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brighter start on Sunday. Still warm and humid.

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The council does not come out of this world. There is an element of

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fear amongst some of our staff. We'll be talking live to the leader

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of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore. Also tonight:

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Leave your cars at home for the summer ` that's the advice as

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Birmingham's city centre tunnels are Once this phase is complete we will

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just be routine maintenance from there on.

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Getting guns off the street ` police launch a firearms surrender scheme.

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How to shoot, edit and premiere a movie in just 72 hours.

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And from soaring temperatures to torrential downpours,

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there is plenty going on with weather this weekend.

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I'll have all the details of what we can expect later in the programme.

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Birmingham City Council failed to act on suspicions

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about a hardline Muslim takeover in some schools because it was

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That's one of the conclusions to emerge from a report commissioned

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by the council into the alleged Trojan Horse affair.

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The report says there was no organised plot, but

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in some schools key individuals were allowed to manipulate the system to

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Meanwhile a separate report, commissioned by the government,

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The Guardian newspaper claims to have seen a leaked draft that shows

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evidence of deliberate attempts to introduce what it calls

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I'll be talking to the leader of Birmingham City Council,

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First, though, Sarah Falkland is here.

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End of term, and the summer holidays ahead.

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But for these young people it?s been four months of questions,

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claims of extremism and a hardline Muslim agenda influencing

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There is a lot more questions to be answered. What is going on? We want

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the best for our children. It doesn't seem like this report will

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come to an end. Thousands of devout Muslims have

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been fasting during Ramadan. The Trojan Horse case and the latest

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reports have weighed heavy We are quite sick of the negativity

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surrounding the city at the moment, the negative portrayal of Britain's

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`` Birmingham. One MP has constantly warned

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about a small group of Muslim hardliners working to gain influence

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over schools. He agrees that the council

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at times has been guilty This is not about dividing the

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community, it is about taking the bad apples out of the community and

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ensuring there is a space for the community to get together and move

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forward and make us all workers he says `` cohesive.

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`` us all more cohesive. The floral display about the First

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World war has sandbags and trenches People have been acting with common

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objectives in mind that are unacceptable to be common objectives

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in a modern, progressive, liberal education system.

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Roger King's been a school governor in Birmingham for over 20 years and

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a union official for over 30, and he says there have to be changes.

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There are problems in some Birmingham schools, those problems

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need fixing. We need a system that doesn't allow for things to go badly

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wrong in governing bodies before they can be `` back intervention,

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and until they look at the whole system of free schools and academies

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they will not address that. This school will have a new

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leadership team next term, but in May take years for these suspicions

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and divisions to be forgotten. I am joined by Sir Albert War. ``

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Bore. The council was afraid of being branded racist, is that right?

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It would appear that individual members of staff did not pursue

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certain complaints that were logged with the council because they feared

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they might be branded as racist. That is a shame because it meant

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that the culture department within the Council `` account `` the

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culture within the Council. We have to change that can `` culture and

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make sure staff to follow these things through properly. `` to

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follow. The report refers to easing out

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headteachers rather than supporting them. How much has this cost, how

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many teachers are gone? It was they are being gagged, and they? Yes,

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unfortunately you agreed to `` not to speak to anybody about the

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circumstances in which you left. There are stories about them being

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bullied or harassed? It has been made clear that the actions of

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governors in a small number of schools were tantamount to bullying.

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Inexcusable behaviour. I want to see some apologies from those governors

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who I think were responsible for that action. Many of them local

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authority governors. Yes, that is correct. How much do you think this

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has cost? It has cost us reputation, it has cost the city as a whole

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damage, and I think it has cost them the `` Muslim community some damage

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because of the rise of the Spike of Islamophobia. But in terms of

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financial cost I do not know. `` the spectre. I think we should have done

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more, and I have apologised for not doing more. Let us remember though

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this does go back a number of things, the Kershaw report goes by

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to 2007, so this has been played out for seven years or perhaps longer.

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There are a series of reports, it seems a terrible mess. Is the

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education system influence in Birmingham? Don't think it is in any

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different state of affairs than in other parts of the country. `` I

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don't think. You have maintained schools maintained by the local

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authority, faith schools, academies, free school. We need to put a system

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together were in fact schools are treated in an equal fashion, whether

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they are any one of those categories. That is what I will be

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trying to say to the new Secretary of State for education, and see

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whether the educational fun thing authority and local authorities

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cannot work closer together. `` educational funding authority.

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Coming up later. We will have the latest forecast and

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more dramatic pictures of those amazing storms.

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And will the Shropshire ammo to survive the cut to make the final

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two days of the offer Open? `` the Open.

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For the second successive summer, the main road tunnels through

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Birmingham City Centre close tonight for six weeks for what's been

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It's such a busy route, Peter, so how are people going to cope?

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It certainly is ` it's reckoned that 85,000 vehicles

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They're a vital part of the city's road network,

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hence the reason they're spending so much money upgrading the tunnels.

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Well, it shouldn't be too bad ` after all, we survived

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It wasn't quite the chaos that many had predicted,

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but last year's tunnel closure did mean delays and diversions.

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Roads closest to the tunnels saw the worse of the jams `

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further away, traffic levels ` no doubt helped by the school holidays

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This year drivers are being urged to use public transport. Last year more

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than 200,000 people dead in exactly that, leaving their cars at home. We

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have spare buses available. `` 200,000 people did exactly that.

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How concerned are the city's drivers? I will probably getting the

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train in from Selly Oak. I would not be able to drive in any more. My

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work demands that I have a card to go in and out occasionally.

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This was a scene underneath the city last year. `` the scene.

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Last year lighting and fireproofing was upgraded,

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This year they'll be installing a variety of new equipment

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including 25 modern jet fans for ventilation, 21 new CCTV

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cameras, 48 emergency phones and four new electronic message signs.

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Some of the work has already been done.

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This was the scene earlier in the week when the tunnels were

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These guys are installing a huge amount of electrical and mechanical

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equipment which will take over 40 miles of electrical cabling to

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actually wire it all up. That is tens of thousands of electrical

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connections to do. With the main artery through

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Birmingham closed once again throughout the summer it'll be up to

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operators in the city?s main traffic Here they can turn traffic lights to

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green at the touch Things went OK last year, how can

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you be sure they will this year? We are reliant on the public doing what

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they did last year, which is look at `` look at public transport, use

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means other than the car. If you do have to drive, use an alternative

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use `` wrote. Isn't there a risk of people realising it isn't too bad

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and actually using their cars? Yes, that is why we have tried to improve

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the offer of public transport and kept up with the message to keep the

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public doing what is back doing what they did last year. We an awful lot

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last year about how the traffic moves around the city. `` we

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learned. We have improved traffic signals. Why do we have to have a

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six`week closure, white can't you do it on overnight closures or

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weekends? `` why can't. This year it is about putting new cameras in,

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detection equipment for weathermen is an incident, `` for when there is

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an incident. Well, the Tamils will close tonight

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at ten o'clock and they will open at six o'clock in the morning on the

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1st of September. `` the tunnels. A former Guantanamo Bay inmate from

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Birmingham has pleaded not guilty to terrorism offences connected to

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the civil war in Syria. Moazzam Begg from Hall Green

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in Birmingham denied seven charges when he appeared via

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a video link from prison at One of the counts relates to

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attending a terrorism training camp. Hand over your guns in the next two

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weeks and you won't be prosecuted; that's the message from police

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as they attempt to get illegally There's been a change

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in the law this week ` the maximum jail sentence

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for possession of a firearm's now In the West Midlands, gun crime

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has fallen over the past decade. There were 17 fatal shootings across

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the region between 2004 and 2009 ` but that number fell to just nine

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in the last 5 years 2009 and 2014. A mother's grief. Eunice Koroma's

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son Sylvester was shot outside a pub It has just broken my heart.

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Especially for his children as well. It is just horrible. The law changed

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this week that increased the sentence for possession and supply

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of firearms to individuals, and made the possession of antique weapons

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illegal for people with previous convictions. We are seeking to take

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firearms off the street and make them inaccessible to those that use

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them for a criminal purpose. Younis believes that even one gun

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off the street could make a difference. If you have got a gun,

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and it over and somebody's life can be saved.

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Those who do won't be prosecuted for possessing a gun.

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She hopes no one will suffer the loss of a loved as a result

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All this week we have been giving young people the choice of a voice

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about the issues affecting them. We received an e`mail about

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19`year`old Warren who since leaving college has helped create more than

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100 websites and has now set up his own online business.

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Instead of working to a University timetable, he works to his own.

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Arriving for work, it is time to log on. Warren runs an online home

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interiors business. Time to check his orders. We haven't had any

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overnight, but around 40 in the past week. We sold one of our largest

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items, and sold a lot of our signs and photo frames. It is from his

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office here in Lichfield that he treats his stock as well. He set up

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the business with Rob, who took him on as an apprentice in computer

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programming when he was 17 years old. Since then, he is determined

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more than 100 websites for clients. We start of the company about a year

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ago. `` started. We have sold around 43,000 Roberts, with a turnover of

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around ?27,000, `` 20 ?7,000. `` 43,000 products.

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It was is strong `` his strong work ethic which impressed Rob. I believe

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in giving young people an opportunity, and I think that is the

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best time to get them. Warren was so enthusiastic about what he does, and

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passionate, that it wasn't difficult. I could see that from the

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off. So for this young entrepreneur, it is not only about

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making money but also making a name for himself.

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Birmingham City Council failed to act on suspicions of a Muslim

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takeover in some schools because they'd feared being labelled racist.

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After another steaming hot day, how's the forecast looking

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Rebecca will be here shortly with your detailed forecast.

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Can you make a feature film in just 72 hours? Join me later.

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Wooden hoardings which had been covering an artwork

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by Banksy in Cheltenham have been taken down by local residents.

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"Spy Booth" was surrounded by boards last month when a team of workmen

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moved in to begin removing it from the side of a house.

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Locals have now removed them, saying they're "fed up" at not being

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Campaigners trying to buy the mural for the town say they're

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Ashley Chesters is facing an anxious wait to see if he has qualified for

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the final rounds of the Open Championship. He is one shot outside

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the cut. Did he sleep well

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in his static caravan. Ashley Chesters arrived early

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for his second round. But this wasn't the weekly medal

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at Hawkstone Park. And the weather wasn't quite so

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calm. I had a decent warm up, so looking

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forward to it. He was hoping to repeat his first

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run heroics. Yesterday the pundits were asking, Ashley who? Now, they

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knew. The young amateur from Shropshire began the day of the

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horrors `` highest praise `` highest placed Englishman on the

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leaderboard. We cannot believe the score he has done it in. We were on

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cloud nine yesterday. This rock`solid but saved par at the

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first. `` putt. Only four bunkers so far, but I am

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enjoying the day. Ashley had to wait until the 15th

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hole for his first birdie today. But he will not win the silver medal

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unless he competes all four rounds. `` completes. One minute you think

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you are getting there, the next minute you are not.

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Whether he is still playing over the weekend or not, Ashley will never

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forget his first `` `` Open Championship.

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Now, how long do you think it takes to film, edit

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That's exactly what a production company's trying to do this weekend.

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Filming's begun in Birmingham, and the end product will be shown

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on Sunday night on the Big Screen at Millennium Point from where our

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reporter Lindsay Doyle joins us now ? Lindsay, why are they doing it?

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It is a chance to showcase the amazing film`making talent we have

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in the region. It is a tall order, 72 hours. I caught up with them on

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set this morning. A pub quiz, ?10,000 at stake,

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crime capers and characters not The plot of Confusion of the Tongue,

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on location in Birmingham. And this film is not quite

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as it seems; the 90 minute feature is being shot, edited

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and premiered in just 72 hours. `` quite as they seem. It will be a

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90 minute feature, same as every other movie. You should be able to

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tell the difference with this `` from any other film.

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Backed by Staffordshire University, the 72 Hour project first attempted

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this mammoth feat at film festivals in Galway and Melbourne.

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Drawing top acting talent, it's the second time around for classical

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actress Kate O'Toole, the daughter of the legendary Peter O'Toole.

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I agree with the whole ethos behind wanting to shoot a feature film in

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72 hours, because it can be done definitely, and it has to be proven

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that it can be done. Normally a director and it `` his

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editors will take months looking at what they have shot. Remarkably this

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is being edited as they film. And that quick turnout is down to

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the latest digital technology. We are running data down to the edit

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suites. Those guys are in their 24 hours, in shifts.

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Even for a star of serial dramas like Casualty and Hollyoaks,

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We used to film ten or 12 minutes a day, with this it is 45 minutes per

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day. A lot more pressure, but so far there has not been any fights or

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arguments. We are still time to! `` there is still time!

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With just 48 hours to go till screening, the clock is ticking.

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It is also a great opportunity for the small production company to have

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their film showcased here. They said they were delighted to back the

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project not only to support Birmingham, but also to encourage

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collaboration with the wider film industry. With less than 48 hours to

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go, there are still tickets available if you want to pick them

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up. Good luck, guys! Weather time now, Rebecca is here `

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and last night we were treated to a bit of a light show

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in the skies above us, weren't we? Yes, Nick, we certainly were `

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we have rather unstable air over the top of us at the moment, and

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coupled with heat and moisture we This footage was sent in by James

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Light; he captured the electrical Amazing that people get up

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in the middle of the night Yes, it is `

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and it didn't stop there, we also Martin Nightingale captured this

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great fork lightning striking in Evesham, Marcus Knowles sent in

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this one of the sky being lit up by Shropshire didn't escape either `

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Mcahele Morris managed to spot this at Ironbridge, meanwhile in Redditch

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Marcus Killingworth got this snap. Thanks for all your pictures, there

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are more on our Facebook page. But if last night was

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the entree, tonight is definitely Today has been the hottest day of

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the year so far, temperatures up to 32 Celsius in Gravesend. We got up

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to 28 Celsius in Birmingham, commentary, even in parts of

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Shropshire. `` Coventry. We have an amber weather warning in place from

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the Met Office. We are expecting torrential downpours through tonight

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into tomorrow morning. We can expect 20 millimetres of rainfall within

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half an hour. Lightning, thunder, on top of that it will be an incredibly

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muggy night. Working its way over from France, we see the dry spell,

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then those showers start to make their presence felt. As the night

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starts to fall we see showers working their way up. They will be

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lively and will pretty much be everywhere across the region.

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Temperatures overnight between 16 and 18 Celsius, very sticky. Those

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showers through the morning, and then we have a brief lull. The sun

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will come up for some of us `` out. But it could trigger of a shower

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just about anywhere. `` trigger off. Some places there will escape

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completely, they will get spells of sunshine during the day and

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temperatures of 2425 Celsius, it is difficult to prove it were `` it is

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difficult to predict. It is an improving picture on Saturday night,

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but again it will be another sticky night with temperatures between 16

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and 18 Celsius. Sunday looks much better. We will still have showers,

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but they will be lighter and much more what we are used to seeing.

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Temperatures are starting to tumble, we are down to around 22 or 23

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Celsius. Making our way into the new working week, temperatures are still

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around 22 or 23, but there will be sunny spells. Do stay tuned for the

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latest. Tonight's headlines from the BBC The

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UN calls for a full and independent investigation into the Malaysian

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plane crash that killed 298 people. And Birmingham City Council failed

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to act on suspicions of a Muslim takeover in schools because it

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feared being branded racist. I'll be back at ten o'clock

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with your latest update.

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