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start to the weekend, some sunshine filtering through. By Monday feeling


warm for Good evening. The family of a


psychiatric patient who took her own life say more must be done to


protect young people. 21`year`old Samantha Maritza from Rugeley died


after being allowed to walk out of St George's Hospital in Stafford


without an escort. She stepped in front of a train. The NHS Trust


which runs the hospital has apologised, but Samantha's family


fear other young people are being put at risk. Amy Cole reports. That


was before she was going to uni, wasn't it?


Coping with grief and loss, it's a daily struggle. Something is missing


from my life, definitely. I still have a loving family. I am still the


same person. Just very, very sad. I am at a loss Sundays. In June 2010,


Samantha Maritza was being treated at St George's Hospital in Stafford


after suffering from depression. Despite her parent's repeated


concerns, the hospital allowed her to leave the site unaccompanied. She


died the same night after being hit by a train on the West Coast


mainline near Lichfield. The family has now received compensation and


more recently, a letter from South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS


Trust. I have read the letter. Do you feel you have had an unreserved


apology from the trust? It's not even about the apology. It is about


the changes. They are not there. What specifically that you want to


see changed? The underscored leave we wanted that looked at. `` an


escorted. How can you get ready so quickly for an escorted leave. This


is the hospital she was allowed to leave so quickly. The trust says


that's unescorted leave is a recognised practice. Investigation


has been carried out. The mental health charity Mind says, it


believes there needs to be a greater focus on supporting young people. It


is really a port to and that we look at having more age`appropriate


services so we can support young people to feel less worried about


their mental health issue and to understand that they actually can


get over their issues. Samantha used to share a room with her younger


sister Jamie. They were exceptionally close. It's really


hard, every day is really hard, it hasn't any easier. She was my best


friend and I miss her. Jamie, Joan and Steve don't want anyone else to


suffer like they have and they're in the process of setting up a charity


in Samantha's name. You're watching Midlands Today.


Coming up later in the programme: Bear with, bear with ` the


frustration of traders in a Shropshire town, who say they're


losing business because of appalling mobile coverage. Extremely


frustrating. I would have more luck talking to this orange.


Hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects today to an RAF


airman killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Flight Lieutenant


Rakesh Chauhan from Birmingham, was one of five men killed in the crash


last month. A service for him was held today in Leicester, where his


family now live. Giles Latcham reports.


Young and old, hundreds lined the streets, keen to pay their respects


to Flt Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan. Community is always very sad about


the news. He died as a hero. At this young age he has sacrificed his life


for Great Britain and the community and humanity. I think this is the


highest honour we can give him today for his last journey. May he rest in


peace. He did fantastic for the country. We should appreciate what


he has done. Rakesh died last month in Kandahar province when a Lynx


helicopter crashed on a routine flight. Also killed was Lance


Corporal Oliver Thomas from Kington. A service of thanksgiving for his


life was held in the Herefordshire town on Saturday. At today's service


for Fl Lt Chauhan, six friends flanked the hearse and shops shut as


a mark of respect ` his family say the funeral with full military


honours was what he wanted. We wanted to be here today to show our


respect to protest and to show our support to his next of kin. Sadly,


he won't be able to realise his career but he will be long


remembered as a true hero. Described as charismatic and loyal, with a


contagious sense of humour, Flt Lt Chauhan was born in Birmingham and


attended King Edwards School in Edgbaston. An investigation into the


cause of the crash is still underway.


More details have been released about plans to honour the


Staffordshire teenage fundraiser, Stephen Sutton, who died from bowel


cancer last week. A book of condolence has opened at Lichfield


Cathedral ahead of a public vigil next Thursday and Friday, which will


be followed by a private funeral. Thousands of people are expected at


the Cathedral, to pay their respects. The fund set up by the


teenager from Burntwood has so far brought in almost ?4 milliom to help


teenagers with cancer. It has been such `` been designed to be a long


open occasion. People can come in, sign the book, like a candle and sit


still and reflect. It's not a heavy occasion, it is orientated for


people to come and participate as they want to.


The Benefits Street star known as White Dee ` or Deirdre Kelly ` is


threatening legal action against the Department for Work and Pensions. A


national newspaper claimed the Birmingham woman, who featured in


the Channel four series, had benefits payments stopped after


being pictured on holiday in Mallorca. Her agent said she would


consider suing if the DWP had leaked details to the media. The government


department says it won't comment on individual cases.


Two people appeared in court today charged with the murder of a man


whose body was found in a Birmingham canal. Earlier this week police in


Smethick cordoned off this house, after the body of 39`year`old


Michael Spalding was discovered in the Ladywood area. A 34`year`old


woman and a man aged 33 were remanded to appear at the Crown


Court next week. A surgeon who branded his initials into a


patient's liver has resigned following a disciplinary hearing g.


Simon Bramhall, who worked for University Hospital Birmingham, said


that he had made a mistake and had apologised for it. The incident


involved an argon beam used to stop the liver bleeding. Mr Bramhall said


that the stress of the past five months had taken its toll and it was


time to move on. It's polling day in elections for


the European Parliament and for nearly 350 council seats around the


Midlands. The polling stations will be open until 10pm tonight, with the


first of the local results expected to start coming in around midnight.


Our political editor, Patrick Burns, joins us from the Council House in


Birmingham, home of Britain's biggest local authority. And I


gather there's news of a heightened police presence around the West


Midlands. Yes. West Midlands Police tell us


they will be maintaining a bit presence right across this polling


day and across the area. Not because of news the civic information but


against because a historical background of electoral fraud which


make this city Tory a few years back. It caused a judge to liken the


city to a banana republic. They will be monitoring the situation closely


on the ground and preventing any breaches of electoral law.


Just remind us where polling is taking place and who will be


elected. The simple answer is everybody in


the West Midlands gets a chance to elect the seven NEP 's who will


represent us for the next five years. Be on that there are 18


significant district authorities, intruding the giant metal bulletin


councils in Birmingham and elsewhere, `` giant councils, it is


a very significant test of public opinion.


If people thought that was compensated, what about the


decorations? Ten of the Mets will be declaring


tonight, then the other two Solihull and Wolverhampton will be declaring


their results tomorrow night. On Sunday night, we would hear about


the European elections when the polls elsewhere in Europe close.


And you will have the first of the results later on tonight.


That is right. Vote 2014 start after Question Time. We expect have more


details at 4:35pm, 1:35pm and by 2:35am we should have the complete


picture. Then too. This is our top story tonight: More


must be done to protect young people with mental illness, a plea from the


family of a 21`year`old who took her own life.


Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly. Also in tonight's


programme: Sold at auction ` what next for the Birmingham pub at the


heart of the hit drama series Peaky Blinders.


And small green spears of wonder ` the Vale of Evesham heralds a


healthy asparagus crop this season. If you have a story you think we


should be covering on Midlands Today, we'd like to hear from you.


You can send an email to midlands today at bbc.co.uk. We are also on


Facebook or you can tweet us ` @bbcmtd.


All this week our science correspondent, David Gregory`Kumar,


has been in Switzerland looking at our region's contribution to the


CERN project. The giant underground lab has brought discoveries such as


the existence of the Higgs boson particle ` the glue that holds


everything in the universe together. For his final report, he took a


journey around the huge laboratory, looking at the benefits the work


there could bring to all of us. CERN is so big. There are fleets of


CERN bicycles and even tiny cars to get around between experiments. So,


let's take a tour and meet more Midlands scientists. This is the


ALICE experiment. Like all of CERN, she's getting an upgrade right now


so her doors are open. There's more iron in those red bits than in the


Eiffel Tower. She is 10,000 tonnes. Her day job is to recreate and then


study conditions that existed moments after the big bang. But


doing that brings benefits to the world outside. To do cutting edge


research we have to generate cutting edge technology. At CERN the pushing


the cutting edge all the time. The technology in `` technology we are


using just not exist a couple of years ago. Some of it does not exist


yet, we are still working on it. Cutting edge... Pushing technology


to its limits is vital to this research. But the scientists know


the same technology can also have a huge impact in the world outside the


lab. Let's travel to another experiment, LHCb. They want to


understand where all the anti matter in our universe disappeared to, but


the rescuers also work on uses of this technology outside CERN. ``


researchers We have a huge opportunity. Use the RND we are


developing and use it with colleagues in other areas. In


practice, that means parts developed for this experiment are also used


inside high tech cancer treatments in the UK. Finally, were back with


Atlas, where they made and measured the Higgs boson. It's what they set


out to do. But the young researchers working here see so much more still


to investigate. And that means more spin off technology for the rest of


us. If you worked in the business world you could have all of the


results for the last year and say we did that well. But you would not


just up there. You would say, what can we do with these results? How


can we make it better in the future? The biggest spin off was the


adventure `` invention of the World Wide Web. Who knows what they will


do next? Former Hereford United manager


Martin Foyle has issued a winding up order against the club. His petition


to wind up the club will be heard by the High Court in London on June


2nd.Our sports reporter, Dan Pallett, is here. Dan this adds


further pressure on the club's owners as they seek new investment.


The problems mount, don't they? Yes, it is one problem after the other


now. He left the club in March. Hereford United have big financial


problems. They have been struggling to pay all wages. Martin Foyle has


decided the best way to pay back the money is to turn to the courts. If


he is successful, Hereford United will be put into administration.


They could leave is little points `` lose league points. Hereford said


today, they knew this was coming and they are confident they can deal


with it. So new investment or a takeover? What is the latest? We


have been waiting for news for two days. The clock is ticking. Hereford


survived last season and they hope to play in the Conference on June


six. All teams have the show they have enough money to survive the


season. Hereford may not have. They have had fundraising. The fans got


together and raised ?30,000. They still own `` oh over ?300,000. It's


quite simple. If there is not a takeover or an investment, it is


bleak. Any idea when we might have an answer? No. These things are very


conjugated. One tiny change in a contract must go through all the


solicitors. They know the clock is ticking. At the moment we just don't


know when there will be a resolution to this. Well, tell us as soon as


you do here. Traders in a Shropshire town say,


they've been losing business for two months because of appalling mobile


phone coverage. Signals are intermittent or nonexistent and now


frustration is boiling over. Joanne Writtle's been investigating.


Hello? I am struggling like mad to get through to anyone. People are


struggling to get through to me. My business card has my mobile, it's


personal and people like to get in touch with me any time.


For the last two months, people have wandered around Broseley, trying to


find a spot to get a phone signal. More specifically, those who use the


EE network, which also covers T Mobile and Orange. Very frustrating.


I would have more sense to into an orange than to a network. Barmaid


Helen Vickers collected 350 names on a petition and sent a copy to EE. I


decided I would go around to the local hairdressers and other shops


and leave these petitions. As I was going around, they were all telling


me the stories. EE told us there was a problem with a mast, adding:


"We're very sorry for any inconvenience caused while we fix


this issue. We're working on resolving it as a matter of


urgency". It was mainly yuppies who had the first mobiles back in the


eighties. But they were cumbersome and could be unreliable."Thankfully


phones... Internet access too." Thanks Billy are more slimline now.


There are more than 80 million mobiles in use in the UK, more than


one each for many people. Just over half of us use our mobiles for


Internet access to. Unsurprising then that in Broseley, business


people are fed up. We are out and about all the time doing valuations


and viewings. Customers get used to speaking to us on our mobiles. You


are in a middle of a conversation, about an offer, an important


conversation and the signal drops out. For now, the only reliable


method here is the landline. A pub in Birmingham, which was made


famous by the BBC drama Peaky Blinders, sold at auction today for


?20,000 more than the guide price. The Garrison was a regular meeting


place for the Brummie gangsters in the award winning drama. Holly Lewis


has been looking at the impact the series has had on the city.


It was here at the Garrison Pub in Smallheath that writer Stephen


Knight first heard tales of the Peaky Blinders from his father.


Years later, he turned those stories into the acclaimed BBC drama about


the gangs who ruled the streets of Birmingham 100 years ago and at the


heart of it was the Garrison. Although no filming was done here,


one of the actors did visit. This was part of the actor's education in


Birmingham culture and accident. The only difference is that sometimes I


ought to stand a chance of winning. But the whole idea of the Peaky


Blinders has become much bigger than just the programme, Birmingham City


fans dressed up like the gangs at the end of the season. The show's


historical adviser says, he's not surprised it's catching people's


imagination. It is our version of the wild West. The fact that America


could turn the real Wild West into something larger than life with its


cowboys, why can't Birmingham do the same thing? A group of Digberth


residents started running tours of the area associated with the gangs


as a result of the drama, there's now 400 people on the writing list


and the tour's organiser has joined up with a local publisher to produce


a new book. We are starting it was again in September and we are doing


a collection of stories. People have passed the stories around in


families. That started a history project in the town as well. And


other local businesses are hoping to convert the enthusiasm into profit.


The Sadlers Ales in Stourbridge started producing a Peaky Blinder


beer in March and sold 25,000 pints in the first three weeks. In my


mind, it is something that is very regional and appreciated nationally.


It is of the moment. There is a great cast within the programme. For


us it works perfectly within the brand. The Garrison sold for


?183,000, the new owners wouldn't say if it would remain a pub or


whether Peaky Blinder might ever be served behind the bar. If you are a


fan of the first series, you would like to know that there is a second


one being filmed. It will be shown this autumn, may be time for them to


perfect the Brummie accent. It's a short season, so lovers of


asparagus are keen to make the most of it. Such is its popularity of the


vegetable that the harvest has become a major tourist attraction in


Worecestershire. There's even an asparagus music festival! And as Ben


Sidwell's been finding out there's plenty you can do with this


vegetable. They say there is no asparagus that


tastes again `` as good as the television's. `` validation. In the


last five years the demand for was to share this paragraph ``


Worcestershire Asp arrogance `` asparagus has grown. This family


have been growing it for 100 years. We headed the dinner and supper. We


worked hard on the ground. We almost lived on asparagus at one time. If


you think the only way to beat asparagus is a batter think again.


Here is the asparagus creme brulee. This chef is taking a vegetable to


another level. It is all about playing and having fun. It is not


just the creme brulee, there is asparagus in ice cream, cake and


bread`and`butter pudding. Down the road, their take on asparagus is


very much of the liquid for IT. Probably the limit on some of the


things we have got is the tolerance of the human taste buds. Some things


are challenging because of the strength of the asparagus flavour.


They even make asparagus tea. It is not quite what I had in mind for a


cup of tea. Interesting. Not for me exhibition mark with the


Worcestershire season due to run into the end of June, there is still


plenty of time to get our fill of asparagus.


And for more about great food festivals, go to bbc.co.uk/England


and search for asparagus. Particular favourites of mine ` the Newent


Onion Fayre in Gloucestershire and Pershore's Plum Festival. It will


calm down eventually. The contrast between last weekend


and this one is 10 degrees and some rain. It's not all bad news. We have


got some better news on the way. Saturday will be the wettest day of


all. At the weekend wears on, showers will die out. Temperatures


will pick up as he tempted by out. Really, average temperatures for


this time of year, for May. As to the current the rain, it is still


doing some damage. We have some fairly torrential downpours at the


moment. There is some localised flooding and some standing water


causing travel disruption in places. We can see they are breaking out all


over the place. There is slow`moving thundery showers. As one lot


disappear, the other moves in from the south`east. A very wet night to


come and is a cloud. Temperatures are around ten to 11 Celsius. A


fairly mild night. More showers to come from the south`east.


Congregating and huddling up on the western part of the region in the


afternoon. The East should fare quite well in the afternoon and we


could get some sunshine around Gloucestershire. Temperatures could


rise to 16 or 17 Celsius, but it could feel quite cool if you are


killed in the showers and the breeze. It's fairly relentless ``


court thought. The south`east is the area generating the showers. It's


not just that you have a lot of them but also the intensity. They could


contain some rumbles of thunder. The weekend as a whole is quite wet on


Saturday, showers will start to Peter out later on on Saturday.


Temperatures are suppressed as a result they will start to pick up on


Sunday. If you showers still on Monday.


result they will start to pick up on Sunday. If you showers still Ukraine


soldiers suffered their biggest loss of life after an attack by


pro`Russian separatists. Royal Mail reports its first profits


its revelation but coarser and enquiry into the threat from


competitors. `` calls for an enquiry.


More must be done to protect hospital patients.


Tribute for Rakesh Chauhan, killed in a crash in Afghanistan last


month. Finally, some of the most successful


authors and playwright are heading to Hay on Wye is the town's local


literary Festival gets underway. The gruff and author, Julia Donaldson


will be there along with Brian May. Good night. Don't beget, the polls


stop at 10pm. When the first travellers crossed


America, they were faced with this - from snow-capped mountains


to arid plains and thick forests. The very nature of the American


personality was defined. Ray Mears explores


the land behind the Hollywood legend and discovers the wild that


made the west.


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