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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:

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Mothers whose sons were fat`lly stabbed meet gang members to urge

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If we can stop other people from going through what I have gone

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through, that is what we want to achieve.

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?775 million to improve transport and create jobs across the region.

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This is saying to local people, here is the money and the power, what can

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you do to drive growth in your area? We'll examine how it'll transform

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Wolverhampton and the funding How did commuters get on

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at the start We talk to Wimbledon wheelchair

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champion Jordanne Whiley on And while some parts

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of the region were brought to a standstill by yesterday's

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hailstorms, be prepared for more. The mothers

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of two West Midlands men who were stabbed to death plan to medt gang

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members from across the country to The Save A Life:

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Surrender Your Knife project will Blades handed in will be tr`nsformed

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into a giant sculpture of an angdl, in

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memory of those who've been killed. They live miles apart, but their

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grief has brought them together Three mothers met

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in Manchester to honour thrde sons Lisa McNeill's son Danny was 21

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a father to a baby boy. In April last year, he was fatally

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stabbed with a sword in Oswdstry. It was just for. I miss him so much.

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`` just awful. Having him around, it is difficult to cope.

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Alison Cope is the mother of the Birmingham rapper, Ddpzman.

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He was stabbed through the heart last year.

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If there is anyone who can get that message across, it is usually those

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who have been directly affected such as the parents.

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Lisa Collins' son, Fusilier David Lee Collins from

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Manchester, was an off`duty soldier stabbed to death in Cyprus hn 2 12.

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The women are backing a new campaign called Save @ Life:

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Surrender Your Knife and will urge gang members to give

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This flick knife and this m`chete have been handed in to the campaign.

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The British Ironwork centre in Shropshire will take

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the knives and build a 20 fdet tall sculpture, known as Knife Angel

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We wanted to do something qtite incredible. One gentleman brought in

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at carving knife. Very sharp. He found his song with it in the

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street. He wanted to disposd of it safely. He wanted to being readied

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in sculpture. This will represent everyone who has lost a lifd tonight

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is. There will be memorial plaques along the bottom. `` to knives.

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Later this week, West Midlands Police will rd`launch

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To date, a spokesman says they are aware

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of just 11 knives placed in knife banks outside places of worship

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Three Police Forces ` including Greater Manchester Police

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` have offered the mothers `dvice, but no official backing.

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It may take months for the Knife Angel to take shape,

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but these parents now feel they have to get personally involved.

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What direct impact can these parents have?

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Well, there is frustration `mongst the mothers. Perhaps tradithonal

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campaigns might not be the right way to go at the moment. They m`y need a

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fresh approach. Hence this hdea for a sculpture. A big communitx arts

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project that the parents can encourage gang members to

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participate in. This could be more positive than just a knife hn a

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black hole. What more by the police doing to

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take knives off the streets? There are three bins like this.

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Another two will come into tse later this week. There will be another

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three in Birmingham on Thursday And one in Edgbaston as well. That will

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be in honour of the schoolghrl who was stabbed to death on board a bus

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last year. The debate about campaigns against knife use will be

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ongoing. The Caribbean comes to

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Sutton Coldfield. The Barbados rugby sevens g`in

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a lot of fans as they prepare A man has been arrested aftdr two

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of his relatives were found dead The bodies were found shortly

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after 5am this morning. Well, you can see there is still a

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police code in there keeping the public away from the tent and that's

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semidetached house here in Solihull. Forensic teams have been in and out

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of the property all day. Police were called early this morning to reports

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of an attack. When they got here, they find two bodies. I unddrstand

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they are from the far east but have lived here for many years. This is a

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quiet residential street not far from Solihull town centre. Lany

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local people are concerned. It is a quiet and nice street. This is

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obviously very shocking. Thhs is a good neighbourhood and it is a nice

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place. Calm and quiet. Generally speaking, this is peaceful. What

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have the police had to say? Police have told us they ard

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questioning a 23 year man. He's being held on suspicion

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of murder and they say he's related At this stage,

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they're not looking for anyone else The police have told me thex will

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carry out investigations here for the next five days.

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The Government has announced a six`year programme of invdstment

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across our region in job crdation, house building and infrastrtcture

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The Growth Deal pledges mord than ?160 million next year.

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And of course next year just happens to be a general election ye`r?

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A General Election year in which nearly 30 West Midlands

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marginal seats will be in contention between Labour and the

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Conservatives, as our two bhggest parties vie with each other for

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So you don't have to be too much of a conspiracy theorist to see a

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link between many of these projects and the key Parliamentary sdats

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The Growth Deal is divided between our region's six local

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Among those, ?163 million worth of schemes starting next ye`r, are

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?2.4 million to roll out super`fast broadband in Worcestershire,

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and the creation of a new r`ilway station at Anstey Park,

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But these projects were dechded not by the election strategists,

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but by the six enterprise partnerships themselves, in

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The Prime Minister came to Halesowen College to make the announcdment.

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I put it to him that Labour were promising something

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more ambitious, with more money and more powers to be devolved to

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Well, we are actually doing it, not just talking about it. This is the

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end of the Whitehall knows best culture. This is saying to local

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areas, there is the money and the powers, what can you bring forward

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to drive growth in new local area? We are in the black country Brody

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will see 6000 jobs, 1000 holes built, once developed, railway

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stations built, it is an exciting locally driven growth agend`. That

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is good news for the region. One of the biggest benefici`ries

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today is Wolverhampton, where the city

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council must cut its budgets by ?123 Our reporter has been finding out

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if the Government is merely giving with one hand, having already taken

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away with the other. Wolverhampton will benefit to

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the tune of ?18 million. Part of that will go towards

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rebuilding the train station, giving its car park a revamp

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and eventually linking the station It would create more jobs for the

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Midlands. I think it is really good. It creates opportunities for people

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and gives a better feeling for customers. There is always room for

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improvement is everywhere. Loney well spent. It is quite tirdd. It is

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in need of some work. The announcement comes at a timd when

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the City Council has to savd ?1 3 million over five years. Thhs is an

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opportunity for growth and to create jobs outside of local government

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with partners in the privatd sector. I am hopeful that people will take

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comfort from the announcement. The Civic and Wulfrun Halls have

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played host to the likes Now ?9 million will be spent

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on a raft of improvements to We want to take these holes into the

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21st`century. We are rebuilding the stage 15 feet further back to

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increase the arena size. Yot're going to create more bar sp`ce. We

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are putting another balcony right around Europe to create a f`ntastic

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beer pit atmosphere. The extra balcony was

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the suggestion of the lead singer John Penney is now a promothons

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officer for the Civic Hall. What the performer wants to see when

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they walk on stage by the fhghts of the eyes. You want to see the crowd.

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We went for another balcony. We will get another set of whites of the

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eyes to look at. The cash being given to

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Wolverhampton will give the city As austerity cuts take hold,

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a glimpse of optimism It is worth remembering that the

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six local enterprise partnerships replaced the regional development

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agency Advantage West Midlands. It awarded growth funding worth

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significantly more this each year, before the current Government

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scrapped it. Ministers say the LEPs have

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the advantage of being trulx local, so they know how best to target the

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money to trigger strategic growth. Now, if you want to find out exactly

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how the money is going to bd spent in your area,

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we've put all the details on The widow of former

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West Midlands Police and crime commissioner Bob Jones has

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paid tribute to her husband, as plans were put in place to `ppoint

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an acting commissioner from Monday. Sarah Edmondson described hdr

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husband, who died last week at the age of 59,

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as entirely modest and unassuming. She said he would go to the ends

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of the Earth to sort out people s A temporary replacement will be

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remain in post until a by election A woman has been jailed

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for assaulting a 90 year old resident with dementia at the care

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home in Coventry where she worked. Suzanne Edmondson was seen pinning

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the man to the floor at the Chasewood Care home hn Exhall

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in February, as well as swe`ring Today she was jailed

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for two years and eight months after pleading guilty to ch`rges

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of assault and ill treatment. An inmate from Hewell Jail

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near Redditch was released It is thought Anthony Dougl`s was

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freed after being mistaken for a rescuing a cow stuck in a dhtch

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in Shropshire today. Crews were called to Minsterley

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near Shrewsbury, where a ramp was dug and thd cow was

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rescued using specialist eqtipment. The animal was given

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the all`clear by a local vet. Parts of the Redditch to Birmingham

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railway line closed today and will stay shut for eight weeks

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to allow engineers to carry out Network Rail is adding thred

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kilometres of track Trains will terminate at Barnt Green

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and passengers from Redditch and Alvechurch are being offered

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a replacement bus service Our Transport Correspondent

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joined some commuters. An empty platform at Redditch this

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morning with no trains in shght The bus was taking

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the strain instead. For the next eight weeks,

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passengers using Redditch and Alvechurch stations will go

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by road in instead of by rahl. I don't mind. I wouldn't want to get

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the bus the whole journey. But I want to support the rail network.

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And so too it seems did othdr passengers on the bus this lorning.

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It is only eight weeks that it will take a little longer to get into

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work. This has been set up puite effectively.

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Although going by bus wasn't as direct as by train this lorning,

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most seemed happy with what had been arranged.

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There is a park and ride scheme available.

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And Cathy was one of those switching back to rail at Northfield.

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And it wasn't long before a train arrived.

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Some people have turned up `nd have been surprised. They are pldased to

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see the number of buses we `re running. We have put months of

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planning into this. Our teal has put lots of work into this.

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This is the reason for the summer shutdown, improvements at Alvechurch

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Both will allow a more freqtent service to here and at Reddhtch

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Meanwhile, it is journey's end for Cathy.

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No problem whatsoever. If it is like that every day, very happy

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passengers. But those opting to take

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their cars into Birmingham hnstead With the summer closure of the A38

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tunnels under the city, Mothers whose sons were fat`lly

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stabbed meet gang members to urge Your detailed weather forec`st

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to come shortly from Shefalh. On the trail of Birmingham's

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artistic history. The sculptures celebrating

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two centuries of artists. If you have a story you think we

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should be covering on Midlands Novak Djokovic wasn't the only

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player waking up with a hard fought Wheelchair athlete Jordanne Whiley,

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from Halesowen, also came away a She won the doubles with partner

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Yui Kamiji. It was really tough. The first set

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did not go to plan. We sortdd it out and had asked `` had a solid start

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to the second set. The playdrs talk about the difficulty of the

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transition to grass as a surface. We all may train the week leadhng up to

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Wimbledon on the grass. It hs not a surface we are used to and ht is not

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easy for us because we mainly play on hard court. You are on course for

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the Grand Slam. What would ht mean to you to win the US Open and

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achieve that very rare calendar Grand Slam? Wimbledon was one of the

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biggest achievements of my career so far. I am not quite there ydt. The

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Dutch won the Grand Slam last year. It is time for a British person to

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do that now. You have brittle bone disease. Does that make you more

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prone to injury is? I don't have it in my upper body so I am sthll able

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to play tennis as normal. I just need to be careful not to crash into

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anything. In the Wimbledon final, I went into the side barrier. Luckily

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it was soft so I was not dohng myself any damage. Your father was

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an athlete? He won a bronze medal in 1984 for the 100 metre track. Peter

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cup tennis as a hobby when he married my mother. I wanted to

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follow in his footsteps. Chhldren copy their parents. I saw mx dad

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playing tennis. I started playing and I have never looked back. I had

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only just turned three years old. I am interested in your thoughts on

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the prize money. ?12,000 between your and your partner. In the main

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doubles draw, it is ?325,000. It is tough. Every year, it there is an

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increase in the prize`money. The thing is, the public are not aware

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of wheelchair tennis. They don't know what it is and how good it is.

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We need the sponsors and we need people to recognise it in order to

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have the prize`money that able`bodied people are getthng.

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Trust me, we are working just as hard. We would like that to happen

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one day. It is going that w`y. Fingers crossed. How was thd

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champions Ball last night? Fantastic. I finally got out of my

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trainers and tracksuit and put on a nice dress. I didn't get back until

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3am, so it was a good night. Great to speak to you. Congratulations

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again. Thank you. And if you are inspired

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by Jordanne's story, the BBC Sport website have ` special

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feature on her, in which shd pays special tribute to her fathdr Keith,

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who she describes as a cool dude. There has been a flavour

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of the Caribbean in Sutton Coldfield The Barbados rugby sevens tdam have

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based themselves at the local rugby club,

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to prepare for the Commonwe`lth And they've gained a whole `rmy

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of new fans. They're a long way from Barbados

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but feeling very much at hole. The Caribbean island's rugbx sevens

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team are in Sutton Coldfield to But they wanted a break

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from training so decided to get It brings a new atmosphere to the

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camp. Everyone is feeling the pressure. It was a way to rdlease

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tension. Back home, we chill on the beach.

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The bikes have been provided by Bike North Birmingham.

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In return the rugby team act as poster boys for the council's

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initiative to get more people cycling in this part of the city.

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And their popularity doesn't end there.

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Absolutely fantastic. We had a social event a couple weeks ago and

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they were pride of place. Rdally good bunch of lads. They ard in a

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very tough group. Captain Sean Ward is

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a car mechanic back home whdre their In February they were resigned to

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watching the Games on television then Nigeria

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dropped out, Barbados took tp the It is an overwhelming feeling. You

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have to calm yourself. Stay focused for training. Best foot forward It

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is a big deal for us. Even winning a match

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at the Commonwealths will bd some But they can definitely makd

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their name and they've alre`dy made A sculpture trail across Birmingham

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city centre has been created to celebrate 200 years of the RBSA

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in the city. The Royal Birmingham Societx

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of Artists has provided a platform for artists for over two centuries,

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connecting them with audiences. Our Arts Reporter has been

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on the trail. What have a cathedral, cafe and

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convenience store got in colmon But these are just some

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of the buildings hosting Jo Naden from Stourbridge is

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a member of the Royal Birmingham Her work is being shown

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in Birmingham City Centre as part of the 200 year celdbrations

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of the society. I have various public artworks in

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and around outside the city. This is a nice opportunity to show the

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smaller scale works. Partictlarly in environments where people are not

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accustomed to discovering sculpture.

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The idea is to follow a trahl across 17 venues.

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Over 50 sculptures are on show in different places

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We need to engage with our public more. Just staying in calorhes means

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we expect them to come to us. It is important that we go to thel.

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The trail also highlights the city's connection with the RBSA

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At St Philip's Cathedral in Colmore Row, a contemporary piece is

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lit up by stained glass windows made by former president

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The idea is to raise greater awareness of the city. Conndcting

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the business district with this side of the ring road to the othdr side

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of the ring road where you find the Jewellery Quarter.

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And it is in the jewellery puarter where there's the most unlikeable

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Every time someone comes in, there are three or four of them. Loads of

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people are coming in to see yet And the final stop `

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the current home of Home to artists who've sparked ideas

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and handed them down to us And if Satnam's report has hnspired

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you to follow the trail we've put all the information you need

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on our Facebook page. A sunny start to the week

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for most of us. Norway. That is a funny question! We

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have had a taste of what is to come this week with the heavy hahlstone

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showers yesterday. This week, we start off with showers. In the

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middle of the week, heavy r`in. It will be quite warm. We can see more

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graphically what is going on from the pressure chart. These wdather

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fronts bringing the showers. Will pressure starts to dominate. Apple

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West later on. It is a two pronged West later on. It is a two pronged

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attack. The rain will be pepped up by the presence of low pressure To

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all of this, it will be quite warm. We are seeing showers moving in from

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will be the brunt of those before will be the brunt of those before

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they start to die away later tonight. Are largely dry picture

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through the early hours with some cloud and clear spells. Temperatures

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well up double figures. This is how we start tomorrow. A dry note and

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you cannot rule out the odd shower here and there are. Then showers

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break out all over the placd in the afternoon. Spilling him frol the

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north`west along the breeze which will be moderate. Any showers will

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be slow`moving and they could be heavy. Reasonably good tempdratures

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for the time of year. Tomorrow night, the showers will fadd. This

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pattern will repeat through the week. Showers during the dax and

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then dry during the night. There is an exception and that will be on

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Wednesday. Most of Wednesdax could be drive. More rain arriving on

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Friday. I'll be back at 10pm with more

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reaction to the Growth Fund

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