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with Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes: The headlines tonight: From Mumbai to


the Midlands - business leaders from India looking to invest and create


thousands of jobs. development facilities and the track


record of helping companies go global. Scores of potential


investors were put in touch with companies who want to expand.


A doctor describes how a four-year-old boy looked like a


concentration camp victim, as a mother and stepfather are accused of


his murder. Best in the country - a new centre


of excellence for the treatment of burns is set up at the Queen


Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. are very proud that this centre has


been established here. Walking in the footsteps of Tolkien


- an audio tour of the Birmingham landscape that inspired his tales of


Middle Earth. And after a wet and windy day, is


there any let-up before the weekend? I'll have the full forecast later


potential investment and thousands of new jobs. That is the prospect


offered by investors from India who are in the Midlands today with money


to invest in technology companies. But with the number of unemployed in


the West Midlands increasing to 259,000, will more overseas


investment actually create jobs that so desperately needed here?


East meets West, well, the wisp Midlands at least, at a major


conference today designed to put investors from India in touch with


companies here who need cash to expand. India is currently the fifth


largest investor in the UK and now it is offering even more money.


Indian companies have the capital because they have been growing so


sharply in the West Midlands and Britain has the research and deserve


-- development facilities and the track record of helping companies go


global. Then you have profits for the West Midlands and profits for


India. And it is innovators in technology


that the Indians are most interested in. We want to invest in companies


interested in a specific industry or specific technology. On the services


side, we are interested in companies, boutique services


companies who addressed one area of the market and do it very well.


Indian conglomerate Tata macro has already invested billions of pounds


into Jaguar Land Rover. It has also spent millions setting up a research


and development centre in Coventry, smaller companies here are also


eating of investment. This Birmingham -based software developer


is 60% owned an Indian company. The Indian investment company called


Reliance has put tens of millions into this company, helped them


develop new games and expand and create new jobs. But according to


management, there is more to it than just accelerating expansion. It is


more than just investment in a company. They have great expertise


in smartphone platforms. We traditionally have not had that


similar -- allows us to expand. Horizons, new markets and more


importantly, new jobs. It is all good news for a region that needs to


drive forward and stay ahead of the game. It is actually the fourth


month in a row that unemployment has risen in this region, bucking the


national trend. So what is the reality for people looking for work?


Our Staffordshire reporter has been finding out.


A city the size of Stoke-on-Trent. Just over a quarter of a million


people live here. What is the same number of people who are unemployed


in the West Midlands. But behind the numbers, what is the reality for


those looking for work? This job club is held every week at idle.


Help, support and practical advice for those who were looking for work.


Sometimes you feel ready discriminated against because of


your age. When you ring up for a job when they know they can get perhaps


a 17 or 18-year-old to do it, they will give it to that person and not


you. Traditionally, manufacturing has been strong here. It is still


important though many job-seekers are also looking to gain new skills.


If you have any course you would like is to put on for you, give us


an idea of what you were looking at. Inspired of the health on -- help on


offer, the search for work can still be difficult. It is harder to find


16 hours a week than it is full-time work. Sometimes you go and there are


200 people or more applying for the job even though it is only


part-time. But you still have to keep on trying. Maintaining an


optimistic view of the economic outlook might sometimes be hard but


old and new industries are looking for signs the implement picture is


improving. Our business correspondent is


outside the Jaguar Land Rover factory in Castle Bromwich. How much


money has flowed from India to Jaguar Land Rover so far? In the


last two years, �3.5 billion in products and facilities. This year,


a staggering 2.75 billion being invested. If you look at what used


to be the staff car park just behind me, you can see a pile of rubble.


They are building a huge new logistics warehouse. More


construction is to come. A big investment plan for Castle Bromwich


and there is also investment going into Solihull where they built land


Rovers. More building going on there so a lot happening, a lot of money


being spent and it would not be happening without the influence of


the Indian owners. What has been the impact of that investment? Apart


from the construction, which you can see everywhere, there have been new


models, several big launches, the Jaguar F type is the latest as you


can see on the side of the visitor centre. There has been a new range


Rover as well. And new jobs. Jaguar Land Rover reckon around 900 in the


last two years. A lot of them are agency workers but they do become


permanent if the growth continues over a period of two years.


Yesterday we were talking about the reasons for the rising unemployment


and you mentioned is was probably to do with the eurozone and a skills


shortage. What are other reasons? There is obviously a skills shortage


and Jaguar Land Rover find it difficult to recruit staff. They are


also finding their suppliers are finding it difficult to recruit


staff. More apprentices are being recruited. That is good news but it


will not happen overnight. Another issue is bank lending. There is


lending going on now but a lot of companies I am talking to see the


interest rates are too high. They do not want to overstretch themselves.


And that means that ultimately they are not expanding and not creating


the jobs. Coming up later in the programme: Birmingham city announce


an electronic cigarette company will be their new shirt sponsors.


A four-year-old boy has been described as being one of the most


emaciated a senior doctor had ever seen. Daniel Pelko died from a


subdural haematoma in March 2012. It is alleged he suffered months of


abuse and starvation before his death. Birmingham Crown Court heard


he weighed less than 11 kilos, that is just over a stone and a half,


when he died. Our reporter was in court today. The jury has been


hearing from the doctors who saw him in hospital. What did they say?


heard from a doctor who is the child protection Doctor for the University


Hospital voluntary and Warwickshire. She described herself as being well


used to seeing sick children and even dying children. But she said


she saw Daniel a couple of days after he had died in the mortuary


and the word she used was she was horrified. She told the jury he


looked tiny, skin was hanging off his arms and thighs and his tummy


was so thin you could actually see his bowels. When asked to describe


the level of ACA and had she ever seen this for herself before she


said, no, she hadn't as a doctor but she told the jury that if they


considered it as they had seen of children and adults who work victims


of the concentration camps, then they could get a picture of how


small and tiny Daniel was. The jury were shown a photograph taken days


before his death. Did he actually look ill in those? There was a


beautiful photograph shown, taken in a classroom during an city. The


doctor was asked to comment on how thin he looked. Obviously, you do


not know the child but she said she would have been concerned about how


small his neck was. The photograph was taken in profile. She said his


neck looked scrawny. She said that after she had examine his dead body


she had recommended a forensic post mortem. Let's not forget that's


mother, Magdelena Luczak, and stepfather, Mariusz Krezolek, with


deny murder, and the trial is expected to last six weeks.


A court has heard a mother accused of dropping her six-day-old baby


down the rubbish chute of a tower block in Wolverhampton was suffering


from a psychosis linked to postnatal depression. Jaymin Abdulrahman's


daughter suffered skull fractures and brain injuries as a result of


the fall last September. The court was told the 25-year-old mother had


such severe depression that she was unable to make rational decisions.


STAFFORD The administrators running Hospital have asked for an extra 30


days to put together their recommendations about the future of


services there. They were brought in by the health watchdog Monitor in


April after it decided the hospital trust was no longer clinically or


financially sustainable in the long term. The Support Stafford Hospital


campaign say they are surprised by the news and it further undermines


their confidence in the process. Four companies have made final bids


to buy Coventry City Football Club Ltd, but the Ricoh Arena's owners


are not one of them. The administrator says he will now


consider the offers before selecting a preferred purchaser. The only two


confirmed bidders are Sisu, who own the other half of the club, and a


consortium involving the American billionaire Preston Haskell IV.


After six months where emergency care at Shropshire's main hospitals


has been under massive pressure, the trust which runs them says it has


executives of both the Shrewsbury and Telford acute hospitals trust


and the community health trust which runs the county's cottage hospitals,


on BBC Shropshire from 9am tomorrow play next season with the logo of an


electronic cigarette company on their shirts. Local firm Nicolites


have agreed a one-year deal with the Championship side. The news comes


the day after it was announced that electronic cigarette would face


tougher regulations in the future. Their billboards are all over the


city of Birmingham. Next season there logo will be all over the


shirts at Birmingham city. Erdington -based company Nicolites is the


biggest manufacturer of electronic cigarettes in Britain. They claim to


have helped 400,000 smokers kick the habit last year and believe this


deal will grow their business further. 2013 for us was about


marketing the brand, increasing awareness about the products


available. So that is why you have seen a lot more marketing act to the


teak and one of the reasons why we decided to work with Birmingham City


Football Club as well. Of course, not everyone will like this deal.


Only yesterday the health regulator announced plans to make these


cigarettes a medicine from 2016 with tighter regulations. One of the


concerns has been there promotion to children. We do not want to


encourage young children to start smoking so we thought that on the


junior kits it would be better to have a charity logo on the front of


them. That is why Tony adult replica kits will carry the Nicolites logo.


-- only adult replica kits. Children's shirts will have the Help


Harry Help Others logo instead. It was set up by Harry Moseley, who


died two years ago of a tumour. that logo and that branding on the


top, a club that Harry was very passionate about, just means the


world and means in return we can offer so much more support. In the


1980s, West Bromwich Albion will be as anti-smoking logo on their


shirts, but they were relegated that season. Birmingham city will be


hoping to avoid a repeat. This is our top story tonight: From


Mumbai to the Midlands, business leaders from India looking to invest


and create thousands of jobs. Your detailed weather forecast to come in


a moment. Also in tonight programme: At 12 years old, is Fraser the


youngest entrepreneur in the country? He is earning thousands


from the company he set up making fudge.


And walking in the steps of Tolkien. The chance to soak up the landscape


that inspired his tales of Middle Earth.


Birmingham is to be named as a national centre of excellence for


research into burns. The prestigious accolade comes with �1.5 million in


charity funding for research. Doctors now hope to trial a cheap


form of synthetic skin which will remove the need for painful skin


grafts. Our health correspondent's report contains some images you may


find upsetting. Five years ago, Wiktoria Kaleta was


trapped in a house fire. Since then she has had 60 operations and


treatments to improve her skin. The latest gave her some more movement.


She welcomed the latest development. It is a good thing because you could


help a lot of patients get wetter. The charity the Healy foundation has


provided money for a centre of excellence following a joint bid I


think University, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Children's Hospital


and the London free hospital. is the first time proper funding has


been put to burns care in the UK and we are very proud that the centre


has been established here in Birmingham, specifically in


Birmingham, and I am sure it will be the start of a very good outburst of


research in burns care. Jamie from Reading knows the value of that


research. He was moved to Birmingham for its expertise. And there it is


still healing where I have had artificial skin put in. He suffered


45% burns after an accident working as an electrician. I first came out


of the theatre and when they first took the bandages off I was not


happy. I was thinking, why have I had this done? It has made it


worse. It looks so drastically bad at first. But over the first three


or four macro weeks, a lot of healing went on and it changed a


lot. I am glad I had it. It has improved the straightening of my


elbow a hell of a lot. The synthetic skin used on Jamie is very


expensive. We want to develop an affordable synthetic skin


substitute. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is also researching how to


spot where super books quickly because they are prone to affect


burns victims. -- superbugs. One in eight people in England and


is were born overseas and Birmingham University wants to research what


effect that has had. It means different cultures mixing together.


It means everybody talking to each other. It is interesting to learn


different cultures in life in general. Different colours, language


is, accidents, the works. You learn something new everyday. I am joined


by Dr Jenny Phillimore, the director of Birmingham University's new


institute. What is the reason for setting the institute up? We have


entered a new era of super-diversity. It has been


described as diversity that supersedes anything we have seen


before, and Birmingham is a perfect example of this sowed there is a


need to understand the comp -- community. We heard from a few


people there, not a scientific sample, about what diversity means


to them. Is there a scientific definition of what diversity or


super-diversity is? It is one of those things that means a lot of


things to a lot of people. In terms of super-diversity it is diversity


that has happened at a scale, a speed, eight more diversified thing


than anything we have seen before. What is the point of the institute?


Understanding what is happening out there in the real world. We


understand and the Census shows as we have entered a new reality. We


know that our politicians struggle to accept this but it seems from


your vox pops that people on the street seem to understand what is


going on. We need to explore those opportunities associated with that,


what it means for the way we deliver our services, for the way we trade


as a nation and what that means. the institute is being set up in


Birmingham. Why is that? We are very excited about Birmingham. Birmingham


is an inspiration. There is so much diversity here. What about the wider


West Midlands? We are interested in that, too. The medium is probably


the most diverse city in Britain. But at the same time reach is global


and we want to learn from Birmingham, learn from the West


Midlands, and take that learning to the rest of the world and also learn


from the rest of the world and bring that learning to Birmingham.


Tennis news. I am afraid it is disappointing. Solihull's Dan Evans


failed to cause another upset at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club


in London this afternoon. The 23-year-old had reached the third


round of the event with two victories over much higher-ranked


opponents. But he was easily beaten today by the number three seed, Juan


Martin del Potro of Argentina, in straight sets. Next stop for Dan


Evans is Wimbledon, where he has been given a wild card entry into


the qualifying event. Pay attention. The search is on for


the holder of a winning lottery ticket worth �12 million which was


bought in the Ladywood area of Birmingham. The winning Millionaire


Raffle number is printed on a EuroMillions ticket bought for the


draw on 31 May. The holder has until November to claim the prize of �1


million a month for the next year. That has got you all looking.


You know you are getting old when entrepreneurs get younger and


younger. And they do not get much younger than Fraser Bawtree. At just


12 years old, he has set up his own company, which in just over a year


has made �15,000. As we found out, the secret to his success is rather


sweet. It is lunchtime at school in


Cheltenham. Fraser Bawtree is having a quick business meeting with his


father. What are the new flavours coming through? Marmite,


marshmallow... Fraser's business is budget. He made


his first batch with his grandad when he was five. Six years later he


told some at a school fete to raise money for a trip to France. I raised


�500, something like that. A sub Sequent sale at Cheltenham's food


and drink Festival brought in more money. I brought in �2500.


Reparations are well under way for this year's festival which begins


tomorrow. This is where Fraser will be selling his fudge. He is the


youngest exhibitor here. He's quite an inspiration. He is 12 years old,


started his own company, producing fudge, and he has just been growing


ever since as far as his business goes. To keep up with them and,


Fraser's Fudj is now produced in a factory in Somerset. If you are


wondering, the misspelling of fudge is deliberate. I was asked, have you


asked him how he spells fudge the mark he wrote it down and we said,


fantastic! Something a little different. And it seemed rude to


leave empty-handed. Fraser hopes to sell to big retailers, which should


make his maths lessons at least very interesting.


Well done, Fraser. The places where the Birmingham


writer JRR Tolkien grew up are being brought to life through a new audio


walk. Written and performed by local people, a fictional story is told of


Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog. And there is a rare insight into the


intimacy of Tolkien's relationship with his wife.


Moseley Bog, four miles away from Birmingham city centre. It is often


called JRR Tolkien iss playground. Now an audio book has been created


to take people on a fictional journey inspired by the author.


trees are not our friends. I want to keep away from them. They seem to be


moving about, trying to trick me. is here where JRR Tolkien drew


inspiration for the ancient forests in his books The Hobbit and The Lord


Of The Rings. I think that they will have the opportunity to look at


Tolkien again afresh without a historical perspective. But they


will tap in very much to the intimacy with this landscape.


Listeners are also taken to Sarehole Mill. Tolkien and his brother spent


many hours playing here. There are stepping stones over the river down


there. It is better than normal parks, like play parks. It all part


of Repertory Theatre's Neighbourhood project. This was about engaging


local residents on the premise of the whole thing came from the


inspiration the landscape gave to Tolkien. It was a working place one


day. They chaos of sweating men. audio walk will be available for


free download from the Repertory Theatre website, or you can pick up


a player like this from Sarehole Mill awful Green library. The idea


is for people to come along and we discover this area. -- Hall Green


library. It is a surprising place, so close


to the city centre. We were told we would get heavy


rainfall. In one area we saw ten millimetres within one hour. In


Lichfield it was 17.2 millimetres. Some quite substantial totals today.


It has calmed down a little bit today but it will not last. More


rain to come tomorrow and those wins are not going anywhere either and as


we make our way through to the weekend it is staying rather


unsettled. The satellite picked the show is the cloud we have seen for


most of the day. There will be a little bit of sunshine coming


through this evening but it will not last because we will see more cloud


building tomorrow. We have still got more showers as we make our way


through this evening. Some places getting late afternoon sunshine,


enjoying some brightness, and as we make our way through tonight, skies


were clear as a bridge of high pressure builds. Temperatures will


fall away. We will see a cool at night and we have recently but we


have cloud building as we make our way through to tomorrow morning. A


cloudy start to Friday but then rain starts to move up from the south.


Once a game we could see some heavy pulses with that possibility of


thunder. There may even be hail in there as well. Under the cloud and


the rain with the wind, temperatures are going to struggle. As we move


through Friday afternoon, the showers eventually moving off to


leave a brief respite but then more rain as we make our way through to


Saturday. Once a game, heavy pulses in there. Then Saturday morning, it


will brighten up a little bit so it will be quite a cold start to our


Saturday. Saturday it self is looking rather disappointing. We


will see some prolonged rain through Saturday and on top of that, we have


some really strong wind. We are looking at gale force wind in some


places. They gain under the cloud and the rain, temperatures are


really going to struggle. -- again under the cloud. In proving a little


bit as we move into Saturday night but Sunday we'll start of OK and as


we make our way through Sunday afternoon, once again we will see


rain moving in, stay unsettled right man is jailed for life for four


murders including two police officers.


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