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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.
The headlines tonight: They didn't lift a finger to help - the couple
jailed after a two-year-old was scalded in the shower and later
died. Any such perpetrators will be defined.
Hate mail and phone calls targeted at the group which highlighted the
scandal at Stafford Hospital. was one comment that said my window
should be put through, inciting violence against me.
With the Olympics just eight months away, warnings the market could be
flooded with counterfeit merchandise.
And filmed in remotest Herefordshire, how life might have
looked if we hadn't won the Second Good evening and welcome to
Tuesday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: guilty - a magistrate
and his former girlfriend who let a two year old girl die were jailed
for manslaughter today. They did nothing to help the little
girl after she was badly scalded in a shower at her home in Birmingham.
She died later as a result of her injuries.
The girl's mother, who was also found guilty of child cruelty, was
jailed for six years. Rashpal Chana, pillar of the
community, tonight starting a jail sentence for manslaughter. The
manslaughter was that of a two- year-old child, Kristiana, not
Chana's child, but that of his girlfriend. A child said the
prosecution neither lifted a finger to save. This is where rave very
young child, who was only two years of age, was in considerable pain
for some 12 days. The instant first occurred and Fen... It is an
horrendous crime and actually, that failure to treat has been
investigated and the right sentence has been brought forward by the
court. Eva Logina, a 26-year-old Latvian. National arrived in the UK
in May 2007 already pregnant with Kristiana. In December 2009 they
moved in with rashpal Chana, recently separated from his wife,
at his home in Harborne in Birmingham. On Feb 4th last year
she showered K because, she said, she'd soiled herself but the shower
was scalding hot and the child suffered 10% burns. It wasn't until
11 days later when she collapsed ghat she was taken to hospital but
by then it was too late to save her. The judge said Logina chose not to
seek medical help because she was frightened social services would
take her children. That selfish motive killed her daughter she said.
Jailing Chana for four and a half years the judge called his failure
to seek medical Attention a gross aberration. Rashpal Chana was a
lecturer who won a Queen's Award for Services to the Science
community. He was well known in Sikh communities in the Black
Country for his charity work. And for 18 years he served as a
magistrate on the Birmingham bench. I find it so hard to believe. He
was always such a positive guy, very caring. His students loved him.
He simply nodded as he was sentenced. The woman wept as she
was led from the dock. And we can go to Nottingham now where the case
was heard and talk to Giles. It seems astonishing this couple did
nothing to help Kristiana. Did they appear to show any regret, any
remorse in court? I spoke to the man in court before
the verdicts were returned. He was convinced there was no case to
answer, that he would be acquitted. He said bandages and cream were
applied to the child at home but he never knew it was a scalding injury.
He thought it was nappy rash. For mother cut a more cold and a motion
on less figure. The defence counsel said the irony was she had not gone
to the hospital because she feared social services would get involved.
By And it seems a remarkable fall from grace for Chana, whom you
described as a pillar of the community.
That's right. As his defence but it, this is a man who has lost her tour.
That's all because of his relationship. The judge said in
some respects you've been unlucky for some big City due to have
someone to clean, keeper a home and be available sexually, but you knew
about bad injury to the child as an early stage and you did nothing.
Thanks for joining us this evening, an evening that's somewhat historic
for football fans in the Black Lights, camera, action. Stourbridge
are up for the cup and a place against Plymouth is the prize if
The Labour Party's apologised after one of its members posted material
online attacking the health campaigner Julie Bailey. Julie
Bailey's been at the forefront of the group Cure the NHS which
highlighted problems at Stafford Hospital.
The Labour Party's apology comes as Ms Bailey revealed details of a
hate campaign which has included anonymous phone calls and threats
to her business. Julie Bailey's cafe in the centre
of Stafford has been the focus for her campaign to improve care at
Stafford Hospital. It's now at the centre of threats and online abuse.
This is material posted in the name of the Labour Party. It includes
interviews conducted by a Labour activist who's now apologised for
I hope she goes into A&E and dies on the way. It's not the only
material that's caused upset. e-mails on a daily basis. Then I
found out there was a Facebook campaign, including a comment that
said my windows should be put through, inciting violence against
me. Also saying we should be driven out of town because we have brought
shame on the hospital. In fact all we've done has told the truth.
There've also been insults posted on social networking sites. This is
not the first time the cafe and the campaigners who made here have been
targeted at the levels of abuse and the threat of increased in the last
couple of weeks. It follows the decision at a hospital board
meeting earlier this month to close A&E overnight for three months.
It's a move the town's MP would like to see reversed. I've got a
meeting with the minister on Thursday, to talk through both the
arrangements being made for people while the A&E is closed and also
the work that has been done to make sure it can come back for time as
soon as possible. And although Labour party members won't condone
online abuse, councillors in Cannock are campaigning against the
temporary closure. I would not condone any offensive material. I
understand that Julie Bigley has received a number of telephone
calls and I understand the depth of feeling but I would not condone
offensive behaviour Rattle. -- at all. Back in the cafe, Julie
Bailey's reporting the abuse to the police. She says it won't deter her
from either campaigning, or continuing to run her business.
Well, our health correspondent Michele Paduano joins us now.
You've followed this from the very start. Is this criticism fair?
is not fair because what Julie Bailey has done is heroic. She has
broken down political recalls to the point where he got to a public
inquiry where we can have benefits for patients everywhere. During
that time, there has been relentless bad publicity and that
bad publicity has meant that doctors have worked there, he think
I don't want to be here, there is a terrible place to have the
spotlight on may have left. They need to find other doctors to take
the place and it is difficult to recruit. To that extent they've
created a downward spiral. So A&E has been closed overnight. Do you
think for services will be reinstated soon? They are supposed
to be reinstated in three months' time but there is a national drive
towards having fewer accident and emergency departments, partly
because of a European directive. It is costly and difficult to get
enough doctors to fill the rota. There is also a desire to
concentrate services in fewer hospitals. A hospital like Stafford
is vulnerable. As the countdown to London 2012
begins, we can expect to be bombarded with opportunities to buy
Olympic souvenirs and merchandise. But how much of it will be genuine?
Trading standards officers fear the market's about to be flooded with
counterfeit goods and they're warning us all to beware of Olympic
fraud. The honest face of Olympic merchandising. In Ironbridge, they
have won a contract to produce the official London 2012 teddy bear.
But they had to pay for the privilege and they don't want any
pirate bears muscling in on their market. We are in fact one of only
two companies to what official licensees for the Olympic Games
producing soft toys. Any cuddly toy being produced which is not a mass
court or a teddy bear will most likely be counterfeit. On a train
of the counterfeiters, trading standards officers today bringing
their roadshow to a Birmingham supermarket. Their message, don't
be fooled by the fakes. Take a look at these two T-shirts. Apart from
the colour, they look virtually the same but in fact this one is
genuine and this one is fake. Holding it, you can tell that it is
inferior quality. When the Olympics arrive, or the counterfeiters will
see it as a good opportunity to repay the country off. We want the
public to be aware and take care. Very few tips. The way to make sure
that what you are buying is the real thing is to look out for this,
it is the Olympic holograms. It has a 3 D effects and is flashers in
the light. If you see this on what you are buying, you know you've got
the real McCoy. All for Mary thought Blair's character hologram
on at the back of the box. For a small company employing 25 people,
the Games have become a golden opportunity. There is also an
opportunity for less scrupulous manufacturers to do some serious
stitching up. We have been warned! Police
investigating an attack with a stiletto heel which left a
partygoer with a fractured skull have released CCTV images of a
woman they want to speak to. The assault happened in Bishop
Street in Coventry last month. Detectives have released these
picures from a nightclub security camera.
It's the biggest night in the history of Stourbridge Town. And
one that could make or break the season for the non-league club.
Tonight's FA Cup replay against league side Plymouth could bring in
at least �50,000. Our reporter Ian Winter is in Stourbridge for us,
Ian this is big for the club and big for the town too, isn't it?
An historic night. Two years ago, Stourbridge lost to Walsall in the
first round of the FA Cup but tonight against Plymouth, they are
aiming to reach the second round for the first time ever. The fans
have caught FA Cup fever. It is a win-win situation does because then
non-League club has already earned itself thousands of pounds.
The War Memorial Ground has never seen anything like this before.
Live TV cameras, 12 of them all set to being -- bring Stalbridge across
the nation. Inside the home dressing room, hardly room to swing
a cat. Uncomfortably small for Plymouth Argyle. Half a mile away,
it's lunchtime at the Britannia sports bar, where the mood is
confident. A pint of the usual, please. Certainly. Looking forward
to the game tonight? I certainly am. No problem. Do people drink more
when there is a good match on? Without a doubt. Every time they
come in, instead of having two or three, they are having four or five.
Good for Business. OK, so it is a replica of the FA Cup but there is
nothing false about these two characters. Super Bob Taylor will
always be a legend at West Bromwich Albion and this is the coach at
Stourbridge town. Both believe we are been for a shock tonight. Who
are the favourites tonight? bookies are going to probably say
Plymouth Argyle but for a personal point of view, I will back
Stourbridge at this moment in time, even though I sense... They got
their own support, the majority of their support. Everybody is backing
a them. They will come and be professional, and so we will we. We
will have a good at -- good go at them. I hope we will. On Saturday,
some rock scored a cracking goal. - - Sam Rock.
Let's have a chat with the chairman of Stourbridge, Ian Pilkington.
He's got a huge smile on his face. This is a bonus for us. We never
budget for a cup run because we get into trouble. Now it is fantastic
but we've got the additional revenue. We will put it away to one
side and leave it for a short while and decide what to do with it later.
Put into words what it has been look like reading it again? It has
been fantastic. Most of the people here of volunteers. We all have
full-time jobs. To try and tie it in River Dart has been great. The
truck -- press interest has been something else. When you get a
light -- nice like tonight, you go with the flow and enjoy it as best
you can. Plymouth are rock bottom of League Two. They've been to look
at the ground this morning. What did they make of it? They are happy
with the playing surface. They were happy with the pitch. At the end of
the day, we want to play good football and if we have a good
pitch, it will help us play good football. Let's see who the best
team is on the night. Hopefully it will be Stourbridge. The whole of
the Midlands is backing Stourbridge to win tonight. The kick-off time a
7:15pm. The atmosphere is building very nicely here at the War
Memorial Ground. Good luck to them! We are all
backing them. Still to come this evening: he's
Stoke City's not so secret weapon. But at 35, how much longer can Rory
Delap hurl his deadly missiles into the opposition box?
I feel good at the moment but I have no qualms about dropping down
the beat. And brace yourselves for one of the coldest nights so far
A cafe called the Hungry Hobbit is facing legal action unless the name
is changed. The business is near the Birmingham beauty spot where
JRR Tolkien drew inspiration for the Lord of the Rings, his fantasy
world of middle earth peopled by hobbits, elves and wizards.
Unless there's a name change, lawyers for the Tolkien estate say
the owners could end up in court. Begin at Middle Earth and walk for
a few hundred yards. Eventually you'll come to the Hungry Hobbit.
It's been the name of the cafe in Moseley for six years and its new
owners were proud to continue the Tolkien association. People ask
about the story and we tell them about the board and we say he grew
up in the area. It is our heritage. But it's come to the attention of
the all seeing eye of the Tolkien estate. A letter's arrived from
lawyers saying the word hobbit is unauthorised. The last paragraph of
the letter makes for pretty uncomfortable reading. It says, if
you are not willing to discontinue use of the name voluntarily we will
have no alternative but to pursue all of the remedies afforded by law.
The cafe is up against a formidable foe. The Lord of the Rings trilogy
made millions, so to the Tolkein estate the Hobbit character is now
more valuable, not least because a new film is being released shortly.
Lawyer Des Burley says big brands want to protect their name. They
might think of licensing a chain. You've got the Hard Rock Cafe or
you may see the church -- Star Wars chain of restaurants and there's a
lot of value and that, two shirts, the whole experience. To not use
the name any more would cost us thousands because we've got all of
the uniforms, the signs, the menu is. And regulars are supportive.
were disappointed to hear they've had this trouble over the name of
the cover of. Is a disgrace to be asked to change the name.
owners say they're not cashing in. It's just a caff but to win this
battle, they might need a bit of wizarding help.
Well, we've already heard from Stourbridge and their FA Cup
exploits. Dan let's hope they can do better than Aston Villa last
night. Immensely frustrating, is how the
Aston Villa manager described last night's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham
last night. Here's why. McLeish was disappointed with how they conceded
the goals. Poor marking allowed Emmanuel Adebayor to score the
first after 14 minutes. He'll never score an easier second. Gareth Bale
provided the cross but a mix-up between James Collins and
goalkeeper Shay Given left Adebayor with a tap-in. Next up for Villa is
a trip to Swansea on Saturday. Rory Delap is renowned for having
one of the longest and most feared throw-ins in football. The former
schoolboy javelin champion has caused havoc in Premier League
defences over the last few seasons. The Stoke City midfielder turned 35
this year making him one of the oldest outfield players in the
Premier League. But as Laura May McMullan has been finding out, he
plans to go on for a few seasons yet.
Rory Delap has been described as the ultimate long throw specialist.
Being able to launch the ball into the box from 40 yards out has been
a constant thorn in the side of the opposition. 5th rd does get me in
that the team when a manager is thinking about two or three of us.
-- the throw-in does get me into the team. I'm sure if I am playing
we will carry on using the. Supporters will tell you there's a
lot more to his game, covering about eight miles a match, tracking
back, running box-to-box, the midfielder is an important part of
the squad. Even at 35, he is at the peak of fitness. He went to be the
best you can be and get into the Premier League. -- U 12.
today's top players carry on longer a? Money has been spent licking it
sport science and looking at what it means getting older to be fit.
It has helped a lot of players maintain their careers and lot
longer than they would have done if you're so good. Reaching 30 was
considered to be a football as twilight years a few years ago.
That has all changed. There was a big culture change when the
foreigners Cayman. The game got a lot faster, you had to be a lot
fitter. We had to eat the right food. It is having a knock-on
effect now. In a couple of years, there will be older the me. By no
means is he the oldest outfield player in the Premiership.
Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is 38 at the end of this month. Wolves
defender Jodie Craddock is 36 and Blackburn's Michel Salgado is also
36. Rory says he wants to play professionally into into his 40.
feel good at the moment but I have no qualms about dropping down the
leagues. But what about life after football? My two boys half started
playing football and my little girl plays ballet. I want to spend time
with the end. -- with them. For now though there's no sign of him
hanging up his boots. He says he'll continue to put in the extra hours
training. Testament to his desire to play at top level.
He is only 35. Ryan Giggs has gone on well into his thirties.
Plenty of players are almost 40. If you look after yourself, why not
keep going? AC Milan have an incredible Academy,
the man a lab, to keep men fled. Physically they have spent a lot of
money on players, on their wages and buying them. If they were
injured, they were losing them. They have had players dawn for year
after year. I think it is something about the
Potteries because Stanley Matthews, who Wysall play when he was 50. --
I saw him play when he was 50. A reminder that Stourbridge is on
local radio. Port Vale and Tamworth are also in FA Cup replays tonight
while Birmingham City and Coventry City are in action in the
Championship. Now imagine for a moment that World
War Two had turned out very differently. That the D Day
landings had failed and the Germans invade Britain.
That's the startling premise of a new film, set in the remote hills
of Herefordshire. The movie Resistance is released on Friday.
It was shot in and around the starkly beautiful Black Mountains.
And as Bob Hockenhull reports, there are hopes it'll boost tourism
in the area. We have established an observation
post and as far. We will be here for the week. The film Resistance
is based on the best selling book by Owen Sheers and set in the
dramatic Olchon Valley in Herefordshire, close to where the
writer was brought up. Today it's one of the most peaceful parts of
the Midlands but in the film, set in 1944, it's been invaded by
Germans. I was going looking for a story in the Black Mountains and it
was while I was researching the history of that area that I came
across the story of it Siri units which would have been Britain's
secret civilian insurgency in the event of a German occupation.
must leave. I cannot be. If you stay, you will die. Resistance was
filmed in the countryside where it's set. Not only has it put some
of the more remote parts of the Midlands, it's also caused a lot of
excitement for local people. People like farmer Mark Williams from
Rowlestone. The production team stayed on his farm and shot scenes
in the road leading to the nearby village hall. Were you happy to
have them here for a stop we were happy and there was a degree of
excitement. -- were you happy to have them here? There was a degree
of excitement. We were glad to have the case back to ourselves any end.
For many involved in making the film it was the first time they'd
encountered Herefordshire's dramatic frontier with Wales.
Having an outside I was really useful, coming into a valley and
seeing it pretty much like it is the first time, having that kind of
experience. It was something that was really useful. And it's not
only Herefordshire's countryside that stars in the movie. The
medieval Mappa Mundi housed in Hereford Cathedral also features,
the priceless artefact is found hidden in a cave and is set on fire.
It is an horrific doomsday scenario. The realistic side of using the
Black Mountains to protect something precious I think is
something very feasible. Resistance opens on Friday bringing this
glorious Herefordshire scenery to a national audience.
Magnificent countryside but it It was never going to be a
straightforward week but if you're going to get rain it might as well
be during the nights, and so from that perspective this week looks OK.
But the winds are increasing from Thursday and that's going to make
things slightly colder. You'll feel the cold a lot more tonight though
as temperatures tumble. It'll probably end up being one of the
coldest nights so far this autumn. There is fog as well but not as bad.
It's this ridge of high pressure. That's building in tonight that's
clearing the skies and leading to much calmer conditions which should
be just about perfect for a frost. The low pressure then sweeps in
later this week to create a bit of frisson, introducing the rain and
stronger winds. So we can see the cloud is just starting to the clear
the East now so in rural parts temperatures could near freezing or
just below leading to a fairly widespread ground frost and a touch
of air frost. We could see some shallow mist and fog but not as
dense as it has been. So the morning's going to be cold, a bit
frosty and misty to start but a much sunnier, drier day. There'll
be some patchy cloud affecting Western parts with the odd spit of
rain. But the temperatures should pick up again to 11 Celsius. As for
tomorrow night, much milder with lows of eight or nine Celsius. But
the winds start to pick up from Thursday onwards and it's through
Thursday and Saturday night that we see the rain with the days staying
see the rain with the days staying A look at tonight's main headlines:
An uprising reborn, calls for a million people to take to the
streets of Cairo. Protesters converge on Tahrir Square again.
And a couple are jailed after a two-year-old girl was scalded in
the shower and later died. That's all from us this evening. On
tomorrow's Midlands Today we'll be hearing more about some exciting
news about what the long-term legacy of the Olympics will be in