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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today with Mary Rhodes and Nick Owen The

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headlines tonight: Family and friends in Warwickshire pay tribute

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to a little girl and her mother killed by terrorists in Kenya.

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People are very sad. Our condolences are with the family.

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Also tonight, how the Midlands is setting the global standard in

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automotive technology with a new innovation campus creating hundreds

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of new jobs in vehicle technology. Many of the ideas are not coming

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out, they are coming from different industries, different people.

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Going to auction — farmers in Shropshire count the cost of

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tuberculosis in cattle. And it has felt like a return to some today, do

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not be fooled. I will have the full forecast later.

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Good evening. Friends and family of two victims of the shootings in

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Kenya say they are trying to come to terms with what has happened there.

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Zahira and Jennah Bawa from Warwickshire were shot in the attack

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at a shopping centre. Louis Bawa identified his wife and daughter

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from photographs of the bodies. They'd been shopping on Saturday

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morning in Nairobi's Westgate Mall when the attack happened. Here's our

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special correspondent Peter Wilson. Thousands of miles away, terror and

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death stalking a shopping centre in Nairobi. 68 people killed, including

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two from Warwickshire. This man, Louis Bawa, was filmed by the BBC

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waiting to hear news about his wife and daughter. Both were already

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dead. At their home in Leamington Spa last night, Mr Bawa's aunt and

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uncle gave their reaction: we are feeling bad. Very bad. To see these

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things, we are shocked. Today the family were still desperate for

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news. They say that they are trying to follow events in Nairobi by

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watching television news, and it was watching the BBC News at the weekend

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that a first learned that their family had been involved in this

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atrocity. Louis Bawa, Victor Tier with his eight—year—old daughter, ——

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pictured here. I met this man, who was born in Kenya, and is a family

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friend. It is very sad, very sad. God bless their souls. I hope it

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doesn't happen, anything like that in the future. These people should

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be stopped. It has been reported that Louis Bawa's wife and daughter

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were Muslims, but that did not save them from the fundamentalist

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terrorists. They have just taken innocent human life. If you take the

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life of any person it is as if you have taken the life of the entire

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community. Muslim or non—Muslim, what they have done is completely

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against the principles of their own faith. This attack has been expected

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for many years. West Midlands Police have long feared a similar scenario

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it —— here. One expert says the global nature of our own region can

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bring terrorism closer to home. We live in a global centre. You have

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got communities from some of the hot spots in the world. Tourists are

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going to some of these places. People can easily get caught up in

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events, either on one side or the other, as we are recently seeing.

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Tonight, Leamington Spa is morning and eight—year—old girl killed in a

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far—away place. And Peter joins us now. Is our government here doing

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anything to counter the terrorist threat there? They say they are

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taking the threat from this organisation very seriously. That

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organisation is linked to Al—Qaeda. Apparently they are helping the

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Kenyan government in the way that it investigates, detains and prosecutes

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terrorists like this. How do these terrible events affect us here? As

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that security expert was talking about, the global nature of our

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region, articulate Birmingham, very diverse city. The terrorist attack

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in Kenya was linked to events in Somalia. We have a big Somalian

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population, and a big Kashmiri population. Hotspots like that

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around the world have a ripple effect and can affect us here. That

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is why effects like today in Kenya means so much to us here. Thank you.

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Coming up later in the programme: Patients who've had head and neck

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cancer campaign to improve earlier diagnosis — the key to far higher

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rates of recovery. A high—tech automotive research

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centre could create up to a thousand jobs and make Britain a world leader

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in vehicle technology, it's being claimed. The multi million pound

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'National Automotive Innovation Campus' will focus on cutting edge

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vehicle technology. It's being partly funded by Jaguar

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Land Rover which already works closely with Warwick University

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where the centre will be based. Already innovating and collaborating

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with a variety of car manufacturers — young engineers at the University

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of Warwick are set to produce even more world beating technology. Here

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they're already leading the way in the development of low carbon

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technologies. According to the Professor in charge, it's work that

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will become even more important once the new campus opens. Unless the

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companies come to the universities and we work together, we will never

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create an environment whereby the barrier is removed and they can work

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together for the good of the nation. The National Automotive Innovation

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Campus will cost £100 million to build and will house around 1,000

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academics and engineers. Jaguar Land Rover is putting up half the money —

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it already has more than 200 staff working at the university. JLR's

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Indian owners Tata are also here. Innovations, new ideas, they don't

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come out of the silos, they come from putting people from different

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branches, different industries, different institutions together, and

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then you get ideas. Developing new technologies is important to any car

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company but so too are recruiting the engineers of the future hence

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the collaboration with Warwick University. And that, according to a

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briefing today, should go some way to dealing with the industry—wide

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skills shortage. The National automotive innovation campus will

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help because it attracts young people. They understand what it

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means to work in manufacturing, and that hopefully makes them think

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twice and make a decision to go into advanced manufacturing and

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engineering. This is the site where the new campus will be built. Work

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starts this time next year. It's set to become the UK's first 'university

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of automotive,' training the young engineers of the future. The online

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retailer Amazon is creating more than 1000 temporary jobs at its

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centre in Staffordshire. It's to meet the managing the business

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Christmas season. The company is planning to hire more than 15,000

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people across the country, they say many could become permanent

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positions. Today marks the half way point of

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the badger cull trial in Gloucestershire — as the government

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tries to control tuberculosis in cattle. But the cull is only part of

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the story The Government has also stepped up testing of cattle and

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that's having a huge impact on farmers. Our Rural Affairs

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Correspondent David Gregory—Kumar reports now on the rise of the "red

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auction." At Market Drayton Livestock Market

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they're preparing for a cattle auction. But this one is different.

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This one is a "red auction". And a red auction has one important rule.

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Every animal that enters the market tonight will have to go straight to

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an abattoir and will be slaughtered. And those the rules? Those are the

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rules. If just one cow on your farm tests positive for TB the whole

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farmers put in lockdown. The only permitted animal movement is direct

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to abattoir. And these restrictions have led to the rise of the red

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auctions as an alternative to selling direct. Everything from

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single trailers to big lorry loads of cattle turning up. They will sell

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over 300 animals this evening. They are really popular because they

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offer farmers a service they really need. But if you don't like the

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price your animal fetches, too bad. It is a once —— it is a one—stop

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deal. They hope to get a better price of the come through the

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market? It is a fair price. Tonight we will have 20 firms buying. We

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used to do one a month, now we have gone to to a month. We will have

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three in this month. Definitely to facilitate the extra volume of TB

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sick cattle. Read options are so popular now. The rules are the same

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for everyone. Whatever the final price they all go direct to

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slaughter. Of course, the other part of all

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this is the badger cull and David is in Gloucestershire this evening.

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David, at the halfway point in the cull do we have any idea how many

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badgers have been killed so far? If we're honest, now we don't the

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company organising the cull are not saying anything at the moment. It is

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not just the marchers out in the fields —— marksman. Protesters have

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been collecting video evidence every night. This is what they say is a

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badger shot as part of the cull. But the protesters would be the first to

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admit they have not seen that many dead or wounded badgers in the first

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weeks of the cull, only a handful really. Does that mean the

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protesters are having an impact? We are delaying the cull, causing

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problems. Or art —— or is it running very smoothly behind—the—scenes?

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What happens now? Both sides are gearing up for the final weeks. The

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public footpaths are being walked looking for dead or injured badgers.

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Meanwhile on the side of the farmers, we see evidence that some

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farmers are using cage trapping to catch the badgers. That is an

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effective way of carrying out a cull. Those behind the cull were

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keen to avoid that. There is some evidence of cage trapping at this

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point, but that might be evidence that the cull is not going quite as

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well as some people would like. Both sides remain determined, and in

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three weeks' time we will find out just how effective and humane the

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badger cull in Gloucestershire has been. Thank you very much. It is 18

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minutes to seven, are top story: Family and friends pay tribute to a

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little girl and her mother killed in the terrorist attack at a Kenyan

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shopping centre. Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly,

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and also tonight: The best deal on the high street, would—be retailers

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compete to get their own shop rent free for six months. And experience

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pays, one of county cricket's oldest players is this season's leading

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wicket taker. Head and neck cancer affects

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thousands of people every year, but attracts far less publicity than

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some other forms of the condition. Pub landlord David Bailey is one of

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those effected. Surgeons had to remove an eye and his teeth to rid

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him of the disease. Now he's supporting a campaign with

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doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham that aims to

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help people spot the early warning signs, so that treatment has a

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greater chance of success. Cath Mackie reports.

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David Bailey is doing what he does most days — pulling pints behind the

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bar at his pub in Alcester in Warwickshire. Thank you very much,

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enjoy your meal. But the scar around his eye is a visible reminder of the

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ordeal he's undergone through cancer. This here was taken away,

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and all the bone and tissue behind it. Cheekbone. David's face was

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reconstructed by doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in

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Birmingham. Just relax. They've joined up with doctors from 13

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European countries in a campaign to get head and neck cancer higher up

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the public agenda. Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common

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cancer worldwide. In the UK around about ten years ago, there were 6000

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cases diagnosed every year. That's on the rise. There's now about 7,000

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new cases. The biggest increase is among young people aged 18 to 30. If

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you pick up head and neck cancer early, there is an 80 to 90% cure

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rate. Unfortunately, 60% of all the patients we see, the cancer is not

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picked up until it is in its late stages. What that means is that the

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cure rates fall down to 20%. This woman took little notice at first of

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the pain in her mouth. I really didn't think it was great to be

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cancer. I didn't consider it at all. I didn't realise that mild

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occasional toothache could be a simple but —— a symptom of cancer.

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Two inches were cut out of Kay's jaw and she's waiting for more surgery.

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But she and David Bailey are the lucky ones — and by supporting the

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campaign they hope to save more lives.

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With us now is the consultant surgeon we saw in Cath's report

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there, Sat Parmar. While our GPs and dentists not spotting the problem

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more often? The main problem is the symptoms that people expedience are

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very common but they are not commonly associated with cancer.

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Anyone who has a cold or so throat, earache, a hoarse voice, those are

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very rarely associated with cancer. The GPs were more commonly see

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people who have a common cold, and when they do have a patient with

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cancer, it is relatively easy for them to assume that the patient has

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a relatively mundane problem. What are the symptoms? The symptoms are

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on this leaflet here that we will be handing out. So tongue, and

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non—healing ulcer in the mouth. A bloody nasal discharge coming from

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one side of the nose. Pain in the year on swallowing. This campaign is

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called 143, this is the kind of thing you should be seeing your

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doctor about. What sort of people are most at risk? People who smoke.

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Particularly of you smoke and drink heavily. Those are the common

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causes. And the number of cases seems to be going up, why is that?

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Partly because cancer is a disease of old age. But actually within head

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and neck cancer, we're seeing younger patients getting cancer more

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often as well, maybe to do with drinking patterns as well as smoking

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patterns. There is a recognised association with infection to the

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phalanx. Can that be vaccinated? That is a subject of great debate.

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Girls are vaccinated because of survival cancer. Is a vaccination

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for boys likely to come along? Cost benefit analyses are being done. You

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have to pay for vaccinations. This form of cancer does not seem to get

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the attention that breast cancer and prostate cancer gets. Traditionally

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it has been because the causative factors have been smoking and

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drinking. It is a group of cancers, and they are all quite rare. It is

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quite difficult to generate a lot of interest when you have a relatively

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small number of patients suffering. And you are trying to generate

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interest by, you have a bus. Yes it is going to be in Edgbaston Street.

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The purposes art screening as many people as we can. Thank you very

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much. And our sister programme Inside Out

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West Midlands will have more on this subject later in the autumn. Now to

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the problems on the high street. A rather different approach for many

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in Staffordshire. Budding entrepreneurs have been pitching

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their ideas for revitalising Newcastle under Lyme high street to

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a 'Dragons' Den' style panel today. The winners will open up a business

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rent free for six months in three of the town's many empty premises. 30

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entrants were whittled down to ten finalists, who had to present their

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vision to the panel. Holly Lewis reports on how they got on. So

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basically think of a wedding fair where they walk in and everything is

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under one roof. This allows this to happen within Newcastle.

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With a plan for a high end fashion and bridal shop, Joanne Clay entered

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the dragon's den today. Listening to her pitch, restaurant franchisee

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Eddie Leligdowicz, Sinead Butters, the chief executive of Aspire

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Housing, and entrepreneur Mo Chaudry. Different dragons, same

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grilling. I am sort of looking at it from a marketing point of view. How

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are you going to be able to generate enthusiasm for business? There were

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nine other bidders from a fair trade craft centre to an IT security firm.

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The competition was the idea of the town centre management team. Things

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in the high street, they are pretty bad, we have gone through a downturn

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in the economy so we have got to look for innovative ways such as

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this to increase the occupancy levels. This is one of the prizes on

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offer. An empty shop in a prime position on the high street. Six

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months will be rent free, six months have to rent along with a few extra

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start—up costs. The whole package is worth around £30,000. Two other

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premises are also on offer. With 16% of shops currently vacant in

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Newcastle, there's no shortage of choice. The money has come from the

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borough council, Aspire Housing and a private landlord. As long as they

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underpin spirit is alive and kicking there will always be opportunities

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—— entrepreneurial spirit. The public and private sector it are

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working together. To inspire a number of young entrepreneurs to

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give it a go. Somebody has to have the motivation to give it a go.

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After a morning of tension the top three were announced. My winner is

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Joe. —— My winner is Jo. The other two were Nest, an arts cafe and

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Alpha Clinic, a specialist tattoo company for bald men to replace hair

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loss. I could not ask for a better opportunity to start a business, so

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really, really chuffed. It is really exciting. This is just the start,

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there is so much more to do. I am really looking forward to it. All

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three hope to be up and running in the next month.

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Dan's here with tonight's sport. And a big night for Aston Villa who

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almost reached the final of the Capital One Cup last season. Yes,

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Paul Lambert's dream of reaching Wembley was dashed by Bradford City

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in the semi—finals. This evening in Round Three, Villa are without

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several injured first—team players against Tottenham. But the BBC

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football pundit Robbie Savage is tipping a home win tonight. It is a

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tough game, Spurs in Europe, big squad. The luck, will it be a shock

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if they beat Spurs at home? I'm not sure. The latter two, Spurs one. And

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you can follow Villa's progress tonight on BBC WM, 95.6 FM.

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Warwickshire may have three players, but Worcestershire can

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boast the leading wicket taker in county cricket. And Alan Richardson

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has been at it again. At 38 he's one of the oldest players in county

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cricket and he's spent the season battling an ankle injury. But that

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didn't stop him taking another two wickets today. He's 38 — but you

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wouldn't know it. As Worcestershire limbered up for their final match of

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the season Alan Richardson was giving it his all. For him it's not

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work. I have been a landscape gardener and a few shocking jobs in

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my time, so I absolutely love it. I really look forward to my work.

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And his efforts are paying off. Richardson's the leading wicket

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taker in the country. What he has done since he has been near is

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absolutely tremendous. He is also a player who has played through

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injuries. He has bitten the bullet and gotten on with it. But

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Richardson had the morning off today. Northamptonshire won the toss

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at New Road, they asked Worcestershire to bat and it soon

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looked a good decision. Northants have been among the wickets this

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morning. Before this match started, he had already taken 63 wickets this

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summer. More than anyone else in first—class cricket. So Worcester's

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cricket lovers had to wait to see their top bowler in action. But they

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know a good one when they see one. Absolutely amazing for his age. He

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is inspirational. If you see him limping or wincing, you worry. But

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fingers crossed he keeps going. Haven't had a consistent bowler like

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that for years. Finally this afternoon, Alan Richardson was

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unleashed on Northamptonshire. And he didn't disappoint. Apparently the

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secret is in his mood swings. I'm very proud of what I do, so I can

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get a bit grumpy at times. The lads always say that I am at my best when

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I'm grumpy. They give me a bit of grief for it. But I really enjoy

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it, it might not look like it on the pitch, but I do. Alan Richardson has

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one year left on his contract. But everyone at Worcestershire hopes he

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can keep going for a good deal longer.

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His grumpy mood might continue. Give us an idea of the story of the

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match? Worcestershire made a terrible start. They went on to be

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all out for 163 before Northants closed the day on 103 for four. The

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weather looked a bit grey there. I should also mention you can get —— a

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player can get £10,000, there is a lot at stake.

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Finally, speedway fans are already looking forward to Monday night at

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Perry Barr. Home advantage for the Birmingham Brummies as they take a

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two—point lead into the second leg of their play—off semifinal against

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Wolves. There is everything to play for. Hopefully, we'll have all the

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Villa goal action here tomorrow evening. For many others —— for many

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of us it has been gorgeous. More of the same tomorrow please. The last

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of the sunshine, I think it's just about to go. We are in for a mild

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but cloudy night tonight. It has been very pleasant today.

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Temperatures getting up to around 20 Celsius when the sun did break

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through the clouds. It will be a largely cloudy night. We could see

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some clear spells in places. But overall, the theme for the next few

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days is that we are going to stay quite mild. We did see plenty of

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cloud through the morning, but we did see the sun start to burn

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through it quite readily and we got clear spells through the day.

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Tonight we're going to start to see any holes, particularly over

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Birmingham, starting to fill in. That blanket of cloud will make

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things feel much milder overnight, temperatures managing to stay in the

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mid for most of us. We will get some close spells, particularly over the

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south of the region. Temperatures will follow enough to see mist and

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fog patches developing. It will be quite a misty, murky, grey start to

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tomorrow. We will start to see that burning off quite rapidly. When the

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sun comes out again it is going to be another pleasant day. Spells of

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sunshine to come, temperatures creeping up to around 20 possibly.

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More sunshine to come through tomorrow afternoon, but then we

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start to see a slight change. The cloud will thicken, we cannot rule

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out the odd shower here and there is weather front start to squeeze in.

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Overnight, we will start to see things changing. We will have high

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pressure dominating for the start of this week, but through the end of

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the week things will turn to a low pressure dominating. And we will

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draw on winds from the south—west. Temperatures will start to fall a

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degree or two. It will feel cooler as well. Particularly through

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Thursday. Over Wednesday night, cloud thickening again, some mist

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and fog patches developing, but they will eventually clear. The sun will

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come out. As we make our way to the next few days, staying cloudy and

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mild, but into the weekend it is cooling off a little and we have got

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the return of the rain, I'm afraid. Thank you.

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Let's recap tonight's top stories: Ed Miliband promises Labour will

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freeze gas and electricity bills for 20 months if they win the next

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election. And family and friends pay tribute

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to a mother and daughter killed in the terrorist attack at a Kenyan

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shopping mall We'll be back at 10pm with the night's football results

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and we'll be out with campaigners to find out how they plan to continue

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monitoring the badger cull in Gloucestershire. Have a great

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evening. Goodbye.

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