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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: We'll buy


your house and cover your moving costs ` a surprise pledge today from


the Government to families blighted by HS2.


We're live in a village where the line will cut through to find out


what residents think of this latest development.


Also tonight: The sister of a Hillsborough victim tells an inquest


he was let down by the police. When my brother most needed their


help, they literally turned their backs on him.


Calls to make unpasteurised milk readily available, although some


think it's potentially dangdrous. Amber's dream: to dance, run and


play with other children, and her school pals are right behind her.


Amber's going to America to have this operation, its ?60,000 and


she's got to fly. ?? WHITE And join me for a look at


this weekend's weather. If it's like today, it's worth


waiting for. Good evening. Residents livhng


alongside the route of the proposed High Speed Two rail line have today


been offered an increased compensation package. Homes closest


to the proposed line will bd bought by the Government for their full


unblighted market value and owners will be offered an extra cash


payment to help with moving costs. Quite a surprise move?


Indeed it is ` in the past, the Government has done its best to buy


as few properties as it could. Now it seems the floodgates are open for


hundreds of properties to bd bought. Tonight we're in the villagd of


Gilson in north Warwickshird. It would be severely affected by HS2,


yet most homeowners have bedn refused compensation. Tonight it


appears that the majority of homes will be bought here.


For some living along the route of HS2 ` their homes have been blighted


now for almost four years. Lany have been stuck in a state of lilbo `


unable to sell their houses for what they're worth. But what madd matters


worse was that an initial Government compensation scheme was difficult to


access. Now that things are changing with the launch today of an 'Express


Purchase' scheme for those closest to the line in the so called


'Safeguarding zone'. But thd Government appears to have gone even


further, with two other measures including a 'Voluntary Purchase


Scheme' and a 'Need to Sell' scheme, both designed to help homeowners


outside the zone. There'll `lso be cash payments to some others whose


homes have been blighted thd most by HS2.


MPs whose constituencies have been badly affected by HS2 have given


today's news a cautious welcome I am disappointed. I am intdrested


in the idea of a residence champion. That could be an idea if it is


genuinely independent. The cash compensation they are offerhng to


people. I welcome that in principle but they do not have their sums


right. After years of misery ` for some the


HS2 nightmare could be finally over. But for others the waiting


continues. Some of the meastres announced today will only bdgin


after another major consult`tion. Here, the line runs just bexond that


tree behind me. It is quite close to this man's house. Previouslx you


were refused of an offer to buy by the Government. But you must be


pleased that now they are btying? Yes, it is such a relief. Wd're so


pleased. Are you surprised? I always thought


that in the long run they would agree to buy the properties because


in our village were surrounded by the rail line on all sides.


Also with me, a chartered strveyor who has dealt with claims in this


village. These measures certainly introduce


clarity for a lot of people. Reduce weight, HS2 were working under


fairly Draconian rules. Thex didn't have to buy a property in the past.


But now if you are within the correct zone, they will buy the


property. Is this as generous as they would


have us believe? I think it is a good scheme for


people in the zone. Also, if properties straddle the zond, they


will still buy it. So, a very good move.


Some of this still has to go out to consultation again?


Yes. There is a further schdme for further compensation. We will see


what that brings. Thank you for joining us.


Thanks for joining us this dvening on BBC Midlands Today. Coming up:


The race against time to get river rescue services back up to scratch


again after thieves vandalised and stole vital equipment.


The sister of one of the Hillsborough victims has told an


inquest jury that police "lhterally turned their backs on him" when he


most needed their help. Louhse Brookes was speaking about her


brother, Andrew, during the new inquests into the 96 football fans


who lost their lives in Sheffield 25 years ago.


Today was a day Louise Brooks had waited many years for. Her chance to


tell an inquest jury about her brother, Andrew. He was 26 when he


died in the Hillsborough disaster. Since I have been fighting, you ve


only ever seen me. You've ndver gotten to know my brother. H think


because we are completely dhfferent personalities, it is so important


that people get to know my brother. After the hearing, Louise, from


Bromsgrove, read out extracts of what she said in court.


"Andrew was brought up to rdspect the police. Our parents alw`ys told


us that if ever we were in trouble, the police were always therd to help


us. When my brother most nedded their help, they literally turned


their backs on him. After hd died, the whole dynamics of familx


changed. Andrew had been so important to all of us. Mum and dad


never really recovered". Their mother died in 2000, their


father, last month. I only buried my dad came d`ys


before these inquests began. It makes me so angry that both my


parents have both gone to their graves without knowing how or why


their son died. This is the fourth day families of


the 96 victims have been re`ding out portraits about their loved ones.


The jury has seen tears and laughter, as each relative


reminisced during the emotional hearing.


It is important that the jury and the public get to know the


personalities behind these 86. Relatives supported each other


today. Louise finished her statement by saying she now existed for one


reason: to ensure her brothdr did not die in vain.


A governor at a Birmingham school, which is alleged to be the target of


an Islamic takeover plot, h`s described the claims as a "witch


hunt". The Department for Education is investigating 12 schools in


Birmingham over the alleged plot. The City Council and Ofsted are also


making inquiries. Our correspondent is here now. What has the governor


been saying? The governor has been at thhs


academy for 15 years. The school is that the centre of this so`called


Trojan horse controversy. Hd is a Christian and a senior governor


there. I picked it him that allegations are coming out `bout the


school almost every other d`y. He says allegations are unfounded. I


also told him it is teachers on his own staff feeding the media with


allegations. Most of the allegations we have


received from people purporting to be current staff are anonymous.


We've been unable to identify or investigate those. We've had no


complaints coming through school procedures or processes that haven't


been dealt with or addressed. This school has been under tremendous


scrutiny. What effect has it had on people there?


Tremendous pressure. Everybody at the school said they have bden


devastated. It is bad for the school's reputation. The man I spoke


to wanted to remind people that it is an outstanding school.


I am proud of what has been achieved here. I am proud of the fact that


this school respects the culture and background of its pupils and its


communities. And I am or evdn proud of the achievements it has lade And


the attainment of the pupils. I think that's something that should


be celebrated, not condemned. This is clearly complex. How long will it


go on? Ofsted are not saying. The City


Council are not talking abott it. It could be that we get this Ofsted


report this week or it may be after the Easter holidays. At the same


time, then Birmingham MPs wdre calling on the Government this week


to give clarification. To gdt the publication out so that we `ll have


the facts and evidence. Thank you. And on BBC WM tolorrow,


Adrian Goldberg will spend `n hour of his show debating the issues


surrounding the so`called Trojan Horse inquiry.


Volunteers who help to rescte flood victims need to raise thous`nds of


pounds to replace stolen eqtipment, after thieves broke into thdir base.


Two Land Rovers belonging to the Severn Area Rescue Associathon were


smashed in the raid and one of its inflatable crafts was also stolen.


On call 24 hours a day, sevdn days a week. The volunteers who have


rescued hundreds of people, recently the homeowners trapped by the


floods. Then on Monday night The Severn Area Rescue Associathon


became a victim of crime. It's terrible. On Monday, mdmbers of


the SARA were down at ten Downing Street to speak to Prime Minister


Cameron. It was to discuss the rescue and response and our


activities during the floods. Only to find on Monday night when we


returned that our compound had been broken into. Two vehicles wdre


severely vandalised and loads of equipment and fuel stolen.


Smashed Land Rovers, tools for mending equipment, fuel tanks for


lifeboats, compressors for blowing up the lifeboats and an acttal


lifeboat, all stolen. SARA doesn't receive an official grant ` it's a


registered charity. It's entirely self`funding. Whoever stole from the


Rescue Association this week also stole from the local communhty.


SARA's base is not exactly dasy to find, hidden within the grotnds of


the old Lee Castle Hospital near Kidderminster, the belief is the


thieves knew exactly what they were looking for.


The initial temper has now died down. My team is absolutely


heartbroken and distraught `fter all the hard work and plaudits `nd


support from the community. Some of the stolen equipment had


been donated to SARA, therefore probably not covered by instrance.


So amongst the busy hours hdlping others, the service now has to begin


the arduous task of not onlx raising funds for its future, but r`ising


funds to replace its past. Now, how many of us have daxdreamed


about inventing something remarkable? Well, a former racing


driver from Warwickshire has just signed a multi`million pound deal


after coming up with an ide` that aims to make engines across the


world more efficient. The C`rbon Trust is so impressed they're


hailing him as the next Jamds Dyson. Made in the Midlands, with the


promise of raking in millions. This is the invention that could


revolutionise the future of engines. The "blade compressor" is the


brainchild of entrepreneur Steve Lindsay. But what exactly is a


compressor? If you imagine where the piston


drops down, that could form the basis of the engine in a car. The


blade is effectively the piston It draws on air behind it. The magic


comes here, passing through this disc and compress. I came up with


the idea after reading a book on Indians. `` a book about engines.


Steve could have picked any number of industries but set his shghts on


water. Severn Trent started trialling his prototype at their


sewage plant in Worcester b`ck in 2012. And it's made such a


difference they're not letthng it go. We have 10,000 running hours


installed on the compressor itself. The information we're getting from


compressor is on site indic`te it is about 20% more efficient.


Back in Warwickshire, Steve's taking on more staff at his office in


Napton after signing a multh`million pound deal with a Swiss watdr


company. But the water industry is just the start.


Next, superchargers, vacuum pumps for medical devices and ste`m power.


You may be a very rich man! Steve's travelled a long wax since


his racing days, with one award already under his belt, he's hoping


his blade compressor will t`ke the world by storm.


Our top story tonight: A surprise promise from the Government ` some


residents' homes will be botght and their moving costs paid.


We'll have a detailed weathdr forecast shortly.


Also in tonight's programme: Some say unpasteurised or raw milk could


be dangerous to drink, but there are calls to make it readily av`ilable.


And we'll meet five year old Amber who has cerebral palsy but xearns to


run, dance and play just like other children.


Children at a primary school in Warwickshire have won a nathonal


award for their campaign to tackle cyber bullying. It started `fter


they found out that nearly forty per cent of children suffer abuse


online. They'll receive the Young Citizens Award from the Rot`ry Club


at a ceremony in Birmingham on Saturday.


All the actors in this film are from Eastlands Primary School in Rugby `


it shows the traumatic affects of cyber`bullying on an individual


I wanted to scream and cry... The children play the variots roles


in a court room as the case builds against the defendant. He's charged


with cyber bullying, but at the crunch moment the real bullx who


started the chain of events reveals himself. He didn't do it! It was me.


I did it. Every time I watch it, it sdnds


shiver down my spine. It shows you the consequences of cyber`btllying.


As well as the film, the chhldren have also devised this theatre


production entitled "not such a sweet tweet", again forcing home the


point about cyber`bullying. Who is this? Who is sending these? It could


be anybody. After all, everxbody hates you!


Internet safety evening so important. They taught us a lot


today. It gave a clear mess`ge. Be smart on the internet. It w`s


amazing! The positive feedback we're getting


is in relation to the fact that it is children performing and children


learning. The children may have experienced these things and can put


that message across. The children collect their `ward on


Saturday, then it's back to spreading the word about internet


safety. And that awards ceremony will be


broadcast live on the BBC Ndws channel this weekend.


Football now: Birmingham City are still not safe from relegathon after


losing 3`1 in a dramatic gale at Middlesbrough last night. Blues were


two down at the Riverside Stadium before giving themselves a chance


thanks to this spectacular goal from Emyr Hughes. Middlesbrough had two


players sent off but still lanaged to score a third. Birminghal are now


just four points above the Championship relegation zond.


The milk we buy in the shops is pasteurised ` heated to a hhgh


temperature to kill off any nasty bugs. But there's a vocal mhnority


which wants un`pasteurised or what's called raw milk. Critics sax


drinking raw milk is dangerous and it's actually banned in Scotland.


Now the authorities south of the border want to re`examine the whole


issue. It's still a bit soggy for the


Jerseys on Beaconhill Farm, in the heart of Herefordshire, to go out


after winter. Most of the mhlk they produce is pasteurised and dnds up


in a supermarket, but unusu`lly not all of it.


Most of the milk goes into ` tanker and because it is a small f`rm I get


about 25p per litre. That's what I normally have to get by on. I have


diversified. And john has diversified into


unpasteurised or raw milk. @nd While we were filming another new customer


for Beaconhill Farm's unpasteurised milk appeared. Happy to makd the


journey to the farm gate to pick it up. As a child, we always h`d passed


arise milk. To find out I c`n get it so near to my house is fant`stic.


The health benefits are spectacular. The thought of having milk straight


from the cow is wonderful. The law says you can't sell


unpasteurised milk. But these days, if you have a website, the farm gate


could effectively be anywhere. This is one of the issues this ndw


consultation from the foods standards agency is dealing with.


For john Barron unpasteurisdd milk offers an important revenue stream


for a small farm like his. @lthough there are increased time and costs


associated with meeting the more intense inspection process that


comes with unpasteurised milk. And even if it's banned he says people


will find a way to get hold of it. In Australia, it is banned. I have


met a person from Sydney who bottles and sells it as clear up after's


bath water. The surprising thing is that it says this on the label, not


for human consumption. The bottles that and sells it and it is sold out


within one hour of going on sale. There are a lot The Food St`ndards


Agency consultation on raw lilk ends at the end of this month.


Of the people in industrial your! And David joins us now. Is raw milk


safe? I promise you it is pdrfectly safe to drink. Try it. Sincd 20 2


there have been no instances of food poisoning. There is a good record of


safe production. Historically, we did have to introduce


pasteurisation. 65,000 people in England and Wales died from TBD


picked up from unpasteurised milk before it was introduced. So it is


really important. Which do xou prefer?


I cannot taste any difference. That is the raw milk. It is slightly


creamier. A subtle difference. But, for people who want it like the


customer in that report. Thd do say it has health benefits.


It is not likely to be banndd? It has been banned in Scotland. But


what the FSA want to do is tighten the rules. They are going to look at


selling online. They are saxing a lot of people want this. If they can


get hold of it and produce ht safely to a high standard, it should be


fine. For a small dairy farler it is a useful source of income.


Thank you. Time to meet five year old @mber


Porterfield from Walsall. Alber has cerebral palsy and needs a life


changing operation. We were told about her by her grandparents Tom


and Angie who emailed us about the campaign to raise ?60,000 to help


her walk. In the email they say "When Amber was four she sahd to us


'when I am five I will be able to run and play with all the other


children.' With our help shd will." Tom and Angie invited us to meet


Amber and her school friends ` so we sent Holly Lewis along.


Amber Porterfield loves to dance with her walking frame. If she can


travel to America for speci`list surgery, one day her parents hope


she might not need it. This operation is so import`nt. We


want the best for her, so it's the only way forward. As soon as we


found out about it, we wantdd to know how we could get her rdferred.


I have never seen her get up or walk or stand. To see her do that would


be everything to me. The neurosurgery, called selective


dorsal rhizotomy, is available in this country, but the NHS only fund


a handful of cases, so everx year dozens of British children travel to


the US to the surgeon who phoneered the procedure. The whole package


costs ?60,000. One group of people determined to


help Amber are her classmatds at school.


You could see the commitment in their eyes as I spoke to thd


children. They had their hands up with lots of ideas.


One of Amber's friends has `lready organised his own version of 'guess


the number of sweets in the jar . I've got a big bucket with sweets in


it with a photo off Facebook. Of course Amber helps me raise all the


money. And Amber is grateful for Bradley's


help, as sometimes she's quhte shy. He is a very brave at doing it. All


the gifts and sweets. He is more confident.


The whole community of Pels`ll is planning a summer of events to raise


money to help Amber fulfill her dreams. Fantastic children!


Decent bit of sunshine todax ` let's get the forecast from Shefali.


Hello. We are looking at sole replica weather today. It whll be


mostly dry with some mild wdather during the daytime and cold at


night. It could be cold enotgh for a touch of frost. Perhaps a bht more


during the weekend. This is the system bringing in that change. High


pressure is swelling up frol the West. We might see some patchy rain.


Not much to speak of. We saw some cloud this afternoon and thdn left


again. In clear spells we m`y see temperatures drop more. But


respectable temperatures. It will remain dry. We could see sole


patches of mist and fog devdloping at the start of tomorrow. A murky


start initially, but by the time most of us are on the way to work,


the sunshine breaks through nicely. We will start to see cloud gradually


thicken up. Perhaps a few showers ahead of that. Temperatures will


rise to about 14 degrees. Today it was 15 degrees in Birminghal, not


bad for this time of year. Tomorrow night: Rain crosses the reghon from


north`west to south`east. It should clear by Friday.


Tonight's headlines from thd BBC: The Cabinet Minister Maria Liller


resigns after anger over her expenses claims. She's repl`ced as


Culture Secretary by Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid. And we will bux your


house and cover your moving costs, a surprise package for HS2 residents.


Goodbye. 'But mostly,


you've got to be In It To Win It.' The new series of the


National Lottery: In It To Win It, Take for ever to finish


Or just a Mo. If you've only just started


And run round the block Or race on three wheels


Against the clock The marathon is special


Year after year Whatever you're into


There's plenty to cheer


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