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Headlines: so staff and pupils are run-down still say they are to wait
a month until they find that the days rebuild. We will have to look
into these findings, will have to make sure that the funding is
allocated to the school's most in need. Flooding warnings are in
force across the region are the days of incessant rain. A family
course answers, wider if Barbara to die after being detained by police.
Well West Brom's and Roy Hodgson become the next England manager.
The news came on, I was gutted. I shout of the television. -- I
shouted., Good evening, welcome to Monday's
Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight ; a Government Minister's
told staff and pupils at a dilapidated school they will have
to wait until the end of May to find out if it's to be rebuilt.
Richard Lee Primary in Coventry made headlines last year when
children had to be taught in corridors, after a worn out heating
system flooded classrooms. The Minister's visit came after the
school took their campaign to Downing Street.
The schools Minister Nick Gibb at Richard Lee Primary School today -
and his first impressions. It is very bad. I saw some damp. There is
no question the school isn't a bad way. -- is in a bad way.
structure of the school is so poor they can't keep on top of the
repairs for example these ceiling tiles behind me have become stained
over the last few weeks and that's in spite of the roof being repaired
during the school holidays. It's this and other problems which led
to a campaign culminating in a 3,000 signature petition being
handed in to Downing street by pupils Georgie and Harvey, and
today they too met the Minister. asked me what it would be like to
have a new school, it would be nice for children to get more education,
they would be able to do more things in life. That goes for
children. -- for all children. in spite of the visit the minister
couldn't say whether Richard Lee will be rebuilt, instead he said it
was now being fully assessed. decision to allocate money is done
in a scientific way. I hope it's not a PR exercise. I'm not so for,
I would hope that -- I am not a fall, he said he saw some bad
conditions there, hopefully we will be on that list. It is a PFI scheme,
that is the whole country. We are in their we have probably, although
the minister went to last, thousands of other schools. --
Minister won't tell us. So after 18 months campaigning the school and
it's 550 pupils will soon know their fate.
And we'll keep you posted on the outcome of the decision about
whether the school can be rebuilt next month.
River levels in parts of Warwickshire and Worcestershire
remain precariously high, following a weekend of strong winds and
incessant rain. There are currently flood warnings for the River Leam
in Leamington Spa, River Teme near Stanford Bridge in Worcestershire
and for the River Severn through Tewkesbury. Some fields and paths
next to rivers are already submerged. Our reporter Andy Newman
is in Upton-upon-Severn for us this evening - what's the situation
there, Andy? Actually, it's been rather a
pleasant day here. The bigger concern is that this could be the
calm before the next storm. The water level is high, it has not
been causing many problems, the weather has been good.
Gloucestershire Fire Service took advantage of the service to launch
a major exercise. Preparing for the next flood
emergency. Gloucestershire Fire Service mounted a full-scale water
rescue exercise amongst the swollen waters. It was arranged at short
notice, and was taking advantage of conditions that would provide a
flood advantage, but I'm not yet causing problems. For 24 hours we
have a period where the River is in flood, but it's not too angry four
and a cruise to operate. We are grabbing the opportunity. Elsewhere
this was the scene. A recently installed floodgates does his job.
It is sheltering in the town -- the town of the worst excesses of the
River Severn. There is a flood defence wall, that was due to be
completed in May, they are plugging the last few gaps, it should be
ready to do its jobs if the weather continues to rise. Back in
Tewkesbury, the dress-rehearsal continued throughout the afternoon.
They prepared for the worse, but hope for the best.
It is a case of so far so good. We have got through atrocious weather,
today provided something of a breathing space. The $64,000
question is how much more rain is their game to be, and how much more
flooding is they are going to be? With us in the studio is our
Environment Correspondent David Gregory, who's currently putting
together a special programme on the drought. How can there still be a
drought, David? We have just had the figures for this month, we have
had to wonder and 27% the average rainfall. I can see why you have
been confused. -- we have had 227 %. One heavy rainfall is not enough to
make a difference. If it is almost the wrong type of rain. What we
want is persistent a dull English drizzle. These big heavy downpours
are not the answer. Surely this rain will help a bit? It will help
some farmers. There is no hosepipe ban here. If a farmer has a storage
facility, it will be good news. Overall, it is too much rain in one
place, it causes flooding. We are still in drought. This exposes
problems of who has rights into water, that is what we are looking
at. -- who has rights in water. And you can see more from David on
an Inside Out special on the Drought, on wednesday night, 7:30pm,
here on BBC 1. I'm filming that tomorrow.
But is it shaping up to be one of the wettest Aprils on record?
Shefali has the answers Well that's the rumour - couldn't
confirm it yet as the figures for the month haven't been officially
released but what I can say it that up until 25th April we had around
91 mm of rain and the wettest April on record produced around 137 mm.
Yesterday will probably contribute quite heavily to the final figure
as Pennerley in Shropshire saw almost 36mm of rain which is over
half the month's rainfall in a day. And May doesn't put an end to it.
It goes on this week. I'll have more for you later
Diplomats are trying to secure the release of an aid worker from the
Midlands who's being held by soldiers in Africa. John Sorbo was
one of four men detained amid clashes along the border between
Sudan and its newly-formed neighbour South Sudan. It's
believed the four are being held in a military compound. Family and
friends are anxiously awaiting news. Arriving in the Sudanese capital
Khartoum four aid workers detained by the military, among them John
Sorbo, an expert in mine clearance. He lives south of Hereford but he's
spent seven years off and on in Sudan, doing a job his wife had
learnt to accept. I didn't imagine my husband being in danger,
considering the area he worked in, helping the Sudanese live their
life normally. It's believed the four were held near Sudan's border
with the newly independent South Sudan close to the town of Heglig.
The oil-producing region's seen a series of clashes and the two
countries are on the verge of war. John, a Norwegian national, works
for a charity based in Oslo. Their staff and Norwegian diplomats are
struggling to get access to him. can't say where he was when he was
arrested. The border there is not very clear, so where he was at the
exact time, we can't say for certain. You can never prepare
yourself for this kind of thing, although maybe you expected to
happen, or whatever. It is human nature that you are going to be
shocked. One of the other aid workers is said to be a Briton.
Latest reports say they're in a military compound and are in good
health - but no-one's been permitted to visit them.
A post-mortem examination into the death of a disabled man from
Birmingham has revealed he died of natural causes. 46 year old Colin
Bird died in the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital last Tuesday.
West Midlands police were called in to make enquiries into the
circumstances of Mr Bird's death following allegations of neglect.
This has now been ruled out as a contributing factor.
Police have charged the Stoke City player Jermaine Pennant with drink-
driving and driving while disqualified after a car crash near
his home in Cheshire. The 29-year- old winger's BMW collided with an
Audi in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving the driver of the
other vehicle in hospital with a minor back injury. Pennant's due to
appear in court on Wednesday. Two sisters who were killed in a
car crash on Friday have been named by police. 38-year-old Parveen
Kauser and Raheela Altaf, who was 37, died after a collision on the
A38 near Burton-upon-Trent. Three children, aged between 11 and 17
who were travelling with them were taken to hospital with serious
injuries. A man and woman in another car were also injured,
along with a four-year-old girl. A Shropshire railway station has
reopened today after mum so repairs and �2 million worth of work. The
project, which was managed by Network rail, was due to be
completed a month ago. The family of a man, who died after
being detained by West Midlands Police, say they're still waiting
for his body to be released to them. Kingsley Brown was detained under
the Mental Health Act in March last year, after officers went to an
incident in Birmingham. He died four days later in hospital. An
inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has yet to
report back, leaving the family with many unanswered questions.
Kingsley Browne was a father, a brother, and to his mother, a
loving son, she is struggling to cope with his sudden death. He was
my only son, he was a lovely father to his own kids, and his sisters,
he was one in a million. When he passed away, you know, it really
broke my heart. Last March, the father of two was detained after
the Mental Health Act, after calling 999. A few days later
officers were called to a disturbance involving him, he died
the following day. The IPCC began investigating. We want answers. We
want to know how he died. We have brought these questions are
previously, we -- we had brought these questions up, we are still
waiting. We have to wait for them to complete their investigations
until we know how we died. And IPCC spokesman said the investigation is
nearing a conclusion. Investigators have interviewed four officers
under caution. Earlier this year Dorset police were asked to
investigate the actions of non police personnel. So, why hasn't he
been buried, Dorset police say they cannot have until the investigation
Last summer, his family and friends marched through Birmingham, calling
for answers. I feel as if the system had led him
down. They are there to serve its interests, and the way I saw it,
they let him down. He has suffered enough. Come on, it has been a year.
At least release his body. family now say if they don't get
the answer they need, they will march again. The Independent Police
Complaints Commission say the change in the lead investigator
will not affect the inquiry, and that the forces pursuing inquiries
to allow Mr Burrell's body to be released at the earliest
opportunity. Thank you for being with us. Still
to come: The haunting strains from Doctor Who, just one example of the
great music created over the years in Coventry and is now being
What a time it is for football in the region. We have had winners and
losers already. Still more to come. And then there's Roy Hodgson.
It was not the news that West Brom fans wanted to hear. But today,
many said they were not surprised to hear that Roy Hodgson was wanted
by England. This evening, he is talking to the FA at Wembley. The
hunt is on for the right man to fill his big shoes at the Hawthorns.
West Brom or England? What do you think? Don't know, gaffer. You are
the boss. Nothing surprises Barbara Higgins. But even she could not
believe it when she saw last night's late bulletin.
The news came on. I was gutted. I shouted, no, you can't have him!
I assume a manager would love to manage his country. Fair play to
him. I wish him all the best. 24 hours earlier, the future
England manager had been his usual self-, kicking every ball from the
dug-out during Albion's goalless draw. Last night the Baggies
announce they have given permission for the FA to talk to Roy Hodgson,
and this morning he woke up to five he was not exactly top of the pubs
with the national press. -- Top Of The Pops.
Those headlines will not worry Roy Hodgson, who has always fancied the
top job in English football. His departure will give a twist to the
Midlands managerial merry-go-round. When he takes charge of England,
the Birmingham City this -- boss Chris Hughton is the favourite to
replace him. Mallett McLeish is close to the revolving door at
Villa Park. -- Alex McLeish. And there could be a vacancy at
Molineux as well. If Chris Hughton is not to be the
next occupant of the manager's office, who else would the fans
favour? Roberto Di Matteo is doing all right at Chelsea!
I have had not had a chance to think about it.
I think the Barcelona manager might be out of a leak!
From West Brom to Wembley, where this afternoon Roy Hodgson swept
past two complete the formalities with the FA. If it goes to plan,
his first game will be England against Norway, just 13 days after
Albion's last Premier League match, against Arsenal.
If he does go, Albion fans are going to be devastated. There seems
to be a lot of people who are not thrilled about him becoming England
manager. A lot of papers were on the attack
this morning. But actually, Roy Hodgson has got a lot of trophies.
In the cold light of day, they wanted an exciting name, but Roy
Hodgson as head coach was looking after the reserves. That is what
the FA want for their new centre in Burton.
So he has the coaching credentials. And he is usually respected among
the fans and players at the Hawthorns. There's a worry that
many players may leave. Who else might be in the frame?
Chris Hughton was installed this morning as the favourite. But
actually, Alan Curbishley took over this afternoon. We thought he might
get the Wolves job at one point. Maybe Michael Appleton, well
respected at the club. It is wide open at the moment. The timing is
good, though. Briefly, back to the Blues and
things on the pitch. The next thing is there play-off game.
They have already played 60 games this season. Remarkable. Watch this
space as to what is going to happen. The season never ends! Let's get
back to the action. There was joy and relief, and all the emotions in
between us four teams grappled with promotion and relegation this week.
When the dust settled, it was the fans of Shrewsbury and Walsall who
were cheering the loudest. A warning, this report contains some
flash photography of. I travelled all the way from
Yorkshire. We are going up! I'm glad he was complained, because
after three failures in five years, missing out again would have broken
the hearts of Shrewsbury fans. Of course it was nervous, but as
half-time approached, James Collins put them in front and the
supporters could start a party. When the final whistle blew, or the
energy exploded in a wave of delight.
It is a terrific feeling. There's nothing better in football. It is
to say there and enjoy it. It is amazing, too finally get it.
After the near-misses we have had, it is amazing.
I was only a teenager when this last happened. Absolutely immense.
I can't believe it. Instead it will be Cheltenham Town
trying to make it through the piles. Jimmy Spencer scored twice as they
beat Bradford to stretch their season into extra-time. Staying in
the division is Hereford United's ambition, and they have taken it to
the final day after Yoann Arquin scored twice. There will be no last
a nurse for Walsall, though. Another season of League One
football was guaranteed when they scored against Huddersfield. But it
is the pure joy of the Shrewsbury fans, who have waited 15 years to
get back to League One, which will be the abiding memory of this
weekend. And Shrewsbury Town's motion is
among the highlights of tonight's show. There's more interviews and
scenes of celebration on our Facebook page. Can't get enough of
The creator of an iconic television theme tune, the man behind the
legendary Two Tone that would label and an influential soul singer have
all been celebrated in their home city. They have a -- they are the
latest to be inducted into a hall of fame for musicians from Coventry.
There's more flash photography in this report.
One of the most famous songs to come out of Coventry. Among the
band members on the back seat in this video is Jeremy balance --
Jerry Dammers. He is one of the people who made a Two Tone happen.
It is great to get recognition in Coventry. Those were the best days.
We were rehearsing in pubs. We were chopping up chairlift to make a
fire to keep ourselves warm. -- chair legs.
Jerry Dammers was joined by a Ray King, also honoured for a career
stretching back to the '60s. He toured the world, playing with Otis
Redding, and is credited with giving many Two Tone artists their
first break. I used to give people a break. When
they said, do you want to break, I said, no.
It is not just about pop music. The Doctor Who theme, which will send a
shiver down the spine of millions. It was written by Delia Derbyshire
at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. She died in 2001. Her partner was
at the ceremony to see her inducted into the Hall of fame.
Most of the public have not heard of her at all. The music was not
released in her own name. It was under the BBC. I'm just glad she
has got some recognition. It is fantastic.
Music from across the decades has been celebrated here today, and
although a lot of it was created a long time ago, it still holds a
special place in the hearts of those dallied here.
-- gathered here. That brings back some childhood
memories! You know what is coming memories! You know what is coming
this. Is there going to be more rain?
Yes, you might get soaked tomorrow morning. It has transformed since
yesterday. Shropshire got a 35mm of rain yesterday, which is half a
month's in a day. Today we saw sunshine and highs of 17 Celsius.
These were the best temperatures across the region. It is nice to be
reminded of what we would like spring to be once in a while. But
unfortunately we have stormy weather returning tonight, for
which the Met Office has issued a warning. This is for the south of
the region. We could see difficult driving conditions and further
flooding in those areas that are already sensitive. We have got some
sunshine out shied at the moment. - - outside. The rain should arrive
during the early hours and the South East. It is going to be quite
heavy in the south of the region. It might not quite reach the
extreme north of the region. But you can see, under all of that, it
is quite mild. Temperatures of seven or eight Celsius. If you are
up early enough, it is going to be wet and windy to start. Gradually
through the morning, there's rain and wind. It will not be quite as
warm as today. Highs of 13 and 14 Celsius. We may see some rain, but
Celsius. We may see some rain, but elsewhere it is dry, light -- lows
of eight or nine. Oh, well, we had one half-decent
day. Tonight's headlines: More than 170
flood alerts across England, and more rain to come.
Staff and pupils at a run-down school are told they will have to
wait at least a month before finding out if it will be rebuilt.
That is all from us this evening. Tomorrow we will be spot lighting
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