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with Joanne Malin and Nick Owen. The headlines tonight: Searching for the


mother of a newborn baby - abandoned on a door step in Worcestershire.


She may be in need of urgent medical attention, and it is important she


is checked over as soon as possible. Also in tonight's programme, the


case for a high speed rail link from London to Birmingham and the north.


The HS2 boss comes to Birmingham to say why she thinks it's a must for


the Midlands. If you travel on the railway as I do, it is already very


crowded. Friends and family remember a


teenager who died after taking a dip in a water-filled quarry.


The final bell for the school forced to shut - ending 80 years of


education. And the Midlands is now officially


on a Level three heatwave alert - Good evening. The search is on


tonight for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found abandoned


earlier today on a doorstep in Worcester. He'd been wrapped in a


bag. He was taken to the Worcestershire


Royal Hospital where he's being looked after by nursing staff -


they've named him Joseph. The head of midwifery at the hospital says


he's in good health, but stressed it was important that his mother sought


medical attention as soon as possible. Sarah Falkland reports.


Oblivious to the drama surrounding his arrival into the world, baby


Joseph is less than two days old. is being very well looked after by


nursing staff, and he is doing very well.


The baby was dumped here just after 430 this morning. This is the house


of quite a well-known childminder. They rang the door bell, kept their


finger on it for three or four seconds, then left the baby here on


the step. When my wife got to the door there was nobody here, there


was a bag on the doorstop. -- group -- doorstep. There was no sign of


anybody, no footsteps or anything. John's wife has been at the hospital


for much of the day, her daughter, herself a young mother, works


alongside her as a childminder. has said she is pretty sure she will


wake up and nothing will have happened, she is just a bit


emotional about it. At five and a half pounds, Joseph is slightly


overweight but is thought to have been full term. The concern now is


for his mother. We have one priority today, to locate Joseph's mother. We


believe she will be in need of medical attention. We know that the


birth was very recent. It is important she is checked over by a


midwife as soon as possible. She does not have to come to hospital if


she does not want to. I can arrange for a midwife to visit her.


So where is Joseph's mother tonight? The authorities are waiting


for her call. A special number has been set up to


find baby Joseph's mother. It is being staffed by a midwife 24 hours


per day. Coming up later in the programme.


New research in Birmingham into lung cancer which could prolong and


improve the quality of patients' lives.


The Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd has mounted a robust defence of the


project during a visit to the region today. Alison Munro and the board of


high speed rail were in Birmingham to hold their first meeting outside


London. It comes as the plan to build a fast


link from the capital to Birmingham and the north has come under fire


from a series of leading politicians, as well as campaigners


who've opposed it from the outset. In a moment, we'll be hearing from


the Chief Executive, but first here's our Transport correspondent


Peter Plisner. A pop up park outside Birmingham


council house. Not to only thing to pop up today - fresh off the train


from London, the board of HS2 Ltd, here to discuss a variety of issues,


and some of those in favour of the project. The reason we came to


Birmingham first is because we see Birmingham is critical to the whole


high speed rail system in the UK. One board member knows only too well


how high speed rail can change things. Richard Brown used to run


Eurostar services between London, Paris and Brussels. It is about


bringing cities closer together. If you take London to Paris, the French


now call London France's sixth city because of the number of French


people who live there. Later, the board looked around


Birmingham's Eastside, site for the proposed city centre HS2 station.


Here, regeneration has already started, and it's hoped HS2 see that


continue. Today's meeting has been more than


just an opportunity to meet those in the Midlands who have been


supporting HS2, it has also provided an ideal PR opportunity following


weeks of negative publicity. A report from the National Audit


Office said the benefits to the Office said the benefits to the


economy were unclear, while the Public Accounts Committee said the


project had over-optimistic and economy were unclear, while the


Recently the former business secretary Lord Mandelson said HS2


could be an expensive mistake, while the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls


suggested spending HS2 money on traditional rail enhancements


traditional rail enhancements instead.


With some in the Labour Party now lukewarm of HS2, would the leader of


Birmingham's Labour-led council still support the project if his


party turned against it? I am going to remain committed to delivering


HS2. It is to the economic advantage of Birmingham and the West Midlands.


Despite recent criticism and the rising costs of the project - there


still are claims that HS2 could create more than 20,000 jobs in the


West Midlands and provide a big boost to the region's economy.


Earlier I spoke to the chief executive of HS2 Ltd, Alison Munro,


the company behind the high speed rail project.


Why did they decide to meet in Birmingham today? High speed rail is


-- HS2 is a major network. We think it is important to get out of those


major cities and talk to local businesses. We are going to have


every other board meeting in cities served by HS2. We are going to


Liverpool next, so we will go around the cities and make sure we are in


touch with the people there and can talk to them about how those cities


can maximise the opportunities that can bring. The amount of money it is


going to cost, that is a daunting prospect. Well, this is the largest


infrastructure project in Europe. The Government has taken a prudent


view in looking at the budget that it sets for HS2, to make sure that


there is a significant contingency for things that might come along in


the future. But the Government is expecting us to deliver the project


well within the cost. Is it all worth it? You only have to look, as


you travel -- if you travel on the railway as I do, you can see it is


already very crowded... Can they not just improve what we have already?


Network Rail conducted a study, looked at the problems that are


going to arise on are always in the future. Their conclusion was that


the only way you can really deal with the long-term issues... What


about the people living in the countryside, who are not going to


benefit? Some of the people can benefit, because the benefits are


spread out throughout the wider region, but the people directly


affected along the route have genuine concerns, we have talked a


lot to them and recently conducted a consultation on our draft


environmental statement which is analogous to put out a lot more


information about the project, to have conversations with people, we


do understand their concerns and have shown that we can incorporate


better into the project. We have been able to move the line -- so we


can address those concerns by talking to local people.


Joining us now from Burton Green in Warwickshire, which is on the


proposed high speed rail route, is Joe Rukin from the Stop HS2


campaign. This scheme is forecast to create thousands of jobs and bring


billions to the West Midlands economy. Why are you not supporting


it? What they are doing at the moment is picking a random number


and sticking the word jobs after it. Today they were saying 50,000 jobs.


That works out as �1 million to create one job. If you gave me �1


million I could create a lot more than one job and a lot quicker than


HS2 will. HS2 does not create those jobs anyway, it just move them


around the country. For example, the report out by KPMG said it would


cost the Southwest 48,000 jobs because it will move to places that


are quicker to get to London. This is all about getting to London


quicker and making sure London remains primate within the economy.


The trouble is, as you as -- as we have heard, there is strong


cross-party support and strong political heavyweights behind HS2.


Are you going to achieve anything? Absolutely. This is the reason that


you are seeing these spin exercise is going on at the moment, but the


political consensus is breaking down. We have now had two former


chancellors of the exchequer coming out against it. Last night a former


rail minister came out against it. Another Lord came out today. The


more and more people find out about what HS2 really means and look


behind the spin, the more people will come out against it and we will


continue getting that message out that this is a vanity project. The


costs will keep going up and up and Two men have been arrested his


afternoon in connection with the explosion near a mosque in Walsall


last month. They're being questioned by


detectives from the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit.


Police say the men are aged 25 and 22 and are originally from Eastern


Europe. A murder investigation has been


launched following the discovery of two bodies at a house in the Black


Country. Officers forced entry to a house in


Rowley Regis yesterday after concerns were raised about the


couple living there. A 55-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were


found dead inside. Police say they're not looking for anyone else


in connection with their deaths. It's been another hot and sunny day


across the region - the 12th in succession. The Met Office have


declared we are experiencing what they call a Level three heatwave -


an amber alert. But what does an amber alert mean? Our weather expert


Shefali Oza joins us now to explain. Well, there are basically four


levels in total in this so-called heat/health watch system, and what


they represent are the levels of response to various threshold


daytime maximum temperatures and night-time minimum temperatures, but


on average the threshold is around 30 degrees by day and 15 by night.


So with a Level three alert we've gone up from a 60% to a 90% chance


of those temperatures being met, and of course if you're adversely


affected by the heat - ie. If you're very young or very old or suffering


from chronic diseases then you need to take necessary precautions.


The funeral's taken place of a teenager who drowned in a quarry in


Worcestershire while taking a dip during the hot weather. Russell


O'Neill, who was 17, died earlier this month.


Just a week later another man died at the same spot, and safety experts


met today to consider the future of the site. Around 500 people attended


Russell's service, including team-mates from the football academy


he attended. Cath Mackie reports. It's the pep talk no coach wants to


give. Mark Owen tries to prepare Russell O'Neill's team-mates at


Worcester City Football Academy for the funeral they are about to


attend. I have been doing this job 13 years, and you have your ups and


downs, but you think this day is never going to come. Hopefully it


will never happen again. He used to speak to everyone. It is sad to see


him go, so young as well. The 17-year-old had gone to Gullet


Quarry near Malvern with friends earlier this month. His decision to


go into the water was to prove fatal.


His team-mates performed a guard of honour as his coffin arrived at St


Martin and St Peter's Church in Worcester. Inside it was standing


room only, as 500 people packed the aisles. He will probably be looking


down that you now, saying what is the matter with you? He was just a


good lad. As Russell O'Neill is laid to rest,


the future of Gullet Quarry is being considered. Malvern Hills


Conservators, who are responsible for the land, are meeting the Royal


Society for the Prevention of Accidents today to look at what can


be done. Even as we filmed, shortly after


Russell's death, people were jumping into the quarry to swim, and just a


week later it claimed a second life. People can jump in and get cold


water shock. The depth maybe a lot deeper than you imagined, and then


maybe underwater debris and you cannot swim to safety.


Russell's family have started a petition to get websites advertising


the quarry as a safe place to swim to be taken down, before another


family faces a similar tragedy. Our top story tonight: Police are


searching for a mother after a newborn baby was found abandoned on


the doorstep of a home in Worcestershire.


On the 12th day of the heatwave, Shefali will be here with the


detailed weather forecast shortly. Also in tonight's programme, the


Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police will be joining us


ahead of the EDL Rally this Saturday.


And shutting its doors for the last time, a Shropshire school forced to


The Staffordshire digger maker JCB's announced it's creating 130 new jobs


by spending �5 million in a recruitment drive. The investment


will see new apprentices and graduates join the business this


summer. It comes as the company introduces


the UK's first apprenticeship geared specifically towards international


business. Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper.


Learning about the mechanics of the business. These apprentices are


being taught the basics about how diggers are driven. They're among


130 new recruits the company hopes will drive future growth. It is


extremely hard at the moment. I know a lot of people are unemployed, but


I don't know where I would be without this job. It gives me


experience on a job, it gives me a salary. University gives you massive


debts, so with this it is experience and skills I would not learn other


places. Without this apprenticeship, I think I would be looking around


for different colleges and different things to do, still based around


business, because I know how hard it is to get the job without


qualifications. The new business apprenticeship


being launched will be taught here at the JCB Academy in Rochester. The


syllabus has been developed by industry experts. We are not just


producing students with an academic ability, we are producing students


with employability and professional skills. Until now boast


business-related -- most business-related apprenticeships


have lasted two years, but this new one will last four years studying


business-related subjects. It is mixing businesses, -- business,


logistics, and all sorts of activities that give a whole scope


of capability. These apprentices are amongst a


record number joining JCB in a single year. They're part of a plan


to lay the foundations for future economic expansion.


Medics and scientists in Birmingham are to take part in research into


lung cancer that could prolong and improve the quality of patients'


lives. �14 million will be spent identifying different kinds of


tumours and discovering which drugs work best to slow their progress, as


Giles Latcham reports. Lynn does a lot of fundraising these


days. Although she's never smoked, she's got lung cancer - and it's


terminal. She wants others to know it's not


just smokers who get lung cancer, and she wants more research into the


most effective way to treat it. don't have to be over 60. I was in


my 40s when I was diagnosed. I have met people in their 20s and 30s who


have also never smoked. So it can happen to anybody at any time.


Survival rates are notoriously low. 3,400 people are diagnosed with the


disease in the West Midlands each disease in the West Midlands each


year. Of those, 2,900 die in the disease in the West Midlands each


year. Of those, 2,900 die Only 9% year. Of those, 2,900 die Only 9%


survive longer than five years. Researchers and medics in Birmingham


will run a nine-year study into the disease, at a cost of �14 million


paid for by a charity. This is a landmark study. We are looking more


closely at lung cancer than ever before, really trying to understand


its biology, what makes the tumours tick. For many years research into


lung cancer has not progressed much at all. Treatment hasn't developed


much either, but this study promises to reveal just how different


individual lung cancer tumours are. And it offers medics the chance to


tailor treatment for individuals. This is drilling down into the


molecular characteristics of a patient's tumour, and understands


what -- understanding what drives the tumour on.


It won't lead to a cure - but it will help doctors prescribe specific


treatments for specific tumours, This Saturday the English Defence


League will hold a rally in the centre of Birmingham in Centenary


Square - while just a few hundred metres away there will be a


counter-demonstration held by Unite Against Fascism.


On a weekend when the city will be filled with shoppers and families


enjoying the sun, it's going to be a challenge for West Midlands Police.


Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe is here. Why are both these


demonstrations being allowed to go ahead? They are static protests,


there is no legislation that can stop a static protest, only a march.


What we can do is put restrictions on the locations and the timings.


How big an operation will this be for you? This is probably one of the


biggest ever operations West Midlands Police have carried out, I


have over 1000 officers on duty on Saturday dedicated to this


operation. Is it still business as usual for shoppers who want to come


in? We have been working with local traders, communities. We have


successfully policed EDL demonstrations in the past, so


everyone is welcome this Saturday. If you are coming into protest,


please be peaceful. If you are coming in intent on violent


behaviour, you will be arrested. EDL say they chose Birmingham for


the demo because the city has become, their words, a literal


hotbed of Islamic extremist activity. Are they right? We have


had a number of terrorist investigations over the last couple


of years in Birmingham, but the EDL do publish a calendar and they do


move around the whole country and conduct protests. They have been to


Birmingham before and no doubt they will come again. If you have any


more information -- do you have any or information on the story that two


men have been arrested in connection with the explosions on mosques in


Walsall and Tipton. They were arrested this afternoon by a


uniformed officer on the street. We put a protection plan in operation


at all our mosques, increased patrols, and really good local


policing today, two men in custody for those terrorists incidents.


Finally, this weekend, you have officers to manage these rallies,


but do you have the resources to protect the rest of the area?


have officers all over the region, at and coming in from all over the


country. We are ready for Saturday. A Shropshire school that became a


victim of council cuts closes its the only secondary school in the


whole county forced to shut. Last night pupils and teachers, both past


and present, attended a memorial service and concert to mark the end


of almost 80 years of education. Ben Sidwell reports.


In Shrewsbury, The Wakeman is a well-known landmark, the only non


fee paying high school in the town. For almost 80 years it's provided an


education to local youngsters, and more than 600 pupils used to fill


these corridors, but now in its final week of existence there are


just 18 students left. I think it is an unnecessary decision. It is a


waste of talent. It does not save any money, or improve education


across the country. During the last week many former


pupils and teachers have returned to get one last look at their school.


Last night Shrewsbury Abbey was packed for a special memorial


service to mark the closing of The Wakeman. Very upset. Because it is a


lovely school, and they have worked hard. It is sad to see the place


close. Despite a long battle to keep the


school open, Shropshire Council announced its closure in 2011. Of


the 18 teachers still at the school, just three have found jobs. Deep


down, if I was retiring, then I could celebrate. But I am not


retiring, I have been made redundant. And that in itself, that


hurts. We asked Shropshire Council for an


interview, but they refused. However interview, but they refused. However


college, so to mark the closure they commissioned this installation.


Behind me, the names of every single pupil who has been here since 1957,


all 7241 of them. Staff say they want the final week


to be a celebration of the school, before it becomes part of the town's


Sixth Form College in September. So, on the day the region got so hot


it moved into a Level three heatwave category, let's go back to Shefali


category, let's go back to Shefali now on the balcony for the latest


now on the On a day is that we have been


elevated two. -- Level three alerts, temperatures do not reflect it. The


warmest place in the region reached highs of 28.5. This alert is with us


until the end of tomorrow, so as I mentioned earlier, if you are at all


adversely affected by the heat, you need to take adequate precautions.


We are now into the 12th consecutive day of this hot weather, and that


makes it the longest hot spell for seven years, since 2006. According


to latest statistics, we have only had 12% of the month's rainfall, and


77% of the sunshine. There are places that are in desperate need of


water and rain, not to be a killjoy, but there is no sign of that rain


just yet. I was talking of some changes occurring later on in the


week, and we are almost there because that high pressure to the


North West is just manoeuvring its way into position to the north of


the country, and that will change the wind direction to


north-easterly. We have another one night ahead of us, it is looking


clear largely with just the odd wisp of cloud here and there, and the


coolest part of the region is the worst with temperatures dropping to


15 Celsius. Elsewhere though, we could get 17 or 18. Tomorrow, we do


it all over again. We have plenty of hot sunshine there, taking


temperatures to 28 Celsius. That freshening easterly breeze starts to


show its hand, introducing more clout to the eastern half of the


region and making things a little Let's recap tonight's top stories:


David Cameron has welcomed official figures showing a reduction in crime


in England and Wales. Police are searching for the mother of a baby


abandoned on a doorstep. Before we go, a reminder that


traffic in the centre of Birmingham is expected to be delayed when two


road tunnels through the city centre are closed for the rest of the


summer from tomorrow night. The A38 tunnels are being shut for


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