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way. If only it was that simple. For picture offensive? Two men wearing

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stretchy outfits known as "mankinis" while collecting for charity. Well,

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their appearance caused outrage in a part of Birmingham with a high

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Muslim population. Especially as their sponsored walk coincided with

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a demonstration by far right protestors. The two men who were

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raising money for a charity for dogs needed a police escort after an

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angry crowd made it clear they weren't welcome. Giles Latcham

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reports. Steven Ellis and Jason Hendry love

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dogs and it was in aid of a dogs home that they set out with Steven's

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kids on a sponsored walk with a difference. The essential bits were

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covered up. The difference being their choice of costume, the highly

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revealing, for many rather comic "mankini". It was meant to be a

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laugh for a good cause and to be having the response we did in that

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area was unbelievable. They were walking the eight miles from

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Solihull to Birmingham but in a district home to many Muslims, they

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ran into trouble. The seminaked Juno say they and their supporters came

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under attack from Asian men are throwing stones, apples and eggs.

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The police were called and spent half an hour trying to prevent an

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unintended or unnecessary upset. Being called a paedophile, that's a

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bit extreme. It wasn't just me and Steve, we had my sister having

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racial comments thrown at her. same day a few miles away in the

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city centre the far right English Defence League were holding a

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protest and among local Muslims tensions were high. The pair say

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they didn't know the demonstration was taking place. The incident

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happened close to an Islamic charity. Among the staff there,

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contrasting views. Yes, the stonethrowing and the eggs is

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totally unacceptable. But seminaked men walking through a town is an

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except Bull as well. Through all of Birmingham there are people who are

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idiots and a few people have got onto these lads, raising funds for

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charity, do what you want. It is nobodies business if you want to go

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to spark ill, do it. The walkers were raising funds for the new HQ of

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Birmingham Dogs' home but they ended up being driven the last few miles

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under police escort. Hopefully people can and do stand everyone has

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a different idea of raising money. As long as it is legal, we support

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it. The pair raised �300 for the dogs home and remain undaunted.

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They're planning more charity events, mankinis included. And we'd

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like to know what you think? Would you be offended by men similarly

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dressed walking down your street? Or do you think those who objected went

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over the top by hurling abuse and more? Do get in touch by email,

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Facebook or Twitter and we'll try to bring some of your responses before

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the end of the programme. Coming up later in the programme:

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Millions of books on the move from the old Birmingham library to the

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new, including one that's worth more than four million pounds.

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These are the faces of some of those still wanted for the riots in

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Birmingham and parts of the Black Country two years ago. Since then,

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West Midlands Police have arrested 775 people for offences connected

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with some of the worst unrest in a generation. They're still looking

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for 79 others, who were alleged to have been involved, but have never

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been traced. In a moment, I'll be talking to an MP who says some of

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the issues behind the rioting still haven't been addressed, but first

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this report from Liz Roberts. The day a jewellers in Wolverhampton

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was on the sharp end of riots. we came in, everything was damaged.

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The whole shop was trashed, class -- glass everywhere. Today it's very

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different story CLIP 45 thousand pounds worth of damage was caused to

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this business. I will not let them defeat me. I will not retire yet. I

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started again. I started this 45 years ago, I started again. �45,000

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has been spent on repairs but the cost was immeasurable. We stand here

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to plead with the dudes to remain calm. Tariq Jahan's son lost his

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life while attempting to stop the rioters. I believe the community has

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kept the faith, they have done well. We have had no trouble since, there

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hasn't been anything to complain about. The rights came to an end.

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And people have shown unity -- riots. Today at youth centre in

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Winson Green a lack of opportunities is a recipe for frustration. Young

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people need more things to do. More activities, more programmes for

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young people to get into so they can go on to work. We can be

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misunderstood as a young man. Cutbacks in the youth services

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should not happen, more money should be put in and the youth are our

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future. Realistically we have to keep pumping money and have belief

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in them. The riots were the worst in a generation but the police have

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always been clear what they believe was behind them. This was not an

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angry crowd, this was a greedy crowd. What we were dealing with was

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dishonesty and disorder. The police say they are better equipped to

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react to any riots in future. Questions remain about what is being

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done to prevent that happening. I'm joined now by Khalid Mahmood, MP

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for Perry Barr in Birmingham. Two years after the riots, are the

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constituency moving on? No, I know reports say they have made a number

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of arrests with some outstanding but two years after the event we still

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have 80 people outstanding that need to be dealt with. We have the

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highest rates of youth unemployment, highest rates of young people coming

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out of education without training and therefore no jobs. The highest

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number of long-term unemployed for young people. We are about to lose a

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generation of young people. riots panel report stated the causes

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of these riots were complex, there is no one solution or

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recommendation. Not all of the recommendations were down to the

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government. It is a complex issue and the local authority has to play

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a role but the government is the catalyst. If the government

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continues to cut funding to local authorities and they cannot

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deliver, in my constituency there are youth centre is being closed

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because of the government cuts. It is difficult for the young people to

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move forward. Money is tight so if you are part of the Labour Party

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implementing the changes, what would you do? There are different ways,

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the central government has squeezed and squeezed local authorities. I do

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what I am doing, working with local institutions, a college which is

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investing �1 million into a campus. The campus was dead. I have young

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people going in and the college have done fantastic work. I want local

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authorities and councils and central government to support the small

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things which make huge difference. Does that need investment because

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you have done that when funds are tight? It needed money from the

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college so there are institutions that have money, we need to deliver

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a service and not delude young people. Do you think the riots in

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Birmingham and the Black Country could happen again? I do not want it

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to happen again. The first time in Liz tells there was no disturbance.

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We can beat the model. We need to work together and we need resources

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from central government. I do not want to see more disturbances in

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Birmingham. Jaguar Land Rover has reported a 25%

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increase in profits for the first part of the financial year compared

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with 12 months ago. The Indian-owned firm which has sites in Coventry,

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Castle Bromwich, Solihull and Warwickshire made pre-tax profits of

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�415 million between April and June. JLR's retail sales were up ten per

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cent overall - the biggest increases were in Asia.

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Part of the M6 in Staffordshire has been closed this afternoon after two

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separate accidents, one of which led to a chemical spill.

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Four cars collided on the northbound carriageway between junctions twelve

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and thirteen, Stafford South. Police say no-one was badly injured. Then

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two lorries crashed on the same stretch of motorway leading to a

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leak of a non-hazardous chemical. Joining us now from the County

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Showground about a mile from Stafford Hospital is one of the

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Trust's Special Administrators Alan Bloom. Good evening to you, Mr.

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Bloom. Good evening. You will be hearing

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what protesters have to say about plans for Stafford Hospital will you

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listen? Of course. This is the purpose of

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these meetings, the first of eight public meetings and we are very keen

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to hear what people have to say. you are downgrading services if the

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proposals go through and one proposal is to close the maternity

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unit which has caused uproar. People find it hard to understand closures.

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Firstly, to be clear, we are not closing the maternity unit, all

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prenatal and postnatal will take place as it always has. What we are

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recommending is that babies are not worn here at some stage in the

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future when other hospitals can deal with that. It is not that people

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will not be able to get care for their newborn babies and mums before

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or after the recommendation is for many reasons that the birds

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themselves take place where mums want. We have heard how the M6 has

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been closed around Stafford, it does not bode well if that happened if

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mothers have to go elsewhere. you know, roads shut everywhere all

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the time. It is always inconvenient and difficult when these situations

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arise but it is, there are always roads jams in places. Not everybody

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lives by Stafford either. People have to get there by road as well.

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Senior figures in paediatrics say they have not been consulted by the

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administrators, what do you say? Could you repeat the question?

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Senior figures in maternity units have not been consulted by

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administrators. They say the place... Yes, when you say the

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place, we have reported in the past and continue to report that both

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clinically and financially hospital is not sustainable as it is going

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into the future. That is clear. In terms of the way we put the

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proposals together, we have worked closely with the commissioners and

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with royal colleges who determine what services people need and should

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expect to get in the future. And come up with a proposal which is

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good for the next ten years. Thank Plans for a direct rail service from

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Shrewsbury to London could be back on track. Virgin Trains wanted to

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reintroduce the service by the end of the year, but their proposal was

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blocked by Network Rail and the Office of Rail Regulation. Virgin's

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now considering a revised plan, which could see trains running from

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Shrewsbury to London from next May. A telephone helpline which should

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have kept patients out of hospital and saved money seems to have failed

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to do either. Birmingham Own Health was a

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collaboration between NHS Direct and the Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer,

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which enabled nurses to help thousands of sick patients. Research

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funded by the Department of Health found that the service may have

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increased hospital admissions by nearly14%. This is our top story

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tonight: Outrage as two charity collectors in mankinis walk through

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Muslim communities during Ramadan. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly from Shefali. Also in tonight's programme: Upsets in the

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League Cup, as two of our sides topple higher league opposition.

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And why closing streets to allow children to play in safety during

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the school holidays is an idea These pheasants reared at Whitchurch

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but thieves have struck three times this year alone in the most recent

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attack Andrew Growcott lost a thousand ducklings worth �3500.

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Insurance premiums are going up, accesses are higher so in many cases

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a libel claim, we cannot afford to claim any more. Insurance figures

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reflect claims made and according to a brutal crime survey by NFU mutual

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the cost of rural crime fell by 20% asked you. In the West Midlands

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though it is still costing 4-1p and in shop she it added up to �700,000.

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Dave Farms 250 acres and heads up the NFU in Shropshire. He says

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farmers have tried all kinds of security. We have used geese, llamas

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but they do not always fit into the modern situation occurs farmyard is

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unchanged but they were good at raising awareness of being noisy.

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Today, it is better to get a camera. David Fitz tracking is Isis to farm

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vehicles. It is a deterrent, that is a tamper-proof sticker which shows

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it is data tags and there are hidden parts which cannot be removed from

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the vehicle and those items can be scanned or traced by police and

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- the task of shifting more than a million books across the centre of

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Birmingham. They're heading for the city's spectacular new library which

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opens in less than a month. As Bob Hockenhull reports, it can be a

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delicate operation with the most valuable single volumes worth as

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much as four and a half million pounds.

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The last of the books are leaving the shell of Birmingham's old

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library. It's an operation that's taken two years of planning. More

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than a million have been packed into crates by a team of nearly 70

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people. It can be a delicate operation, especially considering

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the value of some volumes like a first edition Shakespeare play.

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lot of the book is from one section of the archives have been valued at

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up to 4-5p per book. We have taken great care moving those items,

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moving them under secure circumstances to make sure they

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arrive in the right place. They have been set the task of removing the

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books in 66 days. The majority are being brought down here. Eight

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storeys worth of books, CDs, DVDs and manuscripts should all have been

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moved to the new library by the end of this week. Fortunately it's only

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a short hop. But in this digital age, when more and more people are

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reading online, is it really necessary to keep all the books from

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the old library? People do have different reading styles, for some

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people the printed form is still the best option for them. And for young

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children, I can see the future where books do decline to an extent but I

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do not think they will totally disappear. And for all those avid

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readers keen to get their hands on the books - not long to wait now -

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the �189 million new library opens still waiting to see their team

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score this season after they went out of the League Cup in the first

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round last night. There was more misery as well for Coventry City

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supporters. But Burton Albion and Cheltenham Town pulled off the

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shocks of the round. Nick Clitheroe reports.

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After they dropped into the third tier of English football in May

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Wolves fans were hoping for a season of revival. And it would be wrong to

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read too much into their first two matches but those supporters are

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still waiting as Ryan Williams late free kick saw them knocked out at

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lower division Morecambe last night. If anyone's had a more miserable

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summer it would have to be Coventry City's supporters. Playing in yellow

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they finished on the wrong end of a five goal thriller for the second

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time in three days. Coventry had their captain sent off and missed a

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penalty in defeat at Leyton Orient but it was still a far from

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disheartening night for their manager. I thought we were to

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reflect tonight from when the game kicked off to the final seconds. If

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we give performances like that we have every chance of winning games

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of foot or this season. There were plenty of winners though including

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two of the shocks of the round. Sheffield United must be sick of the

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sight of Burton Albion. For the second season running in this

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competition the League Two side went to Yorkshire and won thanks to two

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goals from Chris Hussey. And Cheltenham Town also knocked out a

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team from the division above after a dramatic comeback. They were

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trailing 3-1 at home to Crawley before goals from Terry Gornell and

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Byron Harrison forced extra-time. Harrison went on to get the winner

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as well. I thought he would shocking last week and I told him so. That is

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the player I knew I was signing. Also through are Walsall who came

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out on top in a Midlands derby with Port Vale. Chris Robertson cancelled

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out Ashley Hemmings goal for the visitors and the 90 minutes was

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almost up when James Baxendale continued Walsall's flying start to

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the season with the winner. Birmingham City are through as well

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but needed extra-time to beat Plymouth Argyle at St Andrews.

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Shrewsbury Town won't be joining them though. Aaron Wildig's goal not

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enough to prevent a 3-1 home defeat by Bolton. And you can see all the

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goals from the first round in the League Cup Show on BBC One at 11.35

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tonight. For one day only, three busy streets

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in Birmingham were closed to traffic today. Not for roadworks, or because

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of a crime but to allow children to play. Sarah Falkland's in King's

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Heath for us tonight. So Sarah this was a pilot scheme for the city?

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Yes, it is a first for Birmingham in recent years. This street, one of

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three streets involved in this pilot. For four hours, the roads

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were closed and they were handed over to children for them to play.

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And not just his street Woodville Road, but two more in King's Heath

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as well. Normally busy rat runs, today they were playgrounds for the

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children who live here but haven't Midlands archive shows, streets were

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often closed off to traffic to allow children to play. But then came

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Stranger Danger and an influx of cars. In the pilot streets this

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afternoon the only rolling wheels were on bikes and scooters.

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started in Bristol. There were two macro mothers who wanted to give

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kids opportunities to play so they rolled out a scheme across 30

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streets. Birmingham got wind of it through a social inclusion programme

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started by the Bishop of Birmingham and they did research into the

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benefits of play because kids benefit mentally and physically from

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regular playing outside. After the pilot, the hope is other communities

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pick up on the idea and run with it. We love the idea. We enjoyed playing

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out as children ourselves. It is great. I would like to keep it like

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this everyday. Beautiful to get the community and kids together.

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it's apt day for this pilot - today is national play day.

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The cars are back in today. We have the remnants of the children playing

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today with handprints and hopscotch. One thing we have not mentioned is

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the impact on motorists and drivers and there has been a degree of

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goodwill on both sides. Drivers were good and moved their cars before the

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deadline and the organisers have been realistic saying if you need to

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get your car back they have allowed a few cars back in. They hope for a

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meeting with the council in a few weeks time and they hope Birmingham

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can follow the Bristol example and 30 roads could be closed on a

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if she has lineage. A beautiful day if she has lineage. A beautiful day

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today. Yes, not much to complain about although I am sure we will

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find something. Having been spoiled by high temperatures, today seemed

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comparatively cooler but temperatures will fall further by

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Sunday. Cooler Icelandic air is coming in our direction.

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Low-pressure arrives in the North linked up with a cold front. By the

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end of the weekend, more unsettled conditions. There was a

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deterioration in conditions as we saw more cloud and also showers

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breaking out but that was an echo from the disruption caused over the

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continent with a lot of cloud and thunderstorms breaking in the

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channel. Through this evening and night, the showers will diminish,

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much drier conditions, clearest bells and quite chilly again in

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rural areas with single figures. For most places in towns and cities,

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lows of around ten to 13. Some misty patch is developing tomorrow but

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other than that a similar pattern to today, it starts off with plenty of

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sunshine and then temperatures up to 22 or 23. Through the afternoon,

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cloud developing and we could see some showers breaking out. Generally

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a dry picture. We have another weather front on Sunday pushing in

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from the west again and that is having the effect of bringing some

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rain, patchy rain through tomorrow night. It is a weakening affair. The

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cloud will hold temperatures up at 14 to 15. On Thursday, , Friday, the

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remnants of the rain, a bit dull and Sending out a signal for the economy

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- the Bank of England says interest rates could stay at a record low for

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another three years. And outrage when charity workers walk through a

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Muslim area. An extraordinary response with many of you getting in

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touch. Mich Shelley calls it indecent exposure. " Imagine how

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many young eyes saw those two walking about". But Zoe Jackson says

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"throwing stuff at people is not acceptable in any way. If they

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didn't like it don't look or call the police!" Mohammed Ashraf says

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many will find being half-naked offensive whether Christians or

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another religion. And from Safran Khan: "Ask yourself would you be

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comfortable with semi-naked men walking down the road? I'm not

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offended by it, but I wouldn't want my 7-year-old to have to see it. But

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Ben Parkes says simply - well done guys, after all it was for charity.

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