26/04/2014 Midlands Today


26/04/2014

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Good evening. Businesses in the Much more on the BBC News

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Good evening. Businesses in the Midlands are being urged to make

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more of Shakespeare's legacy to help give the region global recognition.

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It comes as ten's of thousands of people headed to Stratford today to

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mark the culmination of the Bard's 450th birthday celebrations. From

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around the world thousands lined the streets as a parade in the Bard's

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honour marched by. For those living in the town a sense of pride and

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recognition of what Shakespeare has done for them. Very important but

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not just for Stratford, for Britain. It brings a lot of people in.

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Without that, I think the Among the 600 strong procession are diplomats

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and dignitaries representing more than 30 different countries, all

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drawn to stratford by the power of Shakespeare And at a celebratory

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lunch a chance for local business and arts leaders to make the most of

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that power. Time would die. And at a celebratory lunch...

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You are buying into a brand, the brand of Britain. You are paying for

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quality. Shakespeare is absolutely in the core, the DNA that makes you

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want to associate yourself with a British product. And Shakespeare

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isn't just a product. There are opportunities there. There are

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exchange opportunities. Many people study in universities here and many

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would like to come here to study more. It is clear Shakespeare will

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continue to bring millions of people to Stratford years to come. The

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challenge for businesses is to capitilise on his legacy.

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Police have released an e`fit image of a woman who called at a house in

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Gloucestershire posing as a social worker. She was carrying a fake

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Social Services badge and asked to check the mother's four`month`old

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son. The incident happened in Quedgeley on Wednesday afternoon.

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Anyone who recognises the woman is asked to contact Gloucestershire

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Police. A public meeting's being organised

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in Stoke on Trent over a recycling depot which residents claim is

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blighting their area. Thousands of tonnes of plastics are being stored

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without a licence at the site at Minton, and the owners want to make

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it a permanent arrangement. They've been invited to attend the meeting

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along with the Environment and Highways Agencies. A date has yet to

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be set. The Highways Agency has been

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explaining its plans to reduce congestion on part of the M40 in

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Warwickshire, at two public exhibitions. Motorists currently

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face mile long queues at junction 12 at Gaydon, during the morning rush

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hour. The proposals involve lengthening and widening the

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southbound exit slip road. Onto the day's football now and in

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the Premiership, Stoke lost 1`0 to Spurs. Aston Villa are just four

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points above the relegation zone after a 4`1 thrashing at Swansea.

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But a win for West Brom who beat West Ham 1`0. Meanwhile in the

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Championship Birmingham City's woes continue losing 3`1 to Leeds at St

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Andrews. The Blue's are now in the bottom three, but with a game in

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hand. In League One Wolves have reached 100 points after a 1`1 draw

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at Coventry. At the other end of the table Shrewsbury have been relegated

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after losing 4`2 at Peterborough. Meanwhile Walsall lost 3`2 against

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Stevanage. And in League Two it finished

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Rochdale two, Cheltenham zero And finally one Rugby result to bring

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you. In the Championship a win for Moseley beating Plymouth by 16

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points to 11 Now let's hope all the rain we had yesterday has passed ``

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here's the weather now with Mel Coles.

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Good evening. After a showery day, there are more showers to come this

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evening and into tomorrow as well. We are going to see quite a lot of

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cloud work its way in as well. This evening, there are going to be one

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or two showers. They will fade from some areas, hanging onto

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Herefordshire and Worcestershire as the night goes on but it will not be

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a cold night with those of seven or eight degrees. Tomorrow morning,

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there is more to come. The showers will creep their way in once again.

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We will see variable amounts of cloud around with those showers

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could be quite lively with the risk of hail and thunder. Temperatures

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tomorrow will reach highs of 14 degrees. Looking ahead to next

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week, there is more to come. Remaining unsettled, certainly for

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the start of next week. That's all for now. Your next up

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date from Midlands Today is tomorrow evening. Have a good Saturday night.

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Good evening. An area of low pressure has wrapped itself around

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the British Isles for this weekend. There have been a number of showers

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today, particularly in the south-west, and there is more to

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come overnight. You can see this swirl of cloud, the centre of it in

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the south-west of England. Close to the centre of that there will be

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some strong winds in the south-west of England and some heavy showers as

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well. There will be some big waves along

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