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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: He died after

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a scuffle on a night out. It has destroyed the family. Our lives will

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never be the same again. Now, his family win the right to a review of

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the case. Policing on the cheap? Ten years

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after their introduction, our biggest force is taking on more

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PCSOs. We find out why West Midlands Police are recruiting when other

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forces are getting rid of them. People have accepted us as the

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police family and that we are here to stay.

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An appetite for fast cars, and now fast trains ` the growing China

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connection with Midlands manufacturing.

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Join me live at Villa Park where we'll celebrate all that's good

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about Midlands sport and look ahead to the crowning of our unsung

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sporting hero. And from no warnings yesterday to

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now yellow and amber alerts for strong winds tomorrow. More details

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on the worst affected areas in the forecast later.

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Good evening. The family of a man who died after being restrained by

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bouncers have won the right to a review of the case. Two men were

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arrested on suspicion of murder but no`one's ever been prosecuted over

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the death of Julian Webster four years ago. On 10th April 2009 he'd

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been out in Manchester with friends from Birmingham. After a

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disagreement, he was restrained by bouncers outside a bar and was

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unconscious when police arrived. In July 2010, the Crown Prosecution

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Service said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute anyone. Then

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in November last year, an inquest heard that although he had an

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undetected heart condition, restraint played a significant part

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in his death. This report from Lindsay Doyle.

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Four years and a mother still waiting for justice but finally

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today a glimmer of hope ` the right to challenge the Crown Prosecution

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Service decision not to take anyone to court over her son's death

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outside a Manchester bar. There was more than enough evidence. I don't

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know what more they wanted. Did they want to witness it themselves or

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something? I don't know. But there was more than enough evidence.

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Julian Webster, who was 24 and from Edgbaston in Birmingham, died on

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Easter Sunday in April 2009, after he'd returned to the Pitcher and

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Piano in Manchester City centre to retrieve a mobile phone and was

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allegedly restrained by door staff. Someone had him in a headlock. That

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is assault. Someone accuses you or intimidates you all lays a hand on

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you, that is assault. But someone can have my son in a headlock. They

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caused his death. And that is fine by the CPS. The family's last throw

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of the legal dice ` an application in the High Court to challenge the

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CPS decision. Today's ruling in their favour means the CPS must look

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again at the evidence. the file will be looked at again. There is now ``

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there is now a better or more realistic chance of prosecution.

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Julian Webster was fit and healthy and keen on sport. But he had an

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undetected heart condition, a blocked valve. When he struggled for

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breath, it brought on a cardiac arrest. He was held for eight

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minutes and that significantly under beauty to his death. And hence, this

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is one of the reasons why the High Court has granted permission to go

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ahead opt the CPS said: what really hurts me more is knowing

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that he died on his own. There was not a familiar face, nobody around

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him. Coming up later in the programme:

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What the future holds for the region's last deep`seam pit and the

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millions of tonnes of coal still beneath it.

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More community support officers are to be recruited by West Midlands

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Police. It's ten years since the first PCSOs began to pound the beat

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and most forces are reducing their numbers in the wake of budget cuts.

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PCSOs were initially dismissed by some as so`called plastic police

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officers without real powers. Our special correspondent Peter Wilson

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has been out on the streets to find out what their job is really about.

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I am lucky to have this role. They have recently recruited 50 more

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people. Recruitment was frozen for a while. It ticks all the boxes, I am

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out in the community, I love what I do.

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Vicky Rogers was the first of the first. Dudley had the first police

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community support officers and she was one of them. Ten years on and

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she's still doing the job. That job mainly means walking the streets

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around Brierley Hill, ten miles a day in heavy leather boots. But can

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PCSOs really gain useful intelligence about what's going on

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in their communities? Have you reported? He has recently had his

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catalytic convert a stolen. Unfortunately, he hasn't reported

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this. That is something we will have to look into because we cannot do

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anything unless we are informed of these crimes. Community support

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officers are increasingly dealing with traffic offences. They were

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first used to counter anti`social behaviour problems, now it's more

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about community reassurance and neighbourhood policing. We did have

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a lot of anti`social behaviour, fighting at 12 o'clock, one o'clock

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in the morning. All of that has disappeared. It is very, very quiet.

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The police are always on hand which is greatly appreciated by us all. We

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do speak to people, children speak to us. We're out there in the

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community and we are available for people to approach us and give us

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information. Officers like Vicky Rogers don't have the full police

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powers of detention. They've only recently been given stab proof vests

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and they don't carry batons. Ten years ago, their reduced powers

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meant they were criticised as cheap ` plastic police officers, not the

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real thing. We have had many aims `` name is aimed at us. I think people

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have now accepted us as part of the police family. We are here to stay.

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And we are making a difference to the communities. Vicky Rogers has

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stayed as a community support officer because she does love the

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job. For many people on her beat, she is the face of the force.

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Peter joins me now from Digbeth in Birmingham. Peter, what's happening

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there? I am at the police station with the city centre neighbourhood

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team. The man in charge is Sergeant David Francis. The officers will

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join the rest of the colleagues. We have plainclothes officers on the

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ground. We will keep the market say. so, a busy team here. We saw in your

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report the positive part that PCSOs play what is the bigger picture? we

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have seen big police cuts in the last two years. Almost more than

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1,300 police officers have left the West Midlands force, many through

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retirement. That's almost the equivalent of a small force in it's

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own right. The top brass have addressed that and have started

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recruiting again. They are looking for 450 police officers and 50 extra

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PCSOs. the best decision by the crime commission up Jones about the

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top job, Chris Sims's contract was coming up for review in the summer

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and he has been guaranteed staying as Chief Constable for the next

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three years. It sounds as if PCSOs are here to stay top yes, but as you

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have seen in my report with BT Rogers, the community trust them.

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These officers are just about to go out to the German market. Seeing

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these officers, the high visibility, that stops crime.

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The police officer at the centre of the Plebgate row is to sue the

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Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell for libel. It follows an accusation

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from the former Conservative Chief Whip that officers hadn't told the

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truth about what happened in Downing Street in September 2012. PC Toby

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Rowland says he stands by his version of events.

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Police have begun naming drivers charged with being over the drink

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driving limit during the festive period. West Midlands Police say

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they'll keep it up until January in the hope that publicity will deter

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offenders. The names of 13 drivers arrested and charged appeared on

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their website this morning. Police have arrested two men over a

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series of hypodermic needle attacks in Birmingham City Centre. They were

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arrested after their CCTV images were circulated following assaults

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on women in Broad Street last month. Officers in Walsall are

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investigating two similar attacks in a bar.

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Refugee workers in Coventry say they're liaising with the

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authorities to help identify a man who says he doesn't know his own

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name. He's become known as Mr X. He came into the country illegally as a

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child and says he 's been living on the streets since 2008. Joan Cummins

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has been looking into the case. It sounds an unusual case. How old was

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he when he came here rushed and Mark it is every bizarre. He claims he

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was around six or maybe eight. He doesn't actually know. He admits he

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came in illegally in the back of a van and then went to live with a

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woman in London. The day, speaking to the city, they told me that this

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woman, although she, in one respect, cared for the boy, also threatened

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to break his legs if he escaped. He has mentioned that the woman

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consonant to threaten him on a number of occasions when he was

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younger if he tried to escape. He is the only client who has ever

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presented in the history of the charity as saying he doesn't know

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his name. How did he arrived in Coventry? He had been living on the

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streets, he had been kicked out by this woman, he had been living on

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the streets in London with cash in hand jobs, he came to Coventry to

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the bus station behind me and simply asked somebody to look after him.

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They took him in, they since referred him to a solicitor, the

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police have been informed and also now the Home Office. The refugee

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centre say it is highly unusual for somebody like this now seeking

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asylum who is described as status to actually say he has no idea of his

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real name. Birmingham's been named as the

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fastest growing Christmas destination in the world. Figures

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from travel website Expedia say bookings for trips to the city have

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increased by 118%. It's thought attractions like the Frankfurt

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Christmas Market are part of the reason.

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Coventry's considering bidding to become the UK City of Culture. The

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Council has agreed to commission a report looking at the potential

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benefits. Hull, which recently won the title for 2017, is expecting to

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enjoy a ?60 million boost to its economy. Coventry, which could also

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bid for the European Capital of Culture could be entered for either

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2021 or 2023. Our top story tonight: He died on a

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night out. His mother winds the right to a review of the case.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.

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Also in tonight's programme: I'm live at Villa Park for the first

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ever Midlands Community Sports Awards. Tonight we'll find out who's

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won our unsung sporting hero award. And fifty years on, plans to bring

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back a race around a historic hotel in the Worcestershire countryside.

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If you have a story you think we should cover, with the glove to hear

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from you. Deals worth billions of pounds have been signed in China,

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where the Prime Minister has been on one of this country's biggest ever

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trade missions. More than 100 British companies went with him,

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including several from the West Midlands. Among the biggest

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headlines ` Jaguar Land Rover announced its intention to invest

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more than ?4 billion in China. Peter Plisner joins us now. China is a

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force to be reckoned with and the underlying message is that our

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companies just have to be doing business with them? I don't think we

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can do without them. China is a growing economy and they are eager

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to invest. The Chinese firm which owns a Coventry `based taxi company

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has invested ?30 million. And a further ?50 million on a new hybrid

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model. They have also announced with `` a ?2 million deal with another

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company. Another automotive company based in China have put `` have

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talked about putting a research development centre here. They are

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spending ?60 million. And Warwickshire `based train maker

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announced they were providing steam trains to a northern Chinese theme

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park. That investment in China, what was that all about? we know that

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they building the fact three China. We now know they will build 100,000

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cars. I think the opportunity for Jaguar Land Rover in China is

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immense. Soon, China's middle of us will be 600 million people. That is

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bigger than the European market put together. Jaguar Land Rover has been

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one of Britain's's best industrial success Tories. Great brands, great

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craftsmanship and it is wonderful to see them selling. Also, possible

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Chinese investment in HS2? They have said they are interested in

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investing in the line. That'll be good news who are `` for people who

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are concerned about the use of taxpayers money. Thank you very

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much. An untapped reserve of 50 million tonnes of coal remains under

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the ground at the now`disused Daw Mill colliery in North Warwickshire.

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Demolition is now underway at what was once the country's most

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productive pit. It shut with the loss of nearly seven hundred jobs

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after an underground fire in January. As Kevin Reide reports

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there's still no decision on what will happen to the site. This

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historic mine has been reduced to rubble. In its heyday, thousands

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worked here at the last walked out in March as 300 years of mining is

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to reinvigorate came to an abrupt end. This was the canteen. It is a

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sad sight for the local minor. We have children today who don't even

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know what a piece of coal is all by it comes from. In March, I was

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talking to you and here we are in November, and it is completely go ``

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gone. Warwickshire's coalmines provided jobs for many people. This

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is just one of two memorials left in the whole county to this once great

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industry. Just five years ago, Daw Mill colliery broke the record for

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the most coal produced at one mind. Now, some like local artist and

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local Dorian Susan Moore want it to be remembered properly. She believes

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that the pithead power should be saved. if they take it all down, you

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cannot do anything, it is lost for ever. It all to be saved, it ought

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to be there for our children's judgement to see, as a sculpture

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because it is so iconic. The Calumet become part of the new business park

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on the site but with BT 6 billion tonnes of coal beneath the surface,

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some may have other ideas. They might use gasification to extract

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coal. we have always been told that would not be viable here. That is a

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matter for the developer to discuss with the County Council but we have

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heard no plans that that is likely or even viable on this site.

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Whatever happens, the scars will make for some time, not just on the

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surface but agony hearts of the communities who once thrived here.

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`` but deep in the hearts. This evening, we will be finding out who

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is this year's unsung sporting hero. Good evening and welcome to the

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first ever Midlands community sports award. Have a look around, 300 get

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are starting to arrive to celebrate the very best of sport in our

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region. The BBC Midlands sports unsung heroes award has been running

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for 11 years. The standard is as high as it ever was and later on

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this evening, one of our five finalists will collect this trophy.

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For almost 30 years, Graham Watkins has been getting on his bike to

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encourage young cycling and in Shrewsbury. He even persuaded the

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council to build this cycle track. It made Cricket weather at the

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doesn't stop Colling, whether it is mowing or coaching, he is the heart

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of the cricket club. Frankly they set up this that will up 34 years

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ago and they have never looked back. They have 450 players. Barry

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Ewington joined Nuneaton Harry and as a 15`year`old runner. Gordon

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Evans helps run more than 20 teams at Stafford town football up where

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he is so popular the ground even named after him. They are all heroes

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to their clubs. Tonight, one of them become the BBC Midlands unsung

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sporting hero for 2013. Find very worthy finalists and no one knows

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better than Jenny Price about the Bible work of these and sung heroes.

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`` about the work. Without these people, grassed breeze would not

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happen. RB fitter and healthier than we were around 2012? we have been

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building the participation legacy for seven or eight years now and we

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are certainly healthier, fitter, playing more sports than we were

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then. There are 1.4 million extra people playing sport every week

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since we won the bid for the games. Much was made about the legacy but

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from what you are saying, there is a tangible legacy to be had. There is,

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and in many ways, it is a hidden legacy. Look out of your window

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tomorrow, look at the people you see running, on the bikes, on Saturday,

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you see young people dying football, that is the legacy of the Game. We

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will talk to the unsung winner later tonight on our bulletin at 25 `` ten

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20 5pm. `` 1025 PM. David had, born with one arm, won the inaugural race

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in 1957. He became the British hill climbing champion. The thrills of

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motor racing went on for a decade at twitch which in Worcestershire with

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some of the West known names in hell climbing events taking part. This

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was the grand venue. This man was driven around because today for the

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first time in nearly 50 years. David Goode is a former British hill

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climber champion and one of `` and won the first event here in 1957,

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despite the one with one arm. yes, it was a challenge and I think that

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helped me commendably because I was so passionate about the sport but

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any sport. I have taken part in many different sports, including the

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two`man bob in St Margaret's. I was the fastest in the year 1964. Soap,

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you know, one is always trying. I have paid golf, cricket, tennis,

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squash. I have always wanted to do that much better than anybody else.

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Rots pollen is the director and wants to bring the event back. The

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length `` the courses doubled the length of the first one. He says the

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original hill climb was hugely popular. at that time, there were

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far less clear line between the amateur racing driver and the

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professional drivers of the day. There were some hundred competitors

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at every vent. It was always oversubscribed. All of the major

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British hill climb contenders attended the event. Standing on the

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bridge that was once the original starting line for the help climb,

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and one of the leading motorsport magazines back in the 1950s

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described this as the most hit `` picturesque hill climb location in

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the country. This place was built in the eight team hundreds by John

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Corbett. It later became a hotel and of course, a venue for the kill

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climb. It is something that is hoped will return here by 2015.

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This was built by the salt of the poet which and I think we will

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doubly need more salt on the roads. Yes, it is always the way, you say

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something will not be bad and all of the sudden it is. Yesterday, we had

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no warnings across the region. Winds but now we have yellow and ample

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warnings. The amber warning only applies to the north of the region,

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Staffordshire. The yellow will apply to the rest of us. Both represent

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the likelihood of the event occurring and also your level of

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response. So, do take precautions with the strong winds. We are

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looking at us of up to 70 mph tomorrow but this is the beast that

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is going to be steering it all up, and intense area of low pressure

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that will be sitting to the North East and that is ripping the winds

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into a frenzy. By the time they reach the Midlands, they will be

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veering around to the north`west and West. Right now out there, it is

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looking fairly quiet across the region and with clear skies and

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falling temperatures, tempered is down to below zero. The

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authenticated festival, ground and air frost but as the crowd opens up

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and the winds start to pick up, the cold will ease and the temperatures

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will gradually rise. We're into a windy day tomorrow, writes through

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the morning and the afternoon. The winds could peek at 70 mph. It will

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also be fairly cloudy but also miles. Temperatures will rise in

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some places to 11 Celsius. Some of the cloud could produce rain to the

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north initially and will gradually slipped southwards towards tomorrow

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night. It'll be largely patchy rain with the odd heavy burst here and

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there. Tomorrow night as the temperatures tumble, we could see a

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little bit of snow across higher ground. It'll be a cold on Friday

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with highs of 45 Celsius Fahrenheit. `` 4th`5dC. The headlines: My

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journals and admits she has taken cocaine though she denies being an

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addict. Photographs of the Queen and her sister onstage in pantomime are

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being put up for auction in Gloucestershire. The images were

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taken between 1940 and 194044. There were 60 big as in total. Some of

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them are actually bearing royal signatures. They are all part of the

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collection. That was the Midlands today. I will be back at ten

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o'clock, I hope to have your company there. Goodbye.

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