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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: He died after


a scuffle on a night out. It has destroyed the family. Our lives will


never be the same again. Now, his family win the right to a review of


the case. Policing on the cheap? Ten years


after their introduction, our biggest force is taking on more


PCSOs. We find out why West Midlands Police are recruiting when other


forces are getting rid of them. People have accepted us as the


police family and that we are here to stay.


An appetite for fast cars, and now fast trains ` the growing China


connection with Midlands manufacturing.


Join me live at Villa Park where we'll celebrate all that's good


about Midlands sport and look ahead to the crowning of our unsung


sporting hero. And from no warnings yesterday to


now yellow and amber alerts for strong winds tomorrow. More details


on the worst affected areas in the forecast later.


Good evening. The family of a man who died after being restrained by


bouncers have won the right to a review of the case. Two men were


arrested on suspicion of murder but no`one's ever been prosecuted over


the death of Julian Webster four years ago. On 10th April 2009 he'd


been out in Manchester with friends from Birmingham. After a


disagreement, he was restrained by bouncers outside a bar and was


unconscious when police arrived. In July 2010, the Crown Prosecution


Service said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone. Then


in November last year, an inquest heard that although he had an


undetected heart condition, restraint played a significant part


in his death. This report from Lindsay Doyle.


Four years and a mother still waiting for justice but finally


today a glimmer of hope ` the right to challenge the Crown Prosecution


Service decision not to take anyone to court over her son's death


outside a Manchester bar. There was more than enough evidence. I don't


know what more they wanted. Did they want to witness it themselves or


something? I don't know. But there was more than enough evidence.


Julian Webster, who was 24 and from Edgbaston in Birmingham, died on


Easter Sunday in April 2009, after he'd returned to the Pitcher and


Piano in Manchester City centre to retrieve a mobile phone and was


allegedly restrained by door staff. Someone had him in a headlock. That


is assault. Someone accuses you or intimidates you all lays a hand on


you, that is assault. But someone can have my son in a headlock. They


caused his death. And that is fine by the CPS. The family's last throw


of the legal dice ` an application in the High Court to challenge the


CPS decision. Today's ruling in their favour means the CPS must look


again at the evidence. the file will be looked at again. There is now ``


there is now a better or more realistic chance of prosecution.


Julian Webster was fit and healthy and keen on sport. But he had an


undetected heart condition, a blocked valve. When he struggled for


breath, it brought on a cardiac arrest. He was held for eight


minutes and that significantly under beauty to his death. And hence, this


is one of the reasons why the High Court has granted permission to go


ahead opt the CPS said: what really hurts me more is knowing


that he died on his own. There was not a familiar face, nobody around


him. Coming up later in the programme:


What the future holds for the region's last deep`seam pit and the


millions of tonnes of coal still beneath it.


More community support officers are to be recruited by West Midlands


Police. It's ten years since the first PCSOs began to pound the beat


and most forces are reducing their numbers in the wake of budget cuts.


PCSOs were initially dismissed by some as so`called plastic police


officers without real powers. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson


has been out on the streets to find out what their job is really about.


I am lucky to have this role. They have recently recruited 50 more


people. Recruitment was frozen for a while. It ticks all the boxes, I am


out in the community, I love what I do.


Vicky Rogers was the first of the first. Dudley had the first police


community support officers and she was one of them. Ten years on and


she's still doing the job. That job mainly means walking the streets


around Brierley Hill, ten miles a day in heavy leather boots. But can


PCSOs really gain useful intelligence about what's going on


in their communities? Have you reported? He has recently had his


catalytic convert a stolen. Unfortunately, he hasn't reported


this. That is something we will have to look into because we cannot do


anything unless we are informed of these crimes. Community support


officers are increasingly dealing with traffic offences. They were


first used to counter anti`social behaviour problems, now it's more


about community reassurance and neighbourhood policing. We did have


a lot of anti`social behaviour, fighting at 12 o'clock, one o'clock


in the morning. All of that has disappeared. It is very, very quiet.


The police are always on hand which is greatly appreciated by us all. We


do speak to people, children speak to us. We're out there in the


community and we are available for people to approach us and give us


information. Officers like Vicky Rogers don't have the full police


powers of detention. They've only recently been given stab proof vests


and they don't carry batons. Ten years ago, their reduced powers


meant they were criticised as cheap ` plastic police officers, not the


real thing. We have had many aims `` name is aimed at us. I think people


have now accepted us as part of the police family. We are here to stay.


And we are making a difference to the communities. Vicky Rogers has


stayed as a community support officer because she does love the


job. For many people on her beat, she is the face of the force.


Peter joins me now from Digbeth in Birmingham. Peter, what's happening


there? I am at the police station with the city centre neighbourhood


team. The man in charge is Sergeant David Francis. The officers will


join the rest of the colleagues. We have plainclothes officers on the


ground. We will keep the market say. so, a busy team here. We saw in your


report the positive part that PCSOs play what is the bigger picture? we


have seen big police cuts in the last two years. Almost more than


1,300 police officers have left the West Midlands force, many through


retirement. That's almost the equivalent of a small force in it's


own right. The top brass have addressed that and have started


recruiting again. They are looking for 450 police officers and 50 extra


PCSOs. the best decision by the crime commission up Jones about the


top job, Chris Sims's contract was coming up for review in the summer


and he has been guaranteed staying as Chief Constable for the next


three years. It sounds as if PCSOs are here to stay top yes, but as you


have seen in my report with BT Rogers, the community trust them.


These officers are just about to go out to the German market. Seeing


these officers, the high visibility, that stops crime.


The police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row is to sue the


Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell for libel. It follows an accusation


from the former Conservative Chief Whip that officers hadn't told the


truth about what happened in Downing Street in September 2012. PC Toby


Rowland says he stands by his version of events.


Police have begun naming drivers charged with being over the drink


driving limit during the festive period. West Midlands Police say


they'll keep it up until January in the hope that publicity will deter


offenders. The names of 13 drivers arrested and charged appeared on


their website this morning. Police have arrested two men over a


series of hypodermic needle attacks in Birmingham City Centre. They were


arrested after their CCTV images were circulated following assaults


on women in Broad Street last month. Officers in Walsall are


investigating two similar attacks in a bar.


Refugee workers in Coventry say they're liaising with the


authorities to help identify a man who says he doesn't know his own


name. He's become known as Mr X. He came into the country illegally as a


child and says he 's been living on the streets since 2008. Joan Cummins


has been looking into the case. It sounds an unusual case. How old was


he when he came here rushed and Mark it is every bizarre. He claims he


was around six or maybe eight. He doesn't actually know. He admits he


came in illegally in the back of a van and then went to live with a


woman in London. The day, speaking to the city, they told me that this


woman, although she, in one respect, cared for the boy, also threatened


to break his legs if he escaped. He has mentioned that the woman


consonant to threaten him on a number of occasions when he was


younger if he tried to escape. He is the only client who has ever


presented in the history of the charity as saying he doesn't know


his name. How did he arrived in Coventry? He had been living on the


streets, he had been kicked out by this woman, he had been living on


the streets in London with cash in hand jobs, he came to Coventry to


the bus station behind me and simply asked somebody to look after him.


They took him in, they since referred him to a solicitor, the


police have been informed and also now the Home Office. The refugee


centre say it is highly unusual for somebody like this now seeking


asylum who is described as status to actually say he has no idea of his


real name. Birmingham's been named as the


fastest growing Christmas destination in the world. Figures


from travel website Expedia say bookings for trips to the city have


increased by 118%. It's thought attractions like the Frankfurt


Christmas Market are part of the reason.


Coventry's considering bidding to become the UK City of Culture. The


Council has agreed to commission a report looking at the potential


benefits. Hull, which recently won the title for 2017, is expecting to


enjoy a ?60 million boost to its economy. Coventry, which could also


bid for the European Capital of Culture could be entered for either


2021 or 2023. Our top story tonight: He died on a


night out. His mother winds the right to a review of the case.


Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.


Also in tonight's programme: I'm live at Villa Park for the first


ever Midlands Community Sports Awards. Tonight we'll find out who's


won our unsung sporting hero award. And fifty years on, plans to bring


back a race around a historic hotel in the Worcestershire countryside.


If you have a story you think we should cover, with the glove to hear


from you. Deals worth billions of pounds have been signed in China,


where the Prime Minister has been on one of this country's biggest ever


trade missions. More than 100 British companies went with him,


including several from the West Midlands. Among the biggest


headlines ` Jaguar Land Rover announced its intention to invest


more than ?4 billion in China. Peter Plisner joins us now. China is a


force to be reckoned with and the underlying message is that our


companies just have to be doing business with them? I don't think we


can do without them. China is a growing economy and they are eager


to invest. The Chinese firm which owns a Coventry `based taxi company


has invested ?30 million. And a further ?50 million on a new hybrid


model. They have also announced with `` a ?2 million deal with another


company. Another automotive company based in China have put `` have


talked about putting a research development centre here. They are


spending ?60 million. And Warwickshire `based train maker


announced they were providing steam trains to a northern Chinese theme


park. That investment in China, what was that all about? we know that


they building the fact three China. We now know they will build 100,000


cars. I think the opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover in China is


immense. Soon, China's middle of us will be 600 million people. That is


bigger than the European market put together. Jaguar Land Rover has been


one of Britain's's best industrial success Tories. Great brands, great


craftsmanship and it is wonderful to see them selling. Also, possible


Chinese investment in HS2? They have said they are interested in


investing in the line. That'll be good news who are `` for people who


are concerned about the use of taxpayers money. Thank you very


much. An untapped reserve of 50 million tonnes of coal remains under


the ground at the now`disused Daw Mill colliery in North Warwickshire.


Demolition is now underway at what was once the country's most


productive pit. It shut with the loss of nearly seven hundred jobs


after an underground fire in January. As Kevin Reide reports


there's still no decision on what will happen to the site. This


historic mine has been reduced to rubble. In its heyday, thousands


worked here at the last walked out in March as 300 years of mining is


to reinvigorate came to an abrupt end. This was the canteen. It is a


sad sight for the local minor. We have children today who don't even


know what a piece of coal is all by it comes from. In March, I was


talking to you and here we are in November, and it is completely go ``


gone. Warwickshire's coalmines provided jobs for many people. This


is just one of two memorials left in the whole county to this once great


industry. Just five years ago, Daw Mill colliery broke the record for


the most coal produced at one mind. Now, some like local artist and


local Dorian Susan Moore want it to be remembered properly. She believes


that the pithead power should be saved. if they take it all down, you


cannot do anything, it is lost for ever. It all to be saved, it ought


to be there for our children's judgement to see, as a sculpture


because it is so iconic. The Calumet become part of the new business park


on the site but with BT 6 billion tonnes of coal beneath the surface,


some may have other ideas. They might use gasification to extract


coal. we have always been told that would not be viable here. That is a


matter for the developer to discuss with the County Council but we have


heard no plans that that is likely or even viable on this site.


Whatever happens, the scars will make for some time, not just on the


surface but agony hearts of the communities who once thrived here.


`` but deep in the hearts. This evening, we will be finding out who


is this year's unsung sporting hero. Good evening and welcome to the


first ever Midlands community sports award. Have a look around, 300 get


are starting to arrive to celebrate the very best of sport in our


region. The BBC Midlands sports unsung heroes award has been running


for 11 years. The standard is as high as it ever was and later on


this evening, one of our five finalists will collect this trophy.


For almost 30 years, Graham Watkins has been getting on his bike to


encourage young cycling and in Shrewsbury. He even persuaded the


council to build this cycle track. It made Cricket weather at the


doesn't stop Colling, whether it is mowing or coaching, he is the heart


of the cricket club. Frankly they set up this that will up 34 years


ago and they have never looked back. They have 450 players. Barry


Ewington joined Nuneaton Harry and as a 15`year`old runner. Gordon


Evans helps run more than 20 teams at Stafford town football up where


he is so popular the ground even named after him. They are all heroes


to their clubs. Tonight, one of them become the BBC Midlands unsung


sporting hero for 2013. Find very worthy finalists and no one knows


better than Jenny Price about the Bible work of these and sung heroes.


`` about the work. Without these people, grassed breeze would not


happen. RB fitter and healthier than we were around 2012? we have been


building the participation legacy for seven or eight years now and we


are certainly healthier, fitter, playing more sports than we were


then. There are 1.4 million extra people playing sport every week


since we won the bid for the games. Much was made about the legacy but


from what you are saying, there is a tangible legacy to be had. There is,


and in many ways, it is a hidden legacy. Look out of your window


tomorrow, look at the people you see running, on the bikes, on Saturday,


you see young people dying football, that is the legacy of the Game. We


will talk to the unsung winner later tonight on our bulletin at 25 `` ten


20 5pm. `` 1025 PM. David had, born with one arm, won the inaugural race


in 1957. He became the British hill climbing champion. The thrills of


motor racing went on for a decade at twitch which in Worcestershire with


some of the West known names in hell climbing events taking part. This


was the grand venue. This man was driven around because today for the


first time in nearly 50 years. David Goode is a former British hill


climber champion and one of `` and won the first event here in 1957,


despite the one with one arm. yes, it was a challenge and I think that


helped me commendably because I was so passionate about the sport but


any sport. I have taken part in many different sports, including the


two`man bob in St Margaret's. I was the fastest in the year 1964. Soap,


you know, one is always trying. I have paid golf, cricket, tennis,


squash. I have always wanted to do that much better than anybody else.


Rots pollen is the director and wants to bring the event back. The


length `` the courses doubled the length of the first one. He says the


original hill climb was hugely popular. at that time, there were


far less clear line between the amateur racing driver and the


professional drivers of the day. There were some hundred competitors


at every vent. It was always oversubscribed. All of the major


British hill climb contenders attended the event. Standing on the


bridge that was once the original starting line for the help climb,


and one of the leading motorsport magazines back in the 1950s


described this as the most hit `` picturesque hill climb location in


the country. This place was built in the eight team hundreds by John


Corbett. It later became a hotel and of course, a venue for the kill


climb. It is something that is hoped will return here by 2015.


This was built by the salt of the poet which and I think we will


doubly need more salt on the roads. Yes, it is always the way, you say


something will not be bad and all of the sudden it is. Yesterday, we had


no warnings across the region. Winds but now we have yellow and ample


warnings. The amber warning only applies to the north of the region,


Staffordshire. The yellow will apply to the rest of us. Both represent


the likelihood of the event occurring and also your level of


response. So, do take precautions with the strong winds. We are


looking at us of up to 70 mph tomorrow but this is the beast that


is going to be steering it all up, and intense area of low pressure


that will be sitting to the North East and that is ripping the winds


into a frenzy. By the time they reach the Midlands, they will be


veering around to the north`west and West. Right now out there, it is


looking fairly quiet across the region and with clear skies and


falling temperatures, tempered is down to below zero. The


authenticated festival, ground and air frost but as the crowd opens up


and the winds start to pick up, the cold will ease and the temperatures


will gradually rise. We're into a windy day tomorrow, writes through


the morning and the afternoon. The winds could peek at 70 mph. It will


also be fairly cloudy but also miles. Temperatures will rise in


some places to 11 Celsius. Some of the cloud could produce rain to the


north initially and will gradually slipped southwards towards tomorrow


night. It'll be largely patchy rain with the odd heavy burst here and


there. Tomorrow night as the temperatures tumble, we could see a


little bit of snow across higher ground. It'll be a cold on Friday


with highs of 45 Celsius Fahrenheit. `` 4th`5dC. The headlines: My


journals and admits she has taken cocaine though she denies being an


addict. Photographs of the Queen and her sister onstage in pantomime are


being put up for auction in Gloucestershire. The images were


taken between 1940 and 194044. There were 60 big as in total. Some of


them are actually bearing royal signatures. They are all part of the


collection. That was the Midlands today. I will be back at ten


o'clock, I hope to have your company there. Goodbye.


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