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the north and west. That's all from the BBC news at six.

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight. More savings

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needed. Another 1,000 jobs to go at Birmingham City Council. It is very

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sad and I am sorry for this but there is no alternative because the

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money is not there to keep those people in employment. We'll be

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asking how these cuts will affect those who use the services. Ten

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years down the road, claims the M6 Toll is a benefit to no one and

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shunned by most drivers. Pulling in bumper crowds but has Birmingham's

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German Christmas market become too popular? It feels like a connection

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of sheds. I have nicknamed it Shedville. Storm clouds over manager

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Steve Clarke as West Bromwich Albion suffer another home defeat. And you

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would be surprised at the weather this week, it is not quite as cold

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as you would expect others. `` expect for December. All the details

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coming up. Good evening. Hundreds more jobs are being lost at the

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region's biggest local authority. The leader of Birmingham City

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Council is warning tonight of the most severe cuts in its history.

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He's blamed a reduction in Government funding amounting to ?149

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for every person in Birmingham. Today's announcement means 1080 jobs

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are to go in the next two years. And the amount the council needs to save

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by 2017 has increased from ?615 million to ?840 million. Three years

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ago, the council employed 21,000. That's now down to 14,000 ` a

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reduction of a third. Bob Hockenhull reports. One year ago, Birmingham's

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council leader said that the city was staring individual is a doom.

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Today, he said those jaws had widened. More than 1000 posts will

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go by April 2000 and Dean. It is not just those who have been made

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redundant who will be losing out. Advice activities, and that things

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are residents are very much in need, so there is a range of cuts for

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different categories of people, residents and indeed businesses.

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Post from Park keepers to pest controllers, from librarians to

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leisure centre managers are under threat from this latest round of

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cuts. Only those working in children's services will be

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protected. The council says that a 40% reduction in government funding

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is to blame for the cuts, but the Government insists it has delivered

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a fair deal which protects front line services. Opposition party

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leaders on the council believed Labour has got it spending

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priorities wrong and Birmingham. Why are they not willing to reduce

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services and back office, things like the human resources Department

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on legal department, or consult this? They spend a huge amount on

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consultants. The council should be managing its budgets better, cutting

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out vanity projects. We cannot afford them at the moment, and using

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its lenses. The unions have described today's announcement as

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horrendous but inevitable. It does not come as a shock but it will come

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as a shock to the people of Birmingham that their services are

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being wrecked by central government. The council was that services that

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are currently protected Mike also face cuts in future years. `` might

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also. The council said that volunteers could step in to take up

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the slack. But will that work, and what do community stand to lose if

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it doesn't? Standing up for Birmingham, they called it, an event

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organised by the council intended to inspire volunteers to step up as

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they step back. People like Roger, who wants to buy local playing

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fields to provide sporting facilities. It opens up the door for

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community and voluntary sector groups to step up to the plate and

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say, we can get involved and we can do stuff on behalf of the local

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community. How much can we expect from volunteers like Emma, who

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devotes hundreds of unpaid hours to running their neighbourhood park? If

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it is maintained it has no insurance impact. Cuts today would mean more

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park rangers and keepers losing their jobs, but she says they cannot

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do it all on their own. You cannot mothball a park, you cannot not look

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after it. It will go back to being the field that it once was. I am not

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quite sure what the answer is. The answer is getting volunteers to

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help, but volunteers cannot do it with no infrastructure behind them.

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Up the road, a swimming pool and gymnasium that could be mothballed.

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It is one of nine slated for closure. The council says it will

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build six new leisure centres. It is fair to blame the local authority

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that was voted in recently on the basis of defending public services.

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What they have done is the luck `` the exact opposite, not standing up

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to central government, whatsoever. These cuts are affecting ordinary

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people, the working class, not the middle`class. Around the corner, one

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of 39 libraries in the city that could face closure or transferred to

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local community groups. It might be about handing overhaul services to

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communities and using that as an opportunity to get people control

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over something that matters to them in their lives. There are some

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positives to come out of this. It is not all negative. Sunset, or new

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dawn? One way or another, the landscape of local government is

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changing. John Hemming is the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham

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Yardley and a former city councillor. A little earlier I asked

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him if, as a member of the coalition, he agreed with these

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cuts. If the country wanted to not be in a mess in 2010, it would have

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required different policies from 2005`8. Giving those policies

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between 2005`8, which Tony Blair himself said were wrong, inevitably,

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we face cuts across the country and I think now the Labour Party

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nationally accepts that they will go at least with the first year after

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the general election if they were to end up in government. You cannot

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keep naming the previous government. The workforce has been cut by

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21,000, to 14,000, in the last three years. Your government is keen to

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stress that the recovery is under way, but that is not the case if you

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work in the public sector or relying on council services as many of your

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constituents do. We have to bring the deficit under control. The

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government spending more money than it in, in tax, every year, and we

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are gradually reducing the difference but we will not be in

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balance until the year, 2018. How will you explain these cuts to your

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constituents? There is an inevitability to all of this.

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Whoever is in government nationally will have to have an austerity

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policy. The only way we could have avoided it is by having different

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policies between 2005`8. Those having been set, we are stuck. We

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are doing better than places like Greece Spain that have had much more

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serious cuts. Are you comparing us to Greece? Are you saying, tough,

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this is the situation, we're going to have to get on with it. Your

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constituents will be affected by this. The point is, the deficit, the

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amount of money that the Government spent that it did not get, in

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income, as a proportion of gross domestic product, was the same order

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of magnitude as that in Greece, it was that big a problem. How can you

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maintain services when the budget needs to be cut by the amount it

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means to be cut by, which you have acknowledged? At the end of the day

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you have to be more efficient in the way that you do things. We haven't

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used staffing levels and libraries whilst keeping them open. That is

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not an unreasonable thing to do. We're talking about losing a further

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1000 jobs. Lots of jobs have been lost over time. There was nothing

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particularly new in all of this. Plenty more to come tonight,

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including: why the only thing traders in one riverside town want

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for Christmas is an end to over`running bridge repairs. We

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cannot carry on. We are losing money every month, and one just cant carry

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on like this. `` can't carry on. Ten years ago to the day, the

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controversial M6 toll road was opened. Many expected it to help

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relieve congestion on the existing M6, but a decade later traffic

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levels and congestion is virtually the same. That's partly because the

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M6 Toll has never managed to attract the number of vehicles it was

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forecast to carry. It's also lost millions of pounds for its owners,

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Midland Expressway Limited. A recent report by the Campaign for Better

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Transport claims that the pay`as`you`go motorway is of

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"benefit to no one". However, the roads bosses say, after a long

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recession, more drivers ARE now beginning to use it. Here's our

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Transport correspondent Peter Plisner. The M6 Toll this morning `

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still one of the UK's quietest motorways. Dissy Tonks was on it

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today. She likes it, but... It is expensive. It was better when it

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first started. It was slightly cheaper. And even drivers who do not

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pay the tolls themselves have similar views. Why do you use it as

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opposed to a free road? Because somebody else pays the expenses. It

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is expensive but the company are paying the way. And its high cost is

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part of the reason many drivers have voted with their wheels and stayed

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away. 75,000 vehicles were supposed to use it every day. But in reality

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traffic levels are much lower. It is not just traffic that is missing.

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Profits are missing for the company that runs the M6 Toll. Accounts

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submitted over the last ten years show that this road has lost nearly

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?300 million. Despite that, the man who runs the road is adamant that

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the business is sustainable. I certainly think it is. We have the

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continued support of the banks. The rah another 40 years ago. This will

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prove to be a good long`term investment. Eco`warriors and

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environmentalists did their best to stop the road being built. Not

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surprisingly, ten years on, those involved haven't changed their view.

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Expectations were always far too high for the M6 Toll. There was no

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silver bullet for congestion in the West Midlands. We need to get on

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with investing in public on sport. But what's it like living close to

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the M6 Toll? This couple's home is just yards away. It is quite loud,

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and it is more prevalent when it is wet. You get a continuous hissing

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noise from the wet road. When it opened, the M6 Toll was a

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trailblazer for a future network of toll roads. But ten years on, to the

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delight of many drivers, the prospect of further pay`as`you`go

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motorways seems as far away as ever. Peter Plisner is at the M6 Toll for

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us now. So what's gone wrong with the toll road ideal? Many drivers

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just don't like toll roads. We had the petition a few years ago where

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millions of people signed a Downing Street petition opposing the idea.

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Drivers say that they pay a tax already. As far as the M6 Toll is

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concerned, it has been hit by the recession although traffic numbers

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are coming back, but it is seen as a luxury by some and luxuries are the

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first thing to go into recession, and some simply cannot afford it. It

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must be galling for people struggling on the congested M6 to

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see another motorway running almost empty at times, nearby. It must be.

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And even at the busiest times this road is free`flowing, and it will

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always be like that because the M6 Toll has the ability to increase the

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tolls the joke of traffic if they want. The tolls are not regulated by

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the Government, so the management can set whatever tolls they want.

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There are measures being taken on the existing M6 to make things

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easier. Smart motorways are being introduced on many sections so they

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are using the hard shoulder and controlling the speed of traffic.

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That helps ease congestion in places and improves journey time

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reliability, so that you know, moron less, when you are going to reach

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your destination. `` more or less. A headteacher has spoken of his

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school's "immense loss" after a member of staff and two pupils were

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killed in a car accident on Friday. Maggie Stewart, who was a technician

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at Kingsbury School, near Tamworth, died with her sixteen year`old son

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Damian and 15`year`old nephew Dion Walker`Smith. In a statement,

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headteacher Simon Cotton said all three had been respected and loved

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by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing them. Two Birmingham women

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have been jailed for a total of 24 years for starting a house fire in

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which a woman died as she slept. 39`year`old Nussrat Khatoon was

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sentenced to 14 years for manslaughter and arson after she set

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fire to her ex`husband's home. Her co`defendant, 30`year`old Tina

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Andrews, was sentenced to ten years. A woman's body found in woodland two

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months ago has been identified as a 27`year`old from Redditch. Police

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found her body in Bolton and release pictures of jewellery and confirm

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her identity. They have issued a fresh appeal for information. Our

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top story tonight: More cuts needed, another one thousand jobs to go at

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Birmingham City Council. Your detailed weather forecast to come

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shortly. Also in tonight's programme: A first league win over

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Chelsea in almost 40 years. Has Mark Hughes's Stoke side begun to turn

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the corner? And non`league Kidderminster Harriers boost the

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coffers with a place in the third round of the FA Cup, but not the big

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draw they'd hoped for. An estimated four million shoppers will visit

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Birmingham's German market this year. But is it becoming a victim of

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its own success? On the busiest weekends, parts of the city centre

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have become virtually impassable, with a one`way system to try to keep

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pedestrians moving. Our reporter Kevin Reide has been investigating.

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Birmingham's Frankfurt market is an ever popular attraction every

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Christmas. But local journalist Graham Long is questioning its

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existence. He believes it has become same old same old, . It feels like a

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collection of sheds. I have nicked named it Shedville. Even of the

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sheds were designed in a more theatrical way, it would just create

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a more Christmassy experience. If they just changed it a little bit

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every year, change the layout, or have the Victorian market one year,

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you would remember it, but 13 years the same, it just blends into one.

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This is the city of 1000 trades, the city of invention, but when you walk

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around the market you cannot really see that. And it just dominates the

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city. You don't get a flavour of what the real city is. They are

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concerned about the Christmas nativity no longer being

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centrestage. It feels as if we are ashamed of what Christmas is about

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at the beginning. It gives people a trail to explore the city from new

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Street, up to the square, and that night time it looks so beautiful. We

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have had a lot of media coverage from the likes of New York travel

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magazines, from overseas publications, and from broadcasters

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saying how great the market is and highlighting it is a thing to do

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when you come to this country. We have seen record numbers of people

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booking trips to Birmingham and citing this market as a reason for

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doing that. According to social media it is certainly attracting the

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crowds. These pictures were captured at new Street station with a one in,

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one out, barrier system in operation. What do those who run

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nearby businesses think? People do spill into the arcade looking for

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relief from it and find the best shopping in Birmingham, so it can be

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to our advantage. Do you like it? Yes, I like the pancake stall. We

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have lots of people from different cities coming to Birmingham to

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experience the market. We are very busy. And perhaps Dan Graham should

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have the final say. We had a comedian in Germany saying thank

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goodness of the German markets are over here, because they are glad to

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get Germany back to how it ought to be, which is not full of German

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markets, they are tired of them too, so that is why they are

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exporting them here. You have been getting in touch with your

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experiences. We have had some divided opinions.

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Steve Prescott took his children there on Saturday. He said.

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And Larry Ashworth wrote on Facebook. He paid ?16 50 for three

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hotdogs. I was there yesterday with my goddaughter and their family and

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it was very 28 miles south of Birmingham, the

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town of Evesham on the banks of the River Avon would love some of those

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visitors this Christmas. Repairs to a bridge have over`run, shoppers

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have been going elsewhere and some businesses fear for their future.

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Sarah Falkland reports. Construction of the new bridge has been described

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by one Evesham resident as being such a saga, it makes the Lord of

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the rings seem concise. With the main road closed, passing trade has

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vanished. This garage has laid off two staff, and next door they are

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shutting up shop. We have not been able to make the mortgage payments

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at home, and I have just resigned myself to the fact that we cannot

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carry on. We are losing money every month. Contractors say they have

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encountered all kinds of unexpected challenges building this bridge,

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everything from high winds to high river levels, and have apologised

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for missing the latest deadline. They point out they have offered

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free Christmas advertising to some businesses affected. The one thing

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they don't mention is that when this is going to be finished. We

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understand the difficulties. It is a very complicated structure they are

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trying to replace. We understand all of that, but we are getting quite

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stroppy with them, that is the right ascription. When do you think the

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road will be open? We think it will be open in early February. Early

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February, then, things will be back to normal. But maybe not, says the

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town mayor. They say it is not going to open until the middle of next

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year, but you never know how much of that is real inside information or

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people just shooting them out after having a few beers. He says that

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Evesham is coping and that the Christmas market is bringing people

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in. Maybe everyone is that adopt the attitude of this cafe owner, look

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what is in her window. Sports news, and it is time that football

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managers start to get vulnerable. At the end of November seven football

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managers were sacked in the space of just eight days. It was a harsh

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reminder of how much pressure there is to achieve instant success. But

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as the bosses of Aston Villa, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion can

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all tell you that success doesn't come easily in the Premier League.

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Nick Clitheroe reports. This was the highlight of Mark Hughes's Stoke

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City career so far. Oussama Assaidi's thunderous winner against

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Chelsea brought the house down at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.

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But it was relief as much as anything. Since Hughes took over in

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the summer with the additional task of improving the team's style of

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play his was just their fourth win in 15 games. We have not won as many

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games as possibly we deserve, but everybody understands that we are

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barely into what we are trying to do, and we are trying to change the

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way we play, and a lot of people have said that the meat. Overall

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that means he's taken 17 points from a possible 45. 37.7% of the rewards

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on offer at this early stage. So how does that contrast with Paul Lambert

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at Aston Villa. Lambert has been in charge for an extra season. His

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brief was restoring the club's fortunes while slashing the budget

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for players' wages. That's led to the inconsistency which saw them

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beaten 2`nil by struggling Fulham yesterday. Overall though Lambert

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has secured 60 points from a possible 159. Exactly the same

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return as Mark Hughes at 37.7%. And that leaves Steve Clarke at West

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Bromwich Albion. They were booed off following the 2`nil home defeat by

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Norwich and Clarke has been criticised by some fans recently.

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Overall though his record bears comparison. Like Lambert he's been

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in charge for 53 games but Clarke has a slightly higher points tally

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of 64 to give an overall success rate of just over 40 per cent. Those

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statistics are quite revealing. It seems like Steve Clarke at West

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Bromwich Albion has got the biggest task. December is a tough month.

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West Bromwich Albion have lost three games in a week. They are away at

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Cardiff city, then I wait to hold. Then I wait to Spurs on Boxing Day,

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and 48 hours later, away to West Ham. Difficult times. Kidderminster

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Harriers fancied up home draw against Premier League giant in

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round three, but instead, they drew Peterborough, and they are pleased

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as punch. Steve Bird woke up today, with working on his mind, because

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tomorrow, that is where Kidderminster are hoping to close

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the gap on conference leaders, Cambridge. On Saturday, the Harriers

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held a minute applause for Nelson Mandela and it seemed to inspire

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striker, Michael Gash. Like I said, I am very happy with it. It was a

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good goal. The Harriers were outstanding in the first half, and

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when Callum Givens scored, Newport County knew they were well beaten.

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Then Michael Gash made it 4`0 and Kidderminster were able to celebrate

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a cup victory against a team who pipped them for promotion last year.

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Kidderminster were fired up for a possible home tie Iron Man three

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against someone like Arsenal, Liverpool or United. Peterborough

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United. Obviously not the draw we wanted, but it is a chance to

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progress, that is the thing. There was no joy for the other non`league

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teams, with Stourbridge crashing away to Stevenage, and at Tamworth,

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Andy Todd's last`minute consolation goal could not present `` prevent

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Bristol city going through, 2`1. Those ties among the first week of

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January, on the fourth and fifth. I saw snowplough on the motorway

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today. Is there something we should know? Shefali Has got the weather

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forecast. This week is going to be milder. We have a wonderful wodge of

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warm air in Central Europe at keeping temperatures up instead of

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down this week, and on top of that, giving way slightly to low pressure

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by Thursday and Friday. That high pressure will still exert some

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influence. Taking a look at tonight. We start this evening and the first

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part of the night with clear skies. So this is when temperatures are

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going to drop to their lowest point, so they could see a slight frost

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developing and remote spots. That's the side of midnight. After that,

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cloud increases from the West, which will keep temperatures from falling

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below four Celsius. We could get a bit of missed developing towards the

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end of the night. Lots of this cloud is going to linger through the day

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tomorrow. The best chance of any sunshine is in the East. In spite of

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the cloud, it is going to be mild, temperatures between 9`10dC. And it

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is going to be dry as well. Tomorrow night, cloud again into making us.

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Not exactly warm, but not desperately cold, and later in the

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night we could see some cloud breaks developing across the southeastern

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corner of the region, with some missed developing. And then looking

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ahead, it looks like Wednesday is going to be a fine, dry day with

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plenty of wintry, sparkling sunshine. I temperatures of nine

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Celsius, but on Thursday, we have a frontal system slipping down from

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the North West, making it cloudy but milder, the possibility of some

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patchy rain. The headlines. Amazon convert admits

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killing a British soldier, Lee Rigby, in London and tells the Old

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Bailey, this is a war. And more cuts needed. Another 1000 jobs to go at

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Birmingham City Council. And you might remember seeing Sean Conway

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from Cheltenham last week. He has become the first person to swim the

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length of Britain. He most from the sea, looking like Neptune. He grew a

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beard while swimming to protect him from jellyfish stings. Today, he

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gave it a chop, and donated the money raised to the BBC Children In

:27:35.:27:42.

Need fun. `` fund. I'll be back later with more on those job cuts at

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Birmingham City Council. Join me for that

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