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The headlines tonight: 37 dogs kept in filthy
conditions: a puppy farmer's jailed for cruelty to animals.
This is why is extremely important for the public to be vigilant about
The judge described Sean Kerr as devious,
Hundreds of Birmingham taxi drivers fear they could be forced off
All systems go in the most popular women's participation sport,
as the new superleague netball season gets under way.
Love letters between the two mike gay soldiers in the Second World War
when they risked jail and persecution for being together.
And it's been much milder today - temperatures climbing a little
I'll have a full forecast a little later.
Devious and guilty of being involved in a horrible trade.
The words used by a judge to describe a puppy farmer
from Solihull who's been jailed for six months after being convicted
The RSPCA and the police seized 37 dogs from Sean Kerr,
during an operation in December 2015.
The animals had been kept in filthy conditions and some were diseased.
A warning: you may find some of the pictures in Bob Hockenhull's
Kept in the darkness - undernourished, covered
37 puppies - many cross bred so called designer dogs -
seized by horrified RSPCA inspectors at Pastures Farm.
One puppy was found dead in a plastic bag kept in a van.
Customer Anita D'Souza paid ?350 for her West Highland
It turned from a joyous moment and being all excited to a bit of a
Her last moments, she was looking at me and it was sad.
Sean Kerr was also banned from keeping dogs for life.
Many, like Riley, had contracted parvovirus -
The district judge told him it was sad to say
someone who had once cared for horses and been a jockey had now
He said he believed Kerr had made a substantial fortune dealing in
He ordered him to pay ?30,000 towards prosecution costs.
The puppies were many different breeds, some
If you look on the internet, you will see
thousands and thousands of dogs for sale.
This is why it is extremely important for
the public to be vigilant about where they purchase a puppy from.
Most of the seized dogs have been fostered.
Veterinary nurse Jemma Jennings is looking after Roger -
a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and now hopes to keep him for good.
He was subdued, quiet, not really interacting
From when he came, he's a lot more outgoing, he's
Nine of the seized animals were pregnant.
27 puppies have since been born leaving the RSPCA with 64 dogs
brought one unscrupulous dealer to justice.
Earlier I spoke to Charlotte Parsons of the Dogs Trust who was
I think for Dogs Trust, the big concern of the case is
Six months for the cement of cruelty is
We would like to see sentencing increased so that the
punishments are fitting the crime is committed.
What essentially is the issue with puppy farms?
The big concern is that the welfare of the
The main concern for the breeders is the
As a result, the puppies suffer, not only while
they are with the breeder but in their later life
because they have not been well socialised when they
One of the issue seems to be poppies are taken away from
It is a concern if they are taken away from
their mums too early because they're not getting the socialisation may
It is really important they are with mum until eight weeks
because they are learning how to interact with other dogs which is
really crucial for them to grow into healthy adult dogs.
More than 500 black cabs and nearly 1,500 private hire taxis could be
forced off Birmingham's roads by the end of the year.
It's because they're old and breach EU emissions standards.
The city council says it has to clean up the air or it could face
Sarah Bishop is in Birmingham city centre for us.
The council is saying this is a serious matter?
Deadly serious - it says we're facing major public health crisis,
in Birmingham because the air is so bad.
900 deaths per year attributable to poor air
quality and pointing finger at old polluting cabs.
Many of them have very old cars and that is why they want this cull. Cab
drivers say they cannot afford the cost of an equal card. ?45,000 for a
new electric cab, I can't afford that. Nobody can. It is just like
having a mortgage. The work situation is very tight.
Birmingham's cabbies are under pressure to go
Almost 2,000 old black cabs and private hires could be forced
off the roads by Christmas because of their emissions.
Mohammed Mumtaz, father of four - been a cabby
The lorries are causing more congestion than we are. We are being
His diesel cab is 15 years old and under council
A bit disappointed. They have not proposed anything apart from taking
the old scabs off the road and bringing new ones.
They have now said they want a 12 week public consultation.
But what do the public think of the council's plan?
After all it's air everyone breathes?
As you walk past them, you get the smell of the fumes. I do believe
they have a point in what they are trying to do. It is sad for the
people who only taxes. If they were to provide them with replacement
vehicles, that would be a decent solution. Why should they lose their
livelihood replace their vehicles unless they get help to do so. I am
joined with someone from the union. Clearly your members are unhappy,
what will you do as a union? We are sad about the proposals and we are
considering with the executive counterproposal and how to get a
better solution to the scheme. Clearly the council have been forced
to do this, they are under a lot of pressure from Europe. There are
grants of the ?7,500 to buy a new cab. It is not a lot? It is just a
pebble in the ocean. They will be fined every year if they do not
match the criteria. If they can just have a grant for these drivers, they
could slowly pay it back instead of paying fines per year. What about
the idea of the Council leasing cabs to drivers? Now, Alyce ties the
driver to it. If you give them a grant like they did back in the
1970s renegade Krantz regarding houses, surely they can do the same
to the taxi drivers? To remind you, the council are under massive
pressure from Europe, only yesterday the commission issued a final
warning to clean up our era. Two West Midlands Police officers
have been charged with drug offences, conspiracy to steal
and misconduct in public office. The constables, who are based
at Perry Barr, were immediately Six other people arrested
in early morning raids across the West Midlands on Tuesday
morning have also been charged. Patients were turned away
from Worcestershire Royal this morning because there
weren't enough beds. Instead they were taken to
the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. The shortage of space
didn't affect the cardiac, The Trust which runs
Worcestershire's hospitals says difficulties in recruiting front
line staff have contributed Plans for a Legoland Discovery
Centre in Birmingham, like the one in Manchester,
have been approved. It will be the second
one in the country. It'll be aimed at children under
eight and as many as two and half thousand people a day are expected
to visit in peak season. We're exactly a week away
from the most eagerly-awaited Midlands by-election for many years
- its political significance extending far beyond the boundaries
of the Stoke Central constituency But what are the leading contenders
promising for people who live there? Our Political Editor Patrick Burns
has been talking to some of the main Stoke Central's been a Labour
stronghold for 66 years. But it's not exactly
clickety-click for them this time. Twenty years ago their
majority was 20,000. And that was before
Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit. Stoke recorded one of the biggest
Leave votes, in defiance of Labour. Above-average unemployment shows it
still struggles to make good the damage from the loss
of its mining industry. Its last steelworks, at Shelton,
was also in Stoke Central. The Emma Bridgewater Pottery
is in the constituency so don't let anyone dismiss this as just
another museum piece. The museum really is quite
something, by the way. Also in the constituency,
the Royal Stoke Hospital which recorded some of the longest
trolley waits anywhere Defending the seat,
Labour's Gareth Snell says it's 'NHS His chequered Twitter history
includes strong language denunciations of Brexit,
attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and derogatory Tweets
about women, eleven years ago, He's doing his best
to focus on the issues. We have a great hospital
in the ROyal Stoke but it is underfunded
and We have a plan to deliver
what's needed in UKIP's new leader Paul Nuttall's
campaign has had its hiccups too: first over that local address
where he initially registered himself, and then those claims that
he'd lost 'close friends' at Hillsborough, made on his website
which he's now taken down. Of course the NHS is
a big issue in this Many of people in this
constituency voted to leave the European union
and they need an MP At 25 the Conservative Jack Brereton
is by far the youngest candidate. He's the Cabinet member for
regeneration on the city council. We need to create more jobs,
better jobs, better skilled jobs and better paid
jobs for local people. Obviously Brexit is a big issue
and it is important we respect the vote which was voted
on overwhelming way by Dr Zuilfiqar Ali stood
here for the Liberal Democrats A consultant cardiologist,
he combines the NHS with a strongly anti-Brexit message,
even in this Vote Leave 'hotspot'. In the NHS, 5% of the workforce
is from the European The NHS is struggling
with this staffing level. When this 5% is leaving
and no more coming, we The Green Party's Adam Colclough
is Stoke born and bred, and has stood in council elections
too, billing himself We're willing to
protect NHS services, community beds and
community hospitals. Cuts will have a devastating
impact but also better quality jobs to the city,
revitalising the transport It's the air war which fascinates
the political community with so much But it's on the ground
that the candidates face the biggest challenge,
persuading more than half the electorate who didn't vote
in the general election, Patrick Burns, BBC Midlands
Today Stoke Central. We'll be hearing from more
of the candidates on tomorrow's Tonight, BBC Radio Stoke's live
debate gets under way immediately after Midlands Today
at seven o'clock. You can find a full list of all ten
candidates on Patrick's blog. Don't you hate the queues at a
filling station? Today the luxury Land Rover Jaguar and Shell have
launched the first in payment system.
Well today, the luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover and fuel firm
Shell have launched the world's first in-car payment system.
Rather than using a card at the pump or going into the kiosk,
you can now pay in the comfort of your car with a special app.
Here's our transport correspondent, Peter Plisner.
What could be simpler - paying for your petrol
Of course you do have get out to fill up -
but with the in-car app you won't have to queue.
And if you've got kids - there's no worry about leaving them
The setup is fantastic, it makes life easier for
You click on the dashboard and fill up and get back in the car
But drivers we spoke to today appears to have mixed views
I think there's too much technology and too much
communication without involving the human being.
I would probably go to the kiosk because I usually what a
sandwich and drink and what have you.
The app being unveiled by Jaguar Land Rover and Shell today
is part of the revolution in motoring but
also paid in part by the technology on smartphones.
It is all designed to make driving much easier.
If you have lost your wallet and you get in
And how about this - another in-car app that helps
you find things like your keys or your wallet.
Is there not a worry that drivers will take their eyes
We have chosen these apps because they
But hang on - if the technology is linked to mobile phones.
Should we be really using it in places like petrol stations.
The phone is connected to the touch screen in the
car with the car parked so you're doing it in a safe environment.
And more cashless payment opportunities are on the way -
deals with the growing number of drive through outlets mean
in the future you won't even need you wallet.
A 100 metre section of medieval wall recently uncovered by archaeologists
in Coventry is to be covered over again.
The council says it would be too costly to keep it exposed.
Built in the 14th century, it once encircled the city
Under a car park in the centre of Coventry a fascinating
These sections of the city's medieval wall were recently
uncovered by archaeologists after being under tarmac
and concrete for as long as anybody can remember.
One part is completely intact, has been badly damaged.
They began building the wall around 1370 and it took
180 years to complete, but when it was finished
It is about the same as the ring road. This map shows the map. Bits
are still dotted around the city today, like you are under part of
the ring road. These relics from the medieval city which survive so close
to the surface. We have the tarmac a few inches on top of the wall. It is
probably true across the whole city, it went from the medieval city which
survived into the 20th century, the concrete city we have today. There
was no Georgian and Victorian architecture in the middle.
But the newly found section will be covered over again.
Keeping it open to the elements would mean astronomical costs. It
would start to deteriorate and in 30 years' time, it would no longer be
years' time, it would no longer be there.
Once covered, there will be signs indicating
the walls existence, but for now this insight
into Coventry's past will once again succumb to concrete.
Kevin Reide, BBC Midlands Today, Coventry.
Netball is currently enjoying a surge in popularity.
It's the biggest female participation sport.
And it's just been awarded ?17 million from Sport England
This weekend, the Superleague season gets under way
and there are two new teams from the Midlands taking part.
the Wasps are buzzing, and we're not talking rugby.
they've created a brand new netball club to join
And they're determined to be competitive.
This team, if they get it together, will be difficult to beat.
We have an under 17s, under 19s, 21s Academy.
I have a mission that in four years' time
this team will be West Midlands -based players.
It was 32 degrees when South Africa's netball
And freezing cold when she arrived in Coventry.
But she has had a very warm welcome from wasps.
Coming from South Africa netball is different than in
I am excited for the games coming up.
you will find the seven stars, a joint enterprise
by the universities of Worcester and Gloucestershire.
this is no surprise to two bronze medal
Her job is to grow the game and make seven stars are forced to be
We want to start the season with a bang, we want to step
Our goal is to finish in the top four.
young star who was so keen to play for Seven Stars that she chose
to study at the University of Worcester.
Hopefully get local talent and bring them in.
Hopefully get more girls signing from the local area,
And you can see all ten teams in action at Birmingham's Genting Arena
From netball to crickets. The Worcestershire batsmen says it is a
huge honour to be elected chairman of the professional cricket players
union. Mitchell says one of the big issues for players is a new city
We can get a good idea of what our views are and get them across to
influence the ECB and get a great deal from the players.
Obviously it's not an easy task, there are so
many stakeholders in cricket with the media, county clubs and
supporters and members but I do believe the players have a very
have been uncovered and they're to be made into a book.
It's half a century since gay relationships ceased to be a crime.
The letters were sent by Infantryman Gordon Bowsher
to his lover Gunner Gilbert Bradley, who was stationed at a training
Joanne Writtle's been delving into their then risky past.
Illicit letters between the two mike meant when the love would've been
illegal. Gilbert Bradley, a former member of the BBC was stationed at
Park or camp in 1939. Darling, I love you for ever and ever. The
letters from an infantryman but no pictures of him have yet been of
Gordon Bowsher. Most letters would have been banned but they were found
in a house clearance and bought by the town museum. It stunned us
because we assumed the letters were from a girl to a boy because of what
they talked about and then it was the realisation we had uncovered a
gold mine of correspondence between the two men. By contrast this couple
hit headlines 11 years ago for being the first to have a civil
partnership. Helping to organise the LGB TV history Festival this weekend
where the letters will be read. Who would've thought from 1939, despite
Gordon saying, darling, do one thing for me, destroy these letters. Good
old Gilbert kept all these letters and took no notice. We are looking
at something so personal and loving and caring between two men in the
Second World War. Jeff and Peter's relationship was formed in tricky
times. We have been together for 38 years. It is very difficult... Even
for us back in the late 1970s, a very different world. It was very
restricted. It was very hard to find a partner for life. 1940s Britain
was a different time to live, Gilbert and Gordon did not stay
together. This couple think their letters are timeless. One of the
letter says we will live in different times, we will not have to
keep hiding. It took a long time but here we are, in a way we are the
It's time for the weather and, hopefully, this
It was a stunning day today. This was the sunrise. It did not end
there. We got plenty of blue sky. This did help boost temperatures,
reaching 12 Celsius today. This time last week we were struggling to get
above 2 degrees. Every single lining has a cloud, and we are plenty of
close out there. We did say some showers to this afternoon. This is
what they look like. They were quite lively over the centre of
Birmingham. It is associated with this weather system which will drape
itself across us. Overnight, it will bring some cloud and drove us all.
We will say at cloud and drizzle sitting over the top of us tonight,
steadily we will start to state clear away. At improvement is going
to be across parts of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We could get
improvement. Hill fog developing as well. It is not a cold night, I'll
start to the day tomorrow. We have that cloud sitting across does but
we say an improvement from the West. The sun comes out with lighter
winds. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine. Temperatures are around 11
Celsius. Still double figures and the cloud continues in from the West
with the next weather system, bringing drizzle overnight. That
should clear away on Saturday morning. For a weekend, plenty of
usable weather to come. Temperatures back up into double figures. They
might reach the teams for next week. Thank you, Rebecca. -- the teens.
A seven year old girl from Hereford who wrote to Google asking
for a job, was stunned to receive a personal reply
Chloe Bridgewater decided she'd like to work for the technology
giant after finding out employees had bean bags and ride on go karts.
Sundar Pichai told Chloe to keep working hard and said he looked