31/07/2014 Midlands Today


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A new children's hospital could be built next to the Queen Elizabeth

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Hospital in Birmingham, creating one of the biggest medical

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It would cost ?430 million, replacing facilities, which in

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Here's our health correspondent Michele Paduano.

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Archie is six months old and has never left hospital.

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The Children's Hospital is a world centre of excellence

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for heart conditions like his and he needed an operation.

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But when he was born at the Women's Hospital,

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Alfie was moved and Emma didn't see him before

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It was awful because I couldn't stop crying at the Women's.

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I didn't get to see him and it was really scary as well, the

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Moving sick, young children is far from ideal.

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Now the radical decision by both trusts is to merge by 2017 and

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create a brand new joint hospital by 2022 at a cost of ?430 million.

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Absolutely both boards are committed to doing whatever they

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In order to make the hospital happen, we need to come together

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Clearly that has to have happened by the time the hospital opens

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This building is famous. It is 122 years old but it is not right for

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modern medicine. By selling it, they can raise some of the money

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Elsie May Goody was born at 24 weeks on the edge of survival.

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Now 33 weeks old, she weighs just 3lbs 5oz.

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Twice she has had to be sent to the children's hospital

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It will be better because then she won't

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have to go to and from Children's for surgery. It is easier for her.

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The new women's hospital will be built here.

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It's not known if this site belonging to the university could

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But a merger offers many cost savings and tough

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Especially for small babies and for girls reaching adolescence,

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There is a lot we have already got in common and the relationships

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between the different communities are already quite strong.

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But the biggest winners will be the babies and children.

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The former home of the Cadbury family in Birmingham has been

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Northfield Manor House had been listed as a Grade A historic

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building and was about to be sold to a property developer.

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But now its long term future is in doubt.

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Going up in flames, part of Birmingham's heritage.

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Northfield Manor was once the grand home of the Cadbury family.

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This morning it was little more than a smouldering shell.

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From above, the damage is even clearer.

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The fire destroying almost all of the house.

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It was the second time in 24 hours that West Midlands Fire Service had

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We have to retain the building as much as possible.

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We know children were using the site and were chased off at some point.

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Putting the jigsaw together, we going along the lines

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of arson but an investigation is underway.

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For members of the Cadbury family, who used to live at Northfield

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Manor, shock at the fire and concern for the local community.

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The sad thing about somebody making such a crime is that, it permeates

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into the lives of so many other people who have strong memories,

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very happy memories and it is a direct attack on their memory and

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Since 1953 it's been owned by the University of Birmingham

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and used as halls of residence, but in 2007 it was boarded up.

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The question now is simply, has Northfield Manor been too badly

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Farmers across the region are making the most of recent dry weather

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But some are concerned that because many chemical sprays have

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been banned or restricted under EU law, their yields could be lower

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than expected and claim their crops have been more prone to disease.

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It means that despite the recent weeks of sunshine, they

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probably won't be recording the bumper crop they were hoping for.

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It was a mild winter so lots of the disease didn't get killed.

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It was a wet winter and wet spring which may have had

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A former parent`governor of Golden Hillock School in Birmingham,

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which was one of the schools at the centre of the so called Trojan Horse

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plot, says he'll continue to work to support his children's school.

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A report into the alleged plot by Muslim extremists found there was

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evidence of an aggressive Islamist ethos in some of the schools.

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Mohammed Ashraf was taking part in a debate

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about the political fallout from the row, which resulted in five schools

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Our reporter Lindsay Doyle is at the Drum in Birmingham for us tonight

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So Lindsay how did this debate come about?

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It is the result of a debating society that follows on from a

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famous debating society that used to exist at being `` Birmingham is a

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site `` Birmingham University. It looks that people affected in

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Birmingham. Tonight it was the subject of the Trojan Horse plots.

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People were given the chance to express their views on what they

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have thought of this story developing of the last four months.

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He said he was impressed by the knowledge of the reports carried out

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and says although he is no longer a governor, he intends to continue

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fighting to improve children's education. We need to give our

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children better. We're not going to go away. We have to make sure we

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give our children every opportunity, every single parent and every

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community a chance. We have to do that. That is a priority. This was a

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chance for local people to give their opinions and views stop there

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was no official representatives here from the council or from Ofsted. The

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chance of people to say how they feel about the way things have been.

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There was more medal success for our athletes at the

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Commonwealth Games today, with one silver and two bronze.

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The silver was won by 20`year`old Jazmin Sawyers from Stoke

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Her final jump was just two centimetres short of

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But there was disappointment for Shara Proctor in the same event.

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Despite leading the rankings going into the final, the 25`year`old,

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who trains with the Birchfield Harriers, pulled up injured in her

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The Bronze medals came from the England team in the Para lawn bowls.

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Birmingham's Bob Love showed great skill bowling with his feet and

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Paul Brown, from Ross`On`Wye Bowling Club, helped England beat

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Scotland in the bronze medal match with his last bowl of the contest.

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We'll be back at Breakfast from just before 6.30 tomorrow morning.

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I'll leave you with the weather from Rebecca.

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It has been a day of sunshine and showers and as we had to the next

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few days, we continue with that theme. We have more rain in the

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forecast. There would be some sunny spells at times. Our temperatures

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are going to be down on where they have been recently. Overnight

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tonight, we have some clear skies developing. It is a dry end to the

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day and dry as we head into tomorrow. Trumpeters will drop away.

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Towns and cities, we are staying between 13 and 15 Celsius. Tomorrow

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begins nicely in the south and east of the region. Across the north and

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west, we have showers. It will become more persistent. Temperatures

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are going to struggle. For the south and east, it is a little better.

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There is more on the way in the National forecast next.

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Rain for Saturday. Now to John who will take you through the national

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forecast across the UK. Hello there. You may have to find

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ways of occupying the children. A lot of rain for some, not so much

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for others. That was the way in July but overall whelmingly warm. Not as

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warm as last year but it continues the run of months with higher than

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average temperatures. The eighth now in a row. On to August, a few

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showers around. That is across the north and the west. Lots of dry

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weather between. A mild night at dawn, the temperatures about the

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mid-teens. You may wake up to sunshine but the general trend

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through the day is for things to deteriorate across the northern and

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western parts of England and Wales where the showers will begin to

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merge into

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