29/03/2012 Midlands Today


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Welcome to Midlands Today. Give us the right to strike. The

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call for police cool are angry about proposed reforms.

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escarpment seems to delight in kicking ass in the teeth time and

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time again -- this government. Hectic times on the forecourt, how

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they are coping at petrol stations. Royal approval as unemployed

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youngsters trained for a job in forestry.

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And how pedal-powered could net �100,000 as two of our finest plant

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to cycle the event of Britain. is going to be tough. If I can get

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through it and raised the amount of money we are hoping to raise, I

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Good evening. Welcome to Midlands Today. Tonight, we have had enough.

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The angry message for David Cameron and his government from the men who

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represent more than 12,000 police officers in our region.

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The chairman of four police federation branch is said they felt

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kicked in the teeth by plans to reform the service. It follows a

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review into police pay and recruitment between them, these

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four men represent 12,500 police officers across the West Midlands.

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Those officers are telling them that they have had enough. What

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concerns our members, a our professional members, is that this

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government seems to enjoy and delight in kicking us in the teeth

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time and time again. The police service according to the Police

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Federation is under sustained attack from budget cuts and reform.

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Out of 7005 ended officers, the West Midlands is losing 1200.

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Warwickshire has eight and about 50 police and is cutting 200. There

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are 2000 officers and former Diprose will go -- Warwickshire has

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850 police. Their anger is directed at this man, Tom Winsor, who was

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recruited by the government to do the review. It suggests enabling

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forces to make officers compulsorily redundant. A our

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members are saying that if they are to be treated as employees, they

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deserve the same rights and legal protection and that includes the

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right to strike. Police officers are currently a -- banned from

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striking and any change to the rules would have to be voted by the

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MPs. They are now asking officers what they think about industrial

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action. Within 24 hours of opening a poll, 92% of officers were in

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favour of seeking the right to strike action. They have come to

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the point where enough is enough. A my personal hope is that the

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government will realise the strength of feeling in the UK and

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in police officers across the country and will change what they

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propose. The federation say they want the government to reject the

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review and set up a royal commission to investigate the

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future of policing. The Home Office declined an offer

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to be interviewed on Midlands Today but they have issued a statement

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from the Policing Minister and Nick Herbert.

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It reads, the proportion of the police were forced on this front

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line is in fact increasing with some 25,000 officers in backroom

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post. There is therefore plenty of scope to make savings while

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pretending -- protecting frontline policing. By cutting bureaucracy,

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we are increasing one doesn't 500 officers on the beat. A later, --

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increasing 1500 officers. How more and more companies are

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using social media for marketing. It has been a glorious week, but it

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will turn cooler and cloudier. Make the most of the sunshine tomorrow.

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Full forecast later in the programme.

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Queues have formed at petrol stations as demand for fuel shot up

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after ministers called for people to top up in case of a tanker

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drivers' strike. Some carriages ran dry but

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retailers said they were coping and normal deliveries would ensure that

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supplies were replenished. Ministers said that they have not

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caused panic buying. We have been finding out what it is like to run

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a garage to date. Feast of famine, that old saying

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was turned on its head today. This forecourt began on empty after

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forecourt panic-buying yesterday. We will have fresh petrol since.

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Then, there was a queue of customers who were ready to feast

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on the fresh delivery they had followed in. I sort beak again and

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I followed it here. -- I saw the wagon and I followed it. George

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Osborne and David Cameron are completely out of touch. They have

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caused panic buying. I think it is a fuss about nothing. A strike has

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not been announced yet so what is the point in ticking off yet?

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strike has not been officially declared so why is everyone

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panicking? David Cameron should have kept his Clapp shrub. 40,000

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litres of diesel and petrol have come in but 15,000 went straight

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back out again -- he should have kept his clapped shut. It says the

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next available date... I am not a happy chap. The petrol station

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owner has just found out that his next tanker will not be back until

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Tuesday which is a worry. This delivery usually lasts five days

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but at this rate his palms will be empty again by tomorrow. -- his

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pumps it looks busy but you do not sell any more. After that, you are

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sitting around doing nothing. strike date has been set and there

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would be seven days' notice in any event. The advice to top up as a

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precaution and not panic is proving a hard sell.

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We will have more on the fuel panic buying tomorrow. Plenty of comments

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on our Facebook age. The body of a soldier from

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Wolverhampton who was killed in Afghanistan last week has been

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blown back home to the UK. Captain Rupert Bowers from 2nd Battalion

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The Mercian Regiment was killed by a roadside bomb. His body along

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with two other British servicemen was flown into RAF Brize Norton in

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The repatriation of Captain Rupert Bowers this afternoon at Brize

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Norton. The shadow of a compact and

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secretary Liam Byrne is to resign from Ed Miliband's front bench to

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stand for mayor in Birmingham if the voters vote Yes in main's

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referendum. -- maid's referendum. Computer problems have led to

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delays at Birmingham airport's immigration desk. A UK Border

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Agency spokesman said that a survey malfunction had been caused by a

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power cut. Bass said the priority was to maintain security of the UK

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border at all times -- they said. Business leaders in Coventry say

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they are angry after Liam Byrne confirmed it is closing a clothing

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warehouse with the loss of 500 jobs. It is planning to transfer the work

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it does for Sainsbury's to a larger depot in Bedford. The site in the

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Walsgrave area of the city will close next year.

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Stafford hospital bosses have approved plans to reopen the A&E

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Department it at night in June. The department has been closed from

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10pm until 8am until last December because of staff shortages. It will

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fully reopened on 11th June provided targets for staff,

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training and waiting times a map. Small companies in the West

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Midlands have been given an opportunity to boost their

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businesses. One of the world's largest banks is funded a programme

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to help firms to grow. The money is being used by business

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experts from Aston University to help entrepreneurs flourish and

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more importantly create jobs. We have visited one company which

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is benefiting. Goldman Sachs, the world's most

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powerful investment bank, is lending a hand to businesses across

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the West Midlands. It is paying for entrepreneurial experts from Aston

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University to run programs on business growth. The purpose is to

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ensure that the Midlands benefits from building a power port of

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businesses who are able to deliver a significant growth into the

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region creating jobs and wealth for these companies. The key aspect is

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that we will work intensively with the businesses. It is a unique

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offer. So far 60 companies are benefiting among them Jenvey

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Dynamics which makes mortar -- motor sport components. They had a

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business plan before but I did not have the detailed about how to

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achieve it. I have no formal business training so the Goldman

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Sachs programme has really helped me put some detail behind my

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business plan and given me a bit more formal business training and

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help to me significantly on the financial side. Small businesses go

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through a rigorous application of to get on the Goldman Sachs

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programme. It is aimed at established firms who have survived

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the recession and are ready to grow. Three weeks ago, a production

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manager started here. This firm plans to recruit six workers as a

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result of the programme. It is very good for the company. Hopefully,

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the company will feel the benefits and the staff well. The programme

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is already proving successful in other parts of the country and this

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small family firm now has plans to expand as a direct result.

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Staying with business, more and more companies are turning to

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social media networks to help with marketing and get important

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messages across to customers. One train company in the region has

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even won awards for its use of Twitter which it uses to tell

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people when they are delays. Experts say it is something all

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companies will have to do eventually. It our business

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correspondent is in our newsrooms. Whether you have one of these

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smartphones of a tablet computer or a laptop or desktop machine, there

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has never been an easier time to use social media. It has been

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estimated that what attracts nearly 500,000 new users every day --

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Twitter attracts. In the past, delays on the

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railways... He was lazy defy doubt about the cause. Now greater use of

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social media like Facebook and Twitter, passengers waiting at the

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station have never had so much information literally at their

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fingertips. For regular travellers like Ben Whitehouse, it has made

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commuting by train so much easier. A London Midland are one of the

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industry standards that everyone is aspiring to and it is good to have

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lots of companies using Twitter and Facebook to engage with passengers.

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This is where the engagement happens. They monitor Twitter feeds

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and sent out information about delays. They even talk directly to

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passengers. This gentleman here is asking about compensation and I am

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just explaining when he can claim full back. For staff in the London

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Midland customer-service team, says the media has revolutionised

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communication with passengers. we are getting from complaints and

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correspondence through the post is completely different to what people

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might be concerned about on their journeys into work. We are getting

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real-time feedback to allow us to make changes we need due to make

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journeys better. London Midland has set out 55,000 tweets and has

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15,000 followers. I am just calling you regarding some feedback we have

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had on our Facebook age. Have you got a few minutes to discuss it?

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This is another organisation embracing social media. Bromford

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Group use Facebook to advertise properties. We are bringing in a

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whole raft of different ways for customers to communicate with us.

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We want to embrace that and bring it on board rather than push

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people... We want customers to use the contact channels they are keen

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to use. Clearly it is market-driven and aspects and social media say it

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is fast becoming an essential tool for any growing company. Any large

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organisation will be taught about on Twitter and face but so if you

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want to do something about that, it to is the only place you can take

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part in the conversation and you will have to join it. As a large

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business, you have got a choice, do you get defensive or do you be

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helpful? It appears that most companies are acting for the latter

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choice hence the growth in social media which are too many seems

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unstoppable. You can interact with Midlands today on the internet.

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There are 8000 fans on our Facebook age. You will also see lots of

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photographs and films that have appeared on the programme. Twitter

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is also a good place to find out what we are up to. We have $8,000.

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I am a bit short of the 8000 figure, but I am on Twitter too. -- we have

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80,000 followers. I would love to Plenty still to come this evening,

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including: Memories of 25 years ago and Coventry City's epic Cup win -

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do you have any memorabilia for a The Prince of Wales has praised a

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scheme aimed at helping unemployed teenagers in Herefordshire into

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jobs and training. 13 young people have been taking part in a three-

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week course on Prince Charles' Hereford estate allowing them to

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get the qualifications they need to work in forestry Well our reporter

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Ben Sidwell is in Herefordshire for us this evening. Ben, what exactly

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have these teenagers been up to? is a beautiful evening here in

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Herefordshire. This would belongs to the Prince of Wales. Many of

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these youngsters who have been unemployed for well over a gear

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have been on this Prince's Trust forestry course aimed at getting

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them a job in one of the oldest trades known to man. Learning the

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skills deep in the timber line would in Herefordshire 13th young

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unemployed people are gaining skills in forestry. I have been

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unemployed for over a year. I have been constantly looking for jobs.

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It is very frustrating. I have not heard anything back from the jobs

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that I have applied for. We are responding to the high levels of

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unemployment. One in five of the young people in the West Midlands

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are unemployed. In this area we are looking at the rural crafts. It is

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the estate of the Prince of Wales, we have 1,500 acres here and he

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wanted to support this with it. is the forestry staff who are

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trying to transfer their skills to a younger generation. Hopefully

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they will go away with these skills in mind and think we have had a

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good three weeks here and learned a lot and it has opened our eyes so

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let's see it through. This course is the first of its kind here in

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the UK and is giving hope of bacteria to people like best. --

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hope of a career. I have really enjoyed it and I am hoping to get a

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young apprenticeship or something out of it. It has been really good.

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The Prince's Trust say they hope to be able to run at similar course

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again soon. The course does end tomorrow. Speaking to a lot of the

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young people are here today many of them are saying they are now

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seriously considering going into a career in forestry. They will be

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given six months of mentoring by the Prince's Trust after this

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course ends tomorrow. The hope is that they will go on to training or

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a job. Stoke City's Manager Tony Pulis has climbed mountains and run

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marathons for charity. But he's about to take on his toughest

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challenge yet. Along with comedian Nick Hancock, he'll be leading a

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team in a 24 hour non-stop cycle ride from John O'Groats to Lands

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End. And as our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper explains, it's

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all in aid of a children's hospice in Stoke on Trent. Pedal power from

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the Potteries. Tony Pulis and Nick Hancock are about to begin training

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for a four-day 24-hour cycle relay. They'll be covering 960 miles. And

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it's all in aid of the Donna Louise Childrens Hospice. It will be tough

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but I think the fact it is being done for such a good cause and it

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is only 1.5 miles from the stadium. The hospice is absolutely fantastic

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and there is a lot of great work for young children. For me to be

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able to help out his a privilege. It was two years ago the pair

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climbed Africa's hightest peak Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds

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for the charity. Kilimanjaro was very tough because the weather was

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threatening. It is different from that. Mental strength I can kind of

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Handel but I am worrying about the physicality! Benefitting from all

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this fundraising will be the families who regard the hospice as

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a lifeline. Owen's been coming here since he was six months old.

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the whole family it is a break. Looking after my son is hard work.

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There are a lot of hospital appointments. This place gives me a

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break and allows me to spend time with my other children. To help

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Owen and the other children who depend on the hospice, the cyclists

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aim to raise �100 per mile. They may be joking now - but they'll

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soon be embarking on serious training for a tough challenge

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ahead. A youth choir in Birmingham is taking part in a BBC religious

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project, performing a new hymn for radio listeners. The City of

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Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's youth choir will be one of more

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than 140 choirs across the UK performing The People's Passion

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over the Easter Weekend. And this evening Ben Godfrey's had a sneak

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preview. The congregation here, the quiet made up of teenagers are a

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desperate to sing. All these people have come to see them perform. They

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have got a new song which was shown Let's talk to some of the people

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who are taking part in this quiet. What was your background in

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singing? I did sing before or but I do it in college as well and it is

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improving by being in the choir. Has your boys improved to? And what

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does it mean to you to be in a quiet, what is the background?

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There is no better feeling than being in a choir. There is a sense

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of community and all of us working together is really what I enjoyed

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most of all about it. I am now the man who tries to conduct it.

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Getting all these people together, how well did they do? It has been

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fantastic bringing all these different groups of people together.

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There are some people who do music in further education and others who

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are doing it as a hobby. I will let you go because you have to perform.

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On Easter Sunday there will be a performance of the Easter anthem by

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the choir as you see now. Thank you very much. That is high pressure,

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performing outdoors, live. And there's more information about the

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people's passion on our Facebook page. Now it's almost 25 years

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since one of the most memorable FA Cup finals ever took place - the

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1987 classic between Coventry City and Tottenham. It's widely regarded

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as one of the finest to be played beneath the old twin towers, and

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now a new exhibition in celebration of the final is ready to kick off.

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Kevin Reide's been finding out more. It was a final few can forget - the

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underdogs Coventry City playing in it for the first time against a

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side who'd won it more than anybody else. Tottenham were packed with

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internationals, the Sky Blues an assembly of lower league players

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with just a few established stars, but on this day they were all heros.

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These are some of the items currently being prepared for the

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exhibition. This is the actual match ball. This is my favourite,

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the actual Show belonging to be Number 10 striker who scored the

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memorable goal. Many of the items have been deleted by those lucky

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enough to have been at the game. This man was one of them. It was

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wonderful. It was dreams coming true. The whole city just came

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alight. Others have brought forward previously unseen home videos of

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the celebrations that followed. They reckon there were 250,000

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people on the streets. It really captured the imagination of the

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public but unfortunately nothing has been achieved since then.

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People are really coming together to mark this anniversary, I think

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It brings the memories flooding back. Absolutely. I played in a

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celebrity charity match the night before. Weather time now. Good

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evening. Today is another beautiful bay with lots of sunshine and

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temperatures back up to 20 Celsius. There will be a change soon,

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tomorrow will be a lovely day again but by the weekend temperatures

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will drop of to around 13 Celsius at best. Tonight we still have

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clear skies to start the night. There will be a few shallow patches

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of mist and fog by tomorrow morning. Tomorrow will start cloudier but it

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does look to be another sunny and warm day once again. It does start

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of cloudy in comparison to what mornings have been like of late.

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But the cloud will lift and by afternoon it will be sunny and warm

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again. The temperatures will be just slightly suppressed over parts

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of the north-west of the region. For most another warm day with

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highs of up to 19 Celsius. Towards the weekend it is turning cloudier,

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cooler and it will still stay dry. The high pressure is shifting

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westwards pulling in colder here from the north. That will introduce

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more cloud on Saturday with highs of just 12 or 13 Celsius. A look at

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tonight's main headlines: As fuel sales soar, ministers are accused

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of causing panic buying. Long queues appear at petrol stations,

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