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Welcome to Midlands today. New wet and chilly day.
Welcome to Midlands today. New governors tried but failed to get
into run and Islamic faith school as parents protest. Speak ill of the
education authority is coming down without the consent of the parents
or consulting the parents. Also tonight, a month until the
Commonwealth Games, the Queen's Baton arrives in Birmingham after
travelling around the world. If we can inspire people, to take up
sport, we have done our job. His quest is to be the man with
perfect looks, but should we be paying for it?
A cliff hanger between England and Sri Lanka at Edgbaston tomorrow.
But will they get much play? Even though we're now in June
and after a weekend with scenes like this,
we just can't shake those showers. There will be some sunny spells this
week, but it's looking rather wet too.
I'll have all the details later. There's a standoff
tonight at an Islamic faith school which has been accused
of failing pupils. A team from Birmingham City Council
arrived this afternoon to take over the school,
but they were denied entry. This morning, parents protested
in support of Al Hirjah school. It's reportedly at least ?400,000
in the red. Ofsted inspectors found some
teaching was There was also criticism that plans
to improve were Giles Latcham has been
following today's developments. Protesting parents at Al Hijrah
in Bordesley Green, awaiting the arrival of new governors expected to
take over the running of the school. This group told us they're
not wanted or needed. The LEA and the education authority
are coming in without the consent of the parents,
without consulting the parents and trying to take over, which is
a major concern for our children. The school is not a failing school,
it is an outstanding school, It's an Islamic faith school
which boasts exam results far But Ofsted have put it
in special measures,criticising But Ofsted have put it
in special measures, criticising If a new board's to come in, the
current Chairman of Governors wants a three`week delay
until exams are over. With the local authority,
I hope they have come around the table and agreed a smoother
and more professional handover. normal, there are nearly 750 pupils
here. And some of them are Of course every school has
its ups and downs, I'm not going to deny that, but
overall, it is a positive school and I love it here, otherwise I wouldn't
be here in the first place. The interim executive board, that is
the new governors, did arrive at twenty to two this
afternoon after all the cameramen and
reporters had left. They were refused entry
by the existing governors, And the parents who have
come back to the school are I was really disappointed that the
IAB, the Board of Governors, which I've actually got concerns
about the board not being balanced. And there's anger too about city
council figures suggesting the school may be in debt by as much as
a million pounds. Obviously,
there are two sides to the story but at the end of the day, we know we
are not in deficit by that amount. If the city council is the holder
of the cheque`books, then it is the city council to be
blamed at the end. Pupils are sitting exams this week
that will help shape their future. The future for their school is far
from certain. Well, Giles is outside the school
right now. It is a bit of a stand`off, what happens now?
Certainly, it is an impasse. We hoped to speak to the leader of the
cancelled tonight, he didn't want to appear on television. On the radio
this morning, he said the situation here was out of control and it
cannot be allowed to continue. The interim Board of Governors a
statement in which they said parents had been informed of the changes and
their appointment is crucial to the rapid improvement space they need to
be affected here. They say as to regards today's events, they were
refused entry and have been to consider their options. The OFSTED
report came out in February and this is taking an embarrassingly long
time to sort out. We have heard about concern surrounding some
Birmingham schools, particularly the Trojan horse plot to infiltrate
schools with Muslim activists. What is happening there? It is important
to point out that Al Hirjah forms no part of that, it is a Muslim faith
school and the Trojan horse is about secular schools that it is suggested
could be run on religious principles. The OFSTED report
focuses on 20 but the remedial report says Sikh schools could be
put into special measures as a confidence that smash Sikh schools
could be put into special measures. Already seeing allegations and
counter allegations about what schools did not do about it. ``6
schools. `year`old Plenty more to come this evening, including
celebrating the birth of the bard, and a royal welcome for Prince
Charles in Stratford. The Queen's Baton arrived in Birmingham today
after visiting 68 countries. It is heading to Glasgow for the beginning
of the Commonwealth Games. It has arrived in centenary square and
Holly Lewis is there. Is everything running to schedule? Absolutely, the
bat on arrived here about 20 minutes ago. You can't quite see it but it
is currently going around the sporting stands you can see behind
me and it is being greeted by an impedance and Paralympian is who are
in courage and people to have a go at sports they have not tried before
`` Olympians and Paralympians who are encouraging people. Amy Cole has
been watching the progress today. This is the moment the Queen's Baton
came to Birmingham. Carried by the city's former Olympic
swimmer Adam Ruckwood. He then handed it over to
Pritesh Pattni, a man who has dedicated the past 25 years to
helping young people take up sport. We represent the community and also
sport in this city and by holding this baton, I have got to say,
it is still really sinking in at the moment, but if we can inspire
people, especially young people, to take up sport, then we
have done our job really today. I went to three Commonwealth Games
and was lucky enough to win three medals, one of them being gold,
so being asked to carry the baton The baton arrived in England
on Saturday and has been delighting It'll travel to major cities over
the next two weeks before reaching Scotland,
with Glasgow its final destination. Back in Birmingham and for Adam and
Pritesh, there was no time to stop ` hundreds of local schoolchildren
were waiting to meet them at Sunset Park, thrilled to be
part of it. Everyone's just excited and happy
about this, wealth games, and people Everyone's just excited and happy
about this Commonwealth Games, and Excited and, like ,
my heart was pumping fast. is a great opportunity to see the
baton. It is so much fun. And she wasn't the only one having
a good time. who's already had a lot
of success in her chosen field. This is a big day
for the young athlete. Laura Samuel is currently
showing off her baton. She is a British junior triple jump
champion and she trains I got involved through my school
and getting involved in sport and I think it is really important for
children to be pushed towards sport. And at Centenary Square, there are
plenty of sporting activities When you have
a look at the variety of different sports that are here, it makes it
more real for the kids, I think. We are from Glasgow and we thought
we would watch it and then bring And thousands more are
expected to do the same. What happens to the baton tonight? I
have someone with me who can answer that, Andrew Foster from
Commonwealth Games England. Does it go on tonight? It moves to Bristol
and then to Plymouth and then to Kent and then to London. The great
thing about being in Birmingham today is Birmingham took the baton
to the people, in the parks, hundreds of kids got behind the
baton and the Games. Now tonight, people are getting a chance to
participate, giving it a try. What we want people to do is to get
behind the England team for the games. They have done it today, we
want everybody behind, the biggest and best prepared 450 people who go
to Glasgow when it starts on the 23rd of July. And do you think this
kind of thing inspires the Commonwealth Games champions of the
future? Definitely, the baton, seeing stars of the past and stars
of the future is the thing that inspires kids to give it a try and
get behind it and see if they can do it. As you heard, the baton
continues around Britain and it will be in Scotland for the home run
until the games start on the 23rd. Speechwriter specialist firefighters
being called in after much of a detached house collapsed in
Birmingham this afternoon `` specialist. Nobody was hurt when the
house in Kings Norton came down at around four p.m.. West Midlands Fire
service has cordoned off the area and people next door have been
evacuated for their own safety. We will have an update on our late news
at 10:25pm. Prince Charles will be brushing up
on his Shakespeare tonight after being guest of honour at the
Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford`upon`Avon.
He's spent the day in Warwickshire, looking at the county's connections
with our greatest playwright, as well as making several other visits.
There is some flash photography in this report.
Shakespeare had a lot to say about princes and royalty and today, the
prince who will one day be cliff visited the RSC to celebrate the
playwright's 450th birthday year. We were over there and we got told to
come over here. It was great to see him. We don't have a printer
recurring figure back home, so it is a great experience. Students from
across the country went on to entertain his Royal Highness with
their favourite Shakespearean one`liners. If you start with
Shakespeare before you have hit cynical, as young teenagers tend to
do, if you are grabbed by this story is, by the language, the characters,
you a passport through your life and I think Prince Charles understands
that very well. At King Edward VI School, where the young William
Shakespeare was a pupil, Prince Charles relived the Bard's
Schooldays. They weren't paying attention to the teacher. Opening a
special unit at the Shakespeare Hospice, Prince Charles paid tribute
to everyone who supports hospice care. We owed the huge deal of
gratitude to the people who make the hospices in this country such a
wonderful feature and offer the palliative crap. And `` palliative
care. It is the children helped by the care that the Prince is most
interested in. Has it made a difference? To Rubin and myself,
yes. It has made a lot. Speak `` I was very nervous then and I'm very
nervous now. He was much nicer than I expected, and I expected him to
just say, I am Prince Charles, that is it, goodbye. But he was
interested in what we had to say. At Warwick School, 1100 pupils gave a
roar to the Prince for celebrating their 100th anniversary.
The top story tonight: As parents protest, new governors try and fail
to move in to run a Birmingham Islamic faith school.
Rebecca is here soon with the detailed weather forecast, including
details for the cricket tomorrow. Also tonight... Meet my friend, who
has been trained to help us search for a wild animal that is so great,
we actually thought it is extinct. And the story of two police ``
peaceloving brothers from the Cadbury family who chose very
different paths in World War I. Perfection is his stated aim and
Sam Barton isn't done yet. He's paid for most
of the plastic surgery he's had out of his own pocket, although the NHS
has picked up some of the bill. Ben Sidwell has been to meet
the retail worker who doesn't object to being described as Britain's
vainest man. Sam Barton's a man who likes to
stand out from the crowd. I think everyone's has their own
idea of perfection and I'm just trying to achieve mine. So when I
finally feel comfortable and I look in the mirror and I think, you look
all right, that is when all stop. Until then, I'll keep going.
The 22`year`old from Sutton Coldfield was so unhappy with his
The value of his cosmetic treatments so far is ?50,000.
Does it become addictive? Yes. There was a point where I would probably
go without food to make sure I had my Botox and if I didn't have a tan,
I would feel ill. I wouldn't want to leave the house. It sounds so
stupid, I know, but it does become so addictive. Anything can be
addictive, I suppose. Labelled the Venice man in Britain, Sam has paid
the most of the work himself. Botox, teeth, fillers and eyebrows,
although his corrective nose job was on the NHS. It seems that Sam is not
alone, it seems that as men are becoming more vain and turning to
treatment like Botox and cosmetic surgery.
Also based in Sutton Coldfield, this aesthetic clinic have seen
plenty of young men like Sam come through the door recently.
As time is gone by and we have got more experienced and learned more
about the various techniques, we can do things for both sexes and I am
finding that whereas ten years ago, 5% of my patients were men, it is
close to 25% now. If there wasn't a cost to surgery, I don't think there
would be a stopping point, where I would say that is enough. I would
always find something else. But unfortunately, there is a cost to
surgery and there will be a point where I have to stop but as long as
I can carry on, I will carry on. Ben is hoping one day he will be happy
with his luck. Until then, all his money will go on trying to make him
perfect. We have a few of your comments here.
Just one word comment from Catherine Louise Ward. And this one says...
Thanks to all of you who got in touch.
A century ago, two members of Birmingham's chocolate`making
Cadbury family faced a daunting dilemma in World War One.
As Quakers, they fundamentally opposed war and killing.
But while Laurence Cadbury opted to save lives in an ambulance unit,
his brother Egbert decided to fight and became a pilot.
The BBC has been given access to private letters
and has shown them to descendants of the two men for the first time.
Laurence and Egbert Cadbury's family were famous for making chocolate
and as pacifist Quakers, for being against war.
This was a problem for two young brothers who were keen
to do their bit for the country in World War One.
How could they without being at odds with their faith?
He was a rebel, set apart to be different.
Justin Cadbury's grandfather Egbert volunteered to become a Royal Navy
Along with his gunner Bob Leckie, Bertie shot down the last Zeppelin
He spoke to the BBC about it after the war. Bob Leckey gave a burst of
tracer bullets and within seconds, flames started shooting about, her
nose dropped and she went down in a mass of flames.
has heard this story as his never spoke to him about it.
`` his grandfather. I can't say any words to compare with what I just
heard, it is extraordinary. Bertie's elder brother Laurence was
at the front within months Instead he was there to
save lives as a founding member He wouldn't be put off by any of the
things he saw. He had a strong stomach. It is not a story his son
knows either, but the BBC has been given access to the brothers' War
letters and, using actors, have brought them to lie. They were
smashed and bleeding, choking, making awful noises in their
throats. We then learned for the first time of the asphyxiating
fumes. The private papers show Lawrence almost joined the Army and
spoke at his shame of being a noncombatant. He, as a volunteer,
would have found it difficult, I think, to come to terms with the
fact that he was seen in any way to be ducking his responsibilities. And
that was not him. At the same time, the letters show Bertie questioned
his own decision to fight, but both were decorated for their bravery and
returned home to help run the family firm, now famous around the world.
It is fascinating. You can see the full story tonight as part of the
BBC's World War I at home series. Your BBC local radio station will
have more from where you live all this week at 8:15 a.m..
Cricket and England play Sri Lanka in a series`deciding
one`day international at Edgbaston tomorrow.
It's a vital match for England as they look to rebuild after
And it's also important for Edgbaston `
a ground deprived of Test cricket for a second consecutive summer.
England are back in town, but can they put Edgbaston back on the map.
Warwickshire will host just three days of international cricket this
summer will stop the fact that this game will decide the series is a
bonus. It has been a really topsy`turvy series and both sides,
when they are playing well, are very attractive teams to watch, so
hopefully, both get them playing well at the same time with a good
crowd and good atmosphere cheering England home. There are two
Warwickshire players in the squad. Ian Bell has played in every game.
Chris Woakes is still waiting for his chance. And it will be hard to
break into a team after Saturday's dramatic game at Lord's. A stunning
century from Joss Butler nearly pushed England to the target of
301, but they fell seven runs short, leaving the series at 2`2. We would
love to win, it would be great. We would love it but if you're go into
any contest, you have to accept that if they play well, you take it on
the chin. A crowd of 15,000 is expected but tickets remain on sale.
You can sit here side onto the action for ?38 weight appear for
?80. So it is a good moneyspinner for Warwickshire but not if it
rains. If fewer than ten overs bowled, everybody gets a full
refund. Fewer than 25 and people get half the money back. Today is
sunny, but rain is forecast tomorrow. So far, the focus has been
wronged evidently time, so I hope it is consistent. The forecast is the
forecast. Sri Lanka were in the mood for football this afternoon but both
England and Warwickshire hope everyone is talking about the
cricket come tomorrow night. That have a look at Spring watch now
possible comeback in Ferrera mammal once thought to be extinct in this
region `` and in Shropshire. Tracking down the elusive Pine
Marten, and as our correspondent discovered, using high`tech cameras
and the only Pine Martin sniffer dog in the world.
And here she is. This is lunar, and she is joining us deep into
Shropshire would on the hunt for Pine Martins. We have your cameras,
we have a dog, let's go. Pine Martins members of the stud weasel
family and all around the size of cuts, quite big `` stoat weasel
family and are around the size of cuts. A tale which is approximately
two thirds the length of its body. Pine Martins were thought to be
extinct in the Midlands for more than half a century but a small
population survived over the border in Wales and Stuart thinks they are
coming back. We have had the siting of a dead one, collected by a
Wildlife Trust and proven to be born in Wales, because it was a juvenile,
so there is evidence there is a population big enough in Wales to
actually be breeding. If they then breed the young will have to come
this way in search of territory. So while Luna keeps looking, here is
the other part of the search. High`tech cameras scattered
throughout the world. This is the camera. A brilliant design. The
first mammal in the session, a squirrel, unsurprisingly. Another
squirrel. And that was it. The squirrel has taken it on this one.
Pine Martins are really hard to find and so far, none of the cameras has
caught a glimpse of one, but of course, there is also our furry
detecting friend. Luna is detected to find their faeces. She is coming
today, she will search a large area, and will indicate any scat she
finds. That can vary, it can be lying down. Sometimes she might just
freeze and she will look at me to indicate she has found something.
Compare to the cameras, Luna has been more successful and has found
scat she thinks is Pine Marten. A follow`up DNA tests have been
inconclusive. Stewart, though, isn't downhearted. The chances of seeing a
Pine Marten, even if there were ten here, you wouldn't see one, it is
like looking for a needle in a haystack but I'm not daunted, I will
keep continuing the search. Soave in Shropshire? Luna is going to make
more return visit `` Soave in Shropshire. Although we haven't seen
any today, with their help and with more people helping online, if they
are here, we will find them. And David's blog has details about
how you can help search for the Pine Marten.
I dread to ask this, but such a spine tingling cricket match coming
up at Edgbaston, we do need the sunshine and no rain. Here is
Rebecca. In meteorological terms, we are in
summer, which of course means it is going to rain. We have had a wet
spring and as we head into tomorrow, not much improvement. We will get
some sunny spells through the day but we have got some showers later
in the afternoon. Not at the news you want to hear if you are off to
Edgbaston. It is going to be a day when we get heavy, slow moving
showers, so we could see play interrupted through the afternoon
but there will be a reasonable amount of the Sun plays its part. We
have some cloud over as today. Some showers working their way in from
the West as well. The cloud has broken up a little bit. Through this
evening, some late afternoon sunshine in pockets and those
showers continuing overnight, said temperatures not falling too far.
Quite a mile bike to come. Between 11`13dC `` a mild night. It should
break up a little more than it has today. We should get spells of
sunshine which will be enough to trigger those heavy showers through
the day. They start to come through and by the afternoon, they will be
slow`moving. If you experience one, you will know about it. Certainly
feeling pleasant. Still some sunshine to end the day. Showers
continuing overnight and it is not long before we start to see this
area of heavy rain working its way up from the south, Wednesday not
looking pleasant at all. Heavy rain and temperatures struggling but an
looking pleasant at all. Heavy rain and temperatures struggling but an
improvement by Thursday. The headlines tonight, an
investigation finds sexual abuse victims of the DJ Jimmy Savile could
now number over 500, the youngest being two years old. And parents
protest as you governors try to take over an Islamic faith school. I will
be back with more at 10pm ..then...
..he landed... ..and in a flurry
of feathers, they were gone. But that isn't quite
the end of the story. Perhaps you'll dream
of a great adventure. 'I'm going on an adventure.'
Wow. That is a long way.
Quite a bit of it is on bikes. What are you going to do
about your hair? They told me I had good technique,
I'm quite happy with that.