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You can Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlinds


tonight: Targeting wives and mothers to help stop young Muslims


travelling to fight with Syrian rebels. Also tonight: He's `lready


smashed through the ?1 millhon fundraising barrier. 24 hours later


Stephen is closing in on ?2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust with


help from celebrities. This guy is 19 and he's not bitter but he could


be and he would have every right to be. There's something inspiring


about him. We'll be speaking live to Dr Raj


Mattu, the NHS whistle`blowdr, about his 13`year fight to clear his name


and hopes for the future. Why plastic is not so fantastic in


Herefordshire ` objections to the growing number of polytunnels.


Well, nothing affecting the view of this landscape at Moccas in


Herefordshire this morning ` a misty field looking resplendent at


sunrise. A thing of natural beauty. Can we hope for more this wdekend?


Find out later. Good evening. The West Midl`nds top


counter terrorism police officer is urging wives and mothers of young


Muslims to convince them to stay at home and NOT join Syrian rebels


Hundreds of British Muslims are thought to have joined rebel groups


` some with links to terrorhsm. The new head of the West Midlands


Counter Terrorism Unit todax warned that anyone fighting in Syrha faces


arrest on their return. Gilds Latcham reports.


The battle for Syria. It is brutal and extreme and the worry for the UK


authorities is that the extremism it breeds will reach as here in the


form of young British Muslils radicalised `` radicalised. The new


head of the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit was reaching out to


mothers, wives and girlfriends and through them, young Muslim len


tempted to travel to Syria. We already have evidence of worried


members of the family picking up the phone to the police saying their


child has gone to Syria, can you help, `` can you help? If wd can


generate that energy in a dhfferent way we have achieved somethhng.


Serious slide into civil war started three years ago and estimatd that


the death toll begin at 100,000 President Assad remains in power.


The opposition are determindd but divided, ranging from rains ``


mainstream groups to others said to have links with terrorism, such as


Al`Qaeda. This is a conflict no one expects to end any time soon.


British MPs debated whether to bomb forces loyal to President Assad and


some say that sent a mixed lessage. Some Muslims going out therd might


think, we're not doing anything wrong because we are on the same


side as the British governmdnt. The British government have failed to


explain this confusion so they need to do more. This man who appealed


for calm when his son was khlled in via three years ago went to Syria to


support a charity last May. A fellow fundraiser says worries abott to


hard disk mustn't eclipse the plight of refugees. I have seen thd focus


`` suffering first`hand `` to hardests. Let us alleviate the


suffering their as well. Now the battle is under way for the hearts


and minds of young Britons. Coming up: Making some moves. How


this top dance festival is putting local amateurs alongside


professionals. On last night's programme wd brought


you the news that a Staffordshire teenager with incurable cancer had


broken his ?1 million fundr`ising target. In less than 24 hours,


that's grown to more than 1.5 million. 19`year`old Stephen Sutton


from Burntwood tweeted what seemed to be a goodbye message and photo


from hospital earlier this week Our reporter, Cath Mackie, has been


following the story. She johns us now from Chase Town football club,


near to Stephen's home, where they've been helping to raise money.


Cath, that fundraising figure just keeps rising, doesn't it?


Mary, it is extraordinary. H spoke to a friend of Stephen 's f`mily two


days ago and he had raised ?600 000. He was sick and hoping to rdach the


target. 48 air was later it has been blown out of the water. `` 48 hours


later. Now he has raised ?1.9 million. His story featured a lot


yesterday on the national ndws when he posted a message which sdemed to


be a good buy. Thankfully, he posted this today:


And this has really inspired people to give. When I got onto his website


and saw some of the things he was saying, I am angry that I mhght die


at 90... This guy is 19 and he's not bitter or angry. He could bd and he


would have every right to bd. There's something inspiring about


him. The reason I am here is that he is a local lad and it was hdre he


began his fundraising efforts. John, I think you have an announcdment you


would like to make, haven't you That's right. This weekend, or the


programme sales will be dedhcated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Also, on


May the 4th, we will be plaxing Steve's team down here and we will


put all the funds from that to the Teenage Cancer Trust. And you went


to school with Stephen. What do you make of what he has achieved.


Absolutely amazing. And you are planning fundraising as well? Yes,


the world record for a tanddm skydive. John, what worked `` what


was it about Stephen that m`de you say, yes, we will fundraiser? Beth.


Us involved with Stephen. You just have to meet him and you will do


anything. His face will be on the programme this Saturday. It will and


all the proceeds will go to Teenage Cancer Trust will stop along with


all the players, we will we`r the T`shirt is for Stephen so gdt


donating. Thank you very much. He is in high spirits today and hd fields


better. He really has inspired people. The


Teenage Cancer Fund say thex have never seen anything like it. I can


give you the up`to`the`minute figure for the amount Stephen has raised.


It stands at 1,000,940. The engineering firm Sandvik is


closing its manufacturing plant near Wolverhampton with the potential


loss of 143 jobs. The company says it has too much capacity across


Europe and needs to cut production costs in the UK. The plant `t


Featherstone is expected to close at the end of the year. Talks between


management and unions are under way. Network Rail has been accusdd of


cutting corners on the six hundred million pound re`development of


Birmingham's New Street Station Original plans would have sden the


old Navigation Street Bridgd clad in stainless steel, but it will now be


virtually untouched. Network Rail says the changes will help speed up


construction and avoid railway closures.


The funeral has taken place this afternoon of Dr Mohammed Naseem the


chairman of Birmingham Central Mosque, who died on Tuesday at the


age of 90. The leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore was


among those paying tribute. Funeral prayers were said at the mosque


before Dr Mohammed was laid to rest at Handsworth Cemetery.


The head of the NHS has agrded to meet a whistle`blower who spent 12


years fighting for his caredr after telling Midlands Today about two


deaths in overcrowded hospital bays. Last week, Dr Raj Mattu won a


landmark employment tribunal which concluded his dismissal was unfair.


Our health correspondent, Mhchele Paduano, has been looking b`ck at


the history of the case. Walsgrave Hospital was overcrowding


wards in 2001, but management insisted lives weren't jeop`rdised.


Dr Mattu was shocked. Twelvd times he had told management about his


patient dying. Finally, he blew the whistle on Midlands Today. There was


no oxygen available. We did not have suction to suck out the airwaves. An


employment tribunal said th`t was the start of his troubles. Lidlands


Today reported in 2006 about a campaign to oust him. Securhty was


asked to watch him. We were asked to monitor his comings and goings in


the building. I questioned one former chief executive about a


second patient death in overcrowded base. Although... . Although Dr Raj


Mattu, got back to work bridfly he was accused ` among other things `


of talking to Midlands Todax. He hadn't, but his health suffdred In


2011, He was too ill to attdnd his disciplinary hearing and was sacked.


So, what's the final bill to the taxpayer? Legal costs for the first


inquiry were over ?1 million. In 2011, that had gone up to ?3.7


million. Mattu's lawyers cl`im the cost of paying others to do his work


was ?3 million alone. With three High Court hearings and the longest


tribunal in Birmingham history, some newspapers have claimed the whole


affair has cost the NHS ?10 million. And through no fault of his own Dr


Mattu's expertise has been lost his health has deteriorated and he'll


never work again. And Dr Mattu joins me now. Do you


believe the issues which led to you blowing the whistle have bedn


addressed and resolved? Unfortunately not. One of mx


concerns about this whole hhstory is that I whistle blew because I was


concerned patients were placed in danger and were dying. The


management response was to silence me as quickly as they could and then


to get a dossier of allegathons against me to try and as to me. In


the middle of all this the patients seem to have been forgotten. Today


`` to date, myself and senior nurses present at the death of my patients


have never been questioned. The trust has conducted an audit which


wasn't an investigation, in my view. At this moment in time, the


relatives of those who died have no idea of the circumstances under


which their loved ones passdd away or that they may have had an


avoidable death. Do you regret speaking out? I don't regret


speaking out but I couldn't encourage anyone else to consider


whistle`blowing with the prdsent arrangements. Following the


tribunal, Coventry and Warwhckshire NHS Trust said they would continue


to support all of their staff to raise issues of concern. Yot don't


believe that? I never witnessed that from them. Right now I am a victim


of their lack of support for whistle`blowers. Right up to the


tribunal they denied I was ` whistle`blower so I am pleased the


tribunal came to the conclusion I am a whistle`blower and have stffered


detrimentally and that my dhsmissal was inextricably linked to the fact


that I am a whistle`blower. It is quite astonishing that, instead of


apologising and learning from this, that they are still in deni`l. You


have asked to speak with thd new chief executive of the NHS `nd he


has agreed to meet with you? Yes, there is a meeting planned shortly


and I am hopeful that will take place sooner rather than later. What


effect has this had on you `nd your family? It has had a devast`ting


affect on my career to the point that it has destroyed my career as a


doctor and researcher. It h`s had a damaging effect on my personal life.


My wife and I have been forced to make the decision not to st`rt a


family with this looming ovdr us. The awful effect on my health ` I


have been in a night of hospital on a couple of occasions with `


life`threatening deteriorathon of my health.


Thank you. Our top story: Targeting wives and


mothers to help stop young Luslims travelling to help fight with Syrian


rebels. Your detailed weathdr forecast to come shortly. Also:


We've made mistakes admit Shrewsbury Town, as the club faces reldgation


to League Two. It will be very difficult btt we


have to keep going. We owe that to the club and the supporters.


Why these slippery customers are helping keep our longest river in


peak condition. If you have a story you think we


should be covering, we would like to hear from you.


If you're in the countrysidd at this time of year, it's likely you'll see


fields covered by polytunnels. Increasingly, growers see them as a


vital way to stay competitive. In Herefordshire, planning applications


have quadrupled in a year. Now one farmer is fighting for the right to


use polytunnels in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Objectors insist they spoil the landscape. Here's Bob Hockenhull.


A sea of plastic amid the green fields of the Wye Valley. Some local


residents say what's the pohnt of calling this an Area of Outstanding


Natural Beauty if this is allowed to happen. It is just a case of more


polytunnels going up day after day. All you can see is the area


disappearing. It is approaching an industrial landscape. Neil Cockburn


is the farmer. At Pennoxstone Court in Kings Caple, he grows more than


100 acres of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries for


supermarkets. Next month, at a public inquiry, he'll appeal against


an enforcement notice from Herefordshire Council demanding that


he removes most of the polytunnels. If the inspector comes down against


us than the business will cdase 100 jobs will be lost. I apprechate some


people don't like the look of them and we try and screen them wherever


possible and we move them around. A lot of people though are perfectly


comfortable and want to havd British fruit grown in England are not have


it flown in from abroad. Thd Council for the Protection of Rural England


calls Mr Cockburn "a plastic baron". It estimates he and other f`rmers


are responsible for covering nearly 2,000 acres of Herefordshird with


polytunnels. In this one poly tunnel, there are 10,000 punnets


worth of strawberries ready to pick in two weeks. In the shops, they


will fetch ?20,000. But if there was no cover, the farmer says hd would


not be able to grow the fruht at all on a commercial basis. Before the


1980s, the farm here survivdd as a pick your own. But Neil Cockburn


says 21st century economics dictate that's no longer possible.


One of Europe's biggest dance events got underway in Birmingham today. It


will include outdoor perforlances and several new productions. It is a


show which has given local dancers and opportunity to perform `longside


top professionals. These dancers come from right across


the West Midlands, but some of them have never danced alongside


professionals. Until now. And this is what they are working


towards. Performing with thd creme de la creme in Mathew Bournd's


adaptation of Lord of the Flies which comes to the Birmingh`m


Hippodrome next month. I watched the film which I continuously w`tched


and enjoyed. When I came to the workshops it was the same. Ht was


great. It is an amazing expdrience to be part of the show. I dhdn't


think I was such a dancer to start off with. I had to do it at college.


Seeing this and knowing that I can it has opened a lot of things for me


and I am happy I am doing it. It's all part of the Internation`l Dance


Festival Birmingham. Over the next four weeks, people across the city


can sampled various `` various dance forms from hip`hop... To hakka.


Tap... And T. `` T. The festival opens tonight with


three works from the Birmingham Royal Ballet. One of which sees the


return of former soloist now turned choreographer Aleander Whitley. The


real privilege for me to be associated with Birmingham Royal


Ballet and the other artists. Great contemporary choreographers I have


huge admiration for so to bd alongside them is a great privilege


for me. Really nice to kick it off. This is the fourth Internathonal


Dance Festival. Since 2008, thousands have turned twinkdltoes `


sampling all forms of dance. You can find out more about the


festival by following the lhnks on our Facebook page.


Only a near miraculous set of results can help Shrewsbury Town


avoid relegation to League Two this weekend. It will come at a financial


cost as well with their revdnue likely to drop by around a lillion


pounds. The club have admitted making terrible mistakes thhs


season. Now they've promised to repair the damage by putting their


faith in home`grown talent. They were training in the spring


sunshine this morning, but there is a dark cloud hanging over this club.


Even if these players can ptll off an unlikely win against Petdrborough


on Saturday, they will prob`bly still dropped to the bottom division


of the football league. With two games to go, they are six points


below the safety line. They have to do it for themselves. The board


apologised to the fans this week, admitting they borrowed to heavily


from players from other teals and they have promised a complete


review. Shrewsbury have used an astonishing 20 players on loan from


other clubs and it hasn't gone down well with the bands. It has carried


on this season. You just don't know who will be on the side each week.


We need a dedicated team. I thought we were a big enough club to stay


up. I thought we would posshbly go for the championship this ydar. Part


of the solution will be to find local talent. But going down that


path will require patience, which is often in short supply in football.


You can pay loads of money `nd by senior players. That doesn't build


for continuity sometimes. It is like boom or bust and the club doesn t


want to be in that situation. For now, Jackson and his players are


still focusing on the most tnlikely of great escapes.


They are not everyone's favourite but our rivers need them. Thousands


of baby eels have been rele`sed into the River Severn today to hdlp


repopulate an area where thdy had almost disappeared. They were taken


from close to Gloucester whdre eel numbers are at a 30 year high.


Replenishing the heels of Shropshire. There were plenty of


visitors to the estate this afternoon are willing to lend a


hand. Conservationists have been working to move thousands of baby


eels from downstream in Gloucestershire where they have


become trapped and were dying. Eels have been in decline for about 0


years but they can't get ovdr in possible barriers of tidal locks and


weirs. We are working with the industry to catch thousands of eels


and move them to give the population a better chance of being


sustainable. Each year, trillions and trillions of baby eels `re born


in the sea and hundreds makd it to the River Severn. But because of the


man`made barriers, by the thme they get here to Shrewsbury, the numbers


are just a few hundred. Puphls at Shrewsbury School are also doing


their bit for eel conservathon. We feel proud that we are maintaining


the ecosystem and keeping everything going and it is interesting. Eels


are pretty cool. Although it helps, human intervention is at thd


long`term answer for improvhng stocks in Shropshire. The fhsh needs


specially built passes like this one to help them navigate man`m`de


obstacles. It is basically ` wooden tube in which there are loads of


Nilan bristles and it slows the water up so the eels can wiggle all


the way to the top. Of the 00,0 0 release to, 90,000 are expected to


survive before making the trip back to the sea `` 9000.


After the splendours of the gardens at Shakespeare's birthplace trust


yesterday, are you grateful to be dry again?


I am. From what I hear from some of the reporters, the Sun todax was


enough to create a tan. We could do with this weather over the weekend


although I don't think we whll get too much of it. Some sunshine on


offer but it is a case of r`in and showers and cooler conditions in a


breeze. We have eight dense cluster of showers starting to Spiller from


the south`east, mainly affecting the south eastern half of the rdgion.


There is an art of fairly intense rain swelling up from the


south`west. It is shackled to the area of low pressure so we have will


have a raft of showers on Stnday as well. Tonight, in comparison, it is


looking quiet. There are cldar spells to begin with but cloud will


thicken up later. But largely dry and temperatures will only fall to


around seven Celsius. The coolest part will be in the west of the


region under clear skies. Not as much fog and mist as we had last


night so not too much of th`t to start the day tomorrow. A cloudy


start, though, and a raft of showers moves up from the south`east. Fairly


widespread and some quite hdavy but they restrict themselves to the


eastern half of the region. They will pep up tomorrow night `nd will


be met by the next area of rain moving up from the south`west in the


early hours of. Dreyer the latter part of Saturday.


Delight headlines: Police appealed to British Muslim women to stop


their sons and brothers going to Syria to fight. Staffordshire


terminal cancer patient, Stdphen Sutton, is helping to raise money to


help other teenagers deal whth the disease. Donations now stand at


1,000,950. We will be live hn Staffordshire again at ten o'clock.


Have a good evening. All across the country,


millions of families are waking up to a Britain in which they


find it harder to get on. Whilst the Government keeps


telling people everything is fixed, no longer stops the pound


in their pocket getting smaller or the bills getting


harder to afford. gas and electricity bills have


increased by more than ?300


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