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That is all from the BBC News at Six. Goodbye.

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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Tens of

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thousands mark Armistice Day across the region. Among them the last

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surviving widow of a serviceman from the First World War. I have done

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something today that I feel was worthwhile. And we'll be talking to

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Worcestershire veterans who've made a film about their experiences in

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World War Two, entitled We Did Our Bit. Also tonight: Why the Stratford

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MP who's admitted making a mistake with his expenses, is being urged to

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make a donation to charity. Five months in prison for the man

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who was caught red`handed trying to strangle his neighbour's cat.

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The Tamworth goal that beat League Two Cheltenham and fired the dream

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of another scintillating cup run. And the sunshine's been glorious

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while the rain's been intense. Throw in some frosty nights and you've got

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some weather worthy of attention. I'll be here with your forecast

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later. Good evening, on the eve of a huge

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commemoration that'll mark the centenary of the start of the First

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World War. That approaching landmark has seen a surge of respect among

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all generations for those who lost their lives in war. Armistice Day,

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as opposed to the nearest Sunday to the 11th of November, was first

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observed in 1919 following a suggestion by an Australian

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journalist. And it's remembered at 11 o'clock, as many will know,

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because that's the time the guns fell silent on the Western Front.

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The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. But a town in

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Warwickshire is thought to have the most continuous record of

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remembrance ` 92 years ` and that's where we sent our reporter Ben

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Sidwell for the first of two reports on tonight's Midlands Today.

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It is the town that will never forget.

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At 11 o'clock on the 11th of November, Bedworth fell silent just

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as it has for the last 92 years. This is what we are renowned for.

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Bedworth was the only one at one time that did armistice arrayed on

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the 11th of the 11th. Despite the appalling weather, around 3000

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people took to the streets to remember those who made the ultimate

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sacrifice. The people are lovely here and they want to remember.

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People, from miles around and they have been doing it every year. We

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are proud of it. At the National Memorial Arboretum in

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Staffordshire, the tributes were led by 93`year`old Dorothy Ellis, the

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last surviving was for widow. Her husband's story inspired the book

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warhorse. I have done something today that I feel was worthwhile.

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For Carol Valentine the town's parade has added emotion. Our son

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was killed in Afghanistan in 2009. They always used to tell them about

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the armistice parade. His regiment came to attend the parade in his

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memory. As the veterans marched through the town, approvals broke

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out among the crowd. Here those who lost their lives for their country

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will always be remembered. Elsewhere in the region, World War Two

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veterans were at the screening of a film featuring their own stories of

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horror and heroics. The film called We Did Our Bit is being distributed

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to schools, colleges and community groups. Cath Mackie reports.

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When your own guns firing, that shakes the ship up. For 11 minutes,

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the audience at The Hive in Wester were taken back to a time of courage

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and terror. 11 that trends from the Second World War tell their stories

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in the film. German planes were coming from North Africa which were

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still in their hands and also from Sicily. We were attacked

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constantly. Jack joined the Navy age 16. You could join the Navy in those

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days at 40. Some of them did six months training. `` 14. A lot of

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them were killed. Especially the ones early in the war. The noise was

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horrific. Bill Bowkett was part of the day on the Normandy beaches. I

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lay there on the beach and thought, I am 18 in a couple of days time.

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The film ended at 11 o'clock, a time for reflection. Some of the boys my

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own age got killed, got wounded and I never saw them again. A time for

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reflection also for today's soldiers. Jamie spent Remembrance

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Day in Afghanistan last year, this year he is raising money for the

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British Legion. We are doing it for them. It could be us one day. It is

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a great honour. So many people are aware of it now. 400 copies of the

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veterans film are now available for schools and community groups, for

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the stories of sacrifice to live on in the minds of future generations.

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Coming up later in the programme: Lifting the lid on the secrets held

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inside a Roman coffin found in Warwickshire.

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There's mounting pressure tonight on the Conservative MP for

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Stratford`on`Avon, Nadhim Zahawi, who's admitted mistakenly claiming

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nearly ?6,000 for heating bills. Mr Zahawi says he's 'mortified' by the

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error. He's made an unconditional apology and referred himself to the

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Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority who'll supervise his

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repayment of the money. Our political editor Patrick Burns is

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here with us now. It's quite complicated, Patrick. Remind us how

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it's unfolded. The story first broke just over a week ago when the Sunday

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Mirror revealed that Mr is how we's claims for energy were far higher

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than those of any other MP. He explained that they also referred

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back to you a billing period for last year and he says the sums

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involved were less than he had been claiming for the rant of a flat in

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Stratford before he bought the house in question. During the course of

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this past weekend as the Sunday Mirror were preparing a follow`up

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story, Mr Zahawi issued his unconditional apology. He said he

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had been mortified by the mistake to discover the bills in question had

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not just spin for the heating of his home but also his stables and for a

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mobile home. What has been the reaction in his constituency? He

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said he had been humbled by how many expressions of support from complete

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strangers. But according to Labour, they say he has lost the trust of

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his constituents, local Labour councillors are supporting a

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campaign called shame on you, Mr Zahawi, and they are urging him to

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donate ?10,000 to age UK. He has referred himself to the

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Parliamentary standards authority. Is he under investigation? The

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authorities say they are conducting preliminary assessments but it is

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bound to revive all those memories of notorious MPs expenses scandals

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from the not too distant past. A man's been jailed for 20 weeks for

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trying to kill his neighbour's cat. 53`year`old Karl Dyke tried to hang

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the cat in the shed at his home in Hereford. He admitted causing

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unnecessary suffering to an animal but denied he wanted the cat to die.

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Holly Lewis reports. Karl Dyke was caught red`handed

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trying to hang his neighbour 's cat in July this year. Mike and Tracey

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Lawrence were at home with their children when Tracy saw Karl Dyke

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carry their cat to the shed in his garden. They found him dangling the

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cat from a home`made noose. I was the last person he was expecting at

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that door and when he realised he had been caught in the act, it was

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just the look on his face. It was incredible. Karl Dyke had put a rope

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on the cat's neck. He claimed he was teaching the cat a lesson for

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soiling his garden but Hereford magistrates Fountain guilty of

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attempting to kill an animal. During sentencing, it was said the offence

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was so severe that only a custodial sentence would suffice. He wilfully

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tortured and intended to kill his neighbour 's cat. He was ordered to

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pay ?250 compensation to the Lawrence family, court costs and he

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was banned from keeping animals for five years. This case had a massive

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impact on the family. They were really traumatised so getting a

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strong sentence is a victory for them. A 20 year prison sentence, a

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ban on owning animals, it is good. Karl Dyke has now moved. Apart from

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being timid, the Lawrence cap has suffered no adverse effects from her

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own appeal. `` ordeal. Police officers in the West Midlands may no

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longer be forced to retire after 30 years service. The A19 pension

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regulation was controversial, with some officers retiring against their

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will. However, today, the chief constable has announced a review.

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Our reporter Giles Latcham joins us now from outside police headquarters

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in the centre of Birmingham, Giles, what's brought this about? This has

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been a difficult and painful chapter. The chief constable would

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say that forcing them to retire was forced upon him by the government

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cutting his funding by 20%, but the police are saying they met their

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target for savings earlier than anticipated. 559 officers have gone

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under this measure but another 779 have gone for a whole variety of

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reasons, they had seen the writing on the wall. What has been the

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reaction? The police officers union have welcomed the end of the scheme.

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They say those left behind have been put under greater workloads and

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stress. The police and crime commission concedes that the loss of

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all those officers has had an effect. The decision to lose people

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has meant we have lost a considerable number of experienced

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and capable officers. So when will a decision be made on what happens

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next? There will be a meeting in early December. The challenge will

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then be for the police to recruit 450 new officers and within that, to

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recruit successfully from ethnic minorities because critics say it

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does not represent the communities it seeks to serve. The lid has been

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lifted for the first time today on a coffin believed to date from Roman

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times. It was found by metal detectorists

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in a field near Atherstone in Warwickshire last month. Our cameras

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were there to capture the moment, as Liz Copper reports.

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Revealing a piece of Roman history. It is a delicate operation preparing

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the coffin for scientific testing. It was found by two friends using

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metal detectors in a field in the Warwickshire border. It is such an

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unusual find. There was an underlying excitement as to what

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this might tell us. We hope to get an insight into burial rites and

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customs of a child buried in the Roman period. We will get an insight

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into the environment of the time and we hope to be able to bring back to

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life this child. It will take two days to take samples for the

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scientist to analyse. This Coughlan may have been hidden for 1600 years

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but tests will reveal a staggering amount of detail. They will reveal

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much about closing, and drugs used in Roman Britain. The results are

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likely to offer new and fascinating insights into our Roman heritage.

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Work excavating the contents came to a stop today after experts made an

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unexpected find. They are uncovered a child's jet bracelet which would

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make the burial even rarer than over surely thought. Archaeologists now

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think it is more likely there are more items inside.

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Our top story tonight: Tens of thousands across the region fall

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silent on Armistice Day ` among them the last surviving widow from the

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First World War. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly. Also in tonight's programme: The

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dream of another exhilarating cup run is on for Tamworth fans after

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they beat League Two side Cheltenham at the weekend.

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And children flocking to see and hear the acclaimed author who wrote

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Warhorse. If you have a story you think we

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should be covering on Midlands Today, we'd like to hear from you.

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You can call us or send an email. We are also on Facebook or you can

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tweet us. We're building up to a big

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fundraising night here at the BBC ` Children in Need is on TV, radio and

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online this Friday. The money raised goes to help children right across

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the world ` and also helps many projects here in the Midlands. It's

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a terrible statistic that a quarter of all young people in Britain will

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witness violence between adults in their own home. And that has a

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damaging effect on children growing up. Joan Cummins has been hearing

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about a scheme in Hereford which shows youngsters that domestic

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violence is never excusable. More than one in ten children under

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the age of 11 have experienced domestic abuse in the home. Studies

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show that often the emotional experience can leave youngsters are

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vulnerable. Natasha needed help years after her mother was attacked.

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He pushed her and she hit her head on our banister and fell to the

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floor. I rang an ambulance. I was scared. In Hereford and Worcester,

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the crush project funded by children in need has helped more than 300

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children this year, and recognise the warning signs of domestic abuse.

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Chloe says living with domestic abuse left her feeling isolated and

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alone. I cried a lot and I didn't talk to my friends because their

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families seemed normal and I thought they would not understand. It made

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me feel lonely and I felt down all the time. First loves and teenage

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relationships can also turn abusive. Every relationship needs trust, you

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need to have respect for each other and you need to be happy. Crush

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rebuild the confidence of people like Helen and Kim. It is a relief

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off your shoulders and you are happy once you are done. It is a long

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process to recover but you will be so grateful you did it. I will not

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get myself into anything like that again. It destroys you as a person.

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It is estimated that domestic abuse costs the state billions of pounds

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every year. Here in the Midlands, projects like Rush are helping to

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make a difference in children's lives.

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More stories of the help Children in Need is giving children in the

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Midlands, in the programme all this week. If you want to fundraise, or

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make your own donation, there's a lot more information online, on

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Facebook and there's even a Pudsey app. We'll be giving out a phone

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line later in the week. Time for sport now and plenty to get excited

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about in the FA Cup. Here's Dan. Tonight, in the FA Cup, Port Vale

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travel to Gloucestershire hoping to avoid the embarrassment of being

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knocked out by short wood United, the smallest club left in the

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competition. Three of our non`league teams are safely through, including

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Tamworth who've got another home draw in round two. Ian Winter

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reports from Staffordshire. Peach boots, electric blue boots, it

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is a rainbow of coloured boots as Tamworth march one step closer to

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the road to Wembley. Tomorrow night they are back to earth with a bump

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in their battle to avoid relegation from the conference. On Saturday

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they were on form and one goal was enough to beat Cheltenham. Scored by

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Nick Chadwick, on loan from Plymouth. Restore city at home in

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the next round. Yes. We were asking for a home side and we got that.

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Don't come any bigger than Bristol city. You will still be here for the

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Bristol city game? Yes. Hopefully the FA Cup will be a good omen for

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me while I am here. Tamworth are not our only non`league team through

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to. On Friday Elliot Durrell told us he was confident of scoring against

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Crawley and he kept his promise with a penalty. But they lost 2`1. Four `

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one was also a popular school for Kidderminster Harriers. And Craig

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Westcarr grabbed hold for Walsall as they beat Shrewsbury. Final word on

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Tamworth who kept a clean sheet on Saturday thanks to goalkeeper

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Cameron Belford. The talking points in the Premier

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League were two controversial injury time penalties. West Bromwich Albion

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were on course for their league first win at Chelsea in 35 years

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before referee Andre Marriner awarded a penalty for this challenge

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by Stephen Reid. It allowed Chelsea to draw 2`all. But Stoke were

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grateful to get a late penalty and a 3`all draw at Swansea. Referee

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Robert Madley spotted a handball. I'm not sure everyone saw it though.

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No I think most Stoke fans would agree they were a bit lucky to get

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the penalty and a point. As for Albion well understandably

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furious. No such problems for Villa and Blues this weekend. No Villa

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scored their first goals in seven and a half hours in beating Cardiff

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City 2`nil. Leandro Bacuna's spectacular free`kick ended the

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drought. Birmingham City got a valuable 3`1 win at Huddersfield to

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climb out of the Championship's bottom three. The only sour note was

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Kyle Bartley being sent off for his goal celebration. Slightly harsh.

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That was harsh! Thank you. Fewer children are reading in their

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own time. That's the finding from a recent report into literacy across

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the UK. Well this weekend, over a thousand young people gathered in

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Birmingham to take part in the Festival of Children's Literature.

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It was organised by a deputy head and a school librarian. But can

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events like this really make a difference? Our Arts Reporter Satnam

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Rana has been finding out. Music, literature and illustration

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inspired by the book the sword in the stone and the concert suite that

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accompanies it. These young bookworms are part of the Federation

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of children's book groups which promotes reading and this was one of

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many workshops. Reading is part of everyday life and if you cannot

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read, it is something that is really key to how life works. It has helped

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me boost my confidence. Reading comes up in everyday life and opens

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your mind into different stories. The National literacy trust reported

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that one in five children are embarrassed to be seen with a book

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so can a festival like this make a difference? I can give you evidence

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from headteachers who say getting young people to meet the author, go

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back to school and do further works on the books. Author I've got more

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poco is there to bring his new book to life. He is passionate about

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children's literacy. You cannot expect children to grow up with a

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love of literacy if the temples of literature are being closed down in

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your community. It is a mixed message so that needs to be stopped,

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you need to follow the example of the Brummies. As books here are

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brought to life here, it is thought children will follow through with an

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enthusiasm for reading. I got drenched again this morning. I

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should listen to the weather forecast. You really should but with

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it being quite changeable, it is worth keeping a brolly just in case.

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A lot milder today which probably made the rain more bearable but by

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tomorrow, it will turn a lot colder and with that, we will see mixture

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of dry and wet weather. More detail on to that ` this was the warm front

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that gave us the rain this morning but this will be the cold front that

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keeps that rain coming tonight and introduces colder conditions

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tomorrow. High pressure will dip in and out this week and that will give

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us calmer conditions for the night. It will not be until Wednesday

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night, into Thursday that we see the next band of wet weather. A cold

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front keeping the rain gobbling right now. This will nudge into

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north`western parts of the region. That rain will start to cross the

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region later on tonight. It should start to die out and it will be a

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dry end to the night with temperatures down to 9`10dC. We have

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clearer skies developing in the north, so by the morning, for the

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north of the region, a good deal of sunshine there. The sunshine will

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spread further southwards through the afternoon. Temperatures will be

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slightly lower tomorrow, between 10`12 Celsius. Those values will

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drop drastically through tomorrow night at under clear skies. Lows of

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around one `to Celsius in towns and cities. Colder than that in the

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countryside. It could be cold enough for not only ground frost but a

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touch of air frost as well. You will be greeted by that on Wednesday.

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Wednesday itself will be a very chilly start to the date but lots of

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sunshine. Fairly decent on Thursday but there is rain in between.

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Tonight headlines: Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan ` the Philippines

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declares a state of emergency with more than 10,000 people killed.

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Actas of remembrance have taken place around the country.

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Veterans from Worcestershire watch a screening of a film be made about

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their contribution in World War II. And a man from Cheltenham completes

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the first ever marathon swim from one end of Britain to another.

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