24/07/2014 Midlands Today


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Good evening. in Glasgow.

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A Staffordshire police officer has been suspended

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after a video was posted online which appeared to show him

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It was apparently taken during a night out in Hanley.

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Both the force and the Independent Police Complaints

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Commission are now investigating while the woman involved has told

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This is the centre of Hanley, filmed on a smart phone, in

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Nikki Wright is the woman the officer is referring to.

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She says the incident unfolded as she was trying to help

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All of the sudden, they grabbed my right arm. I actually had a bump on

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my arm where they grabbed me. As I stopped myself from getting closer,

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his hand comes up and slaps me. He pulls me to the floor. That's when I

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shout, idea you, and he lets me go. `` I dear.

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This is Trinity Street, the area where the video was filmed.

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Staffordshire Police have begun an investigation.

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We take complaints about the conduct of our officers very seriously. I

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have seen the footage and it now forms part of a robust investigation

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into a complaint from a member of the public about an officer's

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behaviour. CCTV from around this area will

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form part of that investigation. Events and also captured by Cameron

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is that police carry. The commission are placing importance on

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transparency. We need an answer on this as soon as possible, it can

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strike on. I need to make sure that police officers act professionally

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even in difficult circumstances. Nikki Wright says she's sorry

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for swearing during the incident but wants an apology from

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the officer who's been suspended. The investigation is expected to

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be complete within a few weeks. Whatever its outcome,

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this footage illustrates how quickly images can be shared via social

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media and how footage can have The former MEP Nikki Sinclaire has

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been charged with misconduct in The 45`year`old is due in court in

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September to face claims that she made false statements for travel

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expenses and then transferred the The allegations date back to

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between 2009 and 2010 when Ms Sinclaire was a member of

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the European Parliament for UKIP. In a statement today she says she

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'strongly' refutes the charges. A man arrested on suspicion

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of the double murder of a Solihull couple has been sectioned under

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the mental health act. The 23`year`old was arrested

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after the bodies of Pin and Quoi Chang were found at their home on

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Hermitage Road on the 7th of July. He will now be assessed

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by mental health professionals. Two children who had been missing

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from their home in Birmingham since midday have been found safe

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and well. Four`year`old Adi Sava and

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Saina Sava, who's 11, More than 800 people gathered to pay

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tribute today to the West Midlands first Police and

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Crime Commissioner Bob Jones, A celebration of his life was held

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in his home city of Wolverhampton, which he'd served as a councillor

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for more than 30 years. The numbers

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grew and grew hundreds turning out to pay public tribute to a man who

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gave his life to public service. Police officers provide a guard of

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honour for his coffin, the mourners There were tears

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but there was gratitude too from This was a man of outstanding

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ability, a fine mind and a man with a mission. Bob was exceptionally

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intelligent and has knowledge of policing was second to none. He was

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assertive. He had a quiet confidence but never adopted in aid of

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superiority. He carried quietly, the significant responsibilities.

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After 30 years as a councillor, in 2012 Bob Jones became the

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West Midlands first Police and Crime Commissioner, striking up

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a close working relationship with the chief constable who noticed

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a change in the commissioner's unique dress sense.

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At the family's request, the abiding colour was read, a nod to his

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socialist principles, but the colour of vibrancy and warmth. He knew my

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name and I was a needle in a haystack for them. He was a lovely

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person. He was such a hard`working, loyal person. He will be true loss

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to the community. Bob Jones loved his country,

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the countryside, castles, real ale, steam railways and above all

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his family but he was a man who devoted himself to others and for

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that he earned universal respect. A Worcestershire factory has been

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brought back into use, thanks to an It's because there's

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a nationwide shortage of bricks, resulting in delays on some projects

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until supply can meet demand. Stanbrook Abbey near Worcester is

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undergoing major refurbishment. On site you will see carpenters,

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electricians and plasterers. What you won't see

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at the moment are bricklayers Normally you would expect bricks to

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be on a three or four`week delivery. On this project it is

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about a 14`week delivery period. So we have effectively

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a ten`week daily. Here at least, there's a lot

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of other work to do well they wait For others it is

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causing real problems. We have a project not far

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from here that lost six weeks on an order of 360,000 bricks that

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were suddenly stopped because production ran out and we

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had to source alternative bricks. The fact that the demand

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for bricks is outstripping supply is actually a good sign for the

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construction industry as a whole. And you don't have to look much

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further than this brickworks This place was mothballed

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in 2008 when the industry crashed Now it is being

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brought back to life. More demand means the

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construction industry is building Vena Burger, which owns the site,

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also runs this brickworks They are now looking to recruit 36

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full`time workers at the Worcestershire plant

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including apprentices. This year we'll probably build

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something of the order You have to compare that to

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2012 when it was as low as 120. The Government quite rightly

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suggested we should be building a minimum of 200,000 going forward,

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so it is that not just today?s demand, it is

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the demand going forward that gives The brick shortage is expected to

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level out but the industry is A new technique to tackle

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fly`tipping is being tried out Instead of clearing away rubbish,

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Telford and Wrekin Council is treating dumped waste as a crime

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scene, putting tape up around the They're trying to raise awareness of

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fly`tipping as a criminal offence. Twycross Zoo has been showing

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off its two new leopard cubs. The Amoor leopards are some

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of the rarest big cats in the world, with fewer than 50 now living

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in the wild. They're on the verge

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of extinction in their native Russia, but it's hoped

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that this pair, being raised on the Warwickshire`Leicestershire border

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will play an important part in Our next news will be in

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at Breakfast just before 6:30am I'll leave you with the weather

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from Rebecca. It is a calm and quiet night out

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there at the moment. By the time we wake up tomorrow there will be

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plenty of sunshine and it is going to be a lovely dry day. At the

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moment, there are clear spells. We're getting a bit of mist and fog

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forming over the North Midlands. For the risk of us, it is a calm and

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quiet night but sticky, with temperatures between 15 and 17

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Celsius. With clear spells, we wake up to glorious sunshine tomorrow

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morning. It means our temperatures are going to be higher tomorrow

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morning with high UV levels. Getting up to 20 Celsius with the moderate

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easterly breeze. By Friday, we have some good spells of sunshine

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continuing but we are starting to see a change of wind direction which

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will mean that things are a little cooler. More in the national

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forecast. of some showers and at Wilton cooler

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from the north. The national picture comes from Philip Avery.

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Unusually, I can say good morning. Wednesday has been noticeable for a

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number of reasons. From a meteorological point of view, it was

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the warmest day of the year for Wales and Northern Ireland. Nothing

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like it across the East of Scotland, where the temperature was locked

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firmly into the mid-teens thanks to the presence of the low cloud and

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fog. It is there again as it has been, making inroads through the

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Clyde Valley is, to the Tyne Valley and areas east of the Pennines.

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Another very close night, 17, 18 or 19, something of that order. It will

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take some time on

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