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in advance of the general election. That is
baby over again. When we eventually did find out, we were very angry,
very upset and it was like losing her again. Many parents in the same
position claim they were told no ashes existed. Also tonight, an
11`year`old boy is arrested after 20 children were stabbed with a needle
in the Black Country. The row over alleged infiltration
over `` in schools by extremists. And we uncover the surprising links
between reggae legend Bob Marley and rural shop she.
And good news tomorrow is looking much better with more scenes like
this. The weekend is arriving with a bang. I will have more details
later. All were cremated
in the last decade at But only one set of parents was
given the ashes of their child. Many others were told nothing
remained, although industry experts Our reporter Amy Cole has been to
meet one A few hours after this footage was
filmed, her parents put her to bed. I found Olivia. She was publicly
grey colour. She was a limp, like a little rag doll.
Olivia died from Sudden Infant Death syndrome in 2007.
Her family chose to cremate her ` a decision they now regret.
You were told there was no ashes. You have since found out. We were
very angry and upset. You seem very tearful. It is very painful.
Ken West writes a blog for a funeral website.
He used to work at Emstrey Crematorium where Olivia
was cremated and believes that bad practice led to the ashes not being
When I worked there in the 60s and early 70s, it was policy to recover
the remains of small babies. We didn't do many cremations, maybe one
or two a year at the mumps. Certainly, I was familiar with the
tray and always that cremated remains would be given back to
parents. All cremations have been said to be carried out by strict
standards but the authority said it would begin and end the stick.
Charles Crosland has been supporting the Perkins family.
A baptist minister for 30 years, he says the loss of
All cremations have been said to be carried out by strict
For the parents, the tragedies go on. My wife wanted a teaspoon of her
ashes so she could have them put in a necklace or offering or something
to keep close to home. And we couldn't even get that.
The Co`op, which now runs Emstrey Crematorium on behalf of
Shropshire Council has told Midlands Today that it's recently installed
new equipment with specific settings and a special tray that collects
There's more on this story at the BBC news website for Shropshire.
Thank you for joining us. Later in the Himalayan invader causing mayhem
in the macro one. `` Moorlands. It grows enormously tall and strangles
all the other beautiful flowers. An 11`year`old boy has been arrested
after 20 children were stabbed with None of the pupils at Morton
Community School were seriously hurt They're now receiving treatment
as a precaution against infection. Here's our health correspondent,
Michele Paduano. This school is home to 700 pupils
but just one may have damaged its reputation. On Monday morning, an
11`year`old is alleged to have stabbed 20 children with a needle.
The mother of one was not happy. It is not good enough. They shouldn't
be needles in the school. Another mum's fan was stabbed in the face.
It is horrible, traumatic. The kids are traumatised as it is. To protect
them, all the children were vaccinated against hepatitis. Most
of the students are back at school. Some have been to the hospital. They
have kept them off as a precaution. Public health said the chances of
any child coming to harm was minimal but there was a possible risk. If
there was to be a virus present then the one that is most transmissible
is hepatitis B so to protect the children against that, we started
them on a habitat is being vaccination programme. It is
believed the boy took diabetic needles from his mother. This is a
frustration. In the old days, they could have dealt with this quietly
in`house but we live now in the world of social media. The pupil has
been bailed by police while they investigate.
Allegations of the plot by hardline Muslims to take over some schools is
now a row. Reading `` leading educationalists are questioning the
impartiality of Ofsted investigators. This all started with
some scathing comments from the Home Secretary? Yes, it is the most that
she wrote a very sharply worded letter to Michael Gove about claims
first reported by the BBC that warnings about all this were issued
as long ago as 2008 two Birmingham City Council and 2010 to Mr Gove's
own department and she challenges him and asks him to explain how
central and local government appeared to have been unable to
act. Subsequently, both Cabinet ministers have issued a statement in
which they state they are working very hard together to tackle the
issues raised by these allegations but it certainly does nothing to
dispel the sense that there is a really bitter argument going on at
the top of government about the governance and oversight about our
schools in general and in particular how this does or does not fit into
the other investigation being led by the former head of counterterrorism
Peter Clark. Turning to the Ofsted investigation, what exactly the
educationalists saying? It is certainly a very distinguished group
of experts including the former Birmingham chief education officer
Sir Tim Brickhouse and in a letter to the Guardian, they are particular
concerned about the Ofsted emergency investigation into schools. They say
that it beggars belief that school is described by Ofsted less than a
year ago as outstanding are now deemed by Ofsted to be inadequate.
It says it casts a question of the impartial itty of Ofsted itself. It
is hard to see where this will end. What do you think happens next? Next
up we will get the Ofsted report. Then the Education Department
themselves are due to report later this summer. Politically, this will
continue for some time. Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Education Secretary
has accused Mr Gove of being ministerial incompetence. Letters
have been sent to the former governing body at an Islamic faith
school in Birmingham, `` banning them from the premises. The team has
been turned away from the school three times after they were denied
access. The council says it is clearest league concerned about the
school's financial position with debts of over ?900,000.
That debited leader of Stoke on Trent City Council pull shot on has
stepped down after using fake names on the radio. He sent messages in
support of council policies. The leader said he had made a mistake
that has now done the right thing for the city.
West Midlands Police have released a recording of a woman dialling nine
990 complain about the sprinkles on an ice cream she had bought from an
ice cream van. By releasing this call, police said on to highlight
the importance of using my 9`iron for emergencies only.
We are joined by Chief Superintendent. Good evening. You
can't help smiling at this but there is a serious side? Well, it is
particularly extreme example but we do get a lot of calls. Around 1500
calls a day and around 10% of those are cool that really shouldn't be
999 at all. That should only be open for emergencies. What was your
reaction when you heard this? We do hear quite a few so I'd guess it is
no surprise to get quite a few similar sort of things, often
involving disputes between taxi drivers and neighbours and so on.
Quite often we have examples that should not be for the police at all.
We would prefer people to call police on 101 which is our most ``
nonemergency number. Does that work? Yes, it absolutely does. It is a new
facility, we're really proud of it, we get a lot of calls a day. 90% of
our calls are answered `` within 30 seconds. 999 for emergencies only
please. What other dangers if too many people call my 9`iron? It ties
up 999 line for people who have genuine emergencies and we really
would like to keep those open. We want to get police officers where
they are needed. So, if it is not an emergency, please dial 101. We ask
you to think again in the sort of examples where frankly, they should
not be calling the police at all. 999 is for emergencies only. Our top
story. Parents despair over the mystery of what happened to their
babies ashes. Your detailed and brighter weather forecast comes
shortly. Also to Matt, the story behind 50 Kisses, a new film being
made in the Midlands and premiered this weekend.
And one man's abiding passion to record the best of our ancient
churches for posterity. Volunteers are out in force in the
Staffordshire Peak District battling the invasion of foreign weeds.
The dreaded Japanese knotweed can wreck the foundations of houses.
On the banks of the River Manifold in Staffordshire, searching for the
Himalayan balsam. These volunteers are hunting for a plant which
threatens to crowd out other wildlife. The plant was introduced
It is taking over the native flower was on the river bank and this
becomes a real problem because it just becomes a forest of Himalayan
balsam and you lose all the other species that we like to have one
hour river bank. The plant was introduced to Britain in the 1800
and escaped from Victorian gardens into the countryside. Later in the
year, each plant will develop pink flower was. The pods can scatter far
and wide. That is why these conservationists are uprooting them.
It is hard work but worth it to help give other plants a chance. It grows
enormously tall. And it strangles all the other beautiful flowers. It
helps keep the countryside looking as it should, it doesn't get
overgrown with species that aren't natural to the environment. By
coming and clearing it, we feel it is a really worthwhile job and we
are very privileged to be part of the team. Across the countryside,
other invasive plants need to be dealt with and horticulturalists
have concerns over the spread of some non`native species. They spread
so fast that efforts to control them are extremely expensive and we are
very unlikely to eradicate them unless we adopt some novel methods
of control. The dedication of these volunteers should help preserve the
natural beauty of this countryside but it is work that should continue
all year round to ensure the landscape is protected.
There will be more about this on the breakfast show tomorrow morning.
Now, what possible link could rule Shropshire have with Bob Marley? To
find out, we need to wind the clock back to 1916 when one of the
country's biggest training camps of First World War training camps was
in Westray. Think Bob Marley, think Rastafarian,
think reggae and think of performances like these on Top of
the Pops. What you don't readily think is rural Shropshire. 25,000
soldiers were based here, training for tough times in the First World
War. Among them, Norval Marley. Born in Sussex, he later chapter ``
travelled to Jamaica and then back to the UK where he was apparently
constructed in 1916. Within weeks, the tough training camp, he reported
problems with incontinence. The Army examines him and find nothing really
physically wrong. One the medical reports has a hint that maybe this
is a man of nervous disposition. What happened to him after his
medical examinations? He is downgraded in his medical grading
and ends up in the Labour Court. So, he is not going to serve at the
front or overseas, he is going to be occupied entirely on menial duties.
In Shrewsbury, reggae artist Beth Pryor performs her Marley inspired
mash up and is amazed to discover the news about her hair red's
father. Bob Marley was charismatic and strong. He is seen as a great
writer, great performer, great figure, but his father, you know, is
seen as this week man who didn't serve and couldn't serve due to
health problems. Old records and a trailer detective work helped the
journalist I'm Earthsea stories. I met a lovely lady and she found all
these amazing documents with Norval Marley's name on it. It was just
great. About who he was, where he came from. So, when was Bob Vaughan?
Fast forward to the end of World War II and Jamaica. Norval Marley was 60
and mate `` met his wife but it was tough. He was a white man and I was
a black girl. I guess he was like the black sheep with his family. Bob
Marley saw little of his father, he died when Bob was ten. His time in
Shropshire was far from reggae and far from Ruth `` far removed from
Jamaica. Isn't that fascinating. Could 50
Kisses be a surprise hit? It is a new feature about 50 kisses on one
Valentine's Day. Our arts reporter has been talking to some of those
involved. Kisses, we give them, we've received them, and in this
film, there are plenty of them. 50 Kisses was an initiative created to
connect screenwriters with film`makers so we created this idea
of writing the two page script that must contain a kiss and we said on
Valentine's Day. And so you get films like this. This film is called
poster boy. For the writer, it is a venture into the world of cinema.
This has been my film school in a way. It has put me right into the
middle of a very supportive film making community and I would not
have had that otherwise. But it is not just writers who have been given
a chance to show off their work. Film`makers were invited to create a
feature based on the scripts admitted. Amongst them, I called
Mannion who worked with the production in Staffordshire. It is
hard to get your work out and into cinemas. A lot of indie film`makers
release on the internet. To be united as a collective is actually
really good. 50 Kisses is that crowd created feature. In other words,
lots of different writers and film`makers have come together
online with their productions and together they have made a feature
length film. It'll be shown this Saturday in Birmingham and is also
during festivals. This project has given emerging producers, directors,
writers and production staff a chance to see their work on the
silver screen and that is a priceless opportunity in a world of
film`making which can often be hard to break through.
Joining us now is Pip Piper lectures at Birmingham City University. So,
is this the way forward was to mark crowd creating, bringing people
together? Sadly, we seem to have lost Pip Piper. Hopefully, we will
get him back. Now, when Reggie Portman was taken ill in 2000, he
decided to do something with his enforced free time and go and draw
his local church. He had always loved drawing, and it was an
important part of his recovery plan. 14 years on, there is no stopping
him. The sky is blue, the birds are in song and Reggie Portman arrives
at a church in a beautiful setting. He sets up his easel and gets to
work. I can't think of a better spot, the tranquillity, the piece,
the birdsong. A lovely day at the office. In fact, he enjoys it so
much, he has now drawn more than 300 of the 400 or so churches in the
dioceses of Hereford which takes in South Shropshire, Herefordshire and
parts of Powys and Worcestershire. Reggie, whose age remains a mystery,
uses a special device to help with measurements. That is very clever.
Once the pencil drawing is complete, he goes over it in ink. Sometimes,
when I have been doing it, I have fallen asleep. If the weather is
good, he can draw three churches in a day and to save him travelling
home, locals like to offer him a bed for the night. This will be his
fourth night. I think he is rather `` rather hoping to be of regular
because we are fairly central to the places he is doing around here. We
will have this unique collection. Reggie hopes to complete the project
by next summer and is looking for something else to keep this. Someone
suggested doing public houses. But that might take too long. He has
given his drawings to the dioceses and with more than 400, it will make
for a very big exhibition. Let's have another go of talking to the
film producer Pip Piper who lectures at university as well. We are
talking about this film 50 Kisses and the concept of crowd creating,
by bringing different people together, is this the way forward? I
think it is, the decree for independent producers and film
directors and writers. Films have always been made by very large
groups of people soak in a way, it is not different. I think it is the
internet that is making things possible in a way that they weren't
possible before, bringing groups together, enabling them to connect
and make something and put it out there in a very different way than
it has been before. Couldn't it all get a bit messy with so many people
involved? In traditional film making, you would always have very
traditional roles, the expectations would be very clear, so, yes, there
is a potential danger that if it is not done in the right way, who owns
the film, what they can do with it afterwards, yes, there are dangers.
But if it is put together correctly, it could be a recipe for success. Do
you think we could get a Blockbuster this way? Wouldn't it be great if we
could. It would be absolutely fantastic for the region. There are
a lot of crowd funded projects as well happening. Crowd funding is a
serious phenomena, 2007 at all kicked off. We now have over 600
platforms across the globe. Across that five or six year period,
billions have been raised for creative projects and that is
happening in the region. My own company, we have crowd funded number
of our own independent films, raising thousands of pounds towards
those. That enables you to work in a different way. Where you had to go
to other funders in the past, you can be a little bit more nimble.
Thank you very much indeed. Dismal weather again today but a bit more
hopeful tomorrow. It has been an appalling day`to`day. As we head
through into tomorrow, it is a much better picture. Fine and dry weather
to come with the sun coming out as well and the temperatures slowly
starting to rise. Today, we have had this blanket of cloud and this area
of rain sitting over the top of us and it has really affected our
temperatures. We only got up to 11 or 12 Celsius today which is well
below where we would expect to be. We will get clear spells developing
and the temperatures will fall away so called a night than we have seen
recently. The rain clears through the morning and Thursday is a much
better day. The spells of sunshine to come through. Temperatures
climbing back up to where we were at the start of the week, hovering
around 18 Celsius, so not a bad day at all. Some late afternoon sunshine
to enjoy and overnight, we are going to start to see those skies clearing
so our temperatures are going to fall away once again. Another cold
night. Friday is looking like another good day, too. We have an
early yellow weather warning in place for heavy rain. We start to
pull in humid air from the continent on Friday and that will collide with
this weather system on Saturday giving us some very lively
thunderstorms so do make the most of tomorrow and Friday because it is
getting a lot worst. I will be back at 10pm with the latest updates.
Have a good evening. Goodbye for now.
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