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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Tod`y.


As badger culling starts ag`in in Gloucestershire, campaigners say


Somebody in camouflage like us will be looking for the animals.


We'll be finding out why sole experts insist culling badgdrs is


the best option to check the spread of TB in cattle.


It's confirmed that the man killed by a shark in


Australia is a former IT spdcialist who emigrated from Warwickshire


The Public in West Bromwich becomes a sixth form collegd.


I'm not sure how many peopld use this, but a college will do West


Bromwich much better. For it to be another collegd, I


cannot see the point in that, to be honest.


Now, Lenny Henry premieres his own play at the Birmingham Rep.


And chilly nights followed by warm days.


Stark contrasts for much of this week, but that gap could


I'll have more for you in the forecast later.


Good evening, Badger culling has restarted in Gloucestershird.


The Government says the cull is a vital part of measures to stop


It's a disease set to cost taxpayers nearly ?100 million this ye`r alone,


but opponents of the cull s`y it's inhumane, and may make the problem


Our rural affairs correspondent David Gregory`Kumar is here with


First of all, David, how long will this cull last?


Officially, it should last for six weeks.


But protesters fear, if the cull fails to kill enough


Setting out for a night walking the footpaths of Gloucestershire.


The wounded badger patrol is back in action.


They say their presence is enough to stop badgers being killed.


There were instances last ydar where I was in the field, a mile from


here, and we walked up and down a footpath with contractors one side


and a badger set the other. If we hadn't been there, they would have


been able to shoot. The company running the cull is


called Gloscon and, for the first time, one of their marksmen


has been talking about his job. You are using a rifle, you have


always got to be conscious where your bullet will end up, cldarly you


want it to kill the badger. You had to cater for all circumstances. It


may pass through the badger and hit a stone. Can I safely shoot the


animal? And, this time around, both sides


have upgraded their technology. And, joining protesters


and marksmen, plenty of polhce, although Gloucestershire Police


say, this time around, they're And this is only the second year


of a four`year culling programme. Now the aim of the badger ctll is to


slow the spread of bovine TB, David, can we tell if it's actuallx


working? bovine TB for Gloucestershire. So


far this year, we've seen 58 cattle herds who have had their "officially


TB`free" status withdrawn. They are infected with TB. That's down on


2013, when 81 herds were declared infected. It's a decrease, but it's


far too early to say if it's due to the badger cull. In fact, it


actually reflects the national trend, suggesting it's down to other


factors, such as stricter c`ttle controls. And, although the line may


go down, it's still not good news. This still means there are new


outbreaks, just not as many. So this shows a disease that's still


spreading. Just not quite as fast. What is climbing is the cost. ? 00


million in the last decade. Nearly ?100 million this year alond. Or, to


put it another way, each individual outbreak costs the farmer ?04,0 0


and the taxpayer ?20,000. It's this huge financial cost that


explains why the Government is trying all sorts of other mdasures,


apart from the cull, to control the disease. The Government has divided


the country into three TB zones The Midlands and the South West are


classed as high risk for TB. That's why it's here the Government is


trialling a badger cull. Bexond that, we have the edge areas


including Warwickshire. Herd, the Government has announced extra cash


to pay for badger vaccination. The aim to build up a healthy,


disease`free badger populathon, to stop TB spreading to the rest of the


country. But TB is a slow`moving disease. It will be years bdfore we


know if any of this has madd things Good to have you with us here


on Midlands Today. Prince Harry comes to Warwickshire,


but injured servicemen and women take centre stage


at the start of the Invictus Games. A man from Warwickshire has died


after being bitten by a shark while Paul Wilcox was attacked


at the popular tourist desthnation This three`metre shark was spotted


in waters off Byron Bay soon after the fatal attack by what's


thought to be a Great White. It's understood 50`year`old


Paul Wilcox was either swimling or surfing when the attack happened


close to the beach. Attempts were made to chase


the shark into deeper waters and one onlooker jumped


in to try to save him. His parents are devastated.


He was so wonderful. It is so cruel. My only comfort is that he died


rather than be injured, mailed, and had to be nursed. He was thd other


side of the world. I couldn't give him my love and help him.


Police have praised efforts by the onlooker.


I went out to chest high in water, and grabbed the gty,


The shark was probably maybe 50 feet away.


Beaches in the area have bedn closed for at least 24 hours, and people


He sustained severe injuries to his right leg.


We are still waiting to havd that checked at the hospital.


Unfortunately, his wife was on the beach at the time.


Shark attacks are still relatively rare in Australi`.


The Australian authorities `re still investigating this tragic ddath


More than 400 competitors from 3 nations will take part in the


Invictus Games, an internathonal sporting event for wounded, injured


It's the brainchild of Prince Harry, and he was at the first event which


With Jaguar Land Rover the lain sponsors, it was no surprisd the


opening event for of the Invictus Games was at their research


headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.


Prince Harry was instrument`l in creating the Games.


They want to prove to peopld there is life beyond injury.


If they can go through this process, and get to where they have got now,


then surely they are a fantastic role model.


The competition involves service men and women from


around the world who have stffered sometimes career`ending injtries.


It is an amazing idea and we are honoured to be hdre.


After being one of the most premier fighting forces


in the entire world, knocked down to a hospital bed, comhng out


here again offers me a new challenge and a new reason to push myself


You say that so blase, what was it like?


We had a toss`up who was going to drive.


I was navigating today, it went well.


These Games are hugely important to Jaguar Land Rover.


Not only are they the main sponsors but in recent years they


have made huge efforts to rdcruit ex`military personnel who m`y have


This is Sergeant Chris Church being airlifted out of Afghanistan


after his army vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in 2007.


Today, he is an electronics enginedr at


the JLR's research centre in Coventry.


I am restricted in movement and strength in the abdomin`l area,


which restricts physical activities I can do.


But, fortunately, the role H have with Jaguar Land Rover


The official opening ceremony is tomorrow in London where thd rest


of the Games will continue until Sunday.


A report to Birmingham City Council today has revealed there's been


a dramatic increase in hate crime attacks against Muslim


people, following the so`called Trojan Horse `ffair.


This week, the Government's to appoint


an Education Commissioner, who'll scrutinise Birmingham's schools


following the series of reports into allegations of a hard`line


The council organised a focus group of young Muslhm


people, many of them claiming that their community had been vilified.


Dr Mashuk Ally, from the city council,


It seems people are simply blaming the media for scaremongering?


I think the general opinion in Birmingham and across Britahn


critically on this issue and other issues as well, the way in which the


media has framed the concerns have resulted in a whole community


vilified, being undermined, being seen as extremists.


But they did have to report it. The Government in quarry did find an


organised agenda. That may be the case. When xou look


at the number of schools, it was small, compared to the 400 schools


in Birmingham. Communities feel this has been disproportionately focused


on one community. That resulted in communities coming together


performing a network, where they were really protesting the way in


which Birmingham itself was being badly treated, and the reputation of


Birmingham being affected bx a small number of schools for the governed.


We asked some people in the city centre about this.


It is quite sensational, to say things like that.


If Ofsted say it, then therd must be something wrong with it.


I think it has got to a stage where they are exaggerating it a bit.


I live in that area and don't see it as a problem as has been


It is making people aware about it, which they should be.


If one of my children was going to that


Can you understand some people are nervous about the intentions of some


Muslims in their midst? There is no doubt about that. But


our knowledge about that colmunity is it is a very small number of


people. We have found the ntmbers who may be promoting a more


extremist view of Islam is very small in proportion to the 200, 00


Muslims who live in this city who are peace loving people, who make a


Confucian politically, economically, culturally,


spiritually. `` a contributhon. This is a small minority of people.


Valuable cohesion work is going on, good cross community work is


happening. Birmingham should be proud of the level of coheshon we


have, proud of the work it hs doing in its schools and the contribution


all its communities are makhng to better understanding in the city.


A 13`year`old boy has appeared in court, charged


in connection with a knife `ttack at the Chase School in Malvdrn.


The teenager was charged with 1 offences in total, including


wounding with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily h`rm, and


He was remanded into local authority accommodation,


to appear before Worcester Xouth Court tomorrow morning.


The failed arts centre, The Public, in West Bromwich,


has been transformed into a sixth form college.


It was opened in June 2008 and cost around ?72 million.


But it closed in November l`st year, after Sandwell Council said it could


It's now known as Central Shxth as Ben Sidwell reports.


It may look the same from the outside,


but The Public in West Bromwich is now a very different building.


After five years struggling financially as an arts centre,


it's now Sandwell College's sixth form campus.


It is a normal college in tdrms of the educational space, classrooms,


But it has a fantastic feel about the place, it oozes creativhty.


It has taken six months and ?6 million to transform this


They have tried to retain m`ny of the original features.


This year, 500 students will be studying here.


They hope to increase that number to around 800 in the next few xears.


Inside the theatre and the offices have


I wasn't too sure about that at first, but now I really


It is a fantastically designed buhlding.


As an art gallery, it didn't seem to be an attraction.


It seems to be useful to edtcate youths and to help people.


The building became known as the town's Pink Elephant and


until its closure, was being subsidised by Sandwell


Council, costing taxpayers ?1.5 million each year.


Despite that, in West Bromwhch, the reaction to the change was lixed.


I think it is a good idea because I'm not sure


But the college will do West Bromwich much better.


The town needs to feel a bit more like for everybody,


Another college, I can't sed the point in that to be hondst.


No longer The Public, now Central Sixth.


It's hoped this new chapter in one of the West Midlands' most


controversial buildings is lore successful than the last.


Badger culling starts again in Gloucestershire to try to tackle


Shefali will be here soon, with your detailed weather forec`st.


Also in tonight's programme, a rather familiar face.


Coming up, or your local news, plus join me! Watch!


A Muslim charity worker frol Birmingham says his religion offered


him little protection, during a recent aid mission to war`torn Iraq.


Zaid Al`Rawni, from the charity Islamic Relief, recently returned


from the country, where he's been delivering essential supplids to


people fleeing from the extremist group Islamic State. Matthew Bone


In Iraq and Syria, the extremist group Islamic


As the heavily armed militants arrive, terrified families scatter,


as a worker from Birmingham knows only too well.


They have fled their homes, and walked for a week


and a half to search for a place they thought was safe.


Zaid works for Islamic Relidf, a Muslim charity that helps vtlnerable


Islamic Relief is a truly international charity,


each blue dots on this map represents a different aid project,


Even for a charity used to going into conflict zones, reaching those


This guy was telling the story how he has been kidnapped twice


Calls coming to and fro, wh`t religion, what background are you?


If he gave the wrong answer, he said he would not be here today


Even saying you are from a Luslim charity is not enough to protect


It is sectarian, what type, where from, which tribe,


The conflict in Iraq and Syria has been dominated


by Muslims killing other Muslims, and hundreds of thousands of


The mothers and children on the ground have no say,


They're the people we are targeting and helping.


As long as they need help, we are prepared to help.


Despite the dangers, Zaid says he is returning to Iraq


Islamic Relief's work in the war zone is far from over.


Sport now, and Dan's spent the day at New Road where Worcestershire are


pushing for promotion, so how have they got on?


It has been a perfect autumnal day, which makes you glad to be `live.


The first day of Worcestershire against Surrey, with promothon at


stake. The perfect setting for cricket but


would Worcestershire have the perfect ending? With two gales to


play, promotion is within their grasp.


Excited, to be honest. It h`s been a long season and we are in a great


position, top of the division going into our last two games. We wouldn't


have dreamt that. But the d`y did not have the perfect start.


Captain Daryl Mitchell out without a run on the board. That brought Moeen


Ali to the crease. He may have been racially abused


while playing for England, but he showed no signs of it today. He


moved quickly and Serena Led on 250. But he was then out, and thd problem


for Worcestershire has been the lack of a supporting cast.


It might affect our chances of promotion. Sorry could move ahead of


us. Not worried at all, we will get


there eventually. Worcestershire have done very well


this season, I am gunning for them to keep going. I am enjoying the


game. It is not just about the crhcket. On


a beautiful day, it is about the atmosphere. Most cricketers are


chasing 100. For me, a 99 whll do! We have a good crowd in, on a


Tuesday, you can't complain. Hopefully it will continue.


Surrey dismissed Worcestershire 272, and batted the 17 overs


themselves. With more glorious weather to come,


the next three days look crtcial for Worcestershire.


59 without loss for Surrey. Worcestershire have to catch up


Wouldn't they have done while with their star pair. `` player.


And it's another big day for Worcester tomorrow, when the


fourth stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race starts in the city?


It is a race which grows ye`r on year, attracting the likes of


Bradley Wiggins who is 24 sdconds off the lead. A gruelling 180


kilometres, from Newport to Monmouth.


The surprise winner was the Italian rider Eduardo Zardini who'll wear


the yellow jersey when the race gets underway in Worcester at 11`m.


And just an early warning. @ number of roads in Worcester and along the


route in Malvern, Upton upon Severn, Pershore, Evesham, and Cheltenham


will be closed, as the Tour passes through tomorrow. For all the latest


on the travel situation arotnd the county, listen to BBC Hereford and


Stoke`on`Trent was once homd to hundreds of potteries.


And now, only a few buildings remain to mark their place in history.


Their smoky silhouettes domhnated the Stoke`on`Trent skyline.


Once there were 2,000 bottle ovens here.


As I looked out the bedroom window, as a young boy, there would be


Evocatively, also, the factory hooters to go to work.


This kiln, at Middleport, has had millions of pounds spent


It's now open, for visitors to look round and appreciate its history.


Because we have got so few left they stand out even more.


For people out of the area, they are fascinated by them.


The shape of every bottle oven is unique, built to different


In fact, they weren't even built to last, they were working kilns.


As one came to the end of its life, another would be put up


It was the passing of the Clean Air Acts in the 1950s which


All the city's bottle ovens are listed buildings.


With the passage of time, they'll need continued protdction


and restoration, to preservd the heritage of the pottery indtstry.


One of Dudley's most famous faces, Lenny Henry has brought a stage


Rudy's Rare Records is based on the BBC Radio 4 series.


Our arts reporter Satnam Rana's been to meet him.


Starring Dudley's Lenny Henry, set in the centre of Birmingham, and


It's worth the wait, gentlemen, just h`ng on.


The beans have been swallowdd by civet cats, and passed through


their digestive system and defaecated.


Rudy's Rare Records is a play rooted in our region.


Created by Lenny Henry for radio, the stage version explores father


son relationships in the setting of a record shop.


Because I've always had a vivid imagination, this is


My dad was like this for most of my childhood.


He rarely spoke except, "Move from the TV, I'm watching cricket."


When I won New Faces in 1984, he watched the television show.


When the furore had died down, he said, "Make sure you keep


You get a sense Lenny has kdpt his feet on the ground.


As well as laughs, this reflects


There is a message, still a hint of racism around.


Keep music alive, keep record shops open.


Be with people, smell the mtsic touch the music.


So important that The Diskery in Birmigham city centre,


one of the oldest record stores has been a source of inspir`tion.


Lenny has been seen in this store quite a bit, carrying out rdsearch.


He's even asked the guys here to keep a diary of


Such is the work that goes into putting on a brand`new play.


From funnyman to actor, Lenny does bring humour to the st`ge.


I can't concentrate on anything you say


When a pilot version of Rudx's Rare Record's will be aired on BBC One.


And it looked pretty good in Worcester just now.


It is looking quite good. Pleasantly warm, of course. The good


news is for the most part it should stay that way in the days ahead The


West is going to see the best of the sunshine.


And the east will see the ldast High pressure sitting over ts. It


will push away to the north east. The winds will pick up slightly We


have a cluster of showers and cloud over the North Sea, we will see


cloud into that part of the region. It will be very nice this wdek.


Sunshine gives way to clear skies in the evenings and overnight. Because


of that, chilly nights and warmer days. A jump in temperatures


overall. Tonight, down to eight Celshus in


the south west. In the south west. Towns and cities.


In the countryside, those v`lues will fall much lower, around five


Celsius. Again, some isolated pockets of mist


and fog but not as dense tonight. The sunshine will get to work. The


west will see the best of it. The cloud will move across the dastern


part of the region. It won't affect temperatures too much. We whll see a


drop of 1 degrees. Doing very well in the western part of the region,


22 Celsius. Tomorrow night, a replay of all of


that. Looking pleasant for the rest of the week.


I'll be back at ten o'clock with more on


the shark attack in Australha that killed an ex pat from Warwickshire.


Prince Harry has challenged them - now they will challenge each other,


more than 400 international competitors.


No strangers to battle, all have served their country.


Prince Harry has challenged them - now they will challenge each other,


pushing their bodies to the limit in the quest for glory.


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