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looking pretty good. Dry in most parts with sunshine around.

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: On htnger

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strike and locked into a warehouse, a florist fears her business will be

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repossessed because of rent arrears. We'll be asking a retail expert `

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how tough is it to make a slall business a success? Also tonight:

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Unlocking more secrets reve`led about the Staffordshire Hoard, as

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all 4,000 fragments are brotght together for the first time.

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Dredging the Avon in Stratford, to help keep the ?335 million tourism

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businesses afloat. Molineux history books rewritten, Wolves set a new

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record with a ninth successhve league victory. And what a

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difference two weeks makes ` this was the spot at Ironbridge hn

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Shropshire that was under w`ter back then ` now look at it. Will it

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continue? Find out later. Good evening. A businesswoman from

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Coventry is tonight refusing to leave her warehouse. Dupe Adeoye

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claims to be on hunger strike after City Council bailiffs removdd stock

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in a row over unpaid rent and rates. She has been fighting evicthon for

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six days and says council officials have acted unfairly. But thd council

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claims she owes them more than ?36,000. Bob Hockenhull reports A

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warehouse on the outskirts of Coventry is now Dupe Adeoye's chosen

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home. She runs her florist business from here but has barricaded herself

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in indefinitely. The reason ` she's facing eviction for failing to pay

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?36,000 in rent and rates. She admits she owes money but claims she

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needs more time to pay the City Council after a series of sdtbacks.

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If this is what I have to do to get some sort of justice and fahr and

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unbiased investigation to what actually happened, I will c`rry on

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doing it. Dupe, who says shd's on hunger strike as part of her

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protest, set up Faith and Flowers three years ago. She says she's got

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into financial difficulties after being burgled and is asking the

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council to help her. And fortunately she seems to have been the victim of

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a number of crimes against the business and the council nedd to

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work with the police to get to the bottom of this issue. The police and

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council came here yesterday to try to persuade her to leave but it

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seems they were unsuccessful. Bailiffs did seize some property

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from the warehouse last year. But the council says the value didn t

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cover the arrears. We cannot allow her to continue an occupation

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without contributing anything to the rent and upkeep of the building But

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Dupe is determined to carry on occupying the warehouse and says if

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she's allowed to continue hdr business it will create at least

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nine jobs in the city. I am joined now by Michael Weedon from the

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British Independent Retailers Association. This may be an extreme

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case, how common is it for small businesses to fall into rent

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arrears? It is quite a big sum but you often find people struggle with

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rents and most are paid up front on what is so stretched that whll

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accompany and cash flow is accompanied was my livelihood. Temp

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`` a company's livelihood. Independent retailers have been

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telling us that the overdraft is a thing of the past and where it used

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to pay for things like rent that has largely disappeared. West Bromwich

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West MP Adrian Bailey, who's the chairman the Commons Business Select

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Committee, told us recently soaring business rates are "the biggest

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single challenge" facing retailers. Do you agree? We have been talking

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about business rates for several years and quite a few of our members

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pay more in business rates than in rent and we think that long`term and

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fundamental reform is absolttely necessary. One in seven of `ll

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companies in this country wdre summonsed for late payment or

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nonpayment of rates. We hear that the economy is recovering btt do you

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think this is not working for independent retailers? In the last

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year, idiots related to housing such as furniture and floor coverings and

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DIY did quite well but most other areas suffered quite badly. Coming

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up later in the programme, to bring history alive. Detectives at

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investigating the shooting of a man in a Warwickshire village. The

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victim is understood to havd received facial injuries. Otr

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reporter Giles Latcham is in Keresley End, near Coventry. Giles,

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what other details can you bring us? The 32`year`old, who is belheved to

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have been in a car, is being treated in hospital following the shooting

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at Keresley End, near Coventry. There were dramatic scenes this

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afternoon as armed police officers in full body armour went into a

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property close by. There has been a large police presence in thd village

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throughout the afternoon. What have police been seeing? They sax this is

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a fast moving enquiry would be a lot going on and a short while `go the

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chief officer gives this update I would like to reinsure parlx`mac

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reassure people that instances like this are extremely rare. We are

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seeking information on a male aged in his 20s running away. I'l led to

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believe that the victim has been operated on in hospital but there is

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no work on his condition. It seems clear that this was a targeted

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attack and not a random one. A 23`year`old serving soldier has been

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remanded in custody by Telford magistrates charged with murdering a

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corporal found dead at their barracks. Lance Corporal Richard

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Farrell, who's 23, is accusdd of killing Corporal Geoffrey McNeill,

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of the First Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, after his body was

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discovered at Clive Barracks in Tern Hill, on Saturday. Lance Corporal

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Farrell was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court

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on Friday. Experts have unlocked more secrets about the Staffordshire

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Hoard, the UK's largest ever find of Anglo`Saxon objects. Discovdred in

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2009 in a field near Lichfidld, the treasure has been brought together

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in a clean state for the first time for a two`week`long research

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exercise. Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana reports. Each fragment of

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Anglo`Saxon treasure has bedn meticulously cleaned up, catalogued

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and analysed since 2012. Now, for two weeks only, all 4000 fr`gments

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in the Stafforshire Hoard h`ve been brought together. 600 fragmdnts have

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been joined together and new discoveries have been made hncluding

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this decorative animal mount. This reasearch exercise has allowed

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experts to test their throehes about what fits together physically and

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stylistically. Here we have a group of pieces that we think makd up one

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sword handle, for example. H've got a picture here. Here are decorative

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pieces that fit around the handle and these more elaborate pidces but

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there is one complete sword handle. This is one of the very large number

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of instances where we have been able to join pieces together. It was in

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2009 that the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in this field near

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the village of Hammerwich bx a metal detector. A further find followed in

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2012, much to the amazement of the landowner. It was only when I saw

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the archaeologist digging that I realised that was something and even

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then it took a while to realise the significance of this. From the

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intricate workmanship to thd gold wealth of the ruling warrior class,

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the hoard is offering an insight into the sixth and seventh

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centuries. But the next stage of conservation work hopes to discover

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even more. It's going to be tricky. We do not have all the object. Lots

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of the joins are not perfect so we will have to use supports. Ht will

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be tricky but worthwhile in the end to finally see the shape and form of

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these objects. Some of thesd objects will go back on display at the

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Potteries Museum and Birmingham Museum and art gallery as wdll as

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Tamworth Castle and Lichfield Cathedral. This is a gatherhng into

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recognisable groups of material and people will start to recognhse

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things. With over one million visitors across the four venues so

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far, the public appetite for this find continues to grow. I'm joined

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now by Simon Cane, deputy dhrector of Birmingham Museums. How

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significant is this research work? It is very important becausd without

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it's it is just a pile of gold. We will use the research to help

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visitors interpret and understand what we have found. Were yot

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surprised by what you've fotnd? It is surprising in itself and there

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are two items such as the oldest piece and the newest ones so when

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some of this was buried it was already old. That is unique in this

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sort of archaeology. We saw in that report how much public interest

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there is, what impact has the hoard had internationally? When it was

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discovered, it went absolutdly global and we have had a huge amount

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of interest from around the world with people who come specifhcally to

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Birmingham to see the horde and it is amazing people make that

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journey. We have had an exhhbition in the USA and there is a htge level

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of interest right around thd globe. It is great for tourists coling to

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the Midlands? Absolutely. What next for the hoard? We are opening a new

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gallery dedicated to the horde and a lot of these fines and secrdts will

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be revealed to the public. We want the world to come and see it. It is

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important that they will have the opportunity to do this. Thank you

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very much. The River Avon is one of the biggest attractions in

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Stratford, for the first tile in over a decade work is underway to

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dredge the river. Each year, nearly five million people visit Stratford,

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ploughing ?335 million into the local economy. Nine barges of

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sediment a day is being removed from the river bed, to reduce thd risk of

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flooding. Joan Cummins reports. Silt has built up here making it

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difficult for boards to navhgate. `` for boats to navigate. People come

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here for all reasons, not jtst the Shakespeare and architecturd but

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Stratford is about the whold river environment. A specialist dredger

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works with no harm to the environment. People sit and quite

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happily watch the boats go by. The river is very important to

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Stratford. The dredging has cost millions of pounds but is ddscribed

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as routine maintenance. 2000 tonnes have already been brought up river

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and spread on farmland. One strand `` once dried it can be used

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agricultural. This is our top story tonight: On hunger strike and

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barricaded into a warehouse, a florist fears her business will be

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repossessed because of rent arrears. Your detailed weather forec`st to

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come shortly from Shefali. @lso in tonight's programme Wolves on a

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record run, the Molineux men make it nine league wins in a row and a

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unique history of Worcester ` the changing face of the city over 30

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years brought together. Mord than 100 volunteers have come forward to

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help keep a stately home in Staffordshire open to the ptblic.

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Shugborough Hall, which was once the home of the Queen's cousin Lord

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Lichfield, but Staffordshird County Council budget cuts put its future

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at risk. Joanne Writtle reports The hall sits in 900 acres but the

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upkeep of such blender is h`rd work. The volunteers are invaluable know

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the number of paid staff has nearly halved to 35. We are looking to make

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the estate more efficient and we were costing the County Council on

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4p which we have brought down to ?800,000 which is largely thanks to

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our volunteers. Some of the library books here date back to the 150 s

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and every year they have to be checked for signs of lukewarm and

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mould. This conservation officer is training this semi retired lan to

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have an informed look at thdse books. We are looking at volunteers

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to upgrade their skills at working with books in the library. This is

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something you do not see as a visitor and how it is made sure that

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all artefacts go on display. This lady is 80 years old. I do not think

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it would get on very well if it did not have volunteers because it is a

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big space and a lot of work for gardeners. There are newborn animals

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on the farm to be fed. Is it sustainable, relying on voltnteers

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to run a huge place like thhs? I think it is. We will hopefully

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encourage more people and wd hope to get 300 people to supporters. It is

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largely thanks to the volunteers that is bring cleaned hall will open

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to the public very shortly. They've got reason to be celebrate `

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Molineux history books were rewritten last night as Wolves won a

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ninth successive league gamd, for the first time in the club's

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history. Kenny Jackett's te`m won four`one at Swindon to stay at the

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top of League One. Ian Wintdr reports. Some old records gdt

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scratched, others get hidden away in the loft, the rest are treasured by

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collectors. It's taken Wolvds 2 years to break this particular

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record... Which they set back in November, 1988, when Robin Beck was

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Top of the Pops. # First tile.. # In years to come, two thousand

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travelling fans will say I was there, at Swindon to see Wolves

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re`write the record books. Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko are on fire

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right now.. The hottest shots in League One... The first half was as

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good as anything we have done on the second half is poor as we h`ve

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been. And together they scored three times without reply to kill the game

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by half`time. With the notable exception of Leon Clarke's first

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goal for his new club in thd 90th minute. Not only Wolves ninth

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straight victory... Anything less and we would have been behind. He

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has made a real difference. You have waited 25 years for this. And it is

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not about to stop. How long can this continue? At least to the end of the

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season. Record players may be dead but footballers never lose the

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ability to surprise their supporters. It's taken five years of

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hard work but finally a unipue and enormous archive detailing the

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changing face of Worcester has been restored, and will be opened up to

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the public. It's the biggest single collection ever put together of the

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city ` and it all began 50 xears ago when two brothers started t`king

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pictures of where they lived. Cath Mackie reports. That was thdn, this

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is now. The changing face of Worcester captured over the past 130

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years. I was born in Worcester and I believe walking around Worcdster is

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like taking off the layers of an onion skin. Clive Haynes has been

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photographing the city sincd the 1960s along with his brother

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Malcolm. I can see it at various levels of experience. The brothers'

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own photos span 50 years. The public and city archives have added to the

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collection ` creating a unipue pictorial history of Worcester from

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the 19th to the 21st centurx. This is an interesting one, partly

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because it has a different format. A team of volunteers at the chty's

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Tudor House has spent five xears digitising and restoring thd 80 0

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images. We certainly hadn't realised how complex it was or how mtch work

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there was involved in cleanhng the slides, removing glass slidds and

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putting plastic ones on, th`t kind of thing. We've spent a while now

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walking around Worcester trxing to match up the old photos,which I ve

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got on my phone, with today's city. A lot of it does look simil`r, some

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looks the same, but some of it is unrecognisable and you do fhnd

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yourself wondering what on darth the town planners were thinking. When

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they widen the city Bridge hn 1 32, there were two really beauthful toll

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houses. They were simply taken away, demolished in that sense, and lost.

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I think that is one of the biggest mistakes they ever made. Thd city's

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library, a controversial new addition to the skyline, is now home

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to the originals. We will protect them for the future. We will

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catalogue them so people can search them and find interesting things

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that come out of the photographs. And it's a collection that will

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continue to grow, as Clive has no plans to put down his camer` just

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yet. Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today, Worcester.

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We have fog warnings that come in from two o'clock tomorrow morning

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and on till the end of the rush hour so take care if you're out on the

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roads as visibility will drop to 200 metres on the roads. Otherwhse, the

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going is good as far as racdgoers are concerned. The Cold Cup is on

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Friday. Sunshine will be largely dependent on how quickly thd fog

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lifts. The cloud is starting again tonight and so is the fog btt

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initially we will have clear skies which will attract that fog later on

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and it could be quite dense in places and quite widespread. Because

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of the clear skies, temperatures will drop to freezing in pl`ces

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There will be a light winds which will mean a misty and foggy start to

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the day tomorrow at the sunshine will burn through this fog `nd the

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cloud to dissolve it so that by the afternoon we will have some very

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pleasant spells of sunshine which will take temperatures of two highs

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of 11 Celsius in the north `nd 3 Celsius in the South. We will see

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fog developing quite widely tomorrow night and that will suppress the

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temperatures to three Celsits or four Celsius. The high pressure will

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pull away by Friday allowing different conditions by the weekend

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which will be cloudy with a touch of rain.

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Tonight's headlines from thd BBC. Labour says a referendum on the

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European Union is unlikely. On hunger strike and locked into a

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warehouse, a florist fears her business will be repossessed because

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of rent arrears. Police are looking for a gunman in the Midlands after a

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man was shot in the face Th`t was the Midlands Today. . I'll be back

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at ten o'clock. Have a

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