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Good evening. and Emily Thornberry of Labour.

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Police have increased patrols on buses in the West Midlands

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in an attempt to reassure the public, after a man

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was stabbed to death on a bus in Birmingham last night.

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The victim, who was in his 30s, was attacked on the top deck

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of the bus in the Handsworth area of the city

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Searching for evidence in the Handsworth area

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Police are trying to work out why a man was stabbed to death

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while travelling on a bus in a seemingly random attack.

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Police believe the two men didn't know each other. It was a chance

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altercation. They say the victim was already on the bus and then the

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other man got on and sort of us at him. At some point a verbal

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altercation started which turned into a physical one, knife was

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produced in the victim was stabbed. When emergency services got

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to Rookery Road at around 10:45pm last night, they found the man,

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a 35-year-old from Smethwick, slumped over one of the seats

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on the top deck of the bus. We know there were five people sat

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around with the two males on the top deck and we managed to speak to one

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of the people. The other four people left the bus shortly after the

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altercation. It might be they didn't realise how serious the matter was

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and they just wanted to get out of the way which is understandable but

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I would ask them to come forward and speak to the police.

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Extra patrols were added to buses across the city today,

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including the 11A, the route the man was travelling when he was stabbed.

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The aim of officers from the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership

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In Handsworth, concern too from people living close by.

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It does worry me a lot. What happens if I'm on the bus with my children

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and somebody gets stabbed? It's very scary. Everybody in this road is

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worried about it. It is absolutely terrible. If you can't be safe on

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the bus way can you be safe? Police says they're looking

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for a black man aged between 25 and 30 with short dreadlocks,

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in connection with the murder. He was last seen wearing a puffa

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jacket, had headphones over a baseball cap and was

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carrying a duffel type bag. Worcestershire children's

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services is inadequate. A report from OFSTED showed

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vulnerable children are at risk It's the fourth local authority

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in the West Midlands to have their children's services

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department rated inadequate. Joan Cummins is in

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Worcester for us now. As you say the findings were

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inadequate but they said they also discovered widespread and serious

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failures. Some of the reasons for that have been identified as a high

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staff turnover and overreliance on agency staff and also a surge in

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demand for the specialist services that are provided by children's

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services. The NSPCC has said it is concerned the situation in

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Worcestershire remains fragile. To get inadequate on child protection

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on your work with care leavers, on your work with children in care and

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your overall leadership is a damning indictment so lots more work for was

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to share to do and our view is keep the focus on the child and outcomes

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for the child and learn from other authorities where they have turned

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things around successfully. What has been the response from the council?

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The council are taking this report seriously. They say that Ofsted have

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identified that some progress is being made. But the woman in charge

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of children's services and the entire council in Worcestershire

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says she simply wanted to apologise to children and their families for

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not doing good enough. The thing I would like to say first and foremost

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is sorry to those children and families who feel they have been let

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down by the services. My commitment is to ensure that we pick up the

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pace of that plan and we are confident the leadership we have put

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in place is the right leadership. The council say that from April the

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going to invest an extra ?3.5 million specifically in children's

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services which they hope will improve the situation.

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A cancer surgeon has pleaded not guilty to fraud after claiming

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that he had performed 88 keyhole surgery operations.

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Sudip Sarker was alleged to have made the false claim

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during an interview for a consultant job at the Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Sarker was suspended a year later and eventually

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dismissed, following concerns about his surgical ability.

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A young mother has received abuse online after posting video of giving

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crucial physiotherapy to her new born baby.

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Sam Carrier's daughter Daisy has cystic fibrosis and needs a type

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of vigorous massaging called "percussion" every day.

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She put video of the technique on social media to try to raise

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But the pictures sparked hatred and abuse.

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You do it with your hand to try and create a pocket of air. It doesn't

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hurt at all. It's called percussion and experts

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say it can be the difference between life and death for 15

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week old Daisy. She has cystic fibrosis

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and the physio her mum Sam gives her twice a day helps break up

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mucus on her chest which could The first time we started doing this

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she was three weeks old and they came to our house to show us and

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they started doing it and I just cried. It was devastating to see but

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this is what you have to do to try and keep your children alive. She is

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happy all the time. She is a smiley baby.

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Daisy was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just a few weeks

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It was Christmas Eve and Sam decided to post a physio session

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on her Facebook page, in a bid to raise public awareness.

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But by Boxing Day the trolling had begun.

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It had loads of views and we started getting nasty messages and death

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threats saying we should be killed. Lots of foul language which I can't

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repeat. We got told we were child abusers and we were going to break

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her ribs. She's never replied to the trollers

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except to forward details of cystic fibrosis, which affects one in every

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2,500 babies in the UK. Historically, half of all

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children with the condition Sam's hopeful new research and fund

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raising will change that. Landlocked Birmingham is the last

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place you would expect to find But today a diver has been hard

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at work under the city, making sure our canal network

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is running smoothly. Here's our Environment

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Correspondent, David Gregory-Kumar. This is the Grand Union Canal

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on the east side of Birmingham. But the team won't be

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diving the canal. They're going much, much deeper

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under the canal into the hidden network of pipes and culverts that

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keep our canals working. The canal and river trust employee

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divers across the country to undertake specialised work. There is

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a lot of infrastructure below the canals the general public don't know

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about. Today's dive is about

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checking on some vital But the diving will only start once

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the diver gets down this 15 metre shaft to reach the water

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inside the culvert. That black shape is that bundle that

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going to block of the covert so they can Trinidad the pubs. The diver

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himself is going to in the about five hours today. We have to get all

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their out of it. It is buoyant under the water.

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It's hard work but finally the bung goes in and the team up top

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But why would anyone want to work underwater

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I couldn't see myself doing anything else for a living. It is not

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everyone's cup of tea though. So how is the Victorian

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engineering doing? Surprisingly good because it has not

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been exposed to the frost and whatever. They covered itself tends

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to be in a good condition. The water and the silt in the bottom has

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helped preserve the state of the brickwork.

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And with care like this, this vital hidden network should

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easily celebrate its double century.

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I'll leave you with the weather forecast from Shefali.

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Good evening. A beautiful selection of weather Watchers pictures to give

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you a picture summary of what's been going on today. Dense freezing frog

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patches which lifted to give us decent spells of sunshine across the

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region. That led to a lovely sunset and from that sunset we saw the fog

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reforming. We may do all of this all over again by tomorrow but we have

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at the moment got warnings in place the fog and also for ice.

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Temperatures will start the planet. In rural spots cabbages will fall

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below freezing. Dense freezing fog in the south-east corner so

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Warwickshire and around Coventry. Along the 42 and a 45 routes, that

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is with you will see the fog tomorrow morning. Elsewhere

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temperatures above freezing. A cloudy start to the day tomorrow.

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Foggy in places. With that frost and ice on untreated stretches of road.

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Cloud will dominate the eastern half of the region with the sunshine in

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the West. For all of us, it'll get colder and

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then milder again come the

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