08/07/2014 Midlands Today


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for the patients of the future. That's all from us. Now on BBC One

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Good evening. it's

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A former Government advisor is warning young Muslims

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against joining Islamist militia groups in the Middle East.

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It comes after two Birmingham men today

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admitted in court to spending eight months in Syria fighting

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alongside rebels linked with Al`Qaeda.

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Our special correspondent Peter Wilson has been talking to

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Jahan Mahmood who, for thred years, advised the Government on m`tters

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He believes the reason why xoung men are joining the rebels is complex.

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It's a number of reasons that actually pushes them

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One is humanitarian purposes, two is the injustices that Syrian

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landscape, but also a sense of adventure, bravado and what they

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consider a spiritual battle, really, more than anything else.

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The mosques here tonight in Birmingham are telling pdople not

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I think there's a greater chance that members of the Muslim community

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will listen to the Imams th`n, let's say, someone working on

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counter`extremism projects, because ultimately they don't see them as

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caught in a contradictory issue because naturally the Government is

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pushing out the idea that wd shouldn't go out to Syria btt at

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the same time is supporting certain militia, whereas communities or

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members from the mosque are in a strong position to be `ble to

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stick to their ideals and s`y don't go for reasons A, B or C.

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And the reasons are quite clear don't go out there

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Also, don't be used as cannon fodder, which is often the case

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And thirdly, you have no idda what you're getting yourself into.

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I know of one young man who went as a relief worker and his colleague,

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who was a white convert, got kidnapped by a militia group out

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there and I think that is a strong enough message in itself, don't get

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caught in a situation that sometimes there is no way ott of.

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A man's been charged tonight with the murder of Birmingham man

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Ikram Ullah Khan, who died during disorder in the Sparkbrook

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28`year`old Mr Khan, who was known locally as

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Ikram Elahi, was fatally st`bbed in the neck during the disturb`nces.

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A 28`year`old man is due before Birmingham magistratds

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Police have named a couple who were found

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stabbed to death at their Solihull home.

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The bodies of Pin Chang, who was 58, and his 50`year`old wife, Qtoi,

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were found at the address in Hermitage Road yesterday morning.

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A 23`year`old man, who's related to the couple, was

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arrested on suspicion of murder and is in hospital receiving trdatment.

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Police are investigating after a teacher was car`jacked

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in front of pupils at a Warwickshire school.

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The 41`year`old man was att`cked outside Kenilworth School and

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Sixth Form yesterday by two men in balaclavas who were armed with

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They drove off in his blue Ford Fiesta, registration BD14 VPV.

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The teacher was treated in hospital for slight injuries

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The Worcestershire batsman Loeen Ali says he's still ?buzzing?

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Ali, who's from Sparkbrook in Birmingham,

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And he'll play in just his third Test Match when England facd India

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He's at home at New Road, btt Moeen Ali is getting used to being away.

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In June, he made his England debut and he's loving it.

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It's amazing being involved and being around such top players,

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coaches and just everyone who knows what is going on.

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It is like a good buzz, you know? You are buzzing every day.

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his fourth innings, he's made a good impression.

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He's happy to be a role moddl, for his club, his home city

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It plays a major role in my cricket, you know?

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It keeps me calm, helps me with my patience,

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struggle with a lot when I was younger.

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and to be a role model for other Muslims and people who follow the

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faith and stuff, or other f`iths, it is nice, you know?

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Worcestershire supporters love him as a cricketer and as a person.

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He's a superb guy, everything about him is good.

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He's a great example to any youngster wanting to play the game.

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He always appears very courteous, very friendly,

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always gives autographs to the children. So he is a nice chap.

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He is great to watch and grdat to talk to,

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"The beard that is feared", this T`shirt is now available

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in the club shop at Worcestdr. It is fair say that

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Moeen Ali has got cult statts here at New Road.

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Moeen grew up in Birmingham and signed as a professional

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for Warwickshire aged just 15. But four years latdr,

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he moved to Worcestershire to gain more first`team experience.

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Chris Mander is a PE teacher at Moseley School and taught Moeen.

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His sporting talent stood ott from an early age.

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He could play cricket, obviously, and that was his starring sport

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but football, athletics, who was a good athlete,

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he played football for me for five years in my football team,

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so everything he turned to, he succeeded with.

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Moeen Ali says it's unbelievable to play for England.

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But now he's made it, he just wants more.

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Arts organisations in Stoke`on`Trent have been awarded ?500,000

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to turn vacant buildings into theatres, galleries, and cinemas.

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Buildings like the former Chatterley Whitfield Colliery are being used

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The scheme will run for fivd years and organisers hope it will improve

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This project is all about bringing the sort of buildings back to life.

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We will be bringing artists from all over to work in thdse sort

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of spaces and to breathe new life and work into the atmospherd here,

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these lovely inspiring buildings and to make new work in them, bringing

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people into them, noise, colour excitement, all of those thhngs

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so that the city becomes a really vibrant space again.

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That is all from me. We will be back before Breakfast tomorrow. H will

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leave you with Rebecca. It has been a day of lively showers

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and heavy showers today but thankfully, tomorrow, things start

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to calm down. We have high pressure building which will kill off the

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showers and settle things down. Sunny spells to come tomorrow and

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temperatures are going to climb getting to the 20s again. Wd do have

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pockets of clear skies developing and where we get those, we get

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those, because could see mist and fog patches developing overnight and

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it means temperatures will fall away overnight. These are the values in

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towns and cities but in the values in towns and cities but improved

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that, possibly into the single figures. The third. To break up

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through the day, giving us ` pleasant day, with the best of the

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conditions in western parts, where we could see temperatures gdtting up

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to the mid`20s. But then ploughed and heavy rain to come from the

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east. The National forecast is up weekend. Hot on Saturday with

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thundery showers. Good evening, the rain in Rio is

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matching the mood, I suspect, this evening. Here, we will take a day

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off from the rain tomorrow, at least most of us. There will be sunshine

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around. The showers will be back for the end of the week. Dry over night

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virtually everywhere. Winds easing down in many places except towards

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the North Sea coasts. The south west will keep a breeze going. Not a cold

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night, temperatures holding 12- 4 degrees typically. A dry day

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virtually everywhere tomorrow. Cloud

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