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Police officers laughed and joked as a father of two lay dying nearby
39`year`old Lloyd Butler, who was an alcoholic,
died within hours of being taken into custody at Stechford.
The coroner at his inquest criticised the
culture at the police station and said she wasn't convinced it had
To his family, Lloyd Butler was larger than life,
But he spent years battling alcoholism
and four years ago this sumler, alarmed by his drunken behaviour,
Within hours they got a phone call to tell them Lloyd had
It's just absolutely devast`ting because people talk to you
about closure, this or that will bring closure
Officers at Stechford Policd Station were supposed to check on
Lloyd Butler's condition evdry fifteen minutes,
but CCTV footage showed thel looking on the internet, including
The inquest heard they also joked and insulted him.
Until nearly 40 minutes after he was last checked, Lr Butler
The jury found that Lloyd Bttler died from a cardiac arrest related
to underlying problems causdd by alcohol.
But they concluded that he should not have been detained in ctstody,
and, that had he been in hospital, the probability was that he was
The coroner Louise Hunt said she remained concerned about conduct in
custody suites and would be sending a report to West Midlands Police.
They helped to bring out the truth in all of this.
All of the facts were brought out, all of the facts.
Obviously, I didn't see the CCTV, but it's all there.
And I am quite shocked at one of officers suggesting this still
It is a challenging environlent there is still more to be done.
We have plans going forward for two new custody blocks
which will be complete withhn 1 to 24 months or so,
and we will have state`of`the`art facilities and professional officers
in a permanent role with a change of attitude and culture.
So I think we are getting a grip on this and moving on the issues
In an internal police disciplinary process, one officer was fotnd
guilty of misconduct and another of gross misconduct `
A multi`million pound project to renovate
a Stoke`on`Trent pottery has been opened by the Prince of Walds.
Middleport Pottery, which is based in Burslem, was bought by the
Prince Charles arrived at Mhddleport by canal.
In this pottery's heyday, it was the canals that transported
On the tow path, there was an enthusiastic greeting
from the potters who've forled a close bond with the Princd.
He's taken a personal interdst in this project and spoke
of his determination that this unique factory should be saved.
Stoke`on`Trent is the cradld of the British ceramics industry. @nd the
contribution made to this country by the potteries has been enorlous
The Prince was shown the newly refurbished collection
of moulds ` it's the largest in Europe ` and it's on display
In 19,000 moulds here speak `` stretch back to the 19th century and
take you back to ceramic history. In the future it will be possible to
bring any of these designs back to life because these are the laster
moulds and they have been s`ved for the nation.
Workers here value the emph`sis on preserving traditional skills, and
two and a half years ago if this had not happened non`others would be
standing here now. It would have been gone and that would have been a
shame. A model of the pottery was tnveiled
in the original manager's offices. This is part of the building
which has been restored and now The Prince and
the Potters have formed an dnduring relationship and the plan is that
the world`famous reputation of this Musician Noddy Holder has bden given
the Freedom of Walsall tonight. The former Slade frontman w`s
born and raised in the town. So Amy `
how did Noddy feel about it all He was absolutely delighted and
told me how he'd wished his parents Earlier this evening,
Walsall Council Tweeted a phcture of the Slade rocker standing next
to the mayor, who was the one who led the campaign
to give him the Freedom of Walsall. The band has been so successful
producing 40 hit singles in the UK It was a fantastic surprise when I
got the e`mail through, that I was being offered thd Freedom
of Walsall. I was flabbergasted `
I was absolutely flabbergasted! Because for blokes like me,
a working`class kid like me, I never thought something
like this would happen to md. Earlier on I sat with the f`ns as
they watched Noddy receive the freedom of Walsall. I spoke to a few
of them afterwards and they said it was well`deserved.
It is a long time coming, it is about time they did something for
We were lucky to have the opportunity, because we were
handy, timing`wise, and I thought it was important to actually show
Tonight, he will be treated to a ceremonial meal here at the town
Hall. In about six months thme he will be all over the airwavds again.
It will be without certain catchy festive tune!
We'll be back at Breakfast from 6am tomorrow morning.
Time for the weather now, with Shefali.
Another fairly decent day today the changes were only subtld `
but they won't be by Friday and the weekend when things turn
Even now, it's not a perfectly dry picture out
there, where we have some drizzle and a few light showers.
But what we have heading our way on Friday and the weekend whll
The showers dying away to ghve much drier conditions then tonight,
with some clearer skies tow`rds the end of the night
and temperatures falling to a minimum of around 11 to 14 Celsius.
But it does mean that we're off to a fairly bright and sunny
Although through the course of the day there will be a steady stream
of cloud piling in from the north, so it's likely to turn dulldr,
but still remaining warm with a top temperature of 19 to 21 Celsius
Thursday brings a similar story but Friday, as I said,
More details on that from Thomaz Schaffenaker, who is next.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with the Outlook
with the summary. Turning more unsettled as we head towards the
weekend. Good evening. After what has been a
glorious few weeks of summer sunshine for many of us, things are
about to change over the next 2 hours. We are seeing the change
marked by the weather front on the satellite image. To the south of
that, 25 degrees, in Bournemouth for instance, but in the north and east,
cooler, fresher air. That sets the scene for tomorrow. A cooler day. We
will have hazy sunshine on offer, although cloudier skies than we have
been used it over the past week Tonight we have thicker cloud
bringing more two spots of drizzly rain for some southern areas.