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More than 40 years after 21 people were killed in the Birmingham pub

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bombings, the victims have been honoured today by being given

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The title's usually given to organisations or people

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who've served the city in an exceptional way.

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The victims' families were at the council house today

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Here's our Special Correspondent Peter Wilson.

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The families whose loved ones died 42 years ago gathered

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Over the years, the pub bomb campaigners often felt

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Inside the grand Council chamber of Birmingham's Council House

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The City Council posthumously confers on the 21 victims...

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The granting of honorary Freedom of the City is normally conferred

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Since the Second World War, it's an honour which has usually

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We thought it was an appropriate moment to start to do something

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which says we will never in this city actually forget those 21

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and that we stand with the families, the surviving families,

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Nearly 200 people were injured, 21 lost their lives,

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when two bombs exploded in crowded pubs in Birmingham in 1974.

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Six Irish men were jailed, their wrongful convictions

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Because of the controversy surrounding this case,

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it has felt in the past as though the city wanted to forget

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But today all of that is forgotten and everyone is describing

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21 people were murdered 42 years ago and not only were they buried

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but we believe the establishment has tried to keep their memories

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and their names and their lives and deaths well and truly buried.

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But today Birmingham City Council have confirmed that their names,

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their lives and their deaths and their memories will be forever

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embedded in the history of this city.

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Birmingham now follows Liverpool who also bestowed

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on those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

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It was quite emotional, just seeing the councillors

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all together backing our campaign, it was really quite emotional.

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It brought a tear to my eye, to be honest.

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What we really need now is all the MPs in the West

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We have only got about four at the moment.

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That would make all the difference, if we got the MPs behind us.

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Today was the first time the city has granted

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A record number of patients have waited on trolleys in NHS hospitals

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in the first week of the new year, according to data

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485 patients waited more than 12 hours.

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This time last year only 158 patients had waited that long.

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But one of the worst affected for long trolley waits

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was the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust.

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Our reporter Ben Sidwell is outside the Royal Stoke University

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hospital tonight - Ben why is the situation

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Well, it has become pretty bad at the moment. Let me try and put it

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into context, between April and September last year, at University

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hospitals of North Midlands, there were 43 people who waited more than

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12 hours on a trolley to have treatment at A If we go to this

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January and the first week of this January last Tuesday, 38 out of the

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138 cases anywhere in England happened here in Stoke-on-Trent. On

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the Thursday they had 33 out of the 71 cases anywhere in England head

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and just last Sunday 20 of the 29 cases anywhere in England were here,

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so more than two thirds in the entire country happened here where

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patients were waiting more than 12 hours. The chief executive of the

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trust has said that is due to high levels of ambulance conveyances here

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and patients who are medically fit but are unable to be discharged

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because there is no waiting care package or anywhere for them to go.

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What has been the reaction of patient groups? Well, I have been

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speaking to health watch Staffordshire who are an

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organisation who monitor health care in the county. They are obviously

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very concerned about this and I asked them why they thought it was

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happening. We have got a lot more frail,

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elderly people in our communities What needs to happen

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across the country but particularly here in North Staffordshire

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is we have got to get the whole We desperately need more social care

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places, we desperately need more people to be able to get home

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with the right care and we've got a problem with GPs in Stoke,

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there is a great shortage of GPs in Stoke and that means

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getting access to those GP Well, the trust say they expect

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these pressures to continue for the foreseeable future and the message

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is as always if you do not need to come to A please don't, only if it

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is a real emergency and a life-threatening emergency or

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injury, otherwise get help elsewhere, please. Thank you.

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A court's heard a mother of three was strangled by her ex-partner

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after she started a relationship with another man.

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The body of 26-year-old Wendy Mann was found on her kitchen floor

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63-year-old Leroy Sterling denies murder and the attempted

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Levels of violence at Hewell Prison in Worcestershire are "far

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too high", according to its latest inspection report.

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The prison has two parts, a closed jail which holds more

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than 1000 male prisoners and an open section,

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In the six months between February and August this year,

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there were 49 fights involving prisoners and 47 assaults on staff.

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In addition, four prisoners have taken their own lives since the jail

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The prison is overcrowded and that's a big problem.

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It puts a great strain on all the resources that

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Certainly Hewell has seen the number of staff cut in

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recent years and that has undoubtedly had an effect.

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It means prisoners spend longer in their

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cells and that can lead to rising tension.

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Birmingham city councillor Brigid Jones has confirmed that none

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of the witnesses who gave evidence to the council's inquiry

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into the Trojan Horse allegations will have their names

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Lawyers acting for teachers facing disciplinary action as a result

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of allegations there was a hard line Islamic plot to take over city

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schools have been pressing for the names of witnesses

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in the Department of Education's inquiry to be made public.

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A new scheme to get dairy farmers a better deal has been launched

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"Black top" milk is the idea of the Free Range Milk Marketing Board.

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They want to offer shoppers milk with a distinctive black cap,

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which costs 25% more than a standard bottle with the extra money

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The contracts are fair, it is a transparent situation,

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which enables the farmers to invest in the best cows,

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Temperatures in Moscow this week have plummeted to -25 Celsius.

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Hard to imagine it being that cold perhaps, but 35 years

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ago it was even colder than that in Shropshire.

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In fact, it was colder than the South Pole.

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Rebecca Wood has been looking into those record

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The West Midlands was blanketed in snow.

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Temperatures across the region widely fell to -20

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And here at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, a record

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It was this weather station where the mercury dropped to -26.1

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Celsius and that's still the lowest recorded temperature in England.

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Grounds manager Mark Wall remembers the moment

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It was just another cold night and of course it wasn't until days

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later when all the rest of the data was in from around the country that

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actually here, Harper Adams, was the coldest spot in England

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Although the official reading was made in Newport,

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it was originally attributed to Shawbury, where at the RAF base,

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That day, it was too cold to even go out

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Everyone turned up for work and made their way to work

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but they didn't go out in the aircraft that day.

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The base has its own dedicated Met Office staff because not flying

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Well, that's down to a series of circumstances.

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A perfect storm, whereby you combine all the factors, you have cold air,

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ideal cooling conditions, plenty of snow on the ground,

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good local geography, so all those factors combined

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with the period of cold weather leading up to that,

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With heavy snow, travel across the region was virtually

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impossible and even the river Avon froze.

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There's snow forecast later this week and chilly northerly winds,

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so we're in for a cold snap, but perhaps not as chilly as 1982.

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Certainly not! Good evening to you. It was quite mild today,

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temperatures were up to nine Celsius but there was a lot of cloud around

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and plenty of dry weather. To round off the day we had this beautiful

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sunset in Staffordshire. However, by Thursday we have got a warning in

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place for the afternoon, from the morning actually, for snowfall

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heritage, Gloucestershire, Warwickshire. There is a small

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chance it could turn into something more substantial and it is being

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caused by an area of rain crossing the south of the country, colliding

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with colder air streaming down from the North. It is going to be

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difficult to pin down the detail. The night, it was mild today and it

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will be mild the night under that out. Temperatures will be six or

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seven Celsius. Dry initially before we start to the patchy rain from the

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West. That is how we start the day tomorrow. Clarity begin with, the

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best of the temperatures in the morning then colder north-westerly

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winds, which will drag the temperatures down. Then we have the

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wind is coming down by Friday, producing a widespread frost in the

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Saturday morning. The National forecast is next. With

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of the week, and to start the weekend as well. For more on that

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snow situation, over to Jay Wynne now.

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Quite a lot going on over the next few days. The strong north-westerly

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wind will drag some really cold Arctic air across our shores full

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stop that will be with us for the next few days. And there will be

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some wintry weather and it will be a cold end to the week. In the

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short-term, the strong winds pushing the rain away from Scotland. The

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winds really picking up in the north and west with frequent showers

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following into Scotland and Northern Ireland, some of them wintry over

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the higher ground. It will be particularly cold in the wind, which

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will be a key feature of things

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