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calls for UN peacekeepers to be sent in. That's all from the BBC News
Good evening, the investigation into the alleged plot by Muslim
hardliners to take over somd schools in Birmingham has been widened by
the City Council. Today thex confirmed they're now looking into
allegations linked to 25 different schools in the city. The Department
for Education has also sent Ofsted inspectors to 15 of those schools in
recent weeks. The council h`s also appointed a former Head teacher to
oversee a taskforce to look into the so called "Trojan Horse" plot. Our
special correspondent Peter Wilson has been investigating.
A number of schools have bedn infiltrated by hardline Muslims Two
months of continuous allegations, national and local news scrttiny of
Birmingham's schools. Finally today the council broke their sildnce to
reveal the scale of their investigation. We have had ` group
comprising school and policd looking at matters which have arisen. We
want to put someone in charge, Ian Kershaw is the individual wd have
named. Education expert Ian Kershaw has
raised standards in the north of England. He's also a former Coventry
headteacher but what exactlx are the allegations emerging now from 2
schools? We have allegations of condtct of
governing bodies, some of the behaviour of staff and the things
taught and not taught. All of those have reached us from differdnt
sources and we will be investigating.
Leaders from multi faith groups warned of the dangers of thd
investigation getting out of control. Islam is being talked about
in to a narrow and ineffecthve and inaccurate way. Those Muslils who
are fully part of our society and helping to build a better Britain
and Birmingham with others feel very very misrepresented. There hs a fear
of getting things wrong which is understandable but it is re`lly
important Muslims aren't delonised as a result of the allegations.
Last week children from the school at the centre of this inquiry Park
View Academy broke up for the holidays. Governors there claim
Ofsted's inspection team were heavy handed. We felt that aggressive tone
and manner was not intended to support the school or to opdn
mindedly investigate how is good the school was but to find something
wrong with the school. At Birmingham's Central Mospue the
management team wanted to w`it until the council complete's their
investigation before making any wide ranging comments but they dhd offer
this caution. The complaint I have been informed of is signed by
anybody. The normal rule is that one doesn't look at one`sided rdports.
Some have treated Trojan horse as a joke and hoax but now the council
has revealed 200 separate lhnes of enquiry they hope to have a final
report by the end of July. @ll of this has the potential of bding
hugely damaging to our commtnities. I'm joined now by leader of
Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore. You have been investigating
this for two months. Why haven't you responded earlier? A lot of work has
gone in to talking to schools, understanding the issues and we
decided we needed someone ftll`time on it. I have had an operathonal
group comprising councillors, staff, Ofsted, police and others but
we have decided there are 14 schools being investigated by Ofsted and 25
schools we know being looked at as decided this needed further
attention and more focus. You are taking this seriously but do you
believe there was a plot? No, I don't believe so but there `re
issues to look at. What? How a governing body behaves, what is said
or done in the school. Issuds about relationships, these are thhngs
which differ from school to school. Many schools we don't have ` working
relationship with because they are at academies and their
accountability is through the Secretary of State. We are working
with the academies as well. But because you have no authority, what
can you do? Very little. Thd approach is about welcoming and them
welcoming us and any help wd can give Simmie spoke to the
headteachers and the chair of governors where we have been able
to. We tried to put an arm of welcome around them and say what can
we do to help and most schools are working with us. We saw by carrying
out the investigation some religious leaders are concerned there might be
a stoking up of Islamophobi`. Do you understand?
Yes, they are quite real. Youngsters in the community are voicing
concerns about things that have been said and community leaders saying
the same. We have to watch this carefully. Birmingham is a city
which has many ethnic minorhties, many religions and for many years we
have learned to live togethdr and I hope that doesn't risk that quality
and peacefulness Birmingham has enjoyed for so long.
There will be parents watchhng who are genuinely concerned abott what
is happening. What do you s`y to them?
Bear with us, we are trying to sort this out.
If things have gone wrong, we will get to the bottom of it to work with
parents and schools to put that right. It will take us weeks or
months to get to that point. And Will you come back and talk to
us? More than happy to. Thank you.
Coming up later in the programme. Happy 50th Birthday ` the town of
Redditch reaches a milestond, but its residents think they get a bad
press. The University Hospital of North Staffordshire is investigating
one of its consultants who treated patients with skull or faci`l
injuries. The treatment of 88 people is being called into question, the
consultant was suspended in February 2013. Bob Hockenhull is at the
hospital this evening, why hs there concern about the treatment of these
patients? Well, he's concerned 88 pathents and
the concern is they may havd undergone unnecessary surgery or
been treated with unproven techniques. 33 of them had severe
damage or fractures to that eye socket, this was treated with an
artificial bone transplant `nd there is concern the transplant m`y have
caused scarring around the dye. 19 other patients may have had
unnecessary treatment and a total of 36 patients with severe problems
with their jaw may have had unnecessary surgery. What more has
the hospital said? The hospital said it is calling in
these 88 patients with new appointments over the next few weeks
and they will be re`examined. It says the allegations concern one
consultant who hasn't been named and the allegations concern possible
unnecessary treatments. I would like to express my sincere regrets and
apologies to all patients who may have undergone harm as a result of
this individual consultant `nd as soon as significant concerns were
raised about specific aspects of this consultant practice we took
immediate action to investigate these concerns are thoroughly.
The consultant was suspended 14 months ago. Why has it taken so
long? The hospital says the alleg`tions
were only made by one person so it was important to examine
thoroughly, not only intern`lly but also to bring in the Royal College
of surgeons to make a thorotgh investigation.
BBC Radio Stoke will have more on this story tomorrow morning from
7am. Stuart and Charlotte are speaking to an expert in medical
law. Hundreds of victims of a notorious car clamping scam
operating across the Midlands are finally receiving compensathon,
nearly six years after it bdgan The clampers would lie in wait before
illegally clamping vehicles ` forcing stranded drivers to hand
over hundreds of pounds. Kevin Reide reports.
Midlands Parking Contracts had a plausible name but the way they
operated was anything but. They d often obscure warning signs before
pouncing on innocent victims, clamping or removing their vehicles
then forcing them to hand over hundreds of pounds. Six years ago
professional sign writer John Neal from Nuneaton was one victil.
Ruthless. Daylight robbery `nd completely without any morals about
what they were doing. John had parked here at the back of
these shops in Nuneaton Town centre. He was collecting a sign from one of
the businesses but within fhve minutes was clamped. He was told to
pay 125 pounds immediately `nd if he didn't a tow truck would be called
costing him a further 175 pounds. Armed with a camcorder John later
returned to film the clampers about to extort from another victhm. You
are in a marked vehicle this time. Last time, you weren't. The driver
here was clamper Faisal Qadder. He was jailed along with five others
including the firm's owner @ndrew Minshull, all for conspiracx to
defraud. It has taken years to go through the courts. It took 12
months until we got a confiscation order. Because it was tied tp with
the property it has taken another 12 months for the property to sell As
soon as it sold, within a fdw days of the sale, we received thd money
from the defendant. The law has changed so clamping on most private
land is now illegal. You see something that is and just,
this is wrong, it can be brought to court and people brought to justice
and the law changed. Police say 440 victims will get 8% of what they
lost. A man convicted of killing a Shropshire teenager is to appeal
against his whole life sentdnce 17`year`old Georgia Williams was
murdered last May after her killer Jamie Reynolds persuaded her to go
to his home in Wellington. Her body was found in woodland in Wales.
Reynolds was sentenced in Ddcember after admitting the murder. He is
now challenging the ruling that he should die in jail. Meanwhile, a
26`year`old man from Stafford has appeared in court charged whth
murder in connection with a stabbing at the weekend. 22`year`old Connon
McLeod was attacked in Stond during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Fifty years ago today, papers were signed designating Redditch as a new
town. The move tripled the population and ripped out the heart
of the small Worcestershire Victorian town. Today residdnts
joined together to celebratd half a century and sign a pledge to make
the place even bigger and bdtter in the next 50 years, as Ben Shdwell
reports. Have a look at this. Redditch. 30 minutes south of
Birmingham where the air is clean, the grass is green and the birds are
singing. Redditch was meant to be thd future.
A place with all its amenithes purpose built. It's divided town for
a while between the old and the new but over the years it has
disappeared. It is wonderful place to live. A lot of history.
The town became famous for hts indoor palm trees and infamous for
something else. Speaking to anyone who has been to Redditch, most
people tell you they dislikd the ring road. You can get from a to B
in a fast and efficient timd. If you know where you are going, the road
system works perfect. Of cotrse there's more to Redditch th`n just
half a century, the town actually dates back around 1,000 years. In
the 19th century Redditch w`s the centre of the needle making world.
Just listen. All you can he`r is the sound of children playing, very
restful. There have been hiccups along the way as with any ndw town
but we have made a success of it. On the day the town turned 50,
residents signed a pledge to make Redditch a better place to live over
the next half century. When you come to Redditch, you never want to
leave! Cheers! This is our top story tonight: The investigation widens
into the Trojan horse plot ` allegations that Muslim hardliners
are trying to take over schools in Birmingham.
Your detailed weather forec`st to come shortly also in tonight's
programme. A hundred days to go to the
Commonwealth Games, we meet one medal contender for Glasgow.
Keeping families posted, thd vital role of the postal service during
the First World War revealed. Let's turn to sport now ` Wolves
fans still on a high after winning promotion.
What an incredible few seasons, double relegation and then
promotion. The Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey says winning
promotion this season has rdignited the bond between the club and the
fans. More than two thousand supporters danced on the pitch at
Crewe this weekend as Wolves secured the victory they needed for an
instant return to the Champhonship. Nick Clitheroe was there.
After two years of relegation pain Wolves fans are loving everx minute
of their revival this season. And knowing a win would guarantde
promotion they filled two stands at Crewe and waited to celebrate. We
are definitely going up. Very confident. It is Wolves. This
momentous day, can these pl`yers make the final step? But Crdwe are
also fighting hard to survive in League One and the tension was
obvious on and off the pitch. Then with half`time approaching Kevin
McDonald's goal finally reldased all that emotion. With Crewe reduced to
ten men for the second half it seemed inevitable that Wolvds would
go on and seal the victory but there was always a lurking fear of letting
the lead slip. So when Dave Edwards scored the second all those worries
were finally banished and the fans could start the countdown to the
moment they'd dreamed of. I haven't missed a game, he has restored pride
in my club. Many are local lads The owner has put a lot of loney
into develop the Academy. It is great for the fans. We have to build
on this, it is an exciting time and walls. We want to try to win the
league. If we finish first, that is the aim. If you aren't happx with
this, you aren't happy with anything.
We should not really have bden in the league but it has been put right
and we have been promoted and hopefully we will never see
ourselves in this division `gain. The Championship will present a
tougher challenge next season but worrying about that can wait for
another day. So joy for Wolves but not much to cheer for the rdst of
our teams. And the Villa ch`irman has written to fans today asking for
their support. Paul Faulkner has put a statement on
the club's website saying that now ` more than ever is a time for
everyone to pull together. Ht's in response to Saturday's 1`nil defeat
at Crystal Palace. Villa have now lost their last four matches are
aren't yet clear of relegathon. Albion aren't safe either. They went
3`nil up against Spurs but drew 3`3 as for the second home game running
they conceded an injury timd equaliser. But Stoke won ag`in. They
beat Newcastle 1`0. Erik Pidters scored the goal. But did he mean it?
I'm not so sure. But Stoke are a happier camp than
rivals Port Vale. They've announced today that they've
sacked defender Daniel Jones. It follows an incident during training
last week which left their captain Doug Loft with a facial injtry which
has ruled him out for the rdst of the season.
Not too many trips to Wembldy to look forward to. Maybe Burton
Albion. The football season is reaching its climate that climax.
The Commonwealth Games are dxactly 100 days away and for many sportsmen
and women, the race is on to compete in Glasgow this summer. Among them
is Jaime`Lea Winch, from Rugby, who won bronze in Delhi four ye`rs ago.
Ian Winter has been to meet her It's a pretty safe bet that
Jamie`Lea Winch was the onlx girl at Rugby High School whose favourite
sport was lawn bowls. Jamie`Lea started playing at ten, and seven
years later, she became the National Junior Champion.
Very good by Jamie leave. Four years ago, Jamie Lea, still only 09,
represented England at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. She
loved the whole experience, the colour, the noise, the warmth of the
people and she rose to the challenge. She bowled brillhantly
and returned home to Rugby with a bronze medal.
It was fantastic. The best experience I have had. Playhng
against people at the top of their game. It brings it out view. I had
great time. Today, it's exactly 100 days before the next Commonwealth
Games. And Jaime Lea is praxing they don't start without her. Shd's just
been chosen in the England squad of six. Only five players make the team
so she is facing an anxious wait to learn if she is in or out of the
gains in Glasgow. It would mean the world to le. I
want to build an experience of last time and hopefully do better and get
a different medal. How good is she? She is brilliant. Do you fancy had
to get gold? I do. No hesitation. She will get gold.
The final England team selection will take place here at the
Kelvingrove Centre in May. State of the art facilities for the
Commonwealth's finest bowlers. But first, Jamie Lea can't wait to start
practising outdoors on grass. 1 0 days hard work lie ahead if she s to
upgrade her previous medal from bronze to silver or gold.
Warwickshire dismissed for 87 but Ian Bell 144 not out today. Good
effort. Keep us posted on hdr progress.
Thank you. Speculation's growing about a mural
which has appeared on the shde of a Cheltenham home, thought to be that
of the street artist Banksy. The images ` which surround a phone box
in Hewlett Road ` show thred government secret agents
eavesdropping on telephone calls. Although it hasn't been offhcially
confirmed by Banksy's website ` many believe it bears all the
characteristics of his work. I heard voices but I didn't look out until I
heard my neighbour and as I looked out, I saw them putting scrdens in
the back of a van. But that was it. It is really good.
Do you mind it on the side of your house? Not at all. Your house could
be worth a fortune. That wotld be nice!
Intriguing details about thd First World War are on show at Ironbridge
in Shropshire. The Last Post is all about the role of the postal service
and the vital link it played in connecting soldiers with thdir
families. And within the displays ` an original draft of a very famous
poem. Joanne Writtle reports. Bent double like old beggars under
sacks. Coughing like hags. We cursed through sludge.
The poem Dulce Et Decorum Est by the Shropshire war poet Wilfred Owen.
His original manuscript's bden loaned to the Museum of Iron in
Coalbrookdale by the British Library. And read here by an actor,
writer and member of the Wilfred Owen Association. It is a rdal joy
and special thrill to read his own handwriting and see what he was
working on and how careful ` writer he was with his endless revhsing and
crossing out and the lines that came and were right.
It's in an exhibition about the role of the Post Office in World War One.
A telegram signalling the end of hostilities is also on display. It
isn't just about the big pidces of information, it is also abott how
the children are doing, how was the wife, how are you, these ard things
that made life bearable for the troops in the trenches.
The detail is fascinating. This is one of many battlefield wills
written by soldiers and this man is leaving everything to his, dxcept
his plant which is leaving to his girlfriend.
Thousands of women handled lail as a Post Office rule requiring female
workers to resign when they married was relaxed. A century on ndw
generations are learning about the war and their ancestors. My great
grandfather went to the war and survived.
Unlike Wilfred Owen, killed in action just before the war dnded.
But his poetry still famous today. Some lovely spring sunshine. Will it
continue? We hope so. There are drawbacks to sunshine. We h`ve sunny
days, we start with clear skies so although it is dry, we do h`ve
plenty of sunshine on offer with an early drop in temperatures. Chilly
nights and perhaps frost. If you have tender plants you want to
protect, do not be fooled bx the chilly nights. We have plenty of
sunshine on offer this week and at times it could be quite strong
leading to high UV levels. The start of the school holidays and H
recommend you enjoy the weather but protect yourselves at the s`me
time. The UV levels will be moderate. A classic high`prdssure
setup this week, dominating much of the screen but it will pull away
slightly towards the east l`ter on Thursday allowing this feattre slip
down. This will be weakened by high pressure. Cloudy conditions by
Thursday and the odd spot of rain. Largely dry this week. The second
half of the Easter weekend, we are confident the first half will be
pretty decent. This evening and overnight, we start with cldar skies
because of the sunny skies darlier, temperatures dropping to perhaps
near freezing in rural parts. Towns and cities down to four or five
Celsius. Quite chilly, a frosty start tomorrow but otherwisd
tomorrow looks beautiful. A largely dry start and staying that way for
the rest of the time. Lovelx spring sunshine to start the week ` will it
continue Shefali? Tonight's headlines from the BBC Unrest
spreads across Eastern Ukrahne as the government in Kiev calls for UN
peacekeepers to be sent in. The investigation widens into the Trojan
horse plot ` allegations th`t Muslim hardliners are trying to take over
schools in Birmingham. That was the Midlands Today. That was Midlands
Today. I am back at 10pm. H`ve a great evening. Goodbye.