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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Brutal,

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depraved and disgusting — a judge jails two 17—year—olds for

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subjecting another teenager to sexual torture and humiliation. Also

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tonight; We'll be live at the privately run Oakwood Prison. As

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three inmates stage a rooftop protest, the jail was heavily

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criticised this week for poor safety levels. A positive turn of events —

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the Warwickshire exhibition company building a new HQ and creating 350

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jobs. It is a significant investment for the business and should bring a

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Sigg captain regeneration for the area. Putting the spa back into

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Droitwich — the campaign to reopen the brine baths. And Rebecca has the

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weather. Waterproofs at the ready, we've got a wet and windy weekend to

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come. But is it looking like a total washout? I'll have the full forecast

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later. Good evening. Two 17—year—old boys have been jailed for ten years

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each for assaulting another teenager in Glocucester. They attacked him a

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cellar, and subjected him to sexual humiliation and torture, including

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burning him with a cigarette. The judge took the unusual step of

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allowing the media to name the pair, Kane Lammin and Anthony Ford, after

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labelling them as dangerous offenders. From Gloucester Crown

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Court, Steve Knibbs reports. Anthony Ford from Swindon and Kane Lammin

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from Gloucester. The court heard they carried out a sustained assault

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on their 17—year—old victim. It was a prolonged physical and sexual

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attack. The nature of some of the crimes are too distressing to

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report. They lured the victim to this cellar and stripped him and

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physically and sexually assaulted him. Kane Lammin mixed concrete

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prouder and pushed —— powder and pushed it into his face.

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What do you make of Kane Lammin and Anthony Ford? Scum. Utter scum. I

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hope they rot in hell for what they have done. It is time for them to

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have a bit of hell back. This is Anthony Ford arriving at court.

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Before he was arrested he told a witness that the victim was lucky —

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because he wanted to kill him. Him and Kane Lammin blame the influence

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of drink and drugs. This case nearly didn't make it to court, because the

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victim was too ashamed to talk? Yes, there was a small investigation team

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and looked at gaining evidence from all aspects to provide a

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prosecution, whether the victim was to give evidence or not. But he

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showed a lot of courage and has given evidence. Because they're both

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17, we wouldn't normally be allowed to name Kane Lammin and Anthony

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Ford, but the judge said it was in the public interest to lift that

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ban. He branded them as dangerous offenders and they had added years

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on their sentence. He said it amounted to sexual torture and

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humiliation and jailed them both for ten years each. Coming up later in

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the programme: Putting the police fully in the picture —

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Staffordshire's frontline officers wearing body cameras to help gather

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evidence. Oakwood Prison near Wolverhampton was put into lockdown

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today after three prisoners got onto the roof. It comes in the same week

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that an inspection report was released which described the

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privately run facility as failing in almost every respect. Our reporter

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Giles Latcham is at Oakwood for us now. So what's happened there today?

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It started about lunchtime, three inmates getting on to the roof on

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one block. We have got a distant shot of them. They were up there for

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about five hours before a cherry picker appeared and they persuaded

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them to end the protest. We don't know what the protest was about, but

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it has come at the end of a bad week for the prison and G4S. The report

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criticising the management and rating the prison as poor. We heard

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also from the family of an inmate who died here, who say he received a

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standard of care below what they expected. The MP for the area is

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Gavin Williamson. You will be aware the nick name is Joke Wood. It

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appears to be a shambles. It is dreadful. We have seen a situation

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where inmay wants have been on the roof and there has been a loss of

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control. This must be addressed. The decision by your Government to award

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G4S a £750 million contract looks poor value for money. Most of my

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constituents and most viewers don't want to see the government spending

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£30,000 a year to keep people in prison. They want to drive down the

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cost of keeping people in prison. What we have got to see is how we

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can get the best value for money, but making sure this prison is

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properly run and that it is well run. Looking forward, the Justice

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Secretary's remarkets in February, Oakwood is a model for the future.

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That needs revuz sitting — resiz sit — revisiting. We don't want to pay

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over the odds to keep people in prison, but we have to make sure

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prisons are well run and secure and the staff are properly trained and

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more importantly is my constituents are safe and that there is no chance

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of inmates getting out. Thank you. A couple of ambulances left shortly

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after this incident. G4S said no one was injured. But they are conducting

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their own investigation. Thank you. A Warwickshire—based company which

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works in the events industry says they're beginning to see signs that

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the economy is growing. Freeman is expanding in the UK— creating

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another 350 jobs and building new headquarters. Laura May McMullan

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reports. Freeman are a company on the move. They set up large scale

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exhibitions and like to make a big impression. They're also in big

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demand. They've provided displays, stands and big screens for the

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Chelsea Flower Show, the Grand Prix and the Olympics. In fact the

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company services more than 1,000 events a year. ??FORCEWHITE Demand

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for their service is growing. That's why in the next year a new

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headquarters will be built at the Prologis Park at Ryton near Coventry

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and create 350 jobs. The exhibition event industry, we are usually the

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first to notice when a recession starts, because we are the first

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budget to be cut, but when the market starts to recover, we are the

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first to see the green shoots and we are seeing those. That is part of

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our decision to invest here. And the owner flew over. My father started

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the business in the United States in 1927 and we have grown through there

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to be one of the largest exhibition contractors in the world today.

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Across the county there are a vast number of developments which will

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create more employment. It's hoped the £300 million MIRA technology

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park will bring in more than 2,000 jobs. And the Coventry and

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Warwickshire Gateway, will eventually provide up to 10,000 new

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jobs. Over the next few years we can attract up to 20,000 jobs to this

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region. Confident the economy is looking healthy here. Opportunities

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at Freeman are already being advertised. The company hopes to

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have all its new staff in place by next summer. And there'll be more

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about the employment picture here in the Midlands on the Sunday Politics

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this weekend at the slightly later time of 11.15 on BBC1. This week

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Patrick Burns will be asking why almost 200,000 people are

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underemployed when they'd prefer a full time job and you can find more

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on his blog. Two men have pleaded guilty to setting fire to a Mosque

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in Gloucester in June. 37—year—old Clive Ceronne and 20—year—old Ashley

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Juggins admitted a charge of arson relating to an attack on the

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Masjid—E—Noor Mosque. They'll be sentenced next month. A coroner is

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to write to the Government after a man died from a caffeine overdose

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after eating too many high energy mints. 40—year—old John Jackson from

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Darlaston, who suffered from a serious liver condition, ate a whole

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tin of Hero Instant Energy mints. Each one contained 80 milligrams of

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caffeine. Staffordshire Police have begun issuing body camera kits to

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all frontline officers. The force believes it's the first in the UK to

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give all officers the equipment. The camera pictures can be used in

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evidence, and are part of the force's police and Crime

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Commissioner's pledge to used technology to help officers work

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more efficiently. Liz Copper has more. On patrol from a PC's point of

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view. These officers checking on businesses in Newcastle—under—Lyme

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are among the first to get these cameras. They're attached to police

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uniforms and will be used for evidence—gathering. We would write a

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witness statement and describe the scene, now we have video evidence,

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it gives us real time evidence. The court sees what we see when we go to

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these incidents. Here the cameras were used during the pursuit of a

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suspect. They can also capture evidence from witnesses and victims

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of crime. At the end of their shifts, officers return to a central

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hub where footage can be viewed. 530 of these cameras have been

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purchased, that is enough for every front line police officers, PCSOs

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and specials. The cost has been around a third of a million pounds.

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Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner made acquiring new

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technology an election pledge and insists the cameras will be good

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value for money. There will also be safeguards in place to protect the

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public. They will only be used as an incident kicks off. So it is not a

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question of police officers walking around filming everything, it is

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very targeted. What do voters make of the new cameras? For some people,

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yes, they may see it as an intrusion of privacy, this that and the other.

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But I think filming has benefits and it clarifying the fact that one word

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against another is one thing, but when it is there in black and white

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on film, there is no disputing it. Some people might not want to be

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filmed, so I would say no, it's not a good idea. They say the camera

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never lies, so yeah, brilliant idea. All officers will receive training

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to use the cameras over the next few months and the success of the scheme

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will be monitored not just in Staffordshire, but in other force

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areas too. This is our top story tonight: Brutal, depraved and

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disgusting — a judge jails two 17—year—olds for subjecting another

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teenager to sexual torture and humiliation. Your detailed weather

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forecast to come shortly from Rebecca. Also in tonight's

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programme: From a 400 metre sprint to a half marathon, the sportsmen

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stepping outside their comfort zone. And going head to head — the two

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Birmingham Choirs through to the Songs of Praise Gospel final.

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Droitwich Spa has been without its brine baths for five years. A

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meeting was held today as part of a campaign to get the historic baths

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reopened. The natural springs in the area contain one of the strongest

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concentrations of salt in the world — which at 30% is similar to the

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waters of the Dead Sea. Bathing in the waters became fashionable in the

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late nineteenth century, but the last public brine baths in the town

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closed in 2008. Our reporter Ben Sidwell is in Droitwich Spa for us

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now. So does today's meeting mean they could be reopened? Well that is

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what they have been discussing in this meeting. We will find the

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results in a few moments. Sips Roman —— since Roman times they have been

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connected with brine and it is the only Spa town without any Spa

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facilities at all. To they're desperate to get the brine baths

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back. In their heyday people travelled from far and wide to

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experience the brine baths of Droitwich Spa. Today the entrance to

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the baths is the town's museum and tourist information centre. The site

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of the pools, a private hospital, where the last brine bath in

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Droitwich Spa closed in 2008 on health and safety grounds. There is

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no future for the brine baths on the site where it is. So it has to be

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somewhere different. So the future is quite dull until somebody comes

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forward with some money. Right up until their closure the baths were

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used as a medicinal aid and a leisure experience. Now campaigners,

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doctors and businesses in the town are joining forces in an attempt to

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get them re—opened. The private hospital wouldn't let us film

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inside, but in a statement said: For businesses like the St Andrew's

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Town Hotel, a new brine bath will bring more than just health

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benefits. The amount of tourist foot fall we have is not as strong as it

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could be. With the brine baths, I just cannot begin to imagine how

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much of an impact that would have. But for us it would be enormous.

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??FORCEDWHTIE If the baths don't return, there's already talk that

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the town could lose it's Spa title, but campaigners say that's simply

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not an option. In our view, it is going to happen. We put five years

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of work into this already and we are prepared to go for another five

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years if necessary. But take it from me it is going to happen. But with

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the cost of a new brine bath estimated at anything between £1 and

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£3.5 million, it could be a long time before anyone's able to enjoy

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the town's water again. The meeting finished a couple of moments ago and

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there was the local MP. What was the outcome of the meeting? We had a

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unified sense of purpose and we have an exciting offer, the brine water,

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which is special, we think we can make an attractive offer to a

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private investor. This is part of the heritage of the town. It is the

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heritage of the town. Droitwich is built on salt and the meeting we can

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more confident that we can rebuild that salt heritage. Is there a

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chance that it could go back to where it is in the private hospital.

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I think we need to look more broadly. There are other sites too.

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We have the right facility that people can use and the Spa has

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benefits. We are going to make it attractive to a private investor.

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What is the real chance of this happening. It is better tonight than

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a long time. We have a unified sense of purpose. What they say is they're

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desperate for their heritage back here. It is part of tourism. Without

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this, this could be just yet another commuter town. Thank you. A

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delegation from Coventry has been visiting Yorkshire today to see how

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restoration work has been carried out at a monastery which was linked

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to the city's own Charterhouse Priory. They were hoping to pick up

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ideas about how to reopen Charterhouse to the public and even

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ended up being blessed by a vicar for their trouble. Kevin Reide

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reports. This is the the former monstery in Yorkshire. Today a team

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of dignitaries from the town came to see it for ideas on how it can be

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transformed. We are looking at plans to open it up to the public for a

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heritage park on some 38 acres. The whole idea is to look at how English

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heritage run their own attraction and the budgets they're spending and

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how they operate their staff and get ideas for what displays we should

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put into our Charterhouse. We have re—created one building that the

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movengs would —— monks would live in. They lived a very austere life

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and were encouraged to believe they had no self—worth. They had no

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possessions. So they lived a very harsh, personal life. Spending most

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of their time in contemplation and prayer. And word in these parts is

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those who broke their silence were September to Coventry's Charterhouse

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— hence the term sent to Coventry, but that has been dismissed. That

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story came from the round heads and cavaliers, where the royalists were

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imprisoned in Coventry and in St John's church. We have come to put

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them right they can't nick sent to Coventry. It is ours. We give

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thanks... The visit ended with a blessing from clernly from Coventry

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and the area around Mount Grace. Here's Dan Pallett with the sport.

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And rugby. It's been a disappointing start to the season for Gloucester

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rugby club. They've only won two league matches and are third from

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bottom of the Premiership. And life is unlikely to get any easier this

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weekend as they start one of the toughest groups in the European Cup.

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Nick Clitheroe reports. After their stuttering start to the season,

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every one of Gloucester's players have been told they will get a

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chance in the club's first two European cup matches. So there's

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been an intensity at training this week as they try to impress the

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coaches ahead of the visit of Perpignan. They're big lumps, all

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across the park, not just in the forwards but in the backs, we know

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some of the running ability they have got there, a couple of old

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players we have got there are now playing out there and they have some

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quick backs, so a very good side. Gloucester are expected to challenge

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at the top of the English rugby, but find themselves at the wrong end of

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the Premiership table after their early struggles. They have even lost

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at Kingsholm — where visiting teams used to fear to tread. Being drawn

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in a European group which also includes Munster has just added to

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the pressure. So what is going wrong? Results have perhaps

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justified some of the criticism. But they have a young side there, very

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capable personnel. But the key thing for them is about taking their

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chances when in the opposition 22 and keeping the pressure on. Their

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discipline's letting them down and it's costing they will field

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position and they're inviting pressure on themselves. From our

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point of view we just want to enjoy the moment and enjoy the

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opportunity. It is a chance for us to park our league form behind us

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for a couple of weeks and try and build some momentum in what is a

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fantastic tournament. It is too early to panic though and if

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Gloucester win tomorrow then a lot of that pressure will be relieved.

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So after a disappointing start to the season what needs to change for

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Gloucester? Well plenty already has. Gloucester have made six changes to

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the team which lost at home to Exeter in the Premiership last week.

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The main problem is that the forwards are being out—muscled. The

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forwards decide who wins a match — the backs by how many! But

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Worcester's start has been even worse. They've lost all five games

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in the Premiership. Tomorrow they're away to French side Oyonnax in the

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Jura mountains in France. It's in the European Challenge Cup.

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Worcester really could with a good result. Now, a week on Sunday 20,000

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runners will flood the streets of Birmingham for the Great Midlands

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Run. It's a challenge for everyone. But if your specialism was sprinting

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— then 13.1 miles is a very long way. And I've been to see two former

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professional—sportsmen who're stepping well outside their comfort

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zones. They've done this more times than they care to remember. Getting

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ready for a training session was a way of life for former Villa winger

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Mark Walters and sprinter Phil Taylor. They can do stretching

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exercises in their sleep. But this time it's different. Running a half

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marathon is a new challenge. The body can put up with most things,

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but it is the mind. Now I have got that sorted and I'm prepared to put

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my body through it now. The biggest distance I raced over was 400

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metres. So o' to —— to do over ten miles will be a big challenge. So

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they've been poundings the parks and streets of the Midlands getting

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ready for the big race. It's a far cry from Walters Villa days. He'll

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admit himself that his former managers won't believe he's to

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tackle a half marathon. Taylor was a former runner and won gold at the

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European indoor championships in Birmingham in the 4 by 400 metres.

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Injury forced him to retire at 25 — now aged 28 he's got a new

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challenge. When you leave a sport through injury, you often try and

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find something to replace it with. It is weird, but you enjoy the pain

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of it. I considered a number of sports, but I thought technically

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I'm OK at running. Both are running for charity. Taylor for the RSPB —

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Walters to fight the blood disorder sickle cell anemia. They might be

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former professional sportsmen but a week on Sunday they'll be just two

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faces among 20,000 runners giving it their all. Good luck to all these

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runners. Mark Walters said he wants to get inside two hours 15 and Phil

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wants to do it in an hour and a half and that is fast. That is the

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competitive spirit. Two Birmingham choirs have been going head to head

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for the title of the Songs of Praise gospel choir of the year. We'll find

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out on Sunday whether the Birmingham Gospel Choir or the Town Hall Gospel

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Choir took the honours after both made it through to the final. But as

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Matt Sandoz has been finding out — it's been a labour of love for both

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choirmasters taking part. Hello. The reassuring voice of nurse Maxine

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Brooks. After caring for patients, she takes up the role of choir

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master in preparation for the Songs of Praise gospel final.

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It has been fantastic. Somebody said there was a competition and they

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said you should enter. I said yes. So we did a lot of rehearsals,

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recorded it and sent it off and just prayed hard! Then we got the woord

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that we —— woord that we were one of the finalist and we were so pleased.

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Over a million people watched two Birmingham choirs beat off

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competition from all over the country to reach Sunday's final. The

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battle will see Maxine's community choir go head—to—head with the town

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hall gospel choir, led by Colin Anderson. Absolutely amazing. Really

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it is. Just never dreamt that we could get anywhere close to this. So

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yes, we are thrilled. Who will win? We will have to wait and see. One

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thing for certain is the city has two choirs to be proud of. And you

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can find out which choir won, on Songs of Praise this Sunday at a

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quarter past four here on BBC1. Still in a dilemma about whether to

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turn the heating on? Here's Rebecca Wood with the forecast. You may need

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to turn it on this weekend to dry off your rain coat. We have had

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plenty of rain today and we have still more, particularly in eastern

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parts. Those north—easterly wind haven't gone anywhere and they're

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making things feel cooler and temperatures are below average. It

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has been a cloudy day today. There have been some spits and spots of

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rain and a few breaks in the cloud, but they have been very few and far

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between. That cloud isn't going anywhere for the next few hours. A

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dry start to the night fo most of us. The further east you are, you

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are more likely to see some rain. That cloud is going to help, because

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temperatures will manage to stick into double fishings for —— figures

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for most of us. That rain is continuing in eastern parts. So a

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damp start in the east tomorrow. But still some uncertainty as to how far

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this band of rain will move across the west. It could spread across

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most places. Around that there will be some breaks in it that will allow

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for some brightness. Temperatures up to 13 Celsius. But those winds

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taking the edge off them. Then another wet night to come tomorrow.

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The rain will start to move northwards, with some heavy rain

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over Staffordshire and Shropshire. And then some mist and fog patches

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developing further south. Over night temperatures around nine Celsius.

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But the rain is not going anywhere. By Sunday we still have low pressure

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come Dom —— dominating and this weather front making things rather

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wet for Sunday. It is going to be another day with temperatures up

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into double figures for most of us. But a wet affair and as we move

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through to the start of the new week t it is getting more settle. —

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settled. Tonight's headlines from the BBC Royal Mail shares rise by a

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third on the first day of trading, critics say the taxpayer has been

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shortchanged — but the prime ministers insists the sale has been

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a success. Brutal, depraved and disgusting — a judge jails two 17

:27:32.:27:35.

year olds for subjecting another teenager to sexual torture and

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humiliation. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock

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with your next news. Have a great evening. Goodbye.

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