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Hello and welcome to the programme. The headlines: More jobs and a 5%

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pay rise for thousands of JCB workers.

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We the pay rises, it is going to be ongoing, and it is with your

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overtime adding to the money you are picking up.

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Store wars report sales down as shoppers seek out bargains. You get

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two for one offers and save money anyway you can.

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The Prime Minister calls for an army of troubleshooters to work

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with a problem families, but who will pay? For these families are

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costing Birmingham and other West Midlands authorities a fortune.

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At snow Falls for some already with more on the way. Find out where and

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Good evening and welcome to the programme this Thursday. Good and

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bad news on the economy, with an industry leader powering ahead but

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more jobs at risk. The engineering company Norgren said today it is

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restructuring at its Litchfield base and 180 jobs could be lost.

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But a few miles away, the firm that makes the big yellow diggers is

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surging ahead. JCB is back to pre- recession employment levels, thanks

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to big rises in exports. 20% up to Russia, for example. Thousands of

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workers found out today they will get a 5.2% pay rise on top of a

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Christmas bonus of �500. That is in contrast to the average pay rise in

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this region of around 0.4%. Christmas cheer pull these JCB

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workers with their �500 bonus and inflation-linked pay rise. Some of

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these employees were laid off when recession struck but have been

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rehired. It has been tough for the company for the past couple of

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years and tough for me, as well. I got laid off in 2009 and struggled

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to find work. Eventually I managed to get on here through the agency.

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It has been just over 12 months working for the agency and I just

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got set on again. To have a bonus and a pay rise is great. The All

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prices are going up and the cost of living is going up and it is nice

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to have something that reflects that. -- petrol prices. It is going

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to be on going and it is something that, with your overtime, is adding

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to the money you are picking up at the end of the year. It helps with

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day-to-day living at especially when you have a family. A JCB made

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the pay awards in a year that saw sales increase by more than 30%.

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is a strong recovery from difficult trading conditions. It is just

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three years since workers voted to accept a cut in their powers to

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protect the jobs of hundreds of colleagues. -- in their hours. This

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pay rise is part of a three-year deal. Although that pay settlement

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is part of a long-term strategy, the company says decisions are

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still being made on a quarterly basis. It has been emerging markets

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that have seen the biggest up lift. Our recovery started in the early

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part of 2010. It is all driven from the emerging economies where growth

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is still strong and they need infrastructure, and we provide the

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equipment to make it. Even the UK has been quite strong for us this

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year. The company concedes the economic outlook has become more

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uncertain recently but as the new year approaches, it is preparing to

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recruit 350 more workers over the next four years to help meet

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growing demand. There have been some other headline

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pay deals. 3.75% at Cadbury and 6.1% at Jaguar Land Rover. They are

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pretty rare in this economic climate. With inflation around 5%,

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most people have less to spend this Christmas. Our Business

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Correspondent is at John Lewis in Tamworth. What is the picture

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there? Things are pretty good here. Plenty

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of shoppers around. This should -- this store opened two months ago,

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creating hundreds of new jobs, but things are not so buoyant elsewhere.

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Figures out show that a retail sales in November were down 0.4%.

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Shoppers are waiting for discounts to appear. They are also setting

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out special voucher deals, as our special Correspondent reports. --

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searching out. High streets are facing a perfect

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storm - appalling sales and a squeeze on prices. Shoppers are

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looking for the best deals and waiting for even bigger Christmas

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discounts. One couple in Redditch represent the new shopper -

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computer savvy and bargain aware. Luke and Larisa did most of their

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shopping online and demanded vouchers. Anything I am buying, I

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always said for that to Kurds to try and save money. It does not

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mean I will be able to spend less - - always look for voucher codes.

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you get a voucher for a free medlars, that would be a good

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present for someone. There is nothing new about loyalty deals and

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vouchers. This year, online sales are up 17%. Websites offer

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discounts on almost everything. they are looking for discounts on

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groceries, discounts to take their wives to a restaurant or a cinema,

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clothing, electrical goods - everything. In these tough times,

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the big chains may be offering their special discount days and

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vouchers but here, in a town between Solihull and the big

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shopping centres in Birmingham, small traders, too, are having to

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offer deals - but they are hoping that their customers will stick

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with them because of high standards of service. This flower shop has

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been in business 30 years. This Christmas is looking the toughest

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yet. I have noticed myself in Solihull and Birmingham, there are

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sales already. The big stores are obviously suffering and they are

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trying to attract people in. So I am optimistic in a way because I

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think it will all be last minute, but I think people will be much

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more savvy about what they spend their money on. Some shoppers do

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have money, but the majority are demanding ever bigger deals.

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instance, a few years ago we would offer a fully fitted bathroom for

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�4,000. We are now doing the same sort of thing at 2,500 to �3,000.

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Shoppers and small businesses are all saying the same thing. To

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succeed this Christmas, retailers need to offer great deals and great

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service. Joining me are two people who are

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closely watching retail sales. Isabel is the store manager here.

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But John Lewis is always a good barometer for Christmas sales, so

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how are things? Very well indeed for us. Customers are certainly

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shopping for Christmas gifts at the moment, albeit a little later than

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we expected. Last week was the strongest ever week for the John

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Lewis division overall and this week is looking promising, too.

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will slogan is never knowingly undersold but our people looking

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for more than price matching this year? Customers are being more

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discerning than before. They are not as looking at a price

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commitments. It is also about offering good quality and service.

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A great example of that is the iPad which is a fantastic seller this

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year, where customers get a two year guarantee of the shop with us.

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You are a retail analyst. Tell us about Christmas. It is worse than

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the figures might suggest because if you remember this time last year,

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we were in the grip of an icy winter and shoppers were being

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discouraged from going out. people waiting for bargains?

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think it is a game of nerves between the retailer and the

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consumer. The retailer needs to get rid of their winter stock and the

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customer needs to buy for Christmas. It is who gives way first, and

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getting bad value. Electronic goods are popular this year, including at

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80s made. -- getting it that value. -- a tea-making machine.

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The Prime Minister has been in the region talking about a plan to

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recruit an army of troubleshooters to work with families affected by

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addiction, anti-social behaviour and unemployment. The scheme will

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cost around half a billion pounds and it is claimed it will save more

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than that being paid out in benefits. Those being targeted are

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so-called problem families, an estimated 13,000 in this region.

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They are what David Cameron describes as troubled families and

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today, he came to meet them. He announced a new fund and that early

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intervention. In Smethwick, you can see just what persistent and

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intensive work can achieve. 14 a's family, the problem is her 16-year-

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old daughter Kirsty, who kept running away from home until she

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was given her own caseworker. Tina says having one person to deal with

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made a difference. There is something in place now that is

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going to help us and we can help our children to get them back on

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track and let them know that it is OK to fall down sometimes, but

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there is someone who will pick you up and put you back together.

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council has been running its own family intervention prodded for

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four years but it is making spending cuts. The news that the

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government is going to give it more cash to help troubled families is

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welcome here, but there is a cabbie at - the government is putting in

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40%, the councils have to find the other 60. -- Baker have the at.

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They're always strings attached. We want to continue the work that we

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are doing but that is against a backdrop of a massive cut some that

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we as a local authority are facing. -- massive cuts. These families are

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costing Sandwell and Birmingham and other West Midlands authorities a

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fortune. They are costing council taxpayers a fortune so it is in

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local government's interest to find the money to match the central

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government money to turn these families around. That will actually

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save council tax payers' money. the troubleshooters would not be

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sent in to help this woman. Her problem is poverty. The kids had to

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go hungry after she lost her job and home. It would be based on

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people who have got kids that are doing crime and committing other

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things. People who, like us - myself and my children - who have

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had to struggle might miss out on that will stop with 13,002 troubled

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families in the West Midlands, it will be down to councils to decide

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who gets the help. A mother and her former partner

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have appeared in court charged with murdering a Birmingham toddler.

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Two-year-old Keanu Williams died at an address in Ward End in the city.

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His mother Rebekah Shuttleworth, 23, and 30-year-old mood Soberton, are

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caused -- charged with causing his death. They were remanded in

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custody by magistrates. An inquest has recorded a verdict

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of accidental death on a rugby player from Birmingham who died on

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a canoeing trip in the Lake District. He was paddling the

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length of All's water with a friend last able when his kayak capsized.

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At the inquest heard that 22-year- old was a talented sportsman but a

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week's winner, with little experience of growing. His

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colleague made it safer to shore. The police are to examine a mobile

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phone of a teenager found dead in a river six years ago. Jack McLeod

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was last seen out with friends in Leamington. His mother has

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campaigned for years to detectives to take a fresh look in the case to

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find out exactly how her son died. Jack McLeod's death six years ago

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shocked Leamington Spa. And how he ended up in the river is still not

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known. Warwickshire Police was severely criticised for the way

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they handled the investigation but today, they agreed to re-examine

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his mobile phone, saying that advances in technology mean they

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may now be able to pinpoint when he went into the river. Clearly, if

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the new evidence establishes that will what appears to have been said

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is not the case, there may well be a possibility of further criminal

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investigation. But police revealed their intentions at his special

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coroners' hearing today to decide whether the inquest into Jack's

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death should be reopened. The original was adjourned when a man

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was charged with his manslaughter, but the criminal trial that

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followed was halted because of insufficient evidence. Today's

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hearing follows a determined campaign by Jack's family. The

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coroner concluded that all the issues surrounding his death had

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already had a full airing in public during the criminal trial. However,

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she did say that if new evidence came to light then Jack's family

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could again apply for the inquest to be reopened. If you can

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establish a time of death, whatever that be, it is a very important

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part of our grieving process. We know what time he was born. We

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would like to know what time, if possible, he died. Jack McLeod's

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mobile phone is now in the hands of police forensic scientists, he will

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be carrying out tests over the next few weeks.

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Still much more ahead: A crucial European class for Birmingham City.

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It is a massive night here where Birmingham City must win to keep

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Much of the region is on the alert tonight for its first significant

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snowfall of the winter. There is a pretty fast moving weather picture.

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First, took Worcestershire. He expecting to do lots of quitting on

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the roads there. -- gritting. Yes, we are looking at a very

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narrow window, sometimes between 2am and 3am tomorrow morning. 2500

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tons of rock salt behind me. It is looking good. Shropshire has got

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something like 20,000 tonnes of grit, Warwickshire, a 14,000 tonnes,

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Gloucestershire, 11,000 tons of grits, and 6,000 tonnes in

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Herefordshire. We may be needing it in Worcestershire tonight because

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the Met Office is saying we could get anything up to 10 centimetres

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on higher ground but some parts of the region have already had a

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covering of snow already. The landscape around the village of

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Flash in Staffordshire was looking distinctly wintry today, as 463

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metres above sea level, it is the UK's highest village and got its

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most significant snowfall so far this winter. It might look picture

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postcard to visitors like me but as is often the case, the snow has

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brought some disruption to locals. Although driving conditions had

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improved by this afternoon, earlier, locals had to contend with delays.

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There cabin lot of lorries skidding about and several cars and the

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roads had been shut -- there have been. It has taken a lot longer.

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The seven children who attend this primary school were in a pantomime

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with pupils at a neighbouring school today. The conditions meant

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the performance was delayed. The we were waiting for the Flash children

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to arrive. If they had not had arrived because of the weather, we

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would not have had a pantomime. they are used to hard conditions

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appear and the snow is not as bad as last December. There is a whole

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winter to go yet though. We have a new edition to be a fleet

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here, it is a mini one, good for the roads in the Malvern Hills.

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With me is a councillor from Worcestershire County Council. A

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lot of people are worried in the Times of cuts that gritting has

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been cut. No, we have 15,000 tonnes of grit, better than ever. But you

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can't do all the roads? No, we do around 800 miles of the main roads,

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but there are also other facilities, like grit bins, which we have

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increased this year. Tomorrow we are expecting snow. What is the

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latest? The lads on standby. We are estimating about eight 2am start in

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the morning. They will be here to load their vehicles and start to

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grit as and when is required. will be a long life -- long night.

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We could get three up to five centimetres on low ground in

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Worcestershire and the south-west of the Midlands, 10 centimetres on

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high ground. Take care on the roads tomorrow. Hopefully they will have

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been gritted because this grit is effective up to-seven degrees. --

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up to minus seven degrees. Is it going to be as bad as there

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is saying? Not quite as bad but it has always

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been the case that the movement of the low pressure over the South

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would be influential in the outcome for us and now it has moved a

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little further east, the concentration of the heaviest

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snowfall will be in the south and west of the region. We are now

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looking at between two and eight centimetres at most levels, instead

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of 10. How long will this last four?

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I think it could cause quite a lot of disruption during the rush-hour

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tomorrow morning but we should be out of the danger zone for us know

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by tomorrow afternoon, but ice is the problem for tomorrow night, but

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you will be glad to hear that it will be turning milder next week.

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Six months from now, the nation will be marking the Queen's Diamond

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Jubilee. One of the biggest events will be a floating cavalcade on the

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Thames. 1000 vessels will take part, among

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them a sailing trow. Once as many as 700 of them plied the River Wye

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They carried up to 90 tonnes of cargo at a time until the trade and

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the boats gradually died out. But next June, one will proudly take

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its place in the Diamond Jubilee At Tommy Nielsen's boatyard in

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Gloucester, shipbuilders are recreating a piece of maritime

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history. This will actually be in the water. Getting a closer look is

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a group from Herefordshire who are behind the project to build the

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first Wye trow for 150 years. decided, let's do something special

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for Herefordshire, and so rather than just find an existing boat,

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why not build a historic replica of a River Wye trow, which is hugely

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significant for the region. anonymous philanthropist from

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Herefordshire has donated a six- figure sum to build it. Even the

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timber comes from Herefordshire. And for these shipbuilders, it's a

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first. It is fantastic, isn't it. It is one of the best things, to

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see all of this lovely timbre. When you see it all come together, it is

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a very satisfying feeling. Up to the 19th century, trows were

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used to transport freight along the Rivers Severn and Wye. 1996 is the

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last time one took to the water. It's now at the Ironbridge Museum.

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For Tony Gardner, this is a special moment. He's the fifth generation

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of his family to work as a boatman on the River Wye. It is amazing to

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think that well after a century, in my last days on the river, that I

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can actually see one of these coming to life. I can't wait to see

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the finished article. They are looking for between eight and ten

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volunteers to row the trow up the Thames for the Queens Jubilee

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Pageant. The only qualifications are you need to be fit, you need to

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have some experience of rowing, and you need to come from Herefordshire.

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And the Wye trow will be launched next spring.

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And if you'd like to row the trow along the Thames during the Queen's

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Diamond Jubilee Pageant next June, you can find out how by logging on

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to the BBC Hereford and Worcester website and following the links. A

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crucial night for Birmingham City in Europa League action. Our

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reporter is outside the ground. What will the crowd be like?

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They are expecting close to a full house this evening, we should

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create a red hot atmosphere inside, and the players will need it

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because they have to win and hope that blogger will win in the other

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match. Braga have already qualified for the knockout stages so perhaps

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they will not try too hard tonight. In these European games, it is very

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much an experience, it is very much a test, I don't think anybody wants

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to lose any game, whether that is the first game of the group or the

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last one. It is about pride, club pride. I would expect very much

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that from blogger. Of course, they are an excellent side -- Braga.

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Joining me is a Birmingham City performance. Can it they do it?

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course. We just have to it look at what is going on in the other game

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in Belgium and hopefully Braga it will do it for us. These boys are

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magic, a magic manager, fantastic football. Keep right on! It will

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certainly be a special occasion if they do. If you can't get here, you

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can follow the match at 8pm on the radio this evening.

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It no warmth of your home as well. -- and in the warmth of your home

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as well. Millions will be watching the final

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of Strictly Come Dancing this weekend and it may just inspire

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some of us to take up lessons. But one hospital is already using

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Strictly to inspire heart surgery patients to get fit. And they think

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they're on to a winne.r as, our health correspondent has been

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finding out. It might not be as glamourous but

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it is serious and fun. These dancers have cardiac problems. They

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need exercise and it is better to be light on your feet then he be

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hearted on the treadmill. I have missed it!

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Ralph has had stents put in his main arteries. Last July, I

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couldn't even walk, let alone dance. It has been a big boost to me.

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80, Dora had her aortic stem replaced. It raises my heart rate,

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which is good, because we need to do that. And Derek's had a triple

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by-pass. I have had a second chance and that's it, I am taking it.

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10! 10! The BBC blockbuster, Strictly Come Dancing inspired

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these dance lessons that are being choreographed by the Queen

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Elizabeth Hospital. It gives them confidence, it strengthens muscles,

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it improves balance. It makes things so much easier and they get

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enjoyment out of it. They get healthier and they lose weight. You

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are a bit of a big bloater I'm afraid, so maybe you could do with

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some, too. I have got my pointy shoes. I guess it is time for some

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dancing. Why do I get myself into this?

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OK, that's enough of that. People are eating. Healthily, I hope.

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Everyone is as heavy as lead, very unsteady on the Thames, the list is

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endless. I am not watching tonight! I've really am not watching

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tonight! That was fantastic. His daughters will be covering their

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eyes in shame. He is not a big blow to, that is a terrible thing to say

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it! -- Big blow to. So far this week, we have been

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bound by the activities of this area of low pressure to the south-

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west, but wherever it goes, we will It has moved further east, so the

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concentration of the heaviest snowfall will be to the south and

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west of the region, but we will all see some between two and five

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centimetres. Yesterday, the Met Office up graded its warning, the

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second highest, for the early hours of Friday morning. Between two and

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five centimetres at most levels, up to eight centimetres at higher

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ground. Tonight is wet and windy and later it will be wintry. Under

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this canopy of cloud, the rain lies. It will be with us in the next

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couple of hours. It is splitting up from the south-west. The wind will

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pick up in the process. The air will turn a lot colder. Minus one

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The rain will turn readily to snow and moving much further south. The

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concentration will be South and West. Tomorrow morning, we will get

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some disruption in the rush-hour, but the snow will gradually ease.

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It is looking a lot drier by the The next big problem will be ice,

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particularly by tomorrow night. A look at tonight's main headlines:

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Trained for the war zone - now they will make their mark on London 2012.

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13,000 troops are drafted in to help with the Olympics.

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Finally an early Christmas present for a Staffordshire couple. They

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faced losing their animal sanctuary because of spiralling costs but

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they have now received �15,000 in donations. In September, Daphne and

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Cliff Wain from Pattingham feared their animals might have to be

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destroyed because they couldn't afford feed and vet bills. But

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