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way. If only it was that simple. For picture offensive? Two men wearing


stretchy outfits known as "mankinis" while collecting for charity. Well,


their appearance caused outrage in a part of Birmingham with a high


Muslim population. Especially as their sponsored walk coincided with


a demonstration by far right protestors. The two men who were


raising money for a charity for dogs needed a police escort after an


angry crowd made it clear they weren't welcome. Giles Latcham


reports. Steven Ellis and Jason Hendry love


dogs and it was in aid of a dogs home that they set out with Steven's


kids on a sponsored walk with a difference. The essential bits were


covered up. The difference being their choice of costume, the highly


revealing, for many rather comic "mankini". It was meant to be a


laugh for a good cause and to be having the response we did in that


area was unbelievable. They were walking the eight miles from


Solihull to Birmingham but in a district home to many Muslims, they


ran into trouble. The seminaked Juno say they and their supporters came


under attack from Asian men are throwing stones, apples and eggs.


The police were called and spent half an hour trying to prevent an


unintended or unnecessary upset. Being called a paedophile, that's a


bit extreme. It wasn't just me and Steve, we had my sister having


racial comments thrown at her. same day a few miles away in the


city centre the far right English Defence League were holding a


protest and among local Muslims tensions were high. The pair say


they didn't know the demonstration was taking place. The incident


happened close to an Islamic charity. Among the staff there,


contrasting views. Yes, the stonethrowing and the eggs is


totally unacceptable. But seminaked men walking through a town is an


except Bull as well. Through all of Birmingham there are people who are


idiots and a few people have got onto these lads, raising funds for


charity, do what you want. It is nobodies business if you want to go


to spark ill, do it. The walkers were raising funds for the new HQ of


Birmingham Dogs' home but they ended up being driven the last few miles


under police escort. Hopefully people can and do stand everyone has


a different idea of raising money. As long as it is legal, we support


it. The pair raised �300 for the dogs home and remain undaunted.


They're planning more charity events, mankinis included. And we'd


like to know what you think? Would you be offended by men similarly


dressed walking down your street? Or do you think those who objected went


over the top by hurling abuse and more? Do get in touch by email,


Facebook or Twitter and we'll try to bring some of your responses before


the end of the programme. Coming up later in the programme:


Millions of books on the move from the old Birmingham library to the


new, including one that's worth more than four million pounds.


These are the faces of some of those still wanted for the riots in


Birmingham and parts of the Black Country two years ago. Since then,


West Midlands Police have arrested 775 people for offences connected


with some of the worst unrest in a generation. They're still looking


for 79 others, who were alleged to have been involved, but have never


been traced. In a moment, I'll be talking to an MP who says some of


the issues behind the rioting still haven't been addressed, but first


this report from Liz Roberts. The day a jewellers in Wolverhampton


was on the sharp end of riots. we came in, everything was damaged.


The whole shop was trashed, class -- glass everywhere. Today it's very


different story CLIP 45 thousand pounds worth of damage was caused to


this business. I will not let them defeat me. I will not retire yet. I


started again. I started this 45 years ago, I started again. �45,000


has been spent on repairs but the cost was immeasurable. We stand here


to plead with the dudes to remain calm. Tariq Jahan's son lost his


life while attempting to stop the rioters. I believe the community has


kept the faith, they have done well. We have had no trouble since, there


hasn't been anything to complain about. The rights came to an end.


And people have shown unity -- riots. Today at youth centre in


Winson Green a lack of opportunities is a recipe for frustration. Young


people need more things to do. More activities, more programmes for


young people to get into so they can go on to work. We can be


misunderstood as a young man. Cutbacks in the youth services


should not happen, more money should be put in and the youth are our


future. Realistically we have to keep pumping money and have belief


in them. The riots were the worst in a generation but the police have


always been clear what they believe was behind them. This was not an


angry crowd, this was a greedy crowd. What we were dealing with was


dishonesty and disorder. The police say they are better equipped to


react to any riots in future. Questions remain about what is being


done to prevent that happening. I'm joined now by Khalid Mahmood, MP


for Perry Barr in Birmingham. Two years after the riots, are the


constituency moving on? No, I know reports say they have made a number


of arrests with some outstanding but two years after the event we still


have 80 people outstanding that need to be dealt with. We have the


highest rates of youth unemployment, highest rates of young people coming


out of education without training and therefore no jobs. The highest


number of long-term unemployed for young people. We are about to lose a


generation of young people. riots panel report stated the causes


of these riots were complex, there is no one solution or


recommendation. Not all of the recommendations were down to the


government. It is a complex issue and the local authority has to play


a role but the government is the catalyst. If the government


continues to cut funding to local authorities and they cannot


deliver, in my constituency there are youth centre is being closed


because of the government cuts. It is difficult for the young people to


move forward. Money is tight so if you are part of the Labour Party


implementing the changes, what would you do? There are different ways,


the central government has squeezed and squeezed local authorities. I do


what I am doing, working with local institutions, a college which is


investing �1 million into a campus. The campus was dead. I have young


people going in and the college have done fantastic work. I want local


authorities and councils and central government to support the small


things which make huge difference. Does that need investment because


you have done that when funds are tight? It needed money from the


college so there are institutions that have money, we need to deliver


a service and not delude young people. Do you think the riots in


Birmingham and the Black Country could happen again? I do not want it


to happen again. The first time in Liz tells there was no disturbance.


We can beat the model. We need to work together and we need resources


from central government. I do not want to see more disturbances in


Birmingham. Jaguar Land Rover has reported a 25%


increase in profits for the first part of the financial year compared


with 12 months ago. The Indian-owned firm which has sites in Coventry,


Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Warwickshire made pre-tax profits of


�415 million between April and June. JLR's retail sales were up ten per


cent overall - the biggest increases were in Asia.


Part of the M6 in Staffordshire has been closed this afternoon after two


separate accidents, one of which led to a chemical spill.


Four cars collided on the northbound carriageway between junctions twelve


and thirteen, Stafford South. Police say no-one was badly injured. Then


two lorries crashed on the same stretch of motorway leading to a


leak of a non-hazardous chemical. Joining us now from the County


Showground about a mile from Stafford Hospital is one of the


Trust's Special Administrators Alan Bloom. Good evening to you, Mr.


Bloom. Good evening. You will be hearing


what protesters have to say about plans for Stafford Hospital will you


listen? Of course. This is the purpose of


these meetings, the first of eight public meetings and we are very keen


to hear what people have to say. you are downgrading services if the


proposals go through and one proposal is to close the maternity


unit which has caused uproar. People find it hard to understand closures.


Firstly, to be clear, we are not closing the maternity unit, all


prenatal and postnatal will take place as it always has. What we are


recommending is that babies are not worn here at some stage in the


future when other hospitals can deal with that. It is not that people


will not be able to get care for their newborn babies and mums before


or after the recommendation is for many reasons that the birds


themselves take place where mums want. We have heard how the M6 has


been closed around Stafford, it does not bode well if that happened if


mothers have to go elsewhere. you know, roads shut everywhere all


the time. It is always inconvenient and difficult when these situations


arise but it is, there are always roads jams in places. Not everybody


lives by Stafford either. People have to get there by road as well.


Senior figures in paediatrics say they have not been consulted by the


administrators, what do you say? Could you repeat the question?


Senior figures in maternity units have not been consulted by


administrators. They say the place... Yes, when you say the


place, we have reported in the past and continue to report that both


clinically and financially hospital is not sustainable as it is going


into the future. That is clear. In terms of the way we put the


proposals together, we have worked closely with the commissioners and


with royal colleges who determine what services people need and should


expect to get in the future. And come up with a proposal which is


good for the next ten years. Thank Plans for a direct rail service from


Shrewsbury to London could be back on track. Virgin Trains wanted to


reintroduce the service by the end of the year, but their proposal was


blocked by Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation. Virgin's


now considering a revised plan, which could see trains running from


Shrewsbury to London from next May. A telephone helpline which should


have kept patients out of hospital and saved money seems to have failed


to do either. Birmingham Own Health was a


collaboration between NHS Direct and the Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer,


which enabled nurses to help thousands of sick patients. Research


funded by the Department of Health found that the service may have


increased hospital admissions by nearly14%. This is our top story


tonight: Outrage as two charity collectors in mankinis walk through


Muslim communities during Ramadan. Your detailed weather forecast to


come shortly from Shefali. Also in tonight's programme: Upsets in the


League Cup, as two of our sides topple higher league opposition.


And why closing streets to allow children to play in safety during


the school holidays is an idea These pheasants reared at Whitchurch


but thieves have struck three times this year alone in the most recent


attack Andrew Growcott lost a thousand ducklings worth �3500.


Insurance premiums are going up, accesses are higher so in many cases


a libel claim, we cannot afford to claim any more. Insurance figures


reflect claims made and according to a brutal crime survey by NFU mutual


the cost of rural crime fell by 20% asked you. In the West Midlands


though it is still costing 4-1p and in shop she it added up to �700,000.


Dave Farms 250 acres and heads up the NFU in Shropshire. He says


farmers have tried all kinds of security. We have used geese, llamas


but they do not always fit into the modern situation occurs farmyard is


unchanged but they were good at raising awareness of being noisy.


Today, it is better to get a camera. David Fitz tracking is Isis to farm


vehicles. It is a deterrent, that is a tamper-proof sticker which shows


it is data tags and there are hidden parts which cannot be removed from


the vehicle and those items can be scanned or traced by police and


- the task of shifting more than a million books across the centre of


Birmingham. They're heading for the city's spectacular new library which


opens in less than a month. As Bob Hockenhull reports, it can be a


delicate operation with the most valuable single volumes worth as


much as four and a half million pounds.


The last of the books are leaving the shell of Birmingham's old


library. It's an operation that's taken two years of planning. More


than a million have been packed into crates by a team of nearly 70


people. It can be a delicate operation, especially considering


the value of some volumes like a first edition Shakespeare play.


lot of the book is from one section of the archives have been valued at


up to 4-5p per book. We have taken great care moving those items,


moving them under secure circumstances to make sure they


arrive in the right place. They have been set the task of removing the


books in 66 days. The majority are being brought down here. Eight


storeys worth of books, CDs, DVDs and manuscripts should all have been


moved to the new library by the end of this week. Fortunately it's only


a short hop. But in this digital age, when more and more people are


reading online, is it really necessary to keep all the books from


the old library? People do have different reading styles, for some


people the printed form is still the best option for them. And for young


children, I can see the future where books do decline to an extent but I


do not think they will totally disappear. And for all those avid


readers keen to get their hands on the books - not long to wait now -


the �189 million new library opens still waiting to see their team


score this season after they went out of the League Cup in the first


round last night. There was more misery as well for Coventry City


supporters. But Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town pulled off the


shocks of the round. Nick Clitheroe reports.


After they dropped into the third tier of English football in May


Wolves fans were hoping for a season of revival. And it would be wrong to


read too much into their first two matches but those supporters are


still waiting as Ryan Williams late free kick saw them knocked out at


lower division Morecambe last night. If anyone's had a more miserable


summer it would have to be Coventry City's supporters. Playing in yellow


they finished on the wrong end of a five goal thriller for the second


time in three days. Coventry had their captain sent off and missed a


penalty in defeat at Leyton Orient but it was still a far from


disheartening night for their manager. I thought we were to


reflect tonight from when the game kicked off to the final seconds. If


we give performances like that we have every chance of winning games


of foot or this season. There were plenty of winners though including


two of the shocks of the round. Sheffield United must be sick of the


sight of Burton Albion. For the second season running in this


competition the League Two side went to Yorkshire and won thanks to two


goals from Chris Hussey. And Cheltenham Town also knocked out a


team from the division above after a dramatic comeback. They were


trailing 3-1 at home to Crawley before goals from Terry Gornell and


Byron Harrison forced extra-time. Harrison went on to get the winner


as well. I thought he would shocking last week and I told him so. That is


the player I knew I was signing. Also through are Walsall who came


out on top in a Midlands derby with Port Vale. Chris Robertson cancelled


out Ashley Hemmings goal for the visitors and the 90 minutes was


almost up when James Baxendale continued Walsall's flying start to


the season with the winner. Birmingham City are through as well


but needed extra-time to beat Plymouth Argyle at St Andrews.


Shrewsbury Town won't be joining them though. Aaron Wildig's goal not


enough to prevent a 3-1 home defeat by Bolton. And you can see all the


goals from the first round in the League Cup Show on BBC One at 11.35


tonight. For one day only, three busy streets


in Birmingham were closed to traffic today. Not for roadworks, or because


of a crime but to allow children to play. Sarah Falkland's in King's


Heath for us tonight. So Sarah this was a pilot scheme for the city?


Yes, it is a first for Birmingham in recent years. This street, one of


three streets involved in this pilot. For four hours, the roads


were closed and they were handed over to children for them to play.


And not just his street Woodville Road, but two more in King's Heath


as well. Normally busy rat runs, today they were playgrounds for the


children who live here but haven't Midlands archive shows, streets were


often closed off to traffic to allow children to play. But then came


Stranger Danger and an influx of cars. In the pilot streets this


afternoon the only rolling wheels were on bikes and scooters.


started in Bristol. There were two macro mothers who wanted to give


kids opportunities to play so they rolled out a scheme across 30


streets. Birmingham got wind of it through a social inclusion programme


started by the Bishop of Birmingham and they did research into the


benefits of play because kids benefit mentally and physically from


regular playing outside. After the pilot, the hope is other communities


pick up on the idea and run with it. We love the idea. We enjoyed playing


out as children ourselves. It is great. I would like to keep it like


this everyday. Beautiful to get the community and kids together.


it's apt day for this pilot - today is national play day.


The cars are back in today. We have the remnants of the children playing


today with handprints and hopscotch. One thing we have not mentioned is


the impact on motorists and drivers and there has been a degree of


goodwill on both sides. Drivers were good and moved their cars before the


deadline and the organisers have been realistic saying if you need to


get your car back they have allowed a few cars back in. They hope for a


meeting with the council in a few weeks time and they hope Birmingham


can follow the Bristol example and 30 roads could be closed on a


if she has lineage. A beautiful day if she has lineage. A beautiful day


today. Yes, not much to complain about although I am sure we will


find something. Having been spoiled by high temperatures, today seemed


comparatively cooler but temperatures will fall further by


Sunday. Cooler Icelandic air is coming in our direction.


Low-pressure arrives in the North linked up with a cold front. By the


end of the weekend, more unsettled conditions. There was a


deterioration in conditions as we saw more cloud and also showers


breaking out but that was an echo from the disruption caused over the


continent with a lot of cloud and thunderstorms breaking in the


channel. Through this evening and night, the showers will diminish,


much drier conditions, clearest bells and quite chilly again in


rural areas with single figures. For most places in towns and cities,


lows of around ten to 13. Some misty patch is developing tomorrow but


other than that a similar pattern to today, it starts off with plenty of


sunshine and then temperatures up to 22 or 23. Through the afternoon,


cloud developing and we could see some showers breaking out. Generally


a dry picture. We have another weather front on Sunday pushing in


from the west again and that is having the effect of bringing some


rain, patchy rain through tomorrow night. It is a weakening affair. The


cloud will hold temperatures up at 14 to 15. On Thursday, , Friday, the


remnants of the rain, a bit dull and Sending out a signal for the economy


- the Bank of England says interest rates could stay at a record low for


another three years. And outrage when charity workers walk through a


Muslim area. An extraordinary response with many of you getting in


touch. Mich Shelley calls it indecent exposure. " Imagine how


many young eyes saw those two walking about". But Zoe Jackson says


"throwing stuff at people is not acceptable in any way. If they


didn't like it don't look or call the police!" Mohammed Ashraf says


many will find being half-naked offensive whether Christians or


another religion. And from Safran Khan: "Ask yourself would you be


comfortable with semi-naked men walking down the road? I'm not


offended by it, but I wouldn't want my 7-year-old to have to see it. But


Ben Parkes says simply - well done guys, after all it was for charity.


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