27/04/2014 Midlands Today


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to you. There's more throughout the evening on the BBC News Channel I'm

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Good evening. back with

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Good evening. A tower block has been blown up in

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Birmingham City Centre in what demolition experts have called one

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of the most challenging jobs they've done. The former student

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accommodation tower was just six metres from the nearest building.

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Engineers have spent almost a year working on how to bring it down

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safely. Cath Mackie reports. It's 21 storeys high, it's hn a

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built up area and it's about to be blown up. The 1970s student

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accommodation block at Aston University in Birmingham pltnged to

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the ground. There was a nervous moment as clouds of dust filled the

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air. But they soon cleared to reveal all had gone to plan. How rdlieved I

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you, on a scale of one to tdn? 2. It is a complex job in a tight space

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and it has been 100% successful It was an early start for hundreds of

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students as nearby buildings were evacuated for safety. The fhre

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alarms went off so it was a start to wake up at that. It was quite

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impressive. Everyone like the explosion, I do not think anyone was

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buried about `` worried abott the building. The precision of this

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explosion is quite extraordhnary. We were told we'd be left with a two

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storey high pile of rubble, and that's what we've got. It'll take

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about eight weeks to clear ht. It's another dramatic change to the

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Birmingham skyline and it'll make way for a five acre green open space

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at the centre of the university Cath Mackie, BBC Midlands Today

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Birmingham. And

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`` The police officer at thd centre of the so`called plebgate row is

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seeking libel damages from former Chief Whip and Sutton Coldfheld MP

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Andrew Mitchell of up to ?200,0 0, according to court papers. The

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Metropolitan Police Officer, PC Toby Rowland, is suing Mr Mitchell for

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suggesting he was not telling the truth about the dispute at the gates

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of Downing Street in 2012. Lr Mitchell was accused of swe`ring at

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police and calling them plebs ` allegations he has denied.

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Hundreds of people took to the stre.ets in Gloucester this

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afternoon to remember Hollid Gazzard. `` took to the strdets The

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20`year`old hairdresser died in February after being stabbed while

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working in a salon in the chty. Today a charity walk brought family

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and friends together. Hollie Gazzard was well`known in the

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pub where she used to work `nd customers and staff remember her

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smile. Today it was beaming out from hundreds of tea search as hdr

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friends, family and people who just wanted to show their support

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gathered for a charity work in her honour. `` T`shirts. There `re so

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many people. Not everybody knew her but everybody is a supporter. She

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was really, really good. We had friends from a few years ago, we

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used to go out with her. Evdryone has pulled together to support her.

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Absolutely bowled over by the amount of people that have turned out

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today, fantastic. She is well`known for doing self these, and it is a

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proud day. Hollie Gazzard dhed in February when she was stoppdd by

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working at this beauty salon. And ex`boyfriend has been chargdd with

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murder and will stand trial the autumn. Today was about remdmbering

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happier times with the imagd of Hollie Gazzard the image of the

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afternoon. Nearly ?3 million has now bden

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raised for the Teenage Cancdr Trust by Stephen Sutton from

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Staffordshire. The figure now stands at ?2.8 million pounds is rhsing

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constantly. A charity comedx gig arranged by Jason Manford whll be

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held for the 19`year`old cancer patient in the centre of Birmingham

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this evening. A number of wdll known comedians are expected at the event,

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which was sold out within four minutes. The venue has alre`dy made

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ten thousand pounds from ticket sales and expects to add to that

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during the evening. One of the largest outdoor Vaisakhi

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celebrations in the world attracted tens of thousands of people to

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Birmingham today. The annual procession, which marks the

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formation of the Sikh nation in 1699, converged on Handsworth Park

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for a day of celebrations. 200 members of the Royal Mercian and

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Lancastrian Yeomanry marched through Shrewsbury this afternoon. The

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regiment is being disbanded as part of army reorganisation, and its

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headquarters in Telford are being moved to Edinburgh.

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Birmingham City Ladies are out of the Champions League. They lost 3`0

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to the Swedish side, Tyreso, in this afternoon's semifinal. Afterwards,

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Captain Karen Carney praised her team's performance. I think everyone

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gave everything today. Everxone is busy distantly pointed and we do not

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think we deserved three goals but we have to be big about it and use it

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as motivation to go on in the league.

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And just one other football result for you from League Two. Burton

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Albion lost to Chesterfield by `0. Good evening. Showers were the order

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of the day but by night it hs going to be drier. The showers will be

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failing. The cloud will be increasing. There are showers this

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evening. They will start to fade. We will see the cloud increase with

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possibly mist and fog in pl`ces too. Not a cold night. Still the

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risk of showers here and thdre as we head into Monday morning. A great

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start and drizzly in places, but the cloud should live through the

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morning. We should see more showers in the afternoon and some could be

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heavy. Temperatures not doing too badly.

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That's it from us. I'll be back just after a quarter past ten. Bx for

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now. Good evening. After an unsettled

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weekend, the same culprit will be staying with us through the early

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part of the new week. No pressure is set to continue producing a fair

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number of showers across England and Wales. Still some hefty ones to come

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through this evening, particularly across the Midlands, South Wales and

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south-west England. Rain will spread from the south-west of Scotland into

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Northern Ireland by dawn. A mild enough night. Monday, after a gloomy

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start for many of us, the cloud and Risley rain across Northern

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Ireland. A reasonably dry start across England and Wales but come

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the afternoon, that low-pressure centre is still close by and it

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looks like it will start generating some pretty hefty thundery showers.

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A few for south Wales, certainly across

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