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Hello. Welcome to the programme. The headlines. 200 jobs to go at

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Cadbury, but American owners Kraft Foods say they and investing �50

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million in the business. We will try to reduce the implications for

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the work force and make sure they are treated with fairness and

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dignity to stop chaos on the railways, as over headlines come

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down leaving commuters to walk along the tracks. There was a huge

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flash, forward by this sound that was the cable hitting the roof of

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the train. And the Prince of Wales surprises troops with a surprise

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visit to their hospital in Birmingham. And an appeal to save

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Coventry's ice hockey team, as sponsorship cash tills to

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materialise. -- fails. Good evening, welcome to Tuesday's Midlands Today

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from the BBC. Tonight: Job losses at Cadbury. American owners Kraft

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say hundreds of jobs are to go at three factories. So let's look at

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those plans. Around 200 jobs will be lost at the chocolate maker's

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headquarters in Bournville in Birmingham, Marlbrook in

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Herefordshire and Chirk near Oswestry. Kraft say the cuts are

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essential as part of a �50 million investment plan to expand

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production in the UK. But tonight unions warned they would not accept

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compulsory redundancies. Here's Bob Hockenhull. The run-up to Christmas

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- a busy time for Cadbury- but today the company's owners Kraft

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Foods revealed they'll be making chocolate with a smaller workforce

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in future. 200 jobs are to go across three factories in

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Bournville in Birmingham, Herefordshire and Chirk near

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Oswestry. It is a shock, and where to King it in. The trade union is

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totally opposed to compulsory redundancies, and if there are any,

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we want to make sure there will -- that these will be on a voluntary

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basis. The jobs will go as part of a �50 million investment programme.

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Kraft Foods says new production lines using the latest technology

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will be created at its sites to increase productivity. But the

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restructuring will need fewer staff. When Kraft Foods a quiet Cadbury in

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2010 it gave a two-year commitment that no jobs would be cut. Since

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none of these 200 posts will be lost before March 2012, the company

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insists that it is sticking to its work. -- word. Despite the job

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losses, Kraft Foods is keen to put a positive spin on today's

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announcement. This is not about jobs reduction, this is about

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investment. And this is the key point. It is great that we are

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investing in the factory and in this site, here. The changes come

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as Kraft Foods -with an estimated �30 billion turnover- splits in two.

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American boss Irene Rosenfeld - who wouldn't face MPs over questions

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about job concerns, remains in charge of confectionery - so has

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the ultimate say on Cadbury. Our business correspondent Peter

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Plisner is at Cadbury's Bournville HQ now. Peter, Kraft say the job

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cuts are needed as part of multi- million pound investment plan, but

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usually investment means creating jobs, not shedding them. In this

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case, investment in new technology means investment in automation and

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greater productivity which means fewer jobs. Canberra will not say

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which of the West Midlands sites these jobs are going at yet. It

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hopes to make the job cuts through voluntary redundancies. The unions

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are concerned that business leaders are welcoming the investment in

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this and other plans. I am joined by Ceri Blackett from the Chamber

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of Commerce. Good news about the investment, bad news about their

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jobs. The says about the future of this wonderful business, globally,

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and it is about building a sustainable number of jobs. We want

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jobs for the long-term and that is what this announcement is saying.

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Kraft Foods have said no job losses were two years, and right on the

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bed lying, have announced job cuts. It would be foolish do expect long-

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term job guarantees in a competitive business like this.

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This is Rav Boots and Cadbury saying they are investing in this

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area. There is a lot of good news. It is sad to see some jobs go, but

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this is about long-term, sustainable jobs. When Cadbury was

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taken over by Kraft Foods it was feared that some more factories

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could go. Tonight, that looks less likely with this and this month. --

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this investment. Meanwhile, 220 jobs are under threat at a

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Birmingham manufacturing company. Tucker Fasteners has been based in

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Perry Barr for more than 100 years. But its parent company, Stanley

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Black and Decker, wants to stop production with the work moving to

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Germany. The company says the plant has made consistent losses since

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1999. And later in tonight's programme forging new business

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links with the growing economies of the Far East. Birmingham

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International Airport and Chinese- owned MG cars link up to push for

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direct flights to China. There's been chaos today on the region's

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busiest rail line. An overhead power cable came down at Penkridge

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in Staffordshire at around 8:30am this morning, causing the closure

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of the entire line between Stafford and Wolverhampton and affecting

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services to Birmingham. These passengers were evacuated from one

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of the affected trains after the damaged power line hit the top of

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the carriages. They waited two hours before someone came to escort

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them off the train and lead them to safety down the tracks. He had just

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come through Penkridge, and then there was a huge pink flash, and

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then some clattering sounds which was the Cable's hitting the roof of

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the train, and one of the cables damaged the window opposite me. It

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was a bit startling. correspondent David Gregory is at

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Penkridge station for us now - so what's happening there, David? And

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what do they think went wrong? There you go, that is the first

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trio of the day, through Penkridge station. Repair crews will be

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closing this line again and going back to repair the overhead

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electrical cables at a cost these problems and it is hoped that all

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trains will be back to normal tomorrow morning. What do they

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Think went wrong? There was a problem with the overhead cable

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yesterday which was repaired overnight and when the first train

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went through, the cable became wrapped around the component on the

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top of the train that draws power from the cable. That was pulled

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down, and that is what that passenger was describing to oz

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earlier. When crews get back to repair this component, hopefully,

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the chaos that we have seen today will not be repeated tomorrow.

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families of wounded servicemen and women will be able to stay close to

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their loved ones after a donation from the News of the World

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newspaper. After it shut in the phone hacking scandal, the

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newspaper gave �1 million which will go towards accommodation at

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the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham. Today, the

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Prince of Wales visited the centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital to

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talk to troops wounded in Afghanistan. Andy Newman reports.

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He's becoming something of a familiar figure at the QE. Prince

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Charles been averaging three visits a year and always aims to come once

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in the run up to Christmas. Despite there being no pre-publicity a

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spontaneous crowd greeted him with real warms and affection each

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hoping to be rewarded with a royal handshake or hello. Then it was

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upstairs to the business of the day - first to meet the medical staff

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treating servicemen at the royal centre for defence medicine before

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disappearing for the private part of his visit. The Prince is meeting

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15 servicemen being treated and the special military what, and we have

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not been allowed to film that because some of them are still

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traumatised, having only recently been removed from the battlefield.

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It is a morale booster for everybody. He takes a real interest

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in the patients and the staff, which introduced a better patient

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care. Elsewhere at the hospital it was business as unusual as fund

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raisers confirmed that they're on track to build a residential centre

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for service personnel and their families, a project kick started by

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a donation of nearly �1 million from the News of the World when it

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closed. After spending nearly two hours with the injured servicemen

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The Prince meanwhile was ready to leave, but he'll be back again soon,

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you can bank on it. It is going to be a centre where military patients

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can spend some time with their families and friends and their

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friends from the regiment in an non-clinical environment. It is

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also going to provide overnight accommodation for the families of

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those military patients. The Prince, meanwhile, was ready to lead. But

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he will be back again soon, you can bank on it. -- ready to leave. Five

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members from a regiment recently returned from Afghanistan have been

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presented with bravery awards by the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The

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men are from the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment. For several

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years they've been based at Tern Hill in Shropshire, which has

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become the regiment's adopted home. Joan Cummins reports. In their

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third tour of Afghanistan, The Royal Irish lost three men. All

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remembered in today's presentations at Buckingham Palace. In the

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regiments own photographic records, the impact of the shropshire based

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team in Afghanistan is clear. Today, Leuitenant Paul McFarland was

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awarded the Military Cross for using his own body as a human

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shield to protect a collegue in a grenade attack. The boys do things

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like that across Afghanistan almost every day. It is a credit to

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everyone. Just a bunch of guys, looking after each other. Sgt Peter

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Keogh's mother cried when he told her he was to get the Military

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Cross. He'd shown "exceptional courage" by making himself a target

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for the Taliban enabling a stretcher party to reach a

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helicopter. He sees the medal as a thank you to all his regiment.

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is a great honour. I work with pride, but just for myself but for

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the guys in the battalion who were her. So it was a great honour. --

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who were hurt. And an MBE has been awarded to Major Jamie Humphries

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for his work in defeating insurgents,but he remains modest

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about his involvement. I was just lucky, or unlucky, enough that the

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every I was was was well for was particularly busy. There is no way

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that what I did was any different to what anyone else had done.

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the men told me that despite the circumstances they were touched by

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the hospitality of the Afghan people.. Still to come: We told you

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it was cold, didn't we? This morning, drivers in the north of

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the region woke up to their first significant snow of the winter.

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More to come, Shefali? It looks like that could be, near the end of

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the week, the result of an Arctic blast. And the indications are that

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it could be more than just a dusting of snow. All the details

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later. Chinese-owned MG Motor company has teamed up with

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Birmingham Airport with aim of getting a direct flight to Shanghai

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in China. It would be a big boost for businesses here, opening up new

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potential markets as our political editor Patrick Burns reports. As

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branding exercises go, this one was clear enough and so was the message

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behind it. You can fly from Birmingham to the Far East, but not

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without stopping somewhere along the way. These MGs have come from

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no further afield than Longbridge, where 400 people now work at the

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new model car plant. But lengthening this runway would

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enable direct flights to the home of their parent company, Shanghai

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Automotive. What we're trying to do is work together with the local

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community, the local companies, to make us get better off from the

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recession. Without improving links to the biggest emerging economy it

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would be hard to sustain the region's claims to be a serious

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player in global markets. You can look at Russia and Indonesia and

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Brazil, who also want to connect with the UK, we still have a brick

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economy. It is still a very strong economy. MG hope their �50 million

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investment in the Midlands is just the start. The Chinese car market

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is already more than ten times the size of the UK's. It's all about

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leverage. MG have leverage with their parent company Shanghai

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Automotive. They have leverage with the Chinese Government. They

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certainly have leverage with the airlines. So the airport plan to

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pull all these levers for the benefit of the W Midlands economy.

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-- West Midlands. Time for the sports news now. There's another

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sports team in Coventry with money troubles. Who is it this time? The

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Coventry Blaze ice hockey team say they have just a month to survive

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after unpaid sponsorship and a big drop in attendances left them

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strapped for cash. They have now launched a fundraising push

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starting with Saturday's home game against the Sheffield Sharks. Ice

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hockey's a tough sport - and for the Coventry Blaze it just got

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tougher. They were working hard on the ice today - but their problems

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are off it. They've got money troubles and they've got just a

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month before it runs out. Right that, it is a pretty serious

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situation. If we don't come out and announce that we need the support

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and help from fans and sponsors, unless there was a real need, and

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we find ourselves in a bit of difficulty and we need help to get

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through December. The main problem stems from the club sponsor

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Coventry-based CPP Manufacturing. Their major shareholder, Lithuanian

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businessman Vladimir Antonov, has been arrested on suspicion of fraud

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and his assets have been frozen. And that means no money flowing

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into the Blaze. But attendances are also down this season, so ticket

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revenue has fallen by 20%. Head coach Paul Thompson is drumming up

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support and trying to keep the players focused. You are

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professional player. The clubbers in financial trouble. Christmas is

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coming. Nobody is looking to leave. I cannot ask any more from these

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guys. The fans are coming together. We are a special club. We have had

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special times together. We are appealing to local people to come

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out and support us. We have been here for 12 years, we want to be

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here for the next 30 years. Thompson just like general manager

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James Pease has been with the club for 12 years in Coventry - so they

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are hurting more than most at the moment. They hope the city will

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back the club - starting with Saturday's home game against

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Sheffield Steelers. The Blaze have been a success story. The 2010

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elite league title was their fourth in the last seven years. But if the

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fans don't return in numbers, they might not have a club by the New

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Year. So just how bad are their probems? Extremely serious, but it

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is a cashflow problem and they the people to come to the matches, fast.

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Just 1600 people at the game when Saturday. They the people to come

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out, through December, so that they can start turning the clock round.

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Coventry rugby club got relegated to the third tour of rugby. The

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Football Club is faking fires as well. The Coventry blaze has been a

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success story, but it is just another thing to be depressed about

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in the City of Coventry, on the sporting front. Let us hope that

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they can turn that Brad. Why do I know that been, and Vladimir Anton

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of? He is the chairman of Portsmouth Football Club, so he has

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been in the headlines because of that, as well. -- Vladimir Antonov.

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12 months ago, we followed Bert Williams to Buckingham Palace to

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receive his MBE from the Queen. Now, there's another honour for the

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former Wolves and England goalkeeper. Bert, who will be 92

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next month, has just opened the new leisure centre in his home town of

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Bilston, near Wolverhampton. And it's been named in his honour, as

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Ian Winter reports. Old friends reunited. Whenever Bert Williams

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comes back home to Bilston he is always treated like royalty. And

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he's always so humbled by the genuine warmth of the Black Country

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welcome. But this was extra special. Because Bert was the VIP guest to

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open Bilston's new leisure centre, named in his honour. This is for

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all of you. Thank you very much were coming. A proud moment indeed

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for Bert, who was born in nearby Bradley back in 1920. On this very

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spot where the new centre now stands. He spent countless hours

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playing football. He went on to become a goalkeeping legend with

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Wolverhampton Wanderers and England. Billy Wright and Norman Plummer

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head the all West Midlands teams onto the turf, for football's game

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of the year. In 1949, Bert helped Wolves win the FA Cup at Wembley in

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front of the future Queen, and went on to play more than 400 games for

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his favourite club, plus 24 caps for England. So who better than

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Bert himself to give me a guided tour, to see for ourselves the

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state of the art facilities, costing almost �19 million. I have

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never in my wildest dreams, would I believe that this could happen. It

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is the finest sports centre I have seen a man live. Everywhere we went,

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his eyes were as wide as saucers. Growing up in Bilston, young Bert

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never dreamt of anything like this. It is a place to be proud of, isn't

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it, really? He used to go swimming in the filthy canal, like all the

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kids did. Now there's a 25 metre pool, warm and inviting. It makes

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you feel like jumping in and joining them. And as for the new

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fitness room, its in a league of its own. 100 workstations year.

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is unbelievable. Everything here is on a grand scale. He is a legend

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around here, and he has come back home, forever, in the name of this

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building. Dennis Turner, now Lord Bilston, is one of Bert's lifelong

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friends. They've never lost touch with their Black Country roots. And

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when Bert turns 92 next month, he could not wish for a better gift

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than the leisure centre that bears his name. Staying with sport, now.

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Bill Sayer from Shrewsbury has a passion and it's rowing. Half a

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century ago as a student he rowed for Cambridge University. Later, he

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became a coach and now you can find him most days at the Pengwern Boat

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Club on the River Severn, helping local youngsters develop their

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talent. Nadine Towell has been to meet the last of our five finalists

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in this year's BBC Midlands Sports Unsung Hero competition. Pengwern

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Boat Club in Shrewsbury is like a second home for Bill Sayer. At

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least five days every week, he and his wife Margaret are here,

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dedicating hour after hour to the club's junior members. It does not

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matter what level, if they are enjoying themselves and you'll do

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it is rewarding for them, then it is rewarding for me. -- and

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fuelling that it is rewarding. Robbie Massey was an undiscovered

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talent until Bill spotted his potential. Seen here rowing

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competitively in the Pengwern colours, recent results mean

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Robbie's now one of the best young rowers in the country. His father

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nominated Bill for our Unsung Hero award. Robbie is straining with the

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Welsh squad in Cardiff. He has learned so much from Bill, who has

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coached and encouraged him and transformed his life. During the

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winter months weekday training is restricted to improving rowers'

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technique on the indoor machines. But at the weekends they take to

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the river. This Sunday, Bill and Margaret weren't here - they were

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on their way home from a well- deserved holiday. But despite their

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absence, their influence was still being felt. He is a very skilled

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coach, as we can see, from how far will be has gone. He is so positive

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in everything you do, and he cares about us as individuals. He goes to

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all the races. He does not get paid or anything. He just does it for us.

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Bill's knowledge of the sport is widely respected. And whether it's

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top-class rowers or absolute beginners there's no doubting his

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motivation and dedication, not to mention his modesty. I am very

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conscious that there are lots of other volunteer sports coaches who

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do a great deal, and I have a great deal of respect for them, I just do

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it because I like it, and I did not expect this at all. There's a

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waiting list for junior members at this club. According to the people

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here that's largely thanks to the unsung efforts of Bill Sayer. Have

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you ever done any rowing? Only a tiny bit on the river on Stratford.

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That is what made me the rugged figure I am today! And, tomorrow

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night, one of the five people we've featured who give up their time to

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help others will be named our Unsung Sporting Hero for 2011. This

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time last year, the mercury had plunged and we were in the midst of

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icy blasts and snowstorms. It turned out to be the coldest winter

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for 30 years. Although it's been milder so far, families in the

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north of the region woke up to the first significant snow of the

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winter. Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper. On the Leek

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to Buxton road the craggy rocks of the Roaches are blanketted. And

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there are drifts along the country lanes and dry stone walls. These

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peak District roads are some of the highest in England. After such a

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mild autumn, this is the first snowfall of winter. And this couple,

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near the village of Flash, were enjoying the picture-perfect scenes.

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My girlfriend has come over from Thailand. Andrew main ambition,

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apart from to be with me, was to cease no, so we came up when we

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have the snow forecast on the local radio. It is the first time she has

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seen the snow. It is beautiful. Very happy! This time last year

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these were the scenes in the Moorlands. They were the heaviest

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snowfalls for many years. This year, it's much less severe, but

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nevertheless snowploughs are already out - and gritters will be

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on the roads tonight. This is the second year that we have had to

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have 2,000 tonnes of grit. Before, we only used to keep 15,000. Two

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years ago we all got caught short, as a nation, and we did not intend

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to again. We have the cold this winter in 100 years last year. We

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have got 700 tonnes of grit coming in today, so we are replacing it,

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as we use it, so we have always got reserve stock. This may be the

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first coating of snow this year - but here in the Peak District,

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they're braced for more icy weather to come. That broke his epic, from

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leaked to Buxton, I tell you. -- that road is epic. Here's Shefali.

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Last night's snow over Staffordshire isn't the only snow

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of the week. We're looking at further snow, Thursday night into

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Friday. So far as tonight those, we're not going to see too much

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snow, but we have blustery showers to the north. Showers rattling in

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from the West. That is where the majority of the concentration of

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showers has been. Just a few of them could turn to snow, over the

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Staffordshire merlons. We're looking at dusts of 50 mph, and

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respect of that, temperatures could fall as low as Deal Celsius. That

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will bring a Prost. You could be scraping the eyes of your

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windscreens by tomorrow. We have a lovely sunny start tomorrow,

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although it will be a windy day. Temperatures, coupler degrees

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higher than today at around five- seven Celsius. Tomorrow night, a

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warm front coming through. It is going to be milder, but we and

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windy. A look at tonight's main headlines: There's been

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unprecedented violence in Afghanistan - bomb attacks across

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