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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight: Police

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confirm no new investigation into the Birmingham pub bombings of 0

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years ago. There are no obvhous new points for us to take forward. If

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there are, we will take thel. Heated exchanges as the family of one

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victim of the bombs arrive for a meeting with police. Let me give you

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a message to take upstairs from me, I will obstruct this building, I

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will strike people coming through the front door, I'm not messing

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about, either. We'll be askhng where the families of the victims go from

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here. Also tonight ` a reprheve for cash`strapped Hereford Unitdd ` but

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we meet the players who havdn't been paid. Unwanted hearing aids from

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Birmingham bringing sound at last to joyous African children. Anxbody

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watching this would struggld if they had been paid for two months. And we

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have had heavy downpours and squally winds, doesn't bode well for the

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rest of the week but it does get better, more details coming up.

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Good evening. West Midlands Police have confirmed there'll be no fresh

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inquiry into the Birmingham pub bombings. The news came at ` meeting

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today between campaigners and Chief Constable Chris Sims. 21 people were

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killed and another 182 injured when two bombs exploded at the Mtlberry

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Bush and Tavern in the Town in November 1974. Ten months l`ter six

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men were jailed for life for murder. But their convictions were puashed

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in 1991. So what now for thd families of the victims still

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seeking justice? Anthony Bartram reports.

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A moment 's reflection before meeting they have waited five years

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for, that's how long ago Brhan and Judy Hambleton Road to the chief of

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West Midlands Police asking for a fresh investigation into thd night

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in 74 Birmingham pub bombings, and atrocities which killed thehr sister

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Maxine and 20 other innocents. We think they are going to comd out

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with a bag full of excuses. At police headquarters, the caleras

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were waiting. It is time for justice to be done and truth to comd out.

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For two years, detectives from the counterterrorism unit have been

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reassessing and preserving the old evidence but that is not thd same as

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reinvestigating. That is wh`t the Hambletons want. I want to see the

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Chief Constable. We're not standing for no messing about. Insidd,

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tension and voices raised. Let me give you a message from me. This

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force has covered this up for 4 years, we're not standing for this

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any more. I will block that doorway, I'm telling you. It appeared that

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two lawyers would not be allowed in. After this he did exchange hn front

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of the cameras, the whole p`rty went upstairs. `` heated exchangd. The

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meeting was held behind closed doors but after two hours, they elerged.

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They're not going to reinvestigate, it's all a sham, they treat us like

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we are cannon fodder. Our loved ones are meaningless to them. Thdy don't

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care, they're not interested. This was a blow they had half expected

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but where does it leave thehr campaign? It makes a strongdr and

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more determined. We're not going to stop. The Hambletons have bden

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waiting five years for this meeting with the Chief Constable. Lhttle

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wonder they were angry and frustrated at the eventual

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decision. The police say thd case isn't closed, but without any fresh

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evidence, there is nothing they can do. If we get dysfunctional new

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investigation, we are in a position to take an investigation forward,

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but as things stand, and thhs is what I have told both familhes,

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there is no new information that could support a new investigation.

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He was also able to clarify rumours about missing evidence. One thing

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that keeps coming up is this third bomb that did not detonate, that's

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lost, isn't it? Yes. What wd have bound from the work is thosd

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exhibits, and there were about 5 of the 165 exhibits in the tri`l that

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were not available to the nhght 91 investigation, it attended to find

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them but didn't. We have made further attempts but have not played

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to locate them. The Hambletons have grown used to setbacks over the past

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40 years and also picking themselves up to fight on. And Anthony joins us

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now. You've got to know the Hambletons well in recent months `

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how much of a blow was todax to them? Clearly was a blow, they

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called it the day, decision day I don't think they were expecting

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things to go their way but `fter such a long time, there is `lways

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hope. Clearly, the decision today was that investigation, while not

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closed, won't be reinvestig`ted until there is further eviddnce to

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push the police forward on this At the moment nothing seems

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forthcoming. What has Paddy Hill have to say? He is the other side of

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this coin, desperately wants a fresh investigation to clear his own name.

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I got a sense that it wasn't completely unexpected. I sahd to the

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relatives of those who died and those who were injured and their

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families, none of us is ever going to get justice, but I tell xou one

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thing, if the people of the country get behind this petition and we get

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100,000 signatures, we would be able to get something which at the very

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least we deserve, which is the truth. Clearly, the campaign goes

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on. They are certainly not going to give up, and the Hambletons and

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Paddy Hill are determined to get as much support as possible.

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And a BBC documentary made by Anthony asking Who Murdered Maxine?

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Is available on the BBC iPl`yer Coming up later in the programme:

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Businesses across the West Lidlands are being encouraged to takd up the

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export challenge ` and develop stronger trade links with foreign

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companies. In the last 12 months, firms in our

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region have secured international orders worth at least ?286 lillion.

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But UK Trade Investment ` the government department that helps

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companies on a global stage ` says only around 20 per cent of firms

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currently trade overseas. Hdre's our business correspondent Peter

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Plisner. Cooking up an export success story.

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This Black Country firm makds conveyor belt systems for the food

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industry and it now exports to 2 different countries around the

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world. More than 70 per cent of what's made here goes abroad ` here

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it's definitely been an export lead recovery from recession. I think

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there is a great deal of trtst in brand UK and we have to push that,

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we have heritage, the industrial revolution started here, it's the

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world 's number one languagd still, we have two really pushed the fact

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that we are quality, we are a premium product, we shouldn't be

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ashamed of that. The Prime Linister says he wants to see exports double

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by 2020 but here, there seels to be apathy about increasing export

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levels. Some companies are thinking they might not get paid and others

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are concerned about the language barrier. Andy Cox is also a member

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of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnerships and knows

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only too well about a reluctance to export. There has been a grdat,

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great deal of worry. I brought an order back from Poland as opposed to

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from Preston and get the crddit searches are exactly the sale. We

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can research Company, find out exactly the financial state, but

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there is a fear that we cannot physically get your product back.

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But any fears have been overcome at this company three miles aw`y ` it

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designs and builds pollution control systems. Exports are currently

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around 30 per cent ` but growth in Eastern Europe means that should

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more than double soon. European pollution control regulation is

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driving the growth, we would expect the effect that to be a flip about

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exports, currently about 30$, to about 70%. It's all good news for

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unemployment in the region. Both firms we visited today say they re

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planning to take on more st`ff and both want more apprentices too.

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While the focus is on exports this week, another major event is taking

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place at the National Exhibhtion Centre near Birmingham. MACH 20 4

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sees 500 exhibitors putting their latest technologies and innovations

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through their paces. And Peter Plisner is there now for us. Peter `

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how important are events like this? Very important. The equipment being

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displayed at the show will ultimately produce the goods that

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will be exported from this region. This show is the biggest in the UK,

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showing manufacturing technology, 600 exhibitors showing everxthing

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from robots to 3`D printers, cutting equipment to high`speed presses like

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this one. Cutting`edge equipment, ageing is the managing director

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What is so special about thhs machine? Will it help exports? For

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sure, this machine is a UK component, around the world, we

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market them exporting around the world. Also with us is Louise from

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the menu featuring advisory service. Tell me about exports, comp`nies in

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your last survey were buying more equipment, they must be buyhng it

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because they have got strong exports? Absolutely, there `re big

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opportunities for companies, from exporting and the work being brought

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back into the UK. Take advantage of that, they need to be more dfficient

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and introducing innovative products and services. Machines like this

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enable them to do that. There are lots of glossy machines herd but can

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companies afford to buy? Ard they being lent the money? The fhrst

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thing is they have the confhdence to make the investment, there `re other

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sources of funding, regional growth funds are a good place to look for

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investment and a lot of othdr finance houses, and that can help

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with alternative sources. What do we do to encourage countries to export?

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Them to be confident that there are risks. But organisations like the

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Chamber of commerce can help manage a way through that. Thank you, sorry

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I called you Louise. The family of a man who was attacked

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in Stoke on Trent at the wedkend have released a photo of hil to

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encourage witnesses to come forward. 60`year`old Leonard Holmes hs in a

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stable but critical condition in hospital with head and face

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injuries. He was assaulted by two men in Brownley Road in Smallthorne

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in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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A hole that opened up on thd drive of a bed and breakfast in the

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Staffordshire Moorlands on Friday has been filled in. It took 140

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tonnes of stones in seven lorry loads to fill the hole. The owners

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don't expect to re`open thehr business until October. With very

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concerned about the propertx, we had great worries about it, or 040

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tonnes of stone, seven lorrx loads and the whole is now stabilhsed We

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are just sorting the train dad and then we should be OK. Worcestershire

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County Council have extended the deadline is to claim for cash to

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help recover from every's wdt weather.

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Two volunteers who helped whth the flood relief efforts in

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Worcestershire attended a special reception at Downing Street today.

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Richard Bailey led a voluntder boat crew which carried out welf`re

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checks and rescued people at Callow End, while Dave Walker from the

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Mercia Inshore Search and Rdscue team was a key part of the flood

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effort in Upton. The force of the water this time with a lot lore

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powerful. Because the flood defences were pushing water in different

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ways, and because we work combating contaminated water in 15 model our

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blows. The opportunity for people who are involved in ordinarx life,

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coming up here in meeting the Prime Minister, I think is great that they

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are recognised to what they do. A Birmingham man has collected

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21,000 old hearing aids to help children hear for the first time in

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developing countries. Analogue hearing aids are increasingly being

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replaced by digital models hn the UK, but the old ones are sthll in

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demand. Ben Godfrey has the details In a classroom in Zambia ` ` special

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moment. These youngsters ard hearing each other talk clearly for the

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first time. Those children have this man to thank. Paul Wood is `

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collector. A man not content with helping to collect 21,000 hdaring

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aids. A man who wants more. A group of people from my club went over

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South Africa and discovered there was a tremendous need for hdaring

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aids. The government making available 150 a year and thd need

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was 150,000. These analogue aids can't be recycled. As as it's

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digital technology on the NHS ` there's more here to send ott to

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Africa and India. I was surprised and horrified, and as an estate

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agent, I was aware that one often sees hearing aids in houses,

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seemingly redundant, often hn the case of deceased estates. What

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happens to them? The World Health Organisation estimates that 31.

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million children in the World experience disabling hearing loss.

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Well over half live in south Asia and sub`Saharan Africa. Doctors and

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patients at the QE Hospital in Birmingham are supporting P`ul's

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efforts. The hearing aids themselves cost us about ?100 each. Whdn you

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multiply that by the millions of people who could benefit from

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hearing aids, the costs could be quite large. Paul, with the help of

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the Rotary Club, is appealing for hundreds more hearing aids ` in the

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hope of creating more images like these.

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This is our top story tonight: West Midlands Police rule out a fresh

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investigation into the deaths of 21 people in the Birmingham pub

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bombings. Horrible weather out there this afternoon: Shefali has the

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detailed forecast a little bit later. Also in tonight's programme a

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precious win ` could this bd the goal that keeps West Bromwich Albion

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in the Premier League? Time for sport ` Ian's here with somd welcome

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relief for fans of both West Bromwich Albion and Hereford United.

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They have gone 13 Games without a win and their players are gone two

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months without pay and on the brink of relegation but it is not all doom

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and gloom at Hereford United. Hereford United have been granted a

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seven`day adjournment by thd High Court to settle their outst`nding

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tax bill. It looked like a player mutiny. Today training started

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without the first team. Thex arrived 30 minutes late. They had bden

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holding a meeting to discuss their perilous plight. The club nded these

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players to get motivated for the last five matches of the se`son

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because if they don't, they get relegated, and the financial

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problems are even worse. But how do you motivate players who haven't

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been paid for two months? This is the sharp end of Hereford United's

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problems. For the players, everything is at stake. Thehr jobs,

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their families, paying the bills. Players such as the goalkeeper Rhys

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Evans are even helping out `s coaches. Anybody watching this would

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probably struggle in their death day`to`day if they hadn't bden paid

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for two months. It is that fine line between being professional `nd try

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to do your job properly and doing what's right for you, and nobody

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would have enlargement if somebody had to walk away or do something

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else. Caretaker manager Petdr Beadle is left with trying to motivate

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players who haven't won for 13 matches. They are playing for their

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futures, wherever that may be, we have tried to maintain setthng your

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own standards, I know it's tough but you have got to remain positive and

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keep the standards high in everything we do. There is some good

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news. Fundraising means the club will now meet a ?70,000 tax bill. We

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have cleared this hurdle but we now have to face the next one, which is

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outstanding payroll for plaxers and staff, creditors, and when ht comes

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through, the next tax bill. Hereford United just one point ahead of the

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conference relegation zone with five Games to play. They play thdir

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rivals order shot in the final game of the season. These remain

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desperate days as the fight goes on to save the club. What is the

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intriguing connection now bdtween the fundraising efforts and the

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Grand National? Good question. The winner is trained by Doctor Richard

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Newland in near Worcester, which is good news for Ricky George, the

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former Hereford United playdr who scored the winning goal in that

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famous win over Newcastle in 19 2. He backed the winner and thdn

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donated his winnings of ?1500 to help his old club in crisis. West

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Brom have six Games left to guarantee Premier League football

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next season. They got a 5`point cushion after beating Norwich 1`0.

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They are now just a couple of points behind Aston Villa, whose dhsmal

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home form continued with defeat against Fulham. With three coaches

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laid on by the club, the Albion fans travelled in their thousands. They

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will richly rewarded. Furtado's goal secured a win and Norwich s`cked

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their manager 24 hours later. We have seven points from four Games,

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we are in good shape. Three weeks ago, Aston Villa seemed to be on the

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brink of clinching survival but have plummeted. Defeat by what club

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Fulham was a new low, they have lost a club record ten home Games in the

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season. Villa are still sevdn point clear of the bottom three and should

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be safe. West Brom have a 5`point gap. Some teams below them have a

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much more difficult run`in. Birmingham City have flirted with

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relegation for weeks but another brilliant away victory at Doncaster

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tried them closer to safety. Wolves are close to joining them in the

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championship. Saturday's rottine win over Peterborough means thex could

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be promoted next weekend. Every win at the stage of the season hs a big

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step. One more game off, adding carriage by the performance, as

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well. But we were back to otr best. Port Vale have overtaken Walsall in

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their chase for the promotion play`offs. Shrewsbury Town

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dramatically improved their chances of staying up after defeating

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legation rivals Stevenage. @nd automatic promotion is still in the

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sights of Burton Albion in league two, only three points adrift after

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Saturday's win over Plymouth. Finally, Jody Stimpson is the

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writing of the world triathlon series in New Zealand. She finished

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25 seconds ahead of the field in Auckland. It's a flying start of the

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competition for Jodie as shd bids to go one better than the silvdr medal

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she won last year. No play for Warwickshire Worcestershire today.

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It has been a total wash`out. He set off on his journey 500 years ago and

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now the story of the Worcester pilgrim is being brought back to

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life. His boots and staff which were unearthed at the city's cathedral 30

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years ago have undergone extensive conservation and now form the

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centrepiece of a a new heritage trail. Cath Mackie's been to take a

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look It's 1454 ` and a pilgrim from Worcester is making his fin`l

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journey. His name may be Robert Sutton ` and he's being burhed in

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the city's cathedral. More than 500 years later, his remains ard

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discovered during excavation work. I have had several stories about the

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excavation, the caps of the boots, the toes poking out through the

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soil, and the excitement of recovering more of the boots, which

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were very unusual to find. The pilgrim's boots and staff h`ve been

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in the hands of a specialist conservation team and now form the

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centrepiece of an interactive exhibition at Worcester Cathedral.

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It is unique in this countrx, people were not usually buried clothes

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usually in a cloud, so it mtst be significant to this person that they

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were buried in boots with their pilgrim's staff, and it's

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extraordinary. We might be talking about a 15th century pilgril but its

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modern technology that bringing technology to life and therd is a

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phone that you can use to follow the pilgrim's Trail. Worcester was a

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popular place for pilgrims to visit the shrines of St Wulfstan `nd St

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Oswald. The cathedral's library holds the monastic account rolls.

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Does it tell you how much pdople paid? Yes, in this year thex

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received seven shillings at the tombs. These tired old boots carry

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the dust of the medieval pilgrim trail. Hopefully travellers on the

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modern day version in the chty will find the journey less wearing.

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A pretty miserable day ` wh`t's the forecast got in store? Here's

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Shefali. Thankfully not as much rain as

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today. We have had reports of torrential downpours. That has been

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coupled with squally winds `round the rain of up to 40 to 50 lph. It

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is this area of low pressurd that has accompanied us, high prdssure

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begins to build from the sotth over the next few days. This will be

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keeping things largely dry. We can't rule out the odd shower, yot can see

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the compression meaning we will see breezy weather. This evening and

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overnight, some fairly punchy showers around in the wake of that

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rain, they will be affecting us during the first part of tonight the

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high pressure starts to takd effect and take hold by the second part of

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tonight as the showers fade away. Mostly clear conditions.

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Temperatures will fall lower than they did last night, when wd had

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loads of around 11 Celsius, tonight we're down to about four Celsius.

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The chilly start to the day tomorrow, largely dry conditions.

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Lots of sunshine, particularly by the afternoon. That will rahse

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temperatures. It will feel ` bit cooler because of the breezd. We are

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looking at cold nights this week, tomorrow night is no excepthon. A

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frosty start of the day on Wednesday, but again, high pressure

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will keep things strike, a bit cloudier perhaps.

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Thanks Shef ` and you're gohng to be busy over Easter aren't you? Yes,

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I'm going to be presenting two radio shows on BBC Coventry and

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Warwickshire over the holid`y ` at 6pm on Good Friday and Eastdr

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Monday. And I'm hoping that listeners will get in touch with

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their questions on Twitter. Tonight's headlines from thd BBC:

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peaches Geldof, the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof and the late Paul Yates

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has died at the age of 25. Police were called to her home in Kent

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where her body was discoverdd. And a police confirmed no new

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investigation into the Birmhngham pub bombings of 40 years ago. That

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was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock talking live to the

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man hoping to drive forward exports from West Midlands companies

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