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The headlines tonight... so it's goodbye from me,
A pioneer in cricket and Wolverhampton through and through.
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint - Wolves vice-president and former
England cricket captain - dies aged 77.
I shall just have to go off and see the physio, is that all right?
We'll be talking to former England cricketer Dennis Amiss
A boom time for Chinese investment - how Birmingham is becoming more
attractive for property developers than New York or Sydney.
You've got lots of cranes here, lots of development.
Wore a veterinary George Mead is getting his -- France's highest
honour for his role in D-Day. From dishing out the dinner
to leading the school, the head teacher who started out
in the canteen. I think there's nothing
special about me. I think if I can do it
then anybody can do it! And a gloomy January
it's turning out to be. We could do with seeing a sunrise
some time soon, but will we? An inspiration to many,
Wolverhampton through and through Just some of the tributes
which have been pouring in to Rachel Heyhoe-Flint,
whose death was announced Baronness Heyhoe Flint,
as she became, was vice-president She captained England's cricket team
- and helped them win In a tribute on their website,
Wolves said - Rachael's contribution to the world of sport,
the local community, and in later years politics,
cannot be measured - and neither can her seemingly
never-ending kindness She was a supreme sportswoman and
she took her cricket very seriously but laughter was never far away. I
shall just have to go off and C difficile, is that all right?
Arguably the most famous female ever to play the game, her exploits were
confined to the field. In 1991 she struck a blow against chauvinism
persuading the very male bastions of the game the MCC to open its doors
to women. I hope I won't have antagonised any people and it will
make the MCC realised that there are thousands of women who take cricket
very seriously. A battle and a victory she recalled speaking to
Midlands today. This number is asking for a stream to go across
because I can still see a woman there! Now it is great because I
aways know who voted against me because they turned their back on me
when I go into the Long room. It was it worth the wait? Absolutely. If
they go down to edge past and they will point them in the right
direction. Playing days are over, her love for the game flowered in
the community and community and schools and tireless charity work.
She was awarded an OBE in 2007 and later became Baroness Flint. But her
passion for sport embraced football. A big fan of her hometown club, she
served for many years as vice president. I have lived with
Wolverhampton Wanderers in my heart for all those years and to work
there is just wonderful. She passed away early this morning after a
short illness and these behind husband Derrick, her son and three
stepchildren. It pay of women's sport she achieved so much and meant
so much to her fellow cricketers, footballers and to the city of
Wolverhampton she was proud to call home.
Former Warwickshire and England cricketer Dennis Amiss
knew Rachael well - and joins us from his home.
So many tributes - how would you sum up Rachael?
Yes, they won't stop, will they? Big shock because I didn't even know she
was ill but she was a wonderful person with a great sense of humour
and we sat on the England and Wales Cricket board together. She did so
much to revolutionise England's women's cricket not only in this
country but all over the world. Occasionally she would come up with
the odd funny comment during board meetings when we were discussing
something very serious and I often heard the Germans say, Rachael, a
behaviour sub exact... Chairman. We go back a long way. Our sons were at
school together. We know the family really well. Derrick her husband
played for Warwickshire twos many years ago so we go back so many
years. She was one of the MCC's burst women members, the first woman
elected to the full committee, she did not believe in glass ceilings,
she had a sense of humour but you wouldn't cross. No, she said a few
precedents. I was one of the people that proposed that, so I thought
many times about it, she would be the first lady and would she
wouldn't she be? Brian Johnson was one of the proposers as well, a
wonderful character also and he proposed, I seconded it, and it is
all history now. She got in as the first Lady to be a member of the
MCC, so a wonderful honour. Just briefly, I know it is incredibly
difficult, how would you sum up her contribution and impact on sport? It
is enormous. You can't quantify it, she gave so much to the ladies
Tavener, she was president of the Taverners, the charity that we all
belong to, showbiz, cricketers, she did so much work for that so she
worked tirelessly for the game of cricket. She was a wonderful after
dinner speaker and she would go all over the country to do anything to
help people and tell a few stories. A wonderful sense of humour. I am
sorry to interrupt. Thank you so much for sharing your memories of
Rachael Heyhoe Flint. And there are plenty more tributes
to Baroness Heyhoe Flint on our Facebook page where you can
of course add your own. A leading property developer has
told the BBC that Chinese investors are increasingly choosing to buy
in Birmingham rather than more glamorous locations
like Sydney and New York. The weak pound and the prospect
of High Speed Rail is making Britain's second city
an increasingly safe bet. With growing demand for housing,
many Chinese investors are focusing on residential projects in run down
parts of the city. Birmingham's skyline is changing
fast, and where there are cranes there's often millions of pounds
spent on the ground, and a clear This site could be next -
they're selling cars here now, but soon they'll be
selling luxury apartments. And these are the Chinese
investors who are backing the latest development
at Digbeth in Birmingham. Spending around ?150 million,
the property developer who's brokered the deal says the area
is becoming an investor hotspot. The city is growing southwards,
and as a result of that the wider area of Digbeth is really receptive
to big dense schemes like this one. And part of the reason
is the proposed HS2 station There are also plans
for a Metro line. In Birmingham's jewellery quester
have Chinese have already Almost 80 apartments
are going up and the delegation is eager to invest in more
projects like this. This is the second largest city
in the UK, most promising land here. And also your leader, Theresa May,
will be heavily putting her focus You've got lots of cranes here,
lots of development. The latest figures suggest that 54
major projects across the whole of the West Midlands have been
funded by the Chinese over the last ten years,
and that 23 of those have happened And it appears that the city has
become even more desirable to investors than some other
more glamorous places. Some of our clients historically
were looking at Manhattan, They are now refocusing all those
efforts back into the UK and predominantly in this city
and region because of the offering And according to this property
expert it's not just Chinese money We have Canadian money
invested into Paradise, Middle Eastern money invested
into the Colmore building. And recently we did a transaction
when we had South African money being invested
into an industrial property. Birmingham civic leaders have just
returned from the crown state of Qatar and meetings with potential
investors for several A man's appeared in court
charged with the murders Saros and Leanor Endris died
in hospital following a fire at their home in Birmingham nearly
three months ago. Their father Endris Mohammed was led
into the dock today in bandages, still recovering from the burn
injuries he suffered that night. The 46-year-old also stands accused
of attempting to murder his wife. A man's been arrested on suspicion
of murder after a woman was found Police were called to Gomer Street
in Willenhall, just before midday, where they discovered the woman
who'd been stabbed. They arrested a 46-year-old
man who was in a car Police aren't looking
for anyone else in connection Allegations of fraud
against a former leader of Sandwell Council have been passed
to the West Midlands Police Regional A council investigation published
today says the allocation of ten council houses over the last two
decades all benefited the family Mr Hussain, who was first accused
of six separate breaches of the council's code of conduct
last year, has always We have heard many stories
here on Midlands Today about the courage of World War Two
veterans, but the family of George Mead have
quite a tale to tell. His daughter wrote to us detailing
the 92-year-old's incredible bravery during the D-Day Landings
of World War Two. More than seven decades later -
George's heroics have been Our reporter Joanne Writtle
joined his proud family at a special ceremony
in Stratford-Upon-Avon today. George Mead has two metal hips, he
has had a heart attack, three strokes and survive the Second World
War. And today against all odds his daughter Kate is getting ready for a
remarkable day. I am only forfeit 11 but if you're seven foot tall. But
pride? Absolutely. Back in 1944 George took part in the D-Day
landings. Just 20 years old. Today 72 years on he is going to receive
France's highest military decoration, but it wasn't until the
50th anniversary that he told his daughter in any detail, so painful
with the memories. I think they saw a lot of difficult things, nasty
things, maybe sometimes it is best to the back of your mind. For George
today is about his lost comrades. Decades on this is how often he
thinks about them. All the time. You always think about them, do you?
Have you never forgotten them in all of the 72 years? No. I am here on
behalf of the French people to express our undying and heartfelt
thanks... This afternoon at Stratford-upon-Avon Town Hall George
is presented with this by the French consulate. It is a big honour. How
does it make you feel inside? Proud. He was surrounded by family
including great grandchildren from Canada and closer to home. I think
it is awesome but at the same time it is an honour for him to get the
award. It is pretty fantastic. Most people can survive that, especially
D-Day. Remarkably George was shot in France, sent home and recovered
well. Well enough to be sent straight back to war.
On last night's programme we brought you the story
of the theft of a trailer, used by a group of elderly
To make matters worse, their mobility scooters were inside.
Thieves targeted a charity in Walsall at the weekend -
and you reacted strongly to our coverage of the story.
Julie Mansell's was a typical response on our Facebook page.
"If I was a millionaire, I'd buy you a new one.
So sorry these people are victims of such a crime."
Well Julie wasn't alone in that sentiment -
our Black Country reporter Ben Godfrey has an update
They live an active lifestyle - this group of friends at a community
church in Walsall have never let disability hold them back.
But when thieves stole this trailer carrying their mobility
wheelchairs and scooters, their hopes of day trips
to the seaside were dashed, their independence threatened.
It is just awful, absolutely awful, because it is not just day trips, it
is the whole community. It is opened up a new life for us. We don't
drive, none of us, we have no transport.
But this afternoon, we asked them to meet us outside the Church
They had no idea why, until this happened.
That over there. Here's a new trailer for you from eight viewer,
his name is Darren. I saw what happened to you and I wanted to take
an opportunity to give something back to you.
Former Royal Marine Darren Logan watched Midlands Today last night
It really touched me. Like I said I have had is that sitting on the
drive for some time and I thought, you know, these guys deserve
something. I am so choked up trying to fight back the tears a bit,
because it is just the impact that it has on the community. It means
such a lot will stop thank you so much.
One act of goodwill and these friends will be going
I am very pleased, very pleased. There are not words to say thank
you. They are just not words. It is absolutely wonderful but you have
thought of us and you are kind. That is not the only surprise because
Midlands today viewers also called does to offer money for a
replacement Scriptures. That, my friends, it is logical result. --
replacement Scriptures. Two months after one of Birmingham's
major water mains burst, people are still coping
with the impact. Hundreds of gallons of water escaped
last November when a three-foot lead pipe collapsed and some residents
in Selly Oak are effectively Every day Terry Josephs
fears the worst. How deep will the small lake that's
appeared under his home be? Check the depth. Which is 11 inches,
nearly a foot of water. The water arrived after the mains
burst at the top of his road It shouldn't be there. It is not
right. It should be cleared out. I shouldn't have to suffer this every
day. So far, Severn Trent have sent
in contractors to pump out Pumping all day, it just comes back
in again. There is something wrong outside that is wrong. It shouldn't
be going back in the house. Severn Trent have been working
around the clock on the sinkhole created by the burst pipe and say
they'll be ready to start the actual It is taking so long because we have
had to start to move water around the area to make the repair itself.
Or primary reason is to keep the supply on to all of the customers
while we make this repair and we have done over 500 checks in the
area and 500 inspections to be able to prepare us to do that. It can't
come too early for this student who was fed up on the diversions. We are
passing the road, the supermarket is just beyond the squalor but because
of the road closure we have had to drive about 15 minutes. -- this
corner. Terry Josephs lost his collection
of tropical fish and baby sharks in the flood -
cos he couldn't risk the electric Up to that big. Now there is
nothing. Just an empty tank. Severn Trent say as other homes have dried
out this suspect Terry's what is you may be a pre-existing problem. Under
the circumstances they will continue to help put it right. It is looking
increasingly likely UKIP's new leader Paul Nuttall could be the
candidate in the Stoke Central by-election. The vote has been
triggered by resignation of the Labour MP Tristram Hunt. There will
be hustings in the city on Friday when local activists will make their
recommendation to the party's National Executive committee. The
candidate will be formally announced in the constituency on Saturday
morning. He's called it the best performance
of his tennis career. Birmingham's Dan Evans has
beaten world number seven Marin Cilic in the second
round of the Australian Open. It's the biggest shock
of the tournament so far - and a victory to savour for Dan's
fans and friends back home. Dan Evans came from a set down
to beat the former US Open This was the moment Dan
from Hall Green secured the greatest Quite simply the biggest win of Dan
Evans' career. now ranked world number 51,
has beaten a top ten player I had to fight quite hard to get
through it definitely the best with the situation and writing. I think
he lost a bit of confidence in what he was doing and maybe couldn't keep
up the level he started out. I was definitely on top from then on.
Back home, at Dan's sports club in Solihull, they're
watching his progress in Australia keenly.
Rob Owen, a friend, has watched Dan's progress for 20 years
It is brilliant for the club and the family and great for the area. To be
one set down and come back to win and show the courage and
determination he did was just an amazing performance.
In the next round, Dan faces Australian Bernard Tomic,
- home turf an advantage for his opponent but by no
I am sure there will be a few Brummies in the crowd who will cheer
him on but the last time they played he beat him in the US Open so he is
used to playing him and the pressure is all on Bernard Tomic.
Whatever happens, Dan Evans can reflect on one of the best weeks
Ten years ago this week, Birmingham City shocked everyone,
including themselves, by scoring five goals away
Tonight, Blues fans would settle for a 1-0 win to earn a fourth
But if the very thought of travelling all the way
to Newcastle and back sends a shiver down your spine, then cast your mind
And Birmingham City made the long trip to St James Park never daring
to dream that they might pull off one of the most memorable results
COMMENTATOR: They have hammered high-calibre premiership opposition
on their own patch. And what a sweet journey back to the Midlands it will
be for that small band of Birmingham city supporters. 5-1, you must've
been in dreamland. It was yeah, pretty magical. I think everybody
came away shop. We couldn't believe it, 5-1. Are you going to get
shocked tonight? You never know. This was the match programme from
that famous victory and all of these fans have long since moved on. But
ten years later one thing remains constant, the loyalty of Birmingham
City fans as they keep right on up to Newcastle in search of FA Cup
glory. You would settle for 1-0 tonight, would you? I would, I don't
care, just win. They are due a win under Zola so hopefully today. If I
can go further in this competition and be very delighted.
Goodness knows what time the fans will get back home to bed,
if it goes to extra time and penalties tonight.
And the whole game is live on BBC West Midlands this evening.
We'll have all the goals in our late news at 10:30pm.
And of course Wolves will be away to the winners of tonight's replay
From dinner lady to head teacher, it sounds far-fetched,
but that's exactly what's happened to Rosalind Brotherton -
after she decided to go back to university at the age of 30.
And as Satnam Rana has been finding out, she has good reason to be
Her dinner lady days may be over - but lunchtime supervision is how
Rosalind Brotherton's journey into teaching began.
When I was a dinner lady I only worked for an hour a day, and I
wanted to be there all day and be around the children.
That thought led her into becoming a teaching assistant.
And then a leap of faith - at the age of 30 she began
an Open University degree - a single mum of three boys.
Financially it was quite hard when I was younger, dinner ladies and
learning assistance dog and a great deal and I think sometimes the
string of juggling work and children and studying was quite hard. However
overall it was a real pleasure for me to be able to study and I think
that when you're doing something you love it gives you a bit of extra
energy. Nine years after qualifying,
Rosalind Brotherton Now she's headteacher
at Flyford Flavell First School near Worcester and her childhood
experience in class has shaped I can just remember being quite
scared of my. He was walking the corridors I was likely to what the
other way because I was quite scared. Even if I was being really
good and well behaved. I would like to think I am approachable with the
children and they can to me with anything. She is a hit with the
pupils as well. She is a good headteacher because she has never
really strict and I really don't like strict teachers. She has made
so many changes to make the school a better place to be and to learn in.
Brilliant. And her achievements continue -
last term Ofsted rated A step up from the needs improving
status she inherited. Shefali promised us
some brightness today - and she's delivered,
at least in the dress. It is not improving. I do dry my
best. This picture from Warwickshire. There were some Sun
this morning. But the rest of us there was a thick group of mist,
Merck and the odd spot of drizzle. Ordinarily we are usually pleased to
see how pressure but the problem at the moment is high pressure is right
across us and because of that conditions are calm and stagnant.
This is how it looks over the next few days or until the end of the
week at least. Largely cloudy and we will see some brightness in the
south. If not tomorrow than certainly by the weekend it is
becoming generally cooler but here tonight we have got a lot of cloud
across us once again. May see the letter in the south initially but
cloud fills in once more. 4-7 C. A mild night and the cloud may be
thick and ten places to bring the odd spot of drizzle. Light winds as
well and that will continue into tomorrow so much to stir up the
cloud and break it up but you will sequence is a brightness here and
there and the most favoured spot will be the south of the region. It
may even creep into central parts as well. Temperatures rising to a
degree higher so seven or eight. A mild day at least. I'll again
tomorrow night, the cloud filling in and it will create some hill fog. It
could squeeze the odd spot of drizzle out but temperatures will
fall to about five or six Celsius. A touch cooler tomorrow but tomorrow
night, temperatures rising into Friday to about five or six. A bit
of brightness developing through Saturday and Sunday. All repetitive
at the moment. We could have used yesterday's forecast for today! It
looks a little familiar. That is all for now. Back at 10:30pm. Have a
good evening. Hello. I hope you're well.
I really do. Because if you're not, then chances
are the NHS won't be able to look after you as well as it should.
And that's wrong. Because the Labour Party created
the NHS 70 years ago on the founding principles of it being
comprehensive, universal and free. The NHS was created to care for us
but now the NHS needs our care.