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the Turner Prize in 1999. Christie's said it had been bought by an
There will have to be an election for a new commissioner.
Just yesterday our cameras were filming Bob Jones at work, attending
He was at a public meeting to debate the so`called
Government officials have constantly linked the police to
the investigations but Bob Jones was always happy to speak
Our greatest ally in the fight against counter`terrorism,
the community themselves are not as confident the police are getting
This is an issue the education authorities need to resolve.
Bob Jones was the first to be elected Police and Crime
He was regarded as the country's most knowledgeable commissioner.
Today at Police Headquarters the news of
The most important thing for him was being the voice of the community.
Not his voice, his voice was not important.
He would often say it is what the people want.
The Crime Commissioner sets the police targets and holds the police
to account ` some chief constables have fallen out with their new
political masters but Chris Sims and Bob Jones made the new role work:
No one has a bigger Democratic task in trying to connect with 2.6
million people across the West Midlands in often sensitive and
difficult areas and he was literally out day and night meeting people,
holding summits, no one could have worked harder. Bob Jones famously
said his job should be scrapped ` calling it too expensive and flawed.
Yet his success at making it work will leave a huge void:
Today in Wolverhampton people were remembering a local councillor who'd
Aged just 59 Bob Jones was a man who many counted as a friend.
Tonight his widow Sarah said that he also loved
his family more than anything else in the world and they loved him.
He was a great champion of all that was best in British policing. He
worked hard in the West Midlands, having to cope with a thousand
police officers who had been cut but maintaining local policing.
Ironically, he was against the concept of Police and Crime
Commissioners, wasn't he? He took the view that having commissioners
was not a wise move but elections were held. He was one of the very
best commissioners. I learned valuable lessons from him. He
believed in accountability of the police service and he was good at
exercising authority. What is his legacy would you say? A man who made
a real difference in 30 years of public life and a man who was Police
and Crime Commissioners and stood up for what people want which is
neighbourhood policing, safety and security in their homes and in the
streets where they live. He will be remembered with great fondness and
affection and for a remarkable set of achievements throughout his
lifetime in public service. A man has tonight been charged with
killing his ex partner and the attempted murder
of two children in Birmingham. 42 year old Luan Leigh was found
dead at her home in Pype Hayes A 15 year old boy and a 9 year
old girl were also attacked. Andrew Leigh, who's also 42,
is due to appear Tougher punishments for
fly`tipping came into force today. Offenders can now face jail
and fines of up to ?3 million. Last year 711,000 cases were
dealt with across the country. The estimated cost of clearing
up the mess was ?36 million. Bob Hockenhull reports
from the Enville estate near Stourbridge where fly`tipping
is a weekly occurrence. This country track may seem idyllic
on a summers day but this is how it looked a few months ago, completely
blocked by contaminated waste led by flight tippers. These gates were
smashed and 33 times of pre`sorted material, or contaminated, were
dumped here in this beautiful woodland setting. The estate spent
?7,000 getting the rubbish cleared up but it is an ongoing battle as
rubbish is dumped on a weekly basis. The estate hopes introduction of
stricter penalties will deter criminals. Until today the light of
us could often expect a fine of just ?200. The sentencing council says
that is too lenient. New guidelines mean those caught are far more
likely to go to jail or a period of 18 months. Yet more waste discovered
on the estate today. The local council is looking for clues as to
who dumped it. The good message now is that there are clear guidelines
setting out where magistrates should be looking and taking a more serious
approach to this blight on the countryside. The authorities stress
the need more information from the public if they are to stop flight
tippers ruining our beautiful countryside. `` flight tippers.
Finally, a pregnant woman shocked shoppers in Birmingham City Centre
this afternoon when she went into labour on the pavement.
It happened outside the Primark clothing store on New Street.
Ambulance crews arrived in time for the birth of a baby girl.
Mother and daughter are said to be doing well.
I've leave you now with the weather from Shefali.
At the end of fairly decent day you can rest assured we'll see at least
the same but most probably better even better tomorrow ` possibly
So in preparation for that the skies are already clearing `
just a bit of cloud floating around but a warm one with a minimum
of ten but for most 13 or 14C and by dawn tomorrow ` hardly a wisp of
A beautiful sunny morning tomorrow ` brimming with sunshine
which will be the catalyst to those soaring temperatures.
We expect to reach a maximum of 24C but maybe even higher for the
southwest of the region with light to moderate southwesterly winds.
Those values may be knocked back a degree or two after that
as cloud increases hand in hand with some rain from Thursday
The national forecast is next ` here's
more cloud on Friday. None of this survives into the weekend, some rain
around on Saturday. It's certainly been a feast of
football again. The temperature in S?o Paulo was much the same as we
had in Glasgow and Bristol. Here, temperatures are set to climb higher