13/07/2014 Midlands Today


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Good evening. 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.


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.


The theft has been reduced quite dramatically really.


We haven't seen any major events where we've been targeted


by anybody. I've seen no activity.


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.


We are catching these criminals and prosecuting them.


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,


It really changes us and puts us, 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


After being treated in Birmingham, she became a campaigner


It's three months since the Nigerian girls were abducted by the militant


A third person's been charged with the murder of a 28`year`old man


Father of four Ikram Khan was stabbed


in the neck during a disturbance on Stratford Road in Sparkbrook.


The man, who's 25, is due in court tomorrow.


A thousand Morgan car owners descended on the company's factory


in Worcestershire today to celebrate the 100th year of production there.


The firm claims to be the world's oldest privately`owned


car manufacturer. Joanne Writtle reports.


Deep in the Malvern Hills, the 180 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 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.


The Morgan's been part of hill climb competitions and a firm favourite


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.


The Wolverhampton speedway star Tai Woofinden finished second in


last night's British Grand Prix as he bids to retain his world title.


Woofinden, wearing the white helmet, was beaten by American rider


Greg Hancock in the final race in Cardiff.


But after scoring more points on the night,


Woofinden now leads the overall standings with five meetings to go.


Time for the weather now. Here's Sara Blizzard.


We will be holding on to the drier weather as we head through the


evening. Clearer skies coming in overnight. There could be a little


mist in the early hours but it will be a much fresher and night, not the


community we experienced last night, a minimum of ten Celsius `` not


disunity. Tomorrow morning there will be brightness then cloud


increasing in the afternoon and a weather front moving in. It will


produce some patchy light rain around tea`time but it will still be


a warm day tomorrow, temperatures reaching a maximum of 22. We have a


good deal of dry weather in the middle part of the week but it will


gradually turn humid again and it will feel very hot by Thursday.


Hello, most places are enjoying a fine end to the weekend with some


sunshine. You might be firing up the barbecue ahead of the World Cup


final but we have seen torrential storms in East Anglia and they still


have showers. They will ease but showers in Eastern Scott and into


eastern England. Elsewhere, it is dry and clear and misty and places,


and cooler, sunspots in single figures. -- some areas. 20 of


sunshine first thing but the weather will change from the West. Northern


Ireland is first to get rain in the morning and that will head into


western Scotland, quite heavy and reaching parts of western England


and Wales in the afternoon. In the East, not much. Cloud will build


across central and eastern Scotland but they -- but there will still be


sunny spells and it will feel warm. Northern Ireland, temperatures held


down by rain but it will ease by the evening but it will still be wet in


western Scotland and some of that rain will head East later in the


day. Wettest in Scotland in the


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