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I am so happy and pleased. I know it is not the end of the road and the
end of the fight. The 24`year`old died
after being restrained by bouncers Criticism of a knife surrender
programme after only 16 knives It is a knee jerk reaction. It is a
good sentiment, but it is not addressing the root cause of the
problem. Left homeless by plans
for high`speed rail ` When the big ministers get involved,
things go slow slowly. And I've got
a sneaking suspicion that you might A small glitch to contend with
tonight, but otherwise things are A judge today ordered a review
of a decision not to prosecute anyone over the death
of a 24`year`old on a night out. Julian Webster's family said it
marked a turning point in In April, 2009, Julian Webster
died outside a Manchester pub after In May, 2012, an inquest said that
restraint played But in March last year, the
Crown Prosecution Service decided Since then,
his family have been battling to get that decision reversed.
Here's Cath Mackie. Sonia Webster's waited a long time
for this moment, a review into the death of her son,
Julian. I am overwhelmed. So happy, so
please. I know it is not the end of the road and it is not the end of
the fight, but it is... I cannot even explain.
The 24`year`old who was from Edgbaston in Birmingham died
on a night out in Manchester after returning to this bar to
When released, he collapsed to the floor.
The family's barrister Rajiv Menon QC told two senior
judges in Birmingham that the decision not to prosecute anyone was
so flawed and so irrational that the court should quash the decision and
The Crown Prosecution Service had argued there was insufficient
evidence, but the court ordered a review.
The family of Julian Webster clapped as Lord Justice Elias announced
Julian's mother, Sonia, closed her eyes and put her head in her hands.
But the family were told this didn't mean there would be
But it does mean the CPS has to review the case.
We want proper consideration as to whether there should be a
prosecution. Clearly, the evidence has not been properly considered
before now. Speaking at the family home
before today's hearing, Sonia Webster said the past five
years had taken its toll. Stressful for me, the complete
family. My husband. Everyone who was involved. Our lives have been on
hold. It has been five years and we cannot move forward because there is
unfinished business. Justice needs to be done for Julian. We cannot
move on until it is taken care of. In a statement,
the CPS confirmed they'll now carry Julian Webster's family say that
must begin as soon as possible. Knowing her "ippon" from her
"wazari"` we meet Kelly Edwards, selected for the Commonwealth Games
judo team this summer. It's been revealed that just 16
knives have been handed in as part of a knife surrender
programme in Birmingham. It began three months ago with
a lot of fanfare. Our special correspondent
Peter Wilson was at the launch then and joins us now
at one of the knife surrender bins. Peter, I suppose any weapon taken
off the streets has to be good news, That is right. This is one of three
nice surrender bins. They are placed outside churches where you do not
expect to find people carrying weapons. How many knives have been
placed in this particular bin? Not a single one. The organisers say that
the campaign is not a failure. It might have reigned three months ago
on the parade, but there were high hopes for what was seen as a
community`based nice surrender campaign. Yet the bins were put out
places of worship rather than police stations `` knife surrender
campaigns. Only 16 knives have been handed in since February. Any knife
taken off the street is a knife that could have committed a murder. It is
a slow start. We are hoping it will accelerate. That is the pattern
elsewhere. In London, it started slowly but accelerated. Previous
amnesties have seen hundreds of weapons handed in. People were
demanding action after a series of knife attacks soar five young people
killed in Birmingham including rap star Joshua Ribera. His mother
offered to help publicise the campaign but nothing happened. She
says education is the key to changing young people's attitudes.
If you can send them in the opposite direction from street crime and
knife crime and any kind of crime, that is successful. Guide them in
another direction to prevent more violence and deaths. The police and
crime commission says talks are under way to use young people and
the fan base of Joshua Ribera to reenergise what has so far been a
lacklustre campaign. Alison and I have met and she has agreed to help
us with the next wave of knife bins and discussions are on as to the way
she feels best able to put herself behind the campaign. A former gang
member questions the whole point of knife and misdeeds. It is a token
gesture, a knee jerk reaction. What should have been done, I think, was
for us to open up wider discussion and debate about the real issues
about why young people are carrying knives. More bins will be placed on
the streets but it is hearts and minds that need to be changed.
Has the type of been been successful elsewhere? It was pioneered in
London and since 2009 some 10,000 weapons have been taken off the
streets including guns. Here I have been talking to local people, some
of them have not even noticed this let alone any publicity. After the
three`month programme, what is likely to happen now? We are going
to get an extra five bins. Clearly in order to make this campaign
successful, you have got to energise people and excite people. You have
got to draw people in. We are talking about young people. The
message at the moment is not getting out. Perhaps if Alison, and using
Joshua Ribera's reputation and his charisma, he of course lost his life
to knife crime, perhaps that can reach out to young people. Thank
you. The family of Stephen Sutton
from Burntwood, Staffordshire, say his condition
in hospital has deteriorated. He was re`admitted over the weekend
with breathing difficulties. In a post on social media,
his family said tumours are blocking his airways but he's currently in
a comfortable and stable condition. He's
so far raised more than ?3 million More than 500 homeowners who live
on the route of the proposed high`speed rail link
between London and Birmingham have But it seems getting the money
isn't always straightforward. Midlands Today was contacted
by one family who ended up living in a caravan because
of continuing delays. HS2 agreed with this man last years
that his home would be blighted by phase one of the line. Keen to
resettle his family, it was agreed the house sale would be completed by
April the 16th. They said there would be no problem. We thought, no
problem at all. But when the date came, no exchange, no contracts. We
signed the contract but HS2 did not. When the big ministries like HS2 and
the transport ministry gets involved, things go so slowly. The
family relocated to Dorset, moving on a weekly basis from caravan to
chalet, hoping every day that the Department for Transport would
complete on the house sale. Were you a bit naive assuming it will be
sorted? I suppose we were. Too trusting. It is crazy. And
frustrating. Following the BBC's involvement, he was told payment was
imminent and whilst we were filming, a phone call. Good news.
Thank you. Goodbye. Who was that? But was HS2 saying the money has
just gone through. That is good news! The high`speed rail line is
planned to run exactly along the tree`lined and through this field.
In a statement, the Department for Transport said they were committed
to making payments under the compensation scheme as soon as
possible. If anybody thinks they have experienced delays, they should
let them know. This family today became just the 12th family in the
country to be compensated under the statutory provisions. Good news for
this family who now can finish the packing and move on.
A family's fight for justice ` now a judge orders a review into Julian
Julian Webster's death on a night out.
Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.
Who will be next at the helm at the Hawthorns?
We look at the front runners to replace Pepe
And survivors and students working together `
the stories of D`Day veterans recorded for the 70th anniversary.
The Labour Party has made Walsall its top target
The council is a mirror image of the Government, run by a coalition of
And a key battleground is the youth vote with all parties focusing their
efforts on getting young people into work, as Ben Godfrey reports.
Ashley Lovell has been taken on as an apprentice in Walsall,
a town where thousands of teenagers are still struggling to find work.
For young people, it is difficult. Leaving school with not the best
grades, people tend not to find jobs. People are looking for
experience. Around 7% of 16 to 24`year`olds are
claiming Jobseeker's Allowance here. Labour has sent Shadow Health
Secretary Andy Burnham to Walsall. The party says it's
their number one target in the West Midlands and they're pledging
more apprenticeships. We really need to ensure the economy
works for our young people and that the apprenticeships that we create
are ones that will stage a lifetime with people. That is going to be a
major challenge. In the birthplace
of the saddle industry, Labour has But the council is run
by a minority administration. Mirroring Westminster, the
Conservatives, who have 24 seats, formed a coalition with the Liberal
Democrats, who have five seats. Two years ago, we put ?2 million
into the budget to create 500 apprenticeships. It has been
extremely successful, interest from just short of 3000 youngsters. Of
those, 380 have gone on to be apprentices. We have a pilot scheme
going on. There is a jobs club. That has got people who are long`term
unemployed, long`term dependent on benefits it has got them back into
a young workforce is something the Saddle Company would love to do,
but it's proving difficult. The Walsall firm is cautious
about creating a raft The problem is, the gap between the
training of the apprenticeships and suddenly there is a big gap and
there are very few people of the skill level left to train the
people. Unless action is taken quickly, that could be the downfall
of the industry, in a way. Labour lost control 14 years ago. This time
around they need a net gain of three seats to take overall control. The
jobs market is also a battle ground for UKIP. It claims unskilled labour
from Eastern Europe is driving up unemployment. It is fielding a
record number of candidates here. Staying with the elections...
The UK Independence Party launched its local and European election
campaign in the West Midlands today. UKIP is fighting 218 council seats.
It says that in the European elections it's expecting to do
UKIP is a far stronger `` is in a fast on the position in the West
Midlands. We are reaching out, not to this votes from Labour Lib Dems,
20% of our support is coming from people who have not voted in the
previous two elections. After the departure of Pepe Mel
yesterday, are we any closer to finding out who the new head coach
will be at West Brom? West Bromwich Albion have appointed
their former first team coach Terry Burton
as their new technical director. His first job will be to help find
a new head coach. And there are plenty
of names being talked of as There is flash photography at the
end of this report. In fact, we don't even know who's
in charge of the team. Pepe Mel's departure has
got people talking. He's an Albion fan,
but he's also a bookmaker and the market for Albion's new head
coach is wide open. The favourites include
the former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay, Aberdeen manager
Derek McInnes, a former Albion player, and former Birmingham City
manager Chris Hughton. New owners at Leeds could see Brian
McDermott looking for a new club. And Tim Sherwood sacked
only today by Tottenham. Among the outsiders is
the former Wolves boss Dave Jones. But whoever gets the job,
speed is vital. A number of players out of contract.
They want to know where they are. At the end of the transfer window last
season, players were shoehorned into the football club. We do not expect
to finish eighth in the Premier League. On the flip side, we do not
expect to finish 17th. Pepe Mel's four`month reign ended
with Sunday's 2`1 defeat Malky Mackay Roy, he was quite
successful and he would fit very well. `` Malky Mackay. Tim Sherwood.
Harry Redknapp. But recent histroy suggests we'll
be doing this again quite soon. From Tony Mowbray to Roberto Di
Matteo, Roy Hodgson to Steve Clarke, Albion are now looking for their
sixth head coach in eight years. Everyone
at the club will hope the next appointment endures longer than the
four months that Pepe Mel lasted. How significant is today's
appointment of Terry Burton as technical director? Very
significant. The chairman is saying, he was not very happy with the
appointment of Pepe Mel and he does not want them involved with the new
appointment as well. The fans would say, get a move on. As for who the
new manager will be or the new head coach, bookmakers and punters do not
have an idea. The head coach thing is important, someone like Dave
Jones might want control of signings as well as being head coach. More
established names might be ruled out. One thing Pepe Mel's
appointment has shown is that they may go with someone who speaks
English. Probably a good move. The Commonwealth Games
are just ten weeks away. Today, in Walsall, the England
judo team was announced. Seven men and seven women, including
Kelly Edwards from Shropshire. Look into these eyes
and tell me what you see. The eyes of Kelly Edwards,
focussed on success As a young girl growing up
in Telford, Kelly loved gymnastics. But her mum promised her ?5 for the
cinema if she'd have a go at judo. I think I had only been doing it a
couple of weeks and I started to progress at the club and I was
beating boys who were a similar age to me. I had good strength from
gymnastics and it helped me to progress quickly.
Six months ago, Denise Lewis opened the National Centre of Excellence
And today, Kelly joined her England team`mates for their
Amongst them, Nekoda Davis, a rising star with podium potential
who's moved from London to Walsall to benefit from these elite
To think I am not just going to be on a stage with just judo people,
there are going to be other sports, the likes of Mo Farah, it is pretty
amazing. I am really excited. What are you hoping for from the
Commonwealth Games? A gold as always. Anything can happen on the
day, but I am going out there to win. The Glaswegians want to show
London they can do it as well. The atmosphere will be electric.
Two years ago, Kelly Edwards cheered like mad
when her good friend Gemma Gibbons won Olympic silver at London 2012.
And this summer, Kelly would love to return to the Wrekin Star Judo Club
in Telford with a Commonwealth medal to call her own.
Good luck to Kelly. In judo terms, Dan means black belt. Have you got
one? No. There is not much chance of me getting one either.
Next month it will be 70 years since the D`Day landings,
an anniversary that will be commemorated here and in France.
The passing years mean there are fewer survivors
of a turning point which led to the defeat of Nazi Germany.
But in Coventry, schoolchildren are working to ensure the stories
of surviving veterans live on, as Kevin Reide has been finding out.
This mural being unveiled to Normandy veterans
at a civic reception in Coventry was made by students at
They were inspired after hearing first`hand accounts from
When you have heard firing squads, you have seen women being tarred and
feathered, those that collaborated with the Germans, you have seen
people hanging from lamp posts and things like that, it is an
experience you never forget. Ever. The mural depicts events
in Coventry, like the destruction of the cathedral
and the post`war celebrations.. The handshake symbolising
a handover from those who fought to D`day, it is all about the troops
storming in and winning the war and it is about peace and passing it on.
Learning from the history book is not the same as hearing about their
personal experiences. My favourite bit is the hands because it tells
you a story. It has a deep meaning within that. Six schools are
involved in project similar to this. It has been captured on film. It
will be screened in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral next month.
The Grace Academy are involved in making that film.
Part of it shows the story of a young boy waiting
for his dad to return from war, something that never happens.
They have responded so well to the veterans, they have showed them
respect and they have been really interested in their stories. It is
to promote long`term peace, but also to remember the lives that were lost
on Normandy day. I cannot think of a better way of passing on the
thoughts of those who died. This is exactly what they would want. They
are the children of their children that they did not have. They
represent those lads who are still buried in Normandy.
Next week, some of the Normandy veterans will
return to Northern France to record the final part of the film.
It's likely to be the last visit they make.
Right at the beginning of the programme, you were promising
something rather lovely. We did have great sunshine today. More to come?
Temperatures are definitely on the rise. This is how it is looking. We
have got mostly dry conditions. Quite sunny and warming up. Mostly
dry. We are seeing off the last of the current clutch of showers. But
there could be the odd one over the weekend as the warmth builds up. The
high pressure is now carving out its territory across us. This is going
to be resulting in the changes taking place over the next few
days. Currently, we are looking at a few showers still across the region.
These will be squeezed out of the way in favour of clearer skies and
colder conditions. The air is quite cold at the moment. Significant hail
showers. We have still got a north`westerly breeze. In sheltered
hollows tonight, there could be a touch of grass frost. Across the
board, we are looking at close of six or 7 degrees. They touch lower
than recent values during the night. Clearer skies will lead to bags of
sunshine tomorrow. A nice and sunny start. Chilly. A bit misty
initially. The temperatures will rise a couple of degrees higher than
today. Still got the light to moderate north`westerly breeze
however. The cloud will fill in tomorrow night. Not quite as cold.
Temperatures on a par with the values we have seen over recent
nights of around nine to 10 degrees. Cloudy but dry. There could be mist
in sheltered hollows. This is how we start the day on Thursday, dull and
cloud milling around, but values rising very nicely to around 18 to
20 degrees. Possibly even 21 for Hereford. A very warm end to the
week. Over the weekend, the temperatures may rise a touch
higher. Because the warmth is building, it could trigger the odd
shower. On Saturday, a band of rain waiting in the wings to the
north`west. But will travel down on Sunday in the evening. Lovingly
sound of the sunshine! The first arrest on suspicion
of murder in the case of Claudia Lawrence, the chef who went
missing five years ago. The UK armed forces are to be
investigated by the International Criminal Court for alleged abuses
against Iraqi detainees. A family's fight for justice ` now
a judge orders a review into Julian And criticism of a knife surrender
programme after only 16 knives Can I make something clear to you?
UKIP is not against immigration.