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Mitchell calls for Royal Commission to restore trust

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell says a Royal Commission could be needed to examine how to restore the public's trust in the police.

Andrew Mitchell MP Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mr Mitchell was alleged to have called police officers plebs on downing street - but an officer has since pleaded guilty to lying about the incident.

It comes as an ITV survey has revealed only half those questioned said they trusted the police.

Number of children in care continues to rise - charity

The number of children being put into care is continuing to rise. The Fostering Network says there is a shortage of foster carers, particularly for teenagers, and siblings.

Joy and Steven Jelfs from Burbage in Leicestershire, have three children of their own, and foster two sets of siblings between 10 and 18 years old. Steve considers fostering to be a rewarding experience.


Grandmother graduates 70 years after passing degree

90-year-old Helen Hetherington with her granddaughter Rachael as she collects her degree from Manchester University.
90-year-old Gene Hetherington with her granddaughter Rachael as she collects her degree from Manchester University. Credit: PA Wire

A 90 year-old Sutton Coldfield grandmother has finally graduated 70 years after gaining her degree.

Gene Hetherington earned a BA in Commerce in August 1943 but could not attend the ceremony at the University of Manchester due to her involvement in the war.

Following her studies she immediately went to work as an auditor in aircraft factories.

She finally graduated on the same day as her granddaughter, Rachel, 23, picked up her law degree in the same ceremony.

Mrs Hetherington described the ceremony at the university's historic Whitworth Hall as "wonderful", saying she was especially pleased to pick up the award alongside her granddaughter.

Children send their teddy bears to Philippines

Children at a school in Sutton Coldfield have been packing up their teddy bears, ready to be sent out to victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

Students and pupils at Bishop Vesey's Grammar School have donated hundreds of cuddly toys, after the Philippine Embassy in London said they wanted people to send toys to the children affected by the disaster - to help cheer them up.

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