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Good afternoon. The former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg
has appeared in court chargdd with Syria`related terror offencds.
45`year`old Begg, from Hall Green in Birmingham, was arrested along with
three others on Tuesday. He's charged with providing terrorist
training and funding terrorhsm overseas. A 44`year`old wom`n,
Gerrie Tahari from Sparkbrook, is charged with facilitating tdrrorism
overseas. Two other men arrdsted remain in police custody. A
demonstration against the arrests is being held this lunchtime ottside
the West Midlands Police headquarters.
There's been a further protdst in the city this morning against the
propsed closure of a local swimming baths. Tiverton Pool in Selly Oak is
is one of several earmarked for closure by the City Council as a
cost`cutting measure. Locals say it is a vital resource and if ht goes
it will have a devastating hmpact on the community.
A stained glass window belidved to have miraculously escaped unscathed
from the ruins of Coventry Cathedral and delivered to a small Icdlandic
town has been proven to be ` fraud. For decades it was thought the glass
had been stolen during the war and sold to the church in Iceland. Joel
Mapp reports. Before its destruction, Covdntry
Cathedral had two types of stained glass ` Medieval and Victorhan. The
Medieval windows were removdd before the Blitz and saved but the
Victorian glass, well, many believe it was stolen and ended up hn
Iceland. Dr Jonathan Foyle hs chief executive of the World Monulents
Fund Britain and he's come to Iceland to investigate. We heard
that because they haven't explained the history of the windows from
Coventry to London and one of the explanations is that it had been
stolen. As Hitler scrambled his bombers, some of the Cathedral's
stained glass was removed for safekeeping. It's believed that some
went missing, sold by an antiques dealer in London to an Icel`ndic
trader. But Jonathan's not convinced. I don't think, however,
they were from Coventry Cathedral. They were probably removed from many
different church buildings `nd I think the antique dealer probably
used the words Coventry Cathedral to sell them quicker. Coventry's
Victorian glass, then, wasn't stolen and smuggled to Iceland but simply
left in place and destroyed by the Luftwaffe.
And you can see more on The Great Glass Mystery on BBC One tolorrow
afternoon at 4.10pm. The Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish
will be hoping to win a second medal at the World Championships hn
Colombia today. Varnish will compete in the semi`finals of the individual
sprint in Cali after a quarterfinal victory over her GB team`mate and
defending champion Becky Jales last night. She'll then have a third
chance at a medal in the Kidrin tomorrow but admits that evdnt will
be a very different experience. Kierin is like sort of a longer
lengthier sprint so with me just training for one lap and thd
individual sprint, it doesn't really have you in favour unless you're
sort of headstrong and clevdr, really.
Time to check on the weather now with Mel Coles.
Good afternoon. It's been a fairly decent start to the day, perhaps
chilly for many places but some good spells of sunshine. As we hdad
through the afternoon, we'll see a little more cloud and have the risk
of one or two showers. The winds are light today. Temperatures rdaching
highs of around eight Celsits. This evening, most places will h`ng on to
a bit of cloud. One or two showers around. Northern areas may have some
rain from time to time. Temperatures overnight dropping to three or four
Celsius. Tomorrow it will bd wetter and windier.
That's all for now. I'll be back with all the day's football and
rugby results in our next btlletin at 6.05pm.
Hello there. The first day of March, and quite a wintry chill to
the first thing, but conditions have improved a lot, a lot of sunshine
have there, so the daffodils you can see behind me, a good sunny Saint
David's day across Wales. We will hold onto the sunshine for many
places. A fly in the ointment is showers across western areas,
developing through the afternoon. Across the south-east, particularly
East Anglia, a great start, that area of low pressure continuing to
push out into the North Sea. Quite a deal to be a generally, temperatures
slowly climbing, but the winds are light, pleasant in the sunshine A