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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today with Suzanne Virdee and Nick Owen.

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The headlines tonight. Gale force winds cause havoc on road and rail

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and 6,000 homes and businesses were without electricity as power lines

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blow down. A family ask for help to find out who started the fire that

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killed their loved one in his own home. The fire happened on the

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night of tat's 87th birthday and Andrew never got the chance to wish

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him a happy birthday. New figures suggest there's a tough start in

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store for the region's economy in 2012. And hot stuff ahead of

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Hotspur - Cheltenham Town tuck into a spicy chicken dinner as they

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prepare to take on mighty Spurs in the FA Cup.

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You can always dream and there's always an upset somewhere. If we

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get a bit of luck, you never know. Good evening, welcome to Thursday's

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Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight. Gale force winds cause

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cause chaos on roads and railways, as dozens of trees are blown down.

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In some areas, power cables were severed, leaving 6,000 homes and

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businesses without power supplies. The worst incidents saw the

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southbound section of the M6 near Coventry closed after a lorry was

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blown over. Rail services were suspended between Birmingham and

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Lichfield after a train was hit by a tree. David Gregory has been

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following today's events. On the railways between Sutton

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Coldfield and Four Oaks her tree fell on to the roof of a passing

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train. The line has been closed and so far removed -- removing a fallen

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tree. Fortunately I came early to give myself Bencher time in case

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anything happened! I came over to visit relatives and I have no way

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of getting back now other than about four different buses.

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Junction 2 of the M6, and a lorry carrying waste overturned in the

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high winds. This then spilled out and fell onto the motorway below

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the junction, closing all lanes of the southbound M6. Despite fears

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that the accident damaged the bridge structurally, it has now

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been declared safe after inspection. But clear up of the rubbish

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continues. Around 6,000 people have been affected by power cuts.

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Electricity cables at Sandon near Stafford came down in the wind.

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Leaving a local pig farmer worried about his freezers of frozen pork.

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The fact that the meat is in freezers and we would have to get a

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generator in images could be out for a long pit of time. We do not

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open the freezers because of a winter in the longer we would have

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to throw it away. You've been sending us your pictures of the

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damage. This house in Newcastle- under-Lyme lost part of its roof.

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And plenty of trees have come down across the Midlands. Some on

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vehicles. Others, like this conifer in Willenhall, look set to follow

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it. And this scene in Telford is typical of the sort of damage

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caused by the high winds. Across much of the region, the clean-up

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has continued. Blocked roads have been re-opened as fallen trees have

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been removed. We have had a very busy 24 hours. We had missed and

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where the tree fell on to the car and blocked the road. We can get

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the latest on the travel situation. David is at New Street station.

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have just been into the station and the record Sutton Coldfield and

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Lichfield is still suspended because of the tree that fell on

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the train. Heading south at a Birmingham New Street there are

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intermittent delays of up to an hour on the route down through

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Coventry towards London. Across the country as a whole there are

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similar problems. Wherever you're going on the railway tonight, the

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advice is to check before you travel. What about the roads?

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lorry has caught a lot of problems. The southbound M6 at junction to

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was due to reopen just about now. But for many road and rail

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commuters tonight he will be really difficult to get home. Three if you

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are travelling on the train up to Lichfield, you should be up to use

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your ticket a local bus services and there should be some

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replacement buses operating as well. Some good news. 6000 homes and

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businesses without power earlier on and that is down to 1500 tonight.

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Our weather presenter Ben Rich joins us now. Ben, which areas saw

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the worst of the weather overnight? You can see the tide isobars across

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a region. Asda's shares moved through from the North West today

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was the unstable air their cavers but violent, gusty winds. The

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strongest gust was 59 mph. It looks a bit calmer through the next few

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days and I will have the full forecast later in the programme.

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And for the very latest on the weather and all the details on the

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travel situation where you are, listen to your BBC Local radio

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station. The family of a man murdered in an

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arson attack on his flat in Worcester have spoken about their

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loss for the first time. Andrew Heath died after he was trapped

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inside his home by the fire last month. His family and police today

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appealed for help in catching his killer.

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A family left simply asking why? 52-year-old Andrew Heath was killed

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in the early hours of December 14th, as a fire, which had been started

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deliberately, engulfed his flat, blocking his only means of escape.

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Today, Andrew's elderly parents, sister and cousin travelled from

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Eastbourne to appeal for help in finding his murderer. I cannot

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understand why anyone would do this. They have taken and drew from us

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and the fire had destroyed all of his most treasured possessions and

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to us it feels as if he has been eradicated. West Mercia Police have

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a dedicated team of 40 officers investigating the murder. One line

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of enquiry they are looking at is Andrew's social interaction online.

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For a man of 52 years of age, he was very active online. He used on-

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line Messenger, Facebook and other sites. We are keen to be contacted

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by anybody who knew Andrew Heath online or off-line. Outside

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Andrew's flat today, tributes from three weeks ago still remain.

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At around 6pm on the evening before he died, Andrew Heath went

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downstairs to his neighbours for a meal. He returned to his flat two

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hours later. He then spent an hour online but what police want to know

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is exactly what happened between 9pm and three top 57 the following

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morning when Mr Heath called emergency services to save his flat

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was on fire. The fire happened on the night of De's 87th birthday and

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Andrew never got the chance to wish him a happy birthday. Others like

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to ask anyone who knows what happened that night to please come

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forward to help the police and help our family find some answers.

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact West Mercia Police

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immediately. A murder inquiry is under way after

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the body of an elderly woman was found at a cottage in

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Worcestershire. The woman, who has not yet been formally identified,

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was found dead yesterday morning at the cottage on the outskirts of

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Bewdley. West Mercia Police have set up an incident room and say

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they currently have more than 40 people working on the case.

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New figures suggest there's a tough start in store for the region's

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economy in 2012. The latest quarterly survey from the West

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Midlands Chambers of Commerce shows fewer manufacturing firms are

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expecting rising sales or the opportunity to take on extra

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staff.The news came as the Prime Minister paid a visit to a new

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Enterprise Zone in Herefordshire. These perks are destined for the

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American market but the home market is a different story. We are

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pushing hard and putting effort and investment into overseas market.

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This company employs 220 people here in Walsall and makes machines

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like this one which will be used in hospitals to sanitise medical

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equipment. It is the kind of company that the government says

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can help drive the economy but it is not growing as quickly as last

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year, so it is employing fewer new members of staff. But echoes what

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other businesses are experiencing. Page survey by the region's six

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Chambers of Commerce shows that 35% of firms said their work force had

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grown between July and September but the number fell to 31% in the

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following three months. 23% of manufacturers cited inflation as

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the biggest concern. But firms like Jaguar Land Rover are on the up and

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Staffordshire's JCB has seen sales rise. Birmingham Paul Ince --

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double ring has just reported one of his best Christmases ever.

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Visiting the Herefordshire today, the Prime Minister said the private

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sector is growing. The businesses I was talking to today expanding onto

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the site include many businesses taking on more people. Of course it

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is a difficult year but that does not mean the government should

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stand back. It is time to roll parsley 10 helpers as Craig shops.

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But in a region that has seen employment for faster than anywhere

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else in the country, the Shadow Work impinges Minister says more is

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needed. We have more than our fair share of the nation's unemployed

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and low-skilled. Might I admitted that we knew more than our fair

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share of the resources that the government is making available.

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This firm is among those hoping that 2012 does not bring more of

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the same. With us now is Jerry Blackett from

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Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. It's all a bit confusing, isn't it?

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One minute there are signs of real hope, the next minute it's all doom

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and gloom. What's the truth of it? It is a bit of everything. We have

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a bitter fatigue out there. Last year businesses felt it would be

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tough and it was but we would have there bounce-back this year. But

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demand is still weak. Prices is rising and inflation is becoming a

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worry. Why is that such a problem? It is hurting profitability. The

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profit margins are getting so tight that businesses are running hard

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just to stand still. Raw-material costs, rail fare increases, the

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threat of wage inflation, all of it is hitting confidence. Businesses

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are not confident enough to go out and interested we are to create

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jobs. Andy eurozone factor? Massively destabilising. 50% of our

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exports go to Europe. He does not help when you see the euro in such

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a terrifying state. All of that leads us to this data which shows

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confidence really nothing and jobs not been created. And this region

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needs jobs. We are the only region that has seen private sector

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employer no riches. How optimistic are you for 2012? I am optimistic

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because we have a great spirit of enterprise. The love of start-ups

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in this region is increasing markedly. People cannot care worker

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and they are starting their own businesses. The design credentials

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in this region are terrific. I think if we can build on that and

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get out and export. It is a big world out there, get out and have

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A post mortem examination has confirmed a couple found dead at

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their home had been stabbed to death. The bodies of 42-year-old

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Mark Chandler, and 46-year-old Karen Climpson were found at their

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house in Cheadle in Staffordshire on Monday. Police say they are not

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looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and are

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treating it as a domestic incident. The plans to offer free parking to

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shoppers in Coventry were thrown out today. The proposal involve

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waiving charges to motorists are spending more than �10 in shops.

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The council said it could leave a �10 million black hole in budgets.

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But Coventry city centre looking reasonably busy for a wet and windy

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day, but over the last five years the number of shoppers has fallen

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by 6%. With 43 empty shops it's led to calls for free parking for

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shoppers. The call for free shoppers' parking comes as the cost

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of car parking in Coventry has steadily risen. The idea has been

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brought to welcome by traders that we spoke to. No more than a pound

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to park for the whole day. People coming into town they have to pay

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for parking was a baker to a supermarket they get free parking.

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I think any incentive to encourage people into the city centre to

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shoppers a fantastic idea. There has been a steady rise in the cost

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of parking in the city centre. In 2007, it cost around �2 to park for

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three hours. In this car park today it now costs around �3. Back

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coincides with a fault of the number of people using car park of

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about 20%. The council stresses the economic downturn has played a big

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part in that fall and says the idea free parking is both unworkable and

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unaffordable. If you imagine just one person with one �10 where they

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have bought an Apple somewhere, chewing them somewhere else,

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newspapers, Ross, coffee and somebody would have to check that

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it had all been done in the same day. The cost would be enormous.

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With supermarkets and out of town shopping centres offering free

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parking it's difficult for city centres to compete, but Coventry's

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hoping a spruce up for the Olympics and other schemes will make it a

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more attractive shopping destination.

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An additional 500 police staff look set to lose their jobs in the West

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Midlands. It had been predicted that 2,250 posts could go under

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budget cuts, but that figure now appears to have risen. The increase

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was revealed at today's meeting of the police authority, as Bob

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Hockenhull reports. Budget cuts mean the West Midlands

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force, the second largest in the country, must save �126 million by

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March 2014. Previously it's been estimated 2,250 posts will need to

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go by then. But today a revised figure of 2,764 was published at

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today's West Midlands Police Authority. It's an increase of 500,

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but senior figures were anxious to play down its significance.

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latest projection you see news that figure slightly up. But indeed he

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could move slightly down as other changes that we are undertaking

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kicking as well. Under the revised cuts estimate, the West Midlands

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force would have 115 fewer police officers than first predicted. 277

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fewer backup staff. And 122 fewer community support officers. Those

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representing rank and file police staff said they understand the

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pressure to reduce budgets but warned that the scale would have an

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impact on the service to the public. We have to be open and honest with

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the public to tell them that we closed fewer staff the service that

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we offer will have to be reduced. This new higher figure has emerged

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at a time when the police force is looking to find a private sector

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partner to help run some services. The chief constable said today that

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that would revolutionise the way the forces run here in the West

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Midlands. And it will be an operation that will have to rely

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increasingly on technical advances to fight crime to compensate for

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the reduced numbers of officers. Motorists heading from the Midlands

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to London are being warned to change their route this weekend, as

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part of the M6 and M1 motorways are closed at a crucial junction. From

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tomorrow night, the Catthorpe Interchange near Rugby, where the

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M6 meets the M1, is being closed for 36 hours. It's because a

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flyover, which takes traffic onto the M1 is being demolished. The

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closure will mean lengthy diversions. Here's Peter Plisner.

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Preparing for the demolition - above and by the side of two of

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England's busiest motorways. With the new viaduct complete and

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already in use, this weekend the race will be on to remove the old

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one. I am standing on what used to be the fast lane of the M6 heading

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southbound before we join the M1. We can you road complete the job

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now is to demolish the old viaduct and that will happen over the next

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three days. Costing more than �21 million, the new viaduct was needed

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because, quite literally, the old one was falling down. For more than

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a decade, props like this have kept it in use. Just under 5000 tons of

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concrete will be taken in demolition waste and we have

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workers operating in a co-ordinated operation. And this bridge

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demolition, also on the M1, shows just what will happen over the

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weekend - instead of blowing it up, contactors will nibble away at the

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concrete until the bridge has been completely removed. But the

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demolition will mean lengthy diversions for some drivers. There

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will be closures of the M1 northbound between junctions 19 and

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20, and southbound between 19 and 18. Three days does not so much to

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demolish a large structure like this. Are you confident you can do

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it? Absolutely. We have a very good team on board to ensure it is a

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success. And if it is, both motorways should be fully open

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again by noon on Sunday. Cheltenham Town will aim to become

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FA Cup giantkillers on Saturday when they play premier League high

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flyers Tottenham. They'll have to overcome a gap of three divisions

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to do it. But The Robins are in form - and they're in good heart

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after being treated to their favourite meal out. As Dan Pallett

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reports. Look what the FA Cup's cooked up

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this year. For Cheltenham Town, every cup game means a slap-up feed

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at their favourite chicken restaurant. It's become a tradition.

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Have you done this evidence of Iraq? Yes. It seems to be working.

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Yes, everyone enjoys it. Manager Mark Yates wants Cheltenham to

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relax and enjoy themselves this week - because on Saturday they

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face Premier League Tottenham and a gulf of three divisions. We are

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under no illusions about the quality that they have. What ever

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team that goes out there in a white shirt will be full of

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internationals with pace, power and quality. We are not going to Burton

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ourselves with too much of how good they are. And Cheltenham are

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already smiling. They're second in league two and have lost just once

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in their last 15 league games. Their cup run is an added bonus.

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Whatever the outcome might think we will enjoy it. We have worked very

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hard to get where we are and now it is a case of enjoying the next few

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days, enjoy Saturday playing with some of the best players in the

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world and seeing what we can do. be after a shed at the end? Yes,

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though the kit man does not like it! The third round of the FA Cup

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always serves up at least one surprise - Cheltenham Town are

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hoping they can provide it. Lots of light to them. And BBC

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Radio Gloucestershire will begin their build-up in Saturday's

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breakfact show. Steve Kitchen's Matchday starts at 1.30, with full

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match commentary and all the reaction from White Hart Lane.

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The Tamworth goalkeeper Jonathan Hedge says he'll be checking the

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weather forecast before Saturday's FA Cup tie at Everton. The Everton

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goalkeeper scored this amazing goal during last night's 2-1 home defeat

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by Bolton Wanderers. And his opposite number at the non-league

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side says he'll be prepared for anything at Goodison on Saturday.

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It was blustery and windy conditions at Goodison Park last

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night and it bounced about 20 feet up in the air. The keeper try to

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scrabble bag and it ended up in the back of the net. I think Tim Howard

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was a bit surprised as he did not celebrate whereas he was me I will

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be running all the way around the ground!

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And we'll have more on the build-up to Tamworth's big day in tomorrow's

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programme. Many of us will have ventured to a

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panto over Christmas but how many of us regularly support our local

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theatres? It's often not cheap, and with many of us watching the

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pennies, theatres and arts venues across the region have come up with

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a new way to lure us to more live performances. Satnam Rana has been

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meeting some who have already signed up to it.

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Three theatregoers with a passion for the arts. Sandra, Dot and Lorna

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have always attended performances at The Belgrade in Coventry but now

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they're going to commit a little more. We have not seen these before.

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They have signed up to the I Like Theatre resolution - effectively a

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pledge card promising to attend three or six shows across several

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venues. There's no discount involved, just a commitment.

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thought it would be something new and exciting to do, something a bit

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different. A great idea and a good new year resolution. It's all the

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idea of this man - artistic director of Stan's Cafe Theatre in

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Birmingham. We are all working together so much more now that it

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is an idea about bringing theatres together. It has come out of the

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theatre committee wanting to reach more people. Many organisations are

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facing budget cuts and this resolution card could be the answer

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to retain audiences. Here at the Belgrade, audiences were down 14%

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last year compared to the previous year. Box office is any one form or

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PHI income we also have local- authority funding and funding from

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the Arts Council and all of those incomes are under pressure. From

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our point of view we feel we are in good nick to be facing these

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challenges but it is going to be very interesting times.

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Belgrave it is not the only venue taking part. Across the region, 29

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venues and companies are taking part in the initiative. So, these

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three ladies will have plenty of choices this year - and partipating

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organisations have a better chance of keeping audience numbers up.

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And where are you off tonight? A moth to the pantomime! Stand-in for

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one of the Adli sisters! Well, let's talk weather again now - it's

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been causing all sorts of problems. How are things looking for tonight

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Some improvements. But it has felt like dazed each of year again today.

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We saw the problem that Dublin's caused. We still have one flood

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warning on the River Severn in Shrewsbury at the moment but to the

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next few days those problem should ease because it is mostly dry wit

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lighter wind. We have seen plenty of low pressure this week. This is

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the one responsible for the stormy conditions last night and this

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morning. But high pressure is starting to build from the West and

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that will settle things down through the next few days. We still

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have won a two showers feeding him from the north-west. As we go

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through the night they will fade away. The wind will lessen and

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under clear skies it will turn quite cold. Perhaps a bit lower in

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the countryside. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning for

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ice. As temperatures drop away they could be slippery surfaces tomorrow

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morning. A cold, frosty start but a bright start and quite calm as well.

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We will see a little bit more in the way of cloud feeding him from

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the West by the end of the afternoon.She should stay dry with

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temperatures up to seven or eight Celsius. Tomorrow evening, things

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will turn a bit breezy but nothing like the last few days. A few bits

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of brain as well. As we head into Saturday, here it is the ridge of

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high pressure exerting its influence and settling things down

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as we head into the weekend. For Saturday and Sunday is to be main

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the fine and dry. Quite a lot of cloud at times and temperatures up

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to nine or ten Celsius but the wind That is a relief! A look at

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tonight's main headlines. The deaths of three elderly patients at

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Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport - a male nurse is arrested. And

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gale force winds cause havoc on road and rail - 6,000 homes and

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businesses were without electricity. That's all from us this evening,

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