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Alarm at the decision to reveal the identity
of anonymous whistle blowers, who gave evidence
They were given guarantees back in 2014 about how
The witnesses say they're angered by the decision
of the Department for Education, and are appealing against it.
The family of a 55-year-old man from Kidderminster,
who's been missing for a month, appeal for help to find him.
Steve, if you're out there, we love you.
There's nothing we can't cope with, just come back to us.
Singing the praises of Kinver Edge - 100 years after it was donated
I'm at home with blind Dave Heeley - he may be sitting down for once -
but just wait until you hear what his next incredible
And this is the sort of scene you'll be waking up to tomorrow morning.
After a relatively mild day ,brace yourselves for a drastic drop
Whistle-blowers who gave evidence to an inquiry
into the "Trojan Horse" scandal, involving Birmingham schools,
after a decision to have their identities revealed.
Five teachers accused of being part of a plot to impose an
Islamic agenda at non-faith schools, are facing professional tribunals.
Their lawyers say they need to be able to question the individuals
Our Special Correspondent Peter Wilson has the details.
The so called Trojan Horse Saga has never been out of the headlines
since it first emerged three years ago.
There have been death threats against a Birmingham headteacher,
of aggressive Islamist influence behind the school gates.
Now today recriminations over the news that the personal details
of witnesses who gave evidence anonymously to the Trojan inquiry
The witnesses came forward under strict conditions of anonymity and
there were guarantees back in 2014 about how their evidence would be
used. Those people have now been betrayed and this has implications
in whistle-blowing cases past, present and future.
Peter Clarke, a former head of counter terrorism carried
He says he's appalled at the decision to waive anonymity.
Five teachers are facing a professional tribunal
The whistle-blowers have been sent letters
informing them "that the transcript of your evidence as provided
in the Peter Clarke investigation
will be disclosed to the respondent teachers."
We've spoken to one of the anonymous witnesses and one of the teachers
involved in this case, the witness says they fear if their identity is
widely published, both they and their family will be targeted by
extremists. The teacher told me that the whole Trojan Horse saga was
based on an anonymous letter which was likely to have been forged and
he claims that the anonymous witnesses were able to say whatever
they wanted without anything being corroborated. The association
representing nine of the anonymous witnesses acted quickly yesterday to
prevent their details being released. We would hope that the
assurances Peter Clarke gave would be maintained. We are three years on
and it seems like some of those assurances are evaporating quickly
and we would ensure that the enquiry is able to account for this.
The department of education tonight said that the tribunal hearings
into the five teachers cases must be fair and correct -
Peter Wilson, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.
And you can read more about this story on the BBC Birmingham website.
Fears are growing for a Worcestershire man
The family of 55-year-old Stephen Woolley
have mounted their own searches and appealed online
but there's been no sighting of Stephen since early December.
Carol Woolley tries to keep busy, but it's hard.
Her husband Stephen disappeared 28 days ago -
It's just the uncertainty, physically feeling sick and tired
not knowing what the day is going to bring, hoping today is the day that
we get some news. Whether it be good or bad, at least we would know what
we are dealing with. Stephen left
the family home in Kidderminster Half an hour later
he was at Holt Fleet on the River Severn,
north of Worcester, He's a keen walker and his family's
organised search parties in the area There is concern though
about his state of mind. Last year was a hard one for the
family and Stephen who has suffered depression in the past was suffering
difficulty trying to cope with the death of his sister. My heart of
hearts says that he's not going to come back. I hope he is but the days
go on, I feel the less likely it is. Stephen joined Kidderminster
male voice choir last year and sang to raise
funds for the hospice Matt's on social media
daily spreading the word and the comedienne Miranda Hart
one of several celebrities From his wife, though,
the simplest Steve, if you are out there, we love
you. There is nothing we can't cope with. We just want to hear from you
and we want you home. Police have been
out on the river in boats but say without a positive sighting
there's little more they can do. For the family the search goes on -
and so too the waiting. A jury has heard how a 20-year-old
Warwickshire woman became the victim by a former boyfriend
and his partner. at a flat in
Stratford Upon Avon last year. Jack Williams and
Kayleigh Woods deny her murder. Joan Cummins
has been in court today. Joan, what have you heard
about Bethany today? We were told that Bethany was a
troubled girl. She'd dropped out of college, she used to self harm but
she was very much loved by her extended family in nearby Bedford on
Avon. The jury were told she'd had a very brief relationship with Jack
Williams but with tragic consequences, she'd then introduced
him to her transgender friend Kaylee Woods with whom she was hoping to
have a baby. The prosecution said that the relation between all three
was corrugated and often volatile. Did we learn more about the specific
circumstances leading up to her death? We were told that Kayleigh
made a call to a police last year saying that Bethany had committed
suicide however, a postmortem revealed that she'd been bound,
gagged and her jugular vein had been severed. The prosecution said that
this had been a killing motivated by perverted pleasure. He said that the
evidence needed to be considered calmly. The trial is expected to
last four weeks. A loaded gun has been found hidden
in a toilet roll holder Police removed the weapon
after it was discovered in the lavatories at House of Fraser
on Monday evening. The gun has been made safe
and is being forensically examined. Part of West Bromwich High Street
is still closed this evening after a major fire broke out
in a Caribbean restaurant. Firefighters used an hydraulic
platform to tackle the blaze Flats above the restaurant
were evacuated. Officers are continuing to
investigate the cause of the fire. It has been a very severe fire
affecting the whole of the ground floor and up into the flat above
and, also, the structure is unstable now so it's quite dangerous
for people to go inside, so we're getting structural advice to make
sure we can do that safely. the world's most punctual airport
in 2016 by air travel
intelligence company OAG. It found that more than 90%
of flights from the airport arrived Over the past ten years
Birmingham has invested ?350m to improve the airport
infrastructure and is working on a further one million pound
development project to improve A trauma surgeon at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is one of the founders
of CitizenAID, a new scheme designed
to offer advice and training in case they're caught up
in a terrorist attack. Professor Sir Keith Porter
says learning first aid skills, like how to deal
with severe bleeding could save lives
before the paramedics arrive. Sir Keith has spent the last few
years dealing with soldiers who've suffered terrible and traumatic
injuries in Afghanistan and Iraq and joins me now
in the studio, Sir Keith - We've created this simple system of
actions the public can perform should they be caught up in a
shooting, a bomb or similar incident. They can administer care
at the same time as remaining safe. Is it overly dramatic to prepare the
public for terror attacks? You only have to look at events of the last
few months that we are fortunate that the UK has not been involved. A
senior commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has said it is
not if but when. We are not alarming the public. When an incident
happens, people don't know what to do. This provides them with a system
so then they can go through a system of examination and treatment. What
kind of difference could this training make? We know from military
training, it's been responsible for saving many lives. And you've gained
the experience in this area from the work you have done at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. That's correct. Myself and partners
in the military know that this is an effective way. The most important
thing is controlling major external bleeding early on. In the first
instance, the emergency services aren't immediately going to be
present in a terrorist attack so we are riding on the public to help.
I'm absolutely confident that this will help people.
If you hit the sales in the past week,
then you probably got caught up in a big crowd.
And it's pretty frustrating when you end up separated
But what's the best way to find them again?
Well scientists at the University of Warwick have the answers.
Here's Science Correspondent David Gregory-Kumar with the results.
First we need to build somewhere to test this theory about crowds.
This German market in Birmingham will do nicely.
The big question is if A goes off to get beers
what's the best way for B to find him in the crowds?
To gain a good idea of which Chatterjee is best, I did it 100,000
times. -- which strategy. Well, at the University
of Warwick this statistician The best way to find them is to
actively seek them out and not wait around.
Nathan has run 100,000 simulations with lost virtual people
trying to find one another in a crowd.
So if the best method is for A and B to actively search for the other.
How much time could this method save you vesus searches where one
It depends on the size of the venue. At larger venues, it can be an extra
50% of the time, maybe at a weekend long festival that might be too much
time to spend. So if you lose your friends
in a crowd start searching You could find each other
in half the time it could take if one of you
stands still and waits. David Gregory-Kumar
BBC Midlands Today And you can read more
about the science behind Thanks for joining us
on Midlands Today, alarm at the decision
to reveal the identity of anonymous whistle blowers,
who gave evidence at Your detailed weather
forecast to come shortly - also in tonight's programme
- not for sale - former England striker Peter Crouch
after he scores twice in two games. And who once owned this flashy
Cadillacs fit for a president? It's been 100 years since
one of the Midlands most popular countryside spots
was donated to the National Trust. Kinver Edge on the Staffordshire
and Worcestershire border was given to the Trust
during the First World War. Now a songwriter who pens hits
for stars, including Cliff Richard and Nicole Kidman's husband -
singer Keith Urban, has written
a tune about Kinver Edge - recalling his happy childhood
memories. With neverending views, Kinver Edge
in South Staffordshire has been a place to escape and
enjoy for generations of families. The National Trust has been looking
after this place for one injured years now and a whole series of
events are planned to celebrate the centenary. -- for 100 years.
From his home studio on the outskirts of Kinver village
famous songwriter Chris Eaton has written On Kinver Edge -
Better known for writing the Christmas number one
Saviour's Day and a host of hits for the likes of Cliff Richard,
Chris divides his time between America and Kinver -
I've got fantastic memories of walking on the edge, it's always
meant a lot to me to have a sense of peace and find myself again, if you
like. It's a beautiful song. It paints a picture of the gift, really
that we've been given with Kinver Edge.
Carved into the sandstone, the rock houses
on Kinver Edge were occupied until the 1950s.
Outside Kidderminster, a woman and four children live in a cave...
Today the rock houses are a museum attraction,
but in days gone by the people living here would make the most
of tram loads of tourists who'd escaped the city smog for fresh air.
They were very entrepreneurial and they used to sell them tea, cake and
scones and even charge them to use the toilet.
Sue Wright's ancestors donated 200 acres of land to the National Trust
in the midst of the First World War 100 years ago.
The gift was from her wealthy grandfather Oliver Lee -
The handover referred to the fact that this was going to be a dream
long for the toiling masses of the people of the Black Country. It
sounds very paternalistic these days but it is something that everyone
can enjoy moving out of our cities. When it's released later this year
the song On Kinver Edge will raise money
to help the National Trust fund Time for some sport now
and in football transfer news Aston Villa have sold the striker
Rudy Gestede to Middlesbrough. The Premier League club
have paid around ?6m for the forward who scored ten goals
in 55 games for Villa. His replacement at Villa Park
could be another Boro striker Jordan Rhodes, who's been linked
with a move to the Midlands. Elsewhere, Stoke City have completed
the signing of the goalkeeper Lee Grant from Derby today
for just over a million pounds. But the Manager Mark Hughes says
striker Peter Crouch will not be
sold in the January transfer window. Perhaps not such a surprise
as the former England striker helped the Potters beat Watford last night
with his second goal in two games. On a cold night in the Potteries
the Stoke City fans were looking for a performance
to warm their bones and hearts. Five matches without a win, ten
goals conceded in the last three, above the relegation
zone before kick off. And for a while this looked
like another frustrating night Then with virtually the final kick
of the first half, Ryan Shawcross scoring
his first goal for the club in two years to lift
the spirits around the stadium. Charlie Adam had created that goal
and he was also the provider Peter Crouch had scored his first
league goal of the season at Chelsea in their New Year's Eve defeat
but this time his intervention would confirm a vital three points
and Crouch's continued worth His attributes and ability to affect
games hasn't changed. He's getting on in years, he's probably coming
towards the end of his career, he knows that. I haven't seen any
diminishing of his qualities at all. No doubt, he'd be coveted by other
teams who can see the qualities he as but he is very valued here so he
won't be going anywhere. Jonathan Walters
did have a late chance to make it three but this was a satisfying
enough night for Stoke and their fans as they moved up to eleventh
in the Premier League table. Now, he's spent a lifetime dedicated
to phenomenal fundraising feats, and Blind Dave Heeley is starting
2017 with yet another challenge. While many of us are thinking
about getting fit - Dave is preparing to take things up
a notch by taking He's starting in Edinburgh
on Saturday, he'll take part in the Great Birmingham Run
in October before finishing with the final race in Addis Ababa
in Ethopia in November. Laura May McMullan is with him this
evening, so Laura he got a big reception at West Brom on Saturday,
and it's going to be quite a year! Yes. What a year this is going to be
for Dave. I have to say, this is the first time I've actually seen you
sitting down. Usually, you are literally rolling off somewhere. In
fact, he's run an incredible 58,000 miles for charity. Last year, he
took part in the escape from outer Best Alcatraz triathlon in San
Francisco. The year before, he was running across the Sahara desert and
we can't forget his race in seven days across seven continents. How is
this going to compere? It's going to be fantastic. It's going to keep us
focused for the year. We kick off in Edinburgh on Saturday and we finish
in the Ethiopian. It's a combination of runs from five K all the way to
fun. There are 25 races in the series and the first is the
international Birmingham marathon in October. We will run a marathon in
the morning and a half marathon in the afternoon. Along with some
fantastic mates, will be trudging the streets across all of the
countries supporting the Albion foundation. We are really looking
forward to it but it's going to be hard work. I don't like to remind
you but you're going to be 60 this year. Any chance of slowing down? As
soon as Deb mentions painting the kitchen,. We've got some great ideas
and we are up for the and supporting a fantastic charity. If you've got
the New Year resolution to run and get fit, maybe you want to take a
leaf out of Dave's book. A bit much for me. Thanks very much.
It has a safe, a shredder, a fridge and a mini bar.
Not the interior of an office - but a car.
You'll have gathered this isn't an ordinary saloon -
it's a cadillac which was once owned by the President-elect Donald Trump.
It's now the prized possession of Craig Eyres,
a mechanic from Gloucester, who has restored it
Tracey Miller has been to take a look:
This is major billing, 80s style. Designed and made for one of the
world's most famous billionaires. Hi there. Hi, Donald. Thanks, Donald,
for the left. It's not Donald really. Your friend owns this car.
It was actually made for Donald Trump. It was made for him. There
were 52 of them. Two were made as prototypes and the rest were never
ordered. What's in here? It's got all the things you would have in a
mobile office. It's got a shredder, a safe, ... Besides the safe,
there's a TV and video recorder. A fridge for ice and a specially
designed drink dispenser, it will give you gin, vodka, whatever you
fancy from the bottles in the boot. The car was 30 years old and a wreck
when it was bored. We have got it together over the last nine years.
It wasn't bought for any other reason than he just liked the
Cadillac. It has more sentimental value to him than anything else.
It's an amazing piece. A little piece of history. That's the
telephone. Can I answer it? Hello. I think its the White House for you.
The limo is still a smooth run about its previous owner is now off to run
the United States. Tracey Miller, Gloucester. I feel the need shoulder
pads! Just before we get the forecast,
it's congratulations The 19-year-old has earned fourth
place on the BBC Sound of 2017 list, which showcases the best
new talent for the year ahead. Jorja
released her first track a year ago. But - she's not signed
to a label yet and still works If you're not a fan of the cold
weather, you'd better look away now. Shefali is here with news
of freezing temperatures. Today we had varying degrees of
cloud but the general trend was to clearing skies. That is a sign of
things to come. Much colder conditions to come in contrast with
today's very mild conditions. At Gloucester, 10 Celsius recorded.
This is the current situation. High pressure in charge for to light and
tomorrow. Colder air feeding in from the North. These fronts starting to
move in from the Atlantic bringing some heavy rain. Also, milder
conditions which will persist through the weekend. Mostly dry,
mild but cloudy. More cloud the further west you, brighter skies to
east. Perhaps the odd spot of rain. Tonight, the blue colours are
starting to invade across all of the region. A sharp frost as
temperatures plummet to about minus five Celsius across the south-west
of the region. In the Laurel areas, with a moderate breeze, you could
get down to minus eight Celsius. Very little moisture so there should
be mainly clear skies so we could see some icy stretches. Tomorrow
morning, we start on a frosty note. It's going to be dry and sunny.
Frost gradually starting to ease and disappear. Temperatures. All to
2-3 C. Frost forming very quickly. It's not going to be called. A front
approaching from the West introducing more cloud lifting
temperatures as we head into Friday morning. The rain arrives for Friday
afternoon. Joanne Malin will be
here with your late news at 10:30. as he explores Naples,
Venice and Florence. It's like we're walking through
a giant's armpit. We can follow the escape route
of Michelangelo. Mildred is our first student
from a non-witching family. 'I've got a good feeling
about this year.'