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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me and on
What a difference a day makes ` all quiet
on the busy city street where a baby girl was born just 24 hours ago.
It is when the baby was delivered. I will meet some of the people caught
up in the drama. Culling badgers not
the solution to TB in cattle, It would not be enough to increase
production. Neglected and overgrown `
the families upset by lack of care dressed in a bikini,
the former model bravely displaying I wanted to give other people the
confidence. We should not be ashamed of who we are.
Was at the warmest day of the year so far? I will have those answers
later. A mother's recovering in hospital
this evening after giving birth Dozens of people ` some of them
filming as events unfolded on New Street in Birmingham ` cheered
and showered the new mum with money The lunch time rush today on one
of Birmingham?s busiest shopping streets ` just 24 hours
after a pregnant woman found that her last minute baby shopping trip
was interrupted by baby who wasn't We were shopping and my friend went
into labour and she had the baby outside Primark. Everybody was so
kind and thoughtful. All the community got together, it was
incredible. The baby is doing fantastic and so was she. I am
really pleased. It was a moment that united everyone
on the street ` security guards, charity collectors ,shop assistants
and police everyone wanted to help: People did help her at the time. It
was mad. I am still shocked no, I cannot believe it. It was madness.
Giving birth is a very private experience and she was doing it in a
very public space. We as for hotels from the local shops. Were you
scared? Now, I have three of my own. I was really happy for her.
A passing doctor rolled his sleeves up.
Crowds gathered and at the moment of delivery a round of applause
The crowd just erupted. People were throwing money at her. It was
fascinating. It was as if it was staged but it was natural. It was a
lovely moment, probably not one that she wanted to share with most of
Birmingham who were out shopping, but it was a really lovely moment.
The baby was placed on the chest. We said it is a baby girl. Return to
the crowd and said it is a baby girl and a big cheer went up. `` we
turned to the crowd. The good news is both mum and the new arrival are
doing well. The question now is, will that little baby end up with
the retail inspired name? Congratulations from all of us here
and Midlands Today. Good to have you with
us this evening. that's the message from Roy Keane
as he starts work as assistant And Robbie Williams says he feels
proud and honoured to be made a freeman
of his home city, Stoke on Trent. Culling badgers has little impact
on the spread of bovine TB. That's the stark conclusion
of new research from scientists In a paper published in the last
half hour in the journal Nature, they say increased culling of cattle
and more testing would all have Our Rural Affairs Correspondent
David Gregory`Kumar is live tonight What's this research based on,
David? by researchers at the University of
Warwick, using real cattle movement But as you say
the researchers have arrived at what Badger culling is not an effective
way to control bovine TB. And the methods that could work `
would inflict huge damage In a Warwickshire field these
scientists are showing me the most advanced computer model
of bovine TB ever created. And they've arrived
at a pretty bleak conclusion: We would have loved to have found
the one control measure which drops the number of cases of TB and also
does not have a significant impact on the farming industry. But we have
not managed to find one of those. We find a lot of control measures do
not work well. Only three were able to reverse the annual increase we
have seen. And these are
the three measures that could have an impact on the disease `
introducing a cattle vaccine, a one`off TB test of all the cattle
in England,, and finally, if any cattle on a farm test positive for
TB, you slaughter the entire herd. According to the model it does not
have an impact on the spread. It is quite a dramatic reduction, but not
enough to overturn the increase we see here. The cull would only have a
marginal impact. This is the model going through
its paces. Predicting both the location
of infected farms on the map. And the number of infected farms,
the red graph on the right. It also shows that tackling this
disease is a long term project. This research gives politicians,
farmers and friends It issues long`term scale for
controlling the disease. You cannot expect controls introduced this year
to have an impact next year. Any control policy will take several
years to happen. In a statement the Farming Minister
told us they could not investigate the findings. What about a one`off
test? We already test cattle where there is a problem. We are testing
cattle regularly. There is no point testing cattle in the low`risk
area. There would not be a great use of resources. What about a vacuum?
We are fully behind a strategy for trying to tackle TB in a number of
different ways. Vaccination does not work on insect animals so you have
to get that level of infection down in the first place. The problem is
the method is not proven in the UK. We are supportive of a failed test
in the future. Badger vaccination has not been ruled out. We would
love to see if we could have field trials of that to look at the effort
to see if it makes the difference. Thank you very much indeed. If you
want to read the paper, you can find details on my blog. This has been
the big topic of conversation between ministers and farmers all
day here. The family of a Birmingham man who
was murdered in Jamaica last Friday are calling on the
Jamaican Government to take action. 54 year old Keith Murrain was
a businessman who flew out Shortly after landing in Jamaica
last week, he was travelling away from the capital Kingston's Norman
Manley Airport in a hire car I want the Jamaican government to
sit up and take notice. They have got to get involved and protect
British people who go to Jamaica who try and create a better life for
themselves and their families. They have to realise that this is not
right. A grandmother who was killed
in her own home in Halesowen died as a result of head injuries
suffered during a violent attack. 80 year old Cynthia Beamond's
body was found on Sunday night. Police also say her Vauxhall Astra
car was found in the Druids Heath Around 2,000 petitions
against the High Speed Rail link between London and Birmingham have
been lodged in Parliament. They've have been sent in
by people who'll be directly affected by the proposed new line
and around a quarter of them are Our transport correspondent,
Peter Plisner has been looking So Peter, firstly what's involved
with the petitioning process Well, it's all part
of the process designed to That's the bill that could clear
the way for HS2 to be built. There's not going to be
a public inquiry into HS2. People affected can petition
parliament to have More than 1900 petitions
had been received. But despite strong opposition
from campaigners only 370 of them have come from the Midlands,
the rest being lodged by people further south,
include Buckinghamshire and London. I've been speaking one couple
who have sent in a petition. They live at Buirton Green in
Warwickshire and they're concerned about the impact of the construction
of the line on their house All the compensation is within 120
metres of the line and we fall outside of that. It does not take
into account the fact there are huge construction sites much closer to
properties than the actual line itself.
It started meeting yesterday and could to take more than a year
The committee will only be meeting in London,
but it's chairman has announced that it'll be leaving the capital
It is very important we planned our feet in local soil, especially
Midlands soil. We can then have a 360 views. As we go on our travels,
local people and local MPs may turn out to give us the benefit of their
views. And the first
of those visits will be to Birmingham on Tuesday July 15th and
I've seen a copy of the programme. They're going to Curzon Street
in the centre of Birmingham where And then to Washwood Heath where
there's to be rolling stock depot. And then to Gilson in north
Warwickshire which has been dubbed A Staffordshire family are
campaigning to get The grass around St Johns Church
in Heath Hayes is now as high as the gravestones `
as well as covering the paths. Maxine Barber has been so upset,
she's been trying to do some of the work herself,
including installing a new fence. It is two years since the death of
Sheila Barber. Since then a wilderness has grown up around the
wilderness where she and two of her children are buried. We had to cut a
pathway just to get in here. You want to be able to come and sit with
your family. Whatever maintenance is carried out here is done by
relatives. No one seems to know whose is the responsibility.
Mandy's pagans are buried here, their graves attended by family, a
small clearing in a jungle. It is disrespectful. These were people,
these were village members for many years. It is very sad. The council
told us today we are preparing to take on responsibility for the site
later this month. The church said they handed over responsibility two
years ago. Confusion abounds. It has been tied up in red tape. We
arranged to meet the council are to hear her side of the story. She was
heaving direct from the families of some of those buried here who were
upset and angry. I had to get on my hands and knees. It is not good
enough that it has come to this, is it? I agree. I intend to find out
what the glitch was. It has caused upset, I agree with you. According
to the Council the process of transferring responsibility has
taken longer than usual but they will start looking after the site
later this month. It has been my best for years. We will have to see
if anything will be done. The church agrees it is unacceptable. The
church agrees it is unacceptable. They will work with the council to
restore the site to a place of rest and peace.
A former model who has Crohn's disease has become
an internet sensation after posting a picture of herself in a bikini,
Bethany Townsend has had the disease, which affects her
ability to digest food and eliminate waste, since she was three.
Millions of people have now seen her picture.
This is the picture which has been been seen around the world.
Bethany Townsend on holiday in Mexico last December.
My husband always said to me If we go on holiday I want you to wear
I have always been a bit like, let's see how it goes.
I thought let's do it, I will not meet these people again.
At home in Worcester, she's stunned that nine million
She sent it to the Crohn's and Colitis UK Facebook page.
She's released others too, to try and break down barriers for people
I felt like I finally had the confidence after three years of
having them that I wanted to give other girls and guys the confidence,
We have these bags but it does not define who we are.
From the age of three Bethany's had Crohn's
disease, affecting her ability to digest food and eliminate waste.
Four years ago her bowel burst and she nearly died.
She woke up in hospital with colostomy bags, which she'll
Undeterred, she now wants to resume a part time modelling career.
As soon as I had my colostomy bags My confidence was totally knocked.
I lost so much weight that I just was not who I was anymore I suppose.
I didn't feel like I could do that again.
Bethany also works as a make up artist, and is building up her
The charity which publicised her picture says she's an inspiration:
The feedback we have had on our Facebook page has been
People are drawing strength from what she is doing.
These are conditions people don't want to talk about
so it is important we get greater awareness and understanding
So the work she's doing is helping us do that.
Bethany is amazed by the publicity she's attracted.
I never thought it would get a response like that,
to me it is just a picture but to so many people it is so much more.
Our top story tonight: A mother's recovering in hospital after giving
birth in a city centre street. Shefali's all set to tell us if the
hot weather's going to be with us for a few more days and also in
tonight's programme` Two young lads with showbiz aspirations share the
stage with eighties heartthrob Jason Donovan.
"I'm not confrontational, I'm just here to help."
That was the promise from the famously combative Roy Keane today
as he took up his position as Aston Villa's new assistant manager.
The former Manchester United midfielder has been brought in
by Paul Lambert to help steer Villa away from another relegation battle.
Nick Clitheroe's report does contain some flash photography.
There's no question about it ` Roy Keane is box office.
Aston Villa's training ground was packed with
reporters this afternoon. Some had even travelled from Ireland
to hear him. I'm here to help the manager and to
help the team and try and get results. I have some good
experiences of being a player. And a manager. I think I can bring
something to the party. to hear him.
Keane will combine his job at Villa with being Martin O'Neill's number
two at the Republic of Ireland. He'd turned down other offers,
most notably to be Celtic manager, but says Villa just felt right.
I may not look it but I am excited. I am looking forward to it. It would
be nice and all this nonsense is out of the way. I'm ready for the
challenge. I am aware the club is up for sale, but that did not put me
off. but says Villa just felt right.
There's no question this is intriguing.
Paul Lambert has come through two tough years at Villa.
So is bringing in an assistant known for speaking
his mind inspired or a risk? We have known each other for a
while. We respect each other. He knows my career and I know his. The
manager of any football club has the last word.
his mind inspired or a risk? Keane made it clear he knows
his boundaries and is convinced the players will enjoy working with him.
They'll find out when they return to training next week.
And Nick's at Villa Park now for us. What kind of impact do you think
Roy Keane will have, Nick? It is difficult to tell. He does not
have a huge track record in management. Since losing the job at
Sunderland he has been doing TV work. And now assistant to Martin
O'Neill at the Republic of Ireland so it is a work in progress but
quite an intriguing appointment to see how that works out for Aston
Villa. Do you think the Villa fans will be happy or bemused? They would
be happier if he was ten years younger and they had signed him to
play in midfield. I think there will be slightly bemused, wondering when
it's all about. Their main concern is the type of players they will be
getting in. Paul Lambert said they had a few more Ireland's under fire
today. That'll be the key to influencing Villa fans moves before
the start of the new season. `` the mood of Villa fans.
Robbie Williams has been presented with the Freedom of Stoke`on`Trent
His parents, wife and 22`month`old daughter Teddy
Robbie said he was "proud and extremely honoured".
Bob Hockenhull reports. In the Lord Mayor's parlour in Stoke
on Trent, a global superstar is given the freedom of his home city.
The ceremony for Robbie Williams was so secret `
the Lord Mayor himself only found it was happening shortly before.
As soon as he walked through the door, he started chatting with me
and everybody else. We felt like we knew him and he was part of the team
for the long time. The Tunstall born singer received
a civic scroll containing the city's corporate seal and took an
oath vowing to act for the rights The Freedom of the City Award
recognises Robbie's outstanding achievements in the music industry
and his charity work. Robbie said There it is his signature. Just 14
people were here. No one else knew it was happening and even his
parents did not know until a few hours before.
it was surreal to get such a huge honour and very poignant to have his
little daughter Teddy and other family members present.
Bob Hockenhull BBC Midlands Today, Stoke`on`Trent.
Getting to act alongside big names such as Jason Donovan may well be
a dream come true for some of you watching this evening.
But it seems that two young boy actors are taking it all
They're playing Little Jake on alternate nights in
Our arts reporter Satnam Rana's been to meet them.
# There no business like showbusiness...
Just one of the bug Broadway hits from Irving Berlin's western
And for young Oscar from Coventry and Brummie actor Theo and Oscar
from Coventry treading the boads alongside Emma Williams
and Jason Donovan ` this is a taste of showbusiness.
But it's not just the show that must go on `
Robbie said I have never really done it like that but I have never been
with Jason Donovan. So it is my first time. Nervous because I have
never seen it before and I have no idea what that I'm supposed to do,
until yesterday. Since then I have been practising. I feel very
nervous. The main role Annie is taken on
by Emma Williams... a firm believer in investing
in regional theatre and talent. It is great to bring theatre to the
UK like this and to bring young actors onto the stage and get
experience at this stage, it is so important.
The boys will also be playing alongside Jason Donovan at
Birmingham itself as the city, the developments going on, it is
starting to change for the best. It is about how the city looks, it will
encourage people to come here and get excited about... It's about
developing a culture and theatre is the backbone of that culture. This
show has toured the UK twice since it was first released but this is
the Tony winning version. And for the boys it is an opportunity to
star alongside the starters. Lucky lads! Time for the weather.
Thank you very much. I have missed the sunshine. Today, Birmingham was
warmer than personal enough. `` warmer than Barcelona. Not quite the
warmest day of the year so far for the Midlands. In London, it was. It
was warmer than Rio de Janeiro. If we look at the chart, we can see
these dark yellow colours being diverted. So we will lose the warmth
over the weekends. Temperatures will only reach the high teens, as
opposed to the mid`20s. Right now we have a strip of green out in the
north`west which will be moving our way slowly but surely. For a large
proportion of the region it will bring more cloud, but for the North
it will bring some light and patchy rain. Warm wherever you are.
Temperatures are around 12 Celsius but most places will get 14 or 15
Celsius. Tomorrow, it will be cloudy with the cloud syncing size. The
rain will affect the north half of the region. `` with the cloud
heading south. Rain across northern parts of the region. Cloudy days so
temperatures will go down. And easy with that Southwest wind. You can
see the area of rain moving into the West from Friday. Continuing into
the early part of Saturday, so it will be wet. Temperatures into the
high teens by Saturday. Take a look at this, passengers on a virgin
train to Birmingham got a musical surprise. There was a musical flash
mob to promote the pride of Birmingham awards in September which
celebrate citizens who make a difference. The permit `` the
musicians will be playing at the event at Birmingham town Hall. Had a
good evening. Goodbye.