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Good evening, welcome to Monday's Midlands Today from the BBC.

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How a chance discovery uncovered a woman's brutal murder. Daisy meant

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the world to all of us and no sentence will be able to bring her

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back. As an inquiry ends, news of a new

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case of negligence involving a baby boy. I gave him three hard slaps on

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his back. I pull something from his mouth.

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The driest year in the region since records began. We will have all the

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facts and figures. Three of our teams power into the

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Good evening and welcome to a programme. Tonight: the woman who

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seemed to be the doting relative, caring for her frail, 92 year old

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grandmother. But a chance meeting with police at a roadside uncovered

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her brutal secret. She'd murdered after taking her life savings.

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36-year-old Sheila Jones is beginning a life sentence tonight

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after battering Daisy Myring to death in a cold-blooded attack at

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her home in Staffordshire in May. Jones originally denied murder but

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changed her plea this morning. From Wolverhampton Crown Court, Ben

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Godfrey reports. Daisy Myring was 92, she was frail

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and partially blind. Despite this, she chose to live alone in

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Brownhills. On May 31st, she was killed at the hands of her own

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flesh and blood. This is her granddaughter Sheila Jones, a woman

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who visited with shopping, to offer care, who beat her to death with a

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plastic chair. Today, she changed her plea, and admitted murder.

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last few months have been a nightmare for me and my family.

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Daisy meant the world to all of us and no sentence will ever be able

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to bring her back. She was a kind and generous lady and will be

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sorely missed by all members of her family. When Sheila Jones came here,

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supposedly the doting granddaughter, she came here with a secret. She

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had taken more than �6,500 of her grandmother's life savings. When

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the days he began to suspect -- suspect foul play, the court heard

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that Sheila Jones came here to silence her. And tonight, new

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detail about how she was brought to justice. There was no one who she

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came into contact with he would not have been affected by her kind

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nature. After police appeals, like this one on Midlands Today, the

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court heard Jones may have panicked and tried to move the murder weapon.

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A police patrol spotted Jones in Norton Canes, walking with two

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black bin liners, in one a pillow and a torch, in the other, a

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plastic stool, with traces of her grandmother's blood. We were

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struggling to connect her specifically to the killing and she

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had been released on bail at that stage. They stopped, talked to her,

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they talked -- looked inside the bags and had realised what they had

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discovered. They then made the arrest. Sheila Jones showed no

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emotion in court, she'd claimed she was in financial turmoil but this

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mother of two could apparently afford a new TV and a holiday.

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Sentencing Jones to life imprisonment, Judge Philip Parker

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told her had crime was a gross abuse of a Britons -- position of

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trust and added her taking her savings was callous and cruel.

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Taking her life was unforgivable. Later in the programme, a crisis in

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our primary schools with a record number of vacancies for head

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A young boy could have died after choking on a 17-centimetre tube

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which was left in his body at birth. It's the latest case of negligence

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to have come to light during the period covered by the Stafford

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Hospital Inquiry. Patient representatives have been

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giving their views to the inquiry today, as it enters its final

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stages. These days, for year-old Owen

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Thomas has no problems eating his breakfast but it was not always so.

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At birth, a tube should have been put into his airway but it was put

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into her stomach and forgotten about. That was until he went blue

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and cheered. I was physically sick when the mist came. I had Owen in

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my arms and she thought he had merely had a Sieger because he'd

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had a couple of episodes where he was having a seizure. -- seizure.

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My friend said he has just -- she has just pulled this out of him.

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What is this? The plastic tube had stopped him feeding properly. It

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was first told of avoidable mistake that must end. Why should they hide

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the fact they have made a mistake and just carry on as normal? We

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were not. Members of the organisation left the inquiry after

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four hours of naming and shaming those they felt had failed to

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protect patients. The council's overview and scrutiny committee did

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not know their powers, let alone how to use them. The Strategic

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Health Authority was reluctant to recognise problems. The Care

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Quality Commission was responsible for wholly ineffective regulation.

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The organisation compared the culture of fear with a scene out of

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Alice in Wonderland, the one where the cards were painting the roses

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red because they were frightened to admit there are making us -- a

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mistake. A catalogue of chaos. There has to be won the system

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throughout the whole of the NHS that ensures quality and safety.

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But the moment, we've not got that. Owen Thomas survived. Many patients

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died. The inquiry was told it must follow up on its findings to make

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sure they have taken flight. Well, let's speak to Michele now.

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What were Cure the NHS key demands during their closing statement

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today? They want to turn the NHS on its

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head. They are fed up with the structure and want doctors and

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nurses to take over the control again. They want more democracy

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within the NHS to doctors' leaders are elected and they want citizens'

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juries so they can ensure patients have more control over patient

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safety. This inquiry has gone on for over a

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year now, and most of the evidence is from past events, is it still

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relevant? Only yesterday, the Royal College

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of Nursing was complaining there were not enough nurses. There are

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shortages on the wards. This was something that came up time and

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time again over the four years of the Stafford hospital problem. In

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fact, there was at least one complaint for every day of those

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four years. There was also a time of major institutional change going

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on and there were financial problems taking place. All the

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elements are still there for the same sorts of things to be able to

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happen again. So what's happens now?

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Now, we are getting closing statements so other people like the

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Strategic Health Authority, the Care Quality Commission, will

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actually put forward their closing statements. At the end of November,

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the chairman will take away over 1 million pages of documentation.

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There were over 179 witnesses. Some time next year, probably after

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April, he will come back with recommendations. We've been told

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the Department of Health has already set up a unit to try to

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ensure the findings of this inquiry are taken into consideration and

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acted upon. Police have launched a murder

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inquiry after a man was stabbed in Solihull last night. The 22-year-

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old was found in Chelmsley Wood but died in hospital after being taken

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there with another injured man. It's believed trouble had started

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at the nearby St Anne's Social Club. Police have spent the day searching

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woodland in Gloucestershire for the remains of a teacher who went

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missing four years ago. Specialist officers are searching the farm

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where Adrian Prout lived with his wife Kate. He was jailed for her

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murder last year, but until last week had denied all responsibility.

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Nearby footpaths are closed and the search is expected to restart

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tomorrow morning. A mother's been describing her

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terror after a car was set alight with her baby still inside. 18-

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month-old Chad was left in the car on the driveway of the family home

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in Willersey near Evesham while his mother took his siblings inside.

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Moments later she saw the car in flames. Police are investigating

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reports that a man was seen running away. The flames were as tall as me

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and luckily, they were on that side so I could get him out. I was

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actually -- absolutely terrified, like a headless chicken running

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around. I didn't know what to do. The shortage of primary school head

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teachers has reached a 26-year high. Latest figures show that a record

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number of vacancies remain unfilled and more than 40% of all posts last

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year in England had to be re- advertised.

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Governors at Green Lea First School in Staffordshire say they're at

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their wits end. They're about to re-advertise the head teacher post

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for the 3rd time. 36 children attend this small rural

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school at Milwich in Staffordshire. It's been described as the heart of

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the community. They've been without a head teacher now since the start

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of term. Staff and parents say they they're desperate to find someone.

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Plenty to offer an individual. have fought like cats and dogs.

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There is a lot of work involved and probably not for as much money as a

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headship at another school. that's part of the problem. Due to

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the size of Green Lea First School the salary of �40,000 is equivalent

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to a deputy's salary at a bigger school. Helen Richardson is the

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teacher currently acting up. It has shown me the other side of the job.

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It is concerned with health and safety, finance, and other areas.

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Recruiting Head Teachers seems to be a problem across the region.

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They have been 36 vacancies in Staffordshire. In Shropshire, 16

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posts are currently available. In Warwickshire, 11 out of 193 Schools

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are without a head teacher. Six miles away in Stone, Pirehill First

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School is thriving with 220 pupils. The head teacher Debbie Breeze is

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currently mentoring Helen at Green Lea primary. She's run a small

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school herself in the past and can see what might be putting

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candidates off. You really are all things to everybody. It takes a

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special person to be so heavily involved in a school. It brings its

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rewards as well. I think you are actually -- absolutely welcomed

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into that committee. The latest figures show that 40 % of posts

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last year had to be re-advertised put a 20 six-year high. -- that is.

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Children had that by creating their own homespun -- posters and being a

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part of the process themselves, they will find the perfect had

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teacher third time lucky. With us now is Victor Aguera from

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the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women

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Teachers. Is this a common problem across the region or is it just in

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rural schools? It is a common problem across all sectors of

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education. The problem is workload. One of the things... It is workload

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for teachers. We've noticed there are 30 % fewer teachers applying.

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30 % of teachers express a wish to leave the profession was to some

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teachers have said that the whole thing, the whole process is far too

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tough and long. There is an accreditation scheme for

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headteachers but the most important thing is to actually have a

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workforce that is passionate about education and currently, the

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workload pressures mean we are focusing... That is why we in our

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union are focused on raising standards for in order to allow

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teachers to reclaim learning in the classroom. To be fair, the county

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council are saying they're not care to drop the standards to fill the

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posts. Absolutely but we need to rebalance in terms of workload and

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make sure it is focused on the in in the classroom. That is why we

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will be raising standards and standing up for standards. How has

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this problem could be solved? That figures are daunting. It is

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daunting. We have recently balloted in terms of our action. That will

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focus people on their contract and focus on learning in the classroom.

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I think if we can focus on learning in the classroom, we will get those

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fearful that a passionate about education... And ease the workload.

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We need to focus on that passion and continued to raise standards

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Stoke City Council have revealed plans to cut �24 million from next

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year's budget. The council has an annual budget of around �650

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million. Council officials say they will be axing some services,

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closing day centres and cutting around 360 jobs to make the savings.

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But they do want to reinvest some of that money into the city to help

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create jobs. Well, our Stoke Political reporter, Elizabeth

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Glinka was at today's briefing, so what exactly are they planning?

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Well, that is not quite clear. We do know as well as the money they

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have to cut, the city council says it wants to cut extra �5 million

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which it wants to use to bring businesses to the city, to invest

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and create jobs. Of course, that sounds fine until you think about

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the things on the cutting board, care for the disabled, care for the

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elderly, the closure of local museums. And making extra cuts

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start to look controversial. What will happen next? Well, they will

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be consultation period before the Budget is signed off in February.

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What's interesting is this city had some of the biggest cuts in the

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country last year. As a result, there are some high-profile and

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well-organised local campaigns to save services which were under

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threat. Some of those campaigns, including those protecting

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children's centres were successful. As a result, it means the council

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is going to have to take people with them if they are to convince

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local people in Stoke-on-Trent but cutting extra money is a good idea.

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OK, thank you for the update. Still to come: the driest year on record.

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It is causing problems in border country.

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And could we be looking at more disruptive weather this week? More

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Dan's here and it's been an expensive day for the Stoke manager

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Tony Pulis. The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis has been fined �10,000

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by the Football Association for criticising a referee. Pulis

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claimed they had not been treated fairly in the decisions made by Lee

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Probert during Stoke's Carling Cup defeat by Liverpool last month. As

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well as the fine he's also been warned about his future conduct.

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The Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner has denied he's planning to sell

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the club. Rumours have been circulating that the American is

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looking for a buyer because he's only attended one game this season.

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But he's reassured fans that's purely for family reasons and says

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he's fully committed to Villa. On the pitch Villa are at Tottenham in

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the Premier League this evening hoping to build on an exciting

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victory over Norwich in their last match.

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These guys have played extremely well together over the last few

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weeks. We are playing away from home so we will possibly be

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thinking that things have more depth, rather than unleashing them

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and play an open game. We look to get over the problems. And you can

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hear full match commentary on that game on BBC WM this evening.

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Their coverage begins at 7 o'clock. There was no shortage of goals from

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our teams in League Two. Cheltenham beat Port Vale, Burton won a five

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goal thriller at Hereford. But pride of place goes to Shrewsbury

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Town who won 7-2 at Northampton. OK, so you need a bit of luck to score

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seven and a deflection got Shrewsbury on their way.

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But this was the day they made everything count. Mark Wright's

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opening double and Aaron Wildig put the Shrews three up by half-time.

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But they cut loose in the final eight minutes scoring another four.

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By the seventh beleaguered Northampton were even helping them

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out by whacking them in by hand. It's been an enjoyable performance

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and result. We do not gloat because it is a club in turmoil. But we

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have done OK. There was also late drama at Edgar Street where

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Hereford led Burton 2-1 going into injury time. But Burton scored

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twice through Billy Kee and Aaron Webster for a dramatic 3-2 victory.

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It was devastating. There was six minutes extra time that killed us.

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You had to shuffle around at half- time. A few harsh words perhaps.

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Two Midland sides also met at Whaddon Road where Cheltenham beat

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Port Vale 2-nil with a penalty and this strike from Luke Summerfield.

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Cheltenham remain in third with Shrewsbury and Burton just behind

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in fourth and fifth. It could be quite a season in the league two

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promotion race. He was described by Nelson Mandela

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as "our hero" and tributes have been paid all around the world to

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the former Worcestershire cricketer Basil D'Oliveira whose death was

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announced on Saturday. South Africa's refusal to allow

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D'Oliveira to tour there with England in 1968 led to the sporting

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boycott of that country. He was immensely popular at Worcestershire

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helping them win three county championships as a player and two

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as coach. You saw him play. Wonderful. A really gutsy batsman.

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So brave and as a bowler he had this knack of taking wickets. You

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always thought when he played cricket something would happen.

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Beyond that, the way he had a major hand in changing the world. It's no

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exaggeration to say what happened with him was a major part in ending

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apartheid or that it took another 25 years. We talked earlier and you

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knew him quite well. I had some moments and laughs with him, some

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boozy nights. I was due to interview him on breakfast TV and

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we were presenting TV-am and they never turned up. At the end of the

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programme they ran up and we asked what was happening. We sent a car

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to the Holiday Inn in St John's Wood and they were in Marble Arch.

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Lovely memories of her tremendous guy. BBC Hereford and Worcester

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have done an interview with him as well. A fascinating man and a major

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sporting star. It's hard to believe, because it

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doesn't feel like we've had a wonderful sunny summer, but it's

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been the driest year in the Midlands since records began in

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1910. In the Shropshire hills, the springs which supply water to

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thousands of homes have run dry. It's causing problems for farmers

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feeding their animals, and for people trying to do the simplest of

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tasks from washing their dishes to going to the loo. In a moment,

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we'll speak to our Environment Correspondent David Gregory, but

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first Shefali has been looking at the facts and figures for the past

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year. Well the figures from the Met. Office show that month after month

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this year, the rainfall totals have been below average. It all adds up

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to spring seeing only 42% of the rainfall normally expected, with

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April being an exceptionally dry month receiving only 14% of the

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average. The amounts started to perk up a little from May through

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to August where we were beginning to see around three quarters of the

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average rainfall for those months but still below average. Overall

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that meant that summer saw 86% of the average. Autumn is still a work

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in progress seeing as we're not at the end of November yet but

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September, October and this month so far have also been very dry.

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Well, out here with me is our Environment Correspondent, David

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Gregory. David - this is going to have wide ranging and long term

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effects if things don't pick up soon.

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Some of of viewers get water from springs in Shropshire and the

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borders. We gave a video camera to a family farming in Shropshire so

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they could show us the impact on a dry wells on the land.

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We will fail the empty barrels at my father-in-law's house in Ludlow.

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I cannot tell you how grateful I am to be married to a farmer who can

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Borger up anything. It's amazing how much time we spend. Checks are

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written and money spent on water. There, we have water again. And

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some sunshine. It is very nice. I am sure you understand why be

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prefer rain. A struggle in Shropshire. Is it climate change?

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Science tells us climate change is real and we are mostly likely for

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most of it. But what science cannot tell you is individual events are

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caused by climate change. You might say a lack of rain and a drought is

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something you expect but elsewhere in the UK people have had above

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average rainfall. Really, you need to look over a longer term trends,

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10 years or longer and look further afield than a short run. It has

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been raining cats and dogs. Yes, this is not what people were

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hoping for. It is not completely wet, it is quite right. There is

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more fog and a touch of frost. Some rain tonight and there will be fog.

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The rain moved in from the West earlier on, it is now across most

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parts. It is heavier on western fringes later. Where it eases in

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the east, we will start to see this fog reforming. Benson places but

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patchy on a whole. Under the cloud and rain, a mild tonight with loans

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of seven rate. The fog persists in to rush out right, gradually

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lifting but a grey start. The rain will move eastwards, there will be

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heavier bursts but it will clear by the afternoon. It is looking dryer,

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brightness in western parts to end the day. Tomorrow, temperatures up

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to 10 or 11. It is slightly milder. We have a north-westerly breeze

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drawing in fresh air by tomorrow night. The cloud clears, clear

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skies so tomorrow night temperatures could fall low enough

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to thrill four Celsius and lower in rural parts to give a touch of

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frost. The fog will not be as dense. In the morning, frosty on Wednesday

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but otherwise dry and sunny. A fresher breeze. It stays dry until

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Friday. Late on Thursday with the front from the north and we could

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see outbreaks of rain. Get back inside!

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