22/02/2014 Midlands Today


22/02/2014

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Good afternoon. Religious leaders and Islamic meat producers from

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across the country are meeting in Warwickshire today to agree on

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clearer guidelines about when chickens can be sold as halal. They

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want to make sure that birds which have been slaughtered by machines

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cannot be labelled as religiously acceptable. Midlands firms say this

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will prevent some cheap foreign imports from being sold in the UK,

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as well as creating more trust in the industry.

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Abattoirs can step up to the mark and have shown that they can be

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competitive. We can be a very great market for halal meat. We are

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importing fallout from countries as far away as Thailand and we do not

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want that to happen. `` halal meat. Campaigners in Birmingham are

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preparing to demonstrate against the government's decision to press ahead

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with badger culls as a way of controlling the spread of bovine

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tuberculosis. They're planning to stage a march

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and rally in the city this lunch time against a policy they say is

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barbaric and simply won't work. The Department for the Environment, Food

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and Rural affairs says its acting on scientific advice about the best way

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to tackle the problem which cost the department ?36 million in dealing

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with affected cattle last year. This will be one of the biggest

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demonstrations against the badger cull. We have had many of these

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around the country. Everywhere they go, we get more support and the

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public anger grows. It is time to bring this crazy badger cull to a

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close. Herefordshire council's estimated

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it's going to cost just under ?3 million to repair roads affected by

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the latest round of floods. And as the clean up continues in Worcester,

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the council's revealed it's set aside around ?700,000 to deal with

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potholes caused by the extreme weather and flooding. There are

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currently still eight flood warnings in force for the Midlands.

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Tonight will be the last greyhound meeting to be held at Brandon, near

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Coventry, following the sale of the stadium. Harry Findlay, who ran dog

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racing there says the sale wasn't expected, while the owner of the

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Coventry Bees says he isn't sure what the future of Speedway is at

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the site. It's not yet known who has bought it, but it has not been sold

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to Coventry City Football Club. Football: Wolves have the

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opportunity to go top of League One this afternoon. Just two points

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separate the top three teams in the division going into today's games.

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Wolves visit the current leaders Brentford and will climb above them

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into the automatic promotion places if they win.

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Let's take a look at the weather. It has been an enjoyable challenge.

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We are thriving on these challenges. We are not confident but we're happy

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playing the way we are. Good afternoon. It's been a

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beautiful start to the weekend with blue skies and sunshine around this

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morning. A little bit more cloud will roll in this afternoon and the

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breeze will pick up as well. But for most of us, it's a dry, bright and

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breezy afternoon. And it is fairly mild as well, 11 to 12 degrees

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Celsius are possibly our top temperatures. Overnight, the cloud

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will continue to thicken up. The winds will pick up as well. Some

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patches of light rain but it'll stay fairly mild tonight with lows down

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to seven or eight Celsius. A cloudier and more breezy day

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tomorrow, staying on the mild side. That's it for now, I'm back just

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after 6pm with today's sports results. Have a good afternoon.

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Good afternoon. It has been a lovely start with some very welcome winter

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sunshine. For the rest of the day, the further east you are, you will

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hang onto that for much of the time. The further north and west you

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are, the wind will pick up, that will be dragging in rain. You can

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see where this is coming from. Out in the Atlantic

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