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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight, two

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teenagers die in a canal in what is called -- thought to be a tragic

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accident. Friends and relatives pay their tributes and remember.

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They were the last moments of his life.

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First the riots, now a bill of �5 million that the police say is

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unfair. In my view, I think these are costs

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that should be borne by insurance companies and taken that way.

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I am inside and experiments to make something happen much more easily.

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And we need to the Wildlife photographer who was ahead of his

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time, filming birds of prey in Good evening. A welcome to Midlands

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Today from the BBC. Tonight, tragedy has two teenagers die in a

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Black Country canal. Fyaz Uddin, who was 18, and Sara

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Rylance was 17. They were pulled unconscious from the water by fire

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crews and pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

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If tonight, it was said that the tragedy at Smethwick Locks was an

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accident. But investigation has been launched into how the pair

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came to fall into the canal. Fyaz Uddin and Sara Rylance, or

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friends who died together in the most terrible circumstances. Both

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were caught -- Butler pulled that off Smethwick Locks. Friends and

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their family have been visiting the scene all day.

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He was a nice young man. If he just wanted to go out for five minutes,

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and I was around. The five minutes was the last of his life. It is a

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sad, sad loss. The for our family and first and foremost, his parents.

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A the locks are used by teenagers at a meeting place. It is

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understood a friend of the pair raised the alarm. Fire crews were

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on the scene in six minutes. 4th we came in with a flotation

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device, or manage to travel -- carry the female a long, and one of

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us went into the water and rescues the second person. Our thoughts are

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with the families at the moment, it is a very tragic accident that has

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happened here. The police are still investigating

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what happened, but on not treating the deaths as suspicious. Nearby

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residents say they neighbourhood had been celebrating Diwali with

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fireworks until news spread of the tragedy.

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The officers were still trying to resuscitate them, the paramedics

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were try to resuscitate them. And then what seems like about 10

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minutes later, I cannot tell you exactly the Times, and then they

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were working on the other person involved. They were resuscitating

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as they were going. Canals are commonplace in the West

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Midlands, but following this tragedy, the emergency services are

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warning that they can be deceptive be dangerous. Besides are protected,

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had particularly at this time of year, the water can be extremely

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cold. The results of post-mortem

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examinations on Fyaz and Sara are yet to be released. An inquest is

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expected to open in the next few days.

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And West Midlands police are urging any witnesses to the incident last

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night to come forward. Still ahead on tonight's programme,

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the youngsters spreading an anti- gang message on the streets of

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Birmingham. Now, West Midlands Police Authority

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is calling for a change in the law as it faces claims of more than �5

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million after the August riots. Under the Riot Damages Act of 1886,

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the police are liable to pay compensation after a riot to anyone

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Originally, the Home Office said it would take care of riot related

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claims, but it has since backtracked, and the West Midlands

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Police Authority is now dealing with more than 300 applications for

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compensation. It has been a tough 18 months for

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Kuldip and Iqbal Chana. He was attacked and stabbed four times in

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his shop last year, then in August they were victims of the Birmingham

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riot. CCTV footage shows a mob of looters forcing the shutters from

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the front of the shop, and then smashing their way inside. They

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caused thousands of pounds worth of damage, as well as dealing more

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than �5,000 in cash. But the couple's insurance has a 500 pound

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cap on cash, so would not pay out. And this means the Chanas have

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struggled to keep their shops -- shelves full.

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I am about 40% down, if not more. It is not here for the customers to

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buy, and sometimes I have not got it. But I am losing the customers,

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they will go somewhere else. The riot has caused problems for

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many. Now, as permitted by the Riot Damages Act, more than 300 people

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have filed claims with the police. A total of �5.1 million, which

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traders say is badly needed. -- �5.4 million.

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It can only be a positive. At its meeting today, the police

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authority had a grant from the Home Office would help pay. If not, it

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will have to pack --, told police reserves and could have knock-on

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effects. Both they are calling for the 1886 Riot Damages Act to be

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consigned to the history books. In my view I think these are costs

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that should be borne by insurance companies and taken that way. The

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Act needs to be repealed, and we will be working with our MPs within

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a locality to try and see if we can address this situation.

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So a lot of money being paid out in compensation, but West Midlands

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police have also spent between �10 million and �12 million policing

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the riot. So far, there have been six and and 44 arrests and had and

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68 people have been charged. Both and in a further 250 cases, charges

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are about to be brought. A more than 80 staff are still

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working full-time on the investigation, and others on these

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compensation claims. We are joined now by Conservative

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MP for Halesowen and Rowley Regis, James Morris. Cannot be right that

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the West Midlands police are facing a bill for �5 million because of an

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act that date back to 1886? I have got some sympathy from the

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police authority, at that is because it does -- the act goes

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back to 1886. Many people would recognise that the insurance market

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has moved on. We have got an issue where the police authority does the

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to make a special grant application to the Home Office, which I know

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that they are making, and we need to know that they make that grant

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application, and we keep pressure on the Home Office, because I think

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I agree that we do not want to be in a position where it can be

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avoided, the authority has to tap into reserves in order to

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compensate these businesses. The Home Office are visually said

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it would pick up the tab, and now it has backed down.

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We have to draw a distinction between insured and uninsured

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claims. Both for insured claims, this does at -- it does go back to

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this archaic piece of legislation, which the Africa which is being

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looked into. I think we have to make a distinction between the two,

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but the police authority has to go through the process of making his

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application, and given the scale of the issue which has been identified,

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as a local member of parliament representing an area of the West

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Midlands, I will be helping to put pressure on the Home Office. The

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this sounds great time consuming. We heard from West -- from one

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business owner that their insurers had not paid up the full amount.

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They are really struggling to run their businesses.

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It is also true that in response to the riots, the government put into

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place a government -- the government put into place a series

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of measures to help people get through difficulties that came out

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of the riots in terms of business interruption, so it is not just

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focusing on insurance claims. They rather funds around in order for

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them to get through these difficulties.

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Thank you. Bosses at the Warwickshire Hospital

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have set up an external review into its own mortality rate after a

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report today showed that they had the highest rating in England.

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The George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton recorded 1024 deaths in

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the year ending March 2011. Only 143 had been expected. We are live

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now to our reporter Joan Cummins, has this report just come out of

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the blue, or has it been linked in any way be the concern of death

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rates at a our hospitals? Thi this is a direct result as to

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the appalling events that happened at Mid-Staffordshire Hospital. The

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big government said they wanted to ensure that those mistakes never

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happened again. Interestingly, under this data, Mid-Staffordshire

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came out quite well, almost 2% under the expected mortality rate.

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But one Department of Health spokesman said to me that you

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should not judge a hospital just on one set of results, they say it is

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like buying a car. You would not just buy it on fuel consumption.

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So the hospital is excepting the findings?

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Earlier today I spent to the medical director at as the George

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Eliot Hospital, and he was very quick to say that he wanted to be

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as transparent as possible, and he did not feel that there was

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anything wrong with the care in Nuneaton.

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I think the quality of care is good, and I think the safety of patients

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is good. It is paramount at -- to the decisions we make. We ensure

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that quality and safety is at the centre of everything we provide.

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Something is going wrong. Something is going wrong, and what

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our external review will determine his by their it is initial quality,

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which I do not think it is, whether it is an issue of recording, an

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issue of external factors. Interestingly, the Department of

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Health say that this data does not come with any sanctions. Nobody has

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been named and shamed. The Department of Health said it was

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like a smoke alarm, it prompted further investigation. But one that

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Inspector... One watchdog for the hospital said to me it was all very

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well, but surely if your toaster is burning up that is simply

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difference to your house being on fire. These results will be coming

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out every quarter, and all the hospitals will be looking at them

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with great care. Two other news, and unions

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representing bin men in Birmingham have voted in favour of strike

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action for the second time this year. These were the scenes in the

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city during the last walk out, today the GMB said its members plan

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to strike again over changes to their contracts. They claim that

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some staff could lose �4,000 a year. A strike date has not been set.

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Amazon has become the gritting 1500 temporary staff to work at his new

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depot in * Staffordshire. They opened a 7000 square foot warehouse

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in Rugeley last month. They are now Could eating more slowly make use

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Laura? It is a theory that scientists in Coventry are trying

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to prove and a hi-tech unit nicknamed the Flab Lab.

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They it has been set up to get at - - an idea of what is causing the

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world's obesity problems. This is no ordinary day for this

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woman. She is being sealed in a chamber and closely monitored for

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eight hours. There will be exact measurement of how much energy C

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Burns. It is part of an experiment to test whether eating faster make

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should put on weight. -- how much energy she Bunce.

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Weight is due to how many calories you taking and expend. If you find

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that meal duration can affect those parameters it is important for

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public health. She has had nothing to read today

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and it is exactly mid-day. She has lunch passed -- passed into are, a

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sand which and yoghurt. She must eat the portions slowly, one every

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five minutes, and her appetite is assessed throughout the afternoon.

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It is all happening in Coventry hospital and Warwick University's

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Flab Lab. The most advanced of its kind in Europe. Before our

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experiment gets under way, patients are tested in this extraordinary

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looking instrument that measures how much the way, their body volume

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at how much fat they have. Scientists will test the

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relationship between weight and things like sleep levels, exercise

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and dogs. For conditions like infectious

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diseases and cancer, we are beginning to make process. However,

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it is frustrating that a condition like obesity, which is very common,

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we still have not manage -- managed to get a treatment. That is what

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we're hoping to do. After eight hours, she is allowed

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out. Fresh air!

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What did she think? You never think about how you eat,

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it is something you do. When you have good time you saw for pace

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yourself, I think it affects the way you take your food. -- when you

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have good time yourself. Finally, she assesses her hunger by

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eating what she likes from us that -- selection of food. The results

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will take time, but they're hoping to find some answers about the

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obesity and it -- obesity epidemic. Watching that makes you hungry,

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that is the problem. You can find out more about that

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obesity report on the Midlands Today Facebook page.

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Still to come tonight... Are the little owl part of a big

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archive - I Shropshire baronet gives us a bird's-eye view.

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And rain at last. It has not been the wettest October so far, but it

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Three of the Black Country's best- known tourist attractions today

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received a �4.5 million boost which is hoped will double visitor

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numbers. Dudley Zoo, the Black Country

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Living Museum and Dudley Canal Trust hold the investment will draw

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more than one million tourists to the town that each year. Our

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correspondent is high above the town at Dudley Castle. Great news.

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It is, today it has not been perfect weather for tourism, but

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you can see the castle, 1,000 years old, standing behind me imposingly.

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That is one of the attractions that brings visitors to the town, but

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now it is hoped this investment from Europe will be able to build a

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big new centre, which will give people access to all three of the

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town's biggest tourist attractions. Let's speak to the chief executive

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of Dudley Zoo, one of those attractions. You fought long and

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hard for this money, you must be delighted, what will it do?

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It is fantastic news. We have been trying to get investment for ten

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years. �4.5 million will provide infrastructure to -- for access to

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the museum in a different way. We will have a new car parks so that

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people can transfers between the three attractions. -- transfer

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between. They will also be a new attraction within the castle so

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that conservation and education work associate with the zoo can

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take place. I have been to three of the major

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attractions today. Can it actually work that you have one centre for

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three very different attractions? Yes, we think it can. We're

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different attractions, and you can come for a weekend to the Black

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Country Museum and the Canal Trust, whereas previously they were seen

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as quite separate entities. The views taken by the local

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authorities are that this is the way to develop the tourism centre.

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Currently, 600,000 people visit these three attractions. The hope

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is when the work is finished in about five years' time they can

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increase that number to one million people. There has increased numbers

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are also point to help boost the town, as well.

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Hopefully we should see people coming into Dudley very soon.

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Especially when it is not raining. Thank you very much.

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Premier League footballers are backing a new video which carriages

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young people to adopt a zero- tolerance to going for -- to gang

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warfare. The film also has the support of chart-topping music acts.

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Today they were in Birmingham to showcase their creative talents in

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an attempt to put across a positive image of young people, as a our

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arch reporter reports. -- as a Mac Arts reporter reports.

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No Postcodes - No Gangs, a clear message from those affected by gang

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culture. I am not educated, not from a very

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wealthy family, I am from the bottom of the chain. It is easy for

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people to close the door on me. The gangs gave me a way out, they gave

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me money, they gave me life. Headed a you get out?

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My brother motivated me. My brother said to me, I am saving money for

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your funeral. That scared me. The campaign is the brainchild of

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young people from Bromford Support. The idea is to urge other people to

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be citizens of Birmingham and not be did -- not be defined by their

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postcode, something gangs have been defined by in their past.

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The many have had first-hand dealings with gangs.

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I just said I was not going to get over my stuff and they stabbed me

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with a screwdriver. I had someone to see me with a knife. I was on a

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bike and as I was pedalling away the scratch my back, it was an open

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wind. The No Postcodes - No Gangs video

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is now online for anyone to view. It is a sign that there is an

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alternative to gangs for young people.

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We know there were some local footballers involved in that from

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the Premier League. Talking of which, Wolves were applauded off

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last eight, despite losing five had -- 5-22 Manchester City in the

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Carling Cup. Mick McCarthy had called some

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supporters mindless idiots after he was jeered during their previous

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game. Only 12,000 fans were at Molineux,

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but left the manager in no doubt whose side they were on. The

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whose side they were on. The players responded, too, and took

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the lead through Nenad Milijas. Mick McCarthy's reaction Das

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understated delight. In five restless first half minutes the

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visitors rammed their superiority home. Astonishingly, a 1-0 lead

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became a 3-1 deficit in the blink of an eye. Two further goals at the

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start of the second half threatened a demoralising wrote, but once more

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Wall's revealed their backbone and Wall's revealed their backbone and

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Jamie O'Hara scored the only other goal the game.

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We were still chasing them, still creating chances. The desire to

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play is just quality. Stoke City are also out, but they

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Stoke City are also out, but they went down fighting, too. They had

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already had a goal disallowed for obstructing the goalkeeper Glenn

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Jon Walters power and pace set up the opera for Kenwyne Jones. But

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Liverpool have a player with magic in his boots - Luis Suarez pit in a

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delightful equaliser early in the second half. His second was more

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prosaic but was enough to win the prosaic but was enough to win the

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game. It has to be even Stevens. We

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played tonight and we do not think it was even Stevens, in respect of

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some of the decisions. When you look at it, you will have to ask

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him why, we do not know why. So after two consecutive years with a

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Midlands Today and the final, they will be no repeat at Wembley this

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time. Better news for Birmingham City, at the Blues made it six wins

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out of six after beating Leeds 1-0 in the champion jump. Nikola Zigic

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scored the game's only goal. It was his first goal since February. It

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left them to aid than the table, just one -- just one point outside

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the play-offs. You only have until Sunday to

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nominate your BBC Sports Midlands unsung hero.

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Further details, call to our I am wondering if we will pop one

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in the post of the closing date is Sunday and today is Thursday.

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The weather is threatening outside, but our Autumnwatch series should

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have died in things up. Sir Michael Leighton is a cameraman

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who has dedicated much of his time filming a unique record of wildlife

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in the Midlands. This estate is one of the jewels of

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Shropshire. It is also an important wildlife record, because for more

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than 30 years the man in charge has been filming pretty much anything

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that moves. Leighton Parker has been the seat of the Leightons

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since 1931. Few Giddings have stayed here, but some visitors have

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been less regal, and Sir Michael Leighton got many on camera.

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These are young buzzards. They are a bit naive.

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It is so easy to forget in these days of high-definition cameras how

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unusual Sir Michael's passion was, but he was years ahead of its time.

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He used the latest technology to film the wildlife on the estate.

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So you call this area little owl Avenue, why is that?

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Yes, because a lot of the sites were here. They picked between 1974

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and 1982. -- they peaked between. In 1985 or 1986 they were down to

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about three pairs. Now I don't think there is a sight in the park.

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The little owls may have gone, but we have the pictures and films,

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some taken using early motion detector technology.

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The animals would go on heat and added capture them when they went

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to feed their young ones. I had some exciting stuff.

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What were you doing when the little filming was going on? -- when the

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little owl filming. Playing cricket!

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Given the extraordinary amount of the cage, literally give you a

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taste of it, but what is his favourite moment?

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There was a sparrowhawk on a branch. What was special about that?

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It was very rare. Sir Michael has recorded almost

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every British bird on the estate over the years and has captured

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many on film, creating a vital record of Shropshire Wildlife.

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Fabulous footage, and more from David tomorrow, looking at

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hedgehogs. Sunshine over there and rain over

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Yes, but the rain has been much needed. The Met Office have

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released provisional figures for October showing the Midlands has

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had only just have its usual rainfall. Even though it has been

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raining for pretty much the whole day, amounts have been fairly

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unimpressive. Hereford was the wettest with 7 mm. This should

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silence people grumbling about the cold, because October has been one

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of the warmest on record. These figures include the entire country,

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so temperatures have reached a maximum of 29.9 Celsius at the

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beginning of the mud, averaging out at 12.2 Celsius. That will only be

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supported by the next few days. -- the beginning of the month. And if

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you are was the whole region should be much more dry, and some clear

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spells developing overnight. Some dent fog patches and places.

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Temperatures overnight dropping to a minimum of four Celsius, possibly

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three in rural spots. At chilly start tomorrow, but we have some

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sunshine once the fog lifts. A complete transformation,

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temperatures up to around 12-14 Celsius. It will be milder than

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today with hardly any breeze at all. The weekend is looking largely dry

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The weekend is looking largely dry and mild.

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Finally, a look at tonight's main headlines. European leaders stuck -

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- strike a last-minute deal, the rescue fund will be doubled at half

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of grease's debt will be written off.

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