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Welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines: danger is an on the run,

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and armed gangs spring a man charged with murder from a prison

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van. How did they know he was in that

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fan? Warnings about travelling to

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Pakistan as investigations continue into the murder of a Birmingham

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father. They are saying not to travel by rail, calf. We would not

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recommend travel to Pakistan at part of -- at all at the moment.

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Come planes that one in five people in Coventry are now living in

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Coventry. -- complaints. Pressure increases on Wolves boss

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Good evening. Our top story tonight: a prison van is ambushed

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and a prisoner described as dangerous is on the loose.

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Three masked men forced the band to stop and used as much home --

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sledgehammers. They released John Anslow who was on his way to the

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court to face a charge of murder. One prison escort was hurt in the

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attack which happened Where's the van left Hewell Prison.

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The prison van at the centre of the drama, ambushed within seconds of

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leaving the prison. On board, John Anslow from Tipton in the Black

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Country, a man the police warn tonight the public should not

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approach. Anslow is an extremely dangerous man and we urge anybody

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who sees them not to approach him but to contact the police

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immediately. There were three men in the gang, two of them with

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sledgehammers, smashed the driver's window punched him in the face and

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forced him to open up. The gang climbed back into their Volkswagen

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Scirocco with John Anslow and we believe that a mile and a half-

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awake they switched vehicles completing their escape in a silver

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Mercedes. This was an operation meticulously planned. Some are now

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questioning how the gang knew what van to target and when. How did

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they know it was that particular present van? That is a question I

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would ask. There are a lot of prison vans coming out on a Monday

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morning? They are going to courts all over the country. John Anslow

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was charged last week with a murder in 20th July 10 of Richard Deakin,

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boss of a skip hire firm, at his home in Chasetown. Four other men

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face the same ever charged. Hewell Prison, the last escape here was

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three years ago. That such a dangerous inmate should be sprung

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up so brazenly is as embarrassing as it is worrying me.

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As you said in the report, it seems to have been a very well-planned

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escape? And quickly planned as well when you consider he was only

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charged with murder last week. The police say that John Anslow has

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connections around the country which makes it more difficult for

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them, especially in London. He also has connections abroad. It is

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likely that he has fled abroad or is seeking to do so. Ken Clarke has

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said that the pack showing Anslow is a top priority. There are

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questions the of authorities will want to a packed, not least how did

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began as such did information about the van? Also what about security

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arrangements for transporting people to court. There has been an

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incident room set up and anyone with information is asked to phone

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The Prison van driver is said to have been treated in hospital. He

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was not seriously hurt. The family of Richard Deakin, the man John

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Anslow has been accused of murdering, have been informed and

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are said to be shocked. The woman whose husband was shot

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dead in front of her in Pakistan is calling on the UK Embassy to call

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on them to do more. Travel agents are warning of the dangers of

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visiting Pakistan. The Foreign Office is avoiding people -- is

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advising people to avoid travel to some areas. There are many people

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of Pakistani origin living in this A family photo in happier times.

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Rubana Mukhtar and her husband Azhar Iqbal were shopping on

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holiday in Rawalpindi, a trip which ended with their nine-year-old

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daughter watching her father being shot dead. 12 days on, Rubana

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Mukhtar contacted BBC WM to say the Pakistani authorities are not

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giving them information. I have had a brief conversation with someone

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from the British Embassy. He said they would contact the police

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station and get back to me but I have not had any thing else. The

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only way to get a move on is to put pressure on them. Her wait for news

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may be a long one. In December 2010, Zafran Jamil was kidnapped. He was

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released four months later after a ransom was paid. He suffers from

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post-traumatic stress disorder. He told me that the Pakistani

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authorities are unhelpful. England, we have the police

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everywhere, the government, pushing to find us, to look for us. In

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Pakistan, it is a totally different story. As far as they're concerned,

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if you are gone, you are gone. Foreign Office says it is in

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contact with the a verities in Rawalpindi. The family's MP is

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investigating a response of emergency services. The hospital,

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to start out with, refused to do anything until a male relative

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signed the forms a major act. If you are taken to hospital, one

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assumes that people will will try to save your life. Tonight, travel

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agents are one the against unnecessary travel to Pakistan.

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Their offence of terror Vision -- terrorism. We would not recommend

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travel to Pakistan at all at the moment. Rubana Mukhtar says she

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will not return home to step to bed until she returns more -- learns

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more about the gunman who tuck her husband's life.

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We are joined now by Midlands journalist Amardeep Bassey he was

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thrown in a cell in Pakistan 10 years ago on suspicion of being an

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Indian spy. That part of the world has been described as the most

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dangerous in the world. Is it? is what Barack Obama described it

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as last year. The problem with that region of Pakistan is that it

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borders Afghanistan. You have a lot of people moving in and out of

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Afghanistan in particular. How much trust cannot Rubana Mukhtar have in

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the authorities to trace the killers of her husband? How much

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trust can Rubana Mukhtar? system is very different to hear.

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They're open to corruption. Some people are literally lost in the

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system for years. She is going to find it difficult to get answers

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and to get any kind of breakthroughs or developments at

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any time soon. Inevitably, people of Pakistani origin from here are

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going to want to go back to see family. It must be very difficult

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knowing how dangerous cities. very difficult. They have to be

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very careful, particularly those with dual citizenship. They can be

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detained there at some length. They do have to be very careful. Do you

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think it will get safer any time soon? It does not appear so. There

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seems to be a lot of bomb attacks and a lot of violence. Because of

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the strained relationship with America, the security situation is

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deteriorating if anything. In other news, a court has heard

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claims that a Roman Catholic priests sexually abused young boys

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over a period of almost 20 years. Alexander Bede Walsh work in

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schools and parishes across the Midlands.

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The allegations date back as far as 1970. Our Staffordshire reporter

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was in court. Alexander Bede Walsh, here on the right, faces 27 charges

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in connection with the sexual abuse of eight boys between eight and 16

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years old. It is claimed the abuse was committed in the 1970s, 80s and

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90s. Mr Walsh was a priest at this Roman Catholic Church in Cheadle in

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North Staffordshire. The court was told that one young boy was given

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alcohol before he was abused and told that if he drank it quickly,

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he would go to heaven. Opening the case for the prosecution, Robert

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Price said the priest was able to carry out to be his because he was

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respected and his position allowed him access to young boys. The boys'

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families had absolute trust in him. Jurors were also told Mr Worsnop

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has a previous conviction for making and -- Mr Walsh has a

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previous conviction for making indecent images of children.

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Alexander Bede Walsh denies all of the charges he faces. His trial is

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expected to last between two and the three weeks. Jurors are begin

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to begin hearing evidence from witnesses tomorrow.

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A �10,000 reward is being offered to find the killer of a retired

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teacher from Worcestershire. Betty Yates, 77, was found dead at her

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home near Bewdley on 4th January. She had been stabbed and beaten to

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death with her walking stick. Crimestoppers have put up the

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reward. Villagers have been helping to

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search for a 63-year-old woman who has been missing for four days.

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Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of Alethea

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Taylor. She was last seen on Thursday. A search team including

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hundreds of residents have set up a base in the village hall. What is

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the latest this evening? Basically, the official search for

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Alethea Taylor have been called off tonight. It is dark. Some villagers

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will be going back out later just in case. She disappeared last week.

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The police helicopter has been up, mountain rescue have been out.

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Teeth inspector, Tel-Me, are you starting to give up hope? -- Chief

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Inspector. A definitely not. Our concern is growing but we will

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continue searching until we have covered all of the ground we can

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cover. We will also look at whether she has travelled further outside

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of the area. We will certainly not give up hope. You have found some

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items of clothing. Both items are not hers. The one thing that has

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made this amazing is the response from the villagers. You are one of

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the people co-ordinating the search. Tell me why you have gone to so

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much effort. This is a very close community. I would like to think

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that if anything happened to me or anyone else in the village, we

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would get the same support. The village support is tremendous at

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the moment and we hope it carries on. You are not going to stop?

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will keep going and keep going. Until there is a result on this.

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have to say, as soon as we finish this interview, he will be going

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back out and the official search will start again tomorrow.

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More than 600 rescue animals may have to be destroyed according to a

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charity which is facing eviction. Many are too old or frail to be

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moved. The owner of the land insists that the sanctuary was only

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supposed to stay on a temporary basis.

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Janet Taylor shows me around the Farm Animal Sanctuary which she

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runs at each jump. Behind many of the 635 animals here is a

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heartbreaking story. He was by the side of are the road with the body

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of his mother. There are also ponies, a donkey, pigs and rescued

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battery hens. The charity relies on public donations to meet its weekly

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running costs of around �2,000. After 14 years, they have been told

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to leave. We have no way to go. A lot of these animals we would not

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be able to move from welfare at reasons. A lot of the older sheep

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have arthritis. It would be cruel to attempt to move them. Supporters

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including the actress Joanna Lumley are supporting their legal fight

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against eviction. After 14 years and occupation, we do not know why

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it they have been served with an eviction notice. Janet says she has

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never paid rent here and believed the 60 five-acre farm was given to

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them for the life of the charity. Lawyers acting for the other side

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have sent as a statement on behalf of their client. It says she has

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owned Manor Orchard Farm since 1997 and is an animal lover and has

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generously allowed the farm animal sanctuary to occupy it payment free

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on a temporary basis for 14 years. With no where else to go, the

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charity says the animals may have to be destroyed. What are you going

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to do? I have no idea. It is an absolute nightmare. The matter will

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be heard at the High Court in Bristol. In the meantime, the

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sanctuary is still taking in Still ahead: An update on the

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Coventry explorer who is halfway to a remarkable first.

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Compared to that, we can hardly complain about our lot this week

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but there is some snow, it could cause destruction and that is not

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all. It is a week of plenty. Poverty in one of our major cities

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is so bad that one in five people rely on food handouts. That is

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according to charity workers in Coventry who warn if the Government

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go ahead with the current planned cap on benefits, the situation will

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get even worse. One of those trying to help the hungry is charity

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worker Kervin Julien. Every week on a Sunday you'll find

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me here feeding the homeless and hungry. Get in the queue, please.

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Recently, the queues have been getting longer. I want to find out

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why. Food banks like this one in Coventry are inundated. Volunteers

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are feeding 150 for -- 150 mouths every week. These people are

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desperate. In this city, win a 20 % of the population are living on the

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breadline, that is after paying for food and fuel and everything else,

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they have nothing left. At another centre I meet 18-year-old Alesha.

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Most of the time it is a Packer sip meal a day. They are 17p from ASDA.

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Today, Alesha will eat. She has enough food to keep her going for

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three days. Oxfam says one in seven poor people in the West Midlands

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regularly go without food to ensure that family can eat. I think,

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without charity, a lot of people would start. After the intervention

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of the food bank, Alesha's cupboards are full. Head

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Jobseeker's Allowance has been reinstated but she is still living

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hand to mouth. I would love to be able to cook a massive dinner or a

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fry-up but I have not got the right resources and I cannot afford to

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buy the stuff anyway. The sad cases, there is not just one Alesha, there

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are thousands of people living in that sort of existence. It is an

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existence. There is no purpose or meaning to it. They're just going

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from day today, hand to mouth, wondering where the next meal will

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come from. We can talk to Kevin now. He is in

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our Coventry studio. First of all, tell us about Alesha's story. We

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saw a picture of a baby. Is that her baby and if she parted from the

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baby? Yes, she has a 17 months son who lives with her mother because

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she does not have the resources to look after the child. What you mean

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by resources? She had no cooker or fridge. We provided her with one

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just before Christmas that she had nothing. It is heartbreaking to see

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people queuing for food like that. You are saying one in seven people

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in Coventry go hungry, is that really true in this day and age? It

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is an incredible, depressing statistic. It is. We are watching

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an alarmingly increasing number of people accessing our services. We

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have been doing this for four years. We started with three or four

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people, increasing to 10 or 20 but in the last year there has been a

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massive increase, probably close to 200 % in the amount of people

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accessing our services. You have got big concerns about the

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government's plans to cap benefits, tell us why. They are talking about

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the cap being at �26,000 which will be a lot of money to some people.

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It is not just about the cap, it has all the other things which the

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government is doing to transaction people on benefits, to manipulate

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statistics so it looks like Les people claiming benefits than There

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are. When he continued put these people through all of these hoops,

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they go into debt which means they eventually turn up homeless. Thank

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you. You can see more on this tonight on

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Inside Out at 7:30pm on BBC One. We can talk football now. It has

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been a miserable weekend for Wolves fans but Dan is here with a glimmer

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of good news. Yes, Emmanuel Frimpong could be

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back in training again, despite being injured in Saturday's defeat

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against Aston Villa. It is a much- needed boost for manager Mick

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McCarthy who saw his side slip into the bottom three.

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Something hot and steamy to keep out the winter's Gill. There has

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only been one hot topic at Steve Franklin's city centre hot dog van

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today, Wolves and their worrying slide down the Premier League. The

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news stands say it has left manager Mick McCarthy under pressure but

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what do the fans think? We have stagnated. Mick McCarthy has done a

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great job keeping us here but it is no good just keeping us here. We

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want better performance as. Getting feedback saying things aren't

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working out. To be honest, I think he is the manager for the job.

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wins out of 20 games, not good enough and it is not improving. The

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problem is, who do you replace him with? Everyone is entitled to their

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own opinion but the reason the papers are saying pressure is

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growing on which -- Mick McCarthy it is because Wolves lost to Aston

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Villa on Saturday. The game was breathless from the moment Darren

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Bent's penalty put Wolves ahead. Michael Kyte Lee put them level and

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Dave Edwards scored after the break. But Robbie Keane scored for Villa,

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and Manuel Frimpong was stretchered off after an accidental kick to the

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head and after her -- Robbie Keane supplied the winner. There is a lot

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more can go wrong, a penalty, sending off, I don't know where

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Lady Luck was but she was not in a waltz shirt. But their rivals won

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against Stoke City. Graham Dorans gave West Bromwich Albion a 2-1

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victory which gives them a seven- point cushion over the bottom three.

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Birmingham City have agreed to sell the winger Jean Beausejour to Wigan

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Athletic. There is no word yet on the fee and he is yet to agree

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personal terms but he could -- his last game could have been the

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victory over Watford on Saturday. The on-loan striker Alex Nimeley

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made a fine debut for Coventry City scoring his first goal for the club

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in a 3-1 win over Middlesbrough at the Ricoh.

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You can see a special report on Port Vale on Late Kick Off tonight

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at five past 11. A Staffordshire teenager said she

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had to pinch herself after winning a silver medal at the 20th Olympics

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in Austria. 17-year-old Jazmin Sawyers from Stoke-on- Trent is the

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brakemen in Britain's to woman bobsleigh team. -- two woman

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bobsleigh team. This is the most exciting thing we have ever done.

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Just to be part of the games is an incredible experience. To win a

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silver medal is incredible. It is the highlight of my life.

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Well done to her. You made a documentary about Basil D'Oliveira,

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didn't you, Nick? He was such a significant figure. You cannot

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underestimate that. This guy, when he was the top non-white cricketer

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in South Africa as a youngster, he was not even allowed to watch

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first-class cricket, let alone play. It is the equivalent of being here

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and having to watch cricket at Lord's from a tree outside. You can

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see why he came here and why to such a great story that he came and

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helped begin the ending of apartheid. On 7:30pm on Inside Out

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there will be more on a story. If you think it is cold outside,

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explorer Mark Wood is halfway through his attempt to become the

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first person to ski solo to the north and south poles. Today, he

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took time out from his expedition to talk live via a video link to

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pupils at his former school in Coventry. He is in Canada to begin

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preparations for the second part of his challenge.

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I am really pleased to say that I am standing at the Geographic South

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Pole. 15 days ago, there was no disguising the euphoria as Mark

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Wood made it to the South Pole on skis. Thanks to the wonders of

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modern communication, today, the intrepid explorer made it into a

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classroom at his former school, Finham Park in Coventry. Hello. How

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are you? Ma Arca, 45-year-old former soldier and fire fighter,

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has arrived in Ottawa and Canada are preparing to ski to the North

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Pole -- Mark. Today was a chance for pupils to catch up on his

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adventures. When you went to the South Pole did you get any

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hallucinations? I did not hallucinate as in my mind and my

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eyes seeing staff but I learnt how to put my mind in different places,

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rather than the situation I was in. DDC any penguins? There were no

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penguins, no birds, nothing at all lives within that area. For Mark's

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Challenge started in the Antarctic on November 20th. About 650 miles

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later he reached the South Pole. Now in February, he will walk

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across the Arctic to the North Pole, a journey of about 480 miles. Even

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then it is shorter, his next trek is considered more dangerous

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because of moving eyes and polar bears. Mark has lost three stone

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and plans to regain the wait before his North Pole challenge, I

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challenge these people say they would not want to share. I would

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feel lonely and bored. I cannot be without people. But they are full

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of admiration for the adventurer. Best of luck, Mark. I do admire him.

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Now the weather. I think it is a It is no easy task summarising this

:25:42.:25:46.

week because there is so much chopping and changing going on. It

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will be wintry. A warm front followed by a cold. When we are

:25:54.:25:58.

caught in the middle we are in a warm sector so temperatures will

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rise but temperatures are picking up. We are not quite there yet. We

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have clear skies across as this evening. That will send

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temperatures plunging down to-four Celsius in the countryside, minus

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one in built up areas. That will give us a frost and mist and fog

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patches developing. Later on tonight, we will see the clouds

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thickening up from the West. There will be rain across most parts. It

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is a wet start to the day across all parts tomorrow morning. Still a

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raw feel to the day. As the rain comes into contact with the colder

:26:38.:26:43.

air from the east, that could turn into snow over the hills. The rain

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starts to clear-up by the afternoon. Quite cloudy across the region. On

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the surface, the temperatures look good. You think, why was it so cold

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and then mild? Tomorrow night is a lot milder. We are looking at it

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being cloudy with some spit sun spots of rain. Temperatures only

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falling down to eight Celsius compared to tonight's-four. On

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Wednesday we are looking at highs I was on the Lancashire coast on

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Saturday and it was very, very windy. Tonight's main headlines:

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Plans to impose a benefits cap run into trouble in the House of Lords.

:27:26.:27:30.

And an escaped prisoner is on the loose tonight after he was freed

:27:30.:27:34.

following an ambush on a prison van in Worcestershire. He is described

:27:34.:27:37.

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