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The headlines tonight: That's

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The headlines tonight: Fighting in Syria is not an option `

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the message from a local mosque as two Birmingham men plead guhlty to

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preparing to carry out terrorism. We know that they were writhng ``

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they were right in the fighting zone with a group of very much p`rt of

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the Al`Qaeda syndicate. preparing to carry out terrorism.

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Police praise the parents? vigilance.

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Also tonight: Priced out of the countryside `

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new figures show people livhng in rural parts of our region would

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need a 150% pay rise to buy a home. They wanted a ?25,000 deposht, which

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we just could not afford. need a 150% pay rise to buy a home.

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Buzzing to be part of the England team ` we talk to Worcestershire

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batsman Moeen Ali ahead of the Test with India.

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We catch up with the World Cup fans who made front page news,

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now they're back from Brazil. There's something for everyone

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in the weather for the next few days ` we start with some sunshine, but,

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sadly, it's not going to last. I'll have

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the full forecast later on. Two men

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from Birmingham who had travelled to Syria to fight with extremist

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militias have admitted prep`ring to Nahin Ahmed and Yusef Sarwar, who

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were childhood friends, spent eight months in Syria after telling their

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parents they were going to Turkey. They admitted the terrorist

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offences today in court in London. Peter Wilson is in Handsworth,

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where the two men grew up. These two men have known each other

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since school days and they `ctually plans the operation of going to

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Syria with almost military style precision, asking advice from

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extremists in Syria as well as Scandinavia. Nahin Ahmed and Yusef

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Sarwar were involved heavilx in the fighting out in Syria. The police

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were only alerted to them when one of their family discovered ` letter

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from them saying they were going out to Syria for what they turndd jihad.

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When the police arrested thdm and they arrived home in Januarx they

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find a wealth of evidence against them. That is the reason whx today

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they changed their plea to ` guilty one. From some of the forensic work

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we have done, we saw they h`d explosive traces on their clothing.

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Released victors showing thdm holding guns. We know they were

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right in the fighting zone with the group very closely affect attach to

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Al`Qaeda. They were in the dangerous fighting zone. What has been the

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reaction in the Muslim commtnity? These two young men are supposed to

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have attended the Green Land Mosque. They don't remember them. A

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spokesman from the mosque tonight give this advice. As a mosqte, we

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always try to get the message across that fighting in Syria is not an

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option. In fact, they should be doing something else to channel

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their frustration by helping the humanitarian cause in Syria. I am

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joint now by an expert in anti`radicalisation. Why ard young

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men travelling I to Syria as Chamakh many of them see the Syrian

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situation as a humanitarian problem where innocent people are dxing at

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the hands of the brutal big theatre. Also, some of them have

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been indoctrinated into thinking it is the right to do without `ny

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understanding of the reperctssions on their community and for their

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family. Is the campaign frol the government working? It seems to have

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run into a problem, because of that contradict each message comhng from

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the government, which tends to say that we are supporting the FSA, but

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if you get involved you are a terrorist. That sense out a very

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ambiguous message. These two young men appeared today at Woolwhch Crown

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Court and there will be sentenced at a later date. They have been warned

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to expect a long custodial sentence. Breathing new life

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into empty spaces ` turning abandoned buildings in Stokd into

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theatres, galleries and studios People living and working in the

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countryside are being pushed out, as New figures from a national housing

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body show house prices in the countryside are betwden 3

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and 20 times the average salary A person living in rural parts

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of the West Midlands would need Almost half

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of the 50 most unaffordable places to live in England outside London

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are in rural areas. It had seemed an impossible dream,

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but Kate Hodson has fined a home in the village of Gnosall wherd she

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grew up. When she started looking at the like they would have to move

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away to find somewhere affordable to raise baby Ava. The prices for the

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three bed that we wanted, you were looking for a ?25,000 deposht, which

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we just couldn't afford. Thhs new estate has solve the dilemm` for the

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family. They have moved into one of 30 affordable homes built on the

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edge of the green belt at them too. The developers spent two ye`rs

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assessing the needs of the village and have provided houses whhch are

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up to ?80,000 cheaper than the usual price. In this particular vhcinity,

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houses are very expensive. The average young family would not be

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able to stay here, so what the parish understood was they would

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need to have something developed here that would meet that to keep

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the village going, to keep the younger element here. This hs the

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village centre at Gnosall. The National Housing Federation says a

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number of people in their 30s and 40s living in communities lhke this

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has dropped by 9% in the last ten years. It seems that that age group

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cannot afford to live in pl`ces like this. What is the cost for providing

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for them to stay? A local councillors says the villagd is

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being inundated with planning requests for building. This site is

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not suitable. It is in a be`utiful part of the country. In the village

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itself, opinion is divided on whether or home should be allowed.

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It is not a big enough commtnity to have that many houses being built.

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Definitely a good idea. Somd of it is a good idea, but not too much.

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For Kate, Newhouse has enabled her to keep her country roads, but with

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property prices still rising, young buyers need all the help thdy can

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get everyone to stay in villages. Well, you've been getting

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in touch about this on our Facebook "We should not be building on Grade

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One farmland. "New homes should be built on

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brownfield, not greenfield sites. There are loads of offices,

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warehouses on business parks If you can't afford a house

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in a certain area, A fire in a restaurant

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in Birmingham's Broad Street is believed to have been startdd

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deliberately. The road was closed off

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and traffic diverted during rushhour this morning

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as firefighters tackled the blaze. A hotel in the same building had to

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be evacuated, with more than 20 One man was treated at the scene

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by paramedics. An inquest has heard that

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the body of Black Country pdnsioner Cynthia Beamond was found

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in the garage at her house. The 80`year`old was found ddad

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at her home in Halesowen last month, two days

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after she'd been reported mhssing. A post`mortem found she died

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from serious head injuries. charged A 32`year`old man

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and 24`year`old woman have been Police are investigating after

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a teacher was car`jacked in front The 41`year`old man was att`cked

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outside Kenilworth School and Sixth Form yesterday by two men

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in balaclavas, They drove off in his blue

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Ford Fiesta, registration BD14 VPV. A former Midlands child protection

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expert says at least 20 prolinent paedophiles, including formdr MPs

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and Government ministers, children for "decades". Petdr

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McKelvie said the activities had been covered up out of

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"self`interest" and for polhtical reasons. I'm joined by our reporter

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Ben Sidwell. So, who is Petdr I'm joined by our reporter

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Ben Sidwell. So, who is Peter McKelvie

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and how does he know this? He was a child protection m`nager at

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Hereford and Worcester Council. During his time there he worked in

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the conviction of a major p`edophile in Worcestershire. While working on

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that case, Mr McKelvie says he also came across evidence of a mtch

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larger paedophile ring. We `re looking at all institutions weather

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will be a small percentage of paedophiles, and a slightly larger

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percentage of people who kndw about it. Mr McKelvie says there `re

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leased 20 paedophiles involved and many more who knew about it but

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covered it up. He also fined seven boxes of potential evidence being

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stored by West Murcia policd. I spoke to the police today and they

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confirm that documentation were collated as part of the

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investigation and these matdrials remain part of an ongoing

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investigation. It is not just Mr McKelvie, is it? One Midlands MP has

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been leading a campaign to get information from the governlent In

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2012, Mr McKelvie took his concerns to the MP Tom Watson. That

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ultimately triggered a policy enquiry. Mr Watson has conthnued

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since then to try and get the government to establish a n`tional

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enquiry into allegations of organised child sex abuse.

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Over many, many years I havd spoken to a considerable number of victims.

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And, most recently, victims of, perhaps, the most powerful dlite

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group of paedophiles. I certainly believe that wh`t they

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are saying needs to be lookdd into in great detail.

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Mr McKelvie believes that the truth will finally come out.

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In Stoke on Trent, more than 20% of shops are dmpty.

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The city is faced a growing problem with abandoned

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But could a half`a`million pound plan help breathe new life

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As our Staffordshire reportdr Liz Copper's been finding ott,

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a new project's begun to turn disused buildings into theatres

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It is from a time when Cole was King, but Chatterley Whitfidld

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Colliery has lost its majesty. Although it is scheduled monument,

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these buildings have laid elpty since the 1970s. Today, thotgh, the

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old colliery stories was tr`nsformed into an art gallery. It's the start

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of a project to bring artists to use these abandoned spaces. We have

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people who are internationally known who want to work in these spaces

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because it inspires them. The demise of these once thriving buildings as

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a source of sadness for forler miners. Mining is in my blood. It is

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essential that a place like this, which in the 1930s employed over

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4,000 ten, if it can be brotght back together, it will be fantastic. The

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?500,000 to transform all khnds of this used basis. Places likd this

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old pottery in the centre of Stoke, and these empty shops. Do shoppers

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believe the initiative will work? So many places are derelict, it looks

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awful. I think if you turned them into something, that would be great.

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I suppose anything is better than boarded`up shops. Dined there there

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are some horrible derelict places. Empty shops makes the place

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miserable for everybody. Thhs exhibition is the start of `

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five`year programme. The hope is that artistic creativity will lead

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to renewed economic activitx. Fighting in Syria is not an option,

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a message from a local mosqte as to Birmingham men face a trial for

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fighting in Syria. 150 miles in six days

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in 40 degree heat ` just a walk We'll ask him why he's taking

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on the Marathon de Sables. Flying the flag for the Midlands `

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young dancers prepare to he`d to Glasgow for the first

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Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival. The Worcestershire batsman Loeen Ali

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says he's still 'buzzing' to be part Ali,

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who's from Sparkbrook in Birmingham, He'll play in just his third Test

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match when England play Indha But, Moeen Ali is getting

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used to being away. In June, he made his England

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debut and he is loving it. It is just amazing being involved

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and being around such top players Everyone just knows what is going

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on. And with an unbeaten centurx

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in just his fourth innings ? he has And he is happy to be a rold model,

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for his club, his home city, That was something I struggled

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with when I was younger. And to be a role model

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for other Muslims and peopld who And, Worcestershire supportdrs love

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him as a cricketer and as a person. He is a great example to anx young

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person wanting to play the game He always appears to

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be very friendly. He always gives autographs to

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children and old men! He is great to watch

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and great to talk to ` Moeen grew up in Birmingham

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and signed as a professional for Warwickshire aged just 15, but, four

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years later, moved to Worcestershire Chris Mander is a PE teacher

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at Moseley School and taught Moeen. His sporting talent stood ott

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from an early age. He could play cricket `

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that was his best sport. Anything he tried he was good at.

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He says it is great to plax for England, but now he has madd it he

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just wants more. Tributes have been paid to

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the former jockey and trainer Michael Scudamore,

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who's died at the age of 81. He won the Grand National on Oxo

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in 1959 and went on to become a successful r`cehorse

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trainer at his yard near Ross on Wye His grandsons, who now run the yard,

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have paid tribute to Michael saying: "He was the original and thd best",

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and ?Our feelings Brazil take on Germany

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in the first semi`final of the Watching at their homes

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in Worcestershire will be three fans who have spent the past month

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touring the South American country. They were hoping for England

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footballing glory, but had to settle for selfie and a media storl,

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as Ian Winter has been findhng out. Meet the boys from Brazil, `nd B,

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Alex and Josh, back home in Worcester after a 12 hour flight

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from real. No sign of jet l`g for a World Cup burn`out because they have

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just enjoyed the sporting trip of a lifetime. It was incredible. Really

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different. It was the best trip I have ever done in my life. The Lance

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worked hard to save ?3000 e`ch for their 31 day trip but they never do

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dream they would be making front`page news themselves. They

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sneaked into the England te`m hotel and find themselves face`to`face

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with the England squad. We saw Roy Hodgson next to the toilet. We asked

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them for a big year. He was more than happy to do it. Every 410

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minutes there would be a different person. We saw Joe Hart. Thdn little

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Jack Welch. Many years from now the boys will be able to tell their

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grandchildren we were there when Luis Suarez shattered our World Cup

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dream. The time the lads turned up for the final game against Costa

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Rica, hard fate was sealed `nd the Worcester three were not thd only

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ones feeling frustrated. Thd brains behind this banner is David Smith,

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and his campus framing shop created the banner that was seen around the

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world. Was the experience rdally priceless? Despite the earlx

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elimination, I would definitely go again. Brazil is a fantastic country

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and we have the holiday of ` lifetime. Davis to undecided about a

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trip to the next World Cup finals, but Andy, Josh and Alex havd already

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started planning for Russia in 008 team. `` 2018.

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He's run seven marathons in seven days on seven conthnents.

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He's run the London marathon for 10 years in a row.

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So, to say that Blind Dave Heeley is now preparing to take

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on the ultimate challenge mdans it's going to be tough!

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He's here along with his running guide, Tony, to tell us mord.

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So, Dave, you're going to rtn the Marathon des Sables ` 140 miles

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I asked myself the same question! It is something I have always fancied

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doing and never had the opportunity. Tony has done it before. He said it

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was tough, very tough and hd would never do it again, unless hd allowed

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me to become the blind runndr so he would become the guide. I don't

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think he was expecting me to say yes! We are in, paid`up, fully

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fledged members! Tony, how well do you know Dave, because you tickle a

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challenge and his nose and he sneezes straightaway. Do yot regret

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your words? Yes! Give us an idea of how tough it is. It is a good, hard

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race. The hardest thing I h`ve ever done. It is a six`day event, in the

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desert, running in the tempdrature, carrying your equipment. How do you

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go about training for those conditions? It is a difficult one.

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The fact that through this seven marathons, we are getting otr

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knowledge together in referdnce with the training. We can never really

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simulate what will be like. All Tony has said to me is that they heat is

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there, it will be there, no cold days, no rain and you just have to

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take it on the chin. The tr`ining, the running, the walking, the hills

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that we will attempt, time on our feet, all the time, rain, whnd,

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Shine, that will put the strength in. You just have to take the

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experience on the chin. Self belief has got you a long ways so far. You

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are doing this for fundraishng? For the Albion foundation. I am an

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ambassador for them. What they do for disabled sport is unbelhevable.

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They also support underprivhleged children and kids, bringing them off

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the streets, putting them in the team. They give them confiddnce and

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belief. It is fantastic what they do. We wish you all the best. We

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will keep up`to`date with your progress!

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Young dancers from Birmingh`m are getting ready to head up to Glasgow

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to open the first ever Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival.

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They'll be joined by hundreds of other young people

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Our Arts reporter Satnam Rana caught up with some of them

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Move is being perfected for the big performance. These young people from

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the RDC youth company will be dancing away from Birminghal to

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Glasgow for the inaugural Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival.

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We are a strong community of young people from in and around Bhrmingham

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and the West Midlands. We are going to open the Commonwealth Yotth Dance

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Festival. It is amazing. Thd first time I have ever been away from home

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to perform. It is a huge achievement. The company only set up

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a year ago. As an added bonts, they are opening the festival. Young

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people going into an intern`tional market. They will get to sed the

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other live companies from around the world. They will take part hn

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workshops, meet even pick jtrors `` meet different teachers. Ovdr 4 0

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young people will be taking part. What does it mean for them?

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Hopefully, more opportunitids to dance and do more things like this.

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It is recognition for the company because even though it is a big

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achievement, because we had just been together for a year, btt just

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more recognition, more opportunities. For these yotng

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people it is a once in a generation opportunity to take part in cultural

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celebrations ahead of the Commonwealth Games, which start

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later this month. Some rather strange weather

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around today, Yes, some very lively showers today.

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Very lively showers working their way through today. They will start

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to die out and tomorrow looks much better. I pressure is buildhng so

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things will start to dry out. We still have some of the lively

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showers working their way through the region tonight. Things will

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settle down overnight, and we will have some clear spells. We could see

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some mist and fog patches tomorrow morning. Temperatures overnhght will

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be mild. A ridge of high prdssure will move in, but only build for a

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day. That is because this low pressure is moving in. Behind the

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weather system the air is mtch warmer. Tomorrow is a good day with

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good spells of sunshine to come from the word go. Cloud is about the sun

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will burn through that and temperatures will get up to about 22

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Celsius. The wind will start to pick up. Quite a pleasant end to the day

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tomorrow with the sunshine remaining. Slowly as he worked away

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to tomorrow evening, the cloud will fill in from the east. The showers

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will start to make their prdsence felt. Temperatures will do ` little

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bit better tomorrow night. By Thursday, we have rain in the

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forecast. The best of conditions will be in western parts. Bx Friday

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it will be much more humid `nd there will be the risk of thunderstorms.

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The childhood friends from Birmingham admit fighting alongside

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at a later timd than

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usual tonight, following thd World Cup semi` final here on BBC

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This is the first example we know of of infrared communication.

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Imagine if you could talk to the animals.

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