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Veterinary suicide report: ‘It is my passion and my poison’

An ITV News Central investigation has found a dramatic increase in the number of vets reaching out for help with their mental health. In the last two years, the number of people contacting support charity Vetlife, has more than quadrupled.

Research has shown that the suicide rate among vets is nearly four times higher than the national average - and double that of doctors and dentists. Walsall vet Richard Hillman is trying to raise awareness of the issue as he himself thought about taking his own life. Our reporter Rebecca Burrows went to meet him.

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Two lanes are closed due to a crash on the M6 Southbound between J10A M54 and J10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall).

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Council to issue fixed penalty notices to fly tippers

Walsall Council spent over £400,000 last year clearing up after fly tippers Credit: PA

In a fly tipping crackdown, Walsall Council’s Cabinet are set to consider utilising new powers to issue fixed penalty notices to people fly tipping on public land.

The Council is proposing to adopt the maximum allowed penalty of £400 and to offer a discount of £50 for early bird payment.

At present, fly tipping enforcement is dealt with through the courts where possible, but the resources involved in investigating and bringing such offences to court are significant.

Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick Portfolio Holder for Community Leisure and Culture said:

At a time when council funding is being squeezed tightly, this is one of the areas in which we want to do things differently.

There are savings to be made in not having to go to court, but the new arrangements would see offenders brought to justice more swiftly and send out a strong message that fly tippers are not welcome in Walsall.

– Councillor Julie Fitzpatrick

Introducing fixed penalty notices for fly tipping would not replace any of the other enforcement options currently used by enforcement officers - it would add to them and allow a new flexibility in how fly tipping is dealt with. For the most serious offences, the Council would still seek to take cases to court.

Councillor Chris Jones, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:

We spent over £400,000 last year clearing up after fly tippers – that’s a huge amount of public money which could have been better spent on other vital council services.

– Councillor Chris Jones
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