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still the potential. Quite nasty weather. To keep an
Nine charged by police as a rooftop anti`war protest
There are many targets in strategy to bring Israel to account. If it is
not an arms factory, it is a supermarket.
We'll be finding out about the protest's impact
The Bulldog Bash is back but not so brash ` town?
Warwickshire's biker event goes ahead despite police concerns.
The important thing to remember that the Bulldog Bash is back. I'm at an
agricultural show. What farmers saying about the future of the
agricultural industry? Adding happiness
to this Midlands town? It is amazing to see what something
so simple can do for a community. Ex Hurricane Bertha is on the way `
but will it affect us here Protestors who shut down a
Staffordshire factory for two days over Israeli military action
in Gaza say they won't give up. Nine people spent the night
in police cells after officers climbed onto
the roof to bring them down. Two have been charged with trespass
and banned from returning to Staffordshire
pending a court hearing. Workers were back
at the factory today The company, UAV, makes engines
which campaigners allege are used in Israeli drone
aircraft bombing Gaza. Of the roof, out of the cells and on
bail. Solidarity was being shown today. Nine protesters were released
today after being arrested for a protest on the roof of a factory
that makes engines for drones. The Israeli parent company is proud of
its growing company. Some are capable of carrying a substantial
payload, 350 kilograms. Drones have been responsible for scenes like
this. But despite all of the criticism they have had in the last
few days, the company did not want to defend itself today.
I'm from the BBC. I wondered if anyone wants to talk about what is
happening in the last few days. Can you leave the premises, please? With
UAV back to work, the rest of the village can go back to work. It has
been much quieter than it has`been normally. The customers could not
get through the road. Dismantled as the regulars were annoyed that now
he can see their point. If what they are saying are true and these
atrocities are going on in Gaza, if it was happening here, we would be
unhappy as well. I think there could be a better way of going about it.
The protesters want an arms embargo on Israel. So does the MP.
It needs to be recognised that 3500 rockets have been fired at Israel, a
network of tunnels has been dubbed to kidnap Israelis, to murder them.
So those people have rights as well and we must deplore the attacks that
Hamas have made on Israelis as much as we must make a replay to the
Israeli government that the killing that has gone on must not continue.
And this week's protest was seen as justifiable by pro`Palestine groups.
`` `` was seen as unjustifiable bike pro Israeli groups.
Good to have you with us this evening.
How troubled Hereford United have overcome one crisis at least,
just two days before the new season in a new league.
Bikers have been descending on Warwickshire all day
for the Bulldog Bash ` one of the biggest events of its kind.
Police objected to the gathering because of the involvement
of the biker organisation the Hells Angels,
which they say is linked to organised crime.
But it's going ahead and our reporter Nicola Beckford is there.
All going off peacefully so far, Nicola?
Yes, the atmosphere is incredibly relaxed, incredibly calm at the
moment. This is the biggest event in the Hells Angels calendar. They are
delighted to be here but is everyone else happy to have them?
It has been a Hells Angels tradition since the late 80s. Now the Bulldog
Bash is back in Warwickshire after a year. These guys are pleased. Most
people we spoke to locally seem unconcerned. I hear some excitement
but also the other side of the story, it is a double noisy and
there might be some of that side. But it seems like an exciting event.
They make no trouble as tall as throws the villages concerned. It is
fine. You will not find a single village he will have an issue with
it. The council granted the organisers a licence for 10,000
people but only 5500 people are directed to attend. Warwickshire
police had hoped to see the back of the bikers. They oppose the event
and try to get it banned. Our concern is that money for this event
is going to go to the Hells Angels and go into their criminal
activities. That is why we do not want them here. The reputation of
the event was tarnished after the murder of a biker returning from the
event. Supporters say that it is an opportunity for those who love their
bikes to get together. Joining me now to discuss what we
have seen in that piece is Echo, one of the organisers. What have you got
going on this year? You can probably hear that the music has started in
the main marquee and that will go on for the next few nights. The bar is
open and we have a 2000 people come through the gates. The sun is
shining. We also have the drag strip, the Bulldog Bash is famous
for that. You can ride your bike against your mates and see how has
the bragging rights and there are some professional races as well. The
custom show is a big event as well, and it is a big people for `` it is
a big event for the entrance. It is safe to say that the police are not
a fan of this event. They told us that they think that the Hells
Angels are an organised crime group. They did this for five years ago and
there licensing committee asked them to prove that which they could not
do. Since then, we have moved on. We wish that they would move on as
well. We have always had a good relationship, in terms of working
with them at a local level. It looks as though they will do, there is not
a huge present. They explicitly said that funds from the Bulldog Bash go
into criminal activities for stock that is a harsh allegation, what do
you say that? We have to treat this with the contempt it deserves. As
far as we are concerned, this event makes enough money to put the next
one on. If you talk to any debt charities, they are the ones who
make money. `` if you talk to any of the charities.
An MP has criticised a judge for a two`year jail sentence
he imposed on a violent beggar who blinded a man in one eye.
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour member for Perry Barr
in Birmingham, accused the judge of being lenient and "out of touch".
The incident took place at a restaurant
Meshach Harrison was captured on CCTV.
When he was refused a cigarette and money,
There was disruption to train services at Birmingham New Street
this morning after two men were found injured on railway tracks
They were both taken to hospital with serious injuries
after being found by a bridge which runs over the tracks.
London Midland, Arriva, Virgin and Cross Country services
It's a crucial time of year for farmers `
when they add up just how well their crops have done
and find out how much animals will make when they reach market.
Our rural affairs correspondent, David Gregory Kumar,
has spent the day at an agricultural show in Shropshire.
There've been some lean times for farmers, David,
I have to say, not really. Prices have been drifting downwards for a
good few months. In a moment, we will talk about that with an
industry expert. But first, today is the day that TNF you says that we
would run out of food if we just rely on British produce.
Now it is time for the journey to end. If you don't like the thought
of where your Sunday roast comes from, you might want to put the
catalogue! The livestock market on Tuesday. At
this time of year, the UK is slaughtering 250,000 lambs a week.
These batches of six are special. They are part of a competition that
all of these farmers take seriously. There are some superior Landseer.
They are lambs they can get a good percentage of meat from when they
cut them up. Some of the best lambs you can find here. Just one duff
lamb will bring the score down. They look the same to me, what are
you looking for? For shape, these are perfect. There are some odd
lambs that are not the they should be. All of these lambs are for
slaughter but for the competition, one of them will be judged as a
carcass. A throw of the dice decides which will be judged.
He wrote all of those lamb number threes, ready for judging. This
display also shows how much lamb has changed and improve, in part in
response to the demand for British lamb in Europe. It goes to high end
places and they get the trade in the market. So farmers are generally
raising their game to get this extra premium for what they produce. If
John did not win the competition, there is no doubting the pride he
and other farmers take in producing the best English lamb.
With me is a Shropshire farmer of more experience than it is perhaps
polite to mention. Why is it important to farmers? We produce the
best in the world. Good security is so important. Much of the world is
important. Fighting seems to be everywhere and that means, as we
have seen on camera, some food is not being produced. We have to
produce all we can in this country, as we did 100 years ago during the
war. What about your farm? What do you produce and what do you own? We
are mixed farm, we have a few cows and a few sheep and we have wheat.
We have all of the commodities that are down in price since the start of
the show. I have not known a time when every commodity were down.
Potatoes are terribly cheap at the moment it has been a good season but
we need prices to rise slightly. What has the mood been? It has been
good. We need to go home now and get this year's harvest in. It is not in
yet and until we have got the grain in the bin, we have not done the
harvest. The elements are so important. Thank you for talking to
us. So from us, it is back to the studio.
Nine charged by police after a rooftop anti`war protest
Rebecca's on standby with the latest
on the machinations of Hurricane Bertha.
Lessons learned at St Andrews ` why Birmingham City are confident
they can avoid that last day fright of three months ago.
And putting a smile on your face down by the riverside `
how just a little kindness can go a very long way.
This week we've seen commemorations of the start of World War One
But 100 years ago the war didn't just affect those
Many Germans had made the Midlands their home.
Bob Hockenhull's been looking at what life was like
for those who suddenly found themselves living in a country
Birmingham just before the Great War. A city of 800,000 people, where
hundreds of German immigrants lived, taking advantage of its
economic prosperity. But by 1914, German born citizens were no longer
mingling on the streets of Birmingham. Instead, they found
themselves locked up in the cells at the city was macro main police
station. Frankly, anyone who had a German sounding name starts to look
vulnerable and they begin to target them. They had already been
anti`German protests and riots in other cities. The Chief Constable
feared it could spread to Birmingham. In June 1915, around 60
detained Germans were marched to new Street and put on a train to the
north of England. Newspapers described them as enemy aliens.
They were taken to Handforth Internment Camp in Cheshire, one of
scores of such camps where ordinary citizens were held alongside
prisoners of war. Some had married Brummie girls who would suffer
terribly because of the fate of their husbands. The wives were very
destitute, usually the breadwinner of the family was interned for three
or four years. Some of these wives were also repatriated, so this could
happen where they were repatriated to Germany, sent back to Germany,
where they did not know anyone and they came into a country at war, so
it was not a happy time for these wives. And it was not just Germans
subject to scrutiny. Any foreigner visiting Birmingham signed the
register of aliens, including world`renowned Sarah Bernhardt
Thomas who was in the city for two days for a play.
Not all Germans living in Birmingham ended up being rejected from the
city. This is adding to the Abbey... An order of Benedictine
monks had been living here after evading prosecution in `` after
evading persecution in Prussia. They had to stay and they had to
adjust to sit it out. They were caught up in a conflict that really
was not anything to do with them. Disillusioned, the monks left
Birmingham when the war ended. But, despite their experiences, some of
the Germans interned in the camps did return to the city. No longer
enemy aliens and allowed to resume the lies that had been so
dramatically interrupted. `` resume the lives.
Something you never really think about.
In cricket, we may be in the middle of a Test match
but the new football season starts on Saturday.
that's not something for fans to get excited about.
Well, Dan Pallett's here with the latest on three of our clubs
Hereford United, Coventry City and Birmingham City.
Three clubs where the fans' patience has been running thin.
Well, Coventry's troubles have seen them spend last season
Today, the Football League has been meeting
And the Sky Blues still owe the Ricoh Arena ?590,000 in unpaid rent.
It's sure to be hotly debated at a live fans' forum hosted by
BBC Coventry and Warwickshire at 7pm this evening.
That's where we spoke to Moz Baker from the fans' campaign group,
People are fed up, angry, dissolution. The same feelings they
had 12 months ago. We don't seem to have progressed very much further.
What we would like to see happen is for a negotiation settlement to be
found that makes Coventry City returned to Coventry.
since relegation from the Premier League in 2011.
And today it was confirmed that midfielder Tom Adeyemi
has gone to Cardiff City for an undisclosed fee.
But, after escaping relegation from the Championship
the club says lessons have been learned
Big smiles at the Blues ` it's the annual team photo.
and club captain Paul Robinson, now 35,
has been doing this since he turned professional at 17.
Robbo's got ten new team`mates this season
and some faces are more familiar than others.
How we do? Nice to see you. Long time no see. Looking forward to the
new season? Everyone has the dream that you are only one good season
away from getting to what is considered one of the biggest and
best leagues in the world. We all start with that optimism.
Of course, it might have been a very different story.
But three months ago, the lucky Blues mascots
worked overtime at Bolton to keep the club in the Championship
I was watching as the game was on the television at the time. It is
peculiar to think I have ended up here. We were staring down the
barrel. Who knows what would've happened? I was a complete neutral
at the time. When I signed, I thought back and was amazed at how
things worked out. A highly`rated striker from Celtic,
and still only 19. We want to get the bad run off our
backs. It is not a nice feeling, not a nice feeling to have. We want to
go into the first home game of the season against Brighton and go and
get the three points, that is the most important thing.
First, they're away to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
And, although the club is still up for sale, in true Blue fashion
the fans will Keep Right On, knowing that, whatever happens this season,
it'll never match the drama of that unbelievable day in May.
Well, this afternoon, Hereford United were finally
granted a safety certificate for their Edgar Street Ground.
It means they will be allowed to have fans inside the ground
for their first game in the Southern league on Saturday.
But it will be interesting to see how many fans attend the game
and how many will be outside the ground,
protesting against the current owners.
Finally when the Premier League starts a week late,
referees will have something new to get used to.
At St George's Park near Burton on Trent today
Premier League Referee's were getting their hands
on the vanishing spray we saw at the World Cup.
at the Community Shield on Sunday
and then throughout the Premier League season.
for all the problems in Midlands football.
If you live in the riverside town of Bewdley in Worcestershire
or you're planning to visit over the next couple of days,
prepare yourself for something a little magical.
Complete strangers may approach you with one thing in mind `
Our reporter, Sarah Falkland, has been finding what it's all about.
He was hoping for a fish, but this unsuspecting angler
is about to go home with something far more uplifting `
Would you like some free chocolate? Here you go, it is part of love
Bewdley. for four days, a small army from
Riverside Elim Church in Bewdley are giving away everything
from bouquets of flowers They've even been cleaning
people's cars ` all for free. The church says that these random
Acts of kindness are not about converting people to the Pentecostal
faith, they are about making the people of Bewdley happy. It brings
thoughts and feelings that you might not have in a normal day. I just had
my shopping is paid for by the church. I am stunned.
Some people couldn't help but be a little suspicious, though.
Why are they doing it? What is in it for them? I looked in the back and
saw it was real, I thought it would pop up at me. We wanted to create a
great feeling around the town and just show the town that the churches
here and we do love our community. but those giving
got a lot out of it. There was a lady this morning who
approach me and said she had received a boat Quay of flowers and
she said was the nicest thing that had ever happened to her. How does
that make you feel? Uplifted, happy. And in a joy that we are
blessing the community with these acts of kindness.
While the gifts will run out on Saturday,
it's hoped the spirit of giving will last a little longer.
Another warm day today but I think we may be in for a rough ride
over the next few days ` here's Rebecca.
Today has effectively been the calm between two storms. It all starts
tomorrow. We have a yellow warning in place for heavy rain. There are
some substantial lively thunderstorms coming in tomorrow,
which could give some localised flooding and then on Sunday, with
hurricane Bertha waiting the wings, we have another warning for rain and
strong winds. It is a calm day today with some clear sky is overnight.
Temperatures dropped away to around 11 Celsius. But that means tomorrow
starts OK but we are sandwiched between two areas of low pressure.
This one to the East will cause problems tomorrow. The air is
unstable, so we start to see the show was working up from the south
through the day. Even though it is an OK start, it will not last was
not those storms will be lively, with hail, torrential downpours and
some localised flooding. Temperatures not struggling too much
although where there is cloud and rain for much of the day, it will
feel cooler. It is then that we start the show was die away
overnight. Into Saturday, it is a calm night again with clear spells
developing. Saturday itself does not start to `` does not start to
Attlee. It is not too bad a day. Then on Sunday, ex`hurricane Bertha
arrives. This is how it is going to look. A deep area of low pressure
rings with it heavy rain and strong winds, which will be affecting us.
This is all subject to change. So do stay tuned to the forecast.
Thank you. Police say four men arrested in
connection with the murders of two British medical students in Borneo
have confessed to killing them. Intensive care ` a Spanish
missionary priest infected with Ebola in Liberia, as the country
declares a state of emergency. after the end of a rooftop
anti`war protest in Staffordshire. I'll be back
at 10pm with your latest update.