21/06/2014 Midlands Today


21/06/2014

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Good evening. evening on the BBC News Channel

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West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit is investigating

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the disappearance of a Coventry teenager, following reports that he

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The family of the 18`year`old, who's from the Stoke Heath `rea

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of the city, raised concerns after he disappeared in March.

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He is reported to have postdd tweets claiming to be with the Isl`mist

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Independent retailers in the Midlands have seen their

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businesses grow consistentlx over the past 16 months ` and thd growth

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figures in THIS region are better than anywhere else in the country.

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Today a scheme was launched in one Shropshire town aimed at

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encouraging people to shop locally and support independent bushnesses.

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The small town of Broseley in Shropshire has declared

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After years of hard times on the high street, independent businesses

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have launched the Totally Locally scheme, encouraging local pdople to

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I think Broseley is doing rdally well. We've still got the

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traditional butcher, baker, greengrocer, florist.

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Broseley is well supported by its local people,

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but we still want to make stre people are aware of what we do.

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In recent times, many big n`mes on our high streets have gone

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under, but for smaller business owners there is some good ndws.

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According to the Independent Retailers' Association,

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shops in the Midlands have seen a sustained period of growth in

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recent months and it is shops like this which sell DIY and hardware

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This retailer is cautious about a recovery.

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James Hurdley's worked here for more than 60 years.

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If we are here in two years' time, it will be a surprise.

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It is not as good as what pdople ` we make it look good.

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If the scheme in Broseley is successful, it is hoped it will be

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For now, for independent retailers all over the Midlands,

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A man from Malvern has appe`red in court charged with murdering

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74`year`old Monica O'Neill was found at the couple's home hn

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She died of injuries caused by a blunt trauma.

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Francis O'Neill, who's 78, was remanded into the care

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of a hospital until he appe`rs at Worcester Crown Court next lonth.

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Hundreds gathered in Stoke`on`Trent today for an event organised

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by the BBC to mark the centdnary of the First World War.

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For many it was a chance to find out more about their familids

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Ann Ryle's grandfather was a soldier in the First World War.

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But she only heard stories about him.

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He left the Army in 1925, btt then re`enlisted on 3rd October 0939

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Dozens like her came to Kings Hall today hoping to find out how

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their families were involved in the First World War.

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My granddad looked after me when I was a child and made me laugh.

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Armed with medals, pictures and sometimes just a name,

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they wanted to piece togethdr the history and memories th`t have

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People are coming in with qtite a lot of information

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about their relatives, they had done a lot of research, but they won t

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necessarily understand the subtle military detail.

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It's a question for those sort of people, interpreting what

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the records say so they can understand what their relathves did

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Many survivors never spoke of their experiences.

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For people like Ann, today gave them a chance to ensure

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We found out he fought in France as well, which I never knew before.

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Let's have a look at the we`ther. Here's Wendy Hurrell.

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It's very nice to see so much sunshine on the longest day

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The fine weather continues through the night,

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It looks like it'll be mild for most of us `

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A lovely evening at out there, at the moment or most of us, and

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through the night you can sde a bit of patchy cloud here and thdre.

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In rural spots, we might slip into single fhgures,

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but many places tonight, certainly in urban areas, 12 or 13 Celsius.

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We start the day tomorrow still with those bright skies.

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I think there is going to bd more cloud than today,

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just drifting around spoiling the sunshine from time to thme.

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But we will still get temperatures up to 22 or 23 degrees

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in a spot like Gloucester as we go through tomorrow afternoon.

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A risk of a shower, but they will be isolated and then

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We're back with our next bulletin at a 7.15pm tomorrow. Bye for now.

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For the majority of the British Isles, today has wrought long spells

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of warm sunshine and it is the longest day. There is plenty more to

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come this evening, and yet more on the cards for tomorrow. For many of

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us, the changes between today and tomorrow are very slight. Northern

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Scotland has been an exception. Tonight, thick cloud is pushing in

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here again. Rain in the Highland and crossing into the Murray for by

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dawn. -- the Moret Firth. For northern Scotland, great

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prospects again on Sunday. If anything, some heavier and more

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persistent rain. For the south, though, plenty of

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