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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
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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
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