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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Sarah Falkland and Giles


Latcham. The headlines tonight:


The second stage of HS2 brings protests but supporters say it


makes business sense. And all you people of Birmingham, it will be


the best connected City at in the UK. They all are going to have


their lives wrecked by it. Also on tonight's programme:


After two deaths, fire safety advice for tramps and squatters.


Fed up of hearing Birmingham slated? Perhaps you could be a


Brummie ambassador. We do not expect special treatment... And a


new week with a new set of problems to put up with. No snow but plenty


Good evening. There were winners and losers today as the Government


spelled out plans to go Birmingham at the heart of the country's high-


speed rail network. Two new lines will slash journey times to Leeds


and Manchester. They will link to the HS2 flying to London. People


who found out only today that the new routes will be close to their


homes are already planning protests. The Transport Minister says the


routes will make Birmingham the best connected city in the country.


For the second time in three years, homeowners and visitors are tonight


facing up to the fact they will be affected by a chest to. The Brits


announced today mean more blight and more misery. -- affected I


think. James runs a riding stable. He is already close to the original


HS2 line. Now he and his horses are just yards away from theTo Leeds.


The access will be difficult in and out of the stables. Elsewhere,


lives are in number. This couple are desperate to sell but the


proximity of HS2 to establish a house has meant a little interest


from buyers. Concerned about our future. We can't actually have any


plans in life. Our life is permanently on hold. But according


to Government ministers, while some might lose out, others will be


winners, with predictions of improved growth and prosperity.


the country it shows the commitment to build the infrastructure for the


21st century. For Birmingham it will mean jobs during construction,


new, permanent jobs. And for Birmingham it will be the best


connected city in the UK. Journey times between Birmingham and the


Behind me the site of the proposed Birmingham City Centre HS2 centre.


There has already been quite a bit of regeneration here. Manchester,


Leeds are hoping that when HS2 arrives, that will continue. And


Birmingham Chamber of Commerce says there is more Choosing To Die than


just regeneration. It brings the cities closer and that shows more


business gets done. -- and there is more to the HS2 than just


regeneration. The Government plans a hybrid bill which could pave the


way for high-speed lines to be built in two faces, London to


Birmingham by 2026 and then Leeds and Manchester six years later.


The route that HS2 will take for Staffordshire was revealed at 7am


this morning and for many it has come as an unpleasant surprise. The


high-speed line will skirt around Stafford but the nearby village of


Hopton will have high-speed trains on the doorstep. Further north at


Madeley near Newcastle-under-Lyme, trains will hurtle through at up to


2025mph. And with no HS2 stops in the county, will staff the Czech


get all of the pain and none of the gain?


In the village of Hopton near Stafford, families greeted news


they are on the HS2 route with shock. June Brown-Bullivant chose


her home because of its stunning views across the Staffordshire


countryside, but HS2 is likely to change the view from here. It may


not be in my lifetime when it is built but we will fight for future


people who will be living here. Staffordshire will be effective


from north to south by this route. The line is expected to pass close


to the County Showground here, one of many parts of the landscape like


to do be affected. Amongst those areas will be Madeley, near


Newcastle-under-Lyme, also close to the planned rigged. At the village


centre there was scepticism about the benefits of the high-speed link


to rural communities like this one. We get the pain but none of the


game. Who are they spending the money for? Not for us. It could


take a lot more traffic than it does. The West Coast Mainline. So


what is the need to have something like that? I good sooner the money


be spent on other things. I feel really sorry for people who are


going to have their lives completely wrecked by it, but this


is progress. The rich north from Birmingham to Manchester will cut


through swathes of Staffordshire countryside. The Conservative-led


county council says the environmental impact will be


significant. Communities will be affected. Houses will be worth 50%


less overnight. The Winnie to work with those homeowners.


Staffordshire has long had an association with the railways, but


passengers here will not have a high-speed station, and there are


many who feel economic benefits of the route will be distant.


I transport correspondent joins us now from the stables in


Warwickshire which we saw earlier in his report, threatened by a HS2.


The devil is in the detail with these routes published today?


least. These stables are affected by not one but two and HS2 lines


and the hat to relocate. But what compensation will be available to


those who find themselves affected? To find the answers, I am joined


from an estate agent. Tell me what compensation is available


immediately to people who find themselves affected? Right now, the


scheme is threefold. For those within 60 metres of the line, there


is the advance purchase scheme where they get a 10% loss of


payment on its top of the value of their property. 60 metres out, 120


metres out is on a trooper this -- purchase scheme, but they only get


the value of their property. And beyond 120 metres is the


exceptional hardship scheme. that is pretty hard to claim?


You have to prove that you have tried to sell your property through


every means you possibly can and you need to sell it right now. If


you are in financial difficulty, you need to move because of a job,


health, you have to be in exceptional hardship. But general


compensation is not really available until compulsory purchase


orders come out after the high brick purchase bill -- hybrid Bill


passes through Parliament? That is right. Not even until the spring


will you be able to start considering compulsory purchase,


let alone moving on to the hardship except us. How bad is the blight? I


have heard some properties have been devalued by up to �100,000.


Those properties sitting near to the line, you would get a full


market value. The extraordinary hardship scheme, you will get the


full value. But in between, there is an argument for people to be put


off from buying. We are talking about a railway line that could be


20 years away. We would like to know what you


think of the proposed new route for HS2. Please get in touch with us.


We will read out some comments later.


Coming up, the perils of Twitter. Another Premier League footballer


is heading for trouble because of Homeless people sleeping rough are


being offered smoke alarms and fire safety advice when they are seeking


shelter in abandoned buildings. It is the first scheme of its kind in


the country and follows a number of fires where people have been killed


or injured. You have to be careful... In a dark


and damp squat, starting a fire may seem a good way to stay warm.


to put his cigarettes in the ashtray. West Midlands firefighter


Ian Sturmey has joined outreach workers in Birmingham. He knows it


is not just home owners who need fire safety checks. I can see her


at least five. There are two and others in the bedroom. They are bad


hat -- habits. In 2010 two homeless men died in a fire in Birmingham


and it prompted a response on the streets. It was hurried because


they were issuing information about the tattoos on the bodies so that


people could identify them. -- it was horrid. The truth is that no


one knows the exact figure of homeless people in the West


Midlands, because many are hiding away for their own protection. The


concern is that many of these sanctuaries are in fact derelict


death traps. The firefighters have -- this charity, SIFA Fireside, has


been working with the homeless for 30 years. They are going to light a


fire to keep warm, which is our worst nightmare. This 19-year-old


has been in and out of prison. He calls this disused toilet block his


home. Keep away from the blankets with fire and put all of the


rubbish into bags. I as another squat is found, the team build


trust slowly. They give some more fire safety advice. They hope they


are saving lives. There will be a full report on the


held being offered to rough sleepers particularly with the


current weather. That is on Inside Out tonight.


The family of a kayaker from Worcestershire who died after being


pulled from a swollen stream in North Yorkshire say he died taking


part in the sport he loved. Matthew Baird-Parker, 36 from Kidderminster,


got into difficulties near Richmond yesterday. He was taken to hospital


by air ambulance but later died. A pensioner has died a fortnight


after she was mugged on her doorstep. Carole Mudie, 68, had her


back stolen and broke her hip when she was pushed outside her home


near Kings Norton in Birmingham. She died in hospital on Tuesday.


Police have launched a manslaughter investigation and are appealing for


witnesses. Flood defences have been put up in


several places along the River Severn tonight. There are currently


21 flood warnings and also flood alerts in the region. The apparent


agency will erect barriers in Ironbridge this evening. I have


already gone up in Shrewsbury and Bewdley. It is another flood, the


third in three months. We have a lot of rain water upstream and that


melt water as well, combining together is causing the floods down


here. So we are getting ourselves ready, getting the barriers in


place and we are expecting a peak in Bewdley here probably tomorrow


evening and it will come up to the barriers.


Birmingham is considering introducing a Brummie History Week


and appointing "Brummie ambassadors" In order to improve


the second City's image and bring its hundreds of communities closer


together. 21st century Birmingham is changing fast and a report says


it is people coming from Eastern Europe and the white working class


people who feel most alienated. It is almost impossible to define


what it means to be a Brummie. The Soho Road in Handsworth is typical


because so many different cultures exist side by side. Some


communities feel overlooked altogether. A report says Eastern


Europeans feel like ghosts. whinny to ensure there is no


community left behind. We need to work with the refugee communities


but also the white working-class communities who have shaped


Birmingham. This is one of the most distinctive places I know in


Birmingham, the outdoor fruit and veg market. One suggestion of the


report is that there should be many more like this all over the city,


not just selling food but how make products as well so that Birmingham


can be showcased across the world. But even in a place where every


community comes together, the term Brummie is an alien one. Where are


you from? From Dublin. I am Irish. How long have you lived here?


67 years. But you do not consider yourself a Brummie? Oh, no expat --


oh, no,! A never heard of for me. In this museum in the jewellery


Quarter, one of the city's most ardent ambassador's says Birmingham


must take more pride in itself. need to reach out further afield


from Birmingham but we also need to do it in a way that is not


apologising for what we are and who we are but saying, this is what we


are. This is what we have done for this country. That is a neat way to


sum up what the report says, it is time to take pride in being a


Phil Mackie is with us now. What are the city council going to do


with their findings in this? That they are going to discuss said. We


know Birmingham is struggling for money, they need to do things they


can afford, a history week, supporting ambassadors, like the


Olympics, a welcome pack for immigrants. That will not cost a


large, but they might do something to bring those desperate


communities into the fold. The big change is the attitude, they need


to try and think about representing those other communities, eastern


Europeans, we don't see them on the council, or the police. The white


working class also seems to have been lost.


Anything else surprising about what was found? The most surprising


thing is how honest and frank it has been. We always talk about


Birmingham as being integrated and multicultural, you see that in the


city centre. The report says once you get back out into the local


communities people live quite isolated from each other, and that


is what the report is hoping to do, get people back together and make


them proud of the city. Our top storey, high-speed rail is


welcomed by business, but many homeowners save their lives will be


devastated. Your detailed weather forecast to


come shortly: Also in tonight's programme. We reveal the part


Birmingham university scientists played in helping Jamaica's


athletes win Olympic glory. And who are they? Long lost photos found in


Worcester and the secrets they reveal about the city's history.


Competition among elite athletes is so intense that the difference


between winning and losing can come down to the tiniest detail. So when


the Jamaican Athletics team won more medals than they'd anticipated


at last year's Olympics - was it due, in part, to scientists at


Birmingham University? Maybe so because the Jamaicans spent three


weeks ahead of the games at the University's high tech sports


science department. The Men's 110m hurdles final at


London 2012. For young Jamaican athlete Hansel Parchment just being


in the final is a result. But Hansel has spent the Olympic build-


up training at the University of Birmingham. The sprinting technique


was one of the top ones. He is very young, and his starting technique


is not quite up to scratch, so we worked on that. We worked on the


placement of the starting blocks. And that hard work paid off. Hansel


Parchment won an unexpected bronze medal. And that's thanks in part to


the high-tech sports science available here at the University.


All of this was top secret of course. The running track is behind


those hedges, and when the Jamaicans noticed that one of the


security cameras was taking in the start line, they asked for it to be


removed, politely! This secrecy means the researchers won't discuss


superstars like Bolt or Blake, but the relationship with the


University will continue in the run up to Rio and it's not the


superstar sprinters that the scientists here say have most medal


potential. The women can also improve tremendously, there is


potentially more room for improvement in the women's team ban


in the men's team. -- ban. could see a revolution in the


fortune of Jamaican athletics, powered by Birmingham know how.


Fascinating. Perhaps they might have a few tips to pass on to our


footballers? Here with sport - Dan Pallett.


Every football manager has learned to fear the dreaded vote of


confidence. And this afternoon, it duly arrived from Randy Lerner. In


a statement, the Aston Villa chairman also mentioned his


frustration that nothing has yet materialised in the transfer market.


And he's not the only one backing In 64 AD Emperor Nero was accused


of fiddling whilst Rome burned. Any comparisons with Nigel Kennedy and


his beloved Aston Villa are purely coincidental. For the second cup-


tie in four days, they took the tie in four days, they took the


lead against lower league opponents, and blew it. Darren Bent's early


goal wasn't enough to beat Millwall, who twice exposed Villa's defensive


frailties to complete a miserable frailties to complete a miserable


week for Paul Lambert. I can only do my best for this club, there is


no chance to be walking away from it. I don't think you can blame


managers, Martin O'Neill was forced to leave, then Gerrard the AA left


the club. -- Houllier. We have had a lot of great managers. This


morning, all eyes turned towards tomorrow's vital relegation scrap


against fellow strugglers Newcastle. Whilst they've spent 20 million


pounds on five new Frenchmen. Paul Lambert has discussed several


players with his chairman, but signed no-one. His -- is the


chairman willing to spend the money? Them is not a lot of money.


You can only play the hand you are dealt with. This afternoon Randy


Lerner pledged his backing for the In April, Nigel Kennedy's UK tour


is called Bach Meets Fats Waller. In August, he's hoping it's not


Barnsley Meets Aston Villa, in the With Stoke City losing 1-0 to


Manchester City we no longer retain an interest in FA Cup. Birmingham


City were our only winners at the City were our only winners at the


weekend. They beat Burnley 2-1. Curtis Davies put them ahead with a


first half header. They were pegged back by a penalty but Marlon King's


late volley gave them their first win since Boxing Day. They now


climb above Wolves in the Championship after Wolves lost 2-1


at home to Blackpool thanks in part to this defensive mix-up. And Leon


Clarke was on the mark again as Coventry City drew 2-2 at Preston.


Coventry City drew 2-2 at Preston. The Sky Blues are 7th in league one.


Dan, what's all this about one of our Premier League footballers


getting into trouble on Twitter? Yes that's West Bromwich Albion


striker Peter Odemwingie. He spent an hour and a half on Saturday


night tweeting about his row with the club. He wants to move to


Queens Park Rangers but they've turned down two bids for him and


rejected a transfer request. What did he say in these tweets?


Well some of them were a little bizarre talking about bananas,


Satan and Guinness. But most were replying to criticism from fans.


Here's an example where he told one man who said the club should let


him rot in the reserves that it was "not wise for the club", he was


"ready for anything" and it was a matter of principle. The club says


they'll deal with it internally and that's likely to mean a big fine.


Odemwingie isn't the first footballer to get in trouble on


Twitter is he? No and I'm sure he won't be the


last either. For example Ashley Cole was fined 90,000 pounds by the


FA for abusing them on Twitter and Manchester United defender Rio


Ferdinand had to pay 45,000 pounds A pile of 1950's photographs found


in a drawer are helping tell the story of an almost forgotten part


of Worcester. The people in the photos lived in a place called


George's Yard and the National Trust's appealing for help to fill


in the gaps in their story. VJ day 1945. The end of the Second


World War. The country celebrates, as does a five year old girl in


Worcester. I was born here at George's yard in 1945. But all that


survives of Chris Evan's childhood home are her memories. This would


have been your door? Yes, there was no running water, no toilets, it


was cold in those bedrooms! Used to go to bed with three cardigans on.


Ten houses were built in Georges Yard in the 1820s. They were behind


one of Worcester's oldest houses, Greyfriars which dates from the


15th century and is now run by the National Trust. During a recent


spring clean they discovered photos of the last people to live in


George's Yard before the site was bulldozed in 1954. We thought that


we didn't know much about this, who lived here, why the houses where


hair, what do they look like? All of these questions. So who are the


people in the photos? Well Chris can name a few - and the National


Trust is now appealing for help to identify the rest. It is really


nice that they have found them. These memories will disappear, and


we will have nobody to last, and think what are they all about? It


is part of the heritage. The hope now is that more people will get in


touch, with an exhibition planned in September.


Snow may have disappeared gut a lot of rain around. Here with the


of rain around. Here with the forecast is Shefali.


If it isn't snow that's causing us problems, it's the rain. We're


likely to see more localised flooding this week with further


warnings for more heavy rain - this particular one coming into effect


from midnight tonight and it's for heavy rain through the course of


tomorrow. This is the front that brought us today's rain. This is


the system that's going to usher in tomorrow's. Now although the winds


are strengthening from the Southwest as those tightening


isobars indicate, we are in a this warn sector tomorrow and it is


going to be unseasonably mild tomorrow with temperatures well up


into double figures. -- warns. Right now though - most of today's


rain has cleared off to the East - we're left with the legacy of a few


showers - just grazing parts of the East and South of the region. After


that - some clearer spells for a time before the cloud thickens up


from the South ahead of tomorrow's rain. But quite a mild night albeit


occasionally breezy. Temperatures falling to 6-7. So through the


morning and afternoon then - heavy pulses of rain spreading


Northeastwards - but that should tend to ease through the afternoon.


And although it could be gusty in the rain. Temperatures are well


above average tomorrow - into the low teens in some parts and you


really will feel considering we down to freezing just a week ago.


So tomorrow night - the rain peps up again as another front just


clips the Southern half of the - so quite wet followed by blustery


showers and sunshine on both Wednesday and Thursday.


Let's recap tonight's top stories: New High Speed Rail connections


north from Birmingham will make the country more competitive says the


Government. Those affected by HS2 question the case for the new lines


running through Warwickshire and Staffordshire. Back to our top


story - on the second phase of HS2 and Jaspreet on Twitter says "I


love convenience so HS2 sounds great, but I don't live in the


homes it plans to slice through. Must be awful having to leave


home." Luke Carry on Facebook believes HS2 is "a good thing,


considering how long other countries have had equivalent


transport systems. We are well behind." But Sue Cartwright wants


the money invested in "hospitals not railways. We already have


existing railways and HS2 will probably be exclusively used for


government employees!" John Harrison emailed in and argues "to


spend so much money on one project in a time of austerity, for so


little benefit to the population as a whole is nothing less than


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