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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Michael Collie and Suzanne

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Virdee. The headlines tonight. A call for calm, after three men

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are run over and killed, protecting their property from rioters.

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He was trying to help his community. It does not matter who you are, we

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are here to help every Birmingham shut down, as shops do

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what they can to protect their property.

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Cleaning up in Wolverhampton - young people unite, after hundreds

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of thousands of pounds of damage. The Duke's we do and it lasts night,

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they were writing and being a menace, so we are being for nice

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side of them -- the youths were doing it.

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And amidst tight security, the test Good evening and welcome to

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Wednesday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, the devastated father

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of one of three men killed on a second night of violence in

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Birmingham asks, "What's happening to the whole of England?" The men

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were hit by a car in Winson Green as they protected property shortly

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after one o'clock this morning. The Prime Minister described it

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this morning as a truly dreadful incident. They were taken to

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hospital, where about 200 people gathered outside. The father

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appealed for calm on the streets tonight.

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There was violence and looting in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and West

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Bromwich last night. West Midlands Police made 163 arrests, which

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takes the total to around 300. Chief Constable Chris Sims said

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today he has in excess of a thousand public order trained

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officers at his disposal. Earlier today, Mr Sims said he had

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no plans to change the tactics his officers were currently using, but

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said he would like more officers on the streets.

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Let me reassure people that our tactics are strong, we are putting

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people before courts and that I do not feel in any mood to ask for a

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different and additional resource. What I do need is additional police

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officers because of the geography of what we are dealing with.

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The violence has led to many Birmingham shops and businesses

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closing early for a second day. Mary Rhodes is in the city centre

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now, Mary, this must be having a major economic impact?

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It certainly is. The Birmingham Chamber of Commerce said this loss

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of revenue has cost the city to �0.5 million a date. They have

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reported loss of revenue of 50% and trade is down across pubs,

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restaurants and shops, as businesses close early to protect

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staff and property. And it was similar today as shops closed

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Keighley, including the Birmingham Bull Ring, which closed before 4pm

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-- closed earlier. Along New Street, signs of shifting

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up. Word spread from one business to another and they decided to play

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it safe. We are to close at 4pm on the general advice of people around

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us. The boring is closing, so it is probably precautionary but we have

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to -- the Bull Ring shopping centres. Mid-to-late afternoon,

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people do not want to be around. And it was not just shop owners

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frustrated. The fact all the shops are closing seems a little dramatic.

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I would rather get home safely than be in town where it gets nasty.

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Keep doing what we are doing and living as we are, at no point

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stopping everything because of the rioters. It was well before 4pm as

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we headed to the Bull Ring shopping centre and it was closed with

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barriers inside the doors. A police presence had strengthened on the

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street and around. Rush hour started early as people headed home

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to clear the streets of the city's. And this evening, the Institute of

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Asian Businesses has said that Birmingham's Asian business

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community condemns unreservedly the action of the rioters. Nasir Aswan,

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who's president of the institute, said in a statement: "We will unite

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to eradicate this menace and ensure that Birmingham retains the

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friendly, open-for-business reputation that it enjoys

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globally." I can tell you from here that traffic is gridlocked trying

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to get out of the city. It is free on the way in but a lot of police

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vans have headed into the city this evening. I will be back later for a

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further update. News of the death of three men in

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the Winson Green area of Birmingham. Our reporter has been talking to

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shocked families. Three young men were not down here

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by a car that did not stop. They have been named as 31-year-old

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Abdul Mussavir and his brother Shazad Ali. Also with them at

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Haroon Jahan, 21. This mobile phone footage captured the moment just

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after the car sped away. The three friends had been here because they

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had been worried about security at the businesses along Dudley Road.

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The father of Haroon Jahan spoke of his family's last. I cannot

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describe to anyone what it feels like to lose your son. He was

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working with me at one time recently and he left, he got a job

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as a mechanic. Just down the road. I miss him. I miss him deeply. But

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like I said before, a day from now, maybe two days, the whole world

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will forget him and nobody will care. There was solidarity and

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sympathy for the family last night. Outside the City Hospital. Then

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next door neighbour expressed her support. A fine young man, trying

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to just protect our homes. Just to protect our homes, it is just, this

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journey people have taken his mindless and. Us. It is mindless

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and pointless and is getting beyond a joke. We need to stand together

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and fight for peace, because this is England. Forensics experts have

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spent all day at the scene as police appealed for calm. Police

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say this is a complicated inquiry and facts are still emerging. They

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say communities should trust police to protect them and have asked

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people to act with a sense of cool calculation. A police car was used

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today to carry out skit tests. It came as community workers awake for

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hours in tribute. We just need to give families time to grieve and

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communities time to heal and hopefully people empowered to stand

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back and listen. Tonight, as a community Greaves, there were

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renewed calls for restraint and, reflection. -- and reflection. And

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our reporter is at the scene in Winson Green. How have the wider

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community reacted today? There has been the universal shock

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and sympathy and degrees felt hurt on behalf of the family, expressed

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by friends, and family members. And exasperation also at the violence

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and disorder in Birmingham and elsewhere, and the atmosphere in

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the city in the last few days. And I think we cannot get away from the

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fact there is also trepidation about what the future might hold,

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and those very strongly worded pleas for calm.

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They have been meetings held in the area, what happened? -- there have

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been. Meetings have been held throughout

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the day and attended by politicians, faith leaders, community leaders,

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the police. We were at one of those meetings held at a school down the

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road and the feelings were running very high. Their work and passion

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speeches. The hope is people will have listened to those speeches and

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there will be calm not just tonight but also over the forthcoming days.

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Thank you very much indeed. Shopkeepers in the Black Country

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say they've lost hundreds of thousands of pounds after mobs

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rampaged through the streets of Wolverhampton and West Bromwich

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last night. Businesses were attacked with hammers, and then

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looted. A clean-up operation involving young people from the

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community got underway today, as Bob Hockenhull reports. The

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disorder is another blow for small business -- for small businesses

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struggling to survive. Shops like this jewellers in

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Wolverhampton -established for 40 years - bore the brunt when a crowd

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went on the rampage smashing windows with hammers and stealing

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merchandise. We are trying to help as soon as possible. I just do not

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know, I honestly do not know what we will do. There is no money

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coming in. I have got to pay wages, staff. It might be the end of us.

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Youths took to the street both in Wolverhampton and in West Bromwich,

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causing trouble and forcing shops to shut early and lose trade. But

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one brave hairdresser in Wolverhampton stood up to the

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looters - stopping them from attacking her salon.

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There was a group of 300 or 400 children coming and one girl with a

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hammer smashing the windows while the guys kicked the windows through,

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and they were coming here and standing here and swearing. If you

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are not touching my shop, I said! They were telling me not to swear

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while they were smashing up the shops, so I did this. Not my shop,

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please! They were shot and left me alone. -- shocked. It was a very

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different crowd that took to the streets in Wolverhampton this

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morning. Armed with only brushes and pans, the group of mainly young

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people offered to help traders clear up. I felt like doing a nice

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thing because youths were doing it lasts night writing and being a

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menace, so we are being the nice side of the youths -- rioting.

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Everybody on Facebook and Twitter last night were concerned about

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everybody. Most of the city's streets have been cleaned up, but

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by coming together like this, young people feel they are giving

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businesses in the city a sense of reassurance. And reassurance was

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something the Shadow Home Secretary sought to give the people of West

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Bromwich, as she came to witness the aftermath of last night's

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disorder for herself. People are saying, I love Sandwell,

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that is coming out from people wanting to stand up against this

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violence, Africa's it is unacceptable. These are criminal

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elements are damaging the community and also people's livelihoods.

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trade, damaged shops, stolen stock - but there was one business in the

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Black Country not worrying about a drop in profits.

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Obviously, we will wait -- we will make money had a bit but it is

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still not good, really not good. -- ahead of it. Not a Glaser would

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wish it to happen. Because, after all, this is an image which surely

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must be bad for all businesses in the long run.

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The Prime Minister has been in Wolverhampton and in Birmingham

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this afternoon, meeting the police, business leaders and residents in

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some of the worst affected areas. David Cameron said that's where

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what he called the "fightback" begins. Well, our political editor,

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Patrick Burns was there and he joins us now. Patrick, what did he

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mean by that? He means by a fight back, the eye-

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catching elements are that COBRA has given its authority for the use

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with 24 hours' notice of water cannon for the first time on the

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streets of mainland UK. It was seen in Northern Ireland last month.

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Another aspect is a reaffirmation of the police powers, in extreme

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circumstances, to use baton rounds, formerly known as plastic bullets.

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Police have been remarkably reluctant to use these two things

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because they are considered to be only in extreme circumstances, and

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to change the nature of policing in this country. So it is not

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something likely taken. Earlier today, the Prime Minister said he

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did not want to see London lot down. I put it to him that is exactly

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what has been happening in Birmingham. The first priority is

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to increase the number of police on the streets to reclaim them for the

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law abiding and to absolutely make it clear these looters and thieves

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are arrested and prosecuted and convicted and imprisoned. That

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needs to happened -- to happen and it will be much easier for up

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centres to get back to normal and police numbers can come back down

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and Birmingham will be the great city we want it to be. Parliament

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has been recalled tomorrow, how significant is that and what can we

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expect? It is a mark of the extreme gravity of the position we are in.

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For the last time Parliament was recalled in the middle of a summer

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recess, you have to go back to 2002 at the time of the start of the

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Iraq war. And before that, to the attack on the twin towers and

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threat of international terrorism after 9/11, so it is a mark of the

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extreme position we are in. And we can expect a debate about this

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aspect of the policing side of it, the cost that will attach to it at

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the time when the government has very little cash to play with, so I

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expect it to be a very sombre occasion tomorrow. We have heard

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from some MPs who are concerned, how concerned our MPs and the Black

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Country? Deep concern. We have used expressions like mindless

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criminality. Andrew Mitchell, a member of the Cabinet, said, the

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full force of the law will be brought to bear on this. But we

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will also hear discussion in the House of Commons about the question

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of the causes, whether there is an element of a completely

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disconnected under class here, whether there is any link to the

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cuts, very contentious and debate of these were some would say on

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decent people who protest peacefully. Thank you very much

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indeed. Elsewhere, 12 people were arrested in Worcestershire, after

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cars were set alight in Redditch and Worcester. In Coventry, nine

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people were arrested after unrest in the Cheylesmore area of the city.

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There were also disturbances in Gloucester, where police were

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attacked with rocks and bottles, as Steve Knibbs reports. And with no

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apparent shame, some of those in the Gloucester riots last night

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posed for a camera. Around 50-60 rioters fought running

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battles with the police along Barton Street. Copycat crimes

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triggered by disturbances across the UK. Gloucester's Chief

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Constable cut short his holiday to see the damage for himself. The

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Chief told me they'll make sure those responsible are brought to

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justice. These people have come onto the streets and committed

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criminal acts, and the only people they are hurting of the community,

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so it is very disappointing. And I am very clear we want to make sure

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the streets are safe and that people who commit these criminal

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acts need to understand we will be looking to rest them and put them

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before the courts. And it has not taken place long. 14 people have

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been arrested, some as young as 16. This man was taken into custody on

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suspicion of burglary after this newsagents was broken into, the

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only incidents of looting related to last night's violence. The clean

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up this morning was swift. Apart from the burnt-out shell of a

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disused building, there was little sign of the trouble. But there was

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anger. Little kids breaking down people businesses. This community

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is a good community and whoever is doing this, they are sick idiots!

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The people here are not complacent but they are hoping that tonight,

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those intent on causing trouble have got the message and will keep

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away. Pictures of the riots from a small

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community television station based in Birmingham have been beamed

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around the world. Sangat TV, unheard of by most

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people just a few days ago, has taken viewers right to the heart of

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the disorder with their own unique style of reporting and message for

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calm. Joanne Writtle reports. As the full horror of writing unfolded,

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a little-known TV station followed the action, with reporters

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expressing their anger. I do not care if I raise my life because it

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is about humanity! -- will lose my life. It is difficult what is

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happening! Sangat Television at Edgbaston in

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Birmingham is a charity-run station which normally broadcasts

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community-based programmes, often in the Sikh community. When you see

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some of what was going on, you do get emotional. And you say, this is

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totally wrong what is happening here. We are helping the community,

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there you go. As you can see, this is what we need to do for the

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community. The police are doing their job and protecting us. You

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can see it live footage, this is another live exclusive footage and

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Sangat TV. The station normally broadcast community-based

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programmes. But in a complete departure, it followed the violence

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live to warn communities. We wanted to bring peace to the community and

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take misunderstanding out of what was happening. It was mainly just

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looting happening. This is an emergency radio broadcast.

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Meanwhile, as writing was breaking out for his second day, a youth

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radio station here at Highgate in Birmingham broadcast an appeal for

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calm. We would like to say please, please, stay out of it, stay at

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home and out of the scenes. Radio Youthology is run by volunteers and

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aired on the internet, with programmes aimed at 15 to 25 years

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olds. I am disgusted by it. Birmingham is our home and we live

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as one and it brings sadness for me personally to see people's homes

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and buildings being broken into. Back at Sangat TV, their attempts

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to help sometimes caused frustration. Are you listening to

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me? They cannot see down the road because you are blocking their

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vision. What on earth are you trying to do? I know you are trying

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to help us at... Overall, community television and radio took to the

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airwaves to appeal for peace. A lot of media interest around the world

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of what is happening here in the Midlands.

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And there will be continuing coverage throughout the evening and

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into the night on BBC WM, with more from us on BBC One's ten o'clock

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news. Still ahead here on Midlands Today

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tonight, a proud day at Edgbaston, as England take control against

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India. And I'll have more on how the

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weather could affect play later The West Midlands Chief Fire

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Officer has been reassuring people in Birmingham not to be alarmed by

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a huge plume of smoke which appeared over part of the city

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today. It was generated by a huge fire at a scrap yard at the

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Hawksword Metal Recycling Plant in Nechells. The smoke could be seen

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from several miles away. The fire service wanted to make it clear

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that it is nothing to do with the current disturbances.

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The imagery from the Troubles has been a large fires and we are very

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concerned that people travelling across the M C think a big fire is

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going on in big -- in Birmingham and there is an issue, but there is

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not, this is normal business for us and we are putting this fire out.

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It produces a lot of smoke and a lot of people will see this and

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think of other connections. But it really is just normal business for

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Cricket now. Undeterred by the disturbances across Birmingham, the

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third test between England and India has been taking place at

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Edgbaston. Nick Clitheroe's there right now.

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The mood was upbeat around Edgbaston and there were only a few

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signs that security might have been stepped up for this match.

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Generally it appeared the fans couldn't wait for the latest

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chapter in an enthralling test saga. If England win, they'll go to

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number one in the world. They have played awesome and deserve to be

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number one in the world. If they carry on, unstoppable force stop

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they are doing well against every teams are up Mack we have had

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tickets for a year. My friend's but they, so very excited. They will

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win, a Champions'. Sachin Tendulkar will get his century. This is the

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first test match at the ground since the opening of the new �32

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million pavilion. For everyone with Warwickshire cricket in their heart,

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it's a special day. They have done really well and are to be

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congratulated. It is a magnificent facility and I have just seen the

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dressing rooms and they are so big and spacious, it almost, almost

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feels like I should come out of retirement. But almost! There were

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bag checks for spectators, but nothing more than in any previous

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test series. A great atmosphere at Edgbaston and after a difficult

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couple of days for the city, this is just what the City needs. But a

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poignant moment too, as the England team took to the field in black

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armbands in memory of Neal Abberley, former Warwickshire player and

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coach, the man Ian Bell credits for his career.

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One Indian fan had told me before the match he was mainly here to

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watch Sehwag. He better not have blinked, as the Indian opener went

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to his first ball. After a brief Indian fightback, the wicket of

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Sachin Tendulkar meant it was definitely England's morning. But a

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fightback by the captain, MS Dhoni, means this is a day both sets of

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fans could enjoy. And anyway, the 20,000 fans in the ground were just

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delighted that neither the rioters nor the weather had stopped the

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cricket. Great stuff! And did I see superman

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among the crowd! And we could do with him!

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A great day at Edgbaston today. Six of our teams were in Carling

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Cup first round action last night. But only two of them won. Yoann

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Arquinn scored in the 92nd minute to give Hereford United a 1-nil

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victory over Brentford. And League Two Shrewsbury Town

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created one of the shocks of the round. They raced into a 3-nil

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half-time lead at Championship club Derby and held on to win 3-2.

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And all the action from our teams in the Carling Cup will be on the

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BBC Sport website from tomorrow. Let's catch up on the weather

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action now. So far today, the rain has been

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localised - located mainly in the North of the region. It will become

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more widespread over the coming days. There's no shortage of

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systems passing through, but if the times in-between last any length of

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time, we might get some drier interludes, Thursday into Friday

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being one of them. A long pause before quite a messy situation

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unfolds as we head into Saturday. So our chances of seeing the

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Perseid Meteor shower on Friday night might be scuppered by the

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cloud. Hopefully not though on Saturday night, as things begin to

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clear up, although the light of the Moon might put it in the shade a

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bit. It's set to be one of the best displays this year - with 100

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meteors an hour at its peak. Tonight, the rain has a go at

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pushing in from the North and West, but doesn't really affect central

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and Southern parts too much. Some of it could be heavy where it does

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occur and it'll be fairly humid and warm tonight, with lows of around

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14 or 15 Celsius, although the winds will be starting to ease a

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little. Tomorrow will be a duller day with outbreaks of rain, as a

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cold front heads Southwards. But as you can see, most of it's bitty.

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There could be the occasional heavier spell. Temperatures

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generally a little higher - 21-22 - with brisk Southwesterly winds, but

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not as strong as today's. And then tomorrow night's rain dies out.

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Friday looks mostly dry with sun and warming up a little more as the

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winds die down and the winds pick Tonight's main headline: The Prime

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Minister, David Cameron, says a fightback is underway to restore

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law and order. Whatever resources police need, they'll get -

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including baton rounds and water cannon.

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And the West Midlands Chief Constable says he is happy with his

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tactics, but will be deploying extra officers.

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Back now to the disorder on the streets of the West Midlands. Mary

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Rhodes is in Birmingham City Centre now. How do things seen this

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evening? As I reported before, people were

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heading for the buses and trains earlier today and we have been told

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Birmingham New Street are running services as normal and will do so

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throughout the evening. But Bristol Street is still gridlocked and has

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been for at least half an hour. There is cricket at Edgbaston and

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so that could be an additional factor, but a lot of police vans

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have been going past to deal with potential trouble again tonight.

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It was another tough night for police last night and more officers

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on the street tonight? That is right, police presence was

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increased last night, around 600 officers dealing with the looting.

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And we saw extraordinary pictures of an electrical shop looted and

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bigger plasma screens carried away in full view of our cameras and of

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the police. I was at the police press conference today and the

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Chief Constable Chris Sims said those people would be dealt with

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today. And there is an increase police presence -- and increased

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police presence tonight, 1,000 trained officers and other forces

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from outside the area. It is very windy and rain clouds are gathering

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