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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today.


Under severe pressure hospitals across the region struggling


to cope, with patients forced to wait hours in A


Hospitals in Dudley, Stoke-on-Trent and Walsall have been


Two men jailed for growing cannabis


with a potential street value of a million pounds


And after the coldest night of the winter so far,


things are beginning to warm a little as we approach the weekend


but not before another numbing night of sub-zero temperatures.


Pressure is mounting at hospitals across the Midlands as accident


and emergency staff struggle to cope with growing numbers of patients.


Ambulance crews say they're experiencing long delays getting


patients into casualty departments and hospitals in three areas


In Worcester the situation is improving, but problems persist


with stories of patients waiting in corridors for treatment.


From there, our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano reports.


This was done immediately. Ten in mind as emergency Department. This


morning on a high level of you. According to the ambulances are more


than 500 hours of delays as sweet vilification. Doctors orders in you.


Obviously we have more patience in losses and in a few minutes. We


expect this will have an effect over the next few weeks. The situation is


beginning to ease. But earlier this week the corridors were filled with


people. The BBC has learned of the death of the last. A man fled into


the corridor and size station. They terminally ill woman spent 35 hours


in a terminally ill woman spent 35,000, though, and one hanged


themselves on the board. There is nothing to live this directly with


pressures, they that admits they have been busy.


Some people are waiting a long time. We are sorry for that, but it's the


intense pressure that your lender. It's not just us, there are other


half of the fourth the 20 really vision. -- thereafter others across


the country. And Michele joins us now


from outside the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Michele,


what's the position there now? I've just checked the accident and


emergency department. They were for ambulances outside and I'm told


numbers inside are reducing. They haven't got to corridors full as


they had previously. This is still a concern. Two years ago an emergency


doctor was called in due to concerns of the and emergency department. The


Care Quality Commission put them in special measures 18 months ago due


to the inadequacies of the accident and emergency department. Before


Christmas Day was a health Summit of this department. They still haven't


managed to get it right. There is going to be a review across the


whole of Worcestershire of services. There is talk that they do need a


system wide way of dealing with this problem. So why is it we are


experiencing these precious right now is that well, we have an ageing


population which is causing travel. We are not getting more money to


deal with it. Over Christmas you get a perfect storm. You can't get


people treated elsewhere all get people into the system. This year it


has been with an normal. One doctor tweeted that he felt that


you were coming off NHS. A shire horse breeder and a former


landscape gardener have been jailed for their involvement


in a "sophisticated" and "commercial" cannabis factory


in barns at a farm in Staffordshire. The court heard how police


seized plants and packages of the drug worth hundreds


of thousands of pounds. A third man will be


sentenced at a later date. This is police footage


of what was described in court as a sophisticated and well


established commercial cannabis Detectives say it has


the potential to produce Stafford Crown Court heard how


police these plans and packages It was located here at Newchurch


near Burton upon Trent. Police say the cannabis factory


at this remote location had been It's believed plans


were afoot to expand Martin Young, on the right,


paid ?28,000 a year to rent the farm He was jailed for three


years and two months. Ian Locke, wearing a hat, was jailed


for two years and three months. The court heard how the former


landscape gardener from Newport in Shropshire has moved to the farm


shortly before police raided. The court heard that


Raymond Nicholls from Birmingham hasbeen diagnosed with cancer,


and will be sentenced later. All three men admitted cultivating


cannabis and possession The rural location enabled them


to work in a specific way. And to continue their business


without being overlooked by any other buildings,


or any other traffic, really. They have nursery rooms for plans,


and they also had preparation rooms that were specifically built


behind hay bales. The recorder, Michael Ellson,


said that although involved, Young, Locke and Nicholls were not


the overall directing minds behind The court heard that another man


is still wanted by police. A Birmingham Labour MP and former


Cabinet minister says the Education Secretary should


intervene to defend the anonymity of witnesses in the so-called


Trojan Horse Affair. Whistle blowers who gave evidence


to the inquiry into an alleged Islamic plot in schools


were told their names But now the Education Department's


considering releasing their identities to lawyers


representing teachers who're facing Our Political Editor


Patrick Burns is here. So, is the pressure


mounting on the Government? It's certainly mounting


on Justine Greening. The Education Secretary is accused


of "making a complete mess of this" by the Labour MP who represents two


of the five defendants facing It's nearly three years now since up


to 50 whistle blowers gave evidence to the inquiry into an alleged plot


to instil hardline Islamic influences in inner city


Birmingham schools. They were told their identities


would be protected. But now the department's lawyers


have written to them to say their names may after all be


disclosed to the I want the Education Secretary to


get on with this process which is descending into chaos. You've got


teachers accused of very serious offences, they leave Viacom also,


British justice. But we've got at 250 came forward on the proviso they


were guaranteed anonymity. -- at 250 came forward.


Liam Byrne tells me several witnesses are his constituents.


They've contacted him to tell him they fear for their own security


and they feel betrayed by the Government.


So the two big questions: what will this do for the "whistle


blowing culture" which we keep being told is to be encouraged.


And did the head of that inquiry, Peter Clarke, have full authority


to offer them anonymity in the first place?


It's not clear what Peter Clarke offered anonymity about. It was in


relation to the enquiry he was conduct. He says he offered that no


information would be shared. But it's not clear that he was in a


position to offer anonymity disciplinary proceedings taken


disciplinary proceedings taken against people.


The Department of Education say they're not putting


anyone up for interview, but they tell me it's


critical that the tribunals are conducted correctly.


But because these proceedings are in progress it would not be


As you may have heard in this news hour, the renowned campaigner


for the rights of victims of sexual violence, Jill Saward,


She waived her right to anonymity after she was raped


during a burglary at her father's vicarage in Ealing in London


in 1986, she was the first rape victim in the country ever


She'd been living in Staffordshire for many years and died in hospital


It is part of my past now, when I talk about the rape it


The victim of what became known asthe Ealing vicarage rape,


Jill Saward was just 21 when she was attacked by burglars


who broke into her father's vicarage in Ealing in West London.


The case was the focus of a massive media attention,


not least because the perpetrators of the rape received shorter


sentences than a man who was only convicted of burglary.


The judge told the court that her trauma had not been so great.


She and her father, who was also injured,


I didn't want them to destroy anything else.


So forgiveness gave me that liberation, that


Neither at the time, and as far as I've been able


to examine my sensations since, not once have I felt


In 1990 she waived her right to anonymity and co-wrote a book


She became a campaigner for the rights of victims of sexual


She regularly appeared in newspapers and television.


Recently she argued against a campaign to grant


anonymity to people accused of sexual offences.


I think it's important that the moment somebody


is questioned we are made aware of the name of that person.


So that it can encourage other people to come forward.


So many people have been convicted because other


The family announced her death with deep shock and sadness.


They said she dedicated the past 30 years of her life to helping others.


And tonight people have been paying tribute to Jill Saward.


The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said she was a heroic


and remarkable campaigner for the victims of rape,


and Jeremy Corbyn has said she was a courageous campaigner


for the rights of sexual assault survivors.


Her work led to crucial changes in the law and attitudes.


The Attorney General said it was only after her attack


and campaigning that the law changed to so that victims could challenge


JCB has won one of the biggest single orders in its 71-year history


a $142-million dollar deal to supply the United States Army


The Staffordshire digger maker will produce more than 1,600 rough


terrain forklifts for use around the world including loading


and unloading aircraft and shipping containers.


The family of a man badly injured in an attack in Birmingham two years


A Coventry charity which helps people with benefit difficulties


says it's expecting homelessness to increase as benefit


As many as 800 families in the city are set to loose


The government says these cuts are fair and necessary,


and will help encourage more people back into work.


She's already being sanctioned after being overpaid in benefits,


and with the new cuts will be ?136 pounds per month worse off.


Providing for her three children is becoming increasingly difficult.


I've put a fake smile on my face every day so they think


An estimated 800 families already struggling with those ?100 a week


from their income. Staff believe it will push some of them to the brink.


Families have been made homeless by the cat already. This will continue


to happen. They won't be able to pay for their food or fuel bills. They


But government says the new system is fairer and provides clear


incentives for claimants to find work.


It adds that the total benefits a family can now claim


is the equivalent of a ?25,000 per year salary.


But with few qualifications and children to raise alone,


Helen Portsmouth can see no way out of finding a decent job.


A constant black hole. With no end. No light at the end, should I say.


It's just everybody around me is forward.


The cuts are coming, and are being applied in stages.


In Coventry they begin on January 16th, in Birmingham on January 23rd.


The weather's been a major talking point in the last 24 hours,


bitterly cold, the coldest of the winter so far, I'm hearing.


And it's produced some magnificent pictures.


I was spoilt for choice today so it seemed a shame not to show a few


The sun and frost seem to have brought out the best


From the Manor born, this beautiful frosty morning scene


from Wolverhampton to the babbling brook and woods of Staffordshire


and the swans looking as cool and calm as ever cutting


through the ice at Kenilworth in Warwickshire.


We've got more lovely pictures to come in the forecast later,


but if you'd like to join the hoards of people already signed up


as weather watchers, we'd love your contribution.


All you need to do is got to bbc.co.uk/weatherwatchers


Thanks for joining us on Midlands Today, this is our top


story tonight: Hospitals across the region struggling to cope


with the number of patients, as they're forced to wait


Also in the programme this evening: Hardly ideal


weather for new born lambs, but no fewer than 11 have arrived


And how come heavy metal legend Tony Iommi's written a choral piece


Construction work on the National College for High Speed is gathering


pace, as you'd expect at a place with a name like that!


It's costing more than ?20 million to build and it's claimed to be


the first all new further education college in the UK since


the 1990s.The complex, in Birmingham, will take its first


students in September and our Transport Correspondent,


Peter Plisner has been given exclusive access.


It might look like just another building rising up from the ground,


but the new National College for High Speed Rail promises


to revolutionise training of the railway engineers


It's very much emulating what you would get in the


And this is the new colleges Chief Executive, Claire Mowbray,


she can't wait for the first students to arrive.


We're looking to train people aged 18 and over, we


are looking to engage with people in employment


within the rail sector, but also those people who are


leaving, maybe, college or school and they want to come into the rail


industry and start to get trained to go into employment.


And this is what the new college will look like when it's finished.


In Birmingham they'll specialise in management


and digital technology, while a second new centre


in Doncaster will deal with design and construction skills.


It is the first sector focused college that we've got.


brand-new start from scratch college since 1993.


There will be a cafe and a glass sided workshop.


There will be an atrium there with stairs up to


There'll be 3000 students studying here when it's


And with the first students arriving in September the new college


is certainly going up fast, construction work only started


in May and the man in charge says it's certainly a challenge.


This one is slightly more challenging than


others because it's been a quick start-up.


From conception to getting onto site.


While most students will eventually work on HS2, the new college


will also play a leading role providing civil engineers


A sheep farmer in Staffordshire's celebrating the arrival of 11 lambs,


despite the usual breeding season for ewes being in the spring.


It's thought two escaped rams in the summer are to blame


This little one is the result of a bit of early passion in the


You would normally have to wait until spring to see newborn


lambs, but at this farm in Staffordshire 11 have come a long


Well, we kept the tups away from the ewes.


We didn't want any accidents, they were two


field away, but nevertheless the tups got into the


surprise, at the end of November when there was a lamb in the field.


We thought, the tups would never have caught the news for the


short space of time they were in that field in July.


This lamb that Deborah is holding now is number seven of the 11, born


three days before Christmas Day, and a real cutie.


Lambs are normally timed to be born when the grass is


starting to grow, fortunately mild conditions mean there is some


grazing to be had, so the new offspring are let out


It's a beautiful day, we've got a lovely frosty morning.


And on top of that we've got a lambs running around, really happy.


It's nearly six weeks since the first lamb was born, Deborah


still can't get over the lengths the tups went to to reach the ewes.


They went from all the way over there, through there, through the


And ended up at that gate, then got to


Even though she loves the lambs, Deborah


This year the tups will be put a mile away from the ewes.


And we'll make sure there is no way they could


actually sent these ewes, or indeed, anybody else's ewes.


So clearly, any further misplaced passion won't get


Bob Hockenhull, BBC Midlands Today, Staffordshire.


One of the world's great rock superstars has written a track


Tony Iommi, guitarist with Black Sabbath, said he wanted


to 'give something back' to his home city.


Ben Sidwell's at the Cathedral, where the track was played


in public for the very first time this evening.


Ben, this is quite a different direction for Tony, isn't it?


You could say that. Gone are the guitars and hard-rock, replaced by


something tranquil and ecclesiastical. In a moment I'll be


speaking to the man himself, that phrase I've been finding out about


the track. He's the man who, along


with the rest of Black Sabbath, But Tony Iommi's latest


composition is very different. I've done stuff with instrumental


acoustics, but to do something like this, for Birmingham, to be involved


with the Dean and the choir, this whole thing, I've


really enjoyed it. The track How Good It Is,


has seen the formation of a very While Tony's written the music,


it's the Dean of Birmingham, the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle


who's composed the lyrics. Every cathedral loves to be in place


of gathering where people are To bring together


different sorts of music, different genres, and create


something beautiful and harmonious Especially written for


Birmingham Cathedral, this afternoon its composers got


to hear it in situ for The combination of the choir


and the music that Tony put To be able to listen to it,


especially in the situation as well. Well, you may be able to hear the


music playing in the cathedral. Let's speak to Birmingham's answer


to Lennon and McCartney. This is something you wanted to do for


Thurman, why was it so important is that I'm from Birmingham.


I think it's a great thing to be involved with. Certainly being


involved with Catherine and doing something with the choir.


It was very different for me. It's an unlikely partnership, how did you


get together? We matched mutual friend. We talked


about doing something then, didn't we? And that's what happened.


Let's speak to the Dean of Birmingham, the very Reverend


Katharine. For you this is a significant find photos of you. Tony


and Black Sabbath finished touring next month, you leave them on


Sunday. Yes, that this is a lovely project,


the culmination of so much work. The cathedral brings people together and


sometimes surprising people off altogether to make something


beautiful. We are proud of this project.


Will you will together again? Will you be on the new South album?


Who knows, this was a great project. -- Black Sabbath album. His song is


available so get on the Internet where you can find it.


I should think sales of scrapers and de-icers rocketed today!


But I'll say it till the cows come home,


your pictures today were Fab - u - lous!


From fields to tree lined roads and vistas of distant hills,


everything sparkling in frost and sun but the headline from last


night was the temperature, the coldest spot in the region


was pershore in Worcestershire with lows of -7.


The cold place in England was Benson in Oxfordshire at -8 making it


the coldest night of the winter so far for England but this is how


things progress as we head towards the weekend,


a bit of rain to get through tomorrow but it opens up


the way to much milder conditions and drier ones too as


You can't ask fairer than that, could be a bit cloudy but a small


price to pay for saving on the heating bill.


A widespread frost as temperatures plummet. -12 -4000 fifth still very


cold. Cloud edge in from the west. It will be a frosty start tomorrow


and cold as well. Gradually the cloud invades from the West and


takes over, removing the sunshine. Like patchy rain in the afternoon.


It could be heavier in places. You can see very little of it around.


Milder tomorrow with Pfizer five to six ounces 50 today's as we look


further ahead, that rain clears stewards into Saturday followed by


lots of love the arts'. I'll be back at 10:30


with your late update. We're looking for someone


who can sing, someone who can move. Someone who can keep an audience


on the edge of their seat. Something like this


could change my life. When you're born to perform,


Let It Shine... Magical new drama...


The Worst Witch. Shall we? Absolutely.


..DI Goodman... It's been lovely, our little holiday


romance. ..is back on the case.