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degrees. A bit of cloud and the risk of a few showers. That's


Fare dodging on the increase ` unions claim up to 20%


of rail passengers are travelling without a ticket.


pioneering cancer research at a Birmingham Laboratory.


The key role of a Birmingham University professor


at the world famous CERN research centre in Geneva.


By Royal Approval ` it's gold once again for Birmingham


And, there were showers today but at least it was warm,


so the build`up to a break down in the weather may be gradual this


Fare dodging on the railways is on the rise.


Rail unions claim that, on some routes in the West Midlands,


a fifth of passengers could be travelling without tickets.


Rail operators insist the true figure is lower.


It comes as London Midland, one of the worst performing


in the country, is cutting the number of ticket inspectors


Here's our Transport Correspondent, Peter Plisner.


The daily commmute a costly experience, Caroline


Hornburger pays ?1,200 a year for her season ticket from Droitwich.


But she's concerned that some of her fellow passengers might not


There certainly is a lack of visibility of people checking


Here's one possible reason ` at Birmingham's New Street station


tickets are both on trains and at stations, and that way you will miss


people. I've also heard


about one train guard who collected more than ?500 in fares in just one


day from passengers who'd boarded Rail unions warn that


it could get worse. London Midland is reducing


the number of ticket inspectors We think it is madness to get rid of


so many revenue staff. What is crucial for London Midland and for


the railway in this area is to collect as many fares as possible.


But London Midland maintains that even with fewer staff it'll still


If we can work more flexibly, we can cover more stations, more stations


and more hours, and give more benefits than have ever been able to


before to our passengers. It could mean that decisions about investment


art scaled down because these revenues are not recorded.


Satisfaction levels are still below where they should be. Satisfaction


scores are at 73%, which is not good enough. Passengers want punctual,


reliable services, and we feel that these could be better. Despite that,


London Midland still increased fares on some routes yesterday with


minimal publicity, something that has further angered passengers.


With us now is London Midland's Head of Communications


Can we start with that point ` fares went up yesterday and not


The only says that went up were the super discounted fares, and the


advertise those at the stations where it applied. Regular first did


not change. But some passengers will resent this, won't they? We don't


like putting up our fares, but we tend to do so and those heavily


discounted fares where we think we are getting too many people on some


trains. If you travel the route from Stoke to London comedy will seen


just how busy some of those off`peak trains are. The unions are selling


up to 20% of passengers are going on trains without paying for tickets.


That is an astonishing figure. It is an open system, and clearly we need


to get better at checking fares, collecting fares, and that is why we


are talking to our staff and our trade unions about working more


flexibly silly can cover more trains, more stations, more hours.


You can understand why some passengers would be angry that some


people are getting away without paying. Absolutely. But you are


cutting back on numbers, on staff, so surely you will find it more


difficult? What we have found is we work in flexible, so the number of


people we have got, it is not about having more people. If we could get


more revenue back by having more people, we would do it. But we need


to be more flexible to cover more stations and more hours. If you are


a cheat, you know when we don't check on trains and you can work


around that. We penalty fare 1600 people every month at the moment.


Let's go to some viewers who got in touch with us. One man says, how can


you justify increase on fares when you throw so much money away? The


need to make it harder for people to dodge fares, and that is what this


discussion with the unions is about. Richard says, "why are you not


installing barriers and oyster style cards? ". Barriers are expensive to


put in place, so you put them in places where a lot of people pass


through. It is about the economic of it. He would not spend ?1.01 to get


?1 back in revenue. A small station that doesn't get many passengers,


which is also open, you would have to look at the whole structure of


the building, it would be expensive to cover and close it. Mike says,


why should we pay for a service with similar cancellations and delays


when you are cutting staff? On some routes, we have had some of our best


performances for over two years. We have been working hard to improve


our performance, and that is our main focus. Passengers expect a


reliable service and that is what we focus on everyday. Thank you for


joining us. Thanks for joining us here


on Midlands Today this evening. With two days to the Euro elections,


our guide to how your vote counts in picking the


West Midlands seven MEPs. The fight


against advanced lung cancer is being led here in the Midlands,


with a new national clinical trial. It's been launched by


Cancer Research UK and the Regional Scientists there say there's been


a huge increase in the number of people being tested for family


cancer genes following recent high In March 2011, Lyn Barrington,


a former nurse from Stafford, I was only in my 40s, I am fit and


healthy and have never smoked. I could not believe it was happening


to me. She's alive,


thanks to medical advances I think we are heading in the


direction that you even if you are in an advanced stage like myself, it


can become less of a death sentence. And there could be further hope


for patients like Lyn, with a new clinical trial targetting


advanced lung cancer. Rather than a


"one drug fits all" approach, researchers at the regional genetics


lab in Birmingham will take genes from lung tumours and select drug


treatment programmes accordingly. If we can put in place this sort of


screening and choose more appropriate drugs, people will get


better responses and there will be better patient outcomes.


Genetic medicine is expanding rapidly, making treatments available


now that even a couple of years would have seemed impossible.


And the genetics lab, the largest in the country, is under increasing


When the actress Angelina Jolie revealed she'd undergone


a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting cancer,


We had more than a doubling in referrals, particularly for breast


cancer referrals, from about 200 a month to a peak of 500 in one


month. This is part of a DNA sequence


from one patient. There are 10,000 letters


in just one gene and it's just one of them, that mutation there,


that means the patient is She's shopping


for her daughter's wedding. I am shopping for a hat or


accessories. I never thought I would see this day, so it will be very,


very emotional. A 74`year`old man has been arrested


on suspicion of murder after an elderly woman was found


dead at a house in Market Drayton. A body was found in Millfield Drive


this morning. It's believed to be


75`year`old Beatrice Bennett. Police say they're not looking


for anyone else. The airline Flybe has announced a


new routes from Birmingham Airport. It carries 1.5 million passengers


every year. It will offer new destinations including Oslo and


hamburg, and will introduce year`round flights to a number of


destinations currently only available in the summer.


The Commonwealth Games baton relay will pass through Birmingham


The announcement was celebrated by baton bearers Mimi Cesar,


Pritesh Pattni and Adam Ruckwood earlier today.


It's now just 64 days to the start of the games in Glasgow.


Local elections take place this Thursday and also elections


for our European Members of Parliament, MEPs.


But there are important differences from the system used in council or


Here's BBC WM's Political Reporter Kathryn Stanczyszyn.


These are the West Midlands MEPs. We conservatives, one Labour, one Lib


Dem and two who were UKIP, but now have their own parties. Unlike your


local MP, all of these represent the whole region. In this Birmingham pub


there are more than 350 European BS on offer, and a big choice means a


big menu, as there will be at the polling booths this Thursday. But do


we understand how the Euro voting system works? No. No, I don't know.


Not very well. I'm not even going to try actually. It is whoever gets the


most votes percentage`wise. Well, the answer is not simple. It doesn't


only rely on who gets the most votes. It is a formula devised by a


Belgian mathematician. Basically, the system is weighted to give


smaller parties a chance, instead of the big hitters like Labour and


Conservatives getting all the seats. The most important difference from


our other elections is that you vote for a party and not a person. So,


why do we have this different system for the Europeans? It is a long


established system which is widely used in, including in some domestic


elections in Europe. It is complicated and gives a lot of power


to the parties. There are 11 party standing in the West Midlands, so a


pretty long ballot paper. It might seem congregated, for voters it is


one cross in one box. Dash`macro it might seem complicated.


Fare dodging on the increase ` unions say up to 20%


of rail passengers are travelling without a ticket.


Another warm day today ` the forecast for tomorrow to come


The glory days of cinema and plans to bring them back


And, find out how our teams from the West Midlands have done at the


Chelsea Flower Show. I will have the results.


I'm sure many of you will have heard of the CERN


laboratory in Switzerland, a crucial ingredient in the Dan


It's nearly two years since the large hadron collider


there discovered the elusive "Higgs Boson", much smaller than an


atom ` it's basically the glue which holds everything together.


But what's happened since and what will CERN do in the future?


Well, that's largely down to a scientist from Birmingham.


We can cross live to CERN now in Geneva and our science


This sounds like a huge honour for the Midlands, David ` one of our


It is indeed. Let me explain about where we are. This is the control


room. Atlas is the largest experiment here and it is one of the


ones that led to the Higgs Boson, as you mention are the first programme


to ever broadcast live from this control room. But we have got


friends in high places. First of all, we have some computer graphics


to show you to explain how things work here. CERN accelerate particles


around it and smash them together at certain points. One of those points


is here at Atlas. The experiment is deep underground, and Atlas's job is


to use it laboratory to understand what happens after its collision.


That is what they set out to do. Now they have done it, what are they


going to do next? Well, that will be down to the University of Birmingham


scientist who has been elected by the 3000 scientists here to decide


the future direction of the science that they do here. It will all start


right under my feet. 90 metres below the ground. Welcome


to the Atlas detector. Professor David Charlton is from the


University of Birmingham. He is in charge of the largest experiment at


CERN, Atlas. In July 2012 we announced the discovery of the Higgs


Boson. They were discovered in the centre of the detector. The whole


exam and weighs 7000 tonnes, which means Atlas is slowly sinking over


the course of time. They have special jacks to lift it back up.


Professor Charlton was elected by his fellow scientists to be the


person in charge of Atlas. He is the first British person to head up the


expanded, which involves 3000 different researchers. He spends his


time down with the experiment, but also in lots of meetings. Having


discovered the Higgs Boson, why are they carrying on? What do they still


want to discover? We want to understand how the universe is made,


what the fundamental components of the universe are. It is read to try


to understand what everything is made of and how things work and fit


together. It is almost a cultural thing. To continue the search, CERN


is being made much more powerful. It is looking for new things, and also


to learn more about the Higgs Boson. With such a large experiment, we


want to cover the huge range of the physics am so when we come back of


the energies of the collisions will be much higher and we will have the


capability to see if there are new things starting to show up. We will


also look in great detail the Higgs particle that we have discovered. We


want to make sure we understand it. Next year, all eyes will be on Atlas


and Professor Charlton to see what they find next.


As you said, everyone here is focused on getting things back up


and running for next. Because everything is not switched on at the


moment, it means we can get inside and show you bits of CERN you would


not normally see, including the pieces that were made in the


Midlands. They turned out to be really vital to the future of this


experiment. More on that tomorrow. In the meantime, if you would like


to visit CERN you can do so, and it is free to get in. They have


thousands of visitors every year. Tomorrow, the King of Belgium will


be visiting! I have put all the details on my Facebook page. There


is even a local airline with direct flights to Geneva. To have a look at


my blog. Over the last seven years,


the UK has seen 330 new cinema screens opening and the industry


seems in pretty good health. It's a change from the days


when cinemas were shutting or being Satnam Rana reports from Shropshire


now on plans to revive a former 1930s art deco picture palace and


make it the heart of the community. Come here and you can buy shares


in the proposed Each person expressing an interest


can pledge a minimum of ?10. This is what the initial ?500,000


will buy back into the community. The former Clifton cinema and


adjoining shop. There is nothing beyond further full`time education.


There is no for arts people to gather, to meet, to interact and


enjoy each other's work, and there is nowhere for the public to get


into the wider arts that they may not experience through the more


popular shows that go on in many of the auditoria around here. The


Clifton cinema first opened in 1937. The evacuation of the troops from


Dunkirk was completed... During World War II, local people watched


newsreels here. It finally closed in 1987. Local students could come down


to Wellington, instead of travelling far. Dewsbury brought theirs back


will stop yes, it would be nice to have the old cinema back.


Campaigners are hoping memories rekindled will encourage people to


pledge their money. Save far, ?23,000 has been raised, and the


community share offer is open until the end of the year. This is an


ambitious project, and the Clifton campaigners have a long way to go.


But this is a project rooted in community spirit, with a belief that


arts and culture needs to be made accessible to the people here and


the surrounding areas. For the third successive year,


Birmingham City Council has won Its exhibit, developed in


partnership with the Royal British Legion, pays tribute to the city's


involvement in World War One. The Queen was among those who


admired the winning display. And it's not our only garden


to get a medal this year. Our reporter Amy Cole is in


Kings Heath Park in Birmingham with Our teams have done


very well indeed. Now Birmingham City Council is


in charge of a number of open spaces so it has a lot


of horticultural expertise ` just what you need when you're putting


together an exhibit for Chelsea. And they've done it again, another


gold for the third year running for their exhibit which is based on


the city's links to World War One. Yesterday, it had


a very famous visitor, the Queen. She was seen walking through


the trenches and Now after Chelsea, the City Council,


who's worked with a number of sponsors, says the exhibit will


be coming back to Birmingham. We are very lucky to have people who


are able to sponsor the city. Every feature that we will use will be


used again in Birmingham throughout the summer and the next four years.


I've been told that the trench and the planes the Queen saw will be


The Council wasn't the only team from our region to triumph.


There was a gold for David Austin Roses,


What was really lovely is that yesterday there were three


generations of the Austin family at Chelsea ` the first time that's


They were launching a new variety of rose,


which has been named after David Austin junior's daughter, Olivia.


The company now has 18 gold medals that its won


Stoke on Trent City Council got a silver gilt, which I'm told is


Its display cost a staggering ?450,000 and took 18


And the team from Leamington Spa, which has featured quite heavily


on Midlands Today, got a silver for their garden display.


Sarah Horne was one of the designers, and she told me it


was her first time working on such a large exhibit.


So, really good results from some of our teams.


Just to let you know that Birmingham City Council's exhibit


will feature will as part of the Gardeners World road show at the NEC


from 12th June before it's broken up and exhibited around the city.


I guess it won't be too long before they start planning for next year.


Thank you, Amy. I am glad it has stopped raining. It has been another


warm day today, but can it go on? We will see more heavy showers


through this evening, but there we could have done with those holding


off until tonight, it does look as though tonight is going to be drier


and Sarah. If you thought that the showers today were ferocious, we


have got more heavy rain to come through Thursday. This will affect


parts of Hereford, central parts and the south`east of the region. There


is an early warning for that. Tomorrow we will be in between


systems, and that means it will be fresher and cooler, and also drier,


before this monster moves in from the south`east for Thursday. Right


now, for this evening, we see, conditions across southern counties,


but these heavier showers are gravitating towards the North. It


will be much drier across the region during tomorrow. For towns and


cities, temperatures will be a bit lower than last night. The coolest


spot of the region is in Herefordshire and Worcestershire


with lows of five Celsius. Even cooler than that in the countryside.


There could be some pockets of missed developing into the morning.


That will disperse very quickly as the sun gets to work. 20 of it


around tomorrow. It is a much drier day with the odd isolated shower in


places. If you are caught by those showers, they could be on the sharp


side. Temperatures will still reach 18 or 19 Celsius. Through tomorrow


night we see that area of very heavy rain come a torrential in places,


starting to spill up from the south`east. Ahead of that, the cloud


will thicken up, and it is going to be warmer tomorrow night, and then


very wet for Thursday. The US coastguard agrees to resume


its search for four missing British Average houses prices rise by 8%


over the last year ` could they be Fare dodging on the increase `


unions claim up to 20% of rail passengers are travelling


without a ticket. And, the pioneering lung cancer


research taking place Just before we go, congratulations


to Worcestershire, who have now gone to the top of the tale in the


championship. Talking about cricket, Schurrle and care are just of 12.


Dash`macro Schuler and cut. Have a great evening. Bye`bye.


Some people don't think real change in Europe is possible.


Some people don't think real change is necessary.


Some people don't think it's worth fighting for.


But we want to make Europe work for Britain,


and give you the final say with an in-out referendum in 2017.


have made Britain's economy stronger and more competitive.


a record number of people in work. And we're predicted to be


the fastest-growing economy in the G7 this year.


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