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the windscreen first thing in the morning. That is

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:

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A holiday of a lifetime which turned to tragedy, family and friends pay

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tribute to the Warwickshire couple viciously attacked on holiday in the

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Caribbean. Losing somebody is bad enough but when it is murder, we

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were just completely knocked sideways.

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We'll have the latest from St Lucia on the death of Roger Pratt, killed

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while trying to protect his wife. Also tonight:

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An horrific attack in a Birmingham street. Police hunt the thugs

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involved and the drivers who passed without stopping.

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The dangers of a cold home, how thousands are putting their lives at

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risk because they can't afford the energy bills.

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The history behind the hype ` James Turner Street before the cameras

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came in and rebranded it Benefits Street.

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And there has been a wintry fail to things but it is not just the

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temperatures dropping, visibility is also. Fogg could cause major

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disruption. Find out more later. Good evening. Friends and family of

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a Warwickshire man killed on his yacht in the Caribbean say his widow

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was badly beaten in the attack. A postmortem examination is being held

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today on Roger Pratt. His wife, Margaret, found his body floating

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near their boat, Magnetic Attraction. Three men are being

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questioned by police in St Lucia. Joan Cummins has the latest.

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75,000 British tourists visit St Lucia in the Caribbean every year.

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For Roger and Margaret Pratt from Moreton Paddox near Warwick it was

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another stopover on their world trip on board their treasured yacht

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Magnetic Attraction. They arrived in St Lucia on New

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Year's Eve before heading south 14th January to Soufriere and the

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volcanic world heritage site the Pitons. They were delayed by customs

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so decided to continue to Vieux Fort, far from the main tourist

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trail. It was there they were attacked just before midnight on

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Friday. A postmortem is being held today to establish the cause of

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death. Today we will continue our investigation. The officers will be

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on the ground in view fought to interview possible witnesses, this

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is the `` maybe conduct searches. They spent ten years planning this

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trip of a lifetime. On social media, Margaret had said it was like taking

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a leap into the unknown. Nobody would have expected it to end so

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tragically. Neighbours told me that Mr and Mrs

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Pratt had decided to sail westwards, rather than around Africa with its

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known piracy threat. They would not have taken any risk. Very cautious

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and he is so meticulous in everything he has done. I remember

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chatting with him on the drive before they left here, about two

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years ago. Just a genuinely nice man.

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Throughout the trip, Margaret Pratt diaried the couple's progress

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online. " Roger went to a session on piracy, it makes sense. " In

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Martinque, Margaret wrote how they'd been concerned about youths.

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"Roger stayed up until midnight to protect the boat". The flag was

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flying at half mast at the Royal Yacht club in Norfolk, where the

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couple were members. "Roger stayed up until midnight to

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protect the Fellow sailors said piracy advice to skippers was very

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clear. The instructions are not to take them on, so to speak.

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Typically, it is to have as many of the female members of group below

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deck and as many of the male members on deck, as a show of strength, if

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you are approached. It is one of those things that you do not expect

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to happen. They were really enjoying themselves, doing what they have

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always wanted to do and it has ended like this.

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Mrs Pratt, who was beaten in the attack, has been released from

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hospital and is now helping police establish exactly why their dream

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ended in tragedy. Well, the BBC's Michelle Fleury is

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on St Lucia. I spoke to her a few minutes ago to find out the latest

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developments. The postmortem into Roger's death has just begun. This

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will help determine the exact cause of death because up until now,

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details have been fairly sketchy. The medical chief supervisor here in

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Fife told me earlier that he could confirm that the body had been

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brought on Saturday and he was dead upon arrival. `` in Vieux Fort. His

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wife sustained soft injuries and was later released. I am standing in the

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fishing port of Vieux Fort and you can see beyond me the commercial

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block and beyond that you dog. That is where their boat was murdered

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when this tragic incident happened. `` you want that the dock. And you

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tell me more about the men being held? The investigation is ongoing

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so people are fairly unwilling to dock. Plenty of speculation ongoing.

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What we do know is that three men have been held in custody. No

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details or charges have been brought. Certainly something

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everyone will be keeping an eye on in the years ahead `` the days

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ahead. Coming up later in the programme:

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Felling hundred of trees all in the name of nature. Restoring Kinver

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Edge in Staffordshire to its historic heathland habitat.

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Police have released shocking CCTV images of a man who was mugged on

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the street in Birmingham as he walked home from a party. The

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51`year`old was knocked unconscious by one of his attackers, another

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repeatedly kicked him while he was being robbed. More than a dozen cars

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drove past without stopping. A warning ` Sian Lloyd's report

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contains images you may find distressing.

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It was the early hours of the 15th of December and the CCTV footage

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shows the victim turning round after an odd checked, later found to be a

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plate, was thrown. A second man appears from the shadows and punches

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him, which knocks into ground unconscious. As the 51`year`old lies

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help was on the street, the man rifled through his pockets, stealing

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a watch and mobile phone. `` lies helpless. Then, in an act of

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violence that is too sickening to show, the first attacker begins

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kicking the victim in the head. It is no more than one month since that

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horrific attack was carried out on this street in Birmingham. West

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Midlands police say they need the public's help. More than a dozen

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cars passed by as they assault took place and they urgently want the

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drivers of those vehicles to come forward. Police say their latest

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figures show the number of robberies in this area of the city has fallen

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but that this was a particularly vicious attack. A collapse of that

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nature, let alone the punch that precedes it, could have easily

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resulted in this being a murder investigation. A passer`by

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eventually called the emergency services. The man was the Jews the

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injured and needed stitches to his face and head. He is still too

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shaken to speak about his ordeal. Walsall Manor Hospital has been

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closed to visitors after an outbreak of Norovirus. Eight wards were

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closed on Saturday but the Trust has now taken the precaution of

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restricting admission to all wards. It says two of the outbreaks have

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been caused by people visiting who have unknowingly brought the

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infection into the hospital. We all will have noticed how the

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cost of energy has risen. Many, particularly the elderly, face a

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daily struggle to keep warm. This time last year, almost 40 people a

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day were perishing in our region as the overall figure for excess winter

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deaths rose by a third. As the frost starts to bite again, Anthony

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Bartram reports from Stoke on Trent on the health risks of a cold home.

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Getting cold when you're old can be dangerous. Last winter saw death

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rates rise by a third, most of them pensioners. We have one or two

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neighbours that have died too early, if you know what I mean, through not

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being able to have the heating on an extra hour at night.

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These high rises in Stoke on Trent are draughty and hard to heat. Reg

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Shaw and Beryl Shaw have lived here for 32 years and worry about the

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headlines they read. 31,000 people were ambushed and killed by the cold

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in Britain last year ` 3,400 of them here in the West Mids ` which was up

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by a third on the previous winter. It was a big jump. Pensioners'

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charities say it's about time something was done about it.

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Health professionals say the difference between life and death

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among the most vulnerable can be measured by a few degrees. Think

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about it. A very cold spell, and elderly may have a stroke or a minor

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stroke due to the spike in blood pressure. They will call the

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emergency services, get into the stroke unit, that is costing

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thousands of pounds, less than ?30 for that night to be get warmer.

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On the other side of Stoke, Lawrence and Sheila Cooper also keep a close

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eye on their thermostat and go to some pretty extreme lengths to keep

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warm. This is what I wear when I am really cold. I cannot see you! This

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is something else. We have been on a low wage for as long as they can

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remember. There are loads of people that cannot cope with that. As the

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evening draws in, neither homes are as warm as the professor would like

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but there are far worse cases of course. Your bedroom was 15 degrees,

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far below what should be recommended. The blood pressure

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handled very well so personally, on this occasion, we do not see a major

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problem that is happening to your blood pressure.

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Pensioners are being urged to keep warm this winter but charities

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supporting them want more help so they can afford it.

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When it comes to energy costs, people in rural areas face a limited

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choice of fuel. With no mainline gas, oil is a common option. But

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that can bring its own problems, as our reporter Laura May McMullan has

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been finding out. High in the Staffordshire Moorlands, she caught

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up with Christine Staples who had a tank of central heating oil stolen.

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Staffordshire Police investigate around 40 similar fuel thefts a year

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in the area. Living in the Staffordshire

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Moorlands, Christine Staples knows all about winter weather and about

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how vital it is to keep her home warm. She's got two children and a

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husband to care for. That was made harder when they were completely

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stranded with no heating because thieves stole their central heating

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oil. We were totally snowed in. There was no way that you were

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getting in or out with anything. There was no chance of a lorry

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coming and we could not get out, you have to wear it out. A rural crime

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survey showed that fuel is the third most attractive commodity for

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thieves targeting rural properties, especially with a 23% hike in oil

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prices over the last five years. All theft is a crime `` Oil theft is

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a crime that the CLA, Country Land and Business Association want the

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Police and Crime Commissioners to put high on their agendas. We find

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that this is taking place across every county in our region. We have

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6000 members in the Midlands region and there are very concerned about

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rural crime. Rural homeowners are being warned to

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be vigilant. Christine knows first hand how costly and cold the effects

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of oil theft can be. So what about your energy costs? How

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can you go about reducing your bills? Many of us will have thought

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about that. But how about zero bills? That's what one couple have

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achieved at their home in Birmingham, after a conversion that

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sounds too good to be true. Before the conversion, the energy bills at

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this house would have been ?1250 a year. Today, they pay nothing. In

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fact, the electricity company pays them about ?2500 a year for the

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green electricity they generate. Well, to find out more we can join

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our reporter Joanne Writtle at the house in Balsall Heath. How does it

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work, Joanne? It is completely airtight. This is synthetic door is

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full of air pockets to keep the air and it can only be opened after the

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front door is closed. This is the original Victorian wall, because the

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whole house has doubled in size. From the outset, this Victorian

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house powers above its neighbours, with solar panels on the roof to

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catch the maximum amount of sunlight. There are mirrors to

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reflect light. It really does cut a striking figure in this street. I

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joined by the homeowner, John, who is also an architect. Tellers what

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people want to know. How much does it cost for you to do all of these

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measures and how long will it take to be give your money? The green

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measures cost about ?47,000 and that covers the triple glazing of the

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whole house, the insulation, they would warning stove and all those

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over panels. The key point is that they will pay for themselves in

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about eight years and we have been here four years, we are already

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halfway there. Give us some examples of a gun. The insulation is really

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important. This is the cellulose chewed up a newspaper insulation,

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which is used in the roof and much of the walls. I have got here part

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of the airtight membrane. The whole house is wrapped up in a membrane

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like this, which keeps drafts out the whole time. Fantastic. If this

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house was transported to the Arctic, what would happen? There has been an

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amazing views of research and this houses better than zero carbon. It

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is actually carbon negative in the UK. The amazing thing is that if it

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was transported into the Arctic Circle, where there is much less

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sunlight and it is colder, it would still be carbon negative. That is

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fantastic. The error here is constantly monitored. It is amazing.

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's thank you very much. And Inside Out West Midlands has a

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special programme looking at the whole subject of rising energy bills

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and their impact here on BBC One at 7:30 this evening. It is 640 parts

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per million. `` 6:43pm. Our top story tonight:

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A lovely couple ` family and friends pay tribute to the Warwickshire man

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killed in St Lucia and his wife who was badly beaten.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly with Rebecca. Also in

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tonight's programme: Tributes pour in for the Wolves and

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England goalkeeper Bert Williams, who died at the weekend aged 93.

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It is Albion's new head coach's debut and he would like to make a

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winning start tonight. A charity which runs a school on

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James Turner Street in Birmingham has written to the Education

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Secretary, claiming pupils are being stigmatised. It's become one of the

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best`known addresses in the country, since Channel 4 started making its

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Benefits Street series there. The programme makers insist it's a fair

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and balanced documentary. But critics have branded it poverty

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porn. Giles Latcham reports on a street with a proud history now

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mired in controversy. A little girl outside her parents'

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home 100 years ago. A wedding party any street built by the Victorians

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to house the aspiring working classes.

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And here is Channel 4's snapshot of the same place. Did he swear? At the

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school at the end of the road, they say their pupils are being

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stigmatised and their complaint to the Education Secretary and Ofcom.

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It is disrupting our children. We have to make sure that they are

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getting the best education that they can and this programme is hindering

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that. The reputation that there is no legal for the area is not one

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that we want our children to be associated with.

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We have kept her distance from James Turner Street. Since Channel 4 has

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begun airing the programme you might be surprised to learn that there is

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a degree of hostility towards the media among some residents. Monday,

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day of transmission, a degree of transmission also.

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A local pastor says the production team told him the programme was

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about community spirit. People here, he says, feel betrayed. Everybody is

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feeling that they are all part with the same brush. That is the problem.

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It causes a bitterness, hurt and distrust because when somebody says

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something, you expect them to do that. This is a map from 1888 which

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shows James Turner Street have built. There was no welfare stayed

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them. The street offered tradesmen and Artisans a optimiser. You would

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only have to look around the corner to see the other world, the prison

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down the road, the Asylum, the workhouse, to see why it was... You

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were remaining employed and working hard! Hard`working families.

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Modern`day James Turner Street was never so famous. They are even

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talking about it in France. Nearly 60,000 people have signed a position

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calling for it to be taken off air. Channel 4 say it is a fair

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portrayal. The Italians called him the Cat and

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Gordon Banks said he was the best ever. Tributes have been paid from

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around the world today to the former Wolves and England goalkeeper Bert

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Williams, who died yesterday at the age of 93. Williams began his career

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at Walsall before the war, but it was with Wolves that he made his

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name. He made 420 appearances for the club and was part of the team

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which won the FA Cup in 1949 and the League Championship five years

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later. Williams also won 24 caps for England and was their goalkeeper at

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the 1950 World Cup. One of the 1966 World Cup winners, Gordon Banks,

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grew up idolising Williams. He called him the most agile goalkeeper

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ever. Matt Murray was one of Bert's successors in goal at Molineux. He

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described him today as a proper legend but, more importantly, a true

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gentleman. Wolves chairman Steve Morgan said today that Williams was

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a fantastic footballer for both club and country. The club opened a book

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of remembrance at the ground today and the flags were flying at half

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mast. They'll have a minute's applause before kick`off on Saturday

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and are planning a memorial service at which fans will be able to pay a

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final tribute to their hero. As a young lad, I thought he was

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fantastic. He seemed to stop everything. I stopped seeing him

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when he retired but I think he was the best goalkeeper at this club I

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ever saw. Awarded the MBE for services to

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football and charity in 2010, Bert Williams was a true Wolverhampton

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Wanderers legend. Our sports reporter Ian Winter got

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to know Bert well. He's at the Hawthorns tonight, where West Brom

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play Everton this evening. We'll talk about Albion's game in a

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moment. But first, Ian, what's your outstanding memory of Bert Williams?

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Mary, Bert Williams once told me that for all his medals, his cups

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and his international caps, the two things he valued most were lots of

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good memories and lots of good friends. Bert was a top`class

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goalkeeper and yet so modest and unassuming. He was fiercely proud of

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his Black Country roots. And he always said he felt so lucky to play

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for his beloved Wolves that he would have played for nothing. That was

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Bert, a true gentleman. So tonight, the spotlight falls on Albion

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against Everton. And more developments today in the ongoing

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row surrounding the Albion striker Nicolas Anelka? Yes. Just to recap,

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Anelka performed a controversial gesture after scoring during

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Albion's 3`3 draw at West Ham just after Christmas. Although Anelka

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argued it wasn't racist, it did receive a lot of publicity and it

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infuriated members of the Jewish community. Today, Albion's main club

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sponsor Zoopla have decided to not renew their sponsorship, which was

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due to run out at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the FA have yet

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to decide what action, if any, they'll take against the Albion

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striker. Tonight, all eyes on the new head

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coach Pepe Mel. His first taste of the Premier League against Everton.

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Albion are currently lying 14th, just three points above the

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relegation zone. If Albion win, they'll go tenth, just above Aston

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Villa? `` TRANSLATION: Martinez is having a good campaign but West Brom

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are going to approach in a positive frame of mind and do not intend to

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be aggressive. If they win, they will go tents,

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just above Aston Villa? Yes. Villa now have 24 points after their 2`2

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draw at Liverpool. Let's look at the action from that. It was probably

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their best first`half performance of the season. They raced into a

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two`goal lead thanks to Andi Weimann and then Christian Benteke, who

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looked really sharp again. That was ten minutes later. But they had to

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settle for one point instead of three, after Liverpool fought back

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to level the score. But tonight, it's all about the Baggies. And

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we'll have all the goals in our late news at ten.

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Thank you very much. Almost 1000 trees are being felled

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at a Staffordshire beauty spot to try to recreate a lost landscape.

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Kinver Edge near Stourbridge, famous for its ancient rock houses, was

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once covered in lowland heath ` a habitat that's declined by 80% in

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the UK in the last 200 years. Bob Hockenhull has been finding out

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about plans to restore the Edge to how it once looked.

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Kinver Edge, once private farmland, was given to the nation in 1917.

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With the First World War still raging, its previous owners wanted

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it to be a landscape fit for heroes. Move forward nearly a century and

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the casual observer might wonder if that wish is being met. Acres of

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trees are being torn down by giant machines. I know it looks a lot like

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a war zone and people wandering through will be wondering what we

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have been doing. It is part of a clearly planned, very much thought

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about Management plan to return this area to lowland heath so we have

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started to fail all of the Scots pine that is here. What you can see

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are the remnants of the job trees. These are all going to be removed,

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chipped and of the area will become nice and clear to let the heathland

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developer. Lowland heath, consisting of

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heathers, gorses and fine grasses, dates back to the Iron Age on Kinver

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Edge. The habitat is recognised as being internationally important. But

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it needs managing with the help of grazing animals and in the last

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century, woodland has taken over. Because it has been seen as

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wasteland in the past, it has all was been subjected to agricultural

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improvement, housing developments and this has led to a loss of

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species. We are obliged for future generations to take care of these

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important cultural and ecological landscapes.

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The work is being carried out in the winter months so as not to disturb

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any birds or other species. If all goes to plan, in a few years' time,

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this area will be teeming with wildlife.

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And where the trees have been felled, there's already signs that

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nature is taking over once again. It felt like January today. Is cold

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and bright the theme of the week, It felt like January today. Is cold

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and Rebecca? Not so much cold and bright.

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Definitely cold but dull is the theme. The Met Office has issued a

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weather warning for fog. Plenty of fog around and right the way

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through. Tomorrow morning it could cause some disruption to your travel

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and allows extra time you're driving because it is going to be quite

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dense tomorrow morning. It will be a faulty start to the day but we will

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get some spells of brightness as they make way through the day. As we

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move into tonight, we have already got temperatures falling away

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rapidly. There is going to be some widespread fog starting to develop

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and a frost also, as those temperatures dropped down to below

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freezing. We could see them getting even lower. So some freezing sports

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by the time we wake up tomorrow. Tomorrow, it is a cold start but

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then it is going to all change because we have got this band of

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rain working its way through. Ahead of that, we will see list thing

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before goes about. `` see it lifting the fog a little bit. Be aware of

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those icy stretches tomorrow morning. We will start to see the

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wind lifting it and will get some spells of brightness, the best of

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those in the East. Further west will keep some cloud and it will be quite

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dull. The course of those dull conditions, it is going to hamper

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the temperatures. Those winds will take the edge of the values. Then we

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see the next band of rain moving through. It makes its way across,

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right the way through the evening. There will be some heavy bursts in

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there also. It is only going to add to the flooding we have seen

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recently, eventually clearing away behind it as we make our way through

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into Wednesday morning. Temperatures helped a little bit by all that rain

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and cloud. Then we have more rain to come through Wednesday. Either time

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we make it to Thursday, temperatures are continuing to follow little

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bit. It is turning more wintry towards the end of the week.

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Thank you, Rebecca. The headlines: The Lib Dems in crisis. Its former

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election mastermind Lord Rennard is suspended over the sexual

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harrassment grow. Mikaeel Kular's murder is charged

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with his murder. His body was discovered on Friday.

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A lovely couple, family and friends paid tribute to the Warwickshire man

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killed in Saint Lucia and his badly beaten wife.

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A horrific attack in a Birmingham street and the drier who passed

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without stopping. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at 10pm. Have a great evening. Goodbye. `` the drivers who passed.

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