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We are back with the late news at 10.15pm.
Good afternoon. the late news at 10.15pm.
Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioners are calling
on the government to end the practice of charging victims
of domestic abuse for medical letters proving they've been abused.
Sue Arnold, who is the County's Deputy PCC says the practice
is "insulting" and can cost as much as ?300.
Louisa Currie reports.
It's a crime so often committed behind closed doors.
Domestic violence can be difficult to spot.
And even harder to prove.
But is charging victims for medical evidence the right thing to do?
Those fees are being charged so that someone can be safe.
GPs are there to protect people, and help them.
I think it's absolutely outrageous that a victim would then be faced
with that challenge.
In Staffordshire, reports of domestic abuse have risen by 18%
with more than 13,000 crimes reported over the last 12 months.
And the force is making tackling it a priority.
The problem is letters from GPs are not paid for by the NHS.
But they take time to write and that means costs,
which are often passed on to patients.
You have to have evidence for any court case.
And we understand and accept that.
But not to be charged by a GP to be able to prove that before you can
access that legal system.
The fundamental principle of Legal Aid is to support
vulnerable people who can't afford to go through the system.
The British Medical Association says victims of domestic violence should
not need to seek a letter from any source, including a GP.
They should be believed in the first place.
Sue Arnold is calling on the Department of Health to look
again at the charges, or to make sure the costs
are covered by Legal Aid.
A report's found that the man found guilty of murdering the Coventry
toddler Daniel Pelka refused medical treatment while in prison
for fear he'd be recognised.
Mariusz Krezolek, who'd been jailed for life for his cruelty,
died from a heart attack in January last year.
The Ukip party's candidate in the Stoke on Trent by-election
has been forced to move house in Stoke.
The party says it's because of concerns
for Paul Nuttall's personal safety.
Incidents have included hate mail being posted through the letterbox
of his registered address in the city and intruders
being found in the garden.
The refit of a hotel in Malvern is being used to support
the homeless in Worcester.
Instead of skipping or selling their old furniture and bedding,
the owners chose to donate it to a recycling business.
And that in turn supports a local hostel.
Amy Cole reports.
Getting out of the cold, Thomas has been here for three weeks
after being found sleeping rough on the steps of the hostel.
I used to be a chronic drug user.
Since I've been in the hostel, I haven't touched no drugs
for nearly three weeks.
I've been giving clean samples.
So I'm looking well.
And Jonathan knows me.
My mum's here too.
So I found it quite nice to been around family.
It's given me a bit of stability back in my life again.
Jonathan runs St Paul's hostel.
It's funded purely by profits made from the sale of furniture that's
been donated to the second chance furniture company.
We have our own onside counsellor, and we have to pay for that.
And also allows us to pay for trips away the people,
perhaps buy tickets to visit family and friends.
Julia and Nick are refurbishing their hotel in Malvern Morven
and have donated a lot of bedding and tables to the charity.
It's really nice to see things being recycled, and being reused.
If we can input back into the community in any way
we can, I always think it's a fantastic thing to do.
Would you like to see more businesses do that?
It's important businesses give back to the area
where they are living and growing.
The community doing its best to help those less fortunate.
Many of us woke up to snow this morning.
So what does the forecast have in store for us tomorrow?
Rebecca Wood has the details.
It was certainly a cold start to the day.
A winter wonderland at the top.
We've had more snow showers even to lower levels and,
as we head through tonight, we're likely to see them continuing,
particularly over high ground.
The Staffordshire Morland is likely to see someone snowflakes.
We could even get some to lower levels as it meets that cold air.
A chilly night with temperatures dipping down to 1-3 Celsius.
More of the same tomorrow.
A cloudy, grey day, plenty of showers, again,
as they touch that much colder air, they are likely to fall
as something snowy.
Clearing away, temperatures getting up to 3-4 C but it's going to be
a bit brighter by Monday.
Before we go, just a reminder that tomorrow's Sunday Politics
has a live debate from Staffordshire University
with some of the candidates in the Stoke-on-Trent Central
Join Patrick Burns from 11 o'clock on BBC one.
But, from all of us here, goodbye.