17/07/2014 Midlands Today


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The Met office issues a level to crash on the BBC News Channel.

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The Met office issues a level to alert as the heatwave continues.

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Make sure that you have enough water intake.

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But with heat and humidity come thunderstorms ` this weekend looks

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We'll find out how people are coping with the heat.

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Fine tuning for the future, the Midlands plant making specialised

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engines for BMW's hybrid sports car. We are proud to have it. It is

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a big boost. The Shropshire golfer making a

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blistering start at the open. And getting children interested in a

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virtual career in engineering. An official public health warning

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has been put in place, The Met Office has issued

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a level two alert. This means that on average

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the temperature will be 30 degrees Celsius during the day and

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around 15 degrees Celsius at night. They say it can have a significant

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effect on people's health if the hot weather lasts for at least two

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days ` and the night in between. Our reporter Kevin Reide has spent

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most of the day finding out how people are coping,

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and he's at Droitwich Lido tonight. This has been the busiest day of the

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year so far with 650 people visiting, I understand that one

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family has been here since 1030 this morning. That contrasts with cloudy

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days when they can get as many as five people.

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Droitwich having one of its busiest days so far. `` Droitwich Lido.

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And a similar picture in Walsall. But all this son and heat levels

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have led to a health warning. `` of this sunshine. Keep sensible

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precautions. Take enough water intake. Make sure they are aware of

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the signs of dehydration, the science of disorientation, and they

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take adequate precautions. In Walsall the message seems to be

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getting through. She's got factor 50 on. Factor 50 on her and the same on

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me. Yes, we have some cream. I have a T`shirt to protect him. She has

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plenty of sun factor on. Back in Droitwich and by late

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afternoon, temperatures had soared to the high 20s, that is over 80

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Fahrenheit. We have hot air working its way up

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from the near continent. As that meets cooler air from the Atlantic

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we will see some thunderstorms. They could cause some severe disruption

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through Saturday morning. We will be out clearing debris from the rivers,

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blocking culverts, making sure that water can flow through quickly.

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So all good things come to an end, and for more those little else to do

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but to have fun in the sun. `` for now.

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There are still some people in the pool. They have stayed open

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especially for us. I am joined now by Sandra who works here. How busy

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hazard in? It has been really busy, the son has been shining. `` how

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busy hazard being? Does the message about suncream get

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through. There are a few people that do forget, we do tell people it is

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best to put the suncream on. Especially when the water is cold,

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they forget. And this place was under threat not

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so long ago. We do a year`to`year basis and see how it goes, hopefully

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we will have it again next year. Tell me whether water comes from. We

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have got Brian in the water, `` salt in the water.

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What are you expecting for the first `` next few days? I am hoping for

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lots of sunshine so we have loads of people down.

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It could be quite a contrast if the weather changes on Saturday though.

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Yes, thunder and lightning, you cannot swim in that. Fingers crossed

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for hot weather. The door was open at half past ten

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tomorrow morning. And Rebecca will be have the full

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forecast later in the programme. One of the worst schools inspectors

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had ever seen ` The first electric hybrid sports car

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from BMW goes on sale in the UK this week, with engines

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made here in the Midlands. The car combines a petrol engine

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and a plug`in electric motor. The company's Hams Hall plant in

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Warwickshire will be the sole site Our business correspondent

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Peter Plisner reports. Enjoying the fruits of their labour

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` BMW workers looking around Sadly the car and the majority

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of its parts are made in Germany, but the engine that powers it is

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assembled here. And this is the new multi`million

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pound production line that's been Although it hasn't meant new jobs

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here, it does mean job security for the

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plant?s 800 workers, including newly We were given the opportunity to go

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on to this line as apprentices in our last year, and we have seen it

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right from the start, we have seen it go into production.

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BMW's plant opened in 2001. Since then it has produced more than 3

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million engines. This i8 engine is the first product to come out of

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here since the company announced a new investment programme for its UK

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plants. Nick Shappard has been at Hams Hall

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since the plant first opened And more investment is being made

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elsewhere in the plant. They constantly invest in their

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plans and their people. This empty space will house

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another new assembly line. The plant director says Hams Hall

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has a bright future. The engine for the i8 is built on a

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flexible production line, but as we develop the family further we will

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be investing in the high`volume production facilities being

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installed as we speak. The new i8 is not cheap, but getting

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behind the wheel you can see why. I have never driven a hybrid sports

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car. You would expect performance to be compromised, but the sky was

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incredibly powerful. And it is much more environmentally

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friendly than the average sports car. `` this car is incredibly

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powerful. West Mercia Police are to

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reinvestigate the attempted rape of a woman, which led to a Redditch

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man being wrongly jailed. Victor Nealon, who was living

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in the town at the time of the attack, was sentenced to life in

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1997 and spent 17 years in prison. Fresh DNA evidence meant that

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his conviction was then quashed Two applications for judicial review

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into the downgrading of services and Stafford Hospital have been turned

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down. The applicants say they will appeal.

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The applicants now have to decide whether to appeal the decision.

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The families of those killed in the Birmingham Pub Bombings are

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calling on West Midlands Police to reveal if republican terrorism

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suspects were told they would never face prosecution.

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A judge`led review of official letters issued to Irish republicans

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` informing them they were no longer wanted by police ` has concluded

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that the scheme was systematically flawed, but not unlawful.

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Brian and Julie Hambleton's sister Maxine was among the 21 people

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They want to know if anyone suspected of being involved was told

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We are going to write to the Chief Constable of the Police Service of

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Northern Ireland, and as came if years any information regarding the

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228 people who are in receipt of one of the environs letters. If one ``

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if anyone of them have ever been associated with the Birmingham pub

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bombings, and if they have, we would like information. A smack the on the

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run letters. `` the on the environs letters.

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A Birmingham MP says it's "peculiar" there have been no updates

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about when a new local TV channel is to be launched in the city.

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Steve McCabe has written to the Department of Culture, Media

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In 2012 Ofcom awarded licences for 21 local TV channels to be set up

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City8 has to launch by November the 6th, having won

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the licence for Birmingham ` or it will lose the licence.

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So far, only four local TV channels are actually up and running:

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in Grimsby, Norwich, London and Nottingham.

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Earlier I spoke to Steve McCabe about the questions he's raised.

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It was introduced in a fanfare about two years ago, and there has been

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radio silence since. I want to know if the company are still in

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operation, and if we are likely to see a launch before the November

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deadline, and obviously I want to know if everything's all right on

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the financial front. Why are you so concerned about this?

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Digital media has great potential for the Birmingham you `` Birmingham

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area. Local television is an important element of that jigsaw.

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We have tried to speak to City8 today and left numerous messages

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for Debra Davies who's in charge to ask for her reaction,

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I have not heard from her, I have no idea what she is doing. But I have

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had a phone call from a gentleman who is involved with the company,

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who suggested he will try and arrange a meeting with some of the

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representatives, and I am hoping that might be possible sometime next

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week. Was he able to answer any of your concerns? He suggested the

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project was still making progress, and that they were still optimistic

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there would be a launch, but after all this time what I'm interested in

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is a bit more detail. How would you sum up this whole

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situation? It is peculiar. We were told that there was this great new

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world opening up, that we were going to have local television, the

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company was all set to run, it had an April launch date and then a

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September launch date, and then total silence. If the company cannot

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do it, somebody else has got to have the chance to do it. If the company

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is going to do it, they need to tell the rest of us what is happening.

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A primary school in Dudley, which was described as

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"one of the worst" inspectors had ever seen, is celebrating today

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Ofsted inspectors visited the school two years ago

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Heronswood Primary in Kidderminster has also been rated good,

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just under a year after failing their inspection.

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So how difficult is it to turn things around?

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Lindsay Doyle has been to Priory Primary in Dudley to find out.

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We were special measures. This time when the inspectors came they told

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us that we were now a good school. This is officially a good school

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according to Ofsted. It is a lovely school anyway, but I am really

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glad. It is positive to see the school going up again. Two years ago

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it plummeted into special measures. The school was in a mess, leadership

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and management was inadequate, behaviour was really poor.

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Safeguarding, there were issues there as well.

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The magic of science, a simple experiment with milk and food

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colouring, resort, and engaged class of 7`year`old pupils. We were told

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we had really good reports. We all cheered. Everyone is so proud and

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pleased to see the report. With almost an entire set of new

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teachers and more focus on creativity and pupil behaviour,

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Priory primary joins only 5% of schools nationally who have come

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from special measures into good in such a short space of time. We have

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put in some staff that were really, really enthusiastic and wanted to

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make learning fun for the children, and it all came together. One of the

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most important things has been the involvement of the students

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themselves. A school council has been set up. We

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get to choose what we want in the school.

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And the chance to get published. It is a published book with all of our

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stories in it. We get to choose our activity at the end of the week.

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No longer would do better `` "could do better", predicted grades next

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year, a stars. Our top stories.

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The Met office issues a level to work `` alert as the heatwave

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continues. The Shropshire golfer

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Ashley Chesters makes a blistering start at the Open; he's

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just four shots off the lead. The Library

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of Birmingham is shortlisted for What do a group

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of hoodies mean to you? Should children be seen

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and not heard? Increasingly youngsters are finding

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themselves labelled unfairly. As part of our Midlands Tomorrow

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series, we went to see a music group called Beats that aims

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to offer an outlet to young people Noreen Khan begins her report

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in Nuneaton ` A Saturday concert for shoppers in

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Nuneaton is not just about fundraising, but through music these

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youngsters are coming to terms with difficulties in their lives.

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Abbey started drinking to cover up depression problems. She thinks

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adults are too quick to judge. I was missing for a week, it was a sort of

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blackout, I do not remember what happened.

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Young people are seeing is being yobs and rough. There are some

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adults who think we are up to no good. If we judged all people that

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way, how would they feel? Tom has spent some time in care. He

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thinks the music group has turned his young life around. It is a

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horrible experience. You are back and your parents'. How

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are things? `` back at your parents'. We are still a bit bumpy,

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but it is better. The music group meets once a week

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and is constantly backing `` battling for funding. To the

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teenagers it is a way of dealing with events that happen around them.

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My dad desert dust `` decided to leave, so that left me all upset. I

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wanted to talk to my mum, but I had to hold back because I thought it

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would upset her, speaking about it. Do you think grown`ups are quick ``

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quick to criticise young people when they make mistakes? Definitely. But

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they always say you need to learn from your mistakes.

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Nuneaton is no different to any other time, and when I spoke to some

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adults, they revealed they actually had some sympathy and hopeful

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today's teenagers. I think they get a hard time. If they had something

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positive and creative to do, I am sure you would see a marked change

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in youth behaviour and anti`social behaviour. The young people today

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are doing quite well. And if you have a story

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about what it's like to be young and growing up in the Midlands,

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then we want to hear from you. You can e`mail us

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at [email protected], or get in touch

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on Facebook or Twitter using Golf,

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and the Shropshire Amateur Ashley Chesters has made an impressive

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debut at the Open Championship. The 24`year`old

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from Wem finished his first round He's grinning from ear to ear `

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and who could blame him? Ashley Chesters has played

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the round of his life, But he started the day a bag

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of nerves. I could feel my heart pumping out of

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my body. I nearly said, what is going on? But I was so happy to see

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the ball goes straight `` go straight.

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And every step of the way he was followed by family and friends.

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A tremendous start, having built up to and for 12 months.

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But there've been no posh hotels for this pair.

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Chesters, along with his best friend and caddie Ricky Pharo, spent

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As they finished their round with a birdie on the 18th green, a first

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round score of two under par was beyond everyone's wildest dreams.

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I can't actually believe it. We couldn't have hoped for anything

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better than what he has done today. Of course, he's now got to do it all

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again tomorrow if he's to realise his dream of making the top half

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and playing at the weekend. But now his name's up there

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for all to see, Ashley Chesters is And you can follow Ashley

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and all the action from The Open at The Library of Birmingham has been

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shortlisted for a prestigious award. Run by the Royal Institute

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of British Architects, it's a nationally recognised award which

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the West Midlands won last year. The Library opened last September,

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and has been described by the Dutch company who designed it

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as a "People's Palace". Our reporter Amy Cole is there

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for us tonight. What do the judges like

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so much about the library? The judges say the library is a bold

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addition to the city. They have commented on the Harry Potter

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rotunda. The award does not just recognise innovative design, but

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also the impact a building has on the community. Last year Astley

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Castle won the award after architects created a space that

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reflected the history of the building but also build in some

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21st`century mod cons. ``. Game. I'm joined by Tom Epps,

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Exhibitions Manager at the Library. You face tough competition from

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The Shard, The London Olympics Aquatic Centre

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and Liverpool's Everyman Theatre ` I think the library stands out from

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the competition because it is a public library that belongs to

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everybody. Our architects had a problem because not only did they

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have to produce a beautiful building, but also meet the

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expectations of a million people. You have had a lot of visitors. Yes,

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well over 2 million people. On our busiest days we had about 15,000

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people. Loads and loads of visits from schools and younger people. I

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was talking to somebody earlier about the award, and he said what he

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thinks is unique about this building is that it is absolutely first class

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in terms of a library and really stands out from all other cities.

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We'll find out that result on October 16.

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Children from two Midland schools have been taking part in a hi`tech

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project aimed at encouraging an interest in engineering.

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The Civil Engineering giant Atkins is running the project, which is

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using the latest virtual techniques to demonstrate how building will be

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These children are finding out how "augmented reality" turns this paper

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But this technology can be used for so much more.

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The photographs in this woodland exhibition can only be seen once

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It's hoped that days like these will spark an interest in engineering.

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Students get an insight into engineering, and the jobs that are

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available. There is a preconception that it is all about Thomas and

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electricians, but there is a lot more out there, opticians, allsorts

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of science. `` plumbers. For the children,

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it's been a fascinating insight I never believed somebody could

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shine and iPad over something and, with a 3D drawing. Imagine how

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advanced the technology will be in the future.

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There's a real sense of excitement in the forest today as

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the children use their smartphones and tablets to reveal the pictures.

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But how does the technology that they're using today benefit

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Using the technology we are using in the forest, they can have an idea of

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what they are about to step into. We can put those onto manhole covers,

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so you can use the application to show the QR code, and they can see

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it and walk into it before they open a manhole.

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These kids had fun today, and organisers hope that days

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like these can prove how creative an job in engineering can be.

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I will have the full forecast in a minute, but first, we have seen lots

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`` a lot of photos sent in. It has been a lovely day today,

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temperatures have done very well. We got up to 27 in Worcestershire,

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widely in the mid`20s across the region. There has been plenty of

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sunshine, clear skies for much of the day, and it stays that way for

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the next few hours. But we can just see a hint of what is to come

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working its way in. We have showers to contain `` content with tonight.

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As we had through the early hours we will see that rain working its way

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up. `` head through. So a rumble of thunder as well. Temperatures

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ranging between 16 and 18 Celsius, so a muggy, sticky night. The last

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of those showers will slowly clear away as we head through tomorrow

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morning, then it is another good day in prospect. If today was hot, today

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`` tomorrow is going to be hotter. Temperatures rising up to 30 Celsius

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in some parts of the West Midlands, most likely in eastern parts. But

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with light winds it will feel pleasant. It is all change, though,

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as we head into Friday night. We have a yellow weather warning in

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place for heavy rain. We are expecting severe disruption from the

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thunderstorms working their way through on Saturday night. We could

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get hail, lightning and flush `` flash flooding. We end tomorrow

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though with some good spells of sunshine, then overnight cloud

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starts to fill in. Some heavy downpours in there, some lively

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thunderstorms as well. And another very muggy night, temperatures

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between 16 and 19 Celsius. This is how Saturday looks, starts off with

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heavy rain, eventually easing off, but then we will get some home`grown

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thunderstorms. Sunday looks better, and the start of next week is much,

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as well. Is much more calm.

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Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying nearly 300 people is

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on the Russian border. The Met Office issues a level two alert ` an

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It took less than 90 seconds for the eight-storey building to collapse.

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Imagine the number of women this industry supports.

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This World investigates the true cost of fashion.

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It took less than 90 seconds for the eight-storey building to collapse.

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