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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.

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The headlines tonight. "They'll save lives". Fire chiefs

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call for sprinkler systems to be fitted in all new homes. Remember,

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years ago we had a campaign to get seatbelts fitted to all cars. This

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is a similar sort of thing in people's houses. Look at the

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difference that made. Four people arrested after reports

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of a shooting in a Warwickshire village. We have lived here for

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nine or 10 years and I haven't seen anything like it.

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Fears that hundreds of jobs could go, under plans to cut emergency

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surgery at Stafford Hospital. And vibrant at the Villa, as

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thousands of fans stream in for the Good evening, welcome to Monday's

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Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, "change the law to save

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the lives of hundreds of people killed in house fires". That's the

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appeal today from senior firefighters who want to see new

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legislation introduced to force builders to fit all new homes with

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sprinkler systems. 347 people died in house fires across the country

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last year. In the Midlands, 35 people were killed. The worst-hit

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part of our region was the West Midlands Fire Service area, where

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16 people died. The law has already been changed in Wales, but in

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England, developers are worried about the cost. The Government has

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also said it has no plans to change the law. Joan Cummins has this

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exclusive report. Two identical houses in Stratford

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Upon Avon designated for demolition, but now destined for a graphic fire

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demonstration. The house on the left doesn't have sprinklers. The

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one on the right does. Warwickshire Fire Service invited me to witness

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the devastating reality of a raging house fire. As you can see, it has

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been a matter of seconds is as the fire has taken hold and smoke is

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rising in the building. If you were living in this house, it could be

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potentially fatal. As the fire intensified, time for a quick exit.

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You saw how quickly this room filled with toxic smoke. There is

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every possibility that if you had been asleep on the sofa, you would

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not have woken up. Next door in house number two, the fire started

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in exactly the same way but ended abruptly and differently. When the

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temperature hit 68 degrees Centigrade, the sprinklers

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activated, the flames were quenched and a grey smoke filled the room.

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Fire fighters are still dealing with the fire in this house but you

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can immediately see that the level of smoke coming out of the windows

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is nothing compared to the earlier house. I think it is a no-brainer

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because I want the people of Warwickshire and the rest of the

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country to be the safest they can be. That is why we are trying to

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lobby for support and impress upon people the benefit of sprinklers

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because I think they should be introduced as standard,

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particularly in new houses and social housing. This should be on

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the start off the plans. Caroline Tucker, from Swansea, suffered

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life-changing burns when she was 11. Her four-year-old sister died. And

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23 years later, Caroline knows first-hand the emotional cost of

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fire. I wouldn't want my worst enemy to go what I went through.

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Nobody deserves that. You have people staring at you in the street.

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You have got children running a wear from you. Caroline

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successfully lobbied the Welsh Assembly this year to introduce

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legislation in 2012 that insists that sprinklers are fitted to new

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homes. She can't understand the reluctance to extend this

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legislation throughout Britain. Could she look me in the eye and

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say, it is not worth that. I don't think so. Fitting sprinklers to a

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new house can cost around �2,000. The Home Builders Federation, who

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represent private developers, say they'll abide by law changes but

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say the cost of the long list of requirements is making many sites

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non-viable. In other words, it's all about cost, something that

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gives social housing providers a similar dilemma. There's lots of

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pressures on our funding and we have lots of different priorities.

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Once we have finished building the properties, we don't have much

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money left. We are not private developers and we do not make a

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profit. In a statement the Government said:

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"There are no plans to force builders to fit sprinklers in new

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homes. Extensive analysis has shown that this is neither necessary nor

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cost-effective". Joining us now is Nadhim Zahawi,

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the Conservative MP for Stratford- upon-Avon. His constituency covers

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the Warwickshire Fire Service area. This seems like a great idea. Are

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you disappointed your government says it has no plans to change the

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law and make sprinklers compulsory in all new homes? It is a good idea.

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You heard from the people in that film and Caroline is a very

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powerful advocate for the sprinkler system. We saw the effects on those

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two houses in Stratford. Legislation is not felt to be the

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be-all and end-all of what needs to happen. The minister things using

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the Localism Bill and a Big Society agenda, working with the planning

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authority and the housing associations, with builders and

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developers, you can actually get a real movement together. If you

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think about it, if the new-build builders use this as a way, and a

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selling point, it can... But it will be a lottery. Some new homes

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will have it and some won't. That seems unfair? Only if you only get

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certain people doing it. But if we are to get real movement, I think

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it has to come from bottom-up, rather than top-down. More

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legislation is not necessarily a good thing when you are trying to

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get more houses built and the economy working again. For us to

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add to the great big line of rules and regulations that already hamper

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companies, it is not necessarily the right thing to do. Some of the

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people we saw in our report might disagree with you. One lady was

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very badly disfigured and she says a sprinkler would have saved her

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years of agony? Absolutely, and as I said, Caroline is a very powerful

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champion for the use of sprinkler systems and she has run a very

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powerful campaign. The deputy chief and all of Warwickshire Fire

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Service want to see more sprinklers but legislation is not the only way

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we can go about it. We need to work together, using the Localism Bill,

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and with society to make sure this can happen. We have run out of time.

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Thank you for joining us. And you can see more from that

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report from Joan Cummins on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire website.

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Thanks for joining us. You're watching Midlands Today, from the

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BBC. Later in tonight's programme, sell-out concerts for Take That at

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Villa Park tonight and tomorrow, but you wouldn't want to be soaked,

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now, would you? Find out what weather's doing later on.

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Four people from Coventry have been arrested after reports that a man

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was shot dead. The victim, who hasn't been named, was killed just

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yards away from a Methodist church hall in the Warwickshire village of

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Bulkington. Detectives believe that he was deliberately targeted by his

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killers. This report from Sarah Falkland.

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Just a few doors down from the Methodist church, and at a time

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when everyone else was enjoying the blazing sunshine yesterday, a man

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was murdered in an outbuilding at the back of this house. The police

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arrived just before 4pm yesterday afternoon and found a man inside

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with very serious chest injuries. They have described this as a

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violent murder and say the victim had been specifically targeted.

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Neighbours say this is a shared house occupied by a group of men.

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They are a mysterious bunch. But they never bothered us at all. In

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fact, they often come and borrow some of my tools. They borrowed a

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wheelbarrow and some stores and a hammer because they have been doing

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a lot of work on their property. Witnesses inside the house managed

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to escape through windows. They're said to be deeply traumatised.

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Roads in the village were sealed off for much of the day. It was so

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surprising for Bulkington. We have been here for 10 years, we came up

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from Kent. And it is lovely here, nice and quiet. I have never seen

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anything like this before. It is very unexpected to see the police

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like this. The minister at the Methodist church said the murder is

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a shocking reminder of how society has disintegrated. It is a sad

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reflection of the fact that, in a sense, the church, although it is

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hello ground in itself, it's reached doesn't necessarily go very

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far beyond. -- its reach. A gang of four men were seen running from the

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house. Police are keen to hear from anyone who saw them.

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The BBC has seen confidential documents which suggest all

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emergency surgery could be taken away from Stafford Hospital. It's

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feared this would add to the financial pressures on the Trust,

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which needs to save �42 million over the next three years. Almost

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�31 million of savings are needed because of inflation and the fact

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the hospital's income is being frozen for certain treatments. A

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further �7.5 million drop in income is forecast because the Trust is

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seeing fewer patients. It'll also lose an additional �4 million, when

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it stops providing services such as complex surgery. The hospital is

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currently at the centre of a public inquiry into poor standards of care.

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Our health correspondent, Michele Paduano, reports.

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Stafford Hospital has been the focus for all the difficulties in

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the NHS. A series of catastrophic reports about poor care and

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committed campaigning have severely dented its reputation. It now faces

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serious financial challenges, as services are taken away. This

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confidential document is a work in progress but it suggests all

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emergency services should be moved from Stafford to Stoke-on-Trent.

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That complex surgery should be done on a shared rota and that children

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should only be operated on during the daytime for minor surgery.

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Labour supporter Diana Smith runs a blog. She fears the constant attack

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on the hospital has damaged its long-term future. We have had over

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three years now of very negative publicity, so people will make the

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assumption, this is a bad hospital and we can do without it. That is

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not necessarily helpful to the people of Stafford. Over 100 people

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have been involved in drafting the report. The hospital's medical

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director says the changes to surgery are in the best interests

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of patients. Some of the major cancer surgery is already done in

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Stoke, so we are building links with all of our partners. It will

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be up to the public to decide how we provide the service but the key

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message is that this is good news for the patients, which will give

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us the outcomes we want. At the cafe where the campaign to expose

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the failings of Stafford began, there were concerns as to how cuts

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of �42 million could be achieved. What we are hoping from the inquiry

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is that he will identify some of this money that can be saved, and

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yes, I do think money can be saved is safely, but where that amount of

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money can be saved, I don't know. The MP for Stafford Hospital

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recognises finances are tight. think it will be extremely

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difficult, but I would also point out that other hospitals are in the

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same position. We're going to have to face up to the reality that they

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are expensive, and with an ageing and growing population, the needs

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are greater. A public consultation will now find out how people react.

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Increasing numbers of companies in China want to do business in the

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West Midlands. That's the message following the visit of Chinese

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Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to the region yesterday. A total of 16

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firms from south-west China alone are known to have investment plans

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in the pipeline. The news comes on the day Britain secured major trade

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deals with China worth �1.4 billion. Cath Mackie reports.

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They lit the Beijing Olympics and are hoping to do the same in London.

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NVC is the biggest lighting company in China, and when they looked to

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expand, they came here to Rubery, near Birmingham. Birmingham is the

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centre of this sort of industry and it gives us easy access to the

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whole of the United Kingdom. It also has a very high quality of

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labour force. 80 people work here and the site's being extended to

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create around 140 jobs within three years. What they want to do his own

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a lighting Company in this country but with it UK management and a UK

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feel. We sell UK products and it helps us in the UK but also to

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export to other countries like Africa. According to the City

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Council, Birmingham has attracted more Chinese investment than any

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other city in the UK, since 2003. 600 jobs have been created and it

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looks as if more are in the pipeline. China is not only

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pursuing economic development... Lindsay Li's job is to help Chinese

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businesses invest in the UK, and more of them want to come to the

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West Midlands. From a region, south-west China, we now have maybe

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16 active projects in the pipeline. So we are helping them to get to

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the UK. But there remains the thorny issue of human rights in

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China. A small protest group greeted the Chinese Premier at the

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Chinese-owned MG Rover at Longbridge yesterday. But Downing

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Street rejects suggestions trade is being secured at the expense of

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human rights. Jeffrey Yap set up his laundry company in Birmingham

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26 years ago. He hopes closer trade will lead to more openness. When

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you let the cat out of the bag, you cannot put it back in. It is good

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that China is now expanding, and engaging the West. And if that

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opens the door to a potential market of over a billion people,

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West Midlands businesses will be hoping to clean up. You were going

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to speak as well, when -- weren't you!

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You're watching Midlands Today from the BBC. Thanks for joining us this

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Monday evening. Still to come, one day this car could drive itself.

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It's under development at a new �10 million centre, which opened today.

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And heading towards their centuries but still going strong. We'll be

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meeting the cricketing stars of Worcestershire's over-70s side.

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Tens of thousands of pounds worth of trade is being lost in the

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Midlands because of the ongoing conflict in Libya. The conflict has

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now been underway for 100 days and one company has been forced to

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abandon a growing export market to the North African country. Bob

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Hockenhull reports. Business with Libya was expected to

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double for this Birmingham wholesaler this year. Awan

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Marketing exports goods ranging from chocolate to cleaning products

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to the North African country. But it was forced to abandon a �150,000

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order from Libya earlier this year when no shipping was available

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because of the troubles. We were stuck with this product and they

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thought it may have been temporary. This lasted a few months and

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eventually we had to liquidate the stock. We took a �25,000 loss. But

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we see this as a short-term loss. Although it is painful, we hope the

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climate will change. With it Europe struggling economically, this was

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seen as a potentially good export market. That is until the trouble

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started. I think the situation in Libya has undoubtedly depressed the

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trade flows between our countries. If you are not getting the money,

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you will go elsewhere. So it is not helpful. There is one thing the

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Midlands is still exporting to Libya, though. Aid. The Birmingham-

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based charity Islamic Relief has already sent �2 million worth of

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medicines and food supplies. This recent footage shows the charity's

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aid workers helping refugees on the Tunisian border. Moustafa Osman has

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just returned from there. The more the war intensify his, the more we

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will get refugees coming out of the country, so we have to prepare for

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that and be prepared all the time. But with an arrest warrant now out

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for Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, the hope is this conflict will end

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soon so that business and not charity can be our main export to

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the troubled country. Around 50,000 Take That fans will

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pour into Villa Park tonight for the first of two sell-out shows by

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the pop superstars. For Stoke-on- Trent boy Robbie Williams, it's

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almost a return to home turf. Our arts reporter, Lindsay Doyle, has

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been following the build-up of excitement. Lindsay, Take That fans

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have had a lot of publicity lately for being, well, rather exhuberant?

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They certainly have a reputation and the guys here at Villa Park

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have certainly been living up to that reputation. We have had

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singing, flamboyant outfits and even screaming, and that was before

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the doors opened. And the loss of the excitement seems to be down to

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a certain lad from Stoke. band's attendance records is

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breaking other records. Are you going to come to the concert with

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these masks? Yeah! We are. We have come from southern Ireland. It is a

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long way. It is tiring. We cannot believe we are here. Are you going

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to be screaming? Yes! The new show promises to be even more

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spectacular than they show in 2008. With Robbie Williams touring with

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Take That for the first time since 1995. We are happy because the

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hotel is full and so are many of the others, but the key is to offer

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competitive rates to make sure the price of a concert ticket is not

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going to be outweighed by the price of a hotel. Take That's popularity

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has come a long way since the early 90s, to this. Back at the Villa

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Park, there was decided confusion over the queue. It is an absolute

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shambles in terms of the officials doing the queues. They are letting

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people in the back. We have been waiting for three hours. Throughout

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the day, fans were warned not to fall for fraudsters selling for

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counterfeit goods. The quality of the T-shirts is poor, the money

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does not go to the band and the money is likely to end up in the

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pockets of criminal gangs. There will be selling drink inside the

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stadium, so that is a concern. I think a planning we have done with

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the club prior to this arrangement will make sure things pass safely

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and I have made sure we have got sufficient resources on to achieve

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that. Finally, the doors open for what is bound to be a great night.

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This is a big concert, isn't it? When is the last time Birmingham

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played host to such a big show? am told Villa Park has not played

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host to such a show of on this scale since Bruce Springsteen last

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played here, 16 years ago. They have to be up-to-date on current

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police practices and they travel to Sunderland and Manchester, where

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Take That have already played, and they took advice from police forces

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there to ensure a smooth night tonight. In Manchester there were

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reports of trouble involving some of the fans. What is the police

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presence like there tonight? There are a lot of police. The trouble in

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Manchester was slightly exaggerated by a tabloid, I have to say. There

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was arrested for drunken and disorderly behaviour and a few were

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rejected from the gig, but the police are confident. There are

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enough officers here and the mood is fantastic. The crowd just seem

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to want to have fun. I think they're going to have a great time!

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Had lots of women, more than men. The region's motor industry

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received another boost today with the opening of a new �10 million

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test track. It will help companies like Jaguar Land Rover develop

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technologies which could one day see the creation of cars which can

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literally drive themselves. Satellite systems could also be

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employed in congestion charging schemes. Our transport

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correspondent, Peter Plisner, has more.

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Driving forward to deliver a step change for automotive research and

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development. This new road network is designed to replicate a city

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centre environment where a whole host of new emerging technologies

:22:35.:22:45.
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can be tested safely. This is about testing and demonstrating the new

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generation of systems, where road vehicles will talk to each other

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and talk by the infrastructure to each other, to deliver benefits in

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terms of reduced congestion, safer driving, and so on. One of the cars

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driving round the track today virtually drives itself. If your

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car has got cruise control, you will probably be used to driving

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without your foot on the accelerator. But this car knows

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what the road looks like a head and what the speed limits are. By

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taking control of braking and acceleration, the car delivers more

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than 10% more miles to the gallon. The basic technology is quite

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applicable to Electric and hybrid vehicles. As the numbers of those

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increase in the marketplace, there's a push to get this out

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there. Other technologies that could be tested here include

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systems designed to work with congestion charging or road tolls,

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and crash avoidance systems. That is part of the vision as well, but

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to do that, you have to be able to have somewhere that you can have

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cars put in a crash situations, and see whether they behave correctly

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and don't have those crashes. might be a few years yet before we

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get the car that never crashes, but chances are, it'll have been tested

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here. Impressive stuff.

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Let's find out how the weather's Temperatures are high today. It is

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Warwickshire and Worcestershire that were the hotspots today.

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Temperatures ranging from 23 to 25 degrees. Showers were localised.

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But apologies to Take That fans, because this evening, we are going

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to see the peak in those showers. Some could be thundery, with

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torrential downpours with up to 20 mm of rain in some places. But

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there are shifting east, so things will turn dry. Still quite sticky

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tonight, but you can see those values compared to last night, and

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they are much cooler. The wind is easily as well, so a quiet start to

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tomorrow. Perhaps some early- morning brightness, and that cloud

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will set off sunlight breaks of rain, and then they die away. But

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some late sunshine and again, temperatures are cooler. Still

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quite a humid, but is due -- it is during the rest of the week it is

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Now, if you're worried you might be getting too old to play your

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favourite sport, you might want to think again. Today, a group of

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cricketers have been showing that age is no barrier to competitive

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sport. Dan Pallett went along to Malvern to watch Worcestershire's

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over-70s in action against Sussex. Every dressing room needs a

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sprinkling of experience. This is one that has it in abundance. Meet

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Worcestershire's finest, in the over-70 bracket. The only

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difference is now, we have put a spare coffin in their dressing room,

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in case it is needed! And we have some extra oxygen cylinders. We

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don't have a drink at half-time, we get out the oxygen. A nice gentle

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warm-up doesn't hurt. But these are campaigners who know just how to

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reach their peak with minimal effort. Players like 77-year-old

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Tony Neel. He played his first match in 1949. This week he's

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playing four times in eight days. How does your body feel the day

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after? Well, I don't seem to be expected to run very much in the

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field, so I am fine. I don't struggle. And it doesn't take long

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to see why he opens the bowling. The Sussex batsmen struggled to

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score off him. Of course, they don't move as well as they used to.

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But this was competitive, with both sides defending unbeaten records.

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16 overs gone, they have soon emptied this squash. Thirsty work.

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But if there's one thing that can inspire a senior cricketer through

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a tough session, it's the thought of those delicious teas waiting for

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them in the pavilion. What do you make of these fellows still playing

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cricket? I think it is absolutely wonderful. My old man loves it.

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am very pleased. It means they can carry on playing cricket from when

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they were young boys. It seems the launch of an over-80s league is

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only a matter of time. That looked delicious. And Sussex

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are on the verge of victory, incidentally. Just one wicket left.

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A look at tonight's main headlines: Hundreds of thousands of public

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