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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: A cruel and
evil death ` a court hears how Jamie Reynolds lured Georgia Williams to
his flat before strangling her. He'll spend the rest of his life in
prison. There is no sentence we can ever be satisfied with because it
will never bring Georgia back. Also tonight, a review into breast
care services at Solihull Hospital finds patients were seriously harmed
and victims of weak and indecisive leadership.
In memory of Christina, family and friends open a memorial garden for
the 16`year`old stabbed to death on a Birmingham bus.
All hail at the Britannia ` the storm at Stoke which stopped play.
These are the conditions that you want to play Man United in. What is
the likelihood of disruption to the rest of this week's fixtures? More
on the forecast later. Good evening. The man who murdered
Shropshire teenager Georgia Williams was this afternoon told he would
spend the rest of his life in prison. Jamie Reynolds had already
admitted murder and was appearing at Stafford Crown Court for sentence.
The judge in the case was told Reynolds was a sexual deviant who
had attacked another girl five years earlier. Georgia's father Steve, a
serving police officer, read a tearful statement in court, saying,
evil took Georgia away from her family. Giles Latcham was in court.
Jamie Reynolds arrives at a cinema in North Wales seemingly untroubled,
enjoying a night out. In his van in a car parked outside lies the body
of 17`year`old Georgia Williams. Hours earlier, he had murdered her.
The motive was his sexual gratification, inspired by a morbid
fascination with violent pornography. For Georgia's family,
the hearing was another cruel ordeal, the details of her horrific
murder set out in court for the first time. There is no sentence
that we can never say we are satisfied with because it will never
bring Georgia back. She is dead. She has gone. Physically. She lives in
our hearts. Georgia was a popular student from a family described as
happy and caring colds Jamie Reynolds she was not interested in
him romantically `` told Jamie Reynolds. He looted her to his home
on the pretence he wanted her to pose for him for a photography
project. He strangled her. Jamie Reynolds was described as a sexual
deviant with thousands of violent pornographic images and videos
stored on his computer. In 2008 aged 17 he was given a police caution for
attempting to strangle another teenager. Georgia's mother was said
to be wholly deliberate chakra Georgia's murder. `` Georgia. Jamie
Reynolds sat in the docs slumped forward, his head in his hands.
Cameras picked him up in a petrol station. Georgia's body in the van.
He disposed of it in woodland near Wrexham. He fled to a Glasgow hotel
where he was arrested three days later. A psychiatric report said he
showed psychotic tendencies and could have gone on to become a
serial killer. There is no doubt in my mind that Jamie Reynolds's
addiction to sadistic, extreme pornography played a significant
part in this investigation and as you heard today even in the minutes
leading up to Georgia's arrival, he was still viewing such material. He
was a keen fan of Telford United `` she was a keen fan. It has emerged
tonight a Serious Case Review is under way into how the police dealt
with Jamie Reynolds into earlier separate investigations. The world
has lost a wonderful person, her father told the court he fully. ``
tearfully. He said he cried for her from warning until night.
Still come before 7pm: Further embarrassment for Birmingham's
Children's Services ` two children's homes close after being rated
inadequate. Breast cancer patients were
seriously harmed and were victims of weak and indecisive leadership from
senior managers. That's one of the conclusions in a review of breast
care services at Solihull Hospital. Surgeon Ian Paterson was allowed to
carry on operating on women for several years, despite a series of
concerns raised about him by other medical staff. In a moment, I'll be
talking to the hospital trust chairman. But first here's our
health correspondent Michele Paduano.
Fitness instructor Gail Lawrence feels she can't move on in her life.
She had breast cancer and was operated on by Ian Paterson in 2003.
This year, she had two further breast surgeries and her ovaries
removed. She is terrified the cancer will come back. I feel like I have
been cheated. Cheated out of a normal life. It is hard enough after
having cancer. But having been told that you have got to have more
surgery because it has been performed wrongly, it is just hard.
Mr Paterson was operating at whirlwind speed and doing an
unrecognised operation leaving breast tissue behind. Today's report
showed after 12 years, his patients were seven times more likely to have
cancer back in the same breast, although it's difficult to compare
cases. I was shocked by how long it took for effective action to be
taken. My review is about patients'. It is about women who
were harmed. They feel they have been betrayed For years, doctors
were raising concerns but weren't being listened to. In 2003, a cancer
specialist worried about Ian Paterson's surgery reviewed 100
patients, but the trust was more worried about friction between
staff. It wasn't until 2007 that an inquiry decided that he should stop.
Six clinicians went to the chief executive but Mr Paterson carried
on. It's not until 2011 that the General Medical Council restricted
Mr Paterson's practice. They still do not suspend him. Had the trust
listened to people who had raised concerns, I would not be standing
here now. I would know my treatment was over and I could move forward
from that. The chief executive, Mark Goldman, who saw the six clinicians
stopped them talking about it. This solicitor excuse `` exposed Mr
Paterson. She now represents nearly 400 patients treated by him. We have
been asking for the investigation reports for some time. They have not
been provided. The Heart of England Trust has lost the confidence of
staff. Nothing happened as a result of them raising concerns, doctors
and nurses. It will take us time to rebuild the trust. That is what we
have to do now. Other patients' might have to face what this lady
has. Thousands of patients are now being checked.
A new report from Birmingham Prison's own monitoring board says
the atmosphere at the jail is improving, but that drugs are still
a problem. In October, 2011, the prison became the first in the UK to
be privately`run by the security firm G4S. Today's annual report also
highlights foreign inmates staying in the prison after their sentences
have officially ended. 26 men have been jailed and five
others received suspended sentences after disorder broke out at an
English Defence League march in Walsall in September last year. More
than 600 supporters held a demonstration in the town centre and
several West Midlands Police officers were injured when missiles
were thrown at them. The last of the defendants were sentenced at
Wolverhampton Crown Court today. Sandwell Council is to get an extra
?22 million over the next three years to create thousands of new
school places. 20 schools have already increased their intake since
2011. There are plans to expand many more by the end of 2016.
Two council`run children's homes have been closed in Birmingham after
being described as inadequate by Government inspectors. At one home,
youngsters were said to be frequently playing truant or going
missing. The decision to shut them comes in the wake of a series of
damning reports into the city's Children's Services department. Our
reporter Bob Hockenhull is in Selly Oak for us outside one of the homes.
Bob, another embarrassment for the council? That is right. The two
homes concerned are Fairfield in Erdington and Bournbrook in Selly
Oak. At Fairfield, Ofsted inspectors found children were not attending
school, going missing and missing opportunities to get to their
education potential. Staff were not sufficiently trained to deal with
emotional and behavioural difficulties. In fairness, this
home, Bournbrook, although it was also found to be inadequate in
April, a subsequent inspection found improvements in the way children
were looked after. The council still took the decision to close both
homes. What have the council said? The council says the decisions may
not last forever and in the future of the two homes may reopen again.
But it felt that when another inspection came along it still would
not be able to bring me home is up to standard so the decision was
taken to close them for the time being. We agreed with Ofsted that we
had not brought up to standard as quickly as we would like. The amount
of time taken would have been a detriment to the young people. We
decided to move the heat small number of young people in the homes
to better placements where they could be more safely cared for. This
means the council has only ten council run children homes in the
city because last year five other homes were shut bringing the number
down from 17 to ten. What the council wants to do is move away
from homes and try to get young people into foster care instead. It
feels this gives them a better chance in life in the future.
Babies will still be born at Stafford Hospital but the trust
administrators are recommending the maternity unit should be run by
midwives instead of doctors. Around 2000 babies are born there every
year. The council leader says the change could mean smaller hospitals
are targeted for downgrading. The many consultancy led maternity
services where perhaps there are only 1500 or even 1000 babies the
year. They are run perfectly well. This report has ramifications
outside Stafford for other hospitals because I am sure that if you apply
the logic of this report to them, I am sure they must be worried today.
Unions are warning it will have a huge impact on vulnerable
pensioners. The council says difficult decisions have to be made.
My messages we are very sorry we have to do it, but we have to
balance the budget. We have substantially less money from
central government so we have to make these savings. We are making
them enough careful a way possibly can. We are determined to protect
the most honourable and still are. Family and friends of a teenage girl
who was stabbed to death on a bus gathered at her school today for the
opening of a memorial garden. Christina Edkins who was 16 and from
Birmingham was killed in the city in March. Sarah Falkland was at the
ceremony in Halesowen. May this stone stand strong and firm as a
symbol of our remembrance and love for Christina and may this area be a
place for solid you don't reflection. `` a place for solid you
and reflection. A blessing at Leasowes High School
in Halesowen. The whole school assembled around a new stone in
memory of Christina Edkins. She will be smiling because so many people
have gathered to remember her. She was just 16 when she was killed in a
random attack on a bus in Birmingham, She'd been travelling to
school along the Hagley Road when 23`year`old Philip Simelane stabbed
her once in the chest. Christina's parents Jason and Kathleen had
wanted a permanent reminder of their daughter here. Christina's
classmates decided on the words that would be engraved on the stone. It
is a nice memorial. People can see that it is a nice thing to remember
her by. I think she would be amazed by how much people love her.