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The headlines tonight: So
The campaign to change "frustrating and puzzling rules" by
the parents of a baby who died waiting for an organ transplant.
Babies under two months can't become organ donors in the UK, although
He could be here today if we didn't have this law,
because there are that many babies that have passed away.
frustration and anger from parents in Redditch over proposals
It is a short`term, ill`thought`out plan that could jeopardise
Recreating a life`threatening tower block fire ` preparing crews
Have you seen the cost of faggots these days?
?120,000 ` but you get the shop for free.
I love them. They are top`notch. Top`notch.
And it's been a much better day across the Midlands, with more
It's looking a little stormy as we head into the weekend though.
Good evening and welcome to the programme.
A young couple from Wolverhampton whose baby son died while waiting
for a new heart are stepping up their campaign for a change
Ryan Brookhouse, who was eight months`old,
spent his life on the waiting list before he died last month.
Babies under the age of two months aren't allowed to be
donors in the UK, although that's not the case elsewhere in Europe.
We tried not to wonder, is today going to be a day he?ll get a heart?
Gary Brookhouse describes an exhausting wait for a tiny heart
But last month time ran out and doctors had to say this:
That is it, we cannot do any more. We got all the family to come up the
next day and they said I needed to tell them when I was ready. It was
the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. But I take comfort
that he is no longer in pain. I miss him so much. I'm a
The family's now back at home in Wolverhampton with
They spent five months in Newcastle`upon`Tyne,
at one of only two heart transplant centres in the country.
Doctors here have been following guidelines for more than 20 years.
They prevent babies under two months old being organ donors.
That's because, at that age, they can't officially be declared
So doctors can only import organs for transplant.
chrome he went through so much. He didn't deserve that. If this law was
changed he could have had a heart. Two 250,000 people have supported
an online petition for a change A doctor at Freeman Hospital
in Newcastle described the difference in rules here and abroad
as "frustrating and puzzling". The Royal College of Paediatrics and
Child Health says it's currently reviewing scientific evidence to see
if new guidelines are appropriate. Their findings should
be ready this summer. But they're pushing for a change
in procedures. He was a little treasure. That is
why we want to do something positive because he is a little fight and we
need to fight to get this law changed.
It's good to have you with us this evening.
Plenty more to come including A Song for Stephen.
We meet the friends of Stephen Sutton who have recorded
a top five tribute to the inspirational teenager
Two of the Birmingham schools at the centre of allegations of a Muslim
plot to takeover state schools have been placed in special measures.
The BBC has obtained a copy of the full Ofsted report for Golden
Hillock School in Sparkhil, which is run by Park View Educational Trust.
Details have also emerged about the report into Saltley School
Our reporter Ben Godfrey is at Golden Hillock school `
How has the school be judged to fail?
As Ofsted reports go, this is critically bad. Golden Hill Academy
is failing in every way. In teaching, pupil safety, leadership
and management. This is an academy and is run by the Parkview
educational trust. 90% of the pupils here who have English as a second
language. One of the things Ofsted picked out in their inspection is a
risk of cultural isolation. One of the things they did say was that
students could be left vulnerable to the risk of marginalisation from
wider British society and the associated risks which could include
radicalisation. It will now go into special measures. Interestingly, the
pupils don't agree. They were praised for their eagerness to
learn. And within
the last hour details have emerged What more can you tell us
about that report? We are just learning about this.
This school is in baldly Green and has been rated as inadequate in
every area. Previously, it was a good school believe it or not. This
report we have seen tonight portrays the school in disarray at the time
of the inspection. A complete breakdown between governors and the
leadership of the school. One quote said governors do not seem any need
to engage with external agencies to ensure student at Rutgers students
are safe from the risks of radicalisation and extremism.
Has there been a response from either school?
One response on golden hillock. They dispute of inadequate rating
completely and could take legal action. They say it makes absolute
that I've absolutely no suggestion, nor do they find any evidence that
golden hillock either promotes or tolerates extremism or
radicalisation. In the last three years West
Midlands fire fighters have tackled 1,200 fires in tower blocks ` four
people died and 200 were injured. Today, a new training facility `
believed to be one of the first in the world `
was opened to ensure crews are fully Although it can be one
of the most dangerous and complex incidents West Midlands fire crews
face, until now they've haven't been In a West Midlands we have over a
thousand high`rise building so it is absolutely correct that we have this
facility to replicate the type of incidents as we get in those
buildings. And it'll keep our firefighters safe. Here, the wind is
so much more unpredictable than it is on the ground. Until now, nowhere
in the world did firefighters have a permanent building to recreate that
problem. It is now hoped that this one will not only help save the
lives of people in high`rise buildings, but also the firefighters
tackling the blazers. The six`storey tower,
made from metal containers, was the idea of one West Midlands
Fire's training instructors. In 2010, two fire fighters died
tackling this blaze This is massively important for our
firefighters' 's safety. They need to understand about smoke and how it
travels around buildings and how we can stop that from happening.
In 2010, two fire fighters died tackling this blaze
The year before, six people lost their lives
It is realistic, because you train just as if you are in a concrete
building. This is more like actual laid out it is more realistic.
The hope is fire fighters from across the Midlands `
and eventually the whole of the UK ` will be able to train here.
Parents are campaigning against proposals to change
the education system in a north Worcestershire town.
Schools in Redditch currently operate under a three`tier system
But the new leaders of Tudor Grange Academy in Redditch want to change
the age range from the current 13`18 to a secondary school age range
Critics claim it will lead to other schools in the town being
It's got the teachers, it's got the classrooms.
But at Tudor Grange Academy in Redditch they believe there's
We are currently a high school, 13 to 18. We want a change to an 11 to
18 school. So they want to open the doors for
children in years seven and eight. In many parts of the country those
children already go to high school. But Redditch, like
a few other towns, is different. In Redditch those children
currently go to middle schools. We would have them for five years
prior to taking their exams and therefore would be able to better
prepare them for their examination results and get even better
results. Then they can prepare themselves for their future
careers, the sixth form, college or the world of work.
It sounds a simple argument, but there's a lot of concern
among parents like those who met this lunchtime
They all wore a blue ribbon as a sign of solidarity.
The changes could be implemented as soon as September 2015,
I have a sun who would be starting here when all these changes take
effect. So obviously, I don't know what will happen to him now or where
he will be going. I don't know if his school will be kept open or not.
we have a system here that works and works very well. So a thorough good
educational outcomes of our children so why change it?
leaving middle schools like Walkwood pondering their future.
This school is very proud of its success ` not least it's
But the fear is this kind of success could be jeopardised if the
It is about all the schools in the area. If this goes ahead all the
other schools have to assess their situation and they might have the
change. It will cost a lot of money. I want people to think about who
will pay for that and where the children will go to school and what
sort of school they will go to. Tudor Grange insist it's not
a done deal and The final decision rests with
the secretary of state. Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today,
Redditch. A little earlier, I spoke to
Redditch MP Karen Lumley. I asked
whether she supports the proposal As it stands, no. I think it is too
rushed, needs to be thought out and it needs to involve other parts of
the community. That is what I have written to the Trust yesterday. I
said they need to rethink it and have a bigger consultation and the
timescale is far too short. Did you know about this proposal
ahead of the consultation? I found out at the same time as
everybody else. I had a letter, and some of the schools who were
affected had a visit, but I did not. Did that surprise you? I'm concerned
that as a member of Parliament for Redditch that I was not informed
along side other interested parties, yes. I put that in my letter. I
think that was not the right thing to do. Is it a weakness in the
academy system? They do operate independently outside local
authority control. Did they think they didn't need to ask you? There
have to consult everybody. The whole point of this is that there is a
consultation and then the results go to the secretary of state. It is up
to him then to look at it. This consultation is important and it is
important to everybody who has an interest, whichever side of the
fence they are wrong. I'm in favour of the two tier education system,
but I think, this is not the right way to go about it. So it is the
time frame? I was educated in the two tier system. I have no problem
with it. I think, nationally, the system performs better across the
country than a three tier system. But, the point of this, is that we
have a three tier system in Redditch. Some parents like it, some
parents do not. I have parents on both sides coming to me sharing
their concerns and it is my job as their MP to share those concerns
with the secretary of state. I'm looking forward to meeting with him
soon. I want to share with him my concerns about what is happening and
for him to make what will be the right decision.
A charity single inspired by teenage fundraiser Stephen Sutton has made
'Hope Ain't a Bad Thing' by The Neon Brotherhood sold thousands
of copies in less than 48 hours after it was released.
The single currently sits at number five ` and here's a flavour.
Money raised will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust, which has already
received more than ?4 million thanks to Stephen's incredible fundraising,
and here in the studio is the songwriter Martin Stanyer.
When you recorded this track in Stephen's hometown of Burntwood, did
It is a complete surprise but what a victory for Stephen. What inspires
you to write this? We met Stephen last year and basically, he made
such an impact upon us that we wanted to do the best we could for
him. How did you first meeting? He came to the studio when he was 14
with his band to rehearse. We got to know him then, but, obviously, in
the last two years we got to know him a lot more. He was a talented
drummer wasn't he? Yes he was. Which is why, on the single, we have many
drums as part of the production of the song. What has been a reaction?
People obviously love it, what about those closest to him including his
mum? She loves it. And his brother Chris. They have given us their
endorsements. They are very happy with it. They know every word!
Wedded the title come from? Basically how Stephen has given hope
to everybody on how to live their life. It is a really inspirational
thing he has done. I think Stephen showed us all the hope is a good
thing. It could go to number one? eight already has on the Amazon
charts. It is at number five in the official UK charts which is
unbelievable. Number one in the Amazon charts and number two in the
iTunes charts. Another number one to Stephen. Maybe a video to go with
it? We are working,! By it. It is all going to Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thank you. How much would you pay for the
Black Country delicacy of faggots? That will actually get you
the secret recipe, You also get a shop thrown in
for free. Kevin Reide is in Old Hill
for us now. Well America, this is the shopping
question. That had shops like this here the last one to five years. The
first one was opened by Eve Belling, this is a picture of her. She was
famous for a very special recipe and we can see today, these fighters are
still on sale in the shop. This shop is run by her great`grandson Nigel,
who has been here himself since 1965. Let us go and meet Nigel. Let
us see how they make them. Tell us what the main ingredients is. Fresh
onions, brusque with herbs and our own seasoning. We wrapped them in
this and put them into the tin ready for cooking. Are you retiring? I
need time to busy my sons and my grandchildren. Are you sad?
emotional. It is an emotional roller`coaster ride. You have some
very appreciative customers who really enjoy these fighters. We
spoke to some earlier on. I like them with chips. Allied with mash
and peas. I love them. no. They do not appeal to me. Here are some
finished ones. Over the last one to five years, this business has
produced approximately 2 million of those. Nigel tells me you have
produced about 800,000. Is that right? Will you not stay around for
a million. no. That must be by somebody else.
He came from an illustrious family, the bravery he showed was common
The Reverend Maurice Peel, grandson of the
Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, earned the love of the troops but
He went over the top on the Western Front armed with nothing
Giles Latcham took Maurice's great grandson, himself a clergyman,
on a journey in search of his courageous ancestor.
At St Editha's, Tamworth's historic mediaeval church, David Longe is
I feel quite humbled to be in the same place where he was, because
He's treading in the footsteps of his great grandfather, another
clergyman, the Reverend Maurice Peel, a vicar here during World War
He was shot going over the top carrying a walking stick
He describes it dramatically ` a tremendous thwack
Maurice came from an illustrious family ` his grandfather, the Prime
Minister Sir Robert Peel, helped create the Metropolitan Police.
In his short time in Tamworth, Maurice became part
He was regarded as a very warm human being who
So in two years he made a great impact.
With extraordinary courage, once he'd recovered from his wounds,
In May 1917 near Bullcourt, he tried to reach a wounded soldier in
No Man's Land, but was shot through the stomach and bled to death.
I think it is extraordinary he returned a second time.
There are two columns here devoted to him. It says he rests in France
in the company of sons and brothers who have died as he has in the
glorious cause of saving the liberties of humanity.
Devoted to the troops then as well as to God ` not though, says
The idea of standing with the very poorest
members of society and ministering to them was a principal, a goal and
an ideal which he would not have neglected in the context of war.
Maurice Berkeley Peel was awarded the Military Cross, one of 179 army
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.
Neil Baldwin likes to think of himself as an ordinary man.
But he has an extraordinary story to tell about his life.
His simple down to earth approachable demeanour
has won him the friendship of politicians, sports stars
Now he's to be the subject of a 90 minute film drama.
In the Staffordshire countryside near Keele University, Neil Baldwin
He's watching the making of a major BBC film ` and it's all about him.
Everybody says I get everywhere, and I do. It has been a great life.
Born in Newcastle`under`Lyme, he's worked as a clown, a kit manager
for Stoke City and he's spent most of his life helping organise events
Last year, he was given an honorary degree for his efforts.
Neal first came here with his mother who was a cleaner on campus. Who
could have predicted that more than 50 years later he would be such a
part of the fabric of this university. I would say the more
improbable and bizarre the story, the more likely it is to be true.
Neal has done amazing things. He knows no limits.
In the film ` called Marvellous, ` Neil is played
by distinguished actor Toby Jones whose previous roles have included
It was an article in a national newspaper that
inspired the writer Peter Bowker to make his film about Neil.
It is his attitude to life and his attitude to meeting new people.
There is with the assumption that people are going to say yes. And
then they generally do! Neil's innocent, almost childlike
character has seen him mixing with many famous faces such as World
Cup`winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks. I would say Prince Edward. Because I
met him when he was a student at Cambridge. And I knocked on his
door! I thought there would be a policeman on duty but there wasn't.
He invited me in for a sherry. The filmmakers have endeavoured to
include the people of Stoke This choir is rehearsing a number
which they'll perform in a scene Celebrities like Gary Lineker also
have cameo roles ` but there's no doubt who the true star of this
life`affirming movie will be. Some welcome sunshine around today `
but will it last Rebecca? We will have another day of it that
things may take a more stormy turn towards the weekend. But tomorrow,
plenty of dry and bright weather. Tomorrow, we may feel some warm air
from the continent and things may turn muddy as we head through the
afternoon. This time yesterday we had been sitting under a blanket of
cloud and rain for the whole day. Today, it has broken up rather
nicely. We still have some clear spells to, commerce and late
afternoon sunshine to enjoy and those skies staying clear for most
of us. Temperatures will fall away as a result of that and it will be a
chilly nights. We are into single figures, in the countryside even
lower. There is some cloud filling up from the south as we head into
tomorrow morning. That will help lift temperatures a little. The
cloud will not stick around long animal break`up. Again, we will get
some good spells of sunshine. There will be some high cloud about and
the sunshine will be hazy. But as we will get some good spells of
sunshine. There will be some high cloud about and the sunshine will be
hazy. But as people in that warm air our temperatures rocket bike up into
the 20s. Back up to 22 Celsius tomorrow and murky as we head
through the afternoon. However, as the skies clear it does mean
temperatures will not fall away overnight. It will be a close night
with temperatures between 13 and 17 Celsius, those are the lows. That is
a hint of what is to come on Saturday. We have a Yellow Weather
Warning in place from the Met Office for heavy rain through Saturday. We
will have some quite lively thunderstorms and it could lead to
some localised flooding and this is why: As this weather system starts
to come up against the mild, unstable air, it may trigger lively
thunderstorms. The good news is that they will eventually clear away and
things will become a little fresher. Sunday looks like a pleasant today
with as good spells of sunshine. We have get through Saturday at first.
Our headlines again. Two schools have been placed in special measures
in the Midlands. I'll be back at ten o'clock with
more on that story with Just to let you know tomorrow
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