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Headlines: so staff and pupils are run-down still say they are to wait

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a month until they find that the days rebuild. We will have to look

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into these findings, will have to make sure that the funding is

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allocated to the school's most in need. Flooding warnings are in

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force across the region are the days of incessant rain. A family

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course answers, wider if Barbara to die after being detained by police.

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Well West Brom's and Roy Hodgson become the next England manager.

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The news came on, I was gutted. I shout of the television. -- I

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shouted., Good evening, welcome to Monday's

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Midlands Today from the BBC. Tonight ; a Government Minister's

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told staff and pupils at a dilapidated school they will have

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to wait until the end of May to find out if it's to be rebuilt.

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Richard Lee Primary in Coventry made headlines last year when

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children had to be taught in corridors, after a worn out heating

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system flooded classrooms. The Minister's visit came after the

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school took their campaign to Downing Street.

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The schools Minister Nick Gibb at Richard Lee Primary School today -

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and his first impressions. It is very bad. I saw some damp. There is

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no question the school isn't a bad way. -- is in a bad way.

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structure of the school is so poor they can't keep on top of the

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repairs for example these ceiling tiles behind me have become stained

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over the last few weeks and that's in spite of the roof being repaired

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during the school holidays. It's this and other problems which led

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to a campaign culminating in a 3,000 signature petition being

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handed in to Downing street by pupils Georgie and Harvey, and

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today they too met the Minister. asked me what it would be like to

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have a new school, it would be nice for children to get more education,

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they would be able to do more things in life. That goes for

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children. -- for all children. in spite of the visit the minister

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couldn't say whether Richard Lee will be rebuilt, instead he said it

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was now being fully assessed. decision to allocate money is done

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in a scientific way. I hope it's not a PR exercise. I'm not so for,

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I would hope that -- I am not a fall, he said he saw some bad

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conditions there, hopefully we will be on that list. It is a PFI scheme,

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that is the whole country. We are in their we have probably, although

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the minister went to last, thousands of other schools. --

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Minister won't tell us. So after 18 months campaigning the school and

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it's 550 pupils will soon know their fate.

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And we'll keep you posted on the outcome of the decision about

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whether the school can be rebuilt next month.

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River levels in parts of Warwickshire and Worcestershire

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remain precariously high, following a weekend of strong winds and

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incessant rain. There are currently flood warnings for the River Leam

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in Leamington Spa, River Teme near Stanford Bridge in Worcestershire

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and for the River Severn through Tewkesbury. Some fields and paths

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next to rivers are already submerged. Our reporter Andy Newman

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is in Upton-upon-Severn for us this evening - what's the situation

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there, Andy? Actually, it's been rather a

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pleasant day here. The bigger concern is that this could be the

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calm before the next storm. The water level is high, it has not

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been causing many problems, the weather has been good.

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Gloucestershire Fire Service took advantage of the service to launch

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a major exercise. Preparing for the next flood

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emergency. Gloucestershire Fire Service mounted a full-scale water

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rescue exercise amongst the swollen waters. It was arranged at short

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notice, and was taking advantage of conditions that would provide a

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flood advantage, but I'm not yet causing problems. For 24 hours we

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have a period where the River is in flood, but it's not too angry four

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and a cruise to operate. We are grabbing the opportunity. Elsewhere

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this was the scene. A recently installed floodgates does his job.

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It is sheltering in the town -- the town of the worst excesses of the

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River Severn. There is a flood defence wall, that was due to be

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completed in May, they are plugging the last few gaps, it should be

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ready to do its jobs if the weather continues to rise. Back in

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Tewkesbury, the dress-rehearsal continued throughout the afternoon.

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They prepared for the worse, but hope for the best.

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It is a case of so far so good. We have got through atrocious weather,

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today provided something of a breathing space. The $64,000

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question is how much more rain is their game to be, and how much more

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flooding is they are going to be? With us in the studio is our

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Environment Correspondent David Gregory, who's currently putting

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together a special programme on the drought. How can there still be a

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drought, David? We have just had the figures for this month, we have

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had to wonder and 27% the average rainfall. I can see why you have

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been confused. -- we have had 227 %. One heavy rainfall is not enough to

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make a difference. If it is almost the wrong type of rain. What we

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want is persistent a dull English drizzle. These big heavy downpours

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are not the answer. Surely this rain will help a bit? It will help

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some farmers. There is no hosepipe ban here. If a farmer has a storage

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facility, it will be good news. Overall, it is too much rain in one

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place, it causes flooding. We are still in drought. This exposes

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problems of who has rights into water, that is what we are looking

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at. -- who has rights in water. And you can see more from David on

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an Inside Out special on the Drought, on wednesday night, 7:30pm,

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here on BBC 1. I'm filming that tomorrow.

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But is it shaping up to be one of the wettest Aprils on record?

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Shefali has the answers Well that's the rumour - couldn't

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confirm it yet as the figures for the month haven't been officially

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released but what I can say it that up until 25th April we had around

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91 mm of rain and the wettest April on record produced around 137 mm.

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Yesterday will probably contribute quite heavily to the final figure

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as Pennerley in Shropshire saw almost 36mm of rain which is over

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half the month's rainfall in a day. And May doesn't put an end to it.

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It goes on this week. I'll have more for you later

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Diplomats are trying to secure the release of an aid worker from the

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Midlands who's being held by soldiers in Africa. John Sorbo was

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one of four men detained amid clashes along the border between

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Sudan and its newly-formed neighbour South Sudan. It's

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believed the four are being held in a military compound. Family and

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friends are anxiously awaiting news. Arriving in the Sudanese capital

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Khartoum four aid workers detained by the military, among them John

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Sorbo, an expert in mine clearance. He lives south of Hereford but he's

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spent seven years off and on in Sudan, doing a job his wife had

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learnt to accept. I didn't imagine my husband being in danger,

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considering the area he worked in, helping the Sudanese live their

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life normally. It's believed the four were held near Sudan's border

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with the newly independent South Sudan close to the town of Heglig.

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The oil-producing region's seen a series of clashes and the two

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countries are on the verge of war. John, a Norwegian national, works

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for a charity based in Oslo. Their staff and Norwegian diplomats are

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struggling to get access to him. can't say where he was when he was

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arrested. The border there is not very clear, so where he was at the

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exact time, we can't say for certain. You can never prepare

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yourself for this kind of thing, although maybe you expected to

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happen, or whatever. It is human nature that you are going to be

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shocked. One of the other aid workers is said to be a Briton.

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Latest reports say they're in a military compound and are in good

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health - but no-one's been permitted to visit them.

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A post-mortem examination into the death of a disabled man from

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Birmingham has revealed he died of natural causes. 46 year old Colin

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Bird died in the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital last Tuesday.

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West Midlands police were called in to make enquiries into the

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circumstances of Mr Bird's death following allegations of neglect.

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This has now been ruled out as a contributing factor.

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Police have charged the Stoke City player Jermaine Pennant with drink-

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driving and driving while disqualified after a car crash near

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his home in Cheshire. The 29-year- old winger's BMW collided with an

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Audi in the early hours of Sunday morning, leaving the driver of the

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other vehicle in hospital with a minor back injury. Pennant's due to

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appear in court on Wednesday. Two sisters who were killed in a

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car crash on Friday have been named by police. 38-year-old Parveen

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Kauser and Raheela Altaf, who was 37, died after a collision on the

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A38 near Burton-upon-Trent. Three children, aged between 11 and 17

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who were travelling with them were taken to hospital with serious

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injuries. A man and woman in another car were also injured,

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along with a four-year-old girl. A Shropshire railway station has

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reopened today after mum so repairs and �2 million worth of work. The

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project, which was managed by Network rail, was due to be

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completed a month ago. The family of a man, who died after

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being detained by West Midlands Police, say they're still waiting

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for his body to be released to them. Kingsley Brown was detained under

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the Mental Health Act in March last year, after officers went to an

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incident in Birmingham. He died four days later in hospital. An

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inquiry by the Independent Police Complaints Commission has yet to

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report back, leaving the family with many unanswered questions.

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Kingsley Browne was a father, a brother, and to his mother, a

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loving son, she is struggling to cope with his sudden death. He was

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my only son, he was a lovely father to his own kids, and his sisters,

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he was one in a million. When he passed away, you know, it really

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broke my heart. Last March, the father of two was detained after

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the Mental Health Act, after calling 999. A few days later

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officers were called to a disturbance involving him, he died

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the following day. The IPCC began investigating. We want answers. We

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want to know how he died. We have brought these questions are

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previously, we -- we had brought these questions up, we are still

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waiting. We have to wait for them to complete their investigations

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until we know how we died. And IPCC spokesman said the investigation is

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nearing a conclusion. Investigators have interviewed four officers

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under caution. Earlier this year Dorset police were asked to

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investigate the actions of non police personnel. So, why hasn't he

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been buried, Dorset police say they cannot have until the investigation

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Last summer, his family and friends marched through Birmingham, calling

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for answers. I feel as if the system had led him

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down. They are there to serve its interests, and the way I saw it,

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they let him down. He has suffered enough. Come on, it has been a year.

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At least release his body. family now say if they don't get

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the answer they need, they will march again. The Independent Police

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Complaints Commission say the change in the lead investigator

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will not affect the inquiry, and that the forces pursuing inquiries

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to allow Mr Burrell's body to be released at the earliest

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opportunity. Thank you for being with us. Still

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to come: The haunting strains from Doctor Who, just one example of the

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great music created over the years in Coventry and is now being

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What a time it is for football in the region. We have had winners and

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losers already. Still more to come. And then there's Roy Hodgson.

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It was not the news that West Brom fans wanted to hear. But today,

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many said they were not surprised to hear that Roy Hodgson was wanted

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by England. This evening, he is talking to the FA at Wembley. The

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hunt is on for the right man to fill his big shoes at the Hawthorns.

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West Brom or England? What do you think? Don't know, gaffer. You are

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the boss. Nothing surprises Barbara Higgins. But even she could not

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believe it when she saw last night's late bulletin.

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The news came on. I was gutted. I shouted, no, you can't have him!

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I assume a manager would love to manage his country. Fair play to

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him. I wish him all the best. 24 hours earlier, the future

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England manager had been his usual self-, kicking every ball from the

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dug-out during Albion's goalless draw. Last night the Baggies

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announce they have given permission for the FA to talk to Roy Hodgson,

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and this morning he woke up to five he was not exactly top of the pubs

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with the national press. -- Top Of The Pops.

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Those headlines will not worry Roy Hodgson, who has always fancied the

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top job in English football. His departure will give a twist to the

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Midlands managerial merry-go-round. When he takes charge of England,

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the Birmingham City this -- boss Chris Hughton is the favourite to

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replace him. Mallett McLeish is close to the revolving door at

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Villa Park. -- Alex McLeish. And there could be a vacancy at

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Molineux as well. If Chris Hughton is not to be the

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next occupant of the manager's office, who else would the fans

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favour? Roberto Di Matteo is doing all right at Chelsea!

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I have had not had a chance to think about it.

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I think the Barcelona manager might be out of a leak!

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From West Brom to Wembley, where this afternoon Roy Hodgson swept

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past two complete the formalities with the FA. If it goes to plan,

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his first game will be England against Norway, just 13 days after

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Albion's last Premier League match, against Arsenal.

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If he does go, Albion fans are going to be devastated. There seems

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to be a lot of people who are not thrilled about him becoming England

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manager. A lot of papers were on the attack

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this morning. But actually, Roy Hodgson has got a lot of trophies.

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In the cold light of day, they wanted an exciting name, but Roy

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Hodgson as head coach was looking after the reserves. That is what

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the FA want for their new centre in Burton.

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So he has the coaching credentials. And he is usually respected among

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the fans and players at the Hawthorns. There's a worry that

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many players may leave. Who else might be in the frame?

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Chris Hughton was installed this morning as the favourite. But

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actually, Alan Curbishley took over this afternoon. We thought he might

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get the Wolves job at one point. Maybe Michael Appleton, well

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respected at the club. It is wide open at the moment. The timing is

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good, though. Briefly, back to the Blues and

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things on the pitch. The next thing is there play-off game.

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They have already played 60 games this season. Remarkable. Watch this

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space as to what is going to happen. The season never ends! Let's get

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back to the action. There was joy and relief, and all the emotions in

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between us four teams grappled with promotion and relegation this week.

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When the dust settled, it was the fans of Shrewsbury and Walsall who

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were cheering the loudest. A warning, this report contains some

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flash photography of. I travelled all the way from

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Yorkshire. We are going up! I'm glad he was complained, because

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after three failures in five years, missing out again would have broken

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the hearts of Shrewsbury fans. Of course it was nervous, but as

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half-time approached, James Collins put them in front and the

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supporters could start a party. When the final whistle blew, or the

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energy exploded in a wave of delight.

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It is a terrific feeling. There's nothing better in football. It is

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to say there and enjoy it. It is amazing, too finally get it.

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After the near-misses we have had, it is amazing.

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I was only a teenager when this last happened. Absolutely immense.

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I can't believe it. Instead it will be Cheltenham Town

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trying to make it through the piles. Jimmy Spencer scored twice as they

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beat Bradford to stretch their season into extra-time. Staying in

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the division is Hereford United's ambition, and they have taken it to

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the final day after Yoann Arquin scored twice. There will be no last

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a nurse for Walsall, though. Another season of League One

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football was guaranteed when they scored against Huddersfield. But it

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is the pure joy of the Shrewsbury fans, who have waited 15 years to

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get back to League One, which will be the abiding memory of this

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weekend. And Shrewsbury Town's motion is

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among the highlights of tonight's show. There's more interviews and

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scenes of celebration on our Facebook page. Can't get enough of

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The creator of an iconic television theme tune, the man behind the

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legendary Two Tone that would label and an influential soul singer have

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all been celebrated in their home city. They have a -- they are the

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latest to be inducted into a hall of fame for musicians from Coventry.

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There's more flash photography in this report.

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One of the most famous songs to come out of Coventry. Among the

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band members on the back seat in this video is Jeremy balance --

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Jerry Dammers. He is one of the people who made a Two Tone happen.

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It is great to get recognition in Coventry. Those were the best days.

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We were rehearsing in pubs. We were chopping up chairlift to make a

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fire to keep ourselves warm. -- chair legs.

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Jerry Dammers was joined by a Ray King, also honoured for a career

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stretching back to the '60s. He toured the world, playing with Otis

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Redding, and is credited with giving many Two Tone artists their

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first break. I used to give people a break. When

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they said, do you want to break, I said, no.

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It is not just about pop music. The Doctor Who theme, which will send a

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shiver down the spine of millions. It was written by Delia Derbyshire

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at the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop. She died in 2001. Her partner was

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at the ceremony to see her inducted into the Hall of fame.

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Most of the public have not heard of her at all. The music was not

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released in her own name. It was under the BBC. I'm just glad she

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has got some recognition. It is fantastic.

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Music from across the decades has been celebrated here today, and

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although a lot of it was created a long time ago, it still holds a

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special place in the hearts of those dallied here.

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-- gathered here. That brings back some childhood

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memories! You know what is coming memories! You know what is coming

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this. Is there going to be more rain?

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Yes, you might get soaked tomorrow morning. It has transformed since

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yesterday. Shropshire got a 35mm of rain yesterday, which is half a

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month's in a day. Today we saw sunshine and highs of 17 Celsius.

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These were the best temperatures across the region. It is nice to be

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reminded of what we would like spring to be once in a while. But

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unfortunately we have stormy weather returning tonight, for

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which the Met Office has issued a warning. This is for the south of

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the region. We could see difficult driving conditions and further

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flooding in those areas that are already sensitive. We have got some

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sunshine out shied at the moment. - - outside. The rain should arrive

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during the early hours and the South East. It is going to be quite

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heavy in the south of the region. It might not quite reach the

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extreme north of the region. But you can see, under all of that, it

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is quite mild. Temperatures of seven or eight Celsius. If you are

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up early enough, it is going to be wet and windy to start. Gradually

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through the morning, there's rain and wind. It will not be quite as

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warm as today. Highs of 13 and 14 Celsius. We may see some rain, but

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Celsius. We may see some rain, but elsewhere it is dry, light -- lows

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of eight or nine. Oh, well, we had one half-decent

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day. Tonight's headlines: More than 170

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flood alerts across England, and more rain to come.

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Staff and pupils at a run-down school are told they will have to

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wait at least a month before finding out if it will be rebuilt.

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That is all from us this evening. Tomorrow we will be spot lighting

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the big contest in this year's local elections as the battle for

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