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Welcome to Midlands today with Nick Owen. The headlines tonight.

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Call done a camera, the benefit fraudster who claimed she was

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disabled but was fit enough to run competitively -- caught on camera.

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Ho ho ho online Christmas shoppers have created 1,500 new jobs for

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their region. 60% in November and December, so

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important to get it right. The cold snap and the increasing

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cost of living are pressurising numbers into homeless shelters.

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And plenty of backing for the Glassboys, dreaming of more FA Cup

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Good evening and welcome to the start of the weekend here on

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Midlands Today. Our top story tonight: a benefits

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fraud that investigators say is one of the most blatant they've ever

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seen. The woman they were investigating

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claimed she was too disabled to tie her own shoelaces. In fact, she was

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fit enough to run regularly and even competed in road races.

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The Government says the current crackdown on benefit cheats has

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saved �100 million since October last year. During that time

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there've been 10,000 prosecutions. That compares with 8,200 in the

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previous 12 months. Liz Copper reports now on how video

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evidence made one woman part of those statistics.

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This undercover footage shows Gillian Hulme, in the black top,

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running in a road race through Stoke on Trent. She trained three

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times a week with a running club. She'd even taken part in a half-

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marathon. All whilst claiming benefit on the basis she could

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barely walk. The 55-year-old appeared at Stoke on Trent Crown

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Court after admitting illegally claiming more than �45,000 in

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benefits over ten years. She stated she was only able to

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walk 20 yards over a three-minute period and that was certainly not

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the case. Hulme had taken up running after having back problems

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- but continued to claim benefits even though her condition improved

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so dramatically. Pete Millington has represented disabled people who

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have had their claims disputed and feels fraudsters cause problems for

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honest claimants. I think it does have an unfortunate impact in

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demonising disabled people generally, that are genuine

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claimants of benefits. So we don't want there to be anxiety amongst

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and -- disabled people who genuinely need benefits. After this

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footage was played in court, Hulme was given an eight month suspended

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prison sentence and was ordered to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work.

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Sentencing Gillian Hulme, the judge said the benefits system is

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undermined and its reputation damaged by people who begin to the

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fund of money without being entitled to it. He said she had

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known perfectly well what she was doing was utterly wrong that power

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reputation had been publicly ruined. -- and her reputation.

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And the Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud tonight welcomed the

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prosecution and said benefit thieves cost the taxpayer almost

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one billion pounds each year - money intended to go to those most

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in need. Ahead of us tonight: up for sale,

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not up for grabs. How these car thieves asked for a test drive and

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never came back. With just three weeks to go until

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Christmas, online retailers are preparing for their busiest weekend

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of the year. It's estimated internet shoppers in

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this region will spend about �1 billion between now and the 25th.

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And hundreds of temporary jobs have been created servicing that demand.

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Our Business Correspondent Peter Plisner joins us now from one of

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the busiest online depots in South Warwickshire.

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Pete Happe. Yes, tonight they are at the

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warehouse -- we are at a warehouse, or internet shopping is very big

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business these days, it is estimated that a few years ago,

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there were 3.5 million shoppers, now there are 37 million. They

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process 15,000 orders per day here over Christmas, up from 1,000 per

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day and Christmas shopping is going hi-tech. 24% they use their

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smartphones to order goods, but whichever method you use, it

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promises to be an extremely busy weekend.

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Why go to the shops when you can buy almost everything online? That

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is what Martin Weale does. We do a big supermarket shop every two

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weeks, so this is Christmas, so we are doing a lot of Christmas

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shopping. It gives me the opportunity to get things that are

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a bit unusual. I won't tell you what I bought my wife, but it is

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something I wouldn't be able to buy easily locally. But not everyone

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has done their Christmas shopping yet, hence the reason places like

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this are so busy, with orders coming in thick and fast. The race

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is now on to get everything packaged up and delivered. A It is

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really busy, there are people running around all the time that

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everyone is a bit stressed. started in October, and which was

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quite nice, because it was quite steady, but now it has gone mad.

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big presence do you wrap a day? varies. -- How many presents.

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are so many. Such a lot to do. other popular products? These S

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weathers are selling a lot, you fill them with helium and then you

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remote-controlled of -- S weathers. This Spycatcher is doing well. But

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this is basically an adult baby grow. And in this business,

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selecting the right product is crucial. I would say looking out

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for a new products at gift fairs, looking to see what the major

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retailers are pushing it, keeping an eye on the sales trends and

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talking to the suppliers that there who have been doing it for years.

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Other online retailers are also busy, part of the reason that

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companies like Amazon have set up shop here. Its new warehouse in

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Rougerie is already processing thousands of orders, by -- and that

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the same time creating hundreds of jobs. Experts maintain that despite

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the recession, the growth of online shopping is helping many firms buck

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the trend, something that looks set to continue. We are around a cross-

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Channel, multi-channel retailing, you can buy through a website and

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our high-street store, for a mobile device and a telephone ordering. It

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is those different channels and options for retailers and customers

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that is a really big area of growth. Some products are quite literally

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flying off the shelves this year and with Santa's online helpers

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working overtime, it looks like being a happy Christmas for all

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concerned. And some other popular products

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flying off the shelves... These remote controlled candles. If you

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are feeling tired over Christmas, have about a blow up as ever frame?

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And if you remember the Styler phone, they are making a comeback

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as well. A Adam, tell me how much trade you actually do over

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Christmas. Which is 60% of our turnover in November and December.

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-- we do. A why is this so busy for are like chopping? It is the first

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weekend after pay-day, Christmas is looming. -- why is it so busy for

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online shopping. What about growth online, it seems to keep growing?

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We have seen between 40-80% year on year, but it is getting more

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competitive, so just about making sure your prices are right. Last

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year, snow affected online traders. Are presumably, you will be the

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Addie people hoping not to get a white Christmas. -- Oh the people.

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We don't mind it on Christmas Day, because everything is done by them,

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but not before. A my favourite thing will be this knife throwing

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set, it is plastic, but hours of endless fun.

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Peter, thank you very much. An 11-year-old boy who was killed

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in a road accident in Warwickshire has been named as Tiarnan Welland.

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He died yesterday morning as he tried to catch the school bus.The

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car involved stopped at the scene. The accident happened on the A423

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between Southam and Farnborough. Police are appealing for witnesses

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to contact them. Four men from Stoke on Trent have

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denied being part of a group plotting terror attacks on major

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London targets. The four, aged between 20 and 27, were arrested in

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dawn raids a year ago. Today at Woolwich crown crown court, they

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pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, which related to an

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alleged plot to target the Stock Exchange, the Houses of Parliament

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and the American Embassy. Selling cars through online

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advertising or auto trading magazines has become common

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practice. But it nearly cost a disabled woman from Coventry her

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life. Dawn Markham was seriously injured

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when two men drove over her while test driving her BMW X5 and then

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made a getaway. Detectives believe she was the victim of an organised

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gang who're shipping stolen high- powered vehicles out of the country.

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Here's Bob Hockenhull. Captured on a street security

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camera - the moment two men arrived at Dawn Markham's house purporting

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to be interested in her car. The luxury BMW X5 had been advertised

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for sale for �43,000 and one of the man calling himself Raj Singh from

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Luton said he wanted to buy it. -- one of the men. There was

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absolutely nothing suspicious about them. They produced insurance

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documents, they had actually made eye-contact with May. But when she

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accompanied the men on a test drive, things quickly turned nasty a mile

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from Dawn's house in Coundon in Coventry. He actually grabbed my

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arm, basically swore at me and told me to get out the car, otherwise he

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would kill me. I actually grab that the door handle of the car and he

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sped off, and of course, as it tried to be several yards down the

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road. Dawn was knocked unconscious and suffered severe bruising. The

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thieves abandoned the car outside this pub less than two miles away,

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police believing they had got scared because of what they had

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done. It is hoped security camera images will help identify the

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thieves. We are seeing more and more that it is organised crime

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gangs committed these crimes and taking their number of cars --

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committing. They are moving them abroad or disposing of them in this

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country somehow. Trade in standards officers say prospective sellers

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need to be on their guard -- Trading Standards. Don't let the

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keys out of your possession and be a bit wary of how they are behaving.

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If they are showing little interest in the car and are more interested

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in getting to the test drive, you might be wary of that. But Dawn

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says her ideal means she will never advertised at car for sale again --

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ordeal. Still to come, how a surgeon's

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skill and the dedication of his owners saved Sebastian after he

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fell 50 feet. This time last year we were

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battling with the snow to get out and about, and although it will be

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cold over the weekend, the snow stays north of us and it is looking

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like a lovely, crisp wintry weekend. With forecasters predicting

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temperatures sinking to below zero again over the weekend, there's a

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warning about support for homeless people struggling to keep warm.

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One charity says it's had to move to bigger premises and open a

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fortnight early to cope with demand. Giles Latcham is in Birmingham.

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Giles, pretty chilly for anyone outside tonight?

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The bone-chilling commander decided going to get colder for the

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hundreds of people taking part -- it is bone-chilling, and it is only

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going to get hold up for the hundreds of people taking part in

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the annual fundraiser. More of that in a moment, but first, Ben Godfrey

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in Worcester, where they are worried about an influx of people

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seeking shelter. Six o'clock this morning,

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temperatures in Worcester have hit minus two. There's warmth and

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comfort at the YMCA in St John's. They call this place the Night

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Assessment centre. Those seeking shelter can get food, sleep and

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support. Nick Jackson came here after separating from his

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girlfriend. He says he was born in Worcester but can't afford to live

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here. First of all, it was the only place that basically would accept

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me. Pilot light to go to college, study a few things and then

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hopefully get my own place and settle down -- I would like to.

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This centre relies on donations - like sleeping bags - and it's had

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to open two weeks early. It's run by St Paul's hostel but moved to

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the YMCA for more space to meet demand, as winter begins to bite.

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would say last year particularly, because temperatures were a lot

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lower at this time of year, there would have been quite a high

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likelihood of people dying out on the streets, if the night assessed

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and said they hadn't been open. One of they reasons we have opened

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early is to try and pre-empt what might be a caring with the weather

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-- one of the reasons. Around 20 people had used the night

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assessment centre here. Growing numbers coming year on year. It

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coincides with figures from the homeless charity crisis, who say

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there has been a 15% increase in the number of people contacting

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local authority for help. Staff say they're told of many reasons why

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people come to this centre and one that stands out. In a riverside

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city - a city where many aspire to live - the cost of rent is pricing

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more people out and onto the streets.

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The cost of rented accommodation seemingly exacerbating the problem

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it was there. Let's talk about the scale of the problem in Birmingham.

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You deal with young people but what do you understand the situation to

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be questioned Arc unfortunately, this is all pretend, so the people

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here are not really homeless. understanding is that number is

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increasing in Birmingham as well -- my understanding. Particularly

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those suffering from the economic situation, problems with their

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mortgage situation and also people whose landlords and may have an

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issue with their mortgage situation, so it is increasing. Casting it

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forward, we have record youth unemployment, how do you see this

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forward playing out. -- this problem? I think there is a real

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worry for young people. We are in a situation, family, relationship,

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frictions that a conflict tend to lead to a youth homelessness a bad

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when families are under pressure, that often spills out on to

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teenagers and adolescence -- and when families. Also welfare reform,

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very worried about that. Pressure on funding, which makes all of this

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all the more valuable, and when you are going to a nice warm bed

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tonight, spare a thought for those on the streets of Birmingham.

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For three months he's been on and off the surgeon's operating table,

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but tonight Sebastian the tabby cat is coming home after �6,000 worth

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of operations. He'd fallen from the fourth storey

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of a building, suffering extensive injuries, which required braces and

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metal pins to put him back together. Joanne Writtle has the story.

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Two-year-old Sebastion is checked over by the vet who helped save his

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life. He suffered lung and chest injuries after a dramatic fall.

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Metal supports have helped mend broken bones in three legs.

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front left leg, he there are metal bars going through the bones of his

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legs, the top and bottom of his radius and metal bars on the

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outside connecting those. This X- ray shows a break in the femur soon

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after the accident. Here, pins hold together a fracture in a front leg.

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His back legs are also held together with metal. He is jumping

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a little bit higher now, since the metal is in there. I don't think he

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worries as much about the landings any more. Vets put his survival

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chances at less than 10%. His owners paid �6,000 for orthopaedic

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surgery, chest draining and other procedures. Pet insurance of �11 a

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month covered two-thirds of the bill. His owners say it was worth

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it to take him back home to their other cat. I just can't believe it.

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But when we first got him home, it was a hard week, he was fed through

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a tube, the other cat didn't recognise him, it was emotional

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trauma. Sebastian fell from here. A fourth floor window at his owners'

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flat in Edgbaston in Birmingham. He's spent today at the vets in

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Halesowen. Sebastian is about to be sedated for more X-rays to see

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whether some of his metal inserts can finally be removed, there it is

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likely that some of the metal supports will have to stay for good.

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The cat is little face. He is a beauty, isn't he? -- look

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So back home tonight. And Sebastian's latest op earlier today

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was apparently a great sucesss. Good luck, Sebastian. Let's talk

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sport. There's yet more upheaval behind

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the scenes at Coventry City. Dan's here now. What's happened now?

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This time it's the chairman Ken Dulieu who's stood down. Back in

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March, Dulieu and the board held a press conference stating bold

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intentions. Three of the five who were present that day are no longer

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in place. But the chairman said the day his appointment was only ever

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saw -- short term. It has been an interesting journey, but my job was

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only ever to put the building blocks in place and but the

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strategy in place, stop there had lecturing of cash and convince the

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owners to keep funding. -- the haemorrhaging of cash. It doesn't

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get better the commentary. -- the Coventry. What next?

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He is going to become head of operations, help the manager signed

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contracts and get the players into the club. They are looking for

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investment from the local community, but they need to do it quickly,

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because Coventry have struggled for quite a while financially, and if

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they don't have sorted out soon, they will be in League One and even

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more trouble. But better times at Stoke City.

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Absolutely. They're through to the knockout stage of the Europa League

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after drawing 1-all with Dynamo Kiev last night. It didn't look

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likely during the first half in which Stoke struggled and fell

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behind to a Matthew Upson own goal. But Stoke rallied after the break

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and got their reward nine minutes from time when Kenwynne Jones

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converted Jermaine Pennant's cross. Afterwards the Stoke manager Tony

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Pulis said he was proud of his players. This is what the fans

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thought. Their manager was playing spoiling tactics, they kept on

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falling down, all the way through it. What can you do? You can only

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do your best, can't she? How far as you think they can go? All the way.

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All the way. At it is going to get to play their next round. But Albu

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way to the final. That will be a journey into the unknown. Likewise

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for Stourbridge Football Club tomorrow. It's their first

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appearance in the FA Cup second round. And tomorrow, more than

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3,000 fans will pack inside the War Memorial Ground, hoping to see the

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Glassboys pull off a famous victory over Stevenage from League One. Ian

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Winter reports. It was hard work today at the Glass

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Centre, like it was every day. But they I used to it in Stourbridge.

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Players like Ian have been doing this for more than 400 years, which

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is why they are called the Glassboys. One of them, Sam the

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Rock, has just clocked up 300 games. Now you know why they are called

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the Glassboys. It has been on my doorstep the whole time, and there

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I know why. It is like Hart, the way they go around making it. --

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art. It is some heritage for the town. Did you ever envisage you

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would be cutting a piece of crystal glass to celebrate Stourbridge in

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the FA Cup second round? No, but things happen, especially in the

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second round of the FA Cup. Bring gone mad United. This afternoon,

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they had no time to put their feet up before the cup tie. They were

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too busy coaching the youngsters at a or primary school in

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Wolverhampton. They all work for a charity called believed to achieve.

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The FA Cup, nobody comes to these grounds and fancied themselves, and

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we are in good form at the moment that we are all confident, really

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lucky -- looking forward to it. Stourbridge expat come on,

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Stourbridge! You can't let them down after a reaction like that.

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Back row no, it is a great atmosphere, the kids want us to win

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it -- no. Hand on heart, can Stourbridge really beat Stevenage?

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I really think we can. With the community behind us and thus

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pushing to the standard we can play, I definitely think we can.

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Stevenage beware. Some rock doesn't score many, but when he does, they

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tend to be rather special. -- Sam. Tomorrow, 3,000 fans will be

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looking to break that -- C the Glassboys make history. Stourbridge

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glass is unique. Commemorating the first ever appearance in the FA Cup

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second round. Just over 100 tickets still unsold.

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The kick-off is 2pm, a regular update on BBC WM. And you can

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follow your tea by John local radio. Let's hope Stourbridge can make it

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through. -- follow your team on your local radio. Always back the

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underdog. Come on, Stourbridge.

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You said it. Dedication, enthusiasm, fairness.

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70-year-old swimming coach Derek Northcote has them all in abundance.

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He's devoted the past 30 years to helping people with disabilities at

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the Tamworth Unicorns Swimming Club. That dedication has won him a place

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among the finalists in this year's BBC Midlands Sports Unsung Hero

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Award. Lindsay Doyle's been to meet him.

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For 30 years, Derek Northcote has been head coach at the Tamworth

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Unicorns Swimming Club for Disabled Persons. Despite suffering a heart

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attack and spinal injuries, he spends three days a week at the

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club. You just get over that a bad give something back. It is

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something I learned in my younger days, and why not help, help people

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who love -- who are less fortunate than I am. Derek has helped change

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the club from a casual swim to the competitive swimming club. He was

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instrumental in the club would in the Queen's Award for voluntary

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services in 2002 -- wedding. Dedication, enthusiasm, honesty,

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fairness, just some of the words used to describe the coach. He is

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brilliant, he is amazing. He helps others out and he is a great team

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manager. Derek has helped hundreds of disabled people of all ages to

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learn how to swim, indeed some of the original members are still

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:24:23.:24:25.

members today. Derek is kinder to me. I have been so been for about

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30 years at than proud of Derek -- I have been swimming. Definitely

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Clare's Unsung Hero. Derek's reaction to being nominated?

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Embarrassed. They came out of the blue Subara complete shock. I

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wasn't aware it was going to happen -- it came out of the blue, a

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complete shock. He's a brilliant guy, a brilliant coach Andy has the

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club at heart, and I thought he deserved some recognition for the

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work he has done for this club. another thing that makes him stand

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out, his conviction that even though funding is hard to come by

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these days, the Tamworth Unicorns must continue to provide swimming

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and friendship for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

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And you can catch up with all four of the finalists we've featured so

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far on our Midlands Today Facebook site.

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That will be really interesting. Time for the weather now, Sarah, I

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was outside this afternoon and it was perishing.

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It was a very cold day, with enquire at -- winter might have

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enquire at -- winter might have come. Overnight tonight, we will

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see things turn quite wet as the weather front was whipping across

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the region, bringing outbreaks of rain and quite a lot of cloud as

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well. It would be quite as cold tonight, but the cloud thickening

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and bringing outbreaks of patchy rain at first. It will clear by

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tomorrow morning, turning drier, but temperatures go no lower than

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five or 6C. Quite breezy night as well. But for the weekend, it is

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looking cold, but it is also staying quite bright. A breezy as

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well, especially tomorrow. Tomorrow morning start off quite a cloudy

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with some rain around, but it will clear, giving way to dry and bright

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weather, with plenty of sunshine around. Temperatures a touch higher,

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nine or 10C, but in the wind, it was still feel quite cold, westerly

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indirection. Looking ahead to the evening, it will stay dry but it

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will be quite a cloudy. And it will be a cold night and on Sunday, the

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weather for the skirting the far south of the UK, so where it is

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still clear, dry and bright, plenty of sunshine around. A few showers

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across the north of the region through the day, temperatures

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around seven or eight. Ahead of us, dry and bright over the weekend but

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quite call, turning especially cold quite call, turning especially cold

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overnight, so that is how it is looking -- quite cold.

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We have been warned. Pentti very much indeed. -- thank

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you. A look at tonight's main headlines:

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The German Chancellor has called for a new treaty of Europe to

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control tax and spending across the Eurozone.

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And a suspended jail sentence for the benefits cheat who was filmed

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running even though she claimed she was disabled.

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That's all from us this evening, but on Monday's Midlands Today

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we'll be looking back at the last 30 years, as Birmingham band Duran

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Duran celebrate the big three-oh with a homecoming gig. That'll be a

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New Moon on Monday, then? I see what you did it there. It is

:27:29.:27:33.

a bit of a rock'n'roll weekend, one way or the other, because you and I

:27:33.:27:39.

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