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with Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes. The headlines tonight: ?FORCEDWHITE No


one's above the law - the Health Secretary's warning, as police


investigate hundreds of deaths at Stafford Hospital which may have


been caused by criminal neglect. hope that it will lead to the truth.


Coming out. ?FORCEDWHITE Police will be considering charges of individual


and corporate manslaughter. Also tonight: ?FORCEDWHITE Olive branch


for Coventry City, as they're offered the Ricoh Arena rent-free


during administration. ?FORCEDWHITE Calls to lower the age limit for


cervical cancer screening as a 25-year-old teacher dies six months


after her first test. Bollywood actors on their way to star in a new


British thriller to be filmed in Birmingham. And the weather ips not


looking very exciting. Is there light at the end of the tunnel? I'll


tell you later. Good evening. "No one is above the law." That's the


warning from the Health Secretary today, as a police review has


identified up to 300 deaths at Stafford Hospital which may have


been caused by criminal neglect. The investigation, which will last


several months, will be assessing each patient's treatment for gross


negligence. Corporate manslaughter charges will also be considered, but


only for patients who died after April, 2008. Our Health


Correspondent Michele Paduano reports. Gillian Astbury's death in


2007 is the only one so far to have been fully investigated. In 2010,


her full time carer was told by the Crown Prosecution that no one person


could be prosecuted because so many staff had failed her. Gillian was


diabetic but hadn't been given insulin. He welcomed the fresh


investigation into neglect Following the public inquiry, Staffordshire


police headed a multi-agency investigation into 4,300 deaths at


the hospital between 2005 and 2009. I hope it leads to many of these


other families who do not know the truth of their loved ones' death, I


hope that it will lead to the truth coming out. They are now focusing on


up to 300 cases where neglect may have played a part. They're


examining whether there is any new information which has come to light


which could lead to a previous criminal investigation being


re-opened, or to a new investigation. If we get to this


stage, our next step will be to establish if there is a potential


for criminal charges. manslaughter charges, the police


have to prove their has been a gross failure in care which led to the


death. The police are examining the possibility of manslaughter after


after April 2000le, corporate manslaughter. But they have to look


at individual deaths and that makes it difficult to get a prosecution.


There's pressure from Government. Today, the Health Secretary added


his voice to the Prime Minister's that people should be accountable.


They're talking to relatives, but no one is above the law and it is


important that justice is done. solicitors firms representing the


families, its been a long time coming. Why people at the top


weren't recognising why things were going wrong and that Igs what many


of the families want to be investigated. Ron Street knows the


Health and Safety Executive are currently investigating Gillian's


death. He still hopes that some form of justice will prevail. Coming up


later in the programme: A U-turn on the railways, Virgin are told they


can't run a direct service between Shrewsbury and London. Coventry City


Football Club will be able to play rent-free at the Ricoh Arena next


season. The offer comes from the stadium owners, ACL, who are also


believed to be making a bid themselves to buy the club from the


administrators. CCFC Limited has been in administration since March,


with debts of �60 million. Potential buyers have until Thursday to submit


their final bid, this deadline has been extended twice. But the actual


team comes under the control of Coventry City Holdings which is not


in administration. It owns the contracts of the manager Steven


Pressley and his squad. So who will be playing at the RICOH at the start


of the new football season? Ian Winter reports. This time last year


they were getting ready to host Olympic football and the pitch was


perfect. But last month the groundsman left to work instead for


the stadium owners, ACL. Same job, different gaffer. Today, we couldn't


film the pitch, because next week Bruce Springsteen is playing here.


ACL don't want to be seen to be forcing Coventry from the city.


is not about us being the good or bad guys. It is the home of


Coventry. We want to to take the pressure off and give comfort to the


league and the administrator. arena is owned by ACL who are part


owned by the council. The council contracts. The owner has bought into


a long-term vision which creates value and they will realise that


value and will sell at some staining. This would be the worst


time to sell. As the boss will tell you here next week, this complicated


Coventry soap opera was born to run and run and run! And we can join Ian


in Coventry now, this does seem to give some hope that football will be


staying in the city. This does seem to suggest that football will be


staying in the city? You would like to think so. ACL have informed the


league and so Coventry should be able to play here in August. Let's


talk to the Secretary of the Sky Blue Trust. What is your reaction?


It is positive news, if we're in administration, we will be playing


here. We would prefer not to be in administration come the start of the


season and we hope we are out of it. The deadline for bids is close, what


qualities should the administrators look for? Someone that will bring us


success, stability, something we haven't had for a long time.


Somebody that owled give us a winning -- would give us a winning


team would be nice and would marry up the two sides, the arena and the


club and develop the local area. With supporter in put as well?


that is very important. We need some supporter in put on the board.


have attended a couple of fans' forums, have you been impressed


have been a pointless exercise, we haven't learned anything new. And I


just think... It wasted a lot of fans' time. Are you more confident


about the future? No really, no. More confident about the start of


season if we are still in administration and we will have


10,000 here rather than a thousand. But hopefully we don't get that far.


Thank you. The Tedline for bids is midday on Thursday. -- dead line.


court's heard claims that a young mother from Wolverhampton tried to


kill her newborn baby by throwing her down the rubbish chute of a


tower block. Last September, the baby girl, who can't be named for


legal reasons, fell from the fifth floor and suffered severe head and


brain injuries. Her mother, 24-year-old Jaymin Abdulrahman,


originally from Iraq, denies attempted murder. Sarah Falkland was


in court today. Sarah, some harrowing details on the opening day


of this trial. Yes a tragic picture of how the child was found swaddled


in pink material, as if she were a doll on this rubbish chute. The jury


were shown 3-D imagery of how the baby could have fallen down the


chute. It was 44 foot drop and the test dummy was slammed down the


walls of chute. The prosecution said this was like being in a car crash


at 30mph without a seat belt. do the prosecution allege? They have


spent most of the day tearing apart Jaymin Abdulrahman's witness


statement. She said she was, and the child were the victim of a


kidnapping and somebody grabbed her and taken the child. The prosecution


say that is a work of fiction and she put the child down the chute


with the intention of killing her. What will happen now? Well briefly


let's get the charges down, she is denying a charge not only of


attempted murder, but grievous bodily harm and grievous bodily harm


with intent. The prosecution alleged the case will probably hinge on


psychiatric evidence. The trial will last until next week. Thank you. The


health regulator Monitor is investigating the South Warwickshire


NHS Foundation Trust over a persistent breach of its A&E


targets. The Trust, which runs Warwick Hospital, is investigating


failures to meet the A&E four-hour waiting time target. The regulator


will assess what's being done to shorten the waiting time. Eight


green spaces in Stoke-on-Trent could soon be turned into wildflower


meadows. The City Council and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust want to


create the areas to help the survival of bees and butterflies.


The proposed sites include Meir Park and Westport Lake. But some


residents are against the plans as they believe it'll encourage


fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour. Network Rail has turned


down Virgin Trains' proposal to run a direct service between Shrewsbury


and London. The company was hoping that the service would be able to


start in December. Holly Lewis is at Shrewsbury railway station tonight,


what has been the reaction to this? Well there has been disappointment,


anger and perhaps a sense of resignation. It has been two and a


half years since you could catch a train directly from Shrewsbury to


London. Now Virgin have put in a bid to run two services a day from


December. But today Network Rail said that the west West Coast


Mainline is too busy and that adding extra services would made a trade


off with punctuality. Local MPs said they were surprised at that and the


local MP said it is not just about getting to London. If you do not


have a direct service with the capital city, there is, there are


huge numbers of visitors that you lose out, that simply won't come up


and of course we have more difficulty in attracting inward


investment from overseas. If we are not on that direct rail network to


our capital city. What is next? Well, Virgin say they will appeal


through the office of real regulation regulation and they still


want the run the service. The transport sectsry said he wants the


rail industry to work together on this to try and restore this


service. But it seems it will still be at some time before you can catch


a train from here all the way to London. Thank you. A year after the


death of a 93-year-old woman who was brutally attacked in her own home,


her family have made an appeal for information. Police launched a


murder investigation following the death of Emma Winnall, who'd


suffered a fractured skull and a broken arm and wrist. Liz Copper


reports. It's a heart-rending image, this picture of Emma Winnall in


intensive care was released by her family in the hope that someone


would come forward with information. A year on, and the family still have


no answers. We just don't know why. You can get used to someone dying of


natural causes when you have got someone of 93 and frail and she


can't fight back, it... You just can't comprehend it. To me, it's


unbelievable. Part of me's accepted it and the other half, I can't just


believe it happened. It was in April last year that Emma Winnall was


attacked in her home in Mosley. Despite appeals for witnesses, the


police still haven't identified the motive. I'd appeal 12 months for


anyone with information, anyone who may be hiding or concealing


information or know who the offender is to please come forward on behalf


of the family to put their mind at rest. The sense of outrage now is


undiminished. To beat up an old lady just for the fun, or a thrill, I


can't comprehend. It is terrible. I think it is a tragedy that nobody's


been caught yet. It is disgusting what happened. I think it shook


even. I feel sorry for the daughter really, you know, she must be going


through... A hell of a time now. And it's been a year. Time flies, but it


feels like it happened yesterday. It's hoped this latest appeal will


prompt someone to contact police - and help bring whoever attacked Emma


Winnall to justice. Our top story tonight: The Health Secretary warns


no-one is above the law as patient deaths at Stafford Hospital are


reviewed for gross negligence. ?FORCEDWHITE Your detailed weather


forecast to come shortly from Rebecca. Also in tonight's


programme: They don't have to be bloodhounds, but it may help! Calls


for dogs to become blood donors. And Bollywood actors head for Birmingham


to star in a British thriller. The family of a 25-year-old primary


school teacher who died from cervical cancer are calling for the


age limit for screening to be lowered. Gemma Marsh was diagnosed


within days of having her first smear test and died just six months


later. Her funeral has been taking place in Wolverhampton today. Joanne


Writtle reports. Laid to rest aged just 25. Family and friends pay


their respects to Gemma Marsh - who died just six months after her first


routine test for cervical cancer proved positive. Her family now


wants regulations changed so that women under the age of 25 are


offered smear tests. There should be no age limit and they should be able


to -- available to all young women if requested. Gemma walked into the


clinic a healthy person, no symptoms whatsoever. No symptoms. That is why


you think the test should be here? That is why I'm angry, because...


You think you're healthy but it's a killer just waiting to pounce.


home in Wolverhampton Gemma's parents look through messages sent


to her by pupils. She was a teacher at Great Bridge Primary in Tipton,


which closed today and yesterday as a mark of respect. Despite her


family's view, medical opinion is that lowering the smear test age


could be counter productive and produce false results. Gemma did


everything she was supposed to do, attending her test. Experts say it


is important to do that. One in three women ignore letters asking to


make a appointment. There will be people reading this story and


watching this and probably think, should I go, shouldn't I go, if I go


will there be something wrong. I would say go, because if you have


got it you can catch it early and give yourself a chance. Gemma never


had that chance. If it had been caught earlier, maybe Gemma would


have had more of a chance. We will never know. Gemma died from a rare


and aggressive form of cervical cancer. So many people attended her


funeral they could barely close the doors. Joining us now from London is


Adeola Olaitan, a Consultant Gynaecologist, specialising in


cancer, Good evening to you. Can you explain why there is this lower


limit? Can I correct a misconception the screening is not a Canter test,


it is a -- cancer test, it is a test to prevent cancer and picks up cells


which if untreated can lead to cancer several years down the line.


It is not a test for cancer. It is important to emphasise that. So


perfectly healthy women go and they have themselves screened if there


are abnormalities they can be treated and the risk of developing


cancer can be reduced. Talking about younger women, women aged 20 to 25


have an im immature cervix and changes can look like abnormalities


and that can lead to unnecessary intervention and unnecessary


treatment. So one in three women under 25 convenienced will have


abnormality, compared with one in 14 in the general pob layings and these


things -- things clear up on their own. A vaccine is now being offered


to 12-year-olds, what sort of take up have you had of that and is it


making a difference. It is, the up take is up to 80%. We need to


encourage 100%, because we know HPV is the virus that causes cancer.


What about women under 25 who may be listening to you, they will be


concerned having heard what happened to Gemma, wah would your advice be


to -- what would youred a Veits be to them? I understand their concern.


The important thing is not to ignore symptoms that may suggest cancer,


things like bleeding after sexual intercourse or in between periods


must be reported to your doctor. Most women will have an infection or


something minor wrong with them. But it is important that the cancer is


not missed. If it is picked up in its earl early stages, it is


treatable. Thank you. The wreck of the only surviving World War Two


German Bomber of its kind has been recovered from a sand bank at the


bottom of the English Channel. The Dornier aircraft was shot down at


the height of the Battle of Britain. Earlier today it was taken to


Ramsgate to get it ready for travelling by road to Shropshire.


It's expected to arrive at the RAF Museum at Cosford tomorrow where


it'll be restored. You have got to remember two people died in that


plane. So it is a mark of respect. But it is interesting. It is a once


in a lifetime thing. You won't see another one. We're constantly being


asked to be blood donors, especially during the holidays, a time when


supplies run low. But it's not only humans that need blood transfusions


and have to keep the blood bank stocked up, as Kevin Reide's been


finding out. Five year old Labrador Jasper is a regular at the Broad


Lane Veterinary Surgery in Coventry. But there's nothing wrong with him,


he's here to give blood. I think it's a very good idea. We are happy


to help other dogs. The surgery is holding a collection day as part of


a campaign to drive up dog blood stock levels. They're now collected


by a national charity, Pet Blood Bank UK. Was set up in 2007 and


before that vets had to rely on owners bringing their dogs down as


and when was needed or using their own dog. Now nine times out of ten


the blood is there. Blood donated here today is likely to save the


lives of other dogs. 11-year-old Labrador Purdy is a living example.


Last year she underwent life saving surgery to remove her spleen and


without a transfusion she wouldn't have survived. It is difficult after


having a dog, a friend for so long to face having to lose her. And if


it hadn't been for the transfusion, she would certainly have gone.


constant short supply, because we are giving transfusions more often


now and we maybe did it once or twice a year. Now we are doing it


every month or two now. And doggy donors are rewarded similar to


humans, but instead of tea and a biscuit, it's lots of fuss and a few


treats. That expression said where is my biscuit. Bollywood actors will


be heading to the region next year for a feature film being put


together by Birmingham film makers. Today, the main star has been


looking at shooting locations with the directors and producer. Abhay


Deol is here to take part in the 100 years of Bollywood-in-Birmingham


Festival. Here's our arts reporter Satnam Rana. Location scouting


canalside behind Birmingham City hospital. You can see the city. But


is one of the places they are using for their next film a British


thriller called called Bounty Hunter, starring Abhay Deol. I love


the location, I mean I love it also because it goes so well with what I


have read of the scene that it's going to be in and the scene is dark


and depressing and almost demonic. I don't mean the city is like that,


but I'm glad it has parts that lend themselves well to the story.


the directors, filming in their home city was a priority. How important


is to it keep the the film industry alive in our city? It's crucial,


because it's tough wherever you are, but all the work seems to be


siphoned to London and our struggle has been let's try and do as much


stuff as we can regionally. But this isn't the first time Birmingham and


Bollywood have united. Last year the Gatecrasher nightclub was used for


another film. But how popular is the city for film makers. Economically,


last year it brought in over �11 million and we have a rich base here


to employ local crews and for people to to see people filming, it is


exciting and it is a feel good factor. Filming starts next spring,


but �2 million production will create around 30 jobs for local


crew. This latest film is one of many that are being shot here in the


region. Last year alone there were over 900 days of filming that took


place, making Birmingham and its surroundings a destination for film


makers. There will be a special programme looking at 100 years of


Bollywood films on Friday 28th June. Bollywood films on Friday 28th June.


Now the weather. 'S the sunshine? It does feel like it has been stuck


behind the clouds. But it is going to change and we will see more


patchy rain. It is feeling milder. Last night temperatures were down to


five Celsius. It will be higher tonight. At the moment we have some


brightness, but the cloud is starting to build and fill in and as


we make our way through night, we will see the band of rain moving up


from the south. Temperatures though are around 14 Celsius tonight. It is


feeling much milder. A muggy night to come. That means we will see a


murky start to our Wednesday. So it will be a murky start with the


showers through the morning. And they will die out for a time and we


will see some bright spells. But then we have got more rain making


its way up. So it is going to feel mild, faechlts around 18 Celsius,


but winds are picking up and it could affect play at Edgbaston


tomorrow between Australia and New Zealand. That rain is going to


continue through the afternoon and it will be heavier than we have seen


today. So that will carry on through the night into Thursday morning.


Becoming more patchy as we make our way through to the morning. But a


mild night, temperatures around 12 Celsius. So Thursday is looking like


a windy day with gusts up to 40 or 50mph through morning. What it does


mean it will push that rain out of the way so it will be a brightening


picture in the afternoon. As we make our way through to Friday, it is


staying changeable, sunshine and showers. Thank you Let's recap


tonight's top stories: The South African president has issued a


statement wishing Nelson Mandela well. He is being treated in


hospital. T And the Health Secretary warns no-one is above the law as


patient deaths at Stafford Hospital are reviewed for gross negligence.


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