01/03/2014 Midlands Today


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on the BBC News Channel, we are back with the late news

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Good evening. The former Gu`ntanamo Bay detainee Moazzam Begg h`s denied

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terrorism charges. The 45`ydar`old from Birmingham appeared in court in

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London charged with providing terrorist training and fundhng

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terrorism overseas. A 44`ye`r`old woman, Gerrie Tahari from

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Sparkbrook, is charged with facilitating terrorism overseas

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Today, a demonstration took place in Birmingham, from where our special

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correspondent, Peter Wilson, reports.

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No justice! The protest outside West Midlands

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Police headquarters was noisy. Activists, polititicians, f`milies

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and children ` a peaceful demonstration. Moazzam Begg is from

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Birmingham. We expected a mtch larger gathering but becausd of what

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happened overnight, Moazzam has actually been charged and there is

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also a similar gathering outside the courts in London. The former

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Guantanamo Bay detainee, 45`year`old Moazzam Begg, was released hn 2 05.

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During his captivity he was never charged. Today he appeared hn court

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in London facing charges relating to terrorist offences in syria. ``

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Syria. He's a director of an organisation representing prisoners

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called Cage. The family are obviously very shocked and they are

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being forced to real life experiences that they went through

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previously and, to then, thhs is Guantanamo all over again. One man

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attending the protest was T`riq Jahan, well`known for calling for

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peace during the riots in Birmingham. Since then he's been on

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a charity convoy to Syria. He says he's concerned the public whll stop

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funding aid groups. Those that are helping and giving, hopefully

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they'll carry on their work and they won't be put down by this shtuation.

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Moazzam Begg appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court and was formally

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remanded in custody, charged with Syrian`related terrorism offences,

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charges which he denies. He will next appear at the Old Baildy on

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March the 14th. There's been a further protdst in

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the city this morning against the proposed closure of a local swimming

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baths. Council cuts have led to Tiverton Pool in Selly Oak being

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earmarked for closure. Locals say it's a vital resource and if it goes

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it'll have a devastating impact on the community.

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The closure of this pool was taken, the decision, without any

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consultation whatsoever with the local people. This is the place

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where I learned to swim and I just want other kids to have that chance,

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too. It's very well used, it's very popular, it's a part of the

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community. It's been a part of the community since 1906. For some of us

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who have disabilities, it's our only exercise.

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On to the day's football results, starting in the Premier League,

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where a second`half penalty from Jon Walters earned Stoke City vhctory

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over Arsenal. In the Championship, Birmingham City

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lost 1`0 at Ipswich. In League One, Walsall went down 2`1

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at Preston, while Nouha Dicko scored twice as Wolves beat Port V`le `0

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to go top of the table. On to League Two, where both Burton

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Albion and Cheltenham enjoydd 2`1 victories over Accrington and Bury

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respectively. Results in the Conference `

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Kidderminster went down 5`1 at Cambridge United, Chester and

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Nuneaton shared six goals, but Tamworth and Hereford both lost 2`0,

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Halifax and Wrexham the victors On to rugby, and in the Preliership,

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Worcester, hoping for their first win in a year, lost by a single

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point at Harlequins, 21`20, while Gloucester lost 39`13 at

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Northampton. And finally, in the Championship,

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Moseley beat Bedford 24`13. Time to check on the weather now,

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with Mel Coles. Good evening. After a pleas`nt,

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springlike day, we are going to see the cloud increase as we go into

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this evening. Many places whll remain dry. There will be one or two

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spots as we go through the darly hours and the breeze will phck up a

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little as well. Temperatures overnight will drop to around three

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or four Celsius. It will be quite a dull start to Sunday morning. Plenty

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of cloud around and some drhzzle. Showers will push in ahead of the

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main band of rain, which will push in during the afternoon. Moderate

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bursts and strengthening winds means it will feel more fresh than the

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temperature suggests. Finally a word about a spechal

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programme on BBC One tomorrow afternoon. A stained glass window

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believed to have been stolen from the ruins of Coventry Cathedral

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during the war and sold to ` church in Iceland has been proven to be a

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fraud. The full story of Thd Great Glass Mystery is BBC One tolorrow at

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4.10pm. And that's all for now. Our next bulletin is just after 6.1

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tomorrow evening. Until then, have a good evening.

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Hello. For some of us, it was quite a decent state, some sunshine

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around, but not the case right now in Northern Ireland and parts of

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Scotland, chilly with some rain as well, you will have to warm

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