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The 16—year—old schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, now settled in

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Birmingham. Killing people, blasting schools, it is totally against

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Islam. Landowners and farmers say they have been left in limbo because

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of plans over high—speed rail. If they converted any of the barns we

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could not sell them. The startling number of victims with learning

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disabilities who suffer crimes by people pretending to be their

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friends. Tai Woffinden shrugs off a broken

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collarbone to take the world title. And Shefali has the weather.

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Time to pile on the layers. It may be worn now but not for long. I will

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have all the details of when the temperatures are set to tumble.

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Good evening. The teenage victim of the Taliban, Malala Yousafzai, says

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it's been hard settling into her new life in Birmingham. She's given her

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first interview to the BBC since arriving in this country. It was

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last October that Malala was shot in the head in Pakistan after speaking

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in favour of education for girls. She was flown to the UK to be

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treated in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. In July, on

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her 16th birthday, she addressed the United Nations in New York. And this

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week she's a frontrunner for the Nobel Peace Prize. Here's our

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reporter Hollie Lewis on the remarkable story of the girl the

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Taliban couldn't silence. Malala Yousafzai is the most famous

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schoolgirl in Birmingham but speaking to Mishal Husain for

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tonight's Panorama programme she said coping with the recognition in

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her new home has not been easy. They considered me as a good girl

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and a girl who worked for children's rights and who was shot by the

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Caliban. They never look at me as a normal girl, their friend.

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It is a year ago today that Malala was shot on her way home from

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school, targeted by the Caliban for speaking up for girls' education. —

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the Taliban ban. She was eventually brought to Birmingham for her

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rehabilitation. Her story has not —— now been told throughout the world

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but less known is the key role played by a doctor at the Birmingham

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Children's Hospital. Fiona Reynolds was part of a British delegation to

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Pakistan, advising on a liver transplant site —— service, when the

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call came through to one of her colleagues asking for help. I was

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asked to fly to give an opinion on Malala's condition.

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Fiona ended up staying on to advise on Malala's treatment and suggested

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Birmingham as a place for her rehabilitation.

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I was an anonymous doctor at the centre of world news.

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But some of the Pakistani community in Birmingham also fear that

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Malala's celebrity status is detracting from the original

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message. A lot is happening in Europe and England and her

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associates are being deprived of education and we are taking our eye

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off that. A lot of people are in similar, maybe worse positions than

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heard that are being overlooked. I am not sure what impact is being

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made in the regions that she was actually fighting for change to

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occur in. Malala's fame is only likely to grow. On Friday she will

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find out if she is the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel

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Peace Prize. You can see more on tonight's

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edition of panorama. Coming up, the parents of a little

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girl who died in India say there are still questions to be answered after

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her missing organs are finally returned.

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It's known as Mate Crime. Victims with learning disabilities targeted

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by people pretending to be their friends. Gemma Hayter from

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Warwickshire was bullied and murdered. Her tragic story brought

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the issue to national attention. Up to a million people like Gemma are

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at risk, with some estimates suggesting nine out of ten will be

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affected at some time. Anthony Bartram reports.

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Gemma Hayter kept the abuse to herself. It was a classic case of

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Mate Crime, people targeted because they have learning disabilities. By

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retracing the final fatal journey, her sister hopes to find out if

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lessons have been learned. This is where her body was found. She was

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there, feet here. Facedown. Naked. Her five killers were jailed for a

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total of 85 years. While there was no evidence it could have been

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predicted, the case raised wider national concerns about community

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safety for vulnerable adults. Does anybody in the room know what a Mate

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Crime is. If you know, can you hold your —— your card up? We took Nikki

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to Stoke—on—Trent to find out what is being done. Every time I get my

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money they always hang around asking me to buy them a pint. About a

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million people with learning disabilities live in Britain and

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nine out of ten are believed to have experienced Mate Crime but hardly

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any report it to the police. Nationally there are less than 2000

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cases a year, only 143 in the West Midlands. It is one crime statistic

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that Staffordshire police want to see go up. We talk to people in the

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mental health services, alcohol abuse services, so the most

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vulnerable people are being talked to. Nikki has seen how things have

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changed since her sister's murder but the figures tell her that more

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is won more needs to be done to protect from the OP. —— protect

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vulnerable people. With us now is Cathy Jones from the

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charity Assist, which aims to give vulnerable people a voice. Good

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evening. How vulnerable are people with learning disability to these

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sorts of crime? They will always be vulnerable because they are very

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trusting and they want to be part of the community but the community

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often sees them as different. People do not do different very easily.

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Maybe it is in the way they speak, the way they act, and learning

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disabilities is a wide programme at so there is a range of different

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learning disabilities within there. I think as a client group, when we

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are working with them, they have become very accepting that this is

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what happens, so they do not tend to voice... You say they are accepting

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of this kind of crime? On a lower level, yes. Very accent thing that

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it is OK that they are the ones that perhaps are always being asked to

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pay for drinks when people have invited them into a group. ——

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accepting. Or having money taken off them in terms of theft. Yes, and it

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can be cases where, haven't got any money today but there is a cashpoint

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over here. So, subtle. The astonishing figures say that up to a

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million people could be at risk and nine out of ten have suffered this

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kind of thing. Yes, because it is very hidden. As an advocacy service

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we try to give a voice to people and we see people on an individual basis

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who have learning this abilities and then we have the reach project which

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is a group advocacy Project. Usually our job is to listen to the issue

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that that individual wants to raise and then raise it with the body they

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want it raised with. It is not until you get into discussion and give

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examples around the table that they say, this is a problem I have got,

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and then they all identified that they have had similar problems.

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Thank you very much. I am pleased she will have the

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pay—out she has, it will give her everything she needs and wants, but

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I am angry that it is still happening to other children and the

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hospital have not learned from Hollie's mistakes.

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Nearly 100 taxi cabs made in Coventry have been sent to

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Australia, but painted white rather than black. The London Taxi Company

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has exported 98 ex—demonstrator vehicles to Perth where they'll be

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used on a trial basis. If successful, the state of Victoria is

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also expected to take the cabs. The MP for Bromsgrove, Sajid Javid,

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has been promoted in a government reshuffle.The 43—year—old has become

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Financial Secretary to the Treasury. He'd previously held a more junior

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Treasury post. And Stoke—on—Trent MP Tristram Hunt has been promoted and

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given charge of education in a reshuffle of Labour's Shadow

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Cabinet. The director of public prosecutions

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says it was right not to charge two doctors over the fact that they

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claimed they could arrange abortions based on gender.

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There are calls tonight for an overhaul of compensation for

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high—speed rail. Some of the areas affected say they have been unable

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to plan for their future. The fence on the west side of the

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line is going to run down the middle of our drive to the corner of our

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house. Another property blighted by HS2. High—speed line runs through

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the middle of this farm in Staffordshire. He has faced blight,

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disruption and lost land. Now history seems to be repeating

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itself. Three years ago he successfully got permission to turn

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his barns into houses at HS2 has left those plans in limbo. It has

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blighted everything in this area. If we converted any of the barns we

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could not sell them. With no compensation from the government and

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things still uncertain, he has had to spend £10,000 renewing permission

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to develop his barns. We don't know if we are throwing money down the

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drain but we have to try and develop this. Pumping station experts say

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his situation is not uncommon and have called for a change in the

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rules. There would be a number of questions that a farmer or land

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owner would ask, for example, how much land are they going to take,

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when, and what will they pay and when. The answer to all of those

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questions at the moment, we don't know. That is quite unfair for any

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business trying to plan for the future. Some people have been

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successful in getting compensation. The couple who live here have sold

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their house to the government under something called the exceptional

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hardship scheme. The house is 350 metres from HS2 but it was still not

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easy. This couple struggled to get compensation, featured on Midlands

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Today earlier this year. We feel we have been trapped. You can't move on

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with your life. You can't make plans. Your life is under someone

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else's control. Not everybody has been so lucky and with HS2 still a

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long way off in many parts of the region the blight and misery

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continues. All this week BBC Coventry and

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Warwickshire will be talking to many people affected by HS2.

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Our top story tonight, poised to become the youngest winner of the

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Nobel Peace Prize, the 16—year—old schoolgirl shot by the Taliban now

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settled in Birmingham. Or so tonight, from Judge John Deed

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to a member of the jury. Martin Shaw on crossing the court room in a new

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drama at Birmingham Rep. And I will be finding out why rail

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enthusiasts are spending their time and £400 to bring this beautiful

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steam engine back to life. The parents of an eight—year—old

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girl have had her organs returned from India after a six—month

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campaign. Gurkiren Loyal died suddenly after being given an

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injection for mild dehydration in a clinic in India. They hope that

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tests here will discover the cause of her death. Here's our health

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correspondent, Michele Paduano. This unassuming box represents both

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the emptiness of their dreams and the fulfillment of their hope for

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justice and answers. It contains their daughters organs and, without

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them, pathologists here had no way of investigating the cause of

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Gurkiren Loyal's death. It was horrible. It was so painful.

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It was brilliant as well that she has come home but there was nothing

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we could see, just letters and leaflets that they had stuck on the

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outside. The eight—year—old from Birmingham,

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seen here in the blue, was enjoying a holiday in India when she became

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mildly dehydrated. Her parents took her to a clinic where she was given

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an injection. They claim she collapsed instantaneously. Her

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organs are due to be wrought to Birmingham coroner 's Court in the

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next few days. It will be up to the coroner to decide what tests should

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be done and whether to hold an inquest.

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According to reports, Gurkiren is one of 35 British citizens who have

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died in suspicious circumstances in India and where families want

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answers. We were sending off e—mails, getting

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no response, making telephone calls. People were quite obviously there

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and they were saying they were not there. It has been a complete

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nightmare. Her parents can finally lay their

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daughter to rest. According to our religion she has to

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be complete. We have not scattered her ashes until her organs are

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cremated as well. The tales of two Wolverhampton stars

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defying injury for world glory. Tai Woffinden says winning the world

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speedway championship is reward for all the sacrifices he and his family

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have made during his career. The Wolverhampton rider won the title in

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Poland on Saturday despite riding with a broken collarbone.

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He was riding in pain. But with his mum and girlfriend in the crowd he

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was riding for the ultimate prize. Nothing was going to stop Tai

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Woffinden becomng world champion. And when he took the chequered flag

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in heat five the title was his. His nonstop wheelies showed his

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unbridled joy. Tai's still in Poland so today we contacted him via the

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internet. At 23 he's the youngest ever world champion. It is an

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amazing feeling. A lot of people are saying I am too young, is it going

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to make it harder for me in the future, but now I have tasted glory

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it is something I definitely want to do again.

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And Tai was quick to praise the support of his family and his father

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Rob who died three years ago. My dad passed away in 2010 and I

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really would have liked him to be here this weekend just gone to see

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me when the championship. I want to thank my mum, this was a way of

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saying thank you. You could see the smile on her face.

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Woffinden's club track of Monmore Green was hosting greyhound racing

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today. But promoter Chris Van Straaten was still in admiration of

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their new world champion. Immense strength of character, very

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much sure at 23. His father would often say, I have carved that boy

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out of granite. I think that is true. The pain he must've been

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suffering throughout the series was absolutely immense.

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It is certainly a night that will live long in the memory of British

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speedway fans. And that wasn't the end of the sporting glory for

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Wolverhampton this weekend. The gymnast Kristian Thomas won a bronze

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medal at the world championships in Belgium yesterday. He's the first

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British man ever to win a world medal in the vault discipline. It

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was a special moment for Kristian who's had to overcome two major leg

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injuries this year. I am absolutely over the moon. About

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three weeks ago I did not know I would be coming to the world

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championships. It has been a real roller—coaster.

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I seriously admire these guys. Absolutely. The three years Tai

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Woffinden's family lived in a caravan to fund his dreams. He has

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carried on bracing despite the injury. The speedway season has not

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finished. The Brummies against Poole Pirates tonight. Kristian thought he

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would not compete and it is dangerous as well so an immense

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achievement. Arsene Wenger praised West Bromwich

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Albion's creative football after their draw yesterday. Albion became

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the first team to take the lead against Arsenal this season. Jack

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Wilshire equalised for the Premier League leaders. Albion's draw takes

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them up to 12th. To prove which city dominated sporting weekend,

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Wolverhampton Wanderers won 3—0 on Saturday. Leigh Griffiths scored

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twice. Wolves are one point off the top of league one.

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With over 100 TV roles to his name, Martin Shaw is widely known for his

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work in The Professionals and BBC drama Judge John Deed. He takes to

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the stage in another legal drama, 12 angry men, before he goes to the

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west end. It is Martin Shaw who takes on the

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lead role as juror number eight in the classic 1950s play. It is one of

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those parts you can play it lots of different ways. Henry Fonda only

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needed to be Henry Fonda. I don't want to minimise that because it

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took ten years of work before I learned to make it look like I was

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just being myself. I think there might be more to it than simply

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being a democratic, candid, fair minded voice of reason.

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Martin Shaw is widely known for his work in BBC drama Judge John Deed at

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his acting career started in Birmingham. The city has changed

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since his childhood. There is a lot more money in it. You have the

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Symphony Hall just down the road, one of the finest in the road. And

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of course the new library next door. I am not so fond of the

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library, to tell you the truth. I am sure it is a magnificent facility

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but I think it looks a bit like a neon licorice all sort. Birmingham

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remains close to his heart. A lot of my early yearnings were centred

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here. I could never have believed that I would be heading up a company

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like this prior going to the west end when I was 18. It is lovely to

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have that sense of looking back and saying, Cheers, Birmingham.

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Interesting what he said about the library! There is something very

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special about steam trains. They are so evocative, a window on times

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past. A group of locomotive lovers have got together to return once

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steam engine back to the rails. Then stood with is next to one train that

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looks ready to roll. This actually has not been on the

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rails since 1986. I can tell you that we have found some pretty rare

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footage of the train in service in 1982 on the seven Valley Railway.

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Let me tell you a bit about the history of rock —— locomotive for

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93. Built in 1929, these guys found it on a scrap yard in Wales but

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recently it has had pride of place in Swindon in a shopping centre.

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Luckily these guys felt sorry for it and brought it back here. Duncan

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Ballard, you helped to found the friends of locomotive. She was an

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iconic locomotive and nobody had cared for her so we set the group

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up. For you there are some special memories because you grew up with

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her. Yes, she is part of the reason why I have ended up doing this for a

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living. Another man who will be paramount is Ian Walker, part of the

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locomotives, the manager here at the engine works. For you, it looks

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pretty good. I guess a lot needs doing. It looks in museum condition

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at the moment but underneath it she needs a lot of work. We have the

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cylinders to do big work on, new tyres, all of the mechanics

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underneath, so a very big job. This is part of the share scheme, 2

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million raised by volunteers. It is just a flagship, isn't it? Yes, we

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will overhaul this and a set of Grace Western coaches to run on what

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was the great Western rail line. Three years they say it is going to

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help them. Hopefully this will be back on the rails by 2017.

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It has been another beautiful warm day. What are we doing inside?

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It has been a beautiful day. Temperatures reached 18 or 19

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Celsius for the Midlands. We have the best of the sunshine in the east

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of the country. Things are changing this week, a lot of dry weather

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around, perhaps a bit of rain, but the main thing is that there is a

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sharp drop in temperatures by Thursday. There is a lot of dry

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weather around but high—pressure hovering around, which will exert

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more of an influence. It will be drawing B winds from that northerly

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direction and they will strengthen at times. —— the winds. That aside,

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this is what we have going on tonight. A cold front descending

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from the north through the day, which is why things clouded over.

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Now the cloud is heading in, later on it will produce some light

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drizzly rain in northern areas. At the moment it looks like the South

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and central parts are largely dry overnight. The cloud will keep

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temperatures into double figures, in 11 to 15 Celsius. For tomorrow the

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rain finally gets a move on. It will be a dull, damp day, not a lot of

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rain along the front. We are looking at much drier conditions by then,

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perhaps even a spot of sunshine, perhaps some showers creeping into

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southern fringes. Temperatures on the warm side for the time of year,

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up to 19 Celsius in the south, with a moderate south—westerly breeze.

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Then we come to the turning point, the pivotal point, which is

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Thursday. Wednesday, showers through the region, a series of France from

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the north. It is Thursday when we will have highs of 11 Celsius,

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feeling much like tonight. The rise in 15 minute care visits

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for the elderly and disabled. A leading charity says it is a

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scandal. On —— in line for a Nobel Peace

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Prize, the 15—year—old shot by the Taliban and now living in

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Birmingham.

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