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with Joanne Malin and Nick Owen. The headlines tonight: Searching for the

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mother of a newborn baby - abandoned on a door step in Worcestershire.

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She may be in need of urgent medical attention, and it is important she

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is checked over as soon as possible. Also in tonight's programme, the

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case for a high speed rail link from London to Birmingham and the north.

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The HS2 boss comes to Birmingham to say why she thinks it's a must for

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the Midlands. If you travel on the railway as I do, it is already very

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crowded. Friends and family remember a

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teenager who died after taking a dip in a water-filled quarry.

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The final bell for the school forced to shut - ending 80 years of

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education. And the Midlands is now officially

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on a Level three heatwave alert - Good evening. The search is on

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tonight for the mother of a newborn baby boy who was found abandoned

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earlier today on a doorstep in Worcester. He'd been wrapped in a

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bag. He was taken to the Worcestershire

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Royal Hospital where he's being looked after by nursing staff -

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they've named him Joseph. The head of midwifery at the hospital says

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he's in good health, but stressed it was important that his mother sought

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medical attention as soon as possible. Sarah Falkland reports.

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Oblivious to the drama surrounding his arrival into the world, baby

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Joseph is less than two days old. is being very well looked after by

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nursing staff, and he is doing very well.

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The baby was dumped here just after 430 this morning. This is the house

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of quite a well-known childminder. They rang the door bell, kept their

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finger on it for three or four seconds, then left the baby here on

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the step. When my wife got to the door there was nobody here, there

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was a bag on the doorstop. -- group -- doorstep. There was no sign of

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anybody, no footsteps or anything. John's wife has been at the hospital

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for much of the day, her daughter, herself a young mother, works

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alongside her as a childminder. has said she is pretty sure she will

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wake up and nothing will have happened, she is just a bit

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emotional about it. At five and a half pounds, Joseph is slightly

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overweight but is thought to have been full term. The concern now is

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for his mother. We have one priority today, to locate Joseph's mother. We

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believe she will be in need of medical attention. We know that the

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birth was very recent. It is important she is checked over by a

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midwife as soon as possible. She does not have to come to hospital if

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she does not want to. I can arrange for a midwife to visit her.

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So where is Joseph's mother tonight? The authorities are waiting

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for her call. A special number has been set up to

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find baby Joseph's mother. It is being staffed by a midwife 24 hours

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per day. Coming up later in the programme.

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New research in Birmingham into lung cancer which could prolong and

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improve the quality of patients' lives.

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The Chief Executive of HS2 Ltd has mounted a robust defence of the

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project during a visit to the region today. Alison Munro and the board of

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high speed rail were in Birmingham to hold their first meeting outside

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London. It comes as the plan to build a fast

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link from the capital to Birmingham and the north has come under fire

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from a series of leading politicians, as well as campaigners

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who've opposed it from the outset. In a moment, we'll be hearing from

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the Chief Executive, but first here's our Transport correspondent

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Peter Plisner. A pop up park outside Birmingham

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council house. Not to only thing to pop up today - fresh off the train

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from London, the board of HS2 Ltd, here to discuss a variety of issues,

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and some of those in favour of the project. The reason we came to

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Birmingham first is because we see Birmingham is critical to the whole

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high speed rail system in the UK. One board member knows only too well

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how high speed rail can change things. Richard Brown used to run

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Eurostar services between London, Paris and Brussels. It is about

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bringing cities closer together. If you take London to Paris, the French

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now call London France's sixth city because of the number of French

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people who live there. Later, the board looked around

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Birmingham's Eastside, site for the proposed city centre HS2 station.

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Here, regeneration has already started, and it's hoped HS2 see that

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continue. Today's meeting has been more than

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just an opportunity to meet those in the Midlands who have been

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supporting HS2, it has also provided an ideal PR opportunity following

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weeks of negative publicity. A report from the National Audit

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Office said the benefits to the Office said the benefits to the

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economy were unclear, while the Public Accounts Committee said the

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project had over-optimistic and economy were unclear, while the

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Recently the former business secretary Lord Mandelson said HS2

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could be an expensive mistake, while the Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls

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suggested spending HS2 money on traditional rail enhancements

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traditional rail enhancements instead.

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With some in the Labour Party now lukewarm of HS2, would the leader of

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Birmingham's Labour-led council still support the project if his

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party turned against it? I am going to remain committed to delivering

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HS2. It is to the economic advantage of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

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Despite recent criticism and the rising costs of the project - there

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still are claims that HS2 could create more than 20,000 jobs in the

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West Midlands and provide a big boost to the region's economy.

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Earlier I spoke to the chief executive of HS2 Ltd, Alison Munro,

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the company behind the high speed rail project.

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Why did they decide to meet in Birmingham today? High speed rail is

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-- HS2 is a major network. We think it is important to get out of those

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major cities and talk to local businesses. We are going to have

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every other board meeting in cities served by HS2. We are going to

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Liverpool next, so we will go around the cities and make sure we are in

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touch with the people there and can talk to them about how those cities

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can maximise the opportunities that can bring. The amount of money it is

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going to cost, that is a daunting prospect. Well, this is the largest

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infrastructure project in Europe. The Government has taken a prudent

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view in looking at the budget that it sets for HS2, to make sure that

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there is a significant contingency for things that might come along in

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the future. But the Government is expecting us to deliver the project

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well within the cost. Is it all worth it? You only have to look, as

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you travel -- if you travel on the railway as I do, you can see it is

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already very crowded... Can they not just improve what we have already?

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Network Rail conducted a study, looked at the problems that are

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going to arise on are always in the future. Their conclusion was that

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the only way you can really deal with the long-term issues... What

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about the people living in the countryside, who are not going to

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benefit? Some of the people can benefit, because the benefits are

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spread out throughout the wider region, but the people directly

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affected along the route have genuine concerns, we have talked a

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lot to them and recently conducted a consultation on our draft

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environmental statement which is analogous to put out a lot more

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information about the project, to have conversations with people, we

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do understand their concerns and have shown that we can incorporate

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better into the project. We have been able to move the line -- so we

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can address those concerns by talking to local people.

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Joining us now from Burton Green in Warwickshire, which is on the

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proposed high speed rail route, is Joe Rukin from the Stop HS2

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campaign. This scheme is forecast to create thousands of jobs and bring

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billions to the West Midlands economy. Why are you not supporting

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it? What they are doing at the moment is picking a random number

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and sticking the word jobs after it. Today they were saying 50,000 jobs.

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That works out as �1 million to create one job. If you gave me �1

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million I could create a lot more than one job and a lot quicker than

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HS2 will. HS2 does not create those jobs anyway, it just move them

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around the country. For example, the report out by KPMG said it would

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cost the Southwest 48,000 jobs because it will move to places that

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are quicker to get to London. This is all about getting to London

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quicker and making sure London remains primate within the economy.

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The trouble is, as you as -- as we have heard, there is strong

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cross-party support and strong political heavyweights behind HS2.

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Are you going to achieve anything? Absolutely. This is the reason that

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you are seeing these spin exercise is going on at the moment, but the

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political consensus is breaking down. We have now had two former

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chancellors of the exchequer coming out against it. Last night a former

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rail minister came out against it. Another Lord came out today. The

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more and more people find out about what HS2 really means and look

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behind the spin, the more people will come out against it and we will

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continue getting that message out that this is a vanity project. The

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costs will keep going up and up and Two men have been arrested his

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afternoon in connection with the explosion near a mosque in Walsall

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last month. They're being questioned by

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detectives from the West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Unit.

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Police say the men are aged 25 and 22 and are originally from Eastern

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Europe. A murder investigation has been

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launched following the discovery of two bodies at a house in the Black

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Country. Officers forced entry to a house in

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Rowley Regis yesterday after concerns were raised about the

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couple living there. A 55-year-old woman and a 52-year-old man were

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found dead inside. Police say they're not looking for anyone else

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in connection with their deaths. It's been another hot and sunny day

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across the region - the 12th in succession. The Met Office have

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declared we are experiencing what they call a Level three heatwave -

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an amber alert. But what does an amber alert mean? Our weather expert

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Shefali Oza joins us now to explain. Well, there are basically four

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levels in total in this so-called heat/health watch system, and what

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they represent are the levels of response to various threshold

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daytime maximum temperatures and night-time minimum temperatures, but

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on average the threshold is around 30 degrees by day and 15 by night.

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So with a Level three alert we've gone up from a 60% to a 90% chance

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of those temperatures being met, and of course if you're adversely

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affected by the heat - ie. If you're very young or very old or suffering

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from chronic diseases then you need to take necessary precautions.

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The funeral's taken place of a teenager who drowned in a quarry in

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Worcestershire while taking a dip during the hot weather. Russell

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O'Neill, who was 17, died earlier this month.

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Just a week later another man died at the same spot, and safety experts

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met today to consider the future of the site. Around 500 people attended

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Russell's service, including team-mates from the football academy

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he attended. Cath Mackie reports. It's the pep talk no coach wants to

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give. Mark Owen tries to prepare Russell O'Neill's team-mates at

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Worcester City Football Academy for the funeral they are about to

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attend. I have been doing this job 13 years, and you have your ups and

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downs, but you think this day is never going to come. Hopefully it

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will never happen again. He used to speak to everyone. It is sad to see

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him go, so young as well. The 17-year-old had gone to Gullet

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Quarry near Malvern with friends earlier this month. His decision to

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go into the water was to prove fatal.

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His team-mates performed a guard of honour as his coffin arrived at St

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Martin and St Peter's Church in Worcester. Inside it was standing

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room only, as 500 people packed the aisles. He will probably be looking

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down that you now, saying what is the matter with you? He was just a

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good lad. As Russell O'Neill is laid to rest,

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the future of Gullet Quarry is being considered. Malvern Hills

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Conservators, who are responsible for the land, are meeting the Royal

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Society for the Prevention of Accidents today to look at what can

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be done. Even as we filmed, shortly after

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Russell's death, people were jumping into the quarry to swim, and just a

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week later it claimed a second life. People can jump in and get cold

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water shock. The depth maybe a lot deeper than you imagined, and then

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maybe underwater debris and you cannot swim to safety.

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Russell's family have started a petition to get websites advertising

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the quarry as a safe place to swim to be taken down, before another

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family faces a similar tragedy. Our top story tonight: Police are

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searching for a mother after a newborn baby was found abandoned on

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the doorstep of a home in Worcestershire.

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On the 12th day of the heatwave, Shefali will be here with the

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detailed weather forecast shortly. Also in tonight's programme, the

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Assistant Chief Constable of West Midlands Police will be joining us

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ahead of the EDL Rally this Saturday.

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And shutting its doors for the last time, a Shropshire school forced to

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The Staffordshire digger maker JCB's announced it's creating 130 new jobs

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by spending �5 million in a recruitment drive. The investment

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will see new apprentices and graduates join the business this

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summer. It comes as the company introduces

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the UK's first apprenticeship geared specifically towards international

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business. Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper.

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Learning about the mechanics of the business. These apprentices are

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being taught the basics about how diggers are driven. They're among

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130 new recruits the company hopes will drive future growth. It is

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extremely hard at the moment. I know a lot of people are unemployed, but

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I don't know where I would be without this job. It gives me

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experience on a job, it gives me a salary. University gives you massive

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debts, so with this it is experience and skills I would not learn other

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places. Without this apprenticeship, I think I would be looking around

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for different colleges and different things to do, still based around

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business, because I know how hard it is to get the job without

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qualifications. The new business apprenticeship

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being launched will be taught here at the JCB Academy in Rochester. The

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syllabus has been developed by industry experts. We are not just

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producing students with an academic ability, we are producing students

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with employability and professional skills. Until now boast

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business-related -- most business-related apprenticeships

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have lasted two years, but this new one will last four years studying

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business-related subjects. It is mixing businesses, -- business,

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logistics, and all sorts of activities that give a whole scope

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of capability. These apprentices are amongst a

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record number joining JCB in a single year. They're part of a plan

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to lay the foundations for future economic expansion.

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Medics and scientists in Birmingham are to take part in research into

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lung cancer that could prolong and improve the quality of patients'

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lives. �14 million will be spent identifying different kinds of

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tumours and discovering which drugs work best to slow their progress, as

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Giles Latcham reports. Lynn does a lot of fundraising these

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days. Although she's never smoked, she's got lung cancer - and it's

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terminal. She wants others to know it's not

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just smokers who get lung cancer, and she wants more research into the

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most effective way to treat it. don't have to be over 60. I was in

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my 40s when I was diagnosed. I have met people in their 20s and 30s who

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have also never smoked. So it can happen to anybody at any time.

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Survival rates are notoriously low. 3,400 people are diagnosed with the

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disease in the West Midlands each disease in the West Midlands each

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year. Of those, 2,900 die in the disease in the West Midlands each

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year. Of those, 2,900 die Only 9% year. Of those, 2,900 die Only 9%

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survive longer than five years. Researchers and medics in Birmingham

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will run a nine-year study into the disease, at a cost of �14 million

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paid for by a charity. This is a landmark study. We are looking more

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closely at lung cancer than ever before, really trying to understand

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its biology, what makes the tumours tick. For many years research into

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lung cancer has not progressed much at all. Treatment hasn't developed

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much either, but this study promises to reveal just how different

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individual lung cancer tumours are. And it offers medics the chance to

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tailor treatment for individuals. This is drilling down into the

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molecular characteristics of a patient's tumour, and understands

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what -- understanding what drives the tumour on.

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It won't lead to a cure - but it will help doctors prescribe specific

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treatments for specific tumours, This Saturday the English Defence

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League will hold a rally in the centre of Birmingham in Centenary

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Square - while just a few hundred metres away there will be a

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counter-demonstration held by Unite Against Fascism.

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On a weekend when the city will be filled with shoppers and families

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enjoying the sun, it's going to be a challenge for West Midlands Police.

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Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe is here. Why are both these

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demonstrations being allowed to go ahead? They are static protests,

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there is no legislation that can stop a static protest, only a march.

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What we can do is put restrictions on the locations and the timings.

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How big an operation will this be for you? This is probably one of the

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biggest ever operations West Midlands Police have carried out, I

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have over 1000 officers on duty on Saturday dedicated to this

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operation. Is it still business as usual for shoppers who want to come

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in? We have been working with local traders, communities. We have

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successfully policed EDL demonstrations in the past, so

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everyone is welcome this Saturday. If you are coming into protest,

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please be peaceful. If you are coming in intent on violent

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behaviour, you will be arrested. EDL say they chose Birmingham for

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the demo because the city has become, their words, a literal

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hotbed of Islamic extremist activity. Are they right? We have

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had a number of terrorist investigations over the last couple

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of years in Birmingham, but the EDL do publish a calendar and they do

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move around the whole country and conduct protests. They have been to

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Birmingham before and no doubt they will come again. If you have any

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more information -- do you have any or information on the story that two

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men have been arrested in connection with the explosions on mosques in

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Walsall and Tipton. They were arrested this afternoon by a

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uniformed officer on the street. We put a protection plan in operation

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at all our mosques, increased patrols, and really good local

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policing today, two men in custody for those terrorists incidents.

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Finally, this weekend, you have officers to manage these rallies,

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but do you have the resources to protect the rest of the area?

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have officers all over the region, at and coming in from all over the

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country. We are ready for Saturday. A Shropshire school that became a

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victim of council cuts closes its the only secondary school in the

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whole county forced to shut. Last night pupils and teachers, both past

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and present, attended a memorial service and concert to mark the end

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of almost 80 years of education. Ben Sidwell reports.

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In Shrewsbury, The Wakeman is a well-known landmark, the only non

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fee paying high school in the town. For almost 80 years it's provided an

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education to local youngsters, and more than 600 pupils used to fill

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these corridors, but now in its final week of existence there are

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just 18 students left. I think it is an unnecessary decision. It is a

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waste of talent. It does not save any money, or improve education

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across the country. During the last week many former

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pupils and teachers have returned to get one last look at their school.

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Last night Shrewsbury Abbey was packed for a special memorial

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service to mark the closing of The Wakeman. Very upset. Because it is a

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lovely school, and they have worked hard. It is sad to see the place

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close. Despite a long battle to keep the

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school open, Shropshire Council announced its closure in 2011. Of

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the 18 teachers still at the school, just three have found jobs. Deep

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down, if I was retiring, then I could celebrate. But I am not

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retiring, I have been made redundant. And that in itself, that

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hurts. We asked Shropshire Council for an

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interview, but they refused. However interview, but they refused. However

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college, so to mark the closure they commissioned this installation.

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Behind me, the names of every single pupil who has been here since 1957,

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all 7241 of them. Staff say they want the final week

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to be a celebration of the school, before it becomes part of the town's

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Sixth Form College in September. So, on the day the region got so hot

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it moved into a Level three heatwave category, let's go back to Shefali

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category, let's go back to Shefali now on the balcony for the latest

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:25:11.:25:14.

now on the On a day is that we have been

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elevated two. -- Level three alerts, temperatures do not reflect it. The

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warmest place in the region reached highs of 28.5. This alert is with us

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until the end of tomorrow, so as I mentioned earlier, if you are at all

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adversely affected by the heat, you need to take adequate precautions.

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We are now into the 12th consecutive day of this hot weather, and that

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makes it the longest hot spell for seven years, since 2006. According

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to latest statistics, we have only had 12% of the month's rainfall, and

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77% of the sunshine. There are places that are in desperate need of

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water and rain, not to be a killjoy, but there is no sign of that rain

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just yet. I was talking of some changes occurring later on in the

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week, and we are almost there because that high pressure to the

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North West is just manoeuvring its way into position to the north of

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the country, and that will change the wind direction to

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north-easterly. We have another one night ahead of us, it is looking

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clear largely with just the odd wisp of cloud here and there, and the

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coolest part of the region is the worst with temperatures dropping to

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15 Celsius. Elsewhere though, we could get 17 or 18. Tomorrow, we do

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it all over again. We have plenty of hot sunshine there, taking

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temperatures to 28 Celsius. That freshening easterly breeze starts to

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show its hand, introducing more clout to the eastern half of the

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region and making things a little Let's recap tonight's top stories:

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David Cameron has welcomed official figures showing a reduction in crime

:27:10.:27:17.

in England and Wales. Police are searching for the mother of a baby

:27:17.:27:19.

abandoned on a doorstep. Before we go, a reminder that

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traffic in the centre of Birmingham is expected to be delayed when two

:27:23.:27:26.

road tunnels through the city centre are closed for the rest of the

:27:26.:27:29.

summer from tomorrow night. The A38 tunnels are being shut for

:27:30.:27:33.

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