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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:

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Shocking claims of physical abuse at a hospital for people with

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learning disabilities. We need is see in Inspectorate so that this

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does not happen The district where anti-social

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behaviour fell by a third after a pilot scheme that could be copied

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around the world. Has the service addressed your problem?

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Behind the scenes at Britain's busiest military air base as it is

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praised for training pilots for Afghanistan.

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Hundreds turn out to pay tribute to a living legend of Coventry City

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Football Club. Good evening and welcome to

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Midlands Today. Tonight, shocking cases of physical abuse are

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revealed at a residential hospital dedicated to caring for people with

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learning difficulties. The father of one patient told how his grown

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up son was dragged across a carpet causing burns to his back. The

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health regulator also announced serious concerns about Arden Vale

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near Solihull. It is run by Castlebeck, the firm at the centre

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of an abuse scandal in Bristol revealed by an undercover team from

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the BBC Panorama programme. More from our health correspondent.

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Arden Vale Hospital in Meriden looks after adults with challenging

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behaviour but places are -- faces a police investigation. We know that

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eight members of staff and were suspended. This father's had a son

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there. I knew something was wrong with him. Bass said -- he said,

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they keep dragging me around the run up, Dad. I had never seen

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anything like it. It was these so it -- scenes in another home in

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Bristol that caused outrage after a BBC Panorama programme. While the

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failings at Arden Vale Hospital are not a serious, the company could be

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punished. We are taking enforcement actions. We cannot go into that for

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legal reasons. We are taking the findings seriously. The Quality

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Care Commission found that people were not protected from physical or

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emotional harm and that the management of medicine's was unsafe.

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It is a question of what sort of society we want to see. The care of

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the vulnerable, there is nothing more important. We must funded

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properly and give the training and insure inspections take place.

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Before the programme was broadcast, a whistle blow at Arden Vale

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Hospital told the police of serious abuse. We would hope the police

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would let us know about these things. We hope to strengthen our

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relationship so that in the future they would share them. Did they?

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Not on this occasion. Castlebeck says it will bring in a new

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whistle-blowing policy and promises a root-and-branch review of

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services. You have spoken to a number of

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staff who have worked at the hospital. Some appalling cases of

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abuse came to light. A I have to stress they are

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accusations made to the police. Things like patience being rugby-

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tackled, and one person had his fingers and pulled back to drag him

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into the centre of the room and people being appalled by their hair.

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And problems with the staff going absent at night or going to sleep

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on the job. How could it go on for so long? I understand that there

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were a group of people who could get away with things that the rest

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of the staff could not. The issue was that when they complained about

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those individuals, those things seem to come back on those who made

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the complaints. We are talking about a climate of fear, do you

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think? Absolutely. In many cases these people needed their jobs.

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They just got on with it. But, people did make complaints.

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Unfortunately, the complaint was not shared in the wider community.

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Later, an historic night in the Potteries.

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I am at Britannia Stadium where big crowd is expected for the first

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time Stoke City plays European football in over 30 years.

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Anti-social behaviour in part of Birmingham has fallen by one-third.

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It came about after the introduction of a scheme involving

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dedicating police teams called ASB Patrols. The experiment is being

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monitored by Cambridge University and could be copied by forces

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around the world. A group of 12-year olds to 16 year

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olds in Billesley South Birmingham. They like to see themselves as a

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gang. They are drunk. No doubt they would frighten some people. They

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spell out there going to name in beer bottles. Issues like this are

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being tackled by the ASB Patrols. Because you have been drinking we

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will take your details. They covered the South Birmingham area.

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The map shows the red anti-social behaviour hot spot areas. The

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circles denote where police officers are. If the team needs to

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see a real time view of what is going on, there are CCTV pictures.

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The teams go out in three cars, responding to calls about anti-

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social behaviour. It has been judged a success. Incidents are

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down by 30%. You have not been in trouble? The idea is to act quickly.

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Alcohol fuels much of the problems they are responding to. Youth's and

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alcohol, it is a mixture of danger and trouble for communities. It is

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something we need to address. get a call from Amanda who is

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distressed. The police have been here many times. She has a long-

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running dispute with her neighbour. Today, she is packing up and moving

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home. Her family are leaving Birmingham. This is packing I

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should not have to be doing, and I would not, it is something we have

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to do, the quality of life. neighbour did not want to go on

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camera. She said she was looking forward to her new life without her

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neighbours. She said she was very happy with West Midlands Police.

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There is often no quick fix to anti-social behaviour.

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We are joined by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police.

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It seems that the ease teams are working. Why are they not in all

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areas? I am proud of what they are doing. It is work that is being

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rolled out across the West Midlands. It has shown its worth in terms of

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reducing anti-social behaviour. They are part of a bigger set of

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changes we are making. It will be happening very soon. Earlier in the

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week, we saw police officers being taken out of secondary schools.

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Everybody thought that was a detrimental thing. Why are you

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doing that? I want to talk about cuts. There is a sense of

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frustration with my colleagues and I suspect every public servant in

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the West Midlands that every single story about policing is being seen

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it through the lens of the cuts. We have got to lose 2500 staff. It is

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a lot of people. Half of them have already gone. You are seeing the

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initiative you featured in South Birmingham. You are seeing crime

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falling sharply. How long can it go on for? The cuts are not complete.

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We have a lot of work to do. We have to make a lot of changes to

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accommodate the cuts. We are open for business. We are doing the

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quality work you have seen. We will continue to cope with cuts. We have

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seen that, granted. We are hearing about senior officers, very

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experienced officers, being forced to retire. That is part of our need

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to reduce the number of people in West Midlands Police. At the same

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time, we are transforming the organisation and introducing new

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technology and new approaches. We are able to continue to improve the

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service. This is not a field day for criminals. Crime is falling and

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service is improving, despite the cuts.

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Have you been affected by anti- social behaviour? If so, we would

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One of the most bizarre cases to come before a British judge was

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thrown out of court today. It involved the body of a teenager, a

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mother's last wishes and a Polish Catholic priest. The boy had been

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treated by some almost as a saint after his death in the Second World

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War. A priest was accused of illegally exhuming his body.

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Father Wojciech Jasinski walks free. The case against him dropped. His

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response was succinct. I feel relieved. Witold Orlowski is the

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14-year-old whose net -- remains he was accused of removing at St

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Raphael's Convent in Bullingham, Herefordshire. He said -- it was

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said he took them to be with his mother. Hemmed in by Nazis and

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Soviets in Poland, the boy and mother fled. The mother did not

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know when they would see each other again but they got safely to Mexico.

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The boy prayed for his life to be taken rather than a sick priest

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called Jozef Jarzebowski. The boy died and was hailed a hero. The

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priest moved to Herefordshire. The mother came here to work after the

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war. She brought the remains with her. Years later she moved to

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Henley on Thames. Father Wojciech Jasinski said he was asked by

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another priest are to remove the remains. It was to fulfil the

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wishes of the mother. Do you think you did the right thing? Morally,

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in my heart, yes. It was one of the most unusual cases to come before

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the courts. There was legal argument about whether it was in

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the public interest to prosecute the father. In the end, they

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decided there was insufficient evidence to convict him. He left

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the court freed to return to Rome, Five people have been found guilty

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of murdering a woman whose body was found on a disused railway a year

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ago. Gemma Hayter was found last August. This CCTV footage shows her

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in the town centre with the people who killed her. The three men and

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two women will be sentenced at a later date.

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The sight of Birmingham's enterprise zone has been unveiled

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by George Osborne. He was in the City today to look at the plans for

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the zone which is hoped will create 4000 jobs by 2015 and many more

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over the next few decades. It will benefit from relaxed planning laws

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and lower taxes. Other cities including Stoke-on-Trent and

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Coventry are waiting to hear if they will get one. The Enterprise

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Zone will be based in the city centre. It is going to allow the

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local council to attract businesses where central government money and

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that is going to mean that the jobs here in the centre of Birmingham

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and jobs for people who live across Birmingham who come to the centre

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to work. The Hay-on-Wye literary festival

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pulls in a record number of visitors this year. 225,000 people

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went to more than 700 events at the Festival on the Hereford to-Wales

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border. Next year will be the 25th anniversary.

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Still to come, goodbye to the old soldier who made his Tam planus for

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his Armistice Day parades. And it has been another find it day

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but tonight brings a few splashes of rain. What does that mean for

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the weekend? I will be a with the Their commander of British

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helicopter forces in Britain -- in Afghanistan has paid tribute to the

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base in Shropshire where all military helicopter pilots are

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trained. It comes as a senior officer from the base heads to

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Afghanistan to oversee helicopter operations there. We have been

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behind-the-scenes at RAF Shawbury. At the controls of a flight

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simulator at RAF Shawbury. The viewers over the skies of

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Shropshire but Group Captain Jock Brown will soon be taking control

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of flights in Afghanistan. He will be heading here to Helmand province,

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where he will oversee or helicopter flights at in and out of military

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bases. It is a large air base that is there. We are there to support

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the ground element and everything we do is in support of the ground

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forces. Our effort and and a hold reason for being in the helicopters

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is to insure that the ground movement can move forward.

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Just returned from Afghanistan is Captain Paul Shawcross. He will be

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taking charge at Shawbury. Conditions here are different from

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Afghanistan. The challenge in Afghanistan is perhaps peculiar to

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Afghanistan and that is the dust and the temperature and the

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altitude, they are demanding from man and machine. Shawbury is the

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base where pilots from all three forces are trained to deal with

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those challenges. This is Britain's busy as military airfield. It is

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the only one that -- the any busier for UK forces is Camp Bastion.

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Flying out from Shawbury is the commander, accompanied by the Air

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Vice-Marshal responsible for helicopter flights. The

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contribution of pilots trained here is seen as vital for the success of

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operations against the Taliban. This is the lifeblood. RAF Shawbury

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has always been the focus for helicopter training for defence.

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Every soldier who is working in Afghanistan is intimately

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associated with the helicopter operation. They all speak highly of

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helicopter contributions. It is a very important thing to fly

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accurately around that the theatre and the soldiers could not do what

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they do without us. It will be six months before Group Captain Jock

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Brown returns to the UK. In that time, he will have been responsible

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for air space that is just as busy A proud day for everyone at RAF

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Shawbury. Jimmy Hill, the Coventry City

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legend has been back to the city to unveil a statue of himself. Fans

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raised �100,000 for the tribute to one of the club's greatest servants.

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We went along to have a look and find out what that the living

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legend made of it. They turned out in their hundreds

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to pay tribute to one of their heroes. The summit was their first

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innings but for others it was a rare chance to say thank you for

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transforming the Sky Blues 50 years ago.

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Before we came along, no one knew us. When he arrived, everybody knew

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us. Beneath the large sheet, you could almost imagine his bronze was

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bursting to get free. This is one of 21 white doves that will bring

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good luck to Coventry City and the new statue of Jimmy Hill. Britain's

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today viewers -- Midlands Today's viewers are already had a good idea

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of what to expect when we met the Applause macro. APPLAUSE. I have

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not had many of those done! To have a statue is one of those things

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that is out of this world. A thing it is his proudest moment and Mein

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too. I am very proud of the man and honoured to be here today. I think

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it is a great honour and a deserved one. For me, you was the man that

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made this club. A wonderful day, Coventry City is much more

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important than Jimmy Hill, much more important. But you are the man

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who made the club what it is today? I did my very best to help. One

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onto of the things that I did, I have just realised, they are OK!

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What an emotional day. Very emotional. The great thing was that

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when we came out together, the sun started to shine. That epitomised

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everything for me, what Jimmy Hill did father's football club.

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years young and still in fine voice. Jimmy Hill came home today, for

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ever among friends at Coventry City. These memories will stay with

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everyone. I hope so, it has been What a moving occasion. Very humble,

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wasn't he? He was such an innovator. A brilliant day for lots of people.

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On the pitch, there is a big night of football as Stoke City play

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their first European match in almost 40 years.

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They entertain the Croatian side Hajduk Split in the first of two

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legs. They will play the return game on the Adriatic coastline in

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seven days' time. We've -- our reporter is at the stadium now.

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They must be very excited? Absolutely, this is only the third

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qualifier of the Europa League but there are plenty of fans turning up

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to seek the Croatian opponents. I thought... The pronunciation is

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pretty much how they say hello in these parts. Hajduk Split! We are

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friendly people in the north. However you say their name, they

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are here and can -- and keen to continue their traditions. They

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have had a taste of what cities like in the Britannia Stadium but

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on match days it is very different. They have done their homework on

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Stoke City's style of play. We have watched DVDs that we are were given.

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We are familiar with the team. We know it is a very aggressive team

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and we are aware that it will be hard tonight. Stoke City is

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certainly an imposing sight, you may say perfect for the rigours of

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the English Premier League but not so suited to the more technical

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games of the Europa League. But that approach is simple, they want

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a success. You want to win the game. It is early for us. We have other

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objectives and everything else but we want to win the Games. Desperate

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to win the game. A big crowd his except -- expected and the fans are

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excited about the club's first European adventures of 37 years.

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Brilliant. I never thought this could happen to the club. It is

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fantastic what has happened over the last pre-season is. European

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stock or is something to be savoured, just like the local

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delicacy oatcakes. The manager has a famous -- favourite filling.

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Stoke City fans will hope he has not given any more gifts on the

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pitch. Let us get the Croatian view on tonight's game. Here is a

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reporter who follows Hajduk Split readily ifs. How are they going to

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get on? As we say in Croatia, and so many people think that the match

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will be very tough, very tight. But I will tell you one secret. I spoke

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at one hour before the match to the president of Hajduk Split anti

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Tommy that he predicted the result would be zero to Hajduk Split is.

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Gull would go to one of their players. How important is beat

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League Two Hajduk Split? It is very important because it is a big

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traditions. Hajduk Split has a big ambition every year in Europe.

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Stoke City are newcomers to the scene but they are playing a team

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with the big pedigree and they are after the glory.

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Good luck to the team tonight. I hope that prediction is wrong.

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For decades, Bedworth was the any town in the country to have its

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Remembrance Day on Armistice Day and it was all down to the efforts

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of one man. Today it the town said farewell to be war hero who died

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last week. Our reporter was that the funeral today of a Frank

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Parsons. For decades, he made sure that this

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was a town that never forgot. Today, they were all remembering him.

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Today, Bedworth salutes Frank Parsons. We say thank you to a man

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who has done much to make this town proud. Since the 1960s, Frank

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Parsons had run Bedworth's Armistice Day parade, the only UK

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town to hold it on the 11th day of the 11th month. It is a great

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honour. Supported by the people of the town and the people of the

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country as well. An ex-Royal Marine, he took part in landings in ban and

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Malaya and was captured by the Japanese in 1943. After a difficult

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recovery, he devoted his life to remembering the fallen. It did not

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matter where he went, people saluted him, they donated to them.

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He was wonderful. What he did in the name of remembrance for this

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town is absolutely phenomenal. Among his ideas for parade day was

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a poppy drops from a second world war aircraft. Today, hundreds lined

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the same streets but to say goodbye. Their brilliant man who looked

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after Bedworth. He was very much respected. He was. Frank Parsons

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fought for his country and for the people of his town so that they

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would ever forget those who had died. He has now thought his final

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battle and these people will never forget Thames. -- fought his final

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battle. A fitting tribute. Very emotional.

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I hope the younger generation remember what he has done. Who is

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going to carry the mantle? Indeed. It is not a bad evening. Parts of

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Warwickshire got up to 25 degrees to date. Tonight, a bit of a change.

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We will see a little bit of rain. It is going to feel quite mild. The

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reason is a very weak weather front pushing its way in from the West.

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There is only a little bit of rain with this. We have started to see

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some rain in Shropshire. They will spread across other parts of the

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region through this evening. Very light, drizzly. Many of us will

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actually stay dry. A bit of mist in places. A very mild night. Tamara,

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we start quite cloudy and damp as well. -- tomorrow. As we go through

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the day, the rain will be confined to the far south of the regions.

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The rest of us will see some sunny spells with temperatures up to 22

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degrees. Pleasant but not as warm as today. Tomorrow evening will be

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fine and dry. We will see a lot of Meriden overnight but some clear

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spells. It may be quite a grey start to Saturday but we will again

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see some sunshine coming through. Temperatures of 22 degrees. It will

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not feel too bad at all. Sunday, things state similar but we may see

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a bit of extra cloud. Overall, there will be a fair amount of

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cloud with temperatures in the mid- twenties. Even the start of next

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week looks fairly settled. A few splashes of rain tonight but that

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is a temporary diversion and we go back to some after that.

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Summer has arrived. It does come in the trunks. It is looking did at

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the moment. Let us look again at tonight's main

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headlines. Sara Payne whose daughter was murdered 11 years ago

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has been told that she may have had her mobile phone hatch by a private

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