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Welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines. A Birmingham MP says

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plans for a huge hit HS2 terminal in Birmingham should be scrappdd. We

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will be hearing what businesses think about his surprising

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comments. Residents unhappy that therd are

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plans afoot for another Bendfits Street programme in Birmingham.

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West Bromwich Albion's new boss on the fans. The fans are passhonate

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but they will find that I al incredibly passionate as well.

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Penetrating, poignant and priceless, Dawn French back in the Midlands

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with her one`woman show. And it was a hot and humid day, on

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par with some of the artist this year. There are fresh editions on

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the way soon. I will tell you about those and about the dog temperatures

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later in the programme. `` `bout the top temperatures.

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Good evening. They Midlands MP has called on the Government to scrap a

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key part of the high`speed rail network. Liam Byrne has said that

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the land would be better usdd by businesses to create thousands of

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jobs in one of the worst and implement blackspots.

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Just one of the many Midlands battle grounds in the row over HS2. This is

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the site, formerly home to LDV, which used to imply 800 people. Now

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it is in marked for a depot cleaning and maintaining trains. The local MP

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today called on the Governmdnt to scrap the idea.

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It is the size of 105 footb`ll pitches full subsites like that to

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`` do not come along often. You can get thousands of jobs on thhs site

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and you can do it in the short term. What I am demanding is the best for

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Birmingham and the best for Hodge Hill. Despite his objections, they

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took another look and think that this is the best for the region It

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was considered in May 2013. This was largely due to the fact that it is

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operationally better than other sites considered. Liam Byrnd claims

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the site has the potential for several thousand jobs. The

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Government's think it be more like 7300.

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The Government says that if the depot was built here, it wotld

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create 640 jobs and a furthdr 8 0 for the rest of the site. While the

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local MPs has its doubt, thhs local business leader says that it is the

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wrong call. We all want to give them hope. I think there is hope now in

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going with the maintenance depot as opposed to hope tomorrow, which may

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not happen. If the HS2 depot is built here, it will not be hn use

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until around 2026, giving local people who are desperate for jobs

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wondering what will happen hn the meantime.

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Thank you for joining us. Coming up later, the scourge of motorhsts in

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Coventry, behind`the`scenes at the multi`million pound Toll Bar

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roadworks, which will be thdre for another two years at least.

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It put a Birmingham street hn the headlines for months. Benefhts

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Street was a highlight of Channel 4's calendar. It in criticism for

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the way the people were portrayed. The company behind this is `re

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asking residents to take part in more filming. A public meethng has

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been called. Our reporter is there. What is the main concern? Chiefly,

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more bad plotless T, so emotive is the possibility that `` mord

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publicity. Groups have calldd an easy meeting. They will not give up

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without a fight. You may relember how controversial the series was. It

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seemed it was all anybody could talk about, including the Prime Linister.

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Residents were upset becausd they felt they were misrepresentdd and

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betrayed by Channel 4. Now ht has emerged that the production company

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has approached some of the residents to try to drum up interest to

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produce a follow`up. I tried to speak to some of the people here but

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they did not want to talk to me Now that the dust has settled, what kind

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of impact that series have? I think that if you want outside, you will

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see that the James Turner Street sign was stolen from beside the

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school wall. The programme had a terrible impact on the stredt and

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the sign was stolen because there were endless tourists, in inverted

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commas, stealing the street signs. They abuse the children. Thdy made

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our jobs as educators harder to do. The programme hindered us and

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hindered the reputation of the street. Channel 4 have said in the

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statement that they are not necessarily looking to do another

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series here in Birmingham btt are investigating other parts of the

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country. How do you feel about that? Any team unity that has been

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investigated, whatever that means, being pressurised into filmhng,

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should stop and talk to people in this community and see what it cost

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them. Again, the production companies are being disingenuous

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because they had been speakhng to people on the Street this afternoon.

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The prize for them would be debate able to come back, saving their

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falling audience figures from the pit. They are in this cash will stop

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thank you for talking to us. You can hear strength of feeling th`t and

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how residents really do not want this to happen. Thank you.

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A 21`year`old man from Worcestershire has pleaded guilty to

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the manslaughter of his two`month`old daughter. Tyldr

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Vallance admitted killing Isabella in 2012. He will be sentencdd at a

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later date. Isabella's mothdr has pleaded not guilty to causing or

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allowing the death of a child and child cruelty. She will stand trial

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next Tuesday. The inquest into the death of a

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British teenager who died in the River Arun concluded it was an

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accident. He got into trouble while summing open water with fridnds in

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the Park in March. The inqudst heard how his friends and everythhng they

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could to save him after he got into difficulties in the water.

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The Prime Minister has praised Stephen Sutton in the Commons today

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for his fundraising efforts. He raised more than ?4 million for the

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teenage Cancer trust. He was awarded an MBE last week. Mr Cameron was as

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bonding to Michael Fabricant who thanked him for his part in getting

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Stephen his honour. I think it is right that our honour systel does

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properly reward people that give to charity, that give of their time,

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from the very bottom to the very top. I think there is probably more

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we can do to make sure our honour system really reflects what the

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British public want, which hs to see compassion rewarded.

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It is costing more than ?100 million and will take three years to

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complete. The roadworks at Toll Bar Island in Coventry already caused

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problems, with some commuters facing hours of delays. The Highwaxs Agency

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says things are improving and will be well worth the wait.

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85,000 vehicles use the road here. Six months into a three`year, ? 00

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million improving scheme, the Highways Agency maintains that the

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roadworks are on chisel and will make a difference. You can see the

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existing roundabout. Behind us, this is where the new roundabout will be.

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It will be a lot of bigger. Will it stop the traffic jams? The hdea is

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yes. What is happening is 44% of the traffic will be taken off from the

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roundabout and will go under a new overpass. Work so far has included

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moving services, ready for the main construction of an underpass. To

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give you an idea of the scale of this job, this is now going to be

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the new slip road. Six months ago, it was a field. 470,000 cubhc metres

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of earth have been moved already to help create the underpass. That is

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about 2500 double`decker buses. One question motorists, businesses and

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residents in the area reallx want to know is all of this actuallx going

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to help the traffic? We are talking about a next five or ten minutes of

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delays on top of the existing ones. They will be approved Farsldy once

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the scheme is completed. Delays on business parks in the area have

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introduced after monitoring the roadworks and changes to thd traffic

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light sequences. Today, somd drivers were still unhappy. We're not

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talking about two or three weeks of destruction, we're talking `bout

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three years of destruction. I will stay clear of Coventry for three

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years if I can. We will see what happens. Hopefully it will get

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better. Otherwise, the burgdr van lady will sorted out! They `re due

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to finish in September 2016. BBC Coventry and Warwickshire will

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have more about the work at Toll Bar Island and the impact on colmuters

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on Debra Chris Jones tomorrow morning.

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It is coming up to 6:40pm. Your detailed weather forec`st will

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come shortly from Shefali. @lso tonight, how the gardens of a

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Warwickshire stately home whll be transformed this weekend by the

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throaty roar of dozens of r`lly cars.

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And Dawn French on the challenges of going solo on the challenges of

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going solo onstage and talkhng honestly about life's highs and

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lows. In the last 20 years, more than a

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quarter of the pubs in the region have gone out of business. @s part

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of our series on the pub and brewing industry, Midlands today has been

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looking at the country pubs that are diversifying to survive. Many are

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now taking part in a scheme called the Pub Is The Hub. It was said

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above why Prince Charles. `` it was set up by Prince Charles.

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The country pub ` an import`nt part of village life for centurids.

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Back in 1986 at Tanworth in Arden in Warwickshire,

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they celebrated their local with a specially commissioned picture,

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But by the turn of this century the Bell's heyday seemed ovdr.

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It had become a pub that was not being used very much. It had sticky

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carpets, red wallpaper. It was in a poor state.

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Today the Bell Inn is successful `gain.

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But it's had to diversify in order to thrive.

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Walk past the right`hand side of the bar, step in here and you whll find

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there is also a post office and a small shop. And if you come in here,

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around the back of the pub, you will also find there is a thriving

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hairdressing business. The Bell has benefited from Pub Is

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The Hub, an organisation set up by Prince Charles which gives licensees

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advice on how to adapt and provide In the last 13 years, we have

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broadly helped around 500 ptbs to complete projects of this txpe. In

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the last year alone, we havd done 90. We are going great guns at the

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moment. People are coming up with some great ideas as well.

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Not long ago, this pub in Wdllington in Shropshire was closed.

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But now they're diversifying here too.

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The original brewery was just over the road because the local water is

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quite nice. New landlord Dave Goldingay is

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building a small brewery He'll offer tours to customdrs

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and hold beer festivals. Hopefully, the brewery will add an

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attraction to customers in the pub and vice versa, so the pub will act

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as a good customer for the brewery. But even though he has added this

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extra attraction, Dave also warns pubs can go too far in their

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attempts to bring in MORE btsiness. It just gets to be a bit too much.

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Our philosophy is basically, is it a place to come, enjoy a good beer,

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talked people for a change? Tomorrow we'll look

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at problems faced by surburban pubs which are closing at a much faster

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rate than those in the countryside. Time for the sport.

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Just give me a chance, that was the message from West Brom at Albion's

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new coach today. He has spoken for the first time since being

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appointed. Some fans said they were going to return their season tickets

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in protest. This report contains flash photography.

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This is becoming a familiar sight. Alan Irvin is the fifth head coach

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at West Bromwich Albion in the last five years. He was not the

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high`profile appointment supporters were looking for. He is unddr no

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illusions that they will nedd to be won over. I understand that I would

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not have been a name on everybody's lips. I have got this job now, I

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know that the Albion fans are incredibly passionate. But H think

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they will find that I'm incredibly passionate as well and hopefully

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together we can build the tdam to get success. It was widely believed

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that Tim Sherwood was Albion's first choice but a deal could not be

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agreed. There is no getting away thd from

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the fact that this is not a universally popular appointlent

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What fans want to know is what is the club 's ambition? What we have

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been asked to provide is th`t head coach and the qualities of ` head

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coach. We have not been askdd to provide a personality. We w`nt

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someone who can go out and coach the players to improve performance. Some

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fans have even said they will give up their season tickets in protest.

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It was a shock when it came out but if we signed the right playdrs, you

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will be a good player. It is as simple as that. I did the hdat he

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has `` I don't think he has had much premiership experience. It `ll comes

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down to results. If we get good results, people will enjoy ht. If we

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don't, people will not be h`ppy The pitch certainly looks ready for the

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new season. Only when they kick off against Sunderland were we know

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whether the new coach is as well. All the best to him. Also today

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fixtures came out, interesthng once for the first day.

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Yes, any Premier league Stoke city will kick off against Aston Villa.

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West Bromwich album will be at home against Sunderland.

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Some dramatic developers ag`in at Hereford. Yes, another day, another

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story. More confusion. The car's owner, Tommy Agombar, appears to

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have resigned. It seems to have been terminated. If you are in ddsperate

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need from a break for this `` a break from this football, this may

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be the alternative you're looking for. The estate grounds will be

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playing to the Valley of thd Midlands.

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Business as usual this mornhng for Jason Douglas. He arrived at

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Merivale Hall as an apprenthce as now he is the head gamekeepdr. When

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he is not loading acts of pheasant food, his passion is driving fast

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cars will stop this weekend, he doesn't have to drive far to indulge

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his hobby. The rally of the Midlands is taking place right here on his

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doorstep, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. You must

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this estate like the back of your hand. I can probably do it

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blindfolded. At fast speeds, it is a different ball game. The twhsts and

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turns, when you go more than 20 miles an hour, it will get xou. This

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has been home to the Dugdald family for more than 200 years and home to

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the Valley of the Midlands since 2003. Ensuring the safety of

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spectators is vital. It is xou miniature DC get the best so

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bombarded point but there are plenty of warning signs and marshals to

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keep the viewing public out of danger. Only two weeks ago hn

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Scotland, a spectator filmed this near miss when a car span ott of

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control. Soon after, a traghc crash left three people dead. The hairpin

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around here will be an interesting part. Peter Young is the Valley do

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rector. He knows every inch of this stage, 1.3 miles of twists `nd

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turns, designed to test the skill and nerve of 60 drivers. We are

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fortunate. The privately owned roads that run through the estate Bailey

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do emulated what rallying w`s all about in the years gone by. Safety

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is paramount to people who `re organising motorsport events. Jason

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Douglas, the gamekeeper turned rally driver became hooked on the sport

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only four years ago. At 10:30am on Saturday, he is guaranteed to break

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the 20 mark an hour speed lhmit that normally applies on the est`te.

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Finally, good luck to Ian Bdll who is all set to tie his 100th test

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match against Sri Lanka on Friday. There is so much we know about Dawn

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French. Her partnership with Jennifer Saunders and her

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appearances in the big debut. You may perhaps the struck more by her

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searing honesty. She is performing solo from this evening, mixhng

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poignant moment with a typical humour. I am Dawn French. The

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dwarfish, fuchsia Jockey chhld. It sounds painful but obviouslx

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hilarious. I hope it is a mhxture of both. I decided to be very open and

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honest, more than I ever have done before. I introduced the audience to

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all of the map people in my family. And I basically explored it is like

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to be a fully functioning fdmale human, which I have endeavotred to

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be for 56 years now. I'm not sure I have succeeded but I do try. On the

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other hand, beside the hilarity there are deeply painful emotional

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moments was at how difficult is it to talk about those? I cannot talk

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about my family that talking about my dad, who committed suicide when I

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was 19. But I have happy melories of my dad and I also understandable

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about mental health issues `s an adult, so it would be wrong not to

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include him. That is a tricky part of the evening and it is difficult

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for me to get through it but there is lots of laughter. Our falily

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coped with difficult moments with humour. Do you talk about Rhck mail?

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There is some footage. He w`s part of a tournament that we had. He is

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there with me on stage everx night, which I find comforting. A terrible

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shock, just 56. Yes, exactlx the same as me. It is too soon `nd we

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had been robbed of a very shiny person. I hope you took abott one of

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my all`time favourites, the vicar of deeply.

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This is perfect, almost perfect I sort of feel that everyond has

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seen my career. That is the bit they know about me. I want a doc about

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things that are more person`l. I refer to things in my more

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professional life. Is it lonely out there? It is odd to not havd

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Jennifer Saunders out there. There is a whole on that stage. I kept

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myself to one side of the stage because she belonged there. If

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you've never heard of anyond again, they have been on our show. It is a

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Who's Who of where are they now It is something I want to do and she

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has been very encouraging. Xou are no stranger to this region. No, I

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love it! I have great affection for it. I remember what it is lhke to be

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in Birmingham at commuter thme. Thank you.

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And she is worried proud of having her own website for the first time

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in her life. She is computer illiterate, she says was th`t she is

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on in Coventry at the beginning of November.

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England fail to make it past the quarter finals,

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usually losing on penalties and a glut of songs are released by people

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Here in the Midlands plenty have taken on the challenge and for one

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it could be a very costly ddcision, as Ben Sidwell's been finding out.

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The beautiful game and the not always so beauthful

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In Telford, a group of football coaches have sw`pped

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the grass for the glamour of a pop video, to recreate New Order's 990

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A light bulb moment, realishng the world in motion video was something

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we could remake and we have gone with that. It has turned out quite

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well. But it could turn out to be

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a costly decision. For every one thousand views the

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video gets on YouTube, the coaches will donate ?100 to two

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local children's cancer charities. Fantastic to come up with the World

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Cup theme and also to raise money for our charity, which is children

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with Cancer UK. If you're after something a bit more

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Brazilian, we can do that as well. At Busy Bees Nursery in Birlingham,

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they're learning the ultimate in fusion dance

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as Bangalore meets Brazil. When you put Samba and bhangra

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together, you get this. Thex are both very flamboyant culturds. Bring

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those together and you have a big party. It works really well.

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And then of course there's barbershop.

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Unlike England, Vale Harmonx Barbershop Chorus in Worcestershire

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Taking the Division Four title at the National Chorus Contdst

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Here's hoping some of their success rubs off on Rooney

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A funny old showbiz. Time for the weather. Here is Shefali.

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It is looking quite nice and fair at the moment. Lady of late evdning

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sunshine. It will only cloud over again tonight. After the cloudy

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start, we did quite well with temperatures today. You can see that

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most of the temperatures across the region are hovering around 22. It

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will turn fresh and cool in the days ahead but that don't bid it will be

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devastating because we have done very well recently. They have been

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above average for the time of year. They will still be above avdrage

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from tomorrow. We have one lore front to push into the North and

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that is overnight. High pressure is still dominating across as `nd will

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be sitting in warm air for the next two days. It won't be too cool. That

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night, that translates as the cloud comes in from the North.

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Temperatures will be around 14 or 15 Celsius, warm and humid with it It

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is a cloudy start to tomorrow. We do it all over again. The cloud might

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be big enough in places to squeeze out some rain. It is predomhnantly

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dry tomorrow. I be afternoon, we will see the sunshine breakhng

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through. It won't be partictlar Sonny overall but because wd're

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still at that age, sitting hn the warm air, temperatures will reach 22

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Celsius in the South West of the region. Tomorrow night, unddr the

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cloud, and again under the odd spot of rain, temperatures drop to a

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minimum of around 14 or 15 Celsius. Then the slightly cooler air kicks

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in for Friday and the weekend. It will be fine and dry and sunny.

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Tonight's headlines. A battle is being waged over Iraq's biggest oil

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refinery as X you miss and government forces fight to take

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control. And a Birmingham MP and former Minister says that plans for

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a huge rail depot should be scrapped.

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I'll be back at 10pm with ftrther reaction from the public medting

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over plans for a further Benefits Street programme. We're back at a

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later time for a because of the football. Good night.

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