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6pm. It's goodbye from me and on BBC One, we join our teams where you

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: From Coventry

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to Rio de Janeiro, Jaguar Land Rover become the first British car maker

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to open a factory in Brazil. Brazil is going to be a powerhouse

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in South America and the world. We'll ask what the ?240 million deal

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means for the business here. Also tonight: Coming into land ` or not.

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High winds cause this plane to divert from Birmingham Airport, as

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gusts of nearly 70 miles an hour lead to damage across the region.

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Who's got a bigger piece of the pie? As the Chancellor makes his Autumn

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Statement, we'll find out what it all means for you.

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We go inside one of the busiest A departments to find out how it plans

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to cope with the pressures of winter. We are working very hard on

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recruitment, trying to get in more front`line staff.

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And this was the scene at Ellesmere in Shropshire today after a

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battering from strong winds. Thanks to Rob McBride for sending in the

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photograph. Join me later when I'll have all the latest on today's peak

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gusts, and what's ahead. Good evening. Midlands car maker

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Jaguar Land Rover is to become the first UK car builder to open a

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factory in Brazil. They've signed a ?240 million deal to secure a place

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in this growing market. JLR sales in Brazil have shot up by more than 40%

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this year to nearly 10,000 vehicles. The new factory near Rio de Janeiro

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will be able to produce a minimum of 24,000 vehicles a year. Here's our

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business correspondent Peter Plisner.

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The Land Rover production line at Solihull. 80% of these vehicles will

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be sent to buyers abroad ` and an increasing number of them are now

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going to Brazil. The country's growing middle class

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has meant it's now the fourth largest car market in the world `

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having overtaken Germany last year. Growth for Jaguar Land Rover has

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been fuelled recently by the launch of the new Range Rover Evoke. Sales

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of that and other models have risen 40% so far this year. Whilst at the

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moment a lot of the emerging economies are doing a little bit of

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front `` flat`lining, in the medium and long`term Brazil will be ``

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powerhouse. Pictures of today's historic signing

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in Rio ` JLR's committed to building 24,000 vehicles every year in

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Brazil, in a new factory that will cost more than ?200 million.

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And Brazil isn't the only place where JLR is active. In addition to

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its UK plants, the company already assembles a small number of vehicles

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in India, Kenya, Pakistan and Malaysia. It's also considering

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building cars in Saudi Arabia. But the first full production outside

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the UK will be in China, where the company is currently building a new

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factory. While it is good news that Jaguar

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Land Rover are expanding again, there are concerns that producing

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cars abroad could mean making parts abroad, which could have a

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detrimental impact on small firms like this in the supply chain.

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At this Black Country gasket maker, they're already worried. It seems to

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me that they will take business away from the UK, and we make a large

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number of products which go into their motors. It could reduce our

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production. But elsewhere, some larger companies

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take a different view. This Worcestershire company makes wiring

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to heated windscreens. They've decided to follow JLR into China. A

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lot more of the work is turning up in the far east. Developing market.

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China is a place to be. So the more presence we have got there, the

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better. JLR's not the only West Midlands

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firm to set up shop on Brazil. Last year, the Prime Minister opened

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JCB's factory there. It's been winning big orders ahead of Brazil's

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staging of both the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

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With me now is Professor David Bailey, from Aston University

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Business School. There appears to be no let up in the JLR success story.

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Does this Brazilian deal make sense to you?

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Absolutely. It is the fourth biggest car market in the world, the luxury

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end of things is growing quickly, so we are going to see a big

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middle`class emerging who want to drive Jaguar Land Rover cars. Also

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the Government is putting in place heavy tax barriers for import `` so

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`` other companies are doing it, it makes and `` absolute sense.

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Not everyone is thrilled about this deal. Is there a danger that making

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investment overseas could take money out of the business in the Midlands?

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If they were shifting production there, I would say yes, but they are

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expanding it globally, and I think we will see them increasing output

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in China, India, Brazil but also here in the UK. There is a big

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opportunity for the supply chain in the West Midlands to actually win

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more orders. It is whether the supply chain can keep up. J la have

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decided to invest in this growing market in Brazil. How do other

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businesses get a slice of the action? `` Jaguar Land Rover. We may

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be scope for foreign firms to take them over and maybe serve production

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in China or even Brazil. The bigger firms can globalise as well and

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become international players and serve J `` Jaguar Land Rover around

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the world. Briefly, China, Brazil, where next,

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do you think? They may look at Saudi Arabia, but there is also a lot of

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scope in China and also the new emerging `` emerging economies like

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Turkey, Egypt. Coming up later in the programme:

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After the murder of his brother`in`law, we meet the

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Birmingham man who's won an award for his inspirational work with

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teenagers. Strong winds have caused damage and

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disruption across the Midlands. Gusts of nearly 70 miles an hour

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were recorded, trees came down and plane had an aborted landing attempt

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at Birmingham Airport. Lindsay Doyle reports.

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The frightening moment an aircraft almost landed sideways as high winds

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swept across Birmingham Airport, forcing the pilot to take off again.

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The Emirates plane missed its approach and had to circle the

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runway before trying again. After missing a second attempt to land,

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the plane was forced to divert to Gatwick.

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In Birmingham city centre, a woman had to be treated in hospital after

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being hit by falling glass in Gas Street.

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The German market closed for several hours after the roof of one of

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stalls blew off in the high wind ` two people had to be treated by

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paramedics. We have been monitoring conditions throughout the day, and

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Richard the decision round about 2pm that we should close the German

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market, for safety. `` we took the decision.

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A driver had a lucky escape after getting out of a car just moments

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before it was hit by a tree in Hall Green early this morning. A section

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of the road had to be closed while the tree was removed.

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In Coventry a tree came down in the Hillfields area, damaging two houses

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` luckily no one was injured. The Fire Service say 15 trees fell

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across Coventry and Warwickshire. It has gone straight onto the ridge of

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the house itself and caused severe damages. Left a gaping hole which we

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are now trying to take away the debris and the roof tiles and make

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the place safe. In Stoke, the winds caused damage to

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several homes and there were reports of trees falling across the

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Staffordshire Moorlands. And Lindsay's outside New Street

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Station in Birmingham now. What's been the impact on train services?

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Thankfully most services are now running normally, with some notable

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exceptions. London Midland stopped trains after

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a tree fell on a line at Sutton Coldfield. That has yet to be

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removed. Cross`country trains tell me that trends in Newcastle upon

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Tyne from Birmingham New Street via Sheffield are suspended, and trains

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travelling north of Stoke`on`Trent are severely affect the duty

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overhead line cables. If you are travelling to Scotland or East

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Anglia tomorrow, where more storms are except `` expected, think about

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delays. Look online for information. Shefali will have the latest weather

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forecast for us here in the Midlands, and of course your BBC

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local radio station will continue to have the latest travel and weather

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updates. George Osborne has announced a number of measures to

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help companies, including a cap on business rate rises. Our business

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reporter has been finding out if people in our region like the taste

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of it. Throw in the leanest meat, the

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cheapest vegetables, and what do you end up with? A pasty fit for an

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Autumn Statement. It is a Jamaican patty made by Wade. He is happy that

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the Chancellor is capping business rates at 2%, and giving small firms

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like his rates relief for another year. That will make sure we can

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sustain jobs, that we currently employ local people, and it can

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increase our profit margin a little bit better.

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For obvious reasons this firm is glad there was no talk of the pasty

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tax in `` of budgets gone by. Instead the Chancellor rolled out a

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few policies he had come up with earlier. Like making energy bills

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?50 per year earlier. This woman is not overly impressed. We have a

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house full of children, they leave a light on. I would like to see more

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of a difference, we need a reduction in our household bills.

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She had a financial adviser Rand today, who had a stark warning for

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people in their 40s who will no see their pension age rose to 68 in just

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over 20 years' time. The impact is enormous for people in their 40s,

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who will say, how can I find that in so little time? It might feel a long

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time, but it is not. Some in the Treasury have called it

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the Goldilocks of Autumn statements. Not too hot, not too cold. But did

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George Osborne get it just right? Time for the taste test.

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George Osborne's Autumn Statement, what bits did you like best? The

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pension age, terrible. It will mean I worked longer, get paid less. I

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was hoping to retire earlier. It will make us more attractive to

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employ. Was there anything that you did like? Anything at all? Which

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bits did you like? Free school meals. Everybody likes a bargain.

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So some support among those digestive what is in and what is

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out, but some concern as well. As Mike Di adjusting. `` Di adjusting.

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Also in the Autumn Statement came a rare "thank you" from the Chancellor

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to two of our backbench MPs. Mr Osborne told the Commons he was

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grateful for their campaign to breathe new life into our ailing

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high streets. Our Political Editor Patrick Burns has been following

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events at Westminster and joins us now. So which MPs are we talking

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about? Well, to Conservatives, Paul Uppal

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in Wolverhampton South West and Marcus Jones in Nuneaton. If you go

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to parts of their constituency, you can see what damage the economic

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downturn has done to high streets in towns and cities. Also of course the

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immediate effects of the general drift towards online shopping. The

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message from the Chancellor is that he has been listening. He has

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offered what is in effect a ?1000 discount to small retailers, small

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shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs, in the hope of leaving life into those

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hard hit high streets. Let us consider the wider impact on our

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region of this Autumn Statement. I am joined by the shadow Home Office

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Minister, Labour MP for Arlington, and the Conservative MP for

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Halesowen and Rowley Regis. Given that this is seen as a very

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political Autumn Statement, what is in it for your constituents and

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other people in marginal seats apart from year after year of squeezes on

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living standards? The message is that Britain's economic plan is

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working. Clearly there is no `` more work to do, we need to stick to the

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plan will make the tough decisions necessary to take `` get Britain's

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economic fortunes recovered. But are those pieces of good news really

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felt by your constituents? Unemployment is lower in my

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constituency than at the time of the last election, we are capping

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interest rates, we need to consider `` continuous stimulator growth and

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stick to the plan and not go back to the borrowing and debt which got us

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into the max in the first place. `` the mess. Look at Jaguar Land Rover

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opening in Brazil. A world`class success story rightly expanding

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worldwide, and we have been working closely with them. On the economic

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plan, this Government is good to have borrowed three years `` more in

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three years than Labour in 13 years. But the crucial test is this. The

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Erdington couple I spoke to this morning, hard`working family,

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finding it really difficult. The husband has twice lost his job. Each

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time... Briefly, debt is falling, let us talk let us talk about how

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real people out there feel. They are struggling to pay their mortgage and

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their energy bills. The clock has beaten us. If you want

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more background on this, you can go to my blog.

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A 39`year`old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a

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fatal flat fall. He was detained today after the death of a man who

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is thought to have plunged from a flat on the eighth floor of a tower

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block in Coventry late last night. The victim, thought to be in his

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30s, was discovered lying in Eden Street at about 11:20pm by a

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passer`by. He died later in hospital. There appears to have been

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some sort of disturbance, and subsequent about the mail has been

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found outside the tower block with serious injuries. Anyone who was in

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the area, resident in the area, in or around 11pm and 11:30pm last

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night, who had a disturbance, we would urge them to get in touch.

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University Hospital North Staffordshire has the highest demand

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in our region for accident and emergency, and has always struggled

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to meet targets. Our health correspondent reports.

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This is what faces A staff each day. 59`year`old Paul Stanway has

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regular breathing difficulties, and has a chest infection. His wife is

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in hospital at the same time in intensive care. I have been here

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before, and it gets very busy at certain times of the day, in fact

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usually any time now. And then in the evening and especially at

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weekends. The hospital is investing ?1 million

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in more emergency staff. A large working class, ageing population,

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made worse by cuts to social services budgets, meant a 10%

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increase in work last year. Pressure is growing elsewhere in the region,

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particularly in Worcester and Birmingham, but in Stoke they say

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they're coping. Last month we achieved 95% of patients being ``

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being seen and treated and discharged for the first time in

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about seven months. This new 12`bed ward has already

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opened with full time staff. It's part of another ?1.75m being spent.

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Two wards are having to reopen in the old hospital, which will provide

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a further 22 beds. The hospital is still spending ?400,000 over the

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next four months in getting a private company to treat patients

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who could still be in hospital at home. Hospital at home begins in

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January. Patients who come here now count as part of the hospital's

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figures. By doing that, this unit here manages to pull the figures up

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by about 3% for the whole economy. Which means you could be at a 92%

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for our weight. So you are cheating the figures? That is something I

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understand people may conclude, but in fact what we have `` what we do

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here is monitor the impact of the service we offer on patients.

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The hospital is doing everything it can to make this winter better.

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BBC News has set up a website dedicated to winter health, with a

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particular focus on how hospital A will cope over the coming

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months. You'll find full details on the BBC Health website. And BBC

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Radio Stoke is spending the week looking at the pressures on staff at

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UHNS. Tomorrow morning, they'll hear how midwives cope with 1,500 births

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a year. Our top story tonight: Jaguar Land

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Rover become the first British car maker to open a factory in Brazil `

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a deal worth ?240 million. That very important weather forecast

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to come shortly from Shefali ` also in tonight's programme, nearly six

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decades at Nuneaton Harriers finally recognised, bashful Barry becomes

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the Midlands Unsung Hero. And fabulous from Fabian ` Delph

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drives Aston Villa to Premier League victory on the south coast.

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When Muhammad Zafran's brother`in`law was stabbed to death,

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he started knocking on doors to find out what young people wanted out of

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life. The result was a project which has given hope and inspiration to

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thousands of teenagers. His work was recognised last night as Community

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Project of the Year, at the West Midlands Community Sports Awards.

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Peter Wilson has been to meet him. Muhammad Zafran is known to everyone

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in this part of south east Birmingham as Zaf. Quietly spoken,

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he's organised sporting teams for thousands of young people and

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changed people's lives and attitudes. He gives is his

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experiences, shows us how we can improve as people, and encourages

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us. I met Zaf at the right time in my life. At the moment I am studying

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at university, and it is down to Zaf.

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Zaf is something of a crime fighter ` he began his work for youth and

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community after his wife's brother was stabbed to death in a park in

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Sparkbrook. Rather than bitterness towards young people, Muhammad

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Zafran decided to try and make a difference. He is only 24. And the

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lad who was arrested was 16, and most of the kids who come here, they

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are between 15 and 18, so coming here and going round the local

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parks, it just shows the lack of activities around the area. Lack of

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people who actually want to give the time, and if somebody never stepped

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in and did this work, you will probably get a lot of these

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circumstances and families going through what we went through.

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He's also helped get people jobs, and many claim he's changed their

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community. If you've seen the differences that have taken place in

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the local community, just than here, within two miles, there used to be

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loads of guys making people, and if you come over here now you will see

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no gangs. `` modelling. Muhammad Zafran's religion has

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guided him, and for his family the motivation to help others continues

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to come from the loss of his brother`in`law. I wished I could ``

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I wish I could have done this when he was alive, but sometimes it takes

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this kind of thing to happen, a calamity, for people to learn that

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everyone can live for themselves, but to live for others, but is the

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real challenge. The Sports Awards last night also

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recognised the dedication of Barry Ewington. From junior runner to

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President and coach, Nuneaton Harriers has been a big part of his

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life since 1954, all of which earned him the title of Unsung Hero. Nick

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Clitheroe reports. For years Barry Ewington has been

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coaching athletes of all ages and abilities, just because he loves the

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sport. But last night his devotion to athletics, which has spanned 59

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years, was placed firmly in the spotlight. The one thing I do when I

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am down on the track, I will never leave the track before the athletes

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do. And if you are `` I have always said I will be out in the rain for

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them if they are out in the rain for me. It is respect for them, working

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hard. Barry wasn't alone in being

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recognised at the first West Midlands Community Sports Awards at

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Villa Park last night. 15`year`old Lauren Rowles from Worcestershire

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won the Newcomer of the Year. In February 2012 she was diagnosed with

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a rare neurological disorder which left her in a wheelchair, and now

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she's one of the finest young wheelchair athletes in the country.

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It has been a whirlwind this year, from being able`bodied nearly two

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years ago to being where I am in my racing career. It is phenomenal how

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far I think I have come. Last night was a chance for

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celebration, but this evening Barry will be back doing what he loves

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best ` coaching athletes in the cold at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton.

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On to football and it was an excellent night for Aston Villa, who

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became the first team this season to win in the Premier League at

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Southampton. Ben Sidwell reports. It's taken 62 games to happen, but

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Fabian Delph's first Premier League goal for Aston Villa was well worth

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waiting for. It was the highlight of an excellent

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away win for Villa, against a Southampton side who before the game

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had the best defensive record in the League and were undefeated at home.

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It has been awhile since I scored a goal like that, but I think the main

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thing was the three points and the togetherness we showed out there.

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And if Delph's goal was spectacular, Gabby Agbonlahor's opener wasn't too

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bad either. It is great for us. It is another three points on the board

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which is great. Villa only had 23% of possession and

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three shots on target all night, but scored with all of them ` Libor

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Kozak, who was given a start instead of striker Christian Benteke,

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heading in their other. Meaning they've now lost just three League

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games away from home in the whole of 2013.

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There was a familiar face at the Hawthorns, Wimbledon winner and West

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Brom fan Goran Ivanisevic had a tennis tournament rearranged so he

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could watch the Baggies play at home for the very first time. When Yaya

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Toure slotted in a penalty for Man City's third, Goran probably wished

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he'd picked a different game. He did see West Brom score though, twice in

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the last ten minutes, but it was too little too late.

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Stoke City are now just a point behind the Baggies, after a goalless

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draw at home to Cardiff. In a match of few chances, Asmir Begovic's late

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save ensured the Potters got something out of the game.

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Is the wind going to come down? Is the wind

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I think the worst is over. The amber warnings have been downgrading to

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yellow and for our region, lifted altogether.

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Today the strongest gusts recorded went like this.

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This is the culprit for today's stormy conditions, but the area of

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low pressure which is now moving away to the east, and the ice bars

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are slacklining, meaning the winds will become lighter. The rain is

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dying out, and the air behind this front begin in behind it is going to

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be a lot colder because `` before the high`pressure establishes itself

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over us for the weekend. It is good to be quite a different story for

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tomorrow. It is good to be the coldest day of the week and a lot

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drier. For now, we have a bit of rain, and where the air is called

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across the north of the region we could see a bit of sleet developing.

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`` where the air is killed. `` killed.

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We have got on ice risk, the Met Office 's warning for ice almost

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anywhere with a stand which is dropped to below freezing. `` where

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temperatures drop. It could turn wintry over the hill tops, but there

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is a good of sunshine developing further south, and temperatures will

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rise from between four Celsius in the North to seven Celsius in parts

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of Hereford and Worcestershire. But only about ten mph as a maximum

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wind. Tomorrow night we have a lot of cloud, so that will keep

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temperatures above freezing for a change, but it does mean it will be

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a bit cloudier over the weekend, but it is turning a little bit milder as

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well. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:

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First Scotland and now the rest of the UK is battered by a powerful

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storm ` two people are killed. Have a good

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