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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Patients in

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danger ` the hospital which failed to give insulin to a diabetic

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patient. We ask why a rising number of

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diabetes sufferers routinely miss some of their medication whilst in

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hospital. Also tonight: Baby Jade, named after the dog who found her

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abandoned in a park, police urge her mother to get in touch.

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We will continue to search for the mother.

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Time for your close up. The mysterious world of our waterways

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uncovered with fishcam. Treading the footsteps of the Peaky

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Blinders, a tour following the success of the BBC drama.

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Well we've got bonfires and Diwali this weekend but will those

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fireworks go off with a bang, or will the weather make it more of a

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damp squib? Find out later. Good evening. A diabetic patient in

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Shropshire nearly died after hospital staff failed to give her

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insulin. It follows the deaths of two other diabetics in Midlands

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hospitals since 2007. In this country, three million people are

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living with diabetes and almost a million more have the condition, but

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are undiagnosed. The charity, Diabetes UK, claims 40 per cent of

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sufferers experience at least one mistake in their medication whenever

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they're in hospital. Here's our health correspondent, Michele

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Paduano. Margaret Thorpe can't speak up for

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herself. She has dementia. She also has an attentive husband so when she

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was admitted at midnight to the Royal Shrewsbury hospital last

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month, he gave her insulin details to the Dr. 16 hours later, he asked

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a nurse on the ward about her insulin. He says staff there were

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unaware. When Margaret was tested her blood sugar was high. If we had

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not picked it up that afternoon market would have gone into a coma.

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`` maggots would have gone into a coma stop `` Margaret would have

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gone into a coma. The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital claims

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the Dr informed the ward that she required insulin but not how much.

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Mr Thorpe claims the details were on the ward.

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There have been two high profile cases in the last six years where

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diabetic patients have died in similar circumstances.

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The family of 55`year`old Margaret Pitt received a large pay`out

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because in 2010 the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch failed to

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monitor her. And three years earlier, Ron Street lost his friend,

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Gill Astbury after Stafford Hospital neglected to give her insulin. He's

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stunned it could happen again. Needless loss of life. Something has

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to be done to stop this sort of thing happening. A survey carried

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out last year shows how dangerous it can be for diabetics. 20% of all

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patients had an episode of low blood sugar. 40% had at least one

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medication error. I want to avoid this happening again to someone

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else. I am concerned that next time it would be a fatality.

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I'm joined now by Ken Taylor, a consultant and diabetes specialist.

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How much of a cause for concern should these incidents be for

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diabetic patients? They are a major cause of concern

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for us all. Diabetics want to have confidence when they go into

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hospital but they will be properly looked after. Up to 20% of the

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inpatients and English hospitals have diabetes. A survey recently

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showed that figure was 27%. The difference is with the ethnic mix of

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the population. You think it would be easy to put a note on that the

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patient is diabetic. What is going wrong which are there is an

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initiative to get all staff asking the question could this person have

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diabetes. There are some problems. There is a feeling these days within

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management circles that diabetes can be entirely managed in primary care.

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Consequently, with the pressures on finances in the NHS, it has led to

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diabetes specialist nurses not being replaced when they are leaving.

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Given the fact that money is tight and staff numbers are a challenge

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what can be done to prevent diabetic patients dying? The plan is to have

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a diabetes champion on every ward. This is a qualified nurse would not

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be an expert in diabetes, but would have some training and know the

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importance of administering insulin to a patient that has had something

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to eat and checking the blood glucose and if she felt things were

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getting out of control contacting the diabetes. That needs to be

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implemented in every inpatient ward in every hospital in the country.

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Coming up later in the programme: More than just Two Tone, celebrating

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Coventry's music heritage in a new museum.

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The newborn baby abandoned in a Birmingham park yesterday has been

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called Jade ` after the Alsatian dog which found her. But there's still

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no sign of her mother and police have again asked for her to come

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forward. Sarah Falkland is outside Police HQ for us tonight. Sarah what

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can you tell us about Jade tonight? She is in hospital. She is getting

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round the clock care. She is very healthy. She was found yesterday

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afternoon by this dog called Jade who literally sniffed her out in

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that park yesterday. The owner then found the baby wrapped in a towel in

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a plastic bag. If the baby had been left for an hour or two longer. Us

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see the consequences could have been brutal. `` Doctors say the

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consequences could have been fatal. We think the baby was therefore less

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than 30 minutes. That gives us an area we can look for us to where the

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pregnancy might have happened and the Labour might have happened.

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Anyone who has any information please come forward. What else have

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the police had to say? They are carrying out DNA checks on the towel

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and the bag. That'll only leads to people if they have a criminal

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record. If you saw our bag like this please get in touch. They have also

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renewed calls for the mother of Jade to get in touch and seek medical

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help. It is a sign of society today. Just come forward. I feel sorry for

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the girl. Whatever has happened has happened. Face it. In cases of

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abandoned a Beasley is the mothers do eventually come forward, it just

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takes a bit of time. `` in cases of abandoned the fees than mothers do

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eventually come forward. A former Labour councillor's been

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jailed for 16 months for fraudulently taking ?10,000 of party

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funds. Andy Lilley was the Treasurer of Stoke on Trent MP Tristram Hunt's

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constituency party. Sentencing him, the judge said he had no alternative

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but to send him to jail because, "a clear message has to be sent out."

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Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper was in court.

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Andy Lilley, a man who the court heard had, "betrayed the trust and

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confidence" of the political party he'd been a member of." He pleaded

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guilty to one count of fraud and one of false accounting. He'd

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transferred ?10,000 of Labour party funds to his own accounts.

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The fraud was taking place during the General Election campaign, when

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Tristram Hunt was elected to the Stoke Central seat. Tonight Dr Hunt

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has said he's, "very satisfied that justice has been done in this

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unpleasant and unfortunate case. " A former leader of Stoke on Trent City

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Council says attempts were made at a constituency party meeting to report

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the wrongdoing. The constituency Labour Party became

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aware of these thefts in February 2000 and ten at the Labour Party

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nationally were made aware of it. The Labour Party says it did not

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discover the fraud until this year. In his defence he was described as a

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broken man. Sentencing Andy Lilley the judge said a clear message had

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to be sent out. A senior Liberal Democrat has called

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for an end to the vertical mixed messages on HS2.

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Here is our Political Editor. Does this suggest that things have

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changed around the dynamics of HS2? Ministers are now emboldened to

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press ahead with this. We would be letting down the people

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of the West Midlands and letting down industry if we were to reject

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HS2. It is so important. We need to redistribute that balance. It is not

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all about London. It is about the Midlands and the North of England.

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We have got to bring prosperity to those areas.

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HS2 continues to divide opinion. I was talking to a Green Party

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councillor who feels the direction of travel as far as investment is

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concerned is the other way round. She feels it. Investment away from

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this area towards the capital. With detailed legislation due next

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year how do you assess the political prospects?

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This book has reinforced the consensus at the top of British

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optics. It reinforces the view that extent to which Parliament is out of

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touch according to opponents. The debate will probably move

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towards compensation payments. They will be more on this and much else

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decides in the Sunday Politics this weekend.

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Rivers are a vital part of the Midlands landscape, but how much do

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we know about what goes on under the surface? The Environment Agency is

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using special underwater cameras linked to computers to track fish up

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and down rivers in the Midlands. And as our Environment Correspondent

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David Gregory`Kumar discovered, they're providing new information

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about a previously mysterious world. A swirl of minnows, perch and dace

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in the evening. Even a predatory pike. And all swimming up hill and

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over a weir. All thanks to an ingenious solution to manmade

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obstacles like weirs ` the fishpass. You have got the two ball at either

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side. Then there are battles. That slows the watered`down to allow the

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fresh to move down. But this fishpass is rather special.

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To check it's working the Environment Agency have installed a

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fishcam. It tells us about the species. It tells us how many fish

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are passing up and down through the past. We can make that data such as

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temperature and flow so we can get an idea of migration behaviour.

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You might think a river looks empty but thanks to the camera we can see

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it's teeming with life ` perch, dace, pike and minnows passing

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through. And even an otter. That was the best day at work ever. That sort

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of prodigious not been seen before. It was really exciting to see it.

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Fish needs to move upstream to breed and defeat. They also need to escape

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pollution. Of course there's plenty of work to

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keep all this technology clean and working underwater for a year. But

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the result provides huge amounts of new information on our rivers.

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And David's here with us now, how hard is it for our fish to move up

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and down our rivers? It's really hard although it is

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getting better. There are thousands of manmade obstacles all over our

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rivers. Making life hard for fish. It's not just the famous species

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like salmon and eels that need to move up big rivers like the Severn.

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Freshwater fish migrate too. So if you can't remove a weir then putting

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in a fish pass is often the answer to increasing this movement. And

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although they look simple there's a lot of design involved with a fish

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pass, the slope involved, the shape of the entrance. And that's why the

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camera is so useful because it allows us to make sure we've got it

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right. As we saw the whole system doesn't just produce this video. It

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also counts the fish going up and down. And the Environment Agency can

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use computer software to work out the likely weight of the fish

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passing through. It also catches some nice behaviour, this pike is

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actually probably using the camera tunnel as cover for its hunting.

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Which seems to work since not long after it's back this time it has an

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unlucky perch in its mouth. Now this weekend could be a really

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good one to see our most spectacular migratory fish making their way

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upriver ` the salmon. Although they will use a fish pass they will still

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try the more dramatic way to get over a weir first. Salmon love dull

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grey skies with a falling flood water level. As the visibility

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improves within the water the salmon begin to jump ` which means this

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weekend should be ideal. Tewkesbury, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Worcester all

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have weirs where you have a good chance of seeing some action. We've

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put the exact locations and more information online at

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facebook.com/midlandstoday. This is our top story tonight:

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Patients in danger ` the hospital which failed to give insulin to a

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diabetic patient. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly with Rebecca. Also in tonight's programme: Suffering from

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a severe bout of homesickness, how Villa are having more luck on the

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road. And following in the footsteps of

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the Peaky Blinders, a new tour of dramatic Digbeth.

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A new museum celebrating Coventry's music history opens this weekend. It

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tells the story of the city's success, from Frank Ifield to The

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Enemy and of course Two Tone. Ben Sidwell's at the museum now. There

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are flashing lights in this report. Ben, Coventry's really proud of its

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music isn't it? You might remember one of these

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booths. That's what this place is about.

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Let us speak to the man who has created this. Why have you done

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this? Coventry has a fantastic musical story to tell and now we

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have a place we can tell it. Liverpool goes on about the Beatles,

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but there are not many other places in this country that are as proud as

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Coventry of their musicians. So many people want to see where it

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all began. We have got lots of musical genres abusing this treaty.

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`` lots of musical genres and musical history here.

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What you make of it? It is brilliant. Jets can find out where

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it has all come from. It officially opens to the public on Sunday. It is

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well worth a look around. Dan's here with the sport and Villa

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on the road this weekend. So far this season they've won seven

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points away and only three points at home. No wonder Aston Villa aren't

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fazed by tomorrow's trip to West Ham. But many supporters are worried

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by their team's poor form at Villa Park. So Ian Winter met up with the

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boss, Paul Lambert at the club's open training session this week.

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The bald eagle has landed. National bird of the USA. It loves swooping

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on salmon. And is rarely seen at Villa Park. Likewise the vulture.

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Almost as rare as home victories in the top flight.

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Since Paul Lambert took charge, Villa have played 25 Premier League

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games in front of their own fans. They've won only six, they've drawn

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five, they've lost 14. And that's produced just 23 points from a

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possible 75. Villa park is not exactly a

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fortress. We have two gets the home form better. That is not rocket

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science. You are off to West Ham on Saturday. Another hard game.

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This week, thousands of Villa fans, most of them youngsters enjoying

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half`term, turned out to watch an open training session. And for many,

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it's no mystery why their favourite team is finding it so hard to win at

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home. I fancy as more away than we do that home. They are too nervous.

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We need the crowd on our side. They need to tighten up their defence and

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get more experience in the side. Give him until Christmas. There are

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lots of young players in the team as well. You need leaders to go out

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there and set an example. Tomorrow, Villa fly south in search

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of victory at West Ham. So Villa's home record not great but

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Britain's cyclists love racing at home and there's been early success

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at the World Cup in Manchester. Yes the men's sprint team including

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Staffordshire's Kian Emadi are through to the bronze medal race.

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They were third fastest in qualifying this afternoon and

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they'll race New Zealand this evening. And tomorrow Bromsgrove's

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Jess Varnish is in action. Most people remember Jess for being

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disqualified in the women's team sprint at London 2012 along with

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Victoria Pendleton. Well she's also missed most of this year with a back

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injury. But now she's back and tomorrow she races in the individual

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sprint. There's live coverage on the BBC via the Red Button this weekend.

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The brutal Birmingham gangs which inspired the hit BBC drama Peaky

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Blinders have now given rise to a new walking tour of the city. The

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walks run by community volunteers are looking to capitalise on the

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popularity of the series. Elizabeth Glinka reports.

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Peaky Blinders ` audiences loved the its dark cinematic style. And that's

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inspired Digbeth resident Rosie Pocklington to come up with a tour

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taking people to some of the sites that were once overrun with

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dangerous gangsters. This is the start of the tour. It was an

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incident at this pub that was reported in the press. Who were the

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Peaky Blinders? They had a particular way of tracing.

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The Peaky Blinders series set in the heart of Birmingham has been a hit

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with viewers pulling in 2.4 million viewers every week with much of the

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action taking place at the Garrison pub. Musician Danny Cannon, who can

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be heard singing in this scene, also advised the film makers on local

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details and says the drama has raised the city's profile. People

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were not aware of the fact that this was going on in Birmingham. It was

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going in Chicago and London. People knew about that. This series has

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shown people what it was like. This is how it was. Peaky Blinders has

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got people interested in this area and this period of history.

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The tours get underway this weekend ` and with the news that a second

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series has now been commissioned interest in Birmingham and its

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violent past looks set to rise. Elizabeth Glinka, BBC Midlands Today

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Birmingham. . If you've got a bonfire party to

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go to this weekend you'll be keen to know what the weather is going to be

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like. Rebecca has the forecast. know what the weather

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It is not the optimum weather to be heading out to a firework display.

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Plenty of rain. Wet and windy this weekend. Strong winds to contend

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with tomorrow. But conditions will be better I Sunday. This blanket of

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cloud has been sitting over us today. A band of rain in the centre

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of the region. Battles they met us until tomorrow morning. We could see

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20 millimetres of rainfall by tomorrow. That is helping

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temperatures overnight. It will be a dull, damp start to Saturday. Then

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we had low pressure. Rain through the day tomorrow. It will feel cold

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with the wind. Gasps of up to 40 mph tomorrow night. It will be wet

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overnight. Most of the rain will be confined to the North of the

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Midlands. Further South it will create up. Temperatures will fall

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away. A cold start to Sunday, but a much better day. The Sun will come

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out at times. There will be the odd shower here and there. It is staying

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settled three to Monday. The rain is backed by Tuesday.

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settled three to Monday. The Tonight's headlines from the BBC:

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The biggest reform to GCSE's in England for a generation ` starting

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with Maths and English. Patients in danger ` the hospital

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which failed to give a diabetic patient insulin.

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Congratulations to BBC Coventry and Warwickshire which won an award for

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their campaign following job`seekers.

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That was the Midlands Today. We'll be back at ten o'clock. Have a great

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evening. Goodbye.

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