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

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While the national economy almost stagnates, signs of a genuine

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recovery in the motor industry. want to create more jobs in the

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area and bring in more money, and we want to export more, and we are

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doing all those things. Reliving her dramatic rescue, the

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pensioner who thought she was going to die after falling down a well.

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can remember seeing the wall of the well and then just going down into

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the water, and I didn't think, that's it.

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A lorry driver is killed and a motorway's closed for more than 12

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hours, causing rush-hour chaos. And the schoolgirl who's tee-ed up

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her place against the world's best Good evening and welcome to

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Tuesday's Midlands Today, from the BBC. Tonight, the economy's still

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in the doldrums but there are signs of a recovery in the car industry.

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Two of our biggest carmakers recently announced plans to expand,

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and a major components firm has re- hired workers it was forced to lay

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off during the slump. And today the Society of Motor Manufacturers said

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it expects that recovery to continue into next year and beyond.

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Some positive news on a day that new figures show productivity in

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the UK is barely growing at all. Giles Latcham reports now on the

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drive for jobs. It's getting busier at the biggest

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wheel-maker in the Black Country. Two years ago, in the jaws of

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recession, a third of the workforce was laid off and the company came

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close to collapse. A lot of the lads were coming in and they would

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not know if they were going to be in a job next week. It is an

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amazing turnaround. It isn't until you sort of stand here and look

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back that you realise how much we have achieved over such a short

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period, to be honest. Before the recession, Rimstock was turning out

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about 9,000 wheels a week, many of them for motorbikes. In the slump

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that fell to about 3,000, but now it's back up to 5,000, and the

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kinds of wheels they're making has changed too. These wheels are for a

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company that specialises in upgrading Range Rovers of

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Premiership footballers and other celebrities. They are not cheap,

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they are aspirational, and an example of how this company is

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diversifying into a niche market to survive. We have increased our

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level of employees. We are at 250 people now. We have some real

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opportunities going for it but every day is a challenge. It is far

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from easy. But higher very confident about our future. -- but

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I am very confident. Elsewhere, Jaguar Land Rover seem set to

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expand beyond Castle Bromwich and Solihull, to build a new plant near

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Wolverhampton. BMW is planning major investment at Hams Hall in

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Warwickshire, to build on the success of the Mini. But only last

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week, a components firm in Burton- on-Trent, Kongsberg, said it was

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moving to Poland, with the loss of 150 jobs. It helps that Rimstock's

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marketing director is also a leading touring car driver. They've

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ventured into motorsport with Honda and developed new products along

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the way. We sell and we test wheels on the track in race situations,

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and then the innovation we have done with those comes onto the road

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market. There's no reinventing the wheel, but innovation's given this

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firm a future once very much in doubt.

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Our business correspondent, Peter Plisner, is outside the Jaguar

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factory at Castle Bromwich now. Peter, today disappointing news

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nationally on the economy, so how are big car manufacturers like

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Jaguar Land Rover managing to do so well? It's a mixed picture. Across

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the UK, manufacturing is up but sales are down. Jaguar sales in

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June are down almost 18% when compared with June 2010. Of course,

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sales elsewhere in the world aren't as bad. Emerging markets like China

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and India are doing really well. Components firms who were very

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optimistic earlier in the year are now much more pessimistic about the

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future. As you saw in the film, many have had to diversify or move

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into niche markets to survive the recession. Some are still

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struggling. What about all those jobs that JLR said they would be

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creating? Are they still going ahead? Well, generally, according

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to a recent survey, many companies have called a halt of new

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recruitment, preferring instead to get more productivity out of their

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existing workforce. The good new is there's no increase in redundancies

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at the moment. At JLR, it's different. They are still

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recruiting as they need to develop new product and fulfil demand from

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abroad. Today the company told me they were looking for 1,300 people

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and they've now recruited around 900 of them.

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Still ahead in tonight's programme, anti-social behaviour or just high

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jinks? As one local authority calls for greater tolerance, claims we're

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being too hard on the youth of A grandmother who can't swim has

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been re-living the moment she was rescued from more than 30 feet down

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a well in her garden. Denise Brooks spent an hour and a half clinging

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to a rope. She'd fallen off a ladder as she tried to retrieve a

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water pump. She says she thought she was going to die. Andy Newman

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reports. Staring into the abyss. Denise

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Brooks poses with her husband next to the well where clinging to life

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meant clinging to a rope for an hour and a half. She fell from the

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bottom rung of a ladder which had been lowered into cavity to

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retrieve a pump. As she dropped, she went under the water, and she

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can't swim. It all happened in a split second, but how can remember

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seeing the wall of the well and then just going down under the

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water. And I did think, that's it. In that split second, I thought,

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that is it. I am not going to come back up. But come back, she did,

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somehow managing to wedge herself above the water, holding on to a

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rope attached to them as income. Had I tried to go down, I could

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have slipped and toppled on proper for. I could have knocked bricks on

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top of her. When the emergency services arrived at their home,

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Denise was appalled to the surface, where medical teams were waiting to

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attend to have. The Midlands Air Ambulance and an emergency response

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team were called to her home. In the event, she was slightly

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hyperthermic but basically OK. was incredibly calm for somebody

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who had fallen and had been stuck down a well. But she was

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communicating with us the whole time so we knew she did not have

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life-threatening injuries. I have got out to tell the tale. Would you

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be going down again? No! I will not. And the ambulance people said she

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seemed amazingly calm. It is that that helped her out. Incredible!

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"A massive fireball" - that's how witnesses have described a crash on

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the M5 which killed a driver. Some said the impact shook nearby homes.

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The lorry ploughed into a bridge near Junction 3 at Halesowen in the

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early hours of morning. The motorway was shut for more than 12

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hours because of fears the bridge was unsafe. As Ben Godfrey reports,

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thousands of drivers were caught in the chaos.

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This was all that was left of the HGV, such was the force of the

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impact with the Carters Lane bridge near Quinton. The driver, a 59-

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year-old man from Cheshire, had been heading northbound on the M5

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shortly before 2am this morning. He was killed instantly. People living

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nearby reported hearing loud explosions. As we rushed out of our

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house, the lorry was engulfed in flames and there was a series of

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three or four explosions. It was quite terrifying. Police closed the

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motorway completely between Junctions 3 and 4. You can see the

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fire has completely engulfed the cabin of a lorry. Investigators

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have been here for more than 12 hours. The accident happened at a

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time when overhead lights on this stretch of the M5 were turned off,

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under a scheme to reduce pollution. At this stage, we cannot confirm

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what happened. But we know a lorry came in contact to -- with the

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bridge. Police are hoping other motorists will come forward. Late

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this afternoon, the lorry was taken away for further analysis.

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Engineers were satisfied that the bridge, despite some external

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cracks, is structurally safe. The motorway has re-opened for the rush

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hour but may close for a time overnight, for road resurfacing.

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And police are warning drivers to avoid the M42 tonight close to its

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junction with the M5, after an accident has shut the northbound

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carriageway. Trading Standards officers have

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carried out raids across Birmingham to remove potentially harmful clay

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tablets from sale. The so-called Sikor tablets are traditionally

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used by pregnant Asian women as a remedy for cravings. But samples

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recently bought in Birmingham were found to contain dangerously high

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levels of lead. Are we growing less tolerant of the

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behaviour of youngsters? As the summer holidays start, street

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wardens in Coventry are handing out leaflets urging adults not to be

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too quick to judge. They're pointing out that most young people

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hanging out on street corners aren't looking for trouble and are

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only doing what their own parents and grandparents did. Here's Kevin

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Reide. Is this anti-social behaviour or

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kids just doing what they do? And is it intimidating to others? With

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six weeks of school holidays ahead, Coventry Council aims to quell any

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tensions before they begin, and its wardens are spreading the message

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with these leaflets. It is about tolerance of youths and then need

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to hang out and be together. leaflet states that 96.5% of young

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people never get into serious trouble with the police, and it

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asks older people living in the area to be more tolerant. Young

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people in large groups can be intimidating. Part of the problem

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could be that as people get older, they forget what it is like to be

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young and hang around with your friends and talk. And for the

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majority of young people, that is all they're doing. It's a tricky

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message to get across. Willenhall has higher-than-average social

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depravation and high levels of unemployment. There's not a lot for

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young people to do, and with nearly �500,000 in cuts to Coventry

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Council's youth service provision, there're fears there'll be even

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less. We are going to use this Dickie Dodds and I want you to put

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the dot where you live. But this Junior Rangers scheme has just been

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launched, and aims to get children and teenagers interested in where

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they live. It encourages people to explore and use the green space on

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their doorstep and brings lots of people from across the community

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together. It also means some pride of ownership for those green spaces,

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which will be beneficial in the long run. It is great because it

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get you out of the house and you get to do things like walking

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through the forest. You get to see places you might not have seen

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before. It gets the kids learning about their environment and getting

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involved. And doing things and sharing experiences with other

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people. It's one of a number of schemes in the area aimed at

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tackling anti-social behaviour. The holidays are just beginning in

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Coventry, and it's hoped there'll be just enough for youngsters to do

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to keep them on the right side of the law.

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And Kevin joins us now from Willenhall in Coventry. Over to you,

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Kevin. I am now joined by a Sylvia Lanigan, who is chair of the

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Willenhall Community Forum and also lives in the area. You have seen

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the cuts coming. Can you sustain the level of activities? It is

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difficult because a lot of the activities we put on a short-term

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funded and you have got activities for the children and then you run

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out of money and they take them away. So there is no continuity.

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The children behind me have just finished a bike project, but when

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the money runs out, how will we keep it going? You have been

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unemployed up until recently, haven't you? How difficult is it to

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keep children occupied? It is difficult but it is not impossible.

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It does not have to be the theme parks. They can ride their bikes

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and there of projects like this now. It gets them out of the house and

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off the computers. So there's a lot of things you can do. So the

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message here is if the community pulls together and keeps to these

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schemes and keeps them running, and anti-social behaviour is not

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necessarily a problem. They look like models citizens to

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me any way! Have you been affected by anti-

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social behaviour? Are you concerned about the impact of cuts on youth

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projects? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Get in touch and we could

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be telling your story later this week.

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Still to come, high excitement in the world of science as researchers

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in Birmingham get closer to finding the missing link that's eluded

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generations of physicists. And from physics to meteorology.

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I'll be here with the weather forecast, and it's looking pretty

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good for the next few days, with some cloud, some sunshine, and

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feeling warm as well. Join me for As a boy, Nathan Wood was severely

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burned by a 25,000 volt overhead train cable. He says it still

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affects him today. As the school holidays begin, Nathan has been

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talking about his ordeal in the hope of stopping other youngsters

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from risking their lives. Bob Hockenhull reports.

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This railway bridge will haunt Nathan Wood from Tamworth forever.

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As a 12-year-old, Nathan suffered a severe electric shock. He was

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playing a game throwing a discarded electric wire, when it hit an

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overhead cable. I tell you something, it was like hell. I was

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screaming. The pain was unbearable. I thought I was going to dive. I

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broke a lot of heart and upset a lot of people. For what I thought

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was fun. It was not worth it. meant a year off school for Nathan.

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Now 25 and a father of two, he's still suffering the consequences.

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suffer in the cold. I have got to be careful in the sun because of

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the skin grafts, which mean I could get cancer. This CCTV footage shows

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many children still have a blatant disregard for safety, though.

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Network Rail's saved it -- concern is that it is still a problem with

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children. Nearly two-thirds of parents have not told their

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children about the dangers of railway lines and four intended not

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realise that overhead cables power of the trains. Deaths from

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accidents on railway lines fell nationally last year to 27,

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compared with 49 the year before. But Network Rail says trespassing

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is still a major problem, particularly in school holidays.

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With 25,000 volts going through the overhead wires, if you touch that,

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the likelihood is, you are going to die. Nathan is extremely lucky he

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didn't. It is not worth it. If I could turn back time, I would.

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Nathan says the scars and the consequences of one moment of folly

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will be with him forever. My goodness. What telegraphic

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message. A message from a man who knows what he is talking about.

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The world of physics is swirling with talk that the mysterious

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"Higgs Boson" has been discovered at the Large Hadron Collider in

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Geneva. So what is the curiously named Higgs Boson? Well, it's often

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called the God particle. It's far smaller than an atom and has so far

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remained undetected. Birmingham University scientists have been

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playing a key role in the research. Here's our science correspondent,

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David Gregory. We visited the Large Hadron

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Collider back in 2007 to see some what Birmingham researchers were

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doing. Since then, it's been smashing together protons and

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looking at what's produced. Top of the watch list, the mysterious

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Higgs Boson. So have they found it? Actually, only just last week, I

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was away, and there have been rumours going around, but everybody

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has been rather tight lipped. rumours can be traced back to the

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leak of this internal memo, which appeared to suggest the Higgs Boson

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might have been found. If true, it would mean that our theoretical

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models of how the universe works are actually correct, as Professor

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Brian Cox tweeted. Has it been found? We are not yet in a position

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to say it has been discovered. But if there is a Higgs Boson and it

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has a mass that we are expecting, it would look like what we are

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seeing at the moment. What's needed now is more data. Ten times as much.

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Taking us into 2012. And of course there's a chance this effect might

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just be a blip, not a Boson. around the end of 2012, if it is

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there, we will either say, there's the Higgs Boson and this is its

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mass, or we will be able to say it doesn't exist and we need a new

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theory. It is going to be a tense few months for particle physics.

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David, for a poor science imbecilic me, can you explain it? Well,

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scientists have a model of the universe and the different parts

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that are needed to make it work. You have the model and the

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experiment, and if you put them together, you understand what makes

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the universe tick. That is pretty good. What benefit will this mean

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for us? Well, the concern is that it cost billions of pounds. But

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when they were working out how to move the data around, they

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developed the internet and how we use it. That is a pretty good spin-

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off. The electron was discovered around 100 years ago. At the time,

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it was really esoteric, but now it is vital to modern life. So it

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could be that in 50 years, it develops something essential.

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you, David. Now on to something we all understand - golf.

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Lauren Taylor made golfing history last month. The 16-year-old became

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the youngest to win the British Women's Amateur Golf Championship.

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Now Lauren faces an even bigger challenge. She's up against many of

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the world's finest golfers, professionals in other words, at

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the British Women's Open in Scotland. Ian Winter reports.

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What an opportunity. A rare chance to caddy for a British golf

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champion. You've got a bit of water in the bottom here that you've got

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to watch. What do you reckon? Normally, Lauren Taylor's dad

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carries her bag at big tournaments. But he was at work, so I stepped in

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on the first tee, at Stratford Oaks Golf Club. Perfect. All part of

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Lauren's normal routine, of course. But a big relief for her rookie

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assistant. And as we walked, we talked about her dedication to golf

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and the sacrifices required to reach the very top. People are

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saying, you should be going out with your friends all the time, but

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I can go out with my friends when I am older and world number one.

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month, Lauren made golf history, as the youngest player ever to become

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Women's British Amateur Champion aged only 16. As a kid, she was

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talented at football and tennis. But once golf became her passion at

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11, she's never looked back. And now you off to the Open? Yes, it is

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going to be one of the best experiences of my life. If you do

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well, you do well, I guess, but I am just going to have fun and see

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what happens. Lauren's certainly not over-awed by facing the world's

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finest players this week. And no wonder, if she delivers shots like

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this. A couple of weeks ago, she watched Tom Lewis win the silver

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medal as the best amateur player at the Open Championship. Lauren would

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love to do the same at the Women's Open. But her coach believes she's

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so talented, the sky's the limit. You either go to make the numbers

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up or to win, and if she wants to be the best in the world she has to

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compete against those girls. But she just has that little bit extra.

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I've never known a girl with such drive and determination to achieve.

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She can go to number one in the world, without question. Any time

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soon, without any help from me, I reckon Lauren Taylor will face a

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long putt like this to win a major title. And when it drops, this 16-

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year-old from Rugby will achieve her goal to join the best women

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golfers in the world. I get the feeling she will not need

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much luck. And looking further ahead in the

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sporting calendar, tomorrow marks a year to the start off London 2012

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and the prospects for next year's Olympics is therein memories for

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our only surviving medallist from the London Games. Tommy Godwin, who

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is 90, won two cycling gold medals. They were known as the austerity

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Games, coming so soon after the Second World War. Our reporter has

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been to meet Tommy, to reflect on the Olympic Games coming back to

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Britain. I have been to the site on a number

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of occasions and the development. It is out of this world. It must be

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the finest bowler Drome in the world, the one built. The first one

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was built in the 1,800s. Now, perfection. Where ours was so

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amateur and antiquated. Coming into the last lap, and Tommy Godwin,

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number seven, has raised print left in the bag. Here it comes and it

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wins him the race. -- has a sprint. You have run recently, haven't you?

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Yes, and I quite enjoyed it. It was nice to be invited along to take my

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bike down. They told me off because they thought I was only going to do

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one lap. But then I was told, you have got a bit of the old fireback!

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The whole thing now is wonderful to me, because I have been living on

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my own having lost my wife in January, and it is filling up a big

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gap in my life. My wife was so much part of my career, and the

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sacrifices and the dedication she gave to me. Going back to 1948,

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that was a real celebration after the horrors of war? Indeed so. When

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you think that in 1948, we were still on rations. The track was

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resurfaced and the running track was only laid down at White City a

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couple of weeks before. The hurdles and that sort of thing were brought

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in later and then we were supposed to be getting food parcels. I won

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in May and that was supposed to have put me through July and August.

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What are your memories of the moment she won your medals?

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Tremendous, because I thought we had not had enough training but

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they picked four of us about two weeks before and told us we were in

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the Games. Five of us had only ridden once before. If we had had a

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few months more training together, we would obviously have been in a

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higher position. But it was so basic and amateurish. You have won

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lots and lots of prizes in your time, but I should think those two

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Olympic medals a very special? so much so that I had said and

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stated categorically that they mean more to me every year of my life.

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To win an Olympic medal at the age of 27, go to my father, a hard man,

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a hard man who had worked all his life, and he broke down in tears.

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Something special. It is lovely to talk to you. Thank you.

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Full of emotion. So poignant. A lovely chap as well. There will be

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more from Tommy on the series inside out in the autumn. And we

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will be looking at preparations for It hasn't always been spectacularly

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sunny, but it has been dry and warm, and that is how which continues

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through this week. Some sunshine around at times. The reason for the

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set of conditions is this high- pressure sitting down here to the

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south-west, trying to exert its influence. It is doing a pretty

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good job, keeping this rain at bay. We will keep some big lumps of

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cloud floating around through tonight. Some clear spells,

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particularly in the rest of the region. Temperatures will be down

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to 11 or 13 degrees. Tomorrow, we will start off quite cloudy through

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the eastern half of the region. Further west, a fair bit of

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sunshine, but through the day, things will even out. So where it

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started sunny, we will see more cloud, and where it stars sunny, we

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will see cloud increasing. It will remain sunny, with temperatures up

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to 24 degrees down in Hereford. Some bits of sunshine here and

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there to end the day tomorrow, and that takes us into Thursday, which

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will bring us a fair amount of sunshine again. Perhaps more than

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we have seen in the last couple of days. The eagle eyed amongst you

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might have noticed a few dribbles of rain out to the West, and that

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is going to move across us for Thursday night. Once that clears

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through, by Friday and Saturday, it turns dry again. Not looking too

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bad. Before we leave you, and a cut the

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main headlines. The UK economy slows down and officials blame the

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warm weather, the Royal Wedding and the Japanese tsunami.

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