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Welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines: and prepared and slow to

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respond. Criticism of the police after the Birmingham riots. There

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was in position to -- insufficient rind trade police officers.

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famous old family company is saved. The strength of demand and the

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global reach of the business is an attractive deal. The toughest

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trading conditions in 40 years, the battle for survival on our high

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streets. And Staffordshire's because and bishops padding up as

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they play to keep hold of one of Good evening and welcome to

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Monday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, could or should

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police have reacted more quickly during the Birmingham riots. Claims

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are being made by its residents in Handsworth, saying police were

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unprepared for the riots and slow to respond. It is part of evidence

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to a committee of MPs investigating. West Midlands Police have defended

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their tactics and said they will be publishing their own findings into

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the policing of the riots on a Thursday.

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Back to its vibrant and bustling self, Handsworth's famous Soho Road

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shows few of the scars. But rioting was a fierce here, looting

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sustained, and the way the police handled it is still a bone of

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contention. They were caught out. Half the police looked like they

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were scared. You cannot suddenly go, there is a load of cobblers to deal

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with it. You just do not know where it is going to break out. -- a load

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of coppers. A fortnight ago, at a conference, traders and community

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do workers discussed the trouble in Handsworth. Their evidence has been

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put into a document. The riots caught the police on the hob, it

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says. The police failed to engage with members of the local community,

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leaving them by and large to defend their own premises. It says that

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officers should have been at the incident in Winson Green where

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three men were run over and died. They had insufficient resources to

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deal with the incidence in the city centre and when the riot police

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were asked to divert their attention to the Soho Road in

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Handsworth, much of the damage had already been done. There were

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insufficient officers. Kernail Singh was at a council read a

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biased sale -- session today. When the riot started, he called the

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police to his shop but they did not come. I am not blaming but I know

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it was a very hard time for everybody. And a jeweller who took

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part in last month's conference is in no rush to criticise police.

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They could have been so representation -- some

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representation on Soho Road to allow some response, but hindsight

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is a wonderful thing. For the Government, the Tyneside involves

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the learning of lessons. Majesty's constabulary have been

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asked to look at what happened so that lessons can be learned for the

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future to deal with disorder. comment from the police today. They

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will present their own report into the handling of the riots to MPs

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later this week. Up to 900 people are expected

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better public debate about the riots in Birmingham Town Hall

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tonight. It is hosted by BBC Radio 4's Today programme. Our

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correspondent is there now. With the Straits -- streets quiet for a

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few weeks now, his is a chance to dig deeper into any lessons that

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can be learnt? It is certainly not quite here at Birmingham's

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magnificent town hall. The crowds are flocking here half an hour

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before the show gets under way. Back in 19 No 1 this very hall was

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the scene where David Lloyd George was taking part in a political

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debate. He had to be is smuggled out as a low full -- local police

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officer because there was a mob outside. We are not expecting

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tonight's debate to be quite as rioters as that. The man who is

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going to be in charge of the whole debate is here, from the Today

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programme. Will you get to the heart of what caused the riot?

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hope so. We are trying not to have an evening of political speeches.

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They have their place and people can make their points in them but

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this is an effort to try to get some people from community

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organisations, from the churches, von local government, from the

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police, to give their view in a very practical way, first of all

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from what happens and whether we need to get a handle on the detail

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of what happened, and then to argue bats about where the beginnings of

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solutions arise, and the interesting thing, I think we will

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all struck by the events in early August that most sensible people,

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whether in politics or not, said, something has happened that is

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bigger than normal and that is the point. As we have already said, we

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are hoping that lessons will be learnt and we will be bringing you

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the update on this debate throughout our bulletins tonight

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and tomorrow. Thank you. You can follow that debate online with a

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video coverage via the Today programme website or on Twitter.

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There will be full reaction and coverage on BBC WM and your local

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radio station tomorrow morning. Still ahead: Faster trains to

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London but far fewer places to buy your tickets, with plans to shut

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dozens of booking offices at There has been relief, joy even, in

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Kidderminster today, with news that the world famous carpet making

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company Brintons has been saved from closure. The company, which

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employs 700 people in the UK, had debts of �20 million. It has now

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been brought by an American private equity firm.

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Brintons Carpets have featured large in this man's life. 37 years

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ago he followed his father into the Kidderminster Thatcher. A lot of

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people have family who worked here. And suddenly it looked as if his

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hopes have been realised, at least for the time being, with investment

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from anti-American business. secures the future. It gives us a

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route back to profitable growth. Brintons, which began and 1783, now

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has factories in India, Portugal and is about to expand into China.

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But it was hit hard in the recession, resulting in debts of

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�20 million. The New Deal wipes the debts clean. Coppetts here are sent

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all over the world. Its company has a proud 228 year history and it

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hopes now it has secured its future. This woman joined the firm in the

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footsteps of her parents and grandparents. It is a positive

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thing that we have the company come in to help out. The key thing for

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people who work here are jobs. How safe are people's jobs? In life you

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cannot give guarantees. What we now have is a venture capitalist, a

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private equity company, and that means all our units have to remain

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competitive for the future. But there are no plans to change

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anything today. So the pressure is on, as the American bank Rollers

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will want to see a healthy return on their investment. But for now at

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least, there is a sigh of relief. Other news and a pilot who died

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when his light aircraft crashed on Friday afternoon has been named as

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52-year-old Clive Greenaway from Stratford-on-Avon. His plane came

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down in fields near the A1 close to Peterborough. It is thought to have

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hit power lines coming into land. He had taken off from Long Marston

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airfield in Warwickshire. A teenage girl has been sentenced

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to life in prison for killing a father of two from Stoke-on-Trent.

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Sheree Smith, 19, was found guilty of murdering Andreas Fantousi last

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November. He was stabbed outside his house in Tunstall. Michael

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Gordon, 22, was sentenced to ten years after being convicted of

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manslaughter. The public inquiry into the circumstances of the

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Stafford Hospital scandal has started again after a summer break.

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Today, the inquiry heard that the body organising the training of

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doctors at the hospital was unaware of the extent of failings which

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contributed to the deaths of patients. As our health

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correspondent Michele Paduano reports, the investigation is in

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its final phase, with several high- profile witnesses about to give

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Day 114 of the public inquiry. This time it was Dr Elizabeth Hughes,

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head of the West Midlands Deanery, responsible for the education of

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junior doctors. But it has all been said before. Poor communication,

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doctors scared to speak out. Lack of scrutiny. When I took up my post,

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I did not find any evidence of So far, perhaps the most high-

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ranking casualty has been Cynthia Bower. Now head of the organisation

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responsible for quality, she missed the seriousness of what was

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happening at Stafford. This inquiry should be over by the end of

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November but we are still to hear from senior politicians and the big

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hitters from the Department of Health. By crispers, some big

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reputations could be in tatters. -- by Christmas. And tomorrow, former

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Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham gives evidence. He was

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hounded by Cure The NHS outside his constituency. We want every person

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that died in that hospital examined. And over the phone. You had no

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choice, Andy, you had no choice. You have ordered a secret inquiry.

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He appears before the inquiry that he never wanted. What did he have

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to prove to pass it forward for the Foundation Trust? Was he looking at

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serious untoward incidents, complaints, failure in patient

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safety? It was so obvious about hospital. Later this month, we will

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hear from the chief executive of the NHS, David Nicholson, who has

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to explain his role in the failures that led to an unknown number of

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Great to have you with us this evening. Still to come:

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Something of a warning from Shefali. Yes, look away later if you do not

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like rain. There is plenty of it this week and it is heading our way

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soon. And free food - harvesting unwanted

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apples and other fruit to give to A fast new rail route to London

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began operating today in competition with Virgin Trains.

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Chiltern Railways unveiled its Mainline service, which reaches the

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capital from Birmingham in just 90 minutes. The launch follows a

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multi-million-pound investment in the line. Our transport

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correspondent Peter Plisner was on this morning's first train.

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Arriving at London's Marylebone Station, a couple of minutes late

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but still much faster than before. After years of planning, the new

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service is finally on the move. Special Mainline trains feature

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free Wi-Fi and instead of first class, there is a business zone,

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and that is where we caught up with businessman Roy Ellis. I think wet

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Chilton scores is the fact that they are more spacious. But space

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was at a premium elsewhere on the train, with some preferring to sit

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on the floor. Nevertheless, passengers seem to like the service.

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I think it was needed because it was a very popular line. You can

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get And there was even praise from a seasoned rail travellers. It is a

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rather charming rich. You feel like you're on the M40 rather from the

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M1. In the past, Chiltern trains have offered cheaper at first but

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now it with the Mainline service, they can compete Faster trains come

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as a result of a big investment programme. There is also a much

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simplified fares structure but, as a result, some, like Gordon

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MacDonald, can no longer travel on cheaper fares. The price has gone

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up to lead a �50 or �75 return, which is a huge hike. Chilton admit

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that some people are having to pay more. Whenever you change things on

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a railway, there will inevitably be a small number of people who are

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disadvantaged but the majority of people The new service means that

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from today there is even more choice of both fares and trains to

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London throughout the day. Well, Peter joins us now from

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Birmingham's Moor Street. Sounds like a mixed blessing for rail

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travellers, Peter? It is. We have improved rail services but some

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people are having to pay higher fares and tonight there are even

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more concerns on the railways. The debt now could be told in 40 did

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61 ticket offices are now under threat. It all emanates from a

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report a few months ago into the savings for the railway and that

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list has emerged today as a result of that report and research done by

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a rail union. I emphasise that these are only proposals at the

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moment but you can see when this might happen, with increased use of

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ticket machines and the internet for train bookings. The Government

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has not made any comment about the publication of this list but they

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are due to respond some time within the next couple of months. Thank

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you. "It is the pit of despair," the

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words of one retailer today trying to navigate some of the worst

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trading conditions on the high street in four decades. And figures

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suggest the retail sector here is being hit harder than anywhere else

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in England. Footfall - that is the number of people going shopping -

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is down 6.6% and 10.5% of the shops in this region are vacant. Anxious

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times for retailers with 109 shopping days until Christmas,

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traditionally their busiest time of the year, as Ben Godfrey reports.

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It is the big high street survival battle. From the might of the

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glossy mall to the plight of the small trader. Simon Mauri lost jobs

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at three high street chains before deciding to go it alone. Shiny

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Gifts in Bromsgrove is surviving, just. Sales are down by a third so

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suppliers are not always paid on time. Some days I in a -- I am in a

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pit of despair but I have to keep friendly. People are spending less.

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It was as if there was a tap that switched off as soon as the

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Government announced August has been another traumatic month for

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trading. The head of the Co-op has warned of some of the worst

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conditions in 40 years. Shoppers are watching their wallets. It is

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difficult for everybody with money. We are quite careful. Not very

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confident at the moment. Very careful at the moment but

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optimistic. Today, Solihull's showpiece, the Touchwood Centre,

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celebrated a decade in business. Sales are up 8% year on year. The

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success is enticing more big-name traders. It is about developing

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more of an experience in store to complement retell presents and

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those retailers who can be as are the ones who will capitalise on the

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current spend and we move forward. Solihull seems to have a conveyor

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belt of people ready to spend money. It is one of the most affluent

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boroughs in the UK, but not everywhere will say the same. Back

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in Bromsgrove, Simon Mauri has got some elusive customers, but he is

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going to need many more to succeed and cover business rates of around

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�6,000 a year. How confident are you that this business will still

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be here in a year? It will be tough. I do not wanted to let this be any,

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this recession. A drop in tax and VAT is next on the shopping list of

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this independent trader. Well, I am joined now by Kevin

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Breese from Retail Birmingham. Thank you for coming in. Are you

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worried, or should we all be worried, about the number of empty

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shops? You are suddenly looking at one in ten shops in the UK and

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certainly the region. That is not too different to what it has been

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for a number of years and we have to remember that there will always

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be a churn and good retailers and not so good retailers. But that is

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not too different to the last couple of years and what we have to

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get used to is that it will be a tougher time for others. But we saw

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a shopkeeper in that report he was beside himself with worry, not

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getting people through the door like he was before the cuts so

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there is some correspondence between recent cuts. I think

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councils and bodies have to work harder. I do not think it is about

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a VAT decrees at all. What it is about his local Government making

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more abilities before the local traders. That is the single biggest

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problem. �6,000 in that small shop. The business rate is a massive

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amount of money. We have to push the Government to let that money

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estate in the regions. What we have to do is get it back and then use

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it for developing local economies. People like Birmingham retail, are

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you pushing for the Government to do that? We continually have a

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voice, working with people like British Retail Consortium. We have

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to help retailers across the whole of the region actually prosper, and

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whether that is an independent retailer or a shopping centre,

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everybody needs to work together. Briefly, we are hearing about the

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big shopping centres doing OK, people still going there,

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destination shopping, but do you think the humble high-street has a

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future, or is it dying out? It is absolutely must have. I have

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visited many shopping centres in the last 12 months. Birmingham is

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absolutely fantastic. We have to develop that more because it

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creates the excitement and not just cloned high streets. Thank you. On

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to sport and three of our rowers have made themselves favourites for

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Olympic gold after winning world titles over the weekend. Anna

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Watkins from Leek in Staffordshire triumphed in the double sculls,

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while there was also called for Gloucestershire's Alex Gregory in

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the men's four. And Zac Purchase from Tewkesbury looks a good bet to

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retain his Olympic crown after winning the lightweight sculls with

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Rugby and rugby and Worcester began life back in the Premiership with

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an impressive win over Sale. They were rewarded with a 17-12 win,

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including this try from Mark Now, a big week for clergy in

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Staffordshire, at least for those men of the cloth who wear

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cricketing whites. Bishops and reverends, ministers and lay

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preachers are bidding to retain the Church Times Cup, which they won

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last year. It is the oldest one-day cricket knockout cup competition in

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the world. So Ian Winter has been to meet the Lichfield Diocese team

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as they prepare for Thursday's cup final.

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In the very heart of Cannock, St Luke's Church has been a familiar

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landmark since 1100 AD. The Reverend Peter Hart cannot remember

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that far back, but he does have fond memories of his previous

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career as a professional footballer. But when he is not preparing for

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communion, the former captain of Walsall Football Club has another

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sporting passion. I do not talk about it a lot, to be perfectly

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honest, but people are interested and Maisie even surprised a little

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bit. -- maybe even surprised. Because the Reverend Hart is a very

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keen cricketer, and he is off to meet other members of the Lichfield

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Diocese Clergy team for their last practice match before Thursday's

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final. We will be doing our utmost to bring the cup back to Lichfield

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Diocese but again, as long as we play well as a team, we will enjoy

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it and we have got a chance. This restaurant has arrived just in time

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for the toss. He is also a Methodist superintendent and he has

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a good excuse for being late. doing a funeral. You would never

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get Andrew Strauss saying that. you would not. But you would never

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get in to captain this model I've! They are a very accomplished

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cricket team. Last year they got their name on the Church Times Cup

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and they are in no mood to loosen their grip on the silverware. Derek

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two bishops from Wolverhampton and Shrewsbury, but neither of them

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will be on the bench on Thursday. I understand it has not been retained

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for the last 20 years or so by any team, so that will be an

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achievement in itself. It gave a real feel-good buzz around the

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diocese. Do you pray before a match like this? We do not, note. But

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with thank God for the enjoyable game we are going to have. Do not

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be surprised if the game gets a mention in Sunday's sermon at St

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Luke's Church. Quite right, too! Let's hope it

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will be good weather for this. I Yes, a bit of a mish-mash of

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whether this week. Hopefully by the end of the week it should be

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warming up a little bit. It is definitely dominated by low

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pressure and you can see the swathes of Blue passing through and

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that is the rain. The wind is not - - is quite strong. One of the

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wetter periods this week will be tonight. This rain will be moving

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in by about midnight, through the early annas and you can see from

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the darker colour that there are quite a few in Test bus. -- the

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early hours. -- A few intense bursts. The wind will be

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strengthening as the rain heads in, so quite a wet and windy end to the

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night, setting us off for the day tomorrow. With in the rain moving

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quite quickly, by the time most of you are in -- heading into work, it

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will be better. Quite sunny by the afternoon. The odd shower.

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Temperatures rising to 17 Celsius or 18 Celsius tomorrow. It will

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feel cooler in the wind. Gusts of up to 35mph. For Wednesday, showers

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and sunshine. We have rain for Thursday, showers on Friday that

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temperatures will start to look up Well, of course, September is the

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peak time of year to pick apples, and it is a really good crop this

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year. Many, though, go to waste, left unpicked in suburban gardens.

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But a group calling itself the Urban Fruit Collective aims to end

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all that and it will be giving the fruit away free, as Kevin Reide has

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been finding out. A typical back garden in Coventry

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and a treat with more than enough apples to go around. -- an apple

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tree. Now these volunteers are harvesting them for others.

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next door neighbours were having their Pears picked and we saw some

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body in the true. They called around and saw our apples and said

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could they pick them if we did not use them, to give away to people

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who would like them. This is where they end up, added food bank in

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Coventry City centre. This is great. We are always looking for new

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sources of food and this time of year, with the harvest and fruit

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coming in, it is good to connect with a group willing to go out

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there and collect. It is developing community togetherness, saving

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wasted fruit and healthy vegetables as well. And helping people and

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sharing things out. Stopping the food going to waste. This weekend's

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harvest was particularly successful. From one tree alone, they were able

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to collect enough apples to fill seven of these boxes. For this

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mother and daughter, they are some of the first to benefit. She and

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her partner are both unemployed and reliant on food handouts. This week

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it relies on some of the -- it includes some of the fruit harvest.

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It is a good idea. It is early days yet, but with such a good harvest,

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help us of all ages are being drafted in. Some more willing than

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others. Mother has been shoving me up trees.

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I think she is all right! Let's take a look at the headlines. As

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the first free schools start the lessons, the Government insists

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they will not be just for the privileged few.

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And police were am prepared and too slow to respond to the Birmingham

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