18/03/2017 Midlands Today


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18/03/2017

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Good evening. late news at 10pm.

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The Cheltenham festival may have grabbed the horse racing headlines

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this week but it was Staffordshire's turn in the spotlight today.

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The Midlands Grand National is estimated to be worth

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?4 million to the economy of Uttoxeter.

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This is Graham Butterworth's busiest weekend of the year.

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Midlands Grand National, completely booked...

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All his rooms have been booked by racegoers

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and he could have booked them out twice over.

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It's an essential lifeline, really, and there's other

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sources of customers, but Uttoxeter Race Course really

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Around 16,000 people were expected to attend today's big race,

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and with big crowds come big business.

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I think it becomes a different animal in Uttoxeter on race day.

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It certainly doubles everything that we do.

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We've been to Stratford Races, missed Cheltenham and this

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Pubs are brilliant here, then straight down to...

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Uttoxeter stages 25 race meetings a year, but this

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Midlands Grand National accounts for a large chunk of its income.

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In fact, the Midlands Grand National has more prize money than any

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When you look at where people are coming from, Derbyshire,

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Nottingham, Staffordshire, it's very much the National

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This was what they'd all come to see - the big race.

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So it won't be just the racecourse that will enjoy

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a financial windfall from the Midlands Grand National,

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Police say they are growing increasingly concerned

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for the welfare of two 13-year-old girls who have gone missing

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Holly Ward and Rhianna Spitz, were last seen

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at around nine o'clock last night in Birmingham.

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They were getting off the Number 97 bus in Garrison Lane

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They were then spotted heading towards Stechford.

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Hereford Football Club has confirmed that banning orders have been issued

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to three supporters, following incidents at their game

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the Southern League match, after Hereford supporters became

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involved in scuffles with home-team players.

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The club says investigations into the incidents are ongoing.

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Football now and starting with the Premiership,

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West Bromwich Albion beat Arsenal at the Hawthorns by

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His first header in the 12th minute from a corner

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Dawson sealed the win from a set piece in the 75th minute.

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Still in the Premier League and Stoke City lost by two goals

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In the Championship, it was a goal-less draw

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for Birmingham City at home to Newcastle.

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Burton Albion were 3-1 up before losing 5-3 to Brentford.

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Three wins in a week for Wolves, they beat Fulham 3-1.

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Aston Villa's winning streak continues.

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In League One, Coventry City lost 1-0 at MK Dons,

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Walsall were 2-0 up but lost 3-2 at Southend.

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In League Two, Cheltenham Town lost 1-0 at home to Cambridge.

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And in the National League, Solihull Moors beat

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A group of canoeists have recreated an historic journey

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They were following the route from Wootten Wawen in Warwickshire,

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The historic journey led to the restoration

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of the Southern Stratford Canal in the early 1960s.

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It was a rather grey day for those canoeists,

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We are fairly cloudy and mild and breezy as

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This evening, a few outbreaks of rain

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making their way towards the east through the evening and a few more

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outbreaks into the early hours in the south-west.

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But fairly cloudy and mild overnight.

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Overnight those of nine, ten Celsius.

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We move into tomorrow, there will be a few bright

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intervals, a fairly mild start to the day.

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If you catch any sunshine, not feeling too bad.

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There will be a few outbreaks of rain as we move

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Temperatures reaching a maximum of 13 Celsius

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with that breezy south-westerly breeze.

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As we move into Monday, we've got a band of rain which will

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By the time we get to Tuesday, feeling that

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Just before we go a reminder that Patrick Burns is here

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That's tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock on BBC1.

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Our next bulletin is at the same time tomorrow evening.

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Bye.

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Hello, the mild areas going to be with us into next week. Things set

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to be cooler with a return to overnight frost for some. This

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evening and overnight will be mild across the board, a messy picture,

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looks like Scotland

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