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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Ex`footballer

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Stan Collymore, who's received death threats on Twitter, says not enough

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is being done to police social media.

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A lot of people giving casual racialist abuse and casual

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homophobia and they are children that need protecting from

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themselves. We'll be asking a social media expert if anything can be done

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to stop abuse on the internet. Also tonight: Unemployment in the

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West Midlands shows the biggest fall in the country ` down by 32,000 `

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but still higher than the national average.

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I'm not racist, says West Brom's Nicolas Anelka ` he wants the FA to

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drop charges over his controversial on`field gesture.

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Do you recognise any of these people? The hunt to reunite one

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family with their lost history, found in a shoe box. There are

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wedding photos, birthdays, holidays. It is a whole life in a box.

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And there's something a little colder heading our way tomorrow. But

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the rain is never too far away, and we're back to wet and windy to

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finish the week. Your full forecast coming up later.

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Good evening. Staffordshire Police are investigating hundreds of racist

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and threatening tweets to the former Aston Villa footballer Stan

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Collymore. He went public today saying Twitter had done nothing to

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remove the offending comments. The social media network has become a

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favourite way for footballers and other celebrities to keep in touch

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with fans. But there are concerns tonight that abuse is likely to get

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even worse, unless Twitter changes its open door policy. Here's Giles

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Latcham. Lovely control. Down goes Luis Suarez.

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It started with a game of a football and this contentious moment `

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez winning a crucial penalty against

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Aston Villa from which they scored. A former player for both clubs, Stan

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Collymore, who lives in Cannock, is now a football pundit. On Twitter he

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said he thought Suarez had dived and now he's paid a penalty ` enduring a

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torrent of abusive tweets, some of them racist, as well as several

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death threats. All I want if I was walking down broad Street and

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someone threatened to murder me is that that same punishment under

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English law is applied to Twitter. The tweets Stan Collymore's

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complained about are so unsavoury we can only show you brief extracts. In

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most cases, Collymore himself re`tweeted or republished them so

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his half a million followers could see what he's been subjected to. A

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spokeswoman for Twitter told us targeted abuse is against its rules

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and they have "established processes" for working with police

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forces. Forces like Staffordshire, who say they're investigating

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hundreds of tweets sent to Collymore from the UK and abroad. We need the

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assistance of Twitter in this case. I trust that that will be

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forthcoming. We will continue to use other methods to identify those

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involved as well. So we will run that alongside the work we are doing

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with Twitter. It is really important we are aware of what content we put

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out there. At a college in Birmingham today a timely warning

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for students preparing for a career in social media. Stan Collymore

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thinks much of the abuse he's had comes from youngsters who don't

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understand the consequences. Technology is evolving and everyone

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has Twitter. Children can use it now. This is the way society is. The

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biggest thing that people don't have is awareness and that needs to be

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taught. I have waited six weeks for 22 cases of people overtly racially

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abusing me to be passed on to the police by Twitter. That is not good

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enough. In a career of laws as well as highs, Stan Collymore has had to

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develop a thick skin but he says Twitter has become a cesspool he is

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no longer prepared to tolerate. I'm joined now by Mike Jackson,

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Professor of Computer Science at Birmingham City University. It's not

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just celebrities who are being subjected to abuse on social media

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but is the problem getting worse? I think it is getting worse. The

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Internet has always been a place for bandit 's. As more people join, I

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think there is more abuse to people who are not expecting it. What could

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be done to stop this abuse? To a certain extent, it is human nature.

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What is happening is against the law and could be prosecuted but

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sometimes they are very difficult to locate. Isn't part of the problem

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that the abusers believe they can get away with it? Some people

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deliberately set out to be anonymous, going out to abuse

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somebody in such a way they are not found. They could go to an Internet

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cafe or change their IDE. It makes them difficult to locate. What can

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be done to change that to prosecute these people? I think the police are

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on top of it. Are they? They are clued up as to what the problem is

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not there are so many people doing it that it becomes difficult. It is

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the scale of the problem. It is not that you can't trace them just to

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the scale? Yes. Are you on Twitter? No. I didn't think people would want

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to hear the trivia of my life. We have had a huge reaction. A common

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reaction from many of our viewers using social media to get in touch

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is if you post a comment you're laying yourself wide open ` it is a

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form of broadcasting. That's right. Whilst I am not on Twitter, I have

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been on numerous discussion groups and generally what you expect with

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the Internet is that many people will disagree with you but there is

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a significant difference between that and death threats.

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Coming up later in the programme: A stark warning to schoolchildren on

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binge drinking in a bid to deter alcohol abuse.

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Unemployment in the West Midlands has shown the largest fall in the

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country. The number of people out of work in this region fell by 32,000

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over the last quarter. That's 222,000 people out of work ` a rate

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of 8.1%. So a welcome fall although we're still 1% above the national

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average. We can go live now to our business correspondent Peter

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Plisner. So, Peter, where are the new jobs coming from?

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Well, Mary, our location tonight should give you a clue. Here in

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Smethwick they're building a new school. It's one of the growing

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number of projects that have lead to a big increase in jobs within the

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construction industry. That in turn has contributed to that big fall in

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the region's unemployment total today. With me from Interserve, the

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firm that's building this new school, is Julie Bradley. It has

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been a tough recession but things are finally on the up. It seems so

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and we are confident that the local economy is picking up, we are

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winning more work and we recently won a contract with Birmingham

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University for a multi`million pound sports complex which we are

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encouraged by. We will be able to push that confidence to our supply

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chain and boost employment in the local area. Is it mostly private or

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public? We work a lot with public but we are also seeing interest in

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the private sector. We are seeing a general upsurge. Can it last? There

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is confidence there and we need to build on that and understand how we

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can impact more in the future but, yes, I think so. While unemployment

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has fallen again here in the West Midlands, in some parts of the

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region it remains stubbornly high, particularly in our biggest city.

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Birmingham ` a world class city with high levels of inward investment `

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but look beyond the landmark buildings and there's an

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unemployment problem. Ladywood just outside the city centre is the UK's

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worst unemployment blackspot with more than a quarter of the

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population out of work. Part of the problem appears to be a lack of

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skills and, with growth in the construction industry, at this

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college in the heart of Ladywood it's not surprising that many of

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those looking for work are opting for construction related courses.

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Romell Stewart is one of them. Since he left school two years ago, he's

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struggled to find a permanent job. But he's ambitious. I want to be

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able to open up my own business in a few years' time and have people

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working for me. And according the principal of the college skills are

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crucial. The job centres have a real issue at the moment because they

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have got students with no qualifications, skills or language,

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then we know they won't be able to put them into any kind of job and

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sending them to interviews won't be of any use. And that's the reason

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Somalian`born Hashim is improving his English. It is difficult these

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days. You have to learn English to get a job so you have to learn to

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communicate those people speak English, the majority of the UK. But

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it's not just people who are suffering ` a lack of skills is also

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holding back local businesses. In recent months this Ladywood`based

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engineering firm has struggled to fill its vacancies. It's incredibly

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hard because it takes us probably for `6 months to find somebody with

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the skills we require. A lack of skills isn't a problem that's unique

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to Birmingham but here it's clearly a major issue.

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So work still to be done finding jobs for many people. And the

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Government seems to think we could learn a thing or two from German

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industry. Yes, during a visit to Staffordshire

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today, the Trade Minister Lord Livingston has announced he plans to

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offer help to nearly 9000 medium`sized businesses. In Germany

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those companies are known as Mittelstand and they're credited

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with keeping that country's economy booming. The Government believes the

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same could happen here, as Bob Hockenhull reports.

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This is the family`owned Balluff factory in Stuttgart. It started

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life in 1921 and has grown to be a world leader in sensor technology.

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The great`grandson of the founder was invited to share its secrets at

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a conference at Staffordshire's JCB factory. We drive long`term

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strategies and that gives us the flexibility to try out something

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that doesn't seem to get the return right away but long`term is very

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fruitful. Mittelstand are medium`sized companies. It's these,

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not large multinationals, credited with creating Germany's economic

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success. Our Government believes a similar model here could boost the

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UK economy by ?50 billion. Germany has been concentrated on this for

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nearly 60 years so we can't do it overnight. But if you look at German

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company exports outside the EU, it is much higher than the UK. F Ball

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near Leek ` an example of what the Government wants. It makes adhesive

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flooring, is still family`run, has invested millions in machinery but

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kept the 130`strong workforce. Investing in people is one of the

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most vital things to ensure that the customer can get what he wants.

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Today's conference is taking place at JCB, which was once a

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medium`sized company itself. One delegate had a warning though. Don't

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try to copy the German model because it can never be as good as the

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original. Look at it and take their best out of it. It's estimated

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Britain would have 250,000 extra jobs if mid`sized companies had

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grown at the same rate as Germany's. The help announced today should help

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companies expand and create jobs and hopefully in future that could bring

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unemployment down even further. And later in the programme we'll be

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hearing from young people trying to find work in one of the most

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competitive sectors, arts and entertainments, about just how hard

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it is to find that first job. The Government's defeated the latest

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legal challenge by opponents of the controversial High Speed Rail

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scheme, linking London to Birmingham and the north of England. Protestors

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say they'll now take their case to Europe. The Supreme Court ruled

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unanimously against opponents of HS2, who'd argued ministers were

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failing to meet their environmental obligations.

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A former Police Community Support Officer from Cheltenham caught

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smuggling drugs into Indonesia has been sentenced to 14 years in

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prison. 43`year`old Andrea Waldeck, who worked for Gloucestershire

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Police, claims she was coerced by her boyfriend. She was arrested last

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April with 1.5 kilos of A report by the Conservative Party

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into the organising of a Nazi`themed stag party by the Cannock Chase MP

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Aiden Burley says his conduct was offensive and unacceptable. Mr

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Burley was sacked from his job as a ministerial aid after these pictures

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emerged in 2011. The Conservative Party says Mr Burley has apologised,

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and paid a high price for his foolishness.

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The MP for Birmingham Perry Barr Khalid Mahmood is recovering after a

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kidney transplant. The operation took place yesterday at the city's

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Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Our top story tonight: ex`footballer

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Stan Collymore, who's received death threats on Twitter, says not enough

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is being done to police social media.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.

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Also in tonight's programme: can a new scheme help young people find

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work in one of the toughest sectors to break into?

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And 100 years of history abandoned in a shoe box ` the pictures that

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tell one unknown family's story. There have been more developments in

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the row surrounding the West Bromwich Albion footballer Nicolas

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Anelka. It's emerged that the Premier League club could lose two

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more sponsors as a result of Anelka's controversial gesture. And

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the French striker has been writing about the incident on Facebook. Ian

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Winter is at the Hawthorns tonight. What's he been saying, Ian?

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Mary, this row continues to simmer away, with no end in sight. Just to

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recap: This is the controversial gesture ` the quenelle ` that's been

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described by some as an inverted Nazi salute. But today Nicolas

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Anelka has been on social media to say that he is neither racist nor

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anti`Semitic. On his Facebook page the Albion striker refers to a

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Jewish leader in France who believes that Anelka's gesture could not be

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considered to have an anti`Semitic connotation. And that's why he's

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asking the FA to lift the charges that have been made against him.

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But two of Albion's sponsors are believed to be reconsidering their

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position? Yes, on Monday, it was Zoopla, the property website, who

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said they wouldn't be renewing their ?3 million deal at the end of the

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season. Now, Jack Wolfskin, the outdoor clothing company, and Holler

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Watches are both understood to be reviewing their sponsorship deals

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with West Brom, as they await the outcome of the FA verdict. As for

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Nicolas Anelka, he's facing a minimum five`match ban if the FA

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charge is upheld. And he's got until six o'clock tomorrow evening to

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respond to those allegations against him.

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A survey of 5000 under`18s in Staffordshire has revealed nearly

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three quarters have tried alcohol. 63% had their first drink under the

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age of 13 and some admitted drinking before they were ten. A new campaign

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warning about the effects of binge drinking has been launched, as Laura

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May McMullan's been finding out. I haven't had a drink now for 15

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months. Dan Kendrick is 24 years old. He started drinking when he was

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16. It got to the stage where he was drinking two litres of vodka and

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five pints of cider a day. I was stuck in the same circle. I was in

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hospital regularly. Dan was able to detox and get help with the BAC

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O'Connor charity in Burton on Trent. He's says it's been life changing.

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It's like they've rebuilt me back to how I was. You get to know the real

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you. A new social media campaign warning about the effects of alcohol

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is now targeting 11`14 year olds across Staffordshire. Animations

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will also be screened at local cinemas. So you know anyone who's

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tried alcohol? Yes. Maybe it is Rivaldo and not everybody does but I

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think a lot of people drink. Well, out of 5230 youngsters in

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Staffordshire who were surveyed, 73% said they'd had a drink. 63% tried

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their first drink before they were 13 and some admitted to trying

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alcohol under the age of ten. Alcohol support charities say the

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number of young people drinking has declined in recent years but the

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amount consumed by those who do remains high. Dan Kendrick says he's

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just glad he was able to beat his addiction before it damaged his

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health and his future. Now, whilst this region saw the

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biggest fall in unemployment anywhere in the country today, the

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number of young people without a job remains high. And that first job can

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be the hardest to get. In Birmingham 16 to 24`year`olds are being offered

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paid positions with arts organisations to help them into a

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hugely competitive industry. Here's our arts reporter Satnam Rana.

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Sophie is one of the first apprentices on the Creative

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Employment Programme ` a Government scheme offering opportunities in the

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arts and cultural sector. She's a design apprentice with learning

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provider Creative Alliance, here helping pupils at Victoria Park

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Academy Smethwick with their school magazine. I think when I was looking

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to go straight into work without having a degree it was a lot harder

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so getting an apprenticeship was a good opportunity to get into the

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workplace. At The Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham, Bethany is

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four months into her apprenticeship. I applied for lots of different jobs

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but nobody would hire you without paid work experience so this will

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really help me to get another job later. Now 30 paid apprenticeships

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and internships are all up for grabs for unemployed 16 to 24`year`olds.

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15 arts organisation are taking part in a jobs fair at the Rep this

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Saturday. This is the cultural sectors response in the city to

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youth unemployment. The company is coming together to invest our own

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time and experience to support young people into finding work. This

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centre in Aston is offering seven Charlie is one of those who got a

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job follwing his apprentiship with softwarre company Trilby. It all

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fell into place at the right time. The hope is that these

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apprenticeships will create the wokers of tomorrow.

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Dozens of old photographs ` some dating back to the start of the last

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century ` have been discovered in a shoe box by staff at a Solihull

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charity shop. They form an irreplaceable record of one family's

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history. Now staff want to get them back to their rightful owner. Sarah

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Falkland has the details. Precious memories from a bygone age.

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Magical milestones of life. But whose life? It's Downton Abbey

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style. It reminded me of that. We enjoyed looking through it and

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looking at their hairstyles and fashion. The photos were inside one

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of half a dozen shoe boxes dropped off to the Acorns Hospice Shop at

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Castle Bromwich by an elderly lady. It was obviously a mistake to bring

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them in because all the boxes were the same sort perhaps she thought it

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was shoes as well. It is a family history in a box. Those wedding

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photos, Christmases, holidays. Why would you want to throw that away?

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While some recall the days of World War I, many are much later. They're

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so endearing, staff here have turned detective in the hope of finding out

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who's who. Look, a rubber dinghy. Weston`super`Mare. One thing that

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comes up again and again is not a face but a place ` Bodenham Manor in

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Herefordshire. There is a letter of reference from the lady who used to

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live here in connection with her chauffeur. It says he had been in

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the service of the family for 21 years during which time he proved

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himself a thoroughly trustworthy and hard`working servant. There was a

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rent because well from an address in Kings Norton. We are thinking the

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chauffeur moved from Hereford to Birmingham. Another clue is a

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memorial card for one Clara Gibbs, who died in 1944 at the age of 84.

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Did he come back from the trenches? Did she find true love? Someone must

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have the answers. If you can solve the mystery, please

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get in touch with us here. Some lovely sunshine around today.

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How's it looking for the next couple of days, Rebecca?

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of days, Well, things are getting a little

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colder for the next couple of days. That doesn't mean it's time to get

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the sledge out just yet though. It's a bit of a mixture to come over the

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next few days ` we'll get some sunny spells at times, but the rain is

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never too far away, and by the time we get to Sunday, The Met Office has

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a yellow weather warning in place for that heavy rain. Today though

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it's certainly been a different picture. Although we had plenty of

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cloud about through the day, as the afternoon went on we got more breaks

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and some sunny spells. . And to begin with tonight isn't looking too

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bad either. We still have a few showers rattling through but for the

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first half of tonight it'll be a largely clear. The wind will drop

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out initially which means temperatures could fall quite low

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for a time. There is also plenty of moisture in the air which means we

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could see the odd patch of mist and fog. Some rain through the rush

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hour. Once it clears away, it will be a lovely sunny day. But it'll be

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chilly in the breeze. Temperatures around 5`6 Celsius. Then to begin

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with tomorrow night temperatures will fall away ` and it'll be chilly

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for a time, with the possibility of some places getting down to `1, but

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it's not long before cloud builds ahead of the next band of rain.

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Heavy rain to come by Friday morning ` again we could see some wintry

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bursts in there. Tonight's headline from the BBC:

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Ex`footballer Stan Collymore, who's received death threats on Twitter,

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says not enough is being done to police social media.

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And you've been getting in touch with us on social media to let us

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know what you think about that story. On our Facebook page, Dawn

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Turner says, racist remarks and death threats should not be

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acceptable in any form. On Twitter, Julie G writes, it's utterly

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disgraceful. If that abuse was shouted in the streets then the

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foul`mouthed louts would be arrested! Carl Medlin posted on

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Facebook, if you don't like it, don't use Twitter ` simple. Thanks

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for all your comments. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at ten o'clock with more

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