24/01/2017 Midlands Today


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The headlines this lunchtime: Police launch a murder inquiry

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after a man is stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham.

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At some point during the journey, there was a verbal altercation at to

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a physical fight. One of the wells a physical fight. One of the wells

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produced by. -- one of the males. Plans to run former

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London Underground trains on Midlands railways

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are still on course, And keeping our canals

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running smoothly. The divers going deep underground

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to carry out vital maintenance. Police have opened a murder inquiry

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after a man was stabbed to death The victim, who was in his 30s,

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was attacked on the top deck of the bus in the Handsworth

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area last night. Roads in the area remain

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closed-off this lunchtime Our reporter Ben Sidwell

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is there for us now. Within the last half an hour, police

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have been carrying out searches here. They have been searching the

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road and the guttering in some of these shops. On the bus itself, the

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incident happened further down this road in Handsworth in Birmingham.

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Police say they were called at about quarter to 11 last night. When they

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arrived, they found a man slumped over one of the seats. Paramedics

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did their best to save the man, but sadly he was pronounced dead. Police

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say there were also a number of other people on the bus at the time

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and they are keen to tilt to them. -- keen to talk to them.

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We know that there were five people sat

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around with the two males on the

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top deck, so we've managed to speak to one of the people.

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The other four people left the bus shortly after

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Now, it might be that they didn't realise

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how serious the matter was and they just wanted

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to get out the way, which is perfectly understandable.

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However, what I would ask is they would come

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forward and speak to the

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It is a large area as you concede that has been cordoned off. A lot of

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locals have been coming out to look. I've spoken to a few of them and

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they all have the same feeling. They are all very concerned.

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Everybody in this road, they are worried about it.

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If you can't feel safe on the bus, where

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What happens if I'm on the bus with my children one day and then,

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Police say they think this was a completely chance altercation. They

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say the suspect they're looking for is a black man in his 20s with Greg

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Clark chair and a centre part ten. -- dreadlock hair. And a centre

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parting. A man's been jailed for 21 years

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for killing his former partner and trying to murder her lover

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in West Bromwich. 26-year-old mother of three

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Wendy Mann was strangled in her own home by 63-year-old

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Leroy Sterling in August 2015. A month earlier he stabbed

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Trevor Tyndale who was in A jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court

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found Sterling guilty of murder Vulnerable children

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in Worcestershire are at risk of "significant harm" according

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to a report into social services Services to help children leave care

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when they become adults have been It is failing to McCann to counsel

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are leaving them in continued risk of is significant harm. -- failing

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of the council. It's claimed plans to run former

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London Underground trains on the Midlands rail network

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are still on course, despite a fire The Warwickshire company Vivarail

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is converting Tube trains to help It says the fire on a test train

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is still being investigated Our Transport Correspondent Peter

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Plisner has been given exclusive access to the firm's

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testing facilities. Here we are at Long Marston. The

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fire last month caused by a fire in the engine. This is the very fire.

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As you can see, it is business as usual. This is one of the London

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Underground trains currently being converted. This is the actual test

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trainer caught fire. A lot of work going on to it. It should be back on

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the tracks in the spring. Here with me is the Chief Executive. Tell me,

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the investigation, how is it going? The investigation is almost

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complete. We are going to publish a final report next week. We know why

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the fire happened, we have a series of actions that we are going to put

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in place to make sure it doesn't happen again. How disappointing and

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a setback was it for you? Clearly it is disappointing. But the train was

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a test trainer and the purpose of them is to find out what happens.

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Alexi ran extremely well apart from that one incident -- it actually ran

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extremely well. Other things we're very pleased about that the fire

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didn't damage the car body much at all. Minor repairs. We put special

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plates under the floor to protect passengers in that worked extremely

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well. How much difference will this make to the overcrowding we are

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seeing on the rail network? They have the potential to move a lot of

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people very quickly. Also, shorter station times. Really is what this

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whole train designed for. Thank you. There is a national shortage of

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diesel trains, so they could be coming to eight station near you

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pretty soon. -- a station. Now, a diving team is working deep

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under Birmingham this lunchtime to keep the city's

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canals workng smoothly. The divers will use an inflatable

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pillow to plug and then drain a stretch of pipeline which moves

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water around the canal network. Our Environment correspondent David

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Gregory-Kumar has been on site. Well, this is something you don't

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often see in landlocked Birmingham. This is actually, believe it or not,

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a diving operation and it is going to be taking place about 17, 19

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metres beneath that entrance hall. And to explain what it is all about,

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it is Neil Bedford. Neal, there is a culvert

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down there, a pipe. This pipe, it connects to the canal

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down at Saltley and it's And what allows us to do

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with the pumping station, we can pump water from

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down at the bottom. From there, we can

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feed the rest of the canal system down through

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Knole and further south. So, this diving operation

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is right at the We're going to be blocking it

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off because they want to drain it so you can check

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the pumps themselves. What the diver's going to do

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is insert an stopper. That is effectively

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an inflatable balloon in The diver is going to push

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this stopper under the We're then going to inflate

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it from the ground. Once we're happy, I can

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then start the pumps up. I can then dewater just that

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short section of the culvert, between the

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stopper and the pumps. So we're dewatering a short

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section and protecting the And that means you can

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check the pumps that have The pumps were installed

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27 years ago. They pumped nearly

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400 litres of water We're looking to actually

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replace them later this year, but we need to

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inspect the installation. As you can see, the

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operation is ongoing. We'll have an update

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in tonight's programme. Time for a look at the weather now

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with Charlie Slater. Not a bad afternoon

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in store for you either. A good deal of dry and fine weather

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around over the next few hours, just a little bit of cloud

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building into the picture. Particularly the further

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west you are. Basically, the further east

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is better this afternoon. You will find more blue

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sky and sunshine there. Temperatures will climb up to around

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six or seven Celsius. You might even get the odd

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eight Celsius at fair. That being said, there

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is still the occasional area where there is an isolated

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patch of fog which will last all day long today and that will of course

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limit the growth of temperatures. We will go through

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tonight and onto the early hours of Wednesday morning,

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the foggy patches unfortunately are going to return, particularly in

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further southern and eastern areas Temperatures not falling

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as far as last night. Last night was minus four minus five

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and a couple of spots. That being said, there

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are a couple of warnings that have been issued from the to

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Met Office, still cold enough for there to be a little

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bit of ice around. Again, we will have

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to look out for some fog first thing

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on Wednesday morning. Of course, ice and fog

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are not a good combination. Can affect visibility

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out there on the roads. Going through the daytime,

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on Wednesday a good deal of Occasionally, the cloud

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will thin and break. The fog patches could linger

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a little bit as well. Temperatures will do

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all right on Wednesday, getting up to around

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six or seven Celsius. But later, we'll be in Worcester

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as Paralympic gold medallist Claire Cashmore officially opens

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the city's new swimming pool. That's in Midlands Today with

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Mary Rhodes at 18:30 on BBC One. Until then, have a very

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good afternoon.

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