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brighter start on Sunday. Still warm and humid.
The council does not come out of this world. There is an element of
fear amongst some of our staff. We'll be talking live to the leader
of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore. Also tonight:
Leave your cars at home for the summer ` that's the advice as
Birmingham's city centre tunnels are Once this phase is complete we will
just be routine maintenance from there on.
Getting guns off the street ` police launch a firearms surrender scheme.
How to shoot, edit and premiere a movie in just 72 hours.
And from soaring temperatures to torrential downpours,
there is plenty going on with weather this weekend.
I'll have all the details of what we can expect later in the programme.
Birmingham City Council failed to act on suspicions
about a hardline Muslim takeover in some schools because it was
That's one of the conclusions to emerge from a report commissioned
by the council into the alleged Trojan Horse affair.
The report says there was no organised plot, but
in some schools key individuals were allowed to manipulate the system to
Meanwhile a separate report, commissioned by the government,
The Guardian newspaper claims to have seen a leaked draft that shows
evidence of deliberate attempts to introduce what it calls
I'll be talking to the leader of Birmingham City Council,
First, though, Sarah Falkland is here.
End of term, and the summer holidays ahead.
But for these young people it?s been four months of questions,
claims of extremism and a hardline Muslim agenda influencing
There is a lot more questions to be answered. What is going on? We want
the best for our children. It doesn't seem like this report will
come to an end. Thousands of devout Muslims have
been fasting during Ramadan. The Trojan Horse case and the latest
reports have weighed heavy We are quite sick of the negativity
surrounding the city at the moment, the negative portrayal of Britain's
`` Birmingham. One MP has constantly warned
about a small group of Muslim hardliners working to gain influence
over schools. He agrees that the council
at times has been guilty This is not about dividing the
community, it is about taking the bad apples out of the community and
ensuring there is a space for the community to get together and move
forward and make us all workers he says `` cohesive.
`` us all more cohesive. The floral display about the First
World war has sandbags and trenches People have been acting with common
objectives in mind that are unacceptable to be common objectives
in a modern, progressive, liberal education system.
Roger King's been a school governor in Birmingham for over 20 years and
a union official for over 30, and he says there have to be changes.
There are problems in some Birmingham schools, those problems
need fixing. We need a system that doesn't allow for things to go badly
wrong in governing bodies before they can be `` back intervention,
and until they look at the whole system of free schools and academies
they will not address that. This school will have a new
leadership team next term, but in May take years for these suspicions
and divisions to be forgotten. I am joined by Sir Albert War. ``
Bore. The council was afraid of being branded racist, is that right?
It would appear that individual members of staff did not pursue
certain complaints that were logged with the council because they feared
they might be branded as racist. That is a shame because it meant
that the culture department within the Council `` account `` the
culture within the Council. We have to change that can `` culture and
make sure staff to follow these things through properly. `` to
follow. The report refers to easing out
headteachers rather than supporting them. How much has this cost, how
many teachers are gone? It was they are being gagged, and they? Yes,
unfortunately you agreed to `` not to speak to anybody about the
circumstances in which you left. There are stories about them being
bullied or harassed? It has been made clear that the actions of
governors in a small number of schools were tantamount to bullying.
Inexcusable behaviour. I want to see some apologies from those governors
who I think were responsible for that action. Many of them local
authority governors. Yes, that is correct. How much do you think this
has cost? It has cost us reputation, it has cost the city as a whole
damage, and I think it has cost them the `` Muslim community some damage
because of the rise of the Spike of Islamophobia. But in terms of
financial cost I do not know. `` the spectre. I think we should have done
more, and I have apologised for not doing more. Let us remember though
this does go back a number of things, the Kershaw report goes by
to 2007, so this has been played out for seven years or perhaps longer.
There are a series of reports, it seems a terrible mess. Is the
education system influence in Birmingham? Don't think it is in any
different state of affairs than in other parts of the country. `` I
don't think. You have maintained schools maintained by the local
authority, faith schools, academies, free school. We need to put a system
together were in fact schools are treated in an equal fashion, whether
they are any one of those categories. That is what I will be
trying to say to the new Secretary of State for education, and see
whether the educational fun thing authority and local authorities
cannot work closer together. `` educational funding authority.
Coming up later. We will have the latest forecast and
more dramatic pictures of those amazing storms.
And will the Shropshire ammo to survive the cut to make the final
two days of the offer Open? `` the Open.
For the second successive summer, the main road tunnels through
Birmingham City Centre close tonight for six weeks for what's been
It's such a busy route, Peter, so how are people going to cope?
It certainly is ` it's reckoned that 85,000 vehicles
They're a vital part of the city's road network,
hence the reason they're spending so much money upgrading the tunnels.
Well, it shouldn't be too bad ` after all, we survived
It wasn't quite the chaos that many had predicted,
but last year's tunnel closure did mean delays and diversions.
Roads closest to the tunnels saw the worse of the jams `
further away, traffic levels ` no doubt helped by the school holidays
This year drivers are being urged to use public transport. Last year more
than 200,000 people dead in exactly that, leaving their cars at home. We
have spare buses available. `` 200,000 people did exactly that.
How concerned are the city's drivers? I will probably getting the
train in from Selly Oak. I would not be able to drive in any more. My
work demands that I have a card to go in and out occasionally.
This was a scene underneath the city last year. `` the scene.
Last year lighting and fireproofing was upgraded,
This year they'll be installing a variety of new equipment
including 25 modern jet fans for ventilation, 21 new CCTV
cameras, 48 emergency phones and four new electronic message signs.
Some of the work has already been done.
This was the scene earlier in the week when the tunnels were
These guys are installing a huge amount of electrical and mechanical
equipment which will take over 40 miles of electrical cabling to
actually wire it all up. That is tens of thousands of electrical
connections to do. With the main artery through
Birmingham closed once again throughout the summer it'll be up to
operators in the city?s main traffic Here they can turn traffic lights to
green at the touch Things went OK last year, how can
you be sure they will this year? We are reliant on the public doing what
they did last year, which is look at `` look at public transport, use
means other than the car. If you do have to drive, use an alternative
use `` wrote. Isn't there a risk of people realising it isn't too bad
and actually using their cars? Yes, that is why we have tried to improve
the offer of public transport and kept up with the message to keep the
public doing what is back doing what they did last year. We an awful lot
last year about how the traffic moves around the city. `` we
learned. We have improved traffic signals. Why do we have to have a
six`week closure, white can't you do it on overnight closures or
weekends? `` why can't. This year it is about putting new cameras in,
detection equipment for weathermen is an incident, `` for when there is
an incident. Well, the Tamils will close tonight
at ten o'clock and they will open at six o'clock in the morning on the
1st of September. `` the tunnels. A former Guantanamo Bay inmate from
Birmingham has pleaded not guilty to terrorism offences connected to
the civil war in Syria. Moazzam Begg from Hall Green
in Birmingham denied seven charges when he appeared via
a video link from prison at One of the counts relates to
attending a terrorism training camp. Hand over your guns in the next two
weeks and you won't be prosecuted; that's the message from police
as they attempt to get illegally There's been a change
in the law this week ` the maximum jail sentence
for possession of a firearm's now In the West Midlands, gun crime
has fallen over the past decade. There were 17 fatal shootings across
the region between 2004 and 2009 ` but that number fell to just nine
in the last 5 years 2009 and 2014. A mother's grief. Eunice Koroma's
son Sylvester was shot outside a pub It has just broken my heart.
Especially for his children as well. It is just horrible. The law changed
this week that increased the sentence for possession and supply
of firearms to individuals, and made the possession of antique weapons
illegal for people with previous convictions. We are seeking to take
firearms off the street and make them inaccessible to those that use
them for a criminal purpose. Younis believes that even one gun
off the street could make a difference. If you have got a gun,
and it over and somebody's life can be saved.
Those who do won't be prosecuted for possessing a gun.
She hopes no one will suffer the loss of a loved as a result
All this week we have been giving young people the choice of a voice
about the issues affecting them. We received an e`mail about
19`year`old Warren who since leaving college has helped create more than
100 websites and has now set up his own online business.
Instead of working to a University timetable, he works to his own.
Arriving for work, it is time to log on. Warren runs an online home
interiors business. Time to check his orders. We haven't had any
overnight, but around 40 in the past week. We sold one of our largest
items, and sold a lot of our signs and photo frames. It is from his
office here in Lichfield that he treats his stock as well. He set up
the business with Rob, who took him on as an apprentice in computer
programming when he was 17 years old. Since then, he is determined
more than 100 websites for clients. We start of the company about a year
ago. `` started. We have sold around 43,000 Roberts, with a turnover of
around ?27,000, `` 20 ?7,000. `` 43,000 products.
It was is strong `` his strong work ethic which impressed Rob. I believe
in giving young people an opportunity, and I think that is the
best time to get them. Warren was so enthusiastic about what he does, and
passionate, that it wasn't difficult. I could see that from the
off. So for this young entrepreneur, it is not only about
making money but also making a name for himself.
Birmingham City Council failed to act on suspicions of a Muslim
takeover in some schools because they'd feared being labelled racist.
After another steaming hot day, how's the forecast looking
Rebecca will be here shortly with your detailed forecast.
Can you make a feature film in just 72 hours? Join me later.
Wooden hoardings which had been covering an artwork
by Banksy in Cheltenham have been taken down by local residents.
"Spy Booth" was surrounded by boards last month when a team of workmen
moved in to begin removing it from the side of a house.
Locals have now removed them, saying they're "fed up" at not being
Campaigners trying to buy the mural for the town say they're
Ashley Chesters is facing an anxious wait to see if he has qualified for
the final rounds of the Open Championship. He is one shot outside
the cut. Did he sleep well
in his static caravan. Ashley Chesters arrived early
for his second round. But this wasn't the weekly medal
at Hawkstone Park. And the weather wasn't quite so
calm. I had a decent warm up, so looking
forward to it. He was hoping to repeat his first
run heroics. Yesterday the pundits were asking, Ashley who? Now, they
knew. The young amateur from Shropshire began the day of the
horrors `` highest praise `` highest placed Englishman on the
leaderboard. We cannot believe the score he has done it in. We were on
cloud nine yesterday. This rock`solid but saved par at the
first. `` putt. Only four bunkers so far, but I am
enjoying the day. Ashley had to wait until the 15th
hole for his first birdie today. But he will not win the silver medal
unless he competes all four rounds. `` completes. One minute you think
you are getting there, the next minute you are not.
Whether he is still playing over the weekend or not, Ashley will never
forget his first `` `` Open Championship.
Now, how long do you think it takes to film, edit
That's exactly what a production company's trying to do this weekend.
Filming's begun in Birmingham, and the end product will be shown
on Sunday night on the Big Screen at Millennium Point from where our
reporter Lindsay Doyle joins us now ? Lindsay, why are they doing it?
It is a chance to showcase the amazing film`making talent we have
in the region. It is a tall order, 72 hours. I caught up with them on
set this morning. A pub quiz, ?10,000 at stake,
crime capers and characters not The plot of Confusion of the Tongue,
on location in Birmingham. And this film is not quite
as it seems; the 90 minute feature is being shot, edited
and premiered in just 72 hours. `` quite as they seem. It will be a
90 minute feature, same as every other movie. You should be able to
tell the difference with this `` from any other film.
Backed by Staffordshire University, the 72 Hour project first attempted
this mammoth feat at film festivals in Galway and Melbourne.
Drawing top acting talent, it's the second time around for classical
actress Kate O'Toole, the daughter of the legendary Peter O'Toole.
I agree with the whole ethos behind wanting to shoot a feature film in
72 hours, because it can be done definitely, and it has to be proven
that it can be done. Normally a director and it `` his
editors will take months looking at what they have shot. Remarkably this
is being edited as they film. And that quick turnout is down to
the latest digital technology. We are running data down to the edit
suites. Those guys are in their 24 hours, in shifts.
Even for a star of serial dramas like Casualty and Hollyoaks,
We used to film ten or 12 minutes a day, with this it is 45 minutes per
day. A lot more pressure, but so far there has not been any fights or
arguments. We are still time to! `` there is still time!
With just 48 hours to go till screening, the clock is ticking.
It is also a great opportunity for the small production company to have
their film showcased here. They said they were delighted to back the
project not only to support Birmingham, but also to encourage
collaboration with the wider film industry. With less than 48 hours to
go, there are still tickets available if you want to pick them
up. Good luck, guys! Weather time now, Rebecca is here `
and last night we were treated to a bit of a light show
in the skies above us, weren't we? Yes, Nick, we certainly were `
we have rather unstable air over the top of us at the moment, and
coupled with heat and moisture we This footage was sent in by James
Light; he captured the electrical Amazing that people get up
in the middle of the night Yes, it is `
and it didn't stop there, we also Martin Nightingale captured this
great fork lightning striking in Evesham, Marcus Knowles sent in
this one of the sky being lit up by Shropshire didn't escape either `
Mcahele Morris managed to spot this at Ironbridge, meanwhile in Redditch
Marcus Killingworth got this snap. Thanks for all your pictures, there
are more on our Facebook page. But if last night was
the entree, tonight is definitely Today has been the hottest day of
the year so far, temperatures up to 32 Celsius in Gravesend. We got up
to 28 Celsius in Birmingham, commentary, even in parts of
Shropshire. `` Coventry. We have an amber weather warning in place from
the Met Office. We are expecting torrential downpours through tonight
into tomorrow morning. We can expect 20 millimetres of rainfall within
half an hour. Lightning, thunder, on top of that it will be an incredibly
muggy night. Working its way over from France, we see the dry spell,
then those showers start to make their presence felt. As the night
starts to fall we see showers working their way up. They will be
lively and will pretty much be everywhere across the region.
Temperatures overnight between 16 and 18 Celsius, very sticky. Those
showers through the morning, and then we have a brief lull. The sun
will come up for some of us `` out. But it could trigger of a shower
just about anywhere. `` trigger off. Some places there will escape
completely, they will get spells of sunshine during the day and
temperatures of 2425 Celsius, it is difficult to prove it were `` it is
difficult to predict. It is an improving picture on Saturday night,
but again it will be another sticky night with temperatures between 16
and 18 Celsius. Sunday looks much better. We will still have showers,
but they will be lighter and much more what we are used to seeing.
Temperatures are starting to tumble, we are down to around 22 or 23
Celsius. Making our way into the new working week, temperatures are still
around 22 or 23, but there will be sunny spells. Do stay tuned for the
latest. Tonight's headlines from the BBC The
UN calls for a full and independent investigation into the Malaysian
plane crash that killed 298 people. And Birmingham City Council failed
to act on suspicions of a Muslim takeover in schools because it
feared being branded racist. I'll be back at ten o'clock
with your latest update.