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

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The headlines tonight: Protests as gypsies go to court for the right

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to stay at the illegal camp they've occupied for almost two years.

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will end when we find someone else to move to, won't it?

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The alleged killer of a Warwickshire tennis coach - a

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Florida court's told about the night he died.

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We feared for our lives, says the millionaire attacked with his

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fiancee by an armed gang. It was absolutely terrifying. We wondered

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how it would end. And the end of a generations-old

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tradition - the Potteries' last hole-in-the-wall oatcake shop is to

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close. I cannot understand why it is going. I really can't. It is one

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of the heritage parts of Stoke-on- Trent.

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

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BBC. Our main story tonight - gypsy families go to court to try to

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prevent their eviction from an illegal site. Protesters have been

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maintaining a 24 hour a day picket outside the encampment. The site is

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on the outskirts of Meriden. Local people set up their picket within

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hours of the gypsies moving in two years ago. Today's hearing was an

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attempt to overturn a planning inquiry which said that even though

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the gypsies had lawfully bought the land, they had no legal right to

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live there. Sarah Falkland reports. Day 692 of their protest against

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illegal development. Still fighting to save this patch of greenbelt.

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It's been home for two years to a group of gypsies. The feeling among

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the residents of Meriden today was that the end was in sight. Frankly,

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enough is enough. The decision has been made at local authority level,

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at planning inspectorate level and the Secretary of State has made a

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decision. If we get the decision that the Secretary of State's

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decision is lawful, it then that should be the end of it. The judge

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has still to give his ruling though. But there's already talk among the

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gypsies of another appeal and possibly going to the European

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Courts. It will end when we find someone else to move to, or won't

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it? We have been in contact with the Council for nine months, trying

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to liaise with them to find somewhere to go. We have put offers

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on the table. When there is somewhere that we can go that

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everyone is happy with, then we will leave. But one MEP at today's

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hearing warns they might not get much sympathy. They need to take

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firm action on this so that when these abuses of procedure happen

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again, taxpayers' money is not wasted. The Meriden camp is one of

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four unauthorised travellers sites in the Solihull borough. In total

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the borough has 26 caravans on unauthorised sites, compared to 264

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across the whole of the West Midlands. It's an expensive

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business protesting against illegal encampments. Some of the Meriden

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gypsies are getting legal aid. Residents have spent �70,000 pounds

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on lawyers so far. Sarah Falkland BBC Midlands Today in Birmingham.

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That hearing has been going on all day. What is the result?

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residents at the vigil heard the judge say that he would give his

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verdict on Tuesday, that verdict on the appeal today. That is

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coincidentally the day that he is due to hear the injunction put

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forward by Solihull council, which would give a definite time, if you

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like, to get the gypsies off the land, and to get the land

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reinstated. You are chairman of Raid. How are you feeling?

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Cautiously optimistic. Anybody that looks at the facts of the case

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cannot help but come to the conclusion that this development is

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unlawful, harmful, and damaging to the green belt. The hearing will

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come on Tuesday. If the gypsies go to another stage of Appeal, does

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that scupper everything for you? Yes. We are anticipating Dale Farm

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style legal aid findings of appeals. That is the way the system works

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and we do not like it. We will carry on campaigning until we win.

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The gypsy families have said all along that pitches have not been

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put forward by Solihull council and so they are in this predicament. Do

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you blame the council? The council has to provide somewhere for the

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gypsies and it is timely for them to speak to be gypsies and they

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should have done this before this venture. I have spoken to the

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gypsies before the hearing today. They are not confident about

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getting a good results next week. They are not popping up the

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champagne with the residents, but they are drinking tea and feeling

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buoyant. The vigil will go ahead tonight as it has done for the last

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692 nights. Thank you. Still ahead tonight: Dialysis

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patients protest. They claim cutbacks in staff are causing

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unacceptable delays. A jury's been told about the last

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moments of a tennis coach from Warwickshire before he was gunned

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down on the streets of a Florida city. James Cooper was killed with

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his friend James Kouzaris in Sarasota last April. Today a court

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heard a witness describe how they'd seen the pair being stalked moments

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before they were shot. 17-year-old Shawn Tyson is accused of carrying

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out the killings. Bob Hockenhull reports.

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The murder weapon has never been found. But prosecutors in Sarasota

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are convinced Shawn Tyson, just 16 at the time, fired the shots that

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killed two British tourists. In the city's court today, a jury heard

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how James Cooper, from Hampton Lucy near Warwick, seen here on the

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right, and his university friend James Kouzaris from Northampton,

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were on holiday when they were killed in the early hours of April

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16th last year. The pair had been drinking in the city's bars but

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ended up in the notoriously rough suburb of Newtown. Today this man

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described how he'd seen the friends walking along the street. They both

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had no T-shirts on. There are visibly drunk, staggering.

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Staggering visibly. Mr Clyburn told how he'd also seen two other

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figures, lurking in the shadows watching Mr Cooper and Mr Kouzaris.

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They kind of crouched down in between the cars in the building to

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make sure they did not see them coming. Moments later the witness

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heard shots fired. The area where the killings happened is considered

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dangerous by most people. But police chiefs said it was thanks to

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local residents they were able to make an arrest so quickly.

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arrest was made because neighbours came forward and testified against

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one of their neighbours, saying that this was the person

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responsible for the back. As a result, Shawn Tyson was arrested

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and has been charged with murder. The trial of Shawn Tyson is

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expected to last about a week. Today was pretty tense. Shawn

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Tyson's mother and family members were there and they are on edge.

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There is also a number of British reporters there, very interested in

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the trial. Local reporters as well. A paramedic also told the hearing

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that there was no hope of reviving the victims.

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Tied up and beaten by armed robbers at their country home. A

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millionaire businessman's been describing the horrifying ordeal he

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and his fiancee suffered. The attackers escaped in the couple's

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three luxury cars worth �300,000, with jewellery worth �50,000.

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Richard Barnfather today put up �10,000 of his own money as part of

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a �14,000 reward for help in catching the attackers. Joanne

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Writtle's report contains flash photography.

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Richard Barnfather runs companies turning over �14 million. Today he

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faced the press to describe a terrifying armed raid at his home

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in a country lane near Pattingham on the Shropshire-Staffordshire

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border. When the reality of it hits, it is absolutely terrifying to

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think that you are confronted with masked gunmen. You wonder how it

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will end. This is Richard with his fiancee. The couple were tied up

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and beaten. Debs Ledbetter is described as a broken woman since

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raiders smashed windows with boulders. She has been physically

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It -- she has been mentally and physically injured. She was only

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wearing her nightie. It is embarrassing. It is a case of what

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could have happened. They could have raped or murdered her and it

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has destroyed her. Jewellery worth �50,000 was stolen including a

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�25,000 diamond solitaire engagement ring, a Breitling watch,

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a Cartier watch with a sapphire in the dial, and a diamond bracelet.

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The thieves drove off in convoy in cars worth �300,000. This is the

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couple's Aston Martin found abandoned in Tipton. Their Range

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Rover was dumped in Smethwick, and a Mercedes SLK convertible was

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found in Wolverhampton. One of the three raiders is said to have

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distinctive features. Asian, Pakistani male with distinctive

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teeth. He has gold teeth on the lower jaw and three gold teeth on

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the pub. One is described as twisted or broken. A cashmere coat

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like this was stolen. A �14,000 reward's on offer for information

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leading to convictions. Richard Barnfather, owner of one of the

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UK's largest independent wire manufacturers in Darlaston, is

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putting up �10,000 of it. Joanne Writtle BBC Midlands Today.

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An army officer from Wolverhampton who'd recently become a father for

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the first time has been named as the most recent British casualty in

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Afghanistan. 24 year old Captain Rupert Bowers from Wolverhampton

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was serving in Helmand Province with the 2nd Battalion the Mercians.

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He died in an explosion yesterday while working as an advisor to the

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Afghan National Army. West Midlands Police will cut more

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than 200 jobs as part of cost- saving plans. A report's been

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approved today by the West Midlands Police Authority. Many of the posts

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are vacant but 81 staff members are facing redundancy as part of job

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cuts aimed to save �26 million. Nor more details will be released

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A report into last summer's Birmingham riots has been

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criticised by one of the city's MPs. It comes seven months after

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disorder hit the city and the Black Country. The draft report was

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commissioned by Birmingham City Council. It contains poems

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highlighting tensions between ethnic groups. The author says the

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poems have been misunderstood, but MP Khalid Mahmood says they've

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caused deep anger. Things could get very serious and I am concerned

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about it. One side of the community is saying the poem is good. It

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starts to raise tensions within a small element of the community and

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that extents and that ignites issues. That is what we have seen

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in this area for a long time. A private health company has shed

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30 staff who help with the dialysis of patients with chronic renal

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failure. Fresenius made the cuts against the wishes of the NHS

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Hospital which pays for the treatment. The company says the

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changes will ensure the viability of the service but patients say

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profits are taking priority over their treatment. Our health

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correspondent Michele Paduano reports. We need more health care.

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Chronically ill patients before dialysis vent their anger at cuts

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to their service. They were told to move on because it was private land.

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Every night since they have made these cuts, we have been getting on

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to the machines late and getting home as late as midnight instead of

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10:30pm. It is clear that they have not got enough staff to run the

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unit properly. No ifs, no buts, no more dialysis cuts. People whose

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kidneys have stopped working have to spend four hours on dialysis

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machines three days a week to purify their blood. Half of all

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healthcare assistants being made redundant across the country are in

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the West Midlands. Nine will go in Tipton, six in Aston, four in

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Walsall and five each in both Hereford and Kingson Norton. This

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letter was sent to patients by a specialist doctors at the hospital,

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and they said they shared their concerns about delays getting on

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machines. They asked for a six- month moratorium but the company

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went on with redundancies regardless. Fresenius' national

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headquarters is in Kings Norton. The company's medical director says

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records show that patients are not getting off the dialysis machines

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later. The overall level of care that our patients will receive will

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be exactly the same. We used the staffing levels in several of our

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units and have done for several years. Dr Richards used to work for

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the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. You must have had some impact into the

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contract. You must have said how many staff members you must have

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need. The more modern contracts that we have specified the level of

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staffing, so it is really down to us to decide what it should be.

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These patients have to rely on Fresenius' good track record in

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New statistics show that Birmingham has low statistics in terms of

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children getting their first choice of secondary school. It was only

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68%, compared to 98% in Hereford. Often in inner cities, they have a

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history of underperforming schools and it is tackling schools in

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challenging areas that is a priority for the Government. We

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want to close the attainment gap between wealthy and poor

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backgrounds. One way to do that is to improve the quality of schools

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in inner cities. The Royal Shakespeare Company has

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appointed a new artistic director. Gregory Doran will take on the role

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from Michael Boyd in September. Mr Doran joined the RSC 25 years ago

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and has worked as an actor, assistant director and is currently

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chief associate director. Still to come on tonight's

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programme: How professional cricketers are preparing for life

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after they've bowled their last ball.

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And if it's warm today, it could be even warmer tomorrow. That's been

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the trend so far this week. So will today's values be hard to beat?

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The unique Wedgwood Museum pottery collection will now be sold after

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the government decided not to appeal against a judge's ruling.

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The Attorney General's decision affects thousands of treasures,

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currently on display at the Wedgwood Museum at Barlaston in

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Staffordshire. The valuable collection is under threat from

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administrators because of a huge pension deficit left when Waterford

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Wedgwood collapsed. The Wedgwood family are now preparing for a big

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fund-raising push. We cannot be complacent. The Government is not

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just going to produce the money. We will have to raise the funds,

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millions of pounds to save the collection for the people of North

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Staffordshire. We are not going to give up until we have ensured that

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the collection is safe in Staffordshire for the next 100

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years. The MP for Stoke on Trent Central, Tristram Hunt, has been at

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the forefront of the campaign to save the Wedgwood Collection and

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joins us now from Westminster. Good evening. Firstly, what is your

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reaction to the Government's decision? It actually clears the

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pitch, in a sense. If we had gone ahead with an appeal from the

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Attorney-General, we would have had another year or 18 months of legal

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fighting. We know the position now and what we need to do is work out

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what is the sustainable future for this world class for election in

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Staffordshire. What is the answer to that? What is a sustainable

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future? The answer to that could be on the current side and it will

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certainly be in Staffordshire. What we do know is that the museum as it

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exists at the moment is not getting enough visitors. It is not getting

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enough tourist appeal. In a moment, -- This is in a sense the moment of

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crisis, but also how we can revive the collection for the people of

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Staffordshire and of Britain into the future. We need to preserve it

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but also have a proper business case for the museum. That will take

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lots of money. Where will the money come from? Fund-raising? It will

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come from fund-raising, trusts. Hopefully from the Heritage Lottery

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Fund. Hopefully it might come from local philanthropists that value

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the collection as part of the story of Staffordshire. Part of the story

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of the Potteries. Part of the story of the West Midlands. It is a

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fabulous collection telling the story of the Industrial Revolution,

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the French Revolution, the great history of Wedgwood. It is not

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something that we can leave to go to Moscow, Dubai, Paris. We are all

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going to fight to keep it in Stoke- on-Trent. I was going to ask you

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that. Do you think you can keep it in the Potteries? Absolutely. This

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collection will remain in Staffordshire. Thank you.

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Now the sport. Two hard-earned draws.

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Yes, and both away from home. The Stoke City manager Tony Pulis

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has set his team a target of a top half finish after their Premier

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League draw at Tottenham. But finishing outside the

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Championship's bottom three is all that's on the minds of Coventry

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supporters. Nick Clitheroe rounds up last night's action. This game

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took some time to get going. It was the second half until there was a

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breakthrough. Some of the home fans were leaving when the board showed

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five extra minutes, just enough for Spurs to equalise through Rafael

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van der Vaart. We are desperately disappointed not to have picked up

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three points, especially after coming back from a very tough game

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in the quarter-finals against Liverpool, to come to Tottenham

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with the side and the players they have got. It is a fantastic tribute

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to the players and the effort that they have put in. Coventry City

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must have thought it would be a painful night at Cardiff. Cody

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McDonald's own goal saw them fall behind. Then Gary McSheffrey wasted

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a great chance to equalise, blasting his penalty over. But

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their second half performance was impressive and Jordan Clarke

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brought the Sky Blues level. Even a stunning goal from Peter

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Whittingham couldn't dim their enthusiasm and the clock had ticked

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well past 90 minutes when Oliver Norwood's first goal for the club

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sent the travelling fans home happy. Port Vale's administrators expect

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to receive formal bids to buy the League Two club next week. Vale

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went into administration earlier this month with debts believed to

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be around �3 million pounds. Six parties have expressed an interest

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in buying the club. The administrators will pick a

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preferred option from any bidders. The new cricket season starts two

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weeks today and it's uppermost in players' minds. But what about life

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after they've bowled their last ball? Well, Worcestershire's

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players have been asked to think about their long term future, as

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I've been finding out. It's his first day at work and

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they're showing him the ropes. Chris Russell is normally an

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opening bowler for Worcestershire. Today he was doing work experience

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at Worcester jewellers. After being shown the design process and the

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workshop, he was onto the shop floor. Chris is 23 and has known

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nothing but cricket before. I hope that cricket goes well enough over

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the next couple of years and I can see where I am at. Maybe when I and

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30 I will be looking at a different job, but opportunities like this

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have given me an insight into something else that I might like to

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do. And on a match day at New Road you can see the attraction. Playing

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the sport you love in glorious weather. But careers can be short

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and with starting wages of �15,000 a year, the Professional Cricketers

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Association wants players to always think of life after retirement.

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Players spend so much time now playing cricket but cricket does

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not last forever. It is about fella pings key skills, networking and

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developing confidence to achieve things in other areas. --

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developing key skills. And for Worcestershire captain Darly

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Mitchell that could involve joining the BBC. He joined Dave Bradley

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this afternoon in the newsroom and then he was thrown in at the deep

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end reading the sports bulletins in Andrew Easton's drivetime show.

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Stuart Broad grabbed three wickets for England following a sprained

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ankle. To be honest, it was uncomfortable but it was good fun

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and good experience and it took me out of my comfort zone and into the

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real world, if you like, outside cricket. Aged 28, Daryl hopes for a

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few more seasons at New Road yet. But he's already got one eye on the

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future. He did very well. We assume that

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professional sports men are well paid and they will be financially

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secure later. Certain cricketers are paid a fortune, but the �15,000

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annual income for young players is only recommended. Some of those

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lads might only play for a couple of seasons on that money and what

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do they do next? It is certainly not a job for life. I think this is

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so important because cricketers have a terrible problem when they

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finish playing, some of them, serious depression. Absolutely.

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Surveys have been done to show that unusually against other sports,

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cricketers seem to suffer more. Having something to move into would

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help that situation. In years gone by, cricket is played for only six

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months of the year, but now it is a 12 month contract and they cannot

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look beyond it because they have not got another job. But they will

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be back to playing cricket for real in two months. Trent Bridge,

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Worcestershire's first game of the season, that is on the BBC. And we

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will be covering the rest of the season as well. Your eyes are

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lighting up. Bentley. -- thank you.

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For generations, families in the Potteries have queued up patiently,

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waiting for a hatch to be opened so they can order their freshly made

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oatcakes. But this weekend the last of those hole-in-the-wall shops

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shuts for good. The family-run business has lost a battle to stop

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the building being demolished. Here's Ben Sidwell.

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They've been making them for hundreds of years and they're as

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synonymous with Stoke-on -Trent as the Potteries themselves. But on

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Sunday the last traditional oatcake shop will close for the final time.

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I can't understand why it is going, I really can't. It is one of the

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heritage parts of Stoke. It is a pleasure to watch the process. As

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you probably know, we eat them like most people eat crisps. This area

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of Hanley in the city is part of a major regeneration programme.

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Despite thousands signing a petition to save the building it

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will soon disappear for good. Glenn Fowler has run the Hole In The Wall

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for 30 years, along with his wife Sue and son Robert. It is a very

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sad time, yes. I am looking forward to Sunday but I am not looking

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forward to Sunday. How do you weigh it all up? I don't know. It will be

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emotional. What makes this shop so unique is that they still sell the

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oatcakes in the traditional manner, through the window of a house. One

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of today's customers, Betty Knight, has been coming here for 75 years.

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I used to come to church on Sunday morning for the service and after

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that we came down here, fetched oatcakes and went back for

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breakfast. It is the classic here. So we are told. Some in the queue

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were here for one final oatcake, some to try them for the first time.

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Katie Gilbert travelled all the way from Kansas in the United States.

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It is very nice. It is a shame it is closing. They have been serving

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oatcakes from this window for more than 100 years, but when they

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finally close on Sunday, they have been told this building will be

:24:39.:24:45.

demolished and with it will go part of Stoke's history. The history of

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serving oatcakes through the window will never ever come back. We did

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think of the rebuild, but a hole in the wall will never come back. Once

:24:53.:24:58.

the windows closed on Sunday, that will be it for the oatcakes as far

:24:58.:25:03.

as we are concerned. Today so many people came, they had to close two

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hours early. Those wanting to try a piece of Staffordshire's culinary

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history have until lunchtime on Sunday.

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Betty has been going for 75 years! Astonishing. They are fabulous with

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melted cheese and bacon, wrapped up, delicious. I like them with fried

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eggs and I had two only this week. From being a boy, I love them. That

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is the Derbyshire way. It has to be bacon and cheese for me, the Stoke-

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on-Trent way. Let's stop rambling It was a beautiful day today but it

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did not quite live up to expectations. These were the

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temperatures across the region, and most of the best ones were

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concentrated in the West. Pershore got a highest values of 15.5. There

:25:55.:26:01.

is more where that came from. We have got some brain because this

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high pressure temporarily deserts us. -- rain. There is tantalising

:26:10.:26:15.

rain in the West, in the Atlantic, but it will not reach us, so the

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lack of rain is still an issue. Tonight, before that weather front

:26:19.:26:23.

reaches us, the cloud thickens up. This cloud outlines where the

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weather front will be, producing patchy rain later in the night. Not

:26:27.:26:32.

very much. Temperatures on the mild side because of all that cloud. We

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are looking at low temperatures of seven or eight with light winds.

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Moving on to tomorrow, it starts off cloudy with patchy, light rain

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initially, residual rain that dies away. The cloud breaks up nicely

:26:46.:26:50.

and the odd shower will crop up during the afternoon. It is another

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beautiful day with lots of sunshine and dry weather to be had with high

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temperatures of 16-17. Hope for the higher than today's values. Lighter

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winds from the south-easterly direction. We are looking at clear

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skies across the board tomorrow night and the odd spot of rain. It

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will be colder and that set us up beautifully for the weekend. We are

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looking at sunshine for Saturday and cloud for Sunday.

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That is very promising. Thank you. The main headlines tonight: The man

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suspected of the murders at a Jewish school in France is killed

:27:25.:27:31.

after the police stormed his flat. Meriden residents protest outside

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