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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Suzanne Virdee.

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The headlines tonight: They didn't lift a finger to help - the couple

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jailed after a two-year-old was scalded in the shower and later

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died. Any such perpetrators will be defined.

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Hate mail and phone calls targeted at the group which highlighted the

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scandal at Stafford Hospital. was one comment that said my window

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should be put through, inciting violence against me.

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With the Olympics just eight months away, warnings the market could be

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flooded with counterfeit merchandise.

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And filmed in remotest Herefordshire, how life might have

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looked if we hadn't won the Second Good evening and welcome to

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Tuesday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: guilty - a magistrate

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and his former girlfriend who let a two year old girl die were jailed

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for manslaughter today. They did nothing to help the little

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girl after she was badly scalded in a shower at her home in Birmingham.

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She died later as a result of her injuries.

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The girl's mother, who was also found guilty of child cruelty, was

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jailed for six years. Rashpal Chana, pillar of the

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community, tonight starting a jail sentence for manslaughter. The

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manslaughter was that of a two- year-old child, Kristiana, not

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Chana's child, but that of his girlfriend. A child said the

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prosecution neither lifted a finger to save. This is where rave very

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young child, who was only two years of age, was in considerable pain

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for some 12 days. The instant first occurred and Fen... It is an

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horrendous crime and actually, that failure to treat has been

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investigated and the right sentence has been brought forward by the

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court. Eva Logina, a 26-year-old Latvian. National arrived in the UK

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in May 2007 already pregnant with Kristiana. In December 2009 they

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moved in with rashpal Chana, recently separated from his wife,

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at his home in Harborne in Birmingham. On Feb 4th last year

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she showered K because, she said, she'd soiled herself but the shower

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was scalding hot and the child suffered 10% burns. It wasn't until

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11 days later when she collapsed ghat she was taken to hospital but

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by then it was too late to save her. The judge said Logina chose not to

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seek medical help because she was frightened social services would

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take her children. That selfish motive killed her daughter she said.

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Jailing Chana for four and a half years the judge called his failure

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to seek medical Attention a gross aberration. Rashpal Chana was a

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lecturer who won a Queen's Award for Services to the Science

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community. He was well known in Sikh communities in the Black

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Country for his charity work. And for 18 years he served as a

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magistrate on the Birmingham bench. I find it so hard to believe. He

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was always such a positive guy, very caring. His students loved him.

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He simply nodded as he was sentenced. The woman wept as she

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was led from the dock. And we can go to Nottingham now where the case

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was heard and talk to Giles. It seems astonishing this couple did

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nothing to help Kristiana. Did they appear to show any regret, any

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remorse in court? I spoke to the man in court before

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the verdicts were returned. He was convinced there was no case to

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answer, that he would be acquitted. He said bandages and cream were

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applied to the child at home but he never knew it was a scalding injury.

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He thought it was nappy rash. For mother cut a more cold and a motion

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on less figure. The defence counsel said the irony was she had not gone

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to the hospital because she feared social services would get involved.

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By And it seems a remarkable fall from grace for Chana, whom you

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described as a pillar of the community.

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That's right. As his defence but it, this is a man who has lost her tour.

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That's all because of his relationship. The judge said in

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some respects you've been unlucky for some big City due to have

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someone to clean, keeper a home and be available sexually, but you knew

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about bad injury to the child as an early stage and you did nothing.

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Thanks for joining us this evening, an evening that's somewhat historic

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for football fans in the Black Lights, camera, action. Stourbridge

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are up for the cup and a place against Plymouth is the prize if

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The Labour Party's apologised after one of its members posted material

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online attacking the health campaigner Julie Bailey. Julie

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Bailey's been at the forefront of the group Cure the NHS which

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highlighted problems at Stafford Hospital.

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The Labour Party's apology comes as Ms Bailey revealed details of a

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hate campaign which has included anonymous phone calls and threats

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to her business. Julie Bailey's cafe in the centre

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of Stafford has been the focus for her campaign to improve care at

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Stafford Hospital. It's now at the centre of threats and online abuse.

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This is material posted in the name of the Labour Party. It includes

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interviews conducted by a Labour activist who's now apologised for

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I hope she goes into A&E and dies on the way. It's not the only

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material that's caused upset. e-mails on a daily basis. Then I

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found out there was a Facebook campaign, including a comment that

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said my windows should be put through, inciting violence against

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me. Also saying we should be driven out of town because we have brought

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shame on the hospital. In fact all we've done has told the truth.

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There've also been insults posted on social networking sites. This is

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not the first time the cafe and the campaigners who made here have been

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targeted at the levels of abuse and the threat of increased in the last

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couple of weeks. It follows the decision at a hospital board

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meeting earlier this month to close A&E overnight for three months.

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It's a move the town's MP would like to see reversed. I've got a

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meeting with the minister on Thursday, to talk through both the

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arrangements being made for people while the A&E is closed and also

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the work that has been done to make sure it can come back for time as

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soon as possible. And although Labour party members won't condone

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online abuse, councillors in Cannock are campaigning against the

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temporary closure. I would not condone any offensive material. I

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understand that Julie Bigley has received a number of telephone

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calls and I understand the depth of feeling but I would not condone

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offensive behaviour Rattle. -- at all. Back in the cafe, Julie

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Bailey's reporting the abuse to the police. She says it won't deter her

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from either campaigning, or continuing to run her business.

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Well, our health correspondent Michele Paduano joins us now.

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You've followed this from the very start. Is this criticism fair?

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is not fair because what Julie Bailey has done is heroic. She has

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broken down political recalls to the point where he got to a public

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inquiry where we can have benefits for patients everywhere. During

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that time, there has been relentless bad publicity and that

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bad publicity has meant that doctors have worked there, he think

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I don't want to be here, there is a terrible place to have the

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spotlight on may have left. They need to find other doctors to take

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the place and it is difficult to recruit. To that extent they've

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created a downward spiral. So A&E has been closed overnight. Do you

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think for services will be reinstated soon? They are supposed

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to be reinstated in three months' time but there is a national drive

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towards having fewer accident and emergency departments, partly

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because of a European directive. It is costly and difficult to get

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enough doctors to fill the rota. There is also a desire to

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concentrate services in fewer hospitals. A hospital like Stafford

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is vulnerable. As the countdown to London 2012

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begins, we can expect to be bombarded with opportunities to buy

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Olympic souvenirs and merchandise. But how much of it will be genuine?

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Trading standards officers fear the market's about to be flooded with

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counterfeit goods and they're warning us all to beware of Olympic

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fraud. The honest face of Olympic merchandising. In Ironbridge, they

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have won a contract to produce the official London 2012 teddy bear.

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But they had to pay for the privilege and they don't want any

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pirate bears muscling in on their market. We are in fact one of only

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two companies to what official licensees for the Olympic Games

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producing soft toys. Any cuddly toy being produced which is not a mass

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court or a teddy bear will most likely be counterfeit. On a train

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of the counterfeiters, trading standards officers today bringing

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their roadshow to a Birmingham supermarket. Their message, don't

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be fooled by the fakes. Take a look at these two T-shirts. Apart from

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the colour, they look virtually the same but in fact this one is

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genuine and this one is fake. Holding it, you can tell that it is

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inferior quality. When the Olympics arrive, or the counterfeiters will

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see it as a good opportunity to repay the country off. We want the

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public to be aware and take care. Very few tips. The way to make sure

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that what you are buying is the real thing is to look out for this,

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it is the Olympic holograms. It has a 3 D effects and is flashers in

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the light. If you see this on what you are buying, you know you've got

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the real McCoy. All for Mary thought Blair's character hologram

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on at the back of the box. For a small company employing 25 people,

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the Games have become a golden opportunity. There is also an

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opportunity for less scrupulous manufacturers to do some serious

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stitching up. We have been warned! Police

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investigating an attack with a stiletto heel which left a

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partygoer with a fractured skull have released CCTV images of a

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woman they want to speak to. The assault happened in Bishop

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Street in Coventry last month. Detectives have released these

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picures from a nightclub security camera.

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It's the biggest night in the history of Stourbridge Town. And

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one that could make or break the season for the non-league club.

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Tonight's FA Cup replay against league side Plymouth could bring in

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at least �50,000. Our reporter Ian Winter is in Stourbridge for us,

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Ian this is big for the club and big for the town too, isn't it?

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An historic night. Two years ago, Stourbridge lost to Walsall in the

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first round of the FA Cup but tonight against Plymouth, they are

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aiming to reach the second round for the first time ever. The fans

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have caught FA Cup fever. It is a win-win situation does because then

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non-League club has already earned itself thousands of pounds.

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The War Memorial Ground has never seen anything like this before.

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Live TV cameras, 12 of them all set to being -- bring Stalbridge across

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the nation. Inside the home dressing room, hardly room to swing

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a cat. Uncomfortably small for Plymouth Argyle. Half a mile away,

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it's lunchtime at the Britannia sports bar, where the mood is

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confident. A pint of the usual, please. Certainly. Looking forward

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to the game tonight? I certainly am. No problem. Do people drink more

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when there is a good match on? Without a doubt. Every time they

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come in, instead of having two or three, they are having four or five.

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Good for Business. OK, so it is a replica of the FA Cup but there is

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nothing false about these two characters. Super Bob Taylor will

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always be a legend at West Bromwich Albion and this is the coach at

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Stourbridge town. Both believe we are been for a shock tonight. Who

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are the favourites tonight? bookies are going to probably say

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Plymouth Argyle but for a personal point of view, I will back

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Stourbridge at this moment in time, even though I sense... They got

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their own support, the majority of their support. Everybody is backing

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a them. They will come and be professional, and so we will we. We

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will have a good at -- good go at them. I hope we will. On Saturday,

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some rock scored a cracking goal. - - Sam Rock.

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Let's have a chat with the chairman of Stourbridge, Ian Pilkington.

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He's got a huge smile on his face. This is a bonus for us. We never

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budget for a cup run because we get into trouble. Now it is fantastic

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but we've got the additional revenue. We will put it away to one

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side and leave it for a short while and decide what to do with it later.

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Put into words what it has been look like reading it again? It has

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been fantastic. Most of the people here of volunteers. We all have

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full-time jobs. To try and tie it in River Dart has been great. The

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truck -- press interest has been something else. When you get a

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light -- nice like tonight, you go with the flow and enjoy it as best

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you can. Plymouth are rock bottom of League Two. They've been to look

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at the ground this morning. What did they make of it? They are happy

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with the playing surface. They were happy with the pitch. At the end of

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the day, we want to play good football and if we have a good

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pitch, it will help us play good football. Let's see who the best

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team is on the night. Hopefully it will be Stourbridge. The whole of

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the Midlands is backing Stourbridge to win tonight. The kick-off time a

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7:15pm. The atmosphere is building very nicely here at the War

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Memorial Ground. Good luck to them! We are all

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backing them. Still to come this evening: he's

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Stoke City's not so secret weapon. But at 35, how much longer can Rory

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Delap hurl his deadly missiles into the opposition box?

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I feel good at the moment but I have no qualms about dropping down

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the beat. And brace yourselves for one of the coldest nights so far

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A cafe called the Hungry Hobbit is facing legal action unless the name

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is changed. The business is near the Birmingham beauty spot where

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JRR Tolkien drew inspiration for the Lord of the Rings, his fantasy

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world of middle earth peopled by hobbits, elves and wizards.

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Unless there's a name change, lawyers for the Tolkien estate say

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the owners could end up in court. Begin at Middle Earth and walk for

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a few hundred yards. Eventually you'll come to the Hungry Hobbit.

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It's been the name of the cafe in Moseley for six years and its new

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owners were proud to continue the Tolkien association. People ask

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about the story and we tell them about the board and we say he grew

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up in the area. It is our heritage. But it's come to the attention of

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the all seeing eye of the Tolkien estate. A letter's arrived from

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lawyers saying the word hobbit is unauthorised. The last paragraph of

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the letter makes for pretty uncomfortable reading. It says, if

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you are not willing to discontinue use of the name voluntarily we will

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have no alternative but to pursue all of the remedies afforded by law.

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The cafe is up against a formidable foe. The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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made millions, so to the Tolkein estate the Hobbit character is now

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more valuable, not least because a new film is being released shortly.

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Lawyer Des Burley says big brands want to protect their name. They

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might think of licensing a chain. You've got the Hard Rock Cafe or

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you may see the church -- Star Wars chain of restaurants and there's a

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lot of value and that, two shirts, the whole experience. To not use

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the name any more would cost us thousands because we've got all of

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the uniforms, the signs, the menu is. And regulars are supportive.

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were disappointed to hear they've had this trouble over the name of

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the cover of. Is a disgrace to be asked to change the name.

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owners say they're not cashing in. It's just a caff but to win this

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battle, they might need a bit of wizarding help.

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Well, we've already heard from Stourbridge and their FA Cup

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exploits. Dan let's hope they can do better than Aston Villa last

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night. Immensely frustrating, is how the

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Aston Villa manager described last night's 2-0 defeat at Tottenham

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last night. Here's why. McLeish was disappointed with how they conceded

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the goals. Poor marking allowed Emmanuel Adebayor to score the

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first after 14 minutes. He'll never score an easier second. Gareth Bale

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provided the cross but a mix-up between James Collins and

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goalkeeper Shay Given left Adebayor with a tap-in. Next up for Villa is

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a trip to Swansea on Saturday. Rory Delap is renowned for having

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one of the longest and most feared throw-ins in football. The former

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schoolboy javelin champion has caused havoc in Premier League

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defences over the last few seasons. The Stoke City midfielder turned 35

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this year making him one of the oldest outfield players in the

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Premier League. But as Laura May McMullan has been finding out, he

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plans to go on for a few seasons yet.

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Rory Delap has been described as the ultimate long throw specialist.

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Being able to launch the ball into the box from 40 yards out has been

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a constant thorn in the side of the opposition. 5th rd does get me in

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that the team when a manager is thinking about two or three of us.

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-- the throw-in does get me into the team. I'm sure if I am playing

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we will carry on using the. Supporters will tell you there's a

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lot more to his game, covering about eight miles a match, tracking

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back, running box-to-box, the midfielder is an important part of

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the squad. Even at 35, he is at the peak of fitness. He went to be the

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best you can be and get into the Premier League. -- U 12.

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today's top players carry on longer a? Money has been spent licking it

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sport science and looking at what it means getting older to be fit.

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It has helped a lot of players maintain their careers and lot

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longer than they would have done if you're so good. Reaching 30 was

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considered to be a football as twilight years a few years ago.

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That has all changed. There was a big culture change when the

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foreigners Cayman. The game got a lot faster, you had to be a lot

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fitter. We had to eat the right food. It is having a knock-on

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effect now. In a couple of years, there will be older the me. By no

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means is he the oldest outfield player in the Premiership.

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Manchester United's Ryan Giggs is 38 at the end of this month. Wolves

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defender Jodie Craddock is 36 and Blackburn's Michel Salgado is also

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36. Rory says he wants to play professionally into into his 40.

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feel good at the moment but I have no qualms about dropping down the

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leagues. But what about life after football? My two boys half started

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playing football and my little girl plays ballet. I want to spend time

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with the end. -- with them. For now though there's no sign of him

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hanging up his boots. He says he'll continue to put in the extra hours

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training. Testament to his desire to play at top level.

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He is only 35. Ryan Giggs has gone on well into his thirties.

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Plenty of players are almost 40. If you look after yourself, why not

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keep going? AC Milan have an incredible Academy,

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the man a lab, to keep men fled. Physically they have spent a lot of

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money on players, on their wages and buying them. If they were

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injured, they were losing them. They have had players dawn for year

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after year. I think it is something about the

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Potteries because Stanley Matthews, who Wysall play when he was 50. --

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I saw him play when he was 50. A reminder that Stourbridge is on

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local radio. Port Vale and Tamworth are also in FA Cup replays tonight

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while Birmingham City and Coventry City are in action in the

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Championship. Now imagine for a moment that World

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War Two had turned out very differently. That the D Day

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landings had failed and the Germans invade Britain.

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That's the startling premise of a new film, set in the remote hills

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of Herefordshire. The movie Resistance is released on Friday.

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It was shot in and around the starkly beautiful Black Mountains.

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And as Bob Hockenhull reports, there are hopes it'll boost tourism

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in the area. We have established an observation

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post and as far. We will be here for the week. The film Resistance

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is based on the best selling book by Owen Sheers and set in the

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dramatic Olchon Valley in Herefordshire, close to where the

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writer was brought up. Today it's one of the most peaceful parts of

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the Midlands but in the film, set in 1944, it's been invaded by

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Germans. I was going looking for a story in the Black Mountains and it

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was while I was researching the history of that area that I came

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across the story of it Siri units which would have been Britain's

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secret civilian insurgency in the event of a German occupation.

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must leave. I cannot be. If you stay, you will die. Resistance was

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filmed in the countryside where it's set. Not only has it put some

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of the more remote parts of the Midlands, it's also caused a lot of

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excitement for local people. People like farmer Mark Williams from

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Rowlestone. The production team stayed on his farm and shot scenes

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in the road leading to the nearby village hall. Were you happy to

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have them here for a stop we were happy and there was a degree of

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excitement. -- were you happy to have them here? There was a degree

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of excitement. We were glad to have the case back to ourselves any end.

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For many involved in making the film it was the first time they'd

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encountered Herefordshire's dramatic frontier with Wales.

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Having an outside I was really useful, coming into a valley and

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seeing it pretty much like it is the first time, having that kind of

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experience. It was something that was really useful. And it's not

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only Herefordshire's countryside that stars in the movie. The

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medieval Mappa Mundi housed in Hereford Cathedral also features,

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the priceless artefact is found hidden in a cave and is set on fire.

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It is an horrific doomsday scenario. The realistic side of using the

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Black Mountains to protect something precious I think is

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something very feasible. Resistance opens on Friday bringing this

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glorious Herefordshire scenery to a national audience.

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Magnificent countryside but it It was never going to be a

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straightforward week but if you're going to get rain it might as well

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be during the nights, and so from that perspective this week looks OK.

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But the winds are increasing from Thursday and that's going to make

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things slightly colder. You'll feel the cold a lot more tonight though

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as temperatures tumble. It'll probably end up being one of the

:25:54.:26:04.
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coldest nights so far this autumn. There is fog as well but not as bad.

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It's this ridge of high pressure. That's building in tonight that's

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clearing the skies and leading to much calmer conditions which should

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be just about perfect for a frost. The low pressure then sweeps in

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later this week to create a bit of frisson, introducing the rain and

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stronger winds. So we can see the cloud is just starting to the clear

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the East now so in rural parts temperatures could near freezing or

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just below leading to a fairly widespread ground frost and a touch

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of air frost. We could see some shallow mist and fog but not as

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dense as it has been. So the morning's going to be cold, a bit

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frosty and misty to start but a much sunnier, drier day. There'll

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be some patchy cloud affecting Western parts with the odd spit of

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rain. But the temperatures should pick up again to 11 Celsius. As for

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tomorrow night, much milder with lows of eight or nine Celsius. But

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the winds start to pick up from Thursday onwards and it's through

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Thursday and Saturday night that we see the rain with the days staying

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see the rain with the days staying A look at tonight's main headlines:

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An uprising reborn, calls for a million people to take to the

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streets of Cairo. Protesters converge on Tahrir Square again.

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And a couple are jailed after a two-year-old girl was scalded in

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the shower and later died. That's all from us this evening. On

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tomorrow's Midlands Today we'll be hearing more about some exciting

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news about what the long-term legacy of the Olympics will be in

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