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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Suzanne

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Virdee. The headlines tonight. The West Midlands' top policeman

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denies officers could have done more to prevent the deaths in the

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riots. The evidence we received was that police were watching what was

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happening. By dispute that evidence. As police destroy DNA evidence, a

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rape victim says everyone's DNA should go on a national database.

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That would act as a real deterrent to people committing crime.

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How the debt crisis in the eurozone is hitting businesses hard. We were

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selling our higher-margin items in Europe and they have decreased

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significantly. And so near yet so far for

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Warwickshire, as they miss out on the title in the final hour of the

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season. Good evening and welcome to

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Thursday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight - the Chief Constable

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of West Midlands Police has denied his officers could have done more

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to prevent the deaths of three people during the Birmingham riots.

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Chris Sims was giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee.

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In a tense exchange he also rejected criticism that his

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officers had been absent from many areas during the riots. Cath Mackie

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reports on how the police response to the rioting came under scrutiny

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today. He's already faced tough

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questioning from the public and the press. Today it was the turn of MPs

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to cross-examine the West Midlands Chief Constable, Chris Sims, about

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how his force dealt with the riots. And it was no easy ride. People

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died in Birmingham. There were individuals who would protect their

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own shores because the police were not there and the evidence we

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received was that police were watching what was happening.

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dispute that evidence of police watching. By the end of the first

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evening, we had arrested 130 people. By the end of the evening that had

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more than doubled. Those arrests do not happen by police watching.

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far, 622 arrests have been made, and with CCTV footage still being

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examined, he warned many, many more would follow. People who run

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faltered who have not been in court should not be petrified. They will

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have seen the media scapegoating that is going on, they will see

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people being sentenced to two years for stealing a �1 a bottle of water

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or a waste basket. A device and currency an organisation like us.

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At Westminster, much was made of the importance of neighbourhood

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policing and maintaining community relations. I have never, in all my

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30 years, had so many people physically stop me and say thank

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you. We have had outpourings of all sorts of caves and things. It has

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been humbling. This inquiry is hoping to learn the lessons of the

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summer riots. Clearly the role of the police is a key part of that.

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But so too it seems is the role of social networking sites.

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Representatives of Twitter, Facebook and Blackberry answered

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claims that social networking spread disorder. Do you accept part

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of the responsibility for what has happened? Now, the vast majority of

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people abide by the law and thews social media systems as a force for

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good. This huge array of information, much of which is

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obviously false, watching -- work but how you make good use of that

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is an issue for all forces in the country. The irony is these riots

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are the first in history where instant messaging gave police more

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information than ever before. The challenge now is sifting through

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that mass of data and adapting conventional policing to the

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internet age. We're joined now by Professor Craig

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Jackson, a criminal pyschologist from Birmingham City University.

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2,000 DNA samples taken during the hunt for the killer of a Birmingham

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What is Yorkshire won the role of social media? The evidence I have

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seen is that most social media activity at the time was either

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people condemning the riots or, on a more proactive powerful, the

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social media into Birmingham would use it to tell people where to

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avoid a way not to go. But there were some people putting on silly

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messages about letters have arrived here. Absolutely. There were a

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small number of people make it difficult for police and they were

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joined it in the fund. I did in many of them had a genuine

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intention to ride. We have to remember that the police and

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intelligence services will have been wandering activity right from

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the death a few days before in London. It would not have come

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surprised to them. They were not taken unawares. How do people clamp

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down on this? Do we shut down the networks? Are they not to blame at

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all? I think that is incredibly tricky. We saw from the amount of

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good work done, particularly with Twitter. Kid you closer then down,

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the good work will be undone as well so it is a delicate balance.

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20021000 DNA samples taken during a hunt for a killer of a Birmingham

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taxi driver have gone up in smoke. Police were fulfilling a promise to

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destroy samples given voluntarily during a murder inquiry. But the

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victim in an infamous rape case said today she's disappointed the

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DNA was destroyed. Jill Saward says everyone should be on a national

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database, as Joanne Writtle reports. They were incinerated following a

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pledge to men in Kings Heath who gave DNA voluntarily that their

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samples would be destroyed when someone was convicted.

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In line with the promises that we gave him 2009, today it is to

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insure that all those samples that people gave voluntarily are

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destroyed safely and do not monitored on any databases or

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stored anywhere else. Six million people are currently on a national

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DNA database, largely those arrested and detained at a police

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station. But the victim of the horrific Ealing vicarage rape in

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London 25 years ago, who waived her right to anonymity, says it should

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go further. Jill Saward, who now lives in Cannock, believes everyone

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should be on a national DNA database from birth. But I think it

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is very sad that the police have got to destroy it. I understand

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that having made the promise they have to stick by it but I think it

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is sad because it is a waste of time and money and I think it works

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against justice. It is a good day for offenders. What we need is a

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national database and then everyone is on it irrespective of who they

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are what they have done. That takes away all these oddments that people

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have got and the fear they have. But an expert who advises the

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government on the national DNA database disagrees. He has other

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concerns about DNA destruction too. I think it looks good for the TV

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but there are still major concerns about what they really mean when

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they say they destroyed a sample. There are a number of databases,

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the physical sample and the paper trail, so we need to be clear about

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what exactly it is they have done and how will impact on the way the

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police handled DNA. The samples were burned at a secure location.

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The debate over a National DNA Database is a controversial one but

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today police said they were fulfilling an assurance given to

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people who provided DNA during a murder investigation that the

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samples would be turned to ash. The debt crisis in Europe is having a

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profound effect on businesses in the West Midlands. Europe is one of

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this region's biggest export markets. But business leaders say

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many firms are already seeing reductions in demand from the

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eurozone and shrinking order books. Here's our business correspondent,

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Peter Plisner. It is a crisis like no other and

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the impact of the meltdown in Europe is being felt here. At world

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famous ACME Whistles, exports to Europe were going really well, and

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then. Suddenly, in June, when the first murmurings came along, we had

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a 25% fall in this thing with Europe, just Europe, and that trend

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has continued through July and August. We were selling a lot of

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power higher margin by Tintin Europe and sales of those have

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decreased significantly. And ACME aren't alone. According to the

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Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, more and more of its members are

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seeing a downturn. The most immediate impact is a lack of

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confidence which then leads to a lack of sales. It can affect the

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ability to do business, the ability to fulfil orders in the future.

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Europe's one of the region's biggest export markets. Last year

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worth more than �8 billion. And some of that money's coming to this

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Worcester firm that makes latches and hinges. Despite the crisis,

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management are reporting continue growth in Europe and they are still

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recruiting staff. We focus grow much on the premium products. We

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focus on any she's such a growing and it is a focus of our business

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to make sure we are working with companies who was still growing.

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Some of the product made him go into some of the most expensive

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luxury cars, just the sort of things that people stop buying

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during a recession. But this company has survived and the

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lessons learnt are being applied to have a deal with issues relating to

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the crisis in the eurozone. We make cuts in the business had to a lot

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of tight cost control and we got better at that and have had to

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maintain it. It does make us stronger. But not all companies are

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so lucky. After such a severe recession, many had hoped the worst

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was over - but for those who trade with Europe it's still a worrying

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time. Staying with the economy, a study

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from the University of Birmingham has shown fewer than half its

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engineering students end up in engineering jobs. That's despite

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repeated complaints from employers about the shortage of skilled

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workers. Bob Hockenhull's been investigating.

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The Midlands has long been heralded as the country's manufacturing

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heart. But research by the University of Birmingham found 53%

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of engineering students get jobs in unrelated industries when they

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graduate. The study suggests it is not automatic that qualified

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engineers from universities will get a job in engineering and that

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is despite the perceived shortage. Take Greg White, he graduated in

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computer and electrical engineering. But his job is running a property

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letting company. The business started in 2007, has a turnover of

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�300,000, but has nothing to do with engineering. But what of those

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who stay in the field that they've studied? Completely unrelated.

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Although there are things like logic that took come useful, it was

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purely an opportunity at the time. What of those who stay in the field

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they studied? Muhammad Eesa did a chemical engineering degree and is

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now a design engineer in Telford. He believes some engineering

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courses don't adequately prepare students for high-skilled jobs.

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chemical engineering graduate end up with very little knowledge of

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deep chemistry. What I think is needed is more focused on science

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as well as engineering. Muhammed is working on a project that could

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double the turnover of this business. His boss says he

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struggled to find someone with the right aptitude. I think it is a

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crying shame. We have a lot of talent in this country and it goes

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to waste. Un for Italy, Engineering is not a sexy subject any more.

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what can we do about it? Richard Halstead is an electrical

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engineering graduate who is now director of the region's

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Engineering Employers Federation. He believes the profession needs

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more respect. If we look at Germany, for example, engineers over there

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are proud to put it next to their name and the profession is seen as

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a profession. Here, though, many feel there's a way to go before

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engineering is treated with the esteem they believe the profession

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deserves. Well yesterday's unemployment

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figures were pretty grim and research shows a quarter of

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graduates in the West Midlands still haven't found a full-time job

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3.5 years after finishing university. We're joined by Hannah

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Moran from Birmingham, who's still looking for a job, since gaining a

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business studies degree in 2009. You've applied for at least 80

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posts but no luck, what sort of jobs are you trying to get? When I

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do get responses, it tends to be automated e-mail responses which

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sake if you're not contacted within this time frame police consider

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yourself as unsuccessful. It must be really demoralising. It can

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become too motivating but as soon as you have the breakthrough when

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you have a telephone interview or a face-to-face interview you get the

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spirit back. Do you Know What You Want to do? I'm not 100% sure.

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Business Studies was quite put so I have applied to both marketing and

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finance job. If someone was watching now I am thinking that

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Hannah is a bright cookie and we might imply, or would you say?

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would say that I am a bright cookie and that I work very hard and I am

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passionate. Why do think it has taken so long? I have been going

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through job size at everyone else goes through, and recruitment

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agencies, I should be targeting companies individually. We wish to

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the very best of luck. Cadbury's new owners, Kraft, have announced

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they're creating 100 new jobs in the UK. Just over half the jobs

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will be in Birmingham. 54 new research and development staff will

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be based at Bournville as part of a plan to introduce new products and

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develop existing ones. A soldier from Shropshire has been

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killed at a military firing range in Kent. 21-year-old Fusilier Dean

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Griffiths from the First Batallion the Royal Welsh was from Market

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Drayton. An investigation has been launched into the circumstances

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surrounding his death. The owner of one of Birmingham's

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most iconic buildings has won a legal battle with an investor who

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bought an apartment but then refused to complete after it lost

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value in the economic downturn. Noel Hand was one of 26 investors

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out of a total of 130 who bought apartments off-plan at The Cube in

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2006. They claimed the value of the apartments had fallen so much they

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were no longer able to secure finance and blamed developers for

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finishing them later than expected. But a High Court judge found in

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favour of the developers, saying the flats were only a few months

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late. Scientists in Birmingham have

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developed a new test to identify a cancer that is notoriously

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difficult to diagnose. It's cancer of the adrenal gland which produces

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adrenalin. There are now hopes the test can be marketed around the

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world. Our health correspondent, Michele Paduano, reports.

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Richard Owen is coming back to see the test he helped develop. The 50-

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year-old from Solihull woke up one day and noticed a lump. He hadn't

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been ill. Doctors removed the tumour, but it wasn't until it

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spread to his lungs that he was told that it was cancer. That

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should change. The work is also of great Philae to me because for me

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in the future it will mean fewer scans, less radiation, less machine

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time taken up by me. A simple test like this will be invaluable.

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Scanning has been the normal way of finding adrenal tumours because

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they lie deep in the body and there are no symptoms. But doctors need

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to know which ones are safe to leave and which ones aren't. With a

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�1 million grant from the Medical Research Council, scientists

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analysed the urine of patients with adrenal cancer and found steroid

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markers that were in common. The test can now be done in minutes.

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When the tumour is taken out we need to be sure that it is Miliband

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because if we know it is cancer became given special treatment to

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try to prevent it from coming back -- predicament. There is an

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economic benefit. Birmingham University has formed a joint

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venture company so that they can develop the test. This is a prime

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example of scientific development bringing money and Employment to

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the region. Richard Owen is about to run a half marathon. He is happy

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in the knowledge that if his cancer comes back, they should detect it

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early. Still ahead for you tonight, what

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effect will 12 months of extreme weather have on harvest yields for

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farmers and on food prices? And no extremes this week but after today,

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if you're hankering after a bit of rain, you never know - you might be

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Cricket now and there's been huge disappointment for Warwickshire

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today after they failed to win the County Championship title. The

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Bears needed to beat Hampshire at the Rose Bowl to be crowned

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champions and went into the final day needing to take just seven

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Hampshire wickets. But the home side - who were relegated from the

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first division yesterday - had other ideas. Nadine Towell reports

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on a tense and ultimately frustrating day for the Bears.

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As play got under way in Southampton today, the overwhelming

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feeling was that the County Championship title was in

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Warwickshire's hands. The Bear's director of cricket, Ashley Giles,

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must surely have been expecting his cup would later be filled with

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champagne. But Hampshire spoiled Warwickshire's party with a

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tremendous batting display. By lunchtime the vultures - or would

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that be hawks - were circling. In Somerset, the other title

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contenders, Lancashire, were left with an afternoon run chase while

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Warwickshire could only watch and wait. The Bears called an early

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halt to their match - an honourable draw from a Hampshire perspective.

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But Lancashire held their nerve and scored their winning runs with time

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to spare. Once the dust settles, Warwickshire may well conclude they

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have had an excellent season. But this evening their dreams of

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Championship glory have been crushed.

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With us now is the former Warwickshire batsman David Hemp. So

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near, yet so far, players must feel pretty low? It will be

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disappointing. Having lost finals myself, the changing room will be

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dejected at the moment. People realise it is the Convent of seven

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to eight months of hard work. It start back in November. They have

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done really well though. The emphasis was more Durham and

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Lancashire and they have crept back. It was. I think they had

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disappointment in the one-day cricket as well so they have done

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well to progress in the four-day competition. Having gone in this

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morning haven't got the three was his last night they will be very

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optimistic. What to put their success down to? The bowling has

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been terrific,. I think it is a combination of things. Wickets Wise,

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three players have got over 50 wickets, which is important. They

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have not just relied on one or two batsmen. Players have chipped in

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with 700 or 800 runs, and it makes a difference. They will be really

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disappointed but a thing when they sit back and analyse it, go back a

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year, they won at hunter to stay in Division One. The briefly, can they

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do it next time? They will be looking to put things right that

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did not go so well this year but they should be up to it. It is

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goalless at half-time in Stoke City's match in the group stages of

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the Europa League. They were under pressure early on

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against five Alex. -- Dynamo Kiev. Birmingham City are also involved

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in the Europa League and they kick off in just over an hour in their

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first group match. Their reward for beating Nacional in the qualifying

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round is a home game this evening against another Portuguese side, SC

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Braga. The visitors were last season's beaten Europa League

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finalists. They did very well last season so we have no illusions

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about how difficult it will be. But we have great players as well and

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have we can play the game to our strengths, moving the ball and pass

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me quickly, we feel we can achieve a result. And you can hear

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commentary of the second half between Dynamo Kiev and Stoke City

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over on BBC Radio Stoke. And from seven o'clock, there will be live

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commentary on BBC WM of Birmingham City's home game against Braga.

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With autumn around the corner, farmers are now starting to plough

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their fields ready to plant next year's crops. We're also starting

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to get an idea of what impact the last 12 months of extreme weather

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has had on yields and on the price of food we buy. Our environment

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correspondent, David Gregory, joins us now from Warwickshire. But the

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good or bad year for farmers? Well, good and bad. We are here in

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Sherborne, guests of the Forest of Arden agricultural society who have

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been hosting the applying competition. We have had to borrow

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the generator can there be a tend to keep our satellite going! They

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plying match is a really good chance for farmers to gather and

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take stock and look back and see how harvest has gone and see what

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lessons can be learned. People want to know what effect 12 months of

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extreme weather has had a on something as vital as our wheat

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harvest. This is the 63rd annual plying

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match held by the society. Classes range from shire horses up to the

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modern tractor. For a group of farmers, the talk of harvest is

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upbeat. In this area, farmers are satisfied. Good quality and average

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yields, I think. Satisfied, that is the closest I have heard a farmer

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come to being excited! For definite figures, we need go a few miles

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down the road. The headquarters of the National for Ms union, near

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Coventry, enter the experts who have been tracking how well crops

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up performed after what has been quite a jerk. From the start of the

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autumn last year with quite wet conditions in the planting season

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which was then followed by a horrendous snow which lasted far

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longer than farmers here I'd used to. Then it did not win very much

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Tring has been so they were nervous and whirring they would not have

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much cropper. By the time the summer came around, it cool down so

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the crop development slowed down which improved the yield but it

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made harvesting more challenging. At all this, how have things turned

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out? It has been a year off fluctuations both in the market and

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in the weather. They were very nervous back in early June. But

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they tend dead have an excellent harvest. But, as ever, it is swings

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and roundabouts in farming. At the end of all that, what does

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this mean for the price of food that we are going to be buying?

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It is swings and roundabouts, so although the wheat prices good for

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farmers, Thomas you have, for example, they have pigs, they feed

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it to the pigs, said the prize of cure say chicken Berger or pork in

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at that may be going up the next few months.

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But it is good news for farmers? It is. The NFU says yields here in

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the Midlands are better in the Midlands and elsewhere in the

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country. With global we price is quite high that is good. Farmers

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say that to protect next year's crop they will take the money and

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invest it in the farm, so perhaps better irrigation and better

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drainage to cope with all these extreme weather events.

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It looked like a balmy summer evening there. Is that bit

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High pressure definitely evident today - pleasantly warm and sunny

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this afternoon after a very cold start. Temperatures last night fell

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as low as around 2 Celsius in Pershore - the south and southwest

:25:52.:26:02.
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of the region fairing the worst as far as cold went.. You can see from

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tonight, the early stages, the formation of a large area of low

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pressure to the North towards the weekend. I've seen worse, but it's

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enough to whip up the winds to a heightened state through Saturday

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and Sunday. And as it comes complete with a front, the result

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will be a few blustery showers Now tonight - any clear spells are

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quickly going to give way to incoming cloud from the West and so

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that'll stop it getting too cold Temperatures of nine and ten in

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rural parts. More like 12 or 13 in built-up areas. A bit of drizzle

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then towards the end of the night but becoming more widespread

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through the weekend with gusts of upto 40 mph. There will be some

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bright intervals in between and although we have the cloud,

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temperatures rise to 19 Celsius tomorrow so slightly warmer than

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