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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. and all the pupils to study there.

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

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family reflect on the loss of the two men, the crash is believed to

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have been a tragic accident. The astonishing money raised for the

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Teenage Cancer Trust. It is amazing what he has done. A judge rtles are

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diabetic death was unavoidable. The hospital was fined ?200,000 after

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basic failings. Birmingham city manager, Lee Clark, refuses to

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concede defeat just yet. We are looking forward to gdtting

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the four points that we need to stay in the division. And after the

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warmest day of the year so far, why you may ask are there dark clouds

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looming in the background? There are contrasts this week.

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Good evening and welcome to the programme. Tributes have bedn paid

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to two Midlands servicemen who died in a helicopter crash in

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Afghanistan. Flight Lieuten`nt Rakesh Chauhan and Lance Corporal

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Oliver Thomas were on board a Lynx helicopter which went down hn

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Kandahar province, 30 miles from the border with Pakistan on Sattrday.

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Three other servicemen on board were also killed, bringing the ntmber of

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British casualties in the Afghan conflict to 453. The MoD has denied

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claims by the Taliban that insurgents shot the helicopter down,

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saying initial investigations indicate a tragic accident. Lance

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Corporal Oliver Thomas and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan both

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servicemen in the prime of their lives, and both described bx the

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army and their families as bright, and gifted with a passion for life.

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Oliver Thomas was 26 and from Kington in Herefordshire whdre he

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was head boy at Lady Hawkins school, voted into the job by both teachers

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and pupils. The first day of term today was quiet as teachers had

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planned a training day. Instead they mourned. We are devastated stay and

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we had a break in the day to let the staff gather their thoughts of

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Oliver. Oliver's former history teacher remembers several trips to

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the first and Second World War battlefields. You can see from an

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early age that he was reallx interested in the Armed Forces. He

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always showed up most respect for the war dead. I taught him `ll the

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way through and he was great fun in the class and always had a joke

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Pauline Hughes the school's office manager is a close family friend.

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How could we put ourselves hn their position? They are absolutely

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devastate `` devastated and he had his whole life in front of him. They

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are all devastated. This is a double blow for the school because Oliver's

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mum works here. I spoke to her earlier on the phone and shd said a

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statement they'd released stmmed up her son, It says Oliver Seized every

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opportunity and achieved in all that he did. The pain of the Tholas

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family is matched by the Ch`uhan's. Rakesh Chauhan was 29 and from

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Birmingham. I was concerned for his safety and eight overshadowdd what

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he had achieved at such a young age. Maybe he didn't see through that but

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we were extremely proud of him. Another Midlands school is left to

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remember a former pupil with pride. He was a regular visitor to to the

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school and he spoke to me about the risks of going to Afghanist`n. He

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was delighted to have been `ssigned the task which he could use his

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intellect and training to m`ke a real difference to the world. Rakesh

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Chauhan was in the Royal Air force, Oliver Thomas was in the

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intelligence corps. It's believed both were passengers on the lynx

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helicopter when it crashed hn Kandahar. Initial reports stggest it

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was a tragic accident. The bodies of both men are due to be flown back to

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the UK next week. Cath Mackhe, BBC Midlands Today.

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You're watching BBC Midlands Today, good to have you with us thhs

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evening. Coming up later in the programme How did they do that? The

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story behind the dramatic ddmolition of a university tower block `

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sitting just a few yards from other buildings.

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Another day, another million ` the remarkable fundraising camp`ign by

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cancer patient Stephen Sutton passed the three million pound mark this

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afternoon. Stephen's initial target was to raise ?10,000 for thd Teenage

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Cancer Trust. But the Staffordshire teenager's story has receivdd

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worldwide publicity in the last week ` and the current fundraising total

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now stands at three point x million pounds ` helped by a special comedy

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show in Birmingham last night Bob Hockenhull has the story. `` three

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million and ?34 million. Stephen Sutton has touched the

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hearts of millions. Last night three hundred of his followers got to send

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their good wishes in person. There is 300 people who want to s`y well

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done. Comedian Jason Manford phoned Stephen up during his performance to

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raise money for the 19 year old s record breaking appeal. What is

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important to remember is he has been doing this for a couple of xears

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without all this. He raised half ?1 million by himself which is

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incredible. One guy who is dying of cancer has raised half ?1 mhllion

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and that is the bit that gets people. The comedy night at the

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Players Bar in Birmingham hdlped push Stephen's fundraising `ppeal

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for the Teenage Cancer Trust towards three million pounds. That's a

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quarter of what the charity normally raises annually. I don't know him

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personally but you feel you do because he has reached out to

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everybody. Hopefully this whll go global. This afternoon Stephen from

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Burntwood near Cannock postdd a new photograph of himself on Facebook to

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celebrate what he called a crazy week. After coughing up a ttmour at

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the weekend he told followers, With my breathing fine and no other acute

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medical problems at the momdnt, we can optimistically look forward to a

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period of future that at thd beginning of the week seemed

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impossible." Last night's gig raised ?10,000

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adding to a magnificent tot`l. And with donations received frol 94

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counties, Stephen really has become a global sensation. A hospital trust

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has been fined thousands of pounds after a diabetic patient lapsed into

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a coma after nurses failed to give him insulin. Mid Staffordshhre NHS

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Foundation Trust was told bx a judge today that a private companx would

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have been fined ?1m. In a moment we'll be live in Stafford ` but

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first this report from our Health Correspondent Michele Paduano.

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Gillian died on the 11th of April 2007 because she wasn't givdn

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insulin. She was failed by nurses on eight shifts conducting 11 drug

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rounds. Unusually, the high Sheriff sat next to the judge who s`id that

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the responsibility laid with the management at the highest ldvel

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Every hospital patient has the right to expect more. Serious safdty

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management flaws were identhfied by our investigation. We expect lessons

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to be learnt across the NHS to prevent this happening again. Her

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caring friend for seven years for someone to be held responsible for

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taking everything from him. Jill died at 1:20am on the 11th of April

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2007. The sun went out in mx life. He has described the whole

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prosecution to me as Monty Python but said after seven years of

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talking common sense to those forced to defend the nonsensical, dnough is

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enough. A trust that is ?21 million in the red as to pay ?227,000. This

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was not about the money at `ll. This was about getting messages out there

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in the hope that it will send some shock waves through the boardrooms

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of other NHS trusts so lessons can be learned. Why didn't the health

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and sex `` Health and Safetx Executive prosecute individtals It

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is what he wanted. I have ghven my statement. Deterred `` the judge

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talked about accountability but family and friends feel no senior

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executive has been held to accountable. `` to account. And

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Michele joins us now from Stafford Crown Court, do you expect there to

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be any more prosecutions? There was an inquest which found negldct and

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there were two nurses taken to the midwifery Council and one w`s struck

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off. As far as this is concdrned, this is the end of the road. The

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road. It offers psychic `` the Health and Safety Executive looking

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into another case of a woman who fell out of bed. There are other

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cases on the books of a teal where they are looking for a posshbility

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of prosecution. David Cameron is facing a b`ckbench

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rebellion over the HS2 rail link when MPs vote tonight. At ldast 30

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Tory MPs, including several from the Midlands, are expected to vote

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against or abstain at the bhll's second reading although it won't be

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enough to block the legislation as Labour say they will back the

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government. Live now to Westminster and our Transport Correspondent

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Peter Plisner. Peter is the opposition building? There hs. They

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plan to stay was expected. Ht's a big day for HS2, the second reading

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of any bill is a big moment. It also starts the scrutiny process where

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those against HS2 can have their say. The debate on HS2 is going on

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in the House of Commons behhnd me as we speak. It's expected that the

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debate will go on well into the evening. Already some Midlands MPs

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have spoken during that deb`te. Joining me is Richard Burton, the MP

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for Northfield and Labour transport spokesman. On capacity, anybody that

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has been standing on the tr`ins knows there is a problem but also

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this gives us a chance to gdt more freight. It is an expensive scheme.

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Any scheme is expensive but this can make a difference to our region

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Getting it connected to othdr parts of the country, we are

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geographically in the centrd of the country but we need to be f`r more

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in the centre. John Reid also joins me from the alliance. What xou make

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of it? We think it is fundalentally flawed. It shouldn't distract from

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the message which is a just to was going to cost at least ?73 billion

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and that is over ?1500 for dvery single adult in Britain stopped HS2

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is not needed and is not wanted by the British people. 53% are against

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it and that is why we are against this project. The debate is going on

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as we speak and is expected to finish with a vote 11pm tonhght

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This is our top story tonight: Tributes to two of the servhcemen

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who died in a helicopter cr`sh in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Oliver

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Thomas from Herefordshire and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from

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Birmingham. Your weather forecast for the week is still to cole with

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Shefali, talking of which. Ht never rains but it pours, Aston Vhlla drop

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closer to the relegation zone after losing five of their last shx

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matches. And out of the theatre and hnto a

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tent. A Russian opera gets ` modern make over.

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It was one of the trickiest demolition jobs ever attempted in a

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city centre. But early Sund`y morning 21 storeys of tower block

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were turned into rubble leaving neighbouring buildings untotched.

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Our Science Correspondent D`vid Gregory`Kumar went behind the scenes

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to find out how exactly it was done. Say goodbye to the Stafford Tower.

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11,000 tonnes of defunct sttdent accommodation on the Aston

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University campus in central Birmingham. And when the dust

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cleared, a neat pile of rubble between two untouched buildhngs So

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how did they do that? Last week we went inside to see just how they

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were going to blow up a 21 story tower block. Without damaging the

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brand new buildings just a few metres away. This is a tricky

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demolition. It is mind`boggling with the science that goes into ht. Since

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September they've taken out the asbestos, moved services like water

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and power and pre weakened the tower. Windows are covered to

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contain flying debris. So the wiring up of explosives takes placd in the

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dark. This is the first floor of the staff at Tower. We have the primary

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detonator and another one as a contingency. They set of thd

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charges. This will eventually set of the charge in each of the holes

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within the concrete components causing the required collapse of the

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building. This is the video that convinced the university delolition

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was an option. The experts were certain they could fire the

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explosives so that the building would topple forward, with ` slight

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twist, into the gap between its neighbours leaving them untouched.

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These buildings are six metres away from the tower and these containers

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are attached with the steel cables. They will be pulled in the building

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collapses down and none of the rubble will hit anything ne`rby And

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all that preparation paid off as it went off without a hitch.

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Let's turn to sport now. It was a nervous weekend for many Midlands

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football fans and that's not changed for the two Birmingham clubs. But

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Dan, a huge sigh of relief `t the Hawthorns for West Brom fans.

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West Bromwich Albion are now just one win from Premier League safety

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after beating West Ham 1`0 on Saturday. Saido Berahino scored the

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only goal of the game after just 11 minutes. Albion are now four points

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above the bottom three and the teams in the relegation zone have only two

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games left. But that win for Albion dropped

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Aston Villa further into trouble. And while they are fighting to

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survive in the Premier Leagte. Their second city rivals Birmingh`m City

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are in even deeper trouble hn the Championship.

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Another home game and anothdr home defeat. Birmingham City havdn't won

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at St Andrews since the start of October. And this 3`1 defeat to

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Leeds means they've gone 18 games without a home win. They conceded

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three goals in 20 second half minutes and now they're in the

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bottom three. I don't look `t what other clubs do, I look at what my

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players are about. We have the chance, if we get a positivd

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result, to have our destiny in our own hands. That is what we need

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This is the most clear cut scenario for Blues. They must take a point

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from one of their final two games and hope that Doncaster losd their

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last game away to the Champhons Leicester. Aston Villa are hn

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equally shocking form. They've only taken one point from their last six

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games and now sit just thred points above the relegation zone. However

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Villa's superior goal difference means even if they don't take

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another point this season two of the following still have to happen to

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relegate them. Sunderland whn one of their final three games. Norwich get

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four points from matches ag`inst Chelsea and Arsenal. Fulham win both

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their last two matches. Cardiff win both their last two matches.

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Disappointed with the posithon that we are in. Next week's game is a

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must win game. It is a cup final next week and we have to win it

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Birmingham City could yet mdet in the Championship next season. But

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they could also be separated by two divisions. Either way they both face

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two tense matches to end thdir seasons.

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What have they been saying to us on the Midlands Today Facebook page?

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Let's start with Villa. Rich Coombes got in touch to say he

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believes Villa will finish fourth from bottom. So that's a positive

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start. But he says the football has been worse than last season ` and he

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thinks owner Randy Lerner and manager Paul Lambert should leave.

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Richard Taylor reckons Vill` are going down because of Lambert's

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tactics and he also says sole of the players are not Premier League

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standard. And Villa fan Andx Ball has a very simple message: "We will

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stay up, on pure luck." Across the city, fair to sax not a

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lot of love for Blues boss Lee Clark. Some comments very critical

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while Eric Bullock says, "I don t think we will avoid relegathon. He

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thinks Clark should've been sacked months ago." But one last comment

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which proves what supporting a football club is all about. Chez

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Appleby`Gardiner says, "I'm a Bluenose through and through ` no

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matter what division we're hn." So a lot of anxiety for Bluds fans

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in particular, but for Shrewsbury Town supporters, relegation is

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confirmed. And this is the moment their fate

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was sealed. Shrewsbury lost 4`2 at home to promotion chasing

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Peterborough on Saturday. It leaves them bottom of league one and seven

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points from safety with just one game to play.

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Well done to Hereford United who survived in the Conference Premier

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League. But only just. With barely two minutes rem`ining,

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Michael Rankine scored the match`winning goal at Aldershot And

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that was good enough to keep the Bulls up, on goal differencd. Great

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relief for the players, and fans alike. And today, the club said it

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was now in a stronger posithon to attract potential new investors And

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next season, Hereford will be joined in the Conference Premier bx AFC

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Telford. Promoted as champions with a 3`0 home win over Gainsborough.

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Congratulations to them. Now when you see a Big Top, most of

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us would expect to find clowns and a trapeze inside. But instead of the

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circus, how about a full sc`le Russian opera? Birmingham Opera

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Company have set up a gigantic tent in the middle of a park for their

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latest production. Our Arts Reporter Satnam Rana is there. What's this

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all about? Well Birmingham Opera company are known for doing things

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differently. They've done opera in a helicopter in the air and now opera

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on the ground in a tent. Audience members are arriving for thd show.

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We filmed far away to give xou an idea of how big it is. What is it

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all about? I have been findhng out. It sounds like opera, but it doesn't

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look like opera as we might imagine it. The vast space within this tent

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is both stage and auditoriul for Musorgky's Kovanchina. But this new

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version is in English, not Russian. And story of Russia's battld between

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modernisation and conservathsm in the 1690s is played out using modern

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visual references familiar to us. The problems of change, whether in

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its can be enforced, the problem of a dogmatic fundamentalist church not

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open to change, these are things everybody recognises. The score is

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as expansive as the themes this opera tackles. Musicians and singers

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from the CBSO, a cast of international soloists and 200

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volunteers weave the audience from scene to scene through music and

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movement. A roaming theatre for a one`off, I think it is a lot more

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interesting. I love the intdractive parts. You don't know what hs

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happening and it is quite interesting. It is really enjoyable.

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It certainly lives up to thd company's motto, not what to expect

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from Opera. And so audiences have assembled here. They're watching a

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pretend news programme about events in the 1690s to set them up for the

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three hour performance. The political themes of modernisation

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and conservatism reflect wh`t's happening in Crimea and the Ukraine

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and Russia's increasing isolation from the west. Dark clouds `re

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threatening on the horizon. How is it looking?

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It is really what the sunshhne is up against that is the problem. We have

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a whole mixture of things going on. It is the middle part of thd week

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that we will see some showers developing and towards the dnd of

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the week, it will become more settled and colder with somd night

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frosts returning. We have a clash of two fronts with low pressurd at its

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centre. Watch the front that is coming up from the south`west. It

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draws showers up from that direction on Wednesday and drugs back down

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again on Thursday. There cotld be quite a few of those developing over

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both those days. We have had reports of a few showers developing through

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this evening. Some of them could be heavy but they are tending to fade

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away later on tonight. The night is largely dry and there is a good deal

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of cloud around and most of this is being drawn in from off the North

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Sea. It will produce some Ddms fog patches in places and they could be

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widespread. We are looking `t murky conditions to start the day.

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Temperatures tonight or arotnd a Celsius. A muggy start to the day

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tomorrow but gradually throtgh the day we will see that sunshine coming

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through. The best of it will be in the western half of the reghon.

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Temperatures here could risd to 17 Celsius. For Wednesday and Thursday,

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we are looking at showery conditions. Tonight's headlhnes from

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the BBC. A teacher is stabbdd to death at a school in Leeds ` a

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15`year`old boy is arrested. And tributes to two of the servhcemen

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who died in a helicopter cr`sh in Afghanistan, Lance Corporal Oliver

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Thomas from Herefordshire and Flight Lieutenant Rakesh Chauhan from

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Birmingham. That is it, goodbye

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