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perhaps 48 hours of drier weather for many of us. But between now

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:

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Wrongly portrayed as scroungers ` a furious reaction from Birmingham

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residents on benefits featured in a controversial documentary. That is

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all it comes down to. Editing. Just the editing. They have portrayed us

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to be, like, bad. Hard`done`by or playing the system?

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We get your reaction. Also tonight, a catalogue of violent

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disturbances. Leaked documents uncover a series of confrontations

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between staff and inmates at Oakwood Prison. There's no indication this

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problem is going to get it. There is every indication these problems will

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get worse. The impact of flooding on the rural

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economy. Farmers say it's costing thousands in lost crops.

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Stargazing Live is back! We're live at a Birmingham telescope with an

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unsung hero and an astronomical challenge. Fingers crossed for clear

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skies! Well, I hope to have all the answers

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you're looking in the forecast later, although after the week we've

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just had, I can imagine you might not be expecting much. I think you

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might be pleasantly surprised. Good evening. There's been a furious

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reaction today to a television documentary about people living on

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benefits in a Birmingham street. Police are studying abusive and

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threatening messages posted on social media, including threats to

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kill. And residents have reacted angrily, saying they've been wrongly

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portrayed as scroungers. Channel 4 says it's standing by the programme.

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Ben Sidwell reports from so`called Benefits Street.

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Overnight this ordinary street in Birmingham has become nationally

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known, but for all the wrong reasons. James Turner Street was one

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of the best streets. Unemployed, unemployed! Now, one of the worst.

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James Turner Street in Winson Green has been labelled Benefits Street. I

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was a bit disgusted. They portrayed everybody to be on benefits and have

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no ambition. That is how it came across. It just made it out as if

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nobody was doing anything with their lives. It is disgusting. I don't

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know why they said it was a benefit road. They said to us before it

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started that it was going to be about a community street. I am very

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disgusted with the way this programme portrayed the whole

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street. And stigmatised the people on the street. Ofcom has already

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received around 100 complaints about the programme. On social media the

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response has been extreme, including death threats. It is frightening,

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because like me, I have two kids. It is just wrong. The tweets could be a

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criminal offence, and so, too, evidence of cannabis being grown, as

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seen in the programme. West Midlands Police say they've been inundated

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with comments from members of the public, many of whom are concerned

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about the criminal activities shown on the programme. Today on BBC WM,

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listeners weren't holding back. There is an awful lot of scroungers

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who just don't want to work. They refer to it as their money, it is

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not their money. Channel 4 told us it was a fair and balanced

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observational documentary but one media expert said programme` makers

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hold all the cards. I was almost nervous of the people who were in it

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all the way through, thinking, you know, you don't know what you've

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done. You said things that really you should not have said because the

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programme makers are always in control. As a participant, you never

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win in that sort of documentary. Most residents weren't keen to be in

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front of camera today, but one of the stars of the show summed it up

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for many. They were here for nearly a year and I know it isn't the

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guy's fault who was doing the filming, it is the people doing the

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editing. They are the ones who can cut the bits out and show the worst.

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And all this after just one episode, with four more to go.

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Well, over four million people watched the programme last night and

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it's caused quite a reaction from you, who have been getting in touch

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with us on our Facebook page, through Twitter and by email today.

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Jasmine Palfrey wrote on our Facebook page, "Not everyone on

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benefits is like that. It really annoyed and upset me. I'm on

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benefits due to a disability". Khakan Qureshi tweeted that it

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"portrayed a minority of residents in a negative light to fuel the

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stereotypes of people claiming benefits".

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Linda from Stratford`upon`Avon emailed, "I was disgusted with these

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people who think it is their God`given right to live off the

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taxes that I have to pay. I did notice that no`one went short of

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cans of beer and cigarettes". Theresa Wilcox wrote on Facebook,

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"It's scandalous that people make life`style choices like this and

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those genuine claimants who are in need of help and support are made to

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feel like scroungers". Just a very brief selection of the

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comments we've had. Thank you for those.

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Coming up later in the programme, how one man has built his own

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defences to keep the flood waters at bay. There are two pumps in there,

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actually. There is a small one and if it cannot cope, the big one

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switches in automatically. Documents leaked to the BBC reveal

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details of a catalogue of violent disturbances at the UK's biggest

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prison, Oakwood, near Wolverhampton. A number of cells were damaged in

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nine hours of disturbances on Sunday. The private company running

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the jail today insisted the staff are doing a superb job. Here's our

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reporter Sarah Falkland. Away from public view, what goes on

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inside Britain's biggest jail? We've asked repeatedly to film inside here

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but the Ministry of Justice and G4S, who run the place, have always

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refused. But these documents shed some light. How late last year, for

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example, a tornado team was drafted in to deal with around 18 inmates

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attacking staff with pool cues and broom handles, many of them drunk on

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Hooch. There's no suggestion that it was home`made booze brewed on Her

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Majesty's premises that fuelled events of Sunday evening. Some have

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described what happened as a riot. G4S's spokesman this morning used

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other words. There was an instance of discipline problem that was dealt

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with on Sunday by normal contingency planning. I'd need to make for a

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clear that the staff at Oakwood doing a superb job. `` are doing.

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David Wilson used to run the country's tornado teams and he's

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worried G4S, bailed out by the Army with the Olympics, is now relying on

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the state to keep control at Oakwood. We have the public sector

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prisons going into a private company's firm, again, bailing them

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out. Hopefully, the public sector prisons will be repaid for the money

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it will cost to put in the Tornado teams but this is a situation

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which, in terms of Oakwood, gives no indication the problem will get

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better. There is every indication these problems will get worse. Last

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year, Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons found getting drugs at

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Oakwood was easier than getting a bar of soap. G4S insist things are

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improving, and with a government committed to privatisation, it looks

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likely they'll be allowed more time to prove their point. Labour say

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they should be given six months to either shape up or ship out.

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There's a warning tonight that Wolverhampton would go bust if the

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City Council doesn't introduce even more drastic spending cuts

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immediately. A report to be presented to tomorrow's Cabinet

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meeting describes it as "the most challenging period the council has

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ever faced". Our political editor, Patrick Burns, is here with me now.

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Does this come as a shock? It is not the first big city authority to

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raise the spectre of bankruptcy. Birmingham were talking in these

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terms at year ago. So there is an element of political rhetoric on

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this. Nevertheless, the stark numbers are clear enough. The

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Government is requiring Wolverhampton to save another ?25

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million over five years and that is above and beyond the 98 million they

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had already budgeted for. No organisation could suffer a cut in

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grants of that amount and be able to just simply deal with it. We are

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really going under because of the way the Government has cut the grant

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that has historically funded discounts, as it has indeed for many

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councils up and down the country. So where are these cuts expected to

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fall? The detail will have to wait until after that Cabinet meeting,

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but the members have been recommended to put a halt on all

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nonessential council spending for the remainder of this financial

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year, and also to accelerate as many as 165 separate cost saving plans,

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so some big and awkward decisions lie ahead. And only yesterday we

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heard the Chancellor in North Warwickshire warning of a further

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?25 billion cut in public spending after the next election, so there's

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even more of this to come. Yes. More hard truths, said George Osborne.

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His big hope is that enough economic regeneration will come through in

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places like the eye safety foresight, with Jaguar Land Rover.

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Just up the road from Wolverhampton. This will put enough money in

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people's pockets to ease the dependency on local jobs and

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services but there is a real debate about the future of local government

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in this country, make no mistake. And there'll be more on the crisis

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facing Wolverhampton Council in Pete Morgan's Breakfast Show on BBC WM

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tomorrow morning. A prisoner who'd been on the run

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since before Christmas has been arrested in Birmingham. Lee Wheeler

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was allowed out from Sudbury Prison in Derbyshire on Monday 23rd

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December but failed to return. He was arrested in Yardley this

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afternoon. He's served three years of a nine`and`a`half`year sentence

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for the manslaughter of Leon Kerr in Birmingham in 2010.

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The Kidderminster Harriers manager Steve Burr has left the club today.

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Burr, seen here on the right, has been in charge at Aggborough for

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four years and has just guided them into the third round of the FA Cup.

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He leaves with Kidderminster seventh in the Conference.

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A farmer who lost ?200,000 of income as a result of the floods of 2007

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says too many rules prevent him protecting his property. Bruce Udale

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claims his land would be less vulnerable if the Environment Agency

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eased restrictions on river maintenance, as Joanne Writtle

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reports. Rain`lashed farmland and the River

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Strine at Eyton in Shropshire. But the farmer here is endeavouring to

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protect his land from the floods of previous years. Though he's bending

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Environment Agency rules in order to maintain the river and keep it

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clear. They don't really like us to take silt out of the bottom of the

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river. They don't like us to take all of the weeds out of the river.

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They don't like us to put the river banks up I. Yet if we didn't do this

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sort of thing in this situation, the land either side would be flooded

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fairly regularly. The Environment Agency argues it wants to make it

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easier for farmers to carry out maintenance work while still

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protecting wildlife and the environment. But bigger work, like

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removing silt and bank protection, thus require landowners to contact

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the Environment Agency for advice on getting permission. As storms

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continued to batter, the NFU called for more funding for river

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maintenance. Meanwhile, one flood expert claimed dredging rivers could

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have further consequences on homes downstream. The board has got to go

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somewhere, and in my book, having been flooded myself, and I'm sure

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other homeowners would agree, that it is better if it goes onto

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farmland rather than people's houses. Meanwhile, at Upton`on`

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Severn in Worcestershire, electrical engineer Rowan Thomas is reaping the

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benefits of using his skills to build his own flood defences ` a

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pumping system and a 60`metre wall. There are two pumps in there. The

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small pump is running at the moment and if that one cope, the big one

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switches in automatically. It keeps everything dry. And as the winter

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weather bites, this is the scene in Tewkesbury. Much of the town is

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surrounded by water but homes are staying largely dry because of flood

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defences. This is our top story tonight:

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Wrongly portrayed as scroungers ` a furious reaction from Birmingham

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residents on benefits featured in controversial documentary.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.

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And also in tonight's programme, as new car sales soar to pre`recession

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levels, will it help boost the Midlands economy in 2014?

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And the inventor whose device is used by millions of stargazers, but

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it's never earned him a penny. I don't get any royalties for it and I

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don't care! Vulnerable Children in

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Stoke`on`Trent are being let down, according to some councillors. It's

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been revealed a panel set up to visit children's homes have failed

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to make almost 70% of inspections. The council has admitted the

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situation leaves a lot to be desired. Here's our Staffordshire

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reporter, Liz Copper. All children's homes in England have

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to be visited at least every month for checks. The visits are overseen

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by local councils. In Stoke`on`Trent, a panel of ten

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councillors was setup, with duties including carrying out inspections

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on children's homes, but it has emerged in the last couple of years

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they completed fewer than a of those visits. It is poor for the

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safeguarding of children. If you are not doing those visits, who are you

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letting down? Those children. There's been renewed concern over

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the welfare of children in care following a series of cases

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involving sexual exploitation of girls, and the Government's reviewed

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existing rules. In Stoke`on`Trent, to avoid falling foul of the law,

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officials have carried out inspections in the absence of

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councillors. Nobody wants to force people into something that happiness

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is not their first interest. However, it is important as part of

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parenting and the figures are there, you have got them there, and

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the attendance leaves a lot to be desired. There are now calls for

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more councillors to get involved in the way children's care is inspected

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in the city. I think it is incredibly disappointing, I really

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do. This is a moral obligation as far as I'm concerned. They are the

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corporate parents and I will be watching now quite closely the

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programmes such as yours and hopefully with you raising this

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issue, it will see improvement, because it patently needs to

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happen. Before Easter, new regulations will come in tightening

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the rules on who can carry out these checks. All councils will have to

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reassess how they inspect children's homes.

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The UK's new car market is the strongest it's been since the

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economic downturn began, according to figures out today. Business

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surveys, too, point to growing confidence. And with several big

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projects due for completion, 2014 is looking more promising for the

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Midlands economy. It will also be a significant year for the

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controversial high`speed rail project, which will link the region

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with London. Here's our business and transport correspondent, Peter

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Plisner. Keeping the wheels of economic

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recovery moving is a big priority for many in 2014, and the latest

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product from Jaguar Land Rover will certainly help. Its latest model,

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the F`type, is built in the Midlands, with many parts made in

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the Midlands, and it's boosting the region's exports. J`Lo was one of

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the big economic success stories, `` stories of last year, with the

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success set to continue. `` Jaguar Land Rover. As we look forward to

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this year, we expect to see Jay Allard do very well. The focus now

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moves from the four biggest cities that are struggling with pollution

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and congestion towards the many, many large smaller cities inland.

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That will be a bit more of a challenge for Jaguar Land Rover to

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unlock those sales. But expansion is continuing, and this autumn sees the

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opening of the company's new engine plant near Wolverhampton. There's

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little doubt it'll provide a major jobs boost, employing more than 700

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people. But what impact will this new facility have on the

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manufacturing supply chain? Now`one's quite sure. JLR is

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remaining tight`lipped about where parts for the engines made here will

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come from. It's better news for the Midlands firm that's building the

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new factory. Many expect a bumper year for the construction industry

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in 2014. As we came through 2013, there became more work available to

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bid for and over Christmas we were working on bids and had to go back

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in on January and February, so I feel this will be a stronger market.

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`` bids that had to. And things will really taking off at Birmingham

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Airport. In April, it's due to open an extended runway. Work's now well

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advanced on a project that has always been billed as providing a

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major boost to the economy. The big thing consumers want is like at a

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Formula One race. They prefer fewer stops on their journey and if you

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get the strategy right, you get a better run, so direct flying is

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better than flying through someone else's airport. The airport's also

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looking forward to a direct connection to HS2, and 2014 will be

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a big year for that project. Many documents related to a special

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Hybrid Bill being debated in Parliament are being held at the new

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Library of Birmingham. First of all, we're just coming to the end of

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the consultation on the environment statement, and then it is down for

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debate in the House with the bill being read and produced in front of

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Parliament, going through a couple of times, hopefully then in time for

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the election in 2015. A new engine plant, an extended runway, HS2. 2014

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promises to be a busy and hopefully prosperous new year.

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And Peter joins us now from a factory in Birmingham that makes

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parts for Jaguar Land Rover and other car`makers. Peter, today's

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news that car sales have reached a post`recession high can only good

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news for the region's manufacturers? It certainly is, and this is one of

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the firms reaping the benefits. This part drives the windscreen wipers on

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a variety of models, including some land Rovers. Some of the components

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in this part made in this factory. With me is the man `` the managing

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director. This is great news. They have only gone up to prior to the

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recession figures, which shows confidence has come back into the

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economy and a car is one of the top three items people buy so it is good

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to see those going up again. When order s for cars is up, orders for

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cars `` order numbers for parts is up as well? Yet. Last year,

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confidence is high to start with but it was slow in coming forward. All

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of the order started coming in in the final three to four months of

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last year. What is your prediction for this year? I would like to think

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the economy will carry on growing and then the housing market. To move

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and then we will be back to pre`2008. If confidence is high

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amongst manufacturers it means they want to create new jobs, and that

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has to be good for unemployment and the region as a whole. A positive

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note to end on. Thank you. Providing it's clear, many eyes will

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be on the skies tonight, as Professor Brian Cox returns to BBC

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Two in Stargazing Live. We've sent our science correspondent, David

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Gregory`Kumar, out to do a bit of stargazing of our own. David, what

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are you looking for tonight? Thanks, Mary. Well, we're at the

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University of Birmingham Telescope on the edge of the city, and tonight

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we're looking for comets. We will be setting a comet challenge. But

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first, we have a secret stargazing superstar living here in the

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Midlands. He's a retired engineer who revolutionised amateur astronomy

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with an invention he gave away for free.

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This is no ordinary Coventry shed. This is the workshop of the man who

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revolutionised amateur astronomy. How did you get into astronomy? I

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started at about five years old when my dad took me out in the warm, even

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in air. I was absolutely gobsmacked that the stars moved in the sky as I

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saw one go from one side of a pour to another. `` of a pole. 40 years

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ago, building your own telescope was a big part of amateur astronomy. But

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John Wall was deeply unhappy with the design of a traditional

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telescope`focusing mechanism. Focusing is one of the hardest

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things in astronomy and anything you can do to make that easier is going

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to enhance astronomy and looking at the stars and the experience will be

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much better. So John created this ` the Crayford Focuser, allowing

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cheap, smooth focusing of a telescope. It was an idea that swept

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the world. Telescopes will be sold with them and people sell them

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second hand as well, because there is quite a market in second`hand

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equipment, so as revolutionised astronomy because it gives amateurs

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a chance to get some top quality imaging and that is where this focus

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has been really popular. So, did his invention making millions? It was a

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gift to the community. I'd get any will tease from it but I don't care!

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It is all over the planet now! It is owned by millions in Southeast Asia!

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Tonight, Stargazing Live celebrates astronomy, so it's appropriate that

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we celebrate John Wall and his invention, too.

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Get a pen and paper because we will have a web address for you, because

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you will be taking part, we hope, in our comet challenge. But we're here

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at the University of Birmingham Telescope on the edge of the city,

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and with me is Graham Smith. Graham, we're looking for something a bit

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tricky this evening ` comets. Yes. Sadly, it disintegrated due to the

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heat and gravity of the Sun, though. You took a still picture with your

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telescope? Yes. Our first observation was this comet. Some

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students joined me for breakfast one morning and we had a really good

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time at such an early hour, surprisingly! This is our comet

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challenge to our viewers. Yes. I expect you need binoculars to see it

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from a light polluted, suburban background. Something like the West

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Midlands. If it is Willie Darke, you might be able to see it with the

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naked eye. So I really want to find from the people of the West Midlands

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whether they can see it with their naked eye. So, that is our

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challenge. It will give us an idea about light pollution here in the

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Midlands. If you go to my blog, you will find details of the comet

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challenge and more details of Stargazing Live events all over the

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Midlands which are happening over the next three nights, and also a

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bit more about John Wall, that unsung hero of astronomy.

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And if you want to follow the rest of the BBC's coverage, switch over

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to BBC Two from 8pm this evening. So we need to know if it's a good

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night for stargazing, Shefali. All things considered, yes.

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Absolutely. The stargazing event goes on for three days and three

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nights and two out of those three will be good. It is tomorrow night

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that will pose some problems and probably be a write`off for looking

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at stars and skies. This is how it is looking across the country now.

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You will see it in just a moment. Quite promising considering the

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whole think it's off in just about an hourtime. This is the feature

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spoiling things tomorrow. `` considering the whole thing kicks

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off. We have this at land existing moving in that iceberg of yesterday,

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which has American connections, and it will be much heavier. This will

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have deflated as it arrives with us and then it slips South. Apt to

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tonight, a few showers moving in from the West but these are later on

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in the night. Actually, they will be over parts of Staffordshire and

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Cheshire, so not so good for stargazing here, but drier

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elsewhere. We continue with this line of showers affecting the north

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of the region tomorrow morning but these will gradually fade, leaving

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most of the a dry with spells of sunshine as well. You will notice

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later on this area of rain lurking in the wings, and this is the first

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sign of things turning wet into the evening and overnight. But for the

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time of year quite mild, if you look at those temperatures. The winds

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will be moderate from a south`westerly direction. This band

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of rain will really pick up pace tomorrow evening and tomorrow night.

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We have Met Office warnings for the west of the region in particular

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with heavy outbreaks of rain, torrential in places, and even some

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thunder. That is because of the amount of time it is with us and the

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intensity not dying down. As for the rest of the week, well, Thursday

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looks pretty dry. Turning colder with some frost on Thursday night

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and some rain on Friday. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:

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Yet more storms batter England and Wales, with hundreds of warnings and

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alerts as more rainfall is forecast. A coalition row over immigration

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targets, as a new survey shows three out of four people want to see

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numbers cut. A furious reaction from families in

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Birmingham who say they've been wrongly portrayed as scroungers in a

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controversial documentary. And a catalogue of violent

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disturbances, as leaked documents uncover a series of confrontations

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between staff and inmates at Oakwood Prison.

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at 10pm, when we'll be hearing

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from Lorely Burt MP, who used to be an assistant prison Governor. How

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does she think the problems at Oakwood jail can be sorted out? Have

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a great evening. Goodbye.

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