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There are claims that large numbers of officers at Birmingham Prison
have been leaving their jobs, or going sick, because of increasing
Last month inmates rioted, gaining control over four wings,
starting fires and causing damage estimated at more than ?2 million.
Two separate investigations continue into what happened.
Here's our Special Correspondent, Peter Wilson.
Birmingham prison is one of the oldest in the country.
Last month saw the worst riots and disturbances
Prison Officers sprayed with fire hoses, missiles and paint.
The former chairman of the Prison Officers'
claims the riot was a timebomb waiting to go off.
The levels of violence that happen in that prison every day
I have seen staff badly assaulted, I've seen staff assaulted
to the point they no longer wish to come back to work.
That whole L-shaped block was quite soon under control of prisoners.
He'd worked at Birmingham prison for 30 years and claims cuts
in prison staff numbers was a factor in last month's riot.
Because of the lack of opportunity to go to the gym,
because of staff shortages, staff absences, staff illnesses,
facilities were put on the wings, weightlifting facilities.
During the riot, those weightlifting facilities,
those metal bars, were used to smash down
20 years ago I made a documentary about the Victorian
In 1997 inmates used bed sheets and toilet paper to pass secret
"I've got your trusted half ounce here."
Today inmates are using drones and mobile phones.
Tonight G4S praised staff bravery during the riots and denied that
large numbers of people are going off sick.
Post 16th December there was a rise in sickness and
that is coming back down to the levels before that
and in terms of staff leaving, we have had some
staff who have left the business, but not just in...
What is important to recognise is that at Birmingham over
two thirds of our staffing group are still the same staff
An official report into the riot at Birmingham prison is
expected to be delivered to the government next week.
A couple who murdered their flatmate for their own perverted pleasure
are tonight beginning a minimum jail sentence of 26 years each.
Bethany Hill was discovered in a flat in Stratford
upon Avon last year, her throat had been slashed.
Sentencing Jack Williams and his transgender partner
Kayleigh Woods, the Judge concluded it was a sadistic killing.
Joan Cummins is at Warwick Crown Court where the three
Well, often the jury were shown some quite shocking evidence from the
murder of Bethany Hill last year at a very small flat in
Stratford-upon-Avon. They were shown the bathroom where her throat was
repeatedly cut. They were also shown a fetish doll which had had its
wrists bound and its mouth gagged. This is exactly the torture that
Bethany was put through by her killers, Jack Williams and Kayleigh
Woods. Bethany had had a very brief relationship with Jack Williams when
she was much younger and almost fatally she had introduced him to
her friend, Kayleigh Woods, who had been born a boy but was now living
as a woman and was in a relationship with Jack Williams. The judge said
that he couldn't rule out the possibility that both of these
defendants had killed Bethany for their own sadistic pleasure and
there could been a sexual behind it. What has Bethany 's family said?
They have maintained a very dignified appearance at court. Today
they should a statement, they ask for the media not to bother them
anymore. What they did say was that there were no words to describe the
pain that these two evil individuals had put them through. They said that
Bethany was a much loved daughter, she had a great future ahead of her
and they just couldn't explain how they felt knowing that she would
never grow up or grow old and they said to them she would always remain
a diamond in the sky. Thank you. A 25-year-old man has been arrested
on suspicion of murder after a fatal Leon Barrett-Hazle was travelling
on the top deck of the Number 11A in Handsworth on Monday evening
when he was attacked. The arrested man surrendered himself
earlier this afternoon. The Conservative Party have
chosen their candidate for the Stoke Central by-election
on February 23rd. Labour are expected to announce
their candidate later tonight. Councillor Jack Brereton,
who is 25, will stand The seat became vacant
following the resignation of Labour's Tristram Hunt
earlier this month. West Midlands Ambulance Service has
become the first NHS Foundation Trust to be rated
outstanding by the Care Inspectors rated it the best
across all ten ambulance trusts in England, it's continually met
the required response It serves 26 NHS Trusts and responds
to around 3,000 999 calls a day. The son of a woman from Tamworth
who was killed in a terror attack in Tunisia last year has told
an inquest knowing she was with someone who made her happy
gave the family comfort. Suzanne Davey and her partner,
Scott Chalkley, were among 38 people killed in a grenade and gunfire
attack on the beach resort Is in as far as the fact that my mum
has been killed, to be honest, when it does reopen and we do come
in to these inquests it's sort of a surreal moment
when you are sitting in the court room and you are
thinking, is that real? For us it is nice that it can be put
to bed and we can sort of... Of course it is important,
it is our mum, but is it Probably not
because in our lives In the last 18 months 850 assaults
were reported on police officers across Worcestershire,
Herefordshire and Shropshire. Now a new initiative has been
launched to try and reduce The area's Police and Crime
Commissioner says the new schemed, called Behind the Badge,
is aimed at changing For many officers, dealing
with the threat of violence And attacks don't just happen
in our inner cities. PC Sherry Clifford was just five
weeks out of training when she was kicked in the face
outside a club in Evesham. The pain was excruciating,
it knocked me back and knocked me out for a few seconds and then
it was more, I have to get back up I had a full-on kick to the face,
I lost a tooth and a large fracture down the side,
had a massively swollen face The new campaign aims to highlight
the impact of violence on those People forget that I'm
going home to my family, my partner and I don't want to go
home black and blue. People just see the uniform now
and they have stopped seeing us. We are a very large rural force,
we have police officers out there, sometimes back-up can be a long way
away, I want to make sure In 2016 the force introduced body
cameras which have been shown to reduce attacks in other parts
of the country. And from day one officers receive
this sort of training. National figures show that there's
an attack on a police officer every 22 minutes
and here in the West Mercia area over an 18 month period
there were 850 assaults. But however well trained,
not everyone trusts the police Officers have suffered
a variety of injuries, teeth being knocked
out, broken bones. It can be extremely traumatic
and officers then have to live with the injuries they may have
suffered during a shift. The hope is the number of those
injuries can be reduced. A homeless hostel which was opened
as a two month trial a year ago in Stoke is still taking in rough
sleepers, thanks to a former New figures show the number
of rough sleepers Former footballer Lou Macari helped
set up the hostel in the Potteries. He continued campaigning
to keep it going by setting Birmingham and the Black Country
has the largest Sikh Now they're being asked
to share their stories of migration. The project is being led
by the Nishkam Civic Association. It's looking to create a collective
picture of what happened, That generation is getting older
and as they are passing, they're taking those stories
with them so unless they have actually told you something
personally, you won't know who these people were and what they
contributed to the region. Are we in for more frost
tomorrow morning? Yes, it is getting very chilly out
there. We had some cloud and a fog today but it was quite pleasant end
to the day. The cloud is coming from the east and bringing in colder air
so it will be a cold night tonight. Already our temperatures falling
away and we will see a widespread frost. Anything that falls from the
sky could fall as a flake of snow but temperatures dipped to about
minus two. The chilly start the day tomorrow with high pressure in
charge but we are drawing in the cold air from Monier confident so it
will be a cold and raw feeling day. The limited brightness. A cloudy day
and it could be thick enough to squeeze out some snow. Right to buy
the end of the day across the South Midlands but it will be cloudy and
grey. These are the actual temperatures but it will feel more
like minus five. A very cold day on the way. On Friday the added
complication of rain and that means the colder services could have a
risk of ice. More information on all of that in the National forecast
next. This is the outlook. showers. A little less cold. Let's
take a look at the Outlook towards the weekend.
Good evening. If you think it was cold today, for many it will be
colder still tomorrow. Cold even when we have the sunshine today.
This was one of the wonderful weather watcher pictures we had sent
in from Cornwall. It contrasts with a cloudy and foggy eastern half of
the country, and a bank of cloud. Still foggy, but it is starting to
lift. It is being pushed north and west, this bank of cloud. That will
continue through the night. We will still have some fog sitting on the
hills. Even with the cloud, it will be a cold night, with temperatures
away from the far north and west falling to freezing. In the
countryside, well below freezing. And on the wind and it will feel
better, it already feels better. Giving us some freezing drizzle and
snow as well. Although the fog will not be as extensive as