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Good evening. for the news where you are.
The funeral took place today of Jill Saward,
the sexual violence campaigner who used her own experiences
to change the law surrounding rape cases.
The 51-year-old from Hednesford in Staffordshire was the first
person to waive her legal right to anonymity after
she survived what became known as the Ealing Vicarage Rape
Today's service at Lichfield Cathedral was a celebration
of the life of a woman described as
"very loving, very caring, and absolutely beautiful".
Doing what she did best, speaking out.
People often say that they feel like they have been raped again
Jill Saward was only 21 when she was raped by two men in 1986
during a burglary at her father's London vicarage.
Incredibly, the perpetrators received much shorter sentences
than the man who had committed the burglary.
That set in motion what was to become her life's work -
campaigning for victims of sexual assault and for changes in the law.
Her identical twin sister Sue Lancaster and Jill's
husband Gavin Drake knew how special she was and
But we have been supported by so many thousands of people
She knew she was making a difference but she couldn't take
the compliments always because to her she wasn't
Sue is not sure if she can never follow in her sister's footsteps.
I have thought about whether I should step up and try
and take her place but I just don't think I can.
Jill was involved with Lichfield Diocese for many years.
She was very courageous, she was very humble and she did
a great deal and stuck at things with a great deal of determination.
As the service got underway, eulogies echoed around
I know there are many, many people alive today
We looked after each other as best we could over the years
Jill was a survivor and used her traumatic
Very loving and very caring and very, very beautiful.
The Chairman of Staffordshire digger maker JCB
is one of the first of our business leaders to give his reaction
to the Prime Minister's speech today about leaving the EU.
Lord Bamford, who backed the leave campaign, says he was
"very encouraged" by what he heard today
and is now calling on other businesses to
But what do smaller businesses feel about the plan
At the time of the referendum we talked to a panel of viewers,
both leavers and remainers, about their thoughts
Joanne Writtle has been back to two of them,
to see what they made of the Prime
Then you want a ?5 pack of pork chops.
Bridgnorth Butchers, Mike and Sarah Pearce,
We filmed as they waited for the Prime Minister
to explain more about how the country will do that.
I voted Conservative for the first time in
my life two years ago and then I voted Leave.
Then I felt cheated that Cameron gave up his post and
now I'm hoping today she gets things straight.
I'm hoping we will be off to govern ourselves like we used to
As Theresa May spoke the butchers reacted.
I want this United Kingdom to emerge from this
period of change stronger, fairer, more united.
We will take back control of our laws and bring
an end to the jurisdiction of the European Court
She's going for the country wants so it is good.
I was much in favour of getting out of Europe.
I voted to stay in so I'm not happy about the situation at all.
I am very, very worried actually about
This family owned engineering company in Shrewsbury
is celebrating its 50th year in business this week.
In the last five years they have been exporting
15% of what they make to Germany and America.
Personally, for us, I would like to go over to America,
do a trade mission and that is our biggest export opportunity to grow
I think they would look at us uncertainty to
start with but I think really, again, we have got the chance.
We are world-class leaders in manufacturing and they will come to
100 people work here making parts for
the likes of Nissan and Jaguar Land Rover.
It might be little bit of the unknown but I think the
opportunities are there for advancement.
We will work hard as a country and I think we will be OK.
Businesses like this say they want to continue closing deals in
Europe and further field and will be watching the twists
Two disability-rights campaigners from South Shropshire have failed
in their second attempt to persuade judges to reconsider changes
Merv and Nikki Kenward, from Aston on Clun, are worried
proposed reforms could lead to unscrupulous health-care
But they've been refused leave to go to the Court of Appeal.
The trust which runs Worcestershire's hospitals
has been criticised, for making ?20,000 available for its new chief
The Trust is in special measures and has been struggling to keep
Michelle McKay is arriving from Australia in March
and the money has been set aside to help with relocation costs.
More than two years after the Staffordshire based firm
Phones4u went bust, around 400 former employees have
A group of workers took their case to an employment tribunal
because it failed to consult staff before making mass redundancies.
Each claimant has received compensation of more than ?3,500.
Severn Trent Water has made a stretch of the River Severn
from Tewkesbury to Shrewsbury a pollution priority.
So it's working with farmers on ways to reduce the impact
of water from their farms, when it enters the river.
Education sessions, like this one for student farmers
from Walford College are being held to show the younger
generation how reducing run off from pesticides and fertilizer can
Most farmers, especially if they have got riverside land, do love
their river and they have noticed the changes over the years.
So, slowly, as water quality improves they are noticing
fish coming back and other wildlife coming back to the river.
A celebrity reception was held in Birmingham this evening,
to launch a million pound appeal for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
It's to expand the facilities available to leukaemia patients.
Sporting stars have already lent their names to the project
to develop and offer new treatments for blood cancer.
Our reporter Ben Godfrey is near the hospital for us now.
The Centre for Clinical Haemotology opened in 2006 and gave patients
access to more than 25 trials not normally available in
But success in saving lives has had a big impact,
they're running at capacity and need to expand.
It will cost ?3.5 million, two thirds of which is coming
So they still need a drive for ?1 million.
I say drive but really we should say cycle because one of their patrons,
the former Wolves and England footballer Geoff Thomas,
will cycle more than 6,000 miles later this year to raise money.
The NHS has always been lambasted for bad things
and we want to celebrate what's happening on the good side.
The haematology centre with Charlie Craddock and his team
are leaders in their field and we want to support them
to accelarate the good work they're doing.
The expansion would double the centre's space and double
the number of drug trials they can do, creating around 100 jobs
Helping people like Jaymz Goodman from Telford, who was treated
at the centre after a 14cm tumour was detected in his lungs.
I value everything that was given to me because it saved my life.
Without the clinical trial I was on, without the Centre for Haematology,
Others supporting the fundraising campaign are the broadcaster
Adrian Chiles, cricketer Jonathan Trott and business
Worcester City council has put forward plans
The city held its first 10k race in 2014
and hosting a half marathon would put it on a par
with cities including Cardiff, Leeds and Birmingham.
The council is hoping the event will help attract more visitors.
Finally, Warwick and its surrounding districts have bee
declared the most vibrant place in the Midlands in a survey
carried out by the accountantcy firm Grant Thornton.
The area was singled out because of its high employment,
low crime rate and good GSCE results.
Stratford-upon-Avon also ranked highly.
That's all from me, have a good night.
I'll leave you with the weather from Shefali.
Good evening. It was another day that can seriously drag down your
mood but we had the weather watchers pictures to offer aid burst of
colour on what was eight grade date with the fairer amount of rain
around. You will see from this picture in Dudley just the couple of
hours ago committed looking drier we've got dry weather to come. This
is after tonight and tomorrow. It will remain cloudy and that is
because once this friend that is producing although it might rain and
drizzle slips out of that it is going to leave us with high pressure
across us. Not Owain to stir up the clan break it up, but unfortunately.
-- not Owain. It is going to be fairly mild as with lows of around
3-5 C with the few spots of rain tonight which should die away. It is
going to be cloudy day, allows lastly died with temperatures rising
to eight Celsius so it is going to be little milder than today. Better
brightness as that cloud thins. The national forecast is next.
from time to time. Staying settled still. Nick has the national
forecast this evening. Hello. If you are watching the
football earlier it turned out to be an evening for football fans in
Lincolnshire. This is how it looked at the start of the day. No idea
whether this weather watcher is a football fan, it's a fan of weather
that matters here. All sorts of weather, from 13 in Aberdeenshire to
two, despite the sunshine in Kent. I wonder if