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tonnes of paper destroyed after fire burns through the night at a

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factory, closing a main route into Birmingham. This is a particularly

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difficult type of incident, we put out fires and we're not leaving

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until it is done. It's been revealed that a train

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carrying aviation fuel was stopped before passing the scene. Also

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tonight:. Claims that police are spending far too much time dealing

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with mental health problems, which should be handled elsewhere.

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police are a can-do organisation they are the first and last resort.

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But their raw limitations to what they should be doing and what they

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are qualified to do. All coming down to the last 90

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minutes this weekend - can Kidderminster Harriers clinch a

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place in the Football League? Ten years after his first appearance

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on Midlands Today, the young sax player off to one of the best jazz

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schools in the world. And temperatures have already peaked

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this week and so have the winds. Good evening. It's emerged that a

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train carrying aviation fuel was stopped before it passed the scene

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of a massive fire in Birmingham early this morning. Firefighters

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were tackling a blaze at a paper mill near the M6 when they realised

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the train was due to pass by. Thousands of tonnes of paper and

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cardboard caught fire at the Smurfit Kappa plant, after ten o'clock last

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night. It's been brought under control but it could be days before

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the fire actually burns itself out. Cath Mackie reports.

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A wall of fire lights up the night in Nechells in Birmingham. These

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dramatic scenes lasted for hours. The view from the fire service

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hydraulic platform was equally powerful - a seeming sea of flames

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at Smurfitt Kappa paper mill, waking local people from their sleep.

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it out of my window, I have come out, I have just seen them rushing

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down there to control the fire. morning the flames were still

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licking the sky as 100 firefighters fought to keep them under control.

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At the height of the blaze, it was really intense, a severe fire. We

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had 10,000 tonnes of cardboard and paper on the sides. No one was hurt

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- but for fire crews it was a powerful reminder of the dangers of

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the job. 30 years ago in September, firefighter Freddie Flynt was killed

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when a bale of paper fell on him and crushed him. So this is a difficult

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type of incident to fight, it covers seven acres out of 22 acres, but we

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will not leave until it is done. mile an hour winds sent the smoke

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and ash billowing towards nearby homes, where people were told to

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shut windows and doors. West Midlands fire service say they

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managed to avert what could have been a highly dangerous situation

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this morning. They were told by Network Rail of a train which was

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due to pass by the here carrying highly explosive aviation fuel. The

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train was stopped eight miles from the site and after a safety

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assessment was carried out it was allowed to continue its journey 45

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minutes later. People working at other businesses on the site weren't

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allowed inside. One of them, Carl McGuire, was forced to work from

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home. The way the recession is, we have struggled anyway, so this is

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another nail in to be coughing, so to speak. It is pretty tough at the

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moment but luckily, I don't do we have lost any major work. It is just

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disruption again. The cause of the fire's being investigated. It's not

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thought to be suspicious. Fire crews are expected to remain here for at

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least another 24 hours. Let's speak to Simon Shelton from

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the West Midlands Fire service. What is the situation this evening?

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situation is we still have about 14 appliances on site, which equates to

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about 75 firefighters. We do have the fire under control but it is

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still burning intensively. It has been ever so windy, as that caused

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extra problems? Yes, the wind is a significant hazard to us, it does

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increase the intensity of the fire and the risk of any essential fire

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spread through embers that leave the site and landing any neighbouring

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properties. We do have it under control now, we are expecting the

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winter died down throughout the night. Any idea what caused the

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blaze? No, we don't know what has caused the fire at this moment, our

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main priority is to get the fire under control, which we have done,

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and then work with the site owners and ourselves to put it out. Will

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the paper mill and nearby companies be able to operate tomorrow? It is

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unlikely tomorrow, local businesses will still be affected, we offer our

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apologies but for obvious safety reasons, we have two look at the

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impact of the fire itself and the safety within regard to the

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adjoining premises. Thank you very much for updating us.

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The fire has closed the one of the main routes in and out of Birmingham

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- the A47 Heartlands Parkway - in both directions since 10.30 last

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night. The latest is that it's still closed between Saltley Viaduct and

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Cuckoo Road. Tune into BBCWM for the latest travel news if you are

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planning to travel around the area. Coming up later in the programme:

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Written in the stars - a new type of cosmic explosion uncovered at

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Police offficers are spending too much time dealing with people who

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are mentally ill - they end up in the criminal system, when they

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should be getting help elsewhere. That's the view of Staffordshire's

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Crime Commissioner, who claims thousands of hours are being spent

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on mental health issues which police aren't necessarily qualified to deal

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with. Joanne Writtle reports. Too many people with mental health

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problems are being criminalised when they need help elsewhere. That's the

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claim of Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

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He's commissioned a report, and says thousands of hours of police time

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every year is being spent on mental health matters. We need better, more

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focused services, which deal with things before they get out of hand.

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At the moment, the police are having to take people into criminal

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environments, custody suites, because there aren't always places

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of safety for individuals that are ill. Our job is to protect life and

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save life of these individuals are at their lowest point, they have it

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crisis. We are the last resort. filmed here using police officers to

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restage a typical scenario. Stoke-on-Trent's custody suite's one

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of 20 in the UK to have a two-year pilot in which psychiatric nurses

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work with police to help fast track those with mental problems out of

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the criminal justice system. This woman is leading the project in

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Stoke. It is important because it does divert people away from the

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criminal justice route and helping them find support in the community,

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they may need to find employment, register with a GP to get their

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medication sorted, or help with accommodation. Since this pilot

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began last June, 1,400 people have been assessed by nurses, with 400

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being diverted away from the police cells to get help. Half of them

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haven't re-offended since. Meanwhile, Staffordshire County

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Council, the police and NHS are working together to address the

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problem in various ways. Now we are looking at having nurses that could

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potentially work on the front line with the officers, so going out on

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the streets with police officers who are being called to distress calls

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or mental health calls. It's hoped that nurses will eventually help in

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custody elsewhere in Staffordshire, as work goes on to tackle the wider

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problem. A breakdown in hand washing is the

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most likely cause of an outbreak of a deadly superbug which killed two

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babies and was found in four more in a premature baby unit. An inquest in

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Stoke on Trent heard how the neo-natal intensive care unit was

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isolated and new infection control measures bought in, after Jessica

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Strong died last June from the rare superbug. We're joined now from

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Stoke-on-Trent by our Health Correspondent, Michele Paduano. What

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happened to this premature baby? Jessica Strong was actually born at

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26 weeks in Nuneaton, and was transferred across to

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Stoke-on-Trent. She was doing well at first, breathing on her own, but

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on the 29th of June last year, she crashed and died suddenly before

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they managed to establish that it really was this disease. The baby

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had been transferred into the unit from Wales with the superbug, and

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that particular baby, the family found out, had had that disease

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passed on to five other babies and they are very upset. I don't believe

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it has come from a parent, it is definitely come from a member of

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staff. It has come from inside. one can ever bring our daughter

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back, I am so upset. It does have -- had to come through West End, they

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had to replace cleaning staff, and obviously I love my daughter

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debates. God bless you. What more can you tell us about the superbug?

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It actually lives in all of our guts, and for most of us it is

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harmless most of the time, but this professor actually found the first

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outbreak of this in 1984. We as microbiologists are always surveying

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the top of bacteria causing infections so we will pick up a

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first case, if we see that, we may institute control measures at that

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point. Certainly if we get a second case, with molecular fingerprinting

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we can show they are related and we can strengthen the controls,

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involving hand washing, careful cleaning of cots and

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decontamination. Has the hospital than anything since this outbreak?

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Has -- the hospital says it has instituted a new cleaning regime and

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is cleaning the cots in a different way. It also says it has two

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infection control nurses and a quality nurse working with the

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ward. They say they were devastated themselves and are now rolling out

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what they have done as best practice across the rest of the country.

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The Gloucestershire Coroner Alan Crickmore has appeared in court in

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London, charged with fraud and theft offences worth nearly �4 million.

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The 57-year-old solicitor from Cheltenham is accused of a total of

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21 charges, some relating to the estates of people who had died

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between 1998 and 2011. Today's hearing at City of Westminster

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Magistrates court was adjourned until June, when it's expected he

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will be committed to Crown Court for trial.

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Kidderminster Harriers could be promoted to the Football League on

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Saturday. If Mansfield fail to beat Wrexham, then Kidderminster can win

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the Conference Premier title by beating struggling Stockport County.

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If the Harriers miss out on the title, they could yet gain promotion

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via the play-offs - a remarkable position to be in after a terrible

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start to the season. Dan Pallett reports.

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They were snapping into the tackles in training this morning. And not

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surprising. Under manager Steve Burr, Kidderminster Harriers could

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be one win from returning to the Football League. It would be

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tremendous for a club like ours. They dropped out of the division a

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view years ago, to get back in the division would be a fantastic

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achievement. The supporters, the director, the chairman. It has been

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an incredible season here. They lost their first five games and drew the

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next five. Since then they have been on an incredible run, winning 27 out

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of 35 games. If they win one more they will be back in the football

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league. It's quite a story. So today the Kidderminster Shuttle published

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a 20 page supplement dedicated to the Harriers. Reporter Pete McKinney

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has covered them for five years. But he's never known it like this.

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town are up for this, there is no doubt about it, a few years ago

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Kidderminster Harriers were having severe financial problems, the town

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rallied them to save them. Now the town is rallying because the

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Harriers had given them something to get their teeth into. They have

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given them something to get excited about. But they're not promoted just

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yet. Kidderminster are second and only the champions will be promoted.

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-goal victory against struggling Stockport then Kidderminster will be

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promoted. It promises to be quite a day. Some players thrive off that, I

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thrive off that. It would be nice to play in front of a view thousand, it

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would be a first experience for me, night 13 years ago when the Harriers

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were last promoted to the football league.

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What a sensational season they have had.

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There'll be full match commentary on Kidderminster's match against

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Stockport on BBC Hereford and Worcester. Kick-off is 515 on

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Saturday evening. Our top story tonight: An accident

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averted - a train carrying aviation fuel is stopped from driving past

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the scene of a massive fire at a London Marathon celebrates her 18th

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birthday with a run. Ten years after his first appearance

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on Midlands Today as a schoolboy, he is off to one of the best jazz

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schools in the world. Astronomers from the University of Warwick have

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found a new type of massive cosmic explosion. The researchers

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discovered massive bursts of energy. They now think it is caused by a

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huge star exploding at the end of its life. Our science correspondent

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is with us now. Just how big are these exploding stars? They are

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massive. Some of them at the end of their lives do not fizzle out, they

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explode as a supernova. They produce lots of stuff including gammaray

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bursts is. That is what the scientists have been studying with

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NASA. I asked one of the researchers have big they are. They are as

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energetic as you get. They release more energy in the time they are

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bursting then the sun in its lifespan. How do they study the

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stars? This is a rocket that was launched by NASA. It is a satellite.

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It is up in space and it is looking for bursts of gammaray is from

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supernovas. It has seen over 700 since its launch in 2004. It swiftly

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can change direction to study it. Usually a gammaray burst is about

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the a few seconds, a minute. The University of Warwick has noticed

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that some have been going on for hours. This is something we never

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knew happened before. This is really important research coming out of the

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University. It is really exciting. We have got an artist 's impression

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of how it might look. Those are the gammaray is pouring out and then it

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suddenly goes supernova. If you were nearby, that is probably one of the

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most spectacular things you could see anywhere in the universe.

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from cosmic events, we are going to talk about Kenneth Branagh's pants.

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The costumes being retrieved from the RSC's wardrobe collection.

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It will give the public the opportunity to discover exactly how

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the stars of the stage measure up. The hour has come, the very

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minute... The critics were mesmerised by Patrick Stewart's

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Prospero in the 2006 production of the Tempest. Now audiences have the

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opportunity to see how his clothes were given me stranded arctic look.

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All of this would be handcrafted by our department. To create the really

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lived in feel. It has to be something that would last a year's

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worth of performances. Although it looks distressed, it is robust

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enough to be worn for eight performances a week. It gives the

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block an opportunity to get up close to the wardrobes of the famous. --

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the public. More than 30 eyes items are stored in the costume store.

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Each offers a snapshot into the star's history. They work well on

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their own but the whole point is that they were part of a production.

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A small stitching army create and maintain hundreds of costumes every

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year by hand. Brenda has worked here in Stratford for more than 40 years.

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She has dressed them all and even had her name included on a cloak

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worn by Derek Jacobi. We are all on here, all of the costume department.

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I am just here. A bit of graffiti? ! Why not? Quite a compliment. Even if

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nobody else sees it may you know it is there. The exhibition opens this

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weekend to coincide with Shakespeare's birthday celebrations.

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The London Marathon is only days away. Hundreds of people from across

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the Midlands are getting ready to compete. One of the youngest will be

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Alicia Forsyth-Forrest from Warwickshire who has just reached

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the minimum age of 18 to take part. For many teenagers, turning 18 is

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the excuse for a big party. But Alicia Forsyth-Forrest from

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Warwickshire will be putting on her trainers and preparing to raise 26

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miles around the streets of London. She will be the second youngest

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runner in the marathon. To make things tougher, she has been fitting

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training in around studying for her A-levels. It has been quite hard but

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I have been working in the morning and running in the afternoon so it

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has been all right. Security for Sunday's race has been stepped up

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after the bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon earlier this week which

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killed three people and injured more than 170. But Alicia never

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considered pulling out. I was very shocked to hear about Boston and my

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thoughts are with them. It is really touching that we will have a 32nd

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silence for them. I am proud to be running the London Marathon and

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hopefully people will come out and celebrate. We are British and we

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keep going. Obviously, I think is nothing more sad than hearing our

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friends across the seas are as troubled as this. Of course, you are

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concerned whenever any member of the family is in a big crowd. She was

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inspired by the illness of a relative to raise money for the

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Brain Research Trust. She certainly will not feel alone on the streets

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of London. As well as her family, her entire class from school will be

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there to cheer her on. Happy birthday and good luck to

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Alicia! A group of celebrities in a pink Rolls-Royce have been in the

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Midlands today as part of a charity challenge to raise �1 million for

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Breast Cancer Care. Chris Evans, Gary Barlow, James May and Professor

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Brian Cox are driving from Land's End to John O'Groats to help launch

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the fundraising project. Everyone is bringing a personal touch to the

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whole event but we are all driving are taking it in turns. Chris

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started. Fell asleep at the wheel. We had a police escort when I was

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driving. Gary has a gas, stove in the bank. We have had sausage

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casserole already. We will have a curry in Carlisle. Ten years ago,

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BBC Midlands today featured the story of Alex Woods a talented

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saxophonist who was already playing in bars at the age of 12. Fast

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forward a decade and his talent has grown and he has now been offered

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the chance to study at possibly the best jazz school in the world.

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There are not many young men who have their own jazz quartet but then

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Alex Woods has always been cool. He started on the saxophone when he was

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just nine. By the time he was 12, his dad was his agent and he was

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playing in pubs and clubs for his pocket money, albeit with a few

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reservations. When I am on stage, I do not want to be booed but

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hopefully that will never happen. Has it happened? It is one of those

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things you say that you should not say. There is still time! He won a

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scholarship to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire and is now

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on target to achieve first-class honours. He has been offered a place

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to study in New York this September. Bidders for postgraduate study at

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the Manhattan School of Music. It is a two-year course. It will be to

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study at the school which is in the centre of New York. It should put me

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in a great position for a successful career. He is highly creative and

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has all of the skills you require of the profession as well. In terms of

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reading and great sound and ensemble skills. I think his prospects are

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very good. Quite how good audiences in New York will judge.

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We have had brilliant sunshine today. Pouring rain. Winds. When is

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winds last night. Showers today. Those take a back-seat for the

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sunshine for the next couple of days. That takes centre stage.

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Things will be looking largely drive. It will be cooler. What is

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driving the changes is once this front passes through we have

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pressure building from the south-west. The slackening isobars

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mean lighter winds. High pressure dominating. Very nice for the first

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half of the weekend. Then the next weather system comes in from the

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west by the end of Sunday. This evening, a few showers affecting the

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north and east of the region. These will clear in the next couple of

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hours. For the first half of the night, fairly clear skies. The cloud

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will thicken up ahead of the front I spoke of. That comes down from the

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North West. That will introduce light rain to some areas. They can

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start to tomorrow. For most of us could that should continue through

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much of the day. There could be the odd shower which could be prolonged.

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In the lighter winds, it will feel reasonably pleasant. Tomorrow

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night, there could be a touch of Frost. Gardeners watch out. For the

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weekend, Sunday, there could be rain later on in the day.

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