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Welcome to Midlands Today. 5th murdered in his own home after

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years of burglaries, now his killer must serve at least 22 years.

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�1.50 a litre, the most expensive diesel in the country.

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If they do not do something, we will be looking at �1.55, possibly

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even �1.70 a litre for diesel. If a documentary inspired by a

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Birmingham charity wins an Oscar. We do not normally associate

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Balsall Heath with Los Angeles, but now there is that connection, so it

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is pretty exciting. And how Emily's prayers held West

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Brom end their home hoodoo with a Welcome to Monday's Midlands Today.

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Tonight, jail for a burglar who preyed on a disabled pensioner.

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Cory Youlden had been released from prison just three months before he

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throttled 83-year-old Paul Cox in his home in Worcestershire. He will

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serve at least 22 years. His victim, a retired engineer, had

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been put it -- persistently targeted by burglars. The judge

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described his murder as a savage attack on an elderly victim.

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A few days short of his 84th birthday, Paul Cox was frail,

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partially sighted and entirely vulnerable. For 30 years and

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Engineer at Caprice in Bournville, he lived alone at Rednal, south of

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Birmingham, amid some of clutter, but proudly self-sufficient. --

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Cadbury's. A burglar 60 years his junior showed him to death.

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He was fiercely independent, wanted to stay in his own home and

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continue driving. But Cory Youlden is a vicious, brutal, violent

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criminal who very much deserves to spend a long time behind bars.

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Youlden, aged 23 and from Frankley, has a string of convictions. When

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the elderly homeowner challenged him after breaking in, he grabbed

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him by the neck. After strangling Paul Cox, Cory Youlden stole his

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car keys, some loose change and some groceries. It is the third or

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4th time Mr Cox has been burgled. To see him like that is not nice.

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His next door neighbour raised the alarm, and is still staggered by

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the violence of his friend's death. What can you say about that? I

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don't know the bloke, but something must be wrong with him to do a

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thing like that. 3 Youlden try to take cover his

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tracks, but left to Prince around the window and footprints on the

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carpet. -- fingerprints. His daughter spoke of their loss.

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The perpetrator again to nothing, but his son and daughter lost a

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loving father, his grand daughter and grandson have lost their

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devoted grandad. Youlden, pictured buying flowers

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the next morning, admitted murder. He will serve a minimum of 22 years.

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Today's case follows high-profile attacks on people in their own

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homes in recent times. Giuseppe and Catalina Massaro were murdered

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during a burglary in Wolverhampton last year. And Avtar and Carol

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Kolar were killed in their house in Birmingham in January.

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Brian Senior is the divisional manager of Victim Support and

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joined us now. Our elderly people concerned that the sort of attacks

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on the rise? The fear of crime is an individual

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thing. Whereas the actual reality can be very different.

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Statistically, the research has shown that older people are less

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likely to become a victim of crime than younger people. The young man

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between 16 and 34 is the most likely victim.

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What effect does hearing of these crimes have on older people?

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Is obviously created via, and the impact is varying from person-to-

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person. -- it obviously creates fear. As I have said, we must

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stress that all the people are less likely to be victims.

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If so they should not be as fearful as they might be?

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What impact does actually having a burglary have on all the people?

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The impact is very different. A particularly if someone is living

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alone, or if they have physical or mental health issues. Burglar's

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particularly affect people when something of sentimental value is

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taken. Invading someone's personal space is a terrible thing, and at

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Victim Support, we are always working with people who have been

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the victim of these attacks. Still ahead, thousands of people

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left without water, an investigation is under way into how

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a main supply pipe came to be Fuel prices are soaring again. Next

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month's budget could see another rise. One filling station near

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Coventry was charging �1.50 a litre Ford diesel today, a monster the

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dearest in the country. The cost has almost doubled from

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the price that led to fuel protests 12 years ago. Joining us is our

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Transport Correspondent. Why exactly our prices going up again?

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The problem is a threat from Iran to blockade a vital trade route. It

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is said about 40% of the world's oil uses that route, and there is a

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worry about a lack of supply a now. What has the impact been on the

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forecourt? Prices seem to be rising daily in

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some places. These are pictures we found earlier. One service station

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on the M6 was selling diesel at a staggering �1.50 per litre. But as

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you can see, there is no lack of people filling up. Nearby, we found

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another filling station, also that -- also branded Shell, and it was

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selling it 9p cheaper. We asked drivers what they thought of the

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price rises. It is a bit ridiculous, because

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when you go on holiday, to Spain or Europe, you see the difference in

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the prices. You know we are paying the majority in tax.

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Filling up your car just seems to go up and up.

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It is very difficult. IMA chef, and I have to travel 26 miles to work

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every day. It had to stop, I had to quit my job before Christmas just

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because of petrol. Could we see more rises in the

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Budget next month? The Chancellor postponed a six

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pence rise last year, and the Budget could clear the rise for

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that to happen. Tax and VAT amounts to 60% of the price we pay at the

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pub, and motoring journalists we have been speaking to say enough is

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enough. In the next few months we will see

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it going up and up, and it has gone up 15% in the last month. The

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Treasury are saying we cannot cut to duty, but we have to adjust for

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us to stand still. If they do not do something, will be looking at

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�1.55, possibly even �1.70 a litre for diesel, which will cripple the

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economy. With predictions of �1.70 a litre,

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perhaps it is time to dust of the bicycle!

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Among the Oscars at last night's a glittering ceremony, is one

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inspired by the work of a Birmingham charity.

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It tells the story of women in Pakistan are left scarred by acid

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attacks. There are some disturbing images in this report.

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Glitz, glamour, celebrity. The Oscars celebrate the best of the

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movie industry. But his is not all about the Blockbuster. -- it is not

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Saving Face, the story of survivors of acid violence, one that best

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documentary. -- won Best Short Documentary.

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This is the place that inspired the film makers.

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We had some great tweets from people.

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Messages have been coming in to it Islamic Help.

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We do not always associate Balsall Heath with Los Angeles, but now

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there is that connection. It is exciting.

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For since 1995, Islamic Help has held over 1000 people who have been

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victims of acid attacks. We had five people being held by

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their mothers, in their arms, and there can be any reason from a

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husband not been happy with cooking to malicious allegations of having

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an affair. It was in a split second that

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everything changed. Victim Support's ambassador is

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Katie Price, -- Katie Piper, who was guard when an ex-boyfriend

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arranged for acid to be thrown in her face.

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It is not Victim Support or any of the -- it is not Islamic Help that

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wins, it is the people who need help.

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They aim to expand to Africa and Asia.

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A consultant at Birmingham City Council today added to the

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government's problems over their controversial reforms of the NHS.

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He persuaded his professional body, the Royal College of Physicians,

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with 15,000 members, to hold an extraordinary general meeting.

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Today, 89% of members backed him in opposing the bill. Dr David Nicholl

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trickled think -- triggered the meeting following concerns over the

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stance the body was taking. Yesterday, he clashed with a

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Conservative MP on our Sunday Politics showed.

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Everyone has got to their view, but a lot of the doctors who are

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already applying these reforms as far as they are able to under the

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current rules, in my area of Dudley, are finding them extremely

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beneficial. If it is right that we start to make decisions about

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people's care closer to the patient and their family, and that is what

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the reforms are designed to do. Let's talk to Dr David Nicholl now.

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Do you really think at this stage the government will budge despite

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the vote against the bill by your colleagues?

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Yes, I do, and I do not think this Bill will go through, not because

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of any action by David Cameron and Andrew Lansley, it is up to us. One

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of the suggestions was that all the consultants should call in their

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local MPs on a Friday to pass on their views about the NHS bill.

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What are the main concerns? There are so many. What is a major

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one? We will start with commissioning.

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Real worries about that process. There is the potential for major

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conflicts of interest, and you are introducing extra levels of

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bureaucracy. You think this would be bad for

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patients? Appalling for patients, and risking

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more expensive health care with worse outcomes.

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The NHS does need reform, most people agree that. What changes do

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you think should be made? There are three things that need to

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change. People are living longer, we have an obesity epidemic --

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epidemic, and more expensive drugs. Severn Trent Water has apologised

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after 12,000 customers were left without water following a major

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leak. A burst main last night meant families had no running water for

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more than 12 hours. The company says it is trying to establish how

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it happened. Ted Barnwell's surrounded by dirty

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clothes and crockery. The dishwasher and washing machine

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deprived of water. Ted's supply was cut at 9pm last night, his morning

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cuppa came from a bottle, and he was forced to stock up. We did not

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get a bath or shower. Normally you will get a warning about this. My

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friend has a freezer which is controlled by water. He has had to

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throw all his food away. A quarter of a mile away in a farmer's field

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Severn Trent Engineers are excavating. Below a 12 inch wide

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water main has burst. While there was no flooding, there has been

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wide disruption. 12,000 homes in Frankley, Rubery and Rednall lost

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their supplies. We recognised this is a big disruption to our

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customers. We wish to apologise. Rest assured, our engineers are

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working round the clock to get this fixed. Five schools were also

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affected. They were taking -- they were forced to take the difficult

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decision to close today. Ted Barnwell's supply was restored late

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this afternoon along with the remainder of households. The cause

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of this leak is unclear. Profits at Severn Trent fell slightly last

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year on the back of successive cold spells causing broken pipes. During

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the same period, customer complaints rose by 16%.

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Still to come tonight: How children are being taught the value of

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saving instead of getting into debt. And last week was a tough act to

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follow but new week, new outlook and a fresh set of temperatures

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that aren't all bad. Find out how mild it gets later.

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A new disease affecting sheep and cattle is spreading across the

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country and farmers are worried it may already be here, with reports

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of a case of Schmallenberg virus in Gloucestershire. The disease has

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spread from the continent and causes particular problems for

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pregnant ewes, making lambing time, which is coming very soon,

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particularly worrying for farmers. Our Environment Correspondent joins

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us now from a farm near Worcester. What causes this disease?

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Well, this is spread from the Continent and the virus comes were

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infected midges biting form animals here. It looks like this happened

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last year. I am joined by a local former who can explain why this is

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now up problem. The female sheep are having stillborn animals and

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abortions. We are one month away from lambing and there are no

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reports of problems in the West Midlands at this moment. Is there a

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vaccine or a test for this? There is no vaccine, but they are testing

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just now. Do you think this will become a problem like foot and

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mouth? It is very hard to say at the moment. It is an emerging

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situation. We hope that we can have another 12 months to get on top of

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the problem. There is no sign that this disease can affect humans. 44

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armourers, however, this is a nasty new disease. -- as far as farmers

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are concerned, this is a nasty new disease.

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The office of fair trading is to look again at capping interest

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rates on so called payday loans which can sometimes reach an annual

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rate of 4,000%. Meanwhile, one organisation is tackling debt in

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another way. It is teaching the next generation the value of saving.

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With average household debt in the UK, excluding mortgages, now

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standing at �8,000, the Six Towns credit union in west Bromwich is

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working with local schools to try to encourage children to become

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savers rather than borrowers in the future. At Hall Green School, the

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scheme has been enthusiastically welcomed by staff and pupils.

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have been saving because most of my family are in Pakistan and I want

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to go and see them. I am saving up for my passport. I am saving up to

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build a new rabbit hutch. credit union is owned by its savers

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and borrowers who become shareholders and it is hoped the

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school initiative will encourage parents to follow the example of

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their children and save up for the things they want rather than take

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out loans which many then struggle to repay. My son comes to the

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school and I've never saved. And I've started saving for Christmas

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and that takes a big chunk off credit cards and overdrafts so as a

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parent as well it's done me a favour. As well as working in

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schools Six towns credit union has also stepped into the payday loan

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market offering short-term loans to its members at greatly reduced

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interest rates to those found online and on the high street.

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Their initiative comes at a time when the office of fair trading has

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promised to look again at demands for interest rates to be capped.

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And you can see more on that and other ways to borrow money on

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Inside Out tonight at 7:30pm on BBC One. Also on tonight's programme,

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they investigate the growing problem of dog-fighting.

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Now the sport. Sing before you are winning, it

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would seem there is the secret! None of our teams delivered a

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better result than West Bromwich Albion. And no-one was more

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delighted than Emily Badger. Ten minutes before kick-off, Emily's

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singing brought the crowd to its feet. And the players responded by

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scoring four against Sunderland. 9:30am this morning. And I've

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joined the year seven art class at St Michael's High in Rowley Regis.

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Teacher Miss Quadir has put me next to Emily Badger who soon revealed

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what an exciting weekend she'd had. The Lord is My Shepherd. I will not

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want. Emily's job was to get the crowd in fine voice before kick-off.

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And singing the Baggies favourite hymn in front of 25,000 fans proved

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no problem for this talented 12 year old from Tividale. How were

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you feeling? I was tingling in my belly. The fans were quiet and they

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were waving their scarves. I was proud and I enjoyed it. The fans

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weren't the only ones impressed by Emily's singing. Listening in the

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tunnel, the Albion players felt the hairs rising on the back of their

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necks. And suitably inspired went necks. And suitably inspired went

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on to score four past Sunderland -- Back at St Michael's, today's

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art class was almost over. But not before Miss Quadir had dished out

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four gold merits for arguably the finest work of original art she has

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ever seen. And Emily Badger would love the chance to repeat her

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match-winning performance against Chelsea on Saturday.

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Well done to Emily. For 45 minutes on Saturday, it

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seemed Wolves' change of manager would make no difference to their

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Premier League fortunes. But Terry Premier League fortunes. But Terry

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Connor's first half-time team talk must have been impressive because

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it inspired his players to a dramatic comeback.

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After 13 years at Wolves, Terry Connor has seen most things. But

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this was a day for fresh experiences. Centre of attention

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for the fans and media before kick- off, a first manager's handshake

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too. But some things still haven't changed and Wolves were behind

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inside five minutes at Newcastle. When that quickly became two, the

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managerial gum was getting chewed twice as fast in the technical area.

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But while owner Steve Morgan spent half-time wondering whether he had

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made the right decision, down in the dressing-room Connor was making

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his mark. A reinvigorated team got back into the game early in the

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second half through Matt Jarvis. And when Kevin Doyle poked home the

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equaliser, the fans could barely believe what they were seeing. But

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when the final whistle went, it was when the final whistle went, it was

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all smiles on a day which gave him an excellent start to life in the

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hot-seat. Revealing the team was new territory for me. It was

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strange not to give advice to someone else but to make the

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someone else but to make the decisions myself. But it went

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really well. Stoke City ended a recent poor run in the Premier

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League with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Swansea. Matthew Upson

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and Peter Crouch scoring in the first half for a first win in five

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league games. But the natives are getting restless at Aston Villa.

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The travelling supporters jeered manager Alex McLeish during the

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goalless draw at bottom of the table Wigan. And to make matters

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worse, striker Darren Bent was stretchered off with an ankle

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injury which threatens another injury which threatens another

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major blow to their season. Aston Villa have confirmed in the

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last few minutes that Darren Bent has ruptured ankle ligaments and is

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has ruptured ankle ligaments and is unlikely to play again this season.

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Coventry City's hopes of surviving relegation from the Championship

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were raised with a dramatic late winner at the weekend. Clive Platt

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struck deep into injury time to give the Sky Blues a 1-0 win over

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Barnsley. Coventry remain in the bottom three but manager Andy Thorn

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bottom three but manager Andy Thorn believes it could prove to be a

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season-changing game for them. And you can see all the Football

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League goals on Late Kick Off on BBC One at 11pm this evening. That

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includes the action from the crucial promotion game between

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Shrewsbury Town and Crawley tonight. The game is live on BBC Radio

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Shropshire from 7pm. By the way, Emily Badger is

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appearing in The King and I next month. And don't be surprised if

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one or two Albion fans go along to support her at Wolverhampton Grand

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Theatre. Good luck to her. What ago. -- what

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a girl. Urban nature reserves dotted across

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the region are to benefit from millions of pounds of grants.

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Campaign groups are delighted. They say pockets of green surrounded by

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motorways, factories and housing, host a rich variety of wildlife

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including red deer and even otters. Industrialisation has taken its

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toll on the landscape in Birmingham and the Black Country. There was a

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quarry here on the Rowley Hills near Oldbury until 30 years ago.

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But from today the site is part of one of the Government's Nature

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Improvement Areas. A grant of nearly three quarters of a million

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pounds should pave the way for millions to be spent enticing

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wildlife to the West Midlands. one of the things that will be

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happening will be that we will control Hawthorn Scrubs. In 20

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years' time, you can come and see a fantastic array of butterflies.

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Moorcroft Wood near Wednesbury. Blast furnaces once stood here. Now

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it is populated with trees, filled with birdsong and treasured by the

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community. The type of conservation project the Environment Secretary

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wants to see more of. One of the things about launching the nature

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improvement areas today is that recognition that we can restore it

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and make it better. We want to be the first generation that leaves

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the countryside in a better state than we inherited it. The money

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will be used to clean up waterways and restorer wasteland which has

:25:17.:25:27.
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been ruined by industrialisation. What an amazing weekend it was for

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weather. Will it continue? It is still February, soon to be

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It is still February, soon to be March and nature is still pushing

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for Spring. It is another reasonably mild one this week with

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an early peak in temperatures, but it will be rather cloudy and at

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times damp although with high pressure in place once again, the

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picture is mostly dry and any rain that we do get will be kept to a

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minimum which isn't going to be best news for some people. We can

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see that today and tonight the rain moves away to the South East. A

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mixture of mist and cloud there, but very mild indeed. Temperatures

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will be dropping to a minimum of eight degrees. Fairly mild start

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tomorrow. Again, we're caught under cloud and mist which will gradually

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left through the morning. If we get any brightness, it will be in the

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east of the region. We're hoping tomorrow will be the mildest day of

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the week. The days ammonite largely resemble each other. -- the days

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and the nights. We're looking at highs of 12 degrees. The brightness

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will largely be in the east. On will largely be in the east. On

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Friday, the wins will turn white. - Lot of people were eating outside

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this weekend. A look at tonight's main headlines:

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Charlotte Church wins �600,000 from Rupert Mudoch's News Group over the

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phone hacking scandal. And targeted by burglars. The

:27:29.:27:32.

killer of a vulnerable pensioner is jailed for at least 22 years.

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