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Korean ferry capsized. That's all

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Good evening. A retired musician is recovering in hospital after being

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carjacked. Michael Green has a fractured hip as well as head

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injuries. Thugs targeted him for his 15`year`old car which they later

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crashed. The 84`year`old told his family that he thought he was going

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to die. Sian Grzeszczyk reports. Michael Green lived for his music

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entertaining audiences as a drummer across the Black Country and the

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world for decades. And this is him today. His injuries so severe, he

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needed surgery. Last Friday the pensioner was at this pub in

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Bilston. Known for its live music and part of the reason he was a

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regular. As he was leaving, up to six thugs attacked him to take his

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15`year`old Toyota car. His daughter Giselle is still coming to terms

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with what happened to her father. It was very upsetting to see. My dad

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had been an absolute gentleman, he didn't want to make any fuss at all

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in the hospital but he was covered in blood, he had a nasty head wound,

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he was obviously in a lot of pain. They had seen the victim just get

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into the car, he had literally just sat in the vehicle when he was

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forcibly dragged out of the car and dragged across the floor will stop

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to take the car is one issue but to cause the injuries that they caused

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a fractured hip, which has resulted in him still being hospitalised,

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causes me immense concern and I'm keen to catch those responsible.

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Michael's been drumming since he was a teenager and loves playing gigs

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for locals. Today people in Bilston said they were disgusted by news of

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his attack. It's awful, really. But they don't realise is they will be

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that old someday. But they think it's never going to happen to them.

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I think they need locking up, they want educating, for starters. No two

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ways about it. West Midlands Police arrested a16`year`old on suspicion

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of robbery who has now been bailed. Giselle had this message for the

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people responsible. I would think that they have got dads and grandads

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to, and I would like them to have a think about how they would feel if

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it was their grandad. How is the rest of the family feeling? Very

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shaken and upset. Detectives here say the violent attack on Mr Green

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was out of all proportion to any gain.. His aging car had little

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resale value. They want anyone who saw the Blue Toyota Avensis in the

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moments after it was stolen to get in touch. Michael is expected to

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remain in hospital for the rest of the week and is described as making

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good progress. His family are worried about the long term impact

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his attack will have on him but say despite his ordeal, he's a fighter

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and together they will get through this.

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And Michael Green's daughter Giselle visited him in hospital late this

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afternoon. She says he wants people to know how grateful he is for all

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the kind messages he's received since the attack.

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You're watching Midlands Today, good to have you with us. Coming up later

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in the programme: Looking into the future, Jaguar Landrover show off

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new technology which could be fitted to its four by fours.

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Doctors in Birmingham have carried out pioneering treatment on a

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diabetes patient who had problems injecting himself with insulin. It's

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a type of procedure that's almost routine in Germany but is new here.

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This region has the UK's highest rate of diabetes, affecting almost

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one in 12 people. Here's Giles Latcham.

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Good times for Kraig McLeod ` he's got his strength back ` he's got his

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life back. It's a far cry from two years ago ` when he was at rock

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bottom. It made me tired, it made my head spin constantly, constantly

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down in the dumps. When things are so bad, it just adds to it, it was

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horrendous, one of the worst moments of my life. He has type one diabetes

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induced to ride on entering injections four times a day, using a

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device a bit like a pen. `` rely on insulin injections. But he developed

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an analogy to the injection, which led to confessions which could have

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killed them. So the challenge for doctors at the Queen Elizabeth

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hospital in Birmingham was to find a way of delivering the insulin into

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Kraig's bloodstream but without needles. This is what they came up

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with ` a device made in Germany but used on only one other patient in

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the UK. The approach we took was to bypass the scheme completely, to put

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a port into his abdominal cavity so the insulin could be delivered

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straight into his abdomen rather than by the skin. Plenty of diabetic

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patients use pumps which deliver insulin under the skin. But Kraig's,

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surgically fitted, pumps it through a hole in his abdomen. I've got

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routine back again, you have control of your health, control your blood

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sugar is, which before anything like that was taken away. The simple

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things mean a lot, definitely. It's still new, we are learning but early

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signs are learning but early signs I suspend the right thing for him.

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Kraig's going back to work and making plans. Rare though it is

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here, it's a procedure much used on the continent and he hopes to spread

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the word so others like him will see their lives transformed.

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The unemployment rate in the West Midlands has increased slightly `

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despite falling nationally. 224,000 people are now out of work here ` an

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increase of 2,000 on the previous quarter. The latest figures mean

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around 8.2% of the population in the West Midlands is unemployed. It

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remains higher than the national average, a five year low of 6.9%.

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Police who were searching for a man reported to be in difficulty in a

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lake in the Black Country have recovered a body. The man was seen

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in the water at Walsall Arboretum at around half past seven last night.

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His death's being treated as unexplained.

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A 15`year`old boy's been questioned after he was arrested following the

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stabbing of a man in Birmingham on Monday night. Emergency services

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were called to Slade Road in Erdington after reports of a fight.

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They found a 24`year`old with knife wounds. He remains in a critical

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condition in hospital. If you've been on the M6 over the

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past few months, you've probably been stuck in slow traffic. Journey

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times on one of the busiest sections of the motorway are expected to

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improve from today. It follows the completion of the latest section of

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what's called the 'Smart Motorway'. The system, first trialled on the

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M42, allows drivers to use the hard shoulder at peak times. Here's our

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Transport Correspondent, Peter Plisner.

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The M6 this morning ` flowing freely. Reduced traffic because of

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the Easter holidays helped ` but so did the Smart Motorway system

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designed to ease congestion by slowing down traffic and using the

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hard shoulder as an extra lane. We breezed in to Birmingham and so did

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Steve Poole ` a regular commuter on a route which he says used to be

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more like a car park. Historically this has been one of the worst

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bottleneck areas in the country. Is cutting journey time down, from my

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perspective, 60%. The Smart Motorway concept was first trialled on the

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M42 east of Birmingham eight years ago. There it improved journey times

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and as a result was soon adopted elsewhere. After the M42 it was then

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installed on the M6 between junctions four and five and between

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10a and junction eight. The latest section that opened today will mean

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that Smart Motorway now covers more than 20 miles of the midlands

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motorway network. The completion of this game comes at a time when Smart

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Motorways rally is being introduced across the country. Another scheme

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near London becomes operational this the only solution was motorway

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widening. And here's where it's all controlled ` with hundreds of

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cameras, operators here have a bird's eye view of the traffic.

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First thing we have two look for is a high flow rate. Then we will check

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the flow on camera, if that looks heavy and congested on camera, we

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will open the hard shoulder. So is smart motorway replacing expensive

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motorway widening? Can build these schemes for a fifth of the cost of

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widening, less intrusive, less disruptive to residents, so a huge

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map of benefits. And freeflowing motorways aren't just good for

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commuters, they also help lorries get there quicker and that's good

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for the economy. Staying with motoring and Jaguar

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Landrover has been showing off technology that could be fitted to

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some of its four by fours in the future. The company's invested

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heavily to make its vehicles Galactic spaceship. Partnership

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means they want people to think about JL are in high terms, they

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spent billions on new engineers, trying to cement the idea that it is

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high`tech, cutting`edge technology. They also unveiled invisible

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technology? threatened with closure because of

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financial problems. Blackbrook near Leek's suffered from falling visitor

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numbers, and was put up for sale with an asking price of ?350,000.

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The administrators say they've received a good offer which

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guarantees the zoo's future and the jobs of staff.

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Our top story tonight: The 84`year`old dragged from his car and

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brutally attacked outside a pub, all for his 15`year`old Toyota. Your

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detailed weather forecast to come shortly from Shefali ` also in

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tonight's programme: Africa's first footballing superstar. With less

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than two months to go the World Cup in Brazil, we find out what he

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thinks of England's chances. This stunning regression of the Battle of

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the Somme was due to be destroyed but it has been saved. Join me later

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to find out how it is now going to go on public display.

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Almost 60 years ago, Hungarians took on the might of the Russian Army to

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attempt to overthrow Soviet occupation. Many ended up fleeing

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their country. Now the story of one refugee who came to live in Stoke on

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Trent is to be made into a feature film, as Lindsay Doyle has been

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finding out. The Last Train to Budapest, a short

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film by Staffordshire University students adapted from the novel by a

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Stoke`on Trent author based on the life of his Father, Nandor Pekar a

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young freedom fighter in the Hungarian revolution in 1956. The

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Russians came back with terrifying forces, air planes, tanks, you name

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it, they were going to destroy the freedom fighters. Once that had

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completed, there was no alternative, you either stayed and risked arrest

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or death, those kind of consequences, or you try to escape.

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It was one of the darkest chapters in 20th century Hungarian history.

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The Soviet Union had seized power at the end of the Second World War. Not

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only did Nandor Pekar's story inspire the Staffordshire students,

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now an independent film producer wants to make it into a feature

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film. These kids were 17, 18, going out, grabbing their dad's hunting

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rifle and walking down the street to try and stop the convoys of Russian

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tanks. It's just an amazing story, and a universal story. The film will

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be shot on location in Hungary and Stoke, capturing a moment in time

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still so vivid for another Hungarian Refugee. It was terrible, because

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some of them got hit. I was only 18 myself, I have seen some blokes

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there, some limbs knocked off, it was terrible. Nandor Pekar died in

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1987, he was just 48 years old. But now through the written word and

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film, his story is captured forever. Birmingham born director and writer

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Steven Knight is the man who brought Peaky Blinders to our screens last

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year ` the award winning BBC Drama about a gang in his home City in the

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1920s. Well tonight he's getting the red carpet treatment in Birmingham

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for his latest film release Locke, which gets its World Premiere here.

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Our arts reporter Satnam Rana is there ` this is quite a coup isn't

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it? It is a huge coup, Mary ` London and Leicester Square are what many

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of us associate with film premieres but tonight it's the turn of

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Birmingham. Locke is a drama thriller centered around the car

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journey of Ivan Locke played by Tom Hardy. A lot happens along the way.

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The man who has filmed it within the city is Stephen Knight, the director

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and writer of Locke. Brummie through and through. Why is it important for

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you to profile the city in this way? Why wouldn't you? It's a great city,

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a big`city, and I think the swagger of Birmingham should be returned.

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This was the manufacturing heart of the world at one point and here we

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are in the city where loads of creative people live, there is no

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reason you can't premiere film in Birmingham like you could in London.

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You deliberately chose to the opening scenes here. We were on a

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very cold roof, and we shot spaghetti Junction. I said to be

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director and photographer, there is spaghetti Junction, make it look

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like a beautiful painting, and he does. In a way, it is a Birmingham

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monument, it's beautiful but practical. You have been recording

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series number two of Peaky Blinders around the region. Important links

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to the whole area? Absolutely. We have to do more stuff, other people

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have to, just celebrated and don't be embarrassed or ashamed to write

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stuff that is set here. Thanks very much. I'm joined now by Tom Hardy,

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the star of the film. For you, you are the only character that appears

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in the film. It must've been a challenge to be in a car filming

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over five days. It was a bit of fun. I wasn't alone because I had

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everybody talking to me in my ear. You have an filming in the region

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for progress macro as well. What is your impression of Birmingham? Were

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filmed at end of full and magister, actually. But I've only just been

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here today. `` filmed it in Liverpool and Manchester. It's ready

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exciting having you here in the city and good luck with the premiere

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tonight. Tom Hardy, starring in Locke. Lots of Birmingham

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celebrities as well. A dazzling end to a sunny day here in the city. In

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just 57 days the World Cup kicks off in Brazil.

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32 nations will compete for football's ultimate prize, including

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five from Africa. It was back in 1990 that an African country first

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made its mark in the tournament. And today the undoubted star of that

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team was in Walsall ` our reporter Ian Winter caught up with him. From

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Cameroon to Walsall. Roger Milla is in town to roll back the years and

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jog a few memories of Italia 90. He has made a chance and scored! Roger

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Milla was the veteran who only agreed to play in the World Cup

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because he got a call from the President of Cameroon. TRANSLATION:

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Nowhere in the annals of football, has an old grandad of 38 come on and

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created history by scoring for his country. And neither had this, a hip

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wiggling goal celebration around the corner flag. Sadly for millions of

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fans around the world, that was the last days of his delightful dancing

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at Italia 90 because in the quarterfinals, Cameroon lost to

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England 3`2. Roger Milla is in the Midlands to say thank you to the

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University of Wolverhampton. Ten years ago he set up a charity to

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improve the lives of underprivileged children in Cameroon and the

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University has divided the new IT facility supporters work. But is it

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mean to have Roger Milla here? It's fantastic. A wonderful sportsman,

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Ambassador, here at our Institute of sport. Also, somebody who cares so

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much about developing education for young people. Roger Milla played in

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three World Cup finals and this was the goal everyone remembers. 24

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years later, seemed double double Lions of Africa are back in the

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world stage in the same group as the host nation `` indomitable Lions.

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Will Samuel Eto'o be celebrating like this? Why not a final, England

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versus Cameroon? That way we would get our revenge! Today the kids were

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out celebrating, but Roger Milla, 62 next month, will always be the

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undisputed king of the corner flag dance.

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Back in February a story we brought you about a unique tribute to the

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soldiers of World War One, provoked quite a reaction. Many of you were

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shocked that a recreation a day at the Battle of the Somme would be

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destroyed. Well we're happy to tell you it's been saved ` for now at

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least. Bob Hockenhull is at Dudmaston Hall in Shropshire ` tell

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us more. Would you believe it, all of this was made out of brown

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paper. It was made by students at Birmingham City University, who were

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given four weeks to created as part of the project, and they had ?450.

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They have made an excellent job of getting the detail here, it was due

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to be destroyed but that isn't going to happen any more. It's an art

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project that captured the imagination of the public. The

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regression of the Battle of the Somme was only meant to be

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temporary. It was due to be torn down and destroyed. Doug Marston

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Hall has come to the rescue. Some of the scenes have been gingerly moved

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and re`erected in the old kitchen. Enthralling visitors of all ages.

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It's really impressive, very emotive, surprisingly it's made by

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paper. It showed what it was like when they were in World War I.

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Considering how flimsy the display is, it's survived the move

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surprisingly well but in this plenary year will prove a timely

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reminder of what soldiers had to injure or in the dark days of the

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Somme `` centenary year. The public have until the end of Tiber to see

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this regression. `` October. It must've been a difficult job

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bringing it here. We had a team of staff who had to delicately wrapped

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soldiers in bubble wrap, then the students came to see us last week

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you had made all these pieces, they reinstated everything. As he said,

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it is very fragile, with his wonderful French walls just made out

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of paper. What has been the reaction? Amazing. Everybody

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remembers you covering it when it was made so many people are saying,

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this was on the television! They can get up close and personal and the

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children especially are in all. Of course, it's appropriate it as come

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here because you here have your own World War I history. Just like

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people around the country, we have been researching our family links

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with World War I. Captain Geoffrey served in Egypt, he was hard of

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hearing, he was behind the lines filling topography. He writes home

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poignantly, he lost first his `` both his first Commons, one of them

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re`enlisted as a private soldier and was killed in France. The think

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there is any chance that beyond October, these paper trenches will

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be saved? From the students when they came, they said they think this

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is the last time they think it could be moved and they have asked us to

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dispose of it in a fit and respectful way. For now, the public

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can come and see what it's all about and the detail really is struggling.

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There are rats in the sewers, people on stretchers with really detailed

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expressions of pain, so it is worth coming along and having a recruit.

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`` having a look at it. She enjoyed the evening sunshine so

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much last night, Shefali is out there again this evening. With

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Easter weekend edging nearer, is the weather about to change?

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Already the winds are blowing, it is breezy out here and if you were out

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in the sun trying, out of the sunshine, it did feel a bit nippy.

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It is looking cloudier, looking cooler and could even get the odd

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spot of rain. But things will recover by Good Friday and Saturday.

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Tomorrow's weather is indicative of what could be happening during the

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second half of the Easter weekend. There is an area of low pressure

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moving up from the South`East, never bodes well, that will bring with it

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some rain so more than just a spot, I think they could be a fair amount

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of rain into Easter Monday. The cloud is beginning to increase and

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filter through from the North West. We were lucky it held off until now.

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This will start to sink southwards through the night, the South`East

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will of clear but nevertheless, overall temperatures will be a

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couple of degrees higher so Frost is not going to be as much of an issue.

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Not as chilly tomorrow, and for tomorrow, will continue to see the

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crowd streaming in from the North West, spilling South`East through

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the day but by the afternoon, some brighter breaks developing.

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Temperatures will be pegged back, particularly for the North. The

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southern counties, highs of around 15 to 16, a cloudier day and perhaps

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some patchy light rain as well. For tomorrow night, the cloud lingering

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during the first half then clearing, and temperatures low enough for a

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touch of Frost as we head into Good Friday, but Good Friday, Saturday,

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looking fine and dry, just a bit cooler.

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Tonight's headlines from the BBC: Hundreds of school children are

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feared dead as a ferry capsizes off the coast of South Korea. That was

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the Midlands Today. I'll be back at ten o'clock when we'll be checking

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on just how smart the new smart motorway is turning out to be. We'll

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leave you with the scene from Dudmaston in Shropshire.

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