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

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Tonight: a suspended nine month jail sentence for the MP's wife

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found guilty of stealing a love rival's kitten. I had no

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recollection of taking the cat. In fact, I didn't realise I had a

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Gunther life returned to their house and there it was, in the back

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of the car. As long as we don't come under

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attack, there is nothing to worry about.

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They called it the Chancellor to cut the tax on flying.

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And is a statue of the captain of the ill-fated Titanic on its way to

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his home town, which once did not Good evening, welcome to Friday's

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Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: a suspended nine month

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jail sentence for the MP's wife found guilty of stealing a love

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rival's kitten. Christine Hemming, who's married to

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the Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming, was captured on CCTV

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stealing the pet from the home of her husband's mistress Emily Cox.

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She was found guilty of burglary by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court

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last month. Before being sentenced, Mrs Hemming

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said she still had no recollection of stealing the animal. Mr Hemming

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said his wife should have pleaded guilty to the offence. Liz Copper

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reports. Christine Hemming emerged from

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court without commenting after avoiding a jail term for burgling

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her rival's home. The love triangle involving her husband, the MP for

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Birmingham Yardley, and his former personal assistant, Emily Cox was

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described by the judge as an unconventional relationship. The

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jury had been played this CCTV footage. It showed Mrs Hemming

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crawling around the garden of the home her husband shared with Emily

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Cox and their daughter. Mrs Hemming is then seen breaking into the

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house. And three minutes later, leaving, clutching a kitten.

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Speaking before she was sentenced, Mrs Hemming described the episode

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as a blur. I did not deliberately take the catch. I went to the

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property purely to give my husband his post and to then return to my

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house. The events that transpired, I have no recollection of taking

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account. In fact, I did not realise I had it until I returned to the

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house and there it was, at the back of the car. Mrs Hemming later said

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she'd tried to return the kitten, which was called Beauty, by putting

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it under a fence. But the animal has never been recovered. Speaking

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after his wife had been sentenced, Mr Hemming, together with Emily Cox,

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gave their reaction. The judge said she was dedicated to her family and

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had been under considerable emotional pressure. The sentence is

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not surprising in the circumstances. She should have pleaded guilty. Had

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she, she would have had a discharge. I think it has been worse for my

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daughter, she has lost her cat. She has seen her parents dragged

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through the courts and by the media in not a very nice way. But the end

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of the day, nobody knows where the cat is full Stock -- where the cat

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is. Mrs Hemming will be required to carry out 150 hours' upaid work as

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part of her sentence. She's said the case has had a lasting impact

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on her life. And you can see more of that

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interview with Christine Hemming and read more about the case on our

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website. Later in tonight's programme: An

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Autumnwatch report on why hedgehog Leave us alone and there won't be

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any trouble - that's the message from the leader of the English

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Defence League ahead of a demonstration tomorrow in

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Birmingham. It's one of three protests taking place in the city.

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Hundreds of EDL supporters will gather in Centenary Square where

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they're campaigning against Islamic extremism. Across in Chamberlain

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Square at about the same time, there'll be a gathering of anti-

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racists including trade unionists and local faith groups, while in

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Victoria Square an anti-capitalist protest is continuing in front of

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the Council House. Our reporter Holly Lewis joins us

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now from Victoria Square. Holly, is this going to disrupt Birmingham

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City Centre tomorrow? Depending on who you believe, there

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could be several hundred protesters here tomorrow or several thousand.

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The police say there will be a vastly increased police presence.

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There have also moved the EDM event. It will now be in Centenary Square.

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They are not very happy about it. The question is, when it put people

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off visiting the town centre? Three squares, three separate

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protests and one major challenge for West Midlands Police. Firstly

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in Centenary Square where members of the English Defence League are

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due to gather. Police are keen to avoid a repeat of 2009 when there

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were 90 arrests following clashes between EDL members and anti-

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fascists, but organisers say they aren't looking for trouble.

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last 15 demonstrations have been peaceful. As long as we are left

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alone to peacefully protest, and don't come under attack, there is

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nothing to worry about. A short walk through the Forum will lead to

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the next protest event, set up as a counterbalance to the EDL. In the

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Chamberlain Square, a loose coalition including faith groups

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will be gathering at the same time. They say they want to celebrate the

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diversity and multiculturalism in the city. This is a very diverse

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city and we are really proud of that. That is a good thing. Our

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differences a dressing, a strength. It is something to celebrate. --

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Allah differences are a blessing, a strength. Lastly in Victoria Square

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anti capitalists have been given an eviction order for next Thursday,

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but they'll still be there tomorrow. Business leaders say no one should

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be put off coming into the city centre. The location of the protest

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and the way we understand he was doing it, the policing around it

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means that the rest of Birmingham probably will not notice and the

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shopping and retail side of been there will be business as usual.

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But many shoppers said they'd be playing safe. People have the right

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to protest but it could be chaotic with three groups. The recent

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history of protesting makes you wary. I would come in by myself but

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could be wary of keeping -- bringing children in. A key part of

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the way. It cannot kick-off. -- I will be keeping out of the way, it

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can kick-off. All three protests have to be static, police hope

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they've done enough to make sure they all go of peacefully.

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Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion are also playing at home.

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The police say they do not welcome the English Defence League protest,

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saying they recognise it makes people feel insecure, coming so

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soon after the August riots. They have also told them they can only

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protest for two hours and the peaceful event here has also been

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given four hours. A post mortem examination has revealed that a 49-

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year-old woman found dead in Stafford died from a shotgun wound.

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The body of Susan Gray was found in Oxford Gardens in the town. A 22-

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year-old man has been arrested and is currently in custody. Police

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have been unable to question him as he's being assessed under the

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Mental Health Act. The number of seats available on

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Virgin trains between Birmingham, London and Manchester is to be

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increased by 25% to ease overcrowding. Three new trains will

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be added to the fleet and some existing trains will have extra

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carriages. It's expected to create 28,000 additional seats. Passengers

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should see the benefits from next April.

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Severn Trent has stepped in to help people in south Shropshire who've

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been without water for months. Wells and springs around Clunton

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have run dry after a severe lack of rainfall. Now the company's made a

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goodwill gesture by sending water bowsers to the village.

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Birmingham Airport has joined a campaign to urge the government to

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cut the amount of tax paid by passengers. Air Passenger Duty

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currently raises�2 billion a year in revenue.

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Birmingham is one of eight airports lobbying the Chancellor to use his

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Autumn Statement to reduce the tax. It's hoped this will encourage

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airlines to use regional airports with spare capacity instead of

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London. Here's Our Political Editor, Patrick Burns.

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Dark days at the departure door. Like every other major airport

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outside London, Birmingham's passenger numbers have been falling

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for two years now and airport passenger duty doesn't exactly help

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to win them back. It is scandalous. It is what you pay taxes for.

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a great deal of money to put on top of the ticket price. To get an idea,

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let's look at three of the flights on the destination screens this

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morning. Belfast City, at 8:35am. Then New York. At 9:15am, Cancun in

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Mexico. My 225 mile flight to Belfast is taxed at the basic rate

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of �12. But for that flight to New York it's �60 and the for nearly

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5,000 miles away, it's Cancun it's �75 per person, quite a

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consideration for a long-haul family holiday. But

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environmentalists think it's only fair for aviation to offset what is,

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in effect, a generous tax break from the Chancellor. The aviation

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industry pays no VAT on fuel that it uses. That is unlike anyone who

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drives a motor car. Did pays no VAT on of the sale of planes, nor on

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the sale of tickets. The aviation pays its fair way in tax. We pay

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all the things that we do. The one area that is different is on fuel

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VAT. The Chancellor more than covers the environmental impact

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through the air passenger duty, which is set to raise �2.5 billion

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next year. So stemming the flow of a significant revenue stream would

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be a tough call for our cash- strapped Chancellor.

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There must be a long line of people queuing up to lobby George Osborne.

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Would he pay any attention to this? He is listening to Northern Ireland.

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They had a situation where Continental Airlines threatened to

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switch their services from New York to Belfast, to Dublin. That could

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be so that passengers could escape UK airport duty. As you can imagine,

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the political and business communities lobbed -- lobbied

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George Osborne and the result of that is that from Tuesday of next

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week, if you or I want to fly from Birmingham to New York, we paid out

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�60 duty but for people flying to New York from Belfast, the duty is

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�12. Of course, you can imagine that for the airlines here, there

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is a chorus of, well, if it applies to Northern Ireland, it applies to

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us as well. Oddity expecting to say?

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The contents of the Autumn Statement are very closely guarded

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but what we do know is that there will be a package of measures for

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growth. Put that together with the fact the government is determined

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not to build a third runway at Heathrow with George Osborne as

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oft-stated commitment to rebalancing the economy and the

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idea of a redistribution of routes from London to the regions fits

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together with that logic. There is more about this on the website.

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Significantly, David Cameron was recently asked in the Commons about

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the effect of Airport passenger duty on regional airports and he

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said that this was something which the government was, keeping its eye

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And there'll be more on this plus a report on the high levels of fuel

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poverty in the region on this Sunday's Politics Show which is

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here on BBC One at 12 noon. A campaign's begun to try and move

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a statue of the captain of the Titanic back to his hometown in the

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Potteries. The monument to Captain Edward John Smith currently stands

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in a park in Lichfield. It's believed it was originally put

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there because the authorities in Hanley in Stoke-on-Trent didn't

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want to be associated with the world's most famous maritime

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disaster. Laura May McMullan reports.

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A monument to honour Captain Edward John Smith stands in Beacon Park in

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Lichfield. Yet it was 40 miles away in Hanley, where he was born and

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bred. The only tribute to him though is here inside Hanley town

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hall in the form of a plaque. One man hoping to change all that

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though is campaigner Phil Ball. He's written to over 100

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councillors in Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield to get the statue moved.

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Standing outside this house in Hanley where Captain Smith was born

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in 1850, even the commemorative plaque has been stolen. He is one

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of our greats. We have of the statues in the City. He is missing.

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Why is there statue -- So why IS the statue of Captain Smith in

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Lichfield? Will the statue ever be moved? No, we have no intention of

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the statue moving from here. It is loved by local people. These

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pictures dating back to 1911 show Captain Smith, the deck of the

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Titanic's sister ship, the Olympic, six months before the doomed maiden

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voyage. It is amazing that the son of a potter, born into a town which

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is as far away from the sea as you can get, becomes the top sea

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captain of the Atlantic. We have great talent here. We can make a

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new statue if we wanted a statue. And people in Hanley agree. They

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should be something. It was a point in history which we should

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commemorate because so many people's lives were lost. With no

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visual public memorial in Stoke-on- Still to come in tonight's

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programme. Ben Rich is here with a look at what the weekend's weather

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has in store. Rewind the clocks back an hour on

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Saturday night. It is the end of British Summer Time but with a mild

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weekend ahead, we will not be plunging headlong into winter just

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Hedgehog numbers have plummeted over the last decade with the

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population down by a quarter. In our final Autumnwatch report this

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week, our Environment Correspondent David Gregory looks at the problems

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they face. And while traditionally at this

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time of year we're told to check our garden bonfires for hibernating

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hedgehogs, it turns out there's In their garden the quinces are

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ripening in the warm autumn sun but inside animal rescue centre is

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working hard to get their hedgehog guests fit and ready to tackle

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winter in the wild. Hedgehogs that have warned late in the year will

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not survive hibernation through the winter so here, they have got some

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babies that they will be keeping here and releasing next year. Let's

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try and films on with our special camera. -- Film some more with our

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But these youngsters face an uncertain future. Because the

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British hedgehog population has decreased sharply in the last

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decade. 25 % in 10 years is a pretty steep decline and it is

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concerning. They have recently been added to for biodiversity action

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plan which is a Schedule that highlights species which may be in

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trouble and need extra protection. So hedgehogs are in trouble and one

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of the problems they face is these red rubber bands that are often

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used by postal workers to hold together bundles of letters. Once

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dropped on the ground they can become potential death traps for

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hedgehogs. This rubber band was surgically removed from this

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hedgehog. He went on to make a full recover. This is a hedgehog that is

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going back tonight. If you look at their spines, they are if... It

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will be impossible for them to get it out themselves. They getting

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quite a tangle. In paintings and pictures, they are organised, but

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in actual fact, they are quite criss-crossed. It is free difficult

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to get off. Important as it is not to drop litter, there are plenty of

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other problems for our shrinking hedgehog population. One of the

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biggest ones as loss of habitat and fragmentation of Habitat, where

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gardens that used to be linked up on our high fences and walls,

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securing the gardens. Unfortunately, they stop hedgehogs trundling

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through. They will war and mile or two in a night so they need a lot

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of fathers. Fees babies might enjoy better prospects when they recover

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next year. -- these babies. David joins us now, on a street

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where they are determined to help hedgehogs.

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In this community, they are trying to help her shots. Martin Harrison

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knows more about it. What are you trying to do? We are trying to ways

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a rareness for these prickly man was to get local people involved in

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looking after them and improve their habitat. What can people do

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in their gardens? There are a few things in their gardens. A lot of

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you cartons of very fenced off and there are no holes anywhere. --

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gardens. Hedgehog needs -- Hague togs need holes in the fence. If

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you've got a pond, they need someone -- somewhere to get out, a

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round perhaps also Pichon also feed than some dog or cat food,

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preferably not cow's milk. Also put some freshwater out for them.

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and if people do all that, it is a lot of extra work? Not really.

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Another thing I didn't mention is to leave a messy area, so they can

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use the decaying leaves to foraged for food -- forage for food. Thank

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you very much. If you want to learn how to make a garden more friendly,

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I have rarely enjoyed and watching the wildlife this season.

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Let's crack on with the sport now. There's nothing like a wining team

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to drum up the punters. So after two derby wins the Albion club shop

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was doing brisk trade today. traditional blue-and-white striped

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shirt. Now there is a new shirt for sale. Like when you score a goal.

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Paul Scharner was booked for displaying the new t-shirt designed

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by his children at Villa Park last week. The rule is you cannot pull

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your shot over the head. You are a naughty boy. Absolutely, yes.

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the fans we spoke to love it. What you make of the shot? I would like

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one myself. I think we will be getting a few of those for the kids.

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Yeah, I think it's great, shows a bit of passion for the club and

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that is what you want from your players. We've adopted him. It is

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great for her man for us. He is one of those people that takes the club

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to their heart. Fair play to him. Next week, the famous shirt is

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going on sale in aid of DEBRA a charity to help children with a

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rare skin disease. Likewise players shirts embossed with poppies will

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be auctioned for the poppy appeal. But to keep sales bouyant they just

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need to beat Liverpool and that means stopping in-form striker Luis

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Suarez. He has had a magnificent start and at the moment, we must be

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aware that he will be a key figure in their attacking play. We will

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have to do our very best to keep him quiet. It will not be easy

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because he is a quality player. Albion did indeed beat Liverpool in

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April. Chris Brunt's penalties gave Albion a 2-1 win that day, and he's

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likely to keep the duty despite missing one at Villa Park last week.

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Albion have their tails up and they hope that's how it'll stay when

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their charity shirts hi the shops. Birmingham City fans are meeting

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tomorrow to form a supporters' trust. They're unhappy with how the

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club's being run by the current board. And they hope the trust will

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give the fans a greater say. They're meeting at the Phoenix

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Community Hall, Towpath Walk at 11.30am tomorrow morning and

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they've urged fans to get involved. And you can keep in touch with how

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your team gets on this weekend with the build-up, full match commentary

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and reaction on your BBC local radio station.

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Now a reminder that you've only got until Sunday to nominate your BBC

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Midlands' Sports Unsung Hero. You can send in your nomination to

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recognise those individuals who dedicate their life to helping

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He brought us blockbuster movies such as Alien and Blade Runner but

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now the film director Ridley Scott is teaming up with the BBC to make

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a brand new film about life in Britain.

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Britain In A Day will feature and be filmed by members of the public.

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James McDonald's been to Coventry meet some of the film's potential

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stars. In Coventry, a class for budding

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film makers. On November 12th all these people will be grabbing a

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camera and recording a snapshot of whatever's going on. They, along

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with many others across Britain are hoping their clips will eventually

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be used in the finished feature. I'm toying with the idea of me

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taking some bread. I'll have to a rope some volunteers in to hold the

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camera. We had loads of great suggestions here today and it is

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about what is important to individual people in this country.

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By Mike that a lot. Many of these people have never picked up a

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camera before. For them, it is a first experience of film-making.

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Fortunately, they will get a little Last year the Production Company of

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film Director Ridley Scott made this film, pieced together from

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dozens of clips capturing everyday life around the world. The film has

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provided the inspiration for Britain In A Day, which will be

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broadcast on BBC Two next May in the build up to the Olympic Games.

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People with no experience can bring something really special away from.

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One of those things the spontaneity, capturing emotional moments on

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camera. Life isn't perfect and if your material is rough around the

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edges, those edges might be really interesting. Presenters including

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Dan Snow will be joining in but the message from the film's makers is

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that absolutely anybody can take And if you'd like to join in with

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the film, take a look at the website: there are more details on

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A mixed bag is a fairly over-used expression in weather forecasts but

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this weekend, it really does apply. The elements are throwing

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everything possible at us over the next couple of days. If we had to

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some things up, we can say it will be milder, quite breezy, there will

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be a little rain around but at the same time, there will also be a

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little bit of brightness. A mixed bag, as I say. The can see this

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weather front out to the West. That is eventually going to reach us. It

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will bring us a little rain that later on Saturday. Behind it, rain

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will come in or from the south-west. Ahead of that were the front, it in

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the clear tonight. And it is clear skies, we will see mist and fog

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patches forming. It will be a fairly cold night with the lows of

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5-7 Celsius. Any early mist and Merck should clear away quickly

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tomorrow morning. Things will brighten up, particularly for

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further east you are. Parts of Staffordshire, down into

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Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, we should see some sunshine. Out

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west, as that weather front approaches, it will thicken up and

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bring outbreaks of rain. Highs of 12 to 14 Celsius and you will

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notice that brisk south-westerly breeze. If you are often end of the

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football matches tomorrow, if you're heading to Manchester for

:26:09.:26:13.

the game, we could see that light, patchy rain getting in here by the

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end of the afternoon. In Sunderland, it should be fine. The card would

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increase for all of us through tomorrow evening and eventually, we

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will bring this rain across. It will fizzle out so becoming light

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and patchy. Some of that will hang around as we go into Sunday morning

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as well, particularly across southern and western parts of the

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region. Further north and east, things will brighten up a little.

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By this point, things feeling mild, at 216-17 Celsius. Sunday could be

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a very pleasantly feeling day. Over the weekend, it will be quite mild,

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often rather cloudy but with some brightness. Also a little bit of

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rain at times. He starts next week on a dry and settled note but

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things will go down hill as we head into mixed -- midweek. One more

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thing to mention, the clocks go back an hour on Saturday night.

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Don't forget to wind them back. It means an extra hour in bed but it

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A look at tonight's main headlines: Vincent Tabak is sentenced to life

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for the killing of Joanna Yeates. And a suspended jail sentence for

:27:24.:27:26.

an MP's wife, found guilty of stealing a kitten from her

:27:26.:27:30.

husband's mistress. That's all from us this evening but

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on Monday's Midlands Today we'll be investigating the impact of the dry

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