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again at Birmingham's past and rediscover its treasures.

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Police say, hand yourself in. We are concerned his mental health and

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well`being was an issue and that is why he has absconded. He would have

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been eligible for parole next year. Also denied: Polish ` petitioning

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for paramedics. A campaigner whose grandson nearly died while waiting

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for an ambulance, Luxor and hundreds thousands supporters. Something has

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got to be done and I'm going to keep banging doors until something done.

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The bookies favourite, this burning artist is up for the prestigious

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Mercury prize tonight. A dramatic night at St Andrews.

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Stoker through to the quarterfinals of the league cup after beating

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Birmingham on penalties. And there is not much in the way of

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driving that weather ` dry weather later this week. Join me later and I

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will give you the full forecast. Good evening. A convicted murderer

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is on the run after escaping from Hewell prison near Redditch. This is

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Alan John Giles. He was given two life sentences nearly 20 years ago

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after being found guilty of kidnapping and killing 16`year`old

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Kevin Ricketts from his Birmingham home.

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On the 31st January 1995 16`year`old Kevin Ricketts left his home in

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Quinton to catch a bus to college but he never arrived. On the 17th

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July 1997, despite Kevins body not being found, Giles was convicted of

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his kidnap and murder. This is the current picture that we have of Alan

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Giles. Police said they were trying to trace him urgently. One theory is

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he may be intent on suicide. We are concerned his mental health and

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well`being was an issue and that is why he has left the prison. We are

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keeping an open mind. We are currently focusing on the South

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Warwickshire area. We have a large team of detectives looking and

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leaving no stone unturned. On the 31st of January, the boy left his

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home to catch a bus to college. On the 17th of July, despite Kevin 's

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body not been found, Alan Giles was convicted of his kidnap and murder.

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On the 28th July 1998, the police discovered his remains in a garden

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in Edgbaston. Giles was the boyfriend of Kevin 's older sister

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and he murdered him as an act of revenge, after she ended their

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relationship. At the time of his disappearance, Kevin 's family made

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public appeals for help. They are said to be distressed by his killers

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escape. Police officers are with them but it is not thought Giles

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poses any threat to them. It is odd that Alan Giles should choose to

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escape now because in less than a year, he would have become eligible

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for parole. In the past, he has demonstrated he has a conscience,

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telephoning the police from prison after his conviction to confess to

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the murder of Kevin Ricketts and to tell them whether he had buried the

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body. This prison houses more dangerous category B inmates but

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also category D inmates. People in Redditch to go out in the open part

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of the prison and so they should. I'm not too sure whether someone who

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was a child killer should have been there. I'm asking those questions,

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whether he should have been there. The police say Giles shouldn't be

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approached. Anyone who sees it is asked to call them on 909.

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Coming up later in the programme: a return to the Ricoh? New talks on

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the cards for Coventry City football club to go back to its home ground.

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A man from Shropshire whose grandson nearly died while waiting for

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paramedics ` has launched an online petition to try to improve the

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service. Paul Passant from Bridgnorth claims people are having

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to wait too long, because there are not enough ambulances to cover the

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County. Our Health Correspondent Michale Paduano has the details.

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Last Decenber, Paul Passant promised his grandson that he would improve

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ambulance services in Shropshire, but it appears that the service has

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run into trouble again. Baby Thomas, had a heart condition and collapsed,

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although a paramedic arrived quickly it took 41 minutes for an ambulance

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to reach him and he could have died. Nearly a year on, other patients

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have had long delays. It is just not good enough. People don't seem to be

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taking this seriously. When I started the Thomas campaign, until

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the day I die, I'm going to improve ambulance provision. Now it has gone

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countywide. Something has got to be done. I'm going to keep banging on

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doors until something is done. The BBC understands that a patient

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needing urgent surgery had to wait more than an hour to be moved from

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hospital in Telford, to Shrewsbury on October 14th. Paul has started an

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online petition after hearing that a dementia patient with a broken hip

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waited an hour for an ambulance in the rain. If we can get 100,000

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signatures, questions can be asked in Parliament to the Health

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Secretary about what he is going to do about the situation. West

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Midlands Ambulance Service says it needs an extra ?1.2 million to

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provide an adequate level of service in Shropshire. That would mean two

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more ambulances. The reality is we have been chronically underfunded

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and we have raised this with the trusts and again two years ago with

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the commissioners is an issue. We still have not managed to address

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the under resourcing It says with more funding it meets its targets in

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another rural county Herefordshire. In these areas. The Shropshire

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commissioners say it is always difficult providing an ambulance

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service in rural areas. They say since 2009, they provide an extra

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million pounds and if they were to give any more, that would mean other

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local services would have to suffer. Mr Passant doesn't care whre the

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funding comes from, he just wants to ensure that no child in Shropshrie

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dies. Michele is here now. There seems to

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be a bit of a disagreement between the ambulance service and those who

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pay for the service. It is a right royal fight. The

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ambulance says they need an extra ?1.2 million. The commissioners are

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saying today they are meant to make 4% efficiency savings and they have

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got enough money to do the job. Whatever else is going on, what is

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interesting is in the old days, these ` the NHS would not be having

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this kind of fight but in the New World, these fights are going to

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take place were often So is Shropshire in a unique position in

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apparently under funding this service?

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I understand Warwickshire has already ` historically not paid as

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much money as some areas. There is an anomaly. We've heard that

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Herefordshire is meeting its targets because they put more money into the

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system. What will happen going forward is anybody's guess because

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this is quite an unusual situation. We've got to hope that it is not

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going to be a long cold winter because there are concerns.

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A new ?4.5 million Helicopter has been bought by the West Midland Air

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Ambulance. It's the first aircraft actually owned by the charity, which

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until now has leased them instead. Completely funded through public

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donations the ambulance will be based at RAF Cosford after being

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fitted with medical equipment in Germany.

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A father who set fire to his house, killing his wife and seriously

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injuring his three daughters has been found guilty of murder and

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arson. Mohammed Riaz Inayat deliberately started the fire in

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Sparkhill in in April. His wife, Naika Inayat died in the blaze.

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Sentencing him to life imprisonment, the judge told him, he must spend a

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mininum of 22 years in jail. Coventry City Football Club have

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called for new talks with the City's council about returning to the Ricoh

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Arena. The club has been playing its home games in Northampton since

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leaving the Ricoh in the summer, in a dispute over unpaid rent.

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They released a statement today in response to comments made by

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Councillor Anne Lucas, the leader of Coventry City Council last week when

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she said she would like to see Coventry City playing back at this

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stage at Christmas. In the statement, the club were direct.

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They asked the question which was, is she prepared to discuss a

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freehold sale of the Ricoh? That would mean selling the Ricoh

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including the hotel the casino and the conference halls as well as the

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stadium itself to the club. The statement also added that the owner

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of the Sisu hedge fund which owns the club. Joy Seppala will be

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writing privately to Councillor Lucas shortly in order to find out

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exactly what the council's position is.

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So has the leader responded? Yes, late this afternoon, Councillor

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Lucas said she heard an invite for Joy Seppalla to meet with her. If

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Joy Seppala is serious about wanting to discuss a possible deal, then we

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need to talk soon. She also says she is disappointed but not surprised by

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the personal nature of the attack on her by Coventry City Football Club.

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What are the fans saying? I think the fans are no nearer to

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knowing if ever and if so when their beloved Sky Blues will return to the

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Ricoh. One supporters' group said there's a lack of trust. There is a

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huge issue about whether fans trust the owners of the club. There was a

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poll in the local newspaper recently which said two thirds of people

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actually say the arena should not be sold to them. For a long time, they

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have been promising they are going to build a new ground so a lot of

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people are questioning whether they are going to do it. Tonight,

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Coventry City fans are still no closer to knowing whether their club

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will ever play here. In the meantime, they will continue to play

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their football in Northampton, 34 miles away.

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The Birmingham singer Laura Mvula will find out later tonight whether

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she's won the prestigious Mercury prize for her album Sing to the

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Moon. She's up against 11 other artists

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including David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys. Laura grew up in

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Birmingham, training at the city university's conservatoire as well

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as being a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra. With me now is Michael

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Woltars who's the Deputy Head of Composition at the conservatoire.

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You must be very proud. So you must be pretty proud? I am very proud,

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yes. What was she like as a student? In many ways she was like every

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other student, working on her things, trying to do watch was

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interested in the best way she could. What was interesting, was I

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looked today at absolute feedback and I saw there was a piece of

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coursework where I asked her to arrange a piano piece. Students

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could choose whatever they wanted. Most people chose a string orchestra

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or full orchestra. She chose voice which is quite old when you think

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about it. It's a quite odd choice. You can see that in the album. It is

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all about voice, all about her voice and the way she uses it. The

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foundations were already there. She is like many other students, you

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say, but could you see something a little bit special?

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Here, of course, but it took awhile. The way we teach condition of the

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conservator is we are really interested in what the students can

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bring. We don't force them to write in a certain style for example. That

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is difficult for some students because they think they have to

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conform but they don't have to. It takes them to a three years to

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understand and start doing what they really want to do.

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She is clearly doing what she wants to do now but when you see her

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performing now, is there anything of the old student Laura that you

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recognise as she totally different? You know, the smile. The first thing

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that you think of as the smile, the amazing smile that she has. That was

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always there. She was always dressing in a glamorous way, of

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course. But then, you see the videos and you see her on stage and she

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looks OK diva. She has been described as a diva. As a student,

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there was nothing of the Deaver about her. She was just a lovely

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girl. I am sure you are going to have your fingers crossed my.

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This is our top story tonight: On the run, convicted murderer Alan

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John Giles escapes from Hewell prison. Police appeal to hand

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himself in. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: down to the wire, a night

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of drama in the league cup ends in penalties between Birmingham and

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Stoke. And do you know your Brummie

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history? The author who says its time to look again at the city's

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past. When you're just 11 and severely

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disabled, playing outside with other children can be a real challenge.

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That's why Shannon Hale's parents wanted to turn their run`down back

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garden into a safe haven. Their hearts sank though when quotes for

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the work came in at thousands of pounds. Then they heard about a new

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Black Country charity, Love to Give, which aims to help those most in

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need. Shannon's garden transformation is

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well underway. Shannon Hale from Kingswinford has

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never seen quite so much activity in her back garden. Gone are the broken

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fences and rough grass. In their place a team of volunteers, over

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half way thru a free make over. It's kindness her mum and dad find hard

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to take in. I was nearly in tears. I said don't make me cry yet! We

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always seem to think that we have bad luck, not good enough. To us,

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this doesn't exist. It doesn't happen to people like us. We don't

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get this sort of support. Businessman Steve Grove and boxing

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promoter Pete jackson are the male equivalents of fairy godmothers.

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They set up a charity called love to give earlier this year, which aims

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to help children and young adults. When you meet these parents, they

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are so down`to`earth. You think, what can we do for this family? We

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just want to help and that is what keeps us going. Other volunteers

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come into the garden with us and we are giving something back. It costs

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nothing to give something back. This is the first garden they did for a

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little disabled boy called Jack from Woolaston. Organising a trip up ben

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Nevis for 45 complete strangers was one of many fundraisers. We meet

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people and decide together. We do an event, raise the money. We don't get

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it given to us. Then we spend the money on that child directly so

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every penny raised, you can see where it is going. Speaking of the

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pennies, Emma here might be painting Mr Tumble, but usually she works at

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Dudley building society. Steve pulled a few strings with her boss.

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They are top blokes, may I say? They are unbelievable. All the workers

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that cannot help. They are unbelievable people. When it's

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finished there'll be a Wendy house, astro turf and a swing but most

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exciting of all, a trampoline. In the future Shannon can share

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playtime with her younger brother and sister.

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It was a night of drama at St Andrew's last night as Birmingham

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City took on Stoke City in the League Cup. It went to extra time

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and penalties as both sides fought it out for a place in the quarter

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finals. With winter starting to bite the

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fans had wrapped up against the chill but this was a game which left

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everyone who watched it with a warm glow. Premier League Stoke City have

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struggled for goals this season but took charge thanks to this this

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stunning effort from Oussama Assaidi. Championship Birmingham

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fought back and levelled through Tom Adeyemi. The balance of the tie

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seemed to have shifted for good when Wade Elliott was sent off just

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before half`time for an arm in the face of Assaidi. Stoke seemed to be

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cruising into the next round when goals in the second half from Peter

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Crouch and Marko Arnautovic gave them a 3`1 advantage. But this is a

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competition in which Birmingham have thrived in recent years and the 2011

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winners staged a stunning comeback. Substitute Peter Lovenkrands scored

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twice. The second deep into stoppage time and amazingly the ten men had

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earned an extra half an hour. Once more Stoke gained the upper hand.

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Kenwyne Jones with their fourth. But sloppy defending allowed Olly Lee to

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score his first goal for Blues and take the tie to a penalty shoot`out.

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There was to be far less drama here as Birmingham missed their first two

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and Stoke ruthlessly took advantage. But while their players celebrated

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with the fans it was the Birmingham supporters who seemed to have taken

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even greater heart. Unbelievable. To come back from that scoreline, with

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ten men, says an awful lot for the team spirit. I thought they were

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outstanding. You couldn't have asked for anything else really. I just

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wished we could have been in the next round to thank the fans and

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also let the players have some report ` reward. I'm so proud of

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them. We made a dog 's dinner of it to be perfectly honest. They

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switched off. Stoke City will learn their quarterfinal opponents when

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the draw is made this evening. Best Selling Author and Birmingham

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resident RJ Ellory, says that the people of the city have forgotten

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its history. The crime writer is presenting his arguments at one of

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the CityTalks Public Lectures being hosted by Birmingham City University

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tomorrow evening. Birmingham, the UK's second city,

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home to diverse communities and the youngest population in Europe. But

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what do we know about its history? I know more about the Black Country

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than Birmingham. Leaders of industry helped to promote the industrial

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revolution. I'm sorry but we can't be much up to you. We come from

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Dorset. Now Birmingham author RJ Ellory is on a mission to remind us

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all about our heritage. I meet him on Vincent driveby the Birmingham

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University Station. Here we are at the original footprint of the Roman

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fort built on the seventh century which established the first

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residence in this part of the country. So why are you on this

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personal mission to educate at the moment? Birmingham is a hugely

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undervalued, hugely under recognised and hugely underappreciated city.

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Fed up of people viewing the city as a dark, drab place, Roger has

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reseacrhed the orgins of Birmingham. In the 12th century it became a

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market town. Its founders remembered inside St Martin's at the Bullring.

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We have here teams ` tombs of the original family which established

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Birmingham. They were the people who obtained the Royal Charter that

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enabled a market to be opened here in the first place. And not many

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people know about them. Even people who have lived here all of their

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lives. And so for those who live here, a reminder to sing the city's

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praises. From it's musical pioneers, Black Sabbath, Duran Duran and ELO

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to industrial pioneers like Boulton Whatt and Murdoch. RJ Elloree wants

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all of us to stand proud. It was here that the Spitfire was built.

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Had we not had the Spitfire, it raises the question, would we have

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won the Battle of Britain? Would we now have the nation that we have? It

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is a reminder that should never be forgotten of how much we, as

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Birmingham citizens, have contributed to culture, industry,

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the arts all over the world. From the old to the new. He once all of

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us to celebrate Birmingham 's rich heritage.

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Of course Birmingham's rich heritage also includes the history of the

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motor car. By the late 1960s Longbridge was the largest car plant

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in the world and employed around 250,000 workers. But in 2005 the MG

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Rover Car plant closed. Now though the area is being given a boost with

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some public art. So what's happening?

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Well, tonight here at Bournville College there's a taster of whats to

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come over the next 12 months in Longbridge. A new annual festival of

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lights inspired by the Fete des Lumieres from Birmingham's sister

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city Lyon, as well as pieces of public art made by atrisst alogn wth

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residents here are some of the highlights that feature in this nwe

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Public Art Strategy for the area. Let's speak now to the lady leading

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the project. Why do this? Bournville College has an important milestone

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coming up with their centenary. They asked me to develop a strategy to

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further support the community and the regeneration of Longbridge. How

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will it work? Imminently, we will have nine artists in residence that

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will be spread across Longbridge and they will simply have conversations

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with people here. They will be inspired by the historical context

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and hopefully that will inform their concept development for public art.

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It doesn't sound very interesting. Let me turn to the leader Birmingham

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City Council, Sir Albert Bore. To what extent can public art

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regenerate an area? Public art doesn't in itself regenerate an

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area. It brings life and character into an area which is being

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regenerated. Public Art of this quality, I think, is essential, to

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help bring the area alive and make it somewhere that people want to be.

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This project will cost ?400,000. Bournville College and arts Council

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West Midlands have funded it. To what extent can public art play a

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role in regeneration? Without vibrancy and public art, without

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culture, the city is not alive. This all kicks off next year with a

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festival for the community. It will bring brightness to an area which

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has seen some dark days. We are struggling on that front

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because we have come to the part of the week where we are moving from

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November... From October to November. It will bring showers and

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any dry periods will be brief indeed. Once again, the winds are

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also going to be strengthening as we head into the weekend. That does not

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bode very well for Halloween or those bonfires. At the moment,

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fortnight as tomorrow, we have these two fronts which are passing

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through. After that, the remainder of the week is driven by low

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pressure pushing in from the West. We have two areas this time that

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pushing in but it will not bring storms. Nevertheless, there will be

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gusty winds and heavy rain showers. As for this evening, right now, we

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have light rain crossing the region. It will move away to the south`east,

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leaving or parts dried, clear and quite cold. Particularly so for

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rural areas. Elsewhere, temperatures will be at around six to nine

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Celsius. Some fairly widespread mist and fog patches developing through

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low`lying areas. Once that disburses, it will shift eastwards

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and we could see a spot of sunshine first thing. More cloud is going to

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gradually piling during the course of the day. It will bring a band of

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rain to all parts. Some of that could be heavy. Most of it is going

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to be light. Temperatures although the degree also lower than today,

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the wind will also be slightly stronger from that south`westerly

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direction. Overall, it would be quite cool. The rain will still

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linger into the night tomorrow. It will eventually clear up and then we

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will see more piling from the West. With all that cloud, it will not be

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quite as cold as tonight. We will not see any frost. As I said, as we

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head into Friday itself, we've got rain and more rain and showers over

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the weekend. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:

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The prosecution opens its case in the phone hacking trial and says

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former News of the World bosses knew what was going on. On the run,

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convicted murderer Alan John Giles escapes from Hewell prison, police

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appeal to hand himself in. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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Everyday normal things that everybody does is where I use my energy.

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I haven't got an extravagant lifestyle,

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I've not got a hot tub outside or something like that.

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In essence, it is a choice between heating or eating.

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We will still eat and we will still have heating

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