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

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The headlines tonight: With a Government decision due next week,

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the final big push to get the go- ahead for a High Speed Rail link.

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But for some, a new railway line could spell disaster for their

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lifestyle and livelihood. In other news: the elderly woman

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stabbed to death in her remote cottage near the River Severn -

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police describe the circumstances as tragic.

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"No one would listen" says the surgeon who highlighted the breast

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implant scandal 18 months ago. And a fanfare for Tamworth as they

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prepare for an FA Cup day to remember.

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ALL CHANT: Two, four, six, eight, Good evening and welcome to

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Friday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight: one last push from

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the campaigners fighting to bring High Speed Two trains to the region.

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Business leaders, union bosses and economists today urged the

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Government to press ahead with plans for the controversial line

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between London and Birmingham. A decision could come as soon as

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Tuesday, but opponents of the �32 billion scheme maintain there's no

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economic or environmental case for HS2. In a moment we'll be talking

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to both sides, but first here's Ben Godfrey. Just days before the

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Government could decide the future of High Speed Rail, this

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controversial, charged debate was taken to the letter pages of three

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national newspapers. The message from business leaders was clear -

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the UK's transport infrastructure is a major obstacle to growth.

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Peter Mathews was one of them. His metal recycling business in the

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Black Country survives on exports. He says without High Speed Rail,

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his business won't grow, and he can't create jobs. It wouldn't be

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as effective as it should be, bandages and at the moment. The

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more people that can come and see us, the better for us. We need to

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establish ourselves more by having that kind of facility.

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If the Transport Secretary gives HS2 the green light, possibly next

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week, passengers could see journey times between London and Birmingham

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cut to around 45 minutes. Supporters argue it could create up

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to 8,000 and pump �2.5 billion into the economy. -- up to 8,000 jobs.

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You can see the wires going across the field here to that hedge.

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Farmer Derek Hiatt questions these figures. The proposed route skirts

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his family's farm in Ufton in Warwickshire. He says the business

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argument fails to acknowledge that many longstanding farming

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businesses will be blighted. I have worked very hard all my life. We

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finally had the chance to buy this farm 14 years ago and handing it

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over to my daughters were the train track going through it, it will be

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worth a lot less. For two years, debates have been

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taking place in village halls and business forums around the region.

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Transport secretaries have come and gone. At a time of national

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austerity, this is a line that will cost �17 billion pounds to build,

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and extensions further north could see that figure double. This is

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Offchurch near Leamington Spa, one of many villages that have raised

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thousands of pounds to fight against HS two. For both sides, the

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wait for the Government's decision is almost over.

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Joe is an anti- high-speed rail campaigner. It's all over, isn't

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it? The Government have always insited they want it. Now business

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is supporting with these big ads. The know, it is not all over. Those

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who are lobbying for it have an interest, they stand to profit from

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it. Don't we need it at a time when the economy is struggling? There

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won't be any jobs for 10 or 20 years, and you can deliver more

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benefits to more people more quickly with the same money by

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investing in the existing transport infrastructure. But it is good to

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invest long term for a more prosperous future. Investing in the

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current infrastructure would be long-term, and it would deliver

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benefits all across the country. HS two will serve a very narrow

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corridor. You don't to leave on at the actual road, you're against it

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for the reasons you have said. But a lot of the people who are against

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it to have homes on the line. It's not a time for nimbyism. It is not

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just that. People have read the documents, and what you find with

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any project but this is there is local opposition, but the reason

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the opposition to this is so strong is it because the case for it is so

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rubbish. So why does the government wanted? Are all these business

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leaders wrong? It has been touted as a solution looking for a problem.

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Lord Adonis said to the Department of Transport said that we want to

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are the fastest and most expensive railway line in the world, and

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tried to justify it. But you have to look at what is best for the

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company as a whole -- the country as a whole. We think there might be

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a decision on Tuesday. If it goes against you, what can you do?

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are lots of avenues open. There is the chance of judicial review. The

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environmental impact analysis still has to happen, and besides finding

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out what the true damage will be, that will raise the cost. There

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will be a single coming out on Sunday, re-releasing it from

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Christmas, as a campaign against it. Thank you for joining us. One place

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that could benefit greatly from High Speed Rail is the NEC, with

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journey times from London being cut to just over half an hour. Since

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1976 it's generated billions of pounds for the local economy and

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tens of thousands of jobs. So what impact would HS2 have if it does go

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ahead? Ben Sidwell's been investigating. And a warning - his

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report contains flashing images. The nation has at last acquired an

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exhibition centre that can bear comparison with the best of what

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the rest of the world has to offer. I have great pleasure in declaring

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the National Exhibition Centre open. When the Queen officially opened

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the NEC in 1976, no one really knew whether the idea would actually

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work. Today there's no doubt about it. 2.1 million people visit the

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NEC every year, generating �1.8 billion for the West Midlands

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economy and creating 25,000 jobs. It is not bad for something that

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was seen as a white elephant when it opened 35 years ago. When you

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look back in the Sixties, when Birmingham politicians came up with

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the idea of building an exhibition centre in Solihull, I think a lot

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of people looked at them as if they were mad. But actually, out of what

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can appear sometimes very brave, original ideas comes a phenomenal

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success. Part of the NEC's appeal is it

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location and travel links. 75% of the UK's entire population are

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within a three-hour drive. We have come from Liverpool, and it has

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taken about two-and-a-half hours. Peterborough, it took me two hours.

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The prospect of High Speed Rail would see the centre's catchment

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area increased and the journey time for many reduced, with travel from

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London to the National Exhibition Centre being cut to just over half

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an hour. For the NEC's Managing Director, that's a very exciting

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prospect. When you look at the NEC site, it is a unique site in Europe

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in terms of the amount of land, the connectivity and detachment. So if

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you build high-speed rail into that, I believe we have a real cocktail

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of success on our doorstep here. December, 125,000 people from all

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over the country visited the Clothes Show, which is in its 23rd

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consecutive year at the NEC. The man behind that show, and many

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others such as Gardeners' World and the Good Food Show, believes the

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location and travel links help set it apart from many other exhibition

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We get people travelling from as far as Cornwall and Scotland to

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come to our shows. You don't get that if you have an exhibition in

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London. The facilities within the NEC, at the heart of the country

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with excellent rail and air links, it means you can really create a

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true international event. It may have been a risk back in

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1976, but with the sort of money it now brings in, the NEC has become

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something the West Midlands economy simply couldn't do without. Whether

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High Speed Rail would have a similar effect on the region is

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And you can read both sides of the High Speed 2 argument on the BBC

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News website. Thanks for joining us this evening

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here on Midlands Today. Later, police are warning youngsters to be

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on the lookout for gangs targeting their new high-tech Christmas

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Police have revealed an elderly woman murdered at her remote

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country cottage was stabbed to death. Betty Yates, who was 77, was

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found at her home near Bewdley after friends raised the alarm when

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she failed to turn up for a walk at her rambling club. Cath Mackie is

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in Bewdley for us now. Cath, more details are now emerging. Yes,

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there are. You can probably see the police car behind me, guarding the

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entrance to a track to her house which is about a mile down there.

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This whole area is under police cordon as they continued the hunt

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for the killer or killers of the 77-year-old retired school teacher.

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They had said she was subjected to a violent attack, stabbed with a

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knife in her home which she shared with her husband until his death

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seven years ago. The house stands in an isolated

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spot on the Bank of the River Severn near Bewdley. It is in this

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apparently idyllic place at that she was murdered. Dozens of police

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officers are searching for clues as to who murdered her and why.

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Surrounding fields and footpaths are being scoured for the evidence

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that will lead to her killers. The alarm was raised on Wednesday

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morning by a neighbour after Mrs Yeates failed to turn up for a

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morning walk. Shortly after that, her body was discovered. She ran a

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local reading group for the University of the Third Age, an

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activity and educational organisation for older people.

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was a very active member of the Third Age, and had been since 2006.

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She was a much respected and loved by many. As news of the murder

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spread, the mayor said it was a sad day for the town. It is a tragic

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and horrific event. It is obviously going to affect the town quite

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considerably. We are a close-knit community, and pretty friendly down

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here, and something like this must upset everybody that comes to hear

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about it. Police say a knife has been recovered from the scene and

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is undergoing forensic examination. They said they are determined to

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catch the people responsible. This evening, a small memorial of

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flowers is beginning to grow in her memory.

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And I imagine more flowers will arrive, because Mrs Yeates was very

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active in this community. She volunteer helping children to read

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at St Bartholomew's Primary school in Stockport, and teachers there

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held a minute's silence today in her memory. She was someone who

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dedicated her life to education. She had two children of her own, a

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son and daughter who don't live locally. Police have repeated their

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appeal to the public tonight to help solve this awful crime.

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Kath, thank you. A Midlands surgeon says he highlighted the dangers

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surrounding breast implants made by a French firm more than 18 months

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ago. His revelation comes after the Government said tonight there was

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no evidence to recommend the routine removal of 40,000 PIP

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implants from women in the UK. Meanwhile, a Staffordshire woman

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has been telling Sarah Falkland about the trauma caused by her

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faulty implants. Looking good is Zoe Talbot's

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business. The 36-year-old mother of two is a beautician from Tamworth.

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She paid �4,000 to have PIP implants at a London clinic in 2009,

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but by early last year she discovered a lump in one breast.

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though the worst. I thought I had cancer, which is what I'm sure

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anybody would think. It didn't even enter my head that it could

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possibly be the implant, because they were relatively new. In fact,

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silicone had leaked into her breast tissue, and she had to undergo a

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second operation to have them removed. This is the kind of

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transplant that Zoe should have had. Instead, they had an industrial

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silicon, the sort that you find in a bed matches. Vik Vijh is a

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consultant plastic surgeon. He sees women like Zoe, and has to repair

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the damage. But he says he and other professional bodies raised

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the alarm about PIP 18 months ago. I am not going to comment on why it

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has been ignored. I am not going to even Croad the Health Minister, who

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has not made an error, but mentioned that a large company

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involving cosmetic surgery had released new data that did not

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agree with their old data, but couldn't explain why. That is

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exceedingly diplomatic, and I'm very impressed that he managed to

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keep his cool. I wouldn't have been able to. Zoe now has fresh implants,

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but she worries that the silicon from the French one is still inside

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her. I do get aches and pains under my armpits, and they don't even

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know yet what the silicon is exactly, or what long-term problems

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that can cause. Tonight, the Government said it would replace

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for free any implants are putting on the NHS, and it expects private

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clinics to offer the same deal. And there's more information about

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the breast implant scandal on the It's believed a house fire which

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killed a man was an accident. Firefighters were called to a home

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in Cramp Hill in Darlaston in the Black Country early this morning.

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An 80-year-old woman escaped, but an 82-year-old man couldn't be

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saved. A 35-year-old man's been arrested

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on suspicion of murder after a homeless man was attacked at a bus

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stop. Richard Williams was sitting at the bus stop in Dudley Road in

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Birmingham last month when he was attacked. He died of head injuries.

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Families have been allowed back into their homes after an armed

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siege which lasted two days. Firearms officers and negotiators

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had been surrounding a house in Stoke-on-Trent since Wednesday. The

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stand-off ended peacefully this lunchtime, and a 66-year-old man

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has been arrested. Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper

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Families heading for home after three days of drama and disruption.

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This was the scene as armed officers cordoned off Guildford

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Street in the Shelton area of Stoke-on-Trent. They'd been called

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here on Wednesday lunchtime after concerns were raised over a 66-

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year-old man. This lunchtime a man was arrested for a firearms offence.

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He'll be assessed and treated by healthcare workers. I completely

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understand that people would be distressed by this type of incident

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happening in their neighbourhood. The police officers who have been

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here have been there to keep people safe, and we have had a peaceful

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and successful conclusion to the incident.

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30 houses were evacuated during that operation. Most familes stayed

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with relatives or friends. Many more found themselves trapped in

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their homes within the police cordon. They could only watch from

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windows as marksmen patrolled outside. For 48 hours the focus was

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on one mid-terraced home. Quite anxious when they first turned up

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and you road is closed off, and you can't leave the house and the telly

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to stand away from the windows. lot of people started to get a

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little anxious, mostly because they wanted to get back into their homes,

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and they were fed up with having to go through police are cordons all

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the time. Trained negotiators had worked through two nights to help

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bring the siege to an end. Police have thanked all those whose lives

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were disrupted for their patience. The cordons have been lifted, and

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life can return to normal. The main priority for the police is that

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this situation was resolved police -- peacefully.

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It's estimated that 150,000 people across the region will call the gas

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emergency service line this winter because of badly-fitted appliances

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or gas leaks. National Grid says following the severity of last

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winter they've learnt a lot of lessons. They're now better

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prepared to deal with a high volume of call-outs. This time last year,

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we probably had 360 people, but only to London 20 were trained to

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take emergency calls. Now almost -- 220 were told -- trained to take

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emergency called. Now almost all our staff can take emergency calls.

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Thanks for your company this Friday evening. A rousing send-off for the

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Tamworth squad as they head for their dream cup tie on Merseyside.

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And it's been a stormy start to January, but now we can breathe a

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sigh of relief as we head towards a much quieter weekend. I'll be here

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with all the details in a few minutes.

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But first: Pupils have been chaperoned from school by police in

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some areas to protect them from muggers out to steal valuable

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Christmas presents such as smartphones and iPods. Police say

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thieves particularly target children at this time of year and

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they're warning youngsters and parents to be on their guard. Bob

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Hockenhull reports. Boxing Day, and on the Number 60

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bus in Birmingham, a gang of three muggers approach young passengers

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and steal their mobile phones. West Midlands police believe they're

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responsible for a raft of similar crimes. They've launched Operation

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Hay to catch the robbers and warn school pupils of the dangers of

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flaunting expensive gadgets, particularly on public transport.

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Wear with my friends, I feel secure, so I will bring my phone out, but

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when I'm on my end, my phone stays in my pocket. I suppose I used it a

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lot on the bus, because I don't think it will happen to me. But it

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is dangers that will always be there. It is the new found, kids

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perhaps not being aware that there are other guys out there, people

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not aware of what is going on. Kids are excited by then you presence,

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but they need to be aware that other people might be looking with

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other motives. They are also targeting popular

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transport hubs such as More Street station here. Yesterday they

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investigated one man, who is now being investigated on suspicion of

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committing about six robberies. A team of 40 officers have been

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handing out leaflets giving advice on how to protect belongings.

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British Transport Police have joined the operation as train

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passengers are also deemed to be vulnerable. Some individual

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deliberately target at a bus network or the train network, and

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we have seen instances where people will bordered one stop, commit an

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offence and disembark, and then poured another train for exactly

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the same reason. Similar patrols in previous winters

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have seen a reduction in muggings on schoolchildren, and the police

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say they're determined to ensure youngsters can travel without fear

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of being targeted. Bob Hockenhull, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.

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Time for sport with Dan, and one of the biggest dates in the football

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calendar, the FA Cup third round, is nearly upon us.

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It is my favourite weekend of the season, have to say. It will be one

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of the greatest shocks in FA Cup history if they win, but that's not

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stopping the people of Tamworth believing a giant-killing is

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possible. The non-leaguers are at Premier League Everton tomorrow,

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and as Nick Clitheroe reports, they'll have the whole town behind

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them. 2, 4, 6, 8, who do we appreciate?

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Go, Tamworth! Try telling these young fans that

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the magic of the FA Cup is gone. Tamworth's third-round tie at

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Everton has captured the imagination of the town and around

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500 children from local schools turned out to send the team off in

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style this morning. I have never seen so many kids before in my life,

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cheering us on. Absolutely brilliant. Who is going to win on

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Saturday, kids? All caps all: It's been an amazing week for

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players unused to being the centre of attention. On Wednesday they got

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their hands on the FA Cup. And yesterday they were off to

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Wolverhampton racecourse where the Conference's sponsors had named a

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race in honour of the team. The Good Luck to Tamworth stakes was a

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bit of fun for the players, a chance to judge the best turned-out

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horse, to have a flutter on the outcome and to present the trophy

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to the winning trainer. But what are the chances of them actually

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winning? Well, the bookies make them 25-1 outsiders. I have had a

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few dreams of scoring the winner, or a last ditch tackle. It would be

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more for my family, plus you have a chance to show the whole world what

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we have got and what Tamworth football club has got. We have

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scored a few in the last minute, so if you would say to me that my

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goalkeeper can make a number of saves, the back for can clear the

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ball a few times, we will let them a hit the bar a few times, and we

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will steal it from them in the 93rd minute. That would make me happy!

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And you'd certainly be a fool to tell these fans or the travelling

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supporters heading for Goodison tomorrow that Tamworth will fall

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short on the big day. I have never seen anything like

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this. What a week of razzmatazz it Absolutely wonderful. It is

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terrific, and there are also Cheltenham playing Spurs, and loads

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of other stuff on. Bristol Rovers against Aston Villa really grabs my

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:23:33.:23:36.

attention. 19th in League 2. 8 games without a win. Sacked manager

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Paul Buckle on Tuesday. Assistant Shaun North now in charge. It would

:23:42.:23:47.

be great for Bristol if they could win. Wolves fan will be really

:23:47.:23:54.

pleased about their winger is back in the set-up. I can't wait for

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tomorrow afternoon. BBC local radio I just love the third-round weekend.

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There will be a shock somewhere, and let's just hope it is one of

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After a stormy week, what's the weekend weather got in store? Ben

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Good evening. After a stormy start to January, it looks like a quiet

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weekend to come. We have had some pretty strong wind, and several

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flood warnings this week, but to this weekend will be breezy, but

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not particularly windy, and mostly dry. It will be a much quieter

:24:55.:24:58.

weekend ahead. The reason for that is this ridge of high pressure here

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slowly trying to exert its influence up from the south. These

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whether France provide a little fly in the ointment, some damp drizzly

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weather at times. So it will stay quite cloudy through tonight. We

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could see a little drizzle here and there. Temperatures dropped to

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around five or six Celsius, and it will be breezy but nothing like as

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windy as it has been. Tomorrow, quite a bright start to the day.

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There may be just one or two like showers drifting across through the

:25:32.:25:38.

afternoon. The north-westerly breeze will be noticeable, but

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again nothing like it has been, temperatures around 89 Celsius. You

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will notice the breeze if you are off to some of the FA Cup matches

:25:47.:25:57.

tomorrow. It could be very breezy around Merseyside. Aston Villa's

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match should be fine and dry. We are generally gain to see an

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increase in cloud as we go through tomorrow evening and tomorrow night.

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As we go into a Sunday, it looks like quite a cloudy day generally.

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The further east you are, the wetter it will be. Temperatures on

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Sunday up to ten Celsius. Into next week, nothing much changes. It

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stays mostly dry, often quite cloudy, not much in the way of

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sunshine, but temperatures mild and wins lighter. After a stormy start

:26:39.:26:49.
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It has been keeping everybody awake, including me! A look at tonight's

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main headlines: The Government's just announced it will not give in

:26:53.:26:56.

to the mounting pressure over sub- standard breast implants. A review

:26:56.:26:58.

has concluded there's no evidence to recommend their routine removal

:26:58.:27:08.
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from about 40,000 women in the UK. And counting down to the verdict

:27:09.:27:14.

for the controversial high-speed rail link for the UK. That's from

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6.30 on BBC One. We will be visiting the library which is

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overtaken by community volunteers. And you were going to tell us

:27:26.:27:33.

tonight what you thought of the Horse Whisperer. It was amazing. I

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