01/03/2014 Midlands Today


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stories on the BBC News Channel. That's all from me, stay with us

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Good afternoon. The former Guantanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg

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has appeared in court chargdd with Syria`related terror offencds.

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45`year`old Begg, from Hall Green in Birmingham, was arrested along with

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three others on Tuesday. He's charged with providing terrorist

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training and funding terrorhsm overseas. A 44`year`old wom`n,

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Gerrie Tahari from Sparkbrook, is charged with facilitating tdrrorism

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overseas. Two other men arrdsted remain in police custody. A

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demonstration against the arrests is being held this lunchtime ottside

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the West Midlands Police headquarters.

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There's been a further protdst in the city this morning against the

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propsed closure of a local swimming baths. Tiverton Pool in Selly Oak is

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is one of several earmarked for closure by the City Council as a

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cost`cutting measure. Locals say it is a vital resource and if ht goes

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it will have a devastating hmpact on the community.

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A stained glass window belidved to have miraculously escaped unscathed

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from the ruins of Coventry Cathedral and delivered to a small Icdlandic

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town has been proven to be ` fraud. For decades it was thought the glass

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had been stolen during the war and sold to the church in Iceland. Joel

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Mapp reports. Before its destruction, Covdntry

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Cathedral had two types of stained glass ` Medieval and Victorhan. The

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Medieval windows were removdd before the Blitz and saved but the

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Victorian glass, well, many believe it was stolen and ended up hn

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Iceland. Dr Jonathan Foyle hs chief executive of the World Monulents

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Fund Britain and he's come to Iceland to investigate. We heard

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that because they haven't explained the history of the windows from

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Coventry to London and one of the explanations is that it had been

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stolen. As Hitler scrambled his bombers, some of the Cathedral's

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stained glass was removed for safekeeping. It's believed that some

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went missing, sold by an antiques dealer in London to an Icel`ndic

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trader. But Jonathan's not convinced. I don't think, however,

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they were from Coventry Cathedral. They were probably removed from many

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different church buildings `nd I think the antique dealer probably

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used the words Coventry Cathedral to sell them quicker. Coventry's

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Victorian glass, then, wasn't stolen and smuggled to Iceland but simply

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left in place and destroyed by the Luftwaffe.

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And you can see more on The Great Glass Mystery on BBC One tolorrow

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afternoon at 4.10pm. The Bromsgrove cyclist Jess Varnish

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will be hoping to win a second medal at the World Championships hn

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Colombia today. Varnish will compete in the semi`finals of the individual

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sprint in Cali after a quarterfinal victory over her GB team`mate and

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defending champion Becky Jales last night. She'll then have a third

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chance at a medal in the Kidrin tomorrow but admits that evdnt will

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be a very different experience. Kierin is like sort of a longer

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lengthier sprint so with me just training for one lap and thd

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individual sprint, it doesn't really have you in favour unless you're

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sort of headstrong and clevdr, really.

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Time to check on the weather now with Mel Coles.

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Good afternoon. It's been a fairly decent start to the day, perhaps

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chilly for many places but some good spells of sunshine. As we hdad

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through the afternoon, we'll see a little more cloud and have the risk

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of one or two showers. The winds are light today. Temperatures rdaching

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highs of around eight Celsits. This evening, most places will h`ng on to

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a bit of cloud. One or two showers around. Northern areas may have some

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rain from time to time. Temperatures overnight dropping to three or four

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Celsius. Tomorrow it will bd wetter and windier.

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That's all for now. I'll be back with all the day's football and

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rugby results in our next btlletin at 6.05pm.

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Hello there. The first day of March, and quite a wintry chill to

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the first thing, but conditions have improved a lot, a lot of sunshine

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have there, so the daffodils you can see behind me, a good sunny Saint

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David's day across Wales. We will hold onto the sunshine for many

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places. A fly in the ointment is showers across western areas,

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developing through the afternoon. Across the south-east, particularly

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East Anglia, a great start, that area of low pressure continuing to

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push out into the North Sea. Quite a deal to be a generally, temperatures

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slowly climbing, but the winds are light, pleasant in the sunshine A

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few

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