02/07/2014 Midlands Today


02/07/2014

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the Turner Prize in 1999. Christie's said it had been bought by an

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There will have to be an election for a new commissioner.

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Just yesterday our cameras were filming Bob Jones at work, attending

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He was at a public meeting to debate the so`called

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Government officials have constantly linked the police to

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the investigations but Bob Jones was always happy to speak

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Our greatest ally in the fight against counter`terrorism,

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the community themselves are not as confident the police are getting

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This is an issue the education authorities need to resolve.

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Bob Jones was the first to be elected Police and Crime

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He was regarded as the country's most knowledgeable commissioner.

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Today at Police Headquarters the news of

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The most important thing for him was being the voice of the community.

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Not his voice, his voice was not important.

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He would often say it is what the people want.

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The Crime Commissioner sets the police targets and holds the police

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to account ` some chief constables have fallen out with their new

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political masters but Chris Sims and Bob Jones made the new role work:

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No one has a bigger Democratic task in trying to connect with 2.6

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million people across the West Midlands in often sensitive and

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difficult areas and he was literally out day and night meeting people,

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holding summits, no one could have worked harder. Bob Jones famously

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said his job should be scrapped ` calling it too expensive and flawed.

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Yet his success at making it work will leave a huge void:

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Today in Wolverhampton people were remembering a local councillor who'd

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Aged just 59 Bob Jones was a man who many counted as a friend.

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Tonight his widow Sarah said that he also loved

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his family more than anything else in the world and they loved him.

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He was a great champion of all that was best in British policing. He

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worked hard in the West Midlands, having to cope with a thousand

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police officers who had been cut but maintaining local policing.

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Ironically, he was against the concept of Police and Crime

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Commissioners, wasn't he? He took the view that having commissioners

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was not a wise move but elections were held. He was one of the very

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best commissioners. I learned valuable lessons from him. He

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believed in accountability of the police service and he was good at

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exercising authority. What is his legacy would you say? A man who made

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a real difference in 30 years of public life and a man who was Police

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and Crime Commissioners and stood up for what people want which is

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neighbourhood policing, safety and security in their homes and in the

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streets where they live. He will be remembered with great fondness and

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affection and for a remarkable set of achievements throughout his

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lifetime in public service. A man has tonight been charged with

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killing his ex partner and the attempted murder

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of two children in Birmingham. 42 year old Luan Leigh was found

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dead at her home in Pype Hayes A 15 year old boy and a 9 year

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old girl were also attacked. Andrew Leigh, who's also 42,

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is due to appear Tougher punishments for

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fly`tipping came into force today. Offenders can now face jail

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and fines of up to ?3 million. Last year 711,000 cases were

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dealt with across the country. The estimated cost of clearing

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up the mess was ?36 million. Bob Hockenhull reports

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from the Enville estate near Stourbridge where fly`tipping

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is a weekly occurrence. This country track may seem idyllic

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on a summers day but this is how it looked a few months ago, completely

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blocked by contaminated waste led by flight tippers. These gates were

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smashed and 33 times of pre`sorted material, or contaminated, were

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dumped here in this beautiful woodland setting. The estate spent

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?7,000 getting the rubbish cleared up but it is an ongoing battle as

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rubbish is dumped on a weekly basis. The estate hopes introduction of

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stricter penalties will deter criminals. Until today the light of

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us could often expect a fine of just ?200. The sentencing council says

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that is too lenient. New guidelines mean those caught are far more

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likely to go to jail or a period of 18 months. Yet more waste discovered

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on the estate today. The local council is looking for clues as to

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who dumped it. The good message now is that there are clear guidelines

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setting out where magistrates should be looking and taking a more serious

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approach to this blight on the countryside. The authorities stress

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the need more information from the public if they are to stop flight

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tippers ruining our beautiful countryside. `` flight tippers.

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Finally, a pregnant woman shocked shoppers in Birmingham City Centre

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this afternoon when she went into labour on the pavement.

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It happened outside the Primark clothing store on New Street.

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Ambulance crews arrived in time for the birth of a baby girl.

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Mother and daughter are said to be doing well.

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I've leave you now with the weather from Shefali.

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At the end of fairly decent day you can rest assured we'll see at least

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the same but most probably better even better tomorrow ` possibly

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So in preparation for that the skies are already clearing `

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just a bit of cloud floating around but a warm one with a minimum

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of ten but for most 13 or 14C and by dawn tomorrow ` hardly a wisp of

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A beautiful sunny morning tomorrow ` brimming with sunshine

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which will be the catalyst to those soaring temperatures.

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We expect to reach a maximum of 24C but maybe even higher for the

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southwest of the region with light to moderate southwesterly winds.

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Those values may be knocked back a degree or two after that

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as cloud increases hand in hand with some rain from Thursday

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The national forecast is next ` here's

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more cloud on Friday. None of this survives into the weekend, some rain

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around on Saturday. It's certainly been a feast of

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football again. The temperature in S?o Paulo was much the same as we

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had in Glasgow and Bristol. Here, temperatures are set to climb higher

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