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there are major concerns about the spread of disease. That is all from


us. Hello and welcome to Midlands Today.


The headlines tonight: The true cost of stolen livestock, with lamb


prices on the up sheep rustling is now big business.


If they steal ten sheep, they have saved ?800, that is why they do it.


We hear how eating meat from stolen sheep could be dangerous.


Also tonight: Feeling the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Midlands ` the


Filipino community looking for ways to help. These people leave in


classrooms, in halls and we will try to make them as comfortable as we


can. This magnificent car made entirely


in the Black Country ` find out why it will never take to our roads.


The actress who's swapped Coronation Street for treading the boards in


her own theatre group in the Potteries. It has been a beautiful


day but that means it is a cold night on the way and it is time to


get scraping those cars. A full forecast later.


Good evening. There's been a huge increase in livestock rustling as


the price of meat, in particular lamb, has hit record highs. Last


year, around 70,000 sheep were stolen across the UK and that number


is expected to rise. The cost to farmers is around ?6 million and


that of course feeds through to us, as consumers. With top quality lamb


selling at up to ?12 a kilo in the shops, it's not hard to see the


attraction for thieves. But as our Rural Affairs Correspondent David


Gregory`Kumar has been finding out, meat from stolen sheep could prove


dangerous to eat. On police patrol in Shropshire


looking for livestock rustlers. While general farm theft including


the stealing of agricultural machinery is down, livestock theft


is on the up. Commercial vehicles found near a gate where `` Gateway,


we will find out if the vehicle has a legitimate purpose and find out


what they are doing. A vehicle parked at a Gateway has explaining


to do. A legitimate butchers like this one in Wolverhampton knows


exactly where their meat has come from. Each of the lambs we buy has


the Staffordshire not on it and that gives us the origin. But they also


know why livestock theft is increasingly grew quickly. To cattle


bought last week cost us over ?2000. If they steal ten sheep they have


saved ?800. That is why they do it. This farm has been targeted three


times now, losing over 140 animals but for the farmer it is not just


about the money. I worry how they are being slaughtered. We try to


look after them to the best of our ability when they are here with us.


Where do they end up, how are they killed? I do not know. I am worried


I will be targeted again. Why shouldn't they? They have been here


three times, why can't they come again? At night it drives my wife


and I mad. They could be back. I hope they don't. This is not just


about crime or animal welfare. Meat from stolen animals could be


dangerous. Farmers use powerful drugs to treat their animals but


they know not to sell them when the drugs are in their system. With


stolen sheep you have no guarantee of that. There is the possibility


this meat is unfit for human consumption. Livestock theft is a


police priority and a growing worry for our farmers.


And David's here with me in the studio. David, we saw Mr Williams


padlocking his gates at the end of your report, is there much else he


can do to protect his livelihood? Farmers and the police are looking


at cameras like this. They are weatherproof, remote cameras


triggered by people moving in front of them. You can try to catch people


in the act. What about the sheep themselves, is there any more that


can be done to identify them? Sheep on Mr Williams farm have a big green


stamp on their back. They do have two tags but they are easy to


remove. There was talk of chipping but the chips move around under the


skin of sheep. Now they are talking about retinal scanning of the sheep


or even GPS tracking, putting a tracker on one animal in the flock.


Where do the sheep go? Probably in the food chain, that is the big


worry so even the catering trade. For farmers the big concern is he


has had lands stolen. They are very young, too young to go for slaughter


so it is likely they are going to other farmers. For someone like Mr


Williams, the thought other farmers are involved, they find that quite


upsetting. Coming up later in the programme:


Throwing down a challenge ` how Walsall has become a centre aiming


for Olympic judo medals. As an international appeal is


launched to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos living in


this region are doing what they can to help. Hundreds of thousands are


in desperate need of food, water and shelter after the massive storm last


Friday. At least 10,000 people are thought to have been killed. Cath


Mackie reports. In recent years, Filipino nurses


have helped keep the NHS running. 200 work for the University 's


hospitals Birmingham trust and many are learning if their families and


friends have survived one of the worst storms in history. My heart is


crying. I friends in Tacloban. After days of no use, Waterloo Martinez


was told his mother were safe. They are struggling with food a bit


because some of the roads are still blocked with the fallen trees. There


was no electricity at all. The UN is calling the situation absolutely


desperate. At least 10,000 are dead and hundreds of thousands have been


made homeless. The West Midlands is home to one of the largest Filipino


populations in the country and seeing these desperate images of


their homeland is stirring many to action. Filipinos in Birmingham are


now coordinating a national campaign. Doreen Mooney was


contacted by Downing Street to see how they could help. We need


nonperishable food because these people live in classrooms, in halls


and we will try to make them as comfortable as the card. Sheets,


towels, those kinds of things, even toys. We need volunteers to collect


goods in other localities. Donation points are being set up around the


country and the team will work with international agencies to make sure


the aid gets to where it is needed most.


Joining me now is Eddie Brioness from the Filipino International


Christian Fellowship. What are you doing to try and help with the


relief effort? What contact have you had? At the moment we are really


trying to have contact with some of our friends whose families are


affected directly. We are using everything we can with the use of


technology to help them and at least have news about their relatives back


home. Have you managed to contact them all? At the moment we still


have families who have not heard anything so it really worries them.


What can you do and what can others do to halt? At the moment, just like


we said earlier on, we had a meeting to launch a campaign for donations


to our affected Filipinos so we have set collection points for


donations, either clothes, food or any financial aid whatsoever that


they think can help. We are trying to consolidate efforts with other


associations in Birmingham. It is still early days but getting that


aid to the Philippines is crucial. What reaction have you had from


people in Birmingham? I agree with you that it is crucial to have these


donations. We are doing everything to make sure we will be able to send


these donations as early as next week, that is why we are contacting


air forwarders so we can send them to the Philippines straightaway.


A court's heard that a Coventry businessman murdered a family of


four as an act of revenge. The prosecution's been outlining its


case against 55`year`old Anxiang Du. He denies stabbing to death Jifeng


Ding, his wife and two daughters at their home in Northamptonshire in


May 2011. The family were stabbed a total of 51 times. The prosecution


claim it was because of a ten year business dispute.


Shropshire MP Mark Pritchard will not face investigation by the


organisation which regulates MPs' behaviour. It says there's no


evidence he breached parliamentary rules. Last week the Daily Telegraph


reported the Conservative MP for the Wrekin had agreed to use his


political contacts in Albania in return for substantial fees. Mr


Pritchard said he'd done nothing wrong and the article was "hurtful


and malicious". England's football team has been


forced to switch training away from the National Football Centre near


Burton`on`Trent. A number of visitors came down with stomach


bugs. It's thought the virus was brought to St George's Park by a


guest. The England side will now travel to Hertfordshire to prepare


for this week's friendlies against Chile and Germany.


A 20`year`old high on drink and drugs has been jailed for life for


starting a fire which killed a Walsall pensioner. Aiden Elmore set


fire to a wheelie bin which was blocking the exit to maisonettes in


Short Heath. He was seen on CCTV setting fire to other wheelie bins


nearby. Several people in the flats jumped to safety, but 68`year`old


Victor Moore became trapped and died.


A sleek and stylish virtual sports car was unveiled today to showcase


the talents of Black Country manufacturing. 70% of the parts that


make up the Bullet are manufactured by the Black Country's 2,000


automotive suppliers. But the car itself will never actually take to


the road. Here's our business correspondent Peter Plisner to


explain. The advanced engineering show at the


National exhibition Centre today, showing off what is great about


Great Britain when it comes to high`tech manufacturing and doing


the same on a smaller scale, manufacturers from the Black


Country. This is what they are proud of, the Black Country bullet a


virtual car with parts made in the Black Country. One of the Black


Country 's many claims to fame is it produced the anchor and chain for


the Titanic at the time the world 's largest cruise ship. Nowadays things


are much more high`tech. Parts for the bus also made in the Black


Country. The bullet will only ever be a computer`generated image and


when linked to a dedicated website it effectively provides an extensive


directory of Black Country suppliers, but if it were to be


built, wheels like this are already made in West Bromwich. Parts run the


engine might come from Walsall and Wednesbury. Some of the interior


fixtures may come from a phone in Tipton. It is hugely important


showcase the opportunities that are here in the Black Country. Perhaps


we haven't been as good in the past in promoting ourselves. More


promotion can only be good for manufacturers like this one. Thereon


lots of parts we make for different areas of a car. Back at the show and


it is a similar message for motor racing driver Matt Neal. He is


involved in a Black Country `based alloy wheel manufacturing. If we can


grow it, it is working as a team, getting it bigger and better and it


is more attractive to other buyers. Buyers like judge when Land Rover


are becoming increasingly important. This is a time`lapse film of its


factory. Our top story tonight: The true cost


of stolen livestock, with lamb prices on the up, sheep rustling is


now big business. Your detailed weather forecast to


come shortly with Rebecca. Also in tonight's programme: Coping


with tragedy ` how the money you give helps young children come to


terms with losing a loved one. And the Olympic legacy in action `


how handball's taking off after being a big hit at London 2012.


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.


Deborah McAndrew is perhaps best known to audiences as Coronation


Street's Angie Freeman. She made regular appearances in the show


throughout the 1990s. But now the former soap star lives in North


Staffordshire where her new theatre company is looking at life in the


raw in the Potteries. Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper


was at rehearsals. Set in Stoke and being stage in


Stoke, Ugly Duck is the first play being performed by the newly formed


clay body theatre. It is written and produced by Deborah McAndrew. She


made her name in Coronation Street but these days Deborah McAndrew


lives and works in North Staffordshire. It is an interesting


and complicated place, not like anywhere else and it has this


wonderful cultural and industrial and creative heritage. As an artist


of a kind, a theatre maker, you want to be linked into that. The play


tells the story of an unemployed Stoke bloke who takes a job as an


artist model. The play is being performed here at the School of Art.


In its day this was the place where some of the leading ceramic artists


of the 20th century trained, so this building is steeped in artistic


creativity. It is that creativity that this new company hopes will


bring wider benefits to Burslem. To feel what it is like and put that in


the play is really interesting. We hope this will do some good around


here and to be part of that, terrific. Ugly duck premiers


tomorrow before a short run at the Mac in Birmingham. This company


hopes to inspire its audiences with its perspective of the potteries.


The martial arts have always been big in this region. And today


Walsall was unveiled as the focal point of British judo. The new


centre of excellence at the University of Wolverhampton is


designed to create the Olympic and Paralympic Champions of the future.


Ian Winter reports. Like father, like son. Judo is in


the blood of the Stewart family. Dennis won a bronze medal at the


Seoul Olympics and now Max, his son, has set his sights on Rio. Does Max


have the potential to be our first Olympic gold medallist? I like to


think I have. It is a hajj challenge and I have a lot of work to do.


Everything he needs is on`site, he has the best coaches, technical


support and with the backing of the University, it is all in one. You


dad got bronze, is that incentive? Yes, I always want to beat him! Max


is one of 20 judo players selected. Now the Walsall campus of the


University of Wolverhampton is the perfect training venue to get the


most from their lottery funding. This centre has cost ?1 million. It


is state`of`the`art and its goal is to produce Britain's first judo


Olympic champion. Last summer the Australian judo team used also as


its base for London 2012. They failed to win a medal unlike Team GB


who won silver and bronze. I have known some of these guys for many


years and it feels right that now is the time we are going forward and


going on for bigger and better things. Next year the world judo


Championships take place in Siberia, the perfect place for British judo


to come in from the cold with a boost from this new centre of


excellence. At the London Olympics a surprise


hit among audiences was the fast and furious sport of handball. Our


reporter Kevin Reide has been to a newly formed handball club in


Coventry. It's among the finalists in the newcomer of the year category


in the West Midlands Community Sports Awards, which we're featuring


over the next few days. It was last year 's London Olympics


which inspired the formation of the Coventry handball club and at their


first meeting in September last year, there were just 12 players.


Now it has expanded immeasurably. Biella macro we have had 250 people


in our club this season. We have possibly a fourth team going into


development, a women's side. This weekend the men's first team `based


Nottingham. There was quite a rivalry between Nottingham and


Coventry. Coventry, this is their second game of in this league and


they are seen as the new kids on the block. Coventry got off to a good


start but by half`time, they were trailing. We have had a problem with


a player sent off. We are not taking advantage of our shots. A valiant


second`half fightback was not enough and Coventry lost but when not too


downhearted. They are probably one of the best teams in the Midlands at


the moment. We have proved ourselves. We are a new team and


there was massive potential in these lads. At least they know they are


recognised as a growing force in the game. Last week they were awarded


the Best Newcomer award securing their place in the Midlands final on


December four. It's Children in Need this Friday


and all this week we're looking at some of the projects which have


benefited from the money you give. The Time For You project is run by


the charity Relate in Coventry. It helps children who've lost a loved


one come to terms with their grief. Joan Cummins has been finding out


more. Every 22 minutes a child in this country will experience


bereavement for the first time in their lives. Dealing with loss is


something many struggle with but as a child it can feel like the end of


their wild. You realise you cannot see them again. In Coventry a chore


during a neat project brings together youngsters of all ages and


backgrounds who all know exactly what it is like to lose someone


close to them. This is my little sister and she died on the 5th of


March this year. Youngsters are offered a safe environment to create


memory projects that allowed them to think about the person who has died.


No one judges if anyone cries and children are encouraged to smile at


the memories of the person who is never longer around. It starts to


get easier but there are days where it is like, oh, my God. I wish it


was the other way round, that they were still here. If you have lost


somebody, you hang on to the memories, the important things that


matters. It helps because it cheers me up. It clears memories sometimes.


The time for you project aims to help young people come to terms with


life's hardest lesson and give them back some control over the changes


happening around them. In a simple ceremony, children attach memory ``


memories to balloons to remind them they will never forget.


How the money you raise makes a difference. And the One Show


Children in Need Rickshaw is in the West Midlands this evening Five


youngsters who have been helped by the charity are taking it in turns


to ride 700 miles from Northern Ireland to London. Their first stop


today was Holyhead Primary School in Wednesbury. Presenters Alex Jones


and Matt Baker are with them. Just to see how all the members are


developing, they have spent so long in their life focusing on the


challenges they have and suddenly they refocus that effort into


something different. They are like an army.


And The One Show will be broadcast live from The Bullring straight


after our programme at seven o'clock. 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 number later in the week. Now the weather forecast. We got


away with a largely frost free autumn but is that about to change?


It is and it will get a lot colder. A beautiful day today, clear skies,


sunny spells. This was the scene at Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds. A


beautiful, stunning day. But that beautiful weather doesn't mean


things are going to turn chilly tonight. We are expecting the first


widespread frost of the year and it is a frosty start tomorrow, but that


doesn't mean it will be another dry and bright day. Once that clears it


does promise to be quite pleasant. Clear skies tonight and already


temperatures falling down to five or six degrees. We have like winds as


well so that will mean temperatures drop away rather rapidly. Down to


zero or minus two degrees in rule spots. Towns and cities will do


better than that overnight. We start tomorrow with that frost about. Also


rather foggy. But the sun will burn through that and it will be


pleasant. Good sunny spells to come but then it. Two CROWD


As we move into the afternoon. Temperatures getting up to 10


Celsius. That weather system will start to move in tomorrow night.


Light, patchy rain to come. With that comes some wind. Even though


there were clear skies in the south, it will help to keep


temperatures above freezing. Temperatures a little milder


tomorrow night. Thursday does promise to be a pleasant day, we


have northerly winds circuit will feel colder and we have more cloud


to come on Friday but with that high pressure in control, it will stay


settled. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:


Desperation and anger in the Philippines ` four days after


Typhoon Haiyen hit, millions are still without food or shelter.


Typhoon The energy company EDF becomes the


latest to raise prices, but the hike's a lot less than its rivals.


The true cost of stolen livestock, with lamb prices on the up sheep


rustling is now big business And how the growing car components industry


is bringing new jobs to the Black Country.


That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock. Have a great


evening. Goodbye.


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