16/02/2017 Midlands Today


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what it says about the president and his administration.

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A puppy farmer's been jailed for six months after dozens of dogs

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were rescued from filthy conditions on a farm near Solihull.

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A judge described Sean Kerr as devious and said he'd been

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A warning: you may find some of the pictures in Bob Hockenhull's

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Kept in the darkness - undernourished, covered

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37 puppies - many cross-bred so-called designer dogs -

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seized by horrified RSPCA inspectors at Pastures Farm in Bickenhill.

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One puppy was found dead in a plastic bag.

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Customer Anita D'Souza paid ?350 for Riley.

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It turned from a joyous moment, getting a puppy, and all excited, to

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a bit of a risk that would risk. It was horrible, and in her last few

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moments, she was looking at me. It still gives me a real lump in my

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throat. It still makes my stomach churn.

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Jailed for six months, the puppy farm owner Sean Kerr

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was also banned from keeping dogs for life.

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Many of the puppies he sold, like Riley,

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had contracted parvovirus, a highly contagious disease.

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The district judge told Kerr was sad to see someone who had once cared

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for horses and had been a jockey had now turned to this horrible trade.

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He said he believed Kerr had made a substantial fortune from dealing in

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puppies, and he ordered him to pay ?30,000 towards prosecution costs.

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The puppies were many different breeds, some

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The trade in puppies is huge. If you look on the internet, you will see

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thousands and thousands of dogs for sale, and that is why it is

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extremely important for the public to be vigilant about where they

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purchase a puppy from. For one charity, today's prison

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sentence was not long enough. Six months for this amount of

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would like to see sentencing would like to see sentencing

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increased so that the punishments are fitting the crime is committed.

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One of the seized dogs, he's now being looked

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after by veterinary nurse Jemma Jennings.

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He was subdued, quiet, not really interacting

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From when he came, he's a lot more outgoing,

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Nine of the seized animals were pregnant.

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27 puppies have since been born, leaving 64 dogs

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But at least this operation has brought one unscrupulous

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More than 500 black cabs and nearly 1,500 private hire taxis could be

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forced off Birmingham's roads by the end of the year.

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The City Council says it's part of their efforts

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Amy Cole is in Birmingham city centre.

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So the council's facing pressure from the EU, Amy?

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The European Union has told the City Council that they must

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improve Birmingham's air quality or else they'll be slapped with a

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Now the council is pointing the finger at black cab drivers

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and private hire taxis whose vehicles are old and

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I'm joined now by Raja Amin from the RMT Union.

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How do your members feel about this? Why can't they get a green are

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vehicles? First of all, the proposal they have

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put forward such a radical one that we totally object to it. And

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secondly, for the prices they have to pay, 40- ?50,000 for each

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vehicle, there is no incentive there, there is no grant as such.

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What they are offered a 7500, a pebble in the ocean.

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The City Council says there are 900 deaths a year linked to poor air

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quality. That is not good. We all sympathise with that, and I

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firmly believe in having an emission zone in this city, but that's not

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just target these people who are working hard to earn their living.

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Surely, there are buses, trucks, lorries and others, which are using

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the same fuel and causing emissions, not just taxi drivers.

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Birmingham City Council was looking into leasing system where drivers

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could lease greener cars. That could work, couldn't it?

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That will tie them down to another burden on them. I believe they

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should give a grant like these to give back in the 1970s and 80s. They

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could save a lot of money. If they don't get a ?60 million fine, surely

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they can afford to give them a they can afford to give them

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grant. Thank you for joining us to night.

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Clearly, the City Council is facing a huge amount of pressure. They are

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looking at launching a 12 week public consultation.

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Thank you. A 15-year-old boy and a man aged 21

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have been arrested in connection They happened in

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Birmingham last week. Among the victims, a woman jogger

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who suffered burns as Police say the arrests early

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this morning are significant. Extra police patrols are continuing

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in Moseley and Kings Heath. Two West Midlands Police officers

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have been charged with drug offences, conspiracy to steal

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and misconduct in public office. The constables, who are based

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at Perry Barr, were immediately Six other people arrested

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in early morning raids across the West Midlands on Tuesday

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morning have also been charged. Plans for a Legoland Discovery

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Centre in Birmingham, like the one in Manchester,

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have been approved. It will be the second

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in the country. It'll be aimed at children under

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eight and as many as 2,500 people a day are expected

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to visit in peak season. The Worcestershire batsman

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Daryl Mitchell says it's a huge honour to have been elected chairman

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of the players union, the The 33-year-old will link up again

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with his former county chief executive David Leatherdale who now

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has the same role at the PCA Mitchell says one of the big

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issues for players is Hopefully, we can get a good idea of

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what our views are and then get them across to influence the ECB and get

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a great deal for the players, and obviously, it is not an easy task

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for the ECB, with so many stakeholders in cricket, the media,

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County clubs, counties are porters and members, but I do believe the

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players have a very important role to play.

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Hundreds of secret wartime letters have come to light telling the story

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of two gay soldiers who risked everything for the sake of love.

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The letters were sent by infantryman Gordon Bowsher to his lover

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Gunner Gilbert Bradley, who was stationed in Shropshire

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at a time when gay relationships were still illegal.

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Darling, I feel sometimes that I shall burst. I am so full of pent-up

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love for you. Illicit letters between two men when

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their love would have been illegal. Gunner Gilbert Bradley, former BBC

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studio assistant from Cheltenham, was stationed in Oswestry from 1939.

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Again, darling, I love you for ever and ever.

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The letters are from Infantryman The letters are from Infantryman

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Gordon Bowsher from Devon, but no picture of him has yet been found.

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Most letters like this would have been burned, but they were found in

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a house clearance and bought online by Oswestry Town Museum.

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It stunned us, to start with, because we had assumed all letters

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were from a girlfriend fiance, because of what they talked about,

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and then the realisation that we had actually uncovered a gold mine of

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correspondent between the two man. By contrast, Jeff Hardy and Peter

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Roscoe from Shrewsbury hit headlines 11 years ago, among the first to

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helping to organise and LGBT history helping to organise and LGBT history

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festival in Shrewsbury this weekend whether letters will be read.

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Who would have thought, from 1939, despite Gordon saying, darling,

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please do one thing for me, destroy all these letters, silly old

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Gilbert, or good old Gilbert, took no notice, and kept them all.

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Here we are looking at something so personal, so loving, and so caring,

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between two guys in the Second World War.

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Jeff and Peter's relationship was formed in tricky times.

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Well, we have been together coming up for 38 years, and it was a very

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different world. 38 actually a! Even for us, back in

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the late 70s, very different world. You know, still very restrictive,

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and it was very hard to find a partner for life.

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1940s Britain was a different place to live, and Gordon and Gilbert did

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not stay together, but Pete and Geoff feel their letters are

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priceless. One of them says, one day, maybe we

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will live in more enlightened times. We won't have to keep hiding and

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running. It took a long time, but here we are, and in a way, we are

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the fulfilment of their wishes and dreams.

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The weather now with Rebecca. From me, goodnight.

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Good evening. It has been another cloudy day to day. Some breaks in

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the cloud, particularly through the first half of the day. Temperatures

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responded nicely to the sunshine. We saw them up to 12 Celsius in parts

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of the region. Into tomorrow, they will continue to stay mild. Also, so

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more bright spells, and perhaps some more cloud around. It is thick

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enough to squeeze out the odd spot of rain. Over the tops of the

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highest hills, we could see a touch of mist and fog developing, but for

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the South, we start to see that rain easing, and we might get a view

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holder Matt cloud across parts of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.

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Temperatures will fall away, and mist patches may develop. Or

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tomorrow, warm front is draped across the West Midlands. It slowly

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starts to clear is that, and behind that, we will get some brighter

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spells. Drizzle through the morning, and eventually, we will start to see

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that marching eastwards. Behind it, things brighten up for the West.

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West is best sunshine tomorrow. Temperatures, 10-11, though they

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could get a touch higher. The national forecast is next.

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of 11. Not too bad for the forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick

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Miller with a resume of the National weather picture.

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Hello, rain for some of us today although it won't make much of a

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dent in the dry winter so far across much of the UK. A few threatening

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clouds in Cumbria but more than a threat of rain across the

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