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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.