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

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125 years of history comes to the end of the road. Dunlop Motorsport's

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Birmingham factory to close, with the loss of more than 240 jobs.

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Absolutely dismayed. Goodyear Dunlop are treating the city and country

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with contempt. Local MP Jack Dromey tells us it's a

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disgrace and the company has gone back on its word.

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Also tonight... More rain on the way ` are we

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sacrificing farmers to save our towns and cities from flooding? This

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is their business. They work to maintain it and they have one

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chance, generally, to get a crop off the land.

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Wolverhampton says a final goodbye to Steve Evans, who inspired

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thousands with his battle with stomach cancer.

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A first league win over Manchester United in 30 years means a happy

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Monday in the Potteries. Couldn't believe it. Thoroughly deserved it.

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Amazing. Both my sons are over the moon.

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And yesterday, this was the first sign of any real sunshine we've had

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for days, but by the looks of things, I doubt it'll last. As

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though we need reminding ` there's more rain on the way. Full details

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for you later. Good evening. 125 years of tyre

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production by Dunlop in Birmingham is coming to an end, with the

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closure of the company's motorsports plant. It had been hoped a deal

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could have been struck to save the factory and more than 240 jobs.

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Workers believed they were safe until September at least, but today

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the US`owned tyre maker said it was pulling out of the City. Here's Bob

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Hockenhull. A famous manufacturing name leaves

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the West Midlands after a proud history in the region. And it's a

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case of what a difference five years makes. This was what Dunlop

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Motorsport had to say about its factory in Erdington in 2009. The

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factory is full to capacity. With new business and new championships

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around the world, and new teams in car and motorcycle racing, it is a

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good news story for the automotive industry. That demand for good

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quality motor sport tyres continues, but Dunlop is ending its long

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association with Birmingham. Its American owners, Goodyear Tire and

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Rubber Company, will switch the work to existing sites in France and

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Germany. The company's Birmingham factory had been leased from a

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commercial property company. That lease ends in September. And the 11

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acre site has already been sold to Jaguar Land Rover, who want to

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expand their neighbouring factory. The unions say workers have been let

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down. They've accused the company of not being genuine in the search for

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an alternative site. It was not a case of what was wrong with the

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existing site, it was a case of we have two factories within the group

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that have capacity and capability to make motorsport hires and in the

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timescale we had, we were not able to build a new factory. Despite

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personal intervention by Business Secretary Vince Cable, it seems

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Dunlop is adamant it will leave Birmingham.

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Earlier this afternoon I spoke to Jack Dromey, the MP for Birmingham

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Erdington. He gave me his reaction to the news of the closure.

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It is outrageous. Goodyear Dunlop is treating our city and our country

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with contempt. For days ago, they agreed they would examine all

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options for the future to remain in Birmingham. Four days later, they

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have torn up the pledge they made. It is absolutely wrong that a

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decision made 3600 miles away in a high old `` in Ojai office

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threatening Birmingham workers with redundancy. A lot say they have

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worked closely with local authorities and agencies to identify

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a local site but unfortunately, no other site was available. Is that

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your understanding? Not true. Six months ago, an alternative site was

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identified three miles away. Dunlop said at the time it is a good side.

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They have been offered financial assistance to relocate to that

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site. They said that they would seriously examined dooming it ``

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doing it for days ago. Now they want to work away from Birmingham. Is it

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a done deal, is there any chance the jobs could be kept in Birmingham? We

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will not allow Goodyear Dunlop to terror up the pledge `` to terror up

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the pledge they made four days ago. It would be trade the pledge they

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made but also the commitment they made two generations of Birmingham

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workers who have built the success of the motor sport business. They

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deserve better now. What can be done? It sounds as though the

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company has made its mind up and the jobs will be transferred to Europe,

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which suggests they feel the jobs would be more effectively carried

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out in Europe? The company has a history of closing factories here in

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Britain and moving production to continent. We intend to step

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pressure up on Dunlop over the coming weeks and months. We're not

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going to allow them to walk away from the city. They owe Birmingham a

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commitment, because it was Birmingham workers that built the

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success of the business. Well our business correspondent

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Peter Plisner is outside the Dunlop factory now. Peter what's been the

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reaction there today? There is anger here as well. Unions and workers are

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devastated. The unions have accused Dunlop of walking away from its

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obligations. They have accused the company of not being honest. They

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have referred to the meeting last night between Vince Cable `` last

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week between Vince Cable and the company. They say that they gave a

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commitment to look more seriously at sites in Birmingham and four days

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later, they decided to announce the closure. They seem to have capacity

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elsewhere in the network, in France and Germany. The factory site will

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be redeveloped pretty quickly, within? That is certainly the

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understanding. I spoke to Jaguar Land Rover. They said there are

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plans for the site are under development and that there are a

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number of options being considered. They are expanding in all directions

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from the Castle Bromwich factory. They have taken over the side of the

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cinema, a cat had `` and a car park is being developed. New models are

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coming out all the times of the capacity is needed. What are the

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prospects for the Dunlop workers who will lose their jobs? It seems

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unlikely that many will transfer to Germany or France. Some may be

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redeployed within the Dunlop factories in the UK. There will be a

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three`month consultation period, which point some options may be

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available. I think the majority face a redundancy, it has to be said.

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Coming up later in the programme... The legal drug guaranteed to burn

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fat, but it raises the body temperature so much it can have

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fatal consequences. There are 23 flood warnings and two

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severe flood warnings across the region tonight. And today there was

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a stark warning that we could be forced to choose between protecting

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the countryside or protecting towns. Farmers say that could cost them

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dear. Our reporter Cath Mackie is in Worcester for us tonight. Cath, how

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concerned are farmers you've talked to today?

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I spoke to one earlier whose land has been underwater since before

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Christmas, so he is very concerned. There is a pilot scheme in

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Shropshire between farmers and the Environment Agency, looking at the

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best way of maintaining waterways across farmland. It is hoped it will

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offer a national solution. Steven Watkins drives through

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floodwater at his farm at Severn Stoke in Worcestershire. A quarter

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of his land, 400 acres, is underwater. The boat on the horizon

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is sitting on top of the swollen River Severn. The farmland is

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protected by a man`made flood defence. It was put in in the 1960s

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to protect the villages along this stretch of the river. At that time,

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the river was dredged frequently to allow the tankers to get up. 20

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years ago, we had no more maintenance and no more dredging of

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the river and we are seeing the effects. We spend a reasonable

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amount every year on dredging but a lot of this is the responsibility of

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the owners of the rivers themselves. We have tried to make it easier for

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them to carry out the work themselves. This is a field of

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Swedes that were destined for the supermarket, but it is not going

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anywhere. It's completely waterlogged. Now, it's not the first

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time this field has been flooded, it is after all by the river, but what

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the problem is now is it's happening more often and the water is hanging

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around far longer than it used to. As it is in Somerset, where people

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trapped by floodwater are being helped by amphibious vehicles sent

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by a Staffordshire firm. But back at Sheepcote Farm, a gauge alerts the

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locals to any threat of flooding. So, the Red Line is danger?

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Absolutely. So what's the answer? The head of the Environment Agency

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says a stark choice may be needed between protecting the town or the

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country, prompting calls for more co`operation. Members do not want to

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see householders flooded. They do not want to see their farmland

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flooded. This is their business, they work to maintain it. They have

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one chance to get a crop off the land. It is about working together.

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In the meantime, it's an anxious wait. At Minsterworth in

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Gloucestershire, the flood banks have been breached three times in

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three days. But there's some respite ` in Ironbridge, the flood barriers

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have been taken down. Tonight along the River Severn, in Shrewsbury the

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barriers are in place. In Bewdley, they are staying put. The

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Environment Agency say they will review it in the mooring. The flood

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barriers at Ironbridge maybe up before the end of the week.

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We will have the full forecast later.

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Road tunnels will shut again this summer in Birmingham, it has been

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confirmed. The A38 tunnels will be shut from 10pm on Friday the 18th

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July until 6am on Monday the first September. The city council says

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it's to allow the second phase of essential repairs to take place.

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A Staffordshire MP has described a newspaper article about him as

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despicable journalism. Aidan Burley, seen here at a Nazi`themed stag

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party, was last month found by his party to be stupid, but not

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anti`semitic," for his role in the evening. The Cannock Chase MP made

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the comments after a Mail on Sunday article suggested he hadn't faced

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fair scrutiny from the Conservative Party.

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The online retailer Amazon says 330 workers at its Rugeley distribution

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centre have been switched from temporary to permanent contracts

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since October. The company has created almost 1,000 permanent jobs

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across the country in the last three months.

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Visiting restrictions are in place at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital

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and Alexandra Hospital in Redditch following an outbreak of norovirus

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over the weekend. Anyone who's had sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48

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hours is being asked not to visit patients.

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The family of a student who died after taking a fat`burning drug want

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tougher action from the government. DNP raises the body temperature so

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much it can be fatal. Telford's former world champion boxer Richie

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Woodhall knows a lot about keeping his weight down and keeping fit. For

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tonight's Inside Out, he's been looking at the use of DNP by

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slimmers, but also by body`builders in the Midlands.

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Chris took DNP, Sarah was losing weight. Now their families are

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living life without them. Luke is a Midlands teenager and fitness

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fanatic. He has been using DNP behind his parents' back. After the

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first few days my temperature really went up. I started sweating

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constantly. Your breathing is rapid. You can't sleep because you

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are constantly sweating. The Food Standards Agency has already been

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talking tough. It can't prosecute anyone selling DNP to burn fat. We

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still managed to get hold of DNP. Is the law working? We have closed or

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altered 40 websites around the world to stop this industrial chemical

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coming in and being used by people. Jeff and Jean Houston said that is

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not enough. Their daughter died after taking DNP and likely's

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parents, they did not know she was taking it. We found out after she

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died. The police found the pills in her room. It was only about three

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months later that we found out they were DNP capsules. We realised that

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there was nothing they could do to help in hospital. Once you taking it

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`` once you have taken it, it is irreversible, there is nowhere to

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go. It is horrendous. It is what killed our daughter. We loved her

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very much. They want the Home Secretary to listen. It raises the

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metabolic rate and is incredibly dangerous and therefore, should be a

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controlled substance. While changes to the law will take time, the

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meeting with Luke has made a difference. I will stay away with

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it. It seems Luke has learned his lesson. They users have not been so

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lucky. `` other users. Also on tonight's Inside Out

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programme, I'm asked to down a large glass of wine and then get behind

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the wheel. With nearly half of drivers admitting to being

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distracted by their phone, we tested whether I was safer driving after a

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drink, or with a phone in my hand. It was a simulator, not a car on the

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road. You can find out how I got on tonight at 7.30 here on BBC One `

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the results might surprise you. Our top story tonight...

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125 years of history comes to the end of the road. Dunlop Motorsport's

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Birmingham factory is to close, with the loss of more than 240 jobs.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly with Shefali. Also in

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tonight's programme... The future of professional

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basketball in Birmingham is on a knife edge, the Knights desperate to

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end a run of 19 defeats. And Wolverhampton says its final

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goodbye to Steve Evans, who shared his fight with cancer with thousands

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online. We always knew he was who he was, how he acted and how he

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played, that was him. If you have a story you think we

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should be covering on Midlands Today, we'd like to hear from you.

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We are also on Facebook and Twitter. Let's turn to sport. Stoke City fans

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still basking in the afterglow of victory ` not just any old win.

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Good things come to those who wait. For 29 years, Stoke City have waited

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patiently for this moment. The moment they finally won a League

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game against Manchester United. Two goals from Charlie Adam clinched

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their famous victory. So it was no surprise to learn the Potteries were

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still buzzing with excitement today, as Ian Winter reports For the past

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seven years, Ann Johnson has been selling the Sentinel in the centre

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of Stoke. Red hair, red scarf, red Herring! How happy does the score

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make you feel? not very happy. You never are! I am a man United fan.

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She supports Man United. Charlie Adam scored two goals. His first

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might have been deflected but his second was the perfect stride. It

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left Stoke celebrating a league win over United for the first time since

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Boxing Day, 1984, when Mark was 21 and a striker with the red Devils.

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There comes a point when we expect Charlie to score goals like that. I

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see it in training every day. He has got a clean strike. I am pleased

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that Stoke one. I like to see the little guy come out on top. What did

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you make a? Amazing. My husband and my sons are over the moon. Really

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thrilled. Villa were taking the lead at

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Garrison Park, but the first`half goal was not good enough. Edison

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Park. As for West Brom, they seized on a howler to win a draw against

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Liverpool. Back in Hanley, Sir Stanley smiled.

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29 years they have waited. He would have been the proudest man in the

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Potteries on Saturday afternoon. Away from the Premier League, there

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was a fans' protest at Birmingham City against the current owner.

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The fans have lost patience with the current regime and the lack of money

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at the club. The Blues Trust held a banner at Saturday's game which

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read, "Delay no more." Their ultimate aim is for the current

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owners to sell the club. And it's a big month for the club with an EGM

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on Wednesday and the verdict in Yeung's trial on the 28th. On the

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pitch, they were losing 3`1 to Derby but it finished 3`3 on Saturday.

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The former Warwickshire director of cricket Ashley Giles is a leading

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contender to take over as head coach of the England Test team. Giles is

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already in charge of the one day and Twenty20 sides. He says he would be

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"very interested" in replacing Andy Flower who resigned from the test

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side after the Ashes. And today the chairman of the ECB confirmed Giles

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was a "strong candidate" for the role.

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Basketball, and the director of the Birmingham Knights says they'll fold

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unless attendances rise. The club was formed last summer and is half

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way through a first season in the top flight. But it's proving

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tough... 19 defeats and no victories. So could they turn that

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around against bottom club Surrey? I went along on Saturday night to find

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out. These are nervous times for the

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Birmingham Knights. They've yet to win a game this season. And the

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finances are creaking. The message to basketball fans is clear. Back

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them, or lose them. We really do need the city and local businesses

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and new fans to start coming along and supporting us, or we won't be

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here next season. We should be devastated for Birmingham. We've got

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professional basketball back. The venue has been the biggest problem.

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The Knights are based at North Solihull Sports Centre. It's in

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Chelmsley Wood, and being away from the city centre makes it hard to

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attract crowds. But those who do go are passionate ` especially when

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they've got two sons in the side. They are competing, and that is all

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we want. The fact that in the second quarter there was a good points

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tally, that is nice in any sport. I am a huge fan of Birmingham Bullets

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and I was disappointed when they disappeared so I was pleased when

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basketball came back. Saturday's game against Surrey gave the Knights

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a great chance of their first win of the season. But the Knights lost

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again 89`80. Their coach is still optimistic about the future. The

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results have not gone the way we wanted it to but when you have been

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looking at the schools and universities, that is all positive.

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Birmingham would love to follow the example of the league leaders,

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Worcester Wolves. Worcester play at their University's new arena, and

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Birmingham have an agreement with their university to move into a new

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arena in 2016. But that's still two years away. And if the Knights can't

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improve their finances, they won't last that long.

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Zac purchase from Tewkesbury, the rower, has announced his retirement

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today. He won medals in ageing and London. `` in Beijing.

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Steve Evans shared his fight with terminal stomach cancer on radio, TV

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and online, always showing "courage, humour and grace". In one of his

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final tweets, Steve thanked all his followers saying, "You have helped

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us get through some very dark and tricky times". His story touched the

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lives of people from all walks of life and all over the world. The

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Olympic gold medallist Matthew Pinsent described Steve as "funny

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and dignified to the end". Mike Pearson tweeted from America that

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Steve's journey was "truly the bravest thing I've ever heard,"

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while on Facebook, Louise Ransberry, who attended today's service, said

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"what a fabulous send off ` funny, emotional, entertaining." Tributes

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at today's service in Wolverhampton were led by the comedian and family

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friend, Frank Skinner, as Ben Godfrey reports.

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At half past twelve, parts of Wolverhampton city centre fell

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silent. 500 mourners gathered to celebrate the life of a man of many

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talents. I have followed him through his journey, through sad times. He

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was a good guy. I am showing my respect to day. He was

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inspirational. Steve Evans touched people with his honesty and humour.

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Here was a man revealing the hard truth about life with terminal

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stomach cancer. The 52`year`old council building surveyor, part`time

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comedian and magician, leaves behind his wife Septina, and their

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daughters Meg and Lauren. The only thing we can do, and it does not

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have to be a specific thing, is continued living the way he taught

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us. If we do that, then his legacy lives on. Steve spent a decade

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managing the acts at the Civic Hall. This was the first funeral service

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in the venue's history. One of those paying tribute was the comedian,

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Frank Skinner, a family friend. He said Steve was an amazing guy, a man

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of great intelligence and cleverer than he looked. He added, he was

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Wolverhampton through and through, but I forgive him that. Also among

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the mourners were former colleagues at Wolverhampton City Council, some

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of his 26,000 Twitter followers and those who'd helped Steve to tell his

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unique story. There is a familiar play called Death Of A Salesman, and

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the lead character judges people by how many turn up to his funeral. If

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that is a good assessment of a man's life, this was an incredible

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life. Steve asked for donations to be made to Compton Hospice because

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of the support given to him at home by its nurses. ?15,000 has been

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raised so far. Such a sizeable sum will go a long way to help provide

:24:24.:24:26.

care in the future for families affected. The furthest away donation

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was Zimbabwe. It shows love. Steve Evans called his fight against

:24:36.:24:38.

cancer "a journey shared by loved ones". Today, it was apparent there

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were many more of them than perhaps he realised.

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Truly inspirational. Earlier we saw the continuing flooding problem, is

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there any respite from the rain on the horizon Shefali?

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There is some respite. Any respite is going to be welcome at this

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stage, especially to those in flooded areas. We have got drier

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days this week. They are interspersed with wetter periods.

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For the first half of the week, the wettest and windiest period will be

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on Wednesday. That is quite a wild day and there are warnings in force

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at the moment for gusts of up to 50 mph. That will cause travel

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disruption. There will be rain to come with that and it could amount

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to 20 or 30 millimetres, about an inch of rain, on top of what we have

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already got. Just to point out that we have numerous flood warnings in

:25:47.:25:52.

force across the region. We have two severe flood warnings for

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Gloucestershire. It is a changing picture so if you want to keep up to

:25:55.:25:58.

date, the best thing to do is contact this phone number. This is

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what is affecting us in the immediate future. There is a cold

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front heading in from the west. It does not have the additional baggage

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of low pressure, so it will not be as bad as this deep area of low

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pressure heading our way on Wednesday. There is a lot of rain

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along it. It is a narrowband heading in this evening from the West,

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producing rain in some places. It heads off to the east, followed by

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showers. We have got dry conditions to end the night and under those

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clearer skies, temperatures near freezing in more reward areas and

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over higher land. We could see a touch of ice and frost as well. For

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towns and cities, temperatures above freezing. Tomorrow is also a day of

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respite. Dry weather and showers, and sunshine as well. Temperatures

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to about eight Celsius. The rain is going to arrive tomorrow night and

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it will be heavy. Tonight's headlines from the BBC...

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State schools as good as private ones ` that's the ambition, says the

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Education Secretary. 125 years of history comes to the

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end of the road ` Dunlop Motorsport's Birmingham factory to

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close, with the loss of 240 jobs. Moore at ten o'clock. Goodbye.

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