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has fallen into the hands of militants.
the six year old Birmingham boy who's been stranded in Syri`
Also tonight, Unemployment falls by 19,000
in the region ` its lowest level since before the financial crash.
And we doing more than thred and we doing more than special day out
And I has to be said, we got off to a fairly disappointing start today
but we can do better ` more sunshine please ` will we get it ` fhnd out
A six year old boy from Birlingham has reached safety
after being trapped for thrde years by Syria's civil war.
He was stuck in a rebel held town with his lother.
Muadh Zain's father, who's back in Britain, has been
Quentin Sommerville has this exclusive report.
spent half his life trapped by war. Birmingham`born, he and his mother
recently escaped from three years in Syria. It was hell, she tells me.
His school was at the edge of the village. Barrel bombs were dropped
from aeroplanes. They exploded near his schoolyard. He was inside but
there was a girl outside. Hd knew her. She was wounded but thdn she
died. Now he barely speaks, but he whispers a single word. It's the
name of his dead classmate. He has a British passport but his mother
whose side he rarely leaves, doesn't. She needs a visa. This is
what they fled ` abandoned homes and daily bombing. They returned to
Syria after his mother and father became separated. It was ne`r here
on the border that he and hhs mother made their escape from Syria.
It was dark, they were travdlling on foot and they were alone. It was
also their third attempt, btt this time they were lucky. They lade it
to Jordan. They are safe here but this isn't their home. In London,
the boy's father has been campaigning for them to rettrn
together to the UK. He needs his mother, he says. He?s seen things
that adults would get traum`tised over. His uncle was killed right in
front of him. Slowly, he is readjusting. The family are grateful
to the Foreign Office for gdtting this far, but it's not far dnough.
Parents who are angry at thhs week's Ofsted reports into the so`called
Trojan Horse affair are holding a protest meeting tonight.
They're starting a campaign to restore
They've all been placed in special measures after criticism th`t not
enough was being done to protect Muslim pupils from extremisl.
Speaking today about events in Birmingham,
the Prime Minister accused the city council of failing parents.
Our reporter Giles Latcham hs in Small Heath.
So there's a fight back unddrway, Giles?
That's right. Denied's meethng has been organised by Hands Of Our
Schools. They say this has been politically motivated. David Cameron
raise the issue of the Ofstdd reports. He took the opporttnity to
have a sideswipe at the citx council.
It is worth making the point that Birmingham City Council failed
And indeed when we look at what it was that caused action to h`ppen,
it was only when the Departlent of Education was contacted that
The city council would say that most of the schools under scrutiny are
academies, and therefore out of their control. Was it shockhng
reading for you to find that the academy school has broken down, but
they are not preparing your daughter for a multi`faith life in Britain?
Yes, it was shocking. It was more shocking when I heard the
allegations in March. Mondax morning, I was expecting those
results. I still have faith like everyone. The governing bodx is
fantastic. What about the future must remark
you funding is now under threat A new leadership team could bd imposed
upon you. We have good parents. We have an
association which I am readhng. We are going to challenge what is going
on. We have four weeks to rdspond to the EFA funding. We must be`r in
mind that the original allegations in March it will haven't bedn
proved. Lots of doubts for use still.
Another school who are constlting lawyers are preparing for a judicial
review against Ofsted's findings. 7.5% of the population is
unemployed. Dill above the national average. In Stoke`on`Trent, jobs are
being created. We have been to one part of the city where work can
still be hard to find. When it closed in 1976, the decline
was rapid. It has been referred to as the
sickest area. Today the community centre has been
tasked with restoring pride to one of the hardest places in
Stoke`on`Trent to find work. A lot of our volunteers strtggle
because everyone wants experience. Meet Gemma, Simon and staff. Gemma
is volunteering on reception. She's struggled to find paid work for six
months. It is frustrating when you know you
have done your hardest to apply and then no one bothers getting back to
you. In the garden outside, Simon tends
to the centre's plans. It's the closest he has come to a career in
horticulture. I have been out of work for eight
months. It places a big str`in because you want to provide for your
children as best you can. Ghve them a better chance in life.
At the local mums club, Steph wants a job that says employers don't
recognise her needs as a single mother of top young act thex have
always asked me to work weekends and because I haven't got the childcare,
I have had to say no. People here are motivating dach
other. After years out of work, bringing up a child, Hannah has
finally found work in a crash. I love it. I can support my little
girl better. I am also at college. I am going to be level two in
childcare. I will be qualifhed by December. It has done me thd world
of goods. Unemployment in Stoke on Trdnt is
around the national average, but this is one area needing more
support. The community centre almost closed this year because of a lack
of funding. But they secured a last`minute lottery grants.
In the shadow of the colliery, this is a centre where people just won't
believe in rejection. And we're joined now by
our Political Editor Patrick Burns. So some places often seen as
areas of high unemployment But there are still towns and cities
where the jobless figures rdmain Yes, Birmingham has 14%
unemployment. That is twice the UK average. That puts it at thd wrong
end of the unemployment table. The jobs market and skills base in our
region is permanently being dumbed down. What are our leaders proposing
to do about it? The government's work progr`mme
offers as much as ?14,000 worth of assistance to the individuals they
say need the most help. Labour is extending its jobs guaranted which
offers six months tax funded employment for 18 to 24`year`olds.
In the potteries, Port Vale Football Club has been the venue tod`y for a
jobs fair organised by a major local employer. The ceramics firm Steelite
have changed their employment policies to encourage up mobility
among their workforce, which frees up opportunities for other people to
join them. We have been talking to an electricity who is optimhstic
about his prospects. I did a search this morning and
found 150 jobs. Not all jobs that I can do but this seems to be plenty
available. I constantly apply, probably two or three jobs per day.
Most days, anyway. We have also been talking to another
employee who has been with the firm for a quarter of the centurx. Only
recently has she been rifling through the ranks.
We have had a drastic culture change. Everyone is valued. They
recognise that different people have different values. We all have
something to contribute. It is a very good company to work for.
What have the politicians h`d to say about the figures?
Esther McVeigh is delighted with the figures and points out that we are
cutting in `` unemployment twice as fast as the UK average.
Thank you. In just two days
the greatest footballing show England's first game in the
World Cup is in Manaus, deep in the Brazilian jungle, where the climate
will be seriously oppressivd. The players were prepared
for the hot and humid conditions in Staffordshire, where Dan Pallett's
been getting acclimatised too. On Saturday night in the
Arena Da Amazonia England whll face This heat chamber at their St
George's Park training base was the Today I had the dubious ple`sure
of trying it out. 20 minutes cycling
in conditions identical to Lanaus. 32 degrees Celsius and, crucially,
70 per cent humidity. Seven minutes in and I'm getting
sweaty. Once you get hard, you can't cool
down. After 15 minutes my hands wdre
so sweaty I could hardly hold The last 5 minutes were hard `
very hard. I was told the humidity was
the problem ` The only thing stopping me pouring
this over my head is the eldctronics I was told the humidity was
the problem ` The only thing stopping me pouring
this over my head is the eldctronics it stops your sweat evaporating
which means you can't cool down the body have to work reallx hard to
control its core temperaturd. That puts strain on the hearts, the blood
vessels and the internal organs Humidity chamber, things like that,
really allow athletes to become acclimatised to those environments.
The former Birmingham City captain Lee Carsley also took part today `
and he's not worried about Dngland in the heat.
I think they will cope fine. I think they are fit lads. He acclilatised
it and that they have done will be enough. They have already bden out
there a couple of weeks. I can see the heat being a problem. `` I
cannot see. So if you're heading to the
Amazon Jungle anytime soon ` you could do worse than spend some time
in the Staffordshire countrxside. the six year old Birmingham boy
who's been stranded in Syri` Shefali will be here shortlx with
your detailed weather forec`st `` Music made in the Midlands `
so which tracks would make And hardly the Himalayas
but a challenge nonetheless ` one man's mission to scale everx hill
in Staffordshire topping 1000 feet. Well back to our top story tonight
and the continuing saga of the It's dominating the politic`l
and media agenda in this cotntry, but it's also a story that's gone
around the world. It's the story that's put
the heart of this country, We live in the age of the internet,
when news becomes global a quick search on google for
"trojan horse and Birminghal" throws So no surprise then that it's
been picked up around the world Since 911 and the perceived change
of attitude towards Muslims, this story was very much important in the
Arab media. Sometimes the complexity of this
story is lost in translation. Whether it's food or schools is
advancing in Britain. Islamhc wants to conquer the UK.
For Birmingham, a city that's spent decades quite literally building
itself an international repttation, it could be a PR disaster.
There are no winners here, not the children of Birmingham. We `re
trying to draw investment into the city, so this will really ilpact on
us. Especially the way the story is being reported internationally.
Perhaps it's just a case of riding the storm.
Birmingham is much bigger than what is going on right now. Our
communities are very cohesive will stop I am hoping that Team
Birmingham will continue to be an international player.
After all the city's most f`mous schoolgirl ` Malala Youfsezh `
who came here ironically to escape the Islamist extremists who tried
to kill her, is proud to be, as she calls herself, a Brulmie
It is a great honour for me to be here in Birmingham, the beating
heart of England's. It is vdry special to me.
The world will move on from Trojan Horse.
But the fallout here will be felt long
And for more on the lessons of the Trojan Horse affair, do go online.
Our political editor Patrick Burns has written a blog on the challenges
facing a city that's been ddscribed as "the Britain of the Future".
A day out is something we all love but, for children with poor health
or other issues, a visit to somewhere such as
The KidsOut charity has been organising trips for disadv`ntaged
Its largest gathering took place today with three and
a half thousand children invited to Drayton Manor Park near Tamworth.
What rights are you hoping to go on?
Lauren is looking forward to a day out she can't often enjoy. Her
autism means busy being parks can be unsuitable.
Children with autism find it hard with waiting in queues. It's
something we don't do often, but when we take them out on a day like
today, where they all have similar disabilities.
I'm getting excited! Today Lauren went to Drayton Manor
Park Park, with other children with similar needs and disabilithes. It
was organised by the KidsOut charity.
It can be as a result of disabilities, bereavement, learning
difficulties. Everywhere you look, there hs a sea
of yellow T`shirts. That was the favourite colour of the man who
started this event is 25 ye`rs ago. George Brian opened the park with
his wife Vera. The couple dhed within weeks of each other last
year. They started posting this event a quarter of a centurx ago.
Their son Colin `` for their son Colin, today was an emotion`l day.
Today has been very emotion`l. I just meant another child who just
can't believe his father is not here. It will go on.
That's great news for youngsters like Lauren who we saw earlher.
What is lovely about today hs that they are on the rides, having lots
of fun and she's got friends with her.
25,000 children have been enjoying days out like these across the
country. Here was the biggest and one in which childhood memories are
being made. The search is on to find 20 songs
that represent Birmingham and the West Midlands ` tracks with
their roots in this region. They'll form a 'virtual albtm'
playlist to celebrate I'm sure just about everyond
will have an opinion. The top 20 will be made avahlable
as a download on music sharhng websites, as our Arts Reporter
Satnam Rana's been finding out. From the past to the present,
soul to ska, rock to reggae, our region's musical hertiage
covers just about every genre. But which song would you sthck
on an album to represent thd There's one called My Peopld. It's
positive, not about guns or anything.
Duran Duran I'll go for. I Ly Darling Clementine would go for a
great bands called. Now we're being asked to nolinate
tracks that could end up on B Side Birmingham ` a virtu`l album
which is being championed Music is the most abstract of all
art forms. If you want to fdel sad or happy or listless, it makes you
feel any way you want to fedl. These are just some of
the songs that've been suggdsted. The final 20 will be chosen
by 12 panellists with music`l I will come to it from a vidwpoint
of listening for certain chord progressions and how musically a
song has been put together. But I think, more than anything, ht's just
that feeling you get from a song. We want to at least instigate
conversation and debate. I'l sure people will go mad asking, why is
that on it? That's rubbish! But that's part of it.
The campaign has been put together by Tourism group Visit Birmhngham.
So from now until the end of June, we're being asked to put
our suggestions forward by voting online.
50% of all concerned visitors are music to risk. That's higher than
the national average of 41%. Or
if you're a tweeting music fan. you can do this ` nominate your
favourite track by posting ` selfie. The final album playlist will be
available online next month. We've had loads of suggestions
on our Facebook page and can I stress we're talking about the
West Midlands, not just Birlingham. So Slade are in there,
a number of shouts for them, Black Sabbath, Ocean Colour Scene,
MoD, Moody Blues, the Streets, Roy Wood with Wizzard and the Move,
founder of ElO, of course...I No mention of Polly Brown
of Pickettywitch or the Applejacks ` Nepal has the Himalayas,
Switzerland the Alps. But outdoors enthusiast Jeff Kent
looked closer to home While Staffordshire may be short
on mountains, Jeff calculated that his native
county has 65 hills over 1000 feet. And he's been telling Bob Hockenhull
about becoming the first person to On the remote hills of Staffordshire
you're a world away Jeff Kent grew up
in industrial Stoke`on`Trent. But bus trips out
into the countryside stayed with him and recently inspired
a unique challenge. Everest has been, for `` conquered,
but the hills of Staffordshhre happens.
When walking, Jeff took me to one of his favourite
The ninth highest in the cotnty at 1,512.14 feet.
A landscape of weathered pinnacles shooting skywards.
There is such a variety of landscapes here. Beautiful valleys
as well as the peaks, so it's a wonderful place.
Jeff had to endure heavy downpours on some of his climbs
but completed all 65 in nind months ` now he's written a book about his
All 65 of the peaks are in the northern county. We have picked a
fairly clear day for filming, so you can see some of them here.
Magnificent views enjoyed bx walkers from as far as the Canadian Rockies.
Absolutely beautiful. It is different from the Rockies. It's a
totally different landscape. During his many ascents, Jeff also
met several wonderful characters including Doug Moller, the so called
Lord of the Roaches, who was reputed Jeff's challenge may be dond
but he says he'll go on clilbing all the hills he's discovered,
never tiring of the stunning views And in case you're wondering
the highest point in Staffordshire is Cheeks Point
near the border with Derbyshire I am LOVING this weather
at the moment. The prospects for the weekend are
taking a slight turn for thd worse. It will be cloudy but it sedms like
there will be more in the w`y of clouds holding those temper`tures
back. They won't rise as high as we had expected. The high pressure is
still above us at the moment. Either weekend, it starts to pull `way into
the Atlantic. This will allow for that frontal system to pull down
from the north, bringing thd odd shower. That will be by Sattrday and
possibly Sunday. For this morning, we had quite a bit of clouds and a
spot of rain, but that brokd nicely through the afternoon. Tonight,
largely clear skies. Temper`tures down to about nine Celsius. It
touched with other last night but I hardly think you can call that cold!
Temperatures in some places could be still around 12. Tomorrow morning,
we will hopefully get more hn the way of sunshine. Tomorrow should be
the best day of the week. It certainly starts to develop widely
during the afternoon and it is a dry day. The badgers will nudge up a
degree or so higher to around 2 or possibly 23 Celsius. In the north of
the region, it is getting qtite decent temperatures tomorrow. Light
winds from the Southwest. Tomorrow night, cloud thickening as that high
pressure starts to pull awax to the west. That will keep those
temperatures higher tomorrow night. Slightly milder affect Frid`y it
out. Friday is dull but dry. Continuing that way into thd
weekend, but there could be the odd shower on Saturday and Sund`y.
That's all from us. Goodbye.