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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Brutal,


depraved and disgusting — a judge jails two 17—year—olds for


subjecting another teenager to sexual torture and humiliation. Also


tonight; We'll be live at the privately run Oakwood Prison. As


three inmates stage a rooftop protest, the jail was heavily


criticised this week for poor safety levels. A positive turn of events —


the Warwickshire exhibition company building a new HQ and creating 350


jobs. It is a significant investment for the business and should bring a


Sigg captain regeneration for the area. Putting the spa back into


Droitwich — the campaign to reopen the brine baths. And Rebecca has the


weather. Waterproofs at the ready, we've got a wet and windy weekend to


come. But is it looking like a total washout? I'll have the full forecast


later. Good evening. Two 17—year—old boys have been jailed for ten years


each for assaulting another teenager in Glocucester. They attacked him a


cellar, and subjected him to sexual humiliation and torture, including


burning him with a cigarette. The judge took the unusual step of


allowing the media to name the pair, Kane Lammin and Anthony Ford, after


labelling them as dangerous offenders. From Gloucester Crown


Court, Steve Knibbs reports. Anthony Ford from Swindon and Kane Lammin


from Gloucester. The court heard they carried out a sustained assault


on their 17—year—old victim. It was a prolonged physical and sexual


attack. The nature of some of the crimes are too distressing to


report. They lured the victim to this cellar and stripped him and


physically and sexually assaulted him. Kane Lammin mixed concrete


prouder and pushed —— powder and pushed it into his face.


What do you make of Kane Lammin and Anthony Ford? Scum. Utter scum. I


hope they rot in hell for what they have done. It is time for them to


have a bit of hell back. This is Anthony Ford arriving at court.


Before he was arrested he told a witness that the victim was lucky —


because he wanted to kill him. Him and Kane Lammin blame the influence


of drink and drugs. This case nearly didn't make it to court, because the


victim was too ashamed to talk? Yes, there was a small investigation team


and looked at gaining evidence from all aspects to provide a


prosecution, whether the victim was to give evidence or not. But he


showed a lot of courage and has given evidence. Because they're both


17, we wouldn't normally be allowed to name Kane Lammin and Anthony


Ford, but the judge said it was in the public interest to lift that


ban. He branded them as dangerous offenders and they had added years


on their sentence. He said it amounted to sexual torture and


humiliation and jailed them both for ten years each. Coming up later in


the programme: Putting the police fully in the picture —


Staffordshire's frontline officers wearing body cameras to help gather


evidence. Oakwood Prison near Wolverhampton was put into lockdown


today after three prisoners got onto the roof. It comes in the same week


that an inspection report was released which described the


privately run facility as failing in almost every respect. Our reporter


Giles Latcham is at Oakwood for us now. So what's happened there today?


It started about lunchtime, three inmates getting on to the roof on


one block. We have got a distant shot of them. They were up there for


about five hours before a cherry picker appeared and they persuaded


them to end the protest. We don't know what the protest was about, but


it has come at the end of a bad week for the prison and G4S. The report


criticising the management and rating the prison as poor. We heard


also from the family of an inmate who died here, who say he received a


standard of care below what they expected. The MP for the area is


Gavin Williamson. You will be aware the nick name is Joke Wood. It


appears to be a shambles. It is dreadful. We have seen a situation


where inmay wants have been on the roof and there has been a loss of


control. This must be addressed. The decision by your Government to award


G4S a £750 million contract looks poor value for money. Most of my


constituents and most viewers don't want to see the government spending


£30,000 a year to keep people in prison. They want to drive down the


cost of keeping people in prison. What we have got to see is how we


can get the best value for money, but making sure this prison is


properly run and that it is well run. Looking forward, the Justice


Secretary's remarkets in February, Oakwood is a model for the future.


That needs revuz sitting — resiz sit — revisiting. We don't want to pay


over the odds to keep people in prison, but we have to make sure


prisons are well run and secure and the staff are properly trained and


more importantly is my constituents are safe and that there is no chance


of inmates getting out. Thank you. A couple of ambulances left shortly


after this incident. G4S said no one was injured. But they are conducting


their own investigation. Thank you. A Warwickshire—based company which


works in the events industry says they're beginning to see signs that


the economy is growing. Freeman is expanding in the UK— creating


another 350 jobs and building new headquarters. Laura May McMullan


reports. Freeman are a company on the move. They set up large scale


exhibitions and like to make a big impression. They're also in big


demand. They've provided displays, stands and big screens for the


Chelsea Flower Show, the Grand Prix and the Olympics. In fact the


company services more than 1,000 events a year. ??FORCEWHITE Demand


for their service is growing. That's why in the next year a new


headquarters will be built at the Prologis Park at Ryton near Coventry


and create 350 jobs. The exhibition event industry, we are usually the


first to notice when a recession starts, because we are the first


budget to be cut, but when the market starts to recover, we are the


first to see the green shoots and we are seeing those. That is part of


our decision to invest here. And the owner flew over. My father started


the business in the United States in 1927 and we have grown through there


to be one of the largest exhibition contractors in the world today.


Across the county there are a vast number of developments which will


create more employment. It's hoped the £300 million MIRA technology


park will bring in more than 2,000 jobs. And the Coventry and


Warwickshire Gateway, will eventually provide up to 10,000 new


jobs. Over the next few years we can attract up to 20,000 jobs to this


region. Confident the economy is looking healthy here. Opportunities


at Freeman are already being advertised. The company hopes to


have all its new staff in place by next summer. And there'll be more


about the employment picture here in the Midlands on the Sunday Politics


this weekend at the slightly later time of 11.15 on BBC1. This week


Patrick Burns will be asking why almost 200,000 people are


underemployed when they'd prefer a full time job and you can find more


on his blog. Two men have pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Mosque


in Gloucester in June. 37—year—old Clive Ceronne and 20—year—old Ashley


Juggins admitted a charge of arson relating to an attack on the


Masjid—E—Noor Mosque. They'll be sentenced next month. A coroner is


to write to the Government after a man died from a caffeine overdose


after eating too many high energy mints. 40—year—old John Jackson from


Darlaston, who suffered from a serious liver condition, ate a whole


tin of Hero Instant Energy mints. Each one contained 80 milligrams of


caffeine. Staffordshire Police have begun issuing body camera kits to


all frontline officers. The force believes it's the first in the UK to


give all officers the equipment. The camera pictures can be used in


evidence, and are part of the force's police and Crime


Commissioner's pledge to used technology to help officers work


more efficiently. Liz Copper has more. On patrol from a PC's point of


view. These officers checking on businesses in Newcastle—under—Lyme


are among the first to get these cameras. They're attached to police


uniforms and will be used for evidence—gathering. We would write a


witness statement and describe the scene, now we have video evidence,


it gives us real time evidence. The court sees what we see when we go to


these incidents. Here the cameras were used during the pursuit of a


suspect. They can also capture evidence from witnesses and victims


of crime. At the end of their shifts, officers return to a central


hub where footage can be viewed. 530 of these cameras have been


purchased, that is enough for every front line police officers, PCSOs


and specials. The cost has been around a third of a million pounds.


Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner made acquiring new


technology an election pledge and insists the cameras will be good


value for money. There will also be safeguards in place to protect the


public. They will only be used as an incident kicks off. So it is not a


question of police officers walking around filming everything, it is


very targeted. What do voters make of the new cameras? For some people,


yes, they may see it as an intrusion of privacy, this that and the other.


But I think filming has benefits and it clarifying the fact that one word


against another is one thing, but when it is there in black and white


on film, there is no disputing it. Some people might not want to be


filmed, so I would say no, it's not a good idea. They say the camera


never lies, so yeah, brilliant idea. All officers will receive training


to use the cameras over the next few months and the success of the scheme


will be monitored not just in Staffordshire, but in other force


areas too. This is our top story tonight: Brutal, depraved and


disgusting — a judge jails two 17—year—olds for subjecting another


teenager to sexual torture and humiliation. Your detailed weather


forecast to come shortly from Rebecca. Also in tonight's


programme: From a 400 metre sprint to a half marathon, the sportsmen


stepping outside their comfort zone. And going head to head — the two


Birmingham Choirs through to the Songs of Praise Gospel final.


Droitwich Spa has been without its brine baths for five years. A


meeting was held today as part of a campaign to get the historic baths


reopened. The natural springs in the area contain one of the strongest


concentrations of salt in the world — which at 30% is similar to the


waters of the Dead Sea. Bathing in the waters became fashionable in the


late nineteenth century, but the last public brine baths in the town


closed in 2008. Our reporter Ben Sidwell is in Droitwich Spa for us


now. So does today's meeting mean they could be reopened? Well that is


what they have been discussing in this meeting. We will find the


results in a few moments. Sips Roman —— since Roman times they have been


connected with brine and it is the only Spa town without any Spa


facilities at all. To they're desperate to get the brine baths


back. In their heyday people travelled from far and wide to


experience the brine baths of Droitwich Spa. Today the entrance to


the baths is the town's museum and tourist information centre. The site


of the pools, a private hospital, where the last brine bath in


Droitwich Spa closed in 2008 on health and safety grounds. There is


no future for the brine baths on the site where it is. So it has to be


somewhere different. So the future is quite dull until somebody comes


forward with some money. Right up until their closure the baths were


used as a medicinal aid and a leisure experience. Now campaigners,


doctors and businesses in the town are joining forces in an attempt to


get them re—opened. The private hospital wouldn't let us film


inside, but in a statement said: For businesses like the St Andrew's


Town Hotel, a new brine bath will bring more than just health


benefits. The amount of tourist foot fall we have is not as strong as it


could be. With the brine baths, I just cannot begin to imagine how


much of an impact that would have. But for us it would be enormous.


??FORCEDWHTIE If the baths don't return, there's already talk that


the town could lose it's Spa title, but campaigners say that's simply


not an option. In our view, it is going to happen. We put five years


of work into this already and we are prepared to go for another five


years if necessary. But take it from me it is going to happen. But with


the cost of a new brine bath estimated at anything between £1 and


£3.5 million, it could be a long time before anyone's able to enjoy


the town's water again. The meeting finished a couple of moments ago and


there was the local MP. What was the outcome of the meeting? We had a


unified sense of purpose and we have an exciting offer, the brine water,


which is special, we think we can make an attractive offer to a


private investor. This is part of the heritage of the town. It is the


heritage of the town. Droitwich is built on salt and the meeting we can


more confident that we can rebuild that salt heritage. Is there a


chance that it could go back to where it is in the private hospital.


I think we need to look more broadly. There are other sites too.


We have the right facility that people can use and the Spa has


benefits. We are going to make it attractive to a private investor.


What is the real chance of this happening. It is better tonight than


a long time. We have a unified sense of purpose. What they say is they're


desperate for their heritage back here. It is part of tourism. Without


this, this could be just yet another commuter town. Thank you. A


delegation from Coventry has been visiting Yorkshire today to see how


restoration work has been carried out at a monastery which was linked


to the city's own Charterhouse Priory. They were hoping to pick up


ideas about how to reopen Charterhouse to the public and even


ended up being blessed by a vicar for their trouble. Kevin Reide


reports. This is the the former monstery in Yorkshire. Today a team


of dignitaries from the town came to see it for ideas on how it can be


transformed. We are looking at plans to open it up to the public for a


heritage park on some 38 acres. The whole idea is to look at how English


heritage run their own attraction and the budgets they're spending and


how they operate their staff and get ideas for what displays we should


put into our Charterhouse. We have re—created one building that the


movengs would —— monks would live in. They lived a very austere life


and were encouraged to believe they had no self—worth. They had no


possessions. So they lived a very harsh, personal life. Spending most


of their time in contemplation and prayer. And word in these parts is


those who broke their silence were September to Coventry's Charterhouse


— hence the term sent to Coventry, but that has been dismissed. That


story came from the round heads and cavaliers, where the royalists were


imprisoned in Coventry and in St John's church. We have come to put


them right they can't nick sent to Coventry. It is ours. We give


thanks... The visit ended with a blessing from clernly from Coventry


and the area around Mount Grace. Here's Dan Pallett with the sport.


And rugby. It's been a disappointing start to the season for Gloucester


rugby club. They've only won two league matches and are third from


bottom of the Premiership. And life is unlikely to get any easier this


weekend as they start one of the toughest groups in the European Cup.


Nick Clitheroe reports. After their stuttering start to the season,


every one of Gloucester's players have been told they will get a


chance in the club's first two European cup matches. So there's


been an intensity at training this week as they try to impress the


coaches ahead of the visit of Perpignan. They're big lumps, all


across the park, not just in the forwards but in the backs, we know


some of the running ability they have got there, a couple of old


players we have got there are now playing out there and they have some


quick backs, so a very good side. Gloucester are expected to challenge


at the top of the English rugby, but find themselves at the wrong end of


the Premiership table after their early struggles. They have even lost


at Kingsholm — where visiting teams used to fear to tread. Being drawn


in a European group which also includes Munster has just added to


the pressure. So what is going wrong? Results have perhaps


justified some of the criticism. But they have a young side there, very


capable personnel. But the key thing for them is about taking their


chances when in the opposition 22 and keeping the pressure on. Their


discipline's letting them down and it's costing they will field


position and they're inviting pressure on themselves. From our


point of view we just want to enjoy the moment and enjoy the


opportunity. It is a chance for us to park our league form behind us


for a couple of weeks and try and build some momentum in what is a


fantastic tournament. It is too early to panic though and if


Gloucester win tomorrow then a lot of that pressure will be relieved.


So after a disappointing start to the season what needs to change for


Gloucester? Well plenty already has. Gloucester have made six changes to


the team which lost at home to Exeter in the Premiership last week.


The main problem is that the forwards are being out—muscled. The


forwards decide who wins a match — the backs by how many! But


Worcester's start has been even worse. They've lost all five games


in the Premiership. Tomorrow they're away to French side Oyonnax in the


Jura mountains in France. It's in the European Challenge Cup.


Worcester really could with a good result. Now, a week on Sunday 20,000


runners will flood the streets of Birmingham for the Great Midlands


Run. It's a challenge for everyone. But if your specialism was sprinting


— then 13.1 miles is a very long way. And I've been to see two former


professional—sportsmen who're stepping well outside their comfort


zones. They've done this more times than they care to remember. Getting


ready for a training session was a way of life for former Villa winger


Mark Walters and sprinter Phil Taylor. They can do stretching


exercises in their sleep. But this time it's different. Running a half


marathon is a new challenge. The body can put up with most things,


but it is the mind. Now I have got that sorted and I'm prepared to put


my body through it now. The biggest distance I raced over was 400


metres. So o' to —— to do over ten miles will be a big challenge. So


they've been poundings the parks and streets of the Midlands getting


ready for the big race. It's a far cry from Walters Villa days. He'll


admit himself that his former managers won't believe he's to


tackle a half marathon. Taylor was a former runner and won gold at the


European indoor championships in Birmingham in the 4 by 400 metres.


Injury forced him to retire at 25 — now aged 28 he's got a new


challenge. When you leave a sport through injury, you often try and


find something to replace it with. It is weird, but you enjoy the pain


of it. I considered a number of sports, but I thought technically


I'm OK at running. Both are running for charity. Taylor for the RSPB —


Walters to fight the blood disorder sickle cell anemia. They might be


former professional sportsmen but a week on Sunday they'll be just two


faces among 20,000 runners giving it their all. Good luck to all these


runners. Mark Walters said he wants to get inside two hours 15 and Phil


wants to do it in an hour and a half and that is fast. That is the


competitive spirit. Two Birmingham choirs have been going head to head


for the title of the Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year. We'll find


out on Sunday whether the Birmingham Gospel Choir or the Town Hall Gospel


Choir took the honours after both made it through to the final. But as


Matt Sandoz has been finding out — it's been a labour of love for both


choirmasters taking part. Hello. The reassuring voice of nurse Maxine


Brooks. After caring for patients, she takes up the role of choir


master in preparation for the Songs of Praise gospel final.


It has been fantastic. Somebody said there was a competition and they


said you should enter. I said yes. So we did a lot of rehearsals,


recorded it and sent it off and just prayed hard! Then we got the woord


that we —— woord that we were one of the finalist and we were so pleased.


Over a million people watched two Birmingham choirs beat off


competition from all over the country to reach Sunday's final. The


battle will see Maxine's community choir go head—to—head with the town


hall gospel choir, led by Colin Anderson. Absolutely amazing. Really


it is. Just never dreamt that we could get anywhere close to this. So


yes, we are thrilled. Who will win? We will have to wait and see. One


thing for certain is the city has two choirs to be proud of. And you


can find out which choir won, on Songs of Praise this Sunday at a


quarter past four here on BBC1. Still in a dilemma about whether to


turn the heating on? Here's Rebecca Wood with the forecast. You may need


to turn it on this weekend to dry off your rain coat. We have had


plenty of rain today and we have still more, particularly in eastern


parts. Those north—easterly wind haven't gone anywhere and they're


making things feel cooler and temperatures are below average. It


has been a cloudy day today. There have been some spits and spots of


rain and a few breaks in the cloud, but they have been very few and far


between. That cloud isn't going anywhere for the next few hours. A


dry start to the night fo most of us. The further east you are, you


are more likely to see some rain. That cloud is going to help, because


temperatures will manage to stick into double fishings for —— figures


for most of us. That rain is continuing in eastern parts. So a


damp start in the east tomorrow. But still some uncertainty as to how far


this band of rain will move across the west. It could spread across


most places. Around that there will be some breaks in it that will allow


for some brightness. Temperatures up to 13 Celsius. But those winds


taking the edge off them. Then another wet night to come tomorrow.


The rain will start to move northwards, with some heavy rain


over Staffordshire and Shropshire. And then some mist and fog patches


developing further south. Over night temperatures around nine Celsius.


But the rain is not going anywhere. By Sunday we still have low pressure


come Dom —— dominating and this weather front making things rather


wet for Sunday. It is going to be another day with temperatures up


into double figures for most of us. But a wet affair and as we move


through to the start of the new week t it is getting more settle. —


settled. Tonight's headlines from the BBC Royal Mail shares rise by a


third on the first day of trading, critics say the taxpayer has been


shortchanged — but the prime ministers insists the sale has been


a success. Brutal, depraved and disgusting — a judge jails two 17


year olds for subjecting another teenager to sexual torture and


humiliation. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock


with your next news. Have a great evening. Goodbye.


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