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The headlines this evening... news teams where you are.

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42 years on, special posthumous recognition for victims

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Get's momentous to know that our city is behind us, a cross-party

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It's a single award for all 21 victims as

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With a record number of patients waiting on trolleys last week,

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Stoke and Staffordshire hospitals are the worst in the country.

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Coming soon: black top milk so dairy farmers can get a better

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The farmer receives an absolute fair price, the

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contracts are fair, it's a very transparent situation.

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35 years ago, temperatures were colder here at RAF Shawbury

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I'll be finding out why it was a record-breaking year.

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Well, I'm not seeing anything that extreme for later this week

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but now that we're one step closer to the arrival of snow -

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More than 40 years after 21 people were killed

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in the Birmingham pub bombings, the victims have been honoured

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today by being given the Freedom of the City.

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The title is usually given to organisations or people

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who have served the city in an exceptional way.

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The victims' families were at the Council House today

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Here's our Special Correspondent, Peter Wilson.

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The families whose loved ones died 42 years ago gathered

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Over the years, the pub bomb campaigners often felt

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Inside the grand Council chamber of Birmingham's Council House

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The City Council confers on the 21 victims...

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The granting of honorary freedom of the city is normally conferred

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Since the Second World War, it's an honour which has usually

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We thought it was an appropriate moment to start to do something

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which says we will never in this city actually forget those 21

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and that we stand with the families, the surviving families,

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Nearly 200 people were injured, 21 lost their lives,

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when two bombs exploded in crowded pubs in Birmingham in 1974.

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Six Irish men were jailed, their wrongful convictions

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Because of the controversy surrounding this case,

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it has felt in the past as though the city wanted to forget

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But today all of that is forgotten and everyone is describing

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21 people were murdered 42 years ago and not only were they buried

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but we believe the establishment has tried to keep their memories

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and their names and their lives and deaths well and truly buried.

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But today Birmingham City Council have confirmed that their names,

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their lives and their deaths and their memories will

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be for ever invented in the history of this city.

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their lives and their deaths and their memories will be forever --

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imbedded in the history of this city.

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Birmingham now follows Liverpool who also bestowed the freedom

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of the city on those who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

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It was quite emotional, just seeing the councillors

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all together backing our campaign, it was really quite emotional.

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It brought a tear to my eye, to be honest.

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What we really need now is all the MPs in the West

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We have only got about four at the moment.

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That would make all the difference, if we got the MPs behind us.

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Today was the first time the city has granted

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And Peter Wilson is here with me now.

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An enormously significant landmark today, but the families' campaign

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It certainly does and all three main political parties on the City

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Council have given their backing to the families. The inquest into those

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thefts reopens later this year but still the issue about -- inquest

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into those deaths. But still be issue about the legal funding is at

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a stand-off but what was interesting about today was this link with

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Hillsborough, all the time the families saying we should be treated

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the same as those families who were of course given legal funding. Thank

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you. A record number of patients have

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waited on trolleys in NHS hospitals in the first week of

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the new year, according to data 485 patients waited

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more than 12 hours. This time last year only 158

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patients had waited that long. But one of the worst affected

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for long trolley waits was the University Hospitals

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of North Midlands NHS Trust. Last Tuesday, 38 out

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of 138 cases in England happened in Stoke on Trent,

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on Thursday they had 33 out of 71 cases and on Sunday

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they had 20 of the 29 cases. Well our reporter Ben Sidwell

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is outside the Royal Stoke University hospital tonight - Ben

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why is the situation so bad there? Well, let us try and put this into

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context if we can. Between April and September the entire five months,

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just 43 people were left waiting for more than 12 hours on a trolley. As

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you just mentioned, three days in January, 91. The Chief Executive of

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the trust that runs this hospital says it is mainly due to the high

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levels of ambulance Conde and his and the fact that patients who are

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medically fit, there is nowhere for them to go. They cannot let people

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out to get the people in they need to. That speak to Jan, the chief

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expected of health watch the aperture, an organisation that

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monitor health care here in Staffordshire. For you, this must be

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worrying that numbers are going up and up here. Is is extremely

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worrying and we are concerned about the pressures on the system and the

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fact that people are experiencing these very long waits and it is

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worrying for patients and families. We have reported on the sad death of

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two people who were on trolleys will so many hours. Numbers going up

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here. Is it sadly that it is inevitable that that will happen

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here? I am not sure about inevitable but it is a risk. All the work we

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have done has shown that things are managed here well and although there

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are long waits the right decisions are made about which people to see

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quickly and who can wait but the pressures do keep stacking up. He

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staff do a brilliant job but they're -- there are always risks. We very

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keen to hear about peopleexperiences. Everyone with an

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experience can get touch. The problem will not go away soon and

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what they are saying here is do not come to the 999 unless you have two.

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Levels of violence at Hewell Prison in Worcestershire are "far

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too high", according to its latest inspection report.

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The prison has two parts - a closed jail which holds more

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than a thousand male prisoners and an open section

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In the six months between February and August this year,

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last year, there were 49 fights involving prisoners

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In addition, four prisoners have taken their own lives since the jail

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The prison is overcrowded and that's a big problem.

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It puts a great strain on all the resources that

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Certainly Hewell has seen the number of staff cut in

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recent years and that has undoubtedly had an effect.

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It means prisoners spend longer in their

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cells and that can lead to rising tension.

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Two men have been taken to hospital following a fight

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in Stoney Lane in Sparkbrook, Birmingham yesterday evening.

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One was stabbed in the neck, another in the arm.

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Three teenagers, two aged 17 and one aged 19,

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have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

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Police are investigating an incident in Birmingham city centre

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in which a group of Morris Dancers were accused of racism.

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A video posted online shows a confrontation in which a man

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repeatedly denounces the practice of some dancers having

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One of the Morris Dancers has made a complaint

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Birmingham Councillor Brigid Jones has confirmed that none

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of the witnesses who gave evidence to Birmingham City Council's inquiry

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into the Trojan Horse allegations will have their names

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Lawyers acting for teachers facing disciplinary action as a result

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of the allegations there was a hard line Islamic plot to takeover city

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schools, are pressing for the names of witnesses in the Department

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of Education's inquiry, to be made public.

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A court's heard a mother of three was strangled by her jealous

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ex-partner after embarking on a new relationship.

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The body of 26-year-old Wendy Mann was found on her kitchen floor

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Leroy Sterling, who's 63, denies murder and the attempted

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Our Black Country reporter Ben Godfrey

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Wendy Mann had three children with Leroy Sterling,

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The court has heard today that Stirling, fuelled by jealousy over

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her new relationship with a 53 old man, Trevor Tindale, went to her

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flat in West Bromwich, grabbed her, dragged her across the floor and

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strangled her. The court has heard today that one month before her

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death, Mr Tindale was attacked by Mr Stirling and he was stabbed in the

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neck and suffered fractures. Sterling denies murder and attempted

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murder. He's been aided by a translator. What forensics evidence

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has been presented to the court? A partial DNA profile the court has

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heard, was found in blood under the fingernails of Wendy man belonging

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to sterling. Also, DNA on a water beaker inside the kitchen. Images

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have been shown to the jury today and the prosecution say they detail

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the movements of sterling from the murder scene on the day in question

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to his own home, where he is apparently carrying a large holdall

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carrying children's clothes removed from Wendy's flat. Trevor Tindale

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detailed the alleged attack on him. He suspect denied murder and

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attempted murder. This trial is due to last a fortnight.

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Another attempt to get dairy farmers a better deal has been launched

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"Black top" milk is the idea of the Free Range Milk Marketing Board.

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They want to offer shoppers milk with a distinctive black cap

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which costs 25% more than a standard bottle

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with the extra money going direct to farmers.

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Our Rural Affairs Correspondent David Gregory-Kumar

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was at the launch and he's with me now, so is that the

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This is it, this is black cap milk. The people behind this idea hope

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that shoppers will soon find this on sale alongside familiar green and

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red milk. If Green is semi-skimmed, what does double milk contain? The

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farmer receives a fair price. The contract are fair, it is a

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transparent situation, which enables the to invest in the best cows,

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health and welfare. It is a fair way of doing things. This is an

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Australian supermarket milk aisle and look at all the different milk

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brands. They all offer shoppers something different. Here we tend to

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see just whole, semi and semi-skimmed milk so the experts say

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we could have space him for a brand-new milk brand. But will

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British shoppers want to pay more? We know that when consumers get the

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value of something, they will value it because if you buy a drink in a

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pub you don't buy the cheapest beer necessarily, you buy what you like

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because you understand what it is and that is what we are doing here.

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700 farmers have signed up to this scheme so far and the organisers

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hope to push that number up to 1000 in the next few week. I have heard

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rumours that things are looking up for dairy farmers with milk prices

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increasing. Milk prices are on the rise in general. These are the

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official figures in the milk price from the dairy in Warwickshire.

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There are several different lines there, different ways to look at

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that price but the trend is clear, since the summer last year we have

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seen the start of a little bit of a recovery. Not back to levels last

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seen in 2013 but going back up nevertheless. But look at the huge

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volatility in that price. This is why we are seeing dairy farmers try

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all fours of ideas, like black cap milk, to try and survive and even

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make money in the dairy game in the face of a roller-coaster milk price.

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Thank you. Thanks for joining us

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on Midlands Today, this 42 years on, special posthumous

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recognition for victims Definitely getting cooler,

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but not as cold as it was 1982 was a record breaking

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year for Shropshire. Cold winds from Siberia

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and lots of snow lead to temperatures falling

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to minus 26.1 Celsius, Shawbury ground to a halt,

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I'll be speaking to one man We may not be seeing the extremes of

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Siberian cold heading our way this week but there is an Arctic blast

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and a warning for snow. Details in the upcoming forecast.

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Now, it's not your usual kind of building to get a royal opening,

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but her Royal Highness, Princess Anne was in Shropshire

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today to officially open an incinerator.

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The multi million pound project will provide enough electricity

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to power thousands of local homes, and even has its own visitor centre.

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A royal visit to officially open Shrewsbury's new incinerator.

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Tens of thousands of tonnes of non-recyclable household

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waste is being processed here to produce electricity.

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Officials say the new plant is an important part of the county's

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Only 5% of the total rubbish produced in Shropshire goes

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into landfill and a few years ago it was 100% going into landfill,

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The plant's taken four years to build at a cost of ?63 million.

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It operates in a similar way to a coal or gas powered station.

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The main difference is that it uses local waste as fuel.

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This is where the waste is processed.

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It's delivered here by truck, mixed together by these cranes

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and then the cranes transport it to the furnace.

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90,000 tonnes of waste can be processed here each year and that's

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The process produces gas and dust, which are treated to clean them up.

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There is not a single health issue with the gas here at all,

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so I would live very easily near a plant like that one.

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No problem, nothing to worry and don't take my word for it,

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you know, the government and a lot of bodies are controlling

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The recycling rate across Shropshire has been above the national average

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for many years and with this plant now officially opened, it is hoped

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Nicola Beckford, BBC Midlands Today, Shrewsbury.

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Rugby Union and Wasps' James Haskell is unlikely to be fit to play

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The England forward came back from a long injury lay off

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on Sunday, but played for just 35 seconds against Leicester before

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But Wasps have been praised for putting player welfare first.

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He'd waited all season for this - it was over in a flash.

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Just 35 seconds into his seasonal debut and James Haskell suffered

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And now the England international looks unlikely to face Toulouse

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in the Champions Cup on Saturday.

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Probably unlikely that he is going to be fit for the weekend at real

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Probably unlikely that he is going to be fit for the weekend but real

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difficult way to come back obviously but it happens, you know,

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but thankfully there is nothing that is going to keep him off

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He's laughing and joking about it and he's always the first guy

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to give everybody a little bit of stick so here's having

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Concussion has been a huge topic in rugby in recent seasons.

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Much of that has centred around Wales international George North.

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Two years ago he played on after this incident.

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Now, any player that loses consciousness

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I think the fact that it is a topic and that it is being talked

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about can only be a positive thing for us as players but also

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for the game as a whole, right from grassroots to the top

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The fact that we are talking about it, the fact that people

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are having discussions about it surely means that this topic

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is going to take some time but hopefully it will move

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Solihul GP Dr Lou Lupoli has worked in rugby for 20 years

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He says the sport has benefited from re-search into dementia

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He says the sport has benefited from research into dementia

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Initially there is a risk that having had a head injury

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they are less able to make decisions about themselves so they are more

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prone to injury and very rarely they may sustain a second head

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injury, which can lead to some very catastrophic

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So, Wasps must continue their fine form without Haskell.

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The top of the premiership and top of the pool

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Victory over Toulouse on Saturday and the whole squad will be heading

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Firefighters have helped rescue a cat in Walsall.

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But this time, it hadn't got stuck up a tree,

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It had got stuck in the drainage hole of a communal rubbish bin.

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Fire crews and staff from the RSPCA were called in after a member

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of the public heard the kitten meowing in Glebe Street on Monday.

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The animal was unhurt and has since been nicknamed Dusty.

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Not stuck in a bin, but the Blue Rock thrush has been

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spotted in the UK for the first time in ten years.

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It's taken up residence in Stow on the Wold in Gloucestershire,

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attracting hundreds of bird enthusiasts.

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Trying to catch a glimpse of history in the making.

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These bird-watchers have come from across the country,

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all in a bid to see something rarely seen, the Blue Rock thrush.

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It's just exactly that, it's the being here

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That's like a lifetime tick, if you like.

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It is a big adrenaline rush and it's an even bigger adrenaline rush

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You know, the guy who found this must have thought, yes!

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It's just the seventh confirmed sighting of this bird since 1985.

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Bridget Jennings spotted it in her garden just before Christmas

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but didn't initially realise its importance.

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It looked like a blackbird crossed with a starling, but in the light,

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it was a sort of bluey colour and we weren't quite

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A picture was posted online and since then,

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bird-watchers have been flocking from as far as Singapore.

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You know, we didn't realise what a furore it was going to cause,

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but with all the twitchers coming and everything, you know,

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The appearance has even boosted a charity that

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These volunteers have been keeping the bird-watchers fueled

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with teas and coffees, raising ?2000 in donations.

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No one knows exactly how long the Blue Rock

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Experts believe it could stay until the spring.

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This week temperatures in Moscow have plummeted to -25 Celsius.

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It's hard to imagine it being that cold isn't it?

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But actually 35 years ago it was even colder

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In fact, it was colder than the South Pole.

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Rebecca Wood has been looking into those record

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breaking temperatures - she's at RAF Shawbury this

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evening where things are, I should think, a little less

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Yes, they certainly are. It is a little warmer but not very warm, I

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am keeping my coat on! In December 1981 and January 1982 we were down

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to minus 20. In Shawbury we drop to minus 20.2. Just a few miles down

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the road, they got even colder and that is where I spent this morning.

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The West Midlands was blanketed in snow.

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Temperatures across the region widely fell to -20

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And here at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, a record

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It was this weather station where the mercury dropped to -26.1

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Celsius and that's still the lowest recorded temperature in England.

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Grounds manager Mark Wall remembers the moment

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It was just another cold night and of course it wasn't until days

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later when all the rest of the data was in from around the country that

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actually here, Harper Adams, was the coldest spot in England

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Although the official reading was made in Newport,

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it was originally attributed to Shawbury, where at the RAF base,

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That day, it was too cold to even go out

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Everyone turned up for work and made their way to work

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but they didn't go out in the aircraft that day.

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The base has its own dedicated Met Office staff because not flying

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Well, that's down to a series of circumstances.

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A perfect storm, whereby you combine all the factors, you have cold air,

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ideal cooling conditions, plenty of snow on the ground,

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good local geography, so all those factors combined

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with the period of cold weather leading up to that,

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With heavy snow, travel across the region was virtually

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impossible and even the river Avon froze.

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There's snow forecast later this week and chilly northerly winds,

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we're in for a cold snap, but perhaps not as chilly as 1982.

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Thankfully we are a good 20 degrees higher than that at the moment. It

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is hard to imagine how it would feel to be that cold but Ian Forshaw was

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a lad based here back then. Take me back to 1982. What are your

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memories? I can remember one thing, it was so cold that the cold water

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pipes froze and they are about one metre underground so people had to

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ask neighbours if their taps were working and borrow water from them.

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I have heard about diesel in tanks being frozen as well. Some of the

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vehicles, there were no additives so somewhere frozen. You took a photo

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of recordings of the temperature being taken. They were wearing skis.

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Was it really that bad question what the people at the RAF always have a

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good sense of humour and one of the gentleman went to work on his

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cross-country skis and then the Met office check the temperature. -26.1,

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it was cold! Oh yes, very cold. I think for about a week people try to

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hibernate more than anything to stay warm. Has anything at Shawbury match

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that? In 2010 it was picturesque. It wasn't that temperature but we had a

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heavy frost and the whole airfield, the trees around, were very

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picturesque. We have some nice calendar pictures that we used

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later. This is a Griffin helicopter and this is a Griffin door for all

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those Harry Potter fans. I couldn't resist!

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And hundreds of you have been sharing your memories of the snow

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and cold weather from 1982 on our Facebook page -

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thanks so much, here's a small selection of what you've

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been telling us. Carol Simpson wrote...

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"We were walking on top of 8-foot snowdrifts which had cars

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I had to shout out of the window and ask someone to phone my dad

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"We were without power and water for days.

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It was like the good old days when families spent evenings

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together gathered around the fire in one room, actually

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So, things looking cooler in the next few days

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but not -26 Celsius, I hope.

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Today, in contrast, was very mild. We had highs of seven to nine

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Celsius and we had variable amounts of cloud, producing an array of

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colours, from lilac too great to blue as well. You might want to add

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white to that to the time we get to Thursday because we have a warning

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in place for the south of the region. This is for localised

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snowfall and this is for Herefordshire, Worcestershire honour

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Gloucestershire and Warwickshire. At the moment it looks as though it

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will produce minor disruption but that could change into something

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more substantial by the time you get to that stage. This is what is

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causing it, we have two areas of concern, this Arctic blast drawing

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in cold air from the Northwest and that is going to combine with an

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area of rain and crossing the country and that is during the

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course of Thursday. We have to watch the northern extent of this rain and

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the southern extent that cold air leading down from that direction

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from the Arctic. Things are on a knife edge, really, because it

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depends on how they join together and up into one another as to how

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much snow we will get. Winds are going to be gusty over the next few

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days and it is as those winds drop out on Friday that we could see a

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widespread frost. Two areas of concern over the next few days, the

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snow in the southern half of the region and a heavy frost on Friday

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night into Saturday. Let us take a look at this evening and overnight

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and we have got quite a bit of cloud across us right now so it will be

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mild tonight, temperatures only boarding to six or seven Celsius.

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Dry initially but then we have a warm sector set of fronts moving in

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from the West during the early hours and that will bring in light, patchy

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rain. This is how we start the day tomorrow, a bit of rain in the

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south-east, a few spots in the north of the region but it will be a

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mainly dry day. We start to see those gusts kicking in late in the

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day. The mildest temperature will be in the morning. Highs of nine

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Celsius dropping to four or five. I'll be back at 10.30pm

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with your late update. It's back... Let's get ready to

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grumble. ..with more belligerence... Can you imagine anything more

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diabolical? ..moaning... ..and nonsensical items...

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Don't send me a curve-ball, Nigel.

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