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Duped out of thousands of pounds, how elderly people are being
I was asked to draw out ?68,000 of money from our account.
The mother of a seven`year`old treated
for cancer facing prosecution, for not sending her daughter to school.
Aston Villa get off to a perfect start, with victory
over West Midlands rivals Stoke in the first game of the season.
And it may be mid August but it feels like mid September.
So, is it getting worse or is it getting better?
Three teenagers have been arrested by police investigating a scam
which has cost some victims tens of thousands of pounds.
Detectives say hundreds of people have been targeted.
One bank customer from Worcestershire became
suspicious when the fraudsters tried to convince her that staff she knew
personally in her local branch were trying to steal her money.
Early this morning, the police carried out numerous raids in
London, arresting three teenagers in what they are calling operations
effort. The aim is to smash a criminal gang which has targeted
around 300 victims across the seven Midlands. One man has lost over
?40,000. They were calling up, pretending to be a police officer or
bank official, telling people there was a problem with their account and
asking them to transfer money, so they receive it. 78`year`old Jeff
and Iris nearly became victims when they were cold called numerous
times. In this particular case, the scammers tried to persuade them that
staff at the HSP staff in Bewdley were about to siphon money from
their account but as they knew the staff and trusted them, they became
suspicious and reported the matter to the police. He rang us about five
or six times on the Friday. He rang twice on the Sunday. He said he was
going to ring us again on Wednesday. He was very persistent. He wanted
?68,000 and he gave us a sort code for a different bank, that we then
had to place it into. We had to go to Kidderminster and place it in
that bag. They also trick some elderly people into giving over
their PIN numbers, then send careers to collect their cards so they can
enter their accounts. The police and banks will never ask you for your
PIN number on the phone. They will not ask you to transfer money into a
different account on the phone. They will never send around a career to
collect money from you. If any of those things happen, call the police
and we can then deal with it. The police believe there could be many
more victims who are simply too more victims who are simply too
embarrassed to come forward. But they are now urging them to do so.
the Birmingham doctor whose campaign has disrupted executions
The mother of a seven`year`old who battled
cancer is facing prosecution, for not sending her to school.
Their legal team claim Birmingham City Council is being
Although the cancer hasn't returned, Libby Bennett still needs regular
Our Special correspondent, Peter Wilson has this exclusive report.
A playground game but seven`year`old Libby Bennett despite being
a picture of health has been a very sick girl, operated on because
of a tumour on her kidney's but now her Mum Kerry Capper is in trouble.
For keeping her daughter off school during seven days
She woke up with a sore stomach and I get scared and I have kept it off
school. And they have sent beta called because of it.
Libby Bennett from Erdington was diagnosed with cancer five years ago
she's still under the care of the Children's Hospital.
Her mother admits not always phoning the school when her daughter is
off claiming that her mobile phone doesn't always have credit.
They should give some consideration to what I went to as a mother. When
she does say she is ill, she gets really scared because we did nearly
lose Libby. Birmingham City Council say they
take a robust stance on No reason was given
for the absences. The school again contacted
the parent inviting her to a meeting to talk through any issues
and concerns. When there was still no response
a penalty notice was issued and when this was not paid
the matter was sent to magistrates. So what are the penalties for not
sending your child to school? Parents face a fine
of ?60 per child, rising to ?120 If it comes to court magistrates can
fine you up to ?2,500 and in extreme cases send you to prison
for three months. Across the country in the last
year 64,000 people were fined. A 70% increase mostly
for taking their children away Next month Kerry Capper will have
at attend the magistrates court. Her daughter won't have to be at
court but she defends her mother. She doesn't let me have days off
when I'm not ill. When I am ill, she gets worried.
The council say they never fine people
This young mum says it's never easy getting doctor's notes.
England's women rugby players have returned home triumphant,
after winning the World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
They were reliant on a strong backbone of Midlands
talent, with four players from Worcester and four from Lichfield.
Ian Winter is at Lichfield rugby club now.
Ian, they must be absolutely incredibly proud of their women.
Absolutely. It is all quiet tonight. Monday is the one night of the week
they don't have training but last night, the bar was full with
everyone watching it on TV. Litchfield rugby club is rightly
proud of its four players in the England rugby team. Quite rightly
too. Let's look at one of the stars, Emily. Nobody scored more
points in the final than her. This try sealed victory over Canada.
Earlier, she had kicked three penalties. She finished up with 16
points in an England victory. Fantastic scenes in Paris. 24
England caps. What an achievement. It's absolutely terrific. It's a
four`year long wait since the last final. The girls have done
fantastically well to keep form and peaking at the end. Let's look at
some of the celebrations, as the trophy was presented. There is also
Sarah Hunter, Natasha Hunt and Vicky Fleetwood, plus another four players
from Worcester. That states how healthy women's rugby is in the
Midlands. Participation is up and the performance is up as well.
Better coaches are coming in all the time and better players are coming
through the ranks. It's fantastic for local rugby. You would have been
there in Paris, except for one small thing. You had a baby. Six months
ago, I had my little girl, so that mocked selection on the head and
made my decision to stay at home. A good choice because I still get to
watch the girls being incredibly successful. There are 50 senior
women players at the club and the legacy of a victory like this could
be great. Precisely. There is a strong junior setup in the club so
it would be wonderful to have those players, the boys and girls, all
seeing successful players coming out of Litchfield rugby club. Across
Staffordshire and Worcestershire, we are rightly proud of our World Cup
rugby winners. A man's appeared in court
after a pro`Palestine demonstration Several protesters went
into the supermarket at Hodge Hill, 35`year`old Naveed Zafar, from
Alum Rock, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning,
charged with assaulting a police More than 500 volunteers have been
helping to clear up, following the The Weston Park site played host
to nearly 100,000 The festival generates ?6 million
for the local economy. The thousands of discarded
tents are sent to humanitarian A Birmingham hospital doctor says he
has no regrets about a campaign halting the sale of a drug used
in America, to kill death`row There've been claims that
substitutes Dr David Nicholl persuaded
the Danish manufacturers to withhold supplies of the drug,
after he launched a petition In Ohio, it took 25 minutes for this
man to die. In Oklahoma, it took 40 minutes for this man to die. Last
month, this man took two hours to die in Arizona.
Dr David Nicholl is a specialist who has dedicated his life to
helping patients like Thelma Lord who suffered a brain haemorrhage.
The doctor and human rights campaigner loathes
the death penalty and hates medicine being seen as a humane way to kill.
I get really upset when I see injustice. It's like a stone in my
shoe which upsets me. The death penalty is a prime example of that.
These stressed emails from the CEO of Danish Company Lundbeck shows
the effect the petition of doctors, David Nicholl sent to the Lancet
had in getting the company to stop supplying
I had an e`mail asking for help. What do we do to get out of this
situation? In Ohio it took twenty five minutes
for Dennis Mcguire to die He is addressing legitimate concern
about this misuse of medicine, which is the opposite of its intended use.
Some of these prisoners have suffered quite significantly. Do you
feel responsible? I absolutely refute that allegation. The people
responsible are the people who order those drugs, that supply those drugs
and inject those drugs. The brain specialist is just getting
on with the job, knowing some simple actions have given the US
authorities a real headache. Duped out of thousands of pounds,
how elderly people are being Shefali will have the weather
forecast for the Midlands shortly. West Bromwich Albion start
their season conceding a late goal, They may not be popular with
everyone, but our struggling School children have travelled to
the World War One battlefields in France and Belgium, to uncover
the story of a former pupil. Francis Waldron, from Birmingham,
was part of the first squadron to fly
from England into France in 1914. Ben Sidwell has more
on the links between the present day It was the first war where aircraft
played a significant part. The Royal flying Corps have lead Britain to
victory but little is known of Major Francis Holdren, the man who became
a very first pilot to take off from England to the war fields of France
in 1914. Isn't it amazing that 100 years ago, a man from Ladywood ended
from that historic flight, a group from that historic flight, a group
of pupils who went to the same school as him have followed in his
footsteps. After doing the research, it gave a good picture in
my mind of what it was like. At the oratory Church it was this memorial
plaque that started the youngsters journey. As the 12 and 13`year`olds
were challenged to find out more about the man behind the name. Most
people don't notice. They are not interested in it. I think we get to
do it and make videos on it. It will carry on his memory. On the day he
was killed, he flew over this village in this direction. As he
flew over, his plane crash landed in the fields over there. For five days
last week, the youngsters travelled across France and Belgium in search
of the final resting place of Major Waldron. So many people walk past
the pack and don't realise it is there. Then about it. Once you
realise its significance, you think, this is someone that has actually
done something. This is something that should be remembered. I hope a
lot of people see this because it is important. People should be more
interested in World War I. I can't believe how many people died
in World War I, to protect this country. Amazing news story.
Aston Villa were widely tipped as one of the favourites for relegation
They call him the rock and Aston Villa are hoping Carlos Sanchez will
strengthen their midfield for a season which saw many fearing for
the club's survival. But the World Cup player joined... Stoke City had
been tipped to be the surprise package this season but they were
undone at the Britannia Stadium. This second`half goal was enough to
risk the six points `3 points down the M6. To do it in the way we have
done it, I thought was excellent. The back four were outstanding. They
worked really hard. Tactically, I thought we were excellent. West
Bromwich Albion were also marked down for a relegation struggle.
Birmingham city went 18 games without a home league win last
season. They are celebrating three points at St Andrews for the first
time since the beginning of October. Perhaps the biggest drama of the day
came in League 2. Shrewsbury town were losing at their home game with
Tranmere tipped into stoppage time. Astonishingly, they not only
equalised but then their fans saw the winner in the 94th minute. A
barnstorming ending but no way did we not deserve to come away without
a victory. I don't think anybody could say we didn't deserve that
victory. What about this for a parting gift? Burton Albion were
also losing with two minutes to go at home on Saturday when this
footballer scored twice. Today, he moved up a division to join
Scunthorpe. Hereford have failed to reach
agreement with creditors. The club say they are confident about the
future and will put season tickets on sale.
Midlands athletes have been celebrating their part in the UK's
best European Championship medal haul. Last night, these runners
helped Team GB win gold in the four x 400 metres relay, breaking the
three minute barrier. Stoke`on`Trent sprinter Ashlee Nelson won her
second medal of the championship. She took gold in the four x 100
metres relay, setting a British record in the process. It has been
amazing. We've worked well as a team. We have two say a big thank
you to individual coaches, the relay coaches and a big thank you to my
family and friends, especially my mum.
Britain's bat population may be recovering after years of decline.
Of our 18 species of bat, five have increasing populations.
Amongst them, our most common bat, the dainty pipistrelle
which would you believe, weighs less than a ?1 coin.
But although all bats and their roosts are protected
by law, sometimes they need just a little more help.
Our reporter Kathryn Stanczyszyn is in Walsall tonight.
Kathryn, what's happening there to help bats?
The idea here is to provide a safe haven for bats in need. It was
exactly a year ago that we were here at the opening of this very flight
cage. It is run by the group, Brum bats. They keep the location secret
so they are understood. There are 16 residents in the box behind me. Five
different species here. What they've all got in common is that they all
need a bit of human help. This is Vladimir. He was attacked by a cat
and is now building up his strength. It... It has been a big
success since it was built a year ago, with more than 100 bats being
looked after here in that time. Someone will find a bad hand they
will Google what to do with a bat. They end up calling the conservation
trust and they will give them a number. Then we go out to collect
them. Most of these bats are from across Birmingham and the Black
Country but this place... Although bats might not be everyone's's cup
of tea, the small team of volunteers here are dedicated to them. A lot of
people seem to have bad ideas about bats, that they are not nice, they
will bite you and full of the disease. They not bad creatures and
we should be looking out for them. They are our friends. That
populations across the UK, previously in decline, are now
stabilising. Experts say that is partly down to the work of places
like this. I am holding a bat detector. You
might be about to hear it. It's crucial to bats, and they use it to
hand. They learned this instinctively but do have help from
their mothers in the wild. If they don't get that, they are left
vulnerable. That is what places like this are all about. You provide food
and nurture but also a safe environment for them to training.
That's right. They are flying around, getting good at hunting
insects give us an idea of your day`to`day routine. We do a lot of
cleaning out of droppings and things like that, feeling from and
providing water. We them every day to make sure they don't get too
skinny. You have 15 babies. Yeah, they are doing wonderfully. We have
16 bats in total but 15 of them will be soft released. It is not just
about day`to`day physical needs, it is about PR. They've not always have
the best reputation. That's true. A lot of the bats we haven't cared to
come out on visits for... People get to meet bats up close and see that
they are cute and fluffy. Gloucester docks were converted into
a Disney film set today. It's one of the locations for the sequel to
Alice in Wonderland. There is something in the air. The
hint of a voyage... Maybe a journey of discovery. Into a world of
curious imaginings that were all dreamt up a very long time ago. Yes,
this is Gloucester docks, but Reid dressed, recast to reflect the world
of Tim Burton's take on Lewis Carroll. Of course, it is all just
smoke and mirrors but fascinating post up even the set draws something
of a crowd. It seems everybody here has got a camera and if you listen
carefully, you can hear people whispering the name Johnny Depp.
Whispering maybe, but I'm not sure that anyone has actually seen him
yet. How many stars have you seen? None! We've seen a few extras. Lots
of pirates. Actually, it doesn't matter whether he is here or not.
Disney, and their big production, is. And that is good business for a
city which is promoting itself and its locations. It has some amazing
historical properties. The Cathedral is one. There is the history of
Harry Potter filming there. Also, around the docks, there is an
unspoiled... It helps them to reduce the costs of filming. If you go to
an area where there are no television aerials, none of the
modern accoutrements which means production is harder, it makes it
easier and cheaper for them. The better the bottom line, the more the
movie makers will want to sprinkle just a little bit of stardust
around. We didn't even get the chance to say
goodbye. It has changed suddenly and we are turning a corner this week.
Things are turning distinctly autumnal as the temperatures tumble
away. We will see some showers and sunshine as well. It will be breezy
at times and then there will be a slight improvement over the weekend,
when temperatures will pick up slightly. I think the best way to
describe the temperature drops by using the air mass drop. This cooler
north, spilling southwards through north, spilling southwards through
the week. As far as the showers go, we have got low pressure dominating
to the north`east. We've got quite a lot of traffic as far as the fronts
are concerned. For this evening and overnight, we have still got a few
showers across the North than half of the region in particular. They
could stick around for much of the night. Elsewhere, it is looking
drier and we are looking at dry weather across central and southern
counties, along with cloud as well. It is not too cold to start the day
tomorrow and it should be drive for a short time before we see more
showers started to toppling from the north`west. They are following the
line of the breeze which is coming in from that direction as well. Some
of these could be on the vicious side. They are heavy at times but
there will be some sunshine in between. That will only take
temperatures to 15, 16 or 17 Celsius. The winds are light to
moderate but if you are caught in the showers, you will know about it
and the winds will pick up slightly. There is a pattern
developing through the night. Tomorrow night, we've got much
clearer skies said temperatures, for the first time in quite awhile, will
drop down single figures. Another cold night on Wednesday night.
Wednesday itself will be dry with plenty of sunshine.
Shot six times, twice in the head, a postmortem on the black American
teenager whose death has sparked violent protests.
Duped out of thousands of pounds, how elderly people are being
scammed into handing over cash, police make three arrests.
And the mother of a seven year old treated
for cancer facing prosecution, for not sending her daughter to school.