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military activity in the area tonight. That is all from us,


contemporary cinema comes to the Marches.


Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: join the


organ donor register, a plea to ethnic minorities from transplant


patient and Birmingham MP, Khalid Mahmood. It is just a huge


commitment when somebody is prepared to donate an organ. We'll be asking


the British Kidney Patient Association, what being a living


donor involves. Also tonight: A life changing


operation for a nine`year`old boy cancelled because of a change in NHS


funding guidelines The starlings creating a spectacle at dusk in


Hereford but leaving behind a spectacular mess. It is really


painful. Starlings creating a spectacle at


dusk but leaving behind a spectacular mass.


The moving story of Beauty, the Shropshire grocer's horse


commandeered by the Army in the First World War. There wasn't a dry


eye when she went on the train to war.


From Northern Lights, to chilly nights, as we head towards the


meteorological spring things are ironically getting colder. But will


we escape the rain this weekend? Your full forecast is coming up


later. Good evening. There's a call tonight


for more people from ethnic minorities to join the organ donor


register. It comes from the Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood who's


just had a life`saving kidney transplant. Last year over 6,000


people were on the waiting list for a new kidney. 30% of those were from


black, Asian or other minority ethnic communities. On average,


patients from these groups will have to wait a year longer for a


transplant, than white patients. As he prepares for a return to


politics, Khalid Mahmood has been talking to Ben Godfrey.


Khalid Mahmood is used to pounding the streets of Birmingham. But he's


making a steady return to politics on the advice of doctors.


Quality`of`life and the changes already have been absolutely


tremendous. Five weeks ago, the 52`year`old Labour MP had a


life`saving kidney transplant after a live donor came forward. This is


his first interview since the operation. The real sacrifice that


has been made as by the donor. It is a huge commitment, you see, when


someone is prepared to donate an organ whilst they are living. At a


loss to find the words to say thank you. Khalid discovered he had


chronic kidney failure in 2008. He spent four hours a day on dialysis.


What impact has it had on your professional life and on your family


life in Birmingham? It has been very difficult for them to see me go


through that trauma. But I took it in my stride. It was all the more


poignant for the family because his twin brother Arshad died from Kidney


disease. It was a huge loss personally to me and family and


still is a great loss to the whole family. Yesterday, we joined the


father`of`two at the QE Hospital where his consultant was ready with


his latest test results. Hello. How are you doing? Here, you can see


when the kidney was transplanted and you can see the chaotic spikes that


were there before have been replaced by this smooth curve and that is a


demonstration that the new kidney is functioning beautifully. I think


there is quite a lot of misunderstanding about who can be a


living donor and who cannot. Tissue typing isn't as important, blood


grouping isn't as important. What is most important is a willingness to


do this for someone you care for. Khalid Mahmood says he won't reveal


who donated the kidney but he owes them his life. He hopes to return to


the House of Commons next month. Joining me now is Fiona Loud from


the British Kidney Patient Association. Why do you think there


is a shortage of donors from ethnic minorities? Actually, I would say


there is a shortage of donors anywhere really. You've heard the


numbers, 6000 people will be on the organ donor waiting list and hoping


to get a kidney. Of those, at least one will die every day while they


are waiting. That doesn't include the many others on dialysis.


Particularly, in the black and ethnic minority communities, that is


a series of different communities with different cultures and faiths.


I think from the work that we have done in mosques and talking to


people from those different areas, some of it is simply not knowing,


not knowing who to ask or understanding perhaps that you can't


go forth and give this fantastic gift of donating a kidney while


alive as well as giving the gift of life after you have passed away. You


receive one of your husband's kidneys, didn't you? Our children


were very young at the time. I'd been on dialysis for five years and


I have never been called from the waiting list. We had to take a


decision and say, what are we going to do in the future? Am I going to


live a long and full life as a transplanted person? Keith told me


he was going to give me his kidney. We are both very well. This happened


seven years ago. He completely recovered from the operation. He was


out of hospital within three days. He has a checkup once a year and


carries on his life doing absolutely that he used to do. Now, I'm there


to be with him and look after our family and do all the other things


that I do. Coming up: A five match ban for


Anelka for this gesture. Now the club parts company with its


technical director. A nine`year`old boy with cerebral


palsy has been told he can't have an operation that would help him walk


more easily, because of new NHS funding guidelines. Ben Baddeley


from Newcastle, is just one of a number of children around the


Midlands who have had potentially life`changing surgery cancelled.


Sorry. I will do it as quickly as I can. Every day, Ben is strapped into


this contraption for half an hour to stretch his legs. It helps the


spasticity but it hurts and he hates it. It means I could do a lot. What


sort of things do you want to do? Write a skateboard. Selective dorzal


rhizotomy cuts certain nerves causing the spasticity in the spine.


Ben was due to undergo the first stage last week, but it was


cancelled. NHS England stopped routinely funding the operations


last April. The hospital in Nottingham didn't know and carried


on so it is treating patients who started the process, but not Ben.


For every parent that is out there, they know that seeing your childhood


constantly hurts you. It hurts your heart and it messes with your head.


How can I take that away from him? I just don't understand. I don't


understand why they've done it. At nine, Ben is in a race against time.


After nine there's less benefit from SDR. He's not alone. A Coventry


child has also been cancelled. This operation has been done in places


like Oswestry since the mid`90s. Mice looked at this in 2010 and said


there was moderate evidence that it significantly improved movement with


physiotherapy after 12 months. `` NICE. But NHS England says it is not


cost`effective. In a statement, NHS England said the current evidence


base does not sufficiently demonstrate relative cost or


clinical effectiveness. As further trials take place, NHS England's


clinical experts will keep the policy under review. We recognise


that both patients and clinicians feel this is a promising area of


research. But a year on, NHS England hasn't sponsored any research. Ben's


mother is fighting on and looking to raise the ?20,000 needed.


The two men attacked in Hereford by the serial killer Joanne Dennehy


have spoken of their massive relief after she was given a whole life


sentence today. Robin Bereza and John Rogers were both stabbed at


random by Dennehy, as they were out walking their dogs in separate


incidents in Hereford City Centre last April. She'd earlier pleaded


guilty to their attempted murders as well as killing three other men in


Peterborough. She's only the third woman in England to be sentenced to


die in prison. There's a significant political


development tonight in the wake of the Government's decision to wind`up


the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. Conservative and Labour MPs in


Wolverhampton and Stoke`on`Trent will be raising concerns about the


knock`on effects on hospitals in their areas, following the transfer


of some services from Stafford and Cannock. Our Political Editor


Patrick Burns has more on this. What exactly are they worried about?


What we are seeing now, Mary, is the other side of the coin. We have


become accustomed to hearing some campaigning hang onto many


services. Now come the concerns for those other hospitals at the


receiving end of this. Think of Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital.


Already, they are fudgy `` fully stretched. There has been a lot of


discussion about mid`Staffs. We are going to have to look at how this


comes out in the war. There are issues in terms of how this might


have a knock`on effect. I'm not the expert on that. I'm going to meet


those at the coal face and speak to the Prime Minister about the


knock`on effect. I see you have Tristram Hunt there. How does he see


the position of the University Hospital `` Hospital of North


Staffordshire? The general perception is that the


bulk of those services which are being switched will go up the road


to Stoke. Tristram Hunt shares many of the concerns. We face the same


challenges. We are making the same representations to the Secretary of


State. We can take the flag. We've got the skills and the capacity. We


can grow the hospital. We need to make sure that local people's health


provision in Stoke`on`Trent is not adversely affected. It looks as


though the political fallout from mid`Staffs still has a way to go.


Campaigners are still threatening legal action and with a general


election around the corner, we can be sure that defending MPs and


aspiring candidates will all be fighting hard for the best deal for


their own local communities. There's a long way to go yet.


And Patrick will be back with more on this in Sunday Politics at 11


o'clock on BBC One, plus the towns and cities bidding for a new ?20


million college to train engineers for high`speed rail.


This is our top story tonight: Join the organ donor register, a plea to


ethnic minorities from transplant patient and Birmingham MP, Khalid


Mahmood. Your detailed weather forecast to


come shortly from Rebecca. Also in tonight's programme: from delivering


groceries in Shropshire to facing enemy fire, the story of one of


thousands of war horses and the largest rural film festival in the


country, contemporary cinema comes to the Marches Thousands of


starlings have been enthralling Thousands of starlings have been


enthralling people in Hereford with their daily displays of aerial


acrobatics. But not everyone's impressed, as they're leaving behind


a bit of a mess. Ben Sidwell is there for us tonight. How many are


there? We have a rest `` rough estimation,


possibly up to 20,000. They are now all in the hedges and trees. They've


done their flight fortnight. But it is what they are leaving behind


which is the real problem for residents around here, the mess on


the floor, as I've been finding out. It's one of nature's most


spectacular displays. As the sun sets, the skies above Hereford are


teeming with birds. A truly magical sight, unless that is, you happen to


live right below their flight path. You can put your washing out. I've


got wash my car every morning. It's a nuisance. It may seem a bit


extreme to have this up but when the starlings, the head, it's like a


light rain shower and that is the problem that these residents have


been facing for the last five or six weeks. Every day, having to come out


and clean their cars, because of the bird mark. And that is becoming a


real pain. Estimates put the number of birds at around 20,000, all


congregating in trees behind the house. But being a protected


species, the options for dealing with the starlings are limited.


There is not much we can do. We are not allowed to harm them. People can


choose to chop down the hedge. That is allowed. Or you can sit it out. A


lovely display to watch but it is not very nice for people living


here. HP Bulmers, whose land the trees are on, told us they


sympathise greatly with the residents, but they must also do all


they can to respect and protect the wildlife of the area. If you come


out and said in my back garden, it is shocking. We would like to see


them go because it's a nuisance. Last night, for the first time, a


starling distress caller was used to try and move the birds on. They have


spent the last half hour trying to scare the birds off. It hasn't had a


lot of effect, apart from what you can see on this car. This is what


the residents are facing all the time. It is not just the mess. The


smell as well as getting pretty bad around here. You can hear them now.


The birds are being chased along the hedge and they are going to a


different part of the hedge. We might relieve the pressure on these


people here. That might not be a bad thing. We would be putting it on


someone else. As weeks turn into months, sadly for the residents, it


seems like they'll just have to wait until the starlings take flight


themselves. They have been plenty of people


coming down to the street today to see these birds. One of them was


Gerard from the ornithological club. A lot of people want to know, why


are they doing it? The starlings are gregarious. They flocked to feed and


to roost. This roost is used by the starlings because they need warmth


in the conifers. They use it as a means of safety from predators and


they also probably communicate overnight to decide where they are


going to feed the next day. People are suffering. How long are they


going to have to put up with the birds? It rather depends what this


flock is composed of, whether it is a lot of winter visitors, which it


probably is, or whether it is a resident copulation. `` population.


It almost certainly will be a large number of migratory birds in this


flock. And so they will, depending on their country of origin, be


returning fairly shortly, in the next few weeks. We've had a lot of


comments and many have been interested. Sally said, what a shame


they think this is spectacular display is a nuisance. It doesn't


last for long. Esther says, we need natural beauty. Humans, please share


this planet. We have been told this carer was distressing the birds too


much so they are not going to use it any more and these will leave in


their own accord. `` scarer. As part of our First World War


commemorations the BBC has teamed up with the Imperial War Museums to


tell the story of the War at Home. Tonight Cath Mackie has the story of


Shropshire's very own War Horse who was commandeered by the Army to


serve on the Western Front. Like memories, the black and white


photo of the grocer's horse is fading. Beauty was snapped in the


Shropshire village of Minsterley, a moment in time before the gunfire


began. QT used to deliver the groceries. He went all around, to


the bog and the grit and a big circle. But then the First World War


intervened. In the beginning of August, the army had 23,000 all


boxers and they need more. `` horses. If horses were not brought


forward, they could requisition horses, anything from hunters to


working horses. Historians believe the film War Horse captures the


emotional heartache in market squares across the country as horses


were either offered up or commandeered by the army. I solemnly


swear, we will be together again. Wherever you, our, I will find you.


There are recollections which are terribly emotional. There was a


farmer who was patting the horses and crying. For the most part, they


never did see them again. Beauty was taken to war. There wasn't a dry eye


when she went on the train. They were taken to depots to get them


trained up, because they were going to have to get used to things they


were not used to, gunfire, galloping altogether in charge and learning


life in the Army, the same way that human recruits would have to do. The


impact was felt at home. At the outbreak of the war 800,000 horses


were used on the land. The bigger breeds stayed behind to keep the


home front ticking over but as food shortages increased, more help was


needed. The women's land Army was formed, in 1915 to help on the land


but they still didn't think that was an officer mechanisation does seem


to speed up tractors. War brings about technological advances and


that went beyond the home front as well. We can only imagine what the


atmosphere must have been like that day will stop ``. Men, women and


children coming along to give the horse one final pat. And it was


goodbye because Beauty didn't survive the war. The grocer's horse


was one of 1.2 million horses commandeered by the army. Just


65,000 made it home. Anne Lewis's father served in the veterinary


corps. He didn't talk very much because I think he had a green time


in the war. To see his horses, you know, being damaged and killed as


well, I think it was not a nice time. I once said to him, why didn't


he go to the Armistice service? He said, I don't have to go to the war


memorial to remember the war. We can only guess at what Beauty endured.


But at least now, 100 years on, the story of Minsterley's warhorse has


come home. Time for sport. Ian's here and


Birmingham City fans were expecting to learn the outcome of the Carson


Yeung money`laundering trial today. But they're still waiting, why is


that? Quite simply, the court ran out of


time. Today's judgement against Carson Yeung runs to 112 pages, and


the judge was less than half`way through, when he adjourned


proceedings until Monday. Stand by for some flash photography. Because


there was a real media scrum as Carson Yeung left the court in Hong


Kong. Remember, he denies five charges of money`laundering,


totalling more than ?50 million pounds. He no longer holds an


official title at Birmingham City. But he is still a major shareholder


in the club's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings


Ltd. And their six monthly accounts show a pre`tax loss of just under ?5


million. It's been a difficult week for West


Bromwich Albion. Speculation that Nicolas Anelka may have played his


last game for the club. And also the future of Pepe Mel as manager.


What's the latest? Well, Pepe Mel's position has


probably been weakened by the departure of David McDonough, as the


club's Technical Director. He played a significant role in bringing Pepe


Mel to the Hawthorns. He could speak Spanish, and was helping the new


manager to get his message across in training. But McDonough has now left


West Brom. And Pepe Mel must be wondering what the future has in


store. Albion's next game is at home to Manchester United a week


tomorrow. By which time, Nicolas Anelka will have decided whether or


not to appeal against the FA's five`match ban over his


controversial quenelle gesture in December. Meanwhile, Anelka has been


suspended by the club and he may well have played his last game in a


West Brom shirt. As you mentioned, Albion don't play


this weekend. But two very big games for Stoke City and Aston Villa Yes,


Stoke have 27 points, just three points above the relegation places,


tomorrow they're at home to Arsenal. On Sunday, Aston Villa play Paul


Lambert's old club Norwich City. And they're both on 28 points. All the


action on your BBC local radio station.


Over the next 17 days people living in Herefordshire and Shropshire will


be given a taste of contemporary British and world cinema as part of


the 12th Borderlines Film Festival. The event has become the largest


rural film festival in the UK. But why is it important for communities?


Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana has been finding out.


Everybody knew everybody else. Memories from Hereford's old


livestock market, now the subject of Chewing the Cud. You had every rank


and type of society coming through that market. It's a film put


together by a local production company using local people. And


it'll premiere at this year's Borderlines Film Festival. It's just


really nice to be able to show a film about the local area, the


cattle market that was situated here. It's lovely to have a local


audience for that kind of film. There is nothing better in a way.


But some rural audiences often live miles away from a cinema. Here in


puddleston near leomster the village hall is the cinema. Epic of Everest


will be shown here as part of the festival a rare chance to see a


restored film of the 1924 attempt to climb Everest. It brings world


cinema and new footage, new films, to a very remote rural area. People


would possibly have to go to London to see something like this. This


year, 32 venues will be taking part in the Borderlines Film Festival,


including the Regal Cinema in Tenbury Wells. This Art Deco 1930s


building was restored in 2012 and is now run by volunteers. The festival


offers them a vital business opportunity. We are hoping that with


the extra exposure, it will make those films more viable because


we've only just recently restarted. We didn't want to take too many


financial risks because we cannot afford to do that. The borderlines


film Festival `` Borderlines Film Festival is now in its 12th year. It


is a chance for these communities to celebrate film`making in the region.


Were you lucky enough to see the northern lights last night? Some of


you did. Rebecca has some of your pictures, along with the forecast.


Unfortunately I didn't see it. Thankfully, some of you did and


you've been sending in your pictures. The Northern lights are


normally seen much fall `` further north but they were spotted last


night in Gloucestershire. Aurora borealis to, to give its official


title, this caused when electrically charged particles are rejected from


the sun. By the time they reach our atmosphere, they cause the gas atoms


to glow. Unfortunately, I cannot promise you more of the same


tonight. We have some clear skies to come. It is going to be cold with


brightness to come through the day tomorrow. There is clear skies


already making an impact. Temperature is already public thing


a day. Dash away. A widespread frost tonight. Temperatures will plummet


to `1 or `2. We will get some fog patches developing as well. That fog


will be lingering around for much of tomorrow morning. The sun will


eventually burn through. It is increasing intensity because it is


the 1st of March tomorrow. We will get some good spells of brightness


through the day. Temperatures are going to range from between seven


and nine Celsius with lighter winds. It will feel pleasant. The cloud is


starting to build and we've got rain moving in tomorrow night. It will


fall across the North of the Midlands and then we will see


showers right the way across the region. That will help temperatures


little bit. Even though it is going to be cold into Sunday, it will not


drop as low as it was night. So, we start of our Sunday with plenty of


more rain moving in. The winds will start to pick up. We will get some


brightness through mundane sash `` Sunday morning but then there would


be drizzle forming. Temperatures were rain `` range between eight and


12 Celsius. As he starts the new week, it is staying unsettled. I


will leave you with a bit of good news. By the middle of the week,


things look like they are starting to become milder.


Spring plastics? Before we go, are you interested in


the BBC and its programmes and services? If so, the BBC Trust's


Audience Council England, is looking for people here in the West Midlands


to join its regional audience panel. The panel meets three times a year.


It isn't paid but you do get expenses. The easiest way to find


out more, and to get an application pack, is to go to the website.


That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock, have a good




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