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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Nearly there:


Hereford United expected to reach their ?78,000 target to savd the


club by tomorrow afternoon. We'll be talking live to a club legend at the


ground. Also tonight: Education Secretary Michael Gove promhses


action if claims of Muslim dxtremism in Birmingham schools are proved.


It's important that we take that action based on facts rather than


rumour. Jail for a cocaine `ddict who killed his partner's son by


shaking him. The hole that simply grew and grew,


forcing a Staffordshire B B to close.


It was just falling income or we could see the water and we didn t


know how far it was going to go to stop ``. And the pollution lay have


gone, but the skies certainly aren't clear this weekend ` with plenty of


cloud sticking with us, and it's the start of the cricket season ` but


will it stay dry ` well you might want to keep one of these to hand?


Your full weekend forecast hs on the way.


Good evening. There's new hope for Hereford United tonight in hts fight


to avoid being wound up in the High Court. The club, which has debts of


almost half a million pounds, could have faced extinction if it couldn't


pay a ?78,000 tax bill by Monday. Despite a huge community effort to


raise funds, things were sthll looking bleak until earlier today


when local cider makers Bullers came forward with a ?10,000 donation It


still leaves the Bulls ?8,000 short of the target, but they're hoping a


good crowd tomorrow will help them over the line. Ian Winter rdports.


Laying out the kit with fresh hope for the future. Roger Lloyd's worst


nightmare looks to have been banished. He feared tomorrow's game


could be Hereford's last. On March 17, the club's debts were almost


half ?1 million. A week latdr they received a winding`up petithon over


an unpaid tax bill and ?70,000 had to be paid by Monday. But tonight


the grass is looking greener on and off the pitch because a loc`l


brewery has donated ?10,000 to help keep the club alive. Tremendous


Bulmers, local company, employ a lot of local people, tremendous that


they come up with the money. Bulmers have been making cider in Hdreford


since 1887. Today their pardnt company Heineken said many of their


colleagues were fans of Herdford United and they asked what could be


done to help the club in its hour of need. We have lost a race course, a


golf course, don't let Hereford be next. Use it or lose it is the


expression. We need people to come back and watch football agahn. On


Sunday a top comedian will do 2`macro fundraising shows which


should have Hereford United laughing all the way to the bank. Ian is at


Edgar Street for us tonight. Ian, so things looking a lot more hopeful


now? Hereford United have vhntage ring on the brink for the p`st


week, but now they have earned themselves, through a lot of hard


work, an 11th hour reprieve and no one cares more about the cltbs in


this manner, the former plaxer manager Colin Addison. They say


people pull together in timds of crisis. A lot of people havd worked


very hard over the last couple of weeks here, they need to kedp that


going because they're not ott the woods yet, but trying so hard just


to bring this together. What was your reaction when you heard the


news of this donation from Heineken? Wonderful, wonderful, we th`nk them


very much. It's going to be a great help to us. It's more than 40 years


since you played a famous [email protected] Cup victory against Newcastle United.


Can those halcyon days ever be recaptured? The picture looks a bit


greener than a few years ago! We live in hope. Most important buses


getting past this post here and the immediate match we have tomorrow,


and getting herself safe from revocation and taking it from there.


Does the future look bright or touch and go? Touch and go, but wd are


going to make it right. Thehr battle for survival continues tomorrow


They are only a point ahead of the relegation zone, they are at home to


Woking but the most important news is that Hereford United livd on to


fight another day. Fingers crossed for a good result and a good crowd.


There's live commentary on Hereford's game against Wokhng on


BBC Hereford and Worcester tomorrow afternoon from three. Thanks for


joining us this Friday evenhng. Coming up later in the programme:


Searching for answers: uncovering the names of all the Herefordshire


soldiers who died during World War One.


The Education Secretary Michael Gove has promised a thorough


investigation into the alleged takeover of Birmingham schools by


Muslim fundamentalists. And he says action will follow if it uncovers


evidence of extremism. A former teacher at the school at thd centre


of the allegations claims hd raised concerns with the council more than


ten years ago ` but he says he was ignored. Giles Latcham reports.


A trip down memory lane for Michael White who grew up in Alum Rock and


spent more than 20 years te`ching at Park View. It's one of the schools


allegedly targeted for takeover by Muslim fundamentalists, a school for


the most part Mr White enjoxed his time at. I certainly mist not


working with the young people of this area and the parents, who were


lovely people. This politics shouldn't come into schools. 11


years ago he was sacked, he says because he challenged the governors


for preventing the teaching of sex education and excluding faiths other


than Islam from religious education. The laws are very clear abott this,


you teach general morals based on all the faiths of the world. Islam


has its place, but not in a secular school, not in a state school. Your


career was effectively ended, your pension severely depleted, some will


say you are bearing a grudgd? It isn't true, one could say that, but


everything I have said is the truth and everything I have said was in


the public domain within thd LE a ten, 15, 20 years ago. It doesn t


just started. The chairman of governors at Park View denids the


allegations, claiming they're a witch hunt but the headlines keep


coming. On a visit to the Mhdlands today the Education Secretary said


we need fact not rumour. Thdse are serious allegations and it hs


vitally important that we gdt to the bottom of what has been going on as


soon as we were alerted, we talk to the council, and we talked to the


inspector in order to make sure there was a proper investig`tion. In


due course, more action will be taken. So he has broken his silence


about these highly sensitivd allegations. Not so the Citx Council


who told us they can't commdnt until the investigation they began nearly


a month ago is ongoing. Tonhght faith leaders in Birmingham issued a


joint statement expressing "profound concern" about the media's reporting


of the allegations which thdy say is "demonising sections of the


community". Park View's academic results are outstanding ` btt Ofsted


inspectors have visited the school twice in recent weeks and their


report could be published ndxt week. Two fits of rage and he was dead. A


cocaine addict was jailed for eight years today for killing his


girlfriend's son by shaking and throwing him. Keiron Barley died two


months before his second birthday. He suffered catastrophic br`in and


back injuries after being attacked by Craig Lewis ` for no app`rent


reason. The toddler's mother, Louise Barley, was given a 15`month jail


term for child cruelty. Ben Godfrey's been in court and joins me


now. This is a horrific casd. We only learned more about it today,


what was said in court? Keiron Barley was 22 months old, and


learning to walk ` living whth his mother Louise and her boyfrhend


32`year`old Craig Lewis. He was a cocaine addict. In May 2011, while


she went to the shops in Birmingham, Keiron was at home with Lewhs. He


flew into a rage. He picked Keiron up, threw the toddler with lassive


force against the floor ` fdet first. A month later, while changing


Keiron's nappy, he again lost his temper and shook Keiron violently


before throwing him against his wooden cot, causing brain d`mage.


Keiron's life support machine was turned off four days later. Today,


Lewis was jailed for eight xears after admitting manslaughter. Louise


Barley, who's 26, was handed 15 months after admitting child


cruelty. Both are likely to serve half their sentences. We ard pleased


with the outcome of the court trial and hope that the family and the


people that care about caring, are pleased about the report. Wd have


reported on a number of child deaths recently. Will there be a ftrther


investigation? There is alrdady a serious case review, which will look


at the contact the defendants had with the authorities. It looks like


health visitors and hospitals and what was formerly NHS Direct, there


is no suggestion these defendants or the child were known to sochal


services. This is Louise Barley with her son on a tribute page, xet this


was the woman who delayed contacting doctors when her son was suffering


at home. What will a serious case review look at? There may bd


questions to answer, becausd after the first assault, Craig Lewis


attended the hospital on three occasions. There was an x`r`y done


which didn't identify fracttres on the spine nor the blood on the brain


which was subsequently known to have been the case. The hospital have


told us today that the safety of patients is the top prioritx. They


completed a full review which will form part of the serious case


review. 300 jobs are being created `t


Coventry automotive supplier Brose UK after the firm secured a new


contract with Nissan. The company ` which makes motors for autolatic car


windows ` has already seen hts workforce rise from 200 to 800 in


the last two years. Brose also provides parts for Jaguar L`nd Rover


and Toyota. It is absolutelx great news, we could ripple to nulber of


employees that we have on shte, the future looks bright. `` we


quadrupled. The automotive hndustry is in recovery mode, we will see a


bright future. A couple have watched their dreams


of a new lifestyle sink before their eyes ` literally. An enormots hole


opened up in the driveway of their one`year`old bed and breakf`st


business in the Staffordshire Moorlands yesterday. They'vd now


been forced to shut down until October. Joanne Writtle has the


details. It was quite small to begin with.


Then the hole which appeared on this driveway grew and grew and grew


Within two hours, what was once pleasant parking area at a B was


an ugly gaping hole. Phil Tdster and his wife Helen King's busindss at


Oakamoor in the Staffordshire Moorlands is now shut. It is it


surely opened up before our eyes, we were horrified. Everything was


falling in community the water and hear the water and we didn't know


how far it was going to go, so we were really worried. Undeterred the


couple are looking ahead to re`opening in October. We'rd trying


to get back on track in October How stressful is it, watching everything


falling in? We reassured thhs side of the barrier will be fine And


throughout today, more and lore pieces fell off. Last year cracks


appeared in the drive, thought to be down to a land slip. Then in


January, the Health and Safdty Executive close down a building site


here where excavation work had been going on. The cause is under


investigation. They may speculate what has caused until they have done


their in`depth analysis, taking place over a number of weeks, they


won't be able to tell us wh`t has happened. Phil and Helen moved here


from High Wycombe last year ` leaving behind management c`reers


for a bed and breakfast. We decided we would move away from the


corporate world and be responsible for our own decisions. And here we


are, with one of our decisions! It is been a very stressful period


it's got to be said. Later 20 tonnes of stone arrived. Neighbours took to


precarious positions to watch. But 20 tonnes soon disappeared tnder


water. Stabilising it could take days, the investigation weeks and


repair work months. The debate over whether to rename


the West Midlands conurbation Greater Birmingham continues to heat


up. It comes on the day an official Black Country anthem was latnched,


celebrating the area's achidvements. The song's been recorded to raise


money for charity. Politici`ns at the launch today said they were wary


of the idea of a Greater Birmingham. Whilst it's important to work in


partnership with authorities such as Birmingham to ensure economhc


vitality going into the futtre, it's also essential that we have event


such as this to celebrate otr own identity. And it's a theme being


taken up by our local MPs as well. Our Political Editor Patrick Burns


has been talking to two of them They certainly appear to fedl very


strongly about it don't thex. These things go deep with politichans


local loyalties, it can get discordant. I have been talking to


someone with long experiencd of how these things work internationally,


especially in Europe, for example, she told me that if you represent a


particular part of the country, when you go abroad, you can't find that


place on the map anywhere, xou have really got a problem. If we continue


with this bickering, all of us will lose out. The reality is, if you


want to get funding, the enterprise boards have to work together. This


debate has been around for `while, why it taken off? It has bedn


galvanised by the John Lewis boss, in an interview with a Sund`y


newspaper and then here on Lidlands today earlier this week, he says


that really, it's time everxbody plays together for the same side,


and the Greater Birmingham that he represents on the enterprisd


partnership extends all the way from Kidderminster at the one end to


Tamworth at the other. We are proud in Tamworth that Birmingham is one


of our larger suburbs. But seriously, he has an import`nt


point, which is that you nedd to brand and area well so that


international investors know about it and are prepared to come and


visit it in it. Is this just political knock`about? What we're


not talking about is some r`dical reorganisation and restructtring of


local government but there hs a broader question of maybe a


partnership involving all the local authorities, so that they play as a


team that is part of the cotntry. It follows from what the MP is saying


that the main Birmingham should be in there somewhere because we have


seen, it's a hard sell of your sitting in Wolverhampton or West


Bromwich! And Patrick will be back with more on this, plus an


investigation into the effects of 'zero hours' contracts on Stnday


Politics from 11 o'clock here on BBC One.


This is our top story tonight: Nearly there ` Hereford United


expected to reach their ?78000 target to save the club by tomorrow


afternoon. Rebecca's standing by with the


weekend weather forecast, whth the county cricket season starthng on


Sunday. And after it was submerged by the


floods just a couple of months ago, we'll be finding out if the


Worcestershire pitch is up to scratch ` for the first match.


And a folk legend in Birmingham to remember the ground breaking radio


show she helped to launch. From the green fields of thd Wye


Valley to the bloody beaches of Gallipoli and the mud`filled


trenches of Northern France. It was a cruel awakening for the young men


of Herefordshire in World W`r One. Quite how many men from the county


lost their lives, and how, no one knows for sure. But one man has made


it something of a life`time mission to find out. Sarah Falkland reports.


The faces of the Herefordshhre regiment. Carpenters, farm


labourers, factory workers. In the summer of 1914, they were w`ved off


to war by the people of Ledbury Many never returned. Colonel Andy


Taylor has spent the last 30 years documenting those who died. It's a


puzzle, and the pieces come together, and when you find out


about individuals and you fhnd out their story, you realise th`t they


were human beings, they had lives, they had families. And it's quite


humbling to realise that perhaps I am the first person who is taking an


interest in this individual for many, many years. Of around 3,0 0


troops, only 1,200 survived. At the start of the war, there was the


shock of Gallipoli. One indhvidual I spoke to said they came on the


smarter fire, suddenly they were taking casualties and he re`lised


what the war was all about. But not all those reported dead werd.


Colonel Taylor's own grandf`ther Charles was a bandsman in the


regiment. He was reported mhssing, presumed killed. Within fivd weeks


later, his young wife received this in the post. This is a little card


made by the Germans for British prisoners of war. Charles h`s


written his name here, he h`s scrubbed out where it says winded


and put yes next to the word sound. This was proof he was alive. Even


when there is a gravestone, questions often remain. Died on the


1st of November 19 18, ten days before the Armistice. But hd is


buried here. So I assume from that that he was either wounded hn France


and evacuated and died in England, or died in England as a restlt of an


accident. The Colonel's givdn himself until the end of thd


anniversary of WW1 to compldte his record. But many of the Herdfords


he's found are unknowns. Thdse three survived the war ` .the strhpes show


how one had been seriously hnjured three times.Who they are, though, is


a mystery. Cricket fans are anxiously checking


the weather forecast ahead of the start of the new season this


weekend. And now the flood waters have receded in Worcester, the


players have been enjoying that wonderful springtime sensathon of


the sun on their backs. Nick Clitheroe reports.


There may not be a prettier backdrop in English cricket than the


cathedral at New Road in Worcester. And as the players came togdther for


the traditional pre`season photocall this morning, there was a rdal sense


of anticipation. Always feels nice to start the season, you never quite


know until you have got the first couple of runs, so you alwaxs having


a few butterflies and things, but I'm ready to go, I feel in good


shape. I do run the my first photocall as a Worcestershire player


`` I do remember. I'm still proud to be involved in this wonderftl club.


Just seven weeks ago the ground looked like this and there `re still


plenty of sandy patches. But the ground staff are confident ht will


be ready for the first home match. There are no problems with the


playing surface at Edgbaston but it was certainly a lot chillier as


Warwickshire lined up to face the cameras. With their England batsmen


back in the fold for now, the Bears will be keen to make a fast start.


The number`1 trophy of the xear is the championship, that's thd one you


want to win. Every county would prefer to win the championship. If


we have an injury free season, we can create momentum for the back


end. Once again this season the BBC will be offering online comlentary


of every county game...so what do the reporters make of the two


counties' prospects. Those that have shown promise in the past whll have


to fulfil that with runs and wickets. If players stay fit,


Warwickshire can be competitive They did well to get fourth last


year but that will be key, players being fit and available.


Worcestershire will be known as the rapids. Warwickshire as the


Birmingham Bears. The simpld pleasures are the same. Bec`use it's


the sound of the first bat on the first ball which will reallx mark


the season's start. She's the woman who inspired the


classic song "The First Timd Ever I Saw Your Face" and today thd


legendary folk singer Peggy Seeger has returned to Birmingham ` the


city where she helped make ` series of pioneering radio programles. The


documentaries called Radio Ballads featured the voices of ordinary


people interwoven with folk songs about their lives. Bob Hockdnhull


reports. A young Peggy Seeger recordhng radio


ballads in Birmingham in thd 19 0s. The series combined folk songs with


real voices. Sections of society, like the travellers, that would


normally go unheard.Ahead of a concert at the CBSO centre tonight,


Peggy reminisced with fans `t Birmingham Library this morning


Every time I listen to it, H see in my mind where we recorded them and


who was talking, I have an `mazing memory for that. I was taken along


as musical director, to record. That was expensive but necessary, because


I got a taste of this and I could build it in to the accompanhments.


The ground breaking documentaries were also made by her partndr, folk


artist Ewan MaColl and BBC producer Charles Parker.Peggy Seeger made a


career of writing songs on he was this wonderfully eccdntric,


driven producer and started his career as a Tory and ended tp as a


Maoist, through the influence of UN and the miners, people he rdcorded,


he was an incredible innovator. Peggy Seeger made a career of


writing songs on social isstes. She was also the inspiration for Ewan


MacColl's love song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" later made


famous by Roberta Flack. Yot must have been removed by the fact he


wrote that song. I thought ht was my due at the time! But Peggy proved


she wasn't just a pretty face, telling extraordinary storids of


ordinary lives through her lusic. It's time for the weekend forecast.


From one cricket fan to another Rebecca, how's it looking for this


weekend? I'm afraid it looks like we'll be in


the pavilion having tea bec`use it's not the best for cricket. Wd have


plenty of cloud cover, as wd have seen today. The winds will lake


things feel fresher, and pldnty of rain to come, particularly on


Sunday. We had this blanket of cloud sitting over the top of us today, it


did help to keep things warl, but we're getting clear skies to end our


day, we get the cloud starthng to thin and break as we had through the


next few hours. I dry end to the day, then we start to see cloud


filling in through the West. Some spots of rain possible by e`rly


tomorrow morning. Temperatures overnight not doing too badly. We


start off our Saturday, rather murky, I'm afraid. The cloud cover


doesn't really break through the day, limited brightness, thd showers


pep up as we had through thd day. Temperatures not doing too badly.


But the winds will make it feel fresher. We keep the showers through


the afternoon, eventually they will start to dry out, but try not to


begin with but not long before we start to see the next weathdr front


start to move in. `` a dry night to begin with. Temperatures dropping


down to about 10 Celsius. This is what we have to content with four


Sunday, this cold front, working its way in, bringing with it sole


showers, they will be heavy at times. They are with us frol the


start of Sunday. Temperaturds not doing too badly, but it is ` wet one


and it stays rather miserable for Monday.


Tonight's headlines from thd BBC: Back on track ` the rail line in


Dawlish re`opens, key link to the south west. Nearly there ` Hereford


United expected to reach thdir ?78,000 target to save the club by


tomorrow afternoon.


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