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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight. Boost for

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Coventry as Nissan announce a ?6 million deal to assemble taxis in

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the city. We have some of the highest skilled

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people in the industry right on our doorstep. We employ some already and

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we can get more. We'll be finding out exactly what

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this means for Coventry and the whole automotive business in the

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West Midlands. Also tonight. Four men are arrested

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across Birmingham by police investigating mobile phone theft and

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fraud. There is no such thing as a

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victimless crime. Secret filming shows migrant workers

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in the region being paid less than the minimum wage.

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Find out why this gun is making the journey from Herefordshire to

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France. And brace yourself, things are about

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to get colder. The first wintry spells of the year. But will they

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last? Your full forecast is on the way.

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Good evening. The Japanese car giant Nissan has announced a ?6 million

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investment in Coventry as it looks to break into the London taxi cab

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market. Nissan will build their new taxis in Barcelona, then ship them

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to a firm in Coventry for assembly. It's another major boost for the

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West Midlands' automotive industry, which is already buoyed by the

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performance of Jaguar Land Rover. In a moment, we'll be hearing from a

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senior Nissan executive, but first here's Joan Cummins.

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This is one of the Nissan prototype taxis that will represent the

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Japanese car giants attempts to conquer the London Taxi market.

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Launched in January and based on a van design, the vehicles will be

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shipped from Barcelona to ADV Coventry for a black cab

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transformation. We will be converting the vehicle

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which arrives from Spain, which is a commercial vehicle made by Nissan in

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Barcelona, and we will be converting it to a full London taxi

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specification. We have some of the highest skilled people in industry

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on our doorstep. ADV have only been in business for

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three years, but already they're established as a major supplier to

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many of the prestige car manufacturers in the country and

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currently employ 150 staff. By Christmas, this is going to be

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the new assembly hall for the Nissan taxi. It is unclear exactly how many

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jobs will be created, but I'm told it will be significant. Today's

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announcement of investment and the prospect of new jobs was seen as

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re`establishing the region as the heartland of car production.

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It's excellent news for the city and Warwickshire. It just goes to show

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that if you want to build a car, the ideal place to build it is in this

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region. We have got those skills, the workforce and the location and

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it is very good news all round. But Coventry is already famous for black

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cabs with the London Taxi company, so is there room for rival

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neighbours? I think we will see that they will both rise to the

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competitive challenge and overall the local supply chain and

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automotive economy will be all the stronger for it. With the order

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books recovering the biggest challenge for employers now is

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ensuring that the region's skills remain the brightest in the country.

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Earlier, I spoke to Andy Palmer, the Chief Planning Officer and Executive

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Vice President of the Nissan Corporation. I asked him why Nissan

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chose ADV in Coventry. We went through a selection process and

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looked at all of the possible places that could manufacture the Nissan

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London taxi. And this was the most competitive. The most compelling

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choice. Great news for the company in Coventry.

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And this will be a hefty commitment for ADV and create jobs? Absolutely.

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There is an investment of around ?6 million to make this happen. The

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investment coming from Nissan, ADV and help from the government.

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Coventry is becoming a bit of a taxi capital? You'll have competition.

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Competition is always healthy. It is part of what makes the motor

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industry go round. Obviously, we find in Coventry we have the skills

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base here to do what we want. And it is our dream as Nissan that we

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change the way that people think about mobility. In particular taxis.

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Particularly by the use of electric taxis which is part of the mandate

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that ADV has to create the electric London taxi. I think it will

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ultimately change society and Coventry and ADV will be at the

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centre of it. Now we are talking petrol driven

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cars and all electric and Boris Johnson has made it clear that

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bringing down emisssions is high on the agenda. Yes, indeed. London is

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basically stating that by 2018, the electric vehicle zone will be in

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place. In fact, Nissan will bring the London taxi, the EV version of

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the London taxi, to market in 2015, made in Coventry. Our commitment is

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to have that electric taxi on sale in a city in the UK in 2015.

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Live now to Coventry now and our reporter Joan Cummins. Joan, a real

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boost for the city, isn't it? Yes, it is. We do not know the exact

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figures on jobs, but the fact that a company like Nissan is going to

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assemble it here is a boost, not just to the company here, but to the

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industry as a whole and people across the region. Coventry is open

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for business and they can do car manufacturing here. Also in the city

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you have the London Taxi Company, which used to be known as LTI. This

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will be competition for them, won't it?

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Yes, it will be. But this is what is going to happen anyway. It does not

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matter if the production is taking place near or across the world. The

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fact is, today, Nissan has decided to invest here in Coventry and that

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means jobs for the people of Coventry.

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You're watching Midlands Today from the BBC. Great to have you with us

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this evening. Later, following that good news for Coventry. We'll be

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assessing the impact in our region as the UK economy grows at its

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fastest rate since 2007. And as the Christmas and New Year

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flooding bill tops ?400 million, could this defence scheme in

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Worcestershire provide a blueprint for the future?

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A former chief nurse at Stafford Hospital has consented to being

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struck off for exposing patients to danger during her time in charge.

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Janice Harry agreed to the move after the Professional Standards

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Authority for Health and Social Care launched a challenge to a tribunal's

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decision only to issue her with a caution. With me now is our Health

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Correspondent Michele Paduano. This is quite a turnaround, what's been

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the reaction? It has not been jubilation. I spoke

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to someone who said that many more adverse `` nurses should have been

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investigated. Janice Harry Tried to allow her membership to lapse. This

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agreement to be struck off has avoided another High Court hearing.

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I think the message that it sends is that if you are in a senior

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position, then you need to comply with the code of conduct. That

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applies to all nurses, not just senior nurses. This decision is very

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important and we are happy with the outcome.

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What exactly has Janice Harry done, or not done?

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She was said to have pleased patients at risk. In one example, 17

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patients were being looked after by wonders overnight. Also, in accident

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and emergency, the nurse on reception often had to go and help

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out, leaving a receptionist to look after patients which was

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unacceptable. Still not the end of all the recriminations over Stafford

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Hospital? There are still health and safety

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cases ongoing, and a fresh inquest into at least one death. 173 cases

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are still being looked at by police. Janice Harry Is the only senior

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member of staff who will be dealt with in this way.

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A series of raids has taken place across Birmingham by police

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targeting mobile phone theft and fraud. At one address alone,

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there've been more than 200 claims for damaged smartphones over the

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past two years. Our Special correspondent, Peter Wilson reports.

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Not a phone call or a knock at the door. This was the first of a series

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of dawn raids across Birmingham. Operation Network, more than 60

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police officers. This is one of nine addresses targeted by West Midlands

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Police, which also includes a mobile phone shop and a market stall. All

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of those arrested today are suspected of handling stolen goods

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are being involved in mobile phone fraud. Every month, 500 smartphones

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are stolen in the West Midlands. 300,000 each year in the United

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Kingdom. One address has handled in excess of 200 handsets in less than

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18 months. The average cost of a smartphone could be ?700. That is a

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huge amount of money. At the Operation Control Centre, the police

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were checking on the details of each phone they'd seized. Effectively,

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what is happening is that the fraudsters are sending stolen phones

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back to the smartphone companies to replace them free of charge, and the

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fraudsters then sell them. There is no such thing as a victimless crime.

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This is the first operation of its kind by the police in the Midlands.

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Detectives say it is part of an ongoing series of investigations

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aimed at making life difficult for the smartphone fraudsters and

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thieves. The private security company which

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runs Oakwood Jail near Wolverhampton has promised to improve its

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management after disturbances there earlier this month. A prison officer

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had described the incident as a full scale riot with inmates shouting

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threats from behind a barricade. At Westminster today, G4S defended the

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prison in response to one MP who said Oakwood was known as jokewood.

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I am absolutely confident that we will rectify the issues at the

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prison to get it as good as any other prison be done. This is an

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example of selectively picking examples to put us in a negative

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light. A BBC investigation has found

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migrant workers are being brought to Birmingham from London to work for

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below the minimum wage. Secret recording in London and in

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Birmingham has uncovered workers being paid as little as ?40 pounds a

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day. Gareth Furby has this special report.

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Every day on some streets in London, there are people, many eastern

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European, waiting to be offered work as builders or casual labourers. But

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I be paid at least the minimum wage? To find out, we asked to Macromedia

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workers to go undercover. Both carried a hidden camera. `` two

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Romanian. They heard others talk about low wages. I worked all day

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for ?10. One of them was offered work moving mattresses. His pay at

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the end of the day, ?40 for a seven hour day with only a five`minute

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break. That works out at an hour, under the National minimum wage of

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?6.31 an hour. You were just told to do things. Our second Romanian is

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offered a week's work in Birmingham. But the man who is

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hiring does not want to pay him much.

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He is give an more than 100 miles, put to work at the back of a shop

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and paid ?40. Which for nine hours of work comes to about ?4 70 an

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hour. What does the government think of such low wages? It is a serious

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breach of the law. I do not know all the details and circumstances, but

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it must be investigated. The campaigning group migration watch

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says such practices are driving down wages for all builders. It drives

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down wages for ordinary working class people around the country.

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This man said he agreed to pay are Labour ?40 for a single job and that

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he did not work for nine hours. Our recording suggests that he does.

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The insurance bill for the storms and flooding that damaged thousands

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of homes in Britain over the Christmas and New Year period is set

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to reach ?426 million. The Association of British Insurers said

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today its members dealt with 174,000 claims for damage to homes,

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businesses and cars. Environment Agency flood defences have clearly

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helped here in the West Midlands, but could another scheme in

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Worcestershire offer hope across the country? Joanne Writtle reports.

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In heavy downpours, water from fields has caused flash flooding

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down in the village of Harvington in Worcestershire. But, say villagers,

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not any more. Two ponds have been dug and an orchard's been planted,

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allowing water to soak into the ground. What we decided to do was to

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create a buffer with these two small ponds. We also wanted to create

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something that would absorb the water as well, and the orchards are

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the natural thing to do. This was really restoring land to what it

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used to be. When we had the orchards, we did not have the

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flooding. This is how bad the problem was in 2004. This house on

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low land is one of a handful which has flooded. Pat and George Pyatt

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have spent ?20,000 on their own flood defences in the last 20 years.

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They've been flooded six times. It used to be known as a house that

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always floods, but now I want us to be known as a house that never

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floods. We are covered, not only has all the work being done, but in

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addition, we have also got flood defence barriers funded by DEFRA.

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Obviously, we are very pleased with what has been done. I don't get

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paranoid with the rain now, like I used to. Sewers have been upgraded,

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and a culvert put in, with the orchard being the final piece of a

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jigsaw to protect these homes, all funded by agencies including

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councils and Severn Trent. The government has pledged ?150 million

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to help schemes like this, but some environmental experts say it is

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simply not enough. If you do more of these schemes, and what we call

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upland flood management, you can prevent the flood water going into

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the urban areas and getting into the rivers and causing worse flooding.

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It is a bit of a win win. The orchard's now managed by a village

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trust. In good weather, it'll provide parkland, and in bad, it

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provides protection. This is our top story tonight. A

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boost for Coventry, as Nissan announce a ?6 million deal to

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assemble taxis in the city. Rebecca's waiting with your detailed

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weather forecast. Also in tonight's programme.

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Restored in Herefordshire, heading for France: the massive field gun

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which will be used to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the

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Great War. The economy now and figures out

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today show that the UK had the strongest growth in Europe last

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year. Our economy grew by 1.9% in 2013. That's the biggest rise since

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2007 when the recession hit. But here in the Midlands, growth amongst

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the manufacturing sector seems to be even higher. Our business

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correspondent Peter Plisner has been to one Black Country firm which has

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had to set up a new factory to meet soaring demand.

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Capitalising on growth. Just a few weeks ago. This was an empty factory

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unit. Now it's a busy molding plant with more machines still being

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installed. This firm makes parts for a variety of car manufacturers

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including Jaguar Land Rover. When sales hit record highs, companies

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like this need to expand. We listened to our customers, the

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economy is healthy, what better time to do it?

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Expansion like this is not unusual here in the West Midlands

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Manufacturing growth seems to be higher than the national average.

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Companies like this need to meet additional demand by having extra

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capacity and that also means creating new jobs. Technician Andrew

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Dixon is one of the latest recruits. It's a great opportunity that was

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not there before. I was doing a lot of travelling to and from work. This

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is closer. There are also more jobs at the company's existing factory.

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Here it is not just automotive that is fuelling demand.

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Aerospace is proving very lucrative, particularly seating. We are doing

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several projects for that. Also agricultural and construction

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vehicles. So with full order books at many

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manufacturers, just how fast are they growing here? It varies company

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by company, product by`product and customer by customer. But I think

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growth of up to 10% would be a good norm. More growth was being

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celebrated in Coventry today where the company that made the Olympic

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torch was handing one of them over to the council. It came at a time

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when the workforce was around 110 people. We are now at 186 people and

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counting. Fortunately, as a marketing tool, it demonstrates what

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we can do. With many firms now expanding fast, that is bound to

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mean further welcome falls in unemployment in future months.

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One of the country's biggest music festivals is coming to Birmingham.

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Wireless Festival, which for the past nine years has taken place in

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London, today announced they're expanding to a second location at

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Perry Park in Birmingham. Ben Sidwell's at the launch party for

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the event which'll take place in July. So what does this mean for the

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city, Ben? It is a big deal for the city. Until a couple of years ago,

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Birmingham did not have a major music festival here. We are talking

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45,000 people a day for three days. This is the launch party for the

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festival in Birmingham. Some of the acts that will be playing Kanye

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West, Bruno Mars, Ellie Goulding. By you brought it to Birmingham? We are

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delighted to be in Birmingham. All the artists that are played in

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the past have done well in the Midlands. This is the obvious place

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to bring the festival. It is the next biggest market outside of

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London. It is a very different festival. This is very much an

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urban, city festival for people go home at the end of each night. We do

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not have camping, that is one of our unique points of difference. Can it

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work so close to London? Absolutely, we have got some really

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good exclusives. We have got a great line`up. It deserves a wider

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audience than just London. Tickets go on sale on Friday. The party here

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is about to start. Football and Stoke City have had a

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busy day in the transfer market. The Blackpool winger Tom Ince has been

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at their training ground discussing a move. And they've also signed

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striker Peter Odemwingie from Cardiff, with Kenwyne Jones moving

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in the other direction. Last January, Odemwingie drove himself to

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QPR to try and engineer a move away from West Bromwich Albion. He

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finally got his wish in the summer with a switch to Cardiff City. And

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now he's on the move again, this time to the Potteries.

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The final touches are being put to a World War One field gun which will

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be used to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the

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Great War. It's been restored in Herefordshire and it'll be taken to

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France this summer to commemorate the work of the British Cavalry in

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1914 as seen in the film and stage play War Horse. Here's our arts

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reporter Satnam Rana. The booming, deafening sound of a

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13`pounder field gun used in the Great War by the British cavalry.

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Over the last year and a half, workers here in Peterchurch in

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Herefordshire has been restoring it. When you are restoring the gun, you

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are bringing back to life those guys that went into action, all the ways

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that the guns worked, the elevation gear, the sights and the breach to

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make sure that the breach is working perfectly. That is what goes to make

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the fun work properly. The gun will be taken in August to France as part

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of the War Horse ride. It's being done to honour the cavalrymen who

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took part in the opening of the war in 1914. The trenches did not come

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in until well after Christmas 1914, right into 1915 and 1916 and, of

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course, the horrors of Passiondale. But the first month of the war was a

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very mobile, very active action, fought all the way from Mons to Le

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Mans and this gun played its part. 100 years on, six horses and 35

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riders will represent the journey made by cavalrymen in 1914. The 100

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mile ride over five days will follow a route from Le Cateau to Nery,

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retracing the footsteps of thousands of service men. As the anniversary

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of the start of World War I approaches, the finishing touches

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are being made to the 13 pounder field gun. When this gun makes his

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journey across France, it will halt at significant battle sites, firing

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salutes. Closer to home in Warwickshire, we can see it in

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action during the battle proms at Ragley Hall in August.

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It's time for the weather and I have a slight sense of foreboding as I

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hand over to Rebecca. I just cannot bring any good news.

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Things are starting to get colder now. But we have showers tonight and

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tomorrow. Then we start to see those temperatures taking a bit of a

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tumble for a short period of time. We do still have those showers

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centred around that more pressure `` low pressure system. The breeze

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associated with it will help things are little bit. It will help to

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leave it `` to lift temperatures a little bit. Not a particularly cold

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start tomorrow. But it will be a wet one. But the wind direction changes

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to the east and it will feel very raw tomorrow. Some of those showers

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could be wintry. Temperatures of around six Celsius, but feeling

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chilly in that easterly wind. The Met Office have issued an early

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yellow weather warning for ice tomorrow evening. We keep those

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showers for the start of tomorrow night, the lost Ark to ease `` they

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will start to ease and NBC a widespread frost. Temperatures

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dropping close to freezing point for Thursday morning. It will be a cold

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day on Thursday as well. We are appealing in `` we are pulling in

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easterly winds from the continent. Snow showers through the day on

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Thursday. But that will be a light dusting. It will be cold on

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Thursday, but it is a brief cold snap because by Friday, heavy rain

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is back again. Temperatures are recovering and the chance of

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flooding for the weekend. Tonight's headlines from the BBC.

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The UK economy grows at its fastest rate since 2007. The Chancellor says

:27:25.:27:27.

it shows the government's plan is working.

:27:28.:27:32.

And a boost for Coventry: Nissan's announced a ?6 million deal to

:27:33.:27:34.

assemble taxis in the city. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at ten o'clock with a live report from Stafford Hospital after

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the former chief nurse there Janice Harry was struck off. Have a good

:27:42.:27:44.

evening. Bye for now.

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