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into Friday morning and enhance the risk of flooding. That is all

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: "A catalogue

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of systemic failures" ` a report says the deaths of four Warwickshire

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firefighters were caused by failings at their rescue service. Also

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tonight; Held indefinitely in a secure hospital, the knifeman who

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stabbed mosque`goers and a police officer who was hailed a hero. It

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was until I return to work than I was told how close up called it was,

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how lucky I am to have survived. Part`owner of Birmingham City,

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Carson Yeung, resigns from the board and from the club's parent company.

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Proof that dreams can come true, the musician that's gone from front of

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house to centre stage And we may have got away with a largely dry day

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today but take it as the exception rather than the rule. There are more

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storms to come this week. Good evening. Warwickshire Fire

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Service has been accused of failing to have an adequate plan to deal

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with a fire at a vegetable packing warehouse in which four fire

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fighters died. Ian Reid, John Averis, Ashley Stephens and Darren

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Yates`Badley, died in the fire at Atherstone`on`Stour in November

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2007. In May 2012, three incident commanders were acquitted of

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manslaughter by gross`negligence, and seven months later in December

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2012, Warwickshire County Council were fined 30,000 pounds after

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admitted breaking Health and Safety guidelines. Today the report by the

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Fire Brigades Union says the deaths were caused by a "catalogue of

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organisational systemic failings". Joan Cummins reports.

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It was one of the worst nights in British firefighting history. Four

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Warwickshire firefighters lost their lives whilst trying to tackle a

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blaze in a vegetable warehouse in Atherstone on Stour. The cause of

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the fire has been established as arson although no`one has been

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charged. Today's Fire Brigade Union report summarises the events and

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actions that lead to the deaths. The SPU report claims the deaths on

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systemic organisational failures, but the service say that was seven

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years ago and lessons have been learnt. Andy Hickmott is the current

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chief fire officer of Warwickshire. He maintains that the FBU

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investigation is almost a historical snapshot. I don't think there is a

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single recommendation in the report that hasn't already been dealt with

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very, very thoroughly by the service. My focus is on the service

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today and tomorrow, we will never forget our four colleagues who gave

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their lives that night, but it's a report that deals with things that

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have since been discharged and my focus is on the Fire Service today

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and tomorrow. The deaths of Ian Reid, Ashley Stephens, John Averis

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and Darren Yates`Badley devastated those they left behind. The families

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have been central in demanding to know exactly what happened in

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November 2007. Despite the passing years, multi`million pound

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investigations and legal processes, the families still believe there are

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unanswered questions. What we would like is a public enquiry, to get

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down to the nitty`gritty of exactly what happened and why it happened.

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Nothing is going to bring Ian and the crew back, but I think that on

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this week the truth about what happened and we can have a culture

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of open and honesty within the UK Fire Brigade, might daughter will

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never be able to get over this. It doesn't help me, I knew the answers

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for my son, exactly how is steady and his colleagues died in that

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fire. `` his daddy. Changes and improvements have been made to the

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Fire Service in recent years, which families hope means no other

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firefighters will lose their lives. Coming up later in the programme:

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Sacked after accidently shooting a pupil during a science experiment `

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thousands sign up to a campaign to get the teacher reinstated.

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A man who stabbed a police officer and two worshippers at a Birmingham

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mosque will be sent indefinitely to a secure mental hospital. Mohamoud

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Elmi was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one of

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wounding, but a jury at Birmingham Crown Court today found him not

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guilty on the grounds of insanity. Tonight, questions are being asked

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about the mental health services in Birmingham, who had treated the

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psychotic man months earlier. Our Special correspondent, Peter Wilson

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reports. The moment of frenzy and fear as a

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knife wielding maniac attacks people praying in a Birmingham mosque. It

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was June last year. PC Adam Koch tasered the man and arrested him

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despite several stab wounds to his chest. I have been told it has gone

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through numerous layers and muscle, it is only when I return to work

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that I have been told how close call it was, how lucky I am to have

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survived. That was quite hard to hear as I wasn't aware of that at

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the time. Two doctors praying at the mosque came to his aid probably

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saving his life. His stab proof vest also did the job it was advertised

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to do. I have got no doubts that it saved my life. One of the wounds

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when three quarters of the way through it, that was over my spine,

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had I not been wearing it, I probably wouldn't be walking. This

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man, Mohamoud Elmi, was today judged to be insane ` he'd also attacked

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two men praying inside the mosque. This was a terrible incident where

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people were stabbed, but it would everybody together in a crisis

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situation. They were members of the public helping out, trying to help

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restrain the knifeman, giving first aid to each other. Elmi, a paranoid

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schizophrenic, had been identified as psychotic in October 2012. He

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later declined treatment and disappeared into the community.

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Today the Birmingham Solihull Mental health trust admitted that

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there were lessons to be learned. Greater involvement and input from

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families and their GP before and after patient discharge. This was a

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special verdict, not guilty due to insanity. The defendant will be

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sentenced tomorrow. But the court accepts that he will continue to

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pose a risk, not only to himself but also to the public. And therefore,

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he will be detained indefinitely under the Mental Health Act.

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Four men have appeared in court in St Lucia charged with the murder of

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a Warwickshire man. 62`year`old Roger Pratt from Moreton Paddox near

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Stratford`upon`Avon, was attacked and killed. He was protecting his

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wife Margaret on their yacht which was anchored just south of the

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island. The four men have been remanded in custody until April the

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11th when they will attend a hearing at the island's High Court.

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Ironbridge power station had to be shut down after a fire broke out in

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the early hours of this morning. Around 50 firefighters were called

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to the site to tackle the blaze in the turbine room. E`on, who own the

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station, say they'll be conducting a full investigation.

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West Midlands Police will be recruiting 450 new constables over

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the next two years from April. Potential applicants will be able to

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begin registering their interest by logging on to the force's website

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from next Monday. It ends a recruitment freeze, which has been

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in place for five years. The government is being accused of

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"complacency" over last month's disturbance at Oakwood prison near

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Wolverhampton. Labour say ministers are down`playing the seriousness of

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what happened at the privately`run jail, which has been described as a

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'full`scale riot'. But the Justice Minister, Jeremy Wright, is

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insisting what happened was NOT a riot. To describe it as a full`scale

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riot is inaccurate. There were 20 prisoners involved out of a total of

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1600. The wing is now back in use and the issue was professionally

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resolved. Goodyear Dunlop has hit back at

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claims it was offered suitable alternatives to its Birmingham tyre

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factory. The closure of the site would bring 125 years of tyre making

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in the city to an end, with the loss of more than 240 jobs. On Midlands

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Today last night, the Labour MP for Erdington accused the company of

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turning their backs on alternative sites. An alternative site was

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identified three miles away at the Aston advanced Manufacturing Park.

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Dunlop said, it's a good site. They have now been offered financial

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assistance to relocate to that site. They said they would seriously

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examined doing that but four days ago they said they wanted to walk

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away from Birmingham. Our reporter Ben Godfrey has been investigating

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that allegation and he's at the Dunlop factory this evening. What

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have you discovered? It's clear the flak was flying yesterday, Dunlop

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motorsport was accused of outrageous behaviour and being less than

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transparent, which they deny. Sir Albert Bore of Birmingham City

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Council also suggested alternative sites were put forward to the firm

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over the past six months ` including promise of a speedy planning

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process. I went to the advanced manufacturing hub this afternoon and

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it doesn't look very advanced, it's a large area of grassland, in the

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shadow of the M6. Dunlop motorsport says it isn't right for development

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there. To build a new factory in the timescale that we have, having been

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given 12 months notice last May to exit the site, it's simply not

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possible to build a factory in that timescale to maintain the continuity

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of supply we need. What's been the reaction from workers today?

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Certainly dismay and anger although a lot of people have been expecting

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it. Union officials have been meeting managers today. We have a

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consultation process, 241 jobs here are at risk when the site

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potentially closes in September. As part of that consultation, workers

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will be asked, are you interested in working in France or Germany? A lot

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of workers have been reluctant to talk about this very distressing

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news for them and their families but one did break, this morning. I have

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seen this place, wall`to`wall tyres, this is what we have got left now.

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We won't be here much longer. It's just a matter of time. Just a

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waiting game. Goodyear Dunlop has been frustrated by suggestions that

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it is shipping West Midlands jobs to Europe without thinking about it.

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The company is clear and says it continues to employ around 700

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people at its office headquarters down the road in Birmingham and also

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at its tyre plant in Wolverhampton. A number of survivors of

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Hillsborough say they were threatened by West Midlands Police

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officers ` who were sent to investigate the stadium disaster.

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They've told BBC Newsnight that their criticisms of police at the

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scene weren't properly recorded. 96 Liverpool fans died at Sheffield

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Wednesday's ground in 1989. It's the first time witnesses have come

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forward to question the investigation that followed. I was

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simply told to sign with the directive Sergeant wrote, so I got

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the courage up to say, I want to read what you have written because

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you have been away from me the whole time, the other side of the room. He

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said, you don't need to read it, I have written what you told me. All

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you need to do is sign this now. West Midlands Police have declined

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to comment because of ongoing inquiries and the upcoming inquests.

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This is our top story tonight: "A catalogue of systemic failures' ` a

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report says the deaths of four Warwickshire firefighters were

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caused by failings at their rescue service. Your detailed weather

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forecast to come shortly with Shefali `` also in tonight's

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programme. From front of house to centre stage ` the musician who made

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his theatre of dreams a reality. And undiscovered in a rusty tin for

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almost a century ` the forgotten photo's of World War One

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battlefields. The Birmingham City part`owner

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Carson Yeung has stepped down from the club's board. He's also resigned

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from the board of club's parent company Birmingham International

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Holdings. But he remains one of the club's largest shareholders. Well

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our reporter Dan Pallett is at St Andrews now. What impact will this

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have on the football club? The day`to`day running would be

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affected. The acting chairman has been in charge for a while. But this

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is all about Carson Yeung and his money`laundering trial. He denies

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any wrongdoing but the end of this month we will get the verdict, if he

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is found guilty, he has now stepped aside from the club, it allows for a

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smoother transition of power. And tomorrow the parent company are

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holding an extraordinary general meeting in Hong Kong. What can we

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expect from that? This is all to do with getting the parent company

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relisted on the Hong Kong's exchange. Tomorrow, we expect that a

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debt will be paid because they will give them some shares in the club,

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and give them some new shares in the parent company. Technically, the

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club can be sold them, but it's anyone's guess as to what can

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happen. Yeung has always stated he's not interested in a complete sale of

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the club. There is indication is that they want to move the operation

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elsewhere but second`guessing the story is difficult.

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Thousands of people have given their support to a campaign to re`instate

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a teacher in Wolverhampton who was sacked after accidentally shooting a

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pupil in the leg during a science experiment. The online petition and

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Facebook page were started by the pupil himself, who didn't make a

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formal complaint about the accident. Joanne Writtle has been finding out

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more. What happened? This is the man at the centre of

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this. Richard West was a popular physics teacher who set up an

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experiment to fire a pellet through paper to work out its speed and

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deceleration. Somehow during the exercise here at the Ofsted

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"outstanding" St Peter's Collegiate School in Wolverhampton a

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17`year`old boy was hit in the leg. He wasn't hurt and was quoted in the

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Express Star newspaper, saying: "You'd do more damage with a safety

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pin. It was a complete accident and Mr West was really worried and

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concerned." That pupil started an online petition and Facebook page

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called Bring Back Westy ` the Legend. Thousands have added their

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support. A friend of the injured pupil, himself a former student, has

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given us his verdict on Richard West. One of the best. He is able to

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engage with students that he teaches, students that he doesn't,

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he is a great person, full of integrity. He is a great person to

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know and be around. Many people might find the idea of air rifles in

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classrooms alarming. But according to a science teacher we spoke to,

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experiments using air guns are popular. Having an air pistol at

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demonstrate momentum is common, I do it several times a year. It can be

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done safely, it illustrates the point which the students remember.

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One also has to understand that whenever there is a risk, something

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can go wrong and occasionally it does, what we do is minimise the

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probability of that. Earlier we asked for your views and we've been

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inundated: Richard West's disciplinary hearing

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was a few days ago and the school has told us that: "...as the matter

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is at an appeal stage it would be inappropriate to comment further."

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A man from Gloucester has become the first person to run coast to coast

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across Canada unaided. It was a superhuman challenge requiring

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extreme determination, strength and a superhero costume. And he has

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finally done it. I dreamt about it for 11 months, every single day I

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woke up. I didn't think I could do it. 11 months ago, Jimmy MacDonald

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dipped his hand in the Atlantic Ocean and vowed to run the

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equivalent of 200 marathons to get to the other side of Canada and dip

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his hand in the Civic. Last night, that's exactly what he did. I

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decided to put on this outfit just for a bit of fun. In the end, the

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kids just loved it. Everywhere I went, they were giving me a high

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five, and kids were turning up dressed up as superheroes. I wore it

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for eight months. It stank like mad! He has been running nonstop since

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the 9th of March last year. The epic journey has taken him through

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freezing temperatures and a mugging to Vancouver, the first person to

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ever manage it without help. But Jamie is no stranger to challenge. A

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year ago, recycled Thailand back to Gloucester. Then he cycled on the

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spot. His mission has raised more than ?120,000 for children's

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charities. Who knows what else is on the horizon?

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There will be a homecoming parade for Jamie on February 13. If you are

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in Gloucester, think deserves a good homecoming.

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Now to a dream come true for a former theatre front of house

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worker, who longed to be on stage. Matthew Atkins has returned to

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Birmingham where he watched stars tread the boards at the theatre

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where he worked. Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana has been to meet him.

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A year ago Matthew Atkins was working off stage at the New

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Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham. Now he's living his dream on stage. In

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his first professional actor musician role, Matthew's playing Mr

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Sanders in the UK tour of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. But this

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stop off at the New Alexandra is extra special. It was a really nice

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feeling last night, I had this moment where I said, that's with the

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auditorium looks like from this site. Matthew trained as a composer

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at the Birmingham Conservatoire before taking on a front of house

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role at he theatre. But after a year he knew where he wanted to be. When

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we were checking the auditorium and deceit, they would always be doing

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their warm up on stage so I was going as close as I could, to sing

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along with the warm up and pick up some tips. Definitely watching the

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show has inspired me to want to do this. Coming back to Birmingham is

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also a chance to catch up with former colleagues. People join us in

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theatre wanting to move onto stage. Very few ever make it but you do get

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people that do make it, so it's quite an achievement for others who

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come along and say, if Matt can make it, it's a chance for someone else.

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Matthew will always consider Birmingham to be his home ` the

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place where he trained, a place where he yearned to embark upon his

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dream ` a dream which he is living. They lay undiscovered in a rusty tin

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for almost a century, but now a pile of forgotten photographs are

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revealing new images of the battlefields of the First World War.

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They were found by the grandson of the soldier who took them ` and

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they've now been published in a book. Cath Mackie reports.

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Sometimes devastating, sometimes surprising, but always beautifully

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framed. The photos by Sergeant Hubert Berry Ottaway reveal life in

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Flanders at the end of the Great War. That's the first one that was

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discovered. That is a German howitzer, it has been damaged, you

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see the helm there. They were discovered by Hubert's grandson

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Peter when he was looking through his attic at his home in Much

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Dewchurch in Herefordshire. Absolutely fascinating. Each one

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that we have been able to use tells a story. Hubert Berry Ottaway joined

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the Royal Engineers in 1901 and was 35 when war broke out. By 1918 some

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villages near the battlefields, had been razed to the ground. Hubert

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recorded the carnage after battle on his box brownie camera. Two

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soldiers, holding a home`made banner, just a pile of rubble. A

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photographer friend of Peter's Jack Tait helped to restore the images `

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around 40 in all ` and collate them in a book. This is the nearest

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camera we could get to match the one Hubert used. The negatives are

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surprisingly good. They want to damaged. We found two pictures which

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were mystifying, Chinese men, fitted out in uniforms and formed the

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Chinese labour corps. Hubert Ottaway survived the War. He was decorated

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for bravery. I only remember him as an elderly gentleman, poor eyesight,

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used to sit in a chair and he refused to talk about the war. Like

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many of his generation? Absolutely. But Hubert's photos do the talking

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for him ` a witness to an extraordinary and devastating moment

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in history. A brighter, drier day for most ` but

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will it last? That would be wishful thinking, I'm

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afraid? Ordinarily, I wouldn't give out an term forecast because these

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things can change but it is doubly worthwhile. We have more wet and

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windy weather to come, leading to further flooding through the rest of

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the month. A perfect example of that over the next 24`hour, nasty spell

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of weather to come, and this is the culprit, a deep area of low pressure

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heading in from the south`west. Once it's clear, we have another spell of

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wet weather from the South followed by another ferocious system moving

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in for the start of the weekend. Let's take a closer look at the

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first band of rain arriving, it will spread eastwards, some torrential

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downpours, this will clear away later in the night. A lot of energy

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packed in this lot, and strong winds as well. We are looking at around 20

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millimetres of rain out of the heaviest downpours. Once it is

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cleared, the skies are still cloudy. Those showers will get going again

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with another spell of rain. Those showers will form longer spells Tom

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there is the potential of very heavy out breaks, quite widely. In it all,

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the benefit of those more the values of nine or 10 Celsius are completely

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lost. This rain will continue into tomorrow. It won't be until after

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midnight and receive drier conditions developing. As for the

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rest of the week, Thursday and Friday are the driest days.

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Tonight's headlines from the BBC: The boss of BP ` one of Scotland's

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biggest employers ` raises doubts about independence. Prince Charles

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meets flood victims in Somerset ` he says it's a tragedy nothing has been

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done for so long. 'A catalogue of systemic failures' ` a report says

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the deaths of four Warwickshire firefighters were caused by failings

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at their rescue service. And held indefinitely in a secure hospital,

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the knifeman who stabbed mosque`goers and a police officer.

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That was the Midlands Today. Congratulations to an 11 strong

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Lottery syndicate of Aston Villa fans who scooped ?1 million. The 11

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men are all from Sutton Coldfield. Too bad the transfer window had

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closed!

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