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sledgehammers, at the end of last month ` but the store's owndr says
he's had little support frol the police. Louisa Currie reports. With
their faces masked, they were in and out in just 48 seconds, but for
jewellery store owner John Davis it felt like a lifetime:
Within two minutes it was chaos They were ruining my life in that
short time. Sometimes I still do not believe it.
The four men escaped with an estimated ?30,000 worth of stock `
but it would have been far lore had this customer not intervened.
I cannot explain why I did ht. As the last person left the shop I
lunged at home. to be the most valuable, containing
an estimated ?50,000 worth of stock ` including this ?8,500 dialond
ring. John says he's only released
the CCTV in the hope the gang can be Good to have you with us thhs
here on Midlands Today. On the 30th anniversary
of the groundbreaking discovery of DNA, experts on the vergd
of another stunning developlent Hundreds of people lined
the streets of Worcester today to see the fourth stage of the Tour
of Britain cycle race. The dvent, which includes the former Tour de
France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, is thought to have been worth at
least half a million pounds to the local economy. The riders sdt off
from Worcester at 11 o'clock, travelling through Evesham `nd
Broadway before entering Gloucestershire, and finishhng in
Bristol. Here's our Sports reporter Ian Winter. Team Sky is the hottest
team on two wheels. Their attographs were much in demand. Their star
rider is one of the most falous faces in world cycling. And this
morning, Sir Bradley Wiggins was guaranteed the warmest of wdlcomes
in Worcester. How much would it mean to do what he
did last year? That Jura Brhtain is very important. `` the two of
Britain. It is a fantastic place to have a bike race. They were all
desperate for a glimpse of the latest gear and the fastest bikes.
They get to catch up with all the other people. Attracting less
attention. This team are colpeting in their first two of Britahn. What
is the most enjoyable part of this stage? The last 200 metres. The city
waves farewell to the Raiders. Destination Bristol. In the blink of
an eye all 170 cyclists havd famished. `` all 170 cyclists have
gone. Really has the High Street witnessed such a sporting fdast
Fantastic. I did not expect it to be so busy. The atmosphere was some.
Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish Give us a win if you would like to
see this event return soon. couldn't really have gone any
better, Ian? Bradley Wiggins finds himself 2
seconds behind the leader. This has been a huge success. It has been a
fantastic day for Worcestershire. The Tour de France received rave
reviews in Yorkshire. How does this compare? The crowds on the hill
climbs have matched the two advance. People have turned out in
their tens of thousands. Yot always had the confidence to back this
event. Does it raise awarendss of the county? It raises awareness It
is estimated to have raised half ?1 million. We have waited six years
products to come to this region do we have to meet another six years? I
am confident we can celebrate again in three years time. It sounds like
a resounding success. A 13 year old boy has been ordered
to appear before Worcester Crown court to face charges connected to a
knife attack at a school in Malvern. Two people were slightly injured,
including a teacher at Chase School, during an inchdent
on Monday morning. The teenager, who can't be named for
legal reasons, has been rem`nded into a local authority children s
unit until the 18th of Septdmber. The Scottish flag's being flown
by a number of councils across the region in the run up to
the referendum over independence The Saltire can be seen
above the council houses in Stoke, Campaigning stepped up
a gear today as the leaders of all the main parties
in Westminster cleared their diaries And the Leader of Sandwell Council
said he felt it was important to add I want to send a message to the
people of Scotland. We want them to stay in the United Kingdom.
All the latest polling suggdsts the vote will be very tight, but what
impact could the result havd on people here in the Midlands? One
whisky distributor says he's concerned about what a yes vote will
mean for consumers. He spokd to Joanne Writtle, as she gaugdd
reaction from those for and against an independent Scotland.
Scotland is famous for its whisky. It's distributed all over the world,
some of it ending up here, hn Leamington Spa, in the hands of
whisky consultant Matt Swift. As the referendum on Scottish independence
looms, he fears a yes vote could lead to an increase in dutids. Matt
My concerns are the tax and duty implications.
supplies restaurants and bars with top shelf whiskies. But if he's
right about price rises, both he and licensees like Helen Wild mhght
start looking elsewhere for their supplies.
figures there are about 750,000 people born in Scotland livhng south
of the border. That's more than the population of Edinburgh or Glasgow.
And here in picturesque Henley in Arden there's a Scotsman who's keen
to see his homeland go it alone Brian Reilly moved away frol the
west of Scotland 14 years ago. But he's passionate about his roots He
wants independence, and it's a strong talking point among his large
The author generation Arleigh Burke people. The younger generathon are
looking to the future. `` the older generation are Labour peopld. Is it
frustrating that you do not have a vote? Slightly frustrating hn that I
am very interested in the vote. I think it is fair that peopld in
Scotland get the vote. campaigning goes on. And cole
September 18th, voters will decide. But whatever happens Scotland's most
famous export is still likely to be this businessman's favouritd choice.
And there's more about the hmpact the referendum could have in the
Midlands from our Political Editor Hundreds line the streets as Tour
of Britain cyclists speed through As the late summer sunshine
continues, we'll have your detailed Hi, I'm Bob,
join me later on Midlands Today to find out how me and the rest
of my robot friends could one day I will be at the premier of a new
film which features the amazing life of a man from Newcastle.
Forensic scientists at West Midlands Police say they're working on ways
of cutting the time it takes to give officers information taken from DNA
evidence from five days to `round an hour. Today's an important
anniversary ` it's exactly 30 years since DNA profiling was devdloped
here in the Midlands. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson has been
finding out more. At the forensic labs in Birlingham
the West Midlands police te`ms are examining evidence found at dozens
of cime scenes. Looking for finger prints. CCTV. DNA. 30 years on from
the discovery of the crimefhghting tool, advances are still behng made.
We have gone from obtaining a DNA profile from a stain the size of a
Hundreds of high profile murders have been cleared over the last 30
years thanks to DNA profiling. On New Years Eve 1996 17`year`old
Nicola Dixon was murdered in Sutton Coldfield.
Banks to DNA the family werd given justice. `` because of DNA.
to convict Colin Waite ` his DNA profile meant there was 1 in a
billion chance that someone else had carried out the murder. DNA
identifies variations in each human retrieved from hair, saliva and
blood that makes each one of us unique. But the police teams here
The impact would be to bring offenders to justice more swiftly.
DNA has proved people innocent as wdll as
guilty. Giving detectives DNA hits almost from the crime scene could
mean some criminals being arrested red handed.
Work is underway to repair what some historians have described as one of
the finest buildings in the Midlands. Beauchamp Chapel hn
Warwick dates back to the 14th century. It was built to honour a
man who was the richest in the country at the time. In the latest
in our series on crumbling buildings, Bob Hockenhull rdports on
the mission to save an archhtectural masterpiece.
St Mary's Church in Warwick. Within its walls lies one of the greatest
medieval chapels in Europe. When the richest man in the country Richard
Beauchamp died in 1439, he wanted his fortune to be spent on creating
this finery. But now it's all under threat.
300 halls of beheading if I do. `` 300 halls have been identifhed.
badly eroded too. ?1 million has been raised for these repairs. But
another ?1 million is needed to restore the chapel completely. The
problem's been compounded bx shoddy repairs in the past. So where
is the other ?1 million needed for the restoration coming from? Nobody
knows yet. But the town's MP, who worships here, believes it would be
disastrous if Beauchamp Chapel was allowed to crumble.
This Church symbolises the history of Warwick. The battles and the
intrigues. In a sense it represents vanity
Richard Beauchamp donated hhs vast buy his way into heaven. In doing so
he's left the church with both a The best artists of the timd puts
their work into the chapel. to preserve all this beauty is
available. Now all that's ndeded is Not many of us can claim to
have had a life that's exciting But Neil Baldwin
from Newcastle`under`Lyme c`n ` and the premiere of Marvellous,
based on his life, is taking place You might know him better
as "Nello". He's 68
and he's been a familiar figure Our reporter Elizabeth Glinka is
at the red carpet launch Yes they have. Tonight 's event is
about the film Marvellous, which will be broadcast on BBC Two later
in the year. He has been a fixture on this university campus for many
years. But he has never been a student here. He counts celdbrities
amongst his friends. Prince Edward, Prince Charles. As a shy tednager he
began visiting the campus. If he says he knows somebodx, he
more than likely has. Assessed as having special needs as a child his
story reached the national press in 2010. Marvellous recounts m`ny of
the surprising events in his life. How do you do it? How do yot stay
positive? I always wanted to be happy, so I decided to be. He also
has a passion for music. Frhends from the local choir also fdature in
the film. I felt that I had achieved something. I am very excited. I
joined by the star of the fhlm and also by the director. What did you
make of the script when you first read it? I could believe it. I could
not believe it was set in and around the Stoke City. I have been a
lifelong Stoke City supportdr. The script works because it is
quintessentially revealed. The events that happened are marvellous,
but they are not incredible. What was it like being watched bx Henman?
`` by him. He was like a Gu`rdian angel to the set. Is there ` message
to this film? It is an optilistic message. You can make things happen.
If you expect people to say yes they generally do. The premher will
get under way shortly. The rest of us can see it on September the 5th.
There's been a big focus on robots today ` however wdird `
at the 175th British Sciencd Festival in Birmingham.
The festival first visited the city way back in 1839 and everyone from
Charles Darwin to Professor Brian Cox has taken part over the years.
All the talk today has been on ways robots might one dax make
their way into our workplacd and even the classroom.
Here's our Science Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar.
But are they ready to gradu`te from the lab and enter the workplace
Robots on a production line are often inside a safety cage.
Researchers now based on having them interact with us.
Stevie the geography teaching robot will be on trial in Mhdlands
Children enjoy robots. Robots are an additional tool. An additional tool
Bob the security robot has `lready been spotted patrolling
And even if you won't see the robots themselves
in an office or school near you you may well find the technologx they
A car has been launched that recognises road signs. For ` moment
your car is becoming autonolous There are lots of little thhngs in
There's more good news for fans of Coventry City football club.
Just days after their return to the Ricoh Arena the club has
announced that manager Stevdn Pressley has signed a new contract.
The Scot has agreed a four year deal.
Pressley had been linked with a number
Another manager staying in the Midlands is
He's turned down an approach by Championship side Blackpool.
It is the West that will be the best for the sunshine and the East less
so. We are seeing pleasant sunshine even in the East of the reghon. The
sunshine is turning easy through the day. With high pressure across the
rest of the week it will be dry More of this very pleasant dry
weather to come. Clear skies being taken over by Chloe dear onds. ``
being taken over by cloudy skies. There could be marking us tomorrow
morning. The sunshine will start streaming through. In the afternoon
clouds will come through from the East. It will be cooler tomorrow.
More cloud tomorrow night starting to filter through. Reasonably mild
in towns and cities. Meanwhile, it's magnificent weather
for the closing stages of the cricket season. Well done this
evening to Jonathan Trott and teenager Sam Hain of Warwickshire in
a stand of over 200 against Northants at Edgbaston.
Finally, there's just time to wish our competitors good luck in the
Invictus Games. The event, which is being championed by Prince Harry, is
bringing together injured sdrvicemen and women from 13 nations. Our
Midlands athletes include Clive Smith. He'll be competing in the
cycling after being injured in Afghanistan. Everything is
short`term, but that has given me a bit of focus. The headlines.
David Cameron makes a direct appeal to the people of Scotland not to
His message is backed by Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.
Smash and grab caught on calera but an intrepid customer stdpped
in and snatched loot worth ?50, 00 back from the armed robbers.