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Hello, welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: The firing

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handle of his ejector seat was in the wrong position ` a sequence of

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events that led to the death of a Red Arrows pilot.

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From the age of 17, she wanted nothing more than to join the RAF.

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At today's inquest, the coroner criticised the MOD, the RAF and the

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ejector seat manufacturer. Also tonight: Another ?6 million

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from the government for a burgeoning business park in the Black Country.

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It is a fantastic example of how this particular part of the world is

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thriving at the moment. Memories of the Olympic torch in the

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Midlands ` will there be the same excitement this summer for the

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Commonwealth Games? We talk live to Dame Kelly Holmes.

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I'm at Villa Park for Aston Villa against Albion. It is local pride

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and points at stake tonight. And temperatures are falling tonight

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as we head towards the coldest day of the winter so far. But will we

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get to see some snow? I'll have all the answers in the forecast later.

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Good evening. The family of a Red Arrows

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more than ?6 million is being invested at the site in

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Wolverhampton. It's one of 12 enterprise zones chosen by the

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government to get extra funding to improve its infrastructure. Joanne

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Writtle has been finding out what difference the money will actually

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make. A ?6 million boost to bring money to

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the i54 site faster. It is said that the money will help to improve

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infrastructure here. We have just seen a wonderful

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example of reinforcing something that has already been very

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successful and taking it on to the next stage. This factory is being

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built for a security stamp maker. It will move here in June, bringing

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65 workers and plans to recruit more.

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We intend to grow the business and also, the i54 site behind us enables

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us to bring people from around the world.

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Jaguar Land Rover will employ 1400 people at the engine plant here at

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it is hoped 6000 jobs will come to this entire site by 2020. Many in

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areas that are experiencing a skills shortage, a point not lost on

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business leaders. You worried about the shortage of

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engineers? Very much so. It is a challenge through all the companies

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to make sure that sufficient young people are being trained and are

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interested to choose this as a career path. In the past, we have

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missed out big time. According to the local enterprise

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partnership, 3 million people of employment age live within 20 miles

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of this site. So, what do those living closest by think?

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There will be more people working there, so hopefully it will bring

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people buying food and shopping during the day. There will be more

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traffic, I assume, but apart from that, it is positive. I think it is

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very good. There are more jobs to the community and it will hopefully

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help us as well. The new slip road will be open from

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October and, with the government cash right `` announced today, it is

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hoped that the available building plots will be ready quickly.

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Coming up later in the programme. Are these the remains of the

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daughter of the traitor who betrayed the King 700 years ago?

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The family of a Red Arrows pilot from Coventry who was killed after

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he was ejected from a stationary plane say his death could have been

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prevented. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died in November 2011.

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Speaking after the inquest today, his father Jim said he found it

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difficult to understand how the problems with his seat were missed.

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The MOD, the RAF and the seat manufacturers were all criticised by

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the coroner. It was a job that he loved, but it

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ultimately cost him his life. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died

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after his ejector seat went off during routine checks on the ground

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in 2011. At the inquest into his death, it was revealed that the

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accident could have been prevented. His family have been coming here

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every day for three weeks to get the answer is that they have been

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searching for for two years. That weight clearly had taken its toll

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when it came to giving their reaction today.

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Sean was blameless in his tragic death. His tragic death was

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preventable. We're still finding it difficult to accept so many people

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could have missed what should have been obvious to those with the duty

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to ensure the safety of the seat. The inquest heard about concerns

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over pressured timetables and a dilation of experience within the

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engineers and staff shortages. Problems with the ejection seat

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where the safety pin could be put into the handle without it being

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safe were known, but not communicated. The handle had been

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left in an unsafe position for four days and was seen on 19 different

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occasions, but it went unnoticed. Sean's parachute did not deploy,

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because a crucial nut and bolt been over tightened. If his parachute had

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worked, he would have been alive. The over tightening of the nut and

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bolt and the potential for it to be a risk was known 20 years ago by the

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manufacturer Martin Baker. Other people were informed, but not the

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RAF. In relation to the 19 missed opportunities to notice that the

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handle not safe, the inquest said: We have made and will continue to

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make every effort to make sure that such a tragic accident could never

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happen again. With regard to this nut and bolt and

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Martin Baker's failure to notify the MoD of potential over tightening,

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Stuart Fisher said that there was a very serious failure of

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communication: At the base today, the Red Arrows

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training session was given in Sean's honour, his family watching

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on the ground. Business has assumed here, Sean's

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family hope that lessons learnt from his death mean that these people are

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safe in the future. A teenager has been warned by a

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judge he can expect a substantial prison sentence after being

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convicted of killing a Redditch man. 50`year`old Nigel Shakespeare was

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heading home with his partner from a night out in the town last year when

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he was attacked. A 17`year`old who, cannot be named for legal reasons,

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was found guilty of manslaughter at Worcester Crown Court.

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A man's been found lying critically injured in a street in Birmingham.

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Forest Road in Moseley has been sealed off all day following the

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discovery last night. The police say they're treating the 50`year`old

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local man's injuries as unexplained. They're appealing for information.

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Nearby residents say they're also baffled by what's happened.

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People living in the Midlands will get their chance to see the

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Commonwealth Games baton as the relay passes through Birmingham on

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Monday second June. It's hoped the Queen's Baton Relay will replicate

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the spectacular success of the Olympic torch relay two years ago.

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The Olympic torch, which was made in Coventry, was in the Midlands for a

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total of seven days. More than one million people lined the region's

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streets to see it. And it was carried through 73 towns and cities

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in the region. Joining me now is the President of the Commonwealth Games

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England, Dame Kelly Holmes. Good evening, Dame Kellly. Could

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this be as popular as the Olympic Torch?

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I think it will be a very exciting time. It will definitely be

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different. What happens with the Queen's Baton Relay is it goes to

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certain locations and they put on offence which are trying to bring

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communities together. `` they put on events. It will start in the town

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hall, at lunchtime it will go to a number of parks in Birmingham

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activity parks activity programme, that allows people to participate in

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sport. And then Birmingham City council will host an evening

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reception at the three. So it is very different. You won't see it

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going round lots of towns. It is a different event. This is the

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Commonwealth Games. But it is so important, because team England want

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to do well and we are trying to get everybody to visit the website, just

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to find out more about us and really support the team. Our team will go

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out there in Scotland and it was proud.

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The build`up to the Commonwealth Games has been quite quiet so far.

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Will it change? Will it get off the ground soon?

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I think when the Queen's Baton Relay goes to England's, it finishes on

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Friday the 13th in Newcastle, I think the focus will definitely come

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to the fore. It is the only other multisport competition that there is

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behind the Olympic Games. I think the energy and the enthusiasm for

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sport is still very big and I hope by June and July there will be

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everyone focusing on the games. Well the baton has been touring the

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world as part of the Games' build`up and tonight it's in Namibia. Well we

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can speak to the BBC's relay presenter Mark Beaumont who's been

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following the baton around the world so far. Where have you been?

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Good evening. The Queen's Baton Relay started off at Buckingham

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Palace, and it is all ready been through Asia and the Pacific and

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through part of Africa. This is the 33rd destination, just shy of half

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the way round the Commonwealth. What sort of reaction have you been

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getting? It has been quite remarkable. Everywhere we have been,

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there has been an impressive turnout. I heard you saying before

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that people are just waking up to the fact that there is another home

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games in the UK. For the athletes that I have met around the

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Commonwealth, the training and the preparation is under way. The

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Queen's Baton Relay in each place right thing has caused great

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excitement. In one area they took the day as a national holiday. There

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have been songs and ounces and people getting behind the athletes.

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`` and dances. And you can follow Mark's journey

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and the baton, as it heads back to the UK, on his blog. This is our top

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story. The firing handle of his ejector

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seat was in the wrong position ` a sequence of events that led to the

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death of a Red Arrows pilot. Rebecca will be along shortly with

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the forecast for the Midlands,also ahead: We're live at Villa Park

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ahead of the Villa`Albion match which kicks off in about an hour's

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time. And from the marry `` the Maori, a

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taste of what is to come at the International dance Festival in

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Birmingham. Nearly 3,000 people have signed

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petitions opposing changes to Stafford's historic Shire Hall

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Gallery. The County Council's looking at selling or renting the

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Georgian building, which houses a former court room and the town's

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current library. But campaigners are fighting the plans, as our

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Staffordshire reporter Liz Copper's been finding out.

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Standing in Stafford's Market Place, the Shire Hall's been at the heart

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of this county town since the 1790s. Inside, the old courtroom ` now a

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museum ` but the as a young barrister, I did a great

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deal of work in this building. That court room is now being kept as an

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extremely valuable educational resource.

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People in Stafford have grown up with the building. It is not just a

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library, it is an art exhibition space and a gallery. It is a

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beautiful building, and if we lost the library, it would be a waste.

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This has not been thought through, especially with all the new

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buildings. The campaigners have set up online

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petitions. Thousands have signed up in support.

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They are worried about what the building might become, will it be a

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pub, what will it be? It costs around ?180,000 year to run

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this building, and the County Council is looking at a wide array

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`` why `` array of options as to how to use it. The gallery is presenting

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its latest exhibition. There are no plans to move this

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imminently. But there are plans to move the library. There is a limit

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to what could be done to the building, but it would be wrong for

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us not to look at public buildings and to say is this the best use of

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this building? The judgement on the fate of this

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building will be made in the next 12 months. The council says it will

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listen to what the concerns being raised.

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The discovery of a body from the 14th century at a church tomb in

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Herefordshire is being hailed as an amazing archaeological find. The

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body was found at St Bartholomew's Church in Much Marcle.

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Michael Eastham, a conservator of sculpture, has spent two years

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restoring Blanch's tomb. But he certainly didn't expect to find what

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turned out to be a mysterious lead coffin jammed inside the tomb chest.

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English Heritage has described the discovery of what are almost

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certainly Blanch Mortimer's remains as astonishing. And the vicar at St

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Bartholomew's says he's overwhelmed by the idea that Blanch has been in

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the church all the time since her death nearly 700 years ago.

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At no ground level, we would have perhaps expected something, but not

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in the monument itself. It has astounded a lot of people,

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archaeologists are excited. Much Marcle and Herod Fisher can say to

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the world that you can find things here. `` Herefordshire Blanch, who

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died in 1347, was the daughter of the first Earl of March, Sir Roger

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Mortimer. He turned traitor against King

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Edward the Second and is believed to have arranged for the king's murder.

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His daughter's memorial has been described by experts as strikingly

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beautiful. And of course it's a testament to the workmanship that

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only now, after 600 years, has it needed restoration work. Work that's

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now led to the unveiling of this ancient coffin. Despite the

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excitement surrounding the discovery, the decision's been taken

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that the coffin should not be opened, as it is Church of England

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policy to minimise disturbance to human remains.

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That is a fascinating story. There's a big, big game under the

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floodlights at Villa Park tonight. Aston Villa take on West Bromwich

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Albion with more than just local pride at stake. Our reporter Nick

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Clitheroe is there. It's first time the two managers have met, so that

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gives it a little extra edge, doesn't it?

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Absolutely. So much has changed since the two teams drew to each at

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the hawthorns two months ago. Aston Villa have picked up since their

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match against Liverpool, so they have moved away from trouble, but

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they are only one gay `` one game away now. It will be an interesting

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time for the head coach. The way that the players played, they played

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a fantastic game. To think that they are struggling at

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home was confusing. But hopefully we can fix that starting Wednesday. It

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is a good match, and for a rest it is important to win three points.

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As we look ahead to the rest of the season, how crucial is this game?

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We really are into the crucial part of this season. So many big games.

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As well as this one, we have also got Stoke City of Sunderland. If you

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look at the table, you will see just how tight it is. Aston Villa in

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11th, that would normally be safe, but they are only six points above

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the relegation zone will stop other teams are two points back, but if

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Stoke were to win tonight, they would both go above Villa. There

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were so many big games to come in the season. This is a key one, as

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well as the really exciting derby atmosphere, it will be very tense

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here, because both sets of fans know it's Ali how important this game

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will be. And let's move onto last night's football.

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Wolves are favourites to sign Coventry City's top scorer Leon

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Clarke. But the Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley is angry about

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Clarke's behaviour, accusing him of letting his team`mates down. Last

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night, whilst Coventry were losing at Leyton Orient, Birmingham lost

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again at St Andrew's. Birmingham City have won only twice

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at home all season in the Championship. The last time was

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October first. So it was no surprise when Lloyd Dyer put Leicester in

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front. Seven minutes from the end, the Championship leaders scored

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again, to add to the growing sense of frustration at St Andrew's. And

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not even a late consolation from Peter Lovenkrands could ease the

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pain of yet another home defeat. In League One, Wolves saved their

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best until the second half away to Oldham. Kevin McDonald struck soon

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after the break. Then a couple of late goals sent the travelling fans

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home in happy mood. Michael Jacobs made it 2`0. James Henry popped in

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number three, and Wolves remain just behind Brentford, and Leyton Orient,

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who beat Coventry, 2`0. And walls remained just behind, who beat

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Coventry No sign of striker Leon Clarke,

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whose transfer to Wolves looks imminent. Romaine Sawyers gave

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Walsall a half time lead against Swindon, But they had to settle for

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a 1`1 draw, which keeps the Saddlers just inside top six.

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But tonight, it is all about this massive derby game here tonight. So

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much is at stake for both of these sites, and we will bring you the

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background to this game on the late bulletin at 10:25pm. There will also

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be a full match commentary on BBC Radio W M.

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One of Europe's biggest dance festivals will be returning to

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Birmingham in April. Details have been released today of the four week

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International Dance Festival and our arts reporter Satnam Rana joins us

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from Victoria Square now to tell us more. So what can we expect?

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I feel like dancing on to the screen. There will be plenty going

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on here, with international artists becoming ``, to perform dance.

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Victoria Square is empty tonight, but there will be three stages

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here, and on them break dancing Forman says and Street dancing

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performances. `` performances. There will be eight Korean dancers who are

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the world champions will stop that is how important the International

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Dance Festival Birmingham is. Here is one of the co`directors. Why is

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it such an important event in our city?

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We all love Birmingham, and we need to attract more people here. Great

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festivals like this suit Birmingham, we want people to enjoy it even

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more. This is the fourth Festival, last time it was very successful?

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Yes, more than 60,000 people enjoy the events in theatres and

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outdoors. And this time, there are performances and participation

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events? Yes, we work really hard to make sure that people can enjoy

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events all over the city indoors and outdoors.

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The outdoor events will include break dancing performances here. It

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is a really important event, it does not just attract international

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artists, but it puts our glorious city in the international map on a

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cultural sense as well. And here is the weather. We cannot

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shake these gloomy grey days. It is beginning to feel colder. Here are

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some of these top temperatures. Six Celsius today, but on the Wales

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border, 3.8. It has been a cold day, and that averages will continue

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to fall. Tomorrow could be the coldest day of the winter so far. We

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have had plenty of showers around today, and they will continue

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through tonight. Some of them still contain a wintry element, but it

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will ease free time and temperatures will fall lower well. It will be

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around freezing, there could be some frost forming, and we still have the

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yellow weather warning for and is warning. But though showers are

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continuing through the day. Again, some of them could be rather wintry

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with some sleet and snow, especially across the Staffordshire moorlands.

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Those temperatures really won't get much higher than they have been

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overnight and it will get rather damp as well. We will get limited

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brightness through the day. But, eventually, on Thursday night, the

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showers will move away to the North. Behind that, temperatures

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will fall away. It will be a cold and frosty night as we make our way

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into Friday, with temperatures hovering at around one or two

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degrees. Why Friday, it is all change. This is moving in, this band

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of rain. There is some heavy rain on there. We could see 20 millilitres.

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It will coincide with high tides and strong winds. Our tensions turned to

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flooding. There are nine flood warnings in place at the moment and

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22 flood alert. Here is the phone number if you have any concerns. On

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Saturday, there will be even more showers. It will be better on

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Sunday, but unsettled next week as well.

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Here are the headlines from the BBC. The governor of the Bank of

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England issues a warning about Scotland keeping the pound if it

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votes for independence. And then inquest hears how a firing

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handle of an ejector seat was in the wrong place, one of a series of

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incidents that led to the death of Sean Cunningham. I will be back at

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10:25pm. Goodbye.

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'The cost of living crisis goes deep into people's lives,

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'deep into the way our country is run,

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