24/12/2013 Midlands Today


24/12/2013

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struggled with an Australian barrage all tour. Let's hope this guy has

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Good evening. 20 flood warnings are now in place and the Midlands as

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swollen waters continue to rise. Flood barriers were put up alongside

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the Severn this afternoon, and the Environment Agency says several

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motorists are lucky escapes after their cars were stranded in

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deepwater. The waters of the Severn are

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expected to peak at three and a half metres in Shrewsbury on Christmas

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Day. The Environment Agency was putting up flood barriers to protect

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the town today. It expects to have to do the same in Worcestershire

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tomorrow. Flood warnings are in place on the Severn, the Wye and the

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Avon. The ground is already saturated, and if the predicted rain

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comes at the end of the week, the Environment Agency says rivers and

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streams will become much more swollen and dangerous. The high

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waters are closed several roads and made many others barely passable.

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The moment agency says too many motorists are taking risks by

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driving through deep surface water. I was talking to a lady ten minutes

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ago who was telling me upstream appear she had to help pull somebody

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out this morning. It seems to be happening all the time, people just

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don't know what the depth is, they should not do it.

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With more rain forecast, one riverside pub was preparing for the

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worst in Worcester. For the local wildlife, though, the rising waters

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proved more than the `` more of a fascination in the challenge.

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The body of a man has been found in a river in Oxford. Police believe it

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is the body of Michael Griffiths who went missing from his home in

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Stechford and Birmingham. His car was found nearby. The body was found

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in the River Thame near junction 88 the M 40 this morning.

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Jobs are to be created by the company are WK operating out of the

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Wedgwood/Royal Doulton warehouse. A toddler is recovering at home

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after an operation to remove a tumour the size of a tennis ball...

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Doctors were not sure whether Thomas Phillips would survive, but he is

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excited to make excellent recovery. Thomas Phillips is one toddler

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academic forward to two days unwrapping presents. Today on his

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second birthday, his parents get their greatest gift, their son at

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home on Christmas. After all we've been through, it's

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fantastic. To see how Mikey is now, on his second birthday, it's

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magical. Thomas became unwell in October. His

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head appeared tilted. GPs at first thought it was a virus, but his

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parents decided to pay privately for an MRI scan, and they bridge was

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found. We never imagined. We thought it

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would happen to someone else, it's not something that happens to you.

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Surgeons and Birmingham Children's Hospital carried out a complex well

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our operation. The tumour was wrapped around blood vessels at the

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base of Thomas's skull. We believe we got all of it. There

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is a few strands in other scans, we are planning to do another scan to

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see whether that is just an appearance after surgery or whether

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there might be a small residue. The tumour is known as Ependymoma

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and affects just 30 children each year in the UK.

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If you have a headache with `` if you have a child with headaches and

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vomiting that goes on for more than two weeks, you should seek expert

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guidance. Expats about hospital are delighted

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with Thomas's progress, and he is excited to make a full recovery

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after intensive course of chemotherapy.

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What will the Christmas weather bring us? Here is Charlie Slater.

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bring us? Here is Charlie Good news for Santa, it will not be

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as windy as last night so he will not be blown around too much. In the

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main it is a dry and Green Knight, temperatures around one or two

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Celsius. Probably a little frost on Christmas Day, but not a bad day,

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largely dry and bright. Some showers but I wouldn't pay them too much

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mind. Into Boxing Day, not bad either. It looks like it'll be dry.

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It will also be largely bright at times, but unfortunately it gets a

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little worse come Friday. times, but unfortunately it gets

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The national weather forecast is next, but from Midlands Today,

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that's it, this side of Christmas. . From all of us, have a very happy

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Christmas Day. Bye`bye. it from us - we are back on Boxing

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Day at One o'clock. Merry Christmas.

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