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with Joanne Malin and Nick Owen. The headlines tonight: More money for


the region's infrastructure as the Government loosens the purse


strings, but business leaders say it's not enough. The government


isn't showing power to give commitment to the regions. We'll be


asking exactly what today's announcement could mean for the


Midlands. Also tonight, Muslim leaders' shock as a mosque is daubed


with offensive graffiti. How lemon juice is helping to preserve and


restore an historic German bomber. Endangered in the wild, how the


birth of this snow leopard cub at Dudley Zoo gives hope the animals


may survive. And depending upon which way you look at it, there's


some good news and bad news in the forecast over the coming days. Hear


all about it the later. Good evening. The projected cost of the


High Speed Two Rail line through the region shot up by an astonishing �10


billion today. The announcement came as the Government set out its


Spending Review including news of a �2 billion investment fund that's


expected to benefit this region. business leaders in Birmingham today


said that fell far short of the �50 billion they'd been hoping for.


There are also to be more deep cuts in council spending. Our Political


Editor Patrick burns is at the Houses of Parliament now... More


pain, which we've come to expect, Patrick, but some gain too today for


this region? Little doubt now that our part of the country is in line


for a significant chunk of that infrastucture investment the


Chancellor kept talking about. Don't be surprised if our motorway network


is high on the list when the details are mentioned tomorrow. Bob


Hockenhull has been assessing reaction to the Chancellor's


statement. The Chancellor loosening the purse strings to kick start


economic growth. That's at least �10 billion over the next Parliament,


that is a sum that local enterprise partnerships can bid for"


Aspirations for an infrastructure boost have rarely been higher in the


heart of England. The West Midlands will want as much of that cash as


possible but for some in Birmingham, the amount made available fell way


short. We are disappointed because we were expecting a lot more money


and we wanted enough more. One major project already underway is New


Street Station - being rebuilt as part of an �800 million investment.


You will see all of the old station structures demolished. A thousand


workers, many recruited locally, are involved. It wouldn't be happening


without Government cash and it's not just not about improving rail


services. This is where they are building the John Lewis complex. It


is a construction site now but in 18 months it will be full of shoppers


and more importantly, job opportunities. So has the Chancellor


done enough to kick-start similar giant projects? The Greater


Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership will be


responsible for delivering any economic revival. We've been given a


reason to believe that we will be invited early in the process. The


important thing is it is the beginning of a different process.


The budget for one huge infrastructure project for


Birmingham - the High Speed Two rail line - shot up today by �10 billion


to 42 billion. The Government says it still may not cost that much and


opponents are still determined to scupper the whole project. New


pictures show what HS2 trains could look like and one of the companies


involved believes it's a price worth paying. There are statistics across


the world that demonstrates that putting money into infrastructure is


more beneficial than making cuts elsewhere and cutting taxes.


sentiment that people in the region will hope George Osborne will agree


with. Infrastructure projects don't come any bigger than High Speed Two.


MPs are preparing to vote in the second reading of the bill. They are


still absorbing the news that the cost has shot up to �42 billion. I


am joined by two MPs who are strong supporters of high-speed rail.


Surely this news is bound to embolden your party colleagues who


feel strongly that we should not throw any good money after bad?


underlying problem is capacity. There has been a doubling in


long-distance rail travel in recent years because of the cost of


motoring. The imperative here is one of capacity and although I have


reservations about the impact on my constituency, and I am trying to get


at the compensation for my constituents, I do think for the


West Midlands we need that capacity. Surely the voices will be stronger


against it? Road capacity between London and Birmingham and the rest


of the country will give it the economic growth we need. We need to


get the calculations right which is why am worried about the


announcement because if we can't get the figures right and do the


calculations then those people who don't believe in infrastructure


investment will have ammunition. The infrastructure decision itself is


right. Moving onto the Spending Review, you are among the


signatories of the letter. It is a remarkable display of cross-party


unity. 18 MPs wrote to the Chancellor in support of the funding


growth. Lord Howe Tyne has said it is more than that. It is 15 billion


at the time you bring European monies in the play. It is important


that we have written to the Chancellor on a cross-party basis


because West Midlands needs to speak with one voice when we compete for


the money. One voice is important. The announcement today was 2 billion


which is not enough so I hope there will be more money. My thanks to you


both. Coming up later in the programme: the challenge for police


with more cost-cutting on the way. Could new technology be part of the


answer to keeping an eye on criminals? Racist graffiti daubed on


a Mosque in Worcestershire is being investigated by police. It included


swastikas and the initials of the far right English Defence League.


Officials at the Mosque say relations between Muslims and other


communities are good. Tonight the EDL said they had nothing to do with


the incident. Giles Latcham reports. At Redditch, on a mosque still under


construction, the Nazi swastika, the initials of the Ku Klux Klan and the


far right English Defence League and National Front. Their place of


worship defaced, Mosque officials were shocked and saddened - but


believe it was an act influenced by events elsewhere. My first reaction


is sadness but as you can see, up and down the country, after the


incident in Woolwich, there have been incidents highlighted in the


press. Council staff were soon on site to help with the clean up.


Police believe it began as a break-in by burglars targeting


builder's equipment - but turned into a hate crime. I think all of us


are really shocked by this activity and we are keen to see the offenders


brought to justice and provides support to our residents. Two men


have been charged following an alleged arson attack on a mosque in


Gloucester last week. A mosque in Walsall was sealed off at the


weekend when a device left outside partially exploded. In Redditch,


both police and the Mosque committee say community relations are good.


But last summer about 100 EDL supporters marched through the town


and some younger Muslims believe there are tensions. Especially with


these younger lots as well, they are making it into more of a racist


motivation. Before, it was not like this. It has gone pear shaped.


spokesman for the EDL denies they're stirring hatred or that their


supporters were involved last night. I do not accept or believe that this


was anyone from the English Defence League. We banned the swastika. All


you have to do is go on our website. We are proud supporters of Israel.


Whoever did though has caused upset and worry. The police's message is


one of reassurance, the accent is on harmony. The father of a


four-year-old boy alleged to have been starved and murdered by his


mother and stepfather has told a court his son was a "normal and


healthy" child. Erik Pelka who'd travelled from Poland to give


evidence said Daniel Pelka, who died from a head injury at his home in


Coventry in March last year, had eaten his food without difficulty


during the first year of his life. The senior investigating officer


Detective Inspector Chris Hanson said he was shocked at the severity


of the boy's emaciation. One of six men on trial for causing explosions


in North Staffordshire last year has died. Edvinas Sermuksnis from


Belfast was charged with conspiracy to cause explosions last August and


making threats to kill. The court heard there were no suspicious


circumstances around his death. trust that runs Walsall Manor


Hospital has put in a bid to take over the running of Cannock


Hospital. It's the latest twist in the health care scandal in


Mid-Staffordshire - as Cannock's part of the same trust which runs


Stafford Hospital and is now in administration. But, in the new


world of NHS competition, Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals are also


understood to be keen on on staking a claim to Cannock. To explain all -


here's our health correspondent, Michele Paduano. This ward is one of


two opened in Walsall to absorb extra patients coming in from


Staffordshire. Lisa Ayre has a pulmonary embolism. She lives a mile


from Cannock and convalescing nearer home would be an advantage. Panic


would be ideal for myself and for my family and friends to come and visit


me. Walsall hospital believes that it can provide a range of scanning


and diagnostic treatment in Cannock. It says a multi million pound


development has been costed and is viable. Our main focus is to use


Cannock Chase Hospital as a base for people to get a really good local


server so they do not have to travel further afield. Royal Wolverhampton


Hospitals is also interested but has not officially made its bid known It


plans two new operating theatres and a free bus service from


Wolverhampton to Cannock, but would need a �30 million investment.


Cannock Hospital is underused and was threatened with closure. With


two suitors fighting over it, Cannock's future here looks


brighter. I understand that both hospitals were going to do a joint


bid, and this shows a new NHS where hospitals are competing against each


other. So what do the people of Cannock think? It is easier to


commute to Walsall than Wolverhampton. I have no preference.


I think, Wolverhampton. They said they would put buses on between the


two. The Trust special administrator will utimately decide its future.


There could be private sector bid as well. Michele Paduano, BBC Midlands


Today. This is our top story tonight: Hopes that the region will


receive a hefty share of the Chancellor's �2 billion pledge to


help businesses, but disappointment it wasn't more. Shefali will have


the weather shortly. Also, in tonight's programme: As England take


on the world champions in Staffordshire, is women's football


breaking through into the big time? And one of the world's rarest and


most beautiful creatures, we're live with Dudley Zoo's new snow leopard


cub. Back to the Chancellor's spending plans now - one man with a


keen eye on his finances is Staffordshire's Police and Crime


Commissioner. Matthew Ellis is expecting to oversee savings of


seven million pounds for each of the next two years. Our Staffordshire


reporter Liz Copper followed him throughout a typical day to find out


about the difficulties of cutting budgets at the same time as cutting


crime. The day begins with an eight o'clock management briefing with an


agenda reflecting the impact of government decisions on police


funding. There are some real chances of making savings on front-line


policing. We are working closer together. Next a meeting in Codsall


focusing on mental health issues. you could change one thing, what


would it be? This meeting's followed by a surgery. Parish councillors are


here to discuss specific policing problems. It comes amid reports the


Police and Crime Commissioner's role could be widened. There is talk of


expanding the role to encompass all emergency services. That seems like


a unrealistic expectation. The Fire Service is a good candidate, I


think. I talked to the Prime Minister about it. Inspite of those


high level talks, the Fire Brigades Union's attacked those plans, saying


"it's not suitable for PCCs' roles to be extended". And not everyone at


the surgery's a political ally either. I am sceptical about the


Police Commissioner's role and the way they were elected, and the


principle of it as well. I think we need to give him time. After the


surgery, there is another meeting. Then a chance to speak to officers


on the front line. Next the PCC's in Penkridge, hearing from those who've


been helped by Victim Support. Cost-cutting in the criminal justice


system happens in the wrong place. Staffordshire's the only force in


the country to use this drone - much cheaper than a force helicopter -


and it can beam back pictures to help officers. The PCC wants to


invest more in technology to improve services. There are those who would


say it is unrealistic to expect improvements in services without


more money. It is not easy but I think the sense is that we have


sufficiently high ambitions that we have to buy into. This will give us


a better chance at succeeding over the years. The day ends with a


public meeting ahead of the launch of a four year vision for policing


in Staffordshire. Of course, ultimately, it'll be voters who


decide just how successful all our PCCs have been. Liz Copper, BBC


Midlands Today, Staffordshire. German bomber lifted from the


English Channel is now being drenched again inside a hangar in


Shropshire. The process should stop the unique aircraft deteriorating


further. Only when that's done can restoration of the World War Two


Dornier begin. Our reporter Joanne Writtle had exclusive access to the


delicate operation. In a sorry state and being restored in two greenhouse


tunnels in Shropshire, a Dornier 17, the world's only surviving German


World War II bomber of its kind. Pictures of it being lifted from the


seabed in Kent were beamed around the world earlier this month.


Rescued from its watery grave after being shot down in 1940.


Conservations teams at RAF Museum Cosford are now revelling in


restoring it. There are bits that are amazing. There is painted


equipment and I have a piece here which came out of the wreckage. You


can still see part of the number and identification mark painted on it.


But mostly it's a mass of barnacles. Being drenched in ten minutes bursts


with water and citric acid - similar to lemon juice basically.


irrigation scheme is on a cycle. We sprayed and keep it wet. We cleaned


that off and start off with soft brushes. Hopefully, that will


preserve anything that is underneath like the original paint schemes.


Dornier gained the nickname "the flying pencil" because of it's


narrow fusilage. This Dornier's pencil like fusilage was separated


from the wings for its journey to Shropshire from Kent. The RAF Museum


conservation team is based here at cost for it. To illustrate how it


will be peace to gather in a couple of years' time, look no further than


this German fighter plane here. Engineers painstakingly married the


fusilage back to the wings on this Fockewulf fighter craft. Such work


is a long way off for the Dornier. Visitors meanwhile have had glimpses


through windows. A lot better than what I was expecting. I thought it


was going to be falling to pieces. Eventually the plane will go to RAF


Museum Hendon in London to be displayed, that's if it's not too


fragile to move again. Isn't that fascinating? All of those barnacles!


Five thousand young football supporters turned out in


Staffordshire this afternoon to cheer England's women off to the


European Championships in Sweden. They drew 1-1 with the world


champions Japan at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium. And it's the


Japanese example the Football Association want to follow to grow


the women's game in England. Nick Clitheroe reports. This was more


than just another step on the road to the Euros. This was a chance to


inspire the next generation. Women's football is already the fastest


growing sport in the country but they're not stopping there. Four and


a half thousand tickets were given away to schools and colleges to


ensure the crowd was young and enthusiastic. I haven't seen England


play. I am going to Sweden as well so I am looking forward to it. I


have not seen ladies play before. The FA would like to make women's


football here as popular as it is in Japan. The match kicked off at


lunchtime so it could be shown live to millions back home. It is a good


chance to play against England, they are very good. 3-1 to Japan!It is a


big day for Japan. They will head off to Sweden and go one better than


losing the final four years ago. England wanted this game to give


them the toughest possible preparation for the Euros but for


much of the game it looked as if former Birmingham City striker Eni


Aluko's goal would give them a morale boosting win. Japan equalised


nine minutes from the end but it looked as if England had won the


game in the final minute until an offside flag cut short their


celebrations. We have a really tough group. We are taking each game as it


comes. I know that is a cliche but they have named it the group of


death. We will see. We have some tough games coming up. England play


Spain in their first group game on the 12th of July and after today


they'll have plenty of new young fans to cheer them on. Nick


Clitheroe, BBC Midlands Today, Burton upon Trent. Despite the


rather clinical name, Cub X, is without doubt the cutest attraction


at Dudley Zoo in decades. That's because Cub X is a rare snow


leopard. Staff still don't know its sex because the cub's had no human


contact to guard against any chance of infection. Sarah Falkland is at


the big cat enclosure now. Snow Leopards are very rare these days,


aren't they? Estimates are that there are only around 4000 snow


leopard left in round the world. He is a handsome man, isn't he? He is


the father of the cup. If you think he is handsome, you have not seen


his offspring. He is adorable. A tiny big cat. Curious and


captivating. He is very confident for an eight-week-old cup. The dad


is placid and the mum is feisty so it will be interesting to see which


character he takes on. She is still giving milk to her cub but already


the little one it is developing a taste. Horse meat, occasionally. It


depends what we get. Not easy grabbing lunch when your claws are


so small. We put the meat pies so we encourage him to climb up and


around. The cub is destined to a life in captivity. They are an


endangered species under all kinds of threats. Their bones are used in


Oriental medicine. As if being squeezed out of their habitat is not


enough, some have been blown up by landmines. Even when it is fully


grown, the cub will never roar. Snow leopards hiss and growl instead. We


will find out if the cub is male or female in a few weeks when it is


handled for its vaccinations. The consensus is that it is a female


because she is so pretty. I think it is cute. I would like to cuddle it.


It is very pretty. Nice to see him. She is lovely, yes. Well, the cub is


part of an international breeding programme. What does that mean? It


means that this is part of an international programme and the cub


will go to Europe to join another male or female to continue the


breeding programme. How long will you keep the cub? Up to about 18


months. We are being carefully watched by the father here. A proud


daddy. They had a bit of a fight earlier. Ie keeping them segregated?


Some of them are segregated. The mum will look after the baby and the


baby will make its own way so it is very similar to what we do here. We


are being cautious. They can get protective, especially newborn,


first-time mothers. Is it a boy or girl? Properly a girl.We will bring


you the news first. I think it is a boy! Temperatures would seem to


suggest things are improving. Beautiful day today. We basically


got a watered down version of what was going on across the Iberian


Peninsula and beyond with the air originating from the Azores. Our top


temperatures almost matched Gibralter's and Barcelona's.They got


twenty two We got just over twenty celsius at both Hereford and


Pershore. The North of the region didn't fare as well with Keele


reaching only 16 but as you can see from that table, a lot of places


were into the high teens but it's likely to get even warmer than that


later this week. We have a series of warm sectors to come through. The


first tomorrow. The second on Friday and the third on Sunday but while


we're at the centre of these, not only will temperatures rise but so


will the humidity. However, there will be some rain to come from them.


It's reasonably clear across us right now though there is this bank


of cloud sitting out to the East which is just squeezing out the odd


light shower. But they'll die out and the night's looking dry and some


some clear spells - some isolated mist patches and lows of 11 celsius.


So it'll be dry with a bit of sunshine tomorrow morning but, after


that, as the first warm sector pushes through, and it's coming


through quicker now, we'll see it turning cloudier and wetter through


the afternoon with a top temperature of 17 celsius. Let's recap tonight


top stories. George Osborne has announced �11.5 billion worth of


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