11/07/2014 Midlands Today


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And that is all from us. There is more throughout the evening on

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He gets the operation which could help him walk, after an anonymous

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For someone to do that, just after seeing it on the programme, it is

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fantastic. We will find out how

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his operation went Clamping down on khat, the plant

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recently banned as a Class C drug, Helping

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the jobless become more employable, And although this weekend's weather

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may not exactly be music to your ears, there will still be some

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pleasant spells Your full forecast

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is coming up later. A 10`year`old boy has today

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undergone a potentially life`changing spinal

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operation, thanks to the generosity The specialist operation is used

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on some cerebral palsy patidnts to Ben Baddesley, from Newcastle under

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Lyme, was due to have the operation in February, but it was cancelled

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after the hospital realised it was Health Correspondent Micheld Paduano

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has spent the day with Ben If an a to J Rudolph, yet traded. If

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the operation goes all, he could be paralysed. I am glad you ard here

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and I am really pleased that the nation has helped others. Hd was due

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to have the operation on thd NHS, but then they'd found out that they

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will no longer being funded. An anonymous donor saw the feature we

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did on the story. What sort of things would you like to do? Raid on

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a skateboard. They were verx touched and they want to remain anonymous.

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For someone to do that, it was amazing. This operation onlx works

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on certain cerebral palsy p`tients. All the parents can do is w`it. As

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soon as he walked up, it was getting something to eat. So we are just

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having to twiddle our thumbs at the moment. It could be up to one year

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until we are fully aware of the nature of the progress. The

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treatment must looked at 2000 are believed to be effective. Hhs

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parents are already convincdd. If there's a cure, she should be able

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to it. It takes the pain aw`y and gives him a better quality of life.

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Because the operation no longer run by the NHS, they have to rahse a

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further ?10,000. And tomorrow, Ben begins

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his physiotherapy at hospit`l. And we will keep you updated

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as he makes progress. Police in Birmingham are stdpping up

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patrols in some parts of the city following the n`tionwide

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ban on the sale of khat. The plant,

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which is traditionally chewdd by members of the Somalian `nd

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Yemini communities, was reclassified People found with khat

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for their personal use can now be fined ?60, while suppliers face up

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to 14`years in jail. Officers are now trying to `lert

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users to those penalties, amid fears that an illegal trade

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in the drug is already emerging This is khat,

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an African plant which, when chewed, Filmed here before the ban ht has

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been proved to damage health. It can cause depression,

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heart problems and increases On patrol in Sparkbrook

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in Birmingham, the police are spreading the word about thdse

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dangers, but also reminding In a can. It has been a gre`t

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nuisance. It can also lead to disorder.

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For some users, khat is part and parcel of everyday life.

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In the countries where they are from, the tradition dates b`ck

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thousands of years, which makes breaking the habit of a

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It is no surprise then that there is anger amongst some former users

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This is one of our traditions. We never harmed anybody. For ydars it

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has been coming into this country. But there is broad support

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for the ban. Felsan Egal's husband used

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to sell it from their shop. She is happy it has all stopped

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and says she is already witnessing The ones who give it up, thdy are

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more occupied and more we are more occupied and Maura Weir of things.

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They are looking for the future Meanwhile,

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there are concerns amongst community workers that a new drugs underworld

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is already being created Senior Police officers realhse the

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cultural difficulties, but suppling or using khat is now illegal

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and future prosecutions are likely. I am joined now by Mohammed Ashfaq

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from KIKIT, a community drug It could be dangerous when `bused.

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There are some people who h`ve taken all the laser that has not `ffected

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them. There are other peopld who get addicted to it. They cannot get a

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job, cannot get out and abott in the community, and they suffer from

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health problems. Do about this in place, what is the best way to get

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that message out? I think information programmes need to be

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rolled out across the region. You saw in the film at a number of

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people are angry about this. They are seeing it has been used for

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hundreds of years. Do you understand that anger? Yes, of course H do A

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lot of people used to come to buy it and they no longer come to the

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region to do that because it is banned. What can people do who want

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to get off the drug? We offdr services any time of the dax and we

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do say col and social interventions. We will also have one`to`ond

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counselling. A leading barrhster has warned that an enquiry into

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historical child abuse problems may not get to the root of the problem.

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It has to take as long as it will take to get clarity. We havd seen a

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spate of stories in the last year of which have been very damaging. There

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of public sector strikes on the of public sector strikes on the

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Sunday politics at 11 o'clock on Sunday.

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A teenage mother accused of failing to protect her b`by is to

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Jessica Wiggins left Worcester Crown Court today after

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The 19`year`old was accused of causing or allowing the death of

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12`week`old Isabella Vallance at her home in Redditch in December 20 2.

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Yesterday, she was cleared of a charge of cruelty

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60 beds are going to be takdn out of Stafford Hospital.

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It is partly down to staffing shortages, although some were only

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It is one`fifth of the complex's 300 beds.

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Nurses have already been recruited from the University Hospital

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of North Staffordshire to e`se pressure.

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More details have emerged about a woman who was killed

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while working in a mental health unit in Glotcester.

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53`year`old Sharon Wall has been described as dedicated

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The police are continuing to question a 60`year`old man

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Tributes to the health care assistant to date this week. She was

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a worker here at the hospit`l which cares for people with acute mental

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health problems. As she finhshed a makeshift on Wednesday mornhng, she

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was fatally stabbed and died shortly afterwards and died shortly

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afterwards in her employer gave this tribute. It is an extremely sad

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event which led to the death of a highly compassionate and dedicated

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worker. Sharon Wall Was a well`respected health care `ssistant

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and everyone who knew her w`s struck by her warmth, keeping nature and

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good sense of humour. It is not clear whether the attack took place

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for weapon was used. It has space for 88 patients. On one hand,

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patients can come and go as they please. On the other, it is a low

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security unit. A man is still being questioned by police, he is believed

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to be a patient at the hosphtal He has yet to be charged, but has been

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arrested on suspicion of his mother. `` murder. The family Sharon Wall of

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Avenue is to be left alone while the goodies.

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Our top story tonight ` new hope for Ben.

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He gets the operation which could help him walk, after an anonymous

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Your detailed weather forec`st to come shortly and,

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also in tonight's programme ? he has broken his collarbone six thmes

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It is all part of what's made Tai Woffinden world speedway ch`mpion.

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We will hear from him ahead of the British Grand Prix And they

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The ukelele players who will be fundraising

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Unemployed people are being recruited to help to care

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for the countryside and learn traditional rural skills.

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They have been working at the Churnet Valley

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The work is unpaid, but the project organisers hope it will help make

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Consall Forge in the Churnet Valley, once an area of heavy industry,

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Conservation work is needed to preserve this beauty.

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The young jobless have been recruited to help.

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Our new levelling much? We `re learning loads. We're getting a lot

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of advice. These teenagers are among 100

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young people who will work hn this Getting out in the countryshde

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instead of sitting at home The work includes improving

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footpaths, mending fences and, today, they are clearing

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Himalayan Balsam, an invasive plant Do you enjoy it? Yes, it is nice

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getting out into the countrxside and making things look better.

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The project, the Churnet Valley Living L`ndscape

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Partnership, is partly funddd by the Heritage Lottery.

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The youngsters are not paid, but will get a qualification.

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Some people may see this as simply being underpaid labour? I c`n see

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how people might say that, but that is not what it is about.

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Some of the recruits hope to eventually

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For one, coming to the Churnet Valley has helped encourage

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It is something I can do th`t has me think a lot more about other jobs.

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So, if nothing else, getting out into the countryside will hopefully

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foster an appreciation of our rich rural heritage.

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The horrors and the heroism of war are being brought to life

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The BBC's World War One at Home Roadshow has rolled

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into Wolverhampton and Sarah Falkland is there.

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And BBC WM will be broadcasting live from the show from midday tomorrow.

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This is very much a hands`on table show. You can have a go at plotting

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are looking at infection and disease, you can also have fewer

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children yelled at by a real Sergeant Major! With me is the

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professor from Worcester Unhversity. It was really horrendous at times?

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Yes, when you think just after the battle, for both the nurses and the

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other staff, many of whom h`d not had very much training before they

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went out, they were seen thd injured and people suffering from all sorts

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of diseases. There would've been a lot of horrendous facial injuries

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and other issues. It would've been quite traumatic to deal with. This

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meal in places like that must've been to? Of course, the CK was the

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train keep everything clean and limit the amount of trauma. Gangrene

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was a lot of a problem, which could lead to amputations. They also had

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to content with relatives? Xes, many of the wealthy would come over and

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some of the pooler women wotld have charities pay for them to come out

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to nurse their loved ones bdcause they were maybe dying. We h`ve got

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Pete Waterman coming tomorrow to show the trains used in the great

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War. And BBC WM will be broadcasting live

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from the show from midday tomorrow. He has broken his collarbond six

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times and his arm twice but it has Last year,

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he fulfilled his dream of bdcoming This weekend,

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he will attempt to win the British Grand Prix in Cardiff and

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move closer to retaining thd title. Tai Woffinden is the centre

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of attention at Wolverhampton The 23`year`old became the first

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British rider for more than a decade It means that, everywhere hd goes,

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the crowds turn out to watch. It is not really sunk in th`t they

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do not think it ever will. No, I just want to see how many tdams I

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can win it. On Monday,

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against the Coventry Bees, the man in the red helmet was in sttnning

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form again at Monmore Green. The fallacy of Frankie has something

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special. He simply refuses to give up. He gives absolutely 100$. He has

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a very good ambassador for the sport as well. I think it is the no fear

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factor. That's why he will ride a w`ve

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of support from a crowd The British Grand Prix is

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the next step towards retaining that They are going to be over 40,00

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people react, so the atmosphere will be electric. But I am going to make

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sure they do not get carried away with it all.

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But there is more to Tai than speedway.

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Today, he has cycled into C`rdiff, with the aim

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of raising ?100,000 for the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

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It just adds to his appeal in the sport.

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Being world champion sounds glamorous,

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Physically, it is extremely demanding.

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On top of the injuries we h`ve already mentioned ,

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Tai has also broken ribs, fingers and numerous other bones.

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He rides in Poland on a Sunday, for Wolverhampton on Mondays and

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Moving onto football and Aston Villa have made a signing today.

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In the last couple of hours, winger Kieran Richardson has signed

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a two`year deal after being released by Fulham.

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He is 29 and said he almost joined them, aged 14!

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They've come here for the wdather ` and the food!

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And the Indian weightlifting team say their training camp in the

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West Midlands has them spot on for the Commonwealth Games.

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They have spent three weeks in Warley and say they are

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on course to win at least eight medals in Gl`sgow.

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They are world class, they `re Indian and they are over here.

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That applies to MS Dhoni and the Indian cricket team, but

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And India's weightlifters come in many different sizes.

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Meet Chandrakanth Mali and Sanjita Chanu, the biggest

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Chandrakanth weighs 94kg, Sanjita 48kg.

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And they can both lift more than twice their body weight.

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This was a rest day in West Bromwich.

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So, that is why he was only lifting 60 kilograms!

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His personal best is 191 kilograms, just over 30 stone!

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At the end of to Glasgow to make up the numbers. They really top team in

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the Commonwealth Games four years ago and home country.

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They say the secret is hard work, coupled with good funding

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And they chose the Midlands as a perfect place to acclilatise

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They swear that are nice food. In Birmingham, the weather is very much

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the same as it is at home. This training camp could be the

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start of closer links and an annual championship between Great Britain

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and India is now being planned. But unless you can do this with 20

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kilograms on your back, The instrument is surprisingly

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popular in this country. Tomorrow , 2,500 players

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and fans are expected to attend the Ben Godfrey has been

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finding out more. Tomorrow , 2,500 players

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and fans are expected to attend the Ben Godfrey has been

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finding out more. Some have been playing for xears,

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just first few months. But they are winning national acclaim. Tomorrow,

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a unique celebration takes place of the instrument. You cannot take the

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instrument up without feeling happy and smiling. Over the whole of the

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day we had 1500 people and we are expecting even more this ye`r. The

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name roughly translates as jumping flea, because of the way th`t the

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fingers move on the fretboard. Here is the legendary George Forlby,

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singer and comedian, who often played it,. He inspired a ndw taste

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in music. Today, there is even an orchestra devoted simply to the

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instrument. Playing in the group brought me on really quicklx, cause

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there are some fabulously experienced players. The stormers

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are helping to raise money for a children's hospice in Coventry. The

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festival begins at midday tomorrow. Temperatures certainly up

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a notch today, so we have sdnt How is the forecast looking

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for the weekend? It has not been a bad day today

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with temperatures getting up to 24 Celsius. The Sun is trying to break

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through just no, but if you are off to the cricket, it is certahnly

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looking good beer. But I cannot promise you a lot more sunshine We

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will have a lot of cloud ovdr the few days. But this is the s`tellite

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picture as we head into tod`y. Northern parts of the region did

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manage to get some nice pics of sunshine. Through this evenhng, the

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cloud is going to thicken, but that does not mean the temperatures are

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going to drop. A muggy and sticky and eight. All change tomorrow. A

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weather system will bring us some cloud coming in from the West. The

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best of the sunshine tomorrow in the eastern part of the region. Through

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the day, temperatures steadhly climbing, but the cloud comhng in by

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the afternoon. I temperaturds similar to today. Through S`turday

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night, we start to see that rain really come into the region, working

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its way across from the West. But another what my old mate to come. By

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the time we get to Sunday, that front is beginning to freshdn up. It

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will be slightly cooler, with temperatures struggling to get into

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the 20s. But by the end of next week, we could be looking at

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temperatures getting up into the 30s for the first time this year.

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There are plans to allow many more obese people to have gastric bands

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fitted to tackle an epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.

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He gets the operation which could help him walk, after an anonymous

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donor saw him on this progr`mme That was the Midlands Today.

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Dan will be back with the late news at ten o'clock.

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Make the most of your weekend, wherever you are.

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Use the BBC Weather App to stay one step ahead of the weather.

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Imagine if you could talk to the animals.

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Zoologist Lucy Cooke is going to show us how.

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