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Police investigating the sexual abuse of boys at a school

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in Worcestershire decades ago say they've sent a file

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It comes more than two and a half years after the BBC uncovered

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allegations against Catholic monks who ran St Gilberts.

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No one's been charged, though, and some of the victims fear

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50 years on, Paul Sprayson, is still looking peace.

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50 years on, Paul Sprayson, is still looking for peace.

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In the 1960s, aged 13, he was packed off to a catholic run

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approved school full of delinquents and runaways from Birmingham.

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He went on to spend 30 years in a series of jails,

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but says that school and the abuse he suffered in it was the worst.

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You're talking two or three holding you down, sexually assaulting you.

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St Gilbert's at Hartlebury near Kidderminster was run

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by the De La Salle order of Christian Brothers.

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It's thought as many as 30 former pupils have come forward to tell

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police of horrendous abuse at the hands of school staff.

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You couldn't close your eyes at night, you didn't know

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Operation Quayle was launched over two and a half years ago

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to investigate allegations of abuse at St Gilbert's from 1945 to 1975.

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In September last year, a file was sent to the Crown

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Prosecution Service and four suspects have been

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But today, no charges have been brought.

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One alleged abuser, named by many former pupils is Brother Roderick.

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He and others are now dead, but a lawyer representing some

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of the victims says the police have to pursue the enquiry.

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They have written to all the victims to tell them what's going on,

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but that doesn't help the anxiety the victims feel and the resolve

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nature of the enquiry is making their psychological condition worse.

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but that doesn't help the anxiety the victims feel and the unresolved

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nature of the enquiry is making their psychological condition worse.

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When we asked them in February, the police said two suspects had

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been released from bail conditions but were continuing

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Today, they told us matters are at a delicate stage.

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What do you want now from the police enquiry?

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Get some progress in it and perhaps a lot more will come out.

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Some will say, but it was 50 years ago, let bygones be bygones.

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It makes no difference, these things still happen.

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I don't want no gain out of it or anything.

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The De La Salle order has apologised to Paul and others.

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But for him though, time hasn't healed and the time

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Businesses in Birmingham have been assessing the damage caused

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by the controlled explosion of a wartime bomb

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One owner says he's losing thousands of pounds a day and doesn't know

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when it'll be safe to go back inside his building.

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The 500lb device was discovered on Monday morning

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and was judged to be too dangerous to be moved.

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The full impact of yesterday's controlled explosion

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is still being felt by a number of businesses on the Priory

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Today, they are dealing with the aftermath.

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Zahir Husain's warehouse is just yards from where the bomb was found

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He says he has now lost three days of production and it's costing him.

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Thousands a day, plus my main loss I'm worried about,

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He's not sure whether or not it's structurally safe

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His neighbour next door though says he couldn't wait any longer.

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We had already lost two days of production.

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We had some deliveries also scheduled to come into day

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Are you convinced it's safe to return to work?

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We checked, I came inside and I looked for any breakages

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The Second World War German shell had lay undiscovered here for more

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than 70 years and is one of the biggest devices of its kind

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Fred Groves was just a lad at the time.

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Still in the area now, he lived through the bombings

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The only thing you remember is the noise of the explosions

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because my parents would keep me confined to the air raid shelter.

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So I could stick my head out sometimes, looking

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It could be days before Mr Husain's businesses back to normal.

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It could be days before Mr Husain's business is back to normal.

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He says the priority now should be to clear the roads so suppliers can

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A postmortem examination has revealed an 11-year-old girl,

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who fell from a water ride at Drayton Manor Theme Park,

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Evha Jannath, from Leicester, was on a school trip when she fell

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from the Splash Canyon ride last week.

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An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned this afternoon.

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The Royal College of Surgeons has called for a review of the way

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private hospitals are regulated following the case of Ian Paterson.

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The breast cancer surgeon is due to be sentenced at the end of this

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month after being convicted of unlawfully wounding ten patients,

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by carrying out "needless" operations at private clinics

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The number of English cities rivalling Birmingham to host

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the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been reduced to just one.

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Birmingham has officially confirmed it would like to take over

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the staging of The Games from Durban.

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The South African city was stripped of the right earlier this year.

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Manchester and London have now dropped out,

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leaving Liverpool as the only other competitor in England.

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A video of a Gloucestershire student finishing his assignment

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in a nightclub has gone viral and made the news around the world.

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But it turns out the film and story was entirely fake.

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University students created it to see just how far

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They've been speaking exclusively to our Gloucestershire

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It started as a project to create a comedy video to see how far it

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could spread online and it soon went viral.

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Not long after, the Press Association, a well-respected,

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trusted source contacted the students who decided to then

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PA then published the story, which was picked up by several news

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organisations online, including the BBC Local

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A university student filmed working on an essay in a nightclub has

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revealed he got a first for the assignment...

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It shows the lack of diligence in regards to the press.

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It kind of makes you question what's real and fake out there, definitely.

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And I think people should be a bit wiser when they open the newspapers.

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I'm a little bit shocked in terms of they haven't

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checked their sources, they've literally taken

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At the end of the day, we're just a group of students

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We never thought how easy it would be to do it.

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I call the fake news the enemy of the people.

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Of course, faking news isn't new as we know,

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But the Press Association said it spoke to the students and acted

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Were the students right to mislead the press in that way?

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We don't condone any students or any members of staff,

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or anybody at this university to deliberately mislead the press.

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What the Press Association didn't do was to contact our press office

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at the University of Gloucestershire and talk to us about the story.

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Had they done that, we would very clearly have

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This is the second time the Film Direction course

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This is the second time the Film Production course

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has fooled the press, and in this era of the Internet,

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you read and see may, on occasion, be true.

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Yes, I'm telling you the truth, it's all staged.

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Steve Knibbs, BBC Midlands Today, Cheltenham.

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A water mill in Worcestershire which dates back to the 14th

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Century has been restored to full working order.

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The Shelsley Walsh Watermill is found on the famous

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motor racing circuit, renowned for its steep hill climb.

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After lying in ruin for decades, a group called the Dibnahs decided

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to raise money and do all the work themselves.

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It was estimated by a mill guy, it would take between 40 and ?50,000 to

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But because we do it as a hobby and we don't obviously

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charge for labour, we had to buy in certain parts like wood

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It probably cost between 15 and 20,000.

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And that's almost all from us tonight.

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I'll leave you with the weather from Rebecca.

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We had almost an inch of rain, but it turned out quite nice. We saw it

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slowly progressing eastwards. Behind that we were starting to see things

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easing a bit and has given a spectacular sunset. Lovely scenes

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across the region and it looks like the sky was on fire. But tonight we

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get more sunshine in our forecast. But we cannot rule out the odd

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shower. We will continue to see the rain band progressing eastwards.

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Cloud linger in the eastern part but further west we look at some breaks

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in the Cloud and temperatures will fall away. It will be a chilly night

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with loans of five Celsius. But in the countryside it could be more

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like three. Tomorrow, the rain band has cleared away but we have another

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one waiting in the wings for the weekend. Tomorrow, it looks largely

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dry. There will be a few showers possible at times. Lots of lovely

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sunshine and in light winds, temperatures may be 17 Celsius.

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Feeling pleasant and a few more showers around

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