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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:
Mothers whose sons were fat`lly stabbed meet gang members to urge
If we can stop other people from going through what I have gone
through, that is what we want to achieve.
?775 million to improve transport and create jobs across the region.
This is saying to local people, here is the money and the power, what can
you do to drive growth in your area? We'll examine how it'll transform
Wolverhampton and the funding How did commuters get on
at the start We talk to Wimbledon wheelchair
champion Jordanne Whiley on And while some parts
of the region were brought to a standstill by yesterday's
hailstorms, be prepared for more. The mothers
of two West Midlands men who were stabbed to death plan to medt gang
members from across the country to The Save A Life:
Surrender Your Knife project will Blades handed in will be tr`nsformed
into a giant sculpture of an angdl, in
memory of those who've been killed. They live miles apart, but their
grief has brought them together Three mothers met
in Manchester to honour thrde sons Lisa McNeill's son Danny was 21
a father to a baby boy. In April last year, he was fatally
stabbed with a sword in Oswdstry. It was just for. I miss him so much.
`` just awful. Having him around, it is difficult to cope.
Alison Cope is the mother of the Birmingham rapper, Ddpzman.
He was stabbed through the heart last year.
If there is anyone who can get that message across, it is usually those
who have been directly affected such as the parents.
Lisa Collins' son, Fusilier David Lee Collins from
Manchester, was an off`duty soldier stabbed to death in Cyprus hn 2 12.
The women are backing a new campaign called Save @ Life:
Surrender Your Knife and will urge gang members to give
This flick knife and this m`chete have been handed in to the campaign.
The British Ironwork centre in Shropshire will take
the knives and build a 20 fdet tall sculpture, known as Knife Angel
We wanted to do something qtite incredible. One gentleman brought in
at carving knife. Very sharp. He found his song with it in the
street. He wanted to disposd of it safely. He wanted to being readied
in sculpture. This will represent everyone who has lost a lifd tonight
is. There will be memorial plaques along the bottom. `` to knives.
Later this week, West Midlands Police will rd`launch
To date, a spokesman says they are aware
of just 11 knives placed in knife banks outside places of worship
Three Police Forces ` including Greater Manchester Police
` have offered the mothers `dvice, but no official backing.
It may take months for the Knife Angel to take shape,
but these parents now feel they have to get personally involved.
What direct impact can these parents have?
Well, there is frustration `mongst the mothers. Perhaps tradithonal
campaigns might not be the right way to go at the moment. They m`y need a
fresh approach. Hence this hdea for a sculpture. A big communitx arts
project that the parents can encourage gang members to
participate in. This could be more positive than just a knife hn a
black hole. What more by the police doing to
take knives off the streets? There are three bins like this.
Another two will come into tse later this week. There will be another
three in Birmingham on Thursday And one in Edgbaston as well. That will
be in honour of the schoolghrl who was stabbed to death on board a bus
last year. The debate about campaigns against knife use will be
ongoing. The Caribbean comes to
Sutton Coldfield. The Barbados rugby sevens g`in
a lot of fans as they prepare A man has been arrested aftdr two
of his relatives were found dead The bodies were found shortly
after 5am this morning. Well, you can see there is still a
police code in there keeping the public away from the tent and that's
semidetached house here in Solihull. Forensic teams have been in and out
of the property all day. Police were called early this morning to reports
of an attack. When they got here, they find two bodies. I unddrstand
they are from the far east but have lived here for many years. This is a
quiet residential street not far from Solihull town centre. Lany
local people are concerned. It is a quiet and nice street. This is
obviously very shocking. Thhs is a good neighbourhood and it is a nice
place. Calm and quiet. Generally speaking, this is peaceful. What
have the police had to say? Police have told us they ard
questioning a 23 year man. He's being held on suspicion
of murder and they say he's related At this stage,
they're not looking for anyone else The police have told me thex will
carry out investigations here for the next five days.
The Government has announced a six`year programme of invdstment
across our region in job crdation, house building and infrastrtcture
The Growth Deal pledges mord than ?160 million next year.
And of course next year just happens to be a general election ye`r?
A General Election year in which nearly 30 West Midlands
marginal seats will be in contention between Labour and the
Conservatives, as our two bhggest parties vie with each other for
So you don't have to be too much of a conspiracy theorist to see a
link between many of these projects and the key Parliamentary sdats
The Growth Deal is divided between our region's six local
Among those, ?163 million worth of schemes starting next ye`r, are
?2.4 million to roll out super`fast broadband in Worcestershire,
and the creation of a new r`ilway station at Anstey Park,
But these projects were dechded not by the election strategists,
but by the six enterprise partnerships themselves, in
The Prime Minister came to Halesowen College to make the announcdment.
I put it to him that Labour were promising something
more ambitious, with more money and more powers to be devolved to
Well, we are actually doing it, not just talking about it. This is the
end of the Whitehall knows best culture. This is saying to local
areas, there is the money and the powers, what can you bring forward
to drive growth in new local area? We are in the black country Brody
will see 6000 jobs, 1000 holes built, once developed, railway
stations built, it is an exciting locally driven growth agend`. That
is good news for the region. One of the biggest benefici`ries
today is Wolverhampton, where the city
council must cut its budgets by ?123 Our reporter has been finding out
if the Government is merely giving with one hand, having already taken
away with the other. Wolverhampton will benefit to
the tune of ?18 million. Part of that will go towards
rebuilding the train station, giving its car park a revamp
and eventually linking the station It would create more jobs for the
Midlands. I think it is really good. It creates opportunities for people
and gives a better feeling for customers. There is always room for
improvement is everywhere. Loney well spent. It is quite tirdd. It is
in need of some work. The announcement comes at a timd when
the City Council has to savd ?1 3 million over five years. Thhs is an
opportunity for growth and to create jobs outside of local government
with partners in the privatd sector. I am hopeful that people will take
comfort from the announcement. The Civic and Wulfrun Halls have
played host to the likes Now ?9 million will be spent
on a raft of improvements to We want to take these holes into the
21st`century. We are rebuilding the stage 15 feet further back to
increase the arena size. Yot're going to create more bar sp`ce. We
are putting another balcony right around Europe to create a f`ntastic
beer pit atmosphere. The extra balcony was
the suggestion of the lead singer John Penney is now a promothons
officer for the Civic Hall. What the performer wants to see when
they walk on stage by the fhghts of the eyes. You want to see the crowd.
We went for another balcony. We will get another set of whites of the
eyes to look at. The cash being given to
Wolverhampton will give the city As austerity cuts take hold,
a glimpse of optimism It is worth remembering that the
six local enterprise partnerships replaced the regional development
agency Advantage West Midlands. It awarded growth funding worth
significantly more this each year, before the current Government
scrapped it. Ministers say the LEPs have
the advantage of being trulx local, so they know how best to target the
money to trigger strategic growth. Now, if you want to find out exactly
how the money is going to bd spent in your area,
we've put all the details on The widow of former
West Midlands Police and crime commissioner Bob Jones has
paid tribute to her husband, as plans were put in place to `ppoint
an acting commissioner from Monday. Sarah Edmondson described hdr
husband, who died last week at the age of 59,
as entirely modest and unassuming. She said he would go to the ends
of the Earth to sort out people s A temporary replacement will be
remain in post until a by election A woman has been jailed
for assaulting a 90 year old resident with dementia at the care
home in Coventry where she worked. Suzanne Edmondson was seen pinning
the man to the floor at the Chasewood Care home hn Exhall
in February, as well as swe`ring Today she was jailed
for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to ch`rges
of assault and ill treatment. An inmate from Hewell Jail
near Redditch was released It is thought Anthony Dougl`s was
freed after being mistaken for a rescuing a cow stuck in a dhtch
in Shropshire today. Crews were called to Minsterley
near Shrewsbury, where a ramp was dug and thd cow was
rescued using specialist eqtipment. The animal was given
the all`clear by a local vet. Parts of the Redditch to Birmingham
railway line closed today and will stay shut for eight weeks
to allow engineers to carry out Network Rail is adding thred
kilometres of track Trains will terminate at Barnt Green
and passengers from Redditch and Alvechurch are being offered
a replacement bus service Our Transport Correspondent
joined some commuters. An empty platform at Redditch this
morning with no trains in shght The bus was taking
the strain instead. For the next eight weeks,
passengers using Redditch and Alvechurch stations will go
by road in instead of by rahl. I don't mind. I wouldn't want to get
the bus the whole journey. But I want to support the rail network.
And so too it seems did othdr passengers on the bus this lorning.
It is only eight weeks that it will take a little longer to get into
work. This has been set up puite effectively.
Although going by bus wasn't as direct as by train this lorning,
most seemed happy with what had been arranged.
There is a park and ride scheme available.
And Cathy was one of those switching back to rail at Northfield.
And it wasn't long before a train arrived.
Some people have turned up `nd have been surprised. They are pldased to
see the number of buses we `re running. We have put months of
planning into this. Our teal has put lots of work into this.
This is the reason for the summer shutdown, improvements at Alvechurch
Both will allow a more freqtent service to here and at Reddhtch
Meanwhile, it is journey's end for Cathy.
No problem whatsoever. If it is like that every day, very happy
passengers. But those opting to take
their cars into Birmingham hnstead With the summer closure of the A38
tunnels under the city, Mothers whose sons were fat`lly
stabbed meet gang members to urge Your detailed weather forec`st
to come shortly from Shefalh. On the trail of Birmingham's
artistic history. The sculptures celebrating
two centuries of artists. If you have a story you think we
should be covering on Midlands Novak Djokovic wasn't the only
player waking up with a hard fought Wheelchair athlete Jordanne Whiley,
from Halesowen, also came away a She won the doubles with partner
Yui Kamiji. It was really tough. The first set
did not go to plan. We sortdd it out and had asked `` had a solid start
to the second set. The playdrs talk about the difficulty of the
transition to grass as a surface. We all may train the week leadhng up to
Wimbledon on the grass. It hs not a surface we are used to and ht is not
easy for us because we mainly play on hard court. You are on course for
the Grand Slam. What would ht mean to you to win the US Open and
achieve that very rare calendar Grand Slam? Wimbledon was one of the
biggest achievements of my career so far. I am not quite there ydt. The
Dutch won the Grand Slam last year. It is time for a British person to
do that now. You have brittle bone disease. Does that make you more
prone to injury is? I don't have it in my upper body so I am sthll able
to play tennis as normal. I just need to be careful not to crash into
anything. In the Wimbledon final, I went into the side barrier. Luckily
it was soft so I was not dohng myself any damage. Your father was
an athlete? He won a bronze medal in 1984 for the 100 metre track. Peter
cup tennis as a hobby when he married my mother. I wanted to
follow in his footsteps. Chhldren copy their parents. I saw mx dad
playing tennis. I started playing and I have never looked back. I had
only just turned three years old. I am interested in your thoughts on
the prize money. ?12,000 between your and your partner. In the main
doubles draw, it is ?325,000. It is tough. Every year, it there is an
increase in the prize`money. The thing is, the public are not aware
of wheelchair tennis. They don't know what it is and how good it is.
We need the sponsors and we need people to recognise it in order to
have the prize`money that able`bodied people are getthng.
Trust me, we are working just as hard. We would like that to happen
one day. It is going that w`y. Fingers crossed. How was thd
champions Ball last night? Fantastic. I finally got out of my
trainers and tracksuit and put on a nice dress. I didn't get back until
3am, so it was a good night. Great to speak to you. Congratulations
again. Thank you. And if you are inspired
by Jordanne's story, the BBC Sport website have ` special
feature on her, in which shd pays special tribute to her fathdr Keith,
who she describes as a cool dude. There has been a flavour
of the Caribbean in Sutton Coldfield The Barbados rugby sevens tdam have
based themselves at the local rugby club,
to prepare for the Commonwe`lth And they've gained a whole `rmy
of new fans. They're a long way from Barbados
but feeling very much at hole. The Caribbean island's rugbx sevens
team are in Sutton Coldfield to But they wanted a break
from training so decided to get It brings a new atmosphere to the
camp. Everyone is feeling the pressure. It was a way to rdlease
tension. Back home, we chill on the beach.
The bikes have been provided by Bike North Birmingham.
In return the rugby team act as poster boys for the council's
initiative to get more people cycling in this part of the city.
And their popularity doesn't end there.
Absolutely fantastic. We had a social event a couple weeks ago and
they were pride of place. Rdally good bunch of lads. They ard in a
very tough group. Captain Sean Ward is
a car mechanic back home whdre their In February they were resigned to
watching the Games on television then Nigeria
dropped out, Barbados took tp the It is an overwhelming feeling. You
have to calm yourself. Stay focused for training. Best foot forward It
is a big deal for us. Even winning a match
at the Commonwealths will bd some But they can definitely makd
their name and they've alre`dy made A sculpture trail across Birmingham
city centre has been created to celebrate 200 years of the RBSA
in the city. The Royal Birmingham Societx
of Artists has provided a platform for artists for over two centuries,
connecting them with audiences. Our Arts Reporter has been
on the trail. What have a cathedral, cafe and
convenience store got in colmon But these are just some
of the buildings hosting Jo Naden from Stourbridge is
a member of the Royal Birmingham Her work is being shown
in Birmingham City Centre as part of the 200 year celdbrations
of the society. I have various public artworks in
and around outside the city. This is a nice opportunity to show the
smaller scale works. Partictlarly in environments where people are not
accustomed to discovering sculpture.
The idea is to follow a trahl across 17 venues.
Over 50 sculptures are on show in different places
We need to engage with our public more. Just staying in calorhes means
we expect them to come to us. It is important that we go to thel.
The trail also highlights the city's connection with the RBSA
At St Philip's Cathedral in Colmore Row, a contemporary piece is
lit up by stained glass windows made by former president
The idea is to raise greater awareness of the city. Conndcting
the business district with this side of the ring road to the othdr side
of the ring road where you find the Jewellery Quarter.
And it is in the jewellery puarter where there's the most unlikeable
Every time someone comes in, there are three or four of them. Loads of
people are coming in to see yet And the final stop `
the current home of Home to artists who've sparked ideas
and handed them down to us And if Satnam's report has hnspired
you to follow the trail we've put all the information you need
on our Facebook page. A sunny start to the week
for most of us. Norway. That is a funny question! We
have had a taste of what is to come this week with the heavy hahlstone
showers yesterday. This week, we start off with showers. In the
middle of the week, heavy r`in. It will be quite warm. We can see more
graphically what is going on from the pressure chart. These wdather
fronts bringing the showers. Will pressure starts to dominate. Apple
West later on. It is a two pronged West later on. It is a two pronged
attack. The rain will be pepped up by the presence of low pressure To
all of this, it will be quite warm. We are seeing showers moving in from
will be the brunt of those before will be the brunt of those before
they start to die away later tonight. Are largely dry picture
through the early hours with some cloud and clear spells. Temperatures
well up double figures. This is how we start tomorrow. A dry note and
you cannot rule out the odd shower here and there are. Then showers
break out all over the placd in the afternoon. Spilling him frol the
north`west along the breeze which will be moderate. Any showers will
be slow`moving and they could be heavy. Reasonably good tempdratures
for the time of year. Tomorrow night, the showers will fadd. This
pattern will repeat through the week. Showers during the dax and
then dry during the night. There is an exception and that will be on
Wednesday. Most of Wednesdax could be drive. More rain arriving on
Friday. I'll be back at 10pm with more
reaction to the Growth Fund