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There are claims that large numbers of officers at Birmingham Prison

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have been leaving their jobs, or going sick, because of increasing

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Last month inmates rioted, gaining control over four wings,

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starting fires and causing damage estimated at more than ?2 million.

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Two separate investigations continue into what happened.

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Here's our Special Correspondent, Peter Wilson.

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Birmingham prison is one of the oldest in the country.

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Last month saw the worst riots and disturbances

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Prison Officers sprayed with fire hoses, missiles and paint.

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The former chairman of the Prison Officers'

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claims the riot was a timebomb waiting to go off.

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The levels of violence that happen in that prison every day

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I have seen staff badly assaulted, I've seen staff assaulted

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to the point they no longer wish to come back to work.

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That whole L-shaped block was quite soon under control of prisoners.

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He'd worked at Birmingham prison for 30 years and claims cuts

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in prison staff numbers was a factor in last month's riot.

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Because of the lack of opportunity to go to the gym,

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because of staff shortages, staff absences, staff illnesses,

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facilities were put on the wings, weightlifting facilities.

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During the riot, those weightlifting facilities,

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those metal bars, were used to smash down

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20 years ago I made a documentary about the Victorian

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In 1997 inmates used bed sheets and toilet paper to pass secret

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"I've got your trusted half ounce here."

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Today inmates are using drones and mobile phones.

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Tonight G4S praised staff bravery during the riots and denied that

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large numbers of people are going off sick.

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Post 16th December there was a rise in sickness and

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that is coming back down to the levels before that

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and in terms of staff leaving, we have had some

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staff who have left the business, but not just in...

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What is important to recognise is that at Birmingham over

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two thirds of our staffing group are still the same staff

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An official report into the riot at Birmingham prison is

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expected to be delivered to the government next week.

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A couple who murdered their flatmate for their own perverted pleasure

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are tonight beginning a minimum jail sentence of 26 years each.

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Bethany Hill was discovered in a flat in Stratford

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upon Avon last year, her throat had been slashed.

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Sentencing Jack Williams and his transgender partner

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Kayleigh Woods, the Judge concluded it was a sadistic killing.

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Joan Cummins is at Warwick Crown Court where the three

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Well, often the jury were shown some quite shocking evidence from the

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murder of Bethany Hill last year at a very small flat in

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Stratford-upon-Avon. They were shown the bathroom where her throat was

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repeatedly cut. They were also shown a fetish doll which had had its

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wrists bound and its mouth gagged. This is exactly the torture that

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Bethany was put through by her killers, Jack Williams and Kayleigh

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Woods. Bethany had had a very brief relationship with Jack Williams when

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she was much younger and almost fatally she had introduced him to

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her friend, Kayleigh Woods, who had been born a boy but was now living

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as a woman and was in a relationship with Jack Williams. The judge said

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that he couldn't rule out the possibility that both of these

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defendants had killed Bethany for their own sadistic pleasure and

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there could been a sexual behind it. What has Bethany 's family said?

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They have maintained a very dignified appearance at court. Today

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they should a statement, they ask for the media not to bother them

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anymore. What they did say was that there were no words to describe the

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pain that these two evil individuals had put them through. They said that

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Bethany was a much loved daughter, she had a great future ahead of her

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and they just couldn't explain how they felt knowing that she would

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never grow up or grow old and they said to them she would always remain

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a diamond in the sky. Thank you. A 25-year-old man has been arrested

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on suspicion of murder after a fatal Leon Barrett-Hazle was travelling

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on the top deck of the Number 11A in Handsworth on Monday evening

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when he was attacked. The arrested man surrendered himself

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earlier this afternoon. The Conservative Party have

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chosen their candidate for the Stoke Central by-election

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on February 23rd. Labour are expected to announce

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their candidate later tonight. Councillor Jack Brereton,

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who is 25, will stand The seat became vacant

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following the resignation of Labour's Tristram Hunt

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earlier this month. West Midlands Ambulance Service has

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become the first NHS Foundation Trust to be rated

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outstanding by the Care Inspectors rated it the best

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across all ten ambulance trusts in England, it's continually met

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the required response It serves 26 NHS Trusts and responds

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to around 3,000 999 calls a day. The son of a woman from Tamworth

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who was killed in a terror attack in Tunisia last year has told

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an inquest knowing she was with someone who made her happy

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gave the family comfort. Suzanne Davey and her partner,

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Scott Chalkley, were among 38 people killed in a grenade and gunfire

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attack on the beach resort Is in as far as the fact that my mum

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has been killed, to be honest, when it does reopen and we do come

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in to these inquests it's sort of a surreal moment

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when you are sitting in the court room and you are

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thinking, is that real? For us it is nice that it can be put

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to bed and we can sort of... Of course it is important,

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it is our mum, but is it Probably not

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because in our lives In the last 18 months 850 assaults

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were reported on police officers across Worcestershire,

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Herefordshire and Shropshire. Now a new initiative has been

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launched to try and reduce The area's Police and Crime

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Commissioner says the new schemed, called Behind the Badge,

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is aimed at changing For many officers, dealing

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with the threat of violence And attacks don't just happen

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in our inner cities. PC Sherry Clifford was just five

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weeks out of training when she was kicked in the face

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outside a club in Evesham. The pain was excruciating,

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it knocked me back and knocked me out for a few seconds and then

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it was more, I have to get back up I had a full-on kick to the face,

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I lost a tooth and a large fracture down the side,

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had a massively swollen face The new campaign aims to highlight

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the impact of violence on those People forget that I'm

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going home to my family, my partner and I don't want to go

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home black and blue. People just see the uniform now

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and they have stopped seeing us. We are a very large rural force,

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we have police officers out there, sometimes back-up can be a long way

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away, I want to make sure In 2016 the force introduced body

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cameras which have been shown to reduce attacks in other parts

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of the country. And from day one officers receive

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this sort of training. National figures show that there's

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an attack on a police officer every 22 minutes

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and here in the West Mercia area over an 18 month period

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there were 850 assaults. But however well trained,

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not everyone trusts the police Officers have suffered

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a variety of injuries, teeth being knocked

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out, broken bones. It can be extremely traumatic

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and officers then have to live with the injuries they may have

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suffered during a shift. The hope is the number of those

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injuries can be reduced. A homeless hostel which was opened

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as a two month trial a year ago in Stoke is still taking in rough

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sleepers, thanks to a former New figures show the number

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of rough sleepers Former footballer Lou Macari helped

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set up the hostel in the Potteries. He continued campaigning

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to keep it going by setting Birmingham and the Black Country

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has the largest Sikh Now they're being asked

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to share their stories of migration. The project is being led

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by the Nishkam Civic Association. It's looking to create a collective

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picture of what happened, That generation is getting older

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and as they are passing, they're taking those stories

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with them so unless they have actually told you something

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personally, you won't know who these people were and what they

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contributed to the region. Are we in for more frost

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tomorrow morning? Yes, it is getting very chilly out

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there. We had some cloud and a fog today but it was quite pleasant end

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to the day. The cloud is coming from the east and bringing in colder air

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so it will be a cold night tonight. Already our temperatures falling

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away and we will see a widespread frost. Anything that falls from the

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sky could fall as a flake of snow but temperatures dipped to about

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minus two. The chilly start the day tomorrow with high pressure in

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charge but we are drawing in the cold air from Monier confident so it

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will be a cold and raw feeling day. The limited brightness. A cloudy day

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and it could be thick enough to squeeze out some snow. Right to buy

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the end of the day across the South Midlands but it will be cloudy and

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grey. These are the actual temperatures but it will feel more

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like minus five. A very cold day on the way. On Friday the added

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complication of rain and that means the colder services could have a

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risk of ice. More information on all of that in the National forecast

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next. This is the outlook. showers. A little less cold. Let's

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take a look at the Outlook towards the weekend.

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Good evening. If you think it was cold today, for many it will be

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colder still tomorrow. Cold even when we have the sunshine today.

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This was one of the wonderful weather watcher pictures we had sent

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in from Cornwall. It contrasts with a cloudy and foggy eastern half of

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the country, and a bank of cloud. Still foggy, but it is starting to

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lift. It is being pushed north and west, this bank of cloud. That will

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continue through the night. We will still have some fog sitting on the

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hills. Even with the cloud, it will be a cold night, with temperatures

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away from the far north and west falling to freezing. In the

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countryside, well below freezing. And on the wind and it will feel

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better, it already feels better. Giving us some freezing drizzle and

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snow as well. Although the fog will not be as extensive as

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