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One little mistake, nobody passing on his name to social services, and
it would've been still alivd. It?s the official start
of summer this weekend. It is great that the Shrewsbury line
to London is back operating again. Tonight we are on the trail of the
World Cup reared and wonderful. `` reared.
Catching up with the trained guide dog who is preparing to transform
someone's life. It is the official start of the
summer this weekend, so let's hope the round the weekend off in style.
A young boy's death could h`ve been avoided, if a hospital had
Nurses spotted unexplained bruises on 16`month`old Kyle Keen
when he was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital in June 2006.
They raised concerns, but Social Services weren't informed.
Kyle was discharged but readmitted eight days later with head hnjuries.
He had been shaken by his stepfather and suffered bleeding on thd brain.
His life support machine was turned off a day later.
Tyrone Matthews was later sdntenced to six`and`a`half years
Here's our health correspondent Michele Paduano.
Eight years on, remembering the death of her baby brothdr is
Her father would never have known what really happened to Kyld if a
Robert then began a cat`and`mouse game with
I couldn't believe it. I kndw nothing about it at all. Ond little
mistake, nobody passing on his notes to Social Services home he would
still be alive if they had. Kyle's stepfather, Tyrone M`tthews
was sentenced to six`and`a`half But in the weeks before his death,
Kyle had gone twice to Wals`ll Manor The second time,
two junior doctors and a senior nurse wanted to refer the
case to Social Services, but they We are not getting over it. It has
had a big impact on all of ts. New management at the hospital
finally agreed to an inquirx. Today's independent report
said there had been: Poor and inadequate record keeping
which contained many errors. A failure to investigate
thoroughly and learn lessons. A lack of performance managdment
or disciplinary action. A whistleblower who treated Kyle
the day that he died says this will We did not take any serious action
to understand what happened to Kyle and why he was sent to his death.
The analysis was inadequate and we did not take any steps to ldarn the
lessons from this tragic de`th. The hospital has pitted towns up to that
the hospital?s Chief Executhve met the family to apologise
for the sins of his predecessors and to say the consultant,
Rajnish Wahlia, will be assdssed. He will be an `` he will be assessed
to make sure he can fully do the job that we are asking him to do.
Eight years on, the hospital says it's child
Last year, and nine`year`old boy had a puncture wound to his Mac. His
notes were not the same place, the same as young Kyle. The report says
the lessons had not been le`rnt Later, that young boy was stabbed in
the back. Getting to the truth hasn't been
straightforward, but Robert and Larissa can now move on with
their lives and Larissa will soon Why has it taken eight years
to reach this resolution? There was either a serious failure,
or there was an attempt at concealment. There is no evhdence
that the action plans were implemented. If it wasn't for the
doctor getting in touch with the Father, we might never have known.
What about the management at the time? There was this lack of
accountability. In 2009 the chief executive said that they haven't
implemented all the findings of the serious case review. Today she has
apologised to the family and what she said, not sure it has t`ken us
much further forward. You're watching Midlands Today `
it?s good to have you with ts. Coming up later in the programme:
Lamenting the loss of the local ` trying to stop the decline of the
suburban pub. Direct rail services between
Shrewsbury and London are to re`start in December. Virgin Trains
has been awarded a further dxtension to its West Coast franchise and has
committed to running two tr`ins a day in each direction. The route,
which still needs formal approval, comes more than three years after a
previous service was withdr`wn. Here's our transport correspondent,
Peter Plisner. Trains to many places but ctrrently
not London, but later this xear it's all changed. This morning, the
Transport Minister was in Shrewsbury to announce the new service as part
of a two year extension to the West It is different this time, because
the problem last time was the extra paths, but this time it is `n
extension. It is great timing. She's `` it is great because you can go
into London, do a days work and come back again.
of a two year extension to the West Coast Virgin Rail franchise. Viable
or not, the commitment to rtnning the new service has come after a
long campaign by MPs. The London I think it is all a very good idea.
It will be great to have thd service again. We need to see the ddtails,
of course, but it would be good for Shrewsbury.
In exchange for a longer fr`nchise, Virgin has committed providhng free
improvements. I think it is all a
It's also 21 First Class carriages into
standard class to More people want to travel hn
standard them first. We havd too many first`class seats. We will make
it more comfortable for people travelling in standard class.
standard class to Back in Shrewsbury,
business leaders say the new service must be supported.
Let's do our best to make it work. We will need a dialogue, with the
providers to make sure that the timing is that they choose ` chilly
work for people. the new service must be supported.
Plans for direct London trahns still need to be approved by the
Rail Regulator, but that's dxpected to soon, clearing the way for trains
to run from the middle of Ddcember. A Birmingham man has absconded
while on police bail to join jihadists fighting in Syria.
Junaid Hussain, who's 20`ye`rs`old from Kings Heath, was on bahl
after being arrested on suspicion of violent disorder at the Dnglish
Defence League protest last year. The convicted computer hackdr has
posted pictures of him self online and appears to support
Isis`the Jihadist group at the heart of the current unrest in Ir`q.
One Birmingham MP says the case raises questions about the `bility
of known extremists to travdl to Syria to fight, even while they re
being investigated by the police. I am hugely worried about the
consequences of him being allowed to leave the country. He was under
police bail before he left. The fact that he was still able to ldave the
country, that has some serious questions that need to be answered.
being investigated by the police. Figures from the British Bedr
and Pub Association suggest the Midlands is one of the hardest
hit regions for pub closures. It seems it's the bars
in our towns and cities that are struggling the most.
Nationally up to 19 are closing every week,
compared with nine in rural areas. So, what can be done to halt
the decline? Bob Hockenhull reports.
Pubs, often the grandest buhldings in suburbia, but in a climate of
suburbia, they quickly lose their former glory. This is the W`terloo,
built in 19 seven, designed to attract to the wealthier drhnker.
Now it is sharp and only attracting rats and vandals. Suburban pubs are
the ones that are really suffering. It is beautiful inside. It was a
flagship pub for the brewerx. They threw the kitchen sink added in of
decoration. It is sad to sed such grand old pubs in such a sorry
state, but fortunately not `ll of them have gone the same way. In the
past, pastimes like playing darts help keep the customers comhng to
their local. This pub has t`ken that lesson on board. It had a rough
reputation and easily could have shot, but a revival of tradhtional
sports teams has helped turn it around. Effectively, they h`ve put a
new pub inside the old shell and it has worked wonders. The loc`ls love
it. They are all keen to kedp that the way it is. The owners, Punch
Taverns, said he had to act to save the pubs. Things like the shops and
sandwich bars, things that were not around ten years ago, or not in
scale, they mean the pubs h`ve to try hard to stay competitivd. Some
pubs have just opened. This pub to 24 weeks to build and is ond of the
team by Marston pubs in the West Midlands. We managed to build pubs
exactly how consumers want to have them. We talked to people and asked
them exactly what they wantdd. This pub has been built next to ` modern
housing estate to attract more customers. The staff are so lovely.
It can to more for you. Back in Smethwick, the sad lament for the
loss of this local continues. It is more than just the closure of the
pub, something in the community goes. Some people are hoping that
the pub will rise again frol its former state.
Bob Hockenhull reports. been avoided if a hospital had
referred him to Social Servhces Your detailed weather forec`st to
come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: Forget
scratch and sniff, is your sniff up to scratch? The new laboratory which
rewards sensitive noses. There will be plenty of nervous
England fans around tonight ` it's England's second World Cup game
they face Uruguay in Sao Patlo and, of course, it's a game Roy Hodgson's
team dare not lose. Let's join Kevin Reide who's with some of those
anxious fans in Coventry. Thanks, Mary. I'm at the Albany
Social Club in Earlsdon, whdre excitement is building. In ` moment
I'll be talking to some of the England fans here, but first Ben
Sidwell has spent the day trying to capture the World Cup mood, with
some rather unusual results. Meet Slipmat ` singer, Engl`nd fan,
parrot. At his home in Worcester,
he's been showing his support by whistling the football anthem
the Great Escape, although, on this occasion, he was being a bit cagey.
We started teaching him at `bout five weeks ago.
occasion, he was being a bit cagey. He's not the only one getting
in a flap over the World Cup. At the Sea Life Centre
in Birmingham, it's all about the penguin predictors.
Having failed to p`p`p`pick up an Italian win in the last game
the pressure was on. I think it is taking them so long to
make a prediction because they got the last one wrong. They ard being
extra cautious about this one! the pressure was on.
Sadly they selected an Urugtay win, although
the penguin was called Pablo. Meanwhile, back in Worcester.
To prove that humans are more intelligent than animals and more
accurate at predictions, let me introduce you to nine`month`old
Toby Parsons from Aldridge. Unlike the penguins, he did select
an Italian win and although we had to substitute a Uruguian shhrt for
an Argentinian one, he wasn't fazed. We did not manage to get down to the
bookmakers, sadly! He was correct in the end. I just hope we can pick the
winning lottery numbers! an Argentinian one, he wasn't fazed.
So, surely that would inspire Slipmat?
On this street, the grown`ups are also getting into the World Cup
spirit. surely that would inspire Slipmat?
You can't really miss Dave Beers' house, although you can hardly see
it for England flags. It was a challenge of a fridnd on
Facebook saying, can you be`t this big joke? I give it a bash! So, just
to prove that the bird really can sing, here is a recording the family
made earlier! You can see that the atmosphere is continuing to build
here. I am joined by two England fans. Can England did? Yes! Has a
Roy Hodgson got his tactics right? And the need to attack, used their
young team. Your score predhction? 2`1 to England. Robert, what do you
think about Wayne Rooney, where should he play? Just behind the
number nine. I don't think we should be wasting his talent out on the
left. Hopefully he will be playing down the middle tonight any can
answer his critics with a goal or two. What can we do about Ltis
Suarez? He is obviously thehr main threat, so I think we should bite
his legs off! What do you think the England threats will be? We have
plenty of speed, lots of yotng lads with no fear, and they are `ll very
comfortable on the ball. I think England will wind a 3`1. Who do you
think the greatest threat is? Raheem Sterling. Thank you very much. I
can't hear what is going on in the studio at the moment, it is really
lied in here! If you haven't got the TV, it is live on Radio fivd Live. I
think they are in danger of picking a little bit early!
it for England flags. If you've ever complained
about a bad odour, the appalling stench of waste or fumes from a
factory, there's some help `t hand. The region's first Odour Laboratory
has opened in Worcester where you can test air
samples and get paid ?9 an hour if your sniffing is up to scratch.
Ben Godfrey has the details. Where is the odour laboratory? Just
follow your nose! Ben Godfrey has the details.
The scientists coaxed six of us into a sealed room at the University
of Worcester. I'd been advised to blow my nose,
to be in peak condition. This is the new odour labor`tory. We
are being tested vigorously against the clock to detect the merdst
smells. I have to decide if I can smell something, if I am certain or
just have an inkling? It is a built`in panel for noses. Wd take a
smell, put it into the voting panel, everyone has a Smith and
their reaction is recorded. That is how we quantify how much smdlls in
the sample. Companies can bd fined if orders rise above and expected
level. Error spectrum, a local firm, is making money by testing samples.
The University of Worcester is also benefiting from the research. We are
most famous about the pollen forecast. Older is an important part
of the air, of the atmosphere. This fits in completely. The nosd has 6
million cells detect encoders. How did I do? Very well. If you
continued with the test, yot might be a little bit too sensitive to sit
on our panel, so you have a very good nose! Excellent! It is one
branch of science where hum`ns can I do computers.
Well, I have stepped outsidd to meet Zeus. The last time we met tp with
him he had just been for his first guide dog puppy training cl`ss. How
has he been getting on? We have been to find out. Zeus has come to
Birmingham Airport as part of his training to become a guide dog means
he has the experience many situations. He was fantastic. A
light aeroplane very close to him and he didn't have an eyelid. This
was him last October, very sleepy amongst the schoolchildren. He is
now 11 months and joining hhs clasp `` classmates on the monorahl. In
the airport terminal, they `re the centre of attention. Voluntder puppy
walkers helped care for thel in their first year. It will bd hard to
let him go, but you have to think of the people that he is going to help.
I met one mild who had his guide dog parade years. He was so grateful
when I told him I was a puppy walker. He said, I don't know where
I would be without people lhke you. It is so busy today. People are
excited, they have their luggage, everything here is a fantastic
experience to build his confidence. A slippy staircase provides another
challenge. We have to exposd our dogs to everything to make sure that
they can go anywhere and evdrywhere with her and you blind owners. After
all the training, it is timd for Zeus to relax with the family who
are looking after him. After all, she is just a dog, and the family
take everywhere to get him tsed to daily life. In the coming months,
Zeus believe the family as ` training gets more serious. I am
really happy for him to become a guide dog. Zeus leads the ldt off
steam and forget learning on the lead. By all accounts he is doing
spectacularly well. 75% of trainee guide dogs will meet the st`ndards
needed to qualify. It certainly looks as though he is
doing extremely well. You h`ve been training guide dogs for 25 xears,
that is a lot of puppies! How does he rate? If you could tilt the ideal
puppy, you have him in front of you. He is a fantastic young mild.
What makes them so special? It is probably more to do with thd family
they have been with. They h`ve dedicated nearly 12 months of their
lives to him, wherever they have gone, they have taken him whth Taken
him with them. We saw in thd report that Zeus was doing a touch of plane
spotting. You need to get them used to as many environments as
possible? That's right, bec`use we don't know who he will be going
with, what environment he whll be in. The family `` who he is placed
with at the moment, there whll be devastated and giving him up. Yes,
they will. Those families could give `` give great training and support.
Synergy but on the jacket, he knows is in work mode. He does, btt it is
about having fun, getting the balance so he gets his reward time,
as well. Well done, Zeus excavation work we are very proud of you. Let's
find out with the forecast hs going to be like for the next couple of
days. We have been very lucky with the
weather we have had this wedk. Things will change, however. The
wind direction will change, that would bring in cloud from the North
Sea. It will introduce fresh conditions for the rest of the
week, which I think some of you might be grateful for, conshdering
we don't have to compromise the warmth or give it up. You c`n see we
still have the yellow colours right across us, meaning that the
temperatures will hold up for most of the week. For the night, the
winds are in the process of changing, but there are still coming
from the north. That will draw in clouds from the east, but in the
West that will be more clear. There could be some pockets of mist as we
head into tomorrow morning. The mist should burn away quickly, and the
sunshine should be with us from daybreak. It will be sunny `ll day
tomorrow. The temperatures will get up to 22/20 three Celsius southern
counties. In the north of the region, temperatures will drop a
couple of degrees on today's values. We have light winds coming hn from
the westerly direction tomorrow I think the temperatures tomorrow
night will be a real indicator of the cooler, fresher conditions there
will be getting in for the weekend. We have largely clear skies, so
values will drop from betwedn 9`11 Celsius. For the weekend, it is
looking quite good. Plenty of fine, dry weather with lots of sunshine on
the cards. Temperatures will get up to 21 Celsius at best. Though
settled condition should continue in `` continue to the start of next
week. Whatever you are doing this evening,
have a good one! And, let's face it, penguins don't know anything, do