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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