08/03/2014 Midlands Today


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with the latest news at 10.10. Now on BBC One, time for

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Good afternoon. A month aftdr the floods began in Worcester,

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businesses affected say thex need money from grants and hand`outs as

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soon as possible to help thdm survive. This week, Worcestdrshire

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County Council announced ?200,0 0 had been made available to help

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companies who lost trade. Bdn Sidwell reports.

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The water may have long gond, but the damage it caused is still very

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much evident at the Severn View hotel in Worcester. Here, they had

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to shut for two and half wedks due to the floods. I can't give you an

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exact figure but, I mean, it's thousands and thousands. Enough to

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cause real hardship for me `nd my business partner. As well as money

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promised from the Government, the hotel's owners could also now

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receive up to ?3000 from Worcestershire County Counchl. When

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we get it, it will give gre`t help. But it's just, like I said, can I

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survive until that point? Wd'll be looking to turn those applications

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round as quick as possible because we absolutely understand th`t

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businesses need that help now to help them deal with the immddiate

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clean`up and recovery effort. Thank you. But it's not just the

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businesses that were flooded who suffered. Take this restaur`nt, for

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instance. Because of road closures, they lost more than two thirds of

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their trade over two weeks. These photos taken during the height of

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the floods show just how bad things were around Detroit's restatrant

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compared to now. We were hugely affected because we had to lay off a

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lot of members of staff. On a busy night, we do at least 180 covers.

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That week, I would say, not more than 20. The County Council says

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businesses like this, that were affected but not actually flooded,

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could still receive up to ?0500 But unless some get the money soon, the

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fear is they may not still be trading when it eventually `rrives.

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Relatives of some of the 21 people killed in the 1974 Birmingh`m pub

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bombings have been demonstr`ting outside Downing Street this morning.

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It's over the so`called amndsty letters. The Government admhtted

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that as many as 200 former HRA suspects were told they wouldn't be

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prosecuted for past crimes `s part of the Northern Ireland peace

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process. Brian Hambleton's sister Maxine died in the pub bombhngs and

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he says they want her killers to brought to justice.

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Our only weapon against the authorities is our voice. And we

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will continue, whatever brick walls and barriers and doors are put up in

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front of us as a campaign, we will have to try and walk through them or

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demolish them because I will not give up till I die.

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Fans protesting against the current owners of Birmingham City Football

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Club have unveiled a banner at today's match. They unfurled the

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flag during the sixth minutd of the game, as the number six means wealth

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in Cantonese. It follows thd sentencing of former owner Carson

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Yeung to jail for money laundering. Only one football result to bring

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you so far today, as the other matches are still being plaxed. In

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the Premier League, West Brom were beaten 3`0 by Manchester Unhted

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And you can follow how your team is doing on your BBC Local Radho

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station, or Final Score has just started over on BBC Two.

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Here's Sara Blizzard with your weather.

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Good evening. Well, at times, the cloud did not always want to leave

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us as we headed through the afternoon but it is starting to

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clear a little bit more now through the evening. And the wind is easing

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down as well `just enough, H think, across parts of Herefordshire and

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Worcestershire to see a little bit of mist developing into the early

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hours. But tomorrow will be a fine, dry day once again. We start off

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with a bit more sunshine tolorrow. The wind will be slightly lhghter as

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well. The sunshine through the early part of the morning will help

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temperatures, too. A maximul tomorrow afternoon of 16 Celsius.

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BBC Midlands Today is back tomorrow just after six in the evening. Bye

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for now. Most of us have enjoyed a fine and

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dry start to the weekend. But all of us had the sunshine and a range of

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cloud conditions across the UK. There was a lot of cloud across

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Northern Ireland and Scotland to start the day. Some of it has

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remained through parts of the Midlands and northern England, so

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just hazy sunshine here. Temperatures in Glasgow are normal

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for the time of year. The winds are very just the for the Six Nations

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match. -- they are very dusty. Some patchy drizzle to the west of Wales.

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For the rest of England and Wales, mainly clear skies, but a patchy fog

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towards the south-west later overnight. Temperatures hold up

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above frost level in the breeze but it will still feel fairly chilly.

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Tomorrow, the cloud stays with us in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pat

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