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Te headlines tonight, there is promised a new legislation to curb

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car clampers, it is taking longer than expected to become law.

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Literally within 10 minutes my brother's car had been clamped.

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police chief speaks out about the cuts. Birmingham City aim to fight

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back to the Premier League. I knew it would be a period changed, the

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likely that is that players would leave. Cricket's a man of the

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moment looks back to the challenges Welcome to the programme. Drivers

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are still having to pay to retrieve cards from wheel clampers one year

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after the government pledged to make the practice illegal. Trading

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standards officers say they are frustrated that drivers are being

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forced to hand over hundreds of pounds in cash. Birmingham is one

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of the worst areas of the country, it maybe next year that powers are

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introduced. Midday today, another sees car

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arrives at the clamper's compound. Afeefah Batool, from Sparkhill in

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Birmingham is too familiar with this picture. Last week she had to

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hand over �134 when her car was Turk -- towed away. It is

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disgusting, within 10 minutes of the car was towed. We were on the

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road for two minutes. It was this car-park in Kings Heath where they

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had parked for two minutes. There was a car parking meter there.

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did not notice the pay and display signs. What is consider easing --

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and teasing the notice -- confusing the motorist is that the car-park

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is by rights next to another one. They do not realise that they do

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get plant there. It is affecting local business. Last year

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government announcement said that they would be cranking down on

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clampers. People are frustrated that these laws are not yet in

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force. We need to do protect motorists from this extortion.

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Midway Parks is responsible for a lot of clamping in Birmingham. I

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went to their compound, or the manager did not want to go on

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camera, but he said he did not see any reason to stop while its it is

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not outlawed. Last do with their someone had to pay for poor and and

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�50 to reclaim her car. I did not know where my car wars until 12

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hours later, that is why it is so expensive. Until next year, when

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the practice is outlawed, it is a case of drivers becoming more wary.

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We are joined now from Edmund King from the AA. For a good evening to

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you. The government promised a year law on this, it looks like it will

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not come into practice until next spring, why so long?

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legislation was introduced on February 11th, in the freedoms bill.

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It is just the way the parliamentary process works. I gave

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evidence to the scrutiny committee, and I make the point that since the

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announcement to outlaw wheel- clamping on private land, which we

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have campaigned for around 10 years, there is evidence from Birmingham

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and elsewhere that many campers are drinking in the last-chance saloon,

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and trying to clamp -- cash-in. They are trying to clamp as many

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people as possible. I need to come in, or I understand that we have

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seen people being charged, sometimes there is indeed a poor

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car clamping, Odyssey not charging excessive amounts, but there is

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access needed on private land? course, people should not part with

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they want to park. In this day and age clamping a vehicle is a

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barbaric move. There are no restrictions on the prices charged.

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Many people get exploited and ripped off. In Scotland they outlaw

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this in 1991, landowners have found other ways to stop people parking

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illegally. The sooner the better that this menace is removed from

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the roads, it will be better for. Thank you very much.

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Still ahead, after Japan's terrible earthquake, researchers return to

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experiment they had to abandon. The American food giant Kraft,

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which took over Cadbury, is going to split it into two parts. Unions

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are demanding assurances that jobs at the factories and the Midlands

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will be protected. Our correspondent is outside the

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flagship Bournville factory in Birmingham. Should work is be

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concerned? I suppose any changes worrying, particularly when you

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take into account this his Kraft. What they have announced is that

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they're going to split the business into two. They want a global snacks

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business, an American food business. Why they are doing this, and what

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effect it will have, I'm joint by David Bailey from the Coventry

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Business School. Should workers be worried? Kraft are doing this

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because they realise that they have a huge conglomerate. There is no

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strategic picked. They are spinning out the low-growth part of the

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business, and at focusing on the high growth area. It should be a

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rapidly growing business, Cadbury should be more important. I was not

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in favour of the takeover, but this sounds like a clever move. Could it

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actually strengthen these plants? There are no guarantees that the

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American number of multinational stay in the UK -- that the American

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multinational will stay in the UK. It is it's a risky business?

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makes a sensible move, it helps them pay down their debt. Many

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thanks. These changes take place at the end of next year.

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There has been a big rise at the Stoke-on-Trent -- a big rise in

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profits at the Stoke-on-Trent pottery firm Portmeirion. Their

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successes in due -- their success is due in part to massive sales in

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South career, which for the first time are bigger than UK sales.

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Every year almost 170,000 people are admitted to hospital for

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harming themselves. Many people think that worries about the

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economy could be a factor. It was noticed that Worcestershire have a

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higher national average than -- had a high average than the national

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one. Gloucestershire had a slightly fewer cases.

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It is a busy road outside Penny Baines's house. Twice, she sat down

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in the middle of its hoping to get run over. Car, bus, anything to

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hurt me. Penny, how many times have you tried to take your life? 30 or

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40 times. I have tried it at home, I have tried it in hospital. I do

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not do it for attention, I do not do it because I'm lacking the love

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in my life, I do it because I feel sad. Her 19-year-old daughter,

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Christina or, is her full-time carer. She looks after her drugs.

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Penny's case is extreme, most some farmers just cut themselves. If

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they appear to be growing in numbers. This hospital saw a rise

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in sell Farmers, doctors say they are getting better at spotting them.

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We have developed our self-harm service that both our hospitals.

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Because of the effectiveness of these teams we have been a lot to

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identify more cases of self-harm. Penny says there is not enough

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support in the community. I am more isolated than ever, I was meant to

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be discharged into the care of a community psychiatric nurse. I have

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still not been allocated one. Because of the drugs she takes, she

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cannot drive their own car and she has tried to take her life by

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driving into the River Avon, one day she hopes all that will change.

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A very personal story. Still to come tonight, the sole

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survivor of an industry that once employed thousands, we talk to the

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last traditional glove maker in the county. We look at the weekend

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The new Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, David Shaw, promised

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that he could still deliver protection for the public despite

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cuts to be spending purse. Many forces across the region are having

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to make cutbacks. 2000 jobs are going at West Midlands police, they

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are down by �123 million. In Staffordshire, they will be 330 job

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losses, they are losing �22 million. Warwickshire lost -- loses 430 jobs,

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Gloucestershire loses 120 jobs, they are �18 million down. West

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Mercia are �24 million down, losing 287 jobs. Does their new boss face

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an impossible job? As the Chief Constable of West

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Mercia Police, David Shaw has a tough job for as cuts start to take

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hold. When you started as a police officer did you ever envisage

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having to make these cuts as Chief Constable? I studied politics

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closely, I know economy is go up and down. The reality was never

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that is going to be -- that it was never going to be a next. Resources

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sometimes bottom out. They put us in a difficult position. According

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to this criminologist they face an impossible task. They are going to

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have introduced massive cuts, they have their hands tied behind their

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back. Policy is a turning century, by the Home Office. I know he's a

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very respected academic, I'm going to disagree with him. Of course I

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always want more, the that is not the reality that we live in. As a

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Chief Constable, I do not feel I have my hands tied behind my back.

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I have a budget, it will give me a very good men and women to get me

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out on this street protecting the public. -- out on the street

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protecting the public. They say that substantial cuts are

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inevitable, people on the streets there was steady mixed response.

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am not happy at all, if the Government stop wasting money

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playing around the Afghanis than, we could afford to run this country

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as we should. If it is something that has to be done him regard to

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the austerity measures all around the country, perhaps it is

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something that has to be done. Mercia is looking to put its links

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with Warwickshire Police. People in Leamington will still be police

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officers in their locality, that is critical. Whereas will change,

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whether we can do things once in order to save on overheads, and we

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will do it once. We have already identified that we can put it in

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hundred extra people out there delivering the service that we

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wouldn't have been able to the four hands.

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Challenges ahead of forces across the region. And for their police

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chief who started out on the beat Scientists from the University of

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Warwick are at the forefront of experiments to learn more about how

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the universe works. It is about neutrinos, tiny particles that are

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much smaller even than an atom. The experiment is taking place in

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Japan, which suffered a devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this

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year. We report on the first results.

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In September last year, I visited Japan as the University of Warwick

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began installing its neutrino detectors. What is a neutrino? Here

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is how we explained it at the time. Scientists think the whole universe

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is made up of just 12 different particles which we have represented

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particles which we have represented with these appropriately Japanese

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figures. Others are more mysterious. The mysterious but -- the most

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mysterious is the neutrino. It is this oscillation that the

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researchers were trying to study. That means sending a beam of

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neutrinos from the coast, 300 kilometres straight through their

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Earth to a detector at another laboratory and the centre of the

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country. Initial results were promising. Then, in March this

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promising. Then, in March this year... Everybody had to come home

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as quickly as possible. The primary concern was people's safety. We had

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an anxious few days scrabbling around trying to find an account

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for everybody. The good news was, nobody was injured. Everybody was

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accounted for with a few days. Measurements show that the

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earthquake moved the entire site one metre out to sea. Researchers

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are now starting to go back. This is one reason they want to return -

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it is the earthquake data that shows exactly the neutrino event

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that researchers were looking for. The data up until the 11th March,

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when the earthquake result, -- when the earthquake struck, is what the

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result is based on. We have been pleasantly surprised that they can

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make some physics statements out of this 2% of data. As the neutrino

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travelled through Japan, just a few oscillated - that between states -

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and the researchers managed to measure them. But they need an

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awful lot more data. In the meantime, the hope is for repair

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work to continue and to start the experiment again in November.

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It is fascinating, an intriguing experiment. What does it matter for

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the rest of us? It is important because it all went back to the Big

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Bang. In theory, during the Big Bang, equal amounts of matter

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should have been created which would have come together and

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annihilating each other, leaving nothing. That is not what happened

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and what is puzzling physicists was the matter left over. It is the

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neutrino that is key to that. It is this that has led to the world as

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we know it. It is amazing how quickly they have recovered

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themselves to be able to carry on with this experiment.

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laboratories on the coast and they were not expected by the tsunami. -

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- they were not affected. The even have nuclear reactors on the side.

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It is a tribute to the people who work there that they have managed

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to contain these problems and repair the site and now they're

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saying to people like the researchers at the University of

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Warwick, please come back. We are ready to start.

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Thank you. We were commenting how wonderful it was that we had the

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cameras there at the time to film the Big Bang!

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Our Stoke City getting on in Croatia?

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Good news, 0-0 at half-time. We can have a look at a couple of the best

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chances from the first half. Added split have been on top. This was a

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header after four minutes, which really Pete and explode in front. -

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- which nearly pooped and it split There was a shot from long range. I

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was lucky enough to seat the opposition fans, they were a noisy

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bunch. There are 30,000 of them. The Stoke City fans or call the

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12th man man -- are called a 12th man. Let us hope they can keep a

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clean sheet. Full coverage of that Birmingham City are also in the

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Europa League. First, they have more pressing matters. They begin

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their campaign in the Championship this weekend. They're hoping to

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bounce straight back into the Premier League but that will be

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tough after a turbulent summer. It seems a long time since

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Birmingham City were celebrating one of their greatest moments. Be

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lifted the Carling Cup in February. Five months is a lifetime in

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football. Since then, the club have been relegated from the Premier

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League. Alex McLeish, the manager, resigned and joined Aston Villa,

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their bitter rivals. Carson Yeung, the owner, was arrested in Hong

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Kong and charged with money laundering. We have a knowledgeable

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support that know the game and they can see what at -- what is

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happening. The expectations have lessened over last few weeks.

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of things have changed at Birmingham City since their

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relegation. I'll look at the squad that are now training here every

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week isn't very different. As well as Alex McLeish, 13 regular first-

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N Forster joined Midland rivals West Bromwich are been on loan. --

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then Foster. They just be to put the fun's minds at ease. They have

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brought in just over �6 million of investment, which could lead to the

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company based in the British Virgin Islands were in full as much as 14%

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of the club. -- owning as much as. It is important that Birmingham

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City football club stays at St Andrews. Their campaign begins this

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Saturday, are we at Derby County. Fans will be hoping and praying

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that nothing else goes wrong at St Andrews.

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Tomorrow, we will be looking at the Sky Blues in the Championship.

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Cricket now, and Ian Bell has revealed his desire to be the world

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was my number one batsman. He wants to help England make it three wins

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out of three against India. He has learned a valuable lesson from the

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last game at Trent Bridge. Indian bowlers beware, when Ian

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Bell walks to the Edgbaston wicket on Wednesday, it is time to take

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cover. He is back on home soil and in the form of his life. We have

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played some very good cricket, which is what we needed to do.

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this the best period of your career? I think so. I hope that, at

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29, there are some good years to come. I think I have matured into a

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decent cricketer. We have followed his career every step of the way.

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He was a talented teenager from Coventry who caught the eye than

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the Edgbaston nets. He played for Warwickshire and England, and now

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he has joined Jonathan Trott as one of the world's top batsmen. It is a

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gold mine to be the world's top batsmen at some stage. It is great

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to be in the top 10. We're both Warwickshire players, so that is

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really exciting. Of we can be done some good performances in the next

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two Test matches. I did not ask if he fancied a cup of tea, because

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taking an early tea cos a lot of trouble in the last Test match.

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Cricket came out on top. It showed the sportsmanship we have in the

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game. Endear handle the situation very well. I will wait around for

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my tea a bit longer now! Victoria Square will come alive for Cricket

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In The City this week, a fun day out for all the family, with

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England and then the players dropping in. Today, it was just Ian

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Bell and his umbrella and his desire to become the world's top

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batsmen. Let us hope we see some cricket

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next week! What an awful day it was today! Now,

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we're going to meet a fascinating man. He is 91 and still serving

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customers including pop stars and royalty.

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Les Winfield is a blog maker, which used to employ tens of thousands of

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people. -- he made gloves. When Les Winfield allow it --

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arrived at his company, the 21st century steps aside and he enters a

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time warp. My nephew has done a family tree of mind. You can go

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back I don't know how many generations and it goes back to the

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1600s and there are clockmakers all the way back. -- people who made

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gloves. There were 20 odd people in here at the time. He is the last

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one now. The industry died out when she imports took over. But the

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quality and craftsmanship has not diminished. The process starts off

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with the cutting. They then punch it out on the hand presses. These

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are then sent to a maker he turns them into gloves. It is not

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surprising that they can cost up to �100. Who's buying? People who won

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the best. They include Margaret Thatcher and Prince Philip. This

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fabric is for the end of the fingers. They went to whether after

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that. It is a skill that used to be commonplace in Worcester. This

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factory was founded by a someone in 19 century. Why have things fallen

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That is the way to do it! After all appears I have lost over

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the years! -- repairs. Here is the The humidity is now being that

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flushed out by the fresher air after the rain. Tonight, it will be

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more comfortable to sleep in. Temperatures are still in double

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figures. It is not exactly cool. It will be dried off. -- it will be

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dry, however. It will not feel as oppressive. The crowd -- the cloud

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will gradually increase from the West. Without the humidity, it will

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feel more cool. Her tomorrow night, we will see the cloud increasing

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from the West and that could mean some showers. It is just a flavour

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of what is to come over the weekend. Temperatures tomorrow night will be

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quite mild as well. These other systems in place over the weekend.

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There is a combination of a cold front and a warm front. That is

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what is giving us the scattering of showers. It is this area of low

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pressure which will spoil things for Sunday. The weekenders looking

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