06/04/2014 Midlands Today


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the evening on the BBC News Channel. And I'll be back with

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Good evening. The winner of the Grand Nathonal

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came home to a comfy stable in Worcestershire today after `

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thrilling ride that left thd 25 to one outsider five lengths ahead at

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the finish line. The rank ottsider Pineau De Re is one of only 12

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horses trained by the former Birmingham GP. Carole Foster

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reports. Home the conquering hero coles to a

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small yard in Clains in Worcestershire to meet the press and

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local villagers delighted bx his win. The 11`year`old came ott of the

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blue and stormed home to win the Grand National. A dream comd true

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for his trainer who used to be a GP in Birmingham. He obviously knew

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just what to prescribe to gdt himself a winner. It's amazhng isn't

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it? You couldn't possibly dream this. I was a bit... I was hopeful

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the horse could run a reallx big race and I thought he could go close

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but I didn't expect this kind of reaction afterwards. So manx family

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and friends and I daren't even look at my mobile phone, I've got 30

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unanswered text messages and so on. So exciting. We are still lhving in

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the dream. It's a fantastic feeling. I think anyone involved in racing

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would love to be here at thhs moment in time. It's wonderful. Thd stable

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hands left behind could onlx watch on TV. 17`year`old Charlie Hammond

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rides him every day but frol now on he'll be riding the winner of the

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National. It will change how I think about him, he's always felt like a

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real nice horse, quality. Btt you never think it'll happen to your

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yard do you? You never think you will get that lucky, but we have.

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For friends the win was a joy. I was crying from about six fences. Then

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it was... He's alive, it's fine We were just hysterical. The whole of

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Worcester had money on the horse thanks to Fliss' wonderful tips 30

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fences over four miles. Somd of them six feet high and a lung`busting

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gallop to the end. So it's no wonder Pineau De Re is happy to be home.

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But there's one thing he re`lly needs now is rest and a get`way from

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that Doctor, we've got exactly the right thing. Take one of thdse a day

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and put your feet up. Well, at least your hooves.

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The award`winning comedian, Omid Jallili, is in Hereford plaxing two

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sell`out shows to raise mondy to save the city's football cltb. Fans

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of non`league Hereford Unitdd asked for his help to settle a tax bill of

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?78,000 and avert a winding up order which is threatening the cltb's

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existence. Giles Latcham reports. Omid Jallili arrived in style,

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chauffeur driven from London at the expense of a Hereford taxi firm His

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mission? Pure and simple ` to save Hereford United. Thank you dver so

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much for coming. My pleasurd. I just hope I'm funny! No connection to

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Hereford at all. So for him to do that for us, we can't say more than

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that. Absolutely brilliant. Please will you welcome the man who put the

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FAT into FATWA. Star of stand`up on screen and stage, he loves his

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football. He's a fan of Preliership giants Chelsea. But when he got to

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hear of Hereford's battle to pay the tax man, he stepped in to hdlp one

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of the game's minnows, offering to play two shows at the Courtxard

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Theatre, all proceeds going to the club. Hopefully I will look back at

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this time and laugh and think the club is fine. Because as Woody Allen

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says, "comedy is tragedy plts time". You need some time after an event to

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be able to laugh. Mind you, Woody Allen also said, "I know I raised

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you as my daughter, but would you marry me"? So don't take evdrything

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he says as Bible. On the fidld, defeats to Grimsby last weekend and

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to Woking this, mean Hereford are perched precariously just above the

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relegation zone. Off it thotgh, there is now hope. The club's

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confident the High Court will delay the winding up order and th`t by the

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end of the week they will bd able to pay the ?78,000 bill. Omid has been

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absolutely fantastic. He has decided to come and do a gig, totally for

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free. When that sold out, hd said, "I'll do another one". The story of

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Hereford United's season has been no laughing matter. But Omid J`llili

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has put a smile on people's faces today and more importantly put

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thousands of pounds in their coffers.

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A senior business leader in the West Midlands has warned employers

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against giving out too many zero`hour contracts. The Ch`irman of

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the Institute of Directors believes casual contracts that don't

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guarantee work should only be used in the short`term. Speaking on

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Sunday Politics, Jason Wouhra, who runs East End Foods said crdating

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permanent jobs is crucial for the economy.

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A good employer will definitely go for a permanent position because

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that improves the motivation, the security of their employees and as a

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consequence, they're output. We are in wholesale retail. For us, we

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don't use them at East End Foods. However if you go into the

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hospitality industry, hotelhers catering they require that

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flexibility. Good evening. We are going to see

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tonight turned very wet indded but for now at least as we go through

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the next few hours it is largely dry. Quite cloudy still but then as

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we get into the early hours, here comes all this rain and it hs going

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to turn quite heavy, partictlarly across Herefordshire,

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Worcestershire, Gloucestershire where we will see some intense

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rainfall in the early part of Monday morning. Look at that through rush

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hour as well, it's not going to be pleasant. As we get into thd

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afternoon it starts to break down into showers and by the end of the

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day no reason why we shouldn't see some blue sky and sunshine. So it

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really is a day of two halvds. As we make our way through the relainder

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of the week, it will get a bit cooler but with high pressure

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building nicely into place, it will remain dry and settled throtgh

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Tuesday. That's all for now, I'll be back with the Late

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Good evening, after a fairly mild weekend, a fresher week in store for

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the week ahead. Moreshine at times but not a huge amount tomorrow

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because that's shaping up to be a wet day for just about all of us.

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The rain developing through the night and it is still wet at the

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moment in southern counties. Watch how the rain becomes more extensive

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and heavier with a strengthening breeze. For northern England and

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Northern Ireland, a colder feel to the night. In northern Scotland

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there will be temperatures in sheltered spots. A mild start for

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Monday. If you escape through the morning commute dry, you will one of

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the few. Heavy bursts around. So expect surface water and spray on

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faster routes if you are travelling in by car. The winds are a feature

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in the south. After a dry start for

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