24/06/2014 Midlands Today


24/06/2014

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Police officers laughed and joked as a father of two lay dying nearby

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39`year`old Lloyd Butler, who was an alcoholic,

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died within hours of being taken into custody at Stechford.

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The coroner at his inquest criticised the

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culture at the police station and said she wasn't convinced it had

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To his family, Lloyd Butler was larger than life,

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But he spent years battling alcoholism

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and four years ago this sumler, alarmed by his drunken behaviour,

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Within hours they got a phone call to tell them Lloyd had

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It's just absolutely devast`ting because people talk to you

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about closure, this or that will bring closure

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Officers at Stechford Policd Station were supposed to check on

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Lloyd Butler's condition evdry fifteen minutes,

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but CCTV footage showed thel looking on the internet, including

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The inquest heard they also joked and insulted him.

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Until nearly 40 minutes after he was last checked, Lr Butler

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The jury found that Lloyd Bttler died from a cardiac arrest related

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to underlying problems causdd by alcohol.

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But they concluded that he should not have been detained in ctstody,

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and, that had he been in hospital, the probability was that he was

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The coroner Louise Hunt said she remained concerned about conduct in

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custody suites and would be sending a report to West Midlands Police.

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They helped to bring out the truth in all of this.

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All of the facts were brought out, all of the facts.

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Obviously, I didn't see the CCTV, but it's all there.

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And I am quite shocked at one of officers suggesting this still

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It is a challenging environlent there is still more to be done.

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We have plans going forward for two new custody blocks

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which will be complete withhn 1 to 24 months or so,

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and we will have state`of`the`art facilities and professional officers

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in a permanent role with a change of attitude and culture.

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So I think we are getting a grip on this and moving on the issues

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In an internal police disciplinary process, one officer was fotnd

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guilty of misconduct and another of gross misconduct `

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A multi`million pound project to renovate

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a Stoke`on`Trent pottery has been opened by the Prince of Walds.

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Middleport Pottery, which is based in Burslem, was bought by the

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Prince Charles arrived at Mhddleport by canal.

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In this pottery's heyday, it was the canals that transported

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On the tow path, there was an enthusiastic greeting

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from the potters who've forled a close bond with the Princd.

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He's taken a personal interdst in this project and spoke

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of his determination that this unique factory should be saved.

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Stoke`on`Trent is the cradld of the British ceramics industry. @nd the

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contribution made to this country by the potteries has been enorlous

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The Prince was shown the newly refurbished collection

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of moulds ` it's the largest in Europe ` and it's on display

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In 19,000 moulds here speak `` stretch back to the 19th century and

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take you back to ceramic history. In the future it will be possible to

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bring any of these designs back to life because these are the laster

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moulds and they have been s`ved for the nation.

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Workers here value the emph`sis on preserving traditional skills, and

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two and a half years ago if this had not happened non`others would be

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standing here now. It would have been gone and that would have been a

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shame. A model of the pottery was tnveiled

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in the original manager's offices. This is part of the building

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which has been restored and now The Prince and

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the Potters have formed an dnduring relationship and the plan is that

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the world`famous reputation of this Musician Noddy Holder has bden given

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the Freedom of Walsall tonight. The former Slade frontman w`s

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born and raised in the town. So Amy `

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how did Noddy feel about it all He was absolutely delighted and

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told me how he'd wished his parents Earlier this evening,

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Walsall Council Tweeted a phcture of the Slade rocker standing next

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to the mayor, who was the one who led the campaign

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to give him the Freedom of Walsall. The band has been so successful

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producing 40 hit singles in the UK It was a fantastic surprise when I

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got the e`mail through, that I was being offered thd Freedom

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of Walsall. I was flabbergasted `

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I was absolutely flabbergasted! Because for blokes like me,

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a working`class kid like me, I never thought something

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like this would happen to md. Earlier on I sat with the f`ns as

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they watched Noddy receive the freedom of Walsall. I spoke to a few

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of them afterwards and they said it was well`deserved.

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It is a long time coming, it is about time they did something for

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We were lucky to have the opportunity, because we were

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handy, timing`wise, and I thought it was important to actually show

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Tonight, he will be treated to a ceremonial meal here at the town

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Hall. In about six months thme he will be all over the airwavds again.

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It will be without certain catchy festive tune!

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We'll be back at Breakfast from 6am tomorrow morning.

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Time for the weather now, with Shefali.

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Another fairly decent day today the changes were only subtld `

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but they won't be by Friday and the weekend when things turn

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Even now, it's not a perfectly dry picture out

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there, where we have some drizzle and a few light showers.

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But what we have heading our way on Friday and the weekend whll

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The showers dying away to ghve much drier conditions then tonight,

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with some clearer skies tow`rds the end of the night

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and temperatures falling to a minimum of around 11 to 14 Celsius.

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But it does mean that we're off to a fairly bright and sunny

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Although through the course of the day there will be a steady stream

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of cloud piling in from the north, so it's likely to turn dulldr,

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but still remaining warm with a top temperature of 19 to 21 Celsius

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Thursday brings a similar story but Friday, as I said,

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More details on that from Thomaz Schaffenaker, who is next.

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In the meantime, I'll leave you with the Outlook

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with the summary. Turning more unsettled as we head towards the

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weekend. Good evening. After what has been a

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glorious few weeks of summer sunshine for many of us, things are

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about to change over the next 2 hours. We are seeing the change

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marked by the weather front on the satellite image. To the south of

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that, 25 degrees, in Bournemouth for instance, but in the north and east,

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cooler, fresher air. That sets the scene for tomorrow. A cooler day. We

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will have hazy sunshine on offer, although cloudier skies than we have

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been used it over the past week Tonight we have thicker cloud

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bringing more two spots of drizzly rain for some southern areas.

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