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forces and protestors. That is all from BBC News. It is goodbye from

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

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Turning the tide after the floods ` firms look to social media to drive

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home their message ` "open for business".

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We are an independent retailer here in Worcester, and we had two days

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last week where we didn't have a single customer.

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We've spent the day in Worcester talking to shop owners who've had a

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week they would clearly love to forget.

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Also tonight: Seven years ago, this village was under water ` what

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lessons can we learn today from the great floods of 2007?

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If you can show a united front, I think that's the one thing I want to

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get out there ` then you will get an awful lot more help.

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Bishops accuse the Government of driving people into food and fuel

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poverty. To find that families and

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individuals are not getting enough to eat in one of the richest

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countries in the world is a scandal. And stranded in the Atlantic, but

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determined to carry on ` the rowers who refuse to admit defeat.

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And the latest rainfall figures have just been released, and I'm afraid

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they make for grim reading. So how much rain have we had and how much

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more are we due to get? All those details coming up in the forecast

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later. Good evening. One week after the

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highest water levels in living memory, the fightback is on ` that's

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the message from Worcester shops and businesses tonight, who hope

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receding water will mean increased takings. The number of people

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spending money in the city dropped by 10% at the height of the River

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Severn floods, but a major social media campaign's under way to entice

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people back. Ben Sidwell reports. What a difference a week makes. This

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was the scene in Worcester last Thursday. Seven days later, with

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people starting to return to the high street, shops and businesses

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have joined forces to try and get a united message across that Worcester

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is still very much open. The high street has been dead to be honest.

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It is quiet. We have had the odd people in and out. Luckily we have a

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lot of customers that have come in. It has been a quiet few weeks.

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Unlike during the last big floods of 2007, the city now has the power of

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social media, and they've turned to Twitter in an attempt to boost

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trade. Businesses can help themselves and help others to show

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we are open for business. We have taken to social media to get that

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message across. The response has been phenomenal. And businesses have

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gotten in touch with us as well to tell us about their experiences.

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Like this one. This boutique only opened in October, and here, without

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a doubt, the last ten days have been the toughest they've faced so far.

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It has been difficult for us as a business. We are an independent

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retailer in Worcester, and we had two days last week when we didn't

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have a single customer. Much closer to the river, and at the Diglis

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House Hotel, they're still pumping out the water. Like many businesses

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in the city, they've lost trade over the last ten days because customers

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presumed they were flooded and shut. I think people have been worried

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about coming in, and at some point last week, rightly so, but now the

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roads and motorways are open. There is no reason why people should not

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come to Worcester. While we were at the hotel, a tweet likely to bring

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joy to many in the city. With the river levels dropping fast, the

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clean`up has begun. Welcome news for businesses like this cafe. Is

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getting back to normal. We have a few of the regulars realising they

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can get to West, so they are starting to get back in. Today on

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Twitter, it was the free parking that everyone was tweeting about.

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Another attempt to help attract shoppers back to the high street,

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and reinforce the message that the city is well and truly open for

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business. If you want to talk to us on

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Twitter, as many businesses have been doing, you can contact us.

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Plenty more ahead tonight, including: The soldiers helping the

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British Army bring tonnes of equipment home from Afghanistan.

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And the special home in Birmingham continuing to help families of men

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and women wounded in action. 20 nurses from Stoke`on`Trent are

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being sent to Stafford Hospital to ease a staffing crisis. The hospital

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was taken over by administrators in April last year after an inquiry

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into its higher`than`expected death rate between 2005 and 2008. Staffing

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is tonight being described as a "very fragile situation" by the

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hospital chief executive. Our Staffordshire reporter, Liz Copper,

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is outside the hospital now. Liz, what more did you learn at the

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meeting? This comes down to one main issue,

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the shortage of nursing staff and the difficulties the trust has

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placed in recruiting and retaining nurses. We learned today that 20

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experienced nurses from the NHS in Stoke`on`Trent will come to

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Staffordshire for three months. There will arrive in Monday and be

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on the wards on Tuesday. We also learned that 15 beds will be made

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available in Wolverhampton, and I will help alleviate the pressure. To

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discuss this, we are joined by a campaign. Give us your initial

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response. Witham we are happier than we thought we would be when this

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meeting was called. We thought our ANC hours would be reduced. This is

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good news is we're getting some or staff. We have this problem of not

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being able to recruit staff, and this has been due to the prolonged

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process. The chief executive described the situation as fragile.

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It is concerning. We need the decision next week that there has to

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be stability and future of the staff. People have mortgages to

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pay. They need to know the certainty of their future career. Thank you

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for joining us this evening. Next week will be a very important week

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here at the hospital. We are expecting to have the decision from

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the Secretary of State. His decision on the administrator's plans for the

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future of services here at Stafford. It is hoped by the board

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that the decision at the least will provide some measure of certainty.

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Thank you. 27 bishops, including four from our region, have written a

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letter condemning the Government's "punitive" welfare reforms, which

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they say have forced people into food and fuel poverty. The Bishops

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of Birmingham, Gloucester, Lichfield and Tewkesbury believe too many

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people are having to choose between "heat or eat". Bob Hockenhull

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reports. The Government says the sun is

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starting to shine on the economy again, but church leaders are

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painting a bleaker picture ` one of a society with too many people going

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hungry. I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to speak up for

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those who can't speak for themselves. Inequalities in Britain

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have grown over the last two years, in spite of everyone's best efforts,

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and to find that families and individuals are not getting enough

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to eat in one of the richest countries in the world is a scandal.

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The Bishop of Birmingham's signature is on an open letter to the Prime

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Minister criticising failures in the benefit system. It states, "This is

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a national crisis and one we must rise to". In reply, the Government

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said it aimed to make people less dependent. But for Becky Beasley,

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collecting her food parcel at Sparkhill food bank today, those

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words cut no ice. She is suffering from depression, struggling to find

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work, and her benefit payments have been delayed. The Government should

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have ?50 a week to live on like we do. If we didn't have food banks, we

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would be begging on the street. The Government isn't seeing it because

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they haven't lived like that. The food bank here says that the

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Bishop's letter is particularly timely, because earlier this week it

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set a new record, giving out 41 food parcels in the space of just three

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hours. The Bishop's letter also points out wages have stagnated

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while food prices have risen, so some in work are struggling as well

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` an assertion backed up by supervisors here. Some people are

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perhaps on a zero hours contract, and so they are not able to claim

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job`seeker's Allowance, and suddenly they find themselves in a desperate

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situation when they are not able to get any money. In addition to the

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letter, the church in Birmingham is to produce a hunger journal,

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allowing those who were skipping meals to tell their stories.

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With the December deadline looming, the mammoth task of withdrawing

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British troops from Afghanistan is stepping up a gear, and soldiers

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from the Midlands are in the thick of it. It's costing the UK ?300

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million to leave Afghanistan. 5,500 containers of equipment will have to

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be brought back, along with 400 tonnes of ammunition cases. The

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supply convoys are being driven by soldiers from our region. They run

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the risk of roadside bombs on a daily basis. From Helmand Province,

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Jeremy Ball reports. Imagine getting stuck behind this

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lot when you are trying to get to work. More than 50 heavily armoured

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trucks travelling in convoy. It's called a combat logistics patrol.

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There are drivers here from Tamworth and Telford. Mark Hanslo comes from

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Sutton Coldfield. It's pretty fun, to be honest. IED threats are

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probably one of the main problems we have out here. It's mostly pressure

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plate or operated IEDs, that if a vehicle rolls over it, it explodes.

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It must be frightening when that happens. I wouldn't like to be

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underneath it when it goes off. The convoys are collecting millions of

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pounds worth of sensitive equipment from British bases that are being

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closed, including weapons, vehicles, and power plants. It makes them a

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prime target for the Taliban. That's why these huge force protection

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vehicles are pushing rollers in front of them. They are designed to

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take the force of the blast if they hit an improvised bomb. In fact, the

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protection is so good that hundreds of British soldiers have survived

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IED strikes. The latest occupational hazard is known as a pillow charge

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IED ` a sack full of explosives that is thrown underneath their vehicle.

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I wasn't expecting the bang when it went off, so I was a bit jumpy. A

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lot of the kids, you get 50% who wave at you, the other half will

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throw stones at you or gesture to you. What surprised you most? Having

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six people on one motorbike. It's quite crazy. Just the way they live,

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the way they drive ` it is quite mad, you know? This driving is

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pretty unusual too. It is an army heading home after more than 12

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years at war. The UK's military role in

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Afghanistan since 2001 has brought with it a heavy human toll. The

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number of deaths stands at 447 ` with nearly 2,200 people flown back

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to UK hospitals after being wounded in action. Many of those servicemen

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and women are brought to Birmingham, with families from around the

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country heading to Selly Oak to support their loved ones. And, at

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times of enormous emotional strain, help is provided at a special home

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in the city. Since 2003, more than 2000 British personnel have been

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seriously injured in Afghanistan. Seeders like Stephen. We were going

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through the desert and I hit an IED. From the damaged that it did in

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my legs, they decided to amputate one of my legs.

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Like thousands of his colleagues, Steven was flown to the UK to be

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treated at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Fiancee Amy was

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there throughout. It was heartbreaking. He flew back, and it

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is like your world falls apart when you hear the news. With Steven in a

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coma, being close was vital ` and that was made possible by the

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military charity SSAFA and their base in the city. It may look like a

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normal house on a Birmingham street, but to the people that stay here,

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it's much, much more. Since 2009, the families of 1,800 injured

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servicemen and women have stayed here at Norton House, and today it's

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celebrating its fifth birthday. To help with the birthday celebrations,

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volunteers from the 167 Catering Regiment were on hand. There are a

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few of us who come down and volunteered to cook for the

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families. It is a worthwhile task, and we enjoy doing it. Norton house

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can accommodate several families. This is a fully functional disabled

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room. You have touched a lot of people 's lives. Some people stay

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for one night, some people say for seven nights. And after five years,

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many former residents and volunteers were back to celebrate ` including

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Caroline Boyd, who was one of the first to use the house when her son

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Sami was injured in 2009. All you had to concentrate on with your son

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getting better, and you didn't have to think about driving home or

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making food or doing anything. It was the most incredible place, and

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looking back on it, it was fantastic. It is a fantastic

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facility. As the campaign in Afghanistan draws to a close, the

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number of people being injured has dropped ` but as Birmingham remains

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the main centre for military casualties, the need for Norton

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House and the support it offers to their families continues.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly. This is our top story

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tonight: Turning the tide after the floods ` firms look to social media

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to drive home their message ` "we're open for business".

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Also in tonight's programme, we revisit one of the worst flood`hit

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villages from 2007. What lessons can be learned seven years on?

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Friends of a rower stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean say she

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won't give up until she finishes the 3,000`mile race. Hannah Lawton, from

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Stoke`on`Trent, and her team`mate, Lauren Morton, are waiting for a

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replacement rudder for their boat. This is where they are now ` almost

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1,000 nautical miles from the finish in Antigua. In a moment, I'll be

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talking to a rower who knows what it's like to be stranded at sea, but

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first, here's Dan Pallett. He's a worried parent, and why he

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wouldn't he be? John Lawton's daughter, Hannah, seen here at the

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front, is trying to row across the Atlantic with her friend, Lauren

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Morton. They prepared for months, but their progress is slow after

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their rudder and two spares were broken in a storm. So the pair and

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their boat, Inspirational Friends, are 1127 miles away from the finish.

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If the storms have been bad on mainland Britain, at sea, it's even

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worse. They've had a lot of problems with the boat. Serious problems with

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the boat. Some competitors have abandoned the race with similar

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issues, but they decided to stick with it, to endure and hopefully

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complete the challenge. Hannah's blog posts highlight how tough it

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has been. She has written that the dangers are very real and can be

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scary at times. This is the race website. Here is the finish line in

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Antigua in the Caribbean. As of midday today, Inspirational Friends

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are still way out here. That is 980 nautical miles from the finish.

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Hannah's a coach at Worcester Rowing Club, where this week, the clean`up

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is underway after the floods. Vicky is a friend who has been in regular

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contact via e`mail. She says the pair are determined to finish the

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race as they are rowing in memory of a friend, Elena, who died of cancer

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aged just 23. They are raising money for two charities, Jo's Cervical

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Cancer Trust, and Martin House Hospice, who cared for Elena when

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she was ill. I think the inspiration behind her as a friend, the way in

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which she faced the illness, they're not going to stop. Inspirational

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Friends have already been at sea for 78 days, and they hope to reach

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Antigua by the end of next month. This is one race where taking part

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really is everything. We wish them well.

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So, what's it like to be stranded at sea, up the creek without a paddle `

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well, rudder? In 2004, Richard Wood became the 11th person to row across

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the Atlantic. It took him 101 days ` and he's here now. Good evening.

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What will the women be going through right now? Tremendous psychological

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battle. It is really tough. I was coming down a big wave, lying in my

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cabin relaxing, and suddenly I knew there was something wrong with the

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boat. I could feel it. I went out onto the deck and I put my feet into

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the thing that stirred the boat, and there was pressure on, so I knew

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something had gone wrong. That is the rudder? It is upside down. The

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original parts was the aluminium piece the rudder was in, and the

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next morning, I spent ages trying with ropes to find a different way

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of steering. I realised I couldn't do anything and I was stuck. Anyway

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I could get out of it was to use my initiative. I spent a few days

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trying to think hard to get myself out of this. Mine was an

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old`fashioned boat made of plywood. You must have tremendous physical

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and psychological strength. Henry Ford once said if you think you can,

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you can. That's what it is about. The real about Ocean rowing is to

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never give up. Can you remember clearly? Absolutely. It was amazing.

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It was good when the wind was up because she could get on top and

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serve the waves. You could do 65 miles a day. I would predict they

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won't get their until April now. You have had a stroke. But you would do

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it again? I wanted to prove that there is life after stroke. I didn't

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want to sit down and become a blogger. Life is a disabled person

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is horrendous. What will you do? I want to be the first disabled person

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to read the Pacific. But you have one side not working. Yes, my right

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side is not working. To be able to do a world first, I have to have the

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disability, so if I didn't have that, I would be able to get a world

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first. Think is coming in an inspiration.

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?1 million needs to be found to restore one of the finest examples

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of medieval architecture in the country. 15th century Beauchamp

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Chapel in St Mary's Warwick is said to rival the best of Westminster

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Abbey ` yet few are aware of its existence. Joan Cummins reports.

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St Mary's church in the heart of Warwick was established in 1123. The

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reformation, great fire of Warwick, and centuries of industrialisation

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have started to take their toll. Richard was described as the richest

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man in England when he left money for this ?5,000 chapel in the 15th

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century. Now it will cost more than ?1 million to keep it in

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21st`century condition. It is in a state. It is a wonderful building,

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and it does need to be restored and is renovated for future generations

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so that we can pass on this treasure. Whilst a ?40,000 grant has

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been awarded to repair falling masonry on the outside...it's the

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hidden treasures within the Beauchamp Chapel that are now the

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focus of a restoration campaign to preserve the priceless medieval

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craftmanship within. This chapel was built with the greatest skill by

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obviously very competent medieval craftsmen. Richard de Beauchamp

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built it specifically to commemorate a person and to have masses and

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services held in memory of them for ever. This is one of the best if not

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the best resource for that. Originally the tomb of Richard

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Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, was a place of pilgrimage. He was

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recognised as a national figure who supported the monarchy and even

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presided over the trial of Joan of Arc. The people, I think, would have

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been in mentally impressed that they was this place that is so beautiful

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and colourful. We have visitors from all over the world, and they come in

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here and just marvel and say, it has been a highlight of our day.

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Restoration work will begin in the spring on what's regarded as a

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hidden gem of the county. ??NEWLNE Back now to the story that's

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dominated the news for the last ten days ` the floods. On Tuesday, our

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reporter Joanne Writtle visited Severn Stoke, a village near

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Worcester, where some residents have been cut off by the River Severn.

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Five miles downstream is Uckinghall, which was devastated by the floods

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of 2007. Seven years on, Uckinghall is flood`free. Joanne's been there

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today, seeking advice and solace for homeowners currently knee deep in

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water. The village of Uckinghall looks calm

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and dry today. Not a flooded home in sight. Hard to imagine then that

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this was the same village in 2007. It's all thanks to ?1 million of

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flood defences, including this wall and gate. Anne was used to being

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flooded. Three times in total, the last being 2007, which was the

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grandaddy of them all, when the water came up and through the

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letterbox. What is it like now? Absolutely brilliant. This Tudor

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house is dry now, but seven years ago, water poured in, causing

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devastation. The flood defences have made all the difference. It wasn't

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easy to get them. We had to work hard at it. We had to get together

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as a group and put communal effort into it. Judy heads up the flood

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action group. Part of the defences include a pumping station. She says

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it's important not to be complacent. This is Charlie Two Pumps, and we

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love him. It won't fail. We have three villagers who are trained to

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manually override the pump if it should fail. I've also got another

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wonderful villager who, every day during a flood situation, comes out

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and checks it four times a day. Just by the pumping station, this is the

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clay bend that was built. Over here is how far the river came up a few

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days ago. In actual fact, the banks of the River Severn are half a mile

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over that way. This was Judy's cottage under water in 2007. It took

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two years to repair the damage, but today, it is flood`free. The water

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came up to about, I would say here. I had chest waders on, which is

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useful. 20 homes were flooded here seven years ago. Judy's advice to

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others fighting for defences is stick together for a long fight.

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Have faith, and the defences they now have is clear. Quiet confidence.

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I know that doesn't sound like a celebration, and I have to say that

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when my cottage flooded, I remember actually opening a bottle of

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champagne the next morning because I felt I needed it. Isn't that odd?

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This time, I had a cup of coffee and went to bed.

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Well, we've been told today that this has been the wettest winter on

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record. Not a total surprise! It all seems a bit quieter now. How's the

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forecast looking, Shefali? It is a sad statistic, but no

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surprise. We have one more week to go before the season ends, so all

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the records have been broken, and all that is loved to say by how

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much. This year's figures narrowly beat the previous record set in 1995

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by about one millimetre. We have had 487 millimetres of rain. There is

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still more to come this week. We have another wet day ahead of us on

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Sunday. This will produce more rain then we had last night, because the

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jet stream is looking further south. This is the system that will bring

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it in. It is a one sector sequence, and it will be to higher

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temperatures, because over the next few hours, we are looking at

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temperatures dropping. They could be a fair amount of rain. You could see

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the ice bars. Winds will be strong as well. We won't see a repeat of

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the recent storms. We're looking at a few more showers in the region.

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They are gradually going to peter out later on. The frequency will

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decrease. We're looking at largely dry conditions and clearer skies. A

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very different night from night, where we have clearer skies, drier

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conditions, and colder ones as well. Temperatures dropping to around two

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degrees. This colder air will come in contact with the showers as the

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activity steps up through the day tomorrow, so we could see some hail

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or possibly snow mixed in there over the highs. A good deal of sunshine

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in between, and temperatures rising up to seven or eight degrees. It

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will be tampered by that story breeze coming in from the south

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west. Thank you. Tonight's headlines from the BBC:

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The deadliest day of Ukraine's protests ` many are killed as a

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fragile truce breaks down. And a week after the record`breaking

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floods, Worcester business owners use social media to entice shoppers

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back to the city. That was the Midlands Today. I'll be

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back at ten o'clock with your latest update. Have a good evening.

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