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there are major concerns about the spread of disease. That is all from

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us. Hello and welcome to Midlands Today.

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The headlines tonight: The true cost of stolen livestock, with lamb

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prices on the up sheep rustling is now big business.

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If they steal ten sheep, they have saved ?800, that is why they do it.

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We hear how eating meat from stolen sheep could be dangerous.

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Also tonight: Feeling the impact of Typhoon Haiyan in the Midlands ` the

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Filipino community looking for ways to help. These people leave in

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classrooms, in halls and we will try to make them as comfortable as we

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can. This magnificent car made entirely

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in the Black Country ` find out why it will never take to our roads.

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The actress who's swapped Coronation Street for treading the boards in

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her own theatre group in the Potteries. It has been a beautiful

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day but that means it is a cold night on the way and it is time to

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get scraping those cars. A full forecast later.

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Good evening. There's been a huge increase in livestock rustling as

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the price of meat, in particular lamb, has hit record highs. Last

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year, around 70,000 sheep were stolen across the UK and that number

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is expected to rise. The cost to farmers is around ?6 million and

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that of course feeds through to us, as consumers. With top quality lamb

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selling at up to ?12 a kilo in the shops, it's not hard to see the

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attraction for thieves. But as our Rural Affairs Correspondent David

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Gregory`Kumar has been finding out, meat from stolen sheep could prove

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dangerous to eat. On police patrol in Shropshire

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looking for livestock rustlers. While general farm theft including

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the stealing of agricultural machinery is down, livestock theft

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is on the up. Commercial vehicles found near a gate where `` Gateway,

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we will find out if the vehicle has a legitimate purpose and find out

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what they are doing. A vehicle parked at a Gateway has explaining

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to do. A legitimate butchers like this one in Wolverhampton knows

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exactly where their meat has come from. Each of the lambs we buy has

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the Staffordshire not on it and that gives us the origin. But they also

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know why livestock theft is increasingly grew quickly. To cattle

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bought last week cost us over ?2000. If they steal ten sheep they have

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saved ?800. That is why they do it. This farm has been targeted three

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times now, losing over 140 animals but for the farmer it is not just

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about the money. I worry how they are being slaughtered. We try to

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look after them to the best of our ability when they are here with us.

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Where do they end up, how are they killed? I do not know. I am worried

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I will be targeted again. Why shouldn't they? They have been here

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three times, why can't they come again? At night it drives my wife

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and I mad. They could be back. I hope they don't. This is not just

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about crime or animal welfare. Meat from stolen animals could be

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dangerous. Farmers use powerful drugs to treat their animals but

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they know not to sell them when the drugs are in their system. With

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stolen sheep you have no guarantee of that. There is the possibility

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this meat is unfit for human consumption. Livestock theft is a

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police priority and a growing worry for our farmers.

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And David's here with me in the studio. David, we saw Mr Williams

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padlocking his gates at the end of your report, is there much else he

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can do to protect his livelihood? Farmers and the police are looking

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at cameras like this. They are weatherproof, remote cameras

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triggered by people moving in front of them. You can try to catch people

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in the act. What about the sheep themselves, is there any more that

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can be done to identify them? Sheep on Mr Williams farm have a big green

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stamp on their back. They do have two tags but they are easy to

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remove. There was talk of chipping but the chips move around under the

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skin of sheep. Now they are talking about retinal scanning of the sheep

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or even GPS tracking, putting a tracker on one animal in the flock.

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Where do the sheep go? Probably in the food chain, that is the big

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worry so even the catering trade. For farmers the big concern is he

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has had lands stolen. They are very young, too young to go for slaughter

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so it is likely they are going to other farmers. For someone like Mr

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Williams, the thought other farmers are involved, they find that quite

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upsetting. Coming up later in the programme:

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Throwing down a challenge ` how Walsall has become a centre aiming

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for Olympic judo medals. As an international appeal is

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launched to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, Filipinos living in

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this region are doing what they can to help. Hundreds of thousands are

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in desperate need of food, water and shelter after the massive storm last

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Friday. At least 10,000 people are thought to have been killed. Cath

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Mackie reports. In recent years, Filipino nurses

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have helped keep the NHS running. 200 work for the University 's

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hospitals Birmingham trust and many are learning if their families and

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friends have survived one of the worst storms in history. My heart is

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crying. I friends in Tacloban. After days of no use, Waterloo Martinez

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was told his mother were safe. They are struggling with food a bit

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because some of the roads are still blocked with the fallen trees. There

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was no electricity at all. The UN is calling the situation absolutely

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desperate. At least 10,000 are dead and hundreds of thousands have been

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made homeless. The West Midlands is home to one of the largest Filipino

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populations in the country and seeing these desperate images of

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their homeland is stirring many to action. Filipinos in Birmingham are

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now coordinating a national campaign. Doreen Mooney was

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contacted by Downing Street to see how they could help. We need

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nonperishable food because these people live in classrooms, in halls

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and we will try to make them as comfortable as the card. Sheets,

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towels, those kinds of things, even toys. We need volunteers to collect

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goods in other localities. Donation points are being set up around the

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country and the team will work with international agencies to make sure

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the aid gets to where it is needed most.

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Joining me now is Eddie Brioness from the Filipino International

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Christian Fellowship. What are you doing to try and help with the

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relief effort? What contact have you had? At the moment we are really

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trying to have contact with some of our friends whose families are

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affected directly. We are using everything we can with the use of

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technology to help them and at least have news about their relatives back

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home. Have you managed to contact them all? At the moment we still

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have families who have not heard anything so it really worries them.

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What can you do and what can others do to halt? At the moment, just like

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we said earlier on, we had a meeting to launch a campaign for donations

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to our affected Filipinos so we have set collection points for

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donations, either clothes, food or any financial aid whatsoever that

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they think can help. We are trying to consolidate efforts with other

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associations in Birmingham. It is still early days but getting that

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aid to the Philippines is crucial. What reaction have you had from

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people in Birmingham? I agree with you that it is crucial to have these

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donations. We are doing everything to make sure we will be able to send

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these donations as early as next week, that is why we are contacting

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air forwarders so we can send them to the Philippines straightaway.

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A court's heard that a Coventry businessman murdered a family of

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four as an act of revenge. The prosecution's been outlining its

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case against 55`year`old Anxiang Du. He denies stabbing to death Jifeng

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Ding, his wife and two daughters at their home in Northamptonshire in

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May 2011. The family were stabbed a total of 51 times. The prosecution

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claim it was because of a ten year business dispute.

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Shropshire MP Mark Pritchard will not face investigation by the

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organisation which regulates MPs' behaviour. It says there's no

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evidence he breached parliamentary rules. Last week the Daily Telegraph

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reported the Conservative MP for the Wrekin had agreed to use his

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political contacts in Albania in return for substantial fees. Mr

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Pritchard said he'd done nothing wrong and the article was "hurtful

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and malicious". England's football team has been

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forced to switch training away from the National Football Centre near

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Burton`on`Trent. A number of visitors came down with stomach

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bugs. It's thought the virus was brought to St George's Park by a

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guest. The England side will now travel to Hertfordshire to prepare

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for this week's friendlies against Chile and Germany.

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A 20`year`old high on drink and drugs has been jailed for life for

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starting a fire which killed a Walsall pensioner. Aiden Elmore set

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fire to a wheelie bin which was blocking the exit to maisonettes in

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Short Heath. He was seen on CCTV setting fire to other wheelie bins

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nearby. Several people in the flats jumped to safety, but 68`year`old

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Victor Moore became trapped and died.

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A sleek and stylish virtual sports car was unveiled today to showcase

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the talents of Black Country manufacturing. 70% of the parts that

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make up the Bullet are manufactured by the Black Country's 2,000

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automotive suppliers. But the car itself will never actually take to

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the road. Here's our business correspondent Peter Plisner to

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explain. The advanced engineering show at the

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National exhibition Centre today, showing off what is great about

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Great Britain when it comes to high`tech manufacturing and doing

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the same on a smaller scale, manufacturers from the Black

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Country. This is what they are proud of, the Black Country bullet a

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virtual car with parts made in the Black Country. One of the Black

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Country 's many claims to fame is it produced the anchor and chain for

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the Titanic at the time the world 's largest cruise ship. Nowadays things

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are much more high`tech. Parts for the bus also made in the Black

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Country. The bullet will only ever be a computer`generated image and

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when linked to a dedicated website it effectively provides an extensive

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directory of Black Country suppliers, but if it were to be

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built, wheels like this are already made in West Bromwich. Parts run the

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engine might come from Walsall and Wednesbury. Some of the interior

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fixtures may come from a phone in Tipton. It is hugely important

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showcase the opportunities that are here in the Black Country. Perhaps

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we haven't been as good in the past in promoting ourselves. More

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promotion can only be good for manufacturers like this one. Thereon

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lots of parts we make for different areas of a car. Back at the show and

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it is a similar message for motor racing driver Matt Neal. He is

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involved in a Black Country `based alloy wheel manufacturing. If we can

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grow it, it is working as a team, getting it bigger and better and it

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is more attractive to other buyers. Buyers like judge when Land Rover

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are becoming increasingly important. This is a time`lapse film of its

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factory. Our top story tonight: The true cost

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of stolen livestock, with lamb prices on the up, sheep rustling is

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now big business. Your detailed weather forecast to

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

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with tragedy ` how the money you give helps young children come to

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terms with losing a loved one. And the Olympic legacy in action `

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how handball's taking off after being a big hit at London 2012.

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If you have a story you think we should be covering on Midlands

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Today, we'd like to hear from you. You can call us or send an email. We

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are also on Facebook or you can tweet us.

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Deborah McAndrew is perhaps best known to audiences as Coronation

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Street's Angie Freeman. She made regular appearances in the show

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throughout the 1990s. But now the former soap star lives in North

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Staffordshire where her new theatre company is looking at life in the

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raw in the Potteries. Our Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper

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was at rehearsals. Set in Stoke and being stage in

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Stoke, Ugly Duck is the first play being performed by the newly formed

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clay body theatre. It is written and produced by Deborah McAndrew. She

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made her name in Coronation Street but these days Deborah McAndrew

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lives and works in North Staffordshire. It is an interesting

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and complicated place, not like anywhere else and it has this

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wonderful cultural and industrial and creative heritage. As an artist

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of a kind, a theatre maker, you want to be linked into that. The play

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tells the story of an unemployed Stoke bloke who takes a job as an

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artist model. The play is being performed here at the School of Art.

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In its day this was the place where some of the leading ceramic artists

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of the 20th century trained, so this building is steeped in artistic

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creativity. It is that creativity that this new company hopes will

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bring wider benefits to Burslem. To feel what it is like and put that in

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the play is really interesting. We hope this will do some good around

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here and to be part of that, terrific. Ugly duck premiers

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tomorrow before a short run at the Mac in Birmingham. This company

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hopes to inspire its audiences with its perspective of the potteries.

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The martial arts have always been big in this region. And today

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Walsall was unveiled as the focal point of British judo. The new

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centre of excellence at the University of Wolverhampton is

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designed to create the Olympic and Paralympic Champions of the future.

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Ian Winter reports. Like father, like son. Judo is in

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the blood of the Stewart family. Dennis won a bronze medal at the

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Seoul Olympics and now Max, his son, has set his sights on Rio. Does Max

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have the potential to be our first Olympic gold medallist? I like to

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think I have. It is a hajj challenge and I have a lot of work to do.

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Everything he needs is on`site, he has the best coaches, technical

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support and with the backing of the University, it is all in one. You

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dad got bronze, is that incentive? Yes, I always want to beat him! Max

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is one of 20 judo players selected. Now the Walsall campus of the

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University of Wolverhampton is the perfect training venue to get the

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most from their lottery funding. This centre has cost ?1 million. It

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is state`of`the`art and its goal is to produce Britain's first judo

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Olympic champion. Last summer the Australian judo team used also as

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its base for London 2012. They failed to win a medal unlike Team GB

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who won silver and bronze. I have known some of these guys for many

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years and it feels right that now is the time we are going forward and

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going on for bigger and better things. Next year the world judo

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Championships take place in Siberia, the perfect place for British judo

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to come in from the cold with a boost from this new centre of

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excellence. At the London Olympics a surprise

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hit among audiences was the fast and furious sport of handball. Our

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reporter Kevin Reide has been to a newly formed handball club in

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Coventry. It's among the finalists in the newcomer of the year category

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in the West Midlands Community Sports Awards, which we're featuring

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over the next few days. It was last year 's London Olympics

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which inspired the formation of the Coventry handball club and at their

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first meeting in September last year, there were just 12 players.

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Now it has expanded immeasurably. Biella macro we have had 250 people

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in our club this season. We have possibly a fourth team going into

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development, a women's side. This weekend the men's first team `based

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Nottingham. There was quite a rivalry between Nottingham and

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Coventry. Coventry, this is their second game of in this league and

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they are seen as the new kids on the block. Coventry got off to a good

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start but by half`time, they were trailing. We have had a problem with

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a player sent off. We are not taking advantage of our shots. A valiant

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second`half fightback was not enough and Coventry lost but when not too

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downhearted. They are probably one of the best teams in the Midlands at

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the moment. We have proved ourselves. We are a new team and

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there was massive potential in these lads. At least they know they are

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recognised as a growing force in the game. Last week they were awarded

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the Best Newcomer award securing their place in the Midlands final on

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December four. It's Children in Need this Friday

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and all this week we're looking at some of the projects which have

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benefited from the money you give. The Time For You project is run by

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the charity Relate in Coventry. It helps children who've lost a loved

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one come to terms with their grief. Joan Cummins has been finding out

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more. Every 22 minutes a child in this country will experience

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bereavement for the first time in their lives. Dealing with loss is

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something many struggle with but as a child it can feel like the end of

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their wild. You realise you cannot see them again. In Coventry a chore

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during a neat project brings together youngsters of all ages and

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backgrounds who all know exactly what it is like to lose someone

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close to them. This is my little sister and she died on the 5th of

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March this year. Youngsters are offered a safe environment to create

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memory projects that allowed them to think about the person who has died.

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No one judges if anyone cries and children are encouraged to smile at

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the memories of the person who is never longer around. It starts to

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get easier but there are days where it is like, oh, my God. I wish it

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was the other way round, that they were still here. If you have lost

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somebody, you hang on to the memories, the important things that

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matters. It helps because it cheers me up. It clears memories sometimes.

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The time for you project aims to help young people come to terms with

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life's hardest lesson and give them back some control over the changes

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happening around them. In a simple ceremony, children attach memory ``

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memories to balloons to remind them they will never forget.

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How the money you raise makes a difference. And the One Show

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Children in Need Rickshaw is in the West Midlands this evening Five

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youngsters who have been helped by the charity are taking it in turns

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to ride 700 miles from Northern Ireland to London. Their first stop

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today was Holyhead Primary School in Wednesbury. Presenters Alex Jones

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and Matt Baker are with them. Just to see how all the members are

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developing, they have spent so long in their life focusing on the

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challenges they have and suddenly they refocus that effort into

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something different. They are like an army.

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And The One Show will be broadcast live from The Bullring straight

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after our programme at seven o'clock. If you want to fundraise,

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or 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

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phone`line number later in the week. Now the weather forecast. We got

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away with a largely frost free autumn but is that about to change?

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It is and it will get a lot colder. A beautiful day today, clear skies,

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sunny spells. This was the scene at Broadway Tower in the Cotswolds. A

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beautiful, stunning day. But that beautiful weather doesn't mean

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things are going to turn chilly tonight. We are expecting the first

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widespread frost of the year and it is a frosty start tomorrow, but that

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doesn't mean it will be another dry and bright day. Once that clears it

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does promise to be quite pleasant. Clear skies tonight and already

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temperatures falling down to five or six degrees. We have like winds as

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well so that will mean temperatures drop away rather rapidly. Down to

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zero or minus two degrees in rule spots. Towns and cities will do

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better than that overnight. We start tomorrow with that frost about. Also

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rather foggy. But the sun will burn through that and it will be

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pleasant. Good sunny spells to come but then it. Two CROWD

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As we move into the afternoon. Temperatures getting up to 10

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Celsius. That weather system will start to move in tomorrow night.

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Light, patchy rain to come. With that comes some wind. Even though

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there were clear skies in the south, it will help to keep

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temperatures above freezing. Temperatures a little milder

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tomorrow night. Thursday does promise to be a pleasant day, we

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have northerly winds circuit will feel colder and we have more cloud

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to come on Friday but with that high pressure in control, it will stay

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settled. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:

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Desperation and anger in the Philippines ` four days after

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Typhoon Haiyen hit, millions are still without food or shelter.

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Typhoon The energy company EDF becomes the

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latest to raise prices, but the hike's a lot less than its rivals.

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The true cost of stolen livestock, with lamb prices on the up sheep

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rustling is now big business And how the growing car components industry

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is bringing new jobs to the Black Country.

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

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evening. Goodbye.

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