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Good evening. The headlines: A sense of shock and loss in the
village after a much-loved teacher is killed in a coach crash in
France. It is not what to expect when your
children dawn past -- on holiday. Police are given extra time to
question this man over the murder of a retired schoolteacher.
30 years after their son was the last man to die a in the conflict
there, one family's pilgrimage of to the Falkland Islands.
What we once it is the chance to play against opposition that are
not Premier League and are playing Good evening. A villager in shock
tonight as it comes to terms with a school coach crash in France. The
accident happened at the end of a skiing Hospital for children in a
Alvaston -- Alvechurch. The coach crash killed 59-year-old teacher p
per -- Peter Rippington. His wife, Sharon, was seriously injured. A
13-year-old girl is in serious condition. The coach left Valle
d'Aosta on Saturday expecting to be in Alvechurch around 1pm yesterday
afternoon. But around 2:30am, it veered off the A26 motorway and
down an embankment. Us as snowflakes fell at the Alvechurch
Middle School, a flag was flying at half-mast.
Through the day, classes ventured outside to see the many flowers and
cards, to remember Peter Rippington, or the teacher they nicknamed Mr
Rip. Where the children struggled with words, their parents found a
voice. I'm devastated. I cannot believe it has happened. There a
lot of people who were upset about the news. It is not the sort of
thing you expect when children go on holiday. I will never replace
him, he is one in a million. Just after midnight, a coach escorted by
police brought home the survivors of this horrific crash. Six people
are still in French hospitals with serious injuries. Among them, a
fret -- a 13-year-old girl who is critically ill. The school is open
today and I can reassure you that specialist support is him place
both for children and for the staff. So, just what caused this coach to
leave the French motorway in the middle of the night? Solus Travel
had to drivers for this Italian skiing trip. One of them, 47-year-
old Derek Thompson is under investigation. He has appeared in
court, French police say he may have fallen asleep at the wheel or
become ill. We do not know what happened, it may be the driver fell
asleep, it may be a defect in the vehicle, it may be something on the
road, it will take the police a while to finish their investigation
and identify exactly what did happen. These call it is closely
linked with St Laurence Church in off church. Candles have been lit
to remember Peter Rippington and hope that his wife, Sharon, will
recover well. I spoke to one parent whose child was on the buses with
minor injuries. She said she was getting checked out in hospital but
was OK and was desperate to get back to school to support her
friends. The main focus of the French police
inquiry will be what caused the coach to crash and a cry it won't
with no obvious hazards. -- on a quiet road.
There are strict rules for coach drivers, they cannot drive for more
than nine hours a day, 10 in exceptional circumstances. Four
hours 30 minutes driving at a stretch is the maximum before it
compulsory break of 45 minutes has to be taken. I spoke to our
reporter who has been following developments in France.
We know that Derek Thompson has been tested for drugs and alcohol
which came back negative. They have looked at his tachograph records
and there is nothing wrong there. He had taken the proper rest and so
they are working on the basis that he probably fell asleep on the --
at the wheel. We have been to the crash site today and there is a
long time Mark on the motorway which tends to support the verdict
given by drivers on the road on the day that the coach swerved slowly
off the road. There was no sign of emergency braking. Has the driver
appeared in court? Yes, he has, he appeared at the magistrates' court
hearing Chalons-en-Champagne. He will be meeting with his legal
representatives at the moment. It is safe to assume that he will be
charged with involuntary manslaughter, bailed and free to
come home. What is the latest about the injured passengers? The biggest
concern is about to 13-year-old girl who drifted into a coma on
Sunday. They were worried about her and transferred her to Paris for
specialist treatment. She has had surgery but I am told that although
the injuries are not life threatening they are serious.
Police have been given extra time to question a man about the murder
of the Worcestershire school teacher, Betty Yates. Stephen
Farrow was detained yesterday in Kent, he is also being held over
the murder of a vicar at his vicarage in South Gloucester last
week. What are the latest developments?
Stephen Farrow, the man who has been arrested in connection with
two murders, he is 47 years of age, he was arrested yesterday morning
at around 4am in Folkestone by Kent police. That was in connection with
the murder of 77-year-old Betty Yates, she lived a short distance
away from where I am standing in the centre of Bewdley. Last Tuesday,
a vicar, John SAR does, -- John Suddards, had also been stabbed in
his vicarage. Police are formally linking those murders. I believe
there are plans to hold a memorial for Betty. Yes, it is early days
yet but there is a lot of talk about holding a memorial for Betty.
She was well liked and well known, she was a schoolteacher who was
known by lots of people. They want to remember her properly. I think
it would be nice to do that because after a horrific event it is not
nice to think of her as a woman who suffered like that. We would far
rather think of her as a teacher, well-respected, well-liked and a
member of the community of this town. Detectives from West Mercia
Police have joined with their colleagues at Avon and Somerset,
the force holding Stephen Farrow. The 46-year-old will be held for
the next 36 hours, taking us to the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Six people involved in Clarke -- a car clamping have admitted conning
vulnerable motorists and out of more than half a million pounds.
Worcester Crown Court heard how five men and one woman used
underhand -- underhand tactics to con money out of motorists. Car
drivers were asked to pay up to �300 to get their cars and on
clamped. Ricky Basra were shot at close
range in Melville Road in Edgbaston in June last year. 23-year-old
Barrington Denny, Gary Narwain, 21, and Sarah Singh, 31 were all found
guilty of his murder. A murder described by the judge as a
precisely planned and executed execution.
GPs have called for Stafford hospital to be downgraded to deal
with little more than births and broken bones. They are frustrated
by a lack of progress at Stafford Hospital. In an -- in a leaked
letter that they doubt the ability of a hospital to deal with the cuts
in funding it faces. There is a thing called the clinical
commissioning group, made up by a GPS and in 2013 they will hold the
purse strings. They have written to the NHS saying that Stafford
Hospital should boil down to four things. One, the accident and
emergency unit should become an urgent care centre, dealing with
broken bones, minor wins and pain relief. They have also said that
diagnostics should only be simple Diagnostics, the maternity unit
should be midwife Lear's -- midwife lead, there will not be any
consultants. And outpatients appointments should be done by
doctors coming from Stoke-on-Trent or Wolverhampton. I understand
tonight, with respect to accident and emergency, some changes should
take place by October this year. Why have they taken this line?
First of all, they do not think the hospital can make the financial
savings it says it can. They're talking about a �50 million
overspend and they are sick of bailing it out. They think that
over time the hospital will undergo a slow death and they prefer to do
things quickly. They want to take some things back into the community,
like treatment of the elderly and people with chronic illness. They
are also a bit annoyed because the hospital has gone ahead and made
its own plan without consulting them.
Stella had tonight: -- still ahead up tonight: In memory of her grand
mother, a one-woman show linking Staffordshire, Paris and wartime
romance. It is milder this week, but she
will have to wait until later on to find out how impressive the
temperatures will be. This year marks the 30th
anniversary of the conflict in the Falkland Islands and for many
families a painful reminder of battles fought a thousand miles
away. Craig Jones died in the fighting and his father always
wanted a lasting memorial to him. Now that is about to happen, merry
road travelled with three generations of the Jones family to
seen their genes become a reality. An insignificant small plot of land
in the Falklands Islands, until now. Richard Jones, who and his son and
two grandson have come to the island, soon-to-be renamed Craig
Ireland. Craig Jones was killed 30 years ago. His father had the idea
to buy a piece of land him in his memory. We stand before you today,
but, to commemorate the bravery shown by a Craig Jones. The is it
what you hoped it would be? It is better, far better. We have been
fired -- quite a few years in the dream of this and to come here as a
reality today is so nice. They were put in touch with the Phillips
family, as an act of gratitude, the Philips have given them this small
island. I do not know why am smiling so much. It is a beautiful
island, you can see for yourself. It was a beautiful ceremony to
dedicate the stone and the plaque. It has been 30 years but Borrie is
it the right thing to have done. Richard, his son and grandson are
finely able to leave this island as a permanent memorial, not only to
Craig but up to all the servicemen Mary will have a special programme
from the Falkland Islands for Inside Out here on BBC One next
month. Tonight at 7:30pm, Inside Out will be looking at the work of
a special army unit based in Cheltenham. When the remains of
servicemen are recovered from the battlefields of World War One and
Two - it's their job to try to find descendants and arrange a military
burial. This re-dedication ceremony was held in memory of Lance
Sergeant Edward Hartley, who died in 1944, an emotional occasion for
his family. Very, very special. Something,
probably one of the best days of my life.
The riverside garden where Charles Darwin, famous for his theory of
evolution, once walked could be bought by the Shropshire wildlife
trust. It was owned by the Darwin family and the trust now needs to
raise �75,000 to buy and restore the garden.
Undisturbed and over a runner, this was Charles Darwin's childhood
garden and soon it could be open to the public. Every day, just before
breakfast, Charles Darwin and his brother could take a wander down
these packs to consider and contemplate. It was known as the
thinking cap. The theory of evolution is food for thought. Now
the trust has plans to buy this land and restore it to its former
glory. When we take it on, we to get on for ever, so we need to make
sure we got enough money to be able to look after it so our target is
�75,000 and I think that is a snip. * One of already sits pride in the
town centre but to people want more of him? Go people know about his
birth here and there were key carried out, it's got to be
beneficial for the town itself. don't think there is enough are
made of him, as far as I am aware. We should be focusing on the 21st
century, not thinking backwards. a tourist draw, not enough effort
has been made of him because there has know where for visitors to go
but if we can acquire the garden and open it to the public, that
means we can put him at the centre ground. The trust has already
raised more than �1000, all donations are welcome.
Time now for the sports news. Stokes City and Birmingham City
both survived into the sixth-round draw of the FA Cup. Stoke
comfortably beat Crawley Town 2-0. Next for them is a trip to Anfield.
The Blues enjoyed two good draws at the weekend.
They've defied all expectations this season and on Saturday
Birmingham City were at it again. Chelsea began the fifth round tie
as hot favourites. But the Blues struck first through David Murphy.
The joy looked like being shortlived as within two minutes
Chelsea earned a penalty. Colin Doyle's superb save kept Juan Mata
at bay. Chelsea finally equalised after an hour through Daniel
Sturridge but the Blues stood firm afterwards for a deserved draw. The
Cup draw was also kind. If they win the replay they'll host
Championship rivals Leicester in the quarter-finals. We are going
back to St Andrew's the. On any draw, all you want is perhaps the
opportunity to play against opposition that are not Premier
League and of course playing at home and that is what the draw has
brought us. The Blues have an impressive record here this season,
they have not lost in the league. Two FA Cup winds and there of to
Wembley for a semi-final. That's something Stoke City know all about
and they stayed on course for Wembley despite losing Rory Delap
to a controversial red card at Crawley. Stoke kept their composure
to earn a first half penalty which Jon Walters converted. They made
the game shortly after half time through Peter Crouch. Stoke have a
tough draw away to Liverpool but the fans are sure to be dreaming of
more Cup glory. In five months, we could be
celebrating a gold medal in the Olympic village from from a rider
whose career we have long followed on this programme. Jess Varnish
from Bromsgrove was one of half of the woman sprint team who took gold
in the World Cup test event at the Olympic Velodrome this weekend.
Jess rode the first lap before Victoria Pendleton took over to
beat the favourites, Australia, in world record times.
It was hard to do, I didn't think I was going to go faster, I was
feeling very fit teach me after this morning was.
Go she's looking good, isn't she? She has always been hard-working
and dedicated, she was one of our younger sports award winners will
stop she is so hard-working and dedicated and she's only 21. Lots
of support there, a coach load of friends and family will stop a lot
more for that and the Olympics, not even the parents will get to the
Olympics. Let's hope she can do it. A young footballer has overcome
bitter disappointment to win a professional playing contract in a
national competition. Chris Smith had previously been rejected by
Stoke City and Everton but he has been chosen from more than 5000
applicants to win a year's contract with Swindon Town.
It's a bit like the X Factor but footballers and for 21 year-old
Chris Smith from Stoke-on-Trent, his dreams are now within touching
distance. I couldn't believe I got to the final. When I think of how
many people entered, 5500 Gummer also if you think you are in the
final four of that money, it is daunting. He has come close before
but spells with Everton Manchester's academy sides ended in
disappointment. One last role of the dice then, a week's trial at
Swindon Town at a chance to impress one of the game's biggest names.
a right-back, he has a fantastic quality because he is a tough
defender. Chris played and trained alongside Swindon Town players with
one prize in mind, a year's professional contract. At the end
of it, the boss, he said yes. prospect for him is very good to
because at 19, we can work with him and the talent is good quality. I
think he can have a professional future. I cannot believe it, I am
absolutely over the moon. I don't know what to say. Everything I have
done in the last few months has paid off. He says the support of
family and friends helped him overcome the knock backs and to
realise that dream, Chris Smith, a professional footballer.
You can find out more about Chris and see how he heard he had won the
competition in Late Kick-off on BBC One tonight at 11:05pm. There will
be all the rest of the Football League action, too.
Some stories are timeless and are never diminished in the retelling.
For Caroline Horton, the lot shared by her grandparents is played out
night after night in her one-woman show that has toured the world.
Last night Caroline came home to Staffordshire to share once more a
tale of life and love conquering all in wartime.
Well come to Paris. It is a simple story of love between a stature man
and a French woman that Caroline Horton's play, you're not like the
other girls democracy, has managed to capture the hearts of people
across the world. Her inspiration, her French grandmother, and her
many stories of how she met and fell in love with a charming
gentleman from Cheadle who went by the name of zero. Go they were
engaged during the war so we didn't see each other for nearly six years.
Getting telegrams across was very difficult or stop here are some of
the actual letters and telegrams good Chrissie and Seoul exchange
between another. Many of these have helped inspire Caroline to write
the play. Caroline it took the show to the 2010 Edinburgh Festival
where she was named Best solo performer and then around the world
are. Last night she brought her grandparents love story back home
to Whittington in stature for a very special evening organised by
her dad. Go for me, that story, I heard it so often that it went
straight over my head, really. It wasn't until Caroline was saying,
this is pretty special go, it deserves to be remembered.
Caroline's grandmother died last year but not before she got to see
the play herself in a very special performance at her nursing home.
There's one point when I opened the suitcase and balloons come out and
this French record that she always loved comes on and the balloons fly
up and her face just lights up. I think one of her biggest pleasures,
for me, was that she, as her memories faded, she would forget
things so she would forget how she met Searle and I was able to retell
her her own stories go which was amazing. Go Caroline is working on
new material but intends to keep telling the story of her
grandparents love for as long as people want to see it.
That is an incredible story. A look I thought we were doing last well
last week with temperatures that just touched double figures but we
are going to push that boat out further this week with an early
taste of spring. We are lapping up these beautiful yellow colours that
will stream in along the south westerlies. Also moving in across
the Atlantic, we have a bundle of weather fronts. Quite breezy this
week but because high pressure is situated to the south, it will
weaken those weather fronts. Go rain at the moment is desperately
needed. For tonight, the rain is situated to the north, just patchy
rain that could turn heavier end to the northern fringes of
Staffordshire. Elsewhere, is licking dry with a few clear spells
but temperatures are down to about six Celsius. Temperatures tomorrow
on the rise once again. It is a cloudier picture than this morning
but we will start to see that outbreak up through the day and any
parts the in higher grounds should see the best of the sunshine
developing through the afternoon. Temperatures are up to 11 Celsius.
Very little change in tomorrow night, we have a good deal of cloud
and patchy rain will be to the north of the region but we have
loads of it and nine Celsius, one of the mildest nights of the winter
so far. The best bet of all will be Wednesday. Thursday, 16 Celsius.
Very good for the time of year. Tonight's main headlines: The
relaxation of border controls went too far says the Home Secretary who
has promised the system will be tightened up.
A coach driver appears in a French court following a crash in which a
teacher from Alvechurch in Worcestershire died.
A giant ship will be setting sail from the centre of Birmingham to
celebrate the start of the Cultural Olympiad. It is the brainchild of a
dance company called Motion House who have in the past performed with
JCB diggers. The free show is one of the largest outdoor art
spectaculars ever mounted in the UK with a nightly audience of 6000
people in Victoria Square in Birmingham city centre.
We have been working on the show for nearly two years now and our
idea is to produce a spectacle so that when you come to the show, it
will be like you have gone to the movies but they are filming yet
while you are they're so will all the crowd scenes, and you are in it.
Performers will be going past you and this giant ship will set sail