22/03/2014 Midlands Today


22/03/2014

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Good afternoon. Cider makers in the Midlands fear production cotld be

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hit by a shortage of apples following one of the wettest winters

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on record. It comes as the Chancellor this week moved to help

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the industry by announcing ` freeze on cider duty in the Budget. Lindsay

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Doyle reports. Cider apple trees and floodwater

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don't mix. At Evesbatch Court Farm in Herefordshire the meticulously

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planted Orchard could be hiding a sorry secret. With the wet winter,

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the young trees, we are worried about the rainfall and we are

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concerned we will not see the damage until the summer. Amongst the tiny

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emerging buds some of the trees are showing a greenish tinge, a possible

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sign of damage, if trees st`nd in waterlogged soil for more than

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fourteen days the roots can be killed off. The trees take 05 years

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to grow but there is a fear they will be lost to saturated soil.

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Bacteria thrives in standing water. This year's budget saw the

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Chancellor George Osborne freeze the duty on ordinary cider, a dhrect

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response to flooding in the West Country, for cider makers, lanner

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from heaven. It is a positive step for the government to do th`t. We

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are price sensitive and it hs stopping consumers buying products.

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If we invest in the future, planting orchards costs a lot of mondy. Just

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four months ago the National Association of Cider Makers

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predicted a bumper crop for this year, the best for ten years in

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fact, a little ironic but the farmers are not writing off their

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saplings just yet, they shotld know by May how and if the trees fought

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the deluge. A woman from Birmingham who suffered

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a seizure in the street had her purse stolen by a bogus Good

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Samaritan while she lay unconscious. Police say two women seemed to go to

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the aid of the 25`year`old `fter she collapsed in Summer Row last month.

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They've now released CCTV ilages of two women they want to speak to

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about the incident. A spokesman said it wasn't clear if the two were

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together and that one of thdm may have been genuinely trying to help.

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Thousands of people have turned out to support a fundraising evdnt for

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two hospitals which helped saved the life of a premature baby from the

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Black Country. Daisy`Mae Little was born at Russells Hall Hospital in

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Dudley last December weighing less than two pounds. She also rdceived

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specialist care at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. @ day of

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family activities at Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge has restlted in

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more than ten thousand pounds being raised for the two hospitals.

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Daisy`Mae's family say they're overwhelmed by the support they ve

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received. It brings a lump to my throat. I am bowled over. I cannot

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believe the response. I did not think this many people would turn up

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today. Wonderful. Sport now. Let's start

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with football and the Premidr League, with West Bromwich @lbion

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being beaten two`nil at Hull City ` former Baggies midfielder Shane Long

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getting one of those goals. Onto the Championship, a 2`1 defeat for

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Birmingham City against Reading Blues still waiting for the elusive

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home win. In League One, le`ders Wolves beat Sheffield United 2` .

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Coventry lost three one at Brentford. Port Vale beat Tranmere

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3`2. Shrewsbury beat Bradford 2`1. And a 1`1 draw there for Walsall

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against Leyton Orient. In Ldague Two, Cheltenham lost 4`3 at AFC

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Wimbledon, seven minutes into added time. Burton Albion lost 1`0 at

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Scunthorpe. In the Skrill Conference Premier, Hereford ` who sacked their

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manager in the week ` lost 2`0 to Barnet. Kidderminster drew 0`1

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against Southport. Tamworth lost two one to Macclesfield. And Nuneaton

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lost 1`0 to Grimsby. Let's move on to rugby now, starting

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with the Aviva Premiership where Gloucester beat Newcastle 40`33 And

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in the Championship, a loss there for Moseley ` 23`20 against London

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Scottish. Time for a look at the weather now. Here's Kaye Forster

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with the forecast. We had some lively thundery showers

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this afternoon and some snow earlier. Hopefully things whll ease

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down through tomorrow, not `s many showers and there should be more

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sunshine. One or two of the showers continue tonight, most placds dry

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out, clear spells developing as well. It will turn cold with lows of

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two or three Celsius. Tomorrow morning, most plus estate dry and

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bright. Some sunshine, one to showers in the afternoon. For most

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of us, lovely sunshine with highs of nine or ten.

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I'll be back tomorrow morning with Sunday Breakfast from seven on BBC

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Hereford and Worcester. And there's more from Midlands Today at 6:5 pm

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tomorrow evening. For now, bye`bye. The Wind a lot showers around at the

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moment, still hale and thunder too. As we turn the wind north-westerly,

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these areas will bear the brunt of the showers overnight. A chilly

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night, a touch of frost in rural areas. A few showers first thing.

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Sunshine too. Cloud will bubble up and showers will develop in England

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and Wales. The main focus in the afternoon is an eastern areas.

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Across Wales and the south-west very few showers all day. The

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north-westerly wind lines the showers up in the afternoon. East

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Anglia and parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire could see quite a few

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showers. Hit or miss. All or

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