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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes. The

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headlines tonight: Winter's sting in the tail, as snow descends on

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the region. But startled holidaymakers carry on camping.

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Didn't come away on holiday expecting this. It is different.

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is typical British weather. A first look at the new truck which could

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bring dozens of jobs to the Potteries. To have something from

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Britain released in the market at this time I think is really good

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news. The stroke victim who says he is being neglected by his council.

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He has only been washed four times in three months. And why the Royal

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Shakespeare Company is recruiting in Winson Green.

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

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BBC. Tonight: After last week's mini heatwave, winter returns with

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a vengeance. Snow fell today over Shropshire, Birmingham and the

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Staffordshire Moorlands, some of it heavy. Drifts in some areas were

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knee-deep. Strong winds brought power lines down, while snowploughs

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were needed to clear the worst affected roads. The wintry blast

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caught some holidaymakers by surprise but, undeterred, they

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carried on camping. Andy Newman reports.

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The British weather - full of surprises. This was the scene in

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Staffordshire today - well over six inches of snow. The Leeds to Buxton

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Road had to be closed in places. All of this happened with Easter

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just around the corner and the hot sunshine of only a few days ago

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still fresh in people's minds. What a difference a week makes! Last

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week it was deckchair weather, today it is this. The temperature

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is forecast to drop well below zero overnight. Not the conditions that

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campers had been expecting when they checked into this site for an

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Easter break. Butane gas cylinders are definitely in demand as they

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try to keep warm. I wasn't expecting it. Were you hoping for

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the weather we had last week? definitely. We were out on Sunday

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and the weather was glorious. We were wearing T-shirts. For it is

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different! It is lovely, really. I have never been away in a motor

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home when it has been snowing, so it is a bit different. Glorious,

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isn't it? After the last fortnight, this is typical British weather.

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Typical yet unpredictable. And for many of us today, a sharp reminder

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of that unpredictability. In fact, it is forecast to get milder as we

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head for the bank holiday weekend. That is just in case all this has

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got you dreaming of a white Easter. Well, as you saw in Andy's report,

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the roads in north Staffordshire were severely affected. We're

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joined now by Dean Sargeant from Staffordshire County Council's

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gritting depot at Leek. So what were the challenges you faced today

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as a result of the bad weather? Well, we have been faced with many

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challenges today - trees that have fallen on the roads, snowdrifts

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because of the high winds and in some areas abandoned vehicles,

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which has caused a few problems when we have been trying to plant

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sold some of the Ritz. -- supply 0 and put salt on some of the routes.

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-- to use snowploughs. We have been out since three o'clock this

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morning gritting the roads across the county. We have had snow

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blowers and snowploughs out to try to keep people on the move. What

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are the plans for this evening and overnight? We have already had

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their gritters out this evening. We will continue to monitor the

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weather forecast for the rest of the evening and into the early

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years of tomorrow. I would encourage any motorist who

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experiences hazardous conditions to get in touch with the council and

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we will try to rectify the situation as best we can.

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Thank you for joining us. So how much longer is it going to go on

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for? Shefali can tell us. Not for much longer. The worst of it is

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practically over, and that was bad enough, with snow depths in excess

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of 20cm and the worst affected areas. At least it won't be

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affecting us over the Easter weekend, but I'll have more on that

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later. One of the country's most wanted

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men has been arrested in Birmingham after a vehicle was car-jacked with

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two toddlers still strapped in the back seats. It happened in

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Erdington following reports of a burglary. Anthony Bartram is near

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the scene for us this evening. So tell us more about what happened,

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Anthony. It must have been a terrifying oil

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or -- ordeal for this young mother, caught up in the middle of a major

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police operation. They were on the trail of three suspected burglars

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who fled the scene of a burglary which was reported. They chase

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their getaway car to hear. Three men got out of the car, one of them

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then dragged a woman out of her car and sped off with a two young

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children - a one-year-old boy and a two-year-old girl - still strapped

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into their seats in the back. The police changed -- chase that

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vehicle and, that about a mile down the road. The children are safe and

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well, thankfully. Police now have a suspect in custody from both the

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burglary and the car jacking incident.

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What do we know about this man? The man involved -- allegedly

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involved, is 44-year-old Cedric Brown. He is already on the police

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wanted list in connection with a burglary two years ago in Bristol,

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a violent incident, we're told, which featured on Crimewatch. He is

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now being questioned in connection with all of those incidents. Truck

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dealers and service centres have been getting a first look at a new

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truck which it is hoped will bring dozens of jobs to Stoke-on-Trent.

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The Longton Avia is being backed by a group of Staffordshire

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businessmen who are aiming to set up production in the city once

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sales are high enough. An order has already been placed ahead of its

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official launch to the market. Liz Copper reports.

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Arriving in Longton, the truck that bears this town's name, and with it

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hopes of economic rejuvenation. Dealers who will be selling and

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servicing the Longton truck were in Stoke-on-Trent to see it on the

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road for the first time. But how confident are they that there is

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room in the market for this new marque made in the Potteries?

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very exciting because, to have something that is from Britain to

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be released in the market at this time, I think it is really good

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news. I think they're coming in difficult conditions but if they

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can crack it while it is like this it should be good in the future.

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Initially, the trucks will be made here at a factory in pride in the

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Czech Republic. But it is planned to shift production to Stoke-on-

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Trent as soon as next year. industrial history that this town

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has, I think there is an ethos of manufacturing in Longton. I think

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people associate that if a truck is built over here it will be built

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well. Are there signs that this sector is seeing a recovery? The MP

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for Longton also chairs the all- party Freight Transport Group, and

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he believes the outlook is encouraging. The response that we

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have had from across the country has been incredible. People have

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been saying, about time, we have been waiting for a British truck to

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be launched. They want details. moving assembly to the Potteries

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would generate jobs and benefit the city's economy. Adventure like this

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is going to add millions of pounds -- ventures like this will add

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millions of pounds to the local economy and employ more people.

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Already, the first orders have been placed for these trucks. It is

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hoped it is part of a long and illustrious route ahead which will

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boost the region's economy. Liz Copper, BBC Midlands Today, Stoke-

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on-Trent. And in Midlands Today at 10:25pm, we will have news of a

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significant announcement being made this evening by Jaguar at the New

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York Motor Show. Detectives investigating the murder

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of a 92 year-old man in the Black Country have arrested a 35-year-old

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woman. William Davis, a decorated war veteran, was found with head

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injuries at his home in Willenhall on Sunday. Police are now

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questioning a woman, believed to be local, on suspicion of murder.

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The jury's been sent home for the night in the case of Tariq Jahan,

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whose son was one of three men killed in last summer's riots in

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Birmingham. Mr Jahan's accused of an unrelated assault on a road in

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Handsworth last July as he picked up his wife from work. He denies

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assaulting a factory worker, Sajjid Ali, and the jury will resume its

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deliberations tomorrow. A 33-year-old man has been

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sentenced to 16 months in prison after sending a hoax bomb report to

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MI5. Ghulan Kibria used the name of his estranged wife to tell security

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service officials there was an explosive device at Prince Albert

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Junior and Infant School in Aston in Birmingham. The school was

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evacuated of more than 800 pupils and staff as a precaution.

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A hundred new jobs are being created in the region's computer

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games industry. Codemasters are expanding their headquarters in

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Warwickshire as well as their development studio in Birmingham.

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The company's one of a growing number of high-tech gaming

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companies now based in the West Midlands.

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A stroke victim says he has been abandoned in his own home. Colin

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Bird lost mobility in his arm and leg two years ago he gets 30

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minutes of care every morning and evening and says his house doesn't

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provide suitable accommodation for his condition. His friends and

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family now say that's got to change. Louise Brierley reports. Friends

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say that it is hard to believe that people are living in these

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conditions in 21st century Britain. Colin Bird is only 46 years old and

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has had two strokes in four years. He has been living in this flat in

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Yardley Wood in Birmingham for the last few months. Terrible. I can't

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do nothing myself any more. city council provide him with half-

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an-hour's care in the morning and evening. But friends say that's not

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enough. He needs fully assisted living, which is doctors say is

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fully agreed. For a man with that level of disability to be left

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wanting and starving in modern-day Britain is an absolute disgrace.

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Colin has told us he's only been washed four times in the last three

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months and has sores around his legs as a result. He also says he

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has just �96 a month to live on, which means he often goes hungry.

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It's disgusting. Colin should not be here. He should be an supported

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housing where he can get the care that he needs. He cannot handle his

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finances. I was upset about it yesterday because I hate seeing him

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like this. The flat is also not designed for someone in his

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condition. Colin's door is double lot. Because of a stroke he cannot

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use his arm and that means he cannot lock his door at night. His

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bed is broken in two places. Inside his kitchen he has very few

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amenities and has to live off of a microwave and a toaster. Birmingham

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City Council say this is a complex case and they are satisfied with

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the care provided in very difficult circumstances. They say they are

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trying to find him more suitable accommodation that would suit his

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needs. Colin, meanwhile, is having to rely on the kindness of people

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like Chris to get by. I get fed up. I can't do nothing myself. I can't

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walk out beside myself. -- out side by myself. Do you think you need

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more help? I do, yeah. Luoise Brierley, BBC Midlands TOday,

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Yardley Wood. We're joined now by Patrick

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Olzowski from the Stroke Association. Thank you for joining

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us. What challenges do stroke patients face when they leave

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hospital? They want to get back to the sort of life that we all

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actually take for granted, whether it is actually saying a loved one's

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name were being able to type in a PIN number at the shopping till or,

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as one gentleman said to me, he wanted to get back to the Royal

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Marines. There is a huge variety of impacts and recovery is possible

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but it needs the right support. I gather that the Stroke

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Association is releasing a report in the next few weeks - are the

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problems among those who need care? I absolutely. We will be releasing

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a report at at the start of May. It will be highlighting what is a one-

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off largest surveys carried out -- carried out of survivors and their

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carers and what the barriers are to recovery. Survivors are telling us

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that they are not getting assessed. Assessments should cover the health

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and social care needs of individual and they should result in

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meaningful action, but survivors are not -- are telling us they are

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not getting that. If that places a huge burden on the survivor,

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pushing back the possibility of recovery, and also on carers who

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are being forced to sacrifice -- sacrifice their own health and

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economic well-being to care for a loved one. What impact are the cuts

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in social care having? Stroke survivors are finding it

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increasingly hard to get access to show to -- social care. Those who

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are getting it are actually getting less and less. I would encourage

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people who are interested in this to visit our website.

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Thank you. There will be more on this on BBC

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Radio West Midlands with Adrian Goldberg tomorrow at nine o'clock.

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Still to come: Giving people from Birmingham the chance to tread the

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boards in Stratford. Time for sport now, and Ian - big news from Port

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Vale as they try to move on from their financial troubles. Yes, we

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now know that Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder is the man

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in pole position to buy Port Vale out of administration. And he's got

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a plan to lift the club from the bottom division of the Football

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League to the Championship within five years. Nick Clitheroe reports.

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I am delighted to announce this morning that the preferred bidder

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is Keith Ryder. After a month of uncertainty, today at last Port

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Vale supporters learnt the identity of the man who's been chosen from

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five bidders to buy the club out of administration. We are sure he has

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got the money. He is asking the right questions and has the right

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ideas about how to take the club forward. We believe he would be

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very good for Port Vale as well as giving us the best price. We are

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may not get the full details of his plans until he meets supporters on

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the 18th. We do know that he has a programme

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to get this club into the championship within five years and

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is planning to sit down with the manager, Micky Adams, and talk

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about building the team. Mr Ryder For the fans who continue to raise

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money to keep the club going in difficult times, it's a welcome day

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of positive news. We want to encourage people to go

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out and buy season tickets. Let's try to get them up to 5,000. Mr

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Ryder now has two key issues to overcome: First, he must convince

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75% of the club's creditors to accept his offer, then he has to

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pass the Football League's fit and proper person test. Do both and he

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should officially be the owner by the end of June. Nick Clitheroe,

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BBC Midlands Today, Stoke-on-Trent. Fans will be dying to know more

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about him. Yes, and we will, too. He's from

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Lancashire, has interests in financial services and the property

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business, and he did try to buy into the club last year but was put

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off by the boardroom politics. Chris Hughton admitted Birmingham

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City had to ride their luck against Burnley last night. But the Blues

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manager thought his team deserved to win. On a rain-soaked, blustery

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night in Burnley it was Birmingham who scored first, through Marlon

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King, his 16th goal of the season. In the second half, the home side

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hit back to make it 1-1. But two minutes later the Blues were back

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in front, thanks to Jordon Mutch, and they went on to seal a 3-1 away

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victory for the second time in five days when David Murphy scored from

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close range. Just six games left, the Blues are fourth and still with

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everything to play for. There was a major disappointment for

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Bromsgrove's Jess Varnish in her Olympic preparations today. Varnish

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and Victoria Pendleton could only qualify in fourth place for the

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finals of the team sprint at the world cycling championships in

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Australia. They were then beaten in the bronze medal match by China and

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saw their world record broken by the Germans in the final. On the

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eve of the new cricket season, some disappointing news for

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Worcestershire. Spin bowler Saeed Ajmal looks unlikely to return to

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New Road this summer because of Pakistan's proposed tour of Sri

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Lanka. Nevertheless, Worcestershire are still in confident mood after

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narrowly avoiding relegation from division one. Ah, the pre-season

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photo call. It's just not cricket without one. As traditional as

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April showers and Easter eggs. Every year, a few new faces, a lot

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of new shirts, and not a single grass stain in sight. Normally,

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they take the pictures out here but this year the snappers are forced

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to their snapping indoors. And that is because it is cold

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outside. Welcome to English county cricket. Michael, what was the

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temperature in Adelaide yesterday. It was mid- twenties.

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Michael is the captain of South Australia. A prolific batsman who's

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just scored the third double century of his career. Now he's

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joined Worcestershire for the next couple of months until his fellow

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Aussie Phil Hughes arrives at the end of May. Luckily for the men

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from Down Under ,the April weather's not always this bad.

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Exactly twelve months ago New Road was full of sun cream... And ice

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cream. Cold beer... And bare chests to welcome Yorkshire on the opening

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day of the new campaign. Six months later, Worcestershire stayed up on

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the last day of season. And the Head Coach said it was the biggest

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achievement of his cricket career. I always felt that if they could

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just survive then they would be a year older, better experienced.

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That will be the acid test now. When Steve rang me up, I saw it as

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a challenge. There are some great teams playing in this division.

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Inside, in the warmth of the Graeme Hick Pavilion... The lads had

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changed out of their whites and into their greens. And outside, the

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wind howled, the rain blew, and the coach shivered with anticipation.

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think it is going to be a day for three sweaters tomorrow, isn't it.

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They will be struggling out there if it is like this. Let us keep our

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fingers crossed us up I do not like to be pessimistic about anything,

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including the weather. Bring it on. Let's hope it's a bit warmer

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tomorrow for Worcestershire away to Nottinghamshire in division one.

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Likewise for Gloucestershire away to Essex in division two.

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I would say take a jumper tomorrow. It is not that unusual for it so be

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-- for it to be so cold at the beginning of the season, is it? I

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believe there is ice on some of the pitches. Yes, some of them are

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frozen over. I cannot remember ever seeing my hot breath on a day in

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April. Now, as the countdown to the

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Olympics continues, some of the many associated cultural events

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tied to the games are gathering pace. The World Shakespeare

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Festival 2012 is one of them - it'll be launched later this month.

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The Festival will celebrate the Bard's work in more ways than one,

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as Kevin Reide reports. The Winson Green area of Birmingham

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may seem a million miles from Shakespeare's Stratford but this is

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where the Royal Shakespeare Company is recruiting it's latest talent.

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They want an all Black cast for a version of Julius Caesar to be set

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in Africa. The inspiration has come from a number of places. One is

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Nelson Mandela's known appreciation of the play, and another

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comparisons between the Ceasers rule in Rome and that of other

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African rulers right up to the present day. Recruiting from one

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ethnic group may be contentious but the RSC say it needs to to make the

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play authentic and realistic adding that it's acting within the law.

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One volunteer who hopes to be selected is George Gordon.. Julius

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Caesar feels very fitting, given some of the uprisings that have

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been happening in Africa. George's one volunteer who could

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soon find himself on stage alongside leading black actors.

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Shakespeare is associated with using the English language very

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effectively. That is my perception, anyway. So it has relevance where

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we are in Great Britain. Winson Green is no rent -- no exception to

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that. Nor is Birmingham. This incarnation of Julias Caesar will

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form part of the World Shakespeare Celebrations much of which are

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about spreading the Bard's word as far and wide as possible, for

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example there will be performances in his name as far afield as Brazil

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and Baghdad. Obviously this year is the Year of the Olympics, and you

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would think that is all about sport, but is it it -- but it is actually

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about the arts and theatre as well. And just like the Olympics, the

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events do not just belong to Britain. The African version of

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Julias Caesar is due on stage in Stratford at the end of May, there

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are more details on the RSC's website. Kevin Reide, BBC Midlands

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Today, Birmingham. And the star of Homeland, David Harewood returns to

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Birmingham to work with a group of teenagers from his old school to

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perform a section of scenes from Macbeth as part of the World

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Shakespeare Festival, and you can see how they get in a special

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programme here on BBC 1 at ten past eleven on Sunday 22nd April.

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Well it wasn't just the snow that caused problems overnight, the

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gable wall of this house in Stoke on Trent collapsed early this

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morning. Investigations are now underway to see if the strong winds

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affected the structure. But are we heading for better weather?

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We had up to 20 centimetres of snow in the worst affected areas. Along

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with the wind, it really was awful. Let us not forget that we had some

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decent bouts of rain that were desperately needed at the moment.

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There is more to come over the weekend. It should be warmer by the

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weekend. This is where we are currently at. The isobars will be

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listening up in the process, so no more damaging winds after today.

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Let's take a closer look at tonight. We can see that the band of rain is

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moving to the south. We will see some showers gradually dwindling,

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leaving dry and clear spells. Temperatures could get down below

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zero again. We could have some frost and ice by the morning

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tomorrow. It could be cloudy start to the day, a bit chilly as well.

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It will be brighter and drier by lunchtime. The big difference is

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the lighter wind, still coming from the north-east, but considerably

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lighter. Temperatures will be a couple of degrees higher, up to

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about eight or nine Celsius. The cloud will continue to break up

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tomorrow night. Temperatures will plunge down to zero in towns and

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cities, perhaps as low as of minus four in rural spots. The cloud is

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increasing from the north. It will be fair rain -- fairly bright on

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Friday, a little rain entering the North Letter Road. It turns cooler

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but warmer as we head into the weekend. A look at tonight's main

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headlines: Road disruption and power lines down as snow and

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blizzards hit parts of the country. There are queues of traffic across

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northern England - as tens of thousands are left without power:

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