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Hello, welcome to the programme with Suzanne Virdee and Nick Owen.

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Trees and power lines brought down as gale-force winds hit the region.

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It is bad enough to score keep me awake and I have slept through

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earthquakes. Pretty bad winds and lots of rain.

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Police investigate events leading to the death of a couple in

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Staffordshire. The local community suffers when something like this

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happens.'s claims in a report that half of all young people today are

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stressed all or most of the time. And proof yet again that Stoke is

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the best in the business at Good evening, welcome to Tuesday's

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programme from the BBC. Tonight, gale-force winds leave a trail of

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destruction amid warnings they could be more stormy weather on the

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way this evening. Dozens of fallen trees had to be

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cleared from roads and power lines were brought down as winds gusted

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up to 64 miles an hour in places. A popular tourist attraction in

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Worcestershire was also badly damaged. Tonight, there are three

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flood warnings in place and the Environment Agency is standing by

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to erect flood depend -- look flood defences on the River Severn in

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Shrewsbury. A major clear-up operation near

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trailing 10 in Warwickshire. It is a scene repeated all over the

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region -- and it Tredington. It was not just fallen trees

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causing problems for drivers, heavy rain during the rush hour made the

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new year return to work much more difficult. For some, there was

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disruption of a different kind. At Sherborne near Warwick, engineers

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were called out to repair telephone lines. Very strong winds overnight,

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one dead tree came down in the lane outside and a couple of hundred

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yards away from the House, another tree has split and broken a

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telephone wire. That is why BT are here putting the new telephone wire

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in. Across the region, there were scores of incident, the worst in

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places like lemon tint where a fallen tree blocked the A445 for

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several hours. In Shropshire, power cables were brought down. In new

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start -- Newcastle under Lyme, another fallen tree caused delays

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on the A519. He would have thought of Windmill could cope with a few

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heavy gusts. Apparently not, this was the scene at the Avon craft

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museum. It will be a major -- Major stepped back on the planned

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maintenance that we had this year. This was the scene in Sri spree

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this afternoon where rising water levels on the River Severn have

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meant that the environment agency is having to erect flood barriers

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in the next 24 hours. With the possibility of more stormy weather

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on the way, today the RAC was issuing valuable advice to drivers.

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In these windy conditions, it is better not to have a roof rack or

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roof box on the vehicle. Also, look out for where you think there might

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be cast of wind. If you are coming out from a patch protected by trees,

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going over Highbridge, those places are risky. After the storm today,

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there was also a rare appearance of the sun, and even some blue-sky.

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Hopefully not the lull before yet another storm.

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Peter joined us from the headquarters of the travel

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information service in Birmingham. How are the good looking. Things

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are looking -- how are things looking? Pretty snooze. This is the

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M6 near Stoke. -- things are looking pretty good. They take

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information from a variety of sources including things like

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Twitter. They had been buried at busy today. What is the situation

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tonight? It is not too bad. We have a one or two trees out around

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stature, but everything else is OK. Were you surprised by it the

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disruption? Not really, we were forewarned so we were on top of it.

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What about other methods, the railways have been hit? They were,

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the Charlton railway services were affected but everything else seems

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back to normal. How important is things like this when it is

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broadcast on the radio to drivers? Very important and it is a two-way

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street. Three used wetter but the public information is just as

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important. -- week used Twitter. The best piece of advice I have is

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that do not take any unnecessary risks.

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Our Trevor presenter has been monitoring the situation. -- hour

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weather presenter. Still some damage caused? Yes, exceptionally

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windy for us. This is the rainfall With this big batch of rain, we had

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fairly strong and gusty winds. It was during the rush-hour that

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things got really interesting. You can be -- pick out this vivid band

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of colour, this was a violent weather front. We had some very

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heavy rain and the wind arrows were converging on that line, us very

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strong and dusty winds. During tonight, a further strong winds,

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not quite as bad as it was but I will have a full first forecast

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Police are investigating after a couple were found dead in their

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home at the Staffordshire -- at the Staffordshire Moorlands. Detectives

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are trying to piece together the events surrounding the deaths of

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Mark Chandler and Karen Climpson. Forensic experts have been at the

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scene all day. Scenes of crime officers have begun

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and detailed examination inside and outside the House where the couple

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were found. Police were called to the semi-detached home at Ness

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Grove in Cheadle yesterday lunchtime. The alarm was raised by

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relatives. Although the couple have yet to be identified formally,

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police say they are believed to be Mark Chandler, 42, and Karen

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Climpson, 46. Officers have done some house-to-house inquiries and

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that is ongoing. There will be local neighbourhood offices in the

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area to answer questions. This is a quiet residential street, not far

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from the centre of the market town of Cheadle. Neighbours have been

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horrified to find the area the focus of a police investigation.

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is an awful thing to have happened. We feel very much for the family at

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this time. To think that something happened -- terrible has happened

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comes as a great shock. And also, the local community itself I think

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suffers when something like this happens. The result of post mortem

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examinations are not expected until tomorrow at the earliest. Police

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have described this as an isolated incident. Forensic teams are

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expected to be here for several days, carrying out a detailed and

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thorough examination inside for evidence to help explain how this

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couple died. CCTV pictures have been released of

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a man police want to trace in connection with a murder of a

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homeless man found at a. In Birmingham. It is thought 50 -- 58

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year-old Richard Williams had been sleeping in the bus shelter when he

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was subjected to a motiveless attack. Detectives are appealing

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for this man or anyone who knew him to move forward. He was at at -- he

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was at the scene moments before the attack. He may have seen something

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but might not have seen it as as important as it was. We urge him to

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come forward, it could be a crucial piece of witness evidence.

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Two members of the same canoeing club have died in separate

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accidents over the new year. 49 year-old Dave Smith but out of his

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canoe in a family holiday in Cornwall, and Steve Wall died

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during a private trip on the River Teme at Downton on the Rock near

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Ludlow. A new report from a youth charity

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has painted a bleak picture of the lives of young people living in the

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West Midlands. The figures contained in the Prince's Trust

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youth Index survey suggests that almost one in 316 to 25 year-old

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always or orphaned field down or depressed, with more than half --

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and always or often feel down or depressed, with more than half

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feeling depressed all of the time. Donna Preece says a chaotic

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childhood meant she did not do as well as expected at school and

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struggled to find work but she has become a photographer. From a very

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early age where my parents split, there was no routine. Being split

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between two people entirely, it was very difficult for them to install

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any regularity. There is no real structure. The Prince's Trust

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helped her to set up her own business. Research published today

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by the charity show the young people like her struggle with exams

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and faced lower self confidence. This report highlights that beer --

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and lack of structure and writing in the young person's life have a

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devastating effect. And a direction as teenager can become a lost adult.

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In a poll among young people, 27% of people told the charity they did

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not support -- get the support they needed at school. 11% said they

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thought their days lacked structure and direction when growing up. More

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startling, 57% said they felt stressed all or most of the time.

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This fitness class is run by former boxer Wayne Elcock. It aims to give

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young people a sense of purpose and discipline. Many admitted they

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would be lost if it was not for coming from here. I would use to

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just stay at home or go out with friends but now I have something to

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go out for, a purpose. It toughens you up, it teaches you to defend

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yourself. Adults had been through what you are being -- going through

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so they can give you good advice. The Prince's Trust helped 5000

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young people in the West Midlands last year it with training or to

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set up a business. With one in five young people unemployed in the

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region, of this to the charity cannot reach everyone. Despite the

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tough economic times, the charity says it aims to lend a helping hand

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to even more disillusioned young people in the coming year.

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The closure of Stafford Hospital's accident and emergency department

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overnight has run smoothly over the Christmas holiday period say health

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bosses, but they helped -- said that the mild weather had help.

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There had been fears that neighbouring A&E -- A&E units could

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An ambulance turns up at Stafford's Accident and Emergency department

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during normal working hours, but the closure of A&E overnight

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appears so far to have gone without a hitch. Managers are working to

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reopen it, but hint that in the long term things may have to change.

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The future sustainability and the long-term picture is something we

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will work with the Primary Care Trust to determine whether or not

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there is a demand in the future for a full A&E department or whether we

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should look at an urgent care centre. Well-wishers leave messages

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showing public opinion is very much in favour of an A&E. Interviews for

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more staff take place in just over a week. It may seem unlikely today

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but the unusually mild weather means the system hasn't been tested.

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It may take a really cold spell to find that once and for all whether

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the NHS can survive without a 24 hour A&E department in Stafford. In

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perhaps the first signs of more stress in the system, new Cross

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Hospital in Wolverhampton accepted 11 ambulances from Stafford last

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night. We could continue at these levels but I think we have to make

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the point Mike that the department we are standing in really doesn't

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need -- it really does need to be up graded just to deal with the

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normal casualty population. It is not that the purpose. -- it is not

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that the purpose. Those campaigning for 24 hour opening at Stafford are

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worried about a national agenda to downgrade hospitals, saying people

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elsewhere were also told it was working well. They are sceptical

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that three hospitals should make the same decision. Pontefract A&E

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temporarily closed on November 1st, Central Middlesex Hospital did so

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on November 14th and Stafford was on December 1st. We don't want to

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become a statistic like other places have done. It is threatening

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the services at the hospital. are urging the people of Stafford

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not to take anything for granted. Michele is here now. So, the big

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question now is will the accident and emergency unit open on time at

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the beginning of March? It is impossible to say. I have

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spoken to senior people in the NHS who do not think it will ever

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reopen but at the same time the hospital remains adamant, although

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they suggest that timescale may slip but what is clear that A&E

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departments are changing for safety reasons and because they need to

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save money and in the longer term we make get an urgent concern to

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that is 24 hours a day but doesn't deal with life-and-death cases.

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have been speaking to some patients, what have their experiences been?

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have spoken to an elderly couple where the husband had a stroke on

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Christmas Day and the ambulance of us turned up and wanted to take him

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to Stoke-on-Trent but the wife was does but because she had never been

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to Stoke-on-Trent. She knew New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and

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she picked them to take him there, and she followed on in a car. There

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was a case of a teenage girl who had to wait is six -- you had to

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wait six hours, and a five-month- old baby where there were issues

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and it had to be taken to Wolverhampton which was

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inconvenient. In all of these cases, there were no real issues. It could

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have been worse, couldn't it? could have been and with a cold

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snap like last year, we may have had large numbers going into the

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accident emergency departments and we don't know whether they would

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have been able to continue with those larger numbers.

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Still to come in tonight's programme. After a frustrating ten

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year wait, why Steven Spielberg's new film means so much to a horse

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Plans for a directly elected Mayor for Coventry have been officially

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opposed today. Councillors say they don't want a Boris Johnson-style

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city boss. The rejection comes just five months before referendums in

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both Coventry and Birmingham on the issue. Ben Godfrey reports.

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This painting shows the Queen with the traditional Lord Mayor in his

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refinery but could future works portray Coventry's answer to Boris

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Johnson? The city's Council Chamber is used to its power struggles.

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Mayors have taken their seats since the 1300s. But the Government's

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desire for a Mayor elected by the people, has prompted something of a

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revolt. The Labour-led authority says it can't and won't work here.

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There is no appetite for it. As councillors, people don't engage us.

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They engage us about a variety of issues about the quality of

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services we provide. It is 2012, we don't need an elected mayor to

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achieve that. In making its point, the Council's evoked memories of

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the Blitz. It was, they say, local councillors and not an elected

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Mayor who helped to rebuild the city after the Second World War. So,

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a Labour council opposes the idea. A Labour MP, Bob Ainsworth, wants

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the job if the people want him. current system of running our

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cities does not work. They cannot provide the leadership cities need

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in the modern age. If you walk the streets of Coventry, this is not

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their fault, but ask the people of Coventry, ask them who the leader

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is, who the deputy leader is, they don't know. Politicians have had

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their say, but it is the people of Coventry and Birmingham that will

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have their say and they will get the chance in May. If I was running

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a city, I would like to be a businessman. I would like to see a

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mare. If it is going to be good for Coventry and for people getting

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work. It doesn't involve me, I'm not fussed about any of it. I don't

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vote. They just all do the same thing, don't they? Stoke-on-Trent

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had a directly elected Mayor but in 2008, it scrapped the idea of a big

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city boss. One thing both sides of this debate can agree on -

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challenging voter apathy. You can't bring power to the people if the

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Talking about the power makes me think of darts. And that is the top

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subject for Dan today. Darts world champion Adrian Lewis,

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from Stoke on-Trent, says he's still in shock at retaining his PDC

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world title. Lewis beat another Stoke player Andy Hamilton at

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London's Alexandra Palace to retain his title. And as he's still only

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26, Lewis hopes his second world championship will be far from his

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last. A warning though, my report contains some flash photography.

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It was the night that Stoke-on- Trent was the centre of the

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sporting world. Two stars of darts went head to head for a world title

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and both from the same city. The masses had gone to London's

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Alexandra Palace to see Andy Hamilton, the contender... And

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Adrian Lewis, the holder. Understandably, both showed nerves

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at the start. But by set three, Lewis started to find his range.

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Back-to-back 180s almost gave him a perfect nine dart finish. The

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double escaped him on this occasion but it showed he was in it to win

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it and gradually he asserted himself. By the tenth set, he was

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ready to retain his trophy. Hamilton continued to show spirited

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resistance but Lewis secured victory by seven sets to three. And

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he was still reeling this morning. I am still in shock. I am delighted.

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So proud of myself. It shows all the work and practice and

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dedication has finally paid off again. But it was also a triumph

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for the city of Stoke. With Phil Taylor still world number one, what

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makes them so good? We have grit and character, a lot of

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determination. That is key. The quality in Stoke-on-Trent is

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fantastic. Adrian Lewis now aims to become the world number one and has

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a long term goal of ten world titles. It'll be hard but Adrian

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Lewis is from the right place to fulfil those dreams. What is it

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about Stoke-on-Trent and dogs? Several factors, the legacy, Bill

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Taylor was brought through 16 World titles, which will inspire people.

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We know that the City is passionate to football and all sporting things

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which has led to a vibrant scene. I spoke to some members of a club

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today and a trim was play is there in the league, it is like Wayne

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Rooney playing pub football, really, but they are very proud of the

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City's achievements. Great stuff. I think it is all down to the

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oatcakes. Aston Villa are hoping to sign

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Robbie Keane on loan from the LA Galaxy. The former Wolves and

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Coventry striker is currently training with Tottenham before

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returning to America in March. Villa and Wolves both kicked off

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the New Year with home defeats, as Ian Winter reports.

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First footing at Molineux, for the first footy of 2012. New Year

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resolutions include a nice new stand. And some blue sky thinking.

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Reach for the moon. And failing that, Premier League survival. Not

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to mention a fair crack of the whip from the men in the middle.

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wonder what kind of view he has got. Last Friday, Mick McCarthy invited

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the media to a film show, and asked how many journalists thought this

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tackle deserved a straight red card for Nenad Milijas. Next Friday,

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Mick would be entirely justified to ask the same question about Frank

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Lampard's tackle on Adam Hamill. But referee Peter Walton didn't see

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red, he saw yellow. Players have been sent off for that this season.

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And that's why Lampard was still on the pitch to deliver the killer

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punch two minutes from time. Frank Lampard should have not have put it

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into an empty net. I don't want anybody else's players sent off,

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but you know my beef with the authorities. Playing too many men.

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If you are playing alert very as well, that's too many. Why didn't

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the red card, out? Because the referee loves him. It is a big team,

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that's why. No wonder they were upset. They'd just seen Chelsea

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take the lead soon after the break, only for battling Wolves to

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equalise through Stephen Ward six minutes from time, before Lampard's

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late winner. Villa fans were also upset for a

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different reason. Not once, but twice, poor defending gifted a goal

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to Swansea. And another home defeat quickly killed off any seasonal

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goodwill following their shock win at Chelsea. But hats off to Peter

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Crouch. The Stoke City striker scored twice to beat Blackburn. And

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reached a personal landmark of 100 league goals.

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Tonight, BBC WM has full commentary on West Brom's trip to Spurs. The

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Albion captain Chris Brunt will miss the game. He's having a second

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scan on his injured ankle. And you can see all the goals from the

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Football League on the BBC Sport website.

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Steven Spielberg's new film War Horse is soon to reach our screens

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and one horse lover from Herefordshire is looking forward to

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it more than most. Revel Guest agreed to make a film with

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children's author Michael Morpurgo over ten years ago. But a lack of

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finances meant it never happened. Now, though, her labour of love has

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paid off, as arts reporter Satnam War Horse, a tale of friendship

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between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, set

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against the back drop of World War One and Rural England and Europe.

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But without Revel Guest from Whitney-on-Wye in Herefordshire,

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Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg wouldn't have made his

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latest film. He is a master at what he does. He has the same, if you

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possibly can, and this time did, grew around him. Knowing what he

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wanted as well as he did. So he could concentrate on the

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intricacies of the shooting. It was lovely to watch. It was a chance

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meeting as chair of the annual Hay Festival with Lee Hall of Billy

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Elliot fame that made Revel's dream come true. In 2006, she'd made an

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informal agreement with children's' author Michael Morpurgo to turn his

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book into a film. We all met up at his house and we liked and trusted

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each other. And agreed we would be the Three Musketeers, one for all

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and all for one, and have go. was it like Signor work being

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translated from pen and paper, you as a producer, on to screen and

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said? I had very misgivings about Hollywood. I knew very little about

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it except that it was jazzy. We have been treated unbelievably well,

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I have, I am talking about myself, and was always welcomed on the set

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and went to every different location, and it has been a delight

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for and extraordinary and memorable experience.

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And every man make himself and his country proud!

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The film goes on general release on 13th January. There'll be a special

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pre-screening in Hereford on 11th January in tribute to Revel's

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grandson darling son, Tom, who lost his fight against a brain tumour

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Ghosh, it looks good, doesn't it? I am looking forward to it.

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Now here's Ben Rich with the latest For most of us, the worst pass past

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but there are some further spells of wind and rain in the forecast.

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Tonight, for some of us, it is going to turn windy once again and

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there will be some showers. This big error of pressure in the North

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East, that is what brought the stormy weather but last night. Now,

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here, a little disturbance in the weather pattern, and it could turn

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things windy again. This cluster of showers will go into the North of

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the region. We could see wind gusts of about 60 mph just for a brief

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time and then things calm down tomorrow morning with temperatures

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dropping to about three. Tomorrow is a windy day but not as windy as

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it has been. A bright start but we will see cloud increasing and some

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outbreaks of rain working their way in. With the wind, it will feel

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chilly with high ice 7 or 8. Through tomorrow evening, we have

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winds picking up to the East of the Welsh hills, across parts of

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Shropshire and Hereford drill with 60 mph gusts, and some heavy rain.

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And with three flood warnings, that will not help the situation. If you

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are concerned about flooding, call the Floodline. Through the day on

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Thursday, things gradually calmed down. This ridge of high pressure

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noses its weight in, so the end of the week is looking settled, but

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the next few days, wind and rain. A look at tonight's main headlines:

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Two men are found guilty at the Old Bailey of murdering Stephen

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Lawrence. The teenager was stabbed to death at a bus stop in 1993.

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And gale force winds have caused havoc in the region with trees and

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