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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Mary Rhodes and Nick Owen The


headlines tonight: Family and friends in Warwickshire pay tribute


to a little girl and her mother killed by terrorists in Kenya.


People are very sad. Our condolences are with the family.


Also tonight, how the Midlands is setting the global standard in


automotive technology with a new innovation campus creating hundreds


of new jobs in vehicle technology. Many of the ideas are not coming


out, they are coming from different industries, different people.


Going to auction — farmers in Shropshire count the cost of


tuberculosis in cattle. And it has felt like a return to some today, do


not be fooled. I will have the full forecast later.


Good evening. Friends and family of two victims of the shootings in


Kenya say they are trying to come to terms with what has happened there.


Zahira and Jennah Bawa from Warwickshire were shot in the attack


at a shopping centre. Louis Bawa identified his wife and daughter


from photographs of the bodies. They'd been shopping on Saturday


morning in Nairobi's Westgate Mall when the attack happened. Here's our


special correspondent Peter Wilson. Thousands of miles away, terror and


death stalking a shopping centre in Nairobi. 68 people killed, including


two from Warwickshire. This man, Louis Bawa, was filmed by the BBC


waiting to hear news about his wife and daughter. Both were already


dead. At their home in Leamington Spa last night, Mr Bawa's aunt and


uncle gave their reaction: we are feeling bad. Very bad. To see these


things, we are shocked. Today the family were still desperate for


news. They say that they are trying to follow events in Nairobi by


watching television news, and it was watching the BBC News at the weekend


that a first learned that their family had been involved in this


atrocity. Louis Bawa, Victor Tier with his eight—year—old daughter, ——


pictured here. I met this man, who was born in Kenya, and is a family


friend. It is very sad, very sad. God bless their souls. I hope it


doesn't happen, anything like that in the future. These people should


be stopped. It has been reported that Louis Bawa's wife and daughter


were Muslims, but that did not save them from the fundamentalist


terrorists. They have just taken innocent human life. If you take the


life of any person it is as if you have taken the life of the entire


community. Muslim or non—Muslim, what they have done is completely


against the principles of their own faith. This attack has been expected


for many years. West Midlands Police have long feared a similar scenario


it —— here. One expert says the global nature of our own region can


bring terrorism closer to home. We live in a global centre. You have


got communities from some of the hot spots in the world. Tourists are


going to some of these places. People can easily get caught up in


events, either on one side or the other, as we are recently seeing.


Tonight, Leamington Spa is morning and eight—year—old girl killed in a


far—away place. And Peter joins us now. Is our government here doing


anything to counter the terrorist threat there? They say they are


taking the threat from this organisation very seriously. That


organisation is linked to Al—Qaeda. Apparently they are helping the


Kenyan government in the way that it investigates, detains and prosecutes


terrorists like this. How do these terrible events affect us here? As


that security expert was talking about, the global nature of our


region, articulate Birmingham, very diverse city. The terrorist attack


in Kenya was linked to events in Somalia. We have a big Somalian


population, and a big Kashmiri population. Hotspots like that


around the world have a ripple effect and can affect us here. That


is why effects like today in Kenya means so much to us here. Thank you.


Coming up later in the programme: Patients who've had head and neck


cancer campaign to improve earlier diagnosis — the key to far higher


rates of recovery. A high—tech automotive research


centre could create up to a thousand jobs and make Britain a world leader


in vehicle technology, it's being claimed. The multi million pound


'National Automotive Innovation Campus' will focus on cutting edge


vehicle technology. It's being partly funded by Jaguar


Land Rover which already works closely with Warwick University


where the centre will be based. Already innovating and collaborating


with a variety of car manufacturers — young engineers at the University


of Warwick are set to produce even more world beating technology. Here


they're already leading the way in the development of low carbon


technologies. According to the Professor in charge, it's work that


will become even more important once the new campus opens. Unless the


companies come to the universities and we work together, we will never


create an environment whereby the barrier is removed and they can work


together for the good of the nation. The National Automotive Innovation


Campus will cost £100 million to build and will house around 1,000


academics and engineers. Jaguar Land Rover is putting up half the money —


it already has more than 200 staff working at the university. JLR's


Indian owners Tata are also here. Innovations, new ideas, they don't


come out of the silos, they come from putting people from different


branches, different industries, different institutions together, and


then you get ideas. Developing new technologies is important to any car


company but so too are recruiting the engineers of the future hence


the collaboration with Warwick University. And that, according to a


briefing today, should go some way to dealing with the industry—wide


skills shortage. The National automotive innovation campus will


help because it attracts young people. They understand what it


means to work in manufacturing, and that hopefully makes them think


twice and make a decision to go into advanced manufacturing and


engineering. This is the site where the new campus will be built. Work


starts this time next year. It's set to become the UK's first 'university


of automotive,' training the young engineers of the future. The online


retailer Amazon is creating more than 1000 temporary jobs at its


centre in Staffordshire. It's to meet the managing the business


Christmas season. The company is planning to hire more than 15,000


people across the country, they say many could become permanent


positions. Today marks the half way point of


the badger cull trial in Gloucestershire — as the government


tries to control tuberculosis in cattle. But the cull is only part of


the story The Government has also stepped up testing of cattle and


that's having a huge impact on farmers. Our Rural Affairs


Correspondent David Gregory—Kumar reports now on the rise of the "red


auction." At Market Drayton Livestock Market


they're preparing for a cattle auction. But this one is different.


This one is a "red auction". And a red auction has one important rule.


Every animal that enters the market tonight will have to go straight to


an abattoir and will be slaughtered. And those the rules? Those are the


rules. If just one cow on your farm tests positive for TB the whole


farmers put in lockdown. The only permitted animal movement is direct


to abattoir. And these restrictions have led to the rise of the red


auctions as an alternative to selling direct. Everything from


single trailers to big lorry loads of cattle turning up. They will sell


over 300 animals this evening. They are really popular because they


offer farmers a service they really need. But if you don't like the


price your animal fetches, too bad. It is a once —— it is a one—stop


deal. They hope to get a better price of the come through the


market? It is a fair price. Tonight we will have 20 firms buying. We


used to do one a month, now we have gone to to a month. We will have


three in this month. Definitely to facilitate the extra volume of TB


sick cattle. Read options are so popular now. The rules are the same


for everyone. Whatever the final price they all go direct to


slaughter. Of course, the other part of all


this is the badger cull and David is in Gloucestershire this evening.


David, at the halfway point in the cull do we have any idea how many


badgers have been killed so far? If we're honest, now we don't the


company organising the cull are not saying anything at the moment. It is


not just the marchers out in the fields —— marksman. Protesters have


been collecting video evidence every night. This is what they say is a


badger shot as part of the cull. But the protesters would be the first to


admit they have not seen that many dead or wounded badgers in the first


weeks of the cull, only a handful really. Does that mean the


protesters are having an impact? We are delaying the cull, causing


problems. Or art —— or is it running very smoothly behind—the—scenes?


What happens now? Both sides are gearing up for the final weeks. The


public footpaths are being walked looking for dead or injured badgers.


Meanwhile on the side of the farmers, we see evidence that some


farmers are using cage trapping to catch the badgers. That is an


effective way of carrying out a cull. Those behind the cull were


keen to avoid that. There is some evidence of cage trapping at this


point, but that might be evidence that the cull is not going quite as


well as some people would like. Both sides remain determined, and in


three weeks' time we will find out just how effective and humane the


badger cull in Gloucestershire has been. Thank you very much. It is 18


minutes to seven, are top story: Family and friends pay tribute to a


little girl and her mother killed in the terrorist attack at a Kenyan


shopping centre. Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly,


and also tonight: The best deal on the high street, would—be retailers


compete to get their own shop rent free for six months. And experience


pays, one of county cricket's oldest players is this season's leading


wicket taker. Head and neck cancer affects


thousands of people every year, but attracts far less publicity than


some other forms of the condition. Pub landlord David Bailey is one of


those effected. Surgeons had to remove an eye and his teeth to rid


him of the disease. Now he's supporting a campaign with


doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham that aims to


help people spot the early warning signs, so that treatment has a


greater chance of success. Cath Mackie reports.


David Bailey is doing what he does most days — pulling pints behind the


bar at his pub in Alcester in Warwickshire. Thank you very much,


enjoy your meal. But the scar around his eye is a visible reminder of the


ordeal he's undergone through cancer. This here was taken away,


and all the bone and tissue behind it. Cheekbone. David's face was


reconstructed by doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in


Birmingham. Just relax. They've joined up with doctors from 13


European countries in a campaign to get head and neck cancer higher up


the public agenda. Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common


cancer worldwide. In the UK around about ten years ago, there were 6000


cases diagnosed every year. That's on the rise. There's now about 7,000


new cases. The biggest increase is among young people aged 18 to 30. If


you pick up head and neck cancer early, there is an 80 to 90% cure


rate. Unfortunately, 60% of all the patients we see, the cancer is not


picked up until it is in its late stages. What that means is that the


cure rates fall down to 20%. This woman took little notice at first of


the pain in her mouth. I really didn't think it was great to be


cancer. I didn't consider it at all. I didn't realise that mild


occasional toothache could be a simple but —— a symptom of cancer.


Two inches were cut out of Kay's jaw and she's waiting for more surgery.


But she and David Bailey are the lucky ones — and by supporting the


campaign they hope to save more lives.


With us now is the consultant surgeon we saw in Cath's report


there, Sat Parmar. While our GPs and dentists not spotting the problem


more often? The main problem is the symptoms that people expedience are


very common but they are not commonly associated with cancer.


Anyone who has a cold or so throat, earache, a hoarse voice, those are


very rarely associated with cancer. The GPs were more commonly see


people who have a common cold, and when they do have a patient with


cancer, it is relatively easy for them to assume that the patient has


a relatively mundane problem. What are the symptoms? The symptoms are


on this leaflet here that we will be handing out. So tongue, and


non—healing ulcer in the mouth. A bloody nasal discharge coming from


one side of the nose. Pain in the year on swallowing. This campaign is


called 143, this is the kind of thing you should be seeing your


doctor about. What sort of people are most at risk? People who smoke.


Particularly of you smoke and drink heavily. Those are the common


causes. And the number of cases seems to be going up, why is that?


Partly because cancer is a disease of old age. But actually within head


and neck cancer, we're seeing younger patients getting cancer more


often as well, maybe to do with drinking patterns as well as smoking


patterns. There is a recognised association with infection to the


phalanx. Can that be vaccinated? That is a subject of great debate.


Girls are vaccinated because of survival cancer. Is a vaccination


for boys likely to come along? Cost benefit analyses are being done. You


have to pay for vaccinations. This form of cancer does not seem to get


the attention that breast cancer and prostate cancer gets. Traditionally


it has been because the causative factors have been smoking and


drinking. It is a group of cancers, and they are all quite rare. It is


quite difficult to generate a lot of interest when you have a relatively


small number of patients suffering. And you are trying to generate


interest by, you have a bus. Yes it is going to be in Edgbaston Street.


The purposes art screening as many people as we can. Thank you very


much. And our sister programme Inside Out


West Midlands will have more on this subject later in the autumn. Now to


the problems on the high street. A rather different approach for many


in Staffordshire. Budding entrepreneurs have been pitching


their ideas for revitalising Newcastle under Lyme high street to


a 'Dragons' Den' style panel today. The winners will open up a business


rent free for six months in three of the town's many empty premises. 30


entrants were whittled down to ten finalists, who had to present their


vision to the panel. Holly Lewis reports on how they got on. So


basically think of a wedding fair where they walk in and everything is


under one roof. This allows this to happen within Newcastle.


With a plan for a high end fashion and bridal shop, Joanne Clay entered


the dragon's den today. Listening to her pitch, restaurant franchisee


Eddie Leligdowicz, Sinead Butters, the chief executive of Aspire


Housing, and entrepreneur Mo Chaudry. Different dragons, same


grilling. I am sort of looking at it from a marketing point of view. How


are you going to be able to generate enthusiasm for business? There were


nine other bidders from a fair trade craft centre to an IT security firm.


The competition was the idea of the town centre management team. Things


in the high street, they are pretty bad, we have gone through a downturn


in the economy so we have got to look for innovative ways such as


this to increase the occupancy levels. This is one of the prizes on


offer. An empty shop in a prime position on the high street. Six


months will be rent free, six months have to rent along with a few extra


start—up costs. The whole package is worth around £30,000. Two other


premises are also on offer. With 16% of shops currently vacant in


Newcastle, there's no shortage of choice. The money has come from the


borough council, Aspire Housing and a private landlord. As long as they


underpin spirit is alive and kicking there will always be opportunities


—— entrepreneurial spirit. The public and private sector it are


working together. To inspire a number of young entrepreneurs to


give it a go. Somebody has to have the motivation to give it a go.


After a morning of tension the top three were announced. My winner is


Joe. —— My winner is Jo. The other two were Nest, an arts cafe and


Alpha Clinic, a specialist tattoo company for bald men to replace hair


loss. I could not ask for a better opportunity to start a business, so


really, really chuffed. It is really exciting. This is just the start,


there is so much more to do. I am really looking forward to it. All


three hope to be up and running in the next month.


Dan's here with tonight's sport. And a big night for Aston Villa who


almost reached the final of the Capital One Cup last season. Yes,


Paul Lambert's dream of reaching Wembley was dashed by Bradford City


in the semi—finals. This evening in Round Three, Villa are without


several injured first—team players against Tottenham. But the BBC


football pundit Robbie Savage is tipping a home win tonight. It is a


tough game, Spurs in Europe, big squad. The luck, will it be a shock


if they beat Spurs at home? I'm not sure. The latter two, Spurs one. And


you can follow Villa's progress tonight on BBC WM, 95.6 FM.


Warwickshire may have three players, but Worcestershire can


boast the leading wicket taker in county cricket. And Alan Richardson


has been at it again. At 38 he's one of the oldest players in county


cricket and he's spent the season battling an ankle injury. But that


didn't stop him taking another two wickets today. He's 38 — but you


wouldn't know it. As Worcestershire limbered up for their final match of


the season Alan Richardson was giving it his all. For him it's not


work. I have been a landscape gardener and a few shocking jobs in


my time, so I absolutely love it. I really look forward to my work.


And his efforts are paying off. Richardson's the leading wicket


taker in the country. What he has done since he has been near is


absolutely tremendous. He is also a player who has played through


injuries. He has bitten the bullet and gotten on with it. But


Richardson had the morning off today. Northamptonshire won the toss


at New Road, they asked Worcestershire to bat and it soon


looked a good decision. Northants have been among the wickets this


morning. Before this match started, he had already taken 63 wickets this


summer. More than anyone else in first—class cricket. So Worcester's


cricket lovers had to wait to see their top bowler in action. But they


know a good one when they see one. Absolutely amazing for his age. He


is inspirational. If you see him limping or wincing, you worry. But


fingers crossed he keeps going. Haven't had a consistent bowler like


that for years. Finally this afternoon, Alan Richardson was


unleashed on Northamptonshire. And he didn't disappoint. Apparently the


secret is in his mood swings. I'm very proud of what I do, so I can


get a bit grumpy at times. The lads always say that I am at my best when


I'm grumpy. They give me a bit of grief for it. But I really enjoy


it, it might not look like it on the pitch, but I do. Alan Richardson has


one year left on his contract. But everyone at Worcestershire hopes he


can keep going for a good deal longer.


His grumpy mood might continue. Give us an idea of the story of the


match? Worcestershire made a terrible start. They went on to be


all out for 163 before Northants closed the day on 103 for four. The


weather looked a bit grey there. I should also mention you can get —— a


player can get £10,000, there is a lot at stake.


Finally, speedway fans are already looking forward to Monday night at


Perry Barr. Home advantage for the Birmingham Brummies as they take a


two—point lead into the second leg of their play—off semifinal against


Wolves. There is everything to play for. Hopefully, we'll have all the


Villa goal action here tomorrow evening. For many others —— for many


of us it has been gorgeous. More of the same tomorrow please. The last


of the sunshine, I think it's just about to go. We are in for a mild


but cloudy night tonight. It has been very pleasant today.


Temperatures getting up to around 20 Celsius when the sun did break


through the clouds. It will be a largely cloudy night. We could see


some clear spells in places. But overall, the theme for the next few


days is that we are going to stay quite mild. We did see plenty of


cloud through the morning, but we did see the sun start to burn


through it quite readily and we got clear spells through the day.


Tonight we're going to start to see any holes, particularly over


Birmingham, starting to fill in. That blanket of cloud will make


things feel much milder overnight, temperatures managing to stay in the


mid for most of us. We will get some close spells, particularly over the


south of the region. Temperatures will follow enough to see mist and


fog patches developing. It will be quite a misty, murky, grey start to


tomorrow. We will start to see that burning off quite rapidly. When the


sun comes out again it is going to be another pleasant day. Spells of


sunshine to come, temperatures creeping up to around 20 possibly.


More sunshine to come through tomorrow afternoon, but then we


start to see a slight change. The cloud will thicken, we cannot rule


out the odd shower here and there is weather front start to squeeze in.


Overnight, we will start to see things changing. We will have high


pressure dominating for the start of this week, but through the end of


the week things will turn to a low pressure dominating. And we will


draw on winds from the south—west. Temperatures will start to fall a


degree or two. It will feel cooler as well. Particularly through


Thursday. Over Wednesday night, cloud thickening again, some mist


and fog patches developing, but they will eventually clear. The sun will


come out. As we make our way to the next few days, staying cloudy and


mild, but into the weekend it is cooling off a little and we have got


the return of the rain, I'm afraid. Thank you.


Let's recap tonight's top stories: Ed Miliband promises Labour will


freeze gas and electricity bills for 20 months if they win the next


election. And family and friends pay tribute


to a mother and daughter killed in the terrorist attack at a Kenyan


shopping mall We'll be back at 10pm with the night's football results


and we'll be out with campaigners to find out how they plan to continue


monitoring the badger cull in Gloucestershire. Have a great


evening. Goodbye.


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