01/02/2014 Midlands Today


01/02/2014

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Good evening. Gale force winds and torrential rain

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are forecast to batter parts of the Midlands tonight. 23 flood warnings

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have been issued for the region, three of them severe. In

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Gloucestershire, surfers rode the latest Severn bore. But despite

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today's fun there was a serious message from the Environment Agency.

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Lindsay Doyle reports. The famous Severn bore attracted a

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curious, adventurers and the environmentalist. Today, high tide

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the river was higher than normal. We have come down from North Wales to

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watch friends surf the Severn bore. They have thoroughly enjoyed it, and

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it is just a natural phenomenon, isn't it? First it goes slow, and

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shallow, and then it goes up and deep. First time I've seen it. Yes,

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quite impressive. An extra surge caused by pressure combined with

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light wind caused the Bristol Channel to swiftly for the bank. Two

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minutes ago we were standing by the river bank, but the level has risen

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so quickly, we had to move inside. Over the next few days, we have two

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more high tides. We expect the type to night to be very similar levels

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to the one we have just seen, and the one to morning that would

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tomorrow morning as well. There is a lot of fresh water as well coming

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out is a lot of freshwater as welcoming and seven. Today's bore is

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classed by the moment agency as a 4`star tomorrow. Tomorrow, it is

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expected another one will reach five star level, meaning flood warnings

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remain firmly in place. A 22`year`old man from Hanbury

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appeared at Worcester Magistrates' Court this morning charged with

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murder, in connection with the death of a 43`year`old woman. Police have

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named the victim as Karen Wild. She was found with serious stab wounds

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at her home on Thursday afternoon. The 22`year`old was remanded in

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custody and will appear at Worcester Crown Court on Tuesday.

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A 14`year`old boy has been remanded in custody after being charged with

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attempted murder. It follows the stabbing of a 17`year`old in the

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Handsworth Wood area of Birmingham on Thursday.

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A charity set up in memory of a Birmingham boy who died of a brian

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tumour is now helping the families of other cancer sufferers. Help

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Harry Help Others has donated ?100,000 to create a new facility at

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St Mary's Hospice in Birmingham. The Harry Moseley Family Centre means

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relatives can stay at the Hospice with their loved ones. This gives

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them that facility to be a family, so they're not like in a hospital,

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and be together, and Tyne is so precious and important. This is not

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going to just help one family, it is going to help hundreds of families

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for years to come. It is just wonderful.

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Onto the football results and in the Premier League Aston Villa lost at

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Everton 2`1. Stoke bounced back in style after a disappointing midweek

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defeat at Sunderland, beating Manchester United 2`1.

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In the Championship, it was three goals each for Birmingham City and

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Derby. In League One, Coventry City's game against Walsall was

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postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Sixfields. Port Vale lost 3`2 at

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Gillingham. It was a goal apiece for Shrewsbury and Brentford. And Wolves

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climbed back into the top two, with a fourth successive win, beating

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Bradford 2`0. In League Two, a 1`1 draw for Burton

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Albion and Exeter. And the same result for Cheltenham at home to

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Northampton. And in the Conference, Kidderminster

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Harriers lost 3`1 at Gateshead. And Nuneaton lost 2`1 at Salisbury. In

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the FA Trophy, Tamworth lost 4`1 at Grimsby. Onto Rugby Union and in the

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LV Cup, a resounding victory for Gloucester, beating Wasps 36`5. But

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Worcester were thrashed by Exeter, 42`3.

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And in the Championship, Moseley lost to Rotherham Titans, 16`6.

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Let's get the all`important weather forecast now with Sara Blizzard.

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Good evening. They will be a very windy nights the night. We have a

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yellow weather warning in force, but with regard to the strength of the

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wind, gale force winds across Herefordshire and Worcestershire,

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and we still have bands of showers in the early part of the night

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working their way across towards the east. So still some torrential

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downpours in addition to 60 mile hour wind. Night time to bridges

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finally got down to about three Celsius, so the chance of a slight

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frost and sheltered areas. Sunday will be a better day. It will still

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be a very blustery day, but we should see further showers around. A

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little bit of brightness breaking through in central part of

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Birmingham. A daytime to bridge tomorrow at nine Celsius.

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tomorrow That's all for now. The next update

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from Midlands Today is tomorrow evening at 5:50. Have a good

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Saturday evening. Goodbye. Heavy downpours in places tonight

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but strong winds and with the tides peaking again, still the chance of

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coastal flooding. With the wind dying down, not so many shows

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around. There weren't too many across eastern England, but by

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showers will spill across eastern England tonight. Showers in most

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places and those

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