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West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating
the disappearance of a Coventry teenager, following reports that he
The family of the 18`year`old, who's from the Stoke Heath `rea
of the city, raised concerns after he disappeared in March.
He is reported to have postdd tweets claiming to be with the Isl`mist
Independent retailers in the Midlands have seen their
businesses grow consistentlx over the past 16 months ` and thd growth
figures in THIS region are better than anywhere else in the country.
Today a scheme was launched in one Shropshire town aimed at
encouraging people to shop locally and support independent bushnesses.
The small town of Broseley in Shropshire has declared
After years of hard times on the high street, independent businesses
have launched the Totally Locally scheme, encouraging local pdople to
I think Broseley is doing rdally well. We've still got the
traditional butcher, baker, greengrocer, florist.
Broseley is well supported by its local people,
but we still want to make stre people are aware of what we do.
In recent times, many big n`mes on our high streets have gone
under, but for smaller business owners there is some good ndws.
According to the Independent Retailers' Association,
shops in the Midlands have seen a sustained period of growth in
recent months and it is shops like this which sell DIY and hardware
This retailer is cautious about a recovery.
James Hurdley's worked here for more than 60 years.
If we are here in two years' time, it will be a surprise.
It is not as good as what pdople ` we make it look good.
If the scheme in Broseley is successful, it is hoped it will be
For now, for independent retailers all over the Midlands,
A man from Malvern has appe`red in court charged with murdering
74`year`old Monica O'Neill was found at the couple's home hn
She died of injuries caused by a blunt trauma.
Francis O'Neill, who's 78, was remanded into the care
of a hospital until he appe`rs at Worcester Crown Court next lonth.
Hundreds gathered in Stoke`on`Trent today for an event organised
by the BBC to mark the centdnary of the First World War.
For many it was a chance to find out more about their familids
Ann Ryle's grandfather was a soldier in the First World War.
But she only heard stories about him.
He left the Army in 1925, btt then re`enlisted on 3rd October 0939
Dozens like her came to Kings Hall today hoping to find out how
their families were involved in the First World War.
My granddad looked after me when I was a child and made me laugh.
Armed with medals, pictures and sometimes just a name,
they wanted to piece togethdr the history and memories th`t have
People are coming in with qtite a lot of information
about their relatives, they had done a lot of research, but they won t
necessarily understand the subtle military detail.
It's a question for those sort of people, interpreting what
the records say so they can understand what their relathves did
Many survivors never spoke of their experiences.
For people like Ann, today gave them a chance to ensure
We found out he fought in France as well, which I never knew before.
Let's have a look at the we`ther. Here's Wendy Hurrell.
It's very nice to see so much sunshine on the longest day
The fine weather continues through the night,
It looks like it'll be mild for most of us `
A lovely evening at out there, at the moment or most of us, and
through the night you can sde a bit of patchy cloud here and thdre.
In rural spots, we might slip into single fhgures,
but many places tonight, certainly in urban areas, 12 or 13 Celsius.
We start the day tomorrow still with those bright skies.
I think there is going to bd more cloud than today,
just drifting around spoiling the sunshine from time to thme.
But we will still get temperatures up to 22 or 23 degrees
in a spot like Gloucester as we go through tomorrow afternoon.
A risk of a shower, but they will be isolated and then
We're back with our next bulletin at a 7.15pm tomorrow. Bye for now.
For the majority of the British Isles, today has wrought long spells
of warm sunshine and it is the longest day. There is plenty more to
come this evening, and yet more on the cards for tomorrow. For many of
us, the changes between today and tomorrow are very slight. Northern
Scotland has been an exception. Tonight, thick cloud is pushing in
here again. Rain in the Highland and crossing into the Murray for by
dawn. -- the Moret Firth. For northern Scotland, great
prospects again on Sunday. If anything, some heavier and more
persistent rain. For the south, though, plenty of