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from the BBC News at Six. So it's goodbye from me. On BBC One we now

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join the BBC's news Hello and welcome to Midlands Today.

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The headlines tonight: Unpalatable and unacceptable says the leader of

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Wolverhampton Council, as cuts of ?123 million are confirmed over the

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next five years. Look before you cut. You may be doing people who are

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desperately in need and injustice. We'll be asking the where those cuts

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will come and talk live to the city's only Conservative MP.

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Also tonight: Get to emergencies quicker or risk being fined ?3

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million. The stark warning to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Stoke's rising obesity problem, what the city is doing to help the one in

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three who are putting their lives at risk.

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We meet the talented young musician and athlete who's setting her sights

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on the Commonwealth Games. She also has a bobsleigh silver medal! I am

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still only 19. I've hopefully got a long career ahead of me.

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And if recent weather patterns are anything to go by, it's never stays

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calm for long. After a day of rest, get ready for a night of rain.

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Good evening. In the last hour, senior councillors have approved a

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fresh round of multi`million pound budget cuts. The decision to cut

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?123 million over five years from Wolverhampton Council's budget was

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described by its leader as unpalatable and unacceptable. In a

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moment I'll be talking to a senior Labour councillor in Wolverhampton,

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and also the city's only Conservative MP, but first Sarah

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Falkland's been gauging opinion in the city.

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They want to cut, cut, cut. It's just disgusting really. Why? Why

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have you got to cut everything? There's anger on the streets of

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Whitmore Reans in Wolverhampton. Council cuts of ?123 million are on

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their way. Unemployment here is more than double the national average and

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over 10% of households are single parents. Peter Walker is one of

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them. He says the cuts have gone too far. We all need a bit of help at

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this moment. It's a bit too much, especially because no 1's got any

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work. If we had work, it wouldn't be so bad. Sandra Grimme uses the

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library for CDs books and twice. Under the current proposals library

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opening hours be reduced from over 50 hours a week to just 15. What

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they think and what is put in practice are two different things.

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You cannot cut people down that have been used to access to things and

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say you can only have so many hours a week. Over at the Lighthouse

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Centre, they've learnt to cope with cuts. A vinyl night is one of the

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many diverse attractions here apart from the draw of the cinemas.

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They've had to be proactive specially as the council's

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withdrawing half their grant and could now shut them out all

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together. We have been working from hand to mouth in terms of budget

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cuts and building our audiences to fill that gap. We just don't know

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until we are told formally and it is a worry. Pensioners Ezra and Sylvia

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Ricketts are beginning to wonder what they're getting for their

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council tax. Only facilities we get our dump bins being emptied. They

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say they might struggle to do that. Well... What do they do with the

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money they are getting? The council would say that is the problem. The

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government is not giving them enough.

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Live now to Wolverhampton, and Councillor Andrew Johnson. Good

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evening. How are you going to save this money? Well, we've taken a very

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difficult decision tonight, to make even more cuts over and above those

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that we have already been forced to make, because of the incredible

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reduction in our government grant. Basically, we've lost over half of

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the ground that the government gives us for council services between 2010

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and 2015, 2016. That is a huge cut. It means we will have to take out

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?123 million over the next five years out of the budget, which is

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virtually impossible. Virtually impossible but you have to do it so

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what effect will this have on the people of Wolverhampton and the city

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itself? It is already having a dire effect. It is not something that we

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want to do. I can completely empathise with the frustration of

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the people you have interviewed today about the cutbacks. We have

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already had announcements about libraries, much shorter hours, but

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it will affect every part of the council's service. We simply cannot

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make cuts of this magnitude without having service reductions which will

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impact on the public. Will anything be protected? Well, we will

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obviously protect statutory services we have to provide. For example, we

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spend a great deal of money looking after children as is absolutely

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necessary and morally right. We will protect those elements of the

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service. But basically, in order to make cuts of this magnitude, every

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part of what the council does will be affected. Do you accept that one

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politician's cuts is one politician's savings. Cuts are being

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made right across the country, not just at Wolverhampton City Council.

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Yes but Wolverhampton City Council has faced worse cuts than many other

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councils that serve far wealthier areas of the country. Also, the

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local government sector has faced bigger cuts than any other

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government department. This is really unfair on the people we

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represent. Thank you. Wolverhampton South West MP is our `` at our

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Westminster studio now. Picking up on that last point, this is really

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unfair on Wolverhampton. As in everything in life, there are two

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sides to the story. Councillor Johnson there was talking about

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expenditure and how it is the fault of central government. But if you

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look at Wolverhampton council's own figures, their current day`to`day

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spending is about ?250 million and what they are projecting to spend

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over the next five to six years is ?312 million. That is an increase of

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25%. The reason these figures look so bad is because no other

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government department and no other body that I'm aware of is looking to

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increase spending over the next five to six years. If anything, they are

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just basically looking to stand still. That is what is making the

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figures look so bad. You saying that councillors are crying wolf? ?123

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million over the next five years... They say that will have a real

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impact on services, all but the essential services. You can present

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the figures and the statistics in a certain way. It is important that

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everybody who is watching this today and everybody who is a Wolverhampton

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resident gets the full facts and a real sense of what figures are.

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Talking about the residence, you will have heard one word which kept

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coming up time and time again: Why? The simple fact I would put out

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there, Mary, and it isn't often publicised. I'm sorry Councillor

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Johnson didn't refer to it. Wolverhampton City Council have

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debts of over ?500 million. The interest on that debt is ?25 million

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a year. That is the saving that the council are looking to make. What

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makes it slightly worse than that, they are looking to borrow an

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additional ?75 million this year. When you look at that debt

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bombshell, for every household in Wolverhampton, that is a cost of

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?5,000 around every household in the city. We are not just talking about

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Wolverhampton. There are cuts and savings which have to be made in

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various areas in the West Midlands. ?840 million in Birmingham, ?109

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million in Staffordshire. What are you making sure to `` what are you

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doing to make sure the West Midlands gets a fair deal? The prime Minster

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came here a couple of months ago and spoke candidly about how we will

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survive in the future. In the 21st century, it's not just government

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that every household who is going to have to live within its means. The

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reality is, we cannot shirk that responsibility.

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Coming up later in the programme: One man's rubbish is another man's

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treasure. An award for the recycling project raising funds for local

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charities. West Midlands Ambulance Service is

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at risk of being fined ?3 million for breach of contract because it's

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arriving late to too`many emergency calls. Its Chief Executive, Anthony

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Marsh, told staff a fine would take money away from front`line services,

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affect the training of paramedics and the buying of new equipment.

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This report from our Health Correspondent, contains flashing

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images. There have been problems with

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ambulance responses in rural areas for some time. The death of new born

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Kate Stanton`Davies in Ludlow in 2009. Problems getting Thomas

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Passant from Bridgnot to hospital in 2012. This Christmas day an

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82`year`old waited four hours for an ambulance in Oswestry. Ray Salmon

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who represents ambulance workers says its not their fault. The system

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is simply under too much pressure. Everything contributes to demand on

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the Ambulance Service. They are working as hard as they can. They

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cannot do any more. It is a comeback... Taking this many of them

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would be a disaster. It is so ridiculous. It's no laughing matter.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service should reach 75% of Red one calls in

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eight minutes. That's patients who cardiac arrest or stop breathing. In

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the West Mercia area of Herefordshire, Shropshire and

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Worcestershire, it reached 68% last year. But on bad days it was just

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better than 50%. In Coventry and Warwickshire it was 73%. The trust

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has nine minutes to reach Red two. That's all other life threatening

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conditions, but in Birmingham just missed it last year at 74.5% and in

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the Black Country it was around 73% last year. The chief executive told

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staff in a weekly briefing that fines are a real risk. Nobody from

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the service was able to go on camera. In a statement, the trust

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said it hoped the commissioners would reinvest finds in the

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Ambulance Service to ensure safe care for patients. But what simply,

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the money back. One former ambulance boss has little sympathy. He says

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the service isn't using its resources properly and needs to

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restructure. The proper way to get a fast response is to look at your

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history, look at where the calls come from, look at which our

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life`threatening, look at how many ambulances you need to meet that

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demand and then prioritise where you put the ambulances. West Midlands

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Ambulance told staff that the fine would take money away from paramedic

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training and new ambulances. And Michele joins me now.

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How likely do you think this fine is?

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It should happen. They are bound by contract law and I know some of the

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commissioners are disgruntled but nobody today wanted to talk to me. I

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suspect that they are embarrassed this has gone into the public

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domain. They realise they cannot really enforce this fine. The

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Ambulance Service said it needs an extra ?6 million. It wants ?2

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million for Shropshire. I suspect the modern `` money will recycle it.

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Is it right that ambulance targets can result in a fine?

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A lot of it is out of their control. Turnaround times in hospital,

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problems in terms of lead blocking and so on... Lots of people have

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sympathy. Certain people think they should have restructured and they

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have had extra money to do this sort of thing. They are still not meeting

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the targets which have actually been debased to some extent. This is the

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private sector coming in. If you do it right, you get paid. If you

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don't, you won't. An investigation's underway after a

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man died in a fire at his home in Worcestershire. Crews were called to

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the house in the Charford area of Bromsgrove yesterday afternoon.

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Firefighters attempted to rescue the man who was in his 40s, but were

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unable to save him from what they describe as a severe blaze.

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Environment Agency staff have installed temporary flood barriers

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in the Worcestershire town of Bewdley. The removable barriers are

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in place as River Severn water levels are expected to rise

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overnight. The Cabinet Minister responsible for

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Britain's prisons says the disturbance at Oakwood near

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Wolverhampton at the weekend was the result of teething troubles. Up to

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20 inmates were involved at the privately`run prison, threatening

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staff and damaging cells. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling say Oakwood

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was one of the best prisons in the country.

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The problem of obesity has been described as reaching epidemic

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proportions in Stoke on Trent. It's estimated it costs the NHS in the

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city ?50 million a year. With the new year, comes a new drive to

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tackle the problem. Nikki Brennan lost four stone in a

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year. And thanks to a healthy lifestyle has kept the weight off.

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It's had a transformational effect. Life changing, yes. For my children

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as well. I mean, I started doing things from scratch, making fresh

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food which has made the children learn how to cook things a healthy

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way. It's been good for them as well. Some of the members of this

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gym have been referred here after having heart problems. They're given

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help by experts from a cardiac rehab team. There is no point in a patient

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working with us for five weeks, doing fantastically well and

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achieving what you set out to achieve and then going back to their

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previous lifestyle. We are looking at a long`term change. It is all

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about long`term behavioural change. But getting that message across

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hasn't been easy. The scale of the problem's concerning, One in four

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ten to 11`year`olds in this city is classed as obese. The figure for

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adults is almost one in three. And the cost to the health service is

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expected to rise. It is reckoned around one in ten deaths could be

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avoided if people who live a sedentary lifestyle did at least

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half an hour's exercise five days a week. For those who've made the

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commitment to come to the gym, the effort's paid off. You've got to

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want to do it and it's the same as cutting out the rubbish you eat.

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Yeah, it is all that. You've got to want to come. It looks a lot harder

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than what it is. It's a lot more enjoyable when you get here and

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start doing it. The challenge is to persuade more people in the city to

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see the benefits of exercise and to help rein in what's become a serious

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problem in the Potteries. This is our top story tonight:

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Wolverhampton City Council confirms cuts of ?123 million. A senior

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councillor says it will be virtually impossible. Your detailed weather

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forecast to come shortly with Shefali. Also in tonight's

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programme: Already a bobsleigh silver medallist, now this talented

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law student is aiming to represent her country in the long jump.

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And walking in the air since 1993. The Snowman comes home to the

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theatre where it all started. Many of us have things we no longer

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need, but are too good to go to the tip. A Warwickshire based project

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has taken advantage of this and won an award for it. Their recycling

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scheme ploughs the profits into supporting local community schemes.

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Wellsbourne tip was threatened with closure two years ago under council

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savings, a charity stepped in and with the help of volounteers and a

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small workforce the site has now been praised by Downing Street. The

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system is simple. People dump their rubbish, they're helped to recycle,

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which in turn raises cash to keep the centre running. The scrap value

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of small appliances is worth about ?150 per tonne. They are getting

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around 20 times a month and the money from that helps pay for staff.

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David Cameron wasn't recycling his Christmas waste today but there were

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plenty of others grateful for a local resource on their doorstep.

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More local involvement more personal responsibility. I think it's

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excellent. I hope it encourages other people to bring things along.

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It is important that every time `` town has a facility like this. We

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get income from wealthy cycling and items we resell in the shops. The

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business pays for itself essentially. The re`use shops offer

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more than just bargains. Cash raised here will go to local charities and

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it offers opportunities for volunteers. It is a feeling that

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you've done something and contributed to the community. When

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you are driving out grants of ?500 to ?1000 to a small group, that

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money can actually make a really big difference. There are thousands of

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community groups throughout Warwickshire which are under the

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radar. Now almost in a full recycling circle the volunteers are

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going to decide which local charities should benefit from the

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profits of our rubbish. Time for sport now and Ian has news

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of one football club who've got a new manager and one who are still

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looking. Good evening. Just 24 hours after

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sacking Steve Burr, Kidderminster Harriers have named Andy Thorn, the

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former Coventry City manager, as their surprise choice to take over

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at Aggborough. Thorn has been scouting for England since leaving

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Coventry 18 months ago. His first job is to halt a dismal run of four

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defeats in five league games. Harriers have slipped from second to

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seventh in the Conference Premier. But still no sign of a new

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appointment at West Bromwich Albion, more than three weeks after the club

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sacked Steve Clarke. The latest bookies' favourite for the job is

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the German Thomas Schaaf. He spent 14 years as manager of Werder

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Bremen. His impressive CV has five major trophies including one

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Bundesliga title. In League one, Shrewsbury Town lost

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again, their fifth defeat in a row at home, beaten 2`0 by Leyton

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Orient. Shrewsbury missed a few decent chances to go in front. But

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they fell behind just before the half hour mark. And a late header

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sealed the Shrews' fate. And lifted Orient above Wolves into the

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automatic promotion places. Two years ago, Jazmin Sawyers jumped

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into a bobsleigh and won a silver medal at the Winter Youth Olympics

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in Austria. Now, Jazmin is bidding to compete in the long jump at this

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Summer's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 2014 could be a big year

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for the versatile young athlete from Stoke`on`Trent, who's possibly the

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busiest, most talented teenager I've ever met.

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Nine months ago, Jazmin Sawyers had never played a single chord. Then

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she spotted a guitar in a charity shop, taught herself online, wrote a

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few songs and now and now she's playing gigs with an EP out soon.

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There's no doubt about it, Jazmin's got talent. And not just for music.

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Because first impressions don't begin to tell the full story, about

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the university law student with a passion for sport. I am ridiculously

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busy. There is barely a free moment but I prefer it that way. It is

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manic but it works. Midlands Today first met Jazmin when she was only

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13. Competing in the high jump at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium. The

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rain poured down, but her star potential was on the up and up.

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Three years later, she was competing at the Winter Youth Olympics in

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Austria. Touching 70 miles an hour in the bobsleigh. She was thrilled

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to bits to win a silver medal. Unbelievable. There are no words.

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Honestly, it's the best feeling I've ever experienced. But this is where

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Jazmin's true love really lies, in the long jump. And her sights are

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firmly set upon the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. What

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is the connection between Bobsleigh and long jump? People ask that. They

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are similar. With both use print and jump. One is nice and you are

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pushing something. But the skills that you need are really similar.

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You've got speed and power. To qualify for the Commonwealth Games,

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Jazmine must add an extra seven centimetres to her best jump before

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the team is announced in June. But she's confident she'll deliver in

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time. We've got the Bobsleigh, the long jump, your music, your law

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degree, your part time job. What do you do in your spare time? There

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isn't any spare time. I make sure there isn't any! You are buzzing

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about 2014, aren't you? And excited. I feel myself constantly excited at

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the moment. I got so much to be excited about and what a great way

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to be. With guitar in hand, her stage name is Jazmin Jayne. But in

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the athletics arena, it'll be the long jumper Jazmin Sawyers, who's

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bidding to make a name for herself in Glasgow.

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Only one thing's for sure, the next few months will be even busier than

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normal for Jazmin. Good luck! You saw her here first.

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Seen by over one million people worldwide, the stage version of the

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Snowman is back in Birmingham to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The

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live version of Raymond Briggs' children's classic was created at

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the Birmingham Rep. The magical tale of a young boy's

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adventures when his snowman comes to life on Chrismas Eve. This stage

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version was created in 1993 at the Reperatory Theatre in Birmingham. It

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is very much about that. It is associated with the stage version so

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when we take it to London, it plays in London's West End every

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Christmas. It's Birmingham 's name that is up there. It has been to

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Japan, Holland, career, all those people around the world have seen

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what was made in Birmingham and exported from the Wrap. `` Rep. The

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show's music is well known. Walking in the Air reached number five in

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the UK charts in 1985 when Aled Jones sang it. But the additinal

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music for this show was composed right here backstage. They are

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starting to rehearse the cast and I'm going to write new dances on

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things so it would be great to try it. I will adjust them and I can be

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there. It was fun and it works brilliantly actually. I'm very fond

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of this theatre. The Birmingham trademark is all over this show. All

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the costumes are handmade here in the wardrobe department, taking the

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workmanship right across the world. Now, there are 60 costumes per show

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and 11 snowman costumes each taking a week to make. They are made out of

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11 miles of white net. And it's not just costumes made here. The

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original boy was from Solihull. This is the first place that I was on

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stage. This is Birmingham. This is the way I remember it, Birmingham,

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and the fact it was the first place to show the Snowman, is quite an

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honour. And for the next ten days, the Snowman is back where it

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started. As we saw earlier, flood defences up

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in Bewdley. Shefali, that suggests more heavy rain tonight?

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Warning from The Met office for this evening, tonight and running into

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tomorrow morning for Herefordshire and Shropshire. They will be heavy

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rain. That will not only add to current problems but lead to a delay

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in recovery. At least today gave us a breather and there is more dry

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weather to come. Focusing on the positives, this is how it is looking

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for the dry weather over the next few days. It is dry tomorrow and

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dryer on Saturday. This is when we have the rain arriving. It will

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arrive tonight and it is this crossbow feature coupled with low

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pressure that is pushing it through. After that, under the front will

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come through on Friday. This one could also have some heavy rain

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along it. It is followed by high pressure which settles things down

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for Saturday. What we cannot project onto in this current run is the rain

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that will arrive later on Sunday and into the start of next week. What we

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also see towards the weekend and also into next week is temperatures

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dropping and it becoming a lot colder. For this evening, we had

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this rain leading into the West earlier on today. It has now

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stretched across this reason `` region. It is not all light rain. In

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fact, a lot of it will be heavy. Particularly so for the western half

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of the region. It will clear during the early hours but will be followed

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by fairly lively, heavy showers as well. Temperatures will be down to

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six or seven Celsius. Still on the mild side. These should clear by

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tomorrow. If you clipping the extremities of the North. On the

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whole, they will be dry, bright and fairly sunny and places. Just a few

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dotted around the north eastern half of the region through the day. A lot

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of dry weather to be had in highs of seven to eight Celsius. Tomorrow, we

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sense things becoming a lot colder. It is dry, we have clearing skies

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and the temperatures will be near freezing with a touch of Frost. Rain

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later on Friday. Try on Saturday. Tonight's headlines from the BBC: It

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was the death that sparked riots in London and beyond. A jury decides

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Mark Duggan was lawfully killed by police A US military helicopter

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crash in Norfolk `` four people died when the aircraft came down last

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night Wolverhampton City Council confirms cuts of ?123 million must

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be made over the next five years And get to emergencies quicker or risk

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being fined ?3 million. The stark warning to West Midlands Ambulance

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Service. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at ten o'clock with more on the likely impact of those cuts in

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Wolvehampton. Have a great evening. Goodbye.

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