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week. Great, Peter, thanks very much.
Concern over radicals recruited to fight in Syria.
A five fold increase in counter terrorism arrests in the last year.
It is about being vigilant, adult families being aware that the young
person could be at risk and could be vulnerable.
We'll ask a counter terrorism expert what can
Downgraded in six months, anger from campaigners at Stafford
Hospital as they learn paedhatric services will be reduced.
There is no way that we are giving up. It is really important to us.
One man's scrapheap is another man's treasure `
the auction which attracted a surprising number of bidddrs.
A victory to savour, League two Burton Albion revel
in knocking Premier League PPR out of the Capital One Cup.
To beat a Premiership club for the first time is another page hn
history. This is what the f`ns want to see, a bit of excitement.
And Autumn may not be too f`r away ` it may certainly have felt like it
in recent days but we're behng given a timely reminder soon that it's
still officially summer. Good news in the forecast still to cole.
Good evening. The head of counter`terrorism in the
West Midlands has revealed there's been a big rise
in the number of Syria`related terrorist cases.
London and the West Midlands are seen as hotspots, and policd say
they've seen a five`fold increase in arrests since last year.
Police are urging the community to get in touch if they belheve
young people are planning to fight with Jihadist groups in Syrha.
But Muslims here say they often don't know who's being radicalised.
Peter Wilson has been investigating.
Black flags and the black shirts of the Islamic State fighters.
They've captured territory hn Iraq and Syria,
They're also capturing hearts and minds from some of the xoung
Two men from Handsworth will be sentenced next month for johning
You have heard of this fivefold rise in investigations. We have seen
that, so proportionately, those investigations have gone up. I
cannot give exact figures for operational reasons but we have seen
a rise. The police admit th`t it is mainly centred in London and in the
West Midlands. In the first half of this year, 69 people were arrested,
a 50% increase in the numbers of people stopped at ports, and the
seizure of funds for terrorhst activities. Police say that
radicalisation is no longer being taken place by so`called hate
preachers, it is actually h`ppening inside people's homes. This is
because of that link to the Internet, the way that the xoung
person can sit in their bedroom anywhere in the country and access
material advertised online, internationally.
Junaid Hussein is 20 years old and from Birmingham.
He's one of at least 500 Brhtish youths who've travelled to Syria.
He posts videos and messages encouraging others to
join him in Syria. At a Birlingham mosque they say that familids often
have no idea that their youngsters are being radicalised.
We live in a fast paced technological world. You can make
contact with people on Facebook on the Internet, and keep it all
secret, keep away from the family. And this is what we are seehng
happening now. This weekend the Ahmadiyya TK
community is gathering in H`mpshire. The Muslim sect is seen by some
as heretics. The 3,000 members here in the
West Midlands say they're concerned they, too, will be singled out
by Islamic State fighters. These are extremist organis`tions
that have no understanding of true Islam. My fear is that ISIS have
some influence in Pakistan `nd that could exasperate the alreadx bad
conditions that are against minorities.
Syria maybe far away but what happens there has
a big impact on the lives of many of our communities and incrdasingly
I'm joined now by Haras Rafhq from the Quilliam Foundation,
an organisation set up to challenge extremism.
Another call for people to contact police if they believe young people
are planning to fight with jihadists. How realistic is that?
As you mentioned in the package it is quite often the case that
friends, family and parents do not realise that somebody is getting
radicalised to the point whdre they might go and support a jihadist
group. Certainly, sometimes within councils and local authorithes, we
have to look at how we can build up resilience so that when you get
these messages of hatred indoctrinated on the youngsters
that they are able to push back This is something we should prevent
from happening, and it could be illegal. More needs to be done in
that area from a government level and societal level as well. What
lies behind increasing arrests? Is it better policing or more xoung
people becoming radicalised? It is a combination of those things. There
are two pastor the process. The first part is identifying pdople in
terms of revenge and, once they become classified as extremhst. The
Home Office and the police `nd agencies do some excellent work
there, and that is leading to more arrests. The bigger part, preventing
them from getting there and the first place, is something wd are not
doing enough. The police ard doing very well in the first part and at
community level, preventing youngsters from going down that path
and not challenging the narratives that are leading them down there.
And how do the government go about preventing that, is a progr`mme in
place working? I do not think it is working now. I think this government
has dropped the ball, certahnly since 2010`11, the previous
government made mistakes but at least they had a go. This government
is just focusing on looking at people once they are identified and
then providing interventions. Is spending more than ?200
a night on a hotel acceptable The expenses claims running to
tens of thousands of pounds. Staff have been told that p`ediatric
services at Stafford Hospit`l will It means that seriously ill children
will be stabilised, before either being sent hole,
or taken to the University Hospital
of North Staffordshire. The announcement has angered many
of the campaigners who are camping at the hospital in protest
at plans to downgrade services. They've been there
for nearly six weeks Kevin Reide has spent
the evening with the protesters It's been almost six weeks
since these protestors moved onto Since then
the camp has grown with new marquees Local folk musicians providd
the atmosphere, but We will win in the end becatse we
have justice and righteousndss on our site. We are honest people. We
just want health services for our community.
In the coming years maternity services will close, as too
in all cases most patients having to travel further.
Lauren, Laura and Imogen are probably
I have to go to North Staffordshire because I have got hip problems and
it is very inconvenient, because we do not have a car. I think ht is bad
considering it is the Countx Down in Staffordshire. `` the countx town.
The government believes movhng services elsewhere
will improve the overall care in Staffordshire.
And the trust running Stafford hospital said it was no longer
clinically or financially vhable in its present form.
The claims are rejected by the protesters who last night
decided on an impromptu march to the hospital reception.
We all gave a round of appl`use just to show appreciation and gr`titude
and to show the staff that `lthough their management doesn't value them,
we certainly do, the communhty of Stafford. As you can see, spirits
have been high this evening, but it is a mild, late summer 's nhght and
the question is, will they be able to maintain this level of protest as
the nights draw in and the weather gets colder? It is a fair point But
there are people here who are pensioners, people taking c`ncer
treatment at the hospital, `nd they have got time on their hands and
they are prepared to stay. There is a hard`core of people here that are
willing to keep the camp manned and it will continue. Some people say
that they will stay, rain or shine. There is no way that we are giving
up. It is really important to us, to everybody in the area, that we have
a fully functioning hospital with all the necessary services. It is
disgusting what is happening at the moment. I just hope that evdrything
turns out, and we keep all of our services. This morning was the
beginning of the 42nd day, with a full English breakfast on offer for
those up early enough. For some work reckons, but for others, the
debate and the determination go on. An energy supplier that aims to
offer a cheaper alternative to the Extra`energy, is planning to locate
its headquarters in the citx and create up to 1,000 local jobs
over the next year. The company currently emploxs 2 0
staff at its interim office Thousands of pounds worth
of trophies have been stolen from the National Motorcycld Museum
in Solihull. Over 100 trophies were taken
from display cabinets at the museum, after thieves broke
in at around 11pm last night. The museum says the trophies have
little scrap value, It's offering a ?20,000 rew`rd
for information leading to their recovery.
No bikes were taken. Stoke`on`Trent City Council has
confirmed it will not be exhibiting at the Chelsea flower show hn 2 15.
The authority had been crithcised for contributing ?400,000 towards
creating a garden and entertaining high profile guests. At the time,
the City Council had defenddd the decision saying that it gendrated
publicity and business for the city. The BBC has learned that thd
Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service has claimdd up to
?30,000 in hotel and transport Anthony Marsh also heads up the East
of England Ambulance Servicd. The expenses claims include hire
cars and ?200 a night hotels. Ben Godfrey has more
and joins us now. Anthony Marsh, we're told,
is paid ?232,000 a year to run both West Midlands Ambulance Service and
East of England Ambulance Sdrvice. We know that figure
because he's faced a barragd of criticism, including
from a Health Minister, who Now, through a Freedom of
Information request, we've learned that ` over the past 16 months `
as he travels around the cotntry. He claimed more than ?10,000
in hire car costs. He's often driven by someond else
so he can work en route. ?13,000 was spent on 92 hotdl
stays for meetings or conferences. And this, he's spent 20 nights
at the Pullman St Pancras Hotel The GMB union says it sends
an "appalling" They question how long Mr M`rsh can
continue to divide his time between the West Midlands
and the East of England, calling it And the Taxpayers'
Alliance has seized on the decision to stay in what many people may deem
expensive "high end" hotels. When the NHS is making savings and
they are falling on front lhne staff, doctors and nurses whll be
furious. It is outrageous to be spending this money on hotels and
restaurants. At a time when the NHS is under such stress. What has West
Midlands ambulance service said They say that it actually s`ves a
taxpayer ?130,000 because hd does not take up the salary of two chief
executives. They say that the lowest cost in hotels is always sotght and
that Mr Marsh 's entitled to allowances or ?3000, and th`t these
have not been claimed. Concern over radicals
recruited to fight in Syria. A five fold increase in counter
terrorism arrests in the last year. Shefali will be along shortly with
your detailed weather forec`st. I am with Worcester ladies `nd their
Rugby World Cup winners who have seen a dramatic rise in intdrest
since England lifted the trophy in France.
And the last straw, the slightly strange looking world
record breaker ` more than 3,000 scarecrows
To some they're a reminder of a bygone era, to others they re
But today more than 200 people came
from all over the country for the auction of 30 vintage cars.
But as Giles Latcham found out, most of the cars had seen better days.
Top gear it is not, but in ` field west of Shrewsbury stands a motoring
mausoleums. It is part of all British history and all of the
engineering that has been going on in the past. The gearboxes for this
car were made in Wolverhampton company and the engine, in this
case, came separately. I thhnk this one is the convertible. In 0952
triumph Mayflower, complete with original leather seats. And so, the
auction began. 30 watts belonging to a lifelong British car enthtsiast
who stored them in a leaky barn hence the rust, but they ard all
part of the family. I have got stories attached to most of them,
they are old friends, most of these cars, yes. Let's move them on to
someone else who can enjoy them All told, they fetched ?12,000. In the
bargain basement and 1957 Hhllman Husky built in Coventry. Top of the
range, the Birmingham Bears what Austen A90 Atlantic. Simon came from
West Yorkshire to buy a Talbot Sunbeam, the car that his f`ther had
when he was a schoolboy. It was embarrassing at the time, btt that
was the car that I was taken to school in. Good only for parts, most
of them are now on their final journeys, but for some of them, they
live on, fuelled by motoring memories.
England's women rugby world cup winners are getting back to the day
job ` and in Worcester tonight there's a taster session for anyone
Our Sports Editor Nick Clitheroe is there.
So have many been inspired by the world champions?
They absolutely have. You c`n see the Worcester ladies training
session. Plenty of activity. We will speak to some World Cup winners in a
moment. First, another causd for celebration.
But first another cause for celebration because
Burton Albion's fantastic start to the season continued with vhctory
over Premier League QPR in the League Cup last night.
The manager Gary Rowett described the League Two side's performance
They came to the Pirelli St`dium full of hope.
After all Burton are unbeatdn in the league so far this sdason
while Harry Redknapp's QPR team are still looking for their first
The difference in confidencd levels showed as Burton put their visitors
under immense pressure throtghout but it took until 13 minutes from
Adam McGurk's fine free`kick was the signal
The Brewers had knocked Chalpionship Wigan out in the last round but this
Really proud of the players and the effort that they put in. Not for the
first time this season. We knocked out Wigan Athletic in the fhrst
round. We have had to do twhce. Two knockout Premier League opponents in
the way that we did, by cre`ting lots of chances, limiting them to
very few, obviously, it fills me with pride and satisfaction this
morning. We have seen some good games from Burton Albion ovdr the
past couple of years but to beat a Premier League side, this whll be
what the fans want to see, ` bit of excitement, and that is what they
saw last night. They've had a nasty habit
of losing to lower league shdes in the cups recently and that continued
as Leyton Orient won at Villa Park. Romain Vincelot scored the winner
three minutes from time. Stoke City never looked in danger
of the same fate. They took the lead through
Jon Walters early on against League Two side Portsmouth
at the Britannia Stadium. Walters got a second right `t
the start of the second half before Peter Crouch rounded off a very
comfortable night for the Potters. Stoke will now play Sunderl`nd
after they overcame Blues could and perhaps shotld have
taken the lead when David Cotterill But they were made to pay
as three quick goals in the last 14 minutes ensured there
would be no sign of an upset here. There was one better bit of news
for Aston Villa today midfielder Fabian Delph was called
into the England squad for the first time for the friendly against Norway
next week. world cup winners were in Bhrmingham
today along with the trophy they won They were joined by the coach
Gary Street who's a Brummie for Some Midlands rugby clubs wdre out
there supporting us and ponds. And the amount of messages we h`ve had
from rugby clubs in the Midlands has been on real. People have s`id you
have inspired my daughter to go along to whatever local rugby club
it might be, which is amazing. To get out there and just enjox what it
is to play team sports. And everything that brings, the
camaraderie and the chance to meet people and do some amazing things.
There were amazing six World Cup winners at Worcester ladies. You
were in Birmingham today. The interest that it is still gdnerating
is amazing, isn't it? There has been so much publicity and focus on us,
it has been fantastic. And ` number of people coming forward to play
were miserable, as a result. Yes, lots of people have said thdy want
to get involved and that we have been an inspiration. It is `mazing.
Is it still sinking in? It hs, but it is going to take a while. You are
still watching the World Cup trophy very proudly. You have seen more
people coming along and you could field more teams in future. Yes
that is what we heard, becatse that will mean more competition for
places and that will filter through to the top. It is fantastic for
Bristol Rugby club and again. And some of you could be going
professional, playing rugby sevens. Definitely, those girls could get
fundamental skills training. So it is a great thing for the gale, as a
whole. You are coaching the backs, I will let you go and do the training
session. It has been a fant`stic title to win, and everyone hs so
excited that having all of these World Cup winners in the te`m, and
the interest it has generatdd from women of all ages who want to get
involved in rugby in the future on a lovely night at Worcester, it is a
joy to be here, and seedy in interior is generated by th`t Rugby
World Cup win. `` and see the enthusiasm generated. You c`n see
more about those World Cup winners on our Facebook page. And there is
an interview with Diana frol Shropshire who was on the great
British baked of. She has ldft the programme. She felt ill before the
filming of the fifth episodd. It has taken 11 years for this record to be
beaten but they have finallx done it today in Staffordshire. The National
farm adventure park has been building scarecrows all sumler, and
now there are thousands of them throughout the park. One by one
their numbers grew. Silentlx, and sinister. Scarecrows? 3311 of them,
to be exact, and organisers hope to snatch the record from its current
holders in Cincinnati, and bring it to Burton on Trent. We will be
looking at scarecrow number 331 , which will surpass the world record.
We will keep them until the 7th of September. Anyone that comes along
can have a go at building a scarecrow and be a part of the new
world record. This summer, people have been getting involved by making
their own scarecrows. It is not your usual holiday activity. We will make
it like you see it on TV. I got some skeleton leggings with a bl`ck
T`shirt. And I designed a monster face. And so, to the record breaking
attempt. This was scarecrow number 3312. And once he's in placd, the
record is broken. They hoped to make 3000 by the middle of Septelber
Staff are thrilled to have trashed that target. To start with H did not
think we could make it but `s we got closer to it, there was a
realisation that we could do it and we have done it today, which is
brilliant. We'll carry on and see if can snatch it even more. Thdy have
been busy year today and here are a couple of faces you might rdcognise,
the colourful tie and the bdautiful smile, so, from Nick, from Lary Ann
from me, it is back to the studio. `` and from me. Any truth in the
rumours of summer returning? It will not happen until thd middle
of next week when high pressure takes a firm hold. Before the week
is out, we still run the risk of encountering some showers and some
rain. Tomorrow maybe a little cooler. Temperatures should then be
gradually rising. Into the liddle of next week, as well. It is this deep
area of low pressure that whll affect weather over the comhng days.
It brings in this impressivd formation of whether France leading
to temporary disruption tomorrow. Once that clears, high pressure is
taking over by Sunday. And the showers will be kept to a mhnimum on
Sunday. Most of that activity to the north and west. We start of the
night with clear skies. Temperatures at a minimum of 12 Celsius for most
places. Then we will see cloud thickening from the West, producing
these showers which will st`rt to move eastwards during the course of
tomorrow. Tomorrow, showers and cloud around, with lots of
brightness in between. But ht is a cool day with the wind pickhng up
from a south`westerly direction Temperatures around 17 Celshus in
the North, and 19 in the Sotth. Those showers continue to r`ttle
eastwards until tomorrow night when they finally show some signs of
dying away. Temperatures falling to a minimum of 12 Celsius agahn. For
Saturday, we will see some showers down to a minimum. Focused `round
the north and west of the rdgion. And that high pressure will take
charge after that. The headlines from the BBC tonight, a blow for the
Conservatives as a Tory MP defects to UKIP. And concern over a fivefold
increase in counter terrorism arrests over the last year. That's
all for now. Hope you have ` good evening.