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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Who murdered


Maxine? Killed in the pub bombings ` now her family meet one of the


Birmingham Six, once blamed for her death. We'll be hearing from Maxine


Hambleton's brother and sister nearly forty years after that


fateful night and asking how it felt to meet a man they long believed


killed their sister. Also this evening ` losing our countryside.


Fears that haphazard planning rules could become a developer's charter.


With colder weather on the way, the struggle to pay soaring energy


costs. They always go up higher so you have to skimp back on things.


It's going to get difficult. A hard`fought three points puts Wolves


at the top of the table. Surely just the platform they need for a


promotion push? He would tip them to do it, be one of the sides competing


at the top of this league. And according to the calendar, it may


still be autumn but as far as the weather's concerned, winter's


already here. Brace yourselves for a cold week.


Good evening. Maxine Hambleton was 18 when she died in a Birmingham pub


at the height of the IRA bombing campaign in the '70s. Tonight a BBC


Midlands documentary looks at growing demands by Maxine's family


to have the case re`opened. They've formed an unlikely alliance with


Paddy Hill ` one of six men wrongly convicted of the atrocity. Although


it's now almost forty years since the Birmingham pub bombings, the


Hambleton family say they'll never give up fighting to bring those


responsible to justice. Anthony Bartram reports.


Brian and Julie 's sister Maxine was burnt `` killed in the Birmingham


pub bombings. They haven't given up hope of finding out who did it and


support their campaign is growing. It's really nice to meet you. Oh my


God. We have so many people around you. Surprisingly few of those


affected by the bombings know each other. Julie and Maureen Mitchell


had never met. She was so badly injured in the explosion that


priests gave her the last rites. It's emotional for me, because you


were there. You have been through it, literally. And my heart goes out


to you. Ladies and gentlemen. Many of the victims families feel that


they have been forgotten in the controversy that surrounded the


unsafe convictions of the Birmingham six. 22 years after their release,


one of them is now offering to help the Hambletons, but can they


accepted? I understand what those people feel like, they have had


years of having someone to focus their anger on, and of course their


anger was focused on us. I have a similar anger. But my anger is


focused on the West Midlands serious crime squad. Mr Hill and the


Hambleton 's first meeting took place at this peace foundation. It's


in our DNA that we were told that you were the ringleader of the


so`called Birmingham six. As far as I was concerned, you killed my


sister. And all the other 20. I understand that, you don't have to


tell me, I know what they said. I would love to see my country united


but I had nothing to do with the IRA. It's the 39th anniversary on


Thursday and detectives are currently reassessing the case. The


Hambletons and Mr Hill admit they are an odd alliance but they truth


about who bombed Birmingham has to come out.


Joining us now are Maxine's brother and sister, whom we saw there, Brian


and Julie. Good evening to you both. Can you briefly outline the last


time you saw Maxine, what were her plans that terrible night 39 years


ago this week? I gave my sister lived into town, I didn't know she


was going to the pub, she got these personal invites, she was going to


hand them out to her friends to invite them to a house`warming party


at the house we were living in. So you knew she was going to the


tavern? I didn't know it was that pub, she didn't state where she was


going. I heard the news later on in the evening when an ITN news flash


came on. They said two bombs have gone off in the city centre. And you


didn't know specifically? You get these gut feeling is that something


is wrong. Do you think you will ever know who did this? I certainly hope


so, that's why we took part in this documentary, to raise the plight of


our campaign for justice to be seen to be done. We horrified, as are our


supporters, that no one is looking for the perpetrators, we live in a


democratic society, and for the past 22 years since the man known as the


Birmingham six were released, no one in the West Midlands Police or


government have taken up looking for the perpetrators. They are still at


liberty. What was it like meeting Paddy Hill, the man you long


believed killed your sister? It nearly didn't happen. I walked in


and I thought my knees would buckle beneath me. I just fell apart. I


must have been suffering for about six minutes, I was thinking about


Maxine, thinking about mum. Mum had to identify Maxine and she was told


not to buy her face because their injuries were such that they detect


this didn't want her last memory of her daughter to be of her injuries.


So mum identified her from the rings she was wearing and the bangles,


which I now in my position. Brian, will the police ever reinvestigate,


do you believe? No, I don't think they will, there is too much to


lose, for them and the authorities. But that goes with the comment made


on pre`recorded television with the BBC, where Marcus Peel stated that


if it's the right thing to do, they will reinvestigate. What did you


think when you heard him say that? I was shocked, because they are


pre`empting what's coming down the road as far as I'm concerned. We


have taken it as a personal slight, but only to our family but to all


the other victims and survivors. It's 39 years on but it's still


incredibly raw, clearly. It is, we live with it every day. I was 11


when my sister was killed. I will never forget. The police have all


the clues, all the forensics, they could clear this case but they are


not prepared to because there is too much at risk. Thank you for talking


to us. Coming up later in the programme `


details of a new scheme that could help you cut more than ?200 a year


from from gas and electricity bills. The Government's facing a backbench


revolt from Conservative MPs over changes to planning rules seen as "a


developer's charter". As ministers battle to ease a chronic shortage of


affordable housing, there are warnings that haphazard developments


will threaten the countryside. Our Political Editor Patrick Burns has


the details. Middle England, marching on Middle Quinton, the name


given by developers to proposed 6000 home eco`town near


Stratford`upon`Avon. The people Power saw it off and 11 others like


it. It had fallen flower of a U`turn by the previous Labour government.


Their other big idea, the regional spatial strategy for up to 400


thousand new homes across the West Midlands, was promptly scrapped by


the incoming coalition government. In its place, the National planning


framework. It comes in when local authorities fail to agree housing


developed plans in their areas, and its controversial because it resumes


in favour of housing planning applications. That's what critics


say it is a developer 's charter. Take this area in Staffordshire. The


plan envisages 600 houses in 12 key servers villages over 20 years. But


the new rules enable National planning inspectors to intervene


when they deem local plans inadequate. The inspectorate ruled


they did not have a five`year supply of housing. The results, a rash of


ill considered developments. The government intention was to be a


plan led system but this ad hoc development brings that into


question and we will have to see if that is just a glitch. There is no


excuse for a local authority not to put a plan in place. That is a


fundamental responsibility. Those who haven't need to get a move on.


The Minister was in Chomsky would, where the local MP was keen to show


him how rundown housing can be reclaimed. It's one of the biggest


project of its kind, a ?150 million partnership between Solihull


Council, the housing association and British Gas. This estate has been


regenerated, creating 900 extra homes, to rent, to buy, to part by,


everything possible, with lots of local jobs created. But the housing


association umbrella body warned there is no substitute for a step


change in house building. It is often the same people who say don't


build here as you say, my child can't find a home they can afford.


We need to say yes to homes. We have a campaign to lobby local councils


and petitions to get housing built. This development is on a brown field


site, once part of the good year tyre factory in Wolverhampton.


According to the Shadow Housing Minister and local MP, it's being


built with a minimum of fuss. A handful of objections were made. It


shows that brown field can be fantastic. We need to kick`start


building and make sure that developers aren't sitting on land


where there is planning permission. So it can be done but for


governments past present and possible future, finding a plan


without ignoring `` igniting a firestorm is the political


equivalent of the holy Grail. And you can read more about the


issues surrounding these big new housing developments on line ` just


go to Patrick's blog which he's devoted to the subject.


More than ?3 million has been paid out to women who underwent


unnecessary or incomplete breast cancer operations at hospitals in


the West Midlands. Ian Paterson carried out unregulated procedures


on women while working for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. His


case is still being investigated by the police and he's been suspended.


Families struggling to pay soaring energy bills have until tomorrow to


benefit from a scheme where councils negotiate to buy in bulk. Savings


would be passed on to consumers. The average cost of a dual fuel bill `


electricity and gas ` is now ?1,300. Ten years ago that figure was ?570,


so costs have more than doubled. The Big Community Switch could save


customers around ?220 on their bills. Ben Godfrey reports. Lana


Johnson is struggling to pay her bills. The single mother from


Bilston has seen her gas and electricity tariffs rise again and


something's got to give. Especially at this time of year, they always go


up high, so you have to skimp on things. It's going to get the court.


I am not a salesman, work for the council. Lana's decided to sign`up


to the 'Big Community Switch'. Here's the idea ` local councils


invite people to join a club ` the bigger the club ` the harder the


energy companies will compete for this sizeable custom. And, they


hope, offer some of their lowest tariffs for gas and electricity.


Around 3500 people in the last nine months have taken up the scheme.


Overall, people are expected to save pitting the 101 inch and ?50 on


their energy bills by going through the switch. Here's the BUT. In


Wolverhampton, thousands have registered but fewer than 200 got a


deal ` many haven't followed the process through. And critics of the


scheme say ` ultimately ` people have no power over a firm's pricing


policy. Five of the big six energy companies have recently increased


their tariffs by an average of 8.1%. And the Government's Spending


Watchdog National Audit Office says consumers face 17 more years of


above inflation increases. Lana Johnson is one of 27,000 people


across the UK hoping to bag a bargain. How confident are you that


your bills are going to come down at the end of this? You can only hope,


really. I will believe it when I see it, hopefully. It's customers trying


to 'call the shots' at a time many feel so helpless.


And if you want help bringing down your energy bills, there's more


information on the Energy Saving Trust website. This is our top story


tonight: Who murdered Maxine? Killed in the pub bombings ` now her family


meet one of the Birmingham Six, once blamed for her death.


Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly from Shefali. Also in


tonight's programme ` the schoolgirl who lost the use of her legs


overnight and how that's spurred her on to become a world class


competitor. And why this acclaimed schoolboy musician says his


inspirational music teacher is the best there is. He is not just the


best beauty teacher, I think he's one of the best teachers I've ever


had. Dan's here with a sport and an


exciting weekend in League One. Who needs the Premier League? Remember


the name, Ethan Ebanks`Landell. He is on top of the world of the


scoring on his debut. Every year, Wolverhampton Wanderers spends ?2.5


million on developing young players at the club's Academy. And it's


proving to be a wise investment. Farewell to St Edmunds School in


Wolverhampton. Today, the old building was being raized to the


ground. Soon to be replaced by Wolves' new football academy. In


recent years, the club has produced a good crop of talented home grown


players. And now the name of Ethan Ebanks`Landell can be added to the


list of Academy scholars who've graduated to the first team. And


what a debut it was. With only 14 minutes left, he popped up with the


match`winning goal to earn three priceless points. You looked


delighted! He has come through the ranks, as have many of the lads, I'm


sure it will mean a lot to him. He is a very good character, a calm


character, very professional lead. He has a good future ahead of him.


160 youngsters are chosen for the Wolves academy and it is this man 's


job to make sure the club gets good value from its annual investment of


?2.5 million. There has never been a good time to be a young Wolves


player, you have to be given an opportunity, and for us to do that


is a real step forward. Next month, Ethan Ebanks`Landell celebrates his


birthday but nothing will match the feeling of scoring on his debut. So


Wolves are top of League One but there was also drama and controversy


for Coventry City yesterday. They drew 3`3 at Bradford City but that


only tells part of the story. The Sky Blues took the lead within a


minute. Andy Webster scoring after a mix up in the Bradford defence. And


they went 2`nil up within seven minutes ` Callum Wilson's pace


setting up the chance for Leon Clarke. Bradford fought but but


trailed 3`2 four minutes into injury time when this happened. Jordan


Clarke handled it. Nakhi Wells scored to complete a hat`trick and


make it 3`3 but the drama wasn't finished. The Sky Blues manager


Steven Pressley involved in a touchline row with the Bradford


manager Phil Parkinson. Pressley wouldn't say what was said to him


afterwards but said it was appalling and unprofessional. And quite a game


between Port Vale and Shrewsbury Town. League One was the place to be


wasn't it? Vale won 3`1 but the result was in doubt until the 90th


minute. Following a Shrewsbury corner Vale broke away to make it


3`1 through Jordan Hugill. And we've still got Walsall against


Peterborough this evening. Imagine going to sleep one night,


able`bodied. And waking up unable to move. That's what happened to Lauren


Rowles at the age of thirteen. But less than two years later, the


wheelchair racer from Worcestershire is on the verge of going to the


Commonwealth Games. Ben Sidwell's been to meet the latest contender


for newcomer of the year in the West Midlands Community Sports Awards.


Lauren Rowles was a promising young runner until one night. It happened


within the space of ten, 12 hours, I went to bed that night, fully


able`bodied, nothing wrong with me, and I woke up the next morning and I


had completely couldn't feel my legs. Diagnosed with the spinal


condition Transverse myelitis and left with no sensation from the


chest down. But inspired by the London 2012 Paralympics she was


determined to return to the track. I never thought she would be on the


track, she would be in a racing chair, just so happy. It just goes


to show Lauren 's strength of character. At North Bromsgrove High


School, fellow students have raised over ?15,000 to buy equipment to


help Lauren in her sport. I was watching her go around the track and


I was really proud of her, it's a great feeling to see my best friend


succeeding at what she does best. It has been an inspiration for other


students to see somebody who was able`bodied coming back and tackling


everyday school life with a positive attitude. People say, how can you


smile every day and I say there are worse things than being in a chair.


I don't see myself as disabled, I just do something alternative to


everybody else. Already ranked fourth in the UK for the 1500


metres, Lauren's hoping to make it to next year's Commonwealth Games


and then the Paralympics. Were you lucky enough to have a


teacher who inspired you at school? Someone who helped change your life?


Well there's one teacher in Birmingham who's inspired hundreds


of students. But when his encouragement was matched by one


pupil's talent, the results were extraordinary. Cath Mackie reports.


He's the inspiring music teacher. He's the inspired pupil. Both about


to sign off their school careers on a high note. Peter Bridle and pupil


Robbie Ruisi teamed up six years when Robbie won a music scholarship


to King Edward's school in Birmingham. He is without doubt the


most talented fiddle player we've ever had in this school. But Peter


Bridle has a talent of his own. As a teacher. He's won a national


lifetime achievement award. I gather it was their idea for some students


past and present to nominate me for this award, so coming from the


pupils themselves, and some of the staff, I am really quite


overwhelmed. I think he is one of the best teachers I've ever had. The


way he inspires people to do things like Symphony Orchestra, he runs


that every week, everybody wants to do it and do it well. Maybe not for


themselves but for him, because he inspires people to do so. He is just


fantastic. For the third year running, Robbie has been chosen as


leader of the national youth orchestra. The role of a leader


generally is more kind of motivating, it's also a way of


connecting with different sections of the orchestra. Robbie's hoping to


go to music college. And after more than 40 years of teaching Mr Bridle


retires next year. I think the word is irreplaceable. We are already


scrabbling around desperately. I have been a schoolmaster for 30


years, he is one of the few genius is I have come across. But there's


time for a few more recitals before this golden era ends.


And staying with music, a big thank you to all of those who helped make


this year's Children In Need so tuneful. On Friday, the event


culminated in a choir of 225 children from ten schools in


Coventry and Birmingham singing in the new Library of Birmingham. It


was a night when this region donated almost ?2.5 million. And if you mist


the choir, here's a quick reminder. Onto the weather and warnings of


plummeting temperatures. Winter has arrived early, the


vocabulary is starting to change, Frost, ice and also fog. We could


see some snow as well. Wednesday will be the wettest day this week,


after today, there will also be a lot of dry weather on offer. This


was the front that alters today's rain, constantly out of the way now,


we have a ridge of high pressure behind it and at this time of year


that tends to give us near perfect conditions for overnight frost. It's


wet on Wednesday with this low pressure coming in from the


North`West that will bring the rain with it. More so than that, it's


probably the strengthening winds that will be a teacher. Back to


today, we had some rain today, that was the cloud associated with it,


which is now out of the way. In the last couple of hours, that has been


breaking up, so it is during these hours that we will see temperatures


plummet. In the countryside, down two sub zero values. Not quite cold


enough for a widespread frost overnight but there will be some


patchy frost. In countryside areas, definitely a widespread ground on M


Frost. `` and air frost. Some cloud coming in from the Northwest, that


will bring with it some snow lorries. `` flurries. Certainly damp


surfaces, we could see some icy patches by the morning. Moving on,


we still have this trickle of wintry flurries in from the Cheshire gap,


following a line through central parts, into Coventry and


Warwickshire as well. In contrast to today, it will be much prior and


brighter and sunnier, with temperatures between four to seven


Celsius. Tomorrow night, temperatures will fall quite early


on, they will be a widespread ground frost and air frost before the rain


set in. Tonight's headlines from the BBC Two internet giants are to


crackdown on online searches for images of child abuse. A woman


pleads guilty to murdering three men and dumping their bodies in ditches


and the attempted murder of two other men in Hereford. Who murdered


Maxine? Killed in the pub bombings ` now her family meet one of the


Birmingham Six, once blamed for her death. And losing our countryside `


fears that haphazard planning rules could become a developer's charter.


That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock with a report on


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