04/01/2017 Midlands Today


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Good evening. throughout the night with the

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Legal action's been taken to try and stop the identities of witnesses

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in the Trojan Horse inquiry from being revealed.

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Lawyers acting for five teachers accused of being part of a plot

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to impose an Islamic agenda at non-faith schools in Birmingham want

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the right to question the people who gave evidence against them.

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But the City Council says they were given assurances

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Here's our special correspondent Peter Wilson.

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The so-called Trojan horse saga has never been out of the headlines

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since it first emerged three years ago.

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There have been death threats against a Birmingham headteacher,

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resignations and allegations of aggressive Islamist influence

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Now today, recriminations over the news that the personal details

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of witnesses who gave evidence anonymously to the Trojan enquiry

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The witnesses came forward under strict conditions of anonymity

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and they were given guarantees back in 2014 about how their

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Those people have now been betrayed and this has implications,

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not just for the people in this case, but up and down the country

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in whistle-blowing cases past, present and future.

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Five teachers are facing a professional tribunal

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and their lawyers were granted the right to have full disclosure.

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The whistle-blowers have been sent letters informing them

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that "the transcripts of your evidence as provided

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in the Peter Clarke investigation will be disclosed

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We've spoken to both one of the anonymous witnesses and one

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of the teachers involved in this case.

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The witness says they fear that if their identity

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is widely published, both they and their family will be

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The teacher told me that the whole Trojan horse saga was based

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on an anonymous letter which was likely

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And he claims, that the anonymous witnesses were able to say

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whatever they wanted without anything being corroborated.

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The association representing nine of the 50 anonymous witnesses

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acted quickly yesterday, taking legal action to prevent

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The Department for Education tonight said, that the tribunal hearings

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into the five teachers' cases must be fair and correct.

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Fears are growing for a Worcestershire man who's been

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Stephen Woolley's car was found at a beauty spot but there's been no

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Carol Woolley tries to keep busy, but it's hard.

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Her husband Stephen disappeared 28 days ago and she's

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It's just the uncertainty, just physically feeling

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Not knowing what the day's going to bring.

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Just hoping today's the day we get some news.

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Stephen left the family home in Kidderminster

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Half an hour later he was at Holt Fleet on the River Severn north

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He's a keen walker and his family's organised search parties in the area

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There is concern though about his state of mind.

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Last year was a hard one for the family.

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Stephen, who's suffered from depression in the past,

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struggling to cope with the death of his sister.

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No one knows Stephen better than you do,

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in your heart of hearts, what do you think

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My heart of hearts is I don't think he's coming back.

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I hope he's out there somewhere alive, but as days go on,

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Matt's on social media daily spreading the word

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and the comedienne, Miranda Hart, one of several celebrities who've

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From his wife though, the simplest and most

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Steve, if you're out there, we love you.

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There's nothing we can't cope with, just come back to us.

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The family are here for you and we want you home.

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Police have been out on the river in boats but say without a positive

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sighting there's little more they can do.

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Giles Latcham BBC Midlands Today, Kidderminster.

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A jury has heard that a 20 year-old Warwickshire woman was the victim

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of a sadistic killing by a former boyfriend and his partner.

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Bethany Hill's body was found at a flat in Stratford-Upon-Avon

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Jack Williams and Kayleigh Woods both deny her murder.

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West Bromwich High Street was closed for several hours today after a fire

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Flats above the Royale Garden were evacuated while firefighters

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brought in an hydraulic platform to tackle the blaze.

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It's not yet known how the fire started.

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A trauma surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham

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is one of the founders of CitizenAID, a new scheme designed

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to offer advice and training for members of the public

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in case they're caught up in a terror attack.

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Professor Sir Keith Porter says learning first aid skills,

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like how to deal with severe bleeding could save lives before

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A warning, Laura-May McMullen's report begins with a reconstruction

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and images which some of you may find distressing.

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This isn't real, but security officials say the terror

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The police will deal with the terrorists first so it

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could be some time before paramedics are allowed in and so

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The first responders to that incident, from a police perspective,

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will inevitably be trying to deal with the people causing the threat.

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They won't have time to help people who may have been injured.

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And we know that that gap is vital for saving people's lives.

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So we're really, really interested in the work of CitizenAID.

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CitizenAID is an app and a pocketbook which gives step-by-step,

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It's been designed by a Birmingham surgeon who has treated

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hundreds of injured soldiers at the Royal Centre

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for Defence Medicine at the QE in Birmingham.

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The chance of it happening is fairly remote to you as an individual.

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But that said, the Metropolitan Police Chief Commissioner said

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recently, that it's not if, but when.

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So with that knowledge we hope this app will deliver reassurance

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In the sense they can now be armed with a system they can put

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in practice if they find themselves with injured casualties and no

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Attempting first aid may not be for everyone,

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but military medics say it's better to have a plan in case

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this worst-case scenario turns into a reality.

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Laura-May McMullen, BBC Midlands today.

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It's 100 years since Kinver Edge in Staffordshire

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The charity's now planning to mark the centenary with a new path

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to make the famous rock houses and the surrounding area,

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With never-ending views, Kinver Edge in South Staffordshire

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has been a place to escape and enjoy for generations of families.

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The National Trust has been looking after Kinver Edge for 100

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years now and this year, a whole series of events are planned

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From his home studio on the outskirts of Kinver,

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famous songwriter, Chris Eaton, has written 'On Kinver Edge',

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Better known for writing the Christmas number one

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Saviour's Day and a host of hits for the likes of Cliff Richard,

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Chris divides his time between America and Kinver,

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I've got fantastic memories as a child, coming up

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It's always meant a lot to me just to walk and have a sense of peace

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and kind of find myself again, if you like.

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I think so many people in the area do that.

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Carved into the sandstone, the rock houses on Kinver Edge

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ARCHIVE: It seems incredible but the cave has been

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Today the rock houses are a museum attraction,

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but in days gone by, the people living here would make

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the most of tram loads of tourists that escaped the city smog

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They were very entrepreneurial and they used to sell them tea,

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cakes and sconce and even charge them a shilling

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Sue Wright's ancestors donated 200 acres of land to The National Trust

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The gift was from her wealthy grandfather, Oliver Lee

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So they bought it and almost immediately handed it over

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The National Trust, I don't think had got any properties

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in this part of the world, so it was a very,

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When it's released later in the year, the song On Kinver Edge

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will raise money to help The National Trust front

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will raise money to help The National Trust fund

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So just what sort of temperatures do we need to prepare for tomorrow?

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I'll leave you with the weather from Shefali.

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After a fairly cloudy start to the day, the sky started to clear

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quite nicely during the afternoon and this is what we were left

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Clear skies right across the region and its these clear skies,

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together with polar air that's been feeding in from the north

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through the day that's going to lead to a drastic temperature drop.

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However, this high pressure will pull away to the east

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when we get to Friday and that will introduce these fronts

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from off the Atlantic, bringing in rain and milder

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conditions as we head into the weekend.

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But back to tonight and with these clear skies right across us,

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you can see those blue colours invading the entire region

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and that is a sharp, hard frost which is going to develop

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right across the region as we head into the morning tomorrow.

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Temperatures will plummet, minus five Celsius in

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Rurally, those values could fall as low as minus eight Celsius.

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We could get the freezing fog patches into the morning tomorrow.

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But it's a frosty and sunny start to the day tomorrow and it's

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Just a bit of cloud starting to emerge from the South

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during the course of the afternoon turning the sunshine

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But fog could persist in most places as temperatures only struggle

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But as I say, that cloud producing rain for Friday

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The National forecast is next but I'll leave you with the outlook

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Temperatures creeping up a notch or two and turning milder into the

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weekend. A guarantee on your journey to work

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tomorrow, if you are nipping out to the shop for a paper, somebody will

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talk about how cold it is. Looking at today, the weather front pushing

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Southwest, mild air stay in south-west, but behind it is colder

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air from the Arctic. Behind it, windy conditions. Bleak across

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northern Scotland, a cold day with temperatures struggling to get above

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two. If you think that's cold, look at what's happening outside as we

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speak. Temperatures falling below freezing quite widely across the

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country and towards dawn they could be as low as -8 in rural parts of

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Oxfordshire. I guarantee you will be scraping the ice of the car

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windscreens first thing in the morning. Some cloud running down the

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North Sea coast and

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