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New security measures for electronic devices have been introduced
Initially did not mean a lot to me but then it turned out that some
establishment figures were being linked in these documents.
Documents linked convicted paedophile Peter Righton
in Worcestershire to high profile`politicians and clergy.
Another push to get knives off our streets `
this time in Wolverhampton, but do knife bins really work?
Getting the feel behind the wheel ` sparking the imagination of future
The dreams of a four year old girl come true, the young cancer patient
And what better way to round off a beautiful day than with
Sadly, there aren't many more of those to come this week.
Get ready for the temperatures to rise but the rain to fall.
A former West Mercia Police detective has told the BBC he saw
documents about a network of paedophiles
involving high`profile politicians and clergy in the 1990S.
Terry Shutt was involved in the arrest
of of the social work expert Peter Righton in Worcestershire in 19 2.
Righton was convicted of importing child pornography
Mr Shutt says he believes information contained
in the documents, including details about named individuals,
Our reporter Sarah Falkland is here now.
He's been recalling how he was called to a house in Eveshal
in Worcestershire at the repuest of customs officials
containing indecent pictures of young boys
Living at the house was a m`n called Peter Righton,
one of the most respected child care experts in the country.
He was a consultant to the National Children's Bureau.
At the time, most people had no idea he was
a paedophile, and it's him who's key to these latest revelathons
Of course I deny it. That is all I want to say.
He took the truth about the extent of his paedophilia to the grave
Peter Righton was a respected academic.
His dark side was uncovered during a police search
It was between four and six large bin liners of documentation. It had
been stored haphazardly. In amongst the items at the top of the pile was
the diary of Peter Righton. And in the back of that it had a lhst of
200 names of boys that he that had relationships with.
Righton was convicted of possessing indecent imagds
But what of the other men n`med in his correspondence?
That was the scary part. Whdn you started looking at the names,
initially did not mean a lot to me but it seemed it was establhshment
figures being named in thesd documents.
If what he says is true, it only adds weight to clails that
Westminster was at the centre of a paedophile ring,
We are looking at upwards of 20 and certainly a much larger number of
people who knew about it who did nothing who were in a posithon to do
something about it. DC Shutt says he handed over all
the evidence to the But he's confident the
"main link into the Establishment" We have to have a sense that we can
trust people in government, and if they are not there to shoot and
protect each other. They ard there to make sure that we get Ings right.
`` to shield and protect each other. To make sure that we get thhngs
right. Neither the Met Police nor
West Mercia police force ard They say they can't as it's an
on going investigation. But you've spoken to
the former chief constable of He says that the whole thing is a
dreadful matter and if he h`d been aware of powerful evidence like
this, he is sure that he wotld have organ `` he would have ordered an
investigation. You're watching Midlands Today,
Coming up later in the programme. a car which tracks what
the driver does learns from it. A man has appeared in court charged
with murder after a fatal stabbing during violence which broke out
in Sparkbrook in Birmingham. Ikram Khan, who was 28,
was stabbed in the neck in the Naweed Bashardost, who's 22,
and from Alum Rock, was remanded in custody to `ppear at
Birmingham Crown Court on Friday. Today's court appearance coles on
the day the widow of West Mhdlands Police and Crime Commissiondr Bob
Jones launched a knife surrender
programme in Wolverhampton. The scheme is already operating
in Birmingham, although onlx a handful of weapons have been handed
in since the launch in Febrtary Our special correspondent
Peter Wilson is in Wolverhampton
for us this evening. doesn't seem to be making mtch
of a difference. We have got three of these knife
bins in Birmingham. This is one of seven, there is another one in
Wolverhampton. It was opened or unveiled in an emotional
presentation by the widow of Bob Jones, Sarah. She was asked whether
these are actually working by saying that if it just saves one lhfe, in
her eyes, then it is working. It is not the police initiative, ht has
come from the community. Bob Jones, who died last week, his deptty joins
us now. There are lots of criticisms of these bins. Would you sax that
they are working? I would s`y that this is about the young people who
said they wanted to have thdse bins. I have had a meeting with a number
of young people. He was said he wanted to hear what the young people
had to say. They said that they wanted to have these ends, `nd this
is a testament to them, and to Bob, because it was him who inithated
having the bins in Wolverhalpton, and having three of them in
Birmingham. This is one of seven bins. We are thing to have dight of
them. This is outside the T`bernacle Baptist Church. Is outside the
church really the right ways for people to bring weapons? It is where
people would accept that thdy would have them. Yes it is the right place
for us to have the bins. We have consulted with people and the police
have done a lot of work on this initiative for us and yes it is the
right place because this is what people said that they wanted. From
Wolverhampton, handing back to this Judeo. `` to the studio.
Conditions at HMP Birmingham have improved
since a private takeover three years ago, according to a new report.
A snap inspection found the prison in Winson Green was
"making good progress" sincd contractor G4S took control,
The presence of illicit drugs remained "stubbornly high",
while some foreign inmates were negative about their experidnces,
It is better than it was, btt there are still violence and levels of
self harm that are too high. While it is improving it is not somewhere
that you would want to be if you had a choice, and they have still got to
do more, I think. Coventry North MP Geoffrey Robinson
has asked Education Secretary Michael Gove for
a meeting to discuss the shortfall in funding for the Government's new
free school meal policy. From September, all schools will be
required to offer Coventry's been given ?950,000 to
pay for it, but the city council says the actual
cost will be more than ?2 mhllion. The head of schools watchdog Ofsted
has suggested breaking up the local education authority in Birmhngham
could address problems with schools so`called Trojan Horse allegations,
which claimed some Muslim governors had tried to impose their own ideas
in Birmingham schools. Last month, Ofsted published
the findings of inspections in 21 schools in Birmingham, and
placed five in special meastres This issue of so`called Trojan horse
in Birmingham is a lack of confidence in the support of
Birmingham Council for headteachers, well before this issue
came up, I went to speak to about 15, 20, of the most successful
headteachers in Birmingham, of local authority schools. They said that
Birmingham had been pretty tseless. That they wanted to do more. That
they had approached the loc`l authority to do more so that they
could engineer it and broke it, and that they had been most unhdlpful.
`` broker it. The silver jaguar is one of the most
famous images associated with West Midlands
manufacturing ` a crucial
element of the regional economy Nearly 325,000 people are elployed
here in the industry, and the West Midlands accounts
for 10% of all UK manufacturing That makes it worth more th`n ? 3
billion to the UK, but companies fear a skills shortage
could hold back growth. It's thought that almost ond million
workers will be needed nationally by 2020, to replace those rdtiring
or leaving the industry. So pointing school leavers to
manufacturing That's why dozens of Staffordshire
teenagers have spent the dax getting taste of engineering at a
race track. Here's Liz Coppdr. Kit cars, school teams and ` racing
challenge. This is a compethtion run by a Staffordshire company to
encourage the engineers of the future. It is a company that
inspires them in terms of I built this car, it is about engindering,
that is why it I want to do in future. Teams have spent nine months
working on cars. Going from the first day building it from the
chassis, to winning the racd, ten months later. It is the whole
process of it, it is fantastic. I had never done anything likd this
before. Now I feel like it would be interesting to do it every day, as a
job. There was of jobs in engineering, not just messy ones and
it has been great to experidnce all of the different parts of it. ``
there are lots of jobs in engineering. All of the teals have
been sponsored by local bushnesses. They have not just offered financial
support, but given help and guidance. Getting behind thd wheel
gives the students the chance to fine tune their designs and to
impress spectators and the head judge. I think it is so
professional. And local companies, the sponsorship has given these kids
this feel of a paddock, the feel of a proper race with real enghneering
and real precision and real excitement. I am thrilled to be part
of it. This is now an annual competition fostering the ndxt
generation of engineering t`lent in the region.
Some potential engineers of the future.
If they take up a career in manufacturing, they could well
find themselves working for Jaguar Land Rover.
Latest sales figures show continued growth.
Last month, JLR revealed thdy'd sold more than 200,000 vehicles
But how will engineers keep pace with the demands
Today, the company, which elploys more than 19,000 people
in the West Midlands, has been showing off some of the
technology it intends to put into cars of the future ` to our business
Showcasing the technology of tomorrow.
This is the result of many lonths of brain`storming for the gadgdts that
The self`loathing Cara set tp to the driver's profile. `` the self
learning car. The self learning car designed to
track what drivers do Among other things, it can predict
if you're running late and can send a text saying so
to the person you're due to meet. No buttons or switches,
just gestures. With the gesture you did not need to
look where the button is, you just perform the gesture.
And this is laser referencing ` which could drastically improve
safety on the cars of the ftture so too the virtual windscreen concept
But for JLR, new technology can also help reduce CO2 emmisshons
It is essential. If you do not meet the regulations then you ard out of
business. We are 180 grams `nd the target is 132 grams. With the
activities we have discussed today that are no pipeline, we will
achieve the target. I think you have got a mixture of things that are
bringing Jaguar Land`Rover up`to`date worthy have been lagging
behind, and some areas wherd they are beginning to lead with
technology that we have yet to see that will be a world first, on a
British car. Although only a demonstration, JLR
reckons that most of the technology on display today will be fitted to
it's cars within five years. A former West Mercia detecthve
claims evidence of a paedophile ring Your detailed weather forec`st to
come shortly. from playing table tennis
in a Leamington Spa church hall to becoming a medal prospect at the
Commonwealth Games. Meet the man who is taking on the
mountains with a nose and a sprout. Tilly Sweet is
a four year old girl who's fighting When she was asked to make
a wish while she undergoes treatment, she asked for a garden to
play in, at her home in Tamworth. As Bob Hockenhull reports,
her dream today became a re`lity. So Tilly Sweet has put up whth
a lot in her short life. She's been given her own garden to
play in, especially created from scratch by the Round T`ble s
Childrens Wish Charity. It is just wonderful. The gtys
turned up and asked what shd wanted. And she told them. And they have
done it exactly as she wantdd. After hearing about Tilly's
condition, the Round Table contacted hdr
parents to make her wish cole true. Before, there was just a yard at the
family home in Tamworth. It was not child friendly bdfore.
She has had lots of sad days, and totally now she will have lots of
happy days and safe days in the garden.
It's taken 10 days to complete the makdover.
Many volunteers have given their time to help this little girl.
It says a lot for Tamworth that people will come together and do
good for people who need it. We are over the moon with it and jtst to
see her out here smiling and enjoying it is in fantastic `` it is
fantastic. The completion of the project
has coincided with good news. Doctors have discovered Tilly's
brain tumour is shrinking. Her parents believe a combination
of chemotherapy, a strictly controlled diet and plenty of
exercise is helping their d`ughter. If there was any doubt as to who
this garden belongs to, this colourful wall makes it could
equally. `` makes it pretty clear. Tilly is the name and
before we left there was ond more Something which everyone here hopes
will give brave Tilly many hours Now a busy summer of sport
continues. Just two weeks until the start of the Commonwealth G`mes and
Ian has been to meet one of our medal hopefuls.
When Kelly Sibley was just 8 years old, her Mum took her for a game
of table tennis at Lillington church hall in Leamington Spa.
And now she's ranked England's number 2.
When the Commonwealth Games begin two weeks today,
Kelly is one of our best medal prospects, and she's been training
The clock is ticking. The Commonwealth Games are almost here.
And Kelly Sibley is going for gold in Glasgow. I am excited because I
believe that we are the good place, so let's see what happens.
England's number two is rel`xed and focused. Glasgow will be her third
Commonwealth Games after colpeting in Melbourne and in Delhi, `nd
follows the unforgettable experience of the London Olympics. The
atmosphere was electric, it was one of the best experiences of ly life.
I can take that and use it towards Glasgow. The atmosphere was buzzing.
I just cannot wait to get there now. What is next for Kelly Sibley?
Hopefully a medal, and I will dedicate it to my family. It was her
mother, a county player, who got Kelly started at the age of eight.
But at the church hall in Ldamington spa, she had never found an opponent
quite as good as the best young player in China, who is now the
perfect sparring partner for Kelly, as she prepares for the challenge
that lies ahead in Glasgow. She was so professional at 12, the Chinese
number one at 15. Remarkabld. A fantastic achievement. She has
obviously still got it. It hs good to practice with her. I sent the
best luck to Kelly, and just to be herself, and she can achievd it
Having some players from thd elite table tennis nation of Chin` gives
that level of consistency and control and power and ability on the
table that will challenge and push our athletes. It is a vital
ingredient on the route to Glasgow. Singapore will likely be thd
toughest opponents for Engl`nd in Glasgow but Kelly is quietlx
confident that her team`matds will return home with several medals
preferably made of gold. Thdre could be a double danish steel developing
at Aston Villa. One is definitely the other deal is possible. Nicklas
Bendtner is available on a free transfer having been releasdd by
Arsenal. The 26`year`old scored twice in the Premier League last
season and has 56 Danish caps, and Aston Villa are one of several clubs
interested. Today, sadly no wickets for the Worcestershire all`rounder
in the first test at Trent Bridge, but the watch a batsman Ian Bell
took two very smart catches and India closed on 259`4. The bee
Theatre Festival is our and running in Birmingham and 60 artists are
producing shows at the Birmhngham repertory Theatre. The performances
are designed to spark ideas for future productions and the `udiences
Jude do not just watch, as our arts reporter found out. We are outside
the dance hall and the partx is sweet. These two are not performers
but members of the audience. This is touchy`feely take part Theatre. The
festival brings European performance the Birmingham to share thehr
amazing work. It is stimulating for creative people do have the
opportunity to see what work is coming from other countries. The
special thing is that the atdience can encounter the artists, `nd
discover that we are not so different, and that Europe hs OK,
actually. This year, Birmingham repertory's workshop has become a
social hub. The idea is for the audience to experience 30 mhnute
performances around the building. I just love the weirdness of ht, I
absolutely love it, and cre`tivity, the enthusiasm of everybody.
Sometimes I cannot describe it. I send a journal on to my colleagues
and I cannot describe some of it, sometimes. It might not be the sort
of theatre we are used to, but that is the whole point. I find ht
exciting. I am not sitting there going, what does it mean? I am there
thinking, my body is moving like this and I am really excited by
these rhythms and tones and colours. It is full of passion. And so to the
interval. Normally we go ond way and the performers the other but at this
festival everybody comes onstage to share food, audience and artist in
order to talk about what thdy have seen, so far. From onstage
performances to installations, this is one festival which brings
audiences closer to their performers. This is the one you have
all been waiting for. Each xear more than 500,000 people trekked to the
top of Mount Snowdon in Walds, 085 metres above sea level, it has
attracted climbers for hundreds of years, but it has not seen `nything
like this. At the end of July, Stuart Kettlewell Borja will trek to
the summit pushing a Brussels sprouts with his nose. As any
sportsman will tell you, warm up exercises and proper equipmdnt are
important when embarking on a challenge. When that task is pushing
a Brussels sprouts up Mount Snowdon, isn't it more question of
sanity? People think I am m`d. I am beginning to think this mysdlf.
Stuart has estimated it will take him four 10`hour days to colplete
the climb to the summit of Snowdon. And what sort of sportsman hnjuries
are you going to get from this? My neck, arms, knees and feet. It is
probably one of the most uncomfortable positions I h`ve ever
been in. The importance of the right type of Sprout cannot be
underestimated. More than 50 will be used for the uphill nostril
challenge. I need a large Sprout so that they does not fall down the
cracks in the rocks. And I need a Sprout that is not going to go all
mushy and give up on me. His practice sessions have insphred his
18`month`old daughter, but on the streets of his village, the
all`terrain nosed pavement training caused plenty of head turning and
amazement. I have never seen anything like that in my life. He is
absolutely crazy. I have sedn a few things in my life but nothing like
that. Is it going to roll all the way down? Stuart is no stranger to
bizarre fundraising but even he admits that, for this Sprout
challenge, he's going to nedd more than just a fair wind behind him, to
succeed. When he's finished, I hope he takes time to veg out. Now the
weather. There was of something lurking around the corner nowadays,
rain being the main thing. But we are looking at quite a lot of
sunshine for the moment. We're looking at dry conditions now, which
will change in the next few days. We have some rain and showers `nd some
plan A, " this is to round tp the week. This rage of high pressure
between these systems is kedping the showers at bay. Then we havd a warm
front pushing in from the e`st, which is unusual because most of the
weather comes in from the wdst. That will move in by the end of tomorrow,
ushering in some more clammx air by the end of the week. That could be
the trigger for some heavy showers on Friday and potentially some
thunderstorms, before the ndxt system swings into the weekdnd and
continues that theme. We ard enjoying some late evening shone ``
sunshine now. Temperatures should fall to around 10 Celsius tonight.
Even though we are enjoying some late sunshine, we're looking at
cloud thickening in the east either that system for tomorrow evdning. We
start with some sunshine through the course of tomorrow morning. It is
quite a bright, sunny start for most places. That will send tempdratures
up to around 24 Celsius across the south of the region. You will see
those temperatures rising and that he'd beginning to kick in. Then site
will be coupled with a fresh breeze from a north`westerly direction ``
temperatures will be coupled with. Then, that rain coming in tomorrow
evening and overnight. We whll see that pushing in. It will be mostly
light rain but there could be the odd heavy burst. By the end of the
week, we could see some thunderstorms. The headlines, new
security measures for passengers at UK airports will now affect all
flights. And the former West Murcia detective claims evidence of a
paedophile ring in the 1990s was not followed up. I will be back at ten
o'clock, I hope you can join me for that. Have a good evening.
and this time the challenge is bigger than ever.
Six young songwriters mark a major anniversary.
It'll be really difficult to write a song for World War I
They're really going to have to put themselves in those people's shoes.
Guys, did that go perfectly? Did we forget the tune?
I just don't want to mess it up There's a lot of pressure.
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