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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Guilty of


money laundering ` Birmingh`m City's largest shareholder Carson Xeung


could face 14 years in jail. It leaves an awful lot of questions


unanswered. Is the club for sale? We would like that question answered.


We'll hear from former Blues manager Alex McLeish who worked unddr Yeung.


Also tonight, a former Birmhngham prison officer is jailed for


misconduct. She supplied drtgs and had sex with an inmate. Casds like


this are always extremely frustrating and in some ways


demoralising for all of the staff who do a very good job.


Two years after the death of Daniel Pelka, a Coventry social worker


tells us he looks at every case as a potential Daniel.


The extraordinary story of the wartime egg collectors, sending


nourishment from Shropshire across the Channel.


Spring may have already sprtng according to the Met Office, but for


it to be official, we have to wait until later this month. That's


probably why temperatures are still undecided this week. Find ott what


they are doing later on in the programme.


Good evening. The former Birmingham City chairman


Carson Yeung is facing up to 14 years in jail in Hong Kong `fter


being found guilty of five charges of money laundering. The 54`year`old


first tried to buy Birmingh`m City in 2007, but his takeover bhd


failed. Two years later, he finally completed a deal to buy the club


from the Gold brothers and David Sullivan. Then in June 2011, Carson


Yeung was arrested and charged with laundering more than ?55 million. He


will be sentenced on Friday, although he can still appeal against


the verdict. Juliana Liu reports from Hong Kong. Her report contains


flash photography from the start. Carson Yeung, a hairdresser turned


tycoon. He was a passionate fan and make big promises but was unable to


deliver when he was arrested in 2011 and money`laundering charges. Now he


faces up to 14 years in prison after being found guilty. Prosecutors said


he was unable to show where tens of millions of dollars in his bank


accounts had come from. He has steadfastly maintained his


innocence. He told the court that he had made the money through


legitimate means including ` chair `` a chain of hair salons. The judge


did not buy his argument saxing that the testimony was contradictory


Carson Yeung's legal troublds have affected Birmingham City. Hd stepped


down from official posts in February in anticipation of the verdhct. He


remains the largest shareholder Now fans are hoping the guilty verdict


will remove a key source of uncertainty for the club.


The case of Carson Yeung has been making headlines around the world


today, but what is the Hong Kong businessman really like? Thd former


Birmingham City manager, Aldx McLeish, has been talking to Ian


Winter. 6,000 miles away from the courtroom


drama in Hong Kong. Alex McLeish has been following the Carson Ydung


trial with great interest. LcLeish had been manager of the Bluds for


almost two years when the ndw owner arrived in a blaze of publicity and


promised big bucks to spend on new players. My first plan is to support


the club with ?20 million up to ?40 million. When you hear the chairman


said there is ?40 million to spend, how do you react? I can unddrstand


he would want to win over the hearts of the fans with a statement like


that. It is fair enough. But when it did not happen, people are


disappointed. You keep it qtiet in case it does not happen. Whdn the


two men met for the first thme, Carson Yeung surprised everxone by


taking part in training. Whdn he he showed off his skills, rebelling,


what was it? I think he took a penalty. He scored? Yes. Three years


ago, Birmingham also notched against Arsenal to win the Carling Cup at


Wembley. A shared moment of great pride for one Scottish manager and


one Hong Kong businessman. But the smiles didn't last long. Within four


months, Blues had been relegated, McLeish had resigned and Yetng had


been arrested. What was your reaction? Shocked. It has bden


ongoing since then. I am sthll trying to pick the bones out of it


to understand what it is all about. He's not the only one. Thousands of


Blues fans feel exactly the same. But McLeish believes it's not how


far you fall, but how high xou bounce back that really matters


Sometimes you have failure `s well, but it is getting back`up that is


the key when you get knocked down. I have had to do that and I whll do it


again. Carson Yeung might h`ve to do that again too.


What impact will this have on Birmingham City? Our sports reporter


Dan Pallett is at St Andrews this evening. Dan, what have the club


said about Carson Yeung's conviction? The message this evening


is with this as usual. They were very quick this morning to hssue a


statement on the back of thd conviction stressing that hhs time


in prison would not affect the day`to`day running of the btsiness.


Numerical last month he stepped down from the board of the footb`ll club


and the parent company `` you will remember last month. We had a


statement this evening from the football league. They say they have


been working with the club over the last few months and they ard


satisfied there is enough money for the football club to operatd at


least until the end of the season. People question the fit and proper


person test, does Carson Yetng fall foul of that? That is only relevant


for people who own 30% of a book club. Carson Yeung owns 15% of the


parent company so that is not an issue. What is the mood among fans?


The fans could not wait for this day because they want to move on. There


has been so much inertia since Carson Yeung was arrested in June,


2011. Finally, we have a verdict. The fans still have lots of


questions. I have spoken to a board member of the trust, a fans group


that was formed because of the way the club has been financed `nd he


says there are still plenty of questions to answer. We would now


look to Hong Kong and ask them to clarify our position as thex are one


major asset of the company. Are we for sale? Are we not for sale? What


is the plan? That is the kex question, what is the plan? There is


also the question about Carson Yeung's ownership of a part of the


parent company, what will h`ppen to that? It is a big day for Bhrmingham


City but there are still pldnty of questions that need answering over


the next few months. If you're a Blues fan, how worried


are you about the impact of Carson Yeung's conviction on the club? And


does is raise wider questions about how football clubs are run? Get in


touch with your thoughts. Wd will try to get to them later in the


programme. Coming up later in the programme:


The students turning to sug`r daddies to help pay their w`y


through university. A former prison officer has been


jailed after admitting supplying drugs, bringing banned items into


prison and having a sexual relationship with an inmate.


54`year`old Julie Turton was a manager in charge of M wing at HMP


Birmingham when the offences occurred. Our special correspondent


Peter Wilson reports. Julie Turton, a senior prison


officer in charge of a wing containing 160 inmates. Instead of


being professional, she beg`n a sexual affair with one prisoner and


talked on illicit mobile phones more than 1000 times with two other


inmates. Jail today for two years and eight months. The director of


G4S says the public should not be alarmed by this lapse in security. I


would say that the overwhelling majority of prison staff at


Birmingham and indeed in thd entire prison system are hugely


professional people who do `n extremely good job in somethmes very


difficult circumstances. Ond of the inmates talking to Julie Turton was


this man, a member of an organised crime gang serving time in


Birmingham prison a firearm offences. He was encouraging her to


supply cannabis. She was in telephone communications with a


number of inmates. She was `lso associating with persons outside of


the prison and we had a covdrt operation to turn our intelligence


into evidence. Her daughterdaughter cried when she was sentenced. It is


not a pleasant experience. She will carry the burden, Julie Turton.


Mobile phones at highly valted in prisons. In one year, 600 wdre


recovered from Birmingham j`il yet Julie Turton never reported finding


a telephone while she was in charge of the wing. Julie Turton allowed


herself to be manipulated bx the very people that she was supposed to


be supervising and controllhng. Tonight she is on her way to


prison, not to work, but to be locked up.


Police are searching a country park in Coventry in connection whth the


disappearance of Nicola Payne more than 22 years ago. Officers have


cordoned off part of the grounds around Coombe Abbey after rdceiving


new information in connection with the case. The search is expdcted to


last up to three days and involve forensic scientists and specialist


dog teams. Five people who have been arrested as part of the


investigation remain on polhce bail. The information is fresh. It has


some significance to us and therefore we feel it appropriate to


carry out this extensive se`rch on this land. We want to see whether it


is relevant to take Nicola's inquiry further forward.


The police watchdog says it is investigating contact betwedn


Gloucestershire Police and Hollie Gazzard before her death. The


20`year`old hairdresser died after she was stabbed inside the salon in


Gloucester where she worked. The IPCC says it'll look at intdlligence


available to the force. A 22`year`old man who was charged with


the murder remains in custody. The Shropshire`based steel `nd


aluminium pressing firm Stadco has announced it's creating 200 more


jobs this year, after winning a major new contract. It will take the


number of people employed at its plants in Shrewsbury and Telford to


1,000 by the end of 2015. Two years ago today, Daniel Pelka


died in Coventry. The four`xear` old had been starved and sufferdd


physical abuse for most of his short life. His mother Magdalana Luczak


and stepfather Marius Kresholek are serving 30 years in prison for his


murder. Now a Coventry soci`l worker who took Daniel's siblings hnto care


the day police arrested his killers has spoken about the case for the


first time. He's been telling our correspondent how Daniel's death has


affected him and his colleagues He'd never met Daniel when he was


alive, but Chris Horne was one of the first social workers sent to his


home when suspicions were r`ised about how he had died. When he got


there, the house seemed norlal. We found that there were dozens of her


fresheners around the home to cover`up the smell. `` air


fresheners. The box room Daniel was kept in, it was kept out of the way


and did not look particularly used. They did a job of making it look


normal. How did the mother `nd stepfather seem to you? The man was


distraught `` the mother. She appeared like a loving mothdr who


had just lost her child. Thd stepdad was very calm and considered, gave


the impression of being the rock in the family keeping everything


together. The report into D`niel's death criticised police, thd school,


health professionals and social services, who all missed


opportunities to help Daniel. If they had the support from p`rtner


agencies, maybe they would have made a different decision. We did not do


enough to protect Daniel and we know that. When a child dies in xour area


under your watch, you take ht really personally. We collectively failed.


The number of reports of suspected abuse in Coventry has soared by 40%,


with more than 21,000 in 2003, putting increasing pressure on


social workers like Chris. Next month, this office is due to be


transformed into a special hub where police and health services work


alongside social workers sh`ring information on cases. This was one


of the key recommendations following the Serious Case Review into


Daniel's death. It's clear Daniel's story has changed social workers in


Coventry, especially Chris. I now look at every case as a potdntial


Daniel. That is what we havd to do. We think about him all of the time


and that is how much he has affected our practice. Everyone has read the


Serious Case Review and knows the case inside and out because we feel


responsible and we feel likd we should not let it happen ag`in. But


as caseloads rise here, are there enough social workers to protect


future Daniels? This is our top story tonight:


Guilty of money laundering ` Birmingham City's largest


shareholder Carson Yeung cotld face 14 years in jail.


Your detailed weather forec`st to come shortly from Shefali.


Also in tonight's programme, two goals in three minutes from


Christian Benteke help ease Aston Villa's relegation worries.


And the crack team of Shropshire ladies who helped to feed the troops


in the first world war. The National Union of Students is


urging universities to do more to raise awareness and support students


who date older men for monex in order to pay their tuition fees


Tonight's Inside Out progralme has been talking to one Midlands student


who is regularly paid hundrdds of pounds by so`called "sugar daddies"


after signing up to an on`lhne dating website. Anthony Bartram


reports. Rising seas and that levels means


that students are having to work harder than ever. But some `re


finding less conventional w`ys of making money. They get paid ?25 for


every meet, that is just further lunch. They get paid ?150 on another


one meeting up for dinner or something like that. Also


occasionally you get paid ?40 just for talking. Rachel is a sttdent. We


have changed her name and voice to protect her identity. She goes on


dates with two older sugar daddies forecast. There is evidence that a


growing number of young womdn are turning to this to pay their way


through college `` sugar daddies for cash. There had been no resdarch.


Everything was done on anecdotal evidence. It is really important to


get the research done. Rachdl says she has been contacted by mdn via


the website who have clearlx wanted more than dinner. We arrangdd an


online interview with the company's spokesperson in Las Vegas. @ lot of


people might have a hard tile understanding because we ard


involving finance in the relationship. But it is far removed


from agencies like escort sdrvices or prostitution. They are adults


making their own decisions but student organisations are concerned


about the influence of financial pressures.


And there'll be more on this story on Inside Out West Midlands tonight


at 7.30pm here on BBC One. Stoke City say they are surprised and


disappointed that Charlie Adam is facing an FA charge of violdnt


conduct following an incident on Saturday. Aston Villa also dase


relegation fears beating Norwich 4`1.


Home sweet home. Villa Park has been anything but this season with only


three league wins there before Sunday. We have got to get something


out of this game. The biggest game. Whoever wins today will be safe It


didn't look very good when Norwich took the lead inside three linutes.


But just as more misery thrdatened, this happened. Great chance What a


fantastic goal! Christian Bdnteke's incredible goal was the spark for a


glorious spell of 15 minutes which saw the Belgian score a second to


put Villa in front. A sweephng team move then freed Leandro Bactna to


fire in a third. And when Norwich defender Sebastian Bassong put


through his own net, Villa were seven points clear of the bottom


three. I think you have to fight together, this is not just `bout


wrist inventor K, but I havd to take responsible at you as well, it is


about the team `` it is not just about Christian Benteke. He has not


been his usual self but tod`y was the man we know. Stoke City are also


moving in the right direction, six points above the relegation zone


after Jon Walters' penalty was enough to beat Arsenal on S`turday.


They will take the confidence going into the rest of the games. Norwich


City away, hopefully we can get the points we need. It's pivotal days


like these which can easily decide your fate at the season's end.


Late Kick Off is back on BBC One tonight featuring our leagud clubs


across the Midlands. I'm johned now by its presenter Manish Bhasin.


Manish, what can viewers expect tonight? We have been released from


the confines of our studio here We are now in the custard factory. We


filmed the first of nine programmes which will be shown now every Monday


at 11:20pm and it is all about throwing forward the stories we have


seen from all of the clubs hn the region. Just trying to shed more


light on it. You talk about the new look, we have a studio audidnce


Fans from all of the 12 Midlands clubs. If there is anyone who wants


to be part of it, you can gdt through to us on Facebook or


Twitter. Tonight we have thd likes of Stan Collymore, he began his


apprenticeship at Wolves. Also we have a respected journalist and


commentator. He gives us his take. Both give us their take on the story


you have been reporting on night about Carson Yeung and the fact he


has now been found guilty and what it means for the fans. Also, the


other thing is, it feels like only yesterday on the last series we were


holding an inquest in the studio about what has gone wrong at Wolves.


Now look at them! They have tipped down a couple of divisions but they


are building from the bottol. They have got respect. They have won


seven in a row. We will be talking about them and seeing how the


negativity has gone. Plenty to look at. Thank you very much. A pleasure.


It's said that an army marches on its stomach and with hundreds of


thousands of men going to w`r in 1914, those left at home had the job


of trying to feed them. By the time of the Armistice in 1918, two


million more acres of land had been given over to farming. And `nimals


too were expected to play their part, as Cath Mackie reports.


It's the same today as it w`s 1 0 years ago. On a farm in Shropshire,


the eggs are being collected. But back in 1915, these eggs weren't


heading for local breakfast tables, they were a vital ingredient in the


war effort. You have got thd injured in hospitals in France, and coming


back by hospital trains to this country and convalescing in this


country and they really need to be nurtured and looked after. Food and


care and rest is seen as important. Eggs are easy to consume and a good


source of protein. Eggs are seen as something they want everybody to


give. The aim was to collect a million eggs a week. In Much


Wenlock, a group of women ldd by Lady Catherine Gaskill set tp a


collection point, one of 2000 across the country. And it's the women of


the town today who've uncovdred their story. Among them, actress


Gabrielle Drake. We have cole to know a lot about Lady Catherine and


to realise what a formidabld woman she was, the building here behind us


was the town's market Hall. It was the collecting point, I suppose for


this extraordinary national effort that went on, the collecting of


eggs. The eggs were carefully packed and sent not just to wounded


soldiers at home, but also to those being treated in hospitals `cross


the Channel. In the month of September, 1915, the people here in


Much Wenlock donated 1,500 dggs The following spring it was double that


number. And there was huge competition between villages and


towns as to who could collect the most. It largely was hens eggs, but


there were goose eggs and dtck eggs too. Sometimes the children


decorated the eggs and put lessages on them and received letters back


apparently from the soldiers who were grateful for the decor`ted eggs


they received. That is a direct connection between the soldhers on


the front and the people back home. It was lovely. But as the w`r


progressed, food shortages hit hard. Grain was in short supply. People


fed chickens any scraps thex could find. By 1917, 35 million eggs had


been donated for wounded soldiers. The idea that you would havd to


think twice before you used an egg for your cooking because thdre is a


war on and maybe you should be ascended it to a wounded soldier is


how a big elliptical thing like the war had a lot of effect on the


everyday lives at home track road maybe you should be sending it. ``


maybe you should be sending it to a wounded soldier. And like mtch of


the work done on the home front it gave women a role to play, ` purpose


often denied them in peace time It's a little story about an egg


that was part of something so much bigger.


We had some beautiful sunshhne at the weekend. Any chance of some more


this week, Shefali? Today at least it felt like we were


on the brink of change. Tod`y felt pleasant. Plenty of bright weather


about. Turning milder from Wednesday. All of the changds


translate onto the pressure chart as well. Unlike revers weeks when we


have been dominated by low pressure. It will be pushed to one side in


favour of high pressure. Th`t will have its drawbacks during the


nights. Temperatures will bd falling low enough for fairly widespread


frosts to develop. Tonight will be one of those nights. Sharp showers


today and they could continte over the eastern half of the reghon


perhaps gravitating northern parts later on. These will gradually fade


to leave us with largely cldar skies and temperatures will fall to about


minus one. Patchy frost and eyes and mist and fog as we head into the


morning tomorrow. Not dissililar to the morning today. That will persist


into the first half of the day and it will lift to make way for some


good spells of sunshine. Ag`in, the occasional sharp shower. Like today,


some of those could turn to hail. Temperatures will rise to about


eight or nine degrees. The winds are light this week. Coming in from the


south`west tomorrow. Tomorrow night, they will fall lighter and with the


clear skies the temperatures will plummet to around minus four or


five. It will lead to a fairly widespread frost tomorrow nhght


ground and there. Patchy mist and fog developing `` ground and air


frost. Temperatures beginning to pick up. Rain and cloud over


Thursday. Tonight's headlines: Presiddnt Putin


in Russia meets his militarx leaders and delivers an ultimatum to


Ukrainian forces in Crimea. Birmingham City's largest


shareholder could face 14 ydars in jail. You have been e`mailing us


about that story. One viewer said, we need the German model whhch gives


fans 51% control of their clubs Simon says, as Birmingham f`ns, a


large number of us are not satisfied, we want the group to sell


up and leave. I think it highlights the dangers of having foreign


investors. Travel news. Traffic disruption this evening. Police have


closed the West bound carri`geway. Next news at 10pm.


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