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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Chocolate

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giants Cadbury announce a new ?75 million investment in Bournville.

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We are trying to create the next generation of manufacturing, and we

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think it can only be good news for Bournville. But fears are emerging

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tonight jobs could be lost ` we'll be live in Bournville.

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Also tonight: Violence at a jail near Wolverhampton was a full`scale

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riot, claims a prison officer. There were tables that has been

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broken, iron bars lying around. Wires had become trip wires at a

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lead level. A Staffordshire hospital begins

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using a private company to look after patients at home, so it can

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clear beds. Fears for the local economy over a

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university's plans to close a campus and move 2,000 students.

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And after a couple of pleasant days, don't be fooled, this rather wet

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January is continuing with plenty more rain on the way as we head

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towards the weekend. Your full forecast coming up.

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Good evening. Cadbury, based here in Birmingham,

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has announced a major investment in its Bournville headquarters. The

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company said the ?75 million upgrade was the first significant investment

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at the plant for 30 years. It would include replacing out`of`date

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production lines and opening new ones.

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Cadbury currently employs about 2,000 workers at Bournville and

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union leaders have welcomed the investment. But tonight concerns are

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emerging that jobs could go, despite this investment. In a moment we'll

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be live in Bournville, but first this report.

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Four new production lines within three years for the Cadbury factory,

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where costs are high compared with competitors. Both unions and

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managers have welcomed the planned investment ` it is one of the

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biggest ever at the 135`year`old site. But there are hints the revamp

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may lead to cuts in the 2000 strong workforce.

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We have been open and honest with the workforce and say that there may

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be a reduction in the number of jobs, but that is all up for

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consultation. We have got to sit down with them. It is about how we

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work and how we change the way that we work at Bournville. We are trying

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to do the next generation of manufacturing. We think that the

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investment can only be good news. The unions have already been

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negotiating the redevelopment for two years. One leader sees today's

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annoucement as a potential triumph for the region, comparable with the

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resurgence of Jaguar Landrover. This is an acceptance that a lot of

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the equipment here is outdated, and we cannot take any extra volume with

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the equipment that we have. So we see it as positive, because we can

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bring more product back into the site.

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Whatever happens, it's clear another chapter is opening in the history of

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the world famous chocolate maker. Cadbury's association with

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Birmingham dates back to 1824, when John Cadbury opened a grocer's shop

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in Bull Street. Among other things, he sold cocoa and drinking

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chocolate. In 1879, John Cadbury's son George

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drew up plans for the factory in Bournville. Production began in

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September of that year More than 130 years later, the business was taken

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over by American food giant Kraft in 2010.

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At the time, there were concerns the company's new owners would run down

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the Bournville site. But business leaders in Birmingham say today's

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announcement shows serious commitment.

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This is a long`term, sustainable strategy, not a short`term play.

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This is a serious investment in their manufacturing capability, so

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that they can reduce a state`of`the`art business based here

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in Bournville. And Cadbury says this redevelopment will allow it to

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compete with the best in the world. And our business correspondent is in

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Bournville now. Peter, news tonight that this means jobs could go at

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Bournville despite the investment? New technology often does mean fewer

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jobs. Of course, machines are more efficient than people. What we are

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hearing is that the investment involves the replacement of six old

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production lines with four modern production lines, and irrespective

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laid and that this could mean 60% of the walk force would go. That is a

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worst`case scenario. Even the unions are saying that this is good news, a

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potentially ?75 million investment in the Bournville plant. A

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much`needed investment in an old plant that is very inefficient.

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A senior government minister has been in the region today. What's his

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reaction? Danny Alexander, the secretary of

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the Treasury, was in the Midlands. He was visiting the Land Rover

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plant. I asked him whether he felt it was right that Cadbury 's work

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pegging the investment with changes in working practices.

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Most workers in Britain want to work with companies to print `` improve

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productive day, because that is the way that we will see living

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standards increase. So the two things go together. I don't think

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there is anything to fear from increased productivity and

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investments. There were fears when Kraft took

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over in 2010 that factories could close. Does this finally secure the

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plant? I think it does mean much more

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security for Bournville. Certainly, it is the second began best and that

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we have seen here. The first saw Kraft bring in a Centre of

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excellence from Switzerland. But many remember the Kraft of York,

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where they kept factories open, then four years `` 12 years after the

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takeover, they moved the production abroad. The investment here does

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make that less likely at Bournville. You're watching Midlands Today.

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Still to come: A warning that the horse meat scandal could happen

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again. A prison officer has told the BBC

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that a disturbance at the Oakwood prison near Wolverhampton earlier

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this month was in fact a full scale riot. The officer said inmates set

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up tripwires around the building and shouted threats from behind a

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barricade. The company G4S, which runs Oakwood, says it was an

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incident which was significant, but low`level.

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Grey skies over HMP Oakwood, as a fresh testament cuts through the

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murkiness surrounding events of January fifth.

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Our briefing was that the prisoners were armed and dangerous and that

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they had completely taken over an entire wing of the prison.

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The words of one of the so`called Tornado Team, the crack squad of

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prison officers drafted in to regain control.

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There were tables that had been broken, iron bars lying around,

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wires had been strung up as trip wires at chest and neck level. These

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were people who actively wanted to harm prison officers. As we were

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waiting to go in, I heard the prisoners shouting, we are ready for

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you, we are going to get you. The prison operators G4S had

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previously denied it was a riot. Today, they said it Wwas a

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significant event ` no surprise to people living in nearby

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Featherstone. It is like a holiday camp. It is not

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a prison, because they have all the facilities that they could have at

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home. It scares me. I am scared that I live down the road and that

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someone might get out. It's needs to be put right. The government needs

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to spend more money on security. G4S say any problems at Oakwood are

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teething troubles. In a separate development today, the firm said

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less experienced staff will now go on exchange programmes to other

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prisons and get a ?500 allowance in return. They say things are no worse

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at Oakwood than anywhere else. It really can be very frustrating to

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operate `` operators such as myself, to see incidents at Oakwood that are

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magnified by observers in the media, far more than any incident that

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would happen in a long established jail.

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But why would inmates here riot? This woman's son is serving time

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there on Cedar Wing where the violence broke out.

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He is being locked up early. He was getting locked up too early, that is

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why they decided to kick off. Apart from a highly critical report

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last year from Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons, there's very

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little data on Oakwood. So it's difficult to know what's really

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going on behind its walls. Just this week, the Ambulance

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Service revealed that there had been hundreds of call`outs here to

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Oakwood, twice as much as any other prison in the country.

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And since the start of this month, there've been 36 requests for an

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ambulance ` either there are lots of accidents here or there's lots of

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illness. Or perhaps the truth is that Oakwood is a dangerous place?

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And you can hear the full report on Oakwood Prison on BBC Radio four

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tonight at 8pm. The Crown Prosecution Service has

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said there is insufficient evidence to charge five serving or former

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police officers over their roles in a murder investigation. Kevin Nunes

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was shot dead in Staffordshire in September 2002. Five men jailed for

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murder were freed on appeal after it emerged concerns over the

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credibility of witnesses were not disclosed to the defence.

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Stan Collymore has reactivated his Twitter account, after complaining

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about receiving abusive tweets. His account had been deactivated

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overnight after he was sent death threats. Staffordshire Police said

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officers had spoken to a 14`year`old in the Liverpool area and a

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15`year`old in Bedfordshire, but neither had been arrested.

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A wildlife charity has criticised the government's badger cull for the

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use of trapping and shooting methods, which it says were not part

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of its objectives. Care for the Wild said that in West Gloucestershire

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543 badgers were killed through controlled shooting in six weeks,

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while 165 were cage`trapped and shot.

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Pressure on hospital beds is top of the government agenda this winter

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and hospitals are being forced to look for radical solutions. In

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Stoke`on` Trent an ?8 million deal has been struck which will see a

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private company looking after patients at home, freeing up beds on

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wards. Andy Fallows had to have his hip

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removed due to a drug resistant infection. He was in hospital for

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four weeks, but thanks to this new system he's one of the first

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patients to go home. I want my tea at 8pm, like I

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normally do. I am not timed to certain times. I am not bored. If I

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want to do something, I can do it. He's visited by nurses from health

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care at Home, who give him antibiotics four times a day. It's

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been trialled in Southampton and means beds which cost the hospital

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?580 a day can be freed up. It has done amazingly well in

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Southampton. We have currently 36 staff on the team in which we often

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will have 42 patients out of the hospital on a daily basis. That

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means you have 42 beds in a trust that can be used in different

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people. University Hospital Stoke`on`Trent

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says that it will be monitoring it very closely.

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Patients who are at home are at less risk at home `` four, and of getting

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hospital infection. Patients do not want to be sat in hospital if they

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can have the same treatment at home. Winter bed pressures meant temporary

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wards had to be rerfurbished before Christmas.

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This building houses 34 patients, but eschewed to be demolished and a

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jewel carriageway going through this. Healthcare at Home will

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hopefully free up for two beds Although it has run in Southampton

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for three years, this campaigner has concerns about safety and the way

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the contract was awarded. And solve the crisis.

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To me, it is an initiative that in fact is a loophole that means that

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University Hospital North Staffordshire does not have to

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tender this work out. Health care at Home will be judged

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on whether there are beds available next Christmas.

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MPs have voted to release secret papers relating to the conviction of

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the Shrewsbury 24. The group included comedy actor Ricky

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Tomlinson, who was jailed for his part in picket line disturbances

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following a builders' strike more than 40 years ago. The government

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said today the documents could be made available next year. MPs from

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our region spoke on both sides of the debate.

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The Stasi published their files after the burning wall came down in

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1989. I think we can. Many constituents say that these people

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have been tried and convicted by a jury and many constituents are the

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world at that this debate has even been called.

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An MP is tonight urging the board of governors at Staffordshire

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University not to close its campus in Stafford. The town's Jeremy

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LeFroy believes the potential relocation of more than 2,000

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students to Stoke`on`Trent would have a "substantial impact" on the

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local economy. A final decision will be announced a week today.

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The campus at Beaconside in Stafford's seen an increasing number

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of students enrolling on courses over the last few years. But

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Staffordshire University's carrying out a review of its buildings and

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that could mean it moves out of this campus.

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Currently, I don't want to move. I am settles and it is a lovely town.

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I like the shops and the people, I don't want to move out.

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It is further away than where I live. You have to sort out

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accommodation again. It is just an annoyance.

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It will probably cripple Stafford, because it will take all the

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students away. I think it is a really bad idea.

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The university's considering moving more students here, to its base in

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Stoke`on`Trent. But leaving Stafford would be a mistake, according to the

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town's MP. What I am saying to the university

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is thinking long term. Don't take a short`term decision. Stafford is an

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incredibly strategic position for a university to be in. We are near the

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airport and the M6. It is at the heart of the UK.

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The university says any changes won't have an impact on second or

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third year undergraduates, although first years could potentially be

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affected. The university declined our request

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for an interview, but said that it is aware of students concerns and

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has held meetings to discuss the future. It said it did not want to

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pre`empt a decision of its Board of Governors.

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Ahead of that decision, what's the feeling in Stafford town centre on

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the plans? I benefit, because I am a taxi

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driver. I take a lot of students around. Plus, they come into town

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and do their shopping. As far as we can see, the students are happy

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there and Stafford needs the University.

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The university will announce its plans next week, when students will

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be told where future investment will be made. It is 6:45pm.

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This is our top story tonight: Chocolate giants Cadbury announce a

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new ?75 million investment in Bournville, but jobs could be lost.

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Brace yourselves for a watery weather forecast from Rebecca.

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And also in tonight's programme: Exodus to the capital. Coventry City

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set to be roared on by 5,000 fans in tomorrow night's FA Cup tie at

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Arsenal. And celebrating 30 years: the

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theatre group set up to tell women's stories.

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It's 12 months since the horse meat scandal erupted into the headlines.

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Shocking revelations followed one after another as major retailers

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discovered their beef, pork or lamb actually contained traces, or worse,

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of horse. But for some in the Midlands the scandal was actually

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good for business. Our Rural Affairs Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar

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has been investigating. So David who's done well out of all

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this? People like this butcher. Now this

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shop near Wolverhampton is part of a farm shop. You can buy the sausages

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and steaks and see the pigs and cattle from the windows of the shop.

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The owners call it a one link food chain. You can't get more certain

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about where your meat has come from when the horse meat scandal broke,

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we had a surge in meat sales, because people lost faith in

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supermarkets, and decided to go to farm shops where they knew the meat

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came from. And sales are still up. They've held onto half their new

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customers. So what about the rest of us? This is the change in what we're

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eating. As you can see frozen pork, beef and ready meals are all down.

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But look at frozen burgers. That's where the horse meat scandal started

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and sales are down by just 1%. That's thanks to heavy promotion and

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discounting. If it's cheap enough, we'll still eat it.

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So who's testing this food? Well not Trading Standards. For example, in

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Birmingham Trading Standards have stopped testing for horse meat. They

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told us since they didn't detect any further incidences of contamination.

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One other reason Trading Standards stopped testing, increasing testing

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by food companies themselves. Though of course that does carry a cost.

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It is a bit of a business, because it's ?126 per analysis, and if you

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can imagine, we take delivery of meat once a week, that means it

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would cost ?25,000 a year just to check meat coming in is what it

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says. A year after the horse meat scandal

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many of us have gone back to buying meat based purely on how affordable

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it is. But for a good proportion of shoppers knowing exactly where our

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meat has come from is much more important than it was 12 months ago.

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This time tomorrow, 5,000 Coventry City fans will be making a bee`line

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for North London. They're hoping to witness a big upset in the FA Cup

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fourth round. The Sky Blues maybe 55 places below Arsenal, who are

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currently on top of the Premier League, but the Coventry camp

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remains quietly confident. Training hard for the toughest task

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in the round draw. Coventry away to Arsenal sitting pretty on top of the

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Premier League. Realistically, Coventry know that they do not stand

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a chance, but if Arsenal was to take their foot off the brake, then the

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Sky Blues have players. Players like Franck Moussa, who has

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30 goals and more to come. Last season, he took his debut when

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Arsenal won`1. It is a great opportunity to play football.

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Everybody knows about the FA Cup, anything can happen. We have to give

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our best shot and go that expecting to get a result out of that. We will

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see what our best will give us. I was hoping for Liverpool, but I will

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not complain about going back to the Emirates. We have to believe that we

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can get something out of the game. There will be cheered on by 5000

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fans, but the boss, Steven Pressley, is determined there will have a

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night to remember. If you are going to draw this, there

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is no better side than Arsenal. It is one of location. We have to go

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there with the right mentality. We cannot just go there to make the

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numbers up. My players do have an opportunity. Have boots, do travel.

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Hoping that tomorrow night is not the end of the road for them. Good

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luck to them. And tomorrow we'll be with

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Kidderminster Harriers as they prepare to face Premier League

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Sunderland in the fourth round on Saturday A memorial

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A memorial service will be held in Wolverhampton next month to honour

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the Wolves and England goalkeeping legend Bert Williams The

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93`year`old, who died on Sunday, made more than 400 appearances for

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Wolves in a 14`year career that spanned the club's most successful

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era in the 1950s. The service will be held at St Peter's Church in the

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city on Wednesday February the fifth.

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Have you heard of the popular comedy character Barbara Nice? Well, not

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only does she make us laugh, but, in real life, her less manic persona

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Janice Connolly is a founding member of the Women Theatre group, which

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tackles difficult and often taboo topics. This year the group's

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celebrating its 30th birthday. Are you ready now? A stinging start

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to this week's comedy class in Wolverhampton. This is one of

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thousands of projects that Women Theatre have devised for ordinary

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people. It is all devised theatre, so we are making it up ourselves. We

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wanted to find stories that were not already been told and, initially, it

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was women telling their stories, but now we have men as well. But that is

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how it started in the beginning. Three decades on, and Janice

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Connolly is still going strong. You have caught me going through my

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cupboards. You might be thinking, what are you looking for, Barbara? I

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am looking for Anglo`Saxon gold. She is best known as her, the altar ego

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Barbara Nice, who was in Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights.

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Everyone who does the course will not end up being a performer, but

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some people will. People enjoy themselves, and it is good for

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well`being. You cannot beat the arts for coming out of yourself and

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feeling better when you go home. The odd comedy, Women Theatre have

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created work to challenge our perceptions.

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I was standing outside the club, trying to pluck up the courage to go

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into the disco to find women like me.

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Here, stories of a hidden gay past. Homosexuality was seen as a form of

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madness. This data is now part of the

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cultural identity. They have employed 300 artists and workers.

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They have had workshops, reaching out to thousands of people, many

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have been empowered and entertained. Rachel is one of the many people who

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has attended workshops. It has really boosted my confidence. I have

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never done comedy, I was wanted to do it. It came along at the right

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time. I have made new friendships, and onwards and upwards for more

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comedy nights. At a time when many arts organisations are trying to

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make ends meet, Women Theatre are a success story and have 20 to laugh

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about. Happy birthday to them. Here is the

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weather. Yes, unfortunately, the weather is deteriorating as we go to

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the weekend. I will talk about rainfall totals, because we have

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significant rainfall in the next few days. We could see ten to 20 minute

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metres, then `` millimetres, then the showers on Saturday could be

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heavy, and we could have up to 25 millimetres of rain on Sunday. There

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are flood alerts in the region, and they could go up. We have had some

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showers today, but we will see those moving off, then it is a clear

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night. Cabbages will fall away under those

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clear skies to begin with, but then we start to see cloud head of the

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next band of rain. `` temperatures will fall away. We could see some

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icy stretches. In Staffordshire, there is a yellow weather warning

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for ice. Tomorrow morning, we will see the

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rain sticking with this, temperatures really struggling.

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Around three Celsius under that. It will feel cold tomorrow, it will be

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breezy. There will be a few clear periods in that rain, but it will

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not go anywhere. Eventually, there will be mild air, but we could get

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up to eight Celsius where we have been recently. And the rain stays

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with us right the way through Friday night. It will get heavy at times,

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eventually heading away as we head into Saturday. We will get some mist

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and fog patches developing, because there is quite a lot of moisture in

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the error was well. It will not be too cold on Saturday, and Saturday

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will be the best day of the weekend, but it still will not be a

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great day, because although it starts off dry, we get some sunny

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spells. Then we have the showers moving through. They will clear away

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again, it will be a very cold night as we head into Sunday. Then we have

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this area of low pressure moving in. It will have strong guts of wind up

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to 40 miles an hour, 25 millimetres of rain. The forecast could change,

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but it is not looking good. Tonight's headlines from the BBC.

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Some hospital waiting time figures in England can't be relied upon,

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according to an official watchdog. And guilty of throwing acid in the

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face of a friend ` the woman who disguised herself in a Muslim veil.

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Chocolate giants Cadbury announce a new ?75 million investment in

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Bournville. There are some fears tonight that 60% of jobs could be

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lost. And recent disturbances at a jail

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near Wolverhampton amounted to a full scale "prison riot", according

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to an officer working there. That was the programme. I will be

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back at 10pm with the latest of the Cadbury 's announcement. We will

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have more analysis of what this could mean for jobs, and we expect

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to hear whether the striker has admitted all denied a football

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Association charge about an A star will be born

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