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has been hit by a missile in northern Gaza. That's all from
Success for Oldbury's Jodie Stimpson, as she takes the first
We'll be live at the Black Country club where it all started for
The family of a Worcestershire helicopter pilot who was killed
in the North Sea call for an independent review of the crash.
I want to see proper road `` proper, regular checks, with
penalties, finds. A bus company says sorry
after a teenage dwarf is repeatedly told he's not allowed onboard with
his special bike. A hundred years on, the new BBC
radio drama from Birmingham charting And the mercury's been bubbling `
temperatures were destined to hit the heights today,
but did we get there? She was overlooked for the Olympics
in London two years ago, but tonight Jodie Stimpson is the toast
of the Black Country after becoming England's first gold medallist
at the Commonwealth Games. The serious action had only been
under way for four hours in Glasgow when the 25`year`old triathlete
from Oldbury struck gold. And to complete a Midlands double,
Vicky Holland from Newent in A moment she'd spent
her life striving for. The anthem confirmed that
Jodie Stimpson is the Commonwealth This is like all year, and I have
got to thank so many people who got me through.
Jodie's 25, and this a gold medal a long time in the making.
She took up triathlon aged eight, and began competing aged nine.
She became a full`time athlete but funding was hard, and a building
Her main aim was to compete at London 2012.
But she was controversially omitted from the team, with the selectors
So today, she was determined to make it count.
Jodie was up with the pace through the swim, she
And after setting the tempo for the run, she kicked for home.
She dashed for glory, beating Canada's Kirsten Sweetland
into second with Vicky Holland from Newent in Gloucestershire
There are so many of my family here, which is awesome.
It's been an emotional day ` but one that Jodie Stimpson will
Well, Dan is in the Black Country for us where the next generation
of Jodies are in training ` I should imagine there's great
Wellcome to Oldbury, this is the club night for the swimming and
triathlon club junior section. Everyone I have spoken to, because
one of the owner has won gold. Jodie's family house is just through
the trees. Mark, you are the triathlon coach, how proud you of
her? It is great. Inspirational to the children and everyone in the
club. Encourages everyone when someone does so well. How quickly
did you realise she was a talent? The first time I saw her. But raw
talent takes you so far, it is determination and hard work that has
got her where she is. What does it into your club? It is
nice to say to the young children, some `` something to look up to.
Especially because of the younger club children being into swimming,
and that was Jodie's weaker side when she was young. And she is
coming back and taking part in a race. A week on Sunday, there is a
celebration of the Commonwealth Games, and she is going to come and
take part. There is no cycling, and the distances are not too big. Half
the distance of what she did today, and a short distance, a 400 swim and
2.5 kilometre run. How many people get the chance to compete against
their heroes? That is in two weeks' time.
And we'll return to Dan later in the programme to find out how other
competitors from the region have been faring on Day One in Glasgow.
Good to have you with us here on Midlands Today.
Plenty more to come tonight, including:
Our beautiful countryside ` how our meadows are being
Major stories stay open late in Birmingham in preparation for Eid.
The family of a pilot from Worcestershire,
whose helicopter crashed into the North Sea five years ago,
have called for an independent review into the accident.
24`year`old Richard Menzies from Droitwich was one of 16 men who
died when the Super Puma helicopter they were flying in crashed
In November 2011, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch found that the
aircraft suffered a "catastrophic failure" of its main rotor gearbox.
16 months later the Crown Office said the helicopter
operators wouldn't be prosecuted, because failings couldn't be proved
Last March, a fatal accident inquiry found the tragedy might
have been avoided if proper maintenance had been carried out.
Today the Worcestershire Coroner agreed with those findings.
It should have been a routine journey, but instead the Super Puma
helicopter plunged into the sea, leaving 16 families devastated.
Richard Menzies, who was co`piloting the aircraft, died instantly.
After today?s inquest, his father Andrew says the family?s
The coroner's powers are fairly limited what he can do given that
Richard's death was in Scotland. But Richard's father says he is
worried about the safety of the I am concerned on three levels, the
complacency of the operators, the lack of transparency, and inadequate
regulation. What would you like to see happen? I would like to see an
independent judge look at the evidence and satisfy the families
that the right decision was made. As a father, I miss him terribly. He
would probably be now a captain flying helicopters, probably wanting
to do their sea rescue which is what he wanted to specialise in.
The helicopter's operators, Bond Offshore,
have accepted they made mistakes and say lessons have been learned.
Richard's father hopes tighter regulations could help stop it
I say it out of a genuine concern, that Super Puma helicopters still
keep dropping out of the sky. For the first time, retailers
in Birmingham city centre are The Muslim holiday marks the end
of Ramadan, Tonight many stores will stay open
until ten o'clock, so people can break their fast
and shop ahead of Eid on Monday. Live now to Amy Cole who's
in Birmingham city centre ` It is just starting to pick up,
at 9pm. The big consumer drive got at 9pm. The big consumer drive got
under way and hour and a half ago, and some local businesses are
concerned that the city centre is now cashing in.
The city centre was already pretty packed this afternoon, but the
number of shoppers is expected to swell over the next few hours.
For the first time major stores are extending their opening hours so
that people can buy their goods in time for Eid celebrations on Monday.
Some retailers say they're already seeing an upsurge in trade.
We have seen our menswear business grow by almost 50% in the days and
weeks coming up to Eid. So we know there is a huge appetite for our
products and services at this special time.
Also noticing the demand is Selfridges,
It is tonight they are expecting the most amount of shoppers here. There
will be lots of interest in the store, such as Arabic calligraphers.
And for this evening only, the store has created a shisha
The children can stay out `` up late. I come from Dubai, so there
shops opening late for Eid is not so unusual. I'm not sure why it has not
done before. Atia Hussain owns a clothes shop
in Ladypool Road. For years she's stayed open late
in the run up to Eid, but is now worried about competition
from the city centre. People used to come to Asian shops
and think because it is Eid we can go to Asian areas, but nowadays they
are saying because machete `` the city centres are open they are going
there. For retailers, tonight is
a gamble they hope will pay off. I am joined now by a spokeswoman
from retail Birmingham. Why has this not been done before?
Many of the retailers have always had activity for Eid, we can bring
all the stores together and collectively put on an event such as
tonight. We hope it is one we can continue in the future.
Events such as these in terms of planning, it has taken almost 20 map
`` 12 months to put together. One independent store owner told us
she is quite worried that shoppers will be attracted away, when
traditionally they have always gone to more of the Asian areas. Our
remote is trying to push the hair and beauty offer for women, so a lot
of customers will stoke low for the traditional areas. `` still do. It
is not to detract sales from any area, but to add to the offer that
is already available. Eid is an important festival, is it
on a par with Christmas? It is on par with Christmas in terms of
trade. How will you be celebrating Eid on
Monday? I will probably be out shopping and spending time with the
family. There will be plenty to do over the
next few days, and the shops really will be staying open much later as
well. A teenage dwarf was asked to "
prove he was disabled" when he tried 17`year`old Kain Francis has now
been refused travel five times in the last two weeks because
of the disability bike he uses to It's a disability aid that helps him
get around. But over the last weeks, it has led
to him being refused to travel. They said, we do not want you on the bus.
He wouldn't let me speak, he went let me say it is my disabled aid.
And he asked if it had stabilisers on it.
The teenager from Kingstanding in Birmingham has dwarfism.
Last night he was refused travel twice in 20 minutes. In one case,
the driver astonishingly asked him to prove he was actually disabled.
He was telling me how I could prove I was disabled, and I said, can you
not see I am disabled? It has escalated into something much
bigger, where my young nephew Kain has been I think verbally assaulted
on a bus or a driver. Kain's family have already had a
written apology for the first incident, but as we found out this
afternoon, the problems are still continuing. This is a disabled bike.
You are refusing me to get on? It is now happening almost every
time I go on the bus. It is terrible. It is embarrassing as
well. We took the footage to show the bus
company. We are sorry for the inconvenience and the upset it has
caused. We didn't realise the anomaly quick enough and didn't
quite understand what was causing this issue, but now we have realised
it we have acted very quickly, we have given a letter to him today
which he can show to every driver. Kain and his family are hoping he
will not be left waiting for a lift home again.
Drug`resistant superbugs have been found in a Warwickshire river.
Scientists at the University of Warwick made the discovery
a mile downstream of a sewage treatment plant on the River Sowe.
The study claims processing human, farm
and industrial waste all together in one place makes it easier
for bacteria to become resistant to a wide range of antibiotics.
This river might look ordinary, but scientists have discovered it is
harbouring and invisible enemy, superbugs.
You could be colonised by very resistant bacteria, and those
resistant bacteria and then sitting in Europe died, and then you have a
risk they might cause infection. Scientists also found human gut
bacteria which had developed a resistance to an antibiotic used to
treat severe infections. Back at the laboratory one of the
scientists analysing the results says it is an important discovery.
It is a four`time super resistant strains have been found in UK
rivers. `` it is the first time. Severn Trent insists drinking water
is safe, but would like to see more research. We are aware that
antibiotics are in our sewage treatment processes, and we are keen
to work with other organisations to really understand where they come
from and how we can remove them to make sure they do not have an impact
in the `` on the environment. But don't you know enough at this stage
to take immediate action? I don't think so. If other authorities were
to advise us to do something differently, we would take our
environmental responsibilities very seriously and we would make any
necessary changes. Doctor Wellington says work due to
be published later this year is expected to see `` show a similar
story on samples found in the River Thames.
Success for Jodie Stimpson from Oldbury in the Black Country,
as she takes the first gold of the Commonwealth Games.
An even hotter day today ` Shefali's ready with your detailed
A hundred years on, the new radio drama, stretching over
all four years, charting events here at home during the First World War.
From today, millions of wildflowers are being
planted in urban areas across Birmingham and the Black Country.
Our reporter Nicola Beckford has been at one of the sites in Sedgley
Conservationists spent the morning here cutting and packing Harry, to
recreate new wildlife meadows. `` hay. They are building on similar
work carried out last year. This is one of very few such meadows left in
England. We want to expand their populations and bring them into the
city where people can have contact with that wildlife.
The operation is to be done in one day to make sure the seeds reached
the destination will still fresh. This is one of the areas where the
new Meadow will be grown. The land has been preprepared to receive the
freshly cut hay. Almost 30 days `` Wales have been
harvested and delivered to ten sites across the region, but these
volunteers wanted to work quickly, as if the hay gets too hot, the
seeds will die. The organisers feel confident
however that the new Meadow will grow.
We should eventually get some orchids coming up, which should look
really pretty and make the area much better than the brown grass you can
see here. This year's work will establish an
even bigger network of meadows. Rural idyll is within an urban
environment. `` idols. Back to the Commonwealth Games
action now, and Gold medallist Jodie Stimpson's not the region's
only competitor in action today. Let's rejoin Dan in Oldbury
for news of the others. So, Dan, who have we got to
look out for this evening? The kids behind take part in
cycling, which is where lots of other medals have been one today.
First of all Helen Scott, from down the road, she is the pilot in her
event and she writes with Sophie Thornhill. They won the two hates
and won the final. They are expressly proud to win gold. `` the
two seats. `` the two heats. It is info `` it is fantastic that even
one of our events is in. Maybe next time another of our events might be
put in as well. The team sprint once over this
afternoon, but they were beaten by New Zealand.
`` won silver. Andy Tennant from Wolverhampton has been in the team
pursuit, riding alongside Bradley Wiggins.
They also won a silver. Jess varnish from Bromsgrove,
discoloured at the London 2012 Olympics, was in the 500 metres time
trial today. She won bronze. Who have we got to look out for this
evening? The number one event to look out for
is the men's 200 metres breaststroke. Adam Piti from
Uttoxeter is through, also Michael Jamieson.
We have already had these medallists, it is day one of the
Commonwealth Games, plenty to look forward to this evening and for the
rest of the Games. The story of life on the Home Front
during World War I is being It's being recorded in Birmingham,
and it's an ambitious drama serial which will be broadcast over four
years with 600 episodes. More now
from our arts reporter Satnam Rana. The Great War ` usually remembered
as a soldier's conflict. Over 8.5 million men served
between 1914 and 18. But now Radio 4's new ambitious
drama Home Front is telling Actors play out their words, and
sound effects are added in the production suite.
Recorded at BBC Birmingham's radio astronomers studio, it is set in
Folkestone, and will also take us to Newcastle and Devon.
There were 40 million people who did not go to war, but who were
dedicated to the information from the front. If we could represent a
tiny proportion of those stories, that would be brilliant. I know you
mean well, but it is not realistic. One of these stories is told through
Isabel, a self`taught driver from a well`off family and ends up buying
an ambulance. Women with funds what `` went out and bought their own
ambulances and supplies. They literally got behind the wheel of a
car and learned to drive. And then I get very excited about buying
surgical bandages and then going across to France.
The stories are fictional, but each one has a historical fact hidden
within it. To find out what that is, tune in at mid`day on fourth August.
Exactly 100 years to the day Great Britain declared war on Germany.
You can find out more about the new show Home Front on the BBC website.
Now let's find out more about this scorching weather.
There were a few people today flustered by the heat, because it
was hotter than yesterday by 1 degrees for most parts, finishing
numbers were 28 Celsius for Birmingham.
29 Celsius in neighbouring Wales, and hottest race was worth it,
making it the hottest day of the year so far. `` the hottest place
was Dorset. There will be a drop of around nine
to 10 degrees by Sunday, but this cooler air is coming in as a result
of this home from `` this front. The cooler conditions will probably
persist into the middle of next week. Not to say they will not rise
before that, they could well do, but we also have some fairly prolific
showers breaking out. They could become widespread by the
end of the weekend. If you haven't been out there to enjoy the
sunshine, you could `` you should do the litmus test now because it is
cooling down to something more comfortable. Then we are into clear
skies for tonight. It is dry across all parts as well, we may see the
odd shower breaking out, but then those will fade away very quickly.
Temperatures falling to a minimum of 15 to 16 Celsius, possibly even 17,
so a very sticky night. For tomorrow, slightly cooler
conditions. We have more cloud drifting in from the east, due to a
slight change in the wind direction, temperatures perhaps will not reach
the giddy heights of today's values. That breeze is slightly lighter at
around nine miles per hour. As for tomorrow night we could see the odd
shower breaking out, very light ones however. Predominantly dry, with
clear spells. Saturday dry until those showers are.
`` arrive. A UN shelter in Gaza is hit
by an Israeli missile ? 15 people And Jodie Stimpson from Oldbury
in the Black Country wins the triathlon and takes the first
gold of the Commonwealth Games. Well, when did we start funding
projects in Gaza? How do you know people
are telling the truth? Well, when did we start funding
projects in Gaza? I should never have done this.
I should never have agreed to this.