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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight...

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Raiding the reserves. Plans to recruit 550 police officers in the

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West Midlands force. The money has to come from somewhere, I suppose.

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If it is in the reserves, take it out. If we need more police, we need

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more police. Seems a lot to be spending on police.

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I'll be asking Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, why he

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believes the force needs to end its recruitment freeze.

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Also tonight... Police are searching for the mother of a baby girl found

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abandoned in a public park. Yellow back ``...

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We need to make sure the mother gets medical attention.

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No bonuses for Coventry's binmen. The council stops Christmas payments

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over fears of equal pay claims. Unique and compelling. The First

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World War diaries of Warwickshire's Private Harry Drinkwater.

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And lashing rain and howling winds. Sounds like the perfect weather for

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Halloween unless you're outdoors. How's it looking for trick or

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treaters? Find out later. Good evening. Hundreds of new

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officers could be recruited into the West Midlands Police force. The

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Police and Crime Commissioner, Bob Jones, has revealed plans to recruit

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550 to the force by 2016. The application process would start next

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year. It would be paid for by using ?60 million from the force's reserve

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budget. In addition, he's suggesting an extra ?3 would be added to

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council tax bills for two years. In a moment, I'll be talking live to

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Bob Jones. But first, Sarah Falkland assesses if using cash reserves is

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the right way to maintain the police.

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Just six weeks into training, these are some of the first recruits that

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Staffordshire Police force has seen in three years. No need to dip into

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reserves to pay for them. There are just 28 in total. It is not about

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increasing numbers, but getting new blood into the force, so the 20th

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new pool regular officers coming in half freshened things up. `` 28 new

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pool. It is moving forward well. The commissioner here thinks reserves

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are for a very rainy day. Is that what they're having further south,

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then? In the West Midlands, there are rounds of an thousand 500 police

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officers, but that is down by 1300 one three years ago. Crime is on the

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increase. The police and crime commission says that that justifies

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raiding the surplus. With English Defence League rallies and mosque

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bombings, 2013 has been an onerous and expensive year for the West

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Midlands force. 550 new officers will undoubtedly make a difference.

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But is it right to raid the reserves to pay for them? The money has to

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come from somewhere, I suppose. If it is in the reserves, take it out.

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If we need more police, we need more police. We need them as a back out

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`` as a back`up. It does seem extravagant. Another option for

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police forces is to off`load assets. Warwickshire Police have been trying

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to sell their HQ in Leek Wooton for the best part of a year, though. At

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least reserves money is quick cash. But what of the new staff recruits?

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Did budget constraints nearly put them off? It is what I have wanted

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to do for as long as I can remember, to be honest, so to be here in these

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times is more than a privilege than it could ever be. Police reserves

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are supposed to be for a rainy day, taxpayers' money accumulated and

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once they're gone, they are gone. Clearly, Mr Jones is not just in

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visiting a short, sharp shower, but. Paul. `` but a full storm.

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Bob Jones, the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, is with me

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now. Why have you chosen to spend the money on recruitment? It is

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money for a rainy day, and we are coming up on a rainy day. We have

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seen crime increasing. We feel, if we get there levels of demand like

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we saw in July, the only way to get those police officers to respond

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with be taking them out of neighbourhood policing, intelligence

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led policing, all the things helping to keep crime down. It could be a

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vicious circle of ever`increasing crime. You say crime has risen. By

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how much and what types of crime? Issues such as low`level violence,

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such as domestic violence. Burn up by about a modest amount, about

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2%`4%. 2.5% according to your last report? Absolutely, in line with

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other forces. If we continue having the loss of police officers we have

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had in recent years, we will be in serious danger of not being able to

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respond to that demand without reading neighbourhood policing,

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offender management, etc. The image of the police has taken a knock

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recently over the plebgate affair. Is recruiting more officers an

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attempt to rebalance the reputational damage? I think the

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reputation is another issue, but clearly, police officers and under

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pressure from a whole range of things, such as less colleagues to

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support them, this staff to support them, and it is starting to show,

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things are starting to creep. So this is a response? It is trying to

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stem those losses, maintaining the levels of service, dating

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communities in the way we have at the moment. We do not put this

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injection in, the continued loss of officers means they cannot respond

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to the level of demand we have seen. Finally, do you have the full

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support of the Chief Constable Chris Sims? Absolutely, this is a combined

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strategy. He believes not recruiting since 2010 that it is essential we

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refreshed the `` refresh the force as soon as possible. IQ. `` thank

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you. Coming up later in the programme...

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Stoke lays out its best china to impress the Chinese Ambassador.

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A newborn baby has been found abandoned in Birmingham. The little

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girl was discovered in a community park in Stechford just after two

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o'clock. Our correspondent Michele Paduano is there for us now. What

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more can you tell us? The baby was found in these dishes in earlier

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today. This was cordoned off as police carried out searches. ``

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these bushes. It was a little white girl found inside apparel in a bag,

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and police said she was only here for about an hour, as she was very

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warm at that point. She was found by a man walking his dog. His dog came

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into the area, refusing to leave. He was shocked by what he found. I was

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in my car and I was told that his dog found a baby in the park. He was

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as white as a ghost. Then the police turned up. The bag was taken away.

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We did not realise it was a baby until the police walked past me with

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a plastic bag. What have the police had to say? They say the girl as

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well. She was taken to hospital by ambulance, about three quarters of a

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mile away, and sniffer dogs were used to find a trace. But all they

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want to do is to help the mother. We have extensively searched the park,

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we have officers speaking to neighbours and local houses to try

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and find the mother. We do not know where she is at the moment and I

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would appeal to hard to come forward to the hospital, because we need

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hard to receive medical attention to make sure she is fit and well

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herself. Police say anyone with any information, however trivial should

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call 101, seeing the mother may actually need medical help. Thank

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you. Police have spent the afternoon

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searching around the Alcester area of Warwickshire looking for the

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prisoner Alan Giles. The 56`year`old absconded from Hewell Prison in

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Worcestershire on Monday, where he was serving two life sentences for

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kidnap and murder. The public are being warned not to approach him.

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A 23`year`old man pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court today to a

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charge of stirring up racial hatred. Christopher Philips, who used to be

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known as Darren Clifft, admitted posting videos online of him wearing

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a Ku Klux Klan costume and carrying out a mock hanging of a life`sized

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black doll. The Birmingham singer, Laura Umvula,

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has missed out on the prestigious Mercury Prize for the best album of

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the year. The 27`year`old from Kings Heath had been the favourite to win

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the award for her Top Ten album Sing to the Moon. But the prize went to

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singer James Blake for his album Overgrown.

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A young mother who had to have a hysterectomy following the birth of

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her first child says she's disgusted at receiving no apology from the

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hospital which treated her. Hayley Sanders from Birmingham has now been

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given a five figure settlement after lawyers claimed staff had failed on

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four occasions to spot that she'd got an infection. Laura May McMullan

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reports. Four`year`old Jayden loves playing

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with his young stepbrother. It's helped to complete the family that

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Hayley Sanders thought she'd never have. She gave birth to Jayden in

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2009 and was discharged from hospital, despite having a number of

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high temperature readings. Hospital staff failed to detect this was a

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sign of infection. I did not expect it to lead to that. I expected to be

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able to go home, see his first smile, laugh, first chuckle, and I

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never got to see any of that. I just saw hospital ward after award after

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award. `` after ward. Medical lawyers believe, if her

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symptoms had been acted on sooner, she could have been treated by

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antibiotics. As it was, Hayley became so ill she needed a

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hysterectomy. She was very traumatised, as you would expect,

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from what happened and has to live, not only with the psychological

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impact, but the physical impact, constant reminders that she cannot

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have children in the future. She were treated here at Hartland is

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hospital in Birmingham, which has agreed to pay a five figure sum,

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despite not agreeing liability in this case. `` Heartlands Hospital.

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In a statement, it said... Are you playing, Jayden? Miss

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Sanders says she hopes lessons have now been learned from her case.

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Private documents seen by the BBC reveal that Coventry City Council is

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stopping paying Christmas bonuses to its refuse workers. For the past

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three years, binmen have received a bonus for extra work carried out

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over the festive season. But now the council's taken legal advice about

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the payments, following concerns it might lead to claims from other

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staff under equal pay or sex discrimination rules. BBC Coventry

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and Warwickshire's political reporter Sian Grzeszczyk has been

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investigating. So how much were these bonuses worth? Binmen were

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paid ?100 each. ?15,000 was paid in 2010. According to this private

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report, it was the formally dub of Coventry City Council, a former bin

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man himself, who asked officers to start making these payments. This

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was as though he visited the depot in 2010 and was asked why one of the

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binmen, can we have a bonus for extra work done this Christmas? He

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said yes, but according to the report, went against the advice of

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officers warning against this plan, because there was a fear of the

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goodwill of the workforce would be lost. So the report says it was the

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decision of the previously do. It usefully to him? I did, and asked if

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he agreed with that version of events. He said he disagreed, that

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that is not how he remembered it, it was nothing like that. I spoke to

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the Conservative opposition leader at Coventry City Council, who told

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me he is very concerned. We will ask who knew what when. Apart from the

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counsellor, who gave the orders for this? Why did Council officers not

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insist that it was very much against legal advice? And therefore, they

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chose to pay it? We are very worried. Is there any concern this

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could cause problems over Christmas? The council is worried it

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might cause disruption, coming up with a contingency plan meaning they

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would spend even to ?5,000 on agency workers if there are any problems.

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They have told staff they will not be getting any bonuses. `` to spend

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?75,000 on agency workers. They say it is not worth risking legal action

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on this. Thank you. Well, you've been getting in touch

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with us with your views about whether the binmen should be paid a

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bonus. Linda thinks if the binmen get a

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bonus, the council would then have to give bonuses to "dinner ladies,

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cleaners and other council employees." While Donna says it's

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their job description to collect rubbish. "If the binmen refuse to

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collect rubbish over the Christmas period, then give their job to

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someone who is willing!" Now, China's Ambassador was in the

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Potteries today. His Excellency Liu Xiaoming visited Stoke on Trent to

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discuss business and investment opportunities. It was a chance to

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showcase some of the Midlands exports, as the UK's trade with

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China continues to grow. Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper

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met the Ambassador. In Spode's China Hall, the meeting

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of two ceramic empires. This was a visit highlighting links that are

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both cultural and industrial. In China, we have more resellers, in

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terms of materials and I think the labour force is more competitive,

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but I think Stoke`on`Trent has its own strength in terms of know`how,

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high technology, new technology, very complementary to each other.

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This gives young designers their first fitting... The Ambassador was

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shown round the Biennial exhibition here. It's a celebration of all

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things ceramic. As well as seeing the work of the new ceramic

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designers, the ambassador is also holding talks with established

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pottery companies. Churchill China is one company with links stretching

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back more than two centuries. Its factory in Stoke on Trent utilises

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very modern Chinese equipment. There are not a lot of people around here

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making this. We are deciding it, having it builds, then it was

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shipped back here and in sold `` and installed and we are making 4000 ``

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we are making 400,000 pieces per week. At the Potteries Museum, the

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Ambassador was shown precious artefacts from the Staffordshire

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Hoard. This was a chance to showcase not just the area's history, but its

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potential for future investment. One of the conversations we had today

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was with an engineering company that invests in power with China,

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hopefully all of this leading to investment and jobs. Stoke on

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Trent's past is marked by the entrepreneurial spirit of potters

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whose ware became internationally famous. It's hoped this visit will

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spark new enterprises to boost business.

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This is our top story tonight. Plans to recruit 550 police officers

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to the West Midlands force over the Plans to recruit 550 police officers

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to the West Midlands force over `` by 2016. Your detailed weather

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

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programme, a rugby resurgence. The challenge of rekindling the passion

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for the game of the seventies ahead of the World Cup.

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And join me in Stratford`upon`Avon where, for once, Shakespeare is

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taking a back seat as the town celebrates Halloween.

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Nearly 100 years on, the diaries have come to light of a First World

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War soldier recounting the horror of life and death in the trenches.

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Private Harold Drinkwater from Warwickshire fought with the

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so`called Birmingham "Pals" regiment and survived four years of

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slaughter. Never before published, they're being hailed as a unique and

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compelling account of the war it was said would end all wars. Giles

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Latcham has been read ing them. Outside, the error was livid as

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shrapnel was bursting. Come and gone in an instant... I took him into a

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shelter, but he was going fast, his leg practically blown off. I stayed

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with him until the end and saw him going West. The recruiting Sergeant

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said he was half an inch too short. But Harold Drinkwater wasn't easily

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deterred. He found his way to the western front with the 15th

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Warwickshire's, the Birmingham Pals, and he lived to tell the tale, day

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by day, in his diaries. She wanted to join, was a volunteer. He went

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into the trenches in 1915 and ensure years of warfare. `` she wanted to

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join. He came out with a gallantry award and survived, a real survivor,

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that came through to me. The original pencil handwritten

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diaries, written among the blood and mess of the trenches. A retired

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Birmingham businessman bought the diaries at an auction 30 years ago

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and quickly realised their author was a man out of the ordinary. He is

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as tough as nails and change through every page of the diary, that he is

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not going to be beaten, come what may, he will not be beaten. Harold

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Drinkwater was born here in Stratford upon Avon in 1889, one of

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five children of a well`to`do boot maker. He was educated at the same

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school as Shakespeare. Maybe it was here that he learned to tell a

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story. And what a story it is. I tumbled into the trenches myself,

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almost on top of the man lying on top of their Germans. This is not

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war, it is slaughter, snowman, however brave, can advance against

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shower of bullets. `` no man, however brave. It tells the story of

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men, since boyhood, going to work together.

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When they went into action, they would probably die together. Private

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Harold Drinkwater went on to become a civil servant, really speaking of

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the war that too many of his friends. Through his words, the war

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echoes back to us. Talks are to go ahead between the

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owners of Coventry City football club and Coventry Council over the

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future of the Ricoh Arena. The club's owner, Joy Seppala, has

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written to council leader Ann Lucas accepting the offer of a meeting.

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Coventry City moved out of the Ricoh in the summer in a row over rent.

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The arena is 50% owned by the council.

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Rugby lovers are hoping the World Cup will help restore Birmingham's

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reputation as a centre for the sport. Two matches in the 2015

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tournament will be staged at Villa Park. A conference was held there

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today to look at plans to increase the game's popularity. Nick

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Clitheroe reports. Rugby's greatest prize. The Webb

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Ellis Trophy. The World Cup was at Villa Park this morning, safely in

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the hands of Will Greenwood, one of England's winning side of 2003. In

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2015, this ground will stage two group matches in the next

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tournament. The challenge for Birmingham is to use that

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opportunity to raise the profile of rugby in the city. I think we have

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to work with the RDF view, getting that investment into Birmingham,

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building the facilities and investing coaches. `` work with the

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RFU. See this city not just in the top league of rugby, but have people

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from this city laying in the England team. So two years out from the

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tournament, hundreds of people who love the sport gathered this morning

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to discuss ways to share that passion with the wider population.

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There are views that the Asian community are not interested, but we

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found through working with schools that is not the case. We want

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everybody. Birmingham does have a fine rugby history. In the 1970s,

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Moseley were one of the best teams in the land. But they failed to cope

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with the sport's transformation to professionalism. After some

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difficult years, Moseley have been rebuilt as a community club.

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Planning permission has been granted for a new stand at their Billesley

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Common ground, but with extensive facilities for other sports too.

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Given that we are the second city, we should be able to generate more

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rugby in the city and build on such an assist `` build on such

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initiatives as the Rugby World Cup coming in the next few years and, by

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increasing participation, the community game, building new

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facilities that will help us move that former. `` move that former.

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There's certainly still a demand. Moseley have 17 teams from the first

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15 to the amateurs of Moseley Oak. But if Birmingham wants to become a

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true rugby city once again, then that World Cup legacy cannot be

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wasted. Now in case you hadn't noticed, it's

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31st October. Halloween! You would think with the Shakespeare

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connections and the beautiful Warwickshire countryside, businesses

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in Stratford upon Avon wouldn't need to do anymore to draw visitors. But

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they've been embracing the Halloween spirit, with a festival which has

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actually lasted for the whole of this month. Ben Sidwell's in

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Stratford for us now. So are ghosts big business? I tell you what,

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Halloween is big business. We spent ?12 million net in 2001. We are

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expected to spend this year, the third biggest event behind Christmas

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and Easter. Festival is the longest anywhere in the country, funded, run

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and organised by local businesses. Let me speak to the organiser Dave

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Matthews. Why do it? You have Shakespeare's here. There is more to

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Stratford than Shakespeare. It is a quiet time, the main to this season

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over, 1000 people will come to Stratford for the Halloween

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festival, massive business for the town! Was is it about Halloween,

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that aims to have only taken off in the last few years? I think it is

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back to basics. We have had programmes like Great British Bake

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Off, and this is about getting together, doing things as a family.

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Ticket sales for things like walking here, ?400,000. 100,000 visitors. We

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are talking about 14,000 tickets just for the pumpkin father. All of

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its funded and supported by independent businesses. Not just

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things going bump in the night, not what it is all about? No, this is

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very much an art festival. There are performances such as Phantom of the

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Opera. We have storytelling, arts programmes, face painting, all sorts

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of things for the family. It is getting dark, but the night is young

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in Halloween terms. If you are stalling across the streets of

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Stratford, watch out, because you are night `` you are never quite

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sure few you will meet. True indeed. Thank you.

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Last day of October. Earlier in the week, Shefali was warning us it

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could be a very wet start to November. Still the case?

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It is, but we hope not to see a repeat of the stormy conditions that

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we saw in the south of the country. As far as the Midlands go, it does

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not look like anything major, but if you are out and about this evening,

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or have some Halloween parties planned outdoors, things could be

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worse. We are looking at some showers, but also quite cold, and

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with the cloud, temperatures not as low as previous nights. Tomorrow

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looks more menacing. We have low`pressure moving from the

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south`west. The heaviest rain will stay to the south of us, but still

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containing some heavy rain. The wind will be like. I pressure builds for

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Saturday, then the next system closing from the West. `` higher

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pressure builds. The key points for the weekend are starting off dry on

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Saturday, but Saturday will be the wettest of all, meaning that if you

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are holding any bonfires those could be affected. Quite windy, heavy

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showers, followed by gusty wind on Sunday. But this evening, some

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showers around, mainly confined to the north of the region. And as

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those die away, clear spells developing across parts of

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Staffordshire, temperatures could be low at seven Celsius. Otherwise

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quite cloudy tonight, temperatures down to 10 Celsius in the side.

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Towards the end of the night, the next system appealing in western

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fringes, not going until tomorrow morning. Driver the eastern half of

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the region, then rain moves in from the west, stretching across all

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parts by the end of the day. Tomorrow will be wet, fairly heavy

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rain across the north, but light to moderate elsewhere. Temperatures

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rising to about 12`13dC, but with light winds. That is something, at

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least. Tonight's headlines from the BBC. A

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day of revelations at the hacking trial. From a secret affair to

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intercepting the voice mails of rival journalists.

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And plans to recruit 550 police officers to the West Midlands force

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over the next two years. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at ten o'clock with the latest on the search for the mother of a

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baby abandoned in a public park. Hope you can join me then. Have a

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good Planet Earth - it's unique.

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It has life. To understand why, we're going to

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build a planet...up there.

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