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in advance of the general election. That is

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baby over again. When we eventually did find out, we were very angry,

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very upset and it was like losing her again. Many parents in the same

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position claim they were told no ashes existed. Also tonight, an

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11`year`old boy is arrested after 20 children were stabbed with a needle

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in the Black Country. The row over alleged infiltration

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over `` in schools by extremists. And we uncover the surprising links

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between reggae legend Bob Marley and rural shop she.

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And good news tomorrow is looking much better with more scenes like

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this. The weekend is arriving with a bang. I will have more details

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later. All were cremated

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in the last decade at But only one set of parents was

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given the ashes of their child. Many others were told nothing

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remained, although industry experts Our reporter Amy Cole has been to

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meet one A few hours after this footage was

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filmed, her parents put her to bed. I found Olivia. She was publicly

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grey colour. She was a limp, like a little rag doll.

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Olivia died from Sudden Infant Death syndrome in 2007.

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Her family chose to cremate her ` a decision they now regret.

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You were told there was no ashes. You have since found out. We were

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very angry and upset. You seem very tearful. It is very painful.

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Ken West writes a blog for a funeral website.

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He used to work at Emstrey Crematorium where Olivia

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was cremated and believes that bad practice led to the ashes not being

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When I worked there in the 60s and early 70s, it was policy to recover

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the remains of small babies. We didn't do many cremations, maybe one

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or two a year at the mumps. Certainly, I was familiar with the

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tray and always that cremated remains would be given back to

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parents. All cremations have been said to be carried out by strict

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standards but the authority said it would begin and end the stick.

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Charles Crosland has been supporting the Perkins family.

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A baptist minister for 30 years, he says the loss of

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All cremations have been said to be carried out by strict

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For the parents, the tragedies go on. My wife wanted a teaspoon of her

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ashes so she could have them put in a necklace or offering or something

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to keep close to home. And we couldn't even get that.

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The Co`op, which now runs Emstrey Crematorium on behalf of

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Shropshire Council has told Midlands Today that it's recently installed

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new equipment with specific settings and a special tray that collects

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There's more on this story at the BBC news website for Shropshire.

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Thank you for joining us. Later in the Himalayan invader causing mayhem

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in the macro one. `` Moorlands. It grows enormously tall and strangles

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all the other beautiful flowers. An 11`year`old boy has been arrested

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after 20 children were stabbed with None of the pupils at Morton

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Community School were seriously hurt They're now receiving treatment

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as a precaution against infection. Here's our health correspondent,

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Michele Paduano. This school is home to 700 pupils

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but just one may have damaged its reputation. On Monday morning, an

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11`year`old is alleged to have stabbed 20 children with a needle.

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The mother of one was not happy. It is not good enough. They shouldn't

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be needles in the school. Another mum's fan was stabbed in the face.

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It is horrible, traumatic. The kids are traumatised as it is. To protect

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them, all the children were vaccinated against hepatitis. Most

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of the students are back at school. Some have been to the hospital. They

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have kept them off as a precaution. Public health said the chances of

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any child coming to harm was minimal but there was a possible risk. If

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there was to be a virus present then the one that is most transmissible

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is hepatitis B so to protect the children against that, we started

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them on a habitat is being vaccination programme. It is

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believed the boy took diabetic needles from his mother. This is a

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frustration. In the old days, they could have dealt with this quietly

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in`house but we live now in the world of social media. The pupil has

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been bailed by police while they investigate.

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Allegations of the plot by hardline Muslims to take over some schools is

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now a row. Reading `` leading educationalists are questioning the

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impartiality of Ofsted investigators. This all started with

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some scathing comments from the Home Secretary? Yes, it is the most that

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she wrote a very sharply worded letter to Michael Gove about claims

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first reported by the BBC that warnings about all this were issued

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as long ago as 2008 two Birmingham City Council and 2010 to Mr Gove's

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own department and she challenges him and asks him to explain how

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central and local government appeared to have been unable to

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act. Subsequently, both Cabinet ministers have issued a statement in

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which they state they are working very hard together to tackle the

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issues raised by these allegations but it certainly does nothing to

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dispel the sense that there is a really bitter argument going on at

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the top of government about the governance and oversight about our

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schools in general and in particular how this does or does not fit into

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the other investigation being led by the former head of counterterrorism

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Peter Clark. Turning to the Ofsted investigation, what exactly the

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educationalists saying? It is certainly a very distinguished group

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of experts including the former Birmingham chief education officer

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Sir Tim Brickhouse and in a letter to the Guardian, they are particular

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concerned about the Ofsted emergency investigation into schools. They say

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that it beggars belief that school is described by Ofsted less than a

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year ago as outstanding are now deemed by Ofsted to be inadequate.

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It says it casts a question of the impartial itty of Ofsted itself. It

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is hard to see where this will end. What do you think happens next? Next

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up we will get the Ofsted report. Then the Education Department

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themselves are due to report later this summer. Politically, this will

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continue for some time. Tristram Hunt, the Shadow Education Secretary

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has accused Mr Gove of being ministerial incompetence. Letters

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have been sent to the former governing body at an Islamic faith

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school in Birmingham, `` banning them from the premises. The team has

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been turned away from the school three times after they were denied

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access. The council says it is clearest league concerned about the

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school's financial position with debts of over ?900,000.

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That debited leader of Stoke on Trent City Council pull shot on has

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stepped down after using fake names on the radio. He sent messages in

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support of council policies. The leader said he had made a mistake

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that has now done the right thing for the city.

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West Midlands Police have released a recording of a woman dialling nine

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990 complain about the sprinkles on an ice cream she had bought from an

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ice cream van. By releasing this call, police said on to highlight

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the importance of using my 9`iron for emergencies only.

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We are joined by Chief Superintendent. Good evening. You

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can't help smiling at this but there is a serious side? Well, it is

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particularly extreme example but we do get a lot of calls. Around 1500

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calls a day and around 10% of those are cool that really shouldn't be

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999 at all. That should only be open for emergencies. What was your

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reaction when you heard this? We do hear quite a few so I'd guess it is

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no surprise to get quite a few similar sort of things, often

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involving disputes between taxi drivers and neighbours and so on.

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Quite often we have examples that should not be for the police at all.

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We would prefer people to call police on 101 which is our most ``

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nonemergency number. Does that work? Yes, it absolutely does. It is a new

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facility, we're really proud of it, we get a lot of calls a day. 90% of

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our calls are answered `` within 30 seconds. 999 for emergencies only

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please. What other dangers if too many people call my 9`iron? It ties

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up 999 line for people who have genuine emergencies and we really

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would like to keep those open. We want to get police officers where

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they are needed. So, if it is not an emergency, please dial 101. We ask

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you to think again in the sort of examples where frankly, they should

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not be calling the police at all. 999 is for emergencies only. Our top

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story. Parents despair over the mystery of what happened to their

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babies ashes. Your detailed and brighter weather forecast comes

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shortly. Also to Matt, the story behind 50 Kisses, a new film being

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made in the Midlands and premiered this weekend.

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And one man's abiding passion to record the best of our ancient

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churches for posterity. Volunteers are out in force in the

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Staffordshire Peak District battling the invasion of foreign weeds.

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The dreaded Japanese knotweed can wreck the foundations of houses.

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On the banks of the River Manifold in Staffordshire, searching for the

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Himalayan balsam. These volunteers are hunting for a plant which

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threatens to crowd out other wildlife. The plant was introduced

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It is taking over the native flower was on the river bank and this

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becomes a real problem because it just becomes a forest of Himalayan

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balsam and you lose all the other species that we like to have one

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hour river bank. The plant was introduced to Britain in the 1800

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and escaped from Victorian gardens into the countryside. Later in the

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year, each plant will develop pink flower was. The pods can scatter far

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and wide. That is why these conservationists are uprooting them.

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It is hard work but worth it to help give other plants a chance. It grows

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enormously tall. And it strangles all the other beautiful flowers. It

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helps keep the countryside looking as it should, it doesn't get

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overgrown with species that aren't natural to the environment. By

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coming and clearing it, we feel it is a really worthwhile job and we

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are very privileged to be part of the team. Across the countryside,

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other invasive plants need to be dealt with and horticulturalists

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have concerns over the spread of some non`native species. They spread

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so fast that efforts to control them are extremely expensive and we are

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very unlikely to eradicate them unless we adopt some novel methods

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of control. The dedication of these volunteers should help preserve the

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natural beauty of this countryside but it is work that should continue

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all year round to ensure the landscape is protected.

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There will be more about this on the breakfast show tomorrow morning.

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Now, what possible link could rule Shropshire have with Bob Marley? To

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find out, we need to wind the clock back to 1916 when one of the

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country's biggest training camps of First World War training camps was

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in Westray. Think Bob Marley, think Rastafarian,

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think reggae and think of performances like these on Top of

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the Pops. What you don't readily think is rural Shropshire. 25,000

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soldiers were based here, training for tough times in the First World

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War. Among them, Norval Marley. Born in Sussex, he later chapter ``

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travelled to Jamaica and then back to the UK where he was apparently

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constructed in 1916. Within weeks, the tough training camp, he reported

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problems with incontinence. The Army examines him and find nothing really

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physically wrong. One the medical reports has a hint that maybe this

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is a man of nervous disposition. What happened to him after his

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medical examinations? He is downgraded in his medical grading

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and ends up in the Labour Court. So, he is not going to serve at the

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front or overseas, he is going to be occupied entirely on menial duties.

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In Shrewsbury, reggae artist Beth Pryor performs her Marley inspired

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mash up and is amazed to discover the news about her hair red's

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father. Bob Marley was charismatic and strong. He is seen as a great

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writer, great performer, great figure, but his father, you know, is

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seen as this week man who didn't serve and couldn't serve due to

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health problems. Old records and a trailer detective work helped the

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journalist I'm Earthsea stories. I met a lovely lady and she found all

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these amazing documents with Norval Marley's name on it. It was just

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great. About who he was, where he came from. So, when was Bob Vaughan?

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Fast forward to the end of World War II and Jamaica. Norval Marley was 60

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and mate `` met his wife but it was tough. He was a white man and I was

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a black girl. I guess he was like the black sheep with his family. Bob

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Marley saw little of his father, he died when Bob was ten. His time in

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Shropshire was far from reggae and far from Ruth `` far removed from

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Jamaica. Isn't that fascinating. Could 50

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Kisses be a surprise hit? It is a new feature about 50 kisses on one

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Valentine's Day. Our arts reporter has been talking to some of those

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involved. Kisses, we give them, we've received them, and in this

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film, there are plenty of them. 50 Kisses was an initiative created to

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connect screenwriters with film`makers so we created this idea

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of writing the two page script that must contain a kiss and we said on

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Valentine's Day. And so you get films like this. This film is called

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poster boy. For the writer, it is a venture into the world of cinema.

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This has been my film school in a way. It has put me right into the

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middle of a very supportive film making community and I would not

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have had that otherwise. But it is not just writers who have been given

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a chance to show off their work. Film`makers were invited to create a

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feature based on the scripts admitted. Amongst them, I called

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Mannion who worked with the production in Staffordshire. It is

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hard to get your work out and into cinemas. A lot of indie film`makers

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release on the internet. To be united as a collective is actually

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really good. 50 Kisses is that crowd created feature. In other words,

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lots of different writers and film`makers have come together

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online with their productions and together they have made a feature

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length film. It'll be shown this Saturday in Birmingham and is also

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during festivals. This project has given emerging producers, directors,

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writers and production staff a chance to see their work on the

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silver screen and that is a priceless opportunity in a world of

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film`making which can often be hard to break through.

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Joining us now is Pip Piper lectures at Birmingham City University. So,

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is this the way forward was to mark crowd creating, bringing people

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together? Sadly, we seem to have lost Pip Piper. Hopefully, we will

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get him back. Now, when Reggie Portman was taken ill in 2000, he

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decided to do something with his enforced free time and go and draw

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his local church. He had always loved drawing, and it was an

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important part of his recovery plan. 14 years on, there is no stopping

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him. The sky is blue, the birds are in song and Reggie Portman arrives

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at a church in a beautiful setting. He sets up his easel and gets to

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work. I can't think of a better spot, the tranquillity, the piece,

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the birdsong. A lovely day at the office. In fact, he enjoys it so

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much, he has now drawn more than 300 of the 400 or so churches in the

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dioceses of Hereford which takes in South Shropshire, Herefordshire and

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parts of Powys and Worcestershire. Reggie, whose age remains a mystery,

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uses a special device to help with measurements. That is very clever.

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Once the pencil drawing is complete, he goes over it in ink. Sometimes,

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when I have been doing it, I have fallen asleep. If the weather is

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good, he can draw three churches in a day and to save him travelling

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home, locals like to offer him a bed for the night. This will be his

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fourth night. I think he is rather `` rather hoping to be of regular

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because we are fairly central to the places he is doing around here. We

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will have this unique collection. Reggie hopes to complete the project

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by next summer and is looking for something else to keep this. Someone

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suggested doing public houses. But that might take too long. He has

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given his drawings to the dioceses and with more than 400, it will make

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for a very big exhibition. Let's have another go of talking to the

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film producer Pip Piper who lectures at university as well. We are

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talking about this film 50 Kisses and the concept of crowd creating,

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by bringing different people together, is this the way forward? I

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think it is, the decree for independent producers and film

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directors and writers. Films have always been made by very large

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groups of people soak in a way, it is not different. I think it is the

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internet that is making things possible in a way that they weren't

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possible before, bringing groups together, enabling them to connect

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and make something and put it out there in a very different way than

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it has been before. Couldn't it all get a bit messy with so many people

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involved? In traditional film making, you would always have very

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traditional roles, the expectations would be very clear, so, yes, there

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is a potential danger that if it is not done in the right way, who owns

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the film, what they can do with it afterwards, yes, there are dangers.

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But if it is put together correctly, it could be a recipe for success. Do

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you think we could get a Blockbuster this way? Wouldn't it be great if we

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could. It would be absolutely fantastic for the region. There are

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a lot of crowd funded projects as well happening. Crowd funding is a

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serious phenomena, 2007 at all kicked off. We now have over 600

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platforms across the globe. Across that five or six year period,

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billions have been raised for creative projects and that is

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happening in the region. My own company, we have crowd funded number

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of our own independent films, raising thousands of pounds towards

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those. That enables you to work in a different way. Where you had to go

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to other funders in the past, you can be a little bit more nimble.

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Thank you very much indeed. Dismal weather again today but a bit more

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hopeful tomorrow. It has been an appalling day`to`day. As we head

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through into tomorrow, it is a much better picture. Fine and dry weather

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to come with the sun coming out as well and the temperatures slowly

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starting to rise. Today, we have had this blanket of cloud and this area

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of rain sitting over the top of us and it has really affected our

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temperatures. We only got up to 11 or 12 Celsius today which is well

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below where we would expect to be. We will get clear spells developing

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and the temperatures will fall away so called a night than we have seen

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recently. The rain clears through the morning and Thursday is a much

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better day. The spells of sunshine to come through. Temperatures

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climbing back up to where we were at the start of the week, hovering

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around 18 Celsius, so not a bad day at all. Some late afternoon sunshine

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to enjoy and overnight, we are going to start to see those skies clearing

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so our temperatures are going to fall away once again. Another cold

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night. Friday is looking like another good day, too. We have an

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early yellow weather warning in place for heavy rain. We start to

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pull in humid air from the continent on Friday and that will collide with

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this weather system on Saturday giving us some very lively

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thunderstorms so do make the most of tomorrow and Friday because it is

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getting a lot worst. I will be back at 10pm with the latest updates.

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Have a good evening. Goodbye for now.

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