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Good evening. and Emily Thornberry of Labour.
Police have increased patrols on buses in the West Midlands
in an attempt to reassure the public, after a man
was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham last night.
The victim, who was in his 30s, was attacked on the top deck
of the bus in the Handsworth area of the city
Searching for evidence in the Handsworth area
Police are trying to work out why a man was stabbed to death
while travelling on a bus in a seemingly random attack.
Police believe the two men didn't know each other. It was a chance
altercation. They say the victim was already on the bus and then the
other man got on and sort of us at him. At some point a verbal
altercation started which turned into a physical one, knife was
produced in the victim was stabbed. When emergency services got
to Rookery Road at around 10:45pm last night, they found the man,
a 35-year-old from Smethwick, slumped over one of the seats
on the top deck of the bus. We know there were five people sat
around with the two males on the top deck and we managed to speak to one
of the people. The other four people left the bus shortly after the
altercation. It might be they didn't realise how serious the matter was
and they just wanted to get out of the way which is understandable but
I would ask them to come forward and speak to the police.
Extra patrols were added to buses across the city today,
including the 11A, the route the man was travelling when he was stabbed.
The aim of officers from the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership
In Handsworth, concern too from people living close by.
It does worry me a lot. What happens if I'm on the bus with my children
and somebody gets stabbed? It's very scary. Everybody in this road is
worried about it. It is absolutely terrible. If you can't be safe on
the bus way can you be safe? Police says they're looking
for a black man aged between 25 and 30 with short dreadlocks,
in connection with the murder. He was last seen wearing a puffa
jacket, had headphones over a baseball cap and was
carrying a duffel type bag. Worcestershire children's
services is inadequate. A report from OFSTED showed
vulnerable children are at risk It's the fourth local authority
in the West Midlands to have their children's services
department rated inadequate. Joan Cummins is in
Worcester for us now. As you say the findings were
inadequate but they said they also discovered widespread and serious
failures. Some of the reasons for that have been identified as a high
staff turnover and overreliance on agency staff and also a surge in
demand for the specialist services that are provided by children's
services. The NSPCC has said it is concerned the situation in
Worcestershire remains fragile. To get inadequate on child protection
on your work with care leavers, on your work with children in care and
your overall leadership is a damning indictment so lots more work for was
to share to do and our view is keep the focus on the child and outcomes
for the child and learn from other authorities where they have turned
things around successfully. What has been the response from the council?
The council are taking this report seriously. They say that Ofsted have
identified that some progress is being made. But the woman in charge
of children's services and the entire council in Worcestershire
says she simply wanted to apologise to children and their families for
not doing good enough. The thing I would like to say first and foremost
is sorry to those children and families who feel they have been let
down by the services. My commitment is to ensure that we pick up the
pace of that plan and we are confident the leadership we have put
in place is the right leadership. The council say that from April the
going to invest an extra ?3.5 million specifically in children's
services which they hope will improve the situation.
A cancer surgeon has pleaded not guilty to fraud after claiming
that he had performed 88 keyhole surgery operations.
Sudip Sarker was alleged to have made the false claim
during an interview for a consultant job at the Alexandra Hospital
Mr Sarker was suspended a year later and eventually
dismissed, following concerns about his surgical ability.
A young mother has received abuse online after posting video of giving
crucial physiotherapy to her new born baby.
Sam Carrier's daughter Daisy has cystic fibrosis and needs a type
of vigorous massaging called "percussion" every day.
She put video of the technique on social media to try to raise
But the pictures sparked hatred and abuse.
You do it with your hand to try and create a pocket of air. It doesn't
hurt at all. It's called percussion and experts
say it can be the difference between life and death for 15
week old Daisy. She has cystic fibrosis
and the physio her mum Sam gives her twice a day helps break up
mucus on her chest which could The first time we started doing this
she was three weeks old and they came to our house to show us and
they started doing it and I just cried. It was devastating to see but
this is what you have to do to try and keep your children alive. She is
happy all the time. She is a smiley baby.
Daisy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just a few weeks
It was Christmas Eve and Sam decided to post a physio session
on her Facebook page, in a bid to raise public awareness.
But by Boxing Day the trolling had begun.
It had loads of views and we started getting nasty messages and death
threats saying we should be killed. Lots of foul language which I can't
repeat. We got told we were child abusers and we were going to break
her ribs. She's never replied to the trollers
except to forward details of cystic fibrosis, which affects one in every
2,500 babies in the UK. Historically, half of all
children with the condition Sam's hopeful new research and fund
raising will change that. Landlocked Birmingham is the last
place you would expect to find But today a diver has been hard
at work under the city, making sure our canal network
is running smoothly. Here's our Environment
Correspondent, David Gregory-Kumar. This is the Grand Union Canal
on the east side of Birmingham. But the team won't be
diving the canal. They're going much, much deeper
under the canal into the hidden network of pipes and culverts that
keep our canals working. The canal and river trust employee
divers across the country to undertake specialised work. There is
a lot of infrastructure below the canals the general public don't know
about. Today's dive is about
checking on some vital But the diving will only start once
the diver gets down this 15 metre shaft to reach the water
inside the culvert. That black shape is that bundle that
going to block of the covert so they can Trinidad the pubs. The diver
himself is going to in the about five hours today. We have to get all
their out of it. It is buoyant under the water.
It's hard work but finally the bung goes in and the team up top
But why would anyone want to work underwater
I couldn't see myself doing anything else for a living. It is not
everyone's cup of tea though. So how is the Victorian
engineering doing? Surprisingly good because it has not
been exposed to the frost and whatever. They covered itself tends
to be in a good condition. The water and the silt in the bottom has
helped preserve the state of the brickwork.
And with care like this, this vital hidden network should
easily celebrate its double century.
I'll leave you with the weather forecast from Shefali.
Good evening. A beautiful selection of weather Watchers pictures to give
you a picture summary of what's been going on today. Dense freezing frog
patches which lifted to give us decent spells of sunshine across the
region. That led to a lovely sunset and from that sunset we saw the fog
reforming. We may do all of this all over again by tomorrow but we have
at the moment got warnings in place the fog and also for ice.
Temperatures will start the planet. In rural spots cabbages will fall
below freezing. Dense freezing fog in the south-east corner so
Warwickshire and around Coventry. Along the 42 and a 45 routes, that
is with you will see the fog tomorrow morning. Elsewhere
temperatures above freezing. A cloudy start to the day tomorrow.
Foggy in places. With that frost and ice on untreated stretches of road.
Cloud will dominate the eastern half of the region with the sunshine in
the West. For all of us, it'll get colder and
then milder again come the