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To the West Midlands has a new Police and Crime Commissiondr. It
has wasted my time, wasted `t the public's time. The evidence is there
in itself. People have not voted. We will be talking to David Jalieson in
a few minutes. A national c`mpaign is launched here in the Midlands.
The impact of knife crime. We struggle every day. Waking tp
without our daughter being there is really hard. Competing in Bhrmingham
this weekend stars of the rdcent Commonwealth Games and European
Championships including Mo Farrer. It will be a blast.
And with athletics and cricket on the menu this weekend will
Well it's a bank holiday so what do you think?
Labour have won the election for the new West Midlands Police
David Jamieson will oversee 7,5 0 police officers `
He's defended his selection, despite signs that the electorate don't
In the last General Election, turnout in
In the European elections in May, it was half that at 33 percdnt.
But yesterday just 10 percent of voters bothered to turn out.
Here's our political editor Patrick Burns.
Paying tribute to his predecessor Bob Jones, the man
who's just landed one of thd biggest jobs in British policing, whth a
six`figure salary and responsible, with the Chief Constable.
for overseeing an annual ?500 million budgdt.
Does electing someone reallx work? If you give me the opportunhty to
vote I think you should do. I did not even know there was a boat going
on yesterday. I think it is important for me to vote as a
resident and my responsibilhty to choose who to protect my city and
family. The low turnout means it is dangerous to draw political
conclusions but as each of the votes comes in, it was clear Labotr is on
course for more than half the first preferences so no need to count the
second choices. The Conservatives won half
as many votes as Labour, and UKIP one third, forcing the Liberal
Democrats into a poor fourth. Not everyone in the Labour
Party is celebrating though. But Labour have yet to decide
whether or not they'd scrap PCCs, or what they'd replace them with, if
they form a Government next year. Inevitably the debate will
concentrate on the low turnout. Is it a referendum on the road itself?
But in a recent interview, the Home Secretary Theresa May said `t least
people will have voted for the new Commissioner unlike the old
authorities who were never directly elected.
The commissioner says he'll recruit more police
and maintain community support officers, despite the budget cuts.
Good evening. Cannot we pick up on the point there about you w`nting to
recruit more officers, will we have to pay more council tax? Before my
predecessor died he said thd budget which was grit by a cross`p`rty
panel and that panel ensured that the funding was there and w`s in
place to recruit last year `nd this year a total of 450 more officers.
Is that toppled the list for you absolutely. We must get new offices
in. `` top of the list. What I mean is we need men and women recruited
to the force. In the present round of recruitment I am told th`t a
quarter of people recruited is from the black and Asian communities and
that is a good thing. There are going to be more officers? There
will be 250 more officers rdcruited over the next year. That is a
promise. Only one in ten people voted. Over 200,000 people voted in
the West Midlands. I am delhghted to say over to over 100,000 voted for
me. My job is to work for everybody in the region, whether they voted
not, my job is to make sure that the budget is used to the best `dvantage
of all people. Dew believe hn the concept of PCC 's? I believd I have
got to get on with the job. I think we need more democracy in the post
and that is what the Labour Party is looking at. Not necessarily
scrapping it but looking at how we can get communities involved. How
would you replace it? We're looking at how we could devolve the budget
and if immunities could havd more say over how the budget is spent and
I think that is important. `` if communities. One person cannot know
what 3 million people want hn their communities. The people who are
experts on policing is the people who are in the communities `nd we
need to listen to those people. Our labour sitting on the fence? I think
what they are doing is lookhng at the job of getting on with this and
that is what has to be done. You cannot sit around complaining about
whether the system is right or not. I will also be looking to sde how we
can do things better than they are and if I can find a way of doing
them better I will work with my colleagues to see if there hs a
system which is better. Thank you. Thank you.
Good to have you with us at the start of this Bank Holiday weekend.
A fabled purveyor of that classic Black Country dish
So what's going to happen to the secret recipe?
And where you could go tonight to sample some
Mothers whose children have lost their lives to knife crime took to
the streets today for a nationwide campaign c`lled
The parents of 16`year`old Christina Edkins who was st`bbed as
she travelled to school last year, say they're hoping the camp`ign
Our special correspondent, Peter Wilson has more.
Handing out leaflets and charity bracelets.
these families had come from all over the country.
They've all lost relatives to violent crime.
Avril from Shropshire lost her stepson Julian 14 years ago.
Many people are murdered as a result of holding knives and getting into
fights, and every life lost through knife crime is a life too m`ny.
Today outside a sports hub hn Perry Barr, a new knife bin was unveiled.
Kathleen Harris is one of the mums promoting the event
Her daughter Christina Edkins was stabbed to death
The last thing we can do is just keep going for her to be relembered
Waking up without our daughter being here is really
And coming to these places, we just want to prevent anyone
else's family from going the what we've had to go through.
If we can save one more lifd, and going through what we h`ve,
150 similar knife bins are to be set up around the countrx.
It's hoped that the young pdople attending this sports facilhty will
seek help advice too as well as handing in knives.
They can be put in touch with us and we can signpost them to the other
groups and organisations th`t we are now working with to develop those
intervention programs for pdople who require help with knives.
So it is joining up the dots that we have always been talking about.
The Surrender Your Knife calpaign is the brain`child of a Shropshire
businessman ` his metal work business is funding the bins
and he plans to turn the knhves into a sculpture called the Knifd Angel.
This statue will probably rdquire maybe as many as 100,000 knhves
so it is a huge objective and if we get every city
on board then we will be successful and we will manage to creatd
The knife statue, when completed, will be more than 20 feet hhgh
and is expected to be placed either in the North of England or here
A man who secretly recorded a film from the back of a cinema in Walsall
Philip Danks, who's 25, then uploaded the movie Fast
and Furious 6 onto the internet where it was downloaded fred
The Federation Against Copyright Theft said his actions cost
the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, millions of pounds.
It is the first case of its kind, mainly due to the scale
of the downloads that we can prove. The impact is enormous financially
not only to the film industry but also to the British economy
A teenager from Gloucester claims she's been refused a heart
19`year`old Carla MacLean h`s a hole in her heart and has been
told she'll only be operated on if she has a heart attack or stroke.
The NHS says the type of surgery involved is carried out on teenagers
Her family are trying to rahse ?16,000 to pay for it privately
When we found out that she had this hole and that she needed thhs
And now to be told that thex are not funding it and she is not entitled
to the operation until she gets really poorlx,
Experts believe the vandalised Banksy in Cheltenham can be saved,
Spy Booth appeared in the town earlier this year and has bden
Two weeks ago a Perspex covdr was put up to protect the artwork after
It's a huge Bank Holiday wedkend of sport in Birmingham.
Ian Winter's at Edgbaston to tell us mord.
Pretty much something for everyone, Ian?
the stage is set for the finals of the T20 Blast tomorrow.
Premier league football returns to Villa Park.
Some of our very best Athletes are competing at the Alexander Stadium.
We'll talk cricket and football in a moment.
But first Nick Clitheroe has been to meet Mo Farah, and friends.
This morning he passed his driving test.
now Matt Hudson`Smith is rubbing shoulders with the biggest star
As an Olympic and World chalpion Mo Farah has got used to
the attention but it's all new for the 19`year`old from Wolverhampton.
I'm going to get another picture with him after this, so it hs crazy.
I'm surrounded by Usain Bolt, Mo Farah, this is absolutelx crazy.
I was watching on TV and cracking up the entire time
It's been a wonderful summer for British athletics.
12 gold medals at the Europdan championships
Many of those stars will be at the Alexander Stadium
in Birmingham on Sunday including Ashleigh Nelson from Stoke
on Trent who won individual bronze and relay gold in Switzerland.
I am really excited for the home crowd that they can come and watch
it and get involved because we are doing really well this season as a
British team and hopefully ht will encourage more people and youngsters
This is the fourth year the Diamonds meeting has taken place
When you remember that the British championships always take place here
and that next year we get the World Indoor Athletics Championshhps,
Birmingham really is becoming the athletics capital of the cotntry.
I love competing in Birmingham because they get behind you
They will be more overwhelmhng than Zurich or the Commonwealth
since I've been here since I was nine years old so,
and I am racing against an Olympic champion who is my idol.
The Birchfield Harrier heads to university in Worcester next year
but for now he's still just a teenager, under the watchful eye
of Mum, loving his first taste of the athletics big time.
they've already shattered their personal best.
Because tomorrow's crowd of 23, 00 will be a new record.
And that means two familiar faces will return for the
Last weekend, Chris Woakes took four Test wickets against India
Now he's back in Birmingham for the T20 Blast.
The coach Dougie Brown is ddlighted because Ian Bell is also back
And he loves the big stage with a full`house at Edgbaston.
It is one of the noisiest grounds in the country.
Every England player loves playing here.
You get great support so we expect the same from the Birminghal
I haven't played here in front of a full capacity
so I'm really excited about it and I just hope we can put on a show
for the fans and the supporters that are coming to watch us.
They are looking forward to it as much of the rest of us,
and they have played in somd massive games over the years but, you know,
as soon as they pull on the Warwickshire or Birmingham sweaters,
they get stuck in and you would never know th`t they
are sort of superstars of the international game.
The Bears have never won thd T2 but despite having the home
advantage, and the return of both their England players, they are
still unfancied by the bookhes to lift the trophy tomorrow evdning.
50 miles up the A38, these youngsters have no dotbt.
Seven years ago Aston Unity Cricket Club allost
folded but now they are flotrishing in the Warwickshire League.
These new nets will help to attract even more junior pl`yers.
Not surprisingly, they are `ll backing The Bears tomorrow.
It looked unlikely at one thme but they are there now and `nything
They are a good team and there is going to be a lot
I think that they might get on really well.
The T20 Blast guarantees pldnty of fours and sixes
Only the weather and a Birmingham Bears victory relain
The sun has come out here. Ht is a beautiful evening. How many tickets?
24,000. It will be a record crowd tomorrow. Great event in thd whole
cricket calendar so we're looking forward to it. You have got the
finals for the next couple of years so the ground captured the
imagination of the public? Absolutely. Do the domestic season
we have picked up new audiences we are 55% above last year on
attendances. We are here for the next three years. There to say that
the name change to Birmingh`m Bears was not universally popular. It
certainly has not had a neg`tive impact. Our sales are up on last
year and revenue as well. Wd have attracted a new crowd so it is all
going very well for us on and off the pitch. Put it into a broader
context. Birmingham is buzzhng this weekend in a sporting sense. It is
great for Birmingham to havd such an event like this. Capacity crowd A
unique event in cricket. To semifinals and a final in the one
day. It is going to be a fantastic day of cricket for everyone who
comes tomorrow. Let's tell xou about the football.
Villa's new signings Joe Cole and Carlos Sanchez ` who we featured
last night ` could make thehr debuts against Newcastle tolorrow.
But West Brom's new signing can't play at Southampton.
Striker Georgios Samaras who scored the penalty which took Greece
through to the knock`out st`ges at the World Cup finals this stmmer.
He has signed a two year contract at the Hawthorns.
No shortage of sporting acthon across Birmingham this weekdnd. Some
more exciting news. Adam has just set a new record.
If you're not feeling peckish right now, you will be in a moment.
We're heading for a Street Food fiesta that's held every wedk
in Birmingham ` and it's actually two years old this weekend.
What's more, The Digbeth Dining Club has been voted the best
in the country, and it's gohng from strength to strength, with
everything from Jamaican patties, to noodles, and Mexican burritos.
Well Amy Cole is in Digbeth for us this evening `
Indeed. It started over an hour ago. The street food seen as being
gathering momentum over the past couple of years and the dinhng club
has been instrumental in trxing to host these meetings every Friday
night. Today is the two year anniversary. There is plentx of
delicious food, music, and street art. That looks really tastx
banking. `` thanks. Hold on there, Amy,
we'll be back with you in a minute. But first have you ever
had faggots and peas? As you know, they're part
of the Black Country's heritage But tastes are changing
and it seems no`one wants to buy a shop where four generations have
made faggots and bread puddhng In a week's time,
they'll shut up shop ` Nigel Brazier is saying goodbye
to hoards of regular customdrs. He's tried to sell
his thriving food shop ` offering to throw in secret recipes for Black
Country favourites like faggots Because of the financial side
of it and it would be nice to sell the business but also
for it to keep going. We have all got to find somdwhere
else to go now, haven't we? There is not a shop that sells
the stuff that Nigel sells. Nigel's the fourth generation to
take on the Cook Shop in Old Hill ` It was started by my
great`grandmother, Eve, in 0889 and it was passed then to my gr`ndmother
who was a businesswoman and then it Of course one
of the things the shop is bdst known And because the shop hasn't sold,
Nigel is taking the recipe with him. We have a rusk with
the ingredients that I am not prepared to tell you about `nd then
we have the finished product here, After many years of serving faggots,
the seven staff here are behng made It is a sad state when it h`ppens.
We have been here a long tile. It will be hard to go on do solething
different. Nigel wants to spend more thme with
his four sons He's selling the shop premises, but
the business will now fade `way Please that I am stopping work and
so sad and emotional. It is going to be hard.
Really sad, isn't it. Is thdre a place for traditional food? I think
as long as you have determination, drive, and you are a really good
cook then you can achieve anything. This is a former contestant on
Masterchef. Why did you choose to go down this route rather than have a
restaurant? We wanted to give people the opportunity to eat real Thai
street food for a fraction of the course and we loved the sochal
aspect of street food. You say you are obsessed with cooking and food
and love to feed people, thhs is brilliant for you? It is very
rewarding. I am lucky to do something that I love and h`ppy to
be able to share it with thdse people and be part of the dhning
club as well. You took part in Masterchef but you were up for
another big award? We are up for the national British street food award
and recently won the Midlands. That's takes place in Septelber and
we are getting ready for th`t now. Thank you for talking to me. Let's
speak to Jack, who is one of the organisers. How much organising and
time goes into something like this? Tonight is special because ht is our
second anniversary. It is a little bit easier. This is a more dffort
and we want people to get down and enjoy food. It is fantastic. Already
it is busy. It is brilliant. You won an award last year but does this
help rejuvenate and reenerghse the area? Definitely. It had a
reputation as a bit of a rundown area since then it has come a go to
area for food, with as I gudss. There is lots going on as a
community we are really driving forward to regenerate this `rea to a
goal to area and enjoy it. Celebrations continue to go on. Bank
holiday good fun. Thank you. Bring me something back.
And so to the weather as thd August Bank Holiday weekend looms.
I presume it'll be lashing down on Monday, Rebecca?
Got it in one. We do have some showers to come to the Dame but
around that some spells of pleasant weather. `` come through thd day. By
Monday I am afraid it is wet and windy. We have had some showers
working its way through the region. They continue overnight tonhght
Elsewhere we have clearing skies and where we have those claiming skies
temperatures will fall away rapidly. Dropping down to 5 degrees hn the
countryside so in other chilly nights to come. They continte for
much of the day. They start to get a little more lively through the
afternoon and temperatures `re going to be hampered by all that cloud and
rain. When the sun comes out they will do little better. Winds of
little bit lighter so it is a little bit better. If you are at the
cricket for the T20 blast fhnals there is the possibility of
disruptions. Definitely wrap up warm because it will be quite chhlly
Overnight hours skies were clear and to will fall away. Temperattres will
fall lower, around three degrees in the hunt reside. It is the last of
the cold night as we head to the next few days. `` the countryside.
This rain is working its wax in from the West. The day begins drx and
bright with good spells of sunshine. Cloud packing its way in from the
West. Temperatures will strtggle a little bit as a result of this
cloud. For the athletics it starts off a fine and dry with that cloud
about for much of it but it is staying dry. Sadly though bx the
time we get to Monday and wd have reigned in the forecast becoming
more consistent by the afternoon. `` rain in the forecast.
No talks with the Syrian regime says the Government, as deb`te
continues about how to tackle the militants of Islamic St`te.
The West Midlands has a new Police and Crime Commissioner but only one
And as a national campaign's launched here
in the Midlands, a victim's family and the impact of knife crile.
I'll be back at 10:00pm with your latest update.
Have a good evening and a fabulous Bank Holiday weekend
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Go back to the factory and I'll sort out the rest.
If you don't then you're on your own.