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Welcome to the programme. The headlines tonight: The sinister

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role of social media being used to spread hate among street gangs.

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Through these music videos and the tracks they are putting out, it is

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fuelling yet even more. Feeling the strain, claims our

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accident and emergency service will be under pressure due to a lack of

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planning. If they do not get an appointment with the GP, they will

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make use of A and B and that is inappropriate.

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The great Christmas get away, we will be live with the latest on the

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roads. And a year to remember for the

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local golfer crowned Young Sports Personality.

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Welcome to the programme. Tonight: A call to ban internet music videos

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which glamorise guns and violence. Urban street gangs in the West

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Midlands are accusing social media networks such as Facebook and

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YouTube to spread a message of hate and conflict. One leading

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campaigner who works to mediate between rival groups says the

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authorities simply don't understand what the coded messages mean or how

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dangerous they are. The music videos are plentiful,

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highly professional, the performers often talented but the lyrics are

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about guns and turf wars on the streets of the West Midlands.

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of the Commons they make with regard to what comes can do and how

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guns can be used against other people, they are not being

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understood by the powers-that-be. Because they can put things like

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this on YouTube, it makes it dangerous for committees.

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Social media on the internet is prized by every organisation, even

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gangs. The police have prosecuted some people when weapons have been

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openly displayed but the chairman of the Police Authority does not

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think censorship would work. there are criminal activities, the

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police will do with that but there is a whole issue of freedom of

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expression, freedom of a heart and I feel those negative lyrics and

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vibes are actually being committed by some very positive lyrics and

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fads. The police say some 45 street gangs operate across the region

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with 500 hardcore members. Gangs are about revenue, making money,

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respect, power and prestige and revenge, violence and intimidation.

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It has been 11 years since he got shot. White is so hard, I am just

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trying to think why are they to come. Golden Child is a rapper. His

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art reflects his friends and families lives. He is a performer

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and wants nothing to do with gangs. They have been so many gang related

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incidence and people need to realise that through these music

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videos and these tracks that they are putting out, it is fuelling it

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even more. Young people from across the region were invited to enter

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the police headquarters to discuss how gangs affect their lives.

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can't be an normal civilian citizen in this country if you are a gang

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member because you cannot walk through certain areas because

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you'll get seen. I am not comfortable walking around my

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neighbourhood at night mainly because of people that are just

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standing around trying to cause trouble. Especially the area where

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I live, you cannot get away from them. In the new year, a special

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police task force is being set up to tackle gang crime and culture.

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Peter Wilson joins us now. Can anything be done to ban these sorts

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of films on the internet? Things have been taking of particular

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sites, especially satellite channels in the past but that has

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merely been when there has been explicit sexual content, not these

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kinds of gang of messages. It is also interesting that the police

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don't feel it is their job to police the internet as far as these

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messages are concerned. I know the police have invested a lot of time

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and energy into social media themselves, to put their own

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messages across, and I think they are aware that they would face a

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backlash from the computer literate public if they did take action like

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this. You have met these gangs, why his music so important to them?

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is incredibly powerful and attractive and glamorous two young

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guys, especially on the streets of Birmingham and years ago, I sat

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down with one particular group who were playing the attract colt no

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more but at the same time, I was aware that the same song with

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different lyrics, talking about taking up guns and attacking their

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rivals, was also playing in the background. A lot of mixed messages

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out there. Still to come on the programme: Why

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it will be lonely this Christmas for record-breaker Mark, thousands

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of miles from friends and family. A teenager has been found dead in a

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grain silo on a Shropshire farm. The body of the 18 year-old was

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discovered on Wednesday night at Brockton near Much Wenlock. Police

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say there's nothing suspicious about the death but the Health and

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Safety Executive will carry out an investigation.

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Police have launched a murder inquiry after a woman was found

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stabbed to death at an address in the Erdington area of Birmingham.

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It's thought the 52 year old was attacked during a domestic incident.

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A 65 year-old man was detained in connection with the woman's death

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and remains in police custody. Not enough planning has gone into

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providing GP cover over the Christmas week, according to the

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chairman of one GP consortium as the NHS enters its most pressured

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period of the year. Peter Patel fears that the lack of cover could

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put more strain on accident and emergency departments.

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It's the calm before the storm in accident and emergency. This 13

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month-old from Solihull has a temperature and a virus but she

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need not necessarily be here. there is a time when surgery is

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closed, that is when we approach the hospital so it happened today,

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we came at a time when our surgery was not open. That is what this GP

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practices trying to avoid. It is opening a full day tomorrow on

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Christmas Eve and will open a full day next Wednesday but many GPs are

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not. Dr Peter Patel believes not enough planning has been done and

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notices on alternatives to A&E was sent out too late, 4:00pm on

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December 21st. It should not be left to hospitals to take the

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burden of debt. We have seen this in the past, that out-of-hours

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services and hospitals have been overwhelmed during this period.

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Heartlands Hospital's A&E is the busiest in the West Midlands. It is

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gearing up to treating 360 patients a day over the holiday. The

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hospital is doing everything it can to treat more people coming in.

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There is a dedicated GP and the people can be referred to from

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reception and it is an elderly person, there is a consultant on

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standby to make sure they get help as quickly as possible This year is

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potentially worse than ever because the holidays include two weekends.

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We prioritise patients on the basis of their clinical need but if a

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patient could have access to a service elsewhere, that helps us on

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focusing the patients who need to be cared for by us in the

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department. The best medicine though could be mild weather that

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keeps people well. Tonight the Birmingham and Solihull

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NHS cluster said that it is well prepared and confident in its

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winter planning. They said that opening GP surgeries over holiday

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periods doesn't work and that out- of-hours GP services and NHS walk-

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in centres have the means to increase their capacity if

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necessary. Thousands of Midlanders have been heading home for their

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Christmas breaks this evening by road, rail and air. For many it has

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been the last working day before the festive break. Motoring

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organisations say overall, things have run fairly smoothly. In a

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moment we'll be getting the latest information on the situation and

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the roads but first, how people have been coping with the last

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minute dash. Busy but not unbearable, this was a

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shopping centre this afternoon. There was still no shortage of

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tills ringing as people went on the hunt for last-minute bargains and

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presents. I think many people have already done the shopping. It has

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been a gradual process this year rather than a just one mad rush at

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the end. It is nice, a festive spirit, I like it. This really is

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make or break for some traders and every day in the run-up to

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Christmas counts. At least though they haven't had to put up but the

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snow and ice that kept some shoppers at home this time last

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year. Wind and rain made driving conditions difficult in some parts

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of the Midlands but motoring organisations reported few problems.

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Many motorways were busy but quieter than anticipated. 40,000

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passengers are expected to fly from Birmingham airport this weekend.

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Many spending Christmas in the sun like these holidaymakers bound for

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the Canary Islands. We haven't got a family at home so it's just easy

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for us to get away from it of and chill out abroad. Just get a bit of

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sunshine and is uncertain. I cannot stand a cold here any more!

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million passengers are expected to use the railways across the country

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over the past period. Some disruption is expected from Boxing

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Day because of engineering works but travellers at the station

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reported few problems today. Fairly busy but not horrendous. I left a

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message on the train and I had to go to crew to get it so it has been

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busy. No problems, lovely. Despite some to make predictions, Christmas

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appears to have got off to a smooth start for most travellers.

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What has it been like on the roads today? Let's cross now to the

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headquarters in Quinton in Birmingham and speak to the manager

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there. As we saw there, there have been heavy rain. Have the Rose been

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busy to read? Surprisingly not, we were anticipating it would be quite

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busy with it being the proper working day before Christmas. It

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has not been too bad. We thought it would be far worse plus the weather

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has not been great but it doesn't appear to have caused many problems.

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Do you think this is the calm before the storm, people are

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delaying their journey to Christmas Eve perhaps? Not necessarily, we

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noticed a spike late last week so a Thursday and Friday and early this

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week, which is when the the kids stopped school. Today was

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relatively quiet, we are expecting there will be a spike tomorrow at

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9:00am on the motorways and it will be busy inner-city centres at

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midday. Today was predicted to be ex incredibly busy, any idea why it

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was not? It could have something to do with the fact that school

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holidays started a week ago, it looks as if people have been smart

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and stagger their journeys slightly rather than making a mad dash for

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the motorways in one go. People have been fairly well informed.

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Our chances of having a white Christmas have gone but for

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Coventry explorer Mark Wood, snow is a certainty. He is now halfway

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across the South Pole. He set off at the end of last month and he has

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now covered 340 nautical miles. It is the first stage of his ambitious

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bid to become the first person to cross both poles back to back

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unsupported. For Mark, this Christmas will be spent entirely

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alone, thousands of miles away from family and friends in the bleak but

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beautiful landscape of one of the most hostile places on the planet.

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Here I am, finally in Antarctica. We are at base camp at the moment

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and the temperature is around minus ten. At the start of his epic

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journey and in good spirits. Since Mark Wood posted this video, he has

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skied over 300 miles and endured the kind of isolation beyond most

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people's imaginations. At home in Coventry, his partner Liz is

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preparing for Christmas without him. I have lots of friends coming for

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dinner and we will have a big roast turkey. Unfortunately for Mark, he

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will have a routine so he will do what he does every day. It is a

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good start, a good day. He will make his breakfast, get his water

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boiled, pack up his tent and walk 15 miles and then treat himself to

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an extra cup of tea in the evening. In fact, as the weekly phone call

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reveals, he has already treated himself to an early Christmas

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present. It is a fresh pair of socks and underwear. I think he

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must be here now. He is more than halfway there but the journey has

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not been without its difficulties. He has had to do running repairs to

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his binding to make sure he can carry on because it is so important

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that he can ski and not just walk. If you're one of those who have

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been following his daily blog, you will know his feet are not in the

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best shape. My feet are all cut up again but I am dealing with that

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and I am screaming at night, putting iodine all over the winds

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but that is just part and parcel, I am afraid, of this expedition will

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stop Mark is doing all this to raise awareness of the state of our

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planet. His page encourages people not to donate money but instead, to

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go green. He knows there are so much support for him and speaking

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to him today, he was in good spirits, you could hear from his

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voice that he is in good spirits. Getting past but halfway mark is

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really important or stop hopefully, the sledge will be lighter and it

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will be easier. Bearing in mind more is going to have to tackle the

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North Pole within weeks of conquering the south, socks I

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suppose are not a bad idea this Christmas.

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If you want to check on his progress across Antarctica, go to

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our Facebook age where there is a link to his blog which he is

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updating daily. While we're talking about a white Christmas at the

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South Pole, we are hardly likely to have Antarctic temperatures here?

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What a difference a year makes! Find out what we had back in 2010

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compared to what we are going to get in 2011 a little later on.

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By the time new year's day rolls round, the Premier League will have

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reached its halfway point. Which of our teams at the teacher's pet and

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who are the dunces in the corner for a half-term report?

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17 games in and our Premier League sides have alternated moments to

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treasure and reasons to despair. Sitting pretty at the moment are

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Stoke City - 8th after 17 games and through to the knockout stages of

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the Europa League. My chairman things it is one of the great years

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in the history of the football club. He is in his mid-Seventies and the

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club is over hundred years old. There were eight at the moment

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doing well at the League. We have a great tide coming up in February.

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If they can stay in the top 10, everyone will be very happy about

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what the club have achieved. places and three points behind them

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are West Bromwich Albion. Inconsistencies may be, but look at

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the points. Their New Year's resolution has to be to strive for

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consistency. And then there's Aston Villa. What can you say. It's

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rarely been boring off the pitch but the fans's big complaint is

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that the football has been dull on it. I have to try and prove that I

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am the right man for this job. I am still determined to do that. I'm

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trying to win over the fans are still have their doubts. There's no

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doubt though that Villa must do better in 2012. And that leaves the

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enigma that is Wolves. Just a place and a point above the relegation

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zone they've specialised in dramatic comebacks but too often

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only to salvage a point. So how does the boss feel about the season

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so far? I will let you will decide! There are only two winds now in 14

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games and that is the kind of thing but the fans are latching onto the

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moment. I still think there is a hard core of supporters that want

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to see a change of manager. Am not sure they would get it. There's no

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doubt improvement will be needed if they're to avoid another relegation

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battle in 2012. And you can keep track of how your

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club performs over the busy Christmas period by tuning in to

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your BBC Local radio station. Golfer Lauren Taylor from

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Warwickshire says it is an honour to win the BBC's Young Sports

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Personality of the Year award. She was crowned at the awards ceremony

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in Salford last night but she's now back home in Rugby. What a moment

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for Lauren last night. She is just 17 and she was thrust into the

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national spotlight collecting the trophy from the Manchester City

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manager Roberto Mancini and athlete Jessica Ennis. It was in

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recognition for becoming the youngest ever winner of the amateur

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British Open but she still managed to compose herself to thank

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everyone. 24 hours on, can you believe it?

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it is still a bit of a shock but it was such an honour to receive that

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award. How did you finish? I first thought was not to trip, to be

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asked. I was so shocked, I didn't think I was going to win. I was a

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habit. The night itself, there were three golfers in the top 10. Did

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you meet them? Yes, I met all of them and I had a few photos with

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them. Her fame is expanding already? I have a few more

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followers on Twitter. What have you friends and family said? They are

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beyond proud. My gran and gram pack came up earlier and my mum and dad

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and sister are so proud of me. is the plan now? I'm going to

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university next August in America and then after that, I am going to

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look to turn professional. Plenty of great days ahead? A lovely time

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of year for it to happen? Yes, it's a great Christmas present.

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Christmas celebrations have started early and they will have an extra

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trophy on the mantelpiece. Cast your mind back to this time

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last year and it was quite a different weather picture to the

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one we are experiencing at the moment. This was the scene at the

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Worcester Warriors rugby club ground exactly 12 months ago. Sub-

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zero temperatures and a blanket of snow and getting about wasn't easy

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either with cars struggling along on the ice-bound roads. This year

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it's more a case of wet-weather rather than a white build up to

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I can verify what you have just said that the facts and let the

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pictures speak for themselves. On the we had no falling snow last

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year, there was plenty of it lying around. The temperatures generally

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hovered around freezing weather might values way below zero. I

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can't say it's going to be as cold as that tonight but it is going to

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be a lot colder than it has been. You can see that banned right to

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the east and the skies are going to clear right across the region but

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it is the combination of that together with the north-westerly

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wind that will send temperatures down to one Celsius in rural parts.

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Some ground frost in sheltered spots and that may linger into the

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morning tomorrow. Abacus and see it to start Christmas Eve but we have

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some sunshine as well, particularly the further east you go. The odd

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spot of rain to western parts to the north to end the day. Overall,

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a colder day than today with temperatures rising to seven or

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eight Celsius. Through tomorrow night and into Christmas Day, the

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went springs up and introduces a milder air. Tomorrow night, you can

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see the impact already. Temperatures hardly altered from

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tomorrow's daytime value at around six or seven Celsius. The Christmas

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weekend is looking frosty to start, turning my and later with

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strengthening winds. For Christmas Day, we have highs of 11 Celsius.

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To that period, it will be largely cloudy but try and to break any

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records, we age -- need to reach Over the last couple of weeks,

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thousands of BBC local radio listeners across the region have

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been to the recording of a carol service. One of the biggest events

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saw hundreds of people turn out in the Square in Shrewsbury 10 days

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ago. Organised by Radio Shropshire and compered by breakfast show

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presenter Eric Smith, it's always one of the highlights of the

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festive season in the town. If you couldn't make it go, don't worry.

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You can hear that service on air on BBC Radio Shropshire tomorrow

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evening at 5:00pm. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's service will also

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air their service at 5pm tomorrow. BBC West Midlands will be

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broadcasting their recording at 6:00pm.

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It's almost the end of our last main programme until January 3rd

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but we will have bulletins throughout the Christmas period. It

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