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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.
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