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Hello, and welcome to Midlands Today, with Joanne Malin and Nick

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Owen. The headlines tonight: Police

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officers are to be retrained, as figures reveal black people are

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nearly three times more likely to be stopped and searched.

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I believe there are police judging people and stereotyping by the way

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you look. We'll have an exclusive interview

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with the Labour leader Ed Miliband. He says, if Labour get back into

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power, they'll scrap the so—called bedroom tax.

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The bedroom tax is unfair, most of the people who are affected are

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disabled. It leads to people being evicted from their homes

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potentially. There is great infrastructure, great

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architecture and fantastic locations.

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I'm in Warwickshire, to see the planting of the millionth tree in

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Britain's newest forest. And if you're hoping to do a little

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gardening of your own this weekend, there's good news, you might even

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catch a glimpse of the sun. I'll have the full forecast later.

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Good evening. All front line West Midlands police

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officers are going to be retrained in controversial stop and search

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techniques. The promise was made at a summit today, called by the Police

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and Crime Commissioner. Statistics show that black people are three

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times more likely to be stopped by the police. Some ethnic minorities

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view the powers as being used to oppress rather than protect

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communities. The police say stop and search laws are an important weapon

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in the fight against gun and drug crime. Here's our special

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correspondent, Peter Wilson. Every time you take me to court...

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Anger at the summit, the debate on stop and search often boiled over.

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Decades of feelings that black people have been unfairly targeted.

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What does it mean on the streets? Dean Davies was buying his

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girlfriend a valentines present in Birmingham when he was suddenly

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detained and searched. He has no police record and was later

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released. There were two other people in the shop, they just so

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happen to be white. It was only me in the back of the van. I believe

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there are police judging people and stereotyping by the way you look.

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More than 30,000 stop and searches took place last year in the West

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Midlands. That's a decrease of 11%. But people feel it has been carried

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out in an overly aggressive way. Stop and search should be a tool of

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prevention. It is not working in its current format, we need to look at

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it and revamp it to something that will provide prevention for our

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community and not to be used or deem to be seemed as a tool of

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oppression. The conference revealed the police intend to retrain all

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their front—line officers in the use of stop and search.

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We can still try to get better information to make sure we are

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using stop and search smartly, and provide information to assure the

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community that that is the case. If it isn't, we will do something about

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it. When —— what are front—line officers saying? They agree it needs

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to be fair and reasonable and less bureaucratic. But, they say, it is

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an important tool in the fight against crime. Seven months on, Dean

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Davies, an innocent man, is still waiting for an apology from the

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police. Their investigation into his complaint has been completed and

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submitted to senior officers. Peter's here now. It seems

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incredible in this day and age that there is such a disparity in the

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numbers of black and white people being stopped and searched.

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There's no problem with the police stopping white people, black people

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or Asian people, as long as there is a good reason and they do it in the

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right way. What we heard today at this summit is people will say that

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they are being stopped just because they are wearing a foodie and

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tracksuit, walking back from the gym.

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What about this retraining, what will it involve?

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Really, it is about teaching people how to approach people, how to

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explain to them why they are being stopped. And to back it up with the

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right kind of information. In some ways, police officers they say have

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lost that technique, knowing how to interact with people on the streets.

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Coming up later in the programme: the coming of age of the homes that

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were bombed by Spitfires. One of the most controversial parts

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of the government's benefits changes would be scrapped by a future Labour

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government. In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the party

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leader Ed Miliband said he would scrap what he calls the "bedroom

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tax", and pay for it by cutting tax breaks for the boardroom. Labour say

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this affects 60,000 claimants in the West Midlands, almost 38,000 of them

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with disabilities. The cut in housing benefit works out, on

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average, at £676 per household per year.

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Mr Miliband was speaking to our political editor Patrick Burns who

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joins us now. This is the most hotly—contested of all the

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government's benefits changes, so why is Ed Miliband intervening in

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the argument now? The timing is all about the Labour

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Party conference which gets underway in Brighton this weekend. Mr Miller

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band's Keynote theme is the cost of living crisis which is affecting

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millions of people. He says the more the government goes on about how the

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economy is turning the corner, more and more the government shows how

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out of touch it is with the weakest and the most vulnerable people who

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he says are suffering in the real economy.

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It is the right thing to do, the bedroom tax isn't working. It is

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unfair, most of the people hit are disabled and leads to people being

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evicted from their homes. It shows a Labour Party determined to tackle

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these issues, in particular the cost of living crisis. This is the first

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of a number of announcements on how we can make a difference to people

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's lives and make people better off. What do the government have to say

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about this? This is an exclusive interview, we

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are in the realms of breaking news. There is no formal response from the

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government. Coalition MPs are pointing out that the total housing

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benefit bill stands at £23 billion at the moment so there really is a

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need to reform it for the sake of the taxpayer. And to draw out

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much—needed accommodation for those who desperately need it. Above all,

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they accuse Labour of playing politics in party conference season.

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The Labour language, quite apart from the fact they were slapping

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down their spokesman saying they would reverse the bedroom tax, it is

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a hasty repositioning. It is really about Labour trying to

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move attention away from the fact the economy is recovering, there are

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clear signs of recovery taking place.

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Looking at the wider political situation, did Mr Miliband have

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anything to say about his party's prospects here in a region which, as

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we know, is home to some so many of those all—important marginal seats?

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If you look at those all—important Tory marginals you mentioned, places

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like Gloucester, Worcester, Warwick and Leamington, North Warwickshire,

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where the Tories have overall majorities of less than 5000 and

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Labour are the main challenges, a poll last weekend suggested the UKIP

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vote is the best hope the Labour. Mr Milbank says they will campaign hard

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and deliver real votes for a real Labour Party with the forthcoming

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election now a year and a half away. You can see that interview in full

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on this week's Sunday Politics, back in its usual slot of 11am, here on

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BBC One in the West Midlands. Patrick also interviews UKIP leader

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Nigel Farage. Read his blog online. Six men have been jailed for their

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part in a night of violence in the Black Country, which ended in the

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death of a 16—year—old boy. Ben Morutare was stabbed in the leg, and

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repeatedly punched and kicked. He'd been chased from a party in

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Smethwick by up to 80 youths. The judge called his death pointless,

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senseless, and the cause of great suffering. Andy Ly from Edgbaston in

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Birmingham was jailed for seven years, and five others for up to

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three—and—half years each. The founder and owner of Drayton

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Manor Theme Park in Staffordshire has died at the age of 92. George

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Bryan, who was awarded an OBE in 2004, opened the park in 1949, after

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buying 80 acres of land near Tamworth. He was an engineer who

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began by making penny arcade machines with his father. The park

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is still run by the Bryan family today.

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It was once one of the most notorious estates in the Midlands.

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Castle Vale, during the late '70s and '80s, was synonymous with crime,

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tower blocks and unemployment. But, thanks to the people who live there,

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the estate has been transformed in the past two decades, and now, local

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residents are holding a festival to tell the world about it. Our

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reporter Cath Mackie is there now. This is the opening ceremony of the

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festival. I am told local children will be re—enacting those tower

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blocks coming down. A lot of people remember seeing those tower blocks

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as they drove past. This is a year—long festival, telling the

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story of the 10,000 people who live on Castle Vale.

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Castle Vale was meant to be an urban utopia. Birmingham's biggest

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post—war estate of 34 tower blocks was a place families could escape

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the slums. The estate had risen from the airfield where spitfires had

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been tested during the war. But, as resident Sue Spicer remembers, by

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the end of the 1970s, Castle Vale had became a high—rise hell.

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Litter was thrown from the balconies. People used to your

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innate in the left, C would go down in the morning. It was really

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rundown. A feeling of neglect. Sue was among the residents who

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called for change, which resulted in the estate being designated a

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Housing Action Trust. And, in the 1990s, government money poured in.

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And the tower blocks came down. Great, it is an eyesore world got

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rid of. 21 years of regeneration later, and

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they're ready to celebrate the journey Castle Vale has made, quite

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literally, with a heritage bus tour around the estate.

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Everywhere has its good and bad. I have had 40 years on Castle Vale and

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I wouldn't go anywhere else. People can see how much has been done here

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now. How nice everything is now.

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The local MP first came to the estate in 1982 as a union official.

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People were queueing up to get out of Castle Vale, now they are

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queueing up to get into Castle Vale. It is a community rebuild and

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transformed. What's happened in Castle Vale, the

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changes that have been made, are a monument to people power. But what

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they want to do now is inspire the younger generation to continue the

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work. My aunty used to live here before so

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we would come down. But it seems to have got better. It is a better

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place for us to grow up in. It is getting everyone involved to

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show how good Castle Vale is and promote it outside so people know it

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is a lovely place to live. With me now is Claire Marshall, the

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project director. I hope you can hear me. Why are you doing this? It

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is 21 years of generation coming up next year and the residents said

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they wanted to do something to honour the people who were involved,

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and do something really special that says, here we are.

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One resident said it is a lovely place but there is a stigma still

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about Castle Vale. Is this festival going to get rid of

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that? We hope so. We hope Castle Vale is Birmingham 's

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best kept secret. So much has changed on the estate. If you don't

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happen to come into the area, you wouldn't know about these beautiful

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open areas, the facilities, what the people are like. We are a small

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village within Birmingham. People are so proud to work together to

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make a difference. What have you got planned for this year?

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Performance working with Welsh National Opera.

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A water festival. Next year, the community awards celebrating

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individuals who were voted the giving back to the community. This

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is going to be going on all evening. If you are interested in any events,

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go to their website. This is our top story tonight:

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Police officers are to be retrained, as figures reveal black people are

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nearly three times more likely to be stopped and searched.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly from Rebecca.

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Also ahead: As the one millionth tree is planted, we'll be taking you

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on a walk around the country's latest forest.

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And, a flying start for part—timers Nuneaton Town, as they lead the race

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for a place in the Football League. A new BBC crime drama is set to hit

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our screens this weekend and, what's more, it's been filmed here in the

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Midlands. You may have spotted the cast and crew over the summer, as

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scenes were captured in Birmingham and the surrounding area. Kevin

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Reide reports. The new BBC crime drama By Any Means

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depicts a team of detectives who'll do anything to catch a criminal.

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We caught up with them filming in Waterloo Road in the centre of

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Birmingham. The high—profile cast includes Gina McKee, of The Borgias

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and In The Loop, Warren Brown from Luther and Good Cop, and Shelley

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Conn of Mistresses and Marchlands. It is a crime drama that focuses on

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this clandestinely operations team. Together, we put together plans and

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stings that will frame criminals who usually slip through the net when it

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comes to the law. It's written by a team who brought

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us TV gems such as The Hustle, Life On Mars, and Death In Paradise. But

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you probably won't see many Birmingham landmarks, as the drama

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is set in London. Everything that we need from a city

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or from the capital city we have been able to get in Birmingham.

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Great infrastructure, architecture, fantastic locations. Easily

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accessible. And the producer is also of this

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parish, Baggies fan Tim Key hails from Bewdley.

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I came up at the beginning of the year and had a look around. I

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haven't been back to the city properly for a few years so it was

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nice to see it again. I knew straightaway it would work.

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It's yet another high—profile drama on a lengthening list filmed in

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Birmingham. It includes Line Of Duty and Peaky Blinders.

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By Any Means is being screened from this Sunday night on BBC One.

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Joining us now is Sindy Campbell from Film Birmingham.

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So many TV dramas and films are being made in the West Midlands now,

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why's this region suddenly become so popular?

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It has always been popular. There has been a lot of this in the press

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recently. But also there is a new tax break for TV production which

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was announced by George Osborne last year. This was the first production

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to take advantage of that. We all loved to see things being

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filmed and behind the scenes. What other benefits for the wider

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economy? There is a budget, with money spent on location —— hotels

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and locations, the crew. They use local crew? Yes.

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There are tax benefits for production companies, aren't there?

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The incentive is money for trainees. Tax breaks. And you help

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on set? Yes, we are part of the crew. What

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reaction do you get? Usually good.

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The programme on this weekend. What have we got coming next, maybe a

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feature film? We have a big drama filming at the moment.

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It is all good for the Midlands. A multi—millionaire's dream to

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create a huge forest full of native trees reached an important milestone

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today. The one millionth tree in the Heart of England Forest was planted

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in a field in Warwickshire. The project is the brainwave of

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publisher Felix Dennis who hopes it'll eventually contain ten million

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trees. Here's Bob Hockenhull. These trees represent what their

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benefactor describes as an "impossible dream" 18 years ago,

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multi—millionaire Felix Dennis set out to create a large native

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broadland forest close to the one of Europe's biggest cities, Birmingham.

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What began this whole journey was my realisation of how few trees there

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are in Britain. Today, friends and benefactors

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gathered at Middle Spernall in Warwickshire, to see the millionth

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tree planted in the Heart of England Forest. One day, Felix hopes there

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will be 10 million stretching south nearly to the Cotswolds. One man's

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dream of increasing England's tree cover. We have the lowest percentage

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of native trees in the whole of Europe.

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Less than 5%, something has got to be done. The project is chatty plots

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300 acres of saplings on bought up land, with the aim to create

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continuous corridors, making it easy for wildlife to move around. It will

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be several decades before this land has completed its transformation

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from field to Forest. When it has, it will be an amenity

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for the public, a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern

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life. This is the biggest project of its kind in England.

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It simply wouldn't be happening without the publishing tycoon's

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foresight and money. It is glorious that an individual

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can take it on himself to make a real difference on the landscape.

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Money might not grow on trees but it has certainly made these trees grow.

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Time for sport now with Dan. And, heady days in north Warwickshire.

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The new football season is only a few weeks old. And no—one has made a

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better start here in the Midlands than Nuneaton Town. The club was

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formed five years ago, when Nuneaton Borough was forced into liquidation.

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Since then, they've won promotion three times. And now, they're

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sitting proudly on top of the Conference. Ian Winter reports.

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There's lots to smile about in the office at Nuneaton Town. Jody,

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Holly, Kelly and Gemma are working their socks off because, on and off

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the field, team—work is the key to the club's current success. Phil and

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John are mowing together in perfect harmony before tomorrow's home game

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with Salisbury. And Ian Neill is the chief executive who saved the club

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from extinction five years ago. And is now sitting two points clear on

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top of the Conference. We have a togetherness at the club,

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we tend to get everybody from the cleaner to the grounds man to the

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office staff and supporters, moving in one direction with a common goal

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for Nuneaton town football club. Obviously the players are the key.

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What makes their success even more remarkable is it has been achieved

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on a shoestring budget. Beating Hereford 2—1 on Tuesday put them on

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top of the table. A great achievement considering the wage

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bill of some Conference clubs is around £1 million a year. Nuneaton's

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playing budget is a quarter of that figure. That's why all their players

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are part—time. Local lad James Armson, for example, works for the

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Sky Blues in the Community. Today, he was at the Canon Maggs Junior

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School in Bedworth where the children are amazed to learn he's

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just made his England debut Clip. It is brilliant, such an honour to

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represent your country at any level is a major honour. I am really proud

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of it. James is one of three Nuneaton lads

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just back Latvia with the England C team, chosen from the very best

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non—league players. Exciting times for the Conference leaders.

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A great start for Nuneaton. But not for Albion.

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The part—timers of Nuneaton are flying. But West Bromwich Albion

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have had a slow start to the Premier League, and they've got a big game

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tomorrow. It's bottom against bottom but one Albion who have only scored

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once in four games. And they've only got tomorrow's visitors Sunderland

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below them. They'll be hoping Stephane Sessegnon can help with the

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goals. He's been signed from Sunderland. He scored twice against

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Albion last season. He has just joined a new club, he

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has a challenge, you can see every day in training he is excited about

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the prospect of playing here. He is looking forward to the game at the

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weekend and I don't think it would matter who he was playing against.

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A mighty big game at the bottom of the championship.

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Birmingham City have won only one game in seven. They're at home to

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Sheffield Wednesday who haven't won in six games. The loser will be

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feeling sore after that one. But it should before all smiles before

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kick—off at Shrewsbury Town tomorrow when Wolves come to town.

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And a big night for speedway rider Tai Woffinden on Saturday. Yes Tai

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rides for Wolverhampton and on Saturday. He could become the

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youngest ever world Champion, aged 23.

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The best break dancers from across the globe will be competing in the

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Midlands this weekend, at the World Finals at the O2 Academy in

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Birmingham. It's the first time the event's been held here, and

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organisers say it's a real coup for the city. Ben Sidwell's at the

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launch event now, with some of those taking part.

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It is midway through the actual launch event. This is a Birmingham

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crew, just warming up. Let us speak to the main organiser. Tell us a bit

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more about this, what is going on this weekend? Breaking is one of the

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most explosive forms of street dance, one of the original street

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dancing. These championships will highlight the world 's elite, from

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ten countries around the world. Why Birmingham? It has been in London so

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long. It is a local partnership which blossomed from a small idea to

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bringing the world finals in Birmingham, we are dilated to be

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here —— we are delighted to be here. Tell us, it is a hell of a coup to

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be here. We all know Birmingham has some great dance, ballet companies.

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But some great street dance crews in the region. It is great to

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capitalise on that growth of street dancing in the city and bring the

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championships here. The kudos will just help, won't it? We want to get

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it established in Birmingham. It is astonishing the dancing

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everyone will see this weekend at the O2 Academy.

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They literally are just warming up. There are still tickets for both

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events. The world finals are on Sunday.

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Let's get the weekend weather forecast from Rebecca Wood.

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If you cast your mind back to the start of the week, it was a damp

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affair. A much more pleasant end with temperatures rising. They will

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continue to rise through the weekend. There will be some cloud

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about, when we get some breaks and we see the sunshine, it will feel

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very pleasant. We are drawing in warm air from the south and we have

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high pressure sitting over us giving settled conditions. For the next few

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days, feeling very pleasant. Today, we saw the sun at times. The cloud

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will start to fill in. That blanket of cloud will help overnight. If you

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clear spells, cabbages will fall away a little bit. For most places,

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double figures —— temperatures will fall away a little bit. Down to

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eight degrees in Hereford. Tomorrow, some drizzle. As we move

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through the morning into the afternoon, we will see the clouds

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break. The sun will come out, the best conditions in the West.

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Temperatures will make it up to 21 degrees tomorrow. Through the

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afternoon, more sunshine. But then, in repeat performance of tonight,

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the cloud will fill in once again and a thick blanket of cloud will

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help temperatures, a much milder night, 15 Celsius overnight. Sunday

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is a repeat of Saturday, another cloudy start, some drizzle. As we

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move through the day, it will start to break once again, temperatures

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continuing to climb, 21 for most places. A very pleasant day. More

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sunshine. As we move through to the start of the new working week, we

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keep that high—pressure, giving settled conditions, drawing air from

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the south—east so it will feel drier as well. By midweek, temperatures up

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to the mid—20s. A much more pleasant day.

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Let's recap tonight's top stories: Godfrey Bloom of UKIP has had the

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party whip withdrawn. And, possibly affecting thousands of

:27:36.:27:39.

people in the region, Ed Miliband says he'll scrap the so—called

:27:39.:27:42.

bedroom tax, if Labour's elected. Joanne will be back at ten o'clock

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with all the latest news. Until then, have a great evening. Goodbye.

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