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New claims from a former he`d of social services linking our region
to an alleged paedophile network at the heart of the establishment.
This was something which was alarming, that opened a Pandora s
box. David Tombs said he raised concerns
to the Department of Health 20 years Tahir Alam and his Board of Trustees
at Park View Trust resign following allegations of a Luslim
takeover plot. We are now at a stage where our
students are asking, why do people think I am a terrorist?
Delays on the line ` it's likely to take more th`n two
years to assess hundreds of petitions against High Speed 2.
Special delivery ` rare World War One planes including a pair
And if you can't stand the heat this week is not for you `
sunbaked fields in clear blte skies and sweltering temper`tures.
It could soon be a reality, but not without its drawbacks.
There have been new claims linking our region with
an alleged paedophile network at the heart of the establishment.
A former head of social services for Hereford and Worcester has spoken
of how he took his concerns about a paedophile ring to bosses in the
But David Tombs says his warnings were ignored.
His claims back up those already made by a colleague of his hn social
services and also by a formdr West Mercia police detectivd.
At home in Ledbury, retired for some 20 years.
David Tombs was once a national authority in sochal
services, a man used to havhng his concerns taken seriouslx.
So when in the early ?90s he heard `bout the
case of Peter Righton, a paddophile from Evesham whose activitids
allegedly implicated dozens of high`profile figures, he thought the
I was told that I was probably wasting my time, that there were...
The words used were along these lines.
That there were ?too many of them over there?.
Now, I was talking about paedophhlia
I was in the Department of Health and the "over there"
to me indicated, although the words were not used, within Parli`ment or
David Tombs? account of a cover`up might sound f`miliar.
That's because the case of Peter Righton ` who's now ddad `
is linked to Operation Fairbank the current police investig`tion
into claims of a paedophile network linked to Downing Street.
It all started in October 1892 when West Bromwich Labour MP Tom
Watson stood up in the Commons and asked for
Now he'd been given information from one of Mr Tombs? colleagues, the
former child protection man`ger Peter McKelvie. He spoke publicly
last week, saying he believdd at least 20 prominent men were involved
Two days later, his story w`s corroborated by the former West
Now he claimed he had found suitcases full of correspondence
under Righton's bed linking establishment figures to paddophilia
and that despite the police knowing about the evidence nothing was done.
David Tombs has described the Righton case as a Pandora's box that
It seems to me that the one place I should be able to come to to alert
the nation to this issue was the Department of Health.
And it didn't look as if I was going to get any kind of response.
Tonight, a spokesperson for the Department of Health sahd she
couldn't comment on Mr Tombs? claims because of the imminent enqtiry
The chairman of the education trust at the centre
of the alleged Trojan Horse Muslim takeover plot in Birmingham schools
has resigned along with his entire Board of Trustees.
Our political reporter, Kathryn Stanczyszyn, is at the
Well, Elliott, the head teacher stood in front of these eight is so
widely pictured over the last four months and announced he was stepping
down along with his trustees at this trust. He did not go quietlx, saying
the message from Government is clear. You can comment on these East
Birmingham 's and run the schools and improve them you know c`nnot be
trusted to carry on. Ofsted downgraded three of the schools run
by this trust last month and Mr Alam said it was a vicious attack. Ofsted
found that the trust had bedn pushing an Islamic agenda and there
was a culture of fear and intimidation amongst staff,
something Mr Alam has strentously denied. In his resignation, he said
there was no apologies, no regrets, just concern for the pupils here.
Our grade A students are asking why do people think I am a
terrorist? They are worrying about the impact having Park View on their
might have on the chances of securing a college, univershty or a
future job prospect. The trtth is that no`one cared about the children
and young people in Birmingham when the schools were failing them
There was little doubt eithdr of who Mr Alam blame for this. He spoke
about Michael Gove. He said he has a profound mistrust of Islam, that is
on public record, and that hs what has allowed suspicion to grow and
concerns to be blown out of proportion.
What happens now at the schools involved?
All three trustees will now be replaced. The Department for
Education are involved in this. Other heads from outstanding schools
are likely to come in and hdlp run the school from September.
How a company from Stoke is transforming the back
of bus seats into interactive maps for the Commonwealth Games.
It's likely to take MPs mord than two years to assess hundreds
of petitions against the high speed rail link
An influential Government committee has spent the day in the Midlands
looking at sites which could be affected by the line.
Our transport correspondent Peter Plisner is at Curzon Street in
Birmingham, which would be the site of the main station for the project.
Why is it going to take so long for these petitions to be hdard
I think it is the sheer weight of petitions that have been received by
those opposed to HS2 and indeed the hybrid bill that could clear the way
for it to be built. At the dnd of June when the deadline passdd, 900
petitions had been put forw`rd by people directly affected by the
line. All of those have perlission to address the committee personally.
That is why we will see so luch time taken. The committee was he`rd in
the Midlands all day today `nd visited this site. This is where we
saw plans for what will be the UK's biggest HS2 station. They also saw
other parts of Birmingham and the area. I talked to the chairlan of
the committee and he talked about the timescales. We would be lucky to
do it in under two years. It depends about this petitions and sole of the
changes we might make. Many of the petitions depend on decisions the
committee might make. So, wd intend to deal with it as quickly `s we
can. Did the committee meet with any of the objectors today?
They did. They spent all dax year and went to a village badly affected
by plans for HS2. They encotntered a small protest here and some of those
people had put petitions in. I spoke to one of those who did spe`k to one
of the committee members and visitors what they said. Thdy were
very reasonable. I hope thex will take on board some of the things we
said. What did you talk abott? I thought it was a waste of money and
they should look at the altdrnative proposals we have put forward. It
does rather make deadlines pretty tight if construction will start in
2017. One or bit of HS2 news. It is highly likely the Government will
announce that HS2 Limited, The company behind the controversial
scheme, will move its headqtarters from London to Birmingham so that
they can be in Birmingham to manage the construction phase of the
project. A Birmingham man charged with
facilitating terrorism has been West Midlands Police say 20`year`old
Mouloud Tahari, from Sparkhhll, His mother Gerri Tahari will
appear before a jury in September The Independent Police Complaints
Commission is assessing whether West Midlands Police should be
investigated following the lurder It's emerged police visited
58`year`old Pin Chang and hhs 50`year`old wife Quoy less than an
hour before they were found stabbed A 23`year`old man remains in
a critical condition in hospital, The Labour Party has announced that
former Transport Minister D`vid Jamieson has been selected
as the candidate for West Mhdlands Mr Jamieson, who's from Solhhull,
was MP for Plymouth The by`election was called
after the death There have been comings
and goings all day at Number 10 Downing Street, as the Primd
Minister reshapes his Cabindt. And it's had some major
repercussions here in the Mhdlands. The North Shropshire MP Owen
Paterson has been sacked as Environment Secretary
but there's been a promotion Our political editor Patrick Burns
has been So, Patrick,
not a good day for Owen Patterson? Absolutely not. I am told that
unlike some of his colleaguds, Owen Paterson was in no mood to stand
down. This really is a filing. Why? Partly because of his response to
the flooding emergency. There was the failed badger cull and those
notorious comments about Defra's handling of the measures to prevent
TB and cattle spreading. Asked about the failure of pilots, incltding one
in Gloucestershire, he said the badgers moved the goalposts. He has
had a rough ride since he took over the job Environment Secretary two
years ago from one of his fdllow Midlands MPs. He has been no
stranger to controversy. He has been sceptical about climate change and a
very public opponent of the Government's Same`sex Marri`ge Bill.
Where some MPs lose out, others gain. Good news for Jeremy Wright.
That is the way of it. Mr Wright has landed the top job of Attorney
General, which makes in the Government's chief legal adviser. He
is a specialist in criminal law who practised as a barrister at
Birmingham Chambers and has been an MP since 2005. He was then the
Minister for prison is and rehabilitation since 2012. This is a
significant motion. Some of those tipped for thd top
jobs? We're still waiting for details for possible top jobs for
some of our Midlands MPs who are female.
They are more likely to be junior roles.
Margot James, the MP for Stourbridge, MP for West
Worcestershire Harriet Baldwin, and Stafford Moorlands? Karen Bradley.
It was a busy day at Number 10 Downing Street. Thank you.
A Stoke`on`Trent technology company is helping to give passengers on
buses in Glasgow a more intdractive Commonwealth Games experience.
It means people with smartphones or tablets will be able to find out
more about the Games, the vdnues and the competitors all by scanning a
And as our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper's been finding ott,
This hi`tech firm's taking on companies in Silicon Valley.
Its name is Ooh`AR and AR stands for "augmented reality".
All this from its headquartdrs in Burslem in Stoke`on`Trent.
What is augmented reality? Ht is a bridge between the real world and
digital world. By pointing xour smartphone or tablet at a phece of
packaging or piece of print or even a bus seat, we can access htge
amounts of information. It streams to that device so customers can be
engaged about products and services but then they can immediately start
to interact with that content using the touch`screen to sign up or
joining or buy things. One of the company's most hhgh
profile projects has been l`unched The technology's being used on
the back of bus seats in Gl`sgow. Once you switch it on, you hold it
and it will pick the trigger lock and the information comes to life as
you're travelling towards the city centre. You can see information on
Glasgow and you can also tap it and it will take you to different
websites where you can get information on what is happdning in
Glasgow and also on timetables for other services.
The Prince of Wales was shown how the technology works
He was obviously entertained, but there's serious business
In education, it will be very big. When you do your shopping, xou will
see it in stores. Almost evdry sector of everyday life it hs going
to touch. This innovation's part
of a fast`moving industry Augmented reality is a big growth
area. This is not the only company to capitalise on that potential but
it is at the forefront of an emerging business opportunity.
New claims from a former he`d of social services linking our region
to an alleged paedophile network at the heart of the establishment.
Shefali will be along shortly with your local weather fordcast.
We drop in on the fledgling peregrine falcon
And what connects the University of Gloucestershire with athletes
Teenage pregnancies and sextally transmitted diseases are thhngs we
would all rather not think `bout ` especially when it comes to
But like it or not, teenagers are thinking about people they fancy.
As part of our Midlands Tomorrow series, we sent Noreen Khan
from the BBC's Asian Network to a successful project that encourages
the fight against unwanted pregnancies and sexually tr`nsmitted
I went along to a session in the city called Be Savvy, which
encourages youngsters to thhnk carefully about safe sex and the
Like, relationships and young people, because I don't think, young
girls especially, are aware of the things they can pick up frol it
Even in 2014, talking about sex is tricky.
I think parents need to realise that some of their children are having
sexual relationships, even `t 1 and 16, they should realise we will
Friends and people feel pressure to have sex at an early age and lose
Do you feel a lot of pressure from the media, from social
networking sites, from peers that you should be out there havhng sex?
Yes, a lot of the music viddos now are talking about sex, even
in videos it is really reve`ling, girls walk around half naked.
That is a big impact for us, you have to live with that, that is
For girls, it makes them feel they havd to look
like that, or act in a cert`in way to get a boy's attention.
Someone like Miley Cyrus went from having a good image, from bding
What do you want to say to `dults that think young people shotldn t be
thinking about sex, let alone be talking about ht,
If they think back to what they were doing at that age, thex were
At a younger age, 14, peopld think they know what love is.
I don't think they should commit themselves at 14,
Even for me, as a grown`up, the subject of sex can be awkward,
but perhaps we all need to think about the language we are using
when talking about sex and how we inform the next
Just like the birds and the bees, this is
And if you've got a story about what it's like to be xoung
and growing up in the Midlands, then we want to hear from you.
You can email us or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter using
Three aircraft, which flew during World War One, arrivdd at
They will form the main part of a new exhibition to show visitors
how some of the Great War w`s fought in the air.
These aircraft, all wonders of the First World War, filled here
in an Air Race in Coventry in the 1950s, arrived by ro`d at
the RAF Museum Cosford, frol their usual home, RAF Hendon in London.
A Bristol M1c and, in the lorry a Sopwith 1 ? Strutter and
The Sopwith Pup, from the phlots' notes, was one of the best fighter
aircraft they ever flew in, the Sopwith 1 ? Strutter could be in one
of two roles, it was either a twin or single`seat aircraft, thd Bristol
M1c was one of the very first monoplanes in use.
Watching intently, some of the volunteers and staff
that work on them in the museum s respected conservation sector.
You couldn't have imagined we were going to war in these things,
that is how things have movdd on, and moved on from 100 mile
They are not my cup of tea, I prefer Second World War ahrcraft.
But any aircraft generally, but if I had a priority,
Anything up to the Second World War is mine.
Take the top wing off and you have ruined an aeroplane.
They will remain hidden frol public view for several months while minor
This Sopwith one ? Strutter would once have carried two men
But the amazing thing is th`t it is incredibly light, made of wood.
The aeroplanes will form part of an exhibition there, the First World
War In The Air, which opens in September and runs for four years.
Peregrine Falcons nesting on the BT Tower in the heart of Birmingham
The baby peregrine appears to be thriving and should make it's
Our Environment Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar has been keephng
a beady eye on the chick's first few weeks of life.
The newest addition to Birmhngham's skyline.
The first since the BT Tower was made more
replicate the natural surrotndings of the Peregrine Falcons.
That did the trick, ever since then, we have seen eggs being laid
in successive years, unforttnately none of them have hatched, for
These pictures are from a few weeks ago, but look how much
He or she looks perfectly h`ppy but there are some tricky moments ahead.
In a few weeks, this chick will fledge,
That is a dangerous point, especially for urban falcons.
In the wild, when it comes back after
its first flight, it can gr`b onto twigs and branches, if it mhsses
the nest, but this smooth`shded building means it cannot do that,
Meanwhile, in Hanley in Staffordshire, another BT
Perhaps as many as four chicks being raised by these peregrines.
Back at the BT Tower and the single chick is almost ready
Mike Tindall is to retire from playing rugby union
The former England captain was player`coach
at Gloucester last season, but hasn't been offered a new contract.
The 35`year`old centre, who joined Gloucester from Bath in 2004, won 75
caps for his country and was part of the World Cup winning team hn 2 03.
We have had dialogue about keeping him in the cltb
in an ambassadorial role, which I know he has spoken `bout.
We are not pressuring him, he has a wonderful life ahe`d
of them, new baby, wonderful wife, the world is his oyster.
We would love him to come b`ck and be involved with the cltb.
Two weeks today, the Commonwealth Games will be underway in Glasgow.
And one university is helping to prepare competitors
Nearly forty athletes from Lalawi are training at the Univershty
A successful partnership th`t was forged two years ago at the
This machine is helping Mal`wi's table tennis players improvd
It is not a widely popular sport in Africa, clubs are scarce
Malawi's players have not sden this kind of kit before.
It spins the ball very hard, which makes us play difficult shots,
that helps us in matches to return a difficult balls.
We are very delighted to usd it for the first time.
We hope the popularity will increasd and
then we'll have the chance of having some more equipment of this nature.
We use any table to start whth in schools, the desks of our
schoolteachers, those who are doing better go to our training cdntre.
The University of Gloucestershire's link with Malawi has flourished
since the London Olympics, when four athletes came to prepare,
this time it is nearly 40 across eight different sports.
Part of our job is to help high`level athletes.
The fact that we have a relationship with Malawi leans we
It is a country which needs some support, they have great raw talent
but they haven't the facilities and expertise that we do.
Some of the players here pl`y professionally,
we have some of our players in the Australian and New Zealand league.
The girls in Malawi are willing to be professional.
So that they can play outside of the country.
If the Malawi team do win their fourth ever Commonwealth
medal, the University of Gloucestershire could be taking
Let's find out if we have another warm, muggy night
We started a trend. Another beautiful day today, rounded off by
warm evening sunshine. Tempdratures reached 22 Celsius in the south of
the region. You can see that by Friday, those values will h`ve leapt
by almost 10 degrees. That hs with increased humidity as well. That,
coupled with this complicatdd system which is pushing up from thd south,
will perform the perfect setup for difficult weather. Torrenti`l rain
during that period. Covering the entire region. Back to this
evening's sunshine, that will lead to Chris bowls tonight, latdr on, we
will seek out coming in and out `` clear skies tonight. Ten sotrces
south`west of the region. Wd started the day with clear skies further
east, good early morning sunshine, the cloud will increase frol the
West, ahead of this weakening band of rain. It is going to be ` damp
afternoon, some showery outbreaks of rain and some heavy outbreaks
towards the north of the region Elsewhere, it is largely drx.
Temperatures will rise to 23 or 24 Celsius, more humility as wdll.
Showers will continue into the evening tomorrow, before evdntually
drying out. Warm and muggy conditions. That means that Thursday
itself will be dry, hot and humid. The prime minister unveils
his biggest ever cabinet reshuffle, New claims from a former he`d of
social services linking our region to an alleged paedophile network at
the heart of the establishmdnt And That was Midlands today, have a good