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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today with Suzanne Virdee and Michael

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Collie. The headlines tonight: Praise from

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the Prime Minister and a Chief Constable for the calming words of

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a grieving father, desperate his son's murder doesn't lead to more

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violence and rioting. Those words were so powerful, so

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heartfelt, so spontaneous and generous.

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A quiet night on the streets, but a busy one for the courts - they sat

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all night to bring those accused of looting and violence to justice.

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A calmer night on the region's streets, but some stores still

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close early again. It is a bit eerie walking round and seen for

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shots like this. That seemed the shots. -- and seen that the shots

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like this. And after the riots, the Home

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Office considers banning an EDL protest in Shropshire this weekend.

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Good evening, welcome to Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: It was

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a "powerful and generous appeal for calm." That's how the West Midlands

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Chief Constable described a grieving father's appeal for an end

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to the violence, following the killing of his son. He also said he

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believed Tariq Jahan's dignified call for calm had stopped the

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tensions escalating. Haroon Jahan was killed in a hit

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and run along with brothers Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir in Winson

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Green in Birmingham early yesterday morning. It was feared their

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murders - as they tried to protect businesses and properties from

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looters - could ignite more violence and rioting. Mary Rhodes

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reports. The tributes keep coming. Members

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of the community and people from outside the area continue to pay

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their respects to the three men who lost their lives on Wednesday

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morning. I feel it bad. Very emotional? I am. We just hope that

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everybody unites together, it does not matter what colour, whatever.

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Because this cyst a loss for no reason. Three innocent people, it

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is amazing this is happening. We have come to show our respect for

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the family. Two brothers, Shazad Ali and Abdul Musavir, and 21-year-

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old Haroon Jahan were killed after they were hit by a car. The Chief

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Constable of West Midlands Police, Chris Sims, met with Haroon's

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father this lunchtime. Yesterday, Tariq Jahan had appealed

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for calm. Today, at we stand here to breed

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with all the youths to remain calm for our communities to stand united

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-- to plead with a. Those words were so powerful, so hot felt, so

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spontaneous and generous that I think anyone that occurred them

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must have been moved it -- so heartfelt. And anyone who thought

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there was any mileage from continuing his cycle of violence in

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the name of those young men that died I think we'll have thought

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twice about it. It seems the call has, so far, been listened to. A

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vigil held late last night passed off peacefully. Sikhs and Muslims

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have been branded for many years at extremists and terrorists, yet

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there were more than 500 people and not one stone throne. The hooligans

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are no -- the hooliganism and extremism was around the UK. What

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did you ask the Chief Constable today? I said, how many more people

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have to die before this hooliganism has to come to an end? He said, we

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are working hard at this and soon it will come to an end. A brother

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this afternoon was left grieving. have only -- I am the only some

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left now, the backbone of the family, so I have to be strong in

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myself and not break in pieces. I have to clear the pieces there are

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broken back together again. sense of shock is still very raw in

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Winson Green, a community united in grief.

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And we'll be hearing from Chief Constable Chris Sims when he joins

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us live later in the programme. First though, Mary Rhodes is in

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Winson Green. Mary, what's the scene there tonight?

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Yes, detectives investigating the deaths of the three men killed here

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have today arrested three more men on suspicion of murder. And the 32-

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year-old man previously arrested has been bailed pending further

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enquiries. The mood all day has been of sorrow and grief and more

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people have been coming too late weeds and pay their respects.

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Family members have been down here this afternoon and gathering a lot

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of support from members of the community. Today, and was struck

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people were coming from outside Winson Green. And that sense of

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shock and grief and wanting to unite as a community. And it seems

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that call for calm from Tariq Jahan has been heeded and the hope here

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and in the wider community is that will also be apparent tonight, and

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there will be a second night of calm. The community is still deeply

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united in grief. Thank you from Winson Green.

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A quiet night on our streets, but a busy one in court. Magistrates sat

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throughout the night to deal with dozens of people accused of looting

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and violence during two nights of rioting across Birmingham and the

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Black Country. Almost a quarter of the cases involved children. Some

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offenders have already been jailed and sentenced. Let's go live now to

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Ben Godfrey at Solihull Magistrates Court, where the all-night sessions

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were held. Ben, this is very unusual to have an all-night

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sitting like this, isn't it? It is, what we saw overnight last

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night started at about 7:30pm and finishing at 6am today was a

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conveyor-belt of alleged criminality come -- or, at some

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admitted it and some did not. 20 people have been remanded in

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custody and some sentenced and some two told to come back. We are

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talking about burglary, theft, arson, between the ages of 14 and

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Tell us about some of those people that have been dealt with.

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Some of the cases include that of a 24-year-old man from Newtown in

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Birmingham who admitted handling stolen goods almost �5,000 worth of

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perfume from House of Fraser. He is awaiting sentence.

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Next, a man jailed for six months for looting a Birmingham newsagent

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of more than �3,500 worth of cigarettes. And a 15-year-old boy

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who cannot be identified for legal reasons charged with burglary, at

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items worth �20, he has been remanded in customer -- in custody.

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And I understand a 14-year-old girl has been arrested by police in

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Wolverhampton, she is being questioned and has been escorted by

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a family member to the police station he suspected her of

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stealing clothes. David Cameron once tough sentences,

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are magistrates responding? -- he wants. I have been to a

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number of cases where teenagers have been sent away with probation

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orders. One remanded in custody today. It is not just young people

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involved, through the courts over the last day, a 44-year-old man was

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charged with possession of a gas spray. Another look special court

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is sitting this evening in Birmingham, it is under way now and

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should finish by 9:30pm. Thank you very much indeed.

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On the day MPs were recalled to Westminster to debate the riots,

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politicians from our worst-affected areas have clashed over the

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Government's plans to cut police budgets. Our political editor,

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Patrick Burns, joins us from Westminster. Patrick, a lot of

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people saying tonight that it seems like madness to cut police numbers

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after these riots. Mr Cameron's reply is that if the

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police were thin on the ground, it's because they began by treating

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it as a public order issue rather than one of criminality. He

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promised the Commons that even after these economies, the police

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would be able to muster the sort of surge in numbers which we saw on

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the streets last night. But I put it to one of his Cabinet colleagues

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that this is a funny time to be cutting the police.

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The chief constable in them West Midlands has made it clear that he

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has adequate resources for policing -- the West Midlands. And there is

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no question, the Prime Minister has made clear he will reopen this

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issue. The key point here is to catch and prosecute those who have

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been involved in outrageous and discussed in the offences in

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Birmingham and across Britain. is the sort of strength of feeling

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on the opposition benches? Very strong indeed.

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Six local MPs - David Winnick, Richard Burden, Tom Watson, Pat

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McFadden and Rob Flello - lined up behind Labour's demands for the

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Government to reverse the cuts. And one MP whose constituency saw some

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of the most serious disorder told me Government promises to transfer

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police officers from the back office to the front line would be

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counter-productive. I think that is just absolutely

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unbelievable. And indeed, there has been a memorandum from the

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Warwickshire police League today inviting backroom staff to take

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voluntary redundancies with the clear indication that they will be

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replaced by police there are currently on frontline duties -- a

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leak. That to me demonstrates the fallacious nest of the Prime

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Minister's position. Is this one of those issues that

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could drive a wedge between the Coalition partners?

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No sign of any great splits on this so far. Most Liberal Democrats

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challenging Labour to spell out what they'd cut instead to stave

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off cuts to the police. There is a question of deployment. We have two

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statements today, one is about the finances. We know the government

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plan to have about 40% of the GDP spent on public services, more than

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in the first Tony Blair government. If you do not get your deficit

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under control, you have a higher deficit and more cuts. Labour have

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to have more cuts or they have to tell us whether money is coming

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from. -- where the money. And such is the demand for MPs to

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speak in this debate that it's been extended by an extra hour and will

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now continue until 8 o'clock. Back to you.

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Well, we're joined now by the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police,

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Chris Sims. Good evening. Thankfully, a quiet night last

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night. Monday and Tuesday, sickening scenes of the violence

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and looting, are do not worried as we have heard MPs are that if these

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police cuts are planned and, you will not cope with future

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situations like this? -- are you not worried. I am not here to talk

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about cuts and budgets, I do not think the people of West Midlands

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would want me talking about that sort of thing when we are still in

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the middle of dealing with an operational set of challenges.

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she would not be able to cope. have come to talk about the

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operational challenges we face now. It is the politicians who would

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think about budgets. We saw breathtaking scenes on Monday and

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Tuesday, people looting brazenly and police seemed to be holding

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back. No, what you have seen is almost 400 people arrested in those

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two days. More arrested, that will follow. My officers doing fantastic

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work. Brave work, in order to bring the situation under control to get

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a climate of deterrents back so people do not think they can commit

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offences with impunity and to get control back on the streets, and

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that is what you are seeing now and what she will continue to see.

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Monday night, pictures were very different. You have to understand

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that ordinary law-abiding members of the public cannot understand why

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you did not just moved in and arrest people. There were lines of

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police and people walking off with TV's. I have been all day receiving

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support from political leaders, members of the community, I think

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with respect they seem to have a better understanding of what

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officers were dealing with then you seem to have from your desk in the

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studio. Interesting to say that, I have spoken to a Westminster -- a

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West Midlands police officer and they say that police tactics were

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pink and fluffy policing. They say officers on the ground know what

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needs to be done but high-ranking officers do not let them, what do

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you say? I say 400 people are facing prosecution as a result of

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the tactics we used. We have gone in the most robust way to protect

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people in the West Midlands, we will continue to do that. I do not

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know who that officer is, at a suspect he was probably a long way

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from the action -- I suspect. And his or her colleagues were probably

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facing real danger and making snap decisions to do the right thing to

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protect people in the West Midlands. Nobody is saying your officers were

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not brave, but I would also like to talk about, you have been to see

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Tariq Jahan today, the father of one of the men, one of the three

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men killed in the early hours of yesterday morning. What he had to

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say was incredibly powerful and she said that, humbling to hear a man

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grieving coming out with that kind of speech. I was honoured to be

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invited to the house. It was a private conversation, I wanted to

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pay my condolences to the family. I wanted to say on behalf of my

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colleagues and the wider community that we were all astounded at the

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bravery and frankness of the intervention that he made. At the

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time that he was suffering as a father, he found it within himself

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to come forward, it to represent the wishes of the community, and I

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told him in my view, he made the difference between last night

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becoming an issue of violence between sections of the community

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and instead we had a-night of relative calm. And hopefully again

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tonight. You have six officers on the street, am I correct? Around

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10pm, we had 6,000 and have a similar pattern tonight. So the

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people of the West Midlands are safe tonight? With support from

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colleagues in Scotland and across the region, we will do everything

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we can to not only make the streets safe but to offer a deterrent to

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people who want to cause trouble. And you very much indeed for coming

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to see me. -- thank you. There was no major trouble on the

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streets of the region last night after two nights of lawlessness,

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looting and rioting. Birmingham and the Black Country were starting to

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return to something like normal today, although boarded-up shops

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and windows betrayed the fact that it's not yet quite business as

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usual, with trade down by millions Birmingham City centre and West

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Bromwich were welcoming shoppers back today.

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In Birmingham, many we spoke to were shocked by the aftermath of

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the riots. We were not meant to meet -- I came to meet a friend and

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we were meant to meet on Tuesday and delayed it till today because

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we feel safer. I am shocked looking around. You carry on, what can you

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do? Let them stop quite complete the? No! As calm returned to

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Birmingham city centre, this newsagent, who's spent 26 years

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building up her business, said she would not be deterred. We have got

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to compensate losses and pay my staff and pay the bills. Somebody

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has to pay for that. Business as usual for a dry cleaners, refusing

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to close early. We cannot let these people win, we have to make a stand

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and carry on as normal. gleaming office blocks in the city

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centre may not be boarded up, but there's a hidden cost. The Chamber

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of Commerce estimates that sending staff home early in financial and

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legal firms could have cost �3.5 million. And there's a global

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reputation to protect too. I do not think it will take as long to

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forget the riots. It might take a bit longer to recover some of that

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reputation will damage, pictures that have gone not just across this

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country but probably more worryingly in overseas markets in

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China, India, Brazil, Russia. Countries we want to invest in

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Birmingham because it is a brilliant City to invest in.

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Bullring said initially it would stay open until 8pm, it has been

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revised until 6:00pm. A spokeswoman for the Bullring said additional

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security measures had been put in place, adding that the primary

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concern is for the safety of shoppers and retailers, and they

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continue to work closely with the police. In West Bromwich, a vibrant

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scene. All a far cry from the terror it's suffered. This needs to

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stop and we are a community, a multicultural community, and people

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need to work together. They should be dealt with really severely.

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Birmingham tonight, at a quiet scene outside the usually busy

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restaurants. Birmingham and West Bromwich is slowly returning to

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normal, but memories of the last few days are still vivid.

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So what is the situation now? Much, and more peaceful as people

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make their way home from work and shopping -- much more, and more

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peaceful. The newsagents behind me is still open having closed early.

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It will stay open until 9pm. West Midlands police have the same had

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the presence, about 1,000 public order trained officers. In the

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jewellery Quarter, one bar owner said on his Facebook page he is

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determined it is business as usual tonight and he will not be deterred

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by the troublemakers. So an air of normality returning to

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the streets of Birmingham tonight - a huge relief for all those who

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live, work and care about the city. And joining us now is the Leader of

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Birmingham City Council, Councillor Mike Whitby. First of all, your

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reaction to the events of the past few days?

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It has been terrible and it has been very sad, and something we do

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not want to experience again it's a black as simple as that? It is a

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terrible experience and has harmed our reputation. It has dented

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people's prosperity and has frightened many people. And while

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we all want normality, we are creeping towards it. So what do we

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do about it from the City council's point of view? Salford, Greenwich

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and Nottingham said those found guilty of criminality will be

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evicted if they are in council houses, is Birmingham doing that?

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am not sure, but we are working in conjunction with the police and

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anybody caught will be published. And the you process carried out.

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Would you be tempted to do that? have seen terrible scenes in

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Birmingham, at we have three councils acting robustly against

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people found guilty. What robust action will the council here take?

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At the moment, we will certainly make sure those people intimidating

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people utilising our services, there has to be a relationship

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between that and a penalty. Meaning what? People using it your

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services... We have not made a decision and I do not want to make

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that here. We now have the power to affect people, but there are social

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consequences of course. If you evict people, where do they go? We

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do not want to just immediate the respond to it. But they should be

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some fought of punishment and I know viewers are quite rightly

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saying the action we have taken, the moronic idiocy and criminality

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needs to be punished, and we will do all we can see. To what extent

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do you hold with the argument that people are reacting to what they

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see around, the court and sew one, the difficulties they are facing? -

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- the cuts and so on. The City council is making cuts in areas

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where people say it matters. walked a deadly road the morning

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after the sad death of the three young men and I spoke to a range of

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people, Muslims, Christians, black, wide, Brown, from all over the

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world, and every person said those looting and rioting were

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fundamentally criminals and it was not related to that. But we now see

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empty streets, this is the office - - this is the image going around

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the world of Birmingham, is that a problem for you? I have gone to the

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cricket and it is good, we are winning and doing well. We are

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carrying out as much as we can in normal conditions. There is a

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healing process and we have to review what we have learnt, liaise

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with the police and the community. A lot of work, this is the healing

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process. Thank you very much indeed. The Home Office is considering

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banning a demonstration by the English Defence League in Telford

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on Saturday. The local council has made an application to stop it

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taking place. It's come too late for Telford

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United Football Club though - their game against Luton Town has been

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called off. Ben Sidwell reports. Businesses in Wellington, in

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Telford, are preparing for the worst on Saturday. Nearly all are

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closing, many are also boarding up windows for the arrival of the

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English Defence League. It is a waste of resources and a waste of

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time, I hated. It is causing us so much heartache wondering if we even

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have a shock to come back to. would be foolish not to realise the

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strength of feeling of people around here who do not want this

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March. If there is nothing good about it. We will just say to them,

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please leave the March this time? Following the rioting around the

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country over the past few days, police have asked Telford & Wrekin

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Council to try and get Saturday's march banned. The police think it

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is the right thing to do, so do the council and the Muslim business

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community also stock Mac -- also. At AFC Telford United, that ban

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will come too late to save their opening game of the season.

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Everything was ready for the arrival of Luton Town and a crowd

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of around 5,000 were expected to see the club's first game back in

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the Football Conference. The court had already moved the fixture twice

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from its original 3pm start. First took a lunchtime kick-off and then

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to 7:45pm -- first to a lunch time. But West Murcia Police asked them

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to call the game off altogether leaving them no choice but to

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postpone the match. Banning the march does not stop people from

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gathering on Saturday, but people here hope it will be enough of a

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deterrent to keep them away. The owner of Birmingham City has

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been banned from leaving Chinese territory after appearing in a Hong

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Kong court on money laundering charges. Carson Yeung's defence

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team offered to increase his bail payments to almost a quarter-of-a-

:24:57.:25:00.

million pounds so that he could fly to Birmingham for this weekend's

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home game. But a magistrate ruled that he's got to remain in China

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ready for another court appearance later this month.

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Profits at the Midlands car maker Jaguar Land Rover are up following

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strong sales in China and Russia. The firm made pre-tax profits of

:25:14.:25:20.

�248 million in the second quarter of the year. That's a rise of nine

:25:20.:25:24.

million on the same time last year. Sales of vehicles are up 50% to

:25:24.:25:34.
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62,000. We're seeing signs of it clearing

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up now, so for cricket, the weather doesn't pose too many problems.

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There's probably a greater risk of being caught out during the weekend.

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A showery one - and with the nature of showers - you either get them or

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you don't, and it's difficult to pinpoint where they'll strike. But

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as far as tonight goes, the showers are quite regimented towards the

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South, but on their way out now. There's just this area of rain to

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the North that could just clip parts of Staffordshire. But all

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other areas looking mainly dry overnight and cloudy, but warm and

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humid, with lows of 15-16 Celsius. The winds are calming right down

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too tonight. A bit of mistiness over the hills tonight. A bit murky

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and grey tomorrow morning, but there'll be some sunnier spells

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breaking through during the afternoon. It's a mainly dry

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picture tomorrow, but you can just see the threat of rain to the West

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of us, and we could see a few spots of rain from that at some point

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during the day, but nothing disruptive. A warm and humid day,

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with a top temperature of 21 Celsius, with light-to-moderate

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south-westerly winds. And then tomorrow night looks wetter, as

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this band of rain starts to move eastwards, but it's tending to

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break up now, so there'll be pockets of heavier rain, but it's

:26:56.:27:06.
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mostly patchy in nature. Warm and muggy once more. Showers for the

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A look at tonight's main headlines: Hunting down the rioters one by one

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- police make more arrests, as David Cameron pledges whatever it

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takes to restore law and order. And here - a Chief Constable pays

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tribute to a grieving father's appeal for an end to the violence.

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That's all from us this evening, but on tomorrow's programme, we'll

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be looking more at the challenge Birmingham now faces marketing

:27:34.:27:37.

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