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   Inside Out - West Midlands: Monday September 11, 2006

Master faker

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John Myatt
"I don't copy the composition of the picture - I merely ape the style..." John Myatt

Staffordshire artist John Myatt became involved in what became known as the biggest art fraud of the 20th Century.

After a spell in prison for his part in the crime, he now makes a legitimate living selling his 'genuine fakes' for thousands of pounds.

His paintings are created in the style of famous artists from Monet and Manet to Mondrian and Matisse.

They're so close to the originals that they've fooled even the sharpest of art critics.

In May 2006 his work was on display and for sale in his largest exhibition to date at St Paul's Gallery in Birmingham.

Visit a gallery of his work in this web exclusive.

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Abusive pupils

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Teachers are speaking out against abusive pupils

Teachers in the West Midlands say pupils are becoming more abusive.

In Birmingham alone, the latest figures show that 500 assaults took place in a 12 month period.

Some 400 of these were physical assaults.

Even more alarming, say teachers, is the increasing number of abusive parents.

Birmingham City Council has called for 'zero tolerance', but is enough being done to prevent behavioural problems arising in the first place, and is mainstream schooling the answer?

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Farmers' battle for survival

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Fighting for their farm - Charlotte and Ben Hollins

In our last series earlier this year, Inside Out travelled to Shropshire to meet two young farmers, Charlotte and Ben Hollins, who were trying to raise £800,000 to save their farm.

They planned to do this by selling shares and offering to make the farmland community owned.

Inside Out went back to see how the fight to save the farm is getting on and whether Charlotte and Ben had won their battle.

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