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indecent assault against women and children. That's all from the BBC
The headlines tonight: News.
It could have been a robbery that went wrong, say
police investigating the murder of a grandmother found dead at home.
Whoever killed Cynthia went to significant lengths to hide her body
There's an urgent appeal out this evening to
No prospect of Coventry Citx Football Club returning to the Ricoh
Inspectors start work at Stafford Hospital investigating
They are trying to find a rdason to reduce these services and transfer
them earlier than was agreed. Despite England's early exit
from the World Cup, heading out to And today may not have dazzled,
but there's a part Hear all about it
in the forecast later. A grandmother's been murderdd
at her home in Halesowen by a killer who then went to significant lengths
to hide her body. Detectives discovered 80`ye`r`old
Cynthia Beamond's body two days They found her body after spending
all weekend searching her house Police believe she could have been
the victim of a robbery which went wrong, but they say they're also
following other lines of inpuiry. A man and woman are tonight being
held on suspicion of murder. Cynthia Beamond was a vibrant
and much`loved member Yesterday, detectives
discovered her body in the home They described their search
as meticulous and extensive. Her body eventually being found
two days after she was reported Tragically, we came across Cynthia's
body, which had been very, very well I can't say more than that
because at this time, the only other person who knows
where it was concealed is the person There are some items missing from
the address which make it look like Equally, this could've been a murder
that could've been subsequently So we're ruling nothing in
and nothing out. Among those missing items,
Cynthia's Vauxhall Astra, along with This is usually
a peaceful cul`de`sac and one neighbour, who didn't want to appear
on camera, described Cynthi` Beamond as incredibly friendly woman,
mother and grandmother who would Other neighbours here have been
giving their reactions, too. It seems out of context with
the area all together. How Cynthia Beamond died sthll
hasn't been revealed, though Detectives believe she may have
known her killer, though stress her devastated family
are in no way involved. A 23`year`old woman and 32`xear`old
man remain in custody tonight. Where Cynthia's body was hidden is
still a secret known only by her killer, and the detectives
tasked with finding it. Meanwhile, a man's been arrdsted
on suspicion of killing his ex`partner and attacking
the couple's two children as they Police were called to a house in
Erdington yesterday morning where the 42`year`old woman, named locally
as Luan Leigh, was found de`d. Her 15`year`old son had
a stab injury to his chest. Her nine`year`old daughter's
been treated for neck injurhes. I couldn't believe it because,
you know, you hear every dax of the week if there's been a lurder,
"Oh, they were a lovely couple! Coming up always later
in the programme: Birmingham City footballers
back for in are pre`season training ` how are the therd's
nine new faces settling in? Investigators have started work
at Stafford Hospital The hospital's been strugglhng to
recruit and retain nurses, `fter a series of negative headlines and
the transfer of some servicds to The hospital had 85 vacancids for
nurses last month, but camp`igners are worried that this inquiry could
undermine attempts to keep dssential Our health correspondent,
Michele Paduano, is at a public How real are these concerns,
Michele? While the concerns are extrdmely
real. Their business problel, this toxic miss bat`macro mix thd
historic problems it which leans that people don't want to come here
to work. That has now been `dded to by the fact that there is
uncertainty about the hospital's future because the takeover won t
happen until November. Baby Jack is 12 days old, born with a cord around
his neck. His mother has absolute faith in the hospital, the laternity
is one of the areas to be looked at. Eyed about 15 doctors in thd room
because his hotly would not go back up. When he came out, got the cord
wrapped really tight around his neck so the doctor managed to and angle
him and get him out safely. But I can't fault them. Patients `re
getting their chance to egg good and bad experiences here tonight. Very
kind, very professional. My point was at 1030 and the actual job took
about 25 to 30 minutes. But, I came out a woman past 12 fully informed.
The medical side of the service I received from the dogs and
consultants was not a probldm at all. It is to do, finally, with the
support, the lack of resources, support staff and they are very
short staffed. The Care Quality Commission but the investig`tion
will also look at accident `nd emergency, medicine, and crhtical
care and radiotherapy. It al it s been called him a management is
unusual. we have the abilitx to provide external judgement `nd view
which will be helpful to thd Trust. But more importantly, helpftl to the
quality of care received by local people. As he said the problems of
recruitment long`standing and it is precisely because they are taking
their duties so seriously that they have called in the Care Quality
Commission. Jack is briskly unaware, but there is real concern as to what
his local hospital will provide in future. There is a national shortage
of nurses in particular and other types of staff. I'm joined now by
Karen from support at Stafford Hospital. You must be aware that
there are problems in terms of staffing? There are, but thd Royal
College of nursing reports there is a 10% national shortage of nurses,
so the shortage that is described here is no different to what is
going on around the UK. you think there is something conspiratorial
about this, can you explain that? first of all, we have a judhcial
review and we feel they havd called in the body who are being used as
pawns to ensure that the services were transferred much service ``
earlier than November. But ht is not functioning properly doesn't and it
have to be transferred? the services have been functioning properly.
Before the admin process, this hospital was running at a hhgh
quality service and safety level. Since the ministry does havd come
in, they have undermined it. They have undermined the morale of the
hospital and in recruitment and retention. They have continted to
undermine our hospital. Tell us briefly about the radiologist who
went to Stoke`on`Trent? the radiologists were being poached as
far as we are concerned frol the NHS. They should have remained at
Stafford and the administration .. Clearly, the healthy economx and is
part of the law has a long way to go before it is feeling better. Thank
you. The owners of Coventry City say
a High Court defeat today rdmoves any prospect of a return to playing
football at the Ricoh Arena. Sisu had claimed
a ?14 million loan of taxpaxers money from Coventry City Cotncil to
the operators of the stadiul had been "unlawful", but a judgd today
ruled in favour of the council. The loan was used to allow
Arena Coventry Limited to p`y off debts which had mounted aftdr the
football club stopped paying rent. Eventually, Coventry City qtit
the Ricoh, and now play thehr home The club says it will appeal but
the leader of Coventry City Council This is not the first and Sky Blues
have taken the council to court over the issue of the loan. An e`rlier
claim was also thrown out. Dven so, the club is to appeal. we whll apply
for leave to actually appeal against the judgement. I suspect, this will
be heard in the Court Of Appeal in front of three senior judges. We
believe there are substantive errors with regard to the facts and the law
that is presented in the judgements. The judge described the football
club as ?badly managed?. It's owned by SISU Capital,
who's CEO, Joy Seppala, here in the sunglasses,
attended some of the court hearing. Today, Coventry Council reissued its
offer to meet her, but also said they wanted payment for thehr legal
costs, said to be in six figures. We did not take out the judhcial
review. That was Coventry Chty Football Club, we had to defend
ourselves. And we will be looking for recovery.
The judgement may be seen bx some as a two`nil victory for the council,
but the fact is, Coventry Chty are no closer to returning to the Ricoh,
Michael Orton is campaigning for a return to the Ricoh and claims
That offer is on the table, it is set to SISU. We can kick off back
here at the Ricoh Arena in @ugust, we just need SISU to sit down with
us and say yes. Meanwhile,
Coventry City say they're continuing with plans for a new stadiul ` but
after more than a year therd's been no announcement of a site, let alone
a possible date for work to start. Police and council officials across
the West Midlands are joining forces to make people more aware of the
sexual exploitation of children The "See Me Hear me"
campaign will focus on new ways of recognising children at risk and
offer advice on protecting them It will target schools,
parents and the children thdmselves, as well as people working
in hotels and taxi companies. To get more awareness from
communities so that victims feel more confident to report, so that
agencies can combat this drdadful crime more effectively, we do want
to see the numbers go up, bdcause we know we are only looking at the
tip of the iceberg at the moment. After the many twists and ttrns in
the tale of the Cheltenham Banksy over the weekend, it looks `s if Spy
Booth could well stay in thd town. Discussions have been going
on behind closed doors ` With the latest in this story
of art and intrigue, here's our Gloucestershire reporter,
Steve Knibbs. In Cheltenham this morning, the
London dealer brokering the deal, his phone still ringing with offers
from around the world. But behind the scenes: The freehold of the
house was working to sell what is technically his Banksy to a
consortium of local businesses. It was the impression of the local
community would protested against the removal of the peace. The
freeholder had no idea. He hs `` has bowed to pressure. We are hoping so,
anyway. the dealers to secure the mural with an extra ?550,000 in the
next few days. Both the house for a quarter of a million. It coles to a
total of million. Tonight, that deal has stalled over a failure to raise
enough money. However, it does not appear to be over yet. Everxbody
involved wants to see this happen. This is fantastic, positive. So
there are `` the art dealer wants us to succeed and the owner of the
Banksy wants to succeed. So does the owner of the house and the general
public. People for this. Evdrybody is for it, it just needs to come
together. Los Angeles auction house told me they still have sevdral
clients who want to buy this Banksy, presumably with deep pockets. So the
question is whether the deshre on all sides to keep it he is real we
will be money when out in the end. Another plot twist, in this by
thriller that seems far frol reaching its final chapter.
Police investigating the murder of a grandmother believe shd may
have been the victim of a robbery that went wrong.Your
detailed weather forecast to come shortly from Shefali.
Also in tonight's programme; Seeking to restore English pride in Brazil
in the finals of the FIFA interactive World Cup.
Time for sport ` Dan's here with the focus on
One season hasn't finished `nd the other has already
It's just 40 days to the st`rt of the new Football League season,
and clubs across our region are starting pre`season training.
For Birmingham City manager, Lee Clark,
that means working with a host of new players after no fewer than nine
The first few laps of Birmingham City's training ground
this morning were not only ` chance to stretch the legs, but also
the opportunity to find out exactly who that was running by your side.
Everybody's come round and hs like, my name's such`and`such,
then someone else tells you and you forget!
So it'll probably take a cotple of days to get to know everxbody
properly, but it is good, I'm enjoying it.
That's because Mark Duffy is one of nine new players signed
by Birmingham City boss Lee Clark ` even before a ball was kickdd
He knew something had to be done after they only avoided reldgation
from the Championship in the final minutes
The big difference is that last season, Birmingham City relhed
But of these nine new signings, eight are permanent,
and the only loanee is guar`nteed to be here for the whole season.
Team spirit can play such a vital role in football,
that building it will be high on the manager's list of priorhties.
It'll be fine, because we h`ve got them in from day one, they have
quickly mixed in with the players and we go away, pre`season, on
Sunday, to Cork, and they'll be with each other 24`7, they'll get to
understand each other, they will get to know each other's person`lities.
None of these new players cost a fee
Still, they will have to colpete with teams dropping out
of the Premiership who've b`nked millions of pounds in payments
Sometimes it's difficult to get them in terms of the financial shde,
but we have convinced players to turn down better financial offers to
They see the facilities, thdy see the size of the club, and, lost
importantly for them, is seding they support the get from the terraces.
There are bound to the be difficult moments ahdad, but
as the sun shone on the plaxers this morning, they were just enjoying
And the Lee Clark interview is `vailable
England's World Cup squad m`y be back home after being knockdd out
at the group stage for the first time since 1958, but two English
players from the West Midlands are off to Brazil tonight hoping to
Ty Walton from Redditch and David Bytheway from Wolverh`mpton
have reached the finals of the Fifa Interactive World Cup.
Ben Godfrey caught up with Ty before he boarded his plane to Rio.
You're looking at a genuine World Cup superstar,
a man with golden thumbs and no shortage of confidence.
Tonight, Ty Walton leaves Redditch for Rio
I am naturally good at the game But before I have a big tournamdnts I
tend to be the a few more hours I try and stay as calm as possible
because it is not all about the skill level, it is about how good
you are mentally as well. Won tonight, he leaves for real. `` Rio.
The 21`year`old is one of 20 competing
2 million others missed out on this opportunity.
If he wins on Thursday he whll come with 20,000 US dollars. So H better
not get in a way of his practice. Some in 200,000 a year, that fever
is not at that stage yet. In case you haven't noticed,
Ty's conducting this intervhew Into this tournament in 2012 and up
to the quarterfinal where I got knocked out on penalties, so busy I
hope to do one better. He's travelling light to Rio `
egged on from home by his older We always grew up with games being
part of our life. He started beating us all at the games so I no longer
wanted to play within! Are xou addicted to gaming? no. When I'm not
doing a tournament I don't play I definitely learn things, like
keeping common pressure. Thdre is some things he could do, whdther it
is game developing or providing feedback the developers. Thdre are
some avenues of this has opdned up for him.
Where England's footwork faltered in Brazil ` Ty Walton's handiwork
So the Australians are corrdct, we are good at sitting down sports
For the next two weeks, Stafford Castle will be homd to the
Around 15,000 people will go there to watch a play.
So what is it about these outdoor perform`nces
And what does it mean for those who put on the production?
Our Arts Reporter, Satnam R`na, has been finding out.
For over 900 years, Stafford Castle has stood over town and people,
No, not a music festival, but for two weeks, this is the home
of Shakespeare's musical coledy As You Like It ` with a '60s twist.
When people arrive on site they walk up this ancient monument, it's very
pretty, you can see all arotnd you, it's really a very beautiful vista.
The backdrop of this castle and being surrounded
by such stunning scenery is a great way to enjoy the Bard's words.
And organisers say around a quarter of the people coming to watch have
So what is it about outdoor theatre that makes it so appealing?
It brings in a lot of peopld and it's an institute in St`fford.
It's pleasant because it is outside, so we are quite enjoying thd
It's not really Shakespeare`n people, but it's nice to be out
And making his entrance is Shropshire`based actor John Challis
It's open`air theatre so yot've got even more freedom to express
yourself and there's somethhng about being surrounded by trees
looking at the sky, the sun going down, the theatre lighting coming
For former Coronation Street star Eric Potts,
this is how Shakespeare's plays should be performed.
It takes what I call "the elite curse" off it.
Shakespeare was never meant to be highbrow and studied as English
heritage, it's entertainment for massds.
It's the combination of livd theatre, nature and a '60s take
on As You Like It which makds this outdoor space the perfect stage
Another warm one today, and it could be getting even warmer,
Thank you Nick. They will not be a bad week. We have settled wdather to
come through the middle part of it, and generally speaking, temperatures
will be rising. Certainly after the week and we have just had you will
appreciate that, even if it means pollen levels will rise. Basically,
we have some decent days sandwiched between some better ones.
Unfortunately, it is the wedkend that is going to fall victil to the
showers. We have a few showdrs through this evening, brought in by
this low pressure, coupled with a frontal system that is merghng in
from the south`west. That whll then be replaced by that I presstre for a
time through the middle of the week, before it moves away `llowing
for the threat of these systems pushing down from the North during
the weekend. But, back to the showers for today then, and it looks
as though they will not be `s widespread as we first thought,
mainly the southern half of the region for the next couple of hours
I will be affected. The showers will be light, but one or two cotld be
heavy. Be dry throughout thd night with largely clear skies, btt
temperatures still up to ten or 13 Celsius. This is where the high
pressure kicks in, you can see that tomorrow, we start of sunshhne,
sunshine, pleasant, warm sunshine. That will stay throughout mtch of
the day. It is a dry picturd, too. There is the day. It is a dry
picture, too. There is a slhm chance of an odd shower cropping up around
parts of Staffordshire, but nothing to complain about. Temperattres on
the warm side in that sunshhne, rising to between 20 or 22 Celsius
with light easterly winds. Xou can tell we are sitting in a warmer air
mass because even though evdry shred of cloud melts away through tomorrow
night, we are still looking at temperatures settling down hnto
double figures, so, again, lows of around ten to 13 Celsius. It is a
dry night, but there could be the odd mist patch here and there. It
takes us into a beautiful d`y on Wednesday. Because of that, we have
got practically wall`to`wall blue sky and sunshine, temperatures
should be catapulted up to `round 22 and 24 Celsius. They made up
slightly on Thursday, but that is because the threat of those frontal
systems pushing down from the north. That will result in an incrdase in
cloud in Thursday `` on Thursday, and was as well on Friday. Veteran
entertainer Rolf Harris is found guilty of 12 counts of indecent
assault against women and children. And police investigating thd murder
of a Black Country grandmother believe it could be a robbery that
went wrong. David Gregory will be here `t ten
o'clock with your next update.