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The 16—year—old schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, now settled in


Birmingham. Killing people, blasting schools, it is totally against


Islam. Landowners and farmers say they have been left in limbo because


of plans over high—speed rail. If they converted any of the barns we


could not sell them. The startling number of victims with learning


disabilities who suffer crimes by people pretending to be their


friends. Tai Woffinden shrugs off a broken


collarbone to take the world title. And Shefali has the weather.


Time to pile on the layers. It may be worn now but not for long. I will


have all the details of when the temperatures are set to tumble.


Good evening. The teenage victim of the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, says


it's been hard settling into her new life in Birmingham. She's given her


first interview to the BBC since arriving in this country. It was


last October that Malala was shot in the head in Pakistan after speaking


in favour of education for girls. She was flown to the UK to be


treated in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. In July, on


her 16th birthday, she addressed the United Nations in New York. And this


week she's a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize. Here's our


reporter Hollie Lewis on the remarkable story of the girl the


Taliban couldn't silence. Malala Yousafzai is the most famous


schoolgirl in Birmingham but speaking to Mishal Husain for


tonight's Panorama programme she said coping with the recognition in


her new home has not been easy. They considered me as a good girl


and a girl who worked for children's rights and who was shot by the


Caliban. They never look at me as a normal girl, their friend.


It is a year ago today that Malala was shot on her way home from


school, targeted by the Caliban for speaking up for girls' education. —


the Taliban ban. She was eventually brought to Birmingham for her


rehabilitation. Her story has not —— now been told throughout the world


but less known is the key role played by a doctor at the Birmingham


Children's Hospital. Fiona Reynolds was part of a British delegation to


Pakistan, advising on a liver transplant site —— service, when the


call came through to one of her colleagues asking for help. I was


asked to fly to give an opinion on Malala's condition.


Fiona ended up staying on to advise on Malala's treatment and suggested


Birmingham as a place for her rehabilitation.


I was an anonymous doctor at the centre of world news.


But some of the Pakistani community in Birmingham also fear that


Malala's celebrity status is detracting from the original


message. A lot is happening in Europe and England and her


associates are being deprived of education and we are taking our eye


off that. A lot of people are in similar, maybe worse positions than


heard that are being overlooked. I am not sure what impact is being


made in the regions that she was actually fighting for change to


occur in. Malala's fame is only likely to grow. On Friday she will


find out if she is the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel


Peace Prize. You can see more on tonight's


edition of panorama. Coming up, the parents of a little


girl who died in India say there are still questions to be answered after


her missing organs are finally returned.


It's known as Mate Crime. Victims with learning disabilities targeted


by people pretending to be their friends. Gemma Hayter from


Warwickshire was bullied and murdered. Her tragic story brought


the issue to national attention. Up to a million people like Gemma are


at risk, with some estimates suggesting nine out of ten will be


affected at some time. Anthony Bartram reports.


Gemma Hayter kept the abuse to herself. It was a classic case of


Mate Crime, people targeted because they have learning disabilities. By


retracing the final fatal journey, her sister hopes to find out if


lessons have been learned. This is where her body was found. She was


there, feet here. Facedown. Naked. Her five killers were jailed for a


total of 85 years. While there was no evidence it could have been


predicted, the case raised wider national concerns about community


safety for vulnerable adults. Does anybody in the room know what a Mate


Crime is. If you know, can you hold your —— your card up? We took Nikki


to Stoke—on—Trent to find out what is being done. Every time I get my


money they always hang around asking me to buy them a pint. About a


million people with learning disabilities live in Britain and


nine out of ten are believed to have experienced Mate Crime but hardly


any report it to the police. Nationally there are less than 2000


cases a year, only 143 in the West Midlands. It is one crime statistic


that Staffordshire police want to see go up. We talk to people in the


mental health services, alcohol abuse services, so the most


vulnerable people are being talked to. Nikki has seen how things have


changed since her sister's murder but the figures tell her that more


is won more needs to be done to protect from the OP. —— protect


vulnerable people. With us now is Cathy Jones from the


charity Assist, which aims to give vulnerable people a voice. Good


evening. How vulnerable are people with learning disability to these


sorts of crime? They will always be vulnerable because they are very


trusting and they want to be part of the community but the community


often sees them as different. People do not do different very easily.


Maybe it is in the way they speak, the way they act, and learning


disabilities is a wide programme at so there is a range of different


learning disabilities within there. I think as a client group, when we


are working with them, they have become very accepting that this is


what happens, so they do not tend to voice... You say they are accepting


of this kind of crime? On a lower level, yes. Very accent thing that


it is OK that they are the ones that perhaps are always being asked to


pay for drinks when people have invited them into a group. ——


accepting. Or having money taken off them in terms of theft. Yes, and it


can be cases where, haven't got any money today but there is a cashpoint


over here. So, subtle. The astonishing figures say that up to a


million people could be at risk and nine out of ten have suffered this


kind of thing. Yes, because it is very hidden. As an advocacy service


we try to give a voice to people and we see people on an individual basis


who have learning this abilities and then we have the reach project which


is a group advocacy Project. Usually our job is to listen to the issue


that that individual wants to raise and then raise it with the body they


want it raised with. It is not until you get into discussion and give


examples around the table that they say, this is a problem I have got,


and then they all identified that they have had similar problems.


Thank you very much. I am pleased she will have the


pay—out she has, it will give her everything she needs and wants, but


I am angry that it is still happening to other children and the


hospital have not learned from Hollie's mistakes.


Nearly 100 taxi cabs made in Coventry have been sent to


Australia, but painted white rather than black. The London Taxi Company


has exported 98 ex—demonstrator vehicles to Perth where they'll be


used on a trial basis. If successful, the state of Victoria is


also expected to take the cabs. The MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid,


has been promoted in a government reshuffle.The 43—year—old has become


Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He'd previously held a more junior


Treasury post. And Stoke—on—Trent MP Tristram Hunt has been promoted and


given charge of education in a reshuffle of Labour's Shadow


Cabinet. The director of public prosecutions


says it was right not to charge two doctors over the fact that they


claimed they could arrange abortions based on gender.


There are calls tonight for an overhaul of compensation for


high—speed rail. Some of the areas affected say they have been unable


to plan for their future. The fence on the west side of the


line is going to run down the middle of our drive to the corner of our


house. Another property blighted by HS2. High—speed line runs through


the middle of this farm in Staffordshire. He has faced blight,


disruption and lost land. Now history seems to be repeating


itself. Three years ago he successfully got permission to turn


his barns into houses at HS2 has left those plans in limbo. It has


blighted everything in this area. If we converted any of the barns we


could not sell them. With no compensation from the government and


things still uncertain, he has had to spend £10,000 renewing permission


to develop his barns. We don't know if we are throwing money down the


drain but we have to try and develop this. Pumping station experts say


his situation is not uncommon and have called for a change in the


rules. There would be a number of questions that a farmer or land


owner would ask, for example, how much land are they going to take,


when, and what will they pay and when. The answer to all of those


questions at the moment, we don't know. That is quite unfair for any


business trying to plan for the future. Some people have been


successful in getting compensation. The couple who live here have sold


their house to the government under something called the exceptional


hardship scheme. The house is 350 metres from HS2 but it was still not


easy. This couple struggled to get compensation, featured on Midlands


Today earlier this year. We feel we have been trapped. You can't move on


with your life. You can't make plans. Your life is under someone


else's control. Not everybody has been so lucky and with HS2 still a


long way off in many parts of the region the blight and misery


continues. All this week BBC Coventry and


Warwickshire will be talking to many people affected by HS2.


Our top story tonight, poised to become the youngest winner of the


Nobel Peace Prize, the 16—year—old schoolgirl shot by the Taliban now


settled in Birmingham. Or so tonight, from Judge John Deed


to a member of the jury. Martin Shaw on crossing the court room in a new


drama at Birmingham Rep. And I will be finding out why rail


enthusiasts are spending their time and £400 to bring this beautiful


steam engine back to life. The parents of an eight—year—old


girl have had her organs returned from India after a six—month


campaign. Gurkiren Loyal died suddenly after being given an


injection for mild dehydration in a clinic in India. They hope that


tests here will discover the cause of her death. Here's our health


correspondent, Michele Paduano. This unassuming box represents both


the emptiness of their dreams and the fulfillment of their hope for


justice and answers. It contains their daughters organs and, without


them, pathologists here had no way of investigating the cause of


Gurkiren Loyal's death. It was horrible. It was so painful.


It was brilliant as well that she has come home but there was nothing


we could see, just letters and leaflets that they had stuck on the


outside. The eight—year—old from Birmingham,


seen here in the blue, was enjoying a holiday in India when she became


mildly dehydrated. Her parents took her to a clinic where she was given


an injection. They claim she collapsed instantaneously. Her


organs are due to be wrought to Birmingham coroner 's Court in the


next few days. It will be up to the coroner to decide what tests should


be done and whether to hold an inquest.


According to reports, Gurkiren is one of 35 British citizens who have


died in suspicious circumstances in India and where families want


answers. We were sending off e—mails, getting


no response, making telephone calls. People were quite obviously there


and they were saying they were not there. It has been a complete


nightmare. Her parents can finally lay their


daughter to rest. According to our religion she has to


be complete. We have not scattered her ashes until her organs are


cremated as well. The tales of two Wolverhampton stars


defying injury for world glory. Tai Woffinden says winning the world


speedway championship is reward for all the sacrifices he and his family


have made during his career. The Wolverhampton rider won the title in


Poland on Saturday despite riding with a broken collarbone.


He was riding in pain. But with his mum and girlfriend in the crowd he


was riding for the ultimate prize. Nothing was going to stop Tai


Woffinden becomng world champion. And when he took the chequered flag


in heat five the title was his. His nonstop wheelies showed his


unbridled joy. Tai's still in Poland so today we contacted him via the


internet. At 23 he's the youngest ever world champion. It is an


amazing feeling. A lot of people are saying I am too young, is it going


to make it harder for me in the future, but now I have tasted glory


it is something I definitely want to do again.


And Tai was quick to praise the support of his family and his father


Rob who died three years ago. My dad passed away in 2010 and I


really would have liked him to be here this weekend just gone to see


me when the championship. I want to thank my mum, this was a way of


saying thank you. You could see the smile on her face.


Woffinden's club track of Monmore Green was hosting greyhound racing


today. But promoter Chris Van Straaten was still in admiration of


their new world champion. Immense strength of character, very


much sure at 23. His father would often say, I have carved that boy


out of granite. I think that is true. The pain he must've been


suffering throughout the series was absolutely immense.


It is certainly a night that will live long in the memory of British


speedway fans. And that wasn't the end of the sporting glory for


Wolverhampton this weekend. The gymnast Kristian Thomas won a bronze


medal at the world championships in Belgium yesterday. He's the first


British man ever to win a world medal in the vault discipline. It


was a special moment for Kristian who's had to overcome two major leg


injuries this year. I am absolutely over the moon. About


three weeks ago I did not know I would be coming to the world


championships. It has been a real roller—coaster.


I seriously admire these guys. Absolutely. The three years Tai


Woffinden's family lived in a caravan to fund his dreams. He has


carried on bracing despite the injury. The speedway season has not


finished. The Brummies against Poole Pirates tonight. Kristian thought he


would not compete and it is dangerous as well so an immense


achievement. Arsene Wenger praised West Bromwich


Albion's creative football after their draw yesterday. Albion became


the first team to take the lead against Arsenal this season. Jack


Wilshire equalised for the Premier League leaders. Albion's draw takes


them up to 12th. To prove which city dominated sporting weekend,


Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3—0 on Saturday. Leigh Griffiths scored


twice. Wolves are one point off the top of league one.


With over 100 TV roles to his name, Martin Shaw is widely known for his


work in The Professionals and BBC drama Judge John Deed. He takes to


the stage in another legal drama, 12 angry men, before he goes to the


west end. It is Martin Shaw who takes on the


lead role as juror number eight in the classic 1950s play. It is one of


those parts you can play it lots of different ways. Henry Fonda only


needed to be Henry Fonda. I don't want to minimise that because it


took ten years of work before I learned to make it look like I was


just being myself. I think there might be more to it than simply


being a democratic, candid, fair minded voice of reason.


Martin Shaw is widely known for his work in BBC drama Judge John Deed at


his acting career started in Birmingham. The city has changed


since his childhood. There is a lot more money in it. You have the


Symphony Hall just down the road, one of the finest in the road. And


of course the new library next door. I am not so fond of the


library, to tell you the truth. I am sure it is a magnificent facility


but I think it looks a bit like a neon licorice all sort. Birmingham


remains close to his heart. A lot of my early yearnings were centred


here. I could never have believed that I would be heading up a company


like this prior going to the west end when I was 18. It is lovely to


have that sense of looking back and saying, Cheers, Birmingham.


Interesting what he said about the library! There is something very


special about steam trains. They are so evocative, a window on times


past. A group of locomotive lovers have got together to return once


steam engine back to the rails. Then stood with is next to one train that


looks ready to roll. This actually has not been on the


rails since 1986. I can tell you that we have found some pretty rare


footage of the train in service in 1982 on the seven Valley Railway.


Let me tell you a bit about the history of rock —— locomotive for


93. Built in 1929, these guys found it on a scrap yard in Wales but


recently it has had pride of place in Swindon in a shopping centre.


Luckily these guys felt sorry for it and brought it back here. Duncan


Ballard, you helped to found the friends of locomotive. She was an


iconic locomotive and nobody had cared for her so we set the group


up. For you there are some special memories because you grew up with


her. Yes, she is part of the reason why I have ended up doing this for a


living. Another man who will be paramount is Ian Walker, part of the


locomotives, the manager here at the engine works. For you, it looks


pretty good. I guess a lot needs doing. It looks in museum condition


at the moment but underneath it she needs a lot of work. We have the


cylinders to do big work on, new tyres, all of the mechanics


underneath, so a very big job. This is part of the share scheme, 2


million raised by volunteers. It is just a flagship, isn't it? Yes, we


will overhaul this and a set of Grace Western coaches to run on what


was the great Western rail line. Three years they say it is going to


help them. Hopefully this will be back on the rails by 2017.


It has been another beautiful warm day. What are we doing inside?


It has been a beautiful day. Temperatures reached 18 or 19


Celsius for the Midlands. We have the best of the sunshine in the east


of the country. Things are changing this week, a lot of dry weather


around, perhaps a bit of rain, but the main thing is that there is a


sharp drop in temperatures by Thursday. There is a lot of dry


weather around but high—pressure hovering around, which will exert


more of an influence. It will be drawing B winds from that northerly


direction and they will strengthen at times. —— the winds. That aside,


this is what we have going on tonight. A cold front descending


from the north through the day, which is why things clouded over.


Now the cloud is heading in, later on it will produce some light


drizzly rain in northern areas. At the moment it looks like the South


and central parts are largely dry overnight. The cloud will keep


temperatures into double figures, in 11 to 15 Celsius. For tomorrow the


rain finally gets a move on. It will be a dull, damp day, not a lot of


rain along the front. We are looking at much drier conditions by then,


perhaps even a spot of sunshine, perhaps some showers creeping into


southern fringes. Temperatures on the warm side for the time of year,


up to 19 Celsius in the south, with a moderate south—westerly breeze.


Then we come to the turning point, the pivotal point, which is


Thursday. Wednesday, showers through the region, a series of France from


the north. It is Thursday when we will have highs of 11 Celsius,


feeling much like tonight. The rise in 15 minute care visits


for the elderly and disabled. A leading charity says it is a


scandal. On —— in line for a Nobel Peace


Prize, the 15—year—old shot by the Taliban and now living in




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