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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:


Another suspected arson attack on a Shropshire farm. 500 tons of straw


I spoke to the farmer yesterday evening and he is devastated. A lot


of hard work has gone in and it has been undone in a matter of minutes.


We will be asking why there is a surge in rural crime.


Happy to go: After a long campaign against it, traders in Birmingham's


Wholesale Market finally back a move to a new site.


It was all down to the council. They have realised what a vibrant market


this is what an important market it is to the economics of the whole of


the Midlands. The FA finally agrees to research


into injuries caused by heading a football after pressure from the


family of Albion legend Jeff Astle. Catching the vibrant sights


and sounds of the inner city in And we're not quite over


the effects of ex`hurricane Bertha Find out what there is to


look forward to later. Firefighters


in Shropshire fears arsonists are targeting farms, with at least five


incidents in the last five weeks. The number of suspected attacks


comes as new figures suggest rural crime levels across the


West Midlands have risen by nine per Cath Mackie is at the scene of the


latest fire near Wellington tonight. Yes, this is a worrying time of year


anyway for farmers because typically this is the time of year when store


stacks are targeted and you can see the devastation caused in this race


and `` latest incident. There were 500 tonnes of straw here yesterday


morning and by last night the whole thing had gone up in smoke. ?30,000


worth of straw reduced to ashes, the fire on top of this hill in


Shropshire was so severe it could be seen for miles. The flames engulfed


the sky and fire crews were mobilised, their main objective was


to stop the fire spreading. Upon arrival it was clear that all 500


tonnes of it was fully involved in the crier `` fire so the aim was to


protect the surrounding area from any further damage. There have been


similar attacks at other farms in the region this summer. Just 15


miles from here a farmer has fallen victim to these are a number of


occasions. We have had two thefts of diesel from the farm and also a set


of pallet Times has gone missing. I have been talking to my neighbours


in the fast few days and it seems that fuel is one of the major


problems. These reports of thefts and arson attacks on farms are not


unique. Rural crime cost an estimated ?44.5 million every year


according to NFU Mutual and criminals are becoming more


organised and stealing to order. We have been monitoring rural crime and


the change we have seen this that crime has gone from opportunist


threat of `` set of small items to highly organised criminal activity


involving high end equipment, very expensive tractors, livestock, tools


and fuel. Investigators say they have found equipment stolen from the


UK turning up in Eastern Europe, Africa and even Australia. It is not


just about money. The effects can be devastating. This farmer did not


want to speak to the press but he spoke to the Fire Service. He has


said this is worth over ?30,000 so it feels like a lot of hard work has


been undone in a matter of seconds. Renewed security advice is now being


issued to farmers and the police continue to investigate this latest


suspected arson attack. We heard there about criminals


getting more organised but farmers have also been getting more


organised and beefing up their security. There have been a lot of


security campaigns in the countryside...


Oh, we seem to have lost her there. She was reporting from Shropshire on


those series of arson attacks in the country.


Thanks for joining us this evening. Coming up later in the programme:


Is this a snooker genius in the making?


Traders at Birmingham's Wholesale Market say they're feeling confident


as they prepare for the move to their new site in the


They'd originally opposed the move as they feared for their future.


It comes as markets across the region begin to recover


In the first of five special reports this week,


Ben Godfrey has spent a day at the country's biggest wholesale market.


When the city sleeps, the wholesalers


It's 4.30am and the deliveries are rolling in.


Tomatoes from Spain, cassavas from Costa Rica.


Mark Tate's speciality is fruit and veg.


It'll end up on the plates of schoolchildren,


We are the biggest independent in the wholesale market. We turned over


in excess of 14 million. It was an effort to bring


wholesalers in fish, fruit They're international traders


and the balance sheet reads like The market turns over between 250 to


?270 million a year. We employ 2000 people on site this morning.


Here the idea that only quality food is grown locally doesn't wash.


Take these lobsters from Canada which have lived to tell the tale.


These bananas come all of the way from Panama, direct. This garlic


comes all of the way from China. These runner beans from


Worcestershire. For four years traders have faced


an uncertain future. Relations with


the City Council were as sour as citrus fruits after this vast


site was deemed unfit for purpose. A new wholesale market will open


in 2016 in Witton. It will have a third of the units,


but tensions have eased because We are sitting on 22 acres which is


worth about ?50 million to the council. The wholesale market needs


a new image. It has had bad publicity. There will always be a


place for a market. The market needs to evolve with the times and we need


to bring it up to be fit for purpose.


Everyone seems to be flogging one particular fruit.


Mohammed Armani has come extra early to buy in bulk.


In this weather, hot weather, they love watermelon. They buy just


watermelon and nothing else. Since June one .1 million watermelons have


been sold here! Under these roofs traders


are bucking the trend. Where footfall has recently dropped


in many retail markets, the wholesale market is keeping a lower


profile, quietly making millions. Campaigners gathered in Birmingham


city centre today to protest about Israeli military action in Gaza.


Around 50 demonstrators from the organisation Solidarity For


Palestine gathered outside Birmingham City Council this


lunchtime. Perry Barr MP Khalid Mahmood says the Prime Minister,


David Cameron, needs to do much more The British government have not done


enough, they cannot even come to fully criticise what is happening at


the moment, bombing of innocent men and women and children in


particular. Hospitals, schools, any place there are children, all of


that is taking place and we cannot get any condemnation from this


government and I think it is very weak.


Sales at the luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover are up again.


The company sold more than 115,000 vehicles in the last three months,


up by 22% on the same period last year.


The latest rise in sales comes as a result of strong global demand


for new and refreshed models, including the all new Range Rover


The family of goal`scoring hero Jeff Astle have met FA Chairman Greg


Dyke as part of their long`running campaign to highlight the risks


of heading footballs and players suffering concussion.


It was initially believed the West Bromwich Albion legend had died


from Alzheimer's disease in 2002, but a coroner ruled


his brain had been damaged by heading heavy leather balls.


Sarah Falkland is with Jeff's widow Laraine and daughter Dawn now.


It has taken a long time to get here.


It has. This family have waited patiently in good faith for well


over a decade for the FA to carry out this research into the kind of


brain injuries that killed Jeff Astle in 2002. Nothing of substance


was being done. Yesterday we had this to carry out this research into


the kind of brain injuries that killed Jeff Astle in 2002. Nothing


of substance was being done. Yesterday we had this FA had not


done enough and he also said that they owed our family a huge thank


you for bringing this important issue to the attention of people.


Quite an emotional moment for you? A very emotional moment, especially


when the whole room burst into applause. Greg Dyke says he will be


looking at this from a global perspective, what does he mean by


that? I know that they hope to get FIFA on board, he said they were


very interested and then we want them to look at Alzheimer's and


dementia in former players. Informally you have tried to


research this, what conclusions have you discovered? I have just been


doing basic searches on Google and Wikipedia and the number of former


footballers who have either died about time as all who are living


with the consequences of it, the list is getting longer and longer.


Just the other day for 20 minutes I added a number 40 mean `` another 40


names to the list that is getting longer. This could be the tip of the


iceberg. Yes, I am sure that Jeff is not the first footballer to die of


this and I am sure he will not be the worst `` last. We have had no


word on when this research may start but there is already a lot of


interest and Port Vale have already invited this family to go there and


talk about concussion in sport. Figures obtained


by the BBC show the number of inquests involving suicides has


more than doubled in the last decade The figures were provided


by the coroner in North Staffordshire, where 56 people


took their own lives last year, The vast majority


of cases involve men. Our Staffordshire reporter


Liz Copper's been investigating. It was in the letter that he left me


that he said he had suffered from depression from a very young age,


since he was 13 or so. I say to people that I probably did not stop


crying for many months. Chris Habgood was 26


when he took his own life. His father,


a former prison governor, is now behind a charity helping


families affected by suicide. We need to do a lot more around


helping young people say how they feel. There is only so ashram there


is a myth around that if you talk about suicide you can actually cause


it and that is not true. All you do is you encourage young people to


disclose how they are feeling and admit they are struggling and to


seek help. But for many young people, like


Chris Habgood, seeking help is hard. This is the coroner 's Court and


cameras are not normally allowed inside and we have been given


special permission to film. The evidence heard here is often


distressing and sometimes harrowing and this is a place that no family


wants to find themselves in. But the North Staffordshire coroner


has seen an increasing number of suicide cases


in his court over the last decade. The reasons


for the rise aren't clear. I think it is men who have found


themselves in a position where their relationship has broken down and


maybe they have lost their job and become redundant. They have ended up


in poor accommodation, maybe they are beginning to develop health


issues as well and they wonder if life is worth carrying on.


This film was made as part of a campaign supported by the Samaritans


to help reduce deaths on the railways.


Nationally every six seconds somebody contacts the charity.


It wants to do more to reach young men at risk of suicide.


As Samaritans I think what we are going to see is more of us going out


into the community to reach these men and less perhaps sitting here in


the office waiting for them to call us because maybe men just are not


very good at that. Chris Habgood didn't find


the help which might have prevented But his family are amongst those


campaigning in his memory for more to be done to support


those contemplating suicide. And if you are affected by anything


you've just seen in that report, we've put a list of organisations


that may be able to help you on Concerns over rural crime with


another suspected arson attack 500 tons of straw worth


?30,000 are destroyed. Shefali's standing


by with the weather forecast How a taxi ride down the


Stratford Road in Birmingham can And how


the war effort here 100 years ago included supplying our troops


in the trenches with chocolate Time for sport now, Dan's here with


a new star of the green baize. It is fair to say this lad has got


the best future in front of him. And he's certainly got


an impressive CV. Hamim Hussain has just become


the National under`14 Champion. And he's aiming to turn professional


as soon as he leaves school. In small Heath the washing was out


for dry and these brothers were out to play. They have a championship


standard table costing ?5,000. Hamim Hussain is the new English under 14


champion and his brother is 12 and they are both very talented players.


I will never forget the last time I met alike `` a young player like


this, it was 1996 and Shaun Murphy was the player and he went on to


become World Snooker champion in 2005. No pressure then! Well done.


When he was about the age of two and a half he would find any stick and


ball and start playing snooker and he really enjoys playing it. I love


watching my boys playing, I love snooker. All of the same brothers


inherited their passion for snooker from their dad who arrived from


Bangladesh in 1974 and learn to play the game in Halesowen and worked


flat out in the restaurant business to give all of his sons, including


the four`year`old, every opportunity to achieve their full potential. For


him the next thing is to become a professional snooker player as soon


as possible and then take it from there and join the big boys! What is


the secret to him enjoying success? Practice, practice, practice. Just


like his favourite snooker players have always done. I like Sean Murphy


and the way he plays, attacking and aggressive. I find that tactic quite


suitable for my game. One day possibly world champion? Yes,


hopefully! The boys are doing well at school but snooker is their


passion, no wonder the family is very proud of its national champion


and his future prospects. Norwich City have confirmed they are


investigating allegations of racist behaviour by a small group


of their fans during their 1`0 Meanwhile Wolves have today sold


midfielder David Davis to The 23`year`old who's spent


his whole career at Wolves has had a frustrating 12 months at Molineux


trying to break into the team. Obviously it was not to be and I do


not resent the club or resent anyone. It was just a touring top


personnel. The team was winning and it is hard when a team is winning


and we are flying and winning every week so for me now it is all about a


fresh start and hopefully I will hit the running `` the ground running


here. The new owner


of Hereford United is promising to It follows protests outside the


ground on Saturday from fans unhappy Financial problems mean the team are


now playing in the Southern League. But Tommy Agombar says he does have


new backers waiting to invest. The big investment comes from


friends of mine that I know in the city and they are really investing


in me. I am very confident, very, bury confident. How can I turn the


Hereford people around? I would have thought I had already done that by


keeping the club here. I am not really bothered about whether they


like me or not. And our full interview with Tommy


Agombar is on our Facebook page. The European athletic starts


tomorrow as well. Thank you.


Catching a taxi in one part of Birmingham has now become


Visitors are being given a tour of Stratford Road as part of


Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana has been finding out how the area has


Welcome to the tour, I will take you on a short tour of Stratford Road.


It is three miles to be exact. This area has changed so much as I was a


child, we have had the Irish year and then the Asian people came and


now there are a lot of Somalis on this part of Stratford Road.


Stick an actor in a taxi and you get theatre on the go.


This is Taxi Tour, a free experience which immerses you


in the sights, sounds and stories of Birmingam's Stratford Road.


A key land mark is Saint Agatha 's Church which is coming up on your


right hand side. It was established in 1899 as a Catholic church and it


is a testament to the architecture that it is still standing.


Step outside and you get a better idea of what this changing


Taxi Tour is based on work carried out


You see a lot of people will come around and see new things they never


saw before, a new type of coffee that they did not ever used a drink.


It was all English shops and every thing anything about it was just


might but as the years have gone they have moved out and these have


come in. The community has developed in many ways. You have got different


communities joined in and it is good.


Taxi Tour is based on work carried out


by south asian arts group SAMPAD and is a Heritage Lottery Fund project.


In 100 years time people are going to look back and say, who were my


ancestors? How did they arrive, where did they work? What did they


do in their lives? And how did they reinvent themselves because that is


what you are really looking at here. And the reivention


of this area will continue That brings us to the end of the


tour, we will pull in here by this restaurant where you can get a bite


to eat. It has been fantastic and I have learned so much about Stratford


Road that I had not even realised even though I drive down it a couple


of times a week. Fantastic. O some grub!


During the First World War scores of factories around the West Midlands


were flat out producing military hardware for the war effort.


But for one of our region's largest and best known companies


the conflict was an opportunity to show its compassionate side.


Birmingham chocolate maker Cadbury not only supplied chocolate to


soldiers in the trenches but also cared for those affected


Chocolate, a sweet treat, even a luxury.


Not something you'd readily associate with helping to win a war.


But it was to prove otherwise during the First World War.


Cadbury Brothers of Birmingham, already established for 90 years,


found demand for its products increasing rapidly in 1914.


The government were asking Cadbury to supply chocolate and drinking


chocolate for the front line, really keeping with their philosophy a lot


of their work was to do with helping troops overseas. There was an


ambulance division setup in Bournville to caper for the people


returning from the front line. Sustenance was needed


in the trenches. These distinctive chocolate boxes


were sent specifically to the The companies war memorial shows


a tenth didn't return. Barrie Tims is remembering


his mother and aunts. This picture shows them knitting


hats, One recipient may well have been


Barrie's dad Ernie, a Cadbury worker I tend to think Cadbury started


right at the beginning, I think they set the standard


for looking after their workers. The ones that had gone away,


the families that they left. I'm grateful for what they did


for mum, I'm grateful On his return Ernie Tims helped


build the Cadbury war memorial. Like his comrades he never forgot


the gifts of chocolate Some of the letters from great feel


Ashur ungrateful soldiers were reprinted in a works magazine in


1916, this one said, I received it on Christmas Day when I was up to my


neck in water. If you could only taste the staff are here, you would


not wonder why Cadbury 's chocolate is world`renowned. `` some of the


letters from grateful soldiers. In 1914 more than 700 product lines


were running to cope with New brands were still being


developed, for example Milk But


by 1917 the war hit chocolate hard. German U boat attacks in the


Atlantic saw sugar imports plummet. Dairy Milk and many other


production lines were halted. The Bournville factory diverted


into fruit and vegetable drying The Cadbury family decided at the


end of the war that conditions in inner cities were appalling and they


were running short of basic supplies so they diverted 20,000 gallons of


milk every week from the milk processing plants and send them to


the poor areas of Birmingham. The company also handed over some


of its buildings for use But Cadbury made sure it combined


its compassion with commerce, ensuring there was


a successful factory Another intriguing story from 100


years ago. Now you can keep up to date with


everything that's happening here And Twitter is now where you'll


find Shefali, isn't that right? Yes, I may not yet have


as many followers as Midlands Today, that figure is rapidly approaching


50,000, but I'm off and running, Ex`hurricane Bertha, we are still


feeling the effects of it. It is currently situated to the north`east


of Scotland and it is otherwise known as a very deep area of low


pressure. Scotland is bearing the brunt of the effects of that but we


do not get away scot free. We get the knock`on effects with this


flotilla of fronts marching down from the north through the week and


we get showers from time to time. These are key features of the week


with sunshine and showers and gusty wind in places. It will start to


improve briefly by the weekend as an area of high pressure, ridge of high


pressure starts to build. This evening we still have a few showers


flitting across the region and they are on the heavy side as well. They


will gradually peter out and leave us with a drier and to the night.


During this time temperatures will fall to their minimum value of


around 10 degrees. We are off to a sunny and dry start to the day


tomorrow but it is not long before the showers resurface and it is the


south`west of the country that will generate them. They piling very


quickly during the morning and move eastwards rapidly in the afternoon.


They have very bright centres so there will be heavy outbreaks and


downpours in places containing thunder as well. Top temperatures


from 17 to 19. The wind could get up to 40 mph. Wednesday will be


slightly drier. Thank you. The Iraqis desperate to get away


from the militants of the Islamic state. And another suspected arson


attack on a Shropshire farm. 500 tons of straw worth


?30,000 are destroyed. I'll be back at ten o'clock


with your latest update. 'Let's bring you...'


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