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   Inside Out - West Midlands: Monday September 5, 2005

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Cars
Penalty miss - some speeding drivers are trading penalty points

Inside Out investigates drivers who illegally trade speeding penalty points, uncovers fresh evidence in an unexplained wartime murder mystery, and meets the storm chaser who believes Birmingham got off lightly in a recent tornado.

 

Speeding drivers

More than 50,000 motorists a year are caught on camera speeding in the West Midlands.

Police man
Police are trying to defeat the dodgers

But some desperate drivers are illegally trading their penalty points to save their licences.

We meet those motorists who are prepared to pay friends or relatives to shoulder the blame and take the points.

And we ask police what they are doing to defeat the dodgers.

Murder mystery

Who put Bella in the 'Wych-elm'?

Skull
Murder mystery - but who is the woman in the woodland?

It is a question still being asked in the Stourbridge area more than 60 years after the body of a woman was found in woodland by three young friends.

There have been whispers of witchcraft and rumours of wartime espionage, but the question remains unanswered - who was Bella, and who killed her?

Inside Out uncovers fresh evidence in a murder mystery that has baffled generations.

Birmingham tornado

A tornado which recently struck at the heart of Birmingham surprised and terrified residents in the city.

Terrifying tornado - the aftermath of the Birmingham hit

Ferocious winds picked up cars, tore down trees and ripped roofs apart, causing several injuries and millions of pounds worth of damage.

But one man who has studied tornadoes for more than 10 years believes the city got off lightly, and says the worst is still to come.

Weather presenter Shefali Oza caught up with storm chaser Mark Humpage to find out more – and met a 92-year-old Birmingham woman who has seen it all before.

 

See also ...

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Police crashes

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Unsolved murders

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