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Good evening and welcome to Monday's Midlands Today from the

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BBC. Tonight: we must get to grips with child poverty in Birmingham -

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the Bishop's mission. Homes costing up to 14 times

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people's income. Calls for more affordable housing in the

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countryside. A young family needing to be

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employed, needing the support, if they can't find local

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accommodation... A new beginning in emergency care

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with four major trauma centres about to open in the West Midlands.

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And waiting for the off, as racing prepares for one of its biggest

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events - the Cheltenham Festival starts tomorrow.

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Kids have Christmas, racing fans have the festival. It means that

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Good evening and welcome to Monday's Midlands today.

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The Bishop of Birmingham calls a poverty summit in an attempt to

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help thousands of people living below the bread line. The Right

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Reverend David Urquhart is bringing together business leaders and

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community workers tomorrow at a time when three areas of Birmingham

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feature in Britain's top 20 constituencies with the highest

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levels of child poverty. So can the Bishop make a difference? Giles

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Latcham reports. Promoting healthy lifestyles in one

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of Birmingham's more deprived wards. Help the mums, the thinking goes,

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and they'll take that help home to the kids.

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Once you are working with women, you can access the whole family,

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especially when you raise their confidence - that feeds back into

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the family and the whole community. But when it comes to helping

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communities across Birmingham out of poverty, progress is painfully

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slow. In places the statistics appear to be getting worse.

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In parts of the city, more than 50% of the people above working age are

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unemployed. 35% of Birmingham children are classed as living in

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poverty. That figure rises closer to 50% in suburbs like this one.

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So how and why are so many squeezed into the margins of society? The

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Bishop of Birmingham is leading an inquiry into the problems of a city

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struggling to close the poverty gap. We have got great ambitions, great

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talent. But we have got a number of people who are not yet joining in.

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These lines of inquiry intend to come up with proposals to those in

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power, to those who have the ability to make changes, so that

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they can be dovetailed with the real needs of people.

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The Bishop says traditional approaches have failed to help the

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most vulnerable. Back in Alum Rock, today's problems are the same old

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problems. We have always had the same issues

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in the community around health. We have got the biggest issues around

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help -- heart disease, infant mortality and so on. Even with

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education and social activities, we need to understand what they

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require, we need to understand what is needed.

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One of Europe's most diverse cities, its population is one of the

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youngest. The challenge, then, is unlocking a wealth of youthful

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potential, free from the poverty too many are born into.

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We're joined now from our studio in London by Kate Bell from the Child

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Poverty Action Group. Thank you for joining us. Can you

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clarify what child poverty means in real terms? Is it about the total

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income into the household or the amount spent on the child?

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It is usually in -- measured by income. You look at the average and

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then you look at families who are receiving less than 60% of the

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average. For a family with two children, that is �350 per week.

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This summit led by the bishop is well-meaning, but can something

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like this make a real difference? It is important that we see action

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at all levels into child poverty. There's a lot that national

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governments can do, but local levels can make a difference. If

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you think about the experience of children going up or things like

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the type of child care they can Goto and the activities they can do

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at a local level, whether swimming is free for them, that can make a

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difference to the prospects for children.

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So the meeting is all very well but things it to happen as a result, in

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your opinion? Absolutely. Summits like this are a first step. They

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are about be able getting together, talking about the levers they can

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call, and then the change has to happen.

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We had some of the figures in the report. In your experience, how bad

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is poverty in part of Birmingham? We know that Birmingham does have

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some of the highest levels of poverty. It has got one of the

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parliamentary constituencies that is in the top 10 highest levels of

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poverty in the country. We heard in the report that over one third of

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children in Birmingham are in poverty. So, yeah, it is quite high

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levels of poverty. Briefly, what can be done to tackle

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poverty when levels of unemployment are so high?

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Unemployment is obviously a big part of the picture. That is

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something that we need to action at a local and national level. As I

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said, there's things that can make a difference when there are not job

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there. Things like child care, even things like transport costs. Things

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can make a real big difference to families'' lives.

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You're watching Midlands Today from the BBC. Thanks for joining us.

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Later in the programme: What hope now for Wolves fans after

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another bitterly disappointing A 40-year-old man is under arrest

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tonight accused of holding his 79- year-old mother hostage in her home

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for 28 hours. Police had been at the scene in Oldbury since 7am

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yesterday after reports the man had a knife. A man emerged from the

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house at 11am today this morning. It's not thought his mother was

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hurt during the incident. The suspect in custody - the moment

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a day and a half long siege ended, filmed on a mobile phone.

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Armed police were called to this suburban street after reports that

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the man had a knife and was holding his mother hostage. Negotiators and

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medical staff were keen to ensure a peaceful conclusion. At just after

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11:30 came the news that the siege at Perry Hill Road in Oldbury was

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over. A male has been arrested for false

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imprisonment and threats to kill. He has now been taken to a nearby

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police station, where the investigation will begin. I can

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confirm this was a domestic incident. It was Mother and Son.

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The elderly lady has been taken to hospital. Noting the didn't

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injuries - she is just being checked out.

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A student who lived opposite describe what he had seen.

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He was looking out the window all night. He was looking out at the

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negotiators outside. That is all I saw. I saw his face and his mother

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was in the window as well. Alia, the police described the

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operation to end the siege as sensitive and complex. Their aim

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was to bring it to a peaceful conclusion and appears to have

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succeeded. 29 hours after the siege began, the

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cordon has been lifted and residents are able to go about

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their business. This siege has taken up a lot of manpower, and

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officers will be keen to find out what led to it.

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The widening gap between rural house prices and the annual

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salaries of those living in villages has been highlighted today.

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There's a series of events this week designed make people more

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aware of the problem. Some rural homes now cost up to 14 times the

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average incomes of potential buyers hoping to remain in the communities

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they grew up in. Sarah Falkland is in South Warwickshire for us

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tonight. Sarah, what's being done about this?

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Just around the corner is a new housing association development.

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Just eight homes are there, and they are newly built. They will be

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available for rent and part ownership. Christina behind the bar

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is one of the people who has registered and is on the list and

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Christina is fourth generation here, and her son had to move out when

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her son was born because she could not afford the prices. She is

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pinning her hopes on his home, where the rent is �400 per month

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and her parents are around the corner.

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My family live in the village. It is more travelling for work because

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I work in the pub, so to move back would make my life so much happier.

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The cost of living in the countryside is now beyond most

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people's which. In the West Midlands, homes are on average 12

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times the local salary compared to eight times the salaries of towns

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and cities. Here, local services appear to be alive and well. But

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campaigners say squeezing people out of the role market is bad news

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for the countryside. You destroy local communities. When

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you have got, say, a young Perret of family needing to be employed,

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needing the support of family, if they can't find accommodation, they

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have to move away. You don't have rural bus services. They have

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closed down. According to a survey, 60% of

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people in the West Midlands countryside said they would like to

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see a small number of new, affordable homes for local people.

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The question is, do they really mean it?

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Will be great currencies of this country is village life. -- one of

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the great calluses. If we keep on expanding, it will disappear.

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are some people in the village like that, who want to keep it posh for

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themselves, but not everybody is like that. There's no wealth of

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able to live. They are forced out. It will be nice if they can get rid

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of these houses. Christine will find out if she has been successful

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in a few months' time. Schemes like this are few and far between.

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Charities want the government to What can you tell us about the

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rural housing price hotspots in the region?

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Well, the National Housing Federation has released some

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figures today which graphically show the problem confronting house

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buyers in our region. The worst three examples for us are:

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Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, where the average house price is

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�250,000, nearly 14 times the average salary of �18,000.

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In Stratford upon Avon, here in Warwickshire, the average house

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price is �289,000 - that's 13.5 And across Herefordshire, the

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average house price is �224,000, nearly 13 times the averarge salary

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13 times a local salary. You can find out more about what is

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happening on the West Midlands by looking at our Facebook site.

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And there'll be a special Midlands Today programme looking in depth at

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the state of the region's economy next Monday night. Our Economy: The

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Midlands Today Debate starts at 11:05 on BBC One, presented by one

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Mary Rhodes. Final preparations are being made

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for the opening of four major trauma centres across the West

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Midlands. They'll deal with complex emergencies including major head

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and multiple injuries, amputations and severe knife or gunshot wounds.

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The centres will open later this month at the Queen Elizabeth and

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Children's hospitals in Birmingham, the University Hospital Coventry

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and Warwickshire, and the new University Hospital of North

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Staffordshire, from where Joanne A Sea King helicopter makes a

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maiden flight to the Major Trauma Centre in Stoke on Trent. The

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practice mission from RAF Valley Anglesey was in preparation for the

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centre opening as one of four across the West Midlands on March

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26th. A major trauma centre is a

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specialist hospital for dealing with patients with multiple

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injuries - a head injury, stabbing, shooting. It is a specialist area

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with specialist equipment. It is about saving lives, but also about

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reducing disability. The NHS estimates the trauma

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centres could save an extra 60 lives a year in the West Midlands.

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Guest of honour Grace Currie knows that only too well, having already

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benefitted from care at the University Hospital of North

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Staffordshire. The 18-year-old from Ellesmere has learned to walk and

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talk again after being hit by a car She was taken to Shrewsbury

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Hospital, where basically they said it did not look good. But the only

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hope she had was that they would accept her here. She is going to

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have a chance here. Thank God, she did. What have they done for you?

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Saved my life, in more ways than Patients can be trysts --

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transferred straight from an ambulance or a helicopter for

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treatment bus-stop the patients will take no time to get here. The

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major, centre will be housed at the brand new accident and emergency

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department. Still ahead tonight: We're back to school with the

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Olympic hopeful who dreams of being a class apart at London 2012. And

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still grappling with those opposing forces - as the temperatures rise,

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the prospects of rain fall. But that could change by the end of the

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Plenty to mull over in sport tonight. Dan's also looking ahead

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to the Cheltenham Festival, and back at a fairly grim weekend for

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our Premier League clubs. One of the region's biggest sporting

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events gets underway tomorrow with day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

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More than 200,000 racegoers will cram into the course over the next

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four days to see champions crowned. Glasses will be raised in

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celebration and commiseration. But the one liquid that's been the hot

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topic in the build-up has nothing to do with alcohol. They appeared

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The legions of irish-trained runners have been arriving for the

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Cheltenham Festival across the weekend. Champion Irish trainer

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Willie Mullins has brought an incredible 37 horses to the meeting.

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He was keeping a watchful eye over his runners today but there's one

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thing on his and everyone's mind. That's because this morning's

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weather has been the exception. For three weeks now Cheltenham have

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been watering the course. And you can see why. Thursday last week was

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like most days recently - bright and sunny. And firm ground can be

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fast and dangerous. We want a surface that has got plenty of

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moisture in it. And with good ground the very best horses can

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take centre stage - that's what makes Cheltenham so special.

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have Christmas, we have the Cheltenham Festival. Only the best

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making it and only the very, very best go on to win it. It is a

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fantastic occasion. The two legged invasion is also underway -

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Cheltenham Station will bear much of the brunt. And you only have to

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cross the road from the station to see some of that �50 million being

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spent. Lunchtime at the Midland Hotel today will be the last quiet

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moment before Saturday morning. is absolutely massive. It is an

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integral part of the year for us. It gives us three months' takings

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in four days. So the scene is set. The course has been prepared to

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sparkle in the forecast sun. And everyone from jockeys, owners,

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trainers and punters will all be dreaming of this particular spot.

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It is obviously a real boost for the local economy but for the

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bookies as well. The bookmakers this here are seeing between 250

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and 300 million will be spent over the four days in gambling. There

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are six red-hot favourites. It just gets better and better, really

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exciting and a fantastic week to look forward to. And of course

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there will be full coverage of the Cheltenham Festival on BBC Radio

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Gloucestershire and BBC Radio 5 Live - with plenty of reports and

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reaction on the BBC Sport website. Steve Bruce has been talking about

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the Wolves job. And how close he came to replacing Mick McCarthy as

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manager. Speaking on the BBC's Match of the Day 2, Bruce said he

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never had a second interview at Molineux, which he described as "a

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really difficult job." Ian Winter reports. Disgruntled fans are fast

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becoming a regular fixture at Molineux. When everything's going

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wrong, they make a bee-line for Billy Wright. And four weeks after

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calling for the head of Mick McCarthy, they added Jez Moxey and

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Steve Morgan to the list. No wonder they're angry. They'd just watched

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their team out-played by one of their relegation rivals. Junior

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Hoillet ran the show. And Wolves seemed powerless to stop him

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scoring both goals in a worryingly one-sided Blackburn victory.

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Afterwards, Steve Morgan went outside to meet the fans. But his

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comments only led to confusion, which Wolves are now trying to

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clarify. Our chairman did not say Steve Bruce turned down the

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Manager's job. The managerial role was offered to one person, before

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Terry Connor was appointed manager, and we can confirm that wasn't

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Steve Bruce. Steve Bruce is a fine man and manager, the statement says.

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I did not go for a second interview but there was dialogue during the

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week and at one stage I thought we were close. It was their

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prerogative the book they chose and I wish him the best of the lap

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because it is an really difficult job at the moment for an

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experienced manager let alone someone who is just trying to cut

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their teeth. Whilst the misery continued at Molineux, it all

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vanished at Villa Park. In the dying seconds of stoppage time, the

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Austrian striker Andreas Weimann reacted quickly to score his first

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Premier League goal, and clinch Villa's victory against Fulham.

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was brilliant. I cannot really describe it. As soon as the ball

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went in I went crazy. I think everybody dead. It was just

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unbelievable. One moment of madness proved costly for Ricardo Fuller.

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He'll miss the next three games, starting with Stoke's FA Cup

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quarter-final at Liverpool. Didier Drogba added to the Potters pain by

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scoring Chelsea's winner. West Bromwich Albion found Wayne Rooney

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too hot to handle. The England striker scored both goals in

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United's 2-0 win. And Jonas Olsson will miss Saturday's game at Wigan

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after getting sent off. United's next match is at Molineux, so if

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the Wolves fans need cheering up, then could I suggest a little

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flutter on Our Mick in the 2.40 at The former England manager Sven

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Goran Eriksson is backing Birmingham City to gain promotion

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in May. Speaking on tonight's Late Kick off, Eriksson praises the

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Blues' boss Chris Hughton for his achievements this season. On

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Saturday, Blues fell behind to a Gary McSheffrey goal at Coventry,

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but former Sky Blues striker Marlon King secured a point which means

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Birmingham now sit 7th in the Championship. And you can hear more

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from Sven and an insight into Birmingham City's Academy in Late

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Kick Off tonight at five past eleven on BBC1. It was a memorable

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weekend, and a double celebration for Shrewsbury Town, and their

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manager Graham Turner. First, Ian Sharps scored their match-winning

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goal against Burton to lift the Shrews into second place in League

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Two. It's now 26 games since their last home defeat. And last night,

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at the Football League Awards, the Shrewsbury boss was honoured for

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his special contribution to the game as a player and manager during

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a lifetime's service to professional football. I think you

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have to dedicate yourself to it. You have to go to matches when you

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least want to. You have to do all sorts of things that people do not

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realise. To be successful you need to put the time and effort in.

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Graham Turner wasn't our only winner last night. Coventry City's

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Gael Bigirimana was voted Championship Apprentice of the Year.

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The 18-year-old arrived in Britain as a refugee from war in Burundi 8

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years ago. He's played 21 times for the first team this season after

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only making his debut in August. just want to say thank you to all

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be Academy staff and thank you to the manager for giving me the

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opportunity I never thought I would have at 17 years old. And while

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we're talking sport, after all our medals at the World Indoor

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Championships at the weekend, it really feels like the countdown's

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underway to the London Olympics. One of our Olympic hopefuls took

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time out today to make sure a legacy of inspiration's passed on

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to the next generation. Banging the drum for Olympic sport. Heptathlete

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Louise Hazel has a dream of winning a medal at the London Games this

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summer and she wants these young fans to share that dream. It's nice

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to break-up the day and come and see the kids and feel their

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excitement. It makes you realise you were once little ones as well

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so it really brings you back down to Earth. It's the values the

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Olympics and Paralympics represent that these children are learning at

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Grove School in Birmingham as part of the Active 4 2012 programme.

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Former Aston Villa midfielder Ian Taylor was on hand to give his

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support too. You can sense the excitement building towards the

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2012 Olympics. I am looking forward to seeing what D G B football team

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is like and how it via matches go. People think that Paralympics are

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different, they are different but they are still fun. I am over the

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moon. Louise won Commonwealth gold in Delhi two years ago. Getting

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herself in perfect shape for a shot at the Olympics is dominating her

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life now. As you approach the outdoor season that is when the

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butterflies start fluttering in your stomach. And she had one final

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treat for the kids. If getting this close to a gold medal won't inspire

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you, nothing will. The Lord Mayor of Birmingham has praised the St

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Patricks Day parade for bringing the West Midlands communities

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together. More than 85,000 people were out in Digbeth yesterday for

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one of the biggest events of its kind in the world. The Irish were

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joined in their celebrations by Polish, Indian and Chinese groups.

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It is a demonstration of Birmingham's diversity. And it is

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not just a Birmingham event but a Midlands event, I have spoken to

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people coming from Shropshire and North Wales for these events.

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cameras were at yesterday's event. Log on to the Midlands Today

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Facebook page to see if you were caught on film. Here's Shefali. As

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it turned out, some of us today ended up seeing a quite a bit of

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sunshine and that's the way it goes this week. The amount of sunshine

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we get will determine how far those temperatures rise. Hopefully, we'll

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be heading towards the sorts of values we had over the weekend -

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Pershore being the warmest spot But for those of you desperate for

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rain, high pressure's initially going to see to it that you don't

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get get any. It's towards the end of the week and into the weekend

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that these fronts begin to make some headway. As for tonight,

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you'll find the cloud thickening up again to perhaps set off the odd

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spot of drizzle. But for those parts that saw some sunshine this

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afternoon, you're most likely to see some mist and probably some

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dense patches of fog. But with temperatures only dropping to lows

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of seven or eight, it's a going to be mild. So a slow process through

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the morning tomorrow of the fog dispersing and the cloud breaking

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to give some sunshine and it's that sunshine that's going to make all

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the difference between you possibly getting highs of 16C or just 10.

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Wednesday is likely to be a similar story. There may be a better chance

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of the cloud breaking up on Thursday, in which case the

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temperatures could soar but it's on Friday and into the weekend that

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things begin to cloud over and we see some rain. A look at tonight's

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main headlines: Hosepipe bans are to come into force as soon as next

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month across south and eastern England. And the Bishop of

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Birmingham warns that the city must get to grips with child poverty.

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Just before we go, congratulations to a dog called Elizabeth who's won

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the top award at Crufts. The seven- year-old Lhasa Apso is owned by

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