23/03/2014 Midlands Today


23/03/2014

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first British champion. That is it for now.

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Good evening. A leading flood campaigner's called on the

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Government to apply for European funding to help victims in

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Worcestershire. Ministers h`ve already promised support for homes

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and businesses affected by last month's floods, but extra c`sh is

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still available from the EU. Matthew Bone reports.

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It was some of the worst flooding that Worcestershire had seen for

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years and the village of Seven Stoke was one of the worst hit. One month

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on, the water may have gone but the damage remains. The village Church

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is still recovering. The water came up to this first step here. Just,

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just about there. The local pub s makeshift flood barriers weren't

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enough. There's still holid`y money and bits of wages we have bden

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paying out. To be honest, it is a struggle... Businesses can `pply for

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up to ?3,000 to the cost of the cleanup but could more help be on

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the way from the continent? The European Union set aside hundreds of

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millions of pounds in what's called a solidarity fund to help countries

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out with things like flooding. To qualify, the Government needs to

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show there's been around ?3 billion of damage. That's where the problem

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is. Ministers say as bad as it's been there hasn't been enough damage

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across the UK to make it worth applying. Speaking on the Stnday

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Politics in the MP Midlands a leading flood campaigner sahd the

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Government should at least try for some of the help. It's remisnot to

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apply for the funding, if wd stop and think about the ` a lot of the

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money is for infrastructure. So we think about the railway linds, the

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bridges, electricity, the g`s and everything and the roads right

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across the board, I think wd need that money to help us recovdr.

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People in Seven Stoke are now campaigning for better flood

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defences, they want to make sure this kind of damage doesn't happen

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again. In the meantime, households and businesses are trying to recover

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and they say they'll take all the help they can get.

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The Ministry of Defence is coming under pressure to provide ftnding

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for the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

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The arboretum, near Alrewas, attracts almost quarter of ` million

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visitors every year but has had its grant withdrawn. At the samd time,

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the National Army Museum receives over ?6.5 million a year. Along

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visitors today views were mhxed over how the memorial should be funded.

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The MoD should be making its contribution just as visitors here

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do. Something like this shotldn t be totally dependent on Governlent

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handouts, nevertheless, bec`use it is what it is, I think therd should

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be some Government contribution There was a hell of a lot of people

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gave up their lives for us, so why don't the Government keep ftnding

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it? Demolition work on part of

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Coventry's infamous ring ro`d got under way today. The aim is to make

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the city centre more accesshble Kevin Reide reports.

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With traffic diverted and dhversions in place, the long`awaited

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demolition of junction six was almost here. They're just moving in

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the final demolition machindry and once in place it will take `bout two

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hours to remove the bridge section and the rest of the day to clean up.

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It's carried traffic for more than 40 years but in the any mord. The

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bridge was first to go. Work has also started taking out this longer

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section, including two unpopular underpasses. The development in the

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post`war years isolated the city centre from the rest of the city as

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it's grown. The council has a real can`do attitude and is readx to try

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and regenerate much of the city The aim is to create a new business

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district and better link thd railway station to the city centre. I think

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it's for the best. Very upsdt to see it, more so than I thought H was

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going to. I knew it before ht was the ring road in the first place.

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All of a sudden it's come down so quickly. The main ring road will

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reopen tomorrow morning but drivers are advised to avoid junction six.

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The Coventry City chief executive Tim Fisher was attacked by fans in a

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pub following the team's defeat by Brentford in League One yesterday.

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Chairs and glasses were thrown when Mr Fisher went into the London pub

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where Sky Blues fans were drinking. He's not believed to have bden

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injured. A club spokesman s`id they would prefer not to comment on the

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incident. Football now Stoke City camd out on

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top in today's Midlands derby with Aston Villa in the Premier League. .

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Villa started well with Chrhstian Benteke opening the scoring after

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just four minutes. But Stokd hit back with three goals beford the

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interval including this effort from Charles N'Zonzi. Geoff Cameron

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sealed a 4`1 victory for Stoke with a goal late in the second h`lf.

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Let's look at the weather now with Kay.

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We had some lively showers `gain today, some hail and thunder around

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this afternoon. They're starting to fade away now so we are entdring

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into a dry night. We will h`ve clear skies throughout the night `nd with

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those winds fall falling th`t's a recipe for a cold one, a widespread

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frost. Lows in some rural spots down to minus three. Gardeners t`ke note.

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It's a dry start tomorrow morning. Lots of lovely sunshine arotnd. We

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will see the sunshine turning hazier into the afternoon with clotd

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rolling in. But most of us staying dry until the evening. It whll feel

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warmer, with temperatures up to around ten or 11. That rain is

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around on Tuesday but some showers by Wednesday.

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That's all for now. I will be back with a late bulletin at 10. 20, join

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me then if you can. From all of us, good bye.

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Hello. Following today's showers, tonight is going to be much colder.

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Clear skies, light winds, a recipe for a widespread frost. Sharp

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showers for the next couple of hours. From East Yorkshire to the

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south-east. Hail and thunder. Skies will clear across many areas.

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Temperatures tumbling across rural parts it could be as low as minus

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six. Not as cold across Northern Ireland and the far south-west.

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Increasing cloud ahead of the weather front pushing rain very

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slowly in from the Atlantic. Central and eastern areas staying dry and

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bright all day. Good-looking day across Scotland. Sunshine turning

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hazy later in the West. Thickening cloud. Rain in the afternoon. The

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band of rain will work its way into Wales in the afternoon. Robbery

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arriving a little bit sooner in the far south-west. -- probably

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arriving. Further east, dry with plenty of sunshine after the

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