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The headlines tonight: so it is goodbye from me,


Denied full treatment by thd NHS, the cancer patient trying to raise


Initially very frustrating `nd I think probably we were very angry.


As twenty people a day die from pancreatic cancer,


we'll be asking why Chris Whnters has been denied funding:


Caught in the act ` the bungling art thief trying to


For this guy to think he cotld get away with stealing one


of our sculptures, let alond try to put it under his jacket and walk out


A warning that farmers could stage more blockades in protest


A bygone age, but this steal train's extending its route


And are we heading for blue skies or grey clouds and thunderstorls


There's certainly plenty gohng on in the next 24 hours with


It's the cancer with the worst survival rate `


pancreatic cancer kills 23 people in the UK every day.


Only three percent of those diagnosed live


for five years ` a figure that hasn't improved for 40 years.


But one drug that has been found to extend life


for up to two years isn't available on the NHS because it's too costly,


Because of this, one terminally ill Worcestershire


man is making his own fundr`ising efforts to pay for his treatment.


When he was diagnosed beford Christmas, Chris Winters did not


think he would even see the summer. My initial thought was could I not


have got a different one? Why the one that is so almost insur`ble


Pancreatic cancer has the worst survival rate. `` in in dur`ble


They are trying to raise ?50,00 to pay for a drug. We were verx angry.


But she gets to a position where you are not going to change where we are


at the moment so you best gdt on with it and do what you can do about


it. Since under's husband dhed to mag years ago she has been


campaigning for more awarendss and research into pancreatic cancer It


receives only 1% of overall cancer funding. I think it is becatse it is


the hardest cancer to diagnose and it mimics the symptoms of other


illnesses such as gall bladder problems. And so the funding for it


is not fair because it is so hard but that needs to change. S`ndra's


campaign gathered 100,000 signatures, enough to bring on a


debate in Westminster where one MP also raised the issue of thd


experimental drug. This is the first advancement in some kind of


treatment and pancreatic cancer in 40 years. And it looks likely that


it will be rejected. It is ` disgrace. The body which approves


drugs for use on the NHS has not made a final decision on thd drug


but in its draft guidance it says the drug is too costly and has


limited benefits. That is, ht does not extend life by a great deal


Until it makes its final decision, NHS England has the say so. NHS


England says that the decishon on whether or not to approve the use of


the treatment is based on clinical evidence of its effectiveness and


benefit for the patient. Chris is hoping to benefit from his family in


the time he has got left. Well joining us now from our London


studio's is Ali Stunt from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Ch`rity.


Good evening to you. Does Chris It does not. Sadly the access to


this drug is very limited. Throughout the United Kingdom not


just in England. And the drtg has been licensed for use in certain


patients, patients whose disease has spread beyond the pancreas but I


possibly be funding bodies `re not recommending that it be funded. ``


unfortunately. Patients can only get it when their oncologists apply to a


fund to access it. Is there anything you can do? We have been. You have


seen the clip from the debate and there are thousands of people who


are supporting us in trying to of the lack of treatments for


pancreatic cancer. The survhval rate has not changed in over 40 xears and


one of the things that pancreatic suffer `` can go to cancers of the


Somme is lack of investment and we see that in terms of the lack of


offers we have for patients. `` options. It is one of the only new


options that we have had for patients. It is so difficult to spot


in the early stages, isn't ht? It can be. A lot of people refdr to it


as a silent killer but we do know that patients in one of our


replacement surveys have actually experienced symptoms are dud to mag


years before their own diagnosis and unfortunately in the early stages as


a San Fran alluded to it can mimic very other `` many other benign


diseases. Good to have you with this


evening here on Midlands Today. find out why that's not exactly


the whole picture. Police are searching


for a brazen thief who walkdd into a Birmingham art shop `nd tried


to make off with a painting The man walked out of


Castle Galleries at the ICC with the picture under


his arm after failing to hide it, It is definitely no Thomas Crown


affair. Watch as the man


in your picture takes a look at the paintings in the Castle Fine


Art Gallery in Birmingham. He looks, he looks again, and then,


no it just won't fit. Fortunately staff were watching


and grabbed the painting back just We couldn't believe it


when we saw it. It is so funny and for


the guy to think that he wotld get And this is the artwork safd and


sound where it is supposed to be. It is part of a series


of works called Never Forgotten which were created


by the artist to commemoratd the And some of the proceeds ard going


to the Royal British Legion. The images are pretty clear


and the police are now very keen to There is a funny side to it and


there is a very serious sidd to it. The person has tried to ste`l


a piece of art and we do need to trace that person


and thanks to the cracking system they have installed in here we


should be able to do that. And while we were in the gallery,


a couple from Gloucestershire heard about the story and decided to buy


the almost stolen artwork. We thought it was


a very fitting thing to do, was to support the British Legion


and particularly buy the ond that So you have actually made


off with it in the legal manner But if you do know who he is then


West Midlands Police would More than 100 British Imams,


Muslims, MPs and organisations have signed a letter appealing to


the Islamic State to releasd Alan Henning, the aid volunteer


held hostage by IS in Syria. Those holding him


have threatened to behead hhm Mr Henning was helping to ddliver


aid to Syria with a Worcestdr`based More than a quarter of


the leading Muslims who've lade the Earlier I spoke to one of them,


Dr Khurshid Ahmed from the Bahu Trust charity and began


by asking him what message they re We are pleading with them not to


continue with We hope that for the sake


of humanity, the world over, they will desist from this `nd they


will release this person who has Can you put into words what ordinary


peace`loving Muslims think about Islamic State


and what they are doing? They are absolutely disgustdd


at what they have seen so f`r. They vehemently disowned it


and reject it. We have issued statements


as community representatives, as imams and leaders,


disowning ISIS and disowning this particular ideology which, `s I


said, is a threat to world peace. How is this affecting the Mtslim


community here because, as I understand it,


there has been an increase The negative


of course is that Islamophobia is But at the same time it is `ctually


making people think about this issue and making people just not sit back


but rise up against it. And that I think is a posithve


outcome from these atrocious acts And we hope that this confidence


that the community has of standing up and being cotnted


does persist and that we will get a lot more vociferous condelnation


and mobilisation of the comlunity Dairy farmers could once ag`in start


a campaign of blockades and protests aimed


at businesses across the Midlands. The price farmers are paid


for milk is continuing to f`ll and they say each price cut costs


them thousands of pounds. Our Rural Affairs Correspondent


David Gregory`Kumar is in Market Drayton where farmers are


meeting this evening. We haven't seen cuts like this for


a while, David, so what's going on? Nick, dairy is by far the bhggest


part of agriculture in the Lidlands Production globally is up


so there's lots of milk sloshing Russia have banned western food


including ?2 billionof European dairy products,


further depressing prices. And finally


a supermarket prices war at home. Three problems producing


one result ` lower prices. And speaking of three probldm,


in half a century a family farm never had a cow give


birth to triplets before. But Nick,


Mary and David are all doing fine. The farm's finances are not


in such good shape after consecutive Well, this last couple


of months we have had a couple And as from the 1st of October,


we are going to have another 1. p That is 4p a litre lost


and it mounts up over a year. It is a 60,000 pounds per ydar


for a small farm like me. On this farm the price the farmer


gets for the milk is now less than and it is a similar story


from many other Midlands farmers. What worries farmers as there is no


sign of these price cuts stopping. There is no sense that we are


at the bottom of a trough and things You try to cut costs


but we can't cut no more. We have been cutting and cutting


and cutting these past 4 or 5 years And of course, if a dairy f`rmer is


losing money they haven't got the cash to invest in the f`rm which


is bad news for a network of rural He hopes


his daughters will become the fourth generation to farm here, but not if


the milk price continues to drop. If you just explain again why is the


milk price dropping? Things have not been too bad for the past 18 months.


There has been solid demand locally and really good weather so dveryone


has been getting into milk `nd producing a lot of it. Look at this


whether we have prepared. The amount of the EU has produced is up 5%


What happens in any market hs when you have a lot of the commodity


sloshing around like milk then the price starts to fall again. That is


what we're seeing now. That is one of many reasons, farmer 's `re


saying it's a problem. It is probably going to end up here and


that will push down prices `gain. What is likely to come out of


tonight's meeting? We are hdre at the market and it will be starting


in about one hour. This is farmers for action. They have block`ded


supermarkets and other businesses to get the point across. They say be


made to do that again `` might. We will update you with what the


farmers are saying and what they say about these falling prices.


Denied full treatment by thd NHS, the cancer patient trying to raise


fifty thousand pounds to save his life.


It's been another warm one today ` your detailed weather forec`st to


Seeking out this year's unstng heroes of sport across the Lidlands:


And, with the help of rare film footage, celebrating the people and


It's still one of the most evocative sights, don't


you think, a steam train thtndering through our beautiful countryside?


Well, it's hoped that steam trains on the Gloucestershire and


Warwickshire heritage railw`y will be running into the Cotswold village


Work is currently underway to extend the line in the hope


Members of the public have donated almost half


Our reporter Ben Sidwell has been to see how the work is progressing


For more than 30 years they have been running steam trains


on the Gloucestershire`Warwhckshire Railway.


Last year they began a fundraising campaign so they could extend


We're talking about a one and a half million pound project.


We have had a share issue ongoing in the last year


which has raised half a million to fix the bridges on the way.


We need the best part of another ?1 million to get there


The railway is 14 miles long and at the moment runs from Cheltenham


At the moment this is the end of the line.


But you only have to look this way to see the enormous task th`t the


team have to complete the two and a half miles of track to Broadway.


And it is Broadway where thd most significant work is taking place.


This is how the station looked when it opened in 1904.


But like so many it was demolished in the 1960s.


Now thanks to the railway's volunteers,


I think it is a major tourist attraction `nd it


It is an attraction for us because we have a destination and it


is attraction for the villagers and the shops and hotels in the village


because we will be bringing 200 or 300 people at a time who will wander


up to the village to buy sttff and have a meal.


The biggest challenge with the extension is the repairhng


the five bridges to Broadwax which have weakened over tile.


Not good when you need to rtn heavy steam trains right over thel.


The average steam train that we run is 80 to 100 tonnes ` we also run


a few Heritage diesels which go up to 120 tonnes and then you have got


the coaches on the back, another couple of hundred thmes


The next train arriving at platform two will be in three years.


Let's just hope it is not running late.


To open your heart ` and yotr home ` to a complete stranger is,


But for Katy Lowe and her mtm Susan, life wouldn't be


He's 60 years old and has special needs.


He lives with the Lowes, thanks to a charity called


Shared Lives which pairs vulnerable adults with families.


And, as Sarah Falkland reports, it's now on the look`out


for more families who can offer care and companionship .


This is a Dennis and he livds with us. He is a right laugh. He is


always smiling. Dennis is no relation but he is definitely one of


the family. He has been livhng with them for over three years. Do we


have a laugh? Yes. Always khnd, caring. If you are not well he will


come and put his arm on me `nd Pat Meehan says it will be all right.


Don't you Dennis? Dennis's parents were getting too old to look after


him and he was paired with this family by the charity. He is


classified as high dependence. Susan gets an allowance to help c`re for


him. I help get up in the morning and his personality. He lovds me to


make sometimes. I make his bed. I get him ready for the day cdntre and


then I pick him up or we go out for lunch and go on holiday togdther and


we do all sorts of things together. Do you like living with me `nd mum?


Yes. This much all this much? Katie agreed to appear in a promotional


video with Dennis to try to persuade more families to consider lhving


with adults with special nedds. I get the impression you love Dennis


and Dennis loves you? Very luch I don't drink beer I drink water. But


his real passion is these. He has been a spotter all his life. He is


already 60. It is Susan's and his dearest wish that they can spend the


remaining years together. Football news and Micky Adals has


resigned as manager of Port Vale The 52`year`old led Vale to


promotion from League Two in 20 3 but six straight defeats has left


them near the foot of Leagud One. Adams said he was leaving whth


"great sadness" but says he thinks the club is in a stronger position


now than when he joined. This evening we're launching our


search to find the 2014 BBC Midlands Every year we seek to recognise


those folk across our region who give their thme to


help others take part in sport. And where better to start


our search for this year's heroes than in Nuneaton,


the home of last year's winner. And that's where Dan


Pallett is right now. Welcome to the Pringles Stadium on


a club night for Nuneaton H`rriers. And the beating heart


of this evening's training session ` well very evening's training is


Barry Ewington our He's been involved in the sport


for 60 years ` one of Cast your mind back 12 months, what


was winning the award like? A fabulous night. I'm not just saying


that, it was one of the nicdst night we're been to. The daughter was on


the stand. She was the one who nominated me and we were all over


the moon. It was a really nhce night. You went off to the sports


personality of the year award? That was a night in itself. To w`lk in a


stadium or arena with 12,000 people and you're thinking what do I have


to do it I have to get up and walk in front of them but we knew that


was not going to happen. It was a magic experience. What diffdrence


hasn't made to yourself on the club? Are people getting in touch? One


numbers has helped. How much I'm not sure but it must help because it


gives a hearts to the club. As of old friends I've known for xears and


had not seen for many years that have phoned and said Stella grams.


`` sent telegrams. I would say to anyone to nominate. My daughter


insisted and I said well if you really want to do it. It shows it is


worthwhile. Have you got thd details of how people can nominate other


members? We're looking for an individual or


pair aged`16`or`over who give their time on a voluntary basis to help


others to participate in sport. You can download


a nomination form on the BBC Sport Website or you can ring 0844 30


8000 and we'll send one to xou. Calls cost up to 5p a minutd


from a landline, The closing date is October


the 20th. Rare film footage of Ironbrhdge


and the surrounding area has been collected


for a special celebration of the the life and times of Shropshire


folk over the last half century Past Lives features builders,


street parties and family events. It will be shown this weekend


as part of a festival to mark the Ironbridge Gorge's statts


as a world heritage site. And this footage shows the bridge


in the 1960s. His workshop


a shed that still remains today He then took his boat out


on the River Severn. The old footage and more


like it was filmed by local people. And forms part of a new fill


by a group called freefall `rts People have had this stored


in their cupboards and their lofts and they cannot view it bec`use


most people do not have projectors, there is no way of seeing it,


it is not valued any more bdcause Some of the clips were filmdd by


George and Edna who lived ndarby. Including the construction


of Ironbridge power station. I got to know


the men who were building it and I asked them could I come up `nd film


it and they said yes, come on up. At Madeley in Telford Pete Wilson


helped the filmmakers find luch We are looking at a carnival


in the 60s. People gave me


and loaned me cinefilm. And past lives have copied these


and it has been fascinating When they digitised it,


it meant that we could stop the film We put Pete's theory to the test


to see who they could recognise There is me there with


my eldest sister at a stall but I Pete's starring role


in the past lives film will be shown on Saturday in Ironbridge as part


of a festival marking the status Meanwhile, this amazing weather


goes on ` how long for, Shefali Probably until the weekend.


Temperatures reached highs of 2 degrees across the South. For the


bus majority it has been a lovely day but there have already been


stirrings of change across the South with thunderstorms there and they


are now heading our way. We will continue to see Misty murky nights


ahead because of the warmth and moisture from the showers btt it is


only by the weekend it can turn a touch cooler. Still warm for the


time of year. With regards to these warnings they come into force from


about 11 o'clock tonight and should remain in force until about roughly


the same time tomorrow night. These are for the majority of the region,


the far north`east I think. These thunderstorms and showers could


produce some flooding due to the fact that it has been quite dry so


far this month. Driest across the UK for 30 years. This is how it is


developing what a night. A frontal system from the south which is


pushing those showers I will wave and those will meet up later on


during the first half of thd weekend with his cold front slipping


south`westwards will intenshfy the activity. So we're going to see the


showers continuing to Saturday as well. Once that front fears are


southwards that is when we see those fresh acrylic conditions and high


pressure dominating and that will tan fryer for Sunday. We can see


that we have already got showers breaking out. `` turn drier for


Sunday. A wet end to the night and you can see the heaviest of the dam


was here. It is also very mhld indeed. Temperatures down to 15


degrees. `` heaviest of the downfall. Fairly warm and hhghs of


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