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


How a chance discovery uncovered a woman's brutal murder. Daisy meant


the world to all of us and no sentence will be able to bring her


back. As an inquiry ends, news of a new


case of negligence involving a baby boy. I gave him three hard slaps on


his back. I pull something from his mouth.


The driest year in the region since records began. We will have all the


facts and figures. Three of our teams power into the


Good evening and welcome to a programme. Tonight: the woman who


seemed to be the doting relative, caring for her frail, 92 year old


grandmother. But a chance meeting with police at a roadside uncovered


her brutal secret. She'd murdered after taking her life savings.


36-year-old Sheila Jones is beginning a life sentence tonight


after battering Daisy Myring to death in a cold-blooded attack at


her home in Staffordshire in May. Jones originally denied murder but


changed her plea this morning. From Wolverhampton Crown Court, Ben


Godfrey reports. Daisy Myring was 92, she was frail


and partially blind. Despite this, she chose to live alone in


Brownhills. On May 31st, she was killed at the hands of her own


flesh and blood. This is her granddaughter Sheila Jones, a woman


who visited with shopping, to offer care, who beat her to death with a


plastic chair. Today, she changed her plea, and admitted murder.


last few months have been a nightmare for me and my family.


Daisy meant the world to all of us and no sentence will ever be able


to bring her back. She was a kind and generous lady and will be


sorely missed by all members of her family. When Sheila Jones came here,


supposedly the doting granddaughter, she came here with a secret. She


had taken more than �6,500 of her grandmother's life savings. When


the days he began to suspect -- suspect foul play, the court heard


that Sheila Jones came here to silence her. And tonight, new


detail about how she was brought to justice. There was no one who she


came into contact with he would not have been affected by her kind


nature. After police appeals, like this one on Midlands Today, the


court heard Jones may have panicked and tried to move the murder weapon.


A police patrol spotted Jones in Norton Canes, walking with two


black bin liners, in one a pillow and a torch, in the other, a


plastic stool, with traces of her grandmother's blood. We were


struggling to connect her specifically to the killing and she


had been released on bail at that stage. They stopped, talked to her,


they talked -- looked inside the bags and had realised what they had


discovered. They then made the arrest. Sheila Jones showed no


emotion in court, she'd claimed she was in financial turmoil but this


mother of two could apparently afford a new TV and a holiday.


Sentencing Jones to life imprisonment, Judge Philip Parker


told her had crime was a gross abuse of a Britons -- position of


trust and added her taking her savings was callous and cruel.


Taking her life was unforgivable. Later in the programme, a crisis in


our primary schools with a record number of vacancies for head


A young boy could have died after choking on a 17-centimetre tube


which was left in his body at birth. It's the latest case of negligence


to have come to light during the period covered by the Stafford


Hospital Inquiry. Patient representatives have been


giving their views to the inquiry today, as it enters its final


stages. These days, for year-old Owen


Thomas has no problems eating his breakfast but it was not always so.


At birth, a tube should have been put into his airway but it was put


into her stomach and forgotten about. That was until he went blue


and cheered. I was physically sick when the mist came. I had Owen in


my arms and she thought he had merely had a Sieger because he'd


had a couple of episodes where he was having a seizure. -- seizure.


My friend said he has just -- she has just pulled this out of him.


What is this? The plastic tube had stopped him feeding properly. It


was first told of avoidable mistake that must end. Why should they hide


the fact they have made a mistake and just carry on as normal? We


were not. Members of the organisation left the inquiry after


four hours of naming and shaming those they felt had failed to


protect patients. The council's overview and scrutiny committee did


not know their powers, let alone how to use them. The Strategic


Health Authority was reluctant to recognise problems. The Care


Quality Commission was responsible for wholly ineffective regulation.


The organisation compared the culture of fear with a scene out of


Alice in Wonderland, the one where the cards were painting the roses


red because they were frightened to admit there are making us -- a


mistake. A catalogue of chaos. There has to be won the system


throughout the whole of the NHS that ensures quality and safety.


But the moment, we've not got that. Owen Thomas survived. Many patients


died. The inquiry was told it must follow up on its findings to make


sure they have taken flight. Well, let's speak to Michele now.


What were Cure the NHS key demands during their closing statement


today? They want to turn the NHS on its


head. They are fed up with the structure and want doctors and


nurses to take over the control again. They want more democracy


within the NHS to doctors' leaders are elected and they want citizens'


juries so they can ensure patients have more control over patient


safety. This inquiry has gone on for over a


year now, and most of the evidence is from past events, is it still


relevant? Only yesterday, the Royal College


of Nursing was complaining there were not enough nurses. There are


shortages on the wards. This was something that came up time and


time again over the four years of the Stafford hospital problem. In


fact, there was at least one complaint for every day of those


four years. There was also a time of major institutional change going


on and there were financial problems taking place. All the


elements are still there for the same sorts of things to be able to


happen again. So what's happens now?


Now, we are getting closing statements so other people like the


Strategic Health Authority, the Care Quality Commission, will


actually put forward their closing statements. At the end of November,


the chairman will take away over 1 million pages of documentation.


There were over 179 witnesses. Some time next year, probably after


April, he will come back with recommendations. We've been told


the Department of Health has already set up a unit to try to


ensure the findings of this inquiry are taken into consideration and


acted upon. Police have launched a murder


inquiry after a man was stabbed in Solihull last night. The 22-year-


old was found in Chelmsley Wood but died in hospital after being taken


there with another injured man. It's believed trouble had started


at the nearby St Anne's Social Club. Police have spent the day searching


woodland in Gloucestershire for the remains of a teacher who went


missing four years ago. Specialist officers are searching the farm


where Adrian Prout lived with his wife Kate. He was jailed for her


murder last year, but until last week had denied all responsibility.


Nearby footpaths are closed and the search is expected to restart


tomorrow morning. A mother's been describing her


terror after a car was set alight with her baby still inside. 18-


month-old Chad was left in the car on the driveway of the family home


in Willersey near Evesham while his mother took his siblings inside.


Moments later she saw the car in flames. Police are investigating


reports that a man was seen running away. The flames were as tall as me


and luckily, they were on that side so I could get him out. I was


actually -- absolutely terrified, like a headless chicken running


around. I didn't know what to do. The shortage of primary school head


teachers has reached a 26-year high. Latest figures show that a record


number of vacancies remain unfilled and more than 40% of all posts last


year in England had to be re- advertised.


Governors at Green Lea First School in Staffordshire say they're at


their wits end. They're about to re-advertise the head teacher post


for the 3rd time. 36 children attend this small rural


school at Milwich in Staffordshire. It's been described as the heart of


the community. They've been without a head teacher now since the start


of term. Staff and parents say they they're desperate to find someone.


Plenty to offer an individual. have fought like cats and dogs.


There is a lot of work involved and probably not for as much money as a


headship at another school. that's part of the problem. Due to


the size of Green Lea First School the salary of �40,000 is equivalent


to a deputy's salary at a bigger school. Helen Richardson is the


teacher currently acting up. It has shown me the other side of the job.


It is concerned with health and safety, finance, and other areas.


Recruiting Head Teachers seems to be a problem across the region.


They have been 36 vacancies in Staffordshire. In Shropshire, 16


posts are currently available. In Warwickshire, 11 out of 193 Schools


are without a head teacher. Six miles away in Stone, Pirehill First


School is thriving with 220 pupils. The head teacher Debbie Breeze is


currently mentoring Helen at Green Lea primary. She's run a small


school herself in the past and can see what might be putting


candidates off. You really are all things to everybody. It takes a


special person to be so heavily involved in a school. It brings its


rewards as well. I think you are actually -- absolutely welcomed


into that committee. The latest figures show that 40 % of posts


last year had to be re-advertised put a 20 six-year high. -- that is.


Children had that by creating their own homespun -- posters and being a


part of the process themselves, they will find the perfect had


teacher third time lucky. With us now is Victor Aguera from


the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women


Teachers. Is this a common problem across the region or is it just in


rural schools? It is a common problem across all sectors of


education. The problem is workload. One of the things... It is workload


for teachers. We've noticed there are 30 % fewer teachers applying.


30 % of teachers express a wish to leave the profession was to some


teachers have said that the whole thing, the whole process is far too


tough and long. There is an accreditation scheme for


headteachers but the most important thing is to actually have a


workforce that is passionate about education and currently, the


workload pressures mean we are focusing... That is why we in our


union are focused on raising standards for in order to allow


teachers to reclaim learning in the classroom. To be fair, the county


council are saying they're not care to drop the standards to fill the


posts. Absolutely but we need to rebalance in terms of workload and


make sure it is focused on the in in the classroom. That is why we


will be raising standards and standing up for standards. How has


this problem could be solved? That figures are daunting. It is


daunting. We have recently balloted in terms of our action. That will


focus people on their contract and focus on learning in the classroom.


I think if we can focus on learning in the classroom, we will get those


fearful that a passionate about education... And ease the workload.


We need to focus on that passion and continued to raise standards


Stoke City Council have revealed plans to cut �24 million from next


year's budget. The council has an annual budget of around �650


million. Council officials say they will be axing some services,


closing day centres and cutting around 360 jobs to make the savings.


But they do want to reinvest some of that money into the city to help


create jobs. Well, our Stoke Political reporter, Elizabeth


Glinka was at today's briefing, so what exactly are they planning?


Well, that is not quite clear. We do know as well as the money they


have to cut, the city council says it wants to cut extra �5 million


which it wants to use to bring businesses to the city, to invest


and create jobs. Of course, that sounds fine until you think about


the things on the cutting board, care for the disabled, care for the


elderly, the closure of local museums. And making extra cuts


start to look controversial. What will happen next? Well, they will


be consultation period before the Budget is signed off in February.


What's interesting is this city had some of the biggest cuts in the


country last year. As a result, there are some high-profile and


well-organised local campaigns to save services which were under


threat. Some of those campaigns, including those protecting


children's centres were successful. As a result, it means the council


is going to have to take people with them if they are to convince


local people in Stoke-on-Trent but cutting extra money is a good idea.


OK, thank you for the update. Still to come: the driest year on record.


It is causing problems in border country.


And could we be looking at more disruptive weather this week? More


Dan's here and it's been an expensive day for the Stoke manager


Tony Pulis. The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has been fined �10,000


by the Football Association for criticising a referee. Pulis


claimed they had not been treated fairly in the decisions made by Lee


Probert during Stoke's Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool last month. As


well as the fine he's also been warned about his future conduct.


The Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has denied he's planning to sell


the club. Rumours have been circulating that the American is


looking for a buyer because he's only attended one game this season.


But he's reassured fans that's purely for family reasons and says


he's fully committed to Villa. On the pitch Villa are at Tottenham in


the Premier League this evening hoping to build on an exciting


victory over Norwich in their last match.


These guys have played extremely well together over the last few


weeks. We are playing away from home so we will possibly be


thinking that things have more depth, rather than unleashing them


and play an open game. We look to get over the problems. And you can


hear full match commentary on that game on BBC WM this evening.


Their coverage begins at 7 o'clock. There was no shortage of goals from


our teams in League Two. Cheltenham beat Port Vale, Burton won a five


goal thriller at Hereford. But pride of place goes to Shrewsbury


Town who won 7-2 at Northampton. OK, so you need a bit of luck to score


seven and a deflection got Shrewsbury on their way.


But this was the day they made everything count. Mark Wright's


opening double and Aaron Wildig put the Shrews three up by half-time.


But they cut loose in the final eight minutes scoring another four.


By the seventh beleaguered Northampton were even helping them


out by whacking them in by hand. It's been an enjoyable performance


and result. We do not gloat because it is a club in turmoil. But we


have done OK. There was also late drama at Edgar Street where


Hereford led Burton 2-1 going into injury time. But Burton scored


twice through Billy Kee and Aaron Webster for a dramatic 3-2 victory.


It was devastating. There was six minutes extra time that killed us.


You had to shuffle around at half- time. A few harsh words perhaps.


Two Midland sides also met at Whaddon Road where Cheltenham beat


Port Vale 2-nil with a penalty and this strike from Luke Summerfield.


Cheltenham remain in third with Shrewsbury and Burton just behind


in fourth and fifth. It could be quite a season in the league two


promotion race. He was described by Nelson Mandela


as "our hero" and tributes have been paid all around the world to


the former Worcestershire cricketer Basil D'Oliveira whose death was


announced on Saturday. South Africa's refusal to allow


D'Oliveira to tour there with England in 1968 led to the sporting


boycott of that country. He was immensely popular at Worcestershire


helping them win three county championships as a player and two


as coach. You saw him play. Wonderful. A really gutsy batsman.


So brave and as a bowler he had this knack of taking wickets. You


always thought when he played cricket something would happen.


Beyond that, the way he had a major hand in changing the world. It's no


exaggeration to say what happened with him was a major part in ending


apartheid or that it took another 25 years. We talked earlier and you


knew him quite well. I had some moments and laughs with him, some


boozy nights. I was due to interview him on breakfast TV and


we were presenting TV-am and they never turned up. At the end of the


programme they ran up and we asked what was happening. We sent a car


to the Holiday Inn in St John's Wood and they were in Marble Arch.


Lovely memories of her tremendous guy. BBC Hereford and Worcester


have done an interview with him as well. A fascinating man and a major


sporting star. It's hard to believe, because it


doesn't feel like we've had a wonderful sunny summer, but it's


been the driest year in the Midlands since records began in


1910. In the Shropshire hills, the springs which supply water to


thousands of homes have run dry. It's causing problems for farmers


feeding their animals, and for people trying to do the simplest of


tasks from washing their dishes to going to the loo. In a moment,


we'll speak to our Environment Correspondent David Gregory, but


first Shefali has been looking at the facts and figures for the past


year. Well the figures from the Met. Office show that month after month


this year, the rainfall totals have been below average. It all adds up


to spring seeing only 42% of the rainfall normally expected, with


April being an exceptionally dry month receiving only 14% of the


average. The amounts started to perk up a little from May through


to August where we were beginning to see around three quarters of the


average rainfall for those months but still below average. Overall


that meant that summer saw 86% of the average. Autumn is still a work


in progress seeing as we're not at the end of November yet but


September, October and this month so far have also been very dry.


Well, out here with me is our Environment Correspondent, David


Gregory. David - this is going to have wide ranging and long term


effects if things don't pick up soon.


Some of of viewers get water from springs in Shropshire and the


borders. We gave a video camera to a family farming in Shropshire so


they could show us the impact on a dry wells on the land.


We will fail the empty barrels at my father-in-law's house in Ludlow.


I cannot tell you how grateful I am to be married to a farmer who can


Borger up anything. It's amazing how much time we spend. Checks are


written and money spent on water. There, we have water again. And


some sunshine. It is very nice. I am sure you understand why be


prefer rain. A struggle in Shropshire. Is it climate change?


Science tells us climate change is real and we are mostly likely for


most of it. But what science cannot tell you is individual events are


caused by climate change. You might say a lack of rain and a drought is


something you expect but elsewhere in the UK people have had above


average rainfall. Really, you need to look over a longer term trends,


10 years or longer and look further afield than a short run. It has


been raining cats and dogs. Yes, this is not what people were


hoping for. It is not completely wet, it is quite right. There is


more fog and a touch of frost. Some rain tonight and there will be fog.


The rain moved in from the West earlier on, it is now across most


parts. It is heavier on western fringes later. Where it eases in


the east, we will start to see this fog reforming. Benson places but


patchy on a whole. Under the cloud and rain, a mild tonight with loans


of seven rate. The fog persists in to rush out right, gradually


lifting but a grey start. The rain will move eastwards, there will be


heavier bursts but it will clear by the afternoon. It is looking dryer,


brightness in western parts to end the day. Tomorrow, temperatures up


to 10 or 11. It is slightly milder. We have a north-westerly breeze


drawing in fresh air by tomorrow night. The cloud clears, clear


skies so tomorrow night temperatures could fall low enough


to thrill four Celsius and lower in rural parts to give a touch of


frost. The fog will not be as dense. In the morning, frosty on Wednesday


but otherwise dry and sunny. A fresher breeze. It stays dry until


Friday. Late on Thursday with the front from the north and we could


see outbreaks of rain. Get back inside!


The main headlines: Milly Dowler's mother gives evidence against those


she believes hacks into a daughter's phone.


A chance discovery uncovered a woman's brutal mother -- murder of


her grandmother. She is in jail. We want is a thank you very much


for all your help in raising millions of pounds the Children In


Need. In case you missed it, these other highlights from Friday. --


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 56 seconds


A big thank you, it was very memorable. Pretending to cycle and


eating a sausage sandwich. And the latest figure for the West Midlands


total is just over �2.25 million, so well done. That's all from us


this evening, but on tomorrow's Midlands Today we'll be looking


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