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Welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines: Olympic and dancer, the


2012 games are expected to generate millions for Coventry. We will get


360,000 people coming to watch the football.


Teachers walked out, accusing their headmaster of poor discipline and


failing pupils. It is ridiculous that they are striking over trying


to sort the children Act. It is not helping them by closing the school.


The village that club together to save their pub. To think that a


quintessential English pub has been saved by the community is fantastic.


And they are not being paid. Crisis Good evening. The Olympic effect


and where business will benefit most. Coventry is playing host to


Olympic football, starting with a qualifying game next month. It is


also the city in this region which is seen into embrace the Olympic


spirit. �8 million has been spent redesigning parts of the city


centre but it is estimated events will generate more than �18 million


for the local economy, the most for NECD outside London. The region as


a whole has landed Olympic related contracts worth more than �500


million. D details. 12 football matches and the Ricoh


Arena in the summer are the tip of the Olympic dream for Coventry and


Warwickshire. It is estimated that 2012 will generate almost �80


million for businesses in the city and the surrounding area. From


massive building projects to creating 8,000 torches. This


preserves existing jobs, even with the economic downturn. Some of the


jobs are actually taking workers on. The Godiva Awakes project, part of


the Cultural Olympiad, will not only entertain thousands but has


also created more than 50 jobs for local artists to tasked with


dressing the six-metre high animatronic puppet. It would have


been tougher not having this project and because it has been


over a period of time it has been nice to have those injections of


cash from my client. It has been good for me in these hard times.


For Julia O'Connell, creating a dress for Godiva is more than a job.


It is the opportunity of a lifetime. These are difficult times for


everybody. The recession is biting hard but particularly here in the


Midlands. If we have various events and various activities that will


get us back on the map... 2000 people have already downloaded a


free mobile information programme, an app for smartphones to. It is


designed to keep locals and tourists are in touch with


everything Olympic. We have five gunging �20 million worth of


investments coming into the West Midlands and about �80 million into


Coventry, that would not have come if it were not for the Olympics and


Paralympics. That is money coming into our region because of the


quality that we offer. Images of the Harbour Bridge epitomised the


Sydney Olympics. Now it is hoped that sites like these arches will


become as famous for Coventry. Let's talk to our business


correspondent. He is in our Coventry studio. How exactly have


officials worked out that it is worth �80 million to the city of


Coventry, the Olympics? They have been looking at a variety


of things. 12 football matches, each attracting 36,000 people. It


is estimated each will spend about �100 in the city. Firms have won


contracts worth �10 million. One firm has won that are still just


contract to make the 8,000 Olympic torches. -- that prestigious


contract. Also the torch relay, which will be another boost for the


city, and a big PR boost because there will be pictures of the city


seen all over the world. It is publicity that cannot be bought and


you cannot calculate the value. Let's try to look at the bigger


picture. What will other regions get out of the Olympics? Be sneezes


across the region have won contracts worth �500 million. This


region has won more contracts the then any other region outside


London. There are a variety of events called the Cultural Olympiad,


specially commissioned plays and dance events. There will be a big


boost to tourism as people come as a whistle are coming to the game's


and many people will want to come as London is busy.


You can find out more about what is happening in your area on your


local BBC website. There is a catch down.


Still ahead this evening, the remarkable story of a virtually


forgotten Branagh and why he was barred from competing for his


country. -- a winner.


A man and woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder of a four


year-old boy in calmer. Our reporter is there. What more can


you tell us? -- in Coventry. I can confirm that a 26-year-old woman,


thought to be the mother, and has 32-year-old partner, were arrested


on Monday night on suspicion of murder. A four year-old boy was


found unconscious at his home in the Holbrooks area of Coventry in


the early hours of Saturday morning. He died in hospital from a head


wound. At this stage to the police are not releasing the child's name.


By the police working with anyone else? Yes, they are working closely


with the local authority and I can confirm that the child was known to


Coventry social services. There are other children in the family. I am


assured they are safe and unhurt. Speaking to local people in the


area, they say that if -- they say that the family was polished and


they describe them as very private. -- Poles.


Teachers at a school in Birmingham have beyond on strike today at poor


discipline. They say changes to introduce by the head have had a


detrimental impact on the pupils' behaviour. The head says he is


disappointed that the action has gone ahead despite several meetings.


Out on strike, these teachers should be taking lessons at Castle


Vale Performing Arts College, but instead they are on the picket line.


It is not that we want a day off. We would rather be teaching the


kids. We are here because we would rather be teaching the kids and at


the moment we feel we cannot. Teachers say pupils are misbehaving


and management is not listening. Out of 75 secondary schools in


Birmingham, last year, Castle Vale had one of the lowest GCSE results.


29 % of students gained five good GCSEs. That compares to a


Birmingham average of 58 %. teachers are willing to teach.


Personally, I think they are. But there are other teachers that are


not bothered. The most naughty boys swear and disrupt lessons. The head


teacher was in school today but not available for interview. In a


statement, this Court's head, Clive Owen's, said he was disappointed


and disturbed by this action, which he said would damage pupils.


Teachers going on strike is always controversial but what do parents


think? It is ridiculous. They are striking over trying to sort the


kids out and trying to help them. They are not helping them by


closing the school. If the industry are action has to take place


because teachers do not seem to be gaining that respect within the


classroom, then so be it. This is turning into a bitter dispute and


unless both sides reached an agreement, there will be two more


strike days later this month. Since we mentioned it in our lunch


time news, you have been in touch. Here are a couple of Commons. Jude


Drummond says parents should be aware that decisions like this are


not taken lightly. Parents complained that striking damages


their children's education. Wrong. Disruptive children do this.


Teachers want to get on with the important task of educating.


Stewart from Lichfield e-mailed. He says the teachers are being judged


harshly, particularly over exam results, where other Birmingham


schools perform poorly as well. Dring has now is Liam Nolan, a so-


called super head teacher, who made the Perry Beeches School in


Birmingham the most improved school in the country. What do you make of


the walkout by teachers at Castle Vale Performing Arts College?


opinion, teachers do not enter this profession in order to strike. That


is not what they are about. They are great teachers down at Castle


Vale. They must have reached the end of their tether. This is where


discussions have broken down and meetings with unions have obviously


not worked. It is a great shame. The losers are the children and


their education. I understand you were approached to give advice to


the school. Did that happen? Lots of people were approached. About


supporting staff in Castle Vale. It did happen and it was not deemed


appropriate that Perry Beeches be the school to support. So you were


not given the chance to go into this goal to help out? Lots of


people were in discussions. Perry Beeches five years ago had 21 % of


students getting good GCSEs. It was far lower than Castle Vale is.


Perry Beeches could have been a school to hold back? Possibly but


that was not deemed appropriate. Going back to the Commons by


parents and teachers. They are concerned about lack of discipline.


How important is that to educational achievement? It is


really important. It is the whole package. It is about creating young


people who want to learn in a team, in a school where they can be


successful. It is getting staff and students working together. Perry


Beeches has something we work on enormously and that works for us.


And the key word there is respect? Yes, our Respect Agenda is well


known. Later in the programme, how one


failing school in Staffordshire is being turned around, and the


lessons for other schools that need to improve.


Other news. Remploy, which provides work for disabled people, is


planning to close its Stoke-on- Trent factory with the loss of 100


jobs. Remploy factories in Coventry and Birmingham will not be affected.


But 35 others were shut by the end of the year. The Government says


they are not financially viable but Labour has attacked the closures.


These are factors being closed with a number of people for chasing over


the job being over twice the national average. They are up some


of the toughest places in the country to get back into work so we


are saying these is the wrong plan. The funeral of PC David Rathband


will be held in his home town of Stafford later this month. The


police officer shot and blinded by Raoul Moat was found dead at his


house in Northumberland last week. His funeral will take us on March


17th. PC Rathband will be buried in his uniform.


Still ahead, they may have lost but errors pride in Cup defeat for


Blues as they now it look to build on their promotion push.


What A difference a week makes. Last weekend felt like winter. This


one could feel like spring. On average, 16 pubs shut every week


as licensees struggled to make ends meet. Losing the local is perhaps


most devastating in villages, where a pub is not just a place to drink


but a place to meet people. That in mind, villages near Stafford


decided they could not let theirs shut without a fight, and they have


now bought it. Reclaiming their local, a symbolic


moment as the villagers remove the name board are a short lived Indian


restaurant to reveal the building's original identity, a pub that


locals wanted back so much they bought it. If you went back to the


millennium, you could not get in this pub. It was Scholes to


shoulder in here. That kind of tells you what a community we had.


A community they apparently still have. Faced with having no pub in


the village, a group of 26 locals got together to buy the pub at


auction for �199,000. Their aim was to re-open the Holly Bush and run


it as a sort of co-operative. think that a quintessential English


pub has been saved by the community is fantastic. According to the


British beer and pub Association, 16 pubs are closing in the UK every


week. Back in 2009, the figure was 52. Maybe what is happening in this


village is a sign that there is a will out there to reverse that


trend. It is a small village with few facilities, not even a shop.


The closure and now rebirth of its Burney Cup is recognised as a


significant moment. -- it's only pub. Too many facilities have been


lost state to be able to have the pub again is great. Is there any


kind of lesson for other villages? Is this small community have been


brave enough to do it, why shouldn't others follow? It is


hoped to the pub could open relay Tep -- could re-open later this


year. There are also plans for a Back to schools now, and nearly a


third offer a poor education and must improve immediately, according


to a report today from Ofsted, the schools watchdog.


Among them is Churchfields Primary in Newcastle-under-Lyme which was


put into special measures. But under a new headteacher with new


ideas, things are starting to turn around. Here's Ben Godfrey.


These 10-year-olds have got SATS exams this year. They're being


taught maths at a secondary school in Newcastle-under-Lyme because


their primary school is failing. They do high standards of work,


we're going to learn more about maths and English. We don't have to


keep going through things for those who don't know what to do, or most


of us know what to do here. Inadequate teaching, poor pupil


progress - when Ofsted put Churchfields Primary School into


special measures, it couldn't get much worse. This school has been


serving this community since 1903, but because the standards of


teaching and learning were so poor, there was a real risk that in


nothing was done, the school could close for good. We have been


working with teachers... Lynn Jackson is head of Chesterton


Community Sports College. If she can manage a second school and turn


it around, schools that fail in the future could follow a similar model


for success. We have got the specialist input in the run-up to


the exams, so we are really prepared, as well as the fact that


eventually all the children will come to Chester to next September,


so that transition is so much easier for them. Churchfields has


avoided academy status, favoured by the Government for a failing school.


That would only have happened if the Department of Education had not


been happy with the solution we come up with to improve the quality


of the teaching here. They are happy with our solution, so this is


the right one for this school. Parents are relieved progress is


being made. The children are more enthusiastic about coming to school,


there is more information given to parents about what is going on.


have a little boy in year six who is actually looking forward to


going up to the Higher School. the time these nursery children are


ready to leave, they'll have taken their GCSEs, it's the first so-


called "through-school" in Staffordshire.


Here's Ian with the sport. Loads to tell you about. "There's no shame


in losing to a quality team like Chelsea." That's how Chris Hughton


summed up the Blues' FA Cup defeat at St Andrew's. And he was spot on.


It was Birmingham City's 48th game of the season. But it's the final


13 that will make or break their promotion ambitions.


Surely amongst this tangled spaghetti, one of those cables must


be labelled FA Cup shock. That's what the Blues fans were hoping, as


they queued for their pre-match chips, knowing Chelsea were in


turmoil. Some were feeling confident, others weren't quite so


sure. And a few had come to celebrate a rather special 18th


birthday. How good a player will he be in the future? We are keeping it


quiet, we want to make sure he stays with us. Nathan Redmond is


blessed with blistering pace. He's already on the radar of several top


clubs. But Chelsea were in no mood to gift him a goal, birthday or no


birthday. This was the closest that Blues came to scoring in a pretty


even first half. But after the break, Chelsea stepped up a gear


and delivered two killer blows inside five fatal minutes - first


Mata, then Meireles. And Birmingham knew their Cup dream was over.


Goalkeeper Colin Doyle had the personal satisfaction of saving


another penalty, and Jordon Mutch almost made a name for himself near


the end. But the Blues' road to Wembley ran out of tarmac in their


48th game of the season. How would our league position be if


we hadn't been in the Cup? Arguably, we would be in a better position.


But if you asked me by would rather have been in it and done without, I


would say no. I thought we did ourselves proud, it was a good cup


tie. They could have had a few more chances, but they should have put


one to bed. But now it's time to forget the Cup, and focus for the


next 13 games on getting the Blues back into the Premier League.


And they play Coventry next? there is so much to play for for


both teams, of course. Last night, Coventry left it late before


MacDonald scored day equaliser against Crystal Palace. It finished


1-1, but they are still in the bottom three of the championship.


Better news for Walsall? Yes indeed. Three vital points for them, and a


five-goal thriller, all of them coming in the second half. This was


a tremendous strike, followed by another from a John Makin. That


lead didn't last long, and it needed a late header from Annette


Nicholls to clinch a 3-2 victory over Shep of United. -- Alex


Nicholls. A lot about Port Vale? They did well considering their


circumstances. They have been in the news so much this week, the


players are still battling hard on the pitch. Richards got their first


against Burton Albion. But then two late strikes sealed a 3-0 home win.


Site last, some good news to lift the gloom that has been gathering


around them this week. You cannot forget at Shrewsbury Town. They


were dead and buried. It would be rude to leave -- leave them out!


They fought back from 2-0 back this was a good goal, but it wasn't as


good as the second goal, four minutes into stoppage time. Matt


Richards hit a screamer to earn a 2-2 draw and keep them in 4th spot.


You can see all the goals on our website. Thank you.


John Tarrant was a world record holder. A runner who was faster


than many Olympians yet his career took place in almost complete


obscurity. He'd accepted a small amount in


expenses in another amateur sport as a teenager, and rules barring


ANY payment meant he couldn't compete in international


competitions. Now, as Bob Hockenhull reports, a


campaign for a permanent memorial to the so-called "ghost runner" is


gathering momentum. John Tarrant - an extraordinary


athlete who became known as the "ghost runner" for turning up at


races from which he was barred and often winning them. Tragically, the


Amateur Athletic Association stopped John from competing


officially because he'd accepted payment as a teenage boxer - and


that was against the rules. John spent most of his life living in


Hereford - his brother Vic still trains athletes in the city and is


one of those behind a growing campaign to get a statue erected to


the runner who achieved two world records in 40 and 100 mile races.


It would be ideal, and a good memento, because there are not many


people who set world records like John did. He was very fond of


Hereford, as well. He always thought how kind everybody was


towards him. So really, the statue won't just be for John, it will be


for everybody into Derriford. remarkable footage shows John on


the way to one of his victories in the Exeter to Plymouth road race in


the mid 1960s. By then, the ban on him competing in the UK had been


lifted. But John still wasn't allowed to represent his country -


even though he was faster than many Olympians. Anyone from a hard


upbringing, they never give up, they keep trying, and you are


likely to succeed, which he did, everyone else's eyes. Unfortunately,


in those days, the officials were so strict, and rules and


regulations were not like they are now. There is one memorial to John,


this cul-de-sac was named after him in the late 1970s. But many


Hereford people, including local athletes, don't know it is here.


John's story has recently been documented in a story -- a book.


Sadly, the great athlete died of stomach cancer in 1975, aged 42. In


her living room in Hereford, his widow keeps the trophies on display,


pleased that the renewed interest in his career. I think that was


always at the back of his mind, he wanted to be recognised. Because


although he was doing very well in all the races, breaking world


records, he was never accepted, he was never going to run in the


Olympics. Herefordshire Council says it will consider the demands


for a memorial to John, who would have just celebrated his 80th


birthday if he had lived. What an intriguing story. Let's


Sunshine in the end, always a welcome sight, today's reign was


the last proper rain we will see for some time. That was the area we


saw today, so I say goodbye to that. High pressure, dominating for a


lengthy period. Unfortunately, any incoming France will be


significantly weakened, and it is looking largely dry. -- incoming


fronts. Temperatures are on the rise this weekend. A dress-


rehearsal for spring. It really should feel quite pleasant.


Currently, we are in a post a cold front of phrase. We are looking at


large the clear skies tonight, colder than last bite. -- largely


clear skies tonight, colder than last night. We are looking at some


localised air frost, a chilly start the day tomorrow. But it will be a


Sunni one. A better cloud flitting about, but a mainly sunny picture,


and a dry day. Slightly Kallur than today, because we are in that cool


air Mass. Into Friday and the weekend, we will start to see cloud


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