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An area of the Midlands once plagued by metal
theft has seen the biggest drop in the crime anywhere in the country.
Last year the Sandwell area saw a 76% fall in the theft of metal.
Police there have also become the first in the West Midlands to
enforce new legislation regulating scrap metal dealers.
With all this metal around, it's easy to see why this company
in Bilston was a prime target for thieves.
In 2011, a break`in cost the business tens
of thousands of pounds, but since laws have been tightened
on the sale of scrap metal, things have significantly improved.
We haven't seen any major events where we've been targeted
Major changes to the law, including the banning of cash payments and
proof of the seller's identity, mean thefts have dropped dramatically
across the West Midlands, with Sandwell seeing incidents fall last
year by more than three`quarters, the best anywhere in the country.
You'd be surprised how many people are happy to go into a scrapyard
and give their photographic identification and try to sell them
stolen metal, thinking they will never get caught.
At this scrap metal business in Dudley, the new law means things
Until just two years ago, this is how customers used to get paid.
Money was put in here, it was sent through these tubes and they
But due to the changes in law, everything is now done by computer,
In fact, this system has become so successful,
We are not a backward industry.
We feel we have really come to the forefront of modern business.
Police say they'll continue to work closely with the scrap metal trade
and any firm found flouting the new law will risk losing
The Birmingham teenager and education campaigner
Malala Yousafzai is in Nigeria to meet the families of
Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban
in her native Pakistan in 2012. After being treated in Birmingham,
she became a campaigner for girls' education.
It's three months since the Nigerian girls were abducted by the militant
A thousand Morgan car owners descended on the company's factory
in Worcestershire today to celebrate the 100th year of production there.
The company claims to be the world's oldest privately`owned
car manufacturer. Joanne Writtle reports.
Deep in the Malvern Hills, the 200 people who work
for the Morgan Motor Company enjoy a picturesque journey to work.
Today was a celebration of the century the factory's been
in this setting, with a car for every year of production on show.
She was registered in September 1914.
She's only got two gears, no reverse.
If you see someone's driveway which goes uphill, then you just
ease up into it and float back. Fantastic.
Roger Orford bought his 1925 Morgan for ?25.
I used to drive it from home in Stourbridge, the town I lived in, to
the technical college when I was 16 with another schoolmate in the front
and if we were lucky we would bring two girls back from school at night.
Over the years, the cars have developed, although
And this is the latest model, a centenary special edition,
Only 60 have been built and they cost ?70,000.
Jill Price's grandfather Harry made the first Morgan
for the simple reason that he was fed up of cycling to work.
He made this little three`wheeler runabout and
his sister Dot liked it so much, she thought, "Could you make me one?"
So he made her one and then he started production after that.
Little did Harry Morgan know that years later, so many enthusiasts
would descend on his factory to celebrate what he started.
Time for the weather now. Here's Sara Blizzard.
It's a fine finish to the night and it is not as humid as last night so
you might get a bit of sleep. The night`time temperatures dropping to
a minimum of 10 Celsius, small amount of cloud around and early
tomorrow morning maybe a bit of mist. The best part of the day will
be the morning with some sunshine. In the aptly named the cloud
increases and small amounts are patchy rain moving but it will still
be a warm day, maximum temperature around 22 Celsius.
Midlands Today will be back during Breakfast tomorrow
at just before 6:30am. Have a good night.
Good evening. A fine night ahead. A few showers are lingering across
eastern England and eastern Scotland. They should fade away into
the small hours. There will be clear skies and it will be a fresher night
and last night. Temperatures will slide down into the mid-teens and
lower. A decent start to the new week. The emphasis really is on
start because, once the morning gets under way, wetter and windier
weather. To work its way into Northern Ireland probably reaching
most part by the end of the rush-hour and pushing into western
Scotland by lunchtime. The same weather system will also see the sky
is greying across the south-west of England and Wales. Cloud will build
further east. Still with some spells of sunshine. Temperatures of 23, 24.
Sunny skies across Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Wetter weather pushing
into Cambria. A bit brighter for Northern Ireland later in the
afternoon. A wet story. . It will continue to push