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Campaigners say prices are rising three times faster than wages. That

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is all from BBC Hello and welcome to Midlands Today.

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The headlines tonight: Name and shame ` two police forces

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criticised for publishing names of drivers charged with drink`driving.

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The police have pulled you for a reason and stop to and you have

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blown into the breathalyser and failed. What do you expect?

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A top lawyer tells us Staffordshire's Crime Commissioner

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should resign. Also tonight, bouncing back `

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businesses report an increase in sales at the end of last year but

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they're still struggling to find skilled staff. We've got an ageing

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workforce and we are currently taking apprentices on to try to

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bridge the gap. Save our open spaces ` the fight to

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stop the sale of a historic part of city`living.

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100 reasons to love Birmingham ` the film`maker out to change

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stereotypes. And one of the rare occasions today

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when the sun shone and unseasonably mild weather brought an early burst

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of blossom. Is nature confused or just trying to tell us something?

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Join me later for the forecast. Good evening. A top lawyer has

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called for the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner to resign

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after his force decided to name and shame people who've been charged

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with drink and drug`driving before they're convicted. Nick Freeman says

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the policy could prejudice cases before they get to court. The

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policy, which has been running over the Christmas period in

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Staffordshire and West Midlands Police force areas, was designed to

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make people think twice about drink`driving, as Liz Copper

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reports. It's a year`round message, but the

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annual Christmas drink`drive crackdown is always launched with

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publicity. This year, though, it's courted controversy, too.

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Staffordshire's one of several forces which have published the

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names of drivers who've been charged with, though not yet convicted of,

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drink`drive offences. Nick Freeman's a lawyer who has made his name

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representing motorists. It's earned him the nick`name Mr Loophole. He's

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highly critical of the move. There's an enormous prejudice with naming

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and shaming prior to conviction. Because some of these people are

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going to be `` who have been charged will be acquitted and there are lots

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of allegations not supported by the evidence. In response, Staffordshire

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Police have said the campaign is aimed at promoting responsible

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attitudes to drinking over the festive period. We know that during

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the Christmas period, drink`driving goes up during the year, so this is

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a campaign to liberate targeted to reduce people getting behind the

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wheel of the car who have had a drink. Joan O'Brien, who was a

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mother of six, was killed by a drink`driver. Her family think it's

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acceptable to name suspected drink`drivers via social media. I

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know what people are saying ` it is going to get back to your family and

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friends and everybody will know and it has gone viral and worldwide and

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everybody will know you are a drink driver with you have done it or not.

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But the police have pulled you over for a reason, they have stopped you

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and you have blown into a breathalyser and it has come back as

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failed. What do you expect? The police accept the policy has been a

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controversial one, but what do drivers think? I don't like

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drink`driving and I think it is quite acceptable. I think it is a

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good idea, yeah. Drink`driving is a no`go. In Staffordshire, the police

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say they'll be evaluating the success of this year's campaign and

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won't be drawn on whether the name`and`shame strategy will be

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repeated. And Liz joins us now. Matthew Ellis

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has defended himself and his force over this issue? Well, he hasn't

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been available for interview today because of a long`standing family

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commitment that he has written about this issue on his blog and responded

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to Mr Freeman's comments. He said this is a proactive campaign that

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has been launched by Staffordshire police to raise the issue of

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drink`driving and the tragedy it can cause, and he said if one person is

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safe because more people are thinking hard before drinking and

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getting behind the wheel of a car, that has got to be a benefit. For

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his part, Mr Freeman says he supports any effort and any campaign

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to cut the number of drink drivers on the road. He just thinks there

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are better ways to do that, and in particular he would support a

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campaign where people who convicted of drink`driving offences are. He

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believes that would have a much bigger impact and would be much more

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effective. Thank you. This issue has caused quite a debate

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on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Richard Hancher tweeted, "This seems

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to fly in the face of innocent until proven guilty. And why only for

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drink`drive offences?" But Nick Insull says, "Name and

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shame. If they've failed a roadside test they're guilty, but it could be

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a good deterrent. Anything to stop this behaviour."

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On Facebook Justin Hales said, "We name suspects charged with murder

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and other serious offences. It's in the public interest. This is no

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different." Ruth Simmonds said, "The police

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should name and shame once convicted, but not before the matter

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has gone to court." Sam Coxhead said, "It's not a

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deterrent. People who drink and drive don't worry if they are going

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to kill someone, so why would they worry about Facebook or Twitter?"

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Rob Thomas says, "As far as I'm concerned, you shouldn't be allowed

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to drive even after just one drink but I do wonder what has happened

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about innocent until proven guilty. Are we now marching towards trial by

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Twitter and Facebook?" Thank you for all of your comments.

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Coming up later in the programme, tackling a growing rat population

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with science. How the rampant rodents are being controlled with

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the help of a laser beam. Economic recovery is gathering pace

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among businesses in the Birmingham area. A survey carried out by the

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city's Chamber of Commerce suggests an upturn in orders at home and

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abroad is fuelling confidence. It's forecasting further improvements in

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the year ahead but warns that a shortage of skills is still

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hampering growth, as Giles Latcham reports.

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BSA is a famous Birmingham brand with a proud history but it's busy

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investing in its future. 70% of its workforce is over 60, and that's

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because they're the ones with the skills. So they're taking on

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apprentices like Tim, training them up for a kind of engineering that

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fell out of fashion. Most people are new at University barely knew what a

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lathe was, let alone what it did. So to end up in machinery is quite

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unusual. These lathes are destined for Pakistan. It's a big contract

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and the order book is looking healthy. I think the future is rosy

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if we can address the skills gap and the access to finance, and then I

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think we will grow and grow fast. They are not alone in their optimism

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here. 400 plus firms responded to a survey and the consensus is that

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they are turning a corner. ?? WHITE 44% of manufacturers reported

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increased sales in the UK market compared with 33% in December 2012.

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52% said exports were up, a big leap from 37%. In the service sector, 46%

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reported increased sales at home, the highest since 2007. It is still

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fragile economy and we shouldn't get carried away, but, my goodness, this

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is a great start to 2014 because it is the businesses that will make

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sure we do have the jobs and the wealth to pay for the lifestyles we

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all want. At Hydrapower, they make pipes for everything from wind

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turbines to torpedoes. They, too, sense an upturn in 2014. The first

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quarter is certainly looking quite good for us. We have seen an upturn

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in the schedules that have come through. And the budgets and

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predictions we have for the rest of the year are quite good as well. In

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some quarters, unemployment remains stubbornly high. Others, though,

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start the new year convinced there are reasons to be cheerful.

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Administrators called in following the collapse of a Midlands

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stationery company have confirmed 17 of its 20 stores are to close.

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Osbornes was put into administration last month. At the time, it employed

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140 people and had its headquarters in Birmingham. Closing`down sales

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are now taking place at 14 shops but it's hoped that three can be saved.

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The body of a Worcestershire man who was last seen four days before

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Christmas has been found in a bin store at a block of flats. Stuart

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Caswell from Redditch told friends he was popping to the shops on 21st

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December but didn't return. His body was found in a bin cupboard at the

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flats in the Winyates area of the town on New Year's Eve.

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The number of flood warnings in the region has risen to 20. `` 26. Areas

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of Gloucestershire along the Severn Estuary are affected. A high tide on

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the Severn tomorrow morning is expected to create a tidal surge, or

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bore. Elsewhere, the Wye in Herefordshire is expected to peak

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this evening. It was built more than 100 years ago

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to improve the living conditions of workers in the city, but now people

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with homes on the Moor Pool estate in Birmingham could lose their

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community facilities. The idea behind the Garden Suburb Movement

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was to give families green spaces and a better standard of living. Our

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reporter Bob Hockenhull is in Harborne for us now. So what

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facilities are up for sale? Well, there are also is. There is the main

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hall which is used to stage events like plays and it has mother and

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toddler groups. There are also tennis courts, a bowling green,

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allotments and even a shop. All of these could be converted for

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different uses and that is something the residents here are desperate to

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avoid, because they see this area of Birmingham is a hidden gem.

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Built on rolling fields in 1907, the Moor Pool estate was devised as a

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green alternative to the back`to`back slums where many

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residents of Birmingham lived. Town planner John Sutton Nettlefold

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oversaw the construction of the 500 houses which today represent one of

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the few intact garden suburbs in the country. Residents say the community

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spirit is still alive but under threat, because the estate's current

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owners want to sell off its facilities. Well, the big fear is we

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won't have the heart of the state any more, that it will be lost to

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the local people and all of those who come down from outside and use

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the community hall. Grainger, the company which took over the running

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of the estate 11 years ago, is giving the community first refusal

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to purchase the assets. We have got till September this year to do

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that. We have to raise about ?300,000 to complete the deal. It is

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very important that we achieve it. It is a once`in`a`lifetime

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opportunity to keep Moor Pool for the future. The community has

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already raised ?16,000 through fundraising, but nearly there is a

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long way to go in a short space of time, so it is appealing to

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organisations like the Heritage Lottery Fund to help with grants.

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The fear is other prospective buyers would develop the land and not

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maintain the community facilities, something lifelong residents like

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Barbara Ikin find hard to contemplate. I have roamed all of

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the little avenues and bypasses, the passages, I've written my bicycle,

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my children have done the same. `` ridden. And if that is taken away...

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It is nothing. Base`mack will have gone for ever. `` Moor Pool.

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Instead, the residents hope it'll be preserved as an estate others aspire

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to copy. Grainger, the current owners, haven't put anything up for

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comment but it is hoped the residents will get the first chance

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to buy these facilities, and these facilities the residents not only

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want local people to use, but the whole of Birmingham, and they have

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or be invited school groups down to show them the estate, which they are

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very proud of and feel is a good way of living.

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If rats aren't your thing, you might find our next story a little

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unnerving. Pest control services across the West Midlands are some of

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the busiest in the country. 48,500 rat treatments were carried out in

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2013 ` that's almost a fifth of the UK total. With a treatment costing

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on average ?80, that works to nearly ?4 million a year. But now

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scientists in Birmingham have created a new way of controlling the

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rat population. Our science correspondent David Gregory`Kumar

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has the details. In the Midlands and especially

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Birmingham you're never far from a rat. So, not surprisingly,

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Birmingham is the place in the UK making the most calls to pest

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control experts like Carl Richards. So, what are these holes? Is this a

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sign of a rat? These are burrows, which is typical of quite a fairly

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sized infestation. Traditional traps entice rats in with poisoned bait.

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But there's no way to control the amount they eat and or the dose of

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poison they get. The problem is, in some parts of the country, rats are

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becoming resistant to the poison we give them and they are passing on

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that resistance to their offspring. We are looking at a generation of

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poison`resistant super`rats. Scientists worry that it will take

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more and more poison to do the job, and that poses problems. We are

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putting more poison down to try to kill the rats that are freely

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roaming in these areas and you often don't notice there is a massive

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amount of poison hidden in a little black box at the side of the road or

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at the side of your house. But at the University of Aston, they're

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working on a completely new type of rat`trap that avoids all these

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problems. It works by spraying the rats with a toxin, so unlike normal

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traps, they don't have to eat the poison. They are dosed with it. It

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is a fixed dose and they go on to die from that poison at a later

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time. The rat enters the trap and breaks a laser beam that allows an

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in`built computer to work out how big the rat is and the precise dose

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of poison to spray directly on to the skin of the rat to kill it. Rats

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aren't just a problem in Birmingham. Worldwide they carry disease and

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destroy crops. So a new type of control would bring benefits for

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everyone. Our top story tonight:

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Name and shame ` two police forces criticised for publishing names of

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drivers charged with drink`driving. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly, with Shefali. Also tonight, an early contender for

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goal of the month? Find out how this helped Coventry City secure three

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points. John bridesmaid Birmingham the

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battleground... `` John bride made. And why this film`maker is on a

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mission to bring you fascinating facts about Birmingham.

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2014 will be a busy year in politics, with elections for seven

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Midlands seats in the European Parliament, as well as polling in 19

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of our local authorities. It's expected to set the scene for next

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year's general election. And, as our political editor, Patrick Burns,

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explains, all eyes will be on our key marginal Parliamentary

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constituencies. Dudley. Famous for its castle, and,

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of course, its zoo. But who'll be the kings and queens of the

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political jungle in this town of two marginals? It comes down to

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target`setting, because one of the many unfamiliar features of this era

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of coalition politics is that both main parties have their sights set

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on separate sets of marginal seats in their pursuit of a majority in

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the next House of Commons. Here in Dudley, for example, in Dudley

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North, Labour have a majority of just 649. And in Dudley South, the

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Conservative majority is under 4,000. So the mood on the streets

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surrounding 19 councils, including Dudley, holding elections in May,

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will be closely monitored by political strategists gearing up for

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the general election less than a year after that. Increasingly,

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election campaigns have been aimed at that small group of swing voters,

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those who change their mind, and, increasingly, a small group of swing

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seats, and that is why so much attention is focused on the West

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Midlands. Our Parliamentary marginals have traditionally been

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predominantly two`party affairs. All of Labour's top`ten targets are

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currently Conservative`held, apart from Liberal Democrat Birmingham

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Yardley. And all the Conservatives' targets are currently Labour seats,

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apart from Solihull with its precarious Liberal Democrat majority

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of 175. And just look at how many of those swing seats also happen to

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feature among the list of council elections in May. This time, though,

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the Parliamentary parties have a gate`crasher. If UKIP's poll ratings

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are anything to go by, the European elections could see them pushing the

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Conservatives into third place. The conventional wisdom is that the

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Conservatives will be damaged by voters defecting to UKIP but this

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misreads the data. UKIP are party of disaffected voters, and especially

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during the Labour years of Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown, many

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working`class Labour voters to UKIP. The issues were living standards and

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employment in particular. So both parties stand to suffer in these

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areas. Which sets things up intriguingly for the strategists

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here at Westminster. They know May's European and Council elections will

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strike up the mood music for the general election a year after that.

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We move into 2014 with it being clear that we made the right

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decisions to try to rescue the country and put that for party

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interest and rescue the country to try to protect the low paid by

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cutting taxes on the low paid and trying to get a fairer society, but,

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at the same time, trying to deal with a very difficult financial

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situation, which now seems to be coming good. The East Midlands is a

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battle ground area and there are seats in Redditch and Warwickshire

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that we need to fight very hard for, which is why your job will be even

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more exciting come 2015! The Conservatives will be reminding them

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about the economy, how well we're doing, the European referendum,

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those sorts of things. But it is about setting the mood music for the

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big election, the general election, in 2015. Save the date. The European

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and local elections are all on Thursday 22nd May, to bolster

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turnouts and cut costs. Forget Super Tuesday in those US Presidential

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Elections. We'll have Super Thursday.

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And you can read more about the year ahead on Patrick's blog.

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Ian Winter is here with the sport, and a good start to the new year for

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most of our football clubs? Let's not get carried away! The new

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year is still less than 48 hours old. But we almost started 2014 with

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a clean sweep in the Premier League. Only 15 minutes gone at Sunderland,

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when Lee Cattermole delivered a very generous gift to Gabby Agbonlahor.

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The Villa striker said "thanks very much". And this proved to be the

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only goal of the game, to give Aston Villa a very important victory.

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1`0 was also a popular score for Albion's caretaker coach, Keith

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Downing. A late penalty from Saido Berahino was enough to beat

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Newcastle. Four games without defeat, six points out of 12 over

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the festive period. And we came so close to a hat`trick

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of 1`0 victories? Yes. Stoke City have a new hero. Four minutes after

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the break, Oussama Assaidi, on loan from Liverpool, scored another

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excellent goal to raise the decibels at the Britannia Stadium. That's his

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fourth for Stoke, and they've all been crackers. But it wasn't enough

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to win the match because deep into stoppage time, Jermaine Pennant

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conceded a penalty and Leighton Baines, the man who never misses,

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levelled the score at 1`1. A frustrating finale for the Stoke

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fans and manager Mark Hughes. What does David Beckham have in

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common with Carl Baker, the Coventry City captain? Becks married one of

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the Spice Girls ` Bakes didn't. But they have both scored a goal from

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their own half of the pitch, and, as Nick Clitheroe reports, Baker

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achieved that remarkable feat, to seal Coventry's victory against

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Rotherham. There has been plenty of drama on

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and off the pitch at Coventry City this season but this topped the lot.

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2`1 up but facing a last`minute penalty, Joe Murphy's save delighted

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the travelling fans. But that was only the start. From the following

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corner, and with the Rotherham keeper up in attack, the Coventry

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captain Carl Baker broke away to score this amazing goal. So, despite

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starting the season on minus ten, Coventry are just six points off the

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play`offs now. Wolves are even better placed `

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second and on course for automatic promotion. But they made hard work

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of it at Tranmere. A man down and a goal down, they needed Dave Edwards

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to rescue a point. Walsall are also in the chase in

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League One. They're just a point off the play`offs after a win that

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proved very memorable for James Chambers. The defender's winner was

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his first League goal at the 274th attempt.

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But what about the teams at the wrong end of their respective

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tables? Birmingham City's ten` game unbeaten run has lifted them five

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places clear of the Championship relegation zone. But it would be so

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much better if they could just win at home. Yesterday's draw with

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Barnsley was their fifth in a row at St Andrews, where they last won on

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first October. We gave the ball away cheaply which results in a free kick

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and they put it away incredibly well. It was frustrating in the

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dressing room today because we felt a goal could have given us the

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points we needed. Shrewsbury Town didn't win a game in

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December but a new year brought a new start and three precious points

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at Oldham, thanks to Aaron Wildig's winner.

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Tomorrow evening, we're up for the Cup, with Kidderminster Harriers.

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Thomas The Tank Engine and Sherlock Holmes ` just a couple of the more

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surprising characters with Birmingham connections. A film`maker

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who's so fed up with the stereotypical way that his home city

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is portrayed has made a movie to prove there are 100 reasons to love

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Brum. Sarah Falkland has been finding out more.

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They do claim there are more canals in Birmingham... Than Venice. Than

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Venice! And hearing that well`known fact

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about Birmingham over and over again, that finally did it for

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amateur film`maker Steve Rainbow. It kind of annoyed me that this was all

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that people thought about Birmingham, so I thought, there must

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be more to Birmingham than that, so why did some research and the year

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later we have my short film. It's an hour`long film containing

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100 facts. Made in a year on a shoestring budget, the film tells

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you how Birmingham's Alexander Parks invented plastic. I'm wearing a

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black T`shirt now and it is the same one eye war in virtually every shot,

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and you will see a lump there, which is an old`fashioned microphone

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stuffed into my T`shirt. The film will tell you how Alexander Parkes

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invented plastic. Did you know that Thomas The Tank Engine came from the

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imagination of a curate from King's Norton. And how in 1940, it was

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documented in Birmingham how to make an atomic explosion. And Dame

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Barbara Cartland, writer of over 700 books and the prolific romantic

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author, was born here. I have no idea why I'm talking in this

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ridiculous voice! ?? WHITE Steve's film has already had over 5,000 hits

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on YouTube, and he hopes to get it out to every secondary school in the

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city. And you can read more about Steve's

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film and find out how you can contribute more facts about the city

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on the BBC Birmingham website. Some welcome sunshine around today,

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but is it just a blip, Shefali? I'm afraid to say it is. Thank you.

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Totally out of character from what eye can see for the rest of the

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week. The fora go into the gory details, I just wanted to mention a

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couple of facts about last month. It has been mild and also it has been

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quite stormy. In fact, these were the rainfall totals recorded across

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some parts of the region last month, but if I'd tell you they represent

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20% above average it gives you an indication of how wet it has been.

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It is all down to this, which is the Jetstream, a fast flowing current in

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the upper atmosphere, and when it is to the south of us all the West, it

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gives us those stormy conditions. We have a couple of storms heading our

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way over the next few days. The first stormy period arrives later

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tonight and then we have some activity on Saturday but not

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amounting to storms. The next big event arrives on Sunday pushing in

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from the West. You can see there's a couple of storms heading our way

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over the next few days. The first stormy period arrives later tonight

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and then we have some activity on Saturday but not amounting to

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storms. The next big event arrives on Sunday pushing in from the West.

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You can see those very tightly packed isobars with `` low`pressure.

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Back to this evening, it is quiet for the eastern half of the region,

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at the area of rain here is starting to push in from the West, though it

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should move out of the way quite quickly, so you will find in the

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early hours it will be a much try a picture. We could have about 20

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millimetres, about an inch, and considering ground is already

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saturated, that could make quite a difference. For the morning

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tomorrow, deceptively dry with sunshine and a few showers flitting

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across the region, but then more potent showers starting to push up

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from the south`west through the rest of the afternoon and particularly in

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the evening tomorrow, another period of wet weather with gusts of 50

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mph. Tomorrow night, the showers will eventually fade away leaving us

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with much drier conditions towards the end of the night, with clearest

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bells, but then, as I've said, rain. Today and storms on Sunday.

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Tonight's headlines from the BBC: Trains fares rise by an average of

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2.8%, up three times more than incomes.

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Name and shame, as two police forces are criticised for publishing names

:27:34.:27:36.

of drivers charged with drink`driving.

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at 10pm with more on the

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optimism for growth among some of our businesses. For now, goodbye.

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