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The headlines tonight: It's goodbye from me.
Dangerous dogs ` police dealing with an alarming rise in the number
We'll be reporting live from a dog pound in Worcestershire and asking
why there's been such a surprising increase in the number of attacks.
Also tonight, three years after three men died
in the Birmingham riots, calls for a public inquiry into the case.
Super for speed and super for business ` Coventry gets
I think we have a duty to give the families that answers that they need
Super for speed and super for business ` Coventry gets
From Redditch to Royal Liverpool ` greenkeeper Harvey transfers
And we're getting a bit of everything this week with
our weather ` after a day of sunshine and showers, heavy rain
Good evening. The West Midlands Police Commissioner Bob Jones is
writing to the Prime Minister to call for a public inquiry into the
death of three young men during the Birmingham riots in 2011. Haroon
Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir were killed by a car
as they tried to protect shops and businesses in Winson Green. Eight
men were found not guilty of murder after a judge raised concerns
about witnesses being offered anonymity. Amy Cole reports.
The riots in August 2011 caused national condemnation.
In Birmingham three young men lost their lives.
Today the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner voiced his doubt
over the experience of the senior investigating officer, or SIO, at
the time, and he wanted reassurance that the force would be able to cope
If we find there is another such investigation of such magnitude,
we will have the resilience of results is to be able to employ
This was one of the most pressurised periods for the force, for sure.
But we did not run out of investigators and this was
an absolutely experienced choice to take on that role and was provided
At the meeting today, the Police Commissioner said he was
disappointed he had not had a response from the CPS or the courts.
He said he has now written to the Home Secretary and the
Prime Minister to call for a public inquiry.
There are whole areas where we haven't managed to get
an answer because it is decisions made by the CPS and the court
service and the judge in charge and a whole series of other parts
I think we have a duty to try and give the families who have lost
their sons answers that they need and deserve.
This has been welcomed by Tariq Jahan.
His son Haroon died in the riots and he has long been calling
I welcome his fight for the families and I am grateful to him
I have had a lot of support from the community.
There are MPs and people fighting the case.
Bob Jones is the lead man right now who has taken this on.
The commissioner says that if a public inquiry goes ahead he
will then discuss the findings with West Midlands Police.
Coming up later in the programme, why these First World War munitions
workers came to be known as the Canary Girls.
Three schools inspected over the alleged Trojan Horse plot
by hard`line Muslims to seize control of classrooms at schools
in Birmingham have been given a clean bill of health by Ofsted.
The findings of an investigation into 21 schools in the city is due
to be released next week, but the three schools have made
Ninestiles School, an academy in Acocks Green, said inspectors
found the quality of leadership and management outstanding.
Inspectors said a culture of inclusion was at the core
The quality of leadership and management at Small Heath School was
Ofsted said students valued the differences between people
And Washwood Heath Academy was described as having good
Ofsted said pupils knew about risks related to religious extremism.
So details starting to emerge but not at a pace to impress Birmingham
He described the whole situation as a shambles and I asked him
Well, these reports by Ofsted were investigated
They should have been published before the local elections and they
decided it was too close to election day so they had to hold them back.
I'm sorry. The elections were 12 days ago.
Parents have got kids in these schools that are going to exams,
other parents have offers for places at these schools in September.
I am speaking up for parents who are wondering what is going on.
If the reports are on the desk of the Secretary of State then,
quite frankly, they should be in the hands of parents, and now.
We have actually had three reports that were fairly positive.
need some sort of major intervention.
I have heard rumour after rumour after rumour.
And I am tired in dealing with rumours.
There is outstanding teaching going on at many of these schools.
We know this because they are getting outstanding results.
I don't want anything, literally anything, to get in the way of
If there are things going wrong, I want to know about it and so do the
This atmosphere of rumour and counter rumour is not doing
If the reports are in the Department for Education,
It is clear there were warnings about Muslim infiltration way
That's why I said there are lots of rumours and some of them are
Of course. If they are true, they have got to
That is why Ofsted was brought in to do a job.
They have done their job, written the reports.
Why are the reports kept under wraps?
Business leaders in Coventry today, learning how they can benefit
The fibre optic infrastructure has already been in place in
the city for several years but only accessible in council buildings.
Now it'll be expanded for use by businesses across the city.
This is the fibre optic cable which has been laid
beneath Coventry's streets and it can carry data 100 times
As an example, you can download a 90`minute HD film
It's those kind of speeds which will help graphic design firms
At present it can take them hours or even overnight to send
Staffordshire Police have dealt with nearly 200 incidents
in the last year and officers have revealed eight incidents where dogs
It is an empty cage which should and Warwickshire took 71 dangerous
It is an empty cage which should have been the final home for a
dangerous dog. It was to be destroyed. A few hours ago, the
dog's owners picked it up. It was extremely aggressive and volatile
and I feel it will potentially by somebody. `` bet, dog wardens
capture around 3000 animals a year in Worcestershire. Twice as many as
they used to. I would say 25 ` 30% are definitely more aggressive and
dangerous and volatile and can't be re`homed. Some articles. `` are pit
bulls. The Pound says they haven't had any problems with dogs from
banned breeds. It is a grey area because there are so many things to
work out regarding the dog in general. Its size, temperament. We
have to take a lot of things into consideration to identify breeds.
Not everyone thinks it is the animals' fault. This man has been
keeping bull terriers for most of his life and says the owners are to
blame. In the wrong hands and used for the wrong purposes, that is
where the trouble and attacks are coming from. A woman is still in
hospital recovering from serious injuries and the dogs involved are
being examined by police but their breeds have yet to be identified.
The worry is that attacks like this are likely to increase.
With me now is the dog liaison legislation officer. It is a
dreadful attack. There is the fear that we will see more attacks. Due
to the increase in status dogs of this type, we have set up a
dangerous dog unit to deal with the problems from these types of dogs.
There are only two of you covering such a large area. I am full`time in
the dangerous dogs area now. It is myself and one officer and we are
dealing full`time with dangerous dog incidents. Are most of these dogs
destroyed? There are many options open. One of those may be that the
dog will be put to sleep. If you are attacked, how do you get out of
that? Tried distraction, make sure the emergency services are on the
way. Use something noisy like a dustbin lid. If you can get behind
some sort of obstacle as well. Hopefully a lot more of these dogs
will be taken of the street 's. We'd be interested in hearing
your views on dangerous dogs. With this rise in incidents,
what do you think needs to be done? You can join the debate on
the Midlands Today Facebook page. We'll have some of your views
at the end of the programme. A record number of West Midlands
manufacturers plan to create new jobs in the next few months,
according to a new survey. Nearly two thirds of companies
questioned by the Manufacturing Advisory Service are looking to
recruit more staff, a 17% increase Part of the reason for
the dramatic rise appears to be more Here's our business correspondent,
Peter Plisner. Making special torches for
Land Rover in Coventry. It's work that was to have been sent
to China, but instead of outsourcing,
the contract stayed here. Great news for people like
Ian Dyson. It secures and generates work
for the UK. We are learning new skills
and developing those skills. But it's also meant more staff,
more machinery, more investment We are seeing growth of about
about 50% a year at the moment, which has its pains but it is also
fantastically challenging at times. We have seen that over
the last 2`3 years. That growth has
continued to escalate. But growth isn't just being seen
by companies supplying automotive Here at Birmingham's National
Exhibition Centre, component suppliers have gathered to get
together to show off their wares. Many of the firms here are also
reporting strong order books. Indeed the latest survey
of manufacturers shows dramatic rises in confidence, with 62%
of firms expecting increased sales in the next three months and a
staggering 71% planning to expand. According to those
behind the survey it's excellent In the UK generally,
54% of employers are looking to That is a massive indicator of
confidence and growing order books. And that's certainly been
the case for this group of Midlands Working together they've just won
a big order to make a special lock The customer was actually looking to
possibly source in China but they got in touch with us and
once they met with us they actually bought into the concept and saw the
benefits and obviously we have gone through and are
in full`scale production tooling. It's all good news
and perhaps the clearest signal yet that our manufacturers believe the
economic recovery is sustainable. Three years after three men died in
the Birmingham riots, there are calls for an inquiry. Also tonight,
the green keeper going to the open championship. And the Festival in
the countryside. Next tonight,
the story of the women who came to They were First World War munitions
workers who filled artillery shells Chemicals
so lethal they turned their skin Dozens died working for
the war effort and there are those who feel it's time their sacrifice
was more widely recognised. Giles Latcham has the latest
in our series of films commemorating Think World War I,
you think trenches. But equally this was an artillery
war, a duel of the deafening big Millions of shells were fired
and whoever could make them fastest stood a good chance
of winning the war. South of Hereford,
local historians have uncovered stood a good chance
of winning the war. South of Hereford,
local historians have uncovered the little known story
of the Rotherwas munitions factory. It's the story of 4000 women
toiling long and hard to produce It was intense and dangerous work
but it was extraordinary for the young woman who came here. Girls
from the local farms and domestic servants. They started getting real
wages and proud of where they were working, for the war effort. This
was a hive of activity. The empty shell casings would arrive on a
railway and put onto a trolley system and moved down to the other
side and filled with explosives. The women who handled the explosive
were well paid ` and rightly so. One mistake and the shell
could blow up in your face. The filling was done
in a wooden shed within massive blast`proof walls designed to limit
the death and destruction should But the danger didn't end there
for the women who came to be known They turned yellow from poisoning.
It was actually a form of toxic jaundice. It affected them horribly
with long and throat infections and some of them died. 210 in World War
I. That is an awful lot. A group is now trying to preserve
some of the buildings to honour the There are already reminders
of the past here, but Barrie and Peter, whose mum Cissie was a
World War II munitions worker, want to create new memorials bearing the
names of everyone who worked here. They played a crucial role and it is
right to have a memorial to all those men and women and that is what
we are trying to achieve. The site's being redeveloped,
soon to welcome more businesses But it's a place still haunted
by ghosts, by the women who worked here, who played here,
who helped secure victory. Giles Latcham, BBC Midlands Today,
Rotherwas. And if you're interested in learning
more about World War I, the BBC has created a special website
which you'll find at bbc.co.uk/ww1. Most days, greenkeeper Harvey Brooke
can be found at Redditch Golf Club ensuring the course is in perfect
condition for its members. But next month he's off to one
of the world's biggest golf tournaments ` the Open ` to ensure
the greens and fairways are perfectly manicured for the likes
of Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson. Harvey Brooke is only six weeks away
from the biggest moment He has already guaranteed
his place at the Open Golf Championship next month, unlike
Tiger Woods, who won the famous Hoylake eight years ago but is now
recovering from back surgery. Who is going to win the 2014
Open Championship? I think Rory will take some
beating but my personal I think he's a real nice guy
and obviously he's great at golf. But Harvey, whose official handicap
is 17, won't be playing at Hoylake, For the past seven years,
he's been passionate about his job at Redditch Golf Club and soon he'll
be experiencing the very best of links golf is part of an elite
team of green keepers at the Open. We are very proud of him and what
he's going to be doing at Hoylake. It's great recognition
for all the green staff. Not only for him but also
for Redditch Golf Club to represent That's his downfall,
because we are all Villa fans. He wanted to be on the team more
in the professional sense, he I'm not sure how many bunkers
there are at Hoylake. But he does know there are 48
on his own golf course and it'll be his job to make sure the bunkers are
in tiptop condition to welcome the As you're piling up that little bit,
you just want to try I think you need to stick to
your day job. The 30th Leominster Festival is
underway and, from now until Sunday, volunteers will be busy showcasing
the best It's an important time in
the year for attracting new visitors Here's our arts reporter,
Satnam Rana. It's a special time
for Herefordshire's largest For three decades,
it's been bringing This year marks the 30th
Leominster Festival. Run entirely by volunteers,
people like Wendy and Trish want to bring arts right
to the doors of people here. I hope you might like to come
along this evening. When the festival began in 1980, big
names like Tony Benn and Germaine Now, though,
local artists and people get We have been
in the past a very large festival with lots of famous names coming to
the town, when funding for the arts and cultural activities
was quite easily available. I think in recent times that funding
isn't so readily available so we have tailored
the festival to meet local needs. So this year, a walking celebration,
as ramblers discover From walking to talking,
fitness instructor Ged Musto will be telling people why Leominster is
so special for him. 15 years ago, I set the world's
best for one hour of sit`ups at This was on top of the one hour
of push`ups I done But on a serious note,
this is a festival which helps boost Last year,
visitor numbers were up by 26% It makes the town really busy
for the week. We get a lot of outside
visitors coming to the events. It increases the footfall
in the town generally, We get more customers in the doors,
which is really important and what it's all about being
a small, independent business. There may be no rock bands or raves
but this gentle festival is an important point in
the calendar for this market town. Satnam Rana, BBC Midlands Today,
Leominster. Bit of a murky old day today,
but at least the cricket We have some hair on the way
tomorrow. It will feel much colder than the last few days. At the
moment we are dealing with this cloud. It has broken up a little
which has triggered showers. The showers will stay with us overnight
and be quite heavy at times. The next area of rain will move up from
the South quite soon. Tomorrow, we have low`pressure on top of us and
the weather systems keep moving through it. They bring through heavy
rain. Beware of surface water for the morning rush`hour. Heavy rain to
come during that and once it is over us it won't really move. It will
feel much colder, only one or 2 degrees above overnight. It will
gradually clear away in the evening. A slightly more chilly nights to
come into Thursday. Thursday will be dry and bright and temperatures are
going to start to get back into the high teens and it will feel much
more pleasant. Temperatures climb for the weekend. Heavy rain on
Friday. Are warning ahead of Saturday. At the moment there is a
Met Office warning for heavy thunderstorms and rain. This could
change but it is they're at the moment. The weekend looks a little
bit rocky. A BBC investigation reveals claims
of a cover`up of widespread sexual And dangerous dogs ` police dealing
with an alarming rise in the number And that top story has prompted
a strong reaction on our Facebook the owners are to blame
rather than the dogs. Dogs only behave
the way they are used to or taught. Legislation should not be
breed`specific as any dog can have Emma Grigg makes
a passionate defence I have always had the breed
in my life and never had any They are lovely dogs
and brilliant with children. I have a child with special needs
and my girl, meaning the dog, I presume, is so soft,
gentle and caring around her. Les Woodhams got in touch
on a similar theme. I have three friends that own
Staffies and my son owns a They are without doubt the most
affectionate and gentle animals On the other hand my mom had
a Yorkshire terrier and he was It's fair to say
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