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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Suzanne Virdee and Michael

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Collie. The headlines tonight: 10,000 people sign a petition

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demanding hospital bosses keep Stafford Hospital A&E open 24

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hours-a-day. The people of Stafford want to keep their A&E department.

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Police literally sniff out big cannabis factory right in the heart

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of a busy city centre. I was at the back of this premises where we're

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stood and I smelt a very strong smell of cannabis.

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Market traders' anger as they're dragged into the strike that will

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see thousands of workers walk out next Wednesday.

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And it was named the most beautiful car of all time. Now the E-type Jag

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

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than 10,000 people have signed a petition calling for Accident &

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Emergency services to be protected at Stafford Hospital. It comes as a

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campaign group holds its first meeting this evening, following

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news earlier this month that services are being closed down at

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night. The plan involves shutting the A&E unit at Stafford from 10pm

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until 8am overnight. The new system will come into place next Thursday

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and is due to last three months. Hospital managers say it's a safety

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precaution and they are hoping to have the unit fully open again as

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soon as possible, but campaigners worry it could be the beginning of

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a series of cuts. Our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper, joins us now

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from that public meeting in Stafford. Liz, have many people

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turned up to get their views across? Yes. This meeting has been

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underway for about half-an-hour. It is very well attended, and I think

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that reflects the feeling not just in Stafford, but in surrounding

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areas. The campaign group says they have organised the meeting because

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they are so concerned about the future of A&E.

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22-month-old Leo was born in Stafford Hospital and his brother

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and sister have also received treatment there. His mother began a

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campaign to support services, particularly A&E. To bring those

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good consultants to A&E, we have to show them Stafford is a good place

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to be and that is not being shown at the moment. That is our aim, to

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start showing the positives from a hospital. Neighbours have joined

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forces to plan the campaign and tonight's public meeting. I have

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needed that service strongly and I would not like it in any way to be

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harmed for the future of this community. I would like it

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reinstated for 24 hours because that is what is needed for this

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community. The temporary closure was agreed at a board meeting

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earlier this month. The hospital reject claims that the moves are

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motivated by financial considerations. What we felt as a

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Trust was that because of our staffing numbers, we could not

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continue to sustain a safe A&E service. Although people are

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worried about having to travel, what we feel is that we need a safe

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service here, and that is a judgment call around our risk and

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the risk of patients are having to travel. The temporary closure is

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due to begin from this Thursday and the board insists it is temporary

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and will last for just three a month. But the MP of Stafford has

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been hearing from many constituents who are concerned it will be

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permanent. This is a temporary closure. The hospital is making

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every effort to recruit the right of a number of consultants and

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doctors to fill the posts so the hospital can reopen 24 hours a day

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and offer what is a very good and safe service. Thousands of families

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have already expressed their views on the A&E services. They will not

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review current plans but they are hoping to influence future

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decisions. This campaign is clearly gathering

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momentum. What's been said at the meeting so far? Lots of questions

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from the public here this evening, and very strongly-help support for

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the hospital being expressed. We have had some quite passionate

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speeches so far from members of the panel on this stage and we are

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expecting to hear from members of the public who will ask questions

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later on. The number of people who are so passionate about the

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hospital, we are thinking tonight we will be engaging their opinion

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and the wider opinion in Stafford, and some of those who arrive here

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this evening, we managed to speak to some of them about their

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concerns. My concerns are mainly the travelling for anybody in the

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district who use staff a hospital. We are a commuter town and we are

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growing, and I am concerned there will be no A&E to take our children

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do. We need positive moves and the people tonight are doing the right

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things. What are the campaign group hoping to achieve ultimately?

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is a newly formed group and they are keen to stress they are not

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political. They were only formed and the last few days after the

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announcement was made. They want to look towards the long-term future

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of the hospital but they know they cannot do anything about these

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partial closures that will take effect from next week. By Hospital

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welcomes meeting like this because it shows just how passionately

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people feel about the health service. Thank you very much.

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Later in tonight's programme, the schoolgirls from Wolverhampton

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who've been putting the London Olympics boxing venue through its

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paces. A big cannabis factory has been

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discovered in an old shop in one of the busiest parts of Birmingham

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city centre. It was found by a police officer in the area on

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another investigation, who literally sniffed it out. Once

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cultivated, the plants could have produced drugs worth �300,000. And

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as Giles Latcham reports, it's an industry which appears to be

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flourishing. Up the stairs into the warmth and

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moisture of a cannabis farm. Row upon row of plants, lamps,

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ventilation shafts and a sophisticated hydroponics system. A

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highly professional set-up uncovered by chance by a detective

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making inquiries nearby. I was at the back of this property where we

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stood and nice not a very strong smell of cannabis, so we forced

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entry to the premises using police powers. This is the largest in a

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commercial premises I have seen. There are six tents like this one,

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each with 30 to 50 plants in them. The aroma is overpowering. It is a

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big operation and the location is interesting, too. An old shop, slap

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bang in Birmingham city centre, over the road from New Street

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railway station. A risky enterprise, then, and brass-necked, too, but by

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no means a one-off. In the past four years, more than 1,400

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cannabis farms have been discovered in the West Midlands. That's an

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increase of 275%. The value of the plants seized and destroyed is an

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estimated �150m. Amid economic gloom, quite literally a growth

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industry. People who may not be involved in organised crime per

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assayed have seen profits that are possible and have taken steps to

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see if they can get on to that bandwagon. Whether this particular

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incident is about organised crime or not is difficult to say until we

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see those behind it. But it is certainly being replicated by many

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people. Earlier this month, a group of men, some from Staffordshire,

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were convicted of running a giant cannabis farm in Lincolnshire. But

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with production costs relatively low, for profits so substantial

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there are plenty willing to take the risk.

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The Aston Villa footballer Barry Bannan has been banned from driving

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for 18 months after admitting drink-driving and three other

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offences, following a motorway crash last month. 21-year-old

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midfielder, from Sutton Coldfield, was also fined �4,500 at Nottingham

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Magistrates' Court. The court heard he was almost twice the legal

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drink-drive limit when he crashed his Range Rover Sport on the M1 in

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Nottinghamshire. Three Warwickshire fire officers

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have appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of four of their

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colleagues in a blaze at a vegetable-packing warehouse.

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Station manager Timothy Woodward, and watch managers Paul Simmons and

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Adrian Ashley, who attended court in uniform, were charged with

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manslaughter by gross negligence, following the fire in Atherstone-

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on-Stour. Warwickshire County Council also faces a charge under

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health and safety legislation. None of the defendants was required to

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enter a plea. Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates Bradley, John Averis

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and Ian Reid died four years ago. Police have confirmed this

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afternoon that human remains recovered in Gloucestershire

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yesterday are those of Kate Prout, who was murdered by her husband

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four years ago. They were discovered close to where Adrian

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Prout told police he had buried her body after he unexpectedly

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confessed to her murder. Today, Mrs Prout's family spoke of their

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relief and said they hope they can now finally lay her to rest. Steve

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Knibbs reports. Kate's Prout's family describe the

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last week as surreal, traumatic. It, of course, started with the news

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that Adrian Prout had finally confessed. We were very shocked at

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first. And we weren't quite certain whether it was the truth. We were

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devastated and just full of emotion again. The whole thing boils up

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again. We have never forgotten Kate but we never thought we would get

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to the end and that she would be found. So when the news came, we

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were totally devastated. As the search started to recover Kate's

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remains, difficult memories came flooding back. Knowing that perhaps

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she would be found, in a way, it has been just as bad as going

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through the trial, though we have not had to go to court every day.

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The emotion and feeling as you go through and the anxiety of waiting,

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it just tyres you out and it has been just as traumatic, hasn't it?

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Yes. Their driving force now is the future and Kate's funeral, but it's

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tangible just how harrowing the past four years have been. We have

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been like prisoners. It has been like a prison sentence for us,

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hanging over our heads all the time. We will never forget Kate and this

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has been such a traumatic event in our lives, that we are hoping that

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now we can get her back and say goodbye properly, it will close the

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book. Here there is a sense of relief that the cases coming to its

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conclusion. The murder of Kate Prout has been a dark cloud hanging

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over the village for four years. A cloud that is, at last, starting to

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lift. As the police operation came to a close in Redmarley today,

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there was only one thought on everyone's minds. The woman who

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disappeared but has now been found. Public sector unions say they're

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expecting next Wednesday's strikes to be the biggest display of

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industrial action since the 1970s. In this region alone, hundreds of

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thousands of workers are expected to walk out. But there's growing

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anger about the possible disruption and inconvenience. Market traders

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in Willenhall, in the Black Country, have been told they risk

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prosecution if they trade during the strike, for safety reasons, as

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council workers will be absent. Cath Mackie reports.

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Amanda Mason has run a pet stall at Willenhall Market in the Black

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Country for 20 years. But next Wednesday, she could be forced to

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take a rare day off. The strike is closing the market on Wednesday.

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All the traders have had a letter from Walsall Council saying that

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because of the public sector strike, the market will be closed.

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thought it was disgusting, to be fair. It is nothing to do with us.

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They can do that and it is they Union, but I do not see why we

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should have the day off. It is our livelihood. We have 60 traders sell

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it will have a big impact on Wednesday. For the traders it's a

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catch-22 situation. If they turn up next Wednesday, they could lose

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their licence to trade. If they don't, they could lose a day's pay.

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And all for a strike they say is nothing to do with them. I am sure

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it is important for them, but what we are saying is, don't drag us

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into your dispute. The council says it stands to lose �3,000 income

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from its markets but it has no choice. This is a council service

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like any other, so the council staff that run it cannot be here to

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make sure the market is run safely and properly next Wednesday. This

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might be just a local argument, but across the West Midlands,

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widespread disruption next Wednesday is guaranteed. In the

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West Midlands alone, we are looking at hundreds of thousands of workers,

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teachers, binmen, been women, taking action to defend their

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pensions. As for Willenhall Market, Walsall Council says it's unlikely

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they will revoke licences, but if traders do turn up on strike day,

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they will be trading illegally. And protest rallies are planned

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right across the region on Wednesday. The biggest will be in

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Birmingham and there'll be others in Stoke-on-Trent, Telford,

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Wolverhampton, Coventry and Worcester. Our political editor,

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Patrick Burns, is with me now. Everyone seems to think these

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strikes will definitely go ahead, don't they? Yes. Realistically,

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that is the case now. We have seen school sending out notification to

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parents about closures and local authorities dusting off contingency

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plans. The Government accused the unions of jumping the gun while

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negotiation was in process. But the unions say it is nothing of the

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sort. They say they are left with no option but to go ahead with the

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strike. Nobody wants to take industrial action. It is not

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something they do lightly. They stop providing the services they

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are committed to. So we want to bring the Government back to the

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negotiating temple with a better offer to bring our members. -- the

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negotiating table. How much of an impact will it have? It will be a

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wide impact but what people do not know is that it will also include

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Community Support Officers and the backroom staff. Health workers as

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well. Emergencies will be dealt with as usual, but a elective

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appointments, people should not be surprised if they find they are

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postponed. And then we have the developing story at the airports

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with immigration officers, the Borders Agency, which is an

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evolving story and we have a major UK border at Birmingham Airport and

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the airlines are warning passengers they may have to adjust their

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timetable. We'd like to know what effect the

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strikes will have on you next Wednesday. Are you having to change

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your plans or lose work, maybe? You can get in touch via the Midlands

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Today Facebook page or email us. Still to come in tonight's

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programme, Sarah Cruickshank is here with all the details about the

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weekend's weather. We might be avoiding the worst of the weather

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but it is looking like a very windy weekend ahead. Some places are at

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risk of seeing gusts up to 65mph. Tower Bridge, the Channel Tunnel,

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the Vulcan Bomber and the Bletchley Park code-breaking machine. All

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previous winners of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers' Heritage

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Award. But the prestigious award, which recognises British

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engineering excellence, has never been given to a car. Until now.

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Today it was awarded to the E-type Jaguar. Designed and built in

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Coventry, it caused a sensation when it was launched in 1961 and

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remains an icon of motoring to this day. Sarah Falkland reports.

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It was special all right. So special it became a motoring icon.

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Sleek curves and a top speed of 150 miles per hour, all for under

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�2,000. Enzo Ferrari famously said it was the most beautiful car ever

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made. This is a well-known quote from him. He said, there's one

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thing wrong with it. I said, what is that? He said it does not have

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the Ferrari back. Norman Dewis, from Shropshire, was the chief

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development test engineer for the E-type. Now 91, he was at Jaguar's

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Heritage Centre in Coventry today to see it honoured by the

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers. It combined beautiful lines with

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exceptional performance, but underneath it there was some

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extremely interesting engineering advances, particularly in the way

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the chassis was built, with framed to look after the engine.

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Recognition for engineering in this country is always a great thing and

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the E-type is such a special, iconic car for this country. We

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should have it for many years. Another reason for Jaguar Land

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Rover and its current work, now under Tata ownership, to celebrate.

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Such is the popularity of the E- type, Jaguar enthusiasts have been

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clamouring for a new two-seater in its image. The C-X16, unveiled at

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this year's Frank Motor Show, is a clue to what could be coming soon.

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The E-type is a typical car of the 60s. A very sporty car for sports

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stars and rock stars and celebrities. Hopefully the new one

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will have the same sense of style and adventure. E-types can fetch

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anything from 50,000 to 500,000 today. Norman Dewis says now he

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wishes he had put two or three aside for his later years. They are

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dreamy! I want one! �500,000. You never know. You can clean the

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spokes on the wheels. That must be a nightmare! Beautiful!

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Earlier this year, Wolverhampton was chosen as the location for the

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Olympic training camp for boxers from one of the world's smallest

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nations. Four boxers from the Caribbean island of Dominica will

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train in the city next year. I didn't say that right! Sorry! And

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to prepare, two Wolverhampton schoolgirls have been given an

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exclusive opportunity to watch a special Olympic test event in

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London. Ben Godfrey joined them. Chloe and Lauren have never claimed

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to be boxing fans, but they've been won over. How long have you been

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boxing? As part of the BBC News School report, the 13 year-olds

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from Deansfield Community School got press passes for Excel in

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London, for a rehearsal of the Olympics boxing event. Before I did

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all this, I was not interested in it at all. I just thought it was a

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sport for the Olympics and not very good. But now I have learned more

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about it, I like it. They're here because they've been inspired by

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Wolverhampton's big boxing moment. Next summer, at the city's amateur

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boxing club, these children will get the chance to watch four boxers

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from Dominica, who'll swap their small Caribbean island, with a

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population of 75,000, for three months of bruising bouts in the

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Black Country, before heading to London. Chloe and Lauren got to

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interview the club secretary. club has just signed a 25-year

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lease, so we are not going in where. Basically, we hope to provide some

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more Olympians in that time. With the kids saying they want to be

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boxers when they grow up, it is interesting. We can see that

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Wolverhampton is not a city where nothing happens. At the test event

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in London, Chloe and Lauren were busy scoring the bouts, and I was

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ringside. This is not simply a test event for the organisers. It is

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also a test for the Olympic hopefuls, fighting in the ring and

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learning how to answer questions from people like me. The organisers

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of London 2012 want the Games to reach out to all, to inspire people

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to get involved in a new sport in their communities. In Chloe and

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Lauren, they may have their role models. Don't argue with them!

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used to go boxing, didn't you? Absolutely exhausting but I was

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pretty rubbish at it! And to see more on how the girls

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got on, you can go bbc.co.uk/schoolreport.

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The lost history of Birmingham's gay community is being brought to

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the stage for the first time in a new theatre production. It's being

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performed at a National Trust property in the city centre and

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features untold stories stories that stretch as far back as the

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19th century. Here's our arts reporter, Satnam Rana.

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Actors revealing hidden histories from Birmingham's gay past in the

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setting of the city centre's Back To Backs. Madness has historically

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been seen as a fall from grace. Homosexuality was a form of madness.

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The tale of Charles, born in 1820. He ended up in a lunatic asylum

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because of his "unnatural desires". He is a lunatic! And then there's

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the rags-to-riches story of the Saltley's Fred Barnes.

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# Give me the moonlight, give me the girl... A butcher's son turned-

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entertainer. The production Gay Birmingham Back To Back is an

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extension of an oral history project, Gay Birmingham Remembered.

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It's to contextualise our past. Where we have come from. That is

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really important. A group of children in their teens came and

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they were profoundly affected because they did not know that is

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where it had come from in their community. There are stories of

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women meeting women in wartime Birmingham. And the struggle

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between race and homosexuality in the 1970s. I will be standing

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outside the club trying to pluck up the courage to go into the women's

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only disco, to find others like me. This production has been put

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together by Women & Theatre as part of The Shout Festival, celebrating

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what organisers call queer culture. For the National Trust, it's a way

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of engaging with diverse audiences. It has enabled us to communicate

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with the gay community and introduce them to the National

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Trust and the Back To Backs. Beyond the production there is a lasting

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legacy. The stories here will be visualised and it will be a

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permanent record of what has been, up till now, the city's hidden gay

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past. And you can watch the production at

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Birmingham's Back To Backs tomorrow. For more information, follow the

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link on our Facebook page. It started off beautifully but what

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It is looking very windy indeed. The wind will start to pick up

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overnight tonight. But on the plus side, it will be dry as well. The

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cloud we have had this afternoon will start to break up, so we will

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be under clearer skies overnight. Temperatures will take an early dip

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so it will feel quite chilly but it will stay dry. Temperatures dipping

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to around four or five degrees in the morning. But the wind will pick

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up tonight, so the Met Office have issued a yellow warning four-strong

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wind tomorrow morning. It is all down to this area sitting to the

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north of us, creating tightly- packed isobars. We will see very

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strong winds through the day, but it will be mainly dry and bright,

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with the best of the sunshine through the first half of the

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morning. Temperatures will be peaking at around 11 or 12 degrees.

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But a windy day, so it will feel chilly. Gusts up to 65mph during

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the region tomorrow. Its days dry through the day, turning cloudy

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overnight and we could see spots of rain overnight from Saturday to

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Sunday. But the pressure is starting to build across the region

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for Sunday, so looking like a mainly dry day and bright as well.

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Plenty of sunshine on offer. Temperatures peaking again at 12,

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13 degrees. The wind will be moderate on Sunday. Monday, his

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star as dry and bright, but Det cloudy through the day. On Tuesday,

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we will see the rain heading away. But over the weekend, dry and

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bright and the wind will increase through the day tomorrow. Monday,

:26:17.:26:27.
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looking chilly and then wet and A look at tonight's main headlines:

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Heathrow tells passengers to expect delays of up to 12 hours on strike

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day next week. And here, 10,000 sign a petition

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demanding hospital bosses keep Stafford Hospital A&E open 24 hours

:26:40.:26:44.

a-day. Earlier in the programme, we asked

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you how next Wednesday's public sector strikes will affect you.

:26:49.:26:53.

Matt Lakin wrote on our Facebook page: "In many areas, working to

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rule and overtime bans would be far less disruptive and far more

:26:56.:26:59.

effective". Gill Evans says: "I work in the

:26:59.:27:03.

private sector. Who cares about my pension or lack of it?!"

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Andi Conway wrote: "If it's a stand against this government, then of

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course services will strike, and they have that right. We still live

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in a democracy". Vincent Hayes says: "I support the strike. The

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Tory Party are trying to dismantle the public sector and the NHS". But

:27:16.:27:20.

Lucy Garman says: "I have had to take the day off work and will lose

:27:20.:27:24.

a day's pay so I can stay at home to look after my son. It would of

:27:24.:27:28.

cost �37 for a school day in child care. What makes me angry is the

:27:28.:27:31.

fact that three weeks ago, we were sent a letter warning that parents

:27:31.:27:34.

who take holidays or days off in term-time will be recorded as

:27:34.:27:37.

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