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Good evening. on the BBC News Channel,

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Business leaders in Ludlow say a change in how business rates

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are calculated could damage the character of the town forever.

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A large number of the retailers in the Shropshire town are independent.

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From April, smaller shops will pay no business rates,

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but larger stores are facing increases, which they say

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could gradually force them out altogether.

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GD Ginger Antiques have been trading in Ludlow for 31 years.

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But over the road, at least three shops will pay nothing.

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It's a system which is totally unworkable.

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Everyone should pay a little, and they shouldn't expect the 40%

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of shops in Ludlow that are paying rates to subsidise this

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At the Queen's Pub, expansion plans are on hold,

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We've been informed that our rates are going to be increased 130%,

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We're a small pub in a small market town.

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I've looked at the business rates of every shop in town,

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and they're going up four times the national average.

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I don't quite know why that's so, but it's going to affect our

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The Department for Communities and Local Government says

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three quarters of properties will see no change, or even a fall

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The problem is that the quarter that do aren't spread

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Business leaders say they're worried, if independent shops close,

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the character of the town will be destroyed.

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The times I hear, as I walk down the street, "Oh, isn't it lovely?

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People are really valuing what a good high street is,

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because so many other towns have lost it.

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Traders will meet with their MP, Phillip Dunn, next week

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Police are appealing for information about a mother from Dudley who has

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Patricia Lashley, who is also known as Pat or Jade,

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was last seen at a flat in Hall Street in September 1998.

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She had seven children, and her eldest son has recently had

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a baby of his own who he'd like to introduce her to.

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A man has been rescued from the tower of Worcester Cathedral.

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Firefighters used specialist equipment to winch him the 80 feet

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down to safety after he fell during evensong yesterday.

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He was then taken to hospital for treatment.

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Five of the candidates hoping to become the next MP

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for Stoke-on-Trent Central went head to head in a live TV debate

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And the highest passions emerged when the discussion turned to local

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hospitals and the impact of Brexit on the ceramics industries.

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Today, the candidates gathered at Staffordshire University,

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knowing this was a key chance to try connect with voters.

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One of the biggest issues on the doorstep - the NHS.

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Jack very clearly forgets that it was the Tory Government

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for the last seven years that's been slashing our NHS,

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You pledged 1.3 billion less at the last election for our NHS

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I take no lessons off the Tory party about the NHS.

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The Labour Party created the NHS, and we clear up the mess every time,

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Ukip also under attack about privatisation of the NHS.

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We, as a party, had a debate between 2012 and 2014,

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and we fell upon the policy that the NHS should remain public

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We're the only party, by the way, who can say

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where the money will come from, because we will slash

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And firing up the debate throughout, one of the most

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used words of 2017 - Brexit.

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We're the only party that has a clear plan to deliver Brexit

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And I met with the Prime Minister only this week to discuss that,

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discuss that plan, and ensure that we're getting the best deal

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I'm fearing that if we leave the single market, there will be

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loss of manufacturing, loss of trade and there

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And I also fear the loss of research funds to local universities here.

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In the Brexit agreement, there's no mention of disabled people.

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A hard Brexit will damage the most vulnerable people.

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And in an area like Stoke, and I say this as a charity worker, that

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With today's battle over, candidates and their teams are well

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aware it's the final few days of the campaign that will be crucial

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And the for a full list of the ten candidates standing

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for the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat, go to the Politics pages

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Just one sports result to bring you this evening,

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and Wasps move five points clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership

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The match, which ended 35-35, was level at half-time,

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with 100% conversion rates from kickers Gareth Steenson

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Time to catch up with the weather now, here's Rebecca Wood.

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It's been a cold and grey day today, this was the scene

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pretty much everywhere, plenty of rain and a

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Slowly, heading through tonight, the last of those

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Possibly left with some mist over the tops of high ground.

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Starting to see things going away further south, but we'll keep that

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The breeze helping to keep us frost-free.

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Tomorrow, drier and brighter weather on the way.

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A chilly day, the biting, easterly wind affecting temperatures.

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But starting to brighten up through the day.

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It won't feel quite that mild with the biting, easterly wind,

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Midlands Today will be here with your late news

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Good evening, dull, grey, cold, miserable. And that's just me! The

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weather hasn't been great leader for most of us, it will be chilly out

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there with this nagging easterly breeze, wetter weather for Northern

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Ireland, by the end of the night most of the dampness across parts of

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Eastern Scotland and North East England, most of the high ground

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Luus will have faded away as well. But not warm, another chilly

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