13/07/2014 Midlands Today


13/07/2014

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Good evening. An area of the Midlands once plagued by metal

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theft has seen the biggest drop in the crime anywhere in the country.

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Last year the Sandwell area saw a 76% fall in the theft of metal.

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With all this metal around, it's easy to see why this company

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in Bilston was a prime target for thieves.

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In 2011, a break`in cost the business tens

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of thousands of pounds, but since laws have been tightened

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on the sale of scrap metal, things have significantly improved.

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The theft has been reduced quite dramatically really.

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We haven't seen any major events where we've been targeted

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by anybody. I've seen no activity.

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Major changes to the law, including the banning of cash payments and

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proof of the seller's identity, mean thefts have dropped dramatically

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across the West Midlands, with Sandwell seeing incidents fall last

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year by more than three`quarters, the best anywhere in the country.

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You'd be surprised how many people are happy to go into a scrapyard

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and give their photographic identification and try to sell them

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stolen metal, thinking they will never get caught.

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We are catching these criminals and prosecuting them.

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At this scrap metal business in Dudley, the new law means things

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Until just two years ago, this is how customers used to get paid.

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Money was put in here, it was sent through these tubes and they

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But due to the changes in law, everything is now done by computer,

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In fact, this system has become so successful,

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It really changes us and puts us, we are not a backward industry.

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We feel we have really come to the forefront of modern business.

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Police say they'll continue to work closely with the scrap metal trade

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and any firm found flouting the new law will risk losing

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The Birmingham teenager and education campaigner

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Malala Yousafzai is in Nigeria to meet the families of

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Malala was shot in the head by the Taliban

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After being treated in Birmingham, she became a campaigner

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It's three months since the Nigerian girls were abducted by the militant

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A third person's been charged with the murder of a 28`year`old man

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Father of four Ikram Khan was stabbed

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in the neck during a disturbance on Stratford Road in Sparkbrook.

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The man, who's 25, is due in court tomorrow.

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A thousand Morgan car owners descended on the company's factory

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in Worcestershire today to celebrate the 100th year of production there.

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The firm claims to be the world's oldest privately`owned

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car manufacturer. Joanne Writtle reports.

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Deep in the Malvern Hills, the 180 people who work

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for the Morgan Motor Company enjoy a picturesque journey to work.

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Today was a celebration of the century the factory's been

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in this setting, with a car for every year of production on show.

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She was registered in September 1914.

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She's only got two gears, no reverse.

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If you see someone's driveway which goes uphill, then you just

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ease up it and float back. Fantastic.

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Roger Orford bought his 1925 Morgan for ?25.

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I used to drive it from home in Stourbridge, the town I lived in, to

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the technical college when I was 16 with another schoolmate in the front

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and if we were lucky we would bring two girls back from school at night.

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Over the years, the cars have developed, although

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And this is the latest model, a centenary special edition,

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Only 60 have been built and they cost ?70,000.

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The Morgan's been part of hill climb competitions and a firm favourite

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Jill Price's grandfather Harry made the first Morgan

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for the simple reason that he was fed up of cycling to work.

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He made this little three`wheeler runabout and

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his sister Dot liked it so much, she thought, "Could you make me one?"

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So he made her one and then he started production after that.

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Little did Harry Morgan know that years later, so many enthusiasts

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would descend on his factory to celebrate what he started.

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The Wolverhampton speedway star Tai Woofinden finished second in

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last night's British Grand Prix as he bids to retain his world title.

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Woofinden, wearing the white helmet, was beaten by American rider

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Greg Hancock in the final race in Cardiff.

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But after scoring more points on the night,

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Woofinden now leads the overall standings with five meetings to go.

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Time for the weather now. Here's Sara Blizzard.

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We will be holding on to the drier weather as we head through the

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evening. Clearer skies coming in overnight. There could be a little

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mist in the early hours but it will be a much fresher and night, not the

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community we experienced last night, a minimum of ten Celsius `` not

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disunity. Tomorrow morning there will be brightness then cloud

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increasing in the afternoon and a weather front moving in. It will

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produce some patchy light rain around tea`time but it will still be

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a warm day tomorrow, temperatures reaching a maximum of 22. We have a

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good deal of dry weather in the middle part of the week but it will

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gradually turn humid again and it will feel very hot by Thursday.

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Hello, most places are enjoying a fine end to the weekend with some

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sunshine. You might be firing up the barbecue ahead of the World Cup

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final but we have seen torrential storms in East Anglia and they still

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have showers. They will ease but showers in Eastern Scott and into

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eastern England. Elsewhere, it is dry and clear and misty and places,

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and cooler, sunspots in single figures. -- some areas. 20 of

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sunshine first thing but the weather will change from the West. Northern

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Ireland is first to get rain in the morning and that will head into

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western Scotland, quite heavy and reaching parts of western England

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and Wales in the afternoon. In the East, not much. Cloud will build

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across central and eastern Scotland but they -- but there will still be

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sunny spells and it will feel warm. Northern Ireland, temperatures held

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down by rain but it will ease by the evening but it will still be wet in

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western Scotland and some of that rain will head East later in the

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day. Wettest in Scotland in the

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