05/05/2014 Midlands Today


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Good evening. The Green Party in the with the

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Good evening. The Green Party in the West Midlands says its confident

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it'll pick up votes in the forthcoming local and European

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elections because of its opposition to the planned High Speed rail

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project linking London to the north of England. Supporters say the

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scheme will boost the region's economy by four billion pounds a

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year as well as creating fifty thousand jobs. BBC Coventry

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Warwickshire's political reporter Sian Grzeszczyk has been finding out

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more. The HS2 route will come through here. Chelmsley Wood, one of

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the battle grounds along one of the proposed HS2 line from London to

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Birmingham. The Greens say their opposition to it is winning them

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votes across the board. It is not just the rural areas who have been

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more vocal and better about going to the media, people here are furious

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about it coming so close to their homes on a huge embankment over ten

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m above the ground. `` ten metres. At the moment, the Greens have 20

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councillors across ten West Midlands councils, the most in Solihull where

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they have seven. The ayes to the right, 452. The noes to the left,

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41. Last week MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the

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scheme which is now one step closer. If our highly unscientific straw

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poll is anything to go by, supporting Chelmsley Wood is thin on

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the ground. I do think we need it. It is a white elephant. It is

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destroying people's lives. It is the fact that I think it is a total

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waste of money. The Greens are hoping the issue will play out well

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in the European elections. Last time out they came sixth in the West

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Midlands behind the BNP, a long way off securing an MEP. With a

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fortnight to go before voters go to the polls, they will be hoping their

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election campaign will be right on track.

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And you can find more information about the elections on our website.

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Warwickshire Police have confirmed that they were called to a primary

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school after two pupils added a home made concoction to a teacher's

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drink. The incident happened at Clapham Terrace Community school in

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Leamington Spa and was believed to involve a mixture of bathroom

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products. The teacher didn't drink the liquid. The pupils have been

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disciplined by the school. Neither the school nor the teacher intends

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to press charges. Four people were rescued from a

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house fire in Coventry in the early hours of this morning. Neighbours

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raised the alarm after the blaze broke out in Butler Crescent in

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Exhall. It's believed the fire started on the ground floor of the

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property. Emergency services were sent to the scene but the family had

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already managed to get out by climbing down a ladder at the rear

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of the building. They were taken to hospital and treated for smoke

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inhalation. A Birmingham football club that

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specialises in helping the players find employment is preparing for the

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biggest game in its history. When the Saltley Stallions take to the

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pitch at Villa Park tomorrow for the Shapla Cup final it will be the

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perfect reward for a true community club. Nick Clitheroe reports.

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It's one of their final training sessions before they run out at

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Villa Park and the Saltley Stallions can still hardly believe it.

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Everyone is excited. The club, the players, you can see how they are

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training. Normally a team has one session a week but with the cup

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finals around the corner, we have only had four weeks to train, so

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double training sessions is needed. But that's only half the story of

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this remarkable south Birmingham club. Because in the last 18 months

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they've helped 16 of their young players find work, many for the

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first time, including here at Service Birmingham. My manager

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helped me with my interview tips, my CV and he told me that there would

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be job vacancies here. I applied for it and have worked hard and made

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myself permanent. I have done my NVQ in sport development. I have helped

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a lot of people into work. The Stallions originally formed just to

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play for fun in the local park but that all changed after the riots of

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2011. The main reason they were looting and rioting was they had

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nothing else to do. There is no excuse for it but it was the honest

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truth. That is why we thought about getting them into employment in any

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way we could. Word of that help has spread through the community and

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brought new players to the club. Victory in the cup final would be a

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fitting conclusion to their season. A group of Worcestershire cricket

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fans have raised more than fifteen thousand pounds from a sponsored

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walk. The group left New Road on Thursday morning and arrived at

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Cardiff yesterday lunchtime. They were raising money for the Basil

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D'Oliveira foundation, which gives children from deprived backgrounds

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the opportunity to play cricket. A look at the weather now, here's

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Shefali. We've been lucky with this bank

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holiday weekend ` especially if we consider how things are panning out

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later this week No day is entirely dry unless you fail to catch a

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shower. But there will be some dry weather about. And the nights are

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warmer than they have been. It really is a busy picture this week

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what with Atlantic fronts whipping through one after another and low

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pressure in charge. Some of those fronts produce rain ` others showers

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and it will turn windier by Friday and over the weekend but you will

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have noticed that the cloud's been thickening up all day as a prelude

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to the arrival of this rain which is now working its way in from the

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west. There'll be heavier outbreaks from time to time before the whole

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lot clears away Eastwards to leave a dry end to the night. And compared

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with last night when temperatures fell to lows of zero degrees around

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parts of Gloucestershire, tonight those values are only dropping to

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lows of eight or nine. So we start the day tomorrow with plenty of dry

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weather. And for a large proportion of the region, we should keep hold

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of that. There will be some showers breaking out in southern counties

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later tomorrow and few elsewhere but where we get the sunshine those

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temperatures should rise comfortably to sixteen or seventeen Celsius It's

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during tomorrow night that the showers become more widespread,

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before dying away altogether. The showers will be more widespread.

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Temperatures around 10 Celsius and we have more showers for Wednesday

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and Thursday. We will be back just before 10:15pm. Just a reminder that

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Late Kick Off will be on at 11:35 tonight and it's the last of the

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series. 11:35 tonight, but you can watch it tomorrow on iplayer. The

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national weather forecast is next. Have a great evening. Bye.

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The sunshine today for the bank holiday produced the highest

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temperature of the long weekend in eastern England today, at 20

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Celsius. But to the west, the cloud has been gathering. We have seen a

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bit of rain in Northern Ireland and western Scotland, but the thicker

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cloud now pushing into the south-west of England is delivering

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more rain. It will become more extensive over the next few hours. A

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ragged area of rainfall will move east as the night goes on. If you

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have yet to make your journey home from the bank holiday weekend, you

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may encounter sums are a. -- some spray. Temperatures are not too bad

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. The good news is that most of the rain has gone by the morning. Some

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may be lingering in the north-east of Scotland and into the Northern

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Ireland --

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