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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today, with Nick Owen and Mary Rhodes.

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Joy for thousands of A—level students across the region, but what

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hope for teenagers where youth unemployment's a major problem?

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We'll be finding out what's being done in a town with one of the

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highest numbers of young jobless people in the country.

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Also tonight, a startling admission from the new boss of Birmingham's

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Children's Services — "children are unsafe in our care".

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Testing how we'd react in the face of a terrorist attack — for research

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purposes only. On the eve of the new Premier League

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season, new boss Mark Hughes on his hopes for Stoke City. People will

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possibly be nervous about what is ahead of us but I think we should

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enjoy and embrace it. And however wet it's been so far

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this week, it's tame in comparison with what's to come. Join me later

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for all the details. Good evening. Councillors in one of

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the UK's worst youth unemployment blackspots have promised a brighter

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future for the hundreds of A—level students who received their results

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today. More than one in four young people in Telford and Wrekin are

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unemployed. That's around 3,500 still waiting to launch their

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careers. Now the Borough Council is working towards guaranteed

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education, training or employment for all 16 to 24—year—olds. From

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Telford, here's Joanne Writtle. Joining us now from Telford is

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Councillor Shaun Davies, who's responsible for employment and

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skills. Emotional scenes as students at colleges in Wellington get their

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A—level results. In line with national trends, those getting top

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grades dipped by 5% compared to last year but there was still plenty of

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success. I got an A* grade, A, A. Much better than I'd expected. I got

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three a star grades and an A. I am going to Oxford. Someone making

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decisions depending on finance. I wanted to raise the money getting a

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job to go to university next year. The tuition fees are putting me off.

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In myself, I'm not ready to go out into the big world at the minute so

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I am just going to stay at home. It is a bit cheaper as well. We're not

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seeing fewer students going to university but what we are seeing is

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that they are staying more locally in terms of transport links. Just a

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short drive, £250 million is being spent here developing part of

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Telford town centre. It will create hundreds of new jobs, but

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nevertheless, youth unemployment stands stubbornly at 27%. That is

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higher than the West Midlands figure of 23% and higher than the national

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level of 21%. Amy Spruce is one of 140 apprentices recruited by Telford

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Council. Last year, she decided against higher education. University

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is a big pick—up —— big commitment. I didn't want to get into debt as

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well. I've decided I've wanted a more work —based experience. Amy has

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a one—year apprenticeship. After that, she is hoping her work

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experience and her NVQ will help her gain permanent employment. Joining

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us now is the minister responsible for employment and skills. Great

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news for the students who studied hard to get great results, but if

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they're not off to University, what are the chances of them getting a

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job locally? Well, we really need to work with that forgotten 50% who

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aren't going to university. We need to work with colleges for further

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education colleges —— courses. But we need to give our young people a

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chance of employment. Youth unemployment is a problem in

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Telford, as one in four is out of work. What are you doing to tackle

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it? It is a massive problem and it is regrettable the Government didn't

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put anything into their Comprehensive Spending Review to

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tackle the issue across the country. We are working now with colleges and

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with the private sector here to offer a jobs guarantee and jobs

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charter and unemployment and training guarantee of to every 16 to

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24—year—old. It is the biggest aspiration the council has put

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forward in a generation, I would argue. It is not going to take a

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quick fix and the council cannot do it by itself. We have to give our

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young people a chance working with the community. We've heard in the

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last couple of days that exports are rising. Firms in the region are

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recruiting but they can't find people with the right skills. How

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can you change that? We need to prepare our young people to have the

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qualifications and skills and confidence to apply for jobs and get

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through assessment, so we have this to track approach. There is much

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more we can do and this will be the number one priority for this

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Administration in Telford over the next two years. Thank you.

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Still to come: join me later to find out how innovative designs like this

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could help boost manufacturing in the West Midlands.

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Police have been called to an incident in Alvechurch. A cordon has

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been set up around a white van. It's believed to be part of a wider

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operation involving West Mercia Police and surrounding forces, and

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we'll have more in our news from 10pm.

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The new head of Children's Services at Birmingham City Council has

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described the current service as unsafe for children and needing

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immediate action. Peter Hay's comments come just weeks before the

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results of a Serious Case Review into the death of two—year—old Keanu

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Williams are due to be released. Our political reporter, Liz Roberts,

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joins us now. What else did he have to say? The comments from Peter Hay

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were made to councillors on the scrutiny committee, who's job it is

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to hold officers in Children's Services to account. He's reported

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as saying the council is standing near the exit of the last—chance

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saloon. I've spoken to the chair of that committee, Labour Councillor

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Anita Ward, who said this is the most honest anybody has been with

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members of scrutiny in the last year. She says they've had serious

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concerns about the service since the Ofsted report last October described

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it as "inadequate". And despite in their monthly meetings being told

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that things are improving, it's only now that the person in charge is

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saying things as they are. And he's only a temporary boss? Yes, it's

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less than a month he's been in charge. He's become the interim boss

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since Peter Duxbury stepped down in the aftermath of the Keanu Williams

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case. He's the little boy from Ward End in Birmingham who died aged two

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in January 2011 after being found with 37 injuries. His mother,

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Rebecca Shuttleworth, was convicted of his murder in June. What reaction

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has there been to the comments? A short time ago, we spoke to the

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British Association of Social Workers, who welcomed Mr Hay's

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straight talking. I think it will be very hard for people to hear that

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because we all want children to be safe. It is very, very uncomfortable

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for us to hear that they aren't. At if you don't start with the reality

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of what is going on, then you can't change things. —— but. Hopefully,

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having made these comments, now people around the city, not just in

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local authorities or social work, will be able to say, what can we all

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do to try to change the situation for the children? Another Ofsed

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inspection is due any day now and I'm told there are serious concerns

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those inspectors won't be satisfied. Thank you.

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How do you think you would respond in the event of a serious incident

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such as a terrorist attack? That question was put to the test today

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in a simulated exercise. A chemical was released inside the

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International Convention Centre, where 150 volunteers were taking

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part in a European research project, as Kevin Reide reports.

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Birmingham's International Convention Centre and an evacuation

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after a terrorist discharges poisonous gas in one of the halls.

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But it wasn't for real. All these people are volunteers being used as

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part of a mock exercise. Several people collapsed so it did seem as

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if it was a natural thing. We did realise the exercise had started. We

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thought people were genuinely ill. It's designed to be as realistic as

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possible. There are observers from universities in the UK and from

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security agencies from the EU. They'll collate the information and

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make sure if this ever happens for real, the response will be the right

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one. There were elso European film crews here, capturing every minute.

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Isn't there a danger you could alarm people? We have done expense ——

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extensive work around communication to let people know what is

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happening. These events are extremely rare but because they are

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it is important we exercise regularly to make sure we are

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prepared for them, that we have officers who are skilled with the

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right kit and the right training to deal with these things in our

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communities. It also provided the opportunity to try out as yet unused

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equipment, with the volunteers having to wear specialist chemical

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attack suits. What these resources are designed for is for a mass

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decontamination of people, so say a gas has been released or an acid,

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what we can do is decontaminate and clean people up and clean a lot of

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people up very quickly. There's people lying on the floor but I

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don't know... ! The exercise was funded by the European Union and the

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results will be analysed over the next few months. Then there are two

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further terror exercises in Poland and Sweden.

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I'm joined now by Dr Brooke Rogers, senior lecturer in risk and terror

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at King's College, London, who has been gathering information from

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today's event. It sounds absolutely fascinating. What have you learned?

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We have a lot of data to analyse and we'll so have what we have seen and

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some numbers we have been collecting, and we have very much

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seen behaviour from members of the public that was very calm and

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cooperative and I think they enjoyed the event overall, which is what we

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would expect to see with our theories, and that contradicts what

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emergency planning assumptions quite often assume they will see when

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members of the public respond. These events were obviously staged and

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those taking part had some idea what was about to happen, so how reliable

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will the data be? We are incredibly confident because this brings these

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things to life with the practitioners, who are engaged with

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the public response. We are putting real members of the public through

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so they can engage with them and we'll so go out and collect data

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during real events. —— we also. Some of my colleagues were involved with

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the Alexander Lipton Inc oh incident in London as well. Once your

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research is complete, what happens to it? We basically say, you can

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engage with members of the public, you can help them to help themselves

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and their families and this is what you can do in order to give them

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some tools they can use as well. This is fascinating. Thank you.

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This is our top story tonight — as thousands of students receive their

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A—level results, a pledge to offer more support in one of the region's

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youth unemployment blackspots. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly from Shefali. Also tonight, the Premier League is

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back, and it's all—change at Stoke City, as Mark Hughes launches a new

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era. And remembering World War II's

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forgotten army, with a special bronze statue to honour the

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Chindits. The Midlands has been famous for

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developing prestigious cars over the years, such as the Aston Martin, the

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Morgan, the E—Type Jag and many other hugely successful vehicles.

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Now a rather different type of vehicle is being developed here. It

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goes a bit slower! It only has a top speed of 25 miles—an—hour. But

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designers hope the Raptor electric bike will be a major success. Orders

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are already coming in from Australia and America, with the promise of new

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jobs as a result, as Bob Hockenhull reports.

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Brothers Paul and David Loomes have spent three years developing the

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Raptor. The electric bike can be used on the roads. And the

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production line in Dudley expects to be making at least 2,000 a year by

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2015. It's primarily aimed at security, professional users,

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shopping malls, the police. We are looking to sell in excess of 300

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vehicles this year, which is a little over £1.5 million turnover.

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The rear—wheel—drive vehicle is already creating jobs on a small

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scale. 18 people are working on designing and assembling the

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machine. The brothers have teamed up with an established design company

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to help realise their dreams of mass production. This area is obviously

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renowned over the years with locomotive companies but there has

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been nothing lately, really, and I think this is one of the new

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innovations that has come from this area. Nobody could be sure how

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popular the bike will become but at least it is 100% designed and

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manufactured here in the Midlands. The question is, are innovative

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products like this getting the backing they need? We don't think

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there is enough government backing for this sort of thing. We are

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exporting 100% of our product. You would think they would come in to

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help us. One organisation has helped, though. The Manufacturing

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Advisory Service has given money to around 50 innovators in the region,

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including Ecospin. We look at the innovation itself, we understand

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what the product is trying to achieve and we look to see where the

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marketplace will be, because to commercialise is the own game and

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without that, all the investment is for nothing. It may be a long road

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to success. But if inventions like the Raptor can capture the attention

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of the world's markets, it'll mean more jobs for this region.

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The West Midlands is one of the most diverse parts of the country in

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terms of population, but for the first time, we have a real picture

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of just who makes up our region. The details have been revealed by Oxford

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University. More than 5.6 million people live

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here in the West Midlands, and 630,000, or 11%, were born outside

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the UK. Birmingham has had the biggest

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increase in migrants over a ten—year period — up by 77,000 to 238,000.

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While Stoke—on—Trent had the largest percentage increase in its

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foreign—born population — up 131% to nearly 21,000.

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The biggest migrant group in the West Midlands is Indian, at nearly

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100,000, followed by people born in Pakistan, Poland, Ireland and

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Jamaica. We're joined now by Rob McNeil, from

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the Migration Observatory at Oxford University. Good evening.

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Significant increases in the region's migrant population. What's

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the attraction? There are an awful lot of people who go to the West

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Midlands to study and many who go to work, and as you said earlier, it is

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an area with an established migrant population, so people will go to

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areas where there are family connections or other networks where

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they can feel comfortable and find work, find ways of doing things that

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they might otherwise struggle with if they were somewhere with a

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smaller migrant population. You talk about work. We have big problems

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with unemployment here in the West Midlands so it seems surprising the

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region still seems a popular destination. As we were saying,

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there are other areas apart from work that attract people, but the

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other thing is, migrants to the West Midlands, while they are obviously

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still proportionately a large part of the population, they are now

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smaller as a group than in other parts of the country. For example,

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London, the south—east and east of England have a larger migrant

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population. How much of a challenge are these growing numbers to local

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authorities? Clearly, it is extremely important local

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authorities have local data to allow them to plan and make sure there are

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adequate places at schools and hospitals for the growing

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population. So it is important there is local information popular. ——

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available. We have been seeing the increased numbers potentially coming

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from remaining and Bulgaria. What do you say about that? The numbers from

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those countries have been increasing for several years now regardless of

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the labour market restrictions preventing them from doing several

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things. There will be a larger number —— whether there will be a

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larger number of people coming or not is hard to know. We have to plan

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for uncertainty because even if we had a precise number of people, we

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would not know whether they were going to go to London, the West

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Midlands or elsewhere. Thank you. And if you want to find out more,

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we've put the full report on West Midlands migration on our Facebook

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page. The richest football league in the

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world kicks off on Saturday, with the return of the Premier League,

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and the first game involves Stoke City. The Potters travel up the M6

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to Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime with new manager Mark Hughes,

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looking to rebuild his own reputation and that of his new club.

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Today he's been talking to Laura May McMullan.

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It's a new era at Stoke City Football club and a challenge new

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manager Mark Hughes is determined to make a success of. You have to work

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exceptionally hard to make sure you remain a Premier League manager. I

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know to my own cost it is not easy but I think there is a quality of

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people they have found here and brought here that means I think we

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can be successful. Hughes knows the pressure is on to climb the ranks of

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the Premier League. He's confident the squad can adapt to his style of

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play. I would say my stylist setting up a team that is dynamic, that

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wants to be on the front foot and dictate. —— I would say my style is.

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It'll be welcome news to Stoke City supporters, who've made no secret

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during the last couple of seasons of their desire to have more

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entertaining football. And they want a top—ten finish. After the Potters'

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first season in the Premier League under former manager Tony Pulis, the

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club finished 12th. The next three seasons, they

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established themselves in the top flight but finished in the lower

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half of the table. And the theme continued last season again, with a

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13th—placed finished. Hughes has brought in an experienced

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backroom staff. His assistant manager, Mark Bowen, and first team

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coach, Eddie Niedzwicki, have also worked with him at Blackburn,

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Manchester City, Fulham and QPR. Would you say a top ten finishes

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realistic? We know long—term that is certainly where we want to be.

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Whether it happens this year or not, time will tell. But the

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intention is to be a successful Premier League side in the top half.

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The manager's aim is to bring in a striker before the transfer window

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closes in two weeks. He knows it's imperative to make a strong start

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and he'll be backed by more than 3,000 fans at Anfield on Saturday.

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And one of those fans is Martin Smith, editor of the Stoke City

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fanzine The Oatcake, who joins us now. Martin, how are Stoke fans

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feeling as the new season approaches? Good evening. I think

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everyone's feeling excited and maybe a bit anxious because it is a big

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step into the unknown, but, yeah, I think everybody is really looking

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forward to it. It's the new chapter in the Stoke City story and we are

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kind of ready to embrace what we hope is a new era for the club.

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What's the feeling among fans about Mark Hughes. Is it fair to say he

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wasn't universally welcomed when appointed? Has that changed? I think

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so. Everybody had their idea of who they wanted to see at the club but

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in the cold light of day, the board knew what kind of manager we could

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get. What really is a proven track record apart from one spell at QPR,

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means he will be a good fit for the club and many fans have realised

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that. You've made a couple of signings over the summer and Hughes

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says he wants to sign a striker before the transfer window closes.

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Is there anything else on your shopping list? We are thinking along

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the same lines. A striker! I think it is known that we have struggled

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to score goals most seasons, especially the last two, and it has

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held us back. We must resolve that and we might be able to do that

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through a different style of playing or, in all likelihood, we will

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problem you need a fresh face or two to invigorate the team. And, you

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know, we have until the 2nd of September, but the sooner the

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better. Have a good season and enjoy it.

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Do you know who the Chindits were? They were the largest of the allied

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Special Forces of the Second World War, operating deep behind enemy

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lines in North Burma in the war against Japan. For many months, they

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lived in and fought the enemy in the jungles of Japanese occupied Burma.

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ARCHIVE: You've heard of these men before. Their origin goes back to

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the late Colonel. Their history has captured the imagination of the

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Allied world. Here they are in close up for the first time. The

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Chindits. Take a good look. Not that it will help you to recognise any of

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them. Their own mother couldn't. But now, more than 60 years later, the

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Chindits are not forgotten. At the National Memorial Arboretum in

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Staffordshire today, Burma veterans attended a special service which was

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especially poignant for one Birmingham man, as Sarah Falkland

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reports. The statue is of a Chinthe. You find

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them guarding the entrances to the temples. And it was from this

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creature the Chindits took their name. This bronze has been moulded

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from a wooden statue created by computer repair man Roger Neal. He'd

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never carved anything before. It took him two and half years. I see

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this stone being just that thing. The sole of all Chindits. —— the

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sore. Roger's father, Ted, was alongside the Chindits in Burma. The

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special force was formed to put into effect a new guerilla warfare

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tactic, operating long distances behind enemy lines.

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ARCHIVE: Approaching the village, they prepare for action. They look

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casual. It is the Japanese who are worried.

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Veterans came to a consecration ceremony for Roger's Chinthe at the

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National Memorial Arboretum today. The fight against the Japanese may

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have been 70 years ago, but for them, Burma has never gone away. I

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was a 12 stone young man of 19 and I came out at eight stone for. ——

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four. Plenty of marching, walking. Bad memories? Yes.Of the 20,000

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Chindits in Burma, 3,000 were killed and the same number injured. And of

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those who survived, many have to spend weeks and even months in

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hospital that they were —— because they were so starved and disease

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ridden. Roger's own father never lived to see the Chinthe complete.

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This labour of love wasn't for his dad, but for all those lost their

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lives in Burma. Goodness. How very moving.

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It's time for the weather forecast, with Shefali.

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it was nice to see the warmth return today. What we are hoping to match

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tomorrow is today's temperatures, which reached 24 degrees, but

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generally speaking, temperatures were into the low 20s. However, if I

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was going to highlight anything this week, the wettest of periods is

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likely to be tonight and Saturday. Tonight, we have an active front

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pushing in from the West and once that is cleared by the weekend, we

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then have a very deep area of low pressure pushing in from the

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Atlantic. This will not only dumped a whole lot of rain over us, but it

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will also turn things very windy. This evening, we have this lump of

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cloud over us which will produce fairly heavy rain through the night,

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through this evening and overnight. It has already started over parts of

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Shropshire. It will be a wet night and cloudy with mist and Merck

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developing over the northern part of the region once the rain clears over

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the region in the early hours. Quite warm and muggy tonight. Tomorrow, a

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reasonable day once the rain has cleared this southeastern corner and

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we are looking at a largely dry picture with decent spells of

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sunshine, and hoping to match today's values. As I've said, on

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Saturday, wet and windy and dryer on Sunday.

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Two men have been arrested after a robbery at services on the motorway.

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West mercy of police say one man was detained in Alf Church and another

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in Birmingham. More detailed

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