The latest news, sport and weather for the Midlands.
Browse content similar to 11/04/2014. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
murdering 29 people in the Omagh bombing. The Co-Op Bank has
the bank worker who murdered his wife and burnt her body in the
garden after she discovered he was gay. The family is broken in India.
All we do is cry. The Judge said Jasvir Ram Ginday displayed a
complete lack of humanity. @lso tonight: Historic day as thd
President of Ireland visits world renowned sites in Coventry `nd
Warwickshire. In memory of Frankie ` the parents of a stillborn baby set
up a charity in his name. He's 77 and running his 34th
consecutive London marathon just six months after getting a new `nkle.
What does his surgeon think? I haven't told him. I think hd
understands. And high presstre is in charge this weekend, so settled
weather, sunny spells, but some chilly nights on the cards too. Not
a bad way to kick off the E`ster holidays though. I'll have xour full
weekend forecast coming up later. Good evening. Jailed for life ` the
husband who killed his new bride after she discovered he was gay
Jasvir Ram Ginday from Wals`ll married Varkha Rani in Indi`, in
March 2013. Varka arrived to live with Ginday in August that xear `
and just over a month later, he killed her at their home and burned
her body in the garden.Todax the judge described him as a devious,
controlling man with a complete lack of any humanity. From Wolverhampton
Crown Court, Bob Hockenhull reports. Jasvir Ginday calmly fills ` small
bottle with petrol at a loc`l garage. His intention is to use the
accelerant to set fire to hhs wife's body. This was the couple shx months
earlier at their wedding in India. But bride Varkha Rani didn't know
Ginday was using the marriage as a front to hide his homosexuality He
showed no remorse. If we kndw his circumstances, we would nevdr have
arranged a marriage of that kind. Varka Rani was killed at thd family
home in Walsall only three weeks after she'd arrived in the TK from
the Punjab. Ginday said he snapped when his wife threatened to expose
him after she found out he was gay. He strangled her with a vactum
cleaner pipe before using a tiny incinerator, similar to this one, to
burn her body. After killing his bride Ginday reported her mhssing to
the police. Officers found the remains of a school in the
incinerator. Residents exprdssed their shock. They were a lovely
family. Very polite and alw`ys spoke to you. These things normally tend
to happen elsewhere and not on your doorstep. I am not surprised because
it is the world we live then. My kids have been shaken up. They are
young and asking questions. The body was badly burned which enabled us to
get forensic opportunities. It was a difficult case but we were `lways
convinced it was a murder investigation and he would be
convicted. Varkhas Rani's f`mily said she'd studied hard in Hndia and
had good prospects. Her father sold half his house to pay for hhs
daughter's wedding. We are broken people. The family is broken in
India. All we have done all day is cry, cry, because of this act. The
judge said he was a devious man and disposed of his wife's body and
eight callous way without htmanity. Thanks for being with us here on
Midlands Today. Still to cole this evening, the quarry where two young
men drowned last year ` now safety work's completed in the hopd
there'll be no more tragedids. Stave work has been completdd at a
pawn in the Malvern Hills where two young men died last year.
17`year`old Russell O'Neill and another man died at a quarrx. They
died within a week of each other after swimming during hot stmmer.
There were calls for action to be taken to prevent people swilming in
the pool. What has changed? This is the fence that encloses the whole of
the quarry. Prickly plants over there and padlocks on things and big
signs like this telling people not to swim. It may be beautiful but it
is deadly. Stephen joins me. Will this work? We spoke to the Royal
Society for the of accidents and asked for advice on how we prevent
people swimming here and putting themselves at risk. They cale up
with recommendations for us. Two deaths last year. Shouldn't this be
shut off? We asked them to look at this and training the quarrx. They
didn't think either of thosd actions were feasible. They came up with the
recommendations and we have acted on this. Teenagers say they swhm in
this quarry still. You will not stop people getting over here, are you?
People were swimming here in large numbers last year but after the two
tragic deaths, they declined. There was hardly anybody coming up here.
It has happened in the past and the important thing is we keep the
message out there that it is dangerous to swim here. With the
Easter holidays upon us, thd message comes across is it is beauthful and
come and see it but please don't get in the water.
Flowers have been laid at the scene of an accident in which a schoolboy
after died after being hit by a lorry. The emergency servicds were
called to Chester Road in Brownhills yesterday afternoon. 12`year`old
Jack Garrington, who was a pupil at nearby Shire Oak Academy, w`s
treated at the scene, but dhed shortly afterwards.
There's been an armed robbery at a pub in Coventry. Police werd called
to The Wallace in Keresley Road earlier today after three mdn armed
with a shotgun threatened a cash delivery driver. No shots wdre fired
but it's believed the driver has been injured. The robbers used a
silver car to get away. The Minister for Transport has said
the Government's looking at long`terms plans for flood
alleviation in Worcestershire, including better road access into
Worcester. The city's main bridge was shut for a time, and many other
roads made impassable by extensive flooding in February. There've been
calls for a new bridge in the city across the River Severn. Thd
minister said they were looking at a number of proposals.
Many of the proposals look `t flood alleviation. Some look at increasing
the capacity next distinct bridges that can take the impact whdre some
of the other bridges that are closed. `` capacity of existing
bridges. Hundreds of well`whshers have turned out to greet thd
President of Ireland on the final day of his state visit. Michael D
Higgins met members of Coventry s Irish community and toured the
city's cathedral. Earlier, on a visit to Shakespeare's birthplace in
Stratford, he spoke of his delight in the language and humour shared by
the British and Irish. Spring sunshine was right on cue.
Coventry prepared the warmest of welcomes. First stop, a posx from a
Coventry schoolgirl. She sahd thank you and they talk loads of photos of
me. Was it exciting? Yes. G has been practising her curtsy or a week She
enjoyed going shopping for her dress. Irish immigrants helped
rebuild the area after the war and for this family is, it was ` special
time. It was wonderful and H thought I would never see the day. We hope
the peace. Coventry is enduring a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
At the medieval Guildhall, lessage from the President. What cotld the
British and Irish learn frol a city bombed so badly in the war? Piece
will be embedded when we recognise the common humanity of the other.
Including putting ourselves in the place of the other, including former
enemies. We are proud that this sends a powerful message to the rest
of the world about the importance of peace and reconciliation. Mhchael
Higgins is a poet and his whfe is an actress. They enjoy their vhsit to
the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. He praised the
English`language that both nations share. Once the language of
conquest, now a beacon of understanding. Backing Coventry
proceedings ended with a tune. Quite a sense of calm as we came hnto the
Romans. It turned into a rugby game. It was great. Brief btt
historic, it was truly a gr`nd day to be Irish and British also.
And you can find out why thd President of Ireland chose to visit
Coventry on our BBC Coventrx website.
It's one of the biggest collaborations between neighbouring
local authorities. The i54 business park, just off the M54, will have
its own motorway interchangd, funded jointly by Wolverhampton and
Staffordshire councils. But behind their public partnership, the
pressure of budget cuts and and job losses is exposing deepening
divisions. Their leaders have been talking to our Political Edhtor
Patrick Burns. They are lifelong friends. Philip
Atkins and Roger Lawrence wdre schoolboys together at Denston
College in North Staffordshhre. Now, they're partners on i54 where
cutting`edge manufacturers `re creating over 2000 jobs. Sotth
Staffordshire is the district planning authority putting the
business rates proceeds into the mix but it is Staffordshire and
Wolverhampton councils that are footing the ?13 million bill for a
motorway junction. `` 30 ?8 million bill.
Wolverhampton's Labour`controlled council, responsible for all the
city's local government services, recently announced 2000 job losses
as part of ?123 million savhngs over five years and a council tax
increase of just under the 2% that would have triggered a referendum.
Staffordshire by contrast are keeping their council tax frozen.
Philip Atkins sees councils working smarter as a continuing process
Roger Lawrence fears the worst. I am very sceptical about the future of
local government. I think wd are under an awful lot of presstre and
that our room for manoeuvre has been diminished. Local government and has
got a lot to teach the National Health Service and other parts of
government where we've actu`lly taken the greater efficiencx
savings, the cuts, the savings that the government have had to bring in.
Wolverhampton hope their cuts in library opening hours can bd
reversed one day but local government is being transformed
wherever your council, whatdver its colour, whether or not it h`s a
reverse gear. And Patrick will be back with more
on that in this weekend's Stnday Politics at the later time of half
past two on BBC One, followhng coverage of the London Marathon And
he's also written a blog about it which you can find on the BBC
website. This is our top story tonight:
Jailed for life ` the bank worker who murdered his wife and btrnt her
body in the garden after shd discovered he was gay.
Your detailed weather forec`st to come shortly from Rebecca and I can
tell you it's looking decent! Also in tonight's programme, a
weekend of high excitement `nd nervous anticipation for Wolves
fans: the man competing in the London
Marathon after getting a new ankle. And memories of one of Birmhngham's
best loved bands, Dexys Midnight Runners ` from someone who was there
at the start! The parents of a stillborn baby have
set up a charity in his namd which they hope will help other f`milies.
Frankie's Legacy aims to rahse awareness and funds for delhvery
suites in Worcester. Around 400 babies a year are stillborn in the
UK, but Frankie's parents s`y they've had to set up their own
support group, as help was hard to find.
A two`hour old baby is cradled by his mother at washed Worstershire
Royal Hospital. A treasured moment and one of pure joy. Down the
corridor is a room most new parents don't see, a bereavement room for
those families who never take their baby home. Lisa and Russell have
been there. Last November their son Frankie was stillborn at 33 weeks.
They have come to the hospital's maternity remembrance garden. I have
had six previous miscarriagds prior to being pregnant with Frankie and
he was the closest that I h`d ever got to being a mother and I held him
in my arms and willed him to cry, move or do something. I couldn't let
his memory or his legacy did. They have set up a charity to rahse
awareness and funds for fachlities in the delivery suites. Childbirth
is a lot safer now than it was for previous generations and thd vast
majority of the 6000 or so babies born across Worcestershire dach year
are born perfectly healthy. About 40 babies are stillborn. The hospital
is now employing a bereavemdnt support midwife. As you can imagine,
it is a whole whirlwind of different emotions and all the expect`tions
that they have got for the future have been completely taken `way It
is a really, really distressing time for them. I have had to postpone my
trauma because of supporting my wife through this period and pardnts as
well. I have had to be the strong one. We have been on a journey that
we never thought possible. Wider support can still be hard to find.
Lisa and Russell have set up their own group which will meet once a
month Worcester. Our hope is not just the parents will come tp but
the grandparents and even other family members because it is very
traumatic for them as well. The couple hope that by talking openly
they will help other parents and keep Frankie's memory alive.
Dan's here with the sport, `nd a big weekend for marathon runners, with
Mo Farrah hoping to win on his debut race.
Back in March 1981, Dale Lyons joined almost 7,000 runners to
compete in the first`ever London Marathon. This weekend, Dald, who's
from Birmingham, is one of only 14 who've run in every single race
since then. He's been passing on a few tips to the new generathon of
marathon runners. Introducing Rohan Kallichar`n, aged
40, marathon virgin. And Dale Lyons, aged 77, marathon veteran. Their
trainers give the game away. Rohan's look brand new. Dale's are well
worn. Their experience of long`distance running is poles
apart, and Rohan looks nervous about his marathon debut. Everybody hits a
wall. They may not say they do but they do. The Brodie `` the body
drops out and there is nothhng there. The batteries are run down
completely. Someday came out of the crowd and gave me a glucose drink
and I was off and running again And Dale's been running ever since. He's
one of only 14 athletes to have done every single London Marathon. And
this Sunday, he's facing an even tougher challenge. It has bden
marvellous to be part of an elite group. You will be running on
crutches six months after you have had this ankle replacement. What is
your surgeon say? I haven't told him. 12 months ago, Rohan h`d very
different health issues. He suffered from bi`polar and weighed in at 19
stone. So he took up jogging to get fit, to lose weight and now, to run
his first marathon to raise money for the mental health charity, MIND.
I expect to cry when I see ly friends and family but I expect
pain, joy, banks and worry but I expected it to be the greatdst day
of my life. Dale's tips for running. Live crate or moving parts. Hydrate
before the marathon. Embracd the pain. How are you feeling rhght
now? Petrified but excited beyond belief. If he enjoys the marathon he
is planning three more next year and his target is to run his 100th
before he turns 80. And by the time they start running
Wolves fans will hope to have already celebrated promotion.
We've reached that time of the season where issues of promotion and
relegation are being settled. But usually with one eye on a m`tch
elsewhere. If Wolves are to secure promotion from League One this
weekend they need Rotherham to drop points this evening at home to
Bradford. And then Wolves mtst win at Crewe. Wolves manager Kenny
Jacket says he'll have one dye on tonight's game. But really his focus
is on getting the right restlt for Wolves tomorrow. Our aim all season
has to get promotion and th`t is the bigger picture now. How will you
achieve that? For us, a win on Saturday will be another big step.
That is what we have to focts on and we have to focus on what we can
effect. A good win on Saturday is a big step for us. But it might not be
such a good weekend for Tamworth in the Conference.
No anything less than a win at Southport will see them reldgated.
And even that may not be enough if results elsewhere go against them.
And of course Hereford are `lso fighting relegation. But at the
other end of the table Luton Town might be planning a bit of `
promotion party? I can hardly think about it. If we
win tomorrow, we are up and I have seen 16 promotions and relegations,
two cup wins at Wembley over the years and this has to be thd most
important. It would be great to be back.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. And as the tension lounts
BBC Local radio will be covdring all the drama as it unfolds across the
weekend. Users of social media seem to be
going bananas for a fundraising campaign by the Severn Area Rescue
Association. They've been tweeting pictures of themselves with a banana
and then texting donations to the charity which is trying to find the
cash to replace a yellow inflatable boat which was stolen during a
break`in at their base in Wolverley. The Banksy`style images of Sir
Edward Elgar which appeared on a bus stop in Malvern last month have been
sold for almost ?3,000 at atction. The artists Lee Morris and Tom
Brown, who were responsible for the portraits, agreed to sell the
original pieces to raise money for local arts projects. The auctioneers
say all the works were bought by a local man.
It was nearly 40 years ago that a group of young soul music rdbels got
together in Birmingham to form a new band and take on the music of punk
and heavy metal. That band was Dexys Midnight Runners. They were formed
by Kevin Rowland and Kevin @rcher and they recruited a number of
Birmingham musicians, including saxophonist Geoff Blythe. They went
onto have number one hits whth Come on Eileen and Geno.
That song was number one back in 1980, and 34 years later Geoff
Blythe has written a book about the beginning of Dexys Midnight Runners,
and he's here now, Geoff, is it right that you joined the b`nd after
answering an advert in the local paper?
I answered an advert and thdy said they wanted to form a band. I had
just finished playing with Geno It was a happy coincidence. Wh`t made
them so different? It was totally unique coming together and ` unique
approach. It was very insul`r and nobody had any idea what it was
going to sound like when it started. It was a surprise to all of us. You
didn't know each other? No. You were competing with punk and heavy metal
at the time. It was after the punk era but it had left its mark on
everything that came out prdtty much. We were competing with the new
Romantic snooze `fest. They were nodding off and we were going really
high energy. Be highlight mtst have been Geno getting to number one
That was very nice. It kept Paul McCartney out of number one. You
left the band after the first album. Do you regret that? I do regret that
the band was going in that direction. We believed it bding a
soul band and I wanted to continue that way. When they said thdy wanted
us to learn fiddles and cellos, I thought it wasn't for me. What about
expanding? I do like to devdlop but I signed for that and I didn't want
to. I went in another direction You have brought this book out now. Some
really great moody pictures in hair. I was asked to do it. We decided it
would come out and we got the photographer involved. Here it is
and we're having a book launch tomorrow. We wish you well `nd it is
really good to have a chat with you. We will have to leave it thdre.
Thank you very much. It has been a glorious sunnx day and
I spent some of it in Stratford but it is quite chilly but Rebecca is
braving the outside for the forecast.
It is a pleasant day today `nd we have had some good sunshine. It just
made it up to 15 Celsius across the West Midlands but it is going to be
a chilly night tonight. It hs not a bad start to the Easter holhdays. It
will stay mostly dry and we have some sunshine at times. The best
will come on Sunday. Those nights are going to be chilly and that is
the penalty we have to pay for this. It is because our weather is
dominated at the moment by high pressure and it is sticking with us
as we head into the start of next week. It keeps things settldd but
overnight it is chilly. We have some clear spells already overhe`d and
most amateurs are going to plummet. There is still a bit of clotd about.
We can expect to see a touch of frost in the countryside. Otter
Mijas cup down to four Celshus. It will be a chilly start to otr
Saturday. It would be a bright start. It will not last bec`use we
will start to see a weekly weather front sinking southwards and that is
going to bring with it a few spots of rain. The cloud will thicken
around that as well. Temper`tures will be down a little on whdre they
have been today but we could get up to 12 Celsius. Behind that, things
will once again start to cldar. Under those clear spells,
temperatures are going to start to fall away rapidly as we can expect
more frost by the time we w`ke up on Sunday morning. Our temperatures are
getting down to three Celsits in our towns and cities. In the
countryside, it will be lowdr than that. It will be a chilly start for
those out doing the London Larathon. Perhaps take a jumper to wr`p up
warm but it will improve as we go through the day. You can get full
coverage of the marathon across the BBC. Back home, we'll get some good
spells of sunshine and just getting up to 15 Celsius. Sunday is the best
day of the weekend. Staying settled as we head into the new working
week. Tonight's headlines from thd BBC.
The man charged with murderhng 9 people in the Omagh bombing in 998
appears in court. The Co`op says sorry to
Jailed for life ` the bank worker who murdered his wife and btrnt her
body in the garden after shd discovered he was gay. That was the
Midlands Today. Joanne Malin will here with your ten o'clock news
Have a great evening. Goodbxe.