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Welcome to Midlands today. The headlines: three men and two women

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are jailed for torturing and killing their disabled friend and

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leaving her on a disused railway line. Criticism of an ITV show

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depicting Fred West by the detective who led the enquiry.

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is not just unfair, but to the deficit of the investigation.

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�100,000 for the former councillor who says Labour dropped him because

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he is Asian. Nine arrests after home fans clash with police --

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clash with police at Coventry City. The evening and welcome to Monday's

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Midlands today. Tonight, five people had been jailed for

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torturing them killing a disabled woman. Three men and two women were

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sentenced at the Old Bailey in London to a minimum of 85 years in

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prison. 27-year-old Gemma Hayter was left to choke on Harome bladder

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on a disused railway line in Rugby in Warwickshire last year after

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being kicked and stabbed. In sentencing, the judge said the

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killers had subjected her to a chronicle of heartlessness as they

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tormented her before her death. The judge said it was difficult to find

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the words to express how vile their behaviour was. Gemma Hayter should

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have been celebrating her birthday tomorrow, instead she choked to

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death on her own blood on this disused railway line in rugby. She

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was humiliated, beaten and forced to drink urine, before being walked

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to her death by a gang she believed were her friends. Gemma Hayter was

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a vulnerable young woman who was brutally killed at a hands of five

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people she considered friends. Nothing can bring her back, and her

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family can now try to come to terms with everything that has happened.

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I hope they can start to rebuild their lives. Described as a

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vulnerable adults with learning difficulties, she was captured on

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CCTV in the hours before her death at their hands of a gang who hunted

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in a pack. The charity Mencap said although her death was extreme and

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tragic, abuse against the vulnerable is sadly commonplace.

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There is a problem in society with people seem as not being human and

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therefore extremely vulnerable and open to abuse. I think if these

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crimes were committed against people on a race basis, we would

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have very different an outcry. Chantelle Booth said she was her

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best friend, but was described in court as a nasty piece of work with

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no conscience. She, at Daniel Newstead and Joe Boyer were all

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subjected -- all sentenced to life. Duncan Edwards received 15 years

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for Gemma's killing. Outside court, her mother said the family was

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still try to come to terms with her death. We are satisfied with the

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sentences, this will give them 20 - - plenty of time to reflect on

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their dreadful actions. This will never bring her back, but has

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brought us some closure. When sentencing, the judge said she

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failed to see how the five could have sunk any low were. She

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admitted she had been upset watching CCTV footage, and that

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each of them had never worked, as none of them had ever come to be

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good to society, and always blame somebody else for their problems.

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She added that for all by the burn it was by then, it soon will be,

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but not in the way you have planned. Our reporter joins us now. There is

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a serious case review under way into Gemma Hayter's death. What

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does it involve? Any professional organisation which may have had

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contact with her, police, social services, health bodies, will have

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to establish how they were working together at the time of her death.

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Why are they holding this review? It is not usual to hold a serious

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case review into the death of an adult, but because he was

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classified as a vulnerable adult, for all the agencies must establish

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if there are any lessons for a recommendation that can come out of

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this. When is the report due out? We expected at the end of October.

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As you can imagine, this is going to be a very full and comprehensive

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enquiry done by an independent body. Obviously, the family will still at

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questions they want answered, and professional agencies want to

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ensure that nobody is left unsafe. Later in the programme, we will

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have the very latest at the tail- end of Hurricane at the tail-end of

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Hurricane Katia beaches the Midlands. We have had reports of a

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high wind and rain pouring in. Minor roads in Warwickshire and

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Gloucestershire were closed off because of high wind. The strongest

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wind was recorded in Shropshire. Disruption and damage are possible

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in the next few hours. Find out more later. The detective who led

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the Fred West investigation in Gloucester said he felt left Diane

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-- let down by the producers of an ITV drama. Appropriate Adult

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featured the relationship between Janet Leach and Fred West. John

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Bennett said they ignored his advice and put dramatisation before

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the fact. A drama showing the relationship between at Gloucester

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housewife and a manipulative mass murderer was never going to be easy.

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Appropriate adult -- Appropriate Adult took three years to make, and

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producers had the areas meetings with Detective Superintendent John

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Bennett. This afternoon, police officers found in two separate

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areas what is considered to be two significant and separate fines.

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Having seen the programme, he is angry at the way in which Janet

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Leach's role is dramatised will stop they have wrongly portrayed

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how Janet Leach came into the investigation, the way she was

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dealt with, from welfare and the way she Interactive's. -- the way

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she interacted with Fred West. The impact on the investigation has

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been all parenthesised. It was produced in a way for the purpose

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of the story they wanted to show. Unfortunately, other than the

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acting ability that resulted in the portrayal of Fred West, it achieved

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nothing at all. The writer of Appropriate Adult defended his

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position, saying it made a better story. We are compressing years of

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drama into two hours, so you must simplified the story, but we

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absolutely stand by the essence of the story. The drama does not

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criticise Gloucester police, John Bennett, others have. What of the

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women at the centre of this? Janet Leach neck -- nearly brought the

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trial to a halt when it was revealed she had done a deal with

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the Daily Mirror for her story. She worked with ITV on the drama but

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did not want to be interviewed. What should we expect from the

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dramatisation of a story? It was a pretty grim watch. The you believe

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these should be the same, the deal for detail? The job of the script

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writer is to stick to the basics. Cover the fundamentals of the plot,

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not necessarily pay lip service to every detail, which would have

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weakened at the force of the drama, and it was an excellent drama. It

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was told from the perspective of Janet Leach, the social worker. We

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did not see the rape, incest, murders, we did not see bodies

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exhumed, it concentrated on the relationship, and it was a morally

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ambiguous relationship. I think in this situation the detective's

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criticisms are not legitimate, because he was not privy to aspects

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of that relationship. Can you understand people were actually

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they're being frustrated beyond belief that were furious when the

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see something that never happen? can understand, that everybody

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takes liberties. Every artist, scriptwriter, take liberties with

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the fact. Otherwise we would be seeing documentaries, and this was

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not a documentary, it was a powerful drama, in the sense that

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it engage the audience. Everybody who watches those shows will be

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totally engrossed. It is a compelling drama, but what about

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the victims? Was it unfair to the victims? A lot at the time in this

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particular case, it was 17 years ago. We have to keep her mind on

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the fact that time has and an aesthetic quality. It desensitise

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his cars. -- desensitises us. We sold it horrific case of Gemma

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Hayter. There is no doubt that in a decade or two, someone will have

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the idea of dramatising this and it will offend people. It will not

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make the facts of the crime Galway, but it will make a compelling drama.

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-- the crime Galway. A former councillor has won more than

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�100,000 compensation from the Labour Party in a race

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discrimination action. In a long- running case, he claimed he was

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dropped as a candidate because he is Asian. It has been some battle.

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For 13 years this former Labour councillor has pursued the party

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from courtroom to tribunal. I am really pleased that this battle has

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more or less come to an end. At the end of the day, I have been

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vindicated. This was 10 years ago, at one of the first tribunal

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hearings. Labour deselected him following claims he gave his Asian

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families preference for housing repair grant in exchange for votes,

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claims he has always denied. In the end, the tribunal ruled that Labour

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had deselected him because they feared Borders would associate at

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candidate from the Pakistani community with a housing grant

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community -- scandal, and this amounted to discrimination. He was

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awarded compensation of nearly �123,000, legal fees being paid by

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the public. If the money has been given -- taken from the taxpayer,

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it should be charged to the Labour Party. Labour told us they were

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clear that unfairly discriminating against someone because of their

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race is totally unacceptable. He is now qualify as a solicitor and is

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no longer involved in party politics. Parents of deaf pupils

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said today that the council decision to halt specialist

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treatment programmes Cup's are welcome, but the damage has already

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Getting ready for school. This five-year-old Carl and her sister

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are both deaf. This family believes plans to halve the number of

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specialist teachers over two years would have had a big effect. Even

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though they have given us that extra staff back and they have

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stopped cutting staff, the damaged that the council have caused is a

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much more greater than what they have given us back. As the girls

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said off, they are believed the council has decided to reverse its

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plans for cuts. We help by signing and by talking slowly. I feel happy

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because my sisters can have support teachers. Now they can hear

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properly and when the teacher is speaking fast, they can understand.

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has refused our request for an

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interview. In the past to the council has said it has been forced

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to face an unprecedented level of savings. But the charity which

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Launce the action, says the council ignored the concerns of parents.

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is a shame that parents and ourselves have to take this step.

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They realised that they were not following proper legal processes.

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It was evident they were not consulting parents. There will be

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more consultation with families over the next few months, after

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their legal victory, these campaigners are determined to avoid

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further cuts. The UK's first ever facility for

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recycling nappies has opened in the Black Country. The plant aims to

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process 36,000 tonnes of waste a year. Although just opened, the

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plug is working flat out and there are plans to build others in the UK.

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David, how much nappy waste to reproduce? A lot. Look at these

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facts. By the time you potty train your child, they could use up to

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6,000 nappies before it becomes potty trained. News 8 million

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nappies in the UK every day and these can hang in the landfill for

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500 years but not if they come here. Here they are recycled. They are

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put under pressure, heat-treated and separated into two different

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strains. The plastic can be used in things like roof tile and the pulp

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canned make things like this, cardboard tubes. Martin, how much

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is the demand for this? Over a million tons of hygiene products in

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the UK. This plant will handle about 36,000 tonnes but the board

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out that we would like to have would be another 45 plants as

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minimum. That is amazing. This is commercial nappy waste from

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hospitals. What about domestic nappies? This is the absorbent

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hygiene products recover. We hope that the local authorities will

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expand to allow us to have the collection methodology for bringing

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in the household waste, but at the moment the plan -- plant is for

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commercial sources. There might be more plants opening soon? We are

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looking for roll-out of four or five plants in the next five years

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and that will be covered by all of the absorbent products, commercial

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or domestic sources. I know what everyone has been asking me, how

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does it smell? I have smelt much worse! But it does linger!

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Still to come: the rare Land Rover cars saved from the scrap heap in

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Norway that could be yours at auction.

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Danny is here with the sport. Coventry City's first win of the

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season was marred by crowd trouble. It started after fans tried to

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protest against the club's owners. Nine arrests were made during the

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home win over Derby. Birmingham City's win over Millwall also saw a

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rest. It was the moment that tension

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spilled out. Fans frustrated with how Coventry City is one, chose the

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home game to demonstrate against the owners. But when banners are

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confiscated, the frustration turned to anger and all while the match

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was going on. The club said the scenes sad and staff and they have

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launched an investigation. The Sky Blues won their first game of the

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season. Richard Keogh and a penalty which Lukas Jutkewicz converted and

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Carl Baker's that -- body led to victory. It is time for us to move

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on and we have set our standards. We played some of the big boys and

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we want to kick on. There will also 12 arrests after Birmingham City's

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win over Millwall. Her hat-trick from Chris Wood gave them a 3-0 win.

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His second was a volley and his third in the dying minutes was also

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a goal. The win lifted the Blues 10 places up the table to 12. West

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Bromwich Albion also won yesterday. The victory at Norwich was the

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first Premier League points. Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal

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Odemwingie scored the only goal after three minutes. The big

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talking point was this collision between Albin's Gabriel Tamas and

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Norwich striker James Vaughan. Tamas has been charged by the

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Football Association with violent conduct and could face a three-

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match ban. That is not how everyone saw it. Norwich were unhappy.

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was an accident. And Stoke City where the other winners. A Jon

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where the other winners. A Jon Walters penalty was enough to beat

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Liverpool 1-0. Shrewsbury Town have also started

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the season well. They are in the League Two promotion places. They

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beat Midland rivals Hereford United. Have the's defeat leaves them in

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the bottom two. You can see the highlights from all the matches on

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the BBC sport website. Warwickshire are wrong course to

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win the County Championship after a great day's batting. If they win

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they should take the title and they had to centurions. Varun Chopra was

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the first to that mark. He was out for 109. And Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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also made 100. He closed the day 107 not out. The bears ended Day

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one 296 for three. Worcestershire at dismissed Durham at the

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Riverside as they strive to stay in Division One. They were 24 for one.

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Four commentary on both of those matches you can log on to the BBC

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sport website. It has been a wild weekend in

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Aberdeen but Andy Sullivan will never forget it. The golfer played

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a key role in helping Great Britain and Ireland win the Walker Cup. The

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perfect way to end his amateur career before turning professional.

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We met Andy Sullivan last week and he was living the dream of every

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amateur golfer. He was heading to Scotland to first the cream of the

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USA and he was confident that Great Britain and Ireland could topple

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the holders and when the Walker Cup. By Sunday, G B I needed three

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points to win the silver well. This birdie putt left him two down with

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eight to play and as the north wind blew, so did Andy. He won the 11th

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hole to trail by just one and when he levelled his match, his American

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opponent must have feared the worst. Earlier, Andy had won both his

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foursomes to win points for the team but although he lost his

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singles, nothing could stop Great Britain and Ireland from securing a

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victory. Fantastic. The loudest cheers. You could hear it all over

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the course. Nuneaten had arrived. What a high note to go on.

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Fantastic. His family were so proud. Andy Sullivan will take the plunge

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and turn professional but winning the Walker Cup will be the

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highlight of his amateur golf career.

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Congratulations, Andy. His trip back was delayed because of the

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high winds. Thank you. Would for once believed

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to be the largest collection of rare Land Rovers in the world has

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been rescued from a scrap heap and brought back to the Midlands.

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Models were about to be seized and destroyed by the Norwegian

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government but they will now be auctioned off at the weekend.

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63 year since the first Land Rover came off the production line in

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Solihull, this most iconic of British bands has come in many

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guises. Take this, the Cuthbertson, one of only 13 built in 1958 to

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track through boggy terrain. This fire engine converted by a

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Worcester firm backing 1964. have ex-British Army, designed to

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float on water. These rare models have been rescued by one man, John

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Craddock from Cannock. He bought them after they were seized by

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government officials in the wake and now plans to auction them off

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on Sunday. We will have more foreign visitors than UK visitors.

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The response has been overwhelming from around the world. We know that

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our people coming from China, Japan and America. Not all the exhibits

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are in perfect condition. This is a 1954 series one model. It is one of

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the most sought-after vehicles by Land Rover enthusiasts. And

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deserveds like Stephen Peters from Florida. He has already arrived in

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anticipation of securing a piece of Midlands and motoring heritage.

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This is a piece of history that will never happen again. This

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collection is massive. It is great to be here and have the take a

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vehicle ham. So passionate art collectors, they will pay tens of

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thousands of pounds for a rarity. You buy a car, keeping it three

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years, it has had it. By a Land Rover, you keep it for ever. And to

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think all these could have ended up on the scrap heap.

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Some weird-looking ones! There will be more in our late bulletin. We

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will be reporting live from the Frankfurt Motor Show.

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As we have heard, it has been a windy day right across the region.

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Has Hurricane Katia finally blown Has Hurricane Katia finally blown

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itself out? How is it looking? It is looking a little bit better.

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The effects of the winds have stretched far and wide. Shops yeah

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probably got the worst of the gusts. -- Shropshire. From the rest of the

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figures, it is the north and west that bore the brunt of the

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battering. Now that the remains of Cyclone Katia or are drifting off

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to the North Sea, the was see that they raise some slack developing in

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the isobars the further south we go. Still quite a blurry out there.

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That will last through the evening and through the first part of

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tonight with gusts within the region of 50 miles per hour. The

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possibility of some transport, damage to trees and structures.

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Towards the tail end of tonight, the wind speeds easing.

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Temperatures are down to 11 or 12 Celsius and that is because of the

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winds. It is also a dry night with clear spells. That yields some

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sunshine tomorrow morning. A nice start to the day. But quickly the

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cloud thickens from the West and that will introduce a rash of

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showers. Some could be heavy. They become more sparse through the

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afternoon. Temperatures riding to 16 or 17 Celsius. Slightly cooler

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but not quite as windy. Gusts of but not quite as windy. Gusts of

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around 30 miles per hour. Wednesday December.

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A look at tonight's main headlines: the government has promised to push

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through the biggest overhaul of Britain's banks in a generation.

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