26/01/2017 Midlands Today


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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.

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Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombs have

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said they're cautiously optimistic after receiving news they will be

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able to apply for legal aid for new inquests.

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The Government today announced it was changing the law.

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The families didn't qualify automatically for funding

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because the legal firm some are using is based

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21 people died in the bombings in 1974.

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1974 is a year that Birmingham will never forget.

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The deaths of 21 people in crowded Birmingham pubs have

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left their scars on the hundreds who were injured and

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For more than four decades they've campaigned for answers and justice.

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Although it was ruled that inquests into the deaths

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could be reopened last year, the Northern Ireland-based lawyers

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representing the families have worked for free,

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barred from claiming legal aid here on the mainland.

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Today, though, a significant change in the law...

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Julie Hambleton, who's sister Maxine was killed in the bombings,

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was personally called by the Minister today.

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He wanted me to be the first to hear the news that he is changing

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the law because we fall into an unprecedented territory

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in terms of how we fall outside the legal aid terms and conditions,

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and as such, he wanted to change the law so that we could apply

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for the same legal aid as anybody else.

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But there is nothing to celebrate because you cannot celebrate

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Bill Craig lost his brother James in the November bombings.

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Tonight he was relieved but still cautious about

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As long as nothing else is going to follow.

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Because we got the inquest resumed and then we had the stumbling

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Now we've got the money, is there something else

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This month the victims of the pub bombings were granted

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Later this year their inquests will be reopened in yet another

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A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder,

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after a man was stabbed to death on a bus.

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Leon Barrett-Hazle, who was 36, and from Smethwick, was travelling

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on the top deck of the 11A in Handsworth on Monday night

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Kieran Gillespie, of Wellesbourne Road in Handsworth, will appear

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Fire crews have spent the day at a major fire at a former paper

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At its height, 100 firefighters were called to the blaze

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at Wobaston Road in Fordhouses after it started in the early

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Crews have been working to protect neighbouring businesses and homes

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from the flames and chemicals stored at the site.

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A gang who groomed and raped teenage girls in Coventry have been jailed

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The judge said the five men had used social media to exploit

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Marcus Woolcock and Zahid Chaudhary were told they would be expected

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to serve half of their respective sentences before being

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Chaudhary, Waqaar Khan, Kadeem Bourne and Kenan Kelly

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were told they would also be placed on the sex offenders'

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A mother from Warwickshire's campaigning for cannabis oil

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to be made available for her five-year-old son.

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Hannah Deacon says an animal wouldn't be allowed to suffer

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the way Alfie does, with his severe epileptic seizures.

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And while the oil isn't legal here, it is used for medicinal

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Five-year-old Alfie Dingley in Warwick Hospital

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He is about to experience a mild seizure.

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He had 16 seizures in a row, which we had to treat,

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Alfie's mum, Hannah, who is from Kenilworth,

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Every seven to ten days, Alfie will experience

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It is because he has a very rare form of epilepsy, called PCDH19.

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When he comes out of it, he is hysterical, crying,

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he must have a headache, he's frightened, he's confused,

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he can't talk properly because obviously his

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When Alfie was eight months old, he very nearly did not pull through.

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Since then, Alfie's been prescribed a series of drugs,

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He is being pumped full of drugs all the time that don't work,

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he is being held down against his will for these

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You wouldn't allow an animal to go through what he goes through,

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Which is why she is now campaigning for cannabis oil,

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which has helped children like Alfie in other countries, to be

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If all these countries recognise this cannabis herb has this

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extraordinary medicinal value, surely we should move,

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But for people like the Deacons, it cannot be too soon.

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But the Conservative government is still saying it has no plans

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It argues that cannabis damages mental and physical health.

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Epilepsy is a very dangerous, dangerous illness that can kill you,

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and I have to have the right to use this for my son.

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In two weeks, she has got 1,500 signatures on a petition,

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which she plans to hand into the Government later this year.

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The luxury car-maker, Jaguar Land Rover, has

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reported a significant increase in production.

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JLR made 544,000 vehicles in 2016, an increase of 11%, helping

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to safeguard the jobs of the 20,000 staff employed by the firm

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It means the company remains the largest car

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manufacturer in the UK for the second year running.

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Labour has named its candidate to fight the Stoke-on-Trent Central

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Gareth Snell, who is currently a councillor

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in Newcastle-under-Lyme, kicked off his campaign

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He's one of six candidates to declare they will fight

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for the seat vacated by Labour's Tristram Hunt.

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Green Party councillors have asked Herefordshire Council to take urgent

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action to tackle pollution levels in the Upper Lugg river,

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where they claim average levels of phosphates are now seven times

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the limits set by the Environment Agency - damaging tourism

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The RAF in Shropshire says its pilots fear it's only

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a matter of time before one of their aircraft hits a drone.

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They're so concerned, they're now asking the public

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to contact them if they see any of the remote-controlled aircraft

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being flown in the area, in an effort to avoid

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Here's our special correspondent, Peter Wilson.

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They have been flying here for 100 years.

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There's not much that scares these men and women,

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but the home of the Defence Helicopter Flying School has

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We operate at heights below 500 feet, which is exactly where drone

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operators will be flying their toys, and it is only a matter of time,

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Drones, remote-controlled aircraft, can cost as little as ?50.

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30,000 were sold last Christmas by just one UK retailer.

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The helicopter crews in Shropshire have increasingly

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had to dodge the drones as they practise their

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We have had reported sightings in various parts of Shropshire,

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over Nesscliffe Training Area and over Telford.

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And, you know, drones are only supposed to be flown up to 400 feet.

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These viewings have been spotted up to 1800, 2000 feet.

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It is not only airfields that have seen near misses

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and increasing drone activity, prisons too, as criminals

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use the devices to fly drugs into UK jails.

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The RAF has grave concerns about such flights,

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if they were to be operating over Her Majesty's

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Right opposite the main entrance to the prison is an airfield,

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Turnhill, and the helicopter relief landing ground.

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So concerned are the RAF about drones that they are saying

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to people living in Shropshire, if you see a drone

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More than 50 flights a day take off from Shawbury.

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The helicopter crews pray that they will not be the first

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Peter Wilson, BBC Midlands Today, Shropshire.

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A Black Country cartoonist, who spent more than 20 years drawing

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Dan and Korky the Cat for the Dandy Comic,

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is to be honoured with a blue plaque at his old school.

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Charles Grigg lived in Langley in Oldbury,

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and he died at the age of 97 in 2013.

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The plaque will be unveiled at Rood End Primary School in May

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To have a permanent memorial and it has got Desperate Dan on one side

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and Korky the Cat on the other and a blur about Dad in the middle,

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it is great, it's really, really touching that they had agreed

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to have it at school which is kind of gone full circle, anyway.

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Rebecca is here with the weather - are we in for another cold night?

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I am afraid so, Mary. Things are steadily starting to change but

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today was definitely a winter wonderland out there. For some,

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temperatures were around about freezing, the best we did was one

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Celsius, for others, it has been a great day with plenty of cloud. As

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the head through the night we will start to see the cloud cleaving to

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the north, behind that we will be left with clear spells. They could

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get some hill fog developing. It will be a very chilly night.

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Once again, temperatures down to minus three degrees, a touch of

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Frost and sunspots. Tomorrow starts called. Low pressure begins to bite

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is that high pressure out of the way. The weather is changing and

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that will introduce milder conditions but also rain. A very

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cold start tomorrow and we will have freezing fog lingering and sunspots.

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The cloud thickens. Temperatures during the day, between three and

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six Celsius. We are finally making it above freezing. As we head into

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the weekend, more rain to come but temperatures returning to something

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perhaps a little more average for the time of year.

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weekend. It's swings and roundabouts, higher temperatures but

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some rain as well. Good evening. It's been dry so far

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this January but as it draws to a close it looks like we will see some

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rain at last. It's been an interesting today a bitterly cold in

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Norfolk, way we kept the grey cloud all day and the grey

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