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Today. The headlines tonight... Placed by her family in a care home

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because she tended to wander off ` within weeks, she had gone outside

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and frozen to death. With one of the members of staff sleeping, how on

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earth can they run proper checks on people? Also tonight... The

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burnt`out home of a convicted paedophile ` an arsonist is jailed

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for killing him. A power station engineer feared missing as 200mph

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winds batter the Philippines. I just want to hear from him, see his face

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again. The life`size creation by an amateur baker from Walsall that has

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wowed judges in an international cake competition. This weekend,

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sunshine and showers, and it is feeling cooler. I will have the full

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forecast later. Good evening. The owners of a care

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home have been fined ?133,000 after an elderly woman froze to death when

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she was left outside all night. 91`year`old Hilda Fairweather got

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out by a fire exit although the home was supposed to have extra security.

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She had been back at Abele View for just two weeks ` her worried family

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transferred Hilda there because of her tendency to wander off. Dealing

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with dementia is a growing issue ` around 800,000 people in this

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country are affected in some way. Liz Copper has this report.

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Vulnerable with dementia, Hilda Fairweather was completely

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overlooked on the night she died. Nobody noticed as she wandered out

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into the cold of a January night and froze to death. Following the

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sentence, her family expressed their distress that she had gone unnoticed

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for almost 12 hours. It is just shameful that somebody is there,

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with a specific case plan which requires her to be checked every two

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hours or so, and they just did not check at all. They did not know she

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had gone until the morning. As you said, it is inconceivable, really.

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This was the care home, Abele View, near Stourbridge, where she had been

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placed. The court was shown this aerial photograph, highlighting its

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isolated location. The company which runs the home raided guilty to

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health and safety breaches. The judge has sent out a clear message

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that what took place was completely unacceptable. This was a prolonged

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series of failings, putting many residents at real risk. It was

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totally acceptable. The director of the care home's parent company left

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without comment. With you be paying the fine? I have got a statement

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here... That statement says, a new team now runs the home. An inquest

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is still to be held into the case of Hilda Fairweather, but today's

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hearing has given her family some comfort. It has been five long years

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now, and it is still there, we just have to stop talking about it, but

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this brings it all back again. It is still very difficult. But now, I

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think we can try and properly get over it. In handing down the

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sentence, the judge said this was a serious case, where responsibility

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must extend across the management structure of the company. He said

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the residents had been particularly vulnerable.

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Coming up later in the programme... Worcester remembers World War I, as

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the city gets the biggest Lottery grant outside London for its

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commemorations. An arsonist has been jailed for ten

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years for the manslaughter of a convicted paedophile in Worcester.

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Daniel Martin set fire to a wheelie bin outside the home of Andrew Heath

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in December 2011. Birmingham Crown Court was told Martin had not meant

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to kill him, just to frighten him into moving away. Ben Sidwell

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reports. The damage inside the house shows just how severe the fire was.

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In the early hours of December 14, 2011, Daniel Martin pushed a wheelie

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bin under this door and set it alight. Trapped inside, Messi actor

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died of smoke inhalation minutes later. Attention to detail, all

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fresh and police detective work, going out and speaking to member is

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of the community and witnesses, we managed to build up such a strong

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circumstantial case, that Alan it was left with no option other than

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to plead guilty. Sentencing him to ten years in prison, the judge said,

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although you did not intend to kill, what you did was shockingly stupid.

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She said, for Andrew Heath, it must have been a terrifying experience,

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leading, as he must've been aware, to his certain death. 25`year`old

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Daniel Martin already had more than 40 separate convictions, having been

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first arrested at the age of ten. The court was told he knew Mr Heath

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and started the fire to force into moving away from Worcester.

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Victim's elderly parents both died without hearing the verdict.

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Andrew's untimely death had a devastating effect on their health,

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and neither was able to come to terms with what happened. In court

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today, Andrew Heath was called a predatory paedophile, convicted five

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times between 1984 and 1999 for offences against young teenage boys

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in Leicester and Birmingham. Despite his previous convictions, he did not

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deserve to die in the way he did. Martin said he was shocked by the

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outcome of his actions and desperately sorry about the death of

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Andrew Heath. Manslaughter charges have been

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dropped against five NHS staff who were investigated after a man

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collapsed outside Walsall Manor Hospital. Carl Cope died in June

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last year. Paramedics, ambulance workers and a nurse were all

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questioned about why they had failed to help him. The police say there

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wasn't the evidence to bring charges of gross negligence against them.

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One of the Midlands' Conservative MEPs has attacked what he called

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Labour's "grandstanding" on high`speed rail. Earlier this week,

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Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls renewed his warning that the should be no

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blank cheque for the project. But Malcolm Harbour MEP said we should

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stop talking about whether or not to build it, but how to deliver it. He

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was talking to our political editor, Patrick Burns. And there are signs,

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aren't there, that the debate is moving on to a new stage? I think it

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is. After that vote in the House of Commons last week which was

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overwhelmingly in support of HS2, and now, this business conference

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being told by HS2 Ltd in Birmingham how to bid for something like ?10

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billion worth of contracts in the construction phase. But now, as you

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say, one of our senior MEPs has rounded on that oft repeated warning

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by Ed Balls about no blank cheque. I think we have clearly shown in this

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country that we have the ability to manage big projects on`time and on

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budget. Look at the Olympics, which was started the last Labour

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government and continued through to the Conservatives. I would rather

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see that kind of co`operative approach taking place between Labour

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and the Conservatives than the kind of man standing speech that we just

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saw from Ed Balls. Valerie Vaz, the Labour MP for Walsall South, who we

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also saw there, she says Labour have indeed shown their support for HS2

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by voting as they did last week, although she said it was absolutely

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right to remain vigilant about the threat of escalating costs. . It is

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worth pointing out that David Cameron himself, a great enthusiast

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for High Speed Rail, has said, there never has been any kind of a blank

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cheque. I suppose really, in politics, as in so much else, it all

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comes down to the emphasis that you give to these things.

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And Patrick will be back with more on this in The Sunday Politics at

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the later time of 12.25 on Sunday, following our? Of Remembrance

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Sunday. An electrical engineer from Walsall

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is feared missing after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded

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swept across the Philippines. 23`year`old Jonathan Fitzpatrick was

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working in a power station when gusts of more than 200mph triggered

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flash floods and mudslides. His family is anxiously waiting for

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news, as Ben Godfrey reports. Jonathan Fitzpatrick is due home in

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Bloxwich next week ` but the 23`year`old can't be contacted. His

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family lost touch just as Typhoon Haiyan struck the Phillipines. He

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was pushing against the door, he and four of his friends, and we could

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visibly see the door being pushed open from the typhoon outside. He

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was putting on a strong face for us, there was only one moment when he

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did show weakness, and that was just before he went to the room with his

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friends, and he just told us that he loved us. Typhoon Haiyan has left a

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trail of destruction. At least four people have died, and hundreds of

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thousands have been forced to flee their homes. Jonathan is an

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electrical engineer, based in a small building on the side of a

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volcano on the island of Leyte, one of the worst hit areas rumble he

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knows what he is doing. We know that he is going to get in touch with us,

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as soon as. And everybody else, as well, hopefully. The islands are hit

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by about 20 storms a year, but the Filipino community in the West

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Midlands realise preparations their families made at home may not be

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enough. April and Reggie Gadayan are in Birmingham trying desperately to

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contact loved ones in Central Philippines. I was not worried

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earlier on because I was not able to contact them, but now, the worry is

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getting into me. Our house is made of concrete, with a metal roof, so

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it is quite strong, but having no contact makes you worried. Tonight,

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as families face an agonising wait for news, prayers are being said at

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the Filipino Christian Fellowship in Birmingham.

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The Fire Service has been in the news in recent weeks with an ongoing

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series of strikes by firefighters over pensions ` just one of many

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changes taking place. The West Midlands brigade is one of the

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biggest in the UK, with 1,600 full`time firefighters. But since

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2011, it has had to make savings of ?16.2 million ` at around 20%,

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that's more than any other Fire Service. Vij Randeniya has been

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Chief Fire Officer since 2009, but he's retiring next week. He has been

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a critic of those cuts. And he joins me now. Good evening to you. Talking

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about those cuts, you have managed to achieve them, so does that mean

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those savings were there all along, and in fact, we have been paying too

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much the Fire Service? We have been making efficiencies year on year,

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but now, we have 300 firefighters less than when we started making the

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cuts. We have had to put in a lot of different proposals. The Fire

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Service will look and feel very different to what it did in 20 way

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when I took charge. What are the challenges? The challenges are to

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deliver an outstanding service, with less budget, and less people. It

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means being extremely creative and looking at expertise wherever it

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exists in the world. I have every faith that my successes and people

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in the West Midlands Fire Service will do a cracking job, because they

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are really resilient. These are the people that went to Haiti and

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Japan, and places around the world, they are really skilled. What they

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need is a fair chance to do a great job. Our homes are getting safer,

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with fewer fires and fewer fatalities, is that right? We have

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been concentrating on prevention, stopping fires happening, for the

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last 15 years. But if that does not work, we have still got to provide a

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terrific service at the front end. What about those Chinese lanterns,

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how dangerous are they? Are they becoming more of an issue?

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Hopefully, after the fire we had at Smethwick, taking them off sale,

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it'll have now thought, it is not such a good thing to let them off.

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The Times recognised the West Midlands Fire Service as the epitome

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of a good service. That fire gave us the prominence and the ability to

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raise a debate and get something done about Chinese lanterns, and we

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are pleased to say that progress is being made. Pensions are in the news

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with the firefighters, of course, and changes being proposed, and I

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wonder how much sympathy there is amongst the public, because so many

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people have had to accept that their pensions will not be what they had

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hoped? And that is the case in the Fire Service as well. It'll will

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have to work longer. This dispute is between the Government and the Fire

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Brigades Union. This is something between the two sides, which should

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be sorted out at that level. You have just got one week left. Yes,

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and then I am going to get a dog. Our top story tonight... Placed by

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her family in a care home because she tended to wander off ` within

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weeks, shed had gone outside and frozen to death. Your detailed

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weather forecast to come shortly from Rebecca ` also in tonight's

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programme... Both former winners who have known better days. Coventry and

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Wimbledon face each other in the FA Cup tonight. And I'm in a room with

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100s of cakes, but they're all too good to eat. Join me later to find

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out what's gone into making Jack Sparrow here.

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They're unpopular with trade unions, but zero`hour contracts are becoming

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increasingly common in this region. The contracts mean employers can

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have workers on call but they don't have to guarantee regular paid work.

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And while that doesn't suit everyone, some employees seem to

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like it, as Bob Hockenhull has been finding out.

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Jules Evans from Bromsgrove works with young offenders. At her local

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church, she's looking for suitable projects for her clients. But Jules'

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job isn't full`time. Her contract with Worcestershire County Council

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means she only works when needed and is only paid for hours worked. My

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zero`hour contract suits me down to the ground, with my lifestyle and

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with everything else that I do. I am quite a busy lady, so it frees me up

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to do what I want to do. If I need more money, Isthmus is coming up,

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then I go out and I work more. Jules' love of the working

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arrangements isn't universal. Union leaders say use of the contracts is

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on the rise in this region, and it is eroding workers' rights and

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conditions. I myself have had members calling upon the phone,

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appalled at the conditions they are being asked to work, 15 hour days,

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being paid for a fraction of it. It is abuse, it is a black mark on the

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West Midlands and on our society. Some research suggests numbers of

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people on zero`hour contracts nationally now exceeds a million.

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Younger workers are most likely to be employed on the contracts. The

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figures show the number of under`24s on zero`hour contracts

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more than doubled in four years. Whether young or old, this lecturer

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in human resources believes having a zero`hour contract needn't be a

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negative experience. Contracts go both ways. In this

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situation, a worker can actually say no to work. So, there is some

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flexible at the both sides, not only on one side. The contracts may be

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here to stay, but the Government has launched a consultation to try to

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make sure those on them aren't abused.

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Ahead of Remembrance Sunday this weekend, Worcestershire is

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celebrating news that it is to get ?350,000 to help mark the centenary

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of the First World War. The grant, from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is

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one of the largest outside London. Veterans say it is a fitting

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reflection of the part soldiers from the county played in the conflict.

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Giles Latcham reports. Soldiering runs in Nick's family. When he

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visits this park in Worcester, his thoughts turned to his grandad, an

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infantryman in World War I. He used to have this knife with a piece of

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bread and cheese, and he used to cut chunks of it and feed it to me when

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he was working on the ground. He would not say anything about the

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war, because that was the boom in our family. We were told not to ask

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him because he went through such a lot. Nick's grandad fought against

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the Germans in Belgium. Those who died in the blood and thunder of

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that battle remembered here in the peace and quiet of this park. This

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rare footage of the opening of the park in 1922 shows how that

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generation sought to commemorate and honour the sacrifice of thousands.

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Now, Worcestershire is preparing to mobilise again, to organise

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exhibitions, concerts and modern`day parades to mark the centenary, and

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it has been awarded ?350,000 to do it. It is it is four years' worth of

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money to really commemorate, to educate and to note the importance

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of the First World War in Worcestershire. This is a photograph

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of the soldier himself on Albert Hall never came home to Redditch.

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This photo and his last letters to his mother now belong to a museum.

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What more family treasures may now come to light? I would certainly

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hope that people would be able to either donate one end as stuff which

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we could use in our displays over the next four years. Nearly 10,000

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soldiers of the Worcestershire Regiment died in World War I. There

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is a proud history here, and they will remember.

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It is time for the sport now, and a real weekend to savour for the

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non`league teams. 16 years ago, non`league Hednesford Town reached

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the fourth round. Tomorrow, they are facing Crawley town, from League

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One. Ian Winter reports. When he is not selling mobile phones, Elliott

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Durrell is scoring goals for Hednesford Town . it that they will

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not make it to Wembley, but Elliott has already guaranteed his it is

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probably something that I will never get to do again, so it Elliott

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Durrell will player of the round hit the target on Tuesday night against

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Colwyn Bay in but they were being closely watched. I have a little bit

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of banter with I believe that I I Elliott is a great player, here's

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our about Hednesford Town van Chris Brindley. He is now the assistant

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manager of a club which has lost only three games all year. It is a

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happy camper, we are delighted to be here, we will give it our best

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shot. I have got no doubt in my mind it is going to be a very tough game,

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but I am sure, if we play to our full potential, hopefully, we can

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cause an upset. Keys Park can hold 6039 supporters. Tomorrow it will

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not be full of fans, that it will be full of noise to unsettle Crawley,

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who have not scored in the last four games. That is why the new pink ball

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could bring joy to Hednesford Town. Well, the first round actually gets

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under way tonight, with a battle between two former winners. Coventry

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City lifted the trophy for the only time in their history back in 1987,

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with that dramatic win over Spurs. And tonight, they visit AFC

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Wimbledon, the club who took over the name of the 1988 winners after

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the original team moved to Milton Keynes. It would be brilliant if

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they could make themselves heroes themselves. It is a very difficult

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game for us on Friday night against AFC Wimbledon, they are a very

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well`organised team. But it is a game which, if we go about it in the

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right manner, we should win. Whatever the Premier League say,

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this is so glamorous 14 is lower down the pyramid, isn't it? It means

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so much and it is so exciting. `` for teams. Looking at the fixtures,

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we have already speaking about, what are we going to do on Monday? That

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would be a great story... I was drawn to Stourbridge, the lowest

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ranked team we have got left in the petition. They are on a great run of

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form, winning in 11 out of 12, they are playing Eagles weighed.

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Everybody will be loving that. Maybe they could host Wolverhampton

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Wanderers in the next round. But also, we have got yes, Walsall

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against Shrewsbury, and Hereford, the money is invaluable to clubs at

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this level. You get a team that for winning this round, 27,000 for the

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next round, weighing up to ?67,000 if you win in the third round. That

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is massive money, isn't it? It can keep these clubs going for quite a

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while. And even more importantly, it could be talking about it in 25

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years' time Now, there's no doubt the nation has been inspired by the

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TV programme The Great British Bake Off. In the last few years, the home

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baking market has doubled, with a quarter of us now baking at least

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once a week. And some of those creations are on display this

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weekend at the Cake International Show near Birmingham. Laura May

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McMullan is at the NEC for us this evening. Laura ` not just your

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standard Victoria sponges, then? We have got more than 1000 cakes here,

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competitors from all over the world, and you would not believe what is

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standing right beside me now, a nearly life`sized replica of Jack

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Sparrow, who has been made by the very talented Lara Clarke. How have

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you done him? It has been an awful lot of time and effort. But he is in

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one piece, so I am thrilled. He is basically made of rice crispies,

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marshmallows and icing, and his head is made of a block of solid white

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chocolate which I have carved. How long has it taken to make him? About

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20 hours to plan and 70 hours to execute. Did you get him here OK? We

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had to bring him here by minibus, which was a bit too small, so we had

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to tip him horizontally. That is a relief that he has got here in one

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piece. This is the largest event of its kind in the world. With me is

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one of the organisers, Troy Bennett ` has there been a massive increase

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in baking? Without a shadow of a doubt. This show has doubled in size

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within two years. The competition pieces have gone from 600 up to 1000

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this year. The array of talent on display is unbelievable. We have

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sold out of tickets for tomorrow. We have got some tickets left for

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Sunday, so this is the time to come down and see it for yourself. It is

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unbelievable. I have to say, it is very hard being in a room full of

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cakes which are too good to eat. The judging takes place, the results

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tomorrow, and if Lara wins, that could be the icing on the cake.

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Let's find out how the weekend weather is looking, with Rebecca.

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We are going to get everything thrown at us over the next few days.

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Temperatures are tumbling. That means we could have some frost over

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the next couple of mornings. Today, we saw plenty of ranger that area of

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rain has now moved away, and behind it, we are getting clearing skies.

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`` plenty of rain. We have still got a few showers around. Under those

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clear skies, temperatures are going to be falling away quite rapidly. We

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will wake up to a frost in some places tomorrow morning. Then we

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will see the cloud building. By lunchtime, the heavy rain will start

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to move away, and conditions will be improving. When the sun comes out,

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temperatures might get up to 10 Celsius in Hereford. Saturday night,

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another similar night to tonight. A ridge of high pressure is settling

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things down a little bit, and once again, under the clear skies, the

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bridges will be falling away once again, down to about three Celsius

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but we will see a widespread frost. Remembrance Sunday will be a cold

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and crisp day. The wins will have changed to a north`westerly, making

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it colder. By Monday, it is starting to get milder. `` the winds.

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Tonight's headlines from the BBC... A Royal Marine is found guilty of

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executing an Afghan insurgent in cold blood. One of the strongest

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storms ever recorded tears through the Philippines. Hundreds of

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thousands of people are forced to flee their homes. In the Midlands,

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placed by her family in a Stourbridge care home because she

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tended to wander off ` within weeks, she had gone outside and frozen to

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death. And an arsonist is jailed for ten years for setting fire to the

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home of a convicted paedophile and killing him. That was the Midlands

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Today. We'll be back at ten o'clock with the latest on today's main

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stories. Have a great evening and a terrific weekend. Goodbye.

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