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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Tens of
thousands mark Armistice Day across the region. Among them the last
surviving widow of a serviceman from the First World War. I have done
something today that I feel was worthwhile. And we'll be talking to
Worcestershire veterans who've made a film about their experiences in
World War Two, entitled We Did Our Bit. Also tonight: Why the Stratford
MP who's admitted making a mistake with his expenses, is being urged to
make a donation to charity. Five months in prison for the man
who was caught red`handed trying to strangle his neighbour's cat.
The Tamworth goal that beat League Two Cheltenham and fired the dream
of another scintillating cup run. And the sunshine's been glorious
while the rain's been intense. Throw in some frosty nights and you've got
some weather worthy of attention. I'll be here with your forecast
later. Good evening, on the eve of a huge
commemoration that'll mark the centenary of the start of the First
World War. That approaching landmark has seen a surge of respect among
all generations for those who lost their lives in war. Armistice Day,
as opposed to the nearest Sunday to the 11th of November, was first
observed in 1919 following a suggestion by an Australian
journalist. And it's remembered at 11 o'clock, as many will know,
because that's the time the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. But a town in
Warwickshire is thought to have the most continuous record of
remembrance ` 92 years ` and that's where we sent our reporter Ben
Sidwell for the first of two reports on tonight's Midlands Today.
It is the town that will never forget.
At 11 o'clock on the 11th of November, Bedworth fell silent just
as it has for the last 92 years. This is what we are renowned for.
Bedworth was the only one at one time that did armistice arrayed on
the 11th of the 11th. Despite the appalling weather, around 3000
people took to the streets to remember those who made the ultimate
sacrifice. The people are lovely here and they want to remember.
People, from miles around and they have been doing it every year. We
are proud of it. At the National Memorial Arboretum in
Staffordshire, the tributes were led by 93`year`old Dorothy Ellis, the
last surviving was for widow. Her husband's story inspired the book
warhorse. I have done something today that I feel was worthwhile.
For Carol Valentine the town's parade has added emotion. Our son
was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. They always used to tell them about
the armistice parade. His regiment came to attend the parade in his
memory. As the veterans marched through the town, approvals broke
out among the crowd. Here those who lost their lives for their country
will always be remembered. Elsewhere in the region, World War Two
veterans were at the screening of a film featuring their own stories of
horror and heroics. The film called We Did Our Bit is being distributed
to schools, colleges and community groups. Cath Mackie reports.
When your own guns firing, that shakes the ship up. For 11 minutes,
the audience at The Hive in Wester were taken back to a time of courage
and terror. 11 that trends from the Second World War tell their stories
in the film. German planes were coming from North Africa which were
still in their hands and also from Sicily. We were attacked
constantly. Jack joined the Navy age 16. You could join the Navy in those
days at 40. Some of them did six months training. `` 14. A lot of
them were killed. Especially the ones early in the war. The noise was
horrific. Bill Bowkett was part of the day on the Normandy beaches. I
lay there on the beach and thought, I am 18 in a couple of days time.
The film ended at 11 o'clock, a time for reflection. Some of the boys my
own age got killed, got wounded and I never saw them again. A time for
reflection also for today's soldiers. Jamie spent Remembrance
Day in Afghanistan last year, this year he is raising money for the
British Legion. We are doing it for them. It could be us one day. It is
a great honour. So many people are aware of it now. 400 copies of the
veterans film are now available for schools and community groups, for
the stories of sacrifice to live on in the minds of future generations.
Coming up later in the programme: Lifting the lid on the secrets held
inside a Roman coffin found in Warwickshire.
There's mounting pressure tonight on the Conservative MP for
Stratford`on`Avon, Nadhim Zahawi, who's admitted mistakenly claiming
nearly ?6,000 for heating bills. Mr Zahawi says he's 'mortified' by the
error. He's made an unconditional apology and referred himself to the
Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority who'll supervise his
repayment of the money. Our political editor Patrick Burns is
here with us now. It's quite complicated, Patrick. Remind us how
it's unfolded. The story first broke just over a week ago when the Sunday
Mirror revealed that Mr is how we's claims for energy were far higher
than those of any other MP. He explained that they also referred
back to you a billing period for last year and he says the sums
involved were less than he had been claiming for the rant of a flat in
Stratford before he bought the house in question. During the course of
this past weekend as the Sunday Mirror were preparing a follow`up
story, Mr Zahawi issued his unconditional apology. He said he
had been mortified by the mistake to discover the bills in question had
not just spin for the heating of his home but also his stables and for a
mobile home. What has been the reaction in his constituency? He
said he had been humbled by how many expressions of support from complete
strangers. But according to Labour, they say he has lost the trust of
his constituents, local Labour councillors are supporting a
campaign called shame on you, Mr Zahawi, and they are urging him to
donate ?10,000 to age UK. He has referred himself to the
Parliamentary standards authority. Is he under investigation? The
authorities say they are conducting preliminary assessments but it is
bound to revive all those memories of notorious MPs expenses scandals
from the not too distant past. A man's been jailed for 20 weeks for
trying to kill his neighbour's cat. 53`year`old Karl Dyke tried to hang
the cat in the shed at his home in Hereford. He admitted causing
unnecessary suffering to an animal but denied he wanted the cat to die.
Holly Lewis reports. Karl Dyke was caught red`handed
trying to hang his neighbour 's cat in July this year. Mike and Tracey
Lawrence were at home with their children when Tracy saw Karl Dyke
carry their cat to the shed in his garden. They found him dangling the
cat from a home`made noose. I was the last person he was expecting at
that door and when he realised he had been caught in the act, it was
just the look on his face. It was incredible. Karl Dyke had put a rope
on the cat's neck. He claimed he was teaching the cat a lesson for
soiling his garden but Hereford magistrates Fountain guilty of
attempting to kill an animal. During sentencing, it was said the offence
was so severe that only a custodial sentence would suffice. He wilfully
tortured and intended to kill his neighbour 's cat. He was ordered to
pay ?250 compensation to the Lawrence family, court costs and he
was banned from keeping animals for five years. This case had a massive
impact on the family. They were really traumatised so getting a
strong sentence is a victory for them. A 20 year prison sentence, a
ban on owning animals, it is good. Karl Dyke has now moved. Apart from
being timid, the Lawrence cap has suffered no adverse effects from her
own appeal. `` ordeal. Police officers in the West Midlands may no
longer be forced to retire after 30 years service. The A19 pension
regulation was controversial, with some officers retiring against their
will. However, today, the chief constable has announced a review.
Our reporter Giles Latcham joins us now from outside police headquarters
in the centre of Birmingham, Giles, what's brought this about? This has
been a difficult and painful chapter. The chief constable would
say that forcing them to retire was forced upon him by the government
cutting his funding by 20%, but the police are saying they met their
target for savings earlier than anticipated. 559 officers have gone
under this measure but another 779 have gone for a whole variety of
reasons, they had seen the writing on the wall. What has been the
reaction? The police officers union have welcomed the end of the scheme.
They say those left behind have been put under greater workloads and
stress. The police and crime commission concedes that the loss of
all those officers has had an effect. The decision to lose people
has meant we have lost a considerable number of experienced
and capable officers. So when will a decision be made on what happens
next? There will be a meeting in early December. The challenge will
then be for the police to recruit 450 new officers and within that, to
recruit successfully from ethnic minorities because critics say it
does not represent the communities it seeks to serve. The lid has been
lifted for the first time today on a coffin believed to date from Roman
times. It was found by metal detectorists
in a field near Atherstone in Warwickshire last month. Our cameras
were there to capture the moment, as Liz Copper reports.
Revealing a piece of Roman history. It is a delicate operation preparing
the coffin for scientific testing. It was found by two friends using
metal detectors in a field in the Warwickshire border. It is such an
unusual find. There was an underlying excitement as to what
this might tell us. We hope to get an insight into burial rites and
customs of a child buried in the Roman period. We will get an insight
into the environment of the time and we hope to be able to bring back to
life this child. It will take two days to take samples for the
scientist to analyse. This Coughlan may have been hidden for 1600 years
but tests will reveal a staggering amount of detail. They will reveal
much about closing, and drugs used in Roman Britain. The results are
likely to offer new and fascinating insights into our Roman heritage.
Work excavating the contents came to a stop today after experts made an
unexpected find. They are uncovered a child's jet bracelet which would
make the burial even rarer than over surely thought. Archaeologists now
think it is more likely there are more items inside.
Our top story tonight: Tens of thousands across the region fall
silent on Armistice Day ` among them the last surviving widow from the
First World War. Your detailed weather forecast to
come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: The
dream of another exhilarating cup run is on for Tamworth fans after
they beat League Two side Cheltenham at the weekend.
And children flocking to see and hear the acclaimed author who wrote
Warhorse. If you have a story you think we
should be covering on Midlands Today, we'd like to hear from you.
You can call us or send an email. We are also on Facebook or you can
tweet us. We're building up to a big
fundraising night here at the BBC ` Children in Need is on TV, radio and
online this Friday. The money raised goes to help children right across
the world ` and also helps many projects here in the Midlands. It's
a terrible statistic that a quarter of all young people in Britain will
witness violence between adults in their own home. And that has a
damaging effect on children growing up. Joan Cummins has been hearing
about a scheme in Hereford which shows youngsters that domestic
violence is never excusable. More than one in ten children under
the age of 11 have experienced domestic abuse in the home. Studies
show that often the emotional experience can leave youngsters are
vulnerable. Natasha needed help years after her mother was attacked.
He pushed her and she hit her head on our banister and fell to the
floor. I rang an ambulance. I was scared. In Hereford and Worcester,
the crush project funded by children in need has helped more than 300
children this year, and recognise the warning signs of domestic abuse.
Chloe says living with domestic abuse left her feeling isolated and
alone. I cried a lot and I didn't talk to my friends because their
families seemed normal and I thought they would not understand. It made
me feel lonely and I felt down all the time. First loves and teenage
relationships can also turn abusive. Every relationship needs trust, you
need to have respect for each other and you need to be happy. Crush
rebuild the confidence of people like Helen and Kim. It is a relief
off your shoulders and you are happy once you are done. It is a long
process to recover but you will be so grateful you did it. I will not
get myself into anything like that again. It destroys you as a person.
It is estimated that domestic abuse costs the state billions of pounds
every year. Here in the Midlands, projects like Rush are helping to
make a difference in children's lives.
More stories of the help Children in Need is giving children in the
Midlands, in the programme all this week. If you want to fundraise, or
make your own donation, there's a lot more information online, on
Facebook and there's even a Pudsey app. We'll be giving out a phone
line later in the week. Time for sport now and plenty to get excited
about in the FA Cup. Here's Dan. Tonight, in the FA Cup, Port Vale
travel to Gloucestershire hoping to avoid the embarrassment of being
knocked out by short wood United, the smallest club left in the
competition. Three of our non`league teams are safely through, including
Tamworth who've got another home draw in round two. Ian Winter
reports from Staffordshire. Peach boots, electric blue boots, it
is a rainbow of coloured boots as Tamworth march one step closer to
the road to Wembley. Tomorrow night they are back to earth with a bump
in their battle to avoid relegation from the conference. On Saturday
they were on form and one goal was enough to beat Cheltenham. Scored by
Nick Chadwick, on loan from Plymouth. Restore city at home in
the next round. Yes. We were asking for a home side and we got that.
Don't come any bigger than Bristol city. You will still be here for the
Bristol city game? Yes. Hopefully the FA Cup will be a good omen for
me while I am here. Tamworth are not our only non`league team through
to. On Friday Elliot Durrell told us he was confident of scoring against
Crawley and he kept his promise with a penalty. But they lost 2`1. Four `
one was also a popular school for Kidderminster Harriers. And Craig
Westcarr grabbed hold for Walsall as they beat Shrewsbury. Final word on
Tamworth who kept a clean sheet on Saturday thanks to goalkeeper
Cameron Belford. The talking points in the Premier
League were two controversial injury time penalties. West Bromwich Albion
were on course for their league first win at Chelsea in 35 years
before referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty for this challenge
by Stephen Reid. It allowed Chelsea to draw 2`all. But Stoke were
grateful to get a late penalty and a 3`all draw at Swansea. Referee
Robert Madley spotted a handball. I'm not sure everyone saw it though.
No I think most Stoke fans would agree they were a bit lucky to get
the penalty and a point. As for Albion well understandably
furious. No such problems for Villa and Blues this weekend. No Villa
scored their first goals in seven and a half hours in beating Cardiff
City 2`nil. Leandro Bacuna's spectacular free`kick ended the
drought. Birmingham City got a valuable 3`1 win at Huddersfield to
climb out of the Championship's bottom three. The only sour note was
Kyle Bartley being sent off for his goal celebration. Slightly harsh.
That was harsh! Thank you. Fewer children are reading in their
own time. That's the finding from a recent report into literacy across
the UK. Well this weekend, over a thousand young people gathered in
Birmingham to take part in the Festival of Children's Literature.
It was organised by a deputy head and a school librarian. But can
events like this really make a difference? Our Arts Reporter Satnam
Rana has been finding out. Music, literature and illustration
inspired by the book the sword in the stone and the concert suite that
accompanies it. These young bookworms are part of the Federation
of children's book groups which promotes reading and this was one of
many workshops. Reading is part of everyday life and if you cannot
read, it is something that is really key to how life works. It has helped
me boost my confidence. Reading comes up in everyday life and opens
your mind into different stories. The National literacy trust reported
that one in five children are embarrassed to be seen with a book
so can a festival like this make a difference? I can give you evidence
from headteachers who say getting young people to meet the author, go
back to school and do further works on the books. Author I've got more
poco is there to bring his new book to life. He is passionate about
children's literacy. You cannot expect children to grow up with a
love of literacy if the temples of literature are being closed down in
your community. It is a mixed message so that needs to be stopped,
you need to follow the example of the Brummies. As books here are
brought to life here, it is thought children will follow through with an
enthusiasm for reading. I got drenched again this morning. I
should listen to the weather forecast. You really should but with
it being quite changeable, it is worth keeping a brolly just in case.
A lot milder today which probably made the rain more bearable but by
tomorrow, it will turn a lot colder and with that, we will see mixture
of dry and wet weather. More detail on to that ` this was the warm front
that gave us the rain this morning but this will be the cold front that
keeps that rain coming tonight and introduces colder conditions
tomorrow. High pressure will dip in and out this week and that will give
us calmer conditions for the night. It will not be until Wednesday
night, into Thursday that we see the next band of wet weather. A cold
front keeping the rain gobbling right now. This will nudge into
north`western parts of the region. That rain will start to cross the
region later on tonight. It should start to die out and it will be a
dry end to the night with temperatures down to 9`10dC. We have
clearer skies developing in the north, so by the morning, for the
north of the region, a good deal of sunshine there. The sunshine will
spread further southwards through the afternoon. Temperatures will be
slightly lower tomorrow, between 10`12 Celsius. Those values will
drop drastically through tomorrow night at under clear skies. Lows of
around one `to Celsius in towns and cities. Colder than that in the
countryside. It could be cold enough for not only ground frost but a
touch of air frost as well. You will be greeted by that on Wednesday.
Wednesday itself will be a very chilly start to the date but lots of
sunshine. Fairly decent on Thursday but there is rain in between.
Tonight headlines: Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan ` the Philippines
declares a state of emergency with more than 10,000 people killed.
Actas of remembrance have taken place around the country.
Veterans from Worcestershire watch a screening of a film be made about
their contribution in World War II. And a man from Cheltenham completes
the first ever marathon swim from one end of Britain to another.