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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.


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