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again at Birmingham's past and rediscover its treasures.


Police say, hand yourself in. We are concerned his mental health and


well`being was an issue and that is why he has absconded. He would have


been eligible for parole next year. Also denied: Polish ` petitioning


for paramedics. A campaigner whose grandson nearly died while waiting


for an ambulance, Luxor and hundreds thousands supporters. Something has


got to be done and I'm going to keep banging doors until something done.


The bookies favourite, this burning artist is up for the prestigious


Mercury prize tonight. A dramatic night at St Andrews.


Stoker through to the quarterfinals of the league cup after beating


Birmingham on penalties. And there is not much in the way of


driving that weather ` dry weather later this week. Join me later and I


will give you the full forecast. Good evening. A convicted murderer


is on the run after escaping from Hewell prison near Redditch. This is


Alan John Giles. He was given two life sentences nearly 20 years ago


after being found guilty of kidnapping and killing 16`year`old


Kevin Ricketts from his Birmingham home.


On the 31st January 1995 16`year`old Kevin Ricketts left his home in


Quinton to catch a bus to college but he never arrived. On the 17th


July 1997, despite Kevins body not being found, Giles was convicted of


his kidnap and murder. This is the current picture that we have of Alan


Giles. Police said they were trying to trace him urgently. One theory is


he may be intent on suicide. We are concerned his mental health and


well`being was an issue and that is why he has left the prison. We are


keeping an open mind. We are currently focusing on the South


Warwickshire area. We have a large team of detectives looking and


leaving no stone unturned. On the 31st of January, the boy left his


home to catch a bus to college. On the 17th of July, despite Kevin 's


body not been found, Alan Giles was convicted of his kidnap and murder.


On the 28th July 1998, the police discovered his remains in a garden


in Edgbaston. Giles was the boyfriend of Kevin 's older sister


and he murdered him as an act of revenge, after she ended their


relationship. At the time of his disappearance, Kevin 's family made


public appeals for help. They are said to be distressed by his killers


escape. Police officers are with them but it is not thought Giles


poses any threat to them. It is odd that Alan Giles should choose to


escape now because in less than a year, he would have become eligible


for parole. In the past, he has demonstrated he has a conscience,


telephoning the police from prison after his conviction to confess to


the murder of Kevin Ricketts and to tell them whether he had buried the


body. This prison houses more dangerous category B inmates but


also category D inmates. People in Redditch to go out in the open part


of the prison and so they should. I'm not too sure whether someone who


was a child killer should have been there. I'm asking those questions,


whether he should have been there. The police say Giles shouldn't be


approached. Anyone who sees it is asked to call them on 909.


Coming up later in the programme: a return to the Ricoh? New talks on


the cards for Coventry City football club to go back to its home ground.


A man from Shropshire whose grandson nearly died while waiting for


paramedics ` has launched an online petition to try to improve the


service. Paul Passant from Bridgnorth claims people are having


to wait too long, because there are not enough ambulances to cover the


County. Our Health Correspondent Michale Paduano has the details.


Last Decenber, Paul Passant promised his grandson that he would improve


ambulance services in Shropshire, but it appears that the service has


run into trouble again. Baby Thomas, had a heart condition and collapsed,


although a paramedic arrived quickly it took 41 minutes for an ambulance


to reach him and he could have died. Nearly a year on, other patients


have had long delays. It is just not good enough. People don't seem to be


taking this seriously. When I started the Thomas campaign, until


the day I die, I'm going to improve ambulance provision. Now it has gone


countywide. Something has got to be done. I'm going to keep banging on


doors until something is done. The BBC understands that a patient


needing urgent surgery had to wait more than an hour to be moved from


hospital in Telford, to Shrewsbury on October 14th. Paul has started an


online petition after hearing that a dementia patient with a broken hip


waited an hour for an ambulance in the rain. If we can get 100,000


signatures, questions can be asked in Parliament to the Health


Secretary about what he is going to do about the situation. West


Midlands Ambulance Service says it needs an extra ?1.2 million to


provide an adequate level of service in Shropshire. That would mean two


more ambulances. The reality is we have been chronically underfunded


and we have raised this with the trusts and again two years ago with


the commissioners is an issue. We still have not managed to address


the under resourcing It says with more funding it meets its targets in


another rural county Herefordshire. In these areas. The Shropshire


commissioners say it is always difficult providing an ambulance


service in rural areas. They say since 2009, they provide an extra


million pounds and if they were to give any more, that would mean other


local services would have to suffer. Mr Passant doesn't care whre the


funding comes from, he just wants to ensure that no child in Shropshrie


dies. Michele is here now. There seems to


be a bit of a disagreement between the ambulance service and those who


pay for the service. It is a right royal fight. The


ambulance says they need an extra ?1.2 million. The commissioners are


saying today they are meant to make 4% efficiency savings and they have


got enough money to do the job. Whatever else is going on, what is


interesting is in the old days, these ` the NHS would not be having


this kind of fight but in the New World, these fights are going to


take place were often So is Shropshire in a unique position in


apparently under funding this service?


I understand Warwickshire has already ` historically not paid as


much money as some areas. There is an anomaly. We've heard that


Herefordshire is meeting its targets because they put more money into the


system. What will happen going forward is anybody's guess because


this is quite an unusual situation. We've got to hope that it is not


going to be a long cold winter because there are concerns.


A new ?4.5 million Helicopter has been bought by the West Midland Air


Ambulance. It's the first aircraft actually owned by the charity, which


until now has leased them instead. Completely funded through public


donations the ambulance will be based at RAF Cosford after being


fitted with medical equipment in Germany.


A father who set fire to his house, killing his wife and seriously


injuring his three daughters has been found guilty of murder and


arson. Mohammed Riaz Inayat deliberately started the fire in


Sparkhill in in April. His wife, Naika Inayat died in the blaze.


Sentencing him to life imprisonment, the judge told him, he must spend a


mininum of 22 years in jail. Coventry City Football Club have


called for new talks with the City's council about returning to the Ricoh


Arena. The club has been playing its home games in Northampton since


leaving the Ricoh in the summer, in a dispute over unpaid rent.


They released a statement today in response to comments made by


Councillor Anne Lucas, the leader of Coventry City Council last week when


she said she would like to see Coventry City playing back at this


stage at Christmas. In the statement, the club were direct.


They asked the question which was, is she prepared to discuss a


freehold sale of the Ricoh? That would mean selling the Ricoh


including the hotel the casino and the conference halls as well as the


stadium itself to the club. The statement also added that the owner


of the Sisu hedge fund which owns the club. Joy Seppala will be


writing privately to Councillor Lucas shortly in order to find out


exactly what the council's position is.


So has the leader responded? Yes, late this afternoon, Councillor


Lucas said she heard an invite for Joy Seppalla to meet with her. If


Joy Seppala is serious about wanting to discuss a possible deal, then we


need to talk soon. She also says she is disappointed but not surprised by


the personal nature of the attack on her by Coventry City Football Club.


What are the fans saying? I think the fans are no nearer to


knowing if ever and if so when their beloved Sky Blues will return to the


Ricoh. One supporters' group said there's a lack of trust. There is a


huge issue about whether fans trust the owners of the club. There was a


poll in the local newspaper recently which said two thirds of people


actually say the arena should not be sold to them. For a long time, they


have been promising they are going to build a new ground so a lot of


people are questioning whether they are going to do it. Tonight,


Coventry City fans are still no closer to knowing whether their club


will ever play here. In the meantime, they will continue to play


their football in Northampton, 34 miles away.


The Birmingham singer Laura Mvula will find out later tonight whether


she's won the prestigious Mercury prize for her album Sing to the


Moon. She's up against 11 other artists


including David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. Laura grew up in


Birmingham, training at the city university's conservatoire as well


as being a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra. With me now is Michael


Woltars who's the Deputy Head of Composition at the conservatoire.


You must be very proud. So you must be pretty proud? I am very proud,


yes. What was she like as a student? In many ways she was like every


other student, working on her things, trying to do watch was


interested in the best way she could. What was interesting, was I


looked today at absolute feedback and I saw there was a piece of


coursework where I asked her to arrange a piano piece. Students


could choose whatever they wanted. Most people chose a string orchestra


or full orchestra. She chose voice which is quite old when you think


about it. It's a quite odd choice. You can see that in the album. It is


all about voice, all about her voice and the way she uses it. The


foundations were already there. She is like many other students, you


say, but could you see something a little bit special?


Here, of course, but it took awhile. The way we teach condition of the


conservator is we are really interested in what the students can


bring. We don't force them to write in a certain style for example. That


is difficult for some students because they think they have to


conform but they don't have to. It takes them to a three years to


understand and start doing what they really want to do.


She is clearly doing what she wants to do now but when you see her


performing now, is there anything of the old student Laura that you


recognise as she totally different? You know, the smile. The first thing


that you think of as the smile, the amazing smile that she has. That was


always there. She was always dressing in a glamorous way, of


course. But then, you see the videos and you see her on stage and she


looks OK diva. She has been described as a diva. As a student,


there was nothing of the Deaver about her. She was just a lovely


girl. I am sure you are going to have your fingers crossed my.


This is our top story tonight: On the run, convicted murderer Alan


John Giles escapes from Hewell prison. Police appeal to hand


himself in. Your detailed weather forecast to


come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: down to the wire, a night


of drama in the league cup ends in penalties between Birmingham and


Stoke. And do you know your Brummie


history? The author who says its time to look again at the city's


past. When you're just 11 and severely


disabled, playing outside with other children can be a real challenge.


That's why Shannon Hale's parents wanted to turn their run`down back


garden into a safe haven. Their hearts sank though when quotes for


the work came in at thousands of pounds. Then they heard about a new


Black Country charity, Love to Give, which aims to help those most in


need. Shannon's garden transformation is


well underway. Shannon Hale from Kingswinford has


never seen quite so much activity in her back garden. Gone are the broken


fences and rough grass. In their place a team of volunteers, over


half way thru a free make over. It's kindness her mum and dad find hard


to take in. I was nearly in tears. I said don't make me cry yet! We


always seem to think that we have bad luck, not good enough. To us,


this doesn't exist. It doesn't happen to people like us. We don't


get this sort of support. Businessman Steve Grove and boxing


promoter Pete jackson are the male equivalents of fairy godmothers.


They set up a charity called love to give earlier this year, which aims


to help children and young adults. When you meet these parents, they


are so down`to`earth. You think, what can we do for this family? We


just want to help and that is what keeps us going. Other volunteers


come into the garden with us and we are giving something back. It costs


nothing to give something back. This is the first garden they did for a


little disabled boy called Jack from Woolaston. Organising a trip up ben


Nevis for 45 complete strangers was one of many fundraisers. We meet


people and decide together. We do an event, raise the money. We don't get


it given to us. Then we spend the money on that child directly so


every penny raised, you can see where it is going. Speaking of the


pennies, Emma here might be painting Mr Tumble, but usually she works at


Dudley building society. Steve pulled a few strings with her boss.


They are top blokes, may I say? They are unbelievable. All the workers


that cannot help. They are unbelievable people. When it's


finished there'll be a Wendy house, astro turf and a swing but most


exciting of all, a trampoline. In the future Shannon can share


playtime with her younger brother and sister.


It was a night of drama at St Andrew's last night as Birmingham


City took on Stoke City in the League Cup. It went to extra time


and penalties as both sides fought it out for a place in the quarter


finals. With winter starting to bite the


fans had wrapped up against the chill but this was a game which left


everyone who watched it with a warm glow. Premier League Stoke City have


struggled for goals this season but took charge thanks to this this


stunning effort from Oussama Assaidi. Championship Birmingham


fought back and levelled through Tom Adeyemi. The balance of the tie


seemed to have shifted for good when Wade Elliott was sent off just


before half`time for an arm in the face of Assaidi. Stoke seemed to be


cruising into the next round when goals in the second half from Peter


Crouch and Marko Arnautovic gave them a 3`1 advantage. But this is a


competition in which Birmingham have thrived in recent years and the 2011


winners staged a stunning comeback. Substitute Peter Lovenkrands scored


twice. The second deep into stoppage time and amazingly the ten men had


earned an extra half an hour. Once more Stoke gained the upper hand.


Kenwyne Jones with their fourth. But sloppy defending allowed Olly Lee to


score his first goal for Blues and take the tie to a penalty shoot`out.


There was to be far less drama here as Birmingham missed their first two


and Stoke ruthlessly took advantage. But while their players celebrated


with the fans it was the Birmingham supporters who seemed to have taken


even greater heart. Unbelievable. To come back from that scoreline, with


ten men, says an awful lot for the team spirit. I thought they were


outstanding. You couldn't have asked for anything else really. I just


wished we could have been in the next round to thank the fans and


also let the players have some report ` reward. I'm so proud of


them. We made a dog 's dinner of it to be perfectly honest. They


switched off. Stoke City will learn their quarterfinal opponents when


the draw is made this evening. Best Selling Author and Birmingham


resident RJ Ellory, says that the people of the city have forgotten


its history. The crime writer is presenting his arguments at one of


the CityTalks Public Lectures being hosted by Birmingham City University


tomorrow evening. Birmingham, the UK's second city,


home to diverse communities and the youngest population in Europe. But


what do we know about its history? I know more about the Black Country


than Birmingham. Leaders of industry helped to promote the industrial


revolution. I'm sorry but we can't be much up to you. We come from


Dorset. Now Birmingham author RJ Ellory is on a mission to remind us


all about our heritage. I meet him on Vincent driveby the Birmingham


University Station. Here we are at the original footprint of the Roman


fort built on the seventh century which established the first


residence in this part of the country. So why are you on this


personal mission to educate at the moment? Birmingham is a hugely


undervalued, hugely under recognised and hugely underappreciated city.


Fed up of people viewing the city as a dark, drab place, Roger has


reseacrhed the orgins of Birmingham. In the 12th century it became a


market town. Its founders remembered inside St Martin's at the Bullring.


We have here teams ` tombs of the original family which established


Birmingham. They were the people who obtained the Royal Charter that


enabled a market to be opened here in the first place. And not many


people know about them. Even people who have lived here all of their


lives. And so for those who live here, a reminder to sing the city's


praises. From it's musical pioneers, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran and ELO


to industrial pioneers like Boulton Whatt and Murdoch. RJ Elloree wants


all of us to stand proud. It was here that the Spitfire was built.


Had we not had the Spitfire, it raises the question, would we have


won the Battle of Britain? Would we now have the nation that we have? It


is a reminder that should never be forgotten of how much we, as


Birmingham citizens, have contributed to culture, industry,


the arts all over the world. From the old to the new. He once all of


us to celebrate Birmingham 's rich heritage.


Of course Birmingham's rich heritage also includes the history of the


motor car. By the late 1960s Longbridge was the largest car plant


in the world and employed around 250,000 workers. But in 2005 the MG


Rover Car plant closed. Now though the area is being given a boost with


some public art. So what's happening?


Well, tonight here at Bournville College there's a taster of whats to


come over the next 12 months in Longbridge. A new annual festival of


lights inspired by the Fete des Lumieres from Birmingham's sister


city Lyon, as well as pieces of public art made by atrisst alogn wth


residents here are some of the highlights that feature in this nwe


Public Art Strategy for the area. Let's speak now to the lady leading


the project. Why do this? Bournville College has an important milestone


coming up with their centenary. They asked me to develop a strategy to


further support the community and the regeneration of Longbridge. How


will it work? Imminently, we will have nine artists in residence that


will be spread across Longbridge and they will simply have conversations


with people here. They will be inspired by the historical context


and hopefully that will inform their concept development for public art.


It doesn't sound very interesting. Let me turn to the leader Birmingham


City Council, Sir Albert Bore. To what extent can public art


regenerate an area? Public art doesn't in itself regenerate an


area. It brings life and character into an area which is being


regenerated. Public Art of this quality, I think, is essential, to


help bring the area alive and make it somewhere that people want to be.


This project will cost ?400,000. Bournville College and arts Council


West Midlands have funded it. To what extent can public art play a


role in regeneration? Without vibrancy and public art, without


culture, the city is not alive. This all kicks off next year with a


festival for the community. It will bring brightness to an area which


has seen some dark days. We are struggling on that front


because we have come to the part of the week where we are moving from


November... From October to November. It will bring showers and


any dry periods will be brief indeed. Once again, the winds are


also going to be strengthening as we head into the weekend. That does not


bode very well for Halloween or those bonfires. At the moment,


fortnight as tomorrow, we have these two fronts which are passing


through. After that, the remainder of the week is driven by low


pressure pushing in from the West. We have two areas this time that


pushing in but it will not bring storms. Nevertheless, there will be


gusty winds and heavy rain showers. As for this evening, right now, we


have light rain crossing the region. It will move away to the south`east,


leaving or parts dried, clear and quite cold. Particularly so for


rural areas. Elsewhere, temperatures will be at around six to nine


Celsius. Some fairly widespread mist and fog patches developing through


low`lying areas. Once that disburses, it will shift eastwards


and we could see a spot of sunshine first thing. More cloud is going to


gradually piling during the course of the day. It will bring a band of


rain to all parts. Some of that could be heavy. Most of it is going


to be light. Temperatures although the degree also lower than today,


the wind will also be slightly stronger from that south`westerly


direction. Overall, it would be quite cool. The rain will still


linger into the night tomorrow. It will eventually clear up and then we


will see more piling from the West. With all that cloud, it will not be


quite as cold as tonight. We will not see any frost. As I said, as we


head into Friday itself, we've got rain and more rain and showers over


the weekend. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:


The prosecution opens its case in the phone hacking trial and says


former News of the World bosses knew what was going on. On the run,


convicted murderer Alan John Giles escapes from Hewell prison, police


appeal to hand himself in. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be


Everyday normal things that everybody does is where I use my energy.


I haven't got an extravagant lifestyle,


I've not got a hot tub outside or something like that.


In essence, it is a choice between heating or eating.


We will still eat and we will still have heating


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