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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:
"We thought we would die' - the Staffordshire holidaymaker
who hid from the gunmen during the Tunisian massacre.
It was horrific, it really was. I had never felt fear like it in my
life. The inquests into the deaths,
including three generations of a family from the black
country, opened today. Meet the rail pastors touring the
rail network to help distressed, the depressed and the suicidal.
Emergency delivery, the baby girl born in the back of a police car.
like, we might get some proper like, we might get some proper
assistance! She made it back with us.
And if there's one picture that sums up this week, it's this.
A generally mild and murky start with colder air slowly seeping
"We thought we would die" - the words
of a Staffordshire holidaymaker, who survived the Tunisia massacre
Alison Caine, from Wheaton Aston, hid for three and half hours
with her husband Baron in their hotel room,
Along the corridor and outside gunmen were on the rampage -
killing 38 people, 30 of them British tourists.
As the inquests into their deaths begin, Alison has described
the sheer panic she felt on that day, and her doubts
anyone will truly be held accountable for what happened.
She's been speaking to our reporter Ben Godfrey.
We started hearing screams. People were running. Barron said, just run
as fast as you can and get to the room. The gunfire was very rapid,
there were grenades going off. It was like a complete war zone.
Alison and Baron Caine were just four days into their summer holiday.
Their instincts to barricade themselves inside their room
at the Imperial Hotel probably saved their lives.
We had a knock on the door, a manually Tunisia next and said he
had our room key. At that point we looked at each other and we just
thought, this is it. We're going to die.
Outside the hotel, Sayfedeen Rezgee pulled
a Kalashnikov from a parasol he'd been carrying and killed 38 people.
So-called Islamic State claimed responsibilty.
It took the authorities roughly 40 minutes to get to us.
Among the dead - Joel Richards, his uncle Adrian Evans and grandad
Patrick Evans from Wednesbury, along with Sue Davey from Tamworth.
Previous years, they have been four guards on the front gate. There was
one sting on the back gate to the beach, that year, there was one
guard on the front gate and no other gods.
The inquests will look at what, if anything, the UK government
and travel companies knew about the risk of an attack
Three months earlier 22 people were killed in an attack
on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis.
When you were heading out there on this holiday, were you given any
was out there? No, we had called Tom was out there? No, we had called Tom
's on several occasions were reassured that everything was safe.
Thomson's parent company TUI has told the BBC it's:
18 months on, Alison is still receiving counselling.
I have never felt fear like it in my life and I never want to again. I
think that's one of the problems, trying to move on from this, you are
frightened you are going to be in that situation again.
The Imperial Hotel is now closed - the beach deserted.
Alison says she's not confident the inquests will provide
And Ben joins me now, the inquests got underway in London today,
but this will be quite a long process?
It is seven weeks, the tone was said this morning when we had a minutes
silence in court for the 30 victims. You could hear a pin drop, I was
told. Room was packed, live video feeds were coming to court, for
those who couldn't make it, the coroner will hear from officials
from the Foreign Office and the parent company which sold many of
these holidays. Did they get the advice right, is the question. What
a day here today? The most galling thing for the families was that the
Tunisian enforcement unit deliberately delayed their arrival
as the gunman was gunning down the holiday-makers. The QC said they had
the opportunity to put an end to the attack but were wasting their
The gunman was shot dead three The gunman was shot dead three
kilometres after he was dropped off, because there was a digital
reconstruction of his movements. Horrific detail, where the bodies
were found to stop Joe Richards, the youngest British picked him, 19
years old, was found near his grandfather in an indoor swimming
pool. This is hugely distressing for the families. The youngest son of
victims to debut tweeted, words cannot sum up our day watching this
awful case unfold. -- victim Sue Davie.
A BBC investigation has found that medicines -
prescribed to NHS patients - are being sold on the black market
Anti-depressants and expensive arthritis injections were among
the drugs sold to a BBC undercover reporter- by patients
I am at Corley services on the M6 near Coventry waiting to do a drugs
deal with a difference. The man I have arranged to meet is selling an
expensive prescription only medicine, prescribed to him and paid
for by the NHS. It is used to for by the NHS. It is used to
prescribe arthritis. He has prescribed a box every four weeks
which costs the NHS almost ?10,000 a year. But what he doesn't use, he
sells on. And he's not alone. This man sells
his NHS prescription drugs from his kitchen.
He is selling a perception only treatment for impotence. --
prescription only. He says he no longer uses the drug but still
receives repeat productions. He says he receives four boxes a
the NHS around ?500. It is illegal the NHS around ?500. It is illegal
to sell on construction only medicines but plenty of patients are
doing just that. These are just a few of the perception that have
purchased, everything from prescription toothpaste to
antidepressants and high end drugs, prescribed in good faith by the NHS
to patients who are illegally selling them on. Patients like the
man selling the impotence drug. It told me he knows what he's doing is
wrong but his customers are patients too embarrassed to see their own
doctor. As for the motorway Menkov I have arranged to buy more drugs but
this time I'm not bringing cash, just cameras.
I'm a reporter for the BBC, trying to find out why you are selling NHS
prescriptions? Why you doing that? So no response. But moments later he
gives me a call. So you won't be selling
prescriptions anymore? We may have closed the door on one.
But it is clear he is not the only patient trading on NHS
prescriptions. And you can see that
investigation in full, including how the drugs
are being traded on Ebay, on the new series of Inside Out -
which starts tonight at 7:30 Ebay says it stops sales
of prescription medicines when it's alerted and works
closely with the Medicines regulatory authority,
who've warned sellers A teenager has admitted
he threw one of two stones, which smashed through the window
of a Birmingham taxi, leaving an elderly passenger
unconscious with a fractured skull. The 17 year old boy
said he was drunk - and one of a group of youths
targetting taxis He and three other youths aged 15
and 16 were all found guilty of taking part in the stone attack
which injured the 77 year old - A warning, you may find
some of the images of Anthony Bartram is outside
Birmingham youth court, A group of teenage boys had been
gathering in an alleyway off the Bristol Road in Edgbaston that night
on mate with the fifth last year. on mate with the fifth last year.
Four of them had been on trial today at the youth court aged between 17,
couple of 16-year-old and a 15-year-old. They have been
targeting taxis, throwing stones at them, what you're about to see is
both dramatic and shocking, it's the moment that two stones came smashing
through a black cab and hitting a 77-year-old woman passenger. Are you
all right? Are you OK, folks? Hang on, hang on. Hang on, hang on.
That lady has asked us not to name her although she agreed with the
data driver Association to release that CCTV footage to us at the time.
You see she was unconscious for a few seconds and then came round. The
taxi driver got straight to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she
was treated for multiple fractures to her skull, and quite severe
injuries. Only one boy admitted throwing stones but there were four
defendants, what was said about? The oldest, the 17-year-old said he had
thrown to stones at taxis but said thrown to stones at taxis but said
he was too drunk on vodka to remember any of the details. The
others denied even being there but we heard from two witnesses who
picked out all of those boys at a police identity parade. They came to
court today behind a curtain and stuck to their story, and in the
edge the judge found them all guilty of wounding charges and the damage
to the taxi, something that has come as a great relief to the taxi
drivers Association this evening. It could have caused death, it was that
serious, that close, but like I serious, that close, but like
said, injuries to heal but it's the said, injuries to heal but it's the
mental torture after, to have that confidence began to go in a cab,
will that happen again? When we posted the image, our message was
simple, what if this was your relative, how would you feel?
Victim-macro is with the taxi drivers Association, this could
easily have been a murder investigation. -- the victim agrees.
All four defendants will be sentenced in a week.
Paramedics were called to Draycott just before one o'clock this
afternoon. Two women and two men were taken to the Queens Hospital in
Burton, another woman and man were taken to the Royal Derby hospital.
Around 300 people joined a protest against cuts
to disability services, proposed by Birmingham city council.
The authority's looking to make total savings of ?76 million
But campaigners say some of the city's most vulnerable
citizens stand to lose out, including people with mental health
We have to make sure that the most vulnerable people have their service
is protected. If we're going to be a chemical inclusive city, supporting
the Prime Minister's objective a shared society, these services are
library, we don't clean the streets, library, we don't clean the streets,
the cuts that are being asked of the council just cannot be met. Without
us looking at some of the other us looking at some of the other
areas of our budgets. An investigation has begun
after footage emerged of a fox being killed by a pack of hounds,
in North Warwickshire. A warning you may find some
of the pictures distressing. In the video, taken
on Saturday by the group West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs,
a fox can be seen chased It shows members of the Atherstone
Hunt on horseback and their dogs, who cornered the animal
on a private driveway. Police say they're
reviewing the footage Volunteers have launched
a project aimed at protecting vulnerable and suicidal people
on the train network. So-called "rail pastors"
will accompany police, Last year, officers
in the West Midlands were called to 460 incidents near railways,
which involved mental health problems - and dealt
with 21 suspected suicides. Giles Latcham is at
Stourbridge Junction now. A kind of Samaritans
on rails then, Giles? Not a bad way of describing it. You
probably have heard of street pastors, who the city and town
centres late at night helping those who perhaps have become detached
from their friends are never had too much to drink. There are 18 of them
who have been trained up as rail who have been trained up as rail
pastors now, they are touring the Midlands rail networks. Alison, why
a special service on the rail, who are you trying to help? British
transport please asked the street pastors to try and help out because
they're getting a lot more suicides on the railways which is a terrible
thing. There are rail pastors down south and in 27 patrols they have
managed to talk to three people and prevent them from taking their own
lives, which if you are asked to do that, why wouldn't you? Indeed.
Happily, last year no one along this line lost their lives, but there
work called, which might have led to work called, which might have led to
Birmingham, I asked commuters would Birmingham, I asked commuters would
they thought of this idea. If they want to help people out and talk to
people, then I think it's a good idea. I think it's a really idea
because a lot of people are depressed and if somebody is there
to talk to them, it's really nice. When they see police, its scary
feelings but with these people, they will feel more comfortable to talk
to them so it's a good idea. This pick-up on the point about the
police, you're not wearing a uniform, you are not the police,
does that make a difference? Police can be frightening to people, we
don't have that threat, we are just there to give the love of God to the
people we meet. The police are here tonight, they reckon they intervene
and save lives on 80 occasions last year, rail pastors hope to spread
the safety net wider. A third of bus lanes are being
scrapped in Coventry from today, The city is the first
in the Midlands to open up The council also believes it
will reduce pollution But not everyone is happy with
the trial as Bob Hockenhull reports. They were introduced to speed up bus
journeys and encourage more use But from today Coventry is removing
a third of its 22 bus lanes In country we have a 20% increase in
traffic congestion in 15 years. -- in Coventry. We need to find new and
innovative ways of keeping traffic flowing and improving air quality.
For bus operators it'll mean an end to many exclusive 24
hour lanes shared only with cycles and taxis.
That could make it more difficult to stick to the timetable.
We can lose out because of delays the service, it can be a negative
that we lose passengers, and the council commits their scheme, which
we will work with and give any issues and concerns we race to them.
Signs will be put up informing drivers
No sign means "the bus lane is still active".
Most motorists we spoke to welcomed the extra road space.
Everybody is stuck in non-moving traffic for ages and it would be
better. It would be fast and easy to better. It would be fast and
go to work. I think it's important go to work. I think it's important
that it's kept, it keeps public transport moving and stops the
gridlock. And taxi drivers are worried free
moving lanes they too could use We have to get passengers were ever
they want to go to in time so if you are stuck in congestion and traffic
it will make a lot of difference. But if this experiment works,
all bus lanes in the city could be Turning the sport now. Football
clubs around the country paid tribute to Graham Taylor at the
weekend, very moving. Yes, emotional tributes to a man
who was universally liked and made such a huge contribution to football
in the West Midlands. How fitting it was that the two
teams he managed in this region faced each other
in the Championship this weekend. Before kick off, an emotional
atmosphere as fans of Wolves and Aston Villa joined as one to pay
tribute to their former And from the moment
the first whistle blew, it was resurgent Wolves
who dominated this Midlands derby. Joe Mason put them in front
early on and Villa rarely Gianfranco Zola is still looking
for his first win as Birmingham manager after a tame goalless draw
with Nottingham Forest. They all look safely mid-table
but Burton Albion have real relegation worries,
just a point above the bottom three after losing at home to Wigan
who are still below them. Marko Arnautovic has found goals
tough to come by for Stoke this season but on Saturday
he doubled his total The first was tenacious,
the second stylish as they raced Peter Crouch then proved his
continued renaissance Tony Pulis turns 59 today
but there was no early birthday I have had the time on the bench to
reflect where things are going, I've got a new lease of life because I am
playing again and loving every minute of it. Hopefully I've
justified my selection. Tony Pulis turns 59 today
but there was no early birthday present for the Albion head coach
as they were hammered 4-0 at Premier League title
contenders Tottenham. Walsall are more than 20 points
behind the league one leaders Sheffield United but they've now
beaten them three times this season. This was the most stunning
victory, scoring four times Shrewsbury Town also
enjoyed a surprise win, Freddie Ladapo scoring on his home
debut as they beat playoff But Coventry City are rock bottom
of the table after falling to a late Cheltenham Town are
out of the League Two They moved to within a point
of fellow strugglers Accrington They should have been a warning
about the dodgy defending from West Brom! But they are looking to add to
their midfield? They have made a ?2 million bid for Jake Livermore from
Hull City. -- ?10 million. Lots going on besides the football
starting with last minute drama They were trailing Toulouse
14-10 in the last minute when they earned a penalty just
yards from the Toulouse try-line. And quick thinking from scrum-half
Dan Robson won the day. A tap penalty and he dived over
to give Wasps a crucial win If they beat Zebre next week -
which they should - Not quite at that stage
in the Australian Open tennis - but a first round victory
for Birmingham's Dan Evans. It's the first time he's
reached the second round. He beat Facundo Bagnis
of Argentina in straight sets. Last week he reached his
first ATP Tour Final Evans is now ranked 51 in the world
and feels like he now It's got to feel accepted a bit more
in these tournaments, last week helps, and to come out today and get
a good straight sets victory, is always good for me, obviously.
This weekend in Blackpool he became the WWE's
Nice shorts, I am being told! Maybe he can buy a bigger pair of shorts
after that victory! A couple whose baby was born
in the back of a police car, have been reunited with the officers
who came to their aid. Emily McBride was in labour
on her way to hospital when they hit Jennifer Meierhans went to find out
how police officers helped make Baby Darcey is oblivious of her
dramatic arrival into the world - Mum Emily McBride was in
labour when snow caused gridlock in Staffordshire -
and her partner Thomas I remember my waters
breaking as I was getting into the car and then I just
remember screaming saying she's coming, she's
coming, I need to push. PCs Andrea Rowley and
Chris Kramarczyk got to the entrance of the Royal Stoke
University Hospital. Chris ran to get the midwives
and as the midwife came out they explained to Emily
that she wasn't going to have time I think she was requesting gas
and air but they were saying there wasn't time and within a couple
of minutes I think we'd got Now she's home and the officers say
they're honoured to be two It's lovely to know that they're
both doing all right and the family's doing
OK and everything's OK Mum Emily said she was delighted
to see the officers again I'm really grateful
because they got us there on time. If it wasn't for them we would have
been stuck in traffic - Now all the drama is over - what do
they make of the eventful day? I think it's part of our job
to expect the unexpected. We are just glad she came
safe really and healthy. I think we're going to
save all the articles actually show her what
she caused that day - Congratulations! That's fine that it
will brighten up at all. It's not going to be as soggy wet as
blue Monday. I love this picture, on blue Monday. I love this picture, on
first glance it looks like it's not a reflection but actually is. Then
we have the cabbage patch, enough said! For the rest of the week,
initially and then turns colder into initially and then turns colder into
the weekend but with brighter skies. We have this area of high pressure
right across us but this irritating front that wavering through the
week, producing a lot of cloud but because of the high pressure, its
effect will be reduced. We have got wins, because of the cloud, it's not
going to shift so largely dull week. More of that cloud the content this
evening, some rain running across us, behind it we will see some misty
nest developing over the hill tops nest developing over the hill tops
where the cloud is low enough, squeezing out the odd spot of
drizzle. This is how we start tomorrow, on well-known but not as
wet as today, largely dry. That mist will quickly disperse and then it's
just a dull day but a fairly mild one, cooler than today. Then
tomorrow night, also quite mild and cloudy, that's the way it continues
for much of the week.