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military activity in the area tonight. That is all from us,

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contemporary cinema comes to the Marches.

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: join the

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organ donor register, a plea to ethnic minorities from transplant

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patient and Birmingham MP, Khalid Mahmood. It is just a huge

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commitment when somebody is prepared to donate an organ. We'll be asking

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the British Kidney Patient Association, what being a living

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donor involves. Also tonight: A life changing

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operation for a nine`year`old boy cancelled because of a change in NHS

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funding guidelines The starlings creating a spectacle at dusk in

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Hereford but leaving behind a spectacular mess. It is really

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painful. Starlings creating a spectacle at

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dusk but leaving behind a spectacular mass.

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The moving story of Beauty, the Shropshire grocer's horse

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commandeered by the Army in the First World War. There wasn't a dry

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eye when she went on the train to war.

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From Northern Lights, to chilly nights, as we head towards the

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meteorological spring things are ironically getting colder. But will

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we escape the rain this weekend? Your full forecast is coming up

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later. Good evening. There's a call tonight

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for more people from ethnic minorities to join the organ donor

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register. It comes from the Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood who's

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just had a life`saving kidney transplant. Last year over 6,000

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people were on the waiting list for a new kidney. 30% of those were from

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black, Asian or other minority ethnic communities. On average,

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patients from these groups will have to wait a year longer for a

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transplant, than white patients. As he prepares for a return to

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politics, Khalid Mahmood has been talking to Ben Godfrey.

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Khalid Mahmood is used to pounding the streets of Birmingham. But he's

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making a steady return to politics on the advice of doctors.

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Quality`of`life and the changes already have been absolutely

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tremendous. Five weeks ago, the 52`year`old Labour MP had a

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life`saving kidney transplant after a live donor came forward. This is

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his first interview since the operation. The real sacrifice that

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has been made as by the donor. It is a huge commitment, you see, when

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someone is prepared to donate an organ whilst they are living. At a

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loss to find the words to say thank you. Khalid discovered he had

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chronic kidney failure in 2008. He spent four hours a day on dialysis.

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What impact has it had on your professional life and on your family

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life in Birmingham? It has been very difficult for them to see me go

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through that trauma. But I took it in my stride. It was all the more

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poignant for the family because his twin brother Arshad died from Kidney

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disease. It was a huge loss personally to me and family and

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still is a great loss to the whole family. Yesterday, we joined the

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father`of`two at the QE Hospital where his consultant was ready with

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his latest test results. Hello. How are you doing? Here, you can see

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when the kidney was transplanted and you can see the chaotic spikes that

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were there before have been replaced by this smooth curve and that is a

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demonstration that the new kidney is functioning beautifully. I think

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there is quite a lot of misunderstanding about who can be a

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living donor and who cannot. Tissue typing isn't as important, blood

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grouping isn't as important. What is most important is a willingness to

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do this for someone you care for. Khalid Mahmood says he won't reveal

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who donated the kidney but he owes them his life. He hopes to return to

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the House of Commons next month. Joining me now is Fiona Loud from

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the British Kidney Patient Association. Why do you think there

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is a shortage of donors from ethnic minorities? Actually, I would say

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there is a shortage of donors anywhere really. You've heard the

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numbers, 6000 people will be on the organ donor waiting list and hoping

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to get a kidney. Of those, at least one will die every day while they

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are waiting. That doesn't include the many others on dialysis.

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Particularly, in the black and ethnic minority communities, that is

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a series of different communities with different cultures and faiths.

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I think from the work that we have done in mosques and talking to

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people from those different areas, some of it is simply not knowing,

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not knowing who to ask or understanding perhaps that you can't

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go forth and give this fantastic gift of donating a kidney while

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alive as well as giving the gift of life after you have passed away. You

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receive one of your husband's kidneys, didn't you? Our children

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were very young at the time. I'd been on dialysis for five years and

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I have never been called from the waiting list. We had to take a

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decision and say, what are we going to do in the future? Am I going to

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live a long and full life as a transplanted person? Keith told me

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he was going to give me his kidney. We are both very well. This happened

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seven years ago. He completely recovered from the operation. He was

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out of hospital within three days. He has a checkup once a year and

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carries on his life doing absolutely that he used to do. Now, I'm there

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to be with him and look after our family and do all the other things

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that I do. Coming up: A five match ban for

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Anelka for this gesture. Now the club parts company with its

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technical director. A nine`year`old boy with cerebral

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palsy has been told he can't have an operation that would help him walk

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more easily, because of new NHS funding guidelines. Ben Baddeley

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from Newcastle, is just one of a number of children around the

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Midlands who have had potentially life`changing surgery cancelled.

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Sorry. I will do it as quickly as I can. Every day, Ben is strapped into

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this contraption for half an hour to stretch his legs. It helps the

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spasticity but it hurts and he hates it. It means I could do a lot. What

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sort of things do you want to do? Write a skateboard. Selective dorzal

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rhizotomy cuts certain nerves causing the spasticity in the spine.

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Ben was due to undergo the first stage last week, but it was

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cancelled. NHS England stopped routinely funding the operations

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last April. The hospital in Nottingham didn't know and carried

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on so it is treating patients who started the process, but not Ben.

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For every parent that is out there, they know that seeing your childhood

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constantly hurts you. It hurts your heart and it messes with your head.

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How can I take that away from him? I just don't understand. I don't

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understand why they've done it. At nine, Ben is in a race against time.

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After nine there's less benefit from SDR. He's not alone. A Coventry

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child has also been cancelled. This operation has been done in places

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like Oswestry since the mid`90s. Mice looked at this in 2010 and said

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there was moderate evidence that it significantly improved movement with

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physiotherapy after 12 months. `` NICE. But NHS England says it is not

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cost`effective. In a statement, NHS England said the current evidence

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base does not sufficiently demonstrate relative cost or

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clinical effectiveness. As further trials take place, NHS England's

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clinical experts will keep the policy under review. We recognise

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that both patients and clinicians feel this is a promising area of

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research. But a year on, NHS England hasn't sponsored any research. Ben's

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mother is fighting on and looking to raise the ?20,000 needed.

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The two men attacked in Hereford by the serial killer Joanne Dennehy

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have spoken of their massive relief after she was given a whole life

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sentence today. Robin Bereza and John Rogers were both stabbed at

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random by Dennehy, as they were out walking their dogs in separate

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incidents in Hereford City Centre last April. She'd earlier pleaded

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guilty to their attempted murders as well as killing three other men in

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Peterborough. She's only the third woman in England to be sentenced to

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die in prison. There's a significant political

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development tonight in the wake of the Government's decision to wind`up

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the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. Conservative and Labour MPs in

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Wolverhampton and Stoke`on`Trent will be raising concerns about the

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knock`on effects on hospitals in their areas, following the transfer

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of some services from Stafford and Cannock. Our Political Editor

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Patrick Burns has more on this. What exactly are they worried about?

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What we are seeing now, Mary, is the other side of the coin. We have

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become accustomed to hearing some campaigning hang onto many

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services. Now come the concerns for those other hospitals at the

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receiving end of this. Think of Wolverhampton New Cross Hospital.

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Already, they are fudgy `` fully stretched. There has been a lot of

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discussion about mid`Staffs. We are going to have to look at how this

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comes out in the war. There are issues in terms of how this might

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have a knock`on effect. I'm not the expert on that. I'm going to meet

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those at the coal face and speak to the Prime Minister about the

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knock`on effect. I see you have Tristram Hunt there. How does he see

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the position of the University Hospital `` Hospital of North

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Staffordshire? The general perception is that the

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bulk of those services which are being switched will go up the road

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to Stoke. Tristram Hunt shares many of the concerns. We face the same

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challenges. We are making the same representations to the Secretary of

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State. We can take the flag. We've got the skills and the capacity. We

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can grow the hospital. We need to make sure that local people's health

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provision in Stoke`on`Trent is not adversely affected. It looks as

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though the political fallout from mid`Staffs still has a way to go.

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Campaigners are still threatening legal action and with a general

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election around the corner, we can be sure that defending MPs and

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aspiring candidates will all be fighting hard for the best deal for

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their own local communities. There's a long way to go yet.

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And Patrick will be back with more on this in Sunday Politics at 11

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o'clock on BBC One, plus the towns and cities bidding for a new ?20

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million college to train engineers for high`speed rail.

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This is our top story tonight: Join the organ donor register, a plea to

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ethnic minorities from transplant patient and Birmingham MP, Khalid

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Mahmood. Your detailed weather forecast to

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come shortly from Rebecca. Also in tonight's programme: from delivering

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groceries in Shropshire to facing enemy fire, the story of one of

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thousands of war horses and the largest rural film festival in the

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country, contemporary cinema comes to the Marches Thousands of

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starlings have been enthralling Thousands of starlings have been

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enthralling people in Hereford with their daily displays of aerial

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acrobatics. But not everyone's impressed, as they're leaving behind

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a bit of a mess. Ben Sidwell is there for us tonight. How many are

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there? We have a rest `` rough estimation,

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possibly up to 20,000. They are now all in the hedges and trees. They've

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done their flight fortnight. But it is what they are leaving behind

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which is the real problem for residents around here, the mess on

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the floor, as I've been finding out. It's one of nature's most

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spectacular displays. As the sun sets, the skies above Hereford are

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teeming with birds. A truly magical sight, unless that is, you happen to

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live right below their flight path. You can put your washing out. I've

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got wash my car every morning. It's a nuisance. It may seem a bit

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extreme to have this up but when the starlings, the head, it's like a

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light rain shower and that is the problem that these residents have

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been facing for the last five or six weeks. Every day, having to come out

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and clean their cars, because of the bird mark. And that is becoming a

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real pain. Estimates put the number of birds at around 20,000, all

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congregating in trees behind the house. But being a protected

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species, the options for dealing with the starlings are limited.

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There is not much we can do. We are not allowed to harm them. People can

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choose to chop down the hedge. That is allowed. Or you can sit it out. A

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lovely display to watch but it is not very nice for people living

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here. HP Bulmers, whose land the trees are on, told us they

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sympathise greatly with the residents, but they must also do all

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they can to respect and protect the wildlife of the area. If you come

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out and said in my back garden, it is shocking. We would like to see

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them go because it's a nuisance. Last night, for the first time, a

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starling distress caller was used to try and move the birds on. They have

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spent the last half hour trying to scare the birds off. It hasn't had a

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lot of effect, apart from what you can see on this car. This is what

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the residents are facing all the time. It is not just the mess. The

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smell as well as getting pretty bad around here. You can hear them now.

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The birds are being chased along the hedge and they are going to a

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different part of the hedge. We might relieve the pressure on these

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people here. That might not be a bad thing. We would be putting it on

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someone else. As weeks turn into months, sadly for the residents, it

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seems like they'll just have to wait until the starlings take flight

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themselves. They have been plenty of people

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coming down to the street today to see these birds. One of them was

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Gerard from the ornithological club. A lot of people want to know, why

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are they doing it? The starlings are gregarious. They flocked to feed and

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to roost. This roost is used by the starlings because they need warmth

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in the conifers. They use it as a means of safety from predators and

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they also probably communicate overnight to decide where they are

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going to feed the next day. People are suffering. How long are they

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going to have to put up with the birds? It rather depends what this

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flock is composed of, whether it is a lot of winter visitors, which it

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probably is, or whether it is a resident copulation. `` population.

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It almost certainly will be a large number of migratory birds in this

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flock. And so they will, depending on their country of origin, be

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returning fairly shortly, in the next few weeks. We've had a lot of

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comments and many have been interested. Sally said, what a shame

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they think this is spectacular display is a nuisance. It doesn't

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last for long. Esther says, we need natural beauty. Humans, please share

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this planet. We have been told this carer was distressing the birds too

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much so they are not going to use it any more and these will leave in

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their own accord. `` scarer. As part of our First World War

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commemorations the BBC has teamed up with the Imperial War Museums to

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tell the story of the War at Home. Tonight Cath Mackie has the story of

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Shropshire's very own War Horse who was commandeered by the Army to

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serve on the Western Front. Like memories, the black and white

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photo of the grocer's horse is fading. Beauty was snapped in the

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Shropshire village of Minsterley, a moment in time before the gunfire

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began. QT used to deliver the groceries. He went all around, to

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the bog and the grit and a big circle. But then the First World War

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intervened. In the beginning of August, the army had 23,000 all

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boxers and they need more. `` horses. If horses were not brought

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forward, they could requisition horses, anything from hunters to

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working horses. Historians believe the film War Horse captures the

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emotional heartache in market squares across the country as horses

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were either offered up or commandeered by the army. I solemnly

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swear, we will be together again. Wherever you, our, I will find you.

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There are recollections which are terribly emotional. There was a

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farmer who was patting the horses and crying. For the most part, they

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never did see them again. Beauty was taken to war. There wasn't a dry eye

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when she went on the train. They were taken to depots to get them

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trained up, because they were going to have to get used to things they

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were not used to, gunfire, galloping altogether in charge and learning

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life in the Army, the same way that human recruits would have to do. The

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impact was felt at home. At the outbreak of the war 800,000 horses

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were used on the land. The bigger breeds stayed behind to keep the

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home front ticking over but as food shortages increased, more help was

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needed. The women's land Army was formed, in 1915 to help on the land

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but they still didn't think that was an officer mechanisation does seem

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to speed up tractors. War brings about technological advances and

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that went beyond the home front as well. We can only imagine what the

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atmosphere must have been like that day will stop ``. Men, women and

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children coming along to give the horse one final pat. And it was

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goodbye because Beauty didn't survive the war. The grocer's horse

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was one of 1.2 million horses commandeered by the army. Just

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65,000 made it home. Anne Lewis's father served in the veterinary

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corps. He didn't talk very much because I think he had a green time

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in the war. To see his horses, you know, being damaged and killed as

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well, I think it was not a nice time. I once said to him, why didn't

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he go to the Armistice service? He said, I don't have to go to the war

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memorial to remember the war. We can only guess at what Beauty endured.

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But at least now, 100 years on, the story of Minsterley's warhorse has

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come home. Time for sport. Ian's here and

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Birmingham City fans were expecting to learn the outcome of the Carson

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Yeung money`laundering trial today. But they're still waiting, why is

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that? Quite simply, the court ran out of

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time. Today's judgement against Carson Yeung runs to 112 pages, and

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the judge was less than half`way through, when he adjourned

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proceedings until Monday. Stand by for some flash photography. Because

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there was a real media scrum as Carson Yeung left the court in Hong

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Kong. Remember, he denies five charges of money`laundering,

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totalling more than ?50 million pounds. He no longer holds an

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official title at Birmingham City. But he is still a major shareholder

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in the club's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings

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Ltd. And their six monthly accounts show a pre`tax loss of just under ?5

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million. It's been a difficult week for West

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Bromwich Albion. Speculation that Nicolas Anelka may have played his

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last game for the club. And also the future of Pepe Mel as manager.

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What's the latest? Well, Pepe Mel's position has

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probably been weakened by the departure of David McDonough, as the

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club's Technical Director. He played a significant role in bringing Pepe

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Mel to the Hawthorns. He could speak Spanish, and was helping the new

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manager to get his message across in training. But McDonough has now left

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West Brom. And Pepe Mel must be wondering what the future has in

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store. Albion's next game is at home to Manchester United a week

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tomorrow. By which time, Nicolas Anelka will have decided whether or

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not to appeal against the FA's five`match ban over his

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controversial quenelle gesture in December. Meanwhile, Anelka has been

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suspended by the club and he may well have played his last game in a

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West Brom shirt. As you mentioned, Albion don't play

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this weekend. But two very big games for Stoke City and Aston Villa Yes,

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Stoke have 27 points, just three points above the relegation places,

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tomorrow they're at home to Arsenal. On Sunday, Aston Villa play Paul

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Lambert's old club Norwich City. And they're both on 28 points. All the

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action on your BBC local radio station.

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Over the next 17 days people living in Herefordshire and Shropshire will

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be given a taste of contemporary British and world cinema as part of

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the 12th Borderlines Film Festival. The event has become the largest

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rural film festival in the UK. But why is it important for communities?

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Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana has been finding out.

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Everybody knew everybody else. Memories from Hereford's old

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livestock market, now the subject of Chewing the Cud. You had every rank

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and type of society coming through that market. It's a film put

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together by a local production company using local people. And

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it'll premiere at this year's Borderlines Film Festival. It's just

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really nice to be able to show a film about the local area, the

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cattle market that was situated here. It's lovely to have a local

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audience for that kind of film. There is nothing better in a way.

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But some rural audiences often live miles away from a cinema. Here in

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puddleston near leomster the village hall is the cinema. Epic of Everest

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will be shown here as part of the festival a rare chance to see a

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restored film of the 1924 attempt to climb Everest. It brings world

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cinema and new footage, new films, to a very remote rural area. People

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would possibly have to go to London to see something like this. This

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year, 32 venues will be taking part in the Borderlines Film Festival,

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including the Regal Cinema in Tenbury Wells. This Art Deco 1930s

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building was restored in 2012 and is now run by volunteers. The festival

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offers them a vital business opportunity. We are hoping that with

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the extra exposure, it will make those films more viable because

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we've only just recently restarted. We didn't want to take too many

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financial risks because we cannot afford to do that. The borderlines

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film Festival `` Borderlines Film Festival is now in its 12th year. It

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is a chance for these communities to celebrate film`making in the region.

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Were you lucky enough to see the northern lights last night? Some of

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you did. Rebecca has some of your pictures, along with the forecast.

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Unfortunately I didn't see it. Thankfully, some of you did and

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you've been sending in your pictures. The Northern lights are

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normally seen much fall `` further north but they were spotted last

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night in Gloucestershire. Aurora borealis to, to give its official

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title, this caused when electrically charged particles are rejected from

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the sun. By the time they reach our atmosphere, they cause the gas atoms

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to glow. Unfortunately, I cannot promise you more of the same

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tonight. We have some clear skies to come. It is going to be cold with

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brightness to come through the day tomorrow. There is clear skies

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already making an impact. Temperature is already public thing

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a day. Dash away. A widespread frost tonight. Temperatures will plummet

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to `1 or `2. We will get some fog patches developing as well. That fog

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will be lingering around for much of tomorrow morning. The sun will

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eventually burn through. It is increasing intensity because it is

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the 1st of March tomorrow. We will get some good spells of brightness

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through the day. Temperatures are going to range from between seven

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and nine Celsius with lighter winds. It will feel pleasant. The cloud is

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starting to build and we've got rain moving in tomorrow night. It will

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fall across the North of the Midlands and then we will see

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showers right the way across the region. That will help temperatures

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little bit. Even though it is going to be cold into Sunday, it will not

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drop as low as it was night. So, we start of our Sunday with plenty of

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more rain moving in. The winds will start to pick up. We will get some

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brightness through mundane sash `` Sunday morning but then there would

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be drizzle forming. Temperatures were rain `` range between eight and

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12 Celsius. As he starts the new week, it is staying unsettled. I

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will leave you with a bit of good news. By the middle of the week,

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things look like they are starting to become milder.

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Spring plastics? Before we go, are you interested in

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the BBC and its programmes and services? If so, the BBC Trust's

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Audience Council England, is looking for people here in the West Midlands

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to join its regional audience panel. The panel meets three times a year.

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It isn't paid but you do get expenses. The easiest way to find

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out more, and to get an application pack, is to go to the website.

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock, have a good

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evening.

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