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the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me, and on

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If Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Staff

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injured and protestors arrested in violent clashes at the University of

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Birmingham. Just a small minority have caused trouble. Police describe

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it as serious public disorder. We'll be talking live to a protest leader

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to find out what they're trying to achieve and whether he condones last

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night's violence. Also tonight, a care worker filmed rifling through a

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handbag and stealing from the elderly woman she was supposed to be

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looking after. It was really hard to watch and to have the know it was

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true. How drones and robots are revolutionising agriculture Absolute

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screamer: one of seven goals in an absolute thriller at Villa last

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night. This match could not be improved upon. And today we finally

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got some wintry weather with snow flurries across the West Midlands,

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it's all change again tomorrow though as we turn our attention to

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flooding. Your full forecast is coming up later.

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Good evening. Students clashed with police during a demonstration at the

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University of Birmingham that officers said escalated into a

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serious public order incident. 13 people were arrested after violence

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erupted ` and the university said smoke bombs and fireworks were

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thrown, doors were smashed down and staff injured on its Edgbaston

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Campus last night. The protest was being staged against rising tuition

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fees and low staff wages. Supporters of Defend Education Birmingham

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unfurled a banner on the university clock tower and occupied two

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buildings. These were the scenes as a rally

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turned ugly at the University of Birmingham. Students from around the

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country had travelled here. The University said staff were injured,

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fireworks and smoke bombs thrown and doors smashed down. Protesters claim

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they were "kettled" by police ` something officers strongly refute

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Two groups ` Defend Education Birmingham and the National Campaign

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Against Fees and Cuts were involved in the rally. I was trapped on a

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rooftop forth for hours with the police not letting anyone call. But

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the university's Guild of Students has expressed its disappointment.

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Graffiti appearing to promote the demonstration was still in evidence

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today where we spoke to a student who condemned the protests: they are

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a minority and did not represent the student body and they are not

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representing students and are damaging university property. How

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much damage has been done? There is graffiti. The University has issued

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a statement saying that while peaceful protest is part of

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university life, they will not condone damage to property. It

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emerged tonight that some students are still occupying a building on

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campus. A legal notice for them to leave is expected to be enforced on

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Monday. I'm joined now from outside

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Birmingham University by Michael Chessum, of the National Campaign

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against Fees and Cuts. Good evening. People were hurt last night. Do you

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defend the actions of your supporters? Violence came

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overwhelmingly from police and security guards.

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What is the point of the whole thing? We are fighting for a free

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and accessible education for everyone which is democratic and

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does not rely on exploiting staff and education workers. That was the

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message of the protest yesterday and the message of the growing student

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movement. The Guild of Students at Birmingham University have distanced

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themselves from your protest ` hardly a recommendation. I think the

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statement was unfortunate but I think that the message that was

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taken out yesterday and spread across the country has an enormous

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backing and is very widespread. At the University say you are on your

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representative. `` on representative. The student movement

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is far more representative of the filling on campus. From one

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university to another` Staffordshire University has today confirmed plans

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to shut its Stafford campus and move students to Stoke`on`Trent. Nearly

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3,000 students will move from the Beaconside site to the university's

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main campus by 2016. The university said there would be job losses as a

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result of the decision. Here's our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper.

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Moving from Beaconside is a decision that's been widely anticipated and

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widely criticised by some students The decision was made by the

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university's Board of Governors. There are a lot of good facilities

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but now it is going to stoke and I do not think they will have the

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space. The decision was made by the University board of governors. The

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university says it has made the decision because it has made

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economic sense. The Chair of the Board of Governors wouldn't be drawn

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on how many job losses there will be or on the precise plans for the

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future of the buildings in Stafford. It is not appropriate or sensible to

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have two campuses when we can accommodate all students on one

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campus. The priority is to release money and spend it on the right

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things for students. This is where most of the university's 9,000

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full`time students will study, in Stoke`on `Trent. The university will

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be looking at investment needed here to accommodate extra students.

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During the transition period help will be offered by their union, the

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NUS. I think we have to support students wherever they go. Back in

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Stafford, Rich Bishop is a graduate who started a software development

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company more than a decade ago. He's now considering moving, too. I am

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absolutely gutted. The majority of staff who work here come from the

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University but with the university not there any more there is no point

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of us being here. The university says it will aim to minimise

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disruption to students at a time when competition in the university

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sector has never been higher. I'm joined now by Professor Michael

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Gunn, Vice Chancellor at Staffordshire University. Good

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evening. The town's MP, Jeremy Lefroy, says you've dealt a blow to

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Stafford. Can you understand his point of view? We are concentrating

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on the student experience and we believe this is important for

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students who wish to study with us and for the future of the

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University. A successful university and Stoke will benefit the whole of

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the county. There's a firm in our report that says it could pull out

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of Stafford now ` is it any concern that you could now spark a brain

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drain or business drain? We recognise there are downsides and we

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do think it is a positive picture but we do recognise the is the

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downside for Stafford. We would love to have health sciences pro version

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in the town centre. But the University of Staffordshire is now

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basically the University of Stoke`on`Trent Is this purely a

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financial decision? No, some of our provision will still be in Stafford.

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We like to offer provision across the county and we have a campus in

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Lichfield and partners in further education colleges that do some of

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our degrees across Staffordshire. What do you think this will this do

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for the city? It will bring activity for the city and our students will

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get a lot out of a vibrant city. They will contribute to the life of

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the city. Thanks for joining us this evening. You're watching Midlands

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Today from the BBC. I do not see the point in measuring life in terms of

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time but in what I achieved. A carer who was caught on CCTV stealing

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money from the purse of an elderly woman has been given a suspended

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prison sentence. Nadia Summers admitted theft after the suspicious

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family of Lynette Nardone installed secret cameras in her Wolverhampton

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home. Ben Godfrey reports. Nadia Summers is supposed to be a

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carer but how many carers do this? The 24`year`old wastes no time in

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rifling through her employer's purse before stuffing three ?20 notes into

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her bra. She was supposed to be caring for Lynette Nardone at her

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home in South Staffordshire. The 64`year`old suffers from a

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neuro`degenerative condition. She took on Summers privately to assist

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with everyday tasks, like washing and getting dressed. Lynnette finds

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the betrayal too upsetting to talk about. I felt sick and was really

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angry that someone any of care and trust in somebody that she was

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genuinely fond of did that to her. This afternoon, Nadia Summers, from

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Codsall, seen here with the brown bag, ` was given a suspended 12`week

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jail term, ordered to do community service and pay Lynnette Nardone

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?1000 in compensation. She had nothing to say. I do not know why

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she did it is and I do not want this story to tarnish good carers but it

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is really tough for everybody involved. The family had suspicions

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about Summers stealing from a purse last November and secretly installed

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this CCTV system which cost them ?1000. And it's not the first time a

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carer has been caught red`handed. These images from 2011 show a carer

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trying to steal from a safe. Another family, in Birmingham, targeted for

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their money by someone they thought they could trust. Trevor Thomas has

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cerebral palsy ` his mother is an advisor on safeguarding adults. She

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wants local councils to offer security cameras for families

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funding their own care. How can somebody who has communication

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problems tell people what is happening to them? Posters have gone

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all round the city but we need to understand the our hidden deceitful

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people in every profession. Tonight, the question many families are

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asking is this. Why should it take CCTV evidence to expose the minority

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who really couldn't care less? Could thousands of motorists have

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fines they've received for driving in bus lanes in Birmingham

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scrapped? More than 80,000 tickets have been issued since new lanes

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with cameras were introduced. But, after some drivers appealed, a

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traffic inspector's now to decide whether the lanes are fair and

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legal. Bob Hockenhull is in the city centre tonight. Bob, explain the

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background to this? What are the chances, do you think, that the

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council will have to pay back the fines? Many of the drivers have been

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caught here, driving southbound on Priory Queensway. Motorists have

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complained they couldn't see the signs early enough to avoid the bus

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lane.The council's made ?1.7 million pounds in fines in just three

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months. The individual fine is ?60, cut in half if paid promptly.Some of

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those caught by the cameras have appealed to the Independent Traffic

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Penalty Tribunal questioning the legality of the lanes. Now there's

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to be a series of hearings at a hotel in Birmingham next month to

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determine whether their fines were fair.The adjudicator will hear about

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20 cases, some of those appealing have had multiple fines.One of the

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main campaigners is Ben Cheney, and I spoke to him a little earlier What

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chances are there that the council will have to pay back the fines?

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Well while he's here, the adjudicator will make a site visit.

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If he agrees the signs don't give ample warning, that will open the

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floodgates for many more appeals. When you see these people driving up

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from the children's Lane doing a turn that they are not aware is

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illegal and that they are being fined repeatedly, that is my

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concern, not my ?60 and ?90. What chances are that the council will

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have to pay back the findings? The adjudicator is coming to make the

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visit and if he decides the signs of not adequate enough that will open

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the floodgates. There are a lot of people angry about this and that has

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been a case in Colchester where Essex County Council has paid back

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in million pounds in fines because the signs were not adequate.

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Birmingham City Council is not doing that will stop I've spoken to the

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council and it says in its view "the bus lane signs are compliant and

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drivers were given plenty of notice that it would be enforcing this,

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including a period of grace." This is our top story tonight: Staff

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injured and protestors arrested in violent clashes at the University of

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Birmingham. Rebecca's standing by to tell us about yet more rain and also

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in tonight's programme Forget Robocop, this is Robocrop. A new

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cutting`edge tool to help our farmers survey the land And spot`on!

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A teenager with terminal cancer who set out to make ?10,000 for the

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Teenage Cancer Trust has instead raised more than half a million

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pounds for the charity. Stephen Sutton, from Burntwood in

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Staffordshire, is combining his incredible fundraising with a list

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of ambitions to fulfil ` a bucket list which includes sky diving,

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playing the drums in front of 90,000 people, hugging an elephant and

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having a tattoo. I am delighted to see that Stephen joins me now in the

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studio. ?500,000. How on earth have you managed it? I made a Facebook

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page called Stephen's story and the whole community where I live has

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rallied around me. The amount of people that have got involved has

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been incredible. I have been working very hard organising events and

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talks. This is what the Teenage Cancer Trust say about you. How does

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that make you feel when people say something like that? I find the best

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way to help myself is to help others and I am proud of the feeling I get

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by doing this and raising money. The Teenage Cancer Trust supported me

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when I needed it. What is your favourite moment? Drumming at

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Wembley in front of 90,000 people and crowd surfing on a rubber

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dinghy. And the elephant yesterday? I stood next to him and his trunk

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came round me. I fed him some bread and we had a good date. Do you ever

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say why me? The best thing is not to say why me but try me. It is good to

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meet you. Thank you very much. And you'll find more information about

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Stephen's remarkable story on the Midlands Today Facebook page. Now,

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off to the great outdoors. Could robots and drones replace farmers?

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Or at least become an important part of modern agriculture ` monitoring

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the harvest from the air as the robots work in the fields? Our Rural

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Affairs Correspondent David Gregory`Kumar has been given a

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special tour of the cutting edge of farming.

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This is the opening of Harper Adams University's ?3 million Agricultural

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Engineering Innovation Centre in Newport, Shropshire. And can you

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spot what's missing from these tractors and quad bikes? No steering

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wheel. What we are looking at is one of our greatest tractors and turning

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it into a robotic tractor. We are ticking off the steering wheel and

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controls and putting it under computer control. Although a person

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is in charge of it, there is no steering wheel. The college at

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Newport in Shropshire is building the agricultural robots of the

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future. We are getting big tractors coming in which is about economies

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of scale. I cannot see tractors being doubled the size in ten years

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time. Where can we make savings and efficiencies? This robot is designed

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to trundle around a vineyard and check the health of vines. Something

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like this could check on weeds and apply weedkiller the individual

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leaves. Robots may well be the future but in agriculture the drones

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are already here. If you fly over a crop with this technology and give

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the data to a scientist, he can look at the imagery and work out what

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needs to be done with the soil conditions. The machines are coming

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to a field or orchard near you. Dan's here with the sport. What a

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cracking night it was at Villa Park! The Villa manager says he is very

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proud of his players after last night's match.

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By the end of the night, the Villa fans were jubilant. It had all

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looked so different 90 minutes earlier. Albion's new Head Coach

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Pepe Mel had barely taken his seat before his team were ahead through

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Chris Brunt's stunning strike. And when Fabian Delph scored an own goal

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to put Albion two up before we'd even played ten minutes Villa Park

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was stunned. But just like the reverse fixture at the Hawthorns a

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two`goal lead would not be enough for the Baggies. Andi Weimann got

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the first one back and we had still only played thirteen minutes. Then

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came a huge stroke of luck as Leandro Bacuna's sliced shot flew

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off his own face and into the net. If that goal was fortunate Villa's

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third was sublime as Delph made amends for his own goal with a

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brilliant strike Ben Foster barely saw as it flew past him. But just as

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Villa seemed to have control a sweet passing move saw Yussuf Mulumbu draw

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Albion level .Six goals and we still hadn't reached half`time. Inevitably

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the second half was tenser and tighter but Villa won it when Diego

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Lugano fouled Christian Benteke and the Belgian kept his cool under

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pressure to clinch a critical victory. It was a great derby game

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to play in and we have come out with three points. The score of 30 away

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`` 3`0 away is great. It was my first time of going to a football

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match in England and I am very excited because I support the love.

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`` Villa. It leaves Villa in the top half while Albion are just two

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points above the relegation zone. This though was a night that will

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live long in the memories of those who watched it, especially if you're

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a Villa fan. But Stoke City, like Albion, are

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looking over their shoulders after they lost 1`0 at Sunderland last

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night. Adam Johnson scored the goal after goalkeeper Asmir Begovic had

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only managed to parry a shot. Stoke also has Steven Nzonzi sent off but

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were unlucky not to get a draw. This header from Ryan Shawcross was among

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a number of good chances they created. So where exactly does all

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that leave our three clubs in terms of Premier League survival? Well,

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let's take a look at the bottom of the table. This is the bottom seven.

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Villa are well above there and are now eight points above the

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relegation zone. But Albion and Stoke have just a three point

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cushion. And they play Liverpool and Manchester United next. And of

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course, the January transfer window closes tomorrow ` but Wolves have

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made a signing today. And he's one of their former players. They signed

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striker Leon Clarke from Coventry City.

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The fee's around ?750,000. He's played for 14 different clubs now.

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He scored this hat`trick for Chesterfield. And tomorrow we'll be

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watching out for all the transfers in and out of our clubs. We'll have

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very latest in our bulletins throughout the day including the

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late bulletin at 10.25. Thanks, Dan. And the way the

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weather's been lately it's a wonder we've had any sport at all! At least

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we had a change from the rain today in central Birmingham ` snow! Quite

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heavy for a while and an absolute joy if you were shopping in it, as I

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was(!) Time for the forecast and I'm beginning to think you're going

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off me, Nick, it has certainly felt a lot colder today ` the first

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wintry weather we've had for some time. We even got some snow flurries

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as you said. This January was the wettest since records began in 1910.

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We have seen twice the average rainfall in the Midlands. But the

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temperatures have been above average selectors felt a little milder.

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Tonight we have some cold weather to content worth. There could be some

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clear spells and some pockets of fog and frost forming. Temperatures have

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not climbed very much the said they do not have far to fall but you

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could get into minus figures. As we look at the West, the next band of

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rain begins to make its way across the country. We have 17 flood

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warnings in place already, and 21 flood alerts across the Midlands. If

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you're worried you can call Floodline. So tomorrow starts off

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cold and dry, but cloud will start to build ahead of the rain moving

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in. Winds are also strengthening Tonight's headlines from the BBC.

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That rain will be every `` heavy. Temperatures will be better than

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today but those winds will pick up so it will feel quite chilly and

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that rain will stick with us through tomorrow and finally cleared away.

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Showers could start to fall as wintry weather so it will be a

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chilly start to Saturday. There will be high spring tides which will

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compound the flooding problems or speech and to your forecast during

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the weekend. Tonight's headlines from the BBC.

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The military arrives to help with flood relief in Somerset, where some

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communities have been cut off for weeks: And staff were injured and

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protestors arrested in violent clashes at the University of

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Birmingham. Police describe it as serious public disorder. That was

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the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock. Have a great evening.

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Goodbye.

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