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normal temperatures. Peter, thank you. That is all from me. Now on BBC
One The headlines tonight:
Making our lives a misery: calls for Birmingham Airport to drop testing
for a new flightpath. Airport officials have promised to
meet local residents next week. Also We cannot afford to let this trial
dragged on when it is not working properly.
tonight, More gold in the Commonwealth Games:
this time for Wolverhampton's Kristian Thomas in the Team
Gymnastics. How this big cat from Dudley Zoo
The last few months we have been training so hard.
extinction. And it's been the perfect weather
for gathering in the harvest recently ` but something a little
wetter in on the cards later this week. All the details coming up.
Good evening. Families living near Birmingham Airport say the extra
noise being generated by changes to flight paths is making their lives a
misery. The Airport's running a six month trial of different routes
following the opening of its extended runway. Now one MP's
calling on the Transport Secretary to order the trials to be cancelled.
Amy Cole reports. Discussing the problems. And that is
a bone of contention since the airport has been allowing planes to
take off and land on similar flight paths. Birmingham Airport's runway
extension opened in May, bringing in new destinations and it seems a
barrage of complaints. The airport has been trialling two
options for new flight routes to make the most of the runway
extension. The first has planes coming in AND out on the same path.
And that means more noise for people living in places such as Hampton in
Arden, Balsall Common and nearby villages. The second option involves
aircraft making a turn just past Hampton and flying over open
countryside. For those living near the airport, neither option is
ideal. The airport insists it will
I'm only sleeping for five hours a night. Sleep is constantly being
interrupted. I don't accept being given the departure of aircraft as
well. trial once it's over. But the
residents want it to be scrapped and have the backing of their local MP.
Residents say they're looking Three months of trials that haven't
been going very well. The airport is not able to fly these roots
accurately. We cannot afford to let this trial dry on when it is not
working properly. I would like to see urgent intervention by the
Secretary of State to try to improve the situation. `` dragged on.
The airport as they did have a consultation when they were planning
the roots. The trials produce data that will be collected by the
airport and sent to the civil aviation authority you have the
final approval on which fly three comes in. I have been trying to
speak to the civil aviation authority to find out is, when they
do that approval, the views of local residents are taken into account.
They say that all relevant information relating to community
feedback is taken into account. Hopefully, residents will have a say
on what they think about this. Caroline Spellman has called for the
Transport Secretary to intervene. I have spoken to the Department for
Transport today who say that ultimately, they believe `` Bailey's
the decision to the civil aviation authority. They say that Caroline
Spellman did speak to the Transport Secretary earlier in the year, but
they said that it is the responsibility of the civil aviation
authority to make the decision. Ultimately, it does seem to rest
with them. Thank you. Good to have you with us here
on Midlands Today. Coming up later in the programme,
blocked sewers on the increase. People are putting grease and oil
down the drains which causes problems.
We've another gold medal to celebrate at the Commonwealth Games.
Kristian Thomas from Wolverhampton was part of the England Gymnastics
squad which won the men's team event this afternoon.
Dan Pallett is at the Games in Glasgow for us tonight.
That makes 18 medals in total ` and ten of them gold.
Well, there's no such thing as a banker in sport.
But if anyone was going to win gold at these Games it was the
England Gymnastics team including Kristian Thomas.
They were the bronze medallists at London 2012 competing as
Great Britain and only lost Daniel Keatings to the Scottish team
And they duly delivered winning the gold medal
But although they were favourites there's still pressure when you've
There's always a lot of pressure on us. It's a high`pressure apparat is.
The last few months we have been training so hard.
Elsewhere today it's been a case of near misses.
Birmingham's Omar Tafail just missed out on a bronze medal in the 57kg
He lost to Craig Pilling of Wales but at the aged of just 19 he
certainly showed he could be a medal contender in the future.
Chinu Chinu from Oldbury is due to fight for a bronze
Both the Gymnastics and the wrestling have taken place just
across the river from here but just 25 minutes south of Glasgow we've
had the mountainbiking where Beth Crumpton of Redditch was 9th in the
women's race ` and Malvern's Liam Killieen was sixth.
Who should we be looking out for now? Kristian Thomas will go again
in the Nvidia `` individual apparat is. He is very good. Plenty of
athletics to look forward to tomorrow. Most people just have to
worry about themselves. The students Most competitors at the
Commonwealth Games just have to But the Birmingham athlete Luke Gunn
will be much busier. He'll also be watching out
for his wife and `` the steeplechase is one of the
best competitions in the Commonwealth. We have three of the
best athletes in the world in it. It would be hard for anyone to beat
them. I am going to aim to get in that top five if I can. If anyone
falls I will be the first one to snap at their heels.
His wife is Hannah England who runs in the 1500 metre final tonight.
They met as students at the University of Birmingham
Luke now manages the university's sports scholarship programme and 15
of their current and former students are competing in Glasgow as well.
We are trying to catch up with the likes of Loughborough University and
bridge that gap to becoming the second best university, sports
rights. The university takes it very seriously and is in `` investing
heavily in a new sports centre. Scholarships are just part of the
package. He'll be thrilled if Hannah or one
of his scholars wins a medal but Luke would desperately love to stand
on the podium himself as well. That wrestler I spoke about earlier
had made a great start and has a bronze medal at his feet. You can
see that on the BBC sport website. Adam Peter is back tonight. He is in
the relay. The good news just keeps coming from Glasgow.
The Worcestershire and England batsman Moeen Ali has been warned
not to wear wristbands showing support for Gaza
The 27`year`old wore bands saying "Free Palestine" and "Save Gaza" on
the second day of the match in Southampton.
International Cricket Council rules state that players should not wear
messages relating to "political, religious or racial activities
The digger maker JCB has secured an order for more than a thousand
The deal has been made with the hire firm, A`Plant,
The machines will be built at JCB's factories in Staffordshire.
Two more people have been arrested as part of the investigation
into the murder of a 23`year`old man from Rugby.
Jordan Banton was shot dead in the village of Newton
A 28`year`old man and a 34`year`old man, both from Rugby,
A 19`year`old man remains in custody in connection with the murder.
Drivers could be charged to bring polluting older diesel vehicles
The government's looking at introducing 'Low Emissions Zones'
in our biggest cities which would target the dirtiest diesels.
London's considering introducing a ?10 charge
Sian Grzeszczyk is in Birmingham city centre for us now.
Tell us more about what this could mean in Birmingham.
There are normally hundreds of cars driving through in the evening.
They're all releasing various levels of pollution into the atmosphere.
The problem with older diesel cars is that they can it particles which
cut `` can cause problems for people who suffer from asthma. The
Department for Transport says there are more than 1 million diesel cars
on our roads in the West Midlands. Birmingham is leading the way on
looking in the West Midlands. Birmingham is leading the way on
looking into investigating could mean these sorts of charges being
brought in for those older diesel cars that are pumping out more
pollution. How dangerous are these levels of pollution? The Department
for the environment, food and rural affairs released a statement today
saying that unless action is taken, Birmingham, London and Leeds would
face dangerous levels of pollution from vehicle exhausts by 2030. The
RAC says there has been a shift in opinion on the benefits of using
diesel cars in recent times. Although diesel vehicles are more
fuel efficient, petrol technology has been catching up. The gap has
closed drastically. Diesel vehicles also omits particular matters. The
medical opinion is generally that perhaps we have underestimated the
damage done by the really small particles emitted by diesel
vehicles. Earlier, I spoke to someone at a petrol station about
what they thought of the idea of low emission zones will stop it's a good
idea. The way the city is now with traffic, it does need to be slowed
down. The pollution in the city is ridiculous. There are newer cars
with lower emissions. I understand `` I'd understand it was the old
cars. The newer cars are lower emissions anyway. Now the debate has
started, the RAC also came out today and said they are introducing some
kind of scrappage scheme for those older diesel cars.
Well, we've had lots of comments from you on this,
?Adding another motor charge will only penalise the low income
Roger Fownes emailed us to say "The sooner diesel fumes pollution
Stop the dirty diesels altogether including old buses and taxis."
Rebecca Warner tweeted " Diesel car owners should not pay ?10 a day!
This fuel is more efficient than petrol"
And a final word from Dave Horrocks on Facebook ` "I already pay more
I got an older car because I can't afford a new one ."
nearby residents call for Birmingham Airport to drop testing
Rebecca's standing by with your detailed weather forecast `
Temperatures are falling here as melting ice becomes arts. Find out
why later. And join me later to find out why things are blooming
marvellous for the wedding season. Now Birmingham's right up there
in the lead with the highest score by far,
closely followed by Wolverhampton and then Stoke on Trent but it's not
good news, in fact it stinks. It's a league table
for blocked sewers ` particularly Severn Trent spend ?10
million clearing up the mess. Sarah Falkland's been out with one
of their teams today and she's We will bring that report to you a
little later on. From the rather unattractive world
of our sewer system to an animal that many would say is the most
strikingly beautiful in the world. Charismatic yet extremely dangerous,
the biggest of all cats but Now a tiger from Dudley Zoo is
being used to highlight the very Three year old Daseep is the face
of Global Tiger Day, They are one of the most beautiful
creatures in the world but also one of the most endangered. I don't
think people understand that. They don't realise the state it is then.
They are down to the last couple of hundred. Hopefully, they will find a
way to keep them alive. Future generations will then get to see
them. This females a match in Tiger has been selected to be the face of
this year's global Tiger day. She is stunning to look at. She is one of
the most beautiful tigers I have seen. If you think all tigers are
like, think again. She has own, including Catherine Hugh has adopted
her and comes to visit two or three times a week. She is just beautiful.
You only have to take one look in her ice and she has got your heart.
She is a special Tiger. She is one in a million. She's just so lovely.
He had an adoption for his birthday as well. Now there are only around
3,500 tigers left in the wilds. The mansion tigers like this one number
just a few hundred. Despite the risk of extinction, some of the risk of
extinction, some believe in captivity. What do we do, nothing?
Just let them die out? I don't think that's unacceptable thing. Dudley
Su's last pair of tigers produced eight cups, increasing the worldwide
cemetery in tiger population by 2%. `` Dudley zoo. . Let's get that
report on blocked sewers. Sarah Falkland's been out with one
of their teams today and she's We will bring that report to you a
little later on. I have flushed wet wipes standard
toilets. Gravy! It is no laughing matter when what is flushed and up
clogging the sewers. Severn Trent is having to clear 55,000 blockages per
year. Darren Edwards and his team have been called to a house in the
Black Country. An hour later, and made noxious smells, a result. This
is what has been causing the problem. A few make`up wipes, an old
dish cloth. Typically, it is a whole lot worse than this. Fat balls or
fat birds sometimes up to a metre long results from discarded cooking
oil, which has congealed in five cold pipes. They're usually a great
light colour. The same as a piece of Florida would buy from the shop.
They're not very nice to handle. It gets all over your clothes. In
Wolverhampton, sewer blockages have risen by 50% in the last year. We
have noticed it is mainly due to sanitary products. Fat balls and
greases which have been disposed down the sink our second. We've all
done it, I think. Down the toilet and down the sink, yeah. Someone in
Wolverhampton even tried to flush away a pair of slippers. There are
91,000 kilometres of sewers here and the blockage boys are hoping that
the public think twice about what they're putting down there.
This weekend the icemen cometh to Birmingham `
5,000 frozen statues placed in the city centre to mark the centenary
Each represents those who suffered and died.
Lindsay Doyle has been talking to the Brazilian artist who'll be
watching months of work melt away in front of her eyes.
A first for Florence and now a first for Britain as a leading Brazilian
artist creates 5,000 figures to form a transient army on the steps of
Chamberlain Square, in memory of the men and women who lost their lives
The monument is more a celebration of life than of death.
Minimum Monument has been brought here with the help of
The Birmingham Hippodrome as part of the city's commemorations
The public will be invited to take a sculpture and place it in the
squire. The cultures `` the sculptures will melt in a couple of
hours. Italy `` it is powerful how each individual figure changes as it
melts. The finished sculpture can be individually retouched to represent
perhaps a full family member. of the first figures to be placed
on the steps will be in memory of a soldier largely forgotten
outside of his own family. Captain John Osborne Walford
of the Worcestershire regiment It?s known he was treated
for shell shock in 1919, three years It will restore people's memories
again. They must be grandparents is not great grandparents by now. It is
a wonderful thing that is being done.
A momument to the common man, no less a hero.
For a wedding, you need a bright, agreeing, a cake and some confetti.
Mostly it is made of paper, but as our reporter has been finding out,
not all. I'm in this field are full of the most gorgeous flowers. They
are planning on repaying 500 million titles this year. They have only got
ten days to get this entire crop in. The question is, how do they turn
all of these flowers into this? It's harvest time in Shropshire. It is a
1,500 acre site but 40 acres are reserved for growing flowers which
are turned into confetti. The majority of our flowers are
daffodils which gives us pink, purple, blue and light. We have some
calendula and some wallflowers. It is a family run business. The owners
originally sold flowers at the market in Newport. They come into
bloom at different times so it is a juggling act, working out which ones
come first. All the colours are different and they can come out at
different times of the day, depending on the weather. It can
vary from one colour in the afternoon and one colour in the
morning. It takes practice, trying to perfect the art. Pickers will
gather thousands of petals. Everything is hand`picked because
the petals are so delicate. In the summer, the company receives 1000
orders each month. This year, they expect to deliver at least 7,500
packages to brides around the country. That's a lot of weddings
and a lot of confetti. Joining me now is Katie Plant, the manager
here. You make natural confetti. That means it's biodegradable. It
will degrade in just a couple of days. We do not die our petals. You
have been really lucky with the weather here. How he managed to
harvest so fast? We have just over half of what we require. We are
looking at just over 1.5 tonnes. That's a lot of confetti. This is
the weather driven business. You only have ten days left you feeling
nervous? Yes, especially when it is a bit cloudy today. We are hoping
for not much rain. Rain at night time is fine but obviously when it
is wet in the day, you cannot take because it's muddy. We want and
sunshine. Thank you. That's how you make confetti. Let's just hope they
manage to get everything in, in those ten days. It's time for the
weather. We've had a rather dry and hot July
and we are welcoming in a slightly damp August. We have plenty of cloud
in the forecast as we had through the next few days. We will get some
sunny spells and it will be a largely dry day. Things are starting
to feel fresher. Today things started to change because we had
this weather system working its way through. It has brought some cloud
and the air is slightly less humid behind that. Tomorrow, those
temperatures are going to be a little better than they have been.
Down to 19 Celsius. This time last week we were in the 30s. It really
is a little different. Overnight tonight it is largely dry. A few
clear spells but also some cloud, overnight. The possibility of a few
spots of rain. Temperatures overnight are doing a little better,
around 11 to 14 Celsius. And less humid Il to things. Tomorrow morning
starts off with a few bits of cloud. Some good breaks and the sun is out
as well. The cloud structure still into the afternoon. Our secretaries
are only getting up to or 24 degrees but it will feel a little fresher.
It is a finance dry and to our Wednesday. We could have a few
showers across the North Midlands overnight. Our temperatures again
ranging through 12 and 15 degrees. By Thursday, I'm afraid we have a
little bit of rain. Working its way through during the afternoon. Not
great if you are off to the cricket. Temperatures a degree or two down on
where they will be for the next couple of days. As we make our way
towards the end of the week, there is even more rain in the forecast.
It is looking like it will be a doubt we can.
More than 100 Palestinians are killed in Gaza, after a night
Calls from nearby residents for Birmingham Airport to drop plans for
a new error path. That was Midlands Today. I will be back at 10pm with
an update. I leave the ashram, travel halfway
across the world to find my father, Oh, well. As Vashrati says,
gotta keep smiling! We don't tend to use the bathroom
together here. All right, well,
I'll catch you later. This ashram of yours,
it might be a cult. I take it back,
he's definitely Cuckoo's son. MUSIC: "Changing"
by Sigma feat. Paloma Faith