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the cold side. That is it. Thank you, Tomasz. That is all from

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the News At Six, Hello and welcome to Midlands Today.

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The headlines tonight: Parents tell us the whole system has failed. We

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are collectively determined to make sure we get the leadership we need.

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Parents tell us whole system has failed. Also tonight... Blown up in

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Afghanistan. Readjusting to life. The Royal Marines who say sport is

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key to recovery. Why Keith the seal is being moved on, a year after

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swimming up the River Severn Good evening. It is very much isolated

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somewhere on its own. No let up from the cold this weekend with frost and

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freezing fog to come. We should manage to stay dry. Your fall

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forecast coming up. The headteacher at the centre of a row between staff

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and Governors at a Birmingham School has resigned from his job. It

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follows an Ofsted inspection which found relationships between the head

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and management had become dysfunctional. In May this year, a

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pupil allegedly threatened others with a knife. He was expelled, but

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later reinstated by the governors. Then, in September, staff at the

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school voted to stop teaching the boy. Now, a letter has been sent to

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parents saying the head, Balwant Bains, has left the school. Saltley

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School in East Birmingham, a school with leadership problems. This

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building will not be refurbished. Until last week, the head teacher

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was Balwant Bains, who appeared on Midlands Today three years ago, when

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he worked in Coventry. But, in a letter to parents, he's announced he

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has quit, saying he feels unable to carry out his role and

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responsibilities. A group of parents spoke to us anonymously, their words

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voiced by others. I can't see any future for my child in that school

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because the whole system has failed.starting with the governing

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body. If they're weak, the roots are weak, the head teacher and the

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governors have got no trust together and it's affecting my child's

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education. This is the school where earlier this year Mr Bains excluded

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a pupil for allegedly threatening another with a knife, only for the

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governors to reinstate him. The education part of it is fine. My

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child is learning but the safeguarding is my main concern,

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about the knife side. The governors let the child back in.I dont think

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they dealt properly with the knife incident. A report from the school

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inspectors Ofsted following a visit three weeks ago highlights a

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dysfunctional relationship between the governors and the head teacher

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resulting in no cohesive drive or shared vision governors they say are

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not fulfilling all their statutory duties because policies to ensure

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the safeguarding of all its students have not been reviewed The local MP

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says the ball is now in the governor's court. They have to

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respond to that. If they do not do this adequately, Ofsted go back in

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and consequences follow. People are watching this like hawks. They are

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doing it by the book. We are all collectively determined to make sure

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that sultry gets the School leadership that it needs. An earlier

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report rated the school as good. And there are positive findings. But

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Ofsted also say the council's attempts to resolve the problems

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here has been unsuccessful. In a statement, the Chairman of Governors

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told us he and his colleagues are working very hard in developing an

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effective action plan to address the issues raised by Ofsted and to

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ensure good relationships between all staff, senior leadership and the

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Governing Body. A new head is being recruited. Challenge number one, to

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restore confidence. Coming up later in the programme...

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The search for Keith the seal in the River Severn. She may not be the

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only seal in there. That was an exclusive! And the latest news, she

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may not be alone. It's just over a year since Harper Adams Agricultural

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College in Shropshire became a University. And it's celebrating a

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record number of former students getting jobs. Of the first group of

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graduates, just 4% were unemployed six months later. The national

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average is double that. And, today, a Royal guest was made its new

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Chancellor. The Princess Royal has been a frequent visitor to the

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university near Newport. 96% of graduates here got jobs last year.

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Students studying mainly at cultural and rural courses. Do you think you

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have higher than average badgered employment because of the type of

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jobs? There is a pulled from industry. They want highly qualified

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and experienced people. There are many agricultural students around.

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The installation of the Princess Royal as Chancellor was relayed to

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students on the screen. Among them, Rebecca. She is studying for a

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degree on animal health and welfare but is spending a year out working

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on the university 's own dairy farm. I am trying to get a wide range of

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experience. I have not done anything with dairy cows before. I thought I

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would do something different and learn something new. Elsewhere,

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another student is spending her third year working for Natural

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England. She is restoring natural peat bogs. Amanda helps her work

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here will help her get a similar type of job when she graduates. ``

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Emma. I have learned so much. Back on campus, she spent time meeting

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students and staff. This is the first visit by the Princess Royal

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Saint it became the first and only university a year ago. It is

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estimated this university contributes ?40 million to the

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regional economy. Future students could now have their degrees

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conferred by the new Royal Chancellor. Plans have been revealed

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for what could be a major expansion of a Ministry of Defence base in

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Shropshire, making hundreds more jobs. Telford and Wrekin Council

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hopes the proposals for MOD Donnington could ultimately create

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up to 700 posts. The base provides logistics support for the army,

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handling military equipment and weapons. Human remains have been

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found near a pub in the Cotswolds, during work to build a new car park.

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The skeleton of an Iron Age man has been unearthed on land bought by the

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owners of the Horse and Groom at Bourton`on`the`Hill. A former health

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minister and senior Birmingham MP is warning that pressures on the health

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services could lead to more disasters like the Stafford Hospital

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scandal. Gisela Stuart's constituency includes the Queen

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Elizabeth Hospital. She told our Sunday Politics programme that she

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was worried the Government wasn't dealing with staffing problems that

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could lead to a repeat. Our political editor is here now.This

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comes only days after Jeremy Hunt delivered the Government's formal

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response to the Stafford Hospital report. He enshrined one of the

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central recommendations of Robert Francis, QC. It is a duty of

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candour. Staffing numbers on the boards are to be published monthly,

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to restore confidence in the NHS. He gave no guarantees of minimum

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staffing levels. This is one reason she said she thinks the government

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is failing to learn the lessons of history. We have promise of

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increasing care. We have lost many nurses. The quality care commission

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says it has found no improvement. There are no actions which gave any

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confidence it will be delivered. Campaigns to defend hospital

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services in places like Stafford continued to gather momentum.

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Management say they have no choice but to press ahead with their plans.

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I was talking to the Liberal Democrat MEP representing the whole

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West Midlands region. So often it is about individual MPs standing up for

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constituents. Even though he lives in Staffordshire himself, there is a

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wide argument about delivering sufficient hospital services across

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the region as a whole. Stafford Hospital had these problems and it

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does not remove the need for a hospital in Stafford. The need for

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that hospital to be there with the services it has, it has not changed

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by the problems that Stafford Hospital has. Intriguingly, some of

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the place is right at the forefront of hospital reorganisation plans,

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Stafford itself, Telford, Worcester, Redditch, they just

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happen to be marginal party constituencies. This is an

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intriguing question about how it will play into the general election

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in over a year and a half time. And Patrick will be back with more on

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this in this week's Sunday Politics, plus concerns about a possible

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influx of Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers when border controls

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are relaxed in the new year. That's at 11am here on BBC One. There is a

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chronic shortage of housing in the West Midlands. Local Authorities are

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under pressure from the Government to build hundreds of thousands of

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new homes, but plans usually bring councillors into conflict with local

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residents. We've been inundated with e`mails from people concerned about

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developments in their area. Holly Lewis has been to meet one group of

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protestors in South Warwickshire. 5000 new homes could soon be built

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on this green field site, running alongside the end 14 South

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Warwickshire. The developers say it could be a Garden Village. Local

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residents say it is not suitable for housing. I am opposed to a developer

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and which would result in families living within touching distance of a

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motorway. `` a development. You are building on a central reservation. I

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would not want to live in a high traffic area like that.

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Stratford`upon`Avon District Council has two build 9500 houses by 2028.

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The residents group says the burden should be shared around the

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district. We accept that housing is needed. We are more than happy to

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take our share of that. We would probably working hand`in`hand with

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the district to get the best out of the scheme. We put forward the

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evidence `based argument this is not a suitable site. Disbursing new

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housing is not currently an option on the table. In a statement, the

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developer said the advantage of one strategic development is that it can

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deliver the investment in infrastructure and facilities that a

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number of smaller sites are unable to do. The council is under pressure

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from the government to find space for housing. The leader says the

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decision should be made locally. They either allow us to use our

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current planning policies, instead of having a short cut, and those

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planning policies will stop development in silly locations. We

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will identify sensible locations where we can meet our housing

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targets. Residents will find out in the New Year is the area will be the

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preferred site for development and the council 's plans for the future.

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Keith the seal has amassed quite a fan club since arriving in the River

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Severn a year ago. The misnamed female has two Facebook pages and a

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Twitter account. But the time has come to move on, anglers claim she's

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chomping her way through too many fish and she has to be returned to

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open waters. Our environment correspondent is at Bewdley.

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David... Have they managed to catch her yet? The thing is, she could be

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anywhere in this stretch of water. The search is focused between

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Stourport and Bewdley. The bad news for anglers is that the ?5,000

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mission to capture the seal was fruitless today. They are hopeful

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they may find her tomorrow the problem is, she may not be the only

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seal in the river. These locks outside Worcester. These are some of

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the deepest locks on Britain's waterways. It is here that he'd feel

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has most recently surfaced. `` Keith the seal. We saw her about a week

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ago. She is one of two seals. Two seals! They became a tourist

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attraction. Keith and any potential friends has certainly become a local

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celebrity. She is not popular with anglers. It was a novelty value to

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start with. Unfortunately, it has been cited by many anglers eating a

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lot of fish and is destroying stocks. It has not gone down well

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with anglers. The salmon will be returning to the River Severn.

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Anglers all have stories of catching large salmon with missing tales or

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big chunks taken out of their backs. They said that is down to the seal.

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As the big plan to remove Keith once and four all was discussed, some say

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they will miss her. As long as I am not fishing, it'll be all right. I

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think it is sad. It is a bit of nature around here. If it will make

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him safe, all the better for it. Today's search has proved

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fruitless. It begins again tomorrow at first light. The problem is a

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lack of daylight. After 3pm, there are not enough hours of daylight

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left to try to capture him. Hopefully tomorrow they think they

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should be a bit luckier. She is clearly proving to So, how do you go

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about catching a seal? Be a slippery customer. English nature have not

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issued a seal catching licence since 2006. It relies on people spotting

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her first and early in the day. Tomorrow was set `` is Saturday and

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plenty of anglers will be about. The inland rescue boats will go out and

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try to tempt her into some of the public locks on the River Severn and

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trap her inside. Then divers will go in and try to tempt her into a

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special seal harness. They will wrap her up, tried to pull her out of the

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river. They will check her over to see if she is OK. There is

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discussion about whether it is good for a seal to eat so much freshwater

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fish. Hopefully she will never bother the anglers again. This is

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our top story tonight: A head teacher quits after an inspection

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finds the relationship between him and school governors had become

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dysfunctional. Rebecca will be along shortly with the weekend weather

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forecast. Also ahead: I'm at ths Symphony Hall in Birmingham, where

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there are not one, not two, but three big musical celebrations going

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on this evening. And you can't get enough of this incredible moment.

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The fastest goal of the season so far. That's awkward, and it's in.

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Oh, my word. What's the next challenge for Stoke keeper Asmir

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Begovic? Two Royal Marines who were blown up

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in Afghanistan were back in Birmingham today ` the city where

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they were treated for their injuries. They'd come to open a new

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facility linked to Fisher House ` the residential home for families of

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injured service personnel near the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Mark

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Ormrod and Colour Sergeant Baz Barrett forged a friendship in the

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darkest of times. Mark and I met for the first time in Christmas 2008.

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What a superb inspiration to see him walking! Fisher House didn't exist

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then, today they're back to see what's been built just next door.

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Sporting facilities they could only have dreamed of. You spend a lot of

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time in your hospital room watching countless DVDs. This does a hell of

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a lot for your physical and mental well`being. It is about doing what

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you can do. Just because you are built differently doesn't mean it

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should not allow you to do what everyone else can do. The beauty of

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this is it is feet away from Fisher house. Laura Brown has been living

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here on and off for three whole years to be near his husband 's

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bedside. Their hope of him using the facilities at any time soon. `` no

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hope. Maybe one day I can give it a shot. He thinks it is a great idea.

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It has been paid for by the Royal Marine Association. It is tough to

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get into the Royal Marines anyway. He says goals and schools goals. Is

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there anything that Asmir Begovic cannot do? He has produced a string

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of man of the match performances and scored that wonder goal against

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Southampton. He wants to raise money for sports facilities in

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Staffordshire and Bosnia. This is the site Stoke City fans love and

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opposition forwards hate. Tempt macro `` Asmir Begovic revealed a

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new side to his character. He believes in giving young people the

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chance to play sport. He has launched a charity foundation to

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provide facilities to do so, both in Staffordshire and in Bosnia. We can

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do a lot of things in Bosnia. It is something to look forward to. They

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are trying to make the country grow and get better as time goes on.

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Everyone is trying to look forward to the future. His international

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team`mate has pledged his support, along with Mark Hughes and the club

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captain. Here's a brilliant keeper and a great guy. `` he is a

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brilliant keeper. It will help a lot of people. Tomorrow he will be fully

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focused back on the pitch. They face a vital home match against

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Sunderland. This is what happened the last time Stoke played at home.

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It is in! Oh, my word! It was great. I took the manager literally about

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scoring goals. Great that it happened and great that it helped us

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to get a point. He probably will not score again this season but on and

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off the pitch, Asmir Begovic is hoping to make a big difference.

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Stoke play Sunderland tomorrow and West Brom host Villa on Monday.

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Today there has been more reaction to the dubious penalty decision

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which cost Albion two points. We know what happened. Ramirez comes

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into the box in injury time. It looks a dubious penalty. This week,

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Mike Riley has written to Albion apologising for the decision. This

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is the reaction from the head coach. It is nice if somebody has made a

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mistake and you get a phone call to say sorry. It is still nice that

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people recognise they have made a mistake. Of course it is. Two events

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taking place at the weekend. Some artistic gymnasts are heading to

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Stoke on Trent. At the weekend at Worcester, real drive to push

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Paralympics bought. A sports fest will encourage people to have a go

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and take up Paralympic sport. The spirit of London 2012 goes on.

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Multiple musical milestone has been celebrated at the Symphony Hall in

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Birmingham. They are marking 30 years. Onstage, they will be

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celebrating the centenary of Benjamin Britten. Quite a night. I

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presume will be some Benjamin Britten in the repertoire. Part of

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the worldwide celebration for the composer in what would have been his

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100th birthday. He has close collections in the West where `` the

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West Midlands. There is another celebration. Simon Housley has been

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in Birmingham for many years. He is giving a preconcert talk. He told me

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there is a very special relationship between him and the chorus. We begin

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at Evan p.m. A bit tired. `` 7pm. We leave on cloud nine. They give me so

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much and I give them something in return. The chemistry is so

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fantastic. Learning this wonderful music and meeting all these

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wonderful people is such fun. Let's speak to a couple of people who know

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him well. It really is rather a special evening, isn't it? It is a

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special evening. There will be 400 singers on stage. In Japan, they

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will be banging the drum for Birmingham abroad. The classical

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music critic from the Birmingham Post says this. Ever since the War

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Requiem, he has built up a reputation of the chorus and it

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really now is much sought after all around the world. There are other

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choruses at 12 `` as well. The doors open at about 7pm. All 400 of the

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chorus will be on at 7:30pm. How many layers will we need to wear

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this weekend? It will be rather chilly but it will

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be dry. There is some beautiful scenery. This is the Jefferson

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Gardens in Leamington Spa. You can see these pictures on our Facebook

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page. We will not be seeing much scenery like this tomorrow morning.

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It'll be a foggy start tomorrow. Some freezing fog to come. It'll be

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frosty as well. Once that clears, it will turn cloudy. We have had plenty

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of clear skies. The blue sky does mean we will see a rather chilly

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night tonight. Where we have holes in the cloud, temperatures will fall

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away. They are already dropping down freezing and will fall further. We

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are going to see some freezing fog patches developing and widespread

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frost. Temperatures down to freezing. That is in the towns. We

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start off tomorrow with freezing fog. Do bear that in mind if you're

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heading out on the roads. It will be stubborn to clear. If it does, there

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will be a brief period of sunshine. Under the cloud, temperatures are

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really going to fall tomorrow. Still northerly winds. It'll be a cold day

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tomorrow and it will be a cold night will stop the cloud will stick with

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us. Temperatures will be helped a little bit. There will be breaks in

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the cloud and patchy frost will form. Temperatures overnight, two,

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three. After the frosty start, it'll be another cloudy day and the winds

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will continue to ease. There could be some spots of rain. It is staying

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settled for the next few days. The headlines: The couple arrested in

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connection with the three women believed to have been kept slaves

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for 30 years had been arrested by police before in the 1970s. A head

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teacher quits after the inspection finds the relationship between him

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and school governors have become dysfunctional. That was Midlands

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Today. I will be back at 10pm with the result of Worcester 's rugby

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match

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