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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Sarah Falkland and Giles

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Latcham. The headlines tonight:

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The second stage of HS2 brings protests but supporters say it

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makes business sense. And all you people of Birmingham, it will be

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the best connected City at in the UK. They all are going to have

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their lives wrecked by it. Also on tonight's programme:

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After two deaths, fire safety advice for tramps and squatters.

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Fed up of hearing Birmingham slated? Perhaps you could be a

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Brummie ambassador. We do not expect special treatment... And a

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new week with a new set of problems to put up with. No snow but plenty

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Good evening. There were winners and losers today as the Government

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spelled out plans to go Birmingham at the heart of the country's high-

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speed rail network. Two new lines will slash journey times to Leeds

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and Manchester. They will link to the HS2 flying to London. People

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who found out only today that the new routes will be close to their

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homes are already planning protests. The Transport Minister says the

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routes will make Birmingham the best connected city in the country.

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For the second time in three years, homeowners and visitors are tonight

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facing up to the fact they will be affected by a chest to. The Brits

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announced today mean more blight and more misery. -- affected I

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think. James runs a riding stable. He is already close to the original

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HS2 line. Now he and his horses are just yards away from theTo Leeds.

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The access will be difficult in and out of the stables. Elsewhere,

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lives are in number. This couple are desperate to sell but the

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proximity of HS2 to establish a house has meant a little interest

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from buyers. Concerned about our future. We can't actually have any

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plans in life. Our life is permanently on hold. But according

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to Government ministers, while some might lose out, others will be

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winners, with predictions of improved growth and prosperity.

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the country it shows the commitment to build the infrastructure for the

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21st century. For Birmingham it will mean jobs during construction,

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new, permanent jobs. And for Birmingham it will be the best

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connected city in the UK. Journey times between Birmingham and the

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Behind me the site of the proposed Birmingham City Centre HS2 centre.

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There has already been quite a bit of regeneration here. Manchester,

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Leeds are hoping that when HS2 arrives, that will continue. And

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Birmingham Chamber of Commerce says there is more Choosing To Die than

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just regeneration. It brings the cities closer and that shows more

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business gets done. -- and there is more to the HS2 than just

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regeneration. The Government plans a hybrid bill which could pave the

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way for high-speed lines to be built in two faces, London to

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Birmingham by 2026 and then Leeds and Manchester six years later.

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The route that HS2 will take for Staffordshire was revealed at 7am

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this morning and for many it has come as an unpleasant surprise. The

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high-speed line will skirt around Stafford but the nearby village of

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Hopton will have high-speed trains on the doorstep. Further north at

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Madeley near Newcastle-under-Lyme, trains will hurtle through at up to

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2025mph. And with no HS2 stops in the county, will staff the Czech

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get all of the pain and none of the gain?

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In the village of Hopton near Stafford, families greeted news

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they are on the HS2 route with shock. June Brown-Bullivant chose

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her home because of its stunning views across the Staffordshire

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countryside, but HS2 is likely to change the view from here. It may

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not be in my lifetime when it is built but we will fight for future

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people who will be living here. Staffordshire will be effective

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from north to south by this route. The line is expected to pass close

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to the County Showground here, one of many parts of the landscape like

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to do be affected. Amongst those areas will be Madeley, near

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Newcastle-under-Lyme, also close to the planned rigged. At the village

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centre there was scepticism about the benefits of the high-speed link

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to rural communities like this one. We get the pain but none of the

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game. Who are they spending the money for? Not for us. It could

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take a lot more traffic than it does. The West Coast Mainline. So

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what is the need to have something like that? I good sooner the money

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be spent on other things. I feel really sorry for people who are

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going to have their lives completely wrecked by it, but this

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is progress. The rich north from Birmingham to Manchester will cut

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through swathes of Staffordshire countryside. The Conservative-led

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county council says the environmental impact will be

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significant. Communities will be affected. Houses will be worth 50%

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less overnight. The Winnie to work with those homeowners.

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Staffordshire has long had an association with the railways, but

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passengers here will not have a high-speed station, and there are

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many who feel economic benefits of the route will be distant.

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I transport correspondent joins us now from the stables in

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Warwickshire which we saw earlier in his report, threatened by a HS2.

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The devil is in the detail with these routes published today?

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least. These stables are affected by not one but two and HS2 lines

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and the hat to relocate. But what compensation will be available to

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those who find themselves affected? To find the answers, I am joined

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from an estate agent. Tell me what compensation is available

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immediately to people who find themselves affected? Right now, the

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scheme is threefold. For those within 60 metres of the line, there

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is the advance purchase scheme where they get a 10% loss of

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payment on its top of the value of their property. 60 metres out, 120

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metres out is on a trooper this -- purchase scheme, but they only get

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the value of their property. And beyond 120 metres is the

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exceptional hardship scheme. that is pretty hard to claim?

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You have to prove that you have tried to sell your property through

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every means you possibly can and you need to sell it right now. If

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you are in financial difficulty, you need to move because of a job,

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health, you have to be in exceptional hardship. But general

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compensation is not really available until compulsory purchase

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orders come out after the high brick purchase bill -- hybrid Bill

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passes through Parliament? That is right. Not even until the spring

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will you be able to start considering compulsory purchase,

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let alone moving on to the hardship except us. How bad is the blight? I

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have heard some properties have been devalued by up to �100,000.

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Those properties sitting near to the line, you would get a full

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market value. The extraordinary hardship scheme, you will get the

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full value. But in between, there is an argument for people to be put

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off from buying. We are talking about a railway line that could be

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20 years away. We would like to know what you

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think of the proposed new route for HS2. Please get in touch with us.

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We will read out some comments later.

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Coming up, the perils of Twitter. Another Premier League footballer

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is heading for trouble because of Homeless people sleeping rough are

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being offered smoke alarms and fire safety advice when they are seeking

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shelter in abandoned buildings. It is the first scheme of its kind in

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the country and follows a number of fires where people have been killed

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or injured. You have to be careful... In a dark

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and damp squat, starting a fire may seem a good way to stay warm.

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to put his cigarettes in the ashtray. West Midlands firefighter

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Ian Sturmey has joined outreach workers in Birmingham. He knows it

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is not just home owners who need fire safety checks. I can see her

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at least five. There are two and others in the bedroom. They are bad

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hat -- habits. In 2010 two homeless men died in a fire in Birmingham

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and it prompted a response on the streets. It was hurried because

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they were issuing information about the tattoos on the bodies so that

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people could identify them. -- it was horrid. The truth is that no

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one knows the exact figure of homeless people in the West

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Midlands, because many are hiding away for their own protection. The

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concern is that many of these sanctuaries are in fact derelict

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death traps. The firefighters have -- this charity, SIFA Fireside, has

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been working with the homeless for 30 years. They are going to light a

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fire to keep warm, which is our worst nightmare. This 19-year-old

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has been in and out of prison. He calls this disused toilet block his

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home. Keep away from the blankets with fire and put all of the

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rubbish into bags. I as another squat is found, the team build

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trust slowly. They give some more fire safety advice. They hope they

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are saving lives. There will be a full report on the

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held being offered to rough sleepers particularly with the

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current weather. That is on Inside Out tonight.

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The family of a kayaker from Worcestershire who died after being

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pulled from a swollen stream in North Yorkshire say he died taking

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part in the sport he loved. Matthew Baird-Parker, 36 from Kidderminster,

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got into difficulties near Richmond yesterday. He was taken to hospital

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by air ambulance but later died. A pensioner has died a fortnight

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after she was mugged on her doorstep. Carole Mudie, 68, had her

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back stolen and broke her hip when she was pushed outside her home

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near Kings Norton in Birmingham. She died in hospital on Tuesday.

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Police have launched a manslaughter investigation and are appealing for

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witnesses. Flood defences have been put up in

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several places along the River Severn tonight. There are currently

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21 flood warnings and also flood alerts in the region. The apparent

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agency will erect barriers in Ironbridge this evening. I have

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already gone up in Shrewsbury and Bewdley. It is another flood, the

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third in three months. We have a lot of rain water upstream and that

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melt water as well, combining together is causing the floods down

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here. So we are getting ourselves ready, getting the barriers in

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place and we are expecting a peak in Bewdley here probably tomorrow

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evening and it will come up to the barriers.

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Birmingham is considering introducing a Brummie History Week

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and appointing "Brummie ambassadors" In order to improve

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the second City's image and bring its hundreds of communities closer

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together. 21st century Birmingham is changing fast and a report says

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it is people coming from Eastern Europe and the white working class

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people who feel most alienated. It is almost impossible to define

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what it means to be a Brummie. The Soho Road in Handsworth is typical

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because so many different cultures exist side by side. Some

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communities feel overlooked altogether. A report says Eastern

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Europeans feel like ghosts. whinny to ensure there is no

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community left behind. We need to work with the refugee communities

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but also the white working-class communities who have shaped

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Birmingham. This is one of the most distinctive places I know in

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Birmingham, the outdoor fruit and veg market. One suggestion of the

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report is that there should be many more like this all over the city,

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not just selling food but how make products as well so that Birmingham

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can be showcased across the world. But even in a place where every

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community comes together, the term Brummie is an alien one. Where are

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you from? From Dublin. I am Irish. How long have you lived here?

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67 years. But you do not consider yourself a Brummie? Oh, no expat --

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oh, no,! A never heard of for me. In this museum in the jewellery

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Quarter, one of the city's most ardent ambassador's says Birmingham

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must take more pride in itself. need to reach out further afield

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from Birmingham but we also need to do it in a way that is not

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apologising for what we are and who we are but saying, this is what we

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are. This is what we have done for this country. That is a neat way to

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sum up what the report says, it is time to take pride in being a

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Phil Mackie is with us now. What are the city council going to do

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with their findings in this? That they are going to discuss said. We

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know Birmingham is struggling for money, they need to do things they

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can afford, a history week, supporting ambassadors, like the

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Olympics, a welcome pack for immigrants. That will not cost a

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large, but they might do something to bring those desperate

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communities into the fold. The big change is the attitude, they need

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to try and think about representing those other communities, eastern

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Europeans, we don't see them on the council, or the police. The white

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working class also seems to have been lost.

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Anything else surprising about what was found? The most surprising

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thing is how honest and frank it has been. We always talk about

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Birmingham as being integrated and multicultural, you see that in the

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city centre. The report says once you get back out into the local

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communities people live quite isolated from each other, and that

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is what the report is hoping to do, get people back together and make

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them proud of the city. Our top storey, high-speed rail is

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welcomed by business, but many homeowners save their lives will be

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devastated. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly: Also in tonight's programme. We reveal the part

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Birmingham university scientists played in helping Jamaica's

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athletes win Olympic glory. And who are they? Long lost photos found in

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Worcester and the secrets they reveal about the city's history.

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Competition among elite athletes is so intense that the difference

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between winning and losing can come down to the tiniest detail. So when

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the Jamaican Athletics team won more medals than they'd anticipated

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at last year's Olympics - was it due, in part, to scientists at

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Birmingham University? Maybe so because the Jamaicans spent three

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weeks ahead of the games at the University's high tech sports

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science department. The Men's 110m hurdles final at

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London 2012. For young Jamaican athlete Hansel Parchment just being

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in the final is a result. But Hansel has spent the Olympic build-

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up training at the University of Birmingham. The sprinting technique

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was one of the top ones. He is very young, and his starting technique

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is not quite up to scratch, so we worked on that. We worked on the

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placement of the starting blocks. And that hard work paid off. Hansel

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Parchment won an unexpected bronze medal. And that's thanks in part to

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the high-tech sports science available here at the University.

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All of this was top secret of course. The running track is behind

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those hedges, and when the Jamaicans noticed that one of the

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security cameras was taking in the start line, they asked for it to be

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removed, politely! This secrecy means the researchers won't discuss

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superstars like Bolt or Blake, but the relationship with the

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University will continue in the run up to Rio and it's not the

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superstar sprinters that the scientists here say have most medal

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potential. The women can also improve tremendously, there is

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potentially more room for improvement in the women's team ban

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in the men's team. -- ban. could see a revolution in the

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fortune of Jamaican athletics, powered by Birmingham know how.

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Fascinating. Perhaps they might have a few tips to pass on to our

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footballers? Here with sport - Dan Pallett.

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Every football manager has learned to fear the dreaded vote of

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confidence. And this afternoon, it duly arrived from Randy Lerner. In

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a statement, the Aston Villa chairman also mentioned his

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frustration that nothing has yet materialised in the transfer market.

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And he's not the only one backing In 64 AD Emperor Nero was accused

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of fiddling whilst Rome burned. Any comparisons with Nigel Kennedy and

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his beloved Aston Villa are purely coincidental. For the second cup-

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tie in four days, they took the tie in four days, they took the

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lead against lower league opponents, and blew it. Darren Bent's early

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goal wasn't enough to beat Millwall, who twice exposed Villa's defensive

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frailties to complete a miserable frailties to complete a miserable

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week for Paul Lambert. I can only do my best for this club, there is

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no chance to be walking away from it. I don't think you can blame

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managers, Martin O'Neill was forced to leave, then Gerrard the AA left

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the club. -- Houllier. We have had a lot of great managers. This

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morning, all eyes turned towards tomorrow's vital relegation scrap

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against fellow strugglers Newcastle. Whilst they've spent 20 million

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pounds on five new Frenchmen. Paul Lambert has discussed several

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players with his chairman, but signed no-one. His -- is the

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chairman willing to spend the money? Them is not a lot of money.

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You can only play the hand you are dealt with. This afternoon Randy

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Lerner pledged his backing for the In April, Nigel Kennedy's UK tour

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is called Bach Meets Fats Waller. In August, he's hoping it's not

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Barnsley Meets Aston Villa, in the With Stoke City losing 1-0 to

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Manchester City we no longer retain an interest in FA Cup. Birmingham

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City were our only winners at the City were our only winners at the

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weekend. They beat Burnley 2-1. Curtis Davies put them ahead with a

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first half header. They were pegged back by a penalty but Marlon King's

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late volley gave them their first win since Boxing Day. They now

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climb above Wolves in the Championship after Wolves lost 2-1

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at home to Blackpool thanks in part to this defensive mix-up. And Leon

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Clarke was on the mark again as Coventry City drew 2-2 at Preston.

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Coventry City drew 2-2 at Preston. The Sky Blues are 7th in league one.

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Dan, what's all this about one of our Premier League footballers

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getting into trouble on Twitter? Yes that's West Bromwich Albion

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striker Peter Odemwingie. He spent an hour and a half on Saturday

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night tweeting about his row with the club. He wants to move to

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Queens Park Rangers but they've turned down two bids for him and

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rejected a transfer request. What did he say in these tweets?

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Well some of them were a little bizarre talking about bananas,

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Satan and Guinness. But most were replying to criticism from fans.

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Here's an example where he told one man who said the club should let

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him rot in the reserves that it was "not wise for the club", he was

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"ready for anything" and it was a matter of principle. The club says

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they'll deal with it internally and that's likely to mean a big fine.

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Odemwingie isn't the first footballer to get in trouble on

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Twitter is he? No and I'm sure he won't be the

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last either. For example Ashley Cole was fined 90,000 pounds by the

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FA for abusing them on Twitter and Manchester United defender Rio

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Ferdinand had to pay 45,000 pounds A pile of 1950's photographs found

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in a drawer are helping tell the story of an almost forgotten part

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of Worcester. The people in the photos lived in a place called

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George's Yard and the National Trust's appealing for help to fill

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in the gaps in their story. VJ day 1945. The end of the Second

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World War. The country celebrates, as does a five year old girl in

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Worcester. I was born here at George's yard in 1945. But all that

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survives of Chris Evan's childhood home are her memories. This would

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have been your door? Yes, there was no running water, no toilets, it

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was cold in those bedrooms! Used to go to bed with three cardigans on.

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Ten houses were built in Georges Yard in the 1820s. They were behind

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one of Worcester's oldest houses, Greyfriars which dates from the

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15th century and is now run by the National Trust. During a recent

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spring clean they discovered photos of the last people to live in

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George's Yard before the site was bulldozed in 1954. We thought that

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we didn't know much about this, who lived here, why the houses where

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hair, what do they look like? All of these questions. So who are the

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people in the photos? Well Chris can name a few - and the National

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Trust is now appealing for help to identify the rest. It is really

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nice that they have found them. These memories will disappear, and

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we will have nobody to last, and think what are they all about? It

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is part of the heritage. The hope now is that more people will get in

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touch, with an exhibition planned in September.

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Snow may have disappeared gut a lot of rain around. Here with the

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of rain around. Here with the forecast is Shefali.

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If it isn't snow that's causing us problems, it's the rain. We're

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likely to see more localised flooding this week with further

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warnings for more heavy rain - this particular one coming into effect

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from midnight tonight and it's for heavy rain through the course of

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tomorrow. This is the front that brought us today's rain. This is

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the system that's going to usher in tomorrow's. Now although the winds

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are strengthening from the Southwest as those tightening

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isobars indicate, we are in a this warn sector tomorrow and it is

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going to be unseasonably mild tomorrow with temperatures well up

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into double figures. -- warns. Right now though - most of today's

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rain has cleared off to the East - we're left with the legacy of a few

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showers - just grazing parts of the East and South of the region. After

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that - some clearer spells for a time before the cloud thickens up

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from the South ahead of tomorrow's rain. But quite a mild night albeit

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occasionally breezy. Temperatures falling to 6-7. So through the

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morning and afternoon then - heavy pulses of rain spreading

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Northeastwards - but that should tend to ease through the afternoon.

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And although it could be gusty in the rain. Temperatures are well

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above average tomorrow - into the low teens in some parts and you

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really will feel considering we down to freezing just a week ago.

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So tomorrow night - the rain peps up again as another front just

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clips the Southern half of the - so quite wet followed by blustery

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showers and sunshine on both Wednesday and Thursday.

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Let's recap tonight's top stories: New High Speed Rail connections

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north from Birmingham will make the country more competitive says the

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Government. Those affected by HS2 question the case for the new lines

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running through Warwickshire and Staffordshire. Back to our top

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story - on the second phase of HS2 and Jaspreet on Twitter says "I

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love convenience so HS2 sounds great, but I don't live in the

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homes it plans to slice through. Must be awful having to leave

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home." Luke Carry on Facebook believes HS2 is "a good thing,

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considering how long other countries have had equivalent

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transport systems. We are well behind." But Sue Cartwright wants

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the money invested in "hospitals not railways. We already have

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existing railways and HS2 will probably be exclusively used for

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government employees!" John Harrison emailed in and argues "to

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spend so much money on one project in a time of austerity, for so

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little benefit to the population as a whole is nothing less than

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