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Good evening. Welcome to Wednesday's Midlands Today from the

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BBC. Tonight: unemployment rises again in the region - there are now

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almost a quarter of a million people looking for work here.

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of companies say that I don't have enough experience. That is the

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greatest problem I find right now. He went on Facebook and called for

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a riot - now he is starting a jail sentence. Sudden bad weather is

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blamed for a motorway crash. It was described by those at the scene has

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almost like an ice rink. Who and winter is on the way with heavy

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snowfall for Friday, as much as 10 Good evening. Welcome to

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Wednesday's Midlands Today. Unemployment rises again in the

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region, there are now almost a quarter of a million people looking

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for work here. New figures released today show that there are now a

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total of 243,000 out of work in this region - up by four thousand

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on last month's total. There's also been a big increase in youth

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unemployment in the last 12 months. Close to 52,000 18 to 24-year-olds

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are now claiming Jobseekers Allowance, slightly down on last

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month but a rise of 14.6% on this time last year. Our special

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correspondent Peter Wilson reports now on the struggle for young

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people in today's difficult job market.

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Getting ready for work. The uniform is unusual. These three are Santa's

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helpers at the West Midlands Safari Park. The jobs are temporary. The

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zoo in Worcestershire takes on 90 I do want a full-time job, but

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there are that many people unemployed or getting made

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redundant, but fair every job that is permanent, about a hundred other

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Bebo have applied. Laura is a qualified teacher waiting to get

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her first job. Anything between 80 and 280 people apply for one

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teaching position, so even to get to the interview stage, I am doing

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well. What about those without jobs? This workshop in Handsworth

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was set up to provide advice. One in four young people are out of

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work in Birmingham. Esther wants to be a lawyer and has even been

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looking for work in America. graduated last year in law, under

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have recently come back from America. I took a New York bar exam

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over there, because I have had to venture out. I'm finding it

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difficult to get a job in the UK. Royal Mail have always been a big

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employer. Once they'd take on a thousand staff a year in the

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Midlands. Now there's a recruitment freeze. But this empty warehouse in

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Nuneaton has been converted for the Christmas rush, and all these staff

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have been taken on, too. The job market is difficult for young

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people, but Royal Mail is committed to bringing in talent. We start our

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graduate scheme in January, and we are looking to take content of

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graduates. Last month Jaguar Land Rover announced they are creating a

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thousand new jobs, while Staffordshire-based JCB are looking

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for 350 new workers. Meanwhile this Gloucestershire publishing company

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say they can't fill their vacancies. We have tried all the newspapers,

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agencies, our own magazine. Our magazine goes out to 25,000 people

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in Ross on Wye at Hereford, and that hasn't brought anybody in.

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Back at the safari park, the very young are full of hope for what

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Santa might bring. And a ray of light for Laura - she's finally got

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a job as a teacher, starting in the new year. Peter Wilson, BBC

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Midlands Today at West Midlands Safari Park.

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Joining us now is the Conservative MP for Wyre Forest, Mark Garnier.

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Good evening. Thanks for joining us. We heard from some of your young

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constituents there. They are finding it hard to find work, in

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some cases hundreds of them chasing each vacancy. There is no doubt it

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is difficult to find jobs, and whilst it is always welcome that

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organisations like the West Midlands Safari Park provide

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temporary Christmas jobs, they are of course only temporary. We have

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to address the problem of youth unemployment which across the

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country is just over 1 million individuals. The Government is

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coming in with the youth programme, which is investing a billion pounds

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in ideas to try to get work experience, more apprenticeships.

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How soon will this take effect? has already started. If you look at

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apprenticeships across the West Midlands, there are up 65%, and in

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my constituency, 109%. So they are coming through, but it takes time

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for these things to bed down. government is predicting that the

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figure will go up, so you must be concern about a lost generation he

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will forever struggle to find work, it seems. We need to help that lost

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generation not become completely lost. The idea behind the youth

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programme has to make sure that they have the opportunity to have

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experience, so that there are opportunities were there can go and

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get work experience. If they have been unemployed for more than nine

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months, there will be more support for them. The important point is to

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make sure that they did lose those skills that they need to develop

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early on in their career. private sector just isn't creating

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the jobs to the public sector is losing. Do think it is fair to say

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the Government's plan isn't working? In terms of total numbers

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of people employed, that is up. But you are right, we are seeing a

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gentle increase in the unemployment figures. But it seems to be

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steadying off. Clearly we have colossal head wind coming at us

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from Europe, which is making life very difficult, and certainly

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businesses are nervous to invest in the future until they see what

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comes out of the euro crisis and what happens with the banks. Mark

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A The unemployment figures weren't the only economic data about the

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region released today. Statistics showing how much the region is

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worth to the UK's economy have also been published. The Gross Value

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Added figure, as it's know, shows how much the West Midlands is worth

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to UK plc. What they show is that the West Midlands share of the

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total economy amounts to 7.3%. That compares to the 21.5% share for

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London, which is the highest, and the 3.2% in the North East, which

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is the lowest. The West Midlands is ranked 6th out of the nine regions

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of England in terms of economic output. Joining us now to help make

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sense of all this is our political editor Patrick Burns. What do these

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figures mean for us in our region? There are a real comedown. When you

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bear in mind that as little as 20 years ago, are part of the country

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was accounting for almost a quarter of all UK manufactured exports,

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what a change. And it is also, in a way, a bit of a reality check for

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those ministers who think that West Midlands manufacturing can almost

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as an assumption be one of the escape routes for our economic woes.

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What does it say about the economy here? How can this worrying trend

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be reversed? I was at a meeting of senior business leaders earlier

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today, and why on after another, they said there were no quick fixes.

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It would take years, it is about stepping outside the comfort zone

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and developing new export markets in the developing Far flung

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economies. The chilling statistic from a senior Palmer in an

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accountancy firm who said that our biggest export earner to China at

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the moment, not Jaguar or Land Rovers, but scrap metal. What does

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that say about the challenges that lie ahead? There is limited growth

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in the UK, not much growth in the eurozone. So we are looking at

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markets like Brazil, Russia, China, parts of the Middle East and Africa,

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where there is growing demand for the product. What does this mean in

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terms of jobs and unemployment? Also in the unemployment figures

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today, creditably, the private sector has actually created 26,000

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jobs over the year to September, but worryingly, more than 37,000

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public sector jobs were lost. The challenge for the Government is to

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rebalance that equation, or they will be vulnerable to the chart

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Nicol was putting to Mark Garnier, that it simply isn't working.

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Thank you very much. And we'll have more on the region's economy in

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tomorrow's programme, when we'll be looking at the state of the High

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Street. There'll also be more on that throughout the day on your BBC

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local radio station. Good to have you with us this

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evening. Later, the walking tours around Shrewsbury, once transformed

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Dickensian-style to film A A 22-year-old man who set up a

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website called Letz Start A Riot during the summer riots is

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beginning a jail term tonight. Danny Cook said he did it as a joke,

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but the judge said it was a very serious offence and he would be

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failing in his duty if he did not impose a substantial sentence. Andy

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Newman reports. Jailed over a website for would-be

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rioters. During the height of this summer's disturbances, 22-year-old

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Danny Cook set up a Facebook page called Letz Start A Riot. Comments

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he added included "loads to be smashed" And "I want in". In the

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event, the troubles which sprewd across Birmingham and the Black

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Country did not reach his home town of Kidderminster, but today he paid

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The defendant even posted a poem on his website: There's a riot going

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on from Brum to London, tell you what, I don't want to sit back

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because I want to join them. He later told police he set up the

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website as a joke, and created the page out of boredom. He closed it

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down within an hour. The court regarded it as a serious offence,

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as reflected in the sentence. Inciting others is a serious

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offence and his own right. 16-year- old Johhny Melfah from Droitwich,

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here dodging the cameras at a previous hearing, was one of 44

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people who joined the Facebook group. Sentencing him back in

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September, magistrates lifted that anonymity that would normally be

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given to a teenager to name and shame him. So, did these internet

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offenders think they could get away with it? It could be any of us, at

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home, maybe had a bit too much to drink and think it is funny, or

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maybe bravado in front of friends. Any one of us could do it.

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Justice Butterfield sentenced Cook to two-and-a-half years, half of

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that to be served in custody and the other half on licence. He said

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it was a very serious offence, committed in the context of writing

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across the country, and he would be failing in his public duty if he

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did not impose a substantial custodial sentence.

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In other news: A man's appeared in court charged with murdering a

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security guard who vanished seven years ago. Martin Stafford, of no

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fixed address, is accused of killing 38-year-old Michelle

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Gunshon. She was staying at the Dubliner pub in Digbeth in

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Birmingham while working at the NEC, but hasn't been seen since December

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2004. Mr Stafford, who's been extradited from the Republic of

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Ireland, was remanded in custody by Birmingham magistrates.

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UK Coal has been ordered to pay �1.2 million after four miners died

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following safety breaches at two of its collieries. Anthony Garrigan,

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Paul Hunt and Trevor Steeples died in accidents at the Daw Mill

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colliery near Coventry in 2006 and 2007. Paul Milner died after an

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accident at the now-closed Welbeck Colliery in Nottinghamshire in 2007.

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The firm admitted offences under health and safety laws during an

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earlier hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

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The body of a teenage woman has been discovered at a flat in Stoke-

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on-Trent. Police are describing the death as unexplained while they

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await the results of a post mortem examination. Our Staffordshire

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reporter Liz Copper joins us now. Liz, what more do we know about

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this? Well, although this young woman is yet to be formally

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identified, this evening the police said the understand she is Victoria

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Heiton, 18. Her body was discovered by a visitor to her flat he came

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here around 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon and then alerted the

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emergency services. A post-mortem examination is being conducted,

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although the results were not expected to be made public until at

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least tomorrow morning. Police have been here all day, and earlier this

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evening, I spoke to inspector Chris Hines. We have stepped up police

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patrols in the area handing out leaflets to locals to tell people

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what is happening in terms of the investigation. We will continue

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that affright the week to reassure local communities, and if anyone

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has any information or concerns, they should contact their local

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police station. What's been the reaction in the local area?

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A great deal of shock. A while ago, friends arrived at a lay tributes.

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They all said that they hoped that people would not jump to

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conclusions about exactly what had happened here, but would wait for

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the outcome and the details of that One person has died after a fire at

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a flat in Worcester. West Mercia Police are treating it as arson.

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The victim, who has not been identified, was found in a first-

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floor flat in Chedworth Close on the Warndon estate in the early

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hours of this morning. The fire was so severe, forensic teams couldn't

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get into the flat until late this afternoon.

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Two people have been charged with the murder of a two-year-old boy

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from Birmingham. Keanu Williams died in January this year at a

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house in Ward End. A post-mortem examination found he had died of

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''non-accidental'' injuries. A 23- year-old woman and a 30-year-old

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man will appear before Birmingham Magistrates tomorrow charged with

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causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty.

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Police in Gloucestershire say they believe extreme weather conditions

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were a major factor in a crash on the M5 last night in which a driver

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died. Three lorries and two cars were involved in a collision just

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north of Cheltenham. Tonight more bad weather is expected and the

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Highways Agency are warning drivers to take extra care.

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Conditions last night were difficult, to say the least.

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Because of the weather, police had warned drivers to be careful. There

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was a sudden flash down part higher at 9:30pm. Drivers said it froze

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instantly and they could not see lane markings. A car stuck to help

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another driver and was hit. The driver of his lorry was killed.

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There will be a lengthy investigation but police say a

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major role in the crash was plays by the weather conditions.

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The witnesses and offices at the scene describes the road as an ice

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rink. We believe it was a major factor with regard to the

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commission itself. They must passing the crash last

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night said the driving conditions were among the worst they had

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experienced. We hit rain, hail and it was clear

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there was a bad smash up. The lorry was and 90 degrees to the motorway

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hands of a lot of firemen were working on it. You felt like

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someone had stab you in the heart because it was clear it was a very

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bad incident. The M5 northbound was closed for

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several hours. Police have been busy this week due to the weather

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on the roads. They are warning drivers to be more cautious than

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normal. Hale and bad weather can come on

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very quickly. Double the two-second rule in that bad weather. With

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worse weather forecast for later in the week, the gritting teams are

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starting their annual battle against the ice and snow.

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Stockpiles and Rhodes sold at their highest level for two years.

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Let us speak to Steve now. Do we have more details about the man who

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died? No, he was a 55-year-old man. He

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died so last night. The police are not prepared to say anything

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officially until they have more details from the investigating team.

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I can see all the grit has lined up behind you and more bad weather is

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predicted. What plans are in place to prevent another tragedy like

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this? The grazing dreams will be out

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tonight. The north Cotswolds will be sorted out in the next half-an-

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hour also. -- the gritting seems. There has been some unexpected snow

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earlier this evening. It is unpredictable and that does creates

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at ice and snow problems for drivers. To be careful hands the

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gritting teams are doing their best in difficult conditions.

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The weather has been pretty grim in the last 24 hours and it doesn't

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look as if it is going to get any better, Shefali? No, it doesn't. We

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may have escaped the threat of a storm but the prospects are grim.

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This is what you could be getting in its place - up to 10cm of snow

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and treacherous conditions. Join me Not looking good at all. Really

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grim. A dad whose ten-year-old son nearly

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died after being knocked off his bike says he is concerned a period

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of specialist therapy he is undergoing could end earlier than

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first recommended. Josh Dudley was in a coma for more

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than two months after the accident near his home in Willenhall near

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Wolverhampton. Kevin Reide reports. Josh Dudley was just nine years old

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when he lost control of his bike and went into the path of a car.

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His dad was confronted with every parent's worst nightmare.

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I ran up to the scene. I thought he was dead on the road. I had to

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revive him, bring him back ground. At the time, auto pilot kicks in

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and you do what you have to do. It was not until after he had been

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taken to hospital but it dawns on me what had gone on. I was so lucky

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to have him still there. After two months in a coma, Josh

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came around but was unable to walk or talk and so was transferred to

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this specialist Children's Centre at Tadworth in Surrey where he has

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made remarkable progress. One of the main forms of treatment

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carried out here is hydrotherapy. In this pool, he can learn to use

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his limbs again without the pain of weight-bearing.

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When Josh first came here we had seek change in in the changing

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rooms because he could not sit up unaided. He has progressed to a

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chair and is now he is walking in and out of the water. It is

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phenomenal progress. What was the best bit about that,

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Josh? Jumping in and getting dad where it.

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-- getting dad whacked. Is this going to be on CV?

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It might be. The Children's Centre has

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recommended Josh completes six months of treatment, meaning he

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would come home mid-February but Walsall have only committed funding

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until mid-January. In the meantime, Josh's parents have embarked on

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their own fundraising as they want to ensure their son stays where

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they believe he is getting the best possible treatment.

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And tonight Walsall Primary Care Trust told us they are in talks

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with the Children's Centre and are aiming for Josh to come home

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towards the end of January, on condition that all the necessary

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supports for him here will be in place.

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Onto football and Stoke City are playing their final group match in

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the Europa League against Besiktas in Turkey right now. They have

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already qualified for the knock-out stages but need a point to top the

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group. It is going well so far. They lead 1-0 at half-time. The

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scorers bravery nearly got them a second so it is all going well so

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far. And you can hear second-half

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commentary on that match on BBC Radio Stoke from 7 o'clock.

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In cricket, the England batsman Jonathan Trott has signed a three-

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year contract extension with Warwickshire. Trott was voted the

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ICC's cricketer of the year for 2011 after his performances for

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England. His new contract will keep him at Edgbaston until the end of

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the 2015 season. Let us go back in time a bit now.

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Charles Dicken's novel A Christmas Carol has long been a festive

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favourite when it comes to film adaptations but did you know that

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Shrewsbury was picked as a filming location for the version starring

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Academy Award winner George C Scott? It was made in 1984 when the

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town was taken over for six weeks. This weekend, tours are being

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offered for those who want a trip down memory lane. We sent our arts

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reporter Satnam Rana to discover some of the people and sites

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involved. Marley was as dead as a doornail.

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The opening scene for A Christmas Carol. Look closer and you can see

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this is Shrewsbury's Market Square, all transformed into Victorian

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London, but why did the film crew pick Shrewsbury back in 1984?

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It was quite an accident, really. They decided to film on location

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and went around the country. The echoes of Christmas past linger

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through many buildings. Tanners Wine Merchants is one of them. 27

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years ago it became Mr Fezzywigs' drapers.

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The customers loved it. They loved the thought of next door they are

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filming A Christmas Carol and they were told to keep still and they

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froze, you know. And then there were the extras.

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Jenny Ward, seen here in the grey dress, was one of them.

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We came in here and looked at the scene and it was so different and

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then we were told what we had to do and where to stand, so it was very

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exciting. Choristers were drafted in from

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across the town. Just a street, any street. This

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house! Every Christmas it comes out. It's

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a ritual in Shrewsbury that those who took part take out the DVD and

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watch it all over again. 18 locations we used in the city

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with 500 local people used as extras. It was filmed in spring and

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60 tons of snow was shipped nth. But it wasn't all glitzy and

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glamorous, as town crier Martin Wood recalls. He was Edward

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Woodward's stand-in. It was Martin's finger that did all the

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pointing. It was 2 o'clock in the morning

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when we filmed the scene. Freezing cold, completely covered in snow

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from ice machines and snow machines. There was a spotlight there was a

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poster be the Moon to give the airy atmosphere.

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It's an atmosphere that can be rekindled by so many in Shrewsbury.

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And for those who want to be bah humbug, think twice. Scrooge's

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gravestone still remains. Martin is very tall indeed!

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Some treacherous weather on the way soon. Since yesterday we've

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switched our emphasis from storms to snow which is probably going to

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be of greater concern seeing as there could be a fair bit of it.

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The centre of this low pressure is now heading further south and east,

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taking its stormy weather with it but on its northern flank we see

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this rather prominent area of white smothering the Midlands which is

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snow and for which the Met Office have issued a yellow warning for

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Thursday night and more particularly into the early hours

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of Friday morning. There is quite a wide Roche over our region. So

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we'll come to that in a moment but tonight our main problem will be

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ice after the rain, some of which could turn to wet snow. It's in the

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next couple of hours that temperatures are falling away to

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freezing and during this period we've got an area of low pressure

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crossing us and that's going to draw this raft of showers in from

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off the Bristol Channel that could appear as longer and heavier spells

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of rain and it's very likely that some that could turn wintry and not

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just be confined to the west but also elsewhere. So wintriness,

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iciness the main things to be aware of tonight and even tomorrow

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morning. Even tomorrow it doesn't stop there with the next batch of

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showers starting to roll in from the west, although they will begin

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to show signs of easing through the afternoon. Some sunshine to end the

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day. Temperatures around seven Celsius. And so we come to the part

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of this week that's going to pose the greatest problem by the looks

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of things. Heavy rain arrives in the west by tomorrow evening,

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spreading eastwards as that comes into contact with the cold

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northwesterly winds gusting to 50mph in places. It will turn to

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snow and that then spreads south through the early hours of Friday

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morning. So in terms of quantities, up to 10cm, so treacherous

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conditions and this snow continuing on and off through much of Friday,

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only beginning to ease through the evening.

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A look at tonight's main headlines: Unemployment rises to its highest

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level for 17 years. Nationally, 2.6 million people are now without a

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