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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


record with a ninth successhve league victory. And what a


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


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


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


Coventry is tonight refusing to leave her warehouse. Dupe Adeoye


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


into financial difficulties after being burgled and is asking the


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


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


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


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


seems they were unsuccessful. Bailiffs did seize some property


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


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


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


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


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


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


British Independent Retailers Association. This may be an extreme


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


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


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


accompany and cash flow is accompanied was my livelihood. Temp


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


companies in this country wdre summonsed for late payment or


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


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


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


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


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


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


victim is understood to havd received facial injuries. Otr


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


remanded in custody by Telford magistrates charged with murdering a


corporal found dead at their barracks. Lance Corporal Richard


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


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


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


Farrell was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court


on Friday. Experts have unlocked more secrets about the Staffordshire


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


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


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


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


Anglo`Saxon treasure has bedn meticulously cleaned up, catalogued


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


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


been joined together and new discoveries have been made hncluding


this decorative animal mount. This reasearch exercise has allowed


experts to test their throehes about what fits together physically and


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


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


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


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


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


2009 that the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in this field near


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


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


the archaeologist digging that I realised that was something and even


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


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


the hoard is offering an insight into the sixth and seventh


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


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


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


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


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


Potteries Museum and Birmingham Museum and art gallery as wdll as


Tamworth Castle and Lichfield Cathedral. This is a gatherhng into


recognisable groups of material and people will start to recognhse


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


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


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


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


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


visitors interpret and understand what we have found. Were yot


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Stratford is about the whold river environment. A specialist dredger


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Lichfield, but Staffordshird County Council budget cuts put its future


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Molineux history books were rewritten last night as Wolves won a


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


hard work but finally a unipue and enormous archive detailing the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


photographing the city sincd the 1960s along with his brother


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


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


collection ` creating a unipue pictorial history of Worcester from


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


catalogue them so people can search them and find interesting things


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


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


yet. Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today, Worcester.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


pleasant spells of sunshine which will take temperatures of two highs


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


fog developing quite widely tomorrow night and that will suppress the


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


pull away by Friday allowing different conditions by the weekend


which will be cloudy with a touch of rain.


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


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


warehouse, a florist fears her business will be repossessed because


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


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


at ten o'clock. Have a


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