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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Suzanne Virdee and Nick Owen.

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The headlines tonight. Tragedy of the double holiday death

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that's left four boys orphaned. People are mystified and we do not

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really know what happened at all. All we know is that it is just

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tragic. Businesses are to fund a pilot

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project to tackle poverty and deprivation.

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A lot of these young people know very well all the youngsters that

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were rioting and causing havoc the other week, but they wanted no part

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of it. Three builders remain in hospital

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after scaffolding at a school collapsed. An investigation's

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underway. And after two great wins for Stoke

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and Blues, the draw's announced for the next stages of the Europa

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League. Not many 17-year-olds like myself

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can say that they have played in Good evening, welcome to Friday's

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Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight. Double tragedy on holiday.

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A mother and father have died in separate accidents, leaving their

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four sons orphans. Roger and Mathilde Lamb died while

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on holiday in Morocco. It is believed Mathilde, known as Tilly,

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fell from a window in an apartment where they were staying, while her

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husband died a few days later after falling from another building. Andy

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Newman reports. This is Roger Lamb, the second

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victim of tragically similar accidents. The first killed his

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wife. It happened in Morocco in the town of Essaouira where the couple

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had been holidaying. During their stay at the resort Mrs Lamb fell

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from an apartment window, her injuries proved fatal. Days later,

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Mr Lamb had a fall in another building. His injuries were also

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fatal. The couple lived with their four

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children at Penshen, just outside Pershore. It is a small community

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struggling to come to terms with the enormity of the tragedy. The

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idea that the couple could die in separate falls a few days apart is

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something friends and family are finding it hard to understand. What

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ever the explanation, it has left four children without a mother and

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father. People are mystified. We do not really know what happened at

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all. All we know is that it is tragic, two people have lost their

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lives. In a statement, the family The mayor of neighbouring Pershore

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told me that people were full of grief, but also full of questions.

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There is a lot of stories about the accident. I do not know which ones

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are true. It certainly seems to be a unique accent and has coast a lot

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of interest around the world. Mr Lamb had been living in New

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Zealand where he had gone to get work as an engineer. His holiday in

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Morocco with his wife would have been rare quality time together.

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The manner of its ending seemingly a coincidence of circumstances

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which is hard to comprehend. Our reporter John Maguire is in

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their home village this evening, John, this is a shocking situation,

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is there any more information on what happened to the couple?

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The information it is fairly sparse. And quite confusing. We were told

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that Mathilde Lamb had fallen over a cliff and her husband had gone to

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rescue her. It was only later that we discovered that she had fallen

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from that window on Wednesday night and died in hospital. It seems as

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if her husband's fall took place some time over the weekend. He died

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on Monday. What happens next?

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We know that Mathilde Lamb will be brought back to Wiltshire where she

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has family members. As regards Roger Lamb, the details for his

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return are not been given yet. We do know that the four boys are

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being cared for by family members here in the United Kingdom. We will

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have to wait for further confirmation of details from the

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Moroccan police and from the British consulate who are dealing

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with events in North Africa. Thank you.

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Still to come this Friday evening. It may be a beautiful place to live,

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but young people are being priced out of it.

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I am a Shrewsbury folk festival finding out why this type of music

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is becoming more popular. 14 people have been jailed or sent

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to young offenders institutions for burglary, violent disorder and

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handling stolen goods during the riots in Birmingham and the Black

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Country. Special courts sat to deal with offenders who were jailed for

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between two years and 12 weeks. What kind of sentences were given

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For fairly tough ones. The judge said at the start of proceedings

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said that civil society had broken down. They had to take into account

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their context in which the crimes were committed. The they did in

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court today showed that shop behind be, the Armani Store. A mob of

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people brogue in and ransacked the police, stealing up to half a

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million pounds worth of stock. One man was jailed for 21 C even

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though he only took a T-shirt, handed themselves into police and

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pleaded guilty. There were plenty of other examples like that. People

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were jailed for a year and up to three years.

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What a police had to say? They have said that the CCTV

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footage has been invaluable. They are even getting film that members

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of the public shot themselves. The appeasing together what happened.

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Essentially, they are saying that they will catch you if your a were

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involved -- if you were involved in the looting. They are publishing

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photographs as well. It is where the way we do that, but the level

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of public interest and the desire for people to be named and shamed

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and has had an influence. The message is that if you do not give

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yourself up, you will be caught and you may be jailed for even longer.

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The cost of the riots in our region is still being worked out, but

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estimates put the damage to Birmingham alone at more than �7

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million. The cost to the image of Britain around the world is

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countless. Now the Government is trying out a

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new idea called Social Impact Schemes. These ask businesses to

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fund projects to try to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and

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poor education. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson has

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spent the day at one project which is already teaming young people up

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with Aston Villa Football Club. Hoodies in the rain. This is a

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Garden of Eden in Newtown Birmingham. The 14 and 16-year-olds

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have, for the past three months, been growing vegetables, clearing

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allotment sites and getting used to hard work. The organic produce from

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St George's Post 16 Centre in Newtown Birmingham is being

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especially grown for Aston Villa's restaurants. None of these people

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have been involved and rioting. They are trying to achieve a change.

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A fortnight ago, as Birmingham decended into chaos these young

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people were hard at work. I could have been out in it if I wanted to

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be, a lot of my friends were out of it, but I chose to stay away. I

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came here. It was kind of crazy, but I still came out of my house to

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help here. The order for tomatoes and beans is on its way to the

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Villa ground. This is an enterprise scheme giving young people work

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experience and business skills. The Government is about to introduce

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social impact bonds designed to get companies involved in community

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projects. They work like this. Companies such as Aston Villa could

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invest in community schemes like this one. If truancy levels or exam

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results improve or if crime was cut, the Government would pay the

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company hard cash. But young people's lives are priceless. If

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they are turned around, how much is that worth? A we are putting stuff

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back into the community. We are putting produce into the

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restaurants, we are paying for it and helping the local economy.

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Birmingham is one of four cities chosen to pilot the new government

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scheme. Keeping children out of the criminal justice system, keeping

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them out of care. It that we can tackle some of those really

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difficult problems, you save money for the taxpayer. The organic

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vegetables picked and grown by the youngsters were tonight being

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cooked and served in the Villa restaurant.

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after fire destroyed a pub. Fire

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crews were called to the Orchard pub in Quedgeley in Gloucester

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early this morning. At its height, 48 firefighters were at the scene.

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An investigation into what caused it is under way.

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A 16-year-old boy has been arrested after fire destroyed a pub.

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The family of a man who went missing in Libya say he has been

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found safe and well. Yousef Tabib, seen here on the left, was arrested

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by Gaddafi's militia back in March. His brother Mohammed, who works as

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a dental technician in Birmingham, says he and the rest of the family

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had no idea where he was. But on Wednesday, he had been released

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from Abu Sleem Prison in Tripoli and returned home. I received a

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call from my brother, he was crying. I could not hear what he was saying.

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He was saying that my other brother had been freed. It was so emotional.

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Three men are still in hospital tonight after scaffolding and part

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of a school building collapsed. An investigation into how it happened

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is under way and the construction firm has promised to co-operate

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fully. Those who heard the steelwork crash

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down said it sounded like an earthquake. Well, despite the

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incident, the school says the new term will start on time. Cath

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Mackie reports. Hanging limply to the wall, the

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scaffolding canopy makes a dramatic site.

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Armed with his camera William Gardiner was one of the first at

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the scene in Madeley in Telford. The neighbour said they had a huge

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crash. I grabbed my camera. There was one man on a stretcher.

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Work on the new building at the Abraham Darby Academy began in the

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spring last year. Obviously, a great deal of shock. We have seen

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at the building rise out of the grander the last few months, it

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will be a fantastic new facility, and this is a huge shock.

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Of the five workers injured, three had cuts, bruises and shock. One is

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believed to have broken ribs, while the fifth has spinal injuries.

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Staff and pupils were due to move into the new building in January

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but no decision on that has been taken yet. But some parents are

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worried. I am concerned about bringing my children to the new

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school. Is it could happen again? We have been out and the community,

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talking to people, hoping to reassure them. We assure them in

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what way? Reassure them that the school will be opening as planned.

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Meanwhile the Health and Safety Executive is investigating. Kier

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Moss says it will co-operate fully. The big question of course is how

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did this happen? Specialist construction inspectors from the

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Health and Safety Executive are on site trying to answer that question,

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but it is going to be some time yet before the full story is known.

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Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today, Telford.

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Good to have you with us this evening.

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Coming up. It has been a real rollercoaster

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week of weather with conditions changing by the hour. So will the

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Bank Holiday weekend leave us on an up or a down? Join me for the

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forecast in a few minutes. It's the largest officially

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designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but is it becoming

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a no-go area for many young people born there? The Cotswolds might be

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admired all over the world, but a shortage of affordable homes means

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residents cannot afford to live in the area where they are born. Bob

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Hockenhull has been looking into the problem and finding out what's

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being done to help struggling workers. It is a beautiful place to

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be, but houses in the Cotswolds cost 18 times the average salary,

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making them less affordable than anywhere else in the Midlands.

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22-year-old Tim Righton was born in the area. He has to live with his

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mum in Honeybourne in Worcestershire as he can't afford

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to rent or buy. And, ironically, it's Tim's skills

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that are helping to preserve one of the Cotswolds best known features.

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He's a dry stone waller taking home �800 a month. How do you feel about

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this? It is upsetting. People from London come down and buy holiday

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homes. The council bought them and sold them of Homes should be for

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people who live here all the time, not just weekends.

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In nearby Chipping Campden, estate agent Mark Annett has been selling

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houses in the North Cotswolds for 32 years. The first cottage I sold

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was about �14,000. Today it would be �300,000. The cheapest home in

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his shop window is not much less than that. Without families and

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young people, second home owners who are not here all the time,

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retail shops cannot survive. There is no doubt about it, young people

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who were born here and would like to stay here cannot afford to pay

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the prices. It is a great shame. The National Housing Federation

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says a house in the countryside costs on average over �40,000 more

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than a house in an urban area even though rural wages are lower.

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There are some some attempts to help. Projects like this in Long

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Compton in Warwickshire where affordable homes have been

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subsidised by normal value houses built on the same plot of farm land.

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The developer here is also involved in other building schemes aimed

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specifically at locals. This is housing which is built for sale,

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but there are restrictions on it which means that for the first time

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it comes on the market, it can only be sold to people from the local

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community. When they come to sell, the same restrictions apply.

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For now though, many young people like Tim can only dream that one

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day they will eventually be able to live independently in their own

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property in this beautiful part of the Midlands. Bob Hockenhull BBC

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Midlands Today in the Cotswolds. It certainly is beautiful.

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Supporters of Stoke City and Birmingham City will need two vital

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ingredients if they're to follow their teams across Europe this

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season. An up-to-date passport and plenty of cash.

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Stoke's man-of-the-match Matthew Upson scored on his home debut. And

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so did Nathan Redmond, a new teenage sensation at St Andrew's.

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Ian Winter reports. Midday in Monaco, and the finest

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brains in European football were hard at work. If 48 teams are

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placed into 4 pots of 12, then how long should it take UEFA to divide

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those teams into 12 groups of 4. It felt like a GCSE maths question.

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And the answer was clearly a long, long time.

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Plenty of time in fact to reflect on Stoke City's excellent win

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against FC Thun. New signing Matthew Upson marked his home debut

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with the opening goal and went on to be man of the match. Five

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minutes later, Kenwyne Jones made it two. The Swiss knew the game was

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up when Greg Whelan made it 3-0 before halftime. Jones' second

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wrapped it up in the second half to leave 24,000 Potters in fine voice.

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It is great to take their team through to the group stage. We

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worked so hard last season. This is the award for the players hard work.

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Back in Monaco, the complicated draw was now in full swing. And yet

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there was still no sign of... Eureka! The Potters finally

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appeared and were promptly dispatched to group E to face three

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marathon journeys to the Ukraine, Turkey and Israel.

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And so to St Andrew's where Birmingham City were looking for an

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early goal to settle the nerves against Nacional from Madeira. And

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what a goal it was. 17-year-old Nathan Redmond on his full debut

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for his beloved Blues. A local hero to leave the Blues fans jumping.

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used to set just over there and watch the other players when I was

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about eight years old when I first joined. Now I am on the pitch and

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scoring, it is a good feeling. That hard work has paid off.

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Blues were 2-0 up by halftime thanks to David Murphy's glancing

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header. And they sealed their place in today's draw when Chris Wood

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made it 3-0 four minutes from time. Birmingham's next opponents will be

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Braga of Portugal, Bruges of Belgium and Maribor, the Slovenia

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side which knocked out Rangers last night.

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Sadly, proceedings in Monaco were coming to a close. The epic event

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had taken the best part of an hour. It felt like saying farewell to an

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old friend. But at least there's another Euro draw tonight.

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Potentially a good deal more lucrative and definitely far

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shorter. Exciting times.

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Meanwhile, Aston Villa have agreed to sell full-back Luke Young to

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Queens Park Rangers, which means he will miss tomorrow's local derby

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against Wolves at Villa Park. That will be music to the ears of

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the Wolves boss Mick McCarthy who warmed up for the game by cycling a

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half marathon this week for charity. His team have made an impressive

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start to the season, winning their opening two matches in the Premier

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League. We deserve to win. We played well

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in the games. There are times when you get a result and you think a...

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But to play well and deserve to them is better. There have been no

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easy games. This game is the most imported one of the season. You

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have to look for words. You have to look at the next one. It is a home

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game, we have been fortunate enough to have two home games. You always

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fancy yourself against anybody at home.

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And BBC WM has full match coverage from 11 tomorrow morning, and of

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course you can follow your team by on your local radio station.

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Thousands of people are descending on Shrewsbury this weekend as the

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town holds its annual folk festival. It is not on the scale of

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Glastonbury or the V Festival, but it has grown from a few hundred

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fans into the second biggest festival of its type in the country.

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In fact, the festival sold out in April and has been organised by the

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same couple for the past 15 years. Ben Sidwell has the spent the day

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in Shrewsbury. So Ben, why has it become so popular?

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We are on the main stage, preparation is still going on

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around us. This stage opens and the music starts and about 30 minutes.

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About 20,000 people will be here this weekend to come and see some

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of the top fork acts from across the world. But as I have been

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finding out, much of its success is down to a growth in this type of

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music amongst the younger generation. If your idea of folk

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music is grey-haired men in Arran sweaters with their fingers in

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their ears, then think again. Sounded checking for tonight's

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performance this is one of the new breed of folk artists who have

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crossed over to the mainstream. They have played around 30

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festivals this summer. They are not The crowd coming to Shrewsbury for

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a festival is getting them were every year. We have seen a lot of

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younger people this year than last year. A bit more for bands are

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getting into the charts. I would have katydid a few years ago, but

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now I am at the Festival. -- I would have hated it. I think it is

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more indie music. Like all major festivals, it has the obligatory

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dance tent, but here it is rather different. Now in its 15th year,

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shoes but they folk Festival is still very much a family affair.

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Organised by this couple. We met at a festival, got married and moved

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to Shropshire. We had only been there a few months will be decided

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that the town needed a folk festival. This year's festival is

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the most successful yet. It is different when it is your own

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festival. The love to see people happy. When it you what an audience

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that is loving something on stage, you do feel proud. The festival

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sold out in April, but for those people not lucky enough to have a

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ticket, they can still see the acts live on stage thanks to this

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caravan. It was sent that their performances across the world. With

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folk music becoming more popular, festivals like this one in

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Shrewsbury look like they have a very bright future. Let's speak to

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the lead singer of the main headline act are tonight. Why is

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there the young people are getting back into folk music? I think

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recorded music is getting more disposable and people are valuing

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the live experience more. Folk music, traditional music is the

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most live kind of music you can have up. The instruments are played

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live, not always the case with other types of music. This is one

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of the bigger folk festivals across the country. It is, yes. It is one

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of the biggest and one of the best. In terms of the quality of their

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experience, there is a whole range of different stages. There are

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always new idea has come into the Festival, they are very inventive.

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You are playing tonight, there are plenty of people waiting here. We

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need to get off stage so they can do their sound check. Thousands of

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people are waiting outside. Back to you.

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And you can hear highlights of the folk festival on Genevieve Tudor's

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Folk Show from 7pm on Sunday night on BBC Hereford & Worcester, BBC

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Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio Stoke

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One of the most venomous spiders in the world has been found at a

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But what is the weather going to be But what is the weather going to be

:25:30.:25:40.
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Mixed. It has been a bit wet. But for the weekend, sunshine at an

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showers is the best way to sum it up. Plenty of showers today. He is

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the radar picture. We have this band of persistent rain that pushed

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up through it eastern parts of our region. We have been left with

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these showers. Do not be surprised if you hear the odd rumble of

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thunder. It will clear away to the east and by the end of the night,

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most of us should be dry. Temperatures of nine or ten Celsius.

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This is how things look to the start of the day on Saturday. An

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area of high pressure really in control of our weather. The winter

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is coming in from the north-west, - - the wind is coming in from the

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north-west, so it will feel cool. But we will have drier and brighter

:26:33.:26:38.

spells that we have seen today. Temperatures still disappointing,

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around 18 Celsius. Tomorrow night, most of those showers should die

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away. On Sunday, again it, some showers. But some good sunny spells

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in between. Barley after them, more general dry weather heading into

:26:56.:27:06.
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the North. -- by the afternoon. For Monday, few were showers, but

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temperatures feeling disappointing. Some slow improvements, but nothing

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spectacular. A look at tonight's main headlines.

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Colonel Gaddafi is nowhere to be seen as rebels still battle to

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assume total control of the capital. And a Worcestershire couple have

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died in two separate incidents on holiday in Morocco, orphaning four

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