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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: The new mum

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whose identity was stolen, by a pregnant woman who conned hospital

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staff. I booked myself in for the appointment. They said, you've had

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your baby. I said I haven't. Walsall Hospital say they have tightened up

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procedures so it can't happdn again. Also tonight: Plugging the gap, the

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Gloucestershire firm helping electric cars travel further.

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The average charge time is `bout 20 minutes and the average timd that

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people stop is actually abott 2 minutes.

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Hand the NHS helpline over to doctors, a local GP says thdy could

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provide a better service. The five`year`old girl donating her

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locks to help children with cancer. And it's been a glorious dax with

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plenty of sunshine. High prdssure's still in charge but will we be as

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lucky tomorrow? I'll have your full forecast later on.

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Good evening. A Black Country mother has told the BBC how a formdr school

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friend stole her identity to cover up the birth of her own babx. Kay

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Costin's personal details wdre used by another woman who'd alre`dy had

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three children taken into c`re. The first Kay and Michael Costin

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knew that something was wrong, was when a midwife came to the door

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asking to see their baby. B`by Breah had not been born yet and it left

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them bewildered as to what was happening. I went in to see the

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midwife and they said yes, xou came into the hospital, had a baby and

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left. But I said, it is not me. I said that she is not booked into

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that hospital, she is booked into City Hospital. When they re`lised

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that Kay's identity had been stolen Michael's psoriasis increasdd

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through stress. When Breah was born, they couldn't even register the

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birth because the other babx had been registered in Kay's nale. When

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it happened, we checked everything. We checked our bank, to see if

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anything had been taken. We watched what we throw away that we were

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double`checking. We were making sure that our locks were doubled up for

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quite awhile. It was quite stressful a while. The mother who gavd birth

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at Walsall manor had three children in care. No`one wanted to bd

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interviewed but a statement said a process of formal identific`tion of

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women presenting without thdir notes has been introduced. Police say the

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imposter was identified on the evening of August the 31st. She was

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picked up in the early hours of September the 2nd. 24`year`old woman

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was questioned but no chargds were pursued. It was distressing. It was

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really hard. Who has got my information? Who is out there

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pretending to be me? This f`mily still does not know how the identity

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theft could have taken placd. They were just pleased to have found out

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from the BBC what had happened. And Michele is here now. Sedm

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extraordinarys. How could this have happened?

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It is still not completely clear. The hospital letter that was leaked

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to us suggested the information came from social media. Having s`id that,

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the families say they use F`cebook but they haven't got all thd details

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on the summer when the hosphtals took few details on they should have

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done or whether or not this person did know them and took detahls from

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elsewhere, we simply don't know We don't know who that particular

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individual is. Can we be sure it won't happen

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again? We can never be sure. A desperate

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woman is going to be very ddvious in terms of trying to be able to find a

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way to have the baby. The hospital has written this letter to convey to

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everyone what might happen hn future. What they are going to do as

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well is ensure that anyone who comes in, if they don't have

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identification, they will not be allowed to leave the hospit`l until

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they've shown IDE. Hopefullx, it cannot possible dash happen in the

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future. Coming up later in the programme:

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The Cheltenham festival gets underway, but local hope Thd New One

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has to settle for third in the Champion Hurdle.

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More and more electric cars are being seen on our roads, but they

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are limited in how far they can travel. A Gloucestershire fhrm is

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installing a network of raphd charging stations which will make it

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possible for them to go further In the last two years the numbdr of

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electric cars sold in the UK rose by more than 130%. There are around

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5,000 chargers across the country, but until now long journeys have

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been limited because of the low capacity of batteries. A new network

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of 100 rapid chargers means drivers can top up their vehicle in the time

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it takes to stop for a coffde and a sandwich.

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Get an electric car and you'll soon be suffering from something called

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range anxiety. The dictionary defines it as the fear that a

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vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination. Basically it

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means drivers are worried the car will run out of juice. And ht gets

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worse the further you travel, so much so that many electric car users

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simply don't make long journeys But now there's a possibe soluthon.

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Rapid charge stations, like this one at a motorway service area hn

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Worcestershire. It's claimed they can charge up in just half `n hour

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or the same time as it takes to have a coffee and a cake! This Nhssan

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electric car has two sockets, one for a normal charge and another for

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a rapid charge. So let's pltg it in and find out if the claims `re true.

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Swipe your card press a few buttons and the charging begins. Tile for a

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break. Half an hour later, is the car fully

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charged? Almost. When we st`rted, we had a range of 20 miles. Now it is

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up to 68 miles. The company that's installing the new chargers says

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it's helping the technology evolve further. The average charge time is

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about 20 minutes and the avdrage time that people stop in a service

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station is 28 minutes, according to the service data providers. There is

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a good match there. That me`ns that you can charge your car up `nd get

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on your way without a probldm. That's music to the ears of Carolyn

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Hay. It makes long journey hs much more accessible. Just stop `t a

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service station on the way `nd that's it, I can go wherever I can

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go wherever they want to. Most journeys in electric cars are still

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short and there are now scores of town centre chargers around the

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region. But charging isn't `lway easy. Across the UK there are

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several networks, all require different cards. And then you'll

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need a variety of cables too depending on what system thd charger

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users. For electric car users compatibility is still a problem.

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There are one or two standards at the moment but that is argu`bly too

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many. It would be nice to h`ve one standard for all vehicles and then

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they would be compatibility across everything. For existing and future

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electric car owners that can't come a moment too soon.

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Peter joins us now from a charging point in the centre of Birmhngham.

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How easy is it to actually charge up?

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Let me show you. First, you need a car and then you need to find all of

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these charging points. You will need a cable and you will need to

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register to get one of thesd cards. Swipe the card onto the charging

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station. The flap opens and then you plug in. Then you go to the car and

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left another flap. This is where you put it in. It's a little bit fiddly

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but once it is charging, as you can see, you get a dashboard display

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that tells you it has startdd charging. And that's basically it.

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Most people will charge either at home or at work but if people go

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out, there are plenty of thdse stations around.

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Neatly done. How much does ht cost to run an electric car comp`red to a

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normal one? They reckon around two to 3p per

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mile and about 15p per mile for a normal petrol engine. Of cotrse

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cars like this are more expdnsive, about ?25,000. The government does

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give a ?5,000 subsidy. Also, you've got to think about the runnhng costs

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long`term because the battery on this doesn't last as long as a

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petrol engine. I suppose thd jury is still out. In the long run, they are

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cheaper to run. Although charging is getting

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faster, in most places, it's still pretty slow, isn't it?

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Around eight to ten hours to charge this sort of thing at home on a

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normal 3p socket. If you ard using one of these, it's about two hours

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to three hours. In the future, we may have induction loop charging

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where you park on top of ond of the charging stations and interfaces

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with something in the car. Hf you take it into the future, yot could

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see a time when all roads h`ve these systems underneath and you don't

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even need to stop the car to charge. Police have been given more time to

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question a soldier arrested on suspicion of murdering a colleague

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at his barracks in Shropshire. The body of 32`year`old Corporal

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Geoffrey McNeill was found `t Tern Hill barracks near Market Drayton on

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Saturday morning. A 23`year`old serving`soldier based at thd

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barracks, remains in custodx at Shrewsbury police station. Hf

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University Hospital in Coventry is asking the public to think twice

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before turning up at the emdrgency department with minor injurhes which

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could be dealt with quickly by a pharmacist.

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Yesterday, a record number of 6 9 patients were seen at AMD, 36 more

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than the previous record set in the last week. `` accident and

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emergency. Plans to create a 4,000`plot Muslim

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cemetery near Solihull have been withdrawn. More than 160 objections

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and 180 submissions of support were sent to Solihull Council following

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the application to build thd private cemetery on green belt land on the

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outskirts of Catherine`de`B`rnes. Tens of thousands of racegodrs have

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descended on the Midlands for one of the biggest events on the r`cing

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calendar, the Cheltenham Festival. As well as bringing together top

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National Hunt horses and jockeys, the festival plays a key role in the

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local economy. Dan Pallet is in the Cotswolds for us tonight whdre there

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were high hopes for local horse The New One in the day's biggest race,

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the Champion Hurdle. But Dan, it didn't quite go according to plan,

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did it? No, it didn't. As the racegoers here

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will tell you, what is aiming for the festival for months. If you

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don't have that little bit of luck, a split`second can change

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everything. That's what happened to everyone today. It's all part of the

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story on day one of the Cheltenham Festival 2014.

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They had been waiting all ydar for this and hope couldn't wait a minute

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longer. More than three hours before the first race, the queues to get

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into Cheltenham were getting deeper. It is the atmosphere. Can't wait.

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Have a look around, get kind of stuff. Have a look at your card and

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what you are going to lose on. That's my theory. Why are you here?

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She is the driver. It's a long walk. Almost seven... 250,000 people

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attend the four days. Peopld come back year after year. Alist`ir came

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first when he was 19. In thd following fish in nine years, he

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hasn't missed a single day of the festival. Its unique among sporting

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occasions for atmosphere alone. There is a comradeship. People think

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racing is a rather exclusivd thing. It's not. There are many people here

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today. If you want to know how much it means, just look at the dcstatic

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reaction of Tom Skidmore winning the trophy. The Midlands was to the fore

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again in race three. This jockey won the big handicap Chase. Fantastic.

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Great to get the pressure off. They are great owners and great

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supporters of the yard. It gives everybody a great opportunity. His

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near neighbours had high hopes in the Champion hurdle. Dreams can be

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charted in a split`second. `` shattered. The new one finished

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third. It left his trainer wondering what might have been. It was a

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superb piece of writing. He got his own rhythm back. He got back into

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the case. He wasn't quite good enough but probably because of that

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hindrance. This horse is only six so has time on his side. Today showed

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the enduring drama that onlx precious minutes at the festival can

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provide. It's important to say that that

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incident which hampered the horse ended tragically, didn't it?

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Yes. The horse that fell was soundly fatally injured and has been put

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down. He was a fantastic win 12 months ago. Sadly, that is `ll over

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for him and his connections. He is only six and could maybe run in the

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next three Champion hurdles. At least he will come back for another

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day. It's a reminder of how dangdrous

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this sport can be. That's why the clerk of the course

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said at the start of the wedk that if the sun continues to shine here,

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he will may be water the horse because what you don't want is to

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fast going. The going was spot`on today. Good to soft and good in

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places. It was perfect. Unfortunately, this is the top end

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of National Hunt racing. Thdy are travelling at extreme speeds and

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accidents will happen. The Cheltenham Festival will continue.

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So point out that few other things that we should look out for.

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This is only day one of four days. It takes a bit of stamina to get

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through. The Champion Chase tomorrow. Then we have the world ``

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world hurdle on Thursday. Then, of course it is the Gold cup itself on

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Friday. Glorious weather for later in the week. He was hoping @ndy

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Tupper would be running in the big chase. It is changing everything but

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I have to say, the punters today didn't mind the sunny weathdr. It

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was warm. A complete contrast to last year. With warm weather, more

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people come out and enjoy the Cheltenham Festival.

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This is our top story tonight: The new mum whose identity was stolen by

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a pregnant woman who conned hospital staff.

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Your detailed weather forec`st to come shortly. Also in tonight's

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programme: The five`year`old donating her hair to a charhty

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making wigs for children with cancer.

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And a real needle match, thd local contestant in the surprise TV hit,

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The Great British Sewing Bed. If you have a story you think we

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should be covering on Midlands Today, we'd like to hear from you.

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It was labelled a disaster. Until late last year, NHS Direct operated

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a helpline for patients across the West Midlands, but its contract was

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taken over by West Midlands Ambulance Service after a sdries of

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failings. Today, the new opdrators of NHS 111 claim they've vastly

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improved the service. But some doctors groups say the helpline is

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still in the wrong hands. Benjamin Ford's parents can't thank

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NHS 111 enough. Hilary gave birth at home in Malvern three weeks ago in

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her bathroom, all while takhng advice on speaker phone frol a

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trained health advisor. There is a baby. There is a baby. Oh, ly God.

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And here's the twist. You w`it for these pains to start but because I

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didn't know, I was pregnant, that was why I didn't know what these

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pains were. We kept checking that both mother and baby were OK.

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Brilliant, absolutely fantastic Hello, thank you for calling the 111

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service. NHS 111 is supposed to be the first call for patients with

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urgent, but not life`threatdning symptoms. How In December, West

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Midlands Ambulance Service took took on the contract to run the helpline

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across most of our region bdcause NHS Direct couldn't afford to. Long

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have you had the back pain? It followed a catalogue of serhous

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incidents where many patients faced long waits for advice. One of the

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targets is to make sure you pick as many of the calls up within 60

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seconds. We are doing that 87% of the time which exceeds our targets.

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But one doctor representing GPs says the helpline should be run by out of

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hours doctors groups, as is currently done in Staffordshire I

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would like to see far more call handling done by trained, qtalified

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doctors and nurses, rather than by lay people. That will give ts a

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safer service and also a service that will be better value for money.

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Some have argued this helplhne doesn't offer value for mondy.

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Documents for the trust suggest that more than ?1 million has bedn spent

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on agency staff but the trust have said they intend to take on a

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permanent workforce. We are in a positive place at the end of this

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financial year. We have not put any further pressure on to our budgets

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to 111. West Midlands Ambul`nce Service says it's too early to say

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whether NHS 111 has reduced unnecessary attendance at A and E.

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The main issue facing acute care. And that could affect whethdr their

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contract is renewed next ye`r. This time last year the pop singer

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Jessie J donated her hair to a Herefordshire`based charity, which

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makes wigs for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. If Now

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a five`year`old girl from Coventry, who was inspired by Jessie, has

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decided to do the same. There is no going back. We `re doing

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this right now. Jessie J's decision to have her head shaved last year

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not only raised half a millhon pounds for comic relief, but also

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the profile of a Herefordshhre charity. Little Princess Trtst

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specialises in providing hulan hair wigs to children with cancer, and

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it's where Jessie J's clipphngs ended up. The base is much softer

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for a child and it would be less itchy. Ponytails are import`nt for

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children. They want to remahn the same as they have always bedn. Human

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hair allows a child to go b`ck to school and feel confident. @nd this

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is Jessie J's hair which shd donated last March, in the next few days it

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will be blended with other human hair to form numerous wigs. Jessie's

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actions have led to a doublhng of hair donations, with childrdn like

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five year old Lily May from Coventry deciding to give over some of her

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locks. I didn't think it was something she would never do because

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her hair means that much to her She wants to be just like Rapunzel. But

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I'm extremely proud that shd wants to help others by donating her own

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hair. Are you going to grow it back the same? Will you do the s`me

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again? No. And it's pleasing for the

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Herefordshire woman behind the Little Princess Trust, Wendx

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Tarplee`Morris set it up after finding it hard to find a whg for

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her daughter Hannah who sadly lost her battle with cancer eight years

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ago. It was such a struggle to find somewhere that could do a rdalistic

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child's work, particularly hn human hair. The NHS to offer a votcher

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scheme for a synthetic wig but we just thought we wanted to gdt her to

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have the absolute best that we could get for her. And although the

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charity is called the littld princess, they also provide human

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hair wigs for boys and are `sking for donations from men of all ages.

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After almost 100 days at se` a rower from Stoke`on`Trent has abandoned

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her attempt to cross the Atlantic. Hannah Lawton and her rowing partner

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Lauren Morton had been taking part in the Talisker Atlantic Ch`llenge,

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in memory of a friend who'd died from cancer. But today they decided

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to retire from the race bec`use of technical problems and a broken

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rudder. Football now, and Wolverhampton

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Wanderers could set a new club record tonight. If they man`ge to

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beat Swindon, it'll be their ninth consecutive league victory. Wolves

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could also increase their ldad at the top of League One, if other

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results go their way. We should take confidence. Hf we are

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going to achieve our goal this year, which is to get promotion and it has

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been from day one, if the rdcords, long, fine. They would be hollow

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without that end result. It's a busy night of football. Your BBC Local

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Radio Station will have covdrage of tonight's games, I'll bring you the

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results in our late bulletin. In about an hour, millions will be

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settling down to watch a programme that's become compulsive vidwing.

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But it's not a murder mystery, soap, or costume drama. It is in fact all

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about sewing. It's the Great British Sewing Bee and when it comes to

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talent, the Midlands is one stitch ahead of the rest.

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This is Jenni Taylor from W`lsall, a self`confessed sewing addict. And as

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a contestant on the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee, she's got loads

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of us hooked. The judges wotld love you to make a beautiful wrap dress.

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I love you can take anything, whether it is a piece of fabric from

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Birmingham, or you've got an old shirt... I've have made different

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clothes out of my husband 's shirts. The first thing she ever made was

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her wedding dress. Most people start off with a cushion cover. I went in

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with both feet. Let's go! And now she makes all her own clothds,

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inspired by the finalists in the last series who all came from the

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Midlands. Lauren Guthrie was one of them. She's running her own

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haberdashery business in Birmingham where other Sewing Bee alumni

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including Jenni teach the ptblic how to sew. Maybe it is something in the

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water. I don't know why so lany people in the Midlands are hnvolved

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but it's really good. It's good for the Midlands and it brings ` lot of

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people here. It's really good. I have to declare an interest here.

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I'm a huge fan of Sewing Bed and it seems I'm not the only one. We are

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only a couple of weeks into the new series and already more than three

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million people are tuning in. I need to make it like that. But what we

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really want to know is, who wins this time round? I cannot tdll it

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and it will spoil it anyway. You need to watch and wait and see. Oh,

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well, it was worth a try. In the meantime, she's hoping to inspire a

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few more of us to pick up a needle and thread.

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The Great Brittish Sewing Bde is on BBC Two tonight at eight o'clock. It

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wasn't my forte at school! It was quite a cloudy start. It s

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slowly started to improve as we headed to the day. The good news,

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without high`pressure staying in charge, it will continue th`t way

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for the next few days. Tonight, we are going to get a rather chilly

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night. We could even see a touch of frost over the next few days. We'll

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start the day with plenty of cloud around. Through the day, we will

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start to see the sun burning through. Some good spells of

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sunshine to come. This is how we started today. We had this of Clyde.

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There will be pleasant spells of sunshine right the way across the

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board. Temperatures made it up to 12 Celsius. Overnight tonight, we keep

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those clear spells and for ` time, as the sun goes down, so allow

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temperatures. Initially, it would be quite a cold start. We could see a

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touch of ground frost in pl`ces Then, as we head to the early hours,

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we will see cloud filling in. They could even be some fog formhng. It

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will be a cloudy start tomorrow and that cloud will start to halper

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temperatures through the dax. It will take some shifting. Slowly the

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sun will start to burn throtgh. Our temperatures will start to rise as

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well. We could get as high `s 1 Celsius tomorrow. That's not too bad

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at all. With light winds, it will feel rather pleasant. A ple`sant end

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to the day tomorrow. Once again we will get clear skies to beghn with.

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Again, is chilly start to the night. Cloud will fill in. We have another

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problem is fog forms. That fog will be a little bit of a problel,, ``

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come Thursday lunchtime. Th`t high`pressure is not going `nywhere.

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Some good spells of sunshind to come through Thursday. A similar picture

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for Friday. As we head towards the end of the week, those tempdratures

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still above`average. Tonight's headlines from thd BBC:

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One of Britain's best known union leaders, Bob Crow, has died suddenly

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at the age of 52. The mother to be whose identity was stolen bx another

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pregnant woman who conned hospital staff.

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock with more news

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and sport from around the rdgion. Until then, have a great evdning.

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Bye for now.

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