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indecent assault against women and children. That's all from the BBC

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The headlines tonight: News.

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It could have been a robbery that went wrong, say

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police investigating the murder of a grandmother found dead at home.

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Whoever killed Cynthia went to significant lengths to hide her body

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There's an urgent appeal out this evening to

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No prospect of Coventry Citx Football Club returning to the Ricoh

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Inspectors start work at Stafford Hospital investigating

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They are trying to find a rdason to reduce these services and transfer

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them earlier than was agreed. Despite England's early exit

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from the World Cup, heading out to And today may not have dazzled,

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but there's a part Hear all about it

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in the forecast later. A grandmother's been murderdd

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at her home in Halesowen by a killer who then went to significant lengths

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to hide her body. Detectives discovered 80`ye`r`old

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Cynthia Beamond's body two days They found her body after spending

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all weekend searching her house Police believe she could have been

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the victim of a robbery which went wrong, but they say they're also

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following other lines of inpuiry. A man and woman are tonight being

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held on suspicion of murder. Cynthia Beamond was a vibrant

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and much`loved member Yesterday, detectives

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discovered her body in the home They described their search

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as meticulous and extensive. Her body eventually being found

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two days after she was reported Tragically, we came across Cynthia's

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body, which had been very, very well I can't say more than that

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because at this time, the only other person who knows

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where it was concealed is the person There are some items missing from

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the address which make it look like Equally, this could've been a murder

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that could've been subsequently So we're ruling nothing in

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and nothing out. Among those missing items,

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Cynthia's Vauxhall Astra, along with This is usually

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a peaceful cul`de`sac and one neighbour, who didn't want to appear

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on camera, described Cynthi` Beamond as incredibly friendly woman,

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mother and grandmother who would Other neighbours here have been

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giving their reactions, too. It seems out of context with

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the area all together. How Cynthia Beamond died sthll

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hasn't been revealed, though Detectives believe she may have

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known her killer, though stress her devastated family

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are in no way involved. A 23`year`old woman and 32`xear`old

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man remain in custody tonight. Where Cynthia's body was hidden is

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still a secret known only by her killer, and the detectives

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tasked with finding it. Meanwhile, a man's been arrdsted

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on suspicion of killing his ex`partner and attacking

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the couple's two children as they Police were called to a house in

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Erdington yesterday morning where the 42`year`old woman, named locally

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as Luan Leigh, was found de`d. Her 15`year`old son had

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a stab injury to his chest. Her nine`year`old daughter's

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been treated for neck injurhes. I couldn't believe it because,

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you know, you hear every dax of the week if there's been a lurder,

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"Oh, they were a lovely couple! Coming up always later

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in the programme: Birmingham City footballers

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back for in are pre`season training ` how are the therd's

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nine new faces settling in? Investigators have started work

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at Stafford Hospital The hospital's been strugglhng to

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recruit and retain nurses, `fter a series of negative headlines and

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the transfer of some servicds to The hospital had 85 vacancids for

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nurses last month, but camp`igners are worried that this inquiry could

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undermine attempts to keep dssential Our health correspondent,

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Michele Paduano, is at a public How real are these concerns,

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Michele? While the concerns are extrdmely

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real. Their business problel, this toxic miss bat`macro mix thd

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historic problems it which leans that people don't want to come here

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to work. That has now been `dded to by the fact that there is

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uncertainty about the hospital's future because the takeover won t

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happen until November. Baby Jack is 12 days old, born with a cord around

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his neck. His mother has absolute faith in the hospital, the laternity

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is one of the areas to be looked at. Eyed about 15 doctors in thd room

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because his hotly would not go back up. When he came out, got the cord

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wrapped really tight around his neck so the doctor managed to and angle

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him and get him out safely. But I can't fault them. Patients `re

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getting their chance to egg good and bad experiences here tonight. Very

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kind, very professional. My point was at 1030 and the actual job took

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about 25 to 30 minutes. But, I came out a woman past 12 fully informed.

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The medical side of the service I received from the dogs and

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consultants was not a probldm at all. It is to do, finally, with the

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support, the lack of resources, support staff and they are very

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short staffed. The Care Quality Commission but the investig`tion

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will also look at accident `nd emergency, medicine, and crhtical

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care and radiotherapy. It al it s been called him a management is

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unusual. we have the abilitx to provide external judgement `nd view

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which will be helpful to thd Trust. But more importantly, helpftl to the

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quality of care received by local people. As he said the problems of

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recruitment long`standing and it is precisely because they are taking

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their duties so seriously that they have called in the Care Quality

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Commission. Jack is briskly unaware, but there is real concern as to what

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his local hospital will provide in future. There is a national shortage

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of nurses in particular and other types of staff. I'm joined now by

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Karen from support at Stafford Hospital. You must be aware that

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there are problems in terms of staffing? There are, but thd Royal

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College of nursing reports there is a 10% national shortage of nurses,

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so the shortage that is described here is no different to what is

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going on around the UK. you think there is something conspiratorial

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about this, can you explain that? first of all, we have a judhcial

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review and we feel they havd called in the body who are being used as

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pawns to ensure that the services were transferred much service ``

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earlier than November. But ht is not functioning properly doesn't and it

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have to be transferred? the services have been functioning properly.

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Before the admin process, this hospital was running at a hhgh

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quality service and safety level. Since the ministry does havd come

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in, they have undermined it. They have undermined the morale of the

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hospital and in recruitment and retention. They have continted to

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undermine our hospital. Tell us briefly about the radiologist who

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went to Stoke`on`Trent? the radiologists were being poached as

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far as we are concerned frol the NHS. They should have remained at

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Stafford and the administration .. Clearly, the healthy economx and is

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part of the law has a long way to go before it is feeling better. Thank

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you. The owners of Coventry City say

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a High Court defeat today rdmoves any prospect of a return to playing

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football at the Ricoh Arena. Sisu had claimed

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a ?14 million loan of taxpaxers money from Coventry City Cotncil to

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the operators of the stadiul had been "unlawful", but a judgd today

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ruled in favour of the council. The loan was used to allow

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Arena Coventry Limited to p`y off debts which had mounted aftdr the

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football club stopped paying rent. Eventually, Coventry City qtit

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the Ricoh, and now play thehr home The club says it will appeal but

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the leader of Coventry City Council This is not the first and Sky Blues

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have taken the council to court over the issue of the loan. An e`rlier

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claim was also thrown out. Dven so, the club is to appeal. we whll apply

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for leave to actually appeal against the judgement. I suspect, this will

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be heard in the Court Of Appeal in front of three senior judges. We

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believe there are substantive errors with regard to the facts and the law

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that is presented in the judgements. The judge described the football

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club as ?badly managed?. It's owned by SISU Capital,

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who's CEO, Joy Seppala, here in the sunglasses,

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attended some of the court hearing. Today, Coventry Council reissued its

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offer to meet her, but also said they wanted payment for thehr legal

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costs, said to be in six figures. We did not take out the judhcial

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review. That was Coventry Chty Football Club, we had to defend

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ourselves. And we will be looking for recovery.

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The judgement may be seen bx some as a two`nil victory for the council,

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but the fact is, Coventry Chty are no closer to returning to the Ricoh,

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Michael Orton is campaigning for a return to the Ricoh and claims

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That offer is on the table, it is set to SISU. We can kick off back

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here at the Ricoh Arena in @ugust, we just need SISU to sit down with

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us and say yes. Meanwhile,

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Coventry City say they're continuing with plans for a new stadiul ` but

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after more than a year therd's been no announcement of a site, let alone

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a possible date for work to start. Police and council officials across

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the West Midlands are joining forces to make people more aware of the

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sexual exploitation of children The "See Me Hear me"

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campaign will focus on new ways of recognising children at risk and

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offer advice on protecting them It will target schools,

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parents and the children thdmselves, as well as people working

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in hotels and taxi companies. To get more awareness from

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communities so that victims feel more confident to report, so that

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agencies can combat this drdadful crime more effectively, we do want

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to see the numbers go up, bdcause we know we are only looking at the

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tip of the iceberg at the moment. After the many twists and ttrns in

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the tale of the Cheltenham Banksy over the weekend, it looks `s if Spy

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Booth could well stay in thd town. Discussions have been going

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on behind closed doors ` With the latest in this story

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of art and intrigue, here's our Gloucestershire reporter,

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Steve Knibbs. In Cheltenham this morning, the

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London dealer brokering the deal, his phone still ringing with offers

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from around the world. But behind the scenes: The freehold of the

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house was working to sell what is technically his Banksy to a

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consortium of local businesses. It was the impression of the local

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community would protested against the removal of the peace. The

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freeholder had no idea. He hs `` has bowed to pressure. We are hoping so,

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anyway. the dealers to secure the mural with an extra ?550,000 in the

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next few days. Both the house for a quarter of a million. It coles to a

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total of million. Tonight, that deal has stalled over a failure to raise

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enough money. However, it does not appear to be over yet. Everxbody

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involved wants to see this happen. This is fantastic, positive. So

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there are `` the art dealer wants us to succeed and the owner of the

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Banksy wants to succeed. So does the owner of the house and the general

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public. People for this. Evdrybody is for it, it just needs to come

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together. Los Angeles auction house told me they still have sevdral

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clients who want to buy this Banksy, presumably with deep pockets. So the

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question is whether the deshre on all sides to keep it he is real we

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will be money when out in the end. Another plot twist, in this by

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thriller that seems far frol reaching its final chapter.

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Police investigating the murder of a grandmother believe shd may

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have been the victim of a robbery that went wrong.Your

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detailed weather forecast to come shortly from Shefali.

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Also in tonight's programme; Seeking to restore English pride in Brazil

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in the finals of the FIFA interactive World Cup.

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Time for sport ` Dan's here with the focus on

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One season hasn't finished `nd the other has already

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It's just 40 days to the st`rt of the new Football League season,

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and clubs across our region are starting pre`season training.

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For Birmingham City manager, Lee Clark,

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that means working with a host of new players after no fewer than nine

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The first few laps of Birmingham City's training ground

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this morning were not only ` chance to stretch the legs, but also

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the opportunity to find out exactly who that was running by your side.

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Everybody's come round and hs like, my name's such`and`such,

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then someone else tells you and you forget!

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So it'll probably take a cotple of days to get to know everxbody

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properly, but it is good, I'm enjoying it.

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That's because Mark Duffy is one of nine new players signed

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by Birmingham City boss Lee Clark ` even before a ball was kickdd

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He knew something had to be done after they only avoided reldgation

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from the Championship in the final minutes

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The big difference is that last season, Birmingham City relhed

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But of these nine new signings, eight are permanent,

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and the only loanee is guar`nteed to be here for the whole season.

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Team spirit can play such a vital role in football,

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that building it will be high on the manager's list of priorhties.

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It'll be fine, because we h`ve got them in from day one, they have

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quickly mixed in with the players and we go away, pre`season, on

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Sunday, to Cork, and they'll be with each other 24`7, they'll get to

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understand each other, they will get to know each other's person`lities.

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None of these new players cost a fee

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Still, they will have to colpete with teams dropping out

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of the Premiership who've b`nked millions of pounds in payments

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Sometimes it's difficult to get them in terms of the financial shde,

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but we have convinced players to turn down better financial offers to

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They see the facilities, thdy see the size of the club, and, lost

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importantly for them, is seding they support the get from the terraces.

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There are bound to the be difficult moments ahdad, but

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as the sun shone on the plaxers this morning, they were just enjoying

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And the Lee Clark interview is `vailable

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England's World Cup squad m`y be back home after being knockdd out

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at the group stage for the first time since 1958, but two English

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players from the West Midlands are off to Brazil tonight hoping to

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Ty Walton from Redditch and David Bytheway from Wolverh`mpton

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have reached the finals of the Fifa Interactive World Cup.

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Ben Godfrey caught up with Ty before he boarded his plane to Rio.

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You're looking at a genuine World Cup superstar,

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a man with golden thumbs and no shortage of confidence.

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Tonight, Ty Walton leaves Redditch for Rio

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I am naturally good at the game But before I have a big tournamdnts I

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tend to be the a few more hours I try and stay as calm as possible

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because it is not all about the skill level, it is about how good

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you are mentally as well. Won tonight, he leaves for real. `` Rio.

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The 21`year`old is one of 20 competing

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2 million others missed out on this opportunity.

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If he wins on Thursday he whll come with 20,000 US dollars. So H better

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not get in a way of his practice. Some in 200,000 a year, that fever

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is not at that stage yet. In case you haven't noticed,

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Ty's conducting this intervhew Into this tournament in 2012 and up

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to the quarterfinal where I got knocked out on penalties, so busy I

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hope to do one better. He's travelling light to Rio `

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egged on from home by his older We always grew up with games being

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part of our life. He started beating us all at the games so I no longer

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wanted to play within! Are xou addicted to gaming? no. When I'm not

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doing a tournament I don't play I definitely learn things, like

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keeping common pressure. Thdre is some things he could do, whdther it

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is game developing or providing feedback the developers. Thdre are

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some avenues of this has opdned up for him.

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Where England's footwork faltered in Brazil ` Ty Walton's handiwork

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So the Australians are corrdct, we are good at sitting down sports

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For the next two weeks, Stafford Castle will be homd to the

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Around 15,000 people will go there to watch a play.

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So what is it about these outdoor perform`nces

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And what does it mean for those who put on the production?

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Our Arts Reporter, Satnam R`na, has been finding out.

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For over 900 years, Stafford Castle has stood over town and people,

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No, not a music festival, but for two weeks, this is the home

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of Shakespeare's musical coledy As You Like It ` with a '60s twist.

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When people arrive on site they walk up this ancient monument, it's very

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pretty, you can see all arotnd you, it's really a very beautiful vista.

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The backdrop of this castle and being surrounded

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by such stunning scenery is a great way to enjoy the Bard's words.

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And organisers say around a quarter of the people coming to watch have

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So what is it about outdoor theatre that makes it so appealing?

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It brings in a lot of peopld and it's an institute in St`fford.

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It's pleasant because it is outside, so we are quite enjoying thd

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It's not really Shakespeare`n people, but it's nice to be out

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And making his entrance is Shropshire`based actor John Challis

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It's open`air theatre so yot've got even more freedom to express

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yourself and there's somethhng about being surrounded by trees

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looking at the sky, the sun going down, the theatre lighting coming

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For former Coronation Street star Eric Potts,

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this is how Shakespeare's plays should be performed.

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It takes what I call "the elite curse" off it.

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Shakespeare was never meant to be highbrow and studied as English

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heritage, it's entertainment for massds.

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It's the combination of livd theatre, nature and a '60s take

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on As You Like It which makds this outdoor space the perfect stage

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Another warm one today, and it could be getting even warmer,

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Thank you Nick. They will not be a bad week. We have settled wdather to

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come through the middle part of it, and generally speaking, temperatures

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will be rising. Certainly after the week and we have just had you will

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appreciate that, even if it means pollen levels will rise. Basically,

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we have some decent days sandwiched between some better ones.

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Unfortunately, it is the wedkend that is going to fall victil to the

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showers. We have a few showdrs through this evening, brought in by

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this low pressure, coupled with a frontal system that is merghng in

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from the south`west. That whll then be replaced by that I presstre for a

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time through the middle of the week, before it moves away `llowing

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for the threat of these systems pushing down from the North during

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the weekend. But, back to the showers for today then, and it looks

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as though they will not be `s widespread as we first thought,

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mainly the southern half of the region for the next couple of hours

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I will be affected. The showers will be light, but one or two cotld be

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heavy. Be dry throughout thd night with largely clear skies, btt

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temperatures still up to ten or 13 Celsius. This is where the high

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pressure kicks in, you can see that tomorrow, we start of sunshhne,

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sunshine, pleasant, warm sunshine. That will stay throughout mtch of

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the day. It is a dry picturd, too. There is the day. It is a dry

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picture, too. There is a slhm chance of an odd shower cropping up around

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parts of Staffordshire, but nothing to complain about. Temperattres on

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the warm side in that sunshhne, rising to between 20 or 22 Celsius

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with light easterly winds. Xou can tell we are sitting in a warmer air

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mass because even though evdry shred of cloud melts away through tomorrow

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night, we are still looking at temperatures settling down hnto

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double figures, so, again, lows of around ten to 13 Celsius. It is a

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dry night, but there could be the odd mist patch here and there. It

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takes us into a beautiful d`y on Wednesday. Because of that, we have

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got practically wall`to`wall blue sky and sunshine, temperatures

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should be catapulted up to `round 22 and 24 Celsius. They made up

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slightly on Thursday, but that is because the threat of those frontal

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systems pushing down from the north. That will result in an incrdase in

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cloud in Thursday `` on Thursday, and was as well on Friday. Veteran

:23:50.:24:00.

entertainer Rolf Harris is found guilty of 12 counts of indecent

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assault against women and children. And police investigating thd murder

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of a Black Country grandmother believe it could be a robbery that

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went wrong. David Gregory will be here `t ten

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o'clock with your next update.

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