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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight, a couple are

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murdered in their own home. They were found by their son, who is a

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police officer. For any murder inquiry is a

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horrendous events for any family, regardless of their profession.

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For a day after the controversial high-speed rail announcement, the

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Transport Secretary tells worried homeowners they would get ample

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compensation. Saving the NHS millions of pounds a

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year, the mental health teams working in A&E departments.

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And are celebrating a 30 year record. Walsall goalkeeper Jimmy

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Walker is about to play his 530 Good evening. Tonight, a double

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murder inquiry is under way after a police officer finds his parents

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murdered at their home. The couple, who had been married

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for 40 years, were discovered at this morning by their son.

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Detectives say they are determined to catch those responsible, and

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called for the help of the local community.

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This is a big inquiry, a brooch in Handsworth Wood, usually quiet and

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unremarkable, flooded by police officers. Their focus, a semi-

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detached house, home to Avtar Singh-Kolar, aged 62, and his wife,

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Carole, aged 58, found dead this morning by their son.

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The some of the deceased couple is a serving police officer within

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what -- West Midlands police. Upon attending the scene, as it -- a

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murder inquiry was immediately launched. It was obvious from the

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scene that the couple had been assaulted.

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Married for 40 years, the couple were proud of their four children

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and eight grandchildren. Their son had called to ask them to babysit.

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They were very nice, respectable people.

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Search teams lifted drain covers in neighbouring streets. Officers

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spent some time examining the back garden. A panel from the fence had

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been lifted. A police cordon are closed off the road. Others came to

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pay their respects. What is concerning is the age of

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the victims. We have been trying to improve the image of the area, and

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it has pushed us back. It is shocking. Right on your

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doorstep. There are 60 detectives working on

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the case. The couple died some time between 7:15pm last night and 80 m.

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This morning. The police believe local people have information that

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will lead them to their killer. -- at 8 o'clock this morning. We do

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not know how they died or whether a. The officers leading the inquiry

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are unequivocal that those responsible will be caught.

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Our reporter Anthony Bartram is at West Midlands police headquarters

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now. Any idea yet of emotive? -- a motive? It was clear that

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detectives would not be drawn on a motive. They were quite clear that

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they did not have suspect in mind at this time, which is why it is

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crucial that any bit of information if that members of the public may

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no, that they share it with the police. They believed the key to

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this inquiry could lie within the local community. They were asked if

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this could have been a break-in or a burglary gone wrong, but would

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not be drawn. They say they are keeping an open mind about the

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motive, and they will have to wait the results of post-mortem

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examinations, which should be carried out tomorrow.

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Meanwhile, detectives investigating the murder of a 77-year-old retired

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schoolteacher in Worcestershire have issued a picture of a coat she

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was wearing when she was last a life.

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If Betty Yates was found stabbed to death at her home on the outskirts

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of Bewdley last week. She was seen wearing the code on Monday. Police

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are hoping the picture will bring witnesses forward.

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24 hours after the controversial decision to approve High Speed Two,

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Transport Secretary Justine Greening was in Birmingham to

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promote the economic benefits for the West Midlands. She also pledged

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compensation over and above what affected homeowners would be

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entitled to under the law. Will be talking to a campaigner in a moment.

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Curzon Street station is a relic of the railways. It was 1838 when the

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first train left the platform for London. Today, this land is part of

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the transport secretary's rail revolution.

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This will put Birmingham at the heart of the railway network.

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The HS2 terminal will be built here. Birmingham City Council say the

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design of the station will provide work for 22,000 people.

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That will generate �1.5 billion to the local economy. This is a major,

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major announcement. Campaigners could mount a legal

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challenge. Susan Willis was moved to tears as she told Midlands today

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-- Press -- Midlands Today last night how her home will have to

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make way for the rail line. My house of 27 years will be

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demolished. And for what? Foray train.

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They're all the people who will lose their homes. What message do

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you have? We will set out what the next steps

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are, and we understand how important this plan is for those

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people. It is why I have worked very hard on why we have some

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compensation and support that goes over and above what they are

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entitled to it. Death proper compensation is the

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call. -- proper compensation. Yes, we will go over and above what

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is required by law. This will be where the HS2 station

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will be. There will be six platforms, and it will be elevated

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higher than the existing station. Transport bosses say HS2 will make

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the city more accessible, with faster connections. But just how

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affordable is it? No 1 at the event was prepared to take -- put a price

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on a ticket. We are joined now from Burton Green

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in Warwickshire by Jerry Marshall, chairman of the group Aghast, who

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campaigned against the line. Is it now time to say the game is up?

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Absolutely not. We must fight on, because it is so damaging for the

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country, and we have hope from Justine Greening because the

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government approved the third runway at Heathrow and Bennett was

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overturned. The visible cost �1,700 per household, and it will cost

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four jobs for everyone it creates. Although some areas in Birmingham

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will have extra jobs, the evidence from places like France is that the

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wider region will actually lose out and will be worse off.

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But the last government and the current one acknowledged a greater

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good. Penny but knowledge that? That is why we are fighting. It is

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to do with the greater good. This is a lousy scheme. We are in favour

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of high-speed rail, but there are alternatives which are much better

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than you. But the last government as the

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current government are both saying this is the best scheme.

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They are wrong and their own figures say they are wrong. They

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say you get a �6 return for every pound invested on the alternative.

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On the HS2 forecast, they had to invent a new forecast to say that

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the other line would not work. What about compensation? Are you

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happy with that the offer of compensation over and above what

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you are entitled to? We were promised a the best

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possible compensation by Philip Hammond, and we have been

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completely let down. The overwhelming response from the

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consultation was that we have been offered the cheapest scheme. It

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will leave householders having to wait till 2027 to get compensation,

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and until then, unless they have got a reason to move, until then

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they will get no compensation. This is an appalling deal for

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householders. Once again, we have been completely let down by the

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government. They have relayed on their promises.

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Jerry Marshall, thank you. A husband and wife have been pelted

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with bricks and sticks in the street in front of their young

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children. Police say it was a racist hate crime. The family are

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said to be traumatised, and the family -- and the father is

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recovering in hospital. Police officers gathered

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information had sought to reassure local people following the attack

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in this street in Tipton. West Midlands Police say that a husband-

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and-wife were pelted with bricks and sticks in front of their

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children in what was a racially motivated attack. The husband is

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currently still in hospital, being treated for his injuries. The

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police say that the attack appears to have been totally unprovoked.

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Neighbours told me A car had been set alight, and had attracted a

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crowd of people on Sunday. A husband-and-wife appeared to have

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bought into this situation which then spiralled into mindless

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violence. -- walked into this situation.

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It is a multicultural area, are we have lots of communities living

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side by side, and for something to take place here, it has been a

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shock to the local community. The police say the victims were

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eastern European. Hate crime depends on people's

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nationalities and ethnicities. The people were abused because they

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were Polish. It was a hate crime. We will prosecute those involved.

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Throughout the day, the people I have been speaking to have assumed

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that the victims of this race crime were either black or Asian. The

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fact that they are white eastern European it shows the complexity of

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this type of crime. It also shows the tensions which exist in some of

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our communities. It is better for patients and would

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save the NHS millions. It is a new way of assessing mental health

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patients as soon as they arrived in hospital. It has been piloted in

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one hospital in Birmingham, and has already saved it �3 million. It

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could now be rolled out across the country.

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A&E at City Hospital Birmingham. As well as the normal emergencies,

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staff are used to to have to deal with everything. But now there is a

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team based it 24 hours a day to deal with mental health issues.

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By seen people with mental health problems early, they can stop

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people having to be admitted to hospital and help get them out

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quicker. The result of a pilot are surprising. It found it saved at

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3.4 millions in hospital care. -- �3.4 million. Perhaps the most

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astonishing finding was that the vast majority of the savings, 90%,

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were made by hospital staff a better understanding mental health

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issues, and not directly by the RAID staff themselves. Matron Fiona

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Green uses a memory box to stimulate this patient. She says

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having RAID to call upon for other patients is a godsend.

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I think the fact that we know the support -- we know we have the

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support on the ward, that help us to deal with some of the more

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challenging patients, is an excellent thing.

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They say it the savings have been made by getting donations --

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dementia patients back home. For every �1 spent on mental health,

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we save the NHS four pounds, in addition to increasing quality. The

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team were now expanded to all the hospitals in Birmingham and

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Solihull. I am looking forward to April this year, when the team will

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be marching in to different hospitals trying to make a

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difference. A national conference will be held

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Still to come this evening. They said he was lazy at school and

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told him off. But Mark was dyslexic and now, as a successful

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businessman, he's helping others with the problem.

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And after unseasonably mild weather, a timely reminder of what winter's

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really about. Keep watching. Things We've heard warnings of a housing

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crisis in the region, could this be the answer? 90 flat-pack homes are

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being built in the Black Country as part of a major affordable housing

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development. The properties are low carbon and energy efficient, so

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they will be cheaper to run than traditional houses.

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And they're all made locally. Louise Brierley reports.

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Cost effective, environmentally friendly and quick to make.

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The first panels of these new homes being assembled at this site in

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Darlaston today. One of the people looking to buy one is first time

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buyer Christine Kirk. financially, I would not be able to

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buy a property out right. On a shared ownership scheme, I can

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purchase a property. It is all the work of the not-for-

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profit housing association Accord. It opened a factory in Walsall two

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months ago where it makes the flat- pack homes. We have had experience

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of building a similar houses up to these and other parts of the region,

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importing them are from Norway. This is our first version of May

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get ourselves. They're made out of timber, which

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means they're low carbon and the design of the panels will keep more

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heat in which is an important consideration for Christine.

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Because they are timber-framed, it was saved on my fuel bills in the

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future. And she won't have long to wait.

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The basic structure of one of these homes it takes just three days to

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complete, compared to an average home which can take six weeks or

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more. But how much do they cost? A two-

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bedroom property will set you back �125,000, a four-bedroom �175,000,

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which is average for the area. There will be houses for rent,

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there is housing for sale and there is also shared-ownership housing.

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It is available for all of those groups. The houses are the same

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whether you buy or rent. The first lot of homes will be

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ready in the spring, with the whole site finished in 18 months. And for

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Christine, the long wait for her own home will soon be over. Louise

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Brierley, BBC Midlands Today, Darlaston.

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The UK film and video industry employs more than 35,000 people,

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but many independent film makers are finding it harder and harder to

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finance projects. Regional screen agencies, which used to be a source

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of funding, were disbanded last year under Government spending cuts.

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Now one Herefordshire film maker has turned to so-called crowd

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funding. Here's our Arts reporter Satnam Rana.

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He has been coined the Spielberg of Hereford by one national paper, but

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Neil Oseman certainly does not have the same budget as the Oscar

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winning director. The film maker is trying to raise

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�2,000 to start shooting a short With two feature films to his name,

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Neil is no novice. But with the closure of the UK Film Council,

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raising money is harder this time round. So he's turning to crowd

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funding. In the past, I have been able to

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get investors to put in. �2,000. But most people cannot afford that

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at the moment. With crowd funding, you get lots of people to put money

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in, even if they only put him �5, it all adds up.

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This is how it works. You click onto the film website, pledge

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between as little as �20 up to �250. There's no cash return, but you do

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get a thank you credit and things like signed memorabilia. Funding

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for short films is currently under review by the Government. Creative

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England is the body that has replaced regional film councils, so

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is there any hope for creatives like Neil? There is a bit of a

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status whereby we have to decide what sort of films we want to

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investment -- invest in, and we're hoping that other agencies such as

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Creative England and BBC will all get together.

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An unpaid cast and crew are now on standby,locations have been picked.

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Neil has done what he can. He has until January the 18th to raise the

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funds. Satnam Rana BBC Midlands Today Hereford.

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And you can find out more about Neil's project on our Facebook page.

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It's time for sport now, Ian Winter's here.

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Next week's FA Cup replay between Wolves and Birmingham City has been

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put back 24 hours. The game will now be televised live from Molineux

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a week tonight. Before then, both teams face important league games,

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starting at 7.45 for the Blues at home to Ipswich in the Championship.

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They do have a lot of quality. They have had some difficulties, but we

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have found that in this division, after a poor run, any side is

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capable of putting some a results together.

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BBC WM has full match commentary from St Andrews. We'll have the

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goals here tomorrow. It was a night to forget for

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Hereford United. Beaten at home by one of their relegation rivals. And

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a bizarre red card to boot. A poor goalkeeping error gave Bristol

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Rovers an early lead at Edgar Street. But Hereford were level

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four minutes after the break with a well-taken goal from Delroy Facey.

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Then this clumsy challenge by Benoit Dalibard was judged worthy

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of a red card by the referee. And mid-way through the second half,

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10-man Hereford could not prevent the visitors from scoring the

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winner. It finished 2-1. When young Jimmy Walker turned up

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for a trial at Walsall, his football career was hanging in the

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balance. For a goalkeeper, he was a bit short and a little overweight.

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But Jimmy's natural ability caught the eye. And now, almost 20 years

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later, he's all set to create a new club record.

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At last, it's official. And here's the proof. Even goalkeeping legends

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must clean their own boots in League One. How are you?

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James Barry Walker, Wacka to his mates, is about to shatter a record

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that has stood for more than 30 years. And may never be beaten.

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When Jimmy jogs out to face Brentford on Saturday, it will be

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his 530th game in goal for Walsall Football Club.

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What is it like to be a Walsall legend? It is quite nice. We have

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had some great times here. Tell us all about him. His dress sense is

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not too bad, there is a lot worse at the club. Is he worth another

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contract? I think so. I think he has another 34 games in him.

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Jimmy has spent most of his 38 years flinging himself around in

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muddy penalty areas. He arrived on trial, slightly overweight, back in

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1993. And he's been a firm favourite with the fans ever since.

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Twice, he's won Player of the Year. And three times, Wacka has helped

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Walsall win promotion. He is not one for the spectacular, he just

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wants to make the job look easy. That is a good sign for a

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goalkeeper. But in 2004, the unthinkable

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happened. Jimmy got on his bike and swapped Walsall for West Ham. He

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had waited 32 years to make his Premier League debut. And he loved

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every minute. Next came 12 months at Tottenham. But when the Saddlers

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said come home, Jimmy's heart jumped. You are not the tallest

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goalkeeper. I have heard that a few times. That is what most people say.

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I have had that all my career. It has been nice to prove people wrong

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at times. His own goalkeeping hero is Peter

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Shilton. But there's only one Jimmy Walker for the Walsall fans. And

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after 530 games, few would bet against him reaching 600 not out.

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Well done to him. And well done to Britain's gymnasts who qualified

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for the Olympics at last night. They had to qualify in the top four,

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but they did even better than that and won the tournament. More sport

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tomorrow. They do not think I could do that.

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You have got a bad back at the moment.

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An entrepreneur written off as lazy by teachers when he was dyslexic

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has become a champion for others with the condition. Mark Reynolds

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now runs two successful businesses. He's one of 10% of the population

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that have dyslexia, including the multi-millionaire Sir Richard

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Branson and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Now, after years of trying

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to hide his problem, he's open about how he overcame it. Joanne

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Mark Reynolds owns two commercial cleaning companies in Shropshire,

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employing 18 people. He's just won more contracts and the business is

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growing. But his entrepreneurial spirit is a

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far cry from his school days when he wasn't even diagnosed with

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dyslexia until he was 13. teacher used to chuck the border

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rubber at me. I could not copy what he was writing down on the board.

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And on a school visit to a fire station, this. I was asking one of

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the officers what qualifications you needed to have to be a fireman,

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and one of my teachers said, do not worry, you will never be a fireman.

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Years of knocked confidence fuelled his determination and Mark is now

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also a retained fireman in Telford. He is one of seven Shropshire

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firefighters to receive specialist tuition from Eli Wilkinson through

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a Government scheme. Eli too is dyslexic, but is celebrating five

:24:23.:24:29.

years as a dyslexia consultant. chaps I work with or starting to

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realise that their own potential and that they are not stupid and

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debt they have a lot to offer. Market Drayton Infants is a

:24:38.:24:40.

mainstream school, but has won an award and other commendations for

:24:40.:24:43.

the help it gives to children with dyslexic tendencies and other

:24:43.:24:47.

special needs. Six-year-old Tyler has not been

:24:47.:24:50.

diagnosed as dyslexic, but the school recognised that he may have

:24:50.:25:00.

symptoms, so stepped in early to help. And like working with my

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teacher. Why do you like that? Because I like fishing.

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Teaching assistant Julie Meijueiro is qualified to help dyslexic

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children. If they are overlooked, they become disheartened, they lose

:25:14.:25:21.

focus and then bad behaviour starts to creep in. The loser that

:25:21.:25:24.

enjoyment of learning. Mark Reynolds left school without a

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single qualification. But he now plans to help his tutor inspire

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others at dyslexia information days which she runs. Joanne Writtle BBC

:25:30.:25:40.
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Midlands Today. Midlands Today.

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Here's Shefali with the weather. Out with the mild, in with the cold.

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We're reaching that transition point soon. But because clearer

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skies are involved, although it is going to be turning colder, there

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will be quite a bit of sunshine in the bargain. At present, we're

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steering away from the possibility of snow for the hills on Sunday.

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Most of that now looks confined to the north of us. So one more night

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of mild weather. Although these winds are going to picking up to

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the north, more particularly towards Burton upon Trent where

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there could be gusts of up to 50 miles per hour. It's a largely

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cloudy but dry picture overnight with lows of only seven Celsius.

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For some parts, ten. And then we see a cold front heading down from

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the north tomorrow and so quite a cloudy start to the day and with

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some light patchy rain, mostly over higher ground. The winds slowly

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easing and just to round the day off, a little sunshine in the north.

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But south of the front, temperatures are still up to 12

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Celsius, although you will start to feel the cold in the north later in

:26:52.:26:58.

the day. It's that colder air that paves the way for the rest of the

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week. Tomorrow night as temperatures plunge to 1 Celsius,

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we see some frost, quite clear skies and mist. But really quite a

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sunny day on Friday and into the weekend as well, just a lot colder.

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Just before we go, take a look at this. Twitchers have been gathering

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on Cannock Chase to spot a Great Grey Shrike. There are usually

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fewer than 30 in the UK as they're native to Scandinavia.

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The bird's about 7 inches tall and you'll see it on top of large tree

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stumps. It settles there to look for its prey That's all for tonight,

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enjoy your evening, we'll see you tomorrow.

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