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Good evening, welcome to the start of the weekend with Midlands Today

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from the BBC. Deadline midnight - the final hours of consultation on

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the controversial high-speed rail link. It is not only not going to

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solve the deep divide, it is going to be worse, it will not help the

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environment. A viper in our midst - at the words

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of a judge who jailed this man for the terrorist offences. He was a

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posting violent, extremist views on land, encouraging people to murder

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MPs. Birmingham City admit they have

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financial problems, but are adamant it is not a crisis. It could be

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Armageddon, but it could be a new start, who knows what is in the

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future? 's and a Motown revival, not in

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Detroit, but Warwickshire, thanks Good evening. Tonight: vital for

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Britain, its economy and its transport network or a blight on

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our countryside that will haunt the government? Those are the fiercely

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contrasting views of Network Rail and the Countryside Alliance,

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who've just added their submissions to the consultation on High Speed 2.

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The rest of us have less than six hours to do the same, as the

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deadline to have a say on the proposal to build a high-speed rail

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link between London and Birmingham ends at midnight. But it'll be the

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Transport Secretary who'll have the final word, and he won't be rushed

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into making any decisions before the end of the year. Giles Latcham

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reports on possibly THE most controversial engineering plan to

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affect our region. "Never the twain shall meet" goes

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the saying, but today they did. On the last day of the public

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consultation we brought together two voices from opposing sides of

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the HS2 debate. I can understand what you are coming from. Could one

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convinced the other? Night out of 10 train project over inflate day

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I accept that usage numbers were higher and then they turned out to

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be the case, but the economic benefits from that far exceeded

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those that were convicted. This would be developed, there would be

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some business parks. This is part of the regeneration. But every

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building built here, that is one less in Coventry, Wolverhampton...

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It would be enormously beneficial for us to be able to operate, would

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work in London that has become a major global city, and do it in the

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regions. It is not just the ability to do things over the internet, it

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is having face-to-face beatings, being able to get there quickly, it

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is really important. If you have a big office in London and a 49

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minute trip to Birmingham, why do you need an office in Birmingham?

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Many places will say, we don't need that office, we will shut it down,

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Precious little common ground, but arguments commonly heard at

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roadshows and public meetings across the Midlands since

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consultation began in February. The government won't say how many

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responses and comments they have had through this consultation

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period, but they are due to make a statement based on them by the end

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of the year. Ahead of that, their message today was simple - yes, we

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can talk about it, but a new line we must have. Anyone who has ever

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been stuck in the queue at Euston on Friday night trying to get on a

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train to Birmingham or Manchester will know we are rapidly running

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out of capacity on the west coast main line, and urgently need a new

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line to give additional capacity but those are journeys. This whole

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project is a vanity project... of our MEPs was travelling by road,

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rallying support for the anti-s. Why was the green bait -- Green

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Belt created? It is about to be conurbations, one of the things,

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when it has been built, it will make the West Midlands and

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Birmingham a satellite of London. The Countryside Alliance say lives

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will be destroyed. In London, they want changes to the route.

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Consultation will soon be over, but with stakes as high as these, the

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arguments continue. Thanks for joining us. Staying off

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the street and out of trouble, the teenagers taking to the stage

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instead. And we're at one of the country's

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biggest dance festivals, which has grown from its beginnings in a

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Warwickshire farmhouse to become a An internet blogger from

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Wolverhampton has been jailed for 12 years after admitting soliciting

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the murder of MPs who'd voted for the Iraq war.

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Bilal Zaheer Ahmad, who's 23, was also sentenced for other terror ism

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offences at Bristol Crown Court. Our reporter has been following the

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case and joins us now. What more can you tell us? This is all to do

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with postings he made online last year, specifically after a trial

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that had taken place in London. She had stabbed the Labour MP Stephen

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Timms, he went on line, posted messages in her support, and said,

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revolution Muslim, he said other people should go out and do the

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same thing. The judge -- judge described him as a viper in our

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midst. Really strong words from Mr Justice Royce and, he said, you

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were intent on striking at the heart of our democracy. You report

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to be a British citizen, but would you stand for is totally alien to

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what we stand for in this country. Strong words, a 12 year sentence,

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he was also told that when he is released, he will have to spend at

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least five more years on licence. Whatever the police said? They are

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pleased, because the offices were the ones in apiarist not long after

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those comments. They are particularly worried about online

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extremism. People have a right to freedom of speech, but with that

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comes a responsibility, they should do that within the law. Ahmad went

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beyond the law, he solicited the murder of many people, and it is an

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important sentenced today. By sheer coincidence, I happened to be at

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the counter-terrorism officers when he was arrested last November, so I

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know how important this is, they're taking online extremism very

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seriously indeed, not just Islamic extremism, but also from the far

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right. Birmingham City's acting chairman

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Peter Pannu is flying back from Hong Kong as speculation continues

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over the club's financial position. Tonight, another of the club's top

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players is all set to leave St Andrew's to reduce the wage bill.

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But the Blues insist their bankers are being very supportive. Ian

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Winter reports. Something's missing at St Andrew's.

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The proud name of Birmingham City is disappearing. But some fans fear

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losing a few letters is the least of their club's problems. Even the

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signs are coming down at Birmingham City! It is an absolute crisis.

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Crisis, what crisis? That's the gist of the latest statement on the

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Blues website. Designed to calm fears about the club's financial

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position. But this was the fateful moment in May, when the Blues'

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owner Carson Yeung realised the Premier League gravy train had been

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derailed by relegation. And four weeks later, he was arrested in

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Hong Kong on suspicion of money laundering. Frozen assets in the

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Far East are causing anxious times at St Andrew's. Acting chairman

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Peter Pannu admits the benefactor's legal wrangles does pose some

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If the case is proven against him, the Hong Kong government could

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seize his assets, and effectively owned Birmingham City Football Club.

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It could be Armageddon, but it could be a brand new start, who

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knows what is going to be in the future? This pantomime soap opera

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that is Birmingham City. Football fan Peter Knowles is keeping a

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close eye on developments at St Andrew's, because he's also

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stockbroker. I think the chances of them going into administration are

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quite slim at the moment. They are still receiving the parachute from

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a Sky, which means from a trading perspective, there is money coming

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in. It is only if there is no money coming in that I would be worried

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if I was at them. So Blues fans will give thanks for those

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parachute payments. And offer a little prayer that their absence

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from the Premier League will last no more than one season.

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Ian joins us live at St Andrew's. What sort of reaction will Peter

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Pannu get from the Blues fans? is very difficult to answer. I

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understand that Peter Pannu is hoping to be back in time for

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tomorrow's kick-off, their friendly against Everton, that hinges on

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flight connections. The club say they are where there may be a small

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protest, they're not sure the size of it, they haven't secured a shirt

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sponsor. That is being offered on a match-by-match basis, although they

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point out they have sold over 11,000 season tickets, only 900

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less than this time a year ago. is the latest player most likely to

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be leaving St Andrew's? They're very latest tonight is that

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goalkeeper Ben Foster has been having a medical at the Hawthorns,

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and is on the verge of completing a season-long loan to West Brom, with

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West Brom's goalkeeper moving in the other direction. Blues fans

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always knew that relegation would mean the sale of some of their more

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highly paid players, but the fact that Ben Foster is now the 4th big-

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name player to be leaving St Andrews is a cause for concern, and

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he may well not be the last to leave the club before the end of

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August. Thank you. Warwickshire Social Services has

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launched an independent inquiry following the murder of a 27-year-

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old woman from Gemma Hayter was found naked and beaten on a disused

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railway line a year ago. Yesterday five people were found guilty of

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killing her. A serious case review began in January to establish

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whether any lessons need to be learned.

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A murder inquiry's underway after a man died following an explosion in

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a garage last weekend. 41-year-old Job Wilding died from severe burns

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after a gas cylinder exploded on Gristhorpe Road in Selly Oak in

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Birmingham. Another man, who's 35, is in a critical condition. Three

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people have been arrested and released on bail.

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Teenagers are the most likely to be the victims of street disorder, yet

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they're often the first to be labelled the troublemakers.

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Now one group is trying to turn around that image by working on a

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play called Rough Diamonds. Our reporter Kevin Reide went to

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Wolverhampton to see them rehearse. These youngsters at the EYES

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project are in a race against time. Next week they'll be performing

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their play Rough Diamonds to the public at Wolverhampton's grand

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theatre, tackling issues such as racism, teenage pregnancy, and

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street crime. Look, mate, I don't know you, so back down, okay?

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Backed down! Look! More than 70 young people from all backgrounds

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are involved - the aim being to keep them off the streets and out

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of trouble, and at the same time uncover natural talent. A lot of

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times they haven't identified their talents, learned how to translate

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this into marketable skills. This is one avenue where we can all

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identify their talents, and they can work on one project together

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and see what they can produce. project serves as a beacon of hope

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for many young people in Wolverhampton, steering them away

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from not only anti-social behaviour but in some cases much more serious

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Former gang member Isia Maylor knows only too well the perils of

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the streets. The 25-year old has served a prison sentence for gun

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crime, but EYES and Rough Diamonds has helped him discover talents he

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never knew he had. It's also taught him a thing or two about life.

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was in jail, I come out of jail, and... I straightened my ways. I

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thought I was bigger than everyone. That isn't the case. We're all

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equals. More rehearsals as the countdown begins, but what do those

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here feel there needs to be to stop anti social behaviour?? I think

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there should be more organisations like this, to help people get off

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the street. Things where they can play, knowing there is not going to

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be trouble coming to them. More youth centres and organisations,

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more clubs that can be due to what you want to do when you grow older.

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Although there are two things available, they are not advertised

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enough for Curtains are up next Wednesday - a chance for

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Wolverhampton to take great pride The positive things going on there.

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Good to have you with us this evening - still to come: a soul

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legend gives Warwickshire the It's holiday time but if you're not

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going away you may be going to a music festival - they're lots of

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them going on all over the region and over next six weeks we're going

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to be there too meeting the hundreds of thousands of people

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that travel to them from all over the country. Today sees the start

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of our first big festival of the summer - Global Gathering which has

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gone from humble beginnings in Warwickshire eleven years ago to a

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multimillion pound world- wide business. Ben Sidwell is at the

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festival now. There are some flashing lights.

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Welcome to the main stage. The party is well under way. This

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weekend 55,000 people will be here to enjoy the festival. It is thanks

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mainly to one of music entrepreneur from Stratford upon Avon. I spent

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much of the week behind the man behind Global Gathering.

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Under way for its 11th year, it is one of the main fixtures of the

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music festival calendar but the scenes near Stafford this afternoon

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are long way from the tranquillity of the HQ in the Warwickshire

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countryside. We have been lucky where we are situated and at the

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end of the day if it is not broken, you don't fix it. Everything is

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running well at the moment. The offices are great, we are here to

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stay. James has won a group of four who came up with the idea for

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Global Gathering in the year 2000. He is the boss of the company and

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the only remaining member. It was what he did with the testable six

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years ago that changed the business forever. We believe it it was a

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great festival for five years in the UK and why shouldn't we do

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these international events and the countries we targeted to do events

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in had not really had them in the past. They all said yes and he we

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are five years later doing an international show and they are

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doing well. The week leading up to the festival means time in the car

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travelling between the office and the festival site making sure

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everything is ready. When the headline it goes on on the Friday

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night, the sound and lights are great, the crowd goes mad and you

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think that is the biggest... The hair on the back of the next stanza.

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They arrived in their thousands and I met up with James again. For him,

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the next 48 hours are the most important of the whole year. There

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is a huge element of risk which mitigates as you get more

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established. We have been going 11 years and we know what the fan base

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is and we budget accordingly. We're a company that needs to make a

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profit. We also make sure we plough money back into the best will.

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festival ends on Sunday morning. By Monday, the team will be checking

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it has been a financial success before planning begins the next

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year. Let's speak to James. We said it is

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a multi-million-pound business. You go to some strange places like

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South Korea and Belarus. It all gets bored out of reputation, we

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have been doing this for 11 years, I have invited people from all over

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the world and they have witnessed what we do in the UK and one to

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take it to their country. We have worked with some great people and

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grown the festival from the Ukraine, five years ago, Russia four years

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ago, Belarus and they had seen it in neighbouring countries.

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Basically they wanted to do it. have shown music festivals can make

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money and do not have to be multinational companies. It is that

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having an idea and wanting to deliver something and Petula heart

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and soul into it. There is risk, yes, it is financially risky to put

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these things on. When you have that amount of people in a field, it

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feels amazing. As I said, the festival goes on until the early

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hours of tomorrow morning and then they look to do it all again next

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year. From Warwickshire, goodbye. The thousands turning out. Just a

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week before the start of the new football season, a shock at Port

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Vale as their long standing chairman Bill Bratt resigns. He'll

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stay on the board. Mr Bratt's been in charge for nearly 10 years, but

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fans have vented their anger towards him over a lack of

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investment. Laura May McMullan's been finding out where this leaves

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the club. There's just eight days to go

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before the start of the season and tonight Port Vale are without a

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permanent chairman. Today Bill Bratt decided to sever his day to

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day ties with the club. For I love the club, I have done what I can.

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It has been a difficult time, the past 18 months. I believe it is

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right for somebody else to do it. It's been a turbulent time at Vale

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Park. Some fans have been protesting for months - accusing

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the board of a lack of investment. And last month at an EGM here there

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was a vote of no confidence in the board.

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Fans have mixed views. It is not just Bill Bratt, it is all of them.

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The club needs to move on. The money needs to be found from

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somewhere. The higher you are, the harder you fall. I believe in

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supporting the club through thick and thin. This was Bill Bratt

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talking to me last month. Today he cleared his desk and walked away

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after nine seasons at the helm. is not worth the aggravation but

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because you love something you do it. We knew at the time the club

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would have folded so we mortgaged our houses and put the money in.

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has decided to stay on the board for the time being and another

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director has now taken temporary control. More importantly the fans

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are hoping it won't be another Just to confirm earlier, Ben Foster

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has signed on loan for the season for West Bromwich Albion.

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The Aviva UK Trials and Championships have just got

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underway in Birmingham. They're being held at the newly opened

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Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr. The competition is the final throw

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of the dice for those athletes hoping to board the Team GB plane

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for next month's World Championships in South Korea. And

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BBC WM will have coverage of the Championships this evening on DAB

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digital radio and it continues on 95.6FM on tomorrow and Sunday.

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Stoke city manager Tony Pulis says fitness levels and a lack of new

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signings could affect them in Europe. The Potters won the first

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leg of their Europa League third qualifying round last night against

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Hajduk Split, thanks to a third minute goal from Jon Walters. The

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Stoke boss says the match highlighted the need to bring in

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new players. We are weak in respect of the depth of the squad but we

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want to bring Pale's -- players in he will come straight into the team,

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not just to fill this caught up. We want players in the group he will

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get straight in the team. But last night's win will also be remembered

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for the passion of the visiting supporters. Take a look at this,

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the Croation fans didn't let the defeat spoil their visit to the

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Potteries - in fact, they kept up their high energy support for their

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Most of them took their shirts off. Heavy Metal music and its links to

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the Midlands are well known but now the region's gaining a reputation

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for Soul. An unknown band's attracting Motown stars of the past

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onto British soil, as our Arts and Culture reporter Satnam Rana's been

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finding out. Atherstone located near the

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northernmost tip of Warwickshire and home to 8 and a half thousand

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people, It's most famously known for it's Shrove Tuesday Ball Game.

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Every town has its ugly spots but look behind here and there is

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They say music unites and nowhere is it more apparent than in here.

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Seven Warwicksire lads make up The Stone Foundation - a soul band. Add

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in lead singer from Mowtown yester years Joe Harris from The

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Undisputed Truth - a 1970s Motown So how did the collaboration

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happen? We have turned this place into...

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How do you feel? It has been fun. A real thrill to be playing with a

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Grammy Award winner. We a council estate kids. The band have already

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managed to get airtime on 6 Music and will be performing at The Royal

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Albert Hall tonight. But why did Joe Harris decide to come all the

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way to rural Warwickshire to get his musical fix? They are doing

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some things I used to do a long time ago, the same field, the

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camaraderie. These guys have a lot of talent and musical knowledge and

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they play the music like those guys in Memphis.

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Motown originated in Detroit dubbed Hitsville USA by it's founder Berry

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Gordy. It's a still a hit with tourists today. But It's not the

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first time the Midlands has been connected Motown - Edwin Star made

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Polesworth near Tanworth his home in the mid 1970s. He used to call

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me a lot, we had the same producer in Motown and he would get me to

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come over and I was like, OK, I will make a date. Strange things

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happened, the guitar players here have worked for Edwin Starr.

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for Stone Foundation it means their ten year musical journey so far is

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at least being noticed - so much so that they'll be supporting The

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Now, the weekend weather. It has been quite a cloudy day, we

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will spend much of the weekend chasing large amounts of cloud

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around. Let's be positive, it will be warm and some sunny spells. We

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will see some good breaks developing. Now, we have a weak

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weatherfront straddled across southern parts of the region of

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bringing the Vale of cloud and spits some spots of light rain and

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drizzle. Through this evening, where we have that front we'll keep

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things quite cloudy and damp with drizzle in Hereford and Gloucester.

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The skies clear and the lowest temperatures of ten Celsius.

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Tomorrow morning, for some it will be a cloudy start, especially in

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the south with the remnants of the weather front, further north

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sunshine from the word go, there will be sunny spells through the

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day, quite a lot of cloud but warmer than today, highs of 22

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Celsius. Tomorrow evening looks fine if you are having a barbecue.

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Some sunny spells to end the day. Sunny spells into Sunday as well.

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Thicker cloud works into the West by the end of the day but it will

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be warm, highs 25. Next week, turning unsettled, the message is

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make the most of the weekend. A look at tonight's main headlines:

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The tabloids on trial - two newspapers are fined for contempt

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of court - many more have to pay out for libel.

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