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The headlines tonight: It's goodbye from me.

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Dangerous dogs ` police dealing with an alarming rise in the number

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We'll be reporting live from a dog pound in Worcestershire and asking

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why there's been such a surprising increase in the number of attacks.

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Also tonight, three years after three men died

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in the Birmingham riots, calls for a public inquiry into the case.

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Super for speed and super for business ` Coventry gets

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I think we have a duty to give the families that answers that they need

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Super for speed and super for business ` Coventry gets

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From Redditch to Royal Liverpool ` greenkeeper Harvey transfers

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And we're getting a bit of everything this week with

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our weather ` after a day of sunshine and showers, heavy rain

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Good evening. The West Midlands Police Commissioner Bob Jones is

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writing to the Prime Minister to call for a public inquiry into the

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death of three young men during the Birmingham riots in 2011. Haroon

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Jahan and brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir were killed by a car

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as they tried to protect shops and businesses in Winson Green. Eight

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men were found not guilty of murder after a judge raised concerns

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about witnesses being offered anonymity. Amy Cole reports.

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The riots in August 2011 caused national condemnation.

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In Birmingham three young men lost their lives.

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Today the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner voiced his doubt

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over the experience of the senior investigating officer, or SIO, at

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the time, and he wanted reassurance that the force would be able to cope

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If we find there is another such investigation of such magnitude,

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we will have the resilience of results is to be able to employ

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This was one of the most pressurised periods for the force, for sure.

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But we did not run out of investigators and this was

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an absolutely experienced choice to take on that role and was provided

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At the meeting today, the Police Commissioner said he was

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disappointed he had not had a response from the CPS or the courts.

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He said he has now written to the Home Secretary and the

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Prime Minister to call for a public inquiry.

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There are whole areas where we haven't managed to get

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an answer because it is decisions made by the CPS and the court

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service and the judge in charge and a whole series of other parts

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I think we have a duty to try and give the families who have lost

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their sons answers that they need and deserve.

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This has been welcomed by Tariq Jahan.

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His son Haroon died in the riots and he has long been calling

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I welcome his fight for the families and I am grateful to him

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I have had a lot of support from the community.

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There are MPs and people fighting the case.

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Bob Jones is the lead man right now who has taken this on.

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The commissioner says that if a public inquiry goes ahead he

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will then discuss the findings with West Midlands Police.

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Coming up later in the programme, why these First World War munitions

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workers came to be known as the Canary Girls.

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Three schools inspected over the alleged Trojan Horse plot

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by hard`line Muslims to seize control of classrooms at schools

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in Birmingham have been given a clean bill of health by Ofsted.

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The findings of an investigation into 21 schools in the city is due

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to be released next week, but the three schools have made

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Ninestiles School, an academy in Acocks Green, said inspectors

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found the quality of leadership and management outstanding.

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Inspectors said a culture of inclusion was at the core

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The quality of leadership and management at Small Heath School was

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Ofsted said students valued the differences between people

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And Washwood Heath Academy was described as having good

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Ofsted said pupils knew about risks related to religious extremism.

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So details starting to emerge but not at a pace to impress Birmingham

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He described the whole situation as a shambles and I asked him

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Well, these reports by Ofsted were investigated

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They should have been published before the local elections and they

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decided it was too close to election day so they had to hold them back.

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I'm sorry. The elections were 12 days ago.

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Parents have got kids in these schools that are going to exams,

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other parents have offers for places at these schools in September.

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I am speaking up for parents who are wondering what is going on.

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If the reports are on the desk of the Secretary of State then,

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quite frankly, they should be in the hands of parents, and now.

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We have actually had three reports that were fairly positive.

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need some sort of major intervention.

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I have heard rumour after rumour after rumour.

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And I am tired in dealing with rumours.

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There is outstanding teaching going on at many of these schools.

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We know this because they are getting outstanding results.

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I don't want anything, literally anything, to get in the way of

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If there are things going wrong, I want to know about it and so do the

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This atmosphere of rumour and counter rumour is not doing

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If the reports are in the Department for Education,

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It is clear there were warnings about Muslim infiltration way

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That's why I said there are lots of rumours and some of them are

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Of course. If they are true, they have got to

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That is why Ofsted was brought in to do a job.

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They have done their job, written the reports.

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Why are the reports kept under wraps?

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Business leaders in Coventry today, learning how they can benefit

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The fibre optic infrastructure has already been in place in

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the city for several years but only accessible in council buildings.

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Now it'll be expanded for use by businesses across the city.

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This is the fibre optic cable which has been laid

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beneath Coventry's streets and it can carry data 100 times

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As an example, you can download a 90`minute HD film

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It's those kind of speeds which will help graphic design firms

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At present it can take them hours or even overnight to send

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Staffordshire Police have dealt with nearly 200 incidents

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in the last year and officers have revealed eight incidents where dogs

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It is an empty cage which should and Warwickshire took 71 dangerous

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It is an empty cage which should have been the final home for a

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dangerous dog. It was to be destroyed. A few hours ago, the

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dog's owners picked it up. It was extremely aggressive and volatile

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and I feel it will potentially by somebody. `` bet, dog wardens

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capture around 3000 animals a year in Worcestershire. Twice as many as

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they used to. I would say 25 ` 30% are definitely more aggressive and

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dangerous and volatile and can't be re`homed. Some articles. `` are pit

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bulls. The Pound says they haven't had any problems with dogs from

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banned breeds. It is a grey area because there are so many things to

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work out regarding the dog in general. Its size, temperament. We

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have to take a lot of things into consideration to identify breeds.

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Not everyone thinks it is the animals' fault. This man has been

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keeping bull terriers for most of his life and says the owners are to

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blame. In the wrong hands and used for the wrong purposes, that is

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where the trouble and attacks are coming from. A woman is still in

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hospital recovering from serious injuries and the dogs involved are

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being examined by police but their breeds have yet to be identified.

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The worry is that attacks like this are likely to increase.

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With me now is the dog liaison legislation officer. It is a

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dreadful attack. There is the fear that we will see more attacks. Due

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to the increase in status dogs of this type, we have set up a

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dangerous dog unit to deal with the problems from these types of dogs.

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There are only two of you covering such a large area. I am full`time in

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the dangerous dogs area now. It is myself and one officer and we are

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dealing full`time with dangerous dog incidents. Are most of these dogs

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destroyed? There are many options open. One of those may be that the

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dog will be put to sleep. If you are attacked, how do you get out of

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that? Tried distraction, make sure the emergency services are on the

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way. Use something noisy like a dustbin lid. If you can get behind

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some sort of obstacle as well. Hopefully a lot more of these dogs

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will be taken of the street 's. We'd be interested in hearing

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your views on dangerous dogs. With this rise in incidents,

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what do you think needs to be done? You can join the debate on

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the Midlands Today Facebook page. We'll have some of your views

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at the end of the programme. A record number of West Midlands

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manufacturers plan to create new jobs in the next few months,

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according to a new survey. Nearly two thirds of companies

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questioned by the Manufacturing Advisory Service are looking to

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recruit more staff, a 17% increase Part of the reason for

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the dramatic rise appears to be more Here's our business correspondent,

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Peter Plisner. Making special torches for

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Land Rover in Coventry. It's work that was to have been sent

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to China, but instead of outsourcing,

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the contract stayed here. Great news for people like

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Ian Dyson. It secures and generates work

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for the UK. We are learning new skills

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and developing those skills. But it's also meant more staff,

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more machinery, more investment We are seeing growth of about

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about 50% a year at the moment, which has its pains but it is also

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fantastically challenging at times. We have seen that over

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the last 2`3 years. That growth has

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continued to escalate. But growth isn't just being seen

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by companies supplying automotive Here at Birmingham's National

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Exhibition Centre, component suppliers have gathered to get

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together to show off their wares. Many of the firms here are also

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reporting strong order books. Indeed the latest survey

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of manufacturers shows dramatic rises in confidence, with 62%

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of firms expecting increased sales in the next three months and a

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staggering 71% planning to expand. According to those

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behind the survey it's excellent In the UK generally,

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54% of employers are looking to That is a massive indicator of

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confidence and growing order books. And that's certainly been

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the case for this group of Midlands Working together they've just won

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a big order to make a special lock The customer was actually looking to

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possibly source in China but they got in touch with us and

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once they met with us they actually bought into the concept and saw the

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benefits and obviously we have gone through and are

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in full`scale production tooling. It's all good news

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and perhaps the clearest signal yet that our manufacturers believe the

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economic recovery is sustainable. Three years after three men died in

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the Birmingham riots, there are calls for an inquiry. Also tonight,

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the green keeper going to the open championship. And the Festival in

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the countryside. Next tonight,

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the story of the women who came to They were First World War munitions

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workers who filled artillery shells Chemicals

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so lethal they turned their skin Dozens died working for

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the war effort and there are those who feel it's time their sacrifice

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was more widely recognised. Giles Latcham has the latest

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in our series of films commemorating Think World War I,

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you think trenches. But equally this was an artillery

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war, a duel of the deafening big Millions of shells were fired

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and whoever could make them fastest stood a good chance

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of winning the war. South of Hereford,

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local historians have uncovered stood a good chance

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of winning the war. South of Hereford,

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local historians have uncovered the little known story

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of the Rotherwas munitions factory. It's the story of 4000 women

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toiling long and hard to produce It was intense and dangerous work

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but it was extraordinary for the young woman who came here. Girls

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from the local farms and domestic servants. They started getting real

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wages and proud of where they were working, for the war effort. This

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was a hive of activity. The empty shell casings would arrive on a

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railway and put onto a trolley system and moved down to the other

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side and filled with explosives. The women who handled the explosive

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were well paid ` and rightly so. One mistake and the shell

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could blow up in your face. The filling was done

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in a wooden shed within massive blast`proof walls designed to limit

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the death and destruction should But the danger didn't end there

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for the women who came to be known They turned yellow from poisoning.

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It was actually a form of toxic jaundice. It affected them horribly

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with long and throat infections and some of them died. 210 in World War

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I. That is an awful lot. A group is now trying to preserve

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some of the buildings to honour the There are already reminders

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of the past here, but Barrie and Peter, whose mum Cissie was a

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World War II munitions worker, want to create new memorials bearing the

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names of everyone who worked here. They played a crucial role and it is

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right to have a memorial to all those men and women and that is what

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we are trying to achieve. The site's being redeveloped,

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soon to welcome more businesses But it's a place still haunted

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by ghosts, by the women who worked here, who played here,

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who helped secure victory. Giles Latcham, BBC Midlands Today,

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Rotherwas. And if you're interested in learning

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more about World War I, the BBC has created a special website

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which you'll find at bbc.co.uk/ww1. Most days, greenkeeper Harvey Brooke

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can be found at Redditch Golf Club ensuring the course is in perfect

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condition for its members. But next month he's off to one

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of the world's biggest golf tournaments ` the Open ` to ensure

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the greens and fairways are perfectly manicured for the likes

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of Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson. Harvey Brooke is only six weeks away

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from the biggest moment He has already guaranteed

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his place at the Open Golf Championship next month, unlike

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Tiger Woods, who won the famous Hoylake eight years ago but is now

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recovering from back surgery. Who is going to win the 2014

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Open Championship? I think Rory will take some

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beating but my personal I think he's a real nice guy

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and obviously he's great at golf. But Harvey, whose official handicap

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is 17, won't be playing at Hoylake, For the past seven years,

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he's been passionate about his job at Redditch Golf Club and soon he'll

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be experiencing the very best of links golf is part of an elite

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team of green keepers at the Open. We are very proud of him and what

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he's going to be doing at Hoylake. It's great recognition

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for all the green staff. Not only for him but also

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for Redditch Golf Club to represent That's his downfall,

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because we are all Villa fans. He wanted to be on the team more

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in the professional sense, he I'm not sure how many bunkers

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there are at Hoylake. But he does know there are 48

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on his own golf course and it'll be his job to make sure the bunkers are

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in tiptop condition to welcome the As you're piling up that little bit,

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you just want to try I think you need to stick to

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your day job. The 30th Leominster Festival is

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underway and, from now until Sunday, volunteers will be busy showcasing

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the best It's an important time in

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the year for attracting new visitors Here's our arts reporter,

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Satnam Rana. It's a special time

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for Herefordshire's largest For three decades,

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it's been bringing This year marks the 30th

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Leominster Festival. Run entirely by volunteers,

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people like Wendy and Trish want to bring arts right

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to the doors of people here. I hope you might like to come

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along this evening. When the festival began in 1980, big

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names like Tony Benn and Germaine Now, though,

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local artists and people get We have been

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in the past a very large festival with lots of famous names coming to

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the town, when funding for the arts and cultural activities

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was quite easily available. I think in recent times that funding

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isn't so readily available so we have tailored

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the festival to meet local needs. So this year, a walking celebration,

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as ramblers discover From walking to talking,

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fitness instructor Ged Musto will be telling people why Leominster is

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so special for him. 15 years ago, I set the world's

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best for one hour of sit`ups at This was on top of the one hour

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of push`ups I done But on a serious note,

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this is a festival which helps boost Last year,

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visitor numbers were up by 26% It makes the town really busy

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for the week. We get a lot of outside

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visitors coming to the events. It increases the footfall

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in the town generally, We get more customers in the doors,

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which is really important and what it's all about being

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a small, independent business. There may be no rock bands or raves

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but this gentle festival is an important point in

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the calendar for this market town. Satnam Rana, BBC Midlands Today,

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Leominster. Bit of a murky old day today,

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but at least the cricket We have some hair on the way

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tomorrow. It will feel much colder than the last few days. At the

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moment we are dealing with this cloud. It has broken up a little

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which has triggered showers. The showers will stay with us overnight

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and be quite heavy at times. The next area of rain will move up from

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the South quite soon. Tomorrow, we have low`pressure on top of us and

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the weather systems keep moving through it. They bring through heavy

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rain. Beware of surface water for the morning rush`hour. Heavy rain to

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come during that and once it is over us it won't really move. It will

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feel much colder, only one or 2 degrees above overnight. It will

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gradually clear away in the evening. A slightly more chilly nights to

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come into Thursday. Thursday will be dry and bright and temperatures are

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going to start to get back into the high teens and it will feel much

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more pleasant. Temperatures climb for the weekend. Heavy rain on

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Friday. Are warning ahead of Saturday. At the moment there is a

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Met Office warning for heavy thunderstorms and rain. This could

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change but it is they're at the moment. The weekend looks a little

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bit rocky. A BBC investigation reveals claims

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of a cover`up of widespread sexual And dangerous dogs ` police dealing

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with an alarming rise in the number And that top story has prompted

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a strong reaction on our Facebook the owners are to blame

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rather than the dogs. Dogs only behave

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the way they are used to or taught. Legislation should not be

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breed`specific as any dog can have Emma Grigg makes

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a passionate defence I have always had the breed

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in my life and never had any They are lovely dogs

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and brilliant with children. I have a child with special needs

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and my girl, meaning the dog, I presume, is so soft,

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gentle and caring around her. Les Woodhams got in touch

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on a similar theme. I have three friends that own

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Staffies and my son owns a They are without doubt the most

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affectionate and gentle animals On the other hand my mom had

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a Yorkshire terrier and he was It's fair to say

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the vast majority of your comments I'll be back at ten o'clock

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with your latest update. Find out what life's really like

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