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The Dean of Gloucester Cathedral has defended his decision to remove
a video from social media, which showed a Muslim prayer
The film, which featured a local Imam, had been posted
on the Cathedral's Facebook page as part of a new exhibition
celebrating the city's different faiths, but it
A traditional Muslim prayer, filmed inside Gloucester Cathedral's
No one complained until it was posted on Facebook.
It was all about promoting tolerance as part of a faith exhibition,
What followed on social media was a series of offensive comments
and complaints from as far afield as the US.
When you're wanting people to discover new things
about themselves and about each other, that can become a bit
controversial and I had to take the decision at the weekend
that the post that was on our Facebook page wasn't
actually helping and, sometimes in particular
when you are representing a cathedral, people can make
comments that really aren't appropriate for them to see
Last week, St Mary's Cathedral in Glasgow was criticised
after a Muslim student read passages from the Qur'an during
Online abuse they received is being investigated by the police.
Churches need to be thinking that actually, quite often,
the digital is the front door to their organisation and thinking
about what does that look like, what does that work like for people
who don't know anything about the faith, people who know
I think we've got to accept that there are different
In a statement, Imam Hassan, who read the prayer,
More than 1,000 people have attended the exhibition so far and it's set
NHS prescriptions drugs are being wasted on an industrial
That's the warning from health officials, as concerns grow that
some repeat prescriptions are being dispensed unnecessarily.
But in Walsall, the local Clinical Commissioning Group has
managed to reduce drug waste significantly by introducing
practice-based pharmacists into GP surgeries.
Ram Raman, from Walsall, has a range of long term conditions
I've called you in for your medication review.
Today, he's come to his GP surgery for a chat
Just looking at a couple of items you've had on your repeat list...
It's a chance for her to make sure he's taking his medicines correctly
and remove any items from his repeat list that he no longer needs.
OK, so you don't need that one anymore.
By making sure patients only get prescribed the items they need,
NHS Walsall is saving money - in Mr Raman's case,
Even a small amount of money individually, if put
together nationwide, that's a huge saving.
According to the Department of Health, wasted prescriptions cost
We've extrapolated savings for every pound invested into a pharmacist
being in the practice, we have shown that we have saved
nearly ?2.50, so it's kind of an invest-to-save, really.
Simple things like encouraging patients to check their
prescriptions before leaving the pharmacy is also
Once it is out of the pharmacy, the pharmacy cannot recycle it
and even if you bring it back they have to dispose it of and it's
So by encouraging patients to get more actively involved
in their own medicines management, NHS Walsall is cutting
waste and freeing up cash which can be ploughed back
Police are searching for thieves who used a JCB to smash their way
through the wall of a shop in Kempsey, near Worcester,
Most of the side of the shop in Church Street was destroyed
in the raid, which took place in the early hours of the morning.
Thieves had stolen the JCB from a nearby farm.
Following the raid, they abandoned it in the middle of the A38
Jaguar Landrover has been fined ?900,000 after a worker lost a leg
The employee was injured at the company's Lode Lane plant
in Solihull after a delivery driver lost control of a Range Rover Sport
being driven towards the start of the production line.
He became trapped between two cars, leaving him with injuries
which meant his right leg had to be amputated.
JLR was found guilty of breaching Health and Safety rules.
A group of MPs have been travelling around the West Midlands today,
listening to people's thoughts about Brexit.
The Exit the EU select committee is on a UK tour,
finding out what business leaders and others feel about the process.
Today, they visited two parts of the region which voted
strongly to leave - Wolverhampton and Stoke.
Everyone has a point of view on Brexit.
I don't think Theresa May's handling it very well at all.
Just don't take notice of what the public is saying, are they?
Yes, I do think it's going along well.
But not everyone gets to tell the politicians what they think.
That was the chance these students got today
as the rather grandly titled Selected Committee For
Leaving The European Union came to Wolverhampton.
Half-an-hour behind closed doors with the politicians responsible
for analysing the Government's plan on Brexit.
I think it will lose an element of what this university
is about because of Brexit because we won't get that
Sadly, the Leave campaigners weren't coming in today,
such as Michael Gove, but it was a very Remain heavy panel
that we were talking to and that came across evidently.
Here in Wolverhampton, more than 60% of people
The Brexit committee's been in the building behind me,
meeting business leaders and students among others,
to find out what they're excited about and what concerns
Whether people were Leavers or Remainers is not the point anymore.
We're leaving the European Union and our job collectively is to make
sure we get the best possible deal for Wolverhampton, because we're
here today, but also for the whole of the country.
After Wolverhampton, it was north to a tile
factory in Stoke-on-Trent, where confidence is high.
I think the fact that the MPs have come out of London to come
and have a look around the region to see what is being
I think on a level playing field scenario, as long
as there are no major disruptions, we're very confident we can continue
to grow the business as we have done in the past.
These MPs say people can influence what Brexit will look like.
If you are striving to eat your five-a-day,
you may have noticed a shortage of some green vegetables and salads,
That is because snow and freezing weather in Spain and Italy,
where many of those items come from at this time of year,
At Birmingham Wholesale Market, traders have seen prices of items
such as courgettes quadruple and shoppers too are
Have you noticed a shortage of some of your favourite vegetables
Everything from courgettes to spinach has been in short supply
and shoppers in Birmingham have had plenty to say about it.
Every single thing has gone up in the shops now and people
Everything's just going up and you're just trying to make
the most of what you've got and still eat healthy as well
It's a daily thing that you are actually going to need,
fruits, vegetables, all those kind of things.
Most of the stall holders here get their produce
from the wholesale market and the traders there have noticed
Peter Marshall has been a vegetable wholesaler
Never has he paid more for crops from Spain.
I think we have to start leaving armed guards here at night now,
And here's a flavour of just how much prices have risen.
Few examples - aubergines, five kilo box, was ?7
24 pieces of brocolli, generally 7.20, now 15.50.
I gather this is going to be next, coriander, going to go
This mobile phone footage of snow-covered coriander crops
was sent to Peter by his supplier in Murcia in Spain yesterday.
At this rate, coriander won't be on offer on the market for long.
I'll leave you now with the forecast from Rebecca Wood.
We have colder air, but nothing like we have seen covering the coriander.
There is a split across the region as we have three tonight. Today, for
some of us, it has been a grey and murky day, but further south the
cloud has started to Finland break. In Gloucestershire we had lots of
sunshine today. We did see breaks on the cloud. Those breaks mean that
the temperatures are already plummeting. In the sight of a region
we are likely to see the damage is getting below freezing, they did get
down to minus two. In the North Midlands where we keep the cloud
they should hold up at about 4 degrees. This weather system is
draped across the north of the country. Prasad means keep cloud in
the North Midlands, in the site tomorrow things will brighten up.
Weather is that dividing line between the cloud and clear skies we
can get fog through the day. It will be at dry and bright afternoon just
about everywhere with temperatures ranging between four and 5 degrees.
The easterly breeze will make you feel chilly. Into the weekend, more
brightness on the way. Overnight frost will become an issue. The
National forecast is next. I will leave you with the Outlook.
looks as though we can, a bit more cloud on Sunday. Now the national