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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight.

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A Chief Constable admits some officers have been removed from the

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front line to work in the back offices. It is a temporary measure

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and it is all about, ultimately, serving the public better.

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Copper thefts costing �800 million a year but rail chiefs say they're

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starting to beat the thieves. High Street in crisis - how more

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and more retailers are going online to boost sales. People are finding

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me online because they are looking for something specific, so I may as

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well not be on the high street. And, made in the Midlands -

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hundreds of thousands of special medals are struck for the Queen's

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Diamond Jubilee. Good evening and welcome to

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Wednesday's Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight, the Chief Constable

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of West Midlands Police admits some officers have been withdrawn from

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front-line duties to work in back office jobs.

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A Birmingham MP claims the figure is 32, but the Federation

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representing rank and file officers claims the true number is much

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higher. Labour say it's proof that budget savings are cutting into the

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thin blue line. But the Chief Constable says the

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changes are a temporary measure needed to help the force through a

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time of huge upheaval. Giles Latcham reports.

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Policing the West Midlands - was ever the job more difficult? On the

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frontline or back at base handling calls and data, in the midst of

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�120 million worth of budget cuts, this is a political battleground

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and Labour are on the offensive. Some of the best officers have been

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taken out of the front line into the back room.

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At least 30 highly trained officers are said to be doing civilian jobs,

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the real figure could be nearer 100. According to the Police Federation,

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the front line officers had been removed from duty to work in the

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backroom. In Dudley, eight officers had been put who work in a contact

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centre. One officer has said he has gone into a controlled am...

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Federation representatives have a sheaf of emails from front-line

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officers unhappy at filling in for civilians who have taken redundancy.

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Those still on the streets claim they are struggling to cope.

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still perform as best we can. We still try and offer the best

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service we can. But as time goes on, officers become more and more

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stressed with the workload. Taking calls on BBC WM, the man at

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the top agreed some of his 7,000 officers had been moved into

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backroom roles, but it was a temporary measure, he said, to tide

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the force over. I do not like this front line

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distinction. We are cutting crime and faster than we have cut Prime

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before. We are delivering it frontline service in a different

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way. That is my priority. And the minister rejected calls to

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rethink the level of funding cuts. Labour's story, he said, was an old

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one. They are calling on us to spend more money and that is what

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got this country into the mess in the first place.

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Next week, the Chief Constable will outline his vision of policing

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after the cuts, and that will involve recruiting a private

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partner. And Jack Dromey joins us now from

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Westminster. You one the Government to rethink the cuts, but they are

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adamant that cuts will not affect frontline policing. They are wrong.

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16,000 police officers are going nationally, 1200 in the West

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Midlands. That is creating impossible problems for our country.

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Theresa May promised that the front line would be protected, but it is

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not. I'm no officers have been taken out of the front line and

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into the back room. The Police Federation is right that there

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might be any more. That is not the fault of the chief constable. The

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fault is with government. average, police officers, according

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to the government, spend more than 85% of their time in office than

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out in patrol. It is misleading propaganda. We have a police

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service which is the best in Birmingham and Britain in the

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Midlands. It gives an outstanding service to the people of Birmingham

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and the Midlands. It is facing unprecedented cuts at breakneck

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speed. That is creating impossible problems. The Government has got to

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remember the first duty of any government is the safety and

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security of its citizens. There is the argument that your government

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left a legacy of debt. If you had not, the cuts would not have had to

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happen. Before the election, her Majesty's inspection get --

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Inspectorate of Constabulary said you could cut 12% of any impact --

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without any impact on the front line. The government has gone for

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20% cuts. That is creating major problems. The Government must think

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again. Thank you very much. Still to come on tonight's

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programme. Reaction to new plans aiming to

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transform one of our major cities. It has been described as the second

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biggest threat to the Olympics after terrorism and costs the

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country an estimated �800million a year. The problem of copper theft

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has become so big that a national conference was held today to tackle

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it. There have been particular problems in the West Midlands with

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copper cabling stolen from railway lines, causing commuter chaos, but

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Network Rail revealed today that they might be winning the battle to

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beat the thieves. Andy Newman reports.

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Last weekend, there was an attempt here to steal precious metal from

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our rail network. The target was copper cable. But this robbery was

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foiled. When officers were called here, they discovered that the

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concrete covering the cable had been disturbed. The sort two

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figures are running away. They were able to make two arrests. Another

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success in the battle against metal thieves. Hidden cameras caught them

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in the act. Statistics show a dramatic fall in the number of

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trackside thefts. Only 16 this financial year compared to 58 in

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the previous 12 months. I we have introduced a lot of new measures.

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We are using smart water where we speak the equipment and the cable

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him. We have CCTV and we have patrols. They Industry still wants

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a change in the law forcing scrap metal transactions to beat

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paperless. That would create a paper trail. It delays dreams, --

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trains and causes to run destruction to people travelling to

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and from work. As police step up patrols, it seems that the

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criminals are facing increasing disruption to their working the --

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are working routine. Homeserve is to cut 200 jobs at its

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head office in Walsall after admitting it was taking longer than

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expected to recover from accusations that it mis-sold

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policies. The firm, which last year insured three million people in the

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UK against burst pipes, broken down boilers and electrical problems,

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stopped making sales calls in October and retrained staff after a

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review into whether its pricing policies were clear.

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Brintons Carpets could axe 150 jobs as part of a cost-cutting programme.

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The firm, which has its main base in Kidderminster, said the cuts

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could affect its sites in the UK and China. It employs around 1,700

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people globally, with 630 in the UK including sites in Kidderminster

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and Shropshire. Brintons was bought out last September in a �40 million

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deal. Birmingham City Council says it

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needs to save almost �62 million from next year's budget. More than

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1,000 jobs are now at risk, although the council is proposing

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to freeze council tax. Our political reporter Susana Mendonca

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is at the council's office in Aston for us now. Susana, what more can

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you tell us? Well, it's a less painful budget

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than last year's when we saw cuts of �213 million in Birmingham but,

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none the less, �62 million of savings in the coming year is a lot

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of money and some areas will feel the pinch again. The worst hit

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department will be Adults and Communities. It has to save almost

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�30 million in the next financial year. Children, Young Peoples and

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Families will have to save �22 million from its budget. In terms

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of jobs, the council confirmed here today that 1,144 posts could go at

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the council over the next financial year. That does not necessarily

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mean job losses as the council would look to redeploy people

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elsewhere. On the whole, the council thinks they have come up

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with a good budget, not least because they'll be freezing council

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tax for another year. For those people that have to pay council tax,

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89 % have said they do not want an increase in council tax. We are not

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going to put up the rents on the homes we own. This is not a budget

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about closure. We are opening swimming pools, we are not going to

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close libraries, we are not going to close down children's centres.

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What are the unions saying tonight? Well, the sting has been taken out

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of the tail a bit for the unions. They had been telling me this

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morning that they were worried at the prospect of children's homes

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closing and people with disabilities at the council

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potentially losing their posts. The council made it clear today that

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neither of these things will happen. None the less, the unions say

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Birmingham City council leaders have not been doing enough to

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reduce the scale of cuts. People are going to lose their jobs, they

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will be thrown onto the scrap heap. The vulnerable will be hit again.

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It's a balancing act, isn't it, for the ruling coalition with an

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election in May? Yes, and the Tory- Lib Dem coalition is on shaky

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ground politically in Birmingham. This could be their last budget if

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Labour win enough seats in the local election. Last year, their

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cuts were top loaded so we had that 213 million figure, but the council

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has to save 400 million over four years. And what's quite interesting

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is that. This year, the cuts are far lower - 62 million

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Plans for a major revamp of Coventry have been scaled back to

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save money. In 2008, a �1 billion redevelopment was announced to

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include rooftop gardens and an artificial river. But those plans

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have now been changed. Kevin Reide has more.

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This was the vision in 2008 - the so-called jerde plan, a �1 billion

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vision complete with an artificial river and rooftop gardens, but now

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deemed as unnecessary. Instead, Coventry Council has decided to

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make the best of what's already here.

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Need to address the situation. The in their aim is to knock down

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the many buildings which have led to a disjointed and cluttered city

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centre. They have blocked off the most obvious route through the city.

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We are trying to introduce it began. Coventry's own - the Specials -

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alluded to the city in the late '80s with their song Concrete

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Jungle. But the new plans aim to change that image by sweeping away

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dark forbidding alleys and dead ends and opening new vistas.

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market and furniture store is only connected to the city with a dingy

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alleyway. The new scheme emphasises and brings out the market, making

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it share the most prominent space. There will be some new buildings,

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some of that residential. But there will also be a new cinema.

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But not everybody is happy with the plans. For example, this row of

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shops behind me, known as the City Arcade, will be demolished. There

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is a large number of independent traders here and some are concerned

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for their future. The City Arcade is one of the harbours in the city

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centre. If the plans are to move us, they will increase the rent and the

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rates and that will be a problem for us. I will worry if there is

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something to worry about. Planning permission has yet to be applied

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for and then the developer will lead to be sought.

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Still ahead tonight, we begin the countdown to Wolves v West Brom in

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the Premier League on Sunday, but surely the ball skills on show will

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be better than this? And it's now no longer a case of no

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snow, but just how bad is it going to be? The West Midlands is in the

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firing line and it all starts from tomorrow night onwards. Join me

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With retail sales falling and the cost of running shops in the high

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street still rising more and more, small retailers are deciding to

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give up and move online. The volume of goods being sold over the

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internet is continuing to rise and sales could top �70 billion this

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year. In the latest in our Crisis in the

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High Street series, our Business Correspondent, Peter Plisner talks

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to those setting up on the internet Hats off to the high street. Well,

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not quite. Adelle Partridge runs her hand-made hats business from a

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shop in the centre of Shrewsbury. But not for much longer. The

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increasing costs of running a shop have force her to rethink sales

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strategy. My outgoings every month for keeping this shop open have a

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shot up. And I have the cost of petrol to get here and parking. You

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have got to cover that before you make any profit.

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Instead she decided to abandon the shop and use the internet instead.

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Twitter is great. It is pushing up the number of people who look at my

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website. Operating an online spiritual

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healing business from her bedroom. Jane Bremer from Pershore wants a

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shop, but like Adele it just too expensive. I did what a high-street

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store and I spent a long time looking at premises and stores.

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Again, there was no way I could get the financial support to have a

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shop. The that so many shops in the High Street now empty, there is no

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surprise in the growth of online retailing. But retail experts

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maintain that even with that growth, the High Street is not dead yet.

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You do not walk into an online shop randomly. You have to be found. You

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have to promote yourself. Life can be difficult for them and there is

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quite a high drop-out rate of those shops leaving their real world to

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go online. The good news is that, even with

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some retailers preferring to be online, high streets all over the

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region still have a bright future. Peter Plisner, BBC Midlands Today

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in Shrewsbury. And you can see more on this with

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our Political Editor Patrick Burns on the Sunday Politics programme,

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this Sunday at 12 o'clock. Ian's here now with this evening's

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sport. Birmingham City fans will certainly

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be enjoying looking at the Championship table tonight. Chris

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Hughton's men are up to third and only two points off an automatic

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promotion slot after victory over Portsmouth at St Andrew's last

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night. And, as Nick Clitheroe explains, it

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No-one leaves St Andrews early this season because Birmingham City's

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impressive rise to promotion contention in the Championship has

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been built on last-minute heroics. No wonder the fans' anthem is Keep

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Right On Till The End of the Road. And they were at it again last

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night. Denied by Portsmouth's rearguard action until just four

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minutes from the end when substitute Nathan Redmond smashed

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home the winner. It means Birmingham have now scored almost a

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third of their goals in the final ten minutes of matches, are

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unbeaten in 12 games and have not conceded a goal in 8 of their last

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11 matches. I do not think it is a coincidence. Chris Hughton is

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meticulous about the way he gets his team together. We do finish

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games strongly. Cheltenham Town were knocked off

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the top of league two last night at the new leaders Crawley. It looked

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like it would be another victory on the road for the Robins when Luke

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Garbutt's stunning goal put them in front. But they were 3-1 down by

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half-time as Crawley took control and that quickly became 4-1. As

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tempers flared, the Cheltenham manager Mark Yates and his opposite

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number were sent to the stands. Daryl Duffy's late goal was little

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consolation, but Cheltenham stay second and very much in the chase

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for automatic promotion. Nick Clitheroe, BBC Midlands Today.

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The clock is ticking towards Sunday's Black Country derby at

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Molineux. And with so much at stake near the foot of the Premier League,

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the fans of Wolves and West Brom are feeling rather tense. So this

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morning, I went to meet four funny ladies to find out if laughter is

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the best medicine to cure those pre-match nerves.

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I hear it is a big game on Sunday. I am ready.

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Something funny is going on in Quarry Bank. Or, as they say around

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here Quarry Bonk. The most important game of the season.

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paid for it off. -- I hate football. At Thorns Community College, Black

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Country humour is very much alive and well. And that's all down to

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Fizzog, a group of comedy actors. They all met at Dudley College and

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now, ten years later, they're still making the Midlands laugh out loud.

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It is just a blip. Tomorrow evening, Fizzog start their new comedy tour

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in Bridgnorth. Apparently, it's 50% funnier than their last comedy tour.

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And they've even attracted a TV crew from Denmark. How big is

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Sunday's game in Denmark? English game is very big in Denmark.

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Sunday's game is no exception. There is on a one road to settle

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this. On the pitch. Bring it on. What more people in Denmark make of

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this? They will have a hard time to understand the dialect. We will

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have subtitles. We have had a couple of comments that today.

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we cannot repeat them. It is all friendly banter. Today's tussle

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between Jacky and Sue was a feisty affair. No quarter asked, no

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quarter given. Just like the big match at Molineux. The girls from

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Fizzog are tipping a 1-all draw. And when the dust settles on Sunday,

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they'll head off for a bostin cuppa The children's TV presenter Andy

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Akinwolere returned to his old school in Birmingham today to help

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the pupils train for this year's Sport Relief. The charity is

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holding dozens of running events across the West Midlands next month.

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Staff and pupils at St Mary's Catholic Primary in Harborne will

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be taking part. While he was at the school today, Andy came across one

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of his old teachers, Miss Callaghan, who remembers him well. You were

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really popular. Was I? You were very popular. You used to talk too

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much and so did your brother. Brilliant. That stood me in good

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stead for the future. Good luck to Andy. And of course, the girls from

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Fizzog. They were all good sports on a chilly morning in Quarry Bonk.

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You can see that the sketch in full on the Midlands Today Facebook page.

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Companies in Birmingham's world famous Jewellery Quarter have

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started shipping the first of thousands of special medals being

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produced to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. 450,000 medals are

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being produced, and the recipients will include members of the Armed

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Forces, emergency services and prison service. Three factories are

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involved in making the medals and they've taken on more staff to

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complete the order. Ben Godfrey reports.

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If there's the slightest scratch, Each Diamond Jubilee Medal is

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meticulously crafted. Commemorative medals are usually the domain of

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the Royal Mint, but Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter has stolen this

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particular crown. Worcestershire Medal Service won a

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�7 million contract, an order for almost half a million pieces, the

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largest production since the First World War.

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We have to deliver 30,000 Beddoes a week. We have our lot of schools we

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can draw on. -- we have a lot of skilleds we can draw on.

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Gladman and Norman is one of three companies in the Jewellery Quarter

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to benefit. They've taken on 11 more staff. It is fantastic to see

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this company getting this mass of order. It will keep us going. It

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gives us a good feeling. It will help us for the next three or four

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years. It was sustain the business. The first medals have been

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despatched and will be presented to those performing a front-line

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public duty. There is no distinction in rank

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when awarding these medals. They will be worn by members of the

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royal household, front line police and ambulance staff. 20 tonnes of

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nickel-silver and 40 kilometres of ribbon are needed for these medals.

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It is an historic order, not least in that the first commemorative

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medal awarded to Princess Catherine is this one and it's made in

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Birmingham. Ben Godfrey, BBC Midlands Today.

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Meanwhile, it has been announced that the Queen and Prince Philip

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will visit Hereford, Worcester, Birmingham and Shropshire during

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their Diamond Jubilee tour on July 11th and 12th. And if you have any

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special plans for celebrating the Diamond Jubilee in the summer, or

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any memories of meeting the Queen, we'd love to hear from you. The

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best way to get in touch is by email, and the address is on the

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screen now - [email protected]

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Meanwhile, it seems to be getting colder and colder out there. Here's

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Shefali with the forecast. Well, Shefali with the forecast. Well,

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talk about changing weather. The outlook has altered quite

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dramatically since yesterday which now brings not only a little snow

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our way but perhaps more than we had over the weekend. In fact, it's

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the West Midlands now, not the East, that is going to bear the brunt of

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it and it's all down to our classic battle of cold air versus mild. The

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cold is now pushing further West and when it bumps into this rain

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heading South, we get snow. The Met Office has issued an early warning

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of up to 10cm of snow, that's 4 inches, almost anywhere across the

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Midlands from tomorrow night into Friday morning. That's definitely

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one to watch. Back to tonight though, and it'll eventually turn

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out to be a cloudier one than last night, so although still very cold

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with temperatures falling to a minimum of minus six, the frost

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won't be as severe and we're still running the risk of some ice. And

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so we come to tomorrow. It's going to be a cloudy day with an area of

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rain spilling down from the North, turning to freezing rain to begin

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with, creating an ice risk. There'll be the odd flurry of snow

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as well to begin with, but the real snow risk is tomorrow night into

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Friday morning with between 5-10 cm of snow possible anywhere and at

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any level. Things begin to dry up from Friday afternoon onwards

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through the weekend. Looking largely dry over the weekend. But

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freezing fog then becomes the problem over the weekend from any

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melting snow with frost and ice. A look at tonight's main headlines.

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A victory to remember for football manager Harry Redknapp as he is

:27:26.:27:28.

cleared of tax evasion. And a Chief Constable admits some

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