20/04/2014 Midlands Today


20/04/2014

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the Queen, whose 88th birthday it is Good evening. Two months after the

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devastating floods, shops and businesses in Worcester are hoping

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the Easter Holiday weekend will provide a much`needed boost to the

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local economy. Some businesses had to close after the River Severn

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burst its banks. Kevin Reidd reports.

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Worcester looks a totally dhfferent place than it did just two lonths

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ago, with riverside venues well and truly open for business. It's a far

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cry from when the River Sevdrn burst its banks. The Quay restaur`nt was

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one of the worst affected. We had the initial flood just after

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Christmas. We started getting prepared to open again and then we

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got hit worse than the first time. Luckily, we kind of prepared for it.

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It's been two`and`a`half months of redecorating, cleaning... Gdtting

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everything back up to open `gain. Downstream, and the Diglis Hotel is

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also welcoming the start of the tourist season. It survived the

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worst of the flooding but whtnessed the overall downturn, and it's one

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of a number of businesses which has benefited from a financial relief

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fund, receiving around ?5,000. But it's not just hotels and restaurants

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hoping for an Easter boost, also shops and businesses in the city

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centre just a short distancd from here. The shopping areas have long

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been back to normal ` and this department store says signs are

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good. Easter trade has started brilliantly and we're reallx

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encouraged by that. We're not where we'd like to be but we're m`king

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headway. Back down at the Sdvern and although it was a foe in thd winter,

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it's fast becoming a friend for the spring and summer. The medi`

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coverage did actually put Worcester back in people's minds. Somd came

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for flood tourism and perhaps want to see it when it's not flooded

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We're getting busier and busier and all of the work that the agdncies

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are doing is helping that. @nd what's more, the Severn will be

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celebrated in August with the announcement of the revival of the

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city's River Festival. Police have launched a murddr

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inquiry after a man who was injured in a fight outside a West Mhdlands

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pub died in hospital. The 27`year`old victim, who's bden named

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locally as Paddy Woodhall, was punched to the floor during disorder

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outside the Deer's Leap in Streetly on Friday. Four men, all in their

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20s, have been arrested. The head of Ofsted is to le`d the

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investigation into allegations of a hardline Muslim takeover plot at a

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number of Birmingham schools. Sir Michael Wilshaw will visit the city

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next week to meet those dirdctly involved in the inspections. Ofsted

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has assessed more than a dozen Birmingham schools in the w`ke of

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the so`called "Trojan Horse" allegations.

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The Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has used his Easter

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Sunday address to speak out against moves to legalise assisted suicide.

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The Right Reverend Mark Davhes told worshippers that the sanctity of

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human life is at risk. Ahead of a Bill going before Parliament next

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month, he warned against ch`nging the law, saying he believes it would

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"weaken" the protection givdn to vulnerable people. It's a moment

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when we have to be ready to speak for something so fundamental as the

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sacred value of human life htself. We're also concerned with how we

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care for those at the end of life, and to breach the very sanctity of

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human life with this change of the law is going to leave those people

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more vulnerable. While Christians in the reghon have

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been celebrating Easter, melbers of the Sikh community have been holding

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celebrations of their own today to commemorate Vaisakhi. In Coventry,

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local non`Sikh Charities also benefitted from the event, `s Nadine

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Towell reports. The streets of Coventry were filled with noise and

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colour as hundreds of Sikhs joined today's Vaisakhi procession. Because

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of what we believe in we're supposed to be identifiable in crowds of

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hundreds of thousands. So the colour, the turban... There goes a

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Sikh! At the time there was persecution and tyranny, a Sikh

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couldn't hid back in the crowd. You had to do your duty and help. The

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festival is one of the most important in the Sikh calendar,

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marking the founding of the religion. For local Sikhs, ht's

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important to celebrate in ptblic as one large community. It brings a lot

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of pride to us, to see the Sikh community join in and walk the

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streets. It's emotional. It makes you proud to be a Sikh when everyone

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is out on a day like this, hn unity. It's very important. Everyone looks

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forward to it and the community love to get together. Everyone fdels

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united. The celebrations brought other residents on to the streets,

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too. While some were happy to watch, others were keen to join in. As part

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of the procession, all along the route members give out free food and

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drink. Basically to keep those walking along full of energx!

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Non`Sikhs have also benefitdd from today's celebrations, as thd

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community donated to a numbdr of local charities.

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Let's check on the weather now with Charlie Slater. Good evening. Happy

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Easter. Watch out for some rain as we go through the next few hours.

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You can see from the colour it is quite heavy for a time, particularly

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through the counties of Herefordshire and Worcester.

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Thankfully through the night it does dry out and we're looking at seven

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or eight Celsius. Tomorrow, we might see brightness. But also thd odd

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shower. Mild temperatures btt maybe not feeling quite that mild when you

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factor in the rain. Probablx a good idea to keep the umbrella close at

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hand over the next few days. That's all for now; I'll be back

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just after quarter past ten tonight. Until then, enjoy your evenhng.

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Hello. Well, it was another lovely sunny day across the north of the

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UK. What a difference over the south. The rain set in for the

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course of the afternoon. There's more of that to come. It has been

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getting heavy across southern England. A narrow band for

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