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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Suzanne Virdee and Michael

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Collie. The headlines tonight:

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It costs very little and it could save babies' lives. The pain-free

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heart test that should be available for all newborns. We pick up so

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many problems. Not just heart problems, but others problems, such

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as breathing problems, infections and all sorts of things.

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Boomtime for Poundland. As the economy dips, the Black Country-

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based firm announces it's moving into Europe. People are proud to be

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price-conscious and to get a great deal.

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Three years on, police appeal for help to catch the killer of a

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teenager gunned down in a drive-by shooting.

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And tipped for athletic stardom from the age of 15. How Nathan is

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on track for 2012 glory. Hopefully within a few years, I will be

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categorised as one of the best four Good evening and welcome to

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Friday's Midlands Today, from the BBC. Tonight, a call for all

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newborn babies to be given a simple test which could highlight heart

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problems. Research carried out on 20,000 infants by the University of

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Birmingham has proved that it will save lives. Ellis Hobbs, from

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Coventry, nearly died from a rare heart condition that would have

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been picked up by the test if it had been available when he was born.

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Today, his parents have backed researchers who are calling for it

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to be used on all maternity wards, as our health correspondent,

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Michele Paduano, reports. At eight months old, Ellis is a

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normal baby boy. But he was sent home from hospital in Coventry at

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six hours old. Eight days later, the left side of his heart

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collapsed and only an emergency operation saved his life. We are

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very fortunate. We know only too well how close things were. By the

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time they uncovered his condition from various factors, it was very

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close, but if he had been treated somewhat earlier, then he would

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never have been so critically ill. Two years before he was born, a

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baby with the same heart condition was picked up in the trial of

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20,000 babies across Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Warwickshire and

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Shropshire. Since the study finished in 2009, we are now over

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two years on and I would have liked to see something in place now. If

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it was, our story would have been different. We're very fortunate we

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still have Ellis, but only just. And this is the test. This is

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ignore it throws out infra-red rays and works out how much oxygen is in

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the baby's blood. If it is too low, something can be done. It is

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definitely something you want to know about, so it was very

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reassuring. If used in combination with other assessments like

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ultrasound and pays natal examination, then we can identify

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92% to of babies with critical heart defect. -- post-natal

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The equipment is cheap and easy to use. So why has not been done

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before? Well, doctors need evidence. And this equipment gives them the

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evidence they need. If hospitals can start testing, fewer babies

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like Ellis will die. And with us now, Dr Andrew Ewer,

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who led this study. We saw you working at the hospital in

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Birmingham. They are still used in this Test, aren't they? How easy is

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this test? It is very simple and takes a few minutes to do. The

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machinery that we use costs just a few hundred pounds and our staff

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have taken it on as part of their routine. So for us now, it is a

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normal thing. So that yellow device, each of those costs a few hundred

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pounds? �400. We have five at our hospital and that is what we need.

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Why haven't other hospitals taken this on and others have stopped

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doing it, too, why is that? needed to do the study and

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assimilate the evidence and make sure that test was as accurate as

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we thought. I think as the reporter rightly said, doctors often need

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evidence, and I do hope this study will give the evidence that is the

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push two finally adopt this nationally. They have asked for the

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evidence, so where are you now? Obviously, the paper in The Lancet

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came out today. Our data is there to be seen and I think it is

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working out if it is feasible within the current financial

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constraints of the NHS. If it is, how we roll it out. And I look

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forward to those discussions. they say yes to this, obviously it

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will take a while for hospitals to bring it on, but you said you found

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26 babies with heart abnormalities? So this is like saying? Yes.

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all hope is for the meeting in two months' time? Yes. Thank you for

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joining us. Lovely to have your company this

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Friday evening. Still ahead, kicking off the new football season,

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but the bookies have already put the boot into Coventry City's

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championship campaign. And I am at The Big Chill in

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Herefordshire, where the focus is As fears of a double-dip recession

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loom, more of us are worried about the pound in our pocket. And

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retailers are finding it harder to lure us into parting with it. Some

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are even closing down. Discount department store TJ Hughes is the

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latest victim, announcing closures across the region. But Black

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Country-based firm Poundland has found an upside to the downturn.

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They've announced a big expansion plan which will see them open

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stores in Europe. Joanne Writtle reports.

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250 jobs are being axed with the closure of five TJ Hughes stores in

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Nuneaton, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Kidderminster and Walsall. The

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discount department store had moved into the former Woolworths premises

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in Nuneaton, renovated by the council only a year ago for �1.5

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million. The DIY store Focus has also disappeared from beleagured

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high streets across the West Midlands, along with HMV.

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Devastating news, both for the employees here, who were only found

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out last night, I understand. And for the town itself. Nuneaton also

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lost Marks & Spencer a year ago. think the loss of any store these

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days is regrettable. The loss of economy for the town as well.

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seems being cheap is not enough to be successful. Why did they fail?

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You can have somebody who is the cheapest but you might have people

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stuck in the middle. They are not the cheapest or not doing it as

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well as Poundland does it, and therefore they do not succeed.

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while fortunes are falling for some, Poundland is seeing its prospects

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rise. It's branching into the euro by opening six stores in Ireland,

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and another 44 here. It'll create 2,000 jobs. The headquarters here

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at Willenhall in the Black Country is packed with discount products.

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But with financial markets in turmoil and the Irish banks

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meltdown, it is perhaps unsurprising that the new stores in

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Ireland will be called Dealz, rather than Euroland. We did a lot

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of market research on trading names, and, on surprisingly, the name

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euroland, which has a connotation with the euro, was not popular, and

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I think everybody will understand why, particularly at the moment,

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people are upset by the euro and the eurozone. She... Here in

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Birmingham city centre is one of 347 stores in the UK. -- Poundland.

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Customers snapping up bargains at the store where you never need to

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ask how much anything is were quick to react to the expansion plans.

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think it is a very good idea. After all, they would not be doing it if

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they didn't think they could prosper and make money out of it.

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Everything is cheaper and there isn't much anywhere else. Poundland

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won't reveal if the new Dealz stores will sell everything for a

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euro, currently worth 87p. Competition in the discount market

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is fierce. It could be several months before a

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trial date is set in Florida for a teenager accused of murdering a

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tennis coach from Warwickshire. 25- year-old James Cooper, from Warwick,

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and his university friend James Kouzaris were shot dead while on

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holiday in Sarasota in April. 16- year-old Shawn Tyson remains in

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custody but he's not due back in court until October for a case

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management review. The price of a ticket is the most

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important factor in persuading drivers to switch to High Speed

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Rail, according to a new survey. The proposed controversial line

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could see journey times between the Midlands and London cut to 50

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minutes. A survey of 16,000 AA members found more than 60%t said

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the cost of using it was more important than speed. The greatest

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concern for the drivers was that you cannot always rely on the

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railways were getting to your destination on time. So I think

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greater reliability, more comfort, more capacity would suit a lot of

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motorists, rather than perhaps an extremely expensive new railway

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line which will cost a fortune. Detectives have marked the third

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anniversary of a drive-by shooting by appealing for new information

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about the killing. Officers investigating the murder of 19-

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year-old Stephon Davidson are also offering to protect witnesses.

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Let's get more details from our reporter Giles Latcham, who's in

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Lozells, in Birmingham, for us. Giles, what's happening there?

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billed as a "community fun day" and it's been organised by the families

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of victims of gun and knife crime, and in a minute we'll speak to

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Stephon Davidson's mum. "A fun day", they call it, but for the Davidson

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family, 5th August remains a very dark date in their calendar.

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"Brazen and reckless" - how one police officer described the

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killing of Stephon Davidson. It happened three years ago today,

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close to this busy junction in Birmingham, just a couple of

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hundred metres from a police station. Stephon was in the car

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with three friends heading in that direction towards was then a

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roundabout. The road layout was different Another car, a Toyota

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Avensis, pulled alongside and a passenger brandished a gun.

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Stephon's car took off, the Avensis gave chase, shots were fired and

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Stephon was hit in the neck. He died a month later in hospital.

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is a busy road, with a lot of traffic using it. This is still an

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isolated incident with a man hanging out of the car chasing

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another in the rush-hour. It is almost miraculous that Stephon was

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the only person injured. The killer is glimpsed on CCTV at the moment

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he fired the shots. But despite widespread publicity, three years

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on, he's not been identified. For Stephon Davidson and his family,

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there is no justice. Stephon had a nickname. He was

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known as "silk". I am now joined by his mother, vaccine Sharp. It is a

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strange day for you? It will just remember him for the person he was.

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He was full of life and fun and loving. So he was a family person

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and this is a family fun day. We have set up a foundation in his

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name to provide support to parents. The Silk Foundation. It is for

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parents of teenage children. And it has proved very popular. Vincent,

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that picture of that man leaning out of the window, there is

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somebody out there who knows who that is. If they are watching

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tonight, what would you say to that potential witness? I would

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literally begged them to come forward. I would get on my hands

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and knees. So my family and I can get justice. It is three years and

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we have nobody for it. It is a shame. It is a big community and we

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are losing our children like this. He is on the shirts of everybody

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and he is close to your heart tonight. It is back to the studio.

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You're watching Midlands Today from the BBC. Coming up, dreaming of

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Olympic gold, but can Nathan make it a reality?

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Summer music festivals are in full swing, but while thousands of

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people may enjoy them, they don't always go down too well with those

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who live nearby. Complaints about noise and traffic are common. But

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organisers of The Big Chill, which runs through this weekend in

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Herefordshire, are working hard on building community relations. Ben

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Sidwell is there for us now. Ben, how've they managed to get people

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there on side, if indeed they have? They seem to be doing so around

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here. This is a massive festival, by far and away Herefordshire's

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biggest festival. Tens of thousands of people down here over the

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weekend. One where they are doing this is by offering cheaper tickets

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and that money goes back into the community. That is one way they are

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trying to work with the community to keep everybody happy. As I said,

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The Big Chill is underway and another that has been going on and

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another way they seem to be attracting more people in his with

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the youngsters, as I have been finding out.

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Set amongst the Herefordshire countryside, The Big Chill attracts

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tens of thousands of people from around the country. But it is not

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just adults who are catered for here. For the first time in the

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Festival's history, there is a festival called The Little Chill,

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especially for young festival-goers. I have been to lots of festivals in

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the past but this is the only one I would bring my children to. It is

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very civilised. Among the attractions inside this part of the

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festival is the chill-out corner, organised and staffed by the

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friends of a local primary school. People are quite protective of

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their local area and they want to be involved, so seeing a school

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involved helps people feel a bit more secure and less upset by a big

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festival come into their area, and actually seeing it can be of

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benefit rather than concerning themselves that it is going to be

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negative. And the local community is something that the organisers

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are taking very seriously. People living near the site are offered a

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very cheap tickets. The money is given back to the area. That is how

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the involvement of the local primary school at came about. They

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use money to buy equipment for their forest project. People array

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bit anxious about the festival and it is an enormous event. -- are a

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bit anxious. But the school has benefited and we do appreciate it.

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Most of those at the Festival come to The Big Chill for the four days

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of music. Among those playing this year are Robert Plant and Kanye

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West. I don't think it is fair to go on and do a set that nobody has

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heard, because festivals are about singing along. These might be the

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festival-goers of today, but the organisers of The Big Chill are

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hoping that those organising The Little -- that those enjoying The

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Little Chill this weekend will be here in the future. Let's talk

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about this and the youngsters. Why are you doing it? To reflect the

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fact that The Big Chill has been going for a long time. The older

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festival-goers have now got children and a one to make it

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attractive for them and their kids to come, and it does exactly that

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for them, The Little Chill. seem to be working more with the

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communities now? Does it help to have those onside? Whatever

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location I am in, I want to be there for a long time, so working

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with the community is very important. The school locally was

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very fundamental in offering residents tickets to raise money.

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It is very important for the future of the festival. Let's talk about

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the festival itself. It is a big weekend and the biggest in

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Herefordshire. You have some big names? Well, a huge names,

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especially with Kanye West, who was once talked about the possible

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President of the United States! I do not think he would want that job

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at the moment. But he fantastic line-up - Robert Plant on Sunday,

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at Chemical Brothers, among others. Well, everybody here is chilling

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out. So it will ewe his The Big Chill was -- The Big Chill.

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And you can hear more from The Big Chill on BBC Hereford and

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Worcester's introducing show, with Andrew Marston from 7pm this

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evening. You'll probably remember blind Dave

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Heeley. He's the man who ran seven marathons in seven days on seven

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continents back in 2008, raising �375,000 for guide dogs. Now he's

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off and raising money again, by attempting to run and cycle 1,000

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miles in ten days, from John O'Groats to Land's End.

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Does he ever give up? Dave sets off this Sunday and hopes to raise a

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�100,000 for MacMillan Cancer Relief. The 53-year-old from West

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Bromwich, in the Black Country, aims to complete a marathon and

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tandem bike ride on each day of the journey. It is a case of, I am

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looking forward to it and I know there will be a lot of pain and a

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lot of tears. But I think with the team, and I have got a fantastic

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team around me, and I won't say just me, we have a fantastic team

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altogether. But we will have some pain and some laughs. Pain and

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pleasure! Best of luck to Dave and the team.

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And it's a big weekend for football fans as the new season gets

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underway, and Dan Pallett is here with the details. It's now ten

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years since Coventry City played top-flight football. Tomorrow, they

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start another season in the Championship at home to Leicester

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City. And bookmakers have them as favourites to leave via relegation

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rather than promotion. This is how the start of Match Of

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The Day looked. That's what Gary looked like, and haven't his mates

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changed? Yes, the day Coventry City were relegated from the Premier

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League is now ten years ago. Gordon Strachan was manager then. He'd

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gone by September. The first of many. From Peter Reid to Micky

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Adams and Chris Coleman, they've all failed to bring top-flight

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football back to the Sky Blues. That leaves Andy Thorn as the tenth

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manager in the last ten years at Coventry City. Cheers, thanks for

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that. Look, as I said before, we take it game by game and I have got

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to a good atmosphere around the place. But what will be will be. It

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is no secret. We are working on a tight budget. But for fans such as

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Alan Packer, these are worrying times. He's the proud owner of

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goalkeeper Kearan Westwood's gloves. But Westwood is among three high-

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profile departures this summer. It looks like survival is the main aim

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this term. If we can just get mid- table, get the investors in and

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start next year, but we always seem to be saying this. It is next year,

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next year. And we are slowly but surely going down and down the

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ladder. Without the investment, we will continue to do that. From

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Strachan onwards, managing Coventry City in the Championship has been a

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difficult job, and isn't getting any easier. And it'll be a major

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surprise if the fans' promise for a return to the top flight is

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fulfilled this season. And you can hear full commentary of

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Coventry's match against Leicester on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire

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from 3pm, and you can follow your team on your local radio station

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throughout the season. The draws been made for the final

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qualifying round of the Europa League. Birmingham City will play

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Nacional, who are from the Portuguese island of Madeira. Stoke

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play the Swiss side FC Tun. Our clubs will both be away for the

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first legs and at home for the second. And to get there last night,

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Stoke completed their first victory in European football. It was 0-0 at

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half-time. Let's see that goal again. It was not a classic but it

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was an important one. It doesn't have to be pretty! If that wet

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people's appetites, quite a small ground but it should be great. The

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Birmingham City trip, there's only 5,000 seats available. It might be

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exotic but just check on the availability of tickets before you

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book any flight. Thank you for that. We're going to look ahead to 2012

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now, and the Olympic hopes of Nathan Woodward. He was just 15

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when he was tipped for athletics stardom. Now, at the grand old age

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of 21, the 400m hurdler from Coleshill is reaching peak

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condition, setting a personal best in the year before London 2012.

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He's off to the World Championships soon, but Ben Godfrey managed to

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catch him in action to find out more about his Olympic dreams.

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Saluting a new talent. Last weekend, in Birmingham, Nathan Woodward

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showed why some are calling him a future hurdling "great". A chance,

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but Nathan Woodward comes back again! He is going to win! But it

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was a more relaxed affair, as we joined Nathan in training at the

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Team GB camp at Loughborough University. The 21-year-old from

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Tamworth Athletics Club has qualified for the World

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Championships in South Korea later this month, and now has London 2012

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in his sights. I will be 22 but her think because it is the Olympics,

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it almost has to be a gold because it is a great opportunity, so I am

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doing everything in my power to make sure I am in competitive shape.

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So I am training hard. He's one of dozens of athletes here hoping to

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make the Olympic Games, and as a student of human biology, knows how

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to look after himself. His talent is coming through. There is still a

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lot of developmental work to come and I am hoping he can be a serious

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player in these Games. If you recognise Nathan, that's because he

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first came to attention in 2006, when, aged 17, he was named BBC

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Midlands Young Sportsman of the Year. After having the kind of

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breakthrough season I have had, it is a nice way to round it off and

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reflect on what I have achieved. I am progressing the way I want to

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progress and closing the gap on the world's best all the time.

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Hopefully in a few years, I will be categorised as one of the best

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hurdlers in the world. Nathan's been compared to the great Ed Moses,

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both athletes tall and rangy who need a mere 13 strides between

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hurdles. Speak to his fellow athletes and their all say Nathan

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is an incredibly grounded individual, but one he is extremely

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focused on achieving his ambitions. A gold medal at London 2012.

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Wouldn't that be fantastic! Brilliant. Good luck to you, Nathan.

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Let's find out what the weather is A pretty mixed bag. The best way we

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can something's up is to say there will be some sunny spells and some

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showers as well. His day is fine through this evening. Overnight,

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most of us should remain dry. -- it is staying fine. A mild but not too

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muggy night. Tomorrow, for many of us, things start off dry. The rest

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of us will join in with the showers that start off in the north of the

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region. Always some drier, brighter spells in between, and highs of 20

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degrees Celsius. The first day of the football season, and if you're

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off to any of those matches, here is a selection of those matches. A

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few spots of rain here and there. Some have showers for Shrewsbury

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methods Plymouth and for Torquay Mercer's Burton Albion. If you are

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off to The Big Chill, it won't be a complete washout, but do expect

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some showers. Not particularly warm. Abu showers continued tomorrow

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night and they could even merge together to give longer spells of

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rain. -- a few showers. It will be quite windy on Sunday and quite

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A look at tonight's main headlines, and more falls on the financial

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markets, as fears about the global economic outlook continue.

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