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chilly. That's all from the BBC News at

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I am so happy and pleased. I know it is not the end of the road and the

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end of the fight. The 24`year`old died

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after being restrained by bouncers Criticism of a knife surrender

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programme after only 16 knives It is a knee jerk reaction. It is a

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good sentiment, but it is not addressing the root cause of the

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problem. Left homeless by plans

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for high`speed rail ` When the big ministers get involved,

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things go slow slowly. And I've got

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a sneaking suspicion that you might A small glitch to contend with

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tonight, but otherwise things are A judge today ordered a review

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of a decision not to prosecute anyone over the death

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of a 24`year`old on a night out. Julian Webster's family said it

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marked a turning point in In April, 2009, Julian Webster

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died outside a Manchester pub after In May, 2012, an inquest said that

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restraint played But in March last year, the

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Crown Prosecution Service decided Since then,

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his family have been battling to get that decision reversed.

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Here's Cath Mackie. Sonia Webster's waited a long time

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for this moment, a review into the death of her son,

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Julian. I am overwhelmed. So happy, so

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please. I know it is not the end of the road and it is not the end of

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the fight, but it is... I cannot even explain.

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The 24`year`old who was from Edgbaston in Birmingham died

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on a night out in Manchester after returning to this bar to

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When released, he collapsed to the floor.

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The family's barrister Rajiv Menon QC told two senior

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judges in Birmingham that the decision not to prosecute anyone was

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so flawed and so irrational that the court should quash the decision and

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The Crown Prosecution Service had argued there was insufficient

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evidence, but the court ordered a review.

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The family of Julian Webster clapped as Lord Justice Elias announced

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Julian's mother, Sonia, closed her eyes and put her head in her hands.

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But the family were told this didn't mean there would be

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But it does mean the CPS has to review the case.

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We want proper consideration as to whether there should be a

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prosecution. Clearly, the evidence has not been properly considered

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before now. Speaking at the family home

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before today's hearing, Sonia Webster said the past five

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years had taken its toll. Stressful for me, the complete

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family. My husband. Everyone who was involved. Our lives have been on

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hold. It has been five years and we cannot move forward because there is

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unfinished business. Justice needs to be done for Julian. We cannot

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move on until it is taken care of. In a statement,

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the CPS confirmed they'll now carry Julian Webster's family say that

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must begin as soon as possible. Knowing her "ippon" from her

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"wazari"` we meet Kelly Edwards, selected for the Commonwealth Games

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judo team this summer. It's been revealed that just 16

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knives have been handed in as part of a knife surrender

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programme in Birmingham. It began three months ago with

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a lot of fanfare. Our special correspondent

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Peter Wilson was at the launch then and joins us now

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at one of the knife surrender bins. Peter, I suppose any weapon taken

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off the streets has to be good news, That is right. This is one of three

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nice surrender bins. They are placed outside churches where you do not

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expect to find people carrying weapons. How many knives have been

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placed in this particular bin? Not a single one. The organisers say that

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the campaign is not a failure. It might have reigned three months ago

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on the parade, but there were high hopes for what was seen as a

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community`based nice surrender campaign. Yet the bins were put out

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places of worship rather than police stations `` knife surrender

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campaigns. Only 16 knives have been handed in since February. Any knife

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taken off the street is a knife that could have committed a murder. It is

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a slow start. We are hoping it will accelerate. That is the pattern

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elsewhere. In London, it started slowly but accelerated. Previous

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amnesties have seen hundreds of weapons handed in. People were

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demanding action after a series of knife attacks soar five young people

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killed in Birmingham including rap star Joshua Ribera. His mother

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offered to help publicise the campaign but nothing happened. She

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says education is the key to changing young people's attitudes.

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If you can send them in the opposite direction from street crime and

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knife crime and any kind of crime, that is successful. Guide them in

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another direction to prevent more violence and deaths. The police and

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crime commission says talks are under way to use young people and

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the fan base of Joshua Ribera to reenergise what has so far been a

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lacklustre campaign. Alison and I have met and she has agreed to help

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us with the next wave of knife bins and discussions are on as to the way

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she feels best able to put herself behind the campaign. A former gang

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member questions the whole point of knife and misdeeds. It is a token

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gesture, a knee jerk reaction. What should have been done, I think, was

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for us to open up wider discussion and debate about the real issues

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about why young people are carrying knives. More bins will be placed on

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the streets but it is hearts and minds that need to be changed.

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Has the type of been been successful elsewhere? It was pioneered in

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London and since 2009 some 10,000 weapons have been taken off the

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streets including guns. Here I have been talking to local people, some

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of them have not even noticed this let alone any publicity. After the

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three`month programme, what is likely to happen now? We are going

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to get an extra five bins. Clearly in order to make this campaign

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successful, you have got to energise people and excite people. You have

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got to draw people in. We are talking about young people. The

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message at the moment is not getting out. Perhaps if Alison, and using

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Joshua Ribera's reputation and his charisma, he of course lost his life

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to knife crime, perhaps that can reach out to young people. Thank

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you. The family of Stephen Sutton

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from Burntwood, Staffordshire, say his condition

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in hospital has deteriorated. He was re`admitted over the weekend

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with breathing difficulties. In a post on social media,

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his family said tumours are blocking his airways but he's currently in

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a comfortable and stable condition. He's

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so far raised more than ?3 million More than 500 homeowners who live

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on the route of the proposed high`speed rail link

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between London and Birmingham have But it seems getting the money

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isn't always straightforward. Midlands Today was contacted

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by one family who ended up living in a caravan because

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of continuing delays. HS2 agreed with this man last years

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that his home would be blighted by phase one of the line. Keen to

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resettle his family, it was agreed the house sale would be completed by

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April the 16th. They said there would be no problem. We thought, no

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problem at all. But when the date came, no exchange, no contracts. We

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signed the contract but HS2 did not. When the big ministries like HS2 and

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the transport ministry gets involved, things go so slowly. The

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family relocated to Dorset, moving on a weekly basis from caravan to

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chalet, hoping every day that the Department for Transport would

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complete on the house sale. Were you a bit naive assuming it will be

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sorted? I suppose we were. Too trusting. It is crazy. And

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frustrating. Following the BBC's involvement, he was told payment was

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imminent and whilst we were filming, a phone call. Good news.

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Thank you. Goodbye. Who was that? But was HS2 saying the money has

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just gone through. That is good news! The high`speed rail line is

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planned to run exactly along the tree`lined and through this field.

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In a statement, the Department for Transport said they were committed

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to making payments under the compensation scheme as soon as

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possible. If anybody thinks they have experienced delays, they should

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let them know. This family today became just the 12th family in the

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country to be compensated under the statutory provisions. Good news for

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this family who now can finish the packing and move on.

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A family's fight for justice ` now a judge orders a review into Julian

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Julian Webster's death on a night out.

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Your detailed weather forecast to come shortly.

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Who will be next at the helm at the Hawthorns?

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We look at the front runners to replace Pepe

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And survivors and students working together `

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the stories of D`Day veterans recorded for the 70th anniversary.

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The Labour Party has made Walsall its top target

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The council is a mirror image of the Government, run by a coalition of

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And a key battleground is the youth vote with all parties focusing their

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efforts on getting young people into work, as Ben Godfrey reports.

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Ashley Lovell has been taken on as an apprentice in Walsall,

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a town where thousands of teenagers are still struggling to find work.

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For young people, it is difficult. Leaving school with not the best

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grades, people tend not to find jobs. People are looking for

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experience. Around 7% of 16 to 24`year`olds are

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claiming Jobseeker's Allowance here. Labour has sent Shadow Health

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Secretary Andy Burnham to Walsall. The party says it's

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their number one target in the West Midlands and they're pledging

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more apprenticeships. We really need to ensure the economy

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works for our young people and that the apprenticeships that we create

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are ones that will stage a lifetime with people. That is going to be a

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major challenge. In the birthplace

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of the saddle industry, Labour has But the council is run

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by a minority administration. Mirroring Westminster, the

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Conservatives, who have 24 seats, formed a coalition with the Liberal

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Democrats, who have five seats. Two years ago, we put ?2 million

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into the budget to create 500 apprenticeships. It has been

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extremely successful, interest from just short of 3000 youngsters. Of

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those, 380 have gone on to be apprentices. We have a pilot scheme

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going on. There is a jobs club. That has got people who are long`term

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unemployed, long`term dependent on benefits it has got them back into

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jobs. Harnessing

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a young workforce is something the Saddle Company would love to do,

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but it's proving difficult. The Walsall firm is cautious

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about creating a raft The problem is, the gap between the

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training of the apprenticeships and suddenly there is a big gap and

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there are very few people of the skill level left to train the

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people. Unless action is taken quickly, that could be the downfall

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of the industry, in a way. Labour lost control 14 years ago. This time

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around they need a net gain of three seats to take overall control. The

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jobs market is also a battle ground for UKIP. It claims unskilled labour

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from Eastern Europe is driving up unemployment. It is fielding a

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record number of candidates here. Staying with the elections...

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The UK Independence Party launched its local and European election

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campaign in the West Midlands today. UKIP is fighting 218 council seats.

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It says that in the European elections it's expecting to do

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UKIP is a far stronger `` is in a fast on the position in the West

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Midlands. We are reaching out, not to this votes from Labour Lib Dems,

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20% of our support is coming from people who have not voted in the

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previous two elections. After the departure of Pepe Mel

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yesterday, are we any closer to finding out who the new head coach

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will be at West Brom? West Bromwich Albion have appointed

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their former first team coach Terry Burton

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as their new technical director. His first job will be to help find

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a new head coach. And there are plenty

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of names being talked of as There is flash photography at the

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end of this report. In fact, we don't even know who's

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in charge of the team. Pepe Mel's departure has

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got people talking. He's an Albion fan,

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but he's also a bookmaker and the market for Albion's new head

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coach is wide open. The favourites include

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the former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay, Aberdeen manager

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Derek McInnes, a former Albion player, and former Birmingham City

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manager Chris Hughton. New owners at Leeds could see Brian

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McDermott looking for a new club. And Tim Sherwood sacked

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only today by Tottenham. Among the outsiders is

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the former Wolves boss Dave Jones. But whoever gets the job,

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speed is vital. A number of players out of contract.

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They want to know where they are. At the end of the transfer window last

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season, players were shoehorned into the football club. We do not expect

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to finish eighth in the Premier League. On the flip side, we do not

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expect to finish 17th. Pepe Mel's four`month reign ended

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with Sunday's 2`1 defeat Malky Mackay Roy, he was quite

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successful and he would fit very well. `` Malky Mackay. Tim Sherwood.

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Harry Redknapp. But recent histroy suggests we'll

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be doing this again quite soon. From Tony Mowbray to Roberto Di

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Matteo, Roy Hodgson to Steve Clarke, Albion are now looking for their

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sixth head coach in eight years. Everyone

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at the club will hope the next appointment endures longer than the

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four months that Pepe Mel lasted. How significant is today's

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appointment of Terry Burton as technical director? Very

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significant. The chairman is saying, he was not very happy with the

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appointment of Pepe Mel and he does not want them involved with the new

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appointment as well. The fans would say, get a move on. As for who the

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new manager will be or the new head coach, bookmakers and punters do not

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have an idea. The head coach thing is important, someone like Dave

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Jones might want control of signings as well as being head coach. More

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established names might be ruled out. One thing Pepe Mel's

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appointment has shown is that they may go with someone who speaks

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English. Probably a good move. The Commonwealth Games

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are just ten weeks away. Today, in Walsall, the England

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judo team was announced. Seven men and seven women, including

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Kelly Edwards from Shropshire. Look into these eyes

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and tell me what you see. The eyes of Kelly Edwards,

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focussed on success As a young girl growing up

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in Telford, Kelly loved gymnastics. But her mum promised her ?5 for the

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cinema if she'd have a go at judo. I think I had only been doing it a

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couple of weeks and I started to progress at the club and I was

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beating boys who were a similar age to me. I had good strength from

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gymnastics and it helped me to progress quickly.

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Six months ago, Denise Lewis opened the National Centre of Excellence

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And today, Kelly joined her England team`mates for their

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Amongst them, Nekoda Davis, a rising star with podium potential

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who's moved from London to Walsall to benefit from these elite

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To think I am not just going to be on a stage with just judo people,

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there are going to be other sports, the likes of Mo Farah, it is pretty

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amazing. I am really excited. What are you hoping for from the

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Commonwealth Games? A gold as always. Anything can happen on the

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day, but I am going out there to win. The Glaswegians want to show

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London they can do it as well. The atmosphere will be electric.

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Two years ago, Kelly Edwards cheered like mad

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when her good friend Gemma Gibbons won Olympic silver at London 2012.

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And this summer, Kelly would love to return to the Wrekin Star Judo Club

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in Telford with a Commonwealth medal to call her own.

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Good luck to Kelly. In judo terms, Dan means black belt. Have you got

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one? No. There is not much chance of me getting one either.

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Next month it will be 70 years since the D`Day landings,

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an anniversary that will be commemorated here and in France.

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The passing years mean there are fewer survivors

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of a turning point which led to the defeat of Nazi Germany.

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But in Coventry, schoolchildren are working to ensure the stories

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of surviving veterans live on, as Kevin Reide has been finding out.

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This mural being unveiled to Normandy veterans

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at a civic reception in Coventry was made by students at

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They were inspired after hearing first`hand accounts from

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When you have heard firing squads, you have seen women being tarred and

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feathered, those that collaborated with the Germans, you have seen

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people hanging from lamp posts and things like that, it is an

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experience you never forget. Ever. The mural depicts events

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in Coventry, like the destruction of the cathedral

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and the post`war celebrations.. The handshake symbolising

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a handover from those who fought to D`day, it is all about the troops

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storming in and winning the war and it is about peace and passing it on.

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Learning from the history book is not the same as hearing about their

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personal experiences. My favourite bit is the hands because it tells

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you a story. It has a deep meaning within that. Six schools are

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involved in project similar to this. It has been captured on film. It

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will be screened in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral next month.

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The Grace Academy are involved in making that film.

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Part of it shows the story of a young boy waiting

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for his dad to return from war, something that never happens.

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They have responded so well to the veterans, they have showed them

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respect and they have been really interested in their stories. It is

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to promote long`term peace, but also to remember the lives that were lost

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on Normandy day. I cannot think of a better way of passing on the

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thoughts of those who died. This is exactly what they would want. They

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are the children of their children that they did not have. They

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represent those lads who are still buried in Normandy.

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Next week, some of the Normandy veterans will

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return to Northern France to record the final part of the film.

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It's likely to be the last visit they make.

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Right at the beginning of the programme, you were promising

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something rather lovely. We did have great sunshine today. More to come?

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Temperatures are definitely on the rise. This is how it is looking. We

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have got mostly dry conditions. Quite sunny and warming up. Mostly

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dry. We are seeing off the last of the current clutch of showers. But

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there could be the odd one over the weekend as the warmth builds up. The

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high pressure is now carving out its territory across us. This is going

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to be resulting in the changes taking place over the next few

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days. Currently, we are looking at a few showers still across the region.

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These will be squeezed out of the way in favour of clearer skies and

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colder conditions. The air is quite cold at the moment. Significant hail

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showers. We have still got a north`westerly breeze. In sheltered

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hollows tonight, there could be a touch of grass frost. Across the

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board, we are looking at close of six or 7 degrees. They touch lower

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than recent values during the night. Clearer skies will lead to bags of

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sunshine tomorrow. A nice and sunny start. Chilly. A bit misty

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initially. The temperatures will rise a couple of degrees higher than

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today. Still got the light to moderate north`westerly breeze

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however. The cloud will fill in tomorrow night. Not quite as cold.

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Temperatures on a par with the values we have seen over recent

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nights of around nine to 10 degrees. Cloudy but dry. There could be mist

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in sheltered hollows. This is how we start the day on Thursday, dull and

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cloud milling around, but values rising very nicely to around 18 to

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20 degrees. Possibly even 21 for Hereford. A very warm end to the

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week. Over the weekend, the temperatures may rise a touch

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higher. Because the warmth is building, it could trigger the odd

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shower. On Saturday, a band of rain waiting in the wings to the

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north`west. But will travel down on Sunday in the evening. Lovingly

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sound of the sunshine! The first arrest on suspicion

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missing five years ago. The UK armed forces are to be

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investigated by the International Criminal Court for alleged abuses

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against Iraqi detainees. A family's fight for justice ` now

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a judge orders a review into Julian And criticism of a knife surrender

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UKIP is not against immigration.

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