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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight. Inaddquate `

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a scathing verdict on Coventry's children's services after the death

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of four`year`old Daniel Pelka. I was expecting we would find ourselves in

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difficulty. It was a great disappointment that we get the final

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judgement. But the shadow children's minister says that the council

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should be given time to turn things around. Also tonight, they lay be

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vital to farmers, but plans in the air to stop wind turbines cropping

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up on our most stunning scenery It is spoiling the Vista for pdople. It

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is spoiling the moorlands as Despair over plans to close the reghon's

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only Olympic`size swimming pool A whole. We are jumping with joy for

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Sport Relief 2014. Join me live in Halesowen. Spring may have sprung

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but it will feel more like winter this weekend, with ice warnhngs and

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the possibility of snow over higher ground. The full forecast coming up

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later. Good evening. Inadequate ` that s

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how government inspectors h`ve described children's servicds at

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Coventry City Council. The department was inspected following

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the murder of four`year`old Daniel Pelka in 2012 and a Serious Case

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Review that claimed that thdre'd been a number of "missed

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opportunities" leading up to his death. In December last year, nearly

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4,500 children were being hdlped by the service, but that had increased

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by more than 1,000 from the previous March. However, Ofsted found there

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were are serious failures whthin the service that could leave chhldren at

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risk of harm. Joan Cummins reports. Daniel Pelka was just four xears old

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when he was murdered, following months of systematic abuse `t the

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hands of his mother and stepfather. The Serious Case Review into his

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death highlighted a number of missed opportunities by all agencids and

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made recommendations to improve communication. Six months after this

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and two years after Daniel's death, and Ofsted save the children's

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services in Coventry are in`dequate. It is very disappointing, it is what

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I expected when I took over as executive director in December. I

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was clear about the challenges because of Daniel and the w`y we had

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increased referrals into chhldren's social care, so I was expecting we

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would find ourselves in difficulty. It is with great disappointlent that

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we get the final judgement. Brian Walsh is the man whose job ht is to

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protect the 4300 children identified as being in need of specialhst

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services in the city. But Ofsted say there are still children left at

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risk of harm. I can never, dver guarantee that every single child in

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Coventry will be safe. I can never do that. All I can say is what we

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have learned from Serious C`se Reviews, from Daniel and Ofsted we

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are doing our very best with our partners to provide a safe service

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for children in Coventry. The Daniel effect has resulted in an almost 50%

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increase in referrals to social services, increasing the caseload on

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social workers. The council say they investigate extra ?5.6 millhon in

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children's services and on recruiting, but Ofsted say there are

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still weaknesses. Clearly wd are accepting those judgements, but we

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are doing something about it. We are doing something about it in terms of

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resources and we are doing something about it in terms of the wax that

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the work is actually carried out. Leadership, management and

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governance are inadequate. Lanagers have not yet sufficiently t`ckled

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weaknesses. How does that m`ke you feel? This does not happen

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overnight. There clearly is in the Ofsted judgement and inerti` or

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slowness in the way the council responded, not only to the serious

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Review but the review last Larch that perhaps did not have as much

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pace as it should have been, not to get to the position we find

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ourselves in today. The Dep`rtment of education said they accepted that

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improvement takes time but said this report demonstrates that thd rate of

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change has not been good enough They are now considering thdir

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actions to ensure that all vulnerable children are protected in

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the city. Ofsted also ruled that the Local

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Safeguarding Board was inaddquate and insufficient progress h`d been

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made in improving multi`agency working. The Chair of the Board said

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they remained determined to deliver rapid improvement over the coming

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months. Earlier I spoke to Steve McCabe, the MP for Birmingh`m Selly

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Oak, who's the shadow children's minister. I asked what was his

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reaction to the Ofsted findhngs Well, they are pretty grim. I don't

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think anyone could be at all satisfied to hear some of the things

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they describe. I don't think it s at all unexpected. People have known

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for some time this inspection took place in January, and early

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February, so they have been aware of it for some time, but clearly it is

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not good enough and that is what we see. There are three childrdn's

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services, Birmingham, Coventry and Sandwell, inadequate. What hs going

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wrong? Well, I don't think there is a single thing going wrong. That is

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the first thing to note. Thdre are things that the local authorities

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have to do, Coventry have actually, the Ofsted report acknowledges that

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Coventry have made some progress, they have to strengthen thehr

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leadership, they have two ilproves liaison with other agencies, like

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the police for example, havd to play a much clearer role. That is what

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the authorities have to do. There is an issue about the calibre of people

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going into social work and H think we do have to raise that a bit. The

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social workers themselves are toiling with the most enormous

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caseloads that `` and that comes through in the Ofsted report. No one

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can do social work with casdloads of that size. The Department of

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education have said that thdy are going to take action of somd sort.

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Just over a year from now you could be in government, you could be

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responsible for taking some sort of action. What would you do? Ht is

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important to acknowledge th`t the Ofsted report actually says that

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Coventry themselves are takhng some quite decisive steps and thdy

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praised the new director, they acknowledge the effort to ilprove.

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My own instinct is we should work with them and see if we can turn

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this around, but ultimately obviously Michael Gove has the power

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to send in his own team. But I say you only do that if you are

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absolutely convinced that there is no other option because that is the

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final opportunity. Steve McCabe thank you. And there's more on this

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and reaction on the Sunday Politics Show with Patrick Burns at 01:0 am

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here on BBC One. Coming up later in the programme ` changing lanes, as

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work begins this weekend to dismantle some of Coventry's

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notorious ring road. New measures could be brought in to

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stop wind turbines being buhlt in some of the highest and most

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picturesque parts of the Midlands. But there are worries it'll cut off

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much needed income for farmdrs. Here's BBC Radio Stoke's political

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reporter Phil McCann. Robert Gosling's family has been

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dairy farming for 50 years, but his energy costs have doubled over the

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last five years. So he is h`ving a turbine installed. If we can cut the

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?20,000 electric cost, we c`n use that money to invest in the

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business. We employ people locally, so it should have a big effdct not

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only on our own business but the local economy as well. Robert is

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lucky that his turbine is jtst over one mile outside Staffordshhre in

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Derbyshire, because in the Staffordshire Moorlands District

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Council wants to use new powers to all but banned them if they are over

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15 metres tall and in open countryside. But the Staffordshire

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countryside that is installhng this turbine says it is all an

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overreaction. There is a lot of worry around wind turbines but most

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people are broadly supportive as long as they are sensibly shted and

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done in a way which does not impose themselves to drastically. But the

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council insists farmers don't have a right to ruin the landscape. Here in

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the Staffordshire Moorlands we have some of the most beautiful

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countryside in the UK, but unfortunately we have been hnundated

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with applications for wind turbines and this is having a detrimdntal

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effect on the openness of the countryside. And that stancd has

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some support from those who live in the highest parts of the Midlands.

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The council has a right to dnquire into these things because it is for

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the benefit of the Staffordshire Moorlands. If they stick thdm where

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they have done, there are three or four around now, I don't thhnk there

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is any consideration given to the siting of them. They are all right

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from a distance. Wind turbines are seen as essential for the ftture of

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farming but farming is not the only industry in a plate `` in a place

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like this. There is also totrism and the thinking is that tourists and

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voters don't want to see wind turbines, but the government and

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planning inspectors will get the final say over the council's

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proposals. Use just coming in, signallhng

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problems at Birmingham's new Street Station are causing disrupthon for

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travellers this evening. Arriva trains, Wales, cross countrx, Virgin

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Trains are all operating on a reduced service, delays of half an

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hour and others being cancelled Bridgnorth Aluminium is cre`ting 65

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new jobs and investing ?41 lillion into its plant in the Shropshire

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town. The company, which makes coiled aluminium for food, graphics

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and pharmaceutical products, says the investment will double the

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capacity of the plant. The new production line is due to bd in

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operation by the end of next year. But more than 200 jobs are to go at

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a food company in Wolverhampton Freshway Chilled Foods says it'll

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have to close its site on the Stafford Road in June, after losing

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a major contract. Some staff may be relocated to other parts of the

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company. Plans have been approved by councillors in Stoke on Trent to

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spend ?800,000 on a bid for a high speed railway station in thd city.

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Part of the money will be spent gathering expert opinion as the city

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council tries to persuade the company behind HS2 to develop a

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station in Stoke on Trent r`ther than the current preferred location

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at Crewe. And Stoke on Trent's favourite son Robbie Willials is to

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be granted the Freedom of the City. Councillors voted unanimously to

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bestow him with the honour for his charity work, and raising the city's

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profile. It coincides with celebrations for the star's 40th

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birthday, last month. The Stoke Sentinel newspaper ` now in its

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160th year ` is also being granted Freeman status. Joy for somd, dismay

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for others this weekend as lajor work gets underway on dismantling

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part of Coventry's infamous ring road. The aim's to make the city

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centre more accessible, but, as Kevin Reide reports, there's a mixed

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reaction to the plans. Though it took a total of 14 years to build

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one was heralded as a new era for road travel with nine juncthons

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flyovers and underpasses, it became loved by some and loathed bx

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others. Today, the concrete is looking tired and this weekdnd work

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starts taking down some of the ugliest parts. The aim is to make

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Coventry more inviting to vhsitors from the city's railway station and

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that means this section of the ring road will also be taken down. That

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will mean the end of this d`rk underpass. It is all part of the

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Friargate development which will see many 60s buildings engulfing the

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city's railway station demolished, eventually the section of rhng road

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in the centre of the screen will be covered over creating what the

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council are calling a boulevard When you come out of Coventry

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station, a station which has grown over 140% in the last ten ydars you

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walk into a car park. We nedd to link our station with our f`bulous

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city, so it will be tree`lined, open space, green, it will be a fantastic

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first impression. But some feel the changes will damage the ring road's

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integrity and force heavy traffic into surrounding areas. We `re not

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objecting to the development. What is wrong is the trust back `` the

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traffic aspects have not bedn planned and there will be not enough

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capacity to take the additional traffic generated by the development

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and as a result of that hugd amounts of traffic are going to be driven

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through residential areas, which will seriously degrade them. The

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work begins tomorrow and various road closures schemes will be put in

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place over the next year. Otr top story tonight. Inadequate, `

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scathing verdict on Coventrx's children's services after the death

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of four`year`old Daniel Pelka. Rebecca will be here with the

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weekend weather forecasting a moment. Not too thrilling, H am

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afraid! Also, a daunting ch`llenge, the former cancer patient trapped

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planning to travel 32,000 mhles around the world by bike and boat.

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And not everyone's favouritd amphibian, but we are about to see

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an explosion in the frog population. Find out why.

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The head coach of one of thd region's biggest swimming clubs says

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they may have to turn children away, if the only 50 metre pool in the

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West Midlands closes. Coventry Council's planning to shut the city

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sports centre because it's losing money. But figures from the Amateur

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Swimming Association show that half of all children aged between seven

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and 11 are unable to swim 24 metres, one in five adults can't swhm at

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all, and there are only 17 fifty metre pools across England. But a

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significant number of local authorities are struggling to keep

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pools open, as Nick Clitheroe reports.

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Training night at the city of Coventry training club and the pool

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is full. Some are potential Olympians, others are learnhng to

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swim, but they all come togdther at the only indoor 50 metre pool in the

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West Midlands. For how much longer, because the city council has

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proposed shutting this pool and replacing it with a new one half the

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size. This building is not fit for purpose any longer and we are losing

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up to ?2000 a day, which is ?70 ,000 a year, in terms of subsidising it.

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The Coventry sports Centre hs showing its age, with nets `cross

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the ceiling to stop roof tiles falling on the swimmers below. But

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it is vital to the club, so they invited a delegation from the

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council down to see their work. We couldn't pick up what we do in the

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50 metre pool here and put ht into the proposed six lane and 24 metres,

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there would not be enough room. We would have to either cut down

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drastically the amount we do with each swimmer, or we have to ask a

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certain amount of swimmers to go somewhere else, which would be a

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tragedy. And you 50 metre pool will be opened on this site in Bhrmingham

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in 2016, but it has been buhlt by the university and not the City

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Council `` a new 50 readabld. Birmingham City Council abandoned

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their plans to build a 50 mdtre pool several years ago. Budget ctts mean

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they are trying to reduce spending generally. Those pools under threat

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include this one, in Selly Oak, where users demonstrated earlier

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this month. So why does it latter so much? When I investigated the

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Olympic legacy last year, one experienced coach warned sqtandering

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talent was not the only danger. There will not be people talk to

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swim, the children will start drowning. They will go for ` swim in

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the local lake, which will be cold, they will get cramp, they whll

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drown. There is some more positive news. A new rescue plan for

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Wolverhampton Central bus whll go to the Council on Monday and even in

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Coventry they haven't compldtely ruled out making the new pool 5

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metres long as well. It is Sport Relief today. Thousands

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of people have been raising money by tackling sporting challenges. In

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2012 the West Midlands raisdd around ?1.8 million, which helps 360

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projects here. Dan Pallett hs that one challenge tonight and things are

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up and down there, Daniel? Ola`macro you could say that. I am at least

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those high school in Halesowen. The challenge, nonstop 24`hour

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trampolining. Easy for me to say, not so easy to do. We will have a

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word with an organiser but host of events taking across `` a host of

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events taking place across our region today. When the order from

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the boss is, "Get on your bhke, you might panic ` but BBC Radio Coventry

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and Warwickshire presenter Phil Upton loves it. He rode 100 miles

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without going an inch. I fedl very tired but triumphant. It's `

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fantastic achievement. My friend like Tim here came and supported me

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so that's helped knock the liles off and the texts and tweets of support

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has encouraged me over the line In Shrewsbury Sainsbury's staff from

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across the Midlands gathered to run a mile. They'll be whizzing down

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those aisles. St Andrew's Primary School in Nescliffe Shropshhre paid

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homage to Mo Farah, creating a Mobot out of coins. Bannersgate Primary

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School in Sutton Coldfield have been getting their skates on. Thdy all

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did a mile. They were thrown in the stocks in Q3 Academy in Birlingham.

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Is that really still a sport? Did you hear the one about football

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managers telling jokes? There's a guy going to the doctors, s`id,

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"Doctor, I can't stop stealhng things." He said, "OK, I'm going to

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give you a prescription and if they don't work, can you get me ` colour

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television?" LAUGHTER

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He might be laughing, but look at that, he hasn't got over 16 hours of

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trampolining to do. But they have here. Let's t`lk too

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picky, one of the organisers. You have one hell of a challengd on

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here, haven't you? We have hndeed. Who has been taking part? Ldase over

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high school has taken over during the day, and another group `t 5pm.

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This is a big thing for the children. It is, but they are all

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really excited so it is good. How will you keep them going through the

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night? They have enough energy to keep going. When I tried

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trampolining you think it is great fun but after awhile your ldgs get

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tired. It is physically dem`nding. It is, but most kids I used to it

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because they do four sessions a week. They are used to it. How much

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money are you hoping to raise? 500 more. God, how many members have you

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got? 93 members, I am not stre how many children took part in the day

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but 93 members plus staff. Whose idea was this? Chris Bennett, who

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came to me with the idea. I said, yes, we have got to do it. The

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children carry on until 9am? Yes, well some children are going home at

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10p a month and the over chhlled `` the older children will stax and

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finish at 9am the next day. You have volunteers to help? We have, the

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parents, the staff of the sports centre who have been fabulots.

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Everyone is pulling together. Yes, it has been overwhelming with

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support. The best of luck whth it. It is one of so many events taking

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place. 16 hours, 13 minutes left and I am feeling tired after behng here

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for 20 minutes. Best of luck to them.

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Sport Relief begins on BBC One just after Midlands Today with their

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special programme from the Olympic Park.

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A former cancer patient is getting ready for an epic journey bx bike

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and boat. It will take 32,000 miles around the world. Sam Greatrex from

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Halesowen wants to become the fastest person ever to

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circumnavigate the globe by human power alone. He is also hophng to

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raise nearly ?250,000 for M`cmillan Cancer Support. Bob Hockenhtll

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reports. The rowing machine has been routine

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exercise for Sam Greatrex for two years. It is all preparation for

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crossing the world's two largest oceans. It is still incredible to

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think we will be running for 12 hours a day for almost two lonths

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and crossing the Atlantic in three months, rowing across the P`cific

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Ocean. In August, some will leave his home in Halesowen by bike, so he

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can lap the world. Besides his ocean adventure, he will cycle through 26

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countries, only two other pdople have ever done it. The fastdst took

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five years. Some aims to do it in just 18 months. It is going to hurt.

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It will be by far the hardest thing I will ever do, but I am sure I will

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make it back to Birmingham with a huge amount of records. The charity

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worker is no stranger to difficulty. As a ten`year`old he was di`gnosed

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with cancer and he is using his world challenge to raise ?240,0 0

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for Macmillan. I am amazed `nd shocked. Talking to other pdople

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with cancer, I think it changes your perspective on life and I think that

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is what must have happened with Sam. From Halesowen via Paris and

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Gibraltar, Sam will row the Atlantic to South America, then the Pacific

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to Australia. In Darwin did Joe with `` the journey home begins via

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Singapore, Istanbul and Parhs. Three strokes, turn. Today, Sam w`s up

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Edgbaston reservoir to get professional tips but unlikd today

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he will be part of an eight`man crew when he is on the ocean for real. A

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few times we have not been `ble to get out because of the wind and it

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is like rowing on the sea. Some of those waves will be pretty

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horrendous! Having rowed for two years on indoor rowing machhnes it

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is really nice to get out on the water. Or, in it, if you make a

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false move. Sam's epic trip begins in August so there is plentx more

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time for practice. Goodness, what an astonishing

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challenge. Good luck. Do yot like frogs? Not everyone's cup of tea but

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wildlife experts in the reghon say the mild wet weather this whnter

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will lead to an explosion of the frog population. There is m`sses of

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frogspawn. Young frogs will hatch earlier.

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The common frog and another, and another. He lives up to his name all

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right and that community garden in Nuneaton at 2014 looks like being

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fantastic. There are thousands of rocks. There is so much noise from

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them croaking. I had a volunteer here this week and he said ht was

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like standing next to a motorway, the amount of noise they were

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making. That is the male frog's courtship croaking. It came around

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ten days earlier this year `nd this was the result. Down here wd have

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tens of thousands of little frogs in the making. Look at this mass of

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frogspawn here! Jelly everywhere. This slightly blue collar you can

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see on the top is newly laid frogspawn and underneath, this has

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been here a couple of weeks but when they do all hatch they have the

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perfect habitat. At this old railway line in Rugby, teams of voltnteers

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have been working hard to hdlp their amphibian friends. This is `n area

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we have recently cleared ovdr the winter when animals have bedn

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inactive and in hibernation and you can see it has opened up thd whole

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area, letting in much more light. Over the summer this will increase

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the amount of vegetation th`t will grow in and around the ponds and the

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amount of insects that are found in there. If you have frogspawn in your

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garden, a word of warning. Xour goldfish will eat them and hf they

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get to the tadpole stage, you might witness some cannibalism. It is

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survival of the fittest and of 000 Lakes, only around five will become

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fully formed frogs `` of 2000 eggs. Will they be jumping for jox when

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they hear the weekend weathdr forecast?

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they hear I can offer you wet conditions. Last

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weekend temperatures were in the mid to high teens. This weekend, we will

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struggle to get into mid to high single fingers. `` single fhgures. A

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cold couple of days. We havd frosty nights, wintry showers posshble as

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we head into tomorrow morning. Hard to believe but spring startdd this

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week. Tonight, we contend whth heavy rain. It is this front, which is

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working through. There is a possible deal some showers ahead of that as

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well. We start off with the showers rattling through. We have a keen

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breeze tonight. The front m`kes its way through, heavy at times. Quite

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persistent. Behind that thing clear away and asked the skies cldar

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temperatures fall away. Any showers could turn wintry over highdr

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ground. The Met Office has ` yellow warning in place across the North

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West Midlands. We could see some icy stretches as we wake up tomorrow. It

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is going to be a rather chilly start to our Saturday. Saturday starts off

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with wintry showers continuhng, particularly over the higher ground,

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they pushed their way through. The wind blows them through quickly It

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starts to brighten up. Showdrs never really too far away. Temper`tures

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are going to struggle tomorrow. We are only looking at highs of seven,

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maybe a nine Celsius. Much colder than last week. The showers continue

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through the end of Saturday and things start to clear overnhght

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Temperatures dropping away once again but the wind is going to help

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once again to keep a frost largely at bay. Our temperatures dropping

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down to minus one Celsius in towns and cities, so it will conthnue to

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feel chilly. Sunday, not a particularly bad day. Some showers

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here and there. Some good spells of brightness to come through the day.

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Overnight, Sunday into Mond`y, temperatures of `2`macro, two minus

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three Celsius. A cold start, but largely settled.

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The headlines from the BBC. largely settled.

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The headlines Europe agrees closer ties with Ukraine on the dax Premier

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becomes part of Russia. And inadequate, a scathing verdhct on

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Coventry's children's services, after the death of four`year`old

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Daniel Pelka. That was the Lidlands Today. We are back at 10pm with the

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latest update. We leave you with the intrepid trampolinists in H`lesowen.

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Goodbye for now.

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