08/01/2017 Midlands Today


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200 emergency staff staged a simulated siege at the RSC

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The scenario, where gunmen started shooting inside,

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was being used to test the skills of the emergency services

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It was a drama like none seen before at the RSC Theatre in Stratford -

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fire crews rescuing fleeing hostages from the roof as part

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The scenario, gunmen opening fire inside.

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While this is not a counterterrorist exercise, a number of the resources

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and the skill sets being used would be transferable in the highly

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unlikely event that an incident like that should occur.

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90 people were killed at the Bataclan in Paris 14 months ago.

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Mercifully, there have been no such attacks on theatres since,

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but Friday's shootings at Fort Lauderdale airport serve

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as a reminder that public places are vulnerable.

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This exercise has not only benefited the police, fire

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and ambulance services, it has allowed the RSC

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Of course, you know everything is entirely made up and everything

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It gets increasingly tense and you find yourself really getting

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involved with it as though it is for real.

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Extra security measures at this year's German Christmas market

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in Birmingham show how seriously public safety is taken

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It is hoped today's exercise, three months in the planning,

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will leave the emergency services even better prepared

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West Midlands Police have discovered a cannabis factory

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The property in the Handsworth area of the city was cleared and secured

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The finals of Europe's largest Elvis Championships are taking place

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Tribute acts of the King of Rock and Roll have spent the last three

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days battling it out for the coveted title.

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Sian Grzeszczyk has been to watch them.

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Her report does contain flash photography.

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# Caught in a trap, I can't walk out...

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They're all shook up for the European Elvis Championships,

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which are held in Birmingham every year, and today is a special one -

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it would have been the King's 82nd birthday.

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So what would he have made of all of this?

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I think he'd have found it quite amusing.

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I think he'd just have enjoyed the fact that we're

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This house today, Elvis is in the whole room.

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My first cassette tape was Elvis, so his music captured me.

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Nearly 100 people have performed at the contest and at 11:30 tonight,

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A little less conversation, because it's time for

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Norweigan Elvis to take to the stage.

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# Yet when I face that chilling hand of death

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The audience clearly can't help falling in love.

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Let's have a look at the weather forecast now.

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Plenty of cloud around today and mild temperatures and as we move

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through this evening and overnight, it's looking much the same -

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plenty of cloud around, thickening up just to be just

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the odd spot of rain and drizzle and we could see mist

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Temperatures a minimum between five and seven Celsius.

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We start tomorrow with plenty of cloud before this band of rain

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It could contain heavy bursts and the breeze will pick up.

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Behind it, clear skies and slightly cooler, temperatures,

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tomorrow a maximum of nine or 10 Celsius.

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I'll leave you with the outlook - quite unsettled through the week,

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cooler and windier by the time we get to the weekend.

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On tomorrow's programme, we're reporting on a rare collection

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of more than 200 well-preserved Hollywood film posters.

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They are expected to fetch thousands when they're auctioned later this

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Join us for that the rest of the day's news just before 6:30.

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Good evening. Rain around for all of us over the next 24-hour. Then it

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will turn colder later on this week. There will be frost and some snow

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around. I must stress this cold spell will be nothing out of the

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ordinary and nothing in comparison to the severe cold that other parts

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of Europe have experienced over the last few days. A wet start today for

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Northern Ireland and Scotland. Wet and windy. The rain will head its

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way southwards and eastwards across the UK during the course of the day.

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Turning up across the southern and eastern areas. Not a nice end to the

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day. Heavy bursts of rain in the south-east and east Anglia in the

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afternoon that this is three o'clock. Still relatively mild.

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Further north and west it will brighten up but it will turn

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chillier as well. Some school a shower

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