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

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The headlines tonight: an end to the former career search for

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justice for the family of Lindsay Hawker murdered in Japan. We can

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try to rebuild the life which must have been on hold for the past four

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years. On time and on budget, the new New Street station that will be

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a gateway to the second city. schedule and on budget, and the

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first phase which will lead us towards 2012. Union fears for what

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they say is the creeping privatisation of the police force.

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And a million pounds of lottery money to preserve a monument to the

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Good evening and welcome to Thursday's Midlands Today. It's

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taken four years but tonight one family's determination to bring a

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killer to justice has finally paid off. When Lindsay Hawker was found

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murdered in Tokyo in 2007, it changed the life of her family for

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ever. Lindsay's parents have been back and forth from Coventry to

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Japan fighting to keep the investigation going. And today they

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were in court to see the man who killed her jailed for life. Joanne

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Writtle has the background to the fight for justice for Lindsay. A

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warning - this report contains flash photography. Lindsay loves

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Japan, and you have not let her down. Thank you. -- loved Japan.

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Four years of grief and emotion flooded out as Lindsay Hawker's

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father, surrounded by his wife and other two daughters, spoke briefly

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after watching Tatsuya Ichihashi receive a life sentence in a packed

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Japanese court. We have waited four-and-a-half years to get

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justice for Lynsey and we have achieved that and we are very

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pleased. -- for Lindsay Hawker. Ichihashi admitted raping and

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strangling 22-year-old Lindsay, from Brandon near Coventry, but

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said he did not intend to kill her. Her body was found in a bath of

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sand and soil on the balcony of Ichihashi's flat in Ichikawa, east

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of Tokyo. Lindsay's death made a lasting impact on her community

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back here at home, as her former headteacher described. the she was

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the daughter we would all love to have and the commemoration service

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at Coventry cathedral was packed. It shows just how many other people

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she had touched by the age of 22. It was in March 2007 that Lindsay

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gave an English class to Ichihashi in a Tokyo coffee shop. Afterwards

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she went to his apartment, telling a taxi driver to wait. But after

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seven minutes the driver left. The following day, the language

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school called Lindsay's father to say she was missing. Ichihashi

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escaped when police arrived at his apartment. Officers found her body

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on the balcony. In the months that followed the family's appeals for

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help attracted massive media attention. In 2008 Lindsay's family

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marked the first anniversary of her death with a fresh appeal in Japan.

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Then in November 2009, Ichihashi was arrested at a ferry terminal in

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Osaka. Earlier this month, Bill and Julia Hawker arrived in Chiba to

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watch the trial of the man who killed their daughter.

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Pictures of Lindsay Ann Hawker made headline news around the world. For

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her family here in the Midlands, the pain will never cease, but

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today brings closure to a four-year nightmare. It was the power of

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fresh images showing Ichihashi's new face after cosmetic surgery

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which marked a breakthrough in the hunt for him. He had changed his

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appearance. A month after these images of him were released, he was

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spotted by a member of the public. Lindsay's family travelled to Japan

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frequently, determined to keep fighting for justice. They spoke

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out many times. I read in press reports that this man was a

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businessman. This was not a businessman, I believe this man was

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a loner. I had planned to join her in June, we were going to live

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together and then travel the world together. I loved her, so, so much.

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Lindsay Hawker went to Japan as a young graduate to teach English,

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never to return. As Ichihashi begins a life behind bars,

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Lindsay's family will try to A little earlier I spoke to the

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BBC's correspondent Roland Buerk who has followed the case from the

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start. I asked him about the Hawker family's reaction to the sentence

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of life imprisonment. Again there The prosecution were calling for a

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life sentence even though as you say, the Hawkers had asked for the

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maximum punishment under the law. Today it was not a possibility, the

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judge and the jury could have delivered a death sentence and the

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Hawkers said they were satisfied with the trial.

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So will he be freed up some point, do you think? He has been given an

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indefinite sentence. No minimum paraffin number of years or maximum

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tariff either. -- no minimum tariff in terms of numbers. This has been

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extremely high profile here in Japan, Ichihashi was the most

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wanted man in the country. That might affect whether he gets

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released. You did say, it has been high profile. What has the reaction

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been for ordinary citizens? Dozens of television crews were covering

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this trial and in terms of the number of people who wanted to get

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in, hundreds of people queued up today to try to get into the few

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seats available for the public in the public gallery. So many in fact,

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that the court officials had to organise a lottery to distribute

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those seats. Incredible. We have heard during the trial that

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Ichihashi wrote a book confessing to the killing. Will that be freely

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on sale, now the verdict has been passed? The book is extraordinary

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because it is full of drawings he made while he was on the run.

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Ichihashi has in fact while on remand offered the Hawkers offered

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the rights to the book as a gesture of apology. But they say they want

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nothing to do with that money. understandable, thank you for

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joining us. Still ahead tonight, what it's like

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trying to run a business in the region's worst unemployment

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blackspot. It is a month-by-month prices at the moment. We really

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Police have begun a murder inquiry after a teenage boy was stabbed to

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death in Birmingham. The 17-year- old was attacked on the Coventry

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Road near the Small Heath Retail Park at around 5pm yesterday

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afternoon. He was taken to hospital where he later died. Police say

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they believe the teenager was specifically targeted. It was not a

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random attack and I am appealing for witnesses. This is a busy road

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so anybody who was driving through this area at around 5 o'clock

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yesterday, we are appealing for them to come forward.

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A schoolgirl committed suicide by falling in front of a train, an

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inquest jury has decided. The body of 15-year-old Natasha MacBryde

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from Worcestershire was discovered on the railway line near Bromsgrove

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station in February last year. The inquest heard she'd used the

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internet to research methods of suicide.

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Controversial proposals for the biggest wind farm in the region

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will definitely not go ahead. The company behind it has decided not

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to appeal after planning permission was refused. Scottish Power

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Renewables wanted to build five 120-metre-high turbines on land

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near Lenchwick in the Vale of Evesham. But in January this year,

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Wychavon District Council turned down the application.

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An exclusive look now behind the scenes of the most complex

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construction project in Europe. That project is the complete

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rebuilding of Birmingham's New Street Station. The whole thing

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will cost around �500 million and work has to go on while the

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existing station is in constant use. Here's our business correspondent,

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Peter Plisner. Today at New Street the trains were

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running as normal but high above the station, major demolition work

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is under way. Covered from top to toe is what used to be Stephenson's

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Tower, an old block of council flats. It's coming down to make way

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for part of the new station. It is a spectacular view from up here but

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the people working up here cannot add married, these buildings have

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to be down early in the new year and you can see some of the old

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lift shafts. We have got one machine doing the breaking out,

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using the hydraulic breakers and we are using another machine to lower

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the material away into the skip and take it away.

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Every week and a half between now and Christmas, one floor of this

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block will disappear from the Birmingham skyline forever. And

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because it's in the centre of the city, it can't be blown up. We are

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right by the live station, it would not be appropriate. This is more

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environmentally friendly because we can control activities in terms of

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an explosion, that would leave a big cloud.

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Elsewhere there's plenty of other activity. This is the old

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Pallesades shopping centre car park. It will being a vast new concourse

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the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium. Much of the work at New

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Street is to happen behind hoardings, already several shops

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have disappeared inside the Pallesades. Plenty of work going on,

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they are waterproofing then they will take up the fall below us and

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that will create an atrium, the centrepiece of the new station.

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And this is what it will look like when it's finished. This new fly-

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through shows just how radical the changes will be. More space, more

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entrances, more lifts and escalators but above all,

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thoroughly modern. But building the new station hasn't

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been without its problems. It is difficult to work on a structure as

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old as this one. With all the services and cables and trunking,

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we are constantly finding bits which don't appear on drawings but

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we have to work around it and get on with it.

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And that's exactly what they're doing. The first phase of the NEW

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New Street should be complete late next year and the whole project,

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including a new John Lewis store, should be finished in 2015.

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Welcome signs of much-needed investment as new figures show that

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the West Midlands was hit harder than anywhere else in the country

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during the recession. Unemployment in the region rose by 6% between

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2005 and 2011. At its peak in 2009, the unemployment rate hit 10.4%.

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The worst affected area was Wolverhampton where 7.7% of the

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workforce was still claiming benefits last month, the second

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highest rate in the country. Cath Mackie reports now on how

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Wolverhampton is recovering from the recession.

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If there was ever a man in need of a stiff drink, it's John Deniston.

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He invested �250,000 in the White Rose Hotel in Bilston and he's

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waiting for a return on his investment. We are living hand-to-

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mouth. You only think about how to squeeze blood from the stern

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because really there has not been anybody with the available money to

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spend. They are all staying in, drinking in and dining in. Clearly

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he's not the only anxious investor in this area. 1,300 homes were to

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be built at the Bilston Urban Regeneration Project but developers

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pulled out. While in Wolverhampton, a �300 million development at

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Summer Row collapsed. So news that this area's fared worse than most

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in the recession has come as no surprise. As a student, it has hit

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us quite hard. It seems to be closing down gradually. I don't

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think it is as bad as it is painted, Wolverhampton has got a bad name

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and that is a shame. People here talk of a 40-year

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decline in manufacturing, so I guess it would be easy for me to

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stand here and paint a pretty pessimistic picture of this city,

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but that wouldn't necessarily be fair to tell the whole story,

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certainly as far as the council's concerned. The new leisure centre

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is due to open next year. Charles Green's job is to spearhead

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regeneration in the city. Building on a leisure centre and school

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academy is well under way at the Bilston project. There's investment

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too planned for Summer Row and for schemes across the city. We are

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working with partners to bring forward site for any development,

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creating new jobs, helping people who are out of work into work so it

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is a difficult time that we are working hard to get over it. This

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area has got a very high work ethic. We have got thousands of businesses

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with millions of people -- 500,000 people working. As for John

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Deniston, he's hoping the turnaround in his fortunes happen

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before it's too late. Earlier I spoke to former CBI

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Director General, Lord Digby Jones, who's a business ambassador for the

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UK. Was he surprised this region was hardest hit in the recession?

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was not, I was extremely saddened but it is not a surprise. The base

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was a manufacturing exporting base and people did not buy and then and

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the stuff we did so around the world, they were not buying it.

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Birmingham, the West Midlands gets hit and secondarily and this is the

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real key, the region has made it more of a problem to make the

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transition and if you do value added stuff, stuff the world will

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buy, and stuff that Britain will buy, you cannot sell it on price,

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it is called a commodity, you have to select on your skill. -- sell it

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on your skill. We have one of the lowest skills bases in the country

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are. We have a company it expanding looking for engineers and could not

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find any, they had to go abroad. And for the region that gave the

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world the industrial revolution, it is awful. We have got to get

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ourselves up to tomorrow and that means give people skills. You could

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do -- you have got things like Jaguar Land Rover and companies

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like that but what we have got to give the world is skilled engineers.

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You are positive, a qualified positive, shall we say the. We have

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got some good universities and the Top End will be fine, but people

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understand. The qualification on the positivism is we have got a lot

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of young people, the highest population of people under 25 in

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Britain. Therefore we need for Liam and economic activity to make it

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happen. Thank you. A 72-year-old woman found dead at

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her home died from severe face and neck injuries, a postmortem's

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revealed. The pensioner was found at a house in Harborne in

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Birmingham on Tuesday evening. Police and forensic teams are still

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at the scene. A 44-year-old man's been arrested on suspicion of

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murder. He's still being assessed in hospital.

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Several private companies have expressed interest in taking over a

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care home in Herefordshire. The community-run Chestnuts in Ross-on-

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Wye was forced to close after 20 years when the rent was doubled.

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Half the residents have already moved out of the home and more than

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30 members of staff were given their notice earlier this month.

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The new Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon has been

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shortlisted for a prize. It is one of six projects in the running to

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win the Stirling Prize for building of the year. The theatre is

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officially reopened by the Queen in March following a refurbishment.

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Still ahead tonight, we meet cricket-mad Kearan and find out how

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he's determined to succeed in the sport he loves.

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And after a brief appearance this afternoon, it looks like the sun

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may come out to play this weekend. The improvements begin tomorrow.

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On the day more than 30,000 job losses were confirmed in police

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forces around the country, unions say they're concerned about what

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they're calling "creeping privatisation". West Midlands

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Police have confirmed they're exploring the possibility of a

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partnership with the private sector. As part of a pilot scheme, the Home

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Office wants them to investigate ways they can transform the way

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policing is delivered and also reduce costs. Sarah Falkland has

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West Midlands Police is having to save �126 million over the next

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four years. Could a private partnership be the only way of

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satisfying the public's expectations? They want us to be

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better at answering calls, at dealing with their problems and

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this is a rude we are examining in the context of taking substantial

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financial losses. Last year Cleveland became the

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first force to enter into a private partnership. 500 backroom staff

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were employed by French firm Steria in a deal heralded to save �20

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million over ten years. The Police Federation here say there are

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already signs that public aren't receiving same service, and that

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Steria are already eyeing police interview teams and prisoner

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handling staff. The West Midlands Chief Constable's

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distanced himself from what's happened in Cleveland. He says

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outsourcing is a tired model. But just by confirming he's exploring a

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potential partnership with private sector, he's raised concerns that

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this is the break-up of the police family. We are concerned that the

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Home Office and the Government is driving a privatisation agenda and

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that is what is happening here. If the Home Office pilot here in

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the West Midlands is judged a success, private partnerships could

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be imposed on every police force in the country. The opposition leader

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today voiced concerns. The issue is that with �1 in every five being

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taken at a police budgets, there will inevitably be cut in front

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line services and that is what the Government has been warned about

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but they have gone ahead anyway. Potential schemes will be put

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before the police authority in September.

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A factory that's a time capsule of Victorian life is to be preserved,

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thanks to �1 million Lottery grant. The work done there involved the

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funeral trade, putting the final touches to the coffins of, amongst

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others, Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill

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and Princess Diana. Here's Ben Sidwell.

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Looking at this building today, it's hard to imagine it used to be

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the leading coffin fitting factory in the world. Known as the Coffin

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Works, Newman Brothers operated on this site for over 100 years. When

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they closed in 1997, they left nearly everything in the factory.

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They literally did just walk out of it and they left everything, tens

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of mushroom soup on the shelves! Carbon paper in the draw and a

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massive amount of stock. He said this was the polishing shop, this

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must have been a tough place to work. Tremendously tough. People

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working on polishing leaves for eight hours per day or more

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depending on the light and it was filthy, dirty work and they had to

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polish as much as this possibly could, because they were on piece

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work. Now thanks to almost �1 million

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from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Birmingham Conservation Trust are

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set to restore the building to its former glory and turn it into a

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working tourist attraction. This is the stamp room, probably the most

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significant place in the building and that is because nothing really

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changed here from when it started in 1894 until 1997.

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The company produced coffin fittings for some of the world's

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most important people, including One of the last orders they

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completed before they closed was for Diana, Princess of Wales'

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coffin. A lot of people live and work in Birmingham, do they care if

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it remains? I think they care generally about what their city

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looks like and how it appears to people outside of the city and they

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care about the regeneration and heritage can play an important part.

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Included in the restoration are plans to open commercial workshops

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for small businesses connected to the funeral industry and a scheme

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to train apprentices in conservation skills. It's hoped

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that will help to bring this Victorian building back to life.

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Ben is at the factory now. Will anybody really want to go and

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visit? It is slightly macabre, to visit a place where coffins were

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made. Fascinating but not the most cheerful place. There are a number

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of people interested in that sort of subject but remember, there were

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no bodies here, just part made for the coffins and were sold on. But

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you also must remember that this in the late 1800s really was the world

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market leader in the industry. At the time when Birmingham was a

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manufacturing dominance. It is a snapshot of the city. When will it

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be open to the public? Birmingham association now have the

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money they need and they are the group that are also behind the back

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to back buildings. They were built a while ago, obviously, and

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restored and are now a big, popular attraction in the city. They are

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hoping people will come here as well. The plan is with all the work

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done and the workshops, it will be open to the public in 2015. Thank

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But it is macabre. Now the story of a young cricketer

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who is quite simply inspirational. Kearan Gibbs was born without hands

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or forearms. But he's become a fixture at his local cricket club

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thanks to his batting and his bowling. Dan Pallett's been to meet

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him. He's a remarkable cricketer, but he

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just wants to the part of the team. And he works tirelessly to improve

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his skills. You'd think bowling would be impossible without hands

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and forearms. Impossible nothing. He has a natural ability for

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cricket and the disability does not come into it. Bowling is an immense

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achievement for him. Just holding the ball with such a small amount

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of body touching the ball, just a small bit of flesh to grip, is

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really a huge challenge for the release of the ball and to get the

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accuracy is something I can't really understand how he does.

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11-year-old Kearen's also handy with the bat. He took up the game

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three years ago after joining in with a game of beach cricket.

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and determination is all you need to succeed, and he has that. He

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concentrates and that is what he loves to do. And if Kearan's not

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playing cricket, he loves nothing more than watching his favourite

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team, Warwickshire. Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Foulkes and

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Darren, I love those. Why do you like them? Because they are all

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good at but they are. -- at batting. And now there's a real help with

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Kearan's cricketing obsession. The Wellchild charity is installing a

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cricket net in the back garden of the family home in Redditch. I have

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had windows broken, balls hit me in the head but now that the thing has

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been done in the garden, he can go out and do it there.

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And if he carries on with this much practice, it won't be long before

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Seriously cool, but watch out for your mum! Incredible story a will

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stop but he is accurate as well. Brilliant. Good luck. And now for a

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This weekend is not too bad after this week, we have seen some

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sunshine but it was a brief appearance from the Sun, it has

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gone back into hiding, we could see some more showers before the night

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is over, that is because of the cloud around but it should be

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mainly a dry night to come. Some clear spells and they will stay

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with us overnight. We were expecting to see the odd shower as

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we go into tonight and it is a fairly mild night, looking at lows

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of around 12-13 Celsius. But is not too cold. As we go into tomorrow,

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though showers lingering on but there should be lighter in nature

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and a bit more scattered than today and we should get some brightness

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mixed in with it as well. When we did he see the brighter spells, it

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should not feel too unpleasant. -- where we do see the brighter spells.

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Tomorrow night, a similar to the past few nights, we will see the

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showers easing off, a few clear spells but it is a touch cooler.

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Lows of nine Celsius. That means we go into single figures. We are

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talking about high and low pressure over the weekend, and if the low

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pressure comes any further west, it could put a dampener on things for

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Sunday so we are hoping that stays off. We are hoping for a decent

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weekend, a bit brighter, drier and warmer than recently. Not much

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warmer but warm enough with highs A look at tonight's main headlines:

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The murder inquiry at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, now two more

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deaths are being investigated. And justice at last for the family

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