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You can see more on all of today's stories on the BBC News Channel.

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Good evening. stories on the BBC News Channel.

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A Hereford man claims his wife will be left homeless

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and in fear if she's deported to the Philippines tomorrow.

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Marinel Bristow, who's 33, has been detained at an immigration

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centre in Bedfordshire.

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Ben Godfrey reports.

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Just to see his wife Marinel, Rob Bristow must make an appointment

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at Yarlswood Immigration Removal Centre.

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I brought a suitcase of some of her things.

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The couple married eight years ago in Herefordshire.

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Her visitor visa expired but back in the Phillippines, in 2013,

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a devastating typhoon left her homeless.

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Rob brought her back to the UK, but legal appeals for her to be

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granted refugee status have failed.

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She lost up to 50 family members, neighbours, relatives,

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some of which I had met and she only really was able to survive

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at the time because she was living in a concrete structure

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that we were renting for a business there at the time.

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Marinel Bristow couldn't provide officials with evidence that Rob's

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earnings as a photographer reached the threshold for

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an appeal to succeed.

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She believes she'll be deported as early as tomorrow.

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A spokesperson for Rob's local MP Jesse Norman said: Marinel Bristow

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agreed to speak to us on the phone.

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I'm feeling down, being here.

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I've been here for ten days.

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How do you feel about returning to the Philippines?

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Going back again, not knowing what's going to happen to me.

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We're told the Home Office's decision has been upheld

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by an independent immigration judge.

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In a statement, they told us all applications are considered

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on their individual merits and in line with the

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immigration rules.

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Two people have been charged with the murder of a 45-year-old

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Staffordshire man who was found stabbed in his car in Leicestershire

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on Thursday evening.

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Timothy Smith from Fazeley was discovered at an industrial

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estate in Shepshed.

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Police initially thought he'd been involved in an accident,

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but paramedics discovered a stab wound.

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You'll have heard no doubt of the sad news this weekend

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of the death of rock 'n roll giant Chuck Berry, but did you know

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that his biggest hit - the one morality campaigners tried

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to ban - was recorded during a live gig in the Midlands?

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Audrey Dias has the story.

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# And I let her play with my ding-a-ling-a-ling...

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It was the song that gave the rock and roll

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legend him his only number one, recorded not in his native Missouri

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but right here in Coventry.

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Chuck Berry was taped live while playing at an arts festival

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in the city in 1972.

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It's crazy because you talk to these rock and roll people,

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they love Chuck Berry and it was probably the worst thing

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he ever did, the innuendo going on, but it was the only number one not

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only in Britain, but also in America and we love the fact

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it was recorded here in Coventry.

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The Locarno is now the Central library, but do the people Coventry

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know that musical history was made here?

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Amazing!

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Loads of stuff happened in Coventry back in the day!

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I think it's really cool, because I didn't know anyone

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famous had been here, except The Specials.

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He was an inspiration for the Rolling Stones

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and the Beatles and John Lennon, so he'll be sadly missed, I suppose.

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Professional DJ Kevin Boddy was meeting friends in the city today.

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He says My Ding-A-Ling is more than just a novelty record.

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Early '70s was a very dry time for music and it was just,

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like, a refreshing song.

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Chuck Berry's influence went beyond the music.

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But it was one night at the Locarno when the star really

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left his mark on the Midlands.

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Here's Alex Hamilton.

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Good evening.

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We've got more sunshine and showers on the way over the next few days.

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Breezy at times as well, as those isobars start

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to squeeze together.

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Now, looking at detail overnight tonight, we will see that rain

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starting to work in, particularly in the early hours,

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lows tonight of around 1 Celsius and take care -

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there could be spray and standing water on the roads.

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Tomorrow morning, that rain will be with us for quite some time,

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but it will slowly and steadily get drier and brighter over the course

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of the day with highs of around 12 Celsius.

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I'll leave you with the outlook - sunshine and showers on the way

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and turning noticeably cooler over the course of the next few days.

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That's it for now.

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Midlands Today will be back tomorrow just after 6pm.

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Goodnight.

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