15/11/2011 Midlands Today


The latest news, sport and weather for the Midlands.

Similar Content

Browse content similar to 15/11/2011. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!



Welcome to Inside Out. The headlines: detectives questioned


three men on suspicion of kidnap after a 10-year-old boy was


allegedly found shackled. I saw a little boy in the window.


My decor breakthrough, a mum to be gets cancer but is successfully


treated. -- medical breakthrough. had to do it for him. I needed to


survive. Four men are being held in connection with an alleged


terrorist plot. And the grieving parents who lost


their son in Afghanistan set up a Good evening. Tonight, help me, I


have been kidnapped, a little boy's bleak as he desperately tried to


summon help. A relieved neighbour said she spotted him looking out of


a window. His arms were bound and she immediately called the police.


He had vanished while on a trip to the shops on Sunday. This evening,


detectives are questioning three men on suspicion of kidnap.


A block of flats in Oldbury, a window from which police plucked a


10-year-old boy to safety, allegedly the victim of a


kidnapping. A bizarre and alarming incident, especially for those with


children. Everyone is anxious and not very happy about that place the


end there. It is very worrying that we do not know who is in the area.


It began on Sunday morning. The boy walked to these shops near his home


to buy a drink. He would have crossed the road here and taken off


in that direction but somehow the ended up at flats owned by a


housing association 50 yards up the road. How and why he got there is


now the subject of a major police investigation.


Jean Massi's son plays with the boy. She joined the search and it was


she who spotted him in the flats. think he had a white T-shirt and


something wrapped round Thames. I do not think he had access to his


hands, maybe they were tied up. he called out to you? Yes. He said,


can you help me, I have been kidnapped. What is going through


your mind at that point? I wanted to go and help him but I said, her


weight, I will call the police. That is what I did. The policemen


lifted him out of the window. That was a relief. He looked at me and


you could see, not a smile, but a joy on his face. The property


belongs to the Adullam Housing Association. It is an organisation


that supports vulnerable people, among them, ex-offenders. The


police stress it is not a bail hostel or a halfway house. Last


night, a grip of residents staged a protest outside. Nothing has been


proven about what happened. Tonight, three local men in their 30s and


40s remain in police custody. Strong feelings there tonight?


There is anxiety. You have seen a little of that. Among those


involved in the two hour search for the boy, some of those are still


quite shaken. Not forgetting the 10-year-old boy in the middle of


this. He and his family have left the neighbourhood. He is said to be


extremely upset by the incident. There is indignation here and I


think that is due to that -- that is due to the fact that some people


think the building should not have been put to the use it has. It is


important to say that there are lots of rumours and precious hard


facts. The has been a statement from the Housing Association,


hasn't there? The Adullam Housing Association put out a statement


saying that they treat community safety as a paramount concern and I


are working with the police. Typically, they say that they


residents work to positively improve the environments in which


they live. The local councillor was due to meet housing association


officials this afternoon and I think police were party to those


discussions. There is talk of another protest Laity in the week.


-- later in the week. It is hoped that it will be a committee meeting


to allay concerns. Still to come, we meet the


community groups trying to show teenagers that there is another way


after the August riots. A Warwickshire woman is believed to


be one of the first in Britain to be treated for mouth cancer while


pregnant and then go on took give birth to rate healthy boy. Sarah


Best went into labour while having have final day of radiotherapy. She


had already undergone a surgical procedure and had six weeks of


chemotherapy. Sarah Best is the picture of health


today but a recurring mouth ulcer for the 30-year-old from Leamington


Spa was to prove potentially life threatening. When she was four


months pregnant, she was told she had mouth cancer and would have to


undergo pioneering surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.


It was an emotional day for me. But I had to do it for him. I wanted to


survive. And I have done. She had a cancer on the right aspect of the


tongue... Part of Sarah's tongue was removed


at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Radiotherapy had to


be administered through a protective shield to minimise the


risk to the unborn baby. She is the only person we know of in the UK


who has been pregnant and required chemotherapy and radiotherapy for


mouth cancer. The baby was at risk because of having to be supported


during the operation and particularly at risk in terms of


the systemic effects of giving chemotherapy to a patient. Cancer


treatment and constant monitoring became a Sarah's experience of


pregnancy. Five weeks early, Jake decided to make his arrival even


though his mum was undergoing her final radiotherapy treatment.


went from the media therapy suite to the labour ward -- radiotherapy


sweet. About five hours later, I gave birth. With no drugs? No gas


or air or nothing. Now, six-man song, although Jake is still


refusing to sleep through the night, he is happy to have -- happy and


healthy. She also believes her eternal optimism has helped. I did


not want to be negative in any way because that would not have got me


where I am to date. I needed to state positive. I have always


wanted to be a mum. Sarah and Jake face years of check-ups and


monitoring but remain determined to enjoy every day together.


A lovely story. Remarkable.


Four men are being questioned as the evening by detectives over


their involvement in an alleged terrorism plot. They were arrested


at their homes in the Sparkhill area of Birmingham on suspicion of


travelling to Pakistan to undertake terrorist training and a raised


funds for terrorist purposes. What more can you tell us about the


braids? What are the police saying? These early-morning raids took part


-- were carried out by officers from West Midlands Counter


Terrorism Unit. The officers were an armed and the police are making


clear tonight that the suspects being held and questioned did not


pose any immediate threat to the general public. What do we know


about the four men? Three of them are 19 years old. One is 24. They


are all from the Sparkhill area of Birmingham and it is alleged that


they are in fact being held because they work fund-raising, allegedly,


in the UK and it is said that they also travelled to Pakistan in order


to carry out training exercises in terrorist activities. This is part


of a much wider investigation, a police up operation. Eight people


have so far been charged. One of those, a woman, will appear in


court tomorrow. What happens next? Officers have 48 hours to question


these four young men. Then there are three options. By their they


can charge them, release them or they may ask for further time to


question them. Thank you.


Now a round-up of other news. A man has appeared in court charged with


two counts of attempted murder following a road accident in


Hereford. Simon Brown who is 31 from Bomere Heath near Shrewsbury


was arrested after a crash between a Honda Civic and a tanker lorry on


the A49 in Holmer on Friday evening. He was remanded in custody.


Three weekly newspapers in the region will be published for the


final time this week. Trinity Mirror Midlands has announced it


will be closing down the Chase Post, Stafford Post and Sutton News,


which has been coming out for 141 years. The company which publishes


the Birmingham Mail and Coventry Telegraph is also cutting 66 jobs


across the Midlands. The University of Worcester is to offer a �1,000


discount to students with the best A-level grades. Students who get


two As and one B next summer will get a fee waiver in their first


year. The reduction will bring their bill down to �7,000. The


university is also bringing in a scheme to reward its 100 best


performing students with a 100,000 packed -- �1,000 scholarship.


The number of people arrested following the riots in the Midlands


has passed 700. 15 more people were arrested this morning at 17


addresses. The arrests were mainly for burglary and related to


offences committed at stores in Birmingham city centre.


An unofficial survey by one of the region's biggest housing


associations shows a lack of job prospects was a key factor in the


riots. It comes as the number of young people out of work is


expected to top a million for the first time in almost 20 years when


figures are announced tomorrow. One in 516 to 24 year-olds is coming


the unemployed in the West Midlands -- one in five of 16 to 24 year-


olds. Apprenticeships are being created. It is one of the ideas


coming out of the trouble. We have been looking at how communities are


trying to rebuild after the disturbances.


Rehearsals for Hooked!, a musical production organised by Birmingham


Christian Centre. These teenagers say their reputation has been


tarnished by the riots. They want to project a positive image.


guess a lot of people think, they are the kind of people who started


the riots. There is a bad stereotype but we want to stop that.


People think or young people are like that and all young people want


to start trouble. That is not the case. As well as organising


activities, the Church is trying to get to the root of some of the


city's social problems. Some of the things we are doing... We are


trying to look at family life, marriage, parenting, allowing young


people to feel that they can respond to different things like


money management and how they can progress from school to a more


adult life. We are looking at different causes. Working at


grassroots level is also a priority for one of the region's biggest


landlords. Midland Heart which owns 38,000 properties across the


Midlands commissioned an informal survey of clients and frontline


staff to consider the causes of the riots and what could be done about


some of the underlying problems. The survey identified one of the


main causes as unemployment. Especially the lack of


opportunities for young people. The company already runs a project to


try to help its tenants back to work, people like 30-year-old Craig


Mannion. I do not think there are that many opportunities for people


like me who have had bad past. Homelessness issues. I find because


I have been out of work for so long, no one is willing to give me a


chance. Now Midland Heart is launching a new scheme aimed at the


people most affected by the experience -- by the riots. It will


involve training in relationships and I skills to re-engage


youngsters. It is targeted at very vulnerable young people in specific


immunity so that we can measure the impact on individuals and on the


community itself. Secondly, it is around integrating all of the types


of support that we have provided in the past. While many young people


are working for a better future, the association hopes its new


scheme will help at least a few of those with a dangerous lack of hope


Still ahead to this Tuesday evening. The Coventry artist is in the


running for one of Britain's biggest art awards. And things do


not look too promising right now, but they could improve before


Friday's Children in Need. The family of a Warwickshire shoulder


who was killed in Afghanistan have launched a fund-raising appeal to


help other soldiers and their families. 22 year-old Conrad Lewis


was shot dead along with another soldier in Helmand Province earlier


this year. Their parents his parents came to raise thousands of


pounds with the launch of merchandise. Conrad Lewis was on


patrol in the Nad Ali district of Afghanistan when he and fellow


comrades came under fire. Along with another soldier, he was shot


dead. For his family, is -- Sandy and Tony, it has been a dramatic --


traumatic time. They are doing something positive in his memory.


They have launched a not-for-profit company with a whole range of


merchandise, branded with a specific number, 353. It is a not-


for-profit organisation in honour of my brother Conrad he was the


353rd soldier to be killed and Afghanistan and it is a way that we


can sell products and raise money for people and the military


community and for other charities like the Afghanistan Trust and Help


for Heroes. They are creating the venture when there is increasing


interest in our servicemen and women. Attendance a remembrance and


thence is increasing. To one of the largest and most recently launched,


Help for Heroes, raised �12 million in his first year, �18 million in


its second and last year �43 million.,'s family do not want


charity status, they want a more flexible approach. Were wanted to


do something different, establish a brand and create products that


people will want to buy a. Maybe they will want to buy before they


realise what it is about and we think it will be long-term


unsustainable. The launch of 353 is taking place this evening and


amongst other things, a video remembering Conrad's live will be


shown to potential investors. And we have been joined by the regional


co-ordinator for Help for Heroes, Dawn Turner. I know you had two


sons in the services. It seems that more and more people are keen to


help servicemen and women and their families who have served in Iraq


and Afghanistan. In my opinion, because of the recent conflicts it


is in the forefront of everyone's mind. Here in the Midlands, it is


always focused here and everyone is very keen to help. If they do not


know anyone in the army are cannot relate, they can empathise. This


seemed to be a growing number of smaller charities and organisations


such as this one. How difficult it is it for them to achieve anything?


This thing is, I cannot imagine what it is like to lose a son.


Thankfully they are still here. Once you have lost a loved one, you


have is growing in need to do something in their memory. They


have set up a charity, which is great. They can raise money to


perhaps get a plaque in memory, but where do they go from there. It is


a case of trying to get through those hard days and weeks, and


months without their loved one been here. How difficult is it being a


mum with sums in the services. Had to cope with that? People asked me


how I cope and I have not known anything different and cannot


compare it to anything else. I am proud and I keep myself busy


through volunteering Help for Heroes. Help for Heroes, I would


advise parents if they find themselves in a situation where


they lose a loved one, instead of setting up a charity, to approach


places like Help for Heroes to see if they can benefit from


volunteering and doing their bit. We supply capped grants to smaller


charities to keep them afloat. Thank you. Let us stocks for now.


Non-League starboard say they are expecting a sell-out crowd of


around 2000 next Tuesday for the FA Cup replay against Plymouth Argyle.


They're putting up temporary grandstands for the game. Tickets


go on sale to season-ticket holders tomorrow leading. They say Plymouth


could be in for a shock. It is a very different atmosphere. It is a


typical non-League ground. A lot of those players are youngsters and it


will be a new experience for them. There has been another high-profile


resignation behind the scenes at Coventry city. Director Leonard


Brody has stood down saying he is too busy because of their business


and stress. He remains a shareholder in the club. His


departure comes a month after chief-executive Paul Clouting also


resigned. A hospice that help severely ill children says it's


vital work can continue partly thanks to funding from BBC Children


in Need. Last year, the Donna Louise Trust Hot 140 children


across Staffordshire as well as gaining bereavement support to


another 68 families. It is costly work and the task of raising


�170,000 per month is a tough one. 11 year-olds Georgette is severely


disabled and today she is being looked after by staff at Treetops.


She has she gets lots of stimulation when she comes and she


is coming on in leaps and bounds. How she response the play that she


gets, she vocalise is everything and Georgia sings back in her own


way. Her eyes light up and it is just lovely. The Donna Louise Trust


helps life-limited children and their families from right across


Staffordshire. The care they provide cost �170,000 per month and


in these hard economic times, money is tight, so donations are down.


The money from Children in Need makes a massive difference. The


funding that we got from Children in Need last year allowed us to pay


for it at play specialist to come and do specialise play therapy with


the children and it has made a massive difference. The play


specialist bond at by Children in Need is Carly Leigh. She works with


life-limited children and the siblings from birth to 19 years old.


Some of it can be for distraction purposes, so for pain management or


it can be providing them with a foreign you experience that they


have not had before. Thanks to your donations, staff at the Donna


Louise Trust can continue helping life-limited children to smile.


Play happens wherever and whenever it can. It can be a one to-one


session or a group session. It is a lot of fun and it is great that we


have that funding. Every penny you raise really does help. �170,000 a


month that they need. Our reporter will be presenting for us on


Children in Need night on Friday. If you are raising lots for Pudsey


then tell us. You can e-mail us or join us on Facebook. If you are


taking photos of your fund raising, a selection of them will be showing


in around up. -- our round-up. If there is one prize in the art world


that provokes debate it is the Turner Prize. Over the recent


decades it is also help to bring contemporary British art to the


forefront. This year, at Coventry artist has made it onto the


shortlist with a work based on where he grew up. Turner Prize


nominee George Shaw's homecoming exhibition at the... In Coventry.


It is not as watercolours a different and a place on the


shortlist, it is these. Paintings of the time Hill estate where he


grew up in the Seventies and Eighties. This is the kind of place


where people from Britain live. Whether people they are put upon,


whether it is by employers or the architecture that they are forced


to live in. A are you making a political statement? I wouldn't


dream of it! Yes around. I have spent most of my chatted and


adolescence been quite frustrated, hearing other people's voices and


speaking for them and it is not a real picture of the way people live.


Today's Tile Hill still bears the concrete structures artistically


transported into George Shaw's paintings. They are off for -- far


cry from the weird and wonderful that has sometimes been associated


with the Turner Prize. The said it was intriguingly on the edge of


tradition. It is a great honour. I know a lot of people in the art


world who know at but the Turner Prize cent know about the Turner


Prize artists. It does what it says on the 10, the Turner Prize, it


encourages a conversation about contemporary art. This exhibition


offers an opportunity to see George's early work before any


formal art education. These paintings and sketches have been


hidden underneath his bed since the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition,


titled i woz here, runs from Friday until March next year. George Shaw


will find out if he has won the Turner Prize on 5th December. For


Coventry's creative and cultural thing, he is already a winner.


Hidden under his bed for 30 years? Was at an unmade bed, that is what


Things were looking up for a time this afternoon mummy sot a bit of


brightness, but there will be a few rap -- relaxes. Back to receive


nine, we are looking at clear skies right now and that will see


temperatures tumble away to very low values, around three or four


degrees. We will see a bit of mist developing in pockets, but the


cloud is gradually thickening up and that will reintroduce some


drizzle overnight. Temperatures during that period will lift


slightly, but it will still be a cold start tomorrow, and it will be


dark, dank and dreary. We was the big cloud the knout further east


and that one of temperatures to perhaps 11 or 12 degrees. It will


be mild in the sunnier spots. Further north and west, but cloud


will thicken up later in the day, that is because we have a band of


rain arriving later on. The estimated time of arrival will be


around 5:00pm for western parts of the region and that will start to


spill eastwards through tomorrow night and it will become patchier


as it grows. Not particularly heavy rain, but we will see the dregs of


that three Thursday morning. Because of the cloud and rain it


will be milder tomorrow night, but on Thursday morning it will be a


bit grey to begin with, cloud will break up and it will give us a bit


of sunshine and that will help the temperatures to rise. Let us look


at my's main headlines. Backlash against the rise and rise of fuel


prices. MPs backed a public petition backing --, over the tax


Download Subtitles