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Welcome to Midlands Today. They headlines: The whole region is now

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officially a drought zone but there will be no hosepipe ban. In part of

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the Midlands, we are looking at a lack of rainfall over the last 18

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months that we would normally only see once in a hundred years.

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Pakistan's hockey team becomes the latest side to choose a West

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Midlands to train for the Games. An elected mayor should have powers

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be on the city. Following the death of the

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Gloucestershire trained Synchronised, is the race simply

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too came to us? -- dangerous? Welcome to the start of the week.

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Our top story, the whole region has been declared a drought zone.

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Drought orders effective from today mean all of the West Midlands is

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now on alert. The region's biggest water company, Severn Trent Water,

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says there will not be a hosepipe ban this summer. We have continued

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the dry trend we have seen for the last two years with only between 31

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and 40% of the expected rainfall. That has had a pronounced impact on

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river levels. Many are now exceptionally low, including the

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Wye, the Trent and the Avon. What across the region, groundwater

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levels are also classed as exceptionally low. David Gregory

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begins his report from a potato have bombed.

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-- potato farm. When levels of this low, this is

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only useful to passing swans. are looking at a lack of rainfall

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in the last 18 months we would only expect to see once every hundred

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years, so it is quite a significant impact, and with the two dry

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windows we have had, levels are low. It could have a serious impact upon

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the environment. On this farm, the Environment Agency has been working

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with the farmer. Relaxing rules and allowing him to take water from

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this river at a time which is traditionally outside the

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abstraction season. It is a lie on the farm to recharge the reservoirs.

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But farmers would like to see other changes to help them survive the

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drought. Especially when it comes to planning and building new

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reservoirs on their land. We have been through the planning process

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with one and we have had a lot of help with it, but it has taken

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about 18 months to get it through, which is too long. And the cost of

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doing that, to get consultants in, sometimes takes the project out of

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reach for us doing it because we are spending too much money on

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getting the product -- the project already rather than building up the

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reservoir of. This could mean poorer quality crops for farmers

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here in the Midlands. We can cross live to David Gregory

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now. Just how serious is the water level situation? I guess we have

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had two years where we have had less than average rainfall, so we

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need two years of above-average rainfall and it is winter that is

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key, because it is that we trod period where for use the rain to

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fill up a will rivers -- v re- charge period. We need persistent

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rain that serves the ground and makes it nice and wet so any

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further rain fall soaks ride in and recharges the ground water. That is

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something we have not had. -- soaks right in. How can the water

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companies be confident we will not have a hosepipe ban this summer

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when we are in a drought? This is a Severn Trent Water reservoir that

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supplies Rugby and they have built her pipeline to refill it from a

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nearby river and they would argue that thanks to this kind of moving

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of water, they are definitely able to keep the water flowing into our

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taps, and that is what many companies say as well. So while

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there may not be an official hosepipe ban, if we are still

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talking about a drought in 12 months' time, whatever water we

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save this summer and winter, we might turn out to be very great for

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forehead and a year's time. Everybody should be thinking more

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carefully about what we used a waterfall. -- grateful for it.

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Under the hammer - the irreplaceable medical library sold

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off to pay the bills. It has emerged a would-be suicide

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bomber jailed for plotting to blow up an aeroplane has been released

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only after he helped prosecutors in the United States. Saajid Badat,

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from Gloucester, was arrested in 2003 and admitted conspiring to

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place a device on an aircraft. Articulate, intelligent, full of

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promise. Saajid Badat was the grammar-school boy turned would-be

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terrorist. He was arrested nine years ago at a family home in

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Gloucester where police found a dismantled bomb stored in suitcases.

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He admitted plotting to use the device hidden in his shoe to blow

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up a transatlantic airliner but he never went through with it. He was

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jailed for 13 years but the sentence has now been cut to 11

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years. This was one of the most serious terrorist threat to our

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nation since September 11th. It is because he has agreed to give

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evidence against a 25-year-old man involved in a plot to blow up the

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city's subway system in New York. It is extremely common for people

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either under threat of conviction or who have been convicted to

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agreed to testify to get a reduction of sentence. It is far

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less common in the UK is so it is very interesting in terms of

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transatlantic co-operation. Badat's plot was very similar to that of

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Richard Reid, the shoe bomber. Following his arrest it was decided

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that Badat could not face being a courier of death and he rejected

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terrorism. Four workers had complained about

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the behaviour of Mr Schu council's former leader before he went on to

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sexually assault a teenage girl at County Hall. -- Gloucestershire

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council. George Lord was accused of sexual assault on a 14-year-old

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girl. The council was deemed to have acted appropriately but

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communication could have been better. The councils say they do

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with the previous complaint at the time. In all cases, action was

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taken to stop the unwanted attention and it did stop. On that

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basis, I don't think anybody could have predicted the next case was

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going to be a serious sexual assault.

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The former Birmingham City player Trevor Francis has been discharged

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from hospital in Burnham -- in Birmingham after suffering a

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suspected heart attack. He was admitted to Heartlands Hospital on

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Friday. He had emergency surgery over the weekend.

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Elected mayors of Birmingham and Coventry should take a leading role

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well outside the city boundaries, effectively becoming the voice of

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the region. That is according to new research published today. In

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less than three weeks, the people go to the polls to decide if they

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want elected mayors with far- reaching powers. The research has

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been commissioned by Warwickshire University.

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The Midland Metro does not just run through Birmingham. It stretches

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through the Black Country. Unlike the wit of an elected mayor, which

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would stop at the City borders. -- unlike that of an elected mayor.

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But some say their powers should be extended to places where people

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have not actually voted them in. There is an argument for leading

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without authority, that just because you do not have political

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authority over an economic which, doesn't mean you cannot use your

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authority to do something about a region. If you look at the West

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Midlands region, we have got Coventry, which is a city, which

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might have a mayor, and then Birmingham. We also have

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Wolverhampton, so the real question is, how do you co-ordinate this? No

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one person can have a mandate for the whole read -- region.

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cities that say yes in the referendum, how much to pay the

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mayor could become a political minefield. And then there is the

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question of what is more accountable. Council leaders are

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chosen by other councillors, whereas a directly elected mayor is

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chosen by the voters. The counter argument goes that it could be

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dangerous to put all of a power in hands of just one person. The

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Warren Commission's answer is for the Government to put a system in

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place so that counsellors can expel mayors who abuse their power. But

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it is the voters who will decide whether council leaders get to stay

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in the driving seat. Those votes to decide whether an

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elected mayor should run Birmingham and Coventry take place on the same

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day as local council elections. In some councils, all the seats are

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being contested. In others, just a third of seats are up for grabs.

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Patrick Burns has been looking at what is at stake.

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Launching their manifesto in Solihull today, the Greens launched

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their manifesto today to create jobs and help small businesses. But

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Birmingham, like Parliament itself, is run by a Conservative-Liberal

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Democrat coalition. Labour need four more seats to regain power

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here after eight years. And what other partnership faces a similar

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Labour challenge at Newcastle- under-Lyme, one of 18 councils

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holding elections or stop the Conservatives control nine,

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including some wafer-thin majorities. Labour have three and

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another three are under no overall control, leaving just one with

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overall Lib Dem majority. With the whole council up three election,

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they could lose control to the Conservatives. So the coalition

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partnership in Westminster have daggers drawn. Could we be looking

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at an old-fashioned fight? Well, what price the new politics?

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Traditionally, the third party have struggled in our part of the world.

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Their only even doubt been a region with 60 constituencies. There could

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be the credit squeeze between the juggernauts. In Walsall, there is a

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minority Conservative constituency there. May be in Walsall only need

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four net gains on their own account to have a majority of their own. --

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Labour in Walsall. You could be likely to have the opposition

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picking up seats? It is extraordinary how successive

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governments have found themselves becoming unpopular. We have seen

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the documented woes of the Tory party and the so-called Tory spring

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and their coalition partners, the Lib Dems, their poll ratings rooted

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stubbornly at around 12%. There is this mid-term Blues factor, which

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is on my blog Page, and it affects a team in our part of the world. In

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Rugby, they have a whole council election. It could be a moment when

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we find out which way the political wind is blowing.

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A still head the Stephen, penalty or a dive? Ashley Young is in the

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firing line after Manchester United won a penalty for this.

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And spring could still feel like winter, but how fitting that rain

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is in full flow this week after the drought zone announcement.

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With the start of the Olympic Games just over 100 days away, the

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Pakistan hockey squad has become the latest side to choose the West

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Midlands as its base during the Games. They will train at Chase

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Park. They arrived in the UK head of the Olympics. Pakistan played

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England in a series of internationals three years ago and

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were impressed with the facilities. There are the latest in a growing

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list of international squads choosing to base themselves outside

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the capital as the countdown to London 2012 continues.

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The Olympics is the greatest show on earth, and if you cannot be the

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host city, there are always fringe benefits. Cannock hockey club will

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host Pakistan. We are one of the few venues that can has the team

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because of the facilities and we are always looking to develop our

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facilities to enable any visiting country to be able to play at a top

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Staffordshire county council worked hard with the club to attract

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Pakistan here. They're hoping it will provide a short-term financial

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boost for local businesses but also raise the county's wider profile.

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The first one is to the local community, and people are selling

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their merchandise here. The second one is to prove what an ideal

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situation the county is in, two of four world class accommodation for

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sporting facilities. It was also confirmed today that the University

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of Wolverhampton has attracted the Australian judo team to train at

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it's Walsall campus. Coventry will benefit too. The small Asian

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kingdom of Bhutan will base its archers, boxers and taekwondo squad

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at the University of Warwick. Dominica's boxers are in

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Wolverhampton and Malawi's entire team in Cheltenham are more about

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feeling a part of the Olympics. At the other end of the scale it's

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been estimated that Birmingham's scoop in signing up the American

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and Jamaican athletics teams could give the city a �20 million boost.

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But it's the sporting benefits that are getting these young stars

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excited. The ability to watch the world's best on your doorstep and

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even take them on. I've only played against under 21s, this would be a

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massive opportunity to see if I can keep the ball out! Some economists

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argue about how realistic the claimed financial benefits are. But

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this Olympics is also about creating a legacy of increased

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sports participation. Bringing the world's best to the West Midlands

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will surely help them achieve that goal. We do seem to be getting more

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and more involved. Dan's here with tonight's sport,

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and there's been plenty of reaction to Villa's game at Old Trafford.

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Plenty of reaction between now and -- to what happened between

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Manchester United and Aston Villa. Yes, Gordon Taylor of the PFA

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players union says blatant diving cannot be tolerated. And Stan

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Collymore wants the Premier League to introduce retrospective

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punishment. The former Villa striker was incensed to see Ashley

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Young awarded a penalty for Manchester United, as Ian Winter

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reports. It's certainly got the tabloids

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talking, the broadsheets bristling, and former footballers fuming. Stan

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Collymore is the ex-Villa player turned media pundit.. He was

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watching closely when Ashley Young took an early tumble at Old

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Trafford. 75,000 home fans screamed penalty - match referee Mark Halsey

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said penalty, and Stan the Man said: When he is looking to check

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on to his right foot, he is live -- leaving his leg in. If you are

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looking to contact somebody, more often than not, you're going to

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find somebody, so as far as I'm concerned, it is a cheat, it is a

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dive. It should be under the laws of retrospective punishment.

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slow motion, it doesn't look good. The slightest of touches from

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Ciaran Clarke, and Ashley Young is poleaxed inside the penalty area. A

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free gift for Wayne Rooney. And frustration for Alex McLeish. 1-0

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down to that all-important early goal, and a 4-0 defeat soon

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followed. I have seen the replay, he tries to pull his leg away, but

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actually has thrown his leg towards Ciaran Clarke and has got his team

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appeared to At least he never pulled those sort of tricks when he

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played for the Villa. Did he? Well yes, he did, actually. In fact,

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Villa fans like Stan can recall several embarrassing moments like

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this before his �17 million move to Old Trafford. It is a yellow card

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for diving. They always loved his precocious talent, but never warmed

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to this side of Ashley's game. you say to a youngster, don't do it,

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but then they get a professional contract, and the manager says, so

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long as we get the result, do it for your life. So, did he dive, or

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did he not? The debate will rage on and Villa fans have the

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collywobbles, with five games left to preserve their Premier League

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status. And there's more from Stan

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Collymore on tonight's Late Kick- off with Manish Bhasin, here on

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BBC1 at 11.05pm. The show includes all the goals

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from the Football League, including Coventry's 1-1 draw at Burnley.

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Clive Platt's equaliser, mid-way through the second half, leaves the

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Sky Blues four points adrift of safety, with only three games left,

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starting at home to Millwall tomorrow night.

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The former Coventry striker Marlon King did his old club a favour by

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scoring against their main relegation rivals Bristol City.

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Nikola Zigic got Birmingham's second, as the Blues fought from 2-

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0 to earn a valuable point. Shrewsbury Town are moving ever

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closer to automatic promotion from League Two. Terry Gornell scored

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two of the goals as they beat Rotherham 3-1 on Saturday. It means

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they're still the only team in all four divisions to remain unbeaten

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at home this season. The win lifts the Shrews up to second, now four

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points clear of the chasing pack with four games to go.

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Walsall welcomed a VIP guest to the Banks's Stadium on Saturday to

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watch their 1-0 home defeat by Tranmere. The Saddlers' former

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goalkeeper Bert Williams MBE received a great reception from the

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fans at half-time. Bert, who's 92, began his career at Walsall before

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going on to play for Wolves and England. His visit raised �400 for

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the Alzheimer's Society. Trainer Jonjo O'Neill is said to be

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heartbroken at the death of Gold Cup winner Synchronised in

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Saturday's Grand National. Synchronised broke a leg while

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running loose and was put down. He was one of two horses which died

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during Saturday's race, provoking debate about the safety of the race.

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It was dramatic and produced the closest finish in the race's

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history. Neptune Collonges is diving! It took a photo-finish to

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separate the winner - Neptune Collonges from the runner up

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Sunnyhill Boy. It meant Gloucestershire trainer Jonjo

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O'Neill had lost the race by a nose. But far worse news soon surfaced -

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that Gold Cup winner Synchronised had suffered a fatal injury and had

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been put down. Synchronised and jockey Tony McCoy fell at Bechers

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Brook on the first circuit. He then galloped on alone and suffered

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injury jumping the 11th as a loose horse. Synchronised was the stable

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star at Jackdaws Castle in Temple Guiting having won the Gold Cup

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just four weeks ago. His trainer was still too upset to talk about

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his death today, but spoke about the horse last week. I have done

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everybody, it is a fantastic feeling, it is just a nice to know

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that you have done it, really, and hopefully, everything goes well and

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it continues that way for him. second horse, According to Pete,

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was also put down on Saturday. He suffered a broken leg after being

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brought down. The safety of the National is under scrutiny. There

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were too many loose horses still running across the horse. The field

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is just too big, so when mistakes get made, there is nowhere for the

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jockeys and horses to go other than into each other, and death and

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injury occurs. It has taken the spotlight away form the winner

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Neptune Collonges. His owner, Shropshire businessman John Hales

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has defended the race, and so has the trainer. Obviously it is sad

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when that happens, we all know there is an element a brisk before

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it even starts. Anything we can look out over the next few months

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with Aintree and the BH a to see what we can do, learn any lessons,

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will be done. The death could change the story of the Grand

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National for good. You have spoken to people at the

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yard, what have they said? I called them this morning, and they are

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understandably devastated. The last Gold Cup winner to die in the Grand

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National was in 1972. To enjoy a road that horse. That is a dreadful

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irony. It will be a long time until they get back to normal. There is

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always debate about the Grand National, you sometimes -- somehow

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feel this time it is under more threat than ever. Because a Gold

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Cup horse -- winning horse has been involved. It is not as simple as

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just changing the fences, they have done that before, because there is

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an argument that they go faster. There is talk about having a

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smaller field, I think that could be sensible, some people say it

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takes an element away from the race. It will take a while until anything

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is decided. I think that is the sensible thing, led the emotion

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died down, and look at it in the months ahead, don't rush into it.

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But it has to look -- be looked at again. It is a very sad.

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There was Olympic delight and despair for members of the Stafford

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and Stone canoe club at the British team trials at the weekend. Lizzie

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Neave won all three of her races on the Olympic course at Lee Valley.

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It ensures the 24-year-old will go to her first games this summer as

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the only woman in the single kayak class. But club team-mates Mark

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Proctor and Tom Brady missed out on Olympic selection. And this

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stunning shot from Graham Dorrans was enough for West Bromwich Albion

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to beat QPR and guarantee Premier League football at the Hawthorns

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next season. Call me biased! But it was pretty spectacular.

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One of Britain's oldest medical societies is having to sell its

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library to prevent a financial crisis. The Birmingham Medical

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Institute faces increasing rents and falling income.

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Some of the books being sold date back to 1500 and others are so rare

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they've never appeared on the market. Here's our health

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correspondent, Michele Paduano. The Birmingham Medical Institute

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began in 1875. It keeps doctors, dentists and nurses up to date with

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medical practice. But it needs to secure its financial future. Its

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ancient books, many donated by Birmingham Library and studied

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until recently at the University will be sold at auction with regret.

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It is enormous. Particularly the University, the middle -- Medical

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School, it is a sad day for them indeed. But we feel we have to face

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up to the realities of the situation today.

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These books dating back to 1502 survived the war in crates. The

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collection is so vast it's been divided into two sales. Even the

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dealers set to profit see the tragedy. Even though I have been

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dealing in books for 60 years, it is very sad to see this being

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disbursed, because to my mind, it should never have been put on the

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market, it should have been kept at the library. This vellum book is

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the first complete anatomy valued at �15,000. Next to it, the first

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English anatomy which is even rarer rare. The sale should fetch half a

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million pounds. Usually it is the same kinds of books that go round

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and round, but in amongst here are books I have never heard of, not

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just one or two, but dozens and dozens. These are going to cause a

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real sensation. This doctor noticed that milkmaids who had cowpox had

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smallpox. In 7096 he injected a country boy with limb from Enoch

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made, and then he gave him small pox. The boy remained well. It was

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the beginning of worldwide fascination. -- vaccination.

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Birmingham is sacrificing its medical heritage, so that its

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historic institute can survive. A beautiful day today, if a little

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We still have some way to go until we sort out these drought

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conditions, but we are heading in the right direction. As far as low

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pressures go, this one is a bit of a beast. It has got quite a tightly

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set pack of isobars around it, which means that as well as it been

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a wet, we will see strong winds. That is the only drawback, because

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it means that as well as it been cold, those winds are going to

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enhance the feel of the cold. But back to this deluge I mentioned

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earlier in the programme, it is heading our way tonight. We will

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have to see how long this heavy rain last, because it might

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decrease as it moves eastwards, and it might become a lighter. You can

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see we have some heavy rain to come, by the time it is all over, by the

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end of tomorrow morning, we are looking at up to 20 mm of rain in

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places. We can see gusts of up to 40 mph on the higher ground, those

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temperatures are going to be above freezing tonight. It is going to be

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a wet and windy rush-hour tomorrow morning, that rain clearing

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Eastwood, followed by a rash of showers and sunshine. We are

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looking at gusts a gain of 40 mph, that will make it feel colder, even

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A look at tonight's main headlines: Anders Breivik goes on trial in

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Norway and admits killing 77 people, but claims he was acting in self

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defence. And despite the region being

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declared a drought area, water companies say there'll be no

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hosepipe ban. That's all from us this evening,

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