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

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The headlines tonight: police searching in woodland for Kate

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Prout's body have found human remains.

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We have found human remains close to the location Adrian Prout said

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he buried his wife. Slowing sales for shops as the

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Christmas rush fails to get going. We are not attracting the customers

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we were before. Protests about the cuts that could

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threaten 3,000 miles of country walks.

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And where best to go to hone your skills in Alpine acrobatics. Stoke-

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Good evening and welcome to Thursday's Midlands Today, from the

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BBC. It's being predicted that this

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could be an austerity Christmas, with shops bracing themselves for

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tough trading. And this at a time of year when stores hope to make

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the lion's share of profits to tide them over in leaner times. Today,

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Sir Philip Green said his retail empire, which owns Burton and BHS,

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has seen a near 40% slide in profits and will close 260 stores

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across the country, including many here. Across this region, sales

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have fallen by more than 10%. Even at the country's most popular

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shopping destination outside London, the Bullring in Birmingham, sales

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are down, too. And according to the latest Bank of England survey,

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cash-strapped consumers are tightening their belts more than

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ever. But as Cath Mackie reports, savvy shoppers can bag a bargain,

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as stores are forced to make big discounts.

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90 eggs for 99p and four loaves of bread for �1. No wonder people were

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queuing for hours this morning to get their hands on the opening

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offers at A1 Supermarket in Small Heath, Birmingham. It is so cheap.

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It is an unbelievable offer. That is why we have come. I can't

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believe it! There were crowds, too, up the road at the Bullring. But

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how many were spending? The dancing diggers had drawn them in. The

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unusual display marked the opening of Spiceal Street, a new dining

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quarter. We cannot ignore that people are finding it tough. I

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think it has finally caught up with us in Birmingham in this second

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half. Online, we have done a lot to ensure that customers will look for

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products online and then come into the shops to make a purchase.

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Bullring is the top end of retailing, fairing better than many

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places in the West Midlands. Spending's so slow in some areas

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that stores are closing. Solihull- based Cooks the Bakery has gone

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into administration, while Dorothy Perkins and Burtons in Stafford are

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shutting shop. They're part of the Arcadia Group, which is closing up

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to 260 stores countrywide after reporting a big fall in profits.

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am sure there will be fewer people wanting to come into the town

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centre and you have got to feel for those who work in the shops. It is

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stripping out the heart of the town as all is little shops disappear.

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Rising prices, battered confidence and the lure of online bargains

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have all contributed to the decline in footfall, or the number of

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people going shopping. And the statistics are quite stark.

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Footfall fell in the West Midlands by 10.4% between August and October.

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Compare that with the national average of 2.3%. But here's one man

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who's confident of success in a tough market. Chris Sargeant, of

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the Handmade Burger Company, who opened a new restaurant today at

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the Bullring. This is our 13th restaurant we have opened over five

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years, so we are really excited. You have to not lose what you

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created from the first restaurant on day one, so we have not lost our

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values. But with inflation taking a big bite out of incomes, how much

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will we all have left in our purses and wallets to spend this

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Christmas? Our business correspondent, Peter

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Plisner, is in Warwick for us tonight, where there's a Victorian

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Christmas fair, one of the many events around the region designed

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to pull in shoppers at this time of year. Peter, after a very tough

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year, the next 30 days are crucial for everyone in the retail sector,

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aren't they? Absolutely. Hence the appearance of this Christmas market

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tonight. Some do up to 50% of their annual trade in the run-up to

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Christmas, but things have been pretty slow to start this year.

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Some are blaming the mild weather. Last year, of course, it was snow.

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So we need a happy medium between the two. This is David, a trader

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here. How are things for you? Things are picking up. The weather

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could get a bit colder and that would help. But we are hoping we do

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not get the snow and stuff from last year and we are happy with the

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way things are picking up at the moment. How important a Christmas

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markets like this in getting people in? Very important. It is like the

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start off Christmas. People suddenly feel the spirit and they

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love it. We have got independent shops and a fabulous market, as you

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can see, and it gets people feeling a bit happier with life in this

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economic gloom. Can you tell us why people like cold weather to do

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their shopping? I don't know! It is just a psychological thing that

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snow and frost makes you wrap up warm and you feel hope very good

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about Christmas. Many thanks. Later on, they will be turning on the

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Christmas lights, yet another draw to get people out and spending.

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looks lovely there! Thanks for joining us this evening.

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Later, Coventry City fans want the club's owners out. Now the council

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leader joins the campaign, too. needs investment and to me, it is

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clear that SISU are the ones to put Tonight, human remains are found by

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police officers searching for the body of Kate Prout, who was

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murdered by her husband Adrian four years ago. They were discovered on

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the farm the couple shared in Gloucestershire. Officers have been

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looking for the body for four days after Adrian Prout confessed to her

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murder in prison last week. He'd previously maintained that his wife

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had disappeared but he was convicted of her murder last year

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and is currently serving a life sentence. Steve Knibbs reports.

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you are watching this broadcast and you are able to do so, please

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contact us. You might not be able to talk to your family and

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friends... From the start, Kate Prout was just a missing person.

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But then the police realised her disappearance was more sinister.

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They spend weeks combing the acres on her farm, but inner avail. Then

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her husband, Adrian, was charged with her murder. In court he

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claimed he was innocent. The police uncovered his violent past in his

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wife's diaries and that he had threatened to take her away. Then a

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dramatic twist. After failing a lie-detector test, Adrian Prout

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finally confessed and was brought to the farm in handcuffs to show

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the police way he had buried his wife. This is the spot believed to

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be Kate Prout's final resting place. You can probably see how tough it

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has been. Adrian Prout has not been able to give us a precise location

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and that is why it has taken so long. But it is in the area he

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loped - but he indicated. It has been a slow process by necessity.

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This is a crime scene and the body itself will be a crime scene in its

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own right, so they need the area to be as uncontaminated as possible,

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and there maybe forensic evidence from four years ago, when they

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first looked for her body, and there could be some soil evidence

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or pollen evidence that they want to match, and they really don't

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want to be disturbing too much of that. A pathologist spend the

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afternoon examining the remains pending formal identification. A

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short while ago an ambulance carrying a coffee left -- a coffin

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it left the woodland. Students at Birmingham University

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claim one of their protestors has been injured in a scuffle while

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taking part in a demonstration. Around 20 students barricaded

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themselves in a building at the university early yesterday to

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protest against tuition fees. The university is taking legal advice

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on removing them. It is a group of autonomous activists based at the

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University of Birmingham who are protesting the rise in tuition fees,

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which, by 2012 at this university in particular, will be �9,000. It

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is also about staff and departmental cuts taking place at

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the University. The food company Nestle is creating

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300 jobs at its factory between Uttoxeter and Burton-upon-Trent.

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The company is investing �110 million to increase production of

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one of its coffee brands at its Tutbury site. The move will see the

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plant's production capacity treble. We are now exporting from this site

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to 30 countries around the world, and quite frankly, we're running

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out of capacity. We are nearly at the end of that capacity so we are

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spending another �110 million, and that is another 300 high-quality

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jobs. Technicians and engineers that we will need.

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With its beautiful countryside, Shropshire is a magnet for walkers,

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who generate �40 million annually for the local economy. The county

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has 3,500 miles of footpaths. But ramblers say all this is under

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threat because of budget cuts, and today they marched, what else would

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you expect, to Shire Hall to voice their concerns. Bob Hockenhull

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reports. This is Lyth Hill Country Park. It attracts many ramblers.

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But some say their rights are not being protected. We have complained

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about problems with the foot paths but nothing has happened. 3,000

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people have voiced their concerns. Many who have signed a petition are

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from outside the county and some have come from abroad to sample the

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delights here. They want to get across how important walking is to

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the local economy. Many have marched to Shire Hall for a valid.

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That means about 500 will be unwalkable. We would not want a

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visitor to frock Show coming across those. But the council says the

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accessibility to footpaths has been improved over the past few years.

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They told the petition organisers the cuts will not compromise the

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roots. We are prioritising the parts we need to keep open. We

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cannot prioritise all of them because it -- because they are not

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being used. If the people at the centre employed by the council are

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not there to do the enforcement work, writing letters to the

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landowners, that path will deteriorate. It is something the

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ramblers say they are keen to avoid in Shropshire is to remain a top

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walking destination in the UK. Absolutely stunning, isn't it?

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Looking at scenes like that, it is hard to believe it is a year to the

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day since the last snowfall of winter. Any sign of the first snow

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of this winter? Not unless you are heading to Scotland. Thankfully, we

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have been spared any premature wintry weather, but wind is often a

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worry and we could have that in the days ahead. More later.

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And later, how the Potteries have become a centre for freestyle

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skiing. Who needs real snow? Campaigning starts in earnest

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tonight for the race to become Birmingham's first directly-elected

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mayor, with the power to run the city. The second city and Coventry,

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too, are in line to go down the route already followed by London.

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The timetable looks like this. The initial consultation period closes

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on 3rd January. Then there's expected to be a local referendum

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next November. If that produces a Yes vote, then elections for mayor

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in both Birmingham and Coventry would take place in May 2013. Both

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the Yes and No camps have supporters in all the political

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parties. I think in principle, the evidence we have from around the

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world and in London is that where you have a strong civic leadership,

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you tend to get better outcomes of the city. And it is important that

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the city mayor for Birmingham is also given powers to implement

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transport and investment, and have real say of what is happening in

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the city. I do not think Birmingham should have an elected mayor

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because it will not improve the governance of Birmingham or the

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democracy, or the services that people of Birmingham rely on.

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Well, if that mayoral election takes place, there'll be no

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shortage of candidates. MPs past and present, as well as leading

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figures in local politics, the media and from industry are among

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those whose names have been put forward. And more are expected to

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emerge. Some of those candidates will be at election debates in

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Birmingham, the first of which is being held tonight at the city's

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Hyatt Hotel. Our political reporter, Susana Mendonca, is there. A chance

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for someone to make the early running? Certainly. In about half-

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an-hour, this room will be filled with people wanting to hear why

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they should or should not vote for a -- an elected mayor. Many have

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suggested they will stand, including Sean sand, a Labour MP.

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And the Lib Dem MP for Birmingham Yardley, who is opposed to the idea

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of a mare that has suggested he might stand of the position becomes

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available. I am joined by the organiser of this debate. There has

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been criticism that most of those who are interested are Labour Party

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members. Is there an argument that you need to broaden the debate and

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get more of the other parties interested? I think the way we have

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operated as a campaign means we have offered people coming in from

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every angle and politics, from Conservative to Labour. Principally,

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we have offered an independent debate to those who want to stand

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up on the podium. The key challenge, though, is getting people

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interested. The turnout was low. How do you get them fired up?

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need you so sure media, more than anything else. We have also been

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out on the streets and got people involved, asking them what they

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think. Sadly, we must leave it there. The referendum takes place

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in May, and then if people say yes, there will be an election the

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following May. Figures out today show a record

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number of NEETs. That's young people not in employment, education

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or training. The number stands at 1,163,000. One of the country's

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biggest manufacturing firms is trying to do something about that

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by encouraging more schoolchildren to consider engineering as a career,

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as Joanne Writtle reports. Enthusing a new generation of

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potential engineers. School pupils joined in an event at RAF Museum

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Cosford to get them thinking about a career where there's a skills gap.

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One of the organisers was BAE Systems, one of the country's

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largest employers of engineers. Do you think some of these children

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are too young to be encouraged into engineering? Some of them are only

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11. What we find is that when children go to secondary school,

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they lose their interest in science and maths, so if we can engage and

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inspired young kids, they will go on to develop their skills and

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hopefully become the engineers of the future. Once, millions of

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people worked in engineering in this country. Latest figures show

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there are now 421,000 engineers. As students got to grips with science,

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organisers spoke of how they were addressing the drop in interest.

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When I go back to school and think back to engineering and science, it

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was through a book, but what better place to come than a museum to

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throw chocolate eggs off a wall of, spend time in a hangar and learned.

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The children themselves had mixed views about engineering and why it

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might not be an attractive option for some. Now the music is coming

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out, everybody wants to be pop stars and famous instead of doing

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work like maths and science. looks like a brilliant job. I will

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considerate when I am older, definitely. I would like to be an

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engineer because I like to make technical gadgets. Much of the

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event has focused on biomimicry. That's how science takes

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inspiration from nature and how nature can inspire inventions. So

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how flight of a mechanical kind links to flight in nature. The

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whole event is aimed at giving young people ideas for a possible

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future in engineering. Onto football, and Walsall have

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made it through to the FA Cup. They came from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 with

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goals from Alex Nichols. Exeter equalised but a goal in

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extra time took Walsall through to a second round tie. Well done to

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them. The leader of Coventry City Council

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is calling on the owners of Coventry City Football Club to sell

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up and let someone else run it. John Mutton says SISU aren't

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prepared to invest in the club and that the council would never

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consider selling their share of the ground to the current board, as Dan

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Pallett reports. They're under fire like never

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before. This is the board of Coventry City's owners, filmed in

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March last year. Since then, two have left, many star players have

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left and the Sky Blues are in the relegation mire in the Championship.

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The council leader says it's casting a shadow over the whole

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city and it's time for a change. Obviously, it needs investment. To

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me it is clear that SISU and those people will put investment -- will

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not put investment into the club. They have no real interest in

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football. They just want to get their hands on the Ricoh Arena.

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Coventry City don't own their ground. The City Council owns half

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but won't sell. SISU have run a football club into the ground.

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There is no way I will let them run the Ricoh Arena down into the

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ground as well. Attacks have already come from the fans. There

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have been protests at several games this season. Many agree it's time

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for new ownership. As a Coventry fan, they have promised a lot and

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delivered little. They are clearly ruining it. We should keep hold of

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what we have got because there is no interest from anybody else.

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only in September, SISU launched a charm offensive to win over the

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fans. People should recognise that we are supporters as well. We have

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become very attached to the football club and we know the

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feelings they have. We want a successful club. It's a tricky

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subject for manager Andy Thorn. His priority is avoiding relegation.

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don't want to get caught up in the politics because I would take my

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eye off the ball. We need to keep working hard with the players to

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achieve what we want to achieve. There has been some good news today.

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The Sky Blues today signed promising Aston Villa midfielder

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Gary Gardner on loan. But Coventry need a lot more good news days if

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they're to escape relegation next May.

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We have just had a statement from the club as saying that they need

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to do much to rebuild the trust between the club and the fans and

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SISU. We now have an expert on this. Pretty abysmal attendances. What do

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you think the future holds for the club? I think it is a transitional

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season. They released a lot of players at the end of the season on

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free transfers, players that would have had a market value. They are

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cut adrift at the bottom of the table at the moment. Who knows what

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the future holds? There are talks of potential administration. It is

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a case of witch and see at this time. The fans are pretty fed up.

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How on earth do you win them back? For a Football League club like

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Coventry, the fans are the lifeblood of the club. It is

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different to the Premier League where they can take television

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money. They cannot do that here. Just over 11,000 core supporters at

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the game on Tuesday. It is a worrying sign. But it is not enough

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to have a great stadium and club. The fans want results? Yes. There

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is talk of the club investing in a share of the stadium but many fans

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would like to see investment back in the team, because that is what

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will improve their league performance. This has a negative

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effect on the club's revenue, where they could then look to sell some

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of their better players to recoup. Thank you for coming in. Troubled

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times indeed. Freestyle skiing is a sort of

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alpine acrobatics that's grown so much in popularity, it's now an

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Olympic event. And a club in Stoke- on-Trent is emerging as one of the

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leading UK centres for the sport. And despite the lack of real snow,

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the club is now vying to bring a Winter Olympics medal back to the

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Potteries, as Liz Copper has been finding out.

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At Festival Park in Stoke-on-Trent, this is the biggest dry slope

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freestyle jump in the UK. And this club is training skiiers who're

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competing with the best in the world. We are actually looking at

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helping them out with their gym training and in terms of their

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mentality and the way they approach this. It is a big psychological

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game when you are throwing yourself quite high in the air, and you have

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to be prepared for what could happen. Looking at all the elements

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that make a good freestyler. ski slope's been here since the

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'80s, but the freestyle club was only established earlier this year.

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It's attracting large numbers of young enthusiasts. I started off

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not even being able to go down the slope, but gradually you get used

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wit and the effort you have to put in and the training you do. It is a

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piece of cake! These young skiers have their sights set on a Olympic

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glory. Sissy Herant, from Chesterton in North Staffordshire,

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is already in the British team and is training for the Winter Olympics

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in Russia in 2014. Just the rush you get when you go over that jump

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and land a trick. Or going skiing with friends. It is all worth --

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always worth it. The club has ambitious development plans. With

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increasing numbers of talented competitors drawn here, it's aiming

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to become the country's leading dry-slope centre.

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I can't imagine getting used to doing that! Anyway, how is the

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It will be turning breezier and we have had some comments on how much

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so. Hold on to your hats! It is to the north of the country and it is

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spearheaded by a fairly measures- looking area of low pressure. That

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spread to the north of Wales and to the east of the border we could get

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some of that, too. Towards the end of the week, it is looking windy

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but dry. Having said that, under his blanket of cloud, we have rain

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working in from the West, and as that comes in, it will turn gusty.

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The rain will start to split up and fragment as it goes eastwards. If

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we could have some heavy bursts to the north. We have got clearing

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skies to the West and temperatures could fall as far as five degrees,

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but not enough for frost. As the cloud close tomorrow, we are waking

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up to a good deal of sunshine. But introducing the odd shower. It will

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feel a lot fresher tomorrow. From tomorrow night, the Sky's clear

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once again, so temperatures could fall as low as three degrees. Gusty

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on Saturday, said temperatures could be up to 10 degrees, feeling

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A look at tonight's main headlines: A war of words about next week's

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strike over public sector pension reform. The Ggovernment claims it

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will lead to job losses. Let's go back now to our business

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correspondent, Peter Plisner, who's at that Victorian market in Warwick.

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Money is tight for just about everyone at the moment, so will

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there be bargains to be had on the high street this Christmas, Peter?

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Certainly no need for any discounting in Warwick, judging by

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the number of people who have turned up. But we are already

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seeing discounting in shops like Debenhams. Also expect bargains

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online. Tomorrow is traditionally known as Black Friday, when you get

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some of the biggest bargains ahead of Christmas. Amazon and Apple are

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