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Today. The headlines tonight... Placed by her family in a care home


because she tended to wander off ` within weeks, she had gone outside


and frozen to death. With one of the members of staff sleeping, how on


earth can they run proper checks on people? Also tonight... The


burnt`out home of a convicted paedophile ` an arsonist is jailed


for killing him. A power station engineer feared missing as 200mph


winds batter the Philippines. I just want to hear from him, see his face


again. The life`size creation by an amateur baker from Walsall that has


wowed judges in an international cake competition. This weekend,


sunshine and showers, and it is feeling cooler. I will have the full


forecast later. Good evening. The owners of a care


home have been fined ?133,000 after an elderly woman froze to death when


she was left outside all night. 91`year`old Hilda Fairweather got


out by a fire exit although the home was supposed to have extra security.


She had been back at Abele View for just two weeks ` her worried family


transferred Hilda there because of her tendency to wander off. Dealing


with dementia is a growing issue ` around 800,000 people in this


country are affected in some way. Liz Copper has this report.


Vulnerable with dementia, Hilda Fairweather was completely


overlooked on the night she died. Nobody noticed as she wandered out


into the cold of a January night and froze to death. Following the


sentence, her family expressed their distress that she had gone unnoticed


for almost 12 hours. It is just shameful that somebody is there,


with a specific case plan which requires her to be checked every two


hours or so, and they just did not check at all. They did not know she


had gone until the morning. As you said, it is inconceivable, really.


This was the care home, Abele View, near Stourbridge, where she had been


placed. The court was shown this aerial photograph, highlighting its


isolated location. The company which runs the home raided guilty to


health and safety breaches. The judge has sent out a clear message


that what took place was completely unacceptable. This was a prolonged


series of failings, putting many residents at real risk. It was


totally acceptable. The director of the care home's parent company left


without comment. With you be paying the fine? I have got a statement


here... That statement says, a new team now runs the home. An inquest


is still to be held into the case of Hilda Fairweather, but today's


hearing has given her family some comfort. It has been five long years


now, and it is still there, we just have to stop talking about it, but


this brings it all back again. It is still very difficult. But now, I


think we can try and properly get over it. In handing down the


sentence, the judge said this was a serious case, where responsibility


must extend across the management structure of the company. He said


the residents had been particularly vulnerable.


Coming up later in the programme... Worcester remembers World War I, as


the city gets the biggest Lottery grant outside London for its


commemorations. An arsonist has been jailed for ten


years for the manslaughter of a convicted paedophile in Worcester.


Daniel Martin set fire to a wheelie bin outside the home of Andrew Heath


in December 2011. Birmingham Crown Court was told Martin had not meant


to kill him, just to frighten him into moving away. Ben Sidwell


reports. The damage inside the house shows just how severe the fire was.


In the early hours of December 14, 2011, Daniel Martin pushed a wheelie


bin under this door and set it alight. Trapped inside, Messi actor


died of smoke inhalation minutes later. Attention to detail, all


fresh and police detective work, going out and speaking to member is


of the community and witnesses, we managed to build up such a strong


circumstantial case, that Alan it was left with no option other than


to plead guilty. Sentencing him to ten years in prison, the judge said,


although you did not intend to kill, what you did was shockingly stupid.


She said, for Andrew Heath, it must have been a terrifying experience,


leading, as he must've been aware, to his certain death. 25`year`old


Daniel Martin already had more than 40 separate convictions, having been


first arrested at the age of ten. The court was told he knew Mr Heath


and started the fire to force into moving away from Worcester.


Victim's elderly parents both died without hearing the verdict.


Andrew's untimely death had a devastating effect on their health,


and neither was able to come to terms with what happened. In court


today, Andrew Heath was called a predatory paedophile, convicted five


times between 1984 and 1999 for offences against young teenage boys


in Leicester and Birmingham. Despite his previous convictions, he did not


deserve to die in the way he did. Martin said he was shocked by the


outcome of his actions and desperately sorry about the death of


Andrew Heath. Manslaughter charges have been


dropped against five NHS staff who were investigated after a man


collapsed outside Walsall Manor Hospital. Carl Cope died in June


last year. Paramedics, ambulance workers and a nurse were all


questioned about why they had failed to help him. The police say there


wasn't the evidence to bring charges of gross negligence against them.


One of the Midlands' Conservative MEPs has attacked what he called


Labour's "grandstanding" on high`speed rail. Earlier this week,


Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls renewed his warning that the should be no


blank cheque for the project. But Malcolm Harbour MEP said we should


stop talking about whether or not to build it, but how to deliver it. He


was talking to our political editor, Patrick Burns. And there are signs,


aren't there, that the debate is moving on to a new stage? I think it


is. After that vote in the House of Commons last week which was


overwhelmingly in support of HS2, and now, this business conference


being told by HS2 Ltd in Birmingham how to bid for something like ?10


billion worth of contracts in the construction phase. But now, as you


say, one of our senior MEPs has rounded on that oft repeated warning


by Ed Balls about no blank cheque. I think we have clearly shown in this


country that we have the ability to manage big projects on`time and on


budget. Look at the Olympics, which was started the last Labour


government and continued through to the Conservatives. I would rather


see that kind of co`operative approach taking place between Labour


and the Conservatives than the kind of man standing speech that we just


saw from Ed Balls. Valerie Vaz, the Labour MP for Walsall South, who we


also saw there, she says Labour have indeed shown their support for HS2


by voting as they did last week, although she said it was absolutely


right to remain vigilant about the threat of escalating costs. . It is


worth pointing out that David Cameron himself, a great enthusiast


for High Speed Rail, has said, there never has been any kind of a blank


cheque. I suppose really, in politics, as in so much else, it all


comes down to the emphasis that you give to these things.


And Patrick will be back with more on this in The Sunday Politics at


the later time of 12.25 on Sunday, following our? Of Remembrance


Sunday. An electrical engineer from Walsall


is feared missing after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded


swept across the Philippines. 23`year`old Jonathan Fitzpatrick was


working in a power station when gusts of more than 200mph triggered


flash floods and mudslides. His family is anxiously waiting for


news, as Ben Godfrey reports. Jonathan Fitzpatrick is due home in


Bloxwich next week ` but the 23`year`old can't be contacted. His


family lost touch just as Typhoon Haiyan struck the Phillipines. He


was pushing against the door, he and four of his friends, and we could


visibly see the door being pushed open from the typhoon outside. He


was putting on a strong face for us, there was only one moment when he


did show weakness, and that was just before he went to the room with his


friends, and he just told us that he loved us. Typhoon Haiyan has left a


trail of destruction. At least four people have died, and hundreds of


thousands have been forced to flee their homes. Jonathan is an


electrical engineer, based in a small building on the side of a


volcano on the island of Leyte, one of the worst hit areas rumble he


knows what he is doing. We know that he is going to get in touch with us,


as soon as. And everybody else, as well, hopefully. The islands are hit


by about 20 storms a year, but the Filipino community in the West


Midlands realise preparations their families made at home may not be


enough. April and Reggie Gadayan are in Birmingham trying desperately to


contact loved ones in Central Philippines. I was not worried


earlier on because I was not able to contact them, but now, the worry is


getting into me. Our house is made of concrete, with a metal roof, so


it is quite strong, but having no contact makes you worried. Tonight,


as families face an agonising wait for news, prayers are being said at


the Filipino Christian Fellowship in Birmingham.


The Fire Service has been in the news in recent weeks with an ongoing


series of strikes by firefighters over pensions ` just one of many


changes taking place. The West Midlands brigade is one of the


biggest in the UK, with 1,600 full`time firefighters. But since


2011, it has had to make savings of ?16.2 million ` at around 20%,


that's more than any other Fire Service. Vij Randeniya has been


Chief Fire Officer since 2009, but he's retiring next week. He has been


a critic of those cuts. And he joins me now. Good evening to you. Talking


about those cuts, you have managed to achieve them, so does that mean


those savings were there all along, and in fact, we have been paying too


much the Fire Service? We have been making efficiencies year on year,


but now, we have 300 firefighters less than when we started making the


cuts. We have had to put in a lot of different proposals. The Fire


Service will look and feel very different to what it did in 20 way


when I took charge. What are the challenges? The challenges are to


deliver an outstanding service, with less budget, and less people. It


means being extremely creative and looking at expertise wherever it


exists in the world. I have every faith that my successes and people


in the West Midlands Fire Service will do a cracking job, because they


are really resilient. These are the people that went to Haiti and


Japan, and places around the world, they are really skilled. What they


need is a fair chance to do a great job. Our homes are getting safer,


with fewer fires and fewer fatalities, is that right? We have


been concentrating on prevention, stopping fires happening, for the


last 15 years. But if that does not work, we have still got to provide a


terrific service at the front end. What about those Chinese lanterns,


how dangerous are they? Are they becoming more of an issue?


Hopefully, after the fire we had at Smethwick, taking them off sale,


it'll have now thought, it is not such a good thing to let them off.


The Times recognised the West Midlands Fire Service as the epitome


of a good service. That fire gave us the prominence and the ability to


raise a debate and get something done about Chinese lanterns, and we


are pleased to say that progress is being made. Pensions are in the news


with the firefighters, of course, and changes being proposed, and I


wonder how much sympathy there is amongst the public, because so many


people have had to accept that their pensions will not be what they had


hoped? And that is the case in the Fire Service as well. It'll will


have to work longer. This dispute is between the Government and the Fire


Brigades Union. This is something between the two sides, which should


be sorted out at that level. You have just got one week left. Yes,


and then I am going to get a dog. Our top story tonight... Placed by


her family in a care home because she tended to wander off ` within


weeks, shed had gone outside and frozen to death. Your detailed


weather forecast to come shortly from Rebecca ` also in tonight's


programme... Both former winners who have known better days. Coventry and


Wimbledon face each other in the FA Cup tonight. And I'm in a room with


100s of cakes, but they're all too good to eat. Join me later to find


out what's gone into making Jack Sparrow here.


They're unpopular with trade unions, but zero`hour contracts are becoming


increasingly common in this region. The contracts mean employers can


have workers on call but they don't have to guarantee regular paid work.


And while that doesn't suit everyone, some employees seem to


like it, as Bob Hockenhull has been finding out.


Jules Evans from Bromsgrove works with young offenders. At her local


church, she's looking for suitable projects for her clients. But Jules'


job isn't full`time. Her contract with Worcestershire County Council


means she only works when needed and is only paid for hours worked. My


zero`hour contract suits me down to the ground, with my lifestyle and


with everything else that I do. I am quite a busy lady, so it frees me up


to do what I want to do. If I need more money, Isthmus is coming up,


then I go out and I work more. Jules' love of the working


arrangements isn't universal. Union leaders say use of the contracts is


on the rise in this region, and it is eroding workers' rights and


conditions. I myself have had members calling upon the phone,


appalled at the conditions they are being asked to work, 15 hour days,


being paid for a fraction of it. It is abuse, it is a black mark on the


West Midlands and on our society. Some research suggests numbers of


people on zero`hour contracts nationally now exceeds a million.


Younger workers are most likely to be employed on the contracts. The


figures show the number of under`24s on zero`hour contracts


more than doubled in four years. Whether young or old, this lecturer


in human resources believes having a zero`hour contract needn't be a


negative experience. Contracts go both ways. In this


situation, a worker can actually say no to work. So, there is some


flexible at the both sides, not only on one side. The contracts may be


here to stay, but the Government has launched a consultation to try to


make sure those on them aren't abused.


Ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend, Worcestershire is


celebrating news that it is to get ?350,000 to help mark the centenary


of the First World War. The grant, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is


one of the largest outside London. Veterans say it is a fitting


reflection of the part soldiers from the county played in the conflict.


Giles Latcham reports. Soldiering runs in Nick's family. When he


visits this park in Worcester, his thoughts turned to his grandad, an


infantryman in World War I. He used to have this knife with a piece of


bread and cheese, and he used to cut chunks of it and feed it to me when


he was working on the ground. He would not say anything about the


war, because that was the boom in our family. We were told not to ask


him because he went through such a lot. Nick's grandad fought against


the Germans in Belgium. Those who died in the blood and thunder of


that battle remembered here in the peace and quiet of this park. This


rare footage of the opening of the park in 1922 shows how that


generation sought to commemorate and honour the sacrifice of thousands.


Now, Worcestershire is preparing to mobilise again, to organise


exhibitions, concerts and modern`day parades to mark the centenary, and


it has been awarded ?350,000 to do it. It is it is four years' worth of


money to really commemorate, to educate and to note the importance


of the First World War in Worcestershire. This is a photograph


of the soldier himself on Albert Hall never came home to Redditch.


This photo and his last letters to his mother now belong to a museum.


What more family treasures may now come to light? I would certainly


hope that people would be able to either donate one end as stuff which


we could use in our displays over the next four years. Nearly 10,000


soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment died in World War I. There


is a proud history here, and they will remember.


It is time for the sport now, and a real weekend to savour for the


non`league teams. 16 years ago, non`league Hednesford Town reached


the fourth round. Tomorrow, they are facing Crawley town, from League


One. Ian Winter reports. When he is not selling mobile phones, Elliott


Durrell is scoring goals for Hednesford Town . it that they will


not make it to Wembley, but Elliott has already guaranteed his it is


probably something that I will never get to do again, so it Elliott


Durrell will player of the round hit the target on Tuesday night against


Colwyn Bay in but they were being closely watched. I have a little bit


of banter with I believe that I I Elliott is a great player, here's


our about Hednesford Town van Chris Brindley. He is now the assistant


manager of a club which has lost only three games all year. It is a


happy camper, we are delighted to be here, we will give it our best


shot. I have got no doubt in my mind it is going to be a very tough game,


but I am sure, if we play to our full potential, hopefully, we can


cause an upset. Keys Park can hold 6039 supporters. Tomorrow it will


not be full of fans, that it will be full of noise to unsettle Crawley,


who have not scored in the last four games. That is why the new pink ball


could bring joy to Hednesford Town. Well, the first round actually gets


under way tonight, with a battle between two former winners. Coventry


City lifted the trophy for the only time in their history back in 1987,


with that dramatic win over Spurs. And tonight, they visit AFC


Wimbledon, the club who took over the name of the 1988 winners after


the original team moved to Milton Keynes. It would be brilliant if


they could make themselves heroes themselves. It is a very difficult


game for us on Friday night against AFC Wimbledon, they are a very


well`organised team. But it is a game which, if we go about it in the


right manner, we should win. Whatever the Premier League say,


this is so glamorous 14 is lower down the pyramid, isn't it? It means


so much and it is so exciting. `` for teams. Looking at the fixtures,


we have already speaking about, what are we going to do on Monday? That


would be a great story... I was drawn to Stourbridge, the lowest


ranked team we have got left in the petition. They are on a great run of


form, winning in 11 out of 12, they are playing Eagles weighed.


Everybody will be loving that. Maybe they could host Wolverhampton


Wanderers in the next round. But also, we have got yes, Walsall


against Shrewsbury, and Hereford, the money is invaluable to clubs at


this level. You get a team that for winning this round, 27,000 for the


next round, weighing up to ?67,000 if you win in the third round. That


is massive money, isn't it? It can keep these clubs going for quite a


while. And even more importantly, it could be talking about it in 25


years' time Now, there's no doubt the nation has been inspired by the


TV programme The Great British Bake Off. In the last few years, the home


baking market has doubled, with a quarter of us now baking at least


once a week. And some of those creations are on display this


weekend at the Cake International Show near Birmingham. Laura May


McMullan is at the NEC for us this evening. Laura ` not just your


standard Victoria sponges, then? We have got more than 1000 cakes here,


competitors from all over the world, and you would not believe what is


standing right beside me now, a nearly life`sized replica of Jack


Sparrow, who has been made by the very talented Lara Clarke. How have


you done him? It has been an awful lot of time and effort. But he is in


one piece, so I am thrilled. He is basically made of rice crispies,


marshmallows and icing, and his head is made of a block of solid white


chocolate which I have carved. How long has it taken to make him? About


20 hours to plan and 70 hours to execute. Did you get him here OK? We


had to bring him here by minibus, which was a bit too small, so we had


to tip him horizontally. That is a relief that he has got here in one


piece. This is the largest event of its kind in the world. With me is


one of the organisers, Troy Bennett ` has there been a massive increase


in baking? Without a shadow of a doubt. This show has doubled in size


within two years. The competition pieces have gone from 600 up to 1000


this year. The array of talent on display is unbelievable. We have


sold out of tickets for tomorrow. We have got some tickets left for


Sunday, so this is the time to come down and see it for yourself. It is


unbelievable. I have to say, it is very hard being in a room full of


cakes which are too good to eat. The judging takes place, the results


tomorrow, and if Lara wins, that could be the icing on the cake.


Let's find out how the weekend weather is looking, with Rebecca.


We are going to get everything thrown at us over the next few days.


Temperatures are tumbling. That means we could have some frost over


the next couple of mornings. Today, we saw plenty of ranger that area of


rain has now moved away, and behind it, we are getting clearing skies.


`` plenty of rain. We have still got a few showers around. Under those


clear skies, temperatures are going to be falling away quite rapidly. We


will wake up to a frost in some places tomorrow morning. Then we


will see the cloud building. By lunchtime, the heavy rain will start


to move away, and conditions will be improving. When the sun comes out,


temperatures might get up to 10 Celsius in Hereford. Saturday night,


another similar night to tonight. A ridge of high pressure is settling


things down a little bit, and once again, under the clear skies, the


bridges will be falling away once again, down to about three Celsius


but we will see a widespread frost. Remembrance Sunday will be a cold


and crisp day. The wins will have changed to a north`westerly, making


it colder. By Monday, it is starting to get milder. `` the winds.


Tonight's headlines from the BBC... A Royal Marine is found guilty of


executing an Afghan insurgent in cold blood. One of the strongest


storms ever recorded tears through the Philippines. Hundreds of


thousands of people are forced to flee their homes. In the Midlands,


placed by her family in a Stourbridge care home because she


tended to wander off ` within weeks, she had gone outside and frozen to


death. And an arsonist is jailed for ten years for setting fire to the


home of a convicted paedophile and killing him. That was the Midlands


Today. We'll be back at ten o'clock with the latest on today's main


stories. Have a great evening and a terrific weekend. Goodbye.


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