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The levels of violence had happened in that prison everyday frighten the

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hell out of me. A new scheme aimed at reducing

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the number of attacks on West Mercia And as the number of rough

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sleepers continues to rise, a former football boss explains why

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he set up a homeless hostel. I couldn't see any way of helping

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them unless you get a bit close to them and they have got confidence in

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you. There are claims this lunchtime that

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large numbers of officers at Birmingham Prison have been

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going sick or leaving their jobs because of increasing levels

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of violence in the jail. Last month, a riot at the prison saw

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inmates gain control over four wings, causing damage estimated

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at more than two million pounds. Our special correspondent,

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Peter Wilson is outside Peter, who's making

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these allegations? It's the former head of the prison

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officers Association, he says that up to 60 members of staff have gone

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sick since the riots and that riot so prisoners attacking members of

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with fire hoses and paint. Brian with fire hoses and paint. Brian

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the levels of stress that prison the levels of stress that prison

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officers are facing. The levels of violence that happen in that prison

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everyday frighten the hell out of me. I have seen staff badly

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assaulted, I have seen staff assaulted the point where they would

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no longer wish to come back to work and have walked away from the job.

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It is widely believed that drugs may have played a role in this? That's

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right, I have been speaking to an right, I have been speaking to an

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independent mentors who talk to young people inside this jail. His

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name is Lloyd Robinson. They can influence other prisoners inside,

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they are quite powerful people, if they are truly the sentences, and

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they have no hope, then that becomes their life and therefore they

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organise where they are and take advantage of any vulnerabilities of

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authorities saying? I have been authorities saying? I have been

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speaking to G4S who run the prison, they say two thirds of staff who

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transferred from the public sector to them six years ago are still here

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stop I have also been parking to the stop I have also been parking to the

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independent monitoring board and were just when Dales who heads that.

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Things are back to normal, Things are back to normal,

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everything I would expect to see is happening, they has been good work

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done by officers, the biggest issue in prisons remains that drugs

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coming, remains that prisoners on occasion can be volatile within

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prison, that is part and parcel of prison, that is part and parcel of

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prison life and what they have to deal with. Because of the riots, all

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the keys and locked inside the jail are having to be changed and that

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continues today. A new scheme is being launched aimed

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at reducing the number of attacks The area's Police and Crime

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Commissioner says the initiative - which is called 'Behind the Badge' -

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is all about changing attitudes to his officers.

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Elizabeth Glinka reports. For many officers dealing with the

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threat of violence is part of the job. Attacks don't just happen in

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our inner cities. PC Sherry Clifford our inner cities. PC Sherry Clifford

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was just five weeks out of training would she was kicked in the face

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outside a club. The pain was excruciating, not me out for a few

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seconds and then it was more, have seconds and then it was more, have

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to get back up because he is still fighting. I had a full on kick

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through the face, I lost a tooth and a large factor down the side, I had

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a massively swollen face for about three or four weeks, and now I'm

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campaign aims to highlight the campaign aims to highlight the

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impact of violence on those wearing the uniform. We are a very large

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rural force so we do have a lease officers out there, sometimes

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want to make sure the community want to make sure the community

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plays their part. In 2016 the first treat body cameras would have been

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shown to reduce attacks on other part of the country. And from day

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one officers received the sort of training. National figures show that

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there is an attack on a police officer every 20 minutes and here in

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the West Mercer area, over an 18 month period, there were 850 salts.

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However well trained, not everyone trusts the police and the job

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remains unpredictable. Officers have suffered a variety of injuries,

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can be traumatic and officers have can be traumatic and officers have

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the bin lid with the injuries they may have suffered. The hope is that

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the number of those injuries can be reduced.

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Last year the former Stoke City manager Lou Macari helped to set up

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a temporary homeless hostel, in conjunction with the council.

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It was only intended as a two-month trial -

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but thanks to his campaigning, it's still in operation.

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And as new figures show today, the need is there, with the number

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of rough sleepers across the region on the rise.

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Lou Macari says vital support is needed to help get

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It's probably our best guess of the month. I couldn't see any way of

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helping the money to get close to them and they have got a bit of

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confidence in you. And then confidence in you. And then

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gradually, they start to tell you all about themselves. Without

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knowing about them, you can't help them. We have that bit of banter,

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then I go home, walk out the door. Then I go to a nice warm home, I've

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got a job that week, money in my pocket... And leave them here and

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they haven't, you know. It somewhere safe to sleep. It somewhere you can

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get a hot meal, a shower. And it somewhere that you can get support,

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you can speak to the staff here. It makes a massive difference. Without

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this place... It's nice to come here and call it home. You connection

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call it home. Trying to describe it to them where we are, getting

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around, ten years from now, let's say... It's that one-way system in

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Stoke! The ring road. He just keep going round and round it and

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of people staying here have been of people staying here have been

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round the system for ages, the same system as you have talked about,

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round and round and eventually we have got to try and get them into

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another system, which is the normal way of life. We can help them try

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and achieve that, that would be brilliant.

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It's been announced that the international singing star

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Celine Dion will be performing in Birmingham this summer as part

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She'll be taking to the stage at the Barclaycard Arena

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on July 27th for a series of concerts which will see her

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return to the UK and Europe for the first time in eight years.

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Tickets go on sale on February the 3rd.

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It seems our weather watchers have mastered the art of making the frog

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looked good, the Southeast was the most prone to it today. However, we

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are looking at quite a clear line dividing the boundary with cloud and

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clear sky, you can see this from a satellite picture, this mass of

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cloud and rain bearing, which will affect us by the time we get to

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Friday and Saturday. Cloudy conditions to the east this

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afternoon, brilliant sunshine for Central and western parts of the

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region. Heading into this evening and overnight, that cloud will start

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to extend across the western parts, we have colder air undercutting that

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say temperatures will plummet stop that would lead to a widely

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widespread frost. It's going to be a widespread frost. It's going to be a

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frosty start to the day on Thursday, quite a cloudy one, with a few snow

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grains but mostly dry conditions. Temperatures very cold, in some

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places 0 degrees. That's all from us. Have a good

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afternoon. Should've seen Hillary's face.

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She was stood there with Bill. Because she's going to an

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event to celebrate a job that she didn't get and the

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person closest to her, to reassure her, to tell her it's

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going to be OK, is a person who's already had

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that job. Yeah. She must be thinking,

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"Where can I go?" It's just pain,

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but it doesn't feel like pain, it feels much more violent,

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dark and exciting.

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