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Welcome to Midlands Today. 5th murdered in his own home after


years of burglaries, now his killer must serve at least 22 years.


�1.50 a litre, the most expensive diesel in the country.


If they do not do something, we will be looking at �1.55, possibly


even �1.70 a litre for diesel. If a documentary inspired by a


Birmingham charity wins an Oscar. We do not normally associate


Balsall Heath with Los Angeles, but now there is that connection, so it


is pretty exciting. And how Emily's prayers held West


Brom end their home hoodoo with a Welcome to Monday's Midlands Today.


Tonight, jail for a burglar who preyed on a disabled pensioner.


Cory Youlden had been released from prison just three months before he


throttled 83-year-old Paul Cox in his home in Worcestershire. He will


serve at least 22 years. His victim, a retired engineer, had


been put it -- persistently targeted by burglars. The judge


described his murder as a savage attack on an elderly victim.


A few days short of his 84th birthday, Paul Cox was frail,


partially sighted and entirely vulnerable. For 30 years and


Engineer at Caprice in Bournville, he lived alone at Rednal, south of


Birmingham, amid some of clutter, but proudly self-sufficient. --


Cadbury's. A burglar 60 years his junior showed him to death.


He was fiercely independent, wanted to stay in his own home and


continue driving. But Cory Youlden is a vicious, brutal, violent


criminal who very much deserves to spend a long time behind bars.


Youlden, aged 23 and from Frankley, has a string of convictions. When


the elderly homeowner challenged him after breaking in, he grabbed


him by the neck. After strangling Paul Cox, Cory Youlden stole his


car keys, some loose change and some groceries. It is the third or


4th time Mr Cox has been burgled. To see him like that is not nice.


His next door neighbour raised the alarm, and is still staggered by


the violence of his friend's death. What can you say about that? I


don't know the bloke, but something must be wrong with him to do a


thing like that. 3 Youlden try to take cover his


tracks, but left to Prince around the window and footprints on the


carpet. -- fingerprints. His daughter spoke of their loss.


The perpetrator again to nothing, but his son and daughter lost a


loving father, his grand daughter and grandson have lost their


devoted grandad. Youlden, pictured buying flowers


the next morning, admitted murder. He will serve a minimum of 22 years.


Today's case follows high-profile attacks on people in their own


homes in recent times. Giuseppe and Catalina Massaro were murdered


during a burglary in Wolverhampton last year. And Avtar and Carol


Kolar were killed in their house in Birmingham in January.


Brian Senior is the divisional manager of Victim Support and


joined us now. Our elderly people concerned that the sort of attacks


on the rise? The fear of crime is an individual


thing. Whereas the actual reality can be very different.


Statistically, the research has shown that older people are less


likely to become a victim of crime than younger people. The young man


between 16 and 34 is the most likely victim.


What effect does hearing of these crimes have on older people?


Is obviously created via, and the impact is varying from person-to-


person. -- it obviously creates fear. As I have said, we must


stress that all the people are less likely to be victims.


If so they should not be as fearful as they might be?


What impact does actually having a burglary have on all the people?


The impact is very different. A particularly if someone is living


alone, or if they have physical or mental health issues. Burglar's


particularly affect people when something of sentimental value is


taken. Invading someone's personal space is a terrible thing, and at


Victim Support, we are always working with people who have been


the victim of these attacks. Still ahead, thousands of people


left without water, an investigation is under way into how


a main supply pipe came to be Fuel prices are soaring again. Next


month's budget could see another rise. One filling station near


Coventry was charging �1.50 a litre Ford diesel today, a monster the


dearest in the country. The cost has almost doubled from


the price that led to fuel protests 12 years ago. Joining us is our


Transport Correspondent. Why exactly our prices going up again?


The problem is a threat from Iran to blockade a vital trade route. It


is said about 40% of the world's oil uses that route, and there is a


worry about a lack of supply a now. What has the impact been on the


forecourt? Prices seem to be rising daily in


some places. These are pictures we found earlier. One service station


on the M6 was selling diesel at a staggering �1.50 per litre. But as


you can see, there is no lack of people filling up. Nearby, we found


another filling station, also that -- also branded Shell, and it was


selling it 9p cheaper. We asked drivers what they thought of the


price rises. It is a bit ridiculous, because


when you go on holiday, to Spain or Europe, you see the difference in


the prices. You know we are paying the majority in tax.


Filling up your car just seems to go up and up.


It is very difficult. IMA chef, and I have to travel 26 miles to work


every day. It had to stop, I had to quit my job before Christmas just


because of petrol. Could we see more rises in the


Budget next month? The Chancellor postponed a six


pence rise last year, and the Budget could clear the rise for


that to happen. Tax and VAT amounts to 60% of the price we pay at the


pub, and motoring journalists we have been speaking to say enough is


enough. In the next few months we will see


it going up and up, and it has gone up 15% in the last month. The


Treasury are saying we cannot cut to duty, but we have to adjust for


us to stand still. If they do not do something, will be looking at


�1.55, possibly even �1.70 a litre for diesel, which will cripple the


economy. With predictions of �1.70 a litre,


perhaps it is time to dust of the bicycle!


Among the Oscars at last night's a glittering ceremony, is one


inspired by the work of a Birmingham charity.


It tells the story of women in Pakistan are left scarred by acid


attacks. There are some disturbing images in this report.


Glitz, glamour, celebrity. The Oscars celebrate the best of the


movie industry. But his is not all about the Blockbuster. -- it is not


Saving Face, the story of survivors of acid violence, one that best


documentary. -- won Best Short Documentary.


This is the place that inspired the film makers.


We had some great tweets from people.


Messages have been coming in to it Islamic Help.


We do not always associate Balsall Heath with Los Angeles, but now


there is that connection. It is exciting.


For since 1995, Islamic Help has held over 1000 people who have been


victims of acid attacks. We had five people being held by


their mothers, in their arms, and there can be any reason from a


husband not been happy with cooking to malicious allegations of having


an affair. It was in a split second that


everything changed. Victim Support's ambassador is


Katie Price, -- Katie Piper, who was guard when an ex-boyfriend


arranged for acid to be thrown in her face.


It is not Victim Support or any of the -- it is not Islamic Help that


wins, it is the people who need help.


They aim to expand to Africa and Asia.


A consultant at Birmingham City Council today added to the


government's problems over their controversial reforms of the NHS.


He persuaded his professional body, the Royal College of Physicians,


with 15,000 members, to hold an extraordinary general meeting.


Today, 89% of members backed him in opposing the bill. Dr David Nicholl


trickled think -- triggered the meeting following concerns over the


stance the body was taking. Yesterday, he clashed with a


Conservative MP on our Sunday Politics showed.


Everyone has got to their view, but a lot of the doctors who are


already applying these reforms as far as they are able to under the


current rules, in my area of Dudley, are finding them extremely


beneficial. If it is right that we start to make decisions about


people's care closer to the patient and their family, and that is what


the reforms are designed to do. Let's talk to Dr David Nicholl now.


Do you really think at this stage the government will budge despite


the vote against the bill by your colleagues?


Yes, I do, and I do not think this Bill will go through, not because


of any action by David Cameron and Andrew Lansley, it is up to us. One


of the suggestions was that all the consultants should call in their


local MPs on a Friday to pass on their views about the NHS bill.


What are the main concerns? There are so many. What is a major


one? We will start with commissioning.


Real worries about that process. There is the potential for major


conflicts of interest, and you are introducing extra levels of


bureaucracy. You think this would be bad for


patients? Appalling for patients, and risking


more expensive health care with worse outcomes.


The NHS does need reform, most people agree that. What changes do


you think should be made? There are three things that need to


change. People are living longer, we have an obesity epidemic --


epidemic, and more expensive drugs. Severn Trent Water has apologised


after 12,000 customers were left without water following a major


leak. A burst main last night meant families had no running water for


more than 12 hours. The company says it is trying to establish how


it happened. Ted Barnwell's surrounded by dirty


clothes and crockery. The dishwasher and washing machine


deprived of water. Ted's supply was cut at 9pm last night, his morning


cuppa came from a bottle, and he was forced to stock up. We did not


get a bath or shower. Normally you will get a warning about this. My


friend has a freezer which is controlled by water. He has had to


throw all his food away. A quarter of a mile away in a farmer's field


Severn Trent Engineers are excavating. Below a 12 inch wide


water main has burst. While there was no flooding, there has been


wide disruption. 12,000 homes in Frankley, Rubery and Rednall lost


their supplies. We recognised this is a big disruption to our


customers. We wish to apologise. Rest assured, our engineers are


working round the clock to get this fixed. Five schools were also


affected. They were taking -- they were forced to take the difficult


decision to close today. Ted Barnwell's supply was restored late


this afternoon along with the remainder of households. The cause


of this leak is unclear. Profits at Severn Trent fell slightly last


year on the back of successive cold spells causing broken pipes. During


the same period, customer complaints rose by 16%.


Still to come tonight: How children are being taught the value of


saving instead of getting into debt. And last week was a tough act to


follow but new week, new outlook and a fresh set of temperatures


that aren't all bad. Find out how mild it gets later.


A new disease affecting sheep and cattle is spreading across the


country and farmers are worried it may already be here, with reports


of a case of Schmallenberg virus in Gloucestershire. The disease has


spread from the continent and causes particular problems for


pregnant ewes, making lambing time, which is coming very soon,


particularly worrying for farmers. Our Environment Correspondent joins


us now from a farm near Worcester. What causes this disease?


Well, this is spread from the Continent and the virus comes were


infected midges biting form animals here. It looks like this happened


last year. I am joined by a local former who can explain why this is


now up problem. The female sheep are having stillborn animals and


abortions. We are one month away from lambing and there are no


reports of problems in the West Midlands at this moment. Is there a


vaccine or a test for this? There is no vaccine, but they are testing


just now. Do you think this will become a problem like foot and


mouth? It is very hard to say at the moment. It is an emerging


situation. We hope that we can have another 12 months to get on top of


the problem. There is no sign that this disease can affect humans. 44


armourers, however, this is a nasty new disease. -- as far as farmers


are concerned, this is a nasty new disease.


The office of fair trading is to look again at capping interest


rates on so called payday loans which can sometimes reach an annual


rate of 4,000%. Meanwhile, one organisation is tackling debt in


another way. It is teaching the next generation the value of saving.


With average household debt in the UK, excluding mortgages, now


standing at �8,000, the Six Towns credit union in west Bromwich is


working with local schools to try to encourage children to become


savers rather than borrowers in the future. At Hall Green School, the


scheme has been enthusiastically welcomed by staff and pupils.


have been saving because most of my family are in Pakistan and I want


to go and see them. I am saving up for my passport. I am saving up to


build a new rabbit hutch. credit union is owned by its savers


and borrowers who become shareholders and it is hoped the


school initiative will encourage parents to follow the example of


their children and save up for the things they want rather than take


out loans which many then struggle to repay. My son comes to the


school and I've never saved. And I've started saving for Christmas


and that takes a big chunk off credit cards and overdrafts so as a


parent as well it's done me a favour. As well as working in


schools Six towns credit union has also stepped into the payday loan


market offering short-term loans to its members at greatly reduced


interest rates to those found online and on the high street.


Their initiative comes at a time when the office of fair trading has


promised to look again at demands for interest rates to be capped.


And you can see more on that and other ways to borrow money on


Inside Out tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One. Also on tonight's programme,


they investigate the growing problem of dog-fighting.


Now the sport. Sing before you are winning, it


would seem there is the secret! None of our teams delivered a


better result than West Bromwich Albion. And no-one was more


delighted than Emily Badger. Ten minutes before kick-off, Emily's


singing brought the crowd to its feet. And the players responded by


scoring four against Sunderland. 9:30am this morning. And I've


joined the year seven art class at St Michael's High in Rowley Regis.


Teacher Miss Quadir has put me next to Emily Badger who soon revealed


what an exciting weekend she'd had. The Lord is My Shepherd. I will not


want. Emily's job was to get the crowd in fine voice before kick-off.


And singing the Baggies favourite hymn in front of 25,000 fans proved


no problem for this talented 12 year old from Tividale. How were


you feeling? I was tingling in my belly. The fans were quiet and they


were waving their scarves. I was proud and I enjoyed it. The fans


weren't the only ones impressed by Emily's singing. Listening in the


tunnel, the Albion players felt the hairs rising on the back of their


necks. And suitably inspired went necks. And suitably inspired went


on to score four past Sunderland -- Back at St Michael's, today's


art class was almost over. But not before Miss Quadir had dished out


four gold merits for arguably the finest work of original art she has


ever seen. And Emily Badger would love the chance to repeat her


match-winning performance against Chelsea on Saturday.


Well done to Emily. For 45 minutes on Saturday, it


seemed Wolves' change of manager would make no difference to their


Premier League fortunes. But Terry Premier League fortunes. But Terry


Connor's first half-time team talk must have been impressive because


it inspired his players to a dramatic comeback.


After 13 years at Wolves, Terry Connor has seen most things. But


this was a day for fresh experiences. Centre of attention


for the fans and media before kick- off, a first manager's handshake


too. But some things still haven't changed and Wolves were behind


inside five minutes at Newcastle. When that quickly became two, the


managerial gum was getting chewed twice as fast in the technical area.


But while owner Steve Morgan spent half-time wondering whether he had


made the right decision, down in the dressing-room Connor was making


his mark. A reinvigorated team got back into the game early in the


second half through Matt Jarvis. And when Kevin Doyle poked home the


equaliser, the fans could barely believe what they were seeing. But


when the final whistle went, it was when the final whistle went, it was


all smiles on a day which gave him an excellent start to life in the


hot-seat. Revealing the team was new territory for me. It was


strange not to give advice to someone else but to make the


someone else but to make the decisions myself. But it went


really well. Stoke City ended a recent poor run in the Premier


League with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Swansea. Matthew Upson


and Peter Crouch scoring in the first half for a first win in five


league games. But the natives are getting restless at Aston Villa.


The travelling supporters jeered manager Alex McLeish during the


goalless draw at bottom of the table Wigan. And to make matters


worse, striker Darren Bent was stretchered off with an ankle


injury which threatens another injury which threatens another


major blow to their season. Aston Villa have confirmed in the


last few minutes that Darren Bent has ruptured ankle ligaments and is


has ruptured ankle ligaments and is unlikely to play again this season.


Coventry City's hopes of surviving relegation from the Championship


were raised with a dramatic late winner at the weekend. Clive Platt


struck deep into injury time to give the Sky Blues a 1-0 win over


Barnsley. Coventry remain in the bottom three but manager Andy Thorn


bottom three but manager Andy Thorn believes it could prove to be a


season-changing game for them. And you can see all the Football


League goals on Late Kick Off on BBC One at 11pm this evening. That


includes the action from the crucial promotion game between


Shrewsbury Town and Crawley tonight. The game is live on BBC Radio


Shropshire from 7pm. By the way, Emily Badger is


appearing in The King and I next month. And don't be surprised if


one or two Albion fans go along to support her at Wolverhampton Grand


Theatre. Good luck to her. What ago. -- what


a girl. Urban nature reserves dotted across


the region are to benefit from millions of pounds of grants.


Campaign groups are delighted. They say pockets of green surrounded by


motorways, factories and housing, host a rich variety of wildlife


including red deer and even otters. Industrialisation has taken its


toll on the landscape in Birmingham and the Black Country. There was a


quarry here on the Rowley Hills near Oldbury until 30 years ago.


But from today the site is part of one of the Government's Nature


Improvement Areas. A grant of nearly three quarters of a million


pounds should pave the way for millions to be spent enticing


wildlife to the West Midlands. one of the things that will be


happening will be that we will control Hawthorn Scrubs. In 20


years' time, you can come and see a fantastic array of butterflies.


Moorcroft Wood near Wednesbury. Blast furnaces once stood here. Now


it is populated with trees, filled with birdsong and treasured by the


community. The type of conservation project the Environment Secretary


wants to see more of. One of the things about launching the nature


improvement areas today is that recognition that we can restore it


and make it better. We want to be the first generation that leaves


the countryside in a better state than we inherited it. The money


will be used to clean up waterways and restorer wasteland which has


been ruined by industrialisation. What an amazing weekend it was for


weather. Will it continue? It is still February, soon to be


It is still February, soon to be March and nature is still pushing


for Spring. It is another reasonably mild one this week with


an early peak in temperatures, but it will be rather cloudy and at


times damp although with high pressure in place once again, the


picture is mostly dry and any rain that we do get will be kept to a


minimum which isn't going to be best news for some people. We can


see that today and tonight the rain moves away to the South East. A


mixture of mist and cloud there, but very mild indeed. Temperatures


will be dropping to a minimum of eight degrees. Fairly mild start


tomorrow. Again, we're caught under cloud and mist which will gradually


left through the morning. If we get any brightness, it will be in the


east of the region. We're hoping tomorrow will be the mildest day of


the week. The days ammonite largely resemble each other. -- the days


and the nights. We're looking at highs of 12 degrees. The brightness


will largely be in the east. On will largely be in the east. On


Friday, the wins will turn white. - Lot of people were eating outside


this weekend. A look at tonight's main headlines:


Charlotte Church wins �600,000 from Rupert Mudoch's News Group over the


phone hacking scandal. And targeted by burglars. The


killer of a vulnerable pensioner is jailed for at least 22 years.


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