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

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Virdee. The headlines tonight: The NHS pays out �900,000

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compensation to the little boy who had his leg amputated. It was a

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hell of a relief to know that his future's going to be cared for.

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300 jobs under threat as DHL announces it's closing a depot in

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Worcestershire. Getting worse and worse, the

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shocking truth about the level of animal cruelty in the West Midlands.

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The demand on our service is so great but we really struggle to

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cope with that demand. MUSIC: "Ivory Madonna" by UB40.

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And honouring the pub that helped launch an emerging band to

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Good evening, welcome to Tuesday's Midlands Today from the BBC.

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Tonight, a nearly �1 million NHS payout for a little boy who lost

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his leg. Leo Ison was just three weeks-old when he suffered a blood

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clot which saw him have his leg amputated. His parents claimed it

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was because doctors failed to spot the clot quickly enough. The

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hospital has refused to admit liability and instead settled out

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of court. As our health correspondent, Michele Paduano,

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reports, the family say they'll use the money to pay for the many

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operations Leo will need as he grows up.

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Leo Ison wants to jump and climb like his brother Zak, But the six-

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year-old from Bedworth can't wear his artificial leg at the moment.

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The bone still in his leg is growing, and it hurts. Leo has

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received �900,000 compensation for the leg that was amputated when he

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was just three weeks-old. Up until now, we have been ordinary folks

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struggling to get by and to give away some the best life he possibly

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can have. Even so, I would give it up if I could have his leg up. --

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leg bat. At three days-old, he was taken to Glenfield Hospital in

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Leicester, where a consultant saw his leg and sent him home. His

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mother was still worried. She contacted a junior doctor and was

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told to bring in Leo. When she brought him in, the specialist

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appeared shocked. They started the relevant dehydrating and he got

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straight on to the telephone and we could hear him shouting at them!

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Leo had a blood clot. The delays in treatment cost him his leg, when he

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might have lost just his toes. examination on the 1st July should

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have picked up the problems with his leg. If they had been picked up

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men, Leo would have been admitted a day earlier. In a statement,

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University Hospitals Leicester said: We are pleased the court has

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approved the terms agreed with Leo's family to bring this claim to

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a close. We wish Leo and his family all the best for the future. And

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that future is brighter. The family is looking for a bungalow and want

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him to have the experiences they could neve afford. We are not that

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well-off at the moment but we do give the kids whatever toys we can

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get them. Having a substantial amount to help Leo get better means

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his Christmas, we are hoping to take him to have Ms a Christmas. It

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is going to make his day. Leo wants a specially adapted leg for

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swimming. Swimming! What do you like about it? It is good!

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Good to have you with us this evening. Later in the programme,

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why they're looking for 300 volunteers to put their best

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forward for Coventry next year. More than 300 workers at a

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distribution centre will lose their jobs or have to move to Somerset

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after it was announced the site will close. The logistics firm DHL

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will shut the branch in Droitwich, in Worcestershire, in January next

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year. Our reporter Giles Latcham is there now. Has this come out of the

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blue, Giles? There have been rumblings but it is still a bolt

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from the book, quite frankly. One of their biggest customers is

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Morrisons. They are building a new distribution centre down in

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Somerset and as a result, this place will close by January. If you

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want a job, you have got to move to Somerset. A bad day for Droitwich.

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It is a small town and I have been in the centre speaking to locals.

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It is terrible. People are struggling as it is around here.

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Not good news. Hopefully, they will be able to find new work for people

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but it is very worrying. I am joined by Peter Pinfield, the

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councillor for this area. We knew there was some reorganisation going

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on, but to lose 300 jobs, we cannot afford to do that. How well-

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equipped is this town to roll with this punch? There are jobs being

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lost and we have got cutbacks in the local authority is. This does

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not bode well for Christmas for many families. I guess it is up to

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you and your colleagues in the County Council to get out and sell

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Droitwich. Great road links with the A five just over there? You yes,

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I would encourage anybody who wants to Rio -- relocate to come now.

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Thank you for joining us. DHL, quite unusually, have offered to

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retrain people who lose their jobs at nearby Dudley College. Many

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families face a difficult run-up to Christmas now, deciding whether to

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upgrade and moved to the West Country.

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And there'll be more reaction to the job losses at DHL in Droitwich,

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and the impact it'll have on the town, on Howard and Toni's

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Breakfast Show on BBC Hereford and Worcester tomorrow morning.

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Education, education, education. That was the focus of the

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Conservative Party Conference this afternoon. But as the Education

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Secretary, Michael Gove, took to the stage in Manchester, at one

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school in Sandwell, they were hoping he might be able to provide

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money to replace the Building Schools for the Future project,

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after they lost out on �18.5 million, as Andy Newman reports.

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He's let them down once. What would he say today? Pupils at Perryfields

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High School, in Oldbury, watched Michael Gove's speech to the Tory

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Conference with more than passing interest. Perryfields was one of

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nine schools in Sandwell which lost millions of pounds in investment

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when Mr Gove axed the Building Schools for the Future programme

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last year. A court told him to consult again, but today, no

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rethink, no new money. In fact, no mention. I am a bit gutted that he

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did not give us any information on what could happen with the

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programme. Kind of annoyed that he did not mention it at all, but as

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one of them said earlier, it is not all around the building, it is

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about the teaching. But the building certainly helps. I am

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gutted that he is not mentioning the Building Schools for the Future

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Programme at all. As Sandwell's highest performing school,

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Perryfields is oversubscribed and needs new buildings to expand.

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Instead, they're having to make do. The school has no fewer than 16

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mobile classrooms. It had hoped to replace them with new teaching

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blocks but instead, it has had to spend �50,000 bringing these up to

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a proper standard, making the best of a bad job.

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The big theme today was academies. Could that be an answer for

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Perryfields High School? I think each need to make its own decisions

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in their own context. They need to look at how well they have their

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local authority and what position sues them best. It is not a

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possibility we are looking up at this moment in time. Perryfields

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may now consider taking out a loan to fund its own building programme,

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since the chances of getting the cash from the Government appear to

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have all but vanished. So, not as much applause for

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Michael Gove in Sandwell as there was in the conference hall, where

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he regaled his party with the progress of his Academies Programme.

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And our political editor, Patrick Burns, is there for us now. Patrick,

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what did the party faithful make of it? Michael Gove always gets some

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of the biggest ovations during Tory party conferences because they see

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him as someone who gets things done, in this case, celebrating the

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1,000th of those new style academies. But, of course, no

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mention of those schools like Perryfields High School. I am now

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joined by Karen Bradley, the local MP. You can understand they feel

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left out in the cold? I can understand that they need new but -

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- need new buildings and their help, but the Building Schools for the

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Future Programme was an incredibly inefficient way and expensive way

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of procuring new school buildings. The Government is very keen to get

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new funding to schools that need it. What can they do to reassure those

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schools like Perryfields High School? When I learned what was

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going on, I went and spoke to a member of Michael Gove's team, and

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Michael is now aware of the situation. He knew what was going

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on previously but now he knows exactly what is happening and he is

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going to set up an urgent meeting to make sure pupils do get the

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buildings they need. Really? Well, let's not to raise false hopes.

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They were dashed before. This is very much breaking news. I just had

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a full call to say he is going to set up a meeting, and let's take it

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from there. Well, thank you very much indeed. Let's had everybody

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takes note and that we have progress here. -- let's hope.

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And you can read more about the Conservative Conference on our

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political editor's blog, at the address below.

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A 14-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being stabbed in

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the neck. It happened yesterday at a newsagent's in the Earsldon area

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of Coventry. Police are appealing for witnesses. A 32-year-old man's

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being questioned by detectives. A further 14 people have been

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arrested in connection with the summer riots. They include two men

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suspected of stealing from a Hi-Fi and TV store in Birmingham, and two

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14-year-old boys, one of whom was detained at school in Wolverhampton.

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18 homes were raided. It brings the total number of people arrested

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over the riots to 671. A planning inspector's held an

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inquiry into plans to force the sale of a house standing in the way

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of development at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. The Secretary

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of State is expected to rule on whether Birmingham City Council

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should be granted a Compulsory Purchase Order for a home belonging

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to a young family. They don't want to move but the cricket club wants

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to build hotels, bars and flats on the land.

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More than 100 artefacts from the Staffordshire Hoard are being

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prepared for a trip to the United States. They'll go on show in

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Washington DC. More than 40,000 people visited the hoard when it

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went on a UK tour this summer, and it's expected to get an equally

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warm reception from American enthusiasts. It is definitely

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beneficial to the region. It will be fantastic for Stoke-on-Trent,

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and Birmingham, but for Stoke-on- Trent, it puts us on the map. The

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museum is visited at least once a term by a President and it would be

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so exciting if Barack Obama were to visit.

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It's a rather grim reflection on the West Midlands, but it's the

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only region in the country where cases of animal cruelty are on the

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increase. That's according to the RSPCA, which says last year more

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than 6,000 animals were rescued. The charity has told the BBC that

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many cases involve dog-fighting and a trend for "dog-rolling", where

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owners train their pets for battle. You may find some of the images in

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Ben Godfrey's report distressing. This undercover footage shows the

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practice of dog-rolling. These men, two of whom have recently been

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jailed, are preparing their dogs for fighting. Typically, they're

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forced to sparr in children's playing fields. Cases like this are

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increasing. Certainly, the West Midlands stands head and shoulders

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above the rest of the country for incidents of cruelty against dogs,

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particularly dog fighting. We are processing information that comes

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in from the public and other sources all the time. Unlike every

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other region in England, the West Midlands is seeing a rise in animal

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cruelty cases, up 14%. The RSPCA's hospital at Barnes Hill in

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Birmingham is inundated, but the centre's almost 50 years-old and no

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longer fit for purpose. This is the only RSPCA facility in the country

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requiring 24 hours security, where members of staff are out every

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morning looking for discarded drugs and even syringes. You can see they

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have a major problem. Cat kennels are full and the waiting room is

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always busy. The waiting time is not good. You always have to wait a

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long time. But they look after your animals. But four miles away in

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Frankley, this will be the RSPCA's new flagship animal hospital.

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Newbrook Farm will cost the charity �10 million. But will the public

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put their hands in their pockets? Adam Rickitt, a former Coronation

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Street actor, is heading an appeal to raise a third of the cost

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through donations. People are having to tighten their purse

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strings and we completely understand that. We are not asking

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for miracles. But if somebody gives a pound, that is a miracle in

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itself. The RSPCA says it's rescuing animals at a rate of one

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every four minutes. Many are the victims of vicious dog fights, many

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which are still going unreported. Still to come this evening, the

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weather and how the hot spell will soon be a distant memory. Yes,

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we're certainly getting colder. As autumn tightens its grip, how far

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If you missed out on Olympic tickets, there's still a chance to

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be part of 2012, and you don't have to go too far. Coventry is looking

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for 300 Olympic Ambassadors to represent the city and help the

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thousands of visitors expected to flood the area. Here's our Coventry

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and Warwickshire reporter, Joan Cummins.

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An unusual recruitment hotspot for the Olympics, but this taster keep-

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fit class for the over '50s in Coventry city centre is just one of

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the areas being trawled for ambitious Olympic Ambassadors.

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After the events have gone and the Olympics is gone, and part of that

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legacy is that people will be able to tell their grandchildren and

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families that they were involved in the Olympic Games and making the

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Games happen in Coventry. people are needed to help fans of

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Olympic football when they flood into the city, not only with

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directions, but to offer advice on enjoying the city at its best. But

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why should people give up their spare time to help strangers?

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of that legacy is to lift the morale of people. At the moment, it

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is quite depressing. You know, economically, job wise. If we can

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raise morale, the people of Coventry are capable of achieving

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anything. It would seem that the idea of showing the world that

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they're proud of their city has already captured some people's

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imaginations. I am very proud of Coventry. I have lived he all my

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life. I am a little bit shy! People always say, you know, returned to

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Coventry! Sent to Coventry. But it is a nice place. Simon Fairbanks is

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one of those crossing his fingers that he'll be choosen. We don't

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have tickets and we are not athletes, so to be there,

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collecting tickets and meeting people at the train station, I

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think it will be a wonderful experience. So, the Olympics really

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is coming to Coventry next year and we can be part of it. But being a

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one of the 300 and limpet ambassadors requires one

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qualification - to be over 18. -- Olympic ambassadors.

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Now here's Dan, with the sport. While our football clubs may have

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to rethink their business plans, the region's Club -- pubs are

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delighted after another ruling on a broadcasting football.

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It might look like just another day behind the bar. But this was a day

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which could change Michael White's Wolverhampton pub forever. Today,

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he learned that he can show football using an overseas

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broadcaster, saving him thousands of pounds a year. Fantastic. It

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opens at the door now. For those who have got a satellite system at

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the moment and are showing the games, congratulations to them.

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Let's hope we can show them now so that all the pubs and clubs can be

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on A-level playing field. It's all because of this woman, Portsmouth

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landlady Karren Murphy. She was fined for using a Greek company to

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show football. But she took her case to the European Court of

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Justice, and won. It could be good news for pubs across our region.

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have seen a horrendous increase in the Sky subscription price. Pubs

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are struggling to survive, as you said earlier, so hopefully it is

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good news for the future. But if pubs are showing every game live,

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where does that leave our clubs? Wolves are in the middle of

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building a new stand. Now they have a new challenge. They need to get

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people out of the pubs and into the ground. The charge of the ground is

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far too much. It gives people a different option. It will be the

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decline of their business but they are the big dogs. It is a good idea,

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to get more people in and stop them closing. And if the flow of TV

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money dries up, that could have a huge impact on our clubs. But will

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it close the gap between rich and poor? They will still be powerful

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because they still have heavy commercial revenue. And they will

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make money in other ways that will allow them to spend that money

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within de rules. Sky are consulting their lawyers before commenting.

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But this could prove to be a landmark day for Midlands pubs and

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football clubs. It certainly sounds like it. Is

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this legally-binding? Not at the moment. It has to be ratified by

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our own court, but it is highly unusual for our courts to go

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against the European High Court. What about households and families?

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Are that could be a situation where we could go abroad and go to get

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satellite broadcasters. The pubs might have problem with copyright

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but watching at home, people could watch it over the internet. It

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could change the world a lot. There is a lobby, for example, for

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relaxing the laws with inside football grounds. So will play as'

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wages plummet? There are so many different aspects. We will have to

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wait and see people stop yes, a fascinating day, though.

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Hereford United have appointed the former Shrewsbury Town manager Gary

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Peters as their Director of Football. He guided them to a lead

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in 2007. They have won just one of their first 11 league games this

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season, however. A Black Country millionaire who

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paid �36,000 for a Lonsdale belt belonging to Birmingham boxing

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legend Gentleman Jack Hood says he couldn't let it leave the country.

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Tony Whittaker feared American collectors would snap up the belt.

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Sarah Falkland reports. He's never been in the ring himself,

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but Black Country businessman Tony Whittaker is a life-long fan of

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boxing. When he was a little boy, Jack Hood, the British welterweight

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champion of the '20s and '30s, came into his father's pub... I have to

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say, my recollection of Jack is very vague because I cannot him

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will remember what you look like! And yet he's just paid a small

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fortune his Lonsdale belt. started at �14,000 and then it had

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gone up to 36 in no time. To stop it going out of the country was the

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main thing. When everything is up for sale, it seems to go over to

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the States. Only around 20 belts like this were ever made,

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commissioned by explorer and bon viveur, the first Earl of Lonsdale.

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It used to hang over the bar at this pub in Tanworth, in Arden,

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where Jack was landlord after his retirement. It's here that his

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daughters, who put it up for sale, have come to meet Tony. It was so

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lovely when it went where it went. It was a lovely surprise and we

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were so happy about it. Our father would have been thrilled about it.

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If you look at Jack's record, it probably overtakes the Cassius Clay

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fights. Jack was landlord here 30 years and he even had a win

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upstairs to train aspiring boxers. He may have left in 1972, but he

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has not been forgotten. There isn't a week goes by that somebody

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doesn't come in and ask about Jack and think about what they produce

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to look like and where the Lonsdale Belt was. Jack Hood lies peacefully

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a few hundred yards from his old pub, in a modest grave that gives

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no clue to his sporting heroism. Well, if the staff at John Ward is

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staying here, it is good news that Jack's belt is staying as well. --

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the Staffordshire halt. Yet another honour today for those

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worldwide bestsellers UB40. The pub where they played their first gig

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has become a music heritage site. The Birmingham boys watched a

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plaque being unveiled, ahead of playing to their loyal fans. Our

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arts reporter, Satnam Rana, went along to soak up the excitement.

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Back to their performace birthplace. The Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath

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Birmingham, where UB40 performed their debut gig on 9th February

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1979. We are just so very proud to come from around here, and music is

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a culture and is so strong. We also very lucky to have this on our

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doorstep. What does it mean to you see in the pack up there? It is

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great! They should have predict a bit higher rap because by that time

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the sun goes down, it will be on eBay! -- a bit higher up. UB40 have

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joined the likes of Dire Straits and Blur in receving this music

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heritage accolade. I think it is good for our pop rock and roll

:23:50.:23:53.

culture but young people recognise the length of the career, the

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difficulty with which it is to actually make it as a band, and to

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recognise where they started. had come from far and wide. I have

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come from Wales to see them and every gig is like a first. It is

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absolutely amazing. I have come all the way from Wolverhampton and I

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have been queuing since 5:45am! Me and my friends have been here since

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then. And some had been to the first gig 32 years ago. I got

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dragged along with a mate from school. I did not particularly want

:24:29.:24:33.

to go but it ended up being a brilliant night. Then a special

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treat for 80 loyal fans, who got to see an acoustic gig. With more than

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70 million records to their name, UB40 are the biggest selling Reggae

:24:46.:24:53.

band wordlwide. The last few years haven't been easy for the band,

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with the acromonious departure of lead singer Ali Cambell. Five

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remaining orginal members then faced bankruptcy proceedings. But

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today was all about celebrations. It has been a special day for the

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band, who have returned back to their roots here. And a special day

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for the fans, who have got up close and pretty intimate with their

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reggae heroes. They have got such a distinctive

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sound. I have seen them live but have also been lucky enough to see

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them in rehearsal and it just goes through you! And coming all the way

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from Wolverhampton! Quite a journey, that!

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And you can log onto our Facebook page to see more interviews from

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It is time for the weather. We are going through a transitional period

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at the moment. But I will say that on Thursday, you were going to have

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to reach for that winter wardrobe. The wind will be punctuated the

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cold. If you look at the isobars, they are all over the shop.

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Hopefully, by Friday, we will get a ridge of high pressure from the

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West, so things could be a bit, and drier. Back to tonight, all day we

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have seen a finger of cloud Begin in from the North which has become

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a major distraction and his right over us. More of a nuisance factor,

:26:28.:26:32.

because it is not heavy enough to do anything. So largely dry tonight,

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but the main feature is the temperature. We have lows of around

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15 to 16 degrees and it is because of the south-westerly wind. We will

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see some mist patch is developing and those will lift quite quickly

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through the morning tomorrow because of the breeze. Quite a

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gusty day, with gusts of around 40 mph. A bit of sunshine here and

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there, with the rain starting to move further south. Temperatures of

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only 18, 19 degrees, but it is the wind that will make it feel cooler.

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The rain spreads tomorrow night and it should produce a showers by

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Thursday. Thank you. Let's take a look at the

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