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Here on BBC One it's time for the news where you are.
Families of the victims of the Birmingham pub bombs have
said they're cautiously optimistic after receiving news they will be
able to apply for legal aid for new inquests.
The Government today announced it was changing the law.
The families didn't qualify automatically for funding
because the legal firm some are using is based
21 people died in the bombings in 1974.
1974 is a year that Birmingham will never forget.
The deaths of 21 people in crowded Birmingham pubs have
left their scars on the hundreds who were injured and
For more than four decades they've campaigned for answers and justice.
Although it was ruled that inquests into the deaths
could be reopened last year, the Northern Ireland-based lawyers
representing the families have worked for free,
barred from claiming legal aid here on the mainland.
Today, though, a significant change in the law...
Julie Hambleton, who's sister Maxine was killed in the bombings,
was personally called by the Minister today.
He wanted me to be the first to hear the news that he is changing
the law because we fall into an unprecedented territory
in terms of how we fall outside the legal aid terms and conditions,
and as such, he wanted to change the law so that we could apply
for the same legal aid as anybody else.
But there is nothing to celebrate because you cannot celebrate
Bill Craig lost his brother James in the November bombings.
Tonight he was relieved but still cautious about
As long as nothing else is going to follow.
Because we got the inquest resumed and then we had the stumbling
Now we've got the money, is there something else
This month the victims of the pub bombings were granted
Later this year their inquests will be reopened in yet another
A 25-year-old man has been charged with murder,
after a man was stabbed to death on a bus.
Leon Barrett-Hazle, who was 36, and from Smethwick, was travelling
on the top deck of the 11A in Handsworth on Monday night
Kieran Gillespie, of Wellesbourne Road in Handsworth, will appear
Fire crews have spent the day at a major fire at a former paper
At its height, 100 firefighters were called to the blaze
at Wobaston Road in Fordhouses after it started in the early
Crews have been working to protect neighbouring businesses and homes
from the flames and chemicals stored at the site.
A gang who groomed and raped teenage girls in Coventry have been jailed
The judge said the five men had used social media to exploit
Marcus Woolcock and Zahid Chaudhary were told they would be expected
to serve half of their respective sentences before being
Chaudhary, Waqaar Khan, Kadeem Bourne and Kenan Kelly
were told they would also be placed on the sex offenders'
A mother from Warwickshire's campaigning for cannabis oil
to be made available for her five-year-old son.
Hannah Deacon says an animal wouldn't be allowed to suffer
the way Alfie does, with his severe epileptic seizures.
And while the oil isn't legal here, it is used for medicinal
Five-year-old Alfie Dingley in Warwick Hospital
He is about to experience a mild seizure.
He had 16 seizures in a row, which we had to treat,
Alfie's mum, Hannah, who is from Kenilworth,
Every seven to ten days, Alfie will experience
It is because he has a very rare form of epilepsy, called PCDH19.
When he comes out of it, he is hysterical, crying,
he must have a headache, he's frightened, he's confused,
he can't talk properly because obviously his
When Alfie was eight months old, he very nearly did not pull through.
Since then, Alfie's been prescribed a series of drugs,
He is being pumped full of drugs all the time that don't work,
he is being held down against his will for these
You wouldn't allow an animal to go through what he goes through,
Which is why she is now campaigning for cannabis oil,
which has helped children like Alfie in other countries, to be
If all these countries recognise this cannabis herb has this
extraordinary medicinal value, surely we should move,
But for people like the Deacons, it cannot be too soon.
But the Conservative government is still saying it has no plans
It argues that cannabis damages mental and physical health.
Epilepsy is a very dangerous, dangerous illness that can kill you,
and I have to have the right to use this for my son.
In two weeks, she has got 1,500 signatures on a petition,
which she plans to hand into the Government later this year.
The luxury car-maker, Jaguar Land Rover, has
reported a significant increase in production.
JLR made 544,000 vehicles in 2016, an increase of 11%, helping
to safeguard the jobs of the 20,000 staff employed by the firm
It means the company remains the largest car
manufacturer in the UK for the second year running.
Labour has named its candidate to fight the Stoke-on-Trent Central
Gareth Snell, who is currently a councillor
in Newcastle-under-Lyme, kicked off his campaign
He's one of six candidates to declare they will fight
for the seat vacated by Labour's Tristram Hunt.
Green Party councillors have asked Herefordshire Council to take urgent
action to tackle pollution levels in the Upper Lugg river,
where they claim average levels of phosphates are now seven times
the limits set by the Environment Agency - damaging tourism
The RAF in Shropshire says its pilots fear it's only
a matter of time before one of their aircraft hits a drone.
They're so concerned, they're now asking the public
to contact them if they see any of the remote-controlled aircraft
being flown in the area, in an effort to avoid
Here's our special correspondent, Peter Wilson.
They have been flying here for 100 years.
There's not much that scares these men and women,
but the home of the Defence Helicopter Flying School has
We operate at heights below 500 feet, which is exactly where drone
operators will be flying their toys, and it is only a matter of time,
Drones, remote-controlled aircraft, can cost as little as ?50.
30,000 were sold last Christmas by just one UK retailer.
The helicopter crews in Shropshire have increasingly
had to dodge the drones as they practise their
We have had reported sightings in various parts of Shropshire,
over Nesscliffe Training Area and over Telford.
And, you know, drones are only supposed to be flown up to 400 feet.
These viewings have been spotted up to 1800, 2000 feet.
It is not only airfields that have seen near misses
and increasing drone activity, prisons too, as criminals
use the devices to fly drugs into UK jails.
The RAF has grave concerns about such flights,
if they were to be operating over Her Majesty's
Right opposite the main entrance to the prison is an airfield,
Turnhill, and the helicopter relief landing ground.
So concerned are the RAF about drones that they are saying
to people living in Shropshire, if you see a drone
More than 50 flights a day take off from Shawbury.
The helicopter crews pray that they will not be the first
Peter Wilson, BBC Midlands Today, Shropshire.
A Black Country cartoonist, who spent more than 20 years drawing
Dan and Korky the Cat for the Dandy Comic,
is to be honoured with a blue plaque at his old school.
Charles Grigg lived in Langley in Oldbury,
and he died at the age of 97 in 2013.
The plaque will be unveiled at Rood End Primary School in May
To have a permanent memorial and it has got Desperate Dan on one side
and Korky the Cat on the other and a blur about Dad in the middle,
it is great, it's really, really touching that they had agreed
to have it at school which is kind of gone full circle, anyway.
Rebecca is here with the weather - are we in for another cold night?
I am afraid so, Mary. Things are steadily starting to change but
today was definitely a winter wonderland out there. For some,
temperatures were around about freezing, the best we did was one
Celsius, for others, it has been a great day with plenty of cloud. As
the head through the night we will start to see the cloud cleaving to
the north, behind that we will be left with clear spells. They could
get some hill fog developing. It will be a very chilly night.
Once again, temperatures down to minus three degrees, a touch of
Frost and sunspots. Tomorrow starts called. Low pressure begins to bite
is that high pressure out of the way. The weather is changing and
that will introduce milder conditions but also rain. A very
cold start tomorrow and we will have freezing fog lingering and sunspots.
The cloud thickens. Temperatures during the day, between three and
six Celsius. We are finally making it above freezing. As we head into
the weekend, more rain to come but temperatures returning to something
perhaps a little more average for the time of year.
weekend. It's swings and roundabouts, higher temperatures but
some rain as well. Good evening. It's been dry so far
this January but as it draws to a close it looks like we will see some
rain at last. It's been an interesting today a bitterly cold in
Norfolk, way we kept the grey cloud all day and the grey