01/06/2014 Midlands Today


01/06/2014

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Good evening. stories on the BBC News Channel.

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A woman is in a "stable and comfortable" condition in hospital

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tonight after being severely mauled by two dogs in Herefordshire.

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She was attacked by a bull mastiff and a Staffordshire bull terrier.

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It was on a busy street that two dogs attacked

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The woman was named locally as Teresa Stinton.

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Even if they've got a dog like that in the house, it should

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have been muzzled if they know people are going to that house.

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Yeah. She was just dropping a bag of clothes off.

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A cyclist was injured as she tried to help add another woman bitten.

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The attack went on for 15 minutes before a man intervened.

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Robert Hirschmann, who rescued Teresa, wouldn't be interviewed.

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But he said he couldn't believe people stood and watched.

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His mother said she was disgusted, but she's proud of her son.

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He just talked calmly to the dog and he got the dog off.

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Because, according to him and my other son, no one was helping

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the woman and the attack went on for about 15 minutes.

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Police have appealed for anyone who may have filmed

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It may have been that people weren't sure what to do, how to do it.

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What I would like to do is appeal for anybody

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who did see it to come forward to us.

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It's quite possible someone has captured this on a mobile phone

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or other device and it would be really helpful to us to see that.

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Two men are still in custody tonight and Teresa Stinton, a mother of two,

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The family of a young woman killed by a lorry driver

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as he used his mobile phone have called for tougher sentences for

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Ian Glover was browsing sexually explicit websites

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Tending a garden created in memory of her daughter helps

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Laura Jane Thomas, a teaching assistant from Great

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Hayward in South Staffordshire, was killed last July.

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She was five foot, blonde and really energetic.

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She's just missed, missed so much now.

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She and her fiancee Lewis were off to the seaside for the day

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Laura was killed at the end of this stretch of road, near Shrewsbury.

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The lorry crashed into their stationary car,

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which had broken down, propelling it into Laura as she stood

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On Friday a court was told how the lorry driver,

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Ian Glover from Birmingham, had been looking at images

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on a sexually explicit dating site moments before the crash.

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He pleaded guilty and was jailed for five years.

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He will only serve two and a half, possibly.

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If it's five years, it should be five years.

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If you take a life, you should be responsible for that.

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The family want tougher action too against motorists

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In November 2011, 13`year`old Hope Fennell died in Kings Heath,

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in Birmingham, run over by a lorry driver sending text messages.

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By making and selling friendship bracelets,

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Laura's family have raised ?3,000 for charity, keeping alive the

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memory of a girl whose death, said the judge, was utterly avoidable.

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A neurosurgeon is claiming that the footballer Jeff Astle died

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from a brain condition normally linked with boxers and that he

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Dr Willie Stewart from Glasgow University says he believes

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the England and West Bromwich striker was killed by chronic

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His family have been campaigning for research to be carried out

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A portrait of the Staffordshire charity fundraiser Stephen Sutton

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has failed to sell at auction. Bidding closed yesterday on the

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drawing of the 19`year`old whose funeral was on Friday. But the

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portrait failed to meet its reserve price of ?7,500. It'll now be given

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to the Teenage Cancer Trust to be sold at a later date.

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Time now to bring you the weather forecast.

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We are losing the dry weather now, it will be replaced by an unsettled

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picture. Tonight, a weather front coming in across the West it will

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start to produce heavy outbreaks of rain overnight and hill fog as

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well. The minimum temperature no lower than 10 Celsius. A wet start

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to the day as the weather front works its way in producing showers

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of rain and heavy bursts into the afternoon. The temperatures not as

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good as today. A gentle southerly breeze with highs of 18.

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More in the national forecast in a moment, and Midlands Today is

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back throughout Breakfast here on BBC One.

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Hope you had a nice weekend, it was a warm and sunny one across central

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and eastern areas. A different story out west with signs of change. It

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will be a different week this week with some rain around. Some sunshine

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too. For a time, it will feel a good

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