17/01/2017 Midlands Today


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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The funeral took place today of Jill Saward,

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the sexual violence campaigner who used her own experiences

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to change the law surrounding rape cases.

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The 51-year-old from Hednesford in Staffordshire was the first

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person to waive her legal right to anonymity after

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she survived what became known as the Ealing Vicarage Rape

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Today's service at Lichfield Cathedral was a celebration

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of the life of a woman described as

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"very loving, very caring, and absolutely beautiful".

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Doing what she did best, speaking out.

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People often say that they feel like they have been raped again

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Jill Saward was only 21 when she was raped by two men in 1986

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during a burglary at her father's London vicarage.

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Incredibly, the perpetrators received much shorter sentences

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than the man who had committed the burglary.

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That set in motion what was to become her life's work -

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campaigning for victims of sexual assault and for changes in the law.

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Her identical twin sister Sue Lancaster and Jill's

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husband Gavin Drake knew how special she was and

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But we have been supported by so many thousands of people

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She knew she was making a difference but she couldn't take

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the compliments always because to her she wasn't

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Sue is not sure if she can never follow in her sister's footsteps.

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I have thought about whether I should step up and try

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and take her place but I just don't think I can.

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Jill was involved with Lichfield Diocese for many years.

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She was very courageous, she was very humble and she did

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a great deal and stuck at things with a great deal of determination.

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As the service got underway, eulogies echoed around

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I know there are many, many people alive today

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We looked after each other as best we could over the years

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Jill was a survivor and used her traumatic

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Very loving and very caring and very, very beautiful.

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The Chairman of Staffordshire digger maker JCB

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is one of the first of our business leaders to give his reaction

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to the Prime Minister's speech today about leaving the EU.

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Lord Bamford, who backed the leave campaign, says he was

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"very encouraged" by what he heard today

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and is now calling on other businesses to

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But what do smaller businesses feel about the plan

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At the time of the referendum we talked to a panel of viewers,

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both leavers and remainers, about their thoughts

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Joanne Writtle has been back to two of them,

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to see what they made of the Prime

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Then you want a ?5 pack of pork chops.

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Bridgnorth Butchers, Mike and Sarah Pearce,

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We filmed as they waited for the Prime Minister

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to explain more about how the country will do that.

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I voted Conservative for the first time in

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my life two years ago and then I voted Leave.

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Then I felt cheated that Cameron gave up his post and

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now I'm hoping today she gets things straight.

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I'm hoping we will be off to govern ourselves like we used to

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As Theresa May spoke the butchers reacted.

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I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this

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period of change stronger, fairer, more united.

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We will take back control of our laws and bring

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an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court

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She's going for the country wants so it is good.

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I was much in favour of getting out of Europe.

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I voted to stay in so I'm not happy about the situation at all.

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I am very, very worried actually about

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This family owned engineering company in Shrewsbury

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is celebrating its 50th year in business this week.

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In the last five years they have been exporting

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15% of what they make to Germany and America.

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Personally, for us, I would like to go over to America,

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do a trade mission and that is our biggest export opportunity to grow

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I think they would look at us uncertainty to

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start with but I think really, again, we have got the chance.

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We are world-class leaders in manufacturing and they will come to

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100 people work here making parts for

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the likes of Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover.

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It might be little bit of the unknown but I think the

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opportunities are there for advancement.

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We will work hard as a country and I think we will be OK.

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Businesses like this say they want to continue closing deals in

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Europe and further field and will be watching the twists

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Two disability-rights campaigners from South Shropshire have failed

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in their second attempt to persuade judges to reconsider changes

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Merv and Nikki Kenward, from Aston on Clun, are worried

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proposed reforms could lead to unscrupulous health-care

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But they've been refused leave to go to the Court of Appeal.

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The trust which runs Worcestershire's hospitals

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has been criticised, for making ?20,000 available for its new chief

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The Trust is in special measures and has been struggling to keep

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Michelle McKay is arriving from Australia in March

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and the money has been set aside to help with relocation costs.

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More than two years after the Staffordshire based firm

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Phones4u went bust, around 400 former employees have

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A group of workers took their case to an employment tribunal

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because it failed to consult staff before making mass redundancies.

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Each claimant has received compensation of more than ?3,500.

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Severn Trent Water has made a stretch of the River Severn

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from Tewkesbury to Shrewsbury a pollution priority.

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So it's working with farmers on ways to reduce the impact

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of water from their farms, when it enters the river.

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Education sessions, like this one for student farmers

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from Walford College are being held to show the younger

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generation how reducing run off from pesticides and fertilizer can

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Most farmers, especially if they have got riverside land, do love

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their river and they have noticed the changes over the years.

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So, slowly, as water quality improves they are noticing

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fish coming back and other wildlife coming back to the river.

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A celebrity reception was held in Birmingham this evening,

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to launch a million pound appeal for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

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It's to expand the facilities available to leukaemia patients.

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Sporting stars have already lent their names to the project

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to develop and offer new treatments for blood cancer.

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Our reporter Ben Godfrey is near the hospital for us now.

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The Centre for Clinical Haemotology opened in 2006 and gave patients

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access to more than 25 trials not normally available in

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But success in saving lives has had a big impact,

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they're running at capacity and need to expand.

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It will cost ?3.5 million, two thirds of which is coming

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So they still need a drive for ?1 million.

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I say drive but really we should say cycle because one of their patrons,

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the former Wolves and England footballer Geoff Thomas,

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will cycle more than 6,000 miles later this year to raise money.

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The NHS has always been lambasted for bad things

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and we want to celebrate what's happening on the good side.

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The haematology centre with Charlie Craddock and his team

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are leaders in their field and we want to support them

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to accelarate the good work they're doing.

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The expansion would double the centre's space and double

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the number of drug trials they can do, creating around 100 jobs

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Helping people like Jaymz Goodman from Telford, who was treated

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at the centre after a 14cm tumour was detected in his lungs.

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I value everything that was given to me because it saved my life.

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Without the clinical trial I was on, without the Centre for Haematology,

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Others supporting the fundraising campaign are the broadcaster

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Adrian Chiles, cricketer Jonathan Trott and business

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Worcester City council has put forward plans

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The city held its first 10k race in 2014

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and hosting a half marathon would put it on a par

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with cities including Cardiff, Leeds and Birmingham.

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The council is hoping the event will help attract more visitors.

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Finally, Warwick and its surrounding districts have bee

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declared the most vibrant place in the Midlands in a survey

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carried out by the accountantcy firm Grant Thornton.

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The area was singled out because of its high employment,

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low crime rate and good GSCE results.

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Stratford-upon-Avon also ranked highly.

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That's all from me, have a good night.

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I'll leave you with the weather from Shefali.

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Good evening. It was another day that can seriously drag down your

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mood but we had the weather watchers pictures to offer aid burst of

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colour on what was eight grade date with the fairer amount of rain

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around. You will see from this picture in Dudley just the couple of

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hours ago committed looking drier we've got dry weather to come. This

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is after tonight and tomorrow. It will remain cloudy and that is

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because once this friend that is producing although it might rain and

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drizzle slips out of that it is going to leave us with high pressure

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across us. Not Owain to stir up the clan break it up, but unfortunately.

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-- not Owain. It is going to be fairly mild as with lows of around

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3-5 C with the few spots of rain tonight which should die away. It is

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going to be cloudy day, allows lastly died with temperatures rising

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to eight Celsius so it is going to be little milder than today. Better

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brightness as that cloud thins. The national forecast is next.

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from time to time. Staying settled still. Nick has the national

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forecast this evening. Hello. If you are watching the

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football earlier it turned out to be an evening for football fans in

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Lincolnshire. This is how it looked at the start of the day. No idea

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whether this weather watcher is a football fan, it's a fan of weather

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that matters here. All sorts of weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to

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two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I wonder if

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