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The Met office issues a level to crash on the BBC News Channel.
The Met office issues a level to alert as the heatwave continues.
Make sure that you have enough water intake.
But with heat and humidity come thunderstorms ` this weekend looks
We'll find out how people are coping with the heat.
Fine tuning for the future, the Midlands plant making specialised
engines for BMW's hybrid sports car. We are proud to have it. It is
a big boost. The Shropshire golfer making a
blistering start at the open. And getting children interested in a
virtual career in engineering. An official public health warning
has been put in place, The Met Office has issued
a level two alert. This means that on average
the temperature will be 30 degrees Celsius during the day and
around 15 degrees Celsius at night. They say it can have a significant
effect on people's health if the hot weather lasts for at least two
days ` and the night in between. Our reporter Kevin Reide has spent
most of the day finding out how people are coping,
and he's at Droitwich Lido tonight. This has been the busiest day of the
year so far with 650 people visiting, I understand that one
family has been here since 1030 this morning. That contrasts with cloudy
days when they can get as many as five people.
Droitwich having one of its busiest days so far. `` Droitwich Lido.
And a similar picture in Walsall. But all this son and heat levels
have led to a health warning. `` of this sunshine. Keep sensible
precautions. Take enough water intake. Make sure they are aware of
the signs of dehydration, the science of disorientation, and they
take adequate precautions. In Walsall the message seems to be
getting through. She's got factor 50 on. Factor 50 on her and the same on
me. Yes, we have some cream. I have a T`shirt to protect him. She has
plenty of sun factor on. Back in Droitwich and by late
afternoon, temperatures had soared to the high 20s, that is over 80
Fahrenheit. We have hot air working its way up
from the near continent. As that meets cooler air from the Atlantic
we will see some thunderstorms. They could cause some severe disruption
through Saturday morning. We will be out clearing debris from the rivers,
blocking culverts, making sure that water can flow through quickly.
So all good things come to an end, and for more those little else to do
but to have fun in the sun. `` for now.
There are still some people in the pool. They have stayed open
especially for us. I am joined now by Sandra who works here. How busy
hazard in? It has been really busy, the son has been shining. `` how
busy hazard being? Does the message about suncream get
through. There are a few people that do forget, we do tell people it is
best to put the suncream on. Especially when the water is cold,
they forget. And this place was under threat not
so long ago. We do a year`to`year basis and see how it goes, hopefully
we will have it again next year. Tell me whether water comes from. We
have got Brian in the water, `` salt in the water.
What are you expecting for the first `` next few days? I am hoping for
lots of sunshine so we have loads of people down.
It could be quite a contrast if the weather changes on Saturday though.
Yes, thunder and lightning, you cannot swim in that. Fingers crossed
for hot weather. The door was open at half past ten
tomorrow morning. And Rebecca will be have the full
forecast later in the programme. One of the worst schools inspectors
had ever seen ` The first electric hybrid sports car
from BMW goes on sale in the UK this week, with engines
made here in the Midlands. The car combines a petrol engine
and a plug`in electric motor. The company's Hams Hall plant in
Warwickshire will be the sole site Our business correspondent
Peter Plisner reports. Enjoying the fruits of their labour
` BMW workers looking around Sadly the car and the majority
of its parts are made in Germany, but the engine that powers it is
assembled here. And this is the new multi`million
pound production line that's been Although it hasn't meant new jobs
here, it does mean job security for the
plant?s 800 workers, including newly We were given the opportunity to go
on to this line as apprentices in our last year, and we have seen it
right from the start, we have seen it go into production.
BMW's plant opened in 2001. Since then it has produced more than 3
million engines. This i8 engine is the first product to come out of
here since the company announced a new investment programme for its UK
plants. Nick Shappard has been at Hams Hall
since the plant first opened And more investment is being made
elsewhere in the plant. They constantly invest in their
plans and their people. This empty space will house
another new assembly line. The plant director says Hams Hall
has a bright future. The engine for the i8 is built on a
flexible production line, but as we develop the family further we will
be investing in the high`volume production facilities being
installed as we speak. The new i8 is not cheap, but getting
behind the wheel you can see why. I have never driven a hybrid sports
car. You would expect performance to be compromised, but the sky was
incredibly powerful. And it is much more environmentally
friendly than the average sports car. `` this car is incredibly
powerful. West Mercia Police are to
reinvestigate the attempted rape of a woman, which led to a Redditch
man being wrongly jailed. Victor Nealon, who was living
in the town at the time of the attack, was sentenced to life in
1997 and spent 17 years in prison. Fresh DNA evidence meant that
his conviction was then quashed Two applications for judicial review
into the downgrading of services and Stafford Hospital have been turned
down. The applicants say they will appeal.
The applicants now have to decide whether to appeal the decision.
The families of those killed in the Birmingham Pub Bombings are
calling on West Midlands Police to reveal if republican terrorism
suspects were told they would never face prosecution.
A judge`led review of official letters issued to Irish republicans
` informing them they were no longer wanted by police ` has concluded
that the scheme was systematically flawed, but not unlawful.
Brian and Julie Hambleton's sister Maxine was among the 21 people
They want to know if anyone suspected of being involved was told
We are going to write to the Chief Constable of the Police Service of
Northern Ireland, and as came if years any information regarding the
228 people who are in receipt of one of the environs letters. If one ``
if anyone of them have ever been associated with the Birmingham pub
bombings, and if they have, we would like information. A smack the on the
run letters. `` the on the environs letters.
A Birmingham MP says it's "peculiar" there have been no updates
about when a new local TV channel is to be launched in the city.
Steve McCabe has written to the Department of Culture, Media
In 2012 Ofcom awarded licences for 21 local TV channels to be set up
City8 has to launch by November the 6th, having won
the licence for Birmingham ` or it will lose the licence.
So far, only four local TV channels are actually up and running:
in Grimsby, Norwich, London and Nottingham.
Earlier I spoke to Steve McCabe about the questions he's raised.
It was introduced in a fanfare about two years ago, and there has been
radio silence since. I want to know if the company are still in
operation, and if we are likely to see a launch before the November
deadline, and obviously I want to know if everything's all right on
the financial front. Why are you so concerned about this?
Digital media has great potential for the Birmingham you `` Birmingham
area. Local television is an important element of that jigsaw.
We have tried to speak to City8 today and left numerous messages
for Debra Davies who's in charge to ask for her reaction,
I have not heard from her, I have no idea what she is doing. But I have
had a phone call from a gentleman who is involved with the company,
who suggested he will try and arrange a meeting with some of the
representatives, and I am hoping that might be possible sometime next
week. Was he able to answer any of your concerns? He suggested the
project was still making progress, and that they were still optimistic
there would be a launch, but after all this time what I'm interested in
is a bit more detail. How would you sum up this whole
situation? It is peculiar. We were told that there was this great new
world opening up, that we were going to have local television, the
company was all set to run, it had an April launch date and then a
September launch date, and then total silence. If the company cannot
do it, somebody else has got to have the chance to do it. If the company
is going to do it, they need to tell the rest of us what is happening.
A primary school in Dudley, which was described as
"one of the worst" inspectors had ever seen, is celebrating today
Ofsted inspectors visited the school two years ago
Heronswood Primary in Kidderminster has also been rated good,
just under a year after failing their inspection.
So how difficult is it to turn things around?
Lindsay Doyle has been to Priory Primary in Dudley to find out.
We were special measures. This time when the inspectors came they told
us that we were now a good school. This is officially a good school
according to Ofsted. It is a lovely school anyway, but I am really
glad. It is positive to see the school going up again. Two years ago
it plummeted into special measures. The school was in a mess, leadership
and management was inadequate, behaviour was really poor.
Safeguarding, there were issues there as well.
The magic of science, a simple experiment with milk and food
colouring, resort, and engaged class of 7`year`old pupils. We were told
we had really good reports. We all cheered. Everyone is so proud and
pleased to see the report. With almost an entire set of new
teachers and more focus on creativity and pupil behaviour,
Priory primary joins only 5% of schools nationally who have come
from special measures into good in such a short space of time. We have
put in some staff that were really, really enthusiastic and wanted to
make learning fun for the children, and it all came together. One of the
most important things has been the involvement of the students
themselves. A school council has been set up. We
get to choose what we want in the school.
And the chance to get published. It is a published book with all of our
stories in it. We get to choose our activity at the end of the week.
No longer would do better `` "could do better", predicted grades next
year, a stars. Our top stories.
The Met office issues a level to work `` alert as the heatwave
continues. The Shropshire golfer
Ashley Chesters makes a blistering start at the Open; he's
just four shots off the lead. The Library
of Birmingham is shortlisted for What do a group
of hoodies mean to you? Should children be seen
and not heard? Increasingly youngsters are finding
themselves labelled unfairly. As part of our Midlands Tomorrow
series, we went to see a music group called Beats that aims
to offer an outlet to young people Noreen Khan begins her report
in Nuneaton ` A Saturday concert for shoppers in
Nuneaton is not just about fundraising, but through music these
youngsters are coming to terms with difficulties in their lives.
Abbey started drinking to cover up depression problems. She thinks
adults are too quick to judge. I was missing for a week, it was a sort of
blackout, I do not remember what happened.
Young people are seeing is being yobs and rough. There are some
adults who think we are up to no good. If we judged all people that
way, how would they feel? Tom has spent some time in care. He
thinks the music group has turned his young life around. It is a
horrible experience. You are back and your parents'. How
are things? `` back at your parents'. We are still a bit bumpy,
but it is better. The music group meets once a week
and is constantly backing `` battling for funding. To the
teenagers it is a way of dealing with events that happen around them.
My dad desert dust `` decided to leave, so that left me all upset. I
wanted to talk to my mum, but I had to hold back because I thought it
would upset her, speaking about it. Do you think grown`ups are quick ``
quick to criticise young people when they make mistakes? Definitely. But
they always say you need to learn from your mistakes.
Nuneaton is no different to any other time, and when I spoke to some
adults, they revealed they actually had some sympathy and hopeful
today's teenagers. I think they get a hard time. If they had something
positive and creative to do, I am sure you would see a marked change
in youth behaviour and anti`social behaviour. The young people today
are doing quite well. And if you have a story
about what it's like to be young and growing up in the Midlands,
then we want to hear from you. You can e`mail us
at [email protected], or get in touch
on Facebook or Twitter using Golf,
and the Shropshire Amateur Ashley Chesters has made an impressive
debut at the Open Championship. The 24`year`old
from Wem finished his first round He's grinning from ear to ear `
and who could blame him? Ashley Chesters has played
the round of his life, But he started the day a bag
of nerves. I could feel my heart pumping out of
my body. I nearly said, what is going on? But I was so happy to see
the ball goes straight `` go straight.
And every step of the way he was followed by family and friends.
A tremendous start, having built up to and for 12 months.
But there've been no posh hotels for this pair.
Chesters, along with his best friend and caddie Ricky Pharo, spent
As they finished their round with a birdie on the 18th green, a first
round score of two under par was beyond everyone's wildest dreams.
I can't actually believe it. We couldn't have hoped for anything
better than what he has done today. Of course, he's now got to do it all
again tomorrow if he's to realise his dream of making the top half
and playing at the weekend. But now his name's up there
for all to see, Ashley Chesters is And you can follow Ashley
and all the action from The Open at The Library of Birmingham has been
shortlisted for a prestigious award. Run by the Royal Institute
of British Architects, it's a nationally recognised award which
the West Midlands won last year. The Library opened last September,
and has been described by the Dutch company who designed it
as a "People's Palace". Our reporter Amy Cole is there
for us tonight. What do the judges like
so much about the library? The judges say the library is a bold
addition to the city. They have commented on the Harry Potter
rotunda. The award does not just recognise innovative design, but
also the impact a building has on the community. Last year Astley
Castle won the award after architects created a space that
reflected the history of the building but also build in some
21st`century mod cons. ``. Game. I'm joined by Tom Epps,
Exhibitions Manager at the Library. You face tough competition from
The Shard, The London Olympics Aquatic Centre
and Liverpool's Everyman Theatre ` I think the library stands out from
the competition because it is a public library that belongs to
everybody. Our architects had a problem because not only did they
have to produce a beautiful building, but also meet the
expectations of a million people. You have had a lot of visitors. Yes,
well over 2 million people. On our busiest days we had about 15,000
people. Loads and loads of visits from schools and younger people. I
was talking to somebody earlier about the award, and he said what he
thinks is unique about this building is that it is absolutely first class
in terms of a library and really stands out from all other cities.
We'll find out that result on October 16.
Children from two Midland schools have been taking part in a hi`tech
project aimed at encouraging an interest in engineering.
The Civil Engineering giant Atkins is running the project, which is
using the latest virtual techniques to demonstrate how building will be
These children are finding out how "augmented reality" turns this paper
But this technology can be used for so much more.
The photographs in this woodland exhibition can only be seen once
It's hoped that days like these will spark an interest in engineering.
Students get an insight into engineering, and the jobs that are
available. There is a preconception that it is all about Thomas and
electricians, but there is a lot more out there, opticians, allsorts
of science. `` plumbers. For the children,
it's been a fascinating insight I never believed somebody could
shine and iPad over something and, with a 3D drawing. Imagine how
advanced the technology will be in the future.
There's a real sense of excitement in the forest today as
the children use their smartphones and tablets to reveal the pictures.
But how does the technology that they're using today benefit
Using the technology we are using in the forest, they can have an idea of
what they are about to step into. We can put those onto manhole covers,
so you can use the application to show the QR code, and they can see
it and walk into it before they open a manhole.
These kids had fun today, and organisers hope that days
like these can prove how creative an job in engineering can be.
I will have the full forecast in a minute, but first, we have seen lots
`` a lot of photos sent in. It has been a lovely day today,
temperatures have done very well. We got up to 27 in Worcestershire,
widely in the mid`20s across the region. There has been plenty of
sunshine, clear skies for much of the day, and it stays that way for
the next few hours. But we can just see a hint of what is to come
working its way in. We have showers to contain `` content with tonight.
As we had through the early hours we will see that rain working its way
up. `` head through. So a rumble of thunder as well. Temperatures
ranging between 16 and 18 Celsius, so a muggy, sticky night. The last
of those showers will slowly clear away as we head through tomorrow
morning, then it is another good day in prospect. If today was hot, today
`` tomorrow is going to be hotter. Temperatures rising up to 30 Celsius
in some parts of the West Midlands, most likely in eastern parts. But
with light winds it will feel pleasant. It is all change, though,
as we head into Friday night. We have a yellow weather warning in
place for heavy rain. We are expecting severe disruption from the
thunderstorms working their way through on Saturday night. We could
get hail, lightning and flush `` flash flooding. We end tomorrow
though with some good spells of sunshine, then overnight cloud
starts to fill in. Some heavy downpours in there, some lively
thunderstorms as well. And another very muggy night, temperatures
between 16 and 19 Celsius. This is how Saturday looks, starts off with
heavy rain, eventually easing off, but then we will get some home`grown
thunderstorms. Sunday looks better, and the start of next week is much,
as well. Is much more calm.
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