youth projects, many are in danger of


folding. It is hard, desperately hard, and it is getting harder.


Thieves and to the misery to householders whose homes have been


wrecked by flooding. Like being in a war-zone, say


residents, who face years of living side-by-side to boarding at the


halls -- boarded-up homes. And the much loved ruins of


Welcome to the start of the week here on Midlands Today. 100 days


after the riots, a warning that youth services are in crisis. One


youth worker says the young people she deal was wave are facing the


toughest times in more than 25 years.


We have spoken to 14 youth associations in the Midlands


representing hundreds of voluntary organisations which have had their


funding cut and fear their futures are under threat. To youth workers


recognised for their outstanding contributions have spoken out to


our special Correspondent. Bright police standing guard


outside Birmingham's Mailbox Shopping Centre. The images of the


riots in August, greed and consumerism. 100 days after the


riots, what lessons, if any, are there to be learnt? I have been


talking to people who were working with the next generation and I have


also been listening to young people. The Stonehouse Gang, a youth club


in Selly Oak. You are on your journey... Lesley Franklin is a


human dynamo, constantly encouraging young people from every


age group. This year she was awarded an MBE. Have funding of


�20,000 has now been cut. It is as tough as ever. I do not know how it


is going to get any easier. It is the 1970s, this is the Stonehouse


Gang's founder Harry Webb. He was a newspaper journalist who set up the


club in 1938 after seeing young people going through the courts


accused of anti-social behaviour. For more than 70 years, the gang


has changed young people's live for the better. For how much younger --


longer? It is frightening. How can we possibly a find the money that


has been cut, not just for this year, but for every other year?


Lincoln Moses is another MBE e hold up. His football teams have taken


youngsters out of Birmingham's toughest estates. He is a


despairing after losing his grant of �18,000. With the lack of funds,


there is not much you can do to engage or empowered the young


people. The young people will make the wrong decisions and they are


very guilty of making the wrong decisions. 100 days on, what do


young people think about the riots? I sat down with 15 and 16 year olds


at Perry Beeches School in Great Barr. They have had classes


discussing the issues and special assemblies. Many of these


youngsters were told to stay indoors by their parents when the


looting took place. I do not feel much sympathy for those in the


riots because I thought it was cheap opportunism. People have


improved. We are trying to build up our reputation, especially in our


school and community. I felt embarrassed at the time that it was


happening because you do not feel it is -- you do not feel proud it


is happening in your country. Birmingham City Council did not


want to take part in this report. They have had to cut �1.7 million


from a youth service budget. They say that less than a third of under


18-year-olds work involved in the riots. Although Hampton are looking


to cut half a million pounds from its huge budget. Where the riots a


blip or a sign of the Times? I feel people may riot again because I do


not see many pragmatic changes and much difference made to their lives


in the hundred days since the riots. I fear that but I would say, look,


at let's get our young people on board. Every council in our region


is consulting people over the scale of the cuts to youth services. It


costs just �1.20 for a child to attend the Stonehouse Gang. That is


money that these young people feel is well spent.


We are joined now from Westminster by James Morris, the MP for


Halesowen and Rowley Regis. He serves on the communities and local


government select committee. Good evening. Is it time now to protect


youth centres from the cuts? understand the importance of youth


services but I do not think it is directly relevant to what happened


in August. The riots in Birmingham were an act of organised


criminality and we can't get away from that fact. It was not some


kind of crisis to do with the youth. This was to do with organised


criminality. Not condoning crime or criminals, or anything like that, I


am looking at the situation. High youth unemployment, deprivation and


boredom. Terrible things. All ingredients than it can lead people


into crime. That is why the government has taken two


initiatives. The Prime Minister announced a couple of weeks ago the


establishment of a new unit which is going to be looking at turning


round the lives of Britain's 120,000 Most Honourable families in


Britain. The Home Secretary announced the implementation of a


new plan for tackling youth violence -- the 100,000 most


vulnerable families. We are taking issues of social breakdown in


certain areas of society very seriously. We heard from youth


workers who say it is the worst time they have ever seen for money


and funding for youth projects. What are you going to do to inspire


young people when it seems like everything is against them? They


have not got a job and let us remember that not everyone is a


natural self-starter. People need help. The statutory youth provision


is under pressure but across our communities they are still a number


of very innovative community and voluntary groups working with young


people. We need to make sure that we harnessed that the vibrancy to


tackle some of these problems to do with young people. It is not always


the statutory provision that is the best in our countries. We need to


find ways for the voluntary sector to innovate. That does not take


away from the fact that the riots were organised criminality and we


need to tackle some of the underlying problems, improving


school discipline and getting back to supporting families. Thank you


very much. Still to come, back to the day jobs


for the Stourbridge striker whose FA Cup heroics won his team a


second chance against the professionals in Plymouth.


Thieves have been preying on flood victims whose homes were devastated


by a burst water main. Wearing high-visibility jackets and posing


as council workers, they have stolen possessions piled up on


driveways. They start as a huge clear-up operation got under way.


The latest dramatic pictures to emerge from the flight as a 2


million litres of water from a burst water main were released on


to this estate. Today as the huge clear-up operation continued, news


that thieves had been targeting the flood victims with possessions


piled high outside people's homes, it is reported that scrap the yet -


- scrap dealers have been removing valuable items. The pensioner who


lives here have lost a washing machines, tumble dryer and a fridge


freezer from her drive. Dreadful. Disgusting, what people can do to


the likes of anybody. The losses caused by the flood were big enough


without the intervention of the fees. Around 150,000 homes were


damaged. Sifting through the wreckage at her house, this lady is


one of many residents forced to move out and stay with relatives.


Even now, I keep waking up and think, it has not happened. The


fright of waking up to water in the house and getting my seven-month-


old out to safety, it was frightening. Although the water was


in people's homes for a short period of time compared to flooding


from, say, a Rivera, the damage is substantial and extensive and will


take many weeks or months or even longer to prepare for -- repair.


As council binmen help with the clear-up, the council leader called


for assurances from the water company involved. We want them to


give us an assurance, that all of the water mains are safe,


maintained, so we do not see a repeat of this. This was without


doubt a freak event. Everyone here is hoping that it also turns out to


be a unique event. The family of a vulnerable disabled


woman who was tortured and murdered have hit out at a report that says


her death could not have been prevented. A serious case review


into the death of 27-year-old Gemma Hayter concluded that there weren't


numerous missed opportunities to help her. Her sister believes that


the authorities could have done more.


27-year-old Gemma Hayter was a vulnerable young adult who would


endure abuse in return for friendship. There was such a


situation which led to her death. She was systematically beaten


before choking on and blood on this disused railway line in Rugby. In


September, three of her so-called friends were jailed for murder. Two


others were jailed for manslaughter. The serious case review looked into


the role of various agencies who had dealing with verve including


the police, local housing associations and health trusts. It


found that no single agency had a full picture of what was going on.


In short, there were missed opportunities. The report does not


name or shame any individual agency but Gemma's family believe they


were let down but Warwickshire social services. All of the


instances that they have dug up and the times they could have helped


her, it is devastating. It is maddening. It is incredibly sad.


The report also stated there was no evidence that Gemma's murder could


have been prevented or predicted. There were systems problems for


some of the health services and for social care which we have already


addressed by setting up a single point of access so all referrals


for vulnerable adults come into one. And in fact, we now have a legally


binding partnership arrangement. Warwickshire County Council has now


written to Gemma's family offering an apology and say they are


continuing to implement their findings.


Luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover has seen another rise in global


sales. The number of vehicles sold rose 16% in the last three months.


Sales in China continued to power ahead, up by a staggering 87%.


However, sales in the UK and Europe remain flat because of continued


economic worries. Our transport correspondent is at a Jaguar


dealership tonight. This is more good news, after last week's


decision to hire an extra 1000 workers at Solihull? Indeed, it is.


There seems to be no stopping Jaguar Land Rover. If they are due


to have their work force of around 20,000 people, more than they had


before the recession. Growth seems to be rid -- powered by growth in


China. Also, Russia, Brazil, and India. They have more money and


they want a quality product. What about the other side of things?


Should we be worried that sales in the UK are flat? 75% of everything


that Jaguar Land Rover makes is exported. 12% goes to China. There


are worries over the eurozone crisis. They wait and see approach


being adopted by many people. There is also talk of a 10% drop in car


sales in Europe next year. It is a worrying trend.


Thank you. The government has been accused of abandoning Stoke-on-


Trent after pulling the plug on a regeneration scheme. People living


on a boarded up straight say it is like being in a war-torn country.


The government says it will be providing a multi- million pounds


Stoke-on-Trent has been livid -- living with boarded-up streets ever


since the government pulled funding on a major programme to the new


housing stock. It has left people like Florence Walker living in


limbo. I've spent a fortune on my house over the years. Luckily my


house is stopping, but the only thing is, if you look round the


area, it is not a nice area any more. It looks as though I live in


their group. Now a Manchester University professor has accused


the government of giving up on the Midlands. Ideologically this


government doesn't believe in intervention, it believes in sink


or swim depending on how competitive places are. Large parts


of the North of England and Midlands are being left to sink


because they are not competitive. The government refused to be


interviewed but issued a statement saying the regeneration programme


in Stoke-on-Trent wasn't working but they would shortly be


allocating a fund to help people who have been trapped in half


demolished areas. Brendan Nevin thinks things are so bad in Stoke


the end the auction people now have is to leave. Hundreds of millions


of pounds worth of investment has been made which will be lost. It


sent a message to local people if they want a good standard of life


they have to leave. Mary will have more background on


Inside Out tonight at 7:30pm. Tomorrow morning BBC Stoker will


host a debate on why it regenerating the City is taking so


long, that is from 11am. The Prime Minister has been in


Birmingham to talk about trading opportunities with Holland. He


joined the Dutch Prime Minister Marc Rutter on a visit to


Birmingham Science Park, shown some of the new technologies being


developed in the city. A survey of employers says Britain is facing a


slow and painful loss of jobs but Mr Cameron says his government has


plans to create employment. We are rolling up our sleeves and do --


doing everything we can to promote growth and jobs. We have cut our


corporation tax rate, investing in apprenticeships and making sure we


focus on capital spending, roads and stations, and at the heart of


it has to be the plan to keep a good plan for dealing with our


debts and deficits. Still to come: preparing for the


big moment, the school children who formed a choir and the first


performance is live on television for Children In Need.


Trading autumn's path, after a lovely weekend the gloom up from


last week returns. But for how Today it is an important date for


Coventry. It is the anniversary of the blitz on the City which claimed


more than 500 lives and destroyed the cathedral. Tonight the scheme


is starting which is hoped will result in the cathedral becoming a


space dedicated to civilians affected by war. It could also help


preserve the ruins of the old cathedral and the ravages of the


elements. Welcome to the atmospheric ruins of


the medieval Coventry Cathedral. There has been a church on this


site since the 13th century. On 14th November, 1940, 500 people


lost their lives and the Cathedral was destroyed. Now the cathedral


need to raise �1 million to restore and preserve the ruins for future


generations. Tell me why do you really need this money? The ruins


are the ruins. They are but they keep falling into disrepair. We had


a big crack we discovered in the summer which threatened for part of


the wall to collapse into the street which would mean we would


have to close the book of the safety so we have to repair them


and stabilise the in their current condition. Also to uncover some of


their secrets. There was a big crowd under here. It would unveil


another glory. You have become somewhat obsessed


with Coventry Cathedral. What is it about the cathedral that leads you


fire? It was voted on to a Walker World


Monuments Watch a list of the most endangered sites in the world so we


have a duty of care. You cannot help be moved by this place, it is


a place of memorial, reconciliation, extraordinary medieval art which


reminds us where Coventry was once one of the greatest cities of


Britain. Tonight there will be a service at the new cathedral where


all the plans for the future will be laid out. We will bring that


back to you tonight. Non-League Stourbridge Town


Football Club are celebrating a cash windfall tonight. They have


just been told next week's FA Cup replay against Plymouth will be


shown live on television. The �30,000 hope will get wouldn't pay


a week's wages for many a Premier League favour -- player but the


money will go a long way at Stourbridge. More than enough to


buy some new shirts. Look closely, something is missing. Ever since


the club was formed in 1876 there have been two Letter ares in


Stourbridge. Officials were not impressed when they spotted the


embroidery error. But they are now in the second round draw for the


first time ever. Not embarrassing, it is something unique. It wouldn't


have done at man United. Obviously not. The letter art may have been


missing from the shirts but the initials RR went missing on the


pitch. Ryan Rowe was back with the family firm creating a new driveway


today. If he looked a bit tired, no wonder, Saturday's post-match party


in Plymouth turned into an all- nighter and his workmates were


there as well. It was a cup tie that they will never forget. First


they were delighted when Stourbridge Ford back to equalise.


Then they could hardly believe it when Ryan Rowe put them in front at


2-1. Eight minutes from time, a penalty looked to have clinched a


famous victory at 3-2. Sadly for 900 travelling fans Plymouth


equalised two minutes from the end to four -- force a replay at


Stourbridge a week tomorrow. great result. After we had will


settle down and had a think, a lot of the lads were quietly


disappointed. Came so close two minutes from the end. To score in


front of the fans, pretty special. Especially on an occasion like that.


So proud of him for scoring an Stourbridge town. Can they win the


replay? Definitely. What was the atmosphere like? Brilliant.


By next Tuesday night the new drive will be done and dusted and Ryan


and the lads will be off to the replay with Plymouth had been to


see their team finish the job to earn a home tie with Stevenage in


round two. Fantastic performance.


We are talking Children In Need, one of the biggest charity events


of the year and attracts one of the year's biggest television audiences.


This Friday children from a Birmingham school will be singing


live, nerve-racking enough, but the school choir has never performed in


public before. Just eight years ago Heartlands


High in Birmingham was a failing school, but now it has got a new


name, an outstanding Ofsted report and a new school choir during


opera's biggest performers yet. The pupils here have been rehearsing


hard for their big day and that is just as well, they are part of a


much bigger project performing live on BBC One on Friday night. They


will be performing to the whole nation at Aston Hall in Birmingham.


They have been so enthusiastic. The learning process of the song has


been really interesting. They have really enjoyed it. It has been a


wonderful experience. You have to wait until Friday to find out what


they will be singing but the People's thinks it will make an


impression. It is about staying strong, holding on. What these


children need to be doing, St stay strong and be brave. Career and,


don't give up. -- telling them to carry on. Watching their little


faces, they looked like they were really enjoying it. I am nervous,


but I thought with all this hard work I have put in it will pay off


at the end. People will be excited but we will be a bit nervous. We


will be fine. I will be backstage with them on


the night and I thought I'd better check they are ready. On Friday


night you all going to be live at Aston Hall on BBC One in front of


11 million people, exerted? Yes! -- excited?


Plenty more going on for Children In Need. A world record could be


broken in more than on Friday as BBC Hereford and Worcester are


asking thousands of people to dress as garden gnomes. They are touring


schools helping the children to make costumes. P will be assembling


at the Theatre in more than on Friday and hoped to raise thousands


of pounds -- theatre in Malvern. If you are raising money please let us


know. If you are taking photos try to


include a selection -- we will try to include a selection on Midlands


today. It looks as though we are back to


where we were at the beginning of last week with all the gloom that


we had today. But a couple of weeks to go before the official start to


into the sort of weekend we have just had will be increasingly rare.


It changeable week. A bit of movement. We could see some Centro


and sooner than last week. The varying wind direction is what


instigates the change. It will allow some of France to comment. --


some weather fronts to come in. A bit of rain on Wednesday, late on


Thursday. But there will be some sunshine in between. As far as


tonight goes, the cloud will thicken. Widespread drizzle. Quite


a cold night. A cold start tomorrow. He will be quite dreary and damp.


Tomorrow, an easterly is drawing innards slightly drier air. Things


will improve in the afternoon. Some more brightness in the afternoon,


temperatures could rise. On Thursday, some sunshine and it will


The full scale of the hacking scandal is revealed by a new


inquiry into press standards. After the riots anger over funding


cuts to youth project. Many are in danger of folding.


In half-an-hour on BBC when you think catch Kent -- tonight's


edition of Inside Out where a reporter from Sangat TV is reunited


with the police officer he helped during the riots. He gave the


officer make an arrest. That is in half a knot and BBC One. You can


also find out more about those plans to save the remains of


Coventry Cathedral for future generations.


Just 256 days until the Olympic Games. To design students from the


Midlands have achieved Olympic success stop Pippa Sanderson from


Malvern and Saiman Miah from Birmingham won a competition by the


Royal Mint to design to official coins for the Olympic and


Paralympic Games. -- two official coins. They will go on sale this


month. I'm never going to be fast enough to win the 100 metres. So it


this winning design competition, every feel like I have won gold.


I tried for tickets but was unsuccessful. But this is my way to


be part of the Olympics and British history. They do look rather good.


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