05/04/2014 Midlands Today


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more throughout the evening on the BBC News channel. We are back with

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the late news Good evening. Stratford`upon`Avon is

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gearing up for a major tourhsm boost as they celebrate the 450th

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anniversary of the birth of their most famous son, William

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Shakespeare. The tourist industry is worth hundreds of millions of pounds

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to the town and to make surd everything goes smoothly thdy're

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asking residents to get involved. Ben Sidwell reports. If you can go

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down to the clock... Lending a hand to help tourists get most ott of

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their visit to Stratford upon Avon. But with tens of thousands dxpected

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for Shakespeare's 450th Birthday celebrations, the town is c`lling on

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residents to become voluntedr Play Makers. We are seeking volunteer

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Ambassador or is that can boost the service to group select your

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visitors and they will be ddployed at key points that we cannot

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currently resource. Between ten and 20 Play Makers are needed. @ll will

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be trained up in time for the celebration weekend and alrdady a

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few volunteers have come forward, including the town's former ferry

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man. Yes, this is what I want to do. That was really how I thought of it.

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Because I think I may be quhte good at it, but I don't know. Evdry year,

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almost 5 million people comd to this area to visit the attractions of

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Shakespeare, bringing ?335 lillion to the economy. 198 jobs here relies

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on tourism. College students in the town are keen to take to thd

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streets. It is a good idea that local people should be involved with

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the celebrations. It is helping to show Shakespeare and Stratford to

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everybody else. Although thdy'll only be used initially for this one

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event, the hope is the Play Makers could soon become a regular sight on

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the streets of the Bard's home town. A man's in a critical condition in

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hospital after being attackdd in the street in Stoke. It happened in the

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early hours of this morning in Brownlee Road in the Smallthorne

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area. Police say the victim was badly beaten and is being c`red for

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at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. They're appe`ling for

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anyone with information to call them on 101. A prison worker has been

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sacked and others disciplindd over the escape of a convicted drug

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dealer. John Anslow, who's 33 and from Tipton in the Black Cotntry,

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was on his way to court when he was freed by a masked gang near HMP

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Hewell in January 2012. He was arrested in Cyprus two months later

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and sentenced to seven years for escaping custody. He was already

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serving 22 years for drugs offences.The Prison Service says the

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disciplinary action was takdn against a number of staff. Let's

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move onto today's football, starting with the Barclays Premier Ldague,

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and Aston Villa ended up with a 2`1 defeat there against Fulham. West

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Brom put a troubled week behind them with a 1`0 win at Norwich. Stoke

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City are at Chelsea, and ard losing 2`0. In the Championship, Bhrmingham

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City beat Doncaster away ` 3`1, easing their relegation fears. In

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League One, a loss for Coventry ` 2`1 against Milton Keynes Dons. Port

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Vale beat Walsall, 1`0. Shrdwsbury beat Stevenage 1`0. And a 2`0 win

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there for Wolves who were entertaining Peterborough. Onto

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League Two: Burton Albion bdat Plymouth 1`0. Cheltenham lost 2`1 to

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Southend. And in the Skrill Premier League, Tamworth lost 5`0 at

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Gateshead. Hereford ` still trying to pay their tax bill ` lost 2` to

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Woking. Kidderminster lost 0`0 to Grimsby. And Nuneaton lost 0`0 to FC

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Halifax. Let's take a look at the Midlands

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weather, with Mel Coles. Good evening. The rain has been hit and

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miss, but we will see furthdr showers as we go on then to delight

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us back as we go on into tonight. Temperatures will remain in double

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figures, but low temperaturds of around 11 Celsis. Tomorrow, we will

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see further outbreaks of rahn. It will be breezy but temperattres not

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doing too badly. The rain starts off with showers, but becomes more

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persistent in the middle part of the day, and we could see some loderate

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downpours. We might catch some late evening sunshine. Temperatures not

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doing too badly, it will be breezy and remaining unsettled for the

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start of the league. Finallx, congratulations to Dr Richard

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Newland, who trained the horse that won today's Grand National. The

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former GP trains just 12 horses at a small stables in Claines in

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Worcestershire. Pineau de Rd, who wasn't one of the favourites, was

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ridden by jockey Leighton Aspall. That's it. Sunday Politics will be

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talking about 'zero`hour' contracts as 150,000 people in the West

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Midlands region struggle to find full`time jobs.

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That's tomorrow morning at 01am Midlands Today is back tomorrow

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evening at 6:50pm. For now, bye`bye. Good evening. We may have got to 18

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Celsius today in parts of East Anglia but it was the bright spot in

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an otherwise cloudy day and it is the cloud that will dominate

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tonight, bringing splashes of rain and dryer moments as well

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particularly in the north-east of Scotland but heavy bursts can't be

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ruled out in the West, where it will be misty and murky and breezy later

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in the night. The breeze is south to south-westerly and temperatures in

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the morning higher than they should be in the afternoon this time of

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year. Sunday, whilst milder, is going to be breezy and a bit matter

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for many of you. Again, not -- no one is immune from the wet weather.

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We could start with splashes of rain down eastern areas but there will be

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dryer moments.

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