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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight, a couple are
murdered in their own home. They were found by their son, who is a
police officer. For any murder inquiry is a
horrendous events for any family, regardless of their profession.
For a day after the controversial high-speed rail announcement, the
Transport Secretary tells worried homeowners they would get ample
compensation. Saving the NHS millions of pounds a
year, the mental health teams working in A&E departments.
And are celebrating a 30 year record. Walsall goalkeeper Jimmy
Walker is about to play his 530 Good evening. Tonight, a double
murder inquiry is under way after a police officer finds his parents
murdered at their home. The couple, who had been married
for 40 years, were discovered at this morning by their son.
Detectives say they are determined to catch those responsible, and
called for the help of the local community.
This is a big inquiry, a brooch in Handsworth Wood, usually quiet and
unremarkable, flooded by police officers. Their focus, a semi-
detached house, home to Avtar Singh-Kolar, aged 62, and his wife,
Carole, aged 58, found dead this morning by their son.
The some of the deceased couple is a serving police officer within
what -- West Midlands police. Upon attending the scene, as it -- a
murder inquiry was immediately launched. It was obvious from the
scene that the couple had been assaulted.
Married for 40 years, the couple were proud of their four children
and eight grandchildren. Their son had called to ask them to babysit.
They were very nice, respectable people.
Search teams lifted drain covers in neighbouring streets. Officers
spent some time examining the back garden. A panel from the fence had
been lifted. A police cordon are closed off the road. Others came to
pay their respects. What is concerning is the age of
the victims. We have been trying to improve the image of the area, and
it has pushed us back. It is shocking. Right on your
doorstep. There are 60 detectives working on
the case. The couple died some time between 7:15pm last night and 80 m.
This morning. The police believe local people have information that
will lead them to their killer. -- at 8 o'clock this morning. We do
not know how they died or whether a. The officers leading the inquiry
are unequivocal that those responsible will be caught.
Our reporter Anthony Bartram is at West Midlands police headquarters
now. Any idea yet of emotive? -- a motive? It was clear that
detectives would not be drawn on a motive. They were quite clear that
they did not have suspect in mind at this time, which is why it is
crucial that any bit of information if that members of the public may
no, that they share it with the police. They believed the key to
this inquiry could lie within the local community. They were asked if
this could have been a break-in or a burglary gone wrong, but would
not be drawn. They say they are keeping an open mind about the
motive, and they will have to wait the results of post-mortem
examinations, which should be carried out tomorrow.
Meanwhile, detectives investigating the murder of a 77-year-old retired
schoolteacher in Worcestershire have issued a picture of a coat she
was wearing when she was last a life.
If Betty Yates was found stabbed to death at her home on the outskirts
of Bewdley last week. She was seen wearing the code on Monday. Police
are hoping the picture will bring witnesses forward.
24 hours after the controversial decision to approve High Speed Two,
Transport Secretary Justine Greening was in Birmingham to
promote the economic benefits for the West Midlands. She also pledged
compensation over and above what affected homeowners would be
entitled to under the law. Will be talking to a campaigner in a moment.
Curzon Street station is a relic of the railways. It was 1838 when the
first train left the platform for London. Today, this land is part of
the transport secretary's rail revolution.
This will put Birmingham at the heart of the railway network.
The HS2 terminal will be built here. Birmingham City Council say the
design of the station will provide work for 22,000 people.
That will generate �1.5 billion to the local economy. This is a major,
major announcement. Campaigners could mount a legal
challenge. Susan Willis was moved to tears as she told Midlands today
-- Press -- Midlands Today last night how her home will have to
make way for the rail line. My house of 27 years will be
demolished. And for what? Foray train.
They're all the people who will lose their homes. What message do
you have? We will set out what the next steps
are, and we understand how important this plan is for those
people. It is why I have worked very hard on why we have some
compensation and support that goes over and above what they are
entitled to it. Death proper compensation is the
call. -- proper compensation. Yes, we will go over and above what
is required by law. This will be where the HS2 station
will be. There will be six platforms, and it will be elevated
higher than the existing station. Transport bosses say HS2 will make
the city more accessible, with faster connections. But just how
affordable is it? No 1 at the event was prepared to take -- put a price
on a ticket. We are joined now from Burton Green
in Warwickshire by Jerry Marshall, chairman of the group Aghast, who
campaigned against the line. Is it now time to say the game is up?
Absolutely not. We must fight on, because it is so damaging for the
country, and we have hope from Justine Greening because the
government approved the third runway at Heathrow and Bennett was
overturned. The visible cost �1,700 per household, and it will cost
four jobs for everyone it creates. Although some areas in Birmingham
will have extra jobs, the evidence from places like France is that the
wider region will actually lose out and will be worse off.
But the last government and the current one acknowledged a greater
good. Penny but knowledge that? That is why we are fighting. It is
to do with the greater good. This is a lousy scheme. We are in favour
of high-speed rail, but there are alternatives which are much better
than you. But the last government as the
current government are both saying this is the best scheme.
They are wrong and their own figures say they are wrong. They
say you get a �6 return for every pound invested on the alternative.
On the HS2 forecast, they had to invent a new forecast to say that
the other line would not work. What about compensation? Are you
happy with that the offer of compensation over and above what
you are entitled to? We were promised a the best
possible compensation by Philip Hammond, and we have been
completely let down. The overwhelming response from the
consultation was that we have been offered the cheapest scheme. It
will leave householders having to wait till 2027 to get compensation,
and until then, unless they have got a reason to move, until then
they will get no compensation. This is an appalling deal for
householders. Once again, we have been completely let down by the
government. They have relayed on their promises.
Jerry Marshall, thank you. A husband and wife have been pelted
with bricks and sticks in the street in front of their young
children. Police say it was a racist hate crime. The family are
said to be traumatised, and the family -- and the father is
recovering in hospital. Police officers gathered
information had sought to reassure local people following the attack
in this street in Tipton. West Midlands Police say that a husband-
and-wife were pelted with bricks and sticks in front of their
children in what was a racially motivated attack. The husband is
currently still in hospital, being treated for his injuries. The
police say that the attack appears to have been totally unprovoked.
Neighbours told me A car had been set alight, and had attracted a
crowd of people on Sunday. A husband-and-wife appeared to have
bought into this situation which then spiralled into mindless
violence. -- walked into this situation.
It is a multicultural area, are we have lots of communities living
side by side, and for something to take place here, it has been a
shock to the local community. The police say the victims were
eastern European. Hate crime depends on people's
nationalities and ethnicities. The people were abused because they
were Polish. It was a hate crime. We will prosecute those involved.
Throughout the day, the people I have been speaking to have assumed
that the victims of this race crime were either black or Asian. The
fact that they are white eastern European it shows the complexity of
this type of crime. It also shows the tensions which exist in some of
our communities. It is better for patients and would
save the NHS millions. It is a new way of assessing mental health
patients as soon as they arrived in hospital. It has been piloted in
one hospital in Birmingham, and has already saved it �3 million. It
could now be rolled out across the country.
A&E at City Hospital Birmingham. As well as the normal emergencies,
staff are used to to have to deal with everything. But now there is a
team based it 24 hours a day to deal with mental health issues.
By seen people with mental health problems early, they can stop
people having to be admitted to hospital and help get them out
quicker. The result of a pilot are surprising. It found it saved at
3.4 millions in hospital care. -- �3.4 million. Perhaps the most
astonishing finding was that the vast majority of the savings, 90%,
were made by hospital staff a better understanding mental health
issues, and not directly by the RAID staff themselves. Matron Fiona
Green uses a memory box to stimulate this patient. She says
having RAID to call upon for other patients is a godsend.
I think the fact that we know the support -- we know we have the
support on the ward, that help us to deal with some of the more
challenging patients, is an excellent thing.
They say it the savings have been made by getting donations --
dementia patients back home. For every �1 spent on mental health,
we save the NHS four pounds, in addition to increasing quality. The
team were now expanded to all the hospitals in Birmingham and
Solihull. I am looking forward to April this year, when the team will
be marching in to different hospitals trying to make a
difference. A national conference will be held
Still to come this evening. They said he was lazy at school and
told him off. But Mark was dyslexic and now, as a successful
businessman, he's helping others with the problem.
And after unseasonably mild weather, a timely reminder of what winter's
really about. Keep watching. Things We've heard warnings of a housing
crisis in the region, could this be the answer? 90 flat-pack homes are
being built in the Black Country as part of a major affordable housing
development. The properties are low carbon and energy efficient, so
they will be cheaper to run than traditional houses.
And they're all made locally. Louise Brierley reports.
Cost effective, environmentally friendly and quick to make.
The first panels of these new homes being assembled at this site in
Darlaston today. One of the people looking to buy one is first time
buyer Christine Kirk. financially, I would not be able to
buy a property out right. On a shared ownership scheme, I can
purchase a property. It is all the work of the not-for-
profit housing association Accord. It opened a factory in Walsall two
months ago where it makes the flat- pack homes. We have had experience
of building a similar houses up to these and other parts of the region,
importing them are from Norway. This is our first version of May
get ourselves. They're made out of timber, which
means they're low carbon and the design of the panels will keep more
heat in which is an important consideration for Christine.
Because they are timber-framed, it was saved on my fuel bills in the
future. And she won't have long to wait.
The basic structure of one of these homes it takes just three days to
complete, compared to an average home which can take six weeks or
more. But how much do they cost? A two-
bedroom property will set you back �125,000, a four-bedroom �175,000,
which is average for the area. There will be houses for rent,
there is housing for sale and there is also shared-ownership housing.
It is available for all of those groups. The houses are the same
whether you buy or rent. The first lot of homes will be
ready in the spring, with the whole site finished in 18 months. And for
Christine, the long wait for her own home will soon be over. Louise
Brierley, BBC Midlands Today, Darlaston.
The UK film and video industry employs more than 35,000 people,
but many independent film makers are finding it harder and harder to
finance projects. Regional screen agencies, which used to be a source
of funding, were disbanded last year under Government spending cuts.
Now one Herefordshire film maker has turned to so-called crowd
funding. Here's our Arts reporter Satnam Rana.
He has been coined the Spielberg of Hereford by one national paper, but
Neil Oseman certainly does not have the same budget as the Oscar
winning director. The film maker is trying to raise
�2,000 to start shooting a short With two feature films to his name,
Neil is no novice. But with the closure of the UK Film Council,
raising money is harder this time round. So he's turning to crowd
funding. In the past, I have been able to
get investors to put in. �2,000. But most people cannot afford that
at the moment. With crowd funding, you get lots of people to put money
in, even if they only put him �5, it all adds up.
This is how it works. You click onto the film website, pledge
between as little as �20 up to �250. There's no cash return, but you do
get a thank you credit and things like signed memorabilia. Funding
for short films is currently under review by the Government. Creative
England is the body that has replaced regional film councils, so
is there any hope for creatives like Neil? There is a bit of a
status whereby we have to decide what sort of films we want to
investment -- invest in, and we're hoping that other agencies such as
Creative England and BBC will all get together.
An unpaid cast and crew are now on standby,locations have been picked.
Neil has done what he can. He has until January the 18th to raise the
funds. Satnam Rana BBC Midlands Today Hereford.
And you can find out more about Neil's project on our Facebook page.
It's time for sport now, Ian Winter's here.
Next week's FA Cup replay between Wolves and Birmingham City has been
put back 24 hours. The game will now be televised live from Molineux
a week tonight. Before then, both teams face important league games,
starting at 7.45 for the Blues at home to Ipswich in the Championship.
They do have a lot of quality. They have had some difficulties, but we
have found that in this division, after a poor run, any side is
capable of putting some a results together.
BBC WM has full match commentary from St Andrews. We'll have the
goals here tomorrow. It was a night to forget for
Hereford United. Beaten at home by one of their relegation rivals. And
a bizarre red card to boot. A poor goalkeeping error gave Bristol
Rovers an early lead at Edgar Street. But Hereford were level
four minutes after the break with a well-taken goal from Delroy Facey.
Then this clumsy challenge by Benoit Dalibard was judged worthy
of a red card by the referee. And mid-way through the second half,
10-man Hereford could not prevent the visitors from scoring the
winner. It finished 2-1. When young Jimmy Walker turned up
for a trial at Walsall, his football career was hanging in the
balance. For a goalkeeper, he was a bit short and a little overweight.
But Jimmy's natural ability caught the eye. And now, almost 20 years
later, he's all set to create a new club record.
At last, it's official. And here's the proof. Even goalkeeping legends
must clean their own boots in League One. How are you?
James Barry Walker, Wacka to his mates, is about to shatter a record
that has stood for more than 30 years. And may never be beaten.
When Jimmy jogs out to face Brentford on Saturday, it will be
his 530th game in goal for Walsall Football Club.
What is it like to be a Walsall legend? It is quite nice. We have
had some great times here. Tell us all about him. His dress sense is
not too bad, there is a lot worse at the club. Is he worth another
contract? I think so. I think he has another 34 games in him.
Jimmy has spent most of his 38 years flinging himself around in
muddy penalty areas. He arrived on trial, slightly overweight, back in
1993. And he's been a firm favourite with the fans ever since.
Twice, he's won Player of the Year. And three times, Wacka has helped
Walsall win promotion. He is not one for the spectacular, he just
wants to make the job look easy. That is a good sign for a
goalkeeper. But in 2004, the unthinkable
happened. Jimmy got on his bike and swapped Walsall for West Ham. He
had waited 32 years to make his Premier League debut. And he loved
every minute. Next came 12 months at Tottenham. But when the Saddlers
said come home, Jimmy's heart jumped. You are not the tallest
goalkeeper. I have heard that a few times. That is what most people say.
I have had that all my career. It has been nice to prove people wrong
at times. His own goalkeeping hero is Peter
Shilton. But there's only one Jimmy Walker for the Walsall fans. And
after 530 games, few would bet against him reaching 600 not out.
Well done to him. And well done to Britain's gymnasts who qualified
for the Olympics at last night. They had to qualify in the top four,
but they did even better than that and won the tournament. More sport
tomorrow. They do not think I could do that.
You have got a bad back at the moment.
An entrepreneur written off as lazy by teachers when he was dyslexic
has become a champion for others with the condition. Mark Reynolds
now runs two successful businesses. He's one of 10% of the population
that have dyslexia, including the multi-millionaire Sir Richard
Branson and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Now, after years of trying
to hide his problem, he's open about how he overcame it. Joanne
Mark Reynolds owns two commercial cleaning companies in Shropshire,
employing 18 people. He's just won more contracts and the business is
growing. But his entrepreneurial spirit is a
far cry from his school days when he wasn't even diagnosed with
dyslexia until he was 13. teacher used to chuck the border
rubber at me. I could not copy what he was writing down on the board.
And on a school visit to a fire station, this. I was asking one of
the officers what qualifications you needed to have to be a fireman,
and one of my teachers said, do not worry, you will never be a fireman.
Years of knocked confidence fuelled his determination and Mark is now
also a retained fireman in Telford. He is one of seven Shropshire
firefighters to receive specialist tuition from Eli Wilkinson through
a Government scheme. Eli too is dyslexic, but is celebrating five
years as a dyslexia consultant. chaps I work with or starting to
realise that their own potential and that they are not stupid and
debt they have a lot to offer. Market Drayton Infants is a
mainstream school, but has won an award and other commendations for
the help it gives to children with dyslexic tendencies and other
special needs. Six-year-old Tyler has not been
diagnosed as dyslexic, but the school recognised that he may have
symptoms, so stepped in early to help. And like working with my
teacher. Why do you like that? Because I like fishing.
Teaching assistant Julie Meijueiro is qualified to help dyslexic
children. If they are overlooked, they become disheartened, they lose
focus and then bad behaviour starts to creep in. The loser that
enjoyment of learning. Mark Reynolds left school without a
single qualification. But he now plans to help his tutor inspire
others at dyslexia information days which she runs. Joanne Writtle BBC
Midlands Today. Midlands Today.
Here's Shefali with the weather. Out with the mild, in with the cold.
We're reaching that transition point soon. But because clearer
skies are involved, although it is going to be turning colder, there
will be quite a bit of sunshine in the bargain. At present, we're
steering away from the possibility of snow for the hills on Sunday.
Most of that now looks confined to the north of us. So one more night
of mild weather. Although these winds are going to picking up to
the north, more particularly towards Burton upon Trent where
there could be gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. It's a largely
cloudy but dry picture overnight with lows of only seven Celsius.
For some parts, ten. And then we see a cold front heading down from
the north tomorrow and so quite a cloudy start to the day and with
some light patchy rain, mostly over higher ground. The winds slowly
easing and just to round the day off, a little sunshine in the north.
But south of the front, temperatures are still up to 12
Celsius, although you will start to feel the cold in the north later in
the day. It's that colder air that paves the way for the rest of the
week. Tomorrow night as temperatures plunge to 1 Celsius,
we see some frost, quite clear skies and mist. But really quite a
sunny day on Friday and into the weekend as well, just a lot colder.
Just before we go, take a look at this. Twitchers have been gathering
on Cannock Chase to spot a Great Grey Shrike. There are usually
fewer than 30 in the UK as they're native to Scandinavia.
The bird's about 7 inches tall and you'll see it on top of large tree
stumps. It settles there to look for its prey That's all for tonight,
enjoy your evening, we'll see you tomorrow.
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