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That's all from the BBC News at Six, so it's goodbye from me and on

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What a difference a day makes ` all quiet

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on the busy city street where a baby girl was born just 24 hours ago.

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It is when the baby was delivered. I will meet some of the people caught

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up in the drama. Culling badgers not

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the solution to TB in cattle, It would not be enough to increase

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production. Neglected and overgrown `

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the families upset by lack of care dressed in a bikini,

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the former model bravely displaying I wanted to give other people the

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confidence. We should not be ashamed of who we are.

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Was at the warmest day of the year so far? I will have those answers

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later. A mother's recovering in hospital

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this evening after giving birth Dozens of people ` some of them

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filming as events unfolded on New Street in Birmingham ` cheered

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and showered the new mum with money The lunch time rush today on one

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of Birmingham?s busiest shopping streets ` just 24 hours

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after a pregnant woman found that her last minute baby shopping trip

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was interrupted by baby who wasn't We were shopping and my friend went

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into labour and she had the baby outside Primark. Everybody was so

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kind and thoughtful. All the community got together, it was

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incredible. The baby is doing fantastic and so was she. I am

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really pleased. It was a moment that united everyone

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on the street ` security guards, charity collectors ,shop assistants

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and police everyone wanted to help: People did help her at the time. It

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was mad. I am still shocked no, I cannot believe it. It was madness.

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Giving birth is a very private experience and she was doing it in a

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very public space. We as for hotels from the local shops. Were you

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scared? Now, I have three of my own. I was really happy for her.

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A passing doctor rolled his sleeves up.

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Crowds gathered and at the moment of delivery a round of applause

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The crowd just erupted. People were throwing money at her. It was

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fascinating. It was as if it was staged but it was natural. It was a

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lovely moment, probably not one that she wanted to share with most of

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Birmingham who were out shopping, but it was a really lovely moment.

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The baby was placed on the chest. We said it is a baby girl. Return to

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the crowd and said it is a baby girl and a big cheer went up. `` we

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turned to the crowd. The good news is both mum and the new arrival are

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doing well. The question now is, will that little baby end up with

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the retail inspired name? Congratulations from all of us here

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and Midlands Today. Good to have you with

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us this evening. that's the message from Roy Keane

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as he starts work as assistant And Robbie Williams says he feels

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proud and honoured to be made a freeman

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of his home city, Stoke on Trent. Culling badgers has little impact

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on the spread of bovine TB. That's the stark conclusion

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of new research from scientists In a paper published in the last

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half hour in the journal Nature, they say increased culling of cattle

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and more testing would all have Our Rural Affairs Correspondent

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David Gregory`Kumar is live tonight What's this research based on,

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David? by researchers at the University of

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Warwick, using real cattle movement But as you say

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the researchers have arrived at what Badger culling is not an effective

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way to control bovine TB. And the methods that could work `

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would inflict huge damage In a Warwickshire field these

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scientists are showing me the most advanced computer model

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of bovine TB ever created. And they've arrived

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at a pretty bleak conclusion: We would have loved to have found

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the one control measure which drops the number of cases of TB and also

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does not have a significant impact on the farming industry. But we have

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not managed to find one of those. We find a lot of control measures do

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not work well. Only three were able to reverse the annual increase we

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have seen. And these are

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the three measures that could have an impact on the disease `

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introducing a cattle vaccine, a one`off TB test of all the cattle

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in England,, and finally, if any cattle on a farm test positive for

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TB, you slaughter the entire herd. According to the model it does not

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have an impact on the spread. It is quite a dramatic reduction, but not

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enough to overturn the increase we see here. The cull would only have a

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marginal impact. This is the model going through

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its paces. Predicting both the location

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of infected farms on the map. And the number of infected farms,

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the red graph on the right. It also shows that tackling this

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disease is a long term project. This research gives politicians,

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farmers and friends It issues long`term scale for

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controlling the disease. You cannot expect controls introduced this year

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to have an impact next year. Any control policy will take several

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years to happen. In a statement the Farming Minister

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told us they could not investigate the findings. What about a one`off

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test? We already test cattle where there is a problem. We are testing

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cattle regularly. There is no point testing cattle in the low`risk

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area. There would not be a great use of resources. What about a vacuum?

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We are fully behind a strategy for trying to tackle TB in a number of

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different ways. Vaccination does not work on insect animals so you have

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to get that level of infection down in the first place. The problem is

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the method is not proven in the UK. We are supportive of a failed test

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in the future. Badger vaccination has not been ruled out. We would

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love to see if we could have field trials of that to look at the effort

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to see if it makes the difference. Thank you very much indeed. If you

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want to read the paper, you can find details on my blog. This has been

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the big topic of conversation between ministers and farmers all

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day here. The family of a Birmingham man who

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was murdered in Jamaica last Friday are calling on the

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Jamaican Government to take action. 54 year old Keith Murrain was

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a businessman who flew out Shortly after landing in Jamaica

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last week, he was travelling away from the capital Kingston's Norman

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Manley Airport in a hire car I want the Jamaican government to

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sit up and take notice. They have got to get involved and protect

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British people who go to Jamaica who try and create a better life for

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themselves and their families. They have to realise that this is not

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right. A grandmother who was killed

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in her own home in Halesowen died as a result of head injuries

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suffered during a violent attack. 80 year old Cynthia Beamond's

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body was found on Sunday night. Police also say her Vauxhall Astra

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car was found in the Druids Heath Around 2,000 petitions

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against the High Speed Rail link between London and Birmingham have

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been lodged in Parliament. They've have been sent in

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by people who'll be directly affected by the proposed new line

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and around a quarter of them are Our transport correspondent,

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Peter Plisner has been looking So Peter, firstly what's involved

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with the petitioning process Well, it's all part

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of the process designed to That's the bill that could clear

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the way for HS2 to be built. There's not going to be

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a public inquiry into HS2. People affected can petition

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parliament to have More than 1900 petitions

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had been received. But despite strong opposition

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from campaigners only 370 of them have come from the Midlands,

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the rest being lodged by people further south,

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include Buckinghamshire and London. I've been speaking one couple

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who have sent in a petition. They live at Buirton Green in

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Warwickshire and they're concerned about the impact of the construction

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of the line on their house All the compensation is within 120

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metres of the line and we fall outside of that. It does not take

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into account the fact there are huge construction sites much closer to

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properties than the actual line itself.

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It started meeting yesterday and could to take more than a year

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The committee will only be meeting in London,

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but it's chairman has announced that it'll be leaving the capital

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It is very important we planned our feet in local soil, especially

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Midlands soil. We can then have a 360 views. As we go on our travels,

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local people and local MPs may turn out to give us the benefit of their

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views. And the first

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of those visits will be to Birmingham on Tuesday July 15th and

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I've seen a copy of the programme. They're going to Curzon Street

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in the centre of Birmingham where And then to Washwood Heath where

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there's to be rolling stock depot. And then to Gilson in north

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Warwickshire which has been dubbed A Staffordshire family are

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campaigning to get The grass around St Johns Church

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in Heath Hayes is now as high as the gravestones `

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as well as covering the paths. Maxine Barber has been so upset,

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she's been trying to do some of the work herself,

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including installing a new fence. It is two years since the death of

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Sheila Barber. Since then a wilderness has grown up around the

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wilderness where she and two of her children are buried. We had to cut a

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pathway just to get in here. You want to be able to come and sit with

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your family. Whatever maintenance is carried out here is done by

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relatives. No one seems to know whose is the responsibility.

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Mandy's pagans are buried here, their graves attended by family, a

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small clearing in a jungle. It is disrespectful. These were people,

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these were village members for many years. It is very sad. The council

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told us today we are preparing to take on responsibility for the site

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later this month. The church said they handed over responsibility two

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years ago. Confusion abounds. It has been tied up in red tape. We

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arranged to meet the council are to hear her side of the story. She was

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heaving direct from the families of some of those buried here who were

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upset and angry. I had to get on my hands and knees. It is not good

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enough that it has come to this, is it? I agree. I intend to find out

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what the glitch was. It has caused upset, I agree with you. According

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to the Council the process of transferring responsibility has

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taken longer than usual but they will start looking after the site

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later this month. It has been my best for years. We will have to see

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if anything will be done. The church agrees it is unacceptable. The

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church agrees it is unacceptable. They will work with the council to

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restore the site to a place of rest and peace.

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A former model who has Crohn's disease has become

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an internet sensation after posting a picture of herself in a bikini,

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Bethany Townsend has had the disease, which affects her

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ability to digest food and eliminate waste, since she was three.

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Millions of people have now seen her picture.

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This is the picture which has been been seen around the world.

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Bethany Townsend on holiday in Mexico last December.

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My husband always said to me If we go on holiday I want you to wear

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I have always been a bit like, let's see how it goes.

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I thought let's do it, I will not meet these people again.

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At home in Worcester, she's stunned that nine million

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She sent it to the Crohn's and Colitis UK Facebook page.

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She's released others too, to try and break down barriers for people

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I felt like I finally had the confidence after three years of

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having them that I wanted to give other girls and guys the confidence,

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We have these bags but it does not define who we are.

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From the age of three Bethany's had Crohn's

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disease, affecting her ability to digest food and eliminate waste.

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Four years ago her bowel burst and she nearly died.

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She woke up in hospital with colostomy bags, which she'll

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Undeterred, she now wants to resume a part time modelling career.

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As soon as I had my colostomy bags My confidence was totally knocked.

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I lost so much weight that I just was not who I was anymore I suppose.

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I didn't feel like I could do that again.

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Bethany also works as a make up artist, and is building up her

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The charity which publicised her picture says she's an inspiration:

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The feedback we have had on our Facebook page has been

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People are drawing strength from what she is doing.

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These are conditions people don't want to talk about

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so it is important we get greater awareness and understanding

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So the work she's doing is helping us do that.

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Bethany is amazed by the publicity she's attracted.

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I never thought it would get a response like that,

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to me it is just a picture but to so many people it is so much more.

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Our top story tonight: A mother's recovering in hospital after giving

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birth in a city centre street. Shefali's all set to tell us if the

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hot weather's going to be with us for a few more days and also in

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tonight's programme` Two young lads with showbiz aspirations share the

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stage with eighties heartthrob Jason Donovan.

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"I'm not confrontational, I'm just here to help."

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That was the promise from the famously combative Roy Keane today

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as he took up his position as Aston Villa's new assistant manager.

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The former Manchester United midfielder has been brought in

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by Paul Lambert to help steer Villa away from another relegation battle.

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Nick Clitheroe's report does contain some flash photography.

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There's no question about it ` Roy Keane is box office.

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Aston Villa's training ground was packed with

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reporters this afternoon. Some had even travelled from Ireland

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to hear him. I'm here to help the manager and to

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help the team and try and get results. I have some good

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experiences of being a player. And a manager. I think I can bring

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something to the party. to hear him.

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Keane will combine his job at Villa with being Martin O'Neill's number

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two at the Republic of Ireland. He'd turned down other offers,

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most notably to be Celtic manager, but says Villa just felt right.

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I may not look it but I am excited. I am looking forward to it. It would

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be nice and all this nonsense is out of the way. I'm ready for the

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challenge. I am aware the club is up for sale, but that did not put me

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off. but says Villa just felt right.

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There's no question this is intriguing.

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Paul Lambert has come through two tough years at Villa.

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So is bringing in an assistant known for speaking

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his mind inspired or a risk? We have known each other for a

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while. We respect each other. He knows my career and I know his. The

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manager of any football club has the last word.

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his mind inspired or a risk? Keane made it clear he knows

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his boundaries and is convinced the players will enjoy working with him.

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They'll find out when they return to training next week.

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And Nick's at Villa Park now for us. What kind of impact do you think

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Roy Keane will have, Nick? It is difficult to tell. He does not

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have a huge track record in management. Since losing the job at

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Sunderland he has been doing TV work. And now assistant to Martin

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O'Neill at the Republic of Ireland so it is a work in progress but

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quite an intriguing appointment to see how that works out for Aston

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Villa. Do you think the Villa fans will be happy or bemused? They would

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be happier if he was ten years younger and they had signed him to

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play in midfield. I think there will be slightly bemused, wondering when

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it's all about. Their main concern is the type of players they will be

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getting in. Paul Lambert said they had a few more Ireland's under fire

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today. That'll be the key to influencing Villa fans moves before

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the start of the new season. `` the mood of Villa fans.

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Robbie Williams has been presented with the Freedom of Stoke`on`Trent

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His parents, wife and 22`month`old daughter Teddy

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Robbie said he was "proud and extremely honoured".

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Bob Hockenhull reports. In the Lord Mayor's parlour in Stoke

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on Trent, a global superstar is given the freedom of his home city.

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The ceremony for Robbie Williams was so secret `

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the Lord Mayor himself only found it was happening shortly before.

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As soon as he walked through the door, he started chatting with me

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and everybody else. We felt like we knew him and he was part of the team

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for the long time. The Tunstall born singer received

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a civic scroll containing the city's corporate seal and took an

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oath vowing to act for the rights The Freedom of the City Award

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recognises Robbie's outstanding achievements in the music industry

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and his charity work. Robbie said There it is his signature. Just 14

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people were here. No one else knew it was happening and even his

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parents did not know until a few hours before.

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it was surreal to get such a huge honour and very poignant to have his

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little daughter Teddy and other family members present.

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Bob Hockenhull BBC Midlands Today, Stoke`on`Trent.

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Getting to act alongside big names such as Jason Donovan may well be

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a dream come true for some of you watching this evening.

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But it seems that two young boy actors are taking it all

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They're playing Little Jake on alternate nights in

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Our arts reporter Satnam Rana's been to meet them.

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# There no business like showbusiness...

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Just one of the bug Broadway hits from Irving Berlin's western

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And for young Oscar from Coventry and Brummie actor Theo and Oscar

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from Coventry treading the boads alongside Emma Williams

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and Jason Donovan ` this is a taste of showbusiness.

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But it's not just the show that must go on `

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Robbie said I have never really done it like that but I have never been

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with Jason Donovan. So it is my first time. Nervous because I have

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never seen it before and I have no idea what that I'm supposed to do,

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until yesterday. Since then I have been practising. I feel very

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nervous. The main role Annie is taken on

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by Emma Williams... a firm believer in investing

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in regional theatre and talent. It is great to bring theatre to the

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UK like this and to bring young actors onto the stage and get

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experience at this stage, it is so important.

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The boys will also be playing alongside Jason Donovan at

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Birmingham itself as the city, the developments going on, it is

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starting to change for the best. It is about how the city looks, it will

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encourage people to come here and get excited about... It's about

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developing a culture and theatre is the backbone of that culture. This

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show has toured the UK twice since it was first released but this is

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the Tony winning version. And for the boys it is an opportunity to

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star alongside the starters. Lucky lads! Time for the weather.

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Thank you very much. I have missed the sunshine. Today, Birmingham was

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warmer than personal enough. `` warmer than Barcelona. Not quite the

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warmest day of the year so far for the Midlands. In London, it was. It

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was warmer than Rio de Janeiro. If we look at the chart, we can see

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these dark yellow colours being diverted. So we will lose the warmth

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over the weekends. Temperatures will only reach the high teens, as

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opposed to the mid`20s. Right now we have a strip of green out in the

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north`west which will be moving our way slowly but surely. For a large

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proportion of the region it will bring more cloud, but for the North

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it will bring some light and patchy rain. Warm wherever you are.

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Temperatures are around 12 Celsius but most places will get 14 or 15

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Celsius. Tomorrow, it will be cloudy with the cloud syncing size. The

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rain will affect the north half of the region. `` with the cloud

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heading south. Rain across northern parts of the region. Cloudy days so

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temperatures will go down. And easy with that Southwest wind. You can

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see the area of rain moving into the West from Friday. Continuing into

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the early part of Saturday, so it will be wet. Temperatures into the

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high teens by Saturday. Take a look at this, passengers on a virgin

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train to Birmingham got a musical surprise. There was a musical flash

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mob to promote the pride of Birmingham awards in September which

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celebrate citizens who make a difference. The permit `` the

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musicians will be playing at the event at Birmingham town Hall. Had a

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good evening. Goodbye.

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