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Controversy after a man disrupts Morris dancers with painted faces,
Even in the 21st-century, can't we all dance together?
Can't we all get on together and respect everybody's traditions?
An ancient tradition that needs explaining,
An inquest finds a 10-year-old boy from Hereford hung
200 rare posters from the Golden Age of cinema -
up for auction right here in the Midlands.
So close, and yet so far - Non-league Stourbridge head out
of the FA-Cup after defeat to Wycombe Wanderers
Proud of the way the boys played, and, as you have seen,
And it's a week of two halves - mild to begin with but cold
and windy from midweek onwards, bringing the chance of some snow,
I'll have full details in the forecast later.
A group of Morris dancers were forced to abandon a performance
in the centre of Birmingham this weekend after being
Several of the troop from Worcestershire,
had blackened their faces, in line with some Morris dancing traditions.
But a number of onlookers took exception and disrupted the dance.
One posted a video on the internet, but the Morris dancers say
the practise dates back centuries, and is not linked to race.
It was supposed to be thoroughly Haydn Leiva and dust dose Tesche
traditional Morris dance to entertain shoppers and celebrate the
start of the agricultural year. Is this not racist?
No, it's not. That was the idea, anyway. But at
the Birmingham Bullring, a young, dark skinned man interrupted the
group. Some of them had blackened their faces. He angrily and
repeatedly called them racist. This is a form of racism.
According to one account, hats were not from heads, and abuse was
Harold. Do not think you will not hurt
someone's feelings! The dancers received such abuse,
they decided to abandon their performance. I have spoken to the
treasurer of the group, they are still deciding whether to comment
publicly. I'm told one of the members were so upset by the
experience coming he considered reporting it to the police. At the
Bullring today, it is not hard to find others who agreed with the
racism claim. Never seen a Morris dancers were
black face before. And why now? I would think, if ice other now, why
now? That is racist. It's nonsense. They're just having
fun. It's our tradition. If people
bothered to look into why they've got their faces blacked up, it's
nothing to do with race. We're model control society, we don't do that.
It's not something that should have have done, and I don't know who gave
them license to do that in a cosmopolitan city like Birmingham.
Shropshire-based Mike Rust has been a Morris dancer for nearly 30 years.
He says the practice of backing up data on the 17th century, when they
dance was banned, and the dancers sought to hide their identities.
It come from the rural parts of the Midlands, Herefordshire, Shropshire
and a bit of Worcester. Multicultural Birmingham seems to be
in a little dome of itself, and what happens there is separate what
happens out here. We have been unable to contact the
young man who confronted the dancers. The police say they are
aware of the incident and are reviewing information research, but
have not started a formal investigation.
The Health Secretary says he's more concerned
about the Worcestershire Royal, than any other hospital
Jeremy Hunt's comments come after the deaths of two patients,
who were waiting in corridors in A and another who was found dead
Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon,
the Health Secretary said the problem of patients waiting
on trolleys was mainly down to two West Midlands hospitals.
The most recent statistics show that nearly three quarters of trolley
In Worcestershire in particular, there have been a number
of unacceptably long trolley waits, and in the media, two reported
We're also aware of ongoing problems in north Midlands,
with extremely high numbers of 12-hour trolley waits.
In response, the Shadow Health Secretary, Jonathan Ashworth,
asked Mr Hunt if the Government would take action over the deaths.
One of the most upsetting reports to come out of hospitals last week
was the death of two patients at Worcestershire Royal who had
Can I ask the Secretary of State if he will commit to personally lead
Well, in our Westminster studio is the MP for Redditch,
Karen Lumley, who earlier this afternoon held an urgent meeting
with the Health Secretary to talk about the problems
at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
First of all, where you happy with what Mr Hunt had to say?
We talked about the situation that has been ongoing in both the
Worcester royal and Alexandra Hospital over the last few weeks.
And what the Health Secretary could do to alleviate some of those
problems. More importantly, what he could do to make sure this doesn't
happen again. I'm very keen that we put a bit in the expanded capacity
at both hospitals. I want him to look at that bid very seriously. I
was in that debate this afternoon, and I specifically asked him about
that. He said he would lick sympathetically on that bid.
With the idea of expansion in mind at the moment is, the Alex in
Redditch is looking at having its A downgraded, is this not an
opportunity to say to the Health Secretary, we need that A
apartment? We have a department...
It's being downgraded? 85 % of people can go to that A I
was there talking to the staff, making sure they were OK. We owe
those staff a great deal of our gratitude. In that debate this
afternoon, there was over 100 members of Parliament, across the
country, who have stories to tell that -
not as bad as ours - but tale of difficult times ahead.
Staffer under very huge pressure, did he give you any assurances about
additional staff, support, more funding?
There were assurances that they are putting additional support in now.
They are also opening another ward to alleviate some of these problems.
As I said to you, in the short term, that is what is needed. In the
longer term, we need to make sure that this doesn't happen again next
year, and that we have these plans in place that make sure our
hospitals are equipped to deliver what we should be delivering for our
residents. I don't want to have to be looking at that again. My
condolences go out to those families today who have lost relatives.
Thank you very much. In a statement, the trust told us as they are
currently holding internal reviews into all three of those deaths, and
how they are completed, they cannot comment borough. They say they are
working hard to reduce the times that patients are waiting on
trolleys, but they accept that some are waiting longer than the like,
and they apologise for that. A coroner has recorded
a verdict of accidental death after a 10-year-old boy
from Hereford was found hanged It had been suggested that
Alfie Hyett had been taking part But the police told today's
inquest they could find no Alfie Hyett, described
by his teacher at today's inquest as a very
happy ten-year-old. Yet, last March his mother Louise
found him hanged by a school scarf on his
bedroom door handle. He could not be revived
and was pronounced dead at hospital. This is Alfie's room,
as you can tell, very, very tidy. In the summer, Alfie's mum
Louise told Midlands Today she was convinced her son had been
taking part in a web craze, a so-called choking game -
starving the brain of oxygen cause Detective Sergeant Mark
Jinks from West Mercia Police told the inquest that he had
investigated suggestions that Alfie might have been taking part in some
sort of choking game when he died. The youngster's Xbox and laptop
were examined but there was no evidence to suggest he had been
researching the game. Several classmates were
also interviewed but there was no suggestion
that the choking game had been a talking point before
Alfie's death. Alfie's family did not
want to talk to camera convinced her son
was playing a game. The coroner said he was satisfied
Alfie had tied the scarf around his neck but not satisfied
he intended to take his life. Recording of verdict of accidental
death, he said he believed this was an accident of childish
curiosity or experimentation. Two people died in a burning car
after a crash that shut part of the M6 in Warwickshire
in the early hours of this morning. Their vehicle hit a barrier
on the motorway near Corley Services A man and a woman were
confirmed dead at the scene. The road was closed for several
hours causing lengthy hold-ups on many surrounding roads
during the morning rush hour. Rail passengers in Gloucestershire
faced long delays today after a boulder fell onto a railway
line during a landslip. The mass of rock tumbled
onto the line near Chalford. Engineers have spent the day
breaking it up into smaller pieces, but Network Rail says the line may
not reopen before the morning. This is an area of known
disturbance, and we have had some minor falls from time to time,
which is why netting is there, to help the cutting
wall stay in place. It was not designed
to cope with anything of the size that we saw fall
onto the track today. So that's one of the questions
were going to have to ask ourselves about the geological knowledge
we have that particular cutting - do we urgently need to update that
and put some resilient The Reverend Georgina Byrne,
a Canon at Worcester Cathedral, has been appointed to serve
as a chaplain to the Queen. She'll become one of just 34 members
of the clergy to take up Chaplains to the Queen preach
occasionally in the Chapel Royal A planned trial using a former
London Underground train, to run between Nuneaton
and Coventry, has been scrapped. It follows a fire on board
the Vivarail two weeks ago. The train was to have
stopped at the Ricoh Arena Our transport correspondent
Peter Plisner is at Coventry Peter, how much of blow
is this decision? The biggest blow is for passengers,
because this train was due to relieve overcrowding on that line.
This is the trainer currently runs on it, pretty noisy as well. There
is a national shortage in the UK of diesel trains at the moment. It's a
blow to Vivarail, the Warwickshire-based company. Their
test train caught fire on December 30. They had been due to start a
trial in February. A partnership of councils, including the West
Midlands Combined Authority and London Midland have effectively
pulled the plug. With me from London Midland is Francis Thomas, why have
they made that decision? Vivarail tell as their programme
goes back three months, that means we do not have time to run the
programme before the change of franchise in the summer.
Regrettably, we have had to stop the programme now.
How much difference with the strains have made?
There is a national shortage of diesel trains. Nobody else is
building them. We are seeing demand growing all the time for trains in
the West Midlands. On this line, we only have one carriage per hour on a
route that has seen two new stations open in the last 18 months.
My kind you find any other diesel trains?
Every train company in the country is playing the same game, chasing
those diesel trains as they become available. We're already looking for
one to run from here to Leamington, there is big demand for diesel
trains, and affords a no-one is making them. So they class 230 could
be the solution in the future. Vivarail told us night they are
investigating the cause of the fire, but their London Underground trains
are still being converted. Thanks for joining us
on Midlands Today, this Controversy after a troop of Morris
dancers with painted faces Your detailed weather
forecast to come shortly. Ashley Giles back at Edgbaston,
but this time it's not Don't get mad, get even -
The mystery woman from Warwick who paid for posters to get back
at her cheating partner. A rare collection of more
than 200 classic Hollywood film posters is being auctioned
in the the Midlands this week. The collection, which is expected
to raise thousands of pounds, was amassed by a man from Dudley
when he worked in RAF Cinema. The 1950s and 60s were
a golden age in cinema. Promotional posters
capturing the classics. Now, more than 200 collected
by Dudley man Brian O'Connor Brian was in the RAF,
and worked in their cinemas, saving each poster from the skip
and consolidating a shildhood Saturday morning
pictures, loved them. I have his pass from
when he was small. And his love continued
right until he died. The auction's being held
in Dudley on Friday, and they could fetch up to tens
of thousands with this War Of The World poster thought
to be the most valuable. We saw one sell in America, a film
poster for The War Of The Worlds, This particular film
poster, this British one, Not only are there posters
about the classics, but also some of the B-movies,
like here The Blob, this film was about a huge lump of slime
they kept growing and engulfing neighbourhoods
somewhere in the states. In fact, you could say
it was so bad it was good. And, to be honest, if I think
about it too much, I want to cry. Brian's family now live in Kent,
but they're keeping his four most favoured posters,
along with hundreds of photos It's time for the sport, and Dan is
here. It was a case of close but not quite. Rich?
Yes, if only Tom Tonks' late strike hadn't bounced off the crossbar,
then Stourbridge could have been looking forward to a replay,
and a place in tonight's fourth round draw.
Instead, they bowed out of the FA Cup with their heads held high.
More than 2000 fans made the trip from the Black Country,
and Ian Winter travelled with the Stourbridge team to Wycombe.
They've never made a journey like this since the club
They were determined to enjoy every minute.
Overnight stay in a four-star hotel, a luxury coach, and a moment
of quiet reflection on their way to the biggest game of their lives.
Clearly, this Stourbridge lads weren't suffering
We know it's going to be very tough, we know it'll be one of the shocks
But we have prepared as well as we can.
As I say, if we get beat by a better side on the day, so be it.
Just before we get there, I want to wish all the lads good luck!
It's 40 years now since a team from the Northern Premier League
last reached the fourth round of the FA Cup,
so now is the moment for Stourbridge to make FA Cup history.
And waiting for them outside the Wycombe ground,
Lucky hats, silly suits, and optimistic betting slips.
More than 2000 had made the trip from the Black Country.
# We are Stourbridge, we are Stourbridge!#
Stourbridge fell behind soon after the break,
Dan Scarr, man of the match, levelled the score at 1-1,
It might even had been a victory, if only Tom Tonks' effort had
But seven minutes from time, the unmistakable figure of Akinfenwa
popped in the winner to break Stourbridge hearts.
I am so disappointed that it's ended in the way it has.
But as I said, I'm proud of the way the boys played.
And as you have seen, the support today was breathtaking.
Very fine margins in football, and unfortunately, we've lost
Well done, Gary, you've done the Black Country proud.
It's certainly been an FA Cup journey the Glass Boys
Such a shame for a stammer rage. But not a great weekend for any of our
teams? A great result for will steam from the championship, they beat
Stoke City 2-0. The only other team from her area still involved in the
FA Cup is Birmingham city, they drew 1-1, Lukas Jutkiewicz with the
equaliser. We have another cup draw taking
place today? The women's FA Cup draw took place
at Perry Barr, two pupils did the draw, Sana Kazi and Leya Hussain.
Aston Villa, commentary are all at home in round three.
In rugby, Wasps at the top, but oh, Wester!
Almost 28,000 people at the Ricoh Arena, they are now three points
clear at the top of the Premiership. On Saturday, Gloucester beat
Worcester, they scored seven tries, there are now eight, Worcester are
bottom but one. Cricket and Ashley Giles
says his new role at Warwickshire means he's taking a step back
from frontline coaching. Giles has won the County
Championship as both But he says that Jim Troughton will
be in charge of the first team. Ashley Giles has spent almost all
of his working life at Edgbaston, but he stressed this time
he is in a new role, The Academy, sports
science, recruitment. It's a lot of areas that
I have really not had It keeps me more in a suit than
a tracksuit for most of the year. A very different role,
but one I'm looking forward to. The team were back in training today
for the first time since Christmas, and now the direct
responsibility of Jim Troughton, It's going to be an organic process
in the first couple of weeks, we need to figure out whose
responsibilities are where. But I'm focusing on the cricket,
making sure I get in that indoor school and get the guys as prepared
as possible for our For Giles, this
is a real homecoming. He spent 14 seasons as a first-class
cricketer at Warwickshire, He was lured away by England before
a two-year spell at Lancashire, and the 43-year-old says a big
plus about the new job will be living at home
with his family in Worcestershire. That was a crucial
part of the decision. I was spending too many
days in a hotel room. It's an important time
in my children's development, none of us are getting any younger,
and before I know it, But he's been hired
to bring success. The Bears last won the County
Championship in 2012, with Giles as coach
and Troughton as captain. The pair are now reunited,
and they'll be hoping for Feels a long way away from sunshine
and champagne today. Certainly does at the moment!
If you live in Warwickshire then you may have spotted some of these
They were apparently paid for by a woman
revenge against her cheating partner "Graham".
Well, mystery continues to surround the identity of the couple,
with some claiming it could be a publicity stunt.
It was a simple but powerful sign - is scorned woman trying to publicly
shame her ex-by advertising his alleged in fidelity on lamp posts.
Around 50 of the signs appeared in Warwick, and have the town talking.
I think she feels humiliated by Graham, so she has he related him. I
don't think it's revenge. It's very boldly.
Do you think it is my it mean? No.
Yes. She's properly hanging him out to
dry. If he has been paying away from
home, he has only himself to blame. I think Linda should come in and
have a chat and a copy about Graham! With the images going viral on
social media, the poster company are refusing to comments, but had told
friends that Linda is a genuine customer, and this is not a PR
stunt. But hasn't it gone too far? Just be very careful what you say, I
don't think Linda made for it to be shared in America and be on the BBC,
but it's out there now for everyone to see. It's and anti-love story,
but it is so intriguing, who is she, why has he done this? Can we help
out? I think it's great. Through this entries, Warwick Castle
has seen a few acts of revenge, and this is nothing new to this town. On
the 14th century, prisoners will be held in a cell where sewage would be
poured upon them, and they would be left to die. Today, there's no sign
of grain here. The identities of both Graham and Linda remain a
mystery, although this bar owner claims he knows Linda's true
identity, and has even offered her a bottle of champagne.
All I know is who Linda is, I am not quick to say any more. If she wants
to lay low, I'm not going to change that.
There could be a final twist in this sad love story, flyposting is
illegal, and guilty parties could be fined.
Oh, Graham! There are rumours of snow, search Farley is here to give
us the forecast. Our cameraman, Joe, over there has confirmed some big
fat flakes of snow at Edgbaston earlier today. There could be more
substantial snow later this week, but lets concentrate on the
miserable conditions today. But this picture looks quite nice. We should
title this, And Then The Heavens Opened. This was the reality of this
situation once the rain got going, it was miserable, very wet. Just
three hours ago, this was the situation across Staffordshire,
things drying up with some breaks in the cloud. This is how the rest of
the week is shaping up. At the moment, it has been wet and cloudy,
by the time we get to midweek, the colder hair and windier conditions
start to move in. Those will be with us right until the end of the week.
At this stage, for the Midlands, just wintry showers, nothing to
substantial. This is what is bringing in the colder air, and
northwesterly breeze from the Arctic, that is what's going to
cover the entire country. That is going to bring in some substantial
snow to parts of the north of the country, Wales as well, and also the
East Midlands. That's weather warnings are. For us, it looks like
we have no snow at all for most areas, certainly at lower levels.
Actor this evening, write out there as a result of the rain earlier.
That is clearing to the southeast, and we're left with a few showery at
pix of rain, some drizzle and rain towards the north and north west. A
lot of that give Mr averages above freezing, Aranda four Celsius.
Tomorrow will be cloudy to begin with. Miles of tomorrow.
Mild! That was the Panorama investigates
the deadly terrorist attack and should British tourists
have been warned about the risks? but it's not always
the right thing for one person. we've run at almost
completely 100% capacity. We've got lots of patients
now competing. There's no beds. I do the right thing
all the time in this job, but it's not always
the right thing for one person. I do the right thing
for the hospital. Sometimes I stop
things happening, yeah.