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Good afternoon. Cider makers in the Midlands fear production cotld be
hit by a shortage of apples following one of the wettest winters
on record. It comes as the Chancellor this week moved to help
the industry by announcing ` freeze on cider duty in the Budget. Lindsay
Doyle reports. Cider apple trees and floodwater
don't mix. At Evesbatch Court Farm in Herefordshire the meticulously
planted Orchard could be hiding a sorry secret. With the wet winter,
the young trees, we are worried about the rainfall and we are
concerned we will not see the damage until the summer. Amongst the tiny
emerging buds some of the trees are showing a greenish tinge, a possible
sign of damage, if trees st`nd in waterlogged soil for more than
fourteen days the roots can be killed off. The trees take 05 years
to grow but there is a fear they will be lost to saturated soil.
Bacteria thrives in standing water. This year's budget saw the
Chancellor George Osborne freeze the duty on ordinary cider, a dhrect
response to flooding in the West Country, for cider makers, lanner
from heaven. It is a positive step for the government to do th`t. We
are price sensitive and it hs stopping consumers buying products.
If we invest in the future, planting orchards costs a lot of mondy. Just
four months ago the National Association of Cider Makers
predicted a bumper crop for this year, the best for ten years in
fact, a little ironic but the farmers are not writing off their
saplings just yet, they shotld know by May how and if the trees fought
the deluge. A woman from Birmingham who suffered
a seizure in the street had her purse stolen by a bogus Good
Samaritan while she lay unconscious. Police say two women seemed to go to
the aid of the 25`year`old `fter she collapsed in Summer Row last month.
They've now released CCTV ilages of two women they want to speak to
about the incident. A spokesman said it wasn't clear if the two were
together and that one of thdm may have been genuinely trying to help.
Thousands of people have turned out to support a fundraising evdnt for
two hospitals which helped saved the life of a premature baby from the
Black Country. Daisy`Mae Little was born at Russells Hall Hospital in
Dudley last December weighing less than two pounds. She also rdceived
specialist care at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. @ day of
family activities at Mary Stevens Park in Stourbridge has restlted in
more than ten thousand pounds being raised for the two hospitals.
Daisy`Mae's family say they're overwhelmed by the support they ve
received. It brings a lump to my throat. I am bowled over. I cannot
believe the response. I did not think this many people would turn up
today. Wonderful. Sport now. Let's start
with football and the Premidr League, with West Bromwich @lbion
being beaten two`nil at Hull City ` former Baggies midfielder Shane Long
getting one of those goals. Onto the Championship, a 2`1 defeat for
Birmingham City against Reading Blues still waiting for the elusive
home win. In League One, le`ders Wolves beat Sheffield United 2` .
Coventry lost three one at Brentford. Port Vale beat Tranmere
3`2. Shrewsbury beat Bradford 2`1. And a 1`1 draw there for Walsall
against Leyton Orient. In Ldague Two, Cheltenham lost 4`3 at AFC
Wimbledon, seven minutes into added time. Burton Albion lost 1`0 at
Scunthorpe. In the Skrill Conference Premier, Hereford ` who sacked their
manager in the week ` lost 2`0 to Barnet. Kidderminster drew 0`1
against Southport. Tamworth lost two one to Macclesfield. And Nuneaton
lost 1`0 to Grimsby. Let's move on to rugby now, starting
with the Aviva Premiership where Gloucester beat Newcastle 40`33 And
in the Championship, a loss there for Moseley ` 23`20 against London
Scottish. Time for a look at the weather now. Here's Kaye Forster
with the forecast. We had some lively thundery showers
this afternoon and some snow earlier. Hopefully things whll ease
down through tomorrow, not `s many showers and there should be more
sunshine. One or two of the showers continue tonight, most placds dry
out, clear spells developing as well. It will turn cold with lows of
two or three Celsius. Tomorrow morning, most plus estate dry and
bright. Some sunshine, one to showers in the afternoon. For most
of us, lovely sunshine with highs of nine or ten.
I'll be back tomorrow morning with Sunday Breakfast from seven on BBC
Hereford and Worcester. And there's more from Midlands Today at 6:5 pm
tomorrow evening. For now, bye`bye. The Wind a lot showers around at the
moment, still hale and thunder too. As we turn the wind north-westerly,
these areas will bear the brunt of the showers overnight. A chilly
night, a touch of frost in rural areas. A few showers first thing.
Sunshine too. Cloud will bubble up and showers will develop in England
and Wales. The main focus in the afternoon is an eastern areas.
Across Wales and the south-west very few showers all day. The
north-westerly wind lines the showers up in the afternoon. East
Anglia and parts of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire could see quite a few
showers. Hit or miss. All or